Posts tagged New York

fall color inspiration: navy blue

 

It might be considered sacrilegious to say this (especially in New York), but we’re gonna risk it: sometimes, we get tired of black. Gasp! But It’s true. Our go-to outfits generally involve hefty amounts of the inky color, which is easy to wear and chic – and also pretty boring day-in and day-out. So, what’s a busy woman to do?  Lately, we’ve been spicing up our everyday wardrobe with navy blue, another neutral that has a bit more sparkle and pizzazz than basic black. It goes with everything, it’s equally flattering, and it’s unexpected – like these adorable pieces below. More >

fall trends from New York Fashion Week

Well, tartelettes, that’s a wrap: New York Fashion Week is officially over. The last makeup cases and sewing kits were packed up at Lincoln Center last night… but, for us, the fun is only getting started.

Now we get to play dress-up! We’ve checked out our favorite shows and pulled a few trends that will be inspiring our fall wardrobes.

who wears the pants?

After a few seasons of watching ethereal dress after ethereal dress traipse down the runway, it was a pleasure to see a more moody and structured silhouette return for fall 2012. Gorgeous, tailored trousers were everywhere, such as this fifties-inspired pair from J.Crew.

sparkle on!
Sparkles littered the runways this year, as designers sprinkled them on everything from coats to gowns. This fully-glittered dress from Theysken’s Theory stopped us in our tracks.

suit up

Menswear continues to be a strong fall trend. Strong-shouldered, suiting-inspired coats and full-on pantsuits appeared in shows everywhere; the Ralph Lauren collection was dominated by them.

gettin’ chunky

When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing we love more then a ridiculously oversized sweater. If you’re like us, you’re in luck: fall 2012 brings tons of chunky and loose-knit jumpers, like this one from Michael Kors.

Make an outerwear statement

Many a designer sent statement coats down the runway this fashion week – a practical counter-balance for all those sheer tops! We adored this kaleidoscopic version by Rodarte.

the dark side

The overall sentiment in the design world seems to have shifted from soft and girly to dark and moody. From the abundance of dark colors – wine and black being the most common – to the more structured silhouettes, the clothes this fashion week seemed more brooding and complex and, therefore, more interesting, like this look from Yigal Azrouel.

pic of the day: a living legend on 5th avenue

One of the perks of living in NYC? You never know who you’re going to run into. Early this morning, Jenna, tarte’s creative marketing manager bumped in creative great Simon Doonan on 5th Ave. In her own words:

“So sleepy this morning… but awake enough to notice Barneys New York‘s Creative Extraordinaire Simon Doonan walking down 5th Avenue next to me… which is why I had to grab him (with force) for a photo op. Ha! The best part? He was oh-so-genuinely-nice and what’s nicer than being nice AND having amazing style? They go hand in hand.”

Have you ever run into a living legend on the street? Tell us all about it, or better yet, share a photo!

 

Shopping for a Cause

This past weekend the tarte team participated in Super Saturday 14, a one-of-a-kind designer sample sale, where all the proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). In addition to having a booth, Maureen Kelly appeared on QVC live from the event raising even more awareness. Even better all net proceeds from her show benefited OCRF! Despite the hot weather, our makeup stayed meltproof. We even had a few minutes to do a little shopping ourselves—all in the name of charity! We picked up an Alex Woo necklace, Alice + Olivia silk green pants, Brooks Brothers’ shirts and lots more! Check out our pictures below and find out how you can get involved here: http://www.ocrf.org/index.php

xo,

Candace

A tartelette visits FashionCampNYC

 

Yesterday, I had the honor of presenting to a really fantastic group of young ladies at FashionCampNYC. To give you some more insight on the program, it’s a five-day camp experience, where experts, designers, product developers, stylists, bloggers, editors, publicists (me!), retailers and other fashion & beauty professionals educate budding teens between the ages 12 to 18. The program explores the “business” of fashion and beauty, teaching teens how to turn their passion into a lucrative profession.

