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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Gift of Bellissima

I know it's not always easy for our fans to find us in their local stores, and Bellissima makes a pretty nice gift for the ladies in your life, so I've compiled some websites where you can buy some Bellissima just in time for the holidays, hope this helps!

First off, there's Max & Chloe, a great jewelry website, as many of you probably already know.  They've just updated our jewelry, and there are many of our bestselling styles to choose from.

Click here to shop for Bellissima @ Max & Chloe!

Some of our pieces featured on Max & Chloe website

Then, there's our friends over in Louisiana, The Garden Gates.  They're a small business, they offer free shipping, and they sell A LOT of our bestselling styles, so you should definitely check them out!

Click Here to Shop Bellissima @ The Garden Gates

Some of our Jewels at the Garden Gates
There's also Sloan, a great boutique located in Charlotte, they've featured us in their holiday gift guide (which has some GORGEOUS accessories in it), and they're another great small business to buy from.

Click Here To Shop Sloan's Holiday Gift Guide!

Featured in Sloan's Holiday Gift Guide
Our friends at Sassanova also feature a lot of our bestsellers in tortoise and gator.

Click Here to Shop @ Sassanova!

Love our chain necks?  Love them in Summer neutrals like horn, gator and turquoise?  Buy them at Isabel Harvey! (they also are selling our tapered cuffs)

Click here to shop Bellissima at Isabel Harvey

A little something for the snowbirds sold at Isabel Harvey
If brights and free shipping are your thing, check our our store at Amazon, which will also be featuring many of our neutrals very soon.

Click here to shop Bellissima on Amazon

If you feel like shopping in a local store, I did blog about that sort of recently:
CLICK HERE to view the stores we are in, hopefully in a boutique near you!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

There's No Place Like Happy Hour for the Holidays

Every year around this time, we solidify a date for our Bellissima Holiday sale at Common Ground, in NYC.  All our fans and friends come out to buy some gifts for loved ones and themselves.  We have some drinks, maybe some paninis and it's always a lot of fun.  We always like to give some portion of the proceeds to charity.  Historically, we donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, but this year we will donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  It's looking like it's going to be a cold winter, and a very hard Holiday season for a lot of New Yorkers.  So, on a happy note, we'll be doing our small part to help those who were hit hard by Sandy.  So, come on out, and let's do some good while having a good time!  
Cheesy but true...

Here are the deets:
Thursday, December 6th 
at Common Ground
206 Avenue A (bet. 12th St. & 13th St.)
Happy Hour specials on food and drinks til 8PM

We will also be at the Sotheby's Holiday Bazaar on Tuesday, December 4th.  During the day, from 12-4pm, so if you're in the neighborhood and can't make it on the 6th, it is open to the public, so you can visit us on your lunch break.  Better lighting, but no booze-you be the judge.

Some of our Honey and Black Pieces

And Bronze and deco

Some of our favorite cuffs

Assorted Earrings

If you're into neons

Some pretty tortoise combinations

Great Mom gifts!

Tortoise Stunner

More fun tortoise and neutral combos.
 There will be lot's more there, and if there's anything that you're looking for that you didn't see, let us know!  See you there!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pippa Middleton wears Bellissima

Pippa Middleton has written a book.  Pippa wore two pairs of Bellissima's tortoise shell earrings to her book launch and promotional events.  This is very exciting!  Johanna Simonds Jewelry in London carries many of our designs, and Johanna is one of our most dedicated and loyal promoters.  She loves our line, and her passion for it shows.  If you live across the pond and love our designs, you can buy online (www.johannasimonds.com) or contact Johanna through her website.

