jdc turns three

better late than never. 

i had the hardest time writing this post which is probably why it has been in draft mode since early October. it's crazy to believe that jannadoan dot com (JDC) is now THREE (two months later). year three has taken me to "places" i never imagined. i have no clue what year four will look like but with zero expectations, i am sure i'll be pleasantly surprised. in year three i signed & negotiated some of my first contracts, worked with some HUGE brands, and received more features on websites and social platforms than i ever dreamt. other highlights of year three include the austin blogger holiday themed shoots: christmas // galentine's day // easter picnic. New York Fashion Week parts 1 // 2 // 3, AND Austin Fashion Week, and of course i can't forget all the numerous PR events sprinkled throughout each month! 

i'm really grateful for these opportunities and sometimes it's just good to sit back and reflect. i needed this. with the house and everything else going on with my life, i took a long break from a lack of inspiration/motivation, struggled to write this post, and even for a split second i thought about quitting altogether. then of course, i was slapped in the face (figuratively) with, "you have come too far to quit." yes, i have actually. the truth is, JDC is quite an expense. from the entire outfit, to the photography, right down to the mechanics of having a website. not including TIME. that's a huge expense as well. when the thought of quitting wandered into my mind i thought about what i would be doing if i wasn't blogging... hmm. watching TV? well, i would be sleeping more that's for sure. but when i weigh the friendships i've made (from all over) and the experiences i've gained, those are more than enough for me to say it is so worth it. without JDC, i would be the most boring person, no social life, i wouldn't be out there pushing my boundaries and challenging myself, and i wouldn't have the drive or motivation it takes to run a business. this is my happy place. this is meant to be. 

anyways, long story short, i'm sharing a few random things i learned in year three. more after the jump. and while reviewing my year two post, a lot of it remains the same! but in summary, always stay true to yourself, your personal voice and never lose sight of what is important to you. all that goes a really long way. 


01. JDC is a business.

this was the year i stopped calling my blog a hobby. it is not a hobby, it's a side business. this was a huge change of mindset for me. while i am not diminishing that all great things start out as hobbies fueled by passion, i'm simply stating that i've started to care less of what people would think of me ('oh brother, another photo of herself?!' YES, i really do get tired of posting photos of myself believe it or not!!) and more about how i'm going to grow this business while staying true to myself/my brand. 

02. quality >> quantity

growing up, my dad would always say to me, "if you're going to do it, do it right or don't do it at all." (he was a tough man and for good reason). i instill this in my everyday life, work, and here. it's not about striving for perfection (though you can if you want) or pleasing others it's more about creating something that is a direct reflection of you -- your value & standards. if something isn't quite right, redo it. if something is off, fix it. go that extra mile, put in that extra time and always make it right. 

03. instagram = staged life.

while i am a huge advocate for instagram, it is pretty much always staged so you should never be fooled by the squares. just because i'm smiling in all my photos does not mean that my life is perfect. often times, i do my hair or even nails sometimes just for photos and have no where to go afterwards! let's not mention the 7AM summertime shoots when i look like a crazy person all dressed in a holiday outfit in the August heat... just know that any great photo comes with styling and details that are well thought out. 

04. i have no idea what i'm doing.

this is what i tell a lot of people who want to pick my brain... blogging is a journey. it's different for everyone. there isn't one formula that says do x,y,z = and boom FAMOUS. it doesn't work that way, DUH! the truth is, even after three years, i'm still trying to figure out my way. and yet, i have so much to learn!! everyone's goals and intentions are always different. for me, i will never want to blog full-time. shocking, i know. but for me this will always be my side hustle. it's not that i'm limiting my dreams, but i'm realistic in what i want and very in tune with my happiness. 

05. never underestimate the power of a question.

this is HUGE. often times the biggest thing holding us back is our self. mainly our fear. fear of what someone else will think, fear or rejection, fear of the truth, fear of not being good enough, etc... a lot of times we're hesitant to ask because we're afraid of the answer. but in hindsight, that's all such bullsh*t. punch fear in the face. just sayin'. you won't believe how far the power of a question has gotten me and all the doors it has opened. you never know until you ASK. period. oh, and believe in yourself, because if you don't no one else will. 

dress | ZARA bell sleeve shift dress in yellow (old) -- similar but more fitted and on sale for $48 // similar // similar and avail in three colors
shoes | ZARA vinyl d'orsay heels in white (old) -- similar with studs
bag | ZARA mini crossbody bag in white (old) -- similar 
earrings | Kendra Scott joelle earrings in turquoise (old) -- similar in a KS classic style // similar but smaller & lighter
sunglasses Celine tilda sunglasses in dark tortoise -- similar and love these!
necklaceetsy monogram necklace in dearest daddy initials (1.25" and 20" chain) -- similar by BaubleBar // similar in acrylic
braceletBaubleBar gold mary links bracelet -- similar but pave
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold

cheers to year four adventures, 

photo credit: Brandon Hill


the chambray jumpsuit

eeppp, it's September!!!

2017 is wrapping up quickly! in Texas the temps don't really dip down until the end of October. so i got you covered with a chambray jumpsuit. gosh, the love for chambray is very real. why is it so dang soft?!?! i feel like there should be chambray pajamas. i digress. if you haven't checked out the who what wear line at target, it's a good one! i randomly found this jumpsuit on the sale section and it is so easy to wear on casual days. 

side ramblings: i'm OFF TO NYC! i cannot believe this is really happening. and here we are. the new house and move has entirely consumed my life right now so i haven't had much time to think or plan New York Fashion Week #NYFW. this should be VERY interesting. either way, i'll be in the city i love, and i'll finally get to meet all the inspiration i've friended over instagram! i cannot wait to share my trip when i get back but in the meantime feel free to follow on instastories! i will probably be blowing that up. #sorrynotsorry! signing off and frantically packing!! xx

currently on my playlist: empire state of mind by Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys


jumpsuit | Target who what wear wrap tie jumpsuit in chambray (sold out) -- similar but halter style! // similar // similar but OTS
shoesSam Edelman gigi sandal in saddle leather -- similar from Target
bag | Jade Tribe 3 pom basket tote -- similar from Etsy and $30 // same but in bold poms -- similar off etsy and $40 without poms!! 
sunglassesCeline marta sunglasses in havana -- similar
earrings | Kendra Scott elle earrings in ivory pearl -- same from Nordstrom
necklaceetsy monogram necklace in dearest daddy initials (1.25" and 20" chain) -- similar by BaubleBar // similar in acrylic
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 chambray jumpsuit,

photo credit: Steven Gunter

alley test shots w/Steven

the holiday plaid button down & midi skirt

mad for some holiday plaid!

button downs are one of my favorite wardrobe pieces because they go with everything. you can wear them with shorts, jeans, and skirts! and when it gets colder you can use it as a base layering piece under (itchy) sweaters too. this is my first holiday-ish plaid button down and the place to get them is.... J.Crew. they do such a good job with their button downs, esp when the fall rolls around. i decided to dress this one up a little with my most worn midi skirt. to make things more festive i put on my gift bow studs! these are basically a dupe of the Kate Spade ones that were all the rage a few years ago. these are very seasonal so i wear them every chance i get! these gift bow earrings really topped this outfit. #sorryihadto #nopunintended #deskslapper

let's talk about these bow heels. yes, you need them too. it's not often i come across a good pointed toe bow heel that is doesn't cost big buckaroos. i actually ordered the blush and black and was supposed to keep only one... but i ended up keeping both because they are just too pretty. #birthdaymonth, oh wait. i bought them in november... ackahah! ok, but i did wear these to an event and my other heel somehow slid past the bow on my other foot and the bow ripped off -- nothing some super glue can't fix, but be careful with them. this happened right before an event where i was going to meet THE Kelly Wynne! #justmyluck good thing i am the type of working woman who always has three pairs of shoes on her at all times, one of them being flats!  

lastly, have a wonderful holiday! enjoy this time spent with family and friends. thank you so much for stopping by. 

currently on my playlist: last christmas by WHAM


top | J.Crew classic plaid button down in black -- similar // similar // similar in blue & green // similar in re flannel // similar in flannel 2 // 
skirt | H&M textured midi skirt in black (old) -- similar // similar in velvet! // similar in blue
shoes | Ann Taylor charlie patent bow pumps in black (love these and have them in the blush color too!) -- similar in suede // similar but sandal style // similar but colorblocked
bagCHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin -- similar (avail in six colors) // similar // similar in velvet // similar in patent // similar
sunglasses | Valley Eyewear spleen in black via ditto.com (use code "JANNADOANXOXO" to receive your first month for free on a designer sunglasses rental subscription!)
earrings | Etsy gift bow earrings in gold
necklace | BaubleBar crystal trellis necklace (old) -- similar // similar 
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (sold out) -- similar by kate spade // similar 
rings c/o | Gorjana shimmer stacking ring set in gold
lipsTom Ford lip color in cherry lush
nails | CHANEL le vernis nail color in tapage (old limited edition) -- similar in gitane

rock the holiday plaid,