Archive for December, 2011

the nye champagne index

It’s an age old dilemma, “Which bottle of bubbly should I pop when the clocks strike 12 on New Year’s Eve?”  There are a lot of factors to take into consideration — not to mention the variety of options. But like most major decisions, it boils down to money. Sure a $5 jug of brut exists, but will you pay for it in headaches the next day?

With your wallet and well-being in mind, we’ve broken down the best selection of champagne on the market by price tag in order to help you choose the perfect vintage to have chilling in your ice box for tomorrow night.

Cook’s Champagne Brut

the damage: $6 on sale – Cook’s is always on sale

who and where: Yes, it’s regarded as the best cheap champagne out there,  but unless you still live in a dorm room, we suggest you throw down a little extra to celebrate – New Years doesn’t happen everyday.  For those of you in dorm rooms, go for it! Just remember the drinking age is 21.

Martini & Rossi Prosecco

the damage: $17

who and where: Hipsters, fashionistas, mods, and indie royalty – basically anyone who’s ever considered faking an English accent and wouldn’t be caught dead in Sears.  A light, refreshing prosecco – Italy’s answer to champagne — this bottle scores points for taste and design.  And you can’t go wrong with “Martini” on the label.

Leclerc-Briant Champagne Cuvee Extra Brut

the damage: $30

who and where: The name alone is exciting. The bottle is clean and chic and anything “extra” for thirty bucks is a score. The sparkling libation is just right for a small, chic dinner party, especially when paired with rich desserts.

Moet & Chandon “Imperial” Champagne (formerly known as White Star)

the damage: $35

who and where: This bottle is perfect for those of us who  are finally making enough to open a savings account. Sure, you may only be stashing away a ten spot a month, but you’ve got big plans and busting the cork on this bubbly says so. In fact, not only does this vintage boast a delicate, peachy taste, it’s packed with confidence, so much that Moet & Chandon knew they could change it’s name without losing it’s fans base. Now that’s gutsy.

Veuve Clicquot Rose

the damage: $55

who and where: For lovers, artists, romantics and anyone else who’s not afraid of pink alcohol. A tried and true classic, this bottle works in settings as diverse as Swiss bungalows, tiny bistros or a decked-out home kitchen.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Brut

the damage: $75

who and where:  If you’re willing to shell out 75 big ones, you might as well share the wealth. Make it a crowd scene, but gently suggest invitees bring a little something as well. When the ball drops make sure you’re the one who pops the top on this one – and takes the first sip.

Dom Perignon

the damage: $160

who and where: Possibly the most famous name in champagne, we don’t need to explain why Dom Perignon is on our list. If you’ve had it before, you know it’s worth drinking again. If this is your first time, make sure your bank balance can handle the hangover.

Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Brut Champagne

the damage: $250 large

who and where: The pricey bottle of champers du jour — the Ace of Spades will set you back a pretty penny. But if you’ve got plans to spend NYE with Jay-Z and Beyoncé, or anyone of that ilk, then by all means  — indulge.

 Remember: As a rule tartelettes are prepared for anything and always drink responsibly.

The author will be drinking Martini & Rossi Prosecco tomorrow night, and yes, she has considered faking an English accent at least once in her life.

in 2012 we resolve to…

Is 2012 really only a few days away?

It seems like this new year really snuck up on us, so we decided to take a few minutes and make some resolutions.

From eating right, to putting a moratorium  on Diet Coke, each one of us has a goal for the next year — maybe seeing them in print will help us achieve them!

I resolve to live every minute like it’s my last and STOP sweating the small stuff!
-Maureen Kelly, tarte Founder and CEO

My resolution is to seriously dial down my daily coffee intake.  I could never forego my morning cup, but whenever I feel like I need an energy boost, I’m going to take a brisk walk around the block!
-Heather, Controller

I’m hoping to travel more in the New Year! There are just so many places to see!
-Candace, Director of Communications & Market Strategy

As recently advised by a friendly source, my New Year’s resolution is to take a breather and be more patient.
-Heather, Executive Director, Product Development

