Happy Accessories

As seen in our April issue…

The Sol Tote by Optari makes your life easier – and happier. The practical all-weather tote is specially designed for dozens of uses – pool or beach bag, a gym tote, lunch and diaper bag. Made with material similar to crocs, the tote is durable, waterproof and super easy to clean.

Not only is it bright and soft, you can also customize each bag with Fobbz or Mini Fobbz – cool charms (that feature a rivet in the back which plugs into the holes on lots of Optari products) making items unique and more fun!

Optari provides totes, children’s backpacks, wristlets, Spikeletz bracelets and more in many colors and spiky designs. Here’s a chance for you Bella Girls (and Fellas!) to win a small Sol Tote, plus two Fobbz! To win, simply comment on this post. One winner will be chosen at random.

Check out optari.com for more information.

 

Floral Trends

As seen in our March issue…

Spring is coming! The sun will be shining, gardens will be built and flowers will be blooming. It’s time to learn about trends in the world of florals. Debbie Miller, owner of Lynchburg’s Doyle’s Florist & Gifts and bloom by Doyle’s, gave Bella the inside scoop on all things floral for the new year.

Miller says that for weddings, “Brides are still in love with vintage but moving away from the ‘wild, weedy, woodsy’ informal floral design. They are still desiring flowers that feel natural…fresh-picked from the garden.”

Wedding floral décor trends will be influenced by The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey.

“A blend of the 1920s and 1980s with lace and garden roses,” says Miller. “Peonies will be popular—the downfall is they bloom for only two months out of the year. Succulents, fruits and vegetables will be seen in bouquets and arrangements. Garland will be huge with brides in 2013 with ribbons and paper hung from chandeliers, and garlands of flowers running the full length of tables.”

As for floral arrangements inside your home, Miller predicts that large-scale patterns, big bold hues, and vibrant blooms are the things to watch, and she shares that “floral patterns are back in style with white backgrounds.”

Bringing the outside into your home is a must-do.

“Botanicals and insect prints will be popular,” she shares. “Nests, owls and birds will be enjoyed in floral designs.”

Hot colors for spring, both inside and out, include tangerine and orange hues as well as emerald and greens with some coral or gold touches. If you’re wondering what to put your Doyle’s arrangements in, try wooden materials or vases with brass or gold accents. Place them around the house to bring nature inside as Miller suggests.

Now that spring is coming closer, there are also lots of new ideas and trends to try out in your garden.

“As the economy leads people to smaller homes and spaces, gardeners find pleasure growing fruits and vegetables in containers” says Miller. So try ornamental pots and containers or window boxes and raised beds for small spaces.

With all these tips from Doyle’s, there is surely something for everyone blooming in the new year of floral designs!

Check out Doyle’s Florist & Gifts at 2134 Langhorne Road, as well as bloom by Doyle’s, located at 109A Tradewynd Drive – both in Lynchburg.

Emerald Green

As featured in our March issue…

Green is not just for St. Patrick’s Day. The Pantone Color Institute has crowned emerald green as 2013’s “Color of the Year” — pleasing fashion mavens and leprechauns alike!

Taking over for Tangerine Tango (oh-so 2012!), emerald is set to make a splash this year in styles everywhere — from head to toe, eyelids to home décor, and more.

“Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity,” reports Pantone.com.

So, how do you use the color of the year to represent something new for you? From daring to demure, emerald can be incorporated into tons of daily looks. For those who want all-in on the trend, try a sparkling sheath in the luxurious shade to brighten any party instantly (try channeling Angelina Jolie at the 2011 Golden Globes—that shade was a knockout!).

Or how about a pair of green jeans or ankle-length cigarette pants for the weekend, or a more casual office day where you still want to make an impact? Emerald pairs well with gray, dark berry, clean white, and cobalt blue — so try a crisp button down in one of those shades to complete the look.

Not feeling a whole-body emerald excursion? Not a problem! These more subtle touches can amp up any look just as well: green eyeliner can make eyes pop, an emerald manicure looks put-together on rounded nails, and velvet loafers or sleek pumps in this rich hue are a great complement to jeans and a blazer on date night.

Try taking the color from the streets to your living room. What about adding a few emerald-hued throw pillows to a cream-colored couch or replacing your boring tea kettle with a green version? The color has an energy that can bring a room together and invigorate visitors.

Whether these ideas are your cup of tea or not, incorporate emerald into your life somehow and get gorgeous with the Color of the Year!

Red Hair Tips

As seen in our March issue…

With such a rare hair color (and fewer and fewer natural redheads), it can be difficult to choose outfit colors that enhance your natural hair color.

