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Life – Take 2

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Don’t you sometimes wish you could start over? Start over this crazy thing we call LIFE?! I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who sometimes wishes this… We all have regrets, and if we had the opportunity to go back, I’m sure we wouldn’t make the same mistakes (knowing what we know now, of course). THAT is what I sometimes wish – that I could go back and do certain things again, but make better decisions knowing what I know now.

I went to The University of Florida right after high school. I was an excellent student and an athlete in high school. Because I was an an athlete (a Swimmer), I had incredible discipline and that helped me get the great grades that I got. Well – enter college and freedom – and that all pretty much went out the window. I wasn’t so much concerned with studies or a major or even going to class most days. I was much more concerned with the party aspect. I mean, c’mon, I’d been waking up at 4:30am just about every morning for years to go to morning practice, then straight to school, then right back to the pool for afternoon practice, then home, homework, and bed so I could do it all over again. So needless to say, I pretty much went buck wild in college with my new-found freedom. And don’t get me wrong… I had an amazing time in college! I made great friends, went to great parties, and I did somehow manage to still graduate in 4 years, but with a degree in SOCIOLOGY?! What the heck was I going to do with that?! I was 21 and about to REALLY be out on my own, and I still had no idea what I wanted to do… hence the Sociology degree.

Fast forward a lifetime (that’s what it felt like), and I FINALLY know what I want to do. I’m working in Fashion and know that will be my career. I’ve FINALLY found my passion…how long did that take?! And now that I’m working in Fashion, I feel as though I need to be on the fast-track to get to where I ultimately want to be. I’m currently working towards getting into the Designer Department, since that is my passion. Whether it be a Stylist in Designer or an ADM (Ass’t Department Manager), I would do either to get my foot in the door. Once I’m actually IN Designer, the possibilities are endless! And my ultimate goal is to make it to NYC to work at the new Flagship Nordstrom in Manhattan! I’d also like to go back to school and get a Graduate Degree in Fashion.. I’ve already starting looking into that and am getting a head start on my Application into LIM College, which I’ve heard is an excellent school. I could even start now online!

So yes, if I knew then what I know now, I would gotten a degree in Fashion, and I would have done countless things differently!

But alas, we cannot go back. We can only go forward. So I can’t focus on the ‘I wish’, or ‘had I known’, or my ‘regrets’. Those things may very well be the things that got me to this place in life, and for that I need to be grateful.

I have some career opportunities on the horizon that I’m hoping will work out that will further my career in Fashion. I’ll have to fill you in on the details later when I know more! So basically, this girl is ONLY going to look back to see how far I’ve come!

I hope you enjoyed my post, albeit short today. I absolutely LOVE writing and am so glad I started doing this. Writing is so therapeutic and can really put things in perspective for me. Thank you to all who read my posts. I am grateful for you all!

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose

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Life is Short – BUY THE SHOES (and GO FOR IT!)

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LIFE IS SHORT! I’ve learned that as I’ve gotten older, time continues to go by faster and faster. I remember being in high school and college, and thinking that I couldn’t wait for the next chapter of my life to begin. Looking back, I wish I would have enjoyed each moment a little more. And because we live on this earth for such a short time, BUY THE SHOES or THAT FANCY DRESS YOUVE BEEN EYEING! But also, RUN THAT MARATHON, HIKE THAT MOUNTAIN, TAKE THAT TRIP, MAKE THAT MOVE, CHANGE YOUR CAREER, GO BACK TO SCHOOL, MAKE AMENDS AND MAKE ‘WRONGS’ INTO ‘RIGHTS’, DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY, BE KIND AND GENEROUS, HELP OTHERS, DON’T SETTLE FOR MEDIOCRE….Before it’s all too late!

So many things in my life have changed in the past 10 years, as am sure is true for most of us. We get older, and priorities change.. careers change, friends change… we begin to learn what’s really important in our lives.
The biggest change for me has been my career. And although I’m now working in the Fashion Industry, I still know that I can’t take my clothes with me in the end. But I can enjoy them now.

Additionally, I don’t want to have regrets about my career. I don’t want to miss out on a promotion because I’m afraid of change or I am comfortable where I am. “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere we don’t belong”. We need to go for it! And that promotion could provide the extra money to go do those things I’ve always wanted to do. We need to enjoy all the little things in life that we used to take for granted – time spent with family and friends, learning who true friends really are, making new friends, trying new things, taking GOOD risks and chances, making the most of everyday, doing things you’ve always wanted to do…I believe that discovering who I am is a lifelong process. Just like the quote below, “Now is the time to start living the life you always imagined”.

