Posts tagged tartelettes


I think the only thing that’s going to get me through the winter is my January vacation. Anyone who knows me well knows I am just not a cold weather person, so all I can think about when I’m bundled in layers of clothes, jackets and scarves is the beaches of the Dominican Republic! It’s about 40 days away – hopefully I don’t totally freeze by then! -Maria

Memorial Day Tidings


~Happy Memorial Day Weekend! -xoxo the tartelettes

Wishing for Summer

~Everyone warned me about the post-wedding blues that set in after the wedding and honeymoon are over. I have to say, I’m not feeling them – probably because I was a total stress ball the week before the wedding – what with trying to finish everything I needed to do for work for the 2.5 weeks I was out of the office and assembling 100 favors 3 days before. Oh and I almost forgot the debacle with my dress not fitting correctly the week of the bid day! So I can safely say that what I feel most is relief that I can watch tv without thinking there is something else I should be doing and that I can eat a cheeseburger without thinking about fitting into a dress!! Plus I’ve begun an apartment search so that will pretty much keep me busy well into the summer. Summer… that’s another great thing to look forward to! -heather

june 2006


~This week I’m heading to San Francisco to visit my best friend (we grew up playing soccer together in Mass). We’re planning a run across the Golden Gate Bridge, mini-shopping escapades and a chill time on the beach. I’m really excited about this trip! Another one of my newly engaged friends, who lives in Boston, is meeting me there. It’s going to be such a fun girl’s weekend!! We’re even driving to Tahoe for the Fourth! If only Greg could join me for the fireworks…now that would be perfect! -candace


~I had found this recipe for caramel apple wedding cake (in Martha Stewart Weddings) that I really wanted to try, but before I gave the recipe to the caterer I wanted to taste it myself. Because Erica is the best girl in the whole world, she actually spent time this weekend baking me a sample wedding cake. (This is no small task…it involved a meringue and a custard and a buttercream and all kinds of other things like candy thermometers). She brought it in today and it’s divine. Possibly because she made it. All hail Erica, queen of baking and everything arts-related!! -alexis


~So Saturday I’m all excited because I finally have time to install my new Sirius satellite radio in my car (QVC TSV!) when all of a sudden I hear screaming and a horn blaring the whole way up my block. Without looking up, I already know its my brother and when I finally do look up, I’m not at all surprised to see that he’s tethered a 5 foot long Italian flag to his car. Ahh, you gotta love World Cup Soccer! Saturday’s game – Italy v USA – was awesome; I was a little torn at first because my heart is to cheer for Italy but I didn’t really want the US to lose. Well the game ended in a tie so I guess things worked out for me! -maria

06/14/06 Congrats Heather & John!

~Since I got engaged exactly 6 days ago, I’ve been in wedding overdrive! I’ve been to Barnes & Noble 4 times (for various wedding planners and magazines), I’ve visited at least 100 websites and have been on the phone non-stop with reception venues, my mom and my fiance (that sounds weird!) (though I’m trying to keep him out of it as much as possible!). But I feel good because I’m visiting 4 places this weekend and hope to get something booked right away! The next 10 months will be crazy!! Unless we do what John wants – elope -haha! -heather


~So a few weeks ago a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to form a team with her & her friend and submit applications for this game show she heard about. I submitted the application and my picture and totally forgot the whole thing. Lo and behold, they actually want us to audition this week!!! It’s called Chain Reaction and it’s actually a remake of an old game that was on NBC in 1980. My friends and I have been emailing each other practice puzzles…but keep your fingers crossed that I get on, because maybe I can actually make some wedding money back! (Plus how cool, a tartelette on Tv!) -alexis


~So, I must admit I have a peanut butter addiction. I was shopping at Gourmet Garage last week and I came across Peanut Butter & Co Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. OMG—this is seriously the best stuff ever! How ingenious—“a breakfast blend of peanut butter with swirls of aromatic cinnamon and raisins”! I’m truly addicted. And the best part—I just found out that there is a Peanut Butter & Co. store near my apartment! Next on my list: the Dark Chocolate Dreams….YUM! -candace


~Last week we got a delicious treat. One of the vendors I work with sent us a Godiva Cheesecake and a Cookies and Cream from the Cheesecake Factory! If there’s one thing the tarte girls love, it’s the Cheesecake Factory! Being the chocoholic that I am, the Godiva cheesecake is my favorite. Flourless chocolate cake and chocolate cheesecake, what could be better! -nicole

September 2005


~I fear that I will become one of those boring people who has nothing to talk about besides her wedding (although, admittedly…it’s easy to fall into that trap!), so instead, I’ll talk about one of my favorite time-waster sites,
AstrologyZone. Susan Miller’s monthly horoscopes are amazing…eerily accurate-like check this out from my September horoscope: “You and your partner will feel very close, and you may just whisper, “Let’s make it official,” to your main squeeze.” Thankfully, though, there was no cheesy whispering involved with our proposal.-alexis


~Thanks to my handy Daily Candy newsletters I found a awesome new Knitting store called Suss Design. It’s a new shop opened by Swedish knitting enthusiast Suss Cousins, that she created in to make boring old knitting.. fun and modern. They carry a ton of funky yarn, knitting accessories, and even have classes where you can learn to make trendy items like wrap sweaters. Maybe when I get some free time this winter I’ll start a local knitting class and knit up some cool creations!-erica


~I went to the NY Times small business conference yesterday and really enjoyed it. I usually fall asleep at those things but this one was so informative and had such great speakers. There was one woman from an advertising firm called T3 that was really inspirational and the keynote speaker was Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinko’s. He was such a great speaker, I’m now reading his book about how he started Kinko’s. You know someone has to be really interesting if they get me away from books like Shopaholic takes Manhattan and Something Borrowed!!-heather

~It’s not even October yet, but I’ve already been thinking about Halloween costumes! I think with my newly dark, long hair and pale skin I could be a dead ringer for Morticia Addams-certainly not something to be proud of, but at least I don’t have to worry about wearing a wig! Now if only I can get Rich to dress up as Gomez…-maria


~I had the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!! I can barely see I’m so exhausted but it was such a great weekend that I don’t even care! My sister came to spend the day with me and that was so awesome! My birthday bbq went off without a hitch and was so much fun (will hopefully post some pics soon) and Erica made me a lovely almond poppy seed cake that was delish! Click here for the recipe–it’s so worth it!-lallie


~So our engagement party last night was a smashing success. If I’d had the presence of mind to download photos onto my computer last night, I’d have posted some here-I’ll try to next week. Suffice it to say, it was one of the best nights I’ve had pretty much…ever. Having all my closest friends in one room, talking to each other, having a great time with good music & good snacks-it was just awesome. And of course, I cried about it, because when I’m happy, I just can’t contain myself. (Those pics? We will NOT be posting them.)-alexis

~So excited about the upcoming weekend! It’s my birthday weekend and it’s packed with fun activities. Tonight I’m taking it easy and getting and getting a pedicure with my neighbor. Tomorrow is my PARTY and then Sunday (my actual bday) is the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival! I can’t wait for it all!-lallie


~Tonight is Lex’s engagement party so the tarte office is in a whirlwind of excitement discussing our outfits and who’s going to do whose makeup! They picked a new place for the party so we’ll fill everyone in tomorrow about it…let’s hope we have just right amount of celebratory champagne and not too much!-heather

~This past Sunday was our Mid-Autumn Festival – also called moon cake festival. I was so happy that I could celebrate with my mom and Terrence. The moon cake was so good, I got to learn how to make it for next year!-leonie


~Tonight Maria, Richard (Maria’s bf), & I are going to Little Italy for the 78th Annual Feast of San Gennaro! It’s basically a two week long big Italian party, where you can taste some of the best Italian food in the city and experience Little Italy. Maria has never been before so it should be a lot of fun showing her New York’s version of Italy.-erica


