Year 2 // The Cotton Anniversary

boston public library wedding anniversary shoot jean nick extra petite

Chicwish dress XS (a bit loose in the torso) c/o, Manolo Blahnik heels (similar)

In the bat of an eye, another year flew past as Nick and I celebrated 2 years of marriage and 13 (!) years together. Last year I wrote about our paper anniversary and his thoughtful approach to the traditional gift. The material for year 2 gifts is traditionally cotton, so in the days leading up, I grew rather curious as to what he’d come up with! A luxe cotton robe? Monogrammed bedding? A dreamy dress? So I had to laugh when I opened my gift, and inside was a fluffy little stuffed bear staring back at me. It was the same bear he gifted me our first Valentine’s Day together (a bear that subsequently got cuddled to shreds during my teenage/college years). Except he’d snuck the little guy off to be restored with fresh cotton stuffing and a thorough wash!

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Since wedding season is in full swing, I also wanted to share outfit inspo for my brides-to-be (or, for anyone who just loves wearing white as much as I do)! From more daring bachelorette looks to elegant dresses and jumpsuits for bridal showers / rehearsal dinners, I’ve done the digging for you guys and rounded up my picks below. Some of these pieces are available in petite sizing, and others have adjustable features that should help with fit!

classy bachelorette dress and romper outfit ideas


– Express wrap romper (under $50; starts at sz 00) – soft ruffles along the neckline and hem, plus a wrap tie waist lends a sweet look to this one. I also like this floral lace one, with adjustable straps (which make a big difference with fit)!

– Dress the Population dress (starts at sz XS) – same sequin dress that I reviewed here in gold and absolutely adore!

Lioness wrap romper (starts at sz XS) – looks like the perfect little white romper that you can wrap, twist, and tie to just the right amount of sexiness. The top half on the model looks scandalous, but other pictures of this same romper show it can be adjusted to your liking.

– By the Way dress (starts at sz XS) – simple and sweet bodycon dress.

bridal shower rehearsal dinner outfit ideas

– ASOS off shoulder dress (~ $50; starts at sz 0P) – fun, full, and flared for a fashion-forward look that’s still petite-friendly!

– Byron Lars sheath (starts at sz 00P) – this was a perfect fit on me off the rack, and is still one of my favorite dresses. The mixed lace lends a romantic and vintage-inspired vibe.

– Endless Rose dress (starts at sz XS) – this adorable dress is back in stock!

Aqua scalloped shift (starts at sz XS) – love the clean shift shape with feminine scallops

Chicwish knotted dress (starts at sz XS)- unique knot front style. I think it’d look even better hemmed to around knee-length!

white maxi dresses jumpsuits for bridal events

 

– Express strapless jumpsuit (under $100; starts at 00P) – Update, this now comes in petites!

– BB Dakota dress (starts at sz 0) – 54″ should be maxi length on petites.

Jill Stuart Mara jumpsuit (starts at sz 0) – this one’s a stunner … love the clean, elegant lines from top to bottom! Petite ladies will have to get alterations (my guess is shortening the halter strap and the hem), based on reviews saying this runs big.

– Aqua mesh & lace dress (starts at sz XS) – affordable dupe of a gorgeous Self Portrait dress. 49″ length will be around ankle length on someone my height.

Leaving you guys with a walk down memory lane ~ we’ve made it our annual anniversary tradition to return to the spot where we exchanged our vows for a photo. And since I can’t even come close to zipping up my wedding dresses anymore, the next best thing is to break out my beloved “something blue” wedding shoes!

boston public library wedding jean nick extra petite blog cropped

2015 – Read full blog post (photo by Kat Gill)

wedding anniversary photos_Boston library extra petite

2016 – Read full blog post

white dresses romper outfit ideas for bachelorette and bridal showers

2017

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30 Comments

  1. Vicky L. wrote:

    That's such a thoughtful anniversary gift! Also, thank you for this post – I'm planning my wedding for next year and these are great outfit options to consider!

    Posted 7.25.17 Reply
  2. Ellie O wrote:

    This year's picture is so adorable! I mean they all are, but this year particularly so. I'm always too afraid to wear white as I'm the clumsiest person ever, but these picks are fantastic!

    Ellie x

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    Posted 7.10.17 Reply
  3. What a thoughtful gift! So cute!

