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Turning Heads Linkup – 5 Year Blog Anniversary


“Let them eat cake!”

I can hardly believe it is 5 years! I have been writing and creating content nearly 3 times a week for that long! Well, when I started, it was 4 fashion posts and week, and that has changed as  Elegantly Dressed and Stylish has evolved into a fashion and Midlife blog. I decided Fridays were the day to write on any topic of interest, many of them being Midlife concerns.

Blog Anniversary

I have learned much from blogging and meeting ladies and making friends has been such a highlight. Initially, the blog was a diversion and distraction from my disease, but it has grown to be much more. I love being creative and sharing my love for fashion, hopefully helping ladies along the way find their own fashion sense and feeling good!

I started blogging and we began taking photographs experimenting and learning as we go. My hubby has done so much, as he is the photographer, and he’s grown as a photographer as well. We enjoy photo shoots and usually make it a priority to go for a drink or lunch afterward, making a day of it!

I have had the fortune of working with many brands thus far. if you are interested in seeing the brands I collaborated with, check out my Collaborations Page. I hope to continue to work with brands that share my aesthetic and style for women over 50.

I am going to keep on enjoying writing, working with brands and speaking to and meeting wonderful readers and other bloggers. I enjoy the personal level of blogging that you can’t get from social media. Maybe I am “old-school”, but I like it that way!

I thought you might get a kick out of my first Turning Heads Tuesday linkup post on  March 17, 2015! I truly enjoy it and seeing you here, along with your style and lovely comments.

My Little Family

If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know how much my puppies mean to me, so I had to include them as well! Plus it’s nearing Valentine’s Day and my hubby and puppies ARE my Valentines!

Be prepared for some major photobombing!

Gibson, is my red-haired shadow, my right-hand pup, my angel. He follows mummy everywhere. Truffles is my energetic, loves her plush toys, princess, who is so loving as well. I always had dogs growing up, and desperately wanted ones when my hubby and I got married. He has allergies, but after seeing what poor shape I was in, with EDS, asking for dogs, seemed like a wonderful idea, he was fine with taking Zyrtek every day.

Truffles was 2 when we got Gibson, and they have been part of my saving grace. Truffles know when I am emotional, will come over to me to provide comfort, and as I said, Gibby is always next to me. They are so loving! I remember thinking to thank God I had them too, especially when things were at their worst, I had them to comfort me.

Cake Please?

We HAD to get cake! My hubby said to order a cake from our local bakery and boy, this looked amazing! Cream with chocolate shavings adorned this chocolate and white cake. Those strawberries looked pretty atop the cake, but wouldn’t last long! Any excuse to eat cake, right?

My Outfit

This outfit is all older pieces with the exception of my Marc Fisher booties ( 6pm) this year, and my  Zara choker ( last year). I have had this flirty, flouncy tweed skirt by Loft for years, and wanted to pair it with something fun and floral from my closet. I reached for my Autumn Cashmere red floral cardigan my hubby bought me one Christmas. Patterned stockings and another touch of texture with my quilted Rebecca Minkoff added to the look.

We had a good time, and the puppies are always so good when we take photos! We laugh, as their leash is a bit more weighty than their last one, and they stand frozen, as if it were a ball and chain around their necks. Honestly! they can move 🙂

New style of earrings from Kendra Scott. Dyin’ over these  Camila drop earrings in blue for Spring!


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    February 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Happy Blogversary!

    Aren’t our furry family members the best? I couldn’t be without a dog.

    Both your pups are perfect little models.

    Zoe is like that when we put any kind of winter coat on her. She doesn’t want to move.

    I love the all the floral textures and patterns you have here, especially the tights with the boots and your never-ending legs.


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    Amy Ann Arnold
    February 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Happy 5 years! That is amazing. So much to be proud of.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    Chery Tucker
    February 14, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Congratulations Jess! I love your blog and have grown to look forward to your posts! I learn from you and am inspired by you! My blog turned 5 in November and I know how much of ourselves we put into them. But its all fun! Keep up the great work!

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    Leeah Behr
    February 14, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Happy blogiversary! Love your print mixing!

    xx Leah / http://www.leahbehr.com

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    February 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Happy 5th Anniversary Jess! You look radiant! Always so elegant and an inspiration!



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    Kelsey Bang
    February 13, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    what?!?!? 5 years!! so awesome! congrats!

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    Kimberly Malkiewicz
    February 13, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Hey, Jess! Happy Blog-i-versary! This is another great outfit, I really like the subtle mix of prints. In addition to Poshmark shopping, you are also the queen of pattern hose!

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    February 13, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Happy five year anniversary!! My four year was on the 10th so we’re practically twins lol! I love hearing that you and your husband do this together as it’s the same for me. It so nice to work with someone you love about that also cares about and supports the things you are passionate about. I hope you enjoyed your time celebrating (and the cake haha!). Cheers to many more successful years! <3


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    February 13, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Congratulations on 5 years! And I think it’s the sweetest things that you and your hubby enjoy doing this together…as well as making a day of it. I guess it’s sappy, but I couldn’t help but picture him admiring his beautiful wife through the camera. Have a fabulous week with your precious family!

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 13, 2019 at 10:13 am

      Thank you Chrissy! We do enjoy doing this and my hubby has a good time with taking pictures. You are so sweet! xx

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    Suzy Turner
    February 13, 2019 at 5:42 am

    Happy Anniversary for your blog, Jess!! WOOP WOOP!!
    Suzy xx

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    February 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!! Here’s to many more 🙂


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    Anna Marcus
    February 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Congratulations on the 5th anniversary, Jess. In this day and age it is a milestone and you’ve accomplished so much during this time. Keep doing what are doing so well, inspiring us to dress and look gorgeous

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    Anna Shirley
    February 12, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Happy anniversary, Jess! 5 years – that is amazing. It was great idea to celebrate it with this beautiful (and I’m sure yummy) cake. I wish you many and many more succesful years.


