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Good morning, my dear Fashion Lovers!

This holiday season, like every other, we are getting ready for holiday parties, picking out our outfits for New Year’s Eve, and buying dresses for all the festivities that are coming. We need to look our best, and for some, this is a daunting task. The Dress Department at Nordstrom is one of the Departments I work in, and many women are coming in with that look on their face…. you know the one…. the look that says, “I have to get a pretty dress and wear it to this stupid party, and I’m miserable and don’t want to be here!” I had 2 women just yesterday who came in back-to-back with this look. I ended up helping them both find dresses they liked and were comfortable in, but it was definitely a difficult task just because of the mind-set they were in when they arrived. They left very happy though!

But when did getting dressed up for parties, and going to parties in general become such a chore?? I, myself, feel the opposite. I wish I had MORE parties to go to so I can buy more beautiful dresses! Just the other day, I tried on this gorgeous Dress the Population Fuchsia Velvet and sequined Dress and I didn’t buy it because I have no where to wear it…such a travesty! I do suppose I understand not really wanting to go to parties. The older I get, the more of a home-body I’ve become. But I still really like to get dressed up every now and then! I guess I just like beautiful dresses and clothes, but not necessarily the parties that go along with them (pictures the ‘FRIENDS’ episode where the girls are sitting around the apartment in wedding dresses eating junk food and drinking beer…).

I’ve seen this season that a lot of women have elected to wear a jumpsuit or nice pants and blazer instead of a dress, which is a great alternative to those who don’t like dresses. See pictures below:

I even love shoes and boots that have shimmer and sequins. These beauties are actually from DSW and I got them for a great price. They are also really comfortable, believe it or not. I like to pair boots like this with a fairly plain outfit so the boots are the focal piece. You don’t want to pair ‘sparkle on sparkle’ unless that’s the look you’re going for and it looks just right. There IS such thing as too much sparkle! I know, hard to believe, right?!

These sequined boots below are by Steve Madden . These boots are gorgeous, but not the most practical boots in the world. But Style isn’t always practical.. I had to go up a full size from my normal size, and I also about killed myself trying to walk in them for the first time because they were so slippery. They are also very snug around the ankles, and I have very thin ankles and calves. So keep that in mind if planning on purchasing these. And make sure to scuff up the bottoms before you go out in public. Death by boots is probably a fitting way for me to die lol (but not really lol!) 

I bought this super comfortable and very reasonably priced mini bronze/black shimmer dress by Row A at Nordstrom . I have no idea where I’ll wear it, but NYE comes to mind first. My girlfriend even took a video of me ‘walking the runway’ to really show off the dress! 

This next dress is by Dress the Population , one of my favorite Designers, in part because of his use of sequins! This particular style is a personal favorite because of the amazing fit and the sequin fringe bottom. It literally makes you want to twirl the entire time! And it’s a known fact that twirling creates feelings of pure joy, as seen in the second picture below. This is definitely a statement-maker dress.. it also comes in a beautiful cobalt blue and silver.

This last dress is also by Dress the Population. The colors of the sequins are extraordinary – bronze, gold, rose gold, silver – brilliant! If you’ve never tried a Dress the Population dress or jumpsuit before, I highly recommend that you do. Even if you aren’t into shimmer and sequins, they have other styles as well. I, obviously, am into the sequined styles. You can find these dresses at their own personal site, Dress the Population or at select Nordstrom’s and Nordstrom Online .

And lastly, here are some sparkly, shimmery, glittery, sequined styles that can be found at sites like Revolve , Forward , and Nordstrom . If you are hesitant to try a sequined Style, whether it be because of body image issues, or maybe you think it ‘just isn’t your style’…. To both, I say OWN IT! Wear whatever you like and whatever makes you feel amazing!

Thank you so much for reading my post today. I hope you enjoyed it as well as the pictures. And I hope I’ve inspired some of you to get in the ‘Sparkle Spirit’! 

