DIY Holiday Crafting

T-2 months until Christmas and while most of you are still thinking about what you’re going to wear for Halloween, the Bella Mia team is hard at work preparing for another holly jolly Christmas! We’re taking you on a behind the scenes tour of this year’s decorations, themes, and how to make some of our favorite holiday decor!

Our Holiday Themes

Before we dive into what crafts we are making, it’s good to keep in mind our overall themes and inspiration. Here at Bella Mia, our vibe is a woodsy bohemian Christmas.

How To Make Chalkboard Wood Slices

This may seem like an obvious DIY but there is special art to making the perfect chalkboard wood slice.

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  1. To start, gather your slices of wood which can be bought at any local craft store. (Don’t forget to bring a coupon!)

  2. Looking at the slice of wood decide how much space you want to leave between the edge and the chalk portion. For ours, we decided we wanted at least an inch of the wood showing.

  3. Measuring an inch inward, make a note of the closest “ring” and this will be your painting guide.

  4. Paint a thin layer using Chalkboard Paint working from the center outward to your ring guide.

  5. Let it dry and apply a second layer if unsatisfied with thickness.

  6. Grab a piece of chalk and decorate away!

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How To Make Felt Rolled Flowers

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  1. Pick out your colors of felt! You’ll a shade for your flowers. If you’re feeling bold- grab a second color to have multi-colored flowers! We chose the colors: red and burgundy.

  2. To start making the flower, cut the felt into circles. If you want difference sized flowers, make several sized circles.

  3. Once you have cut all of your circles, you’ll begin cutting spirals into the circles. Pro tip: Start with a wider spiral and make the spiral more narrow as you move to the center. Do this for both sized felt circles.

  4. After you have everything cut, take your spirals and begin to roll it towards the center of the spiral. Keep your edges aligned and as you get to the very center, add a dab of hot glue and make the center your base for the flower. If you have any extra fold it up to add another layer of petals.

  5. Now that you have your flowers, you need to attach it to something! You can glue them together or add them to jackets, bouquets, or wreaths! We decided to glue ours to our hand-tied garland!

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She's Got Layers: How To Wear Layers For Fall

Hi Bella’s! Its Cate here - the fall Intern!

It’s fall time here in Michigan which means pumpkin everything, colorful leaves, and sunshine right?! Calling this beautiful place home has so many perks… however, one thing that avid fashion lovers like myself resent about this Midwestern state is the wacky weather! Waking up to 40 degree’s in the morning and walking outside at 2 pm to 80 degrees seems to be an unfortunate norm. Snow to sleet to fog, Michigan covers all the bases!

That being said, I am here to combat these unfortunate weather patterns with a style guide focused on how to dress for any sort of conditions. Each outfit is centered around the sole purpose of being able to work in any sort of weather mother nature decides to throw at us!

Between jackets, sweaters, and tee’s, we are showing YOU how to dress in layers!

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Layering a skirt

Fall into fall with this cute but casual brown suede jacket and teal skirt!

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Featured: Brown suede jacket, graphic tee, teal skirt, brown booties

Accessories: Gold Hoops

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Layering a jumpsuit

Too cold to sport your favorite jumpsuit? Toss a leather jacket over top to rock the edgy yet sophisticated look!

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Featured: Apricot colored lacy bralette, floral jump suit, black leather jacket, black heeled booties

Accessories: Gold hoops & maroon shoulder bag

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Layering a dress

Furry and floral.. this dynamic duo is ready for any fall day!

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Featured: Black tie dress with floral print, furry white sweater jacket, and brown booties

Accessories: Green floppy hat, cream suede tie necklace, gold stick earrings & tan shoulder bag

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Layering Jeans

Lean back and relax with this easily layered white-T complimented with a flannel and grey zip-up jacket!

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Featured: White cut-out tee-shirt, black and white plaid flannel, grey zip-up jacket, dark skinny jean, black heeled booty

Accessories: Gold stick earrings & long stone necklace


That’s a wrap Bella’s! Stay in touch to continue to see how our Bella’s are layering classic fall looks! 50-80 degrees we are ready for it all… and will make sure you are too!

Come in and say hi to find all the looks featured above!

Big shout out for my beautiful model Isabella Kakish- Follow her- @bella_kakish

XOXO

Cate

Introducing: Emma, Our Newest Bella!

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Emma is twenty three years old and working on her last few classes to complete her major in Community Health and minor in Women and Gender studies. Emma is wholeheartedly dedicated to health education and your emotional well being (check out her wellness Instagram: Wellbeing with Emma D).

Passionate, Creative, Driven.. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when describing our newest Bella, Emma. We picked her brain this week and found out that this self-care queen is both a dedicated advocate for womens health and equality and all around kind-hearted spirit, making her an amazing asset to our team and us all!

Seeing people impact the lives of others in small but meaningful ways in the lives of others can make such a big difference in the longrun!
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A longtime Bella Mia customer, when it comes to her personal style it is no surprise that she gravitates toward the casual bohemian. Free People, Billabong, and Articles of Society pieces top her wardrobe picks. When it comes to fashion, she’s drawn to the creative aspect of dressing herself and showing the world her current mood and inspiration.

I love how different and unique {Bella Mia’s} pieces are and how different and unique the Bellas are!

Her favorite quote "Do small things with great love" provides a road map for how she wants to live her life. Of the strong females that have come to light this past year, Emma has drawn much strength and vision from the ranks of Tarana Burkes, Christine Blasey, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We think Emma is living out her inspiration by making a difference in the local community and being her most genuine self (a Bella Mia core value!)

Three more fun facts about Miss Emma D. We thought you might like:

  1. She likes to listens to chill acoustic or electronic music.

2. Her dream pet is a mini Australian shepherd

3. Timothee Chalamet is her biggest celeb crush

9 Reasons We Love Z Supply

Z Supply is one of our tried and true brands that always leave us wanting more! Their design is based on comfort and chicness with only the highest quality and love. We decided to sit down and give them the recognition they deserve with 9 reasons the Bella Mia team loves Z Supply:

  1. They provide quality basics in EVERY color!

  2. Their chic design allows you to transition from work to play.

  3. They have perfected their cotton-polyester blend for their signature burnout tee.

  4. Their t-shirts get softer with every wear. (Preserve longevity by avoiding the dryer!)

  5. They have the best pocket tee known to man!

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6.Have you seen their line for dogs? You can match your pup!

7. They’re packaging is environmentally friendly!

8. They continuously make a difference in the community to empower woman to believe in love and self acceptance.

9. They actively are raising awareness and fighting human trafficking on a local and global scale.

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