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

Unfiltered Fashion Show with Jessica Abo

Probably one of my favorite parts of being in this digital space is the incredible opportunities it brings and the people with it. Last week, I had the honor of walking in Jessica Abo’s show New York Fashion Week show during Style360 in partnership with IVY. Jessica wrote the book, Unfiltered: How to Be as Happy as You Look on Social Media, which sold out even before her appearance on Kathie Lee and Hoda. (Don’t worry it’s back in stock now, Amazon got me my order fast…). It was recently named #1 on Women’s Health Magazine’s list of self-love books. You can read more about her awesomeness HERE.

Outfit details: Sunglass Hut Ray-Ban indoor/outdoor glasses, Boohoo jeans, Stella McCartney Cooper Elyse Star Shoes, Pretty Connected Lara Chain with Sony Mirrorless A6000

For her book launch, Jessica Abo brought together entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators and influnencers to walk down the runway wearing token phrases/advice from her book. Not to mention Jonah Platt opened the show with a musical performance and then walked in it!

BOSS Series Interview: Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl

stacy igel of boy meets girlInterview of Stacy Igel of Boy Meets Girl. Photo Credit: @SophieElgort

I always try to recall how long I’ve known Stacy but between admiring her work and our run ins at events the line is blurred and all I can answer that with is… a while. She’s a true inspiration and someone who has more job titles than me, and somehow does it all and manages to always have a smile and not a hair out of place. I’m so proud to call her my friend and she’s the only person I know that uses Post-It’s the way I do, in bulk. To say I admire her is an understatement and so excited to have her for this weeks boss series. So here we go…

Tell us about yourself?

I am the Founder & Creative Director of BOY MEETS GIRL®, a young contemporary streetwear brand founded in 2001.  We have also been coined as “the original give-back athleisure brand.” I am a proud mom of son @dylanreidigel. In my sleep I write a lifestyle blog, Behind the Seams™ with Stacy Igel and also co-created and co-host the #MOMSGOTTHIS podcast which was recently featured in Forbes “Podcasts Created by Women You Need to Be Listening To Right Now!” And is up for the 2018 People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Charity and giving back has always been a big focus in everything I do. I have been a chair several years for the Young Survival Coalition ILP Gala:  https://fashionweekdaily.com/stacy-igel-young-survival-coalition and I am a brand ambassador for the NSCC’s BullyBust campaign. I am also a frequent lecturer & panelist on subjects such as social media, branding & entrepreneurship.

You do it all! How do you time manage? Are there any apps/tools you use to make your life easier?

Every day I am learning. I use my Outlook calendar, I use my BOY MEETS GIRL® notebooks for meeting notes, and I recently bought a BLOOM daily planner that I am mixing into all the above to keep me organized. I use my memopad a lot, as well as EverNote and Google Docs. I also can’t forget about Post-Its! They’re all over my desk.

What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?

Be prepared to work like you’ve never worked before.

Being a talented designer is not enough. You need to learn how to be an effective marketer, networker, salesperson, service provider, writer, stylist, merchandiser and