Blue Faux Fur Jacket : Como Collabs Meetup 1

Sometimes it is hard to find the creative people in such a big-small town. Columbia, Missouri is small yes, but full of college students. It is easy to get lost in the crowd and difficult to find your way out.

Two Sundays ago, I met up with a couple other people who all have a similar interest; creating art in some kind of form. Together we collaborated on small photoshoots and after made the group official. The CoMo Collaboratives is “a community of creatives living in Columbia, MO”. Be sure to follow the official Instagram account and if you live in COMO come to a meet up or use the hashtag #comocollabs to be featured.

I ended up loving these outfits especially after seeing these shots. I matched the navy from my velvet striped pants to my faux fur leather jacket from Missguided. I feel like I was giving off a retro vibe with the flares. It was absolutely freezing so I won’t be breaking this outfit again until it warms up here pretty soon!

Photos are split up by Photographer. First is Rachel Leigh then Kassidy Jones and last Lexi Churchill. **There will be a part 2 post from this same meet up tomorrow 

xx Bella

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photographer : Rachel Leigh

model feature : Brooke Richardson


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photographer : Kassidy Jones

model feature : Brooke Richardson & Eliott Shearhart


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photographer : Lexi Churchill


jacket : Missguided (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | top : H&M (similar) | shoes : H&M (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) | earrings : Forever 21 (similar)

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Admire Your Selfie

A few years ago, I met the coolest person in the entire world, like not even kidding. Molly Munyan is the funniest, most creative, and unique person I’ve ever met. She is a balloon artist! I met her when she was making dresses out of balloons and I have only watched her grow from there. This past month, she opened a temporary installation in Kansas City called “Admire Your Selfie”. This exhibit featured multiple areas of different backdrops composed of balloons, donuts, a swing, and more! It brought a ton of different people together to collaborate. My entire Instagram feed is nothing but photos from here and I LOVE THAT. I hope to see Molly do more like this in the future and I can’t wait to see what’s next for her!

Be sure to follow @MollyBalloons on Instagram as well as @admireyourselfie

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blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | glasses : Free People | hat : Topshop

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top : Forever 21 (similar) | glasses : Nordstrom (similar) | pants : AFRM

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coat : Etiquette Boutique (similar)

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blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | hat : Topshop | lipstick : Kat Von D

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VLOG 3 : EUROPE – IRELAND, ITALY – WINTER 2017/18

Hello and thank you for clicking on this video! I recently got back from a trip to Europe with my family. We went to Dublin, Ireland, Milan, Florence, and Rome, Italy. I decided to keep music out of this video because I loved the sounds of the videos too much. I wanted to give a realistic vibe on what I heard when I was there. From church music to honking cars to my family yelling at each other.  I had the most amazing time touring around these places and I am so thankful for my family for taking me here on my Christmas vacation from college.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND

MILAN, ITALY

FLORENCE, ITALY

ROME, ITALY

ROME, ITALY 1/2/18 – 1/5/18

Our final stop was Rome, Italy! This was my third time being in Rome and I could still go back more and more. This city is absolutely beautiful and there’s so much to do.

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jacket : Ralph Lauren (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | shoes : H&M (similar) | sunglasses : Diff Eyewear

We had an early morning train from Florence that arrived in Rome before noon. Our room wasn’t ready yet so we tooled around town a bit with no plans. First we went to San Giovanni in Laterno where we saw the Santa Scala, or the holy stairs, and walked through the market. We stopped and had lunch in that area as well at an amazing restaurant. Personally I think that Rome has the best food in Italy, as far as I know.

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After our room was ready we changed and headed out to Piazza di Spagna where the Spanish Steps are. This is my favorite Piazza in all of Rome. I love the atmosphere of the historic Roman square that is surrounded by designer shops. Via Condotti, a shopping street, is connected to this Piazza so we walked down there and headed to Via del Corso, again, another shopping street. Via Condotti has more high end names like Gucci, Bvlgari, Dolce and Gabbana, and more while Via Condotti has more affordable brands such as Zara and & Other Stories.

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Via Condotti is a way to arrive at Fontana di Trevi where all of your Lizzie McGuire dreams come true. No but really, this fountain is gorgeous. I could stare at it for hours. We then made our way to Piazza Navona which is also close by. This is a favorite of my moms. It has the very famous Fountain of the Four Rivers in the middle along with a beautiful church, Basilica of Santa Maria Novella.

DAY 2

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jacket : Zara (similar) | blouse : Zara (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | boots : bought in Italy 6 years ago (similar) | sunglasses : Muse (similar)

On our second day we went to Saint Peter’s Square or Piazza di San Pietro, to see the basilica and to tour the Vatican Museum. This is another one of my favorites in Rome. If you ever go, this is a must see. The museum is great but what really takes the cake is the Sistine Chapel. The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo is my favorite work of art ever.

We then went to the Colosseum area! We didn’t go in because we’ve done it before and it honestly wasn’t spectacular. However, my whole family’s favorite restaurant in all of Italy is over there! The food here is by far the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my life. Everything is homemade and fresh and authentic Italian! After our late lunch we went to a church, also right by the Colosseum. The Basilica di San Pietro in Vincoli is really cool to go and see. Even if you’re not religious in any way, I still would recommend seeing all of these churches and holy spots because of how beautiful the architecture is and the incredible and famous artwork inside. We went into a number of churches throughout this whole trip.

