Turning Heads Linkup -Soft Surroundings Review - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup -Soft Surroundings Review

Hello friends!

Wow, here we are in 2018, and I am glad to be back on the blog, although the rest and getting to celebrate with family was wonderful. I hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and celebrated big! It was so much fun on Christmas day when the pups dug into their stockings! They were so excited.  We kept it easy for New Years Eve, as we enjoyed watching the Ball drop and cooking a fancy meal of crab cakes, corn soueffle and other goodies. We toast the New Year with a delicious bottle of vino. Today’s post is very apropo to start the New year with and one of my favorite fabric and trends of the year, velvet.  I’m thrilled to start of the first collaboration of the New year with the company, Soft Surroundings. 

By now, you all know that I wear clothing that has to be comfortable and soft on my skin. Having EDS, there was a time where my skin was very sensitive I  had to actually cut the back of my socks, to be able to wear them. I presently, dont have that kind of sensitivity anymore, but choose not to wear anything tight or constricting. Why not feel good with what you are wearing?

Soft Surroundings is a company with the philosophy of  ‘putting yourself first, you can take better care of friends and family and hopefully live a happier, more fulfilling life.” This belief is shown throughout their clothing and bedding, as women should feel good as well as be able to take care of themselves with stylish yet comfortable clothing,  a good nights rest and wonderful bedding. I know myself, that my bedroom is my “sanctuary’.

Soft Surrounding’s first catalogue was first sent in July 1999, and they originate in St Louis, Missori. There is also a Char lotte location that i have to check out!

The items they sell are rated 1-3 for softness. They sell not only clothing, but bedding, jewelry, shoes, and beauty items. i love that!

1 rated -so soft  2 heavenly soft 3 ultimate softness

Prior to Christmas, I chose this elegant Velvet Wrap Dress in the blue-grey color, “Stormy Seas”. I loved the tassel detail a, the draped dramatic sleeves, and the longer length. One of the Christmas gifts hubby gave me was tickets to Phantom of the Opera, and I thought, what a perfect dress for the night! I chose the jewelry to add sparkle and a vintage flare to the dress. When I saw this antique gold and sapphire blue necklace,The Mademoiselle Necklace,  I knew it would be a lovely addition to my jewelry collection and add some sparkle to this lovely dress, not to mention it fit in with my love for vintage or vintage inspired jewelry. I finished off the look with these festive and fun beaded gold Felicity drop ball earrings. Had we gone out for New years Eve, I would have worn this! I do see myself wearing this going out to dinner, certain events and love the soft feel. I am wearing an XS in this dress.

The look was completed with my tasseled black leather sandals from Adrian Allen, and my fog grey Love bag by Rebecca Minkoff. You can’t beat the luxury of velvet and how you feel wearing it. I have always loved it and enjoy wearing such a soft fabric.

Soft Surroundings has so many lovely clothes to choose from, and the details make them special

Do check out the Soft Surroundings website! They have both casual and dressy wear. I am one to love a beautiful, comfortable robe. You need to check out these as they look like something I could get used to wearing!

Love this ROBE, and of course, these DOG DAY PAJAMAS! 

c/o My dress and jewelry  were gifted to me by Soft Surroundings. My review is truthful and as always written by me.


Velvet wrap dress c/o Soft Surroundings

Madmoeiselle Necklace c/o Soft Surroundings

Felicity Gold drop earrings c/o Soft Surroundings

Black leather sanadals c/o Adrian Allen

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  • Claire justine
    Posted at 08:35h, 08 January Reply

    Beautiful dress Jess, I love velvet 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays.

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 01:00h, 06 January Reply

    Happy New Year and thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

  • Kelsey Bang
    Posted at 20:58h, 04 January Reply

    you look gorgeous in velvet! great look!


  • Elle
    Posted at 16:02h, 04 January Reply

    What a beautiful photo shoot and collaboration. I love your soft velvet wrap dress. It is so elegant on you and I also adore the golden earrings that you chose. I hope you are enjoying your new year so far.

  • blogthirtyminusone
    Posted at 11:48h, 04 January Reply

    You look stunning. Love the dress and all the accessories, in particular the necklace.

