Monthly Archives: February 2016

Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup @karen.rock

Hey Ya’ll and Happy Friday!!  Are you ready for Valentine’s Weekend??  We are heading to one of our favorite restaurants, Uchi.  They serve all small plate dishes, and all the items we have tried are always delicious!!  I’m still up in the air on what I’m wearing, but I will try to remember to snap a pic and share on Instagram.  We notoriously overeat when we go to Uchi, so I know I will be in something comfy but still cute and dressy.  If you need some outfit ideas for yourself, check back on this post and this one for a couple ideas.

I’m also excited because I am off Monday for President’s Day, so I have a fabulous 3-day weekend ahead of me!!  I don’t really have any plans Monday, but to relax and get a few things around the house done.  Oh and a little sale shopping too!  I will add a little President’s Day Sale roundup at the end of my post Monday, so be sure to check back!

On to today’s post, I am sharing another huge Instagram Roundup with you.   I wanted to hurry and get this up, because many of these items are starting to sell out since the winter season is ending.  Some are already sold out, some are on sale, and some are only available in different colors.  If you use Instagram, you can always shop all these looks using and have emails with all the details sent straight to your inbox.  You can learn more about how it works in this post.

black office outfit

sweater  |  pants  | purse  | shoes  | bracelet 1  | bracelet 2  | necklace

pencil skirt office outfit

sweater  |  similar skirt  | shoes  | necklace  | bracelet 1  | bracelet 2  | bracelet 3  | earrings

white blazer leather leggings

blazer  | tunic top  | leather leggings  | heels  |  short necklace  | long necklace

red sweater office outfit

sweater  | pants  | heels  | necklace  | bracelet

maroon coat

coat  | sweater  | jeans  | shoes  | necklace  | bracelet

black dress and maroon shoes

top  | skirt  | heels (*on sale)  | necklace  | earrings  | bracelet 1  | bracelet 2

casual weekend outfit

similar poncho  | tshirt  | jeans  | riding boots  | necklace  | bracelet 1  | bracelet 2

plaid shirt flared skirt and riding boots

plaid shirt  | similar flared skirt  | riding boots  | necklace  | bracelet 

winter fashion flatlay

sweater  | jeans  | booties  | necklace

office outfit bowtie blouse

cardigan  | floral blouse  | pants  | heels  | bracelet

winter outfit floral sweater

similar sweater (another one) | jeans  | booties  | necklace

These last two aren’t outfit photos, but they are from my Instagram.  I thought I would give you a tiny peek into what else I share on my Instagram feed besides clothes.  A bit  of a look into blogger life behind the scenes.  One of the perks of being a blogger is private blogger events like the two below.  Recently, I was invited to Drybar for a blowout and champagne.  It was my first blowout ever, and it was really fun! We learned all about he products and services they offer at the salon.   A few weeks later, I was invited to a private dinner to check out Brian Gavin Diamonds and learn more about this local family owned business.  All the Gavins including Brian himself were in attendance.  We also were allowed to try on some of the jewels too!  Thanks for stopping by the blog this week, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!

drybar event brian gavin diamonds event


Lady in Violet

Rodeo Cookoff Outfit

Rodeo Cookoff Outfit - dress and cowboy boots | Lady in Violet

Fringe Earrings and Pendant Necklace

Denim Jacket and swing dress with gray cross-body bag | Lady in Violet

How to wear cowboy boots with a dress by Lady in Violet

Houston Rodeo Outfit Idea - dress

Denim Jacket with a dress and Kendra scott necklace | Lady in Violet

Weekend Outfit - dress and jean jacket

What to wear to the rodeo cookoff | Lady in Violet

Taupe Saddlebag purse

Baublebar fringe drop earrings in gold | Lady in Violet

Rodeo Cookoff outfit - maroon dress, cowboy boots, denim jacket


LUSH Karly Dress  | H&M Denim Jacket  | OAK TREE Cowboy Boots (SIMILAR)  | ELAINE TURNER Kassidy Bag  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Rae Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Pave Links Bracelet, Cuban Links Cuff,  Aretha Drop Earrings   | GORJANA Pave Bar Necklace  | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses  | MAC Lipstick in Craving  | ESSIE Nails in Master Plan

Okay, yes you have seen me post this dress a bunch over the past few months, but it is such a versatile dress!!  I have worn it to work, church, baby showers, blogger events, and it is also perfect for the rodeo!  Since I have shared a day and evening rodeo look, I figured I would share a what I would wear to the Rodeo Cookoff outfit.  Okay, so if you have never been to or heard of the rodeo cookoff, the general idea is a bunch of giant tents with people trying to prepare the best barbecue (brisket, sausage, beans, etc).  Throughout the cookoff, judges pick the best dishes and crown cookoff winners.  Of course, there is also live bands, djs, dancing and drinking involved.  It’s a huge party!  It is also one of the first rodeo events, kind of a pregame or preparty to the actual rodeo.

I have mentioned before that you will leave smelling like smoked meat.  It’s just part of the fun. 🙂  When picking an outfit, I look for items that are easy to wash or don’t absorb the smell.  Both my dress and jacket are machine washable at home, so I can  easily wash them a couple times myself.  I find my leather boots don’t really hold the smoke smell, so any of my boots typically will work.  You also do lots of walking and primarily all standing, so wear comfy shoes!  I love my heels, but this is one night that I leave them at home. I find my cowboy boots to be really comfy, and a little spilled beer or dirt only makes them look more rustic.  Most of the party/live music portion of cook-off happens at night, so you definitely want to incorporate a jacket into your outfit.  I went with denim, because I think it makes the look feel a little more country.  A denim jacket also give you the option to slightly roll up your sleeves if the weather is a little warmer.  I added my fun party fringe earrings and long pendant necklace to add a little glam and sparkle to my look.  My last outfit recommendation would be a cross-body bag!  You will need your hands for plates of barbecue and drinks, so you don’t want to be holding a purse.  Also, the event gets really crowded and a smaller purse makes maneuvering through crowds a little easier!

