Martinis: Shakin' and Stirred :Wearing My Red Dress - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish -Fashion Over 50
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Martinis: Shakin’ and Stirred :Wearing My Red Dress




Hello Lovely ladies,

Well again it has been a nice sunny day here in Huntersville, NC. Sunny, and about 90 degrees. I don’t usually go to the mall, as I think the last time I really liked malls was when I was a teenager. I find myself to be more efficient and comfortable at home, shopping on-line. However, we decided I would try on a skirt at Ann Taylor, and look around a bit, while my husband entered The Drop Off Zone.  This is that area that husbands frequent while their wives shop. There are sections of the mall devoted to this: large screen tvs for when football season is in play, Borders Books for those times my husband wants to read tech manuals ( yawn!) or magazines. He thought it would be much more productive for him to be able to get lunch and do his work on his laptop at Firebirds Restaurants while waiting for me. So, by the time I got there, he had eaten his meal.

After I was done trying on clothes, I thought I would meet him there and we would sit outside and have a few drinks. They make THE best martinis and today is $5 drinks, so I knew I was craving a pineapple martini, in which a large jug with vodka and pineapple sits for 21 days, and lets the alcohol sit with the pineapple. Oh, my! So, good. On the way to sit outside, an older man was staring at me ( hubby told me) and he put his finger in the air as to summon me over to him. Strange, I thought. So, as we were making our way out to the outside porch, I stopped, only to hear the line, ” You look very familiar to me…” Oh no, I thought, waiting for ” Do you come here often ” to be the next words uttered. He said he thought he knew me, ( no) and asked who my significant other was, it being my husband of course. Then he proceded to tell me that he was a film maker that moved here , and he used to work for Francis Ford Coppola. Probably Francis Ford Kopolla.. or perhaps he had a vivid imagination… I had this desperate need to get out of there, and I just suddenly burst out, ” Oh, our table is ready outside” when in fact, there was no waiter out there, but the man was making me uncomfortable…

So, on to the delicious martinis, Firebirds, a chain around the country, has a $5 Martini day and I had a pineapple, then later the Queen City Berry martini with a berry vodka, Chamboard, and something else which I am sure added to the fruity, cold, delicious taste. We then decided to get pictures of me in my latest Karina dress, the Audrey, in Vibrant Blooms. I love the red, as you know I am a fan of red, and florals, so this was just the dress for me. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon.

…and introducing my hubby!

Karina Dress: Audrey Vibrant Blooms c/o Karina Dresses, Sandals, Sofft, Bag: Hayden Harnett, NYC  Earrings:

Have a Great day!


Link ups: The Pleated Poppy,  Random Wednesdays

  • le chateau des fleurs
    Posted at 02:01h, 16 June Reply

    I love dresses in summer and this red one is stunning on you!
    I would love if you come link up tomorrow at the Monday party!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:40h, 16 June Reply

      I will have to check out your party! THanks so much for the compliment on the red dress. It is a fav of mine.
      xo jess

  • Maggie Frost
    Posted at 23:11h, 12 June Reply

    What a beautiful print! …And Firebirds has the BEST martinis!

    xo. maggie
    Moda & the Mar

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:50h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Maggie for coming! Glad you like my print! Yes, we are trying to make it a Wednesday night date 🙂
      jess xo

  • Darcy
    Posted at 21:12h, 12 June Reply

    Soo cute! Hope you guys had fun!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:46h, 13 June Reply

      Thanks Darcy!
      Yes, we had fun! Have a great weekend. jess xx

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 20:24h, 12 June Reply

    Those drinks you described sound delicious! Love this look…especially the shoes! Hi hubby! 😉

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:45h, 13 June Reply

      They were delicious! Their pineapple martini is amazing. Glad you like the look, it is such a pretty dress. THanks for coming by! jess xo

  • Debonita
    Posted at 15:42h, 12 June Reply

    Hi I love your dress. Your blog is so nice very elegant and professional. I am from the link up xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:44h, 12 June Reply

      Thanks hon!! I appreciate it, that means alot from another blogger. Glad you like the dress 🙂

  • Johanna Grange
    Posted at 13:33h, 12 June Reply

    That red dress is so you. That is your style dress – you should make it your trademark!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:35h, 12 June Reply

      Thanks Johanna!! I love that it is named the Audrey Dress from Karina after Audrey Hepburn, I appreciate your comment, it means alot! jess xx

  • carisa
    Posted at 12:36h, 12 June Reply

    cute dress! I really love the red 🙂 strange about the guy at the restaurant…don’t you wonder what his deal was? haha

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:48h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you for the lovley comment about the dress. I dont know what his deal was!! Dont want to know 🙂 jess

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 10:23h, 12 June Reply

    Oh my gosh! I really don’t think that there is a color that doesn’t suit you! I though green was your color. Then I thought purple was your color…..and red!?! Red is also your color! Just beautiful Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:48h, 12 June Reply

      Awww You are sweet. Thank you!! Glad you like the outfit, I do love red.. as well as many other colors.. red heads can wear red! have a great weekend! jess xo

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style
    Posted at 09:54h, 12 June Reply

    Jess, its an adorable color match. Totally can see why you love that dress. And I am not sure what I enjoyed more, the husband drop off or the Martini story. Here in Germany its still pretty hot but there is a breeze so quite pleasant. Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 12 June Reply

      Thanks Sabina! Yes we have the Drop off Zone, as my hubby just doesn’t like to shop for women clothing! Can you beleive it! Glad you liked the dress as well. So comfy and I love the retro feel of Karina Dresses. I have some friends in Germany and glad you are getting some nice weather! jess xo

  • Danavee
    Posted at 09:54h, 12 June Reply

    The red floral dress is stunning! I am ALL over florals this summer!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:45h, 12 June Reply

      Me too! I have always loved florals, even before the trend. Thank you for the lovely comment. jess xx

  • angelalambert7
    Posted at 09:33h, 12 June Reply

    Love the decor, and your pretty red dress. Looks great on you. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:44h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you Angela. We sat outside and I enjoy the flowers as well. Thank you, glad you like the dress. jess xx

  • ADA
    Posted at 03:48h, 12 June Reply

    What a gorgeous floral dress. Perfect for Summer. So cool that you got it c/o. =) Your husband looks all nice and cool there too. Those martinis look yummy – may I have one? And at 5 bucks. I will have 3!! LOL

    I am hosting a link up on my page (June 11 post) that I’d love for you to join with your next OOTD. If you do please include a link back to my blog. Thanks so much. Enjoy the weekend, Ada. =)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:36h, 12 June Reply

      I had 2! That is all I can drink, a lightweight when it comes to alcohol. i will pass on the message, Now did you mean Cool ( as in temperature) or cool as in attitude? hehe. Will be sure to come by to your link up, and if you need a co host at some point let me know. xx jess

  • Carrie
    Posted at 22:41h, 11 June Reply

    Great post! Lovely dress + glad to “meet” your hubby.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:33h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you Carrie! We were joking around. I said, give me your GQ pose. Glad you enjoyed the post and the dress. I wanted to say, but forgot that day, I am sure you are proud of yours, and he looked handsome in uniform 🙂
      Do we follow each other on bloglovin/ Would u like to?

  • Kate
    Posted at 18:22h, 11 June Reply

    what a bizarre encounter! at least you had great drinks and a great dress to keep things on a positive note!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:40h, 11 June Reply

      Yes! Strange man. Yes, we were able to “escape” and enjoy our drinks and the sunny day! I got some nice feedback on my dress from ladies.
      I appreciate you coming by, jess xx

  • Yaudy Cristina
    Posted at 18:12h, 11 June Reply
  • Tara
    Posted at 17:27h, 11 June Reply

    Such a pretty color and print!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:31h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Tara! Glad you like the dress. I am a huge fan of red. jess xx

  • wheelchairmommy
    Posted at 17:07h, 11 June Reply

    Love – LOVE the dress!! Off to check out that site! YUMMY looking drinks!! Jealous!~

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:13h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks so much hon! I have a button on the sidebar for Karina Dresses, if you wouldn’t mind checking through there. The spring collection is on sale,and I think you would look great in one. Yes, they have the best martinis there. Glad you like the dress too! jess xx

