laced in dusk

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It’s been fall for the last month and I’m just now sporting the leather jacket, an ideal piece for this season. And how perfect that this skirt just compliments the dusky sky. This was quite the fitting outfit to end the week.
But it has been a long one especially with some personal loss that’s happened. Now it’s time to enjoy the last of October and onto giving thanks.

xx. -Valentine

Outer: Blanc Noir Faux Leather Jacket* (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Top (Inside): H&M Neck Tie Blouse (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Bottom: F21 Lace Skirt* ( Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Shoes: Charles David Pumps (Similar HERE & HERE) | Handbag: F21 Studded Crossbody (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE)
*NO LONGER AVAILABLE

red.lip.classic.

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Can I just say that red lips are always in?! At least in my world they are. So much so that wearing them on this cute little sweater might deem me as obsessive. But that’s ok because like Elizabeth Taylor said, ” …put on some lipstick (red of course) and pull yourself together.”
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I love the idea of a feminine outfit but not so pulled together sometimes, so I wore these faux leather pants to toughen up the look. But because black is a color staple in my wardrobe, you’ll never not see me without it somewhere within my look of the day.
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Here the sun was in the midst of setting, hence the intense glowing skin. But let’s really take a moment to enjoy the wall, it’s quite picturesque.
Thanks so much for reading! Click the links below to find where to get this look.

xx. -Valentine

Outer: H&M Jacket (Similar HERE & HERE) | Tops: F21 Lips Sweater – H&M Sleeveless bow tie top* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Bottom: F21 Faux leather pants* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Handbag: Zara quilted crossbody (Featured HERE or Similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes: Charles David Pumps (Similar HERE & HERE) | Lips: Revlon* (Similar HERE & HERE)

RED

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Let’s take a moment to take in this leopard beret … it’s so perfect. I find it funny when leopard print is announced as “fall trend” every time this season comes around. It’s a staple and can be worn year round. And it especially pops against red as I have it paired here.

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To keep the the outfit aligned, I pulled out my Micheal Kors oversized clutch in the color luggage. But what I love is draping a jacket in this way, just above the shoulders. It adds a cool factor and is another way to wear one.

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And yet another week of fall is gone. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I definitely couldn’t start the week without another beret outfit. Thanks so much for reading!

xx. -Valentine

Outer: White House Black Market Jacket* (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Top: WHBM Peplum top* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Bottom: Levi’s 710 Skinnies (Similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes: Zara red lace flats (Similar HERE & HERE) | Accessories: Bag – Michael Kors Oversized Clutch* (Similar HERE & HERE) – Hat: Leopard Beret* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Lips: Revlon* (Similar HERE & HERE)

pleats & high grace

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Trumpet sleeves have been around but for this trend to resurface in Fall of 2016 is so great! H&M did good with this top. It’s got a romance and ethereal feel. Another thing I love about this blouse is how versatile it will become in the seasons to follow. It’s got a neutral color, which will make pairing it with other pieces easy.

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What really drew me to this trend was the memory it brought back. When I was in middle school, I owned this trumpet sleeve top with colors of a burnt sunset. I absolutely loved it and still have pictures. Granted, the sleeve has evolved much here with small pleats, giving it elegance.

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If Grace Kelly were here today, she would would be absolutely breathtaking in this. It definitely screams Modern Victorian.
 Thanks so much for reading! See you in the next post.

xx. -Valentine

Top: H&M Trumpet Sleeve Blouse (HERE or Similar HERE) | Bottom: H&M Full Skirt (Similar HERE or HERE) | Shoes: Sam Edlemen Strap Heels (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Handbag: Kate Spade Crossbody (Featured HERE or Similar HERE) | Lips: Revlon* (Similar HERE & HERE)
**No longer available.

a little PLAID

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I wore this skirt in a similar way last fall because of how weather appropriate it is. You’ve got your knee high boots and mock neck sweater to make an instant outfit. It sometimes can be a bit challenging to find a skirt that doesn’t make you want to cringe at the cold, yet wearable enough without tights. I sometimes like skirts best without tights; being that you’re wearing a full coverage top and knee high shoes, it leaves just enough for the imagination.

