Seattle Travel Diary + Shopbop sale picks

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Everleigh tunic xxs petite (lightweight; runs a little low-cut)on sale!, J.Brand jeans sz 24 on sale! worn unzipped with maternity band sz 1 on sale!, Soludos flats (more sizes) sz 5, Goyard tote

Last week I was in Seattle for a siblings trip, chaperoning my 13-year-old brother to visit my middle brother (who lives there). Nick and I were “treated” to a firsthand preview of life with a rambunctious teenager. While there, I got lots of requests for a Seattle food post –  unfortunately, my brothers were more interested in video games than eating, so we didn’t get to try as many spots as I’d have liked. We did get what we went for, though: a satisfying dose of soup dumplings and mother nature!

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Ingrid & Isabel maternity leggings XS (for non-maternity crop leggings, these are the best!), JCF funnelneck sweatshirt xxs, Nike Free sneakers sz 5.5
On Nick – J.Crew Factory vest (very versatile!)

Wallace Falls Hike (~1 hr north)

My brother Ed goes hiking, skiing and/or mountain climbing every weekend (seems like the norm for Pacific Northwesters!) so I asked him to take us on an easy preggo-friendly hike. Wallace Falls turned out to be a peaceful trail with various waterfall viewing points at different distances (under 6 miles round trip if you go all the way to Upper Falls) which was perfect for me! There was a fusion diner / Vietnamese place near the base that I wanted to eat at afterwards but they were closed that day … bummer!

Wineries & Breweries

On our way back, my brother mentioned there were several wine tasting options in Woodinville, a town about halfway home from where we were hiking. This could be a fun stop on your way home from a leisurely morning hike!

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Left: U:Don noodle bowls & tempura  Right: $8 unlimited topping pies at MOD Pizza

University of Washington

My brother informed me that it was blossom season at UW, then probably instantly regretted it as I proceeded to spend a whole afternoon taking photos there. I imagine the situation in Japan during peak sakura season must be similar, with the blossoms being outnumbered by tourists with selfie sticks ; )

The quick eats in the vicinity of UW campus were good and diverse, including a satisfying fresh udon & tempura place that reminded me SO much of Hawaii’s Marukame Udon, and a yummy build-your-own pizza chain that’s ubiquitous in the city (it was perfect for an affordable kid-pleaser meal).

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Ann Taylor coat (similar), M.Gemi loafers 35.5 c/o (my review; use JEAN50 for $50 off a first order)

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Express trench xs petite, J.Brand jeans.
On Nick – JCF vest, Nordstrom sweater in black caviar (V neck version)

Pike Place Market

This was Nick’s first time in Seattle, so we had to do the classic tourist stop at Pike Place. We watched fish get tossed around, ate cheese samples at Beecher’s, and waited in a long line at Piroshky Piroshky for sweet & savory pastries. The Skagit Valley tulip festival just kicked off, but since it’s over an hour north and I was outnumbered by disinterested males, I had to settle for a bouquet at the market!

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Dough Zone soup dumplings, pan fried dumplings, and a-choy “salad”

Dumpling Face-off

Din Tai Fung (DTF) is always a must-stop when I visit the west coast … those bite sized, meticulously folded, soup-filled dumplings with vinegary dipping sauce are little pouches of joy. I also wanted to try a local chain, Dough Zone (DZ), to compare. DZ’s star dish is allegedly their Q Bao (a seared, larger juicy bun), but they didn’t have them when we went so we’ll never know! We did surprisingly enjoy these addictive A-choy leaves with sesame dressing, though.

Our consensus was the soup dumplings were better at DTF (although not by a wide margin), the pan fried dumplings were better at DZ, and the service was better at DTF by a landslide. And oh, can’t forget the dessert selection at DTF … mini steamed bao filled with either chocolate, sweet red bean, or taro, and then there’s this massive shaved ice that turned heads from all the diners around us! I do wish they had fruit toppings instead of just the traditional Asian ones though (boba, jellies, taro, red bean, mochi).

