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Turning Heads Linkup-3rd Year Blog Anniversary and What I’ve Learned

Hello friends!

Thank you as always for being here for Turning Heads Tuesday. Today is a special as this is my 3rd year of blogging and I am just amazed at so many things about this medium and the friends I have made. First of all, I wanted to dress up for this celebration and am wearing my red lace Tadashi Shoji dress that I wore to Fashion Week several years ago. I thought it aprapo with Valentine’s Day coming up, and I don’t get as much of a chance to wear this dress , with the exception of certain holidays. I wanted to get my pups, Gibson and Truffles in on the act as they are very special to me as well, so I thought why not?! Kind of a mommy and me post, with puppies, especially with Gibby dressed in his black biker jacket!

I have learned a number of things while blogging for this amount of time and it is funny as I initially thought this would just be a diversion away from pain and a fun hobby. Blogging has become a lot more.

Some of the things I have learned:

  • I went to school for journalism prior to getting a degree in Music. I have always enjoyed writing, and this has been a great outlet for me to do so.
  • I enjoy being part of a group ( over 40) where women support one another.
  • Blogging has given me more opportunity to be creative with my outfits and view dressing as an “art”
  • I have learned to try new things and learned ways of dressing I might not have normally tried. ie.. pattern mixing…unique color mixing
  • I enjoy meeting women from all over the world.. a more “modern pen-pal”
  • I do enjoy working with brands that want to showcase “my style” I have enjoyed the opportunities that have come my way, where I might not have had them.
  • It does take a fair amount of time to post just 3 days a week.. between editing, picture-taking, uploading, commenting, writing etc and sometimes you are listening to crickets when you think you have a great post.  But, life goes on.. ay? I don’t know how the ladies do it that post more than that!
  • I have gotten to know ladies and enjoy their friendships, people I wouldn’t have known if it wasn’t for blogging.
  • It can put a dent in your bank account,with all of the shopping temptation … but through blogging and my own desire for “deals” I have found ways to shop that won’t break the bank!
  • I am quite happy with my style, and look forward to styling more casual looks as well.
  • My hair is one of my assets, I can never cut it! ( joking, joking)
  • I have always believed this, but even more so now, no matter what age, I will wear what I enjoy wearing.

My Biker Boy! 🙂

Truffles is my little prima dona. No, really she is pretty mellow but she does love certain things like her little plaid pink fru-fru coat.

When I saw this dress on Bloomingdale’s site, I jumped at it! I love red, the well made lace and of course the detailing around the waist and bodice.

Walking in Memphis, Style with a Smile, I Do Declare,  Sandy A La Mode | I Do deClaire || A Labour of Life |  Curly Crafty Mom |  | High Latitude Style  Spread the Kindness

So, I imagine some of you may have similar thoughts on your list for what you have learned… tell me about it!  I am going to have a glass of Meomi or will it be champagne to celebrate the 3 yrs? 

I had to get the pups in on the action today, as they are my little “guardian angels” who have truly helped me throughout the years when I first began this journey into blogging after my accident.  Gibby is in his biker jacket  ( see we are both in motos?) and Truffles is in her little fru-fru pink plaid coat with faux fur.( she is a princess) . It makes me laugh as both of their tails wag when I get out their coats!

Thank you for participating in Turning Heads Tuesday! I would appreciate if you commented on 2 bloggers posts as the interaction is what makes this a successful linkup. Im going to kick back and have a glass of vino as I check out your fab looks!
Lets have fun at the Linkup! Please follow me, your host on Instagram if you havent followed me on social media yet.
Most clicked this week:  Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style wears a lovely bright pink jacket.
Pinterest Pic of the Week: I love Andrea’s embroidered jeans, from Andrea’s Wellness Notes so fun with the black moto!

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 05:46h, 10 February Reply

    Oh, Happy Blogaversary Jess! It is great, kind of satisfaction if it turns out that this hobby give you much more that you expected. For me is definitely like that. I wish you much more fun and interesting years. You look stunning!

