4th Of July Casual Look – Soft Surroundings Tee - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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4th Of July Casual Look – Soft Surroundings Tee


Hello friends and Happy Monday!

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and that you had nice weather.

Im wearing a periwinkle blue top gifted to me by Soft Surroundings and styled it for the 4th of July.

Outfit and What’s Goin On

Boy, it is hard to believe it is the end of June. I wonder what has improved since early March, and do keep up here and there with the news a bit, only in print. I will read Maria’s Shriver’s “Sunday Morrning” and also the New York Times newsletter, “The Morning” a few days a week and excuse myself from the news on the TV. It really kind of sets the tone in the morning, and I am trying to help my mom in ways to create a less stressful environment. We talk about things, discussing them on the deck with our coffee in the morning, but are not overloaded as we once were.

We had a nice weekend, taking mom to one of the restaurants on the Lake, with tables far apart. We both enjoyed crab cakes, which they are noted for, but were surprised to not see masks on the waiters. North Carolina Gov Roy Cooper issued a mask order for last Friday. We enjoyed the atmosphere which felt a little strange, but also welcoming.

We also took a walk at a nearby Greenway. My Shih Tzu, Truffles was on full alert! She is an explorer and also one that looks out for the squirrels and bunnies. She missed a bunny by a few inches, and later made a squirrel do a backflip off a nearby bridge ( it wasn’t a far drop). But she was in full form, and my boy, Gibson backs her up. We were all laughing and enjoying the walk.

I wanted to wear a casual 4th of July outfit and will share another look tomorrow as well. I had a good time combining this new tee with dot details in this periwinkle blue with my Denizen white skinny jeans. They are soft and a bit lighter than my other pairs of white denim. The top is in my usual XS for Soft Surroundings and I did a half tuck for style.

The Uno Alla Volta glass necklace was gifted to me a few years ago and I enjoy taking it out for the holiday. I exchanged my Sam Edelman white stappy sandals for these Zara strappy sandals, as I liked the square toe and the strappier front a bit more. The heels are a comfortable 2.75 inches.

How will you dress for the 4th? Do you keep it casual?

Thank you to Soft Surroundings for gifting me this cornflower blue top. *c/o all opinions are mine and truthful.

isla Del Sol top c/o Soft Surroundings

white jeans– Denizen by Levi

Una Alla Volta c/o necklace

earrings- Baublebar ( similar)

bag- Tressje

Stay Safe,

Jess xx


  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 17:08h, 05 July Reply

    Jess, I love this outfit! This shade of blue is so gorgeous and it pairs beautifully with white jeans. Such a great patriotic summer outfit. Thanks for linking up, my friend.


  • Nancy Weiss
    Posted at 17:52h, 01 July Reply

    Lovely Jess I especially like the daintiness of your necklace

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:56h, 02 July Reply

      Thank you Nancy! I always wear this on a patriotic day. 🙂 It is a unique style.

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 15:50h, 30 June Reply

    Gorgeous outfit, I love the colour of your top! You have such a fabulous jewellery collection…I love your earrings and necklace!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:29h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you Emma! Much of it is from blogging and just collecting over the years. 🙂

  • Jodie
    Posted at 20:42h, 29 June Reply

    Such a stunning outfit Jess…the colors just pop so beautifully,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:36h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks so much! I feel too hot by the time July rolls around to wear jeans, but white jeans are a bit cooler. I do love the periwinkle blue

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 18:00h, 29 June Reply

    Wow! That necklace!! I’ve been looking for white pants. So happy these are in stock, and I love Target clothing!


    • eyeloveknots
      Posted at 18:04h, 29 June Reply

      Spoke too soon… Sold out in my size.

  • Rebecca Phillips
    Posted at 17:24h, 29 June Reply

    I’m obsessed with the periwinkle top and glass necklace Jess. You are always styled perfectly. Lovely with a bold pop of color.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:27h, 29 June Reply

      Hi Rebecca!Thanks so much. I try! I wanted to put together some casual looks as I tend to wear dresses for the 4th, so tis week its jeans and shorts !

