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 :: A mustard blazer

Our California adventure continues! We were sad to leave the gorgeous weather in LA, but decided to take our rental car up the coast to San Francisco to end our trip - thankfully met with even more gorgeous weather. When I was packing for this trip, I knew I wanted to bring along a blazer, so I opted for a fun color that would layer well over my neutral pieces.

I also got a ton of wear out of these Abbie booties from JustFab - they're comfy and roomy enough for socks, which made them great walking shoes. I added up the steps and miles from FitBit for our week - I walked over 150,000 steps and 56 miles this week! We had to have a car in LA, but opted to walk almost everywhere (and use Uber in between) in San Francisco.

Today we went down to the Marina to watch an America's Cup  race and enjoy the sun. After, we walked to Haight-Ashbury to do a little vintage shopping, where I reluctantly turned down a vintage LV Speedy (still wondering if I made the right choice!).

Blazer, The Limited (similar at Limited again now!).
Top, Forever 21 (similar).
Scarf, E.Leigh's.
Jeans, JustFab.
Booties, Abbie by JustFab.
Bag, Fossil (exact).