    Anna xoxo

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    Posted at 00:47h, 10 February Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 20:09h, 08 February Reply

    First of all, congrats on your 3 years blogging anniversary. I have very similar thoughts to yours, Jess, about what you learned since you’ve started. Second, the dress is a stunner and you look absolutely fabulous in it

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:32h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you Anna! i appreciate it. The dress caught my eye straight away! 🙂 xx

  • Shelly
    Posted at 12:07h, 08 February Reply

    Happy Blogiversary Jess! You look gorgeous in this beautiful dress.

    Shelly|The Queen in Between

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 11:01h, 08 February Reply

    Congrats on the anniversary! I enjoyed reading what you have learned. You look so lovely in this dress!!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Getyourprettyon
    Posted at 08:26h, 08 February Reply

    Congratulations and you look stunning!! Also, never cut your hair. 😉

  • Leelo
    Posted at 02:40h, 08 February Reply

    Your dress looks absolutely stunning!

  • Cielo Fronteras
    Posted at 01:43h, 08 February Reply

    Happy Anniversary to your blog!!! What a gorgeous dress you have on! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Leeann @ Join the Gossip
    Posted at 01:23h, 08 February Reply

    Congrats on the blogiversary! This community really is like no other. Such a pretty gown and I’m loving the adorable dog shots!

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 00:07h, 08 February Reply

    Thanks for linking up to the Ageless Style Linkup!

  • Imogen
    Posted at 20:20h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulation – and I do know just how much blogging has brought to my life – and how many wonderful people I’ve met because of it!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:29h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you Imogen! Yes, it has been a great experience. xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 19:31h, 07 February Reply

    What a stunning red lace maxi, a perfect Valentine’s day dress for you! Congrats on your blogging anniversary! You are inspiring -how much you have accomplished!
    I do also like the modern pen pal analogy and feel the same!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:57h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you Elle, that means alot. I also consider you one of my friends I have met through blogging. Thanks very much for your lovely comment! xx

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 17:01h, 07 February Reply

    Your dress is gorgeous! And I’m just dying at how cute your doggy is in that jacket!!! 🙂

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 15:57h, 07 February Reply

    Jess, Happy Anniversary! How exciting! Your outfit is amazing! I love the contrast of the elegant red lace with the edgy moto jacket. And your pups are adorable! Love their little jackets. You look fabulous and I am learning so much from you. Thank you for your wonderful blog! – Amy

  • Coco
    Posted at 15:24h, 07 February Reply

    Thank you for hosting dear! I’m linking back to you HERE Hope you’ll check out my latest Fashion post

  • Leslie
    Posted at 14:53h, 07 February Reply

    What a lovely and cute post!!! You’re gorgeous and your puppies are just precious!!!

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 14:28h, 07 February Reply

    Wow Jess, you’re a total stunner in this gorgeous red dress! The moto jacket looks fab with it. The pups are so cute in their jackets 🙂 Congrats on the blog anniversary!

    Emma xxx

  • Liz
    Posted at 13:18h, 07 February Reply

    Congrats on turning three!! I loved reading this post! Mine is coming up pretty soon too. I loved hearing that you’re a musician too… and a guitarist nonetheless!


  • Jennie
    Posted at 12:40h, 07 February Reply

    Gorgeous red dress! It is perfect for this anniversary post and I really like it with your moto jacket. Happy blog anniversary to you, Jess!

  • Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 12:19h, 07 February Reply

    This dress is stunning on you! I love this bright red color on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:24h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Laura! I wore this as Christmas time, it is a favorite. xx

  • rosie
    Posted at 11:27h, 07 February Reply

    happy bloggerversary!!! that’s amazing

    Life is just Rosie

  • dawnlucy
    Posted at 10:42h, 07 February Reply

    Wow, happy blogoversary Dear! And you look smashing in that Tadashi Shoji dress … drooling over that!!!! OMG! And your doggies dressed up too? The little biker jacket? I’m dying of cuteness over here!!! 😉 It’s been great to “meet” you and be able to call you friend and I look forward to years more of fun, fashion, and friendships together!

    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:11h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Dawn, she is one of my favorites. Same to me, I have felt very happy to “meet” you as well, and consider you a friend. xx

  • Andrea
    Posted at 10:30h, 07 February Reply

    Happy Birthday to your blog dear Jess!

    The dress is so beautiful! I love it with the biker jacket.

    And I love your reflection on three years of blogging.

