Archive for September, 2010

Trend Alert!

New York city shoppers are actually itching NOT to shop! Yes it’s true. This little bed bug epidemic happening at some of my favorite retailers is actually keeping my wallet padded in what would typically be my favorite season to splurge. Thanks to cyber space, I can still turn to my favorite sites and celebs for a little inspiration on what’s new & noteworthy this fall.

When I think of tribal, I typically think of summer ikat prints,  fab shoes & satchels. Well, that has changed this season. Knowing that one of my favorite effortless fashionistas, Blake Lively, recently stocked up on natural cheek stain in sunkissed; I took some time to check up on her September wardrobe choices as she promotes her new flick, The Town.  My fave…this fully beaded Marchesa tribal mini dress. The vibrant yellow and sapphire are nothing short of amazing and when it comes to fashion, Blake is spot-on. Tribal for cocktail hour? If it looks anything like this then yes, please!

Blake’s not the only trendsetter. My favorite downtown retailer, LF, just released their fall look book and it seems they too are feeling the tribal vibe for fall. The relaxed, hooded cardigan from their shoot is on the right. I’m loving the muted rustic colors for fall & their twist on a Navajo blanket. NY is a bit cold for shorts; so I would pair this with my favorite skinnies, a House of Harlow 1960 tribal cuff & Blake’s beauty secrets ;)

xo,

Kristin

Les Khakis de Chanel…Homemade!

For Fall 2010. Chanel has released Les Khakis de Chanel; an exclusive nail polish collection consisting of a trio of camo hues. These colors are a twist on the neutral trend that is popping up all over runways this fall. Naturally, we’re obsessed, but definitely not willing to dish out a pricey $25 per polish.

After unsuccessfully scavenging the internet for doppelganger shades, we came to a frightening conclusion—we had to make our own.

We decided to delve into the world of Frankening, the art of mixing polishes, to make your own custom hue. After concocting countless recipes, we’d like to think we’re pretty spot on (bonus: it’s made with “big 3” free green polishes). Eat your heart out Coco!

Want to make your own? Here’s How:

Materials:

ZOYA nail polishes in:

  •  Envy
  •  Pippa
  •  Marcella
  •  Gretchen
  •  Dea

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

3 empty nail polish bottles

  • either recycle from a bottle of nail polish you no longer wear (like we did) or a bottle of topcoat

 

Step #1: Clean out old nail polish bottles. This can be done by pouring out the excess polish and swirling a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover around in the bottle until it’s clean.

Recipes:

Khaki Brun:

  • Fill the empty bottle half way with Dea.  Finish off the bottle with ¼ Pippa and ¼ Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Rose:

  •  Fill Empty bottle half full with Marcella, then 2/6th of Dea.  Finish off the final 1/6th with Pippa.  Finally, add a small splash of Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Vert:

  •  Fill Empty bottle 1/3 full of Envy, then add another third Gretchen.  Split the remaining third between Pippa and Dea.  By now your arm is probably falling off, but you must shake!

And there you have it. Enjoy and good luck!

-Allie & Amber

Get the Look:Celebs at Fashion Week!

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, tarte’s celebrity makeup artist Tony Ballard created beautiful looks for the CW’s Plain Jane, Louise Roe and AMC’s Mad Men, Nora Zehtner. Both were spotted at Andy & Debb’s Spring 2011 Presentation last week rocking some tarte products!  Look like a fashionista–here’s what Tony used:

 

 

Louise Roe at Andy & Debb Spring 2011 Presentation

  • Added a pop of color to her cheeks with tarte’s eco-cheek natural cheek stain
  • Created a clean, simple eye with shades from tarte’s femme naturale palette
  • Really played up the lashes with several coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 natural mascara

 

Nora Zehtner at Andy & Debb Spring 2011 Presentation

  • Created a flawless complexion with tarte’s ReCreate anti-aging foundation
  • Highlighted skin with tarte’s smooth operator illuminating serum
  • Added a touch of pink glow with tarte’s TEN limited-edition natural cheek stain
  • Created a classic, doe eye with tarte’s femme naturale palette, emphasEYES™ aqua-gel in black and several coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 natural mascara
  • For her pout, used tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip stain in lucky mixed with tarte’s LipSurgence™ lip stain in lust.

