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

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I actually celebrated last night with Bren. We went out to Raclette – you know that video where a wheel of cheese is melted onto a plate of food? Yes that place! It was MAGICAL. I came home to a lot of flowers and a little treat from my favourite lingerie shop (La Petite Coquet) … What were your plans for V- day? OR, if you’re not currently taken, singles awareness day!

Either way I hope you spread lots of love or get cozy with a cashmere sweater today. <3

with love, Belle

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

 

 

 

 

 

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About six months ago I started moving towards making plans to purchase my very own Catherine D’lish marabou gown. Cathrine D’lish is an extremely talented burlesque actress but also is a theatrical designer. Catherine also happens to be a costumer for the exquisite Dita Von Teese. According to wiki- Catherine was one of the 60 people that attended the wedding of Dita to Marilyn Manson. She creates some of the most incredible dressing gowns, nightgowns, costumes, and even mink bunny slippers. Who has ever heard of mink bunny slippers!? What a genius. When I first heard about her incredible marabou dressing gowns. I played with the idea of buying one but ultimately didn’t because I couldn’t “find a reason”. But true to my nature after a while of thinking about it, and seeing those hysterical memes– I ordered it. After ordering it, after about a month, every-time I got a notification that we received a package, I would sprint to see if the robe had finally come.

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Of course I was a little overly eager and it took a few months to get to me seeing as though it was made to my measurements (you would think that of all people I would remember that). I really believe that if you want only for special occasions to buy something you really want or to wear something you love- you will watch it sit in your closet until the end of time. Fashion is meant to be fun. It’s meant to be worn. So while I’m all about protecting things that I find magical, I still wear them. It seems crazy to buy a feathered robe, but I really loved it! That’s enough reason to have one and run around making french toast in the morning with it on. Life is a special occasion.

If you love a piece of clothing- or in my case a piece of lingerie. Think of ways outside it’s traditional use that you could wear it. For example, I love wearing my marabou robe to wear as a swimsuit cover. It’s an incredibly playful way to wear it. I bought it in this double pink because pink is an easy color to dress up or down.

So while I might not own a marble house or be Dita or another famous lady, I can still feel pretty fucking glamorous out on the patio reading the paper.

 

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Everyone needs a little more glamour in their lives- wouldn’t you agree?

OUTFIT DETAILS:

ROBE: Catherine D’lish
SHOES: Manolo Blahnik
SWIM: La Perla

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Summer in NYC seemed to be the most interesting summer I’ve experienced yet. One day it stopped being warm and went directly into being so hot you thought you might actually be melting. With the “final days” of summer upon us, I try to wear all the summery breezy dresses I can before pulling on layers for the next six months.  View Full Post