Posts tagged mexico


I just got back from Mexico for my brother-in-law’s wedding (congrats Vin & Jess!), which was SO much fun, even though it kinda threw me out of the holiday season. (On the way home, I had to listen to Christmas songs on my iPod to get myself back in the mood and prepare for the impending cold.) But what is it about taking one vacation that makes you immediately need to plan another? While we were drinking mojitos poolside, we got in a huge conversation about going to Italy in February…now I’m ready to book it today. And I might actually do it. -Alexis

april 2007


~All this gross rain is giving me a sinus headache and makes me want to hide under the covers all day. On the other hand, it’s also getting me that much more excited for my upcoming vacation to Mexico!! Words cannot express how much I’m looking forward to six days of doing absolutely nothing. I am also a big fan of the “eat whatever you want” vacation method, especially when it means mounds of quesadillas and salty margaritas. Which is why I look forward to having Levi kick my butt for the next 3 weeks…so I can prematurely undo the damage! -alexis


~As a continuation of my last blog, I have been looking into tennis lessons and actually bought a new racket over the weekend. I played at the outdoor courts near my house and have a very sore right arm, and slight tan, to show for it. My next task is to set up my first lesson so that I’m not hitting the ball like I would a baseball. I’m really not as uncoordinated as I looked! -heather r


~I am so excited because me and 12 of my sorority sisters from college are going to Atlantic City for the weekend! As I’m sure you know coordinating dinner for 4 friends can sometimes be impossible so the fact that 13 of us are going is practically a miracle. Nothing’s better then a weekend of going out, gambling and Gamma Girls…now let’s just hope some of us win! -maria

~So yesterday I celebrated my 24th Birthday! The tarte girls celebrated with me and we enjoyed a lovely dessert of fruit salad and whipped cream (yum!). I also received my coveted Tory Burch Ballet Flats that I’ve been craving!! They are lime green and SO CUTE. I can’t wait for the weather to get a little nicer so I can wear them! Next year I’m craving a pony! :-) -erica
~Heather’s wedding was so much fun! First and foremost, the bride looked beautiful—a true Barbie. The weather turned out being perfect and the ceremony left a few of us tartelettes teary-eyed. All of the food was delicious. From the mini cheese raviolis and the beef medallions to the mini cream puffs, let’s not even discuss how much I devoured! After filling my belly, it was on to the dance floor where we tore it up (there may even exist a video of Alexis & me working our moves). What a great way to kick-off the wedding season for me—I have at least 1 a month now! -candace
~I can’t believe it’s finally time for Heather’s wedding (especially because it means mine was already 6 months ago!). Even though I got the privilege of seeing her in her dress already (at her fitting), I’m excited to see her walk down the aisle! Then I will be in withdrawal for 2 weeks while my officemate is in Hawaii. In the meantime, the rest of us tartelettes are scrambling to find cute little jackets and wraps to go over our dresses because no one was anticipating the 40-something degree weather. So much for my strapless dress & bare legs! -alexis
~Tomorrow will officially be one month before I leave for my 16 day expedition around Europe with my boyfriend. We’ll fly in to Rome, make our way towards Florence, then on to Venice. After a few relaxing days in Italy, the overnight train will take us to beautiful Paris where we will spend 2 lovely nights. After we’ve soaked up all that Paris has to offer, we’ll board another overnighter and head to Barcelona, and finally to Madrid where we will spend 3 nights relaxing before we fly back home. Yes, just thinking about it makes me feel more at ease. I think I can safely say that in all the vacations I have ever taken, I have never needed one more than I do now. -julia
~With spring upon us and summer fast approaching, it’s time for me to change my dark brown locks to a fun and flirty dark blonde. I won’t be going platinum or anything, although I have always wondered what it would be like…just some highlights and low lights to go with my new tan! The celebs hair that I’m going after is Drew Barrymore’s new ‘do, and I’ll have it just in time for Heather P’s wedding this weekend too! -heather r
~As you’re reading this I am at QVC preparing for our 1 hour show today, Friday April 6th, at 4 pm (EST). We all get so excited about the shows, but I’m especially excited about this one because we have a few special guests (you have to tune in to see!). Then we’ll be back on Saturday at 7 pm (EST) with a new kit that is a personal favorite of mine. Now I know why everyone loves watching QVC – the new items and the amazing values are something that just can’t be beat! -maria
~It been a week since I’ve come back from Miami and my sunkissed glow is fading fast! Luckily Maureen introduced to Comondynes self-tanning wipes form QVC awhile ago. Now I’m totally addicted to them! They really give me a natural tan that’s not too orange or fake looking. I even asked my Mom for a new supply for my Birthday! -erica
~Any Season 6 American Idol fans out there? Me too! Seriously, what’s going on this season? Please, don’t vote for the worst anymore!! Every week I just wait for Sanjaya to get the boot. It’s painful to watch. My top 2 picks: Blake (I really want him to win!) and Melinda Dolittle (she never disappoints). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for my boy, Blake! -candace

