A Christmassy Weekend at Center Parcs

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Hi Everyone,

Last weekend me, my husband and a couple of our friends went to Center Parcs at Woburn in Bedfordshire. Luckily for us it’s literally only 40 minutes up the road but it’s always so nice to get away from everyday life for a few days, even if it’s not too far away!

We had a Woodland Lodge for 4 people and I was really impressed by the disabled facilities. The main reception room and our bedroom and bathroom were a fantastic size, there was more than enough room for me and my wheelchair and my manual hoist to manoeuvre around with ease. The kitchen even had a lowered work surface and a sink with taps in a better position so that everything was easier to use.

The main reason we went at this time of year was because from 7th November this year, everything is set up for Christmas! I am a BIG fan of Christmas, so this was so ideal! There were pretty lights, Christmas shops, reindeer and fake snow. If you have children, they would love it so much but as you know I’m 28 and I still loved it!

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We were pretty lucky with the weather and it never really affected anything we wanted to do. On the Sunday night there was a light display and fireworks organised by Center Parcs which were amazing and definitely worth going to, just make sure you wrap up warm as it was super chilly!

Overall for disabled people Center Parcs might be an odd choice as a lot of the activities are physical; if you enjoy swimming like I do they have a changing room with a ceiling hoist and a chair that can wheel you into the wave pool but be aware that the waves start every quarter to and quarter past the hour and I would avoid them if you aren’t a strong swimmer!

To be honest, it’s just a really nice atmosphere, to be with family or friends and to get away and relax if you want to. We went for some walks and the views were amazing, an ideal setting for someone who loves photography like me! It’s also an excuse to bring out the most amazing knitwear and winter accessories 😉

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Jumper – New Look

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Purple Turtleneck Top – H&M
Spotty Top – River Island (sold out online, check in store)
Jeggings – Next
Boots – Primark
Bag – Primark

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Hat – H&M
Jumper – Old H&M (similar here)
Grey Jeggings – Select
Boots – New Look (sold out online, similar here)
Bag – Primark

I hope you don’t mind all of the photos, I got a little picture crazy while I was there and I wanted to share lots with you! Let me know if you like this style of travel post or whether I should make them shorter!

Hope you all have a good week.

Much Love,

 

Wedding Series – The Venue

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Hi Everyone,

Some of you might already know but for those of you who don’t, I got married in May this year! It’s taken me this long (we’ve almost been married 6 months already!) to finally knuckle down and tell you about some of the aspects of the most incredible day of my life.

I wanted to start off my Wedding Series which will be on ‘Wedding Wednesday’ for the next 3 weeks, talking about the venue.

Obviously being in a wheelchair was always going to be a major factor in where we chose to get married as many older wedding venues, large houses etc have a lot of steps or are accessible but have ugly big ramps up to the doors. Another thing we found would be that I could get in, but I would have to go round a different way to everyone else which I just hated the thought of! Anywhere my guests were going to be, I wanted to be able to be there too.

Both of us have been brought up in Christian families so we definitely wanted to get married in a church and the local church to us St Giles, where we would go on a semi-regular basis seemed like the perfect place. It was ‘our’ church which also is accessible and beautiful on the inside and out, which was such a bonus!

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Because we got married in the church, we needed another venue for the reception and as I mentioned above it was really difficult to find somewhere that suited us and we checked out many different options.

For some reason at the beginning of our search I was adamant we would have a field with a marquee; don’t ask me why! I think I always liked the effect of a village fete style wedding and marquees always seemed to be the option for this. But after checking out a couple of venues made purposely for marquees, it became obvious that it just wasn’t going to work! If it rained the grass could be bogged and people would be covered in mud, there would be porta-loos or the equivalent of outdoor toilets and all of our guests would have to stay in different accommodation and having family around us for the weekend was very important.

