• Rainy Days: Navy, trench + scallops

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    DIY scallop skirt (buy similar), similar petite gingham shirtHunter Tour boots
    Burberry trench coat (similar here or here in petites for less), Talbots navy tights

    Happy Tuesday! Just a quick post today sharing this easy ensemble I wore last week. My skirt is old and I hemmed the scallops myself, but I also own this similar version (also sold here) that’s been restocked from last year! That one is made in a sturdy, stretchy knit material and is fully lined – see it on me in sz US2.
    rainy day outfit hunter boots burberry trench coat
    On another note, we’re currently planning some travel to Tokyo and possibly Singapore and Bali – all spots where Nick and I had really wanted to go after our wedding last year! We didn’t go on a honeymoon due to our schedules at the time, but are really looking forward to taking some trips this year. I’d love to hear about any must-visit places, and of course your favorite recommendations for where to eat and things to do in those areas!

     

    61 thoughts on “Rainy Days: Navy, trench + scallops

    • xiao March 8, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      If you end up picking Bali, check out a traditional cooking class in Ubud! The Hubby and I were there last June and we loved spending the day with Paon Cooking Class. It started with a tour of the morning market before a full hands-on cooking class with fresh ingredients making everything from scratch. I just blogged about my experience. http://xiaoeats.com/2016/03/paon-cooking-class-pt-1/

    • Anonymous March 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Try a cat cafe in Tokyo! and you should go see Mt Fuji and Tsujuki markets for their fresh sashimi! Japan is one of my favourite places to go!

      katattack2000.wordpress.com

    • Anonymous March 8, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      For your trip, if you like flowers, especially orchids, consider going to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. My husband has travelled to Singapore several times on business and raves about the orchids he's seen there. Found your blog about 6 months ago and absolutely love everything about it!! I have lived in Mass all my life and visit Boston often, and love seeing your neighborhood in many of your postings.

    • Aubrey March 8, 2016 at 8:26 pm

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    • Avanti Garde March 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Love the classic beige and navy combination! The scalloped hem adds a really nice touch.

      Avanti
      xxx
      avantigarde.wordpress.com

    • Jess A March 8, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Hi Jean! You helped me with your recommendations for my recent to sf so I thought I'd help you out since I grew up in Singapore!

      For Singapore, in terms of sightseeing, you can go to:
      – Gardens by the bay
      – Sentosa Island – nicknamed "Asias favourite playground" you could go zip lining and visit a beautiful aquarium that makes you feel as if you're in an ocean cave & etc
      – Singapore Flyer – view of the whole of Singapore
      – Singapore botanical garden
      – night safari or jurong bird park
      – Orchard Road – a street full of shopping! There's so many stores ranging from Australia brands, local brands, UK brands and Us brands (also, if you spend more than $100 in one receipt, you can get a tax refund in the airport! – "GST refund")
      – Marina Bay Sands – swim in their infinity pool!

      Food:
      – you can go to a local hawker center such as Newton Circus to try delicious local food like fried carrot cake (not actually cake), BBq sambal sting ray, Laksa, chilli crab, oyster omelet, minced pork noodles and many more
      – you can also "dine in the sky" in a cable car or at the Singapore flyer
      – banana leaf in Little India
      – Paradise Dynasty for colorful xiao long baos
      – try Kaya Toast at Kopitiam
      – level 33 for a reatusrant with a view

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions ^__^

    • Bonnie March 8, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      How exciting! When do you plan on traveling?

    • L March 8, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      If you get to go to Tokyo, you must visit the tonkatsu restaurant called Tonki. My Japanese grandpa has been going since it opened decades ago and my family and I eat there every time we visit Japan.

    • Yuka March 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Singapore must eats- Kaya toast, Chicken rice, and Hokkien mee
      http://travelerfolio.com/ya-kun-kaya-toast/ < -- most famous, must go place to eat Kaya toast!
      Food courts are excellent. They are not fancy and certainly not very clean, but they're authentic.

    • Lee March 8, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Love this look! that skirt is so cute!!

