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Turning Heads Linkup-Happy New Year- Goals for 2017+Shopping My Closet

Hello friends!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Years Holiday. I went to my mom’s house in Pittsburgh and we took the pups all ready in their Santa Suits.  We had an amazing time, and it was truly a Doggy- Filled Christmas, as we had Pedro, Jack, Gibson and Truffles. Christmas morning was a bit chaotic, but in a fun way! Pedro, a dark haired lovable rescue dog, loves to tear open presents. Gibson and Truffles like to stick their heads in their stocking as they smell treats, and Jack was wandering around seeing what all the commotion was about, getting into the act. It was so funny as all of the dogs and people had on “ugly sweaters”, yep I found Gibbys and Truffle’s sweaters at Target. I wish I had the pics, but mine read, with a sequined pug and wrapping paper strewn…” Gansta Wrapper”.. my mom got a kick!..

My sis in law, Shannon, and I made these Cranberry Mimosa’s with a green sugar rim, and they were a hit!

After the pups were spoiled with dog cookies, raw hides, many toys, we all sat down and opened gifts. It truly felt like a meaningful Christmas being there with my two brothers, Matt and Tim, along with Shannon my sis in law.  Shannon and I made Cranberry Mimosas with a green sugar rim and they were a hit! Everyone oohed and ahhed at each others gifts and enjoyed each others company this morning.  We skyped my sister Sue and my 6 yr old neice Makaila, as they celebrated and open gifts from Santa, in Charlotte.

Each year I like to think about goals I would like to achieve or things I would like to do in the new year. I don’t like to think of them as New Years Resolutions as I may reflect and change my goals throughout the year. Here are some of my Goals for 2017:

  • I hope to add various series or topics to the blog this year. For example, I enjoy reading about fashion history and thought I might explore different eras or clothing that made an impact. I may use Pinterest as an inspiration for a series called” Pinterest Interest
  • I am hoping to add “Beauty” as a category this year on the blog. I have been considering this for some time as I have done quite a few reviews on skin care and always enjoy reading about make up/beauty products for ladies Over 40.
  • I plan on launching a new look or theme to my blog by my 3rd year Bloggiversary in Feb.
  • I have always been active and enjoy sports, but with EDS, my workouts have been modified. I have finally been given the go-ahead to lift weights with machines in order to increase stability, strength to hopefully aid in preventing more trigger points. I have to “take it slow” and will also continue swimming and walking. I just love the gym in Jan/Feb when everyone and their mother join!
  • My gym offers a class on Guided Mediation, which I think would be helpful in reducing stress. I have some issues with anxiety, so I plan on giving this a try.
  • Time Management. There are many hours spent on the blog. I truly enjoy it, but need to find a way to better manage time with commenting, writing, posting. I get severe muscular knots in my arms and shoulders, so I need to find a way to manage this.
  • Music: I need to pick up my guitar again and play for enjoyment. I used to be more black and white, where if I could not perform, I didn’t play as much. I love playing blues and listening to jazz, so my goal is to sit down each week and play. Hubby got a keyboard for Christmas, so maybe we will play together after awhile!
  • EDS Medication-I have recently been able to get off one of my meds. I am slowly titrating off another. It is going to be difficult as I have been on it for years, but my goal is to be on only the meds I deem necessary for better functioning and qualtiy of life. Wish me luck!
  • Closet: Shop my closet for the remainder of winter. I came from Pittsburgh to Charlotte, so I have more Fall/winter clothes. Take inventory of what I could use for the Spring/Summer month to add to my existing wardrobe.

I am sure I can think of a few more, but it is best not to bombard yourself with too many goals! I want to thank  you all for participating in my Linkup and truly appreciate the support I have received! Your comments mean a lot to me!

I’m in love with this Rebecca Minkoff saddlebag. Love the stitching and style. Santa listened 🙂

Let’s begin 2017 with my first Turning Heads Tuesday Linkup of the year! I can’t wait to see your outfits. I am sharing this outfit which it put together from Shopping my Closet! The new items were Christmas presents: my Rebecca Minkoff Vanity Saddle Bag, which I love! and my Rockport leopard kitten heels! Santa knows my style!

Outfit details: Camel cashmere sweater Banana Republic, leopard shrug: Banana Republic, Lace skirt: Ann Taylor, shoes ( Santa, Rockport) Rebecca Minkoff Vanity Saddlebag ( Santa or Nordstrom 🙂 )

let’s start off the New Year by commenting on at least 2 other blog posts. I love to see new people too, so spread the word. I am choosing 2 looks I love from the linkup and will be pinning both.

Please follow me, your host on Instagram. I would love your support!

  • Ada
    Posted at 15:23h, 07 January Reply

    Love the camel tones and touches of leopard in this outfit. You look fabulous Jess. I hope you had a lovely holiday season with your family!

    I welcome you to stop by my blog too and I’d love for you to linkup your stylish latest looks too. Thanks.

    Happy New Year! Ada. =)


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:40h, 08 January Reply

      Thank you Ada! We did have a great Christmas and it looks like you did as well. Will do! xx

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 19:02h, 04 January Reply

    Thanks for joining the Ageless Style linkup.

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 16:41h, 04 January Reply

    Happy New Year to you dear Jess! Shopping your closet has worked out fine and dandy I’d say. Leopard print and lace would never have occured to me as perfect match, and yet they are on you. I’m so impressed with all of your resolutions for the New Year. I can never keep mine, so have given up completely. However, quite a few of yours do strike a chord with me. Shopping my closet being one – in fact I need to move clothes on before I try to squeeze more into my closet. And better time management on my blogging too, is another I agree with you on. I get really tight shoulders from typing at work and then coming home and doing another 3 hours on the blognet.
    Thanks so much for the link up party. I wish I could hook up every week, but seem to struggle to keep visiting other blogs as well as write up my own. Thanks so much for keeping in touch by Instagram. I really love to have your input, so thanks for that too.
    Wishing you a wonderful 2017!
    Anna x

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 14:50h, 04 January Reply

    Love your outfit, beautiful lady! That shrug is the perfect topper to your camel colored sweater. Thanks for sharing your goals. I don’t call them resolutions either. This year my hubby and I are calling them, desires! Ha, ha. That way it doesn’t seem so overwhelming if we don’t achieve everything we set out to. You have some great goals and I hope you achieve all of them. Can’t wait to see some of your new ideas on the blog! Have a great day and thank you for hosting! – Amy

  • Laura B
    Posted at 13:48h, 04 January Reply

    LOVE the leopard print mixed with lace so much! Happy new year!

  • Tianna
    Posted at 13:42h, 04 January Reply

    lovely outfit! you always look great in leopard print!

  • Kirsten Wick (@TheLIFBIssue)
    Posted at 07:04h, 04 January Reply

    Wishing you all the best for the new year Jess and good luck on your goals, they all sounds great. Love, Kirsten x


  • Meagan
    Posted at 06:23h, 04 January Reply

    It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas and those cranberry mimosas look so good! We made mimosas on Christmas morning, but just the good ole orange juice kind 🙂 Thanks for hosting the link-up!


  • Sheree
    Posted at 03:20h, 04 January Reply

    Great outfit Jess, right in your element with the lace and leopard print. Hope you had a great new year celebration!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Kimberly Miller
    Posted at 17:18h, 03 January Reply

    Looking gorgeous as always!

    I enjoyed reading about your goals for the year. I have an interest in the history of fashion as well. Can’t wait to see what you have to share in the coming year!

  • Sarah Bell
    Posted at 16:43h, 03 January Reply

    Love the lace detail of your skirt! You look fabulous as usual! Happy New Year and thanks for hosting 🙂

    Sarah Bell
    Trendy & Tidy

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 16:00h, 03 January Reply

    Love the leopard print! It never really goes out of style and it’s so classic. Happy New Year! 🙂

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:53h, 03 January Reply

    Sounds like a lovely Christmas, Jess! I really like your mix of leopard, lace and neutrals. I have a similar leopard bolero and this reminds me I haven’t worn it in ages. I enjoyed reading your list of goals and wish you the best of luck with them.

  • LittleItaly2008 (@LittleItaly2008)
    Posted at 10:12h, 03 January Reply

    Sounds like you had a great Christmas, and those are some good goals for 2017!

  • Northwest Mountain Living
    Posted at 09:52h, 03 January Reply

    Great post! I love reading what others plan for the new year, goal wise. I especially love the shopping the closet idea. I try to do that in most of my posts. I would say four out of five are posts of things I’ve had in my closet for a while. Have a great rest of the week! Peace! Cheryl

  • Laura
    Posted at 09:32h, 03 January Reply

    Love, love, love the leopard and lace combination of your outfit! So me!

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 09:16h, 03 January Reply

    Love the leopard and lace combination! You look so chic!

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 09:14h, 03 January Reply

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas, and great plans for this year. Time management is always a challenge, for everyone, I think. So, don’t be too hard on yourself!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:13h, 03 January Reply

    That cranberry drink looks SO good and fantastic for the holidays! I hope you enjoyed your time with family and friends. Wishing you the best in 2017, Jess!



