#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.

How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine’s Day Date

How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine’s Day Date

How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine's Day DateFancy dinner with your man:
Opt for a feminine, flirty dress and pair it with some killer high heels. Some days we just really want to get dressed up and wear our favorite figure-flaunting dress, but we have no where to wear it to. Valentines Day is the perfect excuse to break out that favorite dress of yours and get fancy! We are crazy in love with this bold red dress from Nordstrom for a fancy Valentines Day dinner. Picture from Sydne Style.

Grab dinner (or brunch!) to celebrate “Galentine’s Day” with your girls: Throw on a comfy cute maxi dress from your favorite clothing boutique for a day out with your girls. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean that you have to slum it this holiday! And even if How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine's Day Dateyou’re not single, go out and have fun with your girls and wear something that makes you feel pretty! Self-love is always important! And if you’re anything like Leslie Knope, you know that there are few things better than ladies celebrating ladies and brunch.

Keep it low-key by ordering take out and cuddling on the couch: Your man thinks you’re beautiful no matter How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine's Day Datewhat you wear. And you are! Even if you are staying in this Valentine’s Day, it is always fun (and totally acceptable) to treat yourself to a new piece of clothing. Don something pink or red to stay festive. Pair a white basic with a festive pop of color. There are so many different ways to look festive and casual without going overboard. If you’re going for an ultra casual look, a fun choker will add just the perfect extra touch to any casual outfit! We found this ultra feminine casual look on Barefoot Blonde.



Now, we want to see your Valentines Day look! What big plans do you have for Valentines Day? Are you pulling a Leslie Knope and going out to brunch with your girlfriends? Or do you have a hot dinner date with your man? Either way, we want you to share your Valentines Day outfit with us!! Tag us in your Valentines Day pictures with the tag #BEBValentines

How to Pick the Perfect Outfit for Your Valentine’s Day Date