Summer Stripes // J.O.A.


I LOVE STRIPES! They remind me of Paris. The way the french girls dress it, minimal and so chic. Now I know not everyone likes it because it can shorten or can make you appear wider; so petite women have been told to avoid them. But I’d like to differ.


Not all stripes are created equal, but petite women can own it. Whether these stripes are placed close or far apart on a garment, you can choose and wear accordingly for your body. Like this top from Nordstrom. The lines are vertical and horizontal. The reason why it doesn’t appear off is because of how it closely fits to my body and on top of that, there’s a tie-belt allowing me accentuate my waist. The little flare below the waist gives me hips too (this part though, may not work for all petite bodies. I have a rectangular shape of close equal width from the shoulders all the way through to my hips).  This top was
What ever the reason, there are a few striped choices to choose from, direction wise. I find that trying it on, in multiple cuts or fabric, works wonderfully.


If you love stripes, great! If you’re trying it out for the first time, don’t splurge on a quality piece until you know how stripes sit on you. But it is a classic staple and everyone should have it in their wardrobe. It’s great for dressing up or down.

xx. Valentine

J.O.A. Stripe One Shoulder | Paige Denim Skinny (Similar HERE & HERE) | Michael Kors Sloan Editor Shoudler Bag | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE) | Forever 21 Statement Studs (Similar HERE & HERE)

Cityscape // Express Petite


I love duster coats!! And Being petite doesn’t stop me from wearing them. In fact, I believe they lengthen your height when it’s the correct cut. Which Express has done a wonderful job with. When the length falls just right as well as the sleeves, you’ve got a good thing going. I stand at only 5 feet and this coat isn’t drowning me at all.


When I first saw this is in regular sizing, I pulled the smallest size (0 Regular) just to try on. And yes, obviously the cut wasn’t working. But of course I knew that Express carries Petite Sizes online, therefore I jumped on the site and made a purchase.
The color is a beautiful shade of sunset pink, which is perfect for Spring/Summer. And I included Summer because it’s actually been 65 degrees and windy here (Mother Nature has been playing tricks). So this has been my go to jacket. In terms of weight, the fabric is semi-light and airy.


Since I wanted this jacket to stand out, I paired it with a basic distressed tee and skinny denim. I threw on the shoulder bag to keep the shades of pink repeating. In a previous post, I mentioned that I have been wearing blush pink as a neutral, and here it is just that but it also compliments the shade in the jacket. So you can definitely dress the jacket up or down.
I hope everyone’s weekend was well, whether it was a relaxed one or you had an event. Thanks so much for reading. Happy Monday!

xx. Valentine

Express Petite Jacket (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Ten Sixty Sherman Tee (Similar HERE & HERE) | Levi’s 710 Skinny (Similar HERE & HERE) | Kate Spade Shoulder Bag (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Studded Flats (Similar HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE & HERE)

..Levi’s // Short-Shorts..


Nothing is better than comfortable clothes, literally. A pair of shorts and a tee is sometimes all I feel like jumping into. But I still wanted to look put together, so what do you grab? .. Of course a blazer! And also, a pair of stiletto pumps. I love how they elongate your legs and because you’re covered heavily on top, your legs paint the way to a semi-dressed up look. This look also works for a date night without looking like you walked out of ‘Pretty Woman’ (Sorry Julia).



xx. Valentine

H&M Blazer (Similar HERE & HERE) | Forever 21 ‘No Photos Tee‘ | Levi’s 535 Shorts (Similar HERE & HERE) | Mango Metallic Handle Bag | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE) | H&M Scarf (Featured HERE)

.. Bliss..


I’ve been on the hunt for earrings that yell their own story. They are reminiscent of my culture and breathtakingly beautiful.


I just love the idea of finding a piece of me, a piece of home, a piece of my history and my family’s history in a jewelry item. They’re intimate you see, holding a place of warmth and joy. So when a material item becomes more than material, it’s pure bliss.


I love how authentic Baublebar is. And they never disappoint in the pieces they create. I’ve been a long time fan but they’ve definitely gotten something bigger out of me, a memory. Something that roots me back home.
Thanks so much for reading friends! I hope you enjoyed a brief story of my happiness. What’s a memory of yours from a material item?

xx. Valentine

J.O.A. Off Shoulder Top | Levi’s 710 Skinny (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara pumps (Featured HERE) | Michael Kors Tweed Shoulder Bag | Baublebar Isadora Earrings

..Rosie Huntington Whiteley Inspired ..


I was totally channeling RWH. She’s one of my favorite models whom I look to for outfit inspirations. Rosie’s style is always chic and effortless and she never over does it.
So let’s talk about you .. Who do you look up to for inspiration?

xx. Valentine

H&M Blouse | Levi’s 710 Skinny Denim  (Similar HERE)| Mango Metallic Handle Bag (Featured HERE ) | Sam Edelman Ankle Boots (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Neck Scarf – tied around bag handle (Similar HERE & HERE)



I always hear the burning question of how to wear leopard print in the Spring/Summer months and it’s very doable. It all depends on what kind of fabric your top or bottom piece is. Linen is great for the warmer months and so is sheer, free flowing blouses. On accessory items though, it works on all.

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You’ll find that most luxury designers use calf hair for their handbags and shoes. The high street shops such as H&M will use fabric. Which ever you choose, should work with you and your outfits. I on the other hand love quality bags because they do last a long time. But sometimes I make high street handbag purchases because it’s a trend. My shoes though, I tend to wait for a sale or buy high street as well because they will wear and tear a lot quicker.

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Leopard is definitely a bold print and it doesn’t work for everyone. But it’s a classic and can be worn year round. If you start small with the print on a wallet or a neck-tie scarf and work your way up, you’ll start to feel out how to couple pieces together. I typically form a bold print with a simple outfit or vice versa. On a more courageous scale, you can pair leopard with floral or stripes. But what ever you choose, wear it with confidence.
Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to shop this look below. Happy Tuesday friends!

xx. Valentine

J.Crew Tunic (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Tulip Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Valentino Rockstud Clutch in Leopard (Similar HERE & HERE) | Banana Republic Ankle Boots (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Waist Belt (Similar HERE)

Extra Petite // Floral Jumpsuit

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The struggle with being extra petite is finding clothes to fit exactly right.
Since the ninth grade, I have literally stayed the same height and weight. And I’ve always been told to shop in the little girl’s section, granted they have really cute pieces, but cute (as in 10 years old and two pony tails) doesn’t quite fit the mold when you’re 26.

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So I’ve found myself shopping in the juniors section on occasion because they fit well enough. What’s great now is how diverse the fashion world is becoming, to conform to ALL body sizes. So while that’s in the works, I’ll have to be patient and persistent still. But sometimes, surprises come knocking.

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Like this spontaneous shopping trip, where I finally find what I’ve been looking for the last two months. The floral jumpsuit was a great buy from Marshalls. It wasn’t overpriced (Marshalls never is which is fabulous) and then I tailored the bust area half an inch on each side to create a slim silhouette atop (before is was flowy, like a blouse). On the other hand, the bottom section didn’t need to be hemmed, which is rare since I stand at only 5’1/2″. With all the jumpsuits I’ve tried earlier this Spring, they all had at least six inches of extra fabric. So in all, I won that day fashion world!

xx. Valentine

Sienna Sky Jumpsuit (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Zara Pumps (Featured HERE) | H&M Shoulder Bag | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE & HERE)