“I resolve to exercise more. There’s nothing like the energy from a morning workout…so I’ll be setting my alarm clock and hitting the gym!”
-Staci, Integrated Marketing & E-Commerce Specialist

“Next year I’m going to revamp my diet…less Skittles, more veggies.” 
-Jess, Public Relations & Artistry Relations Manager

“I resolve to pay more attention to my budget this year, like painting my nails instead of getting manis!”
-Kate, Public Relations Coordinator

“As a coffee junkie, I resolve to make it myself rather than having a barista do it for me!”
-Amanda, Project Manager

“My resolution this year is to drink more water and get back in shape. I’m determined to be able to do a 5K in under 25 minutes again!”
-Bianca, Graphic Designer

“To stop worrying about the small stuff — and to recognize what is small!”
-Celeste, Retail Operations Associate

“My resolution is to finish decorating my apartment. I moved in August — there’s no excuse for going seven months without a couch!”
-Rachel, Operations Coordinator

“To drink more water…instead of Diet Coke.”
-Kim, Accounting Analyst

“My New Year’s resolution is to actually use the kickboxing gym membership I bought months ago.”
-Melanie, Product Development Coordinator

“I resolve to cook at least one meal each week. I have a kitchen in my apartment — it’s about time I used it!”
-Koryn, Community Manager

Travel more! Get out – see the world.”
-Jen, Customer Service Representative & Contributing tarte talk Editor

My resolution is to make sure I’m hitting the gym at least twice a week.  Getting my cardio in is such a great stress reliever and helps to keep me on point for the rest of the week.”
-Leigh, QVC Marketing Coordinator

What’s are your New Years resolutions, tartelettes?

the perfect lbd for nye


New Year’s Eve is only a few days a way — do you know what you’re wearing yet?  You can’t go wrong with a little black dress. Why not try on one of these chic little frocks and ring in 2012 in style!

From left: Cynthia Steffe Dylan Peplum leather-trimmed dress; BEBE Hudson lace dress; Robert Rodriguez black lace dress; ABS wrap dress; Milly ruffled Dani dress; Diane von Furstenberg Thandi elbow-sleeve dress.

Let us know what type of outfit you end up wearing on the 31st and share photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!


winter travel by way of style & comfort



The holidays are over but winter has barely kicked in. If you’re braving the skies — or highways or train tracks — over the next couple months, make sure you pack for comfort. It’s no fun spending 6 hours crammed in the backseat of a two-door with nothing to do, and let’s face it, there are very few things worse than suffering through wet socks on a red-eye flight.

While comfort is important, you should never sacrifice style — so we’ve rounded up the perfect travel checklist for the cold weather jet setter.

Clockwise from the top left: Serious baggage: Flight 001 luggage tags, $18. Snuggle up: Minnie Rose cashmere shawl, $395. The best-seller: The Help, $11. Sweet escape: a new playlist and Zumreed striped blue headphones, $55. Small luxuries: Hunter ‘Fleece Welly’ socks, $30. Anywhere comfort: In-flight sleep masks and neck pillow, $22 and $18.  Quick refreshers: Ole Hendrickson Truth To Go wipes, $6. Pretty quencher:  LipSurgence lip tints, $24.  A hold-everything bag: Duex Lux Felix medium duffle, $102.




start the new year off right: your healthy guide to 2012

With Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies, and Christmas cookies in the past, it’s time to ring in the New Year with some tips to maintain your health in 2012.

Get prepared: Stocking up your kitchen with healthy favorites will eliminate the temptation to eat junk food that could be detrimental to your well-being and your fitness goals. Warm up with a nutritious cup of soup or jumpstart your metabolism with a cleansing cup of green tea. Oh yeah, you may also want to toss what’s left of the holiday candy.

Get moving: Whether you enjoy working up a sweat on a bike, on your feet, or to the beat, there are tons of options to get you off the couch and ready for summer clothes. Group exercise, such as gym classes or joining a running club, is a great way to meet friends who have the same fitness goals in mind. You would be surprised how much fun you can have while burning calories!

Get pumped up: Listening to some upbeat tunes is sure to put you in a good mood. Whether taking a Zumba class or hitting the clubs, hearing chart topping tunes by Rihanna, Pitbull, or Flo Rida are sure to give you a “Good Feeling.”

