Posts tagged Tory Burch

July 4th Giveaway Day 4

 

Take your tarte poolside with this serious summer swag! Today you have the chance to win a Tory Burch tote and some of our most popular tarte waterproof wonders!

Keep reading to find out how to enter this amazing giveaway.

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gorgeous makeup bags for winter travel

Your favorite cosmetics make you feel pretty. Shouldn’t you store them in something pretty, too? Here are a few gorgeous makeup bags sure to keep you feeling organized and looking good, weather your just going across town or into a new timezone. More >

trend alert: bright bags for spring

The winter is almost over! Goodbye black, hello color.

Designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Stella McCartney never let me down when it comes to keeping things fresh — they’ve both released bright and vivacious spring lines of handbags. Here are a couple of my faves.

Clockwise from left: Rebecca Minkoff Straw M.A.C Bombe bag, Kate Spade New York ‘little shyla’ clutch, Tory Burch ‘Norah’ Envelope Clutch, Milly ‘Mini’ Nappa Leather Clutch, McQ Alexander McQueen ‘Amwell – Mini’ Crossbody Bag, Stella McCartney Falabella Shaggy Deer Fold Over Tote.

 

 

 

 

DENIM 101

We are living in uncertain denim times, chicsters! Boutiques abound with no-name brands priced as high as old faves. “No I will not pay $289 for skinnies with sparkle by HauteHighDenimCoutureFAB!”

Well have no fear, my dears because Mimi is here— to give you the know-how to picking the chicest denim gear you’ll need from June on…

Before I purchased my denim shirt (Target little boys dept—$9.99!), I thought cutoff shorts were the holy grail of jeans. Boy, was I wrong! My denim button-up has made appearances at the year’s most major holidays—Thanksgiving, Christmas and Memorial Day— and waltzes into the workplace at least once a week. My key to keeping it fresh…well, beyond Frebreze? Rocking it dressy or casual with posh panache! One week it’s tucked into khaki cropped trousers, and the next its doing the wild thing on top of a leopard mini. J.Crew has awesome styles, but if you wanna save a buck (or 80), hit up the little boys section.

If you’re a little hesitant to wear denim anywhere but on your derriere, no worries—there are plenty of accessories that pay wonderful homage to Levi’s love. I dare you to not die for the Tory Burch Delaney satchel. Nothing says Hot American Summer like dark denim and cherry red! And for the gal who’s rockerchic, I present you American Retro’s crazzzzycool denim studded wedge. Now that’s a mouthful of trends! For our femme fatale, Eugenia Kim’s denim rosette headband is the headgear to highlight summer waves.

I’m not much of a jeans person… “Post on denim?!?!?! Mimi, you’re confused, honey!” Allow me to explain— while I own gobs of jeans, they are never my go-to-gear. Friends and family literally gasp when I wear the stuff! But when it comes to cutoff jean shorts—wooooo weeee, I’m in love. I was wearin’ them indaclub loooong before Erin Wassson was rockin’ her pair after hours. And since that fateful Miami night, I’ve been doing my Daisy Duke dance non-stop. White tee? DUH! Blazer+pumps? Of course! Button-down and pumps? You better believe. For any skeptic thinking denim shorts reek of down on the farm, pair them with sleek accessories for a look that is totally urban chic!

I LOATHE denim skirts- let me repeat- LOATHE! My galpals have diagnosed it as an irrational dislike, but when I see those denim minis with bedazzled back pockets and strings hanging from the hem…I lose it, and with good reason! There is a much more stylish option for any dressy denim inquiries…and it’s all in the name! I am in love with the feminine pleats of this Arden B. version. Add a few of Mimi’s haute pink picks from last week’s post and you will be SummerStylin! And “if I were a rich girl…” I would snap up this Herve Leger sexy style in a second!

All right, tartelettes, dump the dull denim and shake it up with Mimi’s picks! It’s the best jean junk you’ll ever own swear!

xo, Amelia

My Vest Friend

It took three different styles of black vests to make me realize that I may(definitely) have an affinity(addiction) for this type of outerwear. Oversized knit? Yep, got it! Casual cotton? Why, of course. Boyfriend blazer-style? You know it! Well, lucky for me, I couldn’t be more in the know. From Beyonce to Fergie, Cameron D. and the reigning VestQueen Kim K., vests are getting more celebrity love than in the days of Mister T. With the vast number of vests, it’s hard for a gal to choose between cable-knit and leather, zippered and pocketed. But thankfully for you, there is Mimi!

Hello Mo-to: For that Harley Hautie look, choose a style with zesty zippers and lots’o’leather. The $58 mini moto style by Dark Hearts at Urban Outfitters is short on price, but long on fab. I also adore the dusty grey vest by Charlotte Ronson with its weathered-chic look. But the style that has me humming Sinead’s “Nothing Compares to You” is Aqua’s Leather Racerback vest. Tough leather is tempered by feminine ruffles, while the cropped back is totally on trend. Talk about a vroom-vroom vest!

SweaterVest Style: The knit vest is one of my absolute favorite styles. Forget Carlton Banks-chic, this look is sophisticated and versatile. It’s long and cozy like a cardi, but sexy and sleeveless like a vest. I pair mine with a blouse and pencil skirt for work and throw it on with jeans and a tee for weekends. The Side by Side vest from Rojas supplies Fall ‘09’s bold shoulder for a racier sweater style. I would up the ante with funky leggings and a statement shoe. I love Tory Burch’s Ramalagh sweater because it’s preppy with its big knit, but totally posh with its big gold buttons. This is an office-wear wonder paired with a shift dress and pumps.

What a Stud: If you don’t know that heavy-metal hardware is the hottest thing for Fall-WAKE UP, tartelettes! Why not kill two trends with one stone? In the words of Rachel Zoe, “I diiiieeee for LaRok.” Therefore it’s no surprise that I am smitten with their Gold Leaf vest. The studs are a little military for a cute cadet look, but the slim shape is all-woman. Talk about Sexy Soldier when paired with a black mini. Studs add a little more pizzazz to casual denim in this Current/Elliot style. Or try Quiksilver’s Beatnik vest for a more affordable jean option. Though I usually forbid the “denim sandwich” look, either vest channels Lady Moss when put with your favorite skinny jeans. Just stick to a different denim wash to create that Rock’n’Roll rather than Rockin’ in the 80s look.

Workin’ Girl: The office-friendly variety of vest is no longer part of the dreaded suit triplet. Ya know, the pants and the jacket and the itty-bitty vest all stuffed on one hanger. The modern work waistcoat is a different type of Bold&Beautiful, falling past the hip and with an exaggerated shoulder. Go all out Kim Kardashian by pairing a blazer-style vest with second-skin leggings and your sexiest shoe. For a more work-appropriate look, grab a silky blouse and a classic black pencil skirt. The Cleon vest by Rodebjer is at first glance basic black, but with another look is fabulously funky. Double-breasted has never looked so good. Equally eye-catching is Charlotte Russe’s Tuxedo vest. This charcoal grey is an adorable alternative to black and its chic details make this an unbelievable steal at $27. Hurry and get one of these blazin’ styles so you can strut your stuff by the office watercooler.

XO,
Amelia

Clutch Play

Though “schooooool’s out for sum-mer,” I have one more teensy, weensy style lesson you must learn before fully embracing summer’s warm, sticky goodness.
Like shoes, bags should change with the seasons. Winter= oversized and dark. Summer=petite and bright. During the months of pool-lounging and burger-grubbing, do you really want to be purse-lugging? Nope, didn’t think so. Tartelettes, put away those beastly, black bags and get to looking for a chic, colorful clutch.

Some of my faves:
Marc Jacobs “Love Story” Clutch is truly a lesson in romance with its layers upon layers of leathery hearts. After reading of my devotion for the Juicy Couture heart bracelet, I know you’re thinking, “Hmmm…sounds like somebody like likes that heart motif.” Well, I confess, tartelettes. I have discovered yet another heart-themed piece that gets my thumper racing.

Industry Cross Stitch Clutch Though a devoted Notre Domer, I don’t just adore this style because it showcases the colors of my beloved alma mater. More importantly, it boasts some simple, yet funkdafied details like that over&odd-sized button and its triple cross stitch.
Genevieve Jones Shagreen Clutch From the moment I saw her tiny little frame in totally ToDieFor designer duds, I was hooked on Ms. Jones. Her recently launched accessories line is making me L-O-V-E her even more. Made of ultra-lux stingray, the Shagreen Clutch is the perfect purse for bringing a simple summer ‘fit to a whole other level of chicness. The fringey tassel emblazoned with Gene’s monogram logo is a little unexpected and off-beat, just like her enviable sense of style.
Kimchi Blue Tie-Dye Clutch Though dipped in the darkest dye, this piece is anything but doom&gloom. Instead it’s rocker-chic. Say Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens? I’m imagining this paired with some distressed boyfriends and a wifebeater tank for the perfect “who the hell” cares ensemble. And its roomy shape is big enough for loads of tarte products, including the 3-in-1 Infinite Glow palette, complete with color for every inch of the face.
Tory Burch’s T Clutch There is little in the world that I love more than Tory Burch. She is the Picasso of Purses, the Amstel of Accessories…shall I go on? So imagine my delight when I stumbled on her latest little masterpiece? The hues of blue are phenomenal. The mix of leather and canvas is cheeky. The oversized “T” identifying yet another BurchBeauty is confident, not cocky. This clutch is Tor-turously chic.

Ok, style students, I have given you a list of summer satchels that covers every price range, but most importantly offers styles that are simply irresistible. So take a break from the sunning and get to shopping!

Spring Shopping!

Yesterday morning was no nice and sunny here in NYC that it made me excited for spring! That got me thinking about my spring wardrobe. I love all the bold colors for spring, especially the bright yellows and electric blues. I’ve been tagging so many pages in my huge spring magazines of looks that I like. Last night, I was perusing through my Bloomingdale’s catalog and there was a Tory Burch dress I loved, which then led me to browse Bloomingdale’s website. I found this fun Marc by Marc Jacobs dress. I’m obsessed and need it! -Candace