Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer Favorites Video, Part 1 - White dress + bold prints

After taking a 6 month hiatus from YouTube, I felt so encouraged by some of your messages that I decided to try again. My friend Jimmy generously opened up his bright space to me so that I can fit more than a head and chest into the frame. I felt a mile away from the camera and tried using a mic (gifted by my thoughtful little brother), so please bear with the severe volume swings. This was also my first time recording with friends present, thus was a nervous chatterbox. The multitude of challenges faced while filming a basic video make me really appreciate YouTubers like WendysLookbook who produce amazing ones, time and time again.

*Note: Change video to HD (4th button in from the bottom right) for the original quality*
Items shown (I will share more details about fit, quality, and alterations performed in future posts):

White Dress Outfits
- BR Factory white pencil dress (similar), $99 got on sale for $60 and altered at home
- H&M blazer, Forever21 necklace & striped belt that came w/ shorts (this year's version)
- Hermes belt, Aqua shrug, random double pearls ($12 option here), Chanel WOC, Spotted pumps c/o a+o

Printed Skirt Outfits
- Amazing world map skirt with detachable peplum custom made by the talented SewPetiteGal. She has limited material available for custom, made-to-measure orders.
- H&M ivory shell, Hermes belt reversed
- H&M basics burgundy tank, Christian Louboutin simple 85 pumps, H&M clutch

Readers - What are your favorite summer pieces?

60 comments:

  1. I've missed your videos! Thank you for posting. I'm inspired to use your ideas towards my summer work outfits. II don't usually post comments too often on your site but definitely wanted you to know that I appreciate all the hard work you put towards your blog and videos ... I hope the next video is soon?!

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  2. Hi Jean,

    You were the first blog i found browsing the web and the reason why i started blogging.I'm not a petite girl but i love your sense of style. I'm glad you doing videos again since they always been so helpful.I love the peplum skirt print and all the options of colors there is to style it with with.

    xoxo
    carina
    myfashionarchive.blogspot.com

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  3. love your striped dress! (and all your pairings) where is it from?

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    1. Thank you - it is actually just a basic striped tank top from H&M kids basics.

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  4. whooo girl, look at you showing us that burgundy pump. bendy!

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  5. I love your hermes belts. you are my favorite blogger. Please alert if you see a similar cognac cluch that can be used as a crossbody bag like yours. This is a great video

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  6. Love the outfit suggestions! Great video too :)

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  7. Glad the videos are back! :) Those dotted/animal print pumps are great! Loving your peplum attachment suggestions :p SPG did a great job with that skirt!

    I love the background image at the start and end of your video!!

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  8. I love all your suggestions. Very classy yet feminine.

    octoberchic.com

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  9. Loved your video! Keep them coming, please!

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  10. I love the added humor and of course I love your style. :) I'm so glad you're back on YouTube! keep it up! :)

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  11. Gorgeous pairings and that skirt by SPW is gorgeous!!

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  12. I´ve missed you Jean! I am so happy you are planning to make more videos. Keep it up and thanks!

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  13. Amazing video! you did such a great job and your tips are perfect too! Can't wait for the next one!

    Marisa
    http://brokewithdesignertaste.blogspot.com/

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  14. amazing! I loved it!

    blowarainbow.blogspot.com

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  15. Great video, and I do love that white dress x

    http://dancing-in-high-heels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. I am so very honored to have my skirt in your video! That pilgrim collar? Total DO! The peplum can also be worn as an in-your-face sash (which is what my toddler was prancing around with the other day, LOL).

    Loved your pairings for everything, but especially the preppy look! What kind of watch are you wearing? I think my next DIY will be a slim, white dress :)

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    1. Michael Kors jet set tortoiseshell watch : )

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  17. Thanks for posting another video! Very stylish and well filmed.

    Also I'm a bit late on this, but your earlier post from when you bought the white dress was very helpful. I didn't notice the things you mentioned about the fit (off the rack) until you pointed it out. I find myself examining clothes a little more closely before I purchase them since I started reading your blog!

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  18. Great job styling! Love SPG's map skirt!

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  19. The white goes so well with those belts. Do you have any more price-friendly options for the belt instead of Hermes?

    js-go.blogspot.com

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    1. H&M always has some options - my second most favorite belt is a brown faux-leather with gold buckle belt that I wear in many posts. It comes with a $35 sleeveless shirtdress, which is back in stock again in stores.

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  20. Excellent job! You're so brave.

