IG lately: DIY chocolate strawberries + sneakers style

nike free sneakers casual outfit boston

Nike Free 5.0 sneakers sz 6 – runs small, J.Brand jeans sz 24 (hemmed),
H&M; scarf (similar – 50% off), Gap jacket (similar in petite), Talbots tee, Goyard bag

Rounding up some photos & answering questions from my Instagram lately – I don’t think I’ve ever blogged an outfit in sneakers (except for Nick’s spycam proposal photos where I was in pretty much the same outfit) but I’m reaching for them more and more outside of working out. My go-to lazy day outfit is black leggings or skinny jeans with these sneakers, which help visually lengthen the legs a bit despite being in flat shoes. And if you don’t have a staple camel scarf by now, this Topshop one just went on markdown for half off with free shipping!

ann taylor petites spring work outfit idea

Ann Taylor dress c/o + necklace (on sale!), Talbots tee (similar), Manolo BB pumps

Just got this dress back from the tailor, whom I had slim the hips about an inch or so. I want to echo from my prior review it’s a solid quality piece and I’m loving the subtle piping detail. It’s currently on sale for 40% off with all sizes in stock, and my necklace is still available on extra clearance! There’s so many layering possibilities with a classic crewneck neutral sheath dress – you can do collared shirts, long-sleeved tees like I did here, tie-neck tops, cropped sweaters, etc.

chocolate covered strawberries decoration valentines day

Oh my goodness, we might’ve over-indulged in these just a bit but they were SO good. They also make great little Valentine’s Day gifts boxed up – my friends kept asking where they were from! I have a history of more Pinterest fails than successes, so if I can make these at home I’m pretty sure anyone can. Here’s a few tips after my initial struggles (needed a hot shower after being covered in chocolate):

– This YouTube tutorial was my favorite! Toothpicks kept sliding off my berries, so I just hand-dipped then placed on parchment paper to harden.

– Since very few ingredients are involved, quality ones are key. Strawberries are sadly not in season here but I splurged on some juicy looking ones at WholePaycheck err Wholefoods. We had both Ghiradelli and Nestle chocolate on hand which were equally tasty.

– Make sure your berries are bone dry before dipping, since a drop of water in the melted chocolate could make it seize up. I washed mine ahead of time and laid out to pat dry on paper towels.

– Use large pieces of chocolate, or big chips or chunks found in the baking aisle for melting. I accidentally had a bag of mini chips which would not melt smoothly.

– I tried both a double boiler and microwave for melting my chocolate and they came out the same. Microwave was a lot easier so I stuck with that method. Make sure to have your power level on half and heat up in 30-second increments, stirring in between, to avoid burning your chocolate. Maintaining that silky consistency is key for easy dipping – I had to re-heat my chocolate several times whenever it started to thicken up.

– The ones that you mess up dipping are perfect for covering in nuts! Or eating immediately : )

yogurt honey breakfast berry bowl

Ending this post with Nick’s colorful fruit & yogurt bowl…quite yummy even though I’m not the biggest fan of yogurt from some childhood trauma. My mom and grandparents LOVE making their own yogurt (which my friends eventually lovingly dubbed “couch yogurt”). This involves an incubation process at a lukewarm temperature, which they found the living room couch with all its cushions and throw blankets to be the perfect vehicle for. One too many times I tiredly plopped my butt down on the sofa only to find a yogurty surprise…

 

34 thoughts on “IG lately: DIY chocolate strawberries + sneakers style

  • Sasa Zoe January 26, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    Cute insta outfit! I love that yogurt bowl, it looks so delicious<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Winspear Crescent January 26, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Where is the white jacket in your second picture from?

  • MaryM January 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Your yogurt story is so funny 😀

  • Anonymous January 26, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you! Bought the scarf. Jean is your scarf in the pic also from TopShop?

  • Cassie January 26, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    These Nike sneakers are $90 with free shipping from Modell's Sporting Goods and with a 20% off promo code I got them for $70. Pays to look for a good deal!!!

  • Jenny Kim January 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I love you in sneakers! Hope to see more casual "lazy" looks that are still super fab.
    http://www.streetmadonna.com

  • mybeautrip January 26, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    These strawberries look amazing and delicious. I'd like to try them. Great idea for Valentine's day!
    xx

    http://www.mybeautrip.com

  • AG January 26, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    What size did you get the dress? I am contemplating between 0 or 00 in petite?

