vacay ootn’s

Madewell embroidered striped dress (sold out, similar here, here & here); Neoprene espadrilles in navy; Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Lilly Pulitzer dress (sold out, similar here & here); Neoprene espadrilles in navy; Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Boho long-sleeve maxi dress in ivory (similar); GAP slide sandals in cognac (old, similar); Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

Lilly Pulitzer midi dress (sold out, similar); GAP slide sandals in white (old, similar); Bamboo clutch in small size (similar).

My husband and I got away to Cabo last week and it was glorious to feel the warm sun on our skin. We stayed at the Resort at Pedregal and it was a return visit for us (we last visited when it was a Capella property). We really enjoyed ourselves and visited their spa multiple times (highly recommend!).

I loved everything I wore on my trip but my favorite was my new bamboo clutch bag. It’s a dupe of the popular Cult Gaia bag, but at a fraction of the price. I’m wearing a small size bag and it was the perfect size for me and my frame. For tiny or thin items, such as a hotel card key, I placed a small makeup bag inside the clutch. But everything else was secure in my bag. I received lots of compliments and it gave every outfit the perfect tropical vibe I wanted. I’m so happy I ordered this bag, you really need it too. Trust me on this.

Happy Wednesday to you, xx.

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snow day shopping

NYC Streets Tee; Deck Stripe Turteneck in pink/burgundy and sand/ivory; Rosebud Salve.

Girls Elephant Sweatshirt in grey (sold out, similar); Crewneck Cardigan in navy and salt.

Ankle skinny jeans in Richland; White skinny jeans; Denim rolled shorts.

We are having yet another another snow day. Cabin fever ensued and some online shopping coupled with good discounts made the situation better.

J.Crew is doing free shipping with no minimum purchase and 40% off four or more styles with code NEWNEW. So, I picked up a few goodies for my daughter and me. My two favorite purchases are the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust sweatshirt (J.Crew will donate a portion of the sales to this wonderful animal sanctuary) that I purchased for my baby and the vegan and cruelty-free rosebud salve for my family (you can stock up with up to 9 tubes!). The rosebud salve is a cult favorite and can also be used to highlight cheeks and eyelids. It can also tame eyebrows. What can’t this do?

The skinny jeans are much needed for my postpartum in-between size situation right now. Nordstrom Rack has been my go-to lately for denim. I don’t want to pay full price yet I’m still able to get my favorite brands like Current/Elliott, Levi’s and Madewell. You just have to remember to keep checking online for new stock.

Stay warm and safe if you’re getting hit with snow. Hopefully you’re enjoying true spring weather!

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

momiform

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

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