in like a lion

Tassel sweater (also here); Current/Elliott Stiletto high waist skinny jeans in Yucca wash (sold out, similar here & here); 8″ L.L. Bean boots in Navy/Kelly Green.

J. Crew faux fur scarf in pink (sold out, similar here & here); Tassel sweater (also here); Current/Elliott Stiletto high waist skinny jeans in Yucca wash (sold out, similar here & here); 8″ L.L. Bean boots in Navy/Kelly Green.

We are getting ready for some crazy bad weather here with a nasty nor’easter on its way. Ugh, but at least it’s March. They say if March comes in like a lion, it will leave like a lamb. I certainly hope so.

My trusty Bean boots (proudly made in Maine; here’s my detailed review) will help keep my feet dry and cozy in style. I still love the unexpected colors of my boots. The sweater with all of its detail (tassels, pom poms and pointelle, oh my; here’s my detailed review) and the bubble gum pink hue of my faux fur scarf make me smile.

The skinny jeans are a relatively recent purchase from Nordstrom Rack, but they’re sold out already. I am between sizes since my pregnancy earlier this year. I’m not yet back to my pre-pregnancy size and weight, so these jeans are my go-to until then. I ordered two sizes, 26 and 27, and I kept the 26. So glad I did because they stretched out a smidge and the fit is spot on yet still comfortable. Plus the high waist is flattering for my stomach area, nice.

Bring it on, March. Stay safe, warm and dry! xx



Navy & black striped top; Lululemon reversible leggings (old, similar); Adidas Superstar sneakers.

Old Navy denim jacket (old, similar); Navy & black striped top; Lululemon reversible leggings (old, similar); Adidas Superstar sneakers.

We had a bit of a warm spell earlier this week and we took advantage of it by going to the library for story time and going a long walk. The thick reversible leggings were great for getting on the library floor with my daughter as well as for the brisk walk outside. The Lululemon leggings were on point.

The navy and black striped top crosses over in the back and it makes for an interesting detail. I really love the navy and black stripes together.

And of course, no momiform would be complete without the sneakers. But this mommy and me do it old school with our kicks. Clamshells for life!

Enjoy your weekend! xx

lovely in lace

Pink lace sheath dress; Rose lace fit & flare dress.

Pink lace sheath dress; Rose lace fit & flare dress.

I can’t believe my baby’s first birthday is around the corner. The last twelve months were a deliriously happy blur. Gosh, I love her so. We are looking forward to celebrating her birthday with a fun party that will incorporate Korean first birthday traditions. I hired a professional photographer to capture it all and so we could enjoy every moment. I knew I had to get a pretty dress and it came down to the two dresses above.

I ordered a size 6 in both dresses because they were out of stock in my current dress size 4. But they both fit (yay?), although I am returning the lighter pink dress on the left. It’s a sheath dress so it’s unforgiving in the stomach area. I really don’t feel like wearing spanx or sucking in my stomach and I’d really like to eat and drink at the party, so…. Also, it skews a bit matronly on me, I’m not sure why.

I love everything about the darker rose colored dress except maybe the price. It’s youthful (but not too youthful) and fun. This dress says let’s party tastefully, lol. It’s what I was going for, so it’s perfect. Fortunately, it’s my sister’s birthday this month so she let me use her 15% birthday gift code at Anthropologie–yay for big savings!

Please forgive the sloppy selfie pictures. The blanket on my (dog’s) chair, the dust on the mirror and the two different shoes on my feet make for a hot mess, but I needed to see how the dresses looked in a photograph for me to decide which dress to choose.

I’m ready for the party now that I have the dress, but I’m still not ready for my sweetheart to turn one. Stay little, my baby girl, stay little. 💗💗

glam girl

Foil pleated dress in black gold (on sale for $51.84 with code LTLOVE!)(also more sizes here & here); Mock turtleneck ruffled sleeve dress in black combo (on sale for $49.28 with code LTLOVE!)(also here); Foil pleated dress in black silver (on sale for $51.84 with code LTLOVE!)(also more sizes here & here).

I’m in the market for a night out dress since I’m going to the Super Bowl next month in Minneapolis. I cannot fathom how cold it will be but thankfully the Vikings have a domed stadium for the actual game. It will still be freezing getting around though.

So my plan is a long sleeve dress, thick wool tights and boots. I think I found the holy grail of dresses with the foil pleated number above. And on major discount at Lord & Taylor, especially with the extra 20% off your order with code LTLOVE. I bought all three dresses for about $50 each, I had to at that price. The empire waist on the metallic dress will be flattering and I can still eat in the dress. The A-line ruffle sleeve dress may not be as glam as the other two but it looks cozy and very easy to wear.

Don’t delay if you want to get your glam or cozy on at Lord & Taylor, sizes are selling out fast.

Enjoy your Tuesday! xx

recent outfits

Free People sequin plaid top (also here & here); Spanx faux leather leggings; Mossimo faux suede ankle boots (old, similar).

Spendid striped boyshorts (worn over matching bikini top and bikini bottom); J.Crew sun shirt in navy.

Spendid striped bikini top and striped bikini bottom.