July 2005


~This week has been a crazy but really great one. Since Tuesday we’ve all been so busy and yesterday Maureen took the whole office out for a little Mexican fiesta and margaritas! It was such a nice treat. Go tarte!-lallie


~The whirl wind events of our QVC one hour debut are winding down. The whole day was so exciting, not only because we did so well but it was really fun to be behind the scenes of a tv show. Being backstage, seeing all the sets, meeting the host, prepping the models and hanging out in the green-room was so surreal. Plus a big big cheer for our gorgeous Lallie, who modeled like a pro!-erica

~So Maureen introduced all the pale girls in the office (including myself!) to my new favorite product-Comodynes tan towel. This easy to use little towel looks like a wet one and gave me a really natural looking tan in about 3 hours. It was so simple I thought it would be too good to be true! I highly recommend it for those fair skinned girls who burn up in the sun.-maria

~I had one of the best weekends of the summer. Had a bunch of my closest friends out to my parents house on Long Island and we just spent the whole weekend lying out, talking, playing games, and eating amazing food (courtesy of mom). The highlight was definitely playing “Celebrity” (sort of charades-like guessing game) on Saturday night. Truly, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen me pantomime Fozzie Bear or Anton Chekhov.-alexis

~This happens to me about once every three months–I get the travel itch and fantsize about going somewhere in Europe. Today I’m all about Santorini, the island in Greece. I’ve seen it on TV and read about it so much…beautiful! I hope my tax return gets here soon!-lallie


~Nice to have a break from the humidity! As a light breeze comes in from the window behind my monitor, I can’t help but daydream about chillin at the beach sipping a margarita. I think today I will daydream about being here -telly


~I can’t believe I’m a married woman! The wedding was great and we had such a fabulous time on the first part of our honeymoon. We went to the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, MI. We had the best time!!! We ate, we drank, rode horses, played some golf, rode bikes, read books and danced the night away! Everyone treated us like royalty because we were on our honeymoon. I can’t wait for the second part of my honeymoon!! Details to follow for sure!-nicole


~A new yarn shop opened up in my town called, Purls of Yarn. I just picked up a class schedule and I can’t wait to get knitting again. They have refresher courses, which sound perfect for me and even Stitch n’ Bitch nights to just hang out. I need to drag some of my friends along so they can learn and stop making me knit things for them! -erica

~ This may sound weird to others, but I am actively planning our honeymoon instead of the wedding. We are down to two choices –
Australia where we can enjoy the sunshine and beaches in (brrr-cold) December or Japan where we (more specifically me) can shop like crazy and eat such good food! I wish we hadenough money and time to go to both places!-leonie


~I saw Wedding Crashers last night…shockingly good. Vince Vaughn is so funny–loved him in Old School too. It was such a great Monday night event and now I’m thinking I might have to convince my boyfriend that this is the new movie night!!-heather

~Well since I will always be a sorority girl at heart, I have to love these very chic looking accessories by
Tag and Tom. These two sorority sisters from Duke designed a line of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and belts all from bold colored pearls and ribbons (instead of clasps). What’s better- a portion of the proceeds from any pink jewelry sold goes to breast cancer research. See, sorority girls can do more then shop and talk about each other behind their backs!-maria


~So I made my official magazine debut this week! I’m featured in a story about people’s skin care routines in the August issue of Harper’s Bazaar. Nothing too earth-shattering, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited, I’ve never seen myself in a mag before! I know, I’m such a dork. Also, the other 2 ladies mentioned in the article, Ji Baek & Lily Garfield, own boutiques that also sell tarte (Rescue Beauty Lounge & the Cos Bar)! Yay! Total tarte domination.-alexis


~Since I’ve been sick this week I’ve been on a major tea kick (I’m a tea addict but this week it’s been out of control). I’ve been drinking all sorts but my particular fave is called Provence Rooibus. It’s native to South Africa and comes from their red bush. All teas contain antioxidants but the red teas are particularly loaded. The only downfall, it’s decaf–but it hasn’t stopped me from drinking it all day! And I swear I feel better!!-lallie