~It’s so one of those days. I could barely get up, the weather is gross, and I accidentally dumped half a bottle of perfume down my arm. Like, literally—or at least whatever didn’t end up on me ended up on my bathroom floor, so Phil’s in for a treat when he gets home. If anything, though, it reminded me why I love Petite Cherie so much. I may reek of pears, peaches & grass, but it’s still a yummy scent.-alexis

~Despite how everyone else feels about this time of year, it sort of makes me depressed that in two months it will be cold!! The one thing that I’m excited about are all the tv premieres of my favorite shows. Last night was my all time fave night with
Las Vegas and Medium both in their season openers. So good!! Can’t wait to be bundled up on the couch in the snow watching them(because I never leave my house in winter!).-lallie


~I know it sounds bad to say this, but I’m really looking forward to Fall. The rest of the Tarte girls would not be happy with me for saying that, but it’s true. I want to wear warm sweaters knit with cashmere and angora. I want to drink hot apple cider, and spend Friday nights watching a movie, snuggling under a throw blanket on the couch (with Larry of course J) while watching a movie.. .-nicole


~I had an impromptu dinner date with Alisa & Nicole last night! We decided to go to Blue Fin in Times Square, because their sushi is so good. I’ve never tried sushi before (something about raw fish creeps me out!) But Alisa made me try some of her spicy tuna roll and I must say it wasn’t as bad as I thought, just a little mushy. I’ll definitely give it another try soon!-erica


~I went to a great restaurant on Friday night – Park Avenue Cafe – it’s pretty fancy and I normally wouldn’t go there for a regular old Friday night but they have this great special where you get an appetizer, entree and dessert and you pay your age. It was delicious, I highly recommend it. Be careful with drinks though, they are so expensive there and doubled our bill!! The special goes until 12/31/05 so eat up!-heather

~I haven’t been able to really get into any TV series in the past couple of years (except The Sopranos and SATC, of course) but now I am OBSESSED with
Prison Break. Every episode is so thrilling and interesting, you are literally always on the edge of your seat. Wentworth Miller (a.k.a. Michael Scofield) from PB is my new official celeb crush – I highly suggest tuning in for the close up shots alone!-maria


~For those of you familiar with Fantasy Football (your boyfriends are probably obsessed) there’s a new league in town-Fantasy Fashion League. Could this be more perfect!? And it’s New York Fashion Week so I’m doubly excited about this little activity. We’ve (the tarte office) decided to create a league of our own (hehe) and join in the fun. We have to pick our league name and then do the draft and be part of the whole thing. If anyone knows anything about this or is already playing–please feel free to write about it on the forum!-lallie

~I am so overwhelmed with stuff to do right now. There are SO many things I have to look at, check out, places to visit, things to try on, etc—it’s all exciting, though, so I have to really remind myself of the whole “one step at a time” mantra (very tricky for me!). Luckily we found our place so I even have a date: Oct 7, 2006!! That’s going to be my wedding anniversary-how crazy is that?? (I should mention, incidentally, that it’s also Heather’s birthday which is NO LESS IMPORTANT. Hee hee.) Anyway, expect me to be posting a lot of links and asking for opinions. In the meantime, I’m going to try to do some actual work!-alexis


~So tired today-what an exhausting week (but in a good way). We’re going to look at three reception halls tomorrow-hopefully I’ll have a good idea of what’s going on after that. I can’t focus on much right now , so I leave you with these fine videos of my favorite internet cat. Have a good weekend!-lex

~Growing up my family always had a lot of animals (7 and counting now!) so I have a huge soft spot when it comes to animals in need. Due to Hurricane Katrina many animals and pets need rescuing and the Humane Society is doing everything they can to help. So when a friend told me about their
“Be Kind” Cause Collar in which the profits go to animal resuce efforts, I jumped at the chance to help and bought them for all my pets!-lallie


~Ok so my blog is just destined to be boring because I am not planning a wedding or newly engaged! But all this wedding talk has spread a kind of ‘wedding fever’ through the office so I’ve been doing a little browsing of my own. I found this website for antique engagement rings – not that I would ever condone buying an engagement ring on line – but it’s a good place to look at different antique rings, even if you aren’t getting married any time soon!-maria

