2018 in review: Top finds + most read posts

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Hello friends, I hope your new year has been off to a good start! I do one of these annual recaps each year, and what a year 2018 was. Looking back at the most-read posts on the blog, many of you shared my love for handbags, cooking, and travel (the usual suspects!). But there was also a lot of interest in some personal posts that I was initially hesitant to write. I’ve learned that while a pretty photo is always nice, there’s power in talking candidly about (sometimes uncomfortable) topics that aren’t often discussed.

As I surface for air from these months as a first time mama, I’m excited to continue posting about the things I love, but also some of the realities and challenges that often lie behind the scenes. I’m so fortunate to have this community to learn from and to share with, so from the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here!

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what postpartum belly looks like
Left: Nervous, overjoyed, and still a bit in disbelief over the good news.
Right: Week 1 postpartum. When I shared this photo, I got several messages congratulating me on pregnancy #2!

10 Most read posts of 2018 (Click any photo to read):

1. Big news about a little embryo
2. Designer bag reviews: Saint Laurent WOC & Chanel Boy
3. Hearty lentil & veggie soup recipe (see all cooking posts)
4. Nori’s birth story
5. Work pants with NO waist gap
6. My experience with laser hair removal
7. Outfit ideas that camouflage the belly (see all maternity outfits)
8. Our London travel diary
9. Ways to support a friend through infertility
10. My postpartum recovery essentials
Runner Up: Tips for traveling & flying with a baby

YSL saint laurent wallet on chain kate tassel bag review
healthy easy lentil vegetable soup recipe red le creuset

most memorable trips:

Best trip to date – the Amalfi Coast, Italy (see our itinerary) was a dream!
Annual winter foodie escape to charming Charleston, SC
Eating our hearts out around Houston, TX

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Favorite Finds:

Based on versatility, value, and how well they’ve held up with frequent wears!

holiday work office outfit petite style
everlane cashmere sweater petite clothing review

J.Crew Factory wool pencil skirt (see original post)
Compared to the regular version, this Factory skirt is a fraction of the price (especially when on sale) and 2″ shorter, which some petite ladies prefer. The wool is not as nice as the original, but it’s still an excellent value for a lined, winter weight pencil skirt!

Everlane waffle cashmere sweater + mid-rise ankle jeans (see original post)
I’ve been surprised by just how often I reach for these two pieces. With each machine wash & dry, these jeans seem to fit a little better (mine shrunk a little throughout, including length). They’re thick, and the ankle option is great for shorties. I didn’t like Everlane’s blue washes though – for true dark blue jeans I love these legging jeans from Express (reviewed here) which are 1″ longer in Short.

This sweater (also comes in a turtleneck) is one of the comfiest pieces in my knits drawer, and it hasn’t pilled despite regular wear. It’s nearly sold out, but I’ve seen small sizes pop back every few days!

Sam Edelman scallop sandals (see original post)
I don’t often buy sandals at full price, but these were worth it given how often I reach for them! The scallop edge adds a little something extra to outfits, and the 3″ block heel is comfy for the height. The hardest decision was between my usual go-to nude / caramel color or black suede!

how to style faux leather leggings pants
fall wedding style pleated tiered dress outfit ideas

Banana Republic Faux Leather Pants (back in stock; see original post)
These have been the perfect “elevated” alternative every time I crave the comfort and stretch of leggings, but need something more stylish.

Morning Lavender pleated dress (back in stock; see original post with updated fit photos)
This romantic dress is a unicorn in the sense that it’s maternity, nursing, AND regular wear-friendly due to the elastic bands and pleats. Check my original post with updated photos showing how it looks on me at 5 ft 105 lbs, at 95 lbs, and also with a “bump” if you’re expecting.

amalfi coast italy lemon grove tour
nursing breastfeeding friendly airport travel outfit

Amazon woven circle bag (see original post)
This is not a standout item or anything, but is a steal (currently under $15) and goodness did I use it a ton! Compared to other woven bags that were pricier, I thought the quality was comparable, plus this has a zipper to secure your belongings. Just make sure you only order when it says “Prime” next to the item.

Maternity & Nursing: Couldn’t survive without my H&M nursing tanks – I wear them under regular sweaters and tops to make almost any outfit breastfeeding-friendly. And for super comfy nursing & maternity PJs, I alternate between the KB Davy set and the Jane set (read my reviews)!

2018 Reader MVPs / Top Sellers
  • Caslon Claire Sandals (currently sold out) – Not what I’m usually drawn to, but I was sold on the comfort, and pretty much lived in these all summer!
  • BP leopard scarf – Bought years ago, this scarf continued to be one of my most worn accessories and a top seller with you guys! See it in 2018 outfits herehere, and here. It gets restocked often, so bookmark it and check back if currently unavailable.
  • Ann Taylor shawl wrap coat – Another piece that I first got years ago and continued to be a favorite. Wrap style adjusts to fit over thick or thin layers, and some of you have also said it’s maternity friendly!
a few last favorites (click any photo to visit post)

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charleston spring southern fashion bow pumps
pregnancy maternity photoshoot flowy pleated maxi dress

what to wear to work petite fashion outfits
ravello italy babymoon maternity photo session

boston baby bridal shower maternity dress outfit
positano italy vacation outfits extra petite blog

fall winter coats for petite women
ann taylor wrap winter coat petite outerewar


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  1. Julia wrote:

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I always look forward to your posts and am so excited to see what 2019 brings. I am 5’5 and curvy but find many of your styling tips so helpful. Would love to see a post dedicated to office-friendly footwear for the winter months — I live in NYC and really struggle with this.

    Posted 1.15.19 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Love the Extra Petite blog! I think it’d be fun if there’s a way for people to post their own pics modeling your fashion ideas! Then we can get a sense of how your outfits look on different people.

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Jean, I wish you can do some sort of photo index of your posts by year or season. I find it hard to look for older posts. It’s easy to just scroll through your Instagram for outfit ideas but then it’s hard to find the corresponding post. I really love your blog. You have the exact style I go for!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  4. Been reading your blog for years and appreciate the fashion tips and outfits. But I really loved that you shared about IVF. Happy new year to you and your family!

    Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  5. GL wrote:

    Happy New Year, Jean! Thank you for sharing both your lifestyle finds but also your personal journey with us. Cheers to you and your family!

    Posted 1.8.19 Reply
  6. May wrote:

    What an amazing year you had! I’m a huge fan of not only your style, but your travel guides as well!

    May || http://themoderness.com

    Posted 1.8.19 Reply
  7. Cindy C wrote:

    Thanks for the recap post! Your family’s journey this year was a joy to follow.

    Just wanted to express how happy I am to see that a cooking post made it to the top. I love seeing Instastories of yours and your mom’s cooking. I’m Asian American and strive to learn/make a balance of traditional Asian dishes, along with American ones as well.

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  8. Leah wrote:

    Hi Jean, great round up and I ordered the dress from Morning Lavendar for a wedding that I’m attending next week the small size just sold out again 🙂 for those who are interested) ! I know you had some worries about being pigeon- holed and people viewing your brand only for petite women but I’ve been reading your blog for years and I’m 5’9. I’m working to grow my blog around personal finance and fashion for single people so thank you for the inspiration!

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      HI Leah – I LOVE hearing that and hope you love the dress! And what an interesting title for your new blog – I’ll be sure to check it out once you start posting this year! Not sure if you knew but before extra petite my blog was called fashionable finance so I’m excited you’ll be entering a unique blogging space!

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  9. Sharmeen wrote:

    I loved your leather leggings post… Defo my fave of the year.

    I’d be interested to see how you store all your clothes… Have you done a post on this already? Or Perhaps something for 2019.

