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I am truly a fashion geek.

For my 17th birthday my grandmother gave me a Scottish kilt. That’s right, a plaid, mid-length number fresh off of my grandparents’ cruise boat from Scotland, Ireland and England. I am in love with this kilt. I don’t think I’ve ever felt so much emotion about a skirt before. So for this week’s style post, I simply had to share how I would style my newly beloved kilt.

In fashion there is an awkward not-spring-yet, but not-exactly-winter stage between trends. Since designers release spring collections when it is still cold in most parts of the United States, we fashionistas must compromise. Therefore, I have found that mid-length skirts are perfect for this time of year.

DSCF1642Skirts will keep you warm while still allowing a bit of anticipation for spring with the interesting hem length.

This Vi Bella recycled paper bead necklace is the perfect statement piece for transitioning into spring. The color is a great neutral and pairs perfectly with louder prints (like traditional Scottish plaid, perhaps?) The greatest thing about this necklace is the fact that it is made with rolled bits of paper and magazines. What?! Whenever I wear this necklace, my friends always ask what it is made of…and they can’t believe it’s paper.

That’s what this is all about: turning trash into treasure, going green, supporting women and great fashion! How is that even possible? I love everything about it.

As I was walking out of my house to take photos for this post, I slipped on the Jael Bracelet from Vi Bella’s spring catalog. This bracelet has the word “COURAGE” hand-stamped on a delicate piece of metal. I have always been the type of person who likes to challenge fashion ideas, but the thought of wearing a Scottish kilt around town did intimidate be a bit. So the added “courage” helped.


Don’t be afraid to put on a little courage and rock some stellar fashion this spring!

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Shelby Breitmann | Vi Bella Jewelry Style BloggerHi! I’m Shelby, a junior in high school and a fashion enthusiast who loves repurposing thrift store finds into high fashion outfits. Vi Bella Jewelry inspires me because it is fashion with a purpose and I love hearing the stories of hope from the artisans Vi Bella employs. An avid theater lover, I can be seen onstage in local Christian community theater, church choir and performing with my school’s show choir. I have a heart for those in need and hope to one day work with special-needs children. I believe in a Jeremiah 29:11 kind of future.


“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11