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Hollywood Halloween How-To: Bella Swan

Bella Swan, the lovely teen-turned-vampire in the Twilight Series, is an easy, elegant and recognizable character costume. Thanks to the movie Breaking Dawn that came out recently and the soon-to-be-released Breaking Dawn Part 2, many girls are eager to duplicate Bella's style!

Actress Kristen Stewart has a fabulous signature style all her own, and thanks to the styling talents of the Twilight series crew, her looks on-screen as she portrays Bella Swan are beautiful and varied.

Bella the Vampire

Breaking Dawn 2Courtesy of Lionsgate Films

You'll be seeing more of Bella the Vampire soon when Breaking Dawn 2 premieres, but in the meantime, you can dress like her for Halloween!

It's hard to adopt Bella's signature look in a recognizable way since her fashion choices are so understated. That's why it's so important to get her vampire look just right. Fortunately, Breaking Dawn part 2 is coming soon -- 11/16/12, to be exact -- so we can see more of Bella at her vampire best!

Light colored foundation is an important base to make skin as light and translucent as possible. Red lips are a must. If you can pick up a pair of red contacts and they don't bother your eyes, go for it, but this may be one area where you'll have to forego realism... Paint red highlights into your hair using a spray-on red hairspray, and spray it back, away from your face. Bella's signature clothes are either a faded brown leather jacket, a form-fitting button down shirt, a flannel shirt or a southwest look. Paired with vampire makeup, and maybe some glitter on your skin if it's daylight or fangs if your version of Bella is riled up, you can get the look!

Bella's Prom Dress

Bella Swan at PromCourtesy of InStyle

When you're as confident and laid back as Bella Swan, you can pull off anything at Prom -- even a boot cast!

Bella's blue prom dress is simple and beautiful -- and it looks comfortable, too. Never one to show off, Bella dresses down her halter-style dress with an embellished cardigan, charcoal-gray leggings and signature Converse tennis shoes. A walking cast or boot will definitely help people guess who you are ! A decent replica of the dress is available at costume stores like, but a visit to a local thrift or vintage store could turn up a pretty cobalt blue silky dress in a similar pattern. Bella's long hair is a half updo, pinned back and curled into ringlets using a 1" curling iron.

Wedding Day Bella

Wedding Day Bella is a way cooler costume than Wedding Day Barbie, don't you think?Courtesy of Bridal Guide

It's easy to replicate Bella's wedding ensemble. While designer Carolina Herrera created the actual wedding dress in the film, a thrift store wedding dress or  costume and some fake wedding accessories (don't forget the engagement ring) pair well with bella's beautifully twisted messy updo and a gauze veil held in with a bejeweled hair comb. Your hair needs to be long enough to fit into a bun and thick enough to pull into two ponytails stacked one on top of the other. Or, pick up a long wig and create this do directly on the wig! For shoes, Bella wears silk pumps embellished with crystals. You can find inexpensive dyeable pumps at mall stores like Payless and embellish them with crystals or bling from accessories stores like The Icing.

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Which version of Bella would you rather go as? Let us know in your comments below!

 

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labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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