Monthly Archives: December 2016

Bell Sleeves and Boots

Houston Fashion Blogger, Lady in Violet styles a winter work outfit including a bell sleeve blouse, black pencil skirt, and black riding boots.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet wears a work outfit including a purple bell sleeve blouse and Texas necklace.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles work outfit ideas featuring black pencil skirts.

Houston Blogger Lady in Violet wears the Corso Como Black riding boots with a pencil skirt for work.

Houston Fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter work outfit featuring a purple bell sleeve blouse with a skirt and boots.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet shares what to wear to the office including a bell sleeve blouse and pencil skirt.

Houston fashion blogger shares different work outfit ideas featuring a bell sleeve blouse and pencil skirt.

Karen Rock of Lady in Violet wears a Nordstrom bell sleeve tunic with a loft pencil skirt for a cute work outfit idea.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet wears an office outfit idea featuring a purple bell sleeve blouse and black riding boots.

HALOGEN Bell Sleeve Tunic  40% off!  |  LOFT Pencil Skirt  |  CORSO COMO Riding Boots  |  STREET LEVEL Reversible Tote  |  DESIGNS BY LEAH SHEA Texas Necklace  (similar) |  KENDRA SCOTT Elle Earrings  |  Nails: ESSIE c/o Go with the Flowy  |  Lips:  MAC Craving  | RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses

Only a few short days until Christmas!  I hope you have all our holiday shopping done.  I started the gift wrapping process last night.  I’m changing up my gift wrap this year and using brown paper and tons of fun ribbon from a local craft store.  I was inspired by a few pictures from Pinterest.  They are already looking really cute!

While I’m sure many of you are off from work this week, I am still heading into the office.  During winter months, I love pairing my riding boots with pencil skirts for that comfy professional winter work outfit.  The flat boot may be a casual shoe, but put it up against a pencil skirt and fabulous top and it instantly transforms.  You can also add black tights to this look for colder days.

How gorgeous is this purple bell sleeve top?!?  I love the bell sleeve detail  and of course the color.  I feel like purple use to be everywhere and now it’s becoming harder to find.  I’m super picky about my purple.  It has to be just the right shade for me to like it.  This one is a great rich color and will be perfect in Spring paired with white jeans and wedges.  It’s a longer tunic length, so you can easily pair this with some skinny work pants or  black jeans too.  Ooh or my gray ones from my last post.  So many options will work with this color and style!

Alright ya’ll, whether your are at home, work, or running around buying last minute gifts, I hope you have a great day!  Check back Friday for a special post sharing my top blog posts of 2016 and see if your favorite outfit made the list.  See you then and thanks for stopping by!


Floral Bomber Jacket

Houston Fashion Blogger styles a winter outfit idea featuring a floral bomber jacket, gray skinny jeans and heels.

Houston fashion blogger, Lady in Violet wears a burgundy floral bomber jacket with rayban aviators in silver mirror.

Houston Style Blogger Karen Rock of Lady in Violet wears gray skinny jeans under 50 with a burgundy bomber jacket for fall outfit idea.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet styles a casual weekend outfit featuring a floral bomber jacket and gray jeans with nude heels.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet shares what to wear with gray skinny jeans for a weekend outfit.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet shares how to wear a bomber jacket for weekend outfit inspiration.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet shares a casual weekend outfit idea featuring gray jeans and a maroon bomber jacket.

Houston Style Blogger Karen Rock of Lady in Violet wears an embroidered floral bomber jacket from nordstrom with gray skinny jeans and kendra scott elle earrings.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet wears gray skinny jeans under 100 dollars with nude heels.

Houston Style Blogger Lady in Violet wears a weekend outfit including a floral bomber jacket with gray jeans and heels.

FIRE Bomber Jacket |  LUSH Ivory Tunic  |  CASLON Skinny Jeans  |  STEVE MADDEN Nude Heels  |  KENDRA SCOTT Elle Earrings, Elisa Necklace  |  NADRI Crystal Bangle  | Nails: ESSIE c/o  Go with the Flowy |  Lips: MAC Craving

I can’t believe Christmas is this weekend, and soon we will be celebrating a brand new year!  December always seems to go by the fastest.  Probably because it’s filled with so many things to do and places to go.  I spent the weekend at holiday parties with friends and family.  It was so much fun.  I can’t wait for even more fun this coming weekend.

I have been eyeing bomber jackets for a few months.  Since our warm weather seemed to be sticking around forever, I decided to buy so I would have a pretty lightweight jacket to wear to holiday parties.  Of course then a cold front came, and we have freezing temps this week.  I noticed this floral bomber jacket is currently sold out, but I linked some more gorgeous ones at the bottom of this post.  When looking for a bomber jacket, I kept ending up on the floral ones.  I love the gorgeous embroidered detailing.  I mean is anyone shocked that I picked a burgundy one. Ha!  It’s my color of the year for sure.  This jacket is super lightweight, so it can be fully integrated into your outfit and left on while indoors where it may not be as chilly.

