Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Weekends - Fresh fruit picking

asos skirt and crop topASOS Petites chambray dot 2-piece set (no longer available) (similar one-piece)
Gap outlet hat (similar), old H&M cross-body bag

Last Saturday morning, my friend mentioned a strawberry-picking festival with promises of strawberry shortcake, which was enough to get me leaping out of bed. I love picking seasonal fruit at local farms, but the cherry on top is when the farm's market offers corresponding treats (fresh cider donuts, anyone?). If you're interested in finding "pick your own" farms near you, this international guide looks like a pretty good resource (seeking out cherries next!).
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Our first stop of the day was to fuel up on my favorite breakfast dish in the greater Boston area...

shakshuka
Sofra, a little Turkish bakery & cafe, is the sister operation of Sienna Farms and the popular Oleana restaurant in Cambridge. I've tried a number of things here, but the "shakshuka" (eggs poached in a flavorful tomato broth served with a freshly-baked roll) brings me back time and time again. If you don't like your eggs too runny, let them know. We've tried to recreate this dish at home and it never comes close. Tip - order 3 extra "pita" rolls to sop up the yummy sauce, and it could be a small breakfast for two (leaving room to try the pastries).
strawberries
For the farm, I was warned that there'd be sweat, crawling, and lots of bending over. I picked an easy-to-wash ASOS set, wore bike shorts underneath, and grabbed a big hat for sun protection. I first saw this skirt set on Khatu last year and loved it on her. The midi-length design (original fit) was not flattering on me with flats, so I hemmed it a few inches shorter to hit right above the knees. ASOS Petite runs very small in my experience - I'm wearing a US 0/1 petite here, which fits about a size smaller than American brand 00Ps.
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We went to Verrill Farm in Concord, MA (30-40 min outside the city), which allowed self-picking starting at 9AM. Entrance is free and picked berries were a reasonable $3/lb. I highly recommend arriving at farms as early as possible - we lazily rolled in around 1pm and the fields were very picked over (visitors after us were cut off). All the ripe berries remaining were teeny but tasty, and the air in the fields smelled so sweet and delicious.

Post-picking snack of strawberry shortcake with a generous dollop of whipped cream
strawberry shortcake
Soft-serve ice cream lovers should save room for Dairy Joy on the way home, and Thoreau fans can make a detour to the nearby Walden pond reservation. After we got home, the mini-sized berries made a good puree for chilled bubbly drinks.  
strawberry drinks and dairy joy
Photos borrowed from friends' Instagrams

I must say, picking grounded fruit turned out to be one of the best workouts my thighs/butt have had in a while. The only ripe berries left were hidden underneath, requiring low bobbing from row to row. I had been doing squats regularly at home, but the burn from those was nothing compared to what was felt the days post-berry picking.

67 comments:

  1. What a fun time! I am glad I just finished dinner so your post does not make me too hungry. :) I clicked on the "international guide" link you suggested and am surprised to see a "pick your own" farm in Vegas!

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  2. This blog used to be one of the best petite blogs out there, but it has gone downhill over the past few months with these dumb posts about food, travel, and strawberry picking. No one wants to see posts from you romping through a strawberry field - if I cared about picking my own strawberries or anything related to food, I would turn to a food blog. If you don't want to start losing readers, go back to talking about petite clothing, because no one gives a crap what you're eating on a day to day basis.

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    1. Wow... ok BYE GIRL. One less visitor wouldn't make a diff.

      You won't be missed. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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    2. I actually enjoyed this post. She did mention her dress which was petite friendly. It was interesting to see a two-piece set.. I don't come across those too often in-store or online. She also mentioned the LOFT 50% off sale and her top picks and why. The food and strawberries were just a bonus !

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    3. Wow that's harsh. I'm a long time lurker on this blog (even though I'm not even petite) and I enjoy reading Jean's posts about food and travel in addition to her fashion posts. Her blog is one of my favorites...it's always thoughtful and well written. Plus she usually does have some mention to clothing even in her travel posts. Keep it up Jean! :)

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    4. I appreciate the feedback. I'm shopping a lot less this year for a number of reasons, but when I do find the occasional keeper, I try to do a review and answer any questions on the fit. Of course I am sorry to turn off readers, but I hope ppl can find reads that meet their needs.

