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They said it was a Trail of Tears

I don’t have to search futilely the dank corners of an attic riddled with dust, or spend hours wading through the unbounded contents of a relic cherrywood trunk to grasp the secret language of my heritage. Because in the darkness of quiet spaces, when the world was seduced by a requiem of sleep, I heard the myriad of stories that taught me of my Great Grandmother’s upbringing. As a child, I learned of her survival and the devastating circumstances that transpired during the forced relocation to Indian reservations west of the Mississippi River. And even in the fades of memory, the truth can resurface… and some stories live to linger.
So as one of my latest writing projects unfurls its raw edges, what I’ve rediscovered is that sometimes, getting back to your roots is a journey all in itself.

p.s. Special thanks to the Modepass team for my wicked Flair Magazine Spotlight!

(Forever 21 feather hair clip and necklaces, Vintage turquoise ring and bracelet, Brass Plum crochet dress, Gap denim, Urban Original lace-up boots)

Comments

very very beautiful you are!those shoes waouh!
xoxo have a nice day honey ;D
DaisyChain said…
stunning <3
Kristin said…
Thought provoking and gorgeous as usual! Love the hair clip.
Anonymous said…
You just went above and beyond Bella!
diane said…
My mother never really talked about our native heritage. As a performer, it was better kept "under wraps". She was not permitted to enter some public clubs because she was native. It wasn't until I was much older that I came to embrace that side of me.
I really loved this post, and you are, as always, very beautiful. xo
¶ M said…
you look so gorgeous in that simply white dress =)


m.
Suzanne said…
those feathers (is that the right way to spell it?) are great!
xx
Virgos Lounge said…
very pretty..x
you look so gorgeous!!!!

X
Anonymous said…
wow I love the mix white and denim!
lauren said…
stunning! i can't explain how much i love this post, the images, the styling, your writing, and finding out your background. i always wondered. Vintage Lollipops does it again! oh just saw your feature! congrats, i should get on board with modepass too.
kisses have a fab week darling!
GEMA said…
woooooooooooooo your shoes are very beautiful...adorable!
proudly says, said…
bella, i love these shots so much!
pictures are so beautiful and so as you!

http://momfashionworld.blogspot.com/
InnyVinny said…
Bella, I felt that. Wow.

You're gorgeous and whatever you're working on is going to be amazing.
marissa said…
Completely powerful and beautiful!
Marie Lemondrop said…
You look fabulous in white! It's not a color everyone can pull off well-for instance I look like death warmed over. But you should stock up on summer whites because you look great!
vicen said…
Sorry was on vacation, but we are here, so prepare to have if you get rid of the bags and count some things.
kisses
E said…
You have absolutely incredible hair. And I love that feather touch. Congrats!
Allison said…
Bella, you are so beautiful. And I love that your great grandmother was such a strong and inspiring woman! Good for you for getting back to your roots!
These photos are seriously just stunning. You are, as always, so gorgeous!
Simply Mel said…
You have very special blood running through your veins. My great-grandmother was full-blooded Cherokee Indian, and she also had a very difficult and painful life. But she was so kind and giving and never would harm anyone. I believe her sweet spirit still shines upon me daily.
Jessica said…
I really love your dress! ♥
Hanako66 said…
you look gorgeous!

that first photo is just breathtaking! truly!
Hippiegirl said…
what a beautiful dress♥
budget chic said…
Hey bella, beautiful dress, I like the little lace detailing. Also like how you rugged it up with the denim jacket.
You look gorg as usual. Wow, you're such a talented writer.. fab post. You really have a way with words!

xo, Becs
Damsels said…
wow that really interest in . so what umm are you (does that sound rude ) ? i just used to live in arizona and they taught us so much about native americans . alot of my freinds growing up were apache hopi navajo and the like .. gorgeous dress
I love Indians, your hair is as beautiful as theirs.
It´s a pity that a big part of their culture has disappeared, preserve what you can.
xx
Shin said…
Beautiful white dress! I love how your dress up your hair! Very pretty! xxoxoxo
hey babes ♥ it's Hannah from LONDON--ROSE.
I just wanted to say sorry about disappearing for a couple of months - something happened in my personal life and I needed time out... but now I'm back! and my blog is going to be even bigger and better - I have sooo much work to do over the next couple of days but am going to put in 100%.
your blog looks AMAZING as always x
♥ Hannah ((london--rose.blogspot.com))
Joelyne said…
thank you gorgeous!

Congrats on your spotlight in flair mag!

i just added you to my links! mwa

x
Anonymous said…
OMG.. speechless
Nataliexxx said…
Love this look <3

Your makeup look superb too :-)
xxx
We should all be so Proud of our ancestors and who we are and were we came from :) You look fabulous ♥ the boots!!!
UberOriginal said…
These photos are so gorgeous, I'm definitely longing for long summer days here in Australia, I'm over the winter chill! xx
chauss said…
beautiful images :)
Eden said…
as always i hold you in a high regard--aside from the fantastic outfit, you always have been more than just a gorgeous face. all the best in your writing about your heritage.. it will definitely a beautiful piece, and i hope, something that you would share with us too.

thank you for the kind words you left on my blog. you will always be one of my favorite bloggers.. and forthat, im definitely following as well.

much love

eden
Savvy Mode SG said…
i love the feather in your hair.
camerafilmroll said…
Hello pocahontas! (:
Dannie said…
i love this, its perfect on you
beautifulll!!!! =)
misslikey said…
love the booties
you are so absolutely gorgeous I love the styling of this outfit =]
aristide said…
nice blog
Dane said…
You so ethereal and beautiful. Seriously lady.. stunning.




www.trustme-itsparadise.blogspot.com
Blan said…
you're so beautiful, this style is adorable.
yiqin; said…
You look great in white! :)
Twiggy Mod said…
Hey gorgeous

you look fabulousimo, missed your face lots.

these shots make me feel very summery.

loves xxxxxxxxx
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Maggie said…
My parents n parents in laws always told us what they had gone thru n reminded us to stay grounded. I love ur words and beautiful photos as always, u look like a fairytale princess in the white dress!
Anonymous said…
Loooove it.Beauty.Perfect denim.Awesome writing.Need those boots.
Anika said…
Woah, bellisima, if I looked this good wearing feathers in my hair...I'd never take them out. I absolutely adore your hair like this...shiny, sleek with the feather woven in.

And I was intrigued by your heritage, what a wonderful heritage to carry on. You are truly beautiful!

Congrats on the featue too :)

What are your plans for the week? Hope you have a fabulous week and good luck with the latest project.
Frou Flu said…
you write beautifully Bella. you are truly amazing both inside and out.
Ashley said…
Love the lace-up boots. You have beautiful hair!!

http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com
Neira said…
that feather hair clip is gorgeous! i havent seen them in f21! im gona have to search some more
onemorelogin! said…
As always you are a flawless beauty. Your heritage shows through in your coppery skin and your dark shiny hair. It is great that you show pride in who you are and where you came from. Have a wonderful day Beautiful Belle. :)
daisy kate said…
Thanks so much for your comment on my blog :) I absolutely adore this dress! And I'm sure you've heard it a million times before, but you loads look like Megan Fox - I am SO jealous.
Kate ♥
www.dazedyoungmess.blogspot.com
sophie said…
you're so beautiful. gorgeous pics. xx
Carlotta said…
wow gorgeous!!! I left you something on my blog :))
maggie said…
you look so gorgeous. i love that dress. words of wisdom you've written<3
Cathy Voyage said…
Lovely dress!
a denim hippie pocahontas... LOVE!
love these shots and i'm really hoping that i can find a denim jacket JUST like the one you're wearing!
saray said…
stuning outfit! i adore your heels..
Micaela said…
wow, those pictures are stunning! i absolutely am in love with your dress.
and congrats on your spotlight thing. you totally deserve it as your style is amazing!
xoxo,
Micaela
Tammy said…
Dont mind me but feel like singing that song -no body does it better-!!
Seriously youre amazing Bella!!
Summer said…
Love your look! You are so pretty, and your jacket awesome! Looking forward on your next post. Have a great day.=D
Ditte said…
I really dig your outfit!!

