Feminine Fall

_MG_6267

If you’ve been following me for a while, you will know that I’m a huge fan of streamlined, tailored pieces because I’m extra petite. These kinds of pieces are fluid and straight throughout so it doesn’t drown my stature.

So when I began to experiment with wider shapes, like these wide leg pants, I was a little worried that it wouldn’t work. The idea I had worked up in my mind was imaginatively perfect, but of course things sometimes don’t work out. Like the time I tried over-sized coats or ankle boots that ran directly across your ankles. It really looked like I was 5 and playing dress up and the booties cut my body up, making me even shorter.

_MG_6325_MG_6278

… but in this case, I tailored the pants to my exact shape and voila! .. it was perfection. Aside from the successful experiment, the color combination of this outfit screams pure Femininity. .. As the word runs along this tee.

_MG_6293_MG_6323_MG_6317_MG_6341

I love every thing about being feminine and fearless. And this outfit proves just that. When you dress amazingly, you feel amazing.

XX. Valentine

Zara Moto Jacket* (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Motif Tee | H&M Trousers | Charles David Pumps* (Similar HERE) | BP Sunglasses* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Chloe Nile Dupe
*no longer available

Advertisements

Leopard Love

_MG_6137

Name someone that doesn’t love leopard in the Fall because it’s definitely a staple for me. …Or technically I wear it year round but I wear it so much more this season. 

_MG_6174_MG_6170_MG_6151

I also added a white tweed coat to bring in all the colors of this tunic. Yes I said tunic; because of my small stature it works perfectly as a dress. 
Sometimes, good things come in different forms. On a taller person this tunic would hit at the hips.

_MG_6182_MG_6160

Do you have/find pieces that work in more than one way for your stature? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to know!
XX. Valentine 
Zara Coat* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Leopard Tunic* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots* (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Fedora* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Zara Bag (Similar HEREHERE)

Fall Must-Haves

_MG_6022

Fall is here! This is the ONE season I wait for all year and most times it doesn’t stay long enough for me to enjoy the colors. I try to get up north as much as I can when it nears this season because the colors are most prominent and available there.
In the cities, you get some trees that have changed and the rest have already fallen off the branches. But what else is exciting about Fall?! Warm, cozy sweaters, beautiful coats and cute BOOTS! .. and more ..

_MG_6035_MG_6083

I go crazy over Fall Shopping so my wallet remains REALLY skinny around this time .. LOL! It’s because I really need those 12 white knits, 4 black boots and 5 berets  .. all of which are in different tones.

_MG_6066_MG_6104

If Fall isn’t going to linger long enough, I guess I’ll just find the colors in my wardrobe.

_MG_6073

What are your Fall obsessions? .. I definitely have WAY TOO MUCH to hold in two hands.
XX – Valentine.
Forever 21 Trench | ASOS Knit* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Levi’s 710 Denim* (Similar HERE) | Steve Madden Pumps* (Similar HERE & HERE) | Forever 21 Bag | Leopard Beret* (Similar HERE) | Ann Taylor Earrings* (Similar HERE & HERE)
*no longer available

Over the Knee Boots on a Budget

_MG_4717

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.

_MG_4694_MG_4745

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.

_MG_4729_MG_4751

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

_MG_4393-3

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!

_MG_4391-2_MG_4480

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.
_MG_4421-2
_MG_4435-2
_MG_4481
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)

Remembering …

_MG_4790
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.
_MG_4895_MG_4812_MG_4877
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.
_MG_4849_MG_4896
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

_MG_4184

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.

_MG_4157_MG_4180

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.

_MG_4172_MG_4211

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.

_MG_4207_MG_4220

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

_MG_4267

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.

_MG_4280_MG_4346

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.

_MG_4323-2_MG_4313-3

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

_MG_4271_MG_4315-3_MG_4357-2

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

_MG_4056

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.

_MG_4062_MG_4117

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.

_MG_4100_MG_4122_MG_4074

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

_MG_4034

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.

_MG_3992_MG_4000

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.

_MG_3989_MG_3943

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)