Bella Magari In Cherry Creek Denver

My journey with Bella Magari has been so darn fun. It’s also been a huge learning curve. From learning how to build, launch and manage an online store, to learning the hard way that some suppliers are not reliable and have crap items (so glad that’s fixed), then of course learning all about how to do pop-up shops (which is one of my favorite parts of my journey so far) and now navigating having an actual physical location for Bella Magari! It’s all been such a journey, with many successes and many frustrations. But that’s business y’all! Business isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s not always easy, it requires a lot of learning and growing, and it also requires a ton of faith in God. At times I didn’t know the EXACT direction for my boutique, but it’s not my job to know the future. It’s my job to stay in line with my values, work my butt off and have faith the God will guide me in the right direction. 

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

I didn’t think having a physical location was an option, I thought the only way that’d be possible was to own a storefront. At the Sugarplum Bazaar last November I heard some of the vendors talking about The District Shops so I immediately looked into it. The concept is brilliant and a perfect match for my life. The District Shops is a huge building next to the Cherry Creek mall that has 300+ local vendors! You can come to one location but shop all of these amazing local shops! In fact, you can grab stuff from any boutique and check out at the same register, it’s so convenient and I love it. When I first walked into The District Shops it was love at first sight! I was in awe at how adorable each vendors spot was, and in love with so many products (I wanted to buy like 100 things in the first ten minutes). You can come to one location and find treasures for yourself, your home, your little one, your spouse, etc. It’s got a bit of everything but somehow it all flows together and looks extremely cohesive throughout the store. I love supporting local businesses, especially now that I am a small business I see the importance in choosing to shop small instead of rushing to Walmart for every need.

The primary reason The District Shops is a perfect fit for me is that I don’t have to actually be there all the time. My first priority is being a mom and taking care of Giulian. My dream is to have my cake and eat it too. Meaning I want to build a business and be a stay at home mommy and raise my own kids. If I opened an actual storefront all by myself I think it’d be more time consuming than I could even fathom, and I’m just not in a season of life where that’d work. I think I’d love to do more locations like this, who knew but turns out there are a ton of places like this in Colorado! It's becoming the new way to shop and I love it.

To celebrate the launch of Bella Magari and Never Skip Brunch Boutique in The District Shops we threw a blogger party (of course)! We invited all of the local bloggers out for a VIP experience at The District Shops so they could sip, shop and snack after store hours. It was such a blast, thank you so much to everyone who came out that night to celebrate! It truly meant the world to Cara (Never Skip Brunch) and I. Take a peek at the pictures below to get a behind the scenes view.

Another special thank you to Renee from Astonishing Cakes for creating the most beautiful spring themed cake pops, they were stunning and delicious and got gobbled up right away ;). Thank you to Culture Meat and Cheese for providing charcuterie boards to snack on. And another thank you to Mel with Malwine Studios for taking the most amazing photos of the night! Mel takes the most beautiful photos and is in the Denver area if you’re looking for a photographer that is super versatile.

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo by Cara Newhart

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

Photo: Mal Wine Studios

 
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Fall Style With Bella Magari Boutique + Denver Holiday Pop Up Shop Schedule

Well readers, it’s been a full year since I’ve done a fashion post on the blog… haha honestly I seem to only do them in the fall. That’s probably because I’m obsessed with fall style and it’s the only time I want to get on here and write about what I’m wearing! Also because when I was pregnant and postpartum I really wasn’t excited to share my maternity clothes with ya’ll or my “fat jeans” (kidding). Obviously since opening Bella Magari Boutique I’ve been more in tune with the fashion world, more excited about what I’m wearing and as a result, will be posting more style posts here on the blog. Getting to pick out our fall collection was SUCH a treat! Like I said, I love fall fashion (boots, sweaters, knits, leggings, scarves, booties, all of it), so getting to pick exactly what I thought girls want to wear and see this fall was so much fun! To make the Bella Magari fall collection even sweeter, I got to shoot some of the items with my best friends (not the whole collection)! We laughed the whole time and had such a blast, the outtakes are too funny.

Take a peek inside our fall collection and make sure to check out our pop up shop schedule for the holiday season! If you live in Denver, come see me at one of our events so you can tough the clothes, try on and grab items for your loved ones this Christmas!! I’m so excited to get to interact with shoppers in person! I want to help you find items that are a perfect fit for you, ones that make you feel great! There will also be a few exclusive items at the pop up shops that you won’t be able to grab online (lucky you Denver). As of now those items are a vest (not one shown below) and some amazing earrings made by an amazing U.S. jewelry designer.

Thanks for following along on my “boutique owner” journey, it’s been such a blast and also such a learning process. Bella Magari will always be improving, getting better and striving to bring your great clothes at affordable prices.

