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I was just about ready to pop some champagne bottles when the new Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection arrived at my doorstep. I mean over 10 years in beauty and it’s collections like this that still take my breath away. becca-cosmetics-#champagneglow-collection

You’re looking at 4 Champagne Splits Shimmering Skin Perfector Mineral Blush Duo compacts (Prosecco Pop/Pamplemousse, Champagne Pop/Flowerchild, Champagne Pop/Hyacinth, and Prosecco Pop/Amaretto), 3 Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight (in Pearl, Champagne and Topaz) and the Champagne Collection Angles Highlighting Brush. becca-cosmetics-champagne-pop-duo-blush-review-and-swatches

The shades are swatched above, the Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight to the left and the Compacts to the right. I’ve been traveling the last week and grabbed the Prosecco Pop/Amaretto along with the Champagne Collection Angled Highlighting Brush for the road. It’s the one you’ve seen all over my snapchat, I literally can’t get enough. Especially of the Prosecco Pop, I highlight my cheeks and under my brows and use the slightest amount on the cresent of my upper lip. I’ve been in every climate from NYC heat wave to ocean breeze and it lasts all day and doesn’t melt off. You need a very little bit to get that perfect glow. becca-cosmetics-champagne-pop-blush-duo-brush-sephora

Learn more at sephora.com

 

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I have to say National Dog Day holds a special sentiment now that I have Charlie in my life. And it’s all thanks to the Westin Mission Hills!! It hard to believe we’ve only been together for 4th months — I literally can’t remember my world without him.

As some of you know Charlie was part of the Westin’s pet adoption program through Animal Samaritans, a no-kill animal shelter that lets one dog live in the lobby of the hotel until they get adopted.

Charlie was dog #42 until we took him home. Now the hotel is celebrating their goal of getting 50 dogs adopted with a “Yappy Hour” they are hosting in honor of National Dog Day. Being hosted today, August 26th from 4-6pm, there will be a pooch portrait booth and a free dog toy for every canine in attendance.

The program is a year old and already to have found so many dogs loving homes, this is quite a milestone! I hope more hotels take note since we weren’t even on the market for a dog when Charlie came into our lives. Now we’re virtually inseparable. We even gave Charlie a middle name of Westin (and his dad’s last name), making him Charlie Westin King since the hotel is such a major part of his story.

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Unfortunately, we could not be there for the reunion with the Westin Mission Hills since Charlie is on his first camping trip in Maine — we did however stop off at the Westin in Portland for a few days on our way to Acadia National Park to toast them.

You can follow Charlie’s adventure on his instagram page: @pompomcharlie

Thank you to the Westin Mission Hills and Animal Samaritans for all that they do for rescues! And for bringing Charlie into our lives!

renaissance-timeout-staycationI’m so excited! As some of you may remember, Charlie and I partnered with the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square a few weeks ago for an epic staycation and our campaign video is now done. The video really says it all, but to be in gorgeous, spacious room, at a pet friendly hotel where you have the pulse of the city at your finger tips and then as soon as you close the door it is so quiet and tranquil was magic. And the unexpected lambs and details in the hotel and on the balcony was such a cute touch! (Also scroll to the bottom for your chance to win a 2 night stay and exclusive discounts!).

As you can see from the video we had an absolute blast during our stay. The theme was #UnexpectedNYC and they delivered! Owned by the Marriott, we had a beautiful, newly renovated terrace room on the 4th floor with a balcony that overlooked Times Sq. I mean, look at this view from my balcony! All of Times Sq is behind me!

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The only view more exceptional then from my room was the one from the hotels restaurant, R Lounge; which from breakfast to dinner and end of the evening cocktails, was our spot! It’s an amazing place to take guests from out of town since it’s completely unexpected. You go up to the second floor, walk through the lounge area and suddenly it opens into the R Lounge (ask for a window table), which seats you the most perfect, unobstructed view of Times Square — and the ball that they drop every year for New Years. It’s literally my new favorite place to people watch.

