Top Five Picks For Spring Break 2019

It has been a long and cold winter here in Plymouth, Michigan and our new spring arrivals have us wishing for sunny days! With spring break just around the corner we decided to scope out our top five picks to pack along for any tropical trip!

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First up, our Free People “Wave” Jean Shorts, are an absolute no brainer. You can never have too many jean shorts, and these comfy and casual shorts are perfect to throw on over a bathing suit, or dress up with a cute blouse for a night out!

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Our Element Sunflower Crop is so feminine, fun and just screams spring break! Pop it over a printed midi skirt for a laid back bohemian look, or pair with some joggers or leggings to spice up your usual workout attire.

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Super comfy, supportive and cute under almost anything: there is a reason the Free People Adella Bralette is one of our best selling intimates. We are current loving this sweet light orange shade for spring!

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Go-to beach brand Billabong is a spring break staple.Throw on their “ One Way” Sandals to add a funky final touch to any look!

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#5

From bold and bright bracelets, to simple and dainty rings, there is no doubt that Pura Vida is the perfect jewelry pick for Spring Break! “Pura Vida” translates to “pure life” in Spanish; a Costa Rican philosophy that encourages slowing things down and celebrating good fortune. Pura Vida embodies a laid back vibe that is perfect for spring break!

Have a safe and fun vacation wherever your travels take you!

XOXO Bella Mia

The Future is Female


International Women’s Day takes place March 8th: a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. As a female owned company, Bella Mia strives to uplift and inspire women in the community. Part of our brand mission is to help customers feel beautiful and confident when shopping. Bella Mia exemplifies the phrase “the future is female”: be it in supporting up and coming local girl bosses, putting on uplifting events for the women in our community, or even aiding in styling the perfect outfit for a big interview. The women of Bella Mia also strive to embody the companies core values: be genuine, be inspired, be engaging, be eager, be confident, be versatile and be inventive. Our staff wants every woman who walks through the door to leave feeling and looking her best. This week we asked some of our Bellas what woman inspires them or who they think is making a difference in the world?! Check out what they said!

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Sarah

“My whole life my mom has blazed her own trail. She has been an inspiring example for me to advocate for myself, take control of my own mental health, make career risks and always maintain a strong work ethic. Through years of running this business alongside her, she's made me the savvy business woman I am today. Bella Mia has provided an opportunity for myself and other young women on staff to practice leadership skills that we can utilize in many capacities to shape the future!”

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Arlette

“Hands down, I would have to say my daughter is someone I look up to and admire.

Every day I witness her never ending drive to make the world for everyone around her

perfect. I see her making a difference in the future of many young females by sharing her

knowledge, experiences, and heartfelt compassion with each of them.”

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Abby

“A person I look up to is Lysa Terkeurst. Lysa Terkeurst went through disappointment after disappointment and decided to share her life with women around the world, in a book called “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” to encourage them to stay hopeful and not give up when you face disappointments! She has helped me grow in many ways and I know she will reach so many others in their seasons of disappointment. “

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Lauren

“Chalene Johnson inspires me. My favorite quote by her is “If you want it bad enough, you have to be willing to fight for it”!

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Becca

“My cousin, Hailey, who is studying to become a nurse is the epitome of selfless. She is one of the most loving and compassionate human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and she is going to impact so many lives down the road. A true bada** female.”

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Leena

“ I have always been inspired by the fashion Icon Coco Chanel. I love her quote “Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable.”

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Emma

“There are so many beautiful and inspiring women in my life it was hard to pick! Two of my best buds Shelbi and Katie are such genuine and kind souls who have so much drive and passion for there career aspirations,and inspire me to be a better and stronger person everyday! I cannot wait to see what the future holds for them!”

Self Care Evening at Bella Mia

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Lets Celebrate You!

We started 2019 by taking some time to recharge and refresh our mind, body and wardrobe! Bella Mia’s first ever self care evening welcomed women in the community to participate alongside bella mia staff- who featured candlelit yoga, a detox smoothie demo, styling, and a mini photo shoot!

The focus of the evening was to encourage participants to celebrate themselves and care for their beautiful unique bodies inside and out.

Mind and Body:

Mckenzie H. (certified yoga instructor and bella mia employee) encouraged participants to slow down and take care of their minds with a slow flow yoga practice. She crafted the flow and music selection to last about 30 minutes with an emphasis on relaxation and mediation.

Health and wellness loving bella Emma D. whipped up a detox smoothie recipe which included ingredients beneficial to women’s health and especially tailored to benefit during the winter months. During the demo, a discussion about nutrition opened up conversations surrounding what a healthy diet actually looks like compared to fad diets and health buzzwords that seem to be changing on a daily basis.

Self Image:

Store owner Sarah’s styling station focused on creating outfits that spoke to each participant’s unique sense of style. She highlighted four of Springs biggest trends and showcased outfits surrounding those themes. Guests tried on the head to toe ensembles and experimented with shoes and accessories outside their typical comfort zone. After getting into an outfit one felt particularly confident it- guests were on to their photo shoot!

