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Miraclesuit Swim Trip to Tulum

It doesn’t get any better then a press trip to Tulum with Miraclesuit, a swim brand that boosts making you look 10lbs lighter. Which after letting my body hibernate all winter, I desperately needed. While I find statements like that generally gimmicky; upon putting their suit on and watching everything be lifted and sucked in, it was like I had my 20s body back! Unfortunately my old abs weren’t included. You can feel the quality in these suits.

Now for my confession. I basically corset my boobs on a daily basis and I am more apt to be in a sports bra, oversized top than a tight fitting dress or regular bra because I’m a 34DD and totally self conscious. To make bathing suit shopping that much more difficult, my big boobs are coupled with my long torso making it next to impossible for me to wear regular suits. In fact I’ve ordered so many XL bikini tops from every major department store and return 90% of them because I have so much under boob or I’m falling out of the cut and it’s next level unflattering. I feel like most contemporary brands do their XL for B/C cups with larger frames. I’m literally the opposite of that and need cup space. Moral of the story, bathing suit shopping for me is a nightmare. I honestly thought I could only do a string bikini’s with adjustable top and side straps and a large cup size. Until now.

This is the first brand where I feel so confident in the fit and can actually attempt a one piece. Words I never thought I’d say. Most flatten me, push down my boobs (not hot) and give me side boob. I’ve tried to do a size 10 – 12 to accommodate my chest but then the straps are too loose and so is the butt area. Being a size 2/4 on the bottom and size 12 on top doesn’t mesh well for most brands.

Everything changed on this trip with Miraclesuit. I’m obsessed with this maroon/white Habiskiss Crisscross Bra Top and Norma Jean Swim bottom two piece. My friend Megan from TFDiaries.com, was also on the press trip and somehow, although not shockingly picked the same suit as me, and it looks great on both of us (not to brag, but girl had just her 3rd baby and is rocking it).

We’re also both wearing the same Miraclesuit Hibiskiss Scarf Pareo cover-up scarf, Megan put it around her head and I tied mine around my neck for more of a tank-ini effect. We both opted for the high-waisted bottom but it also comes in smaller Mid Rise V-Kini Bottom, which I also picked up. The suit is also available in black and some other prints and I’m all over that!

California Road Trip Style Giveaway ($750 value)

There’s really nothing like a California road trip, it’s one of my favorite times to try new cars and take in the scenery. After a big week in LA with Extra TV and Sunglass Hut, James and I took a road trip to Palm Springs in the new 2018 Lexus GS 350 F Sport.

Nic + Zoe, Instax + Ray-ban giveaway!

Going back to my Boston roots, I packed some new pieces from Nic + Zoe who do casual chic so well. Cool and comfortable is my go-to when doing any road trip as well as sunglasses. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite road trip must haves and doing an Instagram giveaway.

Up for grabs is my entire Nic+Zoe outfit, Sand Dune Cardi sweater, Laid Back pants and Stripe Mix top, Ray-Ban Blaze Aviator and the Instax Mini 70 instant camera + film connected to my new Pretty Connected ‘Lara’ camera strap, ($750 value) on Instagram!

Sorry guys, dog and car not included!

Rules: Open to US residents only, all local state and federal rules apply. Winner will be picked at random April, 20th 2018. Head to instagram.com/prettyconnected to officially enter. Good luck!

Pretty Connected x Sunglass Hut at Disney!

Pretty Connected x Sunglass Hut Camera Strap

It was such an exciting weekend for my brand! As some of you know I recently launched a line of fun camera straps (that double as bag straps) as well as other accessories and we collaborated with Sunglass Hut to create a custom glitter red strap for their press trip to Disney. Sunglass Hut, who has an actual store in Disneyland, celebrated the launch of the limited edition Disney x Ray-Ban  Wayfarer Sunglasses.

