Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cucumber Chili Margaritas



It's no surprise that I love a good margarita and am constantly experimenting with different recipes at home. It was actually really warm in SF this weekend and so we were in the mood for something refreshing. Enter the Cucumber Chili Margarita. It's super light and refreshing for summer, and with the inclusion of pureed cucumbers, you actually feel like you're being healthy too ;). Here is the recipe:

Cucumber Chili Margarita
1.5 shots Sauza Cucumber Chili Tequila
1.5 shots fresh-sqeezed lime juice
1 shot cucumber puree
Dash of agave nectar to taste



Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker for 2 ice cubes. After shaking, have a quick taste, make any necessary adjustments, and serve with a twist of cucumber skin or a slice of jalapeƱo. Yes, it's that easy- enjoy!



Monday, June 15, 2015

Summer Shorts



In a few weeks, my husband and I are heading to the midwest to visit his parents and see a bunch of our friends. After getting a text from my best friend that it's currently 93 in one of the cities we'll be visiting, I realized that I need to start looking for REAL summer clothes for the trip. I'm looking at dresses and cute tops of course, but what I'm really into right now are cute shorts that work to transition from day to night easily. Luckily there are many cute shorts out right now so the really challenge will be narrowing down the options. I'll probably have to order them all just to see how they look IRL right? :)


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tassels



Tassels are having a moment and I'm right there with them. I love tassels because they add just the right amount of whimsy and fun to any outfit. Whether you want to start small with a tassel bracelet or go big with a tassel bag or romper, there are many great options out there. Here is a round-up of some of my favorite tassel pieces for summer.




Monday, June 8, 2015

Interview in Style



As you all know by now, I recently got a new job. Have spent quite some time interviewing before I scored this gig, some friends of mine who are also on the hunt for a new job asked if I would write a post on interview style tips.

Now, while I am not technically "a creative," (aka a art director, copywriter, designer, etc) I do work in a creative field (advertising) so this post will focus only on creative industry interviewing. Some of the tips probably translate to other fields but others may not. 





Tip 1: Match the Style
The creative industry, whether it be an ad agency, start-up, design shop, etc, has a very casual dress code. On my Instagram, you all see what a wear every day- it's flats or booties + jeans + t-shirt or sweater or button down. Very simple, very casual and the person you are interviewing with will likely be in a similar uniform. While it's nice to look polished, I think it's more important to not overdo it to the point of the company thinking you might not be a cultural fit. What I'm saying here is that if you show up in a suit, or anything too formal, there is a high likelihood of them thinking you are going to be a square and not fun to work with.






Tip 2: Be Polished
Okay so if you're not wearing a suit to an interview, what are you supposed to wear? My overall feedback here is that you want to look polished. The creative industry is all about image so you want to make sure you are conveying that you've got your sh-t together. For example, dark jeans with no rips, paired with a slick blouse or jacket can look really nice.



Tip 3: Stand Out
For each of my interviews, I chose 1-2 elements in my outfit that would stand out and be memorable. It's not only a great way to show your personal style and creativity but also gives the interviewer something quick to comment on and remember you by. I actually wore my light blue leather jacket to a few interviews, and since the blog is on my resume, I get a lot of comments about it. 



The key here, and this is completely subjective, is choosing elements that stand out but are not polarizing. Of course, what is polarizing to one may be drop-dead fabulous to another but try to use your best judgment. For example, while I rocked my blue jacket a few times, I left these pants at home because not everyone "gets them."

So those are my general style guidelines for interviewing in the creative industry. On top of those tips, it's important to recall the basic interviewing tips:

  • No heavy makeup or perfume
  • Be up-to-date on your grooming- hair, nails, etc
If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to comment to shoot me an email at tartanandsequins@gmail.com

Good luck to those of you interviewing!

Xo J

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Product Review: Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette




As I am increasingly becoming more obsessed with makeup, it's easy to see which products the experts (aka my favorite YouTubers) are all loving. There are a lot of favorite makeup brushes, foundations and bronzers, but one thing that seems to be all over the place is eyeshadow. There are so many different colors and brands that it's rare when everyone seems to fall in love with one eyeshadow or palette. However, there is a new eyeshadow in town that all the experts, and myself, are obsessed with. It's the Tarte Tartelette Amazon Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette.




Let me tell you guys, this palette is amazzzzzzzzze. The colors are so, so pretty - shades of pink and brown as you can see above - and they're all really pigmented. The price is right too with you getting all 12 shades for under $50. If you want to see the Tarte Tartelette palette in action, check out these tutorials by Jaclyn and Kathleen.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Boyfriend



At long last, my eternal search for the perfect boyfriend jean has come to an end. I thought I had found a great pair here but over time, I realized they just weren't right. I had almost given up the search actually when I saw Christine rocking these boyfriend jeans time and time again. Isn't that always how it goes- once you stop looking for something, it finds you? Well these bad boys found me and they were under $100 so I thought I'd give them a try. 



Blank Denim Boyfriend JeansHelmut Lang Tank, Banana Republic Moto Jacket (similar hereBP Flats, LOFT Necklace, Rose All Day Phone Case, Gigi NY All-In-One Bag, Quay Australia Sunglasses (in silver here)

I pretty much haven't taken them off since I got them. They're incredibly comfortable (as all boyfriend jeans are) BUT they are a much more flattering cut than most. These jeans have just the right amount of baggyness and destruction. I love the casualness they add to outfits like this one.





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Desk Design



As I mentioned in this post, I started a new job last week. There is tons of excitement that comes with that including getting to pimp out a new desk. My new office is beautifully designed and very cool and hip so I want to make sure my desk lives up to that. I've been trolling Pinterest looking for inspiration and have found some stunning offices. From these images, it seems like I should be using the following shopping list as a guide.


Adorable plant to add some life and whimsy



Yummy smelling candle for relaxation



Minibar for those times when one REALLY needs a drink



Sleek boxes and drawers to hide the inevitable clutter



Flowers, when possible, for a pop of color



Pretty trays, bowls and vases for storing office supplies



Pretty pens and pencils to put on display



So I've already picked up a few of these things, but I still need a few more pieces for the desk to feel complete. My desk has always been so BLAH in the past so I'm excited to finally have a pretty, inspirational space!