Posts tagged Fashion & Style

summer’s last color blast: yellow

Sunshine, lemonade, daisies, buttered corn… What do these lovely emblems of summer all have in common? Why, their citrus hue, of course.

The color yellow simply embodies the vibrant, bright, cheery feeling of summer. Get in on the shade with one of these fun items — all of which happen to look best paired with summer-bronzed skin — before this sun-drenched season surrenders to the cool temperatures and deep, earthy tones of fall.

Clockwise from the right: Red Valentino crepe shift dress,  our multiplEYE™ lash enhancing primer – nothing complements a burst of color like thick, sooty lashes – AJ Morgan Billie Jo glasses, Splendid Vintage Whisper cotton tank, Deborah Marquit lingerie set, Christian Louboutin brogues,  Tivoli Frost White model one radio, Forever 21 headbands, and the Peter Jensen Rabbit Head shopper.

 

the short end of summer

In these last few weeks of summer, we still have a handful of outdoorsy events to attend — hello Labor Day! Why not spend them in the most quintessential warm-weather item: shorts? No longer relegated to the most casual of occasions, there are now shorts for pretty much any occasion. Send off summer in style, in these four types of shorts. More >

icon envy: christie brinkley or brooke shields

Let’s say you wake up tomorrow and it’s 1985 — arguably one of the best years in recent American history: the fashion scene had finally shaken off the shagginess of the ’70s, Wall St. still seemed heroic, music hadn’t shattered in to a million genres and subgenres, and John Hughes was still making movies. Now take a moment and think about your 1985 self. Who’s magazine cover would you leave on the nightstand for style inspiration, Booke Shields’ or Christie Brinkley’s? More >

summertime sailor style

Who doesn’t like a good sailor striped tee? Nautical style and ocean-bound looks never seem to go out of fashion, and they’re most appropriate for summertime. Here are a few ways you can add some maritime splash to your wardrobe – whether or not you’re spending your summer on a boat.

 

stripes

A classic blue-and-white stripe immediately conjures up visions of a fancy yacht on the French Riviera. Get in the mood with a striped t-shirt, like this one from J.Crew.

boat shoes

The name says it all. Channel your inner sailor with the old-school canvas version from Sperry.

pops of coral-red

Accessorize your look with a splash of lobster red. Nothing looks fresher when paired with a nautical palette of blues and whites. Try a red belt or bag – or go the easiest, prettiest route with a bright coral-red lip, courtesy tarte’s LipSurgence lip tint in Spirited.

 

chain-link accessories

 

Gold chain jewelry is a mainstay among the yachting set. Regardless of your yacht-owning status, you can still dress the part! We love this simple bracelet from Michael Kors.

boat-worthy Bikini

No sailor-ette would be caught dead without a bikini on hand- like this sweet anchor-print one from Lilly Pulitzer.  A well-chosen two-piece can add a little chic to any seafaring vessel, regardless of its size or capabilities.

 

 

girl crush: Allison Williams

 

The new show Girls has caught the fascination of men and women of all ages since it premiered this spring. This blogger, personally, is a fan – I love the realness of the girls’ relationships, both with their male counterparts and each other.

One of the best parts of watching the show has been discovering up-and-comer Allison Williams. Yes, she’s the daughter of newsman Brian Williams, but she’s turning out to be a star in her own right. She’s a multi-talented actress (did you see her hilarious turn as Kate Middleton on Funny or Die?) – and she’s got killer style.

Whether in a stunning hot pink gown or an amazing pair of sparkly trousers, Williams has consistently wow’ed us so far. (That amazing head of hair doesn’t hurt.) We’re looking forward to seeing what she does next!

best eco-friendly lingerie

Happy Friday, tartelettes! What do you all have planned for this weekend? A girls’ night? A celebration? Maybe… a hot date?

If your night-off plans include the latter, then this post is for you! Last week we covered eco-friendly bathing suits, now’s the time for an even sexier item of green clothing: sustainable lingerie.

We’ve found a few amazing brands that perfectly balance romantic with earth-friendly. These pieces are just as gorgeous – (if not more so – many are hand-made to order!) – as the mainstream brands. You’ll surely love them for  their sustainable ethos. Your date however, may be too distracted to care.

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney – one of our ever-present, ethical faves! The girl knows what “sexy” is.

 

R.A.W.

R.A.W lingerie is made of sweet pieces that have been naturally hand-dyed by the line’s founder, Rio Wrenn.

