Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Babes of Tartan & Sequins

As a self-proclaimed blog junkie I can absolutely say that one of my very fave blogs is the one and only Tartan & Sequins blog co-written by none other than absolutely adorbs blogger babes Allison & Julia. It all begin innocently enough as I began my daily ritual of perusing blogs among the interwebs when I came across two sweetie pies with beauty, style, class and such wit! When I tell you these chicks are funny as all get-out, I tell you no lie. AND they are as obsessed with hair, make-up and accessories as I am!

I'm not certain if it was their ability to perfectly pair any accessory, their effortless sophistication or the fact that I could totally see myself being besties with these two that instantly made me a superfan. The Tartan & Sequins gals will give you endless beauty and styling inspo, but best of all you will laugh out loud and feel an instant connection to Allison and Julia...pinky promise!

Seriously, get ready to fall in love with Allison and Julia just as I have <3 

What inspired you ladies to start Tartan and Sequins?
Many years ago, in a land far far away, we met at Miami University, a fine institution of higher learning aptly nicknamed “J. Crew U.” While we got along fabulously, we pledged different sororities and had different majors, which kept us from realizing that we were spirit animals while still living in Oxford. After graduation, we went out to grab the world by the tail - Julia set off to make her mark on Los Angeles, and Allison headed to Chicago to show them how it was done. Then, several years later, a funny thing happened. By the power of Facebook, we reconnected. What started out as the occasional “like” on a mobile upload or comment on a status update turned into something much, much more. At present, we’re are unable to go a few hours without emailing or texting each other over any little fabulous or hilarious thing. After a lengthy Facebook/email/text courtship, one of us had an idea that would change the course of history: why not create a blog to share all of this fabulousness with the world? Upon presenting the other with the idea of co-blog-imony, she was met with an emotional “I FEEL LIKE YOU JUST ASKED ME TO MARRY YOU!” And that, my friends, is how Tartan & Sequins was born!

How would you define each of your personal styles? 
Allison: My style is a mix of citified Midwestern prep and California beach babe. I definitely gravitate towards classic pieces - I think the best part of my late 20’s is that I’m beginning to be honest with myself about what works for me and what doesn’t, and instead of the panic I used to feel at not looking equally great in everything, I feel almost relieved that I have signature shapes that I know work for me. It actually makes shopping SO much easier! In terms of pant cuts, I know that a straight-to-cigarette leg looks best on me - I love J. Crew’s Pixie Pant, and Julia has definitely made a J. Crew Minnie Pant convert out of me! I tend to choose tops that are a little longer and more fitted, and mix in new trends via accessories.

Julia: My style definitely errs more on the side of classic. I mean, I’ve never met a white t-shirt, a blazer, a good pair of loafers that I didn’t like. What I love is mixing those classic items along with more trendy ones- like say some bright denim or a floral scarf to really punch up the look. And I 100% agree with Allison about knowing what works and doesn’t work on your body. I don’t really like anything tight on top and prefer loose tanks or t-shirts or blouses. I also have mad love for the cigarette pant. JCrew’s Minnie is my go-to! 

Fashion era do you most identify with:
Allison: 1960’s – think Mad Men + Moonrise Kingdom.

Julia: Ohhhhh this is a fun one. I think I'm going to have to go with the 1960s. I just love the tailored yet feminine looks from the era. I mean, between Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and Michelle Pfeiffer in Hairspray- stick a fork in me, I'm done!!!

Style icons: 
Allison:  Minnie Mortimer, C.Z. Guest, Jules Reid, Jenna Lyons, Candice Bergen, my girlfriends in Newport Beach (they all have unerringly perfect California girl style) and my girlfriends in Chicago (they are always perfectly polished and help balance out my beach girl style)! 

Julia: Oh where do I begin? I think Olivia Palermo can pretty much do no wrong in the style department (personality department is a different thing). I also love Poppy Delevigne, Meredith Melling Burke and real girls with real style like fellow blogger, Blair Eadie. 

Favorite beauty items, any great budget buys?
Allison: My must-haves are Stila Tinted Moisturizer (I apply with a Beauty Blender sponge), Bronzed Bunny Bunny Face to freshen up my face faux-tan, Laura Mercier concealer, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze.

A few of my must haves that you can get at the drugstore are Solar Oil for parched cuticles (I put it on before bed), Maybelline Lash Stiletto Mascara, Cover Girl Gloss Balm in Marble, Johnson's Baby Nighttime Lavender lotion. I also looove my bedtime ritual of misting my bedding with Bath & Body Works Lavender Vanilla pillow spray - I've been using it since high school!
Julia: In terms of pre-makeup, I swear by the Clarisonic (morning and night) and followed by Clinique Intense Moisture Repair at night. For daytime, I'm actually on the hunt for a new moisturizer and eye cream so any suggestions are appreciated :) In terms of make-up, if I was stuck on a desert island and could only bring 3 things, it would be the Pur Minerals 4-in-1 tinted moisturizer, Benefit Hello Flawless foundation and Lancome Ă”scillation Intensity mascara.

