Reader Favorite Tips, Purchases, Posts of 2019

Reading your thoughtful comments on my decade in review, I cannot thank you guys enough for supporting this passion of mine over the years. Without you, I never could have turned the dream of working for myself into a reality. I took last week to unplug with family and am back with one of my favorite annual posts. Fashion will always be at the core of this blog, but over recent years, the reader-favorite posts and tips have definitely shifted! If you had a favorite post, tip or purchase from last year that wasn’t mentioned on here, I’d love to hear about it!

10 Most-loved finds of 2019:

For the first time, several items on the reader favorites list were never even featured in blog posts! I shared them very informally in IG stories and also on my InstaShop page, so check there every so often for one-off finds. The top 2 most popular items in 2019 were actually the Zella midi leggings and AT wrap coat, but I gave them a rest as you guys already know how much I love those : )

1. J.Crew factory woven huarache sandals (sold out)

A best seller from 2019 that I don’t even have a single decent photo of on me. I had searched high and low for sandals like these, and they sold out quickly but I’ll keep an eye out for potential restocks. Several of you also recommended Nisolo huarache sandals as an ethically-produced option.

2. A&F snap front popover

Another item I didn’t think was “blog worthy” (since I always wore it super casually) but turned out to be a big hit with you guys. Slim fit pullover (medium weight) with a functional kangaroo pocket and snap collar. Works with gym leggings, faux leather leggings, and skinny jeans. I have xxs and the back is just long enough to cover my bum.

athleisure outfit a&f pullover, zella leggings and nikes

3. Brooklinen sheets

If you bought these, I’d love to hear what you guys think now that you’ve had some time to sleep on it! I wanted to find a go-to for quality sheets (rather than comb through hundreds of options at Macy’s with the risk of trial & error) and so many of you recommended this brand. As mentioned in my review, I did not find these to be “life changing” good but they are a great set of smooth, crisp and comfortable sheets that are cool and breathable in the summer, and I’ve been happy enough to repurchase. We use their Luxe Cotton Sateen set and they also have a lower priced option.

4. Caslon waterproof hidden wedge flats

Pictured here – a more recent top find from my IG stories that I’ve already gotten rave feedback on! These have a small hidden wedge inside for support (which I find more comfy than completely flat shoes) and a little extra height. They are also water resistant, have a non slip rubber sole, ortholite insole and a sleek shape. I am usually between size 5 to 5.5, and a 5.5 fit perfectly.

mother daughter baby girl matching outfits

Outfit details in this blog post

5. J.Crew cardigan blazer

One of my go-to’s for travel and everyday layering. Wait for an occasional sale, size down from your usual, and use a sweater shaver to clean up pills. Seen on me here with pants, here with jeans, and here with riding boots.

6. BP ribbed dolman sleeve top

*Under 50* One of my favorite slouchy fit basics since 2 years ago, and another travel go-to. The ribbed material is soft and lightweight for layering, and the dolman sleeves still fit fine under regular coats. Seen on me here with a skirt, here with jeans, and here with a longer skirt.

ribbed dolman sweater petite fashion blog
seattle rain boots outfit petite fashion blog
Left: outfit from this blog post // Right: from our Travel with a Baby Tips Pt. 3 post

7. H&M zippered tote

*Under $50* See my original review here and the updated colors here (black and burgundy). I love how petite friendly this one is, but for a roomier tote that comes in more colors, I would also recommend the Sole Society Zeda tote (my review) which a lot of you have been happy with. The Sole Society one does not have a top zipper but does come with a size-able zipper pouch inside.

affordable classic and stylish petite outfit ideas

Gibson knit blazer xxsp (my review), H&M nursing cami xs, M.Gemi shoes 5 c/o (runs big), Sam Edelman jeans

8. Gibson Knit Cotton Blazer

One of the best casual yet polished pieces I’ve found (with lots of colors), and their petite sizing fits nice and slim throughout. Seen on me above, and also here (pic #5), here (pic #4), and here (pic #4). I get a lot of questions from readers who work in tech or startup fields with very lax dress codes, and I think this sweatshirt-like blazer is a great staple for pairing with jeans in such settings.

9. H&M pleated midi skirt

*under $50* Seen on me here (the color I have is old). I absolutely love H&M for skirts that fit without alterations, and there are decent quality ones to be found that can last years and years of wear. Here is another pleated option in classic black starting in size xxs (note their waist sizing runs a little small).

10. Everlane authentic stretch high rise jeans (or mid rise)

*Under 50* Responsibly produced and on sale only because they are phasing out my favorite dark grey wash! Not surprised these made the list as they’re probably my most worn garment of 2019, and were the only jeans I packed on recent trips (see below!).

I cut my hems shorter for an above ankle frayed length, so if you plan on doing the same, it doesn’t matter whether you get ankle or regular (more sizes are stocked in regular). See on me here and here.

everlane jeans rothys flats petite

Fave Everlane jeans + testing my Rothy’s flats for a review, but note they aren’t as supportive as the Caslons

Most read blog posts of 2019

Excluding popular sale roundups like Cyber Week and Nsale:

gucci logo belt review sizing width

solly baby wrap infant carrier for petite women
baby bjorn newborn carrier mini for petite moms

How to find my Instagram TV styling videos:

instagram extra petite jean wang

2019 reader favorite tips & Tricks

Based on a poll I did last month!


