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The Carousel Ride

A little storytelling...

A modicum of silence swallowed the room as dusty shards of sunlight patterned the multicolored carpet. Decorated with an army of garish jewelry, everything jingles, almost intentionally, as the woman perched behind the large candy counter brushes invisible lint from her blouse.

Her silvery hair is the color of cotton candy.
She offers a genuine smile before shifting her gaze downcast towards her slender hands. Briefly, she examines their delicate surface that is creviced by time and wiser than yesterday.

At four quarters per ride, it was a small price for six minutes of uncontaminated childhood reminiscence to sweep the memory warehouse. And while we kept the company of an epoch 1920’s carousel, 60 handcrafted horses, and funky reindeer, we went round and round, faster and faster… letting it take us to those secret places we almost forgot existed.

--Bella H.

p.s. In lieu of those who have so thoughtfully given me awards and spotlight features... YOU'RE AMAZING... and I'm currently working on my Thank You post! xxx

DIY jeans (Overtly excited, I actually did these babies myself).

Hot Topic cuff. Wild Rose studded heels.

Comments

i'm assuming the DIY part means that you actually made those YOURself? wow, i'm beyond impressed, they're truly amazing.
Sina said…
Great Shoes...i love them!
Eeli said…
The carousal ride was my fav and can you believe i actually got freaked out riding them. Silly 4 year old Eeli ;)

Loving the use of lace/mesh? on your jeans. Adds a whole new level of firece ontop of your rocking outfit.

Eeli xx
lauren said…
OMFG, Bella Bella Bella, this is so beautifully written. Is it wrong to tell you that I've read like ten times already! I know, right. You just posted it but I LOVE it and your jeans are seriously F---ing COOL. I'm so jelous right now.
Good jealous. haha

You look gorgeous too, btw.

<3
Sunniva said…
Wow, Bella you look incredible in these photos! Your outfit is so great. You made those yourself?! You're so talented! And I LOVE your shoes xoxox
Stiina said…
i like ur heels and those jeans look awesome.
Hot Bot said…
Bellisima :)
Jasnaaa said…
You are truly a inspiration to me!
Love you bracelet and our shoes!
Where did you get them?

xoxo- Jasna
saray said…
LOVE your heels
theKcloset said…
bella, loving your jeans!

great job with the DIY :)
cätu . said…
oh god, your jeans are absolutely amazing!
Allison said…
Bella, you are so beautiful! I absolutely love your hair.
I love how simple things like a ride on the carousel can translate to memories of childhood...it's always the simple things in life :)
vicen said…
You are beautiful, forgive not go more often.
I have a lot of work.
Kisses,
Larita said…
ohhhhhhh I love this shoes (LL
Aless & Rocío said…
AMAZING!!!! You look gorgeous and I love your trousers!!
xx
Couture Carrie said…
You are awesome! They are the perfect House of Holland DIY - I am really impressed, Bella! You look amazing, as usual!

xoxox,
CC
nuheila said…
Oh Bella,love your jeans and shoes!!!
Anonymous said…
Dammit, this is awesome!!!

How do you do it???


Peace and love xox
Bella said…
oh your shoes are amazing ..
thank you for the comment :)
it is so funny , we have the same name :D
La Couturier said…
why are you so beautiful? =]

& i loveee those jeans. i think if i attempted that my end product may look like a quilted mess than chic!

xoxo,
La C.
jukejka said…
Black jacket and white west always look great! But your jeans - awesome !! :)
MJ. said…
Seriously?? Did u do them?? They're insane!!! And with those shoes...they match perfectly!!

Is the text yours as well?? Really like it!

XX
THOSE JEANS!!!.....enough said :)
SELMA said…
Omg, I'm in love with your jeans.
Did you make them or did I get it wrong ? : - p
Stephanie said…
Love the JEANS. They are soo rad!!!!
great diy talent!!
I adore this post!!! I love the carousel shots and the outfit and they way you wrote about reminiscing.

Read your stardust feature.
it would be unprecedented camera whoring! lol.

xx
Beth said…
LOVE LOVE these pictures and the jeans are ridiculously cool.
House of Holland. HOUSE OF BELLA.
I'm sending you my jeans. Please make me a pair!

The polaroid of you laying down is so different from what you normally post, it might be my favorite!

