jdc turns four

nothing worthwile is ever easy.

in theory, i couldn't think of a better way than celebrating FOUR years of jannadoan dot com (JDC) with @theory__! #nopunintended. being able to work with Theory was one of the handful of highlights/life's little victories lately. til this day, i am still pinching myself with thoughts of "is this real life right now?" a brand so selective, streamlined, minimal, SO luxe and classy wanted to work with me?! SAY WHAT? i thought the email was addressed to the wrong person for a second. #grateful. what a year it has been. lots of breaks were taken, but in the end here i am still chugging/typing/snapping away four years // 1,460 days later. (insert huge grin). my reflections, janna-style after the jump. 

it's ironic that i call myself a fashion blogger because i don't keep up with trends that much. as a woman in her 30s i realize that not all trends are for me. i dabble in some but most trends have me scratching my head. i know i'm not the only one. the fanny pack has always been questionable to me. actually, very questionable unless it's the 70s and you're a dad/mom going to a theme park, but even then! enter a belt bag. now this i can get on board with but it's NOT functional. it's sleek, minimal, and zero space for anything because the point is, you don't want it to look chunky. you want it to be there without actually being there. ya feel me?! i have nothing in it in the photos below haha (i hope someone is reading this).

instead of buying a belt bag, i got creative and made my own with items i already had. it's actually a crossbody bag (see it styled here), i removed the leather strap and used a minaudiere gold chain to strap it onto me. VOILA. not gonna lie, it was a genius moment i'm pretty proud of. paired with a silk jogger style jumpsuit? (#protip: if you have #shortgirlproblems like me, avoid hemming pant jumpsuits with a jogger style one that cuffs at the bottom). this is as trendy as it is gonna get here on JDC. lastly, the silk of Theory is unlike any other silk i've touched. it's so soft, smooth, comfy that i actually want to sleep in it. i guess it would be wrong to sleep a $300+ jumpsuit. there has to be a market for Theory pjs.

currently on my playlist: whatever it takes by Imagine Dragons

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kudos to all the other women doing the same out there. it. ain't. easy. i mean it looks easy and glamorous but it's the exact opposite. and i don't even have a child! so kudos to blogger moms out there holding it down!! it takes a few things i have to highlight below in bullet format, because... you know how i roll. 

  1. confidence -- the ability to do your THANG no matter what. as a shy person by nature, i will shoot photos in the middle of places with high traffic if i have to. it takes some dang confidence to have other people either stare, laugh, honk, (insert other verbs) at you. #awkward. not everyone can do it so i give myself some major credit here. also, the ability to attend events when you might not know anyone. that takes guts, i don't care what anyone says. one of my mottos is "suit up and show up." figuratively and literally.

  2. courage -- in a world where everyone is trying to keep up with the latest and be the greatest, it's hard not to lose sight of YOU and your purpose. by this i don't necessarily mean have the courage to be different but have the courage to be you. seems pretty DUH, but in 2018, it must be said.

  3. persistence -- the ability to push through and strive to do your best; even when everything seems to be going wrong/backwards or when people bring you down. it's like walking through mud (or a better analogy is pushing a lawn mower through wet grass). it's not fun, is futile, and makes you question what the heck you're doing. but if you have the drive & passion, put those blinders on (or really oversized sunglasses) and keep going my friend. #cantstopwontstop, ya know?!

  4. planning -- i never thought i would need to consider what side a building faces and where the sun will be at a certain time on it. also planning way in advance i.e., shooting fall stuff in 100F weather, or planning IG posts/blog posts, content creation. the planning never stops.

  5. appreciation -- of the five, this will get you the farthest. defined as: the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. expressing appreciation and gratitude to those who helped me get to where i am today and believed in me enough to give me an opportunity is something i never lose sight of. and besides, it's just really who i am.

through life, i've been told that it is important to always take a step back and reflect. it's hard to find the time these days especially with the 2018-pace-of-life. but when you do, you'll realize HOW far you've come, what you've accomplished, what you've learned along the way. bottom line: it fills you with #GRATITUDE. we can always use more of that, am i right?! i'm a firm believer that a little gratitude leads to greatness. to be honest, the past year has not been the most fruitful for my site on all accounts -- amounts made on commission, traffic, social media, brand collaborations etc... everything has actually declined and gone downhill. my followers have remained stagnant, i've made less in commissions, constantly rejected by brands, and my traffic is at an all time low. however, it would be remiss if i didn't acknowledge the things that i did accomplish: this past year i signed and negotiated my first PAID sponsorships! WAH HOO! i mean only took this long! haha. i created my first invoice. OH, how can i forget?! I FILMED and EDITED MY FIRST YOUTUBE video (i know... i only uploaded ONE and i'm really behind on others) but that's a huge accomplishment and i'm sticking to it. cheers y'all! xx

mixing satin with silk (which is probably a fashion faux pas but i'm doing it anyways!)

mixing satin with silk (which is probably a fashion faux pas but i'm doing it anyways!)

jumpsuit c/o | Theory silk combo jumpsuit in black (wearing size small for reference, also available in fuschia) -- was also torn between this one
bag | ZARA mini crossbody bag in white (old) + gold chain -- an actual belt bag // love this half moon one! // similar
shoesMadden Girl bella block heel sandal in black -- same shoe at DSW // similar at Target for $30 // similar but shorter heel
earrings | Kendra Scott diane earrings in gold -- newer design and smaller // available in matte colored as well
sunglassesSonix avalon 57mm retro sunglasses in black -- same in tortoise and on sale! // similar by Le Specs // love these
ringsGorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold

#cantstopwontstop,
JD

photo credit: Madeline Harper
a post done in collaboration with 
Theory.
jumpsuit provided by Theory, 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. 

an austin blogger galentine's day

february. the month of L<3VE.

excited to share this galentine's photoshoot with y'all! if you're looking for some valentine's day inspo, look no further. these Austin bloggers have you covered from head to toe (that's how we ROLL). i love how each gal brings something different to the table in terms of personality and fashion. i admire all these ladies and blessed to call them my friends. though i've only known them a few months, i have a feeling it is just the beginning of some great and much needed friendships in my life. if you told me two years ago that i would get to shoot something like this with some fabulous bloggers, i would have totally laughed. chyeaaaa rightttt.. ! this brings me to one of Michelle's // @stylebeacon quote i read on her page, "Be patient. You never know what’s on the horizon and life can surprise you in many beautiful ways. #beaconisms"

for this i choose to go non-traditional with a black mesh wide leg jumpsuit. i can't stress how much a jumpsuit always wins. the only one-piece power suit you need to feel super confident. the mesh detail adds a little something and i added some pops of red lips, nails and some statement hoops!

lastly, single or taken this valentine's day -- remember that it's all about that #selflove. 
one of my blogger friends Amber // @everyonceinastyle wrote this post on how to be single during the holidays but it really applies everyday. all my single ladies must check it out!

currently on my playlist: i hope you dance by Lee Ann Womack

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the beatles. blogger style. i say a pretty good shot despite tripping and being flashed at by a stranger. (true story).

Hilary // byhilaryrose.com

Hilary is blogger i followed way back in the day. at an event last year, i went up to say hi to her (i'm shy btw). she recognized me and introduced me to all her blogger friends; the rest is history! #thankfulforher. i am a fan of her affordable style (i want everything in her closet) and her happy go lucky personality which is totally infectious! i may be buying that hot pink dress soon…!

pink dress | ASOS cold shoulder with ruffle in pink
lilac dressElizabeth and James leonie dress from Rent the Runway
necklace | Kendra Scott isabella choker necklace in ivory zellige
clutch | Diane von Furstenberg evil eye miniaudiere from Rent the Runway
shoes | Steve Madden carrson sandal in sand suede

Haylee // itsmehaylee.com

Haylee is the queen of makeup & hair, and… not to mention, she knows how to work the camera (please teach me your ways Haylee!!). i love how she took a mauve bodycon dress and layered it with a lace cami! and that lip color… i know i can't rock that!

