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

Welcome Sherri Hill

“When a woman smiles, her dress must smile with her.” - Sherri Hill

As a company we are so excited to officially announce that during this 2019 Prom Season we will be carrying Sherri Hill. If you haven’t heard about Ms. Hill let us give you the low down real quick. Sherri Hill is a formal wear brand that was created in 2008 with a mission of making all women feel gorgeous. By using immaculate fit and tailoring, Hill really wants to embrace the womanly figure no matter the waist size.

Sherri’s Signature Styles

With signature styles, innovative fabric choices, and bold colors; her dresses set themselves apart from any brand out there today.

Ms. Hill has a unique way of combining both modern and classic silhouettes with her show stopping dresses; ultimately bringing the runway to her clients prom night, gala, or any special event. Every woman should feel like a supermodel from the pages of her favorite magazine. Our company also strives to empower ALL women, therefore we feel that the brands we carry should reflect that sentiment as well. In carrying Sherri Hill, we will enable female empowerment and also make this Prom season our best yet! What style are you most excited to see this prom season? Comment below!