Red Silk Top

Here are some more shots from the KC Creatives meet-up on February 3. These are from the amazing Amina Shaw. She is such a light and I can’t wait to work with her more in the future!

I put these photos in a separate blog post mainly because I wanted to quickly talk about how important thrifting is! I purchased this red blouse from a Goodwill in Columbia, Missouri for 99 cents. It was so bold and the first thing I saw in the store. It’s 100% silk, from Bloomingdales, and in PERFECT condition. For 99 cents? Not bad.

Especially as a college student on a budget, it is not easy to buy all new clothing for Instagram content and blog posts. Thrift stores and vintage shops are the way to go to not only save money, but make a statement.

xx Bella

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blouse : goodwill originally Bloomingdales (similar)

photographer : Amina Shaw


The KC Creatives Meetup 2/3/18

I feel as if I have been going to meet-ups left and right and I absolutely love it. It’s so refreshing to work with tons of creative people who all have their own individual mindset. I will keep updating this post as more shots roll in!

The theme of this meet-up hosted by the KC Creatives was Valentine’s Day. Molly Balloons (queen balloon artist of Kansas City) was there to create some fun things too. I decided to stick with the theme and wear the color red by throwing on my favorite red striped flare pants from AFRM. I wear these things so often I think I should buy a second pair for when these completely give out.

I have a short part 2 from this meet up coming soon! Stay tuned!

xx Bella

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photographer : EAILY

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photographer : Rachel Leigh

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photographer : Kenzie Shea Photography

shirt : Topshop (similar) | pants : AFRM | earrings : Forever 21

Hub Day – H Collective – Kansas City

I am so glad that H Collective was having a Hub Day meet-up in Kansas City! I ended up going and met tons of amazing creatives. I got to shoot with about ten different photographers. It is so cool to see how each one has a different view and inspiration for the same outfit/pose. I only have images back from 2 photographers so far but as more come my way I will update this post!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @bellalightner to keep up with everything else with my life!

xx Bella

*photos are separated by photographer


photographer : Brooklyn Boyer

photographer : josephhjr


photographer : Eric Loethen

jacket : Marshalls (similar) | shirt : Arizona Trading Company – vintage | jeans : Current/Elliott (similar) | shoes : Target (similar)

Simple Outfit with a Statement Jacket

I feel as if many of my outfits are quite simple but I love to also stand out. A statement jacket can bring just about any look from 0 to 100. I went from a tank and jeans outfit to a full on military inspired look, just by adding this jacket that I bought at Chopin in Italy around seven years ago. If you want to stand out, it is important to have some statement pieces or jackets incorporated into your outfits.

Thank you Jason Atherton for shooting these photos for me so last minute. We shot these in the mall and I love the people walking in the background. It makes these images so real and alive and shows that you don’t always need the most beautiful background to create good content.

xx Bella


jacket : Chopin Roma (similar) | top : Forever 21 (similar) | jeans : Free People | booties : Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

photographer :  Jason Atherton

Red on Red : Como Collabs Meetup 2

Red has recently been my absolute favorite color ever. I have been incorporating a lot of this color into my outfits and hope it never goes out of style.

This jacket is one of the coolest pieces I own. I purchased it at a vintage / antique store in the Deep Ellum district of Dallas, Texas. Vintage pieces add some kind of unique flare to everything and I try really hard to include many vintage or thrifted things into my personal style.

These shots are from the second Columbia Collaboratives meet up shot by Rachel LeighKassidy Jones, and Lexi Churchill in that order. 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.

xx Bella

Como Collabs meet-up 2 – PART 1

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photographer : Rachel Leigh

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photographer : Kassidy Jones

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photographer : Lexi Churchill

model feature : Mayas Dream House & Ashten Smith

jacket : vintage (similar) | pants : Nordstrom Rack (similar) | shoes : Target (similar) | necklace : vintage (similar)

Tweed and Leather : Como Collabs Meetup 2

This was such a fun and easy look to put together. I love the chic, European feel of the tweed and fur jacket mixed with the edgy rocker leggings and heeled booties; it’s almost Parisian inspired. I think it makes for something different and unique. Of course I am wearing my favorite black newsboy hat to tie everything together.

These shots are from the second Columbia Collaboratives meet up shot by Anna Tripolitis. Be sure to follow Anna on Instagram and like on Facebook. I also have part two from the meet up coming soon. I shot two outfits and wanted to keep them separated.

xx Bella

Como Collabs meet-up 1 – PART 1 & PART 2


jacket : Dixie Firenzi (similar) | pants : Nordstrom Rack (similar) | hat : Target | boots : Rebecca Minkoff (similar)

photographer : Anna Tripolitis – Instagram and Facebook