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I was definitely feeling a bit of a 70s meets 90s vibe this weekend with this H&M crop top and these retro oh so slightly flair pants Ella Moss Layla Flare Leg Pants (on sale!). They were the only pair of pants I packed for my staycation since they are so lightweight and comfortable, and fit me perfectly. There are my first pair of pants from Ella Moss and now I want a million. I also took the weekend to play with the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour collection and wanted to create an outfit around the deep wine shade, High Drama (swatches and full review with more shades HERE). Most people think dark shades are just for fall and winter but I think it’s always fun to break them out every now and again in summer.

This weekends staycation at the Renaissance Hotel was so relaxing and I figured out my favorite way to take in Times Square — it’s from my rooms balcony. No crowds, and with an impeccable view to just take in and appreciate what all of these tourists come to see, and what most of us New Yorkers take for granted. And then I can close the door when I’ve had enough and enjoy my private oasis of a hotel room that’s so quiet that I feel like I could be anywhere in the world.

Outfit details:

H&M Short Mock Turtleneck Top

Ella Moss Layla Flare Leg Pants (on sale 50% off)

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade High Drama

Gigi New York Chelsea Crossbody Bag

Perverse Fresh Sunglasses

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The best part and most unexpected about staying at the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square was as soon as we entered our hotel room, there wasn’t a single outdoor noise. So much so that I forget about the endless tourists outside my window and the central air was so cool I was oblivious to the heat wave. That is of course until Charlie needed to be walked and I figured I should take advantage of the shopping, people watching and use all of the above as an excuse to wear all of the cute summer dresses I packed for the weekend.ella-moss-bright-dress

Outfit details:

Ella Moss Tahiti Garden Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Gigi New York Chelsea Crossbody Bag

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade Personal Statement

Brian Atwood Denim Wedge Heels (similar)

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MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade Divine Divine

If there’s one thing I learned this weekend it’s that staycations are all they are cracked up to be. Charlie and I partnered with the Renaissance Hotel in Times Square this weekend and it’s been one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in a long time.  And the best part of being 15 minutes from my apartment is I didn’t overpack. Instead I brought a bunch of lightweight dresses in anticipation of this weekends heat wave and some of my cult favorite beauty and skincare products as well as an assortment of MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolours which launched earlier this year.  MAC-Retro-Matte-Liquid-Lipcolour

I’m usually gravitate to the brightest pink but surprisingly the more dusted pink shade, Divine Divine shade (I’m wearing above) was one of my favorites. The consistency is similar to Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks and like many of the true liquid mattes it is a little drying but the stay power is excellent. And  the pigment and shade range is gorgeous. There are 20 shades in the collection, five of which are swatched below:

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Going left to right, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour shades: High Drama, Recollection, Divine Divine, Personal Statement, Quite the Standout.

MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, $20. Learn more at nordstrom.com

setai-miami-beach-lolli-swim-yandy.com-Blank-NYCAs someone who’s used to a healthy dose of ridiculousness and amazing experiences, last weekend schooled me in fun and was one for the books thanks to Kyboe! watches.  My friend Melissa and I flew down to Miami with the brand for Miami Swim, where they debuted the new collection of their watches down the runway.  (You can read all about the show and watches HERE).kyboe

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Townhouse Hotel

We flew in Friday afternoon, checking into the Townhouse Hotel, which is a humble boutique hotel perfectly located on 20th and Collins next to the Miami Swim venue. With beach and rooftop access the rooms were small but comfortable and the location could not have been more prime.

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Adrienne Bailon wearing the 6 Shore Road by Pooja limited edition Jose Cuervo collaborative swimsuit

While we were checking in Adrienne Bailon was helping launch the Jose Cuervo’s partnership with the 6 Shore Road by Pooja for this limited edition collaborative swimsuit she’s wearing above. Inspired by by the vibrant colors of the Authentic Jose Cuervo Margarita range and the iconic blue agave plant the vibrant one piece is so hot!!! It’s available for purchase at www.6ShoreRoad.com.

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During my trip to Miami I brought the most compact, travel friendly wireless earbuds I ever did see. Behold the VerveOnes+ True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds from Motorola, they retail for $249.99 and are completely wireless, waterproof and they offer up to 12 hours of playtime and 15 hours of talk time.  And we’re giving away a pair on Instagram! Head to @prettyconnected and simply like my Instagram page and the corresponding post (or click HERE for direct link)! Extra entry if you leave a comment. Full review of the headphones below!

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One of my favorite looks from Miami Swim was this super casual overall look filled I wore with finds I discovered during my press trip with Kyboe! watches. My friend Melissa introducted me to Lolli swim wear and gave me the Sky Top suit which I’m in love with. Anything eyelet I’m into but the black/white combo is so chic. lara-eurdolian-head-shot-lolli-swim-yandy.com

I’m still working on my recap of the weekend (if I get my act together it will be tomorrow) but on Saturday I stopped by the Yandy.com lounge at the W Hotel where I picked up this black coverup and these amazing awear Charmant sunglasses. They are so crisp and probably the lightest pair of sunnies I own. I also visited the beautiful Bollare X Glamour Magazine lounge — which while were on the subject, I’m so excited to announce I’m going to be one of Glamour Magazine Glammy beauty award judges!!!! At the lounge I got a much needed LVX manicure and these amazing white Blank NYC Short Overalls with… wait for it… they monogrammed with @prettyconnected on them and this amazing Abaco Beach Company Life’s a Beach hat. I missed the Teva party since Kyboe! was hosting a fun beach day at the Setai but wore my pair from the Derek Lam collaboration all day since I was expecting to make the event. And because they are one of my favorite beach holiday shoe picks.

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Calling all MAC Cosmetics shoppers, their Sample Sale is this week in NYC! Shop the sale from July 19 – 22nd at the Metropolitan Pavilion at 123 West 18th street, on the 4th floor. Details and invite above. All products are 60% off the retail price.

Get their early, you know there’s going to be a line! Good luck!

kyboeIt’s hard to have weekend envy for a trip you were actually on and experienced, but I do. My friend Melissa and I had a blast this past weekend being flown out to Miami for the KYBOE! Miami Swim fashion show and an epic series of events to follow; which laying beach-side at the Setai Hotel and a private dinner cooked by, chef Todd English at the CEO of KYBOE!’s estate, Marc Bell in Boca.furla-pink-bag-miami-swim-kyboe-watchkyboe-rose-gold-watch-miami-swim

I wore a special rose gold watch for the fashion show and traded in my tomboy ways to aim for more of a Miami Barbie aesthetic – which I think I nailed in this never-worn-something-this-tight baller Clover Canyon dress coupled with these Brian Atwood wedges (similar) and bright pink Furla Yoyo Mini Cross Body bag. When in Miami…

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It’s time! The Nordstrom 2016 Anniversary Sale is here and as always, it’s filled with exclusives and limited edition beauty products and sets at awesome values. It also spans fashion and other categories as well. I got an exclusive peek at some of the beauty sets — complete with brands like Clarisonic, NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, Kate Somerville, Clinique,  Jo Malone, La Praire, Diptyque, Kiehl’s, MAC, Mario Badescu — basically all of our favorite brands and countless more who never discount their products are taking part! Expect a lot of limited edition jumbo sizes of the brands bestsellers, fun never-before seen sets and palettes. Categories range from beauty, skincare, electrics and tools, fragrances and beyond! Here’s some of the offerings you have to look forward to:

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We’ve been celebrating Keds 100th year since the new year but today marks the official day that the iconic show brand and ahem the first brand to create a sneaker for women turns 100! Such a major milestone and I’m thrilled for them. Tomorrow, I’m headed to Miami for Swim and just putting on a fresh pair of classic Champion Canvas shoes makes me feel like I’m on vacation. Cheers to many more women’s sneakers Keds!

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Outfit details:

Splendid High Tide Sleeveless Shirt (on sale!)

Ella Moss Ayeli Tie Hem Pant

Forever 21 Round Sunglasses

Keds Champion Canvas in white

bose-fitness-postYesterday, I got a very flattering text from my little brother saying I was ripped! And looking at this picture I can see why (mind you reaching your hands up does wonders for your definition).  I felt really good getting such a nice compliment since in all honesty, I’ve been feeling quite sluggish and out of it lately. I’ve only just started getting back into running and I’ve been so busy I’ve been completely off my work-out game. I’m traveling every weekend for the next 3 weeks and it’s been a repeat pattern of the past 2 months where my schedule is so wonky I can’t get into a routine. In fact carrying Charlie everywhere with me has been my new workout.hum-nutricion-beauty-dust-aloha-thin-tea

Since I talk a lot about working out and fitness in general, I wanted to spotlight some of the supplements I have on rotation. What I like about all of these is they are healthy and gentle on the system. They don’t make me feel sick the way vitamins sometimes do and can be taken together or individually without side effects. None of them are diet pills or laxatives but help keep my body – from my waist to my skin and hair – clean and some extra nutrients to compliment my diet and also beauty products I use topically. 

