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Turning Heads #Linkup-Karina Dress Collaboration: How to Transition from Summer to Fall: The Carolyn Vintage Inspired Dress



Hello Ladies!

I hope things are going well, and it is hard to believe that August is going this fast and soon Fall will be approaching. My favorite season without a doubt. All the things I associate with it, the mountains, hiking, camping, trees changing color, cool, crisp air, pumpkin spice everything! Charlotte has cooler temps really thoughout Sept-October, much different from Pittsburgh, where I used to live. Sept was when fall clothing was worn, October, coats. Here in Charlotte, I might just begin to wear a light jacket at the end of Oct-Nov.  I thought I would take a ride out to Mooresville, a bit of an older town, with its own charm, and I loved this vintage mural.


However, when it comes to my closet, I have to think about transitional styling. The time between Summer and Fall. How do I take a dress that I might wear in the Summer and wear it in between these seasons? When I was notified about collaborating with Karina Dresses for Fall (I have collaborated in the past), I was gifted this Carolyn Dress and thought it a great opportunity to share how I would style it in between summer and Fall.



What I love about Karina Dresses, is that they are made in the USA, are great for packing on trips, easy to wear and have a vintage flair.  I also love the fit. There is a Guide for body type and what dresses one might choose for that type. The Carolyn is similar to the Megan, with short sleeves, and twirl-able skirt, however the bodice and neckline has more coverage. I loved the colors in the dress and chose it for transitional reasons as well. Browns, rose, steel blue all would work beautifully!



Since it is still 90 degrees, I thought I would tell you how I would wear this transitioning between seasons. I styled it today with summer still in mind.

  • I would wear my brown vintage stole and add one of my vintage brooches to “jazz up” the dress.
  • A Rose shawl would also add some texture.
  • Wear those pair of brown leather boots in an ankle boot with colored tights.
  • Wear those knee high brown leather boots for a fall transition.
  • A moto jacket is a great way to transition to Fall! I have a new Rose colored moto jacket that  I would pair with this dress.
  • Wear a wrap or a cardigan utilizing one of the colors, adding a favorite brooch or pin.


My Rose Moto jacket you will see me style in the Fall. Perfect with this dress! Brown vintage stole, vintage brooch, a favorite pair of ankle boots.





Outfit Details:Karina Carolyn Dress in Peacock Print C/O Karina Dresses, Asos Block heels, Kate Spade Handbag, vintage brooch, vintage earrings: Etsy.

c/o- this dress was gifted to me by Karina Dresses. All opinions are my own.**

Just to let you know, Karina Dresses has their Fall Collection on-line as well as a big SALE ! If you may be interested, I would love for you to click on my Karina Dress Banner ( for an affiliate link to support the site) on the right sidebar. Thank you!

Most clicked this week: Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style shares her pretty teal dress.


PINTEREST PIC OF THE WEEK: Theresa of Vintage Style Files got my pick for this week’s pin, while we are talking about vintage/vintage inspired looks!Love the 20s outfit and fab, fancy car!


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    Theresa Campbell
    September 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Jess, you look stunning and well put together as usual! Love the backdrop too. I just discovered you featured my 20s outfit in this post and wanted to thank you. I appreciate that very much 🙂

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      Jess Jannenga
      September 2, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Theresa! Thank you, I appreciate your comment. I couldnt pass up the background. I love your look and thought it was perfect, us vintage gals! xx

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    August 19, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    So pretty. I love your style and ability to put a fresh spin on style influences. You look stunning in the retro colors of the dress and your photos are fabulous. Thank you for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.


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    August 19, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Such a pretty dress! Love the pearl necklace as well <3

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    August 18, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. I like these Karina Dresses. But they rarely come in my colors. You look awesome in this one!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thank you! What are your colors? ( i could be on the lookout 🙂 )X

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    August 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Oh wow, the dress is so lovely! I adore the print and the shoes are perfect for it 😀


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks so much! I will style it in the fall,I already have ideas! xx Thank you and nice meeting you!

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    August 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Beautiful look head to toe! LOVE the shoes.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you Allison! I love block heels! Have a great week! xx

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    Love Of Mode
    August 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    I adore this 70’s inspired look! The dress is just fabulous!

    Have a great day gorgeous lady!


    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

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    August 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Stunning dress Jess, love the vintage mural behind you! I love what you chose to transition the outfit too! Love the blue bag and gorgeous shoes, and as always your hair is stunning! Enjoy what is left of August!
    xx, Elle

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    August 17, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Looking fabulous as always! Love the print of this dress and those fun shoes!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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    August 17, 2016 at 9:04 am

    The muted pastels are beautiful and I do love the cut of the dress. The shoes are gorgeous and so perfect with it and the rose moto will be the ideal cover up once it’s cooler.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Thanks Debbie! One thing I do love about my collection of Karina Dresses is that the fit is always spot on. Thank you about the shoes too, I am looking for more block heels to wear! The rose moto was a bday gift from my mom. Cant wait for fall! xx

