Sunday, April 29, 2012

Another green + navy: Scarf bow and Spearmint Gingham

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Crewcuts gingham cafe capris sz 12 (an adult option in 2 colors - use BONUS10 for 10% off)
Ann Taylor blouse (old), blazer from Lefties (altered), BR bag (old)
Scarf and CL pumps from eBay, necklace c/o Stella & Dot

Just popping in to say a quick hello and to show these fun, preppy pants from Crewcuts. After being surprisingly pleased with their apple pants with a handy adjustable waist, I couldn't resist this pair in spearmint gingham for $25. I returned my Gap kids mint jeans from earlier this season because I knew they wouldn't get enough wear. These have been the perfect replacement - they're a favorite for studying at the office (comfy but not too casual), and also work-appropriate on "denim" Fridays.
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I have been wearing this blazer a little too much, but the spring green color just brightens up any outfit. Last month, I started a new job and my new team is mostly men who don't care much about clothes...

...although I miss the fashionistas on my old team, I thoroughly enjoyed being able to wear favorite pieces repeatedly without receiving raised brows (my former colleague could not tolerate seeing my Gap nude blouses one more time ; ). That is, until this jacket got dubbed my "Masters jacket" while the team was streaming the tournament on their computers. It received so much acclaim, that I now have to reserve it for select wear...sigh!

Chanel tortoiseshell sunnies (similar), Essie "turquoise & caicos" polish
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This outfit was made possible/enabled by shrewd Twitter friends. Thank you Jen E. for sharing that this blouse was on clearance for a mere $9 in my size. It was on the other side of the country, so I did pay $7.50 for shipping, but it has more than gotten it's worth in wear. At first, I was surprised that something retailing for $80 was made of 100% polyester, but it wears beautifully and is so wonderfully low-maintenance. And thank you again Val for doing research on these pants and getting all the measurements for us.mintgingham
Now that I have several items from Crewcuts, I'd like to point out how inconsistent their sizing can be, even in the same styles. For the apple pants in the same "cafe capri" cut and same kids size 12 (see review), I had to tighten the adjustable waist band by about 3 notches on each side for it to fit. These, on the other hand, are very snug when zipped up with no room for adjustment. The hips feel a tiny bit tighter too, but the legs and length feel exactly the same. It's unfortunate that J.Crew has so much size inconsistency, especially since they often do final sale.
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I bought this scarf a year ago after many of us fell in love with it on Cee (and for a mere $10!). It never got much wear, but I recently rediscovered it and have been throwing it around all of my purses. It looks great on satchels, a speedy, Chanel...even a longchamp, and just adds new dimension to an outfit. I kept seeing the look around town on older, polished-looking ladies, and don't know why I didn't try it more often!
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Readers - Are you a fan of adorning handbags with scarves?

106 comments:

  1. I love the navy / green combo and also adding a scarf to a bag. I had a giant nude colored bag that looked so boring until I threw a colorful scarf on it to add some interest. The blues of the bag and the scarf look incredible together!

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  2. The scarf goes so well with your purse. I've always wanted to try tying scarves onto my bags, but I guess I haven't found the right scarf to match with my bags yet. I do attach fox tails to my bags. : )

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  3. what type of work are you doing now?? are you never moving to CA? =P

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  4. I adore this look, Jean!
    You've taken the chaos of monochrome + print-on-print and made it super classy.
    And thank you so much for boldly sharing the kids-section-shopping tip.
    I owe you a ton in alterations bills! :)

    Love,
    Vera. (Being Vera Blog.)

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  5. The scarf is so classy and I love the slant pockets on these capris! I took advantage of that Jcrew tip you shared about returning multiple orders with one label. I ordered a ton of non-sale items to try and hope I can rebuy the winners during final sale.

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  6. Ohhh... I love LOVE that gingham pants!!! I almost bought one in that exact color on Asos.com but never came around to it! Looks great on you!!!

    http://www.LifeAnnStyle.com

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  7. I need to try that scarf-tied-to-satchel look! Also, love the necklace you are wearing!

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  8. Hey you really look great in that blouse, looks like one I have...

    www.petitgraphie.blogspot.com

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  9. Love this look and the perfect scarf bow on your bag. I've been tying various scarves on my brown work bag and those scarves make me fall in love with the bag all over again. :) love that little accents like a scarf can make a world of difference for an old flame.

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  10. You look amazing.

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  11. Love the color combo! And Stella & Dot is amazing. I have a big turquoise and gold ring from them that I adore! That necklace is fabulous.

