Thursday, August 25, 2011

the evolution of my hair {dec.2008-aug.2011}

My hair has seen many different looks and colors!

My senior year of high school I cut it all off and had a pixie cut! {will find pics and post}

I have been blonde, brown, tons of different high lights...I like to play around with my hair.

The fall of 2008 I cut my hair to sit right above my shoulders

{new years eve 2008}

Scott proposed in March of 2009, I immediately knew I would be growing out my hair for our wedding.

{engagement dinner}

{Married at the Courthouse, April 16, 2009}

We were married in April of 2009 but knew we would be doing a big wedding in 2010

{visiting my parents in Guam}

{Santa Monica girls weekend}

{Thanksgiving weekend}

{my sistas bachelorette party}

{my bachelorette party}

{Our wedding day, June 5, 2010}

I wanted my hair to be long and full {I have thin hair} so I had extensions put in my hair.

I had them for about 2 1/2 months


{visiting my sista in Seattle}

No more extensions but my hair is still long

{Christmas Eve at the Wallaces}

I was craving a change so I went dark! A reddish brown

After a few months I needed more change, so bye bye long hair!



{love this pic}

When I first cut my hair I wanted to do a more bob like look in the back but I wanted to gradually get there.


And there you have it...the evolution of my hair!

What is your favorite?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

what i wore: shopping my closet

It's time for another round of what i wore wednesday

Today we start our roadtrip up to the Northwest...hello Washington!

pleated poppy


I accepted Lindsey's challenge and pulled something out of my closet and made it work, and guess what?

I love it!

Necklace: F21
Sweater: Target
Tank: F21
Skirt {item i haven't worn in years}: The Limited {gift from sista}
Belt: Michael Kors via Marshalls
Sandals: Target {$3.74 woot woot}
bracelets: F21
Flower clip: soon to be listed in my shop


Again, I pulled and item I haven't worn in a while, and again loved the outfit!

Necklace: Kohls
Sweater: Old Navy
Top {item i haven't worn in months: F21
Capris: F21
Sandals: Target {$3.74 woot woot}
bracelets: F21


My friend Tobi and I were up and at'em at 5 am to sit at the surf competition to promote the enlisted spouses club...

hat: H&M
flower clipped to hat: in the shop soon!
Scarf: H&M
Sweater: F21
shirt: we had our logo put on it
Belt: Banana Republic
Sneeks: Target


Brunch and an afternoon of thrifting and antiquing

I love pics against brick buildings!

Sweater: Target
flower pin: in shop soon
top & necklace: f21
Jeans: Lauren Conrad at Kohls
Purse: Coach
Scarf: grad gift
flats: Nine West


Wearing one of my thrift store finds!

Headband: H&M
Necklace: Mark{Avon}: wore for my sisters wedding
Sweater: Banana Republic
Top: F21
Skirt: American Eagle via thrift store $2!
Sandals: Target
Bracelets: f21

This trip to Washington is my 4th trip in 5 weeks. I just started throwing things in a suitcase, my outfits for next week could be very interesting!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

my heart aches: {Petty Officer Tumilson and his beloved canine Hawkeye}

I am balling right now...

Full on sobbing...

I can barely see through the teardrops stained on my glasses

both photos via

"This photo says it all. During Navy Seal Jon Tumilson's funeral, his trusted canine friend Hawkeye guarded him one last time."

My heart aches right now.

When I saw this picture on facebook I broke down.

I couldn't stop crying.

Not just a few tears, full on sobs, and body shaking crying. {My beloved dachshund Khloe ran into my room to see why I was crying, more proof to the love of a canine for it's owner.}

I can't find words to express how I am feeling.

Every time I look at the pictures the tears just start falling.

Tumilson was among the 30 Americans and eight Afghans who died Aug. 6 when a rocket-propelled grenade downed their Chinook helicopter. It was one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

My heart aches for the families and loved ones {canines included} who have lost their sailors/soldiers/marines/airmen. 

Petty Officer Tumilson is a Hero.

He died doing what he loved, defending his country.

Such an honorable man.
Please say a prayer tonight as you drive home tonight.

Pray for every military service member who is out on the front lines continuing to defend our freedom and give freedom to others.

My request is that we never ever forget those who have sacrificed their lives to allow us to live in the land of the free.

Blogher11: meeting wonderful gals & what I learned {part 1}

wow, blogher was weeks ago and I am just getting around to writing a post, good golly mrs. molly, I have been a travelling bee these last 6 weeks. The fun hasn't stopped either, we leave tomorrow for a roadtrip to the great state of Washington to finally meet my nephew Colt!

ok, back on track, blogher.

I was a blogher newbie. I went to the conference without knowing a single person IRL {in real life}. I was scared poopless as I drove down to san diego thursday morning. Luckily I had an appointment with the best hair gal ever {anyone in SD need a hair gal let me know, Yvette will rock your world!}. She gave me a sassy new cut and it was just what I needed to get my confidence going.

After gettin my hair did I headed to the CC {convention center} to pick up my swag bag and check everything out. I didn't stay at the host hotel, but decided to pop in to get a feel of the energy for the weekend.  This proved to be one of the best decisions all weekend! I ended up getting in line for starbucks, started talking to Jessica and then tada, I had my first blogher friend! we ended meeting up for meals and all that other fun stuff, sparklecorn, going to the queen bee market and hitting the expo hall for goodies! Thank gosh I decided to give into my addiction {starbucks} or I never would have met such a wonderful gal!

Jessica started blogging when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. On January 24, 2009 Jessica's mom, Rose, lost her battle with cancer.

Jessica has started a 5k run in honor of her mother The Rose Run
{me and Jessica}

At the newbie breakfast on Friday morning we met Rici, she is the cutest pregnant girl you will ever meet. She flew all the way from North Carolina 30 weeks prego for the conference!

{Jessica, Rici and me}

We did not call, text or tweet each other to wear stripes but clearly we three love stripes!

In case you were wondering what kind of fun and fantastic things we bloggers do when we all get together, I have one word:


Yup! There was a flash mob {named Operation Glory} to Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory

It was glorious! hehe

{Operation Glory}

A few things that I learned at Blogher:

  1. Stay at the host hotel. I stayed over on Coronado because I got a room on base for 2 nights for less than half of one nights stay at the host hotel.  Seeing that I grew up in SD I knew I could handle it. But if I go next year in NYC I will for sure be staying at the host hotel!
  2. There are so many different people attending blogher! Not everyone is an "A-list" super famous blogger. Don't be shy about promoting your blog, what you are passionate about and what you believe in!
  3. There are a few different reasons people go to blogher: 1. the free swag, 2. time away from babies to party, 3. to take every session they possibly can 4. those trying to network, with companies and or other bloggers. I was #4. I did get free swag but didn't feel the need to get EVERYTHING. I have no babies to need to get away from. When gals looked at me like I was crazy because I didn't need to have drinks flowing at the party or stay out until 1am I simply said "all my mommy friends tell me to enjoy my time to sleep, so I am going to enjoy sleep tonight" hehe.  I think the best thing blogher gave me was a connection to other bloggers. I met some amazing women and I know I will be in touch with many of them for many many years {I have another post about the amazing milspouse bloggers I met!}
  4. Bring a variety of outfits. I know they say pack light, but a girl needs options! {Since I drove down I brought a variety of outfits and was very happy with what I had to wear.}
  5. If you are new to blogher or any blogging conference don't go into it with any expectations. I made sure to go into blogher with an open mind. I think I was able to do just that.
  6. Don't get wrapped up in going to all the private non-official blogher parties. They can seem like high school all over again.
  7. Go to mixers! I went to a LuLu's mixer and a FitBottoms Girls mixer and had a great time. Nice small setting, and I met some great gals!
Ok, I think I have rambled on about blogher 11 for one post. {a few more posts in the future!}

Monday, August 22, 2011

Washington DC: Arlington National Cemetery

I am finally blogging about our trip to Washington DC!

Scott and I were beyond blessed to have won an award that allowed us to have an all expense {flight, hotel, most meals and some spending cash} paid trip to Washington DC.  We were honored by the National Military Family Association as the 2011 Navy Family of the Year {in a later post I will go more into detail}.

One of the first places we visited while in DC was the Arlington National Cemetery.

Words cannot express the heaviness of my heart during our visit to the cemetery.  To see rows and rows of tombstones of the men and women who served our country was mind blowing. It was especially  hard to see the tombstones of the young men who died while at war or the men who served in multiple wars.

It was an a honor for Scott and I to pay our respect to the men and women before us who have served our country.


{Scott looking out from the Amphitheatre}

{Arlington Memorial Amphitheatre}

{tomb of the unknown soldier}

{guarding the tomb of the unknown solider}

While we were in DC they were having a heat wave and the temperatures were over 100 degrees during the day. This solider walked back and forth, guarding the tomb of the unknown soldier.  Scott and I were dripping with sweat, so I can only imagine what he must have felt like. Yet, he did not miss a step or a beat in guarding the tomb.

Looking at this picture still gives me the chills. Tombstones as far as the eye can see, and in every direction.

Starting out our trip at the Arlington National Cemetery reminded us of those who served before us to defend our country and protect us.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

winner winner..

...chicken dinner!

Thank you to all who entered my rellas rosies giveaway.

The winner was comment number 4, Amber  of goodnight moon!

Remember you can save 15% a checkout with the code "ENDOFSUMMER15"

Happy Friday Eve!

what i wore {#11} Minnesota

It's Wednesday, so you know what that means, wiww!

{I was so exhausted yesterday I did not get turn on my computer once, so wiww is a day late}

This past week I was in Minnesota visiting my parents.

