Shades of Green: My Zara Dress and Pasta and Wine Pairings Made Simple 

I have to admit I would have never picked out this Zara “Cut Out Back” dress for myself. It was a gift from a fabulous fashionable friend that clearly knows me well. As soon as I put it on I knew I loved it and immediately wanted to… well…blog about it. It is available now in this khaki shade and black.

 At first I thought I should keep it very simple with plain grey booties and not a lot of accessories because I didn’t want to ruin the look of it. After consulting with a very trusted and stylish dear friend I decided that it would be ok to add a little flair. 

I found this camouflage scarf years ago at Claire’s, back when my daughter, Angelina was just starting to be intrigued by the wonderful world of accessorizing. I remember trying it on with my daughter looking at it with excitement and I also recall buying a cap and handbag with the same funky print. William was asleep in the stroller, by the way, which made shopping quite easy for me and my girl.

The shoes are from Target and I’m sure many of you remember them from the endless number of Instagram/ Twitter/Facebook/ Blog posts I’ve featured them in. Yes, I have them in fuschia and leopard too. 

The bracelets are all from which is an amazing line that began right in my hometown of Cranston, RI. They not only make extraordinary jewelry but give back immensely to the community. 

The color of my much appreciated Zara dress reminded me of a rich olive oil. Because of this, I initially decided to share my favorite recipes that involved olive oil. When I began searching my memory,calling my mom, and going through my old fashioned card catalog of recipes I realized that a lot of the recipes I wanted to include involved pasta.

 This got me to thinking that since pasta is such a popular food staple for many I should share some of my favorites and also include the proper wine pairings. I included recipes as practical as possible but also flavorful and interesting and easy for weeknight entertaining. 

Tomato Based Pasta

Wine suggestions: 

Medium – Bodied Red Wines

Cheese Pasta

Wine Pairings:

Full-Bodied White and Light Bodied Reds

Seafood Pasta

Wine Pairings:

Light Bodied and Medium Bodied White Wines

Pesto (Herb) and Vegetable Pastas

Wine Pairings 

Light Bodied White Wine

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. I hope you found it worthwhile and inspiring. 

I’m making some changes to my blog and excited to say I will soon relaunch and hope you will like what you see! 

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68 thoughts on “Shades of Green: My Zara Dress and Pasta and Wine Pairings Made Simple 

  1. First and foremost I must say that friend has amazing taste to pick that dress for you and know your shape quite well to make a decision like that and make you look into a total blowout in that dress ❤👌🏾this has to my absolute favorite baby, making you look so redefined and iconic making me Never to forget this image ever. As your style has no end , you play up the versatility of the olive tone of the dress and layer it with Prints and textures to add that pop of the grey and colors in the scarf. I can over and over how much I love this outfit again & again, so I will on ig 😍💞❤💕💕💕

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  2. You look so pretty and rocking that dress, seriously! I love how you styled it as well! As for the pasta, I just made some and it never gets old! I could have pasta for breakfast lunch and dinner! yum!!!

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  3. You look very beautiful . This dress is perfect for you 👍🏻👍🏻 nice color and style. The scarf was a great addition and on point. Pasta looks so delicious, I can eat pasta every day.

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  4. Your friend clearly knows what she’s doing. This dress looks absolutely stunning on you amiga!

    It just so happens that i’m in the mood for pasta tonight. Will use one of these delish recipes!

    Have a super week!! xx

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  5. OMG OMG. It is always great to have a fashionable friend who knows you so well that can pick a dress for you. I have to say she did an incredible job. this dress looks so gorgeous on you and i absolutely agree with having a touch another colors with scarf. It looks stunning.
    The wine pairing is my fave thing to do and I absolutely appreciate what you have done here in your blog. Well done my beautiful friend
    I enjoyed reading your blog as always 🙂

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  6. Dear Jenny,
    Olive green is by far one of my favorite colors and it’s also a huge trend for AW17 so you’re ahead of your time as always when it comes to fashion! Although you wouldn’t have picked it out yourself, I’m glad you got it as it really looks amazing on you!
    Do we need to even mention the food part? I think not as it is as always just SO good and pasta is the best thing out there (heck I could never go off carbs, haha). Thank you for yet another inspiring post that showcases your multitude of talents!

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  7. That dress was such a great fit on you. And omg being a lover of anything pesto and pasta I’m all for a good read. I really enjoyed reading about your experience 🙂


  8. Whoa. Let me just start off by saying how stunning you look!! I was floored when I saw this on Instagram and I really mean it. You look so stunning and that olive color suits you so well. You have a very stylish friend!!! Those cut outs are sexy, yet subtle. I love that dress just as much as I love pasta!!!


  9. Your friend clearly knew how stunning this dress would look on you! It compliments your body shape and your complexion. I love how you styled it with golden pumps and a colourful scarf. You truly look at your best dear Jen. You made me drool with all these pasta pictures. Being Italian I appreciate a good pasta and a glass of full bodied red wine. Cheers to your beauty! Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY


  10. First of all I love your new blog layout! It looks great! That dress looks stunning on you by the way! I like how you paired it with affordable accessories! I used to love Claire’s when I was younger! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. I am a huge fan of Zara and I LOVE this dress on you. The olive dress is a perfect and the cut outs are sexy without being too revealing. The gold heels are perfect with this dress and love the scarf too. I also love pasta and these recipes are making me hungry! Thanks for also pairing these with wine too. xoxo, Christine

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  12. My sister Jenny, Wow. Talk about a QUEEN. I have a lot to say as always, so bare with me. I love that dress. Not only are you wearing my favorite color, but you are SLAYING IT. You look beyond beautiful. I love those heels and all the jewelry you added with it. You and Jim need to go paint the the town GREEN with this sis! Seriously, one of my all time favorite looks from you!
    Now that food sister. This is a moment I wish I had the heart eye emoji because this all looks so yummy. I want a several glasses of wine and a whole tray of everything here. Oh my sister, you just get the blood in veins flowing because I’m so hyper every time I come to your blog. It’s probably because every time I visit here, you make it feel like we are stepping into your home. You make us readers feel loved and comfy. I always enjoy seeing the love and passion you put into your posts. Thank you for another amazing post sis. Wear this dress to one of my concerts okay. One day, lol.
    Give the kids and Jim a hug from me.
    Love you, your brother, Dom


  13. Jen you look absolutely stunning in that dress and I loved the choices you made to add to the dress and complete the entire outfit. I totally understand what you mean about having a fashionable friend who knows you so well (even better than yourself) and she totally did an amazing job by giving you this dress. It was made for you 🙂

    x Mandy

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