Petite Friendly Coats

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I definitely love a maroon coat for Fall. I bought this one last season but I’ll be wearing it for many Fall/Winter seasons to come. It’s a lot heavier than it looks and warm enough for anything 30 degrees and above. Ideally, if it were made of wool, this would be the perfect coat for all of Winter here in the Midwest.
I love my neutral coats, but sometimes a splash of color against the snow is needed. Fall doesn’t stick around too long so color anywhere in my Winter wardrobe is great!

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And because I’m quite petite (five feet one to be exact), all of my coats run below knee length. The long layer allows me to be a little forgiving with what I wear underneath.
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A few shops that carry petite friendly coats are Banana Republic, this ONE I’m coveting right now. J. Crew’s Lady Day Coat is fitted just right and comes in a few colors HERE, though it is an investment piece and one that you will be wearing for seasons to come. And Nordstrom has an array of petite coats, a couple on my wish list are these HERE (this one is on sale) & HERE.
These would make great gifts for you or a friend, sister, or mother. Now who’s excited for Christmas?!

xx. Valentine

 

Maroon Coat (last season – Similar HERE & HERE) | Tweed-Detail Blouse (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots | Kate Spade Crossbody (Similar HERE & HERE)
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Faux Real ..

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WHBM FAUX Fur Vest| Gap Tunic (featured HERE) (Similar HERE & HERE) | Goodnight Macaroon OTK Boots (Similar HERE , HERE & HERE) | Michael Kors Sloan Editor (featured HERE) (HERE in Black -other colors available too)

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I’ve been shopping around for a faux fur vest since the beginning of fall and there are just so many variations. I wanted to buy one that had a soft monochromatic scheme. So when I found this one, I was pretty excited until I looked at the hefty price tag. So I waited another month before going through with the purchase and got it for 40% off pre-black Friday sales.
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Now if you’ve been following my blog for some time, I am an XXS Petite. But with this vest, I had a hard time choosing between the XXSP or XSP. Reason being, I would be able to layer it on top of a leather jacket with one size up. So when I went to the store, I only tried what I reserved, the XXSP and it worked out great! I wore it  over my black wrap coat and I wasn’t bulging anywhere.
What I also love about this vest are the hidden hook clasps allowing you to wear it completely closed. Though I prefer mine open for visuals of what I’m wearing underneath. This is the layering I mentioned above. And the vest hits right at my hips with no gaping in the arm holes like some of the vests I’ve tried on. This one is tailored really well for someone with a rectangular body shape.
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Other vests (in various colors and ALL FAUX FUR) I’m loving at the moment are .. (all of which are under 130.00).
 Michael Kors – in a luxe black faux fur, hits at the hit and is 80% off!
Love Token – available in this blush pink with a ribbed back panel and faux fur on the front
Via Spiga– white and very soft black spots, collarless and on sale until 11/27!
Elietian – comes in two colors (mauve and black), though mauve is absolutely beautiful – on sale as well!
Topshop – stunning piece with shades of brown and cream, collarless and is super cute over a sweater dress – i love topshop!
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I hope your thanksgiving was a great one! Now on to Christmas, my most coveted holiday. Have a good weekend loves!

xx. Valentine

Remembering …

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Nine years ago since I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, it’s made me more sensitive to myself and my surroundings. I feel like a ticking time bomb through half of my day, worried something may arrest my mind and I would be trapped with whatever little thought(s), statement(s) and question(s) that began it all. Its The Chapters you don’t write and it just appears. It pains like going through love letters of the one that got away which you saw one day at a local shop, happily married and with children. And you’re here, still unwed and in no relationship since that break up. This was the daily cycle …. and then August 17, 2017 happened. The most tragic feat in my 26 years.
My little brother committed suicide.
I write this with tears welling up because it’s a wound that keeps ripping open. No matter how you do it and what you use. It wasn’t going to become a scar, it is forever open. I understand death happens, but death by inner demons, I remain defeat. With this loss, so many thoughts run rampant and you don’t know where to go with them; so you try and slowly put pieces together to help contain yourself. But trying became a useless word and that useless word became just letters. Therefore, this became “these days”. These days of uncontrollable crying, these days of heavy sleeping and then these days of no soul activities. My motivation began grieving for itself and I.
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Three mornings in a row after his death, I awoke crying profusely. “If this is a one-liner …  it’s a really bad one”, I said to myself. Yet, it was alive and thriving in my face. I hated jokes for awhile after. I didn’t get the point and I lived through them with some half-hearted smiles but mostly blank stares. And then I began questioning everything. I mostly questioned, “is this me mourning myself (because of my mental attempts) through my brother’s death?” .. “Why am I coping with this loss a lot harder then those around me?” …I hate this…
Grief had me running the same circle. Its blunt force trauma to my mind as it sat far enough to watch, masterminding it’s next move as I’m bleeding out. This had me in mental solitude, giving me life to contemplate. ..”I am struggling with depression, but I couldn’t help. We both would’ve drowned without a fight to survive”… At least that’s how I saw it. I didn’t want to consider his because I was struggling to control mine. And now I feel an immense sense of guilt.
Two weeks after the passing, I had my first dream about him. He didn’t come gentle, he appeared as a a rotting presence. He sat in a crouched position, reaching his hand out to me but I was too afraid to reach back and cowered away. Even in death, I wouldn’t help him. Only after I woke up that I realized how useless I was. I wasn’t living to improve my mental health. He was a significant part of my life and of course I realize it after he’s gone.
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So he came back … in a second dream where he was a solider. He was returning home after a long war in one piece and with the biggest smile. If you knew him, all of these homecoming videos burrowed a dwelling in his to-watch box. And I didn’t see it at first, but then I realized why I watched them. The idea of coming home to someone who waits day in and out for you for months and years. To feel loved and be loved. That’s why he viewed them.
I could sit here and wish this and that, but it’s not going to change anything. It definitely isn’t going to magically summon back the one who has gone. In Alvis’ goodbye letter, he said he’s sorry for not being good enough and to continue with life and all the things that come with. But THAT was it, he didn’t have to be good enough, he was him and much more. I didn’t know this kind of miss until you showed me little brother. It’s the most tragic kind but it lets me know our sib bond was real.
…This is a process .. one day at a time.
(You’ll be my little brother. Always & Forever.)

❤  Valentine..

P.S. This cape does good. I definitely feel invincible on a day this is on.
Knit Cape (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Ann Taylor Leggings |Grey Suede OTK Boots (Similar HERE , HERE & HERE) | Zara Handbag (Similar HERE & HERE w/o wrap around scarf) | DVF Sunglasses (Similar HERE)

 

Feelin’ Velvet

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I’ve never tried the boyfriend trend (boyfriend jeans, boyfriend blazer or button up) …until this jacket. There isn’t a particular reason why but I’ve seen some bloggers pull it off quite well. I’d like to think of boyfriend clothes as something I cuddle up and sleep in. Though this jacket changed that. This piece is perfect for office wear, a great twist on the traditional blazer. I purchased it from Express, in which I rarely shopped until a few months ago because of the Petite Sizes addition.

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I would definitely wear it for holiday parties. Here, I paired it with this dotted blouse from Banana republic. Both have subtle character but work really well together.

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And of course orange is a must for Fall. Every time I pair orange and black, I can’t help but think it’s Halloween all over again.

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I know I’m late to the game with this boyfriend trend but I love it with this velvet jacket. I plan to try boyfriend jeans next. I’m very much into tailored pieces for the sake of my small frame, so something that’s supposed to be worn over sized is a challenge. But stay tuned and you may just see something new fall into my wardrobe.

xx – Valentine

Express Velvet Jacket (in Petite XXS) | Banana Republic Clip Dot Blouse | ASOS Trousers (Similar HERE & HERE) | Banana Republic Heels (featured HERE) | Kate Spade Bag | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE)