Posts tagged Fashion & Style

Comfort First

 I love teetering on a gorgeous pair of stilettos, but unfortunately New York City streets can do some irreparable damage to those designer heels I adore. Plus, they are absolutely not ideal for walking more than one city block (subway grates, sidewalk cracks…you get the picture). So as much as I love hitting the town in sky-high shoes, during the day I’ve traded them in for footwear with comfort and practicality—chic ballet flats.

Hollywood’s most stylish gals swear by their Lanvin flats, but with a hefty price tag and rarely any available sizes in stock, we all need alternatives. I’ve picked out some of this season’s best flats that can easily be added to any woman’s shoe wardrobe. You can’t go wrong with a solid black patent or metallic, but with so many options out there I suggest jazzing it up a little bit. Leopard, lace, velvet—I’m sold! From classic Kate Spade to the eclectic fashion mecca, TopShop, retailers are offering a plethora of eye-catching  pairs that are sure to spice up even the most basic outfit.  Unfortunately, flats offer zero support for your feet. Thankfully Dr. Scholl’s for Her sells hidden arch supports that will make all the difference. So go ahead ladies and treat your feet, because before you know it we will be trudging around in snow boots, yikes!

(clockwise above: TopShop Mystify, Corso Como festive flats, J.Crew lacey flat, House of Harlow velvet flat, Banana Republic samie leopard flats, Kate Spade Aeryn)

Xo,

Kristin

Trend Alert!

New York city shoppers are actually itching NOT to shop! Yes it’s true. This little bed bug epidemic happening at some of my favorite retailers is actually keeping my wallet padded in what would typically be my favorite season to splurge. Thanks to cyber space, I can still turn to my favorite sites and celebs for a little inspiration on what’s new & noteworthy this fall.

When I think of tribal, I typically think of summer ikat prints,  fab shoes & satchels. Well, that has changed this season. Knowing that one of my favorite effortless fashionistas, Blake Lively, recently stocked up on natural cheek stain in sunkissed; I took some time to check up on her September wardrobe choices as she promotes her new flick, The Town.  My fave…this fully beaded Marchesa tribal mini dress. The vibrant yellow and sapphire are nothing short of amazing and when it comes to fashion, Blake is spot-on. Tribal for cocktail hour? If it looks anything like this then yes, please!

Blake’s not the only trendsetter. My favorite downtown retailer, LF, just released their fall look book and it seems they too are feeling the tribal vibe for fall. The relaxed, hooded cardigan from their shoot is on the right. I’m loving the muted rustic colors for fall & their twist on a Navajo blanket. NY is a bit cold for shorts; so I would pair this with my favorite skinnies, a House of Harlow 1960 tribal cuff & Blake’s beauty secrets ;)

xo,

Kristin

Get the Look:Celebs at Fashion Week!

During Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, tarte’s celebrity makeup artist Tony Ballard created beautiful looks for the CW’s Plain Jane, Louise Roe and AMC’s Mad Men, Nora Zehtner. Both were spotted at Andy & Debb’s Spring 2011 Presentation last week rocking some tarte products!  Look like a fashionista–here’s what Tony used:

 

 

Louise Roe at Andy & Debb Spring 2011 Presentation

  • Added a pop of color to her cheeks with tarte’s eco-cheek natural cheek stain
  • Created a clean, simple eye with shades from tarte’s femme naturale palette
  • Really played up the lashes with several coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 natural mascara

 

Nora Zehtner at Andy & Debb Spring 2011 Presentation

  • Created a flawless complexion with tarte’s ReCreate anti-aging foundation
  • Highlighted skin with tarte’s smooth operator illuminating serum
  • Added a touch of pink glow with tarte’s TEN limited-edition natural cheek stain
  • Created a classic, doe eye with tarte’s femme naturale palette, emphasEYES™ aqua-gel in black and several coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! 4-in-1 natural mascara
  • For her pout, used tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip stain in lucky mixed with tarte’s LipSurgence™ lip stain in lust.

xo,

Kristin

Creme Scene

These past two weeks have been CRAZZZY for anyone wrapped up in this glamorous world we call the fashion/beauty industry. It started with  Vogue’s retail extravaganza and Fashion’s Night Out! And Mercedes Benz New York Fashion week is coming to an end. The culmination of a season’s planning has finally come to fruition. I’m happy to report that I’m tossed in the mix of this wildness & I love it! (Check back later this week for a recap of Odd Molly’s spring collection where tarte is creating the look this evening)!

Amongst everything, I love to go back and look through all of the images of the shows and spot emerging trends. Surprisingly, thus far, I’ve seen a lot of neutrals and minimalism for the spring 2011 season (unlike punchy colors of the past). The color crème/ivory has been pretty prominent on the runway. I love the crisp elegance of the looks above (l-to-r: Dennis Basso, Ports 1961, and Reem Acra). What do you think? What would you love to see for spring 2011 and most importantly what trend would you love to never see again?!

