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Turning Heads #Linkup-Steelers Colors: Black and Gold-A Tribute to Dad


Hello Ladies

Welcome to Turning Heads Tuesday. I don’t wish to write a lot today, but wanted first to thank you for the support I received while away from the computer. My dad passed suddenly over 2 weeks ago ; so I , along with puppies and spouse in tow, went to Pittsburgh for the hardest time of  my life. My brothers and sister met us at mom’s house.

I want today just to share with you a few things to “celebrate” my Dad, he was an amazing person and I love him dearly. It is difficult to write. I HAD to dress in Black and GOLD today to wear this for my Dad. He was a Pittsburgh  Steelers Fan all of the way, and neighbors down the street could attest to this, as they would most likely hear him shout at the TV during a Pittsburgh Steelers’ Football Games.

Today I did not dress so much for myself, as black is somewhat stark or harsh on me without color, but I am dedicating this post to my Dad. I wore a black dress with a lace applique at the top, lace black tights, with black and gold accents on the bows of my Coach shoes, the thin bow belt around my waist, and the vintage gold brooch I wore the last week.  Both my watch and earrings are gold, and the one thing I am missing is a Terrible Towel ( Steelers fans know in which I am referring) that I could have tied around my neck as a scarf.

The black, gold leopard print clutch added more of the motif as well as added print. My Dad was proud of what I have been doing. He told me many times,” I think you found your niche.” I just have one or two funny stories to celebrate Dad, as he did have a great sense of humor ( could it be where I got mine?)

My siblings and I have a distinct memory of going to Disney World in the boat sized car, the Caprise Classic, when I was little. As I was the tallest one, I must have drawn the short straw, because I sat behind  dad who always had the seat pulled all the way back for his long legs. Being that the trip was 24 hours by car, as kids we listened to the cassette tape he prepared. Unfortunately, at the time, there were 3 songs played repeatedly in a loop for our “enjoyment.” The Clancy Brother’s tune, ( an Irish must!) , Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All”, and the constant refrain of Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock and Roll. As years went by, I finally caught on and bought a pair of earphones and Walkman ! A Great Memory.

Dad had a great memory for telling jokes and stories. He loved the movie Best in Show, and would ask us repeatedly, did you see the movie, Best in Show.? It became a joke as we would ask him if he had seen the movie each time we saw him. He would tell us stories, many times over, where all of us would say in chorus, “heard that”! It was just amusing and we would at times just humor dad by listening to a familiar tale.

We had so many memories to share, but it has been such a difficult time, the  last 2 weeks felt like 2 months. I wanted to honor my Dad today, by wearing his favorite team’s colors and hope I did it some justice. 


Thank you friends for your emails and prayers. 

xo jess

Dress: Ann Taylor: Tweed Jacket: Ann Taylor , Vintage Gold Brooch, ( Etsy, new), Belt: Target, Shoes: Coach, Clutch: Express, Earrings: Charming Charlies







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  • Reply
    Lady of Style
    February 16, 2016 at 4:17 am

    What a wonderful post in honour of your dad, Jess! I am sure he would have loved it! My parents just both turned 80 and they are so proud of my achievements too. Since we live in the same town, I am glad to see them very often and don’t want to even think of what may happen some day… Much love to you!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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    February 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I’m sure he would be so proud. I’ve lost both my parents and miss them every day. Saying prayers for you and your family.

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      Jess Jannenga
      February 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you so much. Yes, it has been hard. My dad and I were very close, as we all are as a family. I appreciate your comments and prayers. xx

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    February 15, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Wow!! Love everything about this look.

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    Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty)
    February 15, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. You have my sympathy

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    Emma Peach
    February 13, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Your post is a lovely tribute to your dad Jess. You have been in my thoughts since I heard your sad news. I’m sure those happy memories will bring you much comfort over the years to come.

    Much love,

    Emma xxx

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    February 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    What a sweet and moving post! You are a true tribute to your father, day in and day out. I can imagine his pride in you! How thoughtful to wear these colors in his honor. thank you for sharing your sweet memories of him!
    I am sorry for your loss, truly, give yourself time ..
    love, Elle

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    February 11, 2016 at 12:33 am

    So sorry for your loss Jess, I don’t even know what to say that could make you feel better. I hope that he is now in a better place and that he will continue to watch and protect you and your family from above. You look so elegant btw.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

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    February 10, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    ((((((Hugs)))))) to you Dear Jess! What a beautiful tribute and I loved the stories you shared… Best in Show is a GREAT movie that cracks me up every time I see it, and now that Air Supply song is an earworm in my head! ;o) Love to you!


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    Mary Murnane
    February 10, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss, Jess! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. What a lovely way to pay homage to your dad, by wearing the colors of his favorite team, and so beautifully I might add. I’m certain he is smiling down on you from heaven and that his spirit will carry you through the difficult days ahead. xox-M

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    50 Is Not Old
    February 10, 2016 at 8:36 am

    What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. I still have you and your family in my prayers, I cannot imagine the heartbreak you have been going through.

