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Being a fashion-obsessed, twenty-something definitely has its down side. During Fashion Week, I gush in front of the computer screen, mentally noting which designs I’d totally wear—if I could afford them. I’m sure many tartelettes can sympathize; I envy the college student who can afford to dish out hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest in fashion without batting an eye. Thankfully for us frugal fashionistas all hope is not lost. Enter, the consignment shop. Thrift shopping requires a great deal of patience, but the end result is almost always worth it. Designer duds at a fraction of the cost? Count me in! Besides, your purchase is almost always more gratifying when you have to hunt—and sometimes dig—for it.
Growing up a few short miles from NYC, I’ve spent countless weekends scavenging Manhattan’s thrift stores in the hopes of finding my next big discovery. Here are a few of my faves:
- Buffalo Exchange (332 E. 11th Street): The selection is always as eclectic as its East Village patrons, and spans from little-known brands to high end designers such as Miu Miu. Best of all? The prices are extremely reasonable. Some recent finds include a Stella McCartney sweater for $15 and Earnest Sewn Jeans for $40. Insider tip: check out the menswear section. They have a great assortment of oversized sweaters.
- Fabulous Fanny’s (335 E 9th street): One accessory that I can’t imagine living without is sunglasses. Fabulous Fanny’s has the absolute greatest (and largest) selection of vintage eyewear. Fanny’s boasts frames from the eighteenth century (they carry the designer who made specs for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson) to the present. For truly unique sunglasses I’d browse their selection from the 60’s and 70’s; it’s unbeatable. Prices start at $60 and top off around $160.
- Beacon’s Closet (92 5th avenue. Brooklyn, NY): With two locations (Williamsburg and Park Slope) Beacon’s Closet is unsurpassed in providing the best in hipster fashion. Countless racks display bold colors and unique finds, both designer and not, which are completely affordable. Buyer beware: Beacon’s requires a bit of digging, but it’s always worth it. I never leave empty-handed. A friend of mine recently snatched up a pair of Frye boots for only $18.
- Tokio 7 (64 E. 7th street): If you have some extra cash to spare, I definitely wouldn’t miss Tokio 7. This designer-exclusive consignment shop is a little pricier, but offers an amazing selection. Village hipsters and fashion enthusiasts alike scavenge the racks of this tiny shop in the hopes of discovering a gently used designer gem. Recent discoveries include a Walter lace dress for $85, Chloe wedges for $250, Chanel round frame sunglasses for $75, and much more..
- Screaming Mimi’s (382 Lafayette Street): The store’s extensive vintage wardrobe is comprised of great contemporary pieces that are always unique. Screaming Mimi’s is also notorious for its following, which is often comprised of inspiration-seeking designers and trend-setting celebutantes (Mimi’s was a favorite of Mary-Kate Olsen’s when she attended NYU). Mimi’s self-proclaimed goal is to “mirror the fashion furor of tomorrow with the cutting-edge trends of yesterday.” How could you resist? Favorite finds include a black faux-fur vest à la Rachel Zoe, vintage “Clubmaster” Ray Bans, and a 60s Mod beaded mini dress.
Well, there you have it! The best—in my humble opinion—of what New York’s consignment has to offer. When thrift shopping just remember these simple tips: be prepared to spend some time in each store, know the general retail price of the garment before purchasing it to ensure the best deal, and always wash your pieces before wearing them!
As summer comes to an end, it’s time for me to start thinking about the coming school year. This includes getting together all of my favorite fall fashion picks. After browsing through recent magazines, I’m excited to say that I can still use some of my go-to trends from previous years like the classic blazer. I bought mine two years ago to complete my preppy college girl look, and I know I will continue to wear it for the rest of my life! Both my Mother AND Grandmother own one. It’s a great investment! To make my “blazer adorned” outfit age-appropriate, I pair it with skinny jeans, statement heels, and tons of jewelry—chunky bracelets, long necklaces, and big pearl earrings. I think these feminine touches balance out the masculine feel. I love my blazer because not only does it prove to stand the test of time, but it can also be worn in ANY situation like casual shopping, business meetings, and a night out on the town, etc. It’s basically the best piece in my closet!
