Turning Heads Linkup -My Favorite New Linen Floral Dress- and Birthdays! - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup -My Favorite New Linen Floral Dress- and Birthdays!


She stared at me from across the computer screen. Bright red flowers adorned her and the ruffled accented sleeves just made her more adorable in my eyes. I am talking about my new dress! Yes, I was browsing the Zara site as I often do several times a week, and saw this dress. If I keep going back to look at something, with interest, most often it is something that calls out to me. With a plentiful closet, this is how I am buying clothing these days, I HAVE TO LOVE IT- and I love it! and… there were a couple of birthday celebrations over the weekend too.

My  Dress

The bright red pattern on a pink base was striking to my eye and I was also in the market for a linen dress. Score! This was linen, a fabric i knew I wanted more of for my closet, as the heat this summer, in NC was nearly unbearable. As I wrote in this post, Trending Now, Linen, I am now attracted to linen and not bothered by its wrinkled characteristic. If you “go with the flow” and just accept it as part of linen’s personality, then you can enjoy wearing it. I looked forward to wearing it to dinner.

I wore this dress initially to my mom’s surprise party in Pittsburgh. In true, flower child spirit, I walked around the house, serving guests initially in my bare feet, as women remarked, “A girl after my own heart’, to the fact that I was barefoot. I put on these Betsey Johnson pearled heels for family photos, and felt quite comfortable in this outfit.

This is one of our favorite places for a photo shoot, as we eat brunch afterward, within walking distance to Alton’s Kitchen. This day, I had a little audience. This boy, around 10, was sitting on the bench looking at the puppies and watching my hubby take pictures.


My fur boy Gibson, turned 7 over this weekend, and it is hard to believe how the time has passed. I find it hard to believe it is July already! He is such a joy, as is Truffles and I love them so much! I wake up each day to a face full of fur, as Gibson, loves to lie next to me, with his body against my back. I think he just reassures himself that “mommy’ is there. He is funny, outgoing and basically my shadow. I wouldn’t want it any other way! I think we were driving my mom a bit crazy when she stayed with us, all of the “mommy” and “daddies” we spoke .. hey, we can’t help it. I read an article recently that says, if you talk to your dog, thus anthropomorphizing , you are smarter than those who don’t speak to their pets.. so see? If I read it on Facebook, it has to be true, right? lol!

It is official. I am the Big 5-0! My birthday was July 8th, over the weekend, and we celebrated it with a lovely dinner at a fancy smancy restaurant here in Charlotte. I wrote more about my birthday and turning 50 on yesterday’s blog post- Celebrating the Big 5-0! So stop by and have a read on how we celebrated and how I feel about turning 50. It was a wonderful day! Thank you for the Birthday wishes on social media, it was so lovely!  I will continue to write midlife topics on the blog, as I enjoy reaching out to ladies at midlife and the topics and concerns we experience.

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  • irina
    Posted at 13:24h, 13 July Reply

    this dress is gorgeous.

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 01:49h, 13 July Reply

    i totally understand why you love this dress, Jess. It is so lovely and does suite you so beautifully

  • Amber Rathvon
    Posted at 01:03h, 13 July Reply

    This print is fabulous – and what a perfect fit!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 14:48h, 12 July Reply

    Love this dress and happy birthday to you! Hope you had the best time.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 21:45h, 11 July Reply

    Happy belated birthday sweet Jess!! You look absolutely beautiful in your gorgeous new linen number. I may need to sneak a peek in Zara! 😉 Hope you have a delightful summer. 💋❤


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:37h, 12 July Reply

      Thank you Debra! Good to hear from you. Enjoy your summer as well. xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:36h, 11 July Reply

    I can definitely see why this is your new favorite dress! The colors and pattern are beautiful! I love the ruffles too!

  • GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    Posted at 20:41h, 11 July Reply

    happy birthday. love that dress. the print is beautiful.

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 20:03h, 11 July Reply

    This dress is just gorgeous on you, love the colors and I saw all of that delicious food in your birthday post. Happy Birthday! I had a milestone birthday last summer (40) and it really does make you reflect a bit. You def. do not look 50 at all! Happy birthday to your pup, too!


  • Liz
    Posted at 12:17h, 11 July Reply

    Oh my gosh, Jess! This dress is so magical! I’m heading straight to the Zara website right now because I have to have this. I hope you had the most amazing birthday! You look gorgeous!!


  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 09:07h, 11 July Reply

    Happy Birthday Jess, and just so you know, your 50’s are fabulous! Happy Birthday to Gibson too, so very cute. Love your dress, so very Jess. XOXO


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 11 July Reply

      Thank you Cherie! Gibby and I thank you 🙂 xx

  • Robin LaMonte
    Posted at 06:43h, 11 July Reply

    Happy birthday Jess!

    I love the dress you selected and how you adore little Gibson!
    I hope your new journey as a 50ish woman will be filled with lots of love and laughter!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 11 July Reply

      Thank you Robin! I couldn’t resist this dress and yes, hes my baby boy! I love Truffy too, but the funny thing is her Bday is during my hubby’s Bday month, Gibby mine! She is also camera shy! I appreciate all of the Bday wishes, thanks very much! xx

  • Elizabeth Ashley Ramsey
    Posted at 22:08h, 10 July Reply

    The dress is a stunner! Happy belated birthday to you (and your pup)! 50’s are fabulous. Thanks so much for hosting.

  • Amy
    Posted at 19:39h, 10 July Reply

    Hi Jess! I absolutely love the dress! I have never shopped Zara, but its on my list! They just opened one about 45 minutes away from where I live. The fabric is gorgeous!

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 17:57h, 10 July Reply

    Such a pretty dress, you look lovely! I talk to my cat all the time…and the animals at the wildlife hospital, even though we’re not supposed to!

