the smocked two piece set

the two piece life.

don’t get me wrong, i love a good one piece. but i ALSO love a good two piece. oh why you say? because it takes the thinking out of matching a top and bottom when you wear the two together, and you can also wear them as separates! that’s #winning in my opinion. smocked details have been all the rage lately and it’s an intimidating textured fabric. oh why you say? because it really HUGS you. everywhere. this is actually one that’s out of my comfort zone because rarely will you see me wearing anything this fitted OR short. BUT this two piece is actually covering a lot in fashion — it’s two pieces, smocked, 3/4 ruched sleeves (that I actually took down to wear as an off the shoulder, see sixth picture), and the skirt has a tiered ruffle hem too. i love ALL the above. it was a windy as heck day (just my luck) so on top of being uncomfortable, Steven mentioned that i have some pretty good stoic faces. he always encourages me to do different things and tries to bring the “model” out in me haha. either way, as you can tell, it was a blast. with people laughing at me as well. of course. lastly, you do need the bag. it sold out pretty quickly but back with a rainbow tassel now that is also removable. i say it’s a good Clare V alice dupe for WAY cheaper.

side ramblings: let’s see… it’s been a while. but oh ya girl was offered a side “modeling” gig for some local Austin brands!! say whaaaa?! haha. i know, i’m pretty dang lucky though. honestly, the easiest money i’ve made and it was so chill and fun (that’s all that matters). i thought to myself, “dang janna, you get to do a lot of pretty cool things.” life is good. OH, i chopped my hair with my gal @elizabeth.jane.hair. by chopped i mean 3” which is the equivalent to feeling like 6” on a person who has #longhairprobs. diggin’ the new do tho! also, i tried a hot stone massage!! i was always intimidated by them, but the stones don’t actually sit on you (as the photos always depict), the masseuse uses it while they’re massaging you. needless to say i’ll be getting this add-on every time i go to @massagesway! use code “JANNA20” to receive 20% off. and ask for my guy James!! he da man. lastly, the @rachelparcell x @nordstrom collection launched last week! while the collection features more dressy pieces i managed to pick up a casual ruffle dress that sold out within a few hours. will show y’all soon! xx

currently listening to: sucker by Jonas Brothers

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two piece c/o | Red Dress Boutique sea to sky two piece set in light blue striped — similar but red orange! // similar but red // similar but strapless // similar and not as tight
shoes | Treasure & Bond sannibel platform wedge sandal in tan leather — similar by Target for $35 // similar and love these by Sam Edelman // similar but lower
bag | Nordstrom joni circular raffia totesimilar by L’Space // similar // similar for $40
earrings c/o | BaubleBar mini pinata tassel earrings in white (old, are these even still IN? idk but i’m wearing them anyways! haha) — newer style
necklaces | Amanda Deer satellite choker in gold // Anthropologie monogram pendant necklace 
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana (my fave sunnies!) — newer design // love these for $99
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   

rock all the two-pieces,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter

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 striped cut out summer dress

just cut. it. out.

i posted a quick photo of this on instagram a few weeks ago, the engagement was outrageous so i had to document it. this is my second cut out dress to date. it's really hard to find a good cut out dress that is not showing too much skin. the first one was a LBD + bomber jacket style (hello epic twirl). with cut outs sometimes it is hard to find a good fit because they can usually be too large or in an undesired place. when this came out, i immediately jumped on it. it sold out the next few days! goodness. i've worn it twice and every time, i get a dozen compliments on it. the cut out is in a perfect spot, it actually keeps you really cool #TEMPwise too!, linen-ish material, it has pockets, it is striped, and... my favorite part is actually the knotted detail. #knotkidding. the only downside is that it can snag pretty easy so you gotta be a little careful with it. and YES, i've already snagged it. LOL. 

new to JDC: HATS. i think i have decided to become a hat person!! what do you think?!?! the truth is i've always wanted to be a hat person and for 32 years of my life i never really wore hats because i did not think they looked right on me. but my good blogger friend over in Florida, Jen // @mrsjenfrick (featured on this post!), convinced me i need to give the hat another try before completely saying goodbye to it. soooo glad i did (thanks Jen!). back in the days of trying to be a hat person i bought this straw fedora, i dusted it off #literally and brought it to this shoot. even Brandon (amazing photographer) said it went perfectly -- from a guy y'all! next hat purchase shall be a camel colored felt/wool fedora.

