Watercolor Pastels - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Watercolor Pastels


Happy Monday, Ladies

I have just been in love with all of the pretty pinks and pastels lately, I wanted to create a look around this watercolor scarf and Impressionistic style.


During my teaching years, I developed a lesson plan around impressionistic art  from Monet and  Edward Manet.. What I loved was the pastel or soft colors that Monet used for his art. The blending of soft colors imoted a certain tone from the viewer, just as when my students would listen to Debussy, an Impressionistic musician whose use of  “impressionism” was disputed. To me, “impressionism” is about expression and diversity of the time. When my students compared Debussy’s music, to Monet’s ‘Water Lilies” they had to describe the tone or the feeling comparing the 2 mediums.

The soft watercolor or pastel scarf is remniscent of Monet’s or Manet’s paintings, and what they evoke. Fashion does that as well.Fashion can evoke a feeling of darkness, passion, femininity, softness….

I would love to revisit this topic.

For today, I decided to present this look that evoke a soft quality, romantic look. It is a casual look with the light boyfriend jeans, a soft blue sky-like color, combined with the blues, greens, soft lavendar of the scarf, and light pale pink and darker shade of the cardigan and top


Claude Monet’s Haystacks 1890-

220px-Claude_Monet,_Impression,_soleil_levant                                                                   `Sunrise Monet

Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. The development of Impressionism in the visual arts was soon followed by analogous styles in other media that became known as impressionist music and impressionist literature.  ** From Wikipedia

Cardigan: Loft ( older) Loft: Boyfriend Jeans ( older), Shoes: ( j Crew), Handbag: Brahmin, Scarf: Charming Charlie

Hope to see you tomorrow, at my TURNING HEADS TUESDAY Fashion Linkup , 7 AM EST ! I love to see your styles and what you think of for St Patty’s Day!

Linking up: with Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Share in Style ( every other Mon), SHoe andTell Manic Monday,  Monday Mingle Tues: Style Sessions, Walking in Memphis Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday,   Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday Thurs: A Labour of Fashion, Reason to Dress,  Throwback Thursday  Friday:Passion 4 Fashion,Style Elixer,  Fun Fashion Friday Sat:Stylish Saturday




  • Happiness at Mid Life
    Posted at 00:34h, 23 March Reply

    I don’t see you in pinks or jeans much – both looks great on you!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you Thursday.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:25h, 23 March Reply

      Hi Alice, you will see alot of pink for spring. I have a fair amount of it 🙂 Glad you like the look! xx

  • cassidll
    Posted at 20:54h, 21 March Reply

    So very pretty today, love the spft pastels on you

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:02h, 21 March Reply

      Thanks so much Linda! funny in college,I was into all black and Metallica tshirts! 🙂 Enjoy the day tomorrow! xx

  • Monika from Styleworld40plus
    Posted at 06:13h, 19 March Reply

    Beautiful dear Jess! You know I love these pastel colours and you look so pretty wearing them. And of course I love your Brahmin bag as well.
    Love Monika

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:54h, 19 March Reply

      thank you Monika, so glad you are here, friend! I know we have a thing for bags! xx

  • cherie james
    Posted at 17:32h, 18 March Reply

    You look great in boyfriend jeans Jess! I don’t think I have ever seen you wear them in a post, or at least I don’t remember it. And I love the colors in the scarf- very pretty. Good luck with your new link up this week. I won’t be able to link up tomorrow, but I will this weekend.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:48h, 18 March Reply

      Hi Thanks Cherie, I have a couple of times, I might surprise people and do a few jeans post coming up, i do have all styles, flares, straight, BF.. only depends have comfortable they are with my leg sensitivity. Glad you like the look! Link up at your convienence ! thank you 🙂 xx

  • Julie @ Artwork by JM
    Posted at 11:31h, 18 March Reply

    That scarf is so pretty! I love the colors.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:01h, 18 March Reply

      Thank you Julie! That is what attracted it to me! Stop by anytime 🙂

  • Madaline
    Posted at 02:15h, 18 March Reply

    These pinks are so gorgeous with your hair! I adore pastels but I just can’t pull them off!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:26h, 18 March Reply

      thanks so much Madeline, that is what i used to think, but i have a closet full of pink, you might just need to find the right tone.

