the pencil skirt & cape blazer

finally some cape weather!

using existing clothes in my closet, i wanted to create an after hours look using a staple work item -- the pencil skirt. every lady has one or tons in her closet (hey, gotta account for all colors and seasons). i chose a crop top (of course) as a base and layered with a cape blazer aka: #notyouraverageblazer. i love all things cape, the cape blazer is no exception, while this one is old and does not have a collar, i have linked several options below. a collared black one is looking good right about now! blazers and capes are great staple pieces to have in any wardrobe as a final layering piece to polish any outfit. 

side note: JAM PACKED weekend y'all! but i ain't complaining. have y'all every tried hand washing a SUV? oh nelly, that is #hardwork #elbowgrease. hung out with some Austin blogger babes this weekend and had a blast. check out their instagram feeds for some affordable style inspo: @stylebeacon // @byhilaryrose // @heykailymae // @kaleymargaret // i always feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much talent but more importantly have more girlfriends (much needed in my life!)! oh, and saw one of my favorite artists -- MAT KEARNEY. gosh, i can't begin to tell you how much i love his music. there were really tough times in my life where his songs always speak to me. they have so much meaning and depth. i linked one of them below. "...i don't understand this windy road, nothing worth anything ever goes down easy."

currently on my playlist: on and on by Mat Kearney


top | Forever 21 twisted front crop top in black (old) -- similar w curved hem // similar but sleeveless // similar w criss cross detail // similar w long sleeves 
blazer | Shein cape blazer in white (old) --similar // similar but collared and avail in three colors! // similar // similar in grey
skirt | Banana Republic pencil skirt in black (old) -- similar // similar w assymetrical hem // similar w mesh detail // similar
shoes | BCBG Generation darron patent pump in fuschia (old) -- similar w shorter heel
bag | Clare V. basketweave fold over clutch in black leather (old) -- similar // similar // similar w leo calf hair by Sole Society // popular Clare V. leo calf hair
sunglasses | Karen Walker flowerpatch cat eye sunglasses via (use code "jannadoanxoxo" to receive one month of designer sunglasses rental for free!) -- similar but the newer style
earrings | Chloe + Isabel portica post drop earrings -- not similar but my fave C+I convertible studs!
ringsGorjana candice CZ ring in gold / Etsy stacking & midi rings
bracelet c/o | The Peach Box metallic t-bar bangle in gold (use code "jannadoan" to receive 15% off your purchase, good until 10/31)
watch c/o | Daniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm watch (this is the NEW DW watch with a black face with ROSE GOLD details, a great statement piece for fall. use code "DOAN" for 15% off your purchase)
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | Smith & Cult nail polish in dark like me with gold nailart (first timer and loved it!)

rock the cape blazer,

the cold shoulder (top)

the cold shoulder sans cold weather.

the cold shoulder (trend) has been around for awhile, but i'm just now getting to it #whatsnew! coming into the game late, i thought about how i could wear this trend into fall. oh! hello long sleeves and over the knee (OTK) boots. 

i've seen a lot of cold shoulder tops, mainly for summer, but this one got my attention due to the criss cross design. as luck would have it, i ordered a size a bit too small fearing the sleeves would be too long, so it's a little tight on the neck #slightchoke #thingsidoforpictures. in the end, the sleeves were actually an elastic band. WHOMP WHOMP. still, a great piece if you order the right size, also i would probably pair this with leopard print pumps and even a black floppy hat! 

again, my love for Henri Bendel. this fall bag is in full rotation right now. of course, i had to get the Henri Bendel twilly to go with it! #butofcourse

side note: have y'all seen Sully? great movie. went to the Diptyque grand opening at the Domain in Austin last week hosted by the one and only @camillestyles! was a great event and if you haven't checked out Diptyque, it's an exquisite brand from Paris featuring personal & home fragrances, and face & body care. 

currently on my playlist: cool girl by Tove Lo (for all my cool girls, that's YOU!)


top | Shein criss cross cold shoulder long sleeve blouse in black -- similar // similar // similar but a dress // similar but a tighter fit and good for tucking
denim | Hudson nico mid-rise skinny jeans in abbey wash (old) -- similar
shoesUnisa saranaa over the knee boot in black suede (avail in five colors!) -- similar from Target // similar with stiletto heel
bag | Henri Bendel uptown satchel in black & Henri Bendel twilly in navy (sold out) -- similar but mini version
sunglasses | Karen Walker number one sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | BaubleBar mini pinata tassel drops in pink (love these!!) -- similar but regular version 
bracelet c/o | The PeachBox roman empress bangle in gold (use code "jannadoan" to receive 15% off your purchase, good until 10/31) -- i also have the metallic t bar bangle in gold and love it! 
lipsTom Ford lip color in casablanca
nails | essie polish in angora cardi

rock the cold shoulder, 

the leopard print skirt

feelin' a little leopard print. 