dress | Charlotte Russe crushed velvet wrap dress -- similar
top | boohoo lace high neck -- similar
earrings | similar 1 // similar 2
clutch | similar 1 // similar 2
shoes | similar 1 // similar 2
lips | NYX liquid suede cream lipstick in sway
eyes | MAC eyeshadow palette in purple times nine

Dani // thedaniaustin.com

Dani is the cutest thing! you should see her instastories! i love how she went with a burgundy one shoulder dress with pink lace up heels and dressed it up with a classy statement clutch. i know, aren't those earrings so pretty on her? i might have bought some. gosh, these blogger friends..! 

dress | Sincerely Jules everly one shoulder cotton dress in burgundy
earrings | BaubleBar crispin drops in light pink
shoes | Steve Madden christey wrap around ankle tie sandal in light pink
clutch | YSL monogram quilted envelope clutch in black
watch | Michele deco diamond dial two tone watch

Michelle // stylebeacon.com

Michelle is the business-boss lady of the bunch and such an easy person to talk to. i feel like I can talk to her about anything. Michelle's dress is a dream. she is rocking the off the shoulder with a drop peplum-ish hem. plus, she is perfect in each frame. #iwishiwas.

dress | For Love & Lemons clemence off shoulder dress in tiramisu
shoes | Elaine Turner juliet in black suede
earrings | Kendra Scott danielle filigree
clutch | Elaine Turner hazel quilted foldover clutch in black

Kaley // myclosetlife.com

there is a never a dull moment with Kaley. Kaley makes me laugh until it hurts and i love her for that! forget needing to work out them abs when you're hanging out with her! #itslikeaworkout. she adds life to each party and knows no stranger. Kaley adds her own style to this ballerina dress with a silk scarf and some black lace ups!

dress | free people ballet punk set 
scarf | Vintage find in Lebanon! -- similar 1 // similar 2

 Meg // theautumngirl.com

this is Meg's first pleated skirt. #notthelast. i cannot tell you how happy that makes me! i love how she went with a mini and paired it with a sexy white blouse (i may need this too!). she coordinated this whole shoot, thanks so much girl! 

top | ASOS clean pajama blouse with pocket detail in ivory
skirt | boohoo metallic pleated mini in red
earrings | gorjana kelsi ear jackets
necklace | similar
bag | Kelly Wynne halo in polynesian pearl
shoes | Sam Edelman yardley in camel suede

Jess // uptownfashionbyjess.com

Jess is a stylist so she always keeps up with the latest! i am so thankful she didn't leave me in the dark and wore black with me #nopunintended. but her maxi is so valentine appropriate because of the roses and the movement on that dress is just magical!

dress | Lovers & Friends golden ray maxi in rose print
earrings | Kendra Scott alex earrings in black
shoes | similar

jumpsuit | BCBG Generation mesh panel jumpsuit in black -- similar with cut outs // similar and avail in red // similar with a cold shoulder // similar with lace long sleeves
earrings | BaubleBar dianne hoops
bag | Chanel boy wallet on chain in red caviar leather -- similar
shoes | Michael Kors carla sandal in black (old) -- similar 1 // similar 2
bracelet c/o The PeachBox roman empress bangle in 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 (sold out) -- similar
lips | Christian Louboutin velvet matte lip color in rouge 001M -- similar in a matte liquid
nails | Smith & Cult polish in kundalini hustle

happy GALENTINES DAY!,
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill
venue: Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood
balloons c/o: The Balloon Bar

the indigo wide leg jumpsuit

warning: there are a lot of pictures ahead. 

can't. get. enough. of. this. jumpsuit!! this was a fun shoot, mainly because the weather was cool that morning (finally!!!), so no crazy hair and the location/lighting was perfect. oh, and the first thing my photographer said was, "WOW, you look like you're 6' tall!" thumbs up to that. except the truth is, i'm really only 5' (ok, plus 2.5" LOL)... #reallife. it's the heel + platform combo. IMO (in my opinion) any heels that have a platform are much more comfortable/wearable than those that aren't elevated. now (and again IMO), platforms don't go with everything, especially when you're going for a really streamlined/sleek look due to the "chunky" heel. since these are wide leg pants, it didn't really matter because you can't really see the shoes. since my last post on the black jumpsuit, i was on the hunt for a wide leg one! i LOVE this one from ASOS due to many reasons: the top detail (fold over hem + high neck fit), the back detail (bow tie), the indigo color, price (on sale!!), and last but not least, the pockets! truly a great addition to my wardrobe (that is growing exponentially as i type this). eeppp. 

hope y'all have a great weekend and thanks for reading! xoxo.

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jumpsuit | ASOS Warehouse high neck jumpsuit in indigo (although many sizes are sold out, keep checking because it'll eventually come back in stock) / also loving the black & white one / v-neck wide leg in all black
shoes | Michael Kors carla sandal in taupe (one of my fave platform heels, i also have them in black....) / similar ankle strap / more current version from MK (and on sale!)
bag | Kate Landry pyramid metal hardframe clutch (old) -- also really liking the Rebecca Minkoff hex miniaudiere in gold caviar (and on sale!)
earrings | BaubleBar pearl pin up drops (basically, i couldn't resist these!! featured in my current lemmings recently. i think i need to stop doing these kinds of posts!!!)
bracelet | BaubleBar network cuff
rings | BaubleBar pearl crown ring in gold (on sale!) / BaubleBar diana midi ring in gold / etsy stacking & midi rings
lips | MAC lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the wide leg jumpsuit like nobody's biznazzz,
JD

the jumpsuit

jumped outta my comfort zone into a jumpsuit... ! 

happy thursday! for this shoot i pulled out my first jumpsuit... (eep!) what's fashion (or anything for that matter) if you don't step out of your comfort zone every now and then? let's just start off by saying... these things are not the most flattering to wear due to the top and bottom being all in one piece. not to mention the inseam, thigh and hip area. that's probably why i don't see many women wear them. regardless, i've come to the conclusion that all you need to rock a jumpsuit is one thing... CONFIDENCE (that and a good tailor!). a woman who wears a jumpsuit is usually FIERCELY struttin' her stuff like no one else. advice: don't ever mess with a woman in a jumpsuit. ever. okay, but seriously, i encourage you to try it! i liked this one due to the simplicity, pleats, pockets, price, it also came with a belt but that didn't do anything for me... so i cut the belt loops off and did without it all together. nonetheless, this won't be my last jumpsuit.

ok, let's talk about this lipstick shall we? and the answer is no, you can never have too many! this was the first lipstick made by TATCHA, so... that was the justification for purchase. it was a limited edition edition lipstick in the color Kyoto Red, TATCHA only made so many for the debut earlier this spring, but apparently, it was so popular that there is now a waitlist! looks like more is to come, so sign yourself up here. this is an elegant red for every skintone and described as "...featherweight formula combines brilliant pigments with silk and botanical extracts for a uniquely long-wearing matte finish, with a deeply hydrating texture." on me, this is the most beautiful bright red-orange. let me add, the packaging on this lipstick is EXQUISITE. it's a hefty black lacquer packaging that surpasses Tom Ford's lipstick packaging! this is one of the reasons why i love TATCHA -- their packaging game is on point.  

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jumpsuit | Forever21 chiffon pleated jumpsuit (sold out) -- similar with lace!
shoes | LuLu's elsi single strap heels in black suede
bag | CHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin
sunglasses | Express sunglasses (old and a dupe of the Tom Ford islay sunglasses) -- more round 
earrings | Kendra Scott tima studs in gold
necklace | BaubleBar showgirl fringe crystal strand in clear
rings | etsy stacking rings
bracelet | BaubleBar athena grid cuff
lips | TATCHA silk lipstick in kyoto red

rock the jumpsuit,
JD