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Rockport-What to Wear to a Holiday Show


Hello friends!

Hard to believe it is one more week until Christmas! I will be visiting my mom in Pittsburgh, so will be taking off a bit of time from the blog to celebrate the Holidays. I was contacted by Rockport to do a dressy shoot for the Holidays and was happy to feature a pair of their dress shoes. In this case, the Total Motion Charis Pump in Wine Mamba Snake.

Drawing near to Christmas, I enjoy playing Holiday music that evokes childhood memories, and some that bring on more recent memories. If you didn’t know, I graduated in Jazz Guitar, from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and have a love for swing music in particular. When it comes to the Holidays, I find myself wanting to listen to Big Band, as well as some classic tunes by Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Johnny Mathis.


More recently, several years ago, my husband and I saw Brian Setzer here in Charlotte, perform a Christmas show ,and play music from one of his Holiday albums. He plays a Gretch guitar and his style of swing had me dancing in my seat, and later, sharing some of my  dance moves without a care. Music transports you, takes you back to childhood days, or other fond memories. I love “White Christmas” and “Christmas Time is Here”, as they remind me of just a joy for the Holidays, excitement for the Season and the Spirit of Giving.



Just as I love Holiday music, I love to dress up if I am going to a Holiday Concert. When Rockport contacted me to do a dressy look for the Holidays, incorporating a dressier style shoe, I was all in! When I was perusing their site, looking for booties for my last Rockport post, I came across these wine-colored snakeskin patterned block heels. As I have collaborated with them in the past, I knew their Total Motion line was very cushioned and comfortable, as well as stylish.



I chose this pair of shoes to style with my black chiffon White House Black Market sleeveless dress, a black metal unique  statement necklace with sparkly jewels, some similar gold shimmery earrings, and this dressy  clutch for the evening out at “The Magic of Christmas” in Charlotte. We went into Uptown just a bit earlier to take pictures, and would after attend the show. I was deciding between clutches, and eventually wore the golden boxed clutch.  I wore my burgundy velvet blazer into the show as well for a more festive look.


Just like the booties, these pumps are as comfortable as my Asic’s sneakers! The cushioned total motion insole is like “pillows for your feet”, and who wouldn’t want that? The color is very popular and will go with much in my fall/winter wardrobe. I loved the texture and the shimmer of these shoes and thought the perfect compliment for my dressy look for the Show, which features choral groups, jazz trios, soprano singers and group sing-alongs.


These pumps, the Total Motion Charis Pump, are going to be so versatile, one could wear them to work, with jeans, a dress, virtually anything in their wardrobe. The thicker block heel also makes then easy to walk in, especially if one needs to walk some blocks to get to their Holiday event in town. I also love the snake texture and of course color. If you need dressy shoes that are as comfortable as sneakers, these are it!


I loved this filagree necklace by Ann Taylor with sparkly stones.


Waiting for my hubby after the show.


Check out more styles from Rockport HERE.

Outfit: Black House White Market dress, Total Motion pumps  c/o Rockport, velvet blazer Loft, clutch: jjwinters, necklace- Ann Taylor


  • Nikki Gwin
    Posted at 17:45h, 07 February Reply

    Spectacular outfit!

  • Heather @ Beyond the Aisle
    Posted at 20:15h, 21 December Reply

    Love your party dress and velvet blazer!

  • Rena
    Posted at 19:16h, 19 December Reply

    such a lovely look. I adore the black and burgundy combo and your necklace is stunning. after reading your write on the shoes, I’m tempted to try them myself. thank you for sharing you fabulous style sense with my Fine-Whatever link up.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:30h, 19 December Reply

      Thank you Rena! Yes, I am very particular about shoes! These are very comfortable and cushiony. Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 xx

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 21:51h, 18 December Reply

    Jess, those shoes are so cute! i love the way you dressed them up. Your whole outfit is to festive and elegant. I love the velvet blazer and the dress is very pretty. That necklace makes the perfect addition to the outfit. You look amazing. Hope you had a wonderful time. I think it is so cool that you are a jazz guitarist. I’d love to hear you play. I taught myself basic chords and used to play with another girlfriend in our church youth group when we were in junior high and high school. What great memories. I love all the Christmas music too! What a fun time of year. Have a great day. – Amy

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:27h, 16 December Reply

    I’m in love with those shoes, Jess! I can’t believe they are Rockports??
    My mom actually has some reddish ones like these—and I love pairing hers with black too!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:17h, 16 December Reply

      Thank you Jodie, I picked these and have 2 others on my wishlist for next year- a nude pointed pair and leopard of course. Rockport has changed their image and are very current. The shoes are super comfortable! How nice. xx

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 22:44h, 15 December Reply

    Your look is an epitome of old-school elegance, Jess. Love it

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:18h, 16 December Reply

      Thank you Anna, what a compliment! Have a wonderful weekend! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 21:08h, 15 December Reply

    What a gorgeous dressy outfit jess! YOu are killing it with this LBD! Love the rockport shoes, they are stunning and having pillows under your feet sounds like heaven. Also love blazer and jewelry.
    Travel safely and have a great time!! Take care of you !
    Xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:21h, 16 December Reply

      Hi Elle, Thanks so much! This was a crazy shoot as the wind was blowing and it was so so cold! So glad you like the LBD. The shoes truly are made for walking. Same to you my lovely friend, Happy Holidays I wish you the Best. jess xx

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 20:52h, 15 December Reply

    This is such a beautiful look! Love your velvet jacket!

    Doused In Pink

  • Katherine Tran
    Posted at 16:24h, 15 December Reply
    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:02h, 16 December Reply

      Thanks very much! I loved the bodice and chiffon. 🙂 xx

  • Jacquard Flower
    Posted at 12:51h, 15 December Reply

    Wow Jess you look stunning! I love the pops of the berry colour from your shoes and jacket. The shoes look so nice! Gemma x

  • Nancy
    Posted at 06:24h, 15 December Reply

    What a beautiful jacket, and of course the dress is stunning too! I never loved velvet but I can appreciate it more and more.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:47h, 15 December Reply

      Thank you Nancy! I love velvet ,glad you like the looK! xx

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