Free People cotton poplin dress in black.

Happy New Year! Hope you enjoyed your holiday season. We had the best Christmas ever because it was our baby’s first Christmas. We also got away for her first vacation in Turks and Caicos to ring in 2018.

Everything I’m wearing above is true to size where I’m wearing a size Small in all of the items except for the bikini and matching boyshorts, which are Mediums. For swimswear, I typically size up one size so I’m wearing my usual size.

Have a great Monday and week!

🖤 avec les filles

Avec Les Filles ruffle sweater & vegan leather moto leggings; Dolce Vita white ankle boots (similar here & here).

Avec Les Filles means “with the girls” in French and it is my favorite clothing brand discovery this year. It has a laid back French girl vibe but with the hint of an edge. And at a great price point where most separates are at or under $100. I was first in love with their rose quartz a/k/a millennial pink slides (see them here & here) and then their clothing (see it here, here, here & here). Their vegan leather is exceptional for the price point. I’m obsessed with my moto miniskirt.

My love for this brand has grown with the addition of this ruffle sweater and vegan moto leggings. Both are true to size, I’m wearing a size Small. The sweater has one small scale ruffle at each shoulder and it has this flattering effect of making your waist appear smaller. I’m sold.

The moto leggings are fantastic and it’s the same vegan leather used for their moto miniskirt–yay. You pull these on like leggings and they are stretchy in the waist so it’s easy on and off. The length is a bit long on me but I folded the hem inward. I was not sure how they would look on my body when I made my online purchase, but I’m so glad I rolled with it. I love these pants!

I have more Black Friday weekend purchases to review so please check back.

15% off cruelty free beauty at macy’s

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (at valleyoftheshoes), you may already know that I’ve recently decided to buy only cruelty free products, going forward. I’ve been doing preliminary research (aka googling) and found there are organizations and blogs that dedicate themselves into listing which companies are cruelty free or not. I check the databases on Peta and Leaping Bunny as well as cruelty free blogs to see if a brand or specific product is cruelty free or not. Some blogs and even brand websites, such as Korres, specify if the ingredients are suitable for vegans or vegetarians. Since this is all new to me, I haven’t had the opportunity to try out the following but they all seem to get high marks online. I will do a follow up review on the items once I’ve started using the products.

I was happy to see that Macy’s offers cruelty free beauty items. There is always Amazon but every now and then you will come across reviews for a product stating it’s not a legitimate product made by the brand, especially for beauty items. I believe Macy’s takes this out of the equation so I can shop with confidence. And a huge bonus that Macy’s has a 15% off beauty and fragrance right now with promo code FRIEND. So, let’s be a good FRIEND to the animals and also save some money for ourselves and holiday gifts!

Tarte eye/blush palette (for $15.30!); Korres lip butter; Korres exfoliating cleanser; Korres fragrance; Korres toner.

The Tarte palette is $15.30! This is a perfect Secret Santa or stocking stuffer. I knew Macy’s carried Tarte but it was a pleasant surprise to see Korres. I’ve been wanting to try this brand but I don’t really shop at Sephora so I just never got around to it. I got their iconic lip butter in guava (clear) and in pomegranate (a peachy tint). I also stocked up on basics such as cleanser and toner. I thought a new fragrance would be fun. All of my Korres picks above are suitable for vegans, I checked with the website. Please correct me if I’m mistaken.

Kenra color maintenance shampoo & conditioner.

I was looking for a shampoo and conditioner that would preserve my hair color and this seems to fit the bill. I hope they work, I just got my hair colored at the salon (a rarity for me these days).

Tarte blush set; Tarte lippie lingerie lipstick; Clean fragrance set; Tarte sunscreen; Tarte toasted eyeshadow palette.

Tarte has a loyal following, especially for their powders such as eyeshadow and blush. Their long staying power is what separates them from their peers, which is what my oily complexion needs (blushes usually disappear after a couple of hours). I also ordered the lipsticks which received high ratings online. The latest buzz on Tarte’s Instagram is the toasted eyeshadow palette. It’s supposed to amazing things for warm complexions (that’s me). There’s this color Flame that is beyond gorgeous on different people, but really all the colors are extraordinary. I ordered Tarte’s sunscreen which is suitable for vegans, it’s another must have basic.

I was intrigued by the Clean fragrance set. It’s hard to find cruelty free fragrances but this company’s scents seem popular. I’ve never heard of this brand, so it’s a bit of a discovery for me.

Do you have a favorite cruelty free beauty or fragrance item that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear about it!

sweater leggings = cozy

Oversized tunic sweater in wine (old color, new colors here, here, here & here; Floral sweater leggings in black; Vaneli harness ankle boots (old, similar).

This outfit shows my love for Free People sweaters since I’m wearing my beloved tunic sweater in wine from last year and my recently purchased sweater leggings (discussed here). On a chilly day like today, my legs were wrapped in their own sweater. Sweater leggings really keep you cozy and warm and they look great under an oversized tunic sweater. This particular pair are well made, they seem to have a tightly woven knit where it doesn’t catch easily on the inside and helps keep out the chilly wind.

