if the skirt twirls, get it

Everything about this outfit makes me really happy.

I wore it when I had absolutely no place to go, insisting on dressing up to cook Adam barbecue chicken enchiladas (Jessica, we love you) and chocolate chip cookies. Then I told him to take my photo. My house, my rules.

This skirt is a rather recent JCrew purchase…I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did, but once I put it on and twirled around, I knew it was to be! Skirts and dresses that swirl and twirl make me all giddy inside. Plus, it’s the only purple item in my closet. Every girl needs some purple in her life, right?

If you’ve seen these clogs at Target and have been debating them, GET THEM. They are, hands down, the most comfortable heel I own and go with everything from jeans to dresses. Oh, and did I mention they were only ten dollars? Another thing I didn’t expect to love so much but am so, so glad I got.

Skirt: JCrew

Top: Target

Necklace: Anthropologie (sale! woot woot!)

Shoes: Target

Belt: JCrew

Watch: Brighton

Purse: Longchamp in Paris (a splurge while studying abroad four years ago!)

Burn Mark on Arms: c/o Cinnamon Swirl Bread

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  • Kelly
    August 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Ow! Ow! CUTE!

  • Lesley
    August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Love a good twirly skirt! And that necklace is to DIE for. Anthro on sale makes it even better. And $10 Target clogs? Golden.

  • AppGal
    August 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I have and love this skirt too! The color is so delicious, right? I already have a plan to wear it during my first week at school–hooray!

  • clarie
    August 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I LOVE LOVE your outfit posts. Inspire me to do my own!

  • Alyssa @ Life of bLyss
    August 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I want to twirl. in that skirt. in a meadow. with dandelions.

  • Sana
    August 9, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Bahaha I don’t get dressed up when I am cooking! You look cute!

  • Marisa Leigh
    August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Really pretty outfit! I LOVE gray and purple together – and the little pop of green in the necklace really makes the whole thing pop!

    Also love your lipstick – what are you wearing?

  • Bev Weidner
    August 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    i. love. that. skirt. so. much. i. need. to. use. a. bazillion. periods. to. thoroughly. express. how. much.

  • Hilliary@HappilyEverHealthy
    August 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I just saw this skirt at jcrew and loved the color!

  • Hayley @ Hayley Daily
    August 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I LOVE your style! That entire outfit is adorable, but I especially love the skirt. Nice buy!

  • Anne
    August 9, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Beautiful. Your boyfriend is a good photographer!

  • Cait's Plate
    August 9, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    You may have just convinced me to go get those clogs. I’ve never thought of myself as a clogs person…but I may have just turned šŸ™‚

    • jenna
      August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      do iiiiiiiiit

      • Susan
        August 15, 2011 at 10:46 am

        I went to Target last night and they didn’t have my size. Wahhhh!!!

  • ShortSkirts
    August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    super cute love the purple, such a great color

  • lindsay
    August 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    One of my favorite books as a kid was The Twirly Skirt about a girl wanting to wear a twirly skirt dress to her birthday party, but then her friend didn’t have a cool dress … somehow they ended up wearing matching twirly skirts to the birthday party. It was awesome. I got a twirly prom dress because of that book.

  • Arianna @ Laughter & Linguini
    August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I just bought those clogs a few days ago! SO comfy! Gorgeous outfit šŸ™‚

  • Nisrine M.
    August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Very cute and I totally agree with the title!!

  • carly {carlyklock}
    August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    LOVE. So glad you listened to all the ‘yay’ voters out there.

    I think the shoe aisles at Tarjay are calling my name.

  • Stacy @ Stacy Eats
    August 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Love it! And skirts/dresses that twirl really are the best.

  • Kati @ Living Well
    August 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Very pretty šŸ™‚ Maybe I need to dig around my closet a bit to see what new “looks” I can come up with!

  • Lee
    August 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Love the necklace! Love Love Love x 100000

  • Charles
    August 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Why is there not a pic of the skirt twirling?

    Also, the second pic is very Reese Witherspoon-esque.

  • Jamie @ snacktress
    August 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Tarjay? I’ve been looking for clogs and those are adorable. I’ve got a pair of Frye knockoffs from Target that are incredible. Looks like I may be making another purchase soon! You look great.

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    August 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Too cute! Twirling skirts are so fun šŸ™‚

  • Bonnie
    August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Cute outfit! And man, I miss Target since immigrating to Canada (but my husband is worth it…)! šŸ˜‰ Actually, there’s coming here in 2 years! Lots of Canadians are stoked about this fact – you just can’t beat Target!

    Also, is that Mt. Diablo in the background, or just another beautiful CA-looking hill? *I miss home*

    …enjoying your fashion posts! Inspiring me to dress up a little more than usual.

