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Turning Heads Linkup – The Best Graphic Tee for Me

I know you aren’t used to seeing me in tee shirts. Heck, I am not used to seeing me in tee shirts. I had to put a bit of my own spin on things, but this graphic tee really spoke to me and I had to get it! “Dog Mother Wine Lover” was the shirt for me!

Graphic Tees

I bought one other tee this year, and I shared it yesterday on the blog, in the post, Pittsburghese, How to Talk Like a Pittsburgher. So have a read 🙂

Dog Mother

As Maria, from the Sound of Music once said, “These are a few of my favorite things..” I am a dog momma to Gibson and Truffles, the two most delightful bears on the planet. They make me smile and I never get tired of being around my pups. I have been a dog lover since I was a tiny tot.

We had Shadow, a black little mutt, I fell in love with at 6 years of age, when I held her in my arms. The next dog was Buttercup, a loving, blonde mutt who we loved watching her eat peanut butter off her long nose.

I have always had a love and affinity for dogs and hope to volunteer at a local shelter in the future. Dogs are great companions, there for you no matter what, and love you as you love them. I always stop to pet the pooches when we are out. I can’t help myself!

I love to think of myself as a dog advocate, as I sign petitions and write my Congresswoman about abolishing puppy mills and other animal issues I feel strongly about.

My hubby and laugh as when I was little we had “mutts” a mixture of certain breeds. Now, there are so many mixed breeds, but no one calls them mutts, as if that is a derogatory term! You hear I have a Golden-shitzu-poodle- or a goldenzuoodle… Ok, I made that up, but people do love to tell you all the breeds in their dog.

Wine Lover

Another thing we love to joke about is our sophisticated wine palettes, remembering a time where the Box of Wine reigned as Queen. Franzia, Zinfandel was the wine of choice in college, or around that age, as fine wines weren’t as easy to afford, and you can get a lot of wine from that box! 😉

Now, as I am older, I love to sniff and swirl. I find that I am more content when I get to do that before sipping. ( you know I am kidding!) My wine tastes have changed a bit when I used to favor a spicy Syrah or Shiraz and now, I have opened my mind to more complex Cabernets and have a love for Spanish Wines. I still can’t detect marshmallow or toasted almonds in my wines, but know I love a fruit forward dry wine. And let’s face it, it’s all about enjoying the flavor!

These photos were taken at “The Cottage”, a place where everyone knows your name. Oh, that’s Cheers! Well, everyone knows our names there too, as we will go there to hang out, have a conversation and enjoy the view when it’s warm, as it is by Lake Norman. They also love having the pups there.

Speaking of loving wines have a read from our Napa and Sonoma Trips last October. It was an amazing time!

We have over 100 vineyards here in NC, and many near us, so you will be seeing some posts on our local NC Vineyards as well.I have written about a few, so if you live nearby, or want to visit, the Yadkin Valley area, has many wineries. And don’t fear! NC is not only about sweet wines ( Scuppernog, and Moscato) as I don’t like anything sweet, even Resiling!  Our favorite vineyard, an hour away, Raylen Vineyards, has many events and welcome doggies They also have some outstanding wines, our favorite lately, is the BB Blend. The Borbon Barrelled red wine.

I bought these snakeskin heels about 3 years ago. Seems what goes around comes around.!


Tee shirt– Amazon

Jeans- Wit and Wisdom ( older style, see below for links)

Blazer c/o Fabrizio Gianni

Pink snakeskin heels ( older) ASOS.

JJ Winters-clutch

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  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 16:31h, 30 March Reply

    Hi Jess! I love your tee shirt and it is perfect for you! I have been looking for one, but haven’t found the perfect one yet! I too am a wine lover and I’m so excited to know about Raylen Winery! We have several wineries close by and they are fun to visit! You always style things perfectly…I can’t believe you had a pair of shoes to match this fun tee! BTW your pups are adorable

  • Jessica Windle
    Posted at 17:48h, 29 March Reply

    That’s the perfect tee shirt! How fun!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Emily
    Posted at 16:24h, 28 March Reply

    You can’t go wrong with a good graphic tee! Love, love love these photos!

