Archive for January, 2012

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beat winter doldrums with bright fashion

Parties, festive drinks, gifts, comfort food… the holidays are a blast for so many reasons. That seemingly never-ending string of events with friends and family is part of what makes November and December so special, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But once the confetti clears and you emerge from your champagne haze, January can look, well, pretty bleak. With nary a cinnamon stick or office party in sight, it’s easy to fall into the post-holiday doldrums.

Never fear, tartelettes: we have some fashion suggestions to perk you up and get you through the first few freezing weeks of 2012!

 

 

1. Sparkles

Just because the holiday events are over doesn’t mean you have to shelve your glitzier pieces. Keep the party going by pairing your favorite sparkly dress with a cozy boyfriend blazer, a la Sandra – you won’t scream “festive!”, and, with some thick tights, you’ll still be winter-appropriate.

 

 

 

 

2. Fun tights

When it’s this cold outside, you may be tempted to forgo your adorable dresses and skirts for the seemingly smarter option – pants. But wait! Tights can be just as warm, especially when topped off with a pair of snug boots. Glam up your gams with some brightly-colored, patterned, or ribbed tights.

 

 

3.Bold lips

An even quicker way to brighten up that dark winter wardrobe: a bold lip. We’re thrilled  about the recent return of bright lip colors, from universally-flattering orange-red to shocking pink (rocked here by Alexis Bledel). Pair with mega-lashes (courtesy tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! mascara) and a touch of shimmer. Hands down, the prettiest – and easiest! – accessories for an all-black outfit.

 

 

 

4. Bright additions

 

Neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals. Even the most style-savvy girl can get stuck in the winter rut of go-to basics. But what better way to lighten up a grey day than with some color? Neons are very on-trend right now, and they goes gorgeously with black, grey, cream, and camel; add a splash of bright color with your jewelry, your purse, or even just your nails.

 

 

 

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walk it off: the best winter footwear

tartelettes, just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in anything even resembling practical winter footwear. My cold-weather strategy was to sport the same ballet flats and heels I wore the rest of the year, in which I would step gingerly down my front walk before dashing into the warmth of my car.

Then, I moved to New York. Bye-bye, car. Hello, hikes across town, capricious weather, and snowboots.

But, because this is the Big Apple — the nation’s capital of the stylish yet practical shoe — a city girl’s winter gear has to protect her from the elements while still looking fabulous. You never know who might be just around the corner, even in a snowstorm.

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered a few cold-weather footwear options that are equal parts cute and practical.

 

Faux leather boots are possibly the easiest way to maintain a chic aesthetic while staying comfy and warm. You can’t go wrong with  classic black or brown. Or, if you want to mix things up a little, opt for a pair of rock-and-roll-esque motorcycle boots. Brands like Diesel and Harley-Davidson  offer non-leather boots that’ll add a bit of sass to any look. Find them at a vintage store, and they’ll be all broken in for you. Regardless of the style, layer up with thick socks (bonus points if you try a pair of patterned knee-highs that peek out over the top).

 

 

 

Throw old-school fashion rules out the window by keeping heels high and hemlines short this winter — there’s no need to keep those gorgeous gams covered up. Go for a high-heeled version of your daytime boot. Or stay warm with stockings and some fun, leg-defining booties.  If it’s not wet out, sport your favorite peep-toe pumps with black tights. Even Rachel Zoe approves

 

On those rainy, cold days, rain boots with thick socks are the way to go. These aren’t the clunky rubber monstrosities of your youth; in recent years, shoe designers have begun churning out weather-proofed styles that are adorable and, above all, discreet. The best are those that look like boots you would wear anyways, rain or shine. My favorites are by Hunter, which have a slim shape and are super-durable. Classic black is a chic choice — but red and yellow are fun childhood throwbacks. Just try to resist stomping in puddles in these.

 

 

 

Of course, when it’s sleeting out, there are few other options than those dreaded snowboots. Never fear! Even these can be chic. I’m obsessed with this adorable style by Sorel — made with waxed canvas and detailed with faux fur — which I’d be hard-pressed not to wear, even on a clear day.

 

 

 

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the Kaeng Raeng cleanse results

I finally finished the cleanse!

For the most part I’m glad I did it and stuck with the six-day plan. Day two was a little hard because my body was craving more sustenance and I really needed to chew on something, so I had a stockpile of vegetables by my side at all times. Day three and four were a little easier because I was adjusting, but near the end of day four I developed a headache that I could not get rid of, no matter how much water I drank. Day five went a little smoother because I knew I was almost done.

