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Yesterday, felt like the first day off I’ve had in a while. We were originally supposed to go to Long Beach but since I’m out of town the next two weekends being home, walking the waterfront seemed like all the vacation I needed. I kept my outfit simple and finally wore my new jumpsuit from Sedona East. For anyone not familiar with Sedona East, they are an awesome online retailer that fulfills all my boho style needs. I’ve also been wearing m Soko Chain Dangle necklace on repeat. It’s great alone or as a layering piece. And breaking in my Havaianas Slim black flip flops I picked up at their preview a few weeks ago. The slim styles have to my favorite from the brand, it’s much less bulky then the originals and a staple I like to refresh every season in my closet.chaser-tribland-jumpsuit-sedona-east-romper

Outfit Details:

Chaser Tribland Crossover Jumpsuit c/o Sedona East

Soko Chain Dangle Choker

Henry London Chiswick Bracelet Watch

Havaianas Slim Sandals in black

Forever 21 Round Sunglasses

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in shade Kale

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Bite Beauty is expanding their Sweet and Savory Amuse Bouche lipstick collection to include 6 new shades. Three to the savory side Kale (deep hunter green with black), Squid Ink (deep navy with black), and Whiskey (rich mahogany with red) and three shades, Thistle (mauve infused taupe), Taro (amethyst with grey undertones) and Lavender Jam (electric blue-violet) to the sweet! Inspired by contrasting flavors – are you sweet or savory?

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While I’m aching for NYX Cosmetics to open a store in NYC, the state of New York should rejoice that we’re one step closer with the brand’s first store in this state landing in Brooklyn.

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On Wednesday night, myself an a few blogger friends ventured out deep into BK for a sneak peek at the store. Now when I say deep, I’m talking the most southern point (like way farther then Ikea) to a place called the Kings Plaza Mall for a tour and to shop the store before it’s grand opening today!

nbs-studios-charlie-kingOn Tuesday Night, Charlie and I enjoyed a glamorous evening at the Top of the Rock to celebrate Karlie Kloss as the new face and brand ambassador to Swarovski. In a gorgeous campaign shot my photographer Tommy Ton (we LOVE him!), here is one of my favorites from the campaign. You can see all of the images HERE.

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I never imagined my dog could be such an amazing +1. And to think I almost didn’t bring him! Before the event Charlie and I visited Swarovski to take a look at the new collection and what can I say, he charmed the crowd into lending him this amazing Swarovski necklace that’s part of their collaboration with Jean Paul Gaultier. Needless to say it’s on both of our wish lists!

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I mean, how cute is he? I’m not sure there was a single person at that party that didn’t hold or snapchat him. He was in the arms of everyone from Hailee Seinfeld, Bryanboy to Harley Viera-Newton. And we may or may not have a video of BryanBoy saying he’s the most fashionable dog he’s ever met. #Goals people!

Happy Tuesday loves! This morning was pretty epic for me. I got to join one of my all time favorite supermodels, Naomi Campbell as she pulled the switch to light up the Empire State Building in honor of Red Nose Day. As many of you know I’m a big supporter of the cause, and Charlie and I posted pictures earlier this month of us in our Red Nose’ to help raise awareness.  For anyone now familiar, Red Nose Day is a national event to raise money and awareness for kids in need around the world.

COACH will be launching its new women’s fragrance this September with actress Chloe Grace Moretz as the face. Moretz has been a face of the brand for the past two years and embodies the Coach spirit – an all-American girl who is youthful, modern, authentic, and celebrates her natural beauty.

The launch party was hosted this afternoon at the beautiful Michelson Studio location in NYC.  Hosted by Chloe Moretz and COACH’s Executive Director, Stuart Vevers the room was filled with flowers and editors had a chance to take a first look and sniff of the scent.

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In the past year my creativity has been shot. I used to have time to scrapbook and do DIY and art projects. Now I’m lucky to get in my 6 hours of sleep. Of which, most of my time slumbering I’m fantasizing about a summer home one day, with space and actual storage potential. My current DIY projects involve how to creatively hide my packages and gift bags from my boyfriend and so when we entertain it doesn’t look like we live in a Sephora sample sale. Earlier this month I stopped by the Scotch tape event and it was so fun to spend a night playing with tape — and not just any tape, but every type the Scotch brand offers and beyond.

