Archive for January, 2011

The Bar Method

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m making 2011 the year of fitness! But in a fun way! The winter months have given me the perfect opportunity to embrace snowboarding, but my day job doesn’t allow for that to be my consistent form of exercise. I’ve been thinking long on what new activity to try…what to do? Personally, I prefer a motivating class atmosphere. When you see everyone else around you doing it you tell yourself ‘so can I’. Well ladies, I’ve found my new calorie burning, strength training Mecca: The Bar Method (another similar program is Physique 57).

Friends and colleagues have raved about this workout program in the past, however, with its hefty price tag I’ve always resorted to other options. Last week my favorite Gilt Groupe affiliate Gilt City had an amazing discounted 1-month package for new students; I seized the opportunity. With 5 classes under my belt, I’m feeling soreness in muscles I didn’t even realize could be worked!

Enough babbling, what is it already? I think they say it best, “The Bar Method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”  Just think ballet, yoga, weights—they even have classes for moms-to-be! With studios in major cities nationwide, I encourage you to try it. I promise it’ll only take one class…and you’ll be shaking!

For the best results you need to switch up your fitness routine. Your muscles get bored just as fast as you do!

Xo,

Kristin

Meet The Pro: Amy Tagliamonti

It’s time to kick-off our 2011 Meet the Pro. Introducing…Amy Tagliamonti! From a glam look for a premiere to a flawless complexion, Amy can create any look with just a quick swirl of her makeup brush. tarte first started working with Amy a few years ago when she was Makeup Artist Department Head on a little show you might have heard of… Gossip Girl!! Today as she conquers new projects, we’re happy to follow her amazing work and continue to count her as a loyal tarte fan (she has even won an Emmy Award for her fabulous skills!). I had the pleasure of recently catching up with Amy and hearing about what inspires her work. She’s often inspired by nature, an exciting new makeup color, a costume or fashionable outfit, someone’s personality, the time of day, an old movie…and the list goes on! To Amy inspiration is limitless and ever-evolving. That being said I feel inspired just chatting with her! So go ahead and read more of what she has to say when it comes to perfecting some of Hollywood’s famous faces.

xo,

Kristin

Fresh Look for Winter 2011

Happy New Year tartelettes! I hope it was happy, healthy and chock full of resolutions (please share below & give others inspiration). For 2011 my resolutions seem a bit unoriginal, but nonetheless,  I feel they’re extremely important. Like 99% of the population fitness is at the top of my list. However, I’m changing up my routine and spending lots of free time snowboarding! Along with firming up the bod, I’m trying to eat healthy and aiming to be a better version of myself. As I begin the process of reinvigorating from the inside out, I’m also going with a fresh new look to match my rejuvenated attitude (relaxed, centered & glowing). I’ve pulled together my fresh winter 2011 look for you above—what do you think?

I’m counting on my exercise and healthy eating (lot’s of greens & colorful foods) to banish that dull winter skin. If I need any additional glow I can count on tarte’s smooth operator™ Amazonian Clay illuminating serum ;) Additionally, I’ll be warding off winter lips and achieving the perfect nude/pink pout with my fRxtion lip exfoliator and balm and LipSurgence™ natural matte lip tint in exposed. With our complexion in check let’s  show it off with the perfect knot. High or low, the ballerina bun is back and so effortless; plus, it will take me from work-to-gym.  Last but not least, I want warm comfy clothes that are both relaxed and pulled together. What’s better and more season appropriate than the perfect fair isle sweater? I love both the playfulness and comfort in the choices above, either option can be paired with skinnies and chic booties. So, as I’ve closed the door on 2010 and said hello to 2011, I’m in search of the best year, yet! Fingers crossed I’ve got myself started in the right direction. Tell us about your new look for 2011! Comment below.

xo,

Kristin