White Jeans + Printed Scarf (& H&M 35% off coupon)


H&M; jacket (alteration tutorial), tee, clutch, and belt from dress, thrift store scarf
Old Navy jeans in petite, Target sandals (old) (similar for $40)

Just wanted to say a quick hello and apologize for my lack of responsiveness over the months. I will do my best to respond to your comments and messages in June. Today’s post is just another casual studying outfit. I study at my office for about 12 hours at a time, and must be comfortable, but not too comfy in fear of dozing off! By putting on a full outfit complete with accessories (even if only my books will get to see it), I feel more in the right frame of mind to be productive. Anyone else feel the same way?
To spruce up a simple jeans + tee combo, I added a silk printed scarf scored for about $3 at the thrift store, my fave buckle belt, and some strappy sandals. For anyone who scorns H&M; and Target items because they are low-quality…I can’t even count how much wear these 3-yr old $20 sandals and $17 clutch have gotten, while still looking fairly pristine. If you are selective with design and materials, there are definitely gems to be found at fast-fashion and discount retailers…

This is my second pair of Old Navy rock star jeggings (see black styled here) (gave away russet to my cousin in China), and I have developed mixed feelings about them. On one hand, I definitely appreciate that they run small and are available in several inseams and colors (although ON needs to do a better job of restocking!). I also like the price tag of $30-$35 plus their frequent discounts. On the other hand, the fit is inconsistent and the design & material in my opinion don’t compare to some of Gap’s legging jeans (here’s an option in a nice dark wash). The material of my ON jeans feel stiff in general, and the black pair attracts lint like none other. Gap definitely has their material and sizing inconsistencies too, though, so you never really know until you try a style on.
whitejeans2On a separate note – H&M; lovers can print out this coupon for 35% off (highest I’ve ever seen from them) one item. Technically it’s for email subscribers, so sign up for their emails to receive coupons going forward. Thanks so much to SewPetiteGal for tweeting this during her early-morning sale alerts. She was so kind to also message me directly just in case this H&M; lover missed it : )

Armed with my coupon, I popped in at lunch and was soon ready to leave empty-handed. I tried on some cute, colorful bracelets (the petite wrist-friendly mint and peach bangles are a set), but wasn’t enticed enough to buy. I was also sorely disappointed by the tent-like winning Fashion Star dresses – I guess runway looks don’t translate well for shorties in real life! Here’s a 2 on me (per the model this dress is supposed to be around knee-length) for shits and giggles:
fashionstar bracelets
On my way out, I spotted a flash of neon out of the corner of my eye and was thrilled to see these highlighter yellow sandals (item # 067212) fully stocked on a shelf. I had called around for them after this post with no luck, and assumed they had come and gone quickly. They are definitely more neon yellow-green in person than the warm yellow shown in the picture, which is too bad, but I might alter the color later. I grabbed a US 5/ EUR 36 (feels like a 5.5) for just $22.75 after the coupon. They are quite fun and look sturdy (more so than F21 shoes), and are a very welcome addition to my collection of neutral heels.

Readers – Please share any good finds with your H&M; coupon!

89 thoughts on “White Jeans + Printed Scarf (& H&M 35% off coupon)

  • Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    you really put that H&M; dress belt to good use. It seems to go with everything. Great buy! I love target too, their shoes may not always be genuine leather, but are definitely quality man made materials. And I discovered H&M; after reading your blog. I used to only shop in Ann Taylor and Banana Republic before. But now H&M; is always a stop for my mall trip. A lot of chic and trendy pieces, and much more affordable too.

    Thanks for the coupon too! Good luck on your study!

  • Annapurna May 17, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Jean, I was in H&M; downtown crossing this past weekend and saw a gorgeous one shouldered white jacquard peplum on the racks in front of the Washingston Street doors. I thought you might be drawn to it. Check it out!

  • Janey Moore May 17, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Great look! I love the scarf.


  • phiphis blog May 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    you look gorgeous! this is a beautiful outfit – and you are so right. if you're "dressed up" slightly, you're still in a frame of mind to work. much positive thoughts heading your way as you study! xox P

  • The Little Dust Princess May 17, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    I love seeing you in casual outfits! You look just as good in a jeans & tee as you do in a pencil skirt & blouse. : )

  • Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Jean –
    How do you find a good tailor in China? I'm going to Shanghai soon and I'm hoping I can get some of my work clothes tailored. Thanks!


  • Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    I just discovered your blog and I LOVE it! Please keep posting! I'm also a very petite (4'10'') Asian girl and all of the tips that I've read on your blog in the past couple days have been really inspiring for me and..needless to say…I love your sense of style. Sorry if I'm overly excited haha


  • lisacng May 17, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    I love the added scarf with the neutral items! I'd never scoff H&M; or Target! Your sandals have held up wonderful after 3 yrs!

  • Elena May 17, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    I love every piece of this outfit- so stylish!

  • Cua Wendy Moua May 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Thanks for the coupon. Printed out two and had the BF buy my second piece for 35% off. This might be bad, but I'm Goin back each day to purchase one item until the deal ends.

