When Life Gives you Lemons...

lemon print cardigan sweater jcrew summer outfit

...make a cute outfit! I have a weakness for fruit print, and admittedly scooped up several pieces from J.Crew's lemon collection last month. The print is perfect for adding a dose of whimsy or bright color to your summer looks. I've worn my cardigan open over tanks and dresses, or buttoned-up and styled as a regular shirt, like I did here. This outfit would be work-appropriate if you swap in just a slightly longer skirt. J.Crew also has a lightweight sweater shell in white with lemons, and I couldn't resist getting this silk headscarf for a wishful vacation on the Amalfi Coast (hint hint, Nick)!
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Cuyana mini tassel bag c/oKJP infinity pearl bracelet xs, Gucci sunglasses

I've gotten so many questions on this mini blush bag, which also comes in classic black or cream! It's a well-proportioned purse in a beautiful pebbled leather with gold accents. The overall design is reminiscent of my Gucci soho bag (at a fraction of the price), with a few differences:

- It has a tad more structure than the Gucci bag, so holds its shape slightly better
- There's an exterior front pocket, convenient for quick access to your cell phone
- The shoulder strap is a few inches shorter, so there isn't as much excess strap tail flapping around. You can adjust it to wear either on the shoulder, or cross-body style. Note the Gucci shoulder strap is a little thinner, which I do like aesthetically.
- The zipper goes down lower on both sides. There is a little accordion side flap on the interior of each side (see 3rd photo on Cuyana's website), so the contents of your bag don't fall out when the zipper is all the way open.
- The tassel is just a mini one. I do love the generous tassel on the Gucci soho!
- You can get it monogrammed! You can't really see it, but I have my initials stamped in gold.
things to do on nantucket_mint green buddy scooter rental
On Nick: J.Crew chinos, Sperry shoes (similar), old striped sweatshirt (similar

Nick and I loved exploring Nantucket by scooter, especially this adorable mint one. I was all ready to practice my stranger scouting tips, but we randomly scooted by a photographer friend from Boston who took this snap for us ; ) Got several comments on IG with safety concerns, so don't worry ... I was riding front-facing and with a helmet! I wouldn't have lasted 2 seconds on those cobblestone streets this way.
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With shorter, fuller skirts, I like to add fitted workout shorts underneath for extra "security," especially in gusty conditions. This skirt from ASOS is made of a scuba fabric (unlined), and fits nice and narrow across the waist. I'm wearing my usual size 00P, which measures approx. 12" across the waist and sits higher up on me without any alterations.
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  1. Love how you paired the headscarf with the cardigan. Super sweet and cute. I myself am loving yellows for summer!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  2. Fruit prints are such a fun ways of adding character to an outfit!

  3. Well done! This is exactly what I need to fantasize vacation in a 9-5 daily routine! As I learned from Jean over the years, I'll go back to my wardrobe and dig out all the cardigans to pair with bandanna and full skirt :)

  4. So cute! I've been wearing so much yellow this spring!

  5. Do you have any recommendations for fitted shorts to wear under skirts? The ones I have keep rolling up!

    1. I'm actually just wearing workout bike-style shorts! I have on a pair by PopPilates but I have lots of different brands that I wear for exercising, and they all work fine under skirts.

  6. Aw this shirt is so cute! I love how you styled it too! It suits you so perfectly.

    xx, mel

  7. In LOVE with this look Jean!


  8. Awwwe...such cute pics of you two together, Jean! Love your outfits!

    Unrelated to this post... love your new IG handle!! Thank you for having such an open heart to your fans, we appreciate it!! I'd love to meet you one day (fellow petite!), but I know I'd fangirl too hard and just act so dorky!

    Mizeats (dreaminfrench on IG)

    1. It would be SUCH a treat to meet you someday! Thank you for always leaving such kind and uplifting messages!

  9. I love your dress and love your lemon top sooo much! Very well stated <3

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  10. Love the yellow blouse. It's so cool!


  11. This is such a cute outfit! X

  12. Love how you styled the jcrew items!

  13. Gorgeous outfit Jean! I love the lemon print, it's adorable!

    I hope you have a great Wednesday,

  14. You look adorable, love the crisp white skirt. The pic of you two on the scooter is the cutest, you guys should frame it.


  15. This outfit is just gorgeous!! Absolutely love the cardi!


  16. Love that shirt! So cute :)

  17. fabulous post i love your style
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  18. Such a nice look, I love the colors you chose.
    Marie www.maristochats.fr

  19. Great post! I second the comment on recommendations for fitted shorts to wear under skirts. Thanks!

  20. These photos are SO adorable! I love the mint scooter and it goes sooo well with your bright and cheerful outfit <3 And loving the lemon cardigan!


  21. Love your outfit<3
    It looks elegant and fashionable! xx

  22. I love a good lemon print and this is the cutest look I've seen! The scarf and sunnies give it the perfect retro charm and the rest of the look is elegant. Well done lady!

    xo Elizabeth | stylewich.com

  23. This lemon print top is so cute. Love this tassel bag. It's exactly what I've been looking for.

  24. Love this lemon printed cardigan! I have a feeling that fruit prints are really going to be big this season. I'm excited!