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We had a balcony terrace room which was so open and peaceful. Words I would definitely not use to describe my NYC apartment! Charlie had so many bed areas and the room and was so comfortable he did not want to leave. Neither did I. Their Concierge aka Navigator (which is also the name of their magazine with awesome travel destinations) was wonderful and gave us great recommendations on everything from where to walk Charlie to where to eat. We were so enamored with the hotel though we didn’t leave the Times Square area the whole weekend. There was also a massive heat wave that weekend and between the AC and comfort of our room we had little reason to. Every time we needed fresh air we just went out on the balcony, or took Charlie for a walk. Late night it was a blast walking around, did you know most of the clothing stores don’t close until 2am?!?! We did a little midnight shopping… because why not?

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So many unexpected moments! It just goes to show that 15 years in a city like NYC, and it can all still be seen anew, I can feel like an absolute tourist in my own home.

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The Marriott is hosting an #UnexpectedNYC giveaway for your chance to win a two night stay!  To enter, upload a unique/funky photo of your favorite place or activity in NYC on twitter or Instagram using the the hashtags: #UnexpectedNYC and #sweepstakes.

The contest runs through 9/16/16. The winner will be chosen to win a two-night stay for themselves + a guest at one of Marriott’s seven (7) participating NYC properties which includes:

  •  The JW Marriott Essex House New York
  • The New York Renaissance Hotel Times Square
  • The Algonquin Hotel Times Square
  • The New York Marriott Downtown
  • The New York Marriott East Side
  • The New York Marriott Marquis
  • The New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

See all the entries here: http://woobox.com/toefwu

Book early at any of the Marriott properties in NYC and you can save up to 20% on your reservations. For deals and discounts and to learn move visit deals.marriott.com

Thank you Marriott for partnering with me on this post!

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It’s amazing how trends come and go but a Little Black Dress remains a timeless staple. I’m on the road a lot so versatility is key for me. I love a dress I can refresh to go from day to night – like this one from Pure Navy I found on Gilt.
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Wear it open during the day like a vest jacket or all buttoned up for after work drinks. With the right accessories and makeup I can transform any look to get more wear out of my clothes.

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Gilt is partnering with Dole Dippers, the LBD of sweet treats to elevate the everyday with decadence and by curating a collection of drool worthy designer Little Black Dresses at a fraction of their retail price. Both are gilt-free indulgences whether you’re shopping the collection or biting into any of the three chocolate covered flavors of Dole Dippers: Strawberry, Pineapple or Banana.
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I have confessed more then a few times on the blog that my guilty pleasure (slash terrible habit) is late night snacking. And my favorite dessert is chocolate covered strawberries so the ease of Dole Dippers Dark Chocolate Covered Real Strawberry Halves in my fridge is kind of the best ever – which is only enhanced by the fact that they are only 60 calories a bag! Made with real frozen fruit and 67% cocoa dark chocolate, day or night, and especially in this heat wave, it’s the perfect way to satisfy those chocolate cravings. Just be sure to give them about 3-5 minutes out of the fridge to thaw – although sometimes I can’t wait and take the tooth freeze.

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Gilt is also hosting a Chic Essentials Sweepstakes where you can enter for your chance to win a style upgrade which includes a $500 Gilt gift card and a Gilt shopping consultation.

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Always traveling may seem glamorous when I’m snapchatting beautiful hotel rooms and new scenery but in actuality not having access to your everyday closet and having to plan so much ahead as to what you want to wear can be a challenge. Which is why versatile fashion items and accessories are makeup play such a key role. If you pop open my makeup bag my chic essentials include:dole-dippers-chic-essentials

The new Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation stick which is probably the most perfect foundation I’ve ever used. It’s a creamy texture that offers full coverage, easy to blend and makes your skin look flawless. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed are staples. The Secret Camouflage takes any tired eyes away and the Skin Perfector is the finishing touch that by the time I’m on this step my skin looks flawless and illuminated. Dior Show Mascara and Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner I’ve been using forever. I love a big comb mascara to volumize and fill out my lashes and the Stila Liquid Liner is so easy to apply and doesn’t move. My latest discovery is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (lipliner) in shade Bad Romance, is the perfect wine to match Tom Ford’s limited edition Black Orchid Lip Color, which is a definite splurge, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel like a million bucks every time I put it on.

Thank you to Dole and Gilt for partnering with me on this post!

