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👡When to wear what shoes!👡

Introduction:

Welcome to Bella’s Collection‘s blog! Today we are going to share with you the different style shoes that go with different outfits! Check out our table of contents below to see what we talk about today!

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Table of contents:

  • Shoes with dresses
  • Shoes with shirts and pants
  • Shoes with shirts and skirts
  • Matching your outfit with
    • black shoes
    • white shoes
    • red shoes
    • pink shoes
    • purple shoes
    • gold shoes
    • silver shoes
    • nude shoes
  • Conclusion

Women’s dresses/Skirts:

Women’s dresses have many different styles! There are sun dresses, long dresses, short dresses, and many more! 

With dresses you would wear wedges, flats, heels, or even flip flops! Some occasions a short top flat tennis-shoe looks good! 

You want to avoid tall or bulky shoes when wearing a dress, it will take away from the delicate look the dress gives you!

Shirt & Pants:

When you are wearing long pants and a shirt, almost any shoes can go with with your outfit! The same rule for the dresses applies, you want to try to stay away from big and bulky shoes! 

If you are wearing dress pants and a dress shirt in a business or business casual outing you can wear heals! This will give you that nice professional look! 

If you are wearing jeans, sandals or tennis shoes look the best! If you are doing anything active, tennis shoes are your best bet! 

If it is snowy or raining, rain boots or snow boots can be worn with jeans, just make sure to tuck them in!

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Shirts & Skirts:

When wearing a skirt it gives a certain feminine look! Weather it is short, or long, with or with-out a design! 

If you are wearing a long or short skirt, you can rock a beautiful pair or flats, heels, wedges, or flip-flops. No matter the occasions any of those are sure to complete your outfit.  

You do not want to wear tennis shoes or boots with your skirt. 

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Matching shoe color to your outfit:

1. Black shoes

The most common shoe color, black, is not so difficult to match with other colors because it can be matched with almost every other color, but still here are the best colors that go with black shoes: Black, blue, gold, silver, burgundy.

2. White shoes

Almost like black, white can be matched with almost any outfit. Women like to wear it with denim, but it’s great for colorful outfits, patterned outfits and pastels.

3. Red shoes

They’re so daring and sexy. And the best colors that go perfectly with red shoes are: Black, white, neutrals, navy blue, orange, and pink.

4. Pink shoes

The color of the year and the cutest for girls and women can be matched with: Navy blue, neutrals, red, grey, silver, purple and green.

5. Purple shoes

Purple is as cute as pink when it comes to shoes and outfits, but what colors would make it pop and look best with it? Neutrals, pink, navy blue, and green.

6. Blue shoes

Blue shoes are as important as black shoes, but they’re a little bit difficult to match with your outfits, so here the colors that would look great on blue shoes: Brown, green, white, black, neutrals, and yellow.

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7. Gold shoes

Gold shoes are not that hard to match with outfits as you might think, gold shoes can be matched with black, emerald green, red, and blue.

8. Silver shoes

I love silver shoes with denim; they go best with each other. But that doesn’t mean that silver shoes can’t go with gold, black, white, red, navy blue, pink and neutrals.

9. Nude shoes

If you want to elongate your legs and you want them to look slimmer, then wear nude shoes. They also can go with every outfit you have in your closet.

Conclusion:

Today in our blog we talked about what type of shoes to wear with different outfits and what color of shoes go best with what outfits! Stop in the store today so the girls can help you pick out the newest imported shoes and the cutest outfit to go with! We can dress you for many different occasions!

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😍What we have & how to care for it! *PHOTOS*😍

Introduction:

Welcome to Bella’s Ladies Collection‘s blog! Today we are going to share some of the different products we offer here at our store! We have plenty of pictures all spread out through this blog so you can SEE what we have for your whole family! We will also go over how to clean and care for the clothes! Everything in our store is imported from the United States of America and Turkey! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we have! You can look at the actual sections for the details like price! 

