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Turning Heads Linkup – Easter Dress, Traditions and Funny Bday Story`


Some of you may know that I am part Irish. You may not know, or if you have been reading the blog for a while, you know I am also part Ukrainian.  The Ukrainian traditions are ones we loved to uphold as my siblings and I grew up, as my Grandma ( I called her “Gummy” couldn’t say Grandma, and “Pap” my Grandpa,) celebrated. I wanted to wear my Easter best today and styled this bold floral print dress.

The Ukrainian Easter

The Ukrainian Easter was a special Holiday, and I am saddened a bit, knowing that my grandparents and our family has not continued with some of these traditions. When I was a little girl, we would go to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, on the Sahside ( see how to Talk like a Pittsburgher post).  We would go to Mass at the church, as the Monsignor recited the Mass in Ukrainian and English. We were all dressed in our Easter Best!

We would take our Easter Baskets, which as tradition, contained certain foods- such as meat, butter, bread,  salt/horseradish. (Now, these were separate from the candy and chocolate -ridden filled baskets we had to hunt for in the house)

The Priest would answer the door to the hall after the Mass, and we would say, “Khrystos Voskres” (“Christ is risen!)

These traditions have stuck with me in my memory, making an impact on me as a child. We would have a special Easter dinner and loved the Paska or yellow bread with butter. It is round shaped, often with a symbol of the Cross, and is an important part of the meal.

The word ‘paska’ has a Jewish origin. It came from the Jewish Passover feast known as ‘pesach’ and symbolizes Christ’s passing over from death to life.

Mom collected ornate and decorated Ukrainian Easter Eggs, called Pysanky. We tried to decorate them as a kid, and it was difficult, as you hollowed out the egg, and learn to decorate on a fragile shell.

Hubby’s Bday Funny Story

My hubby loved his “50” items for his 50th Bday, and the cake was enough to leave you in a chocolate coma! Very rich. The funny part was that my mom and his mom sent him a Birthday card, as did I. We all gave him the card without any planning and this is what each of us chose…

We really laughed after opening the second card and seeing the same picture.. but my husband shrieked from the couch, “Oh My God”, when he opened, his mother’s, the  3rd card!  I think I laughed until I cried!

We did have an amazing dinner at this restaurant in Uptown, called Eddie V’s Seafood, where they gave us champagne when we sat down to begin the celebration,  ended with some flaming bananas foster with some amazing mouth-watering seafood in between.

My Outfit

I am wearing a floral off the shoulder vintage inspired dress with a flouncy hem, and bought this a from ASOS a few years ago. Since then, I have added more casual dresses to my closet but loved this for special days like going on a diner date with hubby, Easter, Mother’s Day, any day I wanted to feel dressed up and special.

I paired it with a navy crinkled envelope bag from Treesje, and my Betsey Johnson pearl heeled pink sandals. I love a good floral dress for Easter and this has a bit of stretch ( not much) in it as well.

I loved the photorealism in the print of the dress, as the florals look as they can be picked straight from the garment!

Do you dress in your Easter Best on the day? Do you have any family traditions you follow on Easter?


Floral dress from ASOS ( a fw yrs old. I’ve found similar dresses below. ) Affiliate links below.

Treesje designer clutch

Betsey Joshnson pearl pink sandals ( DSW- lst yr)

flower earrings– Bauablebar ( sim)


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  • Reply
    Amy Christensen
    April 21, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Jess, you look absolutely stunning in that dress! What a gorgeous print. I love the traditions of Easter and the meaning behind it all. How funny that your hubby got the same card from all three of the women in his life. What a hoot! – Amy

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    April 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I do remember that you have a Ukrainian background as well as Irish. Easter is very special as we celebrate the love of God! The photorealism floral dress is perfect for Easter celebration! What I wear and our Easter tradition is on my new post. What a coincidence that you all bought the same birthday card!



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      Jess Jannenga
      April 22, 2019 at 9:18 am

      Hi Carmen! You have a great memory 🙂 I do enjoy Easter and remembering the traditions. Glad you liked the outfit! Yes, it was so funny about the cards, what are the chances! xx

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    April 18, 2019 at 8:59 am

    This Easter dress is beautiful and looks fantastic on you. How gorgeous are those eggs?

    xx, Elise

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Elise! I need to add some more of these eggs to my mantel, and display them. Happy Easter! xx

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    April 18, 2019 at 8:52 am

    LOL! That’s hilarious you all ended up getting him the same card, ha ha! That made me laugh. My partner did that with his sisters for their dad once! Good minds think alike!

    Love your outfit too, happy Easter!
    Raindrops of Sapphire

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Lorna! Yes, we were all laughing! Glad you like the look. Happy Easter! xx

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    Anna Shirley
    April 18, 2019 at 8:42 am

    These eggs are beautiful. We have similar customs with eggs on Eastern. Lovely dress, Jess.


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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Thank you Anna, yes I love the Pasanky eggs, want to put some displayed on my mantel. xx

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    April 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Interesting to read about the Ukrainian Easter. There are so many fun traditions all about – I love hearing about them. Easter at my house is a celebration with the family. Grandma’s jello Easter eggs, chicken themed food, catching up with family, and a big Easter egg hunt for the kids.

    Funny about the cards! Usually that happens with number specific cards, but that’s funny!


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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Hi Alexandra,
      That is wonderful! I love hearing about traditions too. xx

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    April 17, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Oh Jess!
    What a fun post to read. I was very interested to read of your family traditions. It sounds like a wonderful holiday with all of those fun activities. The Easter dress is beautiful and is the perfect transitional dress to summer, as well.
    That is so hysterical about the birthday card. What are the chances of that!
    Happy happy birthday my friend!


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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Glad you enjoyed the post my friend. Yes, when we were younger we had all of the traditions that we kept up with and made an impression on me. Glad yo like th dress! Yes, my hubby’s cards made us all laugh, so funny! xx

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    April 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I love the print and the shape of it. How funny to get three cards the same!

    Emma xxx

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    April 17, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    Hello ! First time linkup lady here!
    Beautiful dress ,I love the detail and a great post which had me laughing. We don’t have many Easter traditions now … except eating lots of chocolate. Mum and I used to love indulging in a bible film or two
    I’ll make sure I come back next week
    Tracey xx

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      Hi Tracey, thanks for joining in. The linkup is alot of fun. You can linkup 2-3 posts if you like. What you chose. The Bday card was too much! I think my mom hid my Easter basket until I turned 20! 🙂 Yes, I host this every week, good to have you.

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 18, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Hi Tracey
      Thank you! Oh, yes we were all laughing about the cards! I love chocolate, so you can’t go wrong there! I think my mom hid my Easter basket until I was almost 20! Or it felt that way:-) Yes, love to have you here!xx

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    April 17, 2019 at 10:56 am

    I’ll be sharing our Easter/Pascha basket on the 26th since Orthodox Easter this year is a week after western Pascha. I do need to pull out my pysanki eggs and I have a pretty cloth that goes over it too!

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm

      Oh, how nice! I would love to see your egg collection. My mom has a cloth as well, they are beautiful! xx

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    Meagan Brandon
    April 17, 2019 at 7:23 am

    That is hysterical about the cards! Great minds, haha! I love the neckline of your dress.


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      Jess Jannenga
      April 17, 2019 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you Meagan, I know we laughed! That is what caught my eye from the start. xx

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    Gail Is This Mutton?
    April 17, 2019 at 3:07 am

    A truly gorgeous print Jess, beautiful dress! Loved reading about the Ukrainian Easter traditions. Enjoy Easter!

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    April 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Love that dress for sure – but those shoes! That pearled heel! I’m in love!
    Gorgeous as always Jess!
    xo Tea

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      Jess Jannenga
      April 16, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you. These are one of my favorite pairs of shoes 🙂 xx

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    Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    April 16, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Baha! That is SO funny about the same cards!!! So interesting about the Ukrainian Easter traditions. It seems we are all so busy these days that even keeping 1 or 2 of them is still really good! I love that dress and those pearls on the heels are so pretty!


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    April 16, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    The flowers DO look as if they can be picked straight from your dress! Just lovely!
    xo, Lisa

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    April 16, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Jess, I love reading about your Ukrainian traditions! It’s those childhood memories that sustain us. Thanks for sharing. The story about the cards is just too funny! It’s happened to us as well. Lol! And your floral dress is perfect for Easter and all things Spring!

    Have a wonderful week~
    xx Darlene

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    Lisa D.
    April 16, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    The birthday story was hilarious!
    Love the floral dress and those earrings go perfect!

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    Cheryl Shops
    April 16, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    How hilarious that your husband got the same birthday card three times—you obviously all know him very well! 😉 I love the pearl detail on the heel of your sandals—that’s so unique!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    Laura Bambrick
    April 16, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    That is just too funny you all got him the same card! What are the odds?! I love your beautiful Easter dress and the bold floral print!

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    Jacket Society
    April 16, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    What a pretty dress and you look beautiful wearing it Jess. I am also showing a floral dress for Easter on my blog! Happy Easter, hope you have a lovely time.

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    April 16, 2019 at 11:54 am

    Your dress is sooo pretty! And I cannot believe you all got him the same card! Wha are the chances?? At. least it’s a cute one hahah!


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    Lisa Richardson
    April 16, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Jess, that dress is beautiful and so figure flattering. We actually have some Ukranian eggs very similar to those that friends have brought back from mission trips to us. The birthday cards…HILARIOUS!!! AND so excited I got “Pinned”. Thanks sweet friend!! XOXO

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    April 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Look at your lovely floral dress! Perfect for Easter!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    Nicole Mölders
    April 16, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for featuring me. I feel honored.You look stunning in this dress. It’s perfect for both a brunch or a family reunion. A real classic, romantic beauty. Great find.

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    Amy Johnson
    April 16, 2019 at 9:14 am

    That dress is gorgeous! I love the neckline. And the Birthday card story is hysterical! What are the odds of that?

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    Tatiana Moskatova
    April 16, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Gosh, Jess! You look stunning! Happy Birthday to your hubby!


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    April 16, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Talk about all being on the same page…..that’s hilarious Jess!!
    And your dress is absolutely gorgeous. It matches those eggs so perfectly.

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    April 16, 2019 at 8:20 am

    What a beautiful floral dress – so pretty for Easter! It’s nice you had those traditions growing up for Easter! 🙂

    Such a funny story with your hubby too – hilarious that he got the same card three times!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week has started well 🙂 It’s another busy one here!

    Away From The Blue

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    April 16, 2019 at 7:03 am

    This dress is stunning! I adore the earrings and shoes too. These Easter eggs are lovely and how funny that you all gave your hubby the same card. Great minds think alike!


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    April 16, 2019 at 6:59 am

    That is such a funny story about the birthday cards! I hope your hubby had a wonderful birthday! Your dress is gorgeous! Love the floral print!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

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    April 16, 2019 at 5:55 am

    I absolutely love this dress! And that is such a funny story about the birthday cards…two would’ve been funny, but three..lol!

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    April 16, 2019 at 5:32 am

    Jess, I am loving this bold floral dress on you! It is so pretty. And I just laughed out loud about your hubby’s birthday cards! Isn’t that funny how that happens? And I was totally fascinated by your Easter traditions. Thank you so much for sharing them!


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    April 16, 2019 at 4:47 am

    Oh my goodness, what a funny story about the cards – ha!!! Great minds! Those eggs are gorgeous, how nice to read about the Ukranian traditions.
    Your dress is stunning I love the details at the sleeves and neckline – stunning! The floral print is so pretty and those earrings are so special! Perfect for Easter!

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    April 16, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Great minds think alike, so funny about the cards. Jess you look stunning in your camellia print dress. The dinner celebrations sound wonderful. I always enjoy hearing others Easter traditions. I must admit we really don’t have any in our family. Enjoy your Easter.

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    April 16, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Happy Birthday to your hubby! How fun that you all had the same card! I love to keep traditions alive.

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    Vanity And Me Style
    April 16, 2019 at 2:08 am

    Happy birthday Jess! That’s funny about the cards. Beautiful as always in the floral dress & I love the sandals xx

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    Fashion on a shoestring
    April 16, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Beautiful dress Jess. Love it 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

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