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top : Forever 21 (similar) | shorts : Vintage (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar)


New Orleans 7/22/17 – 7/24/17

My family is super into road trips and we take a long one pretty much every Summer. I am pretty active on Instagram during these vacations but have never blogged (or vlogged) about them so this is a first! We’re stopping in a few different cities this week and each city will have its own blog post including my outfits and some other photos!

ALSO – in one of my recent blog posts, I mentioned how I wanted to better one of my social media channels and I am happy to say that I am officially bringing back my Youtube channel starting with a vlog from this trip once it’s all over! I have never vlogged before so it may be a little rough but I am going to try to get used to it and do it more regularly, showing a more accurate representation of my life. I also plan on creating some fashion videos and films as well so stay tuned. I am so excited to see everything come together!


Night 1

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top : Missguided | jeans : Free People | hat : Target | belt : Vintage (similar) | shoes : Dolce Vita

Day 2

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vest : DKNY (similar) | pants : J.Crew | shoes : Dolce Vita

Night 2

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romper : Forever 21 (similar) | earrings : (similar)

Day 3

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jumpsuit : Free People | hat : Target | shoes : Dolce Vita

Night 3

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dress : For Love and Lemons

L’Occitane Summer Treasures 14 Piece Set

Hello! I have recently partnered up with L’Occitane to try out their new Summer Treasures set! I was so excited to receive this package in the mail!

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This packaging is absolutely beautiful and the products are even better. This set includes 14 amazing beauty products and you get to open them in an Advent calendar style! I love every single product in here but want to focus on my favorites.

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  • Immortelle Essential Water : I have been super into hydrating sprays recently. They are a good way to wake up and refresh your skin. I love this one especially because it makes my skin feel tight and ready for the day.
  • Verbena Body Lotion : This may sound strange but I am definitely not a lotion person because of how greasy it makes me feel. However, this lotion is awesome! It leaves my skin soft and smooth and not greasy!! It’s perfect.
  • Shea Butter Lip Balm : I love my matte lip stains but they are so drying. I started putting this lip balm on before the stain and my lips didn’t dry out and the lip color stayed on for just as long.
  • Cherry Blossom Hand Cream : Again, I usually don’t like lotions but this is the perfect amount of moisture.
  • Divine Youth Oil : I put this oil under my eyes before I go to bed and I wake up feeling refreshed. My eyes look more awake, even if I did only get 3 hours of sleep.
  • Peony Perfecting Face Cream : Last but DEFINITELY not least! This face cream is incredible. I have pretty sensitive skin and this product was amazing on it. I put it on before my makeup in the morning and then again, right before bed. It leaves my skin smooth and smells so good. I will be ordering this in the full size right when I run out!

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This set makes a great gift or is perfect for yourself. It is a good way to test out the brand to see if it is a good fit for you before purchasing full size items. And- it’s only $49!!! You can purchase your own Summer Treasures Set, here!

I am so thankful to have partnered up with this amazing company! I hope you enjoyed this slightly different blog post and would love some feedback!

xx Bella

Comfy Culottes

Hey guys! So I know I have been slightly MIA on the actual blog but I have been so busy trying to work as much as I can before I head back to school next month. For some reason I haven’t been as inspired as usual and I want to make sure each post is quality and not just quantity. I should be posting more often very soon as I have some exciting things lined up. I am also in the progress of bettering one of my social media channels so keep following along!

This outfit is one that I wear so often because it is just the right amount of chic in a casual everyday look. These culottes are so loud and fun, keeping my look fashion forward. Culottes are seriously like a staple piece for me. I love the way they fit on my body and how easy they are to style! My simple tee brings the look back to normal making it perfect for almost any situation.

Again, please keep following me for more exciting things to come, I am working so hard to put out good quality work for you all. Thank you for all the support and thanks to Sara Clance for these bomb photos!

xx Bella


tee : Marc Jacobs (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | shoes : Steve Madden “Jaylen” (similar) | sunglasses : Nordstrom

photographer – Sara Clance (Facebook)

Free Spirited Fourth

Happy Fourth of July!!

This post isn’t super style heavy but I wanted to do something festive for the Fourth! This white dress was in a blog post a while ago linked here but I love it so much I had to shoot it again! I shot these photos with Sara Clance and LOVE how they turned out. I wanted a free-spirited-type feel and they turned out great- exactly what I was going for!

I hope you all have an amazing, safe and fun Fourth of July!

xx Bella


dress : Free People (similar) | bandana : Nordstrom

photographer – Sara Clance (Facebook)

Lee Jeans X Boulevardia 2017

This past weekend I was invited to Boulevardia in Kansas City by Lee Jeans! If you don’t know, Boulevardia is a festival that celebrates music, food, and Boulevard Beer; hence the name. This isn’t a normal blog post for me but I wanted to share some images from this day with Lee!