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    Suzy Turner
    February 10, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear such sad news about your dad. I cannot imagine what you must be going through right now. What a lovely tribute though, to dress in black and gold for him. I think you look absolutely stunning and I’m sure he would feel the same. Much love xx

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    Reasons to Dress (@reasonstodress)
    February 10, 2016 at 4:39 am

    My sincerest condolences to you and your family and you are such a positive person I can only imagine who you got it from!

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    Pam Greer
    February 9, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your father. You look beautiful in those colors and a wonderful way to honor him.

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    February 9, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    Love the business chic outfit! 🙂

    And those shoes are so cute! 🙂

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      February 9, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      And I’m sorry for your loss.. unimaginable! The memories were nice to read!

      Wishing you all the strength!

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        Jess Jannenga
        February 29, 2016 at 1:58 pm

        Thank you. I am gad you enjoyed reading about the memories with my dad. I hold them close to my heart.

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    Highland Fashionista
    February 9, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I really love the texture of that jacket! LOVE the black and gold! I’ll meet you halfway with the gold. I’m a Packers girl…

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    Andrea Nine
    February 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I too wish I could give you hug in person Jess! Been thinking of you these past couple weeks and I know this is not an easy time at all! You’re such a woman of class and grace and the fact that you showed us this loving tribute to your dad speaks of your amazing heart. I adore the Disney World memory you shared with us, just one of the many I am sure, to warm your heart of your sweet father. Lots of love to you my friend!!

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    Sheela Goh
    February 9, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    You’ve been in my thoughts since I found out, Jess, my heartfelt wishes to you and yours. My dad and I are extremely close, and when we almost lost him due to cardiac arrest, it was beyond traumatic. I can only imagine your heartbreak. With all my love and hugs.

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    Amy Ann
    February 9, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about the lose of your father. I saw your post while you were away and wondered what happened. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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    February 9, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I am very sorry for your dad. This is a sad time. May the sweet nemories of him, warm your heart…
    A hug

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    Ginger Wroot
    February 9, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    How very sweet to dedicate this post to your father, and I send my sincere sympathies to you and yours. You look lovely and classy, as always, my dear.

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    Jacket Society
    February 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Jess, having lost both my parents I know it is a difficult thing to go through no matter when it happens.

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    [email protected]
    February 9, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Jess, I’m very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. I have two sisters in Pittsburgh so I know how important the Steelers are. I root for them when they play! I know your Dad is looking at you with love as you honor him. Peace.

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    Crissy Fundaro
    February 9, 2016 at 11:54 am

    My condolences Jess! Hoping you take this time to remember and cherish all the great times. Your dad would be proud in your black and gold outfit. xo


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    Sarah Blodgett
    February 9, 2016 at 11:43 am

    This is such a stunning look! So sorry for your loss

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    Petite Silver Vixen
    February 9, 2016 at 11:23 am

    A heartfelt tribute to your Dad, who would be very proud of you Jess. I’m sorry for your loss. It’s very hard losing a parent even when you’re an adult. I hope in time the wonderful memories of him will be comforting to you.


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    February 9, 2016 at 10:41 am

    So very sorry for your loss! You look very elegant and chic today!

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    Amy Johnson
    February 9, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Losing my own father was one of the greatest sorrows of my life. I love how you dedicated your post and outfit to him. Your outfit is very elegant. I love the gold brooch.

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    Laurie Duncan
    February 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    What great stories about your dad! I know how it feels, I lost my dad almost 30 years ago and I still miss him. But I have so many great memories of him to hold on to. You look great in your black and gold outfit, by the way. 🙂

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    cherie james
    February 9, 2016 at 10:15 am

    What a lovely tribute to your father Jess. He sounded like a wonderful man. Despite the sadness your outfit is elegant and beautiful. Sending lots of hugs your way. Thank you for hosting.


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    February 9, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Jess….I’m so so sorry! I know it’s so sorrowful right now, but what a wonderful tribute in dressing in those colors! Your family will be in our prayers. jodie

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    Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style
    February 9, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I am so sorry for your loss, and I wish you and your the family the best. This was a lovely tribute and how you paid homage to his memory through what you wore.

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    February 9, 2016 at 9:41 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    [email protected]
    February 9, 2016 at 9:36 am

    You are a strong, amazing woman, Jess and I know this time has been difficult. Thank you for the example of class you set for so many. I am really sorry for your loss, and continue to be impressed with the daughter your dad raised!

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    February 9, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Sending you big hugs! So sorry for you loss, you will forever have the wonderful memories. My Steelers loving father passed when I was just 13 and his memory lives large! A wonderful tribute and you look lovely! When I sport my Steelers gear and wave my Terrible Towel next season, I will have thoughts of you and your father!

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    February 9, 2016 at 9:20 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I love the picture of him, he looks so happy! I am so sorry for your loss, and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers..



