Happy new year, everyone!

Eighteen days into 2018 and it’s already been a mixed bag. While I’m excited to see what the year has to bring, we also suffered a death in the family late in the year. It’s sad and unfortunate, as all deaths are, but at the same time it also reminds us to be present and extraordinary in the lives that we live. I’ve gone many, many years without making New Year’s resolutions, promises and goals (though, I think I actually did make one or two last year), and I realized that I didn’t make promises because I was afraid of failure. It was then pointed out to me, that we can’t turn ideas and visions about our future into reality without making promises to ourselves or others. So I here I am, with a different outlook and vision for my life in 2018 and you are all along for the ride. =)

Anyway, enough about my personal ramblings and I shall introduce you to this lovely crochet dress that was sent to me from As the name implies, the website is geared towards petites, but also, the items sold are from independent designers which I think is exciting! I’ve always admired independent, lesser known designers because it is such a tough industry and as a child I dreamed of designing clothes. And as a side note, the website also offers petite styling tips and resources which are quite helpful.

The dress I was sent is described as the Sleeveless Lace Dress, but it definitely has a crochet overlay. It is also certainly not work appropriate. If you look closely, you can see it is cut very low in front behind the crochet and there is a cut-out around the mid-section. Lovely for a wedding as a guest or a date night out, but not so much for the office.

Crochet Dress + Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch Sleeveless Lace Short Dress from / Rebecca Minkoff Leo Clutch (OOS in grey, but still lots of colors to choose from) / Ann Taylor Mila Pump / Le Chateau Bracelet (Silver, OOS) / Forever21 rings

With regards to fit, the dress fits very well on me in a size Small. I find it a bit long around the torso due to the fact that I am short-waisted, so it caused a little extra material up in the bodice and shoulders, but the bottom half of the dress fits perfectly and hit me just above the knee. Overall, I’m extremely happy with the quality of the dress so I highly recommend checking out the website for some petite-friendly clothing at reasonable prices, while at the same time supporting independent designers. Also, important to note that shipping is only $4.99 in the within the US. I’m looking forward to wearing this dress in warmer weather, which cannot come soon enough!

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Casual Uniform

I hope all my American friends had an amazing Thanksgiving. While I didn’t have any turkey, I had a pretty intense weekend, that has started me on a life-changing journey, but more of this another day. It’s been quite a while since I had purchased a cardigan, but I came across this olive green open cardigan and it has suddenly become part of my casual uniform for fall. Throw it over a stripe tee and a pair of denim and I’m good to go.

Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto boots Open cardigan + denim + striped tee + moto bootsRag + Bone Moto Boots (old) / Paige Vedugo (similar) / Community Vetus Sweater / Chloe Faye / Lululemon Beanie (old, see similar) / GAP Stripe Tee (similar) / Forever21 rings

I did my best to avoid some unnecessary purchases over Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but I have to admit, I saw some pretty great deals out there. I snagged a few shirts that I’ve had my eye on for a while, but that’s about it. Except for something completely unrelated to fashion–a new Kitchenaid stand mixer! The last few years I’ve owned a Cuisinart, which worked great, but I couldn’t resist such a great deal on a 6qt Pro. Any fellow Kitchenaid owners out there have any attachment recommendations? I’m ready to collect them all!

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As my fellow petites can probably relate, it can be incredibly difficult to find a sweater dress that doesn’t completely overwhelm my frame. Sweaterdresses that you see online are usually worn by models who are around 5’10. Meaning, what hits them at mid-thigh, probably hits me at mid-calf. Not a great look. I eventually gave up trying to find a true sweaterdress and started widening my search for a longer length sweater that might work as a dress. Even this turned out to be quite the challenge, but I finally came across a sweater that would allow me to do, what is called, “lampshading”.

Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive CoatStuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive Coat Stuart Weitzman Alllegs Suede Boots + Sweaterdress + Olive CoatZara Masculine Coat (Dark Khaki or a great alternative here) / The Group by Babaton Elmira Sweater (Camel) / Stuart Weitzman Alllegs (Black Suede) / Chloe Faye Medium Leather & Suede Bag (Black)

This sweater also looks great with pants. Ha.

I love the color of this particular sweater I found at Aritzia. While a little bit itchy for my wool-sensitive skin, it is not overly irritating over the right layer.

If this sweater is out of your price range, I found some other alternatives that look petite-friendly:

On a side note, I finally decided to make a blog-dedicated Instagram account (@cher_dressedaccordingly). I figured people might be getting tired of all my dog- and food-related posts. I’m really enjoying the new IG account, as I feel more comfortable using pictures that are more “free-style” poses. Of course, you are all still also welcome to follow my personal account (@ch3r_m). Hut if you would like to follow something a bit more style-oriented, my new account is probably a better bet.

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