Friday, 30 December 2011

Balance Your Life, Balance Your Body

Gift with Purchase Promotions 

This season Bellissima combined our “gift with purchase” promotion with a charitable donation element, under the heading of Balance Your Life, Balance Your Body; An opportunity to balance your physical and spiritual well-being.

The promotion used the Power-band bracelets to generate funds to benefit two well deserving Charities: The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and the B.C Society of Transition Houses.

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters 
ACWS is the unified voice of 42 member shelter organizations. Shelters open their doors to provide a safe haven for women, children and seniors fleeing from domestic abuse. They support families as they develop the strength and skills to begin new lives free from violence.
For more information go to:

The BC Society of Transition Houses
BCSTH is a non-profit association of Transition, Safe Homes, Children Who Witness Abuse Programs and other groups, which serve the needs of women, and their children fleeing violence. Fore more information go to

We are proud to announce that through this campaign Bellissima was able to raise 
$1468.00 to the B.C Society of Transition houses and $1252.00 to the Alberta Council of women’s shelters.

Thank you for helping us give back to our community!!

Thursday, 22 December 2011


Introducing Estil

We are excited to bring you a boutique style shopping experience with our newest endeavour, Estil. Relax and browse a carefully curated collection of fashion forward items without the hustle and bustle of a large outlet or shopping mall. Estil carries several unique pieces, exclusive labels, and designer brands from across Canada and Europe. Don't wait a second longer to drop into our new location. 

Glenmore Landing
14th St and 90th Ave. SW
Calgary, Alberta

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Give a Gift that Glitters

The holiday season is fast upon us and BELLISSIMA has an excellent selection of on trend accessories to add that finishing touch. Great pieces of jewelry can take your outfit from ordinary to extraordinarily fabulous. Perfect for giving or receiving....with most price points between $25.00 and $95.00 dollars. You will be sure to find something for every stylish women on your list....and with New Years right around the corner remember to pick up something for yourself as well!

Happy holidays and happy shopping.
Wishing everyone the best of health and happiness
Della Docking

Thursday, 8 December 2011

J Brand Jeans

Have you heard? Bellissima is now carrying J Brand Jeans! 
Keep your eyes peeled for these celebrity favourites in select Alberta stores. 

New to the colourful collection of J Brand Jeans are leather and velvet fabrics in hues of burnt orange, cherry, and burgundy. Carrying forward from the popular spring and summer trend, adding pops of colour into your outfits are a must this fall and winter seasons. 

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Zooey for the Holidays!

The line is pretty fuzzy for when it’s appropriate to start celebrating the Holidays, isn’t it? But fear not! If Christmas is your thing, whenever you decide to put up that Christmas tree you’ll have a wonderful soundtrack full of holiday cheer to do it to. “A Very She & Him Christmas” is out now, and as both a fan of Zooey Deschanel AND Christmas, I can safely say it’s an absolute delight! It’s puts the perfect new sheen on those classic Christmas tunes, from ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ to an updated version of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’. For those Christmas lovers like myself (who ideally have their tree up already, Halloween was weeks ago afterall!), I suggest coming home from a day full of shopping, pouring yourself a glass of homemade egg nog, sitting by your beautifully lit tree, and relaxing to the sounds of She & Him. Sugar cookies are optional. Enjoy!

Falling Leaves

Turtlenecks are a big hit this fall and winter, so of course I had to wear this mod mini dress/tunic! I love that it balances out the high neckline with a shorter skirt. For the coolers months ahead, turtlenecks look great under layers, so pile on the vests, cardigans, sweaters, dresses, and mini skirts over top this tunic! While out and about, I felt like I was wearing two outfits because this jacket looks almost like a dress when it’s buttoned up. I absolutely adore the shape!
Joseph Ribkoff jacket via Bellissima
Frank Lyman Mini dress/tunic via Bellissima

Revisiting the little black dress

In time for the holiday's....the little black dress never fails. We have shown 10 different ways to wear our LBD. By simply changing your accessories and what you layer over it, will allow you to create endless looks. No wonder it is a timeless classic. Check out your local BELLISSIMA to find the right version of the LBD that will make you look and feel beautiful, polished and confident.
Wishing everyone all the best for health and happiness
Della Docking

