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Mixing Patterns and Shorts Weather







It was a pretty warm day today. Time to dig out the shorts. I have a few patterned ones I felt like wearing, and I was excited to take the dogs out to “Barkdale”, renamed by me, as it is usually so frequented by dogs, you know the dog’s names not the owners. It is a favorite local shopping place with some fun boutiques,  your every-corner Starbucks, wine bar, and also frozen yogurt/ice cream shops. It is really called Birkdale, only 10 minutes from where we live. My husband’s phone at one point, marked it as his workplace, the GPS, as we would frequent it so much. When they opened this place called Eez, Sushi Restaurant, we ate there at the beginning, probably once a week. So good! But my favorite thing about it is seeing all of the puppies walking their owners 🙂

Isn’t it funny the looks and smiles we get when we bring our pups. We are even considering training them to take them to homes as therapy pups. I know they provide therapy for me!

Have a Great Day!

Shorts: Loft ( older), Top ( Nordstrom: older), sandals, Sofft, Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff, Mint green nails: Essie, Coral necklace:  Jewel Box. Gold Leaf Earrings: Lipp Boutique



  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:58h, 29 May Reply

    Gorgeous top! I just love the pink roses. They look so pretty paired with your cute plaid shorts. Super cute summer look!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:11h, 29 May Reply

      Thank you! I love the top too. I appreciate the lovely comments. Jess xx

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 17:28h, 27 May Reply

    Mixing patterns is really on trend at the moment. I think this works so well cos the pinky colour is in top and shorts. I love the top by the way, I could never get away with wearing it. I like the way you’ve kept the handbag and shoes in neutral colours so they don’t detract from the pink.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:36h, 27 May Reply

      Thank you so much. Such lovely compliments! I am sure you could wear it, why not :-)) Yes, I think this is really the first time I have mixed patterns, I am relatively conservative when it comes to some trends 🙂 Thanks again for stopping by. jess xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 23:47h, 25 May Reply

    I just love these madras plaid shorts on you and the way there styled with so adorable floral tank top.
    Have a fabulous figure and this is the perfect outfit for you. So nice to be able to travel with your puppies. That sounds like a lot of fun. I hope you are enjoying this memorial day. Kisses,Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:53h, 26 May Reply

      Thank you Elle! I honestly dont havre alot of plaid, but liked these colors and pattern. The top I have had for years and really like the print as well. Aw, thank you for the kind comments!! Yes, we love going there because there are so many pups and a very dog friendly area. Enjoy your day as well. Jess xo

  • Wioletta
    Posted at 18:46h, 25 May Reply
    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 22:36h, 25 May Reply

      Thank you! I appreciate you stopping by, jess

  • popcosmo
    Posted at 13:52h, 25 May Reply

    That top is GORGEOUS! The colors, the floral – just amazing. I feel like I can’t wear anything so feminine, but you make me want to try – it just looks so amazing on you. And the pattern mixing is spot on!
    xo ~kim & chloe

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:19h, 25 May Reply

      Oh, Thank you both, Chloe and Kim. You could totally wear feminine tops.. go for it! Plaid is a bit out of my comfort zone, but I said, “What the heck?” I liked the colors in it. I know with the jeans you like a top like this would look fab on you. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, I really appreciate it. First real experimentation in pattern mixing. I have learned some just from reading other blogs as well. Hope your weekend is going well. jess xx

  • Megan Mueller-Weaver
    Posted at 02:01h, 25 May Reply

    Love how you mixed those two patterns – such a fun outfit! thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:54h, 25 May Reply

      Hi Megan, I am going to look into blog more.I did stop by your blog and your photography and pics are amazing Gorgeous. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a lovely comment. It was fun putting this outfit together. You need shorts in Charlotte weather 🙂

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Posted at 13:04h, 24 May Reply

    You look awesome in shorts & florals Jess!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:33h, 24 May Reply

      Thank you! You have to wear shorts here in the South! Thanks so much hon. Glad you liked the outfit. I have more where that came from 🙂 Have a relaxing weekend. jess xx

  • Lady of Style
    Posted at 10:33h, 24 May Reply

    Wow, that is a summer look, Jess! We had a couple of warm days but like Catherine I am in trousers and a long sleeve shirt this weekend.
    As I love floral prints, I adore your top with pink roses!
    Your hair looks gorgeous as always!

