Summertime… - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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and the livin’ is easy! Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high. Oh, my Daddy’s rich, and my ma is good lookin’, so hush, little baby don’t you cry… If you aren’t sure why I am talking this way it is from the amazing production of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess my husband and I saw last weekend












.I was able to go out long enough to go to the show and enjoy it. We love the boxed seats as you can push the chairs back and don’t have to climb over anyone in the process.  I have always love musicals and stage productions, and this was no exception!! The voices were oporatic, beautiful, and strong. The story is a great one as well. Porgy and Bess is an opera, first performed in 1935, with music by George Gershwinlibretto by DuBose Heyward, and lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. It was based on DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy and subsequent play of the same title, which he co-wrote with his wife Dorothy Heyward. All three works deal with African-Americanlife in the fictitious Catfish Row (based on the area of Cabbage Row[1]) in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1920s.

Originally conceived by George Gershwin as an “American folk opera”, Porgy and Bess premiered in New York in the fall of 1935 and featured an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers—a daring artistic choice at the time ** Credit Wikipedia. Read about the story HERE

 When I was there, I noticed the attire was wide ranging. With more of the older folk dressing with the men in suits, women in lovely dresses. Then there were the fashion faux paus!  I saw a woman in her 30s, in short shorts, I mean daisy duke style, bum hanging out . If that wasn’t bad enough, the cropped top she had on, exposed her belly, and I just thought to myself ” I couldn’t imagine wearing that to a place like the Bluementhal. Or anywhere for that matter I partially expected a camera crew to come out and tell her she was on …, and that friends and family were near by. Didn’t happen. . But, hey I was comfortable with what I was wearing, and enjoyed the show immensely!! I wanted to get photos outside the Theatre, however it was dark and pouring down rain. Maybe next show! However, I was able to show you the Playbill from that evening.

**Photo Credit: Bluementhal Center for the Peforming Arts: Charlotte

Have a great day!

Jess xo

Top: new Ann Taylor, Skirt: Ann Taylor ( similar), Shoes: Clarks, Ebay, Purse, Rebecca Minkoff, ( similar )Jewerly:

  • Madison
    Posted at 04:09h, 30 July Reply

    What a great dress, I love the classic lace touches in your dress. It’ s unfortunate that some people forget to look at themselves before dashing out to an event, lol. Enjoy your week.
    Cleaning Haus

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:49h, 30 July Reply

      Thank you Madison. SO true! It is a top and skirt, glad you like it Have a great day, jess xx

  • fashboulevard
    Posted at 04:02h, 30 July Reply

    Adore this. You look stunning, love. xx

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 15:24h, 29 July Reply

    Perfectly dressed for this event! I am sure you know that black looks great on you with your beautiful red hair. Love this look on you, chic and elegant.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:51h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you Nora! I appreciate the lovely comment. Have a great day! jess xo

  • Katie Slatton
    Posted at 13:02h, 29 July Reply

    This is such a classy look! I love a good lace skirt (I’m wearing one today for work!)

    Style Diary

  • MIS PAPELICOS Sacramento
    Posted at 13:01h, 29 July Reply

    Hello Jess, thank you soooooooo very much for your comment
    We must definitely keep in touch
    I love your hair, everything about it
    and you have a fabulous chic style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:50h, 29 July Reply

      Ah, you are too sweet ! I could say the same about your style ! Orignial and lovely! Will keep in touch, would love to put you on the blogroll. Hve a lovely day! jess xx

  • Steffy
    Posted at 12:54h, 29 July Reply

    Your skirt is so pretty!

  • Laura
    Posted at 12:30h, 29 July Reply

    Gorgeous outfit! I love that skirt and your necklace! I like to dress up for events. It always blows my mind what people think is acceptable!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:37h, 29 July Reply

      Thanks so much Lara! Tell me about it! Have a great day! Jessxx

  • oksana
    Posted at 12:15h, 29 July Reply

    Love your outfit. Very appropriate for the event! I would wear something similar to a concert/play. Have a wonderful week!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:18h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you , glad you like it. Have a great day, jess xx

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 11:12h, 29 July Reply

    Hi Jess, hope your summer is going great!

    You know I love your look 😉 Anything black and I’m a fan! I especially love the top – so pretty!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:17h, 29 July Reply

      Thanks Mary! My summer has been tough, but I am hoping to get back to getting better. Glad you like the top, when I saw it at Ann Taylor, it just screamed “Me”!
      Have a wonderful day! jess xo

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 11:07h, 29 July Reply

    Lovely mix of patterns in one black ensemble….so perfect for a night on the town Jess!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you Rebecca! Glad you like it, the fitted top with the polka dots is me for sure. have a great day!! jess xo

  • Lorna Mai (@TheColourQueen)
    Posted at 10:41h, 29 July Reply

    This is such a perfect outfit for a night at the theatre, so pleased you were able to go. I love lace it’s one of my favourite textures. Very classy!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:46h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you Lorna!
      I had a great time. Have a great week!! jess xo

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 08:26h, 29 July Reply

    At some point you should do a post on your fabulous bags. You seem to have quite ancollection, I’m green with envy…

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:39h, 29 July Reply

      Thanks Tiina. Yes, I am looking to sell a couple on my blog, but I have a nice variety. Thanks for the suggestion! jess xo

  • My Rose Colored Shades
    Posted at 23:44h, 28 July Reply

    Love the lace skirt. It fits you so well! I’m also loving the studded shoes and bag. Porgy and Bess sounds like a great show. It’s always fun to see what people wear to these events. You’re right, such a wide range of selections. ~Cynthia | My Rose Colored Shades

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:47h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like the outfit! It was a fab show, have a wonderful week, jess xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 22:55h, 28 July Reply

    What a great outfit. Looks just right for the theatre!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:46h, 29 July Reply

      Thank you Laurie! It was, when I think theatre, I think black. Have a great week< jess xxx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 22:01h, 28 July Reply

    Pretty outfit, Jess! The skirt is absolutely divine!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:45h, 29 July Reply

      Thanks so much Carrie! Have a great week, jess xo

  • Red Reticule
    Posted at 20:58h, 28 July Reply

    Wonderful classic look! I love the lace skirt.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:55h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you !! I appreciate your feedback, have a great week! jess xx

  • ADA
    Posted at 18:07h, 28 July Reply

    Love the pindot-mesh tank effect with the gorgeous lace pencil skirt. And that vintage necklace is beautiful.

    Wishing you a great week, Jessica.

    P.S. I am doing an entire week of dresses on the blog this week, if you’d like to see. =))

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:09h, 28 July Reply

      I love Dresses so I will show up! Thank you, glad you like the looks ! Have a great week too! jess

  • Patti
    Posted at 16:31h, 28 July Reply

    I adore musicals too! ANd your black lace skirt is the *best*. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look wonderful. xo

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:39h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Patti! Glad you like the look, yes it was a great time. Have a wonderful week! jess xx

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 15:12h, 28 July Reply

    You look beautiful! What a perfect outfit to wear to the theater, and how wonderful it must have been to see Porgy & Bess performed live. My better half and I have challenged ourselves to go beyond our comfort zones and experience new things. I need to add musical theater to the list. Your necklace is absolutely to die for! I need to go to immediately 😉


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:27h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks so much Alicia! I do get a fair amount of my jewerly from 1928 and Etsy. I like vintage or vintage looking pieces. I appreciate the lovely compliments. I got lucky with my husband as not every guy likes theatre! I find that the boxed seats are great for myself, as a person with a physical limitation, I find that they accomadate one much better, lots of space an no climbing over people! I want to see what is playing next. Have a great day!! jess xo

  • Chelsea
    Posted at 13:40h, 28 July Reply

    I love that top with the polka dot mesh feature. How you tucked it in makes this look even more sophisticated. The show looked like fun!

