A Year in Review: Fashion Favorites & Thank You

This year, my fashion focus was on curating a wardrobe of versatile, flattering, and often-worn pieces, through shopping more selectively and learning alterations skills. Here are some of my favorite DIY projects, tips & tricks, and seasonal outfits over 2012:

Favorites of 2012: DIY & Tutorials

Favorites of 2012: Tips & Tricks


Clockwise from top left: belting a shapeless shift, styling a dress as a skirt, length & proportions, converting a bra for low-backs, protecting clothes from underarm stains, packing light
Favorites of 2012: Wear to Work


Favorites of 2012: Weekend Wear
Favorites of 2012: Dressed Up


a+o ombre shift, florals + jewel belt, Tibi lace, faux fur + wine gloves, holiday sequins

Thank you all so much for following along on my style journey, and for sharing your own good finds, tips, and feedback. I am incredibly appreciative of your support and friendships over the years, and look forward to what 2013 may bring. Wishing each of you a happy new year!

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  1. I enjoy reading new ideas by interesting writers. You have done a great job with this article. Thank you for this interesting and informative content.cocktail dress 2013

    Posted 1.21.13 Reply
  2. you are so fabulous! love your blog!

    Posted 1.11.13 Reply
  3. Wow, what a wonderful year 2012 was for you! I loved following along, and learned so much about dressing my own body shape & size! Looking forward to 2013!

    Posted 1.3.13 Reply
  4. Love your blog! Love that you show readers how to alter clothing bc it's all about a good fit, right? As a food blogger, I know how time consuming it is to create original content. Thanks for the great blog! – Sarah

    Posted 1.3.13 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the post! Can't wait to see what 2013 brings for you. Have a happy new year!

    Posted 1.3.13 Reply
  6. Ainara wrote:

    Hello, I am from spain and i like yous style. please I invite you to visit my blog: http://www.ainarawhite.blogspot.com

    Posted 1.3.13 Reply
  7. Happy New Year Jean! I love the collage format. Thank you for your wonderful tips and tricks. You are a great inspiration and I admire your dedication to your blog. I'm looking forward to more wonderful post in 2013.

    Posted 1.3.13 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Ever since I came across your blog last year, your endless ideas have definitely saved me from my hoodies and ill fitting jeans phase (high school to second year university) and you have helped me make the transformation to a more mature and better dressed graduating university student (all while on a strict budget) =) I'm very happy that I can dress more appropriately for my age and it is all thanks to you Jean! Have a wonderful new year!

    Love from Vancouver <3

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  9. Ping wrote:

    Hi Jean! HNY! I love seeing all the outfits and posts in this collage format. Your style is has grown tremendously and I can see how you are such an inspiration to many readers and bloggers like myself. I hope you blog more often in 2013 as you are one of my main source of entertainment and inspiration during the workday. 😉

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  10. Mandy wrote:

    I really love your blog!

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  11. Erika wrote:

    Really beautiful callages and very inspired. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  12. Carol Li wrote:

    I love this post. The way that you have shown off your DIY alterations and outfits for each season.


    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  13. love all the colors and patterns you wear! happy new year!

    Sandy a la Mode

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  14. Awesome collages. Happy new year. Looking forward to your 2013 posts.

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  15. Looks like 2012 was a great fashion year for you, and I look forward to seeing what you have cooked up for 2013! I don't wear petite clothing, but your alteration tips have been extremely beneficial. Keep up the great work.

    http://closetconfections.com – A Fashion Blog

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  16. BEAUTY MD wrote:
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  17. Happy New Year Jean. Hope 2013 brings even more fabulous things your way! XO Annette

    Posted 1.2.13 Reply
  18. Happy 2013, Jean! Thank you for always sharing your tips and tricks. Your packing tips and shopping tips at H&M; have been particularly helpful. May 2013 be a greater year than before! 🙂


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  19. Jessy wrote:

    Great recap, Jean! I always love your trial & error posts and I think we learn a lot from your tips & tricks. : ) My favourite set of outfits from this little recap has to be the autumn compilation! I'm a big fun of nice autumn weather and those outfits speak to me. Hope you & Nick have an amazing new year!

    Posted 1.1.13 Reply
  20. Megan wrote:

    You are so lovely, Jean! 🙂 Have a great 2013! 🙂

    Posted 1.1.13 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jean,

    Question for you…

    I am thinking of buying a boyfriend watch, but still am on the fence. I am petite like you and not sure if it is just a trend – also I usually just check the time on my phone!

    Do you wear yours often? What are your thoughts on this?

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  22. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I enjoy reading all your entries this year, and I'm looking forward to read all your new entries in 2013.

    You have indirectly help me to become more fashionable by teaching me ways of how to incorporate pieces together to make them look good.

