Turning Heads Linkup Chicos Leopard Wrap and Red Velvet Booties - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup Chicos Leopard Wrap and Red Velvet Booties

Happy Tuesday friends!

It is finally getting a bit warmer here in NC. with balmy temperatures in the 50s! I am basically a cold weather “wimp’, even though I grew up in Pittsburgh. I also used to teach “LifeSports” at a private school here, and just dreaded the winter, as the school didn’t have a gym… the outdoors were the gym, and I would dread having to teach flag football to 40 kids in the cold. If you are starting to get in that “Spring frame of mind” check out yesterday’s post, as I styled a tunic/lace dress from Joseph Ribkoff.  Today, howecer, I  am bundled up  with my Chicos finge leopard wrap, a surprise gift they sent to me before Christmas.

I love wearing neutrals from time to time, even though color is my favorite to style, a neutral look can be very chic and stylish as well. Leopard is on trend, but so very timeless! Chicos sent me this weighty fringed wrap and a gold bag initialed with a “J”, very thoughtful! I am using it for a makeup bag. This ruana is thick and warm, and the fringe gives it extra style.

For this layered look, I paired my camel sweater with soft black jeans from Fabrizio Gianni. I have been looking forward to wearing my red velvet Zara booties, that were a steal before Christmas. I paid $30! The pop of red is the bit of color that is always fun to add to your neutral look. I typically love to add color to a neutral look through accessories, shoes or bags.

The “piece de la resistance” is my new Brahmin bag I purchased  using $$ I received at Christmas. You know when you look at a bag, and then you keep going back to look at it? I have a few Brahmin bags and I love their texture and design. The vintage ladylike shape and front buckle really appealed to me. I love the color and have wanted a rich brown bag in addition to my Louis Vuitton. It is medium sized and has a thick strap to alternate carrying. I am liking medium-small bags these days, as with big bags i can never find anything!

The sun is hitting these booties, they are a red velvet.

How do you enjoy wearing neutrals? Tell me about it in the comments, I love to hear from you!

Check out  Chicos for some chic pieces for your wardrobe!

Leopard wrap c/o Chicos. ( surprise gift for Christmas)

Black jeans c/o Fabrizio Gianni ( sim here)

Red velvet booties c/o Zara ( not available, love these

Camel sweater Ann Taylor ( older, like this and cashmere on sale!)

Brahmin Handbag

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  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 00:21h, 15 January Reply

    The pop of color with the booties is genius. Great look. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Christine Besen
    Posted at 08:39h, 12 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess! You know how I feel about the red booties! Absolutely love your outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:53h, 12 January Reply

      Thank you , and to you Christine! Yes, the red booties have been so fun to wear. xx

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 23:21h, 11 January Reply

    Hi Jess! Loving your leopard print with red booties. This effortless look is so stylish. Thank you for sponsoring the link up. I am finally back to blogging & enjoyed seeing other women my age looking so fashionable. I guess I have been out of the loop far too long. But I am back & ready to take my style journey with all of you. Hugs,

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:54h, 12 January Reply

      Glad to hear from you Deb and that you will be ready to get back into it! i look forward to reading your posts, my friend. xx

  • luxusambassador
    Posted at 21:20h, 11 January Reply

    Those booties are amazing! Love this color.


  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 15:28h, 11 January Reply

    Chico’s sent me the same poncho wrap, isn’t it great? You look stunning in it!! And, that bag and those booties to die for. Wishing you all the best in the New Year.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:39h, 11 January Reply

      Oh so up your alley Cherie! i love leopard too and thought this was great, as it is a heavier material, quite substantial. So glad you like the look, you tempt me with the booties! best to you as well! Thank you! xx

  • Debbie Huckeba
    Posted at 14:51h, 11 January Reply

    Love the leopard wrap & the bag!

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 10:58h, 11 January Reply

    I just got a pair of similar booties in blue velvet and I’ve been struggling with how to style them. I love this neutral wrap in leopard with them and I think I am going to try something similar. Thanks for inspiring me!!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:13h, 11 January Reply

      Thank you Carrie! Ooo, I bet the blue is pretty. Sounds good! I would also try grey.. I love blue and grey tones. Glad I could help! xx

  • Coco
    Posted at 03:27h, 11 January Reply

    Thank you for hosting dear! I’m linking back to you HERE Hope you’ll check out my latest Fashion post

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 20:18h, 10 January Reply

    Love this whole outfit but especially the booties and the bag!

    I’ve never heard of that brand of handbag before, they have some gorgeous ones.

    I tried on those same booties but gave them a pass as they weren’t on sale. You got lucky! I love them on you and I found the heel height and block heel very comfy, plus they just POP. Great buy!

    It has warmed up to above zero here and a nice break from the horrible cold we’ve been having. I don’t expect it will last long though.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:30h, 11 January Reply

      Thank you Suzanne! Brahmin has wonderful textured bags and this ladylike shape really caught my eye. So true, i wasnt going to buy the booties full price, but jumped on them when they went on sale. Boy, that is cold!! xx

  • GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    Posted at 20:16h, 10 January Reply

    love the shoes and the handbag!!!

  • Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style
    Posted at 15:55h, 10 January Reply

    Fantastic pop of color — and texture! — with those booties! 😀

  • Rosie Holtzman
    Posted at 14:02h, 10 January Reply

    I love those booties!!! I would have bought them, too. And your leopard wrap looks great with them (and on you).

  • Laura
    Posted at 23:26h, 09 January Reply

    Those velvet booties are just beautiful! I am loving them as a statement shoe!

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 22:29h, 09 January Reply

    I love your outfit, especially that poncho. But those booties are really calling my name, love the color!

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 17:51h, 09 January Reply

    Jess, the colour of those booties is to die for!! LOVE love love them. And I also absolutely love your animal print poncho too – it’s gorgeous. I’m glad to hear it’s finally warming up. I’ve been freezing my butt off here in New England these past few weeks but thankful today was warmer… at last! I just hope it stays like this for the next week, until we go home lol!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:27h, 11 January Reply

      Thank you Suzy! They are a bright red and so comfortable and fun to wear. This leopard poncho is the perfect weight for adding some warmth to an outfit. i am with you.. .bring on warmer weather! xx

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:59h, 09 January Reply

    I love your leopard wrap with the red booties (which also look fabulous as magenta)! So chic!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • jacqui
    Posted at 13:17h, 09 January Reply

    I love this bag, it’s going to work well with so many looks. Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 12:52h, 09 January Reply

    Girl, you got your bag–looks like Santa was good to you! Love this style so much and it’s the perfect color, right?


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:28h, 11 January Reply

      Thanks Meagan! Santa did come through with $ to spend on this bag, i love it! i have been a fan of Brahmin for awhile xx

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 12:24h, 09 January Reply

    Your outfit today is classic and wonderful. I have a Brahmin small cross body bag from several years ago that needs to be worn more often.

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:22h, 09 January Reply

    Happy New Yeat Jess! That’s a great wrap and you look fab in leopard 🙂

  • valerie
    Posted at 11:15h, 09 January Reply

    Happy new year, Jess..you look amazing in the wrap..we were on the same page..I styled mine with red also!! Such a fabulous piece and you look gorgeous!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:33h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Val! I know it is kind of an expected combination, but i love it! red and leopard are some of my favs. Thank you for the lovely comment, Best to you in the New Year! xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 10:44h, 09 January Reply

    I love the leopard print wrap and velvet boots Jess! Beautiful bag too!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:32h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Emma! The boots were a steal and fun to wear. Glad you like the look! xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:15h, 09 January Reply

    Such a lovely look! I love your wrap and booties!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Amy! The wrap is quite warm 🙂 xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:13h, 09 January Reply

    The pop of pink with those booties were the perfect finishing touch to brighten up these cold winter days! Glad it’s warming up for you guys too out there! Love the look, Jess!



