Turning Heads Linkup – Transitional Neutral Look - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup – Transitional Neutral Look


I told you I was a moto jacket kinda girl. I think this one may be the favorite in my collection, the cognac suede is one of my favorite colors and BLANKNYC jackets are cut just right. I was due for some locational photo shoots and I hope to do more as the weather gets nicer. Today’s neutrals are going to transition into Spring, and this airy chiffon snakeskin skirt can be worn year round.

Wearing my sunnies I was gifted last year from Coastal, I was in the mood for some big frames. It can be challenging finding frames for my face as I usually need a small/narrow frame to fit properly. These are fun, and fashionable, and are perfect when I am in the mood for some fashionista-glam style.

I was thrilled the flowers were in bloom here, one of our favorite spots, as the area hosts our hangout, Cork and Cask. We often will do a locational photo shoot and go to lunch afterward. Its hubby’s treat for his photographic skills 🙂


We had a great time listening to my first house concert, near our house in a nearby development. Not one to go out after 9 pm ( yeah, I know how to par-ty)! my hubby and I went to hear this duo, Etta and Max, two performers who won an NRP contest and played at Lincoln Center among many other impressive venues. With 50 people at the house, we listened to the duo from Montana, singing Brazilian tunes and original Montana-esque tunes. I spoke to the guitarist afterward as I am always fascinated with what equipment people played. His guitar was made of cedar, a Tom Anderson, and sounded so warm and rich with bass tones. It was a good time, BYOB, and some exposure to some unique music.

Sunday we went to a new French Restaurant in Uptown Charlotte, called La Bella Helene, and the decor was delicieux, straight out of  1920’s Art Deco period. Beautiful chandeliers and wine racks as tall as the ceiling, black and white tiled floor and an extensive menu with French Pastry baskets ( we had to try!) and everything you could want for an afternoon Brunch. I ordered a glass of French white wine with my  Norwegian Eggs Benedict, which included sumptuous smoked salmon. We will be back!

A Hoot of a Story

Sunday night my hubby heard a sound that he described an owl that turned into a monkey! We have all kinds of birds and some animals in the back of our house and nature trail. This was one sound he had never heard in 17 years of living here! I, surprisingly, was asleep, but the sound woke my husband due to the strange sound of a hoot that turned into a type of screeching monkey sound. It was a Barred Owl ( we looked it up) that makes the strange sound!

My Outfit

I bought this chiffon snakeskin skirt years ago from Ann Taylor, and it is one of my favorites in my closet. I can wear it in the summer with a tank and sandals, and still, look elegant and put together. I love pieces more and more than can work year round and be versatile.

Sticking with a neutral palette, I wore a camel sweater from Banana Republic, suede moto from BlankNYC ( Nordstrom) and my Jambu boots in a rich dark tone. My favorite Brahmin bag makes another appearance. As I mentioned with neutrals, the best way to create an interesting look is by wearing texture, the bag, and suede jacket adds just that.

If you missed my post on Spring Trends 2019- What Would You Wear? -Have a read, as neutrals are making a big splash this Spring/Summer and as much as I love color, I love my neutrals too!

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  • Kim Malkiewicz
    Posted at 19:46h, 18 March Reply

    This is such a lovely, sophisticated look, Jess. When we get to a cooler climate, a moto jacket is on my “must have” list. I’m with you on having a warm brown suede one vs. black!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:02h, 19 March Reply

      Thank you Kim! I do have a black leather jacket that I bought years ago, but I don’t wear it as much. I love warmer colors that look better with my skin tone. I say, go for it! 🙂 xx

  • HelloIm50ish
    Posted at 12:03h, 15 March Reply

    I finally have a blog up this week!
    I love your neutral outfit and it’s a wonderful transition outfit from winter to spring.
    I quit doing my Tuesday link up party because I am spending too much time working on the next event and as an interior designer.
    I dont have the engagement you do and to scramble to post by Tuesday to have a link up party with a few on board wasn’t worth my energy.
    I love your party and will always see you on Tuesday!

    Have a great weekend!

  • Suzanne
    Posted at 10:36h, 15 March Reply

    These neutrals sure look great with your hair.

    I’m so jealous of the flowers blooming in the photos. We are still a month or more away from that here.

    I had to listen to that owl after that story. My pug didn’t care for it. LOL


  • Jacqui Berry
    Posted at 07:05h, 14 March Reply

    Fabulous, love these neutral shades on you – thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Amy Ann Arnold
    Posted at 21:15h, 13 March Reply

    My BLANKNYC suede jacket is one of my all time favorites in my closet. This looks amazing on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Ruth
    Posted at 17:03h, 13 March Reply

    I love these caramel tones in your outfit. Your jacket is perfect for the spring transition!


  • Amber
    Posted at 14:27h, 13 March Reply

    I absolutely love the textures in this outfit, from your jacket to your skirt! It’s so perfect for the winter to spring transition. =)

    I hope you are having a great week so far!



  • midlifeandbeyond
    Posted at 07:16h, 13 March Reply

    Neutrals are my dream colours. I always feel my best in them. Your outfit is stunning, especially the brown suede biker jacket. Love it!

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 22:28h, 12 March Reply

    This is so beautiful Jess! I absolutely love the colors and all of the textures.

  • Laura Bambrick
    Posted at 21:28h, 12 March Reply

    That skirt is so perfect with the snakeskin trend going strong! I just found a snakeskin belt I had in my closet I had forgotten about. I love how trends keep cycling back!

