Inspiration Blog at ShopBelle

Become inspired by beautiful fashion for beautiful children

  • Birthday Celebration Inspiration

    As we continue to celebrate Shop Belle's 4th birthday (24% off EVERYTHING with code BDAY4) I thought I'd share with you themes for my children's birthday celebrations.  We will kick this off with Evie's.  This year she's chosen a Hawaiian Luau theme and OH have we had fun planning this party.  She will wear the Rio Dress by How to Kiss a Frog. What she and I love is how comfortable it is and how the string closures at the shoulder have wooden beads. My personal favorite part is the petticoat skirt that peeks out!

    The party will be filled with lots of color, grass skirts, hula hoops, a glitter tattoo station, limbo, lei making station and more!  Check out our Pinterest board for the party, click here.

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    Half the fun of a party is the planning, don't you agree?  What are you favorite party themes?

     

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  • Shop Belle turns 4!

    Wow... 4 years have gone by and this past one was quite fun! As the Shop celebrates its 4th birthday I am as thankful as ever to all of the wonderful customers who shop and so many who have become friends. I care about all of you, we love helping you out.  The coolest part of this year for me personally was watching Evie get more excited about putting together styles and helping me buy from our designers.  She has opinions...

    Oliver may be younger but I can already tell he has taste and I can't wait for him to weigh in.  As you can tell, this business was born out of a passion for styling my children and its incredible to have them see me work and run Shop Belle.  Evie wrote on her mother's day story that she loves helping me do my work (aka buying) and it warmed my heart.  Hard work is taught by example here, just as love and respect.

    Thank you again to each and every one of you for reading, shopping and being a part of the Shop Belle community!

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    With that, of course we are celebrating with a SALE!  Enjoy 24% off your purchase.  Please note, any item on sale and further discounted with the sale code is final sale.  May not include new merchandise including May Tutu du Monde. This sale can not be applied to previous purchase.  Free shipping on all US orders of $25 and International orders of $200.  

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  • Happy Birthday Barbie!

    I have been a life long Barbie girl... I have collected every holiday Barbie since they started making them in 1988 (and all in the original package!).  Though Barbie has met controversy in her 56 years, I always found her as a creative and imaginative outlet for play.  Collecting and making fashions for Barbie is in part what lead me to become a boutique owner later in life.

    So here we celebrating Barbie.  I found this gorgeous picture from Pinterest that I had to share... and while you are at it, you can view all of the beautiful dresses from the Shop to help a little lady celebrate everything from a birthday to a flower girl to the play ground. View all Girls >>

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  • Nellystella Spring/Summer Tropical Fever Collection

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    Blossom with Fruitful tropical colors infused with electric fluorescent accents. Rain forest orchids paired with lush opulent greens. The exotic orchids come to life in botanical illustration styling. Playful and chic silhouettes from day to beach wear. Our obsession of mixing and matching patterns on patterns continuous, the possibilities are endless.

    Shop Belle is proud to offer one of our first and very favorites brands view the collection > We are currently taking pre-orders which will ship mid-March.  Please note, the selection of dresses sells out every spring season so if you see one you love and have to have don't wait!

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    Here are a very of the beautiful pieces of the collection:

     

     

    Here's to dreaming of summer and celebrating it, not only in style but color too!

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  • Saying Goodbye

    On New Years Eve my family lost one of our beloved pups, Buddy.  Andrew and I brought Buddy and his brother Ralph home and into our family when we were newly weds nearly 9 years ago.  These two pups were our first babes and over the years they have had many adventures together.  We had no idea that Buddy was suffering from cancer until he was dying from it.  It was a heartbreak to say good bye.

    Evie, our oldest, understood what was happening and felt the loss as we did. Oliver, our 3 1/2 year old, didn't react with loss as he is a bit young to understand it. Though on Sunday he asked when Buddy was coming home, I realized he didn't understand the concept of saying good bye, to never see our pup again.  I used this experience to talk to our children about finding happiness in our memories and keeping the love that is in our hearts going.  We have been talking quite a bit about death and the idea of heaven.  I am thankful for our time with Buddy and the gift of allowing Ralph to have more family love as we focus on just one dog but there are days we all still miss him.

    Have you dealt with the loss of a pet with children? How did you talk to your kids?

