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A Walk in the Woods

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Hello Ladies!

Hope ya’ll had a lovely weekend. Today is mine and my husband’s 13th Anniversary! Hard to believe. When someone asks how long we have been married,  we usually jokingly respond ” 13 years, but it feels like 30! ” This is only partially a joke. We dated for 3 years, so it has been 16 years, and he is my best friend too, so it feels like we have known each other longer. We actually met, in ECP, the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh, when I lived there for 32 years. I was dying to take their Rock Climbing Class, to learn to climb rock faces, and he also joined the class.

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I am not known for my sense of direction, so I got lost and ended up late finding the place for the first meeting. There was this tall, dark and handsome guy coming down the stairs, dressed in black, looking very New Yorkish, in black pants, a black turtleneck, and black shoes, One thing, I wondered was, why did he have side burns? Should I tell him that the 70s called, and want their side burn back!! Nevertheless, we got to know each other in climbing class, where he belayed me while I was on the rock face. I figured, I better get to know this guy, if he is going to be the one keeping me up there and watching for my safety. The rest is HIstory….

So, I dedicate this post, representing the outdoors and all of the fun we had climibing Seneca Rock, the fun we continue to have camping, hiking, and doing other favorite outdoor past times to my husband., Roy. Happy Anniversary.

My outfit, I wanted to be neutral, as I have worn alot of color in the past few weeks. I love the look of the bardot off the shoulder top with both full skirts and pencil skirts. I added some interest with my leopard flats , my black metal earrings from Etsy,  my blue quilted Kate Spade bag. Enjoy those colors and the colors in the flowers and all around.

Top: ASOS, Skirt ( Ann Taylor), Flats: Naturalizer,Ebay Earrings: Etsy, Handbag: Kate Spade ( Ebay)

Linking up with Patti from Visable Monday, Still Being Molly, Tues: Style Elixer Style Sessions  Life’s a Party

85 Comments
  • Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style
    Posted at 23:34h, 17 July Reply

    Happy anniversary! It’s so funny, my husband and I are about to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary, as well 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:34h, 18 July Reply

      Happy Earl Anniversary to you and your hubby! Thank you! Have a great weekend, jess cc

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 20:29h, 16 July Reply

    Happy anniversary, Jess! Chic fab look and I want those earrings!
    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:34h, 17 July Reply

      Thanks Dawn! I would totally lend them to you if you were in Charlotte! They were a one of a kind of Etsy, they have some really neat jewelry 🙂 have a great day, jess xo

  • Marta
    Posted at 15:49h, 16 July Reply

    Happy Anniversay!! This is such a great & classic look on you-pretty pics too!
    Marta
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:55h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you Marta, glad you like the look, I will tell my husband v about the photogra[phy! jess xx

  • Madaline
    Posted at 06:39h, 16 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Love that top – I need to find something similar!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:56h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you Madaline. There are a ton of this style on ASOS. Have a great day! jess

  • Che
    Posted at 05:39h, 16 July Reply

    Your bag collection is awesome, I want this light blue one too. 😉 I do have a sense of direction but I can´t read a map even if my life depends on it, hahaha!

    http://dressingupforme.blogspot.com/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:55h, 16 July Reply

      Cute, Che! Tell me about it! Glad you like my collection, since I can’t wear heels because of my illness, I went in the way of bags! Have a great day! jess xx

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Posted at 00:54h, 16 July Reply

    Awwwwww best wishes and happy anniversary to you and the hubby….wow that’s really a reason to celebrate & thanks for sharing with us how you two met! But let’s also talk about that pretty bag sitting beside you…..I LOVE IT!!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:54h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks Rebecca, glad you liked how we met, I would love to be on a rock face now! Yes, girl that was my gift, glad you like my taste in bags! Have a great daay hon, xojess

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 00:48h, 16 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! What a great story on how you met.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:52h, 16 July Reply

      Thanks so much Alice, I miss rock climbing though! Have a great day, jess xx

  • Zhuo
    Posted at 23:37h, 15 July Reply

    Black and white is classy and elegant. You look very nice in this outfit!

    http://staybeautifulforyou.blogspot.com/

    Zhuo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:52h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you so much Zhuo, I know iti is hard to tell but it is blush . I appreciate your feedback, have a great day, jess xx

  • Monica Roese (GlamVolution)
    Posted at 20:54h, 15 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary, Jess! I have been married 29 years, together 32! It’s so rare to find happily married couples anymore, so YAY for you and your hubby! Love the Kate Spade bag, great ebay find and your earrings are lovely! Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking time to post a comment, it means a lot to me to have your support!
    xo,
    Monica
    http://glamvolution.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:51h, 16 July Reply

      Thank you Monica, I appreciate your well wishes on our Anniversary so true! Glad you like the bag and earrings too, will stop by again, jess xx

  • Rhea D
    Posted at 18:34h, 15 July Reply

    aww lovely story — happy anniversary! lovely outfit as well — i’ve been searching for the perfect off the shoulder top as well but haven’t found one!

    thanks for stopping by my blog. would love to invite you to link up this look as well! —
    Rhea, Et Cetera – Style to Inspire

    happy tuesday!
    rhea | Rhea, Et Cetera

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:02h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks so much Rhea, glad you liked my story and thanks for the Anniversary wishes. Look at ASOS for off the shoulder tops, they have a bunch! Will stop by your link up soon, Have a great week, jess xx

  • Inge
    Posted at 17:14h, 15 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Love this gorgeous bag, and those filigree earrings are so pretty!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:45h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you Inge. I will wear more of my bag, it was a gift, and the earrings were from Etsy, one of a kind! Have a great week! jess xx

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 17:12h, 15 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary Jess. I hope you were well enough to enjoy it? I like how your top is slightly off the shoulders and I love your quilted handbag.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:44h, 15 July Reply

      THanks so much Loran! I aprpreciate the Anniversary Wishes, Have a great week, jess xo

  • Oby Grace
    Posted at 15:33h, 15 July Reply

    Beautiful look! I love your purse!

    Oby Grace
    xoxo
    http://ispyoby.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:51h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks so much Oby! It was a lovely Anniversary gift! have a great week, hon, jess xx

  • Adri
    Posted at 14:46h, 15 July Reply

    Congrats to 13 happy years! What a cute story about how you and your husband met!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:50h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you so much!! Have a great day Adri!
      jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 13:44h, 15 July Reply

    Happy anniversary!!! You look so chic! Love that skirt!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:18h, 23 July Reply

      Thank you Shannon! Glad you like this look. Yes it has been 13 years 🙂 Have a great day! jess xx

  • amy
    Posted at 12:55h, 15 July Reply

    happy anniversary! love your bag and those flats! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:08h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you Amy!! me too ;-)) Have a great day! jess xx

  • Beata B
    Posted at 10:15h, 15 July Reply

    Happy anniversary! You look absolutely stunning:)
    Hugs Beata

    http://www.fashionadventuresatanyage.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:24h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks so much Beata!! Have a great week, will stop by soon. Jess xo

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 08:53h, 15 July Reply

    Happy belated anniversary, Jess! Hope you had a wonderful day celebrating! The setting is gorgeous and I love the clean, simple lines of your outfit! Beautiful! xox~M

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:15h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks so much Mary! Glad you like the outfit, and my hubby loves taking pictures for the blog. Have a great week! jess xo

  • Lana
    Posted at 01:26h, 15 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! Lovely outfit on you – the off the shoulder look is stunning. I always love how you accessorize.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:57h, 15 July Reply

      Thanks Lana, I appreciate the Anniversary wishes, and glad you like the look. I try!! 🙂 Have a great week, jess xx

  • Brittany Gary
    Posted at 22:02h, 14 July Reply

    Happy anniversary! That’s so wonderful. You look stunning and I’m totally covering that bag. So gorgeous.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:55h, 15 July Reply

      Thank you Bittany! I appreciate the lovely comment. The bag was a gift 😉 Have a great week, jess xx

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 20:33h, 14 July Reply

    First off…Happy Anniversary! I have to tell you, I love everything about this look…EVERYTHING! 🙂
    http://thriftmeover.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:42h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much! I need to pop over to your site more often! Glad you like it! I am just a classics kind of girl 🙂 Glad to “see” you! Have a great week, jess xo

      • whosaprettygirl
        Posted at 21:00h, 14 July Reply

        You’re welcome! It’s really hard to keep up with everyone’s blog…this social media stuff is time consuming! Have a great week too!

