Asheville Trip Part 1 - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Asheville Trip Part 1


Hello Ladies

I mentioned that my husband, me and the pups were going to Asheville, NC to visit and see their 5th Annual Film Festival. We have attended 4, and make it an annual event for us. Asheville, NC is an artsy town, where music, dreadlocks, films, art, craftsmanship, all co-exist. We had a great time, and I would like to share it with you!

Here I am on the deck of a house we rented for the 4 days we were there for the festival. The first evening, we went to see the Opening Film, with Benedict Cumberbatch, my BBC British Hearthrob, who is known to many being Sherlock Holmes, with his brown wavy hair and his sharp wit, and lack of social skills. In the movie, “The Imitation Game” he played British Mathemetician, and computer scientist, a pioneer in his field, Alan Turing. It was an amazing film about a group of people who worked, primarily Turning to decode the Enigma German Machine during the War. I won’t tell you more as it was an amazing film, emotional in some parts, and amazing in others. My husband and I truly enjoyed the film.

The only part that distressed me was that at times, during the festivals, there have been directors, producers, or even actors in the audience. My hope would be that perhpas “Ben” would have an empty seat next to him, where he would graciously have me sit, however, he was not there! Que, sera, sera!  We then went back to our house, a little house on a hill overlooking mountains, surrounded by colorful trees and leaves, and a place that look welcoming .


One of my routines, when we drive a some hours to get somewhere, is that I throw down my suitcase, and head right for the steaming hot bath with espom salts. I listen to some swing music and just relax until we get settled in.


RUnning up and down the stairs and all around the deck, through the leaves, my pups had a field day! They had so much freedom and loved it!


There was a chill in the air, but sunny one of the days we were there. Asheville can be known for some wind later in November. Here I am wearing my favorite burgundy vintage jacket with its fur collar. I wore a different charcoal grey dress under it, black patterned tights, my elbow length grey gloves, ( will show you later), and my super comfy SOFFT black leather mid calf boots. In the first picture, I wore the 1920s grey clothe hat I found at an Asheville Boutique last year.

IMG_5409I also love vintage or vintage inspired pins and brooches. This is a red ruby firefly, by 1928, that I wanted to bring out with the burgundy fur.

IMG_5408THese were a gift from my husband last year, from Etsy, where I often find great vintage delicate earrings such as this with a 1920s style.


This was just part of the side view from the house with the colorful trees in sight.

IMG_5507Our little house on the hill, had a cozy full kitchen ( not pictured), 2 bedrooms, a small bath, and this living room. Where did my pups go? They both loved looking out the windows, while on the couch, looking for squirrels.

Friday, was our first longer day, so we ate bagels that we had brought, coffee, as we knew we were going to be eating at some amazing places. I would like to tell you more about our culinary experiences as well as the movies on my next post.

IMG_5512IMG_5454Gibby, my little fur baby couldn’t find a way to get from where he was at the top of the deck to where i was in the leaves down below. He is looking at me, and trying to plan his route. We are alike in many ways, let’s just say my sense of direction leaves something to be desired.


We spent Friday going to an amazing restaurant, and seeing Short Films. Saturday, going to see a documentary, I will tell you about next post, and again, another succulent and savory meal. There was a variety of bottles of wine to be had, that we enjoyed as well. In between movies and dinner, we experienced the fine artwork, boutiques, and directed ourself into a lovely vintage shop called, Vintage Moon. I wish we would have taken pictures there, but my stunning vintage cameo 1920s earrings with copper and clear stones as ornamentation will have to temporarily suffice. I fell in love with them, and several large teal and emerald leaf brooches I had seen, but purchased the earrings

Later, when Santa visits in Dec, I will be able to show you these amazing Italian boots I was able to score at this vintage shop as well. “Santa” is making me wait! A:-)

Sunday, I will tell you about in the next post, but I can honestly say, that if you live near Asheville, NC or close and want to take a day trip, it is well worth it! Ever time we have gone there, we have stayed at Bed and Breakfasts, Cabins, and this house in the woods where we could take our pups. If you like artsy towns, with music, musicians openingly playing on corners of the sidewalk, amazing local and indy films, and culture, I would say, you would love Asheville.

Prior to my illness, my husband and I were avid hikers. I can still hike, just shorter distances, and have to sit down for stretches. I like to camp also. I will tell you a bit about the experiences I have had and one could have near Asheville if you love the outdoors

IMG_5394Did I mention I like Hats? I am  a pretty light traveler. I do not like to bring tons and tons of outfits if I will be at a place for 4 days. This place also had a washer and dryer, so I brought 3 dresses and 2 pair of boots, jewerly in a little jewelry thingymabob, and my essentials: heating pad, knee pillow, all of those things Even my makeup bag is light..


