Monthly Archives: December 2016

Instagram Roundup: Winter Outfit Ideas

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet shares winter outfit ideas with sweaters, boots, and jeans.

Well after a wonderful week off, it is back to the office today.  Give me ALL the coffee!!  The weekend was filled with parties, family, and friends, so not too shabby of a vacation conclusion.  I can’t believe it’s been close to 2 months since I shared a little Instagram roundup with ya’ll.   I tried to pick looks that might inspire some winter outfit ideas.  Bonus, a few of the items are currently on sale!  I also snuck in a couple office looks.  You can easily add a blazer or cardigan to make these work in cooler temps.

For those of you who follow along on Instagram, you can always shop these looks via email with  I wrote a full post about how it works HERE.  Not intersted in  All the information is available on my Shop Instagram page under the Shop Tab of my menu bar.  Just click on the photo to see all the items in the outfit, no sign up needed.

 Just a reminder that this is the last week to order you Christmas presents for guaranteed deliver by Dec. 25th without paying high expedited shipping fees. Ya’ll have a great week and enjoy the outfit inspiration.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a casual winter outfit for weekends.fleece sweater  |  black skinny jeans  |  similar booties  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  cuff bracelet  | bangle

Houston fashion blogger Karen Rock wears a casual winter outfit with a long maroon sweater with brown boots.sweater (33% off) |  camisole  |  jeans  |  brown riding boots  |  necklace  |  earrings (on sale) |  nail polish

Houston Style blogger wears a winter outfit idea with a black cashmere sweater and gray skinny jeans.

black sweater (30% off) |  gray jeans (only $41)  |  lace up heels  |  earrings (on sale) |  necklace  | cuff bracelet  |  bangle

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a winter casual outfit with a gray long cardigan and distressed jeans under 100.

gray long cardigan  |  similar blush top  |  similar distressed jeans  |  nude heels  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  similar bracelet

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears a winter outfit with rain boots and a warm gray sweater.

gray sweater (40% off) |  jeans  |  rain boots  |  earrings  | similar purse

houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears an office outfit with buffalo plaid and a black pencil skirt.

plaid blouse (only $13!) |  similar pencil skirt  |  lace up heels  |  necklace  |  earrings  | similar bracelet

Karen Rock Houston Fashion blogger wears winter loungewear in a burgundy cardigan, white long sleeve tee and black leggings.

burgundy circle cardigan  |  similar white tee  |  black leggings *my favorite!  |  black riding boots  |  black tote bag  |  necklace

Houston Fashion Blogger styles an olive and pink office outfit with a pencil skirt.

olive tunic (33% off) |  similar pencil skirt  |  nude heels  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  bracelet

Houston Fashion Blogger wears a winter outfit with white jeans and teal sweater.

teal sweater  |  white skinny jeans (33% off) More Sizes HERE, but not on sale |  lace up heels  |  necklace  |  earrings  |  bracelet  | sunglasses

Houston Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet wears a fall brunch outfit idea with an olive tunic, jeans, and peep toe booties.

What I Wore on Thanksgiving!
olive tunic (33% off) |  distressed jeans  | peep toe booties  |  long necklace  |  short necklace  |  earrings  | bracelet  |  bracelet

Thanks for stopping by ya’ll!!  A new outfit coming at you on Wednesday, see you then.

Houston blogger shares winter outfit ideas featuring sweaters, boots, and jeans.

Holiday Gift Guide Under $25

Houston blogger, Lady in Violet shares Christmas gift ideas under 25 dollars.

Happy Friday!  I’m actually a little sad today is Friday.  I have been on staycation vacation all week, so it means today is the last day. 🙁  I try to take a week or at least a few days every December to prep for the upcoming holidays.  It was a week spent gift shopping, decorating, and a start to my Christmas cards which I hope to finish today.  I strongly dislike the madness of stores during December, so I love having a day off during the week to tackle some of my in-store shopping.  I do as much online as I can for holiday gifts.

Most of the gift exchange parties that I am headed to this year have a $25 gift limit.  I found some really cute ideas while shopping which inspired some of the above holiday gift ideas under 25.  I own the striped tumbler and love it for road trips.  It would make a cute gift idea for a teacher or friend.  I have been thinking about trying an oil diffuser in my bedroom, so I included one because I think they are pretty neat.  I have seen these carry-on cocktail kits in stores, and they are pretty cool idea.  They include everything but the booze and soda to make a cocktail in flight. I have more ideas over in my Holiday Shop Under $25 page too.

I feel like I still have 101 things to get done before my vacation ends, so I’m keeping this post semi short and sweet today.  I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!


The Wrap Coat

Houston fashion blogger wears a holiday party outfit including a wrap coat, leather leggings, and laceup heels.

Houston Fashion blogger, lady in violet shows how to wear a wrap coat to a Christmas party.

Karen Rock of Lady in Violet styles the Dao Chloe Dao wrap coat with the gigi new york magenta all in one bag.

Houston fashion blogger, Lady in Violet wears a winter outfit featuring a wrap coat and leather leggings.

Houston style blogger styles a holiday party outfit featuring a long wrap cot and faux leather leggings.

Houston fashion blogger styles leather leggings and black lace up heels for a party outfit idea.