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As some of you know, I’ve partnered with American Express to be an ambassador for their no annual fee, Blue Cash Everyday Card. It’s pretty much my dream job since the card is all about making everyday a little more epic, which you probably have noticed from my social media handles is what I’m all about. I mean, this month alone I’ve been so blessed to have had the opportunity to take a gymnastics class with Dominique Dawes, play in the mini-Instagram board room with Eva Chen and Facebook, hang out with WWE Superstars Dolph Ziggler and Charlotte, enjoy a private exhibition at Christie’s with Tom Ford Beauty, and take a pretty awesome road trip…and it’s not over yet! I’m living for the end of August when I’m back in NYC for the US Open!!!American-express-blue-cashe-everyday_7

This credit card not only fits my lifestyle but also my everyday favorite moments from entertaining and dining to Vespa rides around town. I’m also loving Amex’s latest collaboration with Buzzfeed for their “Epic Everyday” video series; sharing everything from easy DIY dining and entertaining tips to fun recipes and birthday party ideas..

I took inspiration from their 3 Living Room Upgrades in 60 Seconds video for a family dinner and double date I hosted with my sister. We had a lot to celebrate between her exciting job news with the United Nations, plus James and I wanted to celebrate with a night in since we were headed out of town for so long.

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I used a mix of fresh flowers and herbs I picked from a local garden with some dried lavender inspired by the Buzzfeed video for the place settings. To break it down here are 3 fun and simple ways to update your dinner table:  the center and put one on each plate setting. I also used it for decoration around the cheese plate.American-express-blue-cashe-everyday_6

Idea #1: Fun ice cubes with a twist

Ice trays come in all shapes and sizes, I grabbed a two pack of these pineapple sets and put some fresh mint in each socket before adding water and freezing. It’s a fun way to make a party in a glass and the mint lasts long after the ice melts.American-express-blue-cashe-everyday_2

Idea #2: Dried lavender decorations:

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Idea #3 Flower arrangements in jars

Flower arranging is a passion of mine. I love picking flowers and creating arrangements for the table. For this dinner I was going for more of an urban rustic feel so I used jars from around the house. I found everything from a Mason Jar to glass juice bottles I saved and an actual glass vase which all worked together. Just illustrating that things don’t have to be perfect to be perfect. The variety of sizes of glass containers added to the charm.

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These are all easy ways to make a dinner extra special. Whatever Epic Everyday means to you, I hope you’re all living your best life and staying inspired. The Blue Cash Everyday Card offers all kinds of perks like 3% cash back at supermarkets to help make every dining experience like this that much better, 2% cash back at gas stations (which has been coming in handy on my road trip), 1% cash back on almost everything else and more perks you can learn about HERE.

Thank you American Express for sponsoring this post and having me as an ambassador.

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What a whirlwind of a week! As some of you know I took a break from my New England tour yesterday to head back to NYC for 16 hours to join my friends at WWE and JCPenney at the Manhattan Mall for the launch of the WWE’s Tapout performance apparel line for women. Hosted by WWE Superstars and Tapout Brand Ambassadors Dolph Ziggler and Charlotte at the Manhattan Mall, there was a line wrapped around the basement level and up through the escalator and around the first floor for the #Summerslam event!

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The Tapout brand stands for motivation, discipline and determination – all of which you saw from the crowd waiting patiently in line to meet Dolph and Charlotte. Before they opened the event to the pubic I had a few moments with the duo — just enough time to ask Charlotte her must have beauty product – “Flower Gel by Sisley” and her best de-stress tip, “Sleep”. Two things I heavily endorse. Followed by a photo opp with them!

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Dolph is wearing the Tapout Warrior Graphic Tee ($22, on sale $12.99), I’m wearing the Tapout Power Button Knot Tank ($22, on sale $16.99), and Charlotte is in the Tapout Graphic Tank Top ($22, on sale for $16.99).

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The range includes training and compression tees, sports bras, tank tops, pants and shorts that are all affordably priced from $12.99 – $29.99. The women’s collection joins the existing men’s line, which also features training and compression tees, tanks, shorts and pants and ranges in price from $12.99 – $32.99.

