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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.

Solstice Style: Our Favorite Summer Trends 2018

With the turn of each season, it is a chance for a new beginning- a time to freshen up our wardrobe and switch up how we view our style. While lately the sun has been out and the days have been hot, summer has yet to officially begin!  However, next week the sun will be at its highest point in sky, making for the longest amount of daylight all year. This marks what is called the 'Summer Solstice'. Here at bella mia we thought we'd celebrate this celestial holiday with a storewide sale and chance to brighten up our wardrobes.

Now time for a quick language lesson: The term solstice, derives from the Latin word solstitium which translates to “the sun” and “to make stand.” Like the Sun, we want to stand high and proud and begin this season with a newfound confidence. Below you will find some key styles we feel celebrate the spirit of summer and honor the meaning of the Solstice.

Flowin in the breeze dresses

Combat sticky summer heat with a light flowy dress! Whether your day consists of running errands, going to a party, or shopping downtown; a dress is a simple piece that has an effortless chic vibe. It’s all about how you style your dress! Accessories set the tone to complete your look.

For a more casual style:

  • Your Favorite Pair of Sneakers
  • Your Go-To Statement Earrings
  • Your Customizable Denim Jacket

For an elevated look:

  • Your Edgiest Pair of Wedges
  • Your Daintiest Necklace
  • Your Stackable Rings
Free People Mini $88, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Oversized Bag $46

Free People Mini $88, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Oversized Bag $46

Billabong Maxi Dress $74.95, Crossbody Bag $38m Taupe Shoes $39

Billabong Maxi Dress $74.95, Crossbody Bag $38m Taupe Shoes $39

Statement sunnies

This may be the most important purchase you make all summer: sunglasses! You need to protect your eyes but you also want to look effortlessly styled. We have found the perfect brand of sunglasses to fit everyone’s style: big and bold, small and dainty, or trendy with a statement. The greatest part of these sunnies is their low price point so you can get one pair for the whole summer or several pairs to rotate with your outfits and mood! It’s hard to pass on something stylish that won’t break the bank, am I right?

Very J Orange Maxi $58, Incognito Sunnies $16

Very J Orange Maxi $58, Incognito Sunnies $16

Element Romper $40, Incognito Sunnies $16

Element Romper $40, Incognito Sunnies $16

The perfect tank


Let’s be honest, not everyday we wake up wanting to put together an INSTA-MAZING outfit that will have everyone talking; some days you want to roll out of bed put on an easy #ootd. Our key piece for those days is a simple tank that makes you look and feel awesome! The ultimate goal for these tanks is finding something that will go with anything in your wardrobe: skirts, shorts, jeans, or under your overalls!

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Z Supply Camo Overalls $62, Backpack $38,  Black Sidecut Loafers

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Z Supply Camo Overalls $62, Backpack $38, Black Sidecut Loafers

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Sanctuary Cargo Pants $108, Necklace $14, Black Sidecut Loafers

Z Supply Tank Top $24, Sanctuary Cargo Pants $108, Necklace $14,Black Sidecut Loafers

Rock that skirt

Skirts are HOT this summer. Bonus for us because we love to let our maxis flow in the wind and minis show off our summertime tan. Our favorite part about skirts is how every person can individualize them:

  • For the chic ladies pair your midi skirt with a plain v neck and simple jewelry.
  • For our fun and flirty ladies add dangle earrings and a platforms with your mini to make all eyes on you!
  • And for our edgy Bellas pair your maxi with your favorite graphic tee and sneakers!
Billabong Floral Maxi Skirt $49.95, She & Sky Yellow Crop Top $32, Black Sidecut Loafers  $42

Billabong Floral Maxi Skirt $49.95, She & Sky Yellow Crop Top $32, Black Sidecut Loafers  $42

Free People Black and White Tank Top $68, Free People Modern Femme Mini $50, Straw Purse $42, Black Sidecut Loafers $42

Free People Black and White Tank Top $68, Free People Modern Femme Mini $50, Straw Purse $42, Black Sidecut Loafers $42

All about florals

The sun is out and the flowers are standing tall! We want to embrace the floral vibes by adding anything floral to our wardrobe. Keep your flowers bright and bold, cute and delicate, or as embroidered additions. Our favorite ways to add flowers to brighten up our summer outfits are:

  • Floral Dresses and Skirts (Obvi) This is the easiest way!
  • Embroidered florals on jeans and shorts are still on trend so grab some iron ons to customize your look or find some of our embroidered pieces throughout the store!
  • Flowers on your earrings, bracelets, and necklaces! This subtle addition will elevate any wardrobe.
Z Supply Black Tie Dress $55, Floral Earrings $14, Teal Crossbody Purse $38

Z Supply Black Tie Dress $55, Floral Earrings $14, Teal Crossbody Purse $38

Anama Floral Pants $57, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Tula the Yorkie $priceless

Anama Floral Pants $57, Free People Seamless Crop $20, Taupe Shoes $39, Tula the Yorkie $priceless

Come shop our closet during the annual Solstice Sale on June 23, 2018!

What summer trend are you most excited for? Tell us in the comments below! 

Happy Summer Solstice!