Favorite fashion/style blogs:
Allison: Tomboy Style, A Continuous Lean, Cupcakes & Cashmere, Pink to Green, Classic Bride, Habitually Chic, Summer is a Verb, Moth Design, A Well Travelled Woman and StyleWise (duh!:) 
Julia: My daily reads are: Stylewise (of course), See Jane., Cupcakes and Cashmere, Things That Sparkle, The Now, B Soup, Summer is a Verb, Gal Meets Glam, Pink Peonies... I mean the list goes on but I only have so much time!!
Favorite places to shop (in-store or online):
Allison: J. Crew, Rex & Penny, Claridge + King, Shopbop, GiGi New York for gorgeous, candy colored leather goods, Grandview Mercantile, I am a complete Etsy freak (favorite shops are Rachel Mulherin and Devon Baer) and I live and die by Ebay. 

Julia: Well J.Crew is at the very top of my list but I also love Shopbop, Kate Spade, Lilly Pulitzer, C. Wonder, Bloomingdales and Ya, I said it.

Items currently on your “Covet List”:
Allison: I am obsessed with Celine’s Trapeze bag. I’d also love a pair of Norma Kamali cats eye shades for summer, and a super beat up vintage Louis Vuitton duffel for my travels. I’ve also been obsessed with ruby and turquoise jewelry lately!

Julia: A black Chanel 2.55 Bag, a summer home and a personal trainer. Oh and more hours in the day. Totally attainable right?

Biggest fashion splurge of all-time: 
Allison: Mine would probably be my Louis Vuitton Noe bag – I got it with my tax refund my first year out of college and felt so grown up!

Julia: My Burberry trench coat. After lusting after it for a few years, I finally pulled the trigger on it. Given that I wear it constantly, I'm almost down to a reasonable cost-per-use!

What do you ladies enjoy most when you aren’t blogging? 
Allison: Hanging with my husband, dog Clementine, and friends! Oh and also sleeping. 

Julia: Sleeping

Dream vacation
Allison:  I would love to visit Capri! 

Julia: Me + my boyfriend + beach + cocktail.

Most memorable moment of your life:
Allison: When we brought our maltipoo baby, Clementine, home!

Julia: I would say the moment when my boyfriend went down on one knee and asked me to marry him :)

Where do you see your lives in the next 5 years?
Allison: Well, I am currently in a year of “re-birth” according to my fab psychic Kimberlee, and am looking for opportunities to move out of accounting and into PR/social media/marketing full-time (if you have any PR contacts in Orange County, CA, holler atcha girl! J) and I am 100% ready for and excited about that professional transition. I can’t wait to have a 9-5 that I love as much as my 5-9 (blogging)!

Julia: Oh this is a scary thought! I guess I would say I'm still figuring it out. It takes a lot of time and self-reflection to figure out who you want to be and what you want to do so I'm working through it. Stay tuned!! 

Now that you have a major girlcrush on this duo...I encourage stalking them (as I do daily)
and all things Tartan & Sequins!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Summer Wishes

Remember when we were kids and summers meant family vacations, summer camp and no homework for 3 months? I really do miss those days. I know I shouldn't complain but those really were the days. While I appreciate the summer hours work so generously has given us I can't help but daydream of how I would love to be spending my summer.

The kid in me longs for the summers spent where some of my most cherished memories were made...beautiful Camp Champions on Lake LBJ...

The big kid in me favors the idea of sunbathing on a luxurious yacht somewhere glamorous...

enjoying a dinner party in the South of France.....

an evening on the beach in Thailand.....

relaxing in a hammock in a beautiful garden...

Hanging my feet in the lake with friends...

Carefree beach dancin...

road trippin' in this awesomeness...

or livin the good life poolside in the French Riviera...

 Soooo some of these aren't very realistic but a girl can dream!
What are your summer plans? Any dreamy vacays I can vicariously live through?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Rompin' Around

I think the romper trend is either one you love or hate. Personally I love, love, love it! 
They are just as practical and easy as a cute summer dress yet a little less traditional.
You can keep it casual or glam it up.These playsuits are easy to transition from day to night with the pairing of a chic blazer, denim jacket, skinny belt or fun scarf.

Loving how these ladies pulled off their looks....

Some killer finds I have come across in my quest to find the perfect onesie...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Design Crush: Jules Smith

I can't believe I am 5 years late discovering this amazing jewelry line that is just my style.
 Jules Smith was founded in 2007 by the super hip Gina Nigrelli-Smith.
Learn more about Gina Nigrelli-Smith and her gorg line HERE:

Here are my faves...
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