Let's Swap; A Community Clothing Event

You know that top in your closet that doesn't fit right? Or that dress you never wear anymore? Those items can finally be put to good use again in another woman's closet. It's time to cleanse your closet of the old and make way for something new. Bring your gently used, unwanted items to Bella Mia Boutique's first clothing swap on Sunday, August 12 from 6pm-8pm. Join other local women for this community wide clothing swap in the parking lot behind Bella Mia!

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Never been to a clothing swap? No worries- we have the deets!

  • Bring at least three but no more than fifteen gently preloved items of women's clothing and accessories. That's right- clear out not only your clothing but also your jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, and shoes! 
  • No name brand? No problem! We don't discriminate but we do ask that the items have no signs of major wear (holes, stains, pulls, etc.)
  • For every item you bring, you'll receive a ticket to "purchase" other items! SO- you'll start with a minimum of three tickets and a maximum of fifteen tickets. Yes- that's right, you have the chance to get up to fifteen new to you items!
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Five reasons to swap:

  1. It's economical! Swapping clothes is an easy way to stay on budget.
  2. That feeling you get when you clean our your closet and feel FRESH.
  3. Bring your girlfriends to make it a free and fun girls night out!
  4. You just might find a treasured piece that you'll wear way more than those old jeans that don't even fit you anymore. #realtalk
  5. Any items that are leftover, we'll donate to an awesome charity FOR YOU! One less thing on the to do list. #winwin

Now that you're convinced- we'll see you there!

Tell a friend!
August 12, 2018
from 6pm to 8pm
in the parking lot directly behind Bella Mia,
448 Forest Ave. Plymouth, MI 48170

For more information about our charity of choice visit www.vistamaria.org

Meet Ruby, The Human!

 

Ruby Hauser

Confident, classy, and kind. These are just three words we would use to describe, our newest Bella: Ruby! Ruby joined the team just a few weeks ago but has already found a home as a top stylist at Bella Mia and our go-to consultant at Dressed Up.

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Her love for fashion is undeniable and she believes that it's the best way to express yourself. Watching people piece together an #ootd or pairing jewelry with their homecoming dress, Ruby is inspired by interpreting how women express themselves through their wardrobe. She would describe her personal style as feminine and Parisian chic (this 19 year old girl loves to travel) And while Paris will remain a standby favorite, Norway is next her travel bucket list. Once she finishes school for hospitality and tourism, she wants to open her own B&B in Scotland: How cool is that?! Until that day comes, Ruby spends her days with her new pup, Lilo, volunteering at the Huron Valley Humane Society, and going on local adventures to experience new cultures. 

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Ruby has been shopping with Bella Mia for years now. She looks fondly on the times that she and her mom would come shopping together for her next outfit or dress. We have loved knowing Ruby as a loyal customer and are ecstatic to see her grow and become a part of the Bella family. So next time you're in Bella Mia and ask to see Ruby, you'll probably end up being greeted by Ruby. And while we might miss our little dachshund friend (also Ruby) working daily, we're also excited to have this human ray of sunshine on the Bella Mia team. 

 

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Where To Donate Your Prom Dress: Donating to Hope Closet

You've spent the past few months thinking about prom: what dress you're going to wear, what hairstyle will look best, and of course bringing it all together with shoes and jewelry! Now you went to prom, took countless photos, had a blast, and made memories you'll never forget. After an #epic prom night, you come home to slip off your dress, take off your makeup, and throw your accessories on that one chair. A few weeks past by and you're wondering: what do I do with my prom dress now?

Donate Your Prom Dress

The ultimate way to pass on your great prom experience, is to let someone else have an amazing experience just like you did! Hope Closet allows young women in the metro-Detroit area to attend high school dances feeling as confident and special as you did without financial limitations. Hope Closet hosts a one week "Prom Pop-Up Shop" run entirely on volunteers and donated items and dresses. 

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How You Can Help

Donating is easy! First you need to decide what you want to donate; Hope Closet loves everything including your formal dress, formal shoes, accessories (including jewelry, purses, and wraps), and dress bags. After gathering your donation you have two options: mailing it or dropping it off at their donation center.

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To mail your donation: package it and send it to the following address: 

Hope Closet
PO Box 530413
Livonia, MI 48153-0413

To drop off your donation: package it and drop it off at this location: 

Premier Locations, an agent of Mayflower
Monday thru Friday 9am-5pm.
45200 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48335

If you need a receipt for your donation, please include a prestamped self addressed envelope with your donation. Also, when donating at Premier Locations give them a shout out for volunteering a free place to store the dresses!

