Posted 05/23/2013 by Lara
Tuesday night I joined The Glam Network and Smirnoff for a much needed girls night out. Hosted at the NYC nail salon, tenoverten we we’re treated to makeovers, mani + pedi’s, massages, tarot card readings, a sushi dinner and an assortment of cocktails using Smirnoff’s new Sorbet Light vodka. Available in three flavors, Mango Passion Fruit, Lemon and Raspberry Pomegranate, Smirnoff had a list of specialty cocktails using their new infused vodka line. I opted to try all three and while I was impressed by the light refreshing taste of them all, hands down their Smirnoff Sorbet Light Mango Passion Fizz cocktail was my favorite (Note the recipe: Mango Passion Fruit Smirnoff Sorbet Light, Fresh Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup or Agave Nectar, Club Soda or Basil Leaves). It may just be my new summer drink!
No girls (or shall I say ladies…) night out would be complete without a gal pal to enjoy it with. I was fortunate to bring one of my favorite makeup artists and good friend, (we used to work at NARS together) Jenny Smith! Sitting in a-joining mani/pedi stations, catching up on life, while getting our nails done reminded me of High School — only this time it came with alcohol. New rule, Continue Reading…
Posted 05/22/2013 by Lara
Many of you know my friend and colleague Jeremy Goldman (aka @jeremarketer on twitter) from our stints at Jurlique and Kiehl’s together (before we split off and he went on to Temptu, and then to Unilever to launch a new brand. Now pay attention (especially you want-to-be social media experts), Goldman recently wrote the book Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media. It’s a great guidebook for those of you looking to take your social media marketing to the next level, and features case studies of Bonobos, Modcloth, DKNY, and many more! It’s a great read which I’m not saying just because I may or may not be in the forward;)
So here’s the good news your you (and you’r bank account). Amazon just picked up picked up Going Social for its “Kindle Big Deal” promotion! From now until this coming Memorial Day, they’ve dropped the eBook price from $19.95 to just $1.99! Be sure to pick up your Kindle copy if you haven’t already.
Of course, if you want to simply tweet your support for the book, just go here and post away! Happy reading!
Win My Wantable Beauty Box filled with FACE Stockholm, Knock Out, Three Custom Color and More! ($118 value)
Posted 05/21/2013 by Lara
As most have you saw earlier this month, I’m the featured expert for this month’s Wantable beauty box! Wantable is a monthly beauty subscription service that hand picks 4 – 6 full-size products based on your beauty profile and ships it to you direct. (Think Birchbox, only with Wantable you’re getting full size product instead of samples).
Some of my favorite products from this month include FACE Stockholm lipstick ($22) + blush ($20), Knock Out Cosmetics matte nail polish ($14), Three Custom Color mini pressed powder ($22.50), Cailyn Gel Eyeliner ($21), and Manna Kadar Transfix ($19).
We’re giving away 3 sets!!! Each option counts as a separate entry. Here’s how to enter:
1. Leave a comment under this post on why you want to win
2. Follow @prettyconnected and @wantableco on twitter tweet about the giveaway using the hashtag #PC4Wantable OR TWEET something similar to: Follow @prettyconnected + @wantableco and RT for ur chance to win our top beauty picks ($118 value). #PC4Wantable http://bit.ly/14NlcdC
3. Follow @PrettyConnected on Instagram and like the post that matches this giveaway. (post will go live between 5/22 – 5/31)
**Extra credit if you subscribe to follow my blog or “Like” Pretty Connected on Facebook at Facebook.com/PrettyConnected
Each box is valued at $118.50 and there will be one winner will be picked from the blog, twitter and instagram for a total of 3 winners. Wantable is giving away some additional boxes at https://www.wantable.com/
Posted 05/20/2013 by Chamberlin Elizabeth
As a girl constantly on the go I am always looking for ways to make my bag a little lighter and more efficient while still having all the essentials I need on hand. Basically if it doesn’t fit in my carry-on-bag it isn’t coming. Having recently stopped by the Blog Meets Brand! event, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Elizabeth Arden team and learning some travel beauty tips from their Global Makeup Artist, Rebecca Restrepo.
Whether you will be away for a few days or weeks the Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum let you can bring just enough capsules for however long your away. They are compact and individually packed to ensure fresh product every time you apply. Ceramides comprise of 50% of the essential lipids found in the skin and are essential in maintaining defense against sign of aging. Rebecca Restrepo’s tip: apply mid-flight for extra hydration and also can be used as a makeup primer.
Since skin can get really dehydrated when flying another must have in the bag: The legendary Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (created by Ms. Arden herself in 1930 and has yet to be changed) Rebecca Restrepo’s tip: apply to lips and use on hands and elbows throughout the flight. Warm up the product in the palms of your hands before applying to the skin to help activate Continue Reading…
Posted 05/17/2013 by Lara
I’ve had anxiety over putting my winter clothes away. Every time I retire a jacket the weather takes a turn for the cold and suddenly it’s back front row and center in my closet. Well today, I’m taking a stand! The weather is finally heating up and I’m headed to the Hamptons for a press trip — so I’m really feeling spring is in the air and it’s time my attire reflect that.
Two looks I’m currently coveting are bright bags and ankle boots (as seen above). Both are an easy upgrade to help transition your wardrobe. A pop of neon to an accessory or handbag (or even shoes) ties the whole spring/summer theme together and adds a nice pop of color.
Ankle boots with a little heel gives that modern day sexy cowgirl look without actually feeling cowgirl at all. Plus the light lift always makes my legs more toned and shaped then in flats, plus it’s an easy boot (pending the color) that can Continue Reading…
Posted 05/16/2013 by Lara
May has been one of the most rewarding and busiest months for my blog. (And I say that with utter excitement). Under any other circumstances taking on 7 – 10 hour work days would seem intolerable, however with all of the new brands I’m meeting with, online features I’ve been asked to contribute to, events I’m hosting, and partnership I’ve had the opportunity to participate in, I’ve never feel more energetic in my life! I can not wait to share all of these collaborations!
The one tole that these long hours has taken is that on my personal life and workout goals (although running around the city almost counts as a regimen). So one thing I’m committed to this summer is picking up new fitness activities, and spending more quality time with my friends and family. And I’m kicking off these resolutions starting next week. Smirnoff is hosting a Stir Up Your Summer soiree, where I get to bring a friend for a night of pampering (doesn’t that sound so perfect right now?). Mani’s, pedi’s, massages and a bottomless glass of Smirnoff Sorbet Cocktails. I could not be looking any more forward to this girls night and some much needed relaxing and gal pal time. I’ve also Continue Reading…
Posted 05/14/2013 by Lara
Owned by Equinox, Blink Fitness is a newer chain of gyms that has been popping up all over NYC and is only $20/month! (Yes, I said $20/month). Don’t let the price fool you, it’s a really nice, clean gym with top-of-the-line equipment, TVs on cardio machines, comfortable locker rooms and a super friendly staff. And their workout classes are killer! Designed to make you work smarter, not harder to get maximum results, I took a the Bootcamp class at their new Murray Hill location with instructor, Stefanie Jordan and she packed the class with a whole lot of fun exercises that had me sore for 2 days after!
As part of the class I got to test out Therafit ”Renee” sneaker! Developed by Dr. Lisa Matsterson of the Emmy Award winning series, The Doctors, Therafit is a line of footwear she created to Continue Reading…
Posted 05/13/2013 by Chamberlin Elizabeth
It was an epic day at The Crosby Hotel. Last week IFB hosted a Q&A chat for the collaboration between our favorite pink hair designer, Chris Benz and Michael Knapp, Art Director of the new animated 3D feature film EPIC (in theaters May 24th). From the creators of Ice Aga, EPIC is an adventure comedy that tells the story of a teenage girl who finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, and teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save the world. The film stars the voices of Beyonce Knowles, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz and Amanda Seyfried.
After a short preview of the film Micheal Knapp went in detail showing some of the drawings and process behind the intricate designs for the character’s wardrobe in the movie. I was blown away by the amount of detail and process Continue Reading…
Posted 05/12/2013 by Lara
Happy Mother’s Day! As part of this day of celebration I wanted to highlight my mom, Audrey who is most definitely the reason I landed myself in the beauty industry. She’s someone who taught me to always invest in good skincare and beauty products and to keep experimenting. StyleBlazer recently did a feature asking bloggers to share what their mother’s taught them. (You can read what I wrote HERE.)
Now the thing about Audrey, she’s a tough customer. I give her products all the time, and very few make the cut. She’s not impressed by high price tags or Continue Reading…
Posted 05/10/2013 by Tiffany
It’s been a big season for Clinique, last month they dazzled us with launch of their CC cream that is still brightening even the dullest days, but now it’s time to give them a hand, literally so they can polish it with their new line of nail enamel. Of course this isn’t just any line of finger paint, Clinique is all about products that provide a beautiful solution. So what’s the problem you ask? Continue Reading…