if you're thinking leopard print isn't for you... i hope you change your mind! i use to feel the same way! i was like animal print? no thank you. i also think the love for leopard print comes with age as well. but as with anything, start small. for me, it was a scarf. then a pair of pointed toe pumps... then, i went out on a limb with this skirt. when it came in i was sure i wasn't going to be able to wear it and almost returned it. but my curiosity got the best of me and i decided to see if i could style it despite my thoughts. thank goodness, because i LOVE IT! it is a unique piece due to pattern (i'm so picky when it comes to animal print!), material, and the tie waist adds such a feminine touch to this classic piece. 

i even had more fun styling it two ways: casually and dressy as seen below. for a casual look throw on a denim jacket (i also couldn't resist trying the brooch + denim jacket combo) and some slip ons (did i mention a great travel shoe too?!!). for a dressy look ditch the jacket and go for a pair of pointed toe pumps! 

tips on how to wear leopard print:

  • wear in small doses -- don't pair leopard print with more leopard print. less is more. 
  • goes the BEST with solid black. 
  • keep the jewelry and lipstick minimal. 
  • sleek hair vs. big wavy curls.

what are your favorite ways to wear leopard print? 

side note: ACL festivities kicked off with a Simon Mall event at the Domain, check out some pictures here complete with a floral AND donut wall! i had a blast being re-united with some of my blogger gals and made some new friends. some of the players (linked their beautiful insta feeds): @byhilaryrose / @polkadotsandgintx / @jessecoulter@heykailymae / @atasteofkoko / @jesskatt123 / @nvrwolipstick / @sarah_thebella / @littlebittyinthecity. ALSO, i attended ACL on Saturday for the first time ever! whatttt?!? who am i?! now i can officially call myself a true Austinite! ha, overall, an experience and maybe i'll go again next year depending on the line up. 

currently on my playlist: this girl by Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners 




skirt | J.Crew tie waist skirt in leopard print -- same version now avail at Nordstrom / similar 
top | ASOS New Look roll neck top in black -- similar but ribbed / similar but cold shoulder / similar from H&M
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket -- love this one from J.Crew
brooch | Banana Republic artison balloon brooch -- similar in the eiffel tower!
casual shoes | Forever21 slip ons in black (old) -- similar but perforated / similar but quilted / similar from Target
dressy shoes | Jimmy Choo abel patent pump in black -- similar by Ivanka Trump / similar / similar
bagCHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin -- similar / similar / similar
sunglassesCeline caty sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | Forever21 faux pearl ear jackets
rings | Gorjana candice CZ ring in gold / Etsy stacking & midi rings / BaubleBar gemini pearl ring
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | Sephora formula x nail polish in taken by storm (limited edition collection in collaboration with Atlantic Pacific)

rock the leopard print,

the striped dress & olive handbag

down to my favorite last three months of the year!

i am so thrilled to report that the temperature has dropped here in Austin, TX. finally!!! not only is this time of the year my favorite, it also means more (pleasant) shoots without all the sweat! i am a fall girl at heart and the thought of it makes me so happy -- PSL, hot cocoa, peppermint, scarves, boots, decor, lights, casseroles, pecan pie, sweaters/jackets, thanksgiving, christmas, searching for the perfect gift, and FAMILY! ah, it's always the simple things in life. 

the it color handbag for fall: OLIVE. when this olive handbag came out for fall, i didn't wait long to get it. good thing, because this color is already sold out! my first olive handbag. and of course, it's a Henri Bendel. it is the perfect mini bag (with a removable crossbody strap) that isn't too small, as most are. olive is a pretty versatile color and can be worn with: white, blush, black, anything striped, and any neutrals, but i welcome suggestions as i'm a newbie. this is a great alternative from my B&W/boring colors. i choose to pair it with this striped dress (hello pockets & midi length) and threw in a little pattern play into the mix with some... leopard print. i use to dislike leopard print but as i've aged i've become more drawn to it in small doses. wait until you see my next outfit post! until then, thanks for stopping by! 

side note: going to Austin City Limits (ACL) music festival this Saturday as a #firsttimer! totally not my type of thing, but i have to experience it. hope i survive the madness. 

