Winning Dress Once Again For Belle Dress Hire!

A lovely lady contacted Belle Dress Hire last week to arrange an appointment for her daughter.  When I asked if she needed directions, I was somewhat surprised when she said, “Yes, definitely need directions, don’t know Lisburn too well as we’re from Co. Monaghan.”  I have had ladies visit from as far as Coleraine, Kilkeel, Newry ….. but a 2 hour drive from across the border showed immense dedication in the quest for an evening dress!

During the appointment, I soon realised the reason why there was such a need to travel for a full length formal gown.  The lovely Orla was to complete in the Glaslough Rose competition which is part of the annual Glaslough Fete in Co. Monaghan.

As this was Orla’s first time taking part in such an event, finding the perfect dress was extremely important.  There were four KEY things to bear in mind to ensure it was the right style  …

Number one and the most important – the FIT of the dress which I always tell my customers is the most critical thing to consider when choosing an evening dress.

Number two was MODESTY as she’s a beautiful yet young girl, I needed both herself and mum to be comfortable with the level of flesh on show.

Number three was UNIQUENESS of the dress as it was imperative that Orla stood out on stage from other competitors.

And finally number four was COMFORTABILITY so that ease of movement would not be a challenge.

After numerous dress changes, we all agreed on the very first dress that Orla tried on!  I can’t tell you how many times that happens.  This stunning dress from Paris, fitted Orla to absolute perfection.  It met her curves without clinging and the sheer tulle bottom kept the style young and modern.  The shorter hemline was just that, short yet modest and the embellished beadwork ensured that the dress would sparkle under stage lights.

I was not surprised one bit when Orla’s mum told me that she won BEST DRESSED ROSE category at the competition and they were coming back this week to choose her formal dress!

Congratulations Orla and family who I’m sure are very proud of you.

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Best Dressed Rose, Glaslough Rose 2014.

It’s all about Cat Deeley ….

Cat was a guest on the panel of this week’s Fashion Police.  Have to say, the girl suits living in the US!  She looks so fresh and for being a blonde, her hair is so glossy and shiny.  Would love to know what she uses!!

But it’s not just the hair, her skin is glowing and she has such a natural laid back approach when it comes to fashion.  I believe she fully supports the high street and likes mixing designer pieces with simple t-shirts and trousers which can picked up at H&M, Topshop and Zara.

‘My first thing I do is go and hoover around Topshop’ explains Cat, I really miss it, I’m a total high street girl. I like to mix it all up, bit of designer and high street, French Connection and Monsoon, and no one does high street as good as here.’

She also doesn’t hire a stylist!  Now that really is going against the grain in America.  All celebrities these days (apart from Britney that is) have stylists on board with them so it’s refreshing that Cat is confident in her own ability to know what suits her shape and what works best on her figure.

Cat has definitely become leaner since moving to the US.  She never had a particularly curvaceous shape to be fair but her limbs and torso look so lithe at the moment.  Maybe her engagement and pending wedding to Paddy Kielty has something to do with it …..

What do Joan Rivers, Olivia Palermo and Rachel Zoe all have in common?

……………… their love of costume jewellery!!  Joan has her own collection and thriving business which she showcases on Fashion Police every week. If you can think back to The Hills series, you’ll remember that Olivia got the job with Elle magazine within the Accessories Department! Rachel is on a whole different level with a collection of jewellery which boasts vintage chanel.

I don’t for one minute think we can all rush out and start building up a collection of Chanel or Dior pieces from the 30s BUT going to antique fairs and also auctions may be a good starting off point to pick up some one off pieces.

Remember you are looking for statement pieces of jewellery.  Think ornate, coloured stones ….. and most importantly you must love the piece itself.  This is the biggest part of building up a collection as there will come a time when you have to pass onto a friend or family member and wouldn’t it be lovely if you had a story to tell about each piece?  The beauty of strong, statement pieces of jewellery means that you can bring the simpliest of white t-shirt or black cardi to life!  If your jewellery “looks” expensive then you will look expensive.

A good tip to also bear in mind is never to buy a piece of jewellery to go with a particular outfit.  The jewellery must be the statement, therefore, you pick this first and then build the outfit around it.  This means that you won’t associate the piece of jewellery with just one outfit and will get more wear out of it.

Also raid your mother and grandmother’s closets.  They are bound to be coming down with costume jewellery which they probably forgot about and haven’t worn in years.

Happy costume jewellery shopping!!!

Top Tips for Beach Fashion

No point in writing paragraphs here, there really are just a few simple guidelines to follow ………

A smaller bikini = A smaller body, but remember not to go too small!  No bulges please.

The Monokini = perfect means of disguising a tummy bulge, stretch marks or scars.  But beware of uneven tan lines with this one.

Go for Black = this is thee most slimming colour and you can easily brighten things up by adding coloured accessories.

Accessories = multiple neck beads, large statement ear-rings or a hat are best but just pick one!  Don’t forget about your feet either ….. I recommend wedge sandals for added height and they will lengthen your leg.

Sunglasses = always a must!

High Factor = simply because sunburn is never attractive.

Waterproof mascara = highly recommended

Dye eyelashes and eyebrows before holiday = a must have if you are blonde or fair haired.

Just follow these few basic rules and you’re good to go!

Summer Lovin’

Belle has just received some beautiful new stock of glorious summer colours to hire – yellow, green, blue, white, pink, purple … and of course we have plenty of slimming black and navy dresses to hire as well. Book an appointment to see for yourself at belledresshire.co.uk and I look forward to meeting you!

Summer Sorbet

According to Joan Rivers and the team at Fashion Police at E!, sorbet colours will be all the rage for Spring/Summer.

At Belle Dress Hire we have some of the most gorgeous colours available for hire.  Think sugary rose pink, tantalising tangerine, icy white ….. basically the dresses are as delicious as they sound!

Check out belledresshire.co.uk to see more