Posts tagged summer

Get bronzed with tarte!


With tarte’s natural line of bronzing products there is no excuse to step out with a see through complexion during the summertime. Remember, there is no such thing as a healthy suntan so if you’re looking for products that give instant faux glow results while leaving your skin looking and feeling gorgeous, you’ve come to the right place. As a self proclaimed reformed sun worshiper, I’m conscious of skin-cancer risks but I still love the way my skin looks tan so whenever there is a new bronzing product being passed around the office- I’m always the first to try. Here is my expert advice on how to get an allover gorgeous glow without the harmful rays. My favorite everyday summer product is tarte’s smooth operator™ Amazonian clay finishing powder in bronze. This lightweight product mattifies my skin (since it tends to get oily after hours in sun) and gives me a gorgeous natural bronzed glow with every application. Love that! I also rely on tarte’s glam gams to transform my pale stems to bronzed and beautiful; giving me the confidence I need to step out on a hot summer night.

 

What tarte product do you rely on for a natural summer glow?

xo,

Jen

 

5 Star Summer Features

With so many great movies at the Box Office this summer, there’s no reason for boredom! Our list of comedies includes

  • “Bad Teacher”
  • “The Hangover Part II”
  • And the ladies’ choice of date night: “Bridesmaids.”

The roster for romantic films isn’t too shabby either featuring films like “The art of getting by,” starring Emma Roberts and the highly-acclaimed film “Water for Elephants,” starring Reese Witherspoon and the heart-melting Robert Pattinson.

That said “Bridesmaids” was my number one priority for summer movies! It was so funny! Literally, when I wasn’t face deep in popcorn and Nestlé Raisinets! ®, I was hysterically laughing! It was a miracle (thank you tarte) that I didn’t leave the theatre with mascara all down my face.

What’s your must-see, summer movie list?

xo,

Jen

Swimsuit styles that flatter your body type

Counting calories, applying self-tanner, waxing, and trying to find the perfect bikini…just some of the steps women take to look good in the summer months (or for some year round). Well, we have put together a guide to help make at least one of these steps easier for you. This will help you find the bathing suit style that will flatter your body type. We’re always so worried about covering up imperfections, when we really should be embracing our bodies and wearing swimsuits that enhance our features! Whether you’re body is curvy, full-figured, stick-thin, boyish, top-heavy, bottom-heavy, or somewhere in between, there is a bathing suit style for you! Once you find the perfect suit all that’s left is accessories and SPF. The summer should be enjoyable and stress free so stop worrying about your body and indulge in some summer fun, while looking fantastic!

We love confident women–tell us your secrets to looking good and feeling great in a bathing suit!

xo,

Jen

Sun Safety

I love a long day at the beach, but there’s nothing worse than trying to get dressed with a sun-scorched body. Ouch!!

 

I urge you don’t skip or skimp out on sunblock! To begin you’ll experience that immediate, lobster- redness and pain. Secondly, you’re aging your skin. Hello, wrinkles!  And the scariest aspect: skin damage or even that dreaded C word. Well folks with just some simple steps, you can easily prevent it! Wear sunscreen and SPF, throw on a hat (protect your clap and that new hair shade), and rock a pair of trendy sunglasses!  And don’t forget about your lips!  Apply a healthy lip balm like tarte’s 24.7 lip sheer infused with SPF 15 and forgo the days of chapped lips.

 

Have fun in the sun but remember to stay protected. What are some of your sun safety tips?! We want to hear.

 

xo,

Jen

Maxi Dresses

Definition of the maxi dress: slimming, stylish, sexy, comy-chic, accessible… and the list goes on! This dress could possibly be your best friend this summer—amazing designers are offering it in all types of vibrant patterns and colors this season.  Once a week, I try wearing one of the six that I own. They’re just so soft and comfortable; I mean it’s like an acceptable nightgown (based on comfy factor, of course).  Thrown on with a pair of stylish sandals, some long necklaces and bangles, you’re ready to go! Celebs such as Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba rely on this dress to look stylish and sleek for a night out or dinner with friends.  Dazzle it up with a wedge shoe, loose wavy hair, and a pop of color on the lip with tarte’s rise and shine lip gloss in pink.  Heading to the beach or running some errands? Just as easily, you can dress this look down with flip flops and a side braid.

How are you accessorizing your maxi dress this season?

Summer Recipes

Just daydreaming over here about my two favorite summer aromas: beach and BBQ! What’s better than the scent of a fired-up grill emitting a delicious aroma? How about the scent of fruit on the grill?! The sweet alternative to your basic hamburger or hot dog is a fun, healthy treat that tastes even better once grilled outside.  Fruit kabobs are simple to make and I promise that it’ll leave everyone craving for more.  Whether you prefer pineapple, peaches, apricots or strawberries, each one radiates a sweet, succulent taste that’ll spark your taste buds.

What are you grilling this summer?