  • Alena
    Posted at 16:38h, 11 June Reply

    What a beautiful flower printed dress, it suits you so well with your hair!
    Keep up the great blog work!
    Thank you for your lovely comment, take care,
    Alena | meet me stylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:44h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you Alena! I just love the Zara dress you wore in your post. I would have been ready to buy, but have a feeling it is from last year huh ? Glad you like my dress as well. Redheads can wear red. I appreciate you liking my blog, and best wishes in school as well.
      jess xo

  • Jennie
    Posted at 15:34h, 11 June Reply

    Beautiful red dress, Jess! Great floral print and colors and so flattering!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:43h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you Jennie! I appreciate you stopping by and I loved the colors and the floral, what sold me 🙂 xx jess

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 15:32h, 11 June Reply

    That’s a beautiful dress and again, the colours suit you so well. Lovely and certainly perfect for your high temperatures.
    Oh, you had a strange experience there… glad your husband was with you and you could enjoy a drink together!! And how nice to meet your husband here, Jess.

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:42h, 11 June Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like my dress! I remember you saying you were looking for a red dress, and I am also a fan of red, the print suited me as well. Thanks so much!
      Yes, I encounter some strange people now and again, glad my hubby was there to wisk me away!! Have a great day! xo jess

  • Ginny
    Posted at 15:04h, 11 June Reply

    Love this dress but hate creepers. Glad you could get away from him.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:18h, 11 June Reply

      Yes Ginny ! Tell me about it, I hate that too! Even when my hubby is right there, nerve! Glad you like the dress. jess xo

  • Dhruvi
    Posted at 14:54h, 11 June Reply

    Love this dress on you, Jess! It’s so perfect for summer!

    Stilettos & Sequins

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:17h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks hon! I am a huge fan of red and you know I love florals, Thanks for comin by! jess xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 13:44h, 11 June Reply

    You’re absolutely lovely in this Karina dress – I love the print. I had to laugh, b/c my husband is always looking for a Drop-Off Zone, and he reads tech manuals too. : >

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:58h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks Patti!! I am a fan of the Audrey! I want to try one of their Rita dresses but need an XS and it goes quick. I dont know what I would do without the drop off zone, and he gets an excuse to eat out too! have a great week xo jess

  • plutrell
    Posted at 13:37h, 11 June Reply

    Beautiful dress on you, Jess. So vibrant and summery!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:38h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks so much Pam. I think this style of Karina Dress suits me, and is super comfy> Glad you like the print. jess xo

  • Beata B
    Posted at 13:37h, 11 June Reply

    I absolutely love your dress! You look beautiful 🙂 hugs Beata

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:38h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks so much Beata! I was thinking of you as we speak. I appreciate the thought. Have a lovely day! jess

  • Madaline
    Posted at 13:12h, 11 June Reply

    You look beautiful in red! I feel like I’m too much of a wall flower to wear red! And that martini looks delish! I had no clue that had a $5 martini day at Firebirds!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:23h, 11 June Reply

      Yes! Here in Charlotte, as I imagine elsewhere it is Wednesdays. Thank you regarding the dress. I love red!!
      Aw. You have to give it a try! jess xx

  • Samantha
    Posted at 11:54h, 11 June Reply

    I love your dress, such a pretty color combination and print!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:15h, 11 June Reply

      Thanks so much! It is from Karina Dresses, they make super comfortable dresses! xx jess

  • marie
    Posted at 11:26h, 11 June Reply

    I love the pretty print, summer perfect!

  • katieoverbeek
    Posted at 10:54h, 11 June Reply

    Haha! oh dear. Well, you do look amazing in that dress so not surprising you got a bit of unwarranted attention! x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:13h, 11 June Reply

      Ha! I laugh with my husband and say, where are the hot 30 year olds making these comments. J/k… I seem to get the strange lot!
      Thank you for the comment on the dress! jess xx

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 08:27h, 11 June Reply

    LOL Maybe you were in the movie he was creating in his mind! Dirty old man ; )

    Love the dress.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 11 June Reply

      Ha! Tell me about it. Thank you about the dress, it is so comfortable, and the print really caught my eye, jess xx

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