Softly As in a Morning Sunrise - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Softly As in a Morning Sunrise

Hello Ladies! Happy Monday

Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We enjoyed going out, as the weather is cooling down here. The title refers to an exceptional jazz tune, titled “Softly as in a Morning Sunrise.’ Kind of what I think about when I wear yellow. The brightness of the yellow paired with my orange earrings make me think of that sunrise or sunset if you so please.


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When I was at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, I studied jazz guitar, and this was a song that was played for my final Jury. I always hated that term, as it was I that was going forth and performing for all of my professors on stage. As a freshman, “jury” is kind of an intimidating word. What would happen if there was a hung jury!! I played this song, as a chord melody, which is what it says, chords interspersed within the melody. Enjoy the song  HERE
Something about yellow that just incites happiness, brightness, and joy when wearing. When you think of yellow what comes to your mind? This weekend we spent some time at the development pool. My PT likes me to water walk, i like to do laps.. I was always good at swimming as a kid and got my lifeguard licence when I was younger. Swimming is such a calming and relaxing means of exercise, an also great on my joints. I can just float weightlessly, closing my eyes and trying to clear my mind. Another reason I like swimming. So, I think this outfit just represents how I view the summer months, calm, sunny, bright and light.I added orange earrings and necklace for that sunrise/sunset look.

Do you wear yellow? Does it brighten your day?

Hope so.

Have a great day!
jess xo

Top: Victoria’s Secret, Skirt Ann Taylor ( last year, similar), shoes: Clarks Artisan ( on sale on SHOP MY CLOSET at top of page), jewerly: Jewel Box, Purse:Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy 30

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  • Katie
    Posted at 15:46h, 10 April Reply

    I love your blog.. very nice cololrs & theme. Did you create this website youjrself or did you hire
    someeone to ddo it for you? Pllz respond as I’m looking tto construct my
    own blog and ould like to know where u got this from. thanks a lot

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:32h, 10 April Reply

      I bought the WordPress template on-line and then created everything else using the template. Good luck on your blog.

  • Susan
    Posted at 22:29h, 20 August Reply

    Hello FABULOUS! Can I just say this reminds me of Nicole Kidman…do you remember that chartreuse dress and INCREDIBLE earrings she wore to one of the awards show? Yes, that. xox

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:37h, 21 August Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like the combo, and yes! I do remember that, I appreciate it, what a nice compliment, jess xx

  • dan
    Posted at 10:29h, 07 August Reply

    you are wearing a lovable yellow top and skirt… I have been wearing a lot of yellow clothes recently! A very nice colour indeed!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:57h, 07 August Reply

      Hi Dan
      Lovely of you to comment. Thank you. I loved your yellow dress on your blog as well. Have a great day, jess xx

  • Shannon
    Posted at 00:22h, 07 August Reply

    Hey, this is the first time I’ve visited your terrific blog (found you on Get Your Pretty On) and I’m so glad I did! I never wear yellow. Ever. Then I saw your cute outfit, thought about it for a while and realized I should try a skirt–why not? Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:09h, 07 August Reply

      Glad to meet you Shannon! I appreciate you coming to my site! I need to post on that link up more often, sure try yellow, glad I did. Have wonderful week, jess xx

  • Stephanae V. McCoy
    Posted at 18:29h, 06 August Reply

    Hi Jess, jazz guitar…wow my middle son would be so impressed (he’s a pianist who studied at IUP). That shade of yellow is so pretty, especially with your hair and orange jewelry. I’ve been wanting to incorporate some yellow into my wardrobe but I’ve hadn’t had much success with finding comparable accessories but I haven’t given up. Thanks for sharing the jazz piece reminds me of evenings spent at James Street Tavern (jazz club) that used to be on the Northside.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:12h, 06 August Reply

      Yes, Steph I remember the jazz club, and wanted to share the tune I played in college, it is a lovley peice glad you enjoyed it. I do like yellow just find the right shade, I am sure you would look fab! Have a great night jess xo

  • Lana
    Posted at 16:04h, 06 August Reply

    I love yellow – it’s one of my favorite colors! This outfit is so beautiful on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:10h, 06 August Reply

      Thank you so much Lana! Have a great day, jess xx

  • katieoverbeek
    Posted at 12:42h, 06 August Reply

    Yellow looks incredible with that gorgeous fiery mane of yours! x

  • Sabina @Oceanblue Style
    Posted at 08:50h, 06 August Reply

    Jess, another fab color on you. Its just the perfect match for you. Me? Yellow is not my best of friends, let’s put it that way, okay;-) I like swimming as well but not very much. But its good for movement and thats why I also keep up the excercise. xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style
    PS: Drop by and check out my summer dress style!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:23h, 06 August Reply

      Hi Sabina!
      Thank you, glad you like this outfit, I think some yellows are better for certain skin tones, as there are some that dont work for me. Will stop by! Have a great day, jess xo

  • Debbie Stinedurf
    Posted at 08:31h, 06 August Reply

    Love this! I wear very little yellow…it’s not my friend! Looks beautiful on you though, and I love the orange pops.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:22h, 06 August Reply

