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heat it up: best summer accessory trends


What’s hot this summer?  Accessory trend forecasters have predicted that, from the beach to the street, outfits will be boasting a colorful variety of accouterments in unusual shapes, shades, and sizes! The only common denominator: chic, statement pieces that will take you well past your comfort zone.

So gear up tartelettes,  there can be no such thing as a dull summer with accessories like these; from GaGa glasses to scandalous lacy bralettes how can a girl lose?

Get on trend, clockwise fromt he top left; Sweetheart Glasses $14, UO Ecote Studded Fanny Pack $29, butter London nail color in Wallis $14, Free People Pieced Lace Cropped Bralette $38, Jeffrey Campbell Bette Fab Platform Wedge $139.

What’s one stand out accessory trend that you plan on adding to your wardrobe this season?

 


 

must-have holiday hair pieces

 

 

The weather may disqualify that sequin mini as your go-to holiday party frock, but fear not, you can still add a little sparkle to your seasonal party look with these adorable and affordable hair accessories. When you can’t flash skin, flash hair bling!

From the top left: Free People Lost Garden headpiece, $38; Forever 21 rhinestone headband, $8.80; Urban Outfitters branch bobby pins, $12.00; Anthropology Sparkle -Light Bobby pins, $28;  Tasha “See My Sequin Birdy” Headband, $38; Nina Crystal Ribbon Head Wrap, $150; Tasha meltamazing hair pin, $20; and the Tasha Crystal Garland Headband, $98.

 

 

 

 

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Sock it to Me!

Something happened to me during a mid-winter jaunt to the West Coast earlier this year…something strange and unexpected that I couldn’t have seen coming for a million style miles. Don’t worry, tartelettes, I’m just talking about socks. “Socks?” you ask. Yep, I fell head over heels-literally-for these foot fashions. I was at the Juicy Couture store on the crazy-chic Colorado Blvd, and on a whim, picked up a pair of knee-high JC socks. They were inexpensive, full of cute Juicy scribbles and just plain fun! I rocked them over black leggings with Cali-girl chicness on the plane back home.

Well, that one moment turned me- the girl who has stolen socks from every roommate she’s ever had- to a certified sock seeker. My Juicy collection is nearing double digits, and this season’s mags and catalogs are forcing my eyes…and toes towards other brands and style. I can’t wait to try J.Crew’s bobby variety or Urban Outfitter’s over the knee stripes. And Free People’s lace thigh-highs? Well, we all know how Mimi feels about the lacy stuff.

If you’re worried about looking like a “Three’s Company” reject, just follow Mimi’s tips for a successfully stylish sock-hop.
•Tube Toss—Unless they have “Juicylicious,” “From Juicy with Love” or any other cheeky Pam&Gela saying , leave the high-white tube variety in the gym.
•Grown-Girl-Chic— Though the whole knee-socks trend is a riff on the classic catholic schoolgirl look, no need to look like a GossipGeek. Strut your sock-style with the panache and confidence of someone with a past tense relationship with high school.
•Dare to Bear— Don’t go to all the trouble of buying adorable socks just to hide them under boots or pants. Show off those quirky Juicy-isms; sweet, but sassy bow details; and sparkling sequin embellishments! Unsure how to stage a sock show? The J.Crew catalog offers some awesome inspiration!

All right, tartelettes, cover those tootsies in something chic and get a-hoppin’!

XO,
Amelia

Daytime Dare: Velveeta

November is upon us, Tartelettes, and we all know what that means- Wham, Bam, its Christmas, ma’am! What better suits the Holiday Season than the sumptuous richness of velvet? Ok, ok, so I understand your fears with this fabric. But I blame that fashion trepidation on two other style offenders. They go by the names of crushed and velour.

No worries, darlings, Mimi is the blogger who will save chic Christmas…or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa. (I’m très P.C.) Well, I’m playing Not-So-Secret Santa and giving you all you need to don truly gay apparel this Jingle Bell season.

1. You are Ebenezer Scrooge if this Isaac Mizrahi Two-Tone Velvet pump does not make you absolutely giddy. That eggplant on crimson is sartorially sinful.
2. I love
Corpus’ Velvet Moto jacket because it puts a casual edge on this typically evening fabric. VroomVroomVelvet!
3. A.Wang has done it again with this perfect tough/soft-chic
Velvet&Leather jacket
4. This
Foley+Corinna Velvet Trim vest is the supreme style for the Tartelette just dabbling in the fabric. I’d amp up the sexy factor with sizzling liquid leggings.
5. Joie
Velvet leggings
6. Nothing combats velvet’s “Old Granny” rep like this
Free People micro-mini with its funky paisley print!
7.
Gryphon Velvet Smoking Jacket
8. The patent and velvet on these Silver Way
Oxfords is the best unexpected combo since Chrismukkah.
9. Who better to up the chic ante of the dreaded velvet headband than Mr. Jacobs? This Marc by Marc Jacobs
Velvet Bow Headband is the perfect quirky touch to traditional Holiday fashions.
10. BCBG Max Azria
Velvet Romper

Ok, Tartelettes, no more velvet vexing! It’s time for you to deck the halls with boughs of chicness ;)

XO,
Amelia

XO,
Amelia

Awesomely Autumn—tartelette’s Fall Lust List

Ok, Tartelettes, I’m just going to say it. I am absolutely obsessed with Fall. I literally lose my mind during the 9th, 10th and 11th months of the year. The way I see it, everything that’s right about the world happens during this time—football season, NY Fashion Week, boots and the birthdate of yours truly. (I know, I know—so humble)
Well, with my Misery-esque obsession completely out there, let’s get started on my Fall lust list. I know the Spring and Summer editions claimed to be the lust lists of the year, but lemme let you in on a little something—I just did that to make those lowly months feel better. Poor May, such sad July. Autumn is the only season that steals my heart time and time again.