  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 08:35h, 03 January Reply

    It’s so nice to read that you had a fabulous time over Christmas with the family, Jess!!
    I love how festive you all get especially with those drinks!!
    Your outfit is incredible! I love how it’s really very neutral, yet there is so much texture and interest!!
    I haven’t really written down any goals for this year, but I wouldn’t mind curtailing the shopping–at least for myself!

  • Shelly
    Posted at 08:22h, 03 January Reply

    Sounds like a great Christmas! Those mimosas were just perfect. I need to make some goals for my closet this year for sure. Happy New Year!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 08:20h, 03 January Reply

    Love your goals, lady- you’re going to have an awesome 2017!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Carrie
    Posted at 07:42h, 03 January Reply

    Great pieces, Jess, which means a gorgeous look on you. Love the neutrals on you!

  • dawnlucy
    Posted at 06:52h, 03 January Reply

    Omg … I really need to see a photo of your Gansta Wrapper sweater! LOL. A dog filled Xmas is a love filled Xmas! Adore you Rebecca Minkoff bag! How cute would one of her guitar straps be on it?!

    Wishing you all the very very best in 2017!

    Dawn Lucy

  • dianneslucasbellsouth
    Posted at 06:43h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year!! I love all of your new ideas to add to your blog. I enjoy reading it everyday. Please keep up the great work.

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:24h, 03 January Reply

    Love your outfit. I like your resolutions. Mine are also a blend between blogging and life – trying to get a balance.

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:18h, 03 January Reply

    You know I think you rock leopard so well….super cute!! Oh those cranberry mimosas…YUM!!! Sounds like a great Christmas, time with family and terrific goals for the new year! I am wishing you luck, positive vibes and lots of love to accomplish them and feel fantastic in 2017!! Hugs dear friend!

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 05:53h, 03 January Reply

    Santa did good with the gorgeous bag and shoes! I love the leopard print shrug too. After a little sales spree I need to stop buying clothes/shoes/bags for a while now – much easier to type than do! Happy New Year 🙂

    Emma xxx

  • Olga
    Posted at 05:03h, 03 January Reply

    Nice to hear that you had a fun holiday time! I can imagine all those puppies in their sweaters 🙂 Great look today with those leopards adding some spice! Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2017

  • sequinist
    Posted at 05:00h, 03 January Reply

    Your goals for 2017 all sound fab; good luck with ALL of them… the blog ones and the health related ones. Your outfit is adorable; I particularly love that skirt!! Happy New Year, lovely Jess! xx

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 04:18h, 03 January Reply

    love the leopard knit! looks so cozy! thank you so much for hosting this link up for an other year. Looks like you had amazing family time. All the best wishes for the new year

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 03:25h, 03 January Reply

    Happy new year Jess! When you’ve worked out that time management please let me know! This is my downfall too xx

  • James Jill
    Posted at 02:43h, 03 January Reply

    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017, glad you enjoyed your family Christmas, I bet those pups had a ball too. I like the sound of your blog goals . Looking your usual gorgeous self in lace and leopard.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:28h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year! With lots of good health! I am glad you had a great time at your mothers! And I am looking forward to the changes and new theme s on your blog!

  • Rena
    Posted at 01:45h, 03 January Reply

    Those are some lofty goals and I think you’ve got just about everything covered. I really like the idea of shopping my closet until Spring as I have more than enough of Fall/Winter things to get me through the next couple of months. I’m glad that you had such a wonderful time with your family for the holidays. I’m looking forward to seeing the new things you’ve described for your blog. Thanks for hosting.


  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 01:45h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year, Jess! You have great goals for this year, and I hope you’ll reach them all!

    I love your outfit! It reminds me that I really want to add some leopard to my closet soon! And I love your bag. I have a Rebecca Minkoff saddlebag, but yours is nicer! Great outfit!

    Thanks for the link up dear Jess & Happy Tuesday!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Mica
    Posted at 01:42h, 03 January Reply

    Santa got you a beautiful bag for Christmas! 🙂 I really like the colours in this outfit, that skirt is just stunning. Good luck with your goals!

    Hope you have a happy new year 🙂 Sounds like you had the best Christmas! Our pup gets spoiled at Christmas too, although he refuses to stay dressed up for long, we’ve given up trying now, haha.

    Thanks for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog | 5 Year Blogaversary Giveaway

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:32h, 04 January Reply

      Mica, thank you! Yes, I had a feeling you would love the bag! I have been looking at saddle bags and really wanted one, so when I saw this, I hinted to “Santa”! Glad you liked the goals I listed, I am going to try. Yes, it was so fun with the puppies, and my sister just got a dog, so more the merrier! xx

  • Katie
    Posted at 01:18h, 03 January Reply

    Happy New Year! I love your outfit and resolutions! Leopard print looks fantastic on you!


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