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.
Halogen Scarlett OTK Boots – 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

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)

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)

 

 

Romantic Florals

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I used to only wear florals as a Spring staple because the season was right. But it seems, everything fits into Fall if you change the tone of the colors just a bit. These romantic florals go right along with the color of the leaves. At the beginning of Fall I wore this burnt orange dress in this post and it quick became a season staple. Reason being how easy it was to wear and you could dress it up or down.

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With this dress, I quickly picked it up without thinking twice. Forever 21’s dresses this Fall are so appropriate and their on trend pieces are very affordable. Something in which I look for if I don’t see myself wearing it through to next season.

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Can you see how sweet these ruffles are? Absolutely feminine and so chic.

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I have to say again, how much fun I had in this little dress. Even my boyfriend commented on how nice I looked and he’s never one to comment on my outfits because fashion is the furthest from interest to him.
So get in on it and shop this look below. Wear it out for a date or just because, it’s so worth it!

xx – Valentine

Forever 21 Tiered Dress | Joie Boots | Francesca’s Convertible Backpack (Dupe of Celine) | BP Sunglasses

Cafe Lurcat

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What’s more appropriate than a sweater dress and over the knee boots for Fall! It screams comfy yet chic and is easy to throw together for a date night. We went down to this fancy Cafe & Bar in Minneapolis that sits across the Sculpture Garden. This little date had been in the works for a year and I honestly don’t know why we waited! The alley way leading up to it was like something out of New York.

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Though I have never been to New York, it seems to exist here and there in parts of Minneapolis. I definitely don’t mind that since it keeps the cost of traveling at bay. But when I need to feel life, I like the hustle Minneapolis gives.

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There’s so much of Minnesota that I’ve yet to see. I’m always planning something when I run across a picture on Pinterest  and have it planned down to the detail.
… traveling is wonderful but staycations are amazing too …

xx – Valentine

J. Crew Petite Iconic Coat | Gap Tunic | Joie OTK Boots (featured HERE) | Valentino Rockstud Bag (Similar HERE & HERE)

Mini & Pink

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I can’t get enough of this pink trench!! Though this color may be trendy, I’ve been able to wear it through last season and this. And of course it’ll fit in with Spring. I paired it here with a mini houndstooth skirt. I overlooked the idea of pink and black paired, forgetting that they work so well together.

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After I purchased this coat, this color pairing has become one of my favorites. I believe it’s because pink is such a bright feminine color while black and white are more subdued.

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What’s your favorite colors to pair together? I also like purple and yellow  or pastels. And I’m quite excited for the Christmas because jewel tones will come out to play. The nostalgia of childhood memories is strong when anyone talks Christmas. Funny how I’ve completely jumped over Halloween and Thanksgiving. Two other fun holidays, but they just don’t quite live up to the lights, a winter wonderland and a warm fireplace.
Thanks for reading and Happy Friday Friends!

xx – Valentine

ASOS Trench Coat | H&M Black turtleneck (featured HERE) | H&M Mini Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots (Similar HERE) | Kate Spade Crossbody (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE)