A Sampling of My Favorite Looks from 2015 + 10 Things About Me You Don’t Know - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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A Sampling of My Favorite Looks from 2015 + 10 Things About Me You Don’t Know



Hello Ladies,

I thought I would share with you, albeit a little later than some of the other blogger’s, a small sampling  of my favorite looks from the 2015.I have done Facebook Quizzes lately that tell me my Style Icon is Grace Kelly, and my style type is Romantic. Mmmm. Kind of spot on,  how do those algorithms work anyway? I thought I would also share the link to the Interview I had from Sylvia’s 40 Plus Style Blog, which featured my fashion. It was so lovely to be asked. http://40plusstyle.com/how-to-look-elegant-and-romantic-a-style-interview-with-jessica/

 Yet, another quiz on Facebook   I took said my Mental Age was 82, Physical age was 24, and  my “Charisma” was “Punctual”. Boy , I like to think of my personality of being a bit more than “punctual”! I wanted to share with you today  more Things About Me you Don’t know. Getting to know me, getting to know all about me….. ( ha 🙂

I have a fair amount of favorites, as I love tweed,, velvet and so many textures for fall and winter. In the spring and summer time, I suppose I could be known as the “flower queen” as I like my florals, and also love lace.  I have worn more colors this year, and found what colors work best with my fair skin and red hair. I do love to wear skirts and dresses more than pants, but have tried to expand my wardrobe by wearing faux leather leggings and denim knit jeans recently. I collect brooches as love unique or vintage jewelry and of course faux fur in wraps and stoles. I hope to wear more denim this spring and show how to dress it up.



I thought I would share some things about me that you may not know: Start off the New Year with some Fun Facts about Me. 

1. I have always been a tomboy, as a young girl I played softball, got my lifeguarding certificate played hockey with my brother’s friends in our  driveway, football in front of our house and kickball in the street.. Later, I was into rock climbing, biking, and I love hiking in the woods, camping in nature.

2. Bad habit: I am terrible about closing doors and cabinets. I tell my husband that psychologically it must mean that I want to leave things open in life, that let opportunities come my way and not close them out. Either that, or I am lazy!

3. I played a hot  pink BC Rich Metal/Rock Bass in a Blues Band. We played old blues from Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, and also Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughn. My bass stood out like a sore thumb! I do miss playing in that band!

4 Tv Shows: I Love Discovery ID. I can’t get enough of The Homicide Hunter: Joe Kenda, Deadly Women, Wicked  Attraction.  Brainless fun Tv: Millionaire Matchmaker.! Fav Show this yr: Fargo

5 Food/Drink: I could eat salmon every evening. I love red Spanish wines: Tempranillo, Granache, Malbec, and I wake up each morning to a glass of jack daniels. ( just kidding!) ice cold whole milk. Love it

6. I was bullied relentlessly in my senior year of high school.  Graduating early in high school, I had an extra English class to take. I had 2 girls that decided to bully me, break pencils in my face, call names, make fists  and egg our house, yet the counselor decided I should do my work during class in the library alone, while they remained there. Bad advice! Im not really a fighter!

7. I love Journey and Def Leppard   must sing in the car to “Separate Ways”, “Photograph”  etc, but also am a former “headbanger” who listened/s to loads of Metallica, ( Black Album), Ozzy, Steve Vai. etc. I think this is when I had to grow my hair long, as one can’t headbang quite the same with short hair.

8 Celebrity Crush: Christian Bale. Now, there are many types of Christian Bales. Not “The Machinist” Christian Bale, definitely not. No, the Batman or more likely even, ” American Psycho”. There are some places I have to  pause in this movie. 🙂

9 If I could choose a job right now to be a part of it would be : play guitar in a Swing Band. I LOVE Cherry Poppin Daddies, Big Bag Voodoo Daddy, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Brian Setzer, and of course the older Cab Calloway,

10. I sing to my puppies daily. I have a captive audience as they sit intently listening on the edge of the bed. I love to improvise and make up doggy tunes on the spot.

11. I would have loved to gone into acting. I took several  classes about 5 years ago, and the teacher thought I was quite good. She liked my monologue as Julia Roberts from  ” Steel Magnolias” Improv was scary but so much fun!

Hope you enjoyed this fashion retrospect and got to find out a bit about me 🙂

XO jess

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly,  SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   On Trend Tuesdays Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,  Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 


  • OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    Posted at 11:01h, 19 January Reply

    Thanks for sharing Jess and so sorry about the bullying I am sure you went on to great things while they are still feeling as insecure as they did back then….so there! Can totally relate also with the acting but you already now that. xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style at Mandereley

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:37h, 21 January Reply

      Thanks ! Yes, those girls were mean! YOu wonder where they are now. Glad you like my post. x

  • Ana from Mrs. American Made
    Posted at 10:54h, 19 January Reply

    Fun post – lucky pups! They must be happy little guys. : )

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 20:45h, 18 January Reply

    These are always fun and interesting.

    Congrats on your style interview with Sylvia. : )

    Christian Bale in American Psycho? Hmmm…you might need to see a therapist about that! Ha! He is an intense dude though. Maybe that is what you find attractive.