  • Alena
    Posted at 23:15h, 17 March Reply

    I like the color scheme oh your outfit!

    Alena & http://garmentsspeech.blogspot.com

  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:55h, 17 March Reply

    So pretty Jess! Love the colors on you. The scarf is just really pretty and you do look great in jeans! Have a lovely week!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:45h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you Carrie, I know you dont see me in them often, they are very soft. xx

  • Martina Elegant40
    Posted at 05:48h, 17 March Reply

    The last photo of you is amazing! Pink suits you well! Looking great!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:45h, 17 March Reply

      thanks so much Martina, hubby is enjoying his camera 🙂 xx

  • Sheela Goh
    Posted at 05:13h, 17 March Reply

    I’ve seen you around on Instagram and (finally) made my way to your blog, hello there Jess! I love that this palette is both soothing yet memorable without being Stepford Wife-esque. So nice.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:44h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you , so glad you came to the blog SHeila!! I appreciate your comment, so cute! xx

  • Lorna Mai (@LornaMaiLtd)
    Posted at 20:10h, 16 March Reply

    Such beautiful pastel romantic colours, so feminine. I love the layering on you too, gives you a lovely shape. You look great.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:43h, 17 March Reply

      thank you Lorna!! I am glad you like it. I love pastels and soft colors. xx

  • litonkrl
    Posted at 18:53h, 16 March Reply

    Yes, this is the color I was looking for!!

  • MonicaP
    Posted at 17:47h, 16 March Reply

    Lovely outfit .. I love soft color and the pink really looks fab on you.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:06h, 16 March Reply

      Hi Monica,
      Thanks so much, i needed a pick me up, and some spring colors were in order.
      I appreciate you stopping by! xx

  • trinagrandinetti
    Posted at 17:33h, 16 March Reply

    Pretty in Pastels, yes you are! Pink and soft pastels look wonderful next to that amazing red hair of yours, not to mention the soft natural glow of your skin color. I would be wearing pinks and pastels daily if I were you.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:05h, 16 March Reply

      Hi Trina,
      My closet must know what you are thinking! I have a fair amount of pinks and pastels for spring, had to add blues and greens thisyear. Glad you like the look, I needed a pick me up!
      Hope to see you at my Linkup tomorrow Turning Heads Tuesday. xo

  • Jill James
    Posted at 16:27h, 16 March Reply

    Pastels always look so pretty, you wear them so well. Enjoy Spring.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:00h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you Jill. We got a bit of a taste of good weather. Hopefully more soon. You too!

  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 15:04h, 16 March Reply

    I love pastels and you look so lovely. Your post makes me really ready for Spring time! Peace! Cheryl

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:59h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! Glad you like it, stop by anytime. xx

  • Posh Prime
    Posted at 12:59h, 16 March Reply

    These colors are so pretty! I love that scarf and the outfit you styled it with! The color of your bag is so fun too! Happy Spring!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:19h, 16 March Reply

      It is getting there Megan. It was 70 today, a couple warm days, then cold. But getting there. Glad you like the colors .. and you know how I am about bags.

      Hope to see you tomorrow at my Turning Heads Link up 🙂 xx

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 09:45h, 16 March Reply

    Entirely perfect for the first thoughts of spring!!! That scarf would add dimension to just about any outfit!!! Jodie

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you ! Glad you like it. I dont own many scarves but loved the colors. have a great week!

      Would love to see you at my Turning Heads Linkup tomorrow 7 AM EST ( Tuesdays) 🙂

  • LittleItaly2008 (@LittleItaly2008)
    Posted at 09:15h, 16 March Reply

    Such a pretty spring outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:47h, 16 March Reply

      thank you ! Stop by anytime. Enjoy your day xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 08:57h, 16 March Reply


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:43h, 16 March Reply

      Thanks so much Patti! Enjoy your day 🙂 xx

  • Suzanne Carillo
    Posted at 08:50h, 16 March Reply

    Very pretty!


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