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Makeshift Monday.

I don’t know what my problem is, but sometimes it’s hard for me to get rid of stuff. I’ve definitely gotten much better over the years, and moving halfway across the country always helps, since it forces you to let go of things that absolutely will not fit in your car or tiny U-Haul. It’s actually a good thing. And I’ll admit, it feels really good to de-clutter, even in the closet area. However, if I’m not being forced to, it’s a challenge.

Lately, I’ve been trying to think of the best approach to start going through my closet for a downsize, I’m still hanging onto things I moved with that I still haven’t worn since before I moved. But I would say there are actually very few pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for over 5 years. I can probably count them on one hand. Recently, when going through some things, these boots were nearly making the pile to be donated or sold, but in my awesome thriftiness I asked myself, “What if I made these short?” Sometimes the easiest solution is to take something you already have, and look at it in a new way to make it work.

They are actually a taller, cuffed/ruched boot from Aldo about 6 or 7 years ago, so they’re a bit dated with how much my style has progressed and evolved. I personally am not a fan of ruched or scrunched boots that are taller, let alone somewhat fitted. It’s just not a style I love, though it was sort of the trend for a while. Now I think it looks a bit “young”. But what If I could find a way to make them into some rad, slouchy ankle boots? Yes? Maybe? After playing with them a bit, I realized I could fold them down inside themselves – think like one of those stupid light saber toys we had as kids, where it folds up into itself and when you whip it forward it pops out into your 8-year-old weapon of choice. Sort of like that, in reverse. This probably wouldn’t work for every boot, but it worked with these, and I was able to make them into something I could work with for the time being. When I find a pair of gray ankle boots that I like the fit of, for a price I’m OK with, these will probably go, but until then, why not get creative and switch up the way you wear something?? Everyone loves a good upcycle! ;)


Boots: Aldo (tall, worn short, and SUPER old)
Tights: Target
Skirt: F21 (similar here and here)
Sweater: F21 (similar)
Scarf: Urban Outfitters
Bag: Warehouse (similar)

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Officially boot weather…I suppose.


Originally Posted 10/10/13. Though I can’t say I love the seasons, I can handle everything but winter. I hate being cold. I’d rather be too hot than cold, hands down, but I do appreciate about a 10 to 20 degree variation. I guess LA was the right spot for me. A brief “cool front” has given us the Southern California “Fall” temperature of 67. Everyone in SoCal knows it’s boot weather when the first day under 70 degrees rolls around! Though I hate to see summer go, it’s nice that in LA it’s a slow transition. We’ve seriously got a good month ahead of us where we can get away with sleeveless shirts and crop tops all day before throwing on a jacket in the evening. Today, I compromised, and as a slight end-of-Summer protest, decided to wear shorts with tall boots and embroidered leather.

Lace Shorts: Sabo Skirt ‘12
Tank: Nordstrom
Sweater: H&M
Quilted Embroidered Leather Jacket: Zara
Boots: Nordstrom circa 2011
Necklace: Urban Outfitters

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