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Supporting the Ukraine – Dressing in Yellow and Blue

I am supporting the Ukraine today dressing in yellow and blue.

Supporting the Ukraine – Dressing in Yellow and Blue

I am thinking about so much this week and am showing my support for Ukraine and the people that are fighting and suffering through this war. It is really heartbreaking.

Demonstrating support with my outfit, I choose a yellow and white patterned blouse (Ann Taylor) mixed with a neck scarf is vibrant blue. (Gibby’s Frillery) Dark blue jeans and white boots finish the look.

There are many monuments and buildings lit in blue and yellow to show continuing support. The Eifel tower was lit the day after the Russian Invasion.

I think about what my grandma (when I was little, I called her “Gummy” as I couldn’t say Grandma.) would have thought of the situation. She was from Kiev, and unfortunately, we couldn’t find as much info as we wanted on Ancestry – as to my Gummy’s past in the Ukraine.  The interesting thing was, my Pap, was born in the US, but it was my Gummy who was born in the Ukraine, and yet he was very involved in the Ukrainian culture. He was a Cantor and wrote music for the Ukrainian Orthodox church and was involved in many groups.

Growing up, we participated in many Ukraine traditions. I mentioned before, I am 50% Ukrainian and my mother continued to share with us the Ukrainian traditions and culture as we grew up, and I am very grateful as it has made such a lasting impression on me.

Blessing of the Baskets- Holy Saturday, the day before Easter, the baskets are taken to the church for a priest to bless with Holy Water. The baskets will contain what will be eaten for Easter, paska, ham, butter, cheese, eggs, horseradish, and Pysanky (or Ukrainian decorated eggs) will be added. As tradition, my mom would put a Ukrainian hand embroidered cloth over the basket. The food would not be consumed until Easter Sunday, breaking the Lenten fast.

The Tamburitzans- a dance group- Born out of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where I graduated.

“The Tamburitzans ensemble expanded its repertoire throughout the past eight decades to include a wide variety of folk dance and music representing international cultures.”


My mother would introduce us to these Ukrainian foods when we were young.

Paska– an Easter, egg bread. Oh with butter this is so good! “According to tradition, when working the dough, the cook should whisper positive thoughts to achieve the most delicious result.” -source

Kutya– a combination of wheat germ, poppy seeds, honey, sugar, walnuts. Used for “Good luck” at Holiday meals.

Making Varenyky or Perogies from scratch is a laborious job! My grandma used to take the day to make them. They are often filled with sauerkraut, potato, cheese, traditionally. I certainly miss perohi here, you don’t find many European foods in the South.

Borscht – Beet soup. Well, as a kid I shuddered at the idea of eating beet soup. As an adult, I would certainly enjoy it! It is served with sour cream.

Holubtsi or stuffed cabbage– My mom would call these by their Ukrainian name as well as call them “Pigs in a Blanket”. It is made with rice and ground meat, wrapped in cabbage. A tomato sauce covers the cabbage.

Deruni or Potato pancakes- Get your skillets ready, as these potato pancakes are fried and made into crispy goodness. You would add sour cream or yogurt to top it , and also could add cooked mushrooms and onions.

Kobasa-a spicy, garlic sausage. One of my Pap’s favorite dishes.

How to Help

If you are interested in how to help, you can look through the links for organizations that may appeal to you. 

From the Washington Post– ( LINKS)

Here are a few organizations-

My Outfit

Blouse- Ann Taylor ( sim)/jeans-Old Navy /Boots- Marni( sim)/clutch- Treesje/Scarf-Gibby ( similiar)

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The pieces I have styled in my post are all older and from my closet. I have curated some pieces that are similar to what I am wearing.

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Have a great day!
See you tomorrow for Turning Heads Tuesday

Jess xx

  • Judy Arazoza
    Posted at 13:53h, 15 March Reply

    The fact that you are sharing your heritage and promoting awareness is just beautiful. It reminds us all these are real people even if they are here for world away. They remain in my prayers daily

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 14:09h, 14 March Reply

    I loved this post and your yellow blouse!
    Praying daily for peace.


  • Nancy Weiss
    Posted at 07:05h, 11 March Reply

    I’m praying every single day for the families in Ukraine. It is heart wrenching what they are dealing with, Thank you very much for enlightening us about the heritage. They need our support and prayers..