    Melanie
    Style to Stage

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  12. What a great outfit and you look stunning! Very inspirational ;)

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  14. I am currently looking for one for my bright green bag

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  15. the color of your top and your purse look gorgeous! everything looks so effortless on you! love it!

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  16. awwww this colour scheme is so bold but cute!

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  17. such pretty colors!! i am loving these pants. i'm thinking about wearing them to work...or do you thinks it's too casual/fun?

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    1. never mind my question, they are out of sizes anyway... :(

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  19. I am kind of obsessed with green and navy right now (and this look is lovely on you!) I just put up two green + navy combos on my blog and have a third one coming. Might be time for me to try something else. :)

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  20. This post of yours makes me happy as I can put inspiration on it in wearing my capri's.Love the color blocking, very lovely to look at and the accessories you've match fits well.The blazer is adorable and so with the bag.:)

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  21. ..opps and regarding your question,in some point it's lovely to look at those bag with scarves but in my opinion it depends on the bag and the size of scarf if they are well fit together.:)

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  22. absolutely gorgeous!! love this colour scheme.

    Laura x

    demure-porcelain.blogspot.com

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  23. Cute outfit. I love the color of the bag and it goes so well with the scarf. The scarf print is perfect for adorning bags. Great shoes too.

    xoxo,
    Style Cue by Suzie Q

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  24. Great outfit! Love all the blues and the pattern of your pants :)

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  25. Can you please let me know the name or style number for that AT shirt? Thanks, -Angela

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    1. Hi Angela - I no longer have the tag, but unfortunately it was from (3?) seasons ago ... it won't be in-stores anymore because when I bought it in Jan, it was already on final sale being moved out of their system. I do think there's a chance their Factory store might bring it back (they usually do that for popular items), or it might pop up on a place like eBay?

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  26. The blue and green look amazing together! I don't think I'd be able to pull off this look, but you look absolutely great :)

    ~ Kimberly
    http://petiteonabudget.blogspot.com

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  27. Very pretty outfit. The gingham is darling. Love this color combo.

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  28. You look amazing! I'm in total love with those pants.

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  29. LOVE this outfit!!! Especially the blouse and blazer!!

    Jenn
    A Petite Treat

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  30. Hi, I love the outfit! Where is the blue blouse from? It sounds like you got a great deal on it!

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  31. LOVE the colors on you so much!!! Great combo! You look drop dead gorgeous Jean!
    Corinna

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  32. Love the color combo and the scarves on handbags is a great idea!

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  33. I tried on a pair of cropped pants this wkd. convinced that it looks awful on me. but mb i haven't found the right one yet. you do look so good in yours.

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  34. great outfit. love the colorblocking :-)

    glamDevils

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  35. Hi jean i randomly read your blog one day and just cant stop following your post!
    nice & sharp colours for summer ;-)

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  36. Beautiful look, I love your pants!

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  37. Sweet outfit. rock it girl!

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  38. LOVE this outfit! Especially the blazer and the blouse. I've never tried wearing a scarf on my bag, but then again, I don't have any nice-enough bags to try it with. One day when I can splurge on a quality bag, I'll try the scarf accessory!

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  39. ive always loved the handbags with scarves, at least on other people. its like a little accessory for your accessory. doesnt seem necessary, but definitely adds a little something!

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  40. hi jean, GORGEOUS as always!!!
    i had a question...how much do you usually spend on CLs on ebay. i am looking to buy a pair but im not sure what's "too cheap" to be considered counterfeit...thank you! i saw a pair of prives that were GORGEOUS for $400 (brand new with two impressions on sole) but that just seems so cheap for something new...so i wanted to ask you since you seem to really nail this stuff!

    thank you!!

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    1. Hi there - I don't think there's a good "set" price to use as a standard, because it depends on the condition, the popularity of the style, the seller feedback ... etc. I think $400 is actually fairly high for pre-owned, but for a super classic style like prives in great shape, it is reasonable. I definitely don't think they are "too cheap" to be authentic. The ones I watch on eBay usually go for $300 or less, but they are not the true classic styles. Classic nude and black pumps do go for more.

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    2. Thank you Jean!!!

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  41. very fresh look and superb use of spring colours. thank you again for the inspiration as I am looking for ways to inject a little colour in my monochromatic wardrobe.;-)

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  42. I'm not a fan of printed pants. Somehow they don't look professional (for my age) to me. For your age though, I think they look good. I do love the pairing and the scarf on handbag.

