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Pretty Connected Accessories Launch Party

Pretty Connected launch party Sponsored by Bumble Bizz, Sunglass Hut and LeSportsac all photographed in this photo. Photo Credit: White Honey

The Pretty Connected brand has evolved so much over the past decade from when I first started as a beauty blogger/reporter 10 years ago! I was helping brands like NARS, Kiehl’s, Jurlique in marketing and grow before getting into the blogger world, with no idea blogs/social/influencers would explode to what they are now. Now we’ve expanded the content range to include fashion, travel, lifestyle and beyond and the doors Pretty Connected(™) has opened to major campaigns, magazine features, TV appearances and beyond still blows my mind. In 2014 we added, Share Your Beauty, an amazing non-profit program we started with Family-to-Family to help donate beauty products to women’s shelters and now we’re in a new chapter, my Pretty Connected accessories line.

Katya Kulyzhka + I rocking the Lara Chains + SandraD cell phone jacket. Charlie’s leash is a combination of our Jamie Strap + Lara mini chain.

Our multi-purpose straps have grown such a cult following, almost as big as our BOSS rings, which have been worn by so many powerhouses from Drew Barrymore, Patricia Field to Chloe Kim!

Alexa Luria, Ashlee Glazer, Val Greenberg showing off all the uses of our chain straps from a camera, to waterbottle and flip flop strap. Add it to you makeup case to make it a wristlet.

I recently launched with Urban Outfitters and our online store has grown so much to include bags, reusable straws and cell phone jackets, that we needed a party to celebrate and properly launch my little brand that could.

Our LeSportsac bag is packed, lets go on a Pretty Connected journey through my timeline.

Since the House of Pretty Connected (should I start calling it that, lol!) has so many parts I wanted to take guests on a journey through the Pretty Connected World and my brands evolution over the past decade! We made passports for their trip and had each gifting stations gave them as a stamp as they traveled through my story.

@savionron Pretty Connected passport ready for her trip…

The journey began with…

LeSportsac: Guests started at LeSportsac where they picked out their travel bag for our journey through Pretty Connected world!

LeSportsac makeup bag with our strap + folding reusable Suck Up straw!

Pretty Connected x LeSportsac HISTORY: LeSportsac runs my charity and since 2014 has helped me bag (in their bags!) over 130,000 beauty products to donate to women’s shelters, I’ve also literally traveled the world in their luggage and bags.

Patricia Field enjoying an Essie manicure

Essie: Next they headed to Essie for manicures (because you need a mani on your trip!) and enjoyed shades from the new Spring collection!

Hands up! Patricia Field and I had matching red Essie manicures. Photo Credit: Makeda Saggau-Sackey for GlamazonPhoto.com

Essie x Pretty Connected HISTORY: Essie was one of my first major campaigns (in 2012) when they put me in a BaubleBar x Essie campaign). We’ve also enjoyed many fashion weeks together, and was honored to have Alicia Torello (@aliciatnails) who leads their fashion weeks and who I’ve been backstage with covering her nail looks for years!).S

Alexa Luria rocking the new Sunglass Hut shades. Photo Credit: White Honey

Sunglass Hut: Next stop Sunglass Hut, because you can’t not travel without the chicest sunglasses. From top brands including Ray-Ban, Prada, Versace, Miu Miu and more, Sunglass Hut has everything to fit your style, and convenient locations, everywhere, which when you’re a girl on the go, like me you appreciate. My obsession with sunglasses is no secret so it was truly special for me to share them with my guests. Our History: I’ve done several TV segments and spokesperson work for Sunglass Hut and they have been apart of major milestones from doing Extra at Universal Studios in LA with Mario Lopez, to being streamed across Times Square for interviewing Sophia Bush on her top sunglass picks, this a brand I truly cherish and love to promote!

Liz Teich of The New York Stylist rocking Stila Cosmetics Beauty Boss lip gloss. Photo Credit: Michelle Rose Photo

Stila Cosmetics: They next headed to Stila Cosmetics, for a makeover (you have to look good for your passport photo), and were gifted the new Beauty Boss lip gloss (I’m wearing shade “in the red” in all my photos). After the amount of beauty awards I’ve judged from Glamour’s to ICMAD and beauty boss features I’ve had in Heath, Elle, Marie Claire, New Beauty and beyond, you can appreciate my excitement over a Beauty Boss lip gloss. Stila was also the first liquid eyeliner I fell in love with and we’ve enjoyed a long history of launches and fashion weeks together.

