18 cute pieces for you petite ladies

eileen fisher jacket

I know this petite-friendly post has been a long time in coming, and I apologize for the delay. I also promise that I will provide more, specific posts like this in the future, but for the first time around I thought I’d throw out pieces I like in every category (except dresses, which proved especially elusive). I was pleased to see that Eileen Fisher has a not-small petites selection, and very much like this vaguely sculptural stand-collar jacket.

J Crew popover

J. Crew has petites too, although not as many as perhaps they should (and why don’t they get on extended sizes already while they’re at it?). I think the gathering on this popover makes it nicely feminine.

halogen sweater

A very well-priced  V-neck cashmere sweater.

anthropologie jacket

This jacket is just a tiny bit twee, but I somehow really like it, and cropped styles like this are nice and elongating.

eileen fisher jacket

As you may recall from my post last week on colorful tops, I am loving yellow these days, which might explain why I’m very much a fan of this quilted jacket.

J Crew denim shirt

A good denim shirt is such a solid classic that I don’t know why I’ve never included it in any of my rundowns of the best classics to own.

spacedye cardigan

This spacedye sweater is quite Missoni-esque, but not nearly so pricey as Missoni.

anthro floral blouse

The pink flowers on this sweet blouse are really good.

flutter sleeve top

This flutter-sleeve top reminds me of Ulla Johnson, but—as with the above sweater—it’s a lot more reasonably priced.

eileen fisher top

A crisp white tunic with a hi-low hem comes in handy on those for days when you’re not at all interested in exposing your behind.

anthro striped tee

This striped tee comes in a few colorways, but I’m partial to the black and white.

J Crew blazer

Just a really well-cut blazer from J. Crew.

anthro button down

I am crazy for the color of this button down, and the barely-there print.

J Crew downtown field jacket

I was pleased to see that the Crew offers their downtown field jacket in petites.

J Crew leather leggings

Leather leggings that are pretty well-priced for leather leggings.

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And here’s a super-affordable pair of cigarette pants.

J Crew white jeans

White jeans in a nice slouchy boyfriend cut, just how I like them.

pilcro jeans

And finally: a pair of perfectly clean, un-distressed black jeans.

A few new beauty products I’m liking

marc jacobs mascara

Even though I’m happy with my current mascara regimen, I can’t help but but ask every beauty store clerk I encounter what their favorite formulation in the store is, because my quest for perfection in that realm is real. On a recent visit to Sephora, I was directed to this Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which is pretty fantastic: it goes on quite glossy and very black, and the volume it imparts is intense.

nars lip color

When it comes to lip color, my main priority (aside from the just-right hue) is something that goes on and stays stays put. I am also partial to matte as opposed to glossy, cause glossy is always so sticky. I am very much liking my new Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in a color called Warm Leatherette. It’s on the pinkish side of berryish, so it’ll be even better when spring rolls along, but I’m wearing it now on those drab days when I need a little lift.

drunk elephant b hydra

Until quite recently, I am embarrassed to say, I didn’t moisturize: everything I tried on my sensitive skin has played hell with it, and felt too heavy to wear under makeup. But Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Instesive Hydration Gel is so super-light you can scarcely feel it on your skin, and it hasn’t caused any irritation.

drunk elephant c firma

After I put that on, I apply Drunk elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is also quite light and does a good job of evening out my skin tone, which can be all over the place. If you are interested in either of these Drunk Elephant products but aren’t certain about making the (not small) cash outlay, try this travel size duo.

rohto eye drops

Bloodshot eyes can ruin a good look, so on the days that mine are less-than-pristine, I use Rohto Cooling Eye Drops and they get an almost otherworldly white.

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I loathe putting lotion on my hands, because it takes forever to absorb and I’ve got better things to do than just sit there and wait. But this Brazilian Bum Bum Cream sinks in shockingly fast, and smells delightfully of a Caribbean vacation, too.

What are are you loving on TV?

the crown

I ask because I inhaled seasons one and two of The Crown, and then watched Victoria—also quite good—but now I have to wait for new episodes of that (I have never been a big fan of the monarchy or period dramas, but now I can’t get enough. Go figure). Right now I’m catching up on season four of Broad City but not loving it as much as I’ve loved previous seasons. Suggestions?

