The Meaning Behind Citybelles

I stumbled into blogging because I loved fashion and wanted an outlet to share my personal style. I never knew it would take me on such a whirlwind journey and I am continuing to learn something new everyday. When it came time to think of a name for my blog I debated for a long time (if long is for like an hour). Regardless, the name did not come to me instantly. I wanted something that would capture what made me so unique.

When I reflected on what this might be, I thought about everything that inspired my style. I grew up 7 minutes from the downtown of a big city with a growing young, urban community. As a result trendy, edgy and hip were the definitions of style as I became a young adult. Crop tops, high waisted jeans and combat boots were therefore my uniform as I entered the new southern, traditional world of the University of Kentucky. Preppy was not in my vocabulary.

I was in for a rude awakening when I was suddenly thrust into the realm of sorority life. Not to say personal style was not celebrated or accepted in my sorority but there were certain things that were more popular than others. I am not immune to social pressure, and I mean who is? So when cute monogrammed raincoats and Lilly Pulitzer patterned dresses started popping up everywhere I looked, I couldn’t help but be enamored.

But I couldn’t completely let go of my trendy, urban side and so I ended up with a blend of city and southern style. Consequently, when it came to naming my blog that’s the conclusion I came to. I am a fusion of metropolitan and classical, trendy and timeless, a true city walker and a southern belle. City-belle. See? Sometimes I can just be tooooo clever. 🙂

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On another note, how’s everyone enjoying the cold weather? I had fun bundling up!

link to my beanie//here

Gameday Belle

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A Kentucky girl can never have too much blue! Seriously the number of blue dresses I have is kinda alarming. That being said I am always looking out for another one to add to my collection, and who isn’t with all the tailgating there is to do? Luckily I was able to team up with Gameday Belles Boutique and try out the beautiful Ansley dress. I love the flowiness of this dress and the pretty white accent bow. Plus its always a bonus when the dress pairs perfectly with my cowboy boots! This outfit makes me wish it was football season and I was out tailgating before the game. Super comfortable + super cute = a win for me (on and off the field!)

Gameday Belles has a variety of AH-DOR-ABLE dresses, all in the favorite colors of the South! As well, they have accessories that will maximize your tailgating spirit such as state necklaces and bracelets! Another bonus? Use code ukcitybelles at checkout and receive 10% off your order!

 

16 Goals for 2016

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.00.45 PMSo I know I am a little late in making the “New Year” post but I have sat down many times since that first of the month to write this post and it just didn’t seem right until now. 2016 for me will be a year of upheaval in my life. But the craziness that implies is not unwelcome. I will be graduating undergrad and starting my journey into Medical school. I will be leaving the comfort of my roommates (of three years) to be dropped in the world of independent living. I will be moving away from those I love and those I love will be moving away from me. It’s scary and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once, but I am ready for the journey. So I have thought of 16 things I would like to do in this year of 2016. Some goals are small and personal while others are ambitious and inclusive, but all are sure to make 2016 the best year yet.

  1. Travel out of the country
  2. Take a spontaneous road trip
  3. Set up a personal domain for my blog
  4. Develop a more regular workout routine
  5. Cook at least one new dinner a week (doesn’t sound like much but hey, I’m still a busy college student)
  6. Save a portion of every paycheck
  7. Reach 1,000 followers on Instagram
  8. Explore somewhere new here in Kentucky
  9. Get into Med School and rock my first semester
  10. Make my first investment
  11. Become more independent (love my parents but I need to stand on my own!)
  12. Go to a dinner show with friends
  13. Attend church more often
  14. Take my parents out to dinner (on my bill)
  15.   Go golfing (and maybe learn how to first)
  16. Go to the NCAA national championships and see the Cats win it all!

 

What are your goals/dreams for 2016? I would love to hear them!

How Collegers Are Preparing for the Holidays

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If you were confused by my title, collegers is a word a made up to define those young folk who attend college (like me!). I feel that it encompasses the demographic I am referring to quite nicely. That being said we are a unique and distinct group that goes about life differently than the rest of the population. While everyone else is scurrying around doing this or that for the upcoming holidays, collegers are preparing for the season in a completely seperate manner…

  1. We have rediscovered the couch at home that actually fits our whole body length… and we haven’t moved…probably for days.
  2. We are binge watching as much Netflix as humanly possible before break ends and we must enter back into reality where we actually have to do things
  3. We are raiding our pantries at home, overwhelmed by the amount of snacks that are different from pretzels and chewy bars (maybe that’s just me?)
  4. We are reconnecting with friends from high school by sitting in Starbucks and gossiping about our former classmates for hours
  5. We then realize that we don’t really care about those people and we FaceTime our friends from college and gossip about our current classmates
  6. We are with mom and while she is attempting to finish up her Christmas shopping, we are trying to convince her to buy us something because we are #poor
  7. We are talking to our dogs (and  cats?) because we don’t know how to function without our roommates and our parents/siblings are at work
  8. We then talk to ourselves because talking to the dog is crazy and I mean we are totally sane… right?
  9. We are refusing to get out of sweatpants, leggings and t-shirts because we don’t know how to wear anything else
  10. We are mentally preparing ourselves to answer the inevitable question of “So what are you doing with your life?” and failing

Of course we are also looking forward to seeing our family and spending Christmas with our loved ones that we have missed so much. How are you preparing for the holidays? Let me know in the comments below!

The Perfect Holiday Dress

This may be my new favorite dress! (Can you believe its only $10?!?) All the detailing like the lace overlay and fit-n-flare skirt make it not only flattering and eye-catching, but exceptionally unique! I always like discovering pieces that are different from what I can find on the mall racks. I paired the dress with some sleek black tights and these fabulous booties from Old Navy. The dress has enough going on that the rest of the outfit could be simple and streamlined. The leopard fold over clutch gave enough pop to complete the outfit. Now I just need a party!

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dress- Shein

booties- Old Navy

clutch- Old Navy

necklace- old (similar here)

ring- similar here 

All of these pictures were taken at Over the Rhine in Cincinnati. The area is full of unique restaurants and shops and is definitely the up and coming spot in the city. I’m planning a post with my favorite must-sees in OTR and can’t wait to share it on the blog!

Swing Dress + Cape

 

This weekend I ventured out with a best friend to take advantage of the mild weather and snap some photos for the blog (and her up and coming writer website!) I was so excited to (finally) sport by camel cape! The poncho/cape trend is super hot right now and I could jump on board without breaking the bank with this one. I bought the cape and swing dress from Shein.com. I am extremely impressed with the quality of the items for the price (both are $15). I know many bloggers have raved about this site and I happy to join them! The swing dress is a rich, pretty red that is perfect for the holiday season! My only complaint is that it is a little short but I think with black tights it would be perfect! The cape is amazingly warm. I actually wore it out at night to go ice skating and I was completely comfortable.

dress-Shein

cape-Shein

clutch-Old Navy

boots-Lucky Brand (old similar here)

Merry Christmas! What are you wearing for the holidays? 

Comfy Cozy Gifts

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This week’s gift guide is all about becoming the ultimate couch potato. I am always seeking to perfect this role so these gifts especially appealed to me. Christmas break is quickly approaching and I need every fluffy, fuzzy and just plain warm thing there is out there to make it as relaxing as possible. I think many of you might be on the same page. So whether you need a present for snuggle-loving friend or just one to add to your christmas list, you have to check these out! As always all gifts are under $50!

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1. Sweatered Mug-Target

I just think this is downright adorable. A sweater for your mug? Like who thought of that? Genius! It’s too cute not to buy. Am I right?

2. Fleece Blanket- Target

Yeah, I am repeating Target. But who isn’t obsessed with Target? Plus what would a cozy gift guide be without a warm blanket. I just love how this one is Christmas themed!

3. Socks-J.Crew

J. Crew always has the funnest socks! I feel like thick patterned socks are trending. Or maybe its just getting cold and they are practical. Either way these are adorable.

4. PJ Pants- Old Navy

I am going to snag those gray waffle leggings for myself! Both pairs are under $10. Can’t beat that!

5. Rudolf Pillow- Nordstrom

I have no idea if this pillow is comfortable but honestly I don’t care. I laughed as soon as I saw it (maybe I laugh too easily). I think is subtle enough to match any decor but still brings plenty of Christmas spirit.

6. Slippers-Kohl’s

So if socks aren’t a warm enough option for cold feet, these slippers are definitely the next step. They look like they are a coat for your foot.

If you love everything on this list (like I do) then they all pair together. Imagine sitting in front of the fire with your PJ pants, socks and slippers on, holding a nice mug of hot cocoa, lounging on your Rudolf pillow and wrapped in your fleece blanket. Paints a pretty picture don’t you think?