      Lee – leethrifts.com

    • K March 8, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Haven't been to SG nor Bali but a few times in Tokyo. You can eat non stop all day and all night long. I would suggest you to pick one or two nicer restaurants (omakase) based on opentable or Michelin Star reviews and then ask the hotel to help with reservations.

    • Vera March 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      So super cute!!

      Blonde in Cashmere

    • Anonymous March 8, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Did you take advantage of the recent fare war from Boston-Tokyo on United/american? Tsukiji is moving in nov 2016, so you should definitely go there before it moves. Shinjuku, Golden Gai, Robot Restaurant are pretty awesome places!

    • Deasy Noel March 8, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Oh my gosh, my fiance and I are planning to go to Tokyo and Bali as well this year! Mainly Bali but a layover in Tokyo for a couple of nights, hehe. I have no suggestions, but I'd love to hear more about your trip and suggestions YOU might have from your trip! 😀

      http://www.deasynoel.com

    • Mikayla Luckie March 8, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Those green hunters add so much character to the look!
      xx
      Mikayla | thatluckieone.com

    • Carla Krae March 8, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      That'd be quite a trip! Good luck getting it all together.

    • little random happiness March 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm

      Japan is my favorite! I'm going again in a couple of weeks! If you have time, you should go to Kyoto too – so beautiful there. (If you plan to travel to other areas in Japan, you should buy a Japan Rail Pass before you go. It'll save you so much money for train travel. You can only buy it outside of Japan.) For Tokyo, we love Sensoji in Asakusa, crepes in Harajuku, day trip to Kamakura, and of course the Tsukiji fish market 🙂

    • Kahani March 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Jean!

      I'm no Tokyo expert, but here are some of the more out-of-the-way things that my husband and I really enjoyed when we were there:

      Best Gyoza. Ever. Worth the queue, go hungry eat till you drop: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/japan/tokyo/restaurants/other/harajuku-gyoza-ro

      For an amazing Whisky/Whiskey (they have both) experience, enter a mysterious dark door into Bar Nemo: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1311/A131102/13016817/

      Tips we loved from a friend who lives there:
      Sumida river boat trip is nice
      http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide/tokyo_leisure/water_busses/Sumida+River+Line/1870

      You can get the boat to Asakusa which is an old historic area and quite interesting to walk around. It has the Sensoji temple which is touristy but worth a visit, and ‘Kitchen Town’ Kappabashi which is where chefs buy all their gear and is also dedicated to the mythical Kappa (nothing to do with the Italian sportswear label and everything to do with humanoid turtles)

      Jinbocho
      An atmospheric area with lots of old bookshops. You can walk up to the Yasukuni shrine.

      http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/
      Mori museum has some good exhibitions and Roppongi Hills also has a viewing tower (Roppongi station Oedo subway line)

      Hope this helps, can't wait to see your posts from the trip and please please do a HAUL VIDEO. Japanese girls are fairly petite so you should find some great stuff.

    • Anonymous March 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      Bali is amazing. My fiance and I stayed at a few airbnb properties for about $60 USD a night. One of them had a private pool, one was an awesome treehouse and one was right on the ocean! We rented a moped and explored on our own. One of the best trips of my life!

      My best friend lives in Singapore and I've been there many many times. It's honestly not super exciting as a tourist but they have the best food.

      My fiance (John) also works as a Japan travel specialist right in Boston! He plans customized trips and lots of honeymoons :). He knows I love your blog and is probably grateful for all your awesome tips for me (I'm pretty much the same measurements as you!). I'm sure he'd love to help you out! Check out https://www.audleytravel.com/ca/japan if you're interested!

    • joannb March 8, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      I've had friends try tacking on Singapore to a Tokyo trip and I always warn them that they are about 6-7 hours from each other. (People always think they are closer.) Singapore and Bali are great to tack on together since you can get a very cheap budget flight to Bali from Singapore (as cheap as USD200 if you book in advance).

