Spring citrus, silver pumps & ShoeMint Giveaway (3 winners!)

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LOFT box pleat blouse (now extra 60% off), H&M; blazer (still in stores) sz 2
Gelareh pumps sz 5.5 c/o ShoeMint, DIY convertible skirt, Morgan Ashleigh necklace

Now that the weather is finally warming up, I’ve been turning to zesty yellow and lime green to brighten up my work wardrobe. I do want to mention, however, that an outfit like this is not appropriate for every type of business environment. At meetings with clients or “serious” government officials, I usually go with a muted-colored, knee-length suit to ensure that attire isn’t the reason I won’t be taken seriously. For days when only my internal team will lay eyes on me, I have a little more fun getting dressed. 
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For an outfit ripe with brights and neons, I found that a soft metallic shoe works just as well as the usual staple nude. I was excited to see these ShoeMint pumps that look just like a popular designer style, and are offered in extended sizing down to a 5. I went with silver to replace an old, similar pair, bought back in the day when I thought 6 was the smallest shoe size out there. Thank goodness for the advent of online shopping, otherwise I’d still be gripping my toes to keep heels from flying off. 
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Fit & quality notes: I am between size 5 – 5.5 in most brands (for reference, I take a 5 in Ann Taylor and 5.5 in J.Crew/BR), and usually size up for pointy styles so my toes don’t have to suffer. A 5.5 in these fit perfectly. I love the sharp silhouette, and feel the price is good for a genuine leather pump. The brand partners with Steve Madden for craftsmanship, and I found the quality of these to be reflective of that. 

ShoeMint is also sponsoring a fun giveaway open to both U.S. and Canadian readers – three readers will win a pair of shoes of their choice. To enter:

– Mandatory: Sign up here to be a member of ShoeMint and fill out the giveaway form below. It’s free to sign up, and new members can get 20% off full priced items w/ code RACHEL20.
Optional: Facebook fans will receive 1 extra entry. Thank you to each one of you who have supported this blog through various social media channels!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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I ordered this box pleat blouse during LOFT’s last big sale, and have found it to be a good warm-weather basic. The material is 100% polyester (which I almost prefer to silk because it’s machine washable), drapes well, tucks into bottoms without bulk, and doesn’t wrinkle much throughout the day. It is very thin and sheer, however, so I make sure to wear a nude-colored bra underneath. For sizing, I am wearing an xxs petite here without any alterations. Measurements are: 13″ across the shoulders, 17.5″ armpit to armpit, 20″ length, 16.5″ sleeve length. The lighting and temperature changed so drastically in the five minutes I was taking these photos…I am purple & fighting a fit of shivers in the below pic, but included it anyways to show the fit of the top.
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Thank you for entering this giveaway, and good luck!

44 thoughts on “Spring citrus, silver pumps & ShoeMint Giveaway (3 winners!)

  • Reply lin April 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    great spring outfit, jean. i love the colors. did you sew the skirt yourself and how is it convertible?

    also, thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Anonymous April 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Recently found the best fitting cropped pant ever at Loft! The "Petite Marisa Skinny Cropped Pants in Bi-Stretch" are amazing! I'm 5'1 94lbs. 34/23/33 and these pants actually fit my super petite frame! I bought 3 pairs in diff. colors and I highly recommend my fellow petites to do the same! 🙂

  • Reply Suzie Q April 30, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I love yellow color for spring. I can't believe you made that pencil skirt, it looks beautiful and I love that pattern! It looks great with the metallic silver pumps.

    Suzie Q

  • Reply Jackie April 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Yellow is popping up all over the blogosphere today.

    Looks like I will likely end up wearing something similar tomorrow because it's top of mind.

    xoxo Jackie

  • Reply Anonymous April 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Love the skirt! Wish I could be more colorful at work! I feel like I always have to toned down an outfit by wearing something neutral. I ended up purchasing that same white blouse a few weeks ago. How do you manage to get away with wearing just a nude bra? It felt too revealing with just a nude bra so I've been wearing it with a nude tank as well.


  • Reply SewPetiteGal April 30, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Want to see how you made the skirt convertible! You know how I love multi-purpose DIYs! 🙂

  • Reply Revanche April 30, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway! I'd be a fan on FB already but .. I don't use FB. <3

  • Reply Elizabeth April 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Does that mean the elephant print stays in some fashion?? How did you end up doing it?

  • Reply R.L. April 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Can't wait to see your post on the convertible skirt! Also thanks for Instagramming the LOFT blouse. I was able to get it on super sale after seeing it on you and I love how easy it is to just throw on with anything.

  • Reply Michelle April 30, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    These colors are great on you. And the shoes with the necklace…very nice! You are giving me inspiration for when I start analyzing my work wardrobe and what I want to add/get rid of.

  • Reply Jenny B. May 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

    I am loving that you are popping up more frequently in my reader Jean, love your posts.

