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Watercolors and a Night at the Symphony

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I called it the watercolor dress, as the yellow and white flowers with punches of light blue, pale pink and grey mix together like a water painting.  I don’t shop at H & M much, as I have to try everything on there, and it isn’t as convienent. Now and then I find something there that catches my eye and it was this sundress. I thought, great, I can wear it when it is 90 degrees as is, or when there might be a chill in the air, or going to a restaurant, put a cardigan over it. The pale pink cardigan was just right for the dress, as little bits of pink looked like it was painted on the flowers.

This is not the Symphony where men dress in suits, and women formal attire. This is the sit-on-the-blanket-and -have a picnic-kind of Symphony. The evening was a lovely night, although the darkness in the sky, worried us that the concert may be cancelled. We took our chance and drove down there. We first stopped at Earth Fare, as I bought some gluten free molasses cookies, some pasta with gouda, olives and vegetable salad, a bottle of Pinot Grigio, and my hummus and veggie wrap. We brought our blanket, our winestix, which are metal holders for our wine glasses that stick in the grass, and sat under the stars as we got to enjoy an amazing night of wine of my favorite Charlotte Symphony Pop Concerts: preformed in a huge ampitheratre in the park: The Broadway Night. Here was the concert line up, we enjoyed it so much, and the singer, was absolutely amazing! She had been Cossette in Les Mis on Broadway and sang her part 1800 times!! One of my all time favorites was first up with her singing: I Dreamed a Dream…

DVORAK
CUSTER/arr
GERSHWIN
KANDER & EBB
BOUBLIL & SCHONBERG/    arr Krogstad
DVORAK
WEBBER
KANDER & EBB
LERNER & LOEWEWEBBER
HEALEY
Carnival Overture
A Salute to the Big Apple
Summertime from Porgy and Bess (Tamra Hayden, vocals)
Cabaret from Cabaret (Tamra Hayden, vocals)
I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables (Tamra Hayden, vocals)Allegro con fuoco from Symphony No. 9 “New World”
Selections from Phantom of the Opera
All That Jazz from Chicago (Tamra Hayden, vocals)
I Could Have Danced All Night from My Fair Lady (Tamra Hayden,        vocals)
Think of Me from Phantom of the Opera (Tamra Hayden, vocals)
American Fantasy: Tribute to the Patriotism of George M. Cohan

Dress: H&M, (Cardigan old, LOFT) , Sandals, Clarks Artisan line ( super comfy!), Earrings Jewel Box, necklace 1928,  Green hobo bag : Hayden Harnett NYC.

Have a great week,

Jess xoxo

Link up: Visable Monday  DC In Style Monday Mingle

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62 Comments

  • Reply
    Janise
    June 27, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Love the dress and your sandals are very cute!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Thank you. I really like this dress, HM came through! jess xx

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    Dawn Lucy
    June 22, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Sooo pretty! Love your tall lean figure and your gorgeous red hair! OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 22, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Thank you Dawn! Not bad for a $13 dollar dress at HM. I appreciate the comments:-) xo

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    bedazzlesafterdark
    June 20, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    such a pretty dress on you! Sounds like such a fun evening 🙂
    xoxo,
    Nikki at http://www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 21, 2014 at 8:22 am

      Thanks so much! We had a great evening. Jess xx

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    Johanna Grange
    June 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    That dress is amazing on you! So sexy summery!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 19, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks so much Johanna! Thanks for stopping by! I don’t find alot at HM, but I liked this dress right away 🙂 jess xx

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    Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style
    June 19, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Very nice floral print — you have such a variety of interesting prints in your wardrobe! 🙂

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 19, 2014 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Jen! I try and mix it up, this caught my eye as it looked like a watercolor painting. Stop by again sometime, jess xx

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    Marta
    June 17, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    You look lovely in that floral dress! Thanks so much for stopping by also:)
    Marta xo
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 18, 2014 at 7:50 am