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In early June right before Bose released their new headphones, I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek at the new headphones and test them out. Bose is undoubtably the headphone masters but what they were able to do in these latest launches is take everything to the next level by elevating the sound and making them wireless. For headphones it was with the launch of the noise canceling QC35 Wireless Headphones ($349.95) and for all my fell runners and fitness friends, the new Soundsport Wireless Headphones ($149.95). From the moment I demoed the Soundsport at the event, I was counting down the days to the launch.

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Finding earbuds for when you run in this heat is so hard! These are sweatproof, weatherproof — rain, sweat or shine you’re covered. They clip to the back of my sport bra so at any point I can drop them down around my neck without worrying about them falling off.  The earbud portion comes with three different silicone inserts so you can match your perfect inner ear size which locks into the bud which creates an umbrella shape that suctions in your ear which the extended wing locks up for a comfortable fit that doesn’t move. 

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I attended an Olay breakfast over a month ago for an advanced preview of their Olay Eye Collection which launches this month. I’m a huge Olay fan, especially of their Regenerist line and it’s with good reason they are the #1 trusted facial skincare brand — they pour so much research and testing into their products. This event made me hyper aware of something I’ve subconsciously known for a while — not everyone speaks beauty. I find this especially so when I’m trying to pick out products for my sister.  We say things like look for products with antioxidants and peptides, and your average person just wants to know how to get rid of their dark circles. And thus Olay has identified five eye aging patterns that affect 95% of women and created a line of eye products to address each. The five piece collection is easy to navigate, digest and has something for dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles, sagging and all of the above.  I’ve actually been using the entire collection ($24.99 each) and really impressed by them all.  They can be layered or used alone and deliver an instant result. Here are the product details:

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Thrive Causemetics is one of those empowering brands, that takes beauty with a purpose to a whole new level. Their founder + CEO, Karissa Bodnar is an incredible woman who makes the world a better place. We share a mission of wanting to empower women to feel confident through beauty, mine with with blog and my Share Your Beauty foundation, and Karissa with all that she does for women fighting cancer. For every product purchased from the line, one is donated to a woman going through cancer treatment. She also names her products after inspiring woman. Having made a large splash in the industry with their line of lashes and lash glue, they have now expanded past eyes and brows to their first major color launch, Triple Threat Color Stick. To blush and highlight, these sticks can be used on cheeks, eyes and lips. They are paraben and sulfate free and infused with age-defying vitamin C and evening primrose oil to brighten and hydrate skin. They blend beautifully and includes a built-in brush to effortlessly apply and sculpt. Just the name Triple Threat alone makes you feel like a bad a$$ putting them on.

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There are four shades in the collection: Maggie (rose pink shimmer) and Joy (pearl white with a twinge of rose gold shimmer), Dionne (brick red shimmer), Olivia (coral shimmer) all swatched above in order left to right, top to bottom. Great for travel with a very pretty prismatic sheen these are four very pretty, wearable shades that are perfect for summer.

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Outfit details:

Vionic Jura Slide Sandal in Silver ml

Do + Be White Shirt Dress (similar) $39.97 Nordstrom Rack

Peter Grimm Erin Floppy Hat in black from Marshalls $14.99

Sonix Holland Brown Tortoise Sunglasses (on sale!)

Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Lipstick in shade ‘It’s Happening.”
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I hope everyone had a magical long weekend, I know I did. I’m usually out of town for the 4th of July but with all of my recent travel all I wanted was to be home, hanging out in comfortable clothes on the waterfront in Long Island City with my puppy and boyfriend. Funny enough the party came to me since Macy’s takes over my neighborhood for the firework show. It’s pretty amazing that Meghan Trainer and Pitbull were performing at the bottom of my street.

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I’m actually wearing all new purchases for this really effortless weekend look. My feet needed a break from regular flip flops. I love them but all of my pairs have no support and with my back issues and how much I walk I’ve had these Vionic Jura Slide Sandal in silver on non-stop repeat! If you look at every Instagram post where I’m full body from the past two weeks I’m wearing these. They saved me while being on the Sinful Colors Pride float for 5 hours! Having arch support is a game changer and I definitely need to build up my orthopedic shoe collection. The shirt dress is from Do + Be, I scored it at Nordstrom Rack over the weekend on clearance for $39.97! I tried to find it online for you guys but had an impossible time on the Do + Be website or searching it online. Which is too bad since I want it in every color. It has side pockets!