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Turning Heads Linkup- Charlotte Seen- A Media Event to Charlotte Fashion Week at The VUE


Good Morning friends!

I recently went to a fun, fashion and media event in Charlotte, hosted by Charlotte Seen. This event was a precursor to Charlotte’s Fashion Week in the Fall. As a media event, I went to enjoy a summer fashion show, write about it, as well as meet some of the ladies from the “Faces of Silver”campaign, and book by  world known photographer Ben Winkler. 

Here I am ready for a fun day out at The Vue. The inside scoop was to “wear white”. 

Before I talk about the day, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY MOM!  74 today, love you very much! My my is the Rock in our family and has always appreciated and loved how close our family is and how much we stick together. I miss my Dad, and I look at how strong my mom is and look up to her.

Yes, you KNOW me for COLOR. but hey, it’s hot here in the South and I am going to wear a couple of my white dresses. This one was a Poshmark steal a few years ago.

Despite LOVING white dresses, I have very few. I have off white, another shirt dress in white  and I have a white strappy tank style lace number i plan on wearing from Zara on the blog. I bought it last year, it is a small, yet too big on me, so my alterations lady will need to come to the rescue! Its too pretty of a dress not to wear. So, there has been a fair amount of white or neutral outfits lately on the blog, so next week I’ll be changing it up. Stay tuned…

Charlotte VUE and Faces of Silver

Hubby and I went dressed in white, as was mentioned by the coordinator of the event at The Vue in Charlotte. The Vue, a highrise which houses one of our favorite wine bars, Corkscrew, would be the venue for the event.  We made our way up to the rooftop, where hip hop and pop music played and models got ready for their “pool” runway show.

I spoke with Carol, a lovely lady I had met through the Fierce 50 Group, a group of very supportive and amazing ladies over 50 on Facebook. She also lived in Charlotte and was at The Vue promoting Ben Winkler, world renowned photographer’s Face of Silver. Faces of Silver is a project by the photographer, featuring midlife ladies with silver/white/grey hair dispelling any perceptions of grey haired women. I know growing up to have grey hair, the image or perception of women were “old ladies or grandmas’. With exposure and projects like “The Faces of Silver”, women are shown as vibrant, beautiful ladies – sensual and all that women are. Hair color shouldn’t change that.

I did stick out like a sore thumb a bit with my ginger red hair, but admired these women for being true to themselves. I am, at this point in time, happy with my red, covering the white, silver strands that seem to flourish throughout the top and sides of my head. I may, at a time, go this route myself, just not yet.

Ben Winkler and I follow each other on Instagram, and I am fond of his work. I love the mood portrayed in the women’s photos.I just love the cityscape or view from “The Vue’

Carol in the middle, April Grant ( left) and Sabrina Landy  are part of the Faces of Silver- with Ben Winkler.


A fun time was had by all.  I wouldn’t have mind hanging out and jumping in that roof top pool! Charlotte Fall Fashion Week is September 25-28. I hope to go unless we are out of town. 😉


most clicked- Lena from Sew Historically blog.

Pinterest pic- Linda of A Labour of Life

  • reseller hosting in bangladesh
    Posted at 05:06h, 12 September Reply

    That looks like such a special event and the silver ladies look beautiful. Love that white lace dress.

  • Emily
    Posted at 11:21h, 02 August Reply

    I really great to meet fashion bloggers and the event. I really want to join the party.

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 19:39h, 01 August Reply

    Looks like a fun and interesting day! You wear neutrals very well.

    While I appreciate the beauty of women that go grey or silver I find that those of us that choose not to, or simply cannot, are sidelined a bit in social media and promotions because of that. Do you find the same?


  • Robin LaMonte
    Posted at 17:12h, 01 August Reply


    How fun to see a fashion event and meet some silver haired models!
    I absolutely love the lace dress with the pearl studded sandals! Very elegant!
    I would have love to have seen your husband also dressed in white!
    I wish Atlanta had a fashion week!


  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 16:04h, 01 August Reply

    This looks like such a fun event and you are right about the heat and humidity! The air is just thick! You look lovely as always!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:30h, 01 August Reply

      Thank you Suzanne, it was such a fun time and I enjoyed meeting the ladies from the Faces of Silver. xx

  • Ellese
    Posted at 15:02h, 01 August Reply

    Charlotte seen looked like a fun and wonderful event! I love those pearl block heeled shoes you wore. Thanks for sharing. XO, Ellese


  • Maureen
    Posted at 13:40h, 01 August Reply

    Happy 74th birthday to your mom! I hope she had a fantastic day. Sounds like a fun event! Love the details of your white dress and those embellished sandals are beautiful. A statement piece all on its own!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • Ada
    Posted at 22:01h, 31 July Reply

    I actually own so many white dresses but haven’t reached much for them this Summer… yet. I will change that in August. Love your off-white lace number and those earrings and sandals are to die for. What a great venue too and girl I have had gray hair since I was 18. My roots (only the roots lol) are always covered in gray but I dye them. Anyway, grey or silver hair doesn’t define a woman, her age or her beauty!

    Welcome join my Tuesdays monthly linkup. It is the last Tuesday of every month, also join my Thursday Moda every week and share your beautiful style, Thanks!! =)) Ada.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:02h, 01 August Reply

      So true Ada! I have lots more than the roots 😉 i would love to add a few more white dresses next year. Id love to see you in some in august. xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:35h, 31 July Reply

    This looks like an amazing event! You look stunning in that lace dress!

  • carmen
    Posted at 18:08h, 31 July Reply

    A lovely white lace dress for a fashionable event! Happy birthday greetings to your mom! Blessings of health and happiness! ❤️


  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 14:48h, 31 July Reply

    Looks like a fantastic event, and I love your elegant dress. I’m a fan of Ben’s work too. Happy birthday to your mom!

    Emma xxx

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 14:37h, 31 July Reply

    Looks like such a fun event, I would have wanted a dip in that pool, too! You look lovely in white. Gotta stay cool in Charlotte!! 🙂


  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 13:24h, 31 July Reply

    Looks like a fun event, and your all-white look was so chic!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:44h, 31 July Reply

    Sounds like a great event! You look beautiful in that lace dress and so do the women from faces of silver. Happy birthday to your mom!

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:18h, 31 July Reply

    Your white lace dress and pearl embellished shoes are a beautiful combination! Sounds like a wonderful event and I am now intrigued about The Faces of Silver. I will definitely be checking it out!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:57h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Jennie! Oh you should! I appreciate what they do and Ben Winkler’s photography is great. xx

  • Lisa Richardsonl
    Posted at 10:03h, 31 July Reply

    Happy Birthday to your sweet mama! Hope she has a wonderful day being celebrated. What a fun event. I’d be so intimidated to attend something like that. You looked lovely, but that’s no surprise. Hope you’re having a great week! XO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:58h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you for mom’s bday wishes, she is celebrating with my bro and sis in law at Martha’s Vineyard! Not shabby. Thank you, it was a fun event. xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:21h, 31 July Reply

    Love the pearl details on those heels! You always find the most unique pieces!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:45h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Shauna! they are one of my favorite pairs. 🙂

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 09:04h, 31 July Reply

    What a fun event! I love Ben’s photography!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:46h, 31 July Reply

      Thanks Debbie, it was a good time. I love his photography as well, the mood captured in the photos. xx

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 08:56h, 31 July Reply

    You are the epitome of class and style. What a great dress! Very cool event too!

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:56h, 31 July Reply

    Looks like such a fun time. You look gorgeous in that dress. Beautiful style. Happy Birthday to your mom!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:47h, 31 July Reply

      Thanks so much Amy! This is one of my favorite white dresses, and a steal on poshmark. xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:44h, 31 July Reply

    Wow, Jess, w at an amazing event! You are gorgeous in this stunning lace dress, too! Thanks so much for sharing with us. And a happy birthday to your mom! My mom would have been 70 yesterday…I dedicated a blog post to her…linking it up here!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Shelbee, it was great to meet some of the ladies of the Faces of Silver, as well. I enjoyed the event and the rooftop bar, so fun! Thanks for the bday wishes to Mom. Thats great you wrote a post about yours. xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:21h, 31 July Reply

    What a great event to be able to attend, Jess! I haven’t been dying my hair for the last 4 years, but I’m not quite silver yet. I think I’ll be fine with it especially if I can look as great as those ladies!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 31 July Reply

      Yes, I know Jodie. I am not quite ready, but I say, go for it, if you are! it is a different time from our moms. The event was so fun and I enjoyed meeting the ladies. xx

  • Driving School
    Posted at 08:03h, 31 July Reply

    These are lovely photos.

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 05:14h, 31 July Reply

    I have a dress near identical! Looking fabulous Jess for what sounds like a super event. I love days like this too xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:02h, 31 July Reply

      How funnY! This is Mango- one of my favs. It was a great day. xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:40h, 31 July Reply

    What a fun event and you looked fabulous in your dress! I love the pearl detail on your heels! I am glad to see so many women sporting their silver and grey hair, it looks so pretty! I’m not sure when or of that will ever be me. Happy Birthday to your mom today! Moms sure are special and I’m sure you’re spoiling her with lots of love even if your miles away.
    Happy Tuesday sweet friend!

  • sano8
    Posted at 04:37h, 31 July Reply

    Sounds like a lovely event. Great outfit! I’m not sure if I love the dress or shoes more!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:03h, 31 July Reply

      Thanks so much! It was a wonderful event. Boy, I could have used that rooftop pool! xx

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 04:17h, 31 July Reply

    What a great event! I love the location and your are beautiful in that dress – perfect for a summer party! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂 Mine was busy but good!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 03:29h, 31 July Reply

    Love the soft elegance of your choice, and the length of the dress is just perfect. How fabulous to have grand event celebrating mature hair colour, though I’m not sure how my skunk look would have been received!
    I hope to get to Charlotte in the next year or so (got rellies there) and it seems a beautiful area, made even beautiful-er (my word!) by you presence! Hugs, x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:04h, 31 July Reply

      Thank you Mary! Oh, that is great. We have lived in Charlotte now for 17 years, hard to beleive. We do love the area and how close it is to the mountains and beach. xx

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 03:13h, 31 July Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time! You looked fantastic! Love that white lace dress.


  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:07h, 31 July Reply

    That looks like such a special event and the silver ladies look beautiful. You look gorgeous in your pretty white dress Jess, perfect for the stylish occasion! xx Maria

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:07h, 31 July Reply

    What a great event! And what a beautiful ladies! Including you of course in your very beautiful dress. Happy birthday to your mom!

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