My car wash skirt and the Lake - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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My car wash skirt and the Lake









Don’t know what it is, but I just love sitting outside. The bonus was that this restaurant was a place we hardly frequented before. It was on the lake, and its former ownership’s style was average food, average price, but great place to be. Then the restaurant was bought, and it opened this year. The inside is lovely with it’s high ceilings, excellent comfortable seating, windows all exposing the beautiful marina and lake we enjoy watching. In addition, the chef is new, from the show, “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordan Ramsey, and was preparing our food! Needless to say, the flavors and combinations are delicious, the wine is varied, as well as very refreshing on the 90 degree days, and there are couches, tables and umbrellas to either sit and drink while one waits or just to hang out by the water and have an appetizer and drinks. We decided to take our meal in the porch area which opens with windows surrounding the lake and fans to cool us off as well. I had delicious flatbread with basil, cheese, goat cheese, lump crabmeat, shrimp and spinach. Delicioso! Mine was so good I forgot what my husband ate. We had an Italian bottle of Pinot Grigio that I enjoyed as well. It was very hotso I wore my light crepe car wash skirt, with a copper floral top from Ann Taylor. I call it my car wash skirt, as if I turn or twirl, it looks like the strips of that wash your car. I wanted to pair it with a copper top for additional color, and if I were to accessorize more I would have added perhaps a copper, gold or mixed metals bracelet or earrings ( something I should look for).. another time. I don’t know why sitting in the sun, and having a glass of wine makes me so tired !

Have a great day!
Jess xo

Skirt ( on sale, ANN Taylor), Top ( Ebay, Ann Taylor), Shoes: Sofft,( similar) Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff ( similar)

Link up: Random Wednesday, Color Brigade  The Pleated Poppy

  • jeffriestyke
    Posted at 06:33h, 06 June Reply

    I am so glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you! I love this skirt! It is chic and comfy looking too – bonus! I am excited to see more of your style! Susan

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:40h, 06 June Reply

      Thank you Susan. I would love it if you could follow me on Bloglovin on the right sidebar if you wish. Glad you like the outfit!! jess

  • Maggie Frost
    Posted at 23:51h, 05 June Reply

    I always request to sit outside at a restaurant! I feel like I’m not wasting the day inside if it’s pretty out! This is such a lovely color combination on you!

    xo. maggie
    Moda & the Mar

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:38h, 06 June Reply

      Thank you Maggie. Yes, we try and sit outside as much as possible. I love the scenery and just having good food and wine. Thank you for the compliment on the clothes.
      jess xx

  • Debbie Baker Burns
    Posted at 19:59h, 05 June Reply

    Once I scrolled down and saw the flippy strands of your skirt I got your title…love it!! That is such a unique item. And I like how you paired it with classic pieces. Beautiful look. Sounds like a nice day. I do enjoy eating outside when it’s available. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting! Nice to have found you. Debbie @

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 20:27h, 05 June Reply

      Hi Debbie! I know! I should have done some movement with my skirt, but they don’t always turn out as I like. I was going to take a blog pic in front of a car wash, perhaps next time. Glad you like the look as well. It was a great day and I love eating outside with the sun shining. Thanks for stopping by. Would love it if we could follow each other on blog lovin, let me know. jess x

  • ADA
    Posted at 16:36h, 05 June Reply

    Love your car-wash skirt Jess. It is fun. Brown and Beige pairs so well with Coral. Great floral top to go with it. I am loving your necklace and earrings too. So girly fun!!

    Would love for you to stop by and see my latest new pieces on the blog. Thanks.

    Enjoy the weekend! <3 Ada.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:03h, 05 June Reply

      Will do Ada! Thank you., Sometimes it is hard to tell in pics, but it is more of a blush, but there may be those undertones. G;ad you like the outfit as well as the accessories. I will stop by 🙂

  • Maria
    Posted at 16:02h, 05 June Reply

    I love your sandals and the whole outfit screams summer and wonderful times. The place must be great and I think nothing overcomes a place by the water.
    What wonderful photos you have there!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:04h, 05 June Reply

      Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad you like the outfit. Yes, it is a lovely place to live. Have a great weekend. jess

  • Stella
    Posted at 13:17h, 05 June Reply

    You look stunning! So delicate, lovely and summerly!! I enjoy this look!

