Archive for October, 2011

Manolo Blahnik’s Earth-Friendly New Collection

 

Good morning tartelettes!

Have you heard,  Manolo Blahnik’s gone green?! The infamous powerhouse has a new sustainable shoe collection, and it’s everything an eco-conscious fashionista could ask for and more! I love reading about these type of collaborations, especially when related to my most favorite accessory: shoes! Designer Marcia Patmos was asked to create an eco-friendly line for the label, and after spending a considerable amount of time researching sustainable material, came up with two incredible styles made out of tilapia skin (interestingly enough a byproduct from the food industry), cork and raffia. These beautiful shoes — an adorable open-toe flat and a sexy, strappy sandal — come in gorgeous color combinations: nude, yellow, black and electric blue.

These are the first earth-friendly designs to be released by Manolo Blahnik and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see the fashion heavyweight take up the green cause! Like we always say, luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. What do you gals think of the latest eco-friendly creations?

 

 

Jen’s Pick: Peeled Snacks

Some of my favorite snacks of all time, I cannot keep Peeled Snacks keep to myself; they’re like gummy treats for adults made with organic and all-natural ingredients  —  no sugar or oil added. I can’t go a day without some of their dried mango.

Peeled supports local farmers and growers when organic crops are not readily available, and they strive to use the most environmentally sustainable business practices. For their product display cases, they use recycled paper making them not only delicious, but ecologically friendly.

Take a bite out of that!

 

Eco Friendly Nail polish!

Lately I’ve been obsessed with Kaia House’s amazing eco friendly nail polishes. The brand offers beautiful shades that suite any style. Say goodbye to those harsh chemicals, because Kaia Houses’ organic Bio-Polishes, just like your favorite tarte cosmetics, are free of phthalates, toluene and formaldehyde — even celebs like  Rachel Bilson and Jessica Alba have become devotees. Swing by their site and while you’re there be sure to snag a bottle of  the  soy nail polish remover they offer, it’s  free of pegs, parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde too!

Organic eco-nail polishes in chic shades right at our fingertips, what more could a girl ask for?

 

 

 

Jen’s Pick: Pumpkin Body Mask

 

Fall is here and pumpkin is back on the menu! And while nothing beats a skinny pumpkin latte, this season try some pumpkin on your body — not just in it.

It’s no secret that stars like Audrina Patridge have been known to favor natural ingredients in their beauty potions. Packed with vitamins  A, C, and zinc,  pumpkin is the perfect gift from nature to  achieve a radiant complexion for fall. And the best part, I’ve got on the info you need to whip up an incredible mask DIY-style in your kitchen. Audrina, if you’re reading, this treat is for you!

October Pumpkin Body Mask

2 cups canned pumpkin

4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

4 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix together the ingredients and apply to face for 10 minutes. Once set, remove with a warm face cloth and let your skin shine on.

 

Do you have any DIY beauty tricks you want to share? Post them on our Facebook.

 

 

It’s All About the Cat Eye

Striking and boldly feminine, the cat eye is a makeup classic. That thick slash of black eyeliner on the top lid is both girlie and mysterious — and it’s definitely back in style.

While the ladies of Mad Men have been sporting the look for a couple of years now, new shows like Pam Am — an office obsession — and The Playboy Club — no one’s obsessionhave made it hard to escape the timeless style, no matter what channel you’re on.  Considering that the cat eye was originally popularized by beauty icons as versatile as Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn and factory girl Eddie Sedgwick, why wouldn’t you give it a try?

So go ahead, dip your toe into the pool of retro glam. In fact we’ll help you take the plunge. We asked Jen to film a quick and easy beginners guide to applying a softer, daytime cat eye with our multiplEYE lash enhancing liquid eyeliner. Check it out and let us know what you think!

 


Isopure’s ‘Props to Your Body’ Challenge

Never head of Isopure? If you own a gym membership (or ever thought about owing one) it’s about time you did. Isopure is a clear, yummy 100% whey protein isolate. Yeah, we’d never heard of whey protein isolates either. Basically, it’s a tasty, fruity pre- or post-workout drink that will give you the edge on achieving your fittest figure ever.

The Challenge:

This October Isopure is launching their “Props to your body” Facebook challenge . This campaign recognizes those who are dedicated to getting their body in gear durring the holiday season — from powering through a marathon to completing a first pull up or joining a gym after having a baby.

Starting on October 6th, you can enter by liking Isopure on Facebook and posting a comment on why you’re giving props to your bod, illustrating the post with a personal video and/or picture.

Each week Isopure will select one winner to score some Isopure swag and earn a place in Isopure’s “Props Hall of Fame.” The top 6 winners will move on to the championship round, where the fans and the entire Isopure crew will vote on a grand prize winner who will take home a year’s supply of protein powder and other fun gear worth a $1,000!

The challenge runs from October to early December. Check out Isopure’s Facebook page for more details.

 

 

Coffee Genius!

Hi tartelettes,

If you’ve ever read my bio you know that I’m a coffee fan – in particular iced coffee. I’ll continue drinking the icy stuff well into the heart of winter, when it’s so cold that I have to wear gloves to hold on to my cup when walking from the coffee shop to the subway before work. So imagine how thrilled I was to discover  Grady’s Cold Brew.

What it is: An all-natural, hand-brewed New Orleans-style iced coffee in a bottle.

What’s to love: Steeped with chicory and spices, Grady’s Cold Brew combines bold flavors and a subtle sweetness for a super smooth taste.

Where to get it: Made in Brooklyn, you can snag some of this delicious java at gradyscoldbrew.com.

 

 


 

 

Stay Slim and Healthy This Fall

Hi tartelettes!

Fall has arrived and with it comes a host of tasty temptations — but keeping fit and indulging in the party season aren’t mutually exclusive. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be rocking a svelte figure straight on through the New Year.

Avoid fall comfort food: Fall baking is oh-so-delicious and oh-so-calorie packed.  Instead of using traditional recipes Google healthy options for favorites like banana bread or butternut squash soup.

Resist hibernation: It’s easier to become less active as it gets darker earlier. Try joining a gym, or sign up for a workout class with a friend to maintain motivation.

Party Smart: Awesome holiday parties mean alcoholic drinks galore — and those can add some serious numbers to your caloric intake. Limit drinks or opt for water to stay hydrated and keep from adding on pounds.

Curtail the Candy: Stop stealing candy out of your children’s or younger brother or sister’s trick or treat bags…you didn’t earn it and you sure don’t need it. Sweets can derail any plans for healthy eating. Instead, indulge in healthy snacks like popcorn or dark chocolate covered fruits.

Xo,

Jen