Prom Inspiration

Hello, hello everyone! Prom season is here and while some of you have your prom looks all locked down, some of you might be scrambling for a little last-minute glamour. I put together three different looks that will have you looking gorgeous for your big night—with a minimum of stress!

Look 1: This first look was inspired by my school’s prom theme this year, Red Carpet. I love this dress for its fun and glamorous vibe, as well as its ability to make a statement. Because, after all, isn’t that what the red carpet is all about?


Dress | Pumps | Earrings

Look 2: Up next I have the perfect mix of elegance and individuality. I could envision this look on a more bohemian girl who wants a fun way to showcase her sense of personal style. This look also just happens to be my fave.


Dress | Shoes | Clutch

Look 3: For this last look, I put together a bold and funky ensemble with a bit of edge. I’m completely obsessed with this black mesh dress. It’s an effortless combination of being understated yet making a statement at the same time.


Dress | Pumps | Clutch

Yours truly,


Bella Goes to Prom

This past weekend was my senior prom, and I want to share what my friends and I wore.


Many girls go the more glamorous route and get their hair and makeup done, but my friends and I enjoy doing our own makeup. So we did it ourselves and saved a lot of money, too!




Prom is right around the corner. You’ve got your dress, but how are you going to do your makeup?  My best friend, Kenya, is a great makeup artist, and she volunteered to show you how to do a glam gold eye that’s perfect for prom.

Step 1: Prime eyelid with Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer


Step 2: Apply a dark brown shadow (Urban Decay’s “Darkhorse is a great choice) on the outer corner of the eyelid and in the crease of the lid, blend thoroughly.


Step 3: Place gold glitter (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow Beige ) is a great choice to complete this look.) on the inner part of the eye and the center.


Step 4: Apply mascara to your own eyelashes, or apply false lashes for volume.


Step 5: Look GOLDEN!


Even if you’re not attending prom, this look is perfect for any future event that requires a touch of subtle glamor. Hope you like it!

Photos by Kenya Thomas

– James


Everyone loves having their makeup done for special occasions, but I am one of the few who actually enjoy doing my makeup.

“Faint” from the Urban Decay ‘Naked Basics’ Palette

Lid- “Naked 2″ from Naked Basics Palette
Crease- “Mugshot” from Urban Decay ‘Naked3′ Palette
Outer corner- “Darkside” from Naked3 Palette
Inner corner-  “Venus” from Naked Basics Palette
Lips: “Velvet Teddy” from MAC Matte Lipstick

For most looks, a variation of a smoky eye is a safe bet. I went without liner and added a defined highlight to contrast the dark shadows.

Check out the Nordstrom library of beauty how-to videos for some great how-to videos for the smoky eye and other prom-night looks.



It’s that time of year again: prom! I’ve put together a three-part series to get you ready for your night, and this post is all about finding the right blazer.

The Edge
Whether you’re attending your prom solo or going with a date who is wearing a solid color, you can add some edge to your look with one of these blazers. One of the easiest ways to jazz up your prom look is by wearing a blazer that puts a witty twist on  traditional style.


Blue Skinny Fit Tuxedo Jacket | 2 Faux Leather & Wool Sport Coat  | 3 Animal Print Suit Jacket  | 4  Tartan Check Blazer


The Basics
Not into the edgy prom look? No problem. These traditional blazers are a great choice for prom and easy to match with your date’s dress. The traditional cut looks great on most guys, but if you’re curious about fit, I included a chart below to help you figure out which fit is best for you. 


Textured Tuxedo Jacket | 2 Grey Jacket | 3 Camel Suit Jacket | 4 Off White Tuxedo Jacket



Check back next week for part two of the Style for Guys: Prom Edition series.

– James


I love to use minimal, versatile pieces as the foundation of my wardrobe. I often find that if I buy a simple dress, I can accessorize it in a variety of ways and it becomes almost unrecognizable with each new twist.

For example, here is a simple navy dress:


JS Boutique Strapless Ruched Chiffon Gown

Look 1: Edgy
For an edgy look, I would wear ear cuffs or ear crawlers. They lend a subtle edge factor without committing to something totally out there, like a crazy statement necklace.

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Topshop Rhinestone Ear CuffBaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Ear Crawlers

Look 2: Feminine and Flirty
For a feminine, flirtatious look I would accessorize with jewelry that has color in it—maybe even with a floral motif.

