Monthly Archives: September 2020

Four Ways to Wear a Floral Print Sundress

Oh my goodness, I can not believe it is already the last day of September.  This definitely was a blink and it’s over kinda month!  We had our first cold front blow in this week, and I had a chance to pull out some of my lightweight sweaters.  I get cold easily, so for me sweater weather sometimes begins in the low 70s.  I’m definitely excited for the cooler temps, so we can start spending more time outdoors on walks and on our patio.

I quite enjoyed my sundresses this summer.  They were light and breezy and great for at home days.  I wanted to share a few ways to keep the sundress love going into fall with a few ways to restyle your dresses into fun new outfits.

Four Ways to Wear a Floral Print Sundress


Let’s start with the original look of my sundress for the Spring and Summer warm weather days.  Since this dress a midi length, I opted to wear it with a wedge for a little added height.  The neutral color choice of my shoe is also a petite friendly trick for adding the illusion of a longer leg.  Great for using with longer dresses.

summer outfit | orange floral print midi dress | wedge sandals | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange floral print dress | similar wedges | earrings | c/o necklace | stone bangles


The easiest way to transition any dress into fall, add on a denim jacket.  This tip is great for fall, but also works in Spring when you might still need a layer.  A bootie is the shoe for fall and can instantly transform a dress into the fall season.  These booties have a lower profile, so it works well with the longer length of the dress.  Again, I chose a neutral color to create that height illusion.

fall outfit | denim jacket over orange floral sundress | booties | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

denim jacket | floral print sundress | booties | similar earrings | c/o necklace | similar bracelet


For a casual daytime look, I layered my dress over a white t-shirt and added a casual pair of white sneakers.  Adding a t-shirt under a sundress is also a quick and easy way to make it bra friendly.   Tossing on a comfy pair of sneakers make this outfit perfect for a day on your feet running errands.  You could also toss a denim jacket over this outfit for cooler weather.

casual outfit | floral print dress over whtie tshirt | white sneakers | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange midi dress |similar white tee | c/o white sneakers | similar earrings | similar bracelet


A long olive cardigan is the perfect way to make this sundress office friendly.  It covers both your shoulders and the open back.  You could go with a few different shoe options here like tan heels or loafers.  I really liked how my white slides helped the white in the print pop, so I chose them for my work outfit styling.

olive green cardigan | orange floral print dress | white slides | gold earrings | c/o necklace

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four ways to wear a floral print sundress | outfit ideas | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Three Ways to Wear a Pink Floral Blouse for Fall & Spring

Hello friends!  Coming at you today with one of the prettiest floral tops.  It’s a sheer overlay with a vintage floral dark pink print with a crew neckline and smock detailing at the end of the sleeves.  I love the vintage vibe this top gives off and how the sleeve detailing adds a bit more fullness and a small balloon effect to the sleeves.  It does come with a v-neck cami to pair underneath it.  It’s going to be the perfect top for both fall and spring. Scroll down to see how I would wear it for different seasons and scenarios.



Dark wash flared jeans are my go to for a nice business casual outfit.  It helps give a professional office look while still wearing comfy jeans.  To keep the look polished, I tucked in the shirt and added a brown belt.  This shade of brown works well the dark pink of the top and dark blue of the jeans.  I also added in my tan suede heels to match my belt.  The dark pink and white colors in the top contrast perfectly with the dark blue of these jeans to really help the print pop.

fall outfit | long sleeve pink floral blouse | flared jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

floral print blouse | flared jeans | brown belt | tan heels | gold earrings


For an easy spring outfit, pair this top with a light wash pair of jeans.  I pushed the sleeves up to 3/4 length to slightly change the look of the top and make it more warm and sunny weather friendly.  A quick sleeve push up is an easy way to change up the look of a long sleeve top.  You could go with a few different shoe options like light tan booties or a classic wedge.  I opted for these white slides.  I think they are a great way to add a little chicness to any outfit and still be super comfy.

spring outfit | light wash skinny jeans | white mules | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in violet

long sleeve floral top | light wash jeans | white slides | silver cuff bracelet



Is it too soon to be thinking about Thanksgiving outfits?  This olive green and pink color combo would be so perfect to wear to family dinner.  To keep with the fall earth tone feel of the top color combo, I paired this with my black skinny jeans and brown tall boots.  Black jeans and brown boots are one of my favorite combos for the fall season.  It works with a variety of colors, especially earth tones.  To lighten the look up a bit, you could also go with dark blue jeans and a lighter tan slouchy boot.

winter outfit | long olive green cardigan | brown boots | popular petite fashion blogger Lady in Violet

long olive green cardigan | floral blouse | black jeans | similar boots | gold earrings

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three ways to wear a pink floral top for spring and fall | work outfit | causal outfit | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

Recipe Roundup no.1

14 ideas for dinner this week | healthy dinner ideas | whole30 recipes | Houston Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

I’ve always loved to cook, and this extra time at home has given me plenty of time to test my culinary skills.  While I do occasionally mix up my own recipe concoctions, I really love searching through pinterest for fun new recipes to try out.  In case you are in need of a few new ideas for dinner this week, I thought I would start sharing some of the hit recipes that I have found and cooked.  The images are the actual meal that I prepared and below each image is a link back to the original recipe.

