Introducing: Designed by Bel – Pleated Top and Pencil Skirt

Throughout this year, I have been blogging on a few African Designers every Wednesday or so (have tried my best to keep a consistent schedule) under the Afrique & Fashion tag.  On occasions, I have also posted some African designs that I have worn myself, and few readers have asked me personally to post more of my own African ensembles.

Starting today, I will be posting, on a monthly basis, one of my own designs. I am at the early stage of sewing (not even beginner) but I usually draw or put together various pieces then ask an expert seamstress to sew it all for me. Will keep the weekly ebelandi’s African Designer of the Week posts but on the first Wednesday of every month, we will have a “Designed by Bel” post where I will model an outfit that I have designed on my own (sewed with help of paid seamstress where applicable) with inspiration pictures if applicable as well.

My very first Designed by Bel file below.  Let me know what you think?


OI: Brightening chilly days!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr it’s cold! Some outfit inspirtion ideas below.  Which one inspires you the most?  Don’t forget the 40% outwear, shoes and bag at J.Crew with code ‘TAKENOTE’ and 50% final sale in store.  Also some pretty classic black and white outfits at Banana Republic with 50% off sale.


dots/jeans/bootstop/sweaterskirt/boots –H&M skirt/top/cardigan

Outfit Inspiration Series: Sweethearts and Florals – OI 1 Oct 2013


top/skirt  cardigan/skirt  floral top (old BR)

Quick outfit ideas.  Let me know which you like best by taking the usual poll below!  You can also see some elements of my outfits on the following bloggers: ShoppingwithM, Emma, LindaPalooza.

P.S. The Paris Fashion Week ends tomorrow, I’ll post my notes this week on trends which the regular girl may follow.

Phones and Neon Pink (OI 10 Sept 2013)

anthropologie_true_ring_top_jcrew_jackie_wool_pencil_skirt   BCBG_pink_silk_top_hm_flutter_skirt

 sweater/top/skirt neon top/ skirt(H&M old)

A second outfit idea for the true ring shell top, this time with a yellow sweater and black skirt.  The neon pink top is from BCBG, it reminds me of the J.Crew Blythe silk top, though the BCBG is a lighter and a rougher silk (crepe de chine). The link is not the exact top but it is the same style, different color.   The neon pink is very bright, but cute!  Skirt is an H&M favorite, and very old (over  four years?). It is a heavy cotton, I so wish H&M could bring back quality skirts 😦

 Which outfit do you like best? Please share!