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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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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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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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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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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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