I finally bought a pair of gray skinny jeans and love them!  Several pairs have been on my current cravings list for awhile now.  I went with this pair because I really loved the shade of gray, and they were only $41.  I didn’t know how often I would wear them, so I wasn’t ready to splurge yet.  Well I can now say that gray jeans can work in so many outfits!  It’s a nice change from black and dark blue, and the neutrality of the gray makes it work with a good variety of colors.  Stay tuned because I have more outfit coming with these jeans!  I would definitely snatch them up while they are on sale.

Thanks for taking some time to stop by today!  Check back Wednesday because I have a fun winter office outfit featuring bell sleeves and boots!  Also, don’t forget today is the last day to enter the $500 Nordstrom Giveaway from last week’s post.



Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy & Warm + GIVEAWAY

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her featuring items that are cozy, warm and perfect for winter.

Hi Ya’ll!  I am posting my last gift guide a day early, but with a great reason!  I am teaming up with some of my Houston Blogger friends to give away a $500 gift card to Nordstrom, but more on that in a minute.  First, let’s talk about today’s gift guide.

I feel like this is part Christmas gift ideas for her that are cozy, warm and perfect for winter, and another part the perfect things to buy for yourself to survive the soon to arrive freezing temps.  From comfy pjs to cozy socks and blankets to a hot cup of cocoa, I have it all covered.  I think pairing the mug, hot chocolate mix, and these cute little knit gloves together in a gift would be so cute.  I’m thinking those pajamas will probably end up in my cart soon, but they have 4 prints for me to decide on first.  This is my last gift guide of the season, and tomorrow marks the last day that many online sites will offer guaranteed Christmas Day delivery without the crazy high shipping costs.  So go get all that shopping done, so you can sit back relax and plan how to spend this giveaway prize if you win.

I am so excited to be partnering up with some of my favorite Houston blogger friends to give one of our lucky readers a $500 gift card to Nordstrom!  These ladies are so fun and fabulous, and I have loved becoming friends with them through the crazy and fun world of blogging.  Scroll down to the Rafflecopter entry form below to enter and Good Luck ya’ll!!  The giveaway runs through Monday!


Nordstrom Gift Card

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Teal Fit and Flare Dress

Houston fashion blogger wears a teal fit and flare dress with tall brown boots for the office.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a Loft teal fit and flare dress for work with boots and pink earrings.

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet shares how to wear tall brown boots to work with the Vera Bradley Satchel.

Lady in Violet, Houston fashion Blogger styles a fall work outfit idea featuring a teal dress from loft, brown riding boots and pink earrings.

Houston style blogger, Lady in Violet carries the Vera Bradley Sagebrush satchel and wears the baublebar pave links bracelet for an office look.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears the teal loft dress with brown tall boots for a work outfit idea.

Houston Style blogger Lady in Violet wears the Baublebar Venette drops in berry with the teal ottoman flare dress from Loft.

Karen Rock, a Houston Fashion Blogger styles the loft ottoman flare dress with brown boots and dark pink baublebar earrings.

Houston Fashion Blogger wears Joan and David brown heeled boots with a teal dress.

Houston Texas Style Blogger styles a work outfit idea including a teal flare dress with brown riding boots.

LOFT 3/4 Sleeve Flare Dress  |  JOAN & DAVID Heeled Brown Boots (similar |  similar  | similar) |  VERA BRADLEY c/o Sagebrush Satchel  |  GORJANA Taner Pave Bar Necklace  |  BAUBLEBAR c/o Venette Drops,  Pave Links Bracelet  |  RAYBAN Aviator Sunglasses  | Nails: c/o ESSIE Go with the Flowy |  Lips: MAC Craving

This time of year I am often looking for dresses that can easily go from office to after work holiday party.  I found this teal fit and flare dress about a month ago, but snatched it up on Cyber Monday during a 50% off sale.  I’m so happy I did too.  Not only is this dress super adorable, but it’s really comfy too.

I wore pretty much this exact outfit yesterday.  I had my ZTA Alum Christmas party after work, and I knew this dress would be perfect for the event.  It’s warm again here, but cold at work so boots didn’t make me overly hot.  My backup would have been my go to nude pumps if it was warmer.  Dark teal and berry pink are such a fun and pretty color combo.  I received so many compliments on these earrings last night from some of my ZTA sisters.  They are the perfect statement piece to any outfit, casual or dressy. These earrings aren’t heavy either, so I can wear them all day.

I decided to play with two different shades of brown with my boots and bag. I love the contrast in color, but that they still compliment each other too.  These boots are several years old, one of my favorite RueLaLa finds.  I love the dark brown color and semi-chunky heel.  My favorite thing about these is the unique design at the top.  I have a hard time finding anything that is truly similar, but I still tried.  The boots I found all have one of the traits of these from the gorgeous color to a unique design.

Alright ya’ll, I am bumping up my regular Friday post to tomorrow and I have an AMAZING reason, so be sure to check back then to find out what it is.  I promise it’s going to be fabulous!!  Until then, ya’ll have a great day! Thanks for stopping by.