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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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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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Pre-Photo Shoot — ‘Glam Meets Grunge’

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I am doing a very cool photo shoot soon (Thursday Oct. 4th!) that basically will showcase myself wearing some of my Designer Clothing. I’ve had this vision for quite some time now… It’s basically a ‘Glam Meets Grunge’ photo shoot (will elaborate shortly), and I am finally doing it! The vision I had was to showcase some of my Designer Items in an Industrial area of downtown Denver with old dilapidated buildings, dirt roads, and train tracks in the background. The photographer found just what I had envisioned and is actually excited to do this shoot, and I think, impressed with my vision!
Below are some features of the outfits I put together for the shoot. My next post will be the finished product and the best pics! I am pretty excited and nervous, although I feel a bit better now that I have my outfits…

In this first picture below, I’ll be wearing both dresses with my Prada Combat Boots. I probably won’t wear jewelry in these, as the dresses and boots pretty much speak for themselves and I don’t want to take away from the focus on them.

In this picture below, I’ll be wearing the White Sequin Dress the Population Dress and walking barefoot with train tracks in the background and holding my Sam Edelman heels. I’ll wear some minimal Alexander McQueen Jewelry and possibly a pair of the sunglasses shown below.

This outfit below will be worn as such: Smythe Blazer with the Black Free People Bodysuit, Gold Snake Necklace, and Calvin Klein Black Leather Knee High Boots – And that’s it! I want to show off the blazer, because it is exquisite, so I’m basically just wearing that. I’m wearing the Bodysuit just to make sure my lower half is covered! I’m not trying to show it all, ya know?! I think that this will look very cool though!

My final outfit will be the Red RtA Leather Pants with my Black Gucci Belt, Alexander McQueen Neck Scarf, probably a sheer Black Bodysuit with either a plain Black Bra or Black Bralette. I included the Valentino Heels that I MAY wear, but I also may just pair with some plain Black Heels to keep it simple.

Here is what I have envisioned for the location. This is the ‘Grunge’ part of my shoot! I don’t know exactly what it looks like yet, but the photographer told me there were train tracks and an old warehouse, which is perfect! Also, combining high-end Designer Items like DVF, Prada, RtA, etc., above is just the juxtaposition I was looking for!

My outfits that I have picked are tentative and may change slightly prior to the shoot, so make sure to check back for the finished product..

Wish me luck on this photo shoot. I have to go get everything put together and practice what Tyra Banks calls “Smizing“, which is smiling with your eyes. And so far I’m not too good at that. I either smile, or I just look mean when I try to smile with my eyes! I did some modeling when I was much younger, but it was mostly Runway Modeling because I was tall and had a good walk, and usually you don’t have to smile much in runway shows, depending on what the designer wants you to do. But photos are much different, and this isn’t really a shoot I can be having a big smile on my face the whole time – that doesn’t really go with the theme. So I’ll be practicing my ‘smizing’ in the mirror up until the shoot lol. Hopefully I can master it! If any professional models out there have any advice on this, please feel free to leave a comment! I’d love any feedback..💕

Thanks again for reading, as always, and stay tuned for the final professional pictures when the shoot is done!

xoxo Jess from Fashion & Style by J Rose 

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