  • Joy May 18, 2012 at 3:07 am

    Those yellow sandals look fun. I'd love to be able to just try them on. I stopped by a couple of H&M;'s today with that 35% off coupon on my phone, but I didn't see those sandals anywhere. = Oh well, it's not something I would have a lot of use for. Can't wait to see you do outfit posts with those yellow heels!

  • Anonymous May 18, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Hi Jean!

    I love your style and your blog! I had a question about the Ann Taylor perfect pumps– After reading about them on your blog, I've been stalking the Ann Taylor site to buy the classic perfect pumps, but it seems as if they never have my size (5.5) Do you know how often they are back in stock? And should I ever buy them full price? Thanks!

  • Monica May 18, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    i love white jeans! they look great on you too!


  • Ping May 18, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    jean, this is such a cute casual outfit! i live the scarf, definitely makes the oufit. you look so good in white jeans too and so tall in the 2nd photo. good luck with studying!!

  • Ping May 18, 2012 at 1:13 pm


  • DIANA D. May 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    you are so pretty! And I absolutely love how you combined all the colors !:)

  • Ney May 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I'm so happy I found your blog! Quick question, I have really small wrists and it's very difficult to find bangles that won't fall off. Do you know of any stores that carry smaller sizes?

  • Michelle May 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Good luck on your studying! Good idea on choosing an outfit to keep you alert! Love the color combo you put together!

    You are usually the one that gives me the urge to try out H&M; or Old Navy. 🙂

    Enjoy your weekend! Hopefully you have some time to relax! 🙂

  • Michelle May 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Hi Ney!

    Kelly at Alterations Needed has a page about a few petite-friendly bangles/bracelets:


  • lepakking May 18, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    You're anything but perfect, no thank you.

  • dietingfashions May 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I really like the jacket! The outfit is so stylish and polished but inexpensive. Great look!


  • Anonymous May 18, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Good luck with the exam! I'm studying for the CFA as well so I know how demanding the studying is. May I will try to put some effort into my studying outfit this weekend instead of the usual yoga pants and sweatshirt =)

  • PITA May 18, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    H&M; is the bomb , great photos 🙂


  • Mangotatoes May 19, 2012 at 2:00 am

    If you're interested, I recently purchased white "jegging" denim pants from Abercrombie kids. Usually the length is somewhat long, but they actually stop at my ankles and are very flattery. The quality is amazing as usual and it's around $50. I'm 5 feet around 83 lbs and I bought a size 12. Hope this helps!


  • Rachel May 19, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I just stumbled on your blog and fell in love! You have such a distinct voice and it's so different from the day to day style bloggers.

    And thanks so much for the discount! oxox going to H&M; tomorrow!

  • A Petite Treat May 19, 2012 at 3:19 am

    i love EVERYTHING about this outfit!!!

    A Petite Treat

  • Alexia May 19, 2012 at 3:35 am

    I love this look! You are so pretty and have such great style! I've been following your blog for awhile now, but am now just finding the courage to leave comments for the bloggers I follow. It probably sounds silly, but it's true! Anyway, I can completely relate to the whole putting together a full outfit and feeling in the right frame of mind, but in a different way…I live in a rural area, so while your books make up the audience, my audience is a bunch of people running around in baggy t-shirts, jeans and sneakers who could care less if I wore a paper bag as an outfit (so it's kind of like dressing for your books, haha). Also,I no longer have to study for anything so my "right frame of mind" = feeling ready to tackle the day. Still, I think I feel happier and more confident when I've put together an outfit, so I think I get what you mean 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts!


  • Anonymous May 19, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I agreed , it's getting more and more disgusting !

  • Lauren @ honeybear May 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This is so chic! I love the scarf and blazer.


  • Anonymous May 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Awesome post. I also like this blog too


  • The Petite Way May 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Lovely blog you have! I'm a petite blogger too. Would love your feedback as I just started.



  • thesmartflavour May 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Love this outfit, especially how you match the scarf with the t-shirt..!!

  • audrey May 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I feel the same too (regarding the dressing for studying part)! But my guy housemate never understood that and thinks I overdress for my library sessions lol!

    Out of curiousity though, what are you studying for? So sorry, haven't been a long reader of yours, but I love your sense of style! (:

  • L in Brooklyn May 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    You did a really nice job with the blazer, Jean. It fits you beautifully. I love the pop of color that the scarf adds too!

  • Rinny May 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I love this outfit! The scarf really adds a nice pop of color to all of the neutrals. The blazer fits you very well too.

  • Anonymous May 20, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Hello Jean, I love your blog because we have the same physical type (low and lean) and a while I look for a blog where the blogger was like me physically. I am Brazilian and I will continue seeing your blog, bjos

  • Kelly May 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm
  • Frugalista May 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    I envy your closet! I feel like if I had your wardrobe, I would never run out of clothes! haha. You just have fantastic taste

    I'm actually starting a new personal challenge. No shopping for 3 months! I'm going to write about the tough challenge on my blog 🙂

  • Anna D Kart May 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Thank you for the coupon!!!! love your outfit!

  • MiniMeStyle May 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hi there – thanks for swinging by my blog and commenting the other day – I'm so happy to have found yours in return! You have fabulous style, and I love the blogroll listing all the other petite bloggers out there. I can't wait to look through your archives at all your outfits. 🙂

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