Posts tagged Eco-Friendly

tarte loves TOMS

Our office is obsessed with TOMS shoes. As an eco-friendly company, we truly appreciate brands that have a real mission, and TOMS does so much more than just sell shoes.

TOMS shoes are not only stylish and comfortable for gallivanting around the city, but every pair purchased buys a pair for a child in need: one for one. Blake Mycoskie the founder of TOMS, traveled to Argentina where he found children of this country had no shoes to protect their feet. So vastly taken by this issue, he created a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. I mean, how incredible is that?!

Many children all over the world grow up barefoot which puts them at risk of contracting diseases that can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Barefoot children also can’t attend school because shoes are a requirement. And the domino effect begins: If they don’t have shoes, then they don’t receive an education. These children don’t have the opportunity to excel to their highest potential. One small change can make a BIG difference.

So not only are these shoes eco-chic, but more importantly they are giving back to people in need.

What do you think of TOMS? Does a company’s mission matter to you when deciding on what product to purchase (shoes in this case)?

xo,

Jen

Style Star of Week: Rachel Bilson

Each week we’ll be featuring our favorite style icons that portray fresh, eco-chic looks that work morning, noon and night. To kick it off this week we’re featuring America’s sweetheart Rachel Bilson.  Whether she’s grabbing a coffee, running errands, walking her dog, or hitting up the Red Carpet, Rachel’s always looking amazing! The bronzed beauty doesn’t stop! Our eco-fashionista has sported many different looks and we’ve selected some of our favorites to share with you.

                         

From pants and maxis to shorts, she always chooses styles that flatter her petite shape…

A regular on the Red Carpet, she can don a sultry look in black or a more bohemian take in a cream shade.  She’s constantly changing it up with pops of fresh color that impel her to stand out.

To replicate Rachel’s eco-friendly style try incorporating these accessories into your wardrobe: a weaved-tote, a black-quilted bag or a fantastic pair of neutral pumps. These key pieces work with so many different looks giving you a more versatile take on your closet. Other items you’ll find Rachel wearing are trendy sunglasses, a bold cuff or a black blazer—these can be worn with almost anything in your closet. Go nuts, have fun, and outshine this summer with a fresh new style!

We want to know:  what staple item will you be purchasing this season?

When tarte met BabyCakes…

For those of you who have not already met, let me introduce you to BabyCakes, NYC’s (& LA’s!) most-celebrated vegan bakery. This fantastic sweet shop offers all your favorite treats from cupcakes and brownies, to their signature (must-try) cookie sandwiches. Although all of their organic goodies are free of gluten, wheat, soy, casein, egg and refined sugar, they certainly don’t taste like it! Yesterday we had an office birthday (Happy Birthday Kate!) and celebrate we did with a cake plate piled high with BabyCake’s cupcakes in the dreamiest of pastel colors (a la ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). What’s sweeter than red velvet frosting? The fact that BabyCakes is just a 10 minute subway ride from our office (score!) Located in the super-hip lower east side at 248 Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow), it’s our ultimate snacking destination. Be sure to stop by if you happily find yourself in New York. Say goodbye to your prior notions of “crunchy granola” health food and hello to beautiful, colorful cookies and cupcakes that are impossible to resist!

Tell us what’s your favorite local bakery?

xo,

Jen

The World at Your Finger Tips

Pedi Time!

Ok, ladies: let’s do this together. Slide off the Uggs. Roll down the socks. Now breathe. A quick pedicure and no one will ever see those chips and flakes from last winter’s hottest shade! Eco-friendly brands such as Zoya, Butter London and my favorite vegan brand, Ginger + Liz have come to our rescue with fresh, new shades that allow us to step into summer looking bold and beautiful.  Go wild with a hot new neon shade or beach it up with a gorgeous earth tone. The world is at your fingertips…or your toes.

What summer polish shade is your favorite?! Pics and comments please. J

xo

Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador

“Run, Jen! Run!”

The bikini countdown has begun and like Forrest, I’m taking to the roads to shave off a few unwelcomed lbs that made their way onto my waistline this winter. I’m headed into battle in my stylish, yet functional Nike Shox Trainers. I’ve got my iPod loaded with my favorite “move my tush” songs like Rihanna’s “S&M” and Black Eyed Pea’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”. If all else fails, then I can always turn to my trusty tarte glam gams to give me a sunkissed glow that’s sure to make my pale legs look firmer and taut. Hey, I’m definitely not above fakin’ it till I make it! Then, off I go!

I’d love to hear what you ladies are doing to get ready for summer!! Please share your tips & tricks below!

xo

Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador

Green Gifting

This holiday season make a conscious effort to gift green! With more options than ever, why wouldn’t you? Seriously, it’s just silly not to give green! I’ve pulled together a great group of eco-friendly items for everyone in your life; hopefully, you can find the perfect something for that special someone in your life.