Here are some images of Pippa and our Earrings!
At the book launch
A close-up of our double crescent drop earring

This is our oval drop earring
Wearing the oval drop earring at a children's Halloween party, an event promoting her new book

The video above is of Pippa wearing the earrings at the Halloween party.  If you can't get enough of celebrities wearing Bellissima, watch it!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Tortoiseshell Trendwatch and Other Press We've Stumbled Upon

Our Tokyo Tortoise Bib Neck
Two weeks ago, our tortoise shell bib neck shown above was featured in a Trend Watch article in Time Out New York (GO HERE) all about, your guessed it Tortoiseshell: faux tortoiseshell.  It's a fun article, and while tortoise NEVER goes out of style, it's nice whenever it trends, of course!
We received the press through Max & Chloe, a great place to buy jewelry online.  They feature so many beautiful fine and fashion jewelry lines, and they've been great to work with.  If you're ever looking to purchase some Bellissima online, you should check us out on Max & Chloe for sure. 

Unfortunately I cannot provide the print version from the magazine because I left it in Oakland last week, right next to a Lucky Magazine article that unbeknownst to me, featured a pair of our earrings available at Bauble Bar.   When I went to the earrings on Bauble Bar's site, I saw that the earrings were featured in Self Magazine this past July, who knew??

Sooo, if you ever see us anywhere, give us a shout out, we don't always know where we appear, but we always love the recognition!

Friday, October 12, 2012

My Favorite Fall Accessory

 There's a time of year when you have finally stopped perspiring profusely, and you actually find yourself welcoming the cold.  You look forward to pulling your favorite sweaters out of your closet, and your fingers have gone back to their normal, non-swelled size.  Fall is upon us, and as I reached for my warm, cozy old sweaters this week, I also found myself reaching for my favorite statement rings, that I tend to leave behind during the summer months.

This year, Bellissima has a fun new ring, perfect for this time of year, and we basically have one in all the colors that you would ever need!  I like to wear the red one with my favorite black cardigan, but I love to wear the safari color with my favorite brown sweater.  The options are endless!

The rings are hand-bent to an approximate size 7, so whichever finger they'll fit, they're sure to be a hit-hahaha (it's Friday afternoon, I can't help myself)...They're an inexpensive way to keep your fall wardrobe fun and fresh, which I intend to do until glove season is upon us!

Friday, September 14, 2012

These Are a Few of Our Bestselling Things

We had a pretty great Winter 2012 market, and as the fall season gets underway, we wanted to share some of our bestsellers with you.  Some of the styles and colors will be of no surprise to anyone, and as usual, our bestsellers are the simple styles that really show off the beauty of the material we work with.  Lightweight and easy to wear, all these styles are bold statements, but without the clunky weight that many attention-getting cuffs, earrings and necklaces seem to have.
Our always popular small and large filigree cuffs in light horn, tokyo tortoise, gator and green horn

Our bestselling chunky 21" flat-link chain in green horn, light horn and tokyo tortoise

We decided to show our popular cabochon cuff on a tokyo tortoise base in an array of cabochon colors.  Shown here are black, light horn and persimmon

This is our long and lean chain, it easily doubles making it very versatile.  Shown in safari, tokyo tortoise and black

Our newest filigree design, it also comes in a cuff.  They're lots of fun! Shown in Light horn, tokyo tortoise and magenta

Our new crescent earring is so simple and comfortable, and it did really well!  Shown in Safari, green horn and tokyo

Our 2" cuff, a classic!  Shown in safari, tokyo tortoise and green horn

Ah, the buckle cuff.  It won't break, so just force it on!  Once on, it's stunning.  Shown in tokyo tortoise, gator and green horn

Our skinny hoops in small, medium and large.  The small and medium in tokyo are so hard to keep in stock, I almost feel like every woman in America may own a pair at this point! Shown in safari, gator and tokyo tortoise

Our set of three skinny bangles saw a revival this market, and it's now surprise, they're chic staples to anyone's wardrobe and can easily be stacked with other bracelets. Shown in green horn, black, light horn and tokyo tortoise.
So, there they are our bestsellers for fall/winter 2012.  If you would like to purchase these for your store, call us up or request a catalog!  If you're just a Bellissima fan and want some for yourself, check out this post of our updated stores (and online stores) that carry our line: Come and Get Us

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Oprah Magazine October 2012

Bellissima's compact mirrors were just featured in the October 2012 issue of The Oprah Magazine.  We made her "O" List, which is pretty exciting.  Unfortunately, the monkey mirror is now discontinued, but the store we gave our press credit to, A Bientot in Houston, is carrying an equally adorable monkey mirror of ours, and we hear it's doing great! You can see it in our:  compact mirror post
Oprah Magazine Cover

Our monkey, whale and frog
We also made it to the back at their shopping guide!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Come and Get Us!

