RED on Repeat

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xx. Valentine
Zara Parka, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Ann Taylor Sweater, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Ann Taylor Leggings, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots | Mango Box Bag, sold out (Similar HERE) | H&M Scarf, sold out (Similar HERE) | Forever 21 Beret, sold out (Similar HERE) | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE & HERE)
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Mirrored Glasses :: Belted Coat

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xx. Valentine
Sam Edelman Coat, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Ralph Lauren Wool Sweater, sold out (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Levi’s 710 Super Skinny Denim (Similar HERE & HERE) | Banana Republic Boots, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Kate Spade Bag | BP Mirror Sunglasses (Featured HERE; Similar HERE) | Lips : Mac Velvet Teddy

RED :: Zara Tweed

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This is an especially red pair of trousers which reminds me a bit of Christmas. But a little of that holiday outside it’s time frame is never a bad thing. But I’ve had these in my ASOS shopping basket for a month before I decided to purchase it. I bought it believing I would wear it for a Valentine’s date with the boyfriend or a Galentine’s night out. Neither of those happened on the actual day but it’s still a good pair for a 9 to 5 job or because you like to look nice. I’m not a fan of wearing sweat pants for any outing, I believe in the if you look good, you feel good.

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These trousers worked so well with this tweed trim blouse. It’s almost as if they were made as a complementary pair. Zara’s Spring collection has many great pieces this year. I’m actually quite worried for my bank account. LOL. I usually only purchase shoes from Zara online but it’s been a little more than that in the past two months. This blouse just screams chic and feminine, especially with the sleeves extending into this billowy form. I definitely will be getting lots of wear out of it.

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I love how they added ruffles extending from the collar. It’s like a feminine, airy version from the times of Versailles. Something you’d see King Louis wear (without the tweed of course).

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What’s most exciting is that Spring is in the air. It’s been snowing here and there in the Midwest, but I believe it’s on it’s way out. I’m already shopping for Spring pieces with no where to wear them yet.
Have you cleared your winter wardrobe yet?
xx. Valentine
Blank NYC Moto Jacket, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Tweed Trim Blouse | ASOS Petite Trousers | Charles David Heels (Similar HERE & HERE) | Kate Spade Bag, old (Similar HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses, old (Similar HERE)

Reworking a Winter Wardrobe

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Winter is my least favorite season or should I say I wouldn’t mind it if it didn’t exist. Or maybe it should only exist on Christmas and when I’m inside by a warm fireplace. This is only because I absolutely dislike shopping for a winter wardrobe; nothing which comes into the fashion market during this time really excites me except for the few pieces here, some cozy sweaters and coats. So I’ve had to find ways to rework my wardrobe to keep my creativity flowing.

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This first piece that I have restyled many times (and not just for the winter season) is a great jacket or blazer. I absolutely love structure, especially when it also has a great fit because of my petite frame. Below are what I am coveting right now:
Shein – Pearl Bead Tweed Blazer (HERE & HERE) | Talbots – Checked Blazer | Talbots – Velveteen Blazer | WYLDER – Sequin Blazer | J.Crew – Parke Blazer | Ralph Lauren – Herringbone Blazer
Halogen – Leather Moto Jacket | Lafeyette 148 – Lyndie Jacket | WHBM – Tweed Jacket

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A second favorite piece and also great for layering is a mock neck or turtleneck sweater. These work amazingly tucked into a pair of trousers, skirt or half-tucked into faux (vegan is my fav) leather leggings. Some of my favorites are by H&M (bargain prices) and Lauren Ralph Lauren (more pricey but amazing quality).
H&M : Fine-knit Turtleneck, Ribbed Mock Sweater, Mohair-blend Turtleneck | Lauren Ralph Lauren : Striped Turtlneck, Turtleneck Sweater
Below are some more of my fav’s that are in fun, interesting prints and cuts.
Tory Burch – Retractable Turtlneck | Calvin Klein – Convertible Turtleneck Sweater | Michael Kors – Distressed Turtleneck (also featured HERE) | A.L.C. – Cropped Turtleneck

