Category: Summer Trends 2011

Festival treats

It’s oxegen time! and if you haven’t got the full four-day camping ticket you still have some time to grab some things before you go, aswell as some treats for any other festivals still to come!

Here are some fun things I’ve found ūüôā

How gorgeous is this rain poncho from irregular choice!?  I love the print.  The best part about it though, is that it packs away into a little bunny shaped bag!!  Click here to see it.

It also comes in a navy sequin print – see below:

Equally is gorgey-porgey I think. ¬†Both ¬£48 each at irregularchoice.com –click here

I love this stack of bracelets from ASOS, ¬£10 –click here. ¬†However I’ve recently learnt how to make pom poms – they’re really easy! ¬†Below are the pom poms I made a few days ago:

In my next post I’ll show you how to make them and try to make a little bracelet out of them. ¬†All you’ll need is some wool in the colours you want the pom poms, some cardboard (a cereal packet will do) and a pair of scissors :).

I’m a big fan of face paints for festivals – so much fun. ¬†I bought this set last weekend in preparation for Creamfields which I’m going to in August. ¬†It’s a bit early, I know, but I love face painting anyway so it doesn’t matter :). ¬†A few days ago I took my little sister to see Pirates of the Caribbean, and she decided she’d like to be painted as a witch for the occasion. ¬†A bit random, but sure why not I guess! ¬†Here she is:

freaky deakie! – ¬†I painted new, witchy eyes on her eyelids ūüėÄ

I love this little bandeau/shorts combo! ¬†It’ll see you through from beach to festival: throw on over your bikini with sandals for the beach/ add a raincoat, leather fringe bag, a pair of grubby wellies and big shades for festival. ¬†¬£26 from TOPSHOP – click here.

Najavo print socks Рso pretty! £8 from URBAN OUTFITTERS Рclick here.

I was having a bit of a struggle trying to find a cheap rucksack that was big enough to fit all my festival gear in – but small enough to fit the regulations for hand luggage on my flight to liverpool for creamfields. ¬†We didn’t book luggage on as it was working out at an extra ¬£30 :/. ¬†Thankfully I remembered I have this lovely rucksack I used to use as my school bag ūüôā I got mine from TK MAXX and they often have some nice jansport bags in there.

To the left is another backpack I found on the tk-maxx website – ¬£14.99, which is really cheap compared to some of the other ones I’ve seen. ¬†It’s a good size too. ¬†Click here.

I bought this glitter palette from URBAN OUTFITTERS yesterday – perfect for adding a bit of ¬†glam. ¬†It’s in the sale for ¬£4! ¬†Click here. ¬†Below is some glittery eye makeup inspiration.

I don’t really like the shape of the glitter around this models eyes, I think it’s too panda-like. ¬†But the idea of the grungy glittery eye is cool and really easy to do. ¬†Also it will look better as it smudges :). ¬†This image is from the Vena Cava A/W 2011 catwalk.

How fun is this mohawk hat from RIVER ISLAND!? perfect if your feeling a bit chilly/having a hair crisis.  It also comes in black. £24.99 Рclick here.  They also have a very girly indian headdress for £29.99:

pretty, isn’t it :)? ¬†Click here.

These Bitching and Junkfood shorts are amazing, but I still thing £60 for a pair of shorts is a bit much :/ Рcheck out my previous post on their launch at URBAN OUTFITTERS last month here.  and click here to see the shorts.

Poi (seen above) are super fun – I’m bringing mine to creamfields. ¬†See them below:

I got mine from Barcelona – but you can buy them from the internet if you’re interested. ¬†Here’s a youtube video of some basic poi spinning :).

That’s all for today folks – hope you enjoyed it + if you have any questions just post on my facebook page!

Nuala xo

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Stella McCartney Look-a-likey!

Every season the amazing clothes that big designers produce is used as inspiration for high street brands. ¬†I’ve been doing a bit of hoking around and found some look-a-likes.

Stella McCartney 

By far one of the hottest collections for Spring/Summer 2011 (take a look at my previous post Tutti-Frutti prints, https://belfash.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/tutti-frutti-prints-for-summertime/ for more inspiration!). I loooove these citrus prints, so fresh and summery.

I like the print on this NEW LOOK dress, however I think the shape is a bit uninspiring (a prom dress, really?).  With so many amazing new shapes on the catwalk I think NEW LOOK have been lazy with this design.

Image courtesy of http://www.champagneandstilettos.com

I think PRIMARK have done a far superior job in their lemon-print dress.  The print is gorgeous and I love the way the top half of the dress is woven diagonally.  At £9.00 you have no excuse for not buying it!

The print on this ZARA blouse, ¬£29.99 is a bit too much leaves and butterflies and not enough fruit for my liking. ¬†However I’m glad someone had designed something other than a dress from McCartneys inspiration.

On my hunt I also found these two cuties!  Orange Resin Ring, £8.00 and Large Citrus Pendant, £20.00 from http://www.jijikiki.com.

Hope you liked this! I’m going to try to do a BELFASH LOOK soon, ¬†I can’t at the minute though as I’m all sick with a tummy bug :(. ¬†But I’m sure I’ll be better soon. ¬†Any suggestions just comment on my facebook page –¬†http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002252247478.

P.S. ¬†If you haven’t subscribed already please do, it means you get an email each time I write a post so your all updated :). ¬†Just click the ‘sign me up!’ button on the right hand side of the page.

Nuala xo.

Time to put on some shades!

At last, the sun is (sometimes) shining and it’s finally acceptable to wear a pair of sunglasses. ¬†There are so many great trends this season, your peepers are spoilt for choice!

This summer designers took inspiration from retro shapes such as the ‘cats eye’ and 60’s style round framed glasses :

My favourite Designer sunglasses this season:

Bug Eyed – Jil Sander.

Jelly brights – Marc Jacobs

Cartoon-y swirls – PRADA

These designers have paved the way for the high street styles this season.  Look out tomorrow for my picks of trend #1 РBRIGHT sunglasses!  Hope you liked this and as always if you have any suggestions contact me on the facebook page or email me at thebelfashblog@gmail.com.

Nuala xo


PRINT – ways to wear it.

In my last post I looked at Diane Von Furtsenburg, Givenchy and L.A.M.B’s printed creations for Spring/Summer 2011, and although they are beautiful most of us can’t afford designer :P. ¬†So in this post I’m looking at affordable ways to wear this seasons print-trend.

OUTFIT #1

Printed t-shirt, £15, black and white Aztec print leggings (Oh-so Givenchy! Check out my previous post) £26 both from URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk.

Snake print headband, £6.99 RIVER ISLAND.  Festival bag, £20 from ASOS.com.  Elephant print TOMS from SCHUH.co.uk (soooo cute! I love elephants.)

Teaming printed leggings and accessories with a fun, laid back t-shirt is a perfect look for daytime.  You could also dress up the leggings with a pair of wedges and some tribal jewellery.

OUTFIT #2


Aztec print top, £16 and printed skirt £34.99 both from TOPSHOP.  Black wedge sandals £90 from FLY London at SCHUH.co.uk.  Woven navajo backpack £46 from URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk.  Printed headband, £3.99 from NEW LOOK.

I really like this as an outfit,  I would wear it for daytime but you could dress it up by wearing a black lace top like this one from ASOS.com:

Hope this post was helpful and inspiring etc! ¬†Went on a stylespot today and found some lovely lookin’¬†peeps so watch out for the ‘you’ve been BELFASHED #3’ post tomorrow.

Nuala xo

PRINT pick ‘n’ mix.

Prints are still going strong but after the animal print take-over last year, we’re ready for a change.

 Diane Von Furtsenburg, New York Spring fashion week 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com.

Diane Von Furtsenburg mixed up stylised spot prints on a sexy silhouette – this is a very wearable outfit as the print doesn’t swamp the model’s body. ¬†The balance between flesh and print is just right and the belted waist pulls the whole look together.

Givenchy Spring 2011.  Image from ELLE.com

Givenchy’s look harder to pull off but the black and white graphic-y tribal print would look great in a different shape.

L.A.M.B.  Spring 2011.  Image from http://www.harpersbazaar.com

Gwen Stefani’s label L.A.M.B. featured bright, crisscrossing primary colours against tartan and white. ¬†I love the way the primary colours are slightly off – the red is more of a burgundy, the yellow is a ¬†mustard shade and the blue is a bright cobalt. ¬†Stefani looks great! Love her hair and red lippy.

I hope everyone had a nice Easter! Although I still haven’t been able to celebrate it yet ūüėõ (read previous post.) ¬†Watch out tomorrow for some prints on the high street. ¬†Any ideas or suggestions? let me know!

Nuala xo

Tutti-Frutti prints for summertime.

This season, Carmen Miranda inspired prints exploded on to the Catwalk (don’t know who Carmen Miranda is? I didn’t either until I typed her name into google images http://tinyurl.com/43f5nt3‘ohhh yeaaah that fruit-head lady!’)

Banana print was featured in PRADA’s 2011 spring/summer show (if you can’t tell already, I love PRADA.)

I came across a fashion illustration blog called www.gattobravo-miao.com, ¬†it’s so cute check it out. ¬†Here’s their interpretation of PRADA’s fruit prints:

I want to start illustrating my favorite catwalk shows – it looks like so much fun!

Stella McCartney’s Spring/Summer collection featured zesty citrus fruits.

¬†Fruit print is now on the high-street (: – here’s a few I like.

Banana print T-shirt, £18.00 from ASOS.com and lemon print prom dress, £29.99 from NEW LOOK.

Banana print shorts, £12.00 from TOPSHOP.

 

Lemon ‘fruit post’ earrings (they also come in apple and strawberry!), ¬£6.50, URBAN OUTFITTERS. ¬†Banana earrings, ¬£6.00, TOPSHOP.

Hope you liked these tutti-frutti treats.  Watch out for my next post!

 Nuala xo

Must-have stripes!

Okay so I’ve given you the designer stripes for this season – now I’m going to look at the things we can actually afford!

ASOS.com

 2 trends in 1! РColour blocking & Stripes.  £12.00

This pencil skirt is soo cute and can be dressed up or down.  Love the colours Р£25.00.  The yellow stripy top is a bargain at just £6.00.

TOPSHOP.com


Lovely jubbly, stripy dress is £29.00 Рalso comes in Petite.  Vertical Stripe t-shirt £22.50.

URBANOUTFITTERS.co.uk

  

T-shirt £28.00, Skirt £25.00 and tights £10.00.

and heres one for the boys

nautical stripe t-shirt £30.00 also from Urban Outfitters.

Hope you like these stripy delights! If you think I’m missing anything or you have any ideas/ requests for posts give me a shout on facebook :). ¬†Nuala xo