the suede dress

hello november!

fall weather. i am here for you. that’s why i’m celebrating with a little texture play with suede on suede!! commence all the suede RIGHT NOW! i don’t own any suede clothing. suede shoes, a ton. suede is a delicate fabric that requires more care than leather. ever get suede shoes wet? it’s usually pretty-close-to-toast. suede and water usually don’t mix unless you have taken precaution to protect it. enter machine washable suede clothing. now we’re talking. this dress is machine washable #hellyes!!! and lemme tell you, i’ve thought about wearing it to sleep because it is THAT SOFT. while it comes with a suede belt i chose to style it with my Gucci belt for some gold contrast. i’d say the only thing that is missing for this dress is some pockets but you can’t have it all. pair it with some suede booties and you are G2G (good to go). just don’t get em wet, will ya? protect them here with this spray. i got chu.

side ramblings: i closed off the season with another pumpkin patch visit to @sweeteatsfruitfarm! i went from zero pumpkin patches to three all in one month-ish LOL. this one was a blast complete with a petting zoo with an ALPACA! i have some exciting news to share about the holidays so hope to nail down the details soon but this is my absolute favorite time of the year (i know you know)!! on a more random and spiritual note, i ran across this self-compassion.org website that has a self-compassion test which i thought was interesting. as much as we have compassion for others, self-compassion is more important. the results of my test were great, i was a little shocked/surprised and i know if i took it a few years ago i would’ve scored a lot lower which isn’t bad, it’s just that i never quite had enough compassion for myself but so much compassion for others. it’s something you have to work on & continually work on. there are also workshops and free guides/resources that will help you on your life journey and i hope you find it to be a useful tool! xx

currently on my playlist: just once by Shura

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a good artsy one (my fave) to close out this post

dress | Ann Taylor faux suede belted flare dress in black (runs a tad small, i sized up to a 2 here) — similar but sleeveless and has pockets! // OMG these suede wide leg pants! // suede skirt // love this brown skirt & top set
coat | Banana Republic trench coat (soooo old) — similar in a petite fit // softer material & more flowy // similar by Everlane (ethical clothing) for $148
boots | Banana Republic magda pointed toe boots in black suede (old) — newer version but more almond toe // similar from Ann Taylor with tassel detail // similar from Nordstrom for $80 // similar but lower heel for $50
bag c/o | Henri Bendel noho satchl in black pebbled leather (old & they are out of business) — not the same but this would make a great work bag!! (use code “JANNADOAN” at checkout on senreve.com and receive a complimentary bracelet pouch, $125 value, on any $300 minimum purchase)
sunglasses | Celine lola 46mm sunglasses in black — available on Amazon too // similar-ish for $25
rings | Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
watch c/o | Daniel Wellington classic black cornwall 40mm

rock all the (machine washable) suede,
JD

photo credit: Steven Gunter

the sleeveless mock neck sweater

fall, where you be?!

the sleeveless mock neck sweater. for when it’s really fall but it’s 90F+ out… i digress, mock necks are super effortless and they go with all skirts (which i have a ton of). i actually have this top in two colors because that’s what i do when i love something — it’s a normal thing, RIGHT?! i’ve also paired it with the marina wide leg pants as well. the material isn’t super thick so it’s a good transitional piece. here i paired it with a full seamed skirt in the prettiest light blue, a super cool toned one. light blue doesn’t look that great on my skintone but this one is perfect! i really like these full seamed skirts because of the fit and i also sized down in this for a high-waisted fit, aka: over 30-fit.

side happenings: WHOA. what a FUN weekend! it felt so good to be “on the scene” again seeing familiar faces i’ve missed. the @hotelzazaaustin grand opening party was over the top crazy. (in a good way). haha, it’s been a long time since i’ve gone to an event like that!! it’s a beautiful space, in a totally swanky zaza-style. my GF Nicole // @loveofallthethings hosted her first event at @paddywaxcandlebar and you already know i’m a huge fan! i’ve taken one of my BFFs for her bday and it’s a great gift idea/quality/experience-type gift. this time i went with a spicy xmas scent w/a wood wick for a little crackle crackle it’s going to be so FRIGGIN festive at casa JD (sarcasm). i don’t have a fireplace so this will be it :D. BTW, if you haven’t had the butter toffee pretzels at Trader Joe’s, you better run and get some… before i buy em all out. :D

currently on my playlist: senorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello

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gotta love the outtakes @pearlsnap_photography sends me :D

the floral wrap dress & retro accents

oh hi, hello.

