(This is a scheduled post; I'll try to answer any questions upon my return : )Just a few snapshots of what I packed for 8 days. A mish-mosh of comfy favorites for the MNG by MANGO trip in Barcelona, and some work separates for Toronto. For work trips I usually pack just a Longchamp tote -I have no issues with wearing the same shoes, jacket & accessories each day to save sapce.
**Through Sunday 10/23, JCrew.com is having a generous (for them, anyways) 25% off + free ship over $150 w/ code LOVEFALL. A while back I ordered the Petite Hacking Jacket (seen in this post) and the Petite Schoolboy Blazer to compare. I'll post pics later, but in short: the Hacking is more fitted throughout, but longer in length. The Hacking actually nips in at the waist whereas the Schoolboy is boxy. The Hacking is made of a thicker and warmer material. You can call JCrew or do livechat to get fairly accurate, exact measurements for each size.**
On to today's post - my first boot review for Fall. After turning to you, dear readers, for shorty-friendly boot help, I received a number of recommendations. Thank you all so much! Please pardon my super grainy pics. I used the wrong settings, plus it's pitch black before I leave for work and when I come home - no fun!
Boots: Halogen Brianna Boot from Nordstrom sz 5.5 (free shipping & returns, woo hoo!)
Specs: Comes in womens sizes 4 - 11 (sizes 6-10 available in wide). An impressive range. Fits true to size. Measurements are 3.5" heel, 13.25" shaft height, and 14" calf circumference
The shaft height is great for someone with short calves. It hits maybe an inch below my knees, which I prefer. As for calf circumference, although 14" around runs smaller than most boots, these are still a tad too roomy for my calves (which measure 12.5" around). On me it looks acceptable with jeans tucked in, but appears progressively looser when worn with tights or bare legs. Lastly, I didn't love the split back, which I think contributes to the wider calf measurement.
Although these Halogen Brianna boots didn't work out for me, they are one of the more petite-friendly "tall" boots I've tried on for a long time. If you are my height or a little taller, and would like a 14" calf circumference, these seem comfortable and of good quality (genuine, soft leather with sturdy stacked heel and non-slip rubber sole). Alas, my own search continues!