xo,

Kristin

September Guest Bloggers: (parenthesized)

We were so honored when Tarte asked us to guest-blog a few features on their website for the month of September!  So who are we? We’re (parenthesized): a duo that started as college roommates who shared a passion for art and design.  Together we channeled our unique—but opposite—aesthetics to create our blog, which serves as an online catalogue of our favorites in art, fashion, lifestyle, and beauty. Being two college girls on the go, we’re always looking for ways to simplify our daily make up routine without sacrificing quality.  Enter Tarte! We’re completely obsessed with the fresh and easy take that Tarte has on cosmetics.  Plus, we can’t get enough of the adorable, yet practical packaging that Tarte offers—we ARE design junkies after all!

We have so many ideas brewing that we can’t wait to share with you Tartelettes! Make sure to check back for some creative eco-friendly and fashion related content!  In the meantime, for more inspiration please check out our blog (http://parenthesized.tumblr.com).

Xo,

Allie and Amber

Creme Scene

These past two weeks have been CRAZZZY for anyone wrapped up in this glamorous world we call the fashion/beauty industry. It started with  Vogue’s retail extravaganza and Fashion’s Night Out! And Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week is coming to an end. The culmination of a season’s planning has finally come to fruition. I’m happy to report that I’m tossed in the mix of this wildness & I love it! (Check back later this week for a recap of Odd Molly’s spring collection where tarte is creating the look this evening)!

Amongst everything, I love to go back and look through all of the images of the shows and spot emerging trends. Surprisingly, thus far, I’ve seen a lot of neutrals and minimalism for the spring 2011 season (unlike punchy colors of the past). The color crème/ivory has been pretty prominent on the runway. I love the crisp elegance of the looks above (l-to-r: Dennis Basso, Ports 1961, and Reem Acra). What do you think? What would you love to see for spring 2011 and most importantly what trend would you love to never see again?!

Xo,

Kristin

tarte on QVC!

If you can’t make it to NYC for one of our Fashion’s Night Out events (or even if you can), then please be sure to tune into Maureen Kelly and the tarte team on QVC this Friday, 9/10 beginning at 12am EST! We’ll be offering a 24-hour only special value (we can’t tell you what it is, but we promise you’ll love it as much as we do)! Below you’ll find a list of our upcoming QVC show times. We want to hear from you—call in and talk to Maureen! Send us a Facebook message or be sure to tweet us! Can’t wait to see what you think of our new goodies!

  • Time:   12:00 am EST–tarte: high-performance naturals™ hour show
  • Time:   3:00 am EST–Show: Beauty Q&A
  • Time:   6:00 am EST–Show: QVC This Morning
  • Time:   9:00 am  EST–tarte: high-performance naturals™ hour show
  • Time:   12:00 pm EST–Show: Q Check
  • Time:   3:00 pm EST–Show: Beauty Q&A
  • Time:   6:00 pm EST–tarte: high-performance naturals™ hour show
  • Time:   8:00 pm EST–Show: Friday Night Beauty

Thanks!

Kristin

Big Bambú

Now through October 31st get in touch with your inner green girl right here in NYC’s urban jungle. On the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twin artists, Doug and Mike Starn, have created an elaborate and intricate 100ft long 50ft wide bamboo structure. Big Bambú was created from poles of bamboo! Professional rock climbers  lashed together the bamboo with 50 yards of rope—insane!  The aesthetically, beautiful structure forms the shape of a cresting wave.  Set against the backdrop of Central Park, the exhibition has winding paths and a bridge that you can walk on.  Walk on?!  Yes, bamboo is quite the incredible plant. With more strength than many steel alloys, bamboo is also the fasting growing plant on Earth! Some varieties can grow up to 4ft in 24 hours! What’s even better? Bamboo can be sustainably harvested—that means no negative impact to the soil or greater environment! With each new day, environmentalists are discovering new industrial uses for bamboo. If you’re in the New York area, I encourage you to head over to 81ST street for a perfect green experience on a September afternoon.

Xo,

Kristin