    -Emily | http://www.TheEmilyEdition.com

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 17:58h, 27 March Reply

    I love your graphic tee, it’s so perfect for you! It looks great with the jacket and jeans! Fab snake print shoes too!

    Emma xxx

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 13:43h, 27 March Reply

    I just love that graphic tee! It is so cute and SO you! I am the wine part of it! Ha! Your pups are adorable and I just love that pair of denim you’re wearing!


  • budgetbelles80
    Posted at 12:06h, 27 March Reply

    I love dressing up t-shirts and a blazer is a perfect way to do it. Love your entire look!

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 00:50h, 27 March Reply

    Thank you for the shout, Jess, it feels really nice. Love your outfit, the mix of casual t-shirt under fitted jacket and flared jeans that look amazing.

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 20:55h, 26 March Reply

    Jess, I, too, am a dog lover. I have always had a dog in my life and don’t feel like my family is complete without one. So we have two. My Cairn Terrier, Scooter, is 16 and the sweetest dog I’ve ever had. Our newest addition, Sergeant, a Schnauzer mix, was a find from our local shelter, and is such a joy. Yours are adorable, too!

    As to the outfit, I love those jeans!! And of course, the tee is spot on.

    Thanks for sharing,
    xx Darlene

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 18:09h, 26 March Reply

    As both a dog mom and wine lover, I think I need this tee as well! 😉 Love how you’ve styled it in such a classic way too.
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 17:01h, 26 March Reply

    Jess, that tee really is so perfect for you and those jeans! I love the detail of the slits. Super cute!

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 14:46h, 26 March Reply

    It does seem kind of funny to see you in graphic tees :). I’ve been wanting to do a graphic t week, myself, but you beat me to it! I really like the pink snakeskin, it’s so pretty!

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:11h, 26 March Reply

    Love graphic tees especially with blazers. I love yours with your menswear inspired blazer, such a cool look Jess.

  • Liz
    Posted at 12:04h, 26 March Reply

    The tee is so cute! I love your whole outfit! And I just realized that we have nearly identical glasses haha! 🙂


  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 11:57h, 26 March Reply

    What a great graphic tee! I love how those jeans look, too! They make your legs look miles long! One of my favorite ways to wear a blazer is with flared jeans! So chic!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    Posted at 11:50h, 26 March Reply

    That tee is perfect for you – both the saying and the color! I love graphic tees when they make sense for me and now have quite a few.

    Thanks for the link up & Happy Tuesday!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

  • Gail Hanlon
    Posted at 11:36h, 26 March Reply

    Love the graphic tee! The color is divine. I don’t have any graphic tees and I’m going to put that right!

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 11:15h, 26 March Reply

    This Tee is so you. You styled it super cool. It looks so great with the blazer jeans and snake shoes. The clutch is a perfect finishing touch. Perfect spring look for Casual Friday at the office.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:02h, 27 March Reply

      Thank you Nicole, or casual friday at home in my case! Thanks so much 🙂 xx

  • chezrama
    Posted at 09:48h, 26 March Reply

    love the top . The pink color goes well with blazer and jeans. The style of the jeans is so nice .


  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:16h, 26 March Reply

    I’m not much of a graphic tee gal either, so this is exactly how I would wear it too! Throw on a good blazer, and you’ve just elevated the look by a mile 🙂 Have a great week, Jess!



  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:16h, 26 March Reply

    I know exactly what you mean, Jess. I never thought I’d really wear graphic tees many years ago, and yet I have and LOVE quite a few of them. And how you dress them up is exactly my style too!! We are birds of a feather.

  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:03h, 26 March Reply

    I love those jeans and the color of your tee and shoes!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 08:48h, 26 March Reply

    This is the cutest tee, and the color looks beautiful on you!!! I come from a long line of dog lovers. My 18 yo niece volunteers at our local animal rescue league and absolutely loves it. There is always a constant stream of photos an videos o all the pups.

    xx, Elise

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 08:41h, 26 March Reply

    I really need to invest in a few graphic tees. Keep seeing them styled and I really don’t have any in my wardrobe! Love how you styled it with a blazer and heels!

