Turning Heads linkup – Olive Corset Top with Straw Bag - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads linkup – Olive Corset Top with Straw Bag


Hello friends!

I hope you all had fabulous Mother’s Days! I am only a pet mommy, but did send my mom a gift and card. Plus, she is coming to visit next month! I am looking forward to it.  My outfit today is a neutral casual look, worn with the new top I bought about a month ago from Express.  Last year, there was a ‘corset trend’. – belts, tops, etc. I saw the lace up style of this tee and thought, yes! If i am going to wear a tee , its gotta have a cute design or some detail that i really like. So, I bought it in white too… 🙂

Just me this week… hehe. Thanks for your lovely comments about the shoot last week, my niece had so much fun and it was a thrill to see one of our pics on Karina’s site. I told her we may be able to do another shoot in the future, but she had to come up and visit now that i bought a giant pink flamingo raft last year and havent had a chance to use it! You all know the ones I am talking about! They fit 2 adults and take up 1/4 of the pool! Love it!

Mom will be visiting in June, and we are also having walls in our house painted. Hallelujah! We have a two story greatroom, and our foyer, stiarway and hall also need to be painted. I am looking forward to having it done, white walls do not thrill me anymore! I have decided on a sage green for our foyer/stairs and hallway, blending nicely with the olive in the kitchen. The great room will be a light blue color going with our current artwork and deep chocolate sectional couch. Moving on… yes, fashion!

Corset Top and look

This tree behind me is one of the trees upon entrance to our 1 mile trail we have in virtually our backyard. It is not a paved trail, but gravel, yet I enjoy walking the pups a short hike down to the trail in the morning or mid afternoon. Its convenient, not heavily trafficked and a lovely area to just jaunt to, if we aren’t up to driving to the nearest Greenway.

I am a big fan of the “safari look” or whatever you want to call it – neutrals with straw bags, sandals or espadrilles, i love it! So, i styled my very comfy olive cargos from LOFT with the corset tank and added my Mango straw clutch I bought last year. I can’t seem to get enough of the straw bags! I could have easily worn it with my new circle straw bag, but thought i should vary it a bit!

I chose my gold ball drop earrings , gold flecked Franco Sarto espadrilles, and gold circular necklace( Sylca designs) to finish the look. I just received my prescription sunglasses from Eyebuydirect, so I wasn’t able to wear them in the shoot. But soon, my friends! I hope to also write a post on choosing eye glasses for your face shape.. as mine is oval and I need small frames. They aren’t always easy to find!

Anyhow, I do enjoy a monochromatic look for spring/summer, and this is both comfortable and offers enough detail to keep me interested! i have been checking out and getting a few pairs of earrings from Baublebar.. I could see how that would be addicting, so many cute styles!If i wanted to add color to this look, i would choose a pair of bright colored tassle earrings for just a pop!

It was so hot this past weekend, as we had a heatwave in the South! My hairstylist is showing me the best way to create a chignon, and I will most likely be wearing it this way or a ponytail in this kind of heat. We may discuss a Balyage technique for my hair.. I haven’t decided yet.


Outfit details

Top- Express ( i am wearing a x-small, – similar in rose petal) exact found

Cargos- old Loft ( sim and on sale!)

Espadrilles- Franco Sarto ( lst yr, similiar)

Mango clutch. ( last year, this is fun! and LOVE this one!

earrings c/o Soft Surroundings ( sim and on sale!)

necklace c/o Sylca designs

Confident Twosday hosted by Laura of I Do deClaire

#SpreadTheKindness hosted by Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge

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Pinterest Pic- Chrissy of Granola and Grace


  • blogthirtyminusone
    Posted at 20:04h, 17 May Reply

    That olive top is really pretty. I am also loving your clutch!

    Xx, Nailil

  • Mariann Yip
    Posted at 17:35h, 17 May Reply

    Love how you styled this outfit, olive looks so gorgeous on you! https://mariannyc.com/2018/05/15/spilling-the-beans-on-anxiety/

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 14:21h, 17 May Reply

    Just love this lace up top, so cute!! Express always has great things! That stray clutch is so cute and I love its size. I bet you can’t wait to have your mom visit and to have the rooms painted. I’d love to have a couple of rooms in our house painted, but first we need to get through our kitchen reno!!


  • modlotus
    Posted at 11:08h, 17 May Reply

    Love the corset details of this top.

