New Year


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Jan and me wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2011 !


Happy New Year!

Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

-William Arthur Ward

Habitually Chic Make Up

I'm very lucky that Estee Lauder sends me products to review because I often fall in love with crazy colors that I would never have tried on my own. I've been getting compliments on their red lipstick so I thought I would share it and a few of my other favorites with you.  I think New Year's Eve is the perfect time to try something new!
  • Estee Lauder Extravagant Berry Long Lasting Lipstick - Great matte color by itself but even better layer with a lip gloss.  Just found out that it's Limited Edition so get it while you can!
  • Estee Lauder Extravagant Plum Pure Color Lip Gloss - Also fabulous by itself but I love it layered over the Extravagant Berry Lipstick.  You might want to blot some off before you kiss someone at midnight!
  • Nars Mata Hari Blush - Looks a little scary bright pink in the compact but actually very natural once it's been applied with a fluffy brush.  Makes me look alive in the winter when I'm pale as a ghost!
  • Clé de Peu Concealer - Worth every penny! Stays creamy and covers without looking like you're wearing concealer.  You'll need this for New Year's Day!
  • La Mer The Treatment Fluid Foundation - Also worth every penny!  It gives light coverage with SPF 15 that looks natural and feels fabulous!
  • Lancôme Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volumn Mascara - I love Lancôme mascara and always wear waterproof since it doesn't smudge.  If you wear the red lipstick, it's best to go lighter on the eyes but don't skimp on the mascara.
  • Smythson Wash Bag - There is nothing I love more than pulling out this pretty plum colored make up bag from Smythson.  I don't think they make this exact bag any longer but they do have a fun magenta color still available. Happy New Year!

Chic and Cozy

I made it safely back to New York but the snow is still piled high on every street corner.  Makes me wish I had a fireplace and a fur blanket like in the home of Spanish designer Tony Espuch.  Looks like a great space to throw a New Year's Eve soiree as well!

Photos by Amador Toril for Habitania via The Wonderlust Journal

My last blogpost of this year is dedicated to all of you !

  My dearest readers, followers, blogfriends and blogcolleagues, I would love to thank all of you for this wonderful year, joining me at Belgian Pearls.

This year I met so many new readers and blogcolleagues, and a lot of you became real friends! It is amazing how many lovely people I learned to know through blogging!

Starting my blog, I never could have imagined that meeting all of you, would have such an impact on my life!

All those sweet and lovely comments on my posts, all these emails I received from you, were to me a huge support and motivation  to go on with my blog!

‘Belgian Pearls’ wouldn’t be of any meaning without all of you!

I do hope that even in 2011, I will be able to bring you blogposts you will love and enjoy! I promise to do the best I can to not disappoint you!

I also want to make my apologies to all the people amongst you, who have sent me an email on which I have not answered yet! Sometimes I am so busy with my job and my family (I am also a wife and a mum, you know !), that I really don’t find enough time to blog or to answer all my emails!

We are only a few days away from a new year, and the next two days I will have to prepare everything for New Year’s Eve because we have our family to join us. So there are still a few things to do!

This post will be the last one of this year.

To thank you for your support and friendship the past year,  I want to treat you with some random chosen eye candy images from my files !

Thank you so much for being a reader, a follower or a blogfriend!

You are all so dear to me!



1Source : Four Seasons Hotel Florence


8 Source : Tim Clinch photography


5 Source : Magazine Landelijk Wonen Dec-Jan-Feb 2010-2011 Photographer Claude Smekens


2Source : Magazine Seasons Januari 2011 Photographer Jan Luijk

6 Source : Magazine Wonen Landelijke Stijl editie 06/2010 Photographer Denise Keus

3Source :  Magazine Seasons Januari 2011 Photographer Kat de Baerdemaeker


Source : Magazine Landelijk Wonen Dec-Jan-Feb 2010-2011 Photographer Claude Smekens


9 Source : Robert Couturier


7 Source : Campagne – Décoration


10 Source : Beta-Plus Publishing



Talk to you in 2011 !!



Chic at Work

Sometimes I miss working in an office.  I used to think up more creative outfits because I didn't want to bore my co-workers by wearing the same thing each week.  Since the same people don't see me everyday now, I feel like my outfits have gotten a little boring.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to restyle my wardrobe and take more risks.  That's why I like Vogue's new online feature, Five Days, Five Looks.  Who better to learn from than those who work at the chicest magazine.  Senior Accessories Editor, Filipa Fino, is up this week and I love her classic style with pops of colorful accessories.  She's definitely my new style idol. I will definitely be emulating her look after we dig out from the blizzard.  Until then, I hope no one sees what I'm wearing!  Happy New Year!

Photos by Marko MacPherson



Distintas opciones de arboles rusticos de inspiracion nordica.
El arbol debe ser natural siempre, verde o seco pero natural.




Algunos arreglos rusticos para navidad, en rustico nordico.
La caracteristica es la utilizacion de elementos naturales, ramas, maderas y plantas.



Moderna lámpara colgante inspirada por las formas florales

Esta es una increíble moderna lámpara de techo inspirada en formas florales. Está diseñada por el joven diseñador suizo Philipp Glass. La elegante estructura autoportante de la lámpara de techo tiene doce láminas armoniosamente curvas, que, colocado lateralmente, reflejan la luz de una manera única.

Todas estas láminas están hechas de polvo de aluminio cortado con láser recubiertos. Con un diámetro de 50 cm y un peso de 5 kg.

Puedes encontrarla AQUI

Qué opinas sobre esta linda lámpara de techo?

Decoración de cocinas con color morado púrpura o lila

Si eres un seguidor de este sitio, sabrás que en varias ocasiones hemos publicado artículos sobre decoración de espacios con colores específicos.

Hoy publicamos cocinas en color púrpura, morado o lila, y debemos decir que el impacto visual de esta gama de tonalidades realmente funciona en la cocina moderna!
Dado que el color púrpura significa profunda pasión, realeza, espíritu, y las personas que les gusta
este color son a menudo individuos creativos y generosos.

Qué opinas sobre estos diseños de cocinas de color púrpura, morado o lila?