Clothes Show 2016

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I went to the final Clothes Show to be held at Birmingham NEC since 1989! It’s moving to Liverpool in the summer next year for the foreseeable future, so I wanted to give you the low down on what I saw, what was there and most importantly, what I bought!

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The fashion show this year wasn’t as good as previous years I felt, there wasn’t much in the way of a theme which tied all of the fashion pieces together and they didn’t have as much well known music. They did however have a saxophone player who was amazing and it gave a really unusual twist to the fashion show.

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There were a huge amount of stands there from accessories, beauty, clothing and homeware including brands like Spectrum Brushes, Barry M, Models Own, Elemis, In The Style and Oasis, with a lot of them having exclusive deals just for the Clothes Show.

I managed to pick up the most beautiful make up brush from Spectrum which isn’t going to be released until January 2017 but was on special offer at the show.

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Also this make up bag from Barry M which included loads of their products for only £10 which is incredible! Also helps that the makeup bag itself is super instagram friendly..!

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I also picked up this cute jumper for the crazy price of £5! I mean, it’s not exactly the softest of knits and it won’t be incredible quality but such a bargain.

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There were a few celebrities there including a couple of my favourite bloggers/youtubers Sarah Ashcroft and Lydia Millen who did a panel as well as fashion stylist Mark Heyes and Jo Elvin who is the editor of Glamour magazine.

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What I wore;
Top – New Look
Jacket – Stradivarius (sold out alternative here)
Leggings – Old Matalan
Boots – Primark
Bag – New Look (sold out alternatives here and here)

Also, just a side-note for all of you fellow people in wheelchairs; the NEC also has a brand new Changing Places toilet.. which is the best news! So if you’re ever going to an event there, we found it near Hall 20.

Much Love,

 

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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

A Year as FashionBelle

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Hi Everyone!

So my blog hit one year old on 23rd September and I can’t believe it, it’s gone so quickly!

When I started my blog, I wanted to inspire both disabled and able bodied people to be who they want to be and to style themselves in anyway they want. I had never let my disability get in the way of my love of fashion and beauty and I wanted to show other disabled people that their disability didn’t need to stop them from standing out in their own unique way.

Honestly a year down the line, when I look back, I thought I’d have more than a thousand instagram followers and hundreds of views on my blog each day; but it doesn’t work like that.. I’ve learnt that I will get nowhere without hard work and determination and that if I continue to do this, then it will pay off eventually!

I enjoy what I do so much, I love writing my blog even though some days after work I just want to chill and do nothing! But my passion is fashion and beauty and I’m so pleased that I have this platform to share it with everyone!

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I’ve got so much planned for the future of FashionBelle, but if there are any posts etc that you’d love to see, products you’d like me to review etc, then please let me know in the comments and I would really appreciate it!

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Dress- New Look
Hat – Primark
Boots – New Look

Thank you to everyone for all of your support so far and here’s to another year!

Much Love,

Ring The Bell

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Hi Everyone,

The bell sleeve trend is everywhere right now and I wasn’t sure how accessible it would be to someone in a wheelchair and if it was even worth it because the effect might be lost as I’m always sitting down. I stumbled across this top on instagram and I knew I had to try it when I found out it was less than £10.00!!

It’s a lovely pleat material, so really comfortable and easy to wear and I love the sleeves so much! I think they still stand out even though I’m sitting down and they’re not too annoying either.

This look is quite minimal for me, but I was just having one of those days where I didn’t want to add to much jewellery-wise and I think the top speaks for itself and I didn’t want to distract away from the beautiful high neckline.

Of course I did add a bit of fun when it came to the jacket and shoes as I can’t be too sensible ;). I felt the camo bomber jacket and trainers gave it an edge and stopped it from being too overly feminine.

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Top – H&M sold out online but check in store (alternative here)
Leggings – old Matalan (alternative here)
Trainers – old Next (alternative here)
Jacket – Primark
Sunglasses – Primark

Have you tried the bell sleeve trend? What did you think?

Much Love,

A Weekend in Manchester

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Hi Everyone!

I asked on social media if you’d like a long post with all the details of our weekend in Manchester or just a snippet… and you all wanted a long post, so here we go! I have included all of the things we got up to, awesome places to shop and eat and also everything all my fellow disabled people will need to know! All thrown in with tons of photographs which I really enjoyed shooting!

I’d been to Manchester several times before because my sister went to dance college there, but I hadn’t been for ages and I was excited to find new places and be a bit of a tourist this time!

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So of course, we started the weekend with a bit of shopping! The Trafford Centre is one of the most unique and exciting places to shop, the building itself is incredible and the range of shops only adds to how awesome it is!

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They’ve also just opened a new Stradivarius store which is one of my favourite European shops, they have the most gorgeous clothing which is all reasonably priced, think New Look. I’d recommend going here if you’re in the Trafford Centre!

They also have a Selfridges which we stumbled in to because we spotted the food court (hah) and ended up spending about an hour in the store! They had Primark in there, H&M Home, Kikki K, Muji and the most delicious cakes ever (we were very good though and resisted!)

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Everything I wanted to do in the Trafford Centre was accessible and we found it really easy to find lifts when we needed them. One of the main things for me is going to the toilet (skip this section if you don’t want to hear all about it!!) and when I am with my husband, I can only go to the loo using a ceiling or manual hoist. I have discovered in the past year or so the most amazing website called Changing Places. It shows you everywhere in the UK where you can find disabled toilets which are only opened with a Radar Key that have a ceiling hoist and changing bed if needed. It’s literally been a life changer!

