A Classic Combo with a Twist - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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A Classic Combo with a Twist


Hello ladies

Who doesn’t have some combination of white and black, or cream and black in their wardrobe. These staples stand the test of time.


Notice the quilted design on the bag 🙂






( photo courtesy of Charming Charlie in pink) not in stock  to show quilting 

I wanted to make it a bit different with my printed pencil skirt, and my textured new spring cream colored bag. No ordinary cream bag will do! You all know me and my love for designer handbags, well I broke my rule and really liked the  embroidered-like  texture of this bag from Charming Charlie. I don’t have kids, but the thought of a white or cream colored bag made me think, how will I keep this clean? Another reason I went with a less pricey bag. Dust bags are something I have and I had a few left over, so I store it as to not get any of my hot cocoa mix, godiva chocolate or anything else messy on the outside of the bag. Not that I throw caution to the wind when it comes to neatness, but lets just say, I am no Martha Stewart.

The skirt was purchased at Target, where  I sometimes come  across a stand out print, or collection I really like. This skirt is years old, but I wanted to make it a classic look. Add a black Ann Taylor cardigan and Viola! there we are. Now, if  I stopped there, it would be “nice”.. Ahhh, why is that such a bad word, you know? Men don’t want to always be the “nice” guy or maybe I have been watching too much tv. Well, there is that twist or additional quality one needs to make an outfit or something standout, taking something from “nice” to “surprise” or ‘wow” ( at least I hope so).

That is, in this case, the outfit is rather lady-like, pearls-classic cream and black, textured bag. There is a great quilted pattern on it, I will have to get a better shot of.  I needed to add some color or one could add a mixing print with a shoe perhaps. I chose one of my Christmas gifts this year, as I like the combination of classic colors with a rich shade such as this maroon faux leather moto jacket by Ann Taylor. The jacket is thick, very well made, as the industry is making some of the faux-leather these days, almost feels real. Kudos to Ann.

So, perhaps take the lady like outfit, the classic pairing and add some “bad girl” to it! Just like the nice guy with a twist! The nice guy who just so happens to have you ride his Harley on the weekend!


Wanted to let you all know, I am going to try my hand at hosting a Link Up Party. It will be on March 17th, Tuesday at 7AM EST. I hope you will join me and share your lovely fashions. I am calling it “Turning Heads Tuesday” Link up, and will have a button available if you choose to put it on your blog 🙂 thank you!!

Jess xo

Jacket: Ann Taylor, Black Cardigan ( Ann Taylor), Skirt: Target ( old), Bag: Charming Charlie

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell Manic Monday, Tues: Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday Thurs: A Labour of Fashion, Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday   Fashion Files Friday:Passion 4 Fashion,Style Elixer,  Fun Fashion Friday Sat: Stylish Saturday

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 00:12h, 16 March Reply

    Ooh, I just adore that jacket!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:43h, 16 March Reply

      thank you ! It caught my eye right away! xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 09:08h, 14 March Reply

    Such a pretty look! That skirt is gorgeous and I can’t believe you got it at Target. Target does it again! Thanks so much for always being a part of Fun Fashion Friday and I’m looking forward to the maiden voyage of Turning Heads Tuesday!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:35h, 14 March Reply

      Thanks Dawn! I dont go to Target much as I shop online, but at times I find something I reall like. Happy to be a part of it, and yes, maiden voyage, lets just hope this ship doesn’t sink! haha! Have a great weekend xo

  • thedollhousev
    Posted at 05:52h, 13 March Reply

    The skirt is perfection…so gorgeous :)) xx

  • Simply Sassy aka Wendy
    Posted at 04:29h, 13 March Reply

    Hi Jess

    Gorgeous look and just how I like to play – but more than the outfit, your hair is stunning.

    Have a wonderful day

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:46h, 13 March Reply

      Hi Wendy, thank you so much! Have a great weekend! Stop by anytime.

  • Olga
    Posted at 01:43h, 13 March Reply

    I like the twist you added to this very elegant and very lady-like look. You are right, instantly the outfit looks more interesting, more intriguing. And I like the name of your up-coming link-up “turning heads”.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:45h, 13 March Reply

      Thank you Olga, I am glad you like the look. I love this color! Thank you, I hope to see you there !! 🙂

  • elb743
    Posted at 23:29h, 12 March Reply

    I love each piece of this well considered outfit. The textured of the bag is lovely, as is the lace skirt.
    I adore the color of the jacket. The combo really sizzles! Beautiful done!
    xx, Elle
    p.s. it is a good idea to have an non designer bag too, the designs can be fabulous and wearing them keeps your more expensive bags in better shape..

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:44h, 13 March Reply

      Hi Elle,
      thank you for the lovely comment. The jacket was a Christmas gift,Iloved the color. Glad you like it! So true about non designer bags!
      Have a great weekend!! xo

  • libys11
    Posted at 22:24h, 12 March Reply

    that’s such a gorgeous jacket!! the color is so lush!!

    Animated Confessions

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 13 March Reply

      Thanks so much! That is what attracted me to it!

  • fashboulevard
    Posted at 13:48h, 12 March Reply

    LOVE your handbag. Such a cute style and it’s the perfect size!
    Fash Boulevard

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:56h, 12 March Reply

      Thank you! I wanted to make sure you could see the quilting!

  • Dana
    Posted at 12:59h, 12 March Reply

    Dear Jess,

    I have already written in Facebook how gorgeous this skirt is and how much I like it, but now I must say.. the white bag is beautiful!! This nice pattern, thanks for the close up, from far away it only looks like a white bag 🙂
    The color of you jacket is gorgeous.

    have a good time dear friend

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:04h, 12 March Reply

      You are a sweetheart! I wrote too, I could see u in this skirt ! The bag was hard to capture on camera it is off white, but I love the quilted pattern as u know. You are sweet. Looking forward to seeing your outfit on my link up. Enjoy the day!! xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:59h, 12 March Reply

    Love that skirt and LOVE it’s a Target-find even more! 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 12 March Reply

      thanks Ashley! I dont go into Target often, but it is nice to find nice deals in there. I recently got some greatflats at Tarshay! xx

  • weshopinheels
    Posted at 23:12h, 11 March Reply

    Looking great Jess! That marsala jacket and the white bag are my my favorites!
    We Shop in Heels

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:54h, 12 March Reply

      Thanks so much Tatiana! I got the jacket at Xmas, and I really wanted to capture the quilting on thebag.. glad you like it! xx

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 22:55h, 11 March Reply

    I thought that pencil skirt was from AT and was thinking how did I miss this beauty? You look great!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:53h, 12 March Reply

      I know we both enjoy Ann Taylor. I dont often get clothes at Target, but find things every once in awhile that I like 🙂 Will be there! xx

      I cant remember if I told you, I am trying my hand at a link up on Tuesdays March 17 7AM EST called Turning Heads, love to see u as well.

  • Claire
    Posted at 17:27h, 11 March Reply

    I love pencil skirts, they always look so stylish. Great patten on yours! you styled it perfect 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:16h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks so much Claire, glad you like it!! Stop by my link up if you would like, next Tuesday, I am starting one calling it Turning Heads Tuesday. at 7Am EST. 🙂 Enjoy the week! xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 17:04h, 11 March Reply

    Loving the black and white with the burgundy jacket! How amazing is that bag too?! So pretty!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:15h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Shannon. The bag really is nice, it was hard to get the photos of all of the detail. Glad you like the outfit!! xx

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 14:13h, 11 March Reply

    I wish I had that kind of luck at Target! That’s a perfect outfit for you. Love the jacket and it looks amazing on you, but you look too sweet to be a “bad girl”.
    I will be here with bells on (metaphorically speaking) next Tuesday 😉


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:14h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks sweetie, glad you like my outfit. I dont always have luck at Target. haha! i think I must have been watching too many episodes of Sons of Anarchy. I plead the 5th! Look forward to “seeimg you”

  • Ada
    Posted at 11:37h, 11 March Reply

    This is classic but with a twist. In love with the marsala/burgundy moto jacket and that pencil skirt is so cute!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:45h, 11 March Reply

      Thanks so much Ada! Glad you like it!!

      I am going to try my hand at a link up next Tues 7am called Turning Heads Tuesday. I hope you will be here 🙂 xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 11:05h, 11 March Reply

    Super classic and chic look! I love black and cream together. 🙂



  • Jonathan
    Posted at 09:58h, 11 March Reply

    Great look Jess, Lovely pencil skirt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:59h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you! I tried to capture the quilting of the off white bag, you can see it a bit better with the pink. xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 09:13h, 11 March Reply

    I love a nice guy with a Harley! You look fab – the texture on the bag makes it special and more fun. xo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:56h, 11 March Reply

      Ha! I know! that is what I am talking about 🙂 Thank you it was hard to capture the texture with the off white color.
      have a great day xo

  • Linda Cassidy
    Posted at 08:50h, 11 March Reply

    I love black and white ( have it on today) with a splash of colour. This jacket is the perfect accessory. I will see you next Tuesday for the link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:55h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Linda! It was hard to us to get the quilting on the bag, I tried to show it in the pink pic. Glad you like the look, and I look forward to it! 🙂

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