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My Refined Style-#13-Lace and New Over the Knee Boots+New Year Thoughts


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I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! I posted yesterday about Christmas Day, and what a great time I had seeing my family and 4 dogs! Here we are into January, and as always I think of some of the goals and things I wish to achieve in the New Year. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post on my goals for the New year, click HERE. Here we are, the first My Refined Style linkup of 2017! So glad to be hosting with my lovely blogger friends and can’t wait to see your posts. I have worn plenty of color, ( which I love) prior to Christmas time, but wanted to put together some neutral looks with plenty of texture, ( Tues and today’s post). I think this is one of the best ways to make a neutral outfit more interesting!

As I think about my goals for the New Year, my health is always forefront in my mind .What changes can I make? How do I improve?  I am working on getting off a medication, but it will most likely take a year’s time. It has to be done slowly, so I do not have side effects. I have also been given the go ahead to finally use machines for lifting weights. I have only been able to use bands or light barbells until recently, and my PT thinks this will aid in stability and strength, and also give me additional energy, which I need! I am excited as I always have enjoyed weight lifting and being active. I look back to 9 years ago when I was diagnosed, and I was laying on the couch most days, so I feel that assessing what steps I can take to improve my function, has been encouraging. I truthfully never thought at the time, I would be able to travel or do some of the things I am doing now.

Today, I am sharing one of the gifts that Santa brought me- a pair of rust colored suede over the knee boots! I love this color and will try wearing them with jeans, but absolutely love them with a dress. I am pairing them with my cream antique lace dress from Zara,a brown faux leather jacket I was due for a neutral look and thought this would pair nicely!

I am sure I will be wearing color next week, but was wanting to wear neutrals for a change. As I mentioned, these boots are comfortable, and as someone who needs support, stability and cushion, they work well! The max heel height I can wear is 2-2.25 inches and a block heel.


I would love to hear some of your goals for 2017. If you would like to share, tell me in the comments or tell me about a fashionable item you received from Santa that you are excited to wear! 

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  • Reply
    OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    January 12, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Love you otk boots Jess. Block heels are so much nicer and more elegant than heels. So just perfect. Love wearing mine with black lace;too….so goes to show: stylish mindes dress alike 😉 xo Sabina

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    Amy Christensen
    January 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Jess, you are so lovely. I love your style….those boots are amazing! I also love that you are taking steps to improve your health even with your struggles. You are beautiful, inside and out and I am so glad I have gotten to know you on the blog. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Amy, so glad I got to know you on the blog as well. I asked Santa for OTK boots in another color than black or brown, so rust it is! It really suits me, I appreciate the comment about my health, yes I have always been proactive, you are very sweet, thanks so much! xo

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    January 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I love this look! It’s so feminine and vintage looking. You look amazing!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 7, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Thank you Christine! I enjoyed looking at your blog as well, stop by again. The lace dress caught my eye a couple years back

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    Brooke of Passport Couture
    January 6, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    I love everything about your outfit! The lace dress is gorgeous and looks great on you.

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    Sheela Goh
    January 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I just realised that I’ve never associated neutral = boring when it comes to your outfits, Jess. You always incorporate some textural interest and/or slight accent of colour, and those little touches elevate everything 🙂 and I am SO happy for you, with regard to the fitness. It is always so encouraging when we feel we’ve made advancements, regardless of whether they’re as far as we think we should be or would like to be. SO SO happy xoxo

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 29, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      I am trying to keep up with comments! Thank you Shelia for your comment! I do love to add textural elements to neutrals. Thanks so much for the well wishes, yes I have been to the gym and it makes me feel like my “former self!” even though it is taking me some time to recoup! Youre very sweet! xo

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    Zunera Serena
    January 6, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous outfit!

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    Nicole Mölders
    January 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great look. Love the skirt and the boots!. So chic.

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    January 5, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Love the neutral palette, and the leather and lace! The over the knee boots make this look so chic! Love the necklace too, I will most defiantly meet some of your ladies very soon!
    xx, Elle
    careful with he new regimen, but congrats!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thank you Elle, you are sweet! I am trying to work on the time management aspect of my 2017 goals and make my rounds visiting blogs. Hubby/Santa bought me the boots and I love OTK style, so I was ready to wear them! Yes, I will make myself go slowly at the gym.xx

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    Cheryl Tucker
    January 5, 2017 at 9:34 am

    I love the lace and leather! You can never go wrong with that combination. The colors you put together are perfect. Have great day! Peace! Cheryl

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Thank you Cheryl! I love this combination and was ready to wear the boots Santa gave me! xx I appreciate you being here!

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    January 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Great Boots, love the look of an OTK. They are a staple in my wardrobe.
    Don’t forget to come link up with A Labour of Fashion

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    January 5, 2017 at 9:19 am

    It’s so great that you’re feeling better little by little. I can’t imagine what you’ve been through…
    I love the OTK boots. My first pair was bought with dresses & skirts in mind. As much as I like wearing them with jeans, I think they can’t be beat for keeping your warmer with dresses!!
    You look absolutely lovely Jess. I love all of the textures!

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    Andrea Nine
    January 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Lovely lace and neutrality at its finest! Jess, I swear you get more & more beautiful with every post! I love the dress to pieces and I simply love your style from head to toe! Happy new year gorgeous!

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    January 5, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Such a pretty outfit Jess! Love the rustic red color of your boots!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 5, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thank you Sheree, I love rust and Santa must have known I love OTK boots. 🙂 x

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    January 5, 2017 at 2:03 am

    That is great news that you can take the weight lifting a step further! I now did less on sporting the past two weeks and I am glad that I started my regular scheme again! You look beautiful in these colors. Fabulous boots!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 5, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Thanks Nancy, yes Iwill have to take it slow, but I am glad I can do it. Santa was spot on with these boots 🙂 xx

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