      Thanks so much!! I appreciate you stopping by
      Jess

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    Happiness at Mid Life
    June 17, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I am the same way with H & M, wished they offered store returns for their online shipping which would make shopping so much easier. I just refuse to pay for shipping returns. What a great dress and that Loft cardigan is perfect with it!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

      I am totally with you on that Alice I hardly shop at places that dont offer free returns, too expensive Glad you like the dress, and it was neat my cardi worked without realizing it Have a great week, jess

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    Camille
    June 17, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Great outfit and you are beautiful! I love your blog and I have started following you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Oh Camille, you are too kind. Thank you for the kind words. Glad you like the outfit. I would love to check out your blog, I appreciate you following me! jess xo

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    lyddiegal
    June 17, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    that is my kind of symphony! I love this dress on you, so flattering!
    Chic on the Cheap

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment! This was a great night, many of my fav pieces!
      jess xx

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    Maria
    June 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I just love your cardigan! It looks perfect with the dress and also with the scenario I picture from your music. Such a lovely time!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad you like the outfit, and the night was great for music.

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    Lady of Style
    June 17, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    The dress is lovely, Jess and it goes so well with your little cardigan. You still have these high temperatures? We could do with some extra degrees here, it has been sunny but chilly, not the weather for light summer dresses.

    Your concert sounds fantastic. Wonderful music in a lovely atmosphere.

    Annette | Lady of Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Annette,
      Good to hear from you! Yes,it is too hot! This week is the high 90s with the real feel of 104! Ugh It is either air or the pool. Glad you like my outfit, the dress was up my alley, jess xo

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    Mummy's Got Style
    June 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Perfect summery dress!

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    Zhuo
    June 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Lovely floral pattern, perfect for summer!

    http://staybeautifulforyou.blogspot.com

    Zhuo

    • Reply
      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by!
      jess

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    carisa
    June 17, 2014 at 11:51 am

    I tried on that dress a few weeks ago and hated the fit, but it looks amazing on you!!! it is such a fun dress casual and chic 🙂

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Well, you certainly have to try on dresses there and clothes for that matter! THank you!! jess

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    Jennie
    June 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

    This is an amazing dress – I love the water color effect! Your blush cardigan with the little rosettes is so pretty and looks terrific with your dress. Fabulous look, Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Jennie! THis dress is not only pretty, but super comfortable, 2 of my qualifications. Glad you liked the pairing of the cardi. Have a great day

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    Sabina “OceanblueStyle” B
    June 17, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Jess I think its a prefect dress and I love the cardigan with it. We have quite a similar open air kind of concerts in summer where you put up candelabras, champagne glasses etc and we love it. PS. I would love you with your hair up in a donut, thanks for stopping by my blog. Appreciate it. Have a great day. Sabina @Oceanblue Style

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 17, 2014 at 9:09 am

      I will be putting up my hair soon, it is so hot. I cant stand hair on my neck sweating and stuff. Glad you like the dress, and great, your concerts sound like fun! Candelabras i like that idea! jess xx

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    une femme
    June 17, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Love the print on that dress. It’s a wonderful bold floral.

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    Jacket Society
    June 16, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Looking good Jess, I love this printed dress on you.
    Nora
    http://www.jacketsociety.com

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    Carly Horen-Walko
    June 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    thanks for linking up with Monday Mingle:) I haven’t popped by before! What a lovely blog. That dress is PERFECT on you..and the cardigan adds some funkiness to the classic floral:) Sounds like a lovely evening. Best to you. C

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Thank you so much!! I will be linking up again on Monday Mingle 🙂 So glad you stopped by. If you care to follow, that would be great, if not now, just pop in when you can. Glad you like the dress, hubby liked it 🙂 and the floral I added is one of my favs. It was a fun evening. thanks so much. jess xo

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    Highland Fashionista
    June 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I LOVE Dvorak….New World Symphony is always on my iTunes. LOVE the dress, and I agree about H&M. I go in often, but have to have a lot of time because I have to try everything on. I have given up on their trousers….if you’re tall (and it looks like you are) they are a non-starter.