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose

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As you can tell by my title and can probably guess… I am currently 39 years old, but am about to be 40 in just a few short days! I have NOT been looking forward to turning 40, but I am trying to put a positive spin on it! Turning 40 simply isn’t the worst thing in the world, right? RIGHT?!

This past year has been filled with ups and down, wild turns, roller coasters, and really a crazy theme park wild ride. I’ve certainly had much worse years, and I’d even consider my 39th year on this earth to be a pretty good one overall. I have a lot to be grateful for – I’m still working in Fashion, which I love; I’m still very healthy, although I’d like to be more fit going into my 40’s; I still have my best friend and baby girl, Scarlet, my American Bulldog, who is 5 now; I have a great, supportive mother in my life; I don’t think I look 40😉; And I’m doing ok financially. Plus countless more things I am grateful for.. So why does turning 40 scare me?

Well, I think it scares me because I’m not where I thought I’d be in my life right now. But who really is? I thought I’d be married with kids a LONG time ago. Never in a million years did I think it would ever be possible for me to be turning 40 and still be single. It also scares me because I have a very small family, no siblings, and I’m only close with my mom, who obviously won’t be around forever. Yes, she is also getting older! We are all getting older as each second passes. So I worry sometimes that when my mom is gone (God forbid, but still being realistic), I will REALLY be alone, and that part terrifies me!

But, I said I was putting a positive spin on turning 40, so I’m not going to talk about the morbidity of my mom, or the fact that I’m still single without kids. Although, I just did, didn’t I? Ok, so NOW I’m not going to talk about that. I’m going to believe that there is a reason for these things, and I really do believe there is a reason! Even though I’m not exactly where I thought I should be in life at this age, I’m going to trust the Universe that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, whatever the reasons. I’m going to believe that there is a plan and I’m living out that plan perfectly right now!

So for the moment, I’m going to focus on the great year of 39 I just had! I continued to grow and advance in my Fashion career (New York 5 Year Plan, here I come!), I still enjoy my job and look forward to what the future holds in it, I have a great family and supportive mother who I’m very close with, I have wonderful friends and have become close with some at work who want to take me out that night, I am still loving and raising my Scarlet, who has turned out to be the best dog I could have ever asked for! She really has gotten me through some tough times, and I’m grateful I’m able to give her the best life for the short time she’s with me here.

I love this quote below talking about not being held back by a number… very inspirational! It speaks to me quite a bit because the closer I’ve gotten to the age of 40, I feel that I rush into things and try to go so fast because I don’t want to waste time. I do this specifically when it comes to my career in Fashion. I need to just slow down and breathe and let things happen, without becoming overly complacent of course.

So as I finish up this post, TODAY is my 40th birthday! It just feels like a normal day so far… I’m going to get a few chores done and then get to having some fun! I have the whole day off of work and my mom and I are going to have a shopping day together, which sounds wonderful. She is one of just a few people who I actually like to shop with (I’m a lone shopper normally). That evening, I’m going to meet up with some work friends and have just a chill night with them at a sports bar. It was nice of them to want to take me out and they seem to be excited for a night out too! They all knew I was having a hard time with turning 40, so I’m glad they are forcing me out of the house to have some fun! Hopefully we don’t get too crazy, as we all have to work the next day. But knowing this crew, we will get crazy lol! Either way, it will be a fun time! 🍻🎂

Thank you for reading everyone and thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts on getting older. I think my 40’s will be my best decade yet! They do say that your 40’s are the new 30’s, after all!

EDIT: Just wanted to give a little update on my birthday… it was actually a really nice day and evening! Mom and I postponed shopping until this weekend because I was so exhausted from working 5 days in a row on my feet on a busy retail weekend, and the last thing I wanted to do was go to the mall. So I just relaxed for most of the day and then went to the bar to meet some gurlfriends that night! We had a great time – great friends, great conversation, lots of laughs, and just an overall great evening out! So it turns out that turning 40 really didn’t phase me much lol 😂

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose

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Hello, my Dear Fashion Readers!

