Friday, December 18, 2009

Pictures with Santa Paws

Some of the most prosperous people I know don't measure their success in terms of wealth. Instead they value acts of kindness, making a difference and reaching out a paw. One such woman comes to mind, who selflessly gives her time, energy and focus to help place homeless animals with caregivers through Project HALO. I suppose it's similar to a dating service- except matching people to pets!

Project HALO also has a Foster Care program that allows potential pet owners the opportunity to nurture and embrace a pet! Project HALO's foster parents get to reap the many rewards from pet ownership. Besides, what other relationship offers such fringe benefits - people who own pets live longer, happier lives and have less stress! Yep, all around, Project HALO works for everyone involved.

It was an easy decision for the staff at Bella Ropa when choosing to host the Santa Paws event to benefit Project HALO. All my beloved pets have been abandoned or stray animals - either found wandering along side the road in the pouring rain, dashing into the middle of a busy intersection or strolling into the front yard.

Thanks to everyone who came out in the rain with their favorite pet to pose for a picture with Santa Claus! Bella Ropa appreciates Project HALO's volunteers, who dedicate their time and energy to such a wonderful organization. And a big shout out and special thanks to Tish Mackay, whose photography captured the event! So there is more to retail than just making a sale, it's about helping our friends - even if they happen to be a little furry.

For information about Pet Fostering or adoption, visit

And check out Tish's website at

Monday, May 18, 2009

Your feet will love FLOPS

I was so excited when one of my reps sent me the line sheets for these super cute and comfy flip flops. FLOPS (Feet Love Our Products) is the brainchild of Dr. Sylvie, a Beverly Hills podiatrist. Flops are made in Brazil from natural Brazilian rubber. Because they are made from natural rubber, they have increased flexibility and cushioning. So not only are they great for your feet but they are also good for the environment. They are completely recyclable and bio-degradable. They come in fun colors like Chocolate, Licorice, Plum, Chocolate Cherry and Chocolate Candyfloss. And the best part is they are only $24! They will be arriving this week. What's your flavor?....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

30% Off Every 3rd Friday....

Since this spring has been a little unpredictable, we decided to kick the summer off with a new sale to keep you looking stylish this season. Beginning with this Friday and every third Friday of the month we will be having 30% off a select desinger. The discount will also be good online so don't forget to check out the website too!

This week we will be featuring Eva Franco. She is known for ultra feminine dresses with over the top detail. So if you have been eyeing an Eva Franco dress...Friday is your day! You can use promo code EVA if you prefer to shop online! Also, if you aren't signed up on our email list make sure you register so you will always be up to date on sales and new arrivals!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

New Blank Jeans...

Blank Jeans are great not only because of their price but because of the fit and quality. I love all the bright color skinny jeans (even if I'm not brave enough to wear them), the high waist flare jeans, destroyed jeans and boyfriend jeans. They have a little bit of everything. So if you want a pair of purple skinny jeans but you don't want to spend $200 because you might change your mind next week and decide you want big deal. We just got in the Crackle Pop Wide Leg jean yesterday and I'm obsessed. I wore them last night (with my tallest shoes of course) and I was not disappointed. And for you ladies on the taller side, these jeans will be great for you. They run long so us shorter gals might have to wear taller shoes(or we can recommend a seamstress if you want them hemmed.) Keep an eye out because we have some more cute styles coming in the next few weeks and you don't want to miss them!! If you've never tried a pair of Blank jeans, come by and let us help you find a pair that will work for you. I promise you will love them....

Blank Crackle Pop Wide Leg Jean, $72

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Yumi Kim!

The first shipment of Yumi Kim is finally here! I fell in love with this line at market and I have been counting the days until the first few pieces arrived. I have to say I am not disappointed and Yumi Kim is easily becoming one of my favorite lines. The prints are gorgeous with funky silhouetts and a vintage flair. The fit is relaxed, lightweight and ultra wearable. I love the romantic feel of the luxurious silk fabrics that are combined with flattering cuts to create fabulous delicate pieces.
Top: Sachiko Top, $148
Bottom: Woori Top, $145

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Favorite Lines Under $100...

I was thrilled on our last trip to market when I came across a couple of lines that are amazingly beautiful but also retail for under $100. I was impressed at the detail and the quality of the fabric. I cannot wait for these pieces to come in! Here is a preview of what is to come in the next few weeks...
C. Luce-
If you have been in the store recently or checked the website, I'm sure you have fallen in love with the C. Luce One Shoulder Ruffle Top in white. I absolutely love this top! Based out of California, all their pieces are flirty, feminine and easy to wear.
Basics never go out of style and Frenzii has definitely covered the basics from a simple elegant tank to long maxi dresses and everything in between. Frenzii keeps things fresh and this line is super easy to wear and the fabric is so soft you could sleep in it! Their dresses are perfect for a day out shopping or you can throw it over your bathing suit for a day on the lake. I prefer the second option! At night, their black long dress is perfect for going out for drinks. Accessorize with a necklace and some bangles and you will good to go!
MM Couture-
MM Couture has completely revamped their line. I fell in love with almost every piece! And they have maintained a fun, yet stylish flair in their couture...cute dresses, work attire, tops for going out and the best part is their jeans! All the jeans are $98 and they are a great fit and the pockets are super cute. Keep an eye out for these...
Blank Jeans-
Blank Jeans are the most irrestistable jeans I have ever worn. They have everything from your basic bootcut to skinny jeans in a multitude of colors. Celebrities such as Hilary Duff and Nicole Richie are huge fans! So if you want a new pair of cuttin edge designer jeans but you don't want to spend $200, Blank Jeans are for you!

Pictures from top to bottom: Blank "Raw Meat" Studded Skinny Jean, $78. (May) Miss Me Denim, $98. Frenzii Twist Strap Dress, $94 (May) C.Luce Indie Top, $78 (April)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ever since I studied abroad in Paris my junior year of college, I have been obsessed with scarves. They are my go to accessory when it starts to get cold and I have a hard time putting them back in the closet when the warmer weather arrives. This season I am so excited that scarves are hanging around a little longer. Cute scarves made of lighter material and brighter colors are perfect for this time of year. They look great with a tank or a cute summer dress and are great for going out at night when it gets chilly. I was so excited to pick up a couple of scarves for the store while I was at market. Check out some of my favorite ways to wear scarves....

As of today, Bella Ropa has officially been open for a year!! The past year has been amazing and I want to thank everyone that has supported the store. I am so thankful that I get to do something that I love everyday. I also thought this would be a good day to start this blog...I admit I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm not the best with computers or the internet (I'm still figuring out Facebook!) but I think it will be a great way to keep everyone updated on what is going on in the store. So check back to see all the new arrivals and our favorite pieces for the season!