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Like a shadow, some things lurk. And much as the weekend, mutually quiet and eventful… nothing and everything makes sense when draped in funky sugarplum fairies and twinkling lights. Not our best-laid plan, we being the blithe adventuresses of the family, joined ranks with all those holiday cheermeisters and staunchly faced a teeming shopping blitz. Inextricably, the scheming afternoon wrath of cart pushers, window peekers, road ragers, and zany bargain seekers, was one such lurking moment.

A harmonic hysteria of present-persuasion and shopping grandeur, I muddled through an amusing/frightening mirage, loving the extreme pandemonium… no matter how catawampus it all appeared. But like some freakish optical illusion climaxing a jolly North Pole sequel, its inevitable dusk till dawn tradition leaves me feeble-minded.
So, while hunting holiday gifts and embracing yuletide paradise, I couldn’t help wondering… are we gluttons for punishment or just eager to come out and play.

Who knows, but we had one hellofa time with the camera love child...

I'm taking a moment to send cyberhugs to The Seeker, for granting me with not one, but two blog awards... and Twiggy Mod for tagging me, which means I better get crackin' on the questions! Such dolls, thank you both for thoughtfully thinking of me... I'm such a lucky girl.




Bangles, blazer, and shades, vintage. Snake, gifted. Heels, Jeffrey Campbell. Satin dress, Chelsea Flower. T, Mossimo. Tank, Luxe.

Comments

I love that color on you! I hope you found some good stuff.
May Kasahara said…
I love how you match the crates in that one shot.

Loving your heels. ♥

*zany bargain seekers unite*
Anonymous said…
beauty you got a way with words. and I love this look.
cool location and the snake necklace is superb!!

I need your closet. right. now.
June Paski said…
i have the same jacket with u :]
Stephanie said…
I can't say it enough- I love your look! I adore the snake necklace- GORGEOUS and the POP of colour you give each look- you work it like magic ;-)

Fun feature! Great read!
Juaи + said…
I'M A 100% FAN OF THE COLORS IN THE PHOTOS OF THIS OUTFIT!

those little short are my favorite!
:)
Hot Bot said…
You had me thinking that was a skirt until I read your outfit details, sneaky Bella you :)
C.B. said…
i love that shortst!!! im waiting for a weekend without rain to wear my sandals with socks or tights... but it seems to be impossible :(
oddgirldiaries said…
i love the blazer
Vain and Vapid said…
That skirt is lovely.

Great hearing about your shopping adventures, glad to hear that you made it out unscathed and without getting trampled by a greedy mob at Walmart... ah the holidays...
sarah said…
another amazing outfit x
Franco said…
I've noticed you style is dark, with pops of color!
I like it very much!
so many fashion goodness.
def. one of the best fashion blogs around [and i'm not just saying it to suck up]
eva said…
ah the blazer looks great on you and you look oh so lovely!
Shen-Shen said…
I love that color, you look great!
lauren said…
Stunning. I always love your style, Bella. and I laughed a lot through this post mosrlty because I could totally picture everything you were saying/writing.

okay so the snake is gorg and I want the Chelsae Flower dress.

<3 U
Krystal said…
love it all, and i really enjoyed how that blue shelf matched you in the shots...amazing xx
I really like this outfit, wish I could wear only a blazer... The blue of your dress is fantastic!!

Nesli
UberOriginal said…
Wow I love the second photo.. I'm a sucker for black & white xx
I love this, I love you! This is so beautiful the necklace really complements your outfit. I really love your figure and how it frames your clothes! It's just another touch of brilliance!

&hearts, withasianstereotypes
Song of Style said…
love how u paired a t shirt over a satin dress. love it!
Dakota77 said…
Great look. I absolutely have to buy those JC heels:)
You have some seriously amazing jewellery!
Thanks for the blog comment, want to swap links? Just added you to mine!
http://the-shades-of-black.blogspot.com/
Fashion Tidbits said…
i love your collection of shoes! hot heels as usual :)
Nare said…
gorgeus!! the blue skirt is fab with this total black look

kisses
Sina said…
The dress is so cute!And i love your heels!You look so pretty!!
vicen said…
You still impressed with your look, I love like you do.
A kiss very strong and gifts that you follow your posts.

Vicen
J.Yo said…
the turquoise really pops! and, i love how the satin really glows!

cool concept with the magz/book on the ground!

curios tho, who took your pics, bella?
Sweet Things said…
ohhh this satin dress....ohhhhh
sararocks said…
I love the outfit dear!!!
Miss Urbanita said…
Love this song. Fantastic shoes, fantastic satin dress, fantastic...YOU!
I want your shoes!!! They're so beautiful!! ;)
Twiggy Mod said…
How privileged do I feel right about now? :D

You look 'mazingg.

