Against all odds dress in 60 mins!

Whenever I receive queries through the website or my Facebook page Belle Dress Hire, I always glance at the time it was sent. A few weeks ago, to my surprise I received a very late night/early morning email from a lady called Elaine, who was almost 7 months pregnant and urgently needed a dress for an event that was taking place in less than 24 hours! Talk about a challenge!

Elaine explained that she had a dress but unfortunately with unexpected, additional pregnancy bloating, the dress just wouldn’t zip up. Of course, she was very distressed, feeling low and asked for my help. I immediately felt for Elaine as I myself became really bloated when I was pregnant with my daughter so I totally understood how she was feeling.  I was able to offer Elaine an appointment first thing that morning and was able to pre select and short list a small number of gowns that I thought would work for the occasion.

However, this was not going to be easy, there were a number of hurdles to get over with this particular hire choice …. (a) a pregnancy bump, (b) a dress that required no major alterations, (c) a comfortable yet striking style ……. and more………

You see, Elaine was no ordinary customer, she was actually one of the leading actors in the Sweeney Todd Production of “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and the event she was attending was the Opening Night at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast! So no gown would “just do”, it had to be perfect!

Within 20 minutes, we both decided that one of the newer gowns, a black, jersey, high neck, sequin detailed dress with leg slit was definitely thee best choice. The stretchy fabric was super comfortable for Elaine’s bump and the lack of boning again made the dress flexible with plenty of movement.  The fixed, cupped, sequin top of the gown disguised Elaine’s larger “pregnancy boobs” and the leg slit at the front showed a little skin, just enough for Elaine to look and feel pregnant but fierce and sexy with it!!

Elaine’s request to me was for her “not to look like a marshmallow” and I think we both did a great job together in finding a really elegant, modern, sexy gown.

The dress was indeed a little bit too long for Elaine and as the event was happening later that evening, she needed to take the dress with her at the appointment! Therefore, I was able to tack up a temporary hem to make the dress shorter and easier to wear. I certainly didn’t want Elaine to trip on the dress!

Selecting the dress, temporary alteration to the hem and a quick steam to get rid of any wrinkles took just under 60 minutes. Now that’s fast fashion!

Elaine is pictured to the left of the lady in the gold dress.

Black, jersey, full length gown with leg split and sequin detail. Available in size 8.

Henna Eyebrow Tattoo Update

Sorry guys it’s taken longer than expected to finish and publish this blog, but I did promise to show you the progress of my Henna eyebrows!

Ok, sometimes a visual is more powerful than words, so here goes ……

Post Henna Eyebrow after 10 days

Post Henna Eyebrow after 10 days right beside window in broad daylight

Just wanted to quickly remind you all how my brows looked before this treatment…

Original untouched eyebrows

So basically, after ten days I still did not have to fill in or touch my brows which is insane! At day 15 I started to use a tiny bit of fill in shade where the Henna started to fade on my skin but even after 20 days there is still very evident henna dye visible on the hairs so daily maintenance is still minimal.

This treatment would definitely be perfect in advance of a holiday especially if you’re going to the sun. And indeed it’s ideal as an ongoing treatment because it’s inexpensive at £30, has lasting results, saves so much time and effort from your daily make up routine and essentially perfectly frames your face.

I would highly recommend the Henna Eyebrow Tattoo, just be mindful it isn’t permanent and will need some sort of minor maintenance after 2-3 weeks.

Remember to contact the ladies at The Browtique in Belfast.





Keep it SIMPLE!!

I’m so so very sorry guys it’s been ages since I last posted, I’ve been caught up in the daily madness of my little girl who turns one tomorrow! She’s not a baby any more sadly and so I find myself with more “me” time, hence plenty of regular blog posts will be coming your way!

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the red carpet events of 2016 so far – Met Gala, Grammys, MMVAS, Tony Awards etc and have to say I feel an overall sense of disappointment in many of the celebrity fashion choices this year. But hey let’s focus on the good ones for this post and I’m going to talk about red carpet evening wear specifically as school formal season is approaching from September onwards ……

Often, when it comes to style, think the simpler the better! I give you Krysta Rodriguez and Bella Hadid at this year’s Tony Awards who display chic sophistication perfectly in their choice of strapless, clean line dresses in black and white. Don’t ever underestimate the power of this combination, especially if you team with a strong hair style and lip colour.

Belle Dress Hire has some stunningly, fabulous black and white dresses available for hire – see examples below.  So forget the dull pastels and predictable red gowns at your next event and strike a pose in some old school monochrome glamour instead!









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Feeling Self Conscious??

It is extremely difficult to find an evening dress with sleeves or a style that doesn’t plunge down to the navel simply because these more risque gowns tend to be the most popular styles.

So what happens when you aren’t feeling the best in terms of body confidence but still want to look stunning at your next event?

It’s very simple.  Come to see me at Belle Dress Hire with a one on one appointment for a full hour completely devoted to finding the right dress for you!  Covering up the bust, leg and arms in an evening dress doesn’t have to be boring.  In fact more and more celebs are tending to chose less flesh revealing dresses on the red carpet simply because they can look extremely elegant, timeless and chic.

This amazing dress in a rich, deep navy with sequin and mesh detailing is now available to hire at Belle Dress Hire in a size 16 and will fit the body extremely well whilst “hiding” a multitude of sins ..

MC188028 Navy