Check out the WWE Tapout collection at jcpenney.com

Thank you to WWE Tapout and JCPenney for partnering with me on this post!

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Last week I took a gymnastics class with Dominique Dawes as part of the Small But Powerful Tide Pods event. She’s one of the Magnificent Seven and was literally one of my child heroes. Coupling that with my major Olympic fever I consider it a win that I managed to not pass out during my interview with her — although her workout had me sore for two days. Tide is a sponsor of the Olympics and of Dawes and Simone Biles who both appear in their The Evolution of Power video. Drawing parallels on how detergents have evolved from large amounts of powder, to a cup of liquid and now Tide Pods. It illustrates how the amounts of detergent have gotten smaller over time and more powerful.  Biles exemplifies this #smallbutpowerful message, ruling the sport at 4 feet 8″. Check out their campaign video:

I think it’s great, since at 5′ 9″, I now have an excuse as to why my splits looks like this…

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Dawes led us in a stretch and gymnastics 101 class before the instructors took over to have us use the facility at Chelsea Piers, while we rotated having 1 on 1 interviews with her. dominque-dawes-tidepods

My Interview with Dominique Dawes:

PC: What would go through your head when you’re competing at the Olympics?

DD: I try to take myself back to my home gym, the gym that I started at in Wheaton, Maryland… Because that was where I started, where I fell in love with the sport, and where it was fun. It wasn’t a back job then so I would always have that vision in my head when I was competing.

PC: What are your top 3 beauty products?

DD: My top three are water, Black African Soap and natural, organic Shea Butter. (Brands were not specified).

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PC: What is your best stress management tip

DD: Breathing. Relax, take a deep breath and count to 10. Because when you’re not relaxing and you’re not breathing, and you’re not just taking things in and putting them into perspective, you over analyze. And that’s when paralyze yourself from doing things.

PC: What is your biggest stress management tip?

DD: Taking one step at a type. I used to be very type A and it was all about productivity, productivity, plan, plan, plan. But now as a mother of two and being a wife it’s about taking one step at a time and if you don’t get it all done, oh well there’s going to be another day ahead if you’re blessed.

For anyone that missed Biles Small but Powerful Tide Pods commercial it’s worth a watch:

Thank you Tide for this truly special experience!

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It’s good to be back in Providence. This time we spent two nights at the Hotel Providence, located in downtown and central to so many of my favorite shops. Charlie and I took over their Instagram since they are the only dog friendly hotel in Providence. They even have a doggie lounge with couches for them. Which Charlie clearly appreciated…

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The hotel has 80 rooms of which, 16 are suites, 4 of which are King Suites. The hotel is arts and literature themed with the suites named after famous New England creatives. We stayed in the Dr. Seuss King Suite, which had his books all over the room. Very appropriately since Dr. Seuss and I are both originally from Massachusetts and I grew up reading all of his books.

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The hotel has over $3.5 million worth of art and antiques. It’s pretty ridiculous and not bad for a hotel that originated in the late 1800s for $1.50/night. From the rugs in the lobby to the Vanity Fair covers from 1873 that hang in the conference room you have no idea how incredible every piece of furniture and art is. And it’s incredibly well preserved. So much history in what feels like you’re entering a vintage scene of your rich great, great, great aunts house (if you had an incredibly wealthy one). I didn’t but I assume it would look something like this and then the bathrooms have this serene, modern openness with white marble tiles. And if you’re lucky enough to stay in a King Suite includes a Jacuzzi bathtub. Taking a tour of the hotel and learning about the history gave me so much appreciate for every art piece around me.

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Original Vanity Fair cover from 1873

Thank you to Hotel Providence for having us! Check them out at hotelprovidence.com

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Today was awesome, I took over the Newport Marriott’s Instagram channel to share my travel diaries. Newport is honestly one of my favorite places and is just so magical. Visiting the mansions, doing the cliff walk and dining and walking around downtown should be on everyone’s list. Check out my complete guide on where to go HERE.  For this trip I wanted to share more on the Newport Marriott since this was my first time staying there — and in the Presidential Suite no less. lara-and-charlie-marriott-newport

Outfit details:

Splendid Striped Crepe Pants (on sale, 70% off!)