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  43. Forgot to mention the necklace, it's beautiful. :)

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  44. Question: do you ever carry that bag (or similar bags) over the shoulder? I love how it looks on your arm, but with 2 kids I need something that leaves both hands free. I always think a large-ish bag like that would like odd over the shoulder, which defeats the purpose of that extra strap. Thoughts
    PS, you look professional and cute at the same time.

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    1. Hi there - yes, definitely, I actually carry this bag mostly over the shoulder as as "book" bag. Look for bags that have pliable shape/slouchy silhouettes, versus structured, squarish bags, so that they don't look too large when worn over the shoulder.

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  45. Oh my goodness, you look amazing! I'm loving those capris and am considering getting myself a pair! Love the colors and the bag.. perfect!

    xo, Yi-chia

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  46. wow wow wow. Now I need gingham pants. Perfect summer outfit!

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  47. Oh, and I do have a scarf on my handbag in the wintertime.

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  48. this outfit might be one of my favorite that you've posted! i love the color combination and the pants and jacket are just SO CHIC!

    -Elissa

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  49. I love this outfit! So glad you used so much color.

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  50. Your Masters jacket! It totally looks like one!

    I think handbags with scarves are cool. I don't use scarves that way but I have a Coach clutch that came with a scarf and I get a lot of compliments on it.

    Helen

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  51. Those pants are adorable on you! I love how you toughened up the soft pastels with the navy blue.

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  52. What is the style/model number of your Chanel sunglasses?!

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    1. 5182 - they are from many years ago, however Chanel does have a very similar brown tortoiseshell version out currently!

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  53. You look great in these colors!

    I don't know how i felt about pairing scarves with purses...Maybe I just haven't found the right combo.

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  54. So glad your kept the blazer. If I remember correctly, you had considered returning it. The color looks fabulous on you, love the pants. I wish I could wear crewcuts :( But alas, although petite, I am a size 4/6 and could not even dream about fitting into those tiny pants. Love your blog, keep up the good work!

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  55. Love this color combo! I love how your nail polish almost blends in with your pants! It's like an exact minty match!
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  56. It is very unfortunate that JCrew's sizing is soo random that I refuse to buy things final sale online unless I've tried it on in store which is such a pain with so many online only items. But anywho Love scarves tied to handbags. Sometimes it can add a pop of color and print to an otherwise boring outfit for the office when going out right after work.I actually just showed a scarf on the handbag look on a recent post! http://stylingbynumbers.blogspot.com/2012/04/whats-working-with-neons.html

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  57. Gorgeous colors and those pants look so good on you!

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  58. I love this outfit so much. Blue and mint green is such a refreshing look - love the necklace as well!

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  59. What a pretty spring outfit Jean! I love putting scarves on handbags - I used to do it all the time but I've recently become extremely lazy LOL!

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  60. What a great outfit! I think that's about as much fun with color as you can have in an office environment; so much fun.

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  61. love your pants sooo much girl!!

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  62. Jean, you look AWESOME!!!!!!!!! absolutely love the colors (: Unlike you, I wear scrubs to work...and on most of my days off, I'm at home. But I'm definitely trying to be more adventurous with the colors, jewelry, etc. It's too hot in Texas to layer anything right now (except maybe layering tank tops!). I have been so inspired to dress better when I go out. Thanks once again for the inspiration (:

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  63. A BIG ditto on j.crew sizing. I have their Cafe Capri in THREE different sizes because each pair fits differently. I purchased two last year - a dusty pink and a camel - and a green color this year. I wish they'd work in this, as I am always fearful of ordering from their final sale for this reason.

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  64. Very cute outfit, loving all the blues and greens. I have to agree crewcuts sizing is all over the place that it made me stop ordering from their final sale.

    I use to like to put charms on my bags but now I keep it plain.. I think maybe because I'm getting older! lol.

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  66. Thank you for the shout out, Jean! I'm glad you love the blouse. My recommendation whenever ordering a sale item through Style Finder at Ann Taylor/LOFT is to order a small full price item with it (i.e., a tank top) and they will waive the shipping fee. This only works for card members though (free shipping on full price items). Then you can return the full price item if it doesn't work out for you. A kind SA gave me that recommendation when I placed a Style Finder order in-store - it's almost the same as adding free shipping fillers when you order online!

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  67. the necklace is amazing! love the outfit!

    xoxo
    Mady

    thegirlfromthemirror.blogspot.com

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  68. Ack! (a good ack!) I love this outfit on you!! Everything is perfect! Matchy-match...but not the boring kind (like Elle has been recently discussing) The necklace is amazing.