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Hope Closet's ultimate goal is to offset financial costs to local families and provide role models for young women who later want the same opportunity to pay it forward with their volunteerism. For more information on Hope Closet, their volunteer program, and next pop up shoppe visit hopecloset.org.

Who We Want To See At This Year's Art In The Park

Art in the Park 

The Top 4 Must See Artists of 2018

For over thirty years, Plymouth has attracted hundreds of artists for a 3-day weekend called ‘Art in the Park’. This event aims to celebrate and support artists from communities across the nation. Every year, this city wide affair does not disappoint and we find ourselves running from to booth so as not to miss a singlething! With 400 artists annually, it's almost impossible to hit every single booth and really appreciate every piece of art. This year we decided to feature our top 4 must see artists so you can learn a little more before you hit the show. 


4. Go Forth Goods

Go Forth Goods is a USA based high quality leather goods company whose main focus is to to be faithful down to the last stitch, to give back, and make a difference. The founder, Nathan Martin, thinks about every design and how it will wear over the next ten to twenty years with continually use. Using American-sourced leather, solid brass and copper rivets as their staples, they ensure that their goods will last for years to come.

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Not only does this Georgia based company care about they quality of the product they are producing, but they also value giving back to their community. 10% of all Go Forth Good's proceeds goes to the non profit organizations including local organization, Must Ministries who helps the homeless, abused women, and a food pantry to give back to their community. 

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With these high quality products and philanthropy of Nathan Martin and his team of artisans, they are a must at this year's Art in the Park! With prices starting at $15+, you need to grab one of their beautifully designed leather goods or t-shirts to show your support!

Be sure to stop by their booth and say hi to Nathan and Adam!

To see more products and learn more about Go Forth Goods, visit goforthgoods.com

3. PezPet

Inspired by her dog, Jack, Ruthie began creating her own line of pet collars after continuous disappointment in the quality and unoriginality of collars from your local pet store. Determined, she learned how to create her own collars that she could customize and change seasonally for her beautiful German Shorthair Pointer. 

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Based in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan (#michiganmade) she specializes in collars, leashes, and other toys for any furry friend! Ruthie also handmakes martingales, a rare special training collar, in her amazing patterns and colors! With collars ranging from $13-$30, and accessories starting at $5, you and your furry friend need to stop by and say hi to Ruthie in her booth off of Forest Avenue!

To see more products and learn more about Ruthie and Jack, visit pezpet.com

2. Manna Pottery

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Artist Rezgar Mamand creates hand painted decorative and functional ceramics that feature an ancient aesthetic with a contemporary appeal. The word Manna is derived from Mannea, an ancient civilization that dates back to the 7th-10th centuries BC. Mannea is located in the northwest region of Kurdistan, Iran- which is near where Rezgar grew up (Rabat). We love the idea of commemorating a special occasion such as wedding, graduation or birth of a child with a one of a kind, hand painted piece of art from Manna Pottery.

1. Stella and Luna

Lia Andreassi is Detroit born and raised (#detroitlove) and has a minor obsession with essential oils! She was introduced to diffuser jewelry (which combines natural stones and fragrant oil) after a recent trip to California. However she was frustrated by being unable to find jewelry of this type that featured designs that suited her personal style. Hence Stella and Luna was born; diffuser jewelry of her own design.

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She uses high grade gemstones with black lava diffusing beads to create beautiful bracelets and adds a personal touch with a delicate charm. Each bracelet can have essential oils added to the black lava beads for lasting scent for aromatherapy and alternative medicine with healing properties. The scent can last up to three days and then can be reapplied or swapped for your next favorite essential oil!

There are so many benefits to essential oils and having them so readily available is the reason Lia creates these beautiful accessories; she says her goal is to create relaxation at your wrist! Be sure to stop inside of Bella Mia to meet Lia and purchase one of her bracelets for only $18. 

Woolzie's Essential Oils and Essential Oil's guidebook will also be available for purchase.

Who are you looking forward to seeing this year? Don't forget to come into Bella Mia and get a refreshing water bottle and a coupon!

Solstice Style: Our Favorite Summer Trends 2018

With the turn of each season, it is a chance for a new beginning- a time to freshen up our wardrobe and switch up how we view our style. While lately the sun has been out and the days have been hot, summer has yet to officially begin!  However, next week the sun will be at its highest point in sky, making for the longest amount of daylight all year. This marks what is called the 'Summer Solstice'. Here at bella mia we thought we'd celebrate this celestial holiday with a storewide sale and chance to brighten up our wardrobes.

