What to Wear For Thanksgiving Dinner

There’s a very delicate balance your outfit requires for Thanksgiving. On one hand, you want to be stylish and nicely dressed for your family holiday. On the other, you need comfortable clothing that expands with the 25 pounds of food you’re about to consume. If you’re in a pickle trying to decide what to wear this Thursday, have no fear – Bella is coming to the rescue! We have a few outfit ideas that can hide your food baby and still leave you looking polished.

Go for a Festive Mini

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With the holidays in full swing, now’s the time to take out your most fun pieces. Feathers, sequins, tulle, this is the one month a year that pretty much anything goes. Avoid looking inappropriate by pairing your mini with a thicker, looser fitting long sleeve top. To make the look turkey time ready add a pair of your favorite tights and ankle booties.

Layer with Leather

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Don’t get crazy and put on your full leather cat girl costume or anything, but when done right, leather is a great accent to any outfit. Keep it to a single article of clothing and don’t pick anything too tight or revealing. Go for a cool leather jacket, moto boots or if you’re feeling really sassy, leather leggings. Just make sure to pair the leggings with a tunic so you are still Thanksgiving appropriate in Grandma’s eyes.

Jewel Toned Anything


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Jewel tones are a great addition to any fall outfit and are welcome with open arms during Thanksgiving. Emerald green, amethyst, gold, copper, ruby and sapphire look great on every skin tone. Make your outfit pop by pairing two different colors together, or go for a neutral outfit and bring the color in your accessories. We love mixing a midi skirt with a plaid top like the picture; it’s the perfect combination of dressed up and casual.

Mixing Prints


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“Don’t wear black and brown”, “Don’t wear black and blue”, “No white after Labor Day.” We are firm believers that rules were meant to be broken. Our most favorite fashion rule to break as of late is mixing patterns. Going against the grain on this rule definitely has the potential to get out of control however, mixing the right prints together can bring a whole look together. We suggest having one print be the louder of the two and sticking to a similar color palette.

Get Shifty


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Do we even need to go into why shift dresses are the best clothing item ever invented? Not only do they look good on practically every body type, but they’re also loose, flowy and free, allowing you to eat all the pumpkin pie you could ever want. The only side downfall to these dresses is that some may run shorter than others, especially when you raise your arms. We suggest giving the dress a test run in your room before making any final decisions.

Add a Little Faux Fur

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Faux fur around the holidays brings a bit of edge and glamour to any outfit you add it to. Whether you choose a to go all out with a faux fur vest or keep it to a simple with a stole, it is the perfect cold weather accessory. If you’ve never tried the trend, we suggest sticking to a neutral color like a black or camel vest with skinny jeans and a white top for an ultra chic look.

Go Chunky


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Can you ever go wrong with a big, chunky knit sweater? We didn’t think so. It’s kind of like wrapping yourself in a hug, and you’re going to need that right before you slip into food coma. This trend can also get a little dicey if you raise your arms, similar to the shift dress. This is why we suggests choosing a chunky knit that is on the longer side so all of the necessary parts are covered when you are hugging your entire family. Pair it with dark skinny jeans, ankle or knee high boots and a statement necklace to give your comfy selection a holiday vibe.

When All Else Fails

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We don’t want to call this the ultimate Thanksgiving outfit, but if you can get away with wearing a onesie to your Thanksgiving dinner, you should wear a onesie to your Thanksgiving dinner. Not only will you be infinitely comfortable, but you can also take a nap and then continue to eat without having to change your outfit. Win-win!

While the list above mentions a few specific outfits, we love mixing and matching these trends together to pull together the ultimate Thanksgiving look. Do you know what you’re wearing for Thanksgiving yet? Leave us a comment below telling us if your family dresses up for the big dinner or if you guys are more on the casual side.

Bella’s Buzz – What’s Happening in New York City in November

New York is the city that never sleeps, which means there’s always something new and exciting happening. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to attend some of the best events the Big Apple has to offer and experience them in person. Trust us there are definitely a few, you don’t want to miss!

