Winter white + accent prints

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H&M; coat (3 colors) & scarf, Gap kids striped dress (similar), DIY leopard clutch (tutorial)

Saturday was a gorgeous near-60’s day – I squeezed another wear out of this light coat before handing it over to my tailor. His queue is now a lengthy 2-3 weeks (secret’s out! skilled, inexpensive tailor tucked behind the pho shops), which makes no difference since there’s nothing but cold and snow in the forecast.
winter white and stripe For anyone interested in these BP booties, please note from my previous review to consider sizing up. I initially went with my usual sz 5 and loved how they felt with thin tights. I wore them out and about before realizing how they’d fit over thicker socks. They were very snug on me over cotton socks, but thankfully I had a small-footed friend eager to take that pair off my hands.
I re-ordered both grey and black in half a size up, and was sad (but alas not surprised) to find the ankle opening to be incrementally wider. I didn’t expect to keep the black over the grey, but when paired with jeans and tights, I thought this color showed the ankle gap a little less conspicuously. Compared to my other thin-heeled black booties, these provide much more stability for walking longer distances.

From my last post, thank you jannyisms and for3v3r16 for pointing out that LOFT has a super similar version of the Ann Taylor flutter sleeve dress. The fit of both are pretty much the same – slightly boxy A-line shift shape that requires a little slimming. Major differences include:
– LOFT’s: fully lined (yay) but the sleeves are raw cut (why?!), soft scuba material is medium weight with a little stretch, thin cutout line around the bottom opening, more pink tone
– AT’s: unlined with finished sleeves, thinner material with no stretch, panel stitch detail across the torso, more of a peach-nude tone

loft flutter dress

After discounts both were about the same price. There was no clear winner but I went with the LOFT version for the scuba material and full lining, and will try to find a solution to seal those raw cut sleeves. I could’ve waited for a better sale (cue 50% off everything from the good old days) but mall time has been a luxury lately.

loft lace dress

And what familiar sight did I see while browsing the store? An ivory floral lace dress similar to one of my favorite pieces ever. The lace texture is unfortunately not thick crochet or intricate like Ann Taylor’s prior year versions, but it is a similar-looking option. Petite sizing appears to be online only so I can’t speak to the fit.
zara floral top

Zara floral peplum top (free shipping and returns)

Leaving you guys with a random fitting room shot from the iPhone files. This Zara top could add fun spring color and print even to a conservative wardrobe. I can see it paired with a black pantsuit, or layered over a turtleneck with a pencil skirt for work. I’m trying on a sz S here which was a slightly loose but comfortable fit. The peplum was surprisingly not too low on me, unlike most Zara item waistlines. Material felt like a very thin version of Clover Canyon’s stretchy neoprene. Downside was the raw-cut edges (again!). Passed as I already own a floral peplum top in a similar color scheme, but wanted to share.

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  1. Tracy wrote:

    Can you do a tutorial on this hairstyle? I know it's a simple ponytail but it has this messy voluminous in the front that i like:) Thanks!

    Posted 1.15.15 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    What size is the kids Gap dress? Thanks!

    Posted 7.19.14 Reply
  3. Katherine wrote:

    Thank you! 🙂

    Posted 3.29.14 Reply
  4. annie wrote:

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    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I'm not using it here although I still do use it quite a bit. I'm so sorry to hear your ebay experience was bad! It is risky ordering from sellers overseas but i guess i've been mostly lucky. I have not looked on Amazon yet, but if you have Asian or Japanese grocery or marts nearby, I've seen them there. I did this look just using bobby pins pushing up the pieces at the top of my head : )

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    ah, I do have the fray check. I was thinking of finishing the edges with a thin strip of fabric like piping : )

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I got the ones with the black heel : )

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you Joy for this recommendation!

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    I go to a tailor in Chinatown on Knapp St. He doesn't have a store name and only speaks Cantonese, but I have many non-Chinese friends that go to him and just communicate through gestures. He is located across from the grocery store on that alley/street, and you can see his sewing machine through the big window. His hours are supposed to be 9AM-5PM, but in case he closes up shop later or earlier I'd suggest going later or earlier than those hours.

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    They're H&M;!

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    ^ Katherine and V –

    I have not treated these for the weather. My cobbler has a variety of leather treatments but I just haven't looked into them yet. I also have not yet had to do a leather cleaning other than just wiping them down with a slightly damp paper towel, but will report back if I do.

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  12. Janna Dana wrote:

    Very beautiful and elegant ! I love your outfit !

    Posted 3.28.14 Reply
  13. Chantelle wrote:

    Thank you so much for showing us all these great finds. I go threw different parts of your blog during study breaks to make notes of items I can look for that will work in the clinics/hospitals once I start my third year of medical school. You're an invaluable tool!

