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Turning Heads Linkup – Orange Lace Shift Dress in the Dog Days of Summer


Morning friends!

It’s HOT. H-O-T! This week here in Charlotte is unseasonally hotter than it has been over the summer. Let’s put it this way,  I may have been smiling as I do for photos, but my body was pouring sweat like an new born infant crying for his mommy! The blaring sun and heat, along with the high humidity, made it challenging as I thought about how my hair was sticking to the back of my head. I think you get it, HOT. I took this orange Zara shift dress out of my closet as I haven’t worn it on the blog in awhile and I love the bright colors- the orange reminding me of the heat eminating from the  sun- as well as it being a bright, rich color that I love any time of the year.

We went to the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, in Charlotte, a popular walking spot in which the pups and hubby are familiar.  I am usually in dry needling treatment close by when they walk the greenway. We found a quiet spot for the photoshoot, and as the sweat is dripping down my back, wetting my hair, I thought about enjoying an alfresco meal afterward -We both enjoyed a Greek salad with many fresh vegetables topped by Scottish salmon. I also had a refreshing glass of Chilean Chadonnay. I wonder if when Sommielers are out an about, if they say they are “researching”? I’d like to do more “research” 🙂

Orange has become a more popular color this year as well as last. I used to not be a fan, and thought to wear orange on Halloween. Since then, I love orange and shades in the orange color spectrum as well. I was thinking how I might style this dress as a tunic in the Fall- wearing it over a pair of leather leggings and booties, or as is with a jacket, tights  and pair of OTK boots.

Its hard to think about Fall when it is 95 degrees outside, but wearing certain colors does take me there.

Next Week Blogging Plans Assignment- Soft Surroundings in Charlotte

There was a period of time in my college career, where I took classes in journalism. So, next week, you could say, I am “on assignment” for the blog, sponsored by Soft Surroundings! I am looking forward to it! Next week, August 22nd, I will be at the Charlotte Soft Surroundings store, where they asked me to review and try their makeup lines. I will be working with the Beauty Manager, talking about their lines of skin care, self-care and makeup lines, and report back to you in a blog post! They have initially sent me some of the Jane Iredell long wear lipsticks to try, along with Wunderbrow, a gel product for brows, to get my feet wet.. as Jane Iredell is one of the most popular lines for Soft Surroundings. So, if you are in the Charlotte area, and want to meet, I’ll be there at the Soft Surroundings store at 2 pm! I look forward to bringing you more about the Charlotte Store and the beauty products in an upcoming blog post sponsored by Soft Surroundings.

These “hot dogs” are thinking- These are the Dog Days of Summer!  It was a faster shoot because of the heat, and the doggies were given lots of water and then treats at Kid Cashew, where we found a shaded table outside.

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

Chic and Stylish Link Up by Mummabstylish

High Latitude Style Top of the World


Orange shift dress- Zara ( a few years old),  Like this one.

Leopard Clutch- Nordstrom, similiar clutch

Earrings- local boutique

Espadrilles- Franco Sarto-Gold


Most Clicked-  Pam of Style Yourself Confident

Pinterest Pin of the Week- Stefanie of  Style Safari

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    August 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    You look stunning in this dress. I really love all the lace detail.

    Xx, Nailil

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Thank you Nailil! I love well made lace dresses 🙂

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    Emma Peach
    August 16, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Beautiful dress, such a gorgeous colour! I have a similar dress from Paper Dolls (I do love their lace dresses). The leopard print clutch looks fab with the orange!

    Emma xxx

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    Suzy Turner
    August 16, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Jess, that dress is absolutely GORGEOUS on you!! Love the little cutout in the back too. Stunning <3
    Suzy xx

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    August 15, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    The colour, the lace, the style – just perfect for you Jess! We’ve been having heatwaves and humid days too. I’ve felt the same, uncomfortably hot in some of my photoshoots.

    Thank you for hosting!



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    August 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm


    What a lovely lace dress! Orange is one of my favorite colors during the football season. (Clemson and Gator boys!)
    You wear short dresses so well with your lovely legs!

    How exciting for you to be doing the Soft Surroundings event in Charlotte!
    I can’t wait to hear about it!

    Yes it’s in the 90’s this week but I remember griping about how cold it was last winter!
    I prefer hot to cold weather!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 16, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Thank you Robin! I love it– I suppose I should love black and gold for the Stillers ! 🙂 Ill keep you posted about the Soft Surroundings event. I am just not a fan of extremes .. to hot/humid or too cold! xx

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    August 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    that dress is absolutely stunning on you! and of course, loving the cute pooches 🙂

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

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    Christine Rowden
    August 15, 2018 at 9:29 am

    I had to laugh at your description of how hot it is because, though not as funny, my post is lamenting the same “gripes”. You look fabulous in that red dress, as you always do and no one would know that you’re pouring sweat!

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 15, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thank you Christine! I know.. this was a quick shoot! Ill pop over to see how you handle the heat! 🙂 xx

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    [email protected]
    August 15, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Orange is a great color, and it’s a great color on you! You look absolutely fabulous, and I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was uncomfortably hot and humid!

    We just came back from Germany were it was unusually hot and very humid. So glad to be back in cool California!

    Thanks for the link up & I hope you are having a great week! And have a blast at the Soft Surroundings event! How exciting!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

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      Jess Jannenga
      August 15, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thanks so much Andrea! Good to see you! I guess I can fake it pretty well in the heat… I have never been to Germany but my hubby was but I think it was Fall. Thx, I think it will be fun. xx

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    August 15, 2018 at 8:26 am

    I do think orange is a wonderful colour, especially for red heads. Pairing it with leopard adds even more flair.

    It has been very hot here too, mid 30’s which is is 95 F. I don’t really go outside when it gets that hot.


