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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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,

 

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,

September Favourites

Hi Everyone!

Here’s what I’ve been loving in the past month, there’s not many new make up additions as I’ve been sticking with a lot of the same products as previous months, but I have found a couple of new things I’ve discovered that I’ve been enjoying.

Make Up Favourites

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Primark Love to Glow Moisturiser -£3.00

So I’ll start with skincare and I actually have a review of a couple of the new Primark skincare range coming soon to the blog so I’m not going to talk about it too much, but I’ve recently purchased this Primark Love to Glow moisturiser and it’s so good! For the price it’s incredible and I’ve paid a lot more for moisturisers just like this.

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L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale – £9.99

I’ve been trying out and loving the combination of two mascaras this month, the first is this one by L’Oreal and it does an amazing job of lengthening and fanning out my lashes, it’s also really black which I like. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing at curling my lashes, but I just use it with an eyelash curler and it makes them look really volumised.

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Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara – £6.99

The second mascara I have been using is this one from Revlon, I actually have the waterproof black version and it’s honestly one of the best waterproof mascaras I have ever used. I can put this on my bottom lashes in the morning and if I’m out late, it won’t have budged or smeared the whole day. My lower lashes always smudge as they are quite long so this mascara is a God send! I also tend to pair it with the L’Oreal mascara over the top on my top lashes just to give more volume and so it stops all of my mascara budging.

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Make Up Revolution Ultra Pro Glow – £10.00

This is a fairly new release by MakeUp Revolution, I had tried quite a lot of their other products including their eyeshadow palettes etc and always liked them, so as a highlight junkie I had to get my hands on this! I’m so surprised on how much I like it, recently I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills and this is such a good dupe! There’s 8 different shades ranging from pink to gold tones and they’re all so buttery and pigmented. For the price, this is so worth buying.

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Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick – Insanity – £15.00

So it wouldn’t be my favourites if I didn’t have at least two lip products..! And there’s two I’ve been loving in September; the first is a nude shade which is so pretty. It’s more of an orange toned nude which is quite different to what I’d normally go for but it’s so easy to wear, no need for a mirror to apply and I love it for a day to day look. I love the formula of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, they’re not drying at all and this is a cream finish so it’s quite moisturising but long lasting too.

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Wet N Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick – Rose-Bud – £3.99

I found this lipstick whilst I was in America in the summer and I’ve fallen in love with it! The shade rose-bud is perfect for this time of year as it’s a mauve-y toned pink which is great for a beautiful ‘english-rose’ look. I can’t even remember it being called Mega Matte as this may have put me off buying it as I tend to get very dry lips so I avoid most matte lipsticks, but this is absolutely amazing. It’s so comfortable to wear and I’d say it has more of a velvet finish than totally matte, but this suits me much more! I wish Wet N Wild were more easily available in the UK; I have linked one I found on amazon which is brilliant (and potentially dangerous for my bank account) so hopefully you can get your hands on one too.

Random Favourites

I can’t remember how I stumbled onto this youtube video, but I can’t stop watching it! If you ever need something to cheer you up, just watch this it’s so entertaining!

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My last favourite is a TV Show called Dexter on Netflix. I watched this a few years ago and loved it so much I have convinced my husband to watch it all over again with me as he’d never seen it before! I have to admit it’s very gory, so if you’re not into that kind thing then I wouldn’t watch it.. but if you enjoy thrillers and comedy combined then I’d definitely give it a go. It’s got a lot of drama and there’s 8 seasons so it’s perfect now for autumn and winter all cuddled up inside in the warm!

What have been your favourites in September?

Much Love,

 

 

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,