We ended our second night in Roma with a casual dinner at a restaurant off of Nazionale.

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sweatshirt : Zara (similar) | purse : Chopin Roma (similar)

DAY 3

To start our day, we took the metro to Piazza di Spagna to go to our favorite coffee bar where we got our cappuccinos – something we did multiple times everyday. While we were in the area, we went to the Market at Campo Dei Fiori where you can buy anything from leather goods to fruit to flowers.

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shirt : Zara (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | hat : Target | purse : Chopin (similar)

For the rest of the day we just went around town taking in the beauty and seeing sights. We saw Vittorio Emmanuel II in Piazza Venezia which is a very busy square. We also saw some Roman ruins in this area as well at the Imperial Forum.

DAY 4

Our last day in Rome was a sad one. I really did not want to leave and go back to reality. We did have some time though to hang out for a while. My cousin came in for the day from Florence so we got to spend more time with him. We hung around Piazza di Spagna and Fontana di Trevi and had an incredible last Italian meal nearby.

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Finally it came time to head to the train station to go to the airport. This trip was so amazing and I’m so thankful my parents took us on it. I learned a lot and got so much inspiration when I needed it the most. Although I’m sad to head back home, I am excited to start changing the way I do things there. I have really high hopes for 2018 and now that this trip is officially over I’m ready to start the hustle. Thanks again so much for following along with me!

Xx Bella

Also! I filmed throughout this trip and there will be a vlog up on YouTube here shortly! So stay tuned.

 

Florence, Italy 12/31/17 – 1/1/18

Firenzi!! Florence was our next stop on our Europe trip! Florence is one of my favorite cities ever and it was so good to be back! It was insanely crowded but that didn’t take away from the amazing atmosphere here.

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jacket : Marshalls (similar) | pants : thrifted (similar) | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Florence has some of the best shopping in the world. Of course there are the high end designers but the best stores are the random small ones throughout the smaller streets. Clothes and things are inexpensive and so unique. Soon to be huge fashion trends hit these stores early.

Happy New Year’s Eve! I wore this velvet, glittery jumpsuit from Zara on Christmas but specifically bought it for New Years so here it is again. This is easily one of the best jumpsuits I’ve ever purchased!

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jumpsuit : Zara (similar) | shoes : H&M (similar)

Our New Years Eve celebrations consisted of going to an amazing Italian (of course) dinner followed by watching fireworks above the Ponte Vecchio. Florence is wild on this night, people just love blowing up fireworks. This city is so alive!

DAY 2

First day of the new year and we woke up to rain and that for some reason, was such a peaceful way to start off 2018. Below I am wearing a coat that my uncle got for me here in Florence! It is my new favorite thing I own because it is so different from anything I’ve seen. This store has some of the most unique pieces and it’s definitely one I’ll head back to again!

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coat : Dixie | jeans : Lee Jeans | hat : Target | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Today we walked around the city a bit but it was raining so not as much walking as the previous day. We had a private tour of Palazzo Medici which was actually really interesting. I usually prefer self guiding myself through a museum but or tour guide pointed things out that I would have never learned on my own. The palace was gorgeous. It’s so crazy that it still looks the way it does even with how old it is.

I have wanted to study abroad for my whole life and 2018 is the year I believe I will do it. I was torn between attending a school in Milan or a school in Florence. After visiting both cities back to back I thin that studying abroad in Florence is my best bet so we went by the school! It was closed because of the holiday but it made me really happy. There are so many good things coming in 2018!

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We finished off Florence by going to my family’s apartment they were staying at and my aunt cooked us all dinner. I’m really glad I got to see all of them, especially here in Europe!

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MILAN, ITALY 12/30/17

Next stop on our trip was Milan, Italy! This was the place I was most excited to go to! I’ve been here before but I was so sick I had to stay at the hotel where I watched Italian fashion TV for like 10 hours. Now I’m feeling great and was so ready to take on the fashion capital of the world!

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top : Forever 21 (similar) | pants : AFRM (in black) | boots : H&M (similar) | sunglasses : Muse (similar)

We flew in from Dublin early in the morning and immediately ate and then headed to the Duomo. I have wanted to see this in person for as long as I can remember and it’s so beautiful that it doesn’t seem real. Unfortunately we didn’t goninside or to the top because of how insane the crowds and lines were and we only have a day here. Needless to say I’ll have to come back.

We walked through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II where a ton of high end luxury designer stores are; Gucci, Prada, Versace, etc. Everything was so gorgeous. I have an obsession with window displays.

Of course we shopped and went to my favorite store, Zara, and some others. This Zara was the best and prettiest Zara I have ever been to in my life- and I’ve been to a lot of them.

Like I said before, it was insanely packed because of the holidays we couldn’t do a lot of the main sightseeing attractions so we literally just walked the city all day. I love this city so much. Everyone is extremely well dressed but all so differently. I could people watch for hours.

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top : AFRM | jeans : Lee Jeans | earrings : Forever 21 (similar)

Ciao Milano, I’ll be back!

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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.