the snakeskin print wrap dress

snakeskin print first timer.

entering new territory with snakeskin print! it’s as if @AnnTaylor knew i was venturing into more animal print because they sent me their snakeskin print wrap dress BEFORE their capsule collection launched on 03/13/2019! i know, who am i to even get first dibs?! life is crazy y’all. sometimes i just don’t know how to put in words how awesome it is. i digress. snakeskin print was my last print to try because it’s a little intimidating to me. as with all animal print, the print has to be perfect, this comes down to the actual print itself (duh) AND color. so that’s why it’s tough to find the perfect animal print in anything for me (and because i’m picky)! Ann Taylor did a fabulous job with the capsule collection because the print is SO SUBTLE and the neutral colors have all my girlfriends screaming YAS! the wrap dress is perfect (not too short or long, isn’t too low). now it’s not a true wrap dress which i LOVE, it zips in the back and has an outside sash you can tie into a bow if that makes sense. i love how it flows and chose to style it casually with some white sneakers, a white bag, and layered with a denim jacket. overall, i’d say a huge win on all accounts. you can also wear it dressy with some heels; i would probably go white or grey! caution, lots of photos after the jump because this was a FUN shoot!

side ramblings: i think i’m still recovering from #SXSW. something about being out for hours is tiring on my 34 year old body haha. but nonetheless, it was a complete BLAST. it’s always crazy and last minute but sometimes rolling with it is the way to go! it was so much fun seeing everyone in the midst of the craze, networking, and making new friends. weekend two consisted of a facial & skincare consult by @AnneedeMamiel at the @goop pop-up and it was AMAZING. she has a 3-YR wait-list so i felt really lucky to even be in her presence while she evaluated my skin and i left with a full treatment plan! followed by meeting the gals at @brahmin at the @goop pop-up and Rachael Ray with her curated line @wearmoxiemade, checked out the @wrangler’s icons release (some of my friends were models in their campaign!!). supported my gals at the @KendraScott influencer panel and met @everydaypursuits // Ashley Torres! whew!! see you next year #SXSW!

nailed it after 20 tries and stopping traffic all while laughing hysterically. life is GOOD. haha

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shlepping around all the outfits and looking for spots to shoot (with coffee of course). typical weekend of JD. haha

dress c/o | Ann Taylor snakeskin print wrap dress (wearing size 00, yup it actually fit! Ann Taylor and LOFT sizing is running large these days so i take a 0 or XS there, however if it was a more fitted dress i probably wouldn’t fit the 00, hope this helps someone!) — love this pleated skirt (of course) // and this mock top // yes to these slip on mules // similar // similar by Reformation
bag | Henri Bendel warren street chain shoulder bag in white (old and they shut their doors earlier this year #sad) — similar 1 // similar 2
shoes | Keds ace leather sneakers in white — same but with rose gold detail // same but with glitter detail // similar // similar // similar and love the platform on these // similar by Cole Haan and on sale for $90
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket (old) — newer version // newer version but darker wash // similar but oversized // similar but oversized and distressed
earrings | Kendra Scott emmett matte statement earrings in white — similar in metal // similar but mixed
rings | Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold
bracelet | GUESS twisted metal cuff in silver — similar and a set of three

rock all the snakeskin print,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter
dress provided by Ann Taylor, all opinions are my own.


#SWSW2019

floral on floral

can it be fall already?!

well, it's almost september but we're still in the triple digits in TX, #halp. fall fashion is in full swing on every retail site and it's really dreadful to look at sweaters right now... there is no secret that fall fashion is my JAM, can't wait. but until then i'll settle for this floral print strapless dress (with pockets!). this is actually my second RED dress. it's a tad nuts actually. i never wear red dresses because i find them to be too dressy. the floral print toned down the red and i'm a sucker for all tie-front-anything! 

side ramblings: shout out to my friend Jane // @atasteofkoko who launched her retail shop shop.atasteofkoko.com, of course she celebrated by putting together the #museumofdonuts this past weekend full of instagram-able moments! #donutgetmestarted. so young and such a freaking BOSS i love it! the @sephora appreciation sale is going on right now and the BEST time to stock up on some favorites or try something new! i'm all about saving money so RARELY do i ever buy any skincare products at regular price. #protip: always wait for a sale/coupon code and stock up on items you love because every little bit counts! here are some new skincare products i'm looking to try for the first time: Drunken Elephant virgin marula luxury facial oil and the BIOSSANCE squalane + phyto-retinol serum (curious about this plant-based retinol, i've never used retinol before but this would be a good start since it seems to be WAY less harsh). things i'm re-stocking on are: SK-II facial treatment lotion (used in conjunction with my HG SK-II facial treatment essence), and my fave dry shampoo Bumble & Bumble dry spun (not labeled as a dry shampoo but does the exact job as one without an overpowering smell!). 

currently on my playlist: moving on by Mat Kearney

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the floral cut out dress

another IT summer dress!

it's been a full day of yard work and i'm exhausted but it feels so good to wind down with a glass of wine to put this one together #inmyelement. we're about dresses here on JDC. last year one of my favorite summer purchases was this striped cut out dress. so of course when the floral design came out this year, this one somehow made its way to my closet. still unsure how but i ain't mad about it. :D jokes aside, it's on the pricey side. but i'm one of those people.. if i like it that much, i'm gonna buy it. and in multiple colors or prints. this dress, no exception. it has pockets, and most cutouts require you to wear some sort of sticky bra or petals, this one does not! whoo hoo! 

side ramblings: I MET MAT KEARNEY! i had a night last week that blew my mind away. my lil blogger sis, @simplyyvan (AKA: concert queen) bought me a VIP ticket for my december bday to meet Mat K! she's the sweetest, ain't she? anyways, got to roll VIP with her and with standing room only at Stubb's, we took advantage of getting there early and were upfront and CENTER! normally i'm not a crowd person so i always hang in the back. BUT WOW, what an experience!!! now i'm all about being upfront with the crowd despite being packed in like sardines. but i danced the night away in my tiny lil space and left with the best feeling. it's a night i'll never forget. i actually don't have many photos or video to show because i spent all of it just soaking it in! as much as i love capturing moments, sometimes it's just better be to be fully present and enjoy the momentMat K is my favorite artist for so many reasons. he can sing, he can write, awesome music & beats, but his music got me through some rough times. his lyrics have so much meaning/depth and extremely relatable no matter what you're going through in life. i mean how cool is that to touch the lives of people in that way?! too bad i can't sing and i can't play an instrument to save my life. (hence the fashion blog). 

i also attended Austin Fashion Week #AFW this past weekend! i always love being in the midst of fashion especially with others who are wayyyyy more fashionable than myself. photos and a recap to come next week. thanks for stopping by, y'all have a good one now. xx

currently on my playlist: face to face by Mat Kearney 

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5'2" short y'all.

because most of the time i don't know what to do. LOL. 

this was steven's idea... :D

dress | Bardot ibiza cut out midi dress in floral (currently 25% off!) -- same style in checkered print // similar from Express // similar from Express but shorter // similar but striped and with sleeves by Madewell // similar from F21 // similar in lemon print from ASOS 
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket
shoes | Target Merona marcella low block heel ankle strap sandals in tan (old) -- similar // similar but suede
bagUrban Outfitters circle straw crossbody bag (fits iphone8+) -- similar with handles but smaller // similar // love this basket tote
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana -- newer design // similar by Le Specs
earrings c/o | BaubleBar mini granita tassel earrings in ivory -- original longer version
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace 
ringsKendra Scott theodore open ring in white pearl via Color Bar -- similar // Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (old) -- similar by Stella & Dot

rock all the cutouts,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter


@matkearney x CRAZYTALK tour @stubbsaustin // 04.05.18

meet & greet with Mat K // THAT CLOSE
selfie with Mat K // featured on his INSTA

LIFE IS SO GOOD because i'm cheesin' SO HARD!

day to night in a lace shift dress

shifting this shift dress from day to night! #nopunintended

high five to my first yellow dress and my first time working with one of my favorite brands -- @bananarepublic! when i received this lace shift dress i knew i wanted to style it two ways; day and night (one of my favorite types of posts!). i love pieces that you can grab from your closet for a casual day or a night out. in my opinion, those are the most versatile pieces of clothing that are worth every penny! plus it is fun to get creative and see how you can style them both ways. 

