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spring break travel essentials

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.

Kelly B Couture

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.

Trina Turk

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.

Forever 21

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.

Badger Balm

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?


Summer 2010 Beauty!

Technically summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, but as far as we’re concerned Memorial Day marks the kick-off to the season. I’m sure you’ve stocked up on at least one new swimsuit, caftan or pair of wedges, but what we really want to know are your go-to summer beauty products?  Sunscreen and sun safety products are an obvious given, but I wanted to share with you some other goodies I’ll be tossing in my beach bag for the perfect, no-fuss, natural beauty look.

When it comes to summer makeup less is more. I love focusing on my lashes & lips. All I’m really looking for is simplicity and staying power.  So it’s a no brainer that my summer choices are multiplEYE™ natural lash-enhancing waterproof mascara & LipSurgence™ natural lip stain in charmed. Luscious lashes and bubblegum pink lips are perfect against sunkissed skin.

Next up are my tresses. When temperatures are crawling into the 90’s the last thing I want to do is sweat under the blow dryer; just the thought makes me cringe. Well, thanks to Fredrick Fekkai’s  Marine Summer Hair, I’ll see my styling tools in September. This misting spray will give you surf-sexy waves, while protecting your hair against the sun, salt water & chlorine. It’s effortless & I love that!

Last but not least, my pick for the perfect summer lacquer to go with all of those open-toe shoes. It’s all about CHANEL’s minty fresh summer shade Nouvelle Vague. Fresh for 2010, this is the ideal summer escape from your traditional pinks and corals. I’m heading for a mani/pedi in this shade tonight to last me through the holiday weekend.

So that’s it for summer-perfect products that are chic & easy.



Weekend Essentials!

Whip out your favorite carry-all the official kick-off to summer has arrived (finally) and hopefully you’re skipping town for a few days! Wherever this Memorial Day Weekend takes you it’s all about laid back fun with friends, family and all the little things that remind you it’s summer! That said pack light and remember the essentials for a good time.
Some goodies that will definitely find their way into my weekender is a fun, printed towel for the pool/beach (I like this blue sundial one from Pottery Barn), a chic pair of retro shades to protect my eyes (I’m loving this fun salmon pair by Chloe) and cute comfy sandals (add these YSL’s to the lust list). Also a must: outdoor games! The contraption you see above is Ladder Golf—it even folds up for travel. It’s similar to horseshoes. You play on teams and throw the “bolas” (2 golf balls attached by rope) at the ladder and aim to get them to wrap themselves around the rungs for points! Check out the technical rules on, but I promise it’s addicting and everyone at your sioree will have a blast playing.
So wherever the wind blows you this weekend have fun and safe travels!

itunes essentials

I’ve been buying a lot of music from itunes lately to update my ipod and I discovered something new, “i tunes essentials”! Basically itunes created mixes of songs from all different years and genres. Some of my favorites are “60’s Rock”, “Alternative Hip Hop”, Total Workout” (perfect for workout sessions with Levi)! -Erica