Hunter rain boots for petites review: Womens packable Tour (calf runs narrow) vs Kids Original

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Left: Hunter womens' "Tour" packable rain boots (sz 5-12), multiple colors 
Right: Hunter kids' original rain boots (up to sz 6 big kids, which = womens sz 8 / 38)
Outfit: LOFT jeans, Ann Taylor sweater, J.Crew PJs (hemmed), LOFT reversible scarf
*highly recommend each garment here & they are all on sale today!*

Living in the Northeast, my rubber boots are feet-savers in both wet and snowy weather, and get use across all four seasons. I've worn Hunter kids boots for a few years now, and finally ordered the womens' “Tour” which I've been intrigued by. The Tour are the foldable and packable version (seems awesome for travel, esp. for rainy destinations) of their original tall. I've tried the original tall in the past and they were a little too wide and cumbersome for short legs and hit right at my knees. As a result I had low expectations for the Tour, but ended up loving them! Nick couldn't even help complimenting them a few times, which is a rarity. The shaft height is similar to the tall so still hits at my knees, but the boot is so much more lightweight (even lighter than the kids) and pliable than traditional Hunters that it didn’t feel uncomfortable.
hunter rain boots for petites tour vs kids1 And oh, how cute is the LOFT reversible infinity scarf (on sale) in my first pic? I wish you could see the herringbone closer up since it looks solid gray from afar. Usually with two-sided items, one half is cute and the other might be iffy, but I really loved both here and the knit is so soft and cozy. They have another cute navy gingham 2-sided option as well. And as a sidenote, the A Gold E "chloe" jeans I ordered with these boots arrived in the wrong size so were sent back. A 25 though was pretty fitted at my legs legs (with gap at the waist) so I can see how they could be too snug for destroyed denim.

Here are a few more photos of the boots on bare legs, so you can better see the fit...
Outfit: J.Crew skirt (old), Ann Taylor sweater c/o, ASOS scarf c/o (sold out, similar
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Holiday Makeup: velvety skin + cheery lips

holiday makeup sequin dress
Outfit: Zara sequin dress (old - altered, similar), LOFT belt (now sold out)
Makeup: Laura Mercier Flawless Fuide foundation in "linen" and Orchid lip glace c/o,
Caviar eye sticks in Khaki + Tuxedo

I'm working on several DIYs to get holiday-ready (sequin clutch, full skirts, and tie-neck bows) and hope to finish the tutorials soon! This upcoming Thanksgiving weekend should be the perfect time for at-home projects before a month filled with festivities. For today I have a holiday makeup post using a few favorite products from Laura Mercier. I'm a big fan of quick and easy makeup - I've raved about her foolproof caviar eye sticks which work as an eyeliner + shadow in one, and also own her tinted moisturizer (I took "bisque," for reference) thanks to several of your recommendations. In this post I've used LM's new Flawless Fluide foundation, which has a little more coverage than the tinted moisturizer and a velvety finish. After smooth skin and creamy eyeliner, the only accessory really necessary is a festive lip! Here's the same face with a different lip color to complement another ensemble:
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Ann Taylor Sweater, Kate Spade Wallet, ModCloth Skirt
Laura Mercier "Red Amour" lip, necklace thanks to Accessory Concierge (sold out)

Casual holiday: Red party dress 2 ways

holiday party red dress outfit
Dressy: Lush dress (runs small, with DIY underskirt), Gap shirt (old), DIY clutch, KS heels
Casual: ASOS scarf (sold out, similar), BP "Transit" boots (review)

I'm in full-on festive mode and can't stop gravitating towards cheery reds and all things bows and gold. I've partnered with Nordstrom to show two ways to wear this dress (3 colors) for the holidays, whether you're headed to a casual gathering or something slightly dressier. There's tons of pretty dresses on their site, from which I picked this for our annual casual Thanksgiving gathering (a meal I look forward to all year, so stretchy fabric is a must!). It's from the juniors department, which in general for me is a tradeoff between good fit and lower quality materials. I still shop there because the fit is usually very petite-friendly, but as a heads up most items there such as this are made of thinner poly blend fabric. I liked the color (a deeper wine red), style, and fit of this dress, and thought quality felt fair for the price.
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For a simple and classic look, you can style this with just pearls and neutral or black heels. I layered a tie-neck blouse underneath for the festive bow, and added a petticoat (yes...can't believe I'm using this term in the 21st century!) underneath. I had recently made an easy tulle skirt to experiment as a petticoat under my skirts and dresses. It does a wonderful job of adding fullness to garments with less structured fabrics. Here's how the dress looks as-is versus with an underskirt (you can also layer a bell-shaped or full mini skirt underneath for a similar effect):

Before and after: small space living room makeover

small space living room home decor
H&M bow dress (old, similar here or here), overstock sofa cushions used as seating
Threshold bar cart, vintage trunk, Homegoods rug + mirror (similar)
mini Meyer lemon tree - (my baby! Perfect for fresh lemon juice when you need it)

I've gotten several requests to do home posts, and wanted to share a few favorite finds so far as well as a super easy pillowcase tutorial (coming soon!). Our space is very small and much of it is still in progress, adorned with luxurious cardboard boxes, renovation rubble and paint swatches. We want a home that is bright, comfy and functional but just haven't been able to devote much time to it yet. We do love to entertain guests, so the first area that finally saw a little progress is our living "corner"...

Before vs. After:
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Although I was all emo parting with the old sofa thing that served us since our first apartment, this linen couch has to be my favorite element of the update. I wanted a slightly old-fashioned design with tufting and textured fabric, and Nick’s only request was “nap-friendly and not too girly.” Most couches we looked at were too wide for a small space, while loveseats were tight for two adults to sprawl out comfortably. I stumbled across this cute sofa by Home Decorators Collection that seemed to meet all of our needs, and was a bargain compared to other options we looked at! And FYI, just noticed they have free shipping for the holidays which is huge as it's usually $150+ for pieces like this.
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Target tray, Homegoods cheese dome (similar) also good for trinket storage, Ikea pitcher

We were wary of buying a large furniture item sight unseen, so took advantage of a Chicago trip and trekked out to a HDC showroom (found inside a Home Depot)...
 
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