Life lately + reviews and sale updates

Hello hello! I’ve been MIA due to a crazy busy month at work, but wanted to share some quick updates & reviews from my Instagram. Nick & I are now on a last-minute getaway for some much-appreciated R&R;, so feel free to follow along via IG!

Mossimo vest (check in stores; my review), Gap sweater (old)
Loft petite jeans, Halogen pumps (similar), Sole Society weekender (currently sold out)

First up, a few readers mentioned that this vest was on sale at various Targets (seems like pricing differs store to store), marked down to as low as a mere $10! Readers also suggested downloading the free Target Cartwheel app for an extra discount on sale items. I got my vest for full price at $35 and already thought that was a steal for such a versatile layering piece. While on the note of Tarzhay, I also scoped out this season’s version of my beloved Threshold bar cart that you see in almost every selfie pic. The current version has a glass vs wooden top shelf so unfortunately you can’t DIY add an under-shelf wine glass holder, but I thought the new look was very elegant in-person. There are so many uses for this cart – I’ve relocated Nick’s whiskies to the bottom shelf and took over the top as a vanity table ; )

Ann taylor silk camp shirt (last season’s color), Prada bag, LOFT scarf (old)

Here is a very basic work outfit I wore incorporating the H&m; cardigan that I posted about recently. I like that it serves as a subtle base print that’s easy to build other prints on top of. For any newer readers – I commute to work during winter in boots or wellies then change into heels at my desk.

“En creme” maxi dress (item # 1029329 at Nordstrom) 

Trying on this dress really whetted my appetite for a warm-weather getaway. I had been eying it on Nordstrom’s site for a while but was hindered by the harsh reality of what was going on outside my window. I finally ordered it after seeing sizes start to sell out despite being in the midst of winter…
en creme dressAs mentioned on IG, this dress cut for someone taller so the neckline, armholes, and overall bodice was a bit gapping on me and exposed my bust at places. Also the length was long, but that’s expected of a non-petite maxi dress and a hem job is easy. The typical solution for the other issues is to have a tailor raise the shoulder straps which shifts everything up. Material is a lightweight poly and is partially lined down to the thighs. I have seen several size pop-backs last week (link is here FYI but currently no stock) and you can check in stores using the item # above if interested.

Bp tunic sweater in navy marl, xs (4 colors, check in-stores too for sizes), J.brand jeans
Bp ankle boots (runs small), Coach court bag from eBay (buy new)

My friend was looking for a tunic sweater similar to my Kenneth Cole one to wear with leggings. I suggested trying this since it had good online reviews plus was on super sale. It was a keeper for her and I tried it on as well…it’s an acrylic blend typical of most of my scarves but was so surprisingly soft. This is an XS and is a few inches longer in the back.
 The snow gods have been relentless this year! We were spoiled by a garage spot at our past apt, and were not quite prepared for the perils of winter street parking in Boston. Can you spot my car? Of course after we laboriously shoveled this out, a plow truck came barreling through and bouldered a wall of snow/ice against our car, so driving is now once again a lost cause.

Boden rain mac (see my old review for sizing info), F21 hat, rain boots (review)

I broke out this Boden rainy day Mac jacket on one of our many snow days. It is a raincoat and not a winter jacket, but I wanted something waterproof with a hood that day so layered up with thick sweaters underneath. It’s one of the cutest functional pieces I own so had to share about their newest navy stripe pattern option. Also I have been getting a lot of questions lately about if Hunter boots are warm in the snow. No, no they are not…they are non-insulated rubber boots. I wear them to keep my feet and legs dry and because my commute is rarely in non-shoveled snow. My friend wears hers for extended periods of time in winter and uses re-heatable toe warmer packets inside (the ones made for outdoor sports/activities). I started my search for snow boots too late this winter and couldn’t find my size in styles I want…will have to start well in advance this fall!
 Leaving you guys with this snapshot of one of my favorite cold day pastimes…curling up on my
chair with a piping hot bowl of “dressed up” ramen! A few of you asked for this recipe but all it is is a package of instant ramen + some fresh toppings. Not healthy but it’s a guilty pleasure from childhood. My favorites from the Asian mart have to be Mama brand tom yum, Nissin brand tonkotsu and of course Shin ramyum for a spicy option. Fellow instant ramen junkies…what are your favorites?