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  • Loving Louise Misha

    I have been in love with Louise Misha for a few seasons now, and somehow I has taken me this long to get it in the Shop but wow... I am so glad it has finally happened! Louise Misha is created by a lovely pair, Marie & Aurelie from Paris, France. It is the sweetest collection for girls and they even offer accessories and clothing for Mommy!  Watch out as we have picked up some bags for the ladies and will be adding clothing from this line for women in the future.

    Bright colors, soft fabrics and feminine detailing positively sweet collection for spring/summer 2015.  The line has been received amazingly by all of you and a few styles have already sold out, there are plenty of styles and sizes still available if you'd like to view the collection >>

     

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  • Get the Look, Feathers

    From Jenna Lyons (Creative Director of J.Crew) to Julia Restoin Roitfeld and all over street styles and runway looks the feather skirt has been a strong look right into this spring!  Hope you enjoy this look, pieces currently available here in the Shop for the little lady to rock it.

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    Shop Items:

    Indira Cardi, ON SALE

    Charmed Encounter Skirt, ON SALE

    On a Whim Cape, ON SALE

     

     

     

  • Tutu du Monde Spring 2015 has arrived!

    The gorgeous new Tutu du Monde spring line is now in stock at Shop Belle. I am personally IN LOVE with this collection. I know... I know... each collection is divine but honestly, this one in particular is special. The tulle seems to be softer than ever.  I love the turquoise sequence that really pops the "A Girl Like Me" Dress and the "As Time Goes By" Cape.   The Soaring Hearts Tutu is just amazing. It has an embellished bodice that truly looks vintage. This dress would be amazing for a flower girl or any special occasion!

    And if you are heading to Disney for Spring Break, your little lady will stand out with the OH SO CUTE Mini Me Headband, its so fun and different!

    View the Entire Collection >>

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  • New Mini Rodini is here!

    Bright colors, crocs and aligators... oh my!  Drop 1 is now in stock.

    (More to come at the end of Feb and March!)

     

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    This Mini Rodini Spring/Summer ’15 collection See You Later Alligator is inspired by the fishy life under the aquatic surface. The colours are sea weed green, ocean blue, sand, sunset pink and Florida orange.

     

    This season, mermaids, mermans, whales, dolphins, sea birds and crocodiles will all cheer when they find out that the beautiful luxurious swimwear collection is made from the finest weave, recycled from PET bottles and other plastic waste. The very same waste that are likely to float around polluting our seas and marine mammals often eat and die.

     

    We have made jackets to wear when sailing in stormy salty waters. Sun hats, caps and shades that protects from the scorching sun when canoeing in the Everglades of Florida. But beware of crocodiles – don’t swim in the swamp! See you later Alligator collection also contains stylishly sustainable dresses, shorts, sweaters, t-shirts and shoes that suits at all occasions, but most practical to wear on dry land.

     

    It’s time to put your super fancy Mini Rodini swimwear, or any other sustainable summer style on and feel proud that you actually are a part of making an environmental change!  Here is Oliver rocking his new sweatshirt.  SHOP NOW >> 

     

    I hope you all enjoy!  If you have any sizing questions, please let me know. xoxo

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  • London Calling

    My husband and I LOVE to travel.  So much so that we wrote it into our wedding vows.  Keeping true to those vows we try to get away (sans kids) every year, at least once.  Last week we went off to London for a long weekend, it was a perfect getaway and even a little warmer than home.   I used the trip to get refreshed for the upcoming Spring season, check out shops and soak up inspiration.

    We stayed in Notting Hill , we visited some really cool vintage shops on Golborne Road and of course checked out the Portobello Road Market every day.  We were constantly walking by my favorite door, you know the blue one from the movie Notting Hill... Only we didn't run into Hugh Grant (sigh!).

     

     

     

    We love London and have each been a few times, but we can't visit and not go to Buckingham Palace, the River Thames and Big Ben. So we toured around and also ventured to some neighborhoods we had not previously explored.  When we travel we tend to just wander and see what we find, its my favorite way to travel! We also enjoyed delectable food and plenty of pints.

     

    Every time I come home a small part of me wants to move to the place I have just been.  So now I am dreaming of a London living adventure, wouldn't that be grand?!  Hope you enjoyed my adventure.

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