Archive for June, 2012

girl crush: Jessica Chastain

 

It’s pretty obvious that 2011 was a breakout year for Jessica Chastain. Suddenly, this ethereal redhead seemed to be floating down every major red carpet, leaving us all asking – who is that girl?

We quickly found out: a poised starlet who can hold her own in films both artsy (Tree of Life) and mass-market (The Help) – and whose versatile, romantic style literally makes us weak in the knees. All that together make her oh-so crush worthy.

 

Who’s your girl crush?

not your average bbq

Most of us associate summertime with lazy weekends, laid-back outdoor get-togethers and wearing flip-flops 24-7 – or at least during waking hours. Summer is also synonymous  with our favorite past time — the BBQ.  This year we challenge you to take it up a notch.

This 4th of July, don’t just grill, make it an extraordinary event to remember. Choose a theme and party on in serious style.

Old School Clam Bake

Not in the mood for hot dogs and beer? Add a pinch of panache to your 4th by shelving the grill and hosting a clam bake.  And don’t worry; you don’t have to dig the clams.

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the best eco-friendly sundresses

As the temperature keeps rising, the only thing I want to put on these days is… nothing at all, really. Once the forecast hits 85 degrees, it just seems damn near impossible to keep cool, no matter how little clothing one wears. So, I’ve been wearing the only item that feels close to going around in the nude: the sundress.

This sweet little design was practically made for those sweltering days when the most you want on your body is a slight piece of cotton. And, fortunately for us eco-friendly fashionistas, you don’t have to look too hard to find a sustainable version of this item of clothing. There are plenty of places to find sundresses made from organic, recycled, or sustainable materials, such as the four adorable options below.

1. American Apparel that bastion of simple cotton wear, now offers their classic summer dress in organic cotton and multitude of colors. You can’t see it, but it has an adorable criss-cross back.

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summer concert style

Summertime means a lot of things: rooftop parties, lazy afternoons on the front porch, beach weekends… and concerts. What’s better than a warm night spent rocking out to your favorite artists performing live?

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the best summer tours of 2012

summer concerts and festivals

Nothing beats an outdoor concert, and this year there are a plethora of tours to choose from. To make things easy on you, we broke down which shows are must-sees — and why.

Steve Aoki  – Leave the ticket stub laying on the backseat of your car for a little tendy cred.

Katy Perry  – Sure you consider your musical tastes a little above Katy Perry, but let’s face it, her tunes are catchy. And who doesn’t want to make out to Teenage Dream?

Justin Bieber – We’re not suggesting you really want to see the beebs, but you probably have a younger cousin or niece who does…wink, wink.

Aerosmith Global Warming Tour  – No matter how many bands come and go, Aerosmith always seems to keep their cool factor. Just know that you may run into your parents at the show.

Wiz Khalifa  – One of the top stars of 2012, this is one performer you don’t want to miss.

Beach Boys – This group basically invented the endless summer. Grab some tickets and indulge!

Madonna – If you were too young to get into one of her shows in the ’80s ( or the ’90s), here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the material girl.

Lady Antebellum – Deep down we all have a little country in our hearts, at least this group doesn’t make us feel guilty about it.

Journey – If you’ve ever seen Glee then you probably love Journey. Give up the fight, go buy some tix and see them in person.

Duran Duran  – Three  words: “80s Dance Party.”

 

 

Concert Festivals

CounterPoint Festival Lineup 2012
Sasquatch Music Festival Lineup 2012
Governors Ball Lineup
Rock the Bells 2012 Lineup
Voodoo Music Experience 2012 Lineup
Bumbershoot Festival 2012 Lineup
Riot Fest 2012 Dates & Lineup
Vans Warped Tour Lineup
Summerfest 2012 Lineup & Dates
Outside Lands Festival 2012
Camp Bisco 2012
Bonnaroo Lineup 2012
Burning Man Festival 2012
Hangout Festival Lineup & Tickets 2012
Electric Zoo Festival 2012 Lineup and Dates

 

 

burning the wick at soy ends….

Girls love things that smell delicious — perfumes, oils, good cooking and, of course, candles. Candles can set the tone, change a room, or create a fresh-scented atmosphere. But do you ever wonder just what you’re breathing in while they’re burning down? Is it just a sweet scent or it could be icky chemicals?

The remedy? Soy candles. I recently purchased these amazing soy candles from Etsy in an effort to refresh my living space.  Perfectly scented, dye-free, and 100% soy, they’re filled into rustic 8 oz. Mason jars.  These candles are made in small batches and hand-poured. Did I mention that they’re Vegan friendly? Check out my faves below.

Pink Sangria


Pink Sangria is a thirst quenching fragrance, made with Spanish sangria, Valencia orange, and tropical pineapple slices garnished  with  a Maraschino cherry on top.

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our favorite vegetarian characters

To eat meat or not to eat meat, it’s a much-debated issue, even around our office. As a vegan myself, I often sing the praises of a plant-based diet – as do a slew of celebrities, many of whom I look up to as cruelty-free activists. But instead of listing them here – how many times do we have to tell you that Natalie Portman is veg, or that Alicia Silverstone lives a completely cruelty-free life? – I decided to compile my favorite fictional veggie munchers.

Here, the most entertaining vegetarians the big and little screens have to offer:

 Of course gemini vegetarian Elle Woods (played by Reese Witherspoon), from the hit movie Legally Blonde, tops our list.

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girl crush: Emma Roberts

  With famous pops Eric and ultra-famous aunt Julia, some might say that Emma Roberts was born to be a Hollywood star. Maybe, but one thing we know for sure is that this girl has talent, poise and style. Sweet faced and wholesome, she seems like the type of girl we’d be friends with, she also possesses a subtle yet playful fashion sense and some serious acting chops, making her our girl crush of the day.

 

working it: rachel’s desk

 

As our operations coordinator, Rachel manages all of our makeup kits; the next time you snag a box full of all your favorite tarte products for one ridiculous price, send her a nod of thanks. As a former employee of Michael Kors, she brings a splash of honest-to-goodness couture-chic to our office. Obsessed with design, clean lines and minimalistic style, Rachel practices what she preaches. We stopped by her fastidiously sleek desk to find out which necessities made the cut for permanent residency.

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who’s your daddy …and what does he want for father’s day?


Father’s day is right around the corner, tartelettes, and it’s time to give your pops some props. To make shopping for dad a little easier this year, we took to some of the web’s finest retailers to cerate this fool-proof, pops-worthy gift guide. From shave kits to indoor grills, we’ve selected a handful of awesome gifts for dad  – all under $200 dollars.

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