Over the knee boots have been all the rage for a few winter seasons now. Do you remember when the only association with them used to be the outfit Julia Roberts wore in the opening scenes of Pretty Woman? Not any more! They are not considered risqué and can be worn in a quite casual and demure way.
I usually wear mine over skinny jeans but for this occasion I paired them with a sweater dress and my favorite sweater vest from the LOFT. Two layers of sweaters and the tall boots leave very little skin exposed and can keep me warm provided temps are not too low. And when it is freezing outside, I will just throw on a pair of leggings for added warmth.
These boots were a great find – they are Stuart Weitzman boots dupes. The designer version is a fashion blogger favorite but with a hefty price tag of $798 – out of most people’s budget. There are plenty of other brands imitating the signature slim fit, tall shaft and back ties but they all missed the mark for me when it comes to quality. These Kaitlyn Pan ones were a clear winner confirmed by numerous online reviews. The microsuede is soft, thick and supple, not the stiff paper-like material of low quality lookalikes. The flat soles make these both comfortable and more casual than the block heel version (also available on Amazon.)
I actually took these pics a few weeks ago when the trees still had their leaves and it wasn’t too cold out. I intended to publish this post but then Thanksgiving activities, some other assignments I got involved with, as well as a lack of enthusiasm on my part, kept me from doing it.
So when I heard that two separate people had commented on the decreased frequency of my blog posts, I knew that was a sign from the universe that I should persevere instead of feel discouraged.
There are plenty of reasons to feel that way. The blogosphere is enormous and the competition is fierce. An influencer’s worth is measured by their overall reach. And that’s the number of followers they have on their social media channels. Growth has been hard to come by these days. Sharing a post does not guarantee that the followers or subscribers to that outlet will actually see it. Facebook and Instagram want businesses to pay to promote their content. I am not at the point (yet) where I can justify spending a lot of money to advertise my blog.
I will continue to publish to my blog because it is something I enjoy and for the benefit of those of my readers, no matter how few, who look forward to my posts. Even if those eager readers are only a couple and one of them is my mom. I can’t control what happens outside of my blog. My presence on the social networks is not something I own and there are no guarantees for their longevity. A simple hack or a bug could erase that presence but I will always have the blog as my home base.