Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sister Missionary Countdown

The Idea Door has a great sister missionary countdown available to download here:

Also, here is a wooden block weeks countdown that would be really cute to DIY for about $20.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Outfit Idea

Just in- the Polka Dot Pencil Skirt  ($42).  It is a nice quality jersey and comes with a skinny belt.  I love the black and white skirt paired with the Voyage Top in Burnt Sienna ($35).

Voyage TopPolka Dot Pencil Skirt
Or maybe get a little more bold and pair with the Ruffle Max Top ($30) Ruffle Max Top

Monday, December 10, 2012

About Us

I recently did a bit of revamping on  Here is the new and improved 'About Us' section:

Sorella Bella

In Italian, "Sorella Bella" means "Beautiful Sister".  My goal is to offer the best selection, prices, and service on modest-yet-stylish clothing to all ladies whether they are mission bound or not.  

Who are we?

Sorella Bella is a family business.  Back when we lived in Utah, I worked at Sister Missionary Mall.  I had such fun working with future sister missionaries, that when we move to Idaho with my husband's new job, I decided to start an online store.  Earlier, when I was called on my mission to Temple Square (I served from October '05 - April '07, with a 3 transfer stint in the Seattle WA mission), I was living in Michigan.  My Mom and I had the darndest time finding modest, cute clothes that would meet the clothing guidelines but also that I wouldn't die of embarrassment from wearing (jumper, anyone?).  Sorella Bella is an outgrowth of those experiences.  My Mom, Janie Petersen (Toulouse, France mission) and my sisters Emily (Taichung, Taiwan Mission) and Carolyn (Future Missionary!) help me pick out clothing and accessories to offer on the site.  My sisters also occasionally play the role of model, and my Mom is working on a handmade clothing line with some custom options- awesome!
Of course, I can't leave out my Grandpa who gave me the initial loan to start the business ("You want to sell long skirts on the what?!") and my husband Ben for all his support and the midnight post office runs when I'm under the weather or just plain exhausted.  Thanks to baby Cadence, our 10 month old daughter, for being my adorable little helper and entertainment while packaging and shipping orders.


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Friday, December 7, 2012

How can I prepare for a mission?

I'm thinking about going on a mission. Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
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  • Candace Anne Martineau There is a lot that you can do to prepare if you like. Reading through Preach My Gospel and doing some of the activities is probably the best teaching preparation, getting really comfortable with discussing scripture and your testimony is good too. Your main message as a missionary is about the Restoration of Christ's church, right? Well, sometimes you don't have a nice 30 minute lesson time to teach it in, you only have a few minutes at a bus stop or on a door step. The best examples of teaching the restoration in a few words are the apostles in their Conference talks. They are masters of teaching powerful messages in a few sentences.
  • Candace Anne Martineau OK, physical preparation- I can only speak for serving in the US, but for me it was really helpful to know how to make fast, healthy budget-friendly meals. Also you have 30 minutes to work out in the morning but no gym equipment or sports practice to guide that time. If you learn a few exercise routines, both for indoors or bad weather days and outdoors, it will make being obedient to that mission rule a lot easier.

    I'm thinking about going on a mission. Is there anything I need to do to prepare?
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