Get de-stressed: Yoga and meditation are stress relieving activities that benefit the mind and body. Taking even just five minutes a day to focus on your breathing and clear your mind will help you let go of any stressful thoughts. Regular practice of these techniques can change the way you relate to yourself and others, making your relationships stronger and more fulfilling.

Get some rest: After a busy day at work or at home, sleep is essential for replenishing energy, reducing stress, and maintaining a healthy weight. Make a New Year’s resolution to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night – your body will thank you!

Take these tips, make them part of your daily routine, and 2012 will be your best year yet!

must-have holiday hair pieces



The weather may disqualify that sequin mini as your go-to holiday party frock, but fear not, you can still add a little sparkle to your seasonal party look with these adorable and affordable hair accessories. When you can’t flash skin, flash hair bling!

From the top left: Free People Lost Garden headpiece, $38; Forever 21 rhinestone headband, $8.80; Urban Outfitters branch bobby pins, $12.00; Anthropology Sparkle -Light Bobby pins, $28;  Tasha “See My Sequin Birdy” Headband, $38; Nina Crystal Ribbon Head Wrap, $150; Tasha meltamazing hair pin, $20; and the Tasha Crystal Garland Headband, $98.





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holiday gift guide: the tastemaker

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!

who: Aimee Blaut, former gallery girl and founder of THE FORMULA blog

the low down on THE FORMULA blog:  A modern take on beauty. The site does not subscribe to the notion of a singular beauty ideal or a be-all, end-all, recipe for beauty; but rather to the idea that beauty is as individual as it is attainable. Aimee spent her early career in the arts, but found that she was most inspired by the beauty of the everyday girl. Through this blog she strives to deliver a keen aesthetic point of view full of original photographs and content. And remind women that ‘yeah, you are a babe.’

her gift list:

1. A subscription to Grey Magazine: “It’s the perfect fashion magazine, from the photographs to the paper quality —  it’s amazing.”

2. Bliss Lau Suspend Ring: “I love what Bliss makes. There’s always real artistry in her designs and execution.”

3. Works of the Sixties, Anselm Keifer: “I’m a huge fan of his work, and have been fortunate enough to see several of his exhibitions.”

4. Club Monaco High Wool Socks: “These are great for lounging around at home on nights when I just want to be cozy.”

5. tarte’s blair set: “It has a little something for everywhere: lips, cheeks, eyes and even blotting paper — great for traveling.”

6. Keds at Opening Ceremony collared shell: “I love clothes that feel smart, and this peter pan collar has a great 60’s vibe.”

To learn more about THE FORMULA blog visit or follow Aimee on twitter.

holiday gift guide: the color savant

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!


who: Jenna Daunais, tarte creative marketing manager

claim to fame: In 6th grade she got a paper route so she could buy fashion magazines because her mom said she had to be seventeen to read Seventeen. Today Jenna has STACKS of all the beauty & fashion magazines you could dream of on her desk & her favorite thing in the world is to come into the office in the morning (hot chai in hand) and see what’s new in the world of color & design. Her current obsession: tarte talk on pinterest.

her gift list:

1. cheek stain in blushing bride: “For my mom. This is her favorite cheek stain. It’s a gorgeous deep dusty, plumy rose and it looks amazing on her.”

 2. Anslem Reyle “UNTITLED” paint and monochromatic foil installation:  “This is what I am wishing for. Key word ‘wishing’. I love art and this is the dream piece.”

3. butter LONDON nail polish in yummy mummy: “My sister has two (adorable) little ones that keep her super busy so weekly mani pedis are just not possible. This is the prefect nude — plus, butter LONDON products are formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, DBP or parabens, which she & both appreciate.”

4. WEN by Chaz Dean winter vanilla mint cleansing conditioner:  “I gave my little brother a sample of WEN that I got from a QVC event and now he’s hooked — it’s always in his gym bag. This seasonal edition smells like candy canes!”

