Paris in Boston: Café Madeleine

fall outfit - plaid circle skirt sweater boots

Recently, Maison Jules reached out to me about a fun campaign called “Pieces of Paris.” I was asked to share two of my favorite spots around my hometown of Boston that reminded me of charming Paris. Café Madeleine is a small French patisserie in my neighborhood which instantly popped into mind as one. Their wonderfully flaky croissants (esp. the ham and cheese) rival the ones we had in France, and their other baked goods like this caramel cake are some of the best I’ve had. We can’t indulge too often but it’s a welcome treat every once in a while, especially when we have visitors!
fall outfit - plaid circle skirt sweater boots1
On to my outfit – Maison Jules is a new to me brand (sold only at Macy’s), so I popped into a store to try on numerous pieces for sizing and fit. I was pleasantly surprised that the pieces ran small and most of the tops and skirts fit me right off the rack. I’m always looking to show different petite-friendly brands on here to help expand everyone’s options! This outfit can easily be made office-friendly by swapping out the tall boots for a pair of classic black or fun fall-hued pumps. If your office is slightly more casual, black ankle booties would also work well.
cafe madeline croissant
If you like circle skirts, I adore this windowpane one which is full but not poofy at all due to the drape. It’s made with a stretchy, thicker-weight material and has two comfortable side pockets. There’s a back zipper but the waist is also elasticized which helps achieve the right fit. When un-stretched, an XS measured 12″ across the waist (elastic stretches up to 13.75″ across) and 20″ in length. And you can’t tell in these photos, but this mock-neck sweater is a shorter length which can be worn over button-ups to get that layered effect. When lying flat and un-stretched, an XS measured 12.5″ across the shoulders, 15″ across the chest, 22.5″ long sleeves and 18″ long overall.
plaid circle skirt cole haan boots
I usually recommend leaving a bit of a gap between the top of your boots and the hemline your skirt or dress. I’m sure I’m breaking some fashion rule here by not doing so, but I wanted to try something different and liked the results. In addition to the lengthening effect, a prime benefit of over-the-knee boots that you don’t hear much about is the warmth! My knees are usually the first to get cold, but are insulated and warm when wrapped in a taller boot.
fall outfit - plaid circle skirt tall boots
This is the first of two outfits I shot for Maison Jules – stay tuned for my second one and other favorite Parisian-inspired spot. The other pieces I will be featuring from there are this knit blazer and faux-leather cognac skirt (xs in both fit me without alterations). Thank you to Macy’s for sponsoring this post!


48 thoughts on “Paris in Boston: Café Madeleine

  • Reply Maggie Zemanek October 17, 2015 at 11:20 am

    This is really cute! I love the monochromatic look.

  • Reply annie lee October 17, 2015 at 11:39 am

    your lashes look so full here! and those boots can totally double as a leggings during winter 😉

  • Reply Dressed With Soul October 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Love your very beautiful French inspired look! I have in general a weakness for black and white looks 🙂 Wish you a very happy weekend!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Shira October 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I really like this look! I might need to try on that skirt- love the classic and simple way you styled it!

  • Reply Sasa Zoe October 17, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Love your boots, babe<3

    Shall We Sasa

  • Reply Jennifer Fischer October 17, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    HI Jean! I'm new to your blog and loving your style. Since you mentioned above that the Maison Jules pieces run small, would you recommend going up a size? I'm usually an XS in tops and skirts with an elastic waist.

  • Reply Lucy Lai October 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Love the outfit, especially those boots! <3

    MISS LUCIA | Fashion & Lifestyle

  • Reply Jessica C October 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Always enjoy reading your blog entry. I find your content very consistent and that's definitely a plus for readers. Love your blog and your style Jean!

    Jessica ||

  • Reply Becca @ Lexi and Lady October 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Perfection! I love everything about this outfit. It needs to find its way into my closet very soon 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous October 17, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    How heavy is the sweater?

  • Reply Ana P October 17, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I've looking for some inspiration for over-the-knee boots, so I love this outfit!

  • Reply Fashion Petite October 18, 2015 at 2:52 am

    PERFECT look! Love overknees!
    xoxo Lynda

  • Reply Anonymous October 18, 2015 at 3:09 am

    Great pictures

  • Reply Anonymous October 18, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Lovely outfits! Jean, I am thinking to purchase a Burberry trench coat. Base on your past experience do you know if it ever go on sale at Nordstrom or similar retailers? Your input is appreciated! Kelly

  • Reply D. A. Wolf October 18, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Love seeing these options for those of us who are petite… Versatile, pretty, and they'll keep you warm. Especially delightful avec un peu de Paris in my home town!