Shakira “She-Wolf” With its sexy howl and 70s disco beat, the title track from Shakira’s fourth English-speaking album has been playing in my head, heart and ipod non-stop since August. And have you seen Ms. “Hips Don’t Lie” in the video? I’ve been on the Shake-it-like-Shakira workout plan since. The album drops Oct 13, and I cannot wait to let this Chic-Wolf out of the closet.

KNEEd ‘Em, Want ‘Em, Gottahave ‘Em Yep, you guessed it, the next item on my lust list is over-the-knee boots. You can barely walk down the street these days without hearing someone deliriously wishing, pining, longing for this Pretty Woman standard. Ok, so maybe only in my fashion fantasyland, but you get my point. Sexy thigh-high boots are everywhere—mags, runways and on the legs of the most stylish ladies. I’ve been coveting this Candela pair for months, but Saks and I are still in negotiations over that $500 price-tag. In the meantime, I’ll just pick up the more affordable, but equally chic “Vamp” style by Free People. And chicsters, these boots are made for much more than just walking.

Prps Leather Cape Jacket We all know I can be pretty melodramatic when it comes to the fashion thing, but this time I am as serious as the perfect black pump—this is some life-changing leather. From the drapey front to the high-cut back, Prps cape jacket is simply phenomenal. I would die to pair it with a loose white tee and a haute pink mini for a good girl gone rocker bad look. And it is totally NYC-cool with jeans and a killer shoe. The price tag is steep, but just insert crazy fashion math to justify it—“If I wear it everyday and most night, that comes out to like 45 cents/wear…” Right?

Mini-Prowl Though I consider leopard print the new neutral, I know not everyone thinks like Mimi. (What is wrong with you people? Lol) For those style scaredy-cats, try a leopard print scarf for just a touch of the trend. And though it may seem crazy, you can pair this piece with nearly anything—All black? I’m all in! Jewel tones? Jump in! Subtle prints? What a mixer! The scarf shown is by Tolani and will run you about a Benjamin. My style secret is street vendors. I picked up my kitty kat for $4 during a recent NYC trip. Ok, chicster, start your (mini) prowl.

Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice I’m an olfactory kinda gal, so scent is everything to me! While I love spice all year long, there’s just something about the crisp cool of Fall that makes me long for it even more. Whether by drink, candle or perfume, I gots to have that little zing. Some of my faves: Starbucks’ insanely addictive Pumpkin Spice Latte (it’s like Santa in September); Jo Malone candle in Pomegranate Noir; Marc Jacobs’ Lola which is bursting with zests of vanilla and musk.

Statement Eyes With nude lips hitting the beauty waves hard, its time to talk with our eyes. And tarte is the perfect place for achieving this eye-catching look. I didn’t know the importance of primer until I laid hands on tarte’s lifted which is packed with Firmitol™, the proprietary firming complex that helps tighten eyelids and the surrounding eye area.
Garance&Collette If you have never heard/seen of fabfash blogger Garance Dore, #$@!$$@%@? Sorry for the faux expletives, but this is serious sartorial sacrilege! Ms. Dore is the best thing to happen to the fashion world since Chanel…and gold costume jewelry…and Christian Loubotoin…and—ok, you understand. Well, this ToDieFor photog and webstar has collaborated with French retailer Colette for limited edition t-shirts emblazoned with Garance’s deliciously quirky illustrations. They’re not available online yet, but Ms. Dore promises they will be soon!

All right, tartelette’s! Viva La Fall!

XO,
Amelia

Daytime Dare— Feelin’ a Little Lacy

When most people hear the word lace, images of cheesy va-va-voom lingerie ala Fredericks of Hollywood or Great-granny’s turn of the century wedding gown come to mind. Well, tartelettes, Mimi is here to show you that the days of bad lace are over! For the past two or three years, the print has been making a quiet comeback, but for Fall 2009 its back in black, baby. And ready to play both nigh and day!Yep, you heard me- during the a.m. too!

I have compiled a collection of luscious lacy looks that’ll have you moving from coffee at your desk to cocktails at the bar like a seasoned stylista. So “lace” yourself for some majorly ToDieFor pieces!

Bring sexy back to your workouts with these Lace Fold Over Pants by So Low *shopbop.com*

These Lace Top Aviators are the perfect touch of femme for the kick-booty Rocker Chick *urbanoutfitters.com*

Pair Victoria’s Secret Sheer Lace Top with a pencil skirt for some sexy chic in the office

Free People’s Ruffle Fingerless Gloves are a funky modern take on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” look.

I love these Pink Studio Katana flats for a more low-key lace look. And the navy hue provides unexpected chic.

For the Blair Waldorf in all of us, this Skinny Lace headband is simply adorable.

Anthropologie’s Skirted Lace-Print Cardigan is a versatile piece that would be just as stylish with tweed trousers on Mon as it would be with Converse on Sat.

Price ain’t nothin’ but a number when it comes to this showstopping &uber-expensive M Missoni dress. Lace has never looked more HighEnd*shopbop.com*

Ok, tartelettes, this is a Daytime Dare, not Scare so get ready to “lace” on some serious chic. And for those true daredevils of style, head on over H.E.R.E. to see how to really up the ante with lace’s naughtiest companion- leather!

Until next time, chicsters!

XO,
Amelia