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

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


photographer :  Jason Atherton

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#KCFW Cruise 2017 – Day 2 : ON BOARD

We left Miami and boarded our cruise ship this morning! This is my first cruise ever and I’m a bit nervous but mostly excited. We are aboard the Carnival Sensation Ship and it is huge with lots to do. Today we just hung out starting with a full team breakfast in Miami and dinner on the ship. No official business took place but tomorrow we will be shooting a lot at our next destination, Key West.

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pants : Forever 21 (similar) | top : Free People (similar) | headscarf : vintage (similar)

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Team photo before boarding the ship

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pants : Missguided (similar) | boots : Zara (similar) | jacket :  Forever 21 | belt : Forever 21 (similar)

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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!

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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

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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

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


photographer : Brooke Richardson

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

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


photographer : Brooke Richardson