• Holiday Sequins & Special Moments


    Zara dress, Ann Taylor nappa clutch thanks to Sydney (love it : ), pearls gifted from a friend

    For those who celebrate – I hope your Christmas holiday was filled with laughter, hugs, and good food. I was spoiled by home cooking and had a blast with my little brothers, giggling under throw blankets with bowls of popcorn and Disney movies. It’s special times like that with loved ones that mean so much more to me than presents under the tree. Yesterday was spent on the opposite coast with Nick’s family, and was filled with delicious dim sum, a good cry during Les Miserables, and some of the best Filipino fare I’ve ever had.
    I popped into Ann Taylor for a hot second before the movie, enticed by 50% off full priced items (use code GIFTANN). There was nothing to try on in my size, but I thought this knit striped blazer was a nice nautical basic and not a bad price after the discount. They also had a floaty mint blouse that was very similar to one of my favorite old AT tops, as well as some striped drapey blouses that would be nice for spring.

    Left: Ann Taylor Striped Jacket, Scalloped Crepe Top Right: Cascade Ruffle Front Blouse



    Putting my DIY bra-back converter to good use at a holiday party…


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    Essie “Hot Coco” polish – perfect for these chilly cocoa-sipping nights : )

    63 thoughts on “Holiday Sequins & Special Moments

    • lisacng @ expandng.com December 27, 2012 at 3:41 pm

      You looked awesome in that dress for the holiday party!!!

    • sequins from life December 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      İ love sequins !!!

      You look amazing 😉

    • Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 3:51 pm


    • Stephanie December 27, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      I love the dress!! Wish I could find it amongst the disorganized racks in the downtown Zara in Montreal…it's always a mess! 🙁

    • sajuki December 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      amazing !

    • ♥ Natalie December 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      Wooow, gorgeous dress! I really love the back of it! <3


    • Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Hey Jean! I love the dress! In fact, after seeing it on you, I bought it in both colors and plan to keep both. Jcrew also has you to thank for all the hundreds of dollars of clothing I bought from them after seeing your posts.

      By the way, how did you like the JBrand mustard coated jeans from HauteLook? Would you consider doing a post reviewing that? I ordered it after you wrote about it. Loved the look but it was bunchy in the back right under the butt. I'm wondering if you had the same issue with those jeans?

    • Joanne Ku December 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      omg so glad i stumbled upon ur blog. you are a gem!

      love your sytle-following you! hope you stop by and follow my blog as well 🙂



    • Cassidy Short December 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      Love the dress! Looks gorgeous on you! Love the Essie nail polish, too 🙂



    • Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      Did you guys have lechon at Nick's? Haha.

    • newpetite December 27, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      That is a gorgeous dress and love the clutch!

    • Jackie December 27, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      You look so pretty!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I love the dress!

    • Petite-ish December 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      You look gorgeous and so festive! May I ask who made your heels? (Are they YSL?) I love them!

    • Suzie Q December 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      The sequin dress is so perfect for the holiday and NYE parties. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!

      Suzie Q

    • Janki December 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      You look divine! I wish I had someplace that required a fancy dress like this. Thanks to your DIY tips I was able to score a cute silver tank top and alter it myself. (I brought a wrap but it was 70 degrees here so even I didn't need it).
      So happy to read that you were enjoying some delicious Filipino food. I grew up in SF and most of my friends were either Filipino or Chinese (or both). Nothing beat home made lumpia or cha sui boa from someone's mom. Best. Food. Ever. Luckily, my own mom was no slouch in the Indian food department so I could reciprocate.
      Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you and your blog. My NY resolution is not to buy anything until everything I currently own fits well.

    • Steffi December 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Jean, I was wondering if you have this problem with H&M; spotted/dalmatian pants. I washed mine prior to wearing, and the black transferred to the cream. It doesn't look obvious when worn but still sad :< Also for the bra back converter, it maaaay be doable to just cut the under band of your old bra and attach it like a converter. Perhaps won't give enough support but it might be an alternative for those who are hopeless with sewing (like me).

    • lin December 27, 2012 at 7:43 pm

      jean, you look lovely in that dress. thanks for all the wonderful tips and inspirations you've given us. happy holidays!

    • Anonymous December 27, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Jean!

      Please keep an eye out for the Ann Taylor Factory Ruffle Front Shells that come out every year!

      I am hoping to stock up this year!!

    • Carla Krae December 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Lovely post. That tree is beautiful. Glad you had a good Christmas.

    • Kathleen Lisson December 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Beautiful pearls!

    • Princess Martha December 27, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      You look great!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

    • FashionEdible December 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      The dress looks amazing on you! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


    • Sweet (: December 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Looking gorgeous as usual, Jean!

    • Petite Adventures December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Great dress – and love the striped blazer!

      Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

    • april December 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

      beautiful dress

    • Nathyness December 28, 2012 at 1:44 am

      What an incredible dress! The pearls and clutch are the perfect finishing touches. Takes the whole look up to notches. I'm glad you enjoyed your Christmas, and Les Miserables! Can't wait to see it this Saturday!

      xo from another petite follower,

    • Nathyness December 28, 2012 at 1:45 am

      two* – Sorry, the grammar queen in me was appalled that I made that silly mistake, haha.

    • scoffandstyle December 28, 2012 at 4:51 am

      Love the low back cut on the dress!


    • Sam December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

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    • Sam December 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

      You really pull off those sequins. Work it, girl!

      Happy holidays!

      xo Sam

    • Chloe Moon December 28, 2012 at 10:48 am

      Your sequin dress is absolutely stunning!!!!

      Happy Holidays!

      Ergo – Blog

    • Joanna Le December 28, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      You look so lovely in the dress, Jean! Good thing you went with the small.. you can eat to your heart's content without feeling the literal pinch of a tight dress. Love the low back — sexy, without being too revealing.


    • Carol Li December 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Such gorgeous photos of you in your sequin dress. It sounds like you had a fun filled and food filled Christmas!


    • gigiofca December 28, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      Beautiful dress & beautiful tree 🙂

    • Sindy December 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm
    • AndreaNH December 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Hi Jean, I'm on the quest to find the perfect Burberry Pea Coat. I love your reviews and segments on your Burberry pieces; they have helped me tremendously in narrowing down what style I want for my size (5'2" 120lbs). Have you had much success at the Burberry Wrentham Outlet? I'm planning to hit up Bloomingdales first but wanted to see if the drive is warranted to trek even further south to Wrentham. I'm planning on altering the length to be shorter, but not sure yet. Thank you for having such a great blog, I work in Finance too and your tips for the workplace have been so helpful, especially for someone as discerning as I am 🙂

    • SewPetiteGal December 29, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      That dress is spectacular on you! Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and are enjoying your time in SD 🙂 Also wishing you a very Happy New Year!

    • peony December 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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    • peony December 29, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I love your blog, happy holidays! 🙂 I was just wondering if you had an advice for a petite gal who can't wear heels on a regular basis (I have an active job and back issues)? Is there anything I should be aware of fashion-wise if I'm in ballet flats quite a bit? Thanks so much!

    • Joy December 30, 2012 at 5:57 am

      very beautiful and bold dress. you look great!


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