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  21. I'ved missed your videos! Thanks for posting again. Love your personality on camera Jean! :-)

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  22. What an awesome video, I love it. You look gorgeous in that white dress, loved that first outfit and the last one.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  23. I've just recently found your blog and have learned so much already. Thanks for sharing your style and expertise! Love the video, please keep doing them.

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  24. Ahhh SPG's skirt looks fantastic on you Jean!

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  25. Jean, It's obvious that you're becoming more comfortable in front of the camera! Great video. I especially love the white dress and how you accessorized it.

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  26. I think you did a fabulous job with this video. I do the same thing when I'm trying to coordinate new prints (hold the garment up to my wardrobe). Also, you are extremely articulate, which made this video very easy on the ears. :) keep up the great work.

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  27. Hello!!!
    I love your blog!!!
    I just found it!

    I made a blog a couple of months ago too.
    I would really appreciate if you could check it out and follow if you like it!
    Thank you!!!

    http://newfashionorder.blogspot.com/

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  28. It's nice seeing a video from you... it was great, really liked your map skirt. Keep up the great work!! :D

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  29. Don't ever ever quit blogging Jean... you give such inspirational ideas and you motivate me so much!!!

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  30. Very nice! Makes want to get a white dress!

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  31. Thank you so much for the video. Not sure about the fish background, but loved your outfit ideas.

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  33. Love the outfits! Especially the one with the Peplum Skirt! I'm also on the petite side as well, but can never find any Peplum Skirts that can fit.

    I have just recently joined the petite blogger community ~ www.perfectinpurple.com.

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  34. Would appreciate if you could include a tutorial on tie & tuck in your blouse over a dress as shown in http://www.extrapetite.com/2012/06/signature-style-classic-tweed-pencil.html & http://www.extrapetite.com/2011/12/h-spring-review-emerald-green-pencil.html.

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    1. FastFoodandFastFashion did a quick tutorial on the tucking. I only did the last step slightly different and will try to show it some time in the future : )

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  35. love this video Jean, and always appreciate your blog posts.
    "channel the pilgrim look" - that made me rofl.
    Happy 4th of July!

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  36. your personality reminds me so much of wendyslookbook! you two must be friends!

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  37. Hi Jean, did you get a haircut? (: And your video was so informational and great as always!!

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    1. Thank you - yes I did, it was just getting too raggedy and long.

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  38. Wonderful video, Jean! I love how professional and pretty your pieces are!

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  39. Great video! I'm not trying to be mean, but where you're pointing to at 5:28 is really awkward. You could've point to another wine color on the map. Please don't be discouraged, I really love and miss your videos.

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  40. What size is your BR dress? Is it petite?

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    1. I got 00 Petite and did some alterations which I will share in a bit.

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  41. great video. it's very informative. you look nice in the br dress. :D

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  42. Hi Jean, I really love your style. Do you mind if I ask how much is the Hermes belt and what is its width?

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    1. Hi Megan - the width is about 1" (it's the more narrow option out of their options..sometimes called the mini). I got it as a gift, but the ones I was watching and bidding on before that went for about $300-$400 pre-owned.

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  43. i'm not familiar with your other videos but i thought that was great! a little preppier than my style but love all the classic looks. i def agree finding your waist is key! :) going to have to work on my tan and pull out my summer whites!

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  44. for some reason my comments aren't posting - so here's a repeat! i love your video series and am so happy to see it's up again! you have such a wonderful style and the way you elevate an outfit with a few accessories is just amazing! SPG's skirt looks fabulous on you! xox P

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  45. What a lovely place to film in! It actually looks like you're standing in front of a green screen.. Great job on the video and pairings!

    http://www.xjole.com

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  46. yeeh, you started posting on yt again!! love your blogs and vids :)

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  47. i like how you included styles for work and for the weekends.

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  48. I love the video! Some of my favorite summer pieces are silk dresses (I have so many, and they're good for both in an out of the office), white eyelet shorts, and sandals.

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  49. I just watched the video. It was very clear and informative.
    I love how clean and crisp that white dress looks. & that world map skirt is so cool. I knew SewPetiteGal was talented, but I had no idea just how talented.

    Anyways, great job on the video! I enjoyed it a lot!

    http://ohtheendlesspossibilities.blogspot.com/

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  50. Hi jean, I love the necklace you have paired with the white dress outfit. Could u provide a close up photo of how it actually looks like :) thanks for the video again! Keep up the great work! Angelin

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  51. Very nice? Where'd you purchase the polka dot heels?

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