Beth
out of the mist said…
Madre mía!!!love your shoes...You look so beautiful in that pics...always...!!!
xoxo
...love Maegan said…
nice job on the jeans!! love the shoes and the photos are fab!
wow did you write those words yourself? they're amazing. and you know how you say you're an author? i was just wondering, what books have you written?
xoxo,
Micaela
hi baby !
first - i'm sooooo in love with your extremely-hot jeans. tha fact that YOU made themm - makes me speechless !!!

your new shoes are a m a z i n g . i was thinking that everytime when you show us your new heels i'm so jealous ;) the're always fabolous.

this outfit is absolutely incredible.
loooooove it!!!

i'm sorry dear that i write so late, but since last week i haven't got time to sit and check all of the blogs.
i must say that last post - last outfit with fur and latex leggings is soooo good. i think it's one of my favourite Bella :)

you were right sweetie, it is so bad that we live so far away from each other...
oh damn, i really want to meet you girl, becouse your fashion taste makes me crazy!

love everything about your style!

much love :*****
Elizabeth Marie said…
Ok, I rarely say this. Like ever. But you SO DESERVE IT.

I WANT YOUR HAIR! It's gorgeous!! And those shoes are fiiierce, dahling. xoxo
Anonymous said…
Wow! This is truly fabulous!!

Love your blog.
Fashion Tidbits said…
those are some mad jeans!!! you're so amazing!
Connie Hsiu said…
those jeans are killer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Azriel said…
You're just TOO cool...
:)
FLASHY STYLISTA said…
love the jean and specially the shoes!!
Nataly said…
love your blog and love these jeans. writer girls unite! lol.

http://lovefashionrockandroll.blogspot.com/
Franco said…
I freaking love those jeans!!!!!!!!
keep them coming.
melina said…
Well done Bella! You look amazing as usually! That bracelet is awesome!
NICOLE said…
You never cease to amaze me. Lovely as always. XOXO, Nic
Elouise said…
Love the outfit! And I want your heels :)

x
Juaи + said…
OMG BELLA that short storie was just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


OMG, this is so my favorite post from you ever!
Those jeans are just soooooooooooooooooo great!

love them!

:)
you made that?! looks great on you! once again, beautifully written =)
UberOriginal said…
You look like you just stepped off the runway for balmain in that getup lovely! Love it all. Oh I really wanna figure out how to do the whole polaroid photo thingie. xx
hanna said…
The shoes are way fab!!! Theyre like the lovechild of the f/w 08 gucci menacles i wanted and the s/s09 balmain ive been lusting over!
GEMA said…
Thank you. I love shoes and they give a special touch to every look. See you soon and thanks for your comment
Sweet Things said…
u look so pretty!!!are u in love?:)i like every piece of this outfit.and this jeans are amazing
brittany said…
the pants and shoes combo is KIIIIIIILLER. wow
also i've been debating between going blonde or dying my hair black again and you've TOTALLY convinced me black is the way to go
Mode Junkie said…
LOVING THE SHOES babe. and the pants..... aahhhhh!
Marcella said…
Ah once again channeling your very best; glam sexy grunge. All hail the queen!

And those wicked heels...
MIRANDA'S said…
Go trousers!That lovely!I am charmed with them the shoes are of Gogane?=)
J.Yo said…
you are so talented! it's so wild and sexy!!
DamaDeNegro said…
you have a Award in my blogggg
xxxx
Cathy Voyage said…
The jeans looks stunning!
stilettostetico said…
You really are the living evidence that a "Destroy CHIC style" can make You Sexy like a She-Devil (Mmmmh Or Rather sublimating your natural/bewitching Sexyness on a "Bad Girl-esque" way !!!)

à Bientôt, Antoine
TheMinx said…
the jeans are fantabulous!! (I couldn't think of a superlative worthy of them for a moment), and I loved the little story :)
muchlove said…
You write so beautifully. Made me want to find a pretty carousel to ride on :)
Anika said…
My darling, I wish I lived in the states so that I stalk you and steal your jeans (you'd totally have to watch your back, lol ;)

But seriously, these kick arse!

Hope you're having one hell of a week :)
Anika said…
Ahhh, I forgot to mention the fantatic story, I was so busy drooling and planning to stalk, lol....but am swiftly (within the space of 3 paragraphs no less!) caught up in the magic of the story!
Wana said…
i love those pants dear!
tres chic!
and that pose on the florr has me thinking things...*if i were a boy*...lol
You should be excited. Those babies are amazing. I love them with the shoes and black blazer.
evita nuh said…
waaww killer shoes! and cool jeans! :D
noelle chantal said…
Oh, wow! Your DIY pants is really really nice. The studded heels looks perfect with the whole outfit. :)
tanya said…
ahhhh those platforms...i think i'm in love. The blazer with those fab pants looks so hot!
Your such a talented writer-I love reading your blog!