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    5. Obnoxious, rude and abrasive -- yes. But I have to say she kind of has a point. I've followed Jean for 3 years now and I miss the style of her older posts (however, posts like these are much harder for you-know-who to copy). She may be slightly off-topic, but at least it's always very well done.

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    6. Jean, I hope the first comment from anonymous does not deter you from sharing these wonderful posts about food and travel. I really like that you share these parts of your life with us, and I feel that it sets you apart from other blogs in a positive way. Don't mind the rude anonymous commenters - they can wallow in their own mindless, rampant consumerism.

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    7. I have followed and enjoyed your blog for the last couple of years. I truly like the way your blog has evolved! Even though I love shopping and fashion, I recognize we need balance in our life. I admire the fact that you are analyzing your purchases and trying to shop less. I think a travel/cooking/strawberry picking post will always be relevant - you are applying fashion to real life experiences. I can tell from your blogs that you are incredibly intelligent as well as empathetic about others needs and perceptions. Thanks for an amazing blog!
      Arlene

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    8. First Alterations Needed and now you, it sounds like the same person is attacking the both of you. Anonymous, do us all a favor and go find other blogs to read. Jean does not need rude, obnoxious, and closed-minded readers like you.

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    9. Please unfollow and never come back. You will not be missed. Your comment just reflects how ugly you truly are.

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    10. The commenter above was rude for sure but good for them for being direct about it. The point another reader said about this blog being copied had me thinking...the tit for tat with another blogger is becoming completely ridiculous (by all bloggers involved, not accusing any one person). Unfortunately when this happens, the readers suffer. Just hold your head high and keep blogging about the fashion you love and never mind if you think someone is or isn't copying you. Who cares! We follow *your* blog because we want *your* point of view, period. If you feel you can't blog about reviews, shopping, clothing because you are afraid someone is going to copy you, then you're not being true to your readers anymore, and it isn't fair to us. If you're blogging about strawberry picking and ice cream because you actually enjoyed it and want to share it with us, then you have the right to do that too. If you are trying to grow your fan base by appealing to new audiences by writing about DIY and food, you have the right to do that too. You have the right to do whatever you please. But to change the way you do what you love because you let that other person get to you is basically letting them win.So, yeah, I used to herald this blog to everyone I knew who was petite as *the* resource for petite fashion, and I don't anymore (and really haven't for a while since all of the drama with other blogs- that stuff is useless to me). To the other readers who think the above commenter was a troll- no- they were giving honest feedback that happened to be negative. Taking the good with the bad is part of every aspect of life including comments on a blog post!!!

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    11. Woah ok, that kind of comment is uncalled for. I'm a lurker on your blog, I love your fashion and I love it when you share your travel and food stories with us.I'm sure many readers agree, we're interested to know about your life and the evolution of your fashion.so please up the great work,fashion or not and let rude comments like that slide off your back

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    12. Jean I love it when you post about your travel and food. It makes you more human and relatable. Please keep doing them!

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    13. I have been reading this blog for over a year and love it. I am not petite at all (5'10) but I do love your style especially for work outfits. The posts about your travels and activities are fun to read so I do hope that you continue to post about them.

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    14. It would be presumptuous to assume she doesn't blog about reviews and shopping for fear of someone copying. I remember reading Jean's post about her blog changing http://www.extrapetite.com/2012/09/15-outfit-navy-silk-dots-blouse-wool.html

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    15. I absolutely love this blog and your outfits. Jean, you are such a sweet person and your personality shines through in your posts. I love seeing your outfits and get inspiration for my own work wardrobe, even though I am not petite. Constructive criticism or not, that initial comment was uncalled for and rude. There were many ways to go about communicating dissatisfaction and obviously, the person knew she was a bitch and hid behind anonymity. Please continue to post about your travels, food, and activities along with your regular posts. It just makes readers like you more as a person...and this is YOUR blog :) just run with it, girl.