The classic black Ray-Ban Wayfarers with some cute Mickey Mouse etching on the side is currently sold out online but is available at select Sunglass Hut stores that haven’t sold out quite yet. Definitely call before to reserve yours!

I’ve had a few celebrities wear my line but I have to say seeing Minnie Mouse felt like some serious childhood goals!

The strap is currently available on prettyconnected.com/shop, it’s the Erica strap named after my friend Erica Greenbaum who loves Disney more than anyone I know!

W Hotel Fort Lauderdale was Suite!

{Outfit details: ASTR the Label Jumpsuit, Givenchy boots, Pretty Connected Jamie Camera Strap (DIYed with Crystals), Sub Apollo Sunglasses, Obagi Hat}

We’re off on our Celebrity Reflection cruise, making all local stops: Grand Cayman, Columbia, Aruba, Curacao, and Bonaire. The itinerary is ridiculous — you can follow along my 11 day cruise on Instagram/Instagram Stories @prettyconnected).

We left from Ft. Lauderdale and even though the cruise didn’t depart until 4pm we didn’t want to take any chances with all the spastic weather NYC was having and decided to fly in a night early and stay at the W Ft. Lauderdale. We upgraded to a corner suite with our points since we have status with SPG, and our room was ridiculous!

Charlie at the Westin

LA has been a trip! It feels like I transplanted my NYC life to LA making stops at the Indie Beauty Expo, Physician’s Formula, Kevyn Aucoin and It Cosmetics for their spring launch parties and also the Shoedazzle x Barbie Style event, which was so fun! This was also the trip where I simultaneously launched my Pretty Connected Camera/Bag strap line. We had an incredible event at Disney with It Cosmetics (I can’t wait to share the photos) and today my friend Mickey Williams put us in a segment for ABC7 Sarasota Suncoast View (dying!). So much to share! But alas all this insanity has kept me away from my computer and I just got to Palm Springs to visit some of my best friends and have some downtime.

However, it wouldn’t be a trip to Palm Springs without a stop at the Westin in Mission Hills. As some of you know almost 2 years ago I rescued Charlie, my senior Pomeranian love of my life from this hotel. He was/is part of their pet adoption program where they invite one rescue to live in their lobby and guests can walk, and hang out with them.

Our straps are going to Disney! We’re partnering with It Cosmetics!

Well kids, it’s been an exciting week to say the least. Since launching my line of camera/bag straps less than 7 days ago, I’m so proud to announce my first brand collaboration with It Cosmetics.

We’re doing a limited edition Pretty Connected x It Cosmetics ‘Capture It’ strap. We’ll be launching the strap at Disney with the top beauty vloggers/bloggers attaching them to the Instax Mini 9 camera for them to run around the Magic Kingdom and capture their adventure. I named this series of straps the “Jamie” after It Cosmetics founder, Jamie Kern Lima. I want all of my straps to be named after inspiring women, and Jamie is the ultimate girl boss. She’s made real change happen in the beauty industry, being the first prestige brand to use real women of all sizes and skin issues as models. Her acceptance speech for the CEW Achiever Award still gives me chills!

Outfit details: RXP dress from Bandladies showroom, Givenchy lace up boots, Neiman Marcus Barry Jewelry Crystla Lightening Bolt Hoop Earrings (on sale, $15!).