Splendid Temescal Cardigan (on sale!)

Boohoo white crop top (similar)

Teva Flatform Universal (on sale!)

  marriott-newport-renovation As some of you know they had a redesign last year and the result is stunning. (You can read more about the update on their blog). So much natural light and it’s so open and calming. The above photo is the view looking down from the fourth floor. The nautical theme is seen throughout — I like to think I dressed the part to match for my Instagram takeover. The view from our room was of the bay, sail boats in front and the downtown to our left. What more can you ask? A swimming pool and top notch fitness center? Yeah, they’ve got that too.newport-boats-marriott-view

As you can imagine the Presidential Suite was epic, TV’s in both rooms, and 1.5 bathrooms, kitchen, dining room table and lounge area. I would happily trade my NYC apt for it.newport-marriott-bedroom newport-marriott-hotel-room newport-marriott-presidential-suite

The hotel has Skiff Bar for drinks and the MainSail Restaurant right next to each other with an even closer view of the bay. James and I closed out our night watching the sunset over drinks. If you’re in Newport, you have to try their Clam Chowder as well as their Charred Grapefruit specialty cocktail. Something tells me I’ll be dreaming of both tonight.skiff-bar-marriott-newport skiff-bar-charred-grapefruit-drink

Next stop Providence! You can follow along our 2 week road trip up the east coast on @prettyconnected. xoLara

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Splendid Crocheted High-Neck Swim Top and bottom (on sale!)

Ray-ban Gatsby Tortoise Green Mirror

Sudio Sweden Earphones Vasa Rose Gold White

Abaco Beach Company Beach Hair Don’t Care Beach Hat and Beach Blanket

Ban.do Love Potion Flask

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Neutrogena CoolDry Sport SPF 50, Moroccanoil Sun Lotion SPF 30, La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection SPF 50

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My goodness does it feel great to be back in Newport!! Not much has changed since last year, it’s still perfect. Today we hit up the beach and it’s not an exaggeration when I say at any given time I have three sunblocks on me. One for my face, another for the body and then Neutrogena CoolDry Sport SPF 50 because it’s great for quick application and isn’t messy. Lately my body SPF of choice has been Moroccanoil Sun Lotion SPF 30 it feels so luxe (it’s more of a wet liquid consistency) and smells amazing. And La Prairie Cellular Swiss UV Protection SPF 50 for my face, since when in Newport, be fancy. It smells like their signature moisturizer and doubles as a primer that works to repair past sun damage while preventing any future damage. Beach Hat, sunnies, a book, water and headphones make up the rest of my beach bag staples (all listed above).

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I’ve been traveling with my Sudio Sweden ear buds (which I previously reviewed HERE) since they are light and I love the white/rose gold combo. They are offering my readers an exclusive 15% off with code: PrettyConnected.

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One of my favorite things to do while in Newport is Cliff Walk. I am a water sign (whatever that means) and all I know is all I want is to be surrounded by water while drinking it. The Cliff Walk is my idea of paradise. It has sand, rocks and the most spectacular views. On the water front, my latest discovery is is OXiGEN water. It caught my eye since it claims to improve endurance, stamina and can help you recover faster from your workouts; as well as speed up bouncing back from jet lag, decrease hangover effects and offer greater mental clarity. Now that may sound crazy, but with an ingredient list of distilled water, and ASO (which is basically a mix of water, oxygen and sea salt), I was all about trying it. If you’re going to fix all my problems and don’t involve adding any chemicals to my diet, I’m in.oxygen-water-splendid-navy-stripe-pants

Digging more into ASO®, it’s an activated stabilized oxygen, which contains the O4 molecule instead of the normal O2 in H2O. With 1000 parts per million in every bottle (other brands have around 15 ppm). Basically we don’t get enough oxygen, and what we breathe has tons of pollution mixed in so getting more from your water source into your blood stream is a good thing. It’s proven by scientists that OXiGEN does in fact provide natural energy and a mental boost, which with my lack of sleep and current state of brain overload, I desperately need.