Be prepared for some DELECTABLE DISHES to be shown on Firday’s post, and also a mention of several of the restaurants we particulary enjoyed!! You know my husband LOVES to take FOOD pictures! Upside: memories of great places to eat and great food! Downside: WAITING for the pics to eat the food!!

How do you pack for short trips, Have you ever been to Asheville, your experience?

Linkig up with Reasons to Dress, Random Wednesday, The Pleated Poppy, The Mummy Chronicles 

Hat: Boutique in Asheville, Dress: Ann Taylor ( 8 yrs old Ebay), Jacket ( resale shop) Purse: Rebecca MInkoff, Boots: Sofft, Dragonfly Pin (, Gloves ( Boutique in Bryson City during our Smoky RR trip)

Have a Great week,

Jess xo


  • Reasons to Dress (@reasonstodress)
    Posted at 01:27h, 18 November Reply

    Jess I Love this look. It is so perfect for Fall that I’ve featured it this week!! The #reasonstodress linkup is now live, I hope you can join in again!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 18 November Reply

      Thank you hon. Been wondering how you have been . I was trying to ask my hubby how he would describe my style and he basically thought I was classic with a vintage style. I will be at your site soon! xo jess

  • elb743
    Posted at 19:07h, 16 November Reply

    Love the jacket and fur collar, the tights, and the rich color pallette that suits you and blends so well in this autumnal setting! I think you scored on that great hat, and I too, love cameo!
    hat a great trip, I am so glad you could travel and have such fun!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:14h, 17 November Reply

      Yes! We did have so much fun, it takes me about 4 days ro recouperate, but at times, it is worth it Glad you like the outfit. I do love some vintage clothes and when I saw the earrings, they really were my style. thanks Elle!! jess xx

  • Ada
    Posted at 06:23h, 16 November Reply

    What a gorgeous rich outfit. Love the fur-collared blazer, the hat and cameo earrings. Used to have a similar hat and I own an almost identical depragonfly brooch.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 16 November Reply

      thanks so much Ada, glad you like it. The cameo earrings were so pretty and at the vintage store I couldnt pass them up. Jess xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 22:13h, 13 November Reply

    Beautiful outfit! I adore that jacket!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:43h, 14 November Reply

      thank you Laura! I have had it awhile, and never tire of it! jess xx

  • Misty
    Posted at 21:44h, 13 November Reply

    Love your earrings! Hope you have a wonderful trip! Thank you so much for stopping by today!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:43h, 14 November Reply

      Thanks Misty! We had a great time! those earrings were a great vintage find! jess xx

  • Tanya (@mustwearthat)
    Posted at 16:48h, 13 November Reply

    You look beautiful. It looks like so much fun and relax:).


  • Beata
    Posted at 15:13h, 13 November Reply

    Beautiful outfit ! You look absolutely gorgeous 🙂 x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:23h, 13 November Reply

      Aww you are to sweet ! thank you Beata, jess xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 15:13h, 13 November Reply

    You look so super chic!! Those gloves are perfection xo


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:22h, 13 November Reply

      thank you! I will have more on Asheville tomorrow. jess xx

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 14:40h, 13 November Reply

    Beautiful outfit, and the fur baby is so cute…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:43h, 13 November Reply

      thanks so much! We had a great time, and he is my boy!! 🙂 jess xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:04h, 13 November Reply

    I love those tights! Definitely the time of year to start digging mine out of the drawer! 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 13 November Reply

      thanks Ashley! I am all about patterned tights for fall, they make an outfit even mor efun. take care, jess xx

  • KizzyDoll
    Posted at 03:59h, 13 November Reply

    This looks and sounds like a wonderful place you stayed in, very cozy. You look marvellous doll xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:34h, 13 November Reply

      thanks sweetie! It was just right. Cozy and in the woods, beautiful trees. Glad you like the outfit too Kizzy! xo jess

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 01:27h, 13 November Reply

    Weekend trips like these are great to take break and escape and have fun. Love this outfit from head to toe. This hat is gorgeous on you.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 13 November Reply

      Thanks Alice!! We had a great time, and yes, I like 4 day escapes sometimes 🙂 jess xx

  • Red Reticule
    Posted at 21:09h, 12 November Reply

    What a stunner! You look absolutely gorgeous and so ladylike!
    Red Reticule

  • weshopinheels
    Posted at 19:17h, 12 November Reply

    Great look Jess! Your jacket is so pretty and you look great in that hat!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 13 November Reply

      thanks Sweetie! these are the kind of hats that appeal to me. Glad you liked the jacket too jess xo

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 19:10h, 12 November Reply

    Looks like an amazing trip, the scenery is beautiful and how cute is your cabin. I love this vintage jacket, its a beautiful color and I love how you put a pin on the collar, very 1940’s. I really want to see that movie as well, I really like Ben and watch his Sherlock series. You look fab and I am glad you had a fun time.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 13 November Reply

      thanks so much Nora! It is a cozy house and we may stay there for a couple weeks next summer as it gets pretty hot in Charlotte , as I am sure you know from living in LA. I really like the vintage style, and brooches. Ben Cumberbatch is so handsome to me, and a talented actor. We did have a great time, I am writing more on the movies and restaurants too tomorrow! jess xo

  • Jennie
    Posted at 17:27h, 12 November Reply

    Love everything about this gorgeous look, Jess! It suits you to a tee. I love Asheville and lived there for a short time in my childhood – always an amazing place to go back and visit. The house you rented rented reminds me so much of our little lake house on Lake Lure – perfect for summer and weekend getaways.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:54h, 12 November Reply

      I know Lake Lure, glad you like this look! We had a great time, I appreciate you stopping by! jess xx

  • Rachel G
    Posted at 17:14h, 12 November Reply

    You guys sure got a cozy little place to stay in for your trip! And I love your hat, and earrings too. I’m also a fan of vintage styles.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:53h, 12 November Reply

      thanks so much Rachael, we did! Yes, the earrings caught my attention right away! jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 16:13h, 12 November Reply

    What a fun getaway! That home looks so cozy! In love with that jacket! So pretty!

    <3 Shannon

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:53h, 12 November Reply

      thanks Shannon, it was fun and the home was just right for the weekend, jess xx

  • Love CompassionateLee
    Posted at 15:44h, 12 November Reply

    Your style is so graceful and classic! The Asheville film festival sounds like a wonderful event. I am glad you enjoyed yourself thoroughly. Happy Wednesday, Jess 🙂 Enjoy a restful evening!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:52h, 12 November Reply

      thank you!I am glad you like the outfit we had a great time! jess xx

  • Amy
    Posted at 15:41h, 12 November Reply

    gorgeous, I LOOOOVE asheville! Hope you had a blast!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:52h, 12 November Reply

      thanks we did have a great time. jess xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 13:41h, 12 November Reply

    What a gorgeous coat! LOVE that! So pretty! Sounds like a great time and looks like a wonderful location, Dear!
    Dawn Lucy
    Fashion Should Be Fun

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:21h, 12 November Reply

      Thanks alot Dawn! We did have a great time, and will be staying over the summer for a few weeks I love being in the Mountains! jess xo

  • Alex
    Posted at 13:36h, 12 November Reply

    Beautiful look Jess. Love the color combination, the cut and fur collar of the jacket, the tights and how the booties break with the more elegant feel of it.

    And that cabin looks really cozy!

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  • kelseybang
    Posted at 13:20h, 12 November Reply

    your jacket is amazing! Love the color and fur collar! super cute!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:20h, 12 November Reply

      thank you so much! I have had it for yrs! jess xx

  • Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    Posted at 10:40h, 12 November Reply

    Jess OMG this is such an amazing outfit, so cool and stylish but not over the top with the boots and furry jacket. Love your little cabin and so lovely of you to share some pics. Enjoy and I really appreciate you stopping by my blog while away:) Talk soon. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:18h, 12 November Reply

      Thank you Sabina! I will tell more abut the movies we saw and the restaurants on Friday, glad you like my outfit too! The cabin and area are beautiful. Sure of course! jess xo

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 08:28h, 12 November Reply

    Looks like fun! We have a great film festival here every year called TIFF and so many A list actors come to it. We’ve spotted a few in bars when we’ve been out.

    I love your outfit. The jacket and hat are gorgeous.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:17h, 12 November Reply

      thanks so mudh! Suzanne, I will tell more about the movies and restaurants on Friday, just wanted to give an overview and where we stayed. Glad you like the outfit! jess xx SOunds really neat the one you go too!
      jess xx

  • stylishlyinlove
    Posted at 08:00h, 12 November Reply

    What a great look on you for fall.

    Have an amazing day!
    instagram: stylishlyinlove

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