holiday ready with Ann Taylor

for the love of tweed.

gearing up for the holidays with @AnnTaylor today! but letโ€™s start this post off with a little gratitude, shall we? i have wanted to work with Ann Taylor for as long as iโ€™ve been blogging. iโ€™ve tried to knock on this door for so long it feels like. BUT life works in mysterious ways sometimes. i always live by the notion that if itโ€™s not a hell yes, itโ€™s a hell no. itโ€™s kinda an extreme way to live life actually but iโ€™ve come to learn that the best decisions both in business and in life where i applied this thought process yielded the best results that i was most proud of. when Ann Taylor reached out to me to host the re-grand opening of the @anntaylor_arboretummarket in my own cityโ€ฆ it was an immediate #HELLYES. even though i knew i was going out of my comfort zone โ€” but hey, itโ€™s all about pushing boundaries amirite?! in the end, it was a fantastic event and an experience i will never forget. i feel so grateful to be able to get to do something like this and know that this is just the beginning. i donโ€™t do this enough but i gotta give myself credit for the hard work iโ€™ve put into this business. anyways, a sappy start but THANK YOU for following along this journey, itโ€™s because you of that i get to do these things so i cannot thank you enough!

i digress. letโ€™s talk tweed. i LOVE tweed. itโ€™s one of those fabrics that scream FALL and uber CLASSY. right up there with brooches and pearls (and you know i love me some brooches. yep, iโ€™m an old lady!). whatโ€™s great about tweed is the fabric also adds texture to any outfit. here iโ€™m wearing a one piece dress, but when you pair a tweed skirt or jacket with a blouse or sweater the tweed always becomes the โ€œcenterpieceโ€ (if you will). what i love about this dress is the metallic-ness of the tweed in a blue, magenta, and gold color. itโ€™s actually a very unique tweed piece that is going right into my closet for a holiday party! you cannot complete a holiday outfit with some BLING/SPARKLE so i went with a crystal statement necklace and even a pearl statement necklace will work too! here iโ€™m wearing my usual size 2 in the dress, but i think their sizes have gotten larger and i could easily size down and wear a 0 (never happens). in these photos i actually have it binder clipped in the back to make it look more fitted. i didnโ€™t have time to get it alteredโ€ฆ so when it came time for the eventโ€ฆ at the 13th hour i found a glittery waist belt in my closet to cinch it and voila! love how it always works out! but do size down in all their pieces. i canโ€™t wait to share the rest of the dresses that were sent to me including the: speckled ponte flounce sheath dress and the seamed ponte flare dress (super effortless). i also walked away with more Ann Taylor goodies from the re-grand opening and canโ€™t wait to style them (after i go to costco and buy more hangers.. haha not kidding though LOL #fashionbloggerproblems).

side ramblings: LIFE is CRAZY. in such a good way. i was talking to a friend of mine about daily happenings in my life and my friend turned to me and said, โ€œthere are peaks and valleys of life and girl, youโ€™re standing on a mountain top!โ€ i blurted out laughing and nodded my head in agreement. anyways, i just needed to take a moment to document how grateful i feel and how iโ€™m overwhelmed with happiness & joy. quite frankly, i deserve it. and with Thanksgiving around the corner, the timing couldnโ€™t be better. hope yโ€™all enjoy your Thanksgiving with family and friends and iโ€™ll see yโ€™all next time! xx

currently on my playlist: fallinโ€™ all in you by Shawn Mendes

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dress c/o | Ann Taylor tweed sheath dress in blue multi (recommend sizing down, iโ€™m wearing size 2 and itโ€™s a little large, i had to binder clip it for photos. for the event i belted it with a glitter waist belt!) โ€” similar jacket and skirt set //
shoes | Jimmy Choo abel pumps in black patent (the shoes didnโ€™t arrive in time for the photo, but Ann Taylor sent me the leanna bow pumps in black suede that i wore to the event, also comes in red and gold! i love the mid-bow detail, so holiday!) โ€” similar and debated the myra suede bow pumps // marley quilted bow pumps // lorretta pealized suede pumps
jacket | Banana Republic โ€” similar // not similar but LOVE this one // also love this one
bag | DVF lytton clutch in black quilted leather (old) โ€” similar and a good Bottega dupe // similar and in a fun shape
sunglasses | Celine caty sunglases in black (old) โ€” similar by DIFF eyewear // similar by QUAY
necklace c/o | Ann Taylor crystal necklace in gold โ€” matching earrings // love this pearl one
earrings | Kendra Scott aston statement earrings in ivory mother of pearl (old) -- similar but smaller // similar
rings | Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
bracelet | Vita Fede mini titan crystal bracelet in gold
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold

#cantstopwontstop,
JD

photo credit: Katie J Photography
a post done in collaboration with 
Ann Taylor.
dress & necklace provided by Ann Taylor, all opinions are my own.


@anntaylor_arboreutummarket re-grand opening on 11/17/18

special thanks to @polkadotsandgin // @wanderlustanita // @tristan.dav // @atatsteofkoko // @hanonet (not pictured) // Sonceria W. who took time out of their day to drop in, shop, and say hi! i appreciate your support so much!!!

an austin blogger holiday

cue the christmas music! (or play it below).

happy holidays!

i know it feels a tad early to be thinking of holiday stuff. but not really! this month is going to FLY by, so i thought it would be best to share this holiday shoot that i was so graciously invited to be apart of. these gals have become good friends to me and i am pretty blessed to have cultivated so many good friendships over the past year. #grateful

last year, i went with the classic holiday red. this year, i decided on the next christmas color... GREEN, but more of a hunter green! it's not a color i wear often but gosh, i think i should, especially hunter green. i picked out a lace off the shoulder dress with a classy length. it's actually a one-piece dress and the bottom is a little fuller than i thought it would be but it ended up looking very pretty! i'd say the only thing this dress is missing is pockets. the ivory earrings went perfectly with the gold clutch & dark nails. altogether i say this was a huge win, ESP since my dress arrived the day before (gotta love that ASOS 2-day shipping)! also, this gold clutch gets so much wear, it's def a staple for the holidays and any occasion (you can even see me wearing it in last year's photos)!

side ramblings: it's december.. which means... it's #BIRTHDAYMONTH! (insert happy dance). 

currently on my playlist: it's beginning to look a lot like christmas by Michael Buble

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the gangs all here!! (all clickables)

(ok, minus Hilary // @byhilaryrose and Michelle // @stylebeacon)
click on the photos for some insta-style-inspo!

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

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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,
JD

a very austin blogger holiday

32, ready or not here i come!

today is a special day for two reasons 1) i turn 32! and... 2) i get to share one of my favorite shoots to date with you!! warning: if you click that READ MORE button, there will be lots of pictures and holiday inspo (including links to all outfits) from some AMAZING & GORGEOUS AUSTIN bloggers that i feel so humbled to know and only met within the last few months. everyone is impeccably dressed and i am so thrilled that they asked me to join in on a holiday photo shoot! #youcansitwithus #friendship #texasforever

it's been quite a year and if wrote about 32 things i've learned, you probably wouldn't get to the end of it. in short, it's all about celebrating the little milestones/victories in life and knowing that the next one is just around the corner. i feel extremely blessed, this blog has brought me so much joy and connected me with many friends who encourage and inspire me. i feel like i'm just getting started and that the best is yet to come! #cheers!

special thanks to @howdybrandon for capturing these moments and sticking it out with nine ladies (plus champagne). it was pretty cold for us southern gals, but despite the weather not cooperating, it was a blast! i laughed my whole way through with these beautiful ladies! #goodtimes

currently on my playlist (and everyone else's!): all i want for christmas is you by Mariah

cheers from AUSTIN! 

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ladies in red. @heykailymae // @thetrendytomboy // JD // @stylebeacon

mad for plaid. @theautumngirl_ // @byhilaryrose

metallic sequin goodness. @kaleymargaret // @its.me.haylee // @daniaustin

Kaily // heykailymae.com

dress | Express lace mock neck sheath dress in red
shoes (similar) | Sole Society tiia in black  
clutch (similar) | Kayu velvet clutch in black

 Meg // theautumngirl.com

top (similar) | J.Crew plaid popover shirt 
skirt | Express leather pencil skirt in black
booties | Vince Camuto felina bootie in black leather

Hilary // byhilaryrose.com

top | Old Navy classic flannel shirt in red tartan
skirt | ASOS tulle prom skirt in navy
clutch | Rebecca Minkoff leo clutch in anthracite
shoes | BCBG Generation tamerra in red suede

Dani // thedaniaustin.com

jumpsuit (similar) | Nasty Gal glamorous cameron satin jumpsuit
shoes | Sam Edelman synthia sandal in black suede
bag | DVF 440 envelope clutch in shimmer sand

Kaley // myclosetlife.com

dress (similar) | similar 1 // similar 2 // similar 3 // similar 4
shoes (similar) | similar 1 // similar 2
earrings (similar) | similar 1 // similar 2

dress | MSK halter pleated maxi dress (old) -- similar with gold accents // similar in metallic // similar with a v-neck // similar // similar // similar with sleeves
shoes | Stuart Weitzman nudistsong in adobe patent (comes in different widths too!) -- similar / similar 
bag | Kate Landry pyramid metal hardframe clutch (old) -- similar // similar // similar from Target 
earringsKendra Scott quincy delicate earrings in crackle crystal (old) -- similar
bracelet | Etsy pave link bracelet -- similar from BaubleBar
rings c/o | Gorjana shimmer stacking ring set in gold
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nailsessie gel couture in pre snow jitters

happy holidays from AUSTIN, TX, 
JD