This is the first entry in a new series we will be sharing on the Cleobella blog. I feel incredibly blessed to be in an industry surrounded by beautiful women. When I say beautiful I mean inner beauty. I continue to be inspired by all the incredible women I have met and their stories.
What makes you beautiful?
This is a love story about the women we know and the women we want to know.
The go getters, the humble souls, the women who inspire us to be the best version of ourselves.
The true goddess who is centered in love and joy.
The women to whom you can relate, who find humor in their own flaws, and who tell it to you straight—when no one else will.
A celebration of beautiful women who shine bright from within.
They don't follow the pack, they lead the crowd.
Their beauty is contagious.
They lead with their heart and follow their dreams.
They balance so much, and they do it with grace and beauty.
They are the true definition of Bella.
"I believe people come into our lives for a reason, it's all timing.
I like to say a little angel brought Zella Day and me together. It was almost 3 years ago to the date of the death of my brother Casey's anniversary that I met Zella's mom Ana. When Ana and Zella spent time with me in our boutique shortly after, I felt an instant soul sister connection. I was immediately drawn to their beauty and strength. It's amazing what a strong sense of self Zella has, and knowing her mother Ana it's obvious where this self-awareness comes from. I'm so drawn to the both of them and their special connection. Ana's words "Honor yourself"really resonate with me.
I have great admiration for Zella's craft, when I hear her sing, it's as if she's been here before, an old soul with a voice that is of another world. She's such a young talent with a big journey ahead of her and I feel fortunate to know her. The mother-daughter relationship Zella and Ana have is so real and so beautiful. I can't help but sit back, admire and hope I have the same respect and friendship with my children as they become young adults.
There's something really contagious about these women. There's a pure free spirited feeling they exude and you can't help but feel the same in their presence.
I listen to Zella's words over and over with my four year old son Keenan. After the first time he saw her live I believe he developed what you would call a crush. Her lyrics are so meaningful and genuine, she's a true star sprinkling happiness all around the world with her voice. I know you will listen to her music on repeat like I do, Enjoy and spread a little Zella Bella LOVE!"
- Angela O'Brien
ZELLA DAY, Singer and Songwriter.
"I grew up with my family in Pinetop AZ, a small little town on the top of a mountain away from the chaos and into the forest green. Family is the center of my life. It’s where I know I can retreat to and be embraced. It’s the reason I am who I’ve become. Family is where I seek genuine guidance and wholesome love. I came to California when my family was ready to get up and go. Mom needed to find a job, music needed more attention, and little sister had a budding modeling career. Los Angeles, hands down, is my favorite city. I just started renting a house all by myself a couple months ago! I love Sunday brunch in this town, a good cup of coffee, the flea markets, everything."
"I’ve grown up doing what I love and am looking to do it for the rest of my life. I’ve played music since I was a kid and took every opportunity I had available to me. Actually, when I lived in Pinetop I would play gigs in the ski lodge in exchange for lift tickets (I’ve been snowboarding since I was 4 and am still hard at it!) Music and a home cooked meal are always a part of my daily routine, but there is no such thing as a normal day for me! The best thing about my “day job” and being in the studio is that time doesn’t exist, music is the only grounding force. At this point, parting with my guitar would be like parting with a limb.
I wrote ‘Compass’ when Pinetop started to feel farther away then ever before. California was becoming the place I was comfortably resting my head; my hometown was starting to feel like a distant memory. I wrote Compass as a way to feel close again, to be able to hear myself physically speak the words that encapsulated the love I have for my home. When I sing ‘Compass’ I can almost smell Juniper Avenue in the brisk fall air."
"I remember the day my mom came home to tell me all about the beautiful gypsy queen she had met. She was the first one to meet Angela O’Brien and as she puts it, “I knew right away when I saw her I had to introduce myself…. she was you in a maroon fringe jacket.” Mother knows best. Long story short, I drove down to Cleobella to see what all the fuss was about and was introduced to some of the most beautiful people imaginable.
My godmother called me “Zella Bella” when I was a kid! I wasn’t into it at all at the time, considering it wasn’t my name and I was such a prideful 5 year old. I wasn’t so mad once she told me that “Bella” meant “Beautiful”—I was definitely okay with being called beautiful, aren’t we all? The word “Bella” is so feminine and soft, it brings to mind pouty lips, sunkissed cheeks, and soft gentle hands. But as feminine as the word is it still finds a way to evoke strength, which is the perfect blend of two things. Strength and beauty. You can be the prettiest girl in the world but you need some backbone. To me, “Bella” is beauty with a backbone."
Zella is wearing the Aubrey Fringe Sweater
Photography by Taryn Kent // http://tarynkent.com // instagram: @taryn_kent