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Local photographer Emily D. (www.emilydangola.com) set up some playful and unique backdrops in the front of the store. Emily encouraged clients to be themselves, have fun and proudly hold her post-it note (and ice breaker activity where we wrote what we love about ourselves) She took both head-shots and outfit images that captured participants beauty and personality. Looking at oneself with appreciation and pride on film can encourage self confidence, self love and positivity!

Not only the idea behind the self-care night made it special, but being around empowered woman who boosted each other up and cherished what made each of use unique made this event so special for me
— Cate Lindstrom (participant)

Written in the Stars: Astrology Jewelry Finds At Bella Mia

The stars are aligning at Bella Mia! From dresses to rings, our assortment of astrological pieces is out of this world. Astrology is the study of the influence that the stars and planets have on our lives. The position of the sun,moon, stars, and planets at the time of our births is said to shape our personalities, affect our relationships, and predict other aspects of our lives.

The Twelve Zodiac Signs

The most common aspect of astrology is our "sign," which refers to one of the 12 constellations of the zodiac. The twelve zodiac signs include:

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Represent your astrological sign with earrings and necklaces from Secret Box, Lucky Feather, and Little Charm.

The two signs in season during the month of December are the straight- shooting archer Sagittarius, and the driven mountain goat Capricorn. Also on the astrological calendar is the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2018 (Remember when we talked about the Summer Solstice?!) The Winter Solstice, marks the official beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere! But there's a light at the end of this tunnel -- literally! As the temperatures fall throughout the winter, the light grows, representing new hope during a time of darkness.

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Winters in Michigan can be a very dark and dreary time for many. Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as seasonal depression rates are high during this time of year those who are not able to get outside and enjoy the sun. Monitor your mood with these honey cat mood rings and if you’re feeling down then grab a pair of Moonchant Amethyst earrings. Amethyst brings peace, calmness, inner strength, relieve depression, and helps with stress. The Sun moving into Capricorn season encourages us to take some time to look back on the 2018 year before we make our New Year's resolutions. Take some time to reflect on the highs and lows of 2018 and ask yourself what aspects of your life need improvement and what things you are proud of from this past year. The Winter Solstice is a great time to reflect and be joyous about the fresh start that is about to come in the new year.

What are you looking forward to in this new season? How will you represent the stars in the new year? Tell us your favorite astrology pieces featured!

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Stop by and check out our wide variety of astrology themed jewelry and home goods from brands such as Moon Chant, Lucky Feather, Honey Cat, Secret Box, Little Charm, and Skeem.

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My Advice For Bella Mia's Next Intern: Written by Cate Lindstrom

Bella Mia is a vibrant, lively, passionate place focused on making shoppers happy and confident with whatever they put on. These same characteristics remain consistent through their internship program. Being an intern at Bella Mia means hands-on experience and guidance from people who truly enjoy what they do. Along with the instruction, interns will have an opportunity to use their own individual skill sets to shape their learning process. Hands on experience with marketing, branding, advertising, and the in’s and out’s of running a small business - Bella Mia fosters an environment of growth and happiness.

Hi shoppers!

This is Cate reporting on my official last day as the fall intern! As it pains me to say, I will no longer be the intern who gets to run around and experience some of the awesome tasks listed above. However, I cannot wait for what is in store for the next intern who gets the opportunity to have just as rewarding of a learning experience as I did. On that note, I would like to leave Bella Mia with some words of advice for the next Bella-To-Be Intern!

Cate’s Advice For The Next Bella Mia Intern

  1. Go- with- the- flow!

    With the hustle and bustle of two crazy busy stores, sometimes you will have to divert from the original plan… and that’s okay! Keep the end goal in mind, but remember that its okay to change your course of action in order to get a task completed.

  2. Don’t be afraid to ask people if they need help

    This is one tip that I do believe helped define my learning process. Asking customers if they are looking for a specific item or where they can find a certain product helped lead into further conversations. Hence, this allowed me to continue to learn about the store itself along with customer service.

  3. Talk to everyone!

    And now is when I get slightly teary eyed… The Bella Mia team is seriously unbeatable. Everyone has different strengths and personalities that lead to a cohesive team of strong women (along with Warren and Ryan of course!). These girls have taught me so much about the business but as well as life. Its pretty easy to fall in love with this store, but even easier to fall in love with the people who run it! :)

  4. Share your ideas

    Don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. Sometimes when I contributed my input, we were able to help structure a plan in which we both agreed would be beneficial for whatever task we were trying to tackle!

  5. Make the most of your time…

    IT GOES QUICK! Again, its going to be hard not reporting to the lovely Emily D every Wednesday. That being said, I wouldn’t trade any of my experiences here for the world! I am forever grateful to be able to have spent the last three months here and had SO MUCH FUN! Future interns, soak up as much as you can, it’ll be over before you know it.

With one last wholehearted goodbye, my experience at Bella Mia will be one that I will never forget. I cannot wait to see whats in store for this wonderful business and future interns!

XOXO,
Cate