Friday, March 4, 2011

outfit post: Bella da Ball

Seriously? Is there a Polka Dots Anonymous? Because I think there's a meeting I need to attend.
Skirting the Issue: I am wearing 2 skirts in lieu of a dress. Don't judge. I like being clever.
This outfit looks so much cuter in my head than it does in the pictures. 

Destination: a fashion show for Sacramento Fashion Week. 


Inspiration: Clown.

I know, I'm CUH-razy! But for some reason I wanted to wear my colored polka dot skirt as a strapless dress- oh yeah, because I wanted to wear my new  We Love Colors red tights. Did you notice something? Yeah, no tights. I couldn't find them in time. Next thing you know is I'm all set on the  multi-colored- skirt-as-dress idea, and I paired it with a polka dot chiffon skirt as a bottom layer. I don't know what time of the day I decided that I looked like a clown and so went all out with the polka dotted ankle socks and a tiny hat, but I did, and there you have it. All I need is an itty-bitty clown car. Oh! And I'm also sporting a LindsayLindsay23 original: it's a killer patent-vinyl fanny pack. Yes. I said "fanny pack." Cool & freaky all at once. Lindsay reconstructed it from a vintage raincoat.  I love the delicate ruffles at the bottom, which you probably can't see very well from the picture. Oh, I'd decribe the bag as cute-bondage chic. With a dash of Harajuku. Yah, like I said CUH-razy. Not shown: a FRA-HEEKING amazing vintage designer jacket circa late 1960's. I'll give you details in a later post. 


Let me take a moment and say HELLO to my new readers. I noticed a bit of a jump recently, and now am honored with 270+ readers.  I've been blessed with making the acquaintance of some pretty cool people, and I'd like to welcome you to my blog! 

Photo Credits: Mama Q

Now Wearing:
Vintage black hat: Antique Fair (under the freeway)
Vintage rayon skirt, worn as dress (Thrift Town)
Chiffon skirt (WEAVE)
LindsayLindsay23 patent vinyl fanny pack (SHOP the Citizen)
Striped sleeveless gloves, We Love Colors Inc.
Vintage jacket (WEAVE)
Ankle socks: Target
Oil-cloth tote: (Thrift Town)
Steve Madden T-strap patent leather shoes


51 comments:

Terri said...

So many polka dots! I think it may be past my bedtime. Congrats on the many new readers...your secret is out!

Please may I? said...

Wow!
Looking "dotty" my dear!

Love it. Bet that you stood out in that outfit. Adore the shoes too.

X x x

Sara said...

Everything is nice! bute the shoes... love them!! :D
xx
Sara

Sara said...

Aww soo cute dress !

Ofelia said...

Bella, I'm so glad that I found your blog.
This dot explosion is very parisian chic and is one of the reason why I adore you style!
The dots go so well with your tattoos.
Have a stylish weekend!

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

You don't need no self-help group - you just need to keep on keeping on you gorgeous woman!!!! Ga!! Dots!!! Timeless, fun, crazy, versatile - you got it all !! xoxo

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You are so cute...and I just realized you have KILLER eyes!! Congrats on the new readers...you do such a great job, it is much deserved!

Vintage Vixen said...

You don't need help, you're freakin' gorgeous! Congratulations on the weell-deserved new followers. xxx

northeastchic said...

No intervention necessary. You look fun and happy, and tell me who amoung us it not striving for that goal.

I'm one of your newbies, and my only regret is not finding this gem sooner.

Have a great weekend ~ Doreen

Fabienne Jach said...

Cutest clown in town! Oh, gosh, yeah that rhymed... not on purpose. I don't even have any words for what you did there, it just WORKED!

Laura Connell said...

I love that multi-coloured polka dot dress. Don't get help: the polka dots are working for you. Plus they make people happy.

Rebecca said...

You've managed to make polka dots look badass, which is pretty awesome in my book.

QueenVII said...

well, hello spotty dotty!!! Sometimes it's fun as hell to just have fun and go crazy with clothes(part of what fashion is about!)!! I think you did a good job with this outfit! and i have some inspiration now for my "clown" outfit for Fasching on tuesday! (German mardi-gras+halloween sorta!)

Tali said...

Cool idea, an upgrate to the skirt-on-skirt idea. i also really like the mix of patterns!

xx
Tali

La Historiadora de Moda said...

I love the polka dots! I'm really envious that you can go bare-legged. We had a heat wave yesterday and it got up to 34F....

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Oh ho, I could not handle that kind of cold. I wore a bra because it was frosty, otherwise I wanted to look like I was wearing a strapless dress. And I wanted to wear tights, but vanity made me put on the ankle socks. : )

sacramento said...

You can pull off and rock anything you want my dear Bella.
I have just arrived from the coast with the family, but I had to say hi to you before going to bed.
Mil besos.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Sweet dreams, dear amiga!

My Heart Blogged said...

I LOVE all the polka dots. The funny thing is tuesday is Everybody, Everywhere polka dots edition.
My Heart Blogged

The Closet Shopper said...

you are cooky crazy but that's why you are so great. i love it.

xo,
tracy

Kirstin Marie said...

Love it! I love all the polka dots! I like how funky and fun this is.

feministified said...

it's like i died and went to polkadotheaven! xoxo.

heidihastings said...

How Fun is this!?!?! I love love love and want your gloves!!!! You have your own unique look and your rock it (which I love I might add). <3 Heidi

Judith said...

I love the polka dots and the layered skirts. Keep it coming!

Elle Enchanted said...

oh Bella you are so brave... I love your fun style. I have such a hard time with color and prints. Love the layered skirts though! None of mine are long enough to try that.

Mrs. Miscellanea said...

I love a T strap shoe <3

FashionFreak said...

Hi!
Thanks a lot for your comment on my blog, i'm so glad you like it, and i can't be more grateful to Sacramento for giving me the great honour to be the march feature of her blog.

I'm also a big fan of dots, i have lots of dresses and skirts with this print in all colours and sizes (from tiny to large dots), it always give a happy touch to any look. And i love your skirt and dress match, it's great!


xoxo

RETRO REVA said...

YOU are rad !!!
Lovin the dots and the double skirt is always a fav. of mine!
I so love you!
xXx
Reva

Collette Osuna said...

You had me at "polka"....Wow girl....totally love this outfit...and if there is a polka dot rehab, Id be more than happy to join right along with you...I think the absence of tights it fine...the socks are SUPER cute....definitely another dimension of the outfit...which is FUN FUN FUN!!!!
Congrats on your followers....so deserving doll:)

Mwah!!!!

Stop by and say Hello:)
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jessica said...

If this is Cuh-Razy. Than I dig your kind of Crazy!!! Keep it up!! :)

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

I don't think you look crazy! You look like you. In dots and stripes that not many other people could pull off as well as you do!

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tinyjunco said...

"This outfit looks so much cuter in my head than it does in the pictures." hmm - i don't see how it COULD be any cuter than it looks to me!! i just love it! like so many of your looks, you can read it as a 'costume' but it is also just a great, flattering, on-point look - quite a tightrope to walk there :)

it was so thoughtful of you to stop by my blog - don't worry, posts are percolating and i've started taking pics of me looks again, almost without thinking about it (habit). i'm off to edit some pix!! take care, steph

frontrowspectator.com said...

i love your bold bravery! There's nothing I admire more than unique individuality and creative style.

Copy cats are just so dull and boring!

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twitter: @laurenNjordan

Cloud of Secrets said...

I love the multicolored polka dots! I recently purchased a polka-dotted tee from Boden; I am coming to like them, too, and I remember you encouraging me to seek polka dots a few months ago when I was admiring a polka dotted dress in pictures of your shop!

Kristy Elena said...

you are fabulous with a capital FABULOUS!

not everyone can wear polka dots well but that is clearly not you. I don't think you look like a clown at all!! were the red tights really that bad? but as it stands, i really like the ankle socks. i wonder if polka dot tights would have looked cute or too much with this outfit.

and how do you feel about white with black polka dots? because i've been dying to find a dress like that and no one seems to have one.

Kristy Eléna - Full Time Fabulous
Vogue Gone Rogue
Twitter: @kristyelena

Anika http://www.byanika.com said...

Can we merge polkadot anonymous and leopard anonymous? All I can say is that whenever I see your face I go aaaw and I want to hug you and enjoy a fab veggie meal and some really good laughs and interesting discussions with you. It must be love.

hugs!!

xx Anika
http://byanika.com
@AnikaByAnika

Mrs Bossa said...

Loving all the polkadots! You look fab! And: Best. Title. Ever.

the Citizen Rosebud said...

@Cloudy: I am so glad you are embracing the polka dots! I look forward in seeing a pic with you sportin' 'em!

@Kristy: Oh to say I love b/w polka dots would be a gross understatement. I think I own over 20 articles of clothing that would fit the description.

@Anika: I look forward to us meeting, hugging and chatting over a delicious veggie meal. Someday! xo. -Bella Q

the Citizen Rosebud said...

You just made my day, Mrs. Bossa!

THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

It totally looks like a dress! And I love it. I nearly gasped when I scrolled down and saw the whole look because it's so freaking cute and you pull it off so well! I adore those multi-colored polka dots. You're a doll!

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Twitter @theloudermouth

JTWisdom said...

You make this outfit work, not many people can work it like you do. I don't think you look crazy and I don't think you look like a clown.

You look pretty.

Congratulations on your followers.

JTwisdom
http://bubblingwitheleganceandgrace.com

Dusk said...

I think you look wonderfully eclectic and joyful! And I love spots and stripes together! And 2 skirts... pure genius.

Raquel said...

i love all the polka dots going on here, i am a polka dot fan and you've made this amazing! also love your shoes.

Orphaned Apparel said...

Loving the polka dot overload!

wardrobeexperience said...

i adore this dottylicious outfit. would you tell me, if you have found a polka dots anonymous? need to attend it, too.
; )

http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

Un-stitched said...

You have beautiful features, love the close up! I think it amazing that your personality shines through your clothing, creative and fun.
much love
christine
http://un-stitched.com/

lady sélénite said...

I like this "too much" touch !
You had to dare it !
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Franca said...

Bella this is not crazy at all, its fab! Or crazy in a fab way! My post today is triple polka dots, but this beats it hands down! I hope you had lots of fun in your clown inspired outfit!

Collections said...

Love all the polka dots!

www.fashionablecollections.blogspot.com

Nickie Frye said...

Cute! You're killing me with the socks. I'm a HUGE fan of patterned socks. That reminds me that I need to dash down to Target to nab some St Patty's Day socks before they're all sold out. I wear them year round. ;) And Thrift Town? I was just at the San Francisco one & it was so expensive. Sheesh. And everything was stained. Total bust. :-/ Hope all is well! xoxo

Louise said...

This is soooo fun! You wear polka dots so well. They are definitely your signature pattern.

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