Archive for March, 2012
Having just wrapped, it’s safe to say that South by Southwest is definitely one of the cooler festivals of the year. It was a fascinating mix of underground bands, independent film, and up-and-coming techies – basically, the movers and shakers everyone’s going to be talking about next year.
The fashion at SXSW was, of course, equally cool, and it was nice to see our favorite stars dressed down. We spotted some fashionable women running around the festival sporting effortless Austin chic.
Camilla Alves cozied up with fiancé Matthew McConaughey at the premiere of Bernie, McConaughey’s upcoming film. She hit two trends in one: sheer lace and candy-colored jeans.
Jenna Dewan-Tatum was all grins with hubby Channing at an event for 21 Jump Street. Her adorable rhinestone-studded red shift makes us smile, too.
Sheryl Crowe beat the heat in a simple strapless black dress.
Minnie Driver looked smokin’ in a hot red sheath.
Gabrielle Union was Texas-desert-ready in her khaki romper – paired with a glam statement necklace, of course.
And our favorite look of the week goes to actress Kristen Connolly, who rocked the red carpet in this fun and flattering floral-print dress.
Things have been busy in the tarte office! We’ve got our miracle of maracuja TSV on QVC tomorrow and everyone is prepping for the kick off at midnight! With all this energy buzzing around, I thought Jen’s mixed nail polish was a perfect example of our pretty, but slightly disjointed, harmony.
Jen used two Essie polishes to create the look, the lighter shade is called navigate her, and the darker is power clutch.
Sigh. Awards season is over. No more red carpets, ball gowns, hilarious speeches, or video montages. But wait, what’s that? Oh yes, it’s festival season! With SXSW, Coachella, and Bonnaroo on the horizon, tartelettes, we’re trading in our heels for Chucks, designer gowns for hippie dresses, and big names for soon-to-be-discovered indie darlings.
First up: South by Southwest, Austin’s funky intersection of music, film, and tech. Of course, the confluence of new bands, independent film, Austin cool, and tech entrepreneurs makes for a signature SXSW look. And, as more and more fashion companies become tech-savvy, style is becoming formally entrenched in the mix as well. This year, there are even a few talks specifically on fashion on the docket.
So, what does one wear to this uniquely awesome festival? We’ve rounded up some SXSW basics that every girl should have in her suitcase.
A pair of hipster shades are a must for blocking out that searing Texas sun (and staving off headaches after long nights.) We love the the always-cool Ray-Ban aviator.
Bright skinny jeans.
You’ll want outfits that can easily transition from day to night. A pair of candy-colored jeans is an essential item for spring that can go as perfectly with a worn-in band tee as with a sparkly tank and heels. Urban Outfitters has an affordable selection in a rainbow’s-worth of colors.
Flats are the name of the game during SXSW. Gladiator sandals and Toms are very cool options; our favorite is a classic Chuck Taylor from Converse.
When you do want to dress up a little, toss on a pair of comfy, wedge-heeled booties, like this faux-suede pair from Target.
A statement canvas tote.
This isn’t the place for a glamorous clutch. As you’re running between talks, screenings, and parties, a cool canvas tote is much better for stashing your iPad, your makeup bag, and other festival essentials. The FEED bag is a cute option that also contributes to a great cause!
There’s nothing like a hot cup of Joe, whether it’s first thing in the morning or any early afternoon pick-me-up — I love my coffee. And apparently, I’m not the only one; here are some candid shots of some of our favorite celebs caffeinating themselves in public.
Kim Kardashion looks oh-so-chic with those oversized aviator sunnies and grande Starbucks…go Kim!
If Kate Hudson didn’t have that sip of coffe to keep her alert before stepping off this curb she might have fallen. Coffee….saving one life at a time.
In honor of International Women’s Day the #RocktheLips campaign is encouraging women to wear red lips today in celebration of women everywhere. Now that’s something we can really get behind.
(OK, so not everyone is rocking red lips, but when you have so many lip shades at your disposal, it’s hard to choose just one!)
tartelettes, have we got spring fever. In these last long days of winter, all we’re craving is pretty pastels, floaty dresses, and any excuse to bust out our new shades.
Fortunately, your faithful fashion blogger has managed to escape to warmer climes. It’s spring break, baby!
However, with just one unforgiving, carry-on size suitcase to fit all this fun spring fashion, packing was admittedly a bit of a challenge. After hours of agonizing in front of my closet, I decided to go with what always works best: just a few simple items of clothing, topped off with versatile springtime accessories. Here are a few of my favorite travel-friendly go-to’s.
The perfect LWD (little white dress) – like this one from California-based, eco-friendly line Kelly B Couture that’s made of 98% natural fibers. Wear it over your bikini, or dress it up with heels and a long statement necklace for going out.
A fabulous swimsuit; Trina Turk’s amazing prints and bold colors are a match for any water-side vacation.
A gorgeous silk scarf – like this one from ASOS – is the perfect springtime accessory. Toss it around your neck to glam up a casual outfit, tie it around your bag to brighten things up, or wrap it around your head for a chic answer to uncooperative hair.
Of course, bright (faux) leather sandals are a must. Our pre-trip ritual is to go pick up an assortment of colors at Forever 21.
A great pair of sunglasses. We just recently discovered the new line from TOMS, one of our favorite charitable accessories brands. For each pair you buy, the company will give sight to one person in need. Now, that’s fashion you can feel really good about.
Don’t forget to top off any outfit with some really good sunscreen. (We like all-natural Badger Balm). Nothing complements your clothes like healthy, glowing skin!
What are you planning for spring break, and what are you packing?
Neon is the trend right now, and with never-ending gloom in the air this winter, I’m thankful for it! It’s a trend that’s bold, cheery and reminds me that, yes, there is always a bright side. When I saw Sylvie, our VP of marketing, sporting this neon varnish – Hot Pop Pink by CND – and bright yellow blouse, I had to take a snap.
Who else is rocking neon nails?