As for my beauty picks this fall, I love soft, natural eyes with a statement lip. It’s amazing how defined lips can pull your whole look together. tarte has some great lip selections for the autumn. The new LipSurgence™ matte lip stains come in fashionably-chic colors. As I tend to be a pink-loving girl, I would choose tarte’s LipSurgence™ natural matte lip stain in lively, which is a vivid pink. Some other great choices are fiery (red) and envy (a deep berry color). To accompany my bold lip, I’d create a natural eye with tarte’s 12-hour lock and roll eye shadow in either sandstone or rose gold. Then I’d layer on lots of lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 natural mascara! To complete my look I would add a subtle touch of color with tarte’s natural cheek stain in tipsy. And voila! A natural and stylish look for fall.
Hope you agree. Have a great fall!
During the summer the Hamptons are filled with high-profile bashes, but nothing beats a mid-afternoon shopping soirée with ALL proceeds going to charity. This past weekend marked the annual Super Saturday 13 event at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, N.Y. (South Hampton). This giant, outdoor sample sale has rows of incredible designers & generous sponsors all supporting an amazing foundation: The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. tarte was honored to be back for our 7th year; but don’t let us fool you it’s not ALL work and no play. At some points throughout the day Maureen, Candace, Leigh & I enjoyed shopping along with the massive crowds! Although, I picked-up some great buys from kooba, J Brand, DVF & others I fully enjoyed celeb spotting some fab fashionistas like Kelly Ripa, Ashley Greene, Rachel Zoe & the Kardashian sisters! Despite 90-degree temperatures, they all looked fabulous.
In addition to the designer booths, brands and celebrities also have the opportunity to sell their products live on QVC. As the Broadcast Sponsor, The Q was able to promote Super Saturday 13 nationwide. So even if you couldn’t attend the event, you could still help support the cause! Both the sales of the live broadcast and qvc.com (during that time slot) benefit OCRF. In just 3 minutes tarte’s CEO/Founder Maureen Kelly sold over 2,500 be good to your mother (Earth) natural cotton totes and 24.7 lip sheer sets! And that’s just a snapshot of the amazing charitable contributions we made that day!
After everyone hit the cashier stands and collected all of their fabulous buys, the OCRF is proudly reported that Super Saturday 13 raised a total of $3.4 million dollars for the foundation in just 1 day! I’d have to say it’s the best shopping trip I’ve experienced; every penny is well spent and I have zero buyer’s remorse! Good news: Super Saturday isn’t just for socialites and celebs. Anyone can go—so next year be sure to visit OCRF’s website and buy a ticket. We hope to see you there!
Head to the right sidebar to check out live clips on tarte TV!
My internship at tarte has allowed me to explore NYC, but the city I know best is Boston. For the past two years, I’ve been attending Boston College (living just outside the city) and I always look forward to the frequent weekend trips with my girlfriends. I’m no Daily Candy weekend guide, but I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite things to do!
On a pleasant summer day, I highly recommend a trip to Boston Common—the oldest park in the country! It’s the starting point to the Freedom Trail and many prominent people have spoken in the park (Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem). With more than 40 acres of green grass, you can relax, play Frisbee or even picnic (but don’t forget your SPF)! During the summer several concerts occur—so, if you’re in the area, it’s a must! Nearby the Commons is the infamous Newbury Street—a true fashionista’s playground. The street is lined with great stores and boutiques, both upscale and affordable, for a fun day of shopping. There’s truly something for everyone, even vintage! Some of my favorites: Calypso, DVF, Second Time Around….and the list goes on).
While there are plenty of great restaurants on Newbury Street (my fave: Stephanie’s on Newbury), I always head to the North End for some Italian. Mangia, mania! The North End is a “Little Italy” filled with gelato shops, pizzerias, and Old-School Italian restaurants. My pick: Dolce Vita—it has great food and live music. Actually, one night a man playing the accordion sang “That’s Amore”!
If you’re looking for some culture, I’d suggest stopping by one of Boston’s museums. If you’re a history buff, then I recommend the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Old South meeting House or Paul Revere’s House. For the artists, check out the Museum of Fine Arts. And one of my favorites—visit the Museum of Science for one of its interesting exhibits. Recently, I went to the Harry Potter exhibit—it was so fun!