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Din Tai Fung shu mai (pretty juicy!), chili wontons, noodles, dessert bao, and shaved ice (large)

Here’s another look at my tunic while we were touring my brother’s office at Microsoft – I’m also wearing the sale jeans, seamless bra, and sunglasses mentioned earlier! This tunic is very lightweight and on the flowy side (forgiving for big meals or a bump). Compared to the popular Leith tunic which was too long and oversized for me, this one in petites is better for a shorter frame. The neckline still goes a little low for me, so I secure it with a tiny safety pin or fashion tape, or just wear a cami.

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T&B wedges sz 5, Everleigh tunic sz xxsp on sale!, J.Brand jeans sz 24 on sale! worn unzipped w/ maternity band sz 1 on sale!, Thierry Lasry sunglasses

Shopbop Sale Picks

I also wanted to mention Shopbop’s big bi-annual sale which just kicked off today with VERY few designer exclusions (the best I’ve seen in years)!! They have free shipping & returns to several international countries. Below, I rounded up some longtime favorites + maternity staples I’ve been relying on so far!

Undergarment must-haves:
Several items from my underwear staples guide are on sale! Comparing 2 of my fave sticky bra solutions:

1. Bristols 6 Nippies (Update: found them fully in stock & 25% off at Bloomies) – Don’t waste your time and $ on other “breast petal” options, because these good quality ones can be re-worn well over a dozen times. They come in sz 1 / B which are 3″ wide or sz 2 / C for 4″ wide. I’ve gotten both light and medium shades and either works for my skin tone. I gently hand wash mine in warm water after every few wears, and always store them shaped on the plastic cups inside the box. I also bought the non-adhesive ones since my friend says they actually stay on very well!

Pros: So comfy, free and light, you’ll forget you’re wearing anything. Seriously an addictive feeling! Cons: No support or push up features. If it’s cold and you have raging headlights, it may still show through fitted light-colored or white clothing.

2. Adhesive Nubra – More of a true bra compared to the Nippies. I’ve worn this push-up one multiple times and they also have a lower-priced Feather Lite style. Bloomingdales also has this particular style at $40 with 25% off. My favorite aspect of these is you can create some cleavage on even small chests! The key is to start sticking the Nubra on the outer edge of one breast, then push it in towards the center while simultaneously “scooping” in the other breast to create cleavage. Secure this scooped position by sticking on the rest of the Nubra. It holds pretty well, especially under a fitted garment.

Pros: In the world of backless and stick-on bras, this offers some support and creates adjustable levels of cleavage. Cons: May still not be enough support for very busty ladies. Update: Laticia helpfully shared in the comments that Feather Lite Nubra sz D is a “miracle worker” on her 30DDD frame!

Shoes shoes shoes – starting in sz 4:
– Sam Edelman Yaro – The perfect block heeled minimalist sandal starting in sz 5, with a variety of neutral shades to flatter your skintone. From light to dark there’s Oatmeal, Golden Caramel, Brown, and also a rose gold metallic!

Ferragamo shoes – ALL included in sale, along with their handbags and belts! My favorite are the Vara low pumps – feminine and classic.

Stuart Weitzman shoes – also all included in sale, even their signature Nudist and Nudistong (lower 90mm) minimalist sandals.

Hermes sandal dupes – If you like the minimalist “H” slides, Steve Madden has similar for less in sz 5+.

Sam Edelman Tinsley rain boots – (see on me here & here) The reviews on Shopbop are all over the place but I LOVE these! I commute in them regularly even when there’s no sign of rain. To the point of a reviewer who said these rub at the ankles, I did wear high socks or tights the first few times to break them in.

– Hunter Tour boots – The recent Hunter for Target collab is so fun & colorful, however the only rain boot they have for women in the collection looks very wide and angled at the top opening, so I’ll be sticking to my beloved Tour boots for inclement weather. So light & comfortable (for rubber boots), I have them in 3 colors – see my outfit posts featuring them.

