Style in a Suitcase, Part 1 – Gingham and Lace

For the past ten days, I spent some time on both coasts living out of a suitcase. As temperatures varied from 30 to nearly 80 degrees, I had to pack wisely (lots of layers!). I also had to plan for a variety of occasions. I ended up bringing (from left to right)…

3 jackets: Black Theory blazer, Uniqueen tweed jacket, Gap cardigan jacket
4 pairs of shoes: Calvin Klein leopards, Adrienne Vittadini booties, CL pumps, ebay (no brand) boots
2 pairs of pants: Seven for all Mankind olive jeans, plus purchased Old Navy ones in Russet Brown
3 skirts: Ann Taylor olive lace pencil skirt, camel wool mini, vintage herringbone mini
2 clutches/crossbody bags: H&M; brown bag and Chanel WOC
7 tops: Gap nudes & gingham, Target chambray, H&M; ivory shell, crewcuts sweater, AT leopard cardi

I tried to take photos each day to share with you guys some easy, packing-friendly outfits. The above was more than enough and probably could’ve lasted me for a month : ) First up is this dressier ensemble which I’ve already worn to work. Both shirt and skirt travel nicely – the gingham material never wrinkles on me, and you can just roll up soft lace skirts when packing.

Shirt: Gap Boys Gingham sz S (6-7)   (J.Crew petite version)   (Gap womens version)
Earrings: Talbots    Clutch: Chanel WOC    Belt: BR Factory
Lace Skirt: Ann Taylor (old)  Tights: H&M;   Pumps: CL Decolettes

I balanced out the boxy, boyishness of the gingham shirt with a more feminine lace bottom. Without any slimming, the shirt is still a bit poofy from the back when tucked in, so I like to conceal that at work by layering a blazer on top. Continue reading for some fit photos of the gingham shirt…

This is what the Gap boys shirt looks like in it’s natural form, untucked and with sleeves uncuffed. As you can see, it is very short and boxy, and the sleeves hit my arms at 3/4 length. After all, it was designed for boys aged 6-7.  When styled, it looks much better. I’m not recommending it as a good fit (sz S will not work on anyone taller than 5 feet), but a true, crisp gingham is hard to find, so I’m happy with this one. Measurements of a Boys sz S: 14″ across shoulders, 17″ across armpits, 22.5″ length, 16″ sleeve length, and 3.75″ across the sleeve opening.


I know a children’s S sounds horrifically small, but this shirt runs big for kids sizing. While in San Diego, the fun and charismatic Kelly of Alterations Needed showed me her J.Crew boys secret wash shirt in classic gingham (similar in addison gingham), boys size 10. I liked it so much on her I got one for myself (was ~$23, see on me). As you can see below, the Gap S/6-7 is exactly the same as the J.Crew boys sz 10 in the shoulders and torso width. The J.Crew one is marginally longer in total length, but the sleeves are several inches longer.

The material of the J.Crew one has a vintage worn feel w/ tiny check. The Gap one is more crisp w/ large check. Check out Kelly’s post for an informative gingham review.


These pebbled leather pumps are a much-loved gift (although in my honest opinion, my Ann Taylor perfect pumps are more comfortable for prolonged wear). I love having a “caviar” leather accessory set now.

Readers – I’ve closed further commenting on this post. As always, thank you to those who shared thoughts and opinions in a respectful manner. I’ll try to respond to your questions soon!

76 thoughts on “Style in a Suitcase, Part 1 – Gingham and Lace

  • dietingfashions January 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Yes, I caved and bought a J. Crew Factory Women's Gingham shirt with large check.

    I might go online and get a Gap boys gingham just to see how it is on me.

  • Shannon January 1, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    The outfit is a great idea, I have the J. Crew boys purple/white Gingham shirt in the bigger checked pattern. This is another idea. I am also very petite and your blog is awesome. Have you ever checked out the Canadian brand Aritzia? I don't think they have a store in Boston yet, but the do have on in New York. It has great coats and blazers for petites. I've never has to alter anything that I have bought from them yet.

  • Lynn January 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    So helpful! About to do 10 days in Chicago and LA, coming from Philly so this is really relevant.

  • SewPetiteGal January 1, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    A big resounding YES to your question (although I think Cee was more influential on my gingham purchase than J. Crew).

