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July BellarainrapsRAINRAPS are a fashionable version of water repellant outerwear designed by two women from Virginia. A lightweight, hands-free alternative to a coat or umbrella, each RAINRAP comes with a travel pouch to make it easy to carry in your handbag or glove compartment.

RAINRAPS are waterproof and reversible. Weighing just eight ounces, they are perfect for when it’s too hot for a coat but you still need protection from the rain.

The best part about your purchase? During the month of October, they donate 15% of sales on the pink/ orange RAINRAP  to the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. 

RAINRAPS are available online and in select boutiques around the country.

Product Spotlight: Shashi Socks

Natalie, founder of Shashi Cool Feet Socks found the solution to keeping her feet protected while enjoying one of her favorite hobbies, Pilates. Shashi socks are a one of a kind accessory.

They appear to be normal socks, but each one is specifically for either your left or right foot. A “Running Dog” mascot shows on the outside of your ankle to help you determine where each one belongs. Shashi socks are not only stylish but also offer protection against injuries to your skin and can reduce the chance of blisters.

The slip-resistant grippers are perfect for Pilates and yoga but can be helpful when engaging in various fitness activities. Additionally, the thin mesh fabric on top is not only comfortable, but keeps your feet cool.

If you are looking for somewhere to show off your socks, try Pure Barre in Roanoke! They have a flexible class schedule and great instructors to help you achieve your health goals.

You can read more about their classes in our September issue. In the meantime, go ahead and order a pair (or two!) of Shashi socks and keep your feet happy!


Written by Kristi Hall

The Lindee Tree: College Life

You have been nurturing, coaching, teaching and preparing your child for this pivotal moment. The grand entry into adulthood. College. It is a big transition for everyone and moving this big, new life into a tiny space can be challenging!

I wanted a one stop shop to make this process easy, affordable and comfortable. I found exactly what I wanted at Bed Bath and Beyond. They offer a FREE in store service called, Pack & Hold®. This service helps students easily get their stuff to college and is especially beneficial for those attending a school that is distant from home. Students can select dorm room essentials at their home store and then have everything ready to pick up for purchase at a store near campus for FREE! Here are some items from BB&B to help make this move fun, easy and stress free.

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The “Campus Collection” bedding comes in a variety of colors and patterns to match any personality, style or decor. It is designed to fit the extra long beds often found in dorm rooms. For a great price, you get quality products that are durable and easy to wash.


For your closet, a Studio 3B 6-Shelf Sweater Organizer is fantastic. It fits right over your closet rod and you can pack it with much more than sweaters. It also has pockets on the side for accessories and other personal items.


School meal programs are often buffet style, Mini Keurig 1so take extra food back to your room in storage containers and store them in a mini fridge.

Instead of overpriced coffee, use this little Keurig. It comes in a variety of colors and is the perfect petite size for a dorm room.


The Novelty Laundry Bags are great way to keep your laundry tied up until laundry day. They also make it easy to carry.

This Pop-Up Flip Hamper is also great. You can use it as a hamper in your room, then zip it and carry it on laundry day. When laundry is clean and folded, pack it back into the hamper to carry back.


Laundry bag AlexFlip flops, shower caddies and these Dri Soft Towels are a must. These towels come in varied colors and dry ultra fast so they are easier to store in your dorm room.

What to wear?

College gear* of course! These students will be attending WVU and Virginia Tech. For our lady, I found University Girls Apparel at They have a wide variety of accessories, tops, jackets and even dresses. This is definitely the place to shop for the female student or fan.

Campus Emporium in Blacksburg, VA is the best place to go for your Virginia Tech gear. You can also visit them online. They have clothing, decor, accessories and more!

Ben and Alex 1*Our female model is wearing WVU apparel from University Girls Apparel. Our male model is wearing Virginia Tech apparel from Campus Emporium.

