Bella’s 6th Birthday is fast approaching, (I know huh, DANG!), and with that comes gifts that are well intended, but, we all know, can be…um, er, ahem…not her “Style”. In these past six years, I’ve oft repeated the age old, and requisite “thank you”…you know the one…“awwww, thanks so much, Bella will love this”…meaning: ”Ah damn, another shirt with Dora on it, or frills, or a “twirl skirt”, or yikes, even worse….a tutu that “sings as you twirl.” Yeppers, we really did get that last one. Headbands with huge flowers were always a HUGE NO-NO! Even at the ripe old age of two. (Bella prefers hats and caps, and doo-rags).If Bella doesn’t care for something, it will usually be donated…as she says: “to good girls and boys”.
Now, as you know, either following the website, the old blog, or knowing Bella in person…she has never, ever, ever, never, ever, worn clothes that are frilly, or foofy. Ever. Seriously, have any of you ever commented on how “cute she looks in that daisy pageant dress”? NOPE!
We discovered early on, Bella is not ever going to be a pageant queen, or even a participant. She has never taken to playing with dolls, instead, undressing them, casting them aside, and playing with the clothes. ) We’ve called her our “Fashionista” since she was about 2 years old. A very strong opinion, hard headed in fact, about what she chooses to wear. If it is for school, she wants jeans, tennis shoes and a t…so she can play with the boys. If a nice lunch on the weekend, she will ask for a cotton dress, not to “foofy”, with sandals…she’ll even carry a purse…(matching but no “frills”). This kid KNOWS what she wants…KNOWS what is comfortable…and KNOWS what looks good…all on her own.
Bella and I love to sit in front of the PC to order clothes. I will bring up countless potential buys, (ya gotta have choice) and proceed to inspect them…one by one. She will point out ones she likes. For the heave-ho’s, she will heartily exclaim; “Yuck – I DO NOT like THAT” (perhaps I indulge, but hey, where’s the fun in not – and honestly, she chooses well)!
Recently, we asked Bella to give us a few ideas of what she may want for her birthday. Her answer (and yes, I quote) “All I know is what I don’t want. It better not have the word ‘Princess’ in it…cuz I am NOT a princess anymore” *sigh*
“Fashionista Styling”. That’s what I call it. She wants comfort. She wants style. but…
No Frills No Foof! Please!
Following is a little collage…throughout the years and yes, you’ll note, BellaDaddy had a few hits and misses. And, still do… occasionally.(click to enlarge)
“Life Is Good!”