I love the black & white one with you looking at the book, My Favourite oh yesss!

Loves Twigs X
Mode Junkie said…
you look too cute bella. im outta words.
Cindiddy said…
lovelovelovelove your shoesss!!!!
MOLLY GRAY said…
that satin dress is gorgeous, amazing color.
seralouise said…
there is no other way to describe u but amazing x
stilettostetico said…
Flashy Blue is naturally electrifying with you !!!
ps: I really like the way your blazer always shapes your sculptural silhouette beyond your chamelonic -and gladly "Bad Girl-esques"- choices of style . . .


à Bientôt, Antoine
Ashleigh said…
Its a good thing your name is bella...because seriously, you always look beautiful..(that sounds like a cheesy pick up line...haha)..are you italian? you look it ...and the name..just a guess..lol...anyways..that blue is yums on you...and yea, the shopping is a bit nutz ..im going to try to stay away...online shopping for me
Casandra said…
I love your blazer, your sandals and your black and long hair, is beutiful!!! ^_^ Kisses, darling!!!
B. said…
I really like your outfit, like always!
:D
xo
Maz said…
From one writer girl to another, I love your blog! Any tips for mine?:)
ahh yes, the holiday shopping madness! i'm really trying to do as much online as possible this year.
glad the post was helpful. you look fabulous as always!
cm
Andy said…
I really love that blue on you it looks super cute :-)
And these heels are insane.
New post on my blog (about my gucci lowboots :D) check it out!

-A.
HOT.

You remind me of myself, flipping through a fashion magazine; anywhere and everywhere! ;)

Thanks for the comment, you amaze me with what you have to say every single time, you have no idea how very much I appreciate reading all of your comments! ♥

I heart your Jeffrey Campbell sandals and cannot wait to see the booties in brown! OMG, I'm excited now!!

Yep it was a tank, can you believe it??

love...

xx
J'Adore Fashion said…
love that turqoise color and how you matched it with grey & black...cute picture with the magazine!!!

xox
stella
electric feel said…
the satin dress reminds me a abit last years Prada collection
ohh and the hells
just pretty
Anonymous said…
Great great great look here Bella. You're style is always a pleasant surprise. And I LOVE reading your posts.
Anonymous said…
oh and I im in love with the necklace!
Savvy Mode SG said…
love love the blue pop of color.
Fashionista* said…
gorgeous outfit!
Jenna said…
oh dear, that dress is fantastic! last week i used a nail polish in this colour. great outfit as always!
Hippiegirl said…
i totally love that necklace!!!
Kate said…
your dress is gorgeous!!
YLM-SPAIN said…
Love your heels and how you mixed that gorgeous blue dress whith the T-Shirt.
LENORENEVERMORE said…
Those shoes! You have the most fab collection dahlin... Love the pic with the bins that matched the color of your lovely skirt ;)Cheers to the art director!
The Seeker said…
Love, you look amazing with that pop of colour.
That necklace is super.
You're a fantastic writer and an amazing fashionista, so..... who else deserves awards ;)....

xoxo
jaime said…
thank you gorgeous! always looking so captivating and stunning as usual :) sigh i need to raid your closet :)
natalie said…
baby you look fab!
emma said…
interesting necklace!
I love how your outfits have a pop of colour. I need to learn from you!

Beautiful as always.
chauss said…
hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. come visit anytime and say hello. :)
Miss Karen said…
What a hot outfit! I love the splash of bright blue there. And it's good to hear you survived those zany sales!
such fun photos! the one with the crates is classic :)
lacouturiernyc said…
that blue looks AMAZING on you!!

and yes. those ruffles. *sigh*

xoxo,
La C.
your way of writing is always great!!!
i am learning from your style,both dressing and writing:)

best wishes dear friend:)
erika said…
satin dress... that blue is stunning. i love tights with the JCs. you look hot!!!!!!! as always =) do you have a flat boot yet? i just bought the sporto demi boot and it is perfection!! cmon boot sister =)
michelle said…
You have a very unique style that is definitely all your own :)
letslivefast said…
i love the color of your dress!
you look great :)
these pics are kute and funni i love them ;)
TEXTSTYLES said…
geoffrey campbell has my heart!
those heels look like pierre hardy
*i die*
love the colour of that mini

*hearts*
ohhhh I want your shoes..
Annie said…
The snake is awesome!! Wow
heartofpearl♥ said…
oh the blue looks awesome agaisnt those empty crates!
also the lace tights in your previous post is sooo lovely i love it!
jukejka said…
you look great, as usual ;)
Rosanna said…
that snake necklace is toooo pretty! i would love to steal it from you!
zuz said…
i loveeee the outfit

such a great combination
Couture Carrie said…
Smashing outfit, Bella! That studded bracelet rocks!

