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?


69 thoughts on “Life lately + reviews and sale updates

  • Jean February 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Mine hasn't shed yet!

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:00 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:01 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:02 am

    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 : )

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:04 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:05 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:18 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:29 am

    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.

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:30 am

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

  • Jean February 16, 2015 at 12:31 am

    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!

  • Heloísa Paiva February 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    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

  • Elisabeth February 16, 2015 at 11:18 am

    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!

  • Elisabeth February 16, 2015 at 11:21 am

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

  • VANITY | SALAD by adrienne merrick February 18, 2015 at 3:08 pm

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

  • Anonymous February 22, 2015 at 8:35 am

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

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