When searching for recipes, I mainly look for Whole 30, Paleo, and/or dairy free.  I also don’t eat much pasta, so I usually search for recipes that are low carb.  Most of the recipes I choose will be a from scratch recipe (aka not to many pre-made or processed ingredients), and something I can put together in 30-45 minutes on a weeknight.

Scroll through for a look at what I’ve cooked over the last few months and hopefully you will find some new ideas for dinner the week!  Once I have another good roundup of recipes, I’ll share in a new post!  Also, you can check out my Pinterest page for more recipe ideas that I have saved.


salad ideas | meat whole 30 ranch dressing | Healthy Recipes Blog Lady in VioletBIG SALAD NIGHT – spring mix lettuce, grape tomatoes, avocado, blue cheese, Tessemae’s Ranch Dressing, chopped egg

vegan cauliflower tacos | meatless monday dinner ideas | Popular Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

Cauliflower Tacos (Minimalist Baker Recipe)

vegetarian burrito bowls | lunch ideas | Texas Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

Vegetarian Burrito Bowl – cilantro cauliflower rice, black beans, tomatoes, avocado, sautéed red bell peppers and onion, diced pickled jalapeños


bang bang shrimp | whole 30 dinner ideas | Healthy Living Blog Lady in Violet

whole30 bang bang shrimp (40Aprons Recipe) with roasted broccoli


healthy dinner ideas | mongolian chicken | Houston Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

mongolian chicken (A Saucy Kitchen Recipe is beef, but I used chicken) with cauliflower rice and sautéed green beans

dairy free dinner ideas | spinach artichoke chicken | Popular LIfestyle Blog Lady in Violet

spinach artichoke chicken (The Healthy Consultant Recipe) with roasted broccoli

whole 30 dinner | buffalo chicken casserole | Healthy Eating Blog Lady in Violet

buffalo chicken casserole (The Real Food Dietitians Recipe) with baked squash

whole30 dinner ideas | creamy garlic chicken | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

cream garlic chicken skillet (I added sun dried tomatoes and spinach, The Healthy Consultant Recipe)


easy dinner ideas | eggplant casserole | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

eggplant casserole (Paleo Grubs Recipe) with green beans sautéed in bacon grease

quick dinner ideas | whole30 meatloaf | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

meatloaf (The Defined Dish Recipe) with baked zucchini and sautéed asparagus

slow cooker dinner ideas | beef roast | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

beef pot roast

paleo dinner ideas | salisbury steak meatballs | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

salisbury steak meatballs (The Paleo Running Momma Recipe) over mashed cauliflower with green beans

quick and easy dinner ideas | grileed steak and vegetables | Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

grilled steaks with roasted potatoes and sautéed asparagus

Looking for more recipe ideas?  Find 12 more here that also work for a lunch meal prep!

Which recipe are you excited to try out?

Five Ways to Wear an Orange Top for Different Seasons

Sometimes I go on a little bit of a color crush binge, and I don’t realize it until I see the new items hanging together in my closet.  Lately it’s been the color orange.  From the burnt orange dress shared a week ago to this floral print top from summer to today’s short sleeve top, and one more orange item coming next week!

For today’s post, I wanted to share how to wear the color orange year round by showcasing it with a few different jean colors that will work in all the different seasons.

Five Ways to Wear an Orange Top for Different Seasons


This first outfit will work well for spring, summer and fall.  A classic faded blue color works well with the earthtone orange.  To keep the look casual, I paired it with a nude colored loafer flat.  This light tan color also works well with the orange shade since they both have a hint of warmth to them.

casual outfit | short sleeve orange top | distressed jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

short sleeve blouse | distressed jeans | nude colored flats | similar bracelet | similar cuff


For spring and summer, a light wash blue jean or white jean will work well to help make the orange really pop.  With the lighter blue jean, I paired this outfit with my white slides which provides just the right amount of contrast to the light blue.  For  a white jean, I would opt for a light brown sandal.

spring outfit | light orange top | white leather slides | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange top |light wash jeans | white slides | c/o necklace


Orange is such a fun color to wear in the summer months!  A faded black bottom really plays up the earthtone orange color of this top.  To add a little bit of a boho vibe to this outfit, I paired it with my light tan booties.  The light color also helps to add the illusion of a longer leg which I love as a petite styling tip.  You could also go with flat sandals or a fun wedge to change up the look a little.

summer outfit | short sleeve button up top | faded black denim shorts | Affordable Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange short sleeve top | faded black denim shorts | booties | c/onecklace | similar gold bangle | similar cuff


In Texas, I feel like we have two falls – the early warm one and the late one with cooler jacket required temps.  For the warmer early fall time of year,  dark wash jean is a great option to bring orange into the fall season.  To play on the warmth in the top, I paired my darker congac brown mules with this outfit.  I cuffed my jeans a little higher than normal to make them just slightly above the ankle which can help make me look a little taller.

fall outfit | short sleeve orange blouse | brown mules | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange top | dark wash jeans | brown mules | stone bangles


When the cooler temps take over, a pair of black skinny jeans and dark brown over the knee boots will make this top perfect for late fall.  I opted for brown over a black boot to keep the look from having too much of a Halloween feel.  I chose a black denim, so I could easily toss on a blue denim jacket for a colder day and have a good contrast in my denim colors.

fall outfit | short sleeve orange top | brown boots | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

orange top | black skinny jeans | similar boots | similar bangle | similar cuff | c/o necklace



five ways to wear an orange top year round | casual fashion outfits | Petite fashion blogger Lady in Violet