Bel is a freelance journalist and editor of two online magazines: the ethical fashion website beljacobs.com and the online magazine hownowmagazine.com, launched late last year. Both sites aim to highlight the passionate, creative ways in which individuals, communities and organisations are working to answer the world's most pressing problems. Between 1999 and 2013, Bel was Style Editor for the London's most popular free newspaper, Metro. At the 2013 inaugural Fashion Monitor journalism awards, she was nominated as Fashion Journalist of the Year (Short Lead), for which she was ‘highly commended’. She has been a judge for Fashion Fringe and the UK Fashion and Textile Awards and has hosted panel discussions for Soho Create, Decoded Fashion and the Fashion Film Festival; written for the British Fashion Council, bbc.com, plinth.com and for EcoChic's Eco Design Awards magazine. She is a regular panellist on Nick Knight’s seminal new media site ShowStudio.com.