Erno Laszlo: The brand that introduced me to charcoal before it became an ‘it’ ingredient and constantly pushes innovation (their Exfoliate & Detox Hydrogel Mask will change your life). Erno Laszlo generously gifted their new Hydra-Therapy collection (Serum + Foaming Cleanser), Pore Cleansing Clay Mask and the new Multi-Task Eye Serum Masks (you know how obsessed I am with eye gels – these were a life saver for my sleep deprived, puffy eyes!). Literally everything you need to keep your skin plump and get photo/travel ready!

White Honey photography! Thank you Coterie Party (cups + photobooth signs) and Pura Still for sponsoring the Pretty Connected launch! PS: How chic are our reusable folding straws!

White Honey Photo Studio: White Honey is the top studio for photography and go to for top beauty brands from SkinCeuticals, Chanel, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, SuperGoop, Marc Jacobs beauty (I could go on all day, check their work out HERE). OUR HISTORY: When I launched the website for Pretty Connected Shop, they did the photoshoot and have been my amazing partners for this next chapter and handling my product photography. They also shot some of my favorite beauty campaigns and excel in lifestyle, flat lays, head shots and product shots — so basically everything.

@rachelgregson passport photo aka headshot by White Honey

For the event White Honey offered 3 photoshoot rooms for all the guests photo needs. We had a Passport Shoot (jk we were doing headshots but for the sake of the theme lets call it passport shots). We also had a flat lay station, and a lifestyle room which Nourison, one of my favorite interior and carpet brands designed. The throw pillows, the poufs (which are a steal for $90!) and carpets are all from them! And so are the carpets in my apartment. I’m so glad they came on board to help re-create my home (although it’s a bit of fake news for me to pretend my living room is this organized and epic!). I love them because they are affordable and have so many amazing styles. You can also find a lot of their products on Overstock for an absolute steal!

Welcome to my Nourison filled living room where LeSportsac bags and Williamsburg Pizza is always in abundance.

Williamsburg Pizza: It’s no secret I’m a HUGE fan, I’ve been with them since their first opening in Williamsburg and now several locations later (Williamsburg, LES, UES, Clinton Hill, 310 Bowery Bar and soon to be Union Sq!), I’m so proud to be apart of their story as much as they are apart of mine. Over the years from when I hosted Patricia Field’s showroom party to other events which they have sponsored the pizza for. They are my one true addiction and favorite vice. They are also the first brand I did a Pretty Connected collaboration straw with and their iconic “Fresh” logo. Check them out HERE.

@sy.wendy’s amazing Pretty Connected Lara Chain DIY charm bar strap

The trip ended with a Pretty Connected shop DIY bar where guests could customize their straps with charms and a BOSS ring bar to get them fitted for their rings. Our Boss club is growing and I can’t tell you the joy it brings me to see my rings on so many powerful, smart, beautiful women (and men!).

We then through an epic 150+ person launch party with Bumble Bizz filled with brands, pr/TV peoples and friends who are the reason I get to do what I do! I’m a super networker, and while I planned this party and did all myself, it was my partners that made it possible. Bumble Bizz app, is the app version of who I am. It connects you with business professionals to fill the skills you need to grow your business and network. It’s such a gift and I wish I had it when I started out 10 years ago in this blog and brand world. Now it’s an even bigger gift as I get ready for my next launches (you didn’t think I was stopping here?). Grow your network friends, you never know who you’ll meet that will change your life.

Also thank you to Fotocare for the equipment rental. Pura Still (spiked still water!), Gin Lane 1751, Q Mixers, The Kohas Agency, Thalassa Restaurant, Tsantali wines for the drinks! And Coterie Party for the cups, plates and for the balloons and party decorations. And special thanks to my sister Renee, Makeda of Glamazon Diaries / Glamazon Photo, and Lorna from The Fabulous Report for helping me run the show. I could not have done this without you.