      In Singapore:
      – if you must have chili crab do yourself a favor and also try butter crab (my fave is Uncle Leong's or Mellben), salted egg crab, and/or white pepper crab which are all wayyyyyyy tastier IMHO

      – must eats at hawker centers: char kway teow, popiah, chicken rice, laksa (recommended hawker centers: Lau Pa Sat, Maxwell, Chinatown, or Tiong Bahru for the real local stuff)

      – my favorite local spot is Sin Hoi Sai in Tiong Bahru (faves: marmite pork ribs, moonlight char kway teow)

      – whenever I go back I always, always eat thunder tea rice it's a nice, light, but still yummy break from the other really heavy stuff

      – fave place for a drink and some live music: Timbre on the river next to the Asian Civ Museum

      I'm one of those people that plans every.single.meal. when I go to Singapore. So much to eat, so little time.

    • Abbie E. // Abulous Life March 9, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Love your top!
      Abbie E.|| http://www.abulouslife.com

    • Anonymous March 9, 2016 at 12:10 am

      I lived in S'pore for 3+ years. It's been almost 7 years since we moved back to the States, but there are still places that I miss eating at. One of the places that I really miss is this place for their prawn noodles w/ the chili sauce. Even in S'pore, i could never find a place that came close, and forget it in the States.

      https://foursquare.com/v/thye-hong-hokkien-mee-food-republic/4b304f2ff964a520cdf824e3

      Enjoy your trip…I really enjoyed living there. As one of the other posters mentioned, S'pore is about 7 hours or so to Japan. S'pore and Bali are about 1.5 hours or so.

    • Lilli March 9, 2016 at 3:05 am

      such a cool top 🙂 love that you took those photos while it was raining – such a rare thing 🙂

      x Lilli | http://www.LilliFerreira.com

    • Hiromi March 9, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Hey Jean, big fan of your blog and style! Since you and Nick are big foodies, I would highly recommend the depa-chika (ie department store basements) in Japan. Most of the department stores (I recommend Mitsukoshi and Isetan) have fabulous food emporiums in their basements. Every food imaginable is down there and you can buy a little bit of everything to eat in your hotel room (as it can get expensive eating out all the time). There are also great bakeries/patisseries so you can pick up breakfast for the next day (I recommend Dalloyou, Johan and Kimuraya).

      And I also agree with the previous poster, if you have time to travel around, definitely pick up a railpass before you head over. It's a great, and very affordable, way to see the country.

      xo
      Hiromi | http://www.instagram.com/everydayangles

    • Elle March 9, 2016 at 7:20 am

      Just came back from a trip to Singapore and Bali.
      Must do:
      Singapore
      > Garden by the Bay (flower dome)
      > Have a rooftop drink at sunset at the Marina Sands or at the Fullerton Bay

      Bali
      > Book a dinner at Locavore in Ubud (book as early as you can, it is always super full). One of the best meals we ever had was there.

    • Sasa Zoe March 9, 2016 at 8:40 am

      The scallop skirt is so cute:P

      Shall We Sasa

    • Grace Pyo March 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Best ramen I had in Tokyo was a place called Ichiran. It's cheap, delicious, and a very Japanese dining experience. There's typically a line out the door for at least 30-40 minutes, but it's worth the wait. https://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/

    • Sharan Kaur March 9, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Gorgeous! Love that skirt!

      xoxo
      Sharan
      http://www.MyGoldenBeauty.com

    • Andrea March 9, 2016 at 9:57 am

      If you head to Singapore you have to try Laksa, especially the Sawarak version (my grandmother used to cook it for us as she is Malay and from that region). It is the best spicy noodle soup you will ever have! My favourite comfort food. And there are tons of food stalls every where you go.
      And the best part of Singapore is the all the variety of petite friendly clothing! Some of my favourite dresses are from local designers that you can find on Orchard Road.

    • Julie Hiller March 9, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Great rainy day look! I love that scalloped skirt!

      As for Japan, I'd recommend going to Kyoto over Tokyo. Both cities are great, but I loved visiting the temples in Kyoto. It's got a much smaller more cultural feel to it.