i can’t tell you how many times i opened this post up to try and put something together but the only thing staring at me was the blinking cursor. like a good relationship (or ponytail), you just can’t force it. ya know? life was heavy. with the great loss of grandpa Doan and hearing about the loss of others all in the same month was… devastating. i cried for my loss and all losses. i spent a lot of time alone and days where i didn’t leave the house. before leaving to San Fran for my cousins wedding, i had this significant dream. in this short-dream i remember looking up at the sky and there she was… grandma Doan, smiling down at me, GRINNING with pure happiness. she didn’t say anything to me, she just smiled. then i woke up. i remember feeling comforted, relief, and what divine timing this dream had come to me at the right time when i needed it most. i don’t really remember my dreams and nor have i dreamt about grandma Doan since she passed away 13 years ago.

getting back from SF, i fell pretty ill into the flu of sorts (turned into bronchitis now) which felt like a set back. i was so ready to get back to my “normal” life again. but of course, the universe had different plans. needless to say, the last few months were full of introspection, deep thought, and healing which led to more personal growth and a shift in perspective. i’m still trying to find my rhythm again, but i do miss my slice of the internet, so hence, here i am. thank you so much for sticking around. xx

while the fashion & retail world are all into fall fashion… i just can’t (yet). it’s still wayyy too hot here in TX. plus, i have a backlog of photos so it all works out :D of course this dress is sold out but what i loved most about styling this floral wrap dress was the retro accents — the clear acrylic bag & strappy strappy heels and all white for that 80s vibe.

currently on my playlist: by your side cover by Mat Kearney

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the silk scarf & sheath dress

#workwear

is my specialty. when i dress for work i go for classic pieces such as the sheath dress. why? the length is always on point of hitting below the knee (my preferred length), it’s fitted but not too tight like a bandage dress or too loose like the bottom of an A-line or shift dress. i have quite a few ranging from sleeveless, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve. it’s a TIMELESS piece and therefore my go-to work dress. what i love about sheath dresses is that they make you look super classy but you probably rolled out of bed, didn’t brush your hair (ahem), and put on a dress that makes you look so put together. all the yesss-ess. lastly, sheath dresses can stand on its own but they make the perfect canvas to add a dash of your own flair just like the Lois midi sent to me via @MaggyLondon. simple tips on how to jazz up your sheath dress after the jump. i always gravitate towards a silk scarf because hellooo #classy. everyone always turns heads when i wear these because you don’t see many women wearing them these days. how do you style a sheath dress?

side happenings: Y’ALL it’s already #SXSW!!! i can’t believe it!! i have some festivities i’ll be attending this year but everything always happens so. last. minute. either way, i can’t wait to participate in the frenzy! this past week i was able to attend the The Kindness Campaign // @tkckindness open house and still so amazed by what the organization does! i went to bed with such a great feeling knowing that there are people doing good & making a difference in the world. you’ve heard me talk about them a lot and on social. meeting the founder, @AndraLiemandt, was such a pleasure. just talking to her i can see how passionate she is about what they do and that makes me want to contribute & help more. ideas are brewing so stay tuned! xx

currently on my playlist: girl on fire by Alicia Keys (takin’ it back old school)

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simple ways to add some flair to a sheath dress:

  • belt — a waist belt to be exact that will further accentuate your waistline, love my Gucci one // good dupe

  • brooch — great option because they come in so many shapes/sizes and designs! it can also be a very personalized piece and a great way to show off any hobby you have etc.. i like thrifted ones but here’s a good one from Macy’s and Banana Republic! also found a pretty good CHANEL dupe

  • silk scarf — my go-to! these are versatile because you can also tie them onto handbags or even your wrist as a bracelet. but when wearing them around the neck there are so many ways to tie them (just google or youtube!). here are my current favorite ones from H&M

  • statement necklace — when in doubt, add a little bling! here’s a good one from J.Crew Factory

  • cropped jacket — also serves as a great layering piece for the chilly office environment! been eyeing this one at H&M

  • collared button up — if it’s a sleeveless sheath dress and it’s chilly, wear a button down underneath, work that layering game! i love doing this in winter, love the ones at Banana Republic

dress c/o | Maggy London lois midi in oyster (also available in two other colors, wearing size 2 for reference, my true size but this runs a little large so i would size down) — similar but longer sleeves // similar with ruching // similar but sleeveless // NOT similar but love the statement of a tuxedo dress
scarf  | LOFT summer scarf (ancient) — similar but in a chain or leopard print style (great length to wear draped on both sides 90” x 90”. and yes, i do have them haha) // love this one from Ann Taylor // great B&W option from Ann Taylor (the Ann Taylor sizes are better tied around your neck vs. draped on both sides, 25” x 25”)
shoes | Stuart Weitzman nudistsong in adobe patent (comes in different widths too) — similar by Sam Edelman $100 // similar by Steve Madden $80 // more strappy at Target $30
bag | Celine micro luggage tote in navy — good dupe
earrings | Kendra Scott kirstie stud earrings in ivory pearl
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 | Nordstrom BP love knot cuff in gold (ancient) — similar by Kate Spade // similar by LC $10

a post done in collaboration and sponsored by Maggy London.
dress provided by Maggy London, all opinions are my own.
photo credit:
 Steven Gunter

the burgundy & grey edit

burgundy & grey.

