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Turning Heads Linkup-Rock and Roll Style with My Zara Velvet Kimono


Hello Friends,

Let’s talk about music and some fashionable rocker style today.. but first…

Over the weekend we went to the Jazz Room, a smaller intimate venue in Charlotte, where we saw a pianist, Chad Lawson ,play Gershwin. Loved it! I am a lover of Jazz Standards and the tune “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” was one of Gershwin’s tunes the jazz band played at our wedding….it was supposed to be funny. I am sure by now you know that I graduated at Duquesne University’s School of Music with a B.A in Guitar Performance, and Music Education. I went for further education a few years later to receive my M. Ed. My main interest began when I was 10, playing guitar. I still remember the first tune I learned-“Dust in the Wind”.from .Kansas. I would later get books by John Denver and enjoyed playing folk and rock tunes. In high school and later, my inner rocker was released…. now, years later, I feel that with this outfit I am wearing…A long floral velvet kimono/duster, black jeans, and block heeled black booties, kind of gives off a “Stevie Nicks Vibe”.

Santa brought me this blue floral velvet kimono for Christmas as it was one of those other pieces i kept looking at on Zara’s website.

Ahh, I knew I wanted to branch out a bit in style this year.. and I do love the longer dusters and cardis I see ladies wearing. I also have a collection of moto jackets ( faux leather and leather), so rock and roll style is attainable! Hubby and i had a discussion lately about the music that we used to listen to. I was very much into Stevie Ray Vaughn, Clapton and old blues later in college. I played in a blues band, but stuck out like a sore thumb, as I bought a pink BC Rich Warlock  bass guitar from a fellow classmate. It was hot pink, with heavy metal shape…. Alongside of listening to blues, I love rock and jazz as well. Studying Music, I have a wide variety of tastes.. i’ll enjoy listening to Cat Stevens one day, and the next, Cherry Poppin Daddies, then maybe some Metallica..

( picture me playing this in a blues band! :-))

I saw this on Zara before Christmas when i was looking for a velvet kimono. I fell in love with the blueish purple background with the burgundy roses and olive leaved print. Styled with black column dressing, this kimono added print, texture and color to the look. Want a streamlined look? Style a blouse and pants/jeans in a single color ( in this instance, black) and the eye is drawn to the length in the kimono, not to mention I am wearing a 3 inch block heel making me 6 feet tall ;-

. When I taught guitar in my 20s, it was the era of Grunge. Lots of kids coming to me to play tunes by Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins. So, as far as fashion goes, I suppose that is what i think of when I look at plaid flannels… Anyway, this was such a fun look for me, I love the longer kimono/cardigan look, I will add a few more styles to my wardrobe.

Black column dressing. Lynne Ritchie choker top, Fabrizio Gianni black jeans, Jambu booties

On a side note, I will be taking more locational shoots when the weather gets warmer. ( one of my goals)

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Do you ever enjoy dressing like a rock star? Does music ever influence how you dress?


Choker top c/o Lynne Ritchie  ( similiar)

Black Jeans c/o Fabrizio Gianni ( like these jeans)

Anita Booties c/o Jambu

Zara velvet kimono ( out of stock, similar) great price on this Free People kimono

Treesje handbag ( older)

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    Kristin McMillan
    January 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I missed this (although I have been crazy busy and wasn’t feeling great for a while)! I love that kimono and how you styled it, Jess, especially given the “music” twist. I’ll email and tell you why this is so extra special to me seeing it today. And LOVE that pink bass. You go, girl!!! xoxoxo

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    January 18, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    This floral velvet kimono is stunning on you! I’m literally obsessed with it. I feel like this would be a great night time indie-rock look for Coachella !

    Posh Classy Mom

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    January 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

    That kimono is just drop dead gorgeous, I love the floral print on it and the colors as well! The all black look under it is chic and I love the little slit in the tee around the neckline. So pretty!


