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!!

OK don’t tell me you haven’t noticed there are some celebs who look eerily alike almost to the point of passing for identical twins but have supposedly no blood relation at all. So I’m going to spend the next couple of blogs highlighting these freaky doppelgängers.

First ones I HAVE to choose are Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel.

These two look so much alike I swear they were separated at birth! Both sing, both have huge blue eyes and black hair, and both love the vintage pin-up style. hmm Zooey admits to the eery similarity. She was interviewed by MTV “The only similarity that we have is that we look a little bit alike,” she laughed. “I have met her before. She seems like a nice person. I’m happy that she’s famous enough now that she’s not going out and being mistaken for me.” I found a rare pic of the two together at an event and a comparison shot

Zooey Deschanel and Katy Perry

Rare Picture of Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel Together

When we heard the T-pain was going to feature styles from the Steampunk movement in his latest song “Rap Song” we were surprised. Punk meets Rap all in a “The other guys” stop film experience. So stylist Kristina Kitchen used some of our mini top hats in the video which we were pleasantly surprised about the outcome! One beautiful studded heart earrings and four mini top hats. What a great way to start 2011. See the stop pictures below.

The top hat to the right of picture is our crowning glory!

It seem every season we are looking to replace Black as our go to safe zone neutral and Spring 2011 is no surprise. Last season, my favorite color – purple became a neutral which I whole hardly embraced! Rewind back to the Fall 2009 where brown was the neutral, add a hint of white and BAM!! camel! Lighter, creamy and airy enough for the bright color blocks of spring (think 80’s neon, and 70’s prints) this is sure to be a popular color for years to come but don’t quote me on that 😉

Here is how to fit this new color into your wardrobe:

1. Try soft fabric pant or pencil skirt. Please no jeans. If you do wear jeans had a camel handbag to still participate in the trend.

camel pants

2.Try not to wear it head to toe because the look can seem dated since the last time we saw camel was the 1970’s. If you do want to take a risk try wearing camel with other shades of brown like tan and ecru. Camel can be paired with pants and jacket combinations but the shirt must be a different color usually bright like blue or white. Shoes should be a different color and I have seen nude used in connection with camel for a slick look.

Camel on the runway

3. Camel handbags take on a minimalist structured look. Don’t look for studs, buckles or other forms of hardware. Clean lines and patchwork designs are the key.

camel handbag

OK so now we’ll move on to the next style: Romance

Romance style is all about being feminine and girlie, soft and pretty. Romance types will have in their closets sheer, lace or vintage (tops, dresses or skirts) anything with ruffles, and pastels. You can find romance types sipping herbal tea at the local cafe with their heads buried in a romantic novel. Candles and flowers are always a must. Romance styles don’t have to do much to update their closets as you will already have this Springs hottest fashion trends: sheers, lace and floral prints already in your closets. So I chose an updated version of the romantic top; this top from Free People because it has everything (lace vintage feel, ruffles and its sheer).

Free People Top $78 www.bloomingdales.com

We had a world wind trip to the top in 2010! First our jewelry line debuted in Mercedes Benz Swim alongside Aqua Di Lara’d Qiss Qiss brand, SOBE Men’s Show featured our new men’s line, Grammy winning recording artist Mya took a real liking to our Jewelry line wearing it all over the country! and ending the year with our mini top hats being featured in Tpain’s newest video for his hit single “Rap Song”! Not to mention being featured in Sun Sentinel, New Times and several Indy fashion magazines. You cant stop F.U.S.C.H.A’s Metoric rise! 2011 is gonna be huge! for pics check out our facebook page. www.facebook.com/fuschadesigns

The lace top is one of the key pieces I look forward to getting for spring. Anyone can look good in the right lace top. here I give you 2 versions. Free People’s body hugging top is perfect worn alone or under your favorite jacket and at $58 is a great price!
Forever21’s version is just as sweet and $19.80 who can’t afford to be on trend!

Free People Lace Top www.bloomingdales.com


Forever 21 lace Top www.forever21.com

Ok so now for style 2: Bohemian

Bohemians are relaxed and feminine. The boho style is effortless and doesn’t look put together. Thier closets are full of dresses, long skirts, flowy tops (especially peasant style) and distressed denim. Floppy hats, hippie headbands, big sunglasses and boots are some of their favorite accessories.

New trends to Try:

This top Marc Jacobs’ affordable line Marc and is just what bohemians need! The lace top is in for spring but in a crocheted version for boho chics. Pair it with loose cuffed shorts in olive green (for the military trend) and your ready for Spring!

Marc by Marc jacobs Top

This amazing African American and Korean model blew onto the scene a couple of years ago and is on her way to bringing the Supermodel back! Not only has she walked the runway for the world’s top designers such as Versace, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Givenchy, etc… She also managed to become an Angel for Victoria’s Secrets without being busty or voluptuous! All that and she just turned 20! No wonder her name is Chanel! Her mom must have known she was destined fro the catwalk!

Since we pretty much covered trends for spring how about helping you put all those trends to good use with the style you already have! I’m going to list a couple of types of styles and then give them each their own blog entry and how you can mix in trends. These are the types: 1. Rocker, 2. Bohemian, 3.Romantic, 4. Sophisticated

We will start with ROCKER

The rocker has a collection of vintage band tees, wears a lot of faded and distressed jeans, owns a leather jacket or two, pairs everything with boots. Corsets and converse sneakers are also seen on rockers. And if your like me studs, studs and more studs! oh and bling it up!

So trends you can add to your wardrobe are: The neutral studded boot, updated motorcycle jacket, studded bag

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