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    16. I actually PREFER it when Jean posts about things outside the usual petite-fashion related world. I too am in a business related field, specifically in accountancy, and I am a few years younger than Jean, so I am not afraid to admit that I look up to Jean. I admire her and am inspired by her, not only of her fashion, but also her personality, her intelligence, and humbleness and perseverance. I too, would like to obtain my CPA cert in the near future, and Jean is a subconscious encouraging factor for me to keep going. So posts like these, outside the realm of fashion, gives readers like me ideas and motivation to continue walking upright and reach towards my goals. It gives me a broader sense of who she is and what she enjoys, which I truly appreciate. So anon, just because YOU don't enjoy something doesn't mean others wouldn't.

      And not to mention, it's JEAN's BLOG. She can post whatever she likes, and if you don't like it, just exit. Nobody in this world lives to please you.

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    17. Sometimes I wonder why I follow this blog so religiously since I'm not even petite and I live in Canada so a lot of the clothing you mention I can't even buy, or the shipping is too expensive. But the answer is that I love your style and I love to see what you wear on a regular basis and it's also fun to see what you're doing in your life as in this post. I personally don't care for the prices of certain items or sales, but I would never comment telling to stop posting those things because I know other readers enjoy that. At the same time, this reader should have realized that a lot of us do enjoy these fun posts and they are by no means "dumb" and there are readers who "give a crap", so please don't stop making them!

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    18. I disagree. I always like Jean's content. She's a high quality blogger.

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    19. As my mother says, when people use words like "ugly" or "dumb", they are simply portraying their own faces lol.

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    20. I thought the photos were really great and fashionable... like an editorial lol. Some people just constantly shop but never understand style or fashion and get mad when its not so blatantly obvious.

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    21. I actually prefer to see photos like these as Jean is having fun, enjoying life and looking fab at it! Well I also enjoy seeing the reviews and the DIYs. The variety gives a blog life and it's not redundant which makes it interesting. I'm sure the anon commenter is just fishing for attention by being negative and rude.

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  3. Very fun - I grew up going strawberry picking and apple picking every year. Love your hat - perfect for the occasion.

    www.zipstyleseattle.com

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  4. And now I'm inspired to go strawberry picking! Also, you were in my hometown! I knew the Dairy Joy sign looked familiar... I live down the street :)

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  5. how cute are these photos!!! i want to try strawberry picking. seems like a lot of fun. you look lovely as well!!!

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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  6. I really like your travel posts around the world and domestically. Please don't listen to this person who's commenting above. Your blog is definitely differentiated with the original content you have--whether it be clothing alterations, travel posts, or outfit pairing posts. The reason why I love your travel posts is because you are so informative about the places you stay and go to which is so helpful because I also live in Boston and have gone to the places that you visit!

    I might even go strawberry picking in Ipswich :)

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  7. Love ALL your posts :) Don't listen to the person who left that ridiculous rude comment.

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  8. Jean, I LOVE these posts as they give readers a different glimpse into your life. Thank you for sharing your weekend with us. I'm actually hoping that Dylan will walk soon so that we can enjoy some of these trips too!

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  9. Jean, I love your "lifestyle" posts (bonus is that my wallet stays fatter)! I've always appreciated that your blog content is a thoughtful mix of topics. Don't let that troll get you down or shape what you post about in the future.

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  10. I agree with the comments above. I enjoy reading all your posts, whether strictly fashion-related or not. They're all very interesting and fun to read. I'm from Manila by the way, hope you could visit the Philippines again soon! :)

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  11. Great post and very cute outfit:)

    If you have time, follow me on http://laptopsandheels.com, thanks!

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  12. I love that you are not the typical fashion blogger. Just started following fashion blogs and I appreciate yours the best as it is multidimensional. The crazy troll does not represent anything...for 1 reader lost, you have gained many others by being different.

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  13. Your dress looks so pretty! And I really love fresh strawberries.

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  14. Only you could look so chic picking berries! Is your outfit actually 2 pieces or one?

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  15. I agree, this post is good, that commenter is a troll. I like seeing the two piece dress in action and the info about hemming it so you can wear it with flats is great and makes me want to check my own wardrobe for little fixes like that I could do to optimise it. I don't think i could pull off a two piece dress, but you make it look so effortless:)

    I also enjoy the travel and food parts of the post, to me they add to your blog and add more dimension. I find your blog is the one that relates to real life the most and I love that about it.

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  16. Every year my husband and I say we need to go strawberry picking, and every year we never get around to it lol...you look adorable!

