Monthly Archives: September 2015
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AERIE c/o Lightweight V-Neck Best T | AERIE c/o Sunnie Pushup Bra
|NIKE Gym Vintage Capri Sweatpants | TORY BURCH T Leather Sandal | DESIGNS BY LEAH SHEA Texas Necklace | ESSIE Nail Color in Bahama Mama | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love
Ten to twelve hours of everyday, I wear the outfits you see here on the blog. BUT the second I get home, I quickly change into some comfy loungewear! From soft tees to comfy capri sweats, I feel like my home wear game is pretty strong. I kind of figured if I am going to share my everyday outfits with you, it was about time to share what I wear the other half of the day too. For tops, I love soft tees and tanks. This Aerie tee definitely fits the soft tee requirement! I also tend to prefer v-neck tees over crew neck. I started wearing v-neck tees around the house a few years ago, and I found them much more comfortable! For bottoms, I am a capri sweats girl for sure!! I have a few different pairs, but I really like ones with a banded bottom. I purchased this pair during the Nordstorm Anniversary Sale, and I am completely obsessed with them. They are so soft on the inside, I love it! I seriously wear them almost every night. I should probably buy another pair. They come in multiple colors, so I could pick up pair in say blue. Something super important for my loungewear is that it is outside appropriate. I have a dog who needs to go out to potty, and I need my loungewear to be appropriate to take my dog out and potentially be seen by neighbors. Since outdoor visits kind of require a bra, t-shirt bras are a big win for me. I love how they are soft and comfy. They are more like an addition to my soft tee than a regular old bra.
I’m still enjoying a couple more days of my stay-cation before heading back to the office. This outfit is for real what I will probably be wearing today! I can’t wait to read my September issues, watch some NYFW shows online, and maybe even squeeze in a little blog work. Before I can do any of that though, I have to go get my Pumpkin Spice Latte fix!! Happy Monday Ya’ll!
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MINT JULEP BOUTIQUE c/o Warm & Fringy Vest | ANN TAYLOR Silk Blouse [SIMILAR] | LUCKY BRAND Lola Bootcut Jeans [SIMILAR] | ELAINE TURNER Gillian Heel | GIGI NY All in One Bag | GORJANA Taner Pave Bar, Mika Necklace | LISI LERCH c/o Tassel Earrings | BAUBLEBAR Gold Ladder Cuff, Slim Bangle [SIMILAR] | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love | ESSIE Nail Color in Bahama Mama
During fall and winter, I love layered looks. An easy layered look is to toss on a fun jacket or blazer over your top. You can also wear an over-sized sweater over long tunics and tops. One layering technique that I love is adding a sweater vest. I have a couple that I wear in spring and summer, but I really wanted to add a few that would work in fall and winter. This one from The Mint Julep Boutique was pretty much exactly what I had in mind when I started my search. For starters, I love the charcoal color. This dark gray works with so many colors which increases the number of outfits I can create out of it. I also love the fringe trim to add a fun little detail to the vest. The knit design of this sweater vest was also a big selling point for me. It just says cozy and warm all over it. Sweater vests are great to toss on over silk blouses or long sleeve shirts, dresses, t-shirts, and even a tank top on a warm fall day. When shopping for layered pieces keep in mind how you plan on layering it. If you plan on using a piece over a thick item like a sweater, you may want to consider sizing up or at least make sure to have some space for a thick sweater. If you are going to layer over something thinner like this silk blouse, then you should be ok to stick with your normal size.
I have partnered with The Mint Julep Boutique to give one lucky reader a $25 E-Gift Card to the boutique. Giveaway is open to US Residents only. Head to the end of the post to enter and Good Luck!
