Invaluable x Rings

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Invaluable is the worlds largest online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques and collectables. This premier online auction marketplace provides a virtual salesroom where bidders have access to over 160,000 auctions for a variety of high quality, and unique products.

Me, being the fashionista that I am, was particularly interested in their selection of jewellery, especially the vast range of rings that they currently have on offer. It is here where you can find yourself a little piece of Hermes, Tiffany, Chanel or Bulgari to add to your vintage, designer collection. Check out a few of my mood boards below that showcase some of the gorgeous pieces on offer.



At the moment I am seriously into the colour blue, and am especially obsessed with anything Kenzo. I recently purchased this Kenzo Short Dress, and feel that the Invaluble Aqua Marine 3.50ctw Ring with 14kt White Gold would match perfectly and add an extra touch of sparkle (literally). Complete the look with some uber cool Kenzo accessories and you'll definitely have heads turning. 




This Peter Pilotto inspired outfit, would be absolutely perfect for race day. The Invaluable Bulgari B.Zero1 18kt Gold Band Ring would add an ultra touch of glam, fitting in perfectly with the vibrant colours and patterns of the dress. The look is completed with matching Salvatore Ferragamo and Chanel accessories. *A little out of my budget, but a girl can dream right? 


So what are you waiting for? Get out your bidding paddles and head on over to Invaluable to find your little piece of designer vintage. 


Till next time!


UC PRP Blogger and Social Media Night

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Last night, I was lucky enough to be invited to the University of Canberra Public Relations People, Blogger and Social Media Event, where I was selected to be a keynote speaker. This role involved me presenting a speech, and providing attendees with an insight into my blogging world, as well as what I do, and how I got to where I am today. 


For those of you that unfortunately couldn't make it on the night, I've posted a little exert from my speech below!

"Even though I have only been blogging professionally for a year, I definitely feel that I have learnt a vast amount in such a short period of time. What I love about life is that you can never predict the end result. I find this both terrifying and exiting, as I continue into a world of never-ending opportunities and hopefully- success. My advice to those also, who would like to pave their own path to success via the blogging world is to find your own individual spark, idea or craft and run with it. Get out there and gain as much experience as you can. Throw yourself into any opportunity, any job, or experience that you think will help further your professional career"

My outfit for the evening was inspired through business style chic with an added twist. 


Pantsuit: Topshop / Shirt: Tommy Hilfiger / Shoes: Witchery / Lipstick: Chanel 

Got a style question? Ask or email me! 


Beauty: 4 Steps to Perfect Hair with ghd

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

For those of you that know me, or know my hair for that matter, you’ll understand how damn hard it can be sometimes to style it correctly. Being blessed with super thick, long and unpredictable locks, it has always been important for me to be able to style my hair correctly.


So, it was only fitting that when the opportunity came to trial the new ghd V Coral Bird of Paradise Limited Edition Hair Styler - I jumped at the chance!


This limited edition ghd literally glides through your hair. As soon as I pulled it through my thick, and untamed hair, it was effortless, providing an ultimate and instant shine effect. Each smooth plate has a contoured gloss finish designed to not only style your hair, but give it a long lasting effect as well. The V Coral Bird of Paradise Hair Styler is designed with a cooler, lighter body, which is ideal for cool-to-touch handling, as well as a lighter weight and feel. An added bonus for those that forget to turn appliances off is the automatic turn off setting that will activate if the styler is left unattended for 30 minutes.


This practically perfect, and very pink (and orange!) styler also comes with a limited edition heat resistant bag, perfect for travelling, as well as protective plate guarding.


Keen to try this easy to use and equally stylish hair styler? Then check out my step-by-step tutorial below:


1. Prepare your hair with some Heat Protectant Spray. This will not only help cool your hair down once it’s in contact with the hot tongs, but it will also protect your hair from any damage. Also, always ensure that you give your hair a good brush before you straighten it, as this will make it much easier to style.


2. Section off parts of your hair to make it easier for styling. Depending on your hair type it might be easier to just keep your hair in a topknot above your head, or to use styling clips to section it off.


3. Now you’re ready to begin styling your hair! In order to achieve perfect straightening results, make sure that you take small sections of your hair at a time, so that the straightener can do its magic! I like to place the ghd at a slight angle, just to achieve a cleaner style. Gently glide the ghd down the sections of hair at least twice, just to ensure that each strand is perfectly straight.


4. Continue all the way around your head, ensuring that you cover every section of hair. Once you’re finished, ta-da! You have straight, smooth and silky hair.


The ghd V Coral Bird of Paradise Limited Edition Hair Stylers can be found at www.ghdhair.com along with the original stylers, curlers, hair products, tutorials and more!


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ASK BELLAMENTE STYLE: DRESSING FOR MY BODY SHAPE

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Im a bigger girl but love fashion and want to look trendy; is this possible?

Hello beautiful!