      Lifestyle by Joules

    • Anonymous March 9, 2016 at 11:10 am

      Hi Jean,

      Love your blog! If you guys do go to Singapore, you have to stop by Momma Kong's for their chilli crab. It is the most amazing dish in the world. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g294265-d3916132-Reviews-Momma_Kong_s-Singapore.html

    • american in japan March 9, 2016 at 11:26 am

      I live in Japan, but not Tokyo. Personally, I would recommend Western Japan (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima to the far west) over Tokyo.

      If you do plan to go to Tokyo and stay in that area, you don't need a JR Pass (a rail pass for trains to areas outside of Tokyo). I would recommend getting a pasmo or suica subway card. They can be purchased easily from machines close to the subway entrance and can also be used with most buses.
      The subways in Tokyo are crazy, with four to six different companies operating various overlapping lines. Prices change by distance, the line you ride and the type of train you ride. If you are lost, ask the attending staff who are close to the ticket booths rather than trying to ask anyone (Japanese or not). Most people only know their own line.

      There are some subway apps you can use, but they may not cover all of the lines. Unfortunately, I can't recommend any because the one I use is in Japanese.

      People may recommend you try to eat at Jiro sushi. I don't think most Japanese people know him. Besides, his son has a restaurant in a department store in Ginza which serves sushi for about $30, compared to Jiro's $300.

      Personally, rather than looking for touristy, expensive restaurants to eat at, I'd find smaller places. Tokyo gets so many tourists that most places will have English menus. Check out the basement levels of Shinjuku station, and department stores like Mitsukoshi and Sogo. They have supermarkets and lots of small shops selling a huge variety of freshly made food. If you want lunch, visit those places at 10:30 or 11 to avoid the rush.

      If you are in Ginza, the restaurants are in the small alleys behind the main street.
      The last time I was in Tokyo, I had some very tasty kebabs (not on a stick, in a wrap) in Akihabara. GoGo Curry, which I hear has a NYC location was also in Akihabara, but I did not end up eating there.

      There are a lot of used camera shops around Shinjuku station, too. 😉

      For historical places, Meiji-jingu is a popular spot (which I've also never been to, sorry!). Kamakura, which is not in Tokyo, is this huge statue of Buddha. The surrounding town is pretty traditional, old-school Japan (for a place so close to Tokyo).

      Tokyo has a number of museums. I went to the National Art Center, Tokyo last year and thought it was nice. The building design was cool and the surrounding area is Roppongi, which is an OK area.

      If you take the subway to Yokohama, there's a huge Chinatown.

      I don't know how helpful this is. When I go to Tokyo, it's usually for work, to see friends and maybe to eat at places like Outback Steakhouse…since I can get Japanese food anytime in my city.

      Aside from sushi, I'd definitely recommend Japanese curry, tonkatsu, manjuu, and Tokyo has a huge ramen scene. Definitely browse through the department store basements for food sampling and ideas.

      The somewhat new Tokyo Skytree is an interesting place. It's not far from Asakusa. I walked to it from there and…if you don't like walking, take the subway! To go up costs about 3,000 yen. And to go up to the highest floor costs an additional 2,000 yen. The view is amazing. I got some great night shots of the city when I went.

      Hmm…this is getting long…sorry!

    • Keri H March 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

      You are adorable!
      Wow, so exciting about your travel plans. I've always wanted to go to all of those places! 🙂

      Enclothed Cognition/Bloglovin

    • Anonymous March 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

      I live in Japan, but not Tokyo. Personally, I would recommend Western Japan (Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima to the far west) over Tokyo.

      If you do plan to go to Tokyo and stay in that area, you don't need a JR Pass (a rail pass for trains to areas outside of Tokyo). I would recommend getting a pasmo or suica subway card. They can be purchased easily from machines close to the subway entrance and can also be used with most buses.
      The subways in Tokyo are crazy, with four to six different companies operating various overlapping lines. Prices change by distance, the line you ride and the type of train you ride. If you are lost, ask the attending staff who are close to the ticket booths rather than trying to ask anyone (Japanese or not). Most people only know their own line.

