Party in Pink

WHBM petite full skirt jcrew stripe tee party outfit
WHBM skirt 00p (similar in burgundy in petites, similar in red/black), J.Crew tee xxs, 
long rope pearls + Ann Taylor crystal necklace, M.Gemi heels sz 35.5 (similar)

Happy 2016! Wishing each of you a joyful, fulfilling, and—of course—stylish new year! Fashion-wise, one of my resolutions is to take better & proper care of my clothing, shoes, and bags. I've been researching and experimenting with products for the past few months, and am eager to continue and eventually share my learnings!
WHBM petite midi skirt jcrew stripe turtleneck party outfit
This was one of my last outfits in California before returning to the cold reality of winter in Boston. The skirt was on clearance at White House Black Market, which continues to impress me with the quality on certain items. My friend who does quite a bit of sewing scrutinized this piece, and was surprised by the use of horsehair braid along the hem (for fullness), in addition to the heavier material, full lining, plus side pockets at this price point. I paired it simply with one of my go-to turtlenecks, which have gotten more wears this season than I can count.
new years eve party photo backdrop
Dress the Population Zoe dress xs (neckline closed up 1"), Steve Madden heels 5.5

We rung in the new year helping good friends host a party, with the same group at the same place for 3 years in a row now! I figured why not live it up a little and ended up going with the makeup look & dress from this post. The original neckline was quite low so I put on the dress, threaded a needle, and stitched together the V until Nick's bulging eyes receded back a bit. Here's some pics I dug out from NYE of 2014, 2015, and now 2016...must remember to continue this photo op in the years to come!
new years eve three years_jean nick
After wearing this dress for a solid 8+ hours, I can confirm it has continuously good hold at the tummy area...I was gorging on snacks all night but the very stretchy, thicker material kept my food baby in check. It's still fully avail. in my "antique gold" color and just got restocked in the blush pink/gold "opalescent," which was my first choice but had been sold out for ages (would be gorge for a bachelorette or girls night)! For fellow shorties, the neckline will hit lower than on the model, but is very easy to safety pin or hand-stitch up.

While on Nordies' site, I noticed their big half-yearly sale is currently going on until Jan 3rd. You can shop the sale here and filter by size & price after selecting a category. Here's a few picks I came across, still available in small or petite sizes:
Ellen Tracy belted down coat w/ faux fur trim, very reminiscent of my J.Crew one but comes in a pretty olive in addition to black. Nearly 50% off and starts in size Petite P.
- Skinny cargo-style pants - under $30, starting in size 00. 27" inseam may fit like regular ankle jeans on petite ladies.
- Lucy Paris lace dress in navy, now 40% off. Runs small and narrow (see my review)
- Infinity scarves in 2 cute plaids for 50% off - now under $12
- TOMS classic slip-ons in a tweedy gray, starting in sz 5 for 30% off. I find their slip-ons to be very comfy for running errands with no breaking-in needed.
WHBM petite pink skirt jcrew striped top party outfit
I saw a pretty necklace recently with layered pearls and crystals, and figured it was easy enough to recreate. I found a thin rope pearl necklace and wrapped it around three times so that it sat shorter than my Ann Taylor crystal piece. Speaking of AT, my white twill trench is now online in a versatile navy blue! See my original review here and it styled again here - the quality is really lovely, and I imagine the darker color is much lower maintenance for those scared of white. I kept seeing the navy as a tease in the stock photo, but it never appeared to be available for sale until now (and is 40% off).
pink skirt striped tee girly outfit
PS - the 3 Nordstrom gift card winners have been drawn & announced! Congrats!

69 comments:

  1. absolutely beautiful outfits. Also, this pink skirt and striped shirt are so good together, it's like a delicate touch of an old hollywood.

    -xx,A
    www.mopael.blogspot.com

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  2. Your NYE dress is a wonderful piece and I adore also the beautiful combination with the pink skirt and the striped top! Happy New Year!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    International Time-Related Giveaway: Bad News and More
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  3. I love the pink skirt with the stripes. Such a cute look!
    Happy New Year! xx
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  4. Quick Question

    Hi Jean,
    Happy New Years to you!
    I've been eyeing the BlankNYC faux leather jacket for over 2 months now. As a student on a budget, I like to buy things that last in terms of quality and style. Would you consider this jacket a classic that I could wear for years to come? Thanks!
    -Lina

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    1. Hi Lina! I've worn mine for many years now so I'd say yes, personally. I do want to reiterate from my initial review that the jacket has noticeable padding on the shoulders which gives it a stronger look, which not everyone might love as much.