For those of us that work in Fashion, or any job for that matter, we can experience being burnt out or just tired or bored with what we are doing. I, myself, have experienced these feelings quite a few times. I need to constantly be challenged, and if I’m not challenged, I tend to get bored and restless. And I don’t typically ask for much time off, but when I’ve experienced these strong feelings of being burnt out or bored, I’ve realized I need to take some time off and get rejuvenated. Sometimes it is NECESSARY to take time off to take care of YOU!

Taking care of yourself first is so important! How can you expect to perform at your best and be the best version of you when you aren’t taking care of yourself?! You can’t, plain and simple. And we all have different needs, so we all have different ways that we take care of ourselves. Some people just need to relax at home and rejuvenate… Some people take a vacation…. Some like to workout and be outdoors enjoying whatever they like to do – Hikes, workouts, walking your dog, etc…. Some like to read or take on a project, and the list goes on and on. There are so many ways to take care of yourself and get that pep back in your step!

I know from my own personal experience that I’ve held off on taking the time needed to get myself back up and running full speed because we were short-staffed, or it just wasn’t a good time financially, or I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. But that has just lead to either getting myself sick because I’m over-working myself, or getting bitter, or getting just plain tired and burnt out. I recently was forced to take some much needed time for myself so I could come back as ‘myself’. I hadn’t taken any time off in a long time, and I was feeling very tired and basically making myself miserable because I refused to take that necessary time to care for myself. Once I finally did take time off, I was so tired that I had to pretty much do absolutely nothing for the first few days. After that, I started to get some energy back and was able to catch up on some much needed chores, errands, etc. And then, believe it or not, I actually did some fun things too! What a concept, right?! So don’t be afraid to tell your boss (or yourself), that you need to take time to take care of yourself.

I hope my short post helps someone who goes through what I go through from time to time. It’s ok to take a little time off. I have to keep reminding myself of this, so this post helped me too. I hope it helps you as well..

Thanks for reading, my friends!

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose

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Happy Saturday my friends! I hope this day finds you all well, with amazing plans for the weekend!

For my third and final Designer Spotlight, I of course, had to feature one of my favorite dress Designers – Dress the Population !

I learned of Dress the Population almost 2 years ago when I first started working at Nordstrom. I was immediately drawn to this Designer because of the vibrant colors, and of course, the sequins! Dress the Population has everything from long, flowy gowns, to jumpsuits, midi and mini sequin dresses, lace, and everything in between! They even carry some gorgeous wedding gowns online at Nordstrom and directly from Dress the Population’s site.

About Dress the Population:

In 2011, designer Franklin Morales founded Dress the Population with a simple idea – make beautiful clothing at an affordable price. The not-so-simple part was how to do it ethically. In today’s world, fast fashion rules and is mostly fueled by an exploited and underpaid workforce in the US and abroad. As an immigrant who had moved to the United States as a child with very little, he had to work twice as hard to make his vision become a reality. As the company began to grow, his priority was to help others with similar stories achieve the same ‘American Dream’ that he had. Because of this, design to manufacturing to shipment happens at our headquarters in Los Angeles with help from our diverse staff and our partner factories abroad.”

Below are some sets that I’ve created featuring some of my favorite items from Dress the Poplulation:

The pictures above are just a select few of the items I love from Dress the Population. Below are a few pictures of dresses I’ve tried on at the store and even some I’ve purchased!

I bought this sequined jumpsuit last year and have yet to wear it. But it fits like a glove and I do have a big birthday coming up in December! I might have to break it for that day! The sequins are reversible from ‘midnight’ to ‘red’! This is surely to turn some heads!

And here are some more great Dress the Population Dresses that I’ve come across during my work at Nordstrom:

One of my absolute favorite styles by Dress the Population is called the ‘Lola’ Sequin Mini Dress. I wore one of these styles in this deep turquoise sequin color to Denver Fashion Week. I seriously felt like a superstar! This style comes in many fabulous colors!