    Emma xxx

  • Ada
    Posted at 16:39h, 10 July Reply

    Happy Birthday to all those special people/pups n your life. Most importantly Happy 50th Birthday to you! You look divine in that gorgeous pink floral sheath!

    I am doing a very special Skirt Collaboration series on the blog this week and I think you’d love it. Come take a peak. =) Also, you can join me on Instagram with any skirt outfit under the hastag #skirtmasinjuly


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:50h, 10 July Reply

      Thank you Ada! time certainly flies, we have to make the most of it! My boy celebrated too with a special doggy dinner xx

  • Christine B.
    Posted at 15:03h, 10 July Reply

    Happy Birthday Jess! You look amazing and remember age is just a number!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:50h, 10 July Reply

      Thank you Chritine! So true 🙂 I am feeling better these days than i did 10 years ago. xx

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:46h, 10 July Reply

    First of all, I can’t believe you’re 50—you look amazing! Secondly, I can see why you had to have that dress—it looks great on you! Happy belated birthday!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:51h, 10 July Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! ah, yes! Well, time does fly and it seems it was just not long ago I met my hubby rock climbing! Well, I just try to live the best i can! xx

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 12:33h, 10 July Reply

    Yep this is lovely, everything about this dress looks fabulous on you. Aren’t the sleeve ruffles cute too! Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 July Reply

    Welcome to the fabulous 50″s Jess!! Happy birthday, you look stunning in this beautiful dress and I love the earrings too.

  • Jennie
    Posted at 11:37h, 10 July Reply

    Happiest of birthdays to you and Gibson!!! I can see why you kept going back to this dress – it is so Beautiful. Love the color combination and large floral print. Yes, it has been entirely too hot these days and linen is a great solution.

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 11:36h, 10 July Reply

    Jess, this dress is so stunning! I love these colors on you. Happy birthday (again) to you and your fur baby! What a wonderful weekend filled with joyous celebrations!


  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 11:15h, 10 July Reply

    Happy birthday my friend! And I can see why you were obsessing over the dress…

  • Is This Mutton?
    Posted at 09:48h, 10 July Reply

    Definitely a Jess Dress, and you look wonderful in it. Belated birthday greetings and welcome to the 50+ club!

  • Tatiana
    Posted at 09:32h, 10 July Reply

    Stunning outfit, Jess! Happy Birthday again! Thank you so much for choosing my photo.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:39h, 10 July Reply

      Thank you Tatiana! I just fell in love with this dress . Happy to feature you, I LOVE your sundress.. I would wear it in an instant! ;-)xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:09h, 10 July Reply

    Now this is what I call a Birthday Dress!! You look gorgeous, Jess! Love the colors on you too. Happy Birthday to you and little Gibson!!



  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:46h, 10 July Reply

    Jess….I can see why you had to have this dress. It really is so perfect for the summer and absolutely lovely on you!
    Happy birthday to you and Gibson!!

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 08:44h, 10 July Reply

    Jess, there’s no way you are 50! Looking fabulous!! Love this dress and the color palette is gorgeous. Happy Birthday!


  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:00h, 10 July Reply

    Oh, that dress is just stunning. I just love the color combo and style of the dress.

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 07:23h, 10 July Reply

    Happy birthday to you, and your cute pup! How fun you got to celebrate the birthdays so close together! Our dog was and always will be our first baby, haha! 🙂 He gets baby talked to all the time!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a lovely start to your week! It’s a cold one here in Brisbane!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    Posted at 07:16h, 10 July Reply

    Happy birthday, Jess! You look absolutely stunning!

  • pamelagreer
    Posted at 06:16h, 10 July Reply

    Such a pretty dress!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday week!

  • Savvy Southern Chic
    Posted at 06:12h, 10 July Reply

    Beautiful dress, and Happy Belated Birthday! You look fabulous.

  • Jill James
    Posted at 06:00h, 10 July Reply

    Happy Birthday Jess , you look just lovely in that pretty dress. I can see why it called your name, it really is just made for you. We have always referred to ourselves as Mum & Dad for our fur babies too- especially after our sons left home. They are our fur babies after all. Many thanks for hosting Jess.

  • Maureen
    Posted at 05:53h, 10 July Reply

    Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a marvelous celebration and I am glad to hear that. Linen is such a life saver in this heat! It’s easy and breezy not say also peasy to wear! I love the color and print of your dress. Very happy color and vibrant! I too have to love something in order for me to buy it! It also has to be on my mind for awhile. There’s so much in your face sales and must haves that you kind of have to do that otherwise, I feel like there’s always something to buy.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:31h, 10 July Reply

    I can see why this dress spoke to you – it was meant for you! It is so pretty and I love that it is linen. I don’t own much linen but it is the perfect fabric for the heat. This color combo and floral print is so striking on you and your earrings are a match made in heaven!
    My husband and I call each other mommy and daddy when we talk to our pup too! That’s how she knows us! You can’t love your pups too much they are so worth it all!

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 04:08h, 10 July Reply

    Happy Birthday to Gibson – he sounds like such a great character! You look sensational in that dress Jess. Hope you have a fantastic week celebrating your 50th! xxx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:36h, 10 July Reply

    Perfect dress! I am totally into red and pink these days! Welcome to the 50 zone😁😁😁

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:05h, 10 July Reply

    I can see why you fell in love with the dress! Perfect for you Jess. Enjoy you’re birthday week! xx

  • Heather Lord
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 July Reply

    I love everything about this post – your lovely dress, hearing about your pups and the joy they bring you. I read the same thing on Facebook – yes it *must* be true! My Mum talks to her furbaby a lot, and I call him my “bro-fur”. Although he’s not “mine”, I love him so much – it was “love at first sight” when I first saw his picture, before I met him!

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