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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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RtA Brand Spotlight

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For my second Designer Spotlight, I’ve decided to showcase RtA Brand! Some of you may not have heard of them, as they just debuted in 2013. But in that short time, they have certainly made a name for themselves by creating quality, fashionable, and edgy designs for the fashion-forward woman who likes to stand out with her style (that’d be me lol!)

[ROAD TO AWE]

RtA WAS LAUNCHED WITH THE PURPOSE OF CREATING A MOVEMENT.

A MOVEMENT OF LIKE-MINDED INDIVIDUALS WHO SHARE A BELIEF THAT CLOTHING SHOULD BE USED AS A FORM OF EXPRESSION.

RtA WAS BORN UNDER THE PRETENSE THAT CLOTHING SHOULD BE EFFORTLESS AND CHIC.

IT IS THE INDIVIDUAL – THE REBEL WHO SETS TRENDS. RtA IS A STATE OF MIND AND WHILE THE CLOTHING EVOLVES, THEIR IDEAS ARE NEVER DETERRED.

I absolutely LOVE RtA’s Mission Statement and what they stand for…. “It is the Rebel who sets the trends..RtA is a State of mind, and while the clothing evolves, their ideas are never deterred”. Just BRILLIANT!

I wore these RtA Brand Red Shimmer Leather ‘Prince’ Pants for my photo shoot. I also have them in silver and they are seriously amazing! They are so amazing that I also purchased the ‘Prince’ Pant in the color Lithiun below (2nd pic):

Some MANY favorite items of mine by RtA are below. The ‘Prince’ Pant is my absolute favorite! I have the silver, red, and now the Lithium colors, and every time I wear them, I get so many compliments. Plus, they literally feel like butter. The quality and fabrics used are incredible! I’m actually trying to remember how I came across RtA, and I honestly can’t remember, but I’m sure glad I did!

RtA Information (Los Angeles Times 2017 Article excerpt):
Inspiration for this collection stemmed from “the good times when girls used to have fun.” According to designers Eli Azran and David Rimokh, women are rock ‘n’ roll in their relaxed, ideal world; the AW17 collection does not disappoint this vision. The RtA girl for AW17 wears silver suits and casually layers chubby fox fur coats over denim overalls. She wears patent-leather slouchy pants matched with striped sweaters and metallic bomber jackets with denim.
Rta continues to build exciting, organic momentum globally and the exclusive international positioning of this brand and its “cool vibe” have fostered a cult following.

This was just a bit of background into this up and coming Designer Brand. I would definitely be watching this company, as their designs and trendsetting items are worthy of being worn by celebrities, as well as folks like you and I! They have awe inspiring designs (Road to Awe), and a slightly androgynous Style. The RtA woman likes to have fun while looking great in casual, edgy, and dressy items made to look exciting and adventurous. I personally know that when I wear my RtA Leather Prince Pants, I get so many compliments on them and I feel like a million bucks. I think Nordstrom needs to pick up this line and I think it could do very well, wink, wink 😉!

For more information on RtA Brand, please visit rtabrand.com. You can also find select RtA items at Saks, Revolve, Forward, and other Designer sites. Links for these sites are under ‘My Favorite Links’ page.

Thank for reading, my friends. I hope I’ve inspired you to go out or make an online purchase of some RtA Brand items. I’m going to go try on my newest pair of Prince pants in the Lithium color!

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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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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