Archive for July, 2010

Weekend Trip in Boston!

My internship at tarte has allowed me to explore NYC, but the city I know best is Boston. For the past two years, I’ve been attending Boston College (living just outside the city) and I always look forward to the frequent weekend trips with my girlfriends. I’m no Daily Candy weekend guide, but I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things to do!

On a pleasant summer day, I highly recommend a trip to Boston Common—the oldest park in the country! It’s the starting point to the Freedom Trail and many prominent people have spoken in the park (Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem). With more than 40 acres of green grass, you can relax, play Frisbee or even picnic (but don’t forget your SPF)! During the summer several concerts occur—so, if you’re in the area, it’s a must! Nearby the Commons is the infamous Newbury Street—a true fashionista’s playground. The street is lined with great stores and boutiques, both upscale and affordable, for a fun day of shopping. There’s truly something for everyone, even vintage! Some of my favorites: Calypso, DVF, Second Time Around….and the list goes on).

While there are plenty of great restaurants on Newbury Street (my fave: Stephanie’s on Newbury), I always head to the North End for some Italian. Mangia, mania! The North End is a “Little Italy” filled with gelato shops, pizzerias, and Old-School Italian restaurants. My pick: Dolce Vita—it has great food and live music. Actually, one night a man playing the accordion sang “That’s Amore”!

If you’re looking for some culture, I’d suggest stopping by one of Boston’s museums. If you’re a history buff, then I recommend the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Old South meeting House or Paul Revere’s House. For the artists, check out the Museum of Fine Arts. And one of my favorites—visit the Museum of Science for one of its interesting exhibits. Recently, I went to the Harry Potter exhibit—it was so fun!

Finally, you can’t leave Boston without making an appearance at some sort of sports game.  In the summer check out a Red Sox game, the fans never disappoint. A team that not many people know about, and probably my favorite Boston team, is the Boston Blazers; Boston’s very own lacrosse team. If you’re around during their season, which is January to April, the tickets are cheap; the game is fast pace; and the fans are a rowdy bunch (especially, if you’re sitting next to a group of 26 yr old dudes clad in blazers)!

So there you have it, my ideal weekend in Boston. Let me know if you think I missed anything!

xo,

Kate

Shady Lady

With the sun blazing from LA to NY, this girl needs some runway inspiration before I melt away in my boring white tank. Season after season Giambattista Valli never ceases to amaze me. I couldn’t help but ogle over his 2010 collection and share with you two “shady lady” images that scream glamorous summer!  Whether it’s a day-time mini, chic-evening frock, a look inspired by the Roaring Twenties or a throwback to the ‘50s, I want every piece in my wardrobe now (hey, this fashion, savvy-twenty something can dream, right?)

Black and green being two of my favorite colors mixed with fringed mini skirts… forget it, I’ve died and gone to fashion heaven! Unfortunately, these goodies will not be hanging in my closest anytime soon. However, I can replicate some of these leggy catwalkers’ style .

For starters, these jumbo mirrored lenses instantly remind me of Johnny Depp in Willy Wonka & I love it! They are timeless (I swear my Grandma once wore these), chic and unquestionably sexy . I found the perfect pair of Chloe Myrte’s to achieve all of the above.

Now, I wouldn’t be a tartelette if I didn’t notice that  stunning neon pout. The bold hue is both red and coral. I hit the beauty lottery by swiping on 1 base coat of LipSurgence™ lip stain  in joy (a perfect peach) and 1 top coat in lust (brilliant red)! I love both colors alone, but why not give it a twist by layering? It’s the perfect lip product for pop colors because they require no liner and are juicy, but not too glossy that the color might bleed. This creative boost of color completes the entire look. I hope this inspires you to step out of your style box and have fun with your fashion before the summer is over.

xo,

Kristin

Summer Trends Contest!

Comment below with your favorite summer 2010 trends & enter to win 1 of 3  tarte glam gams natural bronzing leg sticks !

Concert in the Park

Despite earlier thunderstorms and humid weather Tuesday, a bunch of us decided to head on over to The Great Lawn and listen to the sounds of the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Unbeknownst to us, last night was a historic event since it was the first time that the New York Philharmonic shared the stage with another orchestra for their annual free concert.  Thankfully, one of my friends arrived at 5:30pm to save us an area in Central Park. Otherwise, I don’t think we would’ve been able to put down our blankets; it was really packed! Once finally settled in we displayed our spread of wine, cheese, crackers, chips & some homemade guacamole and salsa (YUM). Some people had catered spreads, while others had their beach chairs—everyone was prepared for an evening picnic! At around 8pm the concert started and the crowd fell silent—it was such a cool experience and the music was just so beautiful.

Take a look at the program:

Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Boléro
Overture to Tannhäuser
Largo al factotum della città from The Barber of Seville
“Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet
“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
Ode to the Expo
Rhapsody in Blue

 

My goal this year is to experience more of these NYC moments! Would love to hear about your favorite NYC moment or experiences in your town!

xo,

Candace

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College = change: no parents/curfews, new living conditions, different friends and the list goes on.One not so exciting change I experienced was how my skin reacted to it all. I managed to obtain all of the dreaded symptoms: occasional dryness and oily, habitual breakouts–ugh. And I know a lot of my college friends can relate. Let’s face it bad skin is triggered by diet, lack of sleep, and increased stress (thank you, college). I decided to do some research in the hopes of finding something that would help assuage the effects of my new lifestyle.

My first go-to: my all-knowing Mother. She suggested I read The Beauty Bible, by Paula Begoun. Three rules I’ve learned from Paula: 1) Be gentle!! Irritated skin means blemishes.2) Exfoliate 3) Use products with antioxidants—they fight free radicals (i.e. pollution and oxygen that cause our skin to prematurely age-Ahh!) So, I picked out some new products and ditched the harsh astringents that were drying out my face. I opted for Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of the natural, healthy oil needed to moisturize it (added bonus: it’s cheap). Then I picked out a 2% beta hydroxyl acid gel, which is used to exfoliate the skin and prevent blackhead build up.  It gets rid of dead and damaged skin and literally leaves my face glowing after I use it. Lastly, I bought a bottle of milk of magnesia (yes, I know it’s more commonly used as a laxative). It’s a mineral that gently dries up pimples; it’s actually kind of awesome, not gross!

After I switched up my skincare routine, I was left with softer and almost breakout-free skin. SO EXCITING! !  What’s even more exciting is that I landed an internship with tarte and learned (and still learning) all about their skinvigorating™ ingredients. I realized all of tarte’s products are all full of antioxidants, the magical ingredients that The Beauty Bible says will fight aging and promote healthy skin! Now, my skincare and makeup régime is complete!  Not only that but all of tarte’s products are gentle to the touch; I mean they literally feel GOOD when I apply them to my face. My favorite is smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.

Well, that’s the extent of my skin care knowledge–let me know what you think?! I’d love to hear about your routines!

Xo,

Kate