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:47h, 11 March Reply

      Thank you Nancy. Yes, I am too- praying there is an end soon.

  • Gail
    Posted at 01:57h, 10 March Reply

    Loved this post and to hear about your Ukrainian heritage and traditions. Wearing Ukrainian colors is an empowering thing to do, it visually shows our support. Thanks for linking Jess x

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 11:28h, 09 March Reply

    Wow Jess! I didn’t realize how extensive your Ukranian background was. I love hearing about these traditions and your heritage – that’s so special! Thank you for sharing these links too!! There’s so many floating around and it’s difficult to figure out which ones are actually legit. This whole situation honestly makes me so sick to my stomach. I’ve stopped watching the news because my heart just can’t take it. I don’t typically share anything political on my platforms for many reasons but during these times, it makes sharing outfits and anything else seem trivial. Internally, I’ve been feeling a bit stressed out about the situation – worried about the people of Ukraine and worried about the possibility of my brother being deployed there with all of this happening. It’s such a helpless feeling and I do hope this ends soon <3


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 08:51h, 11 March Reply

      Hi Lizzie, thank you for visiting I know what you mean, it is heart wrenching. My hubby likes to watch the news every morning, and I dont. I read and will watch throughout the week but not everyday. I will say prayers for your brother as well. It really is a helpless feeling, I am glad you like the links I share, these are repretable organizatios.

  • Shelbee on the Edge
    Posted at 06:21h, 09 March Reply

    Jess, beautiful post and beautiful outfit. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of your rich Ukrainian culture with us. I am continuing to pray for everyone effected.


  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 18:53h, 08 March Reply

    I love this outfit and the sentiment behind it. I haven’t really felt like blogging or posting on Instagram that much lately, it seems so trivial given what’s going on but I try to take breaks from the news and force myself to think about something else.

    Emma xxx

  • Pamela
    Posted at 07:14h, 08 March Reply

    That’s such a touching post Jess. We all feel so helpless but sharing and respecting culture and traditions across nations can only help to break down barriers in the future. Please God that sense and humanity prevail.
    Pamela xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:00h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you Pamela, Such a good way to put it. I appreciate it

  • Maureen
    Posted at 21:13h, 07 March Reply

    What a beautiful outfit and tribute Jess. It’s so heartbreaking to see and hear what it is going on in Ukraine. Also, thank you for sharing a little bit about your culture and traditions. It’s such a nice treat to know and we do similar things as well in the Philippines.

    Maureen |

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:01h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you Maureen! It really is. Glad you enjoyed reading, i am thankful my mom continued with our childhood traditions. Oh, that is wonderful!

  • Jodie Filogomo
    Posted at 19:59h, 07 March Reply

    I loved hearing about all of this Jess. It’s funny because we make an Easter bread that was Rob’s mom’s recipe (Italian) that sounds very much the same.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:04h, 08 March Reply

      What is the Italian bread? It is interesting as many cultures have similar foods in that regard.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 12:00h, 07 March Reply

    Thank you for sharing some of the Ukrainian culture and ways to help. I am so upset and angry. Putin has made Russia a pariah, but I don’t think he cares. It sucks to be so helpless. I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the Ukrainian people. I think Putin thought they’d cave right away.

    Lovely outfit, Jess!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:03h, 08 March Reply

      Thank you for your comment, I do think that that is what Putin thought. Its terrible.

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 09:25h, 07 March Reply

    I love this post. I haven’t been able to post since the invasion began. I’m overwhelmed with sadness for the people and what they are living through. We are regualarly donating to the Red Cross/Ukraine hoping to help but wish we could do more. Thanks for sharing your family history.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:16h, 07 March Reply

      I know, sometimes it feels silly posting outfit posts, but I carry on. It is so horrible and we are donating as well, dont know how else to help. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Kellyann Rohr
    Posted at 05:06h, 07 March Reply

    I don’t have any yellow clothing, used to have a dress but got rid of it. This looks great on you and it is a nice way to stand with the Ukraine. We are all feeling so helpless, donating money certainly helps and I pray that this terror ends soon. I cannot even imagine how scary this is for all of the Ukrainians. It is absolutely heartbreaking.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:17h, 07 March Reply

      Thank you Kellyann. Yes, I know what you mean. It is a helpless feeling.

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