I’m sure you’ve heard a million times over that a girl’s best day in her life is her wedding day. But I think that would almost be an understatement to how I feel about the day I finally said I do. Surprisingly, I didn’t feel nervous when the day came. I felt ecstatic and my dad and I were laughing down the aisle because he admitted to me he was more nervous than I was. Though I was feeling super anxious a few days prior with all of the things that could possibly go wrong, I accepted that I couldn’t control anything further I was still going to marry the love of my life if something didn’t go as planned. (Plus any last minute problems were now assigned to the help I hired, and she made sure my day was perfect). What might have shocked me more than anything is that at the end of the night, every single thing I planned went as expected. I can’t thank every single person involved in our wedding enough to have made our dream wedding a reality.  View Full Post

 Living in New York, I often make the joke that anyone that lives here needs therapy. The constant bustle (that I love), competition, life, and general anxieties- they all add up! Which got me thinking about self care tips that I use all the time and throwing a next level bath might just be the self care you need to try. View Full Post

Photo by Andrew Morales/WWD

I wore this particular outfit to Naeem Khan, which was the show I was most excited for this season. I’ve been very excited to see his work for this year so I wanted to put together something special to wear that day. I take a lot of care in what I choose to wear; always ensuring my entire look fits together and describes how I am feeling in that moment. I carefully hand select the vintage pieces I find, restore them to good health, and wear them with pride. The morning before the show, I even made a special appointment with my good friend Heather Schnell to curl my hair in a retro style.

After the show I had asked the lovely couple next to me to take my photo – which they were kind enough to do – even complimenting my outfit in the process. Which is why, during their quick snap, I was so surprised to hear from behind me:

“Wow. That girl looks like vintage furniture. I guess everything gets recycled.”

Photo by Denton Taylor

Fashion is all about expressing yourself. If and when you dislike something that someone else is wearing – and it will happen – it’s important to remember that the things you say are not just harmful, they are rude. I said nothing while my outfit I had worked on for weeks was torn apart in seconds. I knew I felt good in what I was wearing and I wasn’t about to feel bad about it because someone else thought it resembled “furniture.”

Photo by Denton Taylor 🙂

So here’s to all the women who choose to wear colour instead of the ubiquitous NYC black, and for stepping out bravely in something totally unexpected.

Here’s to the women that choose not to follow every trend; that wear what makes them feel their absolute best and reflect what they feel. Not what everyone else is choosing to embrace.

This NYFW I learned that when you stay true to yourself and your personal style, wonderful things can happen. After all, fashion is all about expressing yourself. Even if you decide next season to go as a shag carpet.

Thank you for noticing my personal style WWD.

XO

-Belle

OUTFIT DETAILS:
CAPE: Vintage 60’s
FAUX FUR: Imposter 4 U
YELLOW CARDIGAN: Vintage 50’s Cheerleader
DRESS: Vintage 70’s
DRESS 2: Glittery Topshop
BEADED HANDBAG: Vintage (date being researched)
SHOES: Prada

SPECIAL THANKS TO HEATHER SCHNELL XX

I had the pleasure of going to The Club by DM for a wash and blow dry. My good friend Scarlett organized the whole event and I met some wonderful ladies who blog! I was greeted right away and had a mega luxurious wash. Is there anything more delicious than having your hair washed and styled for you? I think it’s such a treat. The DM team used Cloud 9 to wash and style my hair and it looked (and smelled!!) amazing! Here are the results…

 

Thank you so much The Club by DM for such a relaxing (and wonderful) experience! Be sure to stop by and give them a try- three minute walk from the A or C train 😉

 

OUTFIT DETAILS:
COAT: Vintage Mink
SWEATER: Vintage Milly
PANTS: Ann Taylor
SHOES: American Apparel
HANDBAG: Balenciaga

Black short CS-426 Orchard Corset.

Black short CS-426 Orchard Corset.

Everyone thinks of corsets as an ancient relic that women once used to strangle their midsections, however, women are still wearing corsets today but much much more comfortably.

Funny enough, the first time I went to buy a corset was from a store called “Orchard Corset”- the company and the store are not related. The little store is on Orchard street downtown. They carry a huge range of Orchard Corset brand pieces. It’s a famed store in NYC owned by a wonderful Hasidic Jewish couple. The woman that owns the store Peggy walked me through the do’s and don’ts the first time I shopped for one. More on them later because the experience shopping there was a true NY moment.

Oringinally I started out at a 25 (without a corset)- bear in mind this process has taken me close to a year and now without a corset, I am at a 24 without a corset now! Starting out at the tightest I could go I was a 23, now I am currently at a 22. This didn’t happen overnight!

Do you want to learn more about corsets but have no idea where to start? I highly encourage you to read this great 101 post by Orchard Corset. You can read more about corsets and the basics, here.

I have gotten a lot of questions over the past couple of months. Most of them involved my health. A lot of friends (and some family members) have asked if I’m hurting myself by wearing a corset. Anyone who is very educated about corsets and the wearing of one will tell you that you will NOT be injured wearing one. HOWEVER- it is not for everyone. The one way for sure to hurt yourself wearing a corset is to lace it so tightly that you can’t breathe. This is obviously a big no-no. As with everything, listen to your body first and foremost. Only you can decide what is too tight. I personally love a very small waist, and extreme hourglass figures. For me, it is the hight of beauty. That doesn’t mean that I’m wearing a corset because I’m “obsessed” or have an unhealthy obsession with my looks.

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One of my biggest reasons other than achieving a tinsy waist was my posture. Other than for the camera, I have horrid posture. It’s something I have noticed in the past year since getting engaged. I realized in a lot of my “candid” photos I seemed hunched over that is just not going to be okay for my wedding photos and life in general.

Since I’ve been wearing one (and I should note that I don’t wear one everyday, it really depends on my mood) I have noticed a huge change in my posture. A corset helps support your back and place it in the proper upright position.

And since I have had zero issues wearing it as far as comfort or health, I’m going to continue to use it 🙂

My biggest tips for a newbie in the corset world

  1. Be measured if you can, either by someone that you know that also wears a corset or by a tailor if you have a hard time figuring out the measurements on your own.
  2. Buy a corset that fits your body. There are so so many styles. Be sure to ask questions and you’ll find a style that will fit your individual shape!
  3. Take. It. Slow. Wear your corset a few hours at a time until you feel like it’s “broken in” and then build up the hours you wear it.
  4. Buy neutrals at first! They go with everything. Almost all of mine are black.
  5. If you’re serious about training, go with underbust styles. They are easier to wear and remove (in my opinion).
  6. Listen to your body. If you don’t feel well, don’t wear it. If you’re queasy, don’t wear it. If you don’t want to wear it anymore- don’t wear it!!!
  7. Don’t expect results overnight. I edited out the things in my diet I knew that weren’t good for me, and I go to the gym regularly, which does help tremendously.

Stayed tuned for more on corsets! xx