During my session, I explained the role of PR in the beauty industry. As part of my presentation, I offered background on tarte and then explained my PR position with the help of some props! I distributed magazines (i.e. Seventeen) where tarte was featured and discussed some of our coveted beauty awards. I also explained the importance of a press kit, which includes a bio about the company, celebrity fans and other informative information.  These young ladies are really a passionate group—I hope I taught them a thing or two (i.e. listen up in your English and writing classes)!  I’m really so excited about these future industry professionals. We’re in good hands!

I can’t wait to do it all over again on 8/2—it felt good to pay it forward. How are you giving back to the community?

xo,

Candace

 

Fall Harvest

The Big City. Yankees vs. Red Sox. The Atlantic Coastline. The Northeast is known for a lot of things, but one of the most beautiful is our fall foliage.  The changing leaves and mountain landscapes are reason enough to escape the city for a weekend. This time of year the tri-state area also boasts a slew of amazing orchards and vineyards. Apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, haunted houses, cider and wine tasting; from September-November these seasonal destinations  promise the perfect weekend afternoon.

Confused on where to go? Fret not my friend. I have compiled a short list of kid and adult-friendly hotspots; all of them are favorites of the staff here at tarte. So, this weekend rent a car or hop on the transit lines for an urban escape. Don’t live in the area? Or, did  I miss one of your family favorites? Please share some details in our comments box, we’d love to hear from you.

Northern, NY & Long Island

New Jersey

Connecticut

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

Concert in the Park

Despite earlier thunderstorms and humid weather Tuesday, a bunch of us decided to head on over to The Great Lawn and listen to the sounds of the New York Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Unbeknownst to us, last night was a historic event since it was the first time that the New York Philharmonic shared the stage with another orchestra for their annual free concert.  Thankfully, one of my friends arrived at 5:30pm to save us an area in Central Park. Otherwise, I don’t think we would’ve been able to put down our blankets; it was really packed! Once finally settled in we displayed our spread of wine, cheese, crackers, chips & some homemade guacamole and salsa (YUM). Some people had catered spreads, while others had their beach chairs—everyone was prepared for an evening picnic! At around 8pm the concert started and the crowd fell silent—it was such a cool experience and the music was just so beautiful.

Take a look at the program:

Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Boléro
Overture to Tannhäuser
Largo al factotum della città from The Barber of Seville
“Je veux vivre” from Romeo and Juliet
“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni
Ode to the Expo
Rhapsody in Blue

 

My goal this year is to experience more of these NYC moments! Would love to hear about your favorite NYC moment or experiences in your town!

xo,

Candace

SATC 2 Countdown Contest!

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Finally! We’re one day away from the much-anticipated premiere of Sex & The City 2! As our favorite Manhattan quartet sets out (once again) to tackle life, love and friendship I can’t help but be overly excited. I could re-hash my favorite episodes, quotes and sticky situations forever, but I want to know just how many details YOU can remember. So here it is: The Sex &The City 2 Countdown Contest! You have 24 hours to comment the correct answers to ALL 10 trivia questions posted above on either our blog or Facebook Fan page. Two winners (1 on  each) will win a tarte beauty collection fit for a ‘Hot Child in The City’! The fun doesn’t end there; post some trivia of your own—I would love to play along ;)

The City Girl Prize Pack Includes:

Xo,

Kristin

2/16 Giveaway-A-Day!

Today’s Fashion Week Giveaway-A-Day is running right here on our blog. We completed some glam looks for this weekend’s fashion shows using our smooth operator natural tinted-moisturizer as a go-to product. So, enter your ‘go-to’ product (doesn’t have to be beauty!)  in the comments box below to enter–there will be five winners & you get to choose your shade!

xo,

Kristin

P.S. My go-to product other than my tarte goodies is Poland Spring Sparkling Water in lemon or raspberry.

WINNER UPDATE! Congratulations to the following:

Olisa O.

Lisa B.

Judy H.

Sue C.

Jessica R.

Please view our smooth op shades and e-mail your selection and shipping info to Kristin@tartecosmetics.com