Archive for October, 2009

Do The Monster Mash!

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Halloween weekend is upon us, and if you haven’t already picked out a costume it’s time to get creative!! The tartelettes have been chatting about our costumes for what seems like a month & last night Heather was super crafty in the office with her zombie bride dress. So in honor of my favorite holiday I put together a little humorous video of the tarte ladies gettin’ down to the Monster Mash! I hope you enjoy because I’m laughing out loud–I’m the wearwolf. Don’t forget to sign up for our makeup costume contest & Have a creepy Halloween!

The Cast:
Mad Scientist (Celeste)
Frankenstein (Heather)
Bride of Frankenstein (Erica)
Dracula (Staci)
Wearwolf (Kristin)

xo,
Kristin

Table Toppers

I love to collect coffee table books that I can flip through time and time again & experience total sensory overload. With anything from fashion to photography these books are perfect room accents. Like all collectables, it’s always fun to gift others with one of your favorites. For your bestie’s next birthday, house warming party or even a thoughtful token of appreciation–choose a creative hardcover. These are some of my favorites along with newcomers that I can’t wait to get my claws on. I hope you find the perfect one for you!

For the Collector:
Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonne 1963-1987—with 384 pages and 1,700 reproductions from the man who IS pop art, this is the perfect colorful addition to any bookshelf.

Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture—a lavish montage of Vuitton’s collaborations with world renowned artists (trunks and bags aside).

For the Fashion Maven:
Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life—we were already addicted to the site, so the book is a given for any seasoned stylista.
The Teen Vogue Handbook—the go-to reference for all that is fashion, even beyond your teen years.

For the Visionary:
Hue by Kelly Wearstler—with projects arranged by color, Wearstler’s design inspiration proves much deeper than the walls she decorates.
Marchesa Casati: Portraits of a muse—the complete portrait of an everlasting style icon, including insightful contributions from the likes of DVF and Karl Lagerfeld.

xo,

Kristin

Daytime Dare: On the Prowl

Ok, Tartelettes, the latest Daytime Dare should come as no surprise—leopard print. I set it up for you in last week’s lust list—and if you are even remotely familiar with moi, you know how nuts I go for print dell’animale. I’ve blogged it, coveted it and worn it. Now, it’s your turn to step inside the wild kingdom. I know it may seem non-sensical, but leopard print can be a wonderful neutral when done right.

And these are your rules for the game:
1. No more than two leopard pieces at once. No kind of “cat lady” is good.
2. Start with a conventional neutral base—black, white, brown—but make the print pop with a bold color. No time to be a ‘fraidy-cat.
3. Pace yourself. First time wrangling the cat? Go for gloves, a scarf or bag for just a touch of leopard fierce. Move on to a classic coat or sexy top when you feel more comfortable.
4. Most importantly, when you wear leopard print, strut your stuff like it’s nobody’s business. Those possibly dirty looks from coworkers in basic black and not-so-novel navy? Hateration Nation, honey. So what if you prefer your coffee with a side of cat, not cream ;)
So, follow Mimi’s leopard laws and unleash your inner chic kitten! Me-wow!

XO,
Amelia

Awesomely Autumn—tartelette’s Fall Lust List

Ok, Tartelettes, I’m just going to say it. I am absolutely obsessed with Fall. I literally lose my mind during the 9th, 10th and 11th months of the year. The way I see it, everything that’s right about the world happens during this time—football season, NY Fashion Week, boots and the birthdate of yours truly. (I know, I know—so humble)
Well, with my Misery-esque obsession completely out there, let’s get started on my Fall lust list. I know the Spring and Summer editions claimed to be the lust lists of the year, but lemme let you in on a little something—I just did that to make those lowly months feel better. Poor May, such sad July. Autumn is the only season that steals my heart time and time again.

Shakira “She-Wolf” With its sexy howl and 70s disco beat, the title track from Shakira’s fourth English-speaking album has been playing in my head, heart and ipod non-stop since August. And have you seen Ms. “Hips Don’t Lie” in the video? I’ve been on the Shake-it-like-Shakira workout plan since. The album drops Oct 13, and I cannot wait to let this Chic-Wolf out of the closet.

KNEEd ‘Em, Want ‘Em, Gottahave ‘Em Yep, you guessed it, the next item on my lust list is over-the-knee boots. You can barely walk down the street these days without hearing someone deliriously wishing, pining, longing for this Pretty Woman standard. Ok, so maybe only in my fashion fantasyland, but you get my point. Sexy thigh-high boots are everywhere—mags, runways and on the legs of the most stylish ladies. I’ve been coveting this Candela pair for months, but Saks and I are still in negotiations over that $500 price-tag. In the meantime, I’ll just pick up the more affordable, but equally chic “Vamp” style by Free People. And chicsters, these boots are made for much more than just walking.

Prps Leather Cape Jacket We all know I can be pretty melodramatic when it comes to the fashion thing, but this time I am as serious as the perfect black pump—this is some life-changing leather. From the drapey front to the high-cut back, Prps cape jacket is simply phenomenal. I would die to pair it with a loose white tee and a haute pink mini for a good girl gone rocker bad look. And it is totally NYC-cool with jeans and a killer shoe. The price tag is steep, but just insert crazy fashion math to justify it—“If I wear it everyday and most night, that comes out to like 45 cents/wear…” Right?

Mini-Prowl Though I consider leopard print the new neutral, I know not everyone thinks like Mimi. (What is wrong with you people? Lol) For those style scaredy-cats, try a leopard print scarf for just a touch of the trend. And though it may seem crazy, you can pair this piece with nearly anything—All black? I’m all in! Jewel tones? Jump in! Subtle prints? What a mixer! The scarf shown is by Tolani and will run you about a Benjamin. My style secret is street vendors. I picked up my kitty kat for $4 during a recent NYC trip. Ok, chicster, start your (mini) prowl.

Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice I’m an olfactory kinda gal, so scent is everything to me! While I love spice all year long, there’s just something about the crisp cool of Fall that makes me long for it even more. Whether by drink, candle or perfume, I gots to have that little zing. Some of my faves: Starbucks’ insanely addictive Pumpkin Spice Latte (it’s like Santa in September); Jo Malone candle in Pomegranate Noir; Marc Jacobs’ Lola which is bursting with zests of vanilla and musk.

Statement Eyes With nude lips hitting the beauty waves hard, its time to talk with our eyes. And tarte is the perfect place for achieving this eye-catching look. I didn’t know the importance of primer until I laid hands on tarte’s lifted which is packed with Firmitol™, the proprietary firming complex that helps tighten eyelids and the surrounding eye area.
Garance&Collette If you have never heard/seen of fabfash blogger Garance Dore, #$@!$$@%@? Sorry for the faux expletives, but this is serious sartorial sacrilege! Ms. Dore is the best thing to happen to the fashion world since Chanel…and gold costume jewelry…and Christian Loubotoin…and—ok, you understand. Well, this ToDieFor photog and webstar has collaborated with French retailer Colette for limited edition t-shirts emblazoned with Garance’s deliciously quirky illustrations. They’re not available online yet, but Ms. Dore promises they will be soon!

All right, tartelette’s! Viva La Fall!

XO,
Amelia

Vintage Rose

When it comes to fashion, fall would definitely be my favorite season. I love the brisk weather, autumn leaves & the Manhattan fashionistas walking the streets in the latest collections. Typically, I reach for rich jewel tones, rustic browns and chunky/nubby knits. However, this year I’ve found myself drawn to a color you cannot find in my closet: pink! I’ve never been a huge fan of the shade, but all of a sudden I love dusty rose with peach undertones. I can’t get enough of the romantic and vintage feel from the look seen above from Chloés fall 2009 collection. Even more enticing is the added edge from Vuitton (ditch the bunny ears!) I pulled ideas from both looks for an everyday look that is very much me—ultragirly waves, ruffles, sleek black ankle pants and natural hair & makeup. This entire look is from J.Crew (a minor retail addiction of mine). I even blogged about the black pixie pant a year ago-they’re still one of my staples!

So here’s how you’d get this look! For easy waves, use a 1” Hot Tools curling iron and roll hair backward away from the face. For amazing clean & natural makeup I use rest assured brightening wand (apply to brow bone & inner well of the eye) and three carats limited-edition cheek stain in shade brilliant as eyeshadow (it’s perfect)! I hope you enjoy this look as much as I do!
xo,
Kristin