Turning Heads #Linkup: OTK boots + Vintage Leopard Swing Coat - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads #Linkup: OTK boots + Vintage Leopard Swing Coat


Hello Ladies!

So here were are at 2016, and what I feel to be the slowest time of the year. I do though enjoy the cold, bundling at night with the pups in their little round fur balls, or lying by the fireplace with hot cocoa in hand. This is about the time I may actually be able to wear my winter coat out, and realize that perhaps I don’t need 3 or 4 coats here in Charlotte, because it only gets cold enough for one maybe 2 months out of the year. Only a few weeks ago was it almost 70 degrees, but has now dipped to about 50. I soon hope to share with you my vintage inspired Boden pink coat, as it is finally getting cold enough. My closet has more leather jackets than wool coats due to this climate, but I could not resist this vintage swing coat in leopard. 

Glad you are all  back after the Holidays. I hope everyone had enjoyed spending time with family, friends and if you took time off from your blog, time to recharge! I took the week off of Christmas, and it was nice to just enjoy being with my family and relax a bit more. It also gives me a fresh start for the New Year, and helped me think of some blog goals I want to consider. I know with the New Year, many people begin to think of health, exercise, etc, but I feel it should not only happen on a once a year basis! I don’t set goals like that, I try to assess what will improve my status with EDS, so I am weight lifting, swimming, and  walking. With the blog, I hope to have more topics added, Shopping on a Budget, Splurge or Save, Ways to Wear.. etc, and continue to do more Interviews with my Over 40 friends! I wish to share with you a bit more about me personally, and next week will devote a post to that. Some things about me may surprise you! Ex. I met my husband Rock Climbing. 🙂 I figured if I had to depend on him for my safety, I need to get to know him, and I better not tick him off!

At Christmas, I figured, I must have been “nice”as Santa brought me some very nice gifts this year, many on my “wish list”. One of these items was another pair of Over the Knee boots. I have always loved these and I think they are great for making one’s legs look  longer. When it comes to boots, I like leather, or suede, boots are items I like to invest or not skimp on. Santa brought these Vince Camuto Baldwin chocolate-brown leather OTK boots for me Christmas day. The leather is beautiful and the boot substantial. Love em. Santa listened! I am wearing my vintage leopard swing coat, that was a STEAL for $25 as a bought it on Ebay. Nothing like a little vintage touch to add to something more modern to give it a fun, unique style.

 The history of the Swing Jacket was interesting to me, as it was designed so that the dresses of the era fit comfortably under the jacket. From “Fashion History 101, ( site)”Dior confettied his now-infamous New Look upon the world in 1947, and girls everywhere began gussying up in impossibly full skirts. Such garments could hardly fit fashionably under the coats folks had previously worn, so a new form of outerwear was in order. Dior and a fellow designer Jacques Fath developed a full-skirt-friendly coat, the swing jacket, which fitted fast around the shoulders and trapezed out ambitiously to the knee.Like its cousin the trench, the swing coat has swayed into a variety of new forms with the passing of time. Swing jackets nowadays often fall at or above the waist, as seen with this classic J. Crew piece.”

One of the details, I loved wearing today, beside my cognac leather gloves and Obaku Denmark winter white elegant watch, is the little bear brooch with emerald eyes and moveable arms and legs. I HAD to get it, as the bear has a halo, and one of my many nicknames for Gibson, my shih tzu. I call him “Angel Bear”, as he is my angel and he looks like a teddy bear! So it has a sentimental meaning. 

Outfit:Vince Camuto OTK boots, ( santa)  Ann Taylor Sweater dress, ( old but like this)Swing leopard jacket, ( vintage Ebay, like this and this )Louis Vuitton speedy, vintage angel bear pin ( etsy), earrings: boutique, c/o Obaku Denmark watch

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   On Trend Tuesdays Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On,Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion 





Love the detail of the cognac leather gloves, winter white Obaku Denmark watch c/o, cashmere dress, and 3/4 length sleeves.





Did Santa bring you anything on your wishlist? 

