Something blue shoes (for less) + holiday weekend sales

manolo blahnik blue suede wedding shoes sandals

I recently dusted these babies off in anticipation of spring (a little premature, I know ; ) and finally removed the embellishments from our wedding day. I had hand-stitched crystal bracelets to the front strap, making sure to sew only along the existing stitches to not damage the suede. I got the general idea from a smart friend, who had done the same for her bridal shoes except with glue - I imagine that'd be sturdier and so much less painstaking, but I couldn't bear to glue my shoes. Anyways, I found an almost exact-looking dupe for these Manolos at a fraction of the price! I had been eyeing these Steve Madden suede sandals (more colors here) for a while in Sand, and noticed they just added blue suede - perfect for anyone looking for a little "something blue."
nordstrom pleione petite wrap blouse review
Goyard St Louis tote, J.Crew skirt (old), Manolo Blahnik BB pumps (old color)

My gray jeans above are currently marked down with extra 40% off (code BR40)! They are very stretchy and comfortable, and the knee holes hit at the right place on me. Length is an inch or two long on me which I wear cuffed up. BR has lots of other markdowns right now all with extra 40% off - see my last review of their collection.

The Ann Taylor wrap blouse sold out so quickly in the smallest petite sizes, although the versatile navy color still remains for sizes xsp and up. I wanted to share a few other similar options available in petites. I've mentioned the Pleione wrap blouse many times before, but had never tried on xxs petite, a new extended size they introduced last year (yay!).

I actually ordered this Pleione blouse over a month ago and the package got mysteriously lost, only to show up on my doorstep yesterday. My first impression is like when I tried it on years ago - the material feels and drapes similar to silk, and looks like a higher-end top. I love the slightly longer back, which in this size was not overwhelming on me. Compared to the AT blouse which is made in thicker, stretchy crepe, this is more billowy and lightweight, made of a chiffon-y non-stretch material. Petite sizes are also going quickly since it is on sale, but I've seen this top at Nordstrom for 3 years and am hopeful they'll restock colors and sizes!

xxsp measures: 21" length in front, 25" length in back, 13.75" across the shoulders, 21.5" sleeves (there's a button-closure tab for keeping sleeves rolled up). Snap button closure at chest.

Another option currently in-stock in small petite sizing is this light gray New Look wrap top, available in size 0P and up (more pictures & angles can be found in the regular-sized listing). Keep in mind sizing for petite brands on ASOS can run pretty small, and for a blouse this style I wouldn't mind a looser drape.
homemade cornbread spam with egg inside
Now it wouldn't be a roundup without some food pics...this is Nick's homemade version of a brunch dish we fell in love with in Portland, Maine. Cornbread cooked in a skillet, with a runny egg nestled in topped with a little seared meat (bacon is the obvious choice, but we had Spam begging to be used), a little cheese and fresh herbs. Several of you asked for the recipe but unfortunately Nick doesn't write much down when cooking. You can follow your favorite skillet cornbread recipe (this one has good reviews) but about 5 minutes before the cooking time is up, take it out of the oven and scoop out a shallow hole on top. Crack an egg into that hole and finish baking, careful not to overcook the egg. The restaurant we had it at slid a pre-soft boiled egg fully into a hole inside the cornbread before concealing the opening with cheese and baking another minute, which is the way to go for a true "surprise."
ganko ramen coolidge corner boston brookline
Miso and Shoyo (in the back) at Ganko Ramen in Brookline

Ganko is the latest addition to Boston's ramen scene, located in quaint Coolidge Corner. I had really high hopes and thought it was good but not spectacular. I think mine had a little too much cabbage & bean sprouts which took away from my noodles, and the spicy garlic oil was not spicy. I did like the other components though and the egg was *perfect.* Nick wolfed down his Shoyo and we will be back to try the interesting "tan-tan" spicy sesame ramen.

PS - wanted to mention again that my swing trench coat has been fully restocked in both navy and cream, and is 40% off w/ code WEEKEND. See my review here - it is beautiful quality so I'd highly recommend, especially in a less stain-prone color like navy. Also, my longer wool Burberry Daylesmoore trench coat is marked down on their site in gray with sizes 0 and 2 left in stock! It's one of their classic coats which comes back each year. See my old review - I got a size 2 for layering room, and had the sleeves shortened and belt loops raised.