~Last night Larry totally surprised me by coming home early and making us dinner! He made spaghetti pie. I never had that before, but it was really good. He used fresh tomatoes, basil, gooey mozzarella, and the genoa salami for that extra burst of flavor. We opened a bottle of
Cana cabernet (so yummy!) and had the best dinner. He can cook for me any time!-nicole

february 2005


~What a relaxing weekend and I did virtually nothing but clean my house (a first for moi). Watched the Oscars last night (okay, the last 30 minutes) and must say I wasn’t that impressed. It’s such a serious night for Hollywood. I much prefer the Golden Globes!-lallie

~Today is my first day at tarte…have a feeling that it’s gonna be a long one. It’s a big change from the financial sector…wish me luck!!-nicole


~I had such an exciting turn of events yesterday… after two days of overwhelming work I was planning on skipping my knitting class last night in favor of a good nights sleep. Then my best friend who’s home this week called me to say she had an extra ticket to see Wicked for last night. I couldn’t pass that up, I’ve been wanting to see it forever. I had such a nice time and the show was so good, anyone who has a chance to go see it I definitely recommend it!-erica

~My roommate from college is in town–TROUBLE!! We’re going out but hopefully we’ll be calm! Sunday I’m going to a firefighters brunch with my boyfriend–who’s jealous?? All the tarte girls want to come with!!-heather


~Greetings from Mexico. Checkin in just to rub it in. Mexico is fab, the weather is amazing & I am drinking margaritas & soaking up the sun…aaah…life is good!-raquel

~It was bound to happen. I was the only one who hasn’t gotten sick all winter and now I’m suffering. But no sore throat or a raspy voice is stopping me from going to happy hour with the girls! Who says the weekend starts on Friday night…-maria


~Was underwhelmed by the food at Jean Georges new eatery V’s steakhouse in the Time Warner Building. The atmosphere was to die for though so head over for drinks if you’re in that neck of the woods!-maureen

~So I’m so glad that my boyfriend is moving into my place but it’s a STUDIO (we like to be close!) and this cleaning out of the drawers to make room for him is so not going as I planned! Who knew I had this many clothes–and to think I complain about having nothing to wear! -heather


~Girls: Drop whatever you’re doing and get tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ASAP…far and away the best musical I’ve seen in years. John Lithgow was hysterical and you will kick yourself if you miss this one!-maureen


~So looking forward to this three day weekend. I get to have lunch (and a few drinks i’m sure!) with my friends from college… a little reunion of sorts. Sunday I’m dragging my boyfriend to go see The Gates…definitely can’t miss that. Other then that I will be doing my favorite thing…absolutely nothing!-maria

~So I finally got over the flu! Yeah! Can’t wait to actually leave the house this weekend. My boyfriend is taking me to see Hitch (isn’t he sweet for taking me to a chic flick?!) and hopefully we’ll try a new restaurant. We also want to see the gates at Central Park…hope it warms up!-heather

~I am so jealous of Alexis…lying on the beaches of Hawaii!! Maybe I’ll like put a sunlamp in my house or something–yeah right! It’s Friday (officially my fave day of the week) and I so want to do something with BF tonight (as in go out somewhere) but I know I’ll get off work and be so tired. We’ll probably end up ordering in and having movie night though. Come to think of it, I could go for some warm snuggles.-lallie

~So glad this is a long weekend! I’m going to shop, shop, shop my butt off! I walked past some windows yesterday and there’s a lot of spring stuff out! Makes today’s 18 degree windchill a little less chilly :-) I need a new bag, an orange one i think, and matchy shoes, maybe neutral wedges… hmmm… OH! and still in search of the perfect pair of gold sandals…-telly


~Just scored tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Sat night with John Lithgow…yippeeee! Broadway here I come…nothing like a musical to make you feel like a real New Yorker!-maureen

~Let’s see…heading to a fabulous spot Mexico in 1 week with my BF. Must lose 5 pounds, shop for new and cute summer clothes since the dry cleaner shrunk practically everything I own, and wrap up the loose ends at work….deep breaths Raquel, deep breaths…aaaah!-raquel


~I think I changed clothes twelve times this morning…For some reason I’ve been channeling the 80’s this week with my outfits.. Anything to switch it up! Went to the opera last night at the Met to see Madama Butterfly. So sad but a beautiful story. I felt so grown up! And did I mention that today is Thursday which means tomorrow is FRIDAY! Yessssssssssssss!-lallie

I think I say this every week but TGIF!! My BF and I are celebrating V-Day (can anyone tell I like to shorten and abbreviate??) on Saturday at Bread Tribeca (I just can’t do Mondays). I love trying new restaurants! I’m excited too because he and I haven’t been out in quite some time so it should be good. Then, a band from my hometown is playing on Sunday so I’m going to support them. Plus, they’re awesome…–check ‘em out-lallie

~I am such a broken record, but can I say AGAIN how excited I am to go to Hawaii next week? Especially now that it’s getting freezing again. Just five days to go…of course, five days that are packed with meetings, errands, manicures, pedicures, waxes, haircut, (hey, I gotta look good on the trip) Valentine’s Day, and my boyfriend’s sister’s baby shower on Sunday—which I’m so excited about! Hopefully the time will fly!-alexis


~So I’m going to a Sweet 16 in two weeks (I’m almost TWICE that age!!!) for my boyfriend’s cousin (one of the 7 million cousins he has). I just found the perfect dress: silver/champagne jaquard strapless cocktail dress – so fabulous AND on sale!!! Now onto the shoe hunt…-telly


~No more flu‹hooray! Now I just have to contend with the unfortunate after-effects of Superbowl Party (aka, one too many heroes and black and white cookies). I am so tired today, and took the train in from my boyfriend¹s parents house on Long Island. All this has taught me is that I don¹t yet have what it takes to be a commuter…but I¹m very good at applying makeup while in motion.-alexis


Can’t wait for Christa’s bachelorette party tomorrow night at Lotus. Note to self-try not to drink half my body weight in Mojitos…Can’t wait for April because the wedding is in New Orleans. I’ll be seeing all my college friends and exes. Another note to self-try not to eat anything until then… -heather


~Fifteen weeks until I graduate… at least that’s what I’m told. Every person I talk to asks if I’m nervous/excited/happy that I have 3 months until I’m offically done with school. I never really thought about it a lot until this semester and now its settling in that my 18 year run of education is coming to end and it’s time to face the real world. Eeeek!! I hear every senior goes through this anxiety. And that’s precisely why I’m off running to Europe this summer for a little brain detox. Planning the itinerary is next…any suggestions??? -Erica

~Can’t wait for Chinese New Year next week! It’s my fav time of the year! My mom makes a fabulous fried dumpling with sugar and sesame inside, but she only makes it on New Year’s Day. Haven’t found anything at any of the Chinese bakeries in the city that come close to comparing… can’t wait to take a break from my usual low-carb thing for that….mmmmm!-telly

~Sooo tired for some reason today. Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday. Lot’s of good plans for the weekend… ditching the Superbowl (girl power!!) and going to the Tracy Reese fashion show. I can’t wait to see the Fall line!Maybe I’ll be inspired and do some “light” shopping after…must check bank account! Now will this week end already???-lallie


~Going to Dawat tomorrow night with the girls for restaurant week. So excited bc I haven’t had Indian in soooo long! Also trying to plan a last minute V-day trip. We’ve (me & the SO–that’s significant other) have GOT to get out of this cold! Now, how will I fund this trip??? -lallie

~I am so over having the flu right now. So sorry to those of you out there who are sharing in this misery. I can’t keep enough tissues at my desk and now I’ve infected my poor boyfriend too…Just in time for the Superbowl Party! We’re a fine match. It’s ok though-tonight we’ll curl up, eat pizza and watch Project Runway on Bravo (dumb, but addicting) and plan what we’re going to pack for our trip to Hawaii in two weeks! -alexis