69 thoughts on “Life lately + reviews and sale updates

  • Dressed with soul February 8, 2015 at 6:21 am

    Oh, you have also so plenty of snow like we here in Bavaria! I love you with this rain jacket from Boden, looks like made for you. And also the tunic sweater is so perfect on you <3 So sorry that you are so busy but you look still relaxed and happy so I hope and assume this is eustress for you. Wish you a happy Sunday and new week!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  • prudence yeo February 8, 2015 at 7:36 am

    The maxi dress is really gorgeous, love its striking prints, vibrant colors and chic cut-out at the back! The last picture of the ramen looks so delicious too, it must be heavenly to have a bowl during winter!


  • Julia February 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

    The ramen picture is making my drool… Such a comfy food for the cold winter days! I was at Target in Washington DC yesterday and did find your fur vest on sale. I was so close to getting it, but concerned if it would shed. A lot of my clothing items this year, from sweaters to scarves, are all shedding and they drove me crazy… It's a pretty "pleasant" way to start my day at work to see fur/yarn over all my suit jacket…

    Closet de Jules
    Recent Post: 7 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas with 1 Simple Pink Sweater

  • Ashley February 8, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Mama tom yum is the best! We eat a lot of it over here in Thailand! Your posts with the snow make me miss Boston!

  • Suzie Q February 8, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Love all of the recent outfits, reviews and hearing about your life lately! I totally feel you about spending time shoveling the car out, and then starting from scratch again after the snow plow comes! Happened to me too this past week! I wear Hunters when when it's wet and snowy outside too, I just double (or even triple sometimes!) on socks and I'm able to last all day outside in the boots.

    xo, Suzie Q

  • February 8, 2015 at 9:49 am

    That maxi dress is sooooo pretty! I can totally understand why you would snatch that up even though you are in the midst of winter!


  • Paola February 8, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I love your maxi-dress!

  • Sasa Zoe February 8, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love your maxi dress! So pretty! <3

    Shall We Sasa

  • mybeautrip February 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Love all your outfits. You are fantastic!

  • Liana February 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I ate a ton of Mama tom yum when I was living in SE Asia but haven't been able to find it here! I had forgotten about it until your post. I usually have Sapporo Ichiban or Nong Shim kimchi ramyun. Totally agree with you that it's a guilty pleasure… I usually only put half the seasoning packet in so at least there's less sodium.

  • Eden Mint February 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Beautiful outfits, love that dress!

  • soupdragon February 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Writing from the UK, home of the Hunter welly. Have you tried Hunter welly socks? I bought some for Christmas pressies a couple of years ago for farmer friends who wear wellies on a daily basis. They come in various options, including fleece. Just be aware that they may make your boots feel tight (or even too tight).

  • soupdragon February 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Writing from the UK, home of the Hunter welly. Have you tried Hunter welly socks? I bought some for Christmas pressies a couple of years ago for farmer friends who wear wellies on a daily basis. They come in various options, including fleece. Just be aware that they may make your boots feel tight (or even too tight).

  • v4ever February 8, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Absolutely agree about Nissin Tonkotsu. To add a bit more flavor, we put in a spoonful of LaoGanMa spicy sauce.

  • Anonymous February 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I'm in Chicago (another snowy city), and I have been just wearing my Hunter boots for the past few winters. But I read somewhere recently that Hunter boots can crack when they get cold. Do you know if there is any truth to this?

  • Anonymous February 8, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Also, there is a shearling-lined version of the Hunter boot but it looks like it's currently sold in the UK only. I can't wait for it to come to the states!

  • Karmyn Cheung February 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Nissen black garlic oil ramen and any flavor or the Nissin japanese ramen (package is all written in japanese) is amazing!

    KC from Edmonton

  • Anonymous February 8, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Yay! Great post! Would you consider writing a post on what your capsule wardrobe would look like on day? Cant wait to see your travel photos!

  • Anna | Clothes Medley February 8, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I have to say this was one of my favorite posts from you in a while! I love the personality that comes across in your writing. Had fun reading this!

  • fromheretotherexoxo February 8, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you could share which lipstick you're wearing in the first post — thanks!


  • Joyce TeawithMD February 8, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Jean!

    I thought you'd like my recent blogpost on where to buy earrings similar to the Mise en Dior tribal inspired earrings.

