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 pencil skirt & cape blazer

finally some cape weather!

using existing clothes in my closet, i wanted to create an after hours look using a staple work item -- the pencil skirt. every lady has one or tons in her closet (hey, gotta account for all colors and seasons). i chose a crop top (of course) as a base and layered with a cape blazer aka: #notyouraverageblazer. i love all things cape, the cape blazer is no exception, while this one is old and does not have a collar, i have linked several options below. a collared black one is looking good right about now! blazers and capes are great staple pieces to have in any wardrobe as a final layering piece to polish any outfit. 

side note: JAM PACKED weekend y'all! but i ain't complaining. have y'all ever tried hand washing a SUV? oh nelly, that is #hardwork #elbowgrease. hung out with some Austin blogger babes this weekend and had a blast. check out their instagram feeds for some affordable style inspo: @stylebeacon // @byhilaryrose // @heykailymae // @kaleymargaret // @its.me.haylee. i always feel so blessed to be surrounded by so much talent but more importantly have more girlfriends (much needed in my life!)! oh, and saw one of my favorite artists -- MAT KEARNEY. gosh, i can't begin to tell you how much i love his music. there were really tough times in my life where his songs always speak to me. they have so much meaning and depth. i linked one of them below. "...i don't understand this windy road, nothing worth anything ever goes down easy."

currently on my playlist: on and on by Mat Kearney

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top | Forever 21 twisted front crop top in black (old) -- similar w curved hem // similar but sleeveless // similar w criss cross detail // similar w long sleeves 
blazer | Shein cape blazer in white (old) --similar // similar but collared and avail in three colors! // similar // similar in grey
skirt | Banana Republic pencil skirt in black (old) -- similar // similar w assymetrical hem // similar w mesh detail // similar
shoes | BCBG Generation darron patent pump in fuschia (old) -- similar w shorter heel
bag | Clare V. basketweave fold over clutch in black leather (old) -- similar // similar // similar w leo calf hair by Sole Society // popular Clare V. leo calf hair
sunglasses | Karen Walker flowerpatch cat eye sunglasses via www.ditto.com (use code "jannadoanxoxo" to receive one month of designer sunglasses rental for free!) -- similar but the newer style
earrings | Chloe + Isabel portica post drop earrings -- not similar but my fave C+I convertible studs!
ringsGorjana candice CZ ring in gold / Etsy stacking & midi rings
bracelet c/o | The Peach Box metallic t-bar bangle in gold (use code "jannadoan" to receive 15% off your purchase, good until 10/31)
watch c/o | Daniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm watch (this is the NEW DW watch with a black face with ROSE GOLD details, a great statement piece for fall. use code "DOAN" for 15% off your purchase)
lipsMAC amplified creme lipstick in brick-o-la
nails | Smith & Cult nail polish in dark like me with gold nailart (first timer and loved it!)

rock the cape blazer,
JD

the cold shoulder (top)

the cold shoulder sans cold weather.

the cold shoulder (trend) has been around for awhile, but i'm just now getting to it #whatsnew! coming into the game late, i thought about how i could wear this trend into fall. oh! hello long sleeves and over the knee (OTK) boots. 

i've seen a lot of cold shoulder tops, mainly for summer, but this one got my attention due to the criss cross design. as luck would have it, i ordered a size a bit too small fearing the sleeves would be too long, so it's a little tight on the neck #slightchoke #thingsidoforpictures. in the end, the sleeves were actually an elastic band. WHOMP WHOMP. still, a great piece if you order the right size, also i would probably pair this with leopard print pumps and even a black floppy hat! 

again, my love for Henri Bendel. this fall bag is in full rotation right now. of course, i had to get the Henri Bendel twilly to go with it! #butofcourse

side note: have y'all seen Sully? great movie. went to the Diptyque grand opening at the Domain in Austin last week hosted by the one and only @camillestyles! was a great event and if you haven't checked out Diptyque, it's an exquisite brand from Paris featuring personal & home fragrances, and face & body care. 

currently on my playlist: cool girl by Tove Lo (for all my cool girls, that's YOU!)

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top | Shein criss cross cold shoulder long sleeve blouse in black -- similar // similar // similar but a dress // similar but a tighter fit and good for tucking
denim | Hudson nico mid-rise skinny jeans in abbey wash (old) -- similar
shoesUnisa saranaa over the knee boot in black suede (avail in five colors!) -- similar from Target // similar with stiletto heel
bag | Henri Bendel uptown satchel in black & Henri Bendel twilly in navy (sold out) -- similar but mini version
sunglasses | Karen Walker number one sunglasses in black -- similar
earrings | BaubleBar mini pinata tassel drops in pink (love these!!) -- similar but regular version 
bracelet c/o | The PeachBox roman empress bangle in gold (use code "jannadoan" to receive 15% off your purchase, good until 10/31) -- i also have the metallic t bar bangle in gold and love it! 
lipsTom Ford lip color in casablanca
nails | essie polish in angora cardi

rock the cold shoulder, 
JD