PPS - J.Crew Factory is having a HUGE clearance event with lots left in extended sizing, although sizes are going quickly. Use code EXTRA50 to get an additional 50% off clearance items, but beware of final sale. You can shop all and filter by size, or here's some items of note with great reviews:

Double-serge wool pencil skirts in regular, petite, and tall, with colors starting as low as $19.99 after discounts.
- The black puffer coat I previously reviewed is now on sale for a whopping $49.99 after discounts. Still left in xxsp and several regular sizes.
- Wool-blend topcoat for $69.99 (I've seen this in-person and it is pretty nice for the price). This sold out almost immediately after being released but numerous sizes have popped back.
- classic-looking camel scarf for $10.99 - never hurts to check the men's department!
- Flannel sleep pants starting in xxs for under ten bucks

And from J.Crew regular, take extra 40% to 50 off final sale w/ code SALEONSALE:
- Petite bi-stretch wool martie pants - $29.99 down from $120, a steal. Lots of colors in 000p and up! I ordered mauve and gray in 00p. I had tried the 000p before and it was like stuffing a sausage, so good news for smaller-framed ladies.
- Petite excursion vest starting in $48
- Petite lady day coat in red left in 00p and 0p, on clearance for $174
- Their popular icon trench coat in wool-cashmere in 3 colors, left in regular sizing 000, 00 or 0 only.


  1. The green wrap top is a fantastic piece and I love both outfits with this top you show here!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    International Time-Related Giveaway: Bad News and More

  2. Hello Jean! I actually just ordered the DOUBLE-SERGE WOOL PENCIL SKIRT in acorn yesterday from J. Crew factory in the 00p, unfortunately at the $59.99 price. The color looks identical to you J. Crew version you wore with the cropped navy cardigan. On the bright side that color and size is already gone so I snatched it in time. My question for you is do you know what the difference is in quality between the regular vs factory versions besides the $50 difference? Your skirt and the one I ordered look identical in color, style and material. Even the length us the same according to the websites.

    Thanks Jean!

  3. How did you put the top into the skirt ? It look's so plain even with blouse inside!

  4. I love that heels!! And both looks are gorgeous!

  5. Love the colour of the wrap top you have on! Simply gorgeous~

    Love, V.

  6. How is the J crew sizing for PJs and sleep shirts? I'm so tempted but at least on the non-factory site they're final sale. I think we're about the same size.

  7. Question: What pumps would you recommend for someone who is used to wearing flats all the time? I'm a little bit intimidated by the 3"-4" heels but I was thinking that kitten heels would be enough to give me some lift and length to my 5 ft and curvy figure. I saw that many shoes cost $100+! Is the price reflective of the quality/comfort? Thanks :)

  8. I love a little "something blue" :) Thanks for the recommendation!


  9. You look so good in wrap shirts! The green color is very cute.

    Phyllis |

  10. I love following your blog. I, too, am from Boston so seeing all the places you visit and go to eat makes me want to try it out for myself too, so thank you for the recommendations!!

    Also, love both of your outfits. That shade of green looks amazing on you!!

  11. everything looks so great love the shoes, and gorgeous outfits.

  12. Hi Jean, have you tried the martie pants in 00p in store? All the reviews said these run small so I tried it in store in 000 (they didn't have petite sizing but the measurements are pretty much the same) and these looked big on me...the waist fit thought. For reference I have the exact same body shape and height as you. Now Im torn between just ordering a 00p online b/c the price is just a steal! Interested to hear your thought on this.

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  14. Jean, the martie pant 000 is big on me (tried it on store b/c I got worried all the reviews said it runs small) and I'm your size!! What happened to these pants? Did they fit for you?It's a total bummer. Should I get 00p anyway?

  15. Thanks for sharing those Steve Madden suede sandals. They do look a lot like your Manolo Blahnik ones!


  16. I love your Manolo shoes! They looked just as amazing for your wedding as they do now.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  17. These blue shoes are a dream!

  18. jyst picked up a super cute pair of navy heels at...Target! I am now a stay-at-home mom after les in a job in Boston so I wasn't looking to general the bank. I snagged them for an insane $8.98!!!! That's two Note I bought them inspire existing to pay full price, notvrealuzing they were on clearance since online does not show that. Here's the link in case anyone is interested:

  19. I LOVE your Jcrew skirt. Practically drooling over it. Do you know if I can find similar skirt somewhere else now?

  20. Love the outfits! is the green top the same one as the AT? on the link it shows it has a collar but yours doesn't.

  21. I LOVE that wrap top! So cute!


  22. I love the shoes and the removable DIY. How do your store your shoes?


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