xoxox,
CC
Anonymous said…
I love the dress, the color is amazing.
You remind me of Megan Fox and actually L.Lo. I love your blog. Love your style.
Anonymous said…
I love the dress, the color is amazing.
You remind me of Megan Fox and actually L.Lo. I love your blog. Love your style.
Mimi said…
The outfit is awesome.I love the color of the satin dress and your heels.
Leni said…
OMG I "hate" you :) you know how to dress and you write in such a cool way!!!!!!! Life's not fair:)
way awesome outfit!
girl next blog said…
Thank you!
I'm so in love with your satin drees, it says "hey, don't stop staring at me!"
Love the textures, satin with cotton and thick tights. That blue is such an amazing colour
DaisyChain said…
Beautiful dressssssss.
prettyneons said…
Hello's hun wow that blue is fantastically fun a brill highlight! Your far too style clued up, hehe...please don't get me started on your delightful studded bracelets!
Peace and Sparkles...
PrettyneonsX

ps, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who likes a spot of 'pretend webby shopping'hehe;)
María said…
Ese azul te sienta genial
hrose said…
i always seem to be the last person to comment on your posts... perhaps i could sign up for instant notification, no matter where i am, and then i can rush to the nearest computer and comment post haste hahaha.

this out fit is really cool! you have such a kick ass style. i love the blazer, i have one really similar that i am living in at the moment, although it is ab it hot here in sydney, and the colour of the skirt just pops.

although you wore those shoes to go shopping? ah! heels shopping! i'm not carrie bradshaw enough yet to do that.... flats all the way. i need to work my way up to shopping in heels i think. i don't think my poor little feet could take it.

you, on the other hand, are fierce with a capitol F. i just love that word. hahaha,.

hope you are well!
XXX
tyler said…
All i can say is I love this, okay and you're amazing.
<3<3<3
freaky me said…
I love all of your shoes!
Miranda said…
i lovee that dress :) looks really soft haha
and you write so well!
Trish said…
Wow, this is like the coolest outfit, ever!
PorcelainBlonde said…
Ohh your snake looks spectacular. I love animal motifs in jewellery, especially snakes :)

I am loving my gladiators and am thinking of pairing them with black opaques and denim shorts so its inspiring to see how you work the tights and gladiators combo! Love how you anchor it with the blazer and also all your bangles.

As always, I am crushing on your hair! Beautiful :)

How evil is holiday shopping?! You gotta get in, and get out!
xxx
glory said…
hey that blue looks grate on you, really pretty girl...kisses
glory said…
hey that blue looks grate on you, really pretty girl...kisses
Shini said…
Heh love the shot where your shorts match the crates!
Natalie said…
Uh oh, Bella I see your copy of Vogue!

Nat xo
Cris Lazoru said…
what a great way to ad some color to a fall look. Loved it

C.
jaleh said…
i love it! the color, the shape, everything. really lovely :)
Marcella said…
I am coveting those shoes and that necklace. Stunning as always Bella, chic and classic to the max!!
Ivania said…
You look lovely as always!
beautiful pictures too! who takes them??
wow, this satin dreess is fab.!!!!!!
I love the color, ... turquoise, right?, it´s so sexy!!

;-)
yiqin; said…
The place where you are posing at look so fun!!! Hahaha I love how you added color to the outfit <3
chocandcinnamon said…
I really love the contrast f the shorts' colour with all the black and all, it really works perfect. Great style.
love the shoes
styledigger said…
Love your satin dress!
Anonymous said…
Hey, my names Emily and I really really love your blog. I always struggled with style and not knowing what to buy or how to put outfits together and Ive been so inspired by all your pictures, its helped and while Im shopping your in the back of my mind and I just think, ok, now would she wear this..haha. You always look so chic and trendy but not totally mainstream which I just love. So thankyou, I now get alot of comments on my outifts and I refer everyone who says them onto your blog. Love a now-faithful-every-day-reader, Emily x
Bella said…
Emily xx

You are such a doll! You have no idea how touched I was to read your comment, I'm just doing a little (!!!) happy dance right now. It means so much to me... and if you have a blog, please let me know!

xx
Bella
Lisa said…
bella!

this look should be at paris fashion week...
for reals.

the pop of blue with the black + snake chain.

BEAUTIFUL!

x.
Merily said…
Your necklace is AMAZING! :)
Stompface said…
I love the colour of your satin dress!
You look pretty town.
Kim said…
Thanks a lot :D
Oooohh, love the heels!
Kim,
Margret Kondas said…
wonderful shoes!
PAKI said…
I LOVE YOUR SHOES
leflassh. said…
of course i dont mind babe
i feel honered. ur blog is fabulous!

i adore everything you wear. so jelous
nikkimoose. said…
love those shoes!
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