lastly, a shout out to Jen // mrsjenfrick.com, whom i talk to on almost a regular basis, not only about blogging but life in general. she is always the most encouraging individual who always makes my day! she cheers me on and is very supportive. i haven't met Jen in person, but i certainly will one day! she also recently became a CHIC mommy too! you can probably tell why we are good friends... we styled this outfit exactly the same. we have the same exact sandals (which mine have seen better days) prior to the dress, except she has the cutest #signature dimples, and she is my inspo for the hat (i love her boater hat!) Jen, you're the best, thanks for being in my life!

hope y'all had a fun Easter weekend. i'm gearing up for a really busy week ahead with coffee in hand! as always, thanks for stopping by xoxo. 

currently on my playlist: stay by Zedd & Alessia Cara

meet my beautiful blogger friend Jen // @mrsjenfrick

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her dimples!! more style inspo on mrsjenfrick.com

dress | Bardot ibizia stripe bow cotton front dress -- same sold at REVOLVE // sold at Lord & Taylor // similar but in gigham and only $23 // similar but solid and avail in three colors!
shoesSam Edelman gigi sandal in saddle leather -- similar from Target
hat | H&M wide brim straw hat (old) -- simila from ASOS // similar from GAP
bag | Celine micro luggage tote in navy -- similar 
sunglasses | Le Specs savanna 51mm sunglasses in tortoise -- similar 
earrings | Kendra Scott sky earrings in white pearl (old) -- larger version // similar
necklace c/o | Gorjana mini chloe necklace in gold
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 (sold out) -- similar // BaubleBar tri bar ring (old) -- similar 
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the CUT OUTS!,
JD

photo credit: Brandon Hill

an austin blogger easter picnic

coming soon, TV series -- Bloggers of Austin, TX :D

#blessed

nothing like a beautiful day spent with some Austin blogger babes. so happy i get to call these gals my friends. don't be fooled though, holy cow it was one WINDY photoshoot -- rose was spilled, eyeglasses were found?, keys were lost (no worries we found them in the end, thank goodness it was a gold key!!), bugs galore but ENDLESS laughter and smiles. the funny thing about these shoots is no outfits are ever planned, we all knew we would do a spring/picnic/Easter photoshoot and BAM #nailedit. dresses, white denim, rompers, floral print, stripes, chambray, off the shoulder, cold shoulder... it is all covered right here. 

when the idea came up for this photoshoot i debated a few different dresses (shocker) but decided on this gingham ruffle hem midi dress. i have #ginghamproblems right now and should probably slow down on gingham purchases but it is such a spring/summery print, it looks good on everyone and comes in a lot of different colors and checkered sizes. the ruffle hem and bow sash sold me on this one. it runs a little large, i'm wearing a size 0 regular, which… i can't even remember the last time i fit something that tiny. #notcomplaining

probably my favorite photo from this entire stack! i am a sucker for artsy/candid ones like these! isn't this just too cute, look at @simplyyvan in the background too! 

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Hilary // byhilaryrose.com

i've gotten to hang out with Hilary quite a bit this year and she is always a blast to be around!! so easy to talk to, super friendly, and considerate of others! this girl was going to back out of the shoot and i had to tell her "NO! you can't you're the glue that holds us all together!" it's so true. i know many of the girls would agree. she's brought so many people together, her thinking is, "the more the merrier." she showed up in this beautiful cobalt dress with matching cobalt earrings. cobalt can never do any wrong, with any occasion i feel like! 

Meg // theautumngirl.com

Meg is pregnant!! we discussed her hashtag, #preggersmeggers she's got the cutest baby bump going on right now and she has inspired me to try some Lilly Pulitzer clothing. this one is something i would definitely try because of the subtle color, not too crazy of a print, and of course the little ruffle hem. Meg gave me a little shout out on facebook yesterday and it made my heart smile. she's a gem. 

Jess // uptownfashionbyjess.com

special thanks to Jess, this was her idea. and she brought most of the props, scouted the location, coordinated the photographer and that is all not easy! especially when you are working with a large group of girls. (thanks Jess!) it all came together so well thanks to Jess and everyone else's ideas! Jess wore this green striped dress and the color looks so good on her. love the side button detail!

