Closet Favorites

Hello!
I’m rounding up three of my current favorites from my closet on Baltimore Belle today!
H&M Fine Knit Sweater: It’s so soft, perfect for spring and only $19.99!
Tiny Tassel St. Margaret Earrings: I bought these during my trip to Charleston last summer. These earrings go with anything!
I love searching for designer dupes! If you would like to see more dupe finds make sure to comment below!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Xoxo,
Mia

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2018 Valentine/Galentine Guide

Hey there Baltimore Belle fam and friends!
Valentine’s Day, aka Single Awareness Day and Wasting Money Day is in four days- Ugh!
I’m kidding…sorta.
I’m on the fence about Valentine’s Day.  I wouldn’t turn down a day to make my boyfriend feel special or loved, but I’m also not going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a made up holiday. Nonetheless, Kevin and I will celebrate it in our own way. This year, I made a very simple request for Valentine’s Day, Chick-fil-A! I loveeee me some CFA!

 

I made a guide, if you’re still in the search for gift or date ideas for your significant other or Galentine. I found great gifts for UNDER $50, a list of Vday/Galentine’s Day events and I included two of my favorite eating spots!

 

Men’s Gift Ideas

 

Women’s/Galentine’s Gift Ideas

 

Gifts ideas for yourself, side pieces (kidding!), or anyone else

Note: Some gifts are over $50

 

 Events

Favorite Eats

  • Diablo Doughnuts in Fells Point is my all time favorite spot for a sugar high! Gourmet doughnuts would make the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Diablo Doughnuts are currently running a Valentine’s Day special. You can pre-order and pre-pay your Valentine’s day order, of six doughnuts for $16! Their doughnuts are HUGE and very filling, it takes me forever to just finish one, so take advantage of this deal!

 

  • The Elephant in Mt. Vernon, formerly the Brass Elephant has everything; history, a fun atmosphere, impeccable food, amazing drinks, knowledgeable staff and some nights they have live music! The restaurant has a casual and elegant ambiance, without that snobby-ish vibe you may get at other fine dining restaurants. The interior decor is one of my favorite things about The Elephant. The stained glass in the building is made of Tiffany, yes THAT Tiffany! Every time I visit, I always learn something new about the place. The restaurant is filled with so much history, it was originally a mansion in the 1850’s and a furniture store. They offer various foods, such as seafood, chicken, and meats. If you like trying new things, give their drink menu a try. Their selection is a mix of the usual and their signature drinks will soon become your favorite! My current favorites are the Tiffany martini and the Lockwood. One last thing I must mention, their staff is professional, friendly and filled with so much knowledge. I don’t know if a history exam is part of the application process, but the amount of history and detail of every aspect of the establishment is impressive! Whenever Kevin and I stop by, we eat and drink at the bar and our usual bartender is Chris. Chris always gives us the full experience. Watching Chris make drinks, is like watching a tv show. Chris will explain what he puts in each drink step-by-step, spit out random facts about the restaurant and shares a corny joke or two, which are so corny, there’s no way you can not laugh at them. If you are looking for a fun place to enjoy with your Valentine of Galentine, make a stop at The Elephant!

This blog post was once again, way longer than I expected. I hope you found this guide helpful and enjoy your Valentine’s/Galentine’s or Anti-Valentine’s day anyway you choose to celebrate it!

Xoxo,

Mia

 

A special message for you & my spring wish list

First things first…

Many, many thanks to everyone that read my blog post last week! I received such a great response, and read so many of your sweet and encouraging messages!

Now, that I have opened up to all of you, I’ve become a bit more comfortable about posting online. This may sound so small and stupid, but over the weekend, I decided on a whim to post a video of my beauty haul on IG stories. I HATE my voice, but I didn’t let it stop me, and you all gave me great feedback on it! I had fun doing it and I’m looking forward to making more videos. Thank you again for supporting me! Sending you all virtual hugs!

Trend to Try: The Kimono

Kimonos have been pretty popular the past few years and this year, kimonos are making bigger statements with their versatile styles. They are so easy to style and make the perfect statement piece. Lately, whenever the weather gods want to give Baltimore a temperature above 50, I like to bring out my favorite kimono from Anthropologie. * If you remember, this kimono is from my Anthropologie Fitting Session. I was able to snag this on clearance, last month!

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My kimono is sold out, but I found a very similar one from Forever 21 here.

If you’re in the search of a good kimono, I found a few great ones below!

Screw Phil!

We all know that stupid rodent, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter.  I don’t know about you, but Phil does not exist to me. I’m sick of winter and moving forward into spring- mentally at least! To get me in the spring mode, I put together a small spring wish list.

 

Let’s hope, Phil is wrong and spring arrives sooner rather than later! Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for taking the time to read my post!

Xoxo,

Mia

My blogging experience so far

Hi Beautiful People!

You’re probably wondering who that girl is in the pic below, It’s me! I finally made my way in front of the camera over the weekend. I shot four looks, that I will be sharing on the blog in the coming weeks.
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A bit of a confession….
I almost backed out of last weekend’s shoot. Lately, I have been contemplating on ending the blog all together. Blogging is hard and it can get very frustrating! I’m trying to gain more followers, weeding out fake business offers, reading rejection after rejection emails, dealing with people making fun of my blog. Also, I have a horrible habit of comparing my looks with other bloggers. Might I also add, I have a full-time job covering local news in Baltimore. I feel like, I have zero time to focus on anything. Thinking of all the negative experiences I’ve had so far, I felt sad and doubted myself.  I thought, I looked like an idiot for even putting myself out there and wondered if my blog would ever become successful one day. But then, my Mama and sister, Marilyn came to the rescue! These two women are my dream team, they brought me back to reality, helped me view things in a positive light and reminded me to enjoy the moments. Which is what I hope to do with this blog! I’ve decided to give this blog another go, with a different mentally. Embracing and enjoying my individuality and of course celebrating my love for fashion!
Sorry for the Iyanla Vanzant one-on-one here, I originally planned on just sharing my favorite accessories. But here we are, now you know a little more about me.
One more thing, I have had experienced positives in blogging. For those looking into blogging, please don’t let my experiences deter you! I’ve met wonderful and SUPPORTIVE bloggers, and been featured on brand’s sites and social media pages. My favorite thing about blogging has been interacting with all of you!
Back to your regularly scheduled programming…
The pics below were taken at the American Visionary Arts Museum. If you’re looking for some odd (I mean that in a good way!) and unique art pieces, this is the place to go to! You can read more about the museum here.
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Outfit Details

