Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
The Chic Sheet
Fashion is a way to show your creativity. I laugh when I think back to when I was younger and friends would make fun of what I wore because it was always a random brand or something out of the ordinary. I have taken that idea of being different and evolved it over the years, because I think the worst thing you can do is copy someone elseâ€™s style.
How do you describe your style?
As with my personality, my style goes from one extreme to the next, because at times there is no balance. One day I will be in a vintage athletic Adidas zip jacket, and the next day I will be trying to figure out where I can wear my favorite Zac Posen dress.
What are your favorite pieces?
I am really loving leather right now. My everyday uniform at the moment consists of colorful v-neck tees and colorful, colorful jeans that I will pair with a leather jacket. This material has become a good way to anchor my outfits.
Where is your favorite place to shop?Â
I think this falls back to my fashion view. Many people assume that I spend a lot of money on my wardrobe, so when they compliment my look they are shocked to find out that one of my pieces is vintage and from a consignment store, or even from Target. It is very rare that I canâ€™t walk into a store and find something I like. However, for my more expensive pieces I do like to shop online.
Who is your fashion icon and why?
It is Jacqueline Kennedy because she was creative, elegant and a strong individual when it came to her own style. I always remember that classic story of when President Kennedy asked her to wear the same jewelry two nights in a row for an event. Although she wanted to please her husband, she also wanted to stay strong when it came to her style and sense of being an individual, so she refused to do so. This story always stood out in my mind growing up.
What made you decide to create Bellaâ€™s?
I became pregnant and realized there werenâ€™t many options available when it came to buying childrenâ€™s clothes that were unique and reasonably priced, so I decided to start my own business so that I could provide that to others.
How has owning Bellaâ€™s affected the way you look at fashion?
It has helped me really appreciate the thought that goes into the pieces that I buy every day, because over the past five years I went from a buyer to a designer myself. I may take orders all week long, but the most thrilling part of doing what I do is the creative process. I really enjoy finding patterns and fabrics, and seeing my ideas go from scribbles on paper to an actual outfit. There is a lot of love and attention to detail that goes into creating an outfit, and that is something I look for when I shop.
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of www.thechicsheet.net. When Miranda isnâ€™t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.