20th Anniversary- What I Am Wearing Out to Dinner - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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20th Anniversary- What I Am Wearing Out to Dinner


Coming back from the beach and seeing the sun and sea, I was inspired by the ocean for this week’s looks. Although this was not the dress I wore for beach photos, I decided to wear it for our Anniversary dinner.

My newly painted toes in teal done at the REEDS spa in Avalon. Read about it here.

My Outfit

This ruched jersey dress was one I spotted on Poshmark ( Ann Taylor) and it was one of the dresses I considered taking for our whole family professional photoshoot on the beach. My brother, who worked as a Buyer for Macy’s in New York is in Men’s Fashion, thought of the color scheme. We would wear the colors turquoise ( or varying shades of) and coral. I chose to go with blues as I have been wanting to add some more blue shades to my wardrobe.

After some decision making, I decided to go with the dress I will be sharing tomorrow . It is a bit more casual, and beachy.

This rich blue hue is a tealish blue, I’ve always loved as jewel tones work well with my complexion and hair.

I wanted to keep this look fairly simple, and wore my vintage beaded earrings ( from a Charleston shop) a blue-green metal cuff, and my Chinese Laundry sandals. The crinkled leather handbag gave me choppy ocean water vibes .

Since this was bought on Poshmark, I don’t have the dress to link to. I do, however, have a similar style, by Leith, that has been popular each year on Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack that I will link below.

What is great about this style of dress is that you could wear a light kimono over it for that chill you get in a restaurant in summertime. You could also add a jean jacket and slip on sneakers to dress it more casually.

20th Year

well, we have known each other for about 22 years and time has gone by. There has been a lot that has happened in our life, and my illness has accounted for 10 of those years.  It is a benefit that I am functioning much better than I was those years ago.

Some of you may know we met in a Rock Climbing class. Actually we had joined an Outdoor’s Club in Pittsburgh, as I wanted to busy myself with the outdoors after breaking up from a long time college fiance. I knew I was in the right place as they talked of backpacking, hiking, snorkeling, and other outdoor affinities. Then, the Rock Climbing class and I was all in. I had always wanted to try it despite my fear of heights. My hubby became my climbing buddy as he would hold the rope down below and I trusted him to belay me.

It is hard to believe it has been that many years. We moved to NC 18 years ago, and I love it here. The sun, the ability to be outside much of the year, and the people.

We ate very well on vacation, so we are holding off a few weeks for our Anniversary dinner. We will venture into Uptown and of course it will be seafood.

Ann Taylor dress bought on Poshmark

bag- Tressje

earrings- Vintage

shoes- Chinese Laundry/Nordstrom

metal cuff c/o Uncommon Goods


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Jess xx


  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:54h, 25 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you and Roy! What a beautiful story of how you met! I don’t think I knew that about you. And good for you taking up rock climbing to combat your fear of heights. You are stronger than I! I am much too afraid of heights to even consider such a thing. This teal dress is beautiful and perfect for an anniversary dinner. I can totally see it with a gorgeous kimono on top, too! It is the perfect dress for that. Thanks for linking!


  • Claire Justine
    Posted at 03:04h, 25 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you both, Jess 🙂 Beautiful dress, love the colour and fab heels. Hope you had a great time.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Mondays. I hope you can join us again tomorrow 🙂 #CreativeMondays

  • rawsonjl
    Posted at 17:23h, 23 July Reply

    Happy anniversary! That dress is beautiful on you.

  • Lindy Sellers
    Posted at 09:40h, 22 July Reply

    Awe! Happy Anniversary, Jess!
    You will be a stunner when you wear that dress to dinner! Chris and I tried a place last week called Rocksalt on Brandywine Rd in Charlotte. It was great! You might love it too!
    Loved hearing the story of how you two met!
    Hope your day is great!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 23 July Reply

      Hi Lindy
      Thanks so much! My hubby mentioned about that place as well. I don’t like oysters but it seems they have other seafood, we will check it out. I do love to try new places.
      Enjoy the weekend!

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 19:18h, 21 July Reply

    Gorgeous! Teal is also a favorite of mine for the same reason, although my hair has faded a bit. So fun to hear how you and your husband met. Happy Anniversary!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:32h, 24 July Reply

      Thank you Michelle! My hair has faded a ton!

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 14:39h, 20 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary!! The teal is perfect!


  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 09:46h, 20 July Reply

    Va va voom! You look beautiful in this dress! That color on you… Happy anniversary!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 20 July Reply

      Thanks so much Mirielle! I do love certain blues especially teal. 🙂

  • Jodie
    Posted at 17:40h, 19 July Reply

    That dress is spectacular on you Jess!! I have one similar (different brand) from Goodwill, and it works for dress up and casual!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:25h, 20 July Reply

      Thank you Jodie! Yes, I like that about the style as well. I got mine on Poshmark with tags on for $30. 🙂 thrifting

  • shianne
    Posted at 08:46h, 19 July Reply

    SHY – https://www.shyyshianne.com/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 19 July Reply

      Thank you so much! The color was what attracted me to it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:48h, 19 July Reply

    well this is a stunner – that color looks amazing on you and you will have your hubby asking you to marry him all over again! Congrats on 20 years together and I wish you many, many happy and healthy more!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:24h, 19 July Reply

      Thanks so much. I added a few blue pieces to the closet just by looking for the beach dress. I appreciate the Anniversary wishes. can’t believe it has been that long.

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