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All about that plastic…

Melissa Shoes moved around the corner in from their location on Greene Street to the booming block on Broadway. And lets just say the new store is on a whole new level of cool. They adopted an experiential store concept that features part boutique and part art gallery. This larger flagship location is chalk full of unique and engaging decor, from the fixtures to the live green wall and my personal favorite, the infinity room — mirrors everywhere (hello selfie opportunity!).While there was no shortage of designer plastic, rain shoes, flip flops, platforms and everything in between that I wanted, I opted for the Melissa Shoes x Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Chelsea Boots at the opening and am obsessed!!!! Like their other Galeria locations around the world, the store will stock styles from Melissa’s main women’s collection, as well as their infamous designer collaborations with brands including Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Jeremy Scott…

A Very Super Saturday

I’m so happy I got back from Greece in time to make it to the Hampton for Super Saturday with OCRFA, the largest global charity making advances in ovarian cancer research. It’s by far my most favorite shopping day of the year with all of the proceeds going to Ovarian Cancer Research!

Greetings from Mykonos

necklace // sunglasses // dress // ring // bracelet // arm ring

I don’t know what to say except island life is really agreeing with me. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so relaxed. Mykonos really agrees with me. I have no concept of what time it is or even what day it is. Patricia Field threw the most fabulous party and runway show for her ARTFASHION x Apostolos Mitropoulous collaboration on the island (I’ll be posting the video and images shortly), and she’s been the most amazing host.

Her friends are incredible, full of life and just so happen to have the best taste in restaurants — great food with exceptional views of the water. Speaking of her friends, Darren Star and Debi Mazar came from filming the finale of Younger to be at the show (are you all watching? Because it’s one of the best comedy shows out right now, plus Patricia Field is styling it!). And yes, Debi Mazar

Gigi Hadid x Vogue Eyewear Launch Party

gigi hadid vodue eyewear capsule collection

Gigi Hadid sure knows how to throw a party! The #ShowYourVogue party celebrated the launch of Gigi’s recent capsule collection with Vogue Eyewear. Decked out in an all pink Barbie-esque ensemble, the 22 year old model launched her line of sunnies in the most fabulous way possible.

Held at The Industria NYC, the venue was split into different booths that uniquely expressed the different sunglass styles, and created unlimited selfie opportunities. One booth included sink faucets that served rosé and white wine complete with a bathtub full of wine, another boasted models dressed in retro garb baking sweet treats in a 60’s inspired kitchen, as well as one other booth had bad-ass looking models in tinted frames playing poker at a round table (complete with Gigi x Vogue playing cards, of course). Guests had the option to borrow disposable cameras to take Instagram worthy polaroids, as well as walk the mini red carpet that was setup in the front.

Rodarte Paris Couture Week with Morgan Taylor Lacquer

I don’t know if I’ve ever experienced anything as magical as the Rodarte Spring/Summer 2018 fashion show during Couture Week in Paris. The Mulleavy sisters really brought it for their first showing in Paris. No detail was left unturned.

For this trip I was with the nail sponsor for the show, Morgan Taylor Lacquer, and had the pleasure of joining in on the nail tests and getting to watch their lead artist, Tracylee Percival in action. I’ve known Tracylee for years, she’s the best of the best but getting to watch her vision come to life… she’s a genius and an incredible artist. Just look at this look she created using real flowers — and my small part in bringing her vision to life!

Proenza Schouler Paris Couture Week with Morgan Taylor

Paris for Couture Week is like nothing I’ve ever experienced, and I’ve done Paris and New York Fashion Week on repeat. For this trip I was with the Morgan Taylor Lacquer team, who traveled to do the nails for Proenza Schouler and Rodarte’s Couture Week shows. Here’s a quick video from behind the scenes and also at the show for Proenza Schouler (I’ll have a video up soon on Rodarte!). It was really cool to be apart of the nail tests, which is when the nail team joins the hair and makeup team before the show at the designer’s studio they they can test and make the final decisions on the beauty look.

We did our beauty test the day before the Proenza Schouler show. Based on the designers vision, Morgan Taylor lead artist, Vu Nguyen along with Taylor Daniel (or as I like to call her THE Taylor of Morgan Taylor), put forth some dark reds and burgundies, as well as some variations of nudes with different top coats. Ultimately they settled on their deep burgundy, “Take the Lead” shade for some of the models and the others were met with just a single coat of “Matte’s A Wrap” over a well manicured nail for a more minimalist look.

It was a modern take on a minimalist look with the matte top coat, while the deep burgundy choice was all about going against the grain for spring (move over pastels) and challenging tradition.

Then came show day, and right down to the invitations the show was gorgeous (see photo above and shop my jewelry HERE). Set at the Lycée Jacques-Decour, a school built in the 19th century, the label sent down beautiful prints, slim fit dresses with cut outs, straps, and texture down the runway to a dramatic beat (I’m sorry I had to cut the music, Youtube is a challenge with any music you don’t have the rights to), but you can catch the show finale in the video above.

