Turning Heads Linkup- Autumn Leaves Kimono from Soft Surroundings - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup- Autumn Leaves Kimono from Soft Surroundings

Hello friends!

Isn’t it funny? I am now working on a song, a jazz standard called Autumn Leaves, and how fitting is it I wear this kimono for this post?

Soft Surroundings sent me this piece and the cardigan topper I wore yesterday on the blog. What else besides gold and rust-colored leaves could make you think of Fall?


Autumn Leaves

Even though this piece is still quite warm to wear in NC, it’s a great piece to have handy when those Fall time movies start showing. The theatres and restaurants are typically the only place I am cold these days,( Good ole Meno!)  so I tend to bring a jacket or kimono. There are so many good ones coming! I’ve got to see “Judy”, the movie about Judy Garland, starring Rene Zellweger. I also want to see The Joker, not that I love seeing Marvel comic movies, but I like Joaquin Pheonix, I think he’s an interesting character!

Now, Back to the song- This was a song I learned in college, playing jazz guitar with my Gibson 335. Although it has a melancholy mood, it is a romantic tune.

The falling leaves drift by my window
The falling leaves of red and gold
I see your lips the summer kisses
The sunburned hands I used to hold

. “Autumn Leaves” is a popular song and jazz standard composed by Joseph Kosma with original lyrics by Jacques Prévert in French, and later by Johnny Mercer …Nat King Cole and many jazz artists through the years have played and sung Autumn Leaves. I used to listen to it in college, played by Joe Pass, an amazing Jazz Guitarist, who made popular the chord melody solo.

Have a listen to good ol Frankie-Boy!

Leaf Kimono by Soft Surroundings

You know I am a fan of velvet, as it always looks rich and elegant. I love the rich blue hue of the kimono and those fallen leaves that are the design. This must get you in the mood for Fall!

Ok, how about this. This leaf kimono,  the Tamara Topper,a cup of pumpkin spice latte, Steelers football games.. and of booties and sweaters. How’s that for Fall?

I decided to pair it with a rust-orange lace cami I recently bought from H&M, Old Navy jeans, and my leopard pumps, for some added pattern. I also am carrying my Rebecca Minkoff satchel in cognac.

I love the blue-grey velvet that outlines the kimono and the gold threads that are strewn throughout. The leaves of brown and rust signify Fall and are colors that will go with nearly anything in the Fall season.  Adding to the leaf theme, I am wearing gold dangling leaf earrings from Nordstrom. It comes in 2 sizes S/M and L/XL.   I am wearing the S/M


c/o Velvet kimono from Soft Surroundings.  My opinions are truthful and my own.

Tamara Kimono c/o Soft Surroundings, its on SALE!

rust cami- H&M

jeans-Old Navy

heels-Rockport Leopard heels, Love these Sam Edelman on sale!

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  • Theresa
    Posted at 15:45h, 16 September Reply

    Saw this post on Patti’s Linkup. Oh my! You know how much I love kimonos. And this one is spectacular. The colors, the velvet, the print. All good! Your outfit totally embodies the beauty that is fall. And that song is definitely one of my favs of all time!


  • Gail
    Posted at 13:53h, 16 September Reply

    Such a beautiful kimono Jess! The colors and the gold bag are just perfect. Thanks for sharing at #WowOnWednesday.

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 09:43h, 15 September Reply

    What a gorgeous kimono Jess – the colours are absolutely beautiful. x thanks for hosting the linkup today. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • carmen
    Posted at 02:07h, 15 September Reply

    What a gorgeous kimono, a fabulous fall outfit, you look stunning Jess!



  • Beauty101byLisa
    Posted at 00:06h, 14 September Reply

    You look gorgeous Jess!! I love the whole outfit XOXO



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:59h, 14 September Reply

      Hi Lisa
      So good to hear from you! Thank you! I have been enjoying getting and buying new pieces for Fall. I couldnt resist this kimono 🙂

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 03:49h, 13 September Reply

    Hey Jess, I’ve been tied up all summer with work and sea swimming and at last am finding a bit of time to play catch up. What a great day to visit cos I just adore that Kimono! Those autumn colours suit us so well don’t they? I like the idea of a longer length top as the evenings being to shorten and we need to feel a bit more wrapped up in the cooler weather. Your colour combinations here are fab, and wow, what a lovely idea to add those shoes! Great styling as ever sweetie xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:34h, 13 September Reply

      Hi Anna!
      I still am in awe that you swim like you do! I wish I had a pool to go to for my EDS as it is one of the best exercises. I can see leopard being paired with so much this season, its a nice change of pace too from the sold pumps. We wont have cooler weather here for awhile, as it is still summer-like in Sept here in the South. Thanks for stopping!

  • midlifeandbeyond
    Posted at 22:36h, 12 September Reply

    Jess, I love the kimono. The texture is rich and I love the design, plus it looks perfect with the leopard shoes, so my style. Love that you play the guitar and write songs. My other half is a musician, so, I fully appreciate the work that goes into producing a piece of original work.
    Alison xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:32h, 13 September Reply

      Hi Alison!
      Thank you! I think I will be wearing this often this Fall. Neat to find out your hubby is a musician. I loved this song in college and still do. I do enjoy playing guitar and am getting back to playing some of my favorites as well.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 21:43h, 12 September Reply

    Love how you tied the song with this gorgeous kimono. Big fan of the kimono and now a fan of this classic song as well.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:30h, 13 September Reply

      Thank you Lisa! I love jazz classics and thought it was just perfect for this outfit. x

    • midlifeandbeyond
      Posted at 11:46h, 13 September Reply

      Thank you so much for the feature Jess. I forgot to mention it in my comment!
      Have a lovely weekend.
      Alison x

  • overthehilda
    Posted at 09:58h, 12 September Reply

    I adore this kimono..the colours the print the material..just gorgeous….

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 20:29h, 11 September Reply

    Thanks for joining our linkup!!!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 18:21h, 11 September Reply

    What a beautiful velvet kimono Jess! It’s perfect for the upcoming season and I love the rich colors. I am so ready for Autumn and much needed cooler weather.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 14:28h, 11 September Reply

    Oh what a beautiful fall look! The colors just sing autumn!

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 13:20h, 11 September Reply

    Ok, WOW, I love this kimono! The colors are so rich and elegant, especially in velvet. You look amazing!


  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 10:36h, 11 September Reply

    That is such a beautiful kimono, and perfect for Autumn! I love your leaf earrings too, and the leopard print pumps are fabulous! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • judyahughes
    Posted at 10:13h, 11 September Reply

    So cute. Looks great on you! Not sure I could pull a Kimono off. Love the colors and so cool that you play guitar.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:04h, 11 September Reply

      Hi Judy
      Thanks so much. There are kimonos out there for everyone! I bet you could. What I do like about them is that there are short lengths- to the hip, longer ( mid-length) and then long more duster types. They are quite versatile and can be worn in nearly every season, dependant on the material. I went to Duquense University for guitar and taught for many years, now I am getting back to it. Autumn leaves is one of my favorite tunes.

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 07:59h, 11 September Reply

    Autumn tones are always so lovely on you Jess . The kimono style jacket is gorgeous. Many thanks for hosting.

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 23:08h, 10 September Reply

    That kimono is gorgeous! It’s still too warm for fall clothing here too, but you’ll get so much wear out of it later in the year. What a statement piece!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 16:02h, 10 September Reply

    That kimono is stunning! I typically think of kimonos as a summer item, but the darker colors and velvet texture make it work for fall perfectly!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 15:47h, 10 September Reply

    I love this song! Jess, this kimono is outstanding!! I love the deep jewel tones and the velvet leaves!! Such a perfect Autumn piece!

    xx, Elise

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 15:22h, 10 September Reply

    WOW! That is some kimono! So fun, and festive.


  • Christine Besen
    Posted at 15:21h, 10 September Reply

    Love this chic Autumn look Jess! The kimono is gorgeous!


  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 14:03h, 10 September Reply

    Jess, this outfit is so gorgeous!! Love the Autumn leaves motif! And the song was a nice treat.

    Have a great day!
    xx Darlene

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 12:43h, 10 September Reply

    Ahh, that is just the perfect kimono for the Fall! I love the colors and the thickness/length of it!


  • Ellibelle
    Posted at 11:42h, 10 September Reply

    Such a great look! Love how you paired the gorgeous kimono with the leopard flats. So perfect for fall!
    Ellibelle’s Corner

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:34h, 10 September Reply

    Beautiful burnout kimono, love the colors and those are your colors as you look beautiful wearing this whole look 🙂

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 11:14h, 10 September Reply

    Jess, that is a gorgeous kimono and the colors are absolutely perfect on you.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:33h, 10 September Reply

    This kimono is such a gorgeous find- perfect for fall, too!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:48h, 10 September Reply

    Such a beautiful kimono! I love the colors and print. You styled it perfectly too with those leopard print shoes and bag.

  • --Grace Liang
    Posted at 09:21h, 10 September Reply

    There’s nothing better than a good kimono! Such a cute look for Fall!


  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 09:05h, 10 September Reply

    What a fitting piece of music for this time of year. You always look great, Jess, but I especially like this outfit. The colors, softness, print mix, your hair… Everything is working together so well.

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:52h, 10 September Reply

    Dang girl. This kimono is everything. Talk about the perfect way to bring in fall.

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:47h, 10 September Reply

    Oh my God, Jess! This kimono needs to be in my life! I love the print and the colors. And your leopard shoes are so perfect with it. This song is so beautiful, too. It is a bit melancholic and kind of haunting, but it hits you right in the heart, doesn’t it? I am so glad that you are back to playing!


  • Mica
    Posted at 07:32h, 10 September Reply

    What a beautiful kimono, and you’re right the colours are so perfect for autumn! it’s such a great topper for your outfit 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is off to a great start 🙂

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 07:21h, 10 September Reply

    That kimono and that song…both so good and you’re the BEST!!

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:07h, 10 September Reply

    That is the prettiest kimono! The colors are stunning! You look lovely!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Linda Cassidy
    Posted at 06:53h, 10 September Reply

    what a great kimono and you look stunning. This is so your season

    Posted at 06:49h, 10 September Reply

    What a stunning Kimono from Soft Surroundings!
    I absolutely LOVE it on you!
    Fall colors look wonderful on you with your ginger hair and light complexion.


  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 06:48h, 10 September Reply

    That’s a really beautiful kimono. The colors are so pretty on you.
    x, Julie | ThisMainLineLife.com

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:37h, 10 September Reply

    That is such a gorgeous kimono…and I love it with the leopard pumps!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:30h, 10 September Reply

    That is the perfect kimono and so fitting with that pretty song! I am excited to see Judy as well! But back to the outfit – love the leopard print with the rich colors of the kimono – such a great fall look!

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 02:15h, 10 September Reply

    What a voice right! Lovely song,didn t know it! And that is some gorgeous kimono Jess! The best I have ever seen!

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