If you need more outfit inspiration for the rodeo, check out my posts here, here and here!   If you are heading to the rodeo here in Houston, I’d love to hear what concerts you are heading too and what your favorite food, activity, or event at the rodeo is!  Leave it in the comments below!

Scroll through for more Cowboy Boots!

Lady in Violet

Turtleneck Sweater & Tights

winter office outfit - sweater and skirt | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel Jetsetter Bag and Turtleneck Sweater | Lady in Violet

Black Tights, Flared Skirt and Elaine Turner Gillian Heels

What to wear to work in winter by lady in violet

Turtleneck Sweater and Henri Bendel Backpack | Lady in Violet

Beige Sweater and Black skirt with pink backpack

How to wear a backpack purse to work | Lady in Violet

Henri Bendel Mini Jetsetter Bag in Pink | Lady in Violet

Cable Knit Turtleneck Sweater and Flared Skirt

Cold weather office outfit

Pink purse winter outfit by Lady in Violet

Office Outfit for winter by Lady in Violet


SHEIN Turtleneck Sweater  | HALOGEN Flared Skirt  |  H&M Black Tights  | ELAINE TURNER Gillian Heels (SIMILAR)  | HENRI BENDEL c/o Mini Jetsetter  | WANDERLUST & CO XL Screw Bracelet  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff  | GORJANA Chloe Studs  | RAYBAN  Aviator Sunglasses  | MAC Lipstick in Craving  | JULEP Nails in Shari

I am 100% writing this while watching the Super Bowl, the 4th quarter to be exact.  While I was kind of rooting for both teams, I thought Carolina was going to easily run away with the game.  Imagine my shock to be sitting here with Denver about to win.  I am still happy if Denver wins for Peyton Manning. He definitely deserves it!

But enough football, let’s talk this fab winter office outfit.  I don’t own too many turtlenecks because I find some uncomfortable.  Especially since we haven’t really had a good winter here yet.  The turtleneck portion of this one is a bit loose though which makes it a bit more comfy and wonderfully warm on cold days.  I really like pairing a longer sweater with my flared skirt to tame the flare a bit.  It kind of creates a different silhouette for the skirt.  I also added my black tights I shared last week.   I love pairing my black tights with these Elaine Turner dress booties.  They are perfect for the office!  I bought these last year, so I linked a similar pair for you above.  I also went with my new Jetsetter mini because I wanted to show that this cute pink bag can work for both weekend casual and office chic.

And with the end of this post, the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning have won the Super Bowl!  Now to start the countdown until next football season and the next Super Bowl which is here in Houston!



Lady in Violet

Rodeo Outfit: Floral Blouses and Cowboy Boots

Rodeo Outfit with Cowboy Boots and Chambray Shirt | Lady in Violet

How to layer a chambray shirt

Cowboy Boots and black skinny jeans by lady in violet

What to wear to the Houston rodeo

Gorjana Layering Necklaces and Loren hope earrings | Lady in Violet

Cowboy Boots for Women

Casual Weekend Outfit - boots and chambray shirt by Lady in Violet

Layering Denim shirt with floral top | Lady in Violet

Sole Society Kianna satchel and cowboy boots

Rodeo outfit - denim shirt and cowboy boots

what to wear to the rodeo by Lady in Violet

Baublebar bracelets with denim shirt

Houston Rodeo Outfit with Cowboy Boots | Lady in Violet


HALOGEN Chambray Top  | DANIEL RAINN Floral Tunic (SIMILAR) | DL1961 c/o Skinny Jeans  | OAK TREE Cowboy Boots (SIMILAR) More Options at end of post! | SOLE SOCIETY Kianna Crossbody  | LOREN HOPE Abba Earrings (same in different color) | GORJANA Mika Necklace, Taner Bar Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Pave Links Bracelet,  Cuban Links Bracelet  | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses  | MAC Lipstick in Craving  | JULEP Nails in Shari

Since last week I shared a evening rodeo outfit, this week I wanted to give you a outfit to wear during the day.  Yep, I pulled out my cowboy boots for this one!  I love boots that are a little more simple with the stitching being a neutral color.  I also really like the worn in look of some cowboy boots.  You know a “I totally did some farm work in these” look. 🙂  One of my favorite things about cowboy boots are the beautiful designs on the boot shaft.  It adds such a great detail to the boot and makes each pair unique and different.  Cowboy boots are pricey, easily starting around $150 and going up from there.  If you are in the Houston area, some of the local western wear shops will start having sales on all things rodeo soon.  It’s a great time to buy a pair of boots.  I also created a little widget for you at the bottom of this post with more boots available online.

While comfy walking shoes are a must for a full day at the rodeo, light layers are also important.  The rodeo hosts both indoor and outdoor events, so I like having a light jacket with me in case the indoor areas are cold.  Plus, our rodeo weather sometimes is a little cool at night since it is in March. I love the idea of using a chambray shirt as more of a jacket in this look.  During the day, you can easily tie the chambray top around your waist if this happens to be a warmer day.  At night or if it’s a cool spring day, you can wear just like this. Using a chambray as more of a jacket, you will not have to tote a bulky jacket around all day.  I have a floral tunic on underneath it.  Florals and plaids always make me think western wear and rodeo. I also highly recommend a cross-body purse for the rodeo!!  The place is crowded and a small bag makes it easier to maneuver through crowds, plus it frees your hands for drinks, food, and shopping!




Lady in Violet