Turning Heads Linkup – Jambu / Good Housekeeping Blogger Event in NYC! - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup – Jambu / Good Housekeeping Blogger Event in NYC!

Morning friends

Despite the delay, ( 2 additional days, which I will write about on Friday)

I made it back to Charlotte, after the Noreaster and the amazing blogger/JAMBU event I attended in NYC! I had been anticipating this event for a few months, after being invited to the City with 4 other bloggers, ranging from their 20s to 60s. I am utterly exhausted feeling like I was run over by a truck,  but wanted to post about my experience.  Last time I was in NYC, was a few years ago for Fashion week, and it was a whirlwind trip. This time, I was going to meet other fashion and travel bloggers along with part of the Jambu team. I was a bit nervous, but never have too much of a problem meeting and talking to new people. ( Thanks mom!)

After blogging 4 years, this was an event i didn’t want to miss! I had previously been invited in 2016 to the Lake Austin Spa retreat with Jambu and other bloggers,  for a few days, and because of my illness, I was unable to attend. I have since made some progress, and did not want to miss this opportunity! So glad I did! As a Jambu Brand Ambassador, believing in this Brand, and making strides with my health, I was thrilled to be able to attend this event. I has taken me more time to recouperate, but I expected this.

Listening to the news before leaving for the trip, made we wonder exactly what to pack, as a fashion blogger as I was to promote the sandals and Spring New Arrivals from Jambu. I packed my comfy wedges ( which I also wore at the airport, and are so easy!), my Rio sandals in taupe ( which I will be posting about soon) and my red gladiator heels ( Sugar Too) which would be worn with a floral dress for dinner the night before… ( however, the weather changed that plan)

Jambu is such an “on the ball” brand, very organized ! Everyone was so nice and it was great meeting my contact, Mary Grace, after corresponding for over 2 yrs. ( the amount of time I have been working with Jambu). Yetzalee, was wonderful to meet as well; she conducted my Facebook interview.

First, upon arrival, we checked into the VICEROY HOTEL. A luxury hotel, I was pleasantly surprised at the larger bathroom and bath that was provided. The room had a king size bed, and view, but after a long day, I was so glad i could soak in the large tub! The Viceroy is next to CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL, THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM< and across from CENTRAL PARK. It was a great location, as we walked to most of the restaurants and events.

Meet and Greet Dinner

I was looking forward to meeting the other bloggers, and see what Jambu shoes they were wearing. I told Mary, as I wore my JAMBU RIo the first night, that “purple toes don’t look good !” ( It was quite cold!). Sheree wore my other favorite shoes, the Sugar Too, in red, which you have seen me post on the blog, wearing them with socks to keep the chill out!

I had done a bit of reading about the restaurants we were going to and thought the variety would be so fun! We first had a “Meet and Greet” with 2 Marketing ladies, and my contact, from Jambu, Mary and Yetzalee. Both lovely ladies, they planned a dinner at “Beauty and Essex”, a quirky, beautiful restaurant and speakeasy. I loved that the outside and front of the restaurant was a working Pawn Shop, in which you could purchase items. Guitars on the wall and jewelry in cases, looked quite tempting! We then opened the door to the restaurant, and a stunning chandelier hung from ceiling. The place was packed on a Monday night, and after enjoying many sumptuous tapas plates, I knew why! We sat and chatted about ourselves, our blog, and business. I loved finding out about the ladies from Jambu and how they liked the company.

We started with champagne, had a toast to the event and then enjoyed some wonderful tapas plates we all shared. I don’t eat red meat, and that was not a problem. There was so many delicious combinations of food to enjoy. I had such an amazing time, just getting to know the 4 other bloggers at our table. —Below, there was ( from left to right) Briana of Milk and Honey, Sheree of She She Show,  Me of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Alison of Wardrobe Oxygen,  Lauren of By Lauren M, and Katie of Katie’s Bliss. Yetzalee, from Jambu is next to Lauren. 


Jambu had contacted me previously to do a FACEBOOK LIVE VIDEO about how I love Jambu, my blog, and some background. Knowing the interview was at 8 ( pre) and then 8:30 LIVE, I knew I had to set an alarm to make sure I get up, as Jess doesn’t normally do early mornings! With ALEXA and my hubby’s alarm going off, it probably sounded like England’s Big Ben in my hotel room. Anyhow, the video went well, and I had posted about it prior, so I hope you got a chance to view it.


Norma’s was right next door to the Viceroy, so we all enjoyed the convenience. The stunning hall and spacious dining area was such a lovely place to start our day. Most of the ladies chose the empanadas and i had a craving for peach and walnut pancakes. We chatted about our day and shared tips on posing for Fashion blogging.

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING EVENT-located in the Hearst Tower

I had mentioned this event to my Mom, and she was equally excited for me to go! Everyone knows Good Housekeeping Magazine and the Seal of Approval. I was surprised to find out that Good Housekeeping began in 1909, and continues this day.  I wanted to know more about it, and as the tour went through the building, we saw each lab- Makeup products and skin care, The Test Kitchen, Textiles, Appliances..  We were told that in testing hair for frizziness, they have a climate controlled room and buy hair for the testing. Interesting! I wouldn’t mind working in the test kitchen either! Good Housekeeping make sure that the product’s claims are valid, and if not, they must show evidence to the effect. We were given a private tour, and I was thankful, as Mary was very attentive to my needs, as walking slowly and standing is hard with EDS. I tend to get fatigued and start feeling pain, but Mary wanted to make sure i was comfortable, as I propped myself on the wall, as we listened to the tour.


The setting was beautiful, with flowers and place cards for our luncheon with the Marketing team, Style director and Fashion director., Before lunch, pictures were taken, and we enjoyed a Sangria cocktail, refreshing and toasted to the day! The lounge room was very regal and contained priceless rolling pins on display. Jambu was displayed throughout the luncheon room, and everyone was wearing their Jambu shoes from the New Arrivals! I love how they were all styled differently!

We enjoyed a puff pastry, chicken and vegetables, salad and sorbet for our meal. We spent time talking about our blogs, introducing ourselves, Jambu, and having a Q and A with the style director, Laurie Bergamato and Fashion Director, Kristen Saladino  The marketing team- Christine Rannazzisi and Barbara Semmel  along with  Associate publisher, Sara Rad ate with us as well. . It was a fabulous time!

The Marketing, Style and Fashion Director ( center) I listed above.

GIFT BAGS Both GH and Jambu were lovely to give us gift bags. I will be posting on Instagram what we received.  GH gave full sized products o Jimmy Choo perfume, several skin care products, magazines.


Some of the other shoes the ladies wore were the sneaker styles to walk around with all day. These  AZALEA pair were so cute and stylish too! I wore my NAOMI  peep toe wedge sandals I showed you in THIS POST, and my feet were pretty happy all day! I was thrilled that I could walk around New York City all day in these comfortable shoes and not feel any back or leg pain, they were great! Lauren had a pair of sandals on THE VIOLA, that I will be posting about at a later date, they are so cute! One of the bloggers had on the ELEGANCE, with this thin strappy sandal surely making a hit this Spring. All of the styles are very fashion forward, and the memory foam can’t be beat! I love that Jambu shoes are both comfortable and stylish, and this trip was proof of just how cushioned and comfy they are.


This picture on FB got another brand’s attention, they wanted to know if I was going to be in New York to discuss a collaboration. 🙂


After our lunch and tour at Good Housekeeping, we went to Bryant Park for some photo shoots. The photographer was wonderful, as we could pull him aside any time we wanted pictures! I took some pictures on a bench in the park and enjoyed trying a few different poses. We then went for our private tour of Grand Central Station. For a landmark, this was the first time I had visited the Station. Impressive and beautiful inside, our tour guide, gave a history of the place, along with the movies that were shot here. I loved the ceiling, design and the grandeur of the place. With hypermobility, and difficulty standing, I had to take a break and sit down, about halfway through the tour. Although I was sorry to miss it, Mary Grace was lovely and sat down with me, as I rested for the time. i have learned to listen to my body!


Our photographer Di, was with us for most of the day. He began taking pictures of us at the Good Housekeeping Institute through Grand Central Station. It was so fun being about to shoot in these locations, and experimenting with poses. I loved getting shots in the NY subway!


We had  planned to go to a diner where the waiters are Broadway singers, but the line was halfway around the block, so there was a plan B. We had fun going to dinner at a Country music restaurant. I had such an amazing time with the ladies and Jambu, I am so glad I went, and was afforded this opportunity! I will be sharing more JAMBU shoes with you from their New Arrivals, in upcoming posts! They have been put to the walking all day in New York City test, and passed with flying colors!

We had plane tickets to leave Wednesday afternoon, but do to the Noresaster, flights were cancelled. Flights were quickly then booked for Thursday, so we waited until Friday to fly back to Charlotte. Something good came out of the storm and delaying our flight.. Ill talk about that on the blog, FRIDAY!

Missed some of my JAMBU posts? Read about them here:

The Naomi sandal by Jambu

New spring arrivals by Jambu


I will also be posting more on INSTASTORIES, and New York Cirty pictures via INSTAGRAM, so follow me there! 

Thursday Fashion Files hosted by Carrie of Curly Crafty Mom

Thursday Moda hosted by Ada of Elegance and Mommyhood

A Labour of Fashion hosted by Linda of A Labour of Life


  • mel
    Posted at 00:36h, 04 April Reply

    Aw what a fantastic event! Looks so inspiring to be around other inspiring women!

    xx, mel

  • Ada
    Posted at 23:54h, 03 April Reply

    What an incredible experience and trip afforded to you by a brand you love and trust which makes it even better. Looks like a fantastic weekend and so informative and great learning experience too. Jambu has amazing shoes for sure. My favorite shots of yours are by the subway and I love your outfit and how you styled the scarf with the brooch. Cute shoes, too.

    Welcome by and join the Sunday Showcase linkup for this month and as usual stop by Thursdays for my style linkup. =) Thanks!


  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 19:43h, 29 March Reply

    What a great experience, I have never been invited to something like this… but, I know I wouldn’t be turning it down! I am sure it was great to see NYC, meet other bloggers and work with this fabulous brand. I just love each and every photo, especially the candid shots!


  • Ruth
    Posted at 16:46h, 29 March Reply

    This looks so amazing! I love the shoes and it looks like you had a fun time with your meetup!


  • glassofglam
    Posted at 15:53h, 29 March Reply

    What a fun trip! I love Alison from Wardrobe Oxygen – she’s one of my friends from DC and SUCH blogger goals! Beauty and Essex is such a fun place to visit in NYC. Thanks for sharing the highlights of your trip!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 23:21h, 28 March Reply

    I am so glad you had fun in “my town”, Jess! I am a NYC native and know that while there is so much to see and do here, it can overwhelm at times. I really have enjoyed your photos and post and hope you are now relaxing with your puppies (and hubby!)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:41h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you Rebecca, I had a great time in the City and went with the flow with the Norester! There is much to do and we covered alot of ground that day! I was able to rest when i needed it,and did enjoy meeting everyone. I am resting more this week, thank you! xx

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 21:52h, 28 March Reply

    What a great trip, Jess. I am so glad you were able to go. What an exciting time and how fun to meet all those other bloggers. It looks like you did so well and had a lot of fun! – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:39h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you Amy, it was nice to meet the other ladies and hear their stories about the blogs. i did listen to my body when i needed a break. xx

  • Mariann Yip
    Posted at 21:33h, 28 March Reply

    You ladies look amazing! Looks like you had a wonderful time! http://mariannyc.com/2018/03/26/free-ebook-5-tips-to-stand-out-as-an-influencer/

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:38h, 29 March Reply

      Thank you Mariam, it was a great experience. Everyone was lovely and i really enjoyed the city! xx

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 17:51h, 28 March Reply

    Oh my gosh what a fun event this looks like! It looks like such wonderful pictures from NYC! Great subway photos too, I love it! Makes me miss NYC.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:10h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Laura! I had a great time with the 4 other bloggers and Jambu. It was fun to walk around the city, even though we were freezing! glad you liked the pics :-0 xx

  • Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    Posted at 16:32h, 28 March Reply

    What an exciting opportunity Jess! All your pictures are just stunning.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:12h, 28 March Reply

      Hi Shelly! thanks so much, it was great I was able to attend this event . 🙂 xx

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 16:19h, 28 March Reply

    What an awesome experience! I would love to be able to attend some blogger conferences next year. They seem so fun, and have lots of great possibilities and opportunities.
    PS I really love those photos taken with the train passing – so neat!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:12h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you alexandra, the pictures in the subway turned out well. It was a wonderful experience. it wasn’t a conference, but I woudnt mind attending a conference too. xx

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 14:40h, 28 March Reply

    Love your style, Jess! What a fun event–and the shoes are so cute!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:10h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you so much! The shoes worked out so well walking around the city! xx

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 12:05h, 28 March Reply

    Oh my gosh, Jess!!!! This looks like it must have been a ball! So yesterday I was on my elliptical and saw a Jambu commercial for the first time. I got so excited and immediately thought about you. I was like, “hey, I know someone who wears those shoes and works with that company”. I’m with Kellyann, the subway shots are awesome!!! Congrats friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:13h, 28 March Reply

      Thanks Lisa, it was a blast, so fun meeting other ladies and jAMBU is a great brand, nice people! So funny you saw the commecial and thought of me. Aw, you guys are sweet! I did like the photos and how they turned out! xx

  • Elsie
    Posted at 11:16h, 28 March Reply

    What a fantastic trip Jess. The events all sounded so lovely. I’m glad you were able to go this time!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:00h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Elsie! It was a great trip and i was so glad i could do it! xx

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 06:06h, 28 March Reply

    What an amazing event! It looks like you had a wonderful time 🙂 I’m excited to hear what happened as a result of your flight delay!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:58h, 28 March Reply

      Thanks Emma! I did have a wonderful time, and was so glad I went. i think sometimes i have to take a chance, even if it may set me back a week .. It was well worth it. Stop by Friday! xx

  • Jill James
    Posted at 04:42h, 28 March Reply

    Glad you were able to fully enjoy the event and your time in New York. Hope your recovery is speedy. I did enjoy the shots of you on location in New York.

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

      Thank you Jill! It was so fun to get pics taken in the subway and Hearst tower. Thank yo ufor the well wishes! xx

  • shin
    Posted at 03:32h, 28 March Reply

    This is a nice style pose and beautiful pictures.

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 20:56h, 27 March Reply

    What a fantastic experience. I did enjoy reading about it. You’re an inspiration Jess and I do admire you for your achievements in managing your illness.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:10h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Gail, I appreciate it! I feel that some times I have to take chances, even if it takes more time to recover. It was well worth it! xx

  • uncommonthreadsma
    Posted at 20:05h, 27 March Reply

    What an amazing experience! You look stunning! xo Susan http://www.themidlifefashionista.com

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 17:15h, 27 March Reply

    It looks like you had a blast in NYC—they definitely took you ladies to a lot of good places. I lived there for 13 years and this post made me really miss it!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 28 March Reply

      Hi Cheryl, I can see why you missed it! We had such a good time and there are so many good places. It was so fun and I think Beauty and Essex was my favorite place to eat! xx

  • Andrea@Wellnessnotes
    Posted at 13:42h, 27 March Reply

    What a fabulous event! I’m so glad you were able to attend!!! You look fabulous!

    Give yourself some extra time to rest…

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Laura
    Posted at 13:02h, 27 March Reply

    This is such an incredible opportunity! How exciting for you! And it looks like so much fun!

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 12:41h, 27 March Reply

    What a wonderful experience Jess. Meeting other style bloggers is so fun and doing it in NYC is fabulous! Thank you for sharing all of your photos. Your pink moto jacket was the perfect piece to wear for such an event !!!!


  • Jennie
    Posted at 12:29h, 27 March Reply

    So fun to read about your experience! It looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. The Good Housekeeping tour sounds so interesting!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:27h, 27 March Reply

    Looks like a great trip and a fab time meeting all the other bloggers. So glad you felt good enough to go and you look fab especially in the pink jacket and floral top.