Adventures in Morgan Taylor + Rodarte Paris Giveaway

Bonjour from Paris! It’s been an incredible few days exploring the city with Morgan Taylor Lacquer. They are doing the nails for the Rodarte and Proenza Schouler runway shows at Paris Couture Week. I’ve been behind the close door of Rodarte with the designers, hair, nail and makeup team come together and all I can say is this is a show that beauty lovers aren’t going to want miss! The nails are being led by my girl, and literally my nail queen, Tracelee (Links: blog + Instagram) — if you don’t know her, you should. And if you’re wondering why I’ve put her on a pedestal, I don’t give crowns out easily, just wait until you see her nail look! Couture shows, deserve couture nails so get ready! And this Morgan Taylor look is not to be missed! You can follow my adventures in Paris on Instagram + Instagram Stories, we have the 2nd nail test at Rodarte today, Proenza Scouler tomorrow and I’ll be backstage at both shows and the actual runway shows on Sunday, so stay tuned for an exciting weekend! In the meantime GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!!!!!!!

I’m giving away my travel must haves on my Instagram today, which includes this grey Love/Hate Rodarte Shirt in size medium ($133), LeSportsac Travel set in black including the Global Weekender bag ($130), 3-Zip Voyager Backpack ($165) and hanging organizer ($60) which I’m willing with 6 top Morgan Taylor nail lacquer shades ($54)! Total value of the giveaway is $542 so head to Instagram.com/prettyconnected and stay tuned today for this to go live!

You’ll be winning everything described and pictured above and below in these shots:) Also how amazing is this Rodarte tee!?! It says J’aime Rodarte on one side and Je Deteste Rodarte on the other. Translation, I love Rodarte, I hate Rodarte (said no one ever).

Check out my segment with Sunglass Hut on Extra!

Extra, Extra! I had so much fun teaming up with Sunglass Hut and EXTRA to share the must have sunglass style of the season with host, AJ Calloway. We had a blast shooting  and lets just say Sunglass Hut makes it very easy to find on trend and basically any sunglass style you could ever way. With so many styles and brands including Prada, Miu Miu, Ray-Ban, Persol, Dolce & Gabbana and so many more, it’s the ultimate destination for sunglasses. Plus they have a million locations so they’re easy to find!

sunglass hut aj calloway lara eurdolian extra tv sunglasses segmentCheck out the segment above and below are the trends I talk about that you should have on your radar:

Throwing Shade with Sophia Bush in Times Square


I had an absolute blast on Tuesday co-hosting Sunglass Hut’s Facebook live with actress, activist and fellow dog lover, Sophia Bush. We were live from the Made for Summer event in Times Square where Sophia shared her current top 3 picks for summer. Somehow the genius’ behind the event were able to live stream the chat and some photos above the store which was pretty epic since I can’t believe my face was on a billboard in prime Times Square! Sophia was amazing, such a warm and charitable — not to mention stunning person. You can watch our Facebook live here and head to the bottom of this post for Sophia’s picks.

Sophia Bush With Sunglass Hut | Made For Summer

Did you miss Sophia Bush on Facebook Live yesterday? We’ve got you covered. Check out all the best moments and Sophia’s favorite summer styles. #MadeForSummer #ShadesOfYouShop Sophia's picks: sgls.ht/SophiaBush

Publicado por Sunglass Hut em Quarta, 21 de junho de 2017

It was a perfect night and I’m so grateful to all my friends and readers who came out to the event and watched us live on Facebook! My outfit details (thank you Eliza J and Swarovski for outfitting me!):

Lara Eurdolian and Sophia Bush live from Times Square sharing Sophia's top 3 sunglasses picks with Sunglass Hut
Look Mom, I’m on a billboard in Times Square!

SOPHIA’S SUNGLASS PICKS:

Judging the Belmont Longines Fashion Contest

It was back to the races with me this weekend, only this time to judge the Longines Fashion Contest during at the 149th Belmont Stakes for the Racing Festival. Presented by NYRA Bets and Longines, contestants put their best foot and hat forward on the ‘Most Elegant Woman’ catwalk for a chance to win the Longines Prize of Elegance and their DolveVita timepiece. And these ladies brought it! 149th Belmont Stakes Longines Competation from prettyconnected on Vimeo. Here’s a quick look at the event and our top 10 finalists!  Such diverse style and so many incredible hats, it wasn’t an easy choice. I joined fellow judges, Tom Murro, Entertainment TV Host and Huffington post columnist and New York Jets, Brent Qvale, and style writer, Laura Brookins as we narrowed down our top 10 and ultimately giving first place to Leckie Roberts — I mean she had a clock as her hat — it was pretty impressive. She wore Ted Baker with a Chanel bag and custom hat from East Village Hats.