Ok if your like me and you buying trends only in accessories then you’ll love this newest entry. We are bringing you the Spring trends for shoes! So now you can be on trend without having to give away your entire wardrobe, we are in a recession people! We will break up the different shoes so we can give proper pictures and details over the next couple of posts so be sure to read each week to find out all the trends!

So we are starting off with Trend#1 Flat Espadrilles: These comfy but stylish shoes will go great with anything in your wardrobe: full skirts, jeans, dresses you name it. And I found some really inexpensive styles! The sequin espadrille from Express is perfect for a night out and is priced at just $29.90 and with Express’ buy one get one 50%off sale you can get all you want! I also chose these cute turquoise espadrilles from Rebels for $34.50 from delias.com. That shade of blue will take you well into summer and the suede fabric makes for a fantastic addition to your shoe collection!

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Its coming down to the wire and Spring is just a flowery breeze away! What perfect way to welcome in Spring then to get a new handbag! These handbags are so ladylike and femme and adds a luxe look to any outfit! Get a really nice leather or faux leather bag in these hot spring shades: Camel, purple, orange, blue, animal print or black and white.

I choose two very hot bags in Spring’s hottest shade, white: Banana Republic’s luxe Lambskin Satchel hs stunning gold hardware and isnt a wallet busting price at $270 and the second bag is by Express and has cool double buckles for a nice Utlilty look. The price is amazing at just $59.90! And if you buy this bag right now online you get the second one half off! So you and a friend can benefit or two for you there are no judges here.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love gilt group and all those other sites that offer exclusive membership only discounts, but what about people who comfortable signing up for those site or if you just ant to sop without waiting for sale and alerts? Well your in luck! I know several sites like that! And these sites all offer up to 80%! no membership required ever! www.overstock.com give you every single thing you would ever want. It can be a little daunting to navigate but if you know what you want you can do search for it. www.amazon.com also has amazing deals on toys, games, cds, books and dvds. you can buy from amazon directly or from sellers ho have feedback attached to their ids so you can buy with confidence! And I saved the best for last, my absolutely favorite site ever… www.6pm.com! Here is where you can get all your designer favorite for up to 80% off. Shipping is fast and a flat rate of $6.95 you can even search for your favorite designer and list prices from low to high! And if you want to sign up for alerts they tell you what sales they r having daily. So for my readers I have shared my best secret! Go forth and shop!

Augen 7-Inch E-Reader with Text-to-Speech (EBA701)$94.99 amazon.com

I’ve noticed the similarities since I saw tapes from my big brother’s favorite show back in the day Drexel’s Class. Actor Phil Buckman had the same long hair and rocker style as the lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Anthony Kiedis. They look frighteningly alike. Strangely Phil is now also a musician. You be the judge.

Anthony keidis

actor musician Phil Buckman

Spring/summer 2011 is all about the neutral accents in colors like, nude, blush and camel. Neutral accents are great because they go with everything that’s in your closet and is a great way to update your wardrobe. Try buying a neutral color bag, belt or shoe( or buy all of them just don’t wear them all at once)

I picked these Nude colored Michael Kors sandals because they have a nice edgy zipper detail and they r on sale! So get em quick! The next are awesome camel colored sandals from forever 21. They have stunning cut outs and look like genuine leather! The handbag I chose is from Nicole Lee and it is a deep blush color, the details on this bag are amazing and you’ll want to carry it through to summer!

Micheal Kors "Berkly" Sandal $49 www.bloomingdales.com

Forever 21 Leatherette Stilettos $27.80 www.forever21.com

So the next “twins” I chose are Nick Nolte and Gary Busey (who has been called the poor man’s Nick Nolte). The resemblance is uncanny! Gary Busey is a lot younger and he never really became as famous as Nick but I think that’s what happens when you are in the same line of work as your doppelgänger lol! Here are the pics you be the judge!

As everyone has already reported on the Spring trends (that seem to be in for the past 3 years: bright colors, some trend picked out of the 80’s and mixed prints), we decided to focus on those all important feature: our hair! Sorry short tresses are not in vogue this time ( I cry everyday looking in the mirror at my shoulder length hair).  Volume is back and just like nude as the neutral sojourned  from the 70’s so did this hapless hairstyles- Is someone actually wearing a Beehive?

1. Volume

Think coif and a whole lot of hair spray! This hairstyle is more sculptural than the one’s in the past since it combines folding, pinning, and density. No teasing here! The idea is to pull most of your hair on top of your hair and pin!

The Beehive? Really?

If you actually want to go all the way back to the 1960’s, try the coif. Here is Elle Canada’s tips to getting the coif:

Get the look: Dig out your hot roller or Velcro rollers. You’ll need large rollers as the rollers are used to add volume, not to create curl. Work in some volumizing mousse focusing the product at the crown and working and remaining product down the hair shaft. With hair moist from mousse, add rollers working from the front to back. Then heat each roller using your blow dryer on its highest heat mode to help set the rollers. Let cool, pull out rollers and brush back hair. Backcomb your hair, using a working hairspray as you tease, to create volume at the crown and then brush hair back with a paddle brush to smooth out the style. Finish with an extra-strong hold hairspray.

2. Curls Curls Curls and more curls

If I tried to curl my hair it would probably be a frizzy mess! Great thing that is exactly the way its suppose to look. Yep, messy, natural and curly (abate very faint).

Faint curls

Get the Look:

1. Prep damp hair with any anti-frizz or smoothing cream for sleek smoothness and to prevent frizz. Use a fine-tooth comb to create a strong part of the left side of the head.

2. Scrunch a Styling Foam into damp hair and massage into roots for volume and shine. Blow hair dry with a large ceramic round brush, curling ends under.

3. Pin top section of hair up with a large clip so sides are free for curling. Use a large-barrel curling iron on one-inch sections of hair at a time, working from the bottom up. Use a 1/4 inch barrel for short hair.

4. Remove pin from top section and curl as done on the sides.

5. Sprinkle a glossing spray from roots to ends and rake hands through hair to create texture and loose roughness to waves.

6. Finish with a mist of l Hair Spray for light hold and pull ends forward to rest on shoulders or neck.

Enjoy your new hair styles! If you try these looks, please post your comments below and if you have pictures we will post it on our next post!

This year, I plan to enter as many jewelry contests as possible. I love to compete and for the next couple of months, I will be blogging about my entries. Here are the contests I want to participate:

2011 Jewelry Designer Competition (Miami Beach International Fashion Week)
January 15, 2011

Poetry & Prose (Stringing)
Design a piece of jewelry inspired by the theme using simple stringing and wire work techniques.
February 11, 2011

The Beaded Earth (Beadwork)
Create a beaded creation inspired by the “natural wonders of our world.”
February 25, 2011

Bead Dreams Competition and Exhibition 2011
Deadline: April 5, 2011 (ONLINE)

Bead Dreams Competition and Exhibition 2011
Bead&Button Magazine
Bead&Button Show
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
June 8-12, 2011

I will be creating for a march jewelry competition but I can’t find one so if you have any ideas let me! I will be charting my progress here so check back often!! If you want to follow along for any of these competitions feel free and if you have pictures – please forward them to bellepourlavie@gmail.com and I will post them!!