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Stripes, leather, dressy sportswear—10 beauty and fashion essentials for the new year



While 2012, the year of the black water dragon, was certainly rewarding, mesmerizing us with its fascination with brocade, fur and leather, we anticipate that 2013, the year of the snake, will be as amazing, too, or even better.

We’ve put together a list of fashion and beauty essentials to set you in style for the new year.

Color: emerald green

Make sure to have key pieces in this color in your closet. Emerald green is a very rich color, and looks luxe and grand, instantly making you feel good when wearing this color. Don’t limit yourself to green outfits; you can wear green on your makeup as well. Look for green hues when shopping for eyeliners, mascaras and shadows. Green is a color of growth, renewal and healing.

Bold stripes


BOLD stripes

While stripes are commonly associated with nautical and cruise ensembles, for 2013, bold stripes are expected to be worn all year round.

Luxe leather


Inject some edgy glamour into your everyday outfits with some leather. You really can’t go wrong with a leather jacket. Or, if you want to look sexy and fierce, invest in a leather skirt; this goes perfectly well with sexy silky tops.



If 2012 was a year of mesh, cutouts will flourish this 2013. This trend is sophisticated and chic when worn the right way.

Bold lip colors: MAC Sheen Supreme


LUXE leather

Year 2013 will be all about bold lip colors, so grab yourself a MAC Sheen Supreme in Happy Hibiscus. At the MAC Counter, I experimented and mixed Happy Hibiscus with Lady Danger, resulting in a great bright pink color. This hue will certainly serve as an essential lip color when playing around with your collection of lipsticks. Definitely a must-have!

Thick eyebrows


Thick eyebrows are back! Say goodbye to barely there eyebrows that need major lining. Start growing your eyebrows, and think Brooke Shields as you do so. This move will certainly make a great difference in your overall appearance.

Dressed-up sportswear


With yoga and running gear now bestsellers, it’s safe to assume that health buffs now take extra care of their appearance when they work out. This 2013, expect to take your sportswear a notch higher, as runway designers have made them dressier and more wearable for events and night-outs.

Bermuda shorts and short suits


DRESSED-UP sportswear

Shorts will be big this year, as Nicole Miller, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang, Rachel Roy and other designers have revealed in their 2013 runway shows. Invest in Bermuda shorts and short suits.

Full-on floral


Great prints never go out of style, and this year, full-on floral prints will be huge. Think Mary Kantrantzou and you’re set. The Ramp has great floral dresses that are so versatile you can wear them to a dressy night-out, or with a blazer to work.

Monochromatic colors


Say goodbye to color blocking and hello to monochromatic colored ensembles. There was a time when stylish meant purposely mismatched; this year, it will be all about bright-colored monotones.

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