Winter Casual: Army jacket, booties + DIY leopard clutch

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Gap army jacket (similar) & sweater, thrifted skirt, Hue tights, Revlon "Vixen" nail polish, DIY clutch
Adrienne Vittadini ankle boots (similar - plus Nordies' shoe sale has begun! lots of small sizes)

70hr work weeks and snowy terrain has left me with no new photos, but here's an old outfit that I wore to a friend's engagement party. I wanted something comfy and casual, but still chic enough for the night out. Basic black served as the base, the tweed skirt added texture, and a pop of leopard print finished off the outfit.

I first saw a leopard foldover clutch on Wendy's blog and fell in love. It was sold out, so I decided to try my hand at DIY. I'm sure the quality of mine doesn't come close to a professional one, but it satisfies my craving for now : )
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PS - Going to try and answer all your pre-owned Coach bag questions in a post this weekend. Please stay tuned!

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  1. I can't believe you made the clutch? It looks really nice!
    http://www.Tinacious.Me

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  2. i am always SO impressed by your DIYs! please do a tutorial! :) i'd love to make some custom clutches myself!

    L&F,
    KC

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  3. hope you recorded your bag DIY... you know we'd love to learn!

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  4. LOVE the look. Great color combos and pairings! This DIY clutch: something I've been dying to create for myself so I would love to see how you created it.

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  5. Love the DIY clutch, I must say the entire outfit looks amazing!

    xx,

    Love and Company

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  7. Great job on the clutch! It looks great! Love how you paired the look with the army jacket.

    xoxo,
    Suzie Q
    www.StyleCueBySuzieQ.com

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  8. wow, the clutch looks amazing!
    hope you get a bit more rest/relaxation time in soon!

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  9. Been eyeing those type of tights you've been wearing in some of your blog posts, they're very nice! I've never considered wearing tights under skirts but will definitely try that, looks classy! (=
    And YEY! Super excited for the Coach post!!! Will be looking forward to it.

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  10. You are really talented! It's always fun to see what DIYs bloggers do and I don't think I've ever seen a clutch done. Would love to see a tutorial :)
    FashionEdible

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  11. i can't believe you made those! the zipper and calfhair texture makes it look so expensive. i'd love a quick tutorial. get some sleep and rest !

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  12. I love your clutch. It's gorgeous. I'd love to see a tutorial on how you made it.

    www.petitestyleonline.com

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  13. Love this outfit, and that clutch is superb I would love to see a DIY.

    xo
    Http://pinksole.com

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  14. Agree with everone's comments on the clutch. Amazing-looking for a DIY. You are very talented. I've always daydreamed about sewing projects.... but no sewing machine, haha. Maybe someday I will invest in one.

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  15. I'm a longtime fan of your blog - I hope you post the tutorial for the DIY clutch! I would love to make one myself.

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  16. I'm Portuguese and i love your blog. The clutch is beautiful, you did a great job. :)

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  17. Hi Jean!! Love your outfit and clutch!! Did you use a thicker needle on your sewing machine? xoxo, Phoebe

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  18. Your clutch looks great! Along with everyone else... I would love to see a tutorial and info on where you got the supplies. Love the outfit too!

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  19. You really inspire my long desire to do my own alterations and diy bags. Curious how casual you get on weekends - I'm a mom of 2, recently petite (again), trying to figure out how to pair up jeans and still be fashionista without trying so hard. Any advice or ideas would be great!

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  20. this is a great look - and love the leopard details too! xo

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  21. Hi Jean! Love your DIY clutch. Along with everyone else, I would love to see a tutorial on how you made the clutch. You did a great job!

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  22. Love your boots and DIY clutch!!!! Can't wait hear more about vintage Coach purchases!

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  23. That's it, I'm getting an army jacket. :)

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  24. Oh no, 70 hour work weeks!!?? Are you in ibanking? Just curious!! Also, that clutch looks really great!! You did a wonderful job! :)

    -Stephanie
    @LaminLouboutins.com

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  25. That's an amazing DIY clutch. I'd love to see a tutorial.

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  26. Love the clutch! You must show us a tutorial!

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  27. Great job on the clutch, Jean! Where did you get the fabric...or leather?

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  28. Nice! Great job on the clutch.

