the eyelet wrap dress

eyelet + ruffles.

while i’m such a fall/winter gal at heart, i love all the spring texture and prints. from floral to gingham print. to seersucker and eyelet. i try not to buy more eyelet (especially in white since the #LWD collection is growing fast) but each time spring creeps around, i can’t help it. i love the texture of eyelet and it’s great for those casual spring/summer days, a brunch, a picnic, a day date to a local winery. throw on some flat cognac sandals for comfort and you got yourself chic in 5 mins. bonus points if you add a boater hat and a straw bag! this dress has a pretty good wrap to it so you won’t have to worry about flashing anyone on a windy day, and it also helps that it’s a midi length as well. but two gripes about this dress: the top a tad big, but that’s my usual problem with wrap dresses, even when sizing down it’s still a little big AND wish it had pockets. but the ruffle detail and no-skimping on the bow/sash material makes up for it.

side ramblings: FINALLY! the @sprinklescupcakes lemon meringue cupcake is hereeee!! come to mama!! well, until 4/28. it’s my fave seasonal one so you should def give it a try! also, a real quick word on the @kendrascott Give Confidence jewelry trade in program that runs until 4/30: bring in any gently worn Kendra Scott jewelry to a KS store, and in partnership with Dress for Success, KS will donate this piece to a woman who deserves a little extra sparkle! in return, you will receive $15 off any purchase. just a good way to find a home for pieces you aren’t currently wearing. LASTLY, the @sephora spring bonus sale starts on 4/26 for ROUGE members and 5/2 for everyone else (20% off for ROUGE, 15% off for VIB, and 10% off for insiders). GET YO CARTS READY. haha. mine is because i’m a skincare nerd and one of my money saving tips is to never buy skincare or beauty products at regular price. wait til a sale and stock/try new things! sharing my list soon. until next time, xx.

currently on my playlist: sideways by Citzen Cope

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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 pom pom maxi

summertime pom pom fun in Maggy London!

thanks to @MaggyLondon i was able to add this first square neck line pom pom maxi to my closet! (try saying that 5x fast). first, i don't own many maxi dresses because when you're 5'2" maxi dresses that don't require alterations are hard to come by. thank goodness @MaggyLondon offers petite sizing! i picked this maxi dress because i don't own anything like it AND because it's not your average summer dress. although striped, it's a black and cream stripe with fun gray pom poms vs. your typical summery bright colors/prints. in addition, the straps fit perfectly and no alterations were needed (wearing a size 2 petite for reference). #styletip: now the SASH really brings it together. if you're short you want to pick maxi dresses that have a cinched waist so that you don't look like you're wearing a paperbag. (i can't rock that look at least). it's not a complete maxi length on me which i really like so you can still see your shoes/sandals of choice. lastly, this is a great, lightweight maxi for any summery occasion whether it be a baby/bridal shower, a brunch outing, or you know.. just to take pictures in a 7AM and forget to bring the mosquito repellent spray... #me! haha. plus, Austin is such a casual city this dress is gonna get so much wear with any woven bag & flat sandals for comfort!  

side ramblings: last week was BUSY but full of good food & friends. i can't imagine how i would balance everything out if i had kids!! finally, Austin gets another bubble tea shop @shareteaaustin! my girl @kathyphantastic painted the mural on their wall, so basically i know a celebrity!! also i attended the #ATXBloggerMixer at @erincondren which made me pause to think, man, i wish i was a pro at bullet journal-ing... or something..! #nerd

currently on my playlist: breathe by Jax Jones ft. Ina Wroldsen

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sometimes you gotta laugh & smile even when you're being eaten alive by mosquitos! escaped with 9 bites :D

dress c/o | Maggy London danni maxi in black & cream (wearing size 2 petite) -- similar // similar in gingham
bag | ZARA woven bag in natural -- similar for $21 // similar but circular // similar
earrings c/o | BaubleBar capella drop earrings in white (also available in four other colors) -- similar and love these 
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace -- similar 
shoes | Shein cut out slides in cognac (old) -- similar by Steve Madden // similar for $17
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana (old) -- newer design // similar by Le Specs
hat | GIGI PIP faye boater hat -- similar and $39 // similar for $11
rings Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
bracelet | Nordstrom BP knotted cuff (old) -- similar by Stella & Dot
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold

rock all the pom poms,
JD

photo credit: Todd White
a post sponsored by Maggy London
dress provided by Maggy London, all opinions are my own. 

navy & lilac

the navy & lilac edit.

this combo was UNEXPECTED. originally i was looking to pair these lilac earrings with something white. but somehow i couldn't find anything! (i know it's insane). anyways, i had a light bulb moment when my eyes stared at this dress i had randomly bought earlier this month. ding ding ding. love how it always works out (well, for the most part haha). i am now a HUGE lilac/lavender fan and really diggin' how it just POPS with navy. i highly suggest you give this color combo a try!

when i graciously received some pieces from the @KendraScott summer 2018 collection, i squealed and flipped through the lookbook oohh-ed and ahh-ed through each page. again, the photography is so on point. and i'm such a sucker for well thought out details and styling. did y'all know i LOVE photography?! #nerd. but something caught my eye. this quote below. more on this after the jump. xx

if we don’t take a risk and try something entirely new, who knows what we might miss? when we live boldly, we live fully.
— Kendra Scott

currently on my playlist: paris in the rain by Lauv

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this inspired me and i thought it would be fun to expand on this and write about what this means to me aside from fashion. because y'all already know i'm all about staying true to your style but also stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something completely different — make it yours and rock it! but in relation to bigger things, aka: life, i think it's about three things: 

  • wandering into the unknown.
  • doing things that scare you.
  • putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. 

when you think about it, the biggest achievements in life required some major hardships and really tough moments of uncertainty and doubt. aka thoughts like this: what am i doing? or WTF am i doing?! yea, i have no idea what i'm doing. this is scary. i'm putting myself out there and i have a lot on the line. but what matters most is THAT YOU ARE DOING IT. sometimes you gotta jump in situations where you don't know all the answers but the key thing is: you figure them out along the way. sometimes this means making mistakes. BUT (big but) learning from them. you don't have to have the answer to every question or know every step of the way. sometimes i think this is where we shine our brightest. when we don't know, we have to work harder to figure it out, to learn new things, to adapt/evolve. only then will our achievement have the greatest “value.” wouldn't you agree? 

my sister always says, "if you aren't doing something that scares you, you ain't doing it right." she’s spot on. the blog is this for me. it’s actually scary being out here on the internet because i’m actually a private person. oh. the. irony. i have no idea who is visiting or reading jcjancjaixjsbcn i mean who reads this?! #justatest haha! i think this also means making a conscious effort to put yourself in uncomfortable situations. why? because life it short, and i believe that moments where you push yourself to do scary things out of your comfort zone are you actually LIVING LIFE!! if you've ever put yourself in situations like this, i'm pretty sure you have looked back with a big grin on your face 'YEP, that was scary and really uncomfortable, but i did it anyway!!' that's what i'm talking about! #cantstopwontstop

anyways, i hope this post inspired you to take a few seconds to stop and wonder what you do/are doing to live fully. and if you are not or drawing a blank... remember, it's all about them baby steps. xx

dress | J.Crew Factory eyelet shirt dress in navy (also avail in green, runs large so size down, i'm wearing an XS) -- similar // similar and love this one in lilac // similar with a peplum hem
bagUrban Outfitters circle straw crossbody bag (fits iphone8+) -- similar with handles but smaller // similar // love this basket tote
shoes | Forever 21 wedges (way old) -- similar // similar and on sale foe $25
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana -- newer design // similar by Le Specs
earrings c/o | Kendra Scott cristina rose gold statement earrings in lilac of mother pearl -- similar style but smaller // love this 3-in-1 design // not similar but LOVE this edgy gold piece
necklace c/o | Kendra Scott ethan rose gold necklace in lilac mother of pearl
ringsGorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring

live boldly. live fully. (oh, and wear navy & lilac will ya?!),
JD

photo credit: lil blogger sis @simplyyvan

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!

the ruffle wrap dress

the one dress you need this summer!

