Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Leopard Print - The Tasteful Version


I rarely wear leopard print, even though I really like it on others, if used tastefully and in small quantities. Since the weather looks like it's November again, wearing a scarf is more than reasonable, so I decided to experiment with this animal print number by Roberto Cavalli. I kept the rest of the look very simple: a pair of black skinny pants, a black leotard, an olive green velvet blazer (which I usually reserve for late autumn) and my studded Replay sneakers. What do you guys think?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Fairytale Photography by Margarita Kareva



Since today is Monday, and we all know how much I like those (I don't), I decided to cheer myself and hopefully all of you up by kicking the week off with some amazing pictures by Russian photographer/photo artist Margarita Kareva. Her works, as you will see, are masterfully composed, styled and photographed and really hit home with me, since many of them are inspired by the Russian fairy tales my mother and grandmother used to read to me when I was little. Plus, they are just incredibly beautiful. I guess I'll just leave you with this eye candy Margarita kindly allowed me to share with you and please do let me know your thoughts! Here's to a good week ahead!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Abstract Print Maxi Dress


The maxi dress is a synonym of femininity and ladylike attire, but a T-shirt maxi dress also stands for comfort and casual chic. I couldn't have opted for a better dress for today's heat than this abstract print cotton t-shirt maxi. I turned it into a more elegant look by adding a wide waist belt, my extra high BCBG wedges and silver jewelry: a vintage bracelet and my reindeer pendant necklace from Australia by Robjant Couture. Check out THIS post to see my Robjant Couture travel necklace and cocktail ring. What do you think?

With the coupon code PUMMAROLA14 you will get a 15% discount on everything in Robjant Couture's online shop, so be sure to check it out HERE.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wedding Special



Today I put together a very special selection of wedding accessories (and all kinds of wedding-related things, really). I believe that wedding dresses should be white - or cream, or light pink, or any similar light color - but there is no reason why one shouldn't break the rules when it comes to the accessories. I love to see a pop of color on the bride, be it a pink engagement ring, a pair of emerald green wedding shoes or a bright bridal bouquet. Take a look at my picks and let me know which one is your favorite!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Woke Up and It Was November


When I went to bed last night to the sound of the ceiling fan on max, laying on top of my sheets thinking to myself What have I done to deserve death by heatstroke?, I couldn't have imagined that I would wake up to the sound of rain on my window and gusts of cold wind tearing at my curtains. Oh well... This kind of weather obviously called for a jumper and even a scarf (never mind it's July). I wore a white crochet dress underneath it, so it kind of looks like a skirt, and paired it with leather boots - no sandals for me today. Thankfully the rain stopped in the early afternoon so we could take these pictures in peace at sunset. Let me know what you think of them!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Insta-Post #5

You see that thing in the upper right corner? Yeah, that's NUTELLA ice cream ;)

Summer is officially in full swing and everything is getting slow and impossible here in Italy with everyone on - or about to leave on - vacation. For some inexplicable reason the entire population, or at least those who are not in prison or hospital, take their vacation in the end of July and in August - a strange concept I haven't quite managed to grasp yet. Shops and offices close, streets become empty and many towns appear to be dead like gigantic abandoned movie sets. Larger cities like Florence become entirely populated by tourists. This is my least favorite time of the year, because nothing gets done and I feel forced to go on vacation in the worst possible period, when beaches are crowded, it's hot like hell and traffic jams last hours. End of rant. I leave you with my latest insta-pics, a little less than usual, but I'll be back with a new outfit post on Monday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nudes and Pastels


My love for pastels has never been a secret and we all know that there's no better time to wear this trend than in the summer heat. I don't wear a lot of printed pants, but I decided I would give them a chance and pair their delicate abstract print with nude pieces to let them stand out. You might have already seen my Mia bag in this outfit post - it is my go-to bag for nude and pastel outfits. Do let me know what you think about this look!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Another Monday


Whenever I'm not sure what to wear and need a fast outfit solution for the day, this is what I choose: a pencil skirt, a cardigan and a pair of heels. This combination instantly makes me confident, but still casual enough - thanks to the cardigan - to walk around town without attracting too many stares. Today I wore a white cotton top with lace details underneath my cardi and accessorized with my new jewelry that arrived all the way from Australia: a silver pendant necklace (you might have already seen it on my Instagram) and a black cocktail ring by Robjant Couture. Aren't they lovely? 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Weekend Favorites



You might already know how much I enjoy browsing on Etsy (like from this and this post). I find it an incredible place to treasure hunt, because you never know what you'll find and there's something about purchasing handmade or vintage items that makes the experience so much more fun. Another thing I really enjoy is making color themed collages with the things I love. So without further introduction, enjoy the results of my most recent treasure hunt:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY, BELLA PUMMAROLA!


Today is a very special day.
I started my blog exactly one year ago and while I knew that I was going to have a lot of fun with it, I never expected it to become such an important part of my life and I could only dream of the opportunities that came my way and the wonderful people I got to know. I would like to thank all of my lovely readers for their support, my amazing husband/photographer for his infinite patience and all those fantastic brands who believed in me. 
I hope you enjoy this photo recap of the last 365 days and that you will keep me company for another year of fashion adventures! :)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In the Land of Wine and Sunshine


It's no secret that I love the color purple in all of its magnificent shades, but this rich intense tonality ("Byzantium", as I learned) is particularly dear to my heart and if it comes in the form of a floor-length silk column gown, it's pretty much a fashion dream come true for me. I wore it with jewelled sandals (strictly flat), a sparkly clutch and chandelier earrings for a party in Chianti. For my eye make up I used an aubergine palette by Estee Lauder and my new Helena Rubinstein push-up mascara (crazy good btw). As far as hair goes, I'm afraid I cannot be of much help, since I literally tied it in a bun the night before, slept in it and woke up like this and I wouldn't be able to do it the same way again, even if I tried for two hours.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Pearls and Polka Dots


A pretty dress doesn't need too many accessories. I like to let the fabric, the print and the silhouette speak for themselves, so today I paired this polka dot maxi dress with only a vintage wood and pearl ring and a pearl necklace worn as a bracelet. I love polka dots, especially the white on black variety - there is something very feminine about them that I can't really explain. Let me know what you think about this look and have an amazing weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Las Vegas Style Challenge


Me and my husband are huge fans of Las Vegas - whenever we can we fly out to enjoy the awesome shows, amazing restaurants and beautiful hotels. In fact, when I started my blog almost a year ago I happened to be in Las Vegas. We always stay at the MGM properties and Aria is one of my favorite hotels so imagine how thrilled I was when Vegas.com contacted me to style outfits for a day at Aria Resort and Casino for their Las Vegas Style Challenge
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