**Editor’s Note: We have invited an up-and-coming fashionista to join our blogging team. Please welcome Shelby Breitmann!
Vi Bella: a beautiful life, fashion with a purpose.
Last week I received an email from Vi Bella Jewelry asking me to become a style blogger for their website.
I was sitting in my high school photography class reviewing my recent fashion-inspired photo shoot, and it was all I could do to not jump up and down in front of all my classmates.
God and fashion are the loves of my life.
On any given weekend, you can find me flipping through the pages of Vogue or sifting through the racks at Goodwill. I love the thought of giving new, beautiful life to overlooked things. I couldn’t believe my luck when God, fashion, and reclaimed beauty came together for me in the neat package of a Vi Bella Style Blogger. And guess what this package was wrapped in? Christmas wrapping paper! I was born on Christmas day, so this is my absolute favorite time of the year.
For my first post, I thought it would be fun to style two outfits for the holiday season with the Circle of Love necklace and earrings. I was inspired by the wintry tones in this necklace/earrings and I love the organic, bohemian feel to their beadwork. I was immediately drawn to this set and I think it is a perfect accessory for holiday outfits!
This first look is casual and comfy while maintaining a high fashion edge through the fur texture. I paired the pieces with my favorite denim shirt from Target, rust colored skinny jeans, also from Target, and a warm faux-fur vest I found at a boutique in the mountains. The ankle boots (which I am obsessed with!) were purchased online.
The other look is perfect for a more formal Christmas event. My favorite little black dress is from Free People. (Fashion Tip: the beautiful red and purple tones of this necklace definitely pop against a black top!) Since it is winter, I added an oversized vintage cream coat rescued from Goodwill.
Hi! 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