Apr 08 2010


Congratulations Jennifer McMinn! Thanks to random.org you are the lucky winner of a chai tea Southern Soy Scents candle! Check your email for a special note from bv- we are anxious to get Southern Soy Scents burning in your home!

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered to win! We loved finding out all of your favorite summertime scents and enjoyed yet another way we can connect and interact with our great customers outside of the store.

Don't forget to keep up with the bv blog, you never know when another great Bella Vita favorite will be up for grabs!

Enjoy your weekend,

The girls at bella vita

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What's better than being greeted by a rush of fresh scent as you enter your home after a restless day of work, errands or children? For the girls at bella vita- nothing. We love how a great scented candle can make our homes feel cleaner than they really are, boost our energy after a long day or promote relaxation when our "me time" is long overdue.

Our favorite jar candle is the all natural Southern Soy Scents hand poured by a sweet couple in Marion, AR. Crystal and Stan strive to create fresh, clean scents that will warm your heart, all while remaining environmentally responsible. We believe they have accomplished that and more! Southern Soy Scents boasts an array of inspiring scents such as guava, tomato leaf and red current; not to mention bella vita's best seller, Chai Tea. With one breath of Chai Tea you are transported to your favorite coffeehouse.

Southern Soy Scents use 100% soy wax which means that your candle will burn 3 times longer (180+ hours) than petroleum based candles (paraffin wax based), be virtually soot free and have a stronger fragrance than traditional candles. Since soy is a common ingredient in skin care products, you can use the cooling wax as a body moisturizer! If you can't wait any longer to get your hands on a Southern Soy Scent, visit our website here to order one today! If you are in the Memphis area, we have plenty in the store and we would love to see you!

Bella Vita Candle Giveaway!

To get one of these great candles at NO COST to you, simply post a comment telling us what your favorite summer scent is and you will be entered to win a Chai Tea Southern Soy Scents candle! Don't worry if you are out of town, we'll ship it to you so you can enjoy bella vita's favorite in your home too.

The lucky recipient will be chosen by a random number generator on Thursday, April 8 2010 at 3:00 pm central time. We will announce the winner on our blog and contact you to let you know!

Cross your fingers!

-The girls at bella vita

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This Easter we want to help you "think outside the basket" to make this Easter a weekend to remember! We can tell y'all love the Scout totes and storage solutions so we thought they would make the perfect vessel to hold all of your Easter goodies. With different sizes and patterns to choose from selecting the perfect one is a breeze. We've put together two different "baskets" to inspire your creative minds- one for your Tween or Teen, and one for yourself. (Because you're never too old to get Easter presents!) Check out our shopping guides below to see how we put together one of a kind Easter gifts!

For Your Teen (or Tween)

BV Tip:

If you don't want to fill the entire basket with gifts, start by filling the bag 3/4 of the way full with strips of crinkle paper or tissue paper to give the items a boost. This will make the basket look more full while making the overall gift more visually appealing!

How We Filled Ours:

1. 17oz Swell Water Bottle
2. Etta B Bunny Easter Dish
3. HOBO Lauren Wallet
4. Virtue Long Tassle Demi-Gemstone Necklaces
5. Moonstruck Fill Mercury glass candle
6. Monogrammed Comfort Colors Tee
7. Lollia perfume and Lollia Bath Salts
8. C. Maxwell Lustre Zippy Pouch

BV Tip: Instead of just tossing the Easter candy into the basket, pour it into colorful woven bags or clear cellophane bags tied with a fun ribbon. This will dress up the candy and looks way better than the packaging the candy makers use!

For Yourself (or Your Friend)

The "Hang Ten" (show in Petallica Pink w/ green interior) collapsible storage bin is perfect for the on-the-go mom! It is designed to hold standard sized hanging files so you can keep organized with all your family's doings, bills and important memos.

BV Tip: Put the tote in your trunk so you can easily organize all the little objects that seem to collect back there!

How We Filled Ours:
2. Copper Bookmark ($15)- Take it to the beach to mark your spot in your favorite novel, or use it in the kitchen to remember that recipe you're just dying to try!
3. French Bull Dinnerware ($9-$29)- We love this melamine dinnerware line! It's the perfect solution for outdoor entertaining or teaching your little ones to set the table...without worrying about your breakables!
4. Spring Magnet ($3.50-$9)- The dragonflies look great on the fridge or placed around your home. The bright colors are perfect for spring and summer!
5. Coffee Mug ($17) &Vintage Gypsy Swap ($18)- This funky ceramic mug is microwave and dishwasher safe. Inside the mug we hid a fabric swap, perfect for dressing up your tops, jackets or purses!
6. Matchstix Petite Block Frame ($19)- Frame your favorite Easter memory in a Matchstix frame, full of rustic charm.
7. Twist and Pout ($9)- Keep those lip hydrated as the temperatures soar! SPF 20 and all natural ingredients make this a great accessory for your purse.
8. Vintage Gypsy Necklace ($29-$139) & Stone Coasters ($39)- Vintage Gypsy necklaces are the perfect go-to accessory no matter if you need to perk up a t-shirt or accessorize a cocktail dress. The stone coasters absorb the moisture so your glass doesn't stick to the coaster and make a mess!
9. Vintage Applique Scarf ($29)- When the weather doesn't feel very "springy" wrap yourself up in a brightly colored scarf! The color and adorable applique will boost your mood while the jersey cotton feel keeps you warm.
10. Soy Candle ($19)- 100% soy wax makes for a clean burning, soot free candle. You'll love the unique and powerful fragrance, and the fact that each jar burns about 180 hours!
11. Pink Posey Elbow Sleeve ($41)- We love the elbow sleeve during this transitional weather. Bumbletee's has great new Spring designs out, it will be hard to choose just one!
12. Scout Storage Bin ($25)- Come find all your storage solutions at Bella Vita! Scout has a wide selection of styles and sizes to make sure your every need is met.

We hope you're as excited for Easter weekend as we are! We would love to help you create the perfect Easter "basket", so stop by or give us a call!

- The Girls at Bella Vita

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