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  29. I loved that gap jacket when I saw it before on your blog and I've been checking a bunch of sites for something similar - and I just found a similar jacket at H&M. It made me ridiculously happy. Here is the link: http://www.hm.com/us/product/04161?article=04161-A.

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  30. great diy clutch. i would have never guessed that you made it yourself. ;)

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  31. You look sooo sooo pretty:)

    Come say HI on my blog: www.gemmamonclus.blogspot.com

    Love, Gemma

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  32. Hi Jean!!! I just wanted to write that a few days ago i was dining with another blogger and we were talking about how much we enjoyed your blog... well she brought to my attention the whole subject of plagerism with another blogger who will remain nameless and i nearly fell out of my chair.. mainly b/c a few years ago i had unfollowed this blogger who will remain nameless for original content. It was so obvious to me.. Me, someone who was brand new to the blogging world and had no idea that there were any forums or online discussions....anyways, it's such a shame but i just wanted to tell you that i support you! <3

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  33. I wish people would stop "attacking" the other blogger who supposedly have copied a lot of styles from extrapetite. If I wanted to, I can also go through all the styles from extrapetite site and find many that I can say she copied from others like Wendy's lookbook, Alternation needed, and many others. You guys buy the same items from the same stores like Ann Taylor, H&M, Banana Republic and Loft. Is it a crime to wear the same clothes and sometimes style them in the same color/way? As for the Twitter photo account that someone who targeted the other blogger put up, some of the photos are months or even a year apart. I can say the same about extrapetite here who definitely posted a burnt orange H&M jacket outfit AFTER the other blogger did on her blog. How come no one is speaking up about this blog? Quite a few petite bloggers were posting on twitter about this and it sounds suspiciously to me that you guys are ganging up on the other blogger. It's not fair. Just leave it alone and the attention will go away.

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    1. How do you explain stolen blog content, layouts, even phrases??? Sorry, there isn't one iota on that blog that isn't ripped off someone else's. Sad and pathetic.

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    2. 1st anon
      There's a clear line between inspiration and plagiarism. I have been a long time reader of both blogs (still am) and couldn't help to notice the similarity between both blogs. At first I thought it was just me.. but there were just too many similarities between the blogs that left me w/ questions in my head. It is not a crime to purchase the same shirt as another blogger or style it the same way but at least give credit when credit is needed. Do you ever expect to turn in a writing assignment w/o proper citation and expect to get away from it? Probably not. Its the same concept.
      For the past 3+ years, this classy young lady has been extremely quiet about these repeat offensives and never made any comments via her blog/twitter regarding it.. and now that she is finally voicing her thoughts there are people calling her out and perceiving it as bullying and harassment? This is really sad.

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  34. Cute look! Love that coat! I really need to find a good army green utility jacket!

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    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com
    Blog, Inc. Giveaway!

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  35. I never comment on blogs because I typically am just looking for inspiration but noticed the whole "twitter feud" and have to say, everyone stop being mean girls! Yes, one blogger dresses like one, that one has started to dress like another one, and on and on, but really, does it matter? I frequent many blogs, and most ideas/outfits/styles of writing, originate from a few early innovators. Yes, it would be polite/respectful to credit everything back to those you were inspired by but it's also impolite, disrespectful, and just plain mean to use the internet as a means to bully or shame another.

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    1. To both anons up above-

      I'm truly sorry my words have been perceived as bullying. I understand that it's not possible for any uninvolved bystanders to know the extent of what has gone on or how much effort has been made to resolve it in a private, respectful manner. As I appreciate every longtime reader on this blog, I hope you can allow me to explain why I said what I did. I certainly don't believe buying the same mainstream items or dressing alike is an issue. However, I do find repeated actions such as the following to be unacceptable:

      - hiring tech help to replicate online layouts and design of sites created by others (2 incidents)
      - trying to hire Etsy sellers that can sew (who refused) to replicate DIY ideas from here
      - contacting my non-mainstream sponsors to self-promote and ask for the same exact items
      - hunting down (over 20) specific, vintage gifts from my loved ones or items I've found in thrift stores for her own content, at times fabricating their origins to readers
      - using copied content to earn revenue through affiliate links, side advertisements, and sponsorships, or using a replicated outfit for sponsored features to gain traffic
      - creating Blogger "followers" that end up inflating blog statistics
      - blocking anyone (myself included) who suggests giving credit
      - repeatedly contacting my readers and fellow bloggers to sell her their own items (items that were shown on here and subsequently sold out)
      - when asked, replies that she does not read this blog

      ...amongst other incidents. I completely believe in giving a person many chances and in being respectful, but that is also a 2-way street. Since countless private communications did not work, I spoke up to encourage more integrity and individuality in the blogging community vs. continuing to sweep it under the rug. If speaking up against 3 years of copying for personal gain is construed as bullying, then I'm disappointed. Unfortunately, I do understand there are consequences to publicly speaking my honest opinions on a topic I feel strongly about, and know that many will not agree with or condone what I did. I apologize if I have offended readers, and only ask that you also consider the many other sides to situations that may happen behind the scenes.

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    2. I support you entirely, Jean. I'm a long-time reader of yours and saw this problem occurring long ago.

      Dealing with this issue, the thing that sets you aside from the other blogger is your transparency. Even if you receive negative comments or ones that refer to this situation in particular, you handle it in stride and respond with diplomacy. You don't try to censor your accounts, delete comments, or disallow others from expressing criticism. You answer respectfully, tactfully and you try to ensure everyone is provided with the correct information -- i.e., the truth. That is part of why you are so well-respected in the community -- it's your credibility.

      You've got plenty of readers who've got your back, Jean. I'm so glad that you're finally stepping forward and speaking out about this problem that's gone on far too long.

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    3. Jean: It's okay to speak out. Everyone is entitled to express opinions. If the issues are indeed as extensive as you have outlined above, the situation is best being resolved privately. I don't know if there is any copyright law that you can check into, but if it's that serious, it's worth checking into any options out there to address this, right?

      The downside of speaking out publicly on twitter or other social media is because of your reader base (which you have some loyal readers including myself), you can be perceived as the "leader" of bullying another blogger. Have you read the crazy twitter feud on this? Some of your readers are fighting with others and calling the blogger names like "pyscho" and "sociopath". Some are even twitting known retailers like Banana Republic that they will boycott their products if they support the other blogger. Some are attacking bloggers or readers who interact with this blogger. There are other petite bloggers (many are known friends of yours in this blogging community) RT the twitter page someone put up with the sole purpose of showing the other blogger in a negative light. If this is not bullying, I don't know what it is. I know you cannot control what others do or say, but starting an internet feud will not resolve the issue. All these fighting publicly do leave a bitter taste. In the end, it solves nothing.

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    4. You are right in that these are downsides of speaking up, and it was irresponsible of me to not consider these effects. I regret if anyone has been harassed by any readers fueled by things I said. I was fed up with the deceit and also my own inability to resolve it privately, and unfortunatley let that get the best of me. I hope anyone who has opinions on this can express them in a respectful manner and leave those alone who wish to be. It's hard to bring a controversial issue like this to light without rammifications, but the extent of what you describe is the furthest from what I'd wish upon anyone. I've started reaching out to anyone I saw crossing the line, and hope they can also understand that doing so doesn't accomplish anything. Thank you for being a loyal reader and for sharing your opinion on something I regret not recognizing myself.

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    5. @Anonymous just above Jean

      I understand where you're coming from. I just wanted to say that I think your posting that opinion on Jean's blog was unfair. Like you said yourself, Jean isn't responsible for these acts that some perceive as bullying another blogger. And you make a case about how "extensive" this perceived bullying is. So don't you think you should have allowed Jean the same courtesy you suggested by contacting her privately? After all, "all these fighting publicly do leave a bitter taste. In the end, it solves nothing."

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    6. Also, @Anonymous just above Jean:

      Don't blame Jean for starting an Internet feud. If anyone is to blame, I'm the one who first tweeted the link "showing the other blogger in a negative light." You see this as bullying; I see it as supporting a friend and bringing awareness to cyberstalking. When the other blogger heavily moderates comments and portrays herself to the public in the best light possible, anyone who says anything negative (even if it's the truth) will look like a bully. The only way I could speak up without being moderated was through my own Twitter account.

      I believe everyone should be held accountable for their actions (large reader base or not). It's only fair that you hold the other blogger to the same standard. Playing victim publicly through her blog, demanding Jean delete tweets when she was only stating the truth and defending herself, etc.

