Monthly Archives: May 2016

Spring Shoe Review

At the beginning of Spring, I added quite a few shoes to my closet.  Now that I have had time to break them in, I wanted to give you all a little review of what I loved and disliked about each pair.  Overall I am really happy with all the purchases I made, some a little more than others. Read on for more of my great spring shoe review!!

Review of caged flat sandalSHOP THE SANDALS


I love these sandals!  I love how they look, and that they work with dresses, shorts, and jeans.  The back of these have a zipper which makes them easy to get on and off without needing to untie them each time.  I wore these for three days of walking in Charleston with minimal issues.  The back has the ever so slightest wedge raise which I love! A long day of walking in a super flat shoe leaves my arches aching, so I appreciate the small wedge.  I wore these out a few times prior to my trip and had no issues with breaking them in.  On the first day in Charleston after they were soaked in the rain, the right one started rubbing my heel a little.  The left one never bothered me.  I pulled the zipper down about halfway and put on a bandaid and was fine to continue walking in these.  The only real annoyance I have with these it that sometimes the front ties get stuck in between your foot and the caged part.  The ends have a teeny little metal end, and it kinda hurts a little.  Every so often I have to stop to fix it.  I would highly recommend these shoes, and would 100% buy them again!!

review of lace-up flatsSHOP THE FLATS


I searched forever for the perfect pair of lace-up flats.  For me, these are them! They are super comfortable to walk in and needed no breaking in time.  I love wearing these to run errands or to work.  I do a basic tie around my ankle.  With all lace-ups, I find it takes a time or two to learn how tight to tie them.  If you tie them too tight, your ankle will hurt and you will leave a pretty little line around your ankle.  I double knot mine in the back, and they don’t come untied too often, but every now and again they will.  I would buy these again in a heartbeat!!

review of nude strap sandalSHOP THE HEELS


Of all the shoes I bought this Spring, these were the ones I was the most on the fence about.  I love the look of them, but I didn’t know if they would be comfortable or not.  After wearing several times, I find them to be comfortable.  They needed no breaking in time.  I have worn them to events with tons of standing and done a good amount of walking in these.  I love that they work great with dresses and help dress up jeans or shorts.  My only con to these so far is the initial finding that perfect strap spot.  If these are too tight, they will be sooo uncomfortable and harder to walk up and down stairs.  I would definitely buy these again, and I’m already considering purchasing in another color for summer!

review of nude wedge sandalSHOP THE WEDGES


I fell in love with these wedges at first sight.  I was seriously on my lunch break with zero intention of buying these.  I left empty-handed and came back after work because I had to have them!!  I liked their price point and the simple look of the straps. I had been eyeing a similar much higher priced pair, so for me these were a bit of a dupe.  I already own another pair of sandals from this brand, and they are so comfy.  I can say these did not disappoint.  I didn’t really need a breaking in period.  These unzip from the back so they go on and off pretty easy.  I wore these out in Charleston a couple nights, and had no problems walking for long periods of time.  I prefer these mainly styled with jeans.  I do wear them with dresses, but I think the top thin strap sometimes make me look a little shorter.  I for sure would buy these again!

review of yellow fringe sandalsSHOP THE FRINGE


Oh the oh so popular fringe heels.  I debated on these shoes for quite sometime before finally pulling the trigger and buying.  I didn’t like the price tag because I think they are a bit trendy.  I waited for them to go on sale, so it was a little bit better.   I love the look of these and always receive tons of compliments!!  I like that I bought them in yellow, because it makes them a little different than all the other fringe sandals out there.  I can walk in heels for days, but I do find these sometimes a bit hard to walk in.  The laces have to be tied just right or you will have zero support and your heel will move around too much.  If you tie them too tight however they hurt your ankle, so you have to find that happy medium.  I usually have to retie them a few times before I find that sweet spot.  If you are wearing these with a dress, the laces don’t stay up very easily and usually end up bunched together after a few hours. I love the statement factor of these, but the comfort and ease of walking is a huge downside.  I really don’t know if I would buy these again.  I might try to find something with a bit more hold around the ankle.  If I’m going somewhere with minimal walking, I will grab these because they are really cute.  If I know I’m going to be walking more than to the car and back, I usually opt for another pair.

If you have been contemplating any of these shoes, I hope these reviews helped you out.   I find shoes are that one item that in the store can fit amazingly and then after two hour of wearing them you can’t feel your feet. 🙂  And after you wear them you can’t return them either.  I wanted to give ya’ll my honest opinion on these shoes now that I have really had a chance to break them in.  If you have any other questions about these shoes, feel free to shoot me an email or drop me a comment below.  Thanks for swinging by today, and I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!!



Lady in Violet

Silver Jewelry Always

Spring Outfit - blue tunic and white jeans

coin pendant necklace in silver

long blue tunic / spring fashion

dressed up casual outfit with tunic, jeans, wedges

taupe wedges and paige denim in white

kendra scott marble earrings / silver jewelry

pantone color 2016 blue with white jeans

white quilted leather bag - cute for summer

how to wear silver jewelry

fashion blogger outfit - tunic and jeans

TOPSHOP Blue Tunic/old (similar) | PAIGE DENIM Skyline Skinny Jeans  | SOLE SOCIETY Jenny Wedges  | VERA BRADLEY c/o Quilted Crossbody Bag  | JULIE VOS Coin Pendant Necklace  | KENDRA SCOTT Arden Bracelet, c/o Fran Earrings (similar)  | STELLA & DOT Bracelet  | RAYBAN Mirrored Aviators  | Nails: JULEP Shari  | Lips: MAC Craving & CLINIQUE First Date

Before I started blogging, I wore all silver jewelry.  I seriously owned nothing gold.  I would also always get frustrated when I would find super cute things in gold with no silver option.  One day one of my girlfriends’ and I were having one of those random topic conversations and somehow ended up on the subject of jewelry. She was the opposite of me and wore all gold.  She convinced me to give it a try, so I invested in the Mia necklace and Chloe studs from Gorjana.   It wasn’t long until I found myself reaching for them more and more.  I soon added more Gorjana pieces including one of my most worn necklaces, the Mika.  Soon I was adding gold left and right from Baublebar and Kendra Scott.  My jewelry box was soon filled with gold jewelry.

BUT, despite this, my first love still remained my silver jewelry.  I still do think gold pieces are easier to find, but I have started to find brands like Julie Vos that carry some of their pieces in both metal options!! YAY!  Kendra does this too although sometimes you have to order from the color bar to get the stone you want.  I’m someone who definitely shops in phases.  When I first started buying gold pieces, I bought tons because it was like this door to fun and trendy jewelry had been opened, and I wanted all of it!  Lately though, I find myself slowly slipping back into buying more silver.  For me I consider my silver jewelry more of an investment because I know I will always wear it.  I am willing to splurge a little like on this necklace or the Henri Bendel bracelets from Monday’s post.   Now I’m on the quest to balance wearing both metals, maybe even mixing a little, but more on that next week. 🙂

Thanks for swinging by today!!



Lady in Violet

White Off The Shoulder Top

summer outfit - off the shoulder blouse and distressed denim

white off the shoulder top with kendra scott necklace

kendra scott carole necklace and silver bracelets by henri bendel

spring outfit - off the shoulder top and distressed denim with heels

distressed jeans with nude summer sandals

anthropologie off the shoulder top with long pendant necklace in silver

weekend outfit inspiration - white top, jeans and heels

LOVE this off the shoulder top paired with Kendra scott silver necklace and gorjana henri bendel bracelets

fashion blogger outfit - off the shoulder top and distressed jeans

prada pink sunglasses from ditto - ONE MONTH FREE with code ladyinviolet

Houston Fashion Blogger - Lady in Violet in a Spring Weekend outfit

ANTHROPOLOGIE Off The Shoulder Blouse  | BLANK NYC Distressed Denim  | STEVE MADDEN Stecy Sandals  | ELAINE TURNER Saddle Bag (similar |  similar clutch)  | KENDRA SCOTT Carole Necklace in Black Pearl  | GORJANA Tavia Earrings,  Joplin Bracelet  | HENRI BENDEL Hinged Cuff,  Miss Bendel Bangle *ON SALE! | PRADA (c/o Ditto) Sunglasses  ** Try One Month Free with code LADYINVIOLET  | Lips: MAC Craving

