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Blog Holiday Outfits and Christmas Decor

Good Morning Friends~
Hello! Are you looking forward to the weekend, or do you still have lots to do today? I thought it would be fun to give you a bit of a look into our Holiday decorations and some of the Christmas fashionables looks throughout the years.

Holiday Looks

I love to dress up when going out, and especially on this Special Holiday. I will also dress the doggies in Santa Suits and “Ugly Christmas Sweaters.” So let’s take a look at some of the Holiday outfits on the blog, and share what I love about holiday dressing. So you have seen some of the looks I have worn this year- here they are with a few of the others I have shared on the blog.

Mustard Satin Dress 

Red and Black Holiday Look

Green Velvet Dress post

Soft Surroundings Velvet Dress and Vintage inspired necklace post

Not the traditional Christmas colors, but the length and the velvet material gives it a fancy, luxe look for the Holidays.

This LOFT dress I ve had for years. I made it unique by adding a beaded collar white button down ( Ann Taylor) to a strapless jacquard dress.

Don’t be afraid to experiment! read POST

One of my favorite skirts from Ann Taylor, this cream lace skirt is about 5 years old and has gold threading throughout. The velvet mustard blazer works with off whites and added gold jewelry. As I mentioned, consider fabrics ones that you can wear for the Holidays. Velvet, lace, cashmere, silk are some that look special.

Post Velvet and Lace

Faux fur is a great touch for the Holidays, be it a jacket, vest or stole ( like here) it elevates a look. Here I am wearing a burgundy Karina dress with faux fur stole. Read POST here.

“Dressing the Tree” and More

Mom gave us these lit trees for outside. I have to put up the Holiday wreath. 

When it comes to “dressing up” the tree, I love it! The act of taking out ornaments that are memories of your travels, your students, your hobbies and love in life. Our tree is artificial, and we do really need a larger, fuller tree for all of the ornaments my hubby and I have collected over the years. He has ornaments from his childhood, the “Partridge in a Pear Tree” is orange, green and brown, from the 70s.

He has a wooden train that is very delicate and placed on the tree branches.

We both have pewter ornaments we received from his mother and our “New House” ornament from my mother. It really is a tree of memories!

We popped into this Christmas wonderland in Asheville when we visited one year, and bought our first woodland creature. a Wooden deer made of sticks and wood would be perfect for our love of hiking, nature and the creatures outdoors. From then on, we collected woodland creatures and our house became decorated in a woodland style for Christmas. We have a family of owls, bears, deer, dogs, fox, squirrel, birds and more! I love our tree!

I love putting up the garland and adding the berries to the banister. 

New decor added to the mantel, the garland is from Target, and I love the pinecones in it. The reindeer and sign are all new this year from At Home.

Stockings- Gibby and Truffles are new from Home Goods this year 🙂

One of my students in Kindergarten gave me this “Teachers Rule”. Can you say Mrs. Jannenga?

For awhile, I collected Boyd bears. I have bear ornaments on the tree, and remember my K student giving me this ornament!

We bought this dog ornament this year- love the wooden ornament with plaid decor “woof” showing my love for dogs on our tree!

The copper leaves were from my brother from the Smithsonian, where he works. I bought the white ceremic leaf in Asheville, when we were visiting. These remind us of our love of nature, camping, hiking and The Blue Mountains.

Picked up this Zebra last year- as a reminder of my EDS and how I enjoy the Holidays regardless.

Another gift from my brother, knowing we collect animals for our tree. Why not have a musical animal? ( two of my loves)

Lots of musical ornaments on this tree, being a former guitar and music teacher! I love this golden Treble,the guitars ( electric and acoustic- as I play both) and musical notes. Several of the ornaments were given to me by my guitar students.

My Santa table this year. I received all of these as gifts. This Woodland Santa is perfect with our decor and made by American Folk Artist Jim Shore.

My nativity set by Willow Tree. I can’t remember where I got my first Willow Tree figure but started collecting them about 5 years ago. I have more in my guest room that I didn’t show here.

Have a wonderful weekend! Only 12 days until Christmas! 

Jess xx

  • Tarequl
    Posted at 12:17h, 09 January Reply

    Awesome photography! I feel lucky today to see the beauty of photography. It was really great inspirational post. What a memorable experience it was for us

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 19:31h, 18 December Reply

    So pretty, Jess. All of your outfit ideas and your Christmas decor are gorgeous. Your ornaments are so cute, too, and I love your nativity. I have a Lenox nativity that I inherited from my mom. It’s one of my favorite holiday decorations.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:40h, 20 December Reply

      Thank you my friend! The nativity was a gift from my hubby and inlaws on year. I love Lenox and buy my baby niece and nephew each an ornament for the tree for their first Christmas.

  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    Posted at 15:56h, 15 December Reply

    You look stunning in all of your holiday looks, Jess.

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 09:42h, 14 December Reply

    Thank you! Hubby gave me the electric guitar one year. I love the ornaments and the Nativity set takes up a whole table to set up You too!xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 09:41h, 14 December Reply

    Thank you friend! I love velvet too, it always looks luxe to me! I think my hubby bought me the electric guitar one year. I need a table to set up the whole Nativity

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 08:17h, 14 December Reply

    Love the Nativity scene. I have been trying to come across one to use each year.
    Everything looks lovely.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:31h, 14 December Reply

      Thank you Lisa. It was a wonderful gift from my hubby and in-laws . Glad you like the decor, i enjoy decorating for the Holidays.

  • Jodie
    Posted at 23:13h, 13 December Reply

    I love the garland up the staircase. It’s the only thing I miss living in a one story house.
    You always have such impeccable style Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:26h, 14 December Reply

      Thank you Jodie! That is one area I like to decorate. It feels very festive and I have a large plaid red bow at the bottom of the stairs.

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 12:27h, 13 December Reply

    I’m loving the green velvet dress and the outfit with mustard velvet jacket and lace skirt–eye candy! Your home decor is so pretty, I like the simplicity of your nativity scene. Have a great weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:33h, 14 December Reply

      Thanks so much Kim! That dress will be worn at some point this Holiday! Glad you like the deocr, I love Willow Tree, and received this as a gift one year.

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 11:26h, 13 December Reply

    I plan to start collecting pieces for a Willow tree nativity set this year. Do you know whether they go on sale a little after Christmas or just don’t? I also still have ornaments that my students gave me years ago. It is fun to remember where the different ones come from.

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

      Hi Mirielle,
      I have angels and other figures as well. I enjoy collecting them and received this set as a gift. I don’t think they go on sale after Christmas; the best time to purchase is during the summer. 🙂 You will love them!

  • Laura Marie (@lauramariescott)
    Posted at 11:17h, 13 December Reply

    So may beautiful looks here. Your red coat is rather magical and certainly looks fantastic on you!
    Laura xo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:30h, 13 December Reply

      Thank you Laura Marie! I love a rich red, and certainly for the Holidays. I appreciate your comment!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:43h, 13 December Reply

    So much to love here my friend! First I love the holiday outfits but my favorites are the ones with velvet – those pieces just stand out! And your tree is so precious with each ornament holding a special meaning, that electric guitar is so cool! The nativity set is gorgeous as well! Have a wonderful weekend dear friend!

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