We never know how much time we have.. We think we have all the time in the world to do the things we want to do – Fix relationships, take a trip, go skydiving, fall in love, get married, have a child, go for that promotion, check off everything on your bucket list – whatever the case may be. But morbidly enough, we could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or God forbid, get diagnosed with an incurable illness, or lose a close family member. So like the quote below says, “One day, you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. DO IT NOW”. Yes! Do it now! Don’t waste time with trivial matters!

Like I’ve said numerous times, I made this Career Change later in life, so I’m not wasting any time in it. I’m going to take control and go for that promotion (that just came up!). I’m doing it it NOW! And whatever your particular dream is, GO FOR IT!

In conclusion, back to my original statement – BUY THE SHOES (or whatever does it for you!).

I hope you enjoyed my post and got something out of it..specifically, GO FOR IT!

Thanks for reading my friends..

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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Five Fall Essentials to Get Through the Cold Weather

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With Fall finally right upon us, I cannot even tell you how excited I am to start wearing my Fall and Winter clothes again. I’m originally from Florida and lived most of my life there, so this girl never experienced any kind of season changes. When I moved to Denver, I think I was most excited about finally getting to purchase and wear Winter clothing! And sure, living in Florida (South Florida, mind you), we had the occasional cold front and couple of days where the temperatures would drop below 70 degrees. But for the most part, it was either hot and humid, or REALLY hot and humid year-round. Christmases were often spent in shorts, and I never received a Winter coat, mittens, or winter hat as a gift. I always felt like I lived in the wrong place! When the economy crashed in ’08/’09, my mom and I had the opportunity to move to Denver. My mom asked if I’d be interested in moving to Denver, and I said, “I’ll start packing!” I can without a doubt say that it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as a family. It’s almost 10 years later, and I still look forward to Fall and Snow, and most importantly, the Fashion! However, when it was time to buy my first Winter cost, no one told me there was a difference between a ‘stylish’ coat and a ‘warm’ coat… I had to learn that lesson the hard way!

1. Blazers

Of course this would be first on my list because I’m having a major love affair with blazers right now. Smythe Jackets (1st & 2nd pics), Veronica Beard (3rd & 4th pics), and Rachel Zoe (5th pic) have some amazing blazers, if you don’t mind paying the high price tags. They are certainly worth it and these blazers are such high quality and will last you forever. They are an investment, but worth it in my opinion.

2. Pants and Jeans

Again, I’ve featured some items by Veronica Beard. I also featured the green dress pants by DVF.. I tried these pants on in the store in my size and they were wonderful and long enough for my 5’9″ frame and super long legs. Veronica Beard’s pants are also very long.

And then a favorite pair of mine are these wool blend Tuxedo Pants by Alexander McQueen. These are quite the pretty penny, but I keep hoping they will go on sale. They are currently $1,500, and they look incredible! They are also very warm, as they are made of a wool blend fabric.

And of course, some cool leather pants are a must! I highly recommend the ‘Prince’ Leather Pant by RtA. They come in different colors and are soft as butter!

I’ve also included a ‘Pants and Jeans’ Board with a compilation of some of my favorites. Designers include: A.L.C., Versace, Veronica Beard, Paige, TopShop, and Citizens of Humanity.

3. Sweaters

We definitely need a collection of all different kinds of sweaters, from thick to thinner. One of my favorites is this Ivory Sweater by Treasure and Bond. It also comes in a few different colors and is very stylish and versatile.

I’ve also included a ‘Style Board’ with a compilation of some of my favorite Sweaters. Designers below include: Leith, Halogen, Rails, TopShop, Ted Baker, Treasure and Bond, and Rag and Bone.

4. Boots and Booties

Need I say more??

Boots are definitely a must for Fall and Winter, but the Bootie is making a larger-than-life comeback. Booties have never gone OUT of style, but I’ve seen more and more styles of Booties this year than ever. So a couple good pairs of booties are a must-have in your shoe wardrobe. Here are a few of my favorites:


Can you tell I love sequins?! But it’s party season! We’ve got holiday parties, New Years Eve parties, and office parties to go to…. and we’ve got to shimmer and shine to get in the spirit!
My ‘Style Boards’ below include the following Designers: Dress the Population, Tadashi Shoji, Eliza J, Off-White, Self Portrait, Caroline Constas, Xscape, JS Collections, Veronica Beard, Vince Camuto, Carmen Marc Valvo Infusion, and Monique Lhuillier.

