Bella is moving!

Bella has a new home at   I’m going to keep this site up as an archive, since I’ve invested so much time in it. I like wordpress, but for various reasons, I’ve decided Blogger is a better fit for Bella.

Hope you all like the new format. Any comments, suggestions, etc. feel free to contact me at bellafbablog[at]


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Heads Up: 5 great winter hats

When winter rolls around, I’m always tempted to curl up into a ball and hide. So what keeps me out of hibernation? Hot chocolate, lots of coffee, and cozy winter gear- especially hats! Like a great handbag, you can absolutely NOT have enough.  Anyone who knows me, will tell you I am seldomly seen without a hat in the winter. Chunky floral hats have been my signature look for quite some time now, but I do like to mix it up now and then.

So here are 5 great hats that I wanted to share with you, my loverly readers.

handspun wool cap – $46 Chopstix Waits for etsy

I’ve purchased several items over the years from Chopstix, and I can tell you her craftsmanship is utterly superb. And she spins her own yarn.


Flapper Crochet hat - $35 melissahappystuff for etsy

THE hat you will not see me without in the winter months, warm, supercute and well-made.  I always get tons of compliments whenever I wear mine, and I have 4 different colors!

Freeform hat by Elasia's gifts prices vary

I bought one of these from my friend Elasia, and it is just one of the coolest, funkiest hat I’ve ever seen. She uses no patterns, all hats and scarves are completely free form. Stop by her website for more details.
Freeform crochet beret – $90 woolmountain for etsy

I have yet to purchase from Woolmountain, but I love the design and the colors that will never go out of style.

wooden barnacle freeform crochet hat – $110 girlwithahook for etsy

Beautiful and one-of-a kind!

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I’ll tumble for ya

PHOTO by Paco Peregrin

Lovely readers, sometimes I have little things that I would like to share with you, odds and ends, that just don’t make for an entire article. So, I created the companion bloglet (just made up bloglet) called Ampersand on Tumblr. Check it out at  See ya there!

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Moments in Time: Imagine Peace





 Yoko Ono lights the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland every October. The tower remains lit until December 8th.

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A Sorta Fairytale: Felted fantasy

Nuno Felted Coat Tsarina by sheverdushka $940 (

Handmade felted moss coat $523.33 by ingermaikke (

Napoleon's Hat by lenkov $85 (

Nuno felted eco dress by vilte $539 (

White and golden felt fur free kimono $2499 by vilte (

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You’re a shoe in!

 I’m a flip flop girl, and it’s hard for me to let go at the end of the summer (wipes away a tear). But as autumn sets into the midwest, I have to accept that cold weather is around the corner. I do love this time of year, though, chunky sweaters, apple cider, hats, scarves, the changing of the leaves, and of course, new shoes. I am partial to ballet flats. They’re sweet, they’re cute, they’re comfy. They’re not for everyone. But I’m a girly girl, and they suit me well… Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the cutest shoes this season. (some flats included).

El Naturalista Angkor color Rioja $180

Born Franca Brown Paisley Veltet Flats $135

Alegria Dayna Professional Friends White $120


Fold Deluxe by United Nude $225

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Music Notes: Tori Amos : CD : Night Of Hunters

Tori Amos : CD : Night Of Hunters.

Tori Amos

The fiery redhead is back with a hauntingly gorgeous new album titled “Night Of Hunters,” to be released September 20 on Decca Records. The album, classically and mythologically inspired, is not a departure for Amos, but more of a musical homecoming. Returning to her classical roots, as a child prodigy.

According to Amos, Night of Hunters explores “the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us… [It’s about] a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship.”

In addition to Night of Hunter’s Amos will premiering her first musical “The Light Princess” in 2012 in London, and will be a judge for the International Songwriting Competition this year.

She will  be touring Europe in support of the new album with British musician Mark Hole. The opener for the US dates is yet to be announced.

Watch a clip from the official video for ‘Carry’ below:


1 Shattering Sea
 2 SnowBlind
 3 Battle of Trees
 4 Fearlessness
 5 Cactus Practice
 6 Star Whisperer
 7 Job’s Coffin
 8 Nautical Twilight
 9 Your Ghost
10 Edge of the Moon
11 The Chase
12 Night of Hunters
13 Seven Sisters
 14 Carry

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