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New 2017 Pirelli Calendar by Peter Lindbergh Unveiled

The 2017 Pirelli Calendar has been revealed and spoiler: it’s amazing. Shot by one of my favorite photographers, the iconic, Peter Lindbergh, this calendar conveys “personality, sensitivity, and the guts to be yourself.” While the photos are incredible so is the fact that Lindbergh is the first in the industry to have shot three editions of this infamous Calendar. The Pirelli Calendar, which has been produced yearly since launching in 1963 has previously been shot by big industry names including Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz and has featured so many iconic models and celebrities. 

2016 Recap: Oh the Places We’ve Gone… (and people we met!)

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2016 is going to be hard to top! I’ve had so many incredible features over the years but being in Real Simple and People StyleWatch were big moments for me! I’ve also added to my sizable list of makeup heroes spending time with the founders of Colourpop, GlamGlow, Kat Von D, Laura Geller, ByTerry, NudeStix, It Cosmetics… and the amount of celebrities from Lionel Richie, Kerry Washington, and Courtney Love that I’ve been able to meed. And so much travel!!!! I have so much to be grateful for.  This was also the year I rescued Charlie and getting him healthy and being able to give him so much love is probably my biggest achievement. 2017 was too epic not to document a photo gallery and timeline of my best moments!

Chatting My Vanity Must Haves on Amazon StyleCode Live

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While the rest of the world was getting ready to watch the presidential debate last night, I was on my way to the set of Amazon’s show, StyleCode Live to join hosts Frankie Grande and Rachel Smith and film a segment on my vanity must-haves! Don’t worry, while it’s filmed live you can watch it anytime and get the 411 on my favorite vanity mirrors, organizers, brushes and so many more fun must haves! (Link below to watch)

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swarovski-crystal-bracelet-cynthia-rowley-bell-sleeve-dressOutfit details:

Cynthia Rowley Bonded Suede Bell Sleeve Dress 

Swarovski Crystal Dust Bangle Double black bracelet and single white cuff

Jean Paul Gaultier for Atelier Swarovski Reverse Necklace Tie

Kenneth Cole reptile booties (similar)

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I did get some compliments on my “tan” legs and it was all Vita Liberata Tan Mousse – in dark (which is perfection and amazing on it’s own) with a little bit of St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Dry Oil on top for more of that sheen, glow finish. This was probably the only time I saw myself on screen and thought the camera took of ten pounds.

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Head to amazon.com to watch the segment live (scroll in 17 minutes and 30 seconds) and if you look at the tab below the screen that says “Your Vanity Checklist” it features all of the products I’m talking about in the segment with direct links.

Thank you to everyone that tuned in and to StyleCode Live for having me! xoLara

Surfs up with Clif Bar

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Photo Credit: Gerald Slevin photography

Last week was a long week. I went from Fashion Week to hosting a charity event on Friday to jumping in my car and driving to Montauk for an awesome, action packed weekend with Clif Bar. Before I get into my awesome weekend (and believe me, it was awesome), my friend Liz asked me a question on Friday I’ve been thinking about all week, “How do I get your energy”.

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In my mind she takes on more than me so I found the question funny. Although I’m asked it often enough that I should have a reasonable answer.  In truth I’ve always thought of myself as leading a double life. I’m very active in the fashion/beauty blogging community and often at events but on my spare time all I want to do is travel and be outside, whether it be hiking, snowboarding or something as simple as going for a walk. My boyfriends even slowly turning me into a camper, which we do often enough that I can probably claim that title. I’m a really active person and it’s not easy with my schedule. I accidentally skip meals all the time but I’m very keen on keeping my energy up since I do need to stay focused.

Charlie Meets Iris

Iris apfel lara eurdolianLast night was a big night! It was the debut of Macy’s Front Row event which I had the pleasure of attending earlier in the month. For anyone not familiar it’s their annual fashion show event which features their exclusive collections and sensational designers like Calvin Klein, I.N.C International Concepts, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Allia, Tommy Hilifiger, William Rast, and the debut of Betsey Johnson’s collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation. Hosted by Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic the show also features performances by Ariana Grande and Flo Rida. It was also the debut of the Iris Apfel for I.N.C International Concepts — the Iris Meets INC collection and she was at Macy’s last night to promote the line and do a Q&A with Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian (I hope you all watched it on my snapchat: @prettyconnected). iris-apfel-at-macys

After months of seeing the gorgeous window displays of her collection every time I walked by Macy’s I was so excited to see it in person and be reunited with her. Literally the last time I saw Iris was when I interviewed her in 2012 for her bag launch. It’s been 5 years and it’s just incredible how much she’s done in that time. She never stops! And she’s still every bit as charming, hilarious and gracious as I remember. And get this! In the middle of her talk she goes, “Is that a puppy?! Can you please bring that puppy to me?”