I ordered a size Small and they are true to size (I also followed the size chart on Free People’s website). The length is perfect for my shorter legs, where they are not too long (love this!). I also dig the random floral motif, it’s very pretty and the various colors complement many sweaters I already own. I highly recommend these sweater leggings for yourself or as a gift for the holidays.

Have a great week! xx

j.crew review–part 1

Tartan plaid shirt; Red wine tee; Striped tissue turtleneck tee; Black tankini top; Black high waisted bikini bottom.

Red wine tee; Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

I think I found my new drinking shirt, oh yeah. I got my j.crew Oder and of course, this tee was the first up at bat. It’s true to size (size Small) and it’s mid weight where it’s not tissue thin but not thick either. It’s a total keeper. You should buy this tee for the red wine lover in your life for the holidays.

On left: Tartan plaid shirt; Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

On right: Tartan plaid button down shirt (old, similar); Black coated J Brand skinny jeans (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

I ordered the wrong size for the new j.crew Stewart plaid shirt on the left, it’s a size 4. I should have ordered a size 2, which is the size of the j.crew shirt on the right. It’s from last year and still fits me, surprisingly. I would have exchanged the new shirt for a size 2, but the side vents are too high. I could see the waistband of my jeans, which I don’t mind, but I don’t wish to inadvertently flash my muffin top. So, I’m returning this shirt.

Striped tissue turtleneck tee; Banana Republic ruched skirt (old, similar); Vince cardigan (old, similar); Kenneth Cole New York ankle boots in cognac (old, similar).

The j.crew tissue turtleneck in stripes is another keeper for your fall/winter layering needs. It’s true to size (I’m wearing a size Small) and soft like your favorite thin tee. Keep in mind it’s fitted so it will easily fit under your sweaters, sweatshirts, cardigans, etc. without adding bulk. I bought several of these tissue turtlenecks before (and I wore the heck out of them), but they are too small for me now. I’ll get back to my fighting weight again. Until then, I stocked up on these for this fall and winter in other colors too (black, navy, wine and black/ivory stripe).

Black tankini top; Black high waisted bikini bottom.

I debated on showing a pic of me in the tankini since I don’t feel my personal best. But, here it is in the hope that it helps you decide on whether to try this swimsuit or not. Try it, you won’t regret it. It gets top ratings online for good reason, it’s awesome. Keep in mind that I have a longer torso, but it still keeps me covered in the middle. I usually don’t find one-piece swimsuits comfortable or flattering due to the long torso, so this tankini is flipping fantastic.

It’s true to size, I’m wearing a size Small. I also ordered a size Medium, just to see. The Medium was too big in the chest and in the back of the bikini bottoms (with puckered hems). I also love the pique matte fabric of this swimsuit, so flattering since it’s doesn’t highlight lumps and bumps. I also ordered this tankini suit in the red color and I’m keeping both. The top is adjustable with a halter tie at the top and a tie at the waist where you could tie a bow in the front or back. The high waisted bikini bottom locks in everything, which is great for this new mama. I highly recommend this super cute tankini!

Part 2 of my recent j.crew purchases will be posted soon, so please check back.

Happy Thursday! xx

Free People recent purchases & reviews

Sweatshirt dress in red; Cotton poplin dress in black; Sweaterdress in black/white; Plaid sequin blouse in red (also here); Ribbed leggings in oatmeal; Floral sweater leggings in black.

Free People had a flash sale online a couple of weeks ago and I quickly ordered a bunch of holiday party and winter looks. Well, out of the six items I ordered above, I only kept one dress and a pair of sweater leggings.

First, I ordered the red sweatshirt dress in a size Small and it was returned for being too short and too fitted around my stomach. The sweatshirt fabric was on the thin side too.

On the plus side, I kept the black cotton dress which is a size Small. The cut of the dress is flattering and adjustable due to the bow tie at the back of the neck. The poplin material is thin for the winter weather, but this subtly sexy dress will be clutch for my resort vacation and for the upcoming spring and summer. The open back amps up the sexy factor.

Next, the black and white sweater dress in a size Small was returned due to being fitted in the stomach area and the material looked a bit cheap, where you just know it will pill like crazy.

So, I had high hopes for the red plaid blouse since I saw it in the Free People store, but there was no time to try it on. I ordered it in a size XS because it’s generously cut in the torso. Sadly, I returned this because the stitching along the back of the top was on the tight side. Also, there are these gorgeous tiny sequins that sparkle in the light. BUT, the sequins are quite itchy at the collar and neckline, it was a deal-breaker for me. I may try on a size Small to see if the collar is less or not itchy.

The oatmeal ribbed leggings (in a size Small) were a hard pass for me. Thin and see through, yikes. I tried on a size Small.

Lastly, the floral sweater leggings are the bomb! This is one of my favorite recent purchases. They are cozy and the different colors in the floral pattern complements lots of my tunic sweaters. I purchased a size Small and they are true to size. I wore the leggings for nearly three days in a row during Thanksgiving weekend, I did not want to take them off! These would make for an excellent holiday gift too.

Happy Tuesday night to you! xx

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