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 




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,