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My Refined Style Linkup #10-Celebrating Birthdays: Gibson and I + A Favorite Floral Dress



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Have to let the neighborhood know, he’s the Birthday Boy!


Hello Ladies!

Welcome to the My Refined Style Linkup! I have to say, I have enjoyed styling my khaki shirtdress different ways, but absolutely love color in my wardrobe! I think I have most colors in my closet and I was due to wear a colorful floral dress!

Today is my boy ( fur) Gibson’s, birthday and mine is tomorrow. Each year, we buy him and Truffles my girl, some special food from Target, that is their absolute favorite. My boy spins in circles, Truffles will lick the bowl until it shines. It is really hard to believe he is 5!  They both have brought me such joy. Gibson is a true “Mamma’s Boy”. He follows me everywhere, is my shadow, lays on piles of towels in the bathroom when I take my daily bath, lays under my chair, and is just there for me.  Both my pups are just so much fun, we smile and laugh every day with them at their personalities and the things they do. So, Gibby turned 5 today, tomorrow I turn 48.  Before I get into something about my boy, I thought I would talk about what I wanted to wear on my Bday post. I have tried many different looks this year, some of them trends. Safari/shirtdresses, printed shorts/jackets, maxi dresses, striped dresses, but wanted to wear one of my favorite dresses you have yet to see on the blog. This dress is from “Paper Dolls” on ASOS, and I fell in love with the vintage inspired look and collar, the v-back and the purple, peach and pink print. This is a bodycon dress, so it fits to one’s shape. I thought the perfect shoes were these fun purple and cream t-strap shoes by B.A.I.T Footwear. My clutch, a soft blush pink was the perfect touch. We are celebrating soon  by going to the Outer Banks beaches in NC, about a 6 hour drive. I can’t wait! We have picked out some great restaurants to celebrate such as one titled 1587, a place along the water, and am ready for a relaxing trip. The pups are coming with us, as we are staying at a pup friendly BNB soon. 





Since he is 5- 5 things about Gibby

  • He loves baby carrots. When I say “Carrot!” they get excited and jump up and down.
  • He must know where mommy is at all times and gives his sister “kisses” on her fur!
  • He has an internal clock for when its time to eat and does the “stare down” with his sister in the morning, until Mom gets out of bed.
  • He catches rubber balls in his mouth from a distance, as well as tiny treats!
  • He gives tons of kisses, and will stop when I say, “Let’s talk!”



I Had to get my little Truffles in there as he loves his big sister!

Now, I will  go on to say 48 things about me,( Kidding!)  but rather 5 you may not know.

  • I  was the tallest kid in my class in elementary and middle school. ( besides one boy) Being the new kid, they called me “Abdul” for Kareem Abdul Jabbar My dad used to call me “Stretch”
  • Prior to EDS, just a few months prior, I was training for a triathalon.
  • One of my favorite all time singers is Louis Prima. ( check out his song ” When You’re Smilin’ ) but I love to sing in the car to Journey, Pearl Jam, lots of other rock bands.
  • I am obsessed with British Mysteries, am missing the Good Wife, and wish Penny Dreadful went on another season or two!
  • I love the beauty of the ocean, and fell asleep on a raft when I was younger. As I woke up there were flying fish around me, and my mom panicking on the beach. ( the lifeguard called me in)




We will soon be celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary . I am so ready for a vacation! I will be sharing what I have in my beach bag and also just want to begin our Bday celebration with a toast! “Cheers, thanks for being such wonderful blogging friends, and here is to being 48 🙂

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Outfit details: Dress: Paperdolls by ASOS ( last yr), shoes, B.A.I.T Footwear, Clutch: GIGINewyork, vintage pin, earrings: jewel box boutique.

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  • Reply
    July 12, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Beautiful dress! You look so pretty!


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    July 11, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    I love the floral print on this dress! The color combo is gorgeous. Great find. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 11, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      Thank so much Megan, it is one of my favorites! xx

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    Ana Bogusky
    July 10, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I forgot that we were birthday twins!!! Hope you had a special day, Jess. Mine was lovely since we are on vacation in Hawaii. xoxo : ) Ana

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Oh gosh Ana! I must have as well. Happy Belated Birthday to you! Hope you had a wonderful celebration. Vacation in Hawaii, sounds amazing! We will be celebrating at the Outer Banks! thank you for the bday wish! xx

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    July 10, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Such a pretty dress, looks fab on you, cute little doggies – so sweet. Thanks for the link up. Nice to see these great blogs.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you Jacqui,
      Glad you liked the dress! Yes, they are my little ones, so fun and loving. Have a great week. xx

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    Vicky The Golden Bun
    July 10, 2016 at 3:49 am

    What a wonderful flower dress. You look so elegant in it. and wow! you’re body is amazing!

    ❥ Vicky | The Golden BunInstagram TGB 

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Hi Vicky! Thank you so much, this dress is one of my favorite, ASOS has some great ones. Thank you as well, I try and eat healthy and exercise . X Stop by next time to link up your blog if youd like next week.

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    Amy Christensen
    July 9, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Jess, this is a beautiful dress and the style is just stunning on you. I love the fit and the lower back and of course the floral pattern is so pretty! Love your shoes too. The color is perfect with your dress. Such a great look. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thank you so much Amy! This really is one of my favorite floral dresses, I love the vintage inspired neckline and back. Enjoy the day! x

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    July 9, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Such a beautiful floral dress! Happy birthday to your adorable pup, and I hope you have a very happy birthday and a great time at the beach too! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Mica! He had a good doggy birthday, special food and treats for my boy. ( girl too!) Thank you for the birthday wishes!