Style Star of Week: Rachel Bilson

Each week we’ll be featuring our favorite style icons that portray fresh, eco-chic looks that work morning, noon and night. To kick it off this week we’re featuring America’s sweetheart Rachel Bilson.  Whether she’s grabbing a coffee, running errands, walking her dog, or hitting up the Red Carpet, Rachel’s always looking amazing! The bronzed beauty doesn’t stop! Our eco-fashionista has sported many different looks and we’ve selected some of our favorites to share with you.

                         

From pants and maxis to shorts, she always chooses styles that flatter her petite shape…

A regular on the Red Carpet, she can don a sultry look in black or a more bohemian take in a cream shade.  She’s constantly changing it up with pops of fresh color that impel her to stand out.

To replicate Rachel’s eco-friendly style try incorporating these accessories into your wardrobe: a weaved-tote, a black-quilted bag or a fantastic pair of neutral pumps. These key pieces work with so many different looks giving you a more versatile take on your closet. Other items you’ll find Rachel wearing are trendy sunglasses, a bold cuff or a black blazer—these can be worn with almost anything in your closet. Go nuts, have fun, and outshine this summer with a fresh new style!

We want to know:  what staple item will you be purchasing this season?

tarte’s Director of PR/ Resident Fashion Maven ‘SPILLS’ on what products are in her bag

JC: You’re a big runner/fitness buff.  What are your top three songs to get you going and keep you motivated?

CCB: From hip hop to pop, I’m constantly switching up my iPod! I’d have to say my top 3 picks are: Cinderella Man by Eminem, Midnight Show by The Killers and Kanye West’s Flashing Lights. For cool down there’s nothing better than a little Africa by Toto.

JC: Candace’s hair = Barbie. Spill the beans on how you keep your hair so healthy?

CCB: You’re too kind! First off, I have to thank my mom for genetics. She has super thick hair, too. While I don’t really want to admit it, I don’t wash my hair that often (maybe 2-3 times/week)! That’s one of my key secrets. I’m all about dry shampoo in between washes. I’ve tried them all—Oscar and Klorane are two of my favorites. As for styling products, I’m a big proponent of Moroccan oil. I’ve been using it for over 8 years. Also, I’m all about supplements. On a daily basis, I take a multi-vitamin and an Omega 3-6-9, which helps promote healthy hair.

JC: You live a green lifestyle and I know your metro card is an essential. Have any other earth-friendly recommendations for getting around this summer?

CCB: It sounds simple, but I put on my Havaianas and walk to work! If I’m visiting my parents or traveling for a weekend, I love riding a bike to get places.

JC: Page turning ‘Must- Read’ recommendation for the beach blanket?

CCB: That’s one of my favorite things about the summer—turning off the electronics and enjoying some lazy time reading a new book. Right now, I have “Water for Elephants” in my bag and I’m most certainly picking up Chelsea Handler’s latest book “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me.”

JC: I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in the office without a fabulous pair of Jimmy Choos or Louboutins. Do you have a favorite style?

CCB: At 5’1”, I’m all about a platform heel! Those are my absolutely favorites. Over the summer, I’ll take a wedge heel any day and in the winter months there’s nothing like a boot that gives you the appearance of long legs (ahhh a girl can dream, right?)

JC: What’s your ‘desert island’ lip product and why?

CCB: Hmm…that’s a tough one! I swear you’ll find at least 5 variations of lip products in my bag and depending on my mood I’ll opt for pink, coral or red. If I had to pick one it would have to be our LipSurgence™ natural lip tints. I’m obsessed with these, especially amused paired with bronzed skin. Just gorgeous! Can’t go wrong with it!!

So tartelettes tell us……….what’s in your bag?

xo,

Jen

Summer Stone

 

So the clock is ticking and you’re rushing off to yet another summer cocktail party! You throw on your basic white summer dress (old faithful).  Stand in the mirror and though you look bronzed and beautiful against this white number the outfit still falls short. What to do to brighten your summer wardrobe without cutting into your funds for the weekend? The answer: a classic piece of turquoise. Whether it’s a bold necklace, dangly earrings or a basic cuff, it’ll never disappoint.  This vintage, earth tone works with every summer style; it can give off a bohemian flare paired with casual attire or it can add a hint of earthy elegance to formal wear. I love how Cameron Diaz (shown above) knows how to rock the turquoise. Despite being dressed for the Red Carpet, she still maintains her surfer-chic vibe with these simple statement pieces.

What’s your go-to-flare when you need to spice up your style?

xo

Jen

Summer Cocktails

Whether you’re poolside or hitting the beach, you can always use a little refreshing pick me up to get you through the day. Here are three different cocktail recipes that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. Each beverage is infused with either a healthy fruit or vegetable ingredient that’s sure to help you beat the heat. So break out the stirrers and rev up that blender, these three recipes will add some zest to your summer while you work on your sunkissed glow.

What’s your ideal summer cocktail?

xo

Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador