Embrace it.

It's been a while since I posted. If you are a regular customer or follow me on social media, you know why. Buying, selling and moving out of a rental by yourself with 2 kids isn't for the faint of heart. I did good to keep the business going at the rate I did. Now that I've survived, it's time to get the business back into full gear. 

One thing we are doing is completely changing platforms. It is QUITE the undertaking, but it's going to be so much better- for y'all (if you are a customer) and me. I'm so excited! But as I was updating the website I realized how much the blog had been neglected. (OOPS!) And just like that, the perfect topic popped in my head: EMBRACE IT. 

This is something I've reminded several of my friends these past few weeks. It's something that took a while for myself to do. I'm definitely not the same girl that used to tear up the town in college, or the same girl my husband fell in love with at first sight. I don't look anything like her-and that's ok. I'm not her anymore. I'm a wiser, stronger, savvier, more independent version of that girl. I've hung up some hats since then and put on others- like motherhood and businesswoman. 

For a long time after having my oldest, I hated putting a swimsuit on. Now I don't worry about the cellulite because I'm too busy playing with my kids. AKA making sure nobody drowns and everyone has enough snacks. (And let's be honest, 19 year old me had cellulite too.) Also, I've been leaving the leggings at home and wearing sundresses again- and it feels so good! Eating healthier and shedding a few pounds hasn't hurt either, but at the end of the day I'll never be that 20 year old girl my husband married again. Honestly, I don't know if I want to be, that means I'd have to go back and give up all the life I've lived these last 7 years. 

Moral of the story: Embrace yourself. You aren't the person you used to be, you've lived a LIFE since then- and we're all too busy making sure our kids have enough snacks to worry about the extra roll or two you have. So wear what makes you happy, go hunt down clothes that you LOVE. Go find a GOOD swimsuit that makes you feel HOT- and not just because it's 87 degrees with 95% humidity. Chase your kids at the playground. Jump in the pool. Make memories. 

P.S. If you need a band-aid, extra pair of goggles, juice box, sunscreen or ball to play with, we're happy to share. But us mom's know all we really need is an ear to listen about how our kids summertime bickering is driving us crazy- and snacks, because the kids cleared out your pantry even though you restocked it yesterday. 

Styling Tips for Busy Moms

You're a busy mom. The littles in your life bring you so much love, joy, and STRESS! I get it! I'm totally right there with you. My youngest is finally getting to the age I can sometimes get away with a necklace or earrings again. When you're chasing kids around all day it is hard to look nice, even when we want to. Earrings get ripped out (OUCH!) necklaces get yanked on (no kiddos, that's not a mommy leash!) and mommy just wants to look put together- for once! Here are a few quick tips for you busy moms out there!

  • Infinity scarves

A scarf can take a simple top or dress and take it to a whole new level. 

  • Patterns- less accessorizing

When you wear a patterned piece, you have an instant statement piece. From there, you can go minimalist on accessories making a stylish outfit easy to pull off. 

  • Wipes- instant baby mess remover

Until I had kids, I didn't recognize the magical powers of baby wipes. Now I keep a travel pack in my purse at all times! Spit up? Snot? or maybe your own clumsiness- baby wipes to the rescue! Now I don't have to rely on the "I'm a hot mess because I have kids" excuse. 

  • Diamond studs with screw backs.

Everyone knows earrings can go a long way. Even simple studs are a great way to complete a look. The problem? With young kids, earnings have a way of getting ripped out. My personal favorite are diamond studs with backs that twist on like a screw, they are less likely to fall out- and kiddos don't yank on studs. 

  • Flats

Flats are this momma's best friend. I can't tell you how long it's been since I tossed on a pair of heels- and honestly the thought of putting some on makes me want to stay in. Invest in some great flats to keep your outfit stylish and keep your comfort!

  • Tunics

I call it the mom uniform. Well, if you want a step up from yoga pants and a t-shirt, but all of the same comfort! Tunic and leggings are my go to outfit. You look dressed up but don't lose any comfort.

 

These are some of my tips and go to's when getting ready. You don't have to be a glamazon to be stylish and on trend. 

 

-Lainey

Quick Guide: Fall colors

It is one of my favorite times of year, the start of fall! It's still gorgeous out, but I'm not greeted by a wall of hot, humid air when I open my door in the morning. Personally, I love sitting outside and enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning and driving on back country roads enjoying the colors of the changing leaves. Along with the colors of the leaves, it's always exciting to check out the Pantone color forecast! So until the leaves start changing, let's enjoy the the Pantone colors for Fall 2016!

I'm already seeing these colors being HOT while buying our fall inventory!  

Some tips when shopping with these colors:

  1. Are you a red head? Lush Meadow tends to look great with your coloring! 
  2. Spicy Mustard can wash out pale skin, incorporate this color in a cardigan or pair with scarf so a different color is next to your face-keeping you from being washed out.
  3. Sharkskin is a perfect base to pair with a fun new statement necklace or scarf! This color is also easy to dress up or down. 
  4. The blue tones are definitely the most popular this season, be ready to fill your fall closet with them!

Fall is around the corner! Pumpkin everything are starting to appear in stores everywhere. We're looking forward to cozy tunics and boots. Personally, I'm loving Riverside and Aurora Red are my favorite. Which colors are you looking forward to filling your closets with?!

 

-Lainey

New Adventures

One thing I quickly learned as a military spouse is to enjoy life's adventures, and there is always another around the corner. 

 

The next adventure for my family is to head to the Atlanta, Georgia area. As we pack up here in North Carolina and move to the land of peaches, we will be slowing down for for a few weeks. But we will be back soon! I already have events lined up in Georgia! 

So if you have friends in the area, PLEASE share! We would GREATLY appreciate the help getting the word out about the Belle. We will still happily meet your fashion needs through our online store. 

 

Thanks for the love NC! 

 

 

Fashion on Wheels

So, where's your actual store? 

This is a question, or some form of it, gets asked all of the time. The answer is, we don't have one. Our trailer, whom we fondly call Lucy, is our store. When opening the business, convenience for busy women was my top priority. A store with rigid hours is not conducive to that, so I chose to go 100% mobile. This allows us to be much more flexible for you! It allows us to bring our entire store to you, wherever and whenever you want us. 

 

How does it work?

Mobile boutiques are a new trend, and each owner operates hers differently. Here at the Belle, I am always up for an adventure! While we do standard events such as ladies night in and park in your driveway, or local festivals and fairs-we've also done other fun stops too! We've done a tween fashion show and party, real estate open houses, blogger networking night and even a 40th anniversary party at a RV resort. With Lucy the possibilities are ENDLESS. 

 

Convenience, Convenience, CONVENIENCE! 

How many times do people ask you how you've been and you respond "CRAZY!"??? At the Belle, we're all too aware of juggling a crazy schedule. We also know how important it is to take care of yourself, so we've tried to make it easy for you. From our VIP group on Facebook where you can order our newest arrivals to scheduling a free private styling session, we are here for you!

XO

-Lainey