Love the shoes!
xs said…
what a fantastic diy! i'm so impressed by your creativity and sense of style.
Nadine said…
Awesome pants!
Dooder City said…
Thanks bella for your insight about being 'confused.' It's good to know others have been there. As for your jeans, you are amazing. I love them.
prettyneons said…
Oh such a brilliant read! Them customized jeans are amazing, way more impressive then most that are available in the shop's. I swear your becoming my style icon :)
Peace and Ribbons...
PrettyneonsX
issa said…
omg those jeans with those shoes! HAWT.
hande's closet said…
wow those pics are amazing!!love ur jeans!!
Dakota77 said…
Oh my, I admire your patience. How long did it take to make these jeans?
And I absolutely love the studded sandals, need to find something like them for myself!
Mel Carrey said…
Stunning photos, love the carousel shot. Fab shoes! oxx
Those jeans. Those shoes.
What a wonderful marriage.

Maybe I will unveil that jig someday.. =]

haha.
<3
Those jeans are amazing! I always have loads of projects that I'm working on but never get round to finishing them. The shoes are beautiful too x
B. said…
your shoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!! OMG! (L)
valerie said…
i'm drooling over the jeans! amazing! how'd you do them? just shred and sew on pieces of fabric? insane.
valerie said…
p.s. "...letting it take us to those secret places we almost forgot existed"

my favorite line.
cätu . said…
thank you, thank you, thank you for the best comments ever made :) you're toooo cute :)
FashionJunkie said…
the jeans are hot remind me of the new trend boyfriend jeans check my blog http://fashionaddress.blogspot.com/
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freaky me said…
As always You look gorgeous and your shoes are great.
Eri said…
Darling, AMAZING jeans, if you said they were designer I would believe!
Well done! I want a pair too.
By the way, will be waiting for pics on your purple shoes!
See you soon
;)
marissa said…
You are amazing!!!!
marissa said…
You are amazing!!!!
FashionSqueah! said…
oh wow, you look FANTASTIC!! that outfit is great, good on ya for maing those jeans too! ace job :)
thanks for the comment hun, appreciate it!
sea @ fashionsqueah!x
Miss G* said…
You look Gorgeous!! Love that kind of look!
Molly said…
wowowow, you MUST make a post telling me how to make those jeans!!!
mxx
oh Gosh!
those jeans are amazing!! so original!!


and the sandals...I have no words...fantastic!!!

xxx
The Seeker said…
OMG I love your writing, it's so well done!!!

Looking soooooo cool dear, you rock those pants, and the shoes are to die for.

Luv

xoxo
F Blog said…
Great outfit, especially the shoes!!
Annie said…
Rad as hell DIY jeans!
trigg and trig. said…
...great jeans. Well done.
sindel600 said…
jean original :)
loveeeee your blog! && was wondering if you wanted to exchange links?
((http://london--rose.blogspot.com))
let me know ♥
Becca Jane said…
great outfit, and fabulous shoes!
Fantastic DIY!!
El-Gourmet said…
Sos beautiful
Look after yourself
Kisses
kristen said…
i LOVE those jeans. That's so cool that you made them!
Anonymous said…
I'm sitting here trying to figure out how you manage to thrill the blogosphere Every. Single. Time! You look stunning, and my god your writing (BRILLIANT) and those jeans (OMFG) are so superbly done, Bella! <3<3 you a million times over!

Lisa hugs-x-kisses
Charmaine said…
dyaaaaam girl those are some wicked jeans!!!! that is some creativity right there.. love love love !
May Kasahara said…
I'm dying over the heels . . . the DENIM . . .EVERYTHING. so killer * * *

I am always so antsy waiting for your outfit posts - the style and photography + your writing is just perfect. Always makes my day ♥
the jeans look great! i'm still sweating those walmart babies though ;)

speaking of awards, i gave you one as well. it's the 2nd post down on my blog.

luv,
cm
AusAnna said…
oh the DIY jeans are so fab! love it. :)
Charlotte said…
Love the way you write.
MICHELLE.K said…
oh my arent these pictures quite hot?! I love everything about the jeans. And i love your blog main picture. I'm really trying to look for a vintage headbed exactly like that, but i know i'll never afford it.
Your jean is really perfect! i love your outfit ;)
xx
agnes said…
oh my.. you DIY that jeans? i am impressed, dear. your outfit today is very Balmain meets Rodarte, u know,, that means it's incredible :)
escritora said…
i love your studded heels :) you look fantastic :)
Tereza Š. said…
Bella, you are so DIY tallented!I envy..
DaisyChain said…
My god, those jeans are the best damn jeans I have ever seen.
budget chic said…
Great look, those pants are wicked, wicked, wicked and the shoes just take everything over the top! Lovin it!
i love you style AMAZING! thank u for existing *laugh*
Laura said…
Bella: for a giggle come on by while you are working on your thank you post :) and enter my Valentine's Day contest.
Rebecca said…
your stunning, the jeans are amazing xxxxx
Anonymous said…
Hi Bella!
I'm actually a regular reader of your blog, but I wanted to come back and tell you how much I really really love EVERYTHING you do! I must sound crazy or something but you so deserve a popular blogspot!