Table of Contents:

  • Ladies Suits
  • Dresses
  • Trousers
  • Tops
  • Fabric (Kitenge)
  • Shoes
  • Bags/Clutches

Suits:

We offer women and girls suits, they are imported from USA and Turkey. The prices range from 350k – 900k

Dresses:

We offer women and girls dresses that are imported from Italy, Turkey, and the USA. The prices range from 180k – 750k

Trousers:

Our women’s and girls trousers are imported from Italy and Turkey. The prices range from 150k – 200k

Tops:

We offer girls and omens tops imported from Turkey and the USA. The prices range from 70k – 150k

Fabrics (Kitenge):

Our fabrics are hang picked from West Africa. They are available in both plain and metallic. It is 25k per yard for plain and 45k per yard for metallic fabric.

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Shoes:

We have girls and women’s shoes imported from the USA. The prices start at 200k.

Bags/Clutches:

Our bags and clutches are imported from Italy, Turkey, and the USA.

How to care for your clothes:

With women’s suits or Kitenge fabric you don’t want to over wash them. It will start to stretch the fabric and it will eventually wear and tear it down. 

  • Your clothes need to be able to breathe so using a round, wooden hanger is going to allow that to happen. 
  • Use a clothing brush to help with wrinkles and to open the fibers back up to let it breathe and let go of the all day stenches. 
  • Buy a small, at home steamer for your fancy clothes. This will make sure you look the best in the room. It takes care of the wrinkles, and gives your clothes a good refresher. 
  • DON’T TAKE YOUR CLOTHES TO THE DRY CLEANERS EVERYTIME YOU WEAR THEM. The chemicals they use will damage your clothes over time. Use caution when wearing your clothes and they will last much longer. 

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog! Today we went over what we carry in our store and how to care for it and clean it! We also shared a lot of photos of our inventory!  Our WhatsApp number is listed below! Text us on Whatsapp if you have any questions or come into the store!

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📝Interview Guide!📝

Introduction:

Welcome to Bella’s Collection’s Blog! Today we are going to give you some major interview tips! We are going to help you prepare and what to wear! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we talk about today! Come into the store today and we can help you pick out the greatest outfit for your next occasion!

Table of contents:

  • What to wear
  • Preparing Tips
  • Interview question/answer examples.
  • Bonus tip!
  • Conclusion

What to wear:

When getting ready for an interview, there is a lot of things to cover! First and Foremost we are going to go over what to wear. 

What you wear is going to depend on the kind of job you are going to an interview for! 

Ladies Dresses

You would wear a dress like above in a business casual setting or just a business setting. If you wear a pair of panty hose it will take it another step up and really impress!

Office Wear

A ladies suit is very professional. You are sure to impress if you show up dressed like this! We also have women’s pant suits!

Prepping Tips:

  • Carefully read the job description: How you prepare and how you dress!
  • Make sure you are qualified for the job you are interviewing for! 
  • Research the company before you interview. This will show during the interview and leave a GREAT first impression.
  • Consider your answers to common interview questions. The words you use are truly what will decide how the interview turns out. 
  • Conduct mock interviews with a friend. 
  • Bring a printed copy of your resume.

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Interview Question/Answer Examples:

  • Why do you want to work here?
    The best way to prepare for this question is to learn about the products, services, mission, history and culture of the company. In your answer, mention the aspects of the company that appeal to you and align with your career goals.

    Example: “I’d love the opportunity to work with a company that’s making a difference. Finding a company with a positive work environment and values that align with my own has remained a priority throughout my job search, and this company ranks at the top of the list.”

  • What interests you about this role?
    Employers ask this question to make sure you understand the role, and to give you the opportunity to highlight your relevant skills. It can be helpful to compare the role requirements against your skills and experience. Choose a few things you particularly enjoy or excel at, and focus on those in your answer.

    Example: “I’ve been passionate about user experience design for most of my professional career. I was excited to see this company uses Adobe products because I’m well-versed in the entire suite. Also, I’m a huge advocate for applying agile workflows to design. I think it’s the most effective way to tackle large projects. I was able to successfully build and launch an agile process in my previous role as UX manager, and we saw considerable improvements in project speed.”

  • What are your greatest strengths?
    This question gives you an opportunity to talk about both your technical and soft skills. When an interviewer asks you to describe your strengths, share qualities and personal attributes and then relate them back to the role for which you’re interviewing.

    Example: “I’m a natural problem-solver. I find it rewarding to dig deep and uncover solutions to challenges—it’s like solving a puzzle. It’s something I’ve always excelled at, and something I enjoy. Much of product development is about finding innovative solutions to challenging issues, which is what drew me to this career path in the first place.”