And just a couple more pictures of my most recent Dress the Population finds:

I hope you have enjoyed my Spotlight on Dress the Population! If you haven’t tried one of their Dresses or Jumpsuits, you must immediately! Speaking from experience, they are fabulous and so rich and glamorous! For more information on Dress the Population, go to their own site at Dress the Population , or you can also visit Nordstrom for more amazing styles. Now is a good time to buy with Nordstrom, specifically, as many styles are marked down or being ‘price-matched’….

Thank you so much for reading, my friends!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all soon!

xoxo Jess from Fashion and Style by J Rose

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Denver Fashion Week 2018

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Hello beautiful Fashionistas! Before I post my third Designer Spotlight Post, I wanted to share my experience at my very first Fashion Show for Denver Fashion Week, which was November 4th through the 11th.

Denver Fashion Week 2018 is just now coming to an end. My girlfriend, Janell, went with me to the final night for the National Designers Fashion Show on November 10th. I will say though, that it was a bit confusing as far as which Designers were SUPPOSED to be there and then which ones’ were ACTUALLY there. More regarding that later. About Denver Fashion Week and the program is listed below showing the lineup of Designers.

But first, here are a couple of pictures of us getting ready for the event!:

ABOUT DENVER FASHION WEEK:
Denver Fashion Week (DFW) is Denver’s largest fashion showcase featuring emerging designers, local boutiques, national brands, hair stylists, makeup artists and models.

Mission Statement/Goals:
Promote local designers, boutiques, stylists, models, international and national designers, as well as sponsors throughout the event
Produce a world-class fashion experience unlike any in Denver
Increase economic development for the region’s fashion and design communities
Increase awareness and media impressions for runway participants and sponsor

Local boutique, Garbarini will present national and international designers, some making their first DFW debut and some returning from last year. The night will feature top designers in the fashion industry from all over the world; from Australia to New York to California. If you’re curious as to see what the fashion is like at fashion shows from around the world, this night is one you won’t want to miss.

Garbarini Presents National Designers Show Lineup
360 Cashmere
Pam and Gela
Nicholas K
Milly
Zadig and Voltaire
J Brand
Nour Hammour
Sam New York

When we went in to the Fashion Show, we got our pictures taken on the Red Carpet!:

We had front row tickets for the event that we thought was going to last 3 hours, but it actually only lasted about half that time. Strangely, a few a these Designers above were not there. BUT, L’Agence Fashion WAS there, which I was pretty excited about. Pam and Gela, Nicolas K, and J Brand were not there. I’ve never been to a Fashion Show, but that didn’t seem normal to me to have them printed on the schedules, but not have them show up! I realize it was Denver Fashion Week and not NY or Paris Fashion Week, but I still thought it was rather strange. Anyone else who went to this event notice this strange occurrence? Or is it normal for scheduled National Dssigners to NOT show up?

Either way, we had a fabulous time and it was a night to remember! So glad we went and experienced this.

I got in the full spirit of the night with this first picture. I joked that I liked the look so much, I may incorporate it into my everyday look 😉!

This is towards the end of the night, hence the sour look on my face. I was starting to fade lol!

And of course, the classic bathroom selfie HAD to be taken!

All in all, it was a great night, albeit a short National Designers Fashion Show.

And just to let you all know what we wore to this event – I wore a Dress the Population Mini Sequin dark turquoise dress with Jessica Simpson white heels and a Rebecca Minkoff White holographic Crossbody bag. I chose to stay true to my edgy sense of style and add white heels and a bag to go against the norm of wearing black accessories. Then an ivory/white coat because we had a Winter storm moving in fairly quickly that evening.

Janell wore a purple Bardot Sequin Dress with Black boots and a black faux fur coat. She looked phenomenal and we both got lots of compliments on our looks.

I hope you liked this post and the fun pictures that went along with it. I’d love to get some comments from anyone who went to this event or any others like it and what your experience was like!

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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