I said yes

Thank you so much to everyone who shared kind words and well wishes on our recent engagement. We read each and every message, and they have really warmed our hearts. Some of them were from longtime readers, with whom I’ve been fortunate to share snippets of fashion and life through this blog over the years. Several of you have asked about the proposal, so I figured I’d share on here…

We recently purchased our first condo and are doing renovations before moving in, which means the weekend started off like any other these days: with a visit to our BFFs at Home Depot. We grabbed a few bags of soil and picked out some pieces for the bathroom…riveting stuff…(Nick claims he used his better judgment at this point and resisted popping the question in the plumbing aisle). Back at our place, we were getting ready to work so I started to change into my manual labor “scrubs.” Nick asked if I wanted to keep my normal outfit on, which should’ve been my first clue something was up. He’s usually a strong advocate for practicality, so I’m thinking…are you nuts? I’m going to be hauling tile and shoveling cow manure!

I ignored this strange advice and proceeded to put on my dirty clothes and ratty sneakers. After just a few loaded trips up and down the stairs, I was panting like a dog and desperately needed to cool off on the roof. My tomatoes needed re-potting, so I decided to busy myself with that (yes, that is now my idea of fun…I’ve fast-forwarded straight to senior citizenship).

proposal 1

Soon after, Nick came bounding onto the roof deck with multiple cameras swinging from his neck (should’ve been my second clue). I figured the boy just liked to take scenic photos, so I went on super-focused on my plants. He appeared to aimlessly wander around the roof for a while before popping up from behind me with a bunch of seed packets in his hands. “Why don’t you plant these seeds?” I glanced disinterestedly and was like, cucumbers? It’s not the season yet!

proposal 2

He kept on awkwardly pushing them toward me saying I should plant them, which only made me more thoroughly confused, as seen above.

seed packet front

It took a while for me to realize a “special” packet was wedged between the cucumber seeds…

proposal 3

After seeing the back of the packet, it finally started to come together. I don’t remember a word said after that except he was down on one knee, and I was vigorously nodding. And it wasn’t until the ring was on that I noticed the multiple cameras from before set up like spycams.

seed packet back

I met Nick while we were freshmen in college, but even then it wasn’t hard for me to see his patience, creativity, and huge heart – qualities that I knew I’d be lucky to have someday in a husband and the father of my children. I’m the happiest girl to be starting the next chapter of life with my biggest supporter and best friend.

proposal 4

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  1. Di wrote:

    Congratulations and what a creative proposal by Nick. I love the photo of you when he suggested you plant the cucumbers. Ha! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness!


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  2. Bela Anzu wrote:

    Jean, thanks for sharing your romantic engagement story with us. I love how Nick was able to catch you off guard, while you were focused on home renovations and planting. It was touching how he was able to capture your candid expressions on camera – love the look of disgust when you saw the cucumber seeds! Did he place the cameras on timers so that he could enjoy the moment too? If so, I'm impressed with how well he timed it!

    I was introduced to fashion blogs when Jen "FrmHeadtoToe" wrote on her blog that you were one of her favourite petite fashion blogs. At that time, I didn't really know what that meant, but I'm glad I checked out your website. I've been following your blog for the past four years and this is probably my favourite blog entry you've shared.

    I'm glad Nick and you found each other and I wish both of you the best in this next chapter of your lives.

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  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Long time reader/fan, just had to de-lurk and say CONGRATULATIONS both to the engagement and condo! Such a creative and amazing proposal! Best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!!

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  4. Miss Der wrote:

    Jean, I've been reading you since I moved to NY from the Midwest almost 3 years ago! I loved your blog so much, I even back-trekked and read all your old posts as well! I also met you 1x at Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles a year ago in NY!

    This is so sweet and adorable–congratulations! I'm so excited for both of you! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Anonymous wrote:

    I am a loyal follower of your blog, though I've never left comments before. However, I couldn't NOT pop out to say a huge congratulations to you and Nick! I absolutely love his proposal. So creative. And your face of confusion is priceless. You two are adorable, and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness. You'll be a stunning bride for sure, Jean.

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  6. CL wrote:

    Congratulations Jean, I am super excited for you on your new journey! Thank you so much for sharing this with us and good luck with everything! Hope he helps you with planting those seeds ^_^

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  7. Wanderlust wrote:

    Congrats!!! What a beautiful story! I LOVE your expression upon seeing the cucumber seed 🙂

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  8. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and wish you both a lifetime of happiness! 🙂

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  10. r wrote:

    Congratulations! =)

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  11. Jenn wrote:

    I loved the seed packet with the ring! How creative!

    I wish both of the you the best in starting your new lives together.

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  13. mak54321 wrote:

    That is a awesome! Congrats to both of you!!

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  14. nikute101 wrote:

    That is really sweet, congrats.

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  15. Congratulations–both on the engagement and your first condo!! I think it's so cute that he asked if you wanted to keep your normal outfit on. You guys will be such a gorgeous couple going down the aisle!

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  16. asimy wrote:

    Congratulations! That was incredibly beautiful and sweet. Best of luck with everything!!!

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  17. So cute and creative! Congratulations to you both!!

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  18. carol wrote:

    Congratulations! I'm happy for you both. I pray blessing for you and your fiancé! You've been a blessing in my life especially fashion-wise and helped me build my confidence so… thanks a lot for that. 🙂 I'm sure you will make each other happy! Make sure you never lose the magic… whatever it is that make you both click. Laugh everyday and have adventures together 🙂

    Félicitations pour votre engagement!