For more information, visit Lindee’s website and “like” her on

Lindee Katdare is the Chief Artist/Designer for “The Lindee Tree.” She teaches vegetarian cooking classes at the Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op, designs numerous art events in the Roanoke Valley and is passionate about re-purposing and up-cycling items. You can also catch her hosting “Living with Lindee” every Tuesday on NBC, WSLS 10 “Daytime Blue Ridge.

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Ladies, Father’s Day is right around the corner! A lot of dads are hard to shop for– but we have some great suggestions for those of you who still need to find the perfect gift. No matter what you choose, don’t forget that quality time is the most important gift you can give to the dad that you love.

Dad can always use a comfortable recliner. Quality brands, like La-Z-Boy, can be purchased at Grand Home Furnishings in Roanoke across from Tanglewood Mall. They are having a sale this weekend, ending Monday, in which you can get up to 51% off of ALL La-Z-Boy furniture. Selecting the right color, style and size is important because this could be a staple in your home for years. Visit their website for more information on the styles they offer and to find out if a location near you carries the one you love most!

We just received samples of this cologne, and you are going to love it! A new line of British Sterling fragrances was released in April called H.I.M. It is short for “His Imperial Majesty” and a nod to King George VI. Eventually, the brand plans to release a full line of luxury grooming products in addition to the fragrances that will combine quality, innovation and style. For now, the two fragrances, “Reserve” and “Private Stock,” are available for purchase at many stores in our area. Check out their Facebook page for more information.

father_and_kidsMany of us have been there– your husband or your dad are complaining half way through a shopping trip that their shoes are uncomfortable. Or, his flip flop breaks midway through a family outing. Find out his shoe size, and take a quick trip to Bush Flora in Towers Mall. They offer a wide selection of comfortable and stylish shoes for men. With summer vacations and many backyard barbecues on the horizon, we all know how important it is that your favorite fellas are wearing the right shoes.

Happy Father’s Day to the dads in our lives and yours! We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Grand Opening: Potentially Chic

Potentially Chic has always been a fantastic place to visit. Whether you are redecorating your home, looking for a new centerpiece, searching for the perfect gift for a friend or just browsing local shops, they always have unique items at prices that will fit your budget.

They have recently moved from their location on Grandin to 3215 Brambleton Avenue. The new store is 2600 square feet and has given them the opportunity to offer a much wider selection of merchandise than they were able to at their previous location.

10411229_324081124406774_5286709028749392521_nThey have been open for business for a few days now, but their official grand opening is right around the corner! You don’t want to miss their beautiful new store– decorated and ready for both old and new customers.

Join Potentially Chic on Saturday, June 14, for their Grand Opening and One Year Anniversary Celebration. There will be a ribbon cutting at 10:30 am, cupcakes, drawings and a few surprises! Make it a girl’s day out and bring your mom, sister and friends!

We will see you there!

Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

Your bridesmaids have been there through thick and thin. Every time you were stressed. Every time you needed to vent about bad service, your slow-growing hair, or (gasp!) your almost in-laws– they have let you have your say and assured you that in the end, it will all work out. Let them know how much you appreciate them by putting some thought in to their gifts. In addition to individual personalization (check out our Pinterest for ideas), consider splurging a little for your best friends. Here are some ideas for a gift they will enjoy and remember for years to come:

Put together a gift basket: 

VAN_CANDLE__02220_1391360474_451_416MSC Skin Care + Home has a variety of gifts for everyone in your wedding party. We love their soy candles. In addition to the benefits of using 100% pure soy wax, they offer many unique scent combinations like Bourbon Vanilla and Oak, Ginger and Vanilla, Agave Nectar and Green Tea and more! Their impressive skin care line includes moisturizers, exfoliating scrubs, lip creams, herbal spa soaks– everything you need to gift the gift of a DIY spa experience. They also offer products for men– just in case you end up buying gifts for the groomsmen as well!

tuberose_body_creme_copy_web_1Your girls will love Kat Burki’s Signature Body Creme. The packaging is beautiful on its own, so you will not need to waste any time wrapping it. Additionally, the quick absorbing, ultra-rich creme offers long-lasting hydration with Tamanu and Jojoba Oils while a proprietry organic herb blend works to calm and soothe skin. It is available in four signature fragrances: Tuberose, Freesia & Pink Grapefruit, White Orchid & Poppy, and Lilac & Rosemary. Go to Kat’s website for more information and to purchase a few for your friends!