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    February 9, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. This post is a really beautiful tribute to your dad!


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    February 9, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss – this is such a lovely tribute to a great man!

    Have a great week!


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    February 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

    You are in my thoughts and prayers!!

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    February 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    What a beautiful tribute to your Dad – he sounds like a simply wonderful man. Your gorgeous outfit pays him Steelers respect- I shall wave a towel for him today. xox


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    February 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family Jessica! He seemed like an awesome man and father.
    Rachel xo

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    February 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. What a beautiful tribute❤️

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    February 9, 2016 at 7:47 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss Jess, this is such a beautiful tribute to your dad!

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    February 9, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss Jess. I lost my dad about 11 years ago and it left such a deep pit in my heart. Daughters definitely hold a special place in a dads heart . You look amazing in this outfit and I’m sure he would be so proud!


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    Dawn Lucy
    February 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

    Awww, Sweetheart … a beautiful tribute. And such a cute pic of mom and dad. My folks were big football fans too and I teared up during the Super Bowl thinking I wish they could’ve lived to see it being played in our town. Dad must’ve had a great sense of humor … Best in Show is awesome!

    Dawn Lucy


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    February 9, 2016 at 7:01 am

    You’re so strong + brave, lady. You look lovely here and I’m sure your dad would adore it!


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    February 9, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Hugs to you, Jess! Wish I lived closer so I could do that in person. I’m so sorry for your loss and have prayed for you dear friend!

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    February 9, 2016 at 6:16 am

    I am so sorry for you loss! This post was a beautiful tribute to your dad! I love the outfit you created to honor him!

    Doused In Pink

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    February 9, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Incredibly sorry for your loss! Sending massive prayers to you and your family!

    xo, Chanda

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    Savvy Southern Chic
    February 9, 2016 at 6:08 am

    SO sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute.

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    OceanBlue Style “Salonblog”
    February 9, 2016 at 5:56 am

    So sorry for your loss Jess And you could not have thought of a more elegant and beautiful outfit to honor you dad. I am suer he was very proud of you. I do not think we are every prepared for that moment…sending you lots of love. Sabina

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    February 9, 2016 at 5:33 am

    A truly beautiful tribute Jess. I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Debbie xx

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    Not Dressed As Lamb (@notlamb)
    February 9, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Jess you’re very brave coming back to the blog and sharing your wonderful stories of your dad with us, and again, I’m so sorry for your loss. My mum and dad are 82 and 87 respectively and I’m not at all prepared for the day either of them leaves us (in fact I’m sitting here in tears writing this)! My heart absolutely goes out to you – and of course, it goes without saying that your outfit is a chic and stylish tribute to him ❤️

    Much love to you
    Catherine xxxxxxx

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    February 9, 2016 at 4:33 am

    You know how I feel, how we all feel. I am sure your dad is now your guardian angel.
    Tons of love, dear Jess

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    February 9, 2016 at 4:25 am

    Jess, It is great to see you back. Especially reading your heartfelt tribute to your Dad (may he rest in peace). I hope you have found some comfort in the love from your friends. Both those who know you in “real life” and those of us who support you from the other side of the world.
    Much love
    P.S. You inspired me to buy a vintage brooch!…. I just need to figure out how to style it now :o)

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    February 9, 2016 at 4:16 am

    So sorry to hear about your loss dear! This post is a wonderful tribute to your dad, it was nice to read all those sweet memories you shared here.

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    Tiina L
    February 9, 2016 at 4:11 am

    What a touching tribute, I’m so sorry for your loss.

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    Jill James
    February 9, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. Your tender tribute to him was so touching and you will hold those memories forever in your heart.

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    February 9, 2016 at 3:59 am

    So sorry Jess, so sad.
    Laurie x

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    February 9, 2016 at 2:57 am

    I am very sorry for your great loss Jess. Sometimes life leaves gaps that cannot be ever filled again, but it sounds like you two created many great memories for you to cherish and keep in your heart.

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    February 9, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Oh I am so sorry for your loss. Your father sounds like a lovely man and you must really be hurting. I hope you take all the time you need to celebrate the good things and memories he has left behind.

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    Katie D (Hello Katie Girl)
    February 9, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Jess. This post and the symbolism behind your outfit is a really beautiful tribute to your father. As someone who grew up in Pittsburgh, I totally understand the devotion your dad had to the Steelers and I love how you paid homage to that in what you wore, even if you didn’t find a way to sport the famous terrible towel!


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    February 9, 2016 at 1:24 am

    I know you were away for an emergency but I did not know what for. I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great man and you will have his stories, his laughter and his sense of humor to remember him by.

    You are so sophisticated in black and gold remembering your dad and honoring him. Hugs, Ada.

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    [email protected]
    February 9, 2016 at 1:13 am

    I am so very sorry for you loss, Jess! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    I’m glad you and your siblings got to share some favorite memories with each other! Beautiful outfit in honor of your dad’s favorite team!

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