    Happy New Year,

    Posted 1.1.13 Reply
  23. Eva Wu wrote:

    I wish you a fun, fulfilling and fabulous 2013!

    Posted 1.1.13 Reply
  24. Happy New Year, Jean!
    I found your blog couple months ago and it became my favourie one 🙂
    I really enjoy your outfits and I am always impatiently waiting for the next one 🙂
    Your blog is full of great ideas and inspirations. I enjoy your outfits, I am still forming my personal style, so they are quite useful for me. I am 23, I have quite a baby face, I study at uni and work at the same time, so I am trying to look both appropriate for school and professional for work – but your tips make help me 🙂
    I wish you all the best,
    Roseline, Czech Republic

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  25. Happy new year 🙂 Love your round up of all the seasons!!


    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  26. newpetite wrote:

    Love how much your blog has evolved with the DIY's and thrift finds! Wishing you a very happy 2013!

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  27. Jackie wrote:

    You have come such a long way! I'm looking forward to reading your blog in 2013!

    Have a safe and happy New Year, Jean!!! <3

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  28. Suzie Q wrote:

    Beautiful compilation of your year in review. Even more beautiful outfits! Hope you have a wonderful New Year's, Jean!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  29. Rosie Hoa wrote:

    What a great review. I've stumbled upon your blog a few months ago and have gotten a lot of inspiration. Keep up the good work!

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  30. you've had quite the sartorially successful year, jean! i really like the seasonal compilations

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  31. Bettina wrote:

    Loved this summary of posts, it helped to remind me of different posts I wanted to go back and look at!

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  32. You're such an inspiration! I wish I had your tailoring skills.

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  33. Petite-ish wrote:

    You are looking more and more chic every year. Happy New Year, Jean!

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  34. Joanna Le wrote:

    What a fantastic compilation post! Hope you have a fantastic new year, Jean!


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  35. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I am sure you spent hours to put this together… It's really nice to see this collection of smart work outfits (by season)….
    Happy new year and to a great 2013….

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  36. Panina wrote:

    Been following you since I got my first full-time grown up job and still my favorite fashion blogger! Your blog helped me change my college/high school closet into a chic, professional young lady's wardrobe. You are so inspirational for not only petite women everywhere, but for young professionals looking to change their clothing choices but don't know where to start. Thanks to you, we've learned about how FIT makes or breaks an outfit, styling tips/tricks and DIYs, to always wait for deals/coupons, and the importance of incorporating timeless/classic/essential pieces in everyone's closet. So THANK YOU JEAN!

    I hope you and Nick have a wonderful new year and cannot wait to see what new ideas you bring in 2013!

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  37. very nice recap! have a wonderful new years!

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  38. Elissa wrote:

    Loved this wrap up! It reminds me why I started following you in the first place and why I look forward to every post you do!

    Professionally Petite

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  39. Have a wonderful NYE and a fantastic 2013!

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  40. Janki wrote:

    Fantastic! I found an old post I wrote to you about how my ny resolution was to learn to see. I did it and now have my first machine. My resolution this year is to fix my wardrobe before buying anything new. This upcoming weekend I'm going to tackle shortening a blazer thanks to your tutorial.
    Your blog rocks and you are so great about reaching out to your readers! Please keep it up. I love this new direction of DIY and thrifting. It takes away from the consumerism of many fashion blogs. Happy new year!

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  41. I love your DIY skills and your style is impeccable! Happy 2012 and to a great 2013!

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  42. What an amazing year, can't wait to see what's in store for 2013. Happy New Year!

    xo, Yi-chia

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  43. lin wrote:

    jean, you've been very inspirational this year. you've given me lots of great tips on how to wear certain things, mixing and matching, and what would flatter your body. thanks for a great year. happy holidays and can't wait to see what 2013 brings. 😉

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  44. Rachelle wrote:

    Happy New Year!


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  45. LOL, I just finished posting the same thing (though much less pretty)! I love that you broke it down by season / occasion and am so crazy flattered that my skirts made the cut!! Happy New Year to you and may 2013 bring you much happiness and joy 🙂

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  46. Anonymous wrote:

    Wow! Gorgeous!

    Thank you for your nice sharing and brilliant tips.

    Happy New Year.


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  47. Mary-Irene wrote:

    Thank you so much for continuing to bring us great wardrobe ideas! This was my favorite blog post from you (among so many favorites…)

    Posted 12.31.12 Reply
  48. Mady T. wrote:

    wow! this is the most amazing year review! love your selection for 2012! can't wait to see what you will do in 2013! Hope that 2013 will be more stylish for you!



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  49. Anonymous wrote:

    So pretty

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  50. Carla Krae wrote:

    Nice wrap-up! Fun to look back on the year. Happy New Year, Jean.

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