Xo,

Kristin

Burberry Prorsum: Runway to Reality

There’s no doubt that fall marks the new year in the fashion calendar. That being said my absolute favorite fall investment is a killer piece of outerwear. And this season you don’t have to break the bank to make a statement.

With so many options to choose from—a classic camel coat, military-inspired pea, faux fur vest or metallic trench—who other to turn to than Chris Bailey of Burberry Prorsum for spot-on outerwear perfection. For fall Burberry featured the most incredible pieces (top three across) and what I think makes them so desirable is that they’re all “wear-anywhere-with-anything”!  Whether you’re rocking your go-to skinnies, heading to a business meeting or off to a party in your black mini dress, you can wear the same piece of outerwear. The versatility of these pieces allow them to look polished or perhaps hipster, day or night, and the list goes on… But back to reality, all of our garb can’t be straight off the runway. So, I did a little digging and found great alternatives to those amazing statements at a fraction of the price.

Love the Burberry Prorsum navy, double-breasted, military coat with that fabulous fit and gold button detail? Try the Marc by Marc Jacobs Gemini Melton or Milly Bastille coat. If you prefer the more rugged look of Prorsum’s shearling aviator with an oversized funnel collar, then fake it with Aqua’s faux-shearling motorcycle or Plastic Island’s Stonehenge. And, as if you could resist the teddy-bear look and over-sized proportions of that final look on the far right. No worries, both  Alex + Olivia’s metallic faux and Cynthia Steffe’s Eliza do the same trick.  Of course, we’d all like to spend the big bucks; however, we need to decide which investments are worth it. Remember: Don’t empty your pockets on a piece you won’t wear a million times over ;)

Xo,

Kristin

New York City Thrifting!

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!

 Happy thrifting!

XO, Allie

Shady Lady

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.

xo,

Kristin

Tuccia Di Capri Sandals!

The NY temps are hitting 90 degrees today and if you remember 5th grade science NYC suffers from a little dilemma known as heat island effect. Unfortunately, our fabulous 13 mile stretch hardly resembles the summer island hot spots we day dream of. Thankfully, Henri Bendel has come to our rescue and these days the luxe isle of Capri is only a hop, skip and jump down 5th avenue!

Capri is synonymous with the Piazzetta, the Grotta Azzura (blue grotto) and traditional sandal making.  This summer you can be living ‘la dolce vita’ while lounging on a downtown rooftop with Tuccia Di Capri.  This custom sandal company was started by models-turned-entrepreneurs, Tove Nord and Terri Coleman. Made in traditional Capri fashion, they are now offering the work of their chic cobblers at a featured shop in  Henri Bendel! In just 1 hour you can choose the look (flat, medium wedge, high wedge), style (named after ultra-glam icons who often sported their own custom sandals around the island), and embellishments! The artisans then work their magic and just like that you have made-to-measure perfection.

I hope all of you NY fashionistas head out and embrace the Italian tradition; I know I will. I would love for you to share pics of  your pair with us!

xo,

Kristin

DENIM 101

We are living in uncertain denim times, chicsters! Boutiques abound with no-name brands priced as high as old faves. “No I will not pay $289 for skinnies with sparkle by HauteHighDenimCoutureFAB!”

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!

xo, Amelia

Pay It Fashion Forward

On Tuesday night tarte had the honor of being a part of Fashion Delivers’ Pay It Fashion Forward event. If you haven’t heard of Fashion Delivers, it is a non-profit charitable foundation that was created to help Hurricane Katrina victims. Fashion Deliver’s mission is to mobilize the fashion community to reach out and affect the world through their donations. These donations provide relief and dignity to women, men, families and survivors of natural disasters. Since Katrina the organization has continued its admirable philanthropy and the fashion community has donated over $65 million dollars to natural disaster victims. Once a year Fashion Delivers host a Pay It Fashion Forward event to raise money for the freight costs for the delivery of goods.

This year Fashion Delivers concentrated its efforts on Haiti relief.  Hosted by HBO stars Brian Greenberg and Emmanuelle Chriqui, Pay It Fashion Forward honored industry leaders who have had positive influences on their communities and environment at the Lucky Strike lanes in NYC. One of the event sponsors,                  

Forever21, was kind enough to bring tarte’s artistry team on board to create the beauty looks for the fashion show, which took place during the event. The tarte team had a blast and loved every second of being part of such a great cause. All of the event proceeds will subsidize the shipping costs of the $25 million dollars worth of product collected for Haiti!

We hope you enjoy our pictures & if you are in the NYC area next year you can purchase tickets for the event at Fashion Deliver’s website (http://www.fashiondelivers.org/). Please check out our video on tarte TV for clips from the fun-filled evening!

Xo,

Kristin