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bored? try this DIY accessory

It’s a weekend, it’s raining and there’s nothing to do? Scratch that. There are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy. What about crafting? Scrapbooking? Even working out can solve a spell of boredom!

Next time you find yourself twiddling your thumbs, try expanding your accessory wardrobe with some simple crafting. Today I’m going to show you how to make this awesome bohemian headband (pictured above). It’s easy to make and costs next to nothing.  So get crafty tartelettes, and let your imaginations run wild.

Essentials: cloth, elastic string, glue, and scissors.

Step 1: Dig up some old pieces of cloth your dying to keep but no longer use. Cut the cloth into three long, thin strips that are a little under an inch in width and the length of one of your legs.

Step 2: Cut three pieces of elastic string the same length as the cloth.

Step 3: Wrap each piece of elastic with a strip of cloth and glue the cloth closed. Allow 10 minutes to dry. You can sew the cloth closed if you have the tools and steady hand.

Step 4: Braid the three pieces together and wrap around your head to measure the fit. Cut the ends and glue shut.

Step 5: Rock some tousled locks and pull on this headband!

To replicate the look above create two braids and tie ends together before wearing.

 

How do you stay busy on a dull day?

fancy footwork: our favorite vegan shoes

In the realm of eco-friendly clothing, some items are more challenging to find than others —  shoes are the toughest. But amidst an oceans’ worth of hippie-mom clogs and straw flip flops, we’ve found a few brands of vegan shoes that are nice to the planet and nice-looking on your feet. Here are four that we love.

Stella McCartney

Stella’s an edgy designer, and champion of animals, a rarity in the mainstream fashion industry.  Her shoes combine synthetic materials with high-fashion design – a combination that makes us very happy.

Bourgeois Boheme

 

This UK brand lives up to their tagline, “Fashion with compassion,” by using high-quality materials that always promise to be “better than leather.”

Mink Shoes

Specializing in strappy sandals and cute flats, Mink Shoes is all about sexy kicks and green ethics.

 

Vegan Chic

This brand puts out a host of trendy silhouettes (gladiator sandals! wedges! oxfords!) in synthetic materials – and more are very budget-friendly. If you want to splurge, there’s the occasional designer collaboration, such as these booties by Olsen Haus.

 

beat winter doldrums with bright fashion

Parties, festive drinks, gifts, comfort food… the holidays are a blast for so many reasons. That seemingly never-ending string of events with friends and family is part of what makes November and December so special, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. But once the confetti clears and you emerge from your champagne haze, January can look, well, pretty bleak. With nary a cinnamon stick or office party in sight, it’s easy to fall into the post-holiday doldrums.

Never fear, tartelettes: we have some fashion suggestions to perk you up and get you through the first few freezing weeks of 2012!

 

 

1. Sparkles

Just because the holiday events are over doesn’t mean you have to shelve your glitzier pieces. Keep the party going by pairing your favorite sparkly dress with a cozy boyfriend blazer, a la Sandra – you won’t scream “festive!”, and, with some thick tights, you’ll still be winter-appropriate.

 

 

 

 

2. Fun tights

When it’s this cold outside, you may be tempted to forgo your adorable dresses and skirts for the seemingly smarter option – pants. But wait! Tights can be just as warm, especially when topped off with a pair of snug boots. Glam up your gams with some brightly-colored, patterned, or ribbed tights.

 

 

3.Bold lips

An even quicker way to brighten up that dark winter wardrobe: a bold lip. We’re thrilled  about the recent return of bright lip colors, from universally-flattering orange-red to shocking pink (rocked here by Alexis Bledel). Pair with mega-lashes (courtesy tarte’s lights, camera, lashes! mascara) and a touch of shimmer. Hands down, the prettiest – and easiest! – accessories for an all-black outfit.

 

 

 

4. Bright additions

 

Neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals. Even the most style-savvy girl can get stuck in the winter rut of go-to basics. But what better way to lighten up a grey day than with some color? Neons are very on-trend right now, and they goes gorgeously with black, grey, cream, and camel; add a splash of bright color with your jewelry, your purse, or even just your nails.

 

 

 

walk it off: the best winter footwear

tartelettes, just a few years ago, I wouldn’t have been caught dead in anything even resembling practical winter footwear. My cold-weather strategy was to sport the same ballet flats and heels I wore the rest of the year, in which I would step gingerly down my front walk before dashing into the warmth of my car.

Then, I moved to New York. Bye-bye, car. Hello, hikes across town, capricious weather, and snowboots.

But, because this is the Big Apple — the nation’s capital of the stylish yet practical shoe — a city girl’s winter gear has to protect her from the elements while still looking fabulous. You never know who might be just around the corner, even in a snowstorm.

Over the past few years, I’ve discovered a few cold-weather footwear options that are equal parts cute and practical.

 

Faux leather boots are possibly the easiest way to maintain a chic aesthetic while staying comfy and warm. You can’t go wrong with  classic black or brown. Or, if you want to mix things up a little, opt for a pair of rock-and-roll-esque motorcycle boots. Brands like Diesel and Harley-Davidson  offer non-leather boots that’ll add a bit of sass to any look. Find them at a vintage store, and they’ll be all broken in for you. Regardless of the style, layer up with thick socks (bonus points if you try a pair of patterned knee-highs that peek out over the top).

 

 

 

Throw old-school fashion rules out the window by keeping heels high and hemlines short this winter — there’s no need to keep those gorgeous gams covered up. Go for a high-heeled version of your daytime boot. Or stay warm with stockings and some fun, leg-defining booties.  If it’s not wet out, sport your favorite peep-toe pumps with black tights. Even Rachel Zoe approves

 

On those rainy, cold days, rain boots with thick socks are the way to go. These aren’t the clunky rubber monstrosities of your youth; in recent years, shoe designers have begun churning out weather-proofed styles that are adorable and, above all, discreet. The best are those that look like boots you would wear anyways, rain or shine. My favorites are by Hunter, which have a slim shape and are super-durable. Classic black is a chic choice — but red and yellow are fun childhood throwbacks. Just try to resist stomping in puddles in these.

 

 

 

Of course, when it’s sleeting out, there are few other options than those dreaded snowboots. Never fear! Even these can be chic. I’m obsessed with this adorable style by Sorel — made with waxed canvas and detailed with faux fur — which I’d be hard-pressed not to wear, even on a clear day.

 

 

 

birds of a feather: ‘fly’ accessories for spring

Yes, it’s January, but with the temps in New York City swinging from icy to balmy without warning, we’re gearing up for spring — whether it be in three months, or three days. To channel the sleek and airy styles we plan on sporting once the first blooms appear, we’ve rounded up our favorite chic — and edgy — bird accessories for our wardrobes, homes and guys.

Clockwise from left: Betsey Johnson glitter owl stretch ring; Wendy Mink gold plated hammered bird cuff; mother nesting birds necklace at Uncommongoods; St. Joshua Gold Swallow bird cuff links; Aslan’s Garden Bird On A Wire hook; birds jewelry stand at Urban Outfitters; and in the middle, my favorite of these soaring accessories, Absolute™ Brown and Champagne feather pendant by Laura M.

So spread those wings tartelettes, and rock these little birdies regardless of the season!

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!

 

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 trend alert: sequins

 

This holiday season is all about glitz and glam, and sequins are back — in a big way.  We’re not talking ‘80’s- style prom dress sequins, but a subtle and elegant dash of glitter that gives just the right amount of edge to any outfit. In fact, adding some sparkle to your look is not only one of 2011’s hottest trends — it’s also one of the easiest.  If you don’t already have your go -to sequin accessory, you need to get one before the holiday party circuit starts. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the glittery, most versatile pieces on the market. Get your shine on!

Clockwise from the top left: beret, $25 at Topshop; grey skinny scarf, $19 at myscarfshop.com, blazer, $158 at Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade New York  Agatha bag, $295 at Neiman Marcus; three tiered sequin mini skirt, $79 at Express; Stripes glitter pump, $49 at Urban Outfitters.

Have you been rocking the sequin this year? Share a pic with us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

friends & family gift guide: the fashionista

In honor of our week long friends & family 30% off sale, we decided to ask some of our nearest and dearest what they’d like to give or get this year.

 

who: Jen Steele, assistant fashion editor at Cosmopolitan

claim to fame: Jen’s worked in magazines for nearly five years—and has been on every side of a photoshoot—from the model to the assistant, the stylist, and the photographer. Currently at Cosmopolitan magazine, Jen works on nearly every fashion and beauty shoot alongside her editor. She’s also currently working on a photobook to publish in 2012: a collection of photos taken during her years as a fashion assistant.

her gift list:

1.  tarte puttin’ on the glitz color collection & clutch: “I love how many options you get with this! Three gorg face palettes, plus a cute little clutch to hold my essentials for the night.”

2.  Suzannah Wainhouse Cross Earrings: “Love her jewelry designs —  the craftsmanship is impeccable.”

3. Kate: The Kate Moss Book: “I’m obsessed with Kate Moss and hence this book, it’s a collectible. Want it!”

4. Acne Simone Blushed Blazer: “This blazer is so chic, yet fashion forward.”

5. Wundervoll bras:  Wundervoll is one of my fave lingerie desingers. It’s seriously so comfortable while still being sexy.”

6. La Colombe Corsica blend: “Hello, coffee. This one is so bold and flavorful, YUM.”

Jen’s Pick: Organic Denim

 

As a lover of all things chemical-free, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite organic denim brands — and the celebs who wear them. These blue jeans are earth-friendly, natural and have serious style.