Houston fashion blogger, lady in violet wears a chic holiday outfit with leather leggings and a wrap coat.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears a dao chloe dao wrap coat and gigi ny clutch with the henri bendel bracelet.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears a holiday outfit with a coat, leggings and lace up heels.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet wears a winter outfit with leather leggings, long gray coat, and lace up heels.

Houston fashion blogger Lady in Violet styles a holiday party outfit idea with coat, faux leather leggings and lace up heels.

DAO CHLOE DAO Long Wrap Coat (similar | similar | similar) |  DANIEL RAINN Black V-Neck Blouse (similar)  |  EXPRESS Faux Leather Leggings  |  CHARLES BY CHARLES DAVID Lace-Up Heels  |  GIGI NEW YORK Magenta Clutch  |  KENDRA SCOTT Elle Earrings,  Elisa Necklace  |  HENRI BENDEL Deco Cuff Bracelet  | NADRI Crystal Bangle | BAUBLEBAR Crystal Mason Ring |  Lips: NYX Staycation  |  Nails: ESSIE c/o Ready to Boa

I picked this fabulous wrap coat up at the Nutcracker Market last month. I typically don’t buy clothes for myself from the market, but I do always stop by Chloe Dao’s booth.  She is a local Houston designer who happened to win Season 2 of Project Runway.  Chloe was my favorite designer that season and not just because she was from Houston.   I love the fit and structure of her designs.

Since it’s only super cold for about a month in Houston, I love the idea of a short-sleeve wrap coat for winter.  What I loved about this one is that I immediately pictured about 3 different ways to style it.  I love styling it as more of a statement top with leather leggings for a chic holiday party look.  At the market, Chloe tied it for me a little higher above my waist in a bow.  It was really cute, but I haven’t quite been able to replicate it yet.  I’m practicing though.

A couple other ways I would wear this style coat is over a simple solid color sheath dress.  You could tie it or leave it open to create different looks.  I wore a plain tee, distressed jeans, and flats to the market, and it looked really cute with this coat worn more like an open long cardigan.  One important thing to keep in mind if you plan on wearing your coat as part of your outfit, make sure what is underneath is still cute if you need to take it off.  In this post, my leather leggings and black blouse can still stand on their own as a chic holiday party look.

Since I picked this up at the Nutcracker market, it is not available online.  I did find a few similar styles for you though.  If you are in Houston, Chloe has a boutique in Rice Village that you can check to see if still available. Thanks for stopping by ya’ll!


Christmas Morning Dress

Houston Fashion Blogger, Lady in Violet wears the perfect Christmas morning dress in navy with black tights and dark pink earrings.

Lady in Violet, a Houston Style Blogger, wears the Baublebar Venette drop earrings in berry with a banana republic ruffle sleeve dress.

Houston fashion blogger, Karen Rock shares a office outfit idea featuring a navy ruffle sleeve dress and black tights with dress booties.

Houston style blogger wears a Christmas morning church dress idea featuring a navy dress, black tights and black heels.

Houston Fashion blogger, Lady in Violet styles a holiday office party outfit including a navy dress with black tights and pink statement earrings.

Houston Fashion blogger styles a holiday party outfit in a navy dress and pink clutch.

Lady in Violet, Houston Style Blogger styles a Christmas morning dress for church featuring a navy ruffle sleeve dress with black tights and black dress booties.

Houston Fashion Blogger, Lady in Violet wears pink statement earrings from baublebar and a navy banana republic dress for work.

Karen Rock, a Houston Fashion Blogger wears a modest holiday dress idea featuring a navy banana republic dress with black tights and a pink clutch.

Houston Fashion Blogger, Lady in Violet wears a holiday party dress and office outfit idea featuring a navy dress with black tights and black dress booties.

BANANA REPUBLIC Ruffle Sleeve Dress  |  H&M Black Tights  |  ELAINE TURNER Dress Booties (similar  |  similar)  |  GIGI NY Magenta Clutch  |  BAUBLEBAR c/o Venette Drops,  Pave Links Bracelet  |  Nails: ESSIE c/o Oh Behave | Lips: MAC Craving

I always loved picking out my Christmas dress as a kid.  We would get to pick out the prettiest dresses with some combo of velvet, satin, tulle, and lace. Of course, for many years, my sister and I were forced to buy matching dresses.  We would have our Christmas photos in them and wear them to church on Christmas morning. It was a very special occasion that required a very special dress.

Even though many years have passed since my sister and I wore our matching red and white dresses to Christmas mass, I still like to occasionally buy a nice new Christmas morning dress.  These days I look for one that I can wear to the office or a holiday party too.

The ruffle sleeve and dot print on this navy dress took me back a bit to that Christmas dress memory.  It was that something special that made it not just some ordinary work dress, but a perfect Christmas morning church dress.  Now that we are finally starting to get some cool weather, I figured my go to black tights were the perfect match for this outfit.  When I wear black tights, I almost always grab for these dress booties.

I wanted to also create a look that could work for an office holiday party, so I grabbed these gorgeous berry statement earrings and clutch to add some fun color to the overall look.  You could also pair this dress with a pair of nude heels and continue to wear it year round.