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It comes in two forms, a normal OXiGEN 20 fl oz Oxygenated Water that tastes like normal water. There is a hit of the ASO/sea salt that gives it a bit of an after taste so for all you that taste a big difference between Evian and FIJI water you’ll probably notice. Still, it subtle. Then there’s the OXiGEN 0.5 fl oz Oxygenated Shot, which legit tastes like salt water and you let dissolve under your tongue for maximum effect. They should be taken on an empty-ish stomach anywhere from 30min before or 1 hour after food. It’s safe for dogs, pregnant women and everything/one in between (it really is just water, oxygen and salt). I go for the shot and give Charlie the bottle… jk, I drink both but not kidding I give him the water bottle. He’s 10 years old! If you follow me on snapchat (@prettyconnected) you know I’ve been all go…go…go lately and have seen me do the shots on camera. I have physical therapy twice a week for my back and need all the help on recovery time that I can get. That and I have terrible circulation so I’m hoping this helps. Although I see the humor in being reduced to shooting water to help get me through the day. Also it’s safe to take before bed as there’s no caffeine or anything funky in it. It’s about $2/bottle and $3/shot and available in cases on Amazon and basically at every grocery or health store in California and Colorado.

If you try it you have to let me know what you think. xoLara @prettyconnected

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This limited edition Fighting Pretty Glossybox is $40 ($250 value)

This month GLOSSYBOX is collaborating with Fighting Pretty to create a limited edition box! Both brands mission is to help women feel good about themselves so I’m so glad GLOSSYBOX is using their beauty for good and donating all the net-proceeds to Fighting Pretty. As some of you know Fighting Pretty helps women battling cancer feel strong, beautiful, and supported from the inside out, while going through treatment.

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Each box features 6 non-toxic beauty products and includes: EMK Supra Night Cream, Biossance The Revitalizer, Borghese Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick, fango ESSENZIALI PURIFY Mud Mask for Face + Body, Doucce Brow Filler Pencil, Miami Deco Nail Polish, and mini pink boxing gloves. Charlie decided to show his support and rock the mini pink boxing gloves above!

The box is $40 with over a $250 value and available while supplies last! Get yours and learn more at glossybox.com/glossyxfightingpretty

We may be in a heatwave but the days of summer are winding down and there’s so much fun happening this weekend that if you’re looking to get out, there’s two happenings to have on your radar.

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1. Sunday, August 14th from 12pm – 9pm, the First Annual The Unicorn Carnival hosted at Greenwood Beach at Coney Art Walls

Presented by beauty brand Winky Lux,if you like live brands, beach breezes, roller disco and endless amounts of glitter, the Unicorn Carnival could make your perfect Sunday. It will feature a Glitter Bar where guests will be able to get a rainbow brow or other fun look with Winky Lux products. A portion of the proceeds from the Carnival will benefit AWARE, a grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting awareness and generating funds to make meaningful improvements in the lives of women and girls in NYC. Check out tickets are FREE for general admission and $15 for the Glitter VIP or Tipsy Unicorn ticket holders. Learn more and get your tickets at unicorncarnival.splashthat.com
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2. August 12 – 13th New York City Women’s Surf Film Festival presented by Luna Bar and Lava Girl Surf presented at Rockaway Beach Surf Club.
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Charlie and I hanging out with Will Skudin
Meet filmmakers, surfers, and artists. The event features photo exhibitions, films, morning surf sessions complete with raffles and giveaways. Admission is free! James, Charlie went up with Luna Bars yesterday! And I took a surf class at SkudinSurf and hung out with the founder, Will Skudin who is ranked top 5 surfers in the world! It was a blast and I made several of the waves. Learn more at nycwomenssurffilm.com
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Family surf day with James and Charlie
James, Charlie and I are now headed on a massive East Coast/New England road tip. Follow along and hit me up on social if you have any suggestions! xoLara @prettyconnected.

 

the-sleep-styler-review-curlerI have a new product obsession!  As many of you may have seen on @prettyconnected’s snapchat or Instagram stories, I’ve been testing out The Sleep Styler this past week and I am obsessed!!!!!!! Now that I’ve introduced bleach into my strands I’ve been trying to minimize heating tools as to not add to the damage. The Sleep Styler is a re-invented old-school hair roller, that comes in a set of 8 plush cylinders, which require no heat and dry your hair to curl perfection overnight. They just launched kickstarter at thesleepstyler.com/kickstarter and the response has been so amazing! They had a goal of $10k and are already at $40k!!! It’s well deserved and the process could not be easier!