    My gingham shirts (one from J. Crew and one from H&M;) are both from the boys' section. My one pet peeve about them is how roomy the sleeves are compared to women's oxfords. How do you feel about them? I tried pegging them like I did with my pants when I was a kid but that didn't work LOL.

  • Alterations Needed January 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for the measurements of the size S! If anyone is interested in the measurements for the size M(8), I popped into a Gap kids with my trusty measuring tape over the holiday break: shoulder=15", torso=17.5", length=24", sleeve=18".

  • Alexandra January 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I like that gingham shirt for casual wear. I just picked up a gorgeous one in brown/rust/cream from Old navy in XS regular and it fits very nicely. Too bad it doesn't show up online. Their camper shirts in XS regular fit great too albeit a bit see-through.

    However that gingham shirt and the lace skirt do not belong together. They just don't click. It's too much of a clash between blue collar on top and aristocratic on the bottom.

  • Cher January 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I gave into the gingham myself. I've been dying for a white/black gingham. Although, TBH I'm not crazy about the fit of the one you're wearing on your body. It's a bit too boxy–too wide in the arms and in the waist (but the shoulders look fine)–the silhouette it gives when tucked in could be a lot better.

  • Jacki January 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I always look forward to posts like this with travel wardrobe ideas. Can't wait to see what else you put together!

  • Alterations Needed January 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I just realized you bought the J.Crew Classic Gingham shirt and not the Jenson Gingham. I thought the checks on the Classic Gingham looked a bit small compared to the Jenson, which is the one I picked up instead. Might want to look into that one as well. =)

  • Girlie Blogger January 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Wow. 30 to 80 degrees. That's a wide range to dress up. Cute shirt. Super nice way to pair it with that lace skirt.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Jean, as much as I enjoy your Twitter previews, it seems that someone uses them to "beat" you to post.

  • lin January 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    cute outfit. it's great that you're thinking outside the box. i really like how you pair a variety of things together (i.e. colors, textures, different fabrics). ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    This actually work because one of the print is really small (i.e the lace) and the shirt is crisp. cough cough there are other blogs copying you but you actually made it work look professional and classy.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Even after the post with all the drama, it looks as if Copycat is still on a roll.

  • R.L. January 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Jean, I love these travel organization posts! Keep 'em coming ๐Ÿ™‚ The GAP shirt looks great with the lace and your new CLs. I got the same shirt after you posted about it because I just think that the medium gingham looks more attractive than J Crew's smaller squares. The Ambercrombie girls shirt that Vicky tweeted about fits me slimmer/better. The moose is in a less noticeable navy blue so I may add that to my growing gingham collection when it goes on deep sale.

  • R.L. January 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    P.S. I ordered the GAP women's gingham shirt in XS pink and it runs long and large. It has some nice piping detail on the sleeves but overall the material is see-throughish and not as crisp as the boy's shirt.

  • DSK Steph January 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Happy New Year Jean! My cousins are hooked on your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Cindy January 1, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Jean! LOVE your blog-I only just started following late last year. You have a great sense of style and I really enjoy seeing how you put pieces together. Can't wait to see the other outfits you created with what you have there. I'm curious about your suitcase. Is it a carry-on? And what brand is it? I'm impressed you could fit all that in there!

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    It is obvious somebody is copying from the pictures you posted on Twitter..

  • easy petite looks January 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    i caved this past summer with the gingham from jcrew. i'm another fan of how cee wears hers. it can be so versatile!

  • JessicaW January 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I know you don't like talking about other bloggers but the copycat thing is ridiculous. You totally pull off the look so it's obvious that these are your ORIGINAL ideas. Kudos to you for maintaining professionalism… and for giving us all fresh/stylish ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) January 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Ah that shirt looks great on you! I am soooo impressed by how little you manage to pack all the time! I need to take some lessons from you ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you had a very happy holidays and I hope 2012 brings you even more happiness and success, you deserve it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jackie January 1, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    This is a great idea for a series! I can't wait to see the rest. I plan on traveling this year to see my family since I moved far away from them so I can use the tips =D

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I'm sorry YOUR blog always has to be the site of such drama, since you don't moderate comments (unlike certain others). Just wanted to let you know that your attention to detail (crispness of shirt, size of prints, accessories) really separates you from any potential imitators.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Jean, can you please do a youtube video on what/how you pack?