  • Bella B January 26, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Oh yummy those strawberries look too good! and I love that dress at the top!

    http://xoxobella.com

  • Unknown January 26, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    My question is for Nick as much as it is for you. You always take such wonderful pictures! How did you learn? Did you take a photography course? Do you have any photography suggestions for those of us who would like to take pictures that are as stunning as yours?

  • rockinstrawberries January 27, 2016 at 12:48 am

    You look so good, and the strawberries look so good!!
    Jackie||Rockin' Strawberries

  • Ruby Daly January 27, 2016 at 3:31 am

    The sneakers are amazing! I really like this style – it is comfortable but ellegant at the same time.

  • Esraa Bassiouny January 27, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Love the yogurts plate♥♥
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/?m=1

  • Shannon January 27, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Jean, I LOVE your blog. It's so fantastic to see a petite Asian woman ROCK the fashion blogosphere! I wasn't sure about the "athletic" sneaker trend, but I think you just convinced me! I also would love to know the answer to the question above about your pics. I think I had read that you use a tripod and shoot them yourself?

  • Trang Do January 27, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Yummy!!! Strawberries!!! Love that dress!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • coffeeslag January 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    OMG couch yogurt totally cracked me up. Not the biggest fan of yogurt either, the tartness throws me off.
    Love the sneakers, with it being so cold lately, I've actually been thinking about wearing my sneakers for something other than working out!
    Would love to see a post on snow boots!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Current Healthy Habits

  • Linda January 27, 2016 at 10:28 am

    The strawberries look amazing & delicious!

    http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

  • Julie Hiller January 27, 2016 at 10:44 am

    That yogurt story! I think I would have been turned off of it for a long time too!

    The strawberries look great! Perfect for VDay. And I really like your sneakers style. I'm always looking for chic ways to wear sneakers for when I travel, because we walk so much.

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • user1 January 27, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Super yummy! I must try that!

    http://www.petiteandpretty.com

  • Alice January 27, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    YUM everything looks delicious! Absolutely love the 2 outfits, so gorgeous!

    xo, Alice || a l i c e / T Y P E N U

  • Anonymous January 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    hi Jean, can you do a post on how to care for clothing especially the expensive light color items dry-clean items. For instance, I think the beige trench coat from Burberry is so classic and chic but so hard to keep clean and pristine compare to the black one. Yours always looks great on the blog . Thank you

  • Anonymous January 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Jean, I've been following your blog since you started. Petite gals gotta stick together! Anyways, I'm re-entering the work force, and I'm starting from scratch with my work wardrobe. Wondering if you can do a video or post with work essentials and how to mix it up with accessories. I suck at it.

    Jenny

  • Dallin and Destiny January 27, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    I love your blog!! Where did you get the white and black jacket? I love it!!!

  • Diana C January 28, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Hi Jean, I love your blog! And I'm curious- do you do consultations? A struggling medical student here.. trying to figure out how to start dressing professional and move on from the sweatshirt phase. But honestly, wearing "adult" clothes makes me feel super awkward! I think you would make an uber stylist for petite gals like me!

  • Yasmin Barton January 28, 2016 at 3:10 am

    I love your outfit! You look amazing, girl. You can eat a ton of chocolate strawberries and it won't affect your perfect figure. The shoes are just lovely.

  • Francesca Cristini January 28, 2016 at 10:06 am

    lovely pics!

    xx
    htp://www.cherry-mag.com

  • Celine January 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Do you think you can give some recommendations on layers/underwear as well? You look so good even when it's freezing! I find it hard to believe you're warm in those layers!

  • Vicky Jie Ling January 28, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hi Jean! Where did you do your hair color? Thanks!

  • tellmeyblog.com January 28, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Love your casual sneaker look!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

  • tellmeyblog.com January 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Love your casual sneaker look!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

  • Deasy Noel January 29, 2016 at 12:52 am

    I love making chocolate dipped strawberries. But I get the packaged chocolate specifically for that, instead of getting a bag of baking chocolate. Easier, i think, but probably more expensive XD

    http://www.deasynoel.com

  • Anonymous January 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I like the athleisure look as I am a stay at home parent. I have a similar body type, so more of the casual looks! It looks great on you.

  • Unknown February 23, 2016 at 9:59 am

    That dress! <3 <3 <3

  • Kim July 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Jean, do you find the bb pumps comfortable/easy to walk in? I really love the shade of nude but I'm a little worried about the 105 mm height.

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