 

Urban Fox

Urban Fox is our latest and greatest discovery: “All of our undies and undie sets are designed, dyed and sewn by hand from machine-processed bamboo and organic cotton blends in the U.S.A.” Organic, check; sustainable, check; domestic, check! Oh, and don’t forget: irresistible.

 

Eberjey

Eberjey has long been known for their flattering cuts and supremely soft materials. Now, they’ve launched a lovely eco-line, which includes such stunners as this teddy, made from bamboo jersey.

 

People Tree

For a sweetly sustainable slumber,  People Tree has you covered – we love their Rose Slip Dress, made from 100% organic Fair trade cotton.

 

best eco-friendly swimwear

tartelettes, May has arrived, and you know what that means: swimsuit season! Although bathing suit shopping sometimes gets a bad rap, this blogger happens to love sifting through all those racks of brightly colored fabric and fun silhouettes. And now, with the growing selection of eco-friendly options out there, it’s even more enjoyable. Designers big and small are incorporating recycled materials, organic fabrics, and natural dyes into their designs, so that green fashionistas no longer have to choose between standards and style!

Here are a few brands who have amped up their swimwear with a dose of sexy sustainability, with looks to suit any beach style.

Basic

[Image via Everything But Water]

As the name implies, Eco Swim is all about sustainable swimwear: all their fabrics are made from recycled materials.

 

 

Fun

[Image via Emobi]

Could this bright frilly one-piece be any cuter? Aussie brand Emobi uses earth-friendly, water-based dyes in their signature bright prints.

 

 

Glam

[Image via Vitamin A]

Vitamin A has been the go-to swimsuit brand for Hollywood’s A-List for years because of their alluring designs and flattering cuts. Now, they’ve launched a gorgeous capsule collection made from 100% recycled nylon.

 

Sporty

[Image via Odina]

Odina embodies both functionatlity and responsibility. Their surfer-friendly suits are made from recycled nylon and spandex; their nylon is made from post-consumer plastics. Pretty amazing – and just plain pretty.

 

What will you be sporting on the beach this summer?

 

 

bored? try this DIY accessory

It’s a weekend, it’s raining and there’s nothing to do? Scratch that. There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy. What about crafting? Scrapbooking? Even working out can solve a spell of boredom!

Next time you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, try expanding your accessory wardrobe with some simple crafting. Today I’m going to show you how to make this awesome bohemian headband (pictured above). It’s easy to make and costs next to nothing.  So get crafty tartelettes, and let your imaginations run wild.

Essentials: cloth, elastic string, glue, and scissors.

Step 1: Dig up some old pieces of cloth your dying to keep but no longer use. Cut the cloth into three long, thin strips that are a little under an inch in width and the length of one of your legs.

Step 2: Cut three pieces of elastic string the same length as the cloth.

Step 3: Wrap each piece of elastic with a strip of cloth and glue the cloth closed. Allow 10 minutes to dry. You can sew the cloth closed if you have the tools and steady hand.

Step 4: Braid the three pieces together and wrap around your head to measure the fit. Cut the ends and glue shut.

Step 5: Rock some tousled locks and pull on this headband!

To replicate the look above create two braids and tie ends together before wearing.

 

How do you stay busy on a dull day?

fancy footwork: our favorite vegan shoes

In the realm of eco-friendly clothing, some items are more challenging to find than others —  shoes are the toughest. But amidst an oceans’ worth of hippie-mom clogs and straw flip flops, we’ve found a few brands of vegan shoes that are nice to the planet and nice-looking on your feet. Here are four that we love.

Stella McCartney

Stella’s an edgy designer, and champion of animals, a rarity in the mainstream fashion industry.  Her shoes combine synthetic materials with high-fashion design – a combination that makes us very happy.

Bourgeois Boheme

 

This UK brand lives up to their tagline, “Fashion with compassion,” by using high-quality materials that always promise to be “better than leather.”

Mink Shoes

Specializing in strappy sandals and cute flats, Mink Shoes is all about sexy kicks and green ethics.

 

Vegan Chic

This brand puts out a host of trendy silhouettes (gladiator sandals! wedges! oxfords!) in synthetic materials – and more are very budget-friendly. If you want to splurge, there’s the occasional designer collaboration, such as these booties by Olsen Haus.

 

celebrity style at SXSW

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.

Via SFGate

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.

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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.

Via E! Online

Sheryl Crow beat the heat in a simple strapless black dress.

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Minnie Driver looked smokin’ in a hot red sheath.

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Gabrielle Union was Texas-desert-ready in her khaki romper – paired with a glam statement necklace, of course.

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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.