Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Red and Blue (P.S. I Love You)

Bella feeling red hot and blue.
Yesterday I found these pictures that I'd taken a week or so ago, when we were still in the cooler mode (hence the layers) of spring weather. We are now blazing into the famous Sac-town cooker. So instead of the layers I was wearing the same hat and dress, with the only addition being a pair of cherry-red Converse low tops, and that was all. Pretty much the same ensemble outfitted for a different forecast. 

That is how I dress: variations of a theme. So I should warn you: my summer time is colored with hues of red, white, and blue, so you'll be seeing a lot of those colors here. In fact as I'm typing this I am wearing a blue/white outfit, and the day before the aforementioned red/blue outfit AND even the day before that there was MORE play on reds, blues and black-black-blacks.  I'm like jazz on a hot summer day- playing the standards, but riffing on them bit by bit. I like to improvise. I'm a blogger. I do that.

BUT: a Blogger is more than just a blogger. She is also a reader. And then she becomes your friend. Here are a few reasons why I am proud to call myself a Blogger: 

Anika: A Love Letter to Personal Bloggers
Elle Enchantment: Body Envy
The Dusk Zone: Me Deep...
HELGA von TROLLOP: Bouquet Glow
Stylish Thought: Festival of Memories
Annimal House: Unexpected Acts of Radness
Mrs. Bossa Does the Do: What Have Fem-Fash Bloggers Been Up To?
Queen VII's Reveries: Outfit: Tribal Ruin
Dress With Courage: How to Shop at a Thrift Store

Jemina: one of the first to become part of my blogging community. I LOVE ya, Girl.

This is just a sampling of some of the wonderful people I "meet" via blogging, and this is a slice of their world. They make me laugh, and make me think. They inspire with their chutzpah, their courage and their creativity. Most of all, I am connected to the bloggers who reach out & help me forge this community- by reading, by responding and by being relevant.

If you are one of these people, and I haven't had the chance to "meet" you, please leave a comment and introduce yourself. Don't forget to leave your blog's url.  Here's a tip courtesy of Leia, of Leia's Delights put your url in this code, then copy and paste it in your comment. That way we can click on the link and be transported instantly to your world, via your blog's url. 



Please may I? said...

Love the look. That dress is fab. Here in the Uk it is always cool. One minute warm the next chucking it down with rain! Not fun for wanting to put stunning outfits together I can tell you.

As for blogging, it creates a fantastic set of new friends. Those with similar tastes and those with totally different but who's style you admire. I can't wait to meet up with some of my local bloggers.

X x

Jeanelle said...

You summed up being a blogger/reader/friend perfectly, Bella. So happy to have gotten to 'know' you via the blogosphere.

I was in Sacramento visiting family for 2 weeks.. would have loved to meet up but my holiday was hardly a 'holiday' as I scrambled to see as many aunts, uncles, grandparents possible. Now I'm back in Amsterdam wondering where the past 14 days went.... Hopefully my next visit!

Big hug from Holland,
Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl

Franca said...

love all the blue ruffles! Red white and blue is good with me!

And of course I always love your positivity and sharing attitude!

Sara Kristiina said...

Bella, I love your look and the colours you choose, because I love red/black/blue compination! It suits you well :)
I like how you write your thoughts, and I agree with Jeanelle^
I am glad that I have met beautiful - in every way - and inspiring people via bloggin


Anonymous said...

That's a great combination! I love the dress very much...the color, the style everything! and you did a good choice to combine it with red, they match very well!

The Semi Sweet said...

I love your trends for the season. You're so bright and colorful! I'll be clicking on those links too today:)

Anupriya DG said...

You rock the bright red-and-blue combo!!! And the ladies you've listed up are some of the most inspiring people I've ever come across (including you, dear Bella) thanks to the blogosphere! Thanx for mentioning jemina also.....she's one of the sweetest & most stylish souls ever.... :))

Vix said...

I love the layered dress over the jeans and the hat is splendid, too. I'm looking forawrd to seeing you rock the colours of botgh our flags over the next few months.
Blogging is all about friendship and support, I've met some amazing women through my blog (you included). xxx

Anonymous said...