My first picture for Coats is this gorgeous Gallery Chocolate Coat… It is pure perfection and I can’t wait to wear it this year!

My ‘Style Board’ for Coats and Jackets below include the following Designers: J. Crew, YSL, Patagonia, The North Face, Badgley Mischka, Kenneth Cole, and Kristen Blake.

Thanks for reading, my friends! I absolutely love writing this Blog and am so excited I started doing it….Finally! I enjoy reading all of your posts and seeing everyone’s pictures and writing styles too. I hope you enjoy mine as well and I’d love to hear from you!😘

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose

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My Photo Shoot – “Glam Meets Grunge”

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I wanted to share with you all something I’ve never done before, but something I’ve always wanted to do. I haven’t done a photo shoot in the past out of fear, insecurity, not really knowing who I was or what type of style I had, but I think mostly it was fear. And, had a good friend not gone with me for support, it’s very possible I would have backed out. I got incredibly nervous and anxious right before leaving to go to the photo shoot too. I was actually terrified! I thought, “What if I’m terrible at this? What if I’m not confident and it shows? What if I fail?” Well, I did it! And I’m SO glad I didn’t back out… I even have more ideas and want to do it again with more of my Designer Clothing!

Here are some preview pics that my friend took during the shoot:

I work in Fashion and I am very passionate about Designer Clothing specifically. So I have a lot of Designer clothing that I’ve always wanted to showcase in some way. I started thinking about it, and because I have an edgy sense of style, I had this idea of wearing some of my premium Designer items but having the photos taken in some sort of grungy, industrial area of Denver. The photographer I had picked loved that idea and found the absolute perfect spot! It was to be the setting for my “GLAM MEETS GRUNGE” photo shoot! Here is my first photo… I showcased my Smythe Blazer with my Black Free People Plunge Bodysuit, and my OTK Calvin Klein Leather Boots. And…. that’s all for that outfit!!🙀

My next outfit was my RtA Red Leather ‘Prince’ Shimmer Pants, Black Gucci Belt, my Marc Jacobs Denim Jacket, and again, my OTK Calvin Klein Boots. We took lots of shots in this outfit, so I’m excited to see how the others turned out. I’ll post a couple more when I get them all back. We did some shots of me sitting casually and looking off in the distance. The sun was perfect at that time, so I imagine the pants will really pop and shimmer in some of those pics. On the way to the shoot, I commented to my friend that I kind of wanted the weather to be dark and gloomy because I imagined that would look better with the theme and image in my head. She said, “no, this is the best time to shoot with the sun out like this because you get better shots with this better light…”. I didn’t know that! But makes sense now! The photographer showed me some of the shots as we were working showing the difference in how the pictures looked when the sun would go behind the clouds as opposed to being straight sun, and my friend was definitely right! The pictures looked so much better with the sun out as opposed to when it wasn’t. So I learned something new that should have been obvious…. better light, better pictures!

Next I showcased my unbelievably gorgeous blue/indigo colored sequined dress by Diane Von Furstenberg paired with my Prada Combat Boots.

This might be one of my favorite pictures so far! The way the light shines on the dress and makes it pop looks so amazing. And somehow I managed to NOT frown in every photo. I practiced for about a week before how to smile with just my eyes… I don’t know if I accomplished that, but at least I’m not frowning lol.

Next I wore my Velvet NBD dress from Revolve along with the Prada Combat Boots again. I adore this dress and hope I get to wear it somewhere soon. As you can see, it has a deep plunging v-neckline and deep slit, and i didn’t wear a bra, so I had to keep looking down to make sure I wasn’t ‘popping’ out of it! If I ever get the chance to really wear this dress, I’ll need some sticky tape or something so I can enjoy the evening without worrying about coming out of the dress!

In this first picture in this dress, the photographer had me walk towards him with a determined look on my face. I was pretty pleased with how this turned out too. And again, I’m not really frowning but not smiling either, so mission accomplished! I really wanted some shots with the train tracks in the background, so I’m really happy we could get some of those!

