First off, I must say THANK YOU for taking the time out of your busy day to spend a few minutes reading my first blog post. I am humbled and excited to share my creativity and exciting finds with you. This is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, at least a year and a half. Earlier this year, my husband and I even invested in a DSLR camera so that I could begin this journey. I pushed if off with excuse after excuse but maintained the desire for a creative outlet. Finally, after some prayer, encouragement from my husband, loaded inspiration from fashion week, a growing obsession with photography, and some inspirational snap chats from my bestie that looks like Thor - I decided to go for it.
Timing couldn't have been more perfect. I started a new role earlier this year and became friends with a soon-to-be Boss Lady. Whitney is not only the most fashionable person in the office, she is also the owner of an up-and-coming online boutique Heritage & Hart. I shared with her my desire to start a lifestyle blog and we put our creative heads together to plan a buzz worthy launch.
So here we are. You have seen my 'teaser trailers' and some sneak peaks of the looks we put together with all Heritage & Hart pieces. Today I get to let the cat out of the bag and show you Part I of everything we styled for our photo shoot a few weeks ago. I promise not to leave out any details. If you find something you love (which I'm sure you will), you can use the code CIAOBELLABLOG10 for 10% off your purchase. She also has free shipping and every item is under $40. She seriously speaks my love language y'all. Word on the street is she is getting some really cool new vendors in the coming weeks, some bracelet stacks so completely off the chain that you won't be able to help yourself. I plan to fill you in on Part II next week. There were so many great pieces, I made the executive decision not to overwhelm you with too much style in one day. If you tune in next week, I will also provide a fun little blooper reel where we tried to incorporate confetti which ended in complete failure.
All looks can be shopped at www.shopheritagehart.com
If you are wondering where this brilliant chameleon wall is, we scoped out a secret corridor right in the Fayetteville Town Square. After finding out that changing in the car was going to put us on the struggle bus, we built a blanket pallet under a stair case next to the Arvest bank. The stair case quickly became our 'changing room'. The outfit above was so insanely comfy. The sweater is mega soft and the peek-a-boo on the shoulder is a perfect detail.
Wearing: Top (I Woke Up Like This Tunic - $26) Bottoms (Danny Distressed Acid Wash Denim $38)
You may be wondering... Aren't there cameras filming outside of Arvest? Weren't people walking by? Couldn't they have been arrested for public indecency?
The answer is yes to all of the above. We threw rules out the window for the sake of fashion, creativity, Ciao Bella Blog, and the USA. The great thing about the stair case is that it not only made a great changing room, but a fantastic backdrop as well. I couldn't be more obsessed with this oversized blouse. After we packed up, i put it on for dinner with the husband. It's semi sheer, but still leaves some mystery. And OMG the party lace in the back.
Wearing: Top (Party in the Back Button Up - $28) Bottoms (Danny Distressed Acid Wash Denim - $38) Necklace (Marley Marble Necklace - $26) Top Bracelet (Bam Bam Bracelet - $10) Bottom Bracelet (Stack Stack Bracelet - $10)
See the chameleon wall? I swear it was a different color in every picture - even without edits. Regardless, the above outfit is my everyday go - to. It was so versatile that I was able to take to from black on black on black to game day ready with just the swap of a choker and addition of a burgundy cardigan.
Wearing: Top (Click Click Tee - $22) Cardigan (Millie Drape Cardigan - $26) Bottoms (Hildy High-Waisted Leggings - $30) Choker (Collin Choker Necklace - $12)
So I want to wrap up this first blog post with something elegant. I'm excited to save the confetti photos and some quotes from our moonlight photographer Ainsley for next week's post. The above dress photographed somewhat pink/purple in the lighting we were in, but it is a gorgeous nude color. The sleeves were flawless and it was very flattering for a shift dress. What I'm more excited to show you is the custom necklace I'm wearing. Whitney has a few of these up on her site - all handmade and unique.
Wearing: Dress (Free Fallin' Dress - $36) Necklace (22 Designs : Craving a Latte Necklace -$28)
The most awkward thing about shooting this dress above? As we were frolicking around in the corridor taking photos, some random Arvest worker showed up to take the side door. I bet he's still confused to this day.
Thank you so much for tuning into the first of many blog posts to come on Ciao Bella Blog. I hope you check out my next post to continue the Heritage and Hart Saga. Your support means the world to me.