the lace off the shoulder top

olive + cream.

the off the shoulder top #OTS is such a fun summer one! a little skin never hurt anyone. i've talked about this before but most of the ones i own are not practical. you cannot move your arms around freely without your top riding up to your shoulders. if you're laughing you know exactly what i'm talking about. forget fixing your hair or giving someone a high five (insert sad face emoji). it wasn't until recently that i discovered the disconnected arm/sleeve OTS tops! now these are way way more comfortable!! it makes me want to get rid of the ones i currently own. anyways, this has set a new bar for OTS tops. 

this top comes from the cutest San Fran boutique called @morninglavender, owned by fashion blogger @laceandlocks. the boutique is filled with fresh, very feminine finds at affordable price points. it's also tax-free to Texas, FYI. 

side happenings: i tried my VERY FIRST spin class yesterday @soulcycle. holy hell. i knew it was going to be brutal, and it was. every. second. the good thing was that i survived (i mean i had to somehow, my feet were strapped to a bike. pedaling. no where). my instructor hit it pretty hard right off the bat and i was certain i wasn't going to make it five minutes in. needless to say i couldn't unclip myself from the bike, made a complete fool of myself, wobbled my way to Sprinkles Cupcakes, almost fell down some stairs, but i had the most energy afterwards and CANNOT wait to go back. it was such a great experience. loved the music, motivation and overall vibe!

currently on my playlist: the cure by Lady Gaga

well, i probably shouldn't iron at 6:30AM because clearly i need help or an eye exam. 

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the lilly pulitzer two piece

the two piece life.

recently, i had some interesting conversations about the romper from a male perspective. while i think they are a fun summer piece, i agree on the non-practical-ness of it, especially when you have to use the restroom. compared to jumpsuits, rompers tend to fit weird. so... enter the two piece. 

as you may know, color is not my go-to. for years i've seen so many GFs wear Lilly Pulitzer and it always looks good on them. me... not so much. until i found this! this is actually my first LP piece, or should i say two piece? ha. either way, i am a fan of the two piece life. like a romper, it takes the guessing out of which top or bottom to wear. in addition the material of this two piece is made of scuba, which is one of my favorite materials. the key is tasteful. a tasteful two piece is one that has a high-waisted bottom (um, hello this one has a cute ruffle detail on the shorts!) to show just a tiny bit of midriff. also, the likelihood of a two piece fitting better than a one piece is much much higher and way more practical. 

side happenings: met with the coolest chicks/brand last week @everlane which produces ethical clothing. they have an awesome slogan: know your factories. know your costs. always ask why. i cannot wait to work with them! the Nordstrom sale is still going strong, check out my latest post of tips & picks. as always, thanks for stopping by!

currently on my playlist: hideaway by Kiesza

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nordstrom anniversary sale

the sale of all sales.

if you haven't already heard, the Nordstrom anniversary sale has arrived! one of the largest sales of the year mainly due to the concept -- buy stuff for the upcoming season ON SALE now. after the sale is over, everything goes back to regular price. pretty easy! so instead of buying things on sale after the season is over and wearing it next year, you get to buy it now.

with that said, there is A LOT of hype with this sale. so here are some of my tips...

  • DO NOT. i repeat DO NOT buy it because everyone else is. number one mistake. 
  • leads to... do you really need it? if not, don't get it.
  • is it practical? example: why yes, i would love a suede moto jacket. but in Texas? not practical. plus i would spill something on it on day one.
  • need it immediately? you can choose the 'pick up in store' option if you don't feel like dealing with crowds and fitting room lines. they even have curbside service!!
  • when in doubt go for more basic items that you can see yourself wearing at work and on casual days. double the wear. 
  • no sure on size? get two. return one.

who Nordstrom
what | major discounts off fall items and always FREE shipping & returns
when | 07/13/17 - 07/20/17 (early access for Nordstrom cardholders); 07/21/17 - 08/06/17 (for everyone else)
where | shop.nordstrom.com or in-store

after previewing a ton of merchandise and trying things on here are some of the things i would buy if i had a money tree. all after the jump.

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happy #nsale shopping!,
JD

the white one shoulder midi & boater hat

summery whites.

nothing says summer like a casual white dress. they easily go with sandals -- heel/wedge or flat. but more importantly, they go with STRAW HATS. which.. if you haven't noticed... are my thing lately! yes, i've raved about @gigipip and this is their adjustable boater hat #itsperfect. specifically, this dress has the prettiest pleated detail at the top and a very elegant cinched waist that is tied in the back or side, oh and it has pockets! but it does have to be ironed -- FYI. #aintnobodygottimeforthat!

fact: i'm actually on the shy side. i really don't like being in front of the camera. #shocker. i would much rather be behind the camera but unfortunately, this fashion blog wouldn't exist with my name if i didn't actually "model" the clothes (using the term model veryyyy loosely there). that said, this was a really fun shoot. my first time shooting with Steven, who suggested a ton of different "poses" completely out of my comfort zone. it reminded me of what i've done to make myself feel uncomfortable every step of the way to have this site. basically, i laughed the whole way through, making a fool of myself, per usual = #goodtimes.

