Long Weekend Update

Tulips from my love. Can't wait until they open up some more. :)
Tulips from my love

My fiance was still in Taiwan on Valentines Day but he is such a sweetheart and sent me a bouquet of tulips. I love tulips. Unfortunately, they appeared very limp and droopy from traveling without water but a lovely follower informed me about a trick to put a penny (copper) in the water. They actually looked a lot better the next morning after I trimmed the stems and added water as instructed but it was the penny trick that really helped to perk them up. The stems also felt firmer the next time I checked on them. (See the after penny effect here.) He also brought back a little Hello Kitty and some pineapple cakes.  I last went back to Taiwan in 2010 and I got a cute Alice Hello Kitty which is my all time favorite.

He's back! With presents. :D

My little sister and mom visited me in town this past weekend. They were supposed to come up last weekend but I’m so glad they didn’t because of Nemo. We ate out a lot in the span of two days frequenting some of my favorite places which coincidentally  included some restaurants on my sister’s list. I would have taken them to Lazziz in Watertown but it recently came to my attention that they are no longer in business. I was very disappointed when I found out because it was my favorite Indian restaurant. If any locals know why please share the reason. I’m dying to know.

We also went through my closet and I was able to give my sister a lot of my clothes that were much too big (she is 5’7″ which is about 5″ taller than I am). This made me realize that I really need to do a better job of buying clothes that actually fit since I’m not motivated to alter clothes to fit myself. I leave alterations to the professionals. Yes, I realize that I already failed with a recent find below. I find that if I struggle to take a flattering picture then I probably should return it. A picture never lies. ๐Ÿ™‚

We didn’t do much shopping but we were browsing the sale section of Forever 21 when I found the following items on sale for an additional 50% off.

Forever 21 Layered Chiffon maxi, sz XS Forever 21 Layered Chiffon maxi & Essential wool-blend pocket cardigan

Layered chiffon maxi, sz XS (sold out online, find in stores)

Essential wool-blend pocket cardigan, sz S (sold out online, find in stores)

When I tried on this dress I thought it looked awful on me with the bottom layer so I got home and cut it off. It was only $7.50 after the sale/discount so I figured it wouldn’t be a big deal if I messed up. Here is the before and after. The lining underneath doesn’t look like a material that will fray after wash so I didn’t bother to sew the hem after I cut it. I also thought the front of the dress didn’t look good with the side ruffles and extra material so I ended up wearing it backwards with a yellow cardigan. I hiked up the elasticized waist so that it would hit higher above my knees. I’m still not satisfied with the fit of the dress and it’s a final sale item so I’m glad it wasn’t a costly error in judgement.

Lastly, I was browsing after I returned something for store credit when I came across this navy utility jacket. A warning for those that are interested in this jacket- it’s very thin which is consistent with the reviews and the sleeves (I’m wearing size XS) are a tad long on me at 25 1/4″ but they can be rolled up and the waist can also be cinched in. I like it as an alternative to the Zara version I purchased last summer. Light jackets are perfect for chilly summer nights here in New England and I was able to wear mine into mid fall due to unseasonably warm temperatures.

Forever 21 Essential Drawstring Jacket
Forever 21 Essential Drawstring Jacket, sz XS
Forever 21 Tie-back Polka Dot Tee, sz S
Forever 21 Retro Floral Scarf
Forever 21 Retro Floral Scarf (sold out online, find in stores)

Have a great week!



  1. KC
    February 19, 2013 / 4:50 am

    your fiance is so sweet! ๐Ÿ™‚ tulips are my favorite too and i always use the penny trick. makes them perk right up!L&F,KCwww.lifeinpetite.blogspot.com

  2. Stylish Petite
    February 19, 2013 / 5:38 am

    Aw your fiancรฉ is so thoughtful! Major points for the tulips and the Hello Kittty gift:) I never knew about the penny trick- will have to remember that! I really like the navy jacket on you with the sleeves rolled up. I can't believe they are so long! Love the navy color!

  3. Jess L
    February 20, 2013 / 4:50 am

    Thanks Annie! I hope the navy jacket works for you too!I got my wireless remote today but the batter it came with is a dud (I really hope it's the battery and not the remote). Can't wait until I can take nicer pictures instead of iPhone pictures. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jess L
    February 20, 2013 / 4:51 am

    Thanks KC! I love fresh cut flowers so I can't wait to try this trick again.

  5. lisacng @ expandng.com
    February 20, 2013 / 3:45 pm

    Cool copper trick for the tulips! And voila on that transformation of the ruffle dress!

  6. Jess L
    February 21, 2013 / 3:07 am

    Thanks Lisa! The ruffle dress before looked like the dress in Sleeping Beauty when the fairy godmothers tried not to use magic. hehe I still don't like it on me but it's not a huge loss.

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