Lookbook: Romping in Ranunculous (& Misikko review)

Last week, Misikko sent me a HanaAir professional hair dryer to try out. You may be seeing these reviews pop up around the blogosphere (see Tara’s thorough review here). My previous dryer was a random one that Nick courted me with after plucking it out of some girl’s trash pile on our college move-out day. In comparison, this HanaAir one is about 5 times more powerful with multiple heat settings and a gusty cool air option. It dried my hair in under 10 minutes and didn’t really need straightening afterward. At $195, I would rather buy a really good curling rod or flat iron, but fast drying hair time is important to some.  

Dress: Ready for Ranunculous Dress (no longer avail.) sz S courtesy of Modcloth
Necklace: F21 (bday gift from ElleRing: Amrita Singh  Hat: Gap Outlet (similar)
Heels: Cole Haan slingbacks sz 5

Summer afternoons are for breezy floral dresses and floppy straw hats. I wore this outfit with flat sandals to a cafe, but how I wish I were at high tea instead, so that I could wear my dainty heels, gossip in a bad British accent, and curl up my pinky finger.

This sundress is an older acquisition from Modcloth. Every time I visit that store, I find pages of vintage-y inspired goodness. There’s something for everyone to love on there, but be careful to read the reviews and fit ratings. I saw that this dress was reviewed to be “indecently short” on some average-height women, and was happy to pick it up.

Similar to my first Modcloth experience (this lovely crochet lace skirt), this dress in sz S fit decently but was roomy in some areas. I took two safety pins and pinned it shut in the front and also took it in a little in the back. A “lazy” alteration, but I’ve already worn it several times this way and have no desire to get it professionally fixed. 
I never thought I’d be able to pull off a hat but this is just too easy to wear. Keeps your face out of the sun, which = less wrinkles in a few years.

I wanted to point out the cut of this dress. The higher waist placement here is key to making my bottom half look longer and leaner. Not too high so that it’s empire-style (I loathe little girl-esque empire dresses), but it falls right between my chest and belly button. See a similar dress on Elaine via Fitreview.

Lipgloss: Revlon “Pink Pop” (Loves it. Sometimes flyaway hairs get stuck, but that’s a fact of life!)


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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean

    I love your blog and I have the same measurements as you do (I am an inch or so taller) so I regularly look through your lookbook for ideas for new purchases. I love the dress you are wearing in this post so much that I contacted modcloth to see if they have a similar dress in their collection right now. It turned out they had the exact same dress still in S left so I ordered it. I have a question though, you took in the dress at the back you wrote with this post. I will probably have to do the same, so I was wondering how you did this? Would it be possible for you to add some instructions or perhaps you have tutorial on the subject? greetings and have a nice day, Sandra

    Posted 1.14.13 Reply
  2. Dvani Divi wrote:

    You have a great sense of style.i adore the way you dress up and you are a pretty woman.I love all your clothes but unfortunately,im from malaysia and i cant find xxs or xs petite clothings here.im very skinny and short.I love fashion.australian,uk and us websites has thousandssss of clothes that i really love.but they are tooo expensive for my currency 🙁 one of my most favorite site is american eagle outfitters but its wayyyy too expensive.if you know any cheaper petite xs or xxs clothing sites with free shipping to malaysia,please let me know.my email is dvani92@hotmail.com

    Posted 12.13.12 Reply
  3. faye lu wrote:

    i love these photos. it's freezing in adelaide, australia .. these pics remind me of summer =)

    Posted 7.23.11 Reply
  4. @Anonymous Darn! I would've loved a brow pencil too. I wonder if they only sent it to lighter haired women since we are grouped together and receive the same products based on our personal specifications. I got the exact items you mentioned.

    Posted 7.18.11 Reply
  5. Cute pics! I have a lot of crazy flyaways too ahhhh

    Posted 7.18.11 Reply
  6. OSeñorita wrote:

    You look so pretty in that dress!!!

    Posted 7.18.11 Reply
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    i did order for july (birchbox) im kinda dissapointed to learn that there are several versions for each customers (10 actually).
    the ones im jealous is the ones that got eyebrow pencil. basically i got 4 products redken,zoya,ahava and philosophy. but some got 5 =(

    Posted 7.18.11 Reply
  8. @Anonymous Oh are there different kinds? I just signed up for the $10 monthly and just got my first box. I think it's going to be a waste of money but it's fun for now…tried all the products this month and loved the Zoya nude nail polish. Did you order a box for this month?

    @Jackie I know what you mean! Make sure to look for hats that are not one size fit all. This one from the Gap is S/M so it fits fairly well.

    @sarahp Hi Sarah, I go to Freddy at Zen hair (he does mostly Asian hair) because I don't want to travel all the way to Chinatown. I'm not giving a whole-hearted recommendation of him because honestly my haircuts are hit or miss, but so far no misses that are especially bad. I've been going to him and only him for several years though!

    @grace You're too funny! I'm sure there is a hat out there for every face shape. And goodness it is scorching! Let's hope it doesn't rain again soon…hot + humid is not pleasant.

    Posted 7.17.11 Reply
  9. grace wrote:

    You seriously look as though you stepped out of a magazine Jean – your hair looks beautiful, the dress you're wearing just reminds me of summer so much and love the hat – the combination of that with your WONDERFUL YELLOW sandals just scream summer – i love it!

    I need to get myself a hat like that! Unfortunately, because of my round cheeky face, I don't think I can pull it off. I'll just live vicariously through you. Boston sure is having some warm weather isn't it?

    Posted 7.17.11 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    which version of birchbox did you get?

    Posted 7.16.11 Reply
  11. sarahp wrote:

    I moved to Boston recently and I am looking for a good hair dresser. You know I am talking about asian hair. any one to recommend?

    Posted 7.16.11 Reply
  12. The Misikko reviews really ARE popping up everywhere! A few bloggers I follow received the flat iron, which they really love. I can't wait to test out the dryer, especially because it promises a quick process.

    I love that dress on you, Jean. The yellow shoes were a nice touch : )

    Posted 7.16.11 Reply
  13. An easy breezy summer outfit.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  14. cuuute! love the pretty dress on you. floppy hats are the best to wear during the summer! I loved my jcrew one until it got crushed beyond belief in my suitcase and now I can't revive it back to it's old shape. Lesson learned to just take it on the plane with me! 🙂

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  15. a rose wrote:

    I love your dress, and even more for your hair. My face is rounder than yours, so choosing a right hat is a little bit tricky for me.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  16. Teresa wrote:

    Stunning dress. You look gorgeous!

    Your newest follower T,

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  17. Jackie wrote:

    I love that hat on you! How is the fit? Does it actually stay on? I have had so much trouble finding a hat for a petite head lol

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  18. SugarNikita wrote:

    I adore that dress! And the hat!

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  19. WOow AND this (so exquisitely worn) floral dress (absolutely) does not fail to make blow a (so nicely refreshing) wind of pastoral Elegance on urban territory I must say Dear !!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  20. Sunshine wrote:

    you look so cute & classy, Jean! and i just LOVE the flowy hair <3

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  21. Jean, your hair looks so light! I think someone else asked if you coloured it but I think I missed the response.

    I love hats – they really are perfect for summer for all the reasons you mentioned. It also makes you feel glam LOL!

    Thanks for the link to my fit review post!

    As for the hair dryer – I always look for one that comes with a diffuser (for my curls) and a concentrator for when I want to go straight but the diffuser part is most important to me since I usually leave my hair curly.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  22. GORGEOUS! The outfit, the photography – the model. 🙂 I love your stories about you and Nick. You two are adorable.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  23. Tara wrote:

    This dress is so gorgeous on you! Glad you liked the dryer too, sounds like we have similar opinions on when to buy expensive hair tools lol…and thanks for the shout out!

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  24. You look absolutely darling, Jean. I have a feeling that we're going to see a lot more reviews for Misikko in the near future. They have asked me to review one of their flat irons too.

    I adore this dress on you. So pretty for summer. The first pic is my favorite. Have a great weekend =)

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  25. DSK Steph wrote:

    Lookin' fabulous! 😀

    In reply to your comment on the P&J; powder puff thingies ~ they're more for looks! lol It's totally old school. I tried using it before and it feels really nice, but hard to control where you apply lol. On the rare occasion that I do use it, I just swirl in a blush brush. 😀 Guerlain has a product called Meteorites with the same shimmery balls. lol

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  26. Wow! That hair dryer really gives a blow-out look! You look fabulous! Next time, bring that thing to CA! LOL

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    wayyy to much sponsored posts lately(or posts featuring products sent by companies)
    miss the old jean =(

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  28. Awe…you look like a southern belle!! You
    are gorgeous Jean!

    I'm doing a flat iron review soon but trying to figure
    out how to use it…lol

    And if you ever want to switch sz 5 for 5.5 in the CH yellow slingbacks- let me know:D

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  29. Phuong Le wrote:

    I love the last picture of you! Props to the photographer.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  30. newpetite wrote:

    your hair is looking extra gorgeous today and love that dress!

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  31. ACC wrote:

    Always lovely to see you in something so floaty and feminine! And I never thought that I'd be able to pull off a hat with such a wide brim either, but I'm newly inspired. Wrinkle prevention is rad.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  32. Ping wrote:

    jean– lol! i just used my hair dryer…then i come to your blog…

    beautiful pictures and i love that dress. such a nice print and i love the colors. i wished my bf's photography skills were as half good as nick's. *sigh*

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  33. @Michelle I totally see you under a big hat! But only if your head won't suffocate under it below the hot vegas sun : )

    @Petite-ish So you survived your first visit to Freddie? I'm glad to hear : ) I need to go back so badly! Hair has grown out to be quite long, but I'm lazy and would rather spend the $45 on snacks.

    @Olyvia Oo, good eye and thanks for sharing! I added Elaine's review to my post.

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  34. Olyvia wrote:

    You look stunning in that dress! Love the colors of the flowers. I've been avoiding flower-print and ruffle/tier dresses because I thought they make me look too childish, but you made it work with this dress! You look very lady-like and ready to go to the Kentucky Derby, haha! Thanks for the tip about placement of the waistline that makes a difference. I saw an H&M; dress very similar in style from Elaine at http://fitreview.com/view/237

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  35. Kelly wrote:

    love your shoes with the dress! and good idea with the safety pin tailoring.
    when i had shorter hair, i used a blow-dry on it all the time as it'd otherwise look flat and lifeless. but since my hair has gotten longer i much prefer air-drying. 🙂

    Posted 7.15.11 Reply
  36. Petite-ish wrote:

    I don't know if it's the hair dryer, Zen hair, or good genes, but your hair is looking particularly ravishing in this post! (Freddie gave me an A-line bob when I went last month, I like it, light and cool for the summer)

    Posted 7.14.11 Reply
  37. Michelle wrote:

    You look so pretty in this dress! I love the print! I was reading on some blog the other day that a pattern should be no larger than a fist for petites (their opinion)…so yours is perfect! Nice to see your new slingbacks in action! You make me want a big hat! It looks great on you!

    Lol! about Nick's courting practices! :p I cannot decide on a favorite photo…Nick did a great job!!

    Posted 7.14.11 Reply
  38. You look absolutely flawless! I wish I look good in hats. I have yet to come across one that I look decent in.

    Posted 7.14.11 Reply

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