Recent spring favorites: sky blue coat + cotton tunic dress

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Goodnight Macaroon coat & top c/o sz XS (20% off with EXTRAPETITE, ends 3/31)
Articles of Society jeans sz 24 - loose on me; size down (available starting in sz 23)
Sole Society heels (review), A/C necklace (review - free ship code ends 3/31), Chanel bag

A while back, I got a coat from Goodnight Macaroon in a beautiful sky blue color that was a great fit off the rack. I got compliments and inquiries at every turn, so was bummed that I found it late in the season and it was all sold out. I asked GM to please consider restocking - they couldn't bring back that winter one, but I'm thrilled to partner with them on this spring version, now available.

It's lighter in weight than the original cocoon one but is still a cold-weather coat (thicker than the ASOS grey wool topper that some of you also have). And instead of the cocoon drop-shoulder style, it's in a tailored structured-shoulder style that I'd usually gravitate more to. They sent this version to me to try on for fit, and I found it to be perfect with no alterations necessary. It's a classic piece in a fresh color, so for anyone interested, I'd highly recommend picking it up before it sells out again! Please read on below for measurements and shipping & return policies.
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Fit: I'm wearing a size XS, which is also labeled EUR 34 / US2 / UK6. For reference, it fits similar to my J.Crew lady day coats in 00 petite, with a few differences being: the shoulders of this one are a little more fitted, the sleeves are 2" longer, and the total length is marginally shorter. And compared to the very slim-fitting ASOS grey wool topper, it runs a little bigger than their US petite 0. There's quilted material lining the interior, a back vent (see more pics at the end of this post), and two functional front pockets.
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Goodnight Macaroon tunic dress c/o sz XS (20% off with EXTRAPETITE, ends 3/31)
Nina heels (very old), Hermes belt, H&M jacket

Another piece I got from GM that I really loved is this tunic dress. I've seen similar variations from numerous different stores on other ladies - it must be a popular design and I'm not sure where the original is from. I can only speak to this variation from GM, which is 100% cotton and fully lined. It's comfortable and breezy with an elastic waist, which is perfect for a few of my upcoming trips as an easy-to-layer tourist dress. It also looks great casually with flats which I'll show soon. The crisp white cotton with navy print has a rustic but elegant appeal that makes me long for sunny days!
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Consigning + buying designer items at The Real Real

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garment rack built by Nick : ) Gap sweater + jeans, Sole Society pumps c/o

I've gotten lots of questions over the years on where to buy and sell pre-owned designer items - I've recommended using The Real Real before to readers in email, so when the company asked me to share more about their services I was happy to do so! Their website offers an outlet for both buying and consigning clothing, accessories, and now fine art from a list of specified designers. They have brand experts who carefully authenticate each item coming through their warehouse, alleviating a big part of the worry associated with buying pre-owned designer goods. And each morning at 10AM EST, a new selection of these items goes up for sale on their website. I initially heard about The Real Real through fellow bloggers who consign there, and have personally had a good experience buying (and subsequently returning shoes that didn't fit) through them in the past.
therealreal consignment1Living in a small city space, I try to keep an edited closet but it's definitely hard to part with things. As you guys can see, my wardrobe has already spilled out of my closet onto a hallway garment rack! We all have changes in taste and lifestyle (or if you're like me in the past, guilty of buying items that don't fit perfectly in hopes of "making them work") so it's important to do regular clean-outs of pieces not getting any wear. I'm lucky I have a similar-sized cousin who is happy to take items off my hands, and I usually donate the rest to local thrift stores. For higher-value luxury items though, consignment is a great option if you want to recoup a portion of what you paid.

Bloomingdales Friends & Family 25% off sale picks

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Bloomindales Aqua watercolor floral dress sz M, crossover stripe dress sz XS,

I popped into Bloomies recently and was surprised by the number of petite-friendly items from their in-house "Aqua" line. They're currently having 25% off most items (excludes brands like Ferragamo, Burberry, and Tory Burch) with code FRIENDS, and free shipping on orders over $150. I thought this floral dress was slightly similar to a painted poppies one that I have & love from Anthro. There were only a few size Mediums left and I couldn't believe that it fit like this (I'm not pinning anything back)! I'm definitely curious how my usual size XS would fit on someone similar in size. I thought it might've been mis-tagged but all the Ms on the rack looked like this. The material was slightly scuba like and the silhouette had a nice, gentle flare without poofing too much. Aqua floral flare dress bloomingdales
BP "moveover" flats - starts in size 4 and comes in lots of colors. I took my usual 5.

Next up, this crossover stripe dress is darling for warmer weather with a nice ridged texture, but I definitely was not wearing the right undergarments for trying this on. I had on a lackluster sports bra, and this cut would be much more flattering with a little more oomph in the chest. An XS fit me fairly well, as shown:
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Here's a few more Aqua brand dresses that come in vibrant colors which are part of the sale. If you like neoprene material, this flare dress comes in 7 colors, looks "shrunken fit" and high-waisted on the model (aka a good fit on petites) and the reviews says it runs pretty small.

For anyone shopping for a getaway, Kate Spade's first swimwear collection is so. friggen. cute. I had splurged on a bow bikini before my last vacation, but alas it was a return for me as it's better suited for someone a little more busty. The XS top was not as snug as I'd like and I couldn't fill out the underwire cups - perhaps best for bra sizes 34A/B and up.

There's also tons of designer denim included in the sale (such as the exact Rag & Bone jeans I have and the well-fitting CoH ankle skinnies I reviewed), with several options in size 24 and a few obscure 23's. And thank you very much to a reader, Vivian, who alerted me that my new MK "Sutton" tote is also part of the sale (see the medium size on me), with even more colors to choose from than at Macy's or Nordstrom! If you ordered any of the above items from Nordstrom yesterday at a lesser discount, I would give their online live chat customer service a try to price match. As long as the same exact item in the same color/size is in stock on a competitor's website, they're typically happy to make the adjustment.

**Update: Thank you to reader Diana for letting me know that Nordstrom is actually automatically price matching on their site for the Medium Sutton bag, even though it doesn't specify the 25% off! It gets added to cart for $246 versus the $328 retail.**
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Please share any favorite finds or recommendations from this F&F sale!

Basics + blues (Rag & Bone The Skinny jeans review)

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H&M blouse (similar), J.Crew blazer (old color), Baublebar neckalce c/o (last worn here)
Rag & Bone "the skinny" jeans sz 24, Halogen pumps (sold out; similar starting in 4)
  MK medium Sutton bag (automatic 25% off competitor price matching is going on! The medium is currently $246 instead of $328)

I've gotten several questions on Instagram about these jeans and realized I haven't done a real review yet! I've been reaching for them quite a bit over the past two months, as evident via my IG. I was first turned onto Rag & Bone by Kelly of Alterations Needed - the knee fading and distressing on her jeans always actually hit at her knees like they're supposed to, which fellow shorties know is a rarity with premium denim (the dreaded shin holes!). Kelly mentioned that the details on R&B "skinny" cut jeans were always proportionately placed for her 4'11" frame (although still long in length), which I can happily attest has been true.
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