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B and I are both the kind of gift-givers who are intentional when we give. We want to make sure the receiver will really love what they’ll gain and get a lot of use from it. This is why when it came to Christmas lists this year, I knew I needed some Chelsea booties. Ankle boots are a staple for me because tall riding boots just do not work for my short legs. I thought I knew exactly which pair I wanted, the Sam Edelman Petty boots, but after hunting them down and trying them on, I found that they weren’t the right fit. The shape of the boot was an uncomfortable fit and even though the low heel was appealing at first I decided I wanted something just a little higher heeled.

I searched everywhere online, Pinterest included, and window shopped stores too, until I was shocked to find these Liberty boots from Sperry Top-Sider. I ended up falling in love with. I’ve owned one pair of Sperrys that I had when I was a junior in high school. I barely wore them because I found boat shoes just aren’t for me. Who knew Sperry had boots and other styles of shoes too!?

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I found these boots online, but since I am hesitant about buying shoes online, I tried them on at Nordstrom’s. The store didn’t have my exact size, but luckily Austin has a Sperry Top-Sider store! The next weekend B took me to the store and I immediately knew these were the boots for me when I tried my exact size. The leather is a nice dark cognac and, since wearing them almost everyday, the toe and different sections of the boot have started to wear nicely. The 3" heel height allows me to stand a little taller than my normal 5 foot view of the world. These booties are super comfortable and easy to walk in because of the wide heel. Even though I am still recovering from surgery in October, I’ve had no problems finding my strength and stride in these. colore grace style boots 9

This winter I’ve been paring my boots with dark wash jeans, or black denim, and any of the blouses, button ups, or sweaters I own. They are extremely versatile allowing me to dress up for work, dress down for errand running, or dress for a stroll around East Austin. My favorite combination with my boots has been the outfit above, which I happened to wear Christmas Day. I feel well put together but relaxed and cozy all at once! I’m really looking forward to styling my boots with dresses this spring.

Lately I’ve felt myself leaning toward more of polished, put-together style. Within the last few years I stopped worrying about labeling myself as “preppy”, “girly”, “edgy”, or any of other the terms. Instead I’ve focused on the pieces I like and feel good in. It has given me a chance to experiment with different looks to find what I really like best, and change my looks depending on how I feel each day. Some days I love to wear flowy dresses, while the next day I could want to wear head-to-toe black. Although I love to mix it up, I’m looking to refine my style. I’ve started narrowing down my wardrobe into pieces I truly love, that look good on my petite body type, and pieces that work well together. I’m not quiet down to a capsule wardrobe yet, like my friend Caroline from Unfancy (have you checked her out yet? You should!), but maybe by eliminating the unnecessary I’ll get there. I’m looking forward to sharing my style as it changes in the future and sharing what I’ve found works best for me.

P.S. I need more petite clothing places to shop. Do you have any recommendations?

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Top: Madewell Necklace: Anthropologie (any colorful statement necklace will work!) Tote: Madewell (similar) Boots: Sperry Top Slider

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