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Bella Mia's Internship Experience Written by Jenna Boulter

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Hi, I'm Jenna! I am a senior at Central Michigan University majoring in Fashion Merchandising and minoring in Journalism. I got the amazing opportunity to have my summer internship at Bella Mia.

Bella Mia is an amazing company to work for where they truly help you learn and pick up on what your strengths are and further develop those strengths. The entire staff was friendly, welcoming and helpful to me throughout my time as an intern. For my summer internship I had to complete 10 different learning objectives where I worked closely with Bella Mia’s social media manager, Emily, learning the ins and outs of all things social media.

Emily really helped me learn what it takes and the time and effort needed to create a brands image online. I got to do things such as create and execute weekly Instagram posts for both stores, execute multiple Instagram stories, create blog ideas and help with the execution of Bella Mia’s blog. Some of my favorite things I had the opportunity to do at Bella Mia is assisting with two Bella Mia photoshoots, Summer 2018 lookbook and Fall 2018 back to school. I was able to be a co-photographer in these two shoots.

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Another favorite experience was working with both Sarah and Arlette and helping with their tasks of window displays and store merchandising. It was so beneficial to me to learn from them and be able to have hands on experience merchandising Bella Mia and Dressed-up. Getting to work at Bella Mia’s events and help prepare for them throughout the summer was also a favorite of mine. Everyday at Bella Mia is fun and upbeat, I truly enjoyed coming each day I was there.

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I am so grateful I had the opportunity to learn from amazing and strong women at Bella Mia. The memories and lessons I have from my internship there I will carry with me to school and in my future.

A Letter From Sarah and Arlette: The Owners of Bella Mia

We are very excited to announce that August marks our 15th year as Bella Mia LLC!

Our time as a business in this community is a testament to the amazing support of those who choose to shop small and keep us going! Thank you! Our gratitude extends beyond just your financial support but also to a personal level in that you’ve shared who you are, challenged us in ways that have made us grow and learn and always made Bella Mia feel like a part of the heart of Plymouth. 

We are a store that seeks to connect with others through fashion and through the years we’ve been fortunate enough to be able to do this together and alongside the phenomenal individuals that make up our staff. While on the surface our common denominator might be a love of style, underneath we all have a passion  to genuinely connect with you- the customer. 

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We are humbled and thankful—You are the reason we do this! 

Just a small token on our appreciation - the remainder of August we are offering 15% off* storewide for all our guests. We are honored you have made us your neighborhood boutique for a decade and a half and look forward to more years of friendship and shopping together.

See you in stores soon!
xoxo,
Sarah & Arlette Stobbe

 

*Discount cannot be used retroactively. Discount valid Tuesday, August 21, 2018 until August 31, 2018. Discount cannot be combined with other coupons and promotions. Discount excludes all formal wear.

Meet Ruby, The Human!

 

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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.