      Thanks Deb, I am sure that there are some yellow tones that wouldnt work well with my skin tone. Glad you like it! Have a great day jess xx

  • MIS PAPELICOS Sacramento
    Posted at 04:14h, 06 August Reply


  • Zhuo
    Posted at 23:36h, 05 August Reply

    The yellow color looks very nice on you and the fitted waist really accentuates your figure!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:01h, 06 August Reply

      Thank you Zhuo, glad you like the outfit, thank you for the lovely comment. Have a great day jess xx

  • elb743
    Posted at 21:38h, 05 August Reply

    Jess, this is a gorgeous color, but a hard one to wear. But you do just that, you wear it beautifully! LIke the mid-day sun when it is so yellow it is almost white!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:58h, 06 August Reply

      Hi Elle, Thanks so much! I really like the color yellow, and this top and skirt went well. Have a great day friend, jess xo

  • Claire
    Posted at 18:57h, 05 August Reply

    You look beautiful as always! I can’t put in words how much I appreciate the kind words you write daily on my blog. You are so sweet, and supportive. I’m grateful! You’re to kind and write such detailed comments. I can’t thank you enough! 😉

    God bless,
    XO, Claire

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:07h, 05 August Reply

      No problem you deserve it hon. I am following you on Bloglovin, would you be interested in following me back. LMK> I love your style, and when someone puts effort in , it shows! Thanks so much for commenting, glad you like my look today, jess xo

  • Brittany Williams
    Posted at 17:17h, 05 August Reply

    Yellow always brightens my day!! This dress looks great on you and I love the color with your hair!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:20h, 05 August Reply

      Thank you Brittany!! Glad you like it, have a great day, jess xx

  • Marta
    Posted at 15:41h, 05 August Reply

    Yellow is definitely your colour-looks beautiful against your skin tone!! Great pics too! Thanks for stopping by:)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:54h, 05 August Reply

      Thank you Marta! Glad you like the outfit. My hubby is improving in his camera skills , thanks. Have a wonderful day, jess xx

  • weshopinheelss
    Posted at 14:11h, 05 August Reply

    Such a beautiful skirt! Yellow is such a great color on you. You look so pretty, and I admire your passion for music.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:19h, 05 August Reply

      Thanks so much Gorgeous! I went to school for jazz and love jazz standards and swing, these have to be two of my faviorite. Have a wonderful week, jess xo

  • Monika
    Posted at 13:17h, 05 August Reply

    Dear Jess,
    you look very pretty in this lovely lace skirt and matching top in yellow. Yellow is such a bright colour, makes me always happy. I don´t have to many things in yellow yet, but I have got a Zara Blazer which brightens up my day when I wear it.
    Take care Jess
    PS Do you have an Instagram Account? If you like to follow me, my new account is Styleworld40plus on Instagram.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:28h, 05 August Reply

      Thank you! I do remember that yellow jacket of yours by Zara! It has a zipper on the bottom right? I recall looking that up. Glad you like the outfit. Have a wonderful week, Monika! Jess xo
      I dont have an Instagram account, may be looking into it.
      jess xo

  • Brooke Ober
    Posted at 13:05h, 05 August Reply

    This yellow lace skirt is gorgeous! And I afore the pop of red with this, too.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:25h, 05 August Reply

      Thanks so much Brooke. Glad you like the lace skirt. When I first bought it I thought, woah, that’s bright. But I have come to love it! Have a great day, jess xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:57h, 05 August Reply

    Looking lovely in yellow, doll! Happy Tuesday!


  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 10:35h, 05 August Reply

    Love this shade of yellow on you. I m learning how to swim this summer and I am able to swim 1 way across the pool without a panic attack and not out of breath.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:54h, 05 August Reply

      Excellent Alice! My mom always said I was a great swimmer.. and I enjoy laps, breathing technique is the most important. Thank you, glad you like the yellow!
      jess xo

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:22h, 05 August Reply

    Love your lace skirt! This shade of yellow is so pretty and bright- love it. Adding the orange accessories was brilliant. Great look, Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:52h, 05 August Reply

      Thank you Jennie! Glad you like the orange as well! Have a great day!! jess xo

  • ADA
    Posted at 09:10h, 05 August Reply

    That skirt is gorgeous. Love how it altogether looks as a dress. I must wear some more Yellow before Summer is over. Once again beautiful jewelry too.