  • Carrie
    Posted at 19:27h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! This is a great outfit – love that you added the pop of color with the purse and the pattern in the shoes. The skirt is just a great piece!! Love that the top is off the shoulders – nice details in this outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:32h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Carrie! I think these pieces are nice staple pieces in my outfit. Glad you like it. Have a great week! jess xo

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 19:19h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary, what a great stroy about meeting your husband! You look great, I love the off the shoulder top and those black chandelier earings rock!
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:21h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Nora! Glad you liked my story! I really miss rock climbing, can’t do it due to EDS, but had a great time doing it. Glad you like the outfit as well, the earrings were a one of a kind from Etsy, such a cool store. Have a great week! jess xx

  • Cherie James
    Posted at 19:14h, 14 July Reply

    Hi Jess, Thank you for visiting my blog. I love a drop shoulder shirt as well, and neutrals. The blue bag is a nice pop of color and the leopard shoes (my weakness) are great. But, gotta say I would kill for your hair color! Gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:18h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Cherie! Glad you like everything, and my hair! Due for a cut soon 🙂 Have a great week jess xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 19:07h, 14 July Reply

    I love black and white, esp. in summer! And it looks great with your hair! Congrats on your anniversary by the way! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:17h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you Laurie, i know it may be hard to tell, the skirt is black and blush, thank you nonetheless. Have a great week! jess xx

  • aaarnold
    Posted at 18:30h, 14 July Reply

    I love this skirt! Such a beautiful piece for work. Happy anniversary!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:32h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Amy Ann, Also appreciate your Anniversary wishes. jess xx

  • suzannecarillo
    Posted at 17:29h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary!

    I’m not normally a bag gal but that one has me salivating.

    bisous
    Suzanne

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:44h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks Suzanne!! I just love the quilted style. You and I share alot of common ground with not being too high maintence 🙂 5 minute makeup routines rule!
      have a great week, jess xo

  • Tatiana
    Posted at 16:35h, 14 July Reply

    Cute bag Jessica! The look and picture backdrop is beautiful!
    http://www.weshopinheels.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:01h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you Tatiana! Glad you like it 🙂 I have a pretty good photographer ( my husband) will pass it on, have a great week, jess xo

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 16:06h, 14 July Reply

    Very cute skirt and I love the cut of the top! It looks great on your shoulders!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:01h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much! I was in the mood for neutrals, have a great week! jess xo

  • Val S
    Posted at 15:27h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! You do indeed look elegantly dressed and stylish – the Bardot top is very sexy, too! Perfect for celebrating your happiness together.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:34h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Val! I need a few more of those tops in different colors ! 🙂 Thank you for the Anniversary wishes. Have a great week! jess xx

  • Porcelina
    Posted at 15:11h, 14 July Reply

    That top is very cute on you, something a bit Bardot about it! x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:16h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you!! So cute, it actually is called, a “Bardot” top. I imagine you know that. Have a great day, jess xx

  • mariep
    Posted at 14:10h, 14 July Reply

    Happy anniversary! Lovely walk and flowers!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:11h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Marie! Have a great week, jess xx

  • My Rose Colored Shades
    Posted at 12:54h, 14 July Reply

    Love this black and white outfit and the unexpected pairing with the blue bag. You look so chic! Congratulations on your anniversary! ~Cynthia | My Rose Colored Shades

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:57h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you Cynthia! It may be hard to tel but the skirt is black and blush, still neutral. Glad you like the bag as well, one of my weaknesses 🙂 Appreciate the Anniversary wishes, Have a great week! jess xo