Finally, you can’t leave Boston without making an appearance at some sort of sports game. In the summer check out a Red Sox game, the fans never disappoint. A team that not many people know about, and probably my favorite Boston team, is the Boston Blazers; Boston’s very own lacrosse team. If you’re around during their season, which is January to April, the tickets are cheap; the game is fast pace; and the fans are a rowdy bunch (especially, if you’re sitting next to a group of 26 yr old dudes clad in blazers)!
So there you have it, my ideal weekend in Boston. Let me know if you think I missed anything!
With the sun blazing from LA to NY, this girl needs some runway inspiration before I melt away in my boring white tank. Season after season Giambattista Valli never ceases to amaze me. I couldn’t help but ogle over his 2010 collection and share with you two “shady lady” images that scream glamorous summer! Whether it’s a day-time mini, chic-evening frock, a look inspired by the Roaring Twenties or a throwback to the ‘50s, I want every piece in my wardrobe now (hey, this fashion, savvy-twenty something can dream, right?)
Black and green being two of my favorite colors mixed with fringed mini skirts… forget it, I’ve died and gone to fashion heaven! Unfortunately, these goodies will not be hanging in my closest anytime soon. However, I can replicate some of these leggy catwalkers’ style .
For starters, these jumbo mirrored lenses instantly remind me of Johnny Depp in Willy Wonka & I love it! They are timeless (I swear my Grandma once wore these), chic and unquestionably sexy . I found the perfect pair of Chloe Myrte’s to achieve all of the above.
Now, I wouldn’t be a tartelette if I didn’t notice that stunning neon pout. The bold hue is both red and coral. I hit the beauty lottery by swiping on 1 base coat of LipSurgence™ lip stain in joy (a perfect peach) and 1 top coat in lust (brilliant red)! I love both colors alone, but why not give it a twist by layering? It’s the perfect lip product for pop colors because they require no liner and are juicy, but not too glossy that the color might bleed. This creative boost of color completes the entire look. I hope this inspires you to step out of your style box and have fun with your fashion before the summer is over.
Comment below with your favorite summer 2010 trends & enter to win 1 of 3 tarte glam gams natural bronzing leg sticks !
Despite earlier thunderstorms and humid weather Tuesday, a bunch of us decided to head on over to The Great Lawn and listen to the sounds of the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Unbeknownst to us, last night was a historic event since it was the first time that the New York Philharmonic shared the stage with another orchestra for their annual free concert. Thankfully, one of my friends arrived at 5:30pm to save us an area in Central Park. Otherwise, I don’t think we would’ve been able to put down our blankets; it was really packed! Once finally settled in we displayed our spread of wine, cheese, crackers, chips & some homemade guacamole and salsa (YUM). Some people had catered spreads, while others had their beach chairs—everyone was prepared for an evening picnic! At around 8pm the concert started and the crowd fell silent—it was such a cool experience and the music was just so beautiful.
Take a look at the program:
|Polonaise from Eugene Onegin|
|Symphonic Dances from West Side Story|
|Overture to Tannhäuser|
|Largo al factotum della città from The Barber of Seville|
|“Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet|
|“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni|
|Ode to the Expo|
|Rhapsody in Blue|
My goal this year is to experience more of these NYC moments! Would love to hear about your favorite NYC moment or experiences in your town!
Well have no fear, my dears because Mimi is here— to give you the know-how to picking the chicest denim gear you’ll need from June on…
Before I purchased my denim shirt (Target little boys dept—$9.99!), I thought cutoff shorts were the holy grail of jeans. Boy, was I wrong! My denim button-up has made appearances at the year’s most major holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas and Memorial Day— and waltzes into the workplace at least once a week. My key to keeping it fresh…well, beyond Frebreze? Rocking it dressy or casual with posh panache! One week it’s tucked into khaki cropped trousers, and the next its doing the wild thing on top of a leopard mini. J.Crew has awesome styles, but if you wanna save a buck (or 80), hit up the little boys section.
If you’re a little hesitant to wear denim anywhere but on your derriere, no worries—there are plenty of accessories that pay wonderful homage to Levi’s love. I dare you to not die for the Tory Burch Delaney satchel. Nothing says Hot American Summer like dark denim and cherry red! And for the gal who’s rockerchic, I present you American Retro’s crazzzzycool denim studded wedge. Now that’s a mouthful of trends! For our femme fatale, Eugenia Kim’s denim rosette headband is the headgear to highlight summer waves.