This is such a great question, and I'm so very glad that you asked it. My answer is YES! Of course you can look trendy; anyone can as long as they know how to dress for their body shape.


First of all, no one should want to 'hide' their features, as I believe that every women is different, and that we should each show off what our beautiful bodies have to offer. However, I will agree that regardless of this, we should wear clothing that definitely fits us properly, and makes us feel comfortable and look amazing. 

In my opinion, there are 4 main body shapes that women may posses: 


Pears, Hourglass, Apple, Column. 
(Just to make it clear, absolutely none of these body types suggest that any woman is overweight- everybody's shape is different and unique)



Pear Shapes

If your hips and backside are wider than your shoulders, you're the lucky owner of a pear-shaped body. Pear-shaped bodies typically have a smaller bustline as well. Depending on your overall proportions, bustier pears may actually be an hourglass body style. In order to dress for you body shape, you need to accentuate, and focus the attention upward. 

1. Opt for slimmer, fitted tops, button-down shirts, as well as cardigans that show off your incredible upper half.
2. Wear shirts or dresses that have an embellished neckline- these will instantly draw the eye upward towards the slimmest area of your body.
3. Layers are key. This can add a balance to a pear shaped body. 
4. So can A-line dresses and tops that emphasise the upper body, whilst also slimming your lower half. 
5. Have some structure in your wardrobe- if you wear baggy clothes, or outfits that just don't sit right, then it will show. Buy pieces that are your size and fit you properly. This could also include adding a structured blazer to your outfit, or wearing tailored pants. 

Hourglass Shapes

If you have a slightly round and curvy shape, with a well defined waistline, fuller hips and chest, then you have the beautiful (and yes I do mean that) hourglass shape. Due to the society we live in today where women are constantly exposed to images of what we should/ shouldn't look like, many hourglass shaped women think that they should in fact hide their curves. These women run the risk of dressing in outfits that just don't fit. Hourglass shaped women have a chest and hips that are about the same size, with a narrow waist. This gives them super sexy, killer curves! 

1. Dress in clothing that follows the curves of your body, rather then trying to hide them. This will make you look and appear more balanced, as well as feminine. 
2. Considering you have such a beautiful waist, make sure you wear tops that show off this amazing asset. These should all be tops that are fitted, and nip in at the waist, without adding any bulkiness to the chest. 
BIG NO NO: steer away from bows, or embellishments- these will add too much volume to the top half.
3. Always go for jackets that draw in towards the waist. Look for form-fitting and belted jackets
4. The same goes for dresses, opt for ones that also draw focus to your waist- this is your best asset, so show it off at every opportunity you get!
5. Skirts are definitely best when high-waisted, as low waisted ones only add bulk to your lower half. The same goes for pants and jeans, opt for mid of high rise styles. 

Apple Shapes

A women with an apple shape has gorgeous legs (that are seriously to die for), an ample bosom, and tight buns that every pear figure dreams of having! Apple shapes also have a slightly fuller, less defined waist and tummy. But don't worry- we don't want to hide any of these features! The body parts we definitely want to draw attention to are your stunning legs, bottom and your cleavage. 

1. Wear darker colours on your top half, or tops that are of one colour- this will keep the area from looking too busy, and will also make your upper body appear smaller. 
2. High waisted skirts and pants will give you the appearance of a waist, as will tops that are wraparounds, or that have a tie around the waist.
3. If you are short as well, or just need a boost- then high heeled shoes will be your best friend. These will make you legs look longer, and your apple middle appear smaller.
4. Boot leg jeans will also help you balance out your lower body, and when paired with high heels or boots, you will have an outfit and figure to die for! 
5. Steer away from shirts that have a high neckline. This is a big NO NO. These shirts will without a doubt make your upper body appear out of proportion, and will make you look too chunky. Also, big shapeless garments that don't have any waist, is the worst way to hide your figure. Never hide away in baggy clothing. 

Column Shapes

Also known as the rectangle, straight-up-and-down shape, or the ruler; column shapes have straighter hips, small breasts, long legs and a flatter bottom. You most likely will have a very enviable waistline, and lovely long limbs that are great for showing off! However, getting clothes to sit right on your body and fit properly, will be your biggest problem.

1. Soft, A-line skirts are most flattering on your hips, as they give you the definition that you need. They will also add a gentle flare to your shape.
2. Keep jackets and shirts as fitted as possible, and look for angular cuts and detailing that will give you the illusion of curves
3. You can get away with wearing just about any cut of pant- but steer clear from high waists, as they can make your bottom appear even flatter. 
4. Avoid really low necklines- this can run the risk of over emphasising a small bust. A more open neckline is more flattering.
5. Drop waisted dresses, jackets and coats, will only emphasise your straight-up-and-down shape. 


So there we have it ladies, a long (and hopefully helpful) guide to dressing for your body shape. I hope that you have found this useful in some way. If you have any further questions or querys regarding dressing for your specific body shape, then please message me. I would love to help out!