  • Anna January 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I love your blog and have been following for awhile now. It saddens me that your creativity and effort is so blatantly ripped off by another blogger. I know that there has been drama over this issue before, and I am frustrated that it's starting all over again. I can only imagine how you feel when your hard work and dedication to this blog and finding your own individual style is utilized by Annie for her own gains–as I realize blogging can be a source of income and gifts from companies.

    You have been so classy throughout all of this, even though it must be quite discouraging to see your work being copied so flagrantly and disrespectfully. Keep your head up and just know that your readers support you and appreciate all the work you put into your blog and realize an imposter when they see one!

  • Ping January 1, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    jean– i like this gingham better than the other one that comes in many colors. it's more crisp and less causal.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I can't believe this women on women bashing. The other blogger always takes her photos ahead of time and her post came like an hour after this one, so how in the world could she have been copying? Jean, I love your blog, but it does NOT make you look good to encourage bashing of another blogger who did nothing wrong.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Jean, I love your blog and take much style inspiration from you (I am a relatively new reader…about 5-6 months now). However, I must say that this gingham outfit with the lace skirt is a rather odd combination. I don't like how busy the two look together. The gingham on top looks like it belongs with jeans, or if you want to make it look more professional, with a solid colored skirt. The lace just does not go at all. Separately, I like the pieces though. And, I too noticed the other blog copying your post. Shame.

  • Ana Ponick January 1, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    so perfect!


  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    @ Anonymous (the one above the one above me)

    I dont think she's encouraging the bashing of another blogger….

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Yeah: to anonymous– she's not encouraging it at all. And maybe you don't look at the twitter feeds, but Jean posted a preview of this outfit more than a week or so ago.

  • Anonymous January 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    @ Anonymous 11:15 pm–Jean doesn't encourage the bashing of another blogger. Her comments aren't moderated, unlike that other blogger. And anonymous–your post makes it seem very likely that you are that other blogger who copies Jean's wardrobe. And in response–Jean actually posted that very outfit on her twitter on Dec 28th… and tweeted those HM gingham shirts awhile back… Given that the other blogger states that she is very bad at mixing and matching prints and "remixing her wardrobe," it's very suspicious she would think to wear a gingham top with a lace pencil skirt and post about it the very same time that Jean did…

  • May January 1, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    @ anon at 11:14pm

    jean isn't encouraging the bashing of another blogger and she never has. we just want to express our views and feelings, that's all.

    this other blogger just took her pictures today. she even stated that herself in her comments. jean took pictures a few days ago of her outfit so many people have seen it, and i'm sure this other blogger has too. that's why some people are saying that this other blogger is copying her style.

  • With Each Passing Day January 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I love the look of the gingham and lace. I'm very impressed by how little you packed and manage to look fabulous.Everytime I travel I feel like I'm packing a month worth of clothes. I need to take lesson from you.

  • Simply x Classic January 1, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    must be great being able to wear kids clothes!!! =)

  • Lucia H. January 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    The positive content of this post (and all others) goes without saying, but what popped out to me was your green apple Clinique makeup bag! Did you get yours from your mother, as I did? Asian moms seem to have a huge thing for Clinique gift sets.

    And I know a lot of your fans are "rallying behind you", but I most of all commend your calm and professional response to all the drama. I'm sure it's hard to be diplomatic and regulate your own feelings (whatever they may be), but you do it with grace, class, and beauty — as you do with all other things!

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  • vivian January 2, 2012 at 12:11 am

    hi jean,

    what color is your lipstick? it's gorgeous!


  • Olivia January 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for another great post! And I second one of the other commenters about a packing demonstration video – how did you fit everything into your suitcase?? Also, will you be showing all the outfits you put together from what you packed? 30-80 degrees – you are amazing!

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I guess once a copycat, always a copy cat. Jean, so sorry you have a stalker on your back, she must be so in love with you to once again start copying your posts. It takes a person with very thick skin to go back to their old ways, she indeed need some exfoliating ๐Ÿ™‚ you are her drug, your creativity feeds her. Kinda sad and pathetic.