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  17. I like it when bloggers write these personal posts every once in a while. As followers of your blog we get to know you. I would consider this post an "outfit in action". Sometimes I look at some personal fashion blogs and I wonder how, where and when would I ever wear that outfit? Personal blogs are becoming much more versatile and include more than just fashion or outfits etc. Maybe some of us like to see the person behind the advice. I know I enjoy it. Keep up the good work Jean.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts! I think some personal bloggers put on outfits, take some pics, and then go home, because seriously, to where do they wear their (oftentimes non-functional) outfits? And I love her travel posts, because besides being entertaining, they provide us with travel packing tips, outfit ideas, and informative reviews. Jean, I love your blogs and I've been following you for years!

      xoxo,
      Yessi

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  18. Cute outfit, and I love your nail polish. Mind sharing what shade/brand you're wearing?

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  19. You look adorable! I love berry picking and havent seemed to find the time to do it yet this year! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  20. Hi Jean,

    I've been following your blog for about a year now (I think?) and love that you provide your readers with fashion related posts as well as "lifestyle" posts. Your new "lifestyle" posts helps us get to know you better. I enjoy reading the travel and food parts of the blog as it gives me ideas of where I can eat when/if I ever travel to those places.

    Keep up the great work! ^_^

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  21. Hey, I LOVE the lifestyle posts and I'm not the only one!!! The travel, the food, all of it. So many other style/fashion blogs are vapid streams of consumerism and the writers come off more as mannequins than anything else, and I admire that your blog stands out in an interesting, creative way. I would be sad if your lifestyle posts ever went away.

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  22. Hi Jean

    The 'anonymous' commentator was pretty rude, she could have said all that in a more subtle way...Anyways, I've been following your blog for the last year and half and I must say I love your blog. I do enjoy your fashion and other related/ not related blogging.

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  23. Hi Jean,
    First time comment here. I just wanna take this chance to thank you for such an interesting and informative blog, whether it's fashion, clothes alteration, travel, food, or life. I can tell you contribute a lot of efforts and time to this blog. Keep it up and don't stop what you are doing!!

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  24. I love the lifestyle and DIY posts, Jean! I generally prefer them to the 3 or 4 outfit pics provided by most fashion bloggers. If I only wanted to look at pictures, then I'd pick up a magazine, thankyouverymuch.

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  25. Hi Jean, I just wanted to let you know that I LOVE your blog, and I love these lifestyle posts. It's nice to see what you wear to do activities in addition to what you wear to work. It gives me ideas of how to look cute when I'm traveling or running around. I'm not petite at all but your blog is definitely one of my favorites. Keep being you and writing what you want. If someone doesn't like it, they don't have to read it.

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  26. You are a beauty Jean, you really are! I love this outfit, a lot, and I really wish I had some money to buy something similar because it's exactly to my taste. I had no idea strawberry picking would be a work out..great idea!

    Flora
    www.twowithseven.blogspot.co.uk

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  27. I went to LOFT to try on those pants and I wasn't feeling them. The fabric was all wrinkly on the hanger from the person who tried them before me and they looked like old lady pants on. :(

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  28. The commenter is missing that Jean's "lifestyle" posts are fashion posts, which is what makes her blog useful and unique. I would have thought, "Strawberry picking in the dirt? Throw on an oversized ratty tee and shorts." Jean puts on a cute outfit that's both attractive and suited for her day's activities. I've learned that weekend wear can be practical and fashionable (and hopefully no longer get mistaken for a 12-year-old child on Saturdays!)

    As much as love bloggers like Wendy as fashion eye-candy, I could never wear for my weekend lifestyle anything Wendy wears.

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    1. i think jean's blog is great, and i look forward to what she has to post and share with readers, regardless of whether the topic is food or clothing. however, this dress is totally not an appropriate outfit for strawberry picking. my family used to do this, year after year, and if you actually want to participate, wearing a ratty tee and shorts would be the best way to go. the berries can easily stain your nice clothes. i love the dress and i think the photos turned out great, but this is really is not a practical outfit for this activity.

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    2. i think that's why she pointed out that she picked an ensemble that is "easy-to-wash"

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  29. I have to sort of agree.. It is becoming more of a food blog rather than clothing combined with irritating details about things like blood pudding

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    1. ...and what's wrong with blood pudding?