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    7. Jean has already shown a 3 year track record of EXTREME leniency and respect. Everyone is entitled to express their own opinion, and others are free to disagree, but it's illogical to criticize Jean or imply she's responsible for encouraging the actions of other.

      I think we'd all agree that Romney/Obama are not responsible for any of the things their "fans" did or said on their behalf. Same is true on the blogging scale.

      I think it's responsible consumerism by contacting a company and letting them know you will boycott them if they support a practice (ex: plagiarism, animal testing, etc.) you don't agree with. This is feedback to the company, not bullying.

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  36. Why let "snowy terrain" get in the way of more outfit photos? Why not post more "real life" looks that other people can use as inspiration for the real world? You keep mentioning in various posts that you changed into flats or rain boots later. Why not show what actually works in the real world instead of only posting ideal shots that would only work if we didn't have to commute and lived in a temperature- and weather-controlled box? I think it is most inspiring when bloggers are both practical and stylish and can actually live their out their lives in the outfits they post. Thanks for your consideration.

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    1. Hi there - Thank you for the feedback and I will definitely consider that! I did the reviews on rainboots to share what I do wear in real life for inclement weather, but I wear these types of shoes solely for commuting and change right out of at the destination. For work, I do wear flats when commuting like you said and recommend doing so for comfort, but then 90% of my day I am in the shoes actually shown in the posts so I still find them to be indicative of the real world.

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    2. good suggestion anon.

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    3. To the demanding Anonymous reader above, why not take the outfits that you like from Jean's post and just add rain boots to them? Easy solution that can be applied to the real world.

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    4. I like this suggestion. It's a good way of showing us how you travel daily even if you don't think it looks nice.

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  37. Love the heels! I'm going to look for some on Stitch right now!

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  38. @ May Y - I really appreciate your response but moderated to avoid names being named on here.

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    1. I understand, Jean. I want you to know that I admire how you've handled the whole situation. I'm glad it has not deterred you from blogging cause we would surely miss it. Thanks for all the great ideas, inspirations, detailed reviews, and sharing glimpses of your life these past four years. :)

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  39. I think I should clarify my above comment. I respect that ExtraPetite has attempted to privately resolve the matter and I also think that standing up for yourself and your work is not bullying. I think anyone who frequents/follows both blogs would have to acknowledge the similarities between many of the outfits. I do not know if the other blogger is intentional, oblivious, or malicious in her actions. What I was commenting on was a twitter feed that was 100% dedicated towards being negative to the other blogger and I felt that, without question, was malicious. That being said, it's not my battle, my battle involves a sweet one year old who has decided that sleeping through the night is for babies:o)

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    1. I am not sure what feed you're referring to, but I truly hope that everyone can express their views in a respectful manner without imposing malice or harassing anyone. Its not worth it to cross the line, and it takes a few step backwards in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for sharing your opinion, and I hope your little one gets some rest tonight so Mom can too : )

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  40. Well said, Jean!
    I've been reading your blog since the end of 2010 and have noticed all the plagiarisms early on. I do hope the other blogger can stop this craziness and stop playing the victim. It must have been difficult to deal with her for the past three years. Many readers are by your side! It saddened us that you haven't been blogging as frequently as before because we love and anticipate your posts. It sucks she had to ruined it for the rest of us. No matter what, I will continue to follow/support your blog.

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  41. Great clutch - I can't believe you made it! Well done!
    I think this outfit looks fantastic on you. Very chic!

    Kate xo petite-adventures.blogspot.ca

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  42. I'm trying to find the follow button but have a hard time finding it! I kinda feel stupid :P.

    Small victory I just found the bloglovin button so I follow you there but since I know myself (and I'm not really the bloglovin kinda person but prefer GFC and was wondering if you have that too! I love your outfits. I'm a huge fan of Wendy and when she pointed out this way I was sold! ;)

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  43. Great look! <3

    xoxo,Xeana
    Please, check out my blog! Giveaway necklace!!!

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  44. Jean, I love the clutch. Do you mind if I ask where did you get the fabric.

