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Purple Spectrum


Hello Ladies,

Let me start off my saying TGIF!! Today’s outfit was brought on by confusion. See, it can be 90 one day in Sept, then 75 the next, and lately it has mostly been hot. So, we went to lunch at a delicious place called 131 Main here in Lake Norman, NC. I wanted to introduce some fall-ish colors today with my attire, so here we are.











As I mentioned, it remains hot in Charlotte, NC until maybe the end of October, when it begins to get a little chilly. This is the time where it is hard to know what to wear, and one must just go by either sticking your head out the window, or relying on the weather forecast. Today is was in the mid 70s, when just yesterday it was 90. It probably will be in the 80s for a bit.

I have to say Fall is my favorite season, and this was the requirement when we moved here from Pittsburgh. No winter, but we wanted a change in seasons, and we do get that here, albeit a bit later than my parents do in the ‘Burg. So, the best I did was put this little purple shrug I purchased from Poshmark, ( where there are great deals to be had) over my purple and plum dotted dress from Ann Taylor. Again, if one can wear clothing that is as comfortable as pajamas, it is a WIN in my book! This dress is that .I liked the ruching on the sides for more shape, but it was the colors that attracted me. I do beleive my favorite color is red, but I also really love purple. Shades of purple. The purple family. The wide spectrum of purples. Ok, you get the point.

So, my little nod to the shade and the season, is mixing various purple colors in this outfit, and accessories. Now, I bring your attention to the food. Can’t take your eyes off my salad to look at my outfit! Well, I will tell you why. It had grilled salmon eggs, mushrooms, greens, and THE best cornbread croutons you could get anywhere from here to the south of the Mississippi! ( I really dont know if they make em there, thought it sounded good), and I HAD to go with the theme of dark purples, by ordering a fantastic Malbec that went down smoothly and tasted so good after months of the requisite Pinot Grigio, that I enjoy but makes you want to drink it down like water.

Enjoy your weekend!!

jess xo

p.S. I also painted my nails in Essie’s Lacey Not Racy vintage burgundy color.

Dress: Ann Taylor ( last year), Shrug Poshmark( go to poshmark.com), shoes: Mia, necklace: purchased in Asheville from artist, earrings: Jewel Box, Handbag: Designer: Treesje, Glasses ( Zenni Optical)

  • Johanna
    Posted at 16:28h, 16 September Reply

    I’m telling you purple looks so good on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:15h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks Johanna, I have more purple instore for the fall, have a great week, jess xo

  • Kate
    Posted at 21:54h, 15 September Reply

    I love your earrings! And all the touches of purple are so pretty! I think purple is a really lovely color on you. I have a friend who has red hair and I love it every time she wears purple. I wish I had a color that matched my hair perfectly!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:46h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks Kate, glad you like it! Yes, purple is a favorite color of mine 🙂 Jess xx

  • Oby Grace
    Posted at 18:47h, 15 September Reply

    What a beautiful dress! Love all the shades of purple!

    Oby Grace

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:04h, 15 September Reply

      Thanks Oby! I love my purple! Have a great week, jess xx

  • ADA
    Posted at 09:05h, 15 September Reply

    I love purple, especially the deeper shades for Fall. This is the perfect work outfit to wear right now. And again, another gorgeous pair of statement earrings. =)

    Happy Monday My Friend!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 15 September Reply

      Thanks Ada, I will stop by your blog today too. I am really liking purple and will wear more in the fall. Have a wonderful week, jess xx

  • J @ A Hot Southern Mess
    Posted at 21:46h, 14 September Reply

    I love all the purples and how they all came together for such a pretty look. It is so hot here too. Fall will come!

  • Tina
    Posted at 21:06h, 14 September Reply

    I’m in Ohio and it’s definitely gotten cooler in the last week and a half. Actually, it’s been a cooler-than-normal summer, here. Love the floral print and I’ve gotta get me some of that fab polish. Essie is a fave, and I’ve been looking for a burgundy hue for the fall. This one’s great! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:27h, 15 September Reply

      Thanks Tina, we just have a longer summer sometimes. Glad you like the print and I was looking up burgundy polishes ad this came up! Have a great day, jess xx

  • Danavee
    Posted at 13:23h, 14 September Reply

    Fall is my favorite too! Missouri has fluctuating weather this time of year too! Heat advisory one day, 50 degrees the next! HA!