  • Dana
    Posted at 12:34h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary dear Jess and of course ! What a sweet story! I love all this lovely storys how two loving people met! We will celebrate our 25. Anniversary on 29th of July! OMG where are all the years gone?! Beautiful years with the right guy.. we love each other still like we are teenager *g*. I know my husband all my life, our mothers were best friend and pregnant with us at the same time. We were playing together as babies.. so I know my husband for 49 years! 🙂
    Your outfit is divine! Very elegant, stylish and very tasteful chosen. Beautiful colors and the bag is WOW! 🙂

    have a beautiful and sunny day
    Dana 🙂
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:52h, 14 July Reply

      Dana! You are such a sweet lady, and I LOVE your story! Does that mean you were fighting over toys then?That is an amazing story as well, thank you for sharing it with me. You will have to put something on your blog about your special day, 25 years is something to celebrate!! Glad you like the outfit as well, I was in the mood for neutrals! Do you take any request for dresses 😉
      Have a great day as well, friend!!
      Jess xo

  • Monika
    Posted at 12:02h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you and your husband, dear Jess. Absolutely perfect outfit, love black and blush, looks so elegant. Your flats are so lovely and of course the bag!
    Take care
    Monika
    Styleworld40plus.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:05h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you Monika! Thanks so much. Time flies. Glad you liked the outfit, I needed a change from color for a bit. And my bag another gift for my Anniversary/Bday from hubby. Hope you are doing well and have a great week, lovely lady!!
      jess xo

  • versatilestylebytracey
    Posted at 11:39h, 14 July Reply

    Love the story of your meeting…. Happy Anniversary!!! As much as I love color, there are some days where going neutral provides a calmness that my vibrant personality needs…. I love the off the shoulder style top and the purse is gorgeous!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes, certain times I like neutrals or all black even. So right. Have a great week, jess xx

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style
    Posted at 11:36h, 14 July Reply

    Happy anniversary Jess. Love the elegance of the dress, the fit and the neutral colors. Underline by elegance of bag! Just celebrated my 18th anniversary two weeks ago, seems like summer is for weddings right? Here in Germany we are totally over the moon for winning World Cup final last night…so really stoked and blurry everything;-))) xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks Sabina, time flies. Glad you liked like neutral colors, as well as my bag. Yes, I have been spoiled, my mom and husband chipped in for the KS bag. I am a sucker for quilting. Congrats for the World Cup win, exciting!!!
      jess xo

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 10:25h, 14 July Reply

    Happy anniversary, Jess, make it a very special day! Wonderful to have your best friend by your side!
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    You look great in these neutrals. I always feel there is a time for colours and on other days I prefer soft or neutral tones or even an all black look.

    xo
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:31h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you so much Annette 🙂 Glad you like the neutral change, We will do something special soon. Have a great week, Annette xo

  • Johanna Grange
    Posted at 10:05h, 14 July Reply

    You look fantastic – chic mixed with a little bit of Hepburn!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Johanna ! Have a great week! jess xo

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:41h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you and Roy, Jessica! This October will be 13 years married for Sandy and me too – and like you, I married my best friend — isn’t it grand? Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look lovely and your photography is terrific.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much Patti! Yes,everyone should have a best friend in their significant other. My husband is the photographer, and he has been studying up! 🙂 Have a great day, jess xo

  • Marianne
    Posted at 09:00h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary! I love this outfit! The top and skirt flatter your figure so well and the touch of leopard on your shoes is perfect! Great bag too!

    Marianne
    http://www.goodgirlgoneglam.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks Marianne! Glad you like it! thanks for the Anniversary wishes, have a great day! jess xx

  • Samantha
    Posted at 07:33h, 14 July Reply

    Happy Anniversary to you two! My husband and I recently celebrated 9 yrs together, and we dated for 3 as the two of you did. I loved your sharing the story of how the two of you met! Your neutral outfit here is quite pretty, I love the off the shoulder look on you. Your Kate Spade bag is gorgeous as well!

    [email protected]://beautifuldreamerami.blogspot.com/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:04h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Samantha! Thsnks so much, glad you like the outfit as well as the bag., 12 years is a long time too. Stop by anytime, jess xx

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