Archive for May, 2012
We’re not going to lie: when we were growing up, we drew most of our fashion inspiration from a mischief-making pair of girls who went by the singular title of “Mary-Kate and Ashley.” Even now, we still find ourselves seeking out the latest photo shoots and interviews of the stylish duo to find out what we should be wearing. So, when younger sister Elizabeth appeared on the Hollywood scene last year, we thought, “Poor girl! Who could stand out from the long shadow of MK&A?”
We needn’t have worried. Little Lizzie has proven to be a full-blown actress and style maven in her own right. With her ability to rock both vintage glam and hipster cool, she’s our new favorite girl crush.
tartelettes, May has arrived, and you know what that means: swimsuit season! Although bathing suit shopping sometimes gets a bad rap, this blogger happens to love sifting through all those racks of brightly colored fabric and fun silhouettes. And now, with the growing selection of eco-friendly options out there, it’s even more enjoyable. Designers big and small are incorporating recycled materials, organic fabrics, and natural dyes into their designs, so that green fashionistas no longer have to choose between standards and style!
Here are a few brands who have amped up their swimwear with a dose of sexy sustainability, with looks to suit any beach style.
[Image via Everything But Water]
As the name implies, Eco Swim is all about sustainable swimwear: all their fabrics are made from recycled materials.
[Image via Emobi]
Could this bright frilly one-piece be any cuter? Aussie brand Emobi uses earth-friendly, water-based dyes in their signature bright prints.
[Image via Vitamin A]
Vitamin A has been the go-to swimsuit brand for Hollywood’s A-List for years because of their alluring designs and flattering cuts. Now, they’ve launched a gorgeous capsule collection made from 100% recycled nylon.
[Image via Odina]
Odina embodies both functionatlity and responsibility. Their surfer-friendly suits are made from recycled nylon and spandex; their nylon is made from post-consumer plastics. Pretty amazing – and just plain pretty.
What will you be sporting on the beach this summer?
Yesterday the tarte team got a nice surprise package from Water Bobble! The company, who’s mission is to make clean water portable while helping to eliminate plastic water bottle waste, sent over a big box of their innovative and beautifully designed reusable, water filtering bottles. The bobble’s filters are replaceable, but each one equates to 300 single-serve bottles. Yeah, that’s a lot of bottles.
Both functional and attractive, we’re psyched to test out our new bobbles. Thanks Water Bobble, you truly do make water better!
As our online marketing manager, Staci is all business. Part number cruncher, part saleswomen, she’s tasked with getting our products in to the hands of tartelettes across the nation. She also has a creative streak and an appreciation for beauty, like everyone in the tarte office. We stopped by her desk to see what she needs within arms reach on the daily.
- Flowers: “This gorgeous arrangement was a surprise delivery. It definitely added the perfect pop of color on an rainy spring day.”
- Family photos: “I love photos — here’s one of my best girlfriends from growing up; another of me, my mom and my sister; and a bunch of my bulldog, Charley. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I don’t surf, I just love the beach!”
- Go orange card: “I graduated from Syracuse — Go Orange!”
- Calculator: “I rely on my calculator — there’s never a day that I’m not crunching numbers.”
- Hand sanitizer: “I may have been called germ-a-phobic once or twice in my life…but hey, we live in NYC, hand sanitizer is essential post-subway.”
- LipSurgence™ lip tint: “My fave shade this spring is charmed. It’s the perfect shade of pink for my complexion.”
- Julep Nail Care: “My cousin turned me on to Julep for nail care. This growth serum is amazing!”
- tarte check stain and a photo of her boyfriend and dog: “I use true love cheek stain on a daily basis…how ironic that it’s placed right next to a picture of my boyfriend, Andrew, and our dog, Charley.”
- iPhone: “Whether I’m updating tarte.com on the go, or just staying in touch, this phone is a must-have for me.”
- maracuja divine shine lip gloss: “One of my coworkers turned me on to the layering look – I use LipSurgence™ lip tint in charmed and then layer it with maracuja divine shine for an ultra-glossy smile.”
tartelettes, if you haven’t heard, Tone It Up is hosting another Bikini Series — 8 weeks of fitness, nutrition, beauty and fun to get you summer-ready — and we’ll be part of their summer beauty bag giveaway!
We stopped by their meet-up with Self Magazine at the Oakley store in Times Square today to check in with these bronzed fitness divas — and envy their already bikini-ready bods. Yeah, that’s me in the middle photo!
To begin Stephen used tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof concealer in medium to even out Hailee’s complexion.He then used tarte’s airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush to buff in Hailee’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in medium to create a flawless complexion.
-Stephen used tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in exposed, a warm nude, on the apples of her cheeks and along her cheekbones.
-He started by applying tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in plum smoke on her lids.
-To add further definition, he used tarte’s smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in bronze as a shadow along Hailee’s lash line to make her eyes pop.
-He finished by lining her eyes with tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof eyeliner in black.
-For extra volume Stephen applied two coats of tarte’s lights, camera lashes!™ 4-in-1 clinically-proven mascara.
“After seeing Amy’s gorgeous Giambattista Valli cream colored gown, I was inspired to transform her into a classic, “Old Hollywood” movie star.”-Stephen Sollitto, celebrity makeup artist
Makeup artist tip: “clean slate 360 poreless™ 12-hr perfecting primer is ideal for oilier areas like your nose, chin, and under eyes—it’s great for minimizing the appearance of your pores and filling in any fine lines! Then smooth clean slate flawless™ 12-hr brightening primer on your cheeks and forehead—it has a slight sheen which looks great under foundation and makes your complexion look more luminous.” – Stephen Sollitto
-To begin Stephen used tarte’s clean slate flawless™ 12-hr brightening primer to prep Amy’s face.
-Using tarte’s airbrush finish bamboo foundation brush, he buffed in tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in light for a perfect satin finish.
-Next, Stephen swirled tarte’s Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in blushing bride on Amy’s cheeks, followed by a light layer of tarte’s maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint in candlelight on her cheek bones to create radiance and a subtle sheen.
-Stephen started with a soft wash of shimmering golden peach from tarte’s neutralEYES eye shadow palette volume II on Amy’s lids.
-To add further definition, he applied tarte’s Amazonian clay waterproof cream eyeshadow in plum smoke along her lashlines and into her creases.
-He finished by lining her eyes with multiplEYE™ clinically-proven lash enhancing liquid liner and drawing outward to create a cat-eye.
-For extra volume Stephen applied two coats of tarte’s lights, camera, lashes!™ 4-1in-1 clinically-proven mascara.
-To finish Amy’s look, Stephen filled in her lips with tarte’s glamazon™ pure performance lipstick in wild to make her lips pop. (*out exclusively at Sephora in July 2012)
Photo by Nicole Nodland
Love her music or hate it, there’s no arguing that, in the short time she’s been on the scene, Lana Del Rey has made quite the splash. Since her web debut last summer, the girl has already performed on Saturday Night Live, appeared on the cover of Vogue UK, won multiple “best new artist” awards, and sparked a lot of conversations.
This blogger happens to find her songs equal parts sultry, sticky (try getting “Video Games” out of your head), and addictive. Del Rey’s stuff is like sugary cereal: there’s not much to it, but it tastes good. And her sartorial style’s refreshing, too: amidst a pop music scene dominated by the outlandishness of Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, the self-described “gangster Nancy Sinatra” stands out by looking bad-ass and polished at the same time. Del Rey’s style is a combination of old-school glamour (winged eye liner, lady-like dresses), major bombshell appeal, rock star edge (tats and gold rings) – and the occasional quirky sneaker thrown in for good measure.
This unapologetic mix of style, attitude and saccharine makes the up-and-coming songstress our girl crush of the day. Who’s your girl crush?
What does it add to your daily life?
I have a daily morning practice — each day feels new with yoga. Each pose has it’s benefits and challenges, just like each step in life.
What should a yoga newbie keep in mind when attending their first class?
Keep in mind: Go back to the mat. Whatever feelings come up, go back to the mat.
Side-leans. Hold one arm of the chair and raise your opposite arm, keeping it straight, then lean over the left and right side. Take three deep breaths on each side.
What does the phrase ‘well-being’ mean to you?
Well-being is a belief. You must believe in your own well-being otherwise you health is lacking. We have the power to choose our own thoughts, and to make them positive.
Give us one word to describe your relationship to nature?
What’s your hidden talent?
I can associate smells with the most random but ‘on point’ objects, people, or a time in life.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate! Every day!
What does ‘natural beauty’ mean to you?
Simple is nature’s intention.
What are some of your yoga must-haves?
- Sigg Bottles water bottle
- A meditation class with my teacher Alan Finger
- LuLu Lemon harem pant
- Jade yoga mat:
- Lavendar oil, it calms the nervous system and the hectic nature of NYC.
- maracuja blush & glow brightening luminizer and cheek tint
The list of I-can’t-wait-for… summer stuff seems never ending, but I think we can all agree that sinking into plush movie theater seats to watch the newest block-buster in sweet, cool air conditioning is one of the season’s greatest pleasures. With that in mind, we’ve mapped out this summer must-see movies week by week. That’s right, starting June 1st, you won’t have to scramble for a way to escape the humidity for the next three months.
You’re welcome, and enjoy!
1. Rock of Ages – June 1st
2. Safety Not Guaranteed – June 8th
3. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter – June 22nd
4. Magic Mike – June 29th
5. Savages – July 6th
6. Ted – July 13th
7. The Dark Knight Rises – July 20th
8. Neighborhood Watch – July 27th
9. The Bourne Legacy – August 2nd
10. The Campaign – August 10th
11. The Odd Life of Timothy Green August 15th
12. Premium Rush – August 24th
13. Lawless – August 31st