5 Ways To Wear A Floral Top | Bella Ella Boutique

One of the keys to a perfect wardrobe addition is versatility. The most reached for items in any closet are those that can work for a casual lunch with friends when paired with white skinny jeans, but also dressed up to hit the town later in the evening with the right statement earrings. This season, one of of our top picks for one of these go-to items is our Serendipity Floral Top.

To demonstrate this piece’s versatility, we recently had the pleasure of collaborating with several fashion bloggers as part of a styling event. We challenged each of them to add their own personal touch to our Serendipity Floral Top for a variety of summer events. As you’ll see below, each of the bloggers incorporated their unique style to make the top perfect for just about any event this upcoming season — whether it be Sunday brunch with the girls or an outdoor concert for that band you’ve been dying to see.

My take on the blouse is for a day of shopping, so I made sure to choose a pair of flats that are easy to slip on and off. What is worse on a shopping day than shoes which are a pain to take on and off – plus flats are important if I’m going on a marathon shopping trip. As the blouse is light and flowy, I kept the rest of the look bright and included a bag that allows for hands free shopping.

-Lydia, Chic on the Cheap

This floral top is great for an outdoor concert because they are flowy and made with a breathable fabric that will keep you cool while dancing for hours. Pair it with some ripped jeans & wedges or shorts, headband and booties for a whimsical summer look!

-Ashlyn & Sarah, Savvy Soles

I styled this top for brunch with friends. Can I just tell you how much I LOVE the look of trousers? And add on top of that WHITE trousers?! Done. I’m dead. So for a pretty brunch outfit with friends I had to pair this adorable flared sleeve top with my favorite pair. The adorable sleeves on this top are subtle too so if you’re new to the trend, this is a perfect intro. It is SO light and comfortable.

-Jackie, Little J Style

With a 3 year old sometimes a date night is hard to come by so we take our date time whenever we can. This Bella Ella floral blouse is light and flowy for a warm spring afternoon but still covers my arms if it gets a little chilly in the evening. The color pairs perfectly with my washed out denim skirt and my gold mules to stay comfy while walking around.

-Delmy, Fashion Bananas

I love a top with character and this one makes me feel like dancing! The fun ruffled sleeves make it the perfect piece to take me from girl’s night dinner to dance party. Add in metallic pants, statement earrings, and a block heel (that won’t hurt my feet an hour in) and I’m set for a night out on the town with my best gals.

-Sarah, SG Style Me

What are some of your go to pieces for day to night summer style? Share with us in the comments below!

 

#YOLOBEB 2017 Scholarship Winner

What does YOLO mean to you? The expression YOLO was originally coined by rap mogul, Drake and stands for ‘You Only Live Once.’ The acronym underwent a meteoric rise to popularity after it was introduced by the rapper. Pop culture’s use of the term was rather shallow; often acting as a cry for teens attempting to justify irresponsible actions.

But not for everybody – What may have started as a rash justification for acting irrationally  meant a little more to some.

At Bella Ella, we found that some people have found the best side of the expression, taking it to heart and using it to motivate themselves to live a life that contributes to the world and that they can look at with pride.

We wanted to help those people achieve their goals, so we put together a scholarship for college students and seniors in high school – asking them to give us their best version of #YOLO and what it meant to them. The instructions were simple, post a picture, give us your version, and tag #YOLOBEB so we would see the post. The winner would win $500 to help with school expenses and help them pursue their passion.

Contestant after contestant, we were continually impressed with the quality of the submissions and the attitude of these outstanding contestants. Selecting the winner turned out to be a tough ask!

In the end, one contestant, in particular, stood out to us; Mandy Coulam submitted an outstanding post, and we think anyone that sees her version of #YOLOBEB will find motivation through her picture and caption.

Mandy’s original caption read:

Although I won’t be the first, I will be a part of the first generation to graduate from college in my family. The term “YOLO” has greatly shaped me through the trial of being a minority. We only snagged this one moment to serve, to learn, to grow. Seize it! I once heard, “it’s not about how long you live, it’s about how you live.” I know that to be true. I seek for pressure, so I might find the diamonds within myself. There is no chance we will fail if we continue to press on each day!

So, thank you, Mandy! We appreciate your persevering attitude and your passion for making the most out of life. We hope you continue to embrace your version of #YOLOBEB and inspire others.