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    Natalie Suarez
    July 8, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    this is so beautiful!



    Natalie Off Duty

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    July 7, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Gibson so sounds just like my Dutch Buddy!! He is such a mommas boy. We are celebrating our 15th this year too! I’ve been dreaming of somewhere cooler but have not even had a minute to plan a trip. Hope you a smashing day tomorrow!!

    Shelly||The Queen in Between

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      I think I remember you saying that Shelly! Wow, what coincidences! Happy early Anniversary. Yes, Gibby follows me everywhere, loves to be with me, and I love my pups, they are just great right? thanks for the bday wishes

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    [email protected]
    July 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to your boy!

    I love the dress on you! And the shoes are great, too!

    Have a most special day tomorrow!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Thank you Andrea, I had a great day, glad you like the look! xx

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    July 7, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Happy fabulous birthday Jess (and Gibby)!! Aren’t pets the bestest? It’s almost like your own entertainment!!
    This dress is visions of loveliness (which makes it perfect for you)!
    Have a wonderful trip—it’s so fun to get away and be spoiled (maybe that’s why I don’t like camping—there’s very little spoiling involved–ha ha)!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Hi Jodie
      Yes, pets are the best, I dont know what I would do without them. I just love them so much, they are so fun. They certainly do entertain! Glad you like the dress. We go camping too 🙂 Enjoy your day! xx

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    The Fashion Folks
    July 7, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Such a gorgeous dress, so insanely elegant! Xx


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    July 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    This dress is just so elegant and gorgeous! You look stunning Jess! I fell in love with this dress when I saw it on Insta. 🙂


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      Jess Jannenga
      July 23, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Thanks Kathrine, I loved the style and the print, glad you like it too! xx

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    Andrea Nine
    July 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Happy Birthday today to sweet boy Gibson and his beautiful mama tomorrow!! This dress is beyond spectacular, the print and texture are divine!! Most gorgeous birthday girl right there!! You can see how happy Gibson and Truffles are in mommy’s lap…so sweet!! Enjoy your day to the fullest precious lady!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Thank you Andrea for such lovely words, I just loved this dress as soon as I saw it on Asos. You have got some pretty fab ones there too, I know! Thank you for the bday wishes, had a good time at the Martini bar and the rest of celebrating with be at the beach. I dont know what I would do with out my boy and girl, they are so special to me! xx

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    Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    July 7, 2016 at 11:45 am

    That gorgeous dress is worthy of a gorgeous birthday girl! Happiest of birthdays to you and Gibby both, Dear! Always a pleasure hosting with you, Dear!

    Dawn Lucy

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 23, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Thank you my friend! It is a fav dress of mine. xx

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    Emma Peach
    July 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful dress – such a pretty print, and I love the neckline with the V at the back. Happy birthday to you and Gibson! Happy anniversary too…celebrations all round 🙂

    Emma xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thank you Emma! We will be celebrating. I appreciate the Birthday wishes 🙂 This is a favorite dress.

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    July 7, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Have a great birthday!!!

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    Suzy Turner
    July 7, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Happy Birthday for tomorrow, Jessica and happy birthday today to your beautiful little guy! He’s absolutely adorable and I LOVE that he’s excited for baby carrots lol!!
    You look stunning, as always. That dress looks like it was made for you.
    I love British TV too – but I only watched a few episodes of Penny Dreadful and gave up because it was so incredibly violent lol! I really ought to try it again. I’ve been watching a lot of murder mysteries lately which I really enjoy 😀
    Have a lovely day tomorrow.
    Suzy xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Hi Suzy! Thanks so much! Yes, they both love baby carrots and I have given them green beans that they flip for. I appreciate the lovely comments, this is a fav dress. If you have Netflix a great show is Midsommer Murders, a mystery show. xx

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    Nancy Baten
    July 7, 2016 at 2:14 am

    Beautiful dress! Beautiful and adorable dogs! Its so nice to have pets, I have two mainecoons, Who you around! I had to laugh when I read that you say ,lets talk now! Haha, such fun. I wish you a very happy lovely day tomorrow!😘😘🎂🎁🎉🎈🍰🎀🎊

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! Yes he would spend the day giving me kisses, so I had to say something and I taught him, lets talk and he moves his face away. Thanks for the bday wish! xx I had to look up your pets, pretty kitties 🙂 xx

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    Tiina L
    July 7, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Happy birthday Jessica!

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    July 7, 2016 at 12:55 am

    What a gorgeous dress on you, it fits you so perfectly.

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


    Hope to see you for TBT Fashion link up.

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thank you Alice! I loved the print, it sold me. Thanks for the bday wishes! xx

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    Anna Marcus
    July 7, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Wishing you both a very happy birthday and many more!!! The dress is beautiful, I love the v-cut at the back, you wear it really well, Jess. Have a great time!!!

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:15 am

      Hi Anna! Thanks so much for the bday wishes. That was one thing I liked about the dress. Thank you for the lovely comments. xx

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    July 7, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Happy early birthday Jess and Gibsons! Also happy 15 year anniversary to you and your husband. I think floral dresses really suites you well, this dress is exquisite. Thank you for the linkup and have a wonderful rest of the week.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

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      Jess Jannenga
      July 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thank you Sheree, I do like certain floral patterns and this caught my eye. I appreciate the bday and Anniversary wishes, soon will celebrate at the Outer Banks beaches. xx

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