FASHION

Essentials EDIT: The Pinned Blazer Look

My newest and most favourite essential atm has to be this very oversized blazer I recently thrifted. So oversized to the point that I had to pin the blazer with my seahorse broach (also thrifted) to give somewhat of an asymmetrical shape.

This houndstooth blazer is actually a men’s blazer, but because of how oversized it is on me – I’ve found that it’s perfect to throw on while running an errand or even paired with a turtleneck to keep warm yet sophisticated. It’s definitely become a favourite piece of mine and I love it.

BLAZER: Thrifted (for £1,😱 I’m serious)

LEGGINGS: NEXT

THIGH HIGH BOOTS: ZARA

TOP: ZARA

I know this is quite different but I still hope this gives a bit of tailored inspo to try out or incorporate if you’re experimenting with oversized blazers in your wardrobe. Perhaps not as oversized as mine lol but I think this look is simple, fun yet structured 🙂

Thanks for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

SEBAGO FEATURE

Just been featured in Sebago’s newest blog post amongst some amazing bloggers! I’m so thankful to be a part of such a campaign. Make sure to click the link here to read the full post!

http://www.sebago.com/UK/en_GB/blog?url=%2F/sebago_uk/2017/08/30/at-your-styling-service-british-summertime-edition/

Thank you all for your support ❤

Lots of love,

EDIT: Hello, Autumn

September is here!

This autumnal inspired editorial showcases this simple corset dress from Zara paired with my thrifted classic cowboy inspired ankle boots by Topshop which are one of my favourite go-to boots for Autumn/Winter months.

Overall this look is quite free-flowing and different compared to my other ones. And even though this edit is in black and white, the makeup is just a simple base with subtle feline cat-eyes, nothing too dramatic.

As we enter a new month I think this is the perfect time to reflect and refresh for autumn. I personally love Autumn/Winter season, it may be because of my love for vintage coats but my point is that there’s something so renewing and shifting as seasons change. Every time it becomes another opportunity to experience and define what’s you.

Me being only 16, I obviously still have a lot of time on my hands to find and develop my style and what suits me but lately I have just been experimenting with the term “less is more”. Not just in style but life in general. This past summer I’ve found myself picking up things I don’t often wear, letting my skin breath a lot more, reading more books with actual interest and focusing on my presence whilst being in the moment.

It’s easy to fall out of touch with yourself and not know what you want. I certainly have had those moments with trends (not just style trends) and in this day and age I think it’s important to capture and cherish what really shows your true self, that’s through living I suppose; figuring out what really inspires you and intrigues you. Life in all forms is beautiful and I’ve slowly been embracing that with ease.

Without babbling (like I haven’t already :/)

I hope you all have a lovely September!

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by The Belper

Lots of love,

LOOK OF THE DAY

Happy Monday! Today I’ve kept my look super casual and neutral. Since Autumn is just around the corner, I thought this look would be perfect for transitioning into the cooler months. My favourite piece that stood out to me in this outfit is this one shoulder top from Zara, I picked this up in the sales after my Mother convinced me it would be perfect for cooler months, and she was right! *Pretends to be shocked* but jokes aside this top is lightweight, breathable, comfy and easy to through on. The fact that it’s black is a plus since it’s versatile and can be paired with jackets as we’re coming into autumn.

OUTFIT & SHOES: ZARA

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Hope you all have a great week!

Lots of love,

Makeup Look: A POP OF PINK

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For this editorial, I wanted to be quite bold whilst keeping the look modern and wearable!
Creating the eye look was quite simple:

The main focus is pink eyeshadow on the lids, applied in a rounded, 60s mod shape and blended well around the edges. I complimented the pink with navy blue eyeshadow (as eyeliner). You may not be able to notice on camera, but the eye liner is actually navy blue as opposed to black.

Started off with a base on the eyes in a similar tone as the eyeshadow I planned on using: A pink eye primer/colour corrector (a tiny bit of it only on the lids) will not only help ensure staying power as you add liner but should make a difference in the opacity of your eyeshadow. Any eye base that works for you is perfect for this step.

I focused on two main shadows from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette to give a hot-pink metallic effect: “Seize” and “Gossip”. There are so many different metallic/shimmery pink eyeshadows to choose from, these two were the closest to what I was going for.

For the liner, I applied a wet black eyeshadow and went over it with “Minx” to form a navy blue shade. I kinda just wanted some extreme contrast on the eyes so instead of using black I thought navy blue would make things pop.

There will be a post dedicated to my foundation routine but for now, I just made sure the skin was kept simple and mellow.

Definitely was experimenting with this look, but I think it just adds a vibrant element of fun to any simple outfit.
“Give Me A Break” BOMBER JACKET: ZARA

Let me know what you think and if you have or would go this bold with eyeshadow?
Thanks so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

Vivienne Westwood Personal Shoe Collection Exhibition

It was a lovely Monday morning when I was chatting with my good neighbour about our obsessions with 1940-50s fashion. Soon a conversation was brought up about our top favourite designers and Vivienne Westwood was mentioned. It was at that moment she had told me about a Vivienne Westwood Personal Shoe Collection Exhibition running at our local museum. It is known that this person had been collecting Vivienne Westwood pieces for over 15 years, (basically, since I was born…) I literally got so excited about this collection that It would be no surprise to share my experience of viewing such art.

Vivienne Westwood who hails from Derbyshire where I’ve been fortunate enough to live for most of my life is one of the most emblematic, British fashion designers respectively. Well, known for her punk rock movement through her designs since the late 1960s/70s.

This collection sits in Pickford’s House Museum (a middle-class home built in 1770, now a museum) in Derby at 41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA

Open from 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday (Closed Sunday and Monday)

The exhibition is free of charge, however, you can donate any amount by choice to help sustain the museum and future exhibitions.

On a Thursday, last month my mother and I went to visit the museum. I must say, I found the environment exceptionally relaxing and inspiring (for my artistic self, haha) the staff there were so welcoming and overall the environment made the 10 minute trip from our home well worth it.

The shoe exhibition was being held upstairs. At the entrance, we met a nice lady presenting the collection and at first glance, suddenly I was overwhelmed by the most exquisite, detailed, valiant shoes ever! Such a shoe girl’s dream (or at least mine). I was in awe of the quality and condition the collector had kept them all in!

Carnaby Buckle Shoes

Towards the left side of their entrance was more of some amazing Vivienne Westwood shoes! Including the iconic blue platform-heeled Super Elevated Gillies best known for Naomi Campbell’s famous tumble when she wore them at a catwalk show in 1993. Unfortunately, due to the lighting, the camera wasn’t doing the shoes any justice so I couldn’t capture them :/ But if you do happen to be in Derby I highly recommend visiting Pickford’s House before September 2017 to see them!

HammerHead Shoes

Seditionary boots

This unique collection includes their signature Pirate Boots, HammerHead Shoes, The Red Patent Leather Pumps and Black Spiky Shoes by Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood.

Pirate Boots

Union Jack ball-tie Dress

This dress (above) is by far my favourite piece from the exhibition! The dress is actually made of silk and if you look closely, parts of the dress were dyed in earth toned colours to form a design of the Union Jack. From the curved shapes to how the dress falls is absolutely gorgeous to me.

Personally, I feel like there was no better place to showcase this collection than Pickford’s House Museum. The house is beautiful, the shoes hold character, the two just go hand in hand. The fact that this home is over 200 years old kind of feels like time travelling to me. The minute you walk in is the second you encounter a different world, a different way of living and I find it quite interesting to naturally get to reflect upon this way of life being so young in a world full of evolvement, like seeing eye to eye with history right before me. I loved it.

You can really tell some of the shoes were inspired not only by punk but briefly from the  18th Century all the way back to the Golden Age of Piracy. This is what I have always loved about Vivienne’s work, the way she innovates, mastered and merged her love for the medieval era with her present punk-rock approach still wows me to this day. My absolute favourite collection she’s done would have to be “Queen of Sheba” by Mr Pearl for Vivienne Westwood’s 1995 Vive La Coquette (not a lot of photos from that collection, but absolutely phenomenal nonetheless).

If you’re interested to view more of Vivienne Westwood’s collections, I’d take a look at her website that holds her archive. I often visit her pages not just to gush over her dresses, but to get a bit of artistic inspiration from them. I almost get Alice In Wonderland vibes from her work. Hopefully, you’ll love them as much as I do!

It was so awesome to experience different eras at once with shoes!

I hope this post gives you a glimpse of Vivienne Westwood Inspiration as much as it did for me.

Hope you all have a lovely August!

Lots of love,

SATURDAY’S LOOK: CASUAL DAY OUT

Happy Weekend!

The Look: I wanted to keep things simple but elevated with a touch of glam by accessorising here and there.

DENIM DRESS: Thrifted

BODYSUIT (worn underneath): ZARA

BOX BAG: ZARA

SNEAKERS: ZARA (On Sale)

NECKLACE: RIVER ISLAND

STUD EARRINGS: ZARA

SUNGLASSES: NEW LOOK

MAKEUP LOOK: Since my outfit was more cool toned, I balanced things out with warm, sun-kissed looking skin. I concealed my smaller blemishes to really give a flawless finish and kept things neutral by applying highlighter before my face powder- I’ve found by doing so, my face gets that ‘glow from within’ look as my makeup wears throughout the day.

Maintaining the warm theme on the lids, I blended a rust-toned colour to add depth (a bronzer works well for this). I then used a dark black/brown eyeshadow as eyeliner to soften and elongate my eyes and topped off with mascara.

Lips: Lastly, I applied a tinted, traditional lipstick (as a base) lined my lips with a brown pencil (to define) and dabbed my concealer on the centre for a beige-nude shade.

Hope this Look Of The Day gives you a little inspo!

Let me know in the comments, what you think of this look.

Lots of love,

Stacy xx