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,

the sleeveless blazer & leopard print heels

fall, where are you?

 i cannot wait until it hits 70 degrees here in texas. count on me to be the girl who pulls out their boots and scarves when that day comes.

the sleeveless blazer. this is an out-of-the-box piece for me, so it took a little while to pull this look together. whoever thought a blazer minus the sleeves would be fashionable?! well, either way, this blush sleeveless blazer was one of those random Forever21 finds that actually happened to be on sale! #score!!! on trendy pieces like these, i usually don't like to spend $$$. that's why we have Forever21. i opted to pair this with a v-neck borderline-crop top, distressed skinnys, and my first pair of leopard print heels! these Sole Society heels are the d'orsay style with a mid-heel height which is perfect for me/the office. i also like how the calf hair adds extra texture to any outfit. i'm excited to put more looks together with these leo heels! overall, the blush + ivory + navy + leo = a good combo. 

and lastly, these ear jackets. every time i wear them i get a ton of compliments! i think it's because they are so different/spunky and really stand out. ear jackets are really fun to wear and gives 'edge' to ANY outfit, talk about #streetstyleBaubleBar has an awesome collection of ear jackets ranging from subtle to crazy! i'd say these are medium-crazy!


top | ASOS v-hem shell top in ivory
sleeveless blazer | Forever21 blush sleeveless blazer (unable to find online) -- similar from Topshop // longer with slits from Forever21
denim | Hudson nico mid-rise distressed skinny jeans in worlds apart (old)  -- newer wash in cruel (and 40% off) //  similar by BLANKNYC
shoes | Sole Society jenn d'orsay pump in dark camel multi (sold out in this print but avail in SO many others! love the red suede) -- similar by Sam Edelman
bag | Celine micro luggage tote in navy -- the DAILYLOOK large structured handbag is the best dupe (sign up for email for discount code!)
sunglasses | Coach casey in dark tortoise (old) -- newer version
earrings | BaubleBar pave sputnik ear jackets 
necklaces | kate spade one in a million initial pendant necklace // gorjana mave lariat necklace -- similar double tail y-chain from BaubleBar (on sale for $18!)
rings | BaubleBar arrow wrap ring // etsy stacking & midi rings
lips | MAC amplifed creme lipstick in brick-o-la

rock the sleeveless blazer,