    Have fun on your vacation with Nick!! Enjoy the sun and warmth 🙂

    Health & beauty with a medical kick!

  • Lusty Capuccino February 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Love your looks 🙂

  • Van Nguyen February 8, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    I use ramen in a cup: Maruchan instant lunch, chicken flavor with dehydrated veggies. I separate the yolk and pour hot boiling water over the raw yolk and ramen. I add frozen corn and peas, lime, and cilantro. Yum. It's easy when I don't have anything else to eat and don't want to cook.

    Have fun on your tropical getaway. I look forward to see your photos.

  • Jan P February 8, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Jean, a friend of mine of lives in NYC, suggested smartwool for our East Coast trips. I bought plenty of socks on Amazon and on sale at REI and those functioned remarkable well inside my Hunter wellies and other boots. The moisture wicking is superior and it keeps the feet and lower legs quite warm. Coupled with Uniqlo's heattech, we were amply prepared for your snowy weather (we're Californians). Thanks again for all the item recommendations – I buy a lot what you find since the items are typically of great quality and on sale. 🙂

  • L.T. February 8, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    That dress from Nordstrom is amazing!


  • Sabrina February 8, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Jean,

    Love your blog! What size is the maxi dress from Nordstrom? Also – I've been thinking about buying a chambray shirt from J.Crew (;=J84DHJLQkR4-iPKO_4Zz0cSD.s_bcvir6w&siteId;=QFGLnEolOWg-fnrRPgF7cBCEdfWwuKccTQ) and I was wondering what petite size you take at J.Crew? Thanks in advance!

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  • Anonymous February 8, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Hi Jean! Great post and pictures as usual! I just had a quick question! What are your measurements, if you don't mind? I'm petite as well and want to know your sizing for reference on clothes! Thank you 🙂

  • A Petite Treat February 9, 2015 at 1:08 am

    That ramen looks so delicious! I really love that maxi dress. It's so fun and cute.

    A Petite Treat

  • Jeanne February 9, 2015 at 1:36 am

    love your leo pumps and that amazing printed maxi dress!

  • Julia February 9, 2015 at 6:49 am

    wow! the outfits are so amazing!!! LOVE IT !

    xo Julia

  • Easy, Frugal Style February 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Wow! you guys got a lot of snow! We just got light dusting or rain. 🙁 I wanted one good snowfall this winter. haha. Loving all the outfits but my favorite is the work outfit with the H&M; cardigan! Thanks for putting the link to the bar cart! 🙂

  • Rachel Dinh February 9, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Great find Jean! Enjoy your trip with nick!

  • Jennifer February 9, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Hi Jean!
    Lots of snow in Montreal too. For winter boots I love La Canadienne, a Montreal-based company. They have their own website that ships to the US and websites like nordstrom and zappos carry them too. They have boots that are weatherproof (truly!) but stylish and really warm and comfortable (even the heels – I own the Mazy boot and they are soo comfy).

  • Ashley Lau February 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

    wool socks work really well with rain boots to keep feet warm!

  • andrea February 9, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Hope you and Nick have an amazing vacation! The pics you've shared on IG are beautiful!


  • Constance Murphy February 9, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Love love love your outfits, especially that stunning dress. You have a great style Jean!

  • Kitty B. February 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    That dress is AMAZE!! Definitely worth tailoring!

  • Sara February 9, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hope you're enjoying your trip. I love, love that dress. Would you mind sharing a link for the wine rack? I have the same bar cart and would love to add a wine rack to it.

  • Hawthorne February 10, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Can you do more wardrobe staples posts, please?!

  • Julie Leatherberry February 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I love all of the outfits you put together. You truly have an eye for fashion!

  • Karen Chung February 11, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I hope you and Nick have a great vacation, it'll be so good to get away from the cold. I've been loving all of your insta photos!! That maxi dress from nordstrom is gorgeous!! I'm petite as well and your site is so helpful!!

    Karen in London

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  • travelwithrebels February 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    You look gorgeous :)) Love your dress!!
    We invite you to us, we've just started with our blog :))

  • Elifnaz February 13, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful looks, love these pictures!

  • Tailored and true February 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

    So so so much snow in Boston! I love that colorful maxi dress!

  • Anonymous February 13, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I'm curious as to why so many bloggers are in Punta Cana right now?