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  14. Love the outfit.

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  15. Jyotsna S wrote:

    Love the whole outfit! So effortlessly chic! Fellow Boston blogger here 🙂 xo

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  16. V wrote:


    Could you share how you clean these boots? Thanks!

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  17. Katherine wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I own the same pair of BP booties! Was wondering if/how you've treated your boots for weather?

    Posted 3.27.14 Reply
  18. Giovanna wrote:

    Such a cute look! Loving your clutch! Loving that flutter sleeve dress!


    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  19. Anne wrote:

    Perfect combination of preppy, professional, and sassy! I adore this outfit.

    Rays of Rossi

    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  20. daniif92 wrote:

    Where are those tights from? Love how opaque and dark they are?

    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  21. Love this outfit 😀 Especially the leopard clutch !

    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    who tailors your clothes? i'm looking for one in the boston area as well!

    Posted 3.26.14 Reply
  23. Joy wrote:

    Hey Jean, nice boots! & the snowy setting looks gorgeous!
    If you want to try a pair of ankle boots with minimal to no ankle gap, try Steve Madden's Panelope. They are sold out in most places, but if you can get your hands on a pair, I highly recommend them.;=CKiA57Wkr70CFdBqfgod06gA-A

    I own a pair and they fit very close to the ankle, which I think is rare when shopping for ankle boots. The only downside is I'm not sure high maintenance the suede material will be.


    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  24. Michelle R wrote:

    I was thinking the same thing as Ping…great shape for you!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Jean, did you purchase the black 'Trolley' booties with the brown or black heel?

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  26. love your simple and chic outfit!

    xo, Liz

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  27. Suzie Q wrote:

    Such a pretty outfit! Love the white coat paired with the stripes and leopard. The cozy, oversized scarf adds the perfect touch!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    Am I the only one that is freezing in Boston this winter? I cannot wear anything but knee high boots and I don't even take the T to work. I wore a dress with tights and pumps today and I have a scarf and I am half numb from the cold:(

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  29. jannyisms wrote:

    I really liked the LOFT version of the flutter sleeve dress, but the raw cut sleeves were a dealbreaker. Have you ever used Dritz Fray Check in your sewing projects? That might be a possible way to seal the raw cuts on the sleeves. I've used it to prevent fraying on the edges of ribbon and cord for my crafting projects. A tiny dot of it goes a long way (plus, it doesn't leave a super visible residue behind, stays intact through machine washing, and the fabric remains pliable after it dries). I've never tried sealing raw cuts on larger pieces of fabric like a sleeve, though. Perhaps the raw cuts aren't a huge deal if you plan on dry cleaning the dress rather than machine washing it!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  30. Wow, I adore that peplum top! Great styling. I like the color palate that you put together!
    -Alex of

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, are you using the Velcro bumpit in this post. Your hair look great and natural. I watch your video about the bumpit and ordered it from ebay some times last year, I never reveived my order I never used Ebay before and that was a bad experience and I don't think I will try ebay again. I was wondering if you know any seller from Amazon might have it? I like Amazon a lot, have not had any issue with them. Thank you Jean . I really like how your hair looks

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  32. Zhan na wrote:

    Great look! I love combination of white/off white color with light brown, or dark terracota hue, you made very pretty and eye catchy combination with the leopard print infusion. You look super stylish darling! <3 xoxo

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  33. Joules wrote:

    I totally agree with you on the unfinished/raw cuts. I hate them! When on earth do retailers sell items like that–they just look unfinished.

    Style by Joules

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  34. Lauren wrote:

    That coat looks very expensive and very "Jackie O" – I was surprised to see it was from H&M;! I want to pick it up in pink for the spring, it is so cute. I can't wait to see it after it has been altered!


    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  35. You look gorgeous! That floral print peplum is so fun!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  36. You look stunning! I love the color combinations

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  37. This is really lovely!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  38. You look again so wonderful in this outfit! And you wear the great coat which I bought also due to your recommendation, thanks for that!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  39. LOVE this classic chic look! The leopard touch really pops this look!! It's amazing. You look soo soo chic!



    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  40. Demi wrote:

    I love the splashes of leopard with your outfits that you sometimes include, it just brings the outfit to another level..

    On another note, I hate raw edges on my garments too–they always seem to come out so funny in the wash =


    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  41. Ping wrote:

    Jean! Those sunglasses looks so good on you. I'm going to have to try those the next time I'm in BR.

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Another lovely outfit…!!since the pricing policy at loft and ann taylor is soooo unreasonable for international customers I dont order from them :( that peplum top…will be trying it…Thanks for sharing…!

    Posted 3.25.14 Reply

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