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  • Ivana January 2, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I always have the hardest time deciding what to pack when I travel, and as a result, I never travel light… Big thanks for sharing the contents of your suitcase, looking forward to the rest of the outfit photos!

  • Anita January 2, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Jean, don't you worry about being copied(not like u are in any way). Your styling, photography and thoughtful posts are always going to be yours and any copier is only going to be a step down.

    Kudos to being adventurous. You look fabulous in the red lipstick!

  • Lien January 2, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Just wanted to drop in and wish you a very happy new year! My mom and I were just going through your 2011 reader favorites and couldn't stop laughing at the 'petite asian boy' blog… Only wish there were more posts :p

  • The life after January 2, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I really like the skirt and you organization in packing. I'm such a mess!!

    The Life After

  • ruthie January 2, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Greetings from London! Oh, and a happy new year to you!

    I discovered your blog… Probably just over a week ago and I am hooked! Like you, I'm a tiny oriental girl… Same shoes and same clothes size as you… I am forever finding the perfect jeans… Shoes… Tops… Coats…. You name it! You've inspired metro check out kids departments and now I've found my first rustic red pair of jeans without any alterations! Aged 12 though!

    Am loving your blog very much and am struggling to read through all your previous blogs… So many tips and all… Too much to take in! I might need to jot it all down!!! Am looking forward to reading your blog on a regular basis! You are such an inspiration!

    Btw, ive ordered a bump it for the volumising up do! Found an ebayer in the UK that stocks them!

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 5:29 am

    i bought bright blue and pink ones from jcrew kids collection last year and i love it! it looks a lot like your black gingham.. only downfall is that it does wrinkle..

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 5:33 am

    can you share whats in your makeup bag? beauty post please ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tam January 2, 2012 at 5:42 am

    Jean, I always feel so inspired (while at the same time humbled) by your packing posts. You are so good at packing light! While I feel confident that I can put together cute, well-fitting outfits on vacation, I need to take some cues from you and learn how to do more with less. I usually pack everything but the kitchen sink. I am resolving to stop doing that this year! I'll be waiting anxiously for your next posts on how to remix what you brought along with you on your vacation.

    Happy New Year!

  • TheTinyHeart January 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I just got the blue gingham shirt you reviewed a few days back from H&M.; Lucky for me, there was just one left in size 2! While I love JCrew, I feel I can often find a similar item at another store for less. The bargain shopper in me just can't bring myself to spend double the price.

    Happy New Year!


  • TaraMixandMatch January 2, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Gorgeous Jean…love the two together!

  • Megan January 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Wow, you fit so much in that tiny suitcase!! I'm definitely going to try to take example from you. I always end up packing wayyy too much when travelling! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • littoBites January 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    omg! how did you make that shirt look so fashionable? I never was into plaid until I saw you and frmheadtotoe wear it… It looks adorable on her and so classy on you. I always thought those shirts were very Aero/AE and would make me look like a teen again. Now I'm curious after your review =D

  • Michelle January 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    You styled this nicely…especially loving that belt!

    You and Kelly have me wanting to try out this gingham! And it is free shipping! My husband laughed at me when I stated aloud after reading Kelly's post: "I need to call my local J. Crew and ask if they accept kids returns."

    I would love to see pictures of your meet up with Kelly! Glad your travels went well!

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Isn't the point of having a fashion blog to inspire others? I often find myself going out to buy what I see on blogs (including this one) because I admire their styles. Perhaps Annie just admires Jean's style as we all do. I don't understand all the hate. I can understand the frustration, i am sure Jean tskes a lot if time to pick out and write thoughtful posts, but in the end…it's really just clothes people! Annie if you read this, you should just credit Jean so that everyone shuts up!

