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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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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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My Fashion Business

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I wanted to share with you a little bit about my experiences working in the Fashion Industry and some lessons I’ve learned so far.

I’ve learned that whether you work for yourself in your own Boutique or for a major Fashion Retailer, it’s YOUR BUSINESS THAT YOU’RE BUILDING! This is your career and life, and you are basically building your career in Fashion like a Book of Business. And it’s YOUR BUSINESS! I didn’t know that when I first started at working in this fast-paced, high-stress job in the Fashion Industry. I didn’t even think there would be stress! But it’s a tough business and definitely not for everyone. It’s my Passion for Fashion and helping customers feel and look good that keeps me driven and wanting more..

When I first started working at Nordstrom , I had just made a major career change and was still reeling off the adrenaline of such a bold move. I just knew I was going to be successful and promoted right away! After all, I was bright, learned quickly, and had a great personality and sense of style (lol)! But even though I DID know a lot about Fashion, I DIDN’T know a lot about The Business of Fashion. I didn’t make a lot of money those first few months I started working at Nordstrom until I found my “groove” and learned how to deal with some aggressive sales associates in my department and others. I even had a rather unfortunate fight with a girl from another department after she took one of my clients I had been working with and then screamed at me for trying to talk to her. I ended up going to HR about the situation after being left in tears, and I never saw the other girl again… From what I heard, she was brought in to just talk about the situation, and she flipped out and quit. I was pretty rattled by that whole thing, but it also helped me to toughen up, hustle more, and not take any sh*t from anyone! From then on, I started to surpass my teammates in sales and soon was the top sales associate in my Department!
I still had a lot of learning to do though. And I’ve learned that I’ll be learning my whole career. I’ve bought Fashion Books, read articles and Blogs, done research on anything and everything in my field, and am even thinking of going back to school to get a Masters Degree in Fashion!

But even with all that, just being ‘on the job’ is what has helped me the most. I’m naturally an introverted person. I like to be alone and can occupy myself forever on my own. I always thought that I would need to change my personality somewhat while at work and not be so introverted, and while that is true in some respects, I’ve also learned that I don’t need to change who I am! Yes, I need to be more extroverted than I’d prefer, but I can still be ‘me’. I’ve learned how to talk to customers and by just being my normal self, I come off more natural and ‘friend-like’, which has worked to my advantage. Most of my customer letters have said something like “it felt like I was shopping with a friend”. So I don’t dial myself up like I used to. I’m just me, but with a little more hustle and aggressiveness, but not in an obnoxious way. This has also helped me to become one of the top Reward (credit card) openers in the store too. I’ve learned how to ‘sell’ that to customers without actually ‘selling’ it, if that makes sense. Again, I just casually talk about it and the benefits of getting one like I’m talking to a friend. I don’t do an obnoxious sales pitch.
I’ve also learned that being honest with a customer goes a long way. I don’t tell every customer that everything looks good on them when it doesn’t. That will just result in a return that I pay for later. If I’m honest in the beginning, I gain the customers’ trust and also build a relationship with them, even if that means losing out on a higher sale in the beginning. The chances of them wanting to come back and shop with me again are higher, so long term, I end up winning! I’ve built a lot of customer relationships and even made friends with some clients by being honest and ‘friend-like’ in the beginning.

I’ve also learned that I need to be patient and continue to persevere. Even right now, I feel ready to move on to the next step in my career. Over the last couple of years working at Nordstrom , I saw that there were so many different paths I could take in My Fashion Career, and at first, I thought Management was the obvious choice – I have management experience, I’m very organized and detailed, I work well with others, I am fair – all qualities that could make for being a good Manager. But I also developed a passion for Designer Fashion. I haven’t ruled out Management by any means, but I also want to keep an open mind and possibly get my foot in the door with Designer, Collectors, etc. That could potentially mean a move to another store, which would be ok with me. But I need to wait for the right position to come along and in the meantime, continue to persevere and work hard in my current role.

So my advice to anyone who is wanting to get into the Fashion Industry: Just start! Start somewhere and start learning the business and find out what your passion is within YOUR Business. You might find that what you thought you wanted to do, isn’t what you want at all. And keep striving to learn more, always. You can never have enough knowledge about your ‘craft’. Don’t give up. Keep working hard to reach your goals. Don’t try to move on to the next step before you are ready. And finally, keep your head up and your heels high! 👠😘
Thanks for reading my impromptu post, my friends!
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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Velvet and Corduroy – Seasonal Favorites

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Hello to you all! I haven’t written a post in a little while, so thought it was about that time. Of course, since I’m a true Fashionista, I’m going to write about some of my favorite fashion trends this season – VELVET and CORDUROY! I’m seeing so much velvet and corduroy in pants and jeans especially, and in all different colors! And I’m loving it! I’m taking full advantage of all that’s available and all that I can afford lol!
This season, our favorite premium denim designers are coming out with some delicious colors in velvet and corduroy pants and jeans.
I’ve showcased some of my favorites below that I’ve found so far. Designers include: AG, Paige, Frame, Rag and Bone, J Brand, Seven for All Mankind, Hudson, BlankNYC, Current Elliott, and Topshop, to name just a few.
I have personally tried on a couple of these, including the Seven for All Mankind Velvet Skinny Jeans in ‘Blackened Emerald’. They are magnificent! They are on the thinner side, but oh so comfortable, and soft like butter. The color is very rich too. Perfect for the Holidays! And just a side note on some of these Premium Denim styles…. a lot of them can be found ‘price-matched’ at different competing department stores. <Nordstrom> currently has quite a few that are price-matched right now. But don’t wait too long, as these do sell out fast! Also, if you still don’t want to spend that much on Paige, AG, Frame, etc., you can’t go wrong with the less expensive BlankNYC or TopShop. Both can be found for under $100!

Now, if you really want to get crazy, I’ve also showcased some of my favorite Velvet and Corduroy Styles from Designers like Veronica Beard, Smythe, A.L.C., L’Agence, and Rachel Zoe.
This first picture below features a new line from Smythe Jackets. I just adore this one, as it has velvet with shimmer threads throughout the stripes. So velvet and sparkle – who doesn’t love that?! Working in the Fashion World for a while now, I’ve seen a lot of women elect for a nice pant and blazer set over a dress for parties, charities, weddings, and other black tie events. This set below by Smythe certainly fits the bill!

This next set by Rachel Zoe is also an excellent choice for a velvet pant (and matching blazer). I have purchased a couple of pant and blazer sets from Rachel Zoe and was not disappointed with the quality and fit. It is a bit on the higher end, as pants are about $395 and blazers are about $495, but there are sales occasionally and you do get a discount for signing up on her website. Again, a great choice if you don’t want to wear a dress to a nice event.

This last set is a combination of some favorite corduroy and velvet pants by L’Agence, A.L.C., and Veronica Beard. The quality on all three of these Designers is unsurpassed! You can actually FEEL the difference when you put on one of these items as compared to a lesser option. I have a pair of L’Agence Jeans and A.L.C. Black Pants and the quality and fit is superb. You do get what you pay for! It’s all about preference though. I know some people will elect to purchase a few less expensive items a year as opposed to one or two higher end items like these that will last ten years. I, myself, do a little of both.

L’Agence Jeans!

I hope you enjoyed my post and pictures showcasing my favorite Designers and the VELVET and CORDUROY Trend of the season. Now get dressed and go get yourself one of these amazing items. Or, you can always sit in your pajamas and shop online!
xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 🌹

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