Niece Photo Shoot before Back to School and a Labor Day look - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Niece Photo Shoot before Back to School and a Labor Day look

Hi friends!
How was your weekend?

Soon school will be in session, if it isn’t already, and my niece will be headed back to class. I thought it would be fun to share one last photoshoot with her for a while, as we enjoy being together and sharing our love of fashion.

My Niece and I /Outfit

If you missed some of my fun fashion posts with my niece Makiala, who is going into 4th grade this year, have a read from these posts:

Karina Dresses- Mommy Me and Aunt

A Favorite Summer Maxi Dress

I mentioned before that my “uniform” here in the South, during the summer is blue/white jean shorts and dresses for the most part. It’s still summer and will be for a while yet. I saw this red floral blousy topย  On SALE! and love a dressier halter. It is one that in cooler months I can pair under a blazer or jacket. I love a rich red and wanted to make red pop with this look wearing my Jambu gladiators and my square-shaped beaded earrings from Amazon. This outfit worked well for upcoming Labor Day too!

We spent the afternoon together and I love that my niece finds some of the simplest things we do entertaining. I think it is a matter of perspective. I do love being at home, but since I also “work from home” after a few days I am ready to get out of the house. We did this photoshoot at Blythe Landing a boat landing near our house, looking for a shaded, wooded spot. Kathy, our neighbor recommended this spot andย  that a cool Eagle statue. “The Eagle Has Landed”! Kind of apropos since there are many Apollo 11 events happening as of recent.

We then ran errands at Target, where my niece and my “mission” ( like that segway?) ย was to browse the women’s and teen department while meeting up with hubby for the remainder of the grocery shopping. I tried on a leopard pencil dress, a long cardi in ( pumpkin) and another snakeskin dress with flutter sleeves. I don’t have pictures, but I did love the leopard dress. I didn’t buy it because I purchased one from Mango that was similar. Finding shopping and running photoshoots entertaining, my niece enjoys just spending time with us, and vice versa! I bought her a back to school sweatshirt in steel blue, which stated, ” Being Kind is Cool”. I thought, what a great message!

I also learned some of the rules for the kids going back to school. Dresses/shorts must be fingertip length ( if you hold your arm at your sides, the length must end at fingertips)., no crazy hair ( I took that to mean, disruptive?) she wants aqua tips ( which are allowed).. I didn’t have to worry about clothing rules in school until high school, as I went to a Catholic School up until then and we had a plaid jumper uniform.

Any age can wear shorts. I always poo-poo the rules saying women “of a certain age” shouldn’t wear this or that. It is a matter of what makes you feel good. Confidence.

There are many lengths to shorts these days as well, so from 4″ shorts like these denim shorts I am wearing from Loft, to more Bermuda styled length shorts and everything in between. The paper bag waist shorts that came out this year are fun and fashionable and give a bit more dressy vibe than some. These denim shorts and these are On SALE at Loft now. These Bermuda jean shorts are on sale as well.

I could wear this halter into Fall, with a smart, structured jacket in red or black, along with some dark denim and booties. I begin to think of ways I can transition dresses or outfits for Fall, even though it won’t get very cool here until the end of Oct, beginning of November, but we can make small changes if we get impatient for the season.

Hubby got into the act. My “photographer” is usually behind the camera, so i took this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ Look at hubby in his Cole Haan sneakers and gingham shirt. Stylish huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

Bought these red statement earrings on Amazon

Any Labor Day look you are planning? Do you have a niece or other family member that loves Fashion?

Have a wonderful day!

Jess xx

Join me tomorrow for my favorite day- Turning Heads Tuesday linkup, where all bloggers come to share their blogs in one place.

  • marycuperr
    Posted at 14:03h, 02 October Reply

    What wonderful photos, you have real talent!

  • Gail
    Posted at 11:56h, 30 August Reply

    Well don’t you two look lovely! Have a great Labor Day weekend Jess – thanks for linking up at #WowOnWednesday!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 10:01h, 29 August Reply

    Such a cute look dear! Love the floral top you got there, so pretty with the shorts.

    Jessica |

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 15:58h, 28 August Reply

    Nice to see your niece on the blog – she looks really happy, is she a budding blogger? Thanks for sharing today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:51h, 29 August Reply

      She might be! She is just 9 but you never know what the future may hold. thanks Jacqui!

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 13:15h, 27 August Reply

    So sweet, and fun! Love that your husband made an appearance too ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:50h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Alexandra, I convinced hubby to get in on the action! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A Woman Of A Certain Age
    Posted at 23:20h, 26 August Reply

    Oh, where did summer go?

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:49h, 29 August Reply

      It is cooler here but still in the 80s, so in the US, the South, where I am its still Summer -like. I am ready for Fall though.

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 18:12h, 26 August Reply

    You too are too cute! I love your Jammu gladiators!! And your niece looks really stylish too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:47h, 29 August Reply

      HI Mireille
      She enjoys fashion . Jambu has the most comfortable shoes!

  • Andy at
    Posted at 13:13h, 26 August Reply

    Rock those shorts Jess! It’s clear you have a very special relationship with your niece. Wishing her a very happy school year!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:46h, 29 August Reply

      Thank you Andy! Its hard to beleive she is going into 4th grade already.

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 12:33h, 26 August Reply

    She is beautiful! Love both of your shoes! She will be setting the style at school for sure.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:46h, 29 August Reply

      Hi Lisa, thank you! Yes, she will be ready for some back to school looks!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 12:09h, 26 August Reply

    Oh Jess you both look so beautiful! How fun to have a fashionista niece to do shoots with!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:45h, 29 August Reply

      Thanks Cheryl! We do have fun doing this together. x

  • Veldene Bergen
    Posted at 11:25h, 26 August Reply

    Loved the post, and such a cute outfit! I didn’t see a link for the shoes?? They are awesome.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:27h, 26 August Reply

      Hi Veldone! The shoes are from Jambu. They are from last Spring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping!

  • Phyllis Lerner
    Posted at 11:07h, 26 August Reply

    So cute! I love everyone’s outfit. Your post left me nostalgic thinking about taking my kids for back to school clothes when they were little.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 26 August Reply

      Thank you Phyllis! Oh, yes. I was thinking about the kind of clothes my mom had me wear as well when I went to school. I still remember some of them. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:18h, 26 August Reply

    Thank you Suzy! My niece is back to school this week and we had a fun summer with her. Isn’t it funny about my hubby! Unplanned ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:58h, 26 August Reply

    How wonderful you got everyone in on the action, Jess!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:11h, 26 August Reply

      Yes! Even my hubby! He prefers behind the camera but I convinced him that day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 06:18h, 26 August Reply

    You all look fantastic, Jess! Even your hubby matches your niece’s outfit lol! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    Suzy xx

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