  • Reply Angela Bonanza October 18, 2015 at 11:36 am

    This is such a cute outfit and post! And an excellent example of a sponsored post that's still really authentic to your readers. Great job!

  • Reply Barbara M October 18, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Jean, I recently discovered your blog and love it even though I live in a much warmer climate. I like that you focus on higher quality items and that you discuss both the fit and quality. I have already picked up many tips. Thanks for keeping your content at a high level.

  • Reply Laura Jane October 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Art Adorned October 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Looking absolutely stunning in love with the outfit, perfect combination. two thumbs up.

  • Reply Made in Mauve October 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Love the look!

    Made in MauveBloglovin

  • Reply mybeautrip October 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Lovely outfit! Your boots are awesone.

  • Reply carmitive October 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Perfect look for fall! I have to admit, the boots look just great on you 🙂 Much love, Carmen

  • Reply Bella B October 18, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Beautiful outfit! I really like the boots. I can't wait to see more. 🙂

    xoxoBella |

  • Reply Lex @ Flecks of Lex October 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Love this look! It's so classic and chic! This post reminded me that I need to update my black boots for the fall. The ones I'm working with are all beaten up.

  • Reply October 18, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    This circle skirt looks really cute, and it can be dressed up and down!


  • Reply Trang Do October 18, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    You looks so cute!! Love your dress!!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • Reply Anca October 19, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Such a lovely skirt!

  • Reply Paola October 19, 2015 at 5:05 am

    Nice Café and beautiful outfit

  • Reply Bailey Snavely October 19, 2015 at 6:32 am

    This skirt on you vs the skirt on Macy's website….. NOW I see why they hired you for this one! 😉

    Beautiful post!

  • Reply Julie Hiller October 19, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Loving that flared skirt, though I have to ask you how you feel about exposed zippers. I think it would be perfect without it.

    And you make a great point about the tall boots. As a Chicagoan, now I'm considering buying a pair!

    lifestyle by joules

  • Reply misscatlo October 19, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Love this!!! Really pretty!

  • Reply Mei Liang October 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Lovely post! The dress looks very chic and I love Parisian bakeries.

  • Reply Anonymous October 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I wasn't familiar with the Mason Jules brand but when I saw this adorable snail sweater at Macys I had to have it!

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Jennifer! I added some details to the measurements above, including how wide the XS waist can stretch to at a max. I'd suggest comparing to some of your skirts!

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Not thin but also not thick – a medium weight. Sorry I can't describe it any better!

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Kelly – in recent years I have not seen the classic styles included in any sales or F&F; promos, unfortunately. Sometimes at the end of a season I'll see a trench at Saks/Nordstrom/Neiman in maybe one or two random sizes left (never small sizes) on markdown.

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you, Angela! I appreciate that.

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Thank you for reading, Barbara, and for your kind comment!

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    I personally prefer not exposed zippers. I've actually had my tailor convert a few on some pieces that I feel really strongly about the zippers on. I've also brought this up to some brand contacts who I've met, and they've said exposed zippers are pretty popular with shoppers, so I'm sure there are plenty of ladies who do like them!

  • Reply Jean October 19, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    That's darling with the little beret : )

  • Reply Suzie Q October 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I absolutely love this Fall look with the skirt and the OTK boots! So elegant. Can't wait to see your second styled look with them!

    xo, Suzie Q

  • Reply Anonymous October 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    No, I appreciate that. I just wanted to make sure it wasn't too thin before purchasing. Thank you Jean for being so responsive and for the care and detail you put into your posts! I have found your blog really invaluable as a petite undergrad who is transitioning to more adult styles.

  • Reply Diane Hoang October 20, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Aww, this is such a cute look! I love your top!

    xx, Diane ||

  • Reply Dice October 21, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Can this outfit be worn at the office (as is)?

  • Reply Vera October 22, 2015 at 8:57 am

    What a beautiful look!! I love the skirt!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Reply Bellaa-louise gr October 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Beautiful look <3 I love your top 😀

  • Reply Jessi Malay October 23, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    So chic!! Love the long sleeve with the plaid and those knee high boots are gorgeous! Love your style lady.

    XO, Jessi

  • Reply Debra October 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Love this!!! The skirt fits so well. It's flowy but not overwhelming in your petite frame. I often find that is a problem for petite women. You look divine. Thanks for showing the world that petites are stylish too.

    Stylewise by Debra

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