Yearly Archives: 2020

Six Ways to Wear a Striped Button Up Top

A striped button up top is a great staple to have in your closet.  You can easily dress it up for work or down for a more casual affair.  Today’s six ways to wear a striped button up top includes three casual outfits and three work outfits. For the three casual, I’m showing a popular fall outfit, super casual look, and a look with OTK boots.  For work, I’m hitting all work dress levels including casual Friday, business casual, and a simple office look.

My striped top is a tunic length which is perfect for pairing with leggings.  To change up the look of my top, I opted to tie it at the waist in a few of the looks.  This option can help add definition to your waist.  The longer length of the top makes it super easy to tie into a cute knot.

Six Ways to Wear a Striped Button Up Top


Cardigan, jeans and booties is a classic fall look.  Since my cardigan is long, I opted to tie the top at my waist to showcase different lengths in my layers.

fall outfits | maroon long cardigan sweater | distressed jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar maroon cardigan | striped top | distressed jeans | booties | c/o gold necklace


Since my boots are over the knee, I went with a tie at the waist.  The shorter look of the top helps make my legs look a little longer with the over the knee boots.  It’s a fun little petite trick of mine.

fall outfit | striped button up top | over the knee boots | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

striped button up top | dark blue jeans | similar boots | silver bangle | layered necklace


The best thing about tunics is how perfect they mix with black leggings.  The striped button up style gives a bit more of put together look to the leggings.  I added in a denim jacket for a layered fall outfit.

casual outfit | black leggings | striped tunic top | Popular Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar jean jacket | striped tunic | black leggings | tan loafers


For a more business casual jeans outfit, I paired this striped tunic with a gray pair of skinny jeans and heels.  The height of my heel works well with the tunic length. The untucked top and gray jeans give a deconstructed casual office vibe.

casual work outfit | striped tunic blouse | gray skinny jeans | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

striped top | similar gray jeans | similar gray heels | silver necklace | cuff bracelet


With a quick tie at the waist, this top is a perfect pairing with a pencil skirt for the office.  I tucked the ends of the tie up in the shirt to create the look of a tucked in shirt.  This works great with a faux leather skirt when a tucked in shirt may show off a line or bunching in your skirt.

work outfit | striped button up blouse | leather pencil skirt | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

striped blouse | similar leather skirt | tan heels | c/o gold necklace | earrings | bracelet


For casual Friday in the office, a pair of skinny jeans and loafers are perfect.  Since I’m petite and wearing flats, I opted to tie my shirt at the waist to help make the overall outfit look more put together and prevent me from looking shorter.

work at home outfit | striped button down top | light blue jeans | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

striped top | light blue jeans | tan flats | layered necklace


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Seven Ways to Wear Leopard Print Pants

Happy Thanksgiving Week and Black Friday Sales Week!  I feel like all the sales have already started this year.  It’s time to start crossing off my Christmas list!  Do you have anything in particular you are looking for during the sales?  Other than gifts, I’ll be looking for a new Christmas tree, and a few items for the house.

If you are looking for a comfy and dressy pair of pants to mix into your holiday and office wardrobe, look no farther than these leopard print pants!  They have an elastic smock waist and super flowy material to make them so comfy!  The cut of these pants and material help keep them a bit dressy.  Heads up, these are cropped pants.  On my petite height, these fit perfectly like ankle pants.  If you are taller than me, these may have a more cropped look.

Trying to figure out what to wear with leopard print pants may seem like a pretty big task.  Don’t let the print scare you!  I have a variety of both casual and work outfits put together for you featuring all different kinds of tops.  Check them out and let me know in the comments which is your favorite outfit!

Seven Ways to Wear Leopard Print Pants


A light colored top is a great way to tone down the bold print. This slightly boxy ivory sweater was the perfect shade to pair with this leopard print.  I opted for the shorter sweater since both my top and bottom have a bit of volume.

winter work outfit | ivory cropped sweater | leopard print pants | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar sweater | leopard print pants | similar booties | similar necklace | earrings


If you are worried about boxy making you look to well boxy, a long fitted sweater will help define your shape a little.  I opted for a black sweater to help make the dark color in the print really pop.

winter office outfit | long black fitted sweater | animal print ankle pants | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

black sweater | leopard pants | black heels | similar necklace | earrings | bracelet


Stripes are one of my go to patterns for a good print mix!  The long green cardigan helps add a punch of color to the look.

winter outfit | striped tank top under long green cardigan | work pants | Petite Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar long cardigan | striped tank top | pants | peep toe booties | necklace


Hello Office Friendly!  A black blazer and white cami is the perfect way to turn a printed pair of pants into a work friendly look.

work outfits | black blazer over white cami | printed pants | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar blazer | white cami | pants | black heels | layered necklace | silver bangle


Looking for a more casual outfit idea?  Reverse the work outfit with a casual denim jacket and fitted tank top to ease these pants into weekend attire.

fall workwear | pajama pants | denim jacket | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar denim jacket | black tank top | pants | similar brown mules | necklace | earrings


If you want to add a little bit of color, navy blue is a great choice.  It provides a little color without taking away from the statement fact of the leopard print in the pants.

workwear outfit | short sleeve navy top | leopard print pants for work | Popular US Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar navy top | pants | peep toe booties | necklace | gold bracelet | earrings


For a dressy weekend look, a strappy cami works really well with these looser fitting pants.  I wanted to showcase another color option with this muted purple top.  Since the pants are a statement maker, my color choices will lean more towards non-bright, almost like muted colors.  Purple always gives me a luxe feel and is a great choice.

summer outfit | purple cami top | high waisted pants for work | Petite Fashion Blogger Lady in Violet

similar cami | pants | black heels | necklace | earrings


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Six Ways to Wear a Long Black Tunic for Fall

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than a week away?  I can’t either!  I already put up my Christmas tree and started my holiday shopping.  By the way, all my gift guides this year will have a dedicated spot HERE.  I figured that would be easier than going through multiple posts.  I also included gift guides of years’ past for even more ideas!

This long black tunic has come in pretty handy this fall.  It’s great over leggings for a day at home, and it also pairs perfectly with skinny jeans and boots. It’s got some pretty good versatility to it being able to dress down or into a super chic night out look.

Six Ways to Wear a Long Black Tunic for Fall


I love the contrast of the dark top with the light wash jeans.  To keep this look leaning towards fall, I added in my dark brown mules.  The black and brown combo is a fave of mine for fall.

fall outfits | short sleeve black tunic top | light blue skinny jeans | Houston Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

black tunic top | light blue jeans | similar brown mules | earrings | necklace | bracelet


All black tops look great with a pair of black skinny jeans for a monochromatic outfit.  I added in a blue denim jacket and brown booties to add some color to the overall look.

all black outfit | blue jean jacket | booties | Texas Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

similar jean jacket | black tunic | black jeans | similar booties | earrings


Still looking for a Thanksgiving outfit?  Pairing this top with dark wash jeans and tall brown leather boots is the perfect fall combo!  Plus, this top will help hide those extra servings of dressing and pumpkin pie.

fall outfit ideas | short sleeve long black tunic | tall brown boots | Casual Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

short sleeve tunic | dark blue jeans | similar boots | earrings | necklace | bracelet


To dress up this top for a night out with the gals, I added in some leather.  These faux leather leggings add a chic factor to any outfit especially when paired with a pair of suede boots.  For a little color, I added my tan leather jacket which also helps add a little edge to the look.

fall outfit | light brown leather jacket | faux leather leggings | popular US fashion Blog Lady in Violet

c/o leather jacket | tunic top | faux leather leggings | suede boots |earrings | layered necklace


Faux leather leggings are not just for a night out! I paired this tunic and leggings combo with a pair of casual white slides for a casual weekend or work from home outfit.

fall outfit | black tunic | faux leather leggings | Popular US Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

black tunic top | faux leather leggings | white slides | necklace


I live in Texas, even in fall it can be a little warm.  I’m including one outfit with shorts for those of us living in a hot fall area.  I also love this outfit for a rodeo our county fair.  I added in cowboy boots to give this look a little bit of the western vibe.  You could also go with a a pair of brown booties.

warm fall outfit | cutoff shorts | cowboy boots | Everyday Fashion Blog Lady in Violet

short sleeve tunic | cutoff jean shorts | similar cowboy boots | stone bangles | necklace | earrings


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Tips for Hosting a Small Party at Home

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With holiday gatherings possibly scaling down a bit this season, I wanted to share some of my best tips for hosting a small party at home.  Since I’ve always lived in small apartments and town homes, I’ve learned the best ways to successfully entertain a small group of people from what to serve, where to serve it, and other must know tips.

When I host a party, a big goal of mine is to be able to enjoy the party and my guests.  I don’t want to spend all my time in the kitchen working on food while my guests mix and mingle.  With the right planning and preparation, you can not only host a great party but also enjoy it!

