Thursday, 27 November 2014

Jacket: Bitching & Junkfood
Trousers: Vintage
Boots: ASOS

Finally a new outfit post! My first ever blog post as a 23 year old and I also have new hair :D it looks much lighter in these photos than in real life but I kinda love it. 

The lovely ladies over at Bird on a Wire Vintage sent me over this gorge zebra shirt (one of my fave prints for A/W) and I couldn't wait to clash it with some printed bottoms. I also can't stop wearing these cute pink glitter boots from ASOS, they're surprisingly comfortable. Although I don't like that they look like they've lost shape from the front :( 

I have some SUPER exciting news coming so so soon but I can't say anything yet, keep an eye out on my instagram (@helibells) over the weekend and you may find out! EEEEKK :D x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Personal Post #2: One Year

Today I am going to be writing my second ever, very personal and slightly painful blog post, a year on from my first one. You're probably thinking why am I writing it if I find it a bit painful, but the truth is, I never really talk about this to anyone in real life and I suppose my blog is a good way of letting it out, almost like therapy I suppose. I've always struggled with talking about my feelings IRL but I find it ever so slightly easier to write about.

A year ago I lost my step dad to throat cancer after a long and gruelling 2 year battle. He was in my life for over a decade and was 'my mum's boyfriend' for the majority but they married within the last few weeks of his life. It was something they wanted to do once he got better but once we got the slightly surprising news he was terminal, they decided to marry as soon as they could to give him one last happy moment. Sadly, despite being given a year or so to live he was only with us for a few more weeks. The end was the most traumatic few days I have ever witnessed and something I've tried to push to the back of my mind but creeps back up on me when it gets to the 24th, 25th and 26th of every month and especially now it's the first anniversary. He passed away the day after my 22nd birthday (weirdly at 4.30am which is the exact time I was born) after 2 days in a coma after a major blood loss. When I look back I can't believe how different my life was during his cancer battle. He spent months in hospital after having his voice box removed and shit loads of treatment so my life consisted of juggling uni alongside daily hospital visits then when he was back home my mum and I became like his carers. We were all pretty depressed and ill from the stress of it all.

One year on and so much has changed. I know it's cliche but it really made me realise that life is so unexpected and short that you have to do whatever makes you happy. Act on your dreams, get rid of negative people in your life, say yes to more things. I've lost friends (it's so true that you realise who your real friends are during times like these), I've graduated uni and I've started my own business all in the space of a year and I'm so much happier now. It sucks that Chris isn't here to see any of this happen but I know how proud he would be of my Mum and I. The hardest part of the loss for me is knowing that I never fully appreciated how much of a fatherly support Chris was to me until the end and I'm so annoyed at myself for all the times I was a moody hormonal teenager and mean to him. So if I could give anyone any advice, it would be:

Don't wait until it's too late to appreciate someone
Act on your dreams
Life's too short to be unhappy so remove anything negative from it
Look after your health
Experience more- say yes to more things!

I don't want to come across in a way like ohhh poor me I've had such a hard time, because I hate that and I don't feel like that at all. Everyone has their own shit to deal with and no one else will ever fully understand what another person is going through. This is probably the last time I will speak about this on here but if anyone else ever wants to chat about anything, please feel free to get in touch. I know that grieving can be a really lonely time.

I'm not sure how to end this but just remember to enjoy life as much as you can :) <3 xxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Old Tat Mag Editorial: More is More

I am so excited to finally reveal my FIRST EVER published editorial that I shot with my good pal Max for Old Tat Magazine. The magazine arrived today and I would highly recommend purchasing it, lots of colourful and fun shoots and a really interesting read!

The name of our editorial is 'More is More' (clearly a mantra I live by) and it was so fun styling the shoot because it's all stuff I would wear. Hope you like it :D you can see more of my styling work on my site here.

Styling & Set Design by me
Hair & Make-up: Rebecca Herniman
Model: Beth Fray

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Winter Wishlist

It's that time of year again where I've got a severe case of winter blues and I can't bring myself to do any outfit posts because I feel so ugh. So instead I thought I would share with you one of my sporadic winter wishlists full of sparkly, colourful and fluffy goodness to make me feel like less of a bad blogger. All links below the collage :) 

Friday, 7 November 2014

Motel Blogger Shoot

I recently travelled up to London to do a blogger shoot with the lovely Lulutrixabelle at Motel Rocks alongside my fellow rainbow lover Heidi. We went out and about on the graffiti'd streets of Shoreditch to take some cool shots for their site. Here are some of my faves <3 

I'm wearing Motel Two Piece
Lucy's fluffy hat
Pink fluffy bag from a market stall
Boots & Socks are from H&M

Vintage fluffy stole
Schuh Platforms

I'm wearing

Asos chain belt and boots

Unif Sunnies
Customised eBay Platforms

H&M Boots
Pom Pom earrings by Lucy Rance

Asos thigh high boots

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Caighli Taylor x Sassy World Lookbook

I've been absent from my blog for a little while as I have been preoccupied with all the exciting goings on at Sassy World. It's been a dream of mine to turn Sassy World into an outlet of crazy and colourful vintage and independent designers from the get go and I'm excited to announce my first ever independent designer, Caighli Taylor! You can read all about Caighli and her collection on the SW blog here but long story short, Caighli will be releasing her first ever capsule collection on Sassy World this sunday at 7pm. Here is the lookbook I art directed and styled for it. I am SO excited about it and am finding it really hard not to steal all the clothes for myself. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Motel Vintage DIY Challenge

The lovely girls over at Motel Rocks asked if I would be interested in their vintage DIY challenge and seeing that I love vintage AND diy I couldn't resist! They sent me over one of their vintage levis jackets along with some fabric paint and patches to get me started and then I was free to do whatever the hell I wanted with it! As you probably know, I predominantly wear vintage as I love wearing things that no one else will really have and customising pieces makes it even more unique. I'm already a fan of Motel but I especially love the fact they sell vintage too as it's great to see pieces being renewed and loved all over again.

 I wanted my jacket to be colourful and sassy and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome! All the steps of how I made the jacket are down below :) 

Top & Trousers: Vintage
Shoes: Office