  • Kimberly January 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I never would have thought about pairing a gingham shirt with a lace skirt. The result is actually quite interesting. I wouldn't be able to pull it off (especially in Hawaii where everyone is dressed very casual), but you look great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • May January 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    @ anon at 3:43pm

    i agree with you that fashion blogs are there to inspire others but when you have a blog of your own and is inspired by someone else…yes, you should give credit where it's due. not only that but when you lose your own sense of style and start looking like someone else, where's the originality. she has not only imitated jean in her personal style, it was also in other areas as well (i.e. background design). it was only after the back lash that she got then she changed her background design. i don't hate her & i doubt others hate her since we don't personally know her….we are just tired of her copycat ways. *sigh*

    sorry, jean, for the long explanation and having to put these things on here.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    ^ Anonymous 3:43 – To you it can be "just clothes" but blogging these days is a BUSINESS. Don't listen to bloggers saying it's just a hobby yada yada, just look at all the ads and affiliate shopsense links (and oh there are plenty). A blog with Annie's traffic probably makes upwards of 1k a month, as my friend's does and she even has less followers. I find affiliate links annoying, but if a blogger introduces me to something new or puts a lot of effort into posting that helps me, then fine I'll give them some revenue. Half of that other blog's readers and sponsors probably have no idea extrapetite exists, so she can continue passing off borrowed ideas as original. Bottom of the line is bloggers run CREATIVE businesses and should not use someone else's ideas repeatedly, not to mention act childishly when readers provide feedback. It's unethical and unprofessional.

  • Kiwi January 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Love your style and outfits, as always.
    I wanted to ask you… Do you have any tips for tucking in a cardigan so it's not so bulgy in the skirt? I've tried to tuck in cardigans, but they usually make my skirt look bumpy and awkward.

    Anyway, I hope you will have a great start to 2012. Happy new year =]

  • Vanessa January 2, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Jean, thanks for responding to my question in another section. I appreciate the time you take to respond to your readers. I discovered your blog mid last year and have been following it eagerly ever since- you have an excellent sense of style.

  • Lesley W. Gao January 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    ahhh i'm crazy about gingham. ๐Ÿ˜‰ i recently find some great gingham shirts deals on lands end canvas. it's totally worth checking out jen just placed my orders. Hope the quality is just as good as jcrew's
    happy new year!

  • Elizabeth January 2, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it! I am 5'1 and love reading fashion blogs but never can relate to what the bloggers are wearing because they are so tall! I also love how your pieces are things I can actually buy! (I just ordered the tweed jacket!!!!) Thanks so much for giving us short people hope to look stylish and still dress for our body size! You are the best! I can't wait to get my spring inspiration from your blog and not look like an idiot wearing cool stuff that doesn't fit!

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    To anon at 4:47 I don't see how Jean's ideas are original. Pairing a gingham shirt with lace? I've seen that in J.Crew's catalog as well as other fashion blogs. Let's be honest, even though Jean looks amazing, the real gem of Jean's blog are item reviews for petites, not originality of putting together outfits. There are plenty more creative outfits out there in other blogs. That's why I don't really see the big fuss about RP's "copying". Please don't tell me that you think Jean's outfits are original…if so, then you haven't really haven't read other fashion blogs

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    maybe it's not copying, but she could easily link extrapetite and say something like ( see a similar outfit on this blogger) but nope none of that

    or she could say she saw inspiration somewhere

    maybe it's just a coincidence, but it would be nice if she linked extrapetite's blog since they did post around the same time so readers can see outfits on both ladies

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Do you really think bloggers should post links to other bloggers that have bought or styled the same thing? Should Jean link to her so readers can see outfits on both ladies? There are countless other people who have styled outfits like this before either, do thy all need to be linked too? I think links are only needed when an idea should be credited.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    @ anonymous 7:50 pm–this lace + gingham outfit? just one example of RP's copying. if you actually have followed for awhile, RP has always copied everything jean has done. every time jean changes her banner, rp changes her banner to something completely similar. every time jean changes her blog name– rp changes it to something similar. every time jean changes her sub-header ("the quest for fashion that fits"), rp changes her sub-header to something similar. every time jean buys a skirt, shirt, blazer, dress, ETC— rp has to buy the EXACT same thing. every time jean posts an outfit, there rp goes and posts the same outfit a few days later. it's actually very scary. i'm starting to think jean has a crazy stalker on her hands. SINGLE WHITE FEMALE, anyone? seriously. it's not a few times, it's been rp's entire blog where she has copied jean. it wouldn't be a big deal if blogging wasn't a source of income and is meant for creative purposes.

    if rp copies everything jean has posted, why should rp be compensated money and gifts? it's like cheating on a test, rp is benefiting off of someone's "studying and hardwork" or rather, in this case, jean's hardwork and creativity. i am for one, going to boycott rp's blog– i really did try to give her a chance to become her own blogger, but now i know she will never change and is too delusional and crazy to own up to her single white female antics.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Anonymous @ 7:50 PM

    Sounds like the Copycat blogger has spoken…

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Jumping in here…I visit this other blog and there are thousands of readers, and it is supported by all the bloggers that I follow in the petite community -ok well maybe not EP- through comments and blogroll links. They all seem friendly. If these copying allegations were indeed true, and they seem quite intense, then why are readers hiding behind anonymous personas and not showing a name behind an opinion? Why not voice your opinions to the copier directly? Why would other petite bloggers and big companies supporting someone who copies as much as you guys make it sound?