Step 1: Shower and wait for hair to be damp (as in about 80% dry)
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Step 2: Section hair into 8 parts (or you can order 2 packs if you want more sections) and wrap damp hair around the cushioned rod and fasten with the velcro strap. I found this video helpful to roll correctly.sleep-styler-review

Step 3: Sleep (your curlers should be intact in the AM). Tip: I sleep on this memory foam silk pillow. The curlers are comfortable to sleep on as is but with a memory foam it was cloud like. And everyone should sleep on a silk pillowcase regardless everyday since it’s better for your hair since cotton can be abrasive — especially if you toss and turn a lot. the-sleep-styler-review

Step 4: Remove the curlers to release big, perfect, lush curls!
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From there you can break up the curls, add hair spray or leave them as is. Day 1 hair is super glam, day 2 might have been even better. I used no product and had so much volume and a beautiful tousled wave.the-sleep-styler-shark-tank

I highly recommend joining in on the kickstarter. They are offering discounts of $33 for one set, and $48 for two. Shipments are going out this month to anywhere in the world! I’ve never encountered anything completely heatless that can create this kind of curl. And for anyone with a crazy lifestyle waking up to glam and go hair is a dream!

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Learn more at thesleepstyler.com/kickstarter

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Happy 10 year Anniversary Tom Ford Black Orchid! In a decade you’ve become an icon and a staple on my fragrance wall. It’s hard to believe it’s been a decade! The Black Orchid empire is ever growing as is the whole Tom Ford beauty brand. There’s such magic and power with every product they launch. I fell like a million bucks every time I open a new Tom Ford Beauty product (my next splurge is the Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot fragrance and Tom Ford Electric Pink Lip Color — I actually have a running list of my next buys from them every time I purchase). The Tom Ford Orchid Collection continues to grow with some exciting new launches I’m excited to share!

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Tom Ford Lip Color in shade Black Orchid

Last week, I joined the brand *squeal* to celebrate this milestone at Christie’s New York for a private exhibition for Black Orchid and the Tom Ford Orchid Collection with an exclusive look at what’s ahead. For Starters the signature Black Orchid collection now includes a Solid Perfume, the Black Orchid Lip Color (worn above and swatched below) as well as the NIGHTBLOOM Powder in shade Black Boom, which is the stunning gold-ish highlighter seen below. Both carry the signature black texture stripe packaging of the original fragrance and are currently available and exclusive to tomford.com.tom-ford-black-bloom-highlighter-black-orchid-lipstick

This month Tom Ford is launching the a new fragrance as part of the Orchid Collection. Pictured below, Orchid Soleil joins the family in the same iconic glass bottle, only in Rose Gold. The scent is a unique mix of the Black Orchid accord surrounded in tuberose as well as Spider Lily Accord, Vanilla, Chestnut, Cream Accord and Patchouli. It doesn’t do for me when the original does but I’m trying to get used to it. It’s a signature scent with a lot of personality that I’m still discovering. 

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Jose Cuervo and 6 Shore Road have partnered to create a limited edition bathing suit inspired by margaritas. And go figure it’s probably the only one piece that fits me since I was in middle school. I’m in love. I’ve been a huge fan of 6 Shore Road by Pooja for some time. They are known for their vibrant kaleidoscope prints and this limited edition suit takes it to the next level. I love the bright pink color scheme and the side cutouts. It’s visual paradise.jose-cuervo-6-shore-road-bathing-suit-miami

Both Jose Cuervo and 6 Shore Road founder/designer Pooja Kharbanda share a love for the beach-to-bar lifestyle so they collaborated on a style that could be worn not just for water but the entire beachside experience. I wore it all over the Hamptons last weekend from the pool, to the town and backyard bbq’s under my white Ella Mose shorts. Speaking of which, the shorts and these Manebi Ibiza Espadrille shoes I’ve been wearing on repeat all summer are both on mega sale on Revolve.