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  45. Love the clutch, Jean. It looks flawless! You must show us how you did it : )

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  46. I decided not to log out and post as "anonymous" because this is something that has been whispered and hushed about for far too long. I understand the newbie mistakes that bloggers make, because I was there just a brief year ago. I figured no one would really be reading my blog other than my mom so who cared if I styled my scarves the same or labeled a post the same as another blogger. My mom would only think I was witty.
    Well, the more you delve into the blogging community, the more you realize that most bloggers are really cool and often willing to help those who are just getting started. Some of us can admit we messed up and learn not to continue the bad behavior. This other blogger not only doesn't understand that she is in the wrong, she flat out continues and does everything in her power to scrub the internet clean. She heavily moderates comments that are anything short of "You are brilliant!" and blocks anyone who would even suggest a similarity to another blogger. Filtering your own page and social media is one thing. Asking others to delete any criticism is on the opposite end of that spectrum.
    At this point, she is copying not only Jean and Cee, but other bloggers as well and enough is enough. My parents always taught me to do the right thing even when it's a hard or tough move. Fortunately, my blog isn't very big at all and my mom is still the only one who reads it on a regular basis. I don't make my living from it, nor do I aspire to in the future-especially since I am middle aged and I like my work. I just don't want to be another anonymous poster. I am willing to publicly stand up and say that if you are one of those "nice" people who encourage the other blogger's behavior because you think you are being neutral, you aren't. You are contributing to her mean girl mentality and as the "mom" of a teenager and a pre-teen, I can't sit by and say nothing. My husband and I try to teach our kids that sitting quietly in the background is just as wrong and just as encouraging to bullies. So I am saying it here, too: cyberstalking, plagiarizing and lying to achieve success with readers and sponsors is NOT OKAY and it is absolutely a form of bullying. Jean isn't the one doing any of that behavior and she rarely speaks up about it. She is not only entitled to speak up about the way that she has been terrorized by this blogger, but because she IS so successful, she almost has a responsibility to do so. And I agree that she shouldn't be held responsible for what other bloggers (such as myself) post of their own free will.

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    1. Hi Ana,
      Well said. I took a moment and visited your blog! :)

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  47. People are free to follow whatever blogs they want. Perhaps instead of focusing on the other blogs followers/supporters and name calling we should follow Jeans example. Contact retailers and voice concerns, if you currently follow the other blog unfollow and in a grownup polite manner, spread awareness of the situation. Bullying is not an acceptable way to deal with a bully. Be better and smarter and act with integrity, as Jean has and has asked her supporters to do.

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  48. Wow you must have had a tough week - thank you for taking the time to write a post even though you've been so busy! I found your blog on a list of fashion blogs for short women (I'm 160cm myself), and I'm your new follower!
    Your outfit looks stunning, I love the jacket!

    xxx
    E from Helsinki
    http://dragonflyelisabeth.blogspot.fi/

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  49. Hi Jean,

    Can I ask how tall Nick is (hope that's not too creepy)? I ask because my boyfriend is 5'6 and it can be a headache shopping for him--I told him about your blog and he joked that he should also become a member of the petite blogging community. I'd love to know about shopping resources for shorter guys if you or anyone else knows about them!

    On another note, I think that you're incredibly impressive and professional as a blogger-- you provide detailed reviews, have an impeccable understanding of products and fit, are great at communicating with your readers respectfully, and never just accept sponsorships for the sake of them-- you even give feedback to the companies about how to improve their products. The way you've handled recent events has also been in the same professional way. That's a major reason why I (and many of your readers) read your blog, and I hope the other blogger comes to see that that kind of professionalism and integrity is something that simply can't be copied. So please don't let any recent negativity and ugliness diminish something that you enjoy and are very, very good at, and please take care of yourself first and foremost.

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    1. Hi there - Nick is 5'9" and there definitely is not a focus on apparel for shorter men like there are for women. The only suggest I have is to shop online for the best variety of lengths (also, theory makes some great "short" sized suits), and to get dress shirts tailored so the sleeve cuffs are shortened, or to just get custom dress shirts made because the aforementioned alteration costs can be steep. Good luck to helping him shop!

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  50. Anon @3:24 - Thank you for your comment, please understand that I moderated it as there isn't a factual basis for some things mentioned, and they could be misconstrued. I appreciate everyone's opinions and closed comments so we can move forward from this.

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