Bandladies BOSS party

Earlier this week, my friend and style + trend expert, Brittney Levine & I hosted the launch of the Bandladies Showroom. They carry four clothing lines that are so edgy and cool. Really incredible textures, prints and editorial pieces. We invited our friends for the ultimate girls night. We’re talking, Williamsburg Pizza, specialty cocktails by Articulate Productions, On Demand Salon for hair styling, and I hosted a BOSS ring bar! brittney levine, nikki klarsberg, pandora amoratis, lara eurdolian, ashley goldsteinAs many of you know I just launched my accessories line, and while it’s mostly camera/bag straps, I have line of BOSS rings that are pretty dope, especially when they are layered. It was a pleasure having all my girls there for my first BOSS ring bar, where they could pick up my rings in their size. Since our theme was fashion week, or rather pre-fashion week styling, guests checked out the showroom for their fashion week outfits and we hooked them up an incredible gift bag thanks to our friends at Shapehouse, EOS and STARSKIN. LA born, Shapehouse just opened in NYC in two locations (UES and Flat Iron), they offer 55 minute sweat sessions where you lay in an infrared blanket while watching Netflix (or any program you’d like) and burn 600-1500 calories. It’s amazing, and my ultimate lazy girl workout. You walk out feeling amazing and it’s the easiest way to suck it all in before fashion week! I should note Brittney and I went back to back before our event. We’re obsessed!

Eos lip balms are always a good idea. Especially in the winter in New York, since chapped lips will never be cute. Eos just rolled out their new Crystal balm featuring extra chic packaging, and a crystal clear balm that’s waxless and offer weightless hydration thanks to it’s blend of 5 nourishing natural oils. Available in two flavors Hibiscus Peach and Vanilla Orchid, it’s a winter must have.

My Big Announcement! My Camera and Bag Straps Just Launched!

Pretty Connected Camera StrapCamera straps, bag straps and Boss rings. It’s the moment I’ve been waiting a very long time for. I have finally launched my Pretty Connected™ accessories line. While I’ll be focusing on DIY events and brand partnerships (I have some really cool ones coming up!), my first collection is a line of basic straps I want to encourage anyone who purchases to customize. Decorate them with with pins, flat back charms, patches, studs… and have fun! I have spent the last month living at Michael’s and M&J Trimming coming up with really cool DIY ideas for all of you and crafting on my straps.  I’ll be sharing my DIY ideas in blog posts coming soon to help inspire you!

For some inspiration though, these are a few of my favorite quick DIY’s I did over the weekend with my Jamie strap. It’s amazing what a few stars or trimming does for the design.

As some of you know, for the past 4 years I’ve been making my own camera straps since I refuse to look all cute and then wear a big Sony or Canon branded camera strap around my neck. And while there are some alternatives online, I had a hard time finding one that I connected with so I started making my own. And a lot of you have noticed and asked me about them over the years and finally, I got my act together and created a line. I love to travel and accessorize so I want to make camera straps that can easily be switched out based on your mood and outfit. I hinted at the launch last fashion week when I debuted one of the straps I made on the runway for the Livari fashion show I walked in.

Sparkle tops, tassels and how to resurrect dry hair

Eliza J Pants // Nu New York top // Baublebar earrings and necklace // Stuart Weitzman boots

It’s been a long week wrapping up projects cooped up in my office so on Friday I finally got a blowout and starting playing with some of my black friday purchases — how good are these Eliza J pants? I round up my favorite sparkle tops below but quick side bar I have been in hair hell lately. Overly processing my hair finally caught up with me during my last session and the stylist left in my toner too long (and then tried to fix it by literally murdering my strands).

Inspired by: Cruising in the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises

I just got back from traveling around Mexico and I can’t wait to go back south! From swimming in the ocean, wind in my hair, feet in the sand and eating my weight in guacamole to leaving the beaches to head to Mexico City to fulfill one of my dreams of seeing Frida Kahlo’s house it was a magical week away. I can’t believe I almost canceled my trip after the earthquake hit. I was so devastated by the news that I wanted to use our trip to volunteer but the reality was donating money and tourism was what the city really needed. And to my surprise all of the attractions were open, the city was alive and in traveling all over the Mexico City I saw very little damage. Granted most of the accounts were in residential areas, none of the damage interfered with out trip and spirits were high as we walked the streets.

Right now many of the islands off of Mexico and much of the Caribbean have either no damage or are recovering and opened their ports, ready for our arrival. Now is a great time for tourism to help the islands rebound and return to normalcy.