Friday, March 29, 2013

Year Of The Snake

2013 is the year of the Black Water Snake, according to Chinese  Zodiac. Year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. In this arena, snakes are thought of as enigmatic, intuitive, introspective and refined. According to ancient Chinese wisdom, having a snake in your home is a positive omen and means that your family will not starve. However, others view a snake is a bad omen of things to come (all in perspective I suppose).

Each animal of the Chinese zodiac is associated with an element and the snake’s is fire but, in the larger Chinese astrological cycle, 2013 is also associated with water. So, specifically, this year is actually of the Year of the Black Water Snake, a combination of two elements (fire and water). This should make 2013 for an interesting year, huh?

In celebration of the snake, the fashion world is obsession with snake print and snake icons and I've been bitten by the fascination (pun so intended). I'm not a fan of the usage of real snake skin or any animal skin, fur, for that matter, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun playing with snake patterns.
Here's are a couple inspirational collages.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Colors of Spring 2013 Beauty

So I've covered some of the key fashion trends for this Spring so now let's talk about beauty! This season it's all about experimenting with bright feminine fresh colors like emerald green, teal, poppy, hot pink, coral, stark white, copper, and sheer plum.

The Colors of Spring '13 Beauty

Why These Colors Own Spring

Emerald: It's the IT color of 2013 as declared by Pantone. The vibrant shade looks amazing as nail polish or eyeliner. 

Teal: The gorgeous metallic blue-green color is perfect for eyeliner. It'll add a subtle hint of a twist without going overboard.

Copper/Platinum: Ditch the common gold for a sexier and more mature shade of copper for your eyeshadow. Try pairing copper with a smudgy black liner for a night look. For those with a fair complexion, platinum is a perfection switch up from silver. Keep the rest of your look simple so stay away from shimmery blush or lip gloss and let your eyes stand out. 

Poppy: Sure red lips are a classic but matte poppy lips are lighter switch up. What's great about poppy red is that the shade works well on all skin tones and adds a touch of warm Spring into your look.

Coral/Hot Pink: Two beautiful shades for your lips and cheeks. Coral and hot pink are beauty symbols for Spring and Summer, reminding us of days spent out in the warm sun and blooming flowers. Both colors add a warm glow and the right amount of color to your cute little face.

Opaque White: One of the hottest colors for Spring and Summer is a more sophisticated stark white, perfect for nail polish and subtle lower eyeliner. For your nails, choose a nonstreaky nail polish formula with a shiny finish. 

Sheer Plum: Plum isn't always thought of when you think of Spring beauty but have you tried sheer plum for your cheeks? By lightening up the shade, your cheeks are given a flushed, fresh look.

Which is your favorite color to try?
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Still Kicking Around

Hello everyone!

It's been almost 2 weeks since my double jaw operation and I'm still kicking around. It's been a very emotionally draining and tiring recovering process but I'm taking it day by day. My birthday was on Sunday and I knew I wouldn't be able to celebrate it in the normal way (food, party, etc.) so I did do a little birthday shopping days before the surgery.

I went shopping at Forever 21 and tried to keep in mind fun spring trends and dresses. Check out the gorgeous trends, what I bought, and other cute items I eyed.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Today I'll be undergoing pretty extensive jaw reconstructive surgery so I'm a bit nervous. It is also why I won't be updating the blog as much until I heal. Until then, this will be my last post. Yesterday I went to the aquarium and stuffed my face until midnight (no food or drink after midnight, doctors' orders). My last plate looked like someone's last meal: one buttery biscuit, two veggie strips of bacon, a left over tuna salad melt, french fries, and an oatmeal cream cookie. Sounds yummy yet gross ;)

Wish me luck and you can follow my progress through twitter, facebook, and instagram (retrobelle24)

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

March Wish List

Even though it just snowed in Connecticut, all I have on my mind are full skirts, cropped tops, pastel and neon colors, and sundresses. Once March rolls around, I can't help but focus on Spring and it's feminine happy wardrobe. I'm heading to Forever 21 this weekend for some wardrobe updating and retail therapy. Hopefully, I'll be able to grab a few things off my wish list.

Here is my Spring wish list.

March Wish List

What is on your Spring list?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Perfume Of The Moment

The perfume of the moment is Coach's new fragerence, Coach Love. It's described as modern, warm and romantic. Coach Love blends soft dewy petals and fresh greens with sensual woods, rich caramel and a hint of warm musk in a scent as unforgettable as falling in love. Doesn't sound wonderful? You can buy the whole fragrance kit which includes body lotion, shower cream, and purse sized body spray.

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Recently, I shared with you about my up and coming jaw reconstructive surgery on March 13. The blog won't be regularly updated as I recover but by early April things should be back to normal. I am slowly getting nervous about the operation but it's something I'm very familiar with so it's not like this is my first surgery ever.

Thank you for understanding and being patient!

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