Monday, 14 November 2011

Fall 2011 "MUST HAVE'S" Fashion Show

Women want to look at, read about, shop for and wear great clothes. Fashion shows are events that bring out a women's inner diva.
We just had our 4th semi annual fashion show....held in our Bellissima Lonsdale store last night. Many of the clients that attended expressed to me that they really liked that "real women" modeled the clothes. We used our own staff to show how great everyone can look....regardless of height, body type, age or whatever women feel their area of concern is.
REAL WOMEN ROCK...and someone needs to tell them that!!!
Iit's time to head down to a BELLISSIMA in your area to pick up something new and we will make sure you leave looking and feeling great!
Wishing everyone the best of health and happiness,
Della Docking

The Black Pant

Not just a pair of black pants. For you ladies who work in the corporate environment you know that dressing to work does not need to be a boring task. These black dress pants are amazing! They can easily be worn dressed up or dressed down. Here I decided to wear them when a striped sweater and wedge heels. My favourite part about these pants is the pleats around the pockets. Such a fun detail!
My other favourite part of this outfit is the Anne B. Accessories wood bracelet. Anne Corpuz-Bacalso was one of the emerging designers from Alberta Fashion Week. She won an exclusive deal with Bellissima and has her amazing jewellrey on sale at the Bellissima store in Chinook Center, Calgary. Make sure to stop by the Chinook Center Bellissima location to check out Anne’s jewelry selection! Her pieces are made from all natural products including wood, bone, horn resin, and shell.
Bellissima black pants
Anne B. Accessories bracelet via Bellissima

Edit: We also want to congratulate Kate of for winning a $100 Bellissima Gift Card through Ashley's blog.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


I Love a company that partners the ideals and desire to "give back" with beautiful things such as great fashion.

Philanthropy is the desire to improve the lives of others through monetary or physical donations and other charitable actions.

As most of us know October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and Bellissima has been involved as an organization to try and do our part and "give back".

This year a few of our Vancouver stores worked on raising over $3800.00 through silent auctions and a portion of their sales for the day.

We got our customers involved through a calling campaign to invite them to come down and support this fundraiser.....many thanks to all of you.

I would also like to say thank you to all our managers, staff and local merchants that have so generously donated to this cause as well as to our head office for their support.

Wishing everyone all the best for health and happiness

Della Docking,


Monday, 31 October 2011

Oh Coco!

How amazing are these images from Coco Rocha's new jewellery line benefiting human trafficking victims in Cambodia. The Vancouver native enlisted her supermodel friends to help her with the campaign and if we can say so the results are amazing. We love seeing Canadians doing so great and leading by example on the world stage and especially in the fashion industry. Kudos to Coco!

From 'Coco Rocha essentially took this season off in terms of the runway, walking exclusively for Zac Posen in New York and Giorgio Armani in Milan. But Rocha was far from out of service during fashion month. She’s been hard at work putting the final touches on her forthcoming documentary Letters to Haiti (making its New York City debut next month at Milk Studios) and crafting a line of jewelry for Senhoa, due out tomorrow on The collection ($65 to $995), which benefits victims of human trafficking in Cambodia by giving them job opportunities, is all handcrafted by a survivor of exploitation. “Once I heard the extent of the problem with human trafficking in Cambodia I knew I had to help,” Rocha told

To show off her range of gunmetal and Swarovski necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, Rocha enlisted pal Behati Prinsloo to model alongside her in a new cinemagraph campaign by Jamie Beck, debuting exclusively here on (For her print campaign, she also brought her friends into the picture—Iman and Caroline Trentini both appear with her in the Nigel Barker-lensed photos.)“I first met Behati at a Louis Vuitton after-party in 2006 and we were instant friends,” Rocha says. “We feel like we went to model high school together so it’s always like a happy reunion when we get together.”

Happy Halloween!

Today is official halloween, even though we have seen numerous Karl Lagerfelds over the weekend the trick or treaters have yet to crowd the streets tonight. We thought we would share some amazing images from a Halloween inspired photo shoot for Harper's Bazaar directed by Tim Burton and photographed by Tim Walker. You really know images make an impression when you can revisit them two years after publication. Image Source:
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