Life lately + reviews and sale updates

Hello hello! I’ve been MIA due to a crazy busy month at work, but wanted to share some quick updates & reviews from my Instagram. Nick & I are now on a last-minute getaway for some much-appreciated R&R;, so feel free to follow along via IG!

Mossimo vest (check in stores; my review), Gap sweater (old)
Loft petite jeans, Halogen pumps (similar), Sole Society weekender (currently sold out)

First up, a few readers mentioned that this vest was on sale at various Targets (seems like pricing differs store to store), marked down to as low as a mere $10! Readers also suggested downloading the free Target Cartwheel app for an extra discount on sale items. I got my vest for full price at $35 and already thought that was a steal for such a versatile layering piece. While on the note of Tarzhay, I also scoped out this season’s version of my beloved Threshold bar cart that you see in almost every selfie pic. The current version has a glass vs wooden top shelf so unfortunately you can’t DIY add an under-shelf wine glass holder, but I thought the new look was very elegant in-person. There are so many uses for this cart – I’ve relocated Nick’s whiskies to the bottom shelf and took over the top as a vanity table ; )

Ann taylor silk camp shirt (last season’s color), Prada bag, LOFT scarf (old)

Here is a very basic work outfit I wore incorporating the H&m; cardigan that I posted about recently. I like that it serves as a subtle base print that’s easy to build other prints on top of. For any newer readers – I commute to work during winter in boots or wellies then change into heels at my desk.

“En creme” maxi dress (item # 1029329 at Nordstrom)

Trying on this dress really whetted my appetite for a warm-weather getaway. I had been eying it on Nordstrom’s site for a while but was hindered by the harsh reality of what was going on outside my window. I finally ordered it after seeing sizes start to sell out despite being in the midst of winter…
en creme dressAs mentioned on IG, this dress cut for someone taller so the neckline, armholes, and overall bodice was a bit gapping on me and exposed my bust at places. Also the length was long, but that’s expected of a non-petite maxi dress and a hem job is easy. The typical solution for the other issues is to have a tailor raise the shoulder straps which shifts everything up. Material is a lightweight poly and is partially lined down to the thighs. I have seen several size pop-backs last week (link is here FYI but currently no stock) and you can check in stores using the item # above if interested.

Bp tunic sweater in navy marl, xs (4 colors, check in-stores too for sizes), J.brand jeans
Bp ankle boots (runs small), Coach court bag from eBay (buy new)

My friend was looking for a tunic sweater similar to my Kenneth Cole one to wear with leggings. I suggested trying this since it had good online reviews plus was on super sale. It was a keeper for her and I tried it on as well…it’s an acrylic blend typical of most of my scarves but was so surprisingly soft. This is an XS and is a few inches longer in the back.
 The snow gods have been relentless this year! We were spoiled by a garage spot at our past apt, and were not quite prepared for the perils of winter street parking in Boston. Can you spot my car? Of course after we laboriously shoveled this out, a plow truck came barreling through and bouldered a wall of snow/ice against our car, so driving is now once again a lost cause.

Boden rain mac (see my old review for sizing info), F21 hat, rain boots (review)

I broke out this Boden rainy day Mac jacket on one of our many snow days. It is a raincoat and not a winter jacket, but I wanted something waterproof with a hood that day so layered up with thick sweaters underneath. It’s one of the cutest functional pieces I own so had to share about their newest navy stripe pattern option. Also I have been getting a lot of questions lately about if Hunter boots are warm in the snow. No, no they are not…they are non-insulated rubber boots. I wear them to keep my feet and legs dry and because my commute is rarely in non-shoveled snow. My friend wears hers for extended periods of time in winter and uses re-heatable toe warmer packets inside (the ones made for outdoor sports/activities). I started my search for snow boots too late this winter and couldn’t find my size in styles I want…will have to start well in advance this fall!
 Leaving you guys with this snapshot of one of my favorite cold day pastimes…curling up on my
chair with a piping hot bowl of “dressed up” ramen! A few of you asked for this recipe but all it is is a package of instant ramen + some fresh toppings. Not healthy but it’s a guilty pleasure from childhood. My favorites from the Asian mart have to be Mama brand tom yum, Nissin brand tonkotsu and of course Shin ramyum for a spicy option. Fellow instant ramen junkies…what are your favorites?