Ingrid & Isabel Bella Band in sz 1 (also sold at Nordstrom) – These have been a wardrobe-saver for me since week 10, so much that I got multiple colors. One end of this stretchy band has a rubberized grip to hold up the un-zipped pants, and the other end can be folded down or worn up over the belly. It’s comfy and works well on my low-to-mid rise jeans and pants, like the BR Sloans.

Ingrid & Isabel Active pants / leggings in XS (see on me in the hiking photo below) – My first piece of maternity clothing (worn on heavy rotation!). These are sturdy, thick and opaque. The cropped length is good for petites, the back has a cute crossover style, and I love that the waist can also be worn folded down or over the belly!

– Maternity designer denim, including the mama version of my favorite white J.Brand jeans!

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  1. Klaud wrote:

    Hi Jean, great post! May I ask what size did you get the Nubra? Did you size up? Thank you!

    Posted 4.18.18 Reply
  2. Ashley wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks so much for getting a discount code for M. Gemi. I just ordered my first pair using the code and I’m super excited to receive them! Thanks again!

    Posted 4.15.18 Reply
  3. MelD wrote:

    PSA: Stuart Weitzman Lowland in Londra Suede is 40% off on Zappos! I just snagged a pair of myself and it looks like most sizes are still available.

    Posted 4.14.18 Reply
  4. Alaina wrote:

    I used to live in Skagit Valley, and you totally missed out (sorry)! If you’re ever back in the area at tulip time, definitely take a trip. You can either take I-5 or take the scenic route through Whidbey Island (via the Mukilteo ferry). I also highly recommend visiting Anacortes, WA on Fidalgo Island (it’s where I used to live). It has the cutest downtown and some great restaurants as well as beautiful views of the cascades and the Puget Sound.

    Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  5. May wrote:

    I love reading your city/food reviews! I have been a big fan of DTF and now I feel like I definitely have to try Dough Zone now. Also, can we talk about how amazing that shaved ice looks! Yum!

    May ||

    Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  6. OMG, those dumplings!! Seattle is high on my list of places to go.

    Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  7. Michelle wrote:

    So cool your brother works at Microsoft! Can I ask what he does there?

    Posted 4.13.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Michelle! He’s a software developer in Azure : )

      Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  8. Donna wrote:

    Hi Jean! Do you know if the Adhesive NuBra could withstand heat/sweat? For example, wearing it in a hot climate place? Or even dancing at a party?

    Love you blogs btw! 🙂

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
    • Donna wrote:

      oops… *your blogs

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Donna! I haven’t gone crazy dancing with it but it should stay on through that and some sweat/humidity. Of course for max free range of movement I prefer just the nippies.

      Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  9. Paris wrote:

    The Calvin Klein Bra linked is one that has straps, which one do you have?

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes it has straps! Not a strapless bra. I wrote wireless so maybe you were just thinking strapless? : )

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  10. Laticia Correa wrote:

    I have owned the Feather Lite NuBra for quite some time now! I am a busty 30DDD (5’0″, 95lbs) and the size D is a miracle worker. Due to my odd proportions, strapless/spaghetti strap styles were never an option for me. The way you described putting this bra on is exactly how I would recommend. Although I wouldn’t attend a rave and jump around while wearing the NuBra, I feel much more comfortable in this bra style than a normal strapless. No need to constantly hike up this little number!

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I know from past comments you have very unique proportions, so that is great to know!! Thanks for the input. I’ve always wondered about the Feather Lite version (and whether any features get compromised by it being more affordable and “lite”) so am glad to hear this!

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  11. Jandrew wrote:

    Jean a great post . Looks like they have some good food in Seattle. The dumplings 🥟 are my favorite soup, fried yum! Love 💕 the shots at the University.
    Dress The Part

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  12. Jenny Yang wrote:

    I need those sticky bras in my life! i feel like I keep going through them and not one of them last! And it sounds like you guys had an amazing time!
    xx Jen

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  13. Maureen wrote:

    Sounds like a fun trip to Seattle! It also sounds like you got two brothers – so do I! Lol 😂 I want to go to the Tulip festival one day. I have seen pictures of it and it looks beautiful. I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Maureen |

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  14. Elizabeth wrote:

    Din Tai Fung is always one of my favorites! <3 🙂 Seattle looks amazing, especially the blossoms! Sooo pretty!

