LIFESTYLE

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,

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,

INTRODUCTION

 

Welcome to The Belper. A Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Blog including wellbeing chit chat, recipe ideas to clothing hauls, outfits and looks from everywhere and anywhere pulled together in my statement personal style. The Belper is my escape that I use to share all the things I love by embracing the importance of dressing and living to my own choosing doing so with confidence and grace. Taking inspiration from the world around me and the world at large through the wonderful world wide web. I’m also inspired by my Mother, women and men of all ages who walk the streets in outfits filled with personality and charm, to the fashionable dog walkers, the beautiful houses and amazing architecture surrounding me of which I’m extremely lucky to wake up to every morning, the quaint shops, nature parks, museums, thrift stores and so much more. On a side note, I’m also a huge lover of vintage coats. 

I have yet a long lifestyle evolution to experience and sharing my journey with fellow readers is what this blog is and will continue to be about. 

This is THE BELPER.

 

 

 

EDIT #SaturdaysLook

 

 

I’m currently obsessed with lace dresses, I paired this dress with my favourite platform shoes from ZARA

I went for a glowy/glam skin look using my favourite face products:

@lorealmakeup True Match Foundation, bronzed with @bobbibrownuk Foundation Stick “Chestnut” under my eyes I used @lagirlcosmetics Pro Concealer and set it with @anastasiabeverlyhills Refill Powders (which I’ve done a blog post on) Quick tip for a glow on the go: use eyeshadow to highlight, I used “Vermeer” + “Primavera” from the #ModernRenaissance palette.

DRESS – TK MAXX
COAT – THRIFTED
BAG – RIVER ISLAND

WHAT’S IN MY MAKEUP BAG

Current Makeup Essentials:

 #makeupbag #downtonabbey #faveourites