Posts tagged style

Summer Stones

xo,

Jen

Style Star:

 

Reality TV star turned fashion designer/New York Times bestselling author/blogging extraordinaire Lauren Conrad personifies easy, breezy, California style. From her daily uniform of a C&C tank and ripped jeans on Laguna Beach, to the side-braid style she made ever-so-popular from her days on The Hills, to her sophisticated and simple style as of late, there is no look that this beachy (now ombre’d) blonde can’t pull off.

So what is the secret to LC’s fabulous, yet effortlessly chic style? She has figured out what is most flattering for her, and runs with it. She is able to dress up basics with fabulous accessories and fun hair and makeup, yet never wears anything overtly trendy or embellished. Her upcoming fashion collection, Paper Crown, places an emphasis on fabulously simple, timeless pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a plethora of looks suitable for any occasion, body type, or style.

Lauren’s most recent looks showcase her ability to put trendy hair and makeup looks with simple, well-tailored clothing to create a style that is all her own. Let’s take a closer look!

On a recent appearance on Chelsea Handler’s show (just hours after she turned in the manuscript for her fifth novel – is this girl an overachiever or what?!), Lauren looked gorgeously glam in a black mini-dress with lace overlay, worn with chunky wooden platforms. Her hair was perfectly plaited to the side and with the help of makeup artist Amy Nadine (with whom Lauren runs beauty blog, The Beauty Department), she looked positively radiant. You can get Lauren’s look by pairing this dress [choose one]

http://www.shopbop.com/deep-victorian-lace-dress-nightcap/vp/v=1/845524441894783.htm?fm=search-viewall-shopbysize

http://www.revolveclothing.com/DisplayProduct.jsp?product=DONN-WD26&c=

with shoes from Lauren’s own Kohl’s line: http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/womens/brandswomen/lc/shoes/PRD~785408/LC+Lauren+Conrad+Victoria+Platform+Sandals.jsp

Amy Nadine definently used a nude lip color to help.

How do you think Lauren Conrad’s style can be translated best to your own life?

xo,

Jen & Charlotte

Swimsuit styles that flatter your body type

Counting calories, applying self-tanner, waxing, and trying to find the perfect bikini…just some of the steps women take to look good in the summer months (or for some year round). Well, we have put together a guide to help make at least one of these steps easier for you. This will help you find the bathing suit style that will flatter your body type. We’re always so worried about covering up imperfections, when we really should be embracing our bodies and wearing swimsuits that enhance our features! Whether you’re body is curvy, full-figured, stick-thin, boyish, top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or somewhere in between, there is a bathing suit style for you! Once you find the perfect suit all that’s left is accessories and SPF. The summer should be enjoyable and stress free so stop worrying about your body and indulge in some summer fun, while looking fantastic!

We love confident women–tell us your secrets to looking good and feeling great in a bathing suit!

xo,

Jen

Maxi Dresses

Definition of the maxi dress: slimming, stylish, sexy, comy-chic, accessible… and the list goes on! This dress could possibly be your best friend this summer—amazing designers are offering it in all types of vibrant patterns and colors this season.  Once a week, I try wearing one of the six that I own. They’re just so soft and comfortable; I mean it’s like an acceptable nightgown (based on comfy factor, of course).  Thrown on with a pair of stylish sandals, some long necklaces and bangles, you’re ready to go! Celebs such as Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba rely on this dress to look stylish and sleek for a night out or dinner with friends.  Dazzle it up with a wedge shoe, loose wavy hair, and a pop of color on the lip with tarte’s rise and shine lip gloss in pink.  Heading to the beach or running some errands? Just as easily, you can dress this look down with flip flops and a side braid.

How are you accessorizing your maxi dress this season?

Get the Look:

The beautiful Kate Bosworth arrived at the premiere of L!fe Happens not only wearing a gorgeous pink number, but also decked out in tarte. Celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine wanted to give her a look that would compliment her hot pink Richard Nicoll dress. She “opted for a simple and soft look to highlight Kate’s natural beauty.”  She incorporated delicate pops of pink on her cheeks and lips. Following Amy’s easy steps, there’s no reason why you can’t replicate Kate’s look at home!

 

Makeup—complexion

 

Makeup—cheeks

 

Makeup—eyes

 

Makeup—lips

 

What tarte products are you wearing on your “red carpet”?

Style Star of Week: Rachel Bilson

Each week we’ll be featuring our favorite style icons that portray fresh, eco-chic looks that work morning, noon and night. To kick it off this week we’re featuring America’s sweetheart Rachel Bilson.  Whether she’s grabbing a coffee, running errands, walking her dog, or hitting up the Red Carpet, Rachel’s always looking amazing! The bronzed beauty doesn’t stop! Our eco-fashionista has sported many different looks and we’ve selected some of our favorites to share with you.

                         

From pants and maxis to shorts, she always chooses styles that flatter her petite shape…

A regular on the Red Carpet, she can don a sultry look in black or a more bohemian take in a cream shade.  She’s constantly changing it up with pops of fresh color that impel her to stand out.

To replicate Rachel’s eco-friendly style try incorporating these accessories into your wardrobe: a weaved-tote, a black-quilted bag or a fantastic pair of neutral pumps. These key pieces work with so many different looks giving you a more versatile take on your closet. Other items you’ll find Rachel wearing are trendy sunglasses, a bold cuff or a black blazer—these can be worn with almost anything in your closet. Go nuts, have fun, and outshine this summer with a fresh new style!

We want to know:  what staple item will you be purchasing this season?

Summer Stone

 

So the clock is ticking and you’re rushing off to yet another summer cocktail party! You throw on your basic white summer dress (old faithful).  Stand in the mirror and though you look bronzed and beautiful against this white number the outfit still falls short. What to do to brighten your summer wardrobe without cutting into your funds for the weekend? The answer: a classic piece of turquoise. Whether it’s a bold necklace, dangly earrings or a basic cuff, it’ll never disappoint.  This vintage, earth tone works with every summer style; it can give off a bohemian flare paired with casual attire or it can add a hint of earthy elegance to formal wear. I love how Cameron Diaz (shown above) knows how to rock the turquoise. Despite being dressed for the Red Carpet, she still maintains her surfer-chic vibe with these simple statement pieces.

What’s your go-to-flare when you need to spice up your style?

xo

Jen

The World at Your Finger Tips

Pedi Time!

Ok, ladies: let’s do this together. Slide off the Uggs. Roll down the socks. Now breathe. A quick pedicure and no one will ever see those chips and flakes from last winter’s hottest shade! Eco-friendly brands such as Zoya, Butter London and my favorite vegan brand, Ginger + Liz have come to our rescue with fresh, new shades that allow us to step into summer looking bold and beautiful.  Go wild with a hot new neon shade or beach it up with a gorgeous earth tone. The world is at your fingertips…or your toes.

What summer polish shade is your favorite?! Pics and comments please. J

xo

Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador

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