Winter Pastels

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Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe as I’m writing this, that this time next week it will be Christmas Day! Where on earth is the time going?!

This was such a different look for me to try, but I found this skirt which is so glittery in the best rainbow way (annoyingly hard to see in the photographs) and I wanted to style it up! Pastels in winter work so well and I thought this would be quite a fun day to evening look by adding in this sequin handbag.

Obviously you could team this skirt with bare legs but frankly it’s too cold and I hate my legs, so I opted for tights instead! I’m just going to call it granny chic 😉

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Jumper – Primark
Skirt – Primark
Tights – Primark
Boots – New Look
Bag – Primark
Christmas Rings – H&M

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,

AW16 Trend Series – Grunge Spirit

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Hi Everyone!

This is the second part of my AW16 trend series and this time I’m talking you through ‘Grunge Spirit’. I had so much fun styling this look; I think it’s partly due to me reverting back to my emo days 😉

This trend incorporates everything 90’s, chokers, tartan, leopard print, brooches and layering. I wanted to give a girly edge to my look but you could also style it with ripped jeans, a rock band tee and leather jacket. I have linked some other alternatives below. My inspiration off the catwalk for this trend was from Burberry, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Prada.

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Hat – H&M
Jacket – New Look (sold out alternative here)
T-Shirt – Old River Island
Dress – Boohoo
Boots – New Look
Fishnet Tights – Asos
Bag – Primark
Choker – River Island

Some other alternatives for you;

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Much Love,

AW16 Trend Series – Granny’s Attic

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Hi Everyone!

I think it’s safe to say that it’s 100% autumn now! The leaves are turning orange and I can see my breath in the mornings so I wanted to take a look at 3 of the fashion trends that are going to be pretty big this Autumn/Winter. Obviously this is a trend series so it’ll be based on the looks that were on the designer catwalks, but I always believe in styling yourself how you want to and this is just a rough guide of how I would wear some of the pieces from each trend. Of course you can always just pick one or two items and mix it with your own style to create a fresh new season look.

The trend I’m going to look at today is ‘Granny’s Attic’, it’s basically a mix of textures and colours to create a vintage twist on a modern outfit. Lots of the textures include ruffles, velvet, embroidery and sequins and this trend was spotted on the catwalks of Gucci, Miu Miu and Christopher Kane.

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I loved styling this look as I do like to wear some unusual and eclectic pieces. Like I said earlier rather than wearing a lot of the pieces together like I have to give you a feel of the trend, you could take the boots, bag or the top etc and add it alongside some of the items you already have in your wardrobe and it’ll give it an AW16 fashion boost!

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Jacket – New Look
Top – Zara
Jeggings – Matalan
Boots – New Look
Sunglasses – Asos
Ruffle Choker – Asos
Pearls – Vintage
Bag – New Look (out of stock online but check in store)

If that wasn’t enough… I’ve found lots of other items that would work for this trend too!

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Let me know what you think to this trend and how you would style it?!

Much Love,

The Tweety Pie Bag

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Hi Everyone,

I am such a fan of statement accessories and there is nothing more statement than this handbag! I spotted it online and had to get it straight away. I know it’s quite a bright colour and I wasn’t sure how to style it, but I felt that I wanted a basic outfit in black and this incredible bomber jacket with all the patches to pull it together.

The bag is pretty huge, it fits so much in it and it’s so soft. There’s also a black version which I’ll link below, that might be more appropriate if you don’t like bright colours as much as me!

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Bag – Zara (Yellow here and Black here)
Jacket – Primark
Top – Old Zara (similar here)
Leggings – New Look
Boots – New Look

Poundland Make Up Look – Testing and Review

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Hi Everyone!

As you all know, I’m a make up addict and I love using lots of different products from drug store to high end. My husband however is an addict to Poundland and I find myself in there quite often…!! And when I realised that they did their own make up line, I wanted to try these out and review them for you guys as they are extremely affordable!

For some reason I completely forgot to buy concealer so I haven’t used any and I couldn’t see any eye brow products in our local store, so apart from that my whole face is purely Poundland!

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I used the foundation in the shade Warm Ivory 2 and I’m actually very surprised. I expected it to be low coverage as it was quite watery but after giving it a shake and applying it straight onto my face before blending with a Spectrum foundation brush, it covered my face really well and evenly. It has quite a matt finish, but it didn’t cling anywhere or emphasise any dry spots.

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The pressed powder is in the shade Natural Beige 2, I didn’t see a huge amount of difference to my skin after using it but after a couple of hours, it did keep my makeup in place well.

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I was slightly nervous about the matte bronzer (they also do a shimmer version which would be really nice in the summer) as it was very orange toned and the shade is Matte Light 1. It actually translated into a lovely bronze shade on the skin, it was pigmented but easy to build up the colour and easy to blend.

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Finally the last base product is a highlighter in the shade Pearl Shimmer, it’s a shame as there is only one shade available (from what I could see). I’ve photographed it above in sunlight so you can see that it’s not at all glittery, but has a subtle shimmer which is so pretty. It has a pink/lilac undertone which actually works well as a blusher / highlight and although it’s not at glazed donut levels (!) it’s perfect for a daytime make up look.

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Above, after using all of the base products.

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I picked up two eyeshadows as they looked amazing in the pan, the white shade is White Frost 1 and the brown shade is Bronze 7. They are both hugely pigmented, I applied the white one with a brush and the bronze one with my finger and they worked both ways. They are quite glittery which doesn’t translate brilliant in the pictures, but is really flattering in person.

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There were a couple of mascaras to choose from but I went with the Plump Up The Volume mascara in Carbon Black; on the packet it actually states to ‘ apply generously for plumped up lashes’ and this was definitely true! It took a lot to get my lashes anywhere near coated, though once they were the overall look wasn’t too bad and they did lift and separate my lashes, I definitely wouldn’t say they were volumised though.

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Finally, I used the Matt Lip Colour on my lips. It’s really interesting that they have actually brought out Matt lip colours for this price point and I have to say I was very surprised at how much I liked it! It has a metallic sheen to it and it applies and dries down to a velvet finish rather than fully matte, but it lasted well for a couple of hours and I had to re-apply after food and drink. The colour was very pretty, it felt comfortable on my lips and not drying.

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The finished look;

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I have to say I am very impressed with Poundland make up, so much more than I thought I would be! If you are on a budget and don’t have lots of money to splash out on make up then I would definitely recommend trying some of these items.

The products I liked the most were definitely the highlighter and the eye shadows and I hope that they bring out more shades of the highlight powder in the future!

Have you tried Poundland make up before? What did you think?

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,