Happy New Year 2018 -Jazz up Your Look with Brocade Booties - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Happy New Year 2018 -Jazz up Your Look with Brocade Booties


Hello Ladies!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had such a wonderful Holiday with your families and enjoyed Christmas day. We spent the Holidays in Harleysville, with my in-laws. The drive was a bit longer.. and we are lucky to have pups that do nothing but sleep and just hang out as we make the long drive. They have more patience than i do when waiting in traffic! We had a lovely time and I enjoy going to their church for Holiday service, as my sister-in law conducts a bell choir, and they are big on music with piano, trumpets, tuba, flutes and guitar. Today I am just sharing the first look of the Year-2018 and will be sharing how to’s for styling outfits on the blog, as well as those important midlife topics. Friday, I hope to share some of my goals -both personally and with the blog, as I take stock of the year and what I would love to add/change in my life and on the blog. Excited about what 2018 has to come!

2017 was a pretty good year. I was able to do more and get off some of my medications, do some traveling, and enjoy some wonderful collaborations on the blog. I am also a new Aunt, as my brother and sis in law had little Aedan. I have enjoyed getting to know some other midlife bloggers as well as enjoying the support of my blogger friends and their blogs.

We keep it low key when it comes to New Years Eve. I enjoy making a special dinner with food we get from Fresh Market-crab cakes, salmon, and a special bottle of wine. We stay up to watch the ball drop from Times Square, and if I don’t stay awake, ( which is me most of the time) hubby turns to me, says “Jess, 10 more seconds”… we count down and then….Happy New Year! It’s fun but nice and relaxing after a long trip. I wish I could help my girl to stop staring at the celing at the loud booms, as the fireworks go off outside.

Today, i am excited to share with you one of the fashionable Christmas gifts my hubby gave me. I have been pinning and saving different brocade and embroidered booties when they first became popular. I loved the look and the style of the brocade bootie and how the textures and colors would amplify a look.

If you have an outfit with solid colors, the brocade bootie can bring it to life! These are from Franco Sarto, and i had been eyeing these for awhile, with the gold, rust, navy and burgundy colors, such richness on my feet! I also plan to show ways to pattern mix on the blog this year, using the

So if you are looking for added color of texture, add a pair of embroidered or brocade booties. These will be worn with dresses, jeans m nearly anything in which i want to add more pizzazz.

outfit details;

Otk sweater-older Ann Taylor, similar

Necklace c/o Sylca designs

brown faux leather pants-Zara (old) sim

Franco Sarto boots-(santa)-Love these Marc fisher ones too

Louis Vuitton Speedy

Have a great day!

Happy New Year!


  • terrigardner1
    Posted at 14:41h, 11 January Reply

    I so love Franco Sarto shoes and yours are the perfect focal point for your gorgeous look. I did get some cut velvet grey booties and finally started wearing them. Thank you for linking up. I’m a bit getting around this time but I so appreciate you always finding time to linkup and you show that 2nd hand items can work in a classy style.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:40h, 11 January Reply

      I love FS too! I have a several pairs of shoes and boots by this line. Oh, I love those grey booties, grey may have to be on my list for next year. I am hapy to link up, as i love to shop both second hand and new. Thanks so much Terri! xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 05:53h, 09 January Reply

    Gorgeous ankle boots Jess! I have a bit of an obsession with them – my mum recently asked me if I really needed any more! 🙂 I love your OTS sweater and wooden jewellery. Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:40h, 09 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess! Your beautiful boots make such a statement. Your outfit is gorgeous! x

  • Claire justine
    Posted at 08:36h, 08 January Reply

    Love this look Jess, your boots and jumper are beautiful. Thanks for linking up.

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:35h, 06 January Reply

    Jess, I am seriously obsessed with all boots and shoes that make a statement! These are fabulous. I love the colors. I have a few pairs of floral brocade booties but none is this brilliant autumn color palette! Thanks for linking up at #SpreadTheKindness!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:58h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you Shelbee! That is what I loved about the boots, I saw the colors going with a lot in my closet. Santa brought them and they are a fun pair 🙂 xx

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 01:02h, 06 January Reply

    Cool booties. Happy New Year and thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 21:45h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings everything you desire. I do love those boots, they’re so much fun!

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

      Thank you Laura! Hubby was spot on, as I love the colors and look forward to wearing them. Same to you! xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 11:02h, 03 January Reply

    Great Deb! I look forward to reading your posts and having you pop over from time to time. Best wishes to you in the New year! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 16:26h, 02 January Reply

    Those booties are spectacular! What a nice Santa you have! Love the way you styled them too. I am trying not to buy too many new things right now – even though EVERYTHING is on sale – because the cold doesn’t last long around here but it sure is tempting when I see so many cute outfits. I could probably justify those booties because they’d look terrific in Spring too! You look lovely Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:37h, 03 January Reply

      hi Kelly! Thanks so much! i loved the colors, hubby and i both spoil each other a bit at Christmas. it is tempting to buy some things due to the sales, but i find i need more spring summer clothes here in the South. i hope you had a wonderful Holiday! xx

  • carmen
    Posted at 17:56h, 01 January Reply

    Looking fabulous Jess! I love the booties!
    Happy New Year!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:16h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you Carmen! I love them too! i have been wanting some fancy brocade or velvet booties for awhile. the colors really appeal to me and they add some fun! Happy New year to you, best to you in 2018! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you Carmen! I thought they were so pretty in person when i received them for Christmas. Happy New year to you! xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:49h, 01 January Reply

    Happy New Year, Jess! I am glad you and your family had a wonderful holiday visit. I really love these boots and see how they can elevate a monochromatic outfit beautifully. The bolder necklace and earrings also work so well with this look. I look forward to many enjoyable posts from you this coming year.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:11h, 01 January Reply

      Hi Rebecca! Happy New year to you as well. Yes, the visit was lovely, i just need to recouperate via some dry needling visits through pt. it was good to unplug for a week. i hope you enjoyed the Holidays with your family as well. The colors and brocade style were just what i was looking for, and as there were many pretty embroidered or brocade boots, these had the perfect heel height! Thank you for your lovely compliment, i am looking forward to blogging this year! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 14:16h, 01 January Reply

    Happy new year, Jess! Love these boots and you look fab wearing them. Our new year’s eve is similar – usually Sandy wakes me up at 5 minutes till midnight so we can count down, and go back to sleep. : >


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:08h, 01 January Reply

      Thank you Patti! I loved the colors in these boots and see me wearing them with many looks! sounds just like us! We had to comfort truffles though as kids were shooting off fireworks in the neighborhood and she is afraid of them. best wishes for 2018! xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:15h, 01 January Reply

    Thanks Deb! That’s great! I hope to see you more this year and wish the same to you! xx

  • smithsuzanne2014
    Posted at 09:53h, 01 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess! I love your boots and what a thoughtful gift! Glad you had a nice holiday…I can’t wait to see what you do in 2018! Cheers to a great year!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 01 January Reply

      Suzanne, thank you ! You too! i had been looking at different brocade boots and these caught my eye. hubby took note 🙂 Same to you my friend! wishing for a great year. xx

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 01:39h, 01 January Reply

    Happy New Year beautiful Jess!! I hope to jump back into blogging more often this year. Here’s to a healthy & happy one. 💟

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