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The first photo above may seem like a normal office setting but in fact there is a piece of the original Scotch Magic Tape across the keyboard of that laptop to get the dust out of the keyboard (genius, I know!). The tape can also be used on glasses and cups to write your name on with magic marker as well as grided across a vase to make your long stem flowers stand up better — yes I did it myself! Also in the desk I spied some Super Glue which I didn’t even know they made.

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I’m way overdue for a trip to San Francisco and one of the beauty stores on my radar to visit while there was Credo. So when an invite came for the opening to their store in NYC, I was so excited! With just months after Space.NK moved to Nolita, the new Credo store is located on the same street, just a few blocks over at 9 Prince Street.credo-store-nyc

For anyone not familiar with Credo, it has that same smartly curated beauty boutique feel you’d get from a Space.Nk or Blue Mercury but their schtick is all natural and organic beauty brands. So you’ll see minimal to no cross over from these stores or Sephora. Spanning 900 sq feet, the Credo store offers products from 100+ brands from all over the world spanning face, hair, body and makeup. We’re talking brands like Tata Harpour, W3LL People, Ilia, Indie Lee, Juice Beauty,RMS, African Botanics, Cocovit, Evolvh, Dr. Jackson’s, Fig + Yarrow, Graydon, Herbivore, Innersense, Intelligent Nutrients, Kahina Giving Beauty, Kjaer Weis, Lurk, Marie Veronique, MV Organic Skincare, Nu Evolution, Rituel de Fille, Sans (ceuticals), Skin Owl, Strange Invisible, SW Basics, and Vapour. 

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If feels like spring has been wavering but earlier this month for just one day in between all the rain the sun came out and it made me so excited to put on my new Viscata espadrilles and a floral romper and visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. You could say I really dressed the part from my hair to toe to celebrate all of the beautiful colors around me.

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Outfit details:

Willow & Clay Seaflower Romper and army jacket (similar)

Viscata Espadrille Tamariu Wedges in Beige

Kate Spade Orchard Street Penelope Crossbody Bag in Alice Blue

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Surrounded in lilacs and cherry blossoms, there was really no better place to spend a beautiful day in NYC then at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. It exudes spring everywhere you look and there’s something so special about being surrounded in florals and the joy it brings to everyone around you walking the gardens.

Espadrilles always remind me of my sister who has lived in Europe for most of her adult life and owns about a million pairs. Viscata espadrilles are all hand made in Spain with artisan crafting based on traditional designs from centuries ago — but with a modern flair of breathable materials, sustainable packaging, and an array of fun colors and styles in both flats and wedges. These are my first pair of open toe espadrille wedges which I’ve been on the hunt for some time. There’s something a little more flirty about them then standard closed toe. Plus a wedge always makes your legs look leaner.

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Being bloated sucks! I know I’m slender and usually in shape, but after three weeks in LA, and doing both weekends of Coachella I was feeling the effects of major vacation bloat. I blame my beer, fast-food and salted popcorn diet.

{Behold the dreaded bloat!}
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It didn’t help that while I was there the May issue of People StyleWatch came out featuring me in a bathing suit. I had shot the campaign in February when I was in my ultra-healthy, workout mode. But alas, the only real exercise I got in the two weeks away was the walk to and from the music festival. Truth be told under a loose tee shirt all looked good under the hood but by the second weekend the last thing I wanted to do at the pool parties was be in bikini. And my crop tops were buried at the bottom of my suitcase.

By the time I got home I was ready to get back on track and try Flat Tummy Tea. I had seen them all over social media and with all of the health benefits of their teas I was ready to detox!

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Before anyone asks, Flat Tummy Tea is not a weight-loss supplement! It’s an all natural, herbal detox cleanse system designed to get rid of bloating and offer a daily energy boost. I mean… no one likes that bloated and sluggish feeling and this tea tackles that!