  • Miriam Ramp
    Posted at 04:02h, 17 May Reply

    Oh WOW, you look stunning in these pants and the top. And those heels! I wish I owned a pair like that.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:33h, 17 May Reply

      Thank you Mariam! They are espadrilles from Franco Sarto. very comfy too! xx

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 14:24h, 16 May Reply

    I love the corset style of the top! It’s a great colour on you too. Your necklace is fabulous. Thanks for hosting and linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • tiffanymesvoyages
    Posted at 10:46h, 16 May Reply

    In LOVE with this look!!! so pretty dear

    Mónica Sors

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 10:11h, 16 May Reply

    Jess, such a great top! I love the corset style. And you how fond I am of olive green, too. Such a casual look, for sure.


  • Chrissy
    Posted at 08:02h, 16 May Reply

    I love your corset top…olive is one of my favorite colors and I’m happy to see someone styling it in the spring! I hope when your mom comes to visit that you do a photo shoot with her. That would be so sweet! And thank you so much for the “pinterest” shoutout! That made my morning!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:34h, 17 May Reply

      HI Chrissy! Thank you, yes I love this neutral tone. I hope to do a shoot with mom. yes, happy to! xx

  • Anya Dryagina
    Posted at 07:27h, 16 May Reply

    Wow such a classic and beautiful look. Amazing!
    Have a nice day!

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 18:25h, 15 May Reply

    I’m a big fan of the safari look too—I love your take on it, with all the unique details and textures. Hope you’re staying cool!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Laura
    Posted at 17:49h, 15 May Reply

    That top is fabulous! I absolutely love the corset style! It is so flattering on you!

  • Joi Smith
    Posted at 15:49h, 15 May Reply

    Love your bag Jess!!
    Joi | http://www.inmyjoi.blogspot.com

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 13:50h, 15 May Reply

    I love the corset top! And even the olive green color, so different and it looks wonderful on you!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:03h, 15 May Reply

    I love olive and it is a great color on you Jess. Love all your accessories too.

  • Elle
    Posted at 11:47h, 15 May Reply

    I love your monochromatic look in olive green. This is a favorite all-time color for me. I really like the corset top, it is very fresh and fun. Your straw bag is fabulous too. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:51h, 15 May Reply

    I am really loving the straw bag trend- so fun to carry!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 10:43h, 15 May Reply

    Perfect outfit, Jess, I thought it was a jumpsuit at first, so clever is the colour marching. Your decorating plans sound wonderful and your mum’s visit will be so special. And I want a 2-seater Flamingo!!! Hugs, x.

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 10:22h, 15 May Reply

    I just ordered a straw type bag for myself. They’re so fun for summer! Love your jumpsuit, especially the corset detail.


    • Meagan Brandon
      Posted at 10:23h, 15 May Reply

      I just realized this is a different top and bottom. You had me fooled, ha! Looks great either way!

      • Jess Jannenga
        Posted at 10:32h, 15 May Reply

        The straw bags are so fun! I have this and my circle bag which I will wear a lot in the summer! Thanks Meagan, no problem, glad you like the look! 🙂 xx

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 10:13h, 15 May Reply

    That is such a unique jumpsuit! I love the jewelry you chose to go with it, and your bag.

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 May Reply

    Oh my Jess, I have so much to say about this post…lol. First, love that top. The corset style really shows off your darling figure and I am a huge fan of olive green. Same for sage green and I used to have it in my house in our living room and dining room. I really miss it. We went neutral this time and I don’t want to change it because we will eventually sell and relocate. How fun to have a trail right behind your house. My future D-I-Love just got the final part of her Balyage done yesterday. (I’m not sure it’s really supposed to take 2 appointments, but her hairdresser did it that way) I can’t wait to see a pic. I’ll bet it would be gorgeous on your hair. Whoo, that was a lot. Hope you’re having a grand week! XO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:21h, 15 May Reply

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much! Glad you like the look, I thought the detail would be fun and it is already hot enough to wear. Yes, I cant wait to get the rooms painted, it has been too long! I know what you mean, as when we moved it was all white.. so you do hav to consider if you have to repaint. I wont be getting the Balyage done if I do, until late June, but it just looks so pretty! Thank you and have a wonderful week too! xx

  • cheriejamesp
    Posted at 09:55h, 15 May Reply

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your army green corset, and pairing it with army green pants is fabulous, love a monochrome look. The idea of a corset is very cool, especially in army green! And, a straw bag is the perfect accessory. XOXO thank you for hosting!!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:06h, 15 May Reply

      Thanks so much Cherie! Glad you love it! I couldn’t resist and bought it in white too 🙂 I cant get enough of the straw bags this year !