You're such an inspiration and I hope you keep blogging and writing these beautiful posts.
So what will you wow us with next? love you babe.
mandi said…
wow wow wow, your jeans are so creative i love them. great post, your write very well & your blog is fab :)
Shini said…
great job on the diy, actually looks original, not a blatant copy off a runway look (cough) great studded heels tooo gaah
Merily said…
you're so inspiring!
First of all I have to say that you should absolutely start an Etsy shop and sell your denim designs because they are absolutely AMAZING!

The shoes are fantastic.

And the story is well, let's just say I wanted to read more.

Your blog just keeps inspiring me. LET'S SWAP LINKS.

Smooches. Stay chic!
Riley said…
Wow, those jeans look amazing. You have a great talent for creating stuff.
<3
Blan said…
YOUR BLOG IS WONDERFUL!! I LOVE YOUR STYLE AND NOW I TAKE A NOTE OF YOUR SITE! YOU'RE FAB!

xx
susie miller said…
killer jeans!!!
LoveMore said…
oh you did those bad boys yourself! you little DIY MINX!!!
they look super fabulous on you..well done!

and thanks for your comments honey :)
xxx LM
Andrea said…
Can I say HOLY SHIT in this comment box, because I'm FREAKING OUT over you and your blog!!!!!!!
Cheeks said…
LOVE LOVE those jeans!
Mustafa Şenalp said…
Çok güzel site.:)
Draz said…
You'd better be wearing those jeans when I show up on your doorstep in a weeks time love <3
camerafilmroll said…
Love those shoes!
And those DIY jeans are wicked!
Austere said…
Those pants look amazing. Girl, you've got skill. And really liking the shoes too.
LENORENEVERMORE said…
Luv the mesh on your DIY jeans!...& the story too-especially the funky reindeer...more on him please....
Felicia said…
YOUR SHOES!
Ariella said…
Gah, the scenery is so beautiful and the carousel! Wow.
I am also really impressed that you made those jeans yourself. They look very cool!
chocandcinnamon said…
Wow, those trousers are fierce, and I'm in love with ur shoes!
xoxo
Terence Sambo said…
u know these jeans are awesome so i need not repeat that :o) gr8 idea of a carousel shoot....u got gr8 ideas for shoots babes, keep em coming :o)
Cheri said…
OMGGGGGG, I FREAKINGGGG LOVE THOSE JEANS AND STUDDED HEELS! I'VE BEEN WANTING TO BUY SOME STUDDED SHOES FOR THE LONGEST! I WANT TO WEAR THEM FOR MY BDAY! AAH!
Anonymous said…
Omfg!

Better
xox
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xox
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Anonymous said…
Omfg!

Better
xox
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xox
Better
yiqin; said…
Those pants are amazing on you! You are so stylish <3
betchai said…
wow, those outfits rock, they really do! and to think the jeans are your design? that's just a big wow! and oh yeah, i love your shoes, you do so well in projecting what you wear.
so trash jeans ! it's amazing !
michelle said…
Can I have those jeans????????
Really awesome. i'm sure lots will make those now, but they are one of a kind just like you, Bella!


Kisses
June Paski said…
bella u always awesome!, i heart ur jeans, ur blog is amazin
Retromus-ik said…
Your style is amazingly funky! I love it! And. You're also an great writer:)
thank you so much :) posts will be coming soon enough--if my comp doesn't spaz out on me! :D
congrats on all of the awards.
Shen-Shen said…
Those jeans = completely amazing.
Wow, very impressed by the jeans!! I want to go on a carousal ride now, theyre probably my favourite ride but no one will ever go on one with me, apparently im too old :(
Hippiegirl said…
i LOVELOVELOVE these shoes!!!!
Valentine said…
Carousels and a totally rock chick outfit-- I love the juxtaposition. :-)

Happy VDay Bella!

xo

V
rachel said…
ack!! those jeans are AWESOME. luuuv... you look rockin, as always. do you ever have off days??? you are gorgeous!