side ramblings: the @nordstrom anniversary sale kicks off this week to cardholders and it is one of the BIGGEST sales of the year for men and women! i will be attending some preview events by Nordstrom this week to get the inside scoop. so stay tuned! 

currently reading: a man called ove by Fredrick Backman

currently on my playlist: fall in love by Phantogram

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dress | Banana Republic one shoulder poplin dress in white (wearing size 2) -- similar from ASOS // similar w cutout // similar // similar w ruffles
hat | GIGI PIP faye boater hat -- similar
shoesTarget Merona marcella low block heel ankle strap sandals in tan (avail in three colors and such a staple, the perfect height too!!) // same but with a higher heel
bagJ.Crew Factory rattan clutch in natural pale gold -- similar
earrings | Kendra Scott sky earrings in white pearl (old) -- larger version // similar
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana -- similar
ringsGorjana c/o shimmer stacking ring set // Gorjana amara ring set // Gorjana mini stackable ring set // Etsy stacking & midi rings // Gorjana candice CZ ring // BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar // Cassandra Collections c/o mini ring
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold

rock the white dress,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter

the boyfriend jeans & cami

the article of clothing that has upset men all around the world... the boyfriend jean. 

on the flipside, i am pretty sure women feel the same way about men wearing skinny jeans. so it's all fair game. (i can already feel that this is going to be a fun one to write). finding the perfect boyfriend jean is very similar to online dating/finding a BF... it could be pretty exhausting. there are so many options -- brands, washes, amount of distressing, rises, price points etc... you just gotta try different pairs! once you find the perfect pair, it won't let you down. just like a good man. ha! JK. actually, a good man is hard to come by. you'll probably have better luck finding a pair of boyfriend jeans or a needle in a haystack. 

jokes aside, the key is a relaxed yet fitted look that isn't too baggy (maybe try petite sizing), a lighter wash, a good amount of distressing, and a mid-rise is always my go-to option. dress this bad boy up with the most feminine pieces -- i chose the cami top that shows the right amount of skin, some stiletto heels (while not super practical, but it is needed for these jeans), some statement earrings, and dainty layered necklaces. check out a throwback to my first pair of BF jeans styled with a trench coat. while i liked that pair, i wanted something a little more distressed (ok fine, they don't fit anymore, haha #keepingitreal). 

side ramblings: i cannot believe half of 2017 is already GONE! yikes. life has been flying by lately in the best way possible. which means New York Fashion Week #NYFW is just around the corner! i have been looking forward to making this happen since i began this blog! it is going to be EPIC. five full days of the city, my main focus will probably be food (need to reference my NYC eats from 2015), a few shows & parties, networking, but mainly meeting my blogger friends i've connected with via social. also, shout out to @mazeroomaustin, i've done several escape rooms and this one is the best #nerdalert! i highly recommend it. we did not escape their first room two years ago, but this time with their second room -- TWO minutes to spare! hope y'all have a good 4th. xx

finished reading: the subtle art of not giving a f*ck by mark manson
i recommend it as a light, hilarious read. nothing that will completely change your life. but it will certainly give you perspective on the people & things you choose to care about. choose them wisely. one of my favorite lines from the book is, "...if you go around giving a f*ck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice -- well, you're going to get f*cked." #WORD. 

currently on my playlist: attention by Charlie Puth

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top | LOFT strappy cami in whisper white (wearing petite small) -- similar with button detail // cute one with shoulder ties
denim | GAP mid-rise relaxed boyfriend jeans in medium indigo
bag | Louis Vuitton pouchette metis in damier canvas
shoesStuart Weitzman nudistsong in adobe patent (comes in different widths too!) -- similar // chunky heel version
sunglasses Le Specs savanna 51mm sunglasses in tortoise -- similar 
earrings | SUGARFIX by BaubleBar triad ball drop earrings in turquoise (veryyy lightweight & avail in four colors) -- similar by BaubleBar
necklaces c/o | Gorjana chloe mini & chloe long necklace in gold (old) // Gorjana mave lariat
ringsGorjana c/o shimmer stacking ring set // Gorjana amara ring set // Gorjana mini stackable ring set // Etsy stacking & midi rings // Gorjana candice CZ ring // BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar // Cassandra Collections c/o mini ring
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (old) -- similar by Kate Spade // similar off Etsy

rock the BF jeans,
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill

how to style sweaters

silk scarf & embellished bibs!

documenting the versatility of the short sleeve sweater with @bananarepublic today! when these sweater tees arrived from Banana Republic i thought it would be a good idea to show some simple ways to dress them up. while the statement necklace is a pretty standard go-to... i decided on a silk scarf and this really fun embellished bib. in addition, these types of sweaters go with all bottoms -- skirts, pants, shorts. here, i've styled them for some work wear, and casually with some distressed skinny jeans. 

the key to the silk scarf is go with a square one otherwise you have too much material hanging around your neck. a double knot always works making one side slightly longer than the other. asymmetry is always good. pro tip: you can also tie the scarf around your wrist or your handbag. i am a huge fan of silk scarves -- such a classy factor that will never go out of style. the embellished bibs are a little hard to find but they also come in collars as well. another great and unexpected way to add a little something to a plain top! 

currently reading: the subtle art of not giving a f*uck by mark manson
this was a gift from one of my friends, for good reason! haha so far it's a pretty funny & light read but i'll update later when i finish it! xx

currently on my playlist: symphony by Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson

casual

formal/work wear

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top c/o | Banana Republic merino rib tee in royal blue & black (also avail in eleven other colors) -- similar but sleeveless shell // similar but sleeveless
scarf | LOFT rosy square silk scarf -- similar // love the colors on this one // similar in a pretty tropical print
collar | Forever 21 embellished bib (old) -- similar w pearls // similar 
skirt | H&M textured midi skirt in black (old) -- similar
denim | Hudson nico mid rise distressed skinny jeans in worlds apart (old) -- similar // similar but high waisted
shoes | Jimmy Choo abel pumps in black patent (old design) -- current design // similar // similar and custom
bag | CHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin -- similar by Rebecca Minkoff (avail in four colors) // similar dupe for $22
sunglassesCeline caty sunglasses in black -- similar in tortoise
earrings | ASOS pearl swing earrings -- similar
watch c/oDaniel Wellington classic petite melrose 32mm in rose gold and white
bracelet | Kate Spade knot cuff bracelet in rose gold
rings Gorjana c/o shimmer stacking ring set // Gorjana amara ring set // Gorjana mini stackable ring set // Etsy stacking & midi rings // Gorjana candice CZ ring // BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar // Cassandra Collections c/o mini ring

rock the short sleeve sweaters,
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill
a post done in collaboration with Banana Republic
tops provided by Banana Republic, all opinions are my own. 

the lemon print jumpsuit & straw hat

lemon x lemon.

what is it with lemon print?! i cannot be the only one with a minor obsession with it! on a random walk into Anthropologie (JUST TO BROWSE) my eyes immediately spotted this lemon print jumpsuit from across the room. i am not kidding. two second thought process: lemon print + jumpsuit = BUY. okay!

there are certain occasions when i will purchase something at a shocking price tag (aka: regular price), this is one of them. to justify, the lemon print is done very tastefully on this jumpsuit. not to mention it goes very well with the light blue. the material is light and breezy and what tops it off is the sash. i also walked into J.Crew and saw these lemon earrings on sale... so... this outfit was MEANT TO BE! i just saw this to be something i would not come by again and how much wear i would get out of it. i feel like i should be on a beach somewhere with it #needavacay.

lastly, this straw hat via @gigipip is going to be such a summer staple! i had the hardest time picking one hat because there are so many to choose from -- straw, baseball, felt etc... when the Jill straw floppy hat arrived i was thoroughly impressed. it arrives wrapped in plastic (in case it rains!) and the box has a mechanism that protects the hat from being crushed #saynotocrushedhats! the inside of the box it says, "here's to the woman who wears many hats, and embraces them all. this one's for you." all #details thought out and i am someone who appreciates that! the quality of this hat is unlike any other that i own. you can feel the craftsmanship of it. soo.. i went to purchase the Faye boater hat (i was in the market for one!) with my own promo code. LOL #noshame. the next on my list is the Emma! check out gigipip.com and use code "JANNADOAN" for free shipping. good luck picking one!

special thanks to my blogger babe @mrsjenfrick (who has one of the prettiest feeds) for introducing me to GIGI PIP! xx

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jumpsuit | Anthropologie Maeve lemon grove strapless jumpsuit -- same in solid hot pink & orange // similar in palm print for $52
hat c/o | GIGI PIP jill floppy straw sun hat (use code JANNADOAN for free shipping!)
bagJ.Crew Factory rattan clutch in natural pale gold -- similar
shoesSam Edelman gigi sandal in saddle leather -- similar from Target
sunglassesCeline tilda sunglasses in dark tortoise -- similar but more cateye (great brand, really fits well!)
earrings | J.Crew lemon tree earrings (sold out) -- similar with oranges! // similar in a hoop style // 
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace -- similar 
ringsGorjana c/o shimmer stacking ring set // Gorjana amara ring set // Gorjana mini stackable ring set // Etsy stacking & midi rings // Gorjana candice CZ ring // BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar // Cassandra Collections c/o mini ring
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the lemon print everthannggg,
JD

photo credit: Katie J Photography.
a post done in collaboration with GIGI PIP. 
hat provided by GIGI PIP, all opinions are my own.