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
    • Anonymous wrote:

      I’d love to see this too! How does your closet look like?! I vaguely remember you posting that you are limited with space and use storage bins and also took over hubbys shelves, but I’d love to see how your massive collection is all kept! My walk in closet got downgraded when I moved, so I definitely need ideas for storage solutions.

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi ladies! Haha oh boy … I’ll see if I can get a post up on that this season. I have our under-bed drawers for jeans and sweaters, main bedroom closet (not a walk in or anything – small Boston condo) and then a rolling clothing rack to keep coats and pieces I wear the most often handy. And yes major reliance on rotating seasonal items (thick sweaters, boots, coats) twice a year in and out of storage in the spring and wintertime. We’re lucky to have some storage space at the very top above some closets where these seasonal items are stuffed, otherwise we’d probably rent a storage locker.

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  10. Young wrote:

    I’ve followed you for years, and I must say that 2018 has been an amazing year for you! I love this roundup of momentous posts. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings you.

    The Style Intermission

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  11. Following along during 2018 has been so fun, and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2019!

    I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  12. Briana wrote:

    I love the round up!

    Posted 1.7.19 Reply
  13. susan r rawls wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Thank you for sharing your post from the past year. I found your blog from Ann Taylors. I have never read blogs and signed up with you back in the late summer. I am 59, 5’3″ and 95lbs. I need to get out of always wearing black, navy, red and white colors and your blog has really helped me to see other options to add. I actually bought (50% off) the jewel neck, ivory coat from Ann Taylor. I received it in time for the holidays and have really enjoyed it. I look great in this coat! LOL. 50% of my clothes have to be altered and I have a great tailor. Your tailoring ideas have been good suggestions. Since I am closer to your mother’s age I have enjoyed seeing what she has modeled on your blog and might I had she looks great. I am so happy for your new little addition and would like to wish you and your family a happy 2019.

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Susan, my mom will be so pleased to hear that! And there’s nothing wrong with sticking with black, navy, red, and white as those are incredibly timeless and Parisian chic ; )

      Ann Taylor has really delivered over the past few years and I’m so glad me working with them actually connected us together. Lucky you for snagging the jewel neck coat – that one went so fast and there’s so many ladies looking for it! Thank you for saying hello and for telling me a little about yourself! xx

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply
  14. Love all of these beautiful moments from this past year <3 🙂 Cheers to another great year, Jean! And thank you for always being so genuine! Sending lots of love and positivity to you!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  15. Richa Agrwal wrote:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience. It is especially invaluable to those like me who are just starting out.

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  16. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:

    Such a beautiful review, all the good moments gather in one page!

    🌸🍃ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🌸🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  17. Anika May wrote:

    What an amazing year! Loving this review, and beautiful photos of your little family too 🙂

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  18. Janine wrote:

    Such a Sweet recap! I am fairly New to your blog, so a lot of These Posts or photos I have not Seen yey, but I am already excites what 2019 has in store for you!
    Wishing you and your Little Family an Amazing start to the year!
    Xx Janine

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  19. Maureen wrote:

    I love the blogging community too. It’s nice that we can share what we love as well as the behind the scenes moments. Your posts are always great to read. Looking forward to what is in store in 2019! Happy New Year Jean and I hope it’s off to a great start.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  20. 2018 has been such a dream for you, Jean! Loved this round up of posts! I hope this year treats you just as well – if not better! 🙂 ❤️


    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
  21. Regena Page wrote:

    Jean, I have been following you for a couple of years but have never commented before now. I want to let you know how much I have learned from you about fashion, food, travel, etc. I get many compliments (thanks to you) on the way I dress, but most of it is what I copied from you- ha! I might add that I am in my 60’s and am also petite- 5’1″ and 100 lbs. Thank you for this excellent blog and I look forward to your posts for 2019.

    Posted 1.6.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Regena, I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear that! That is the best compliment and reading that inspires me going into this new year. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment for the first time and saying hello. xx

      Posted 1.11.19 Reply

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