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    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  4. Jane Mones-Daniel wrote:

    Jean, I am looking for a satin slip night gown that will fit me right. I'm 4'9" short, 94 lbs.:) I have a hard time finding the right fit. Any recommendations? Thank you!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Hi Danielle! I asked Nick and he said it was done as part of Build A Bear's services (they do quick repairs in some stores, and more intensive ones at the "bear hospital") , since that's where it was purchased originally. I'm sorry I can't be of more help! I know there are several restoration services to choose from online, though, and hope you find a good one for your little rabbit!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Haha he's a little camera shy!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Happy upcoming anniversary, Lisa! I better start planning ahead for next year ; )

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you, Valeri! If you do, let me know how it works out! As mentioned above, it is a little loose on me in the torso area.

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    Hi Amber – thank you so much for your sweet comment! And you are definitely not alone. Sometimes I miss my early 20s figure (and that metabolism!), but we can only do my best to make healthy decisions when possible, and embrace the changes that come with time / different life stages!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean!

    I hope you had a festive Fourth of July weekend. Would you mind sharing with me where Nick sent off your fluffy little stuffed bear to be restored and washed? I would be so interested to send my childhood stuffed rabbit that I still so love.

    Thanks so much!

    xx
    Danielle

    Posted 7.3.17 Reply
  11. omg how sweet he is!! You look beautiful too!

    xx Margaret
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    Posted 7.3.17 Reply
  12. A wrote:

    Happy Anniversary! I'm still swooning over your wedding pictures

    Posted 7.1.17 Reply
  13. Lisa wrote:

    Happy anniversary! Such a thoughtful gift idea! I'm currently brainstorming what to gift my husband for our upcoming cotton anniversary. Lovely post, as always! Cheers! 🙂

    Posted 7.1.17 Reply
  14. Feliz aniversario!!!

    Posted 7.1.17 Reply
  15. Happy anniversary! <3

    Posted 7.1.17 Reply
  16. Carla Krae wrote:

    Can't fit your wedding dress? You're tiny!

    Posted 6.30.17 Reply
  17. Mizeats wrote:

    Such beautiful pics, Jean! I especially love the one from your wedding ceremony! Beautiful wedding dress!

    Posted 6.30.17 Reply
  18. Aw this is too sweet. I can't believe it's already another anniversary!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  19. I've been following you since before your wedding (I remember being so eager to see photos!), and you are just as stunning today as you were then! I appreciate that you mentioned that you can't zip up your wedding dress anymore. I've been finding, too, that healthy living looks different in marriage than it did before. It's funny how living well isn't a one-size-fits-all for everyone, or even for every season of one person's life! It's nice to know I'm not alone. Thank you for always sharing your timeless beauty with us!

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  20. I've been following you since before your wedding (I remember being so eager to see photos!), and you are just as stunning today as you were then! I appreciate that you mentioned that you can't zip up your wedding dress anymore. I've been finding, too, that healthy living looks different in marriage than it did before. It's funny how living well isn't a one-size-fits-all for everyone, or even for every season of one person's life! It's nice to know I'm not alone. Thank you for always sharing your timeless beauty with us!

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Show us a photo of the bear!

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  22. Valeri wrote:

    Super cute story about the stuffed bear. Thanks for the share. He's really a thoughtful person.

    That white dress is really pretty; it looks so short on the model, but it fits your height perfectly. I'm going to try it. Thank you.

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  23. Such sweet shots!
    Loving you light blue shoes♥

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    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  24. This is wonderful! What a gorgeous gift, that's amazing! I love your pics, too! Happy anniversary guys!

    I hope you have a great Thursday,
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  25. Such a nice post 🙂

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    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  26. Happy Anniversary!
    We had our cotton anniversary last week too!
    Your photos are so cute!!
    xo. Kari

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    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  27. Such adorable photos! X
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    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  28. Your pictures are perfect and oh so adorable! I love your picks too, perfect for the petite body! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

    Posted 6.29.17 Reply
  29. Beautiful couple! I like your dress, and the blue heel gives it a nice pop of color. I also love all of your wedding season outfit selections.

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    Posted 6.28.17 Reply
  30. Melissa wrote:

    Happy Anniversary!!! You guys are too cute! =)

    Posted 6.28.17 Reply

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