Monthly Archives: May 2016

Casual Weekend Uniform

spring outfit idea - black top and jeans with flats

kendra scott earrings with julie vos coin pendant necklace

comfortable skinny jeans and lace-up flats

casual weekend uniform for running errands

silver jewelry and crossbody bag

nordstrom black henley blouse with long silver necklace

casual weekend outfit inspiration - black blouse and jeans

what to wear on weekends to be comfortable

julie vos coin pendant and sole society kianna bag

steve madden le crew lace-up flats

weekend outfit - jeans, flats and a cute top

NYDJ Henley Top (a few other colors/prints on sale!)  | AG The Stilt Jeans  (similar) | STEVE MADDEN Le Crew Lace-up Flats  | SOLE SOCIETY Kianna Crossbody  |  JULIE VOS Coin Pendant  | STELLA & DOT Renegade Bracelet  | NADRI Crystal Bangle (similar)  | KENDRA SCOTT c/o Fran Earrings (similar)  | Nails: JULEP Shari  | Lips: MAC Craving & CLINIQUE First Date | KAREN WALKER (c/o Ditto) Number One Sunglasses ** Try Free for One Month with code LADYINVIOLET

If you ran into me on weekends while I’m running errands, there is a good chance I’m wearing something pretty similar to this outfit.  I love easy to throw on, still looking chic, and functional outfits.  This top has been one of my favorite clothing purchases of late.  I love a simple and classic solid top. I love that the material is lightweight, perfect for the Texas heat.  It also doesn’t really require ironing.  I wear it to work too with pencil skirts and slacks.  It is just perfection!! A few of the colors and prints are on sale, I’m thinking maybe I need the blush pink or light blue one.  The white one is definitely on my wish list because it would make such a great layering piece.  I was hoping it would go on sale too, but no luck yet.

A few of my other weekend must haves are a comfy pair of jeans and shoes.  When I plan on walking tons like shopping both mall and everyday errands, I pull out my flats.  I love my heels and wedges, but flats are my go to weekend shoe for errands.  I really like these lace-ups because they work great to make an outfit look a little more dressy.   I can not rave enough about my AG jeans!! I think I’m not the only one because whenever they are on sale, sizes are slim pickings!!  I like that you have a little stretch for movement, but they hold their shape – perfect for weekends!

I have also realized I am so over clutches and all about the crossbody!!  I went to an event last night and carried one of my clutches.  It was the first time in awhile, and I struggled to balance my clutch, shaking hands, giving hugs, champagne, yummy snacks, and shopping.  I think about 20 minutes in, I was like yep only buying crossbodys from now on!  Luckily, I’ve noticed many clutches are starting to come with an attachable strap!

So now that I’ve talked about my casual weekend uniform, I am kind of ready for the weekend and it’s only Wednesday…..  Well I guess I will just hope the next couple of work days fly by, time can slow down after 5 😉  Have a great day ya’ll!



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How to Style an All White Outfit

How to Style All White Outfit

Striped Cardigan and white blouse for a spring outfit

clare v foldover clutch and gold bracelets

spring outfit - all white outfit and striped cardigan

steve madden stecy heels and paige white denim

foldover clutch with an all white outfit for work

casual friday outfit idea - all white with a cardigan

how to wear all white in spring

white ruffle blouse and perfect clutch for summer!

how to wear all white in spring and summer

ANN TAYLOR Striped Cardigan (similar solid)  | CASLON Sleeveless Eyelet Blouse  | PAIGE DENIM White Skinny Jeans  | STEVE MADDEN Stecy Heels  | CLARE V Foldover Clutch  | KENDRA SCOTT Skylar Earrings  | GORJANA Mika Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Ladder Cuff, Cuban Links Bracelet (similar)  | KAREN WALKER (c/o Ditto) Number One Sunglasses ** Try One Month Free with code LADYINVIOLET  | Nails: JULEP Shari  | Lips: MAC Craving & CLINIQUE First Date

Hey Ya’ll! I wanted to share a look and trend that I’m loving right now – the all white outfit.  I used to be so scared to wear an all white look, and some days I still am a little.  I mean this isn’t my red wine drinking outfit. 🙂  I finally gave in to this trend because I love how simple and sophisticated this monochromatic look can be.  When wearing an all white look, I do try to add a little bit of color through my jewelry, purse, or in this case with a little cardigan.