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  30. The pictures of this post are just...magazine high-quality. Great read for my Friday night (just cross my fingers that some of your yummy dishes will appear in my dreams, which is kinda good start for a weekend, don't you think?)

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  31. These lifestyle posts are actually why I think this is such a great style blog. True style is not about just endless shopping - and it shouldn't be the top priority in your life. ExtraPetite isn't about being a slave to fashion and that's why it is my favorite style blog. You show clothing in context - the right outfit for every occasion and yet not making the occasion ABOUT the outfit. I am a big fan of the food and lifestyle posts and quickly get bored with other, more one dimensional blogs.
    And yet, I don't post complaints on those blogs because it would be rude!! Those crabbers need to get a life so it doesn't torment them so much to come across something that's not ALL ABOUT SHOPPING. And get the perspective to just move on to the next blog if it kills them so much. THOUSANDS of style blogs out there. I love EP because it is different and richer in content.

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    1. Clothing in context.. exactly! Well put!
      ~Shirley

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  32. you dress is so lovely :D i was wondering if you would like to follow me on gfc and bloglovin... i will surely follow you back :D

    fashion blog miriam stella

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  33. I first discovered this blog at the tail end of 2011 and it was a revelation of petite options and fit issues. After reading through every single one of her posts and following for a year and a half, I have managed to apply Jean's tips to my own style and budget and now have a wardrobe I am very happy with. While I don't find the new direction of the blog as useful or relatable in the sense of here's-something-currently-out-in-stores-that's-bound-to-fit-me, I still look forward to new posts because I appreciate quality, thoughtful posts and because I've just come to like Jean and am interested in what she's up to.

    I am a bit baffled by the attitude that Jean owes her readers any kind of content. This is a blog and it is HER blog! We are not paying for a service! Yet Jean still kindly takes the time to answer reader questions and offer suggestions. This blog is still a gold mine of petite knowledge and resources; you just have to dig into the archives. And if it's frequent reviews of the standard petite fare (BR, AT, LOFT, H&M, etc.)you're looking for, there are plenty of other bloggers who provide that (e.g.,really been enjoying Ping's reviews lately).
    ~Shirley

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  34. Well Jean, I'm pretty new to your blog but I love it! I'm petite too (almost 5'1") but I'm the total opposite on the clothing scale as you. I'm a 10P-12P in bottoms and a L-XL in tops. So I'm a pretty weird fit with my upper half being much larger than my lower half. However, seeing how you've altered pieces to fit you has really inspired me. I've always assumed that what most bloggers wear they just pull off the shelf, put on and voila! perfect fit! I love how you show otherwise and between you and Kelly at Alterations Needed I've taken a few items of clothing to get altered and now I actually wear them instead of letting them just gather dust in my closet!

    You come across as a kind, sincere and elegant. I've enjoyed reading about your excursions as well as your fashion posts. So maybe you've lost one reader but you've gained another! Please keep on doing what you do.

    Carol

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  35. very cute outfit! you may wish to check the the renay pants from club monaco - super petite-friendly and fits very nicely.

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  36. Nice dress...
    Great blog...
    http://stilefreefashion.blogspot.it/

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  37. nice outfit for strawberry picking,

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  38. I'm very late but just wanted to say I love this blog. LOVE it! For me it has gotten better over time. If someday it no longer appeals to me I will simply stop visiting. I don't pay to come here. I know that no blogger has any obligation to me.

    Thank you, Jean, for all your hard work and encouragement to petites to not just accept poor fitting clothes but to carefully shop and insist on good fit.

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  39. Hi Jean! I'm from the Philippines and I'm 5'1". I love the way you dress because it's simple yet elegant; you can match cheap clothes and accessories with high-end ones, and that is truly an inspiration for people like me who are on a tight budget. More good stuff, please! :D

    P.S. I noticed that most of your shoes and accessories are of neutral color. Why?

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  40. These are such cute photos!!!

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  41. Hi Jean, I have been following your blog and absolutely love it. I have found a website where I find the most fashionable and affordable shoes as it is a challenge to find cute shoes in my size (I wear a US size 3) and not to mention the fast delivery! If you wish to take a look at the inventory, you can do so my visiting their website: www.alonai.com

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