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

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


photographer : Anna Tripolitis – Instagram and Facebook

LATE INTRO – WHO AM I? : VIDEO

Hey everyone! For those of you who don’t know me / have never met me before, here I am, on video! Sitting down and talking to the camera is a very difficult thing for me to do. (I’ll keep practicing and hopefully get better!) As a tween, I had a YouTube channel and my classmates found out and I was so embarrassed that I took it down. Now that I am more mature and don’t care what people think, I am trying this whole thing all over again.

My goal as of now is not to become instantly famous, but is to get my name out there with a presence on YouTube. I will continue to post on my blog, bellalightner.com, must expand my content onto this platform as well. I plan on creating lookbooks, vlogs, fun fashion related videos, and just really sitting down and talking type videos. I am really excited to work on some things in this kind of different format and I am hoping for the best with this!

Vinyl Vibes : Como Collabs Meetup 1

This is a follow up post from yesterday with the rest of the photos from the Columbia Collaboratives’ first meet up. I wanted to keep these photos separate from the others because they have such a different aesthetic. Rachel Leigh took these shots at Hitt Records in Columbia, MO. This record store is one of my favorites to shop at and made a great, moody place to shoot.

Be sure to follow the official Instagram account for Como Collabs and if you live in Columbia come to a meet up or use the hashtag #comocollabs to be featured.

Part one photos of the meet up here. 

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pants : Zara (similar) | top : H&M (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) | earrings : Forever 21 (similar)


photographer : Rachel Leigh

Blue Faux Fur Jacket : Como Collabs Meetup 1

Sometimes it is hard to find the creative people in such a big-small town. Columbia, Missouri is small yes, but full of college students. It is easy to get lost in the crowd and difficult to find your way out.

Two Sundays ago, I met up with a couple other people who all have a similar interest; creating art in some kind of form. Together we collaborated on small photoshoots and after made the group official. The CoMo Collaboratives is “a community of creatives living in Columbia, MO”. 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.

I ended up loving these outfits especially after seeing these shots. I matched the navy from my velvet striped pants to my faux fur leather jacket from Missguided. I feel like I was giving off a retro vibe with the flares. It was absolutely freezing so I won’t be breaking this outfit again until it warms up here pretty soon!

Photos are split up by Photographer. First is Rachel Leigh then Kassidy Jones and last Lexi Churchill. **There will be a part 2 post from this same meet up tomorrow 

xx Bella

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photographer : Rachel Leigh

model feature : Brooke Richardson


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photographer : Kassidy Jones

model feature : Brooke Richardson & Eliott Shearhart


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photographer : Lexi Churchill


jacket : Missguided (similar) | pants : Zara (similar) | top : H&M (similar) | shoes : H&M (similar) | belt : Vintage (similar) | earrings : Forever 21 (similar)

VLOG 3 : EUROPE – IRELAND, ITALY – WINTER 2017/18

Hello and thank you for clicking on this video! I recently got back from a trip to Europe with my family. We went to Dublin, Ireland, Milan, Florence, and Rome, Italy. I decided to keep music out of this video because I loved the sounds of the videos too much. I wanted to give a realistic vibe on what I heard when I was there. From church music to honking cars to my family yelling at each other.  I had the most amazing time touring around these places and I am so thankful for my family for taking me here on my Christmas vacation from college.

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DUBLIN, IRELAND

MILAN, ITALY

FLORENCE, ITALY

ROME, ITALY

Florence, Italy 12/31/17 – 1/1/18

Firenzi!! Florence was our next stop on our Europe trip! Florence is one of my favorite cities ever and it was so good to be back! It was insanely crowded but that didn’t take away from the amazing atmosphere here.

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jacket : Marshalls (similar) | pants : thrifted (similar) | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Florence has some of the best shopping in the world. Of course there are the high end designers but the best stores are the random small ones throughout the smaller streets. Clothes and things are inexpensive and so unique. Soon to be huge fashion trends hit these stores early.

Happy New Year’s Eve! I wore this velvet, glittery jumpsuit from Zara on Christmas but specifically bought it for New Years so here it is again. This is easily one of the best jumpsuits I’ve ever purchased!

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jumpsuit : Zara (similar) | shoes : H&M (similar)

Our New Years Eve celebrations consisted of going to an amazing Italian (of course) dinner followed by watching fireworks above the Ponte Vecchio. Florence is wild on this night, people just love blowing up fireworks. This city is so alive!

DAY 2

First day of the new year and we woke up to rain and that for some reason, was such a peaceful way to start off 2018. Below I am wearing a coat that my uncle got for me here in Florence! It is my new favorite thing I own because it is so different from anything I’ve seen. This store has some of the most unique pieces and it’s definitely one I’ll head back to again!

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coat : Dixie | jeans : Lee Jeans | hat : Target | shoes : Steve Madden (similar)

Today we walked around the city a bit but it was raining so not as much walking as the previous day. We had a private tour of Palazzo Medici which was actually really interesting. I usually prefer self guiding myself through a museum but or tour guide pointed things out that I would have never learned on my own. The palace was gorgeous. It’s so crazy that it still looks the way it does even with how old it is.

I have wanted to study abroad for my whole life and 2018 is the year I believe I will do it. I was torn between attending a school in Milan or a school in Florence. After visiting both cities back to back I thin that studying abroad in Florence is my best bet so we went by the school! It was closed because of the holiday but it made me really happy. There are so many good things coming in 2018!

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We finished off Florence by going to my family’s apartment they were staying at and my aunt cooked us all dinner. I’m really glad I got to see all of them, especially here in Europe!

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MILAN, ITALY 12/30/17

Next stop on our trip was Milan, Italy! This was the place I was most excited to go to! I’ve been here before but I was so sick I had to stay at the hotel where I watched Italian fashion TV for like 10 hours. Now I’m feeling great and was so ready to take on the fashion capital of the world!

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top : Forever 21 (similar) | pants : AFRM (in black) | boots : H&M (similar) | sunglasses : Muse (similar)

We flew in from Dublin early in the morning and immediately ate and then headed to the Duomo. I have wanted to see this in person for as long as I can remember and it’s so beautiful that it doesn’t seem real. Unfortunately we didn’t goninside or to the top because of how insane the crowds and lines were and we only have a day here. Needless to say I’ll have to come back.

We walked through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II where a ton of high end luxury designer stores are; Gucci, Prada, Versace, etc. Everything was so gorgeous. I have an obsession with window displays.

Of course we shopped and went to my favorite store, Zara, and some others. This Zara was the best and prettiest Zara I have ever been to in my life- and I’ve been to a lot of them.

Like I said before, it was insanely packed because of the holidays we couldn’t do a lot of the main sightseeing attractions so we literally just walked the city all day. I love this city so much. Everyone is extremely well dressed but all so differently. I could people watch for hours.

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top : AFRM | jeans : Lee Jeans | earrings : Forever 21 (similar)

Ciao Milano, I’ll be back!

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DUBLIN, IRELAND 12/28/17-12/29/17

Hello from Europe!… Dublin, Ireland to be exact. I have been counting down the days since what feels like forever but it’s finally here! I’ll be traveling to other cities as well in Italy so definitely stay tuned for posts coming this week!

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DAY 1

24 hours of traveling by car, plane, bus, taxi, train, you name it…we finally made it! Those long hours were so worth it because this place is absolutely gorgeous. Even flying in over the countryside was beautiful and I most definitely want to come back someday and explore the whole country.

On our first day in Dublin, we kind of just walked around the city and ate some good food. My cousin actually lives here so we met up with him! We took one of those touristy bus tours of the city which was tacky but also nice since none of us have ever been here before. This city is huge and so beautiful. Later, we met up with my aunt and uncle who also flew in and who will be spending most of the trip with us.

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jacket : MOD On Trend (similar) | jeans : Lee Jeans | hat : Target | tee : Zara (similar) | boots : Italy (similar)


DAY 2

Now that we all finally caught up on sleep, we spent all of our second day doing things until we wore ourselves out. We crammed so much into one day, it was a lot but I’m glad my family is like this- I want to see as much as I can!

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jacket : AFRM (similar) | gloves : (similar) | tee : Zara (similar) | sunglasses : Diff Eyewear

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After walking around and visiting some cathedrals (Christ Church and St. Patrick’s) we went to the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. It was super cool to see the actual factory and the process and we got a tasting at the end of the tour. Also, we just so happened to be there at the same time as the Teeling founders and we got to talk to them.

Next we went to the Guiness Storehouse/ Brewery which was probably one of the most unique buildings I have been in. This place was huge and very modern. The tour was neat to see and we got a tasting and a free pint of beer at the end but it’s really a one and done type of deal, for me anyways.

To finish off our short time in Dublin we ended with drinks and dinner with our whole group. I absolutely love this city and want to come back and spend more time exploring. I also now want to visit the rest of the country. The people are so friendly and the views are amazing.