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    2. Thanks for the reply Jean! ^-^ The jacket definitely looks very structured, so after all these years, has it lost its shape (especially the way the lapels fall)?

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    3. No, mine has held up pretty well. Hope that helps!

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  5. Such an pretty outfit!! <3

    x
    http://stylebygina.nl

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  6. "...stitched together the V until Nick's bulging eyes receded back a bit." I laughed out loud at that one!

    I bought the layered AT pearl and crystal necklace featured in one of your posts in December. I love it but have discovered that it won't fit quite the same way on me as it does on you. It seems a little higher at the top and the bottom strand hangs more in a V because of, er, my bosom, which is decidedly bigger than yours (although not huge). Still, I love it and have already received compliments on it. It also helped me to realize that I can do the exact same thing that you've done in this post here; I have several strands of pearls that I can use to create a layered necklace.

    Anyway, I always look forward to seeing your next post and you are a great inspiration to me! Have a wonderful 2016!

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    1. I know what you mean about necklaces not sitting the way you want due to chest slopes, etc. Happy to hear you have still been enjoying some wears out of it though : )

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  7. Absolutely love the skirt and the matching heels~ Happy New Year! Have a blessed 2016~

    Love, V.
    :: VROGUE :: STYLE・TRAVEL・LIFE

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  8. Oh I would love a Nordstroms sale post from you (with coats!!). Love that dress but I don't go out enough to justify the $200. Love your other suggestions like that Ellen Tracy jacket!

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Ditto Review

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  9. Happy new year!! I love that blush pink skirt its so cute and perfect anytime of the year I love that it puff out!

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  10. The pink midi skirt is amazing! The whole outfit works on you very well. Read my article on rituals around foot care (link).

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  11. Beautiful! I love the pink midi skirt<3

    Shall We Sasa

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  12. This skirt is just so adorable
    Xoxo
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  13. your NYE look is amazing!!! are you using a bumpit in your hair?

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    1. Thank you! No bumpit, just bobby pins like shown at the end of my recent hair curling tutorial!

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  14. Your skirt is gorgeous! The colour and fit it perfect :)

    Flower Crowns and Fairytales

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  15. You look really nice! I love the pink skirt !

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  16. Happy 2016! I love both looks a LOT!

    Love, Jessika
    www.jessikafashion.com

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  17. What gorgeous lighting! It seems as though golden hour can be very finnicky, sometimes if I shoot too early, the lighting doesn't come out as soft as I'd like it, like in your photos!

    Excited to see what the new year brings to Extra Petite! (:

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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  18. Lovee this midi skirt. Such a lovely shade of pink!

    Enclothed Cognition

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  19. Hi Jean,

    Just wondering what camera gear you use for you photos? Happy new year!

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    1. Hi! This post was shot using a canon 6D camera and 85mm 1.2 lens

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    2. Do you use that same camera for all your posts? If different which one do you use most? Which one do you prefer for which occasion? Can you dedicate a post to your photography tools & software you use? The About page no longer shows that info. Thanks!!

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  20. Such a pretty skirt! And you pull it off so well even being petite.

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  21. Love your style! You look so pretty in the pictures.

    Happy New Year!

    Elle-tea.blogspot.ca

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  22. I love a good midi full skirt! This pink one looks so pretty! I just wish they have it in a different colour! Anyway, Happy New Year, Jean! :)

    xx
    Yvonne
    http://tellmeyblog.com

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  23. HI! I love your posts! I was eyeing those M. Gemi heels in gold and missed the opportunity to get them in a 35.5! Ann Taylor has a very similar online only version called the Lucille peep toe heel that is now 40% off. I snatched these up and found them to be of very good quality and much less expensive (especially right now!). Thanks for all of your inspiration!

    Thought your readers might like to know!

    https://www.instagram.com/rach101601/

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  24. Laughing at the part about Nick, hahaha! Thanks for the info on the deals!

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  25. I love your pink skirt, you look AMAZING!!

