Tweed Jacket & Micro Mini Skirt


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.
How has your weather been, where ever you are?


xx. Valentine


RED on Repeat


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)

The Pink Moto Coat


..I can see Spring just beyond the Horizon…
xx. Valentine
Banana Republic Moto Coat, sold out (Similar HERE) | Michael Kors SweaterON SALE! | Levi’s 710 Super Skinny Jeans | Goodnight Macaroon OTK Boots (Featured HERE; Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Carla Ferreri Backpack, color sold out – other color (HERE)

Reworking a Winter Wardrobe


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:
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


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


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
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.
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
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!
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)
**White House Black Market

In the Details: The Outlet Gem


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!


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.


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.
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)

Cherry Plaid & Little Beret


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.


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.


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

xx. Valentine


Over the Knee Boots on a Budget


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.


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.


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

Faux Real ..


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)


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!

xx. Valentine


Remembering …

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.)

❤  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)



Cafe Lurcat


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.


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.


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)