Hey! Ok so first off I had the most amazing weekend! It kicked off with a spin class and frozen mimosas for my friend Ashley’s birthday, followed by a Sunday afternoon blogger workshop with guest speaker Ashley of Sugar & Cloth, and concluded with Afternoon Tea at Bistro Menil to celebrate my FIVE friends who have birthdays in May.  It also rained tons, but thankfully not interrupting any of my fun activities! I sometimes find the more fun the weekend, the harder the Monday is, so I’ll take an extra cup of coffee thank you!

I’m kicking off the week with one of my favorite trends right now – the off the shoulder blouse.  I added my second one to my wardrobe, and I LOVE this one!!  It also keeps with the color that is coming in strong for summer, white.  The material is lightweight which is always great for summer heat.  I like the length not too long but goes just long enough.  The top is an elastic band so with this style you can also pop the arms up and wear it like a normal tee.  I really like the tops that have this option in case this is a short lived trend, I can still wear this shirt next summer. Check out that last picture to see this top worn this alternate style.   One thing I have noticed with so many of these tops especially a white off the shoulder top is that they are a wee bit sheer.  I purchased this top to wear underneath mine.  It’s a great length so it doesn’t show even under shorter tops like this one.

Something about the clean white top and distressed denim had me reaching for my silver jewelry to complete this look.  I just loved how the black pearl looked against the white, and the simple long earrings were the perfect accent to the off the shoulder look.  I also tossed on a few of my new bracelets to create an on trend but still sophisticated look.

Now about that second cup of coffee! 🙂  Thanks for swinging by ya’ll!!

OH and if you are in Houston and interested in attending a future blogger workshop, sign up for the Houston Blogger Union.  My friend Jillian started the Houston chapter, and we had our first get together this weekend.  I have heard sneak peeks of what is coming, and trust me you want to join!



Lady in Violet

Shop Guide: The Crossbody Bag

Shop Guide: Crossbody Bag (click through to shop)

1) Henri Bendel  2)  Vera Bradley  3) Tory Burch  4) Rebecca Minkoff  5) Sole Society  6) Kate Spade  7) Cesca  8) Dolce Girl

My latest bag obsession is by far the crossbody bag! I love that these bags are super cute and functional.  I think over the past few years they have also become even more stylish.  I noticed I started prefering them to my clutches for events and nights out. They free up your hands to mix and mingle all night long.  I wear mine both as a crossbody and shoulder bag.  A few even easily transform into a clutch if needed.

I compiled a few of my current cravings for this list.  I obviously love a bag in a bold color.  Vera and Henri are always the best for great bold colors.  I think they are so smart to pick colors that can work with so many other colors in an outfit, and can be dressed both up or down.  Tory Burch is great at creating timeless styles that can be worn for years.  I love this little Rebecca Minkoff one as a great little black bag that is perfect for everyday use and for special events.

Most of these options are on the pricier end, but I personally don’t mind spending s little more on a purse sometimes.  Over the years, I have found the quality in the higher priced purses to be totally worth it!  I can carry them for years with little wear and tear damage.  It doesn’t mean I don’t love a bargain, and brands like Sole Society and Halogen help me get my trendy bag fix.  Brands like these also sometimes create dupes for some of the more popular high dollar purses.

If you follow on Instagram(@karen.rock) or snapchat (ladyinviolet), then you saw that we hit up one of our favorite special occasion restaurants last night.  They are closing at the end of the month, and we just had to go for one last meal.  I have a busy weekend ahead.  Most of my gal pals have May birthdays, so this weekend will be spent celebrating!!  We have some really fun things planned, and I can’t wait to celebrate with all of them!!

Have a great weekend ya’ll and thanks for taking some time to swing by! I really appreciate it!!!



Lady in Violet