Have I ever been more envious of a woman’s hair? No is the answer to that question. Meet Bea Bronner, the flaxen-haired beauty behind the RVA fashion blog the Belle Bain. A native Richmonder, Bea is currently studying Fashion Merchandising at VCU and started her blog earlier this year to add a fresh perspective to Richmond’s vibrant style scene. After spending an afternoon scrolling her archives, I’d say she’s already succeeded.
I wanted to get to know Bea a bit better (RVA fashion girls, unite!) and put her styling chops to the Thanksgiving test (selfishly, since I have no idea what to wear). Below, we dish on personal style secrets, leftover turkey and cranberry sandwiches, and why being comfortable is the most important rule of holiday dressing. Keep scrolling after the Q&A to take a peek at her two T-day ensembles fit for any dress code.
blvd: OK, Bea, first things first. How would you describe your personal style?
Bea: I would say my style is very eclectic and evolving. I like classic silhouettes and pieces that are more timeless in appearance but typically my style reflects my mood for the day so it is always changing. I get inspiration from my surroundings whether that is my friends, a movie, or a song.
blvd: What’s the best thing about being a fashion blogger in RVA?
B: Richmond’s growing art and fashion scene makes it an exciting place to be. As a senior in the VCU Fashion department, I am connected to so many different Richmond happenings that I would otherwise not be exposed to and since it is a relatively small city, collaborating with local boutique owners and getting in contact with people is easier.
blvd: Most heart-warming Thanksgiving tradition?
B: On Thanksgiving, my Mom writes down reasons why she is thankful for each individual person at the table and includes it with their place setting. Reading everyone's cards and being told why you're appreciated is such a sweet moment.
blvd: Favorite Thanksgiving dish? Go.
B: Leftover turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches!
blvd: What's the most important thing to keep in mind when you're thinking about dressing for holiday events?
B: Knowing what you're going to be doing and what environment you will be in is probably the most important thing I think about. I tend to dress more conservatively around the holidays so I can be comfortable and not have to worry about fixing anything!
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Outfit profile: All day at Grandma’s with the family
This dressier (yet still casual) piece displays a classic silhouette with a modern striped pattern and pleated bottom. The dress displays intricate designs on heavy fabric creating beautiful movement as you walk. Paired with black booties that have an elastic cutout detail on the side, this entire outfit is cool and comfortable. Whether you are 16 or 60, this is the ultimate Thanksgiving dress. (Outfit from Eurotrash; photo by Paulina Molina)
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Outfit profile: Formal nighttime dinner
For a more formal Thanksgiving dinner or party, this black Peter Pan-collar Ted Baker dress has just the right amount of a “wow” factor. The lace details are exquisite and show up strong in the long sleeves and fitted bodice shows off your figure while maintaining a modest look perfect for family or business affairs. Jumping away from a black heel, these rose gold Charles by Charles David pumps complete the look in an unexpected way. (Outfit from Monkees of Richmond; photo by Paulina Molina)