Wednesday, April 23, 2014

I Thought I Loved You Then

When I was in New Hampshire earlier this month Ben and I attended an art exhibit that my grandfather had a few pieces in. While I was admiring the vivid colors in one striking picture of crows, the artist came up and introduced herself. When she found out my husband was at the gallery with me, she promptly informed me I don't look nearly old enough to be married - (thanks, I had no idea). Her next question surprised me, coming from a woman I'd met two minutes earlier. She took my arm, leaned in, and in all seriousness asked, "Well, are you happy?"

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sun-kissed in Florals

Its officially wedding season. Every time I log into Facebook, somebody is engaged, or having engagement photos taken, or throwing a bridal shower, or inviting me to a reception (if only I had unlimited frequent flyer miles and could actually go to all of them!). Is this happening to you too?

Today I've teamed up with Hane's to bring you a look that would work for almost any of those (other than your own engagement pictures, I wouldn't recommend something as busy as this jacket ;). Whether you're headed to a bridal shower or a spring time reception, opt for bright colors and fun florals for a festive look.

And… to keep your legs looking fabulous for all of those wedding events, Hanes Hosiery is hosting a Save the Date Sanity sweepstakes (it closes on Friday!) on their Facebook page. The grand prize is $1,000 plus a top drawer of Hanes Hosiery tights (must be 18 or older to enter). Imagine, never having to shop for nylons again.

Side note: I hate shopping for nylons. There are always a million options and I can't even try them on. I tried on a selection of Hanes Hosiery's last week and these Sunkissed in Nude Bronze were the perfect touch of color, just sheer enough, and so far (after a few wears) they haven't run. For future shopping trips, I can rule out that frustrating ten minutes spent staring at all my options because I've found my favorite. 
jacket: ℅ TB Dress (60% off!)
blouse: ℅ A Cut Above Boutique (available here)
skirt: Banana Republic (love this seasons!)
shoes: ℅ Mart of China (I swoon over these Kate Spade look-a-likes )
bracelets: ℅ Jeweshop (here and here)
nylons: ℅ Hanes Sunkissed in Nude Bronze 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring Fashion: 3 Ways to Wear Yellow

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. 

Yellow has always been a color I've associated with spring fashion, but this year in particular, stores seem to have lots of it in their spring and summer lines. Today I've teamed up with Sears to bring you three easy ways to add yellow into your wardrobe this spring! 

Look 1: Black and White Prints

Half the stores I've been in this month feature yellow in their spring line - always paired with bold black and white prints. This is a great way to use black and white pieces you already have and update them with a few bold yellow ones. I love the bright shade of this playful piece from the Kardashian Kollection (and it has pockets!). 

Look 2: Pops of Yellow
A great way to jump on the yellow trend this spring is through pops of color in your accent pieces. Think lightweight scarf, bags, shoes, belts, or pendant jewelry. Pair them with neutral pieces already in your closet and you're set for spring.

Look 3: Yellow and Navy 
There are quite a few color combinations that go well well with yellow (surprisingly more than you'd think!), but one of my very favorites, is navy. The combo is fun, preppy, and classic. I took the same dress from the first look and layered it under a polkadot sweater. With a few tan leather accents, the outfit is ready to go.

A few other yellow color combos I've tried and liked recently are yellow and gray, yellow and deep purple, and yellow and kelly green. Do you have any favorites?

Look 1:
dress: ℅ Kardashian Kollection via Sears
shoes: Lauren Conrad (last seen here)
shirt: Oasap (love this black and white striped option)
clutch: similar here

Look 2:
blouse: similar here (last worn here)
denim: similar here
scarf: Forever 21
pumps: last seen here (how cute are these yellow flats?)

Look 3:
dress worn as skirt: ℅ Kardashian Kollection via Sears
sweater: J.Crew Factory (old)
bag: Kate Spade
shoes: Lulus (last seen here)

For all of you fashion forward and artistic people, Sears is hosting the Now + Here Designer Sketch from APril 4 - 25. You need to be a Shop Your Way rewards member to enter and submit a sketch of a graphic that could be featured on a gray t-sherif and sold in store as part of the Now + Here brand shop for Fall 2014. The winner will receive the t-shirt and $500 in SYW points. If only I could draw ;)

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We're enjoying the last of ours and I can't way to share some of the cutest pictures from this morning's Easter brunch! (some on instagram @bellatheblog)


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