Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Faux Fur Jacket: Bitching & Junkfood
Sunglasses: Quay Australia
Bell Bottoms: Rokoko via ASOS
Platforms: ASOS

Some of my favourite ensembles are massively 70s themed and today's outfit feels so Glam Rock. How AMAZING are these colourful chevron bell bottoms?! They were only £28 which I think is pretty cheap considering they are usually so hard to find in the UK. These ones are sold out now but there are a couple of other styles by Rokoko left on ASOS here. They are ridiculously soft and comfy too!

I won this Bitching & Junkfood jacket in a giveaway last year and it's easily one of my fave faux furs as it's the perfect length for teaming with all my high waisted bottoms <3

Friday, 12 December 2014

Confetti Crowd: Pretty Little Thing

Here we have Confetti Crowd's second group blog post- I promise I won't post everyone as I know it will get repetitive but I am just overexcited right now :D

We are all wearing head to toe ankle Pretty Little Thing and you can find my hot pink suit here. I teamed my outfit with an old ASOS cow print collar and I borrowed Lulu's AMAZING Jeffrey Campbell rainbow flatforms which I have been trying to hunt down for yearsssss! You can keep up with us Confetti Crowd gals over on our instagram and twitter: @confetticrowd We have lots of exciting stuff in the pipeline! 

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Confetti Crowd

Shaggy Jacket: Nasty Gal
Two Piece: Vintage Louis Feraud
Boots: ASOS

SO excited to announce Confetti Crowd has officially launched YAY :D You can check out our group blog here. These are our images from our first ever blog post where we all wore an outfit that represented our individual styles so obviously I went for colourful and fluffy! Each week we will be posting group outfit posts and there will be more content posted in between too :D

The whole Confetti Crowd concept belongs to the beautiful Heidi as she wanted to do a collaborative blog with girls who have more unique styles and we all get along amazingly so it's an absolute dream. I have so much fun whenever we are together and I can't wait to see what our future holds <3 

Check out our behind the scenes video too!

Friday, 5 December 2014

Coat: Vintage & Customised with my King Sophie's World sequin patch
Dress: Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop
Boots: ASOS

This is my absolute fave dress of all time, I would quite happily be buried in it. I am still so glad I bought it because it's my go to dress when I can't find anything else to wear when I go out and if you work out the cost per wear it's probably worked out pretty cheap (still justifying spending over £100 on a dress a year on). 

How amazing is this fluffy reversible clutch? My fave side is the plum teddy bear style faux fur as I like to match it to my lipstick. Bird on a Wire's new accessories collection is a dream for all fellow fluffy lovers, you can check it here. 

I'm not sure my Sassy World sequin patch has ever been on my blog before? But I had it custom made by the extremely talented Sophie from King Sophies World before I launched Sassy World and I have to say I would really really recommend Sophie to anyone, she is fabulous and is the original sequin patch creator for fun and bold patches. I will cherish mine forever and ever <3

So in my last outfit post I mentioned I had something really exciting going on and I can now finally say that I am going to be a part of a new sassy blogger group called Confetti Crowd with my favourite bloggers and super lovely ladies, Lulutrixabelle, Heidi, Cheyenne and Tigerlilly. It launches on Monday so keep an eye out on our instagram @confetticrowd for updates on the website! It's going to be one big colourful sassy website with lots of joint outfit posts, I am SO excited about it :D

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Duvet Days x Sassy World Lookbook

Here we have another Lookbook I directed and styled for Sassy World, I love how pink and sparkly it is! I'm really excited about this new brand Duvet Days I'm stocking it's all about being fun and sassy yet sustainable. Emma, the lovely lady behind the brand, creates one off two pieces from vintage duvets! I chose from Emma's duvet selection what I thought would suit Sassy World and picked the most colourful and cute prints of course :)

Hope you like the lookbook! All the two pieces in the shoot are one offs and will be up for grabs this Sunday at 7pm on Sassy World.

Photographer: Maximilian Hetherington
Stylist & Set Design: Me
Model: Payge Dumbleton

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Jacket: Bitching & Junkfood
Trousers: Vintage
Boots: ASOS

Finally a new outfit post! My first ever blog post as a 23 year old and I also have new hair :D it looks much lighter in these photos than in real life but I kinda love it. 

The lovely ladies over at Bird on a Wire Vintage sent me over this gorge zebra shirt (one of my fave prints for A/W) and I couldn't wait to clash it with some printed bottoms. I also can't stop wearing these cute pink glitter boots from ASOS, they're surprisingly comfortable. Although I don't like that they look like they've lost shape from the front :( 

I have some SUPER exciting news coming so so soon but I can't say anything yet, keep an eye out on my instagram (@helibells) over the weekend and you may find out! EEEEKK :D x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Personal Post #2: One Year

Today I am going to be writing my second ever, very personal and slightly painful blog post, a year on from my first one. You're probably thinking why am I writing it if I find it a bit painful, but the truth is, I never really talk about this to anyone in real life and I suppose my blog is a good way of letting it out, almost like therapy I suppose. I've always struggled with talking about my feelings IRL but I find it ever so slightly easier to write about.

A year ago I lost my step dad to throat cancer after a long and gruelling 2 year battle. He was in my life for over a decade and was 'my mum's boyfriend' for the majority but they married within the last few weeks of his life. It was something they wanted to do once he got better but once we got the slightly surprising news he was terminal, they decided to marry as soon as they could to give him one last happy moment. Sadly, despite being given a year or so to live he was only with us for a few more weeks. The end was the most traumatic few days I have ever witnessed and something I've tried to push to the back of my mind but creeps back up on me when it gets to the 24th, 25th and 26th of every month and especially now it's the first anniversary. He passed away the day after my 22nd birthday (weirdly at 4.30am which is the exact time I was born) after 2 days in a coma after a major blood loss. When I look back I can't believe how different my life was during his cancer battle. He spent months in hospital after having his voice box removed and shit loads of treatment so my life consisted of juggling uni alongside daily hospital visits then when he was back home my mum and I became like his carers. We were all pretty depressed and ill from the stress of it all.

One year on and so much has changed. I know it's cliche but it really made me realise that life is so unexpected and short that you have to do whatever makes you happy. Act on your dreams, get rid of negative people in your life, say yes to more things. I've lost friends (it's so true that you realise who your real friends are during times like these), I've graduated uni and I've started my own business all in the space of a year and I'm so much happier now. It sucks that Chris isn't here to see any of this happen but I know how proud he would be of my Mum and I. The hardest part of the loss for me is knowing that I never fully appreciated how much of a fatherly support Chris was to me until the end and I'm so annoyed at myself for all the times I was a moody hormonal teenager and mean to him. So if I could give anyone any advice, it would be:

Don't wait until it's too late to appreciate someone
Act on your dreams
Life's too short to be unhappy so remove anything negative from it
Look after your health
Experience more- say yes to more things!

I don't want to come across in a way like ohhh poor me I've had such a hard time, because I hate that and I don't feel like that at all. Everyone has their own shit to deal with and no one else will ever fully understand what another person is going through. This is probably the last time I will speak about this on here but if anyone else ever wants to chat about anything, please feel free to get in touch. I know that grieving can be a really lonely time.

I'm not sure how to end this but just remember to enjoy life as much as you can :) <3 xxx