I will be doing more Giveaways this year, in 2016, so you would learn about them and can participate by following me on INSTAGRAM. Would love you to follow me, and I would be happy to do the same. I am active on Facebook as well.

If you are not on the mailing list to get a weekly reminder to the link up, and wish to be, send me a note via contact or twitter. thanks!


Most clicked this week is:  Laurie of Vanity and Me blog with this fabulous rust  orange print dress with stylish hat. I totally dig the style and love that the influence was a movie.


PINTEREST PIC OF THE WEEK IS: From the blog Modavracha, with this elegant and sexy black lace ensemble, that I am going to have to borrow. Or at least buy the top. Love the pencil skirt too



  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    Posted at 21:38h, 10 January Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Great look

  • Martina Elegant40
    Posted at 13:06h, 08 January Reply

    I love your outfit with shades of brown. I like leo print as well / you can see today at my blog.

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 11:57h, 08 January Reply

    Fabulous jacket, it looks really snug and cosy. The bear brooch is just so cute! You must have been very good all year for Santa to bring those gorgeous leather boots!

    Emma xxx

  • Akaleistar
    Posted at 21:03h, 07 January Reply

    What a great look! Love the leopard coat 🙂

  • Anna Parkes
    Posted at 14:31h, 06 January Reply

    Totally gorgeous look today. The jacket looks super snuggly yet ultra chic – what a clever combination. Looks sensational with the OTK boots too x Thank you for the link up party.
    Anna’s Island Style

  • jolylook
    Posted at 13:29h, 06 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess. You look fabulous, love your cozy outfit.

    Joly Look

  • shesaidhesaid1314
    Posted at 12:28h, 06 January Reply

    We are leopard twins! Love your coat and those brooches, such a classic touch! Also your OTB boots are amazing, I love how soft the leather looks.

    Xo Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:27h, 06 January Reply

      HI Chelsea! Leopard is such a great neutral, when it is a quality leopard print. Awesome! I wanted to reply to your extensions post as they do look great on you. The brooch has special meaning and Santa did right with those boots! thank you

  • fleurani
    Posted at 19:29h, 05 January Reply

    Jess, I love this look from head to toe, the natural color combo with the leopard looks so polished yet so sophisticated.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:29h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you ! I fell in love with this swing coat when I first saw it! Glad you stopped by! xx

  • notdressedaslamb
    Posted at 19:14h, 05 January Reply

    Jess there’s so much gorgeousness in this outfit!! I love your new boots and the patterned tights peeking out. I think I remember the coat from before, it’s a beauty.

    Thank you so much for hosting and linking up to #iwillwearwhatilike!

    Catherine x

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:32h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Catherine!
      Thank you. Yes, I wore it once last year on the blog! Good memory :-)) It was such a steal and was in puuuufect condition when i got it. A favorite. Glad to be a part of your linkup too and best in 2016!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 19:13h, 05 January Reply

    Leopard Lovely!!! I adore all the sentiment behind this post from the gloves to the lil bear and everything in between!! Just gorgeous!! What a steal indeed as you look like a million bucks!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:34h, 06 January Reply

      Andrea, thank you, such a wonderful compliment. I appreciate you taking time to read about my brooch and all too! I really love vintage when I can find a deal like this. Enjoy your week xx

  • Ginger Wroot
    Posted at 18:37h, 05 January Reply

    So chic and cozy looking! I especially like the unique tights with the boots!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:35h, 06 January Reply

      Thank you friend! The jacket is so furry and cozy, so right! Have a wonderful week! xx

  • Elle
    Posted at 18:00h, 05 January Reply

    Jess, What score on that fabulous jacket! I also love the OTK boots, yay Santa! Love how you met your husband, thanks for sharing that! I do hope this year brings you better health, and lots of other goodies!
    xx, Elle

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 14:36h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Elle!
      Hope you had a wonderful NY, were your in Times Square? I will pop over. I love tall boots and he did quite well. Yes, I am athletic, but now have to choose different ways to exercise, no rock climbing anymore. thank you!!

  • Highland Fashionista (@Highlandista)
    Posted at 16:02h, 05 January Reply

    At coat looks so warm and snugly I LOVE it! Great with the boots as well!