    So glad you got that AT blouse! I picked it up as well and love it. I would suggest a bralette underneath for a night out (if you decide to wear it solo). For me, I think it is too sheer to wear with a regular bra.

    And the Banana bag with the scarf is gorgeous!

    Love that your new teammates like golf! Thursday through Sunday that is what is on our tv...so much better than football, in my opinion! And listening to the commentators...golf terminology can sound so dirty...it is hilarious!

    And the mint and navy are amazing together! Reminds me of the J. Crew bracelet I just picked up!

    You have me all over the place and chatty tonight with your outfit! :p

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  69. love the outfit..u look amazing

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  70. Love the whole outfit. The colors are gorgeous together.

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  71. This is such an adorable outfit! I like the all blue palette.

    www.fashionpastiche.com

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  72. Very cute outfit! Could you please tell us the style number of your Chanel sunglasses? They look amazing! It is really difficult for me to find frame that fit my face shape and your Chanel sunglasses look very nice!

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    1. Hi there - they are 5182 but they are from several years ago. I saw a very similar tortoiseshell version out currently, though! I suggest going into a store that has a wide selection of Chanel sunglasses and trying them on. I owned two pairs before this, including their signature solid frame with mother-of-pearl CC's on both sides, and they were so big on my face and kept slipping off my nose. These fit much better!

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  73. thanks for sharing! I picked these up along with the apple pair after seeing your first post on the crewcuts cafe capri. I was stumped on what top to pair with the gingham and this has definitely helped!

    I have been so frustrated with crewcuts size differences. I got a 12 in the apple and 14 in the gingham! guess that's what you get with kids sizing!

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  74. I can't say that I love scarves on bags but I love bags...and scarves. lol. Loving this ensemble too! Oh how I wish BR made bags in the same quality they used too....

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  75. Hi , your blog is amazing i can not stop watching you previous post, you have great tips and not just for petite women i fall in love with your blog! answer to your questions of course that i love accesorize my look with an scarves on a handbag but to be honest i did not do it in a long time !!
    thank you for the inspiration !!!
    love the outfit you look great!
    xx

    morenafashion-gaby.blogspot.com

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  76. this is one of my favourite outfits you have put together. so unique!

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  77. You look so fab! I love the similar color story. I have to start wearing scarves on my bags!

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  78. Hi Jean, you look stunning as always! Btw, could you please share the link of the scarf from ebay? Or the store url? I vaguely remember a post of yours a while back on scarves from ebay but couldn't find it anymore. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Nina - unfortunately, that specific seller closed their store down. Try searching chain print scarf or horsebit scarf?

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  79. Absolutely adore this look lady! I saw those gingham pants last week... might need to go back lol

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  80. I have had my eye on that necklace...great look! And I love that they call it the masters jacket, lol!

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  81. Hi Jean, you look nice. You're wearing all my favorite colors! Thanks for posting & now I will look for a silky scarf with 'chain' or 'horsebit' print!

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  82. =o) Hi Jean. Thanks for sharing your style wisdom. I've been skulking around your blog for the past month or so. I'm not petite, but I love your blog. Thought of you today b/c of this: http://www.gilt.com/sale/women/amrita-singh-jewelry-855

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  83. Hi, Jean.

    I stumbled on your blog a couple of weeks ago, and I just have to say I love your style! As a busy mother of two little girls, it feels like ages since I've gone shopping for myself. I'm so focused on my girls these days. But seeing your blog makes me realize how desperately I need to update my wardrobe. I've always found shopping for petite clothes such a pain, but you offer so many great reviews and tips. Thanks!

    Your new fan,
    A petite mom

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  84. i think your blazer and scarf are very cool. right now i'm into blues and greens.

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  85. you have such a great sense of style - this is just a perfect outfit that is classy and appropriate for so many occasions. the colours are amazing on you! xox P

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  86. I love the blazer and scarf! The colors are perfect for spring time. You look fabulous Jean!

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  87. Hi Jean!
    I absolutely love your necklace! It's so beautiful!

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  88. Hey Jean, you wouldn't happen to have the style # of your Chanel sunglasses would you? Are they recent or an older style? Love love love them!

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  89. I absolutely love this color combo and the Serenity Necklace looks terrific. I also love pairing this necklace with yellow & must admit, I wear it ALL THE TIME! :)

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  90. OMG can't believe I missed this post before! The gingham pants are adorable on you. The necklace ties everything in amazingly!! Love it!

    A Preponderance of Fashion

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  92. BEAUTIFUL BLAZER Jean! I bought a similar blazer from HM this past weekend. It was a bright turquoise blue. I found the color to really brighten the entire outfit.

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