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BP. Fan Statement Necklace | BP. Fringed Statement Necklace

Look 3: Boho
For a boho look, I would accessorize with a lot of layers. Texture is your friend when it comes to the ’70s-retro trend.

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Topshop Tassel Drop Layered Necklace | BaubleBar ‘Zelda’ Fringe Bib Necklace

I hope I gave you some good ideas to polish your prom look to perfection.



Recently, wearing a matching set or two-piece has become a major trend. Lily Collins and Taylor Swift are two celebrities who are well known for wearing a two-pieces to red carpet events.

This year Sherri Hill has been the main brand (that I’ve noticed) to really commit to designing two-pieces for glamorous events. Here are two of my favorites:

If you have a more girly and flirtatious style, I would totally tell you to rock this awesome chiffon, “tu-tu esque” maxi skirt with the matching embellished top.


Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Tank & Chiffon Skirt

 If you have a more edgy and boho style, like myself, this slick maxi skirt and detailed, embellished top are a great choice.


Sherri Hill: Embellished Crop Halter Tank & Jersey Skirt



What to Wear: Winter Formal

While watching “Gossip Girl” and searching the deep depths of my mom’s closet, I came across this lovely maxi skirt. I immediately imagined myself wearing it to a glamourous event like the MET Gala. Since the holiday season is arriving soon, I thought I would give you guys some inspiration.




Prom Part II: Mega-Glam

At my first prom, I went for classic elegance. But this prom had a Great Gatsby theme, so I wanted to go all-out glam. After all, it’s my senior year, so why not?!


I’m not normally a very sparkly person. Most of the time, I prefer to keep things simple. I’m  also extremely particular when it comes to beading and sequins. I think it’s too easy for embellishment to come across as gaudy or tacky. However, I fell in love with this beaded silk gown from Sean Collection. The gown manages to be eye-catching without being completely over the top, and it made me feel gorgeous. I completed the look with voluminous curls and a Givenchy crystal necklace. Zbyszek looked pretty handsome, too, I suppose, but I think I stole the show. Haha.


Aiyanna looked beautiful in this raspberry gown that she designed and constructed herself. She probably would’ve still managed to look amazing in a trash bag, though.


Here’s a cute snapshot of the whole group. All the girls looked absolutely gorgeous and the guys looked dashingly dapper. I was an especially big fan of Marisa’s Adrianna Papell gown (far right); it was the perfect modern take on the dance’s Gatsby-glam theme.

I hope you girls all had an amazing of time at your proms. I know I did!



Prom 2014: Classic Glam

Last Saturday, I went to the first of the two proms I’m attending this year (my boyfriend, Zbyszek, and I go to different schools). It was Z’s prom, so I was really worried that I would have a  less than great time because I didn’t know that many people. Luckily, my prediction was wrong, and I had an amazing evening. :) Since prom is one of the only high-school events that we get to go super glam for (at least in my town), I thought you girls might enjoy seeing a few of our pre-prom pictures!


Because it was Z’s prom, I let him pick out our color scheme. He’s a pretty stylish guy, so I trusted that he wouldn’t choose anything too horrendous. Inspired by Yeezus (Kanye West), he went with all black everything and an open neck. (I almost had a heart attack when he said he wasn’t going to wear a bow tie, but I was pleasantly surprised with how good no bow tie looked.)

I spent weeks looking for the perfect black dress, but I just didn’t see anything I loved, so I asked my mom to make my gown. A lot of 3 AM nights went into this dress, but it was completely worth it. It ended up being exactly what I wanted: classic and elegant. Since my dress was fairly simple, I decided to wear an extravagant crystal necklace to add a little glamour. I think he was pretty happy with how I looked because he couldn’t take his eyes off of me. 😉


Here’s another angle of my dress. In this picture, I’m actually just pretending to put on his boutonniere. I made my mom put it on afterwards because I’m horrible at getting them to lay straight. Haha.


By the time we were done taking our first set of  pictures, I was making my “Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone mixed with a fish” face. Haha. While the getting ready and picture taking was super stressful, once we arrived at the group dinner, I was able to relax and the rest of the night was completely fabulous.

In a couple weeks, I’ll have my second round of prom. My other dress is totally different, so another prom post will be coming your way soon!