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 08:38h, 26 March Reply

    That tee is super cute! Love how you styled it! Those jeans are fabulous and I’m also loving your snakeskin shoes!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Chrissy
    Posted at 08:06h, 26 March Reply

    You make a tee look elegant and classy! Too cute. And I sing “these are a few of my favorite things” all the time. lol. Especially for Friday Favorites.. hehe. Have a great week beautiful!

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 07:54h, 26 March Reply

    The graphic tee is adorable. We always had “mutts” growing up. They were the best. Yes people love to name off what kind of dog they have. We do not have pets. My daughter was alway allergic and now that shes moved out, we do not want the responsibility. If I had a my pick, I want a Frenchie or an Australian Sheppard.
    I had me a special graphic tee made for my 50th birthday coming up in May.

  • Mica
    Posted at 07:35h, 26 March Reply

    That is such a fun graphic tee and those are such trendy jeans to wear with it! 🙂 I am definitely a dog lover too! My dream is to one day get our dream home and then adopt another dog for our little one to be friends with. he’s more of a people dog than a dog dog though, so that might be tricky, haha! He tends to keep to himself at the dog park and prefers walking up to the people rather than the other dogs!

    Thanks for the link up! Hope your week is off to a good start 🙂

    Away From The Blue

  • This Main Line Life
    Posted at 07:03h, 26 March Reply

    Oh, love that tee. It’s so perfect for many of us. I love a tee under a blazer with jeans. It’s a nice combination of structured and casual. I really like those jeans too with the split at the ankle.
    x, Julie | ThisMainLineLife.com

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:52h, 26 March Reply

    This darling tee is perfect for you Jess. And I LOVE those jeans and how you styled it with a blazer. Absolute Perfection my friend!!

  • Suzy Turner
    Posted at 06:16h, 26 March Reply

    That tee is super cute, Jess! And suits you down to a tee!!
    Hope all is fabulous with you, my friend. Sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I’ve been so busy with my new job that when I get home, I haven’t been on the computer very much!!
    Suzy xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 05:44h, 26 March Reply

    Yay, Jess! I know you have been wanting a graphic tee with this saying on it! I am so glad you got one and you have styled it perfectly! I am loving those jeans and your fun pink snakeskin shoes. So great!


  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 04:34h, 26 March Reply

    Love this T-shirt Jess. You already know how I love my pups! Love the jeans your styling here too xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:31h, 26 March Reply

    That is most definitely the tee for you! Describes you to a T! Ha! I love how you styled this pretty shirt and those jeans are fantastic. Lovin the snakeskin heels too – yep, what goes around comes around. Good thing you got those when you did!

  • Pamela
    Posted at 04:22h, 26 March Reply

    You do color so beautifully Jess, pink is just gorgeous and I particularly love how you show Autumn colors with black. So many people say it’s a no-no, but it’s a perfect foil for many of the stunning Autumn colors. Pamela, Style Yourself Confident xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:05h, 27 March Reply

      Thank you Pamela! I don’t wear tees often, but this was me and I thought it fun to wear to the vineyards/ dog park. I love mixing those colors! xx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 03:49h, 26 March Reply

    You tee is a perfect match for you Jess!! What what we without our sweet dogs – they bring us so much joy! As does wine – my son and husband sniff and swirl and it’s hard not to join in although I only know whether I like it or not. They have got quite educated and I love that! xx Maria

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:26h, 26 March Reply

    Isn t that the perfect tee! As if it was made for you!

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 02:39h, 26 March Reply

    Such a cute tee shirt and just the thing for a dog lover . I agree that our dogs bring so much joy to our lives and are such wonderful companions , each with their own personalities. Many thanks for hosting Jess. Hope you are enjoying your Spring days.

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