  • cassidl
    Posted at 15:51h, 05 January Reply

    I am loving this coat, actually the whole outfit is fabulous. AS always you look amazing. Hope you had a wonderful holiday break and I look forward to seeing what you post in 2016

  • Debra
    Posted at 14:56h, 05 January Reply

    Hello darling.? I ADORE your beautiful swing coat & thank you for the lesson in fashion. So interesting. Hmm. ..I didn’t actually have a wish list for Christmas…at least clothing wise. I think you made out really well. Your hubby is a gem. I’m looking forward to 2016 & growing my blog & building more friendships with other fashion bloggers. Happy New Year my love!

    Stylewise by Debra

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 14:45h, 05 January Reply

    What an amazing coat! Looks great on you!

  • Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    Posted at 14:25h, 05 January Reply

    What a fabulous outfit and the jacket is just to die for Jess! I got down to my 3rd pair of OTKs. Just the best right now! Happy New Year my friend. xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

  • Petite Silver Vixen
    Posted at 13:44h, 05 January Reply

    The soft, mellow tones of the browns and beiges just look so good on your Jess.
    And that swing coat is a dream and wonderful in leopard print. And the brooch is just too adorable.
    Happy New Year to you, Jess and here’s to strong health for you in 2016.


  • asallows
    Posted at 13:36h, 05 January Reply

    What a statement jacket! Love the leopard print.


  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:29h, 05 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jess! Love this leopard fur coat, it looks great on you and those boots are fab! Wishing you a great 2016 🙂

  • cherie james
    Posted at 10:43h, 05 January Reply

    Right up my alley Jess, vintage leopard coat, you can’t get any better. Great cozy look! It is finally cold here so I’m able to wear my heavy vintage coats, which makes me so happy. Glad you had a nice holiday and I wish you all the best with your blog in the new year.


  • weshopinheels
    Posted at 10:34h, 05 January Reply

    What a beautiful leopard coat! Love the neutrals in this look. Perfect combo!

    We Shop in Heels

  • Spashionista
    Posted at 10:27h, 05 January Reply

    Happy New Year, Jess! Looking gorgeous as always, I’m looking forward to reading more about you!
    Santa brought me some very special jewelry. I can’t complain 🙂


  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 10:15h, 05 January Reply

    What great timing….I have a swing coat in the back of the closet and I’m going to pull it out and wear it today–seriously!! Thanks for the inspiration! jodie

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 10:09h, 05 January Reply

    I always wanted a leopard fuzzy coat but just know it won’t get much use. Love how you styled your pretty coat. Thank you for hosting and hope you are having a fab week!


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  • vanityandmeblog
    Posted at 10:02h, 05 January Reply

    Oh Wow! I got chosen again! Thank you so much Jess, although that hat? still not sure. Anyway about you and this fantastic look. I love animal print. and those earrings are truly stunning. Thank you for hosting and Happy new year
    Laurie x

  • Laurie Duncan
    Posted at 09:54h, 05 January Reply

    Love that leopard coat! So stylish! And great with those boots 🙂

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:41h, 05 January Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love that coat! So gorgeous! Great tights too!

  • Amy Ann
    Posted at 09:18h, 05 January Reply

    Love your coat! It ties the look together so well. One of my favorite parts about winter is fun outerwear. Happy 2016!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:13h, 05 January Reply

    I love the mix of patterns and textures! And that coat is so luxe. Perfect way to start out the new year! Wishing you a wonderful 2016!



  • Regina L. L. Wells
    Posted at 09:03h, 05 January Reply

    The tights are what drew me in first. Adorable! Your entire outfit is gorgeous. (And that is so cute about the bear brooch and your puppy baby.) I love your ideas for your blog this year. I’m a sucker for series. I am excited to see where you take it this year.

  • rachel
    Posted at 08:22h, 05 January Reply

    Gorgeous coat Jessica! I love a bit of leopard print, I am wearing a green leopard print number myself today!
    Happy new year to you lovely lady, wishing you a fabulous 2016!XX

  • thelifbissue
    Posted at 07:35h, 05 January Reply

    Jess, you look absolutely wonderful, that jacket is to die for. Hope you had a great start into 2016! Love, Kirsten xx


  • Laura
    Posted at 07:33h, 05 January Reply

    Fabulous coat! So chic!

