Party in Pink

WHBM petite full skirt jcrew stripe tee party outfit

WHBM skirt 00p (similar in burgundy in petites, similar in red/black), J.Crew tee xxs, 
long rope pearls + Ann Taylor crystal necklace, M.Gemi heels sz 35.5 (similar)

Happy 2016! Wishing each of you a joyful, fulfilling, and—of course—stylish new year! Fashion-wise, one of my resolutions is to take better & proper care of my clothing, shoes, and bags. I’ve been researching and experimenting with products for the past few months, and am eager to continue and eventually share my learnings!
WHBM petite midi skirt jcrew stripe turtleneck party outfit
This was one of my last outfits in California before returning to the cold reality of winter in Boston. The skirt was on clearance at White House Black Market, which continues to impress me with the quality on certain items. My friend who does quite a bit of sewing scrutinized this piece, and was surprised by the use of horsehair braid along the hem (for fullness), in addition to the heavier material, full lining, plus side pockets at this price point. I paired it simply with one of my go-to turtlenecks, which have gotten more wears this season than I can count.
new years eve party photo backdrop

Dress the Population Zoe dress xs (neckline closed up 1″), Steve Madden heels 5.5

We rung in the new year helping good friends host a party, with the same group at the same place for 3 years in a row now! I figured why not live it up a little and ended up going with the makeup look & dress from this post. The original neckline was quite low so I put on the dress, threaded a needle, and stitched together the V until Nick’s bulging eyes receded back a bit. Here’s some pics I dug out from NYE of 2014, 2015, and now 2016…must remember to continue this photo op in the years to come!
new years eve three years_jean nick
After wearing this dress for a solid 8+ hours, I can confirm it has continuously good hold at the tummy area…I was gorging on snacks all night but the very stretchy, thicker material kept my food baby in check. It’s still fully avail. in my “antique gold” color and just got restocked in the blush pink/gold “opalescent,” which was my first choice but had been sold out for ages (would be gorge for a bachelorette or girls night)! For fellow shorties, the neckline will hit lower than on the model, but is very easy to safety pin or hand-stitch up.

While on Nordies’ site, I noticed their big half-yearly sale is currently going on until Jan 3rd. You can shop the sale here and filter by size & price after selecting a category. Here’s a few picks I came across, still available in small or petite sizes:
– Ellen Tracy belted down coat w/ faux fur trim, very reminiscent of my J.Crew one but comes in a pretty olive in addition to black. Nearly 50% off and starts in size Petite P.
Skinny cargo-style pants – under $30, starting in size 00. 27″ inseam may fit like regular ankle jeans on petite ladies.
Lucy Paris lace dress in navy, now 40% off. Runs small and narrow (see my review)
Infinity scarves in 2 cute plaids for 50% off – now under $12
TOMS classic slip-ons in a tweedy gray, starting in sz 5 for 30% off. I find their slip-ons to be very comfy for running errands with no breaking-in needed.
WHBM petite pink skirt jcrew striped top party outfit
I saw a pretty necklace recently with layered pearls and crystals, and figured it was easy enough to recreate. I found a thin rope pearl necklace and wrapped it around three times so that it sat shorter than my Ann Taylor crystal piece. Speaking of AT, my white twill trench is now online in a versatile navy blue! See my original review here and it styled again here – the quality is really lovely, and I imagine the darker color is much lower maintenance for those scared of white. I kept seeing the navy as a tease in the stock photo, but it never appeared to be available for sale until now (and is 40% off).
pink skirt striped tee girly outfit

PS – the 3 Nordstrom gift card winners have been drawn & announced! Congrats!

69 thoughts on “Party in Pink

  • Reply Jean January 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Hi – sorry no I have not tried it on so I can't speak to the fit. I did see the one reviewer say she's short and it worked well on her, although she unfortunately didn't share any height or sizing details.

  • Reply Jean January 4, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    The sale is U.S. only and the prices get adjusted after you add to cart

  • Reply Jean January 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Hi Sarah – it does look very similar to the one I have! It's like a more minimalistic version with fewer strands of pearls & chains, so may be good if you don't want all the layers : )

  • Reply Saomiya January 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Jean, Love your blog! Regarding the blue modcloth cardigan that you recently posted on instagram, does that run small? I noticed yours is a size S…

  • Reply Anonymous January 4, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the Ann Taylor sale! I've been eyeing the navy mini pebble tote for a while now and finally ordered it last night for $27.


  • Reply Erin January 4, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Hey Jean! I love the look of your M.Gemi heels. How comfortable are they and do they fit true to size? I've been searching for a pair of heels to wear for my wedding day. Would you recommend them?

  • Reply Jenny Kim January 5, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Now that's a NYE outfit. Your boobs look amazing too.

  • Reply Julia Mazzucato January 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Looks like you had an amazing NYE! I love your party look and this one with the blush pink skirt. That pearl necklace is gorgeous!

    Happy 2016 and all the best to you and Nick!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Reply LoveFashion January 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    Recreate the look for less! LOVE this look!!!

  • Reply Dolce Petite January 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Absolutely love how beautifully the baby pink and the stripes go together!

    Dolce Petite

  • Reply Jean January 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for the kind words, Lauren! Makes me so happy to hear that. Happy New Year xo

  • Reply Jean January 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Hi there – yes it does run small in my opinion!

  • Reply Jean January 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    What a great find! I have so many of their larger pebble totes…

  • Reply Jean January 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Erin, congrats on your upcoming wedding! How exciting! I think M.Gemi shoes differ widely in comfort level, so it's really hard to say until you try them on. The Amaro's which I have on here are probably my favorite out of their heels that I've tried.

  • Reply Jean January 5, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    No, mine has held up pretty well. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Anna Wang January 7, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Love this pink skirt + stripe top look! Would love to illustrate on it 🙂


  • Reply savorytouch January 9, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    the fullness and length of that pink skirt is like perfect on you, just over the knees

  • Reply Anonymous February 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    Hello, I got the dress that you wore for NYE for an upcoming formal event, and I absolutely love it! However, I'm trying to figure out the bra that would look best with it. I'm hoping that I'll still be able to wear something that gives me some oomph. I wear a 32C at VS if this helps. Thanks!

  • Reply LivingInAPetiteWorld September 29, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Do you use that same camera for all your posts? If different which one do you use most? Which one do you prefer for which occasion? Can you dedicate a post to your photography tools & software you use? The About page no longer shows that info. Thanks!!

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