I’m not much of a jeans person… “Post on denim?!?!?! Mimi, you’re confused, honey!” Allow me to explain— while I own gobs of jeans, they are never my go-to-gear. Friends and family literally gasp when I wear the stuff! But when it comes to cutoff jean shorts—wooooo weeee, I’m in love. I was wearin’ them indaclub loooong before Erin Wassson was rockin’ her pair after hours. And since that fateful Miami night, I’ve been doing my Daisy Duke dance non-stop. White tee? DUH! Blazer+pumps? Of course! Button-down and pumps? You better believe. For any skeptic thinking denim shorts reek of down on the farm, pair them with sleek accessories for a look that is totally urban chic!
I LOATHE denim skirts- let me repeat- LOATHE! My galpals have diagnosed it as an irrational dislike, but when I see those denim minis with bedazzled back pockets and strings hanging from the hem…I lose it, and with good reason! There is a much more stylish option for any dressy denim inquiries…and it’s all in the name! I am in love with the feminine pleats of this Arden B. version. Add a few of Mimi’s haute pink picks from last week’s post and you will be SummerStylin! And “if I were a rich girl…” I would snap up this Herve Leger sexy style in a second!
All right, tartelettes, dump the dull denim and shake it up with Mimi’s picks! It’s the best jean junk you’ll ever own swear!
Two weeks ago I ran my first half-marathon in 2 hours 1min 53sec (see earlier post to get more background)! We started in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and ended in Coney Island. It felt great mentally and physically to accomplish such a long run. As a beginner runner, I tried to read up on all the tips & tricks. Now, after finishing my first race I’d love to share some of my thoughts:
- Dress appropriately: I was sure to check the weather the night before. I went with some Nike dri-fit capris & tank. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but by mile 2 I was perfect.
- Start slow: This was a harder rule for me to follow, but I had my good friend Erika to keep me in check. You automatically want to run fast, but it’s best to start slow and build your speed. You can always sprint at the end.
- Hydrate: I’m constantly forcing myself to hydrate. I’m not one of those people that drink lots of water, but I’ve been getting much better at it! Throughout the race, you’ll find stations of water and Gatorade. Be sure to take advantage of them! Some people think that it will take time off their numbers, but in the end it really helps! Your body will thank you for it. I had my first Gatorade at mile 4 and then pretty much continued to do so every other mile.
- Music: My running mix really got me through the run—from Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind to Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead and MGMT’s Kids, I was able to motivate with music!
- Accessories: What did I really need? To be honest aside from my iPod, the only other items I carried in my pants were tarte’s 24/7 lip sheer and Powerbar gel to take at mile 6. Other than that I checked everything else I had with me.
- Support system: For this race, I was lucky to run with Erika and my husband Greg was there to cheer us on. I’m also constantly asking my dear friend Jay for advice, too.
As for challenges I personally faced during my run—waking up at 5am for a 7am race! Other than that I had some soreness, but ice and some advil did the trick. Next up: NYC marathon in October!!
While the rest of you are enjoying a sun-soaked Friday happy hour, I will be on a 2 hour mini road-trip to spend the weekend with my boyfriend’s parents. However, they live at the beach My weekend getaway calls for the perfect playlist compiled of the newest hits & peppered with my favorites from all genres. It needs to be perfect for the drive, perfect for the beach & perfect for sitting on the deck while sipping a cocktail. So here are my faves! I hope you enjoy and let me know what I missed.
- Hold Yuh–Gyptian
- OMG (ft. will.i.am)– Usher
- Miami, Miami– Rogue Wave
- Alejandro– Lady GaGa
- All Night–Damian Marley
- All The Things That I Have Done–The Killers
- I’m On The Rock–Mavado ft. Jay Z
- Bulletproof– La Roux
- Sweet Honey– Slightly Stoopid
- Summertime–Kenny Chesney
- Turn The Lights Down Low– Bob Marley & Lauryn Hill
- Mandolin Moon–Sister Hazel
- Chicken Fried– Zac Brown Band
- Break Your Heart– Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris
- Three Little Birds– Bob Marley