  • Elise
    Posted at 09:32h, 15 May Reply

    What a beautiful olive, monochrome look! Your top is gorgeous!

    xx, Elise

  • Nina
    Posted at 09:17h, 15 May Reply

    I love the detail! It really makes the corset trend much more accessible—l liked it, when it came out last year, but couldn’t imagine myself wearing one here in Tampa. I would definitely wear the corset shirt! You are elegantly dressed and stylish as always. Thank you also for stopping by and joining in the Share Your Journey link up last Friday. It meant the world to me. Hugs, Nina at Sharingajourney.com

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 09:12h, 15 May Reply

    I love olive green for a redhead. The whole safari look is fresh and cool for summer. I have that same watch.

    I’m a dog Mom too : ) The pug gave me lots of shedded hair as a gift. Seems like it’s the same gift every year! Ha!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:36h, 17 May Reply

      Haha! Love that Zoe gave you the same gift! Thanks Suzanne! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:17h, 15 May Reply

    The laces really give that top so much interest. In fact, I almost thought it was a jumpsuit since the top and bottom are the same color!!!

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 07:54h, 15 May Reply

    The corset top is so fun, and I really like that clutch with it!

    I hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day – and the pups spoiled you! Pet mum totally counts! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you had a lovely weekend and you’re having a good start to your week 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    Posted at 07:42h, 15 May Reply

    I’m just so jealous all of you ladies looking so cute in your jumpers! I’m incredibly short waisted and so far haven’t found one to work. The lace up on this one is just so cute.

  • Northwest Mountain Living & Style
    Posted at 07:36h, 15 May Reply

    What a fabulous look. I love the details which do make the monochromatic look more interesting. I love the color too! Happy Tuesday!

  • Jill James
    Posted at 07:28h, 15 May Reply

    I do love this olive corset top , the colour really suits you and the style is fabulous. Perfectly matched with the straw bag. I will be keen to see what your hairdresser visit brings. Many thanks for hosting Jess.

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:25h, 15 May Reply

    You shine in Olive, so good with your skin tone and LOVE the detail lace-up!!

  • Chanda
    Posted at 06:12h, 15 May Reply

    Such a fun outfit, I love Olive (my second fave color)! You did it very well Jess!!

    xx, Chanda | http://www.mschanda.com

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:51h, 15 May Reply

    That is a truly fabulous top…I love it!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 05:48h, 15 May Reply

    The style of this top is lovely with the corset detailing and the olive color is beautiful. The color contrast between your top and necklace is nice. Love at how it just goes so well together. We also have a lot of house projects mainly maintenance. We have had our water leak in our master for over 9 months and finally found a contractor that was reasonable enough. Everyone else before this guy wanted an arm and a leg! Sheesh…but we are happy that it’s finally getting put back together then it’s off to get the outside of the house painted. Yikes! Anyway, I hope you are having a great week so far and happy Tuesday!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:40h, 15 May Reply

    Jess you wear these neutral colors so well! At first glance I thought this was a jumpsuit. I love the corset tee, so flattering on you. I wish it was still available, I love how you styled it, I want to copy this look! That straw bag is perfect as well and your jewelry just adds the perfect touch. Head to toe you are so well done!
    I’ll be your niece felt like a celebrity after the photo shoot. I included my niece and she was thrilled (she’s 13). It’s a lot of fun for them and us!
    Looking elegant and stylish as usual my friend!

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:43h, 15 May Reply

    Wow wee Jess that top really shows off your fabulous (and tiny) waist! Great look xx

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 03:00h, 15 May Reply

    Love your bag, who doesn’t love straw bags in the summer. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:25h, 15 May Reply

    This has got me thinking there’s not enough Khaki in my wardrobe! Great look Jess, and that bag! I’m on the hunt for that! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:03h, 15 May Reply

    I love that color and the laces top! And what a fantastic necklace too! Oh don t tell me about funny things in the swimming! I love it! I can can hardly swim in ours!

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