  • Leigh
    Posted at 16:43h, 29 June Reply

    Here in New Zealand it’s winter. Last week I bought a lovely Icebreaker long sleeve T-shirt in periwinkle blue. 😊

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:50h, 29 June Reply

      HI to you in New Zealand! It is such a pretty shade of blue.

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 16:33h, 29 June Reply

    Love that soft cornflower blue, it’s perfect with your white jeans. Jacqui x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:51h, 29 June Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! I was planning on a few outfits for the 4th and liked the detail on this top. xx

  • Neti*
    Posted at 15:52h, 29 June Reply

    Your look is so Comfy and Chic! Our usual dress-up for the 4th here is bathing suits. But, the beaches are closed again for the holiday so backyard shorts will have to do. Enjoy July Jess. . .

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:52h, 29 June Reply

      Hi Neti! thank you! I bought a bathing suit for this summer, but i dont think i ll be wearing it, as there are too many people in the pool. Our vacation is postponed. So I know! Shorts it is ( and dresses) You too!

  • carmen
    Posted at 15:16h, 29 June Reply

    Such a beautiful necklace Jess! Love the red, white and blue! It’s a great colour combo for a 4th of July outfit (or anytime for that matter) and a great flag of a great country! I have always had a dream to live in America and be an American, hopefully, a Snowbird someday. I’ll be wearing red and white (Canada’s colours) on Canada Day. 🙂


  • OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com
    Posted at 11:32h, 29 June Reply

    How nice to have dinner out with your mama. But I, like you, am surprised that the wait staff didn’t wear masks. We have to wear masks everywhere, here in El Paso. Of course, cases in Texas are taking off again.
    Beautiful color in your Soft Surroundings tee. I like that it isn’t the traditional navy. But your accessories add that bit of tradition! That necklace design is perfect for the neckline of that top.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:06h, 13 July Reply

      Thank you! Yes, we are wearing masks and it is frustrating to see people not following rules. The necklace is one I take out each year.

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 09:56h, 29 June Reply

    The t-shirt is adorable, I love it! I wish they had it in one of “my” colors. I know what you mean about news. I completely stay off FB and only listen to a couple of political podcasts.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:53h, 29 June Reply

      Thank you Kim! This blue would work on you or black 😉 I get the NY Times newsletter. 🙂

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 08:28h, 29 June Reply

    Yum, crab cakes sound delicious. We love outdoor seating, It’s weird seeing people in mask everywhere.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:53h, 29 June Reply

      Me too Lisa, I really always look forward to sitting outside and enjoying a meal or drink. It is.

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:04h, 29 June Reply

    It’s gotten to the point where if I see someone without a mask it looks weird. Strange times. It’s probably a good idea to limit news, we just limit our exposure to others and keep doing our thing.
    Periwinkle is so pretty on you my friend! Love the jewelry too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:54h, 29 June Reply

      Yes, there have been places where I feel i am the only one wearing one! it is strange. I think you are doin it right too, we do the same, limit our exposure. Thanks! Glad you like the 4th of july look!

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 02:52h, 29 June Reply

    I love your necklace! Very pretty and unusual. And of course it ties in so well with your outfit. Blue and white always looks so fresh!

    Like you, I never watch the news. I do have digital subscriptions to the Washington Post, and our local paper, The Las Vegas Review Journal, that I skim most days. When our governor started reopening on May 9th, it was demanded that all employees wear masks. Most were pretty good about it. However due to a spike in cases (because only some were taking precautions) wearing a mask outside your home. Only about 50% are so far. 🙄🙄🙄🙄

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:56h, 29 June Reply

      Thank you Michelle! Got it gifted a few years ago from a company that sells pieces from all around the world.
      Yes, I do the same, digital subscriptions, a few. Believe me, something has to change, right?

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