Posts tagged J. Crew

spring break must-haves!

Spring break is an American institution. Once reserved only for college students, it’s now a seasonal adventure for all ages, and styles. While plotting our own mad dashes for warmer climes — New York City can be brutal in March — we looked to some of our favorite vloggers and bloggers for inspiration.

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nye dresses for any occasion

The holiday party circuit is drawing to a close, but there’s still one final blowout left: New Year’s Eve! The biggest celebration of the year offers the perfect excuse to put on one last, super-fabulous frock – whether you’re attending a black-tie affair or just throwing back some bubbly with your besties. Sequins are appropriate, of course, as are LBD’s… or you could choose to stand out in something a bit unexpected. This season’s best evening dresses also come in everything from red to blue to cut-out’s to to lace to funky modern prints. We’ve found some dream gowns for you to choose from, or to use as inspiration for your NYE look. Pop… fizz… clink! Happy new year! More >

gifts for the men in your life

 

 


If you ask us, there is nothing more challenging then buying gifts for the men in your life.  If you happen to know a guy who’s willing to give you hints, or, even better, come right out and tell you what he wants this holiday, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. The rest you may want to reference this guide.

From grandpa’s to boyfriends, younger brothers and fathers, we’ve got you covered. More >

holiday gift guides: clean and classic

 

Kim, tarte’s resident numbers cruncher, is the one that ensures bills get paid, expense reports make sense and everything adds up at the end of the day. But when it comes to her personal style, not to mention her holiday gift list, she likes to add a pinch of color to her otherwise classical look. Check out the items that are topping her list this year: More >

holiday gift guides: the chic aesthete

Our digital marketing manager is one of the few people we know who can deftly, and flawlessly, navigate the fine line between quirky and couture — obviously she had to curate one of our gifts guides. Here are her top gift picks for the holiday season:

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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 >

wine week: sparkling inspiration

We believe there’s a grape to suit any event, time of day, and budget – whether you’re craving a casual afternoon refreshment or the perfect beverage for a fancy dinner party. But there’s one genre of wine that is specially reserved for celebrations: the sparkling variety. And with good reason! What could be more festive, more congratulatory, more fete-worthy than a beautiful bubbly? The very pop of the cork is enough to put us in a jovial mood.
So cheers to whatever occasion you find bubble-worthy — and make sure to always have a few shimmery outfits to match.

Prosecco


Prosecco is a sparkling wine that hails from Italy — one that is a little more fruity than the typical champagne. It’s your classic bubbly, with a little bite! General tasting notes: pears, apples, honey.

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wine week: light, yet bold, fashion

tarte’s wine week continues with today’s feature: whites! Can you think of anything more refreshing on a hot summer afternoon than a glass of chilled white wine? We sip this pale-hued vino in the colder months, too – especially when we’re munching on veggie dishes, pastas, or fish.  Of course, if you’re prone to spillage (as we are), you know that white is the choice when light-colored clothing or drink-in-hand dancing might be involved.

Not all whites are created equal, however – they can range from clear, crisp, and grassy to golden, sweet, and rich. Below, a primer on a few of our favorite shades of white… and outfits to go with them all.

 

Sauvignon Blanc
 

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fashion inspiration: kelly green

We’ve always associated Kelly green with the preppy look– a look we love! Whether this connotation is due to the bright, yet clean, assertiveness of the shade, or those little Lacoste alligators resting easy on the fronts of their polo shirts, we don’t know — but a little research tells us that this color has moved beyond its prep-school connotations into the wider fashion realm. Some labels – like Rada -  sprinkle it amongst their designs for a little preppy pop, while others infuse it with some downtown cool (like Madewell’s stretchy skirt.) Either way, it’s a classic.
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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.