i am slowly embracing more color into my life and the yellow of this Banana Republic leaf lace shift dress makes me so happy (also avail in white)! it is a great piece for summertime, the shift-fit is forgiving, and the lace makes it such an easy piece to transition from a dressy to a casual look in a matter of seconds. dress it up with some white pumps and a fun white bag (i love this one with the lemon charms!). wear it casual style with some flat sandals and a denim jacket and w a rattan/straw bag. either way that you choose, you can't go wrong! 

side happenings: finally getting over this nasty bug i've had for almost a MONTH! i was so miserable! #aintnobodygottimeforthat. austin fashion week #AFW2017 was a complete BLAST! i feel so grateful for many things i my life and i cannot wait to share photos and a recap -- COMING SOON! 

currently on my playlist: stay by Zedd & Alessia Cara

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dress c/o | Banana Republic leaf lace shift dress in yellow (also available in white)
jacketOld Navy denim jacket -- similar but darker wash 
bag | ZARA mini crossbody bag in white -- similar but colorblocked // J.Crew Factory rattan clutch in natural pale gold -- similar
shoes | ZARA vinyl d'orsay heels in white (old) -- similar // Sam Edelman gigi sandal in saddle leather -- similar from Target
necklaceetsy monogram necklace in dearest daddy initials (1.25" and 20" chain) -- similar by BaubleBar // similar in acrylic
earrings | Kendra Scott sky earrings in white pearl (old) -- larger version // similar
sunglassesCeline tilda sunglasses in dark tortoise -- similar but more cateye (great brand, really fits well!)
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold (on sale!) -- avail in rose gold
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (old) -- similar by Kate Spade // similar off Etsy
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
lips | MAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the lace shift dress, 
JD

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

how to wear a pleated skirt casual style

yes, i know it's another pleated skirt. 

something about pleats and midis. i can't help myself. here on JDC i have styled all pleated skirts in a dressy way. so... to justify this purchase i needed to style it casually. haha. self challenge accepted. you need five things (you probably already own all these!):

  1. bright colored pleated skirt -- great spring/summer piece
  2. v-neck white tee -- this one is very soft and not too low or too see through
  3. flat sandals -- i have worn these so much.. they have seen better days
  4. denim jacket -- great layering addition. i really should buy another one...
  5. fun straw tote -- new to my closet and i am obsessed. it was quite the "investment" but i have wanted one for over a year now and decided to splurge!

side happenings: so. much. happening. first, so humbled to featured on the Rank & Style blogger spotlight! Rank & Style features Top 10 lists for beauty and fashion, those are always fun and easy reads. as a lipstick addict, i completely agree on their Top 10 Lipsticks Worth Splurging On. second, it has always been a dream of mine to attend New York Fashion Week #NYFW so tickets have finally been bought. it is so official now! i cannot for all the shenanigans and to meet all my insta-gals! Austin Fashion Week #AFW is also creeping up pretty soon and i can't wait to share my experience on that. life is pretty crazy right now (in a good way). #someonepinchme. i will also be attending a derby next weekend!!! my very FIRST! can't wait. lastly, the Sprinkles cupcake of the month is a lemon meringue and it is bomb. 

currently on my playlist: something just like this by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay

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top | Madewell whisper cotton v-neck pocket tee in white (avail in eight colors!)
jacket Old Navy denim jacket -- similar but darker wash 
skirt | ASOS pleated midi skirt in lilac (goes in and out of stock) -- really love this bright colorblocked one! // available in blush
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
sunglassesCeline tilda sunglasses in dark tortoise -- similar but more cateye (great brand, really fits well!)
earrings | Kendra Scott sky earrings in white pearl (old) -- larger version // similar
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace -- similar 
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold (on sale!) -- avail 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 (sold out) -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar 
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the pleated skirt, casually!,
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill

the leopard print skirt

feelin' a little leopard print. 

if you're thinking leopard print isn't for you... i hope you change your mind! i use to feel the same way! i was like animal print? no thank you. i also think the love for leopard print comes with age as well. but as with anything, start small. for me, it was a scarf. then a pair of pointed toe pumps... then, i went out on a limb with this skirt. when it came in i was sure i wasn't going to be able to wear it and almost returned it. but my curiosity got the best of me and i decided to see if i could style it despite my thoughts. thank goodness, because i LOVE IT! it is a unique piece due to pattern (i'm so picky when it comes to animal print!), material, and the tie waist adds such a feminine touch to this classic piece. 

i even had more fun styling it two ways: casually and dressy as seen below. for a casual look throw on a denim jacket (i also couldn't resist trying the brooch + denim jacket combo) and some slip ons (did i mention a great travel shoe too?!!). for a dressy look ditch the jacket and go for a pair of pointed toe pumps! 

tips on how to wear leopard print:

  • wear in small doses -- don't pair leopard print with more leopard print. less is more. 
  • goes the BEST with solid black. 
  • keep the jewelry and lipstick minimal. 
  • sleek hair vs. big wavy curls.

what are your favorite ways to wear leopard print? 

side note: ACL festivities kicked off with a Simon Mall event at the Domain, check out some pictures here complete with a floral AND donut wall! i had a blast being re-united with some of my blogger gals and made some new friends. some of the players (linked their beautiful insta feeds): @byhilaryrose / @polkadotsandgintx / @jessecoulter@heykailymae / @atasteofkoko / @jesskatt123 / @nvrwolipstick / @sarah_thebella / @littlebittyinthecity. ALSO, i attended ACL on Saturday for the first time ever! whatttt?!? who am i?! now i can officially call myself a true Austinite! ha, overall, an experience and maybe i'll go again next year depending on the line up. 

currently on my playlist: this girl by Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners 

casual

dressy

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skirt | J.Crew tie waist skirt in leopard print -- same version now avail at Nordstrom / similar 
top | ASOS New Look roll neck top in black -- similar but ribbed / similar but cold shoulder / similar from H&M
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket -- love this one from J.Crew
brooch | Banana Republic artison balloon brooch -- similar in the eiffel tower!
casual shoes | Forever21 slip ons in black (old) -- similar but perforated / similar but quilted / similar from Target
dressy shoes | Jimmy Choo abel patent pump in black -- similar by Ivanka Trump / similar / similar
bagCHANEL 2.55 classic double flap bag in black lambskin -- similar / similar / similar
sunglassesCeline caty sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | Forever21 faux pearl ear jackets
rings | Gorjana candice CZ ring in gold / Etsy stacking & midi rings / BaubleBar gemini pearl ring
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | Sephora formula x nail polish in taken by storm (limited edition collection in collaboration with Atlantic Pacific)

rock the leopard print,
JD

the floral ruffled dress & denim jacket

slowin' it down with some floral boho vibes.

y'all, it is getting HOT in TEXAS!!! summer isn't even in full swing yet and i'm a sweaty betty. not sure how i will be taking photos during the summer again, early shoots are such a pain. i wish i lived up north, when it's cold, you can layer. but when it's hot, there is only so much you can take off.... like they say... you always want what you can't have. and when you have it you want more. #WORD

this floral dress c/o The Mint Julep Boutique is a great choice for those hot summer days. check out their instagram @shopthemint for bright, boho style spring/summer dresses! this one in particular is strappy, v-neck and v-back, loose (i'm all about the loosey-goosey), a ruffled hem (yep, i twirled in it), and it's a floral print. check x 6. i choose to give this outfit some more springtime love with a denim jacket; my FIRST, whattt? i know. it's insane how i live in TX and went so long without one. it makes a good layer for the cold indoor coffee shops/restaurants. the long necklace (borrowed from mama bear; she's so stylish) also added a little something and the cognac leather accessories fit right in. 

side note: if you haven't seen The Jungle Book, you need to!
"look for the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, forget about your worries and your strife...." i mean who remembers watching this on... VHS?!!!!

currently on my playlist: it's just a little crush by Jennifer Paige 

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dress c/o | The Mint Julep Boutique drawn together dress 
jacket | Old Navy denim jacket -- similarsimilar but darker wash / similar
bag | Coach station bag in cognac (vintage find) -- similar
shoes | Sam Edelman gigi sandals in saddle leather (favorite summer sandals!) -- similargladiator lace ups 
sunglassesCoach casey sunglasses in dark turquoise -- similar / loving these
earrings | Kendra Scott tessa studs in clear
necklace | Kendra Scott rayne necklace in ivory mother of pearl (borrowed from mama!)
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold -- check out this one with a MINT face!
bracelet | BaubleBar elephant chain bracelet in gold (old) -- similar
ringsBaubleBar tri bar ring (sold out) / BaubleBar diana midi ring / BaubleBar ice chevron midi ring / Etsy stacking & midi rings
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the floral dress... and twirl in it,
JD

A post done in collaboration with The Mint Julep Boutique.