    Happy Tuesday Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:19h, 05 August Reply

      Thank you lovely Ada! Have a great day! jess xo

  • Elisa Bellino
    Posted at 07:58h, 05 August Reply

    Hi! I love this kind of yellow, great choice and it’s perfect with your hair color! kiss


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:06h, 05 August Reply

      Hi Elisa! Nice to meet you, thank you for this lovely comment. xo jess

  • mlcarter94
    Posted at 21:56h, 04 August Reply

    I love the bright yellow and the necklace! Great combination and I love your blog:)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:57h, 04 August Reply

      Hi Hon! I like yellow as it does brighten the day, thanks so much for your lovely comment. Would you be interested in following me on Bloglovin, twitter, I would be happy to as well. LMK jess xx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 21:35h, 04 August Reply

    Honestly, I don’t wear yellow all that much but I’m just starting to like it and see a need for it my wardrobe. I like the orange you paired with the yellow skirt and top. {earrings and necklace are really pretty} The background of your pictures just add to the beauty – really nice post, Jess.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:44h, 04 August Reply

      Thank you Carrie! I used to be unsure about yellow, but I do like it, like you when I see it on people, so I do have some pieces in the wardrobe. Glad you like the jewerly as well, I buy mostly costume jewelry as I just like the options and if I lose some it wont break the bank. My hubby is trying different shots with the camera. Thanks Carrie! Have a wonderful week, jess xo

  • Nicole
    Posted at 21:27h, 04 August Reply

    I don’t wear yellow, but it is such a bright sunny color! I can’t help be happy when I see this color. This outfit looks great on you. I actually thought it was one piece at first, but I guess that just means this top and skirt are perfect for each other!

    Nicole to the Nines

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:42h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks Nicole! Yes, the one was from Victoria’s Secret and skirt from Ann Taylor, but the shades worked well. Thank you for your lovely comments and hope your week is a great one! jess xo

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 17:48h, 04 August Reply

    Wow Jess, you look great! This is one of my most favorite outfits on you. I love yellow personally and agree that it just incites happiness. I love how you combined it with your red jewlery and blue nails!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:40h, 04 August Reply

      Hi Nora!! Thanks so much! Glad you like this yellow outfit. I am not sure what everyone likes sometiimes. The jewelry may be coming off looking like red on the computer but it is orange. Thats ok, it gets my image of a sunrise across! Thanks for commenting, hope you have a great week my friend, jess xo

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 17:12h, 04 August Reply

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this outfit and the lime green. Both Jess and I love that color and I love the texture! Perfect outfit and love that we are all red heads 🙂 I followed you on blog lovin!

    -Chelsea from

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:13h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks Chelsea! Thanks so much sweetie! SO nice to see other red heads and what colors you all wear. Glad you like the outfit. And my name is Jess too!!
      Will follow you on BL and twitter. thanks! jess xx

  • tecruciani1
    Posted at 14:53h, 04 August Reply

    Yellow look gorgeous on you!! Love the femininity of this whole look 🙂


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:11h, 04 August Reply

      THanks so much Tori! I like yellow and orange quite a bit! Have a lovely week, jess xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 14:44h, 04 August Reply

    Oh wow you’re such a vision in yellow Jess…..and I share your love for music and RUFFLES!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:10h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks Rebecca! Check out this song when you get a chance, it was covered by Coltrane, Joe Pass, so many of the greats. Glad you like the outfit too!! Have a great week, jess xo

  • Rachel
    Posted at 14:30h, 04 August Reply

    What a gorgeous yellow top and skirt, seriously PERFECT on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:09h, 04 August Reply

      Thank you Rachael, glad you like it! Have a wonderful week, jess xx

  • Donna
    Posted at 14:02h, 04 August Reply

    Beautiful outfit, Jess! I thought of you on Saturday night. DH and I went to a Jazz Club in Cleveland, called, “Night town,” to hear Kevin Toney and his trio play. You would’ve loved it! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:04h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks Donna! I appreciate you thinking of me as well. Sounds like such a fun time! Have a great week, jess xo

  • Shannon
    Posted at 13:14h, 04 August Reply

    So gorgeous! In love with the yellow and coral combo and the detailing is so pretty!

    <3 Shannon

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:16h, 04 August Reply

      Thank you Shannon! I wanted to reflect the sunrise, so I paired these 2 colors together Have a great day, jess xx

  • Nora Aradi
    Posted at 12:39h, 04 August Reply

    love your dress so much!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:49h, 04 August Reply

      Thank you Nora! It is a top and skirt. But thank you, have a lovely day, jess xo

  • jeffriestyke
    Posted at 12:04h, 04 August Reply

    Water walking sounds awesome!! And this yellow dress is perfect with your hair color! Have a blessed week! Susan

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:07h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks Susan! It is actually seperates, but I am glad you like outfit!
      You too, have a wonderful week! jess xo

  • Lee
    Posted at 10:26h, 04 August Reply

    If I had known you were so close I would have totally invited you to the event! Love this look on you!
    xo, Lee

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 04 August Reply

      oh no problem, maybe next time hon. Glad you like this outfit 🙂 have a great day! jess xo

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 09:45h, 04 August Reply

    Such a pretty color os yellow. I love that you paired it with the red jewels. Looks great on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:05h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks so much!! I know maybe the jewel look red,but they are orange.. might look like it on a different computer screen. have a wonderful day, jess xo

  • Johanna Grange
    Posted at 09:44h, 04 August Reply

    That yellow dress is fantastic on you – you have such a great figure!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:04h, 04 August Reply

      Thanks so much Johanna ! It is actually a top and skirt, but almost looks like a dress. I Appreciate the lovely comment Have a great day, jess xo

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