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It Began with Downton Abbey

IMG_5965 Happy Monday Everyone

Hard to believe Christmas  has come and gone. All the preparing for it, and the excitement leading up to it can linger a bit, then the day is here and quickly over. However, we keep our tree up for a while, and also celebrate the New Year. My title refers to  Christmas Eve, when my husband gave me one gift to open. I know for many it is a tradition, and we do this on occasion. It was a Downton Abbey Christmas ornament of the car complete with Tom, the former chauffeur of the family.


Pearl necklace from Santa Clause

IMG_5983\                       Vintage earrings from Santa. via Etsy

91U6GipRcVL._SL1500_                      One of the ornaments I received from the DA collection

My husband and I are, as many are, huge fans of the show. I have read that people rent out the house to get married in! We sit glued to the couch as we wonder who is going to cause trouble, get into trouble, and if Mary will pick or choose a proper suitor, or if she will just string them along, until she realizes she is getting to old, and it is getting too late! I also love Carson, but can’t say anything to spoil this season, just that there is a surprise So, when my husband and I went downstairs, our first tradition is to let the pups go at their stockings ( yes, we have doggie stockings, that look like puppies) and they both stuck their heads in them to find squeaky balls, other toys, and some yummy turkey bacon treats. My girl was actually whimpering as she was tired of waiting to get into her stocking!!

We then open our stockings, as we take turns grabbing things blindly, to discover another ornament from Downton, the mansion of course! THey are lovely ornaments, and we collect more and more this year, as I love the memories they bring. Lastly, with this theme, hubby had a set of pearls for me, and a pretty box that contained a sapphire blue Downton necklace, which you see here. So, between these and the tea ( I am an avid tea drinker) it was a fun beginning to the morning.

The rest of our morning was trading off with gift opening, and if we had my brother’s dog, Pedro at our house, he would have helped open presents! Pedro literally tears open the presents, so funny to see . I won’t go into what we bought each other, but you will be seeing some of the items on the blog as we go. One of the gifts, was a pair of Over the Knee boots, in lambs leather, which I asked Santa for, and need I say, broke up the DA theme just a bit! ha. I did have to share something that is not a part of my Christmas treasures, but rather another, this fur caplet that I purchased thrift shopping via vintage from a Chicago store circa 1923. I may switch it up a bit, but plan to wear it New Years Eve.

Also,We later enjoyed an amazing dinner, salmon stuffed with lobster, crab cakes, corn souffle, orzo, and a bottle of  red wine, Ardanza 2001, a red blend that is absolutely delicious as was the meal! We didn’t forget our pups, as Target has a refrigerated section where there are special foods, almost pate-like, in rolls with softened turkey, lamb, chicken, vegetables, which they absolutely love so much, my girl Truffles makes the dog dishes sparkle when she is finished! It was a very nice day, a holiday to remember. I feel blessed as I have a loving family and they enjoyed Christmas as well.

Have a great week!

jess xo

Linking up with Visable Monday, Manic Monday, Still Being Molly
Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis

(Sweater old, loft), ( Gold skirt, Banana Republic, similar), Earrings ( Etsy:vintage), ( Vintage Fur Caplet: PM via 1923) Shoes: nine west: similar, Bag: LV Speedy 30

  • Claire
    Posted at 00:06h, 04 January Reply

    You look beautiful & I love Downton Abbey!

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:22h, 04 January Reply

      thank you Claire, Hope you had a Happy Holiday! jess xo

  • Highland Fashionista
    Posted at 05:44h, 03 January Reply

    this look is perfection on you! The colours are perfect! LOVE the stole. Seriously chic!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:06h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you! I got the stole for a steal ! ha, Glad you like it, I thought it cool it was from 1923. jess xx

  • Yvonne | Dear Sunny Vintage
    Posted at 00:11h, 03 January Reply

    That fur caplet is absolutely gorgeous! & you prepared a special meal for your fur babies, too cute!
    Happy New Year! May it bring you more happiness, success, and love 🙂

    Dear Sunny

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

      thankyou!! Happy New Year to you as well. Yep our pups are spoiled! But they deserve it. xx jess

  • Crystal
    Posted at 14:03h, 02 January Reply

    Jessica you look absolutely stunning! The whole outfit comes together very well. I am so glad the cape found its home with you 🙂 Please visit my closet again I am sure you will find plenty of items fit just for you soon! Happy New Year <3

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:23h, 02 January Reply

      Thanks Crystal! I love it and it looks great with my style . I will keep in touch with you, as I am a PM fan!! Have a great new year too! jess

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 19:43h, 30 December Reply

    So beautiful!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 31 December Reply

      Thank you Dawn, I thought the caplet was lovely too, great deal as well. Happy New Year, jess xo

  • elle
    Posted at 19:00h, 30 December Reply

    Love the wrap, it is stunning and classic as is the pearls and pencil skirt. Love the color of that skirt, btw!
    I also Love that series, and It is so sweet getting that ornament!
    have a glorious new year,
    Happy, merry and Cheers!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:19h, 30 December Reply

      Thanks so much Elle! I am kind of a clasic wearing girl, but have a bit of a surprise tomorrow, some edginess!! You too, a wonderful, and Healthy new year!! jess xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 18:55h, 30 December Reply

    That sounds like such a wonderful Christmas! Love the ornament, and love all the food you and the pups were so lucky to eat! 🙂 Wishing you a Happy New Year! -xx


  • amy
    Posted at 14:24h, 30 December Reply

    such a gorgeous and classy look! i love that your fur is from the 20s…how amazing!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:27h, 30 December Reply

      thanks so much! yes a cool vintage find. jess

  • Monika from Styleworld40plus
    Posted at 14:06h, 30 December Reply

    Dear Jess,
    I am glad to hear your holidays were so lovely. My older daughter and I are big fans of Downtown Abbey too, we own 4 seasons on DVD and love to watch it. Unfortunately season 5 is not yet availble here, so we have to wait.
    Love your outifit, esecially the vintage fur cape is great.
    Dear Jess, I wish you and your family a very happy new year.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:27h, 30 December Reply

      thanks so much Monika, hope you have a wonderful New Year too!! friend, jessxx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 13:54h, 30 December Reply

    Your Christmas sounds amazing and so cozy!
    We totally get stockings for the dogs in the fam, too. Can’t leave them out!
    I think Downton Abbey is back with a new season this weekend, right? I love the show, too! Can’t wait!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:26h, 30 December Reply

      thanks Ashley it was cozy! I wont tell you what happens but I saw the whole new season on itv! a brisith channel. take care, jess xx

  • BeingZhenya
    Posted at 10:34h, 30 December Reply

    Your bag is amazing! Love it!

  • Elsie
    Posted at 03:38h, 30 December Reply

    Lovely outfit Jess. Love the caplet and those earrings are gorgeous. Happy New Year.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:54h, 30 December Reply

      thank you Elsie! I appreciate you stopping by. Same to you, jess xx

  • Marjorie Wright
    Posted at 00:04h, 30 December Reply

    Jess, glad you had a wonderful Christmas!! The 1923 fur looks fabulous and I love the earrings as well. Once again you put together a lovely ensemble!! Wishes for a very happy new year!! Margi

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:53h, 30 December Reply

      HI Marge, glad to see you on the blog!! Stop by more often. Glad you like the outfit, I look forward to making jewelry together! jess xx

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 23:36h, 29 December Reply

    I am excited to have Downtown Abbey come back in a week! I do have to really pay attention because sometimes, I just don’t understand what they are saying. I love that you have theme for Christmas and the presents you received were perfect for the theme. Love you caplet – what a great find!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:51h, 30 December Reply

      Hi Alice, I saw the season, on itv, but wont say anything, it is so good!! Glad you love the caplet, it was a great time! jess Happy New Year

  • Lisa@dreamznwishz
    Posted at 23:10h, 29 December Reply

    Hi, Jessica. Your necklace strand is lovely. Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Okay…I am probably the only person on the planet that has not watched this show. I am going to have to start with show #1 and give it a go.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 30 December Reply

      thank you Lisa, Glad you like the necklace, Christmas was great. It is a fun show, jess xx

  • suzanne
    Posted at 17:34h, 29 December Reply

    I too love Downton Abby. Did you see the Christmas spoof with George Clooney? It is brilliant! I must post it on my FB page.

    I’ve seen so many of these caplets lately while vintage shopping and I love the look of them but still cannot wear fur myself. This does truly look gorgeous on you with your hair. I’m sure it will be perfect for New Year’s. Glamour!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:56h, 29 December Reply

      I didn’t see that yet with Goerge Clooney but will. I am sure it is great. I know what you mean , I appreciate it as well. It is my one and only piece and the rest is faux fur. Happy New Year Suzanne! jess xx

  • Johanna
    Posted at 17:31h, 29 December Reply

    Gosh, I just love that fur cape on you. You totally wear it well.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:54h, 29 December Reply

      thank you Johanna and Happy New Year! jess xx

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 17:18h, 29 December Reply

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful day! I love that you treated your puppies too! You look beautiful.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:54h, 29 December Reply

      thank you very much Amy! Yes, our pups are spoiled, but they are so good they deserve it! Happy New Year, jess xx

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 17:04h, 29 December Reply

    Not terribly surprised that you’re a DA fan! I spent all Summer catching up and I can’t wait for Season 5. The stole is so very exquisite – and very you! 😉
    Thank you for your friendship and support during 2014!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:53h, 29 December Reply

      Thank you Alicia!! Yes, I love it, Thomas is so cakniving, Mary so spoiled and narcassistic, Edith has bad luck, and Carson can be loveable but has a stick up his bum. Grandmama is just witty and funny. Glad you like the caplet. It was a great vintage find! Thank you as well, hope for the best 2015, jess xo

  • susan burpee
    Posted at 15:47h, 29 December Reply

    Love Downton Abbey as well….and your fur stole…very vintage!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:50h, 29 December Reply

      thanks so much, 1923 is the date on it. 🙂 jess xx

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 12:51h, 29 December Reply

    Your fur cape is absolutely stunning, Jess and I also love the soft, warm colour of your skirt and the beautiful earrings!
    I apologize for not reading your text today… I am a huge fan of Downton Abbey but I started watching it late and currently I am only at the end of season 2 and have to be very careful about possible spoilers 😉 Hope you understand!!
    I can only dream of wearing a skirt and light shoes as we are snowed in!!!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:07h, 29 December Reply

      So funny Annette! No problem. I loved finding this caplet for $20 and it being vintage. I didnt write much about the show, just about the DA items I received at Christmas, but totally understand friend , it is a great show, glad you liked the outfit. xo jess

  • Patti
    Posted at 11:29h, 29 December Reply

    Wow, you look stunning in your wrap, Jess! Love the ornament too, although I haven’t seen the show (must do, right?). Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday and happy new year, xox.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:36h, 29 December Reply

      Thanks Patti! Yes, it was cool to find this 1923 caplet, you have to see the show yes!! Happy New Year to you too!! jess xo

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 10:15h, 29 December Reply

    I need to borrow that awesome & cozy wrap Jess! Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:39h, 29 December Reply

      thanks Rebecca!! I found it and it was so cool as it has the date on it, 1923, so had to get it! Happy New Year to you, jess xo

  • Ada
    Posted at 09:24h, 29 December Reply

    I love Downtown Abbey and you look so sophisticated. I want that fancy, gorgeous fur shrug and your stunning statement earrings. This would make a great NY Eve Outfit by the way! 😉

    I have enjoyed your blog this year Jess. Happy 2015!! <3 Ada,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 29 December Reply

      THank you so much Ada! I got this vintage caplet for a steal! The earrings are my fav too. I can say as well, I have enjoyed “meeting you” and you blog too!! Happy New Year friend, jess xo

  • thedollhousev
    Posted at 08:36h, 29 December Reply

    You look darling and I love the ornament, so cute :))) What a precious thing…I hope you enjoyed yourself doll Xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:16h, 29 December Reply

      I did, glad you like the outfit and we give each other alot of ornamets each year. Hope u did as well, jess xx

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