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nye dresses for any occasion

The holiday party circuit is drawing to a close, but there’s still one final blowout left: New Year’s Eve! The biggest celebration of the year offers the perfect excuse to put on one last, super-fabulous frock – whether you’re attending a black-tie affair or just throwing back some bubbly with your besties. Sequins are appropriate, of course, as are LBD’s… or you could choose to stand out in something a bit unexpected. This season’s best evening dresses also come in everything from red to blue to cut-out’s to to lace to funky modern prints. We’ve found some dream gowns for you to choose from, or to use as inspiration for your NYE look. Pop… fizz… clink! Happy new year! More >

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!


"New Year, New You"

Everyone says, “New Year, New You.” It’s a strong statement, but I’m trying a little something new with my hair in 2009. According to an poll, 58% of women say a new haircut or color is their first step when they want a change. I recently jumped from dirty blonde to a deep chestnut—it’s a big change! I’m just now learning how to manage the color, while keeping my hair healthy. I’d love to hit up the salon for a deep condition or glaze treatment, but who really has the time or the money to do that? My solution: John Frieda’s luminous color glaze in clear shine. Here’s how it works—smooth it on, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse! Simple. I think this is absolutely perfect to achieve that crucial shine and glossiness in the months between your salon visits. Even better, it’s only $9.99!