the sweater dress & leather jacket

sweater dress = wearable blanket.

at least those are my thoughts. growing up i was always skeptical about sweater dresses but i've learned that the the key is to go loose and layer. this one was sent to me from @lillap! it has the cutest front pockets and a the v-neck hits at the perfect length. i actually wanted to style this sweater dress with a pair of over the knee boots #OTKs since i haven't done one this season yet, but it was a little too long for some OTKs #shortgirlprobs. next best thing was some pointed toe stiletto booties. the last thing this outfit needed was a layer -- scarves, sleeveless trenches/duster, a jacket, etc.. so enter the opportunity to finally wear this black leather jacket under $100. this jacket feels like it costs much more AND THE BEST PART is the gold hardware to match all my gold jewelry. i think that's why i barely wore my other one! 

side ramblings: over the new year holiday, i literally did NOTHING. i watched a few movies -- Wonder Woman (so good), The Big Sick (chick flick) and Pitch Perfect 3 (gotta love them pitches!) and lotsss of YouTube -- here's a clip of the one that had me rolling at 2AM Ellen in Steve Harvey's Ear #hysterical. yea, i probably should have worked on my YouTube channel.. but some lazy days are really needed. last week, i received an unexpected package from one of my favorite skincare brands, @TATCHA -- they sent me their newest The Deep Cleanse: it's a gel cleanser (my preferred type) and contains "natural fruit exfoliant that deeply but gently lifts impurities and unclogs pores, while leaving skin soft and hydrated." can't wait to give it a try. also, very random, but i can't stop wearing @AmandaDeer jewelry lately! gimme all the #daintyjewelry. i recently purchased the satellite choker which i can't stop wearing, everyday i look for an outfit just so i can wear this thing lol. pictures coming soon! ok, i'm OUT. xx

currently on my playlist: all the stars by Kendrick Lamar, SZA

the sweater dress & leather jacket -- jannadoan.com
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the sweater dress & leather jacket -- jannadoan.com

dress c/o | LILLA P cotton modal sweater dress in black (wearing size small) -- similar // similar with tie sleeves and $49 // similar in a mock neck // similar with a v-back
jacket | BlankNYC life changer faux leather moto jacket in black (TTS wearing size small, also avail in cognac) -- similar // similar in suede // similar by H&M and $60
shoes | Banana Republic magda pointed toe bootes in black suede (old) -- similar with a kitten heel // similar // similar by Topshop
bag c/oHenri Bendel noho satchel in black pebbled leather -- same but more structured // similar and love this style because the handles fold down 
sunglassesKaren Walker number one sunglasses in black
earringsKendra Scott tessa studs in clear
necklace c/o | BaubleBar aimee layered choker necklace (old) -- newer design
ringsGorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watch c/o | Daniel Wellington classic petite melrose 32mm in rose gold and white

rock the sweater dress (and possibly sleep in them too),
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill

the suede skirt & sock booties

documenting my first pair of sock booties.

after some wear i have decided that sock booties are the perfect WORK bootie! something a little dressier than your average flat bootie and the chunky/block heel makes it a comfy pick for an 8 to 5 workday. while the shaft on these aren’t as tall as normal sock booties it works for me because i’m 5’2” short and anything taller would make me look shorter (if that makes sense).i love making workwear a little more trendy, so when i saw this suede skirt, i had to snag it for obvious reasons -- the length is so work appropriate. and hey doesn't hurt that it's in a beautiful olive color too! 

also, fitted mock turtlenecks are my staple in the fall/winter because they go with ALL skirts & are SO EASY PEASY. they’re so good i have probably four plain black ones! it's a pretty solid base layering piece and goes underneath sheath dresses too! speaking of work, i've been wearing this pebbled leather satchel as a work bag, it's a little different from my other structured work bags because it's made of slouchy pebbled leather and although the handles don't fall down, there's plenty of space & pockets. i've grown to love the pebbled leather slouchy-ness. 

side ramblings: it feels good to be back. i haven't shot much at all but now that it's getting cooler, IT IS ON. my holiday photos will be up on Monday, be sure to stop by! xx 

currently on my playlist: just give me a reason by P!nk ft. Nate Ruess

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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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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 sweater dress & sleeveless coat

where. did. the. weekend. go?!

sweater dresses are not one of my favorite items to wear. mainly because most of them happen to be a little tight. #nothankyou. when i stumbled across this one it was perfect, a tunic and lightweight cashmere mix (because it never gets too cold here in Texas). it fits perfectly #nofatrolls, and the mock neck and longer length are so my style. however, tunic dresses need some dressin' up if you know what i mean -- usually a belt or jacket so it doesn't look like you're wearing a bag. this sleeveless coat has been a statement piece i wear over so many dresses. perfect to dress any outfit up or for when a dress is smidge too short. instant style game with this number, so good i even bought it in navy! see it styled with skinny jeans from a blog post earlier this year.

side happenings: this past week was a whirlwind of events! Kelly Wynne launched her spring line and the mingle mingle mini in vintage pearl is all heart eyes! the texture and colors go so well. Saturday was the Adelante galentine pop up shop, if you haven't been to this boutique in Austin you are missing out! they have such great affordable pieces without the huge boutique price tag. i also tried on some engagement rings (might have skipped a few life steps.. lol) at the Diamonds Direct event where i met SimonG (so humble and jolly) the designer of one of their lines. my foodie friend Anita // @wanderlustanita hosted a wine tasting at Infinite Monkey Theorem // @infinite_chimp, the rose was pretty dang good (and it comes in a can!). Sunday was The Swoon Event at the Archer hotel valentine's pop up. and lastly, i purchased VIP tickets to the Children's Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children's 3rd Annual Fashion Show. seeing all these teens who deal with illnesses on a daily basis happily walk the runway struttin' their stuff made me want to cry tears of joy. i cheered them on and left the night on such a happy note. #simplethings

currently on my playlist: scars to your beautiful by Alessia Cara

have a good valentine's day!! remember, no matter what your status is, it's all about that #selflove. xoxo

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dress | ASOS knit tunic dress in cashmere mix in black (sold out) -- same style in taupe // similar with ruffles in hot pink // similar
coat |  ASOS New Look belted sleeveless coat in gray (old) -- similar 1 // similar 2 // similar 3
shoes | Banana Republic magda pointed toe bootes in black suede -- similar
bagHenri Bendel uptown satchel in black -- similar but mini version
scarf | Henri Bendel twilly in navy (old) 
sunglasses | Celine new audrey sunglasses in black with brown gradient -- similar
watchDaniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm watch (this is the newest DW watch with a black face with ROSE GOLD details, a great statement piece for fall. use code "DOAN" for 15% off your purchase, good until 02/28/17)
earringsForever21 faux pearl ear jackets (old) -- 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 (sold out) -- similar
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the sweater dress,
JD

photo credit: Katie J Photography.

the green satin pleated midi skirt & velvet

green vibes.

did you see the 2017 pantone color of the year? it's greenery. hrmm.. not sure how i feel about it because i actually don't own much green. but it's warming up to me. i think this satin midi pleated skirt is a good start! i'm not even a fan of satin but this one is so beautiful, not your typical satin you normally picture, less sheen, and more vibrant. i styled it with a long sleeve crop top (i know, total surprise right?!) for colder temps, i love the delicate lace hem detail on this one. the velvet clutch was icing on cake, all the texture from the satin and the sweater-like crop top just went so well together. love it when that happens! 

finally!!! i got a haircut this weekend! thank goodness, it's been a year since my last real haircut. i usually trim it myself every few months (somehow people think this is crazy?). in the end, i decided not to dye my hair. i just can't commit to the maintenance, i mean i don't even OWN A BRUSH! (lol, who even reads this?). i haven't dyed my hair my entire 32 years of living, so... i'm just going to rock the grey hair for now. it's basically a natural highlight when you think about it. just sayin'.

thanks for stopping by, have a good week now! xoxo.

currently on my playlist: say you won't let go by James Arthur

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top | ZARA long sleeve crop top with lace detail in black (sold out) -- really love this one with the ribbon wrap detail // similar but a high neck // similar with twist front and on sale // similar with a built in choker
skirt | ASOS Miss Selfridge satin crepe pleated midi skirt in green -- similar in chiffon blush // black // yellow // lilac  (i own this one in four colors, which means you should get one or two)
shoesJimmy Choo abel patent pump in black -- similar by Ivanka Trump // similar // similar
bag | ZARA velvet minaudere in black (sold out so quickly) -- similar // similar but oval // similar
sunglassesCeline caty sunglasses in black -- similar
earringsKendra Scott tessa studs in sold with iridescent druzy
watch c/oDaniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm watch (this is the newest DW watch with a black face with ROSE GOLD details, a great statement piece for fall. use code "DOAN" for 15% off your purchase, good until 02/28/17)
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 (sold out) -- similar
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nailsessie gel couture in pre snow jitters

rock the green,
JD

photo credit: Katie J Photography.

the lace cami & turtleneck

hoping 2017 is off to a phenomonal start for you! 

the cami top is a wardrobe must have. why? oh, because it can be dressed up by tucking it into a skirt, can be dressed down with some skinny jeans, goes great under a blazer or long cardigan, and lastly you can wear it into fall/winter by layering it with a tissue turtleneck! i thought this would be an interesting look and was skeptical at first, but i loved how it turned out. esp the black with the blush, such a winning combo. most of the time i don't really wear v-necks because i feel like i'm always adjusting or pulling it up #annoying (or am i too conservative?!), v-necks are seriously so low these days. but i digress, this layering idea was a really good option for me due to the deep v. 

meet my latest bag addition, she's a lil wild at heart. HA! jk. well... i guess that is only funny if you knew that that's actually the name of the print. but i had the pleasure of meeting the fabulous Kelly Wynne and after hearing her story of how she get got started, i had to buy one of her bags. of course, it happened to be the one she was wearing that day but how could i not? i haven't seen anything like it. it's round. it's in a cheetah and leopard print calf hair combo. yep, i clearly "needed" it. 

lastly, let's talk about grey hair. ok, mine has been growing at an exponential rate!!! oh the joys of being over thirty. i've debated dying it, but i just can't bring myself to do it. should i? urgh, ain't nobody got time for that maintenance! ps i also have #virginhair (don't faint). actually i've even thought about going over the long strands with a permanent marker... i know it's a crazy idea. but isn't a sharpie non-toxic?! i've ran this idea by a few people. but no one has volunteered to help. hrm. 

currently on my playlist: water under the bridge by Adele

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turtleneck | H&M lyocell turtleneck top in powder beige (sold out) -- similar and avail in six colors // similar
cami | H&M satin camisole with lace in black (also avail in blush) -- similar // similar and already layered // similar by CAMI NYC
denim | Hudson nico mid rise distressed skinny jeans in worlds apart (old) -- similar // similar but not distressed
shoesJimmy Choo abel patent pump in black -- similar by Ivanka Trump / similar / similar
bag | Kelly Wynne halo in wild at heart -- also avail in gold 
sunglassesCeline caty sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | Francesca's pave cube 360 studs (can't find them online but i bought them recently in-store!)
watch c/oDaniel 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)
rings c/o | gorjana shimmer stacking ring set
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | CHANEL le vernis nail color in tapage (old limited edition) -- similar in gitane

rock the lace cami,
JD