 The Following is our most updated list of stores (online stores at the bottom) who carry Bellissima By Moschitto Designs.  
Visit these stores if you need some Bellissima, if you are a store that carries the line and don't see yourself on the list, please let us know and we'll add you!

 Shoefly                              Homewood            205-870-7131                        

Cornelia Park                      Phoenix                 888-779-9060                                                        

Bella Boutique                    Little Rock              501-603-5373

Bella                                   Healdsburg             707-431-2910
Betty Lin                             San Francisco        415-345-8688
Details                                San Jose                408-286-5555
Garden Gate                      Arcata                     707-822-2156
Jest Jewels                        San Francisco        415-563-8839
Nan Winters                       Petaluma                707-778-0163
Platino                                Santa Monica         310-394-0044
Personal Pizzaz                 Berkeley                 510-420-0704
Pimlico Place                     Oakland                  510-655-7333
Village Heights                   Los Angeles           323-463-9410

Bovano Home Gallery        Cheshire                 203-272-3200
Bruce Museum                   Greenwich              203-869-0376
Dovecote                            Westport                 203-222-7500
Femmegems                      Greenwich              203-861-2531
Heart of the Country           Wethersfield           860-257-0366
Mill Street Home                 Greenwich             203-813-3600
Millie Rae's                         West Port               203-259-7200
Noelle Spa                          Stamford                203-322-3445
Palmer's Market                  Darien                    203-655-2077
She La La                           New Canaan          203-594-9798
Then Again                         Westport                 203-557-3903
Turkey Ridge                      Ridgefield               203-431-1255
Wish House                        West Cornwall        860-672-2969

Bloom                                  Newark, DE            302-454-7266
Wilmington Country Store   Greenville               302-656-8800

Acacia                                  Fort Lauderdale     954-463-8006
The Cummer Museum         Jacksonville           904-356-6857
Dos Amigos                         Vero Beach            772-633-6153
Edge City                             Jacksonville           904-353-9423
Loew’s Miami Beach            Miami Beach         305-604-5429
PB Girls                                Palm Beach          561-832-3596
Plantation Shoppe               Amelia Island         904-261-2030
Rosemary Beach Trading    Rosemary Beach   850-231-2410
The Sun Porch                    Boca Grande          941-964-2567

C’est Moi                              Marietta                 770-977-8468
Erika Reade                         Atlanta                   404-233-3857
Firefly                                   Thomasville           929-226-6363
Just The Thing                     Atlanta                   404-869-4100
La Maisonette                      Cumming               770-781-1225
Two Friends                         Perry                      478-987-0751

Ginger & Koi                        Kailua-kona            808-329-6100
Hana Hou                            Hilo                         808-935-4555

Elizabeth Grace                  Chicago                   773-477-9830
Mexican Shoppe                 Evanston                 847-475-8665
Vintage Charm                    La Grange               707-354-1553

The Cotton Patch                 Lexington                859-269-8839
Diva’s                                   Louisville                 502-426-3355
Summer Eliason                  Louisville                  502-634-8587

The Garden Gate                 Metaire                    504-833-6699
Maple Street Clothing          New Orleans            504-865-9625

Caravans                              Rockland                207-594-0293
Darling Delisle                      Damariscotta          207-563-1919
Shaw                                    Northeast Harbor    207-276-5000