    Thanks for picking me for your Pinterest pick! Happy Tuesday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:12h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Andrea! Time has gone by! Ive been glad to get to know you as well. xx

  • sequinist
    Posted at 09:57h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on the blogaversary! Here’s to the next three years! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:25h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Lisa, I appreciate you stopping by! xx

  • Kimberly Miller
    Posted at 09:52h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on 3 years of blogging, Jess! That’s quite a milestone–definitely something to celebrate!

    You’re looking gorgeous, as always. And your pups look adorable in their jackets. 🙂


  • plutrell
    Posted at 09:21h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on three years! Your dress and smile are gorgeous…and thanks for the link up!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 09:18h, 07 February Reply

    Congrats on three years! This look is amazing. Your look stunning in that lace dress and I love how you styled it with an edgy leather jacket. Your dog’s matching moto jacket is killer!

    xx, Elise

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Elise, it was fun and I think I might print the photo of gibby and I out, i love him in the moto. Tdashi Tsoji is one of my favorite designers. xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:17h, 07 February Reply

    Wow! You look amazing! Love that dress! And those puppy jackets, especially the leather one, are absolutely adorable! Happy Blogaversary!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:11h, 07 February Reply

    I loved reading about what you’ve learned in the last 3 years. My favorite was the point on fashion being art. Those are me exact my feelings too! The more artistic and over-the-top, the better for me 🙂 It really does fill my soul! Congratulations on your anniversary! XO



  • Celia M. - HighHeeledLife.com
    Posted at 09:04h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on your Blogaversary!! You are an inspiration … and I truly look forward to seeing what you are styling each week. The way you personalize through accessorizing is always amazing! This dress look fabulous on you on its own .. add that moto jacket and WOW!! the unexpected makes it that much more… Gibson looks tres handsome in his biker jacket and little Miss Truffles too precious in her little coat … I so hear you when you say they are your “guardian angels”. Can’t wait to see what you will be inspiring us with in the coming months .. hugs C. … and P.S. go for the champagne !!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:30h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Celia, that means alot to me. I loved this dress… at first sight on the bloomies website. I know you feel the same about your little ones as well. They are very precious! Glad you enjoyed this post, thanks so much! xo

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 09:02h, 07 February Reply

    Happy Blogiversary! Congratulations! You look stunning in that dress! What a statement piece!

  • glassofglam
    Posted at 08:41h, 07 February Reply

    Wow 3 years! DEFINITELY have some champagne for that! Gibby and Truffles look absolutely regal in their outfits. I’m so glad you included them in your glam photoshoot.

    I’m hosting a link-up with Trendy & Tidy this week! You should definitely come link-up this outfit! Maybe the photo of you with Gibby in his biker jacket 🙂

    Glass of Glam

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:37h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Roxanne! So glad you enjoyed the shoot and my pups were very good in it! Sure Ill pop by the linkup. xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 08:35h, 07 February Reply

    Stunning in red Jess – congrats on your 3rd!!!!

    I’m back at blogging as a brand ambassador of Los Angeles-based indie brand Team Baciano – come check out this fab piece I am wearing from their collection!!!

    Happy Tuesday!


  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:27h, 07 February Reply

    Congrats, Jess!! It is quite an accomplishment, especially considering your EDS!!
    This dress is so stunning on you, yet I love how when you throw the leather jacket over it—it becomes almost everyday!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:39h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Jodie! It is hard to believe right? Glad you like the look, I really love this designer.. 🙂 xx

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:07h, 07 February Reply

    Those puppies of yours are pretty adorable! The matching moto jackets made me chuckle!! Congrats on the 3rd year and that gorgeous dress. Great excuse to wear it again. Blogging really is a blessing.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:39h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Julie! Yes, it makes me laugh too! They were pretty good for the shoot, as it was cold that day. It has been good meeting you!xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 08:04h, 07 February Reply

    Congrats on 3 years, lady! 🙂 Cheers to many more!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:40h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Ashley! I appreciate your comments.xx

  • Mica
    Posted at 08:01h, 07 February Reply

    You look absolutely stunning in that dress, and I like the leather jacket with it, btu Gibson wins the post, what a cute outfit! You are very stylish so of course you’ve got some cute outfits for your adorable pups! 🙂 I wish Cooper was so excited when we bring out his little pile of clothes, haha!

