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!

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Wearing Hot Lip shade Miranda May inspired by Miranda Kerr

Charlotte Tilbury newest drool worthy lipstick collection, Hot Lips is here! And launched exclusively on CharlotteTilbury.com last week. The collection of 12 lipsticks was inspired by top beauties and celebrities including: Miranda Kerr, Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Kate Bosworth, Laura bailey, Cindy Crawford, Helena Bonham-Carter, Liv Tyler, Emily Ratajkowski, Carina Lau, Poppy Delevingne and Kim Kardashian-West.

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Charlotte drew inspiration from each woman – either for their beauty, their style, their power or for their positive message for good – and bottled it in the ultimate all-female beauty collaboration. For the two first months of the launch, a portion of each Hot Lips lipstick sale will be donated to the life-changing charity, Women for Women International.

The promo video for the collection has me like woah! I want them all…

Shades availabile in: Electric Poppy, Miranda May, Kim K.W., Bosworth’s Beauty, Salma’s Secret, Liv It Up, Hot Emily, Hel’s Bells, Kidman’s Kiss, Super Cindy, Carina’s Love, and Tell Laura. The Hot Lips Collection will also include best-selling shades Penelope Pink, Sexy Sienna, Nude Kate and Very Victoria. 

Check them out at charlottetilbury.com

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Outfit details:

Sudio Sweden Earphones Vasa Rose Gold White

Mika & Gala Top (old)

ASOS Ridley High Waist Skinny Jeans

Melissa x Alexandre Herchcovitch ‘Harmonic’ Embossed Floral Sandals (on sale!)

Ray-ban Gatsby Tortoise Green Mirror

Daniel Wellington Classic St. Andrews Watch, 36mm

NARS ‘Do Not Disturb’ Lip Cover

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I can’t believe I haven’t blogged since Wednesday! I know it’s only been a few days but since I got back from Boston all I’ve wanted to do is get my apartment in order and stay local. Every week for over two months I’ve been in a different state, and while it’s all been with amazing brands, it’s taken a toll.

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On the up side, while I haven’t had as much time to write I have been playing with some new accessories I’m excited about starting with these Sudio Sweden Vasa Earphones. They only recently started selling in the US so I’m honored to be one of the first to get my hands on a set. I’m going through a perpetual rose gold phase (although they come in other colors too!) and love the simplistic and yet elegant design of them. They also have great sound quality, and come with a chic travel case, which I need, since I’m the queen of tangling everything (you don’t want to look into my jewelry box. They also have a wireless version I have my eye on for when I go running! I’ve been using them non-stop for travel since they are less bulky then my headphones and offer a really crisp, studio quality sound. Plus now that I carry Charlie (my rescue pup) around everywhere with me I’m trying to pack as light as possible.

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and P&G. All opinions and tips are my own.costco-beauty

Whenever I’m at COSTCO with my Dad, I’m always astounded by their beauty aisle. They have an awesome assortment of P&G brands, Olay, Gillette, Secret, Crest, Head & Shoulders… And with two kids in college they are always stocking on razors, deodorant, shampoo and just about everything else. I always get a kick out playing beauty expert and giving my recommendations. It’s the perfect place to stock up and get discounts on everyday items you never want to be without.

To celebrate summer, I’m partnering with COSTCO to share 5 beauty hacks from their beauty aisle:

1. Crest 3D White Luxe Glamorous Whitestrips (or 1HR Express) – White strips are a proven way to get your teeth whiter over time but if you’re looking for a 1 day instant bright switch them out every 15 minutes instead of wearing one for the full hour. Most bleach strips deliver their maximum efficiency within the first 15 minutes so if you’re looking for a quick fix for that big event, try it out!

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2. Gillette Venus Spa Razor – a two in one razor is a travel hack in itself. With a built-in shave gel bar, this razor alleviates any need to pack or use an additional shave gel or soap. Shaving also exfoliates legs so doing so before applying a self-tanner will result in a longer lasting (and smoother) application.

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3. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream – This is one of the most recognized and awarded anti-aging creams on the market. In fact, it’s the #1 selling anti-aging moisturizer, so being able to purchase it at a premium price for a double pack at Costco this should be my discount hack — but it’s not. This hack goes out to all the moisturizers we bought and didn’t love, or felt the need to use up before replacing it with something new we wanted to try. Instead of tossing it and feeling wasteful any creams that underwhelm you leave by the shower and use on your feet post-cleanse. With all the miles you put in on your feet they could use the boost and chances are there are some great ingredients in your existing cream it could benefit from. Or at the very least help keep them moisturized.

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4. Dawn Liquid Soap – an unexpected beauty contender but one that’s served me well. For two things, stripping my hair of color (I had a recent purple disaster before heading to Coachella when my colorist left the color on too long!) and cleaning my makeup brushes. I washed my hair 3x’s day with Dawn for 4 days to strip the color. It’s also a great makeup brush cleaner, as is clarifying or baby shampoos (and most shampoos in general!). You can also add the smallest drop of conditioner (Pantene Advanced Care Conditioner works great!) to help keep brushes soft.