Now time for a quick language lesson: The term solstice, derives from the Latin word solstitium which translates to “the sun” and “to make stand.” Like the Sun, we want to stand high and proud and begin this season with a newfound confidence. Below you will find some key styles we feel celebrate the spirit of summer and honor the meaning of the Solstice.

Flowin in the breeze dresses

Combat sticky summer heat with a light flowy dress! Whether your day consists of running errands, going to a party, or shopping downtown; a dress is a simple piece that has an effortless chic vibe. It’s all about how you style your dress! Accessories set the tone to complete your look.

For a more casual style:

  • Your Favorite Pair of Sneakers
  • Your Go-To Statement Earrings
  • Your Customizable Denim Jacket

For an elevated look:

  • Your Edgiest Pair of Wedges
  • Your Daintiest Necklace
  • Your Stackable Rings
  Free People Mini $88, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Oversized Bag $46

Free People Mini $88, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Oversized Bag $46

  Billabong Maxi Dress $74.95, Crossbody Bag $38m Taupe Shoes $39

Billabong Maxi Dress $74.95, Crossbody Bag $38m Taupe Shoes $39

Statement sunnies

This may be the most important purchase you make all summer: sunglasses! You need to protect your eyes but you also want to look effortlessly styled. We have found the perfect brand of sunglasses to fit everyone’s style: big and bold, small and dainty, or trendy with a statement. The greatest part of these sunnies is their low price point so you can get one pair for the whole summer or several pairs to rotate with your outfits and mood! It’s hard to pass on something stylish that won’t break the bank, am I right?

  Very J Orange Maxi $58, Incognito Sunnies $16

Very J Orange Maxi $58, Incognito Sunnies $16

  Element Romper $40, Incognito Sunnies $16

Element Romper $40, Incognito Sunnies $16

The perfect tank


Let’s be honest, not everyday we wake up wanting to put together an INSTA-MAZING outfit that will have everyone talking; some days you want to roll out of bed put on an easy #ootd. Our key piece for those days is a simple tank that makes you look and feel awesome! The ultimate goal for these tanks is finding something that will go with anything in your wardrobe: skirts, shorts, jeans, or under your overalls!

 Z Supply Tank Top $24, Z Supply Camo Overalls $62, Backpack $38,  Black Sidecut Loafers

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Z Supply Camo Overalls $62, Backpack $38, Black Sidecut Loafers

 Z Supply Tank Top $24, Sanctuary Cargo Pants $108, Necklace $14, Black Sidecut Loafers

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Sanctuary Cargo Pants $108, Necklace $14,Black Sidecut Loafers

Rock that skirt

Skirts are HOT this summer. Bonus for us because we love to let our maxis flow in the wind and minis show off our summertime tan. Our favorite part about skirts is how every person can individualize them:

  • For the chic ladies pair your midi skirt with a plain v neck and simple jewelry.
  • For our fun and flirty ladies add dangle earrings and a platforms with your mini to make all eyes on you!
  • And for our edgy Bellas pair your maxi with your favorite graphic tee and sneakers!
  Billabong Floral Maxi Skirt $49.95, She & Sky Yellow Crop Top $32, Black Sidecut Loafers  $42

Billabong Floral Maxi Skirt $49.95, She & Sky Yellow Crop Top $32, Black Sidecut Loafers  $42

  Free People Black and White Tank Top $68, Free People Modern Femme Mini $50, Straw Purse $42, Black Sidecut Loafers $42

Free People Black and White Tank Top $68, Free People Modern Femme Mini $50, Straw Purse $42, Black Sidecut Loafers $42

All about florals

The sun is out and the flowers are standing tall! We want to embrace the floral vibes by adding anything floral to our wardrobe. Keep your flowers bright and bold, cute and delicate, or as embroidered additions. Our favorite ways to add flowers to brighten up our summer outfits are:

  • Floral Dresses and Skirts (Obvi) This is the easiest way!
  • Embroidered florals on jeans and shorts are still on trend so grab some iron ons to customize your look or find some of our embroidered pieces throughout the store!
  • Flowers on your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces! This subtle addition will elevate any wardrobe.
  Z Supply Black Tie Dress $55, Floral Earrings $14, Teal Crossbody Purse $38

Z Supply Black Tie Dress $55, Floral Earrings $14, Teal Crossbody Purse $38

 Anama Floral Pants $57, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Tula the Yorkie $priceless

Anama Floral Pants $57, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Tula the Yorkie $priceless

Come shop our closet during the annual Solstice Sale on June 23, 2018!

What summer trend are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments below! 

Happy Summer Solstice!