20 pretty tops that ring in under $100

chloe & katie top

I really looked hard for tops that very much don’t look like they cost under $100, and was pleased to find so many, all of which I hope you like. This blouse has so much going for it: a nice deep neckline, cool, subtle print, and satisfyingly over-long sleeves.

topshop origami top

This origami top is not left in a lot of sizes, but I think it’s so lovely and sculptural—and looks so much more pricey than it is—that I had to include it.

madewell tunic popover

Just a good, crisp, white popover for throwing on when you want to feel pulled-together.

vince camuto top

I like how the sleeves on this blouse are kind of sweet and romantic, but the rest of the top is nicely streamlined.

eloquii top

This is actually made of t-shirt material, but it looks much fancier, and is definitely work-worthy.

& other stories top

I don’t usually dig a high-neck blouse, but this is so chic, and feminine too.

birdie mixed media top

A simple flowy top for throwing on whenever.

madewell plaid popover

If you like plaid shirts but aren’t so crazy about button-downs, this popover might be the answer.

mango printed tee

This t shirt looks appealingly like a kimono.

madewell flannel shirt

A cozy flannel shirt with graphic black and white stripes.

allsaints isabel top

I’d wear this camisole top under a blazer on a date.

j crew boy shirt

I have an army green shirt exactly like this one and wear it endlessly.

eloquii pintuck top

Pintucks give this a put-together feel.

velvet top

The ruffle neck here is nice and subtle, and I love the red.

& other stories button down

A good blouse for layering under a V-neck sweater.

topshop knot front blouse

This tie-front top comes in black and army green too, but I think this so-subtle shade of pink is quite pretty.

bp perfect shirt

Give me stripes any old time.

eloquii contrast bow blouse

OK, the print of this blouse is on the loud side, but I think if you wore it under a blazer or sweater and only part of it was visible, it would be great.

nydj blouse

This is the kind of top that doesn’t make the hugest statement, but goes with everything.

mango bow sleeve blouse

And finally: a brilliant, vivid green bow-sleeve top.

 

 

If you missed it last week, here is a post on colorful, happy tops to combat the winter blahs.

21 dresses with grown-up hemlines

Elizabeth and James sweater dress

I was surprised to note that the last time I brought you dresses with grown-up hemlines was early September: an update is clearly in order. Some dresses here are on the lighter side and not what you might intuitively think about wearing this time of year, but all things are possible with layering: try a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck layered under, wear a full slip for added warmth, and pair with cardigans and tailored jackets and you’re good to go. I like how easy this is, and that it’s got a nicely relaxed cut.

carven sweater dress

And I’m always a fan of dresses that look like separates, as this does.

toit volant dress

I’d either wear a slip or a long-sleeved tee under this to make the neckline a little less plunging.

Joseph shift dress

OK, this is a very spring-y dress, but it could be made suitable for now with matte tights and a nice cardigan. I just love that green.

ALC dress

The twist at the bustline here is so becoming and I dig the asymmetrical hem.

which we want dress

A sweet (but not too sweet) and feminine floral.

public school dress

Another dress that looks pretty spring-y, but would be suitable for now with a little layering. A good choice for days when you really want to break out of the winter doldrums.

Giada Forte dress

Click through and check out the print on this splurgy option: it’s just so pretty .

Farrow Charlotte dress

So flattering and feminine: I like when the waistline is nice and high like it is here.

michel studio dress

The scoopneck here nicely highlights the collarbone—an almost universally flattering spot.

Dries Van Noten dress

This pretty velvet Dries Van Noten dress with is marked way down.

Xirena Leighton dress

I just think this is a fun print.

knot sisters dress

Reasonably priced, bright, poppy, and as good now as it will be in a few months.

farrow dress

The ruching here is what makes this such a figure-friendly (and even forgiving) dress.

 

city chic dress

This is pretty sexy, but at the same time not too much. Would look amazing with a leather jacket.

vince shirtdress

A shirtdress in an alluring dark floral.

stelen zora dress

This just looks so comfortable, and really elegant too (here it is in grey, which I also like).

vince side slit dress

I like the generous (but not perilous) side slit here.

farrow floral dress

I’d wear a shrunken leather jacket with this lovely dark floral.

Cornejo zuri dress

I’m not the biggest fan of the cold shoulder, but Maria Cornejo somehow always makes it work (and here is a cold shoulder dress in extended sizes that I quite like).

stelen farina dress

 

Another good asymmetrical hem, which works well because the rest of this dress is pretty straightforward.

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