All in all, it was a pretty fun and exciting Photo Shoot. After we started, my nerves calmed down and I am very pleased with how his pics turned out. There will be many more pics coming once he’s done editing, so I’ll add more good pics when I get them back..

The next pics are just close-up pics of the same pics above that I edited myself so you could see my face and outfit better:

Halfway through this shoot after I calmed down and saw a preview of how the pics were looking, I jokingly made a comment that I thought I should switch careers and be a model since I was clearly an amazing model (hahaha just kidding😉)!

Stay tuned for some more pics and possibly another shoot with different outfits and setting!

Thanks for reading and checking out my pictures… I’d love to see your comments and hear any feedback!

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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Your Appearance Really DOES Matter!

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Yes, it is what’s on the inside that really counts. And in a perfect world, we would see ‘everyone’s insides’ first (that sounds kind of gross, but not how I intended it!). It doesn’t matter where we live – the big city or small town – inevitably, running to the store for 2 seconds in our sweatpants with UGG’s on (and sweatpants tucked in sloppily), shirt that doesn’t match, hair on top of our heads, no makeup on, is just an invitation to run into someone important. And we’ve ALL done it. I did it just the other day! I came home afterwards and looked at myself in the mirror, and thought, “oh. my. gosh. Thank goodness I didn’t run into anyone I knew!” But I did run into PEOPLE! Who saw me and looked at me! And who knows, maybe one of them was the man of my dreams, who just passed right on by because he didn’t see my ‘insides’ first. Of course he didn’t! He didn’t even look twice at me because of how I looked! It’s possible that had I looked somewhat presentable, a conversation may have started, and I’d be looking forward to a first date. And while I didn’t run into anyone I knew (this time), I certainly could have! And if so, I picture myself ducking behind food aisles and making a bee-line to my car, all the while forgetting what I came there to get!

What I’m trying to say is that, of course, it’s what is in your heart, mind, and soul that REALLY matter. But in some ways, your APPEARANCE matters even more because no one will get to see all of those other great things about you if they don’t first get by your APPEARANCE! I’m not saying you need to look like you’re going to meet the Queen every time you leave the house, but certainly, a little bit of effort is required when going somewhere.. anywhere!

Since I work in Fashion, I like to “dress the part”. And I take pride in my sense of style that I’ve developed since getting into the Fashion Industry. I am able to basically wear what I want (within reason), and I’m able to express myself through my clothes and how I wear them. To me, Fashion is Art and Art is Fashion. I have certain items of clothing and shoes in my wardrobe that I take extra special care of because these items are like works of art to me. And when I decide to spend a lot of money on clothes or shoes, I give it a lot of thought first – Is it worth the money? What will my return on my investment be? How often will I wear this? Is it really worth this much money? It’s almost like purchasing a fine work of art or stock in a new company!

I’m known at work for having a Classy Style with an Edge. And I like that I’ve developed my own sense of style, finally! I never used to feel confident in what I wore or bought for myself. I would think about it way too much – ‘Do I really like this? Is it really pretty or really ugly? Can I pull this off? Is this me?’ But all you really need to ask yourself is, How does it make you feel? If you feel good, then buy the shoes, shirt, or whatever the case may be. I just purchased these 3 graphic tees by Alice & Olivia (25% off entire site right now!). These tees are SO ‘me’ that I had to get them! I’ll wear on their own or pair with a blazer for a little extra class.

Also just purchased this sequin mini dress by Dress the Population for Denver Fashion Week. It was price matched at 25% off, so ended up being a really great deal, and perfect for the event! I’m going with a friend of mine from work to the last night of Fashion Shows and we have front row tickets! I can’t wait… should be lots of fun! Although I am still deciding between this sequin dress and gold and black one below, which is also by Dress the Population. Any votes on which one??!! I may just buy both for now and decide at the last minute and then return the one I don’t wear. Or not!

Ok, got off on a little tangent there talking about Fashion! It’s easy for me to do!

My primary purpose for this post was to say that dressing your best always is NEVER a bad idea. You never know where it might lead – a new friendship, a date, a new job, etc. So always put your best foot forward wherever you go… It gives you more confidence and self-esteem in general, and, you never know who you might run into or meet!

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed. Please leave me a comment. I’m fairly new to blogging and I’d love to interact with you all, and possibly collaborate one day in the future!

xoxo Jess – Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

Published by Style by J Rose on 10/03/18

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