Tell me about the weather! Miami's blazing heat is getting hotter and hotter by the day. Did I ever mention to you how much I love red + blue? They always look great together and I love how you worked it. They are also some of mt favorite color choices for summer. It's nice to see that list of great bloggers.. couldn't agree with you more on some of them.. Have a great day!

Ps. I posted some pictures of Vegas!

Any Second Now said...

I love what you're wearing and your homage to the blogger. I feel so very fortunate to find a community such as this where I feel accepted and vital. Thank you Bella for always forging this feeling. Your responses, whether on other's blogs, on Twitter, Facebook or wherever are always thoughtful & personal, which makes us all know you care. You are truly the bees knees sweetie!



I like stopping over here, especially when I may be down, there's so many who judge first, but I love that you dont. Thank you! Your blog is uplifting & real, that's how I like my friends! The tiered dress is lovely. Oooh, Sacramento gets extremely hot, I know... hope the sun is shining radiantly to keep up with you! :)

Shybiker said...

Cool dress. And I like your point about befriending people through blogging. Tonight I'm meeting a blogger visiting from the other side of the country!

SeƱora Allnut said...

always delightful to read your words, thoughts and lovely links!!
and love your 'variations of a theme' and your beret!

Marta said...

ps: i love this look! both casual and chic!

modanista junkie said...

This dress is so pretty and you totally rocked it love!!
I so agree! A blogger is also a reader and then becomes a friend! Even though I haven't met many other bloggers in person, I still feel that friendship connection through twitter and blogging. I consider all of my readers my friends! :)

Have a lovely day!


Oh to Be a Muse said...

this is such a lovely, lovely post. i am a big fan of that red beret--you look fantastic in it. and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on bloggers being friends. also, thanks so much for retweeting one of my tweets yesterday--that was very awesome of you, Bella!


theequinebovine said...

Red, White, and WAHOO!

Rebecca said...

I like the ruffled top, and I'm going to have to read through that list of posts since they look interesting.

mispapelicos said...

I absolutely agree with you, my lady in blue.
I love you, too.
But that you already know.

mispapelicos said...

Do you have any news about jemina'??

The Closet Shopper said...

Of course it's gorgeous back home while I'm not there. What gives?

You look so cute in that outfit. That hat is rad!


Alexis of NorthOnHarper said...

love your nots on blogging... and of course love getting to know you!


You're so good at giving shouts! And being red hot and blue!

My Heart Blogged said...

I really like the red, ad blue together. I have always been a big fan of dresses over jeans.

WendyB said...

I like red and blue together so much! Have a ring coming up in those colors but it will be a while.

Shybiker said...

Hi buddy! Tracy mentioned you tonight. We were talking about bloggers we might want to meet and she brought up your name. She talked about how you're in Sacramento and that it's not so far from Oakland. If you get a chance to meet Tracy, grab it -- she's special!

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Hello my dear! Red and blue is quite fabulous on you - and always a winning combination. Looking forward to investigating those new blogs I don't already know! xxx

Ellie said...

I love this outfit. The colors work perfectly together.
Have a great day!

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

I love your sweet little shout-outs! You look adorable in hats and ruffles are my favorite. :)

Jill said...

You always looks great in a beret. I think you should wear this (modified for summer) on July 14, Bastille Day. Mais oui! Get the tats out and work that blue flouncy dress and red beret, yeah baby! If you do this, please post. Every Francophile (like me) will love it.

For Those About To Shop said...

Gosh, I absolutely love that ruffled top. Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

I am sooo glad to 'see' you ;)
The ruffled dress is awesomeness and loving it with jeans.
I gotta go check out the links.
I love how you spread the love and keep those of us who may fall out of the loop back in the loopy :)
I am back and ready to enjoy blogging again, plus freak out and amaze others as well ;)

Loves Ya Always

Jamillah said...

When I started blogging I had no idea that I would meet friends and become so attached and emotional and inspired and so moved. Yep, we are so much more than our little blogs. Love this post Bella. I'll be sure to stop back to check the links I haven't read here. Thanks so much for sharing.

Heather Fonseca said...

Your dress is so much fun! Your style is so non-coformist. I love it.

I'll be living in a denim skirt and a tank top for the next few months of LA cooker. I'm looking forward to sharing the summer with my fellow bloggers, seeing what your wearing, doing and thinking.