      There are some subway apps you can use, but they may not cover all of the lines. Unfortunately, I can't recommend any because the one I use is in Japanese.

      People may recommend you try to eat at Jiro sushi. I don't think most Japanese people know him. Besides, his son has a restaurant in a department store in Ginza which serves sushi for about $30, compared to Jiro's $300.

      Personally, rather than looking for touristy, expensive restaurants to eat at, I'd find smaller places. Tokyo gets so many tourists that most places will have English menus. Check out the basement levels of Shinjuku station, and department stores like Mitsukoshi and Sogo. They have supermarkets and lots of small shops selling a huge variety of freshly made food. If you want lunch, visit those places at 10:30 or 11 to avoid the rush.

      If you are in Ginza, the restaurants are in the small alleys behind the main street.
      The last time I was in Tokyo, I had some very tasty kebabs (not on a stick, in a wrap) in Akihabara. GoGo Curry, which I hear has a NYC location was also in Akihabara, but I did not end up eating there.

      There are a lot of used camera shops around Shinjuku station, too. 😉

      For historical places, Meiji-jingu is a popular spot (which I've also never been to, sorry!). Kamakura, which is not in Tokyo, is this huge statue of Buddha. The surrounding town is pretty traditional, old-school Japan (for a place so close to Tokyo).

      Tokyo has a number of museums. I went to the National Art Center, Tokyo last year and thought it was nice. The building design was cool and the surrounding area is Roppongi, which is an OK area.

      If you take the subway to Yokohama, there's a huge Chinatown.

      I don't know how helpful this is. When I go to Tokyo, it's usually for work, to see friends and maybe to eat at places like Outback Steakhouse…since I can get Japanese food anytime in my city.

      Aside from sushi, I'd definitely recommend Japanese curry, tonkatsu, manjuu, and Tokyo has a huge ramen scene. Definitely browse through the department store basements for food sampling and ideas.

      The somewhat new Tokyo Skytree is an interesting place. It's not far from Asakusa. I walked to it from there and…if you don't like walking, take the subway! To go up costs about 3,000 yen. And to go up to the highest floor costs an additional 2,000 yen. The view is amazing. I got some great night shots of the city when I went.

      Hmm…this is getting long…sorry!

    • Thuy | Dress Up, Chow Down March 9, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      I'm a fan of the trench addition.

      http://www.dressupchowdown.com

    • Alice March 9, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      That skirt is adorable, love the scalloped hem! I've gone to Tokyo once before with my family, would love to take my boyfriend there!

      xo, alice / T Y P E N U

    • Furiously Chic March 9, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Awww!
      This is such a cute outfit! I like it a lot. 😉

      Laura
      http://furiouslychic.blogspot.ch/

    • Polly March 9, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Hope you have an awesome time in Tokyo! I was there last Spring for my birthday. You must check out a theme restaurant while you're there. I went to the Robot Restaurant and had such a great time! I also enjoyed visiting Mt. Fuji. It's so beautiful there!

      Polly
      http://gemsandjoy.com

    • Zazzy Brown March 9, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      Hi Jean-

      First of all, your blog is one of my favorite fashion blogs to follow. Your style is impeccable and I appreciate having a little more insight into the fit of the items you wear and having ideas for outfits for any occasion.

      Your work outfits are my particular favorites, as they manage to be professional but still have a personal flair. As a young professional trying to enter the business world, I was wondering if you have any recommendations for outfits to wear to interviews — particularly informational interviews. It's difficult to find the proper balance between stuffy and casual with the varying office dress codes I've seen, and I would love to know of any "go-to" outfits that will leave a great first impression.

      Side note: This outfit is amazing!

    • Helen Veyna March 9, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      First of all, that scalloped skirt is gorgeous! I love pieces with fun details like that. Also, that trip sounds like it's going to be so much fun. I can't wait to read about it on the blog. 😀

      -Helen
      Sweet Helen Grace

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