    Visit Buddha

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  26. The skirt is so beautiful! I would try it with a grey top!

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  27. Happy New Year Lovely Petite ;) !

    Best Regards,

    Pauline

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  28. First lf all I would love to say happy new year, secondly I really loved your new year's eve dress. And lastly this look is spectacular, love it.
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  29. So cute! I am obsessed with that pink skirt.

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  30. Happy 2016 Jean! That pink skirt is stunning!

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  31. Jean, do you actually own the AT jumsuit? I always have a problem with jumpsuits engulfing me (I'm only 5'1" and 95 lbs). Does this one it hit in the right places?

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    1. Hi - sorry no I have not tried it on so I can't speak to the fit. I did see the one reviewer say she's short and it worked well on her, although she unfortunately didn't share any height or sizing details.

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  32. Why are the prices différent on the Ann Taylor web site?! I rushes over there only to be left confused.

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    1. The sale is U.S. only and the prices get adjusted after you add to cart

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  33. Awesome look!
    Estee from The Little Stylist
    www.thelittlestylist.blogpsot.com

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  34. Thank you for always keeping us posted on the latest sales. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. :)

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  35. Hi Jean! Love your blog! hope you'll feature coats on sale :) Thanks!

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  36. Love your pink skirt! Amazing look!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  37. You look so pretty. Love the pink skirt and top combination. Happy New Year!


    Debs x
    Elegantly Fashionable

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  38. I love that pink skirt on you, and I agree that WHBM has really great quality for their pieces. I only shop there on sale, though, because otherwise the prices are just a bit much for me.

    Love the New Years look!

    Lifestyle by Joules

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  39. What do you think of the layered pearlized chain bobble necklace at AT? (http://www.anntaylor.com/layered-pearlized-chain-bobble-necklace/396479?skuId=20264024&prodId=396479&defaultColor=3019) I think I've seen something similar on you? This one looks kinda look - do you think it's petite-appropriate?

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    1. Hi Sarah - it does look very similar to the one I have! It's like a more minimalistic version with fewer strands of pearls & chains, so may be good if you don't want all the layers : )

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  40. The outfit with the pink skirt is beautiful. It is very Carrie Bradshaw! x

    Ellé | www.ellesimpson.co.uk

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  41. Hi Jean. Love your blog. I'm not petite but I love translating your looks to my regular sized frame. Thanks for all of your effort and I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 2016!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Lauren! Makes me so happy to hear that. Happy New Year xo

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  42. Hi Jean, Love your blog! Regarding the blue modcloth cardigan that you recently posted on instagram, does that run small? I noticed yours is a size S...

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    1. Hi there - yes it does run small in my opinion!

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  43. Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the Ann Taylor sale! I've been eyeing the navy mini pebble tote for a while now and finally ordered it last night for $27.

    Xoxo
    Tiffany

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    1. What a great find! I have so many of their larger pebble totes...

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  44. Hey Jean! I love the look of your M.Gemi heels. How comfortable are they and do they fit true to size? I've been searching for a pair of heels to wear for my wedding day. Would you recommend them?

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    1. Hi Erin, congrats on your upcoming wedding! How exciting! I think M.Gemi shoes differ widely in comfort level, so it's really hard to say until you try them on. The Amaro's which I have on here are probably my favorite out of their heels that I've tried.

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  45. Now that's a NYE outfit. Your boobs look amazing too.
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  46. Looks like you had an amazing NYE! I love your party look and this one with the blush pink skirt. That pearl necklace is gorgeous!

    Happy 2016 and all the best to you and Nick!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  47. Recreate the look for less! LOVE this look!!! http://www.emmielynne.com/collections/inspired-by-outfit

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  48. Absolutely love how beautifully the baby pink and the stripes go together!

    Dolce Petite

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  49. Love this pink skirt + stripe top look! Would love to illustrate on it :)

    Anna

    http://www.annawangillustration.com/

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  50. the fullness and length of that pink skirt is like perfect on you, just over the knees

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  51. Hello, I got the dress that you wore for NYE for an upcoming formal event, and I absolutely love it! However, I'm trying to figure out the bra that would look best with it. I'm hoping that I'll still be able to wear something that gives me some oomph. I wear a 32C at VS if this helps. Thanks!

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