♥ R
Demi said…
the shoes and cuff are HOT!!
you look amazing as usual!
and your jeans are gorgeous too :)

have a great weekend :)
xx
thanks hun - linking you back now ♥
((london--rose.blogspot.com))
Forêt noire said…
Love those shoes, woah!! Love your blog, and your looks! First time visitor....
wow! rock chic fabulosity, indeed!
and your hair is to die for!!!

happy valentine's day! =)
richard said…
May I send a handpainted jeans :)?
LoveMore said…
congrats on all the well deserved awards miss!!

and happy valentine's day from me to you!

xx LM
Mindy said…
You are so Beautiful and talented. Beauty and brains. Your expression of wordage and style are unbelievable! I always enjoy looking at your pics and reading your prose. What an inspiration you are. XXX
Trish said…
OMFG!! I LOVE YOUR PANTS! Did you make it?? LOVE IT!! :)
Alanna said…
those...jeans...are...killer!
you my dear bella are truly talented
Syana said…
Omg your jeans are DIY?? I'm sure you could sell those for a fortune, they look so expensive!
Trendy Rock* said…
wow I love your shoes! Your look is gorgeous again! :)
michelle said…
Your style is absolutely divine :)
Indy said…
i love your blog! You have the most amazing style! Awesome!
Eri said…
This comment has been removed by the author.
Eri said…
Dear Bella,
Today I have given you an award and tagged you my blog.
You deserve, your blog is fabulous!!!! And I love it.
lauren said…
The valentine shots are soooooooo HOT HOT HOT!

What shoes are you wearing Bella?
Really love them with the Rodarte tights and candy box!
lauren said…
The valentine shots are soooooooo HOT HOT HOT!

What shoes are you wearing Bella?
Really love them with the Rodarte tights and candy box!
Femme Fatale said…
cute blog!
xx
Shoegal said…
I'm IMPRESSED!!! love it!!
XOXO
kaitlyn said…
the jeans are sooo great, love the shoes too.
belle.chantelle said…
your jeans are WICKED! OMG!
YOU ARE GENIUS!
Summer said…
oh my god!!is it true?!
you made those by your self?
oh great,amazing!!keep up the good work.=)
electric feel said…
hey beauty
i gave you an award
stilettostetico said…
Your fingerless lace gloves are very (AND delightfully) "Alcôve Mistress" !!!
ps: Mmmmh Just in case an english extract of my "fashionisto/ sulfurous Fragments of Writing" is on "stilettosteticooooooooo" !!!

à Bientôt, Antoine
La Fille. said…
I love the jeans and heels! Ava wrote this.
camerafilmroll said…
Just to let you know that I've awarded you with an 'i love your blog' award in my blog, because I do! (:c
Ayla said…
amazing. love the hard edges to your outfit. and your words are speechless.
joshylola said…
I love sandals!
Jenna said…
bella, bella!!! i love your pants!
Stompface said…
HOLY MOLY. those jeans are beyond wild.

Oh I am so behind in blog town again. very lovely post though dear.

I am throwing an award at you! hooray

x
HEY SEXY LADY!!

How ar eyou doing?? I'm back from a blackhole! heehee... Oh my you never cease to amaze all your followers (like me!!) with your impeccable style!! I LOVE YOUR SHOES!!!
Fashion_Girl22 said…
We seriously need to share closets! from head to toe, everything should be mine lol. I love the way you can turn a DIY project into something so luxurious. I could never craft up something so brilliant. If I were to make something myself, it wouls never see the light of day. :P

Anyways, I'm offically back now. just not at FIF...it's now insidemode.com :]. I've seriously missed your blog and blogging in general. So sorry if I just hit you with a million comments on pasts posts lol. <3
C a t r i n a said…
AMAZING!!!
if they would be on store, i would defenetly buy them !:D
electric feel said…
ohh thank you bella
your're fabulous!!!
i wish i could look so cool in this clothes like youu!!
Loove you and yourr blog!!!
kisss
you are a rock star:)
isabelle said…
great jeans!
Shaminista said…
Inspired by BALMAIN?!
THis is absoutely gorgeous.
THE 2009 OUTFIT TO BE!!!
Love-love-love this outfit.

You make a simple white tank look smoking hot! Love that photo of you lying down :)
Adore your studded cuff and shoes.

And I love the words "wiser than yesterday".
Have a fab weekend honey <3 xxx
I forgot to add - I love that you're a Bette.
From what I can see of you here in cyberland, it seems spot on, you fierce vixen, you! xxx
your jeans are CRAZY good bella!!
Doublecloth said…
You look are gorgeous!!
Poshhh said…
Hey. Congrats! I nominated you for the 'I know your blog is fabulous award'. Come on by and take a look.
-Poshhh
Fashionista* said…
gorgeous outfit, the jeans is a dream!

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