You know the acronym LBD, right? It stands for Little Black Dress. The go-to piece in every woman’s closet…or you know, that’s what the magazines tell us anyways.
Well today, I’m creating my own acronym, while at the same time, injecting a little bit of subtle fierceness. Insert the LLBD: Little Leopard Black Dress*. It’s when you pair your LBD with a little bit of leopard. Super simple, right? After all, they do say that leopard print is a neutral.
This time around, I pair my LBD with a skinny leopard belt and a leopard crossbody purse, but you could also rock it with some leopard loafers, a leopard scarf, or even a piece of leopard print jewelry (maybe this awesome leopard print bracelet?)!
I plan on selling this idea to every major women’s magazine ever, but just remember, you got it first for free here on Style On Target! ;)
*Trademark pending, of course.
Today’s fun highlights:
- Working for the weekend! Half my team was gone this week, and it was super hectic and busy all week long!
- Can’t stop, won’t stop wearing my favorite stripe tees. I’m obsessed with this outfit, and I’ve worn some variation of it at least once every weekend. All you have to do is change out the stripe tee, and it’s like you have a brand new look!
- Today is Day 6 of my Whole30 program, in case you were wondering! It’s actually been going really well, though I have been missing baked goods (scones, cookies, muffins, cake, croissants, etc.), milk in my coffee (using cashew/almond milk instead) and goat cheese (aka my favorite cheese). We tried some new things this week (some better than others), and I think we’re more a fan of the basics that trying to recreate similar tastes (fried cauliflower rice does not taste as good as regular fried rice, by the way)!
- Anyone out there do the Whole30 program before (or now…a couple of you are on a similar timeline as me…yay us!) and have any amazing recipe recommendations?
- This weekend, my parents were going to come down and help us with some home projects (aren’t parents the greatest?), but the Indiana weather hasn’t been cooperating at all! So I think they’re still going to come down on Sunday, and we’re going to take them to one of new favorite restaurants!
- No other plans really, but it’s suppose to be chilly here on Saturday, so Netflix and the couch and a thousand blankets will probably be calling my name!
Happy weekend, friends! What are you up to?
Cause I’m bad to the bone…
…wellllll as bad to the bone as someone in fleece-lined tights and a polka dot print dress can be.
I’ve had this motorcycle faux leather jacket (from Target!) for a couple of years now, and it really only gets worn the few times that I go out and celebrate at bars in the fall/winter. Because it’s a warm layer that still looks cool (unlike my giant puffer jacket). Beyond that, it might be a little too “hard” for my normal style, but I love it when I wear it.
I wore this look out to the bars to celebrate B’s birthday a few weeks back and then I wore the exact same outfit again to work. And yes, that means I am the type of person who would wear a shirt dress to the bar…and then to work! I’m basically the coolest person you know.
Hope you guys had a great long weekend and aren’t dragging too much today! Did you get your fill of family, food, and shopping?
ps. This dress has polka dots (obviously), pockets, and is on sale today!! #win
Whelp, guys. I slightly blew it.
I had grand ideas of taking tons of outfit photos while on vacation, and then I was too busy having a blast and exploring, that it really only ended up being one per locale, so what was originally going to be two weeks of travel outfits is now just four posts. I’ll be doing two this week and two more next week. So get ready for outfits posts that also include European landmarks! The best of both worlds, right?
Our first stop was Ireland (fun fact: it was also the cheapest for us to fly in-and-out of)! I’ve previously visited in 2009 when I was studying abroad, but I had never seen Dublin or anything really beyond the western coast (aka Cliffs of Moher), so I was excited to see pretty much the entire country.
Check out below for more from our Ireland itinerary and what might be my favorite jacket ever! Seriously think about purchasing this jacket guys (I’ll try to watch out for sales on it for you all). The weight is great, and all the pockets really helped keep my stuff together (perfect for passport/boarding passes)!
Top Ten Things to Do in Ireland (in the order we did them):
- Guinness Storehouse – We were suppose to get into Dublin at 7:30am and have the whole day to explore. Well, American Airlines had some issues (a cargo latch not closing is not good!), so we ended not getting into Dublin until 11:00am, which set us back. We were both exhausted at that point (since we’re terrible plane sleepers), and our plans were all screwed up, so we tried to make the most of it by heading to the Guinness Storehouse for some fun and some beer. The Guinness Storehouse is a combo of a beer/Guinness museum and a observation deck bar that provided a great overview of Dublin (complete with notable landmarks noted on the glass). It was a nice break from the city bustle and a good way to recharge (though fairly expensive entry fee in my opinion).
- Trinity College – After driving around the city (parking is hard to find in Dublin) and checking into our hotel, we wanted to stretch our legs and see some more of the city. Our hotel was just a short walk away from the Trinity College/Temple Bar area, so we headed over there to explore. We had to cut through the St. Stephen’s Green (a very gorgeous park), which was a nice break from the city. Trinity College is a beautiful campus and made me think of my beloved Indiana University!
- Temple Bar – This is a rowdy area with tons of traditional Irish pubs and other restaurants (though is suppose to be home to a lot of cultural institutions as well). It was Sunday, and nearly everyone was eating chicken wings and drinking beer. Slightly hilarious, because isn’t that we do here on Sundays?! ;)
- Seafood Chowder and Brown Bread – This was my Irish staple meal, and I love it! The seafood was super fresh (that’s what happens when you’re essentially on a giant island) and flavorful, and the bread provided a great dipping vessel into the creamy broth! I wish I had a bowl right now! The Husband had beef and Guinness stew and fish and chips while we were in Ireland, and I really enjoyed sampling those too.
- Cliffs of Moher – This is actually the most visited attraction in all of Ireland AND was featured in The Husband and I’s favorite movie of all time, The Princess Bride, so of course we had to go! I had been here previously in 2009, but still really enjoyed seeing it again! Such a beautiful view!
- Bunratty Castle – When I went to Ireland in 2009, we ran out of time to actually go into this castle, so we had planned on actually going in on this trip. Unfortunately, the ticket prices were too much for our cheap blood, so we enjoyed seeing the outside of the castle and a lunch at an old creamery on the property.
- Lough Gur – This place seemed straight out of a movie. Lough means lake, and it was basically a historical site with lots of different sites. Very cool road stop if you have the time.
- The Ring of Kerry – BEST thing we did in Ireland. It’s hard to explain, but basically you drive along a route, stop when you want to see various sites (old castles, fishing villages, stone forts, beautiful coastal views, etc.), and continue on the road until you want to stop again! We spent a whole day doing this, and I love every moment of it. Doing this is totally worth the battle of driving in Ireland!
- Irish Coffee– On our last stop on the Ring of Kerry, we stopped in the cute town of Kenmare (where these photos were taken). We were on the hunt for a sweater (see below) and an Irish coffee, since we hadn’t had one yet. The local bar served us one, but it was ridiculously strong. Turns out that one bartender had started making it and another one had finished it…they both added whiskey though. Good thing for The Husband who finished it off like a champ.
- The Hunt for a Fisherman Sweater – The only souvenir that I wanted was an authentic Irish fisherman/cable knit sweater. Spoiler alert: I never found one that I liked and tried on dozens of options. I made up for it by ordering this sweater from L.L. Bean (which actually was significantly cheaper than all the Irish versions), and I’m super excited to wear it alllll winter long!
As great and amazing as Ireland was…it was actually our least favorite country of the trip (gasp!). Stay tuned for our favorites (we each had different favorites)! There will be a new Europe post tomorrow and then again next week on Wednesday/Thursday!
Have you ever been to Ireland?