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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

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

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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Find Your Perfect Pair of Denim

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There are three things that every girl wants from her denim:

  1. Comfort (duh!!) 
  2. Make my butt look AMAZING
  3. Pairs well with everything

We all know the infamous struggle of needing a new pair of jeans and not wanting to go through the ~process~ of trying on that dreaded stack to no avail. We're here to nix your worries and help you narrow down your options before you hit the fitting room! 

    Find Your Rise:

    • Low Rise
    • Mid Rise
    • High Rise

    Find Your Wash:

    • Light Wash
    • Mid Wash
    • Dark Wash
    • Distressing

    Find Your Style

    Skinny

     A tried and true style that hugs your curves in all the right ways. These jeans will go with everything including your cozy oversized sweater! 

    Flare

    These trendy jeans are coming back in a dramatic way.  Whether slightly cropped or full length, anyone can rock them with a heel or bootie and look stylish and relaxed. 

    Boyfriend

    You already have your boyfriend's sweatshirt so why not take his jean style too? Be comfy and cute with these relaxed fitting jeans! Bring them up high waisted and cinch with a belt for an extra dose of adorable.

    Cropped

    Sometimes jeans are too long and sometimes you simply want to show off your high top sneaks-- which is why cropped jeans will be your new BFF. This abbreviated length can be fitted skinny, boyfriend, or flared so be on the lookout for a shorter version of your favorite style.

    Raw Hem

    Add a bohemian flare to your denim with a raw hem! You can determine how distressed you want your look to be by choosing between a few loose threads or a full frayed hem. 

    The easiest way to find which style your prefer is to try them and with our denim experts' help, we guarantee you'll be able to go home with a new pair! Drop in or give us a call ahead of time so we can start pulling options to be ready for you when you arrive!

    BONUS: For the month of September, we're giving you 20% off* all jeans including an additional 20% off sale jeans! 

     

    *Denim discounts apply to denim jeans bottoms only. Discount only valid September 1st through September 30th. Discount cannot be used retroactively. Discount cannot be combined with other sales and coupons.