San Diego: Wedding at Stone Brewery

jean nick kelly mike wedding

DKNY dress (borrowed from Wendy – see on her)
Sole Society Anneke heels c/o (runs half a sz small & narrow)

Hello from the sunny West coast! We had a blast at the wedding of Mike & Kelly, whom we initially met through blogging and have gotten to know well over several years. As a craft beer enthusiast, Nick’s eyes were as wide as saucers when he found out their venue was Stone brewery (and again when there was open bar prior to the ceremony). Watching an already sweet union was made even better with a glass of beer or wine in hand!
wedding guest dress wear
I didn’t pack much for my work travels, but can always rely on my thoughtful friend Wendy to come with a suitcase of fabulous options in tow. It was a tough choice between this flirty lace flounce dress and this Malene Birger tweed number (old style) that I’ve lusted after for years! The lace won out, and given the 6+ hour duration of the wedding, I opted for these comfy low-heeled pumps yet again. I pack these when I don’t have an outfit fully planned out yet since the color will end up going with everything.
kelly wedding

The beautiful & radiant bride (in a Monique Lhuillier lace dress) with her father!

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And the happy newlyweds with their traditional Thai flower garlands. Congrats again Kelly and Mike – wishing you both a lifetime of happiness! 
jean wendy jen weddingAlso enjoyed getting to catch up with Jen and Wendy…apparently lace was the fabric of the night! We spent most of our time hovering by the poke tuna + guacamole tacos (amazing) and their homemade cookies & ice cream station.

tam in boston

On the note of fellow bloggers, I loved getting to meet sweet Tam and her husband earlier this month! It’s always fun recognizing favorite pieces like this LOFT tweed sweater jacket from last year.
seattle airport travel outfit
ASOS petite coat, Banana Republic pants (shrunk in dryer for ~10 minutes), LOFT blouse

And lastly, a snapshot from a quick meeting in beautiful Seattle. PS – this ASOS petite coat is back in stock in all sizes! You can see I wear it quite often, since it transitions well from professional to casual outfits. If interested, please see more photos and my commentary in this older post. The size 00 petite is very slim and fit without alterations, but size up if you want to wear thick layers underneath. The weight is also light for a coat, so best suited for fall or milder winter days.

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  1. great pick! how lucky to have great friends like Wendy to share clothes with!

    Posted 11.16.14 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you…..Will try this section…Can you also please make suggestions for just everyday jeans for school and also how to wear it? Thank you

    Posted 11.14.14 Reply
  3. YL wrote:

    Would you happen to know where Jen's black heels are from? They are super cute!

    Posted 11.13.14 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hello – I would suggest looking at H&M; online, or in store if you have one locally. For your daughter's age and size, I think an H&M; size 2 from their "divided" department (intended for teen girls or "juniors") should work perfectly. Here is an example:;=lace%20dress&cm;_vc=SEARCH#article=38717-D The green looks nice for holiday, and they have more exciting and fashion-forward options too. I tried it on and the sz 2 was very small. The dress I'm wearing here is DKNY and I think it is now sold out.

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi Elizabeth – that is very kind of you to say. Different things work for everyone and I'm not a health expert so this is just what works for me. I eat small portions for meals but more frequently (4 to 5 times) throughout the day, versus three larger meals. I run about once a week and try to do toning exercises at home, like lifting light weights or pilates videos (I love doing Blogilates workouts on YouTube…they are hard but feel good afterwards!).

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi KC, I believe she did, since she has a fabulous tailor who really understands proportions. I have shopped at Aritzia before and find the fit to generally be really great! Thanks for sharing the link to that dress. It looks super similar to the DVF and a classic option for holiday.

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – thank you! The shoes are from J.Crew but I got them a few years ago : /

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Oh…all heights were well-represented : ) You wouldn't be able to tell from my snapshots, though!

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Jennifer! Yes, it was gorgeous weather for them. You're lucky to live in such a nice climate year round : )

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Oh, no way! What a coincidence. Wish we got to meet, but you were probably busy dim sum'ing with your family : ) We love going there each time we're in town!

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Lol…I wouldn't call it "common" and "boring" – more so a wardrobe foundation piece. It has a lot of the elements that I like in clothes, such as good drape which equates to good fit, machine washable, comfortable, easily layer-able plus is lightweight and comfortable. It's easily dressed up with necklaces, jackets, scarves, or vests if you like that kind of look!

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    Hi Stacey – I haven't tried this year's Thinsulate Lady Day so I don't know what's changed, if anything from prior years. They have had 25% off full priced items on occasion so far this season, so if you want to make sure your size is in stock then that would be as good a time as any to pull the trigger because the last time I checked, most colors were sold out already! Nuts! After christmas is when they can become cheap on extra discounts, but by then it's really the luck of the draw with sizes and colors that might pop back from returns. Please also note that although I wear my lady day coats regularly in the winter, some readers have mentioned that it's not warm enough for them so I guess it's personal preference.

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  13. Suzie Q wrote:

    So fun with all of you lovely bloggers together! You all look gorgeous! Love the lace trend for the wedding 🙂 Hope you enjoyed the your west coast trip!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  14. Joyce Pak wrote:

    I actually like the look of the Malene Birger tweed dress more than the lace dress, but I guess it's too much of a statement to wear at a wedding! I really like all your outfits in this post, and I don't know how you manage to look so chic + comfy at the same time when you fly! I hope you had a great time in LA!

    Characters & Carry-ons

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your blog
    I have 15 year old who is about 4.11 and 90 lbs.
    Can you please suggest a thanksgiving outfit.
    The lace one in this post, can we try it anywhere in the store? or
    can you please suggest a fun skirt, dress or anything.
    Her inseam is 27 in..32 chest and 32 waist approx

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
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  17. Janna Dana wrote:

    I love all of your outfits !! And your pink bag is amazing !

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  18. I love the lace dress! It's so pretty and playful. I also love how you pair the coat with the tartan scarf. So effortlessly chic!

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  19. nice post! you looks beautiful.
    xx, nissi

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  20. That lace dress looks very pretty on you. And you girls look amazing!


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  21. This gold dress is really pretty 🙂

    Purely Me by Denina Martin

    Posted 11.12.14 Reply
  22. Elizabeth wrote:

    You always look so divine! How do you keep your figure? What exercise do you do or is it mainly a healthy diet?

    Thank you 🙂 Love your blog!

    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
  23. KristiB wrote:

    Love this post!!! great outfits!!!–

    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Lace is always classic. That dress is super cute! Did Wendy have that dress altered to be the right length? I would imagine that it dress would be super short on anyone taller than 5-5'2". Have you ever shopped at Aritzia before? Found this lace dress that looks so much like your DVF lace dress at 1/3 the price. I find their dresses run almost a bit on the shorter side even for myself so I would imagine it would be a good length for someone around your height 🙂;=19


    Posted 11.11.14 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi, Jean, you look beautiful in that lace dress! Would you please tell me where you got those gold shoes you were wearing with the dress you didn't choose? Thanks!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  26. Oh it looks like it was a gorgeous evening!! Love your dress!!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  27. ilfaith wrote:

    I am smiling imagining that anyone over 5'3" would have seemed like a giant at this wedding. Also wishing I had more friends my size with wardrobes as fabulous as yours and Wendy's.

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  28. Ahhhh shivers for Kelly and Mike!! Thanks for sharing Jean <3

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  29. Yoyo wrote:

    Kelly looks beautiful! Nice to see all my favorite petite bloggers together.

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey you were in my back yard!! I live in Carlsbad…Stone's gardens are so beautiful! I always thought a wedding reception there would be pretty. We've been having super warm weather so I'm sure it was perfect outside for your friend. 🙂
    I'm so not blog savvy so I have no idea how to show up here as myself?

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  31. jovyana86 wrote:

    Hi 🙂 I spotted you at China Max yesterday and was so caught off guard. I have been following your blog for the past few months and recognized you and your fiance. I'm glad you enjoyed San Diego. 🙂

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  32. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Looking great! Love the photo you took with Wendy:)


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  33. Julie wrote:

    You look lovely and it's fun that you got to work together with friends to create the final look!

    Style by Joules

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    Great look Jean, I love what you and Wendy can share clothes.

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  35. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, you look fabulour in the grey lace dress. I saw you also own the loft utility shirt. How do you wear a common boring piece like a button down shirt?

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  37. jannyisms wrote:

    LOVE the grey dress. Looks like a fabulous wedding. Not gonna lie, as a craft beer nut my eyes got really wide when I saw Stone Brewery in the post title… I had no idea they did weddings! Will have to stop by this week while I'm in town 🙂

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  38. You ladies all look gorgeous! Congrats to Kelly!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  39. Kari wrote:

    My 3 favorite petite bloggers! <3

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  40. It looks like a beautiful wedding full of love and joy. I love the dress that you wear on the photo with Wendy. You both look stunning!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  41. Stacey wrote:

    Thank you for your reply! I am also looking for a thicker coat since I am on the East Coast for the first time! I was stalking the Lady Day Thinsulate coat but I noticed it is more expensive ($378) than when you did your reviews.

    Do you have any experience with the 2014 coats? And do you know when's a good sale time? I think I'll hold off until Cyber Monday.

    Thanks again! I really appreciate your input.

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  42. The dress looks amazing on both of you guys! It's so feminine and beautiful!
    Dolce Kisses ♥
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  43. You look very pretty in the lovely lace flounce dress! The cute design and petite length make it perfect for attending an outdoor wedding in the day. Kelly's wedding dress is so classy and sweet too, love it!


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  44. Mady T. wrote:

    love how you styled the dress, it can been seen that your style is so different of Wendy's…. Hope you had an amazing time!


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  45. Looks like a great wedding and it's so nice to see friendships forged from blogging.


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  46. Jean wrote:

    Hi Stacey! The returns process is very easy for ASOS in my numerous experiences. I would recommend the 1P based on the measurements you've provided as this coat runs very small. I don't have it with me for a few days otherwise I would measure the waist and bust for ya!

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  47. Stacey wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thank you for the pop-up notification!! I love the ASOS coat.
    I was thinking of ordering it in 00P for myself but I think I am a little bigger than you. (5', 100lbs, 32, 25, 34) so I was going to order both 00P and 1P to try. What do you think? Also, is the returns process easy for ASOS?

    Posted 11.10.14 Reply
  48. What a beautiful bride and your looks are perfect examples for a well dressed wedding guest <3

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  49. What a fun post!! It's so good to see other bloggers together. I love you in Wendy's lace dress.

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  50. So many of my favorite bloggers in one post! Love the picture of you with Wendy & Jen. It must have been so much fun getting to wear something from Wendy's amazing closet – both options were so gorgeous ! Also loved Kelly's wedding style – so unique & pretty.

    MY BLOG: ♥♥♥ Ella Pretty ♥♥♥

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