http://modeild.blogspot.com/
Velo said…
i love ur hair accessories!
do u know, i thing ur face such as Megan Fox's face. pretty cool!
love the white drees!! the hair clip is so cute too!! I hope you have a fabulous day!! Huge hugs!! Britt :-)
La Mimi said…
Oh, that's why you look so exotic:)
Very, very beautiful post Bella:)

xoxo
Mimi
Anonymous said…
Gor-geous! xoxo
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Demi said…
thank you for your lovely comment, honey!
beautiffulll photos, you look stunning! I love it all, especially the feather hair clips!
xoxo
SLF said…
how do u mean wicked style? mh. surrey!
*** said…
Love the feathers i your hair.
All of the pictures are really beautiful and your hair is killer!
Nicky said…
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lots of love,
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issa said…
you're still so fierce in a pretty white dress
Samantha said…
completely beautiful, i love feathers in your hair
- Daniela - said…
love your shoes and that's such a pretty dress
thanks for stopping by my blog =)
Meho said…
As gorgeous as always Bella.. i love the way you write!

Meho xx
Cris Lazoru said…
Loved your hairpieces and necklaces! maybe I should stop by forever 21 more often. . .

C.
Keith said…
Great photos. You look so fantastic.
HK said…
gorgeous!
Mare P said…
awesome pictures! so purdy!
Violet said…
i like the feathers... they have been an infacuation for sometime

XX
Vi from Cali
sexyinthecity said…
lovely pics!!
you looks gorgeous!!!!

xx
www.sexyinthecity.es
TheMinx said…
that hair clip is fah-bulous girlie, you're looking too gorgeous for words as usual :)
prettyneons said…
Hello's love.
How on earth do you manage to pull of such style.
I can't seem to make white work for me, perhaps its because I've a ghostly complexion?

The feather accessories are marvelous ;)

PeAce & BoWs...
prettyneOns X
you are so f-ing beautiful!!


ps. yes, they're the potion wedges ;) i'm obsessed with them. they are the most comfortable shoes ever!
Melissa said…
So pretty! I love the jacket/dress combo.
Laura said…
Your dress is fantastic! Nice style!
Rebecca said…
i LOVE the hairclip, ive been looking for one of these for soo long,
you look so nice in these photos xx
FashionJazz said…
Bella babe, I luv this soo much!!! Thank u so much for ur comments on Chictopia!! Sent u mail today, hope u got it!! xxx
heyyy...your pics are amazing!!!love you dress and boots!!!!just perfect!!!
kisses!!! xxx
kelse said…
perfect, this is summer.
Style Porn said…
Wow, I'd so love it if you'd share the fruits of some of your extra-blogular (um, I just made up a word) writing projects. I'd be so curious to see!

And it should go without saying that you look like summer personified.
And this is why your blog is one of my favorites xoxo
Denise said…
lovely dress!
...love Maegan said…
gorgeous lady!!
Ediot said…
youre looking so beautiful here. i adore the combo between dark makeup and soft and bohemian dress. i really want the dress :) and the jacket. wish you a great weekend!
ct said…
that feather hair clip is amazing!it looks good on you.


ct @bonbon’s vintage
loft in soho said…
YOU LOOK AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

happy weekend dear,

xxx
I love anything and eveything feather-infused. you look like a gypsy or something else equally fabulous, doll!

PS: Your TV turns golden? i can only imagine... Like the golden ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory? ;) BETTER!


x
Jessica said…
Gorgeous!! A great pairing of a beautiful white dress with a denim jacket!! =)
Annie Spandex said…
I live near part of the trail.. it's so incredibly awful what our country did.

You look gorgeous as always.. Love the summery frock with the denim.
Miss Eve said…
I love this white dress on you Bella and your hair is oh so amazing...

Have a great weekend, much love: Evi
agnes said…
the feather hair clips completes the whole look with a bit exotic vibres, which is perfect for summer :)
rossovelvet said…
Quite a Navajo vibe, lo-ve-ly !
vogued out!!! said…
Oh the you are so gorgeous in the pics. perfection!
Annabelle said…
feathers in your hair.... i keep eyeing up headbands and clips and thinking, i could make it myself. i think it looks sweet. must find something soon. xxx

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