H&M Tweed Jacket, old (Similar HERE) | Ann Taylor Tie Blouse, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | H&M Faux Leather Skirt (Similar HERE & HERE) | Joie OTK Boots | Chloe Faye Backpack – dupe
This is by far one of my most favorite winter looks. It’s been brutally cold the last month and now that April is on it’s way into the Midwest, I can’t wait for Spring blooms. Even though I was born during the Winter season, it’s not a favorite. So I somehow still find ways to incorporate Fall pieces into this season for the sake of variety. I do find that winter layering is not the most flattering no matter how warm it can be.
But it’s warming up which explains the micro mini skirt and a bit of skin showing. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the snow has decided to stop for the remainder of March.
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
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.
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:
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
I hope you found these tips useful and maybe new some pieces may end up in your wardrobe as well. Thank you for reading!
I LOVE camel-colored anything when it comes to outerwear. It’s versatility pairs perfectly well with just about any outfit. But what I find important is the quality. I’ve owned a few camel colored trench coats in the past and about 90% of them were of a cheaper material. Which probably explains why I’ve owned many.
The one pictured is by Banana Republic which was my first quality, camel-colored coat. I love how BR creates their pieces perfectly tailored for Petites. Someone of my size always has a hard time finding anything to fit without running to the tailor. When I do go in to have a piece tailored, I make sure I am going to wear it more than eight times in a month, which is twice a week. Cost-per-wear is really important to me because I would rather keep something, that fits perfectly well, for years as opposed to a piece that is ill-fitting.
The second quality piece I’ve purchased was my BR trench coat. I wore it until it turned a grey brown and had only washed it a handful of times. BR definitely makes great pieces and is a place I find myself always sifting through.
The last quality piece I’ve purchased was the J. Crew Iconic Trench Coat (featured HERE). I actually didn’t even think about J. Crew until I saw their catalog while sitting at the clinic. After my BR one was laid to rest, I had to get my hands on another coat fast. BR is great but I wanted to try a different brand. I’ve seen the Burberry one but didn’t want to drop $1800.00. And so I looked at high street brands like ASOS and River Island and had no luck or the quality just wasn’t there.
So I took a chance with J. Crew, wincing at the prices while flipping through the pages and then there it was, as beautiful on paper as it was in person. This was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made because of it’s quality, of course, and it was on a sale for Black Friday. It was a sign so I snagged it quick. This one is definitely going to be around for years.
Thank for reading! Let me know what you think about quality vs. quantity? Which category do you stand with?
Last year happened so quick consisting of many ups and downs. I’ve heard and seen a lot of “how great 2017 has been” and vice versa. What I didn’t see coming was the death of my younger brother. It still pains me to think about how swift suicide comes in and captures someone. 2017, was the worst year for me.
But here we are in a brand new year, with 365 days to make it great. I am able to write new pages to my life from what I’ve encountered in the last year and what I can do to improve it. I am determined to pass along more kindness and courage. And I am aggressively more determined to make each day count. Death is such a sad story, but from it I have also learned the meaning of life. Never have I magnified into my memories, big or small. There were great times from what I can recollect, but the Polaroids are missing; the smiles from yesteryear, the still laughs, the silly poses .. the people who made those moments, THE MOMENT in that space and time.
I indict myself for the lack of capturing people. places and time. I am oblivious to a life behind the camera when it comes to the things I just want to enjoy. I got used to the blinking ever so often just to capture enough of it into the files of my mind. This little home I’ve grown into, even the crevices have a say, are used to one directional warmth. So it’s time to spread the contentment a little further and expand the walls.
This expansion will be different though. As a closet introvert, I find change to be scary. It’s not the activity but the unnerving outcome I want to see first. So it’s ironic that I enjoy spontaneous adventures. In my post HERE, I briefly mention the state my mind swims in. I’m an anxious individual that thrives on structure because my anxiety takes on it’s own character when I derail. The definition of structure in my home is comfort. It’s not needing to be afraid because I know where everything lies. But change will be good.
2018 is about looking at myself in a new light. It’s about making things grow bigger and better. It’s also making amends with things of last year. I’ve never committed myself to resolutions and there’s never been a specific reason until now. I’ve sat cradled comfortably for quite too long, and now I’m looking for more to life. If I could tell my 18 year old self a few things, it would be to :
1. Never take anything too seriously because life happens and plans change.
2. Embrace the good, the bad and the weird because they make you, You.
3. Your timeline is different from everyone else so don’t needlessly compare.
4. Take in the sunshine, enjoy some calming tea and meditate (to my forever anxious self).
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!
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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!
I hope your thanksgiving was a great one! Now on to Christmas, my most coveted holiday. Have a good weekend loves!
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.
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.
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.)
P.S. This cape does good. I definitely feel invincible on a day this is on.
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.
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.
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.
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.