    Congrats on the blogaversary and thank you for the link up!
    Hope you had a really nice weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:41h, 07 February Reply

      I knew Gibby would overshadow me! haha! I had to get them in on the act. Aw,, little Cooper, thats sweet, maybe he needs a leather moto! Thanks very much. xx

  • Mimi
    Posted at 07:34h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on the anniversary! Thank you for sharing your lovely style and hosting us each week.
    I know this next year will be just as exciting!
    XXOO, Mimi

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:40h, 07 February Reply

      Hi Mimi, thank you very much! Lets hope so! xx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 07:31h, 07 February Reply

    Jess, you are so beautiful! I consider you a blogging friend and hope to meet you in real life one day. I appreciate what you’ve shared in this post and echo so much of what you’ve said. Have a beautiful day!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:42h, 07 February Reply

      Aw, Carrie you are very sweet. Same with me, I would love meeting. You too! xx

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:00h, 07 February Reply

    Congrats on 3 years! You look stunning in red!

    Doused In Pink

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style at Manderley
    Posted at 06:25h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations first of all Jess. I just celebrated my 3rd and it feels great to have met so many beautiful fellow bloggers, right? Love love love the dress and the color. xo Sabina

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 06:24h, 07 February Reply

    Stunning dress!!!! Congrats!

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:21h, 07 February Reply

    Gorgeous dress and congrats on 3 years!!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:08h, 07 February Reply

    You are a stunning vision of glory! WOWZERS What a dress!! Congrats on 3 years, I know I sure am a lucky lady to know you, your sweet heart, fab style and precious Truffles too!! (Love her coat too!) Here’s to many more you gorgeous gal!!

  • Bogi Kenney
    Posted at 05:55h, 07 February Reply

    Happy anniversary! You look absolutely stunning in red!

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:33h, 07 February Reply

    You look gorgeous Jess…Happy Blogiversary! Love the puppy moto jacket. 🙂

  • James Jill
    Posted at 04:46h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on the third anniversary of your blog Jess. Your gorgeous red dress the perfect choice for a celebration. So pleased your sweet pups joined the celebration.

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 04:16h, 07 February Reply

    That’s an absolutely stunning dress, and it looks great with the leather jacket too! Congrats on your anniversary.


  • Heather Lord
    Posted at 03:55h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! I love the red dress with the biker jacket. Gibson and Truffles are the picture of “pawfection” too! So lovely to see them with you, Jess.

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 03:52h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations Jess! We must have started the same year. That dress is just “wow” Here’s to many more years of us chatting from other sides of the world my friend x
    Oh and try and stop by at the link up I’m starting on Thursday xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:46h, 07 February Reply

      Thank you Laurie! I had a feeling we started around the same time. So glad ive got to know you and I do enjoy the friendship. Happy to! xx

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 02:37h, 07 February Reply

    Happy blogiversary! Don’t you look festive! And the pups are just adorable, and rhe matching outfits so cute.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:30h, 07 February Reply

    Congretulations!🎉🎀🎈✨🎇🎆🎊🎁 And what a surprise to be featured on this special day together with the lovely Andrea! Thank you😘😘
    Your dogs,puppys, look so terrible cute! And that dress is just made for you, amazing Jess!

  • Katie
    Posted at 01:41h, 07 February Reply

    Happy 3rd year anniversary with blogging! The red dress is gorgeous on you and Truffles is so cute!


  • Rena
    Posted at 01:21h, 07 February Reply

    Congratulations on your blogaversary! Blogging is certainly a great creative outlet and a fabulous way to “meet” new people. And O.M.G. your dress is gorgeous and your pairing of it with a leather jacket is brilliant. The pups are adorable, too. Thanks for hosting the link up.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:47h, 07 February Reply

      Thanks so much Rena. I have enjoyed getting to know you. Thank you, the dress was love at first sight and the pups are my little shadows. 🙂 xx

  • Mary Murnane (@MaryMurnane)
    Posted at 01:09h, 07 February Reply

    Wow! Congratulations on this milestone! Such a beautiful dress for the occasion.


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