Now for the fun! Coachella is coming up and all of our products are epic for music festival season, enjoy 20% off discount this month with code GETPRETTYCONNECTED on prettyconnected.com/shop

I hope you enjoyed the ride! I consider all of you a part of my journey.
Every reader, supporter… If you’ve liked a photo of mine on Instagram or read any of my articles, then you’ve been a part of my growth, and for that I can’t thank you enough. Ten years is a long time to be blogging and as I’m still a one woman show, I really owe it my friends and supporters for being able to pull everything off!

Speaking of which our handles are @prettyconnected / @prettyconnectedshop.

xoLara

All Hail the Queen Beautyblender

In world filled with knock offs and a beauty world that’s obsessed with what’s new, sometimes it’s the OG’s, the tried and true, that we need to continue to give our attention to. The Original Beautyblender just launched in a new Limited Edition canister at Sephora, fit for a queen; because lets face it, she’s the queen of makeup tools!

The Original Beautyblended in limited edition Queen canister

Beautyblender’s unique, latex-free, super soft material is aqua-activated. Meaning, you add water to and squeeze until it grow 2x in size, creating a second-skin effect when bouncing and melting product into the skin. Plus, when damp, makeup sits atop the sponge (rather than soaking it in) eliminating product waste.

You can use your Beautyblender with just about any formula from liquids, creams, and powders. Fun tip, I recently used is you can use it for “baking” for precise and mess-free application in those hard to reach areas. PRO-TIP: Before baking, slightly dampen your already wet beautyblender to ensure easy and efficient powder pick up and placement!

Personally, I just use it for foundation but I need to broaden my horizons. Cheers the QUEEN, you’re perfect.

Check it out ($20) at Sephora.com

How to properly use a Gua Sha Tool

Gua sha is a technique used in traditional East Asian medicine to relieve muscle tension, improve circulation and for lymphatic drainage. We’ve seen them in everything from Rose Quartz, Jade to and beyond. Dr Elizabeth Trattner sells ethically sourced tools on her site and shows us the proper way to Gua Sha (spoiler alert, you’ve probably been doing it wrong. And goes above and beyond in her demo below on how to tackle wrinkles and problematic areas like the jaw for a lot of us that grind our teeth! My friend, Dr. Nadia just launched a Bian Stone one that contains over 40 mineral and trace elements, and produces negative ions (which has an anti-aging effects).

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner is known for the Gemstone Acupuncture facial which includes gentle facial cupping, Gua Sha treatment, gemstones and acupuncture.

Learn more at elizabethtrattner.com

Hudson Yards NYC Opening

The Hudson Yards opening was completely next level! The area on the West Side Highway that’s between Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea first got a subway stop last year (the 7 train Hudson Yards stop) and now a shiny new mall featuring 100 shops, including NYC’s first Neiman Marcus, 20 restaurants from some of the world’s top chefs, and climbable bee hive structure that together cost $25 billion in development!

BLVD inside Neiman Marcus

The whole affair was bougie, and massive. I need to actually go back and take it all back in, I was visually over-stimulated at the opening. Neiman Marcus stole the show for me, endless floors of luxury and displays. They also have a BLVD salon on the top floor of Neiman’s featuring an all in one beauty service from Valley Nails, DreamDry, Spruce and Bond and Pucker.

Sunday’s non-toxic manicures

My friends at Sunday’s opened their second non-toxic, vegan and cruelty free nail salon on the 2nd floor.

Lastly, I got to meet Atelier Cologner co-founder Sylvie Ganter. I’m a longtime HUGE fan of the brand so it was lovely to meet the woman behind some of my favorite scents.

Admittedly I didn’t take as many pictures as I planned to, I was too busy having fun. But I have a “Hudson Yards” reel on my Instagram Highlights if you’d like to experience the party with me.

If you’re visiting NYC, definitely add this to your to do list. 20 Hudson Yards, NYC.

It Cosmetics Confidence Journey Continues

Last night was epic. Jamie Kern Lima, Co-founder and CEO of It Cosmetics took us on a confidence journey (complete with passport holder) as the brand welcomed four new products into their ever expanding Confidence collection.