Since I added color to my all white outfit with my cardigan, I kept my other accessories simple.  I went with a nude clutch and heels, and some simple gold jewelry.  The navy cardigan lends a more sophisticated vibe which is why I chose to keep my other accessories simple and classic.  This would be such a fun outfit for casual Friday, weekend brunch, or even a day date to grab coffee.

I love this ruffle blouse for summer! It’s super lightweight and casual.  I wanted to showcase that this top can be dressed up a little by adding a cardigan.  I think it would look cute if you paired it with some skinny work pants or a colorful pencil skirt too.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I hung out with family yesterday for Mother’s Day and ate way too much Mexican food and desserts!  I ended up getting my mom this beauty kit.  I love these products, and I cannot wait to see what she thinks of them!!  I also scored the lip gloss in today’s post as a free gift with purchase. Score!  My mom doesn’t wear lip gloss, so I kept it.  I love how it adds a little shimmer to my lips.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!



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Travel Guide: Charleston

Travel Guide: Charleston

I’m so excited to finally share this post with ya’ll!!  It’s been a few weeks in the works.  A couple weeks ago, my girlfriends’ and I hopped on a plane for a long weekend in Charleston, South Carolina.  We planned a weekend full of great food, fabulous drinks, tons of shopping, and being 100% tourists!  The city is so gorgeous and the history is well preserved.  I could get lost just walking the streets admiring the historic homes.  I put together this Travel Guide Charleston to share some of my favorite things to do in the city.  I have been a few times, so this list is a compilation of multiple trips. I have plans to go back at the end of the summer, so I plan on updating this post as I find more favorite spots!

Ravenel Bridge - Charleston, SCHusk Restaurant - Charleston, SC
Poogan’s Porch – A great restaurant for brunch, order all the biscuits!!!!
Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop – One of the best chicken sandwiches ever!
Fleet Landing – Great lunch spot, love the She Crab Soup and the Fried Green Tomato BLT.
Fleet Landing BLT Sandwich
The Macintosh – A cute little brunch spot with the cutest red dishes!
A few great dinner spots: Husk,  Blossom, and Fig

Exploring Charleston's ChurchesInside Charleston's historic churches
Walking Tour – A really great way to see the city and learn all about the history of the houses, churches, and what famous Declaration signers are buried here.
Walking Tour - Charleston Cemetaries
Carriage Tour – A relaxing way to see the city.  I think the walking tour is much more cool, you definitely see and learn more, but this is a great alternative if you don’t want to walk a bunch.
Old South Carriage Ride Tour
Charleston carriage ride tour - Lady in Violet
Historic Home Tours – I love touring old homes and seeing how they lived and how the homes were restored to their original splendor. We visited the Nathaniel Russel home and learned how they discover the homes’ original paint colors.
Nathaniel Russell House staircase
Plantations – I didn’t have time to visit a plantation, but it is on my list for a future trip.

King Charles Inn Charleston, SC
King Charles Inn – One of the more affordable options in the downtown area.  The hotel was walking distance to everything we wanted to do.  The staff was really nice, and offer full concierge services which is great for ordering airport or plantation trip shuttles.
Belmond Charleston Place | Lady in Violet
Belmond Charleston Place – This hotel is in the center of it all.  Just walking in you are greeted with a grand staircase and chandelier.  The staff is super friendly, and the rooms are pretty nice.  This hotel is a bit more of pricier option.

