Happy 4th and a Birthday Bag - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Happy 4th and a Birthday Bag



Hi Ladies!

Happy 4th!

Three cheers for the red, white and blue, even though I neglected to wear it today





 . It will be a belated outfit. OK?  One of my memories of this day was in the 4th grade, me with my blue long floral dress ( I liked florals then) carrying a little flag, and doing my dance and performance to  Grand Old Flag.                              .

 Other memories conjure up seeing the Symphony Pops and hearing them play patriotic songs. As always, memories surface with picnics, fireworks, and me and my brother lighting those lame little charcoal snakes in the driveway, while other kids were shooting bottle rockets.

Anyhow,  a few years ago, I was given a variation of this recipie and have loved it ever since, so I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy this 4th of july recipie

Strawberry, Blueberry, Feta Spinach-and Sweetened Pecan-Salad.

My cooking goes something like this: ( notice I am not that speciific with measurements)

Get a bag of lettuce ( baby spinach preferrably) Rinse, then put in bowl.

Crumple in some of your favorite brand of Feta cheese.

Add sliced strawberries, blueberries, enough depending on amount served.

Meanwhile, buy a bag of pecans, and put into pan, adding sugar and butter, watch over stove, as to not burn the nuts! They should end up toasted and sweet.

Add the toasted, sweetened pecans to the salad.

So, you should have spinach, toasted pecans, feta, strawberries and blueberries. You can add additional vegetables if you like such as mushrooms or peppers for taste.

Stir it all together. enjoy the red ( strawberries) white ( Feta) and blue( blueberries) Add a light balsamic vinegrette to the salad. 

Despite the fact I went with different colors today, I hope you like the styling of the crepe black skirt, mint lace top outlined in black, and my new Kate Spade Birthday bag I bought.My day is July 8th..

Jess xo

Lace Mint top: Ann Taylor, Crepe Skirt, Ann Taylor, Shoes: Clarks, Handbag: Kate Spade

  • Stephanae V. McCoy
    Posted at 00:32h, 09 July Reply

    Hi Jess, darn I missed your birthday by 30 minutes. Happy Birthday!!! Love that bag and the lovely mint lace top (very nice). I just snagged a black one today from Urbanog. Hope you had a great day Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:57h, 09 July Reply

      Thanks so much Steph! So funny about the 30 minutes. Glad you like the outfit! I am a “bag lady” and this one I have been looking at for awhile. Have a great week, jess xx

  • Jenn @ hellorigby!
    Posted at 01:04h, 07 July Reply

    gorgeous new bag! what a great pick. happy early birthday! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:46h, 07 July Reply

      Thanks Jenn! Glad you like it! Have a great day! jessxx

  • Che
    Posted at 16:05h, 06 July Reply

    I´d like to try that salad recipe and oh, your bag is a classic, I love the style and color! 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:32h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks Che! The salad is great. I eat sooo much fruit in the summer too, there are always plenty of great fruits and veggies. Thanks also, yes this bag was an obsession for awhile, then I found a great price. Glad you like it!
      Have a great day, jess xx

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style
    Posted at 14:04h, 06 July Reply

    Jess your accessoires add just the right edge to your elegance. Love the bag! And thanks for tweet about red lips on twitter;-) Have a great birthday week sweetie. xo Sabina http://oceanbluestyle.blogspot.de

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:16h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks so much. I didn’t have my husband get a closeup of my necklace, it is a vintage type piece in greenish mint. Thank you.. I do love designer bags, I think since I cant wear awesome heels because of my illness, I gravitated to bags. My hubby says he has a surprise for me for the 8th, my birthday. I appreciate the Birthday sentiments, hope to, when I feel better, go out on a boat with the pups on the lake. Have a great day! xo jess

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 09:34h, 06 July Reply

    Love your Kate Spade bag! And you look lovely in a midi skirt! Midis are made for us tall gals! Hope you’re having a fun holiday weekend!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:00h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks Dawn! Yes, I really do love the circle and the midi skirt. You do look fab in them. I hope you are having a great weekend as well.
      xo jess

  • versatilestylebytracey
    Posted at 07:56h, 06 July Reply

    Fabulous birthday gift! Love the earrings!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:21h, 06 July Reply

      Thanks!! I do like my bags 🙂 I think my hubby wishes I would go back to buying shoes . 🙂 Have a great day! jess

  • Food, Fash, Fit
    Posted at 08:08h, 05 July Reply

    Cool recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    I love the Kate Spade bag – one of my favourite designers, I love her range!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:23h, 05 July Reply

      Thank you, glad you like the recipie, one of my favs for the summer. This was a bag I lusted after for quite some time Have a great weekend, jess xx

  • Ron and Irene Maynosz
    Posted at 06:56h, 05 July Reply

    Happy early birthday wishes. Our wish for you is good health…peace of mind…and knowledge that you are truly loved.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:21h, 05 July Reply

      Thanks so much! Love you both very much! That means alot. xo jess

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 03:26h, 05 July Reply

    The earrings are amazing! Happy birthday.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:20h, 05 July Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate the early happy birthday message too. July 8th, coming up. Have a great weekend. jess xx

  • Pam (Grey is the New Black)
    Posted at 20:56h, 04 July Reply

    Happy Birthday! Love that bag!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:53h, 05 July Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by 🙂 Have a great weekend, jess

  • elb743
    Posted at 20:02h, 04 July Reply

    Love the black and jade! You look gorgeous. That recipe sounds delish!
    Happy fourth!
    XX, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:47h, 04 July Reply

      Hi Elle,
      I have been checkin your site each day! Glad to hear from you. Thank you I appreciate your lovely thoughts. I just got this skirt at Ann Taylor final sale, and it is so comfortable in addition to being a great staple piece. Ah! Someone liked my recipie! It really is super easy and very good! Have a great weekend friend, jess xo

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 18:44h, 04 July Reply

    Great bag! Happy early birthday!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:55h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you! Yep, the BIG 4-6!! have a great day!
      jess xx

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 15:49h, 04 July Reply

    Yay for finally finding your Birthday bag 🙂 happy upcoming Birthday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:51h, 04 July Reply

      Thanks hon! Yes, I looked at this bag for about a year, then finally bought myself a bday bag! Great minds think alike huh? happy 4th, jess xx

  • Cate @ Wild Ruffle
    Posted at 13:04h, 04 July Reply

    Happy belated birthday – the bag is gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:13h, 04 July Reply

      Oh.. its not belated yet. My boirthday is July 8th.. I just bought it for myself a little early.. when u can get a deal, you go for it. Have a great weekend, jess xx

  • Lea
    Posted at 13:02h, 04 July Reply

    Now that’s my kind of birthday present! Happy 4th!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:12h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you Lea! Yes, when you stare at a bag for awhile, I guess it was meant to be. Happy 4th, jess xx

  • Monika
    Posted at 12:52h, 04 July Reply

    Hi Jess,
    Happy 4th July, enjoy the day.
    OMG your new bag, absolutely wonderful. Kate Spade bags are soooo cool and you made an excellent choice.
    This bag is ladylike and elegant, just right to complete your style.
    Take care

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:11h, 04 July Reply

      Same to you Monika. I asked for a new bag for my birthday, but bought this one for myself… Glad you like it, and my outfit today . Have a great weekend, jess xx

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 12:31h, 04 July Reply

    Hi Jess! It’s been way too long! Still as beautiful as ever, I see 🙂

    Love the bag and your memories! Great post! xox~M

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:10h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you Mary! I know I am a sucker to a great bag, especially since I had to divert from shoes.
      Have great weekend, glad to see you back!
      jess x

  • wockyjabber
    Posted at 08:52h, 04 July Reply

    Cute bag Jess! Happy Fourth!

    • Jess
      Posted at 10:33h, 04 July Reply

      Thank you! I have been looking at this bag for ever on line, so when I found a deal, I snagged it. Have a fun day, jess

  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 07:13h, 04 July Reply

    Happy 4th, Jess! I am a July birthday as well…and I bought myself a new purse also! Great minds think alike. Enjoy your weekend!
    You look lovely and ready to celebrate!

    • Jess
      Posted at 10:34h, 04 July Reply

      Haapy 4th Pm to you. Yes, great minds think alike I have a thing for pretty handbags. Appreciate the lovely comments, ans enjoy your day, jess xx

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