2013 Recap: Oh the Places We’ve Gone…

As this month comes to a close it’s impossible not to take a step back and reflect on what an incredible year 2013 has been. Of course, while it was happening I was moving too fast to really appreciate some of these unforgettable moments and experiences. So that will be at the top of my resolution list — to slow down and really savor the moments. As Ferris Beueller said, “Life moves pretty fast if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Top 2013 Moments (I’m going to countdown in reverse):

December – Versace, Versace, Versace! My first trip to Art Basel in Miami and besides getting to meet Shepard Fairy, see Pamela Anderson’s pixie haircut first hand and being poolside next to Adrian Grenier; the highlight goes to getting a private tour and partying in the Versace Mansion. If you need any convincing on why it’s the best week to go to Miami, click HERE.

NovemberMy holiday picks were featured on b-glowing.com, and my skincare tips were featuredThe November issue of Health Magazine (next to Michelle Phan!)

October – A big month for me, I turned 30, because a spokes person for Knock Out nail polish and I got to meet Lou Reed, John Varvatos, and Mick Rock and hear them speak shortly before Mr. Reeds passing (recap HERE).

September – Pretty Connected turned 5! And we gave this site a big makeover, including a new makeover feature that lets you upload your picture and test out different makeup and hair looks. Try it out for yourself on our Get A Makeover tab.

Other highlights include interviewing my childhood girl crush,  Tiffany Thiessan, celebrating Elie Tahari Day (yes, it’s officially a day) with the man himself and Joan Rivers. I also had some one on one time with Eva Mendes for the launch of her collection with New York and Company.

August – Pretty Connected gets a makeover and a makeover tool from StyleCaster

This was also the month of the VMA’s where I was asked to be the official COVERGIRL Correspondent In Touch Magazine’s Icons+Idols party. Not only did I get to interview the likes of  Jenny McCarthy, Taryn Manning, Sarah Hyland, Nick Cannon, and NERVO, I also landed myself in the corresponding issue of InTouch Weekly

July – Hamptons, Hamptons, Hamptons. I basically lived at the StyleCaster House during the month, and thanks to the amazing sponsors like Dove, Hautelook and Express, I was totally spoiled.

June – My first feature in Lucky Magazine! I was also the special curator for the beauty/jewelry subscription service, Wantable! As well as in a mani newsletter fro Ricky’s featuring my homegirl, Miss Pop Nails and Knock Out nail polish.

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May – Ahem I had a 2 page feature on me in Cosmo Armenia (this was pretty maj!). This is also the month where the tweetup I organized and hosted for Essence cosmetics became the #2 trending topic on twitter! The power of bloggers!

April – Designer month! I was invited to a private lunch with Anna Sui (I die!), and set next to the delightful designer:) I also had the pleasure of meeting Oscar De La Renta – he autographed a card for me.

I also for the 3rd hear in a row covering the White House Correspondent’s Dinner epicness which included moments with Gerard Butler,  Jeremy Renner, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy and of course the host… Conan!

March – I hosted the Pandora grand opening with Lucky Magazine! I also met and spent some quality time outside a bathroom at a ballet gala with Carolina Herrera (my hero!).

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February – I was quoted in the New York Times! I also hosted an event for/with my favorite romance novelist, Jackie Collins

January – I had breakfast with my favorite homeware designer, Michael Aram (on Michael Arams). My apartment is showered in his designs so it was quite an honor.

What an incredible year!!! As I re-live it by writing this post I’m so grateful for all the places my blog has taken me. I can hardly believe all of that happened and as I kick off this new year with my first trip to Africa, I’m excited for all the amazing adventures and opportunites to come!