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My third loved piece I have reworked lots this season are my vegan leather leggings. It’s funny how I used to think wearing “leather” was over the top … until I got into my first “leather” jacket and WOW! Did everything change. Never say never right? .. But again, don’t get into something just because everyone else is into it. Make sure it fits you and your style first.
Here are some of my favorite faux/vegan leather leggings/pants. Also keep in mind I like a particular shine which is semi-matte. It looks more real and not plastic-like.
Free People – Vegan Leather Leggings | David Verner – Vegan Leather Leggings | Aqua – Faux Leather Trim Leggings | Nasty Gal – Vegan Leather Pants
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My vegan leather leggings are always tucked into the boots with a form fitting sweater or oversized one, half tucked into one side. A majority of my tops are always half-tucked because they extend my legs and defines my waist/silhouette. It’s also another detail to add interest to the outfit.

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And the last item on my list I have worked to death in this weather are two ankle boots. I’ve interchanged between two kinds this season. One of which is suede and the other is leather. The suede ones are by Banana Republic and is pictured in this post. Sadly, they are no longer available since they were from two seasons ago. And the Grazie Studded Bootie are by Calvin Klein. You’ll find below other booties that I am keenly interested in purchasing as well.
H&M – Leather ankle boots (in beige) | Franco Sarto – Faux-fur Trim Ankle Boots | IRO – Iro Amliss Ankle Boots | Reiss – Zoe Ankle Boot | Carvela – Granite Faux Pearl Embellished Ankle Boots
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I wear these booties with leggings tucked into them, or with trousers/jeans that hit higher on the ankle so there is just a bit of skin showing between the shoe and pant. Another way I where them is with a skirt and light black tights.

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I hope you found these tips useful and maybe new some pieces may end up in your wardrobe as well. Thank you for reading!
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xx. Valentine
H&M Blazer, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Sweater | **WHBM Vegan Leather Leggings, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE)| Loewe Barcelona Dupe (featured HERE) | Banana Republic Boots, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses (Similar HERE & HERE)
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In the Details: The Outlet Gem

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I’ve always been a shopper at Outlet Malls because the prices are unbeatable. So when I got into the game of shopping this one particular outlet store, I honestly don’t know why I waited so long. I was introduced to Opitz Outlet where they sell designer brands at 70% off retail. It’s incredible what you can find in here and they’re all one of a kind pieces that are no longer available outside of this shop.
Within this place is where I found this wool skirt. It was originally 92.00 and I purchased it for 52.00, which is a steal for something 100% wool. And no, the skirt is NOT at all scratchy which is a HUGE plus. The downside was how big the skirt ran against my small frame. It’s labeled a size 0 but it fit like a size 4 so I went ahead and tailored it myself. I am definitely happy with how it turned out. It’s like the skirt was made just for me!

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Outlet stores are honestly the greatest things. I used to be employed by a shop within an outlet strip and I learned so much about how outlet prices and retail prices work. Which is where I credit my ability to know quality at a low price. This made me view fashion in a different way where you don’t have to pay full price for material items when you could pay half.
I also learned as an employee then that full price items often make their way into outlet stores between 3 to 6 months after it debuts; sometimes it’s 9 months after. And it’s because they had inventory that didn’t sell or it was some or the only one left from a past season. Which, in my opinion, a material item can still work even if trends come and go. I’m a big believer in not following all the trends you see out there. At most, I’ve only ever found myself following between 2 to 3.

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The trends that do happen just don’t all appeal to me at once. And I find that you don’t have an absolute style of your own when you have all the trends piled on together. But I am not bashing any of the trend leaders out there because I’ve seen some style bloggers do a phenomenal job at it. I usually take one or two trends that cohesively work together and pair it with classic pieces.
Opitz Outlet is a great place to shop but it is a hit or miss too. This little wool skirt was a HUGE hit and it defines a lot about my style. It’s feminine, chic and trendy and it’s something I would wear over and over, all styled in many ways. And the grommet details won’t appeal to a lot of people but I believe it adds character to the classic A-line silhouette of this skirt. I’ve found a new love for Opitz Outlet.
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xx. Valentine
Tahari Wrap Coat | Cliche Sweater, sold out | Wool Skirt, Opitz Outlet| Joie OTK Boots (Featured HERE & HERE) | Kate Spade Bag, sold out (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | BP Sunglasses, sold out (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE)