coveta-belle vs afforda-belle…

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Corduroy, camel, and booties are all having a moment…and we found two great pairs that are almost twinning! Check ’em out…

The first from Loeffler Randall … a beautiful and quality shoe that will set you back a wee bit …

Via Net a porter

And this one from Band of Gypsies

Via Nordstrom and our favorite local shoe store Muse Shoe Studio.

The price is unbelievable- under one hundred dollars….just sayin!

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what’s ringin’ our belle…round 139

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We love the Magic Eraser, and if you aren’t already, you should be using it on the regular!

But here are a few ways you should NOT use it…just sayin’!

Via Apartment Therapy

Love this open letter to dogs from Cup of Jo

A couple of our belle pups…..

We all need a fresh new umbrella

Via J. Crew

Some great stain removing tips

Via Into the Gloss and sheknows.com

Some boozy Halloween entertaining ideas…

Via Liquor.com

And last but not least…we are cravin’ this popcorn

From Bon Appetit

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what a belle bought…

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While running into one of our favorite stores, Twill, on the search for some black jeans, we came across these fun belle-ringers from Mother.

Of course, we completely forgot about the need for black jeans and fell in love with this fresh pair.

Photos via Neiman Marcus

You can purchase them here or here

You’re welcome!

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what a belle bought…coveting copper

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We have a couple of of these copper gratins and find that we have been using them a lot as of late. On top of that, we went out to a fabulous dinner recently, and all the main courses were presented in copper gratins !! The look was elegant and beautiful… and we just loved the idea.

Sooo…we’ve just ordered one of each size and may go back to get an additional one or two. They’re pricey, but we will use them often, and they will last forever.

Via Sur La Table

Available here

Stay tuned for some recipes that we’ve spotlighted in these beauties.

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a few of our favorite things…

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We have a dear friend (hello, Scott) who recently reminded us that we should all be sharing our favorite things! After all, how is a belle to know if other belles don’t share?! This got us thinkin’ about our go-to, daily products that keep us feelin’ and lookin’ good. Here are a few…

Most of these are in the daily rotation…while others (hello, Mario Badescu) are on an as-needed basis.

The perfect skin-polisher…

Tatcha enzyme powder gives the most gentle, beautiful glow! (It happens to be a fave of the new Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle as well!). Available at Sephora and Amazon

A multi-tasker for the hair…

R & Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner cleans and conditions all at once…and SMELLS AMAZING!!! Available at Amazon and Net-a-Porter

For the MANY days we skip shampoo altogether…

Bumble & Bumble pret-a-powder dry shampoo is the very best brunette-belle has ever used! Perfect for blondes as well, the brunette bonus is its utter invisibility! It gives volume and texture on the down-low. Brilliant!! Available at Walgreens and Amazon

Brow perfection…

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil available at Sephora and Ulta – this little magic wand fills sparse brows in a snap

For a bit of stepped-up exfoliation…

French Girl Rose Facial Polish – while the Tatcha enzyme powder is a mild resurfacer, this polish turns it up a notch

To control shine and fight sun damage…

Supergoop! Invincible Setting Powder…available at Neiman Marcus and Sephora – perfect for a day on the run!

We’ll cover the next few items in a bit. Enough “favoriting” for now!

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what’s ringin’ our belle…round 138

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How to freshen your kitchen disposal

Via Pinterest

Why to sage your home

Via Because I’m Addicted

How to clean your slow cooker

Via Apartment Therapy

Need this new cookbook

Via Amazon

A fall/winter wardrobe staple

Vince stitch-front seam “leggings” (although they are more of a straight-leg crop) – available at Neiman Marcus

We hope they ring your belle too!!

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our cauliflower obsession continues…belle-icious!

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Thanks to one our favorite websites by the name of Food 52 we were reminded of one of our fave cauliflower showstoppers – whole cauliflower with whipped goat cheese

We told you about it before… here, but we just had to repeat! It’s beautiful and delicious!

This recipe takes a little time but is very easy and well worth the effort.

Alon Shaya’s Whole Roasted Cauiflower and Whipped Goat Cheese

Serves: 4 to 6

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 1 hrs

Roasted Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, whole, stem trimmed and leaves removed

2 1/2 cups dry white wine

1/3 cup olive oil plus more for serving

1/4 cup kosher salt

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 bay leaf

1 pinch Coarse sea salt (for serving)

1 Heat oven to 475° F. Bring wine, oil, salt, lemon juice, butter, red pepper flakes, sugar, bay leaf, and 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot.

2 Carefully lower in cauliflower, reduce heat, and simmer, turning occasionally, until a knife easily inserts into center, 15 to 20 minutes.

3 Using 2 slotted spoons or a mesh strainer or spider, transfer cauliflower to a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan, draining well.

4 Roast, rotating pan halfway through, until brown all over, 30 to 40 minutes.

5 Transfer cauliflower to a plate. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with whipped goat cheese (recipe below).

Whipped Goat Cheese

4 ounces fresh goat cheese

3 ounces cream cheese

3 ounces feta cheese

1/3 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons olive oil plus more for serving

1 Blend goat cheese, cream cheese, feta, cream, and 2 tablespoons olive oil in a food processor until smooth; season with sea salt.

2 Transfer whipped goat cheese to a serving bowl and drizzle with olive oil.

3 Note: Whipped goat cheese can be made one day ahead. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.

This makes a generous portion of goat cheese…you can use remainder as a spread with crackers , or as a condiment to grilled meats .

We love it so much that we bought the Genius Recipes cookbook

Via Amazon

Yum!!

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a new belle-ringin’ earring trend…

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We’ve sported the chandelier, the tassel, the bon-bon…now it’s time to embrace chunky gold for the ears!

Here are just a few picks from Laura Lombardi at Net-a-Porter to get ya started…

The Mini Porta

The Link

And the Onda …with a removable silver-tone bonus!!

All of the earrings are hollowed out gold-tone brass so that they are lightweight and easy to wear all day! And at $75-$200…their price-per-wear is totally belle-ringin’!!

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drinkin’ on the job…at Fork & Plough

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Here is the latest installment of our cocktailin’ chronicles for TALKGreenville

We visited Fork & Plough on East North Street in Greenville for quite the belle-ringin’ experience!

This cocktailin’ gig is the best!!

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belles go brazilian…(it’s not what you think!)

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We are always on the hunt for a great lotion and have tried at least a bazillion.

We were playing in a little round robin recently and a belle friend started regaling us about the benefits of this body lotion. Despite being super creamy, it absorbs beautifully, and the aroma is divine…but it has an added perk. It actually minimizes any dimples you might have for a few hours. Score! We have become addicted to this wonderful elixir also known as Brazilian Bum Bum Cream .

Photo via Sephora . Available at Sephora .

We also fell in love with another product from Sol de Janeiro . This bronzing oil is amazing, and after two minutes is completely transfer free! It gives the perfect amount of sheen and shimmer to enhance your legs and blur any flaws.

Image via Revolve.

Available at Revolve

So let’s all go Brazilian….just sayin’

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