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)

Mirrored Glasses :: Belted Coat


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

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)

New Year, New Me


WhoWhatWear Cardigan, sold out (Similar HERE & HERE) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Turtleneck | Levi’s 710 Super Skinny Jeans | Goodnight Macaroon OTK Boots, in color: cognac (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | Micheal Kors Bedford, sold out | BP Mirror Aviators, sold out (Featured HERE; Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) | 3CE Mood Lip Color, in Matte #114 Rows 


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).
5. Live.


xx – Valentine.

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

Petite Friendly Coats


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?!

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)