Yvan // simplyyvan.com

i call her my lil blogger sis, she's in college y'all!! i've gotten to know Yvan over the past year almost? maybe less but she reminds me of myself when i was younger. however, i wasn't doing all the successful things she is doing with her life! #waytogogirl she makes me feel super young and we always bond over BUBBLE TEA! also, if you're a concert-goer, Yvan will always have you covered! she writes an incredible and UNIQUE concert series and takes the most epic concert photos -- with her PHONE!

Kaily // heykailymae.com

Kaily worked this umbrella y'all! and holy moly she is such a vision! it really goes with her striped + cold shoulder outfit and overall aura. yes, i just used the word aura. at the end of the shoot i finally got to meet her precious baby girl (prettiest eyes) whom i always see in her instastories!

Kimberly // littlebittyinthecity.com

Kimberly is such a photogenic gal and has the prettiest smile! i don't think she even has a "bad side!" she wore this blush romper with a floral print and some white sandals (note to self, i need some white heeled sandals!). she is the most petite thing so probably knows the best places to buy petite clothing, hence the name of her blog!

Haylee // itsmehaylee.com

Haylee kind of recently chopped her long locks and i am pretty sure i tell her each time how much she rocks it! for a split second, she makes me want to do the same. if you read this blog you know that I bought my first pair of white jeans last year! i love how Haylee picked an off the shoulder chambray top to pair with her white jeans anddddd.. the bandana is icing on cake. i need to try this look!

Kaley // myclosetlife.com

Kaley is always effortlessly beautiful, she rocks everything she wears. she has an epic maxi dress collection… it's a mystery why she did not show up in one!!! this striped off the shoulder dress is absolutely right up my alley, the sash, ruffle, and the length! i also love how Kaley took the picnic basket out for a spin. ;D

current lemmings -- more spring vibes 2015

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01 | Forever21 fringed multi-stripe scarf -- the perfect lightweight spring scarf with a little fringe. 
02 | Burberry kisses lip color in No.05 nude pink -- the latest release from Burberry beauty (a line i am just now venturing into and love!).  i am really liking the muted pinks lately and haven't tried any yet, but this one has caught my eye. check out an excellent review by the beauty look book. another good pick is the Tom Ford matte lip color in first time. 
03 | Sole Society josephine large slouchy shopper in brown -- loving the look and shape of this bag. it is also available in blue and taupe and comes with a zippered pouch!
04 | bkr glass water bottle in sugar -- i carry my CamelBak water bottle around with me everywhere i go, and so should you! this forces me to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated... so no excuses! bkr is a sleek glass water bottle that comes in multiple colored silicone shells to make drinking water... a little more fun!?! also sold on Amazon.
05 | LOFT city jacket in muddy green -- i've always wanted a utility jacket. this is. THE one! 
06 | MANSUR GAVRIEL large wallet in flamma -- although MANSUR GAVRIEL is known for their bucket bag, i've been waiting for this wallet/wristlet/clutch to make a comeback, and here they are in a variety of colors. they've gotta be soft, like buttah.

current lemmings -- spring forward 2015

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01 | Ann Taylor relaxed trench in cork -- the lightweight "casual/relaxed" trench look is very much in style right now. i love this one! also available in black. 
02 | Burberry Beauty wet & dry glow eyeshadow in No. 002 nude -- my bestie has always told me that Burberry eyeshadows are the best. i never tried them... until now.. and gee. she was so right. i should have listened sooner. either way, this is the newest formulation. it has awesome reviews and swatches on a lot of beauty blogs including Temptalia, the beauty look book, and Natural N Chic Makeup. also available in three other shades which are all on back-order right now too! 
03 | Forever 21 Local Heros mini donuts phone case -- what a cute case for the iPhone 6! who doesn't like mini donuts? 
04 | UGG jules platform wedge sandals in black -- when spring comes around i feel like i need a pair of wedges... i wonder if anyone else has this problem?! lol. i saw these a few days ago and my size (and many others) is already out of stock!! (insert sad face). i love bows on everythinggg. 
05 | Ivanka Trump carra pump in light sapphire -- there is something about this bright blue suede pump that i am really drawn too, a bright and happy color for spring outfits. i can see this going well with the Ann Taylor relaxed trench (01 up there) and a pair of skinny jeans, or a white shirt dress?! also loving the red suede as well. 
06 | Mossimo panama hat with a black bow sash in cream -- can't be without one of these this spring/summer. also lemming the one from Banana Republic here.  
07 | BaubleBar fringe court bib in gold -- this is a hot and heavy statement necklace (and you know i love my statement necklaces!) with some fringe!! also available in silver.