Thank you so much for your question 


PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT TO ALL FASHIONISTAS 

It is now legal to mix + match prints and patterns! Yes, ladies and gentlemen I now grant you permission to head to your wardrobe right now and pair two items of clothing that have completely different patterns and shapes, and wear them together. 

For those that are still a little unclear, let me assist you by saying that stripes and spots can go together, as can squares and circles, as can diamonds and octagons... do you get the drift now? For more, refer to my latest photo shoot below. 






Photography by Emma Carey

Top Bardot / Skirt Zimmermann / Shoes Tony Bianco / Clutch Next London 

For style questions, queries or if you just want a chat: bellamentestyle@live.com OR http://bellamentestyle.tumblr.com/ask


TREND REPORT: PASTELS

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

If you’ve been keeping a close eye on the International and Australian runways, and not on your wallet, then you’ll notice a BIG trend that has hit our stores and wardrobes all of a sudden.

This trend is all about pastels: pastel dresses, pastel skirts, and heck, even pastel accessories. Be warned though, this trend is trending fast, and its one that you certainly need to embrace.

Myer’s recent Spring/Summer 2014 -2015 Runway Show showed us exactly what to expect from the pastel trend for the upcoming season. A strong emphasis was on the words; playful, pretty and loads of colour in the form of pastel colour blocking.

Jennifer Hawkins absolutely took over the Myer show not only with her incredible pins, but also with her styling of both the Alex Perry and By Johnny pastel-themed outfits. It is clear that this has definitely inspired fashionistas to not only a) hit the gym, but also b) get their hands on some incredible pastel garments.

For those of you that are completely stuck as to what pastel colours you should opt for and how to wear the trend, here are a few ideas.

1. If you’re afraid to jump wholly on the pastel bandwagon, then colour blocking will still keep you on trend and on point. A tip is to wear darker shades on your bottom half, with lighter shades on the top half. This way you’re still flaunting the trend, but keeping it simple.

2. Wanting to steer away from looking like everyone else who is also following the trend? Then why not try some pastel accessories such as a clutch or handbag. You could even try using pastel chalk in your hair. This is a very cool way to mix up your look, and add a touch of personality.

3. This season, try and steer away from too much lace. Instead, opt for more clean cut garments. This could be in the form of high waisted shorts, or a pencil skirt that has a clean cut, but still fits in with the pastel look. Also, avoid obsessing over the detail, and opt for a more streamlined look.

4. If you start to feel overwhelmed with all the different colours and shades, then go back to the basics. If you tend to opt for black, white or more neutral shades, then try pairing pastels with what you know and wear best. Think pastel pinks, purples or blues with a pair of crisp, white shorts. Add a fresh, black blazer over the top to even out the look.

Finally, make sure you wear what’s right for you, colour, size and garment-type wise. The more confident you look and feel wearing this trend, the more it will show.




C & M GOODNESS

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman; the dynamic brother and sister duo behind two very successful and very well known brands, 'Camilla and Marc' and 'C & M'. Their strong, yet feminine designs offer youthful, smart and ready-to-wear pieces, that I (aka a massive Camilla and Marc fan) absolutely adore wearing.

This week, spring has well and truly sprung! The air is noticeably warmer and the days are slowly getting longer and lighter. So, in true warmer weather fashion I thought it was only fitting to incorporate two of my favourite things; Camilla and Marc and getting my pins out!


The C & M Frederick Sweater and Majesty Skirt are two equally beautiful, structured and spring appropriate pieces from their current collection. The Frederick Sweater is definitely a modern addition to any wardrobe with its boxy fit, chunky contrasting back zipper and dropped shoulder seams that provide a relaxed, slightly oversized look. Here I am wearing the Size 6, and it still has an extremely relaxed and roomy shape, which makes it perfect for pairing over structured bottoms such as the Majesty Skirt. This gorgeous skirt in animal print is designed in a fitted, mini silhouette and features a high waist, and frill hem; making it ideal for pair underneath a relaxed top. 



The key to mixing bold colours, prints and patterns is to keep the look structured and tidy. If you are wearing an extremely bold and heavily printed outfit, then keep the accessories to a minimum as this will ensure that the outfit is not too overdone and messy. 

I decided to pair this C & M ensemble with a pair of aztec style black and white heels that have a similar print to the skirt. This ties the look together well and provides a streamlined effect. 



Be prepared ladies and gentlemen for lots of colour, print and bold patterns this spring/summer. Whether you try mixing blocks of colour, or different prints and patterns; make sure that your look is tied together well and that each piece flows onto the next. 

Any questions or queries? Email me at bellamentestyle@live.com OR head to http://bellamentestyle.tumblr.com/ask

Top C & M, AUD$ 189.00 / Skirt C & M, AUD $169 / Shoes Zara / Clutch Alexander McQueen 

Kindest, 

 

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