Adele’s Album Release

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The queen has finally returned and more than just the Bella office is buzzing. The world hasn’t been able to stop listening to “Hello” and begging singer Adele for more. The wait is over, because Friday, November 20, Adele’s new album “25” will hit stores and hearts all across the world. We suggest you listen to your other music now, as we have a feeling “25” will be on repeat for a very long time. We’re even throwing a launch party at our office.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park



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With more than 128 holiday shops, new kiosks and eateries and a 17,000-square-foot outdoor ice-skating rink, the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park has something for everyone. The ice rink is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving you plenty of time to leap and twirl after getting some serious holiday shopping done. While the vendors will only be there until January 3, the ice rink will be open until March 1.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

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In the mood for some Christmas cheer and high kicks? Radio City Christmas Spectacular is just the thing for you. Starring the ever-famous Rockettes, this glitzy presentation has everything from a giant flying Santa to a massive LED screen to view some amazing video graphic backgrounds. You can catch the show from November 13 to January 3, with some show dates giving away free Radio City Santa hats!

The Union Square Holiday Market


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If you’re in the market for homemade and one-of-a-kind presents for your family this holiday season, the Union Square Holiday Market is perfect. Take the time to wander through holly-lined aisles and browse unique merchandise from local artisans who are more than happy to tell you their story. Before diving into the holiday maze, we suggest grabbing yourself a snack and hot chocolate so that you can get into the holiday spirit from the inside out. The market runs from November 19 to December 24 and is open seven days a week.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


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Be apart of the tradition you grew up watching on TV! The 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an awesome family event everyone should experience at least once in their life. While the actual parade is Thursday, November 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., watching the balloons get filled and set up the day before from 3-10 p.m. is just as exciting, if not more!

NYC Sporting Events


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No matter what sport you’re a fan of, there’s always a live game happening somewhere. See one of the National Hockey League’s Original Six teams by catching the New York Rangers in action. Or with basketball being one of the most popular sports in New York, treat yourself to a New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets game. Whatever your sports preference is, you’re sure to have an awesome time at any of NYC’s amazing arenas to take in the experience.

November is all about taking in the last day’s of fall, too much food and preparing yourself for the holiday season. Which of these events are you most looking forward to attending? Let us know your favorite things to do in New York in November in the comments below!

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In Case of Emergency: Beauty Products to Keep Stashed at Your Desk

We’ve all been there before, sitting at work when suddenly you have a beauty emergency and you can’t sneak out of the office to the nearest drug store. To top it off, you have a big, important meeting that you need to look perfect for. No need to worry, we have your back. We’ve rounded up our top beauty products to keep at your desk that will bail you out of any situation and keep you looking fresh through anything that gets thrown your way throughout the day.

Oil Blotting Sheets


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Having excess oil on your face doesn’t just look bad; it can also break down your foundation and turn it into a streaky, cakey mess. Oil blotting sheets are a gift from the heavens for those with oily skin. They conveniently and quickly absorb the extra oil leaving you looking as matte and fresh-faced as you did before you left the house. And unlike toilet paper, they don’t smear or smudge your makeup.



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Let’s face it, we always look better in the morning light. Don’t let that one stray hair you didn’t notice this morning before you left drive you crazy all day. Keep a pair of tweezers at your desk to perfect your eyebrows, or get out that splinter you have no idea how you got.

Red Lipstick


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Nothing takes you from day to night or makes you feel as confident than a great red lipstick. Whether you got asked on a last minute office lunch or need a midday confidence booster before facing the boss, red lipstick instantly takes your look from basic to banging in two easy swipes.

Dry Shampoo


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This magical spray is so amazing, we use it even on the days we wash our hair! Not only does it absorb oil, it also gives just the right amount of volume and texture to hair without weighing it down. Keep a travel size bottle at your desk to refresh your hair and give it a little extra oomph.

Roller Ball Perfume


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Your morning spritz will be long gone by the time your afternoon appointments roll around. While spraying perfume in the middle of the office may be a little much for your coworkers, you can discretely re-apply your perfume to your wrists and neck with a small roller ball version of your favorite scent.



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This one is pretty self-explanatory. Working long hours and stress not only causes your deodorant to fade away, but it can also make you to sweat more. Keep a travel-sized deodorant at your desk to touch up throughout the day.

Teasing Comb


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Give yourself a midday boost with a little extra hair volume. No need to go teasing crazy, but giving your hair a little tease at the crown makes you look more pulled together and like you took extra time to get ready in the morning, when really you can accomplish a poof in under a minute in the work bathroom.



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Don’t let that blemish ruin your big presentation! Be prepared with your favorite concealer so you can cover up any pimples, red spots or under eye circles and fake your way to a perfect complexion.



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Staring at a screen all day can be exhausting on your eyes, causing them to water and you to rub them more. Fake looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed by lining your eyes to make them pop.


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Vaseline is not only a great lip balm, it also has many other benefits you may not know about. First is using Vaseline to combat blisters on your feet. If you’re wearing new shoes or have a pair that pinches your toes, putting a small amount of Vaseline on the parts that are rubbing will put a barrier between your foot and your shoe and relieve the pressure. You can also put the tiniest bit on your eyebrows to keep them in place all day.

Do you have any of these goodies at your desk? Or maybe you have other favorites you just can’t live without. Let us know your must haves for your desk in the comments below!

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Save Your Hair This Season with NOVEX Argan Oil Hair Care!

During fall our hair gets frizzy for a number of reasons. Some of the most common include, dehydration, environmental changes and, the number one evil, heating tools. Since your most likely NOT going to break up with your hair dryer this season (we don’t blame you), it’s important to give your hair a little extra TLC.

A few products, that we recommend you have in your arson to fight the frizz are:


NOVEX Argan Oil Shampoo

This shampoo has specifically been designed to naturally moisturize, treat and nourish your hair. The key ingredient, argan oil, is native to Morocco and produced from the kernels of the argan tree. In addition to having this powerful all natural ingredient, NOVEX products are sulfate free and provide all the strength and nourishment that your hair needs, leaving it soft, without frizz and a glossy shine.


NOVEX Argan Oil Conditioner

To achieve perfect results, NOVEX Argan Oil Shampoo should be paired with the NOVEX Argan Oil Conditioner. One important trick when using this product is to let the conditioner absorb in your hair for a few minutes. This allows your hair to take in all the benefits of the argan oil. Trust us, your hair will thank you for it.


NOVEX Argan Oil Leave In Conditioner

Before you bring the heat and get to styling, make sure to use heat protectant! Using these products can help decrease the frizz tremendously when your look is finished. A special tip to avoid frizzy hair, is to apply a pea-sized amount of NOVEX Argan Oil Leave In Conditioner into your lengths to help replenishing shine, decrease frizz and avoid split ends.

Although the Novex Argan Oil Line is one of our favorites for the season, there are so many other amazing products too. For more information about the products mentioned in this post and the other NOVEX lines check out: https://www.novexhaircare.com/.

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Your Summer Tan is Waiting for You…in a Bottle of SVELTA.

Being urbanites ourselves we know that even though it is August, sometimes in the city it can be difficult (or way too hot) to find some time to soak up the sun. Just because you could not get out to the beach this year doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on a glowing summer tan. Thanks to self-tanners, like our client SVELTA, you can look like you’ve been nurturing your bronze all summer long.

With the SVELTA Tan Self-Tanning System, getting your best summer tan consists of 2 easy steps.

Svelta Body Scrub

The first step involves using the SVELTA LUXE Coffee & Raw Sugar Body Scrub. This body scrub uses a combination of organic sugar and real coffee to exfoliate your skin to perfection. Exfoliating is an important step when using self-tanners because it removes all of the dead skin leaving a fresh, blank canvas for your brand new tan. Skipping this process is not recommended as it can lead to a patchy tan and no one has time for that!

SVELTA Self Tanner and Mitt

After throughly exfoliating your skin, the next step in the process is to add the color. Grab your bottle of SVELTA Skin Perfecting Self Tanner along with the SVELTA Perfect Tan Mitt and add a generous amount of the self-tanner to the mitt then apply the self-tanner to your skin. When applying the SVELTA Perfecting Self-Tanner to your skin, use long vertical strokes until the color appears to be even. Once the product has been applied evenly, allow your skin to dry and avoid water or sweating for 4-8 hours. After the 8 hours is up you are free to do whatever you want with your sunless summer tan. In addition to getting amazing color, SVELTA gives your skin a little extra TLC. The combination of ingredients like guarana, aloe, olive, sacred lotus and camu camu perfect and smooth your skin which is just another reason why SVELTA should be your substitute summer tan solution.

Whether you’re getting ready to go to a birthday party, a wedding or slipping into your bathing suit for the first time this season SVELTA will have you shinning bright like a diamond in a matter of hours. The retail price for the entire line is $93 however, new customers receive 20% OFF of their first purchase. All you have to do is use the code “NEW20” at the check out! To learn more about SVELTA, check out http://www.sveltatan.com/ and keep their products in mind for the next time you are in a pinch for a nice bronze.

Have you already tried SVELTA before? We would love to hear about your experience. Let us know in the comments section below.

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