Pink on Pink / Kate Spade Cedar Street Harmony bag

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Kate Spade New York Cedar Street Harmony bag (6 colors) & dress (3 colors) c/o

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I wore this pink on pink look recently in NYC, and inadvertently coordinated with our hotel's vibrant lobby. My outfit is from Kate Spade New York's fall collection, which is full of color as well as the classic black & whites (which this bow-back dress is also available in) in feminine silhouettes. My bag from the Cedar Street collection is made of crosshatched leather, similar what most of us know as saffiano leather. I'm a big fan of this type of material as it's super low maintenance and wipes clean simply with a damp paper towel or cloth. This particular "Harmony" style converts from a crossbody for hands-free wear, to a cute mini tote that you can either carry by hand or loop over your wrists. It comes in numerous colors but the rose jade with (14k) gold accents combo is my favorite.
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Casual classics: Distressed jeans + Topshop petite drape blouse

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Topshop Drape blouse in sz 2P (avail in petite/reg/maternity/tall; also sold at Nordstrom)
Treasure & Bond jeans (40% off!) in sz 24, Steve Madden sandalsGoyard tote

Today's post is a simple outfit of all casual basics - distressed skinny jeans, a draped white blouse (comes in several other colors & sleeve lengths), and minimalistic sandals. To add a little interest, I layered on delicate necklaces and a printed tote. I wear my long-sleeved white drape blouse to pieces and knew I'd get plenty of wear out of a short version. Topshop runs small compared to American sizing - 0P fit fine but I sized up to 2P for a looser fit. I think this is one of those pieces where regular sizing would work well also, because I wouldn't mind a longer length (you can casually tuck it in the front). I noticed they now have free shipping and returns for US customers which is awesome, esp. compared to before. While at the NYC store, I saw these distressed denim shorts in petite (suggest sizing up for a casual fit) and wanted to point them out as a very similar option to my sold-out Express ones.
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When shopping for distressed jeans, an issue I often have is the knee hole placement (usually hits several inches below my actual knees). I was so pleasantly surprised at the overall fit of these Treasure & Bond jeans, plus they're currently 40% off! They are listed as crop jeans, which works nicely as regular jeans for someone my height (5 feet tall). The size 24 fits true to size on me with no waist gap, and the medium weight denim is stretchy and comfortable. If you have longer legs, I also tried on these distressed boyfriend jeans on sale at a bargain...

Ann Taylor friends & family sale keepers

Untitled It's finally time for Ann Taylor's friends & family event (ends Monday!). I had been patiently awaiting a promo as there were some stunner new arrival pieces sitting in my cart. These are my keepers from the cardholders preview (I'm currently on the road but will try to take more photos soon!):
Cutout lace skirt: unlike basic lace, the material on this skirt is more like intricate laser cut-outs. The soft cream against the navy and black looks elevated and baroque-inspired. The material of this skirt has no stretch, but the waistband is made of stretchy grosgrain ribbon-like material which I like for comfort. I get all of my AT skirts taken in a bit because I like them to sit high at my waist with a fitted pencil silhouette - will need to do the same with this one, but the elasticized waist made it a slightly closer fit than their typical skirts. Measurements of a 00P: 13" across waist, 16" across hips, 19" length.
AT top, Baublebar necklaces (slim bar, pyramid spike) c/o, Baublebar knot cuff (adjustable!)
Express shorts (sold out, but I have these longer Guess ones that fit well), Kate Spade bag c/o

Dotted wrap blouse - I love a good draped, crossover blouse. The dotted cream material here feels really close to silk, but is poly with the benefit of being machine washable. It pairs easily with jeans for date night or trousers and skirts alike for work. Please note its a little sheer - will need to wear either a skin-toned bra or camisole under this one. Sleeves are an inch long on me but I have an easy DIY alteration that I'll share.
- Paisley print top (print also comes in a dress) - I don't think the model pics do these pieces justice. I did a double take when I first saw them, as they brought me back to the days of furiously trying to hunt down Zara's scarf print blouse (to no avail). This top hits me at the hips and is a billowy shift-style, not fitted. The colors are really pretty in-person with dusty pink and specks of soft blue, jade green, and cream. Once again it looks and feels very close to silk (tag does say dry clean) and is fully lined. Was pleasantly surprised that this is from AT - looks like a more expensive piece...

Flower crown & comb DIY tutorial (bridal shower activity)

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On me: Asos petites dress (more sizs re-stocked) from this post
On my beautiful bridesmaids: from left to right, dresses are H&M, Zara, Lulu's, and ASOS

I got a number of messages last month on both these flower crowns from my bridal shower as well as the floral comb hairpiece in this post - not only are they a fun DIY for all ages, but also make pretty photos for memories. For my actual wedding day, I had my talented florist (Boston Pollen) make all the hairpieces so we wouldn't stress about them the morning of, plus our arrangement skills really can't compare. For the shower though, I loved seeing friends and grandmothers alike crafting and laughing over (some were notably more talented than others ; ) their creations. Read on for the simple materials & steps...
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Petite-friendly summer dresses (& Tuesday flash sale)

Dresses from Loft (old) on the left, and Goodnight Macaroon (read on for reviews)

Hello from NYC! I wanted to pop in and share that my cotton blue & white printed dress (a closet favorite for sure) is on flash sale today for 50% off (24 hours only) *Update: sale has ended*. Please note I see flash sale orders are final sale. GM is an Asia-based brand and I've found their sizing in general to be more suited for short ladies. I'm wearing XS in this dress and recently DIY altered the elasticized waist 2" for a better fit (I did a very basic stitch on the interior of the top layer, and left the lining untouched). See my original review here.

As mentioned previously, this dress is definitely proportioned for petite ladies in both the waist placement and length. I've worn and machine-washed it numerous times all spring/summer, and it's held up well and is one of my travel staples. I know this style dress has been popular around the inter webs, but I've yet to see it on anyone in real life. Here it is worn recently for work:

And for travel / vacation...
Mar Y Sol tote, Talbots sandals (both sold out)

Given how happy I've been with this printed dress, I tried on a few more items from GM. Several did not work for me, but this special occasion lace dress stood out in terms of quality and is part of the flash sale (again, please note final sale). This is another dress that is definitely designed for a petite frame. The fit of an XS felt comparable to a LOFT/AT 00 petite (see measurements below), but for someone even on the shorter end of the petite spectrum. The look is very feminine and reminds me a lot of my wedding tea ceremony pink lace dress.
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Goodnight Macaroon lace dress c/o, J.Crew heels (sold out)
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