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Since I was attending this event with Lee Jeans, I felt like I should represent them by wearing a pair of their awesome denim! Although it was ridiculously hot, these jeans put my festival look together! I am wearing the Eu Lee – Scarlett High Rise Skinny Jeans in the color Charcoal Powder. I am almost six feet tall (surprise for those who have not met me in person) so I got the length in a 35 and they are PERFECT! – finally, jeans that are long enough!

Accessorizing this outfit was my favorite part! Since my outfit was all black I wanted an intense contrast by pairing lighter colored shoes and a white bandana around my neck!

jeans : Lee | top : Brandy Melville (similar) | hat : H&M (similar) | shoes : MiiM (similar) | bandana : Nordstrom | belt : Express

Lee Jeans was one of the festival’s sponsors and they were celebrating 100 years in Kansas City! I got to hang out in their tent all day with, Lee team member, Janelle McCoy, and my guest, and close fashion friend, Brooke Robertson. Lee had some fun games inside the tent along with a station where you could get custom designs on your denim to benefit Rightfully Sewn!

It was an amazing Saturday spent in the Stockyards District in Kansas City with Lee Jeans. We got to enjoy some great live music on the main stage and even in the parking garage due to the storm; something I will not forget. I am so thankful to have had this opportunity and can’t wait to collaborate with Lee Jeans in the near future!


Be sure to keep following along with my life on my instagram @bellalightner and my snapchat which I have recently released to everyone @bellaroma97

xx Bella

Girl in Gingham

Staying true to my style is so important to me because I never want to display something that I’m not. I wouldn’t say that I have a defined style but do I tend to wear either edgy clothing or bohemian the most. These are probably the most difficult styles to incorporate into a professional outfit but it is doable!

This top and skirt combo works perfectly because the ruffle details in both pieces bring them together. This top is most definitely not something I would normally see and love but once I paired it with this whole outfit I changed my mind. Not only am I keeping with the current trends by wearing a gingham patter, but I am keeping true to my personal style by pairing this outfit with these pink cutout booties. The shoes add some edge and totally spice up this look, making it more fun and more me.

xx Bella


top : (similar) | skirt : H&M (similar)| shoes : MiiM (similar)

photographer : Brooke Richardson

Feminine Floral

Hey everyone! I have been eyeing this two piece set for a while from the store I work at, Etiquette Boutique, and finally decided that I needed to purchase it. Sets are so much fun and you get at least three different outfits out of them when you mix and match the pieces. I paired these booties with it because they were the exact shade of pink as the flowers in the set! I love this look and can’t wait to style it in many different ways!

Also, I will be going to Kansas City Chiefs player, Travis Kelce’s, charity fashion show in a few days with my work family representing Etiquette Boutique! Be sure to follow along on my Instagram @bellalightner.

xx Bella


floral set : Etiquette Boutique (top) (skirt)| shoes : MiiM (similar) | necklace : Vanessa Mooney | hat : H&M (similar)

photographer : Brooke Richardson

Rich Apparels X RayGun 2017

Hey! I had the pleasure of attending the Rich Apparels launch event at RayGun at First Fridays in Kansas City the other day. Four of the shirts from the new Rich Apparels collection became available at RayGun the other day and the whole collection launched online today, here!


Rich Apparels was started, by designer Roosevelt, in 2014. He started this clothing brand to help kids who are picked on for being less fortunate. His goal was to create clothing that gives people confidence and to inspire them to chase their dreams and turn them into realities.

“Being rich to me is feeling confident, not taking ‘no’ as an answer, and spreading love and positivity.” Rich Apparels ignores social norms and stands for diversity.


To shop his new collection click here! I love the message this brand carries and the clothing is awesome and can be both dressed up or down. Also be sure to follow Rich Apparels on Instagram!

Snakeskin Summer

Happy June!!

Hey everyone, I know it has been a hot second since I’ve posted on my actual blog but it has been so difficult lately to find time to shoot! I finally had a free day and my blogger bestie Brooke and I got to squeeze in a quick photoshoot.

Right when H&M launched their most recent ad campaign I knew that I needed these snakeskin print shorts. They are so much fun and pretty out there so I paired them with a plain white top and white booties. I think that keeping the rest of the outfit simple really helps to focus on the trendy shorts.

I have a couple of blog posts lined up for this month so stay tuned. You can sign up for my emails or, if you don’t already, follow my Instagram account, @bellalightner, to keep up with my daily life!

xx Bella


shorts : H&M | top : H&M (similar)| booties : Matisse (similar) | necklace : (similar) | earrings : (similar) 

photographer : Brooke Richardson