In the end we discovered a place in Northamptonshire called Barton Hall which had recently been extended and had only been a wedding venue for a couple of years but had fantastic reviews. We went to take a look and it was perfect! I could get everywhere any able bodied person could, all of the main hotel area was accessible as well as the reception room and the orangery where we would have our drinks reception. They also had around 30 bedrooms including 2 wheelchair accessible rooms, so it suited us and could sleep all of our family and friends so we practically had the hotel to ourselves!

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The hotel itself is a beautiful venue and by having somewhere like this, it meant that food and drink would be included, they also set up our wedding and took everything down which took so much pressure off and left us to spend more time with our guests without having to worry about it.

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Obviously everyone has different preferences and styles, but this just worked so well for us and if you are in a wheelchair and getting married, I’d definitely recommend checking out some hotels.

As you can see in a couple of photos, we did a lot of DIY for our wedding and I’m going to talk you through some of it in my post next Wednesday, so please keep an eye out!

If you have any questions etc then please leave a comment below and also if you have anything wedding related you’d like to share, then I’d love to hear it!

Much Love,

B & M Autumn / Winter Candle Haul

Hi Everyone,

So if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am completely obsessed with candles. I’d heard about the infamous B&M ‘Bath and Bodyworks’ candle dupes and I was desperate to get my hands on them. Unfortunately I can’t find any online to link for you but I went into store and they had a huge selection there.

I bought a whole range of candles with Autumn scents to Winter ones and they all smell soooo good! Also can we just talk about the packaging… I almost don’t want to burn them because they look so pretty! They were only £2.99 each for two wick candles so you literally can’t go wrong.

Now, we all know that describing scents is the hardest thing ever, so I’ll show you my haul below and then I’d definitely recommend you go and check them out in your local store.

Autumn Candles

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Radiant Red Maple

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Brown Sugar Allspice

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Black Cherry Merlot

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Marshmallow Fireside

Winter Candles

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Frosted Cranberry

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Iced Candy

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Vanilla Snowflake

Happy Shopping!

Much Love,

 

Autumn Makeup Look Using Morphe 35P Palette

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve wanted a Morphe palette for such a long time and I was always unsure which one to go for but I’ve recently been really into purple make up looks and when I saw the 35P palette, I knew it would be perfect.

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As you can see there are a huge amount of shades and it was really affordable. The shades range from everyday nudes and browns through to reds and purples which are perfect for this time of year.

I wasn’t sure what the quality of the shadows would be like but from the couple I have tested, I am very impressed. I did have to apply one of the more glittery shades with my finger rather than a brush for more pigmentation but it wasn’t a big deal and it made the colour pop so much.

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Products I used to get this look;

Eyebrows – Maybelline Masterbrow Palette
Foundation – Dior Star 020
Powder – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Fair
Bronzer – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Light
Blusher -Max Factor Creme Puff Blush Gorgeous Berries
Highlight – Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit That Glow – Dripping In Gold
Mascara – Top Lashes – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale
– Bottom Lashes – Revlon Ultra Volume
Lipstick – L’Oreal Gold Obsession Plum Gold

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For my eyes; I used 5 shades from the Morphe 35P Palette. I used No. 1 all over my eye and up to my eyebrows (I didn’t use any eyeshadow primer), No. 2 over my eye socket up to the crease, No. 3 is the shade I added with my finger on the inner half of my eye and the colour was incredible, I then added No. 4 on the outer corner of my eye and I smoked this out and blended it in with No. 5 into my crease, which I also used underneath my eye for a smoky eye look.

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You can find the Morphe 35P palette here.

I am so excited to use more of the shades in this palette and I’m definitely adding a couple onto my Christmas list!

Are there any other Morphe palettes you think I should try?

Much Love,

Weekend Casual

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Hi Everyone,

Sometimes I love a casual outfit perfect for a Sunday stroll in the park and comfy for chilling at home and this is perfect.The major thing is the jumper which I am in love with! Just because it’s a casual look, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring 😉

The jumper comes super oversized and I’m actually wearing an XSmall (possibly for the first time in my entire life) so not only does it make you feel great about yourself but it looks amazing too!

I recently discovered these jeggings and they are so comfortable and easy to get on. I really like the tone of blue that they are in as they’re not too bright and more of a true denim colour in my eyes which is hard to find in jeggings. They’re so stretchy that I think I could have gone down a size, but I’m impatient and I just wanted to wear them too much!

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Jumper – H&M sold out online but alternative here
Jeggings – Next
Bag – Old River Island
Boots – Primark
Scarf – Old New Look but alternatives here and here

 

November Wishlist

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t done one of these in a while and there’s some amazing new Autumn pieces in the shops right now so I thought I’d show you some of what’s out there and what I’m loving!

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Converse Trainers – £52.00

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ASOS Knit Dress – £30.00

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Monki Bracelet – £5.00

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ASOS Off Shoulder Top – £30.00

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River Island Choker – £14.00

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Daisy Street Sequin Sweatshirt – £39.99

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New Look Wide Fit Boot – £27.99

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Quay Australia – £40.00

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Topshop Velvet Belt – £22.00

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Topshop Sequin Bomber Jacket – £75.00

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Topshop Lace Tunic – £34.00

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Topshop Stripe Leggings – £20.00

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Topshop Velvet Cami – £25.00

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Zara Frilled Top – £15.99

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Zara Scarf – £17.99

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Zara Shimmer Dress – £19.99

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Zara Lace Sweatshirt – £25.99

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Zara Bag – £35.99

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New Look Wide Fit Boots – £34.99

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New Look Top – £24.99

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H&M Jumper – £17.99

Autumn Drugstore Makeup Haul

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Hi Everyone,

I popped into town the other day and spotted that Superdrug had 3 for 2 on all of their makeup… Dangerous! So I got a little spendy and I thought I’d show you what I got from there and Boots!

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L’Oreal L’OR Highlighter – £4.99

I’d heard Alix from I Covet Thee on youtube rave about this and I really wanted to try it for myself. I expected it to be much more expensive but I was pleasantly surprised. I haven’t used it on my face yet, but from swatching it, it has an almost velvet texture.

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Barry M Matte Lipstick – 179 – £4.99

This is one of the new matte lipsticks from Barry M and I just fell in love with the colour!

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MUA Luxe Eyeshadow Palette – Enchanted – £6.00

I can’t get over how pretty this palette is and I’m so excited to try it. It really reminds me of the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette but around £50 cheaper! I’m not sure on the quality of the eyeshadows but I’ll keep you updated once I’ve tested it.

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Garnier Moisture Bomb Face Mask – 99p

I actually tried this mask the night that I got it and after trying other sheet masks, it is one of my favourites. The product didn’t drip off and go everywhere like others do and it clung to my face so it felt like it was really working. My skin didn’t feel very soft afterwards but it looked very moisturised and brighter. For the price (it’s usual price is £1.49) it’s worth a try if you have dry skin like me.

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Max Factor Creme Puff Blush – Gorgeous Berries – £8.99

I haven’t had a berry blush shade before and this just looked so pretty! I’m all about the autumn make up at the moment and this fits in perfectly.

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MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion – £5.00

This is another new release from MUA and it’s a cushion highlight which I’ve never tried before. I have swatched it and it’s quite subtle, but I think it will work well layered under a powder highlight to ensure that it doesn’t budge all day!

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NYX Matte Lipsticks – Eurotrash and Tea Rose – £6.50 each

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Makeup Obsession Build Your Own Palette – Palette – £6.00 and each pan – £3.00 each

  • Top Row from Right to Left – Contour Powder C102 Light, Contour Powder C101 Fair, Highlight H103 Bronze
  • Bottom Row from Right to Left – Banana Powder C111, Blush B112 Bloom, Highlight H104 Moon

So Boots now have something called a Makeup Emporium in some of their stores and they have one in Northampton. You can test lots of different makeup they have selected and you can build your own face or eyeshadow palettes. I really wanted to build a face palette so I can take it with me when I travel. They have everything you need from contour powders, blush and the most incredibly pigmented highlighters!

Have you been buying any of the new Autumn make up releases?

Much Love,

 

Homemade Halloween Treats Part 2

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Hi Everyone!

So here’s part 2 of my halloween treat series, I hope you enjoy these ideas as much as you did the last two!

Rice Krispie Pumpkins

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Ok so I have to admit, these are probably the most fiddly out of all of the treats I’m showing you! But if you’ve got a bit of patience and persistence, they will look and taste great!

  • Cheekily I used a rice krispie recipe off of the internet because it’s such a simple recipe! It basically involves rice krispies, butter and marshmallows
  • Add orange food colouring to make them as orange as you want them to be
  • Separate the mixture into several sandwich bags, you can make smaller and larger pumpkins, so add as much mixture into each bag for the size that you want
  • Mould the mixture in the bag into a round shape
  • Add a fudge sweet into the top for a stalk (you could also use black liquorice)
  • Tie up each food bag tightly and pop them in the fridge for a couple of hours so they set into a ball shape

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Bat Bites

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How cute are these! Are they too cute to eat though… Of course not 😉

  • Separate each half of 4 oreos and slice them into halves again. I did this by using a table knife in a slicing motion slowly so that they don’t crack! You should then end up with 16 ‘wings’
  • Melt two bars of milk chocolate in the microwave (roughly 30 seconds but do it 10 seconds at a time and stir until melted)
  • Fill small cupcake cases with the melted chocolate, this mixture made 8
  • Before the chocolate has set, push two wings into each cupcake case at the top and two small white marshmallows at the bottom
  • Add a dot of black piping icing onto the marshmallows for the eyes
  • Put them in the fridge for a couple of hours
  • Once the chocolate has set, remove the cupcake cases carefully so you don’t break the wings

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Let me know if you decide to make any of these ideas and tag me on instagram so I can see them!

Instagram – Fashionbellee

Much Love,

Homemade Halloween Treats Part 1

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Hi Everyone!

So halloween is round the corner and I thought I’d show you a few fun snacks I have created which you can make for a party or just for a treat! I’ve separated them into two posts, so there will be two ideas today and two more coming your way on Wednesday!

As you know, I’m disabled so I can guarantee that none of these ideas are majorly difficult and they’re easy to do, even with kids but they still look amazing!

Blood Splatter Chocolates

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I’ve started off with some really simple but effective ‘blood splatter’ chocolates. All you have to do is;

  • Melt however much white chocolate you want, I used one small bar and it made 7
  • Use small cupcake cases and pour a small amount into each one
  • Sprinkle red food colouring all over them in a random way to look like blood
  • Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours until they are set and then peel away the cases
  • So simple!!!

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Eye Balls

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Another really quick and simple idea and these are soooo yummy!

  • You will need white large marshmallows and smarties or an equivalent
  • Draw ‘veins’ on to the marshmallows, make the lines quite wiggly and not straight, using a cocktail stick and red food colouring
  • I melted a small amount of white chocolate to glue the marshmallows and smarties together
  • Add a spot of black piping icing in the middle of the smarties to create the complete eye ball effect

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Like I said, I’m not one for difficult bakes with lots of ingredients! I think these are quick and easy ideas that I hope will inspire you to make some of your own! Keep your eye out for two more ideas coming on Wednesday.

Much Love,

AW16 Trend Series – Sports Luxe

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Hi Everyone,

So for the final part of my trend series, I wanted to look at Sports Luxe which was a huge AW16 trend at Louis Vuitton, Vetements and Anya Hindmarch.

 

There are so many ways to wear this look as you can see above and I decided to create a more relaxed outfit, (I don’t think I could’ve pulled off the oversized puffer jacket..!!) combining the wet look leggings and metallic accessories to add the luxe element.

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Top – Zara
Jacket – River Island (similar here)
Leggings – Matalan (similar here)
Sunglasses – ASOS
Bag – Stradivarius
Trainers – Primark

Some other alternatives in the shops right now;

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I hope that you have enjoyed this series on just  a couple of the autumn and winter trends. Let me know if you have and I can do something similar for each new season of fashion in the future!

Much Love,