Elizabeth Hurley + Estee Lauder Companies

Earlier this month I kicked of Breast Cancer Awareness month with Elizabeth Hurley and Estee Lauder Companies, who done so much incredible work and fundraising over the decades. Interesting fact: Evelyn Lauder co-founded the pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer in 1992, now whenever I put on a pink ribbon, I’ll think of her and her legacy.

GET INVOLVED: For every post with the hashtags #TimeToEndBreastCancer and #elcdonates, Estée Lauder is donating $25 to cancer research. To date they have raised $76 million dollars since the start of Eveyln’s bca campaign 26 years ago. Every 19 seconds someone is diagnosed with breast cancer.

Learn more at elcompanies.com/our-commitments/the-breast-cancer-campaign

 

Space.NK Beauty Edit

Anyone else get super excited when it’s the Space.NK beauty edit time of year? Same. I love a good travel size and this is one of my favorite beauty gifting programs and a great opportunity to try and discover new and top selling products. This season the edit features 19 bestselling beauty favorites (valued at over $280), and photoed above from much-loved brands including Dr. Dennis Gross, Marula, Christophe Robin, Ouai, Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and more.

Just enter code ESSENTIALS18 when you spend $175 or more while supples last.

Shop and see the full list of what’s in the edit at spacenk.com

YouCam x Pretty Connected Beauty Donation Drive

Since co-founding Share Your Beauty, we’ve done events, and spearheaded countless donation efforts to sustainably get new beauty products donated to women’s and homeless shelters in the NYC/Westchester Tri-State area. For National Lipstick Day though, we had some truly special help from our friend at YouCam who instead of sending out mailers of product to editors, sent postage so they could mail in any extra lipsticks they had in the office. While their beauty app lets us try new looks and feel beautiful virtually, their efforts helped women in crisis in real life. We had an amazing response of over 250 lipsticks sent in! For this donation we partnered with the Hoboken Family Alliance who gave us dozens of bright, bold smiles for some very appreciative women in tough times. I can’t think of a better gift!

You can read all about it HERE. Thank you to our friends at Vogue, Bustle, Elite Daily, Fashionista, Real Simple, Health, New Beauty, Popsugar, Seventeen, The Coveteur, The Cut, Life & Style, Total Beauty, and Hello Giggles for your donations and especially to YouCam + Lindsay Colameo for your friendship and support.

To get involved and donate your beauty products (we take full and sample size, just make sure they are new), head to https://prettyconnected.com/share-your-beauty-donation-program/

Office Makeover

Nourison Kamala Area Rug

Happy Fall everyone! I don’t know about you but I blinked and summer was over. I spent most of mine traveling for work and after a very busy season, I’m so ready for some normalcy and to transform my space. I somehow let my apartment get over-run by packages and turned my living room/office into a mini warehouse for my accessory line to do shipments. One of my big goals for fall is  to take back my apartment. I started with the office since I desperately need a welcoming space to work out of when I’m home.

Nourison Kamala Area Rug
Nourison Kamala Area Rug

I wanted something to match my white desk and red organizer so after stalking Nourison’s website, I found my perfect one (their Instagram page is also great for inspo). They have a great assortment of carpets at all budgets and styles. I found so many I wanted the toughest part was choosing what decor style I wanted to go with.

Nourison Kamala Area Rug

Ultimately I picked the Nourison Kamala Area Rug, it had all the characteristics I was going for, colorful but not too loud and a dose of red to compliment the filing cabinet. There’s always a hesitation with ordering anything online, but the carpet was exactly as pictured, high quality and made my space! I spent a fortune on my previous carpet and we had a higher budget when looking at the site, which had a range or rugs from $300 to upwards of $3,000, but this $299 carpet (full price and included free shipping) won us over. For a 5.25 x 7.25 ft carpet with this quality, I’m really impressed! Two things not to forget when ordering a carpet, 1) measure your area, don’t guess!, 2) Don’t forget the rug pad! Ordering them at the same time makes your life so much easier.

Nourison Vintage Kashan Ivory Area Rug

They also sell a great assortment on Overstock! I was originally going to do my living room first and was debating between this Nourison Vintage Kashan Ivory Area Rug (on sale for $132), the Moroccan Marrakesh Cream Fringe Shag rug (on limited time sale from $847 to $310!) and Moroccan Casbah Run (originally $882, now $300). The super sale ends in 3 days so I need to high-tail it to organize the living room and keep the renovation going. The whole assortment of Nourison carpets on Overstock can be found HERE, which is definitely worth a peruse. But I screen shot the ones I have my eye on, I actually really need to get back onboard with Pinterest. It feels like forever since I used it.

Nourison Moroccan Marrakesh Cream Fringe Shag rug on overstock
Nourison Moroccan Marrakesh Cream Fringe Shag rug
Nourison Moroccan Casbah Run

As you can see I have very eclectic/conflicting taste when it comes to picking a decor style! If you have any great tips or inspiration pages send them my way. xoLara @prettyconnected