Confidence in a Foundation ($32, 1 fl oz), 48 shades, 24 hours of full coverage in a velvet-matte finish. I watched as it covered acne, hyper-pigmentation and rosacea in the swope of a brush — and oh yes, I highly recommend applying with one of It Cosmetics skincare makeup brushes (brush No707 to be exact). The duo = flawless skin. It’s also filled with skincare loving ingredients like ceramides, peptides, hydrolyzed collage, hyaluronic acid and squalane and great for all skin types including sensitive skin.

Confidence in a Neck Cream ($52, 2.6oz), hits all the buzz words of elastin, collagen, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, ceramides, seaweed extract and niacin to help lift and improve firmness, elasticity and smooth skin. It’s clinically tested to reduce the look of horizontal neck lines and it comes with a face and neck citrine roller. Because citrine takes out the bad energy and puts in the good!

Confidence in a Gel Lotion ($36, 2.5 fl oz), the Hydra-Plumping Skin-Transforming Weightless Moisturizer offers 72 hours of hydration (what, what?) It’s oil-free and light weight for all of those who crave hydration but feel like moisturizers are too heavy and make their skin feel “oily”. It’s velvety smooth and wake up tired skin. And as I still can’t get over 3 days of hydration in one step.

Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone ($48, 2oz), Surface Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Vitality Moisturizer, which translates to this moisturizer helps wake up dull, sallow skin. Whether that’s due to having mature skin, living on an airplane or you’ve been up partying all night, this moisturizer infuses some instant vitality back into skin. Enhanced with rose tone pigments it also gently exfoliates dull skin and stimulates surface cell renewal for a more youthful appearance.

With the woman of the hour, Jamie Kern Lima

Before we went through rooms of bubbles, cotton candy clouds and experienced the products in the most magical of way, Jamie Kern Lima talked about Confidence. I mean look at the visuals of this event (this was the Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone display):

Fempower Beauty Lipstick Launch

Empowering messages, chic packaging and strong, beautiful pigment lipsticks… welcome Fempower Beauty Virtumatte Lipstick. A range of four universally flattering lipsticks with black magnetic packaging, strong pigment, that go on matte with just a touch of sheen.

Nest Launches New Body Care Collection Exclusive to Ulta

First came candles, then fragrances and now NEST Fragrances has launched a new range of eight innovative products exclusive to Ulta. NEST Fragrances innovative, new body care line boasts patented technologies to deliver a long-lasting fragrance experience to shape and elevate a mood. And are formulated free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, and mineral oil.

The range features four scents: Bamboo & Jasmine to help you stay balanced, Ginger & Neroli to invigorate, Grapefruit & Verbena to elevate happiness and Ocean Mist & Coconut to calm.

Each set of fragrances is available in Body Wash (10oz/$22), Body Lotion (10oz/$26), Body Mist (3.4oz/$38 and 0.27/$20), Hand Cream (3.4oz/$18), Lip Balm SPF 15 Sunscreen (0.15oz/$16), Water-Activated Foaming Cleansing Towelettes ($22/pack of 10 individually wrapped), and Fragranced Body Wipes ($22/pack of 8 individually wrapped wipes).

Makes a great gift! How chic is a Body Wash and Body Lotion set? Bamboo & Jasmine is my favorite.

Check out the full range at ulta.com

Pretty Connected Camera Straps launch at Urban Outfitters!

Huge news! Our Lara Chain and Lara Mini Chain has launched on UrbanOutfitters.com! The only difference between the two is the length, otherwise same chain, same hardware. Of all the straps I launched in my shop, I only named one after myself and go figure that was their favorite. Which makes it extra surreal to see my name (Lara) + my brand (Pretty Connected) on their site! While the chain was originally intended for cameras, we’ve since discovered a million other handy uses for it.

fashionable camera strap

1.Rock it as a necklace

The infamous SC star Kathryn Dennis showed us how it’s done! She rocked it as full string, while Chelsea March looped the chain necklace pairing it with others.

2. Best water bottle holder ever!

Water bottles can be a pain to hold if you’re bagless or want your h20 by your side. Any water bottle with an open whole cap makes it easy to slide through and take that water bottle from annoying-to-carry to a fashionable accessory.

3 and 4. Flip flop holder and cell phone holder

How genius is it to throw around your flip flops so you don’t have to carry them by hand on those long walks on the beach!?! If you have a cell phone case to support, like those Bandolier ones, you can use the chain as a replacement strap. For anyone that doesn’t, I am launching these easy silicone cases soon with the strap on my shop, so stay tuned!