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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    I think I have actually seen this store before. Will definitely give it a try! Thanks Jean 🙂

    Posted 2.22.15 Reply
  2. Such a gorgeous maxi dress! Can't wait for it to warm up so I can wear something like that!

    Posted 2.18.15 Reply
  3. Elisabeth wrote:

    PS: Did you crop that H&M; cardigan? Did you just hem it under?

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  4. Elisabeth wrote:

    Hello Jean,

    like an earlier reader suggested, I can also recommend heattech. I live in Germany these days and winters are long and cold. Uniqlo makes loads of heattech items from socks and underwear to pants and shirts.
    The brand may also be interesting to you as it is from Japan and offers small sizes (I am not sure if they sell them in the states though – in Germany they left out the Japanese XS and shifted the sizes one up. But I find the "German XS" to fit well.)

    I guess after many many silent years of reading your blog I have finally left my first comment! The lack of comments should not be read as a lack of things to say, but I figured you have enough to read already… But since I am writing I might as well tell you what you already know: your blog is great!
    Most of the time I find myself wishing you were my friend and could give me some personal advice. 😉 I am not exactly petite since I am 5'6.5'' but I have lots of fit issues due to my disproportionally small upper body (30-24-35). Your blog offers great inspiration, especially to my fashionally-challenged self! I have so much to learn especially when it comes to styling an outfit.

    I have on reader question/suggestion: Have you ever considered using other people as examples on your blog? Your outfits are always great, but sometimes I wish I could see them on – how to put this – a greater variety of "average" petite people. Take this as a compliment. I think you already look great and sometimes I find myself thinking "well, no wonder it looks great on her with that pretty face, gorgeous hair, flawless skin and those skinny legs". You would probably look great in anything. I would love to see you team up with other petites or style a friend of yours or something. Of course you are welcome to come over to Berlin and style me as well 😉

    So sorry for the long post, I guess it was years in the making 🙂
    Keep up the good work!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  5. Great outfits!
    My favorite is the one with the H&M; cardigan! I really need a cardigan just like that!

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hello – welcome! I go to a tailor in Chinatown on Knapp St. He doesn't have a store name that I know of and only speaks Cantonese, but I have many non-Chinese friends that go to him for straightforward jobs 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 10AM-5PM, but he tends to work on his own hours and sometimes closes up earlier FYI. He is out of the country for Chinese New Year but should be back mid-march!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Can't speak for anyone else, but we chose it for the reasonable flight!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Hi Sara! I found it in a Bed Bath & Beyond store and haven't seen the exact one anywhere online. Target also sells them, and have a few options online.

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Jennifer! I've heard lots of good things about that brand. Thanks for suggesting the specific Mazy style.

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – I'm about 30A, 24 waist and 32 hips and also keep this posted under my "about" page

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Thanks for sharing! Yes it is and I'm a new fan from my recent shopping experiences!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  12. Jean wrote:

    Hi Sabrina! The dress is XS. And in J.Crew I usually take 00 or xxs petite.

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

    Hi Jan, thank you for the tip! I've never heard of that material/brand and will have to check it out.

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Ooo, lime and peas? Will have to try that!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi Natasha – it's Laura Mercier lip gloss in orchid but has worn off a bit so looks less purple : )

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Thanks! To be honest I'm not really a capsule wardrobe kind of person…I believe in having good basics and versatile pieces but I do like variety and also switching out items and trying trends here and there. I will definitely consider doing a post on my most worn items, though, that could be part of a suggested capsule wardrobe : )

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Hmm I hadn't heard about the cracking and hope that doesn't happen too often!

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  18. Jean wrote:

    Hi there! Yes I have the fleece socks which are nice and cozy but do get cold after a longer walk.

    Posted 2.16.15 Reply
  19. Jean wrote:

    Mine hasn't shed yet!

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  20. looks beautiful~

    Posted 2.15.15 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I am also a relatively small asian girl who just moved to Boston. I am desperately looking for a tailor in town. Do you have any recommendations?

    Thank you!

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply
  22. C wrote:

    oh…looks as if you will be missing another snow storm this week….would kill me to shovel out that car- I think you made a wise vacation choice… I also wear wool socks in rain boots…until it gets really cold such as single digits and below….I have North Face pack boots (bulky but warm) and some Pajars- lighter and more urban.

