OOTD : 1/30/19

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hat : (similar) | blazer : Zara (similar)

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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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First Sunday of the Month : Florence Italy – Free things to do + OOTD

Hello and cheers to the weekend! I wanted to share a little fun fact about the city of Florence, Italy today that I didn’t know until I came here. If you are ever in Firenze on the first Sunday of the month, a ton of the museums are free! It’s definitely worth hitting a couple if you can because overall, you do save a bit of cash!

It is impossible to do every single free museum in a day so do your research and pick out your favorites. On my free museum Sunday, we went to Accademia, Palazzo Pitti, and the Boboli Gardens. This total took about 5 hours to conquer.

I didn’t rush through only because I knew I will have another first Sunday in Florence again before I have to return to the states. My next visit I think will cover the Uffizi, Bargello, and the Medici Chapel.

Below are my photos of my outfit I wore along with some photos I took throughout the day at the museums I stopped off at.

xx Bella


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outfit details : top : Zuiki (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | shoes : Fila Disruptor II


Galleria dell’Accademia : this is the museum where Michelangelo’s famous Statue of David lives. It is definitely a must see while you are in Florence.

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Palazzo Pitti : this is where the ruling families of Florence lived, post- Medici, and was basically used for many different things afterwards. This museum is absolutely stunning, there isn’t a dull part.

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Palazzo Pitti – Costume Gallery

Bobble Gardens : the Boboli Garden is a huge, beautiful outdoor park connected to the Pitti Palace. There are many sculptures and fountains and the views are stunning.

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FULL LIST OF FREE MUSEUMS ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH
Gli Uffizi, Galleria dell’Accademia, Palazzo Pitti (Galleria Palatina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Tesoro dei Granduchi and Museo della Moda e del Costume), Giardino di Boboli, Museo delle Porcellane and Giardino Bardini, Museo del Bargello, Cappelle Medicee, Museo Archeologico, Palazzo Davanzati, Cenacolo di Andrea del Sarto, Museo Casa Martelli, Villa Bardini, Salvatore Ferragamo

Night Out Dress in the Daytime

SO… I have recently realized that the majority of my closet is denim, white t-shirts, and going out (party) dresses. The first two in that category make an easy everyday outfit but why leave out those party dresses? For this blog post, I wanted to style a look that acts as kind of a guide on how to wear you going out dresses in the daytime and for everyday wear.

For this outfit, I chose my absolute favorite, go-to party dress I own. It’s tight, bold, and stretchy (therefore comfortable and can be shared with multiple friends). ALSO- I think I only paid a whopping $9 for it on Missguided!

To make this sexy dress more daytime, or even business, appropriate, I paired it underneath a white button up blouse giving it a more sophisticated aesthetic. However, to keep it fun and moving from day to night, I paired it with a funky pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

This little trick can be done with almost any party dress, whether you wear something underneath, throw on a blazer or jacket, or pull a skirt over the bottom half. Don’t be afraid to get creative here!

xx Bella

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photographer : Audrey Lockwood


dress : Missguided (similar) | blouse : Zara (similar) | shoes : Jeffrey Campbell

XOXO, Green Blazer

Happy Tuesday! I made a goal this year to branch out of my “set” style and try out new things. I tend to dress pretty edgy using mainly neutral colors but I don’t want to stay in that aesthetic because there is only so much one can do within it.

For this look I paired a bright, mint green blazer that I thrifted with a faux leather pleated skirt and white pussybow blouse. My original idea was not to be preppy and gossip girl-esque but the outcome looks kind of like I stepped straight off the show. Not only do I get those vibes, but I also felt like I could be strutting down a street in Paris.

Remember that you don’t have to stick to one style to define yourself. It is so much more fun to try out other aesthetics and to add your own little twist.

xx Bella

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blazer : thrifted (similar) | skirt : Forever 21 (similar) | blouse : Zara (similar) | hat : Target (similar) | purse : Italy