    Enjoy your long weekend. As my US colleagues and my boss will be out of office, I am looking forward to a quiet Monday at work 🙂
    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:38h, 24 May Reply

      Hi Annette,
      Glad you dropped by. Yes this was a summery day. Sometimes we skip spring here and head into summer. It is just a hot spell. Thank you for the feedback on my outfit and my hair, I am due for a rinse ( for the greys) and a trim.
      Enjoy the quiet day Monday.
      xo jess

  • Debbie Stinedurf
    Posted at 20:18h, 23 May Reply

    There is nothing better than hanging out with dogs! Love the floral and plaid mix…gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:29h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks Debbie! Yes I love my pups. THank you regarding the outfit. I love florals, and plaids are going on me too! I appreciate it 🙂 Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Ashley
    Posted at 16:42h, 23 May Reply

    I love how dogs really do bring people together! It sounds like you guys have a great place to hang out with the pups! I really like the print mixing here – unexpected and awesome!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:56h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks Ashley! Yes, I am amazed guys don’t just get pups in college, as they are magnets! We do have this place and it is great that many dogs go there. The wine bar and surrounding establishments are all dog friendly! Thank you for the compliment regarding my outfit. I wanted to mix plaid and floral. 🙂 drop in again. jess

  • Monika
    Posted at 11:16h, 23 May Reply

    Hi Jess,
    it looks very much like summer on your photos. Love the pretty flowers on your top, matching the colour of the shorts. And of course the Rebecca Minkoff bag is beautiful. Unfortunately there is no store in our area which sells Rebecca Minkoff. A good friend of me is moving to New York next year, so maybe she can buy one for me then. But I finally succeeded in finding a nude quilted bag too. I will probably show it the next weeks.
    Have a nice relaxed weekend.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:38h, 23 May Reply

      Hi Monika,
      It is pretty warm here, we have had a hot spell around 90. Thank you for the lovely comment of my outfit. I have had this top for years and still really like it. Go online to look for Rebecca Minkoff. I bought mine from a place called Bonanza, which women sell bags at discount. You can also check Ebay for reputable sellers. Your friend could look for sample sales at RM, great deals then! Thank you. I am pairing down my bag collection a bit as when I buy one, I like to get rid of one. Love to see yours!
      Enjoy your weekend as well.

  • Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb
    Posted at 11:12h, 23 May Reply

    Jess I’m so loving these two patterns together – that’s pattern mixing perfection!! I’m so envious of you getting to wear shorts, I’m at home in a pair of jeans and a sweatshirt and I’m cold… boo to the wind and rain!

    Have a great long weekend (we have one too in the UK!), hope you’re keeping well 🙂

    Catherine x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 23 May Reply

      Hi Catherine! Thank you. My kind of first attempt at pattern mixing ! Yes, we had a hot spell in May in the 90s, so I took out the shorts! I am not a fan a grey and rain, that is why I left Pennsylvania 🙂 Have a great weekend yourself.
      jess xx

  • chloe
    Posted at 10:23h, 23 May Reply

    what a cute outfit! love that you renamed the mall “barkdale” — too funny!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 23 May Reply

      Thanks Chloe! Glad you like the outfit. I enjoy shorts especially when it hits 90 here in Charlotte. Yes, that is the new name, and the pups know it!!
      xo jess

  • fizzandfrosting
    Posted at 09:32h, 23 May Reply

    I love taking my puppies to the outdoor mall by my house. There really is something super fun about seeing all the dogs on parade.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:43h, 23 May Reply

      So true. I love going to this shopping center for one of the same reasons, very dog friendly. 🙂 Thanks for coming by!
      jess xx

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 08:57h, 23 May Reply

    Oh, thanks so much! My husband makes me laugh when I complain about the wind blowing my hair everywhere. He says, “professional photographers use fans all the time in their shoots, what are you complaining about! : ha :-)) Thank you regarding the outfit. One of my winter posts, has a picture of both of my dogs. I also have one called Girl’s Best Friend, that shows my best boy, Gibby. Have a great day!

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 08:11h, 23 May Reply

    The breeze in your hair in one of the photos makes me jealous 🙂 nice pattern mixing too. Aw I would love to see a photo of you and your pups, sounds sweet.

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