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So I just about had a heart attack which I covered up by going on stage (in front of a massive crowd) so she could meet Charlie. She then asked how old he was, and I told her Charlie’s was a senior rescue dog somewhere around 10 years old but I’ve only had him for 4 months. To which she replied, “so we both like older men.”. I was so touched. Especially since after the presentation was done she asked if Charlie could sit on her lap for the photos. iris-apfel-edward-barsamian-macys-inc-talk

She brings so much joy to so many. I mean the crowd almost had me in tears each sharing what an inspiration she’s been, that for my dog to bring her joy was probably the best gift I could get. And speaking of gifts everyone check out the Iris Meets INC collection (she’s wearing the collection in the photo!)– it’s filled with all kinds of fun updated mod looks and a ton of incredibly Iris approved jewelry.macys-inc-iris-apfel-clothing-collection iris-apfel-macys-inc-collection

Check out the Iris Meets INC collection at macys.com

Celebrate National Dog Day with the Westin Mission Hills

 

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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!

JCPenney x WWE Tapout Event with Dolph Ziggler + Charlotte

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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!

I Interviewed and worked out with Dominique Dawes and Tide Pods

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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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y0qluMUHQs

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRdleKwYeAY

Thank you Tide for this truly special experience!

Celebrating Swim Season with StyleWatch and Teva!

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On Wednesday night I had a blast celebrating the swimsuit issue of StyleWatch magazine with my fellow bloggers at Vandal in NYC. I always enjoy the magazine launch parties but this one had special significance since I was one of the bloggers featured in the issue.  At the party I ran into one of the other blogger babes featured, my girl Rachel Martino. I’ve known Rachel far before she became a blogger when she was an intern and we worked together. It’s so awesome how the world works and being able to share this moment together.

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Teva sponsored the party and created a super fun experience. They let guests pick between their classic Original Universal style and Flatform Universal style and then enter the DIY station to bedazzle them with jewels and studs. Now I grew up in the 90s and owned the Original Universal as my first pair back in middle schools so I’m so excited these and and everything from that decade are coming back in a big way!

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Teva’s are super comfortable and waterproof, I lived in them when I was at Coachella so I’m all about growing my collection. I actually have my eye on this super cute one from their collaboration with Derek Lam. They also have a really cool artist collaboration collection going on right now.

Getting my Bikini Bod on in Style Watch Magazine!

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I’m so excited that my bathing suit shoot (words I never thought I’d say!) for Style Watch magazine is finally out! Some of you saw the sneak peek I posted a few months ago and know I worked extra hard on getting bikini shoot ready. I’ve always been terribly self-conscious about my bust size. I’m a legit 34D/32DD which translates into an XL top if I’m lucky — and my rib cage is too small to cross over into the plus size arena unless the suit is a string tie in which case I have hope but the fit is usually still off. This bikini from Jessica Simpson fits all my requirements and gives me shape without making me look like I’m trying out for Playboy or worse, falling out of my suit. I think I can even pass for a “C” cup to the untrained eye.

I’ve been in my fair share of photoshoots but this one was a personal challenge since it’s a whole other ballgame when the clothes come off! Style Watch is one of my favorite magazines and this shoot helped me persevere with my fitness and health resolutions for the new year. I actually feel really grateful for the opportunity since it gave me the motivation I needed to take care of myself. It’s very easy when you’re constantly busy and people are asking favors from you non-stop to prioritize everyone but yourself. This forced me to put me first. Many have asked how I did it and the short answer (I’ll do a more involved post soon!) is I quit drinking for 2 months, started cycling at Cyc fitness 2-3 times a week, took HUM Cleanse to the Rescue 21 Day Cleanse supplements and started my day eating a banana (prior to this I could not get in the habit of eating breakfast).

The issue is now on stands through May 13th. Check me out on page 104!