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How One Accessory Can Amplify a Look

Morning friends!

I am wearing my ray of sunshine maxi dress. Well, that is what I call it, as I just love the warm mustard yellow tone of the dress. You know I like my accessories and adding one special piece to an outfit, can certainly amplify the look.


We do like to experiment with locations when taking photoshoots, and you start to get a feel for the best lighting. I was in the shade here, by a large tree on our nature trail, but the light was a bit too dark near my face. We bought reflectors, now if only I could find an assistant to hold them up to my face while hubby takes photos. Hmm. First world problems eh?

Anyhow, we have been looking at cars/SUVs as the air conditioner decided to go kaput on our Lexus. Granted it is nearly 200, 000 miles on it, and we have dumped moola into the air conditioning several times, it was time to send it to the auto graveyard! So, in the process of looking for cars, we have had to drive ours around to look at others. Boy, talk about a built-in sauna! I had sweat stains on my sweat stains! So, needless to say, we took pictures locally where I could walk to the photoshoot until the air is once again present in a new vehicle!


I just love mustard. Not the condiment, the color. If you must know I prefer herb aoli or mayo. 🙂

This was an inexpensive maxi dress from H &M I bought years ago, and I liked the slits in the front. ( The only air conditioning I have) and light fabric. One thing, however, is you do have to iron it, and it will show sweat if you get too hot. Other than that, it is a fun style to wear if you are out and can be kept cool.

When I saw this wooden belt, with its browns, olive, yellow and orange tones, I thought “How groovy!”

It’s got a 70s color scheme going on, but also will look fabulous year-round. The colors are very conducive for Fall, and the woven leather is not stiff, but rather comfortable to wear I knew I wanted to pair it with this dress straight away!

Gold jewelry also looks great with mustard. Can yo have too much gold, sunniness in the Summer time? I can’t!

I wore gold ball drop earrings c/o Soft Surroundings, and this wide gold cuff, which was also gifted via Soft Surroundings this year.

I repeated the love for gold in my espadrilles I am wearing as well. I love the platform and strap making them very comfortable too.

Mustard dress -H&M older

Andre Assous c/o Sandals ( last yrs)

belt – Mango

bag- Amazon

earrings c/o Soft Surroundings
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Have a wonderful day!
Jess xx


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    Posted at 02:03h, 04 August Reply

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  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 05:49h, 17 August Reply

    Gorgeous colour on you, Jess. You are right about the accessories, the belt is exactly what this dress needs to make you look stunning

  • Lauren
    Posted at 21:31h, 16 August Reply

    I absolutely love that belt! You have a real knack for the selecting just the right accessories! Would definitely like to get better at accessorizing my outfits. And I’m a fan of that mustard color as well … I never used to wear any variation of yellow when I was younger, but I’ve come to really enjoy wearing mustard and gold hues.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:46h, 18 August Reply

      Thank you Lauren. I love the color and couldn’t resist the belt as it will go with much of my wardrobe. Accessories are fun and the icing on the cake!

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 19:15h, 16 August Reply

    Mustard is a great color on you, Jess, and I love the belt with the dress!

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 12:11h, 15 August Reply

    Absolutely love this colour on you, the dress is a great style, love the splits too. I’m wearing bright yellow today, making the most of what maybe the last of the sunshine! J Mummabstylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:37h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! Now I need to score a sweater or dress in this color for Fall.. I’m on the lookout. See, Ill take some of the cooler UK weather! We are hot here for awhile yet. xx

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 10:52h, 15 August Reply

    More maxi envy! The belt looks made for the dress! Very pretty! I hope you all find a new car soon, with this heat no ac is no fun!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:34h, 16 August Reply

      Hi Mirelle! Thank you! I think there will be alot of wear from this belt in the fall as well. I couldn’t resist the colors. Yes, we got the new car, and I am very happy with it! xx

  • Gail
    Posted at 10:15h, 14 August Reply

    You are definitely a ray of sunshine in that gorgeous dress Jess. The lighting is fantastic. Love the wedges and belt. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:33h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Gail! I do love this color. I am going to look for Fall for some mustard pieces as well. Ill tell my hubby you liked the lighting. Always a learning experience! xx

  • Phyllis Lerner
    Posted at 12:44h, 13 August Reply

    Great post. I have always loved the color mustard and still have a few pieces from the 70s that I love and wear!

  • Andy at
    Posted at 12:41h, 13 August Reply

    So fabulous! It really is amazing how changing the accessories can totally change an outfit. You rock that mustard girl!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:57h, 19 August Reply

      Thank you Andy! Now to find more of this color for Fall! xx

  • LeAna
    Posted at 11:59h, 13 August Reply

    This mustard dress and the belt are adorable on you! I appreciate your suggestions as I am NOT good at fashion so your tips are so helpful. I love your comments about needing a photo assistant! These problems we must consider when taking photos!

  • Neti*
    Posted at 20:50h, 12 August Reply

    Love this dress on you and the belt is the icing on the cake. Enjoy. . . .

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:38h, 13 August Reply

      Hi Neti! Thank you, I have a fair amount in my closet, I can pair with this belt. Enjoy your day! xx

  • Nina
    Posted at 20:27h, 12 August Reply

    When you work out how to do the reflectors let me know! We are looking for a reflector holder too! You look amazing as always

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:37h, 13 August Reply

      Thank you Nina! Will do on the reflectors if we begin to use them. xx

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 14:32h, 12 August Reply

    Like you, I love the mustard color but not taste. You look stunning in this sunshine dress.

    • jess jannenga
      Posted at 17:21h, 12 August Reply

      Thank you Lisa! I hope you had a great vacation. This is just one of my favorite colors leading to Fall . Xx

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 11:51h, 12 August Reply

    Very cute outfit! I agree, accessorizing is fully half an outfit. Good luck on you car hunt!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:54h, 12 August Reply

      Thank you Michelle! Yes, i could picture the dresses I have that will go with this belt, but I do love accessories. We actually found a car, when I wrote that it had been about a month we were looking. So, I’ll share tomorrow what we ended up with. 🙂

  • HelloIm50ish
    Posted at 10:37h, 12 August Reply

    I love the belt with your yellow dress!
    I am short waisted and find wide belts hard to style but I like your soft braided belt!
    Wide leather belts cut into my ribcage!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:02h, 12 August Reply

      Hi RObin!
      Oh, that doesn’t sound pleasant. I don’t wear alot of belts, but I do love the style and the braided lighter leather with dresses. Glad you like the outfit and hope you have a great day! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:24h, 12 August Reply

    That belt IS perfect with the dress. I just wore a maxi like this the other day, and that’s exactly what mine needed. Thanks for the inspiration, Jess.
    We keep wondering about reflectors. I think there are stands for them, but it’s not always easy to set them up in crowded areas…..ugh!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:00h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Jodie!
      Thank you! I have this and my brown belt that is similar from Mango and I love the lighter, leather that they have. I loved the warm colors in this one. So, true! I try to avoid an audience, when doing photo shoots and this would be tough to avoid with the reflectors. We will see! 🙂 xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:20h, 12 August Reply

    You are a sun goddess in this mustard goodness! Wow, Jess, you look incredible! I love that belt and the bag and shoes with this simple but maxi dress in one of your best colors.
    Bummer about the A/C not working – I can only imagine – the heat is so oppressive here!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:59h, 12 August Reply

      Aw, you are a sweetie! Thank you. I do like this dress and have other dresses I will wear this and my chocolate brown belt with this fall. After a month of looking, we did find a car! Tell you about it tomorrow. It was tough drivin around without air in this heat. So glad you like this look, yes, you know I love this color. xx

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