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Celebrate Red Nose Day with us on May 26

Mark your calendars friends for May 26th for Red Nose Day, the campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. You can buy merchandise (like red nose’) from Walgreens where all of the proceeds go to the cause. There’s also a celebrity filled special fundraising event that premieres on NBC at 9/8c that day. Some of you remember the campaign from last year — I know I do and it had such a profound impact on me. Having been in Uganda a few months before, Jack Black’s footage of visiting the kids in hospitals from the region I visited had me so moved (and if I’m being honest, in tears) that I donated on the spot and wanted to do everything I could to support! red-nose-day-1

M&M has also launched the #MakeMLaugh challenge asking friends to post their best Red Nose look using the hashtags #MakeMLaugh and #RedNoseDay and tagging @MMSChocolate. For every post they are donating $1 to Red Nose Day. Charlie (he has an instagram now! @pompomcharlie) and I (@prettyconnected) both did it, although he was not having it with that nose — and actually it was perfectly fitting since it made me laugh pretty hard just how unwilling he was to even fake it for a photo and let me hold it up to his face. But then again that’s what this campaign is all about, spreading joy and making a difference.

Success is Calling with TracFone and Dress for Success

Thank you TracFone for sponsoring this post and for the difference you’re making.

A few weeks ago I shared my memorable afternoon at the Dress for Success empowerment luncheon celebrating the Success is Calling program created in partnership with TracFone. Check out the post or watch the video above to see the difference they are making!

The Success is Calling program is designed to help women with employment and achieving economic independence. In addition to the program, which teaches interview skills and job placement support, TracFone empowers women with a new smartphone and a year of service. That is an amazing gift and tool to help these women prepare to enter the workforce and conquer the phone interview.

Don’t underestimate the importance of a phone or the phone interview! According to a recent survey conducted by TracFone, an interview candidate’s phone etiquette is increasingly critical to advancement in the interview process:*

  • First Impressions Stick: 85% of hiring managers and working professionals say that first impressions made via phone interviews follow the applicant through the entire interview process.
  • Confidence Counts: 82% of hiring managers use phone interviews to gauge a candidate’s confidence in their professional capabilities.
  • Phone Skills Are Essential: 82% of hiring managers say phone skills are key to landing and maintaining a job.

As one of America’s leading no-contract cellphone service providers, TracFone has not only raised funds, donated phones and service, this year they are expanding the program by offering it to twice as many women across the country.

Klorane Celebrates Sustainable Development at the UN with Photo Exhibit


For over 20 years, the Klorane Institute has been committed to share its botanical passion by focusing on three missions: protecting plant species, exploring the plant world’s treasures around the world in order to increase knowledge and best protect them and educating the world with botanical knowledge, with a particular focus on children. The Klorane Institute has heightened its involvement as an agent of change by becoming a founding partner of UNESCO GREEN CITIZENS and invited us to the UN to to experience their latest project.

Share Your Beauty Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary in NYC

lesportsac share your beauty eventIt’s been an exciting week! This month we celebrate the 1 year anniversary of my Share Your Beauty program! As some of you know, last year I joined forces with the poverty relief non-profit organization Family-to-Family and together we created Share Your Beauty; the first beauty donation program, where we organize drives and events to collect beauty and hygiene products and deliver them to shelters and teen centers in NYC and the tri-state area.

2/28 – 3/1 – Calling all Yogi’s! Join us for Big Love Weekend

Big Love Weekend NYC

Love is in the air and we are feeling charitable. Join us in spreading the positive vibes at Big Love Weekend, a two-day wellness campaign to support and raise funds for God’s Love We Deliver, the NYC-based non-profit that cooks and delivers more than 1.2 million meals each year to those in the New York metropolitan area who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

“Go Red for Women” Red Dress Collection


The American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” Red Dress Collection 2015 presented by Macy’s is an exclusive event where top designers, models and celebrities demonstrate their support for women’s heart health during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.Founded by The Heart Truth®, the event reminds women of the need to protect their heart health and inspires them to make a change because heart disease and stroke is not just a man’s disease.

I #ShareAMeal because I care about ending hunger in the US…

IMG_5119.JPGLast week I shared Unilever Project Sunlight latest initiative, which focuses around ending child hunger in the US. As part of the post I shared their latest short documentary, titled Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger. (Watch it, it’s only 4 minutes long and really important to see what’s happening in our own country — Click HERE to see the video).