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    Amy Christensen
    August 16, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Jess, this is a beautiful dress and I love the accessories you chose to go with it. I also love the suggestions you made to make it transition to fall. Lovely looks. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Hi Amy! Yes, I love to wear the faux fur stoles I have a few. Fall is my favorite as there is more opportunity to layer, but not in this heat! Thank you !! xx

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    Irene Papadopoulou
    August 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    love your shoes Jess! perfect pictures, thank you so much for hosting the link up

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    Petite Silver Vixen
    August 16, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Snap! I immediately thought the same as Jill! That’s a Pucci inspired print and gorgeous at that. And the soft blues are perfect with it. What snazzy shoes those are, Jess.
    Your first photo made me smile. I thought, where’s Jess? Took me a second or two to see you against that incredible mural!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Oh My! Why didnt i think of that straight away! I knew it was somewhat familiar. I know Emilio Pucci! So right. Glad you like this look, and you made me laugh abou tthe first photo, like ” Wear is Waldo?” Good to hear from you!

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    August 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I love that gorgeous dress! The colors are so pretty on you!

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    Meagan Brandon
    August 16, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    I just love fall–YES to pumpkin spice everything! I like to layer my outfits–I feel like it’s so much more interesting than summer. This is the time of year when I have to get creative since it’s still hot but I’m done with summer clothing. I like your ideas for styling that dress and your background was great!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Meagan
      I know! Hubby laughs at how excited I get over Pumpkin spice! I just love it and have such great memories of fall as well.I agree more to do in the fall, as there is only so much you can wear in this heat!! Thank you, I look forward to wearing the moto, my mom bought me as a bday gift and faux fur, always! xx

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    Jacket Society
    August 16, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Beautiful dress, beautiful pattern and you look fabulous wearing it Jess!

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    Sheela Goh
    August 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    This sort of old world print suits you so very well, Jess. And I’m loving the notion of pairing your rose moto jacket with the dress, what a lovely contrast.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Sheela! Now, if I could only wear some of those rose or pale pink heels you have! The pattern did catch my eye right away. 🙂 xx

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    Lanae Bond
    August 16, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    That how the weather is in the eastern part of North Carolina! Thick coats are not really needed until the dead of winter. So I think that is why I love fall so much more because you really do not have to wear thick layers. So I am looking forward to fall! I love your dress and the retro backdrop in the wall.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Hi Lanae, where are you in Eastern NC? I know I have a collection of moto jackets I look forward to wearing. I just like that you can do more outfitwize Thank you, glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 11:27 am

    OMG those heels are so great!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Tianna,
      I have my eyes on another pair of block heels ! I can wear those 🙂 xx

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    [email protected]
    August 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Great dress & accessories! The perfect dress to transition into fall indeed! I love the backdrop, too – beautiful!

    Thanks for the link up & have a fantastic week!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:45 am

      Thank you Andrea! It was a fun shoot! Hubby enjoyed it and lunch was the reward afterward! I look forward to cooler weather about this time of year! You too , enjoy the week! xx

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    Ana from Mrs. American Made
    August 16, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Great and timely post, Jess. I am thinking about which items can transition to Fall as well – even though it is quite warm here still. And I love your Karina! I have a few, too, of course, since Made in USA is my thing – and they are so easy to put on and wear and call the outfit done, but I love how you have styled each version. Hope you well, and enjoy the travels! : ) A

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Hi Anna! I know it is 90 degrees here, and I get tired of the oppressive heat! It starts to get chilly maybe end of October. It can be tricky to show fall fashions when it is still warm out! I knew you liked Karina as well and they are easy to wear. Thank you Anna, same to you! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I have never worn a Karina dress before but this post makes me want one now. You look amazing!
    Rachel xo

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

      Thank you Rachel, I used to be a Frockstar so I have more of their dresses, and the fit is wonderful. Bet you would look great! x

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    Laura B
    August 16, 2016 at 10:20 am

    They have some of the best dresses. Love this one on you!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Laura! I collaborated with them as a Frockstar a few years ago, so I have a few dresses and the fit is always spot on! I appreciate your comment, enjoy the week! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 9:47 am

    Loving the wall art!! The perfect place to take pics. Your dress in stunning… the print… color… length! Love it 😉
    Thank you for hosting,


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thank you Melissa! Several blogger friends mentioned it looked like a Pucci Print, so I am going to wear it in the fall and do some Designer History! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This dress is so pretty on you and love the wall!

    Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Alice! I love murals too!. xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Alice! I know, this little town has some very cool vintage painted walls. I had to! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Such a great dress, lady- comfy but really chic!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks Ashley, if I can have both, its win-win! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

    You always look so beautiful no matter what you wear Jess! Fun backdrop and I have a post coming up with a cute retro wall art in our city. You’d fit right into this scene.

    Thank you for hosting!

    Here’s a peek …


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Aww thank you Carmen. You havent seen me in the morning though! Kidding! Sounds like we were thinking alike!xx

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    Amy Johnson
    August 16, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Such a fun dress! Love the photos too. I love wall murals!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Thank you Amy! Me too, I couldnt pass these up! xx

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    Laurie Duncan
    August 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Very pretty dress, the fabric reminds me a bit of the 70s. <3

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    August 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Well, I can totally see why you were drawn to that dress, and those shoes are a shoe lover’s dream!!
    What a fun backdrop—did you have lunch there too? Or anything fun?

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Hi Jodie, I have a number of Karina dresses and this one is a new cut for me, I do like it! I know , they are a favorite pair. How did you know , yes we had lunch nearby the town, its kind of a deal. Hubby takes pics and then he gets lunch 🙂 xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I love, love, love this dress! The colors are gorgeous! The fit is fabulous! I am loving those shoes and bag with it, too. And your brown ankle boots with the stole are going to look so amazing paired with this in the fall. And I am absolutely crushing on your rose moto jacket! So fabulous, Jess!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Hi Shelbee, thanks! I do say Karina dresses do fit well, and thought this would be a departure from florals as it is a different pattern. I know, I look forward to Fall as I have a bit of a collection of moto jackets I look forward to wearing. This was a bday gift from Mom. xx

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        August 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm

        Thanks so much for linking up On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again this week!


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          Jess Jannenga
          August 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

          Yes of course, what day of the week, and will you send out a reminder? Have a good weekend! x

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    Emma Peach
    August 16, 2016 at 8:51 am

    I really love these colours, the dress is so pretty. Gorgeous shoes…are they holographic? The dress would look just perfect for fall with that moto jacket and brown stole. Stunning backdrop for the photos 🙂

    Emma xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Good eye Emma, they do shimmer and you can see different colors. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the photos! xx

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    Amy Arnold
    August 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Pretty printed dress, and I just love those shoes! Fall is my favorite too.

    Amy Ann
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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Amy! One of my fav pairs of shoes I bought this year. Have a great week! xx

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    August 16, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Fun photo shoot! Thanks for the link up, Jessica! Have a great week!

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    August 16, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Everything about this is gorgeous! I love the pattern and the retro wall you found. I’ve been thinking a lot about fall styling too. Takes a little more planning than all the summer dresses! Thanks for hosting.

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    August 16, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Love how the shoes & bag match the dress!!!

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    Tiina L
    August 16, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I love these soft colours and the retro pattern! Lovely dress. Have a great week, Jessica!

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    Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    August 16, 2016 at 7:02 am

    That Karina dress is amazing on you! What a gorgeous print and the colors look dreamy with your complexion. Great photo shoot too!

    Dawn Lucy

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thank you my friend, I thought this was a pretty pattern. Yes, we had fun that day, shoot and lunch! xx

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    Andrea Nine
    August 16, 2016 at 6:39 am

    You charming belle indeed!!! LOE the muted tones in this beautiful dress and the blue is a little bit of heaven!! What a awesome backdrop for photos and of course, the most gorgeous subject!! Love this Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Aww you are always so sweet with your comments! Hubby and I had fun taking pics in this little town. Karina dresses are so easy! Have a wonderuful week! xx

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    Pam Greer
    August 16, 2016 at 5:58 am

    I love the dress!! but those shoes are amazing!!

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    OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    August 16, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Jess this is such an amazing background for the dress and brings out the colors and you to perfection. And btw you look so lovely with your hair up! I wish I got hair like that…bummer <3 Have a great week my friend and thanks for hosting. xo Sabina

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    August 16, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Jess the colours in this dress are PERFECTION – totally my colours, the dress is absolutely gorgeous!! Fantastic location for a photo shoot, too… wish I could find somewhere like that where I live.

    Thank you so much for hosting, have yourself a great week 🙂

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    Anna Shirley
    August 16, 2016 at 3:46 am

    This print is beautiful Jess. I love vintage and you are able to wear it in very modern way.

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    August 16, 2016 at 2:34 am

    What a fun wall to shoot Jess! Beautiful dress again and love those baby blue heels!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thank you Sheree! when I saw this wall in this little town by where we live, I thought perfect place for this shoot! So glad you liked it! xx

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    Nancy Baten
    August 16, 2016 at 2:30 am

    What a pretty dress! The pattern, the colors, the lenght! Just perfect. Isn that the jacket you bought for your birthday? It would look fabulous on that dress! You are Lucky that you don t have to wear a coat until October. I think Summer ends here by the half of september. And what a nice surprise to be the most clicked! Thank you all!

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Beautiful dress! It fits perfectly and what a lovely print!

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:26 am

    What a great backdrop! Love the dress Jess. Thank you for hosting x

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:21 am

    That dress is lovely – such a great vintage vibe (especially in front of that backdrop!) and it’s lovely with the blue accessories 🙂

    It will look amazing with that leather jacket for cooler weather!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    August 16, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Pretty dress, loving the print on you! Thanks for hosting 🙂

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    Jill James
    August 16, 2016 at 1:10 am

    Your choice of location was perfect to show the vintage vibe of this dress, it reminds me of a Pucci print from the 1960’s. I can that this will be such a useful dress as you head to some slightly cooler days.

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

      Ahh yes! I can see that Jill, Pucci! Glad you like the setting, and I am so ready to cooler weather! Enjoy the week! xx

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