burgundy/wine is such a beautiful color every winter/fall season and i think it looks amazing on everyone! here, Ann Taylor sent me this seamed ponte flare dress (great work dress) that also comes in black and petite sizing. if you read this blog, you know i love ponte material, it’s a much thicker and heavyweight material compared to jersey (that clings onto all your body rolls). this one is super flattering and in an A-line fit, i’d say the only thing it’s missing is POCKETS. y’all know how i feel about dresses with pockets! normally, i would pair this color with black as seen in a 2015 post featuring a burgundy pleated skirt & crop top (gosh i look so YOUNG!). however, it just happened to be that my Ann Taylor grey suede pumps were set out so ding ding ding! on top of that, Senreve sent me their crossbody in a saffiano textured leather (= durable) and you can see how they both match SO PERFECTLY?! along with the background for these photos?! love it when it all works out!! so here it is, i encourage you to mix these two colors together!

a last note on this crossbody bag, Senreve is a new up and coming handbag brand that i stumbled upon on IG. and after checking out their bags and how versatile they are i knew i needed one. so here’s what i did... i emailed them, pitched myself knowing i was never going to hear back from them because i am a pretty small influencer. but in business i have learned to always ask and the worst that can happen is that you get no answer or a no. so here’s to the 1% of the time when i actually get a response from a company that sees my value over my numbers! honestly, i feel humbled to be able to work with Senreve and one of those #pinchme moments. i digress, this crossbody can actually be worn with a metal crossbody chain, a leather crossbody chain, the compartments can be removed so you can customize it with the amount of pouches!! that is what i love about Senreve. their mini maestra bag is one of their bestsellers and again, i love how sleek yet versatile it is — you can wear it as a backpack, a crossbody, and a top handle! usually items that have that much versatility do not look as sleek or streamlined so major props to Senreve — where fashion meets function for the working woman.

currently on my playlist: shallow by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga (anyone seen A Star is Born?! it’s been on my list!)

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dress c/o | Ann Taylor seamed ponte flare dress in rosy plum (wearing size 2 regular, i recommend sizing down) — similar with a peplum hem
shoes | Ann Taylor mila suede pumps in paver grey (sold out) -- similar // similar
bag c/o | Senreve crossbody in mimosa storm (comes in so many colors!)
necklace c/o | Ann Taylor crystal necklace in gold — matching earrings // love this pearl one
rings | Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
bracelet | Vita Fede mini titan crystal bracelet in gold
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold

rock the burgundy & grey combo,
JD

photo credit: Katie J Photography
a post done in collaboration with 
Ann Taylor.
dress & necklace provided by Ann Taylor, all opinions are my own.

the female pantsuit

the pantsuit gone female style.

in previewing and being fitted for the @theory__ fall collection, i wanted something different. something special to remember that moment by (because uhh, i’ve never been fitted for anything!! i feel so bougie even saying that word lol #lucky). in the end i choose to go with a pantsuit from the Theory good wool collection. the Good Wool Collection is made in Italy and of extra fine merino with ZERO itchy-ness. obviously you can only expect the best from Theory and this suit lives up to my expectations. i feel like pantsuits aren’t really worn these days because it comes across very masculine. to avoid this i went with color vs. black. while the blazer is a long line blazer i love how it fits and the exact length that it drops on my short 5’2” self. the pants are supposed to be cropped but of course fit like normal pants because i’m so dang short. no alterations were needed here (ain’t nobody got time for that)! there’s something so powerful about rockin’ a male suit. i took this janna-style with a satin cami with lace trim (a neck tie blouse will also do) and added three layered necklaces to make this even more chic and classy. lastly, always top off any pantsuit with a pair of pumps to elevate the entire look.

side ramblings: we’re basically in the last month of 2018, CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! i can’t wait to write a little reflections post on this year. i have already taken advantage with having my @kingofchristmas tree up (actually since October but who cares?!). it’s the best time of the year as there is so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. i’m EXCITED — lights, xmas music, hot cocoa, family gatherings… oh my and how can i forget #BIRTHDAYMONTH! you know i’m all about treating yourself right, especially as you get older. i’m already in present wrapping mode and almost done christmas shopping so we should drink to that. AH! one of my friends i met on IG asked me to be her bridesmaid @wanderlustanita! ive only known Anita for two years now and can’t believe she even asked me, what an honor! it reminded me of the friendships i’ve made along this journey and so thankful for these gals who keep me sane. and on another note, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind and so many great things happening in my life right now, i’m all about those pinch me moments! until next time xx.

currently on my playlist: on and on by Mat Kearney (on oldie but goodie in my books)

