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Turning Heads Linkup – Black Sweater Dress with Soft Surroundings Burgundy Snakeskin Booties

Little black dress

Every lady should own an LBD.  This little black sweater dress caught my eye on Mango Outlet, as I saw it as a great layering piece for the colder months ahead.

Soft Surroundings snake skin booties


Love the colors richness of these leather snakeskin booties in burgundy and the heel that isn’t too high. These booties by Soft Surroundings are from the Brand Matisse, who make modern styles for every lady. Is there such a thing as too many booties? I think not!

I have had this rich velvet , saturated burgundy jacket for a number of years, buying it secondhand on Poshmark. I have also worn the black sweater dress as is with a beautiful Chanel-inspired burgundy pearl beaded necklace, dotted with flowers in both the earrings and necklace. I was gifted this set last year from Earth and Moon Design.

The dress is wonderful for layering as it gets colder, but as a fitted sweater dress, is that one black dress you’ll reach for in the colder months. I am wearing my usual size 4 in this style. Its a steal for $20 on Mango outlet. I would have snagged the light taupe color as well, but it was sold out.

My tapestry bag from Zara adds to the vintage inspired style.

Hard to believe Thanksgiving is not far away. I will be bringing you some Thanksgiving outfit ideas next week on the blog.

What’s Goin On at Home

Well, I mentioned in yesterday’s post, that I am titrating off one of my pain medications. I seem to be a “glutton for punishment” after laying in bed for 2 weeks to recover from gallbladder surgery, I am now withdrawing from a pain med I have been on for 7 years. I’ve been binge watching tv, blogging and reading. So, there is that. I marvel at how I was able to rest in bed to recover from Prolotherapy 8 years ago. ( 6 weeks of it!)  Anyhow, I won’t bore you with details, rather to say it is tough!

I have been madly doing some Christmas shopping and keeping the gifts upstairs in my room. Things are looking a bit chaotic as we try to clean for the contractor who may get to our floors before Christmas.

I have been watching stories – “Rebecca” a movie on Netflix, that at first, sweeps you away with it’s romanticism. A young girl, a bit backward and slightly awkward, lands a job as a lady’s companion, only to find herself invited to a lunch table by a dashing, handsome man. ( Armie Hammer- quite handsome!) I won’t say more, but watch! It’s entertaining. I also began, “The Queen’s Gambit” which has quite good reviews!

women's black sweater dress

women's velvet blazer

Black midi dress

Burgundy velvet blazer

Chanel-inspired necklace

Leather snake skin booties

Soft Surroundings leather booties


c/o Soft Surrounding Snakeskin Booties

thank you for the booties Soft Surroundings   I was gifted these booties from Soft Surroundings; the content of my article is honest  and truthful.

Dress– Mango Outlet ( under $30)

bag- Zara

Chanel inspired necklace , earrings c/o Earth and Moon design

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    November 15, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Holy frijoles, my friend!! There is so much to love in this outfit. Love the rich color of that beautiful blazer. The impeccable fit of that bargain sweater dress. Those booties!! That bag!! And if all that wasn’t enough…those tights!!! Absolute perfection.

    Hope you are feeling better. Surely these photos were taken before your surgery? I cannot imagine looking this good (for me..EVER!!) while weaning myself off pain meds and recuperating from gall bladder surgery. I just had parathyroid surgery. Seems many of us are going under the proverbial knife right now. Guess we can’t do much of anything else, huh?

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 16, 2020 at 11:14 am

      You are so sweet! It was a fun sort of vintage inspired look and the dress is a winner!
      I appreciate it. They were taken weeks after surgery. The gallbladder surgery was a sucess, now its withdrawal. This has been a very tough year. My hubby had parathyroid surgery and feels so much better! I wish you a speedy recovery and hope things are well.

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    Lucy Bertoldi
    November 13, 2020 at 9:58 am

    Nancy you look amazing! Love those tights so much and the velvet jacket is superb on you. Love it all! AND- Thank you soooo much for featuring me!!!! I just saw this!! xx Please come linkup too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 13, 2020 at 10:07 am

      HI Lucy! thank you. Of course! I will be by!

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    Elizabeth Walker
    November 12, 2020 at 11:05 am

    This outfit is so hot! Burgundy and black is a sexy combination!
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    November 12, 2020 at 3:26 am

    You look fantastic in this sweater dress! Those burgundy snakeskin booties looks amazing!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 12, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Thank you Lovely! I love rich looking outfits and black and burgundy is a gav combo xx

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    Cheryl Shops
    November 11, 2020 at 2:13 pm

    I agree, a LBD is a wardrobe must! Sorry your recovery is slow-going, but TBH, you’re not missing much out in the world with lockdown!
    Cheryl Shops

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    November 11, 2020 at 12:37 pm

    This outfit is gorgeous on you!! I absolutely love the burgundy on you and those lace tights are such a nice touch! I think I actually have some! I’ll have to pull them out soon 🙂


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    Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    November 11, 2020 at 7:16 am

    Prayers to you sweet Jess. I’m sure this is not easy but you are definitely one of the strongest ladies I know! Love the sweater dress.

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    November 11, 2020 at 2:24 am

    I’ve spent a while drooling over all the different elements of your outfit! Sublime, love the mix of textures!

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    November 10, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    I just ADORE sweater dresses because you can layer over the top/bottom and sometimes even under them. What beautiful boots Jess!!

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    November 10, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Wow, Jess. The LBD is beautiful by itself, and with the velvet jacket and those booties, it is absolutely gorgeous!! Those booties are to die for, my friend! You’ve styled it perfectly with the bag and stockings. Good luck on titrating your pain meds. A worthy endeavor, but I know it’s not easy.

    xx Darlene

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    November 10, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    That velvet blazer really ups the elegance of this beautiful outfit! You look ready for the holidays.

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    November 10, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    That’s a very chic dress! It looks fab with the patterned tights and velvet jacket. Your jewellery is the perfect finishing touch. I hope the reduction in meds isn’t too painful and that you feel better soon.

    Emma xxx

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    November 10, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Beautiful outfit! So classy and chic!

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    November 10, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    The black sweater dress looks so cozy and I love it with the dark burgundy jacket! It is giving me the holiday vibes! I’m glad you’re on the mend, I’m sure you did catch up on all things blog, movies, etc. while bedridden!


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    November 10, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    It’s good to hear that your recovery is progressing even if slowly. The color combo of black and burgundy is marvelously rich with a subtlety festive edge. LBDs haven’t been in the spotlight lately but they are always a great choice in putting together a fabulous look.


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    November 10, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    An LBD is indispensable, and a cozy knit one seems like a great layering piece for the cooler months. Your booties are such beautiful rich tones and I love how you tied the colors in with your jacket. I hope you feel better soon!

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    Lisa Richardson
    November 10, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    Those are a gorgeous snakeskin. I love the heel height and pointy toe. Beautiful outfit, Jess!

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    Jacket Society
    November 10, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Love this velvet blazer, such a rich color, and those python booties are look perfect with the jacket, I am glad you are feeling better Jess.

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    November 10, 2020 at 11:35 am

    Some lovely pattern + texture mixing here, Jess! So pretty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    Rebecca @ Every Piece Fits
    November 10, 2020 at 11:13 am

    I love this velvet blazer! Its so rich in color and I like how you tied it in with your shoes and accessories too. So pretty!

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    November 10, 2020 at 10:51 am

    I LOVE your black outfit with those lace tights!
    Very sexy Jess!
    I love how the boots go so well with the velvet blazer!

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    Laura Bambrick
    November 10, 2020 at 10:05 am

    I feel like those booties were made with you in mind! I love this outfit so much! Those tights are fabulous and so is your amazing blazer!

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    November 10, 2020 at 8:47 am

    I love all the textures in your outfits: you are really good at that! So pretty!

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    November 10, 2020 at 7:10 am

    This is such a beautiful fall look! Your boots are gorgeous! Hope you feel better soon!

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    November 10, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Love the new boots, the burgundy color is so different from what I’m used to seeing and I love how unique it is. I watched Rebecca and Queen’s Gambit – loved them both~

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    November 10, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Amazing outfit, Jess! I love every bit of of it. Those boots are just magnificent! I hope you are getting to the end of the titration period. I have been thinking abut you and sending lots of healing energy your way.


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    Mica - Away From Blue
    November 10, 2020 at 6:28 am

    What a lovely outfit! I like the textures with the velvet blazer and the knit dress, and that necklace is just so perfect! 🙂

    Hope you are able to handle all the changes with the recovery and the medicine change – good luck! 🙂

    Thanks for the link up 🙂

    Hope that you are having a wonderful week 🙂

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    November 10, 2020 at 5:41 am

    A lovely outfit Jess , the velvet blazer and the snakeskin boots are lovely with the black dress. I do hope you are feeling better soon, take care and rest. Many thanks for hosting.

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    Vanity And Me Style
    November 10, 2020 at 4:03 am

    I never think to look on the Mango outlet! The dress looks lovely on Jess. I like how you have paired the intricate lace tights too xx

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    Michelle Churchman
    November 10, 2020 at 3:20 am

    I am glad you’re feeling well enough to take some outfit pics! And this one is a beauty, Jess. Well done!


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    November 10, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Love this fabulous velvet blazer! This is a lovely outfit for fall!


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    November 10, 2020 at 2:10 am

    This lace tights are fabulous. I used to wear them a lot, but haven’t for a while now. I might have a pair in my draw. I hope you feel well soon. And good luck with the floors!

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