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    GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    January 18, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Love the kimono!!! So pretty!!!

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    Oceanblue Style “Salonblog”
    January 18, 2018 at 5:20 am

    This is a very cool look Jess. Need to check it out right away. It is definitely a must-have. Thanks for hosting xx Sabina

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    Rosie Holtzman
    January 17, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    You are giving all the rock stars a run for their money in that great coat!! Gorgeous as usual.

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    January 17, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Yes Santa was very good to you. I absolutely love this kimono on you, it is rich and beautiful . You look fabulous wearing it. I’m so glad you enjoyed the jazz. I hope you’re feeling well.

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    Northwest Mountain Living
    January 17, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Oh my gosh that is one beautiful Christmas present! I can see that will be on repeat throughout the seasons! I am looking for something like this with lots of color.
    Have a great rest of the week!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 17, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Cheryl! This was a kimono i kept looking at on Zara, hubby took note! I need some more long dusters and kimonos for my closet, as i do love the style. xx

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    January 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I love that bass guitar and would love to have seen you play it. Great outfit and totally Rocker Babe

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 17, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Hi Linda! I no longer have it, as you know from your sons, guitarist may be notorious for selling, trading or buying instruments. Thank you! It was really a fun time in my life. xx

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    January 17, 2018 at 6:37 am

    Love your velvet kimono! The colors are lovely and you wear it well!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 17, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Thank you Maureen! It really is fun to wear. xx

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    January 16, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    That Kimono is gorgeous, the shape and the detail is all beautiful. Beautiful accessories!

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    January 16, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    That velvet kimono is a show stopper! I typically think of kimonos as a summer layer, but this one is perfect for colder weather!

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 17, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thank you Laura! I really have a total of 2 kimonos one this one and a spring one, and really do enjoy wearing then.. ill be on the lookout! xx

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    January 16, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Beautiful kimono! I’m all for chanelling Stevie Nicks, I love her style! Your guitar is fabulous! I have a 1960s Gibson SG that I got signed by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. I’m still waiting for Angus to sign it! Did you name your pup Gibson after the guitar?

    Emma xxx

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      January 16, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Emma! That is beyond cool, How Elliot. Love Def Leppard! Photograph is one of my fav rock albums. Yes! Gibson is named after my Gibson 335 Guitar😉😁♥️

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      Jess Jannenga
      January 17, 2018 at 10:13 am

      Hi Emma, thanks! Yes, it was such a fun time, I miss performing in a band. That is so cool about Joe Elliot, I love Def Leoppard, one of my fav albums is Photograph. I did! We named Gibson after my 335 Gibson guitar. xx

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    Kelsey Bang
    January 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    obsessed with that coat! you rock it!

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    Cheryl Shops
    January 16, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    What a gorgeous kimono—it’s rock and roll, but elevated. You look beautiful!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

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    Is This Mutton?
    January 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    In love with your kimono- really beautiful!

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    January 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    I have been wanting a velvet kimono for a while now, in love with this one!! The colors and pattern are gorgeous! Also, how fabulous is that guitar?

    xx, Elise

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    Jacket Society
    January 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you so much for the feature Jess! Love your rock and roll look and by the way I love jazz too!

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    January 16, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    Beautiful kimono, Jess! Thanks for the link up!

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    January 16, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I enjoyed reading more about your musical background. This duster kimono is gorgeous and looks fab with your all black ensemble! I really like the choker neck top, too. Stay warm this week!

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    January 16, 2018 at 11:55 am

    This kimono is amazing, doll! Great piece!

    Le Stylo Rouge

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    January 16, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Jess! That is such a gorgeous kimono and you have the perfect silhouette for wearing it! I love it. And, could you be any cooler…a guitar player? Seriously, awesome!

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    Nicole Mölders
    January 16, 2018 at 11:08 am

    What a great coat! Perfect for a festival. Great colors on you. You look stunning in this coat.

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    Tatiana MoskatovaTatiana
    January 16, 2018 at 10:15 am

    I love the long cardigans/kimonos! And I love everything about this look, Jessica!


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    January 16, 2018 at 9:36 am

    This outfit is so you and your past, Jess!! What an incredible find!!

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    Amy Johnson
    January 16, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Oh I am so jealous! I love that floral velvet Kimono! What a statement piece!

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    January 16, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I actually bought this kimono too! It was my first velvet kimono piece and I know there will be so many ways to style it, especially come fall. It looks great on you, Jess! Hope you had a nice weekend!



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    Suzanne Smith
    January 16, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I always wanted to be Stevie Nicks so I might just need that fabulous kimono! I just hope I wear it as well as you do! Have a great day!

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    Nancy Baten
    January 16, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Wow! Fabulous look. I was in a Jazz hotel last weekend where there was a band playing at breakfast!

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    January 16, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I love that velvet kimono on you! I was just thinking to myself earlier today that despite all of my kimonos and my love for them, I don’t have a velvet one! Maybe a gap I need to fill in my wardrobe when it gets cooler (I imagine it would be too warm for our current Brisbane summer!) Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week 🙂 Had my first day back at work after extended leave today so not the best day for me haha.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    January 16, 2018 at 7:05 am

    My sister works for Davitt and Hanser who make BC Rich guitars and she goes to NAM Conventions twice a year!!! Love your guitar and your robe…love a rock edge vibe in my clothes too!!!

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    Savvy Southern Chic
    January 16, 2018 at 7:04 am

    That kimono is amazing on you!

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    January 16, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Woah Jess, you look stunning in this kimono, what a fab piece! Love it so much =) Kisses and thanks for the linkup

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion and beauty blog

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    January 16, 2018 at 6:56 am

    Jess, I love, love, love this look! That velvet duster is so amazing! I just styled a duster kimono which should be on the blog this week sometime…and I was totally feeling the Stevie Nicks vibe, so I did the photos in front of a guitar store! And your pink guitar! Yes, indeed, I can picture you rocking out on that beauty in any band. I loved all this musical background in this post, too. Fabulous post. Stunning look!


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    January 16, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Oh this is such a beautiful look. That jacket, Jess, is divine! Hope you have a lovely week, friend!

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    Andrea Nine
    January 16, 2018 at 6:17 am

    You are a beauty, that kimono is a beauty and so is that awesome Rich Warlock! You wold look fierce playing that, I’m thinking in all black. LOVE the rich colors in that kimono!

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    January 16, 2018 at 5:46 am

    That guitar would stand out anywhere, it’s insanely cool! And that kimono? You know that I obviously am in love with it.

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    January 16, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Santa was indeed good to you – that duster is gorgeous! Nice nod to Stevie Nicks! The hot pink bass guitar is super cool but I can totally see why you’d stick out like a sore thumb in a blues band – ha – but it’s super pretty. My younger son has a sax and played in the school jazz band for a few years, we always loved going to the concerts. Every once in awhile he’ll take the sax out and play it – such a treat! What a fun time in your life that must have been playing in bands!

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    Meagan Brandon
    January 16, 2018 at 4:14 am

    That kimono is so dreamy and chic! Love the dark floral print for winter.


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    passion fruit, paws and peonies
    January 16, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Wow what a fabulous Kimono!! The colours are gorgeous and suit you beautifully! xx

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    Vanity And Me Style
    January 16, 2018 at 2:39 am

    I’m popping over now to see if this is still available. I love the colours Jess, although I would most probably have to turn it up. xx

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    Jill James
    January 16, 2018 at 1:23 am

    Your new velvet coat looks wonderful -the black column always the best base. The Jazz Rooms sounds so good – just my sort of place. I will enjoy seeing how you play with your style this year.

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    January 16, 2018 at 1:06 am

    That is soooooooo gorgeous-that’s an elegant way to branch out-Love it!

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