Tons of fun but I didn't take pics of my outfits everyday because I forgot.

pleated poppy


Scott and I went to a Dodgers game, simple outfit. I was so impressed that I did not spill my "doyer" dog on my white tunic.
Necklace: rellasbellas
Tunic: Old Navy
Purse and belt: Thrifted
Jeans: Lauren Conrad collection from Kohl's
Sandals: Target


I arrived in Minnesota on Friday Morning after the red eye.

Necklace: rellasbellas
Dress: H&M
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Sandals: Target

 We went to Fort Snelling.

Necklace: rellasbellas
Sweater: GAP
T-shirt: F21
Skirt: Old Navy
Bracelet: airport in DC
Sandals: Target {major score in MN, $3.74!}


Breakfast with my grandma, seeing more family and then Dinner with my grandpa.

Necklace: rellasbellas
Sweater: GAP
Dress: Target
Jeans: Lauren Conrad Kohl's
Sandals: Target
Bracelet: Airport in DC


I swear, the day after traveling I feel hungover. I did not leave the house until about 7pm when we went to get Mexican food for dinner since we literally had no food in the house.

I tried to make 3 different simple dishes but did not have all the ingredients!

I bought this sweater while in Minnesota. When I tried it on my mom told me that she thought it was ugly until I put it on and then she said she thought it was super cute! LOL

Necklace: Kohl's
Sweater: Target
Dress: Old Navy
Leggings: The Closet
Sandals: Target
Purse: Nordstrom Rack
{leather, I bought it about 6 years ago for $12!}

I found a pic of me wearing one of the outfits at BlogHer that I didn't get a pic of.  I won a pair of fierce earrings at the LuLu's Mixer!

I really love this outfit and it totally fits Lindseys challenge of mixing patterns. I love mixing patterns!

Sunnies: prescription kate spade
Necklace: rellasbellas
Sweater: Target via Thrifted
Top: Banana Republic outlet
Belt: Thrifted
Skirt: GAP
Sandals: Target

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rellas Bellas: {A Giveaway!}

***this giveaway is closed***

Happy Hump day my Lovelies!

While I was away at a weekend of girl power {BlogHer '11} my blog reached 50 followers!

Seeing that I originally started this little blog to stay in touch with our families that makes my heart happy.

In honor of reaching {and surpassing!} 50 followers I thought it was time to do a giveaway from my etsy shop!

I received so many wonderful comments on my rellas rosies necklace while at BlogHer, so I thought a little giveaway just like my "famous" BlogHer necklace would be fun.

{length of all 3 rosettes are about 3 1/2 in. each rosette is approx 1 1/4 in.}

{here are I am wearing it at BlogHer}

There are a two ways you can enter to win your very own turquoise rellas rosies rosette necklace:

  1. Become a follower {if you already are a follower just leave a comment} of my blog and leave a comment.
  2. Become a follower on twitter {@bellarellajen}, Tweet about the giveaway {be sure to include me in the tweet as well as the link to my post.} Be sure to come back and leave a comment that you sent out a tweet ;)
The giveaway will be open until Midnight PST on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.

Good Luck!

P.S. You can also save 15% at checkout with the code "ENDOFSUMMER15"

what i wore {#11} BlogHer11 edition

It's Wednesday, so you know what that means, wiww!

pleated poppy

Just like the title says, this past weekend I went to BlogHer11!

Thursday night:

 Clever Girls Rockstar party

I thought the zebra print was pretty rockstar.

This was my bachelorette party dress and is only the second time I have worn it.

earrings, bracelet {left} and ring: F21
bracelet {right}: Macy's
Dress: Love Culture
Belt: F21
Shoes: Cathy Jean


I am working on getting a full length shot of me on Friday during the conference.

Friday night was the Sparklecorn party!

Jacket: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Top: Marshall's
Shorts: F21
Shoes{not seen, same as thur night}: Cathy Jean
Jewelry: F21


I had on jeans and a tank {you know, my favorite mustard tank and f21 skinny jeans}

In the car I changed into this and was very glad I did 

Necklace: my shop {they are finally listed!}
Sweater: thrifted from sis, JCP
Dress: Target
Sandals: GAP
Earrings: F21
Friendship Bracelets: Venice Beach


It was gloomy out and I was not going to be going anywhere, so comfy casual it was!

I am pretty sure I had a BlogHer hangover.

bad pic and no make up.

Necklace: my shop
Sweater: Old Navy
Top: Target
Belt: The Buckle {almost 10 yrs old}
Skinny cords: F21
Flats: Aerosole's outlet


Another gloomy day but I had to run a few errands, so I went for fall layers in summer colors

Sweater: Banana Republic Outlet
Dress worn as top: Old Navy
Belt: Thrifted
Jeans: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's
Sandals and Necklace: F21
Earrings: a booth at 4th of July fair courtesy of Liz's mom

This weekend I will be in Minnesota visiting my parents!

{check back for a giveaway of one of my necklaces as a thank you for reaching 50 followers!}

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