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Shauna! I know they look pink on my computer.. they are a red.. but either way the idea was some color 🙂 Glad you liked the look and i am ready for warmer weather, I am not a cold weather girl! xx

  • smithsuzanne2014
    Posted at 08:54h, 09 January Reply

    You always put the best outfits together and look fabulous in them! The red booties are just perfect and I love the bag!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:13h, 09 January Reply

      Aw, thank you Suzanne! I could say the same to you!! I couldnt pass up the velvet booties they are fun to wear! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:43h, 09 January Reply

    It’s the perfect combination of neutrals and colors Jess!!! Your new purse is so stunning!!

  • Northwest Mountain Living and Living
    Posted at 08:30h, 09 January Reply

    Love how you styled this outfit! I love the red booties with the leopard and your bag is fantastic! All the details go together perfectly!

  • mysoutherncuisineMimi
    Posted at 07:41h, 09 January Reply

    Happy new year! I am with you – I love Brahmin bags – they are gorgeous and timeless. Yours is so lovely.
    Thank you for hosting each week – it is always a joy!
    Best wishes, Mimi

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 09 January Reply

      Thank you Mimi! I have a few Brahmin bags and this style caught my eye. So glad you enjoy the linkup! i enjoy hosting. xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:34h, 09 January Reply

    I love it all, Jess! Head to toe! I love Chico’s and that wrap is just gorgeous. Your boots are fabulous. And that bag is absolute perfection! I hope you are staying warm and surviving the cold…but I am glad it is warming up it a bit for everyone!


  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:31h, 09 January Reply

    I love neutrals too, Jess! Black and camel is one of my favorite combos with leopard print is perfect. The pop of color takes the look to best place. I’m going to have to remember my pop of color next time.

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:25h, 09 January Reply

    Leopard LOVELY!!! you know I love a good poncho and this one is incredible especially with a colored boot! Looking sharp!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:24h, 09 January Reply

    Your animal print ruana is gorgeous and pairs perfectly well with your booties! Those booties are a steal and the pop of color is always nice on any outfit. Hope you are having a great day so far beautiful. 😀

  • Leslie
    Posted at 06:12h, 09 January Reply

    Love your look today! I would need the wrap in a cool tone like grey and black tho. I have 3 Brahmin hand bags and adore them…they can get a bit heavy once filled and my shoulders hurt some days 😞. I must check out this style…never seen it! Love your shoes!!!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:40h, 09 January Reply

    Jess, I love those booties, what a steal!!!! That wrap is gorgeous and I agree styling neutrals looks chic. But I am thrilled with the color in the boots – so pretty and fun! Your new Brahmin bag is so pretty too. I just bought a Kate Spade bag but it’s a little smaller than what I’m used to so I’m not sure how long I’ll use it. I’m trying to carry less but sometimes it’s nice not to worry about space!
    Happy Tuesday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:37h, 09 January Reply

      Hi Kellyann! Thank you, yes I wanted the booties when they were full price, then waited 🙂 Love Kate Spade bags too, I have one that is my favorite. xx

  • Is This Mutton?
    Posted at 03:59h, 09 January Reply

    You look fantastic in neutrals. The red bootees and leopard print add drama. I veer from wanting to wear mostly grey and black in the winter to trying to make an effort with bright colors. The cold weather is unrelenting (here at least) and it’s nice to hear you are already talking about spring.

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:41h, 09 January Reply

    ps I’m so thrilled at being mentioned – you’ve made my day! xx

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 03:38h, 09 January Reply

    Oh what a lovely gift, that’s a great wrap! Looks so good on you, and I love your red statement velvet ankle boots 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that the first week of 2018 went well for you and that this week is off to a good start too!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:47h, 09 January Reply

    Neutrals are by far my favourite colour palette. The bag is gorgeous Jess What a great find xx.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:28h, 09 January Reply

    Although the poncho is fabulous and the boots amazing(you never fail me with your outfits!), the bag is stunning! It s been a long time sinds I ve seen such a fabulous bag! What a fantastic buy!

  • Jill James
    Posted at 01:30h, 09 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess. I am a big fan of animal print of any kind and find as you say it is timeless , I think of it as a neutral and as you show so beautifully here perfect for the Winter. Those red boots and bag are the best finishing touches.

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