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Bonus Tip:

 If you don’t know the answer to a certain question, it is perfectly acceptable to pause for a moment and simply state, “Let me think about that for a moment.” The employer will appreciate you taking time to give them a thoughtful answer. Be sure to provide specific examples wherever possible. Taking time to prepare for an interview will ultimately help you feel more relaxed and confident during the process.

Send a follow up:

After your interview, you should prepare to follow up with the employer. Doing so reminds the employer of your conversation, shows them you are genuinely interested in the position and gives you the opportunity to bring up points you forgot to mention.

Here are a few steps you can follow when crafting a follow-up note:

  • In the first paragraph, mention the specific job title and thank your interviewer.
  • In the second paragraph, note the company’s name as well as a conversation point and/or goal that seemed especially important to the person you spoke with. Connect that point to your experience and interests.
  • In the final paragraph, invite them to ask you any additional questions and close by saying you’re looking forward to hearing back.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over some main interview tips to help you with your upcoming career searching experience! 

Stop in the store today so we can help you find the perfect outfit! It’s not just about looking good! It’s about feeling good too! Your confidence can be the final deciding factor in the interview! 

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👗Ultimate Kitenge Fabric Guide👗

Introduction:

Welcome to Bella’s Collections first blog! We are a women’s clothing store and carry adult and children’s sizes! We have a wide variety of the newest styles clothes! We import all of our clothes and they’re only the best quality! Come on in today and check us out! 

In today’s blog we are going to talk about Kitenge Fabric! It is a West African fabric and we are going to dive right in! Check out all of the puctures and the table of contents below to see everything we cover! 

Table of Contents:

What is Kitenge Fabric?

Kitenge  is an East African, West African and Central African fabric  often worn by women and wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling. Kitenges are usually colorful pieces of fabric.

“Most fabric used is sourced from Tanzania and is made in Nigeria, West Africa, where the whole process is highly respected as a craft and a labour-intensive art form.”

There is a festival in Kenya, called the Kitenge festival, it is a popular event held periodically and is meant to highlight the varied uses of Kitenge fabric. Kitenges are usually given as gifts to young women.

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Different uses:

Kitenges can be used on occasions and in many ways either symbolically or for practical reasons.

  1. In Malawi, Kitenges are customary for women at funerals.
  2. The Maasai wears dark red kitenge garments to symbolize their love for and their dependence on the earth.
  3. They are used as a sling to hold a baby across the back of a mother. They can hold the baby at the front as well, particularly when breastfeeding.

    4. They are sometimes tied together and used as decorative pieces at dinner tables.

    5. When women go to the beach, often the Kitenge is wrapped around the bathing suit for modesty or to shield cold air.

    6. Kitenges can be framed or otherwise hung up on the wall as a decorative batik artwork.

    7. Kitenge cloth is also used to make a variety of clothing for women and in recent times men.

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BASIC STEPS IN AFRICAN WAX PRINT FABRIC PRODUCTION:

Preparation

Raw cotton yarns are woven into grey cloth that is stiff and dirty. The cloth is then bleached white to clean and remove any impurities before being strengthened and stretched to its desired width.

Design

The prints are designed on a computer using CAD software in black and white form. Traditionally two or three colors are added to the cloth at the end of the production process. Each print design is usually produced in several different colorways.

Wax Printing

The design is engraved onto a pair of copper rollers before being printed onto both sides of the cloth using melted, molten wax. The wax used is a natural product that comes from pine tree resin.

Indigo Dying

The cloth is then put into an indigo dye bath where the exposed parts of the cloth are dyed and the resin covered parts are resisted. This process can also cause naturally formed fine cracks in the wax, which can allow small amounts of the dye to seep through onto the cloth.

Crackling Effect

The wax is then deliberately cracked using specific machinery depending on the desired outcome such as marbling and bubbles.

Coloration

Large, industrial printing machines are used to add solid colors to the design either before and/or after the wax is removed from the cloth. Sometimes part of the design is hand carved onto a wooden block and applied to the fabric by hand (called block printing). This coloration process is key to producing the highly distinctive and vibrant colors of all of our garments from African Dresses to African print trousers.

Washing

The cloth is then washed to remove all the small residues of wax and excess dyes ensuring that color fastness standards are met.

Finishing

There are different types of finishes that are applied to the cloth depending on the desired outcome. The fabric can sometimes look shiny which disappears after the first initial wash. Certain fabrics are more expensive due to the type of finishing used at the end of the manufacturing process, which can be costly.

Due to the nature of the wax printing process it is impossible to make each piece of cloth look exactly the same so they are truly unique. Furthermore because tailors cut the fabric used to make the clothing by hand, the print positioning is different on each item meaning each one is even more one of a kind! 

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How to soften fabric:

First way:

Add 8 tbsp (120 ml) of salt to 1 quart of cold or lukewarm water. Make sure the fabric is completely covered by the liquid and leave it to soak for two or three days before washing according to instructions. When you do wash it, it’s worth adding some fabric softener just for that extra helping hand.

Second way:

White vinegar (and it must be white – dark vinegar may stain fabrics) naturally softens the fabric. Simply add 8tbsp (120ml) to a load of laundry before the final rinse cycle or put it in the fabric softener dispenser at the beginning of the wash. Make sure to run your garment through on a vinegar-free cycle afterward though: you don’t want to smell like a bag of chips!

Baking soda helps to soften water, which in turn will help to soften fabrics. Depending on the size of your load, add 8tbsp (120ml) to your normal wash cycle.

Third way:

One thing it is important to remember is to stay away from excessive heat. When looking for advice on softening fabrics, more often than not you will be told to ‘put the item in the tumble dryer.’

However, for the majority of African print fabrics, this is not advised. It’s vital that you read the care label on a garment (or check out the manufacturer’s care instructions) to check what is recommended.  

Steaming can also help to soften the fabric but if you decide to employ the iron, again make sure you are following care instructions to the letter: you don’t want to risk spoiling your fabric or garment.

If a garment is a steam iron friendly, it’s a good idea to put paper towels or a tea towel both underneath and on top of the item before starting to iron, just to give the fabric a little more protection from the direct heat and to catch the odd, rare wax remnants. You should also always iron your African prints on the inside.

If a piece of clothing is dry clean only – and steam cleaning is an option to help soften the item – make sure the dry cleaners you use has experience with African print fabrics: you don’t want to end up regretting your decision!

Also remember: whatever method you choose to soften your African print fabrics, or even simply when you wash them, it’s important to lay them flat or hang them up to dry naturally. Wringing or twisting the fabric will only compromise the opulent colors and cause them to fade much faster.

Washing:

When washing the was fabric, the timing is all up to you. It is not like other clothes in the needing to be washed all the time. It has a nice, crisp finish. When you do wash it, make sure to wash with cold water. Warm water will make the colors bleed and fade faster. Air drying is the best, but if you are going to use a dryer, dry on a low-tumble setting. This will keep it from having any heat damage, shrinkage, or more fading and bleeding. 

Conclusion:

Today we went over what kitenge fabric is and all of the creative ways it can be used! We also went over the Basic steps in African Wax Print Fabric Production, and how to wash and soften the fabric!

Stop in the store today so the girls can help you find the perfect outfit for your next event! We sell kitenge fabric by the yard!

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👡Our ultimate shoe guide!👡

Introduction:

Welcome to Bella’s Blog! Today we are sharing our ultimate shoe guide with you! We are going to show you the shoes we offer here in our store! We are also going to go over how to clean shoes and help with odor! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we talk about! Stop in the store today so we can help you pick out the perfect new pair of shoes! 

Table of contents:

  • What shoes we have!
  • Helpful shoe tips!
  • How to get the smell out of your shoes.
  • Matching shoes with your outfit, per color!
  • Matching shoes with your outfit, per season!
  • Different shoes with different styles!
  • When to wear what color shoes.
  • Fixing the bottom of your high heels.
  • Repairing sandals
  • Fixing a broken flip-flop.
  • Conclusion

All of our clothes are imported from the USA! We make regular trips to keep up on the latest fashion! 

Shoes:

We have girls and women’s shoes imported from the USA, and the prices start at 200 k! We have shoes to fit your outfit at any and all occasions! We make regular trips so our inventory changes, if you see something you really like stop on in or get hold of us on Facebook or Whats App.