Luckily they have them in pretty much every shopping centre in the UK which is perfect for a shopaholic like me! And they have one at the Trafford Centre.

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We ate in La Tasca, one of around 40 different places to eat there! So you’ll never be stuck finding something to suit your taste. The food was delicious and the settings where you eat which are all decorated so you feel like you’re in Spain or America or China are an experience in themselves.

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As you can see, we didn’t leave until it was dark but it was the perfect choice to spend the day there as it pretty much rained the whole of Saturday (typical Manchester!) and so we headed onto our hotel.

We stayed at the Travelodge Ancoats in the city centre, it was about 20 minute drive from the Trafford Centre. We use Travelodge’s a lot because the beds in the disabled rooms are always hollow underneath which allows access for my manual hoist and we don’t require bed risers etc.

I had contacted the hotel a few days before to request a wet room because they have different levels of accessible rooms. They have some rooms with a bath and some with wet rooms which are better suited if you use a manual hoist because obviously you can shower and there’s more room in the bathroom for hoisting onto the toilet.

When we got there we had a room with a bath which was so frustrating and when we spoke to reception, the hotel was full so there was no way we could change rooms. It meant as per most times in my life, we had to cope! And we did… my husband is a saint and has to put up with so much!

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On Sunday we had a walk to Deansgate in the sunshine! Which took about 20 mins and found an adorable cafe for breakfast. It was called Home Sweet Home and when we went in (all flat) we discovered that there were 4 steps to the main eating area. They did have seating on the street level outside and inside the door but they were tall bar tables with stools. The staff were so helpful and informed us that they had ramps that they could put up; I was very sceptical because I’ve had bad experiences in the past, but they were very sturdy and easily took the weight of my wheelchair.

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We had a delicious breakfast (if you want to see it then check out the photo on my instagram @fashionbellee) and then headed out ready to be tourists!

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My husband told me about the Beetham tower which is the tallest building in Manchester and apparently the highest residential building in Europe! I’d never been to it before and Nathan told me that the views were to die for, so we travelled up 23 floors to Cloud 23 restaurant and politely asked if they would let us have a quick peak at the view! It was incredible, you could see around for miles and it was nice to see a different aspect of Manchester. I love the mix of old and new buildings, it’s such an interesting and unique city.

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Right across from the Beetham tower is the Museum of Science and Industry which we visited afterwards. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was free to enter and we found it so interesting, I’d really recommend going there.

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There were loads of interactive things to get involved with for small children and big ones like us!! It was in about 5 different building all in the same location and everything was accessible.

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Top – old Monki
Bomber – Primark
Leggings – Matalan
Boots – New Look
Bag – old Asos

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In true Sophie style, we finished the day by strolling back slowly through the city to find the Primark! And it’s one of the biggest I’ve been too!

We had a lovely time and I’d definitely recommend a visit to Manchester if you’re looking to go on a city break. There is so much more for me to see and I want to go back soon!

I hope you enjoyed reading all about my weekend and seeing all of the photos, thank you so much if you got all the way to the end!! If you have any feedback then I’d really appreciate it.

Much Love,

 

Ev’rybody wants to be a Cat

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Hi Everyone!

Ok obviously not everybody wants to be a cat… but I just couldn’t get the Aristocats out of my head while I was writing this post!! I fell in love with this cap when I saw it on the website, it’s so quirky and fun and I love wearing something that will start a conversation!

It’s a gorgeous velvet black and is adjustable at the back so it’s really comfy and completely perfect for days when I can’t be bothered to do much with my hair as it sasses up any outfit!

I think I’m getting into Autumn mode because I seem to be wearing a lot more black again lately and this mesh top was a complete bargain, I’ve seen other versions of the same thing in other shops much pricier!

You know how much I love khaki from other posts and these leggings are just a dream. The open knee cut out detail is so cool to add interest to a more casual look.

I added some other statement accessories but equally if you don’t like to wear much jewellery etc you could just wear the cap and let it speak for itself.

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Cap – River Island
Mesh Top – Primark
Strap Top – H&M
Jeggings – Matalan
Denim Jacket – New Look – sold out online, alternative here
Trainers – New Look
Bag – Zara
Choker – Zara – sold out online, check in store or Alternative here

Much Love,

September Wishlist

Hi Everyone!

Take a look at everything I’d love to pick up this month! (Well, if I won the lottery that is!)

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­­2 Pack Shiny Floral Chokers – Zara – £17.99

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Colourful Sequinned T-Shirt – Zara – £19.99

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Patch Bag – Topshop – £32.00

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Lace Blouse – Zara – £22.99

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Grey Velvet Jacket – Next – £28.00

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Multi-Strand Necklace – H&M – £6.99

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Colour Block Tunic – Zara – £17.99

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Batwing Top – Topshop – £39.00

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Floral Dress – Boohoo – £25.00

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Tweety Clutch – Zara – £17.99

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Trumpet Sleeve Blouse – H&M – £9.99

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Phone Case – Asos – £8.00

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Sequinned Dress – Zara – £49.99

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Frill Detail Top – Next – £15.00

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MultiColoured Scarf – Zara – £19.99

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Text Bag – Zara – £29.99

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Dogtooth Jacket – Next – £36.00

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Harness Strappy Top – Boohoo – £8.00

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Quay Sunglasses – Quay Australia (Asos) – £40.00

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Brooches – H&M – £5.99

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Choker – Topshop – £14.00

Much Love,