    Great outfit! Beautiful salad!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:53h, 14 September Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like the outfit and yes the salad was yummy! jess xx

  • Red Reticule
    Posted at 08:11h, 14 September Reply

    What a pretty dress! I love the added cardigan and that delicate necklace.
    Red Reticule

  • Monika
    Posted at 13:43h, 13 September Reply

    Dear Jess,
    during my long vacation I missed quite a few outfits on your blog, lot of pics to look at…
    Love your purple shades, they go so well with your hair and I see you got this lovely nail polish in burgundy from Essie.
    The place you went out for dinner and your salad looks excellent.
    Take care

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:49h, 13 September Reply

      Thank Monika! Where did you go on vacation? Hope you post pics and had a good time. Glad you like the outfit. Yes, I love burgundy, it is a fav color of mine! They bring you out a huge salad, i put it away for the next day, it was so good though! Talk soon, jess xo

  • katie
    Posted at 12:08h, 13 September Reply

    Love how your outfit transitions from summer to fall with the colors! The print of your dress is lovely!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:14h, 13 September Reply

      Thank you Katie! Glad you like the outfit! Happy Sat 🙂 jess xx

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 09:27h, 13 September Reply

    Fall is my favorite season too and I also will need to wait awhile (in California) for anything like fall weather to show up! You look gorgeous as always, my dear! Love that purple of you and your hair looks amazing!
    Dawn Lucy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 13 September Reply

      Thanks so much Dawn! Yes, I get anxious to wear fall clothes, originally from Pittsburgh, I have more winter/fall wear. Glad you like the purple, there will be more of it in the future 🙂 Have a wonderful week Dawn! jess xo

  • Olga
    Posted at 01:58h, 13 September Reply

    Nice mixing of different shades of purple! I have quite a lot of things in purple in my wardrobe. So I guess I like this colour too.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:10h, 13 September Reply

      Thank you Olga! I just really started liking purple a few years ago, and yes, I think there is alot to do with many shades. take care jess xx

  • Reasons to Dress (@reasonstodress)
    Posted at 01:22h, 13 September Reply

    Lacey not Racy is a hilarious name for a nail polish color! You know I’ve never thought of purple as a Fall color but it is actually PERFECT! The dark shades can be mixed well with burgundy and the light shades could even mix with greys! Thank you for opening my eyes to the world of Viola!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:09h, 13 September Reply

      Sure~ I know there are some crazy names for nail polish. I used to never wear color in college, so I have turned around a bit! Glad you like the look and yes go for it, friend! Have a wonderful weekend! jess xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:31h, 12 September Reply

    Great nail color! That shrug is such a lovely shade of purple!

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 19:52h, 12 September Reply

    Ooh nice place with delicious looking food! This is my favourite outfit of yours Jess. Your feminine dress is beautiful plus the purple is perfect for you.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:00h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you Lorna! I have more purple in store 🙂 Glad you like it! Jess xx

  • Robyn
    Posted at 18:15h, 12 September Reply

    I love purple and pink mixed together! Such a nice pairing! That salad looks so amazing!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:53h, 12 September Reply

      Thanks Robyn, yes it is so good, the salad with cornbread croutons, yum. Glad you liked the outfit too! jess have a nice weekend jess xx

  • Nicole
    Posted at 17:49h, 12 September Reply

    I could barely take my eyes off that salad. It looks amazingly delicious! On the fashion side, I love your nail color and those earrings are so pretty!

    Nicole to the Nines

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:01h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you! Yes, the salad was yummieeee! Glad you like the colors, I love burgundy nails for fall. Enjoy your weekend, jess xo

  • Blaire Bingham
    Posted at 13:59h, 12 September Reply

    Love that nail color! I’m with you, Fall is definitely my favorite season. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and for your kind words. Have a great weekend!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:00h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you to you too! I love plums and burgundies too for fall. Enjoy your weekend as well. jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 13:26h, 12 September Reply

    So pretty! Purple looks amazing on you and I love those earrings!

    <3 Shannon

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:00h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you Shannon! Have a great weekend jess xx

  • kelseybang
    Posted at 12:26h, 12 September Reply

    this dress is darling! love the print and cute pink and purple color combo! looking fab!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:53h, 12 September Reply

      Glad you like it! I am a fan of ruching at the waist, and this dress had it. Appreciate you stopping by, have a great weekend! jess xx

  • Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    Posted at 12:04h, 12 September Reply

    Can totally see why you are attracted to purple…and am totally with you on the pajama argument:) Suppose this is definitely one of my personal outfits Jess. Here it is raining and fall is in its full but we surely will get some more sunshine later in Oct. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:07h, 12 September Reply

      Thanks Sabina! Yes I have more purple in store for the fall. Glad you like the outfit. Fall arrives around end of oct here. Have a wonderful weekend, jess xo

  • Alex
    Posted at 09:03h, 12 September Reply

    That dish looks yummy! I think I remember those flats… did we see them before? Do they maybe have scalloped edges? Am I totally confused? Help me! 😉

    Alex – Funky Jungle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:10h, 12 September Reply

      Yes! it was. They are actually kitten heels Alex, but yes you saw them and they have scallops , good eye! Have a wonderful weekend, jess xx

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 08:49h, 12 September Reply

    I love this look. This dress fits up perfectly. And I need those earrings! Happy weekend Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:56h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you! That is what I liked about the dress, Got those at Jewel Box last year 🙂 Have a great weekend too!!! jess xx

  • KizzyDoll
    Posted at 07:41h, 12 September Reply

    Gorgeous dress, the food looks marvellous too. Have a great weekend doll xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:47h, 12 September Reply

      Thank you!! Glad you like it, yes the food was scrumptious 🙂 Hope your weekend is great as well. Jess xo

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