Thursday, September 27, 2012

How We Style It: Animal Print

Is that the same tunic I wore in last week's HWSI? You bet your a** it is. This time it's a cover-up.
What can I say, I was in Palm Springs!

Now, I realize we already did a HWSI: Leopard Print, but if any of you follow me on Instagram, you know that I love me some animal print. In preparation for my trip to Palm Springs this past weekend, I broke out of my regular obsession with leopard and picked up a snake print dress. I know, I'm outrageous. Of course, I brought a leopard print dress too but follow me here. 
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson

I actually am terrible at buying and wearing prints- as in, I don't ever. But for some reason, animal print is the exception to the rule. I think it can be bold or neutral depending on what it's paired with. It's nothing if not diverse! Check out our looks below :)
Reverse Dress, KJL Earrings (similar), Banana Republic Clutch (similar)
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson




Photo Credit: Mark Wilson

Sabine Dress, Banana Republic Clutch (similar), Boutique 9 Heels
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson


Ann Taylor Leopard Print Top (similar), J. Crew Minnies, J. Crew Mona Tassel Heels
Grandmother's clutch (similar), Julie Collection Byzantine Cuff c/o, 
Grandmother's bracelets, Ray-Ban Wayfarers 
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
In addition to our looks, here are some of my favorite animal print pieces out there right now :)


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fabulous Finds Under $50


It's that time again, you know, time for us DI-challenged bloggers to share with you our favorite fab finds under $50. Of course, Allison is now gainfully employed but saving a little moola here and there doesn't hurt :) And you know, I'm still saving for my wedding.

I am gearing up for fall here in SF, I'm searching for new items to keep me warm and chic. My friend Britt showed me this amazing (and amazingly affordable) anorack from Old Navy that inspired my whole fall look below. I love me some pink and gold.


Old Navy Hooded Anorak - Thanks Britt of Skinny Bling for the tip!

Aqua Necklace

Pim + Larkin Blouse

GAP Cropped Pants

ASOS Ballet Flat


Happy shopping! Xo

Friday, September 21, 2012

Girl Crush of the Week: Devon Haire of Devon Baer Designs

We are so incredibly thrilled to be featuring the insanely fabulous Devon Haire of Devon Baer Designs as our Girl Crush of the Week! Raised in Philadelphia and currently based in Manhattan, Devon launched her amazing business, Devon Baer Designs, in 2010 after 10 years in the industry.

Devon is on a mission to infuse her brand with the same casually-chic-with-an-eclectic twist sensibility that she brings to her own life. She uses amazingly luxurious fabrics, which coupled with her timeless, classic silhouettes, make her pieces long-term closet go-to's. Her designs can be dressed up or dressed down, styled a million-and-one different ways, and are adored by fashionistas far and wide - whether their style skews uber-preppy, gypset, or cutting-edge trendy. Devon's shop initially launched on Etsy, but quickly grew by leaps and bounds, and she has moved her storefront to her ultra-fab website

As if being gorgeous, a killer entrepreneur, and insanely stylish wasn't enough, Devon is also a total sweetheart with a love for The Notebook and horseback riding - we are completely obsessed with her, and know that you will be too!
  • Style icons? Style Icon should be easy but it's a tough one for me. I admire so many women for their sophistication, beauty, and style. One woman that stands out in my mind is Amber Valetta in the David Yurman ads. Total Gorgeousness. I've been known to say "I want to be her."
  • Design philosophy? When all else fails, go classic!
 
  • Favorite book of all time? I simply do not read enough! But if I had to choose it would be The Notebook. Noah Callhoon is my Boy Crush and I fall back in love every time I read it! 
 
  • Best advice you ever received? At a very young age my dad taught me to give 150% to each and everything I choose to do. I try to follow through with this in every aspect of my life. Love, Family, Friends, Job and sport. 
 
  • Favorite stores? Does Circa Who count if I've never been? Their website has me swooning daily and when the day comes to leave the city and buy a house I will absolutely rent a U-Haul and drive it down to Palm Beach to load up! The NYC Flagship William and Wayne is also a favorite. I often poke around the store shopping for gifts and home accents, or simply to enjoy the vintage jazz music playing in the background. 
 
  • Dream place to live? I am a home body at heart, and at the momentsearching for some peace and quiet. Saying goodbye to summer weekends in the country is always difficult, however I am excited to say hello to Fall in New York.
  • The one product you're obsessed with right now? My posey Benetint. It's the perfect lip and cheek stain after a day on the beach! Also obsessing over anything tweed and anything tortoise!
  • Biggest indulgence?  Deep Tissue & accupressure massages! You feel glorious the next day!
 
  • Girl Crush? My photographer, Rachel McGinn. She epitomizes effortless beauty, oozes creativity, has a booming business  and is a mother of 3!
  • Favorite song? Favorite song right now, Springsteen by Eric Church. My husband has really turned me on to country rock!
 
  • Prized possession? My wedding photos. We still have yet to make an album although we do have an online slideshow that I watch to re-live my wedding day. 
 