It is common to put redheads in green clothing– stick with it, because it works! And St. Patty’s Day doesn’t have to be the only time you show off your vibrant hair color.

Go with a contrasting kelly green top or dress (and why not try out emerald green, 2013’s color of the year!). Neutrals are also always great, and the subtleness of it makes your hair stand out.

If debating the perfect hue, be sure not to go too light with your neutral color selection as it may wash you out. A medium tan or camel color will make you look professional and put together – and leave your hair mesmerizing.

Written by Emily Burnette

DIY: Wedding by Pinterest

As seen in our February issue…

Gifts for the bride and groom don’t need to be off a registry—lots of crafty girls are using sites like Pinterest to get unique ideas for wedding presents!

Pinterest boards can be sources of inspiration when you’re not sure what to get the couple who has everything. Try scrolling through tagged boards of wedding crafts the newlyweds are sure to love and will make them smile (and takes the stress off searching through tons of stores for that special present!).

These homemade gifts are extra-thoughtful and aren’t very difficult to make. Take a look at our February issue for several cool ideas straight from Pinterest that won’t break the bank or look like everything else on the gift table!

For more cool pins, ideas, and DIYs, check out Bella’s very own boards on Pinterest!

DIY: Easy Interior Decorating

Change is good – whether it’s getting a new hairdo, starting a new job, or renovating your lovely home.

Speaking of your home, redecorating has never been easier thanks to FrogTape! FrogTape painter tape’s premium performance helps you try fresh, cool looks – chevron, accent walls, stand-up stripes, etc. – the EASY way, keeping lines sharp. FrogTape is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock Technology – an exclusive technology (with super absorbent polymer) that gels to the surface, helping you achieve clean paint lines and saves time (and money!) by eliminating the need for touch ups.

How perfect!

 

 

Tea Bag Treatment

Everyone loves their beauty sleep. But sometimes, no matter how long you rest, or how well you sleep, you wake up with dark, puffy (even swollen) circles under your eyes.

Dark circles are very common. They are due to leaky capillaries – small blood vessels, surrounding the eye, that break and then nest under the skin under your eyes. Yes, it’s harmless, but it can make you look aged and feel insecure, affecting your mood and self-esteem.

So, here’s a quick DIY to get your face back to beautiful.  A very popular (and effective!) method is the tea bag treatment. Grab tea bags with lots of caffeine, as well as antioxidants – the caffeine removes excessive moisture, and the antioxidants soothe the skin. (Green or black tea are good choices to roll with.)

Use the tea bags for your tea, then place them in plastic bags and refrigerate them overnight. You want the tea bags very cool when you use them. Cooler temperature reduces redness and puffiness. Lie down comfortably, and place the tea bags over your eyes.

Make sure they are covering the affected areas under your eyes. Leave them on your eyes for about 15 minutes. Repeat as often as you wish – or until you see results. Remember to swap out used tea bags for fresh ones.

Good way to feel beautiful and refreshed – and use your tea for something other than as your beverage!

 

Summer Cookout: Sultry Sides

Whether it’s hot dogs, chicken, or hamburgers, nothing is better that an entrée done right over a flame. Everyone has the entrees down, but what is there to do about the sides? Of course there are always the classics of potato salad and baked beans, but every now and then don’t you want to switch it up?

The first side to try is a twist on a classic: grilled corn. You’re going to want to remove the silk, but keep the husk and soak in cold water for ten minutes before grilling. Once you’ve done this, lay the corn on a piece of aluminum foil and spread a thin layer of butter over the ear(s). Then sprinkle the ear(s) with a little pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Wrap the corn tightly and lay on the grill and cook for ten minutes or until soft.

This next item is sure to have your mouth watering for more. Get a few sweet potatoes and slice them like French fries as thick or as thin as you like. Place the wedges on aluminum foil and sprinkle with paprika, lemon juice, salt, and a dash of pepper then coat with a tiny amount of olive oil. Wrap the foil around the wedges and make sure it is securely sealed at the top and place on the grill. Let these cook for about ten or fifteen minutes, let cool for a few minutes, and enjoy with ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.

You know of grilled vegetables, but a well-kept secret is grilled fruit. Take a wooden spear and soak it in water for about thirty minutes. Chop up fruit like apples, mangos, pineapple, oranges (with peel still attached to side that will touch the grill), and cranberries that will make this treat even more delicious. Place the fruit pieces on the spear according to personal preference and grill for seven to ten minutes each spear.

These quick and easy sides make even the most cliché grilled dinner full of life. Adding semi-sweet touches to your favorite grilling classics can send your taste buds soaring and wanting more.

 

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