  • C February 14, 2015 at 6:35 am

    oh…looks as if you will be missing another snow storm this week….would kill me to shovel out that car- I think you made a wise vacation choice… I also wear wool socks in rain boots…until it gets really cold such as single digits and below….I have North Face pack boots (bulky but warm) and some Pajars- lighter and more urban.

  • Anonymous February 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Jean,

    I am also a relatively small asian girl who just moved to Boston. I am desperately looking for a tailor in town. Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you!

  • February 15, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    looks beautiful~

  • Jean February 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Mine hasn't shed yet!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Hi there! Yes I have the fleece socks which are nice and cozy but do get cold after a longer walk.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Hmm I hadn't heard about the cracking and hope that doesn't happen too often!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Thanks! To be honest I'm not really a capsule wardrobe kind of person…I believe in having good basics and versatile pieces but I do like variety and also switching out items and trying trends here and there. I will definitely consider doing a post on my most worn items, though, that could be part of a suggested capsule wardrobe : )

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hi Natasha – it's Laura Mercier lip gloss in orchid but has worn off a bit so looks less purple : )

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Ooo, lime and peas? Will have to try that!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Hi Jan, thank you for the tip! I've never heard of that material/brand and will have to check it out.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Hi Sabrina! The dress is XS. And in J.Crew I usually take 00 or xxs petite.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for sharing! Yes it is and I'm a new fan from my recent shopping experiences!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Hi there – I'm about 30A, 24 waist and 32 hips and also keep this posted under my "about" page

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hi Jennifer! I've heard lots of good things about that brand. Thanks for suggesting the specific Mazy style.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Hi Sara! I found it in a Bed Bath & Beyond store and haven't seen the exact one anywhere online. Target also sells them, and have a few options online.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Can't speak for anyone else, but we chose it for the reasonable flight!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Hello – welcome! I go to a tailor in Chinatown on Knapp St. He doesn't have a store name that I know of and only speaks Cantonese, but I have many non-Chinese friends that go to him for straightforward jobs and just communicate through gestures. He is located across from the grocery store on that alley/street, and you can see his sewing machine through the big window. His hours are supposed to be 10AM-5PM, but he tends to work on his own hours and sometimes closes up earlier FYI. He is out of the country for Chinese New Year but should be back mid-march!

  • Heloísa Paiva February 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Great outfits!
    My favorite is the one with the H&M; cardigan! I really need a cardigan just like that!

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

  • Elisabeth February 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Hello Jean,

    like an earlier reader suggested, I can also recommend heattech. I live in Germany these days and winters are long and cold. Uniqlo makes loads of heattech items from socks and underwear to pants and shirts.
    The brand may also be interesting to you as it is from Japan and offers small sizes (I am not sure if they sell them in the states though – in Germany they left out the Japanese XS and shifted the sizes one up. But I find the "German XS" to fit well.)

    I guess after many many silent years of reading your blog I have finally left my first comment! The lack of comments should not be read as a lack of things to say, but I figured you have enough to read already… But since I am writing I might as well tell you what you already know: your blog is great!
    Most of the time I find myself wishing you were my friend and could give me some personal advice. 😉 I am not exactly petite since I am 5'6.5'' but I have lots of fit issues due to my disproportionally small upper body (30-24-35). Your blog offers great inspiration, especially to my fashionally-challenged self! I have so much to learn especially when it comes to styling an outfit.

    I have on reader question/suggestion: Have you ever considered using other people as examples on your blog? Your outfits are always great, but sometimes I wish I could see them on – how to put this – a greater variety of "average" petite people. Take this as a compliment. I think you already look great and sometimes I find myself thinking "well, no wonder it looks great on her with that pretty face, gorgeous hair, flawless skin and those skinny legs". You would probably look great in anything. I would love to see you team up with other petites or style a friend of yours or something. Of course you are welcome to come over to Berlin and style me as well 😉

    So sorry for the long post, I guess it was years in the making 🙂
    Keep up the good work!

  • Elisabeth February 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

    PS: Did you crop that H&M; cardigan? Did you just hem it under?

  • VANITY | SALAD by adrienne merrick February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Such a gorgeous maxi dress! Can't wait for it to warm up so I can wear something like that!

  • Anonymous February 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I think I have actually seen this store before. Will definitely give it a try! Thanks Jean 🙂

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