Bin 152 - Charleston wine bar
Bin152 – Give me a chill environment and a glass of wine, and I am a happy girl.  This was my favorite bar of our trip.  The staff was really nice and knowledgeable about the wines.  Not super packed so no long waits for a glass of wine.
5 Church – An old church transformed into a bar/restaurant.   I’m in love with these wing chandeliers!!  The whole place was gorgeous inside, and the staff was nice and attentive.  They were busy, but we still got our drinks quick.
FEather Wing Chandelier - 5 Church (Charleston Tour guide)
Rooftop Bar at Vendue – An elevator ride away from gorgeous rooftop views of the water and a glass of rose.  Weekends can be crowded, and you will have to wait for an elevator ride.  I wouldn’t wait until closing to leave or you will be waiting awhile.
Stars – Rooftop views and fun cocktails, but pretty crowded expect to have to wait for a drink and a seat.

King Street Charleston | Lady in Violet

King Street – From small boutiques to big chains like Banana Republic and JCrew, this street has a little something for everyone.
City Market – One Stop shop for all your souvenier needs, including local artist handmade goods.  Outside the market are more shops in case you want even more souveniers like tees, hats, and toys.
Things to Do in Charleston - City Market
Charleston Farmers’ Market – Only on Saturdays, a great place to scope out more local artists from paintings to beauty to jewelry to food.

Rainbow Row of Chaerleston - Tourist Guid

As you can see, Charleston has many ways to keep you busy. Be prepared for lots of walking!  It’s a great place for a long weekend getaway. My girlfriends’ and I had tons of fun exploring the city.  I have to give major props to my friends Ashley and Lauren for coordinating our reservations, and to Alex for being our tour guide and showing us fun things like where Patricia from Southern Charm lives!  I can’t wait for our next girls’ weekend getaway!!

Girls weekend in Charleston, SC

What I Wore in Charleston: NIGHT ONE  | DAY TWO  | DAY THREE

What I Packed for my Trip is HERE!


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Casual White Dress

Summer Outfit - casual white dress and wedges

eyelet white dress for summer
gold bracelets with white and turquoise and magenta clutch

brunch outfit idea - white dress and nude wedges

what to wear to white party

seychelles nude wedges and gigi ny magenta clutch

kendra scott turquoise bracelet and pink purse

hot to wear a white dress in summer

casual white dress for a party
kendra scott andy bracelet in turquoise and pink clutch

summer brunch outfit - casual white dress and wedges

IZZY & LOLA White Dress  | SEYCHELLES Wedge Sandals  | GIGI NY Magenta Clutch | KENDRA SCOTT Alex Earrings,  Andy Bracelet,  Grady Bracelet (similar)  | BAUBLEBAR Cuban Links Cuff (similar)  | GORJANA Mika Necklace  | KAREN WALKER (c/o Ditto) Number One Sunglasses ** Try One Month Free with code LADYINVIOLET  | Lips: BOBBI BROWN Neon Pink  | Nails: ESSIE Blanc

I am keeping today’s post short and sweet! I had a late night celebrating my dad’s birthday last night over dinner.

I wore this outfit to a blogger brunch this past weekend.  The outfit includes many of my summer essentials from a casual white dress to a comfy pair of wedges to some fun and colorful accessories.  I just picked up this dress a couple weeks ago. I was immediately drawn to the eyelet/lace design.  I also love a shift type dress, so comfy!! Almost every year at the end of the summer, I attend White Linen Night in the Heights, and I picked up this dress because I knew it would be perfect for that event.  White is definitely a very on trend color for spring and summer.  I love the crisp and clean look of it.  I also really like being able to accessorize with lots of fun colors.

I just added these two turquoise Kendra Scott pieces for summer.  I have been really craving some turquoise lately.  I love Kendra’s cuff bracelets because they very easily adjust open and close.  I originally wanted to buy the Skylar earrings in turquiose, but I was really loving this Alex style too.  After way too long staring at the two in the mirror, I decided to go with Alex since I already own several Skylar pairs.

What are some of your summer style essentials??



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