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    February 12, 2019 at 7:01 pm


    You have such an elegant, vintage look that is all you! I love the way you put outfits together. It’s fun to see your puppies as mine do the same thing. They just hang around me anytime we start taking photos! Photobombers all! Lol!

    Congratulations on your five years in blogging. That represents a great deal of work, I know. I’m at 2 1/2 and it’s incredible how much content I’ve created, so I can only imagine how much you have!

    xx Darlene

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    February 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    SO SWEET! Happy 5th year anniversary!


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    Christine Besen
    February 12, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary Jess!

    Cheers to many more!


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    February 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! Glad I met you here.

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    Cheryl Shops
    February 12, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Happy blogiversary, Jess—five years is amazing! Also, your fur baby is super cute! Congrats to you!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    February 12, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Happy 5th blog anniversary! Congratulations and that cake looks delicious! Your pups are so adorable and wonderful blessings. If I haven’t said it, their names are way cute! Looking forward to what the next year will bring. Enjoy that cake and I hope you are having a great start to your week!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    Jacket Society
    February 12, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Congrats on your 5th blog anniversary! Looking forward to seeing more of you fab blog posts and beautiful outfits you put together like the one you have on today 🙂

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    February 12, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Happy 5 Years to Blogging! I need to get myself a sweet treat like that for my next blog anniversary! I love the color of your coat and your pup is sooo cute!


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    Laura Bambrick
    February 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Happy Blogiversary! 5 years is fantastic! You have accomplished so much! Here is to many more!

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    Nicole Mölders
    February 12, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Happy blogversary. You gray with pops of colors look to celebrate the 5th blogversary looks stunning. You are pretty brave to hold the cake like that!

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    February 12, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Happy blog anniversary Jess! That cake looks mighty fine! I love your outfit and how the boots match your cardigan. Lovely to see Gibson and Truffles included in the post too 🙂

    Emma xxx

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    Tatiana Moskatova
    February 12, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Happy Anniversary, Jess! I always enjoy reading your posts! I love your cardigan very much. It looks soft and cozy. The whole outfit looks very stylish!

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    February 12, 2019 at 10:01 am

    Happy fifth year blog anniversary!! That cake look so amazing. This look is so pretty I love the deep rich colors and mix of patterns!

    xx, Elise

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    Lisa Richardson
    February 12, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Aw, Jess! Happy 5 years sweet lady! Congratulations on all you’ve learned and how far you’ve come. Here’s to many more years and cakes😉 XOXO

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    February 12, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Huge Congratulations, Jess! 5 years is such a great accomplishment! My 5 year is July 1st and I can’t believe it’s been that long. Time really flies when you’re having fashion fun!



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    February 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Congrats on 5 years Jess. You are such a considerate person, so I can see why that experience was bothersome. But not everyone is…they just don’t get it.
    I love how you included the pups today. They do make our lives so much better!!
    And gorgeous outfit as usual. You have such fabulous style….ALWAYS!!

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    Meagan Brandon
    February 12, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Happy Blogiversary!! That cake looks so yummy. Thanks for hosting the link-up all these years!


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    Amy Johnson
    February 12, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Oh my goodness thanks for the feature you are so sweet! And Happy Blogaversary too! That cake looks amazing! Love your outfit and your puppy!

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    Lisa D.
    February 12, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Happy Blogaversary! Those booties are perfect!
    That cake is a work of art.

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    February 12, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Happy Blogersary! Thank you for the linkup! So fun to look back at your first linkup post!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    This Main Line Life
    February 12, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Happy blogaversary!! Thanks so much for the feature. I really appreciate it.
    x, Julie | ThisMainLineLife.com

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    February 12, 2019 at 6:10 am

    Happy blogaversary! The cake looks like such a delicious way to celebrate, although how frustrating the loud table ruined your time out. At least you got some great pics, and your pups look so cute! 🙂 Our little Shih Tzu Cooper just had his summer clip so he is sporting a very similar haircut! We had to get his fur trimmed, the heatwave has been so fierce here!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂

    Away From The Blue

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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    February 12, 2019 at 6:05 am

    I remember your floral cardi – it’s gorgeous styled this way Jess. Lovely to see your beautiful pups xx Maria

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    Jaymie Ashcraft
    February 12, 2019 at 5:50 am

    How exciting! Congrats!!

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    February 12, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Happy Blog-iversary Jess! Love the coat and the booties are fabulous.

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    Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    February 12, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Congratublogulations, Jess! It was great to hear how your blog has evolved with you, it’s always a pleasure to pop over to your page. Looking forward to the next five together!
    Love this outfit, so well chosen and worn and I sometimes get a distinct 40s give from your outfits, a dress style period I’ve always loved.
    Hugs, Mary x.

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    February 12, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Happy 5 years my friend! You have created quite a wonderful niche for yourself and I enjoy your blog and YOU!!! That cake looks soooooo good!

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    Vanity And Me Style
    February 12, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Huge congratulations Jess. How time flies! We have grown together in this lovely blogging world and I’ve enjoyed watching you grow xx

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    February 12, 2019 at 2:29 am

    Happy anniversary!😖👑🎉🎈✨🎇🎆🎊🎀🎁

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    February 12, 2019 at 1:57 am

    Happy Fifth Blog Anniversary! Here’s to many more! I hope you have a lovely week!


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