Thank you guys for your patience over the past two days as Extra Petite got a (long overdue) facelift! We’re still making tweaks and importing old comments, but overall, I’d love to hear your feedback and if anything’s not working properly. I’m also launching a weekly newsletter that will feature previews of upcoming posts and item reviews before they hit the blog, so please subscribe up above if you’re interested! (Just FYI, you do have to click a link in a confirmation email to successfully subscribe, and if you use Gmail, it may be filtered under the “promotions” tab.)
For this new site design and development, I got to work with a talented local lady, Quinn – someone who I met completely by chance on the streets of Boston! Quinn mentioned she was a reader of my blog, and we quickly hit it off chattering about all our favorite eats in the city (I didn’t even realize she was a web designer ’til much later). I’m constantly amazed by the incredible women I get to connect with through this blog, both online and in-person!
Today’s look features two recent finds that I seriously cannot get enough of. I had packed this sunflower print midi dress for France with the L’Occitane team, unaware that it’d be peak sunflower season in the region we were visiting! On our drive from the Marseilles airport to the little countryside town of Mane, there were long stretches of flower fields that took our breath away. On our last afternoon there, we got to take a cute vintage buggy out for a spin – our driver surprised Nick and I by pulling right up against this incredible field, so we could take photos to our heart’s desire (I have to say, I was impressed by the off-roading abilities of such a “rustic” vehicle)!
On to these sunglasses, which I’ve gotten so many questions about! I had been searching high and low for round, retro-style sunnies that didn’t slip down my flatter nose bridge. This pair is amazing for the $16 price tag – they’re definitely not designer quality, but the fit and design are just what I was looking for. The plastic frames are a classic brown tortoise shell, and the slim gold bar arms look sleek and refined.
With clothing, I always look for features that can provide a more customized fit. This dress has an elasticized back panel at the torso, adjustable shoulder straps (makes such a difference!), and I love that the front buttons down so you can opt to show a little leg. The material is a comfortable linen blend (will shrink a bit if dried on high heat), and is not too thin. If you’re not big on sunflowers, this also comes in several other colors and prints, including blue stripes or classic black or white!
For the expecting mamas out there – I’ve been getting some requests for non-maternity clothes that’ll still accommodate a bump. I have several pregnant friends who don’t want to spend money on maternity wear, so I’m always keeping an eye out for pieces that’d work for them, too! If you shorten the shoulder straps on this dress and wear it higher up, empire waist-style, the elasticized waist area can fit above a growing belly.