Posts tagged vacation

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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get carried away this holiday…

We want to know where you’d like to be carried away this holiday. Use Instagram to show us your dream vacation stay and you could win our limited-edition carried away with tarte collector’s set & adventurer bag! The contest starts on Friday, November 9, 2012 and ends on Friday, November 30, 2012.

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spring break travel essentials

tartelettes, have we got spring fever.  In these last long days of winter, all we’re craving is pretty pastels, floaty dresses, and any excuse to bust out our new shades.

Fortunately, your faithful fashion blogger has managed to escape to warmer climes. It’s spring break, baby!

However, with just one unforgiving, carry-on size suitcase to fit all this fun spring fashion, packing was admittedly a bit of a challenge. After hours of agonizing in front of my closet, I decided to go with what always works best: just a few simple items of clothing, topped off with versatile springtime accessories. Here are a few of my favorite travel-friendly go-to’s.

Kelly B Couture

The perfect LWD (little white dress) – like this one from California-based, eco-friendly line Kelly B Couture that’s made of 98% natural fibers. Wear it over your bikini, or dress it up with heels and a long statement necklace for going out.

Trina Turk

A fabulous swimsuit; Trina Turk’s amazing prints and bold colors are a match for any water-side vacation.

ASOS

A gorgeous silk scarf – like this one from ASOS – is the perfect springtime accessory. Toss it around your neck to glam up a casual outfit, tie it around your bag to brighten things up, or wrap it around your head for a chic answer to uncooperative hair.

Forever 21

Of course, bright (faux) leather sandals are a must. Our pre-trip ritual is to go pick up an assortment of colors at Forever 21.

TOMS

A great pair of sunglasses. We just recently discovered the new line from TOMS, one of our favorite charitable accessories brands. For each pair you buy, the company will give sight to one person in need. Now, that’s fashion you can feel really good about.

Badger Balm

Don’t forget to top off any outfit with some really good sunscreen. (We like all-natural Badger Balm). Nothing complements your clothes like healthy, glowing skin!

 

What are you planning for spring break, and what are you packing?

 

Florida Feelings

08/23/07
~The countdown is on…for my mini vacation that is! Greg & I are heading to Naples, Florida on Friday morning! I really can’t wait to do absolutely nothing but sunbathe (with SPF protection, of course), read all of the delicious fall fashion magazines and run on the beach. We’re going on a sunset cruise in the Gulf of Mexico which will be beautiful. Then when we get back from our trip we’re back to unpacking, painting and decorating our new apartment. -candace

Waiting for the Domincan Republic

07/02/07
~I’m so excited; I just booked a trip to the Domincan Republic! Rich and I are going with one of my best friend and her boyfriend during the week of her birthday so it’s sure to be a really good time! The trip isn’t until January 2008 which is great because it gives me time to lose some weight – good thing Levi is around to help whip me into shape! -maria

Wishing for Summer

05/09/07
~Everyone warned me about the post-wedding blues that set in after the wedding and honeymoon are over. I have to say, I’m not feeling them – probably because I was a total stress ball the week before the wedding – what with trying to finish everything I needed to do for work for the 2.5 weeks I was out of the office and assembling 100 favors 3 days before. Oh and I almost forgot the debacle with my dress not fitting correctly the week of the bid day! So I can safely say that what I feel most is relief that I can watch tv without thinking there is something else I should be doing and that I can eat a cheeseburger without thinking about fitting into a dress!! Plus I’ve begun an apartment search so that will pretty much keep me busy well into the summer. Summer… that’s another great thing to look forward to! -heather

april 2007

04/27/07

~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

04/23/07

~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

04/20/07

~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

04/18/07
~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
04/16/07
~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
04/13/07
~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
04/11/07
~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
04/09/07
~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
04/06/07
~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
04/04/07
~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
04/02/07
~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