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  19. Helen Q. Tang wrote:

    Beautiful story! I wish you guys a long and happy life together.

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  20. Congrats Jean! Thank you for sharing your proposal with us! Very sweet and cute! Can't wait to see all the details and planning!

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  21. Yang Wang wrote:

    omg congratulations it's such a lovely story. I am a huge fan of yours and have been reading your blog for 2 years but never left a message. Wish you and Nick be happy forever. Can't wait to see the wedding~~

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  22. Carolyn wrote:

    Congratulations! I too met my husband freshman year of college and after 7+ years of dating, we've been married now for another 7 happy years. Kudos to Nick for planning such a sweet and private proposal and even better, capturing all the candid moments. You two are already amazing partners (as evident by this blog) and will undoubtedly continue to enjoy a wonderful life together!

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  23. TARA wrote:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Thank you for sharing your story 🙂

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  24. Tang wrote:

    Congratulations! Such a sweet story and great idea!

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  25. MissA* wrote:

    I've been reading your blog for more than 2 years and have never left any comments here. Congratulations to both of you, Jean! I saw the photo on your Instagram the other day and that put a smile on my face. So happy for you 🙂

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  26. Janki wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this story. It's amazing how even when couples are together for a "long time", the proposal is still exciting, nerve-wracking and full of emotion. My husband and I were together for slightly over 3 years when he proposed (we just celebrated anniversary 11). Even though I knew we'd get married, that day was still special and he admits that he was nervous.

    I've always been a huge fan of your blog and consider you a friend I've yet to meet. Enjoy this wonderful time. I will warn you not to go Pinterest crazy (so glad that wasn't invented when I was planning my wedding)

    Have you gotten used to calling him the "fiancé" yet? Oddly enough, in a while, your finger will feel so weird WITHOUT the ring.

    Congratulations again. I hope you continue to share bits about the planning, etc.

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  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Congratulations! Being married is the best! I love your blog and do not comment often, but this deserves one! xxx from a non-petite reader

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  28. miamia1416 wrote:

    Coming out from my lurker corner to say congratulations! The engagement story with the candid pictures was amazing and made me laugh. You are by far my favorite blogger and I wish you the most beautiful life together!

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  29. Anonymous wrote:

    Congratulations! What a beautiful and thoughtful proposal 🙂

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  30. Emilia wrote:

    Super creative proposal! I just got engaged myself so I can feel the elation, haha. Best wishes to you both!

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  31. Anonymous wrote:

    congratulations! you fixed your hair for the last picture!

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  32. Paige Ma wrote:

    Congratulations! What a clever way of proposing, and beautiful pictures captured as well. I'm a huge fan of your blog, and love all your classy and creative outfit combinations, and as a former Boston resident, it's been fun to see landmarks I'm familiar with. Best of luck to you both!

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  33. Unknown wrote:

    beautiful story for a beautiful couple

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  34. I love this!! congrats to both of you — this is such an exciting time! 🙂

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  35. Anonymous wrote:

    Been reading your wonderful blog, but haven't commented. But wanted to take this opportunity to wish the two of you a big congrats!

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  36. Elle Park wrote:

    Congratulations Jean and Nick! You're such a beautiful couple and individuals and thank you so much for sharing with your readers and avid fans!

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  38. Congratulations! I love the look on your face in the second picture. Very sweet and an original proposal.

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  39. Sam Cole wrote:

    Congratulations to you both and such a cute and sweet thought of how Nick prepared everything and the fact that it was all captured was even more priceless. I wish you both lifetime of happiness.


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  40. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm also a long-time lurker! I read your blog way before Petite Asian Boy surfaced! Like other of your readers I was LONGING for this to happen. I'm elated that this finally happened! PAB did wonders with the seeds, for sure. His proposal tops my 'most creative and well captured proposals' list. I wish you both happiness, wealth, health and much more! Congratulations!

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  41. wtiger9 wrote:

    Congratulations! What a sweet and creative way for him to propose. I just cried reading it.

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  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Congratulations to you and Nick!!! There are no words that capture what a wonderful time this is in your life–Wishing you both an eternity of happiness!

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  43. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh that's beautiful! I love proposals and to have it all captured on camera is priceless! Wishing you both the very best for the future, you make a beautiful couple! I highly recommend marriage, it's not every day you meet your soul mate and best friend!

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  44. Adriana wrote:

    Congratulations Jean!!!! That is such a cute proposal! Love your face at the request of planting cucumbers 🙂

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  45. Anonymous wrote:

    I've been a lazy reader (i.e. haven't commented in the past…sorry ><) but I love your blog and just wanted to say congratulations! Thanks for sharing your photos of what has to be the cutest proposal ever and best wishes for you both!

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  46. Anonymous wrote:

    I've also been a long-time lurker and have only commented once or twice. Congratulations to both you and Nick. So happy for the two of you. =D


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  47. Amy Chen wrote:

    That is so creative!!! Props to him. And I really like even though you are so good with fashion that your proposal was when you were in your grubbies — it's down to earth and I love that you were thrown off because it was the wrong time to plant cucumbers. Love it! Congrats!!

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  48. Anonymous wrote:

    Congrats! So happy for the both of you! I love the expression on your face in the second photo like "what? Are you crazy?" I assume its during the cucumber bit. =D

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  49. 😀 I'm so happy for you both! I was about to ask if you re-created the event but then realized what Nick did setting up all the cameras 😛 haha I love that you didn't really "get" what was going on 😉 Congratulations again!

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  50. Mindy wrote:

    congrats! That is the sweetest and cutest proposal. The picture of you confused is priceless.

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