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My Refined Style #8-Day at the Vineyard and Orange Shift Dress and My Mom’s Genes



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I wanted to share with you the photos of our recent trip to one of my favorite Vineyards, Raylan Vineyards here in NC. Let’s see, there are 95 Vineyards in NC so we need to plan where we want to go each weekend! haha. Anyway, I decided to name this post Orange Shift Dress and My Mom’s Genes, however I thought the mere mention of Mom Jeans might turn some away. I am speaking of “Genes” here though. My mom has the gift of being able to speak to anyone and striking up conversations with ease. I think I inherited “mom’s genes” as we sat on the comfortable wicker outdoor couch with our picnic and ’14 Chardonnay I had the task of tasting. I must have this face that makes people feel at ease to open up. We still laugh that after stopping at a rest stop, mom came out talking to another woman we hadn’t seen before. We asked her who the woman was, and she said, ” Oh, we just started talking in the ladies’ room”… See, “mom’s genes.” We certainly laugh about it, but I think it was passed on to me, and we were able to enjoy speaking to different people at the vineyard about NC wines, puppies, and the like.

I did decide to wear my orange shift dress to the vineyard, as a monochromatic look, even though my shoes seem to have disappeared into the grass. My hubby took another picture of the shoes just to convince you I wasn’t walking barefoot, although I could have easily done so on such a nice warm, springy day. The outfit is all monochromatic with the exception of the navy, crinkled leather clutch from Treesje, as this combination of navy and orange are on trend this year. Shift dresses are great for their ease of wear, however I recommend making sure one wears the right size as not to make the dress look sack-like, but streamlined.

The vineyard was pup friendly, as we typically seek out these places. Gibson and Truffles received much attention, and our day was very enjoyable.








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  • Reply
    May 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Such a beautiful dress Jess, love your shoes too πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 15, 2016 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you! I wanted to say too, that I like your new hair do! x

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    hanna marie
    May 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    That dress is gorgeous! –Hanna Lei

    Latest Post: How to look Chic in High Waisted Shorts this Summer

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    May 8, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    What a beautiful lace dress, I like the monochrome look with the orange flats too! πŸ™‚

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Mica! It was a great day, this is one of my fav dresses, enjoy your week. xx

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    Bogi Kenney
    May 8, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Beautiful dress, Jess! I love the delicate and feminine lace details.
    Red Reticule

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 10, 2016 at 1:18 am

      tHANK you Bogi, I loved the details and the quality of the lace xx Enjoy your week!

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    May 8, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Gorgeous dress and color Jess! Don’t we all inherit something from our mothers (and fathers too – yours and mine aren’t here now, but they gave us plenty too). You look beyond lovely, xox


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    A Well Styled Life
    May 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Fabulous dress! I love your story about your Mom. She sounds like quite a lady, like you! I love hosting My Refined Style with you. Have a great weekend!


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 9, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Thank you Jennifer, glad you enjoyed it. I feel the same, enjoy the hosting ! xx Enjoy your week.

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    May 6, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Love the orange on you! Your dress is so pretty!

    Doused In Pink

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    May 5, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    What a pretty, pretty dress Jess! I guess lace is the thing right now. Love the cutout in the back. So happy to co-host with you!


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    May 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I loved this story Jess.
    Your ability to put people at ease….and your stunning legs!
    You have a lot to thank your Mum for.
    A beautiful look.

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    Andrea Nine
    May 5, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Love the story about the vineyard, your mama, this amazing red dress and you! You are a delight Jess, in style, in beauty and in personality!!

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      May 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Aww thanks my friend! Will be back at this vineyard, we have several an hour away and this is pup firiendly. Glad you enjoyed reading about my mom….Thank you for the compliment on the dress. Enjoy your day! xo

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    May 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    What a beautiful dress! Love the high neckline!


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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks so much! That is one thing that attracted me to the dress, I appreciate your comment. Enjoy your day! xx

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    Jess Jannenga
    May 5, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Thank you Andres!! Thank you, yes mom and i seem to have the “gift of gab”! Enjoy your day xx

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    May 5, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I absolutely love your dress! The colour is beautiful and the high neckline with the keyhole at the back looks stunning! A day in the sunshine drinking wine sounds like heaven πŸ™‚

    Emma xxx

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hi Emma
      Yes, it is exactly my kind of day! The vineyard is pup friendly too! I am getting more fond of orange, and those traits are what I liked about the dress. thank you!xx

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    May 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Wow Jess—this dress is gorgeous! I think this type of shift dress is perfect—of course you should get the correct fit. But I also think the lace and open lace at the top, add a ton of interest, so even if there’s not a lot of shaping—it looks fabulous!
    I love your hair pulled back (you look like NIcole Kidman!)
    thanks for hosting

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

      Hi Jodie! Thank you, I have really taken a liking to shift dresses and didnt wear alot of jewelry for the reasons you stated, the lace makes a statement. Aww thanks about my hair, I am going to have to get creative in the summer months.. ie chignon, ponytail, bun… etc. xx

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    Suzy Turner
    May 5, 2016 at 5:11 am

    That dress is absolutely divine!! It would show off my tattoo to perfection lol! You look absolutely gorgeous and that setting it just wonderful. Beautiful!
    Suzy x

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Hi Suzy! I could see that with your tatoo?Have you been watching Ink Master on Hulu? great season. Thank you, I think we will be back at the vineyard soon. xx

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    Tiina L
    May 5, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Fabulous dress! Have a great week, Jess!

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    Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    May 5, 2016 at 3:14 am

    I have got the oppositie genes! Lol! My face does say: dont talk to me! Haha, I dont dont mean to ,its just my face…whatever… You look so beautiful in orange! I like the fact that you wear yore accesories and shoes also in orange! Enjoy your weekends. We are going tonthe UK tomorrow and we are also visiting a vineyard!

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Ha! You made me laugh! No, I wouldn’t think that! I added just a bit of navy with my clutch as orange and navy are a trend right now, but yes wanted it mostly monochromatci. Enjoy your vineyard trip! xx

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    May 5, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Beautiful lady in red look, love the lace details.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

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      Jess Jannenga
      May 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thank you Sheree, I love Zara and this was up my alley. Enjoy your week! xx

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    May 5, 2016 at 1:06 am

    What a gorgeous dress!

    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
      May 5, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thank you Alice! I will be by to link up too. Enjoy your day, the weekend is almost here! xx

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    May 5, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Fabulous dress! I love the cute flats, too! And how great that you inherited your mom’s “talking genes.” πŸ™‚

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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