DUBLIN, IRELAND 12/28/17-12/29/17

Hello from Europe!… Dublin, Ireland to be exact. I have been counting down the days since what feels like forever but it’s finally here! I’ll be traveling to other cities as well in Italy so definitely stay tuned for posts coming this week!

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DAY 1

24 hours of traveling by car, plane, bus, taxi, train, you name it…we finally made it! Those long hours were so worth it because this place is absolutely gorgeous. Even flying in over the countryside was beautiful and I most definitely want to come back someday and explore the whole country.

On our first day in Dublin, we kind of just walked around the city and ate some good food. My cousin actually lives here so we met up with him! We took one of those touristy bus tours of the city which was tacky but also nice since none of us have ever been here before. This city is huge and so beautiful. Later, we met up with my aunt and uncle who also flew in and who will be spending most of the trip with us.

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jacket : MOD On Trend (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | hat : Target | tee : Zara (similar) | boots : Italy (similar)


DAY 2

Now that we all finally caught up on sleep, we spent all of our second day doing things until we wore ourselves out. We crammed so much into one day, it was a lot but I’m glad my family is like this- I want to see as much as I can!

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jacket : AFRM (similar) | gloves : (similar) | tee : Zara (similar) | sunglasses : Diff Eyewear

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After walking around and visiting some cathedrals (Christ Church and St. Patrick’s) we went to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. It was super cool to see the actual factory and the process and we got a tasting at the end of the tour. Also, we just so happened to be there at the same time as the Teeling founders and we got to talk to them.

Next we went to the Guiness Storehouse/ Brewery which was probably one of the most unique buildings I have been in. This place was huge and very modern. The tour was neat to see and we got a tasting and a free pint of beer at the end but it’s really a one and done type of deal, for me anyways.

To finish off our short time in Dublin we ended with drinks and dinner with our whole group. I absolutely love this city and want to come back and spend more time exploring. I also now want to visit the rest of the country. The people are so friendly and the views are amazing.

Yellow Pop

I am beyond excited to finally be sharing the last outfit that I shot with Madi Dombrowski because it is my favorite out of the three. See the first look here, and the second here.

I am about to start my sophomore year at Stephens College and I am really excited about it. I really found myself this past year not only in style but on the inside as well. Style does plays a huge role on who you are and it definitely is starting to shape me as a person. This year I plan to take risks; not only fashion risks but life risks as well. My goal is to explore more, try new things and meet new people. Life is all about experiences and I want to fill this next year with lots of them. Something I also want to focus on is being my best self and not comparing myself to others. This is the key to confidence, and with confidence you can do it all.

This all sounds kind of cheesy but these are real things that are important to me and I can’t wait to follow these goals to live my best life.

Yellow tinted sunglasses have been all the rage this Summer and after I bought this pair I understood why; they make this outfit. This outfit is the right amount of everything. The flowy pants make it carefree but the denim jacket and sneakers edge it up a bit and add some structure.

I hope this post gives off at least some inspiration. I have a lot planned so stay tuned.

xx Bella

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jacket : Urban Outfitters (similar) | pants : Vintage (similar) | top : Brandy Melville (similar) | sunglasses : Nordstrom (different color) | shoes : Nike | belt : Vintage (similar)


photographer : Madi Dombrowski (Instagram)

Jacket Envy

OKAY. This jacket is literally my favorite thing ever. It’s by Natalia Meyer of Lucia’s Sarto on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. I think that it is so unique with the mix of fabrics and the uneven hem. I kept the outfit simple to keep the focus on the jacket and I love to show that you can mix inexpensive pieces with designer ones.

Also I LOVE how these photos turned out. It was lightly raining during this shoot and it added the perfect amount of gloomy creepiness.

xx Bella

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jacket : Lucia’s Sarto | top : Forever 21  | jeans : Express | boots : Rebecca Minkoff (similar)


stylist / creative director / model – Bella Lightner

photographer – Rian Stallbaumer