Reader favorite tip: baby food scissors (much easier than fork + knife!) from my post on Feeding baby solids

how to tie a scarf pearl magnet button
how to shorten a chanel bag chain strap

2019 Favorite Trips

With a little one, we stuck to walking-friendly domestic destinations for ease. Our travel diary posts in 2019 were food heavy per usual with the addition of more baby and toddler friendly spots!

  • Washington DC – My personal favorite trip of the year. I’d visited multiple times as a kid without much of an impression, but fell in love with this city visiting again as an adult. Georgetown was very walkable and charming (reminiscent of Beacon Hill, Boston), there was an abundance of diverse good food, and best of all, so many free museums that I can’t wait to take Nori back to.
  • Seattle – we visit here at least once a year fir both work and family. Not as walkable, but we always love the food scene, and with the addition of a little one we really appreciated the many playgrounds and affordable Woodland Park Zoo!
  • Savannah – loved this city as a slightly slower paced alternative to our annual Charleston trips. So many parks to walk to on every corner.
  • San Francisco – missed this city so much! Loved getting to catch up with old friends and speak at Google about my blogging journey as an Asian American.

everlane box cut tee mgemi cerchi sneakers review
Savannah, GA travel guide and outfits
Top Left: Washington DC // Top Right: Savannah // Below: Seattle

seattle family baby friendly travel guide

 

17 thoughts on “Reader Favorite Tips, Purchases, Posts of 2019

  • Reply Janine January 6, 2020 at 5:31 am

    Lovely round-up post! I remember so many of the featured clothing items and posts 🙂
    Xx Janine

    • Reply Lily January 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      Hi girl! I want to ask an off topic question. Im in love with your shoes cabinet in the 2) photos can you share where you got it from. Would love to add on my house wardrobe! Many thanks
      P.s love all thr posts!!

      • Reply Jean | Extra Petite January 6, 2020 at 4:05 pm

        Hi Lily – those are Ikea billy bookcases with glass doors!

        • Reply Sunny January 6, 2020 at 6:16 pm

          Can we get the part 2 for feeding baby solids?

          • Jean | Extra Petite January 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

            Hi Sunny, I’m sorry…I wrote the post but once I re-read it I don’t think any of the info is really helpful because I give Nori pretty basic stuff and I’m not a nutritionist. I would advise following feedinglittles and kidfriendly.meals on Instagram as I get a lot of ideas from them!

        • Reply Gulnara January 23, 2020 at 6:24 pm

          Hi Jean,

          I want to purchase the same Ikea Billy bookcase, but I have a question about it, did you have to buy extra shelves to adjust for the shoe height? Im confused, on Ikea website the shelves measurement is different than it looks on your bookcase. Did you have to buy extra shelves and adjust?

          • Jean | Extra Petite January 24, 2020 at 2:38 pm

            Hi there – some of the shelves can be adjusted (like the ones I have taller to fit my boots). I believe we did buy extra shelves to add in as well.

  • Reply Eli January 6, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    So many cute pictures! And you’re matching your hunters with the ones of your daughter 🙂
    xx

    Eli

  • Reply Valeri A Pighini January 6, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, this was a really fun post. You look gorgeous in that all white outfit. I’d love to get that jacket but I’m so busty. And those M Gemi shoes… idk… I’d have to find something similar. They’re just a little too high-priced for me, but the outfit is gorgeous. Super fun seeing that photo of you, Nori, and your grandparents. Really sweet. Love your posts Jean.

  • Reply Annie January 7, 2020 at 4:01 am

    Hi Jean!

    I love these end of year wrap up posts! I’m wondering if you have any tips for how you care for your higher end shoes. Have you found shoe trees made for smaller ladies? My main concerns are for leather in particular.

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite January 24, 2020 at 2:42 pm

      Hi Annie, I don’t use shoe trees but I have found cedar satchets which are soft fabric bags filled with cedar, so they provide a little shaping and odor help without being hard and potentially stretch out your shoes. I just get mine on Amazon. For designer pumps I make sure to wipe clean the insoles every once in a while and designer boots I’ll spray suede protectant, but I don’t do anything special other than that.

  • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses January 7, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Loved this post, Jean! And always love reading your blog throughout the year. Can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for you!

    Happy Tuesday,
    Michael

  • Reply Deb January 7, 2020 at 10:32 am

    How did I miss most of this? Just got the A+F sweater! Can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • Reply Rachael January 7, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    My favorite thing was a quick chart you posted on Instagram about the best purses that increase in value over time. I thought it was really interesting & would like to see more things like that… ☺️

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite January 24, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Haha that one was definitely a little polarizing! Some ppl think designer items are a waste no matter what but I personally found that interesting as well!

  • Reply P January 16, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Dear Jean, I love going on a deep dive on your latest posts every couple of months. I happened upon your website years ago, and it’s clear that your posts keep getting better and better. Thanks for all the hard work you and your team do to help us fellow petite ladies out.

    Congrats on your baby girl! She’s such a cutie. Even though I’m married without kids, I was really touched by your post partum post. To readers, you and your family are so photogenic, it seems like your life is perfect. So it was really brave of you to share photos and the honest details of pregnancy and post partum life. I hope things are much improved for you now. I love this 2019 wrap up post as well as a your decade in review post. So much has changed for us all! Wishing you much happiness and success in the new year. Happy Lunar New Year too!!

    • Reply Jean | Extra Petite January 24, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      A belated thank you for your incredibly kind words. I really appreciate it. Wishing you all the best and happy Lunar New Year to your family as well!

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