  • Current hangout? Central Park. I lived downtown for so long and therefore rarely had the opportunity to enjoy the park. I am now taking full advantage!
  • Best place on earth? In the saddle  or anyplace where I'm with my sister's babies! Both places typically bring me to tears (of happiness, of course)!
 
  • Favorite drink? Morning= Starbucks, afternoon=water with lemon and no ice, evening= pinot noir or sauvignon blanc depending on the season!
Now that you're as obsessed with Devon as we are, be sure to check out her line and follow her on her social media handles listed below!  Many thanks to the lovely Devon for allowing us to profile her!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

How We Style It: Leather Leggings

Oh, hello, I didn't see you there - I'm just taking a breather on this curb in my leather leggings. 
Because being fabulous is exhausting.
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
When our lovely friend Wendy asked that we do a HWSI feature showing how we style leather leggings, we were totally on board - they're a super cute trend for fall and are surprisingly versatile.

I have to admit, I only bought my first pair of coated denim jeans from Zara a few months ago (seen here). After taking that plunge, I felt fully ready for the fabulousity that leather leggings promised. This may not seem like a big step, but to give you an idea where my head's at in terms of "edgy sexiness," I bought these heels last weekend (and OF COURSE now they are on sale, damn you and your irresistible siren song, J. Crew!!! I'm returning them and re-buying them) and sent a couple of girls at work a link to the pic and noted that they were my new "sexy secretary shoes." Then I followed up immediately after looking at the pic again and was like, please note that for someone who doesn't really wear heels, these look totally Dita von Teese to me.  

But, I digress. The point is, sometimes trends are hard for someone who takes most of her fashion cues from Lucille Bluth and CeCe Rhodes. Julia, on the other hand, has been working leather leggings for eons. I kind of love them as an option to leggings or our uniform J. Crew Pixies/Minnies. And, since we're not chamillionaires, I think it goes without saying that by "leather" leggings I mean some manner of faux-leather.

Thanks so much for the HWSI suggestion, Wendy! Since you're supermodel-tall with legs up to your ears, we have no doubt you will look fabulous in leather leggings however you style them! And if anyone else has HWSI suggestions, HIT US WITH THEM at TartanandSequins@gmail.com! We love hearing from you!  

Target Chambray Shirt (similar), Blank NYC Vegan Leather Leggings, Bruno Magli Tweed Kitten Heels (similar), 
GiGi New York All-In-One Bag (c/o), Bracelets: Grandmother's + David Yurman
Necklaces: Grandmother's + Argo & Lehne + Tiffany and Co., Tiffany and Co. Silver Bead Earrings, Ray-Ban Wayfarers 
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
Claridge + King Great White Shirt No. 2, Blank NYC Vegan Leather Leggings, Target Wedge Heels (similar), 
Grandmother's clutch (similar), Bracelets: Julie Collection Byzantine Cuff (c/o) + Grandmother's bracelets, 
Ray-Ban Wayfarers
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
Photo Credit: TJC
Zara Leopard Tunic (similar), J.Crew Belt (similar), Express Leggings (similar), Pour La Victoire Heels, 
GiGi New York Bag (c/o), KJL Earrings, AV Max (similar), Hermes and Spike the Punch (similar) Bracelets
Photo Credit: TJC
J.Crew Sweater (similar), Express Leggings (similar), J.Crew Riding Boots (similar), LV Bag,
Julie Collection Earrings (c/o), AV Max (similar), Hermes and Spike the Punch (similar) Bracelets

Photo Credit: Mark Wilson

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Roasted Beet Salad with White Truffle Vinaigrette


There's this restaurant you see, in my neighborhood, that I'm addicted to. It's a  Roman restaurant named Delarosa and it's simply my favorite. I once went there 3x in a week. If you have ever been out to visit me in SF, you have been there. It's THAT good. They have amazing appetizers and pizzas and quite literally the best beet salad EVER. As we just began harvesting the beets from our garden and are trying to be healthy or whatever, I decided to try making the salad.
Official Tartan & Sequins board meeting at Delarosa.
As Delarosa doesn't post its recipes, I found a similar one online. I made some slight adjustments and the salad was wonderful! The recipe is as-follows:

Roasted Beet Salad with White Truffle Vinaigrette (serves 4 as a side salad)
  • 3-4 beets (ours were slightly bigger than golf balls)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 bunch radishes, washed and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups baby arugula, washed and dried
  • 4 oz goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar (can be found at Whole Foods)
  • 3 tablespoons white truffle oil (can be found at Whole Foods)
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


1. Roast the beets
  • Preheat the oven to 375-400 degrees.
  • Trim the stems and roots off the beets. If the beets have any dirt, simply use a paper towel to clean them off. Don't rinse with water.
  • Lay out a large baking sheet and cover in aluminum foil. Place the cleaned beets in the middle and drizzle them with the olive oil. Wrap them up in the aluminum foil so that they make a pouch. 
  • Place in the oven and roast until tender and easily pierced with a knife - approximately 1 hour. Check and cook longer if needed.
  • Once roasted, allow to cool enough to handle. Then peel the skins off - either a small paring knife or with your fingers. Allow to cool to room temperature.