  • Willfully Elegant
    Posted at 10:22h, 05 June Reply

    Loving the print of your top and looks so chic with the neutral skirt! The outdoors look so inviting!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:18h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you!! I appreciate your feedback 🙂 It is a pale blush skirt, but can go with alot. This top was different for me and I loved the copper tones in it. We are getting more and more places to enjoy along the Lake here, so my hubby and I love to sit outside 🙂 Have a great week, jess xx

  • carolyn
    Posted at 08:13h, 05 June Reply

    LOVE that skirt! Love how you styled it!
    LMK if you’d like to follow each other! So glad you stopped by… this would also be a great look for my Sunday linkup… just so you know! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:56h, 05 June Reply

      Thank you! It is a favorite, very light and great for summertime here in the Carolinas. I would love to do a Sunday linkup as Sundays are somewhat slow.. great! I am following you gladly on Bloglovin, I appreciate and thank you for doing the same. 🙂 jess xx

  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 01:24h, 05 June Reply

    I have been so tempted to buy this skirt – I just love how fun it is with movement. So glad the restaurant new owners are for the better – always great to enjoy good food, with great view and company.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:53h, 05 June Reply

      Hi Alice, I have alot of twirlable skirts, but the pics don’t always come out the way I intended. The skirt is on sale now at Ann Taylor, and I think you shop there , right? Glad you like it
      Yes, the view, company, all of that comes into play, and I love sitting outside. xx jess

  • Kileen
    Posted at 00:44h, 05 June Reply

    sounds like you had a wonderful time and the food/drink sounds amazing!

    cute & little

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:51h, 05 June Reply

      Yes, we are lucky to live that close to the lake and I love the restaurant, funny we are considered regulars, but they are new 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, jess

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 20:41h, 04 June Reply

    Hi Jess,
    What a cute skirt, brings back a lot of memories…I used to have one years ago and I loved it. Love the color combination of coral and taupe as well, you look fab.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:51h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Nora for stopping by as well. Yes, this skirt since it is chiffon is light and summery. I loved the coral/copper top from Ann Taylor as I thought it would go well with my hair. Thanks again, hon. jess xx

  • Ashleigh.Michelle
    Posted at 17:45h, 04 June Reply

    I love the color combination! Very fresh and summery. Thanks for stopping by! That is so cool that you’re a music major. I love singing so much that I do it all the time and I think I drive people nuts. Unfortunately, I came down with a cold and pink eye at the same time. Not fun. But I’m getting better, so I won’t sound like a croaking frog any more.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:15h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment. I should say was a music major. I graduated from Duquesne School of Music in Pgh, and went on to do my Masters. I say,keep singing!! xo jess

  • Jennie
    Posted at 15:31h, 04 June Reply

    Your car wash skirt is too cute and I love the color! Your floral top looks terrific with it. Really enjoyed your photos.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:26h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks so much! I try and get pics of places we go! And I love wine as well as martinis. The more you read my blog you will know. I appreciate the lovely comments about the outfit. xx jess

  • stylishlyinlove
    Posted at 12:39h, 04 June Reply

    Great pictures! Love your top.

    Hope you have a wonderful day.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:09h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Sophia!
      I appreciate you stopping by jess

  • Blaire Bingham
    Posted at 12:29h, 04 June Reply

    Love it! Looks like an amazing meal. Thank you so much for stopping by!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:35h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you! Yes, it was delicious. Glad you like the outfit too. xo jess

  • angelalambert7
    Posted at 11:28h, 04 June Reply

    Cute skirt!!! Love that for the spring with the bright colors from your top. 🙂 Stopping by to say hello.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:40h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you !! The skirt is a light chiffon, so light . Glad you liked the top as well. jess xx

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 10:38h, 04 June Reply

    You always manage to be photographed in the most beautiful settings! And of course, you are very much a part of that beauty 😉 Love your neutrals paired with the cute floral top. Really pretty! xox~M

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:43h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks Mary!! That is quite the compliment coming from an established photographer and the great pics you take. We try and get settings where we are going for the day, and there are lovely places here at Lake Norman. Glad you like the outfit, the copper top appealed to me.. I would love to get some mixed metals in a bracelet to go with. Have a great day! xo jess

  • Monika
    Posted at 09:27h, 04 June Reply

    Hi Jess,
    what a beautiful location, seems you spent a mini holiday there at the lake. When the weather is nice I love to have dinner outside too, but here it is often too cold. Unfortunately!
    Love your cute top which goes so well with the necklace.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:33h, 04 June Reply

      Thank you Monika! You are cute! I live here, about 10 minutes from the Lake. Honestly, when we moved here, it did feel like a bit of a resort area, and sometimes it gets taken for granted 🙂 We try and go sit outside when possible, and there are alot of sunny days here in the summer. Aww. Just when the weather is nice where you are, grab a glass of white wine and enjoy!
      Glad you like the top and necklace. The top I ordered from Ebay 🙂 Jess xo

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 08:29h, 04 June Reply

    Another beautiful look! I love to sit outside and eat/drink too. How cool that the chef was on Hell’s Kitchen!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:53h, 04 June Reply

      Thanks so much hon! Yes, it was cool! and delicious!! Lot s of different flavors and pairings. We are now considered regulars there as I love to sit on the lake. Glad you like the look I styled. xo jess

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