AJ Wears :: Tall Boots

What up! Happy hump day to all of the camels out there. In your honor, I'm wearing camel colored boots. Actually, what happened was, these literally came in the mail today and I put them on and walked out of the house.


I mean, muy fabu, oui? I've been crushing on Brooklyn Blonde's Balenciaga over-the-knee boots pretty hard lately, so I had a little ShoeDazzle credit and decided to give these a shot. They're surprisingly wearable in real life, not too shiny, and pretty comfortable. I know not everyone is a OTK fan (formerly known as thigh-high and hooker boots, respectively) but I bought my first pair back in 2007 off of eBay. Let's just say...those have gone to a better place now that the more fashionable retailers have started creating over-the-knee looks. They were probably embarrassing, now that I think about it.


My tips for shopping for over-the-knee boots (and avoiding a Pretty Woman comparison) are as follows ::

1. Nothing shiny. Not only does shiny look cheaper, it translates straight hooker, especially in black! If you're going to choose black, go with suede. It's slouchy-ness will give off a cooler vibe without looking trashy. I love wearing black OTK boots over tights or leggings for a less obvious statement. (these from Asos are pretty inoffensive, here's a cheap version)

2. If you're feeling less adventurous, try a flat one! Flat boots are more versatile and less dressy, so you'll be able to wear them without turning heads (for bad reasons, anyway - combine the rules with this pair!)

3. Pick a color. Black is clearly going to be associated with that Pretty Woman vibe the most, so branch out and look for something in cognac or grey (these are awesome from Macy's!)

4. Finally - things to avoid - too much platform. It might be difficult to find something without a platform right now (they're very on trend) but don't let it creep up too high or you'll be asked where the Champagne Room is. I'd be careful with the heels, too. Nothing too high, too chunky, or too plastic.

Boots, Avery by ShoeDazzle.
Top, Love 21 (Similar color, Fun layers).
Bag, Midtown by JustFab.

AJ Wears :: An olive jacket

We're so close to wine country, so we decided to take a bus tour to Napa for the day and check out a few wineries. I knew we'd be walking a lot, so I chose comfortable flats (or what I thought were comfortable, anyway) and went with light layers.



We toured Nicholson Ranch, Madonna Estate, and Sutter Home and had lunch in Yountville. We also may have ordered a case of wine from Madonna (all organic!). Wine country was beautiful and I really enjoyed the tour. After the bus dropped us off downtown, we walked to Pier 39 and watched the sea lions (lol at the noises) and checked out all of funky shops on the pier. They had a lefty store! Any lefties out there that have grown up using right handed scissors like me can understand the beauty of that. We also ate mini donuts, which were awesome.



We opted out of a cable car ride because I wasn't interested in waiting an hour just to get on it, but a nice man offered to take our photo on an empty cart which was good enough for me. After that, we hopped in an Uber car (seriously my favorite way to get around town now!) and did some shopping on Market Street, followed by a delicious burger at Zeitgeist.

Jacket, Target (exact, and similar - except with leather sleeves!).
Skirt, Forever 21 (exact).
Oxfords, Drae by JustFab.
Bag, Fossil (exact).
Necklace, BaubleBar.

AJ Wears :: A romper

Y'all, today's outfit post is like an afterthought. I've been throwing on a romper most days it's too hot to think, which is a terrible idea for someone who drinks so much water. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. Check out my best AP impression.

I can't decide if a romper is a good look for me or not, but it's a comfortable look for me, and imma go with it. This is one I picked up at the E.Leigh's tent sale for only $10, so it's worth the experiment to find out.

Happy Thursday! I actually have a budget post coming your way later this afternoon, so stick around. And don't break the seal.

Romper, E.Leigh's.
Shoes, Gianni Bini and like so old they're back in style.