5. Bag strap

Probably the most obvious use… a replacement bag strap. We have some makeup case bags in our shop these work amazing with (photo of the ones in our store above). We’re all about DIY and customizing so if you get a bag add some patches or pins and make it your own.

6. A lanyard!

Lanyards are never cute at conferences. I go to a lot of fashion and beauty ones and no way am I wearing those promotional ones that just get thrown out. I just say I brought my own, which also happens to be a way more eco-friendly option.

7. Bag/belt decoration!

Get glam with it! I love it around some belt loops or the way @thebowtiegent tied it around his Hermes for some added bling. It doesn’t have to always be functionable when it’s this fashionable.

8. Add it to a keychain or wristlet. Patricia Field will show you how it’s done!

Sometimes you just don’t feel like holding things, like your wallet, or wristlet, or keys! Or in Patricia’s case her collaboration MCM wristlet she takes everywhere. Just strap it through! To help show how easy it is, we’ll have the SATC, Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty, Younger, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Murphy Brown… costume designer and fashion icon, Patricia Field demonstrate in the video above. Please do note this is the sister chain to the Lara Chain, the Patricia Chain, named after this boss, who is my sista from another mista, and all around favorite person.

Fujifilm Instax Mini 70 does not require the connectors while the Instax SQ6

Lastly, I wanted to share some other camera shots since it works with most camera brands, Instax, mirrorless and point-and-shoot styles. With all orders at Urban Outfitters they come with connectors so if your camera doesn’t support a clip, you can use the special connector, which holds up to 3 lbs. It will work with lighter weight DSLR’s, but anything too heavy I recommend some of our fabric straps with bigger hardware.

Above are camera examples that don’t require the connectors, that applies to Sony camera’s and Instax styles like the Mini 70 (which comes with rings). For camera’s that don’t have rings attached, the black attachers included with all UO order will come in handy. These work amazing for all Instax cameras from the SQ6 to the Mini 9 as well as all point and shoot camera!

Don’t forget you can even add your own charms and customize them! All you need are charms, pliers and 7mm jump rings. Especially when you wear it as a necklace it looks sick with some initials or lightening bolt charms hanging down!

If you have any questions, you know how to find me. xo @prettyconnected and @prettyconnectedshop

Until then check me out at urbanoutfitters.com/brands/pretty-connected

Mario Badescu Favorites Launches at Sephora

I love Mario Badescu, if you need a great facial, hit their spa in NYC. Which is why we were so excited to see they have landed on Sephora.com!

While I was anticipating just their “favorites” which incidentally I have a very long list of them: The Drying Lotion to zap them pimples, the Facial Spray, that every makeup artist has in their arsenal and is way underpriced (it’s also the best afternoon pick me up when you’re feeling dry) and the Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30 which got me through my 20s, but it’s all amazing.

Check it out for yourself at sephora.com/brand/mario-badescu

BoxyCharm January Box Featuring Tatcha, Tarte, Briogeo, Ofra and Starlooks

BoxyCharm really impressed me this month with gifts from Tatcha, Tarte, Briogeo, Ofra and Starlooks. I’ve always thought BoxyCharm was a great value but swayed a little younger and not all the products resonated and maybe only a few at best excited me. That all changed this month! The January box features:

It’s the perfect mix of mainstream and indie brands with all products I’ll actually try and use. Of all of these brands Starlooks is the only brand I’ve never tried and because they picked a black liner, I’ll actually give it ago! Also I’m so excited about the Tarte palette, I find that generally the palettes included are really bright colors and skewed for a younger audience. This one is so neutral and would look good on anyone. Also Tatcha!!!! Love their products, so excited to see them in this box as well as Briogeo. I’m in love with their detox scalp product and mask so I’ve actually been meaning to try more products from their line. Generally I find in boxes I often get random shades I’m not as interested in trying where this box felt very versatile and was a great way to start the year.

In case you’re not familiar with BoxyCharm they are a subscription box service that offers 4-5 full-size products worth over $100 for only $21/month + free shipping. This months box is valued at $111.

Learn more at boxycharm.com