    XO Chelsea

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:51h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks Chelsea! Yes, the show was awesome, had a great time. I hope you have a great week, jess xx

  • Glenda
    Posted at 13:22h, 28 July Reply

    Hi Jessica! Thank you for commenting on So What to Twenty!
    I can’t think of a better form of entertainment than live performances. I love it too. And, you look great in your classic ensemble.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:39h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Glenda! I love musical theatre, and being a musician I think I always will. Have a great day! jess xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 12:49h, 28 July Reply

    Gorgeous outfit! So classy and perfect for a night at the theater!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:38h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Ashley! Yes, we had a great time, have a great week, jess xx

  • weshopinheelss
    Posted at 11:53h, 28 July Reply

    A black outfit is always elegant. Looking great Jess 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:10h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you! Glad you like it, I loved the top when I saw it last week, have a great week! jess xx

  • Donna
    Posted at 11:52h, 28 July Reply

    Lovely outfit, Jess! We saw the exact production when it was in Cleveland–even the same program cover! Yes, it was excellent! I imagine that you and your hubby and my hubby and I would be double-dating were we to live in the same city, because we like a lot of the same outings you and your husband enjoy.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:09h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks so much Donna. Yes, it was a great show, those voiced! If you are ever in Charlotte…
      Have a great week, jess xx

  • thenerdswife
    Posted at 11:49h, 28 July Reply

    Love your top! Thanks for stopping by Always, Arena!

  • Kira
    Posted at 11:11h, 28 July Reply

    Great combo lace dress and sandals, you look so beautiful and I really love your amazing hair!

    xoxo Kira

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:13h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Kira! Glad you like the lace outfit. It is a top and skirt 🙂 Have a good day!
      jess xx

  • loveirisblog
    Posted at 10:55h, 28 July Reply

    Ohhh Lala!!! I’m really loving this pretty look on you! Plus you look amazingly great in it as well. I’m really loving that polka dot top, it’s really gorgeous, plus Your hair!!! I love it so much and the color plus it makes your outfit just pop!!! Happy Monday lovely! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:01h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Iris!! Have a lovely week! jess xo

  • versatilestylebytracey
    Posted at 10:00h, 28 July Reply

    A fabulous look for the theater! If you can’t dress up for the theater when can you? I hate how casual our society is becoming…I love musicals and theater and wish we went more.. DH humors me by going, but it’s not his favorite thing..

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:08h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you ! Glad you liked the look. I know, I enjoy dressing up, and it is amazing what some wear. I suppose I got lucky where my husband had been to many musicals before he met me! He saw Sunset Blvd in NY with Glenn Close, and i wasnt in the picture!!
      have a great week, jess xx

  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 09:31h, 28 July Reply

    Love that gorgeous skirt! We need to all join forces in a campaign to get women to dress up more…I will be discussing this a little more tomorrow. You look amazing!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:42h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks so much Pam! Yes, I agree. Have a great week!! jess xo

  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 09:07h, 28 July Reply

    People just don’t dress up anymore… You however, look beautiful. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:19h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks for stopping by! I know, boy I would have been embarrased! Thank you for the lovely comment. I hope you have a great week, jess xo

  • Monika
    Posted at 08:36h, 28 July Reply

    Beautiful skirt, dear Jess. I really love lace and this skirt is soooo cute. The whole outfit is wonderful.
    Have a good week, Jess

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:18h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you Monika! Glad you like everything, after all of the colors, I was in a black frame of mind. Have a great week as well, my friend, jess xo

  • Debbie Stinedurf
    Posted at 08:26h, 28 July Reply

    That lace skirt is to die for, and the sandals…killer! You look beautiful. I never cease to be amazed by what people choose to wear out in public. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves. 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:17h, 28 July Reply

      Thanks Deb!! Glad you like everything. I know me too! Have a great day, jess xo

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