no, that is not my daughter

….but I love her all the same!

Here’s what I wore last night when we went out to dinner with friends! Pardon my deer in headlights stare below.

I found this dress hidden in the back of my closet and don’t even know the last time I wore it. I think I found it on an Urban clearance rack in college. I’ve always been intrigued with the neckline though and what you can’t see are the bright red beady bracelets I have on to match. It’s a fun spin on a LBD!

I have to say, I felt a little junior-highish wearing (what I would consider) a short dress with tall boots. I got over it after a glass of wine though, don’t worry. And mixing black and brown? Totally cool in my book.

Dress: Urban Outfitters (3 years ago)

Boots: Frye

Bracelets: small boutique in my hometown

Cutest baby in the whole world: c/o Ashley

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  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    September 3, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Love the outfit, brown and black match with confidence to top it all off! Breaking the “rules” has never looked so good! Frye makes thee best westernish boots!

  • maggie
    September 3, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Ive been reading your blog from day one and your such a wonderful person!! I adore your outfit posts 🙂 Lovvvvvve frye boots, care to do a giveaway of them? hehe


  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Seriously, you become (even) prettier as you age. Is it your skin care regime? Spill your secrets!!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    September 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love your outfit posts!! Adorable!! Also–you have a pinterest account, right?? What is your name on it? I want to follow you!

  • Sarah
    September 3, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I have those exact same boots. I love them. 🙂

  • Cait's Plate
    September 3, 2011 at 8:46 am

    She’s ADORABLE!

    Love the boots by the way. I need new riding boots.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 3, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Mixing brown & black is the way to go 🙂 Cute outfit 🙂

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 3, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Oh what an adorable baby!! I must say, you look quite comfortable with a baby in your arms:)
    Black and brown are good with me too…love those Frye’s!

  • Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy
    September 3, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I love that dress! I love closet shopping even more!: )

  • christina
    September 3, 2011 at 8:54 am

    love the neckline on that dress! and the title of this post made me laugh. 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    September 3, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I’m good with brown and black together – you look super cute!

  • Heather M
    September 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    The baby is adorable and your outfit is too.

  • Judith
    September 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

    How fun is it to look through your coset and find something you’ve forgotten. Almost like getting something brand new.
    Will you post about the local favorite blogger contest that I sent you? Maybe I could be a guest and write it if you don’t feel like blowing your own horn…

    • jenna
      September 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

      I don’t think I got that email? Could you resend?

      • Judith
        September 3, 2011 at 10:20 am

        You did get it and said thanks! But I just went to the site…and you are a FINALIST!!! You need to go to KPIX/ Bay Area Most Valuable Blogger and download a “badge” to post on your website, then your readers can vote for you once a day.
        Good luck!!

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    September 3, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Lookin’ great Jenna 😉
    You too, little baby.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    September 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

    You’re gorgeous.

  • kirsten
    September 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    love the outfit, and the boots. I am obsessed with Frye.

  • Sarah Jane MacMillan
    September 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I am a longtime reader but have never commented because I didn’t have a blog before. Anyways I just wanted to say that I love frye boots, I love your website and you should check mine out! It’s all about my life in Italy (I’m about to get married and live here- forever ah!)

  • Lara @TresLaLa
    September 3, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I.Must.Have.Those.Boots. I thank you for posting them; my hubby does not.

  • Ashley
    September 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Loooove the boots.

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Oh how adorable. Both the little girl and your outfit! Love this dress-boots combo.

  • Melissa
    September 3, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Love the neckline detail! I’m 25 and I totally agree about the whole feeling high school-esque wearing short dresses. Whatever though, you rocked it

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    September 3, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Love the boots! I’ve never been comfy in short dresses like that, but I’m trying to get more comfy in them 🙂

  • Dana
    September 3, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I wanted to ask a question about some ice creams. Have you ever tried the various coconut milk ice creams/bars, almond dream, so delicious, etc? I always buy dairy ice creams, but I’m curious about these others. I’m hoping that if they go on sale, then I can pick some stuff up. But I’m overwhelmed by all the flavors or varieties or types of ones to get. Any suggestions?

    • jenna
      September 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

      I love the coconut milk ice creams but they are sorta expensive and i’m not a big “cold dessert” person! I’d rather have warm cake or a warm chocolate cookie. The coconut milk ice creams are delicious though!

      • Dana
        September 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm

        I like mixing hot and cold. Crumble the cake on the ice cream or what you! I’ll try them out when they go on sale next.

