I created Wear Bows and Smile because… I want to empower women and spread joy through fashion. Styling, adventure, decor & travel are just a few of my passions that I get to pursue and bring to the blog every week here in Milan, Italy, where I am currently getting my Masters in Styling and Visual Merchandising. After summer internships at Lilly Pulitzer HQ and Oprah Magazine, I went on to work for a favorite preppy brand, Vineyard Vines, where I worked as an in-house stylist for three years. After leaving to work for a non-profit still close to my heart, I launched Wear Bows & Smile. Now, I get to pour my love of fashion and styling into the blog every day. It is my hope and dream that through providing high quality creative content, practical style tips, and wise advice from amazing women, the blog will be a source of inspiration for women everywhere!
I am…Rhiana, a 28-year-old stylist living in Milan. I LOVE bows, color, and all things feminine. I’m a proud aunt and miss my 2 nieces every day. When I’m not at school or working on the blog, I’m probably sailing, skiing, hiking, golfing, baking or crafting something up…or singing completely out of tune to Taylor Swift (who shares the same hometown of Wyomissing, PA)! I’m also addicted to coffee (the American kind!) and have an unhealthy obsession with
peanut butter stationary (ok, and peanut butter).
My name…Rhiana Adele Wells. Yep, it’s pronounced like the singer, but I was actually named after the Fleetwood Mac song “Rhiannon.” My mom changed it a bit because she really wanted my nickname to be “Ana,” which is what a lot of my family calls me. Adele is my grandmother’s name. No, I still can’t hold a tune, but that usually doesn’t stop me from singing.
BIG thank you to… my good friend and amazing designer Christopher Pham for creating my logo! And to the awesomely talented graphic designer, Kearney Sneath, for helping me make this site a reality!