MEN’S GIFT GUIDE 2017

Hey there!

Thanks for the feedback on my women’s gift guide last week!

It’s the men’s turn this week! I set up the guide in the same format as my women’s gift guide. I added low price alternatives and discount codes. There are several gift ideas for your boyfriend/husband, brothers, dad, etc. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on any of the items on the list, or just to say hi!

I’m going to brave the toy stores this weekend and start Christmas shopping for my nephew. He’s almost 2 and all he wants are trains and cars. Pray for me as I take on Toys R’ Us.

Enjoy your weekend!

Xoxo,

Mia

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MEN’S GIFT GUIDE 2017

GIFTS FOR THE SPORTS FAN

GIFTS FOR THE TECH FAN

GIFTS FOR THE BALTIMORE BOH

GIFTS FOR THE BUSINESSMAN

MEN’S LUXURY GIFTS

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Tom Ford Ernesto Sunglasses

GIFTS FOR THE ENTERTAINER

GIFTS FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER

GIFTS FOR THE STYLE ICON

FITNESS GIFTS

RANDOM GIFTS

Women’s Gift Guide 2017

Hallelujah its Friday!!

It’s been a very, VERY busy news week! My brain actually hurts!
I’m looking forward to staying in and finally binge watching, season two of Stranger Things! I may or may not be a basic blogger and stop by the Farmers’ Market. Check out my Instagram to see if I go!
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Christmas shopping is upon us, but do not fret, Baltimore Belle is here to help!
For the next coming weeks, I will be sharing several gift guides. This week we begin, with the ladies! I made a list of gift ideas for the foodie, tech lover, beauty lover, etc.
I’ve added low price alternatives under most of the items and a few reviews of the items I own myself. I hope you find this gift guide helpful!

WOMEN’S GIFT GUIDE 2017

GIFTS FOR THE FASHIONISTA

FITNESS GIFTS

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GIFTS FOR THE TECH LOVER

GIFTS FOR THE BEAUTY LOVER

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GIFTS FOR THE BINGE WATCHER

GIFTS FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER

LUXURY GIFT ITEMS

GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE

GIFTS FOR THE BALTIMORE HON

GIFTS FOR THE TRAVELER

Have a great weekend!

Xoxo

Mia

Stylin’ in Versailles

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
I’m going to brag a bit here, I went to NYC for the weekend, attended my first Knicks game and sat in the audience of a little show called Saturday Night Live!!!!! (Cue the jealously!)
Larry David was great!  I’m not a huge Miley Cyrus fan, but her voice was incredible live! Minus the cringe worthy concentration camp joke, the show was an amazing experience!
Now let’s talk about my visit to Versailles from a few weeks ago!  Versailles is about a 30-40 minute drive from Paris. My boyfriend Kevin and I went on a great fall day to do mini photo shoot at the Gardens of Versailles. You can learn all about the history of Versailles here.
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Dress: Zara // Earrings: Target
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I linked a variety of blue dresses I found online. The dresses range from $14.98 to $95.40.

Forever 21 // Crochet Lace Dress *plus size

Lulus // Navy Blue Shift Dress

Chic Wish // Crochet Long Sleeve Dress

SheIn // A-Line Dress

Francesca’s // One Shoulder Lace Dress

Bloomingdale’s // Ruffled Dot Lace Dress

Bloomingdale’s // Off the Shoulder Dress

Free People // Flare Dress

Free People // Mini Dress 

Nordstrom // High Low Sheath Dress

Nordstrom // Cold Shoulder Dress

Have a great rest of the week!

Xoxo,

Mia

Fall Coats and Jackets for Under $100

TGIF!!

I wished every weekend included a walk around the Tuileries Gardens. It’s free and a must see in Paris! The garden is such a gorgeous and tranquil place.

I will admit, there’s a bit of foot traffic getting into the garden, since its between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. But once you’re in, it’s the perfect place to relax and take in the moment; that you’re in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

The Tuileries Gardens is the largest and oldest public park in Paris. You can learn more  about the Tuileries Gardens here.

Now to my main point of this post, fall coats! I purchased my coat at a Zara store in Paris. No worries, the coat is available on Zara’s U.S. website! You can find it here.

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I made a list of fall coats and jackets you can wear for work and play. They are all under $100.

CHIC WISH
Knitted Open Coat My next purchase!
LULUS
NORDSTROM
FOREVER 21

Suede Trim Jacket

Thank you to everyone who voted on my IG stories yesterday! I loved receiving input on what type of content you would like to see! If you are not following me on IG yet, my handle is @baltimorebelle.
Xoxo,
Mia

Travel Diary: Place de la Concorde

I’m backkkk!!!
 
Hi everyone! Sorry for the mini hiatus. A busy work week after my trip completely put me off!  I’m finally caught up on rest and ready to share my trip to Paris with you. 
 
My boyfriend, Kevin and I did three photo shoots while vacationing in Paris. Not to sound bias bc he’s my bf and bc this is my blog but the pics are really good!! He did a fantastic job!
 
Our first day of shooting was held at the largest public square in Paris, Place de la Concorde. It’s the same location where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed by a guillotine (beheaded) during the French revolution.
 
Place de la Condorde is worth the visit and it’s FREE! You can see the Eiffel Tower,  Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysee from there! The beautiful Tuileries Gardens is only steps away.
 
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Fontaine des Mers

The dress I’m wearing is from Asos (size 8). It’s only $22 and it fits true to size. I was a little iffy about ordering this dress, since it was such a low price, but the material is really well made. 

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The Luxor Obelisk was one of my favorite sites to see at Place de la Concorde. Its 75 ft high and over 3,000 years old. It was originally placed in Egypt, outside the Luxor Temple.

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That’s a wrap on today’s mini history lesson!

I hope you all have a great week!

Xoxo,

Mia

 

Fashion Edit: Charleston

Hello friends!
Below are pics from my photo shoot in Charleston. I found a marigold dress that will be perfect for in-between seasons. You can dress it up with heels or over the knee boots. I will definitely be wearing this dress on repeat!
I’ve been dreaming of getting a Prada mini bag. But I don’t have $2k lying around. After some research AKA online shopping, I found a great dupe!
Both items won’t break your bank! The dress is $32 and the purse is $50.
Happy Friday!
Xoxo,
Mia
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CHARLESTON IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA

Hello everyone!

I’m back from my mini vacay from Charleston and I already want to go back!
Charleston was A M A A A A Z I N G ! Yes, the caps and extra A’s are well deserved- especially when you check out my pics!
It’s the cutest town filled with local and high end shops, delicious food and one of a kind attractions.
Below is a break down of my favorite sights, shops and eating spots.
Enjoy Ya’ll!!

FAVORITE SHOPS ON KING STREET

SHOPSXC 

This place is small but it’s filled with lots of contemporary and athleisure wear. Their website is under construction, so check out their Instagram.
These comfy leggings were $29. You can call the boutique and ask for the “Victoria +Sophia” leggings. They run true to size.
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IMPECCABLE PIG

This cute boutique has unique jewelry pieces, and if you are a fan of the off the shoulder trend, like myself, this is the shop for you!

LOU LOU  BOUTIQUE

Great place for accessories. Affordable purses.
I bought this bucket bag in blush pink! It’s perfect for transitional pieces.

KITTOSONA

I had to limit my shopping urges here. The boutique is very affordable. Tops and shoes were around the $30-$45 range. Kittosona, also has a great selection of jewelry and Charleston souvenirs. This is the perfect place to get your friends and family gifts.

SKINNY DIP CHARLESTON 

It’s a bit on the pricey side, but THIS PLACE HAS AN UPSTAIRS BAR! At least sip on some froze’ and browse around during your visit.

SASSY SHORTCAKE

Sassy Shortcake is a hidden gem on King Street. It’s a one room boutique filled with limited and one of a kind clothing. They have the cutest Charleston themed necklaces.

MARIS DEHART 

Maris is not on King Street, but it was one of my favorite places, because in addition to featuring well known labels, they also feature local jewelry and clothing designers. Maris Dehart is located on 32 Vendue Range, right by Rainbow Row.

SIGHTS

RAINBOW ROW   

If I ever win the lottery- I will buy a home on Rainbow Row.
Rainbow Row is an Instagramer’s dream! It’s a series of historic homes painted in pastel colors. My lovely sister, Marilyn was kind of enough to help me do a photo shoot there. If you want to take pictures, I recommend getting there before noon, it gets a little busy with walking tours and general pedestrian traffic.
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RILEY WATERFRONT PARK

This location is so serene, it overlooks the Cooper River.  It has a pier, and two unique water fountains.
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Pineapple Fountain

CITY MARKET 

City Market is four blocks of local art, weaved baskets, jewelry, soaps, and clothing vendors. Great spot for unique art pieces and definitely order some fresh lemonade. I don’t know what it is about lemonade from the south, but it’s so fresh- not too sugary or sour, just right!
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FOOD 

LEON’S

Leon’s specializes in oysters and fried food. I’m not a big fan of oysters but I never say no to fried chicken. Order the two piece fried chicken, hush puppies and frose’ and thank me later 🙂
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CALLIE’S HOT LITTLE BISCUIT 

CHLB is a small place, with a line going out the door. I lucked out  and ordered a cinnamon biscuit and a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. Their biscuits were so buttery and light and just so damn good! For the cooks out there, check out their recipe blog, great selections!
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GLAZED

I’m a donut snob, and Glazed on King Street, passed my taste test! Glazed is a local gourmet donut shop. All their donuts are made from scratch. Their donut menu varies day to day, but whatever you end up ordering- you will not be disappointed.
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SWIG AND SWINE

Swig and Swine changed my taste buds! I was never a big fan of pulled pork, but I wanted to go outside my regular food selections and give Swig and Swine a chance. They totally delivered!  I ordered the pulled pork BBQ sandwich and a baked potato salad. I had the perfect amount of BBQ on my sandwich. I usually get that dry, bland taste halfway through my sandwich, but I didn’t with Swing and Swine. Their flavor lasts! The sandwich was so amazing, that I forgot to take a pic. Sorry not sorry!
I hope you found my Charleston wrap-up useful!
If you would like to donate to the Mia Rainbow Row House Fund, I accept cash, PayPal, and all credit cards. 🙂
Have a great week!
Xoxo,
Mia