    Posted 2.14.15 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm curious as to why so many bloggers are in Punta Cana right now?

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  24. So so so much snow in Boston! I love that colorful maxi dress!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  25. Elifnaz wrote:

    Beautiful looks, love these pictures!

    Posted 2.13.15 Reply
  26. You look gorgeous :)) Love your dress!!
    We invite you to us, we've just started with our blog :))

    Posted 2.12.15 Reply
  27. you look so stylish and I love the long dress!

    check out my fashion illustrations:

    Posted 2.11.15 Reply
  28. I hope you and Nick have a great vacation, it'll be so good to get away from the cold. I've been loving all of your insta photos!! That maxi dress from nordstrom is gorgeous!! I'm petite as well and your site is so helpful!!

    Karen in London

    Posted 2.11.15 Reply
  29. I love all of the outfits you put together. You truly have an eye for fashion!

    Posted 2.10.15 Reply
  30. Hawthorne wrote:

    Can you do more wardrobe staples posts, please?!

    Posted 2.10.15 Reply
  31. Sara wrote:

    Hope you're enjoying your trip. I love, love that dress. Would you mind sharing a link for the wine rack? I have the same bar cart and would love to add a wine rack to it.

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  32. Kitty B. wrote:

    That dress is AMAZE!! Definitely worth tailoring!

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  33. Love love love your outfits, especially that stunning dress. You have a great style Jean!

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  34. andrea wrote:

    Hope you and Nick have an amazing vacation! The pics you've shared on IG are beautiful!


    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  35. Ashley Lau wrote:

    wool socks work really well with rain boots to keep feet warm!

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  36. Jennifer wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    Lots of snow in Montreal too. For winter boots I love La Canadienne, a Montreal-based company. They have their own website that ships to the US and websites like nordstrom and zappos carry them too. They have boots that are weatherproof (truly!) but stylish and really warm and comfortable (even the heels – I own the Mazy boot and they are soo comfy).

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  37. Great find Jean! Enjoy your trip with nick!

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  38. Wow! you guys got a lot of snow! We just got light dusting or rain. 🙁 I wanted one good snowfall this winter. haha. Loving all the outfits but my favorite is the work outfit with the H&M; cardigan! Thanks for putting the link to the bar cart! 🙂

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  39. Julia wrote:

    wow! the outfits are so amazing!!! LOVE IT !

    xo Julia

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  40. Jeanne wrote:

    love your leo pumps and that amazing printed maxi dress!

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  41. That ramen looks so delicious! I really love that maxi dress. It's so fun and cute.

    A Petite Treat

    Posted 2.9.15 Reply
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Great post and pictures as usual! I just had a quick question! What are your measurements, if you don't mind? I'm petite as well and want to know your sizing for reference on clothes! Thank you 🙂

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  43. Anonymous wrote:
    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  44. Sabrina wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    Love your blog! What size is the maxi dress from Nordstrom? Also – I've been thinking about buying a chambray shirt from J.Crew (;=J84DHJLQkR4-iPKO_4Zz0cSD.s_bcvir6w&siteId;=QFGLnEolOWg-fnrRPgF7cBCEdfWwuKccTQ) and I was wondering what petite size you take at J.Crew? Thanks in advance!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  45. L.T. wrote:

    That dress from Nordstrom is amazing!


    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  46. Jan P wrote:

    Hi Jean, a friend of mine of lives in NYC, suggested smartwool for our East Coast trips. I bought plenty of socks on Amazon and on sale at REI and those functioned remarkable well inside my Hunter wellies and other boots. The moisture wicking is superior and it keeps the feet and lower legs quite warm. Coupled with Uniqlo's heattech, we were amply prepared for your snowy weather (we're Californians). Thanks again for all the item recommendations – I buy a lot what you find since the items are typically of great quality and on sale. 🙂

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  47. Van Nguyen wrote:

    I use ramen in a cup: Maruchan instant lunch, chicken flavor with dehydrated veggies. I separate the yolk and pour hot boiling water over the raw yolk and ramen. I add frozen corn and peas, lime, and cilantro. Yum. It's easy when I don't have anything else to eat and don't want to cook.

    Have fun on your tropical getaway. I look forward to see your photos.

