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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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L’Agence Fashion Spotlight

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Good morning my fellow Fashionistas and Trendsetters! How are you all on this fine Tuesday morning? It is a dreary, cold morning here in Denver, but somehow I find this comforting.

For my next few posts, I want to share with you and showcase some information and Style Inspiration from some of my favorite Designers! The first Designer I will be showcasing is L’Agence Fashion! They are a fairly new company (launching in 2008), but have already made a serious name for themselves with their innovative designs, superb fit, and fashion-forward initiatives. The ‘Margot’ Jean is one of their top sellers (which debuted in 2015), and it comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, including the 3 pairs I just purchased in the coated denim! Their denim line has really taken off and is also a celebrity favorite!

About L’AGENCE:
History:
L’AGENCE embodies the mergence of the Los Angeles effortless lifestyle with an understated Parisian influence. Since the brand’s inception in 2008, the California-based label has maintained its identity while using luxury fabrics and modern designs to produce timeless ready-to-wear for women.

In 2015, L’AGENCE launched their denim assortment. Combining style, cut and fit, the category has since become the brand’s top selling classification.

L’AGENCE continues to perfect its voice among the fashion influencers, providing women with a feminine versatile wardrobe that helps her elevate her personal style. It’s a label that caters to the chic and elegant jet-setter. Producing 11 collections a year, L’AGENCE is available in approximately 300 doors in the US with major retailers such as Intermix, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.

Known for its easy-to-wear wardrobe staples and relevant fashion looks, L’AGENCE has garnered a vast celebrity following ranging from Hollywood darlings to young starlets. Brand ambassadors include Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford, Emma Roberts, Karlie Kloss, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Lopez, Kaia Gerber, Lilly Collins, Demi Lovato, Ashley Graham, and Scarlet Johansson to name a few.

Our Mission:
Designing to inspire your life. A California lifestyle, with a French attitude.

We are committed to timeless products that earn and retain customer loyalty.

Our philosophy is to inspire leadership that empowers our team and develops our next generation of leaders.

Our Culture:
Integrity is our foundation.

We value the magic of creativity.

We appreciate and acknowledge each other with generosity.

We interact with respect and compassion.

We honor commitment and accountability with focus.

Communication, empowerment and collaboration are our cornerstones.

Now that we know who and what L’Agence Fashion is all about, let’s talk about their FASHION & STYLE! My first feature is the ‘Neval Blazer’ that just recently sold out. We are ALL hoping they get all sizes back in soon! I believe I actually got the very last size in the company (sorry, guys!).

Here is a preview of a few of my favorite pieces by L’Agence Fashion. Just like their bio and mission statement says, ..”Designing to inspire your life. California style with a French attitude….”. You can certainly see this aesthetic in their clothing..

The ‘Margot’ Jean by L’Agence is incredible! I have one pair (seen below), and the fit is perfection. I usually don’t like high-rise Jeans, but this is one exception! They have many different colors of the ‘Margot’ Jean, including the pairs I just bought, which are all this style. Stay tuned for more pictures when they arrive. I’m especially excited to see how the holographic pair looks… This plays into my edgy sense of style perfectly!

The next couple of sets feature the ‘Margot’ Jean that L’Agence Fashion has really capitalized on since introducing Denim into their collection in 2015. I first tried on this style while at Nordstrom and absolutely fell in love with them. I didn’t realize how many washes and colors they had until I started to do some research… which of course then lead me to purchase 3 more pairs! Ahhhhh!

The ‘Margot’ Jean comes in regular denim, coated denim, corduroy, and velvet:

Defined by our exclusive contoured waistband to wrap around your natural waist for a stay-put fit, the black super stretch denim is soft whitle holding its shape for a slimming effect presenting a smooth silhouette from hip to ankle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Spotlight on the Fashion Designer, L’Agence Fashion! I highly recommend all of their items – top quality, great customer service, and fashion-forward designs!

I look forward to showcasing more of my favorite Designers. Stay tuned for the next post (that I’ll keep a surprise!), that will showcases another favorite designer of mine. I’ll be showcasing three Designers, so one down and two to go!

For more information on L’Agence Fashion, visit their site at www.lagencefashion.com. You can also find select L’Agence Fashion items at Nordstrom, Saks, as well as some other designer sites like Revolve, Forward, etc. (links are under my ‘Favorite Links’). View Post

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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:


BONUS – COCKTAIL/PARTY DRESSES, COATS, JACKETS GALORE!

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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