    This is a such a stunning, cheerful outfit and can't wait to see how the skirt is convertible. Wondering if the elephants make it… hopefully we'll find out soon 🙂 And I just have to comment that I agree that for bright outfits, silver metallic accessories work perfectly as a neutral. Silver for spring/summer and gold for fall/winter.

    Hope that you were able to get a hot cup of cocoa and warm up after the shoot!

  • Reply Kisti Belle May 1, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Beautiful, I'm a huge fan of the statement necklace and the fact that the gems are clear!

  • Reply Nicole May 1, 2013 at 1:43 am

    That's such a pretty outfit! Love the colours and the metallic high heels! Wonderful!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

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  • Reply Deepali Suryawanshi May 1, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Great outfit..Loved your necklace..

  • Reply Silk and Whiskey May 1, 2013 at 5:55 am

    such a great outfit. perfectly combined!

  • Reply Fauxionista May 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Love the print of your skirt and such a cheery work outfit. Would love to find out more on your DIY convertible skirt. 🙂


  • Reply Star White May 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Such a stunning color on you! Love the citrus tones!


  • Reply twentyseven May 1, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Jean – I can't believe you made that skirt yourself, it's beautiful!! I'm hoping you post a tutorial on how-to (and where to find that material!!), and I'm very interested to what makes it 'convertible'! Love your blog!

  • Reply ....... May 1, 2013 at 10:44 am

    really great look I like it better without the suit jacket personally. really liking those citrus tones and the shoes are a nice match for them as well. I looove shoemint shoes! thanks for the giveaway! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • Reply AlexisB May 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I have to echo everyone else . . . I MUST know more about that skirt! It's so beautiful. Thanks in advance.

    Also, may have found an alternative to the ASOS blue/white striped dress at Anthropologie. All the petite sizes are sold out online, but you may be able to find in store. Here's the link: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-dresses/27863661.jsp

  • Reply AlexisB May 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Should mention the dress comes in a navy/light mint color combo – not navy/white.

  • Reply Smartificial Sweetener May 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    That skirt is gorgeous! The bright yellow and the geometric pattern are just stunning.


  • Reply divyaram03 May 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Love the skirt!


  • Reply petitephd May 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I love love love the yellow and the print of your skirt! So the pink elephant print is gone and now a pair of shorts? Or no? Your instagram comments confused me 😛 Love the LOFT top too! Too bad almost all sizes are sold out 🙁 But isn't the additional 60% off sale at LOFT/AT the best?

  • Reply gloyahh May 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I love the pattern of your skirt! I really want to find a similar pattern =) x

  • Reply Jane May 1, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Just wondering if your J Crew boxy yellow/mustard jacket with the ivory trim would also go with this skirt.

  • Reply An Nicole May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I love the yellow color! So vibrant.

  • Reply Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    sale alert! secret ann taylor sale going on now. 60% off sale items! 🙂

  • Reply phiphis blog May 1, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    love this combo on you. so pretty!

    thanks also for a great giveaway!

  • Reply Ann May 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hmm, the lighting in these photos are odd. It darkens the photos and makes you look less "bright" and "cheerful" like how you usually look. Switch back to the normal camera setting pleaseeee!

    But I love the outfit! Very fitting for spring!

  • Reply Olivia J May 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    The diy skirt tunred out great.

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  • Reply lisacng @ expandng.com May 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Hope to win! What a lovely DIY skirt. Can't wait to see more about it.

  • Reply Julie Choi May 3, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Can you share where you got the beautiful yellow geometric pattern fabric?

  • Reply Anonymous May 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I got the same blouse at LOFT, really love it. It looks great on you!

  • Reply Jackie May 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You look so good in that color! Great job on the skirt! I love the shoes too!

    Thank you for the giveaway, Jean <3

  • Reply Anonymous May 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I just wanted to say that I really love your blog! I discovered it recently and try to read a few posts a day. I love the way you dress and I find so many useful tips on it because I'm not much bigger than you (5'3", 105 pounds) and people refer to me as "petite" all the time.

  • Reply Joy May 5, 2013 at 12:06 am

    I love this outfit as I have been obsessed with neon yellow. I thought it'd be a phase, but I'm really stuck on it.


  • Reply Gift Princess May 6, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Love the outfit! Looks very pretty on you. 🙂

  • Reply Anne May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Love your skirt!
    Do you have a tutorial on how to make a skirt?
    I really love the pattern too 🙂

    xo Annie

  • Reply Petitefemme May 12, 2013 at 7:53 am

    In love with these colours 🙂

  • Reply Learn Stock Market May 13, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Beautiful outfit and especially coat, You look very fashionable as always.

  • Reply Diana Lien June 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thrifting is an awesome time killer 🙂 Love it when you find those special pieces!

  • Reply Places to get legal advice in UK November 13, 2013 at 7:27 am

    I totally love with your necklace 🙂 It has very unique look

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