Free Flowing

Flowy white top denim shorts summer outfit_extra petite

Express shorts (old; similar – just ordered a pair), Gucci soho disco bag

It’s been a sweltering few days (although I really can’t complain compared to the triple digits elsewhere!) so I’ve been living in looser pieces that let air flow freely through. I hadn’t heard of the brand Sun & Shadow until I tried their moto jacket on recently and liked the quality. This cotton-blend top is also good quality with small details like triangular mesh panels and a hook-and-eye front panel – it looks like something I’d find at Free People for double the price. This top is on the sheer side esp. at the little mesh panels, but I wore a bra close to my skin color and had no issues with it showing through.
coach crosby 24 carryall crossbody bag saddle brown

I also wanted to share two pieces I tried on at the Nordstrom sale from shoes & handbags. If you’re looking for a medium-sized bag that can convert from a crossbody to shoulder bag to handheld tote, this Coach Crosby 24 Carryall is one of my favorites from the sale (currently $100 off!) and is slightly reminiscent to my Celine bag. This is about 1″ bigger than the nano with similarities like the pebbled leather, winged shape, and zippered top. It comes a strap that is actually adjustable, a removable little hang tag, metal feet and two inner pockets. At under $200 I thought this was a good value for a classic & versatile Coach purse!
Louise et Cie aradella leopard ballet flats small shoe sizes

I have a few leopard-print flats that I basically treat as neutrals (they go with black leggings, blue jeans, white jeans, dresses…trust me!) so am always on the lookout for similar ones to recommend. These Aradella flats have a more rounded almond toe than mine and also come in patent nude or black. The leopard calfhair is as true brown /tan leopard that I like, not orange-toned like it appears in this photo due to awful lighting. They are SO comfy on the feet with a good layer of cushioning on the inside. I’m usually between size 5 and 5.5, and the latter fit best. For those who haven’t tried this brand before, Louise et Cie is the “dressier” sister of Vince Camuto.
white peasant top casual summer outfit_petite fashion
I also hope these flattering & comfy (given the height, anyways!) sandals will get re-stocked because I want to wear them with everything! I keep seeing 1 or two sizes pop back in the tan color every so often.
gucci disco soho bag casual summer outfit_extra petite

I get questions on these old Express shorts every time I post them…it’s a shame they don’t make them anymore, but I found a pretty similar cuffed style from AoS with a 3″ inseam and just ordered a pair for myself. Here is another similar, lighter pair, with a 2″ inseam and available starting in sz 00.
peasant bell sleeve top nordstrom anniversary sale


38 thoughts on “Free Flowing

  • Melissa July 23, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Bought SO many things based on your recommendations, and they do not disappoint. Checking daily for those Steve Madden sandals, hopefully they go back in stock. Tried on those Aradella flats in the leopard print while waiting for another pair of shoes and somehow ended up getting them! 😂 Really love your style!!!

  • affecionada July 23, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Love that Gucci bag! x

    Jen | affecionada

  • Anonymous July 24, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Love your Gucci soho disco bag! Is this the rose beige color?

  • Cam Nguyen July 24, 2016 at 2:35 am

    I have the same top and have been loving it too.

  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia July 24, 2016 at 2:58 am

    Beautiful looks … Love the white flowy top. The best look for Summer! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  • Anonymous July 24, 2016 at 4:57 am

    this is just lovely! the beige ballerinas are gorgeous, I've been looking for a pair for a while now!
    Fash 'n' fudge
    Fash 'n' fudge

  • One Stiletto At A Time July 24, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Love that in one post you give us so many ideas and looks!

    XoXo One Stiletto At A Time

  • Sophie Spiegelberger July 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous shoes!
    I post every Monday and Thursday, I would love it if you stopped by! 🙂

  • Vera Sawicki July 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Beautiful photos!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

  • Marta July 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    This outfit is so pretty! You look gorgeous!

  • Olivia July 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    omg love! check out more fashion on

  • Diana July 24, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Love your flowy hair and outfit, you're so cute!

    Diana |

  • Julia Mazzucato July 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    I love this flowy top! You look amazing.
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

  • Lisa Millington July 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Jean, I have the Blank NYC denim tomboy shorts in 'weekend warrior' (shopbop, Bloomingdales, zappos etc has them) are awesome. I found the express shorts to fit very loose(even the 24) and the blank ones are perfect. I think you'd love them. And they are affordable!!

  • Genevive n July 24, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    That top is so beautiful and flowy!!

    xx Gen

  • Anonymous July 24, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    The Steve Madden sandals were restocked in 6.5 in black and 7 in tan. I ordered based on the glowing reviews from you & crystalinmarie
    Can't wait to receive them ! Would you agree that they are TTS ?

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana July 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Love your white flowy blouse.
    || D I A N A ||

  • mybeautrip July 25, 2016 at 2:15 am

    You look wonderful!
    Love the flats!

  • Meghan July 25, 2016 at 3:01 am

    This is such a gorgeous top! White is my favorite color and it's super flowy! A must have for summer. Love it!

    Meghan |

  • A.B July 25, 2016 at 3:16 am

    I love the flowy blouse. Super cute!

  • Marianne Österlund July 25, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Loving that blouse, it's absolutely beautiful!

  • Camille July 25, 2016 at 6:17 am
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  • clickhappy July 25, 2016 at 8:53 am

    i ordered a bunch of stuff from nordy's that ended up way too baggy. one of the few pieces that i kept was the socialite dress you recommended. thanks for curating stuff that looks cute and actually fits folks less than 110lbs!

  • Deborah Fortier July 25, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Hi Jean! I have bought several of the Madewell t-shirts that you are wearing in this post in grey. All of the ones I own have pockets on them but it looks like this one doesn't even though the link brings me to the shirt with the pocket. Did you somehow cut it off?

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thanks! It's called different colors on various retailer websites but yes, on Gucci's own site it's called rose beige.

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Hi Melissa – aw thank you, I'm so glad to hear that! I'll help keep an eye out for the Steve Madden mules : )

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Hi Lisa – thank you for the recommendation! Just took a look on Shopbop and they are very cute. Btw I also found Express shorts to be loose in the beginning but after a wash and machine dry they shrunk down to size like a lot of denim do.

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Yay, so glad you managed to snag a pair! I would say it's TTS, yes, if not a smidge roomy just compared to other brands but there's an adjustable strap. I'm usually between a 5 and 5.5 and the 5's fit well.

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Of course – I know how frustrating it can be to end up with a bunch of stuff that doesn't fit! Glad the Socialite dress worked out for you : )

  • Jean July 25, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Hi Deborah! Actually the pocket is just hidden under my hair : ) I love that detailing and wouldn't cut it off!

  • Andy July 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Those shorts are incredibly flattering on you!

  • Polly July 25, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    What a cute flowy top and I love the peep toe shoes!


  • Tess Felber_Sequins are the New Black July 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    I LOVE this outfit! So simple yet classic!
    xox Tess | Sequins are the New Black

  • Alisa Gromova July 25, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    You look so beautiful and stylish! Adore your smile!


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  • Katie Lewis July 31, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Do you have a recommendation for non-distressed skinny jeans? The brand/style I have and love changed the material and it doesn't look good on me anymore. Thanks in advance!

  • SamBam September 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi. When you wear the madewell tees with jeans, do you tuck in the back also?

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