  • Irina
    August 9, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    That skirt (especially the color) is absolutely stunning! There is just something about a flowy summery skirt that makes a girl feel pretty and ladylike šŸ™‚
    I recently bought a skirt like yours (expect its black and slightly longer) and am dying to wear it somewhere! Just need to figure out where…

  • Krystina (Organically Me)
    August 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I don’t know when you got so into fashion, but I’m GLAD you did. You’re stunning!

  • Janna
    August 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I can see you moving back to Europe for a little bit…you are just too cute and French! And this is coming from someone who lived in Europe half her life

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    August 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    not only are your outfits amazing in these recent fashion posts but you look stunning in all the pictures! Love these posts in addition to all the delicious food. btw-I’m making your shrimp and grits tonight for dinner…kinda can’t wait šŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    August 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    So cute! You look like Reese Witherspoon in that last picture!

  • Baking N Books
    August 9, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    You look just like my friend in that last photo. The facial expression totally. Do you cook at Adam’s house or does he go to yours usually? It looks so beautiful there! Leave it to me to seek a beautiful, peaceful setting…;)

  • Marie@feedingfive
    August 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Love your blog and wanted to cast my vote that I absolutely love the fashion posts as much as the food posts. Why do we have to choose between them? We don’t!

  • Shari @ Chicago Cuisine Critique
    August 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    So cute! I love that skirt! And, that necklace! Gorgeous. šŸ™‚

  • mythy as in "Mighty"
    August 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Ok Jenna, I didn’t wanna ask it, but I’m going to now. What street do you live on? (/p don’t answer that to all the stalkers out there.)

    In your previous fashion posting I noticed the street and again, I notice the same street you live on is the one that Dedicated Fiance’s Godmother lives on. We visit her every time we’re in SR.

    Small world?!?!

  • jenn
    August 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Looooooovvveee the outfit! Not crazy about the lipstick

  • Kim
    August 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Cute outfit! Love how you put pieces together! so getting those clogs!

  • Mellie
    August 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I LOVE twirly skirts! I never wear pencil skirts.

  • French Heart
    August 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Beautiful….love the purple skirt & little bit darker lipgloss that’s a nice balance with its vibrant color. Very cute. Bet Adam didn’t dream he’d have a pt time career in fashion photography. If he starts watching Anna Wintour on Youtube…watch out. šŸ˜‰

  • girl in the pink
    August 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    ahh I love leopard print belts – they are so surprisingly versatile! Cute outfit lady!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    August 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Ah! I love you guys too. And I want that skirt. I LOVE purple!!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Jenna you are so beautiful! The way the light is hitting you, the purple, your blond hair and blue eyes…so pretty!

    And Im also impressed if either 1. you used a timer/tripod or 2. you had Adam or someone else take the pics. My hubs can’t even get my face in the frame. 12 yrs later, he’s still trying to work on his camera skills šŸ™‚

  • AshleyH
    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I have been swooning over this skirt but I want it in the light pink. They carry but I haven’t seen in their stores!! It fits perfectly doesn’t it. I wasn’t expecting to like it either and I love it!

  • Corrie Anne
    August 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love to twirl! So happy!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    August 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Love. you look so cute šŸ™‚

  • Em
    August 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Work it, girl! šŸ™‚

    These fashion posts are a fun addition.

    And the fruit pies from earlier today look tasty, too.

    Always a treat to read your bloggy.

  • Elizabeth Edith
    August 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I love this, especially the color combination and the necklace and skirt!!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    August 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    We have matching scars! Mine is down a little lower, more like where a needle is put in to draw blood. Ahh…the hazards of being a foodie.

  • Nichole (eat & be pretty)
    August 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    this whole ensemble is just darling. I LOVE your necklace šŸ™‚

  • Lori Lieberman, RD, CDE, MPH, LDN
    August 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    You disappointed me. I expected an action photo, if not a video, of the twirling skirt. There’s always next time!

  • jenna k
    August 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    i never had anything purple in high school, bc it was our rival school’s color. but when i got to college, i had to play catch-up with purple clothes, because it’s one of my sorority’s colors. good thing too- it made me realize how great purple looks on those of us with blonde hair and green eyes. LOVE purple!!

  • mom
    August 9, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    It seems ike yesterday we were in the Longchamp boutique in Paris! Buying you that bag and the exact same one for Helen for her graduation !!!

  • Karen
    August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Adorable, Jenna!! I especially love the J. Crew purchases…purple is my color for sure! Have fun twirling!

  • Jess
    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Target shoes are always comfortable. No matter how high the heel.

    Don’t forget about book reviews!

  • Kiah
    August 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I’ve been eying those shoes at Target…you just sealed the deal!

  • Mai
    August 9, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Love the whole outfit! Your styling is awesome!

  • Lynne
    August 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I have to go to Target tomorrow to pick up a wedding gift…..and I think I just might happen to make a dash through the shoe aisles to look for those clogs……if I wear them to the wedding, that would make it OK to buy them, right?

  • Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates
    August 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    We have the exact same style! Loving this and everything!

  • Carie@NoDieting
    August 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Ilove your fashion posts!

  • Molly
    August 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    umm I’m obsessed with that style of Longchamp!!

  • Kait
    August 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    love good anthro finds – especially the jewerly!

  • Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees
    August 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    I love this look! Especially the purple skirt, with the accent of green in the necklace – I love purple and green together, in small doses! šŸ™‚

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    August 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    STOP IT. Love the whole outfit, love it so much that I am thinking of how I can recreate this. You are amazing!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    August 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Love the color of the skirt! It’s so amazing and bright!

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise
    August 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Purple is a beautiful color on you! Love the leopard belt with it!

  • Ashley
    August 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I really like those shoes! And the purse! And the watch! And the skirt! šŸ˜€

  • Jaime
    August 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Your sidewalk fashion photos crack me up because I can identify those sidewalks to this day! I grew up in Santa Rosa and those sidewalks and the golden/yellow hills covered in oak trees scream Santa Rosa (Sonoma) to me. Love it! Oh, and your outfits are super cute too! I will be perusing my local Target for those clogs! LOVE!

    • Michelle
      August 10, 2011 at 8:13 am

      I grew up in Vacaville and those photos totally remind me of my grandparents street. Even the sidewalks look the same!

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath
    August 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Love the gray-purple combination. Cute!

  • jenny eats nutella from a spoon
    August 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    you look gorgeous jenna! first time i’ve seen a full shot of you?

  • Emily
    August 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I noticed you have little marks on the bicep side of your right arm.
    I have those too.
    In my case, they come from pulling out cookie sheets too fast from the oven.

  • Katrina
    August 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Love the purple!

  • Khushboo
    August 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Love the whole look, especially the color combo!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce
    August 10, 2011 at 12:33 am

    So beautiful! I especially love your necklace, it really makes the outfit fit together with a trendy flair. That skirt is a beautiful shade of purple, so summery and elegant šŸ™‚

  • CJ @
    August 10, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I like that you’re doingmore fashion posts lately! You look classic and beautiful!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    August 10, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I am lovin’ the fashion posts. I am in complete agreement; when a skirt swirls it is a must buy. Just brightens up my mood.

  • Natalie
    August 10, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I am loving the California Love on the blog. You style has completely evolved and you are looking amazing! I love your style and all your recent fashion posts. The cali sun is treating you well

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    August 10, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Agreed w the commentator above me- you completely remind me of Cali now when I read your blog.. And I’m not complaining! I miss California/the west desperately! Swirly skirt for the win!

  • kristin @ wounded fawn
    August 10, 2011 at 4:37 am

    I think the fashion posts would be fine had you never said you were making your blog just about food and recipes. You cut back a lot on personal posts which I was saddened by. So, now just food and fashion? I dunno just seems to be missing something.

  • Emily
    August 10, 2011 at 5:48 am

    I’ve been loving all these posts with your beautiful outfits! Keep them coming (and of course, keep all of the delicious recipes coming as well!) šŸ™‚

  • Caitlin
    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 am

    ohh I also got a horrible burn mark on my arm while baking chicken a few days ago! eek! cute outfit though!

  • Jessica
    August 10, 2011 at 6:00 am

    SUPER cute skirt!

  • McKenzie
    August 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    This look right here is THE business! 3 snaps in the Z formation for you:)

  • Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites
    August 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Love the purple/brown color scheme! I know you’re in CA but those pictures totally remind me of Tucson, AZ. I lived there for a year and really miss it!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    August 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    did you really get those at target? I’M GOING ASAP

  • dragonfly180
    August 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    love the purple skirt! i have lots of purple in my closet. i also love how you matched the browns in your accessories with your shoes.

  • Karen
    August 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    You could be on the cover of any magazine with that last picture, your Mom probably wants to frame this one.

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  • Sharon
    August 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Cute! been eyeing that skirt myself…love a twirly skirt. So that’s the necklace that came home with you-very nice!

  • Anne
    August 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm


    • jenna
      August 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

      love you!! do you remember that time when my brother tried on the shoes in your closet and walked around the house in your high heels??!?!?!?

  • Mackenzie
    August 13, 2011 at 7:16 am

    oh my lord, i haven’t checked in on your blog in a while, but HOLY CRAP. I LOVE THIS. please oh please keep on posting your outfits. i now need to catch up hardcore. and take notes, girl. you got style.

  • Katie G.
    August 15, 2011 at 10:45 am

    love this skirt! and love the purple!!!! the fashion posts are great, keep them up! you have great style!