~I’ve just about had it with this ‘Brangelina’ mess. Love Angelina: she’s great, she’s amazing and all that – and of course I love Brad: hot, and yea well that’s about it, but I am so tired of the drama. And not for nothing, but if any of its true I think he is a total (insert bad word here) for cheating on Jennifer Aniston. You want to be a dad so bad? Try being a good husband first, thanks.-maria

~Now that Maria is done ranting about celebs…One of my favorite websites to visit is PINK is the new BLOG, it’s a great place to catch up the latest celebrity gossip and hijinks. The pictures and captions are always so funny and it’s updated everyday!-erica


~I got to make the long journey out to QVC yesterday with Maureen and Maria. QVC is such an interesting place, it’s so funny to see someone on TV and then turn around and see them walking down the hallway. But the best part of the day was when all the meetings were over and we went to pig out at the Cheesecake Factory!-erica

~I am so excited that I’m moving in two weeks! We are moving to a much bigger apartment with tons more space which means I get to buy new furniture! I can’t wait to have a new couch to sit on–what a great excuse for shopping!-leonie


~I’m reading such a good book for my book club meeting on Thursday. It’s a new one called A Long Way Down =, by Nick Hornby. He’s the same guy who wrote About A Boy (one of my favorites!). I can’t put it down!-heather


~So the booze cruise got canceled because of the crazy tropical storm happening on Fri…sad! But it was just as well since my sinuses went crazy on Friday and I felt SO sick by the end of the day. Luckily I was better in time for Nicole’s wedding yesterday…which was SO nice! The food was amazing (the Thai cashew chicken, yum) and Nicole looked like a little china doll. Maria made fun of me for crying but I can’t help it-I’m such a dork when it comes to weddings. I’ll probably pass out at my own. Anyway, congratulations Nicole & Larry!-alexis

~I saw Mr. and Mrs. Smith over the weekend. Despite the tabloids and all the hoopla around the supposed scandal, it’s a really good movie. Highly entertaining and fun to see with a date. I went into it with low expectations but ended up enjoying it a lot! A definite “go-see”. -lallie


~Going on a booze cruise tonight on Long Island with my boyfriend’s family. Despite the dregs of the tropical storm that we’re getting in New York, I’m excited-last year’s was awesome. (Really, rain or shine, who can resist a well-mixed rum punch?)-alexis

~Since yesterday was chocolate day I decided to break out of my normal “I hate chocolate” mode (I know-shocking) and try some. Let me tell you all–I officially love
Lindt’s Pistachio Bar. No one in our office can believe it since I’m always so anti-chocolate but this one was good enough to make me a convert-for now at least!-lallie


~I took my mom to Manayunk this past weekend. It’s a cute little village in Philadelphia and has become my favorite place to go in my spare time. They have the best boutiques and restaurants. We had dinner at Manayunk Brewery & Restaurant and I’ve started eating there everytime I visit Manayunk. I love their Chicken & Shrimp Christopher (an odd name but a wonderful dish with garlic, fresh herbs, onions and tomatoes)!-leonie

~Maria, being the good friend that she is, kindly informed me that today June 7th is Chocolate Day! So it’s ok for all of us to go out and eat some yummy chocolate, which is of course well deserved. Check out some other strange candy holidays


~I just heard that Cold Stone Creamery discontinued their cake batter ice cream – I’m beside myself. It was the best ice cream on the planet and if I’d known they were going to discontinue it, I would have stocked up with 20 “Gotta-Have-Its” in my freezer! Woe is me. Good thing their Sweet Cream flavor is pretty heavenly, I guess I can satisfy myself with that-for now.-heather

~I’ve been craving some authentic gelato for weeks and finally, this past weekend, the wait was over. My friend and I took our friend Patty to dinner for her birthday to this little Italian trattoria in Bronxville. The food and wine were soooo good, but it was all about the nutella gelato. Luckily there’s
Capogiro, a gelato maker who sells online and delivers straight to your door so my craving will never go unanswered for so long again! I order it for barbecues, dinner parties or just because-it’s the perfect summer treat!-maria


~Saw the best movie this weekend-anyone reading this has to go check it out immediately. It’s called Mad Hot Ballroom and it’s a documentary about 3 groups of fifth-graders in New York who compete in a ballroom dance competition. I can’t even do it justice verbally—just go to the site, check out the trailer and then go see it. So, so good.-alexis

~So I was back in Myrtle Beach this weekend and I found the best, best wedge sandals at
White House/Black Market. It’s sort of a hidden secret but I’ve been on a serious hunt for metallic wedges for the longest time and I walked right in and bought them. Now, I can’t stop wearing them!-lallie