  • chezrama
    Posted at 18:31h, 12 March Reply

    Stunning Jess with this transitional neutral look . It is elegant, chic and the detail in accessories make it stand out

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 18:24h, 12 March Reply

    My husband and I heard an owl hooting outside our window just a few nights ago! So bizarre! We haven’t heard one in years. That French Restaurant sounds so yummy, I love French food! I love your creamy colored skirt with that rusty brown moto jacket. I have a moto jacket in a burgundy color and a black one and I just love them!


  • Cristina - Memories of the Pacific
    Posted at 16:51h, 12 March Reply

    Loving your outfit, Jess! My favorite pieces are the jacket and the bag 🙂

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:54h, 12 March Reply

    I absolutely love this outfit, Jess—that skirt is gorgeous, and I love how you’ve styled it with camel and burgundy. Now I need to find a snake-print midi skirt!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Neti
    Posted at 14:52h, 12 March Reply

    Snakeskin is one of those prints that never go out of style, and I love your flowing skirt. Enjoy the warmer weather when it comes.

  • Jessica
    Posted at 13:40h, 12 March Reply

    I love all the neutrals! That jacket is amazing – I have a similar one! I also love that bag!

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

    What a gorgeous look! I love this neutral color palette and especially love the boots paired with the midi skirt!~


  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:01h, 12 March Reply

    Love the boots with the skirt, babe- such a great way to warm this look up while still leaning into the spring vibe!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • Gail
    Posted at 09:25h, 12 March Reply

    Such a pretty skirt! You’ve given me a great idea for a style steal- stay tooned!

  • ee0926
    Posted at 09:17h, 12 March Reply

    I am totally in love with this moto jacket, the color looks so amazing on you!

    xx, Elise

  • Shauna
    Posted at 09:13h, 12 March Reply

    I just love these neutrals on you, Jess! So pretty with your hair color too 🙂 this look was made for you!



  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 09:10h, 12 March Reply

    Such a lovely neutral outfit. I love that skirt! And how wonderful to see flowers! We’re still buried under 77 inches of snow here in Wisconsin.

  • Tatiana Moskatova
    Posted at 08:51h, 12 March Reply

    I love your outfit so much, Jess!


  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:47h, 12 March Reply

    That skirt is just amazing Jess. The first time I saw it in the photo, it almost seemed like lace. And keeping with neutrals is the perfect way to showcase it!!!

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 08:15h, 12 March Reply

    I really like the overall look of this outfit, Jess. You look beautiful in this color combo! Love the feminine cut on the skirt, also!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 07:39h, 12 March Reply

    Neutrals are my jam! Actually come to think of it, I need to add more printed things and texture in my closet. I love your snakeskin skirt. How gorgeous! It truly is a gem. That’s crazy, the sound that your husband heard. So glad our hubby’s are not easy to scare because if it were up to me, I’d be hiding under the covers! Yes, total chicken right here!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 07:15h, 12 March Reply

    This is such a beautiful look! Love the mix of textures! Did you find out what was making that noise?

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:41h, 12 March Reply

    Jess, this is such a great outfit. I love the neutral palette to transition into Spring but you are still keeping warm. I just bought a new moto jacket in green and a snakeskin top, never thinking to pair them together, but now I might be inspired to wear them together! I also have a bit of a moto jacket problem. I have like 12!

    Shelbee http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • shelbeeontheedge1
      Posted at 06:42h, 12 March Reply

      Also, did you ever figure out what made the screeching monkey sound?!

      • Jess Jannenga
        Posted at 09:48h, 12 March Reply

        Hehe! It was the owl! We looked it up, and the Barred Owl can make that kind of sound! I didn’t know that owls could make such unusual sounds!

  • Andrea Nine
    Posted at 06:34h, 12 March Reply

    I love this outfit so very much! The camel hue is always such a great shade for your and that skirt!! Hubba Hubba!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:33h, 12 March Reply

    That skirt is the bomb! I love it, it’s perfect! Your breakfast sounds delicious, eggs benedict is one of my very favorites. Those KS earrings are a great color and go so well with your gorgeous jacket!!! Funny monkey story – love it!

  • Mary, The Pouting Pensioner
    Posted at 05:26h, 12 March Reply

    Lovely neutrals, my friend, and I love the mix of floaty chiffon with wool and suede. Madonna, but grown-up elegant!I
    And monkeys in NC?!!!
    Hugs, Mary.

  • savvysouthernchic
    Posted at 05:24h, 12 March Reply

    Love the jacket and this lovely skirt. I’ve always thought snakeskin was a classic and have had a certain blouse for years.

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 04:49h, 12 March Reply

    We only get squirrels in our gardens! How exciting! Isn’t it lovely now the blooms are coming out? Lovely outfit – your skirt is so pretty xx Maria

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 04:09h, 12 March Reply

    I love neutrals and your look always has so many textures as well. It elevates the whole outfit. Btw. you got nominated for the Sunshine Bloggers Award on my blog. Have a great week.


  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 03:48h, 12 March Reply

    My dream colours! You look really beautiful Jess xx

  • grownupglamour1
    Posted at 03:26h, 12 March Reply

    I can see why this suede jacket is a favourite Jess. Always love you in these neutral tones. The concert sounds so good. Many thanks for Turning Heads Tuesday.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 03:22h, 12 March Reply

    A houseconcert….is that in someone else s house? Sounds like fun. Beautiful skirt and the bag looks perfect with it!

  • Lisa Richardson
    Posted at 01:17h, 12 March Reply

    Well you are ahead of the game already having that beautiful snakeskin skirt in your closet. That monkey story really is a HOOT. HAHAHA! Oh and I love your KS earrings. So pretty.

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