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MINI SPRING LOOKBOOK

With Spring in full bloom, it’s been incredibly nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my skin and overall, it’s been such an instant mood booster. Winter blues is the real deal, ya’ll! These photos were literally taken by a small bush next to a construction site by my home but we made it work and it turned out looking like I was in some tropical paradise (which I totally wish I were at…). Anyway, I had so much fun shooting this with my sister and while I was editing them, I wanted to create something with a more editorial feel! I hope you enjoy this mini look book and continue reading for more details on my outfit!

I got this denim skirt from Zara during my trip to New York in the beginning of the year but I’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up so I can finally whip it out of my closet! I also found the polka dot top from the pajama section at Nordstrom Rack but it feels much more polished when tucked in! Plus, being the lazy person that I am, this is perfect to roll straight out of bed from (ha).

xo, Donna Belle

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SPRING 2017 PICKS

Dislcaimer: I received this bag from Fossil as a partner. All opinions are honest and my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep Sheselle going!

The first weekend of Spring is approaching and the best way to welcome the warmer days ahead is to GO BRIGHT! As someone who’s wardrobe mainly consists of black (this might be surprising to some of you considering how colorful my photos are), I want to make it a goal to incorporate more color into what I wear. Fossil already made it super easy for me to transition into the new season with this bright cobalt bag. Keep reading to find out what five items I’ve got my eye on this Spring…

I. Glossy Everything: I’m seriously so in love with this trend, which I believe gained popularity from Milk Cosmetics. Adding a bit of gloss to your lids, cheeks, and lips really gives you that sun kissed glow that pairs beautifully with the sun! II. Floral Scents: Perfumes with floral notes are perfect for Spring because they’re lightweight and refreshing! My all time favorite is Viktor & Rolf’s Flowerbomb but there are a ton of other perfumes that recently launched that caught my eye! (ie. Miu Miu’s newest perfume, L’Eau Bleue is a lovely combination of lily of the valley and honeysuckle). III. Vibrant Bags: As I mentioned earlier, I’m not one to wear very much color so accessories are a great way to add that pop to any outfit! The one featured above is the Maya Hobo bag by Fossil and is the perfect size to carry all my Spring essentials. Plus, it’s big enough to double as a Picnic Basket!

What are some of your favorite things in the Spring?!

xo, Donna Belle

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VDAY PROCRASTINATORS

Don’t sleep through Valentines Day! If you’re still looking for some last minute gifts for that special person(s) in your life… don’t worry, I have you covered! I put together a little guide customized for your bae, bestie, and most importantly, yourself! Whoever it’s for, your bound to find something sweet for that special person in your life.

ITEMS MENTIONED: Heart Socks | Pizza Pin | Sugar Lips Candies | Weirdo Keychain | Throb Top

ITEMS MENTIONED: Modern Love Book | Heart Emoji Balloon | Chocolate Truffles | Peony Candle | Love Struck Bubble Bar | Instax Camera | World Card

What are you planning to get your loved one this year? I’d love to hear your plans in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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OBSESSION: MIDI SKIRTS

I’ve been obsessed with the classic mid-calf skirt trend lately! I might be late to the party but for the longest time, I avoided wearing them because I was afraid that it may drown me out (FYI: I’m 4’11) and it also felt a bit too fancy for my wardrobe. The one I’m wearing above is high waisted so it creates the illusion of slightly longer legs, though! I also absolutely love the idea of pairing them with a funky graphic tee to dress it down. I decided to toughen it up even more with a leather jacket and buckle boots (All items will be linked at the bottom of this post).

With that, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite mid-calf skirts that I found on the interwebs. I’ve specifically been drawn to sheer and metallic textures!

Do you like this trend? How do you like to wear them?

xo, Donna Belle

OUTFIT DETAILS: SKIRT | ZARA, TEE | COLD LONDON, BOOTS | & OTHER STORIES, SUEDE JACKET | ZARA
SKIRTS MENTIONED: 01 | ZARA, 02 | FOREVER 21, 03 | NASTY GAL
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WINTER IS HERE

The weather in the Bay Area has been crazy (I’m probably exaggerating but hey, I’m from California and we’re spoiled with good weather majority of the time). This in combination with what seems to be a never ending cold has made it a struggle to get out of bed and take some decent photos outdoors. Luckily, the sun peaked through a bit earlier today and I managed to look somewhat put together. I also realized I never shared any of the things that I purchased over Holiday break so consider this a long overdue unofficial haul (sort of). I’m wearing a striped long sleeve by Ragged Priest, embroidered rose mom denim jeans from Pull + Bear, and threw on a maroon wool coat from Anthropologie. Comfort was definitely key for a gloomy day like this so everything I wore was pretty much oversized.

What are your plans for the weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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BAG ESSENTIALS

I received a lovely holiday package from Fossil earlier this week and one of the items that was included was this beautiful red leather cross body bag. They come in 6 different colors (this one I believe is in Crimson) and have so many useful compartments to store all your essentials in! It’s only been a few days since this gem arrived on my doorstep but I’ve definitely been incorporating it into my wardrobe as often as I can since then. Being the curious person that I am, I’m always interested in discovering what’s inside someone’s bag. Between the crinkled Taco Bell receipts and loose change, the following are my everyday essentials that I like to carry with me:

  1. iPhone: Does this even need an explanation!?
  2. Ipsy Make-up Bag: I don’t always carry make-up items with me but if I’m attending a special event of some sort, I like to bring whatever lipstick that I’m wearing to touch up throughout the day. Right now, I’m currently loving my Nars Velvet Matte Lipstick in the color, Damned. I also throw in a couple hair ties since the wind is my enemy and static can be incredibly annoying. Lastly, I generally bring my Giorgio Armani Si roller ball perfume to freshen up!
  3. Shop Bando Wallet: I don’t like to carry too many cards all at once and limit myself to carrying 1 credit card, 1 debit card, and my ID so this Shop Bando Passport Cover is perfect just for that.
  4. House Keys: To be honest, I’m the queen of forgetting my house keys and half the time, I’m just hoping my housemates are home to let me in. Attach to them are my
  5. Pen/Paper: I always like to bring these with me so I can jot down any thoughts that I don’t want to forget.
  6. Charger: By the middle of the day, my phone is almost always at 1% and it definitely sucks to be phoneless for the rest of the day.
  7. Mints: You never know who you’ll run into after eating a garlic/onion lunch.
  8. Painkillers: I always try to bring Advil with me in case of any sudden migraine attacks since I tend to get these quite often being in front of the computer all day.
  9. Rayban Sunnies: We all have those days where we don’t want to be bothered.
  10. Frends Layla Headphones: These come in handy during my long commutes to and from the city and since they’re bendable, fit compactly into my bag!

What are your daily essentials in your purse? Let me know in the comments below!

xo, Donna Belle

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BLACK FRIDAY DEALS

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are days away and many stores have already announced their sales early! To save you time, I’ve compiled a list of my stores that I recommend checking out for some amazing deals! If you have any recommendations on stores (in store and online) that I should check out for myself, feel free to share them in the comments below!

  • Madewell 25% off your entire purchase in stores and online plus free shipping for Insiders until 11/27/16,11:59PM. Code: THATSALE
  • Wildfox Extra 30% off all mark downs. Code: HELLOHOLIDAYS
  • ASOS 30% off entire purchase until 11/29/16 at 3 a.m. EST. Code: THANKFUL30
  • Valfre 30% off everything online until 11/27 at 11:59 PM. Code: BLACKMAGIC
  • Dolls Kill Entire site is marked down and offers expire 11/25/2016 at 11:59PM. Plus, a free surprise cash black card with any purchase!
  • Nasty Gal 30% off best-loved black styles. Discount applied at checkout.
  • Urban Outfitters Buy one, get one 50% off all apparel. Plus 20% off all Fujifilm instax products! Discount will be reflected at checkout and offer expires 11/26/2016 at 6 AM ET.
  • Shop Bando 25% off everything online. Plus: Spend $50 for free shipping and silly alphabet stickers! Code: BFVIP
  • Nylon Shop 20% off entire website
  • Show Me Your MuMu 40% off select stiles and sale items until 11/27. Code: MUMUSALE40
  • Stargaze Jewelry 50% off everything until 11/23, 11:59 PM. Code: PINK50
  • Obey 25% off site wide plus free ground shipping from 11/24 to 11/27. Code: BLKFRDY25
  • Unif Up to 60% off the entire website.
  • Zara More than likely 30% off like previous year (not yet announced).
  • Rifle Paper Co More than likely 15% off like previous year (not yet announced, sale will start 11/25 through 11/29).

Keep in mind that above is only a select list of stores where I enjoy shopping. Be sure to also check out major retailers who generally participate in these annual sales like Nordstrom, Macys, Uniqlo, etc. What’s on your list this year? Happy shopping!

xo, Donna Belle

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LAZY DAY LOOKBOOK

It rained this entire weekend in the Bay and for some reason, the gloomy weather always makes me feel like sleeping in. After spending hours wrapped in a burrito of blankets this morning and as tempting as it was to do nothing at all, I ventured out to a nearby coffee shop to get some pre-holiday work done. It might not seem like it but I literally woke up in this short (is that gross?!) but that’s exactly what I love about graphic tees! They’re such a versatile piece to have in your wardrobe in that you can easily dress them up or down. I’m all for dressing for comfort and today definitely called for a lazy outfit.

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The tee I’m wearing here is from Brandy Melville and I absolutely love the vintage look of it (not to mention, everything from this store is always incredibly comfy). I paired it with a thrifted oversized velvet leopard print cardigan, American Apparel high rise denim, and a super old black leather belt I rediscovered in my closet. For similar details on this look, check out the links at the bottom of this post!

How was everyone’s weekend? I hope it was a warm and cozy one! Let me know in the comments below because I’d love to hear about it!

xo, Donna Belle

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COLD SHOULDER LOOKBOOK

October flew by incredibly fast and I can’t believe we’re already entering the second week of November. Living in California, it still feels very much like Summer so I’ve just been soaking in all the sun before it begins to get chillier. However, I can’t wait to throw on cozy blanket scarves, chunky sweaters and, oversized cardigans (if I could, I would wear this wardrobe all year round).

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If you’re interested in any of the (similar) pieces I’m wearing above, click below for more details or check out this page to shop more of my Insta looks!

xo, Donna Belle

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4 FALL TRENDS

With the new season, comes exciting additions to my wardrobe and this year has definitely been one of experimentation for me. Below are my favorite trends that I’ve fallen in love with along with ones that I would love to try out this Fall:

Pleats x Culottes

When I saw these awkward pleated olive pants at Top Shop months ago, I debated on whether to get them since I am short, petite, and didn’t want to drown in them. But when I saw these babies on sale at Nordstrom Rack, I had to snag them up! (That way, I wouldn’t feel too bad for spending so much cash on something in case I didn’t get much use out of it) Turns out, I love them! They add such as a cool, comfy, and chic element to any outfit especially when paired with a leather biker jacket. Did I mention that they’re super comfortable?! I would totally wear these as pajamas around the house too.

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Patches x Pins

Let’s be real – the 90s has never gone out of style and has seemingly transcended it’s era. This year, we’ve seen everything from pom pom accessories, chokers, to spaghetti strap tops make a come back. However, one massive 90s inspired trend that stood out to me was jackets plastered with playful patches and pins. Throughout the year, I slowly began collecting bits that I’ve come across during my travels, art events, thrift stores, and through some of my favorite creative entrepreneurs. You can easily buy a fully decorated item at stores like Zara but I personally recommend adding your own flavor by collecting bits that you’ve come across (my favorite way has been through supporting fellow creative entrepreneurs). The best thing about this trend is being able to personalize a piece of your wardrobe with unique messages and designs that best represent who you are.

Denim on Denim

Ok, so Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake rocked their iconic matching denim ensembles back in 2001 but this craze has made a major comeback recently. You’ve all heard the fashion rules like “don’t mix patterns” or “don’t wear denim on denim” but as I’ve gotten older, I learned to ignore them. That’s why when Madewell launched their 24 days of Denim program back in July, I became obsessed! They featured amazing limited-edition collaborations and unconventional denim pieces that extend ended far beyond your ordinary pair of jeans. Something about this just pairing just makes you look much more polished and put together.

Embroidery x Bombers

The combination of embroidery, silk, and bomber jackets is just so perfectly chic and probably one of this year’s biggest trends. Not only have they exploded on the runway, but you can find these pieces almost everywhere in stores. Many of the embroidered designs are very much Japanese inspired and look amazing paired with skirts, pants, dresses, and pretty much anything.

What is your favorite trend this season?

xo, Donna Belle

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