#KCFW Cruise 2017 – Day 3 : KEY WEST

Day three is here and today we docked in Key West, Florida. I have never been to the Keys and this place was absolutely gorgeous. We shot a couple of looks right as we got off the boat. I modeled today and wore a top by Maria Behnen. We also shot some Kansas City Chiefs shirts because they are one of Kansas City Fashion Week’s official sponsors.


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wearing : Maria Benhen | photo : Layne Haley Whitehouse | Hair/MUA : Ashley Hazelwood
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photo : Layne Haley Whitehouse | H/MUA : Ashley Hazelwood | models (left to right) : Bella Lightner (self), Jazlynne Dawson, Audrey White, Aezia Jardin

After we were finished shooting we all could go explore the city. Key West is beautiful! As much as I love black and more edgy city environments, it’s so refreshing to change the scenery.

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sunglasses : Diff Eyewear | top : Brandy Melville (similar)

After walking around Key West for a while, we boarded back on our ship and hung around (napped, lol) until an amazing dinner!

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dress : Forever 21 | blazer : Nordstrom (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) 

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left to right : Brooke Richardson, Mariah Kellii, Bella Lightner (me), Eliza Williams, Aezia Jardin

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set : Rachel by Rachel Roy | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

#KCFW S/S’18 Thursday Night Runway Show

This post has been EXTREMELY delayed and I can’t apologize enough for it. However, school has been taking over my life and that right now it my top priority. I finally got some free time now that it’s my Thanksgiving break to write up my Kansas City Fashion Week recaps (thank God)!

During this event I was interview by Tara Logan for Kansas City Fashion Week’s official Facebook page. This was kind of nerve-wracking since I have never done an on camera interview before but I hope that I did okay! You can watch my interview HERE and Tara’s YouTube video recap HERE.


DESIGNERS :

Syke Brand

Skye Brand focused on the terrible and ongoing issue of sex trafficking. Models were bound by ropes at the hands to make a statement that victims of sex trafficking are trapped. The finale model broke free of the ropes, which was somewhat of a light into the end of sex trafficking. This was a very powerful collection and gave me and probably others, much to think about. Overall, I loved the concept to raise awareness about something that is so relevant in today’s society through art.

Rebekah Lux

Rebekah Lux was one of my favorites from this night. When it comes to statement pieces, I am team metallic all the way. Her pieces were so much fun and had so much life and energy to each and every one of them. Her look featuring pink metallic culottes was by far my favorite in this collection. I am so inspired by everything that she created.

Naava Swim

Naava Swim gave me so many Miami Swim Week Vibes. Every piece was different but the collection was still cohesive as a whole and I LOVED the blues and yellows. The models looked amazing and showed so much personality on the runway.

Designs by Miranda Hanson

This collection was absolutely gorgeous! It was so airy and feminine and the details were beautiful. I am in love with the color palette, as some of my favorite shades are pastels. Each look flowed well in the entirety of the collection.

Dous

Dous was another one of my favorite designers because I am such a huge menswear fan. I talk about how much I like menswear all of the time and this collection made me so happy. It was very street style-esque and the graphics added a nice touch and kept all the looks together. There were also a few womenswear looks which were kept on the androgynous side. Lots of denim and heavier fabrics were used, probably to keep the clothing more wearable and practical.

Travis Cal

Travis Cal’s collection was just a lot of fun. I enjoyed the mix of women and menswear  along with the variety. The whole thing was romantic and full of texture; there were sequins, florals, lace and prints.

Kendra J Bridal

It’s definitely more difficult for me to discuss bridal gowns because that is not in my area of focus but watching these dresses go down the runway made my heart so happy. Each one had so much detail and was totally stunning. My favorites were most definitely the ones that had lace overlays.


MY OUTFIT :

My mom just handed down this two piece set from the 70s and I had to break it out for fashion week! The pink was a bit girly so I edged it up with a black satin bomber worn off the shoulder and some fishnets.

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set : vintage (similar) | jacket : Forever 21 | hat : Target | shoes : Marshall’s (similar) | fishnets : ASOS


photographer – Jason Atherton (Facebook)

Pink Python

Online it says that this jumpsuit is red but in real life, it is totally pink… it also made for a cooler title. However, I obsessed over this statement piece for what felt like the longest time and I finally caved and purchased it. I ordered it online and when it came in the mail it didn’t actually fit how I imagined it would but I made it work.

I paired this snakeskin print jumpsuit with a white button up top underneath to make it more casual and wearable along with my favorite loafer slides. I have a couple other outfit combinations I plan on trying with this to edge it up a bit in the future.

This is another look that I shot with Madi Dombrowski and the last pic is one we took just for fun because that’s how I wanted to wear it originally but it’s just a bit too big and flowy for that.

I also wore this jumpsuit on my recent trip to New Orleans in a somewhat similar way and you can see that here!

xx Bella

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jumpsuit : Free People | top : H&M (similar) | shoes : Dolce Vita | sunglasses : Vintage (similar) | hat : H&M (similar)


photographer : Madi Dombrowski (Instagram)

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

Festival Fashion 2017 Series – 1/3

Festival season is well upon us and everyone loves festival fashion so I am going to do a three part music festival style inspired series! I am unfortunately not going to any huge music festivals as of now but I’m maybe hoping to attend a smaller one sometime this Summer.

For this look, my top and bottoms are basic but I threw on a bunch of accessories and a statement kimono. Fringe is definitely a huge trend within festival fashion and this kimono is perfect for lots of movement! I shot some with and without it because I liked the simplistic look underneath as well.

This is the perfect outdoor concert outfit. I actually wore it this past Tuesday to see The 1975! It was such a good show and I was comfortable and felt cute in this outfit the whole time. Also side note- these shorts to me at first were so ugly but now I am in love with how vintage they look + they were only $1 at a thrift store!!!

Be sure to follow me to be notified when the next two outfits of this series are up!

xx Bella

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kimono : Topshop (similar) | top : Forever 21 (similar) | shorts : (similar) | black bolo tie : (similar) | shoes : Urban Outfitters (similar)


photographer – Emily Steele