  • the stocking stuffer: re-hydrate and reduce waste with the Bobble Bottle water bottle with filtration system
  • for him: a Sprout Watch, the band on this sleek chronograph watch is made from black corn resin
  • for her: tarte’s ring it in natural cheek stain trio and cocktail ring
  • for kids: Phresh Kids yoga mats are perfect for having fun and staying fit
  • for pets: enjoy a day outside playing fetch with 30 LOVE Eco balls

 

Happy Holidays!

xo,

Kristin

Eco-friendly holiday giveaway with bioserie!

The holiday season is a time to catch up with family & friends! Whether I’m traveling to visit relatives or having a phone date with my bff,  I love hearing holiday shopping stories (the good & the ugly!) and seeing some of their favorite gifts. Speaking of presents, I’m still going through my long list of what to get some people in my life. I always try to buy meaningful gifts; ultimately, something that person will truly appreciate.

For those like me, I found the greatest gift for that eco-conscious person in your crew: bioserie iPhone biodegradable covers. bioserie uses the latest in bioplastics technology; offering less greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing and the prevention of environmental toxic pollution once the cover is discarded. Essentially, bioserie is transforming annually renewable plant material into an iPhone cover that is slim, strong and stylish. This biobased phone accessory is made of plants not petrochemicals! And they have covers in an assortment of colors for not only the iPhone, but also the iPad, iTouch and iPod.

That said: it’s green giveaway time! We’re giving away 2 bundles of bioserie’s bioplastic covers valued at $99.85:

  • iPhone 4 case (white: $34.95)
  • iPhone 3G/3Gs (purple: $34.95)
  • iPod nano 5 G (green: $29.95)

Keep one for you and give the others as gifts!! All you have to do to enter is tell us how you’re being eco-conscious this holiday season! Post your responses here and enter to win!! We’ll reveal winners on Wed, 12/15.

Happy Holidays!

xo,

Kristin

‘Tis The Season With Tarte!!

Les Khakis de Chanel…Homemade!

For Fall 2010. Chanel has released Les Khakis de Chanel; an exclusive nail polish collection consisting of a trio of camo hues. These colors are a twist on the neutral trend that is popping up all over runways this fall. Naturally, we’re obsessed, but definitely not willing to dish out a pricey $25 per polish.

After unsuccessfully scavenging the internet for doppelganger shades, we came to a frightening conclusion—we had to make our own.

We decided to delve into the world of Frankening, the art of mixing polishes, to make your own custom hue. After concocting countless recipes, we’d like to think we’re pretty spot on (bonus: it’s made with “big 3” free green polishes). Eat your heart out Coco!

Want to make your own? Here’s How:

Materials:

ZOYA nail polishes in:

  •  Envy
  •  Pippa
  •  Marcella
  •  Gretchen
  •  Dea

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover

3 empty nail polish bottles

  • either recycle from a bottle of nail polish you no longer wear (like we did) or a bottle of topcoat

 

Step #1: Clean out old nail polish bottles. This can be done by pouring out the excess polish and swirling a small amount of non-acetone nail polish remover around in the bottle until it’s clean.

Recipes:

Khaki Brun:

  • Fill the empty bottle half way with Dea.  Finish off the bottle with ¼ Pippa and ¼ Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Rose:

  •  Fill Empty bottle half full with Marcella, then 2/6th of Dea.  Finish off the final 1/6th with Pippa.  Finally, add a small splash of Envy. Shake!

 

Khaki Vert:

  •  Fill Empty bottle 1/3 full of Envy, then add another third Gretchen.  Split the remaining third between Pippa and Dea.  By now your arm is probably falling off, but you must shake!

And there you have it. Enjoy and good luck!

-Allie & Amber

Big Bambú

Now through October 31st get in touch with your inner green girl right here in NYC’s urban jungle. On the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, twin artists, Doug and Mike Starn, have created an elaborate and intricate 100ft long 50ft wide bamboo structure. Big Bambú was created from poles of bamboo! Professional rock climbers  lashed together the bamboo with 50 yards of rope—insane!  The aesthetically, beautiful structure forms the shape of a cresting wave.  Set against the backdrop of Central Park, the exhibition has winding paths and a bridge that you can walk on.  Walk on?!  Yes, bamboo is quite the incredible plant. With more strength than many steel alloys, bamboo is also the fasting growing plant on Earth! Some varieties can grow up to 4ft in 24 hours! What’s even better? Bamboo can be sustainably harvested—that means no negative impact to the soil or greater environment! With each new day, environmentalists are discovering new industrial uses for bamboo. If you’re in the New York area, I encourage you to head over to 81ST street for a perfect green experience on a September afternoon.

Xo,

Kristin