My tips for hosting a small party at home will hopefully help you plan, prep and enjoy your next gathering.

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plan easy to make and eat appetizers

I’m starting off with one of my go to tips for any party I host.  For a small party, I plan easy to prep and make appetizers.  I plan three different types of snacks, (1) chips and dip (2) finger foods and (3) something sweet.  You also want something easy to eat while possibly standing or also holding a beverage.  Think small 1-2 bite snacks, no silverware required, and something that won’t fall apart when eaten.

Queso and tortilla chips are one of my favorites to serve.  You can buy it ready made and just heat up.  If you want to make a dip, opt for something you can make ahead of time and store in the fridge or quickly re-heat.

For finger foods, a cheese board is really easy to put together. I usually put mine out at least 30 minutes prior to the party start time, so the cheese has time to soften and little.  Another easy finger food, yummy snacks in the frozen food aisle.  Trader Joe’s is my go to place for this to pick up flatbread pizzas, mini tacos, and other assorted goodies.  I try to pick ones that all have the same oven temperature cooking time, so I can cook all at once.

With all the salty snacks, I definitely love having something sweet.  Pick something that is an individual serving like cookies, cupcakes, or brownies.  This way guests can serve themselves.  If you want to serve a cake or pie, I recommend pre-slicing so guests can grab a piece when they want one, unless it’s a birthday cake of course.

tips for hosting a small party at home | what drinks to serve at a party | refreshment ideas | Top Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

plan 2-3 refreshment options

While the drink choices may depend on your guest list, 2-3 options is a good range for a small gathering.  When having my girlfriends over, I typically have a red and white wine option.  Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are my go to choices since they are popular types of wine and pair well with party snacks.

Also, be sure to have a non-alcoholic beverage option like iced tea, sparking water, or soda.  I usually opt to have a flavored sparkling water option for my guests.  If you are going to have drinks that need ice, start prepping the ice early!  I will start creating bags from my ice maker a few days in advance and store in the freezer.

easy cheese and cracker board | party appetizer ideas | charcuterie board | Texas Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

plan two gathering areas

Large or small, all parties need some kind of space plan.  Think about where you want your guests to gather that will have enough space and seating.  We bring extra chairs to our patio and add a few folding chairs to our living and dining area to accommodate more people during a small party.  We also have a large kitchen island that can accommodate a large group of people all hanging out.

strawberry cupcakes | best desserts for a party | cupcake display | Popular US Lifestyle Blog Lady in Violet

put the food where you want people to gather

  People tend to gather near the food, so an easy way to ensure guests end up in your pre-planned gathering areas is to place the food there.  If I want my guests to feel welcome to hang out both outside and in our dining area, I will place snacks in both places along with plates and napkins.  For indoors, I typically place food on our kitchen island since our place is open concept.  It allows guests to gather around the island or sit at the dining table and still feel part of the conversation.  I will place a snack or two on the dining table too.

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let guests help themselves

Set out all the serving tools necessary for guests to help themselves to the different food options.  You can also place name cards in front of the dishes, so guests will know what each item is.  If you have a guest with a food allergy or dietary restriction, you can use the name cards to let them know.

For drinks, I always offer and serve my guests a beverage upon arrival and then let them know to feel free to help themselves.  I re-check throughout the party to make sure the main beverages are good and open wine bottles, refill pitchers or coolers as necessary.  And even though, I let guests know they can help themselves. I will still offer refills when I see an empty glass.  Some people will feel more at home at my house, and others may need a bit to relax and start serving themselves.

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put on background music

Background music can help set the mood and ambiance of the party.  A few of my favorites depending on the party – 80s Music Collection, Acoustic Covers, Piano or Jazz Music. For the Holiday season, I sometimes opt for a Christmas movie in the background.  The Hallmark Christmas movies are great choice, or you can put on a dvd or stream a classic Christmas movie.

point out guest need to know items

Personally, I really like when someone lets me know where the bathroom is at their house when it’s my first visit.  This way I don’t have to interrupt a conversation or wander around later looking for it.  When a guest arrives, point out a few need to know things like bathroom locations or where they can store their coat or purse.  Basically anything that they need to know to feel welcome and at home.  Sometimes I have also been told of pets that may be walking around or stored in a locked bedroom.

I hope you find my tips for hosting a small party at home helpful.  These tips can work for holiday parties, birthday parties, book club gatherings, or just having your gal pals over to catch up.

Looking to create an epic charcuterie board for your next party?  Check out THIS POST where I break down how to build one step by step.