The last day I pushed through and felt great. My skin cleared up and I’ve lost 5 ½ pounds (granted this will return when I go back to my normal eating). This cleanse was great because it rid my body of toxins — so I can start eating healthy and fresh for the New Year. Still, I recommend the three day cleanse, but if you have the stamina to do six all the power to ya!

 

 

 

congratulations to our “pinning” on the glitz with tarte sweepstakes winners!

 

We launched our Pinterest account only 4 weeks ago. Shortly after, we hosted our first Pinterest sweepstakes: “pinning” on the glitz with tarte!  We knew we were on to something when we were flooded with submissions within the first few hours after the contest went live.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed looking at your submissions over the past few weeks. We love the creativity and enthusiasm you put into designing your ideal New Year’s Eve through images. From sparkly high heels and bombshell lashes to sleek trousers and elegant champagne flutes, we loved the unique style of each board.

Luckily, winners were chosen at random – we don’t think we could have narrowed it down to just ten winners based on merit alone – and we’re pleased to announce them!

 

Congratulations to our ten “pinning” on the glitz with tarte sweepstakes winners:

Angelique F., from Montara, CA

Hannah C., from Green Cove Springs, FL

Karen A., from South Milwaukee, WI

Saarah S., from Playa Del Rey, CA

Courtney C., from Matthews, NC

Tiffany J., from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Stephanie W. from El Dorado Hills, CA

Chelsea B., from Eugene, OR

Tasia W., Winston Salem, NC

Sara B., from Palmdale, CA

 

Thanks for playing tartelettes!

get the look: Debra Messing at the 2012 Golden Globes

Check out Debra Messing’s full look at Just Jared!


“Debra said she wanted knock-em-dead eyes. She wanted a super smoky dramatic look, so we made it all about glamorous eyes, and accentuated them with a shiny, natural nude gloss on the lips.” – Jeannia Robinette, celebrity makeup artist

 

And be sure to check out Debra’s face chart!

Complexion:

Cheeks:

  • To make her cheekbones pop, she used tarte’s new Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in buff a warm nude with a touch of shimmer, on the apples of her cheeks and along her cheekbones.

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clean start: the Kaeng Raeng cleanse

Ok, it’s a new year and I’ve gone down the list: my room is de-cluttered, my car’s been washed, I cleaned out my makeup bag, and I’m finally financially organized.

While I’m cleaning out my lifestyle, why not cleanse my body as well? After reading a blog called The Kind Life, I decided to rid my body of nasty toxins with a cleanse called Kaeng Raeng —  a nutritional meal replacement detox program.

The cleanse helps to peel off pounds, relieve bloating, improve digestion, boost immunity, enhance energy, and give you that natural glow. It’s totally vegan, gluten free, and caffeine free. It was kind of pricy, but it seemed well worth it. I mean, it is my body.

I’m only on day 2, but so far I feel great. In the past when I’ve attempted a cleanse, I never got past day 1. With this one, all I have to do is drink one meal replacement pouch 3 times a day for 3 or 6 days. I chose 6 days — I’m going all out. I’m also allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I want!

Each pouch contains more than a full serving of fruit and fiber, 15g of lean non-GMO protein, 2 billion live probiotic cultures, essential amino acids, and daily vitamins. The drinks don’t taste as bad as I thought they would, I’m actually able to satisfy myself — I wasn’t expecting that. I’ve also lost 3 pounds and noticed that my skin is clearer…and its only day 2!

Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

Later tartelettes!

birds of a feather: ‘fly’ accessories for spring

Yes, it’s January, but with the temps in New York City swinging from icy to balmy without warning, we’re gearing up for spring — whether it be in three months, or three days. To channel the sleek and airy styles we plan on sporting once the first blooms appear, we’ve rounded up our favorite chic — and edgy — bird accessories for our wardrobes, homes and guys.

Clockwise from left: Betsey Johnson glitter owl stretch ring; Wendy Mink gold plated hammered bird cuff; mother nesting birds necklace at Uncommongoods; St. Joshua Gold Swallow bird cuff links; Aslan’s Garden Bird On A Wire hook; birds jewelry stand at Urban Outfitters; and in the middle, my favorite of these soaring accessories, Absolute™ Brown and Champagne feather pendant by Laura M.

So spread those wings tartelettes, and rock these little birdies regardless of the season!