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 It’s most important to wear a whole piece with confidence. Otherwise, you put yourself in an awkward situation and begin to feel uncomfortable with your outfit choice. Because this skirt has some stretch, it allows free movement.

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To complete these pieces, I added a quilted cross body (which i turned into a shoulder bag for this outfit). It plays up the pattern on the skirt. And my handbag isn’t fully dressed without a pom keychain!
I hope you enjoyed this fall day! I love dressing for this season. It’s the most anticipated time (for me at least) and I wouldn’t mind if fall would just stay. Don’t forget, you can shop this look below. Thanks for reading!
Top: H&M Mock Neck Sweater (HERE or Similar HERE) | Bottom: Romeo & Juliet Couture* (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Shoes: H&M Over the knee Boots (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Handbag: Zara Quilted Crossbody (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Accessories: H&M knee high socks (Similar HERE & HERE) – Pom Keychain (Similar HERE & HERE) | Lipstick: Maybelline Red Revival* (Similar HERE & HERE)
*No longer available

 

Classic Move

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Camel is the perfect go to color for any season, but especially for Fall. It has that touch of warmth and is a wardrobe staple. It pairs well with many things, adding classy to an understated outfit or can tone down a colorful piece. The look I have here is to help lengthen my small frame. Standing at only 5 feet, pieces in the same color family or a monochromatic outfit can elongate you.

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While the temp is playing coy, I’m standing here, not sure when the right time is to slip into a coat. Fall seems to always just sneak on by without a word and then Winter hits. There is never enough time to enjoy my trench jackets and Autumnal coats.
I do hope it stays long enough this year for the leaves to live in their colors. Thanks so much for reading! You can shop this look below, just click on the links.
Happy hot chocolate weather!
Outerwear: White House Black Market Sleeveless Trench* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Top: H&M Mock Neck Sweater (Similar HERE & HERE) | Bottoms: Banana Republic Sloan Trousers (Similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes: Charles David Black Pumps (Similar HERE & HERE) | Accessories: Michael Kors Wallet (Similar HERE & HERE) – Pom Keychain (Found HERE & Similar HERE) | Lips: L’oreal (Nude in the city) lipstick* (Similar HERE & HERE)

dreaming of PARIS ..

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Can you imagine what Fall is like in Paris?! It’s absolutely breathtaking in the States here, therefore it must be more than that there. What more than to wear a beret, befitting for this kind of weather. And I couldn’t go without some polka dots in this neck scarf I added to this clutch, one of many ways to wear one.
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But of course red lips are indeed a necessity too if you haven’t noticed. You can never go wrong when you’ve got some red on with killer heels. But like red lips, what’s also nice is to have a white sweater in a different texture. It amps up your outfit and gives a simple wardrobe some details. And of course a mini skirt in confetti like fringe is always fun! It’s a new take on the little black skirt.
As always, thanks for stopping by! Click the links below to shop today’s look!
xx. -Valentine.
Top: Forever 21 Dot Sweater** (Similar HERE & HERE) | Bottom: Express Fringe Skirt** (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Handbag: Zara Oversized Clutch (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Hat: Wool Beret** (Similar HERE & HERE) | Shoes: Ivanka Trump Ankle Boots (Featured HERE & HERE; Similar HERE & HERE) Scarf: WHOWHATWEAR Polka Dot necktie** (Similar HERE & HERE)

Happily Grey

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I am utterly happy Fall is coming closer and closer! The temp is dropping and I cannot wait for the leaves to start changing. It’ll finally be all boots and cozy knits for the next few months!

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Aside from the slowly changing temp, I’ve just been waiting for Summer to fade away before addressing some of my fav fall items. Summer just keeps on keeping on and it’s starting to get old. I mean who doesn’t LOVE Fall!
Thanks so much for reading. Until the next outfit!
Outwear: H&M Black Jacket (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Dress: Sweater Dress (old) (Similar HERE & HERE) | Handbag: Kate Spade Crossbody (featured HERE & HERE) | Shoes: H&M Black Knee High (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Accessory: Michael Kors fur keychain (Similar HERE & HERE) | Lips: Loreal (old) (Similar HERE & HERE)