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    August 14, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Beautiful lace dress on You and legs for dayz. . . .

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    Helena Primeira
    August 14, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I loved the whole set. The photos were beautiful 🙂

    Helena Primeira
    Helena Primeira Youtube
    Primeira Panos

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    Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    August 14, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Beautiful details! Love this color on you Jess.

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    August 14, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Orange you beautiful?! Lol Sorry just had to! Your orange dress is beautiful and it looks marvelous on you! Last weekend was way too hot when it reached triple digits in our neck of the woods. That sounds like a fantastic event you are attending. Looking forward to reading all about it!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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    August 14, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    This is lovely, especially the keyhole detail on the back. Thanks for sharing on #chicandstylish #linkup Jacqui Mummabstylish

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    August 14, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    It’s a beautiful lace dress and it’s wonderful you managed to get some great photos of it, despite the heat! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a good week! I have the week off so I’ve got lots of relaxing things planned! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    Cheryl Shops
    August 14, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    That’s a great color on you, Jess, and I love how you’ve styled it with the leopard clutch. Hope you are staying cool—conversely, it’s in the 50s in San Francisco today and I’m FREEZING!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    Lisa Richardson
    August 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    What a beautiful dress, Jess. You’d never know you were about to melt into a puddle looking at the pictures. The leopard is the perfect pairing, not only print, but texture wise. Have fun “on assignment” next week. I just found out we’re getting a Soft Surroundings in one of the shopping areas I frequent. They have such beautiful stuff. XO

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    Kelsey Bang
    August 14, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    ah I need this dress! so cute! darling look!


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    August 14, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    You are rocking that fabulous lace dress! What a fun bright color! I love a good shift style dress!

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    August 14, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Beautiful lace dress! It looks great with the neutral sandals and bit of cheetah. Yes, it is entirely too hot right now!

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    Suzanne Smith
    August 14, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    You are so right about the Dog Days!!! The heat just keeps on coming, but at least the rain seems to have stopped! I actually think I’ll drive to Charlotte on the 22nd to meet you and see the Soft Surroundings store! It sounds like a great road trip! You look great and your puppies are sooo cute! Hope you’re having a great day!

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    August 14, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Oh my gosh, it’s so hot here too! Like 110 ahhh! This dress (and color) are sooo pretty on you!


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    Fashion Schlub
    August 14, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Loving your orange lace and leopard clutch combo! Plus, you don’t look hot and sweaty at all! You look cool as a cucumber!


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    August 14, 2018 at 11:34 am

    What a sensational dress! What a stunning color! And what a exiting week ahead of you! Good luck!

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    Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    August 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

    This is such a striking and beautiful color on you. I love the sheer lace panel in the front. And, those dressy sandals! Love them with it!


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    August 14, 2018 at 11:14 am

    This orange lace is SO stunning on you, girlfriend!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    August 14, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful dress…I love the color! I think it will be fab paired with leggings and boots once the weather cools down.

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    August 14, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Well it goes to show how perfect this summer is for the heat, because you don’t look hot and sweaty in it at all!!
    How exciting you’ll be at Soft Surroundings, Jess. Too bad I’m not in the area, because I’d love to join you!!

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    August 14, 2018 at 8:42 am

    What a great look Jess, love the leopard clutch against the orange lace, just beautiful. It’s been so hot here in the northeast, I can’t imagine how hot it’s been for you. Stay cool! XOXO


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    Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    August 14, 2018 at 8:33 am

    You look stunning, Jess! Can’t wait to read all about the assignment, keep us posted 🙂

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    Amy Johnson
    August 14, 2018 at 8:13 am

    Well you look cool and comfortable to me in that “HOT” dress. WOW! You look amazing in that dress. So gorgeous! Perfect color for you.

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    August 14, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Jess, I know exactly what you mean about orange. I always tended to shy away from it myself. But I’ve been seeing so many gorgeous variations of the color, that I’ve been rethinking. The color of your lace dress is one of them. Looks like a lovely deep coral shade. Love the cutout back. And pairing with the leopard print clutch was brilliant. Your photos are stunning, despite the heat. Like the saying “Never let them see you sweat” you certainly managed to look chic AND cool!


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    August 14, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Jess, this dress is stunning on you! I love the color. You do look hot…in all the good kind of ways! Just gorgeous, my friend.


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    Andrea Nine
    August 14, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Jess, you are soooo STUNNING! That dress was made for you and the color is so very good! The back says I’m awesome and the whole dress is classy, sweet fun!!

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    Vanity And Me Style
    August 14, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Great colour on you Jess. Good to see the boys making a debut! xx

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    August 14, 2018 at 4:52 am

    You wear that dress and that color beautifully Jess! Your assignment next week sounds like so much fun – can’t wait to read about it! It is so hot, I am always sweating when I’m outside, so hard to get good photos when you’re on the edge of dripping wet!

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    Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    August 14, 2018 at 4:44 am

    You gorgeous lady, and what you do for us – braving a heatwave!. Funny but I’ve also been thinking these past few weeks that I haven’t worn my grey lace dress this summer … I feel a steal coming on! Hugs, x.

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    August 14, 2018 at 4:28 am

    This vibrant orange looks great on you and I love the leopard clutch!


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      Jess Jannenga
      August 17, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Meagan. I love all the various shades of orange. 🙂 xx

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    Jill James
    August 14, 2018 at 3:24 am

    Jess, you always wear lace so beautifully and this orange dress is no exception. I would never have guessed how hot you were because you look as cool as a cucumber. The poor pups they really were feeling the heat. Many thanks for hosting.

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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    August 14, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Wow Jess you look sensational is this gorgeous orange lace dress. It’s a stunner. I love the lace halter neck and sleeves xx Maria

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