    XO, Elizabeth

    Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  15. JW wrote:

    I’m glad you enjoyed Seattle! Have you been to Facing East here? It’s a Taiwanese restaurant, and from what I remember they have pretty awesome shaved ice with fruit as one of the toppings.

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Yes! I’ve been a few times but this time they didn’t have the shaved ice with fruit (seasonal, they said) : (

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  16. Tasha wrote:

    For leggings, I loved the uniqlo heattech ones with waist Warner. The band can also be folded down or up to cover the belly similar to maternity pants but they aren’t maternity. They are a bit more sheer so would be best worn under long tunics or dresses but I loved them pregnant/’not pregnant. I only bought one maternity dress and the Ingrid Isabel bands throughout my whole pregnancy and was lucky to wear clothes I already owned the entire time and loved those leggings!

    I did try the target II band as well, but thought the quality was significantly better with the regular brand. The price difference is also not that significant especially if you purchase them during a sale. Gap also carries II items and sometimes their sales will apply.

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you for the tip and the info on the target vs the regular bands!

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    It’s so funny because I live right by the quad. I’m studying Journalism at the UW and have been following your blog ever since I was thirteen. Glad that you enjoyed Seattle.

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Ah small world ~ your campus is beautiful!! Thank you for following along for SO many years! xx

      Posted 4.12.18 Reply
  18. sydnee wrote:

    It’s too bad you couldn’t make it up to the tulip festival! lol

    Design by Sydnee | life+style 💗

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  19. Daria EDU wrote:

    Hey girl,
    I won’t stop repeating how much I love your blog!
    It is absolutely amazing – very well organised, inspiring, interesting and entertaining.
    You did an amazing job.
    Keep it up!


    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  20. MV wrote:

    ! I’m currently reading your post AT Microsoft (I work/live in Seattle). Small world – hope you enjoyed your time here!

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Ah small world indeed!

      Posted 4.13.18 Reply
  21. chichi wrote:

    this is a great guide, love the pics!! specially the one of you under the blossom tree!!

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  22. Michelle wrote:

    They have a lower price point of the Ingrid & Isabel brand at Target. You should check it out. Ive some of the tank dresses & maxis.

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      My friend had the Target one and didn’t like it, then got the regular one which she said stayed on much better with a higher quality material! If anyone else has both versions, I’m interested in hearing if they agree!

      Posted 4.11.18 Reply
      • Michelle wrote:

        Thanks for the info! I haven’t tried the target leggings, just dresses. I do have a dress from the regular I&I label from nordstrom and material was thicker and better quality.

        Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  23. Those dumplings look divine! It looks like your visit was a fun one!

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  24. Dianne wrote:

    I have the adhesive Bristol nippies and love them but I’ve been wondering about the non adhesive ones. Have you tried those and, if so, how do they compare?

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I actually just ordered some of the non adhesive ones because my friend says they stay on very well without any stickiness! I’m so curious to see how they compare. I had ordered them during the last sale but gave them to my cousin during a fashion emergency, so didn’t get a chance to try ; )

      Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  25. Amy wrote:

    As usual your style is great! I would love to know where Nick’s clothes are from in this post. Links would be helpful too. Thank you!

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Amy! I added some details about the items that are still available. Highly recommend the J.Crew Factory men’s quilted vest because it’s medium-weight (so not a big bulky puffer) therefore is easy to layer for warmth across 3 seasons.

      Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  26. Michael @ Mile in My Glasses wrote:

    I love these photos Jean! I’m desperate to visit Seattle one day, it looks like such an amazing place!

    I hope you’re having a lovely Wednesday!

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply
  27. The udon noodle bowls from Mod look so good, Jean! It’s got me craving spicy and sour noodles now, hah! 🙂 Seattle looks amazing and I love your outfits in all the shots. Looking beautiful as always! ❤️

    Posted 4.11.18 Reply

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