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  48. Love your looks 🙂

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  49. Hi Jean!

    I thought you'd like my recent blogpost on where to buy earrings similar to the Mise en Dior tribal inspired earrings.

    Have fun on your vacation with Nick!! Enjoy the sun and warmth 🙂

    Health & beauty with a medical kick!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  50. Hi! I was wondering if you could share which lipstick you're wearing in the first post — thanks!


    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  51. I have to say this was one of my favorite posts from you in a while! I love the personality that comes across in your writing. Had fun reading this!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  52. Anonymous wrote:

    Yay! Great post! Would you consider writing a post on what your capsule wardrobe would look like on day? Cant wait to see your travel photos!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  53. Nissen black garlic oil ramen and any flavor or the Nissin japanese ramen (package is all written in japanese) is amazing!

    KC from Edmonton

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  54. Anonymous wrote:

    Also, there is a shearling-lined version of the Hunter boot but it looks like it's currently sold in the UK only. I can't wait for it to come to the states!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  55. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm in Chicago (another snowy city), and I have been just wearing my Hunter boots for the past few winters. But I read somewhere recently that Hunter boots can crack when they get cold. Do you know if there is any truth to this?

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  56. v4ever wrote:

    Absolutely agree about Nissin Tonkotsu. To add a bit more flavor, we put in a spoonful of LaoGanMa spicy sauce.

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  57. soupdragon wrote:

    Writing from the UK, home of the Hunter welly. Have you tried Hunter welly socks? I bought some for Christmas pressies a couple of years ago for farmer friends who wear wellies on a daily basis. They come in various options, including fleece. Just be aware that they may make your boots feel tight (or even too tight).

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  58. soupdragon wrote:

    Writing from the UK, home of the Hunter welly. Have you tried Hunter welly socks? I bought some for Christmas pressies a couple of years ago for farmer friends who wear wellies on a daily basis. They come in various options, including fleece. Just be aware that they may make your boots feel tight (or even too tight).

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  59. Eden Mint wrote:

    Beautiful outfits, love that dress!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  60. Liana wrote:

    I ate a ton of Mama tom yum when I was living in SE Asia but haven't been able to find it here! I had forgotten about it until your post. I usually have Sapporo Ichiban or Nong Shim kimchi ramyun. Totally agree with you that it's a guilty pleasure… I usually only put half the seasoning packet in so at least there's less sodium.

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  61. mybeautrip wrote:

    Love all your outfits. You are fantastic!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  62. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Love your maxi dress! So pretty! <3

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  63. Paola wrote:

    I love your maxi-dress!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  64. That maxi dress is sooooo pretty! I can totally understand why you would snatch that up even though you are in the midst of winter!


    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  65. Suzie Q wrote:

    Love all of the recent outfits, reviews and hearing about your life lately! I totally feel you about spending time shoveling the car out, and then starting from scratch again after the snow plow comes! Happened to me too this past week! I wear Hunters when when it's wet and snowy outside too, I just double (or even triple sometimes!) on socks and I'm able to last all day outside in the boots.

    xo, Suzie Q

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  66. Ashley wrote:

    Mama tom yum is the best! We eat a lot of it over here in Thailand! Your posts with the snow make me miss Boston!

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  67. Julia wrote:

    The ramen picture is making my drool… Such a comfy food for the cold winter days! I was at Target in Washington DC yesterday and did find your fur vest on sale. I was so close to getting it, but concerned if it would shed. A lot of my clothing items this year, from sweaters to scarves, are all shedding and they drove me crazy… It's a pretty "pleasant" way to start my day at work to see fur/yarn over all my suit jacket…

    Closet de Jules
    Recent Post: 7 Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas with 1 Simple Pink Sweater

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  68. The maxi dress is really gorgeous, love its striking prints, vibrant colors and chic cut-out at the back! The last picture of the ramen looks so delicious too, it must be heavenly to have a bowl during winter!


    Posted 2.8.15 Reply
  69. Oh, you have also so plenty of snow like we here in Bavaria! I love you with this rain jacket from Boden, looks like made for you. And also the tunic sweater is so perfect on you <3 So sorry that you are so busy but you look still relaxed and happy so I hope and assume this is eustress for you. Wish you a happy Sunday and new week!
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    Posted 2.8.15 Reply

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