Real Beauty Photoshoot

Real Beauty Photoshoot

I recently had a wonderful time at our photo shoot with Jeanne, Marnie, and her daughter Inara. This photo session was our first in a series we are doing highlighting “Real Beauty” within our community. I had such fun styling these women and celebrating fashion and...
Frida Kahlo – My Inspiration

Frida Kahlo – My Inspiration

Bella Frida has its name because of the huge inspiration Frida Kahlo is to me. Frida was such an extraordinary woman. She was very beautiful in appearance (although some people will disagree, especially those who didn’t admire her famous unibrow) and was also...
Prove me wrong, Sundance Catalog!

Prove me wrong, Sundance Catalog!

Dear Sundance Catalog, I have a serious love/hate relationship with you. I absolutely adore when your stunning catalog comes in the mail. I wait for a quiet, uninterrupted time when I can pour over the beautiful photographs (always taken at an exotic location...
Fashion Inspiration vs. Plagiarism

Fashion Inspiration vs. Plagiarism

“Oaxaca’s congress has just awarded Cultural and Intangible Heritage status to the designs, costumes, handicrafts as well as the languages spoken by the Indigenous peoples of a community called Mixe.” “The ruling concluded that Indigenous peoples and...
Do You Know Who Made Your Clothes?

Do You Know Who Made Your Clothes?

I am one of those people who annoy sales personnel in retail stores. I look at tags. I want to know where it is made. I also like to know how it is made and even who made it. I ask questions. If an adorable, embroidered blouse says “Imported” on the tag,...

New Mexico inspirations

A week or so ago my husband, kids (boys age 8 and 12) and I packed up the minivan and headed to New Mexico. You know when you get that pull to go, almost magnetic? That’s what I had been feeling for about 6 weeks. So we hit the road and headed south. I love the...

Deeply moved by Luna Itzel

Last Saturday evening I had the please of attending a concert in Boulder featuring a very talented singer, Luna Itzel, from Cabo. The concert was a fundraiser for a super organization here in Boulder County that provides scholarships to Latinos in our community. The...

Dancing on Main Street

Our Cinco de Mayo Celebration here at Bella Frida was a very special evening. We had Boulder jeweler Leigh Palmer with her fun Mexican-inspired jeweler. Leigh was dressed very Frida like. I loved the big flowers in her hair! Dana Saxton was here doing henna. I saw...
California Adventure

California Adventure

I just returned from a few days in California. I was way past due for some time with my sister and it was her birthday so off I went! We spent time in Topanga, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Ojai. What a wonderful trip. The hours of talking were magical, as was the...