        • Half-Baked
          September 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          I just read this same question on another blog! But different name/commenter I guess?

  • Christena
    September 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    YAY a fashion post! I actually had never heard of Frye boots until this post, so I looked them up online ’cause yours are so cute. Unfortunately, I think my husband + bank account would kill me if I purchased some of my own. Would you ever consider posting pictures & links to a similar look/item but different brand, so there is an option for different price ranges & actual availability (like, what is in stores now if I want something like the Urban dress?). Regardless, keep the fashion posts coming!

  • Yeidy (jaydee)
    September 3, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Hi Jenna
    Yes I agree that you are radiant and while skin care is important I have a feeling your radiance has much to do because you read and act on God’s word. he promises that we a radiant in him and you have that special glow because you know where your blessings come from. Awesome!
    I have a question – What is a good thing super affordable to feed 35 people? I remember you did pulled chicken for a funeral a while back. how many chickens would I need for 35 people if im going to be doing pulled bbq sandwiches I would think it stretches more. I signed up to bring a meal to Ronald Mcdonald house families of crtically ill children, completely forgot now I want to keep my commitment but my finances have changed since so I was looking for an affordable way of keeping this commitment. Any ideas?

    • jenna
      September 3, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Hmmmm 35 people?! You’re a courageous woman. I would probably get that catered 🙂 Pulled chicken is, in theory, a great idea but you’d have to have about three crockpots going to make enough food! I’d make a couple of pans of homemade macaroni and cheese maybe? Or a couple pans of lasagna? Pastas and casseroles are a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Cute dress. I love Urban Outfitters.

    And Frye boots….well they are, of course, amazing. I would love a pair one day!

    And the baby…what an adorable little bundle of cuteness 🙂

  • Yeidy (jaydee)
    September 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you – yeah I signed up because when my mom was going through leukemia I moved to the hospital village and I know how hard it is for family members to deal with catastrophic illnesses especially if they are babies going thorugh this so this is a way to serve and honor my mom at the same time. Having said that, I did not know it was 35 people living at the Ronald House until this week so El pollo loco catering – here I come … Mac & Cheese is a good idea but using good cheeses its expensive too so ill keep it simple and just do roasted el pollo loco stuff

    • Christena
      September 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      You are amazing. What a beautiful, meaningful act of kindness for strangers!

  • kristen @ kristen's sweet stop
    September 3, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Black & brown is ok in my book too! I’ve been looking at Frye boots and think I am going to get a pair…do they actually fit your legs? Can’t find ones that aren’t too wide and it is ANNOYING!

    • jenna
      September 3, 2011 at 1:28 pm

      DO IT. They are the most comfortable/versatile/beautiful boots in the world…and they last forever!

  • Sana
    September 3, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    🙂 that baby I need oneee!!

  • jamie @ cueyourlife
    September 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Holy cow! You pull that dress off flawlessly my friend! Love your fashion posts and your recipes! You’re the blog I’ve been looking for! I am such a nerd when it comes to clothes…but I think I’m getting better with age, and with confidence! Have a great weekend!

  • Katrina
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  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    September 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    awww what a cutie!! {you AND the baby!}

    i LOVE interesting necklines and adore that cute little dress. i mix black and brown ALL the time. kind of like i wear white way after labor day. year round actually!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    September 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Great outfit – and yes black and brown are totally acceptable. You look beautiful!

  • Sarah
    September 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Great outfit! I definitely mix brown and black, it’s such an easy color combo!

  • Shannon
    September 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Love your outfit posts. You are so pretty!

  • Whitney @ My Life. My Heart. My Journey.
    September 3, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Gahhh you are so stinkin’ cute!!! There have been blogs I’ve lost interst in but yours, I just always love. I love the spin on the outfits in addition to what you already know and love…FOOD! I will always be a reader.

  • mom
    September 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    You know how I feel about mixing black/brown … Love it! Also love your new boots 🙂

  • mom
    September 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    P.S. Baby = Love

  • Ashley Lewis
    September 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Jenna you are seriously the prettiest girl I know! well kinda know 😉

  • Notyet100
    September 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Dress is so good,nd the baby so cute

  • Elizabeth
    September 3, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    So cute, Jenna! You continually inspire me to experiment with fashion (and food!).

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    September 3, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Love that neckline! Its like a built in necklace! And the riding boots are cute too!

  • Liz
    September 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I LOVE Frye boots, but have yet to buy any because I can’t decide which ones! Which model is that pair (the PERFECT boot color, by the way 🙂 )?

  • Margo @ peanut butter trees
    September 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I love mixing black and brown, especially when fall gets into full swing and all the leather boots come out! “clashing” these essentials becomes.. well… essential!! 🙂

  • Stacey
    September 4, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Love the look, Jenna! A fellow Frye boot addict, I *think* those are the Melissa Button model in cognac. Am I right, Jenna? They are next on my Frye wish list but I am 30 weeks pregnant and want to see if my shoe size changes first!

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Hi Jenna,

    You are so beautiful. Seriously 🙂

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 4, 2011 at 4:23 am

    So cute! That outfit is adorable 🙂

  • Cara
    September 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

    That outfit is so adorable. I love your new fashion feature. I thought your blog couldn’t get any better, but it definitely did! I canNOT wait until I can wear boots again. I think in Austin, we will have another few months of 100 degree weather though. heh.

  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    September 4, 2011 at 6:36 am

    I love finding long lost clothes in the back of the closet/bottom of the ironing’s like Christmas!

  • Maria
    September 4, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Cute dress! You look amazin. I need to get me some cowgirl boots, what a great accessory.

  • Baking N Books
    September 4, 2011 at 8:30 am

    You look really healthy in this one. Guess your recovered from your flu!

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    September 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

    You look so pretty, and the outfit is cute!

  • Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl
    September 4, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I have a short dress in my closet that I rarely have the courage to wear, but YOU are rocking that look! I think the boots make it look less mini. I wore my dress with heels the other day and that was NOT the right decision!

    P.S. That baby could TOTALLY be yours! She has your eyes! 🙂

  • Emmy (wineandbutter)
    September 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    VERY beautiful! I also love your hair – I so love the curled look but because my hair is naturally curly I have to straighten then curl and I just cant justify the damage – boo! xx

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    September 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    This is why I need a personal stylist. You look great, but I would never have the guts to put that kind of look together.

    But you do look gorgeous! And the baby is pretty gorgeous, too! 😉

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    September 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Such a cute look! You’re rockin’ it.

    And the boots? A definite must have. 😀

  • Sharon
    September 4, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Pssst Jenna…cute dress alert. This adorable maxi dress got a 3rd price cut at Anthro. I think you need the yellow version…seriously it’s a great dress. I have it in the Blue Motif and adore it.

  • Natalie
    September 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I am totally digging your blog transformation from fitness to food to yoga to fashion! I feel your life has changed along they way and you really shine through your blog in the way that your life has changed I think its simply beautiful. Although, you are not over trendy or fashion obssesed (or maybe you are?) because I believe that is just boring. I love the way you have been sharing your outifits and lifestyle beyond just cooking and baking. Not a lot of bloggers could pull it off the way you do.

  • Jenna
    September 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    You look gorgeous! If you’re confident you can pull anything off xx

  • Corey @ Learning Patience
    September 5, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Love the short dress and tall boots look….super cute!

    xoxo from Trinidad

  • skinnyrunner
    September 5, 2011 at 6:18 am

    your hair looks adorable. normally when i curl mine the curls are so tight i look like shirley temple’s much older, much less coller sister.

  • stephanie
    September 5, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    what a cute dress! i love it!! and those boots are amazing! i feel like if I owned them I wouldn’t think to pair them together, but you look so cute and totally pull it off

  • Amrita
    September 6, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I like your blog. You should do some Indian recipe soon!

  • Kristin Murdock
    September 7, 2011 at 8:31 am

    I have those exact boots! Aren’t they just the best??!!

  • Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    September 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Great outfit! I love the color up at the neckline and the boots you paired it with, as well. Some of your fashion sense needs to rub off on me. 🙂

  • Christina Williams
    September 8, 2011 at 6:14 am

    Lol. Why are you stealing babies and where is that child’s mother?;) Just found your blog. I love how you mix in fashion posts!

  • Christina Williams
    September 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

    ….and I meant to say that outfit is amazing!

  • Rose
    September 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

    How did you get your hair curled like that? I love it! Did you use a straight iron or a curling iron? Please share details! I’ve always wanted to get my hair to look like that but I’m not sure where to start…. And, your outfit is amazing, love the boots!

    • jenna
      September 29, 2011 at 7:11 am

      my friend did it for me with a skinny straightener….I’ve never been able to master that myself!