Day or Weekend Trips:

Take a spur of the moment adventure together to a place that is an easy driving distance from your home. The distance gives you a little flexibility for those that cannot spend the whole weekend away. The Floyd Artisan Tour, from June 14-16, is perfect for those who desire the option for many different activities but do not want to travel out of state. The three day tour features over 50 locations across Floyd County with activities at artisan home studios, galleiries and shops, wineries, farms and farm markets, restaurants, and lodging sites. Some of these stops will offer specials, discounts, or complimentary items to tour visitors. Check out their website for more information.

Pick up our June { celebrations!! } issue of Bella Magazine for more gift ideas for your wedding party and the newlyweds!


Giveaways in Poppyseed Magazine!

The founder of UV Skinz lost her 32-year-old husband to skin cancer in 2001. Shortly thereafter, she made it her life’s mission to increase awareness about the disease and educate families about the sun. Good habits start early, and it is important to teach your children the dangers of prolonged exposure to harmful UV rays. In addition to sunscreen, consider dressing them in comfortable and stylish outfits from UV Skinz. They are offering a 10% discount to Bella readers from May 1st– June 30th. Visit their website,, and use the code Bella10 for your discount!

A girl’s UV Skinz sun shirt, along with some other fantastic products, is featured in the May/June issue of our sister magazine, Poppyseed. Pick up an issue today to see what else you can win. Also, make sure you like their Facebook page and check it often for information on giveways–including this shirt. It offers fantastic sun protection, is chlorine and water resistant, and is UPF 50+ certified.


A Gift for Mom

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Treat the mom in your life to something unique and different this year. At Bella, we are all about giving back to the community in which we live. If you haven’t checked out some of these local businesses in the past, you are truly missing out. Use mom as an excuse to get out and see what they are all about!

Let’s be honest—you have never seen your mother wear the sweater you bought her last year from that huge department store, but you have seen several other women wearing it. Step outside of the box a little this year, and get her something unique that she will love. Vivendi Boutique offers a wide variety of women’s apparel and accessories in all price ranges. Located at The Shoppes at West Village in Roanoke, you can follow them on Facebook or give them a call at 540-772-4308 for more information.

If Mom likes to be active and enjoys making new friends in the community, a membership at Just Dance Roanoke may be perfect for her. Your first class is free, so take her to one and try it out with her! If you both like it, this could be the gift that lasts for all year. Experience an exercise program that is fun and easy for everyone. They offer classes all day, and there are many to fit most schedules. Check out their website for more information, or visit them on Apperson Drive in Salem.

Send mom to a day of pampering at Balance Wellspace. They offer facials,skin therapy,waxing, massage therapy and more! They also offer personal training, yoga, and group exercise classes where she can stay healthy and meet new friends. It’s everything you need to make mom feel special and loved. Visit their website, or go see them at their location on Carolina Avenue in South Roanoke.

caveShe will also enjoy a unique experience at London’s Salt Spa in their Therapeautic Salt Cave and Salt Massage Room. It is the perfect day getaway for moms who have or currently suffer from chronic respiratory problems, migraines, depression, sleeping problems or skin ailments. Visit their location in Forest, Virginia, or check out their website.

Some of us celebrate more than one mom on Mother’s Day. If you find yourself pressed for time on the day nationally set aside to celebrate the moms in your life, consider spending time with one or more on another day. The Community School’s annual Strawberry Festival in downtown Roanoke takes place this weekend, May 2nd-May 3rd, and admission is free. Spoil mom by purchasing delicious strawberry desserts or arts and crafts from local vendors for her. If festivals are not her thing, take her out for a nice meal at Nopales Latin & Caribbean Restaurant in Grandin Villiage. Either way, you will be giving her the gift that means the most: your time.