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1) STEVE MADDEN Ohio Fringe Booties 2) JOIE Keaton Booties 3) XOXO Aldenson Western Ankle Booties 4) CARLOS BY CARLOS SANTANA Everett Ankle Booties 5) NINE WEST Kacey Peep Toe Booties 6) JESSICA SIMPSONCainn Foldover Booties 7) NINE WEST Sweetsent Booties 8) INC Jaydie Suede Booties
My favorite fall shoe is hands down taupe booties! The hardest part of putting this little shop guide together was not buying all eight of these! My biggest recommendation if you are wanting a pair of taupe booties is buy now!! This shade sells out so quick and soon sizes and styles will start disappearing if they haven’t already. Fringe is hot right now, so I included a couple pairs with fringe on them. I like how it is on the side and kind of subtle. The Joie are obviously the splurge shoe of the list, but I saw these in person and they are just so gorgeous! I definitely want to get a peep toe bootie this fall, because in Texas fall is still warm enough for an open toe shoe. I haven’t decided if I want this color or black, so I haven’t purchased one yet. For all my petite ladies out there, look for booties that have a slight dip in the front to wear with dresses. The dip helps to not create the strong cutoff line when you wear with a dress and gives a longer leg illusion.
SHOP MORE TAUPE BOOTIES!!
I’m also excited to announce that I am finally done with my blog re-design! Okay, I will probably still move things around here and there, but overall everything is pretty set. I was really excited to find an affordable pre-fab design from Leap Design. Pre-fab means I picked from one of their pre-made designs and then installed myself. I was a little nervous about the install myself part, but it was so easy!! I seriously set aside a whole weekend to switch and was done in a few hours. I spent all of August playing with my side bar and my new bottom bar. I love having all the new spaces to work with. I love that I was able to add a Current Cravings section to the bottom of my page, so you can see what items are on my shopping wish list. It connects to a shop wish list I have online, how cool is that! Leap Design also does custom work too. Their blog resume list is quite impressive with Dallas Wardrobe, Devon Rachel, and What Courtney Wore to just name a few. But if you aren’t quite ready to spend hundreds on a design, you should definitely check out their pre-fab designs. They have some really cute ones!
In addition to my blog re-design, my subscriber newsletter received a face-lift too. In addition to receiving new posts straight to your inbox, I have also started to include giveaway reminders, special discounts including some that only will be in the newsletter, invites to Houston events, and eventually I hope to include sneak peeks of what will be coming soon to Lady in Violet. The email only goes out on days when I do a blog post. If you would like to receive the newsletter, you can subscribe HERE.
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CALVIN KLEIN Blue Dress [SIMILAR | SIMILAR] | MANOOSH Susan Scarf | ENZO ANGIOLINI Broadie Sandal | DANIELLE NICOLE Cutout Clutch [SIMILAR] | GORJANA Pavé Bar Necklace, Chloe Stud Earrings | SWELL CAROLINE c/o Enamel Signature Bracelet | BAUBLEBAR Pave Links Bracelet [SIMILAR] | IT COSMETICS CC+ Lip Serum in Love | ESSIE Nail Color in Bahama Mama
One of my favorite accessories for fall weddings is a great scarf. Most wedding start early in the evening when the weather is still warm and end late into the night when the cool fall breezes have found their way in. As an alternative to a light sweater or jacket, I love to carry a scarf that can be worn for the entire event. I love how this scarf looks draped against the dress in what is probably the easiest way to wear a scarf!! For the evening, it is as simple as opening it up and creating a shawl to keep you warm. While I do own a couple solid color scarves for just this occasion, I have fallen in love with these scarves from Manoosh. Every scarf is based on an abstract work of art. I love how every way I wear and style the scarf, I see a new set of colors and a new design. For a wedding or evening party, this scarf paired with a blue, purple or black dress would be perfect. To add more versatility to the scarf, you can also pair it with just a plain old tee, boots, and jeans.
In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Manoosh has partnered with the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation to create this scarf called the “Susan Scarf,” named in memory of the foundation’s namesake and creator, who passed away last year. All proceeds from the sale of the Susan Scarf support ovarian cancer awareness and research through the Susan Poorman Blackie Ovarian Cancer Foundation. For my Houston readers, I would love to invite you out to an amazing event next Wednesday to celebrate the launch of the Susan Scarf. You can see more of Manoosh’s amazing scarves created from the art of Marilyn Biles at the event. Tootsies and my Houston blogger friend, author and ovarian cancer survivor Megan Silianoff will be hosting the cocktail party which will feature bites from B&B Butchers and live sketching by fashion illustrator, Rongrong DeVoe. I have attached the event flyer with more info and the RSVP information. I hope to see you there!