  • Dawn Lucy
    Posted at 07:12h, 05 January Reply

    So pretty and luxe! Love the OTK boots with the patterned tights! Looking forwards to all your new features!
    Dawn Lucy

  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:43h, 05 January Reply

    Happy New Year you gorgeously stylish lady. Great look for winter and perfectly put together. I have a lovely image of you and the pups all bundled up. Precious!

  • Monica
    Posted at 06:37h, 05 January Reply

    Such a great outfit. I’m definitely in love with that leopard print coat. Happy new year!


  • Bogi - Red Reticule (@RedReticule)
    Posted at 06:37h, 05 January Reply

    You look gorgeous and elegant as ever! I adore that lovely coat on you paired with warm colors.

  • Olga
    Posted at 06:31h, 05 January Reply

    I’ve fallen in love with this leopard print jacket, what a beautiful thing! You look as elegant and stylish as always!

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:22h, 05 January Reply

    Happy New Year!! Love, love, love that jacket!

  • Savvy Southern Chic
    Posted at 06:05h, 05 January Reply

    Fabulous coat. Happy New Year.

  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 06:03h, 05 January Reply

    Always love a little leopard! Thanks for the link up, Jess!

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 05:52h, 05 January Reply

    Stunning outfit!! Loving your boots and jacket!! 🙂

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:23h, 05 January Reply

    Those boots are killer Jess…you know that I love them! And that coat is so fabulous, love the shorter length. The textured tights and sweater dress make the whole look even cozier. Winter finally showed up yesterday…as I write this it’s 4 degrees!

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 05:12h, 05 January Reply

    It’s a cute jacket, and lepard print looks stunning with your hair. Happy New Year, Jess!

  • Irene Papadopoulou
    Posted at 04:33h, 05 January Reply

    love the boots!thank you for hosting a great link up

    Posted at 04:30h, 05 January Reply

    So glad to meet old friend in the fresh year. happy New year Jess

  • samantha4blair
    Posted at 03:32h, 05 January Reply

    Oh Jess, this is a stunner on you!
    Your cosy jacket with the cropped sleeves…so elegant, and that cute brooch.
    Your open knit tights with the OTK boots is a great combination.
    I have just bitten the bullet and treated myself to some OTK boots….I have to admit to being a little scared of them.
    But, we must keep pushing ourselves and evolving and having fun with fashion, mustn’t we?
    Otherwise we end up looking dated and frumpy.
    So thank you for being my joint inspiration…Ann from KrembedelaKrembe is another OTK wearer, a totally different look as well. You have both made me realise that they can be both bold and feminine and don’t need to look trashy or cliched.
    I WILL wear them and they will perhaps end up my favourites??
    Who knows?
    Thank you for being an inspiration.

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

    This is a perfect outfit and really your style, Jess! You look fabulous.
    I have similar leather boots although not OTK but regular ones. Our winter has been very mild without snow so far and I am more than happy about it! No snow shovelling and no warm and bulky snowboots and down coats.

    Happy New Year from Germany!
    Annette | Lady of Style

  • Mica
    Posted at 02:39h, 05 January Reply

    Thank you for the link up!

    Happy new year! Glad you enjoyed your little blog break 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Katie D (Hello Katie Girl)
    Posted at 01:51h, 05 January Reply

    This outfit is simply gorgeous! The boots are fabulous and so is the jacket. Very classic and chic! Thanks for hosting!

  • Sheree
    Posted at 01:16h, 05 January Reply

    Happy new year! Love the cozy yet chic outfit. Living in LA, I know what you mean by the weather only cold for a few month.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 01:12h, 05 January Reply

    Love your warm and cozy yet so chic jacket – Happy New Year!


  • whosaprettygirl
    Posted at 01:09h, 05 January Reply

    You hit it out of the ball park with this look! That leopard coat…loving!!!!

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