2. Make the dressing
  • Whisk together the white balsamic vinegar and white truffle oil. Set aside.



3. Assemble the salad
  • Slice the cooled beets thinly and place on the plates. 
  • In a bowl, mix together the arugula, radishes and dressing. 
  • Place the salad on top of the beets. 
  • Cover the salad with crumbled goat cheese. 
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
ENJOY!


Monday, September 17, 2012

Chic Hair On-The-Go

Allison's doppelganger, Rachel McAdams, running late. Via

When my friend Julie messaged me asking for T&S to write a post on quick and easy hairstyles, I'll admit my first thought was - crap, I want to know about that too! In trying to be healthy or whatever, I've been waking up even earlier than before to squeeze in a workout before work. Juggling a workout, blogging, packing a lunch and getting ready is no easy feat. Trying to actually look cute on top of that? Forgeddaboutit. I'm sure you can all relate to the feeling. That is, unless you're Rachel McAdams who looks amazing even when running late.

So I took the challenge head on and did some research. Below are a variety of cute and relatively easy hairstyles compiled from my own experiences and  research :)

Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho

The SOCKBUN
The sockbun is a freaking LIFESAVER. Last week, I took a 7am pilates class. I got back to my apartment around 8am and had to leave for work by 8:40am. Needless to say, I didn't have time for the full routine. You know what I did have time for though? The sockbun! I threw my hair up in that bad boy, added a classic black headband and WHAM, I was out the door on time. For a tutorial on this genius invention, watch this video.

Curls via the Curling Wand
Things I'm not interested in: spending 30 minutes curling my hair in the morning. Things I am interested in: spending 30 minutes curling my hair, have it hold all day and then rocking the looser curls the next day. But how can it be? Ladies, let me introduce you to the magic of the curling wand.

The curling wand is magical because the thing gets so darn hot, your curls will actually hold all day and even the next day. I know not everyone can skip hair wash days, but if you can, I HIGHLY recommend this approach. Check out days 1 and 2 of my curls:


Here is the curling wand I own (spoiler alert, its just $40) and a helpful tutorial from Rachel of Pink Peonies. After curling, just apply hairspray (I use Elnett) and you're ready to go!

French Twist
The French Twist is the look of elderly librarians no more! 

Tease the crown of your head or use a bump-it (my secret weapon) to get some volume. Pull your hair into a low pony with your hands and twist it upwards. Tuck any extra hair back into the twist and secure with bobby pins and a buttload of Elnett. You're good to go there or top with a headband for an Audrey moment. Click here for a professional tutorial that is much more legit than my description haha.



Chic Ponytail
I would argue that not all ponytails are created equal. The pony I wear to go for a run is a far cry from the one I wear to work. The chic pony can either be all slicked back with a flat or curling iron run through the ends to give it a flip or you can go with the more voluminous look teased crown pony. Here are what the two versions looks like (compliments of my pals Jessica and Bar):



The Braided Bun
I rocked this look last week and got so many compliments! Its so easy and perfect for 2nd day hair. You simply part your hair in the middle, take the front portions of either side and braided them back. I didn't even french braid those suckers (I know, such a rebel). I secured them underneath my hair with two bobby pins each. I threw the rest of my hair in a messy bun and called it a day. Here's proof that it actually looked awesome.



So that's what I've got for chic hairstyles on-the-go. Does anyone have any other suggestions?! We'd all love to know!!

Xo J

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How We Style It: Jean Jackets

Photo Credit: TJC
I have a confession to make. No, this is not about my recent switch to the Cafe Capri. No, my confession is that I have had my jean jacket since high school. I think it was the ONE jacket I had when I moved to Ohio for college (clearly I had no idea what I was in for). Considering it's one of MAYBE three articles of clothing that has kept with me through the years, I consider this a major feat. 

To be fair, the jacket made it easy to stick with me. It's the perfect weight and wash so it goes with pretty much everything. I love to throw it over a light tee or dress in the summer and over a lightweight sweater in the fall. Looks like Allison has the same philosophy! Check out our looks below and let us know- how do YOU all style your jean jackets?


GAP Jean Jacket (similar), Zara Tee (similar), J.Crew Cafe Capris, Sperry Topsiders
J.Crew Bubble Necklace, Target Aviators (similar), AV Max, Spike the Punch and Lilly Pulitzer Bracelets
Photo Credit: TJC
Old Navy Jean Jacket (similar), Madewell tee (similar), J. Crew White Jeans (similar), 
Jack Rogers Navajo Flats (similar), LV Speedy 25 
Photo Credit: Ben McDonald
Photo Credit: TJC
GAP Jean Jacket (similar), F21 Leopard Sweater (similar), TJ Graziano Necklace (similar), 
J.Crew Riding Pants (similar), Banana Republic Clutch (similar)
Photo Credit: TJC
Photo Credit: TJC