 

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May is very special month for me. It marks the 10-year anniversary since James and I had our first date! Even when you have the best partner (and James is the best!) relationships are not easy. I’m filled with advice as we’ve been through practically every obstacle in the past decade but there was one piece of advice a while back, which always stuck with me. It was about the importance of touch and how over time our skin to skin interactions decrease and the negative effects it has on us.

The article triggered two habits. One, I try to always have my hands around the back of James’ neck or on his arms when I kiss him. The other is totally strange – I nestle my foot around his ankle before we go to bed. I know it’s weird, and he thinks it’s so I make sure he doesn’t get away but in all actuality it’s to make sure we have enough skin contact in a day. We are an affectionate couple and I’m so grateful for that, especially after partnering with K-Y on their latest campaign.

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K-Y recently partnered with world-renowned sex research institute, The Kinsey Institute, to create The Touch Initiative, a partnership devoted to exposing the power of touch in relationships. They commissioned a national survey to better understand how touch impacts couples’ connectivity and overall well-being and found:

  • 87% of men and women in committed relationships rated touch as very or extremely important to building intimacy.
  • Yet over a third (34%) of people say they’re not touched enough.
  • Couples who touch more than once a day are 14% more satisfied with their relationship, compared to all couples

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Last week, I had a blast having dinner with Paramore’s Grammy Award winning artist, Hayley Williams and her colorist Brian O’Connor. Hayley is known for experimenting with hair color, just watch every music video she’s ever done — including her cameo in Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood music video — and you’ll see a vast spectrum of shades from the rainbow. So it should come as no surprise that she is starting a new venture and launching a ‘beautifully obnoxious’ DIY hair color line called goodDyeyoung with Brian O’Connor as the Artistic Director. good-dye-young-paramore-hayley-williams-brian-o'connor

As a voice for anyone whose rebel spirit stands out, but might not always fit in, the launch of goodDyeyoung (GDY) represents a youthful community bonded by self-expression, limitless inspiration and a flair for bold colors. When I chatted with Hayley and Brian they talked about how they have been working on the line for the past four years and as a color enthusiast she struggled to find the products she was looking for and thus decided to create them. Launching with five shades ($5,99 each) in Rock Lobster (red), Blue Ruin (purplish-blue), Ex-Girl (pink), Steal My Sunshine (yellow) and Riot (orange), a Fader ($13.99), Lightening Kit ($8.99) and glove, tint brush and mixing bowl tool kit ($5.99), the collection is completely affordable, vegan, and cruelty-free. It also smells amazing!

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Mark your calendars friends for May 26th for Red Nose Day, the campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. You can buy merchandise (like red nose’) from Walgreens where all of the proceeds go to the cause. There’s also a celebrity filled special fundraising event that premieres on NBC at 9/8c that day. Some of you remember the campaign from last year — I know I do and it had such a profound impact on me. Having been in Uganda a few months before, Jack Black’s footage of visiting the kids in hospitals from the region I visited had me so moved (and if I’m being honest, in tears) that I donated on the spot and wanted to do everything I could to support! red-nose-day-1

M&M has also launched the #MakeMLaugh challenge asking friends to post their best Red Nose look using the hashtags #MakeMLaugh and #RedNoseDay and [email protected] For every post they are donating $1 to Red Nose Day. Charlie (he has an instagram now! @pompomcharlie) and I (@prettyconnected) both did it, although he was not having it with that nose — and actually it was perfectly fitting since it made me laugh pretty hard just how unwilling he was to even fake it for a photo and let me hold it up to his face. But then again that’s what this campaign is all about, spreading joy and making a difference.

Enjoying the @CEWinsider Beauty Awards with @DermStore - sharing the winners live on Twitter and will post to the blog tonight. #CEWAwards

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) held beauty’s biggest celebration of innovation today, recognizing the year’s best beauty products at the 22nd annual CEW Beauty Insider Awards. Hosted at the Waldorf Astoria, I had the pleasure of sitting with one of the event sponsors, Dermstore. With over 800 entries, 212 finalists the top products were announced across 37 categories including hair care, fragrance, skin care, cosmetics, and more.

Hosted by Tony Award-Winning Actress, Laura Benanti, the 2016 CEW Beauty Insider Award winners are: