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.

Take One, Day 17 :: Leggings? Again?

Okay guys, hear me out. I backed myself into a corner with today's Pass it On challenge. Originally I thought I'd remix the cardigan, but then we got caught in a torrential downpour and the sleeves got weirdly stretched out. I tried it on today and realized I couldn't wear it again today - if EVER. That bad. And I sure as heck wasn't wearing the sweater vest again. So that left the leggings and the boots, and I'm tired of wearing flat black boots, so look! Leggings again! As it so happens, "How to wear leggings" is one of the top referring search terms on my blog, so I guess I'm just giving the masses what they want - more ways to be lazy.

I made sure I wouldn't end up in this situation again tomorrow - I PILED on the new stuff. I can remix a blazer, dress, scarf, or boots with my next outfit - lots of options. Anyway, tonight we went downtown to meet up for Tech Drinks with other local dorks and then hit up Bar Louie for $1 burger night. Tuesdays, right???

Blazer, Target.
Dress, XXI.
Boots, ShoeDazzle.
Bag, JustFab.
Scarft, unknown but seriously, my favorite.
Bracelet, JewelMint.

AJ Wears :: A furry hood

IMAGINE MY SURPRISE when I woke up and it started snowing today. I thought we'd see nothing more than some nasty slush and ice, but the winds from Canada blew in some flurries and I could not be more thrilled. I had to stop myself from taking prancing snow pictures outside during the small blizzard. I did however, learn my lesson from yesterday. Pants.

 I took this opportunity to wear my obnoxiously day-glo sweater because, why not? Also, it's so ridiculously thick and warm that I can't wear it indoors at all. I keep thinking it achieves that perfect slouchy cozy look (a la Victoria's Secret catalog model) but alas, it's just a normal sweater despite it's retina-burning hue.

Here's a picture of me smelling my coat. MMMM. Smells like freedom and dreams. Actually, it kind of smells like stale Abercrombie, because I bought it at Park Plaza and everything that comes from there ends up with that cologne smell to it because they spray so much. Even if it didn't come from Abercrombie. True story.

Sweater, The Limited (look! an over priced dayglo of your very own).
Jeans, Gap.
Boots, Nabila by JustFab.