how to style a sheath dress

crushin' on blush.

last week was a crazy week for me. somehow... i was 1) featured on the @chicwish instagram!! (good to know that twirling practice paid off), and 2) featured on BananaRepublic.com on their new #YourLifeSyled campaign! special thanks to my blogger babes Lilly, @daily_craving and Soo, @browneyedtoast for recognizing me and letting me know! but can someone pinch me because life is UNREAL! what an honor it is to be featured amongst so much talent. #lifeslittlevictories.

lately, i've been wearing a lot of dresses to work, helllooooo #dayjob! dresses are such a polished look, they make you appear like you took the time to get ready. but you really didn't. you rolled out of bed, slipped it on and walked out the door. haha. ok, in all seriousness, i'm talking about a few ways to add a little more style to that sheath dress, in a work appropriate way:

1. silk scarf -- i love silk scarves and the ultimate brand in scarves is Hermes, of course. but i ain't got a money tree so mine is from H&M, i've had it for the longest time and never wore it. it's not often that you see someone wear a silk scarf so when you do people will be doing a #doubletake on ya. it's a very prim and proper look that not that many people go for but one i have come to personally love. the square shape makes it perfect for a simple drape over the neck (as seen here) but you you can tie it multiple ways and as seen on @extrapetite. you can also add it to a blazer look with pencil skirt. or tie it to your handbag/fedora!

2. fitted/cropped jacket -- these are great esp when offices are cold. like a blazer, this jacket will instantly up your outfit but in a more classic and refined way. 

3. brooch -- add it to your fitted/cropped jacket OR your actual dress. always a great elegant statement piece. 

4. statement studs or necklace -- a statement stud earring is a good alternative to your regular pearl/diamond/CZ ones. life is all about choices right? love the ones i am wearing from my @rocksbox, i did not part ways with it! use code "jannadoanxoxo" to receive your first month for #free!

currently on my playlist: can't stop the feeling by JT 
basically... i cannot stop listening to this song! such #feelgoodhappyVIBES

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always goofing off. :P

dress | Ann Taylor sleeveless piped sheath dress in rosebud blush / similar in mint / similar in tweed! / similar
jacket | Forever 21 (old) -- similar / similar in a sweater style
brooch | Vintage find -- similar in silver (see it styled here) / similar
shoesManolo Blahnik BB pump in nude patent -- similar
bagCeline micro luggage tote in navy -- pretty good dupe
scarf | H&M square silk scarf (old) -- love this one / magnolia print with pops of yellow / pastel colored / black & white with palm trees
sunglasses | Celine tilda sunglasses in dark tortoise
earrings | Kendra Scott aston stud earrings in ivory pearl via @rocksbox use code "jannadoanxoxo" to get one month for free!
necklace | etsy monogram necklace in dearest daddy initials (1.25" and 20" chain) -- similar by BaubleBar / similar in acrylic
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (sold out) -- similar by kate spade / similar 
rings | gorjana candice CZ band in gold via @rocksbox use code "jannadoanxoxo" to one month for free! / etsy twisted and etched ring
lipsTom Ford lip color in casablanca
nailsessie nail polish in topless & barefoot (fave nude!)

rock the sheath dress however you choose,
JD

the LBD & bomber jacket

bomber jackets are da bomb.

SO EXCITED!!! because i teamed up with one of my blogger babes, Vanessa // @downtownmaven to bring you a post on how we styled our bomber jackets! but first, i have a brag a little about Vanessa. in a few words i would describe her as: a TREND-SETTER, a world-class-traveler; an eye for design, bold, creative, and absolutely beautiful. here's a few quick questions answered by Vanessa:

1. Can you tell our readers about yourself and your blog?

Hi! I’m Vanessa and I’m a South Florida Blogger. I’ve been a city girl most of my life residing in downtown Boston prior to living in downtown Ft. Lauderdale before moving to Parkand, FL, just two weeks ago! I’ve been blogging for a little less than a year and still getting to know the ropes. I consider myself the creative type and my blog is just another outlet for me to creatively express myself. Fashion is one of my first and favorite passions in life, which is why I started a fashion blog. I also love to travel, event design (my 9-5) and just became a first time home owner. Stay tuned as more travel and interior design are soon to join fashion on DTM!  Personally I love to share products that are new and/or that I’m passionate about in hopes to inspire or educate others with the same interests. I hope my blog accomplishes this. I believe life is an ever growing journey and my style and blog will undergo many changes as I go through them.

2. How would you describe your personal style and is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?

My style is pretty versatile. I tend to dress for the occasion. If I had to narrow it down, I guess I would describe my style as edgy street style with a twist of glam. I’m never afraid to try new looks but feeling comfortable in what I’m wearing is key for me. I find inspiration through many people, places and things, so that too is hard to narrow down. I highly respect Olivia Palermo’s style. Some of my favorite bloggers are Arielle - @somethingnavy, Danielle - @weworewhat, Blaire - @blaireadiebee and Wendy @wendyslookbook

3. What are some of your favorite things to wear?

It’s all about the shoes for me. The right shoe can make any outfit pop. Recently, I have this obsession with culottes as well. 

4. What do you like to do on your spare time?

In short, shop. My husband-to-be jokes that all my addictions have one thing in common and that is they involve shopping. Whether I’m looking for a new couch, redoing my bathroom or planning our next vacation, I’m constantly looking for ways to spend my hard earned money! Some other loves include audio books, as I spend a lot of time on the road, painting and hosting dinner parties. I’m also a bit of a cinema nerd.

5. What is the number one thing you’ve learned from blogging?

I know it says one, but I have to give you two things… As cliché as it sounds, I think I’ve learned to stay true to my style. I bought something I kept seeing on other blogs to be apart of the trend and I was so uncomfortable. I hate to waste and that was such a poor decision on my part. Memo to me: What the cool kids are wearing doesn’t make you cool! Secondly, blogging is hard work! It takes a lot of time and thought behind it. Kudos to all the bloggers out there!

bomber jackets are a HUGE trend this spring. so hop on the bandwagon with us please! i will say, when Vanessa suggested we do bomber jackets i was like hmmm... why not since i had just purchased one (to try!). #starsalign. while i was boring and choose a grey bomber (ok, give me some credit, it is SATIN!), Vanessa choose this #likewhoa floral one! i paired mine with a black cut out fit and flare dress, brooch, and studded heels. Vanessa styled hers with a jumpsuit (she rocks everything!), the floral bomber just pops on her!! get the details of her full outfit on @downtownmaven! the bomber jacket is just another great alternative to have to the army green utility jacket, the denim jacket, this one just has a little more edge/street style to it. i can also see it going well with skinny jeans and skirts. 

a little about this dress -- you can never have too many ______ (fill in the blank) today, i'll go with "#LBD." this one made its way into my closet for the following reasons: 1) color: black, 2) cut-out detail, 3) midi length, 4) pleated bottom, 5) fit and flare; and 6) top crossover detail at the top, i would say the only thing missing was.. pockets! the material on the dress is hefty; in a good way. i also loved the amount of flare on it, and… as you can see, it is completely twirl-worthy which always makes for fun times/shots! so in case you were wondering what i do on my weekends, i wear LBD and twirl in front of the courthouse with security cameras! haha, #noshame.

currently on my playlist: save room by John Legend

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#practicemakesperfect (after take 400. haha.)

absolutely adore the floral detail on Vanessa's bomber jacket! 

dress | Chicwish sweeter than a little black dress 
jacket | ASOS New Look sateen bomber in grey / similar and longer in nude / similar in jersey / similar from Topshop / similar with a cable texture (see it on my girl Jenna @bostonchicparty)
shoes | Sole Society tiia sandal studded t-strap heel in black adobe patent -- similar and on sale / similar and in tons of colors / flat style / similar with less studs
bag | Clare Vivier foldover basketweave clutch in black -- similar
brooch | Vintage find -- similar in silver (see it styled here) / similar
earrings | Kendra Scott tessa studs in iridescent druzy
sunglassesASOS Toyshades ida cat eye sunglasses (a good Celine dupe and on sale!) -- similar
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold -- check out this one with a MINT face!
braceletBaubleBar pearl taylor cuff 
nails | CHANEL le vernis nail color in tapage (old limited edition) -- similar in gitane
lipsTom Ford lip color in cherry lush 

rock the bomber jacket because you da domb,
JD

the floral ruffled dress & denim jacket

slowin' it down with some floral boho vibes.

y'all, it is getting HOT in TEXAS!!! summer isn't even in full swing yet and i'm a sweaty betty. not sure how i will be taking photos during the summer again, early shoots are such a pain. i wish i lived up north, when it's cold, you can layer. but when it's hot, there is only so much you can take off.... like they say... you always want what you can't have. and when you have it you want more. #WORD

this floral dress c/o The Mint Julep Boutique is a great choice for those hot summer days. check out their instagram @shopthemint for bright, boho style spring/summer dresses! this one in particular is strappy, v-neck and v-back, loose (i'm all about the loosey-goosey), a ruffled hem (yep, i twirled in it), and it's a floral print. check x 6. i choose to give this outfit some more springtime love with a denim jacket; my FIRST, whattt? i know. it's insane how i live in TX and went so long without one. it makes a good layer for the cold indoor coffee shops/restaurants. the long necklace (borrowed from mama bear; she's so stylish) also added a little something and the cognac leather accessories fit right in. 

side note: if you haven't seen The Jungle Book, you need to!
"look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife...." i mean who remembers watching this on... VHS?!!!!

currently on my playlist: it's just a little crush by Jennifer Paige 

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dress c/o | The Mint Julep Boutique drawn together dress 
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket -- similarsimilar but darker wash / similar
bag | Coach station bag in cognac (vintage find) -- similar
shoes | Sam Edelman gigi sandals in saddle leather (favorite summer sandals!) -- similargladiator lace ups 
sunglassesCoach casey sunglasses in dark turquoise -- similar / loving these
earrings | Kendra Scott tessa studs in clear
necklace | Kendra Scott rayne necklace in ivory mother of pearl (borrowed from mama!)
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold -- check out this one with a MINT face!
bracelet | BaubleBar elephant chain bracelet in gold (old) -- similar
ringsBaubleBar tri bar ring (sold out) / BaubleBar diana midi ring / BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring / Etsy stacking & midi rings
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the floral dress... and twirl in it,
JD

A post done in collaboration with The Mint Julep Boutique.

the scalloped top & white jeans

white on white on white.

behold. my first pair of white jeans. EVER!!! i'm getting a little crazy; i know. but i LOVE THEM! i've been scared to purchase a pair because i will probably spill something on them and then they will be toast -- so that is why i picked a non-designer pair. i wanted to do an all white look until i noticed the cami was more ivory but whatevs. an "all" white look makes a great statement and CAN be worn year around; even after labor day. i decided to add pops of color/flair with my bag and earrings. i can see myself styling my new white jeans with chambray, off shoulder tops, anything floral, coral, gingham? the possibilities are endless! also, while on the hunt for my first pair of white jeans; i noticed that most of them don't have pockets in the front because of how the lines show through?! idk, i have to have front pockets with jeans; regardless if they are white. so these really fit the bill. #madeforeachother

why re-invent the wheel when my girl Ela did a post with tips on styling white on white for spring? check her out here @wunderbliss (always impeccable taste) -- what's so funny is that we both shot a white on white outfit wearing the same earrings! #bloggingbesties

i've been diggin' these white plexi d'orsay pumps which are a pretty good dupe of the Gianvito Rossi plexi patent PVC illusion pump (whopping $745 USD). and this bag, what a steal that resembles the Chloe faye shoulder bag (whopping $1,390 USD). gosh... i saved so much money on this post. i should treat myself to something now. LOL.

and lastly, this tassel trend is really catching on to me. at first i wasn't sure how i felt about it. but now i'm like gimme everything tassel/fringe-y!! 

currently on my playlist: closer to love by Mat Kearney (one of my FAVE artists; and guess who's seeing him in OCT?! MEEEEE!!!! #estatic)

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Ela (@wunderbliss) looking so gorgeous in her white on white // tassel on tassel outfit post! 

prob should have worn sleeves like Ela bc i'm actually freezing here. 

last shot before the sun went down. <3

rock the all white,
JD

the lace crop top & blush pleated skirt

blush tones. 

one of the pantone colors of the year is rose quartz, aka: blush (second is serenity; aka: light blue). i wanted to do a romantic look with this pleated skirt and lace combo... but boy did i pick the wrong day to shoot. a windy day = not very romantic. i spent a good portion of this shoot doing three things 1) holding my hair since i was getting hair-slapped by the wind; 2) pulling down my skirt that was blowing like crazy; 3) laughing at myself (as always)!

i do have a legitimate question though: what is too many midi skirts?! i think i may have a few too many. but i ain't stopping. that's fo sho! midi skirts are my JAM. especially this pleated one. i have it in burgundy (see previous blog post here) and black. and now blush. perhaps i need another spring colored one... to even it out?! haha. 

i wear the midi skirt and crop top combo probably too often #sorrynotsorry. but i particularly love this lace crop top because of the eyelash detail on the bottom and on the sleeves. and while i don't really wear lace, i am starting to LOVE it! and finally, the Stuart Weitzman Nudistsong sandals make an appearance. i've searched high and low for a pair of strappy nude sandals (i feel like they are such a staple piece to any wardrobe) and while there are many dupes, there isn't a pair quite like these -- minimal design, perfect nude shade, sleek, and super sexy. the original Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals are 4.5" high, so when these babies came out (Nudistsong is 3.75") i couldn't resist. any heel more than 4" i stay away from. i've tried before and almost fell on my face. i honestly don't know how other women do it. 

currently on my playlist: living for love by Madonna

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top | Forever 21 textured lace crop top in white -- similar with sleeves 
skirt | ASOS pleated midi skirt in nude (size down for a higher waisted fit) -- also avail in other spring colors such as lilac and green
shoes | Stuart Weitzman nudistsong in adobe patent (comes in different widths too!) -- similar / similar
bag | Kate Landry pyramid metal hardframe clutch (old) -- similar / similar in the cutest seashell shape!
earrings | Kendra Scott carmella studs (customized at The Color Bar; old design and replaced with carmen)
bracelet | BaubleBar pinnacle cuff in gold (sold out) -- similar / love this one
rings | BaubleBar mason ring in gold / BaubleBar diana midi ring / BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring / Etsy stacking & midi rings
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the lace crop top,
JD

jo malone -- the herb garden

fragrance is a personal statement.

i love learning more about brands that i personally use myself. Jo Malone is no exception. her line consists of 27 permanent fragrances and each year she comes out with a limited edition collection. Jo Malone fragrances are an accessory that can be #LAYERED and #TAILORED = sign me up. 

the luncheon i attended was about The Herb Garden collection, which consists of five limited edition fragrances.

but first, let's talk about how to make fragrances last on us longer shall we? the secret is in prepping the skin! 

  1. EXFOLIATE -- JM geranium & walnut scrub, this smells DIVINE and in a creamy-ish formula. the walnut helps to exfoliate as the geranium is a natural lifter of any fragrance. 
  2. WASH -- why not use some more JM hand and body washes?! yep, they carry them too. just another something to indulge in.
  3. MOISTURIZE -- and finally, add some JM body creme for the fragrance to "stick" to. 

the great thing is, all us ladies have these items in some form or another, so give it a try! it might take a little extra effort, but if it makes your perfume last longer = less perfume usage = more money to buy CHANEL bags. just putting it in perspective for ya. 

the inspiration behind The Herb Garden is that it is an experience; an experience of walking into a traditional herb garden. the women are so classy in Europe. this beautiful lady in the photo gardens looking like that. red lips. Hermes scarf, and large oversized sunnies. i mean... this picture makes me and my black thumb want to garden. how's that for advertising?!?! i digress, let's talk about stepping into this experience. disclaimer: i am not a JM rep, so i am unable to tell this story as eloquently as it was told to me! 

image courtesy of jomalone.com

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  1. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme -- the first scent of The Herb Garden. it's early morning. the sun is rising and you smell the dew as you step into your garden (looking majorly fab). the scent is refreshing and serves as a wake up call. pair it with: Grapefruit.
  2. Wild Strawberry & Parsley -- as you continue to walk, you are surrounded by all these hidden treasures, then you see a strawberry and go to pick it out of the field of greens it is nestled in. you bite it, it's tart. pair it with: Nectarine Blossom & Honey.
  3. Nasturtium & Clover -- then you're just standing there lost in the beauty and thoughts of your own garden. this is the number one seller of the collection. pair it with: Peony & Blush Suede.  
  4. Carrot Blossom & Fennel -- then you remember why you are there in the first place? it's all about the complete satisfaction of growing something and for nourishment and beauty. pair it with: Mimosa & Cardamom.
  5. Lavender & Coriander -– the final scent of The Herb Garden and sold out everywhere. as you leave the journey through scents and sights, lavender bids you a final farewell. pair it with: Amber & Lavender.

i am not really a fan of parsley or carrot. however, each one smelled divine, i was thoroughly surprised!! but i mean, it's by Jo Malone. so you can't go wrong. they were all REFRESHING in a really good way. my favorite from this collection is Nasturtium & Clover. you can also read more about The Herb Garden collection here. i personally use Wild Bluebell (a light floral scent) and love it. Jo Malone also has a fragrance combining section on their website to help with layering your current one! after playing around with it, it seems like a "warmer" combination with Wild Bluebell is Dark Amber & Ginger Lily (a rich cologne intense that smells spicy yet calm & relaxing) that i happen to have on my wish list!! a "fresher" pairing with Wild Bluebell is White Jasmine & Mint

Jo Malone also carries hand treatments, linen sprays, diffusers, and candles -- all items for those days that you need to #treatyourself. what are some of your favorite Jo Malone items and fragrances? 

rock JM,
JD
 

the sleeveless coat

it's april?! what?!!!!! 

there is something about this sleeveless coat/trench/duster trend that i cannot get enough of. i can't be the only one. like what? sleeveless coat? such an oxymoron. it's definitely more trendy than functional. keep in mind, this thing isn't supposed to keep you super warm which means it is perfect for spring! throw it on any outfit (dresses, skinny jeans) and BOOM. instant AWESOME-NESS. when i saw this on my blogger babe, Maria @MiaMiaMine (in case you were wondering, she rocks everythannggg) i quickly made my purchase! it also just came out in navy. so i'd hop to it because it will sell out.

this Kendra Scott phara necklace has always been a unique piece in my jewelry collection because of the many ways that you can wear it. it's a long strand with two tassels on the end. here i choose to wear it almost as a choker and... i totally made this up last minute. lol. of all the pictures i've seen of this necklace i haven't seen it worn this way. maybe it was a bad choice. who knows?! 

BTW--i was doing some walking/action shots, and uh. my heel got stuck RIGHT in between the cracks of that brick looking walkway!! what are chances?! yep, my left foot went flying out.. and then there i was with my left foot bare on the cement laughing like a crazy lady for the next five minutes. #hilar!!! seriously one for the books! there is nothing like good freakin' laugh. ok, but honestly, it kind of hurt. LOL. #blogginginjury

currently on my playlist: rather be by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne

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top | ASOS v hem shell top -- similar but more fittedsimilar with sleeves
coat | ASOS New Look belted sleeveless coat in gray -- also avail in navy
denim | Hudson shine mid-rise skinny jeans in obsidian -- similar
shoesManolo Blahnik BB pump in nude patent -- similar
bagCeline micro luggage tote in navy -- pretty good dupe
sunglasses | Karen Walker number one sunglasses in black via ditto.com use code "JANNADOAN" to get one month for free -- good dupe in many colors for $8
earringsKendra Scott sky earrings in white pearl
necklace | Kendra Scott phara necklace in gold
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold -- check out this one with a MINT face!
bracelet | Vita Fede mini titan crystal bracelet in gold
rings | Vita Fede double cubo ring in gold / Gorjana candice shimmer ring in gold via rocksbox.com, use code "jannadoanxoxo" to get one month for free / BaubleBar arrow wrap ring / BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring / Etsy stacking & midi rings
lipsTom Ford lip color in casablanca

rock the sleeveless coat,
JD