  • Denim Jacket
  • Earrings from Elyse by Nicole. I met her last month and she is so sweet and talented! Her jewelry line is gorgeous and affordable!
  • Belt  #FakeGucciGang
  • My dress is old, but I found a similar style here.
  • Shoes
  • My purse is old from Topshop, but I found a similar one here for under $20!

On Wednesdays we Wear Pink

Hello my lovely Baltimore Belle followers and happy Wednesday! 

I’m sick of winter and have already begun shopping for spring! One of my first spring purchases were these Sam Edelman pumps. They were originally $130 and now are marked down to $58!  

In case you are having the winter blues, I made a round-up of my favorite shoes that you can wear this spring and all year around. Yes, I went with a color scheme, hence the blog title.

The majority of the shoes, listed below are under $100. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and cheers to spring getting here sooner!

Xoxo,

Mia

HEELS

Kate Spade New York Santarosa Heels

Alice and Olivia Heels

Badgley Mischka Dallas Pump

Kenneth Cole Reaction Michelle Heel <— theses are a good Gucci dupe!

Halogen Azaela Ankle Strap Pump *50% off

Jessica Simpson Polla Pump

 

FLATS

Kelly & Katie Malindi Oxford

Asos Leather Loafers

Nordstrom BP Maddy Mule

Ellen Degeneres Langston Ballet Flat

Lucky Brand Cristley Mule  *40% off

 

SNEAKERS

Adidas Courtset Sneaker

Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker

Adidas NMD_R2 Shoes

Nike LunarSolo Running Shoe

Tretorn Star Sneaker

 

BOOTS

Aldo Aurella Ankle Boots

Aldo Sailors Over-the-Knee Boots

Journee Collection Booties

Topshop Bow Suede Ankle Boots *50% off

INC Bootie *50% off

 

SPRING SHOES

Steven Madden Pikko Flatform

Marc Fisher Wedges <— These are a must have for spring!

Tory Burch Poppy Logo Espadrille

Jack Rogers Wedge Thong Sandal *46% off

Vince Camuto Pascal Sandal *45% off

 

 

Designer Dupes #2: Real vs Steal

Hello!!

Long time no post, so sorry! I was sick over the holidays and I’ve been slacking, tsk tsk.

I’m back and ready with my first post of 2018! You all voted on Instagram last month for another designer dupe post, check it out below!

If there is a dupe you are looking for and need help, feel free to contact me!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the new year!

Xoxo,

Mia

 

Chloe Pixie Small Round Double-Handle Tote Bag

Real vs Steal

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Free People Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic

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Celine Nano Luggage Bag

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Free People Glam Embellished Denim Jacket

Real vs Steal

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Tom Ford Button Velvet Jacket

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Gucci Leather Belt

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Cult Gaia Ark Bag

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Self Portrait Mini Dress

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites are a list of things that made me happy through the week. I’m a huge negative Nancy, so I promised myself to focus more on positivity and to embrace happiness. If you would like to join me, you can comment below on what made you happy this week! It can be absolutely anything, there’s no judgment here!

I’m happy because…

  1. I started journaling! I’m loving this one so far and I’m hoping to keep it up!
  2. It’s my bday month! Woohoo!
  3. I plan on going here this weekend, everything looks delicious!

NEW BEAUTY BOUTIQUE: Riley Rose

If Sephora, and Urban Outfitters had a baby, it would be the new shop, Riley Rose!
Riley Rose is the latest beauty boutique from the founders of Forever 21.
The new shop opened a few weeks ago, at Towson Town Center.  I highly recommend you visiting! I will warn you now, if you’re one of those people who loves to swatch every eyeshadow, touch and smell everything, then it will be difficult for you to leave this shop!
During my visit, I found an endless amount of K-beauty skin care. If you’re a K-beauty lover like myself, you know how difficult it is to get a hold of these items! I loved the price points, the cheapest K-beauty mask I purchased was $3! They also carry a lot of brands Sephora and Ulta do not have, such as Lime Crime, Lilly Lashes, and Winky Lux. Riley Rose is also stocked with hair products, stationery, hats, bags, snacks, and home decor. It’s pretty dangerous for your wallet, since it’s a one stop shop!
I took some pics from my Riley Rose visit, you can check it out below!

 

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Riley Rose just launched their website, currently they do not sell their products online. If you’re curious about their products, check out their YouTube videos! Their YT channel has great demos of  their makeup, skin care and hair products!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites is a new addition to my blog. I’m a huge negative Nancy, so I promised myself that one of my resolutions for 2018 is to be positive and embrace happiness.  Every Friday, I will include a list of things that made me happy that week. If you would like to join me, you can comment below on what makes you happy!
I’m happy because…
  1. This dry shampoo is amazing!
  2. This is the cutest video of the week!
  3. I only work two days next week! 🙂

Happy Holidays!!!

Xoxo,

Mia