  • cassidl
    Posted at 10:43h, 27 March Reply

    what an amazing time, so happy for you

  • Kristin McMillan
    Posted at 10:40h, 27 March Reply

    Oh Jess, I am so thrilled that you got to take part in this wonderful experience! Yay to your body for cooperating and getting you through it. You look so beautiful and happy in all your photos, and how fabulous to get to meet fellow bloggers (including sweet Sheree!). I hope you are recovered and have many fond memories of your time in NYC and also with your new nephew! xoxox

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:23h, 27 March Reply

    I’m so glad you got to go Jess!! I was so tempted but after being in Arizona the end of Feb. and then LA the beginning of March—I just couldn’t handle another trip!! Next time!! And then we will get to meet up!!

  • Northwest Mountain Living & Style
    Posted at 09:14h, 27 March Reply

    What a fun time that must have been. I love all the fun shoes and looks! Glad you made it home ok!

  • Amy
    Posted at 09:04h, 27 March Reply

    Wow! What an incredible experience! Everything looked amazing! I recognize two other bloggers, but the rest are newbies to me.

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 08:43h, 27 March Reply

    This looks like such a fun event! How exciting for you! Love how you styled your shoes in the subway to add some edge!


  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:39h, 27 March Reply

    What an amazing time! So cool that you got to go– Congrats Jess! So happy for you!

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 08:29h, 27 March Reply

    Oh what a fun experience! It looks like you all had a great time, and it’s nice you could take breaks when you needed and it got too much – it’s so good you could work around your health issues and make the most of your trip still 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a nice start to your week! We are looking forward to the Easter long weekend here.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 08:10h, 27 March Reply

    Wow, Jess! What an amazing experience! It looks like you had a blast, but I am sure you are completely exhausted. I am always exhausted after whirlwind trips to NYC! You look fabulous as always. I hope you are getting some much needed rest, my friend.


  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 07:56h, 27 March Reply

    Eek, there you all are looking so pretty!! What an incredible experience!! You look amazing Jess!

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 07:45h, 27 March Reply

    Wow, this looks a wonderful experience, so glad you could make it this time. You all look super in your shoes and sandals, will pop over and have a look. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:19h, 28 March Reply

      Thank you Jacqui! it was wonderful. do check them out! :-0

      • mummabstylish
        Posted at 10:22h, 30 March Reply

        Thanks for joining me on the #chicandstylish #linkup my friend. x

  • pamelagreer
    Posted at 06:15h, 27 March Reply

    I got exhausted just reading about it!! What a wonderful event!!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:12h, 27 March Reply

    Wow, what a whirlwind of a trip! So glad you had a great time and to meet other bloggers too – that must have been fun and amazing. I am sure it’s nice to be back home and glad to hear that there were no more cancelled flights come Thursday. Welcome back and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:47h, 27 March Reply

    Omg Jess! That must have been such a fabulous experience!! It looks like you had so much fun!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 05:23h, 27 March Reply

    What a whirlwind experience! This sounds like a blogging dream come true! I am so glad you had a great time and these pictures look fantastic! Love the ones in the subway. Did you feel like a supermodel? You look like one Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:07h, 27 March Reply

      Aw thanks Kellyann! We had lots of pictures to choose from. The subway ones are my fav too.. and some of the ones with nyc in the background at the Hearst Tower. It was a great experience! xx

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 05:00h, 27 March Reply

    Jess, it looks like you had a wonderful time! When we stayed in New York in January we were pretty close to the Russian Tea Room too! Isn’t it a fabulous location?
    You look fabulous in the pictures – I especially love the ones of you with the trains whooshing by!
    Suzy xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 27 March Reply

      Oh how neat! Yes, that is a great location in Manhattan. So glad you enjoyed the photos, those are some of my favorites too! xx

  • Claire justine
    Posted at 04:09h, 27 March Reply

    What a great event Jess. Looks like a great day. Whoo how exciting to meet other bloggers too. I recognise Lauren M Thanks for hosting.

  • Laurie
    Posted at 03:38h, 27 March Reply

    What a fabulous time Jess! I look forward to seeing your goodies. Funny to see Essex in there! Where I’m from in the Uk
    Laurie xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:17h, 27 March Reply

    Those events must be fabulous! To meet all the other bloggers! Fantastic.

  • Nicole at High Latitude Style
    Posted at 01:18h, 27 March Reply

    This looks like you had a great time! I am so happy for you!

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