I remember the first time I saw Beauty and the Beast. I was captivated by Belle's humble demeanor, curious character and simple yet classic outfits. The scene where she walks through the town singing was the most memorable. Right after seeing the movie, I was actually sad. Not because I didn't like the movie or enjoy every bit of the story….but because I was genuinely heartbroken that NO ONE walked around dressed like Belle like she did in the movie. I didn't care that fashion at the present time was not reflective of the time period that took place in the movie…I just wanted to dress like Belle everyday and I wanted society to get on board!
Fast Forward to present day. I was at one of my favorite stores: Target. Can I just say that Target is like one of the best stores ever? I seriously mean it. Somedays, it is like a spa day for me walking around the aisles with a Starbucks tea in hand and perusing every last inch of that store. I find myself looking at things I never needed but all of a sudden had use for after discovering Target sold them and they were on sale. Take for instance, candles. I think I spent twenty minutes one day smelling every single one of the scented soy candles on display. I must have looked "professional" because while I was kneeling down to pick up a candle on the bottom shelf, a man asked me what aisle he could find coloring books in. I could have taken the chance to let him know I was just a happy Target customer but then realized I had prepared for this moment. I knew exactly where the coloring books were and pointed him in the right direction. So, you could say I'm an unofficial part time employee of Target who can roam the store and not actually have to work. Dreams achieved.
There's sort of a point to that tangent. I browse pretty much every aisle there. So, while I was passing the girls' clothing the other day, I came across a Beauty and the Beast line of clothing inspired by Jacqueline Durran. All childhood memories came flooding back! These dresses are BEAUTIFUL, people. I couldn't stop oooooing and ahhhing over them. I actually went home and then returned that afternoon because I light bulb went off in my head: use the dresses for a Belle inspired session. Belle and Fashion? Yes, please.
So, I set out with a mission: create a styled Beauty and the Beast inspired shoot using only Target items.
Every clothing item you see ( yes, even the basket and shoes) is from Target.
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With the anticipation of the new remake coming out, this week shall now be called the "Beauty and the Beast Week". So for those of you who followed me through my Target tangent and are still with me….I give you Belle!
We start out at a beautiful fountain where Belle sits to read.
Can we talk about this "book" for a minute? It's a PURSE. Yes, a purse. And it is as cute as it looks!
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Next up: Belle's journey through the forest. Cause every girl needs a little fashion when going on an adventure.
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These two could have been it for me. Childhood dreams right here. But then, why would they stop there? Thankfully, they didn't. Have you ever wondered what Belle might look like strolling the castle gardens? She'd wear a dress with roses, of course. With a matching purse.
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And they couldn't forget the iconic yellow number that Belle strolled in down the stairs to meet Beast.
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How precious is that? Disney and Target….job well done. But let's be real, you might have some grown ups in the girls' aisle trying to fit into these gems.
Tale as old as time.
Which Belle look was your favorite? Who's going to see the movie on Friday?