HOWDY! long time, i know. life has been nuts lately (in a great way). diving right into this outfit; the wrap dress is something i rarely wear because it's usually a v-neck and too low for my taste anddd the wrap isn't a functional one in the wind. i'd rather wear a fake wrap dress. what's a fake wrap dress? one where the inner layer is actually sewn to the side so there's no worry about flashing people when it gets windy. this gem is a round neck + ruffles + fake wrap = made for me. not to mention it's in a burnt orange color #hookem! it's a tad on the shorter side for me #leggy. anyways, it's a popular style this summer and i highly encourage you to try it! while i love my comfy flatform espadrilles here, casual sneakers work as well! 

side ramblings: it's a small world. a few weeks ago, i was returning something at the mall and the sweetest gal came up to me and asked if i was a fashion blogger, janna doan?! it was one of those pinch-me moments. never i a million years would i have thought!! i felt so humbled and really glad she came up to say hi because most of the time in public i am on a mission. such a doll, she will never know the magnitude of what it meant to me. #grateful and came at the perfect time when i needed that extra motivation. last week i attended the @KendraScott candle launch party. yup, you hear me right, Kendra Scott Candles! these candles make a great addition to her home collection. hard to choose but my favorite so far is the amethyst, i also like the malachite which has a little spicy kick! there are four scents total in two sizes, large retails for $65 and the small votive for $25.

y'all ever tried @allbirds? i was so lucky to go to their pop-in event at @NordstromDomainNorthside and went home with the allbirds tree runners in kauri stone for the texas weather. i'd probably get the wool runners if i lived in a colder climate. can't wait to try them out but initially they are super lightweight and COMFY = happy feet. i also love how sustainable & green the company is! check em out while they're still at Nordstrom here (click on About Pop-In). they also let me pick out the black & gold RECYCLED laces AND i went home with a custom box with my name and hashtag all over it #SOextra. i don't see myself running in them, more of a to-and-from shoe! but give em a try! they have a 30-day return policy even after you wear them, no questions asked. lastly, the weekend was spent being a tourist in my own city with @theelaedition, MISS YOU GF! 

currently on my playlist: memorized by Mat Kearney (yes, still on repeat)

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dress | ASTR THE LABEL ruffle linen blend wrap dress in coral cedar (wearing size small, note: linen does shrink) -- similar and $55 // similar and love the olive color // similar but cami style // similar with eyelet detail // similar with a v-neck // similar
shoes | Sole Society audrina platform espadrille in cognac (avail in three other colors & very comfy) -- similar by Halogen (also in a pink suede) // similar from Target // similar in a slip on style 
bag | Urban Outfitters circle straw crossbody bag (fits iphone8+) -- similar with handles but smaller // similar // love this basket tote
earrings | Kendra Scott elle drop earrings in white pearl
sunglasses | Celine marta sunglasses in havana -- newer design // similar by Le Specs
necklaceBaubleBar acrylic block monogram necklace in tortoise shell -- similar in gold 
rings | Kendra 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
watchMichael Kors darci watch in gold
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (old) -- similar by Stella & Dot

rock all the ruffle wrap dresses,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter


weekend recap in squares // @theelaedition x ATX

the striped off the shoulder dress

stripes + ots.

something about stripes and ruffles. i can't explain. if you remember this post with the ruffle one shoulder top & white denim -- it was probably one of my favorite ones this past spring. well i guess i had to have something similar in dress form, because we all know that summer dresses are my go-to (besides my v-neck white tee and running shorts combo haha!). although the off the shoulder on this isn't the best design, i couldn't resist because of the tiered ruffle and the length. #yestolongerlengths! it also has straps that you can tie in a bow on your shoulder as well. 

side happenings: one of my favorite jewelry brands @gorjana is having their summer sale! check it out, i am a fan of their dainty designs. especially their rings and necklaces -- DEEP discounts! i've been working on some exciting things with @bananarepublic & @henribendel. can't wait to share!! ps -- i'm still recovering from that soul cycle class. from. last. wednesday. #sendhelp.

currently on my playlist: wish i knew you by The Revivalists

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dress | LOFT meadow dress (sold out) -- current version w button detail // similar at $23 // similar at $48 // similar but midi length // similar by topshop
bag | J.Crew mini bucket bag in natural vachetta (old) -- similar
shoesTarget Merona marcella low block heel ankle strap sandals in tan (avail in three colors and such a staple, the perfect height too!!) // same but with a higher heel
earrings | Kendra Scott sophee textured drop earrings in gold -- smaller version
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace -- similar 
sunglassesLe Specs savanna 51mm sunglasses in tortoise -- 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 
bracelet | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff (old) -- similar by Kate Spade // similar off Etsy

photo credit: Brandon Hill