    I think you would have made a great actress. It’s never too late.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:55h, 18 January Reply

      Haha! Not his behavior silly! I was never into psychopaths! Looks only. Very fit body in the movie. Ill leave it there. ha! Aww thanks about the acting, I just wonder how reliable I would be with rehearsals and such if I am sick … thank you for the support though!
      xx jess

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 11:47h, 18 January Reply

    Love this – getting to know you better, Jess. I too love Fargo, leaving cabinets open, and Jack in the morning (kidding!). And singing to your babies – love that. I always ask mine “Who’s the best kitty?” and they never have the answer! Thanks for sharing these fab looks – I think the blanket scarf stands out. xox


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:51h, 18 January Reply

      Haha! No jack huh? seems like we have these things in common. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Aww, your kitty knows it! xx

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 11:34h, 18 January Reply

    Bullies really are insecure people – that’s what we have to remind ourselves but they so can blight people’s lives. I’m glad you’ve been able to rise above it all.
    Oh I would’ve loved to have seen you play in your band! And I can just imagine you playing in a swing band.
    But I never would’ve had you down as a tomboy! I’m glad you’re branching out into trousers. I loved the outfit the other day with the poncho and leather leggings.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:03h, 18 January Reply

      Thanks my friend. Yes, they were mean girls! But wonder where they are now. Very true, insecure. Yes, I miss playing in my band and the fun times and musicianship we all had. Swing is my favorite, love the old Big Bands like Bennie Goodman, as well as listening to the ones I mentioned. I enjoy my style ,but really was quite happy with the poncho, something I thought i would never wear, it was fun to try! Basically I dont wear as many pants due to sensitivity in my legs, but I have days where it is better, so I am tryingto style more jeans, leather pants etc.

      Have a wonderful week!
      jess xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 20:11h, 17 January Reply

    These are fabulous pics of you and I agree with the romantic, Grace Kelly look. I do not agree that you are 82 in any age!
    I lam so glad that you shared these facts about you. I am so sorry to read about being bullied, that is so terribly awful.
    I also love that you sing to your pups… you are sweet and so pretty, i could see you on- screen.
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:59h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Elle
      Yes, one regret was that I didnt get into acting in high school etc. but music was my choice and I dont regret that. Thank you! I know we laughed at some of the FB quizzes. Glad you like my looks and I wonder where those girls are now. I would have liked to have had more confidence them to stick up for myself!
      Jess xx

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 19:15h, 17 January Reply

    It’s great to learn more about you! Thanks for sharing!

  • cassidl
    Posted at 13:59h, 17 January Reply

    your bad habit, I have to laugh that is Kent’s worst bad habit and both his boys inherited it, I hate open doors and cabinets.
    So I totally sympathize with hubby

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:56h, 18 January Reply

      Linda, you made me laugh, I really dont know why I do that. Hubby was glad to hear that! xx

  • Nadine Fei
    Posted at 11:32h, 17 January Reply

    Your sampling of your favorite Looks is wonderful, dear Jess! It´s hard to believe, that once you were a tomboy. You look so beautiful and feminine with your lovely outfits!

    xxxxx Nadine


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:25h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you Nadine! Yes , I have always loved sports growing up. 🙂 xx

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 21:20h, 15 January Reply

    I enjoyed learning a bit more about you when I read Sylvia’s interview earlier this week! Thanks for sharing a few more things! Sorry about the bullying; kids/teenagers can be so cruel. Well, some people remain cruel their entire life…

    I love your favorite wines, too! And how great that you sing to your puppies!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:57h, 16 January Reply

      Thank you Andrea! I just thought I would include some fun things that werent fashion related. Ah, I wonder where those girls are now! Thanks for reading! xx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 19:08h, 15 January Reply

    I was surprised to know that you are a tomboy but not surprised that you have a dry sense of humor. Have a great weekend, lovely!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:58h, 16 January Reply

      Yes! I dress I suppose anything but like a tomboy, but have always loved sports! Have a great weekend. x

  • Shelly
    Posted at 15:12h, 15 January Reply

    Love this! I definitely think of you as the floral queen…you always rock floral! Which is kind of ironic since you were a tomboy. Wouldn’t you love to tell those girls “how do you like me now?!!” ha! Hope you have a super weekend.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:54h, 18 January Reply

      Hi Shelly
      Yes, I kind of wish I had more confidence back then to stick up for myself, but you learn right? Yes! a big tomboy, if I didnt have EDS I would still be rock climbing as I always have loved sports. xx

  • samantha4blair
    Posted at 13:20h, 15 January Reply

    Wonderful post, Jess!
    It made me sad to think of you being bullied by these knuckle-draggers.
    Sad and a bit mad!
    I was bullied at work (when I first started, as a young woman of 23) by my male boss (who was a groper too)
    To cut a long story short, I now feel fearless…. We face adversity, we overcome it, we become stronger!

    Thank you for sharing some more of “yourself” with us.
    You are an inspiration.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:53h, 18 January Reply

      Sam, love the term Knuckle draggers! Havent heard that much, they were that and knuckle heads! It was hard then, but no one bullies me now! Sorry to hear about ur situation too.

      Glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 xx

  • 50 Is Not Old
    Posted at 08:21h, 15 January Reply

    I love that you are letting your readers know a little more about you. I can just see you singing to puppies, that is sooo adorable.?

    • Jess
      Posted at 13:02h, 15 January Reply

      Thank you! Yes, I thought at almost 2 years, I should share some fun facts. I think my puppies enjoy my goofy songs!

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