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Turning Heads Linkup – A Favorite Summer Maxi Dress


Hello friends!

I just had my niece over for 3 days and she just loves to be a part of photoshoots.  So, I am here today back in the swing of things after our amazing beach vacation to the Outer Banks. If you missed the posts, read Part 1 HERE, and Part 2 HERE.

Today, just as yesterday, I have my niece joining in the blogging fun, as she loves fashion too!  She is a fun, spirited girl who enjoys fashion and having fun.  She’s got the thickest head of beachy blonde hair, and is fond of dresses too, like her Aunt Jess. Behind us in the above picture are kayaks we think we can rent, on the lake. I have really wanted to try it on still water, so we’ll see if that is something I can do.

We went to a favorite area of ours Latta Plantation for the photoshoot. It is on Lake Norman, and full of woods and trails, along with history. If you missed us doing a photo shoot yesterday, at Turtle Bay, have a read, here – Wearing a Romper at 51 and My Fashionable Niece.

My Maxi dress

When I am not thrifting from Poshmark, and buying items, this Spring, Summer I have been buying from Mango. Oh, Mango, how do I love thee, let me count the ways. If I could be patient enough, they have great sales at the end of June and in July. I have bought some on sale, but also felt the prices were reasonable on their own.

You may have seen this dress on the blogosphere. First, I had been looking at it, then I would think about  it, then go back to staring at it another day. This is a sign. At least for me. If I keep looking at something or going back to an item of clothing or shoes, chances are I am thinking about it and want it.

I then, saw it on Nina, and it looked wonderful, so I snagged it right away before it sold out in my size. Happy I did, the length, the blue and white pattern, and the ties at the shoulder make it a favorite choice. We actually have vintage plates on display in our kitchen with this type of classic pattern/color.

Easy dressing with fewer accessories today, wearing my bold, large periwinkle blue flower earrings. I saw these on a few bloggers and what I love is that they are as light as a feather, certainly no heavy earrings for me! I wore them the other day with an embroidered all-white tee, jean shorts and sneakers, they were the pop of color to my look.

My Niece and the Day

My niece is wearing a swing dress from Loft and some leather sandals.

We spent the day at the “beach” a local hangout at Ramsey Creek Park, where you can sit on the sand and wade/swim in Lake Norman. It is more for kids, as I went in the water and it was pretty shallow. I sat on my knees and the water was still quite low. Not bad for cooling off though.

Later, we bought the Meal Deal from Fresh Market, and boy does $20 go a long way! We made dinner out on our deck, consisting of shrimp, cheese, Mexican corn mix, tortillas, and guacamole. We also bought premade Margaritas that were soooo good!

Of course, I couldn’t let the doggies not be in on the fun! I bought a Puparita, a cookie Margarita for doggies.

“Puparita” from Three Dog Bakery. I had to get the pups in on the action 🙂

Lovin these new statement earrings from Amazon. I bought another pair in pink!



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  • Happy Great Day
    Posted at 22:27h, 04 August Reply

    Really enjoy seeing your niece star beside you in photo shoots. These pictures are treasures beyond being style inso! How exciting that she’s learning a passion for fashion from you at a young age. 😍

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

      Thank you! I was at her house yesterday celebrating her 9th birthday and she already has the next outfit picked out for the next phhotoshoot 🙂 Very cute.

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 23:57h, 01 August Reply

    It seems that you have another little fashionista in your family. o) The dress is just fab!


  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:43h, 01 August Reply

    This summer maxi is such a winner- I can see why you love it! And how cute is your niece?!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • donnadoesdresses
    Posted at 00:08h, 01 August Reply

    No wonder you kept thinking about this dress as it looks so gorgeous on you – I love the beautiful blues and the print!! I also love the way you’ve paired it with the earrings and shoes!! What a lovely day and thank you for sharing as I feel I was there!! Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏 https://donnadoesdresses.com

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 23:37h, 31 July Reply

    I’ve totally been “influenced” to buy things that I’ve seen on other bloggers—glad I’m not alone! And that dress looks great on you too! 🙂
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:16h, 31 July Reply

    Sounds like you’re enjoying summer and sharing your passion with your niece makes you like the best Aunt!! GORGEOUS dress!

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 12:27h, 31 July Reply

    Oh my gosh, this is so cute! Also that dress is absolutely stunning one you!!


  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 09:58h, 31 July Reply

    You both look beautiful! And I love the Pupparita!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 31 July Reply

      Thanks Deb! I just couldn’t resist at the dog bakery, and we were having margaritas! Can’t leave them out 🙂

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 02:40h, 31 July Reply

    Lovely to see you niece here, a budding blog I think! Thanks for sharing your cool maxi dress. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:23h, 31 July Reply

      Hi Jacqui! My 8 year old niece would like that, but she doesn’t realize the work that is involved! She loves the photo shoots though! Glad you like the dress 🙂 xx

  • susietruett
    Posted at 21:42h, 30 July Reply

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your niece! That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! Love the colors and that handbag is so cute!👏 Also I’m going to check out Mango!💕💕

  • amapas17
    Posted at 20:30h, 30 July Reply

    Beautiful dress, Jess! I love the blue/white floral and the shoulder ties. At first glance, I thought it was a halter top!
    xo, Lisa

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 31 July Reply

      Hi Lisa! That is a detail I really liked too. Thank you! xx

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 18:11h, 30 July Reply

    That puparita is too cute! And so is your dress! So glad you were able to get it in your size! It looks amazing on you!

  • Krisitne
    Posted at 17:39h, 30 July Reply

    Such a cure dress! Your niece is a sweet addition to the photo shoot, too! Enjoy the Outer Banks!

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 15:39h, 30 July Reply

    Two beautiful ladies 🙂 Sounds like a you guys had a fun few days together!


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 13:10h, 30 July Reply

    Ahh! Love all of this! You are such a lovely aunt to your niece and you can tell by her big smile she loved being part of the photoshoot! I love that dress and blue and whites just scream summer to me. I love that the pups got to enjoy some delicious summer treats, too!


  • ee0926
    Posted at 13:00h, 30 July Reply

    How sweet is your niece? I love these photos of you two! I am also in love with your dress, the blue and white floral is gorgeous!

    xx, Elise

  • --Grace
    Posted at 10:46h, 30 July Reply

    You two are so cute matching each other!

    Please stop by at http://www.colorandgrace.com every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for linkup parties!
    Hope to see you there!
    Grace Liang

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:19h, 30 July Reply

    This is a gorgeous dress on you! Great style and so perfect for summer. I wish I were tall enough to wear that length. 🙂 Since we met for lunch I have checked out Mango upon your suggestion. I am so glad you shared because they have an amazing selection and reasonable prices. So fun to have your niece join in on the photo shoot! She has great style just like her aunt.

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 09:16h, 30 July Reply

    Great maxi, Jess. I have the same dress your niece is wearing. It’s so cute. I had zoomed in on the pic to figure out the puppy margarita before I read what it was. LOL Too cute.

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:37h, 30 July Reply

    I love that your niece was happy to join you for this week, Jess!! How adorable!!
    Do you know I haven’t tried ordering from Mango yet?? Shame on me. I will get right on that…ha ha
    You look stunning in that dress!!
    PS..Thanks for the feature!!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:33h, 30 July Reply

    Jess, you and Mango are a match made in sartorial heaven! I love this dress! It has such a whimsical vintage feel, too. And it looks gorgeous on you. And how cute is your niece! I love seeing her on your blog. She must really enjoy time with Aunt Jess as the little fashionista that she is! And all that delicious food. Now I am hungry!


  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 08:27h, 30 July Reply

    That dress is just beautiful on you! I still haven’t shopped Mango yet, I’d like to go in store to see how the brand fits me but I’m not even sure if there’s a store near me!
    Your niece is precious in her dress from Loft! How cute is she?! And that cupcake for the pups is spectacular! Wish my Sophie could eat fun food but she has too many allergies!

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 08:04h, 30 July Reply

    Ha, yeah, kids have so much energy (until they hit their teens). Love that dress. It looks gorgeous on you.

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 08:01h, 30 July Reply

    So fun to have your niece on the blog with you! Your maxi dress is gorgeous! The print gives it a vintage vibe!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Mica
    Posted at 07:46h, 30 July Reply

    Oh I love that puparita, what a fun idea! 🙂 both you and your niece looks o lovely in your dresses – your maxi dress is just so perfect for summer! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a good start 🙂


  • Chrissy
    Posted at 07:44h, 30 July Reply

    there’s a lot of cuteness in this post Jessica. How lovely is your niece! Your dress is gorgeous and I love the earrings you paired it with. As for the pups and that treat – cute overload!

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 07:29h, 30 July Reply

    That maxi is just gorgeous on you! I love the bag too!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 04:56h, 30 July Reply

    Well this is as sweet as it can be. What beauties you both are!

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 04:19h, 30 July Reply

    What fun to have your pretty and stylish niece stay with you and her lift dress is gorgeous. Love your pretty dress too, a maxi is perfect in the summer heat.
    Hugs, Mary x.

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 04:15h, 30 July Reply

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time, Jess. You both look beautiful. I adore that last photo of you both.
    Suzy xxx

  • Nancy Baten
    Posted at 03:29h, 30 July Reply

    I know how tyring nieces can be! Haha! Love the dress and earrings. And the dog cocktails are so cute.

  • Nancy Baten
    Posted at 03:26h, 30 July Reply

    A dog cocktail!! Haha perfect! That is a lovely Summer dress and gorgeous earrings! I know how tiring kids are, I have a niece too!

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 03:26h, 30 July Reply

    I bet your niece enjoyed her time with you, sounds like you had such a good time together. You look lovely in that pretty dress, the pattern reminds me of a china pattern. Many thanks for featuring me on pinterest. xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 02:52h, 30 July Reply

    I know what you mean Jess, looking after children. When I look after the grandchildren it wears me out and throws me out of sync too! It’s amazing how much time you loose, it just flies by! I applaud how great you look though, the dress is beautiful xx

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