Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Tonight's the night! Some friends and I have a table reservation at Crimson Lounge in Hotel Sax for Sam Ronson's DJ set starting at 10pm. I'm so pumped, it's gonna be off the hook! Last time LILO made an appearance & I almost would have caught a glimpse if it wasn't for her posse crowding around her like a pack of wild hienas. Crimson's a great place that I truly love to go from time to time but the security has gotten down hard on letting people in lately so we decided putting our names on the guest list was a wiser choice. Bottles for our table could potentially burn a giant hole in my pocket so i'm crossing my fingers that everyone shows up and pitches in for the tab. Not sure what I'm wearing exactly but I have a feeling it's a legging & louboutin kinda night. Anyway, off for my mani and pedi. Cheers!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


I've been following Gwen Stefanie for as long as I can remember. As soon as I was old enough to begin developing my own personal style I can recall mindlessly flipping through pictures upon pictures of her on the Internet, in magazines and anything else I could get my hands on. Her eclectic fashion sense and rock star attitude immediately caught my attention not only through her music when she was the lead vocalist for No Doubt but also through her street style and bright pink candy colored hair. Now flashing forward 10 years later and still she remains the ultimate icon for millions of girls across the globe. When Gwen first released her L.A.M.B collection in 2004 it was love at first sight. Incredibly crafted silhouettes along with rocker chic stilettos and creative patterns, she takes art and innovation to a new level with her amazing line. I could only dream of having that sort of talent! What I love most about L.A.M.B is that it's extraordinarily unique and practical all at the same time. Her personality shines through her pieces and she's not afraid to take a risk. Gwen makes designing a fashion label seem so effortless!

Above all, I would have to say that the stilletos she's created are my absolute favorite. I have such a deep love for shoes it sometimes scares me and just looking at pictures of them on the internet is enough to knock me off of my feet..I can't imagine what I would do if I seen them in real life! Below are my top six picks. I'm currently saving for the Chiba...

Sydney $296 | Sarina $256 | Dominic $316
Chiba $396 | Camden $416 | Miyagi $366

You can purchase any of these styles or shop for others here.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Well I suppose I should start by introducing myself. My name is Mandi and I'm an aspiring photographer/artist/designer living in the windy city of Chicago. I'm 22 years old and I'm a strong believer in self love & following your heart. I believe that the most important person in your life is you and therefore you should live your life to the fullest for yourself and not for the sake of pleasing others. Being a unique, eccentric individual is very special in a world full of ordinary robots. Embracing your differences & even your faults will set you apart from the rest and instill pride, confidence and a sense of freedom like you've never experienced before.

I believe in passion and adventure, happiness and love. I believe in standing up for what you believe in & I believe in change. Taking advantage of the ability you have to change yourself for the better is something that people will often cringe at the thought of hearing. But taking time out for self improvement and personal growth will lead you into a healthier more satisfying, rewarding life.

I like to think of myself as a caterpillar forever evolving into a beautiful butterfly. I'm constantly working on improving myself and filling my time with new & interesting hobbies. I love life and live to the fullest every day...there's never a dull moment!

I love playing dress up and I love fairy tales, I especially love fairytale endings! I love big dreams and BIG cities. Some of my obsessions include; vintage fashion, horror movies, leg warmers & stockings, astrology, MAC makeup, the color orange, tattooed boys and any movie directed by Tim Burton. Many people often tell me I give off a playful, child-like sort of innocence & I like that :)

OK , enough about me...

I've created this blog for the sole purpose of posting my opinions, rants, musings and so on. Things that inspire me along with personal diary type entries, lifestyle advice, fashion advice, music, art, people & so much more is what you will find at sleepingbella. Through my own experiences and points of view hopefully I can provide inspiration and encouragement to others to find their passions in life. Maybe people could learn something from my blog or relate to me in my personal life in one way or another. Either way I enjoy networking, meeting new people, making friends and communication. Enjoy!