Jewelry:

When choosing the jewelry I was super inspired by the geometric trend you see right now. Almost every jewelry item we have currently is geo inspired, rectangle, circle, v shapes and even hexagons. We have a ton of rose gold options, probably because it’s my favorite, and of course we have the traditional gold and silver.

Tops + Sweaters:

high waisted bow pants…

Vests…

Laugh A Little… Outtake Style

Denver Pop Up Shop Schedule…

Friday November 9th: Ralston Park Wine & Cheese Festival 5-8pm

6454 Simms Street Arvada, Colorado 80004

Friday November 16th: 12pm-5pm at Sapor Coffee in Denver

2795 Speer Blvd #17, Denver, CO 80211

November 23rd & November 24th: Sugarplum Bizaar

Mcnichols Building 144 W Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202

December Date and Time TBA: French For Sugar

1201 E. Colfax Ave. Suite 103 Denver, CO 80218

 
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Husband Takes Over The Blog: Mizzen+Main Dress Shirts

Hey there blog followers! This is Nick , Danielle’s husband writing here. I’m excited to do this post because this is genuinely a product I use on a daily basis. So it only made sense for me to write this one. 

 

A few years back I started listening to podcasts. I began hearing the advertisements on the podcasts and I remember hearing one ad at one point for a new kind of dress shirt. Now I am the guy who wears dress shirts just about every day as I’m out building our business, so as time has gone by I’ve found certain brands of shirts that I like and I tend to stick to those brands. Well, the ad I heard on that podcast was for Mizzen+Main shirts. What caught my attention was they said they are wrinkle free (a little part of me dies inside every time I’m running late and have to iron a shirt) and are made of an athletic type of material that is good for warm weather and is comfortable. Then a few weeks later Danielle actually got an email from them and they asked if they could send us a shirt to try out. We of course said yes… This was over a year ago… and now I am hooked.

So when they offered to send another shirt I jumped on the opportunity to write on the site, give a review, and share my thoughts.

Mizzen+Main shirts have completely ruined other dress shirts for me. Ever since that first post my wife did, I’ve been slowly collecting more and more of their shirts because they are the only ones I want to wear anymore. Think about it.. you look through your closet, there’s a slew of nice dress shirts that you have to iron before wearing (adding 15-20 minutes to your morning routine) or there’s the shirts you don’t have to iron and right when you put them on they look great.. So I always go with the easy option. As I believe most men do.

 

On top of that we travel quite a bit for our business. And I love the convenience of these shirts when traveling. You can pack them in your bag and rest assured that when you get to your destination you can immediately wear the shirts. No ironing (can you tell I hate ironing shirts?) and if you're not an expert shirt-folder-person when you’re packing them in your bag, they still don’t get messed up. I can throw them in my bag and know that they will look great no matter what. On top of that, I wore my shirts when we went to Italy, in August (Italy is a sweaty mess in August) and because they are made of the material they are, I was comfortable. Walking for hours in the heat, no problem. Being indoors with AC blasting, no problem. Running late for a flight or train and don’t have time to neatly fold your dress shirts, no problem.

 

Basically these are just the easiest shirts ever. They are comfortable and look great, while at the same time they are extremely convenient for travel and day to day use. I don’t wear regular dress shirts any more. Mizzen+Main shirts have ruined regular dress shirts for me. Permanently.

 

This has also made Christmas shopping for me (from my wifes perspective) much much easier than in the past. Before I would have to think about what I want and it would usually be something thought of on the spot and not that I really needed. Now I just want more of these shirts. This isn't a Christmas buying guide or anything but ladies-buy one for your man. Let him try it. Its hard to go back to the regular dress shirt life once you’ve experienced these shirts.

 

So long story short - I’m a raving fan. Seriously these are just the best dress shirts I’ve ever had. I’ll never go back to the old way and Mizzen+Main has struck gold with these shirts. They are incredible.

Use code danielle3 for $50 off of any three dress shirts! 

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Spring Style 2017

The weather here in Denver has been amazing the last few weeks, we've had back to back days in the 80's, which for Colorado in March is extremely warm. Usually this time of year we are getting hit with huge snow storms and freezing weather. Between the warm weather and a Monday being the first day of spring, I was inspired to do a Spring style post. If you read my blog then obviously you know I am currently pregnant, very pregnant. Although there are some adorable maternity spring outfits I could chat about, I really just wanted to do a non maternity style post. I want to gawk over the adorable spring trends that I can't currently wear. I am really missing my non pregnant body and can't wait to get my body back to rock some of my favorite styles. So, even though creating this post made me slightly jealous of you ladies and your non-prego bods... I still wanted to be inspired by this years spring style and share it with you all. 

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Spring Dresses


Spring Tops


Spring Kimonos 


Spring Blazers


Spring Bottoms


Spring Accessories 

 

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