Archive for January, 2012

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best-dressed at the 2012 SAG Awards

The Help and Modern Family were big winners at last night’s SAG awards. And while screen veterans Jessica Lange, Betty White and Alec Baldwin also snagged tops honors, we have to nod our heads to the following women for winning over the red carpet with style and grace.


Dianna Agron looked flawless in this pink number topped off with just the right amount of ruffle and a chic bohemian hairstyle.

Ashlee Simpson took us by surprise when she stepped out onto the red carpet last night. Looking fabulous from head to toe, she proved she’s a fashion force to reckon with.

Oh, hello Emily Blunt! It’s not enough that you have an awesome British accent, but you also have an amazing figure that looks good in any style. Green can be a risky red carpet shade, but Emily really rocked it out!


Emma Stone why are you so adorable? This beauty can do no wrong! Yes, her hair color changes, but her distinct eye for fashion does not.

Kaley Cuoco looked like a princess last night. Her hair was fairy tale perfect and her dress was straight out of a story book. Congrats to her for recently getting engaged to her prince charming.

Lea Michele has made some bold fashion choices this award season, and she continues to show us she’s not afraid to stand out with this show stopping number.

It seems Naya Rivera can do no wrong when dressing for the red carpet. On top of being blessed with exotic features, she always chooses designs that compliment her body shape.

Beautifully strapless with a tousled up do, Viola Davis turned heads with this gorgeous look.

Sofia Vergara was looking muy caliente last night! This magenta silk gown hugged every curve of her body in the most flattering way possible. With her hair was pulled back and wearing just the right amount of diamonds there was no overlooking this style star!

Michelle Williams was definitely my favorite look of the night. This gorgeous red dress looked perfect against her porcelain skin. She looked timeless and sexy without going over the top.




best-dressed: Sundance style

The Sundance Film Festival is like the cool, downtown, little sister to all the other awards shows, with fashion just as independent and unique as the films. Forget those glamorous ball gowns and major labels; it’s all about rocker boots, great winter coats, and taking fun risks. tarte had the pleasure of spending some time at the festival, where we had the opportunity to see a few of our favorite actress and learn a thing or two about Sundance style.

Elizabeth Olsen

Lizzie Olsen is proving to be as much of a style maven as her older sisters. We love when celebrities play with colors and patterns; Olsen’s bright yellow sweater pairs nicely with her black-and-white scarf. And those corduroys! Doesn’t she look cozy?

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt rarely fails to look sophisticated and cool. And Sundance is all about cool. She hits the perfect balance between relaxed and red-carpet with this velvet tunic and booties.

Lake Bell

We applaud celebrities who take risks, whether with bold colors, unusual silhouettes, or lesser-known designers. Lake Bell is rocking this aqua shift – funky cut-out neckline, curve-hugging bodice, and all. The only thing that could add to this look? A sleek side-part and a smoky eye.

Estelle

British songstress Estelle never shies away from “a look,” so this blouse-jeans-pumps combo is relatively understated for her. But we love the pop of shimmer on the leopard print blouse, especially when paired with sparkly heels and a knockout red lip.

Kate Bosworth

Even in the middle of a snowstorm, Kate Bosworth manages to look pulled-together, with a statement bag, a hooded coat, and a splash of color. (Oh, and major sunglasses, of course!)

…And she cleans up nicely. Nothing’s sexier than sheer black sleeves on a ladylike evening dress.

Tinsley Mortimer

 

The socialite always looks chic, but we love that she toned things down for the laid-back festival. Nothing is cooler than taking casual elements, like nautical stripes and a slouchy hat, and glamming them up a bit – here, with a wooly vest and perfect, glossy waves.

Liv Tyler

Liv Tyler is our go-to girl for fashion surprises. She has great eclectic style, and she isn’t afraid of wearing whatever she wants on the carpet. (She is a rock star’s daughter, after all.) So seeing her in this fuzzy, oversize sweater and motorcycle boots just makes us smile – and her impish grin tells us even she’s not taking herself too seriously. Who can blame her? She still looks gorgeous.

 

 

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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Downton Abbey inspired style

Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

With Downton Abbey having just returned for season two and picked up a handful of awards at the Globes, we thought we’d check it out and see what the hype was all about — and we’re glad we did! The show is not only jam-packed with torrid love affairs, quick British wit, and dashing uniformed gentlemen –  there’s also the clothes. Oh, the clothes.

Set in an era where everyone dresses for dinner, the assortment of outfits in every episode is to die for: painstakingly tailored marvels that look simultaneously refined and glamorous. From beaded evening gowns to fitted ankle-length riding coats, we never knew that conservative twenties Britain could be so sexy.

We’ve found a few current pieces that flawlessly capture the essence of DA style, with just enough contemporary flare. Throw any of these on to instantly amp up your wardrobe’s vintage romance factor.

This mini-dress radiates retro-chic through elegant jewel tones, delicate lace, and structured shoulders.

What’s prettier than sheer black lace? The unique draping and scalloped neckline makes this Tadashi Shoji dress both romantic and modern.

Nothing says “twenties” like a beaded flapper frock. This pleated Sue Wong version is a less obvious, more modern iteration on the classic style.

Top any outfit off with a lovely tweed coat (the heart of a true British wardrobe) for an instant injection of ladylike chic.

But remember tartelettes, as with any costume-inspired look, the key to avoiding looking like an extra is toning down the period-piece drama with some modern twists. Balance these outfits with sky-high peep-toes, loose hair, and a fresh face (try our Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation and a bright LipSurgence™ lip tint) and you’ll be good to go!

 

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!