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Jean, happy 2012! I don't usually comment but I wanted to say I love your blog and I've learned a lot from it. I like that all your looks are very wearable. There are a lot of fashion blogs that make me wonder – where could they possible go dressed like that. Anyway, this looks reminds me of Atlantic-pacific
    Nothing wrong with having a similar outfit. I just wanted to share another blog that I like a lot.

    Regarding the reallypetite issue. It's nice to know that I'm not the only that thought she copies everything you do. I don't mind seeing a similar look on another blogger but when it happens so often and it goes beyond the clothing (I.e. Blog layout) it becomes creepy. It's also interesting how your personality reflects through your blog. I mean, I don't know you but you seem very approachable whereas the other lady seems like the type of people that always want to give the impression that their lives are perfect. Someone told me that we believe people will like us if we make them believe everything in our life is great but the reality is that when you are honest, authentic and admit that things are not perfect but that's ok, that's when people will like you. The reallypetite lady just seems unrelatable (is that a word?). Had she just taken responsibility for her actions, instead of accusing everybody of hating her, everything would have been fine. I don't want to be mean to her as it seems she puts a lot effort on her blog and there is value on having the same item reviewed by somebody else with a different body type. Just give credit where credit is due and keep it real! Sorry for the long post.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    @Anonymous I for one have DEFINITELY voiced my opinion to her on twitter through my real name and through comments. My comment was mysteriously never published, of course, and tweet ignored. I wouldn't be surprised if other readers have done the same and met with same outcome. These were not negative comments, just feedback on blog similarities I noticed. Does that satisfy your question?

    I too am going to read copying blogs less (RP is not the only one out there, other fashion bloggers have blatant copiers too) and also look at other bloggers who support such copiers under a new light.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    @anonymous 10:03 pm–umm isn't it a bit hypocritical for you to post as "anonymous" when you're criticizing other commenters on not "showing a name behind an opinion?" ooh i already have written rp directly, but no response since i bet she knows she's wrong and can't really give a good justification as to why she does what she does.

    as to answer your questions–the petite blogger community is very, very nice and welcoming and really none of them want to be involved in drama and take sides publicly. it's pretty obvious though that rp is not as accepted by some of the other petite bloggers. i never see her in any of the petite blogger meet ups or is tweeted often at all by *some* of the other petite bloggers and not just jean. there are a few petite bloggers that do acknowledge and are friendly with rp, despite the whole copycatting thing. as for big companies–they definitely don't read petite blogs as in depth as most readers do and actually realize that rp is copying. you're right though, those big companies should be notified of the copying–i'll write those companies emails stating my dissatisfaction with their support of a cheater/stalker.

  • Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    If you have followed both ladies since the beginning …and I can say yes I have as a loyal reader, having found them both thanks to AlterationsNeeded right when they started blogging… then you will be appalled… From a combination of blog posts, emails, tweets, and other details that I've picked up over the years, this is an obsession. It's beyond buying the same clothes as someone who inspires you (c;mon, who doesnt do that?). It's an obsession over a person and everything they do, and it'd scare the hell out of me if I were Jean.

    Jean, hopefully this will be the last of the drama and thank you for allowing us to voice our opinions.

  • Anonymous January 3, 2012 at 12:31 am

    LEAST favorite outfit for sure.

  • Nina January 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Back to the actual blog post…fantastic! I am the worst packer and this was so helpful! Please please please Jean, add a post on your travel beauty and skincare – part of always looking so put-together is the always polished and appropriate makeup you wear. I am probably one of your older readers but as a lifelong petite (lol) I so appreciate all of the effort you put into your blog. Happy New Year!

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