currently on my playlist: hold my hand by Jess Glyne


dress | J.Crew cap sleeve dress in shirting stripe -- similar / similar / similar
shoes | Sole Society jenn d'orsay pumps in dark camel multi (old) -- similar / similar / similar
bag | Henri Bendel uptown mini satchel in dark green (color sold out but available in many others including pink!) -- similarsimilar / similar but studded & a crossbody 
sunglasses | Celine caty sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | Kendra Scott elle drop earrings in slate
necklace | SLATE helios necklace in gold via rocksbox use code "jannadoanxoxo" to receive one month for free! / BaubleBar crystal mason ring in gold / Gorjana candice CZ ring in gold / Etsy stacking & midi rings
rings | Kendra Scott daisy ring in slate (via Color Bar)
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | essie cashmere matte in wrap me up (old collection) -- similar 

rock the olive handbag,

what's in my bag

here we go, a what's in my bag post. #WIMB just switchin' things up on JDC because honestly, i get tired of plastering my face on here all the time!! plus my friend, Anxhela // @luxbubs tagged me so why not? check out her feed for some beauty product eye candy! 

first about this bag. lately, my go to bag has been the Henri Bendel west 57th carry all satchel in light beige (color sold out) -- avail in dark grey, tan, brown / black / black lizard. you can see it styled here in my latest outfit post, for reference i am only 5'2" short. the price, size (9.5"H x 14.5"W x 5.5"D), and functionality are all on point and make it the perfect everyday work bag. it can hold a laptop, portfolio, and any documents needed for meetings.

other details of the bag: remove-able cross body strap for hands-free, three pocket compartments and one zippered one inside, both sides of the bag are zippered so you can put more things in there if you want but it can make it look clunky if you're stuffing it with too much -- i don't use them. the bag is made of durable saffiano leather, the top handles fold down, the bag features a non-exposed magnetic closure, gold feet, and also lined with satin. i was drawn to this bag due to the lizard texture and the color. it's been a while since i had a white/light beige bag so i thought i would give it another go. pleased to report no stains or color transfer yet! now that it is fall, i'll be busting out with another HB. black. of course. so predictable! check out Henri Bendel for a variety of sizes and colors in handbags.

side note: i saw the Bridget Jones's Baby movie this past weekend. i laughed like a crazy lady the entire time, just what i needed. y'all, it HILARIOUS and light-hearted. i was pleasantly surprised and plotting how i'm going to see it again! haha! 

currently on my playlist: if i ain't got you by Alicia Keys 


01. snacks

i like to snacky snack so i always have something i can munch on JUST IN CASE. you never know and hangry is not a good look. these Justin's banana chips & peanut butter are delicious -- with pretzels and almond butter. and any kind of protein/energy bars are good to have on hand -- faves are Oh Yea! birthday cake and KIND bars

02. electronics

i've raved about these Symphonized noise cancelling earphones for $26 (goodbye crappy Apple ones) -- newer version has volume controlsnewer with heavy bass option, save your hearing and time unraveling a tangly mess because the cord is made of nylon. also comes in so many colors and three sizes of custom ear tips. my BFF, the mophie powerstation is actually an older model and much heavier than the new one. must upgrade soon. but this has come to the rescue too many times!

03. lip care

one of my FAVE lip balms right now is the Glossier balm dot com. so moisturizing and my morning lip balm. i also love Jack Black intense therapy lip balm SPF25 (great deal for a set, one for each bag. yes, please!) for the day because it has SPF25. lips need SPF too. for a subtle lip tint, i use the Dior Addict lipglow in coral -- similar by Glossier. oh, and lipstick/lip color is always a good idea to have on hand. Tom Ford lipcolor in casablanca and MAC lipstick in brick-o-la are my most used and help bring out my natural color. 

04. health & beauty products

floss. yes. i carry floss. a better hygienic option than hair. ahem ahem. i know we've all done it. but i carry the one you usually get from the dentist goodie bag. tylenol/advil because i am always to the rescue to save people from headaches! 

05. wallet

this Louis Vuitton epi leather business card holder in red -- similar by Kate Spade / similar by Michael Kors, is actually my sisters hand me down!! i know she is amazing. i get compliments on the red thing all the time. it holds the essentials and that is really all you need. #lessismore

06. sunnies

i can't resist a good pair of cat eye sunglasses. pictured is the Celine caty sunglasses. others in heavy rotation in include the Karen Walker number one -- similar, and Celine tilda

07. nerdy supplies

moleskin is the best for jotting down those ideas that come to you at the most random times. this one is my top pick because of the hardcover and placeholder. pens... i'm so picky when it comes to my pens, and my all time favorite pen is (insert drum roll)... the Sanford uni-ball signo micro 207 pen. there just isn't a replacement. okay... maybe a mont blanc. 

08. misc

not pictured, but i also usually carry some Dr. Scholl's dreamwalk ball of foot gel cushion inserts. these are life savers and help relieve all the pressure from the balls of your feel due to heels. i also have them for in the full strip. #hugefan #savethefeet. i also have a deodorant removing sponge which has come in handy on a few occasions! LASTLY and most importantly, my trusty refillable water bottle is always with me at all times. it is the only way i can keep myself hydrated, which i can't stress enough. so many fun options to pick from: klean canteen with interchangeable tops including a cafe one / S'well / Target's sip by S'well -- one with donuts!! / bkr (glass bottle with silicone sleeve).

now i know why my bag is so heavy,

the crochet dress

love is the answer -- john lennon (ain't that the truth)

another day, another black dress. but this one is crochet. sooo..... #justified. when it came out the options were black and white. now that i've finally gotten around to photographing it, the black is sold out! #storyofmylife. although crochet is mainly associated with spring/summer, i figured it being black would make a good transition piece. one of my friends, Shell // @acourageousbeauty posted hers in white! ah, i love it when i'm twinning with one of my blogger babes. Shell opted for bright shoes and a FUN bag, which was so genius! on the other hand, i went with a monochrome look with a white bag ...boring. Shell totally knocked it out of the park!

lastly, Henri Bendel, where have you been my whole life? i've known of the brand but never shopped there until i started talking to Michele // @classicandgray (now my dear friend, but my wallet thinks differently). i really love all their handbags, so many color choices and the price is easy on the eyes (until you buy a few too many...)! the carryall is my first HB bag, and it is the perfect spring/summer work bag (prob should change it out soon...!). so many compartments and big enough to fit a laptop, documents etc.. it also has a crossbody strap (YES!) but more on this bag later. i'm planning on a what's in my bag post comin' up. i think people like these posts? who knows? i'm going with it. stay tuned, have a good week & as always, thanks for stopping by! 

currently on my playlist: everything's right by Matt Wertz


twinning with the one and only Shell // @acourageousbeauty

amp this black dress up with some fun colored heels like Shell! 

dress | Chicwish splendid crochet dress in black (sold out) -- avail in white / similar but maxi / similar (have it and love it) / similar but strappy 
shoes | J.Crew laila wedges in black suede (sold out) -- avail in blush suede and leopard / similar / similar by F21 / similar by Steve Madden (avail in five colors)
bag | Henri Bendel west 57th lizard block carryall satchel in light beige (sold out) -- similar in black lizard / similar (avail in three colors)
earrings | Kendra Scott addie earrings in rose gold
sunglasses | Karen Walker number one sunglasses in smoke -- similar 
watch | Michael Kors monogram watch in rose gold (old) -- similar in my fave design / similar
ringsBaubleBar tri bar ring / BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring (sold out) -- similar / The Songbird Collection bejeweled leaf ring in rose gold / Gorjana candice CZ ring / Etsy stacking & midi rings
lipsTom Ford lip color in casablanca

rock the crochet,

the long sleeve off the shoulder top

finally posting one off the shoulder (OTS) top the entire summer. whoop whoop!

on a "semi-cool" morning we bust out the long sleeve OTS. yessss, i've been waiting to wear this for quite some time and once these tassel earrings came in, it was game on. these tassel earrings are in one of the most versatile colors and they are lightweight (for tassel earrings)!! #hellofattyearlobes. tassel earrings are all the rage, i'm afraid i'm hopping on this bandwagon a little late (what's new?!) but regardless, they come in many designs/colors and add a fun dangly element to any outfit. 

i was on the fence about this OTS when it arrived due to the long curved hem and the long sleeve detail. in the end i decided that this top is actually versatile for these reasons: 1) don't tie the sleeves for a more flared/bell sleeve look, 2) shorten and tie the sleeves at your elbows -- as seen in the #hairflip pic ...which by the way hair flippin' is hard work. by that i mean ab work because i spent the entire time laughing at myself... hysterically (and that is why there is only one photo LOL), and 3) wear it tucked in with a skirt. i also linked plenty of options for some long sleeve OTS tops that are wallet friendly -- the only way to go on trendy pieces!

currently on my playlist: no scrubs by TLC (yep, totally throwin' it back again!)