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 11:24h, 04 January Reply

    I live in St. Louis, where Soft Surroundings is founded! It is a real treat to go in their stores, everything is just so lovely and SOFT! I love this wrap dress on you, the color is so beautiful and it definitely looks very soft and cozy! That statement necklaces goes with the dress perfectly!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:27h, 04 January Reply

      Thats neat Carrie! We have one here in Charlotte, but i need to visit. I love the soft factor. Thank you! xx

  • Ashley
    Posted at 11:14h, 04 January Reply

    Loving this velvet dress, babe- I have a similar version and it’s a such a fun piece to break out!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 14:15h, 03 January Reply

    What a fabulous idea! I love soft fabrics – like you, comfort is really important to me. That dress is utterly divine and suits you down to a tee. I love it!!
    Suzy xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:13h, 04 January Reply

      Thank you Suzy! Yes, I loved the softness rating! so glad you liked the dress, I look forward to wearing it. xx

  • Maureen
    Posted at 14:05h, 03 January Reply

    This is such a beautiful dress. It fits you perfectly! The material looks soft to the touch and the color is lovely.


  • richardson4lisa
    Posted at 11:36h, 03 January Reply

    I was just in Soft Surroundings Friday with my mom and had one of their catalogs waiting in my mailbox when I got home. They have such beautiful things. You have the perfect body type for their clothing, Jess. I think being tall and thin matches with their styles perfectly. That dress is gorgeous on you and the jewelry paired beautifully. Happy New Year!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:17h, 03 January Reply

      HI Lisa, There is one here in Charlotte that i need to visit. It was hard to pick something, as i liked quite a bit of their clothing. Thank you for the lovely compliment. The necklace I spied right away as I love the style! blessings to you in the New year! xx

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 08:46h, 03 January Reply

    Really beautiful dress! I’m a big fan of velvet. I love that they rate items by softness! Gorgeous necklace too! Happy New Year 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:31h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you Emma! Me too! I have always loved it! I know, the softness rating really appealed to me as did when i first saw this necklace. xx

  • Laura
    Posted at 21:30h, 02 January Reply

    That velvet dress is seriously amazing! And I love how the grey color looks against your hair!

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 20:27h, 02 January Reply

    Happy New Year! That dress is just stunning! I love the color and it looks amazing on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:33h, 03 January Reply

      Same to you! thank you Laura, I thought the style was me for sure, and it is made so well. xx

  • Rena
    Posted at 19:07h, 02 January Reply

    Fabulous outfit, Jess. I adore all of the details and you look great. Finding a velvet dress has been on my wish list for awhile so I’ll looking at Soft Surroundings to see if they carry one that matches my needs. Thanks for sharing your styling ideas and for the link up. I hope that the year ahead is full of joy and prosperity for you.


  • Theresa
    Posted at 18:15h, 02 January Reply

    Oh my. That is one beautiful comfy looking dress. The color looks great on you. I have purchased many things from Soft Surroundings and have been very pleased with their products. Though I’ve never purchased a dress. Might be time! And that necklace is out of this world gorgeous.

    Happy New Year!


  • Rosie Holtzman
    Posted at 16:41h, 02 January Reply

    Hi Jess !! Happy New Year !!! Ours was super low key as well, and I like it that way. Anyway, velvet is one of my favorite fabrics, and I was happy to see it come back around into style again. I have a couple of Soft Surroundings pieces and I like them. The blue color of your dress goes perfectly with your gorgeous hair. Hope you have a great 2018!!

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 15:30h, 02 January Reply

    Your dress looks so soft and comfy—and it’s beautiful too! Happy new year!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • jacqui
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 January Reply

    Super velvet dress that looks super on you. I’m featuring a similar dress on my blog this week. Thanks for sharing and hosting today. Jacqui

  • Tatiana Moskatova
    Posted at 12:42h, 02 January Reply

    I love this dress on you Jess! Very classy and festive!

  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 12:33h, 02 January Reply

    Sounds like a cool company! I am loving this dress on you so much. Gorgeous!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • carmen
    Posted at 12:09h, 02 January Reply

    You look gorgeous in your velvet wrap dress Jess! Thank you for featuring me in my Joseph Ribkoff faux fur jacket. It’s my favourite jacket from a great Canadian company! I am wearing a thrifted velvet leopard coat made in USA in my new post.

    Have a happy, fashionable year!