5. Whiskey Stones:  “The perfect host gift. Whiskey stones are odorless and tasteless cubes of solid soapstone that will chill your liquor without diluting it. unlike ice. Add them to your favorite libation and get the party started!”

6. Phillip Keel’s simple diary: “Simple diaries are not your average diaries. Everyday you’re prompted to answer a thought provoking inspired question. I love to do my daily entry with my morning latte to get a creative kick start to the day.”

7. puppy houndstooth bow tie collar:  “My dog Fast Eddie is one of tarte’s resident office pups. Since he works with me in the creative department, he definitely needs to dress the part. I am getting him this green houndstooth bow tie to wear to the office in the new year.”

Check out the tarte office pups on our Pinterest page. They are SO cute!

8. One of a kind pastel and neon vintage rhinestone necklace:  “This is for my best friend, Al — we’re both obsessed with ANYTHING neon. She’ll love this necklace and I love that it’s one of a kind.”

holiday gift guide: the publicity maven

The holidays are here…and you’re still gift shopping?

First, relax. Then shake off that last-minute pressure, we’ve got you covered. We’ve tapped some of the keenest shoppers and most creative people we know in order to put together these unique gift guides filled with presents that are sure to please everyone on your list!




 who: Sheila Kenny, owner of Right On! PR

claim to fame: Sheila runs specialized press campaigns for musicians and artists. Sheila’s a veteran in the PR field who earned her chops while working with the likes of Feist, !!!, Broken Social Scene, Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club, Stars, and whose current clients include Matt & Kim, Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts, Marc Maron, The Wooden Birds and more.

Sheila at work (aka Fun Fun Fun Fest) with Reggie Watts. Photo credit Tim Griffin

1. tarte™ neutralEYES eye shadow palette: “I love everything about this tarte eye shadow palette.  From the subtle to sparkly shadows, to the beyond cool case — this is the bomb!  Of course tarte mascara in its very awesome, easy-to-handle case is the best accompaniment!”

2. Instyler :”I’m a klutz when it comes to trying to give myself a sleek blowout. The Instyler is literally a magic wand. I’ve wanted one since borrowing my mom’s on a visit last year.”

3. See’s Toffee-ettes: “These candies are unbelievably delicious and an always-win!  Great as a holiday hostess gift, a treat to take to a party, or have a tin on hand for drop-ins. They are also highly addictive — you have been warned!”

4. Something from Pearl River: “I love this NYC store. It has amazing dishes, textiles, housewares…seriously just all kinds of wondrous imports. For the hard-to-buy-for person on your list, Pearl River is your source and they even have an online store!”

5. Bar Glasses from Hotel San Jose: “Hotel San Jose is a great Austin hotspot. Enjoying a drink on their poolside patio is fun and feels special whether you’re visiting the city or living here. I love these glasses and they come packaged in a cool wooden box.”

6. Waxman Candles: “Waxman candles are all handmade and started in one of my favorite places, Lawrence, Kansas.  Their votives are delicious and they always have fun seasonal and one-of-a-kind candles. I love giving these as much as I love buying them for myself! My favorite scents are Spa and Pear Vanilla.”


puttin’ on the glitz 24 hour giveaway winners!

Here are our December 15th QVC 24 hour hourly puttin’ on the glitz limited-edition color collection & clutch giveaway winners!

See your twitter handle on the list? Congratulations! You watched, you tweeted and you won!

Hourly winners:

12am – @everywheresafe

1am – @kholguin

2am – @HLCarle

3am – @PrettyNelly_1

4am – @sls517

5am – @FiveOLicious

6am – @thehappyone

7am – @glitz_glam0ur

8am – @LuLu_Brown24

9am – @_Pretty_Pisces

10am – @zhaskewl

11am – @misskimmmmmm

12pm – @mollygirl77

1pm – @itskathleeeen

2pm – @tickingsal

3pm – @kelliechio

4pm – @gorjess07

5pm – @diandraN26

6pm – @ramaal83

7pm – @MrsBel_P

8pm – @dropastitch

9pm – @picatasi

10pm – @JPScraps



Once you’ve received your palette, be sure share photos with us. We love to see what looks you create!

Happy holidays tartelettes!