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 5:59 pm

      Yes! I love Dvorak as well. They played another section of the New World, I love the main theme, as my fav part, it was excellent . Thank you about the dress. Yes, I am 5 foot 9, so trousers wont work huh> Thanks, good to know 🙂 jess xx

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    trinagrandinetti
    June 16, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Perfect name for a perfect summer dress. I do believe H & M made it just for you, seriously, this dress looks amazing on you. Love how you paired it with the cardigan as well.
    Symphony under the stars??? Now that’s what I call a perfect evening.

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you Trina!
      Aww so sweet of you to say. I love any dress that feels like a nightgown!! So comfortable. I liked the strokes of pink and blue in there so I thought the feminie cardi would work. Yes we have a great Symphony and it is alot of fun to just be outside and listen to great music jess xx

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    mtsedwards
    June 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    That cardi is uh-mazing! I love structural details and I love even more that the color brings out the same in the dress. Just an overall visible outfit, eh? Thanks for visiting my neck of the woods. I love meeting new people! 😀

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      NO problem! Me too . I know i have kept some things after thinking about them or a comment. I appreciate the lvely words . My cardi is about 5 yrs old from Ann Taylor Loft and that is what attracted me to it, the color and the tactile. I have it in teal for fall.
      jess xx

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    Ashley
    June 16, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Listening to the symphony under the stars sounds like the perfect evening! And I do love the watercolor dress – I think that is the perfect name for it!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much Ashley. Yes, we had a great time. THe conductor is anything but stuffy , he is a riot, and the music was great. jess xo

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    Jaime
    June 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Jess your hair is gorgeous – and I love you in the red hat! Great pick with that dress – it looks like a million bucks on you!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks so much Jaime! I had to think of the hat! I need to get a hat for the summer. I appreciate the lovey comments. jess xo

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    versatilestylebytracey
    June 16, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    I love the florals and the addition of the blush cardigan. Sounds like a wonderful evening!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you so much. I like these florals as they did remind me of a painting. Glad you liked the additional paired cardigan
      It was a great night
      jess

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    dousedinpink
    June 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Such a gorgeous dress! Love the print! Sounds like you had the perfect summer evening!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      THank you Jill!! We did have a great night, and no rain!

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    Spashionista
    June 16, 2014 at 11:59 am

    There’s something about a redhead wearing that pale shade of pink that’s just magical! I love the fact that you paired with a more “serious” print and the whole look is very “grown-up pretty”.
    I have never been able to find anything at H&M . I can only wear their Plus sizes and the store at Opry Mills only carries 5 or 6 items that qualify. I do much better at Forever21.

    Alicia
    spashionista.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      I haven’t been much at Forever 21, but see people that do find items. I can’t walk around alot and look. That is probably why I don’t shop at HM much, as one does have to try on everything there, as the sizing isn’t consistant.
      Thanks so much for the comment, lovely of you to say. I do love the blush or pale pink!
      Have a great day/ jess

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    dreamznwishz
    June 16, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Hi, Jess. Such a beautiful print on that dress. Sounds like a lovely evening.

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Thank you!!
      Glad you like the dress, yes, we had a good time!
      xo jess

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    Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    June 16, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Big love for that lovely dress and how it hugged your figure….you got lucky at H&M indeed!

    Rebecca
    www,redtagchiclosangeles.com

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 11:05 am

      THanks Hon!
      I tried on a couple dresses I liked ( some were too short) but this one fit my taste You are sweet!
      jess xo

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    Patti
    June 16, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Gorgeous! And I love the blush sweater in top. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, Jess.

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thank you Patti!!! I can see you in this dress as well 🙂 Have a great week 🙂 jess xo

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    whosaprettygirl
    June 16, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Floral is not my number one look for me…I’m a stripes and polka dot kind of gal, BUT your floral dress has my name written all over it! You look fantastic!

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      Jess Jannenga
      June 16, 2014 at 8:42 am

      THank you!! You know I love florals girl 🙂 I am sure you would look great in it, and the bonus is, it is as comfortable as a nightgown!!
      Thanks so much. Have a great week, jess xo

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