Instagram lately: sneakers style + DIY chocolate strawberries

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 comments:

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

    Shall We Sasa

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  2. Where is the white jacket in your second picture from?

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  3. Your yogurt story is so funny :D

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

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  5. 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!!!

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  6. I love you in sneakers! Hope to see more casual "lazy" looks that are still super fab.
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  7. These strawberries look amazing and delicious. I'd like to try them. Great idea for Valentine's day!
    xx

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

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

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  10. 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?

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

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

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  13. Love the yogurts plate♥♥
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  14. 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?

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

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

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  16. 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

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  17. The strawberries look amazing & delicious!


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  18. 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

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  19. Super yummy! I must try that!

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

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

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  21. 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

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  22. 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

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

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  24. 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!

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  25. 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.

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  26. lovely pics!

    xx
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  27. 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!

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

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  29. Love your casual sneaker look!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  30. Love your casual sneaker look!

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  31. 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

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  32. 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.

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  33. 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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