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Deep Purple Sweater Dress and Marissa T Designs


Hello ladies

I am loving this new sweater dress of mine, I found on none other than Poshmark , Banana Republic for $20. 🙂 I came across Marissa, of Marissa T Designs on Instagram, and we decided it would be great to do a collaboration together. The first pieces I saw were very ocean-sea oriented with light aqua-blue almost see through crystals in varied shapes in necklaces. I also loved  the smaller daintier pieces from silver chains that caught my eye. I like both styles, the larger statement necklace and layered look with tinier pieces that shine.  But before I continue, let me get this out of the way. I’ve been a musician in life, and I can’t go on until I acknowledge my outfit’s color... ( an electirc guitarist’s most beloved song of all time…. NOT! ) but we do all know those first three chords!








What is lovely about the necklace is that it has silver tiny beads throughout and the dark blue navy shines using druzy stones. I love that Marissa made me these special necklaces  and there is such versatility, as I can wear one at a time, two, or layer all three. I can wear the druzy longer necklace alone if wish. Lots of variety! I have to admit, I am a bit unfamiliar with some jewelry terminology. When I asked my hubby what “druzy ” was.. we both decided to look it up as I had an idea but wasnt sure. Yes, it is what makes these stones sparkle!

For all you ladies that just want to know, I am one of those that loves information! ( we won’t talk about my joy of reading medical texts) and if you are also a jewelry afficianato , here is what “druzy” is!

Druzy is the glittering effect of tiny crystals over top a colorful mineral. It is beautiful when used in making jewelry. One of the perks to druzy stones is that they are not as expensive as big faceted gemstones and they have sparkle and great color and it can be cut into various shapes with ease. The druzy quartz gems grow slowly over millions of years and are found as the very last layer of growth on agate or another colorful base. It does not always refer to quartz, druzy is any kind of mineral found in a plate-like form, such asgarnets, calcite, dolomite and malachite. Common colors are white, yellow, brown, red, and orange. Druzy style beads are great for centerpieces in pendants. While they look sparkly and delicate, druzy quartz is a fairly durable gem.

Marissa, of Marissa T Designs on Etsy, where you all know I love to find jewelry, particularly handmade or vintage jewelry, has a wonderful shop and I love that she designed this creation with me in mind. Check out her ETSY store HERE.

In addition to my sparkly jewelry, I wanted to just say that I LOVE sweater dresses! One of the best inventions in clothing history. Basically, the process is easy.  I find a color or texture I am in love with,  in this case, the deep rich purple, being a jewel tone, usually works well with red heads. I liked the simplicity of the dress, as I could style it in different ways, add a belt, jacket etc. Today I kept it simple and let the jewelry take the limelight. Also, I love color and patterned tights, and these grey lace were a perfect compliment with the purple shade, my grey flannel 40s style pumps were worn soley with this look for the blog to show you how I might pair this outfit with a fall styled heel instead of boots. ( I can’t walk in these.. but they are for the look:-) ) and my rich plum purple Treesje satchel finished off the look.

Outfit details ( Banana Republic dress, Poshmark), Shoes ( old, very! Nine west , Handbag: Tressje Magnolia, earrings: Lipp Boutique, necklaces: c/o Marissa T Designs

*c/0 Gifted

** Items that are Gifted are given to me by the brand of company I have listed on my post .Any review or post about said item gifted is given with the knowledge that it is my style and what I would wear, along with my reading audience . All opinions are my own***

Examples of some other lovely  items in Marissa T Design’s Etsy Store:


Spike aqua necklace 


A Bar necklace  blue druzy 

Marissa T Designs is offering a coupon code to my readers.

It is 15% off any purchase in her online jewelry shop.

The code is: JewelryBlog15  (It lasts through Dec. 6, 15)

ALSO we are having Giveaway on Instagram:  with Marissa T Designs. Check it out!!

“I am happy to have teamed up with Jewelry Designer, @MarissaTDesigns , (who designed these gorgeous Denim Blue Druzy & Kyanite Layering Necklaces that I’m wearing) for a fabulous jewelry giveaway!  Marissa is giving away some fun jewelry surprises you will not want to miss.



Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Not dressed as Lamb, SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 

Have a great day!

Jess XO



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  • Reply
    November 17, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Love purple and this dress is adorable!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thank you Shelly, I love sweater dresses, makes dressing so easy! xx

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    November 17, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Purple is a gret color on you!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


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    Dawn Lucy
    November 13, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    We’re both feeling the plums and purples today! Brilliant minds! 😉 Have a wonderful weekend Dear. Hugs to the pups!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Fun Fashion Friday!
    Dawn Lucy

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    November 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Oh my gosh Jess! I LOVE Marisa’s designs. I have been following her on instagram for a while. Her pieces just speak to me. So happy you teamed up with her. 🙂 And as far as sweater dresses go, HECK YA! 😉 You look beautiful doll. xoxo

    Stylewise by Debra

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 10:06 pm

      Hi Deb~~ I didn’t know you followed her! Well you certainly should try for the Giveaway then. Go to my pic with just the necklace on IG then follow the steps 🙂 She made this without me knowing what I was getting. Loved the surprise . Deb, you will see I have a few more sweater dresses in my closet. xx

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    [email protected]
    November 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! I love that deep purple color and the jewelry goes beautifully with the dress. Very pretty!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      Hi Debbie
      Thanks so much!I am a big fan of the sweater dress, you will see more on my blog , glad you like the jewelry as well. Have a great week!

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    November 12, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Such a beautiful dress (and necklace!) the necklace works so perfectly with the neckline of the dress and the colours are just lovely.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you Mica! I know Marissa will appreciate the feedback on the necklace and I love it too. Glad you like the dress, I have a few more sweater dresses in the closet 🙂 Enjoy your week! xx

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    November 12, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Deep purple! Hahaha…I love that (I think there will be a little rock-chick inspired chic heading to your blog soon??? I hope so!)
    You know that I am going to go a little crazy over your tights…they are the “smoke on the water” of this look.
    Jess, you are beautiful!
    Your shoes add such a playful touch and I am loving your lippy too.
    Great outfit

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks Sam! For the makeup, I finally realized , it took awhile, that I needed to wear heavier makeup for the blog, for it to show more. Thanks glad you appreciated the song. I think you know I was a guitar major in college, went to Music School etc. I love all kinds of music, jazz, swing, blue, and rock. I listened to a fair amount of heavy metal and love Metallica, ( good for working out!) I love patterned tights and wanted to give the outfit more oooomph. thanks 🙂 xx

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    November 12, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, that is some beautiful jewellery, and I LOVE the colour of your dress!


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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you ! I was glad to do the collb. Purple is a favorite 🙂 x

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    November 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    You are right, I love a sweater dress. The purple is a wonderful color and the tights really take it up a notch. Beautiful necklace!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much Tracey! Yes sweater dresses are like wearing a comfy nightgown.. just a bit dressier. Try to win a similar necklace is you would like, giveaway on IG. xx

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    Posh Prime
    November 12, 2015 at 11:57 am

    The purple is such a pretty color on you! Those shoes are adorable too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you Megan! I am a fan of purple and couldnt pass it up! 🙂 enjoy your day! xx

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    November 12, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I love how you took a relatively plain sweater dress & upped the ante with the print tights!! Love, love, love it! jodie

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Jodie! I like printed and colored tight 🙂 x

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    November 12, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful dress- color and shape and details! And gorgeous jewels too – I love druzy pieces. xox


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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Patti! I love the deep color of the dress. The druzy shine and sparkle. I like that i can layer or not. Thanks for the feedback! xx

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    [email protected]
    November 12, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Great dress, and what a deal! And, yes, sweater dresses are great! I had to let go of some old favorites recently and look forward to adding one or two new ones.

    I love the necklace! The one in the photo with the turquoise-colored stones is gorgeous, too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank you Andrea! I have a “few” sweater dresses, you will see more. They are great for style and comfort, I would add some! Thank you for the feedback on the necklace too! xx

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    November 12, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Love this dress!!!! 🙂

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