Artworks and Apparel          Westminster             410-871-9590

Pirjo                                     Bethesda                  301-986-1870
S & A Beads                        Takoma Park            301-891-2323
Sassanova                           Baltimore                  410-244-1114
Sassanova                           Bethesda                 301-654-7403
Zelda Zen                            Baltimore              410-625-2424 

Artwear                                 Arlington                  781-648-0900
Backwater Trading Co.         Edgartown               508-627-7730
Beauty By the Sea                Nantucket                508-228-1771
Boutique Fabulous                Cambridge               617-549-9875
Details and Design               South Dartmouth      508-990-7337
Flat of the Hill                        Boston                     617-619-9977
Good                                     Boston                     617-722-9200
Gray Mist Studio                   Cambridge               617-868-8868
The Grey Goose                   Needham                 781-449-8441
Hamilton Garden’s                Hamilton                  978-468-0148
Hydrangea                            Rockport                  978-546-7170
Isabel Harvey                        Nantucket                508-680-1845
Isabel Harvey                        Wellesley                 781-237-3038
Marjorie’s                              Sudbury                   978-440-8418
Painted Daisies                     East Sandwich        508-375-0713
Salmagundi                           Jamaica Plain          617-522-5047
Shake the Tree                     Boston                      617-742-0484
Sidetracks                             Stockbridge              413-298-5100
The Spotted Cod                  Sandwich                  508-888-8263
Timeless Treasures              Vineyard Haven        508-696-7637
Vis A Vis                               Nantucket                 508-228-5527
Welles Emporium                 Lowell                       978-454-4401

Grand Hotel                          Mackinac Island       906-847-3331
Jade                                      Rockford                  616-866-7207

J. Stewart                             Jackson                    601-983-1330

The Highland Hedgehog      St. Louis                   314-997-0805
Hudson and Jane                 Kansas City              816-753-5010

Ablaze                                  Exeter                      603-773-2050
Decorum                              Exeter                      603-887-2815
Puttin’ on the Glitz               Portsmouth               603-436-5600

BB Clover                            Ho-Ho-Kus                201-251-9800
F. Gerald New                     Chatham                    973-635-6770
F. Gerald New                     Harding                      973-425-4485
Jaffagems                           Upper Montclair         973-746-5885
Lord Ivy                               Summit                      908-273-0199
McCarter Theater                Princeton                  609-258-2787
Molly Too                             Millburn                     973-912-8888 
Pappagallo                          Ocean City                609-398-4009

The Preppy Palm                Avalon                       609-368-7300
Sedona                               Hoboken                    201-314-0552
Spruce Princeton                Princeton                   609-688-8312
Tommy's Folly                     Cape May                  888-944-1816
Tory Janes                          Montclair                    973-744-6655

Museum of New Mexico Foundation  Santa Fe    888-553-6663

A  Cheng                              Brooklyn                   718-783-2826
American Folk Art Museum  New York                  212-977-7170
Ann Crabtree                        New York                  212-996-6499
Asiatique                               Bedford Hills             914-234-5404
Birch                                     Locust Valley             516-801-6688
Birch Store                            Keene Valley            518-576-4561
Brewer Bookstore                 Canton                      315-229-5460
The Clay Pot                         Brooklyn                   800-989-3579
Darling NYC                          New York                  212-367-3750
Diana Kane                           Brooklyn                   718-638-6520
Evoke Style                           Albany                      518-512-5240
Eve Bari                                New York                  212-974-8533
Extraordinary                        New York                  212-223-9151
Julia James Boutique           Brooklyn                   347-763-0065
Just Us                                 Oceanside                516-398-6109
Kensington Paper                 Bronxville                 914-793-2619
La Crasia                              New York                  212-989-8727
Looking Pretty                       Catskill                     518-943-4320
Lori Mclean                           New York                  212-242-3204
Ms. Montage                         New York                  212-722-1077
Neda                                     Brooklyn                   718-624-6332
Olive & Bettes             4 Manhattan Locations      212-579-2178
O’ Suzanna                   West Hampton Beach      631-288-2202
Otesaga Hotel & Cooper Inn      Cooperstown       607-547-9931
Overtures                              Brooklyn                   718-643-9345
Random Accessories            New York                  212-358-0650
Starla's Shoppe                     Lake George            518-636-3831
Surprise Surprise Gifts          Great Neck               516-482-4159
Sweet Charity                        Brooklyn                   718-965-9200
Tutto Bene                             Bridgehampton        516-537-3320
Via Michelle                           Mount Kisco             914-242-3861
Volang                                   Brooklyn                   646-245-1587
Yellow Door                           Brooklyn                   718-998-7382
Wendy Gee                           Larchmont                914-834-8507

Elaine Miller                           Raleigh                    919-571-8888
Island Passage                      Wilmington               910-762-1911
Maddi’s Gallery                      Charlotte                  704-332-0007
Magpie                                   Durham                    919-683-1981
Paul Simon for Women          Charlotte                  704-333-6139
Protocol                                 Wilmington               910-796-9595
Sloan                                      Charlotte                 704-338-1400
Vivace                                    Highland                  828-526-1880
Wink: Heads and Threads      Asheville                 828-277-4070

Sophie’s Sister                        Toledo                     419-241-1500
Suzanne’s                               Boardman               330-758-0057

Ribbons on Peoria                   Tulsa                      918-743-7599

Modern                                    Eugene                   541-686-1935

Annie Prue                              Glen Mills                 610-459-1945
Blendo                                     Philadelphia             215-351-9260
Bloom                                      Philadelphia             267-861-0539
Head Over Heelz                     Skippack                  610-584-9444
Interiors for the Home              Stafford                    610-989-9665
Linda Golden                           Haverford                 610-658-0992
Past-Present-Future                Ardmore                   610-642-4040
One Brilliant                             Aspinwall                 412-781-3443
Open House Living                  Philadelphia             215-922-1415
Tancreed’s                               Media                       610-566-2300
Tselaine                                   Philadelphia             215-301-4752

Down Under Jewelry               Newport                    401-849-1078
Frog & Toad                             Providence               401-831-3434
I Boutique                                Bristol                       401-254-7463
Karol Richardson                     Newport                   401-849-6612
Sweet Twist                             East Greenwich        401-885-7579

Folly                                         Aiken                        803-226-0550
Lulu Burgess                           Beaufort                    843-524-5858
Zinnia                                      Mount Pleasant         843-388-9433
Fire Finch                                Nashville                   615-385-5090
Kayce Hughes                        Chattanooga              423-386-5225
Pangaea                                 Nashville                    615-269-9665
Peria                                       Memphis                    901-274-8488
The Sassafrass Shop             Nashville                    615-352-4242
Stovall Collection                    Memphis                    901-767-8808

A Biento                                  Houston                     713-523-3997
Anna Gray                               Austin                        512-328-6600
Inside Out Designs                 Fort Worth                  817-569-6100
Leighlena                                Austin                         512-462-3000
Lima's Studio                          Houston                      713-521-1940
The Polka Dot Alley                Lubbock                     469-867-6179
River House                            Wimberley                  512-847-7009
The Shoe Closet                     Wichita Falls               940-322-6300

Beach Nut                              Virginia Beach             757-428-1088
EI Randle                               Lynchburg                   434-384-8300
Finch                                      Charlottesville             434-244-0050
The Lemon Cabana               Virginia Beach             757-417-7375
Levy’s of Charlottesville         Charlottesville              434-295-4270
Lou Lou Boutique           Northern VA Locations        540-687-4204
Name Droppers                      McLean                       703-847-8840
Quirk Gallery                          Richmond                    804-644-5450

Hydrangea Too                       Burlington                   802-862-0707

Betsy Fisher                           Washington, DC          202-785-1975
Sassanova                             Washington, DC          202-471-4400

Blue River                               Shepardstown            304-876-0506
Greenbrier- Perfect Image     White Sulphur Spring  304-536-1110


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