16 Million Children are Struggling With Hunger in the US – What are we going to do about it?

end child hunger with project sunlight

I’ve written about Unilever Project Sunlight before, it’s a wonderful initiative focused on encouraging people to create a brighter future for children – by taking small steps to live sustainably, use less and share even more. This fallthey are focusing on child hunger today are premiering an original documentary, titled Going to Bed Hungry: The Changing Face of Child Hunger, which reveals the power and the promise of a shared meal for families across America. It’s only 4 minutes long, and so eye opening and inspiring to see how these families work together:

It’s hard to digest that in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger – that’s the
population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. It’s heart breaking that this issue falls so under the radar and happens in ALL neighborhoods – rural, urban and suburban – with 1 in 5 children unaware where their next meal is coming from. It often goes so undetected and one of these children could be someone you know and from your community.

To help shed light on this issue and be a part of the solution, I’m partnering with Unilever Project Sunlight to help rally people across the country to “Share A Meal to Help Turn the Tables on Child Hunger in America”. Our hope is to inspire people to join this initiative and cook for their communities, start food drives or simply raise awareness by talking about what’s happening in our country. They have an amazing tool kit on their site that’s filled with the facts and ways you can help.

Please watch the documentary above and I encourage you share it and to get involved. Learn more on how you can make a difference at projectsunlight.us

{Disclaimer: While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own.} 

PC Does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Pretty Connected ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video

I have to give my step-mother major props! She was the first person to show up in my feed doing the ALS Iced Bucket challenge. While that was only on August 8th, the campaign which has you pour a bucket of ice water on your head as the result of being nominated to either do the challenge or donate to ALS research and raise awareness has become a phenomenon attracting the likes of just about everyone. I was nominated by her and a week later by my friend Lindsay, so here we go…

Share Your Beauty Partners with LeSportsac – Now you can drop off your beauty products in NYC!

beauty products donated to share your beauty

As some of you know I’ve been working on creating a more sustainable beauty industry and have been partnering with brands, editors and bloggers since February to get their un-used/unopened beauty products donated to homeless and battered women’s shelters.

Beauty bloggers/editors get so many products they can’t give it away fast enough. And did you know that when brands discontinue a product or change the packaging they usually destroy any leftover products in their warehouse? Think of all those people in need that they could go to! And up until now there wasn’t a viable solution which I’m so happy to be on the forefront of creating!

A few months back I partnered with the non-profit organization, Family-to-Family to develop a Beauty donation program called “Share Your Beauty“, which allows anyone to donate any unopened beauty products to those in need.

Now in only our 4th month in existence, I’m so excited to announce not only have we donated over 12,000 products and as of today we’re officially partnering with LeSportsac!!!! Anyone in NYC is welcome to drop off to the LeSportsac corporate office  located in Times Square where we will be doing monthly donations to various shelters in the tristate area.

We’re accepting unopened beauty products (hair, skincare, body products, makeup, nail polish and fragrance) — please do not include anything too complicated like self tanners or fake eyelashes (use your judgement).

Prior to drop off or messengering products, please email us at [email protected] so we can have your name added to the security list and notify LeSportsac how much bags/boxes or products they can expect. Please bring a valid ID when dropping off. Unless you prefer to go through the messengering center which does not require registration.

Drop Off Location NYC:

Address: LeSportsac, 1411 Broadway, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018 (Ask for: Paula Spadaccini or Yana Grinyuk)

Hours: 11 AM – 3 PM


Address: LeSportsac, Attn: Paula Spadaccini, 1411 Broadway, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018

Hours: 9 AM- 4 PM

**Messenger: must go through freight elevator entrance on 40th and Broadway. No need for registering.

Drop Off Location Westchester:

Products can additionally be donated or mailed direct to Family-to-Family at their Headquarters in Westchester:

Address: Family-to-Family, P.O Box 225, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706 (Attn: Pam Koner)

All the information is also listed at family-to-family.org/share-beauty for any brand or other inquires email us  at [email protected]

For anyone not familiar with the back story and more about the Share Your Beauty Program, here’s our story: