Cherry Plaid & Little Beret

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Topshop Moto Jacket, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Turtleneck| Halogen Plaid Skirt, sold out (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots | F21 Beret (Similar HERE) | Maybelline Colorsensational Pencil Liner
Christmas may be over but I am still so in love with this skirt! This piece was such a huge success during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in August but I wanted to wear it for the holidays so it’s now just coming out to play. It doesn’t sport too much of the Christmas vibe which makes it perfect for any day in the Winter season. Though it was such a big hit, I was a little sad upon receiving it in the mail. It was HUGE on me even as an XS.

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The waistline down to the hem ran at least 2-3 inches wider which resulted in a lot of tailoring. But what’s great about Nordstrom is their tailoring service. I took it back to the store shortly after it arrived and had it done there. The tailor that assisted me was extremely helpful. Due to the fact that we had so much to take off, we needed to keep it’s slight A-line shape in tact. And I believe she did a wonderful job when I went to pick it up at the end of the week. It fit like a glove and kept it’s shape.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for reading! Now on to 2018.

xx. Valentine

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Plaid, Bows & Red

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Ann Taylor Tie Sleeve Blouse, sold out, (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Bow Plaid Skirt  sold out (Similar HERE & HERE), Charles David Black Pumps (Similar HERE & HERE) | Loewe Barcelona Dupe (Actual bag HERE) | BP Sunglasses, sold out

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Pencil skirts are everything feminine and chic. I sometimes think I’m really from another generation, the 50’s to be precise. I love how formfitting they are and the way they hug curves, even on a slim petite person like myself. This skirt is what you’d call midi length because it falls below my knees, but it works so well because of the “tailored” silhouette. Of course, it must be form fitting otherwise it looks like I’m playing dress-up. Which is where I tailored it because it was a bit big in the waist and down to the hem.

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The print isn’t overwhelming so it doesn’t cause distraction where it’s not needed. Pencil skirts work quite well for any function. It’s especially useful in a 9-5 job because it’s appropriate but also chic.
You can also dress it down for casual days and it works wonders for a holiday party. This one HERE & HERE  from Boohoo are what I am currently coveting for the New Year’s ball drop. It definitely works for a Christmas party too!

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I can’t wait for all the festivities!
xx. – Valentine

Over the Knee Boots on a Budget

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I love Fall/Winter for reasons of color, the cozy sweaters and hot chocolate runs but what’s troubling is also finding over the knee boots to fit my petite legs. Every year I get super excited to shop for these seasons and then I get to the shoes department and find myself trying on 10+ pairs of boots, with none that fit right. I’m not a fan of boots with a wide opening or ones that sit with too much sag. It drowns out my shape and does not look clean on a petite frame in my opinion.

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After searching (in stores and all over the net – with multiple boot orders and 90% of them being failed attempts) I’ve found a few that I can happily say work fashionably well on the petite legs and don’t break the budget. These all fall under $150.00 as opposed to the famous Stuart Weitzman OTK boots (HERE, HERE, & HERE) that run between $400.00 to $800.00. There are many other variations from this designer but the three listed are my favorites from what I’ve tried on in store. They definitely fit like a glove and do well with sitting on the leg. But I can’t justify purchasing something that are well over $400 because they get used, worn and torn over time.  Maybe in the near future, I might cave and invest.
For a quick calf circumference, I measure 12 inches.
Here are my favorite OTK boot finds:
**Marlo Tan – OTK Boot  from Goodnight Macaroon. Currently on sale at 20% off for one more day!! (the material is artificial suede but has the luxe look and feel of real suede).
**Both of these boots fit extremely well over bottoms without slippage. But they do somewhat slip with knee high socks, yet are the best OTK boots I’ve ever purchased. Both of these fit at 13″ in circumference.
**Carina – OTK Boot from Goodnight Macaroon. Currently on sale at 20% off for one more day!! (material is artificial suede but has the luxe look and feel of real suede). Click HERE to see how I styled it.
Charles David Gunter Boots – These were my first pair of OTK boots. They don’t fit as well as the previous boots I mentioned from Goodnight Macaroon but are definitely an exceptional pair. Click HERE, HERE & HERE to see how I styled it. These measure 12.50″ in circumference.
Another version, Halogen Scarlett OTK Boots – (Halogen Noble OTK Boots, sold out), these have a different opening and shape to them. They are loose but do not sag and look amazing with sweater dressers. Click HERE & HERE to see how I wore it. These measured 14″ in circumference because of the gap opening.
INC Delisa Thigh High Boots – I love how sleek these look and you can reference them in the pictures of this post. They are not real leather which I made the mistake of overlooking when I purchased them. Though I was ok with it when they arrived. Instead, the texture is super soft and molds into your leg shape. And the price on these are a steal right now! These measured 13″ in circumference around my knees.

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It’s always a fun challenge to reach a little further and find pieces that work with my height and shape. The outcomes are rather surprisingly good. I’ve discovered smaller brands that sell petite pieces at really good prices.
I hope this will aid you in adding new boots into your shoe wardrobe.
Thank you for reading. Happy Tuesday Friends!

xo. Valentine

Zara Jacket (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Stripe Sweater (Similar HERE & HERE) | Ann Taylor Leggings | INC Delisa Thigh High Boots| Francescas Backpack, sold out,  | Michael Kors Tabitha Sunglasses