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top | H&M satin & lace camisole top in natural white — similar
pants c/o | Theory good wool classic slim crop pant in petal pink (wearing size 2)
blazer c/o | Theory good wool long blazer in petal pink (wearing size 2)
earrings | Kendra Scott aston statement earrings in ivory mother of pearl (old) -- similar but smaller // similar
necklaces | Amanda Deer satellite choker in gold // Amanda Deer c/o fine jewelry double horn necklace // Erica Weiner letter press necklace
sunglasses | DIFF ruby 54mm polarized sunglasses in black & grey
shoes | Ann Taylor mila suede pumps in paver grey (sold out) -- similar
bag | Celine micro luggage tote in navy -- similar
rings | Gorjana amara ring set // Amanda Deer c/o CZ solitaire ring // Amanda Deer c/o CZ accents midi ring
bracelet | GUESS twisted metal cuff in silver — similar and a set of three
watch | Michael Kors darci watch in gold

rock all the pantsuits,
JD

photo credit: lil blogger sis @simplyyvan
a post done in collaboration with Theory.
pantsuit provided by Theory, all opinions are my own.

how to wear cropped wide leg pants

move over skinny ankle pants. 

first and foremost, thank YOU so much for all the comments and messages on my first YOUTUBE video (see previous post). those late nights figuring out how to edit that video really paid off. just know that these things keep me going so THANK YOU! onto how to wear cropped wide leg pants.. not easy (but i GOT CHU) especially when you are 5'2" short like me. for a while it was all about the skinny ankle pants. well, move over skinny pant. there's a new pant in town. i've styled them a little more dressy here and thinking of styling them more casual style with the same pair but in white. here are 5 tips on how to style them:

  1. go for a thicker & stiffer material vs. thin & flowy -- so you can actually see the whole wide leg-ness of the pant if that makes any sense! also, i feel like the thicker material gives a more flattering fit
  2. if you're short go with petite sizing -- Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Banana Republic cater really well to petite sizing
  3. elevate this #literally with some sleek strappy heels, more practical ones like the low block heels shown here
  4. for tops, the cami is my go-to here with a front tuck, crop tops also work if the pants are high waisted enough. i can also see this with a loose button down shirt with the ends tied in the front!
  5. take it 9-5 by adding a blazer or a long cardigan

side ramblings: wow. the past two weeks have been filled with events & good times with my gals! pictures from the #LTKcitytour at Mattie's after the jump. i also checked out local Austin-based @elevecosmetics which is a non-toxic, all-natural, vegan beauty brand. i picked up a liquid lipstick in lady bird lake (LOVE the name!) and this lip treatment my friends rave about, the lip luv. i attended a Nordstrom dinner at @jeffreysjosephine house that featured a custom menu that included items from their EATS MORE pop-in, can't wait to check out the pop-in in real life, here is a list of Nordstrom locations with the EATS MORE pop-in. pretty cool bento boxes! my foodie friend @wanderlustanita invited me to the @academiaaustin tasting -- always a good time with #atxfoodbloggers. ontop of events, WHOA i ate a ton. shout out to @loroaustin (for Austinities it's Uchi x Franklin BBQ) for an amazing meal, maybe it's just me but it's been a while since i've gone to a new place and had a meal i can't stop thinking about?! lastly, summertime is here and i tried @thebakedbear, i'm a sucker for funfetti and birthday cake anything! see y'all next week xx

currently on my playlist: slide by Calvin Harris ft. Frank Ocean

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style it 9-5 by puting on a blazer to make it work appropriate

top | J.Crew Factory scalloped cami top in cream/marine salt (wearing size 2 for reference) -- similar by topshop // similar with button detail // similar with lace trim // similar 
pants | Ann Taylor wide leg marina pants in black (avail in four colors, wearing size 2 petite for reference) -- similar // similar with sash detail
bag | Henri Bendel uptown satchel in black (old) -- similar 1 // similar 2 // love this one 
scarf | Henri Bendel twilly in navy (old) -- newer style
shoes | Target Merona marcella low block heel ankle strap sandals in black suede with a gold heel (old) -- newer style // similar but leather
earrings | BaubleBar dancer drop earrings in 18K gold plated -- similar with pearl detail // similar but hoop style
necklaceAnthropologie monogram pendant necklace 
sunglasses | Sonix avalon 57mm retro sunglasses in black -- similar but more cateye // not similar but intrigued by these
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 cropped wide leg pants, 
JD

photo credit: Todd White


05/16/18 -- pictures via jayd jackson from the @liketoknow.it #LTKcitytour @mattiesaustin

#LTKcitytour with my gorgeous friends: @thetrendytomboy // me // @theautumngirl_ // @heykailymae

finally met @hauteandhumid (pink dress)

loved meeting @taylermalott (gingham dress)

05/24/18 -- @nordstrom EATS MORE pop-in dinner at @jeffreysjosephine