  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 11:53h, 02 January Reply

    Thank you Mica! I loved the style and thought i would enjoy wearing it to see the Musical as well as out to ear. wishing you the best in 2018! xx

  • Roxanne
    Posted at 11:31h, 02 January Reply

    I love soft surroundings! I love how this dress looks on you, and the fabric is luxurious! Happy New Year!

  • Kristin McMillan
    Posted at 11:19h, 02 January Reply

    Fabulous dress that’s so gorgeous on you, Jess! That will be perfect for Phantom of the Opera. Glad you are back at the blog and hopefully enjoying a beautiful start to the New Year. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful outfits this year! xoxoxo

  • Jennie
    Posted at 11:18h, 02 January Reply

    This is a gorgeous velvet dress and I really like the beautiful shade of grey. Your accessories are beautiful and look perfect with it! Happy New Year, Jess!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 11:09h, 02 January Reply

    You can almost feel the softness. What a lovely dress and I really love the way you accessorized it (the necklace is especially beautiful)

  • Jodie
    Posted at 10:02h, 02 January Reply

    That outfit is so you, Jess!! Absolutely gorgeous and so stunning!!!
    Happy 2018!

  • Mary Murnane
    Posted at 09:44h, 02 January Reply

    Beautiful dress, Jess! Love the color on you! So pretty! Happy 2018!



  • Jone't
    Posted at 09:41h, 02 January Reply

    Happy New Year, Jess! What a great introduction to a Soft Surroundings. I love the velvety dress and the subtle details make it a show stopper. As always, you’ve accessorized it beautifully. Well done, my friend. Xo Jonet

  • Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    Posted at 08:49h, 02 January Reply

    That dress looks amazing on you, Jess!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 08:47h, 02 January Reply

    That dress is gorgeous! I could see all sorts of times it would be perfect! Love your necklace too. Hope you have a happy new year!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 08:41h, 02 January Reply

    What a perfect color to start the new year off in! I love how you paired the glam baubles with it too 🙂 Happy New Year, Jess!



  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 08:34h, 02 January Reply

    That velvet wrap dress looks so comfortable and stylish – oh my goodness, I want one! It looks as comfortable as wearing a robe but way more elegant! The color is fabulous on you too Jess and your jewelry couldn’t be more perfect. Happy New Year!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:22h, 02 January Reply

    What a gorgeous dress, Jess! It looks very soft and comfortable, too, while still being very elegant and classy! And your jewelry is spot on, of course! Stunning, my friend. Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 07:09h, 02 January Reply

    That is such a beautiful dress Jess! The color, the style, the velvet…love everything about it. I’m glad you had a fabulous holiday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:42h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Deb! Thank you, i love the color too, something i dont have much of in my closet. best wishes 2018! xx

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:21h, 02 January Reply

    That soft velvet and wrap drape is so gorgeous on you Jess! May 2018 bring you immeasurable JOY!!

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 03:50h, 02 January Reply

    Happy New Year Jessica! What a lovely dress and the earrings are gorgeous!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:31h, 02 January Reply

    You never fail! I love that dress! I love wrap dresses! And the earrings and the bag are very stylish. Velvet wears fantastic, it really is so very soft. I never liked it, but I ordered one Velvet skirt and I was hooked! Happy New Year Jess!

  • Katie
    Posted at 02:37h, 02 January Reply

    I can’t get enough of velvet this year, so I am head over heels in love with your dress! I hope you had a very happy New Year and thanks for hosting!


  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 01:42h, 02 January Reply

    Beautiful dress Jess. I love the sleeves and tis must feel super soft! Happy new year to you xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:40h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you Laurie It is very soft. Have a great day! xx

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 01:11h, 02 January Reply

    Oh that is such a stunning velvet dress! it looks beautiful on you and you have accessorised perfectly (as always!) with the necklace and earrings. I think you can never go wrong with the Love bag either, it works with so many outfits! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Happy new year! Hope that 2018 is off to an amazing start for you. Our pup enjoyed his Christmas stocking too – and has been snacking on some of the treats he got over the past few days 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:50h, 03 January Reply

      Thank you Mica! It is on of my favorites and the accessories are also from SS. I couldnt pass up the blue stone necklace. Best wishes to you too Mica!xx

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