Paris, France | 10/26/18 – 10/28/18 – 11/2/18 – 11/5/18

Paris is somewhere I have ALWAYS desired to travel to and I am so lucky to have not only spent my 21st birthday there but to have gone twice within one week! I absolutely fell in love with this city and can see myself going back over and over again even more.

I am not going to write a whole lot in this blog post because it is so photo heavy. Certain photos will be captioned and of course, as always I will mention where the pieces of my outfits are from with shopable links.

xx Bella


10/26/18 – 10/28/18

outfit : blazer : Zara (similar) | tights : Calzedonia | bag : Fendi


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outfit : top : Bershka | skirt : Bershka (similar)

I need to go back to Paris to actually take my time in the Louvre. We didn’t have a long time in Paris so we mapped out where a couple important works of art were and booked it directly there. I did get to see the Mona Lisa which was something I can say I did, but I personally think she is hyped up a little too much.


Walking down the Champs-Elysees is something I have seen and heard in movies and doing it myself was magical. Walking past the beautiful designer stores and coffee shops was just a dream. This is the street that made me fall in love with this city.


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Seeing the memorial for Princess Diana actually gave me goosebumps. It totally escaped my mind that the terrible incident happened in Paris and we just so happened to stumble across this. It is a beautiful monument dedicated to her and I am so thankful I got to see it.



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After going to Catholic school for the majority of my life, I learned a lot, not only about religion but about religious architecture. I remember learning about the construction of the Notre Dame Cathedral and seeing it in real life was crazy to me.

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outfit : top : Zara (similar) | jeans : Maude Vintage (similar) | belt : Off White



Since it was my 21st birthday, I was 100% determined to pop champagne while watching the Eiffel Tower sparkle. This is a moment I could have only dreamed about. It was so surreal I feel like it didn’t even happen.

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outfit : dress : Zara | belt : Off White


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11/2/18 – 11/5/18

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outfit : dress : Zara | boots : Zara


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I have wanted to go to this beautiful church ever since the thought of a Paris trip came into my head. Unfortunately, I was able to go the first weekend but made it my top priority that I went the second time.  Sainte-Chapelle literally took my breath away. I could stand beneath those stained glass windows for hours.


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The view from the top of the Eiffel Tower is great but the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe is way better in my opinion, mainly because the Eiffel Tower is in view. I also absolutely loved watching the cars go up and down the Champs-Elysees.

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Bergamo, Italy |10/20/18 – 10/21/18

Bergamo, Italy is a town in the Northern part of Italy closer to Austria and Switzerland. I had no idea what to expect when going here but it was actually really cool. My mom wanted to go here because her family was from there and loved to visit.


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To get to the historical part of Bergamo, you have to get on a trolly type ski lift thingy to get to the top of the hill. Walking is also an option, but apparently it is a hike and we only had a day here.



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The Bergamo Cathedral is one of the prettiest churches I have ever been to! Is is small but extremely detailed. It is free to go in which is a plus. When in Bergamo, this is a must see.


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outfit : jeans : vintage (similar) | jacket : Amuse Society (similar) | shirt : Levis | boots : Zara (similar)

Arezzo, Italy | 10/19/18

Arezzo, Italy is a small town just an hour train ride south of Florence. I would have never thought to go to this town if it weren’t for my mom mentioning it. We covered this town in just a few hours because it was so small; a great Tuscan day trip.


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outfit : top : Zara (similar) | shorts : Zara (similar) | boots : Zara (similar)


 

We were lucky to have visited on the day that they were having their international festival! There were vendors with stands selling things from tons and tons of countries. The line of tables and tents was probably almost a mile long.


There is also a lot of amazing shopping in Arezzo. I purchased a beautiful pair of western leather boots from Sandro Ferrone.

EDITORIAL : Tokyo Nights feat. Brooke LaRyn

For my fashion photography class at school, we were required to shoot a model in at least 3 outfits with an outcome of 5 photos. I am all about cohesiveness so I wanted the photos to flow and have a story. Although, this could have turned out way better if I had the right tools and more time, I am happy with the outcome. I was inspired by the lights of Tokyo, Japan and the neon trend happening now.

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*styled and shot by me

*model : Brooke Richardson

Florence, Italy – Study Abroad : Week 7

Some photos from my 7th week spent in Florence!


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The Bargello Museum in Florence is such an underrated museum. There are some really important works of art in there and everything else is extremely beautiful. This museum doesn’t take long at all to go through and is definitely worth seeing if you’re ever in this city.


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Vivoli is said to be some of the best gelato in Florence. I’ve learned that the less attractive and decorated the gelato looks, the better it tastes. That is so so true; so if you’re ever in Florence, or anywhere in Italy, stick to the less touristy, less pretty gelato places for a more authentic taste.

Florence, Italy – Study Abroad : Week 6

Here are some random photos from my sixth week living in Florence, Italy!

On the second Sunday of each month, there is an outside market in Santo Spirito. Vendors are selling everything from food, to home goods, to vintage designer items. I picked up a vintage Fendi tote bag for an amazing price here.


Location is not always key

Hi! I used to get really down about living in the Midwest and not having the most beautiful architecture to shoot with or have good locations to take blog photos but overall, that doesn’t really matter. Unfortunately, I didn’t even realize that until I arrived in Florence, Italy- one of the most beautiful places in the world in my opinion. With the right eye, you can make just about anything cool.

I wanted to prove this thought with the photo below. I shot this sitting on my shower floor with a self timer on my iPhone. With the right eye and editing, I made this shower photo a lot cooler than it really was.

If you’re feeling stuck, don’t be afraid to get weird and creative. You could produce some of the coolest photos in the ugliest places.

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OOTD : 10/14/18

Mixing prints and patterns is one of my favorite looks but sometimes I find it so difficult to accomplish correctly. This dress, luckily came with it done for me! I love the mix of stripes, polka dots, and florals. It is very feminine so I added some chunky white Fila Disruptors to add something different.

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dress : Giulia Rocchi | shoes : Fila Disruptor II