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This $20 SUSTAINABILITY IS SEXY Tee Makes a Difference

I partnered with Custom Ink, which is an amazing site that lets you design t-shirts and apparel and host a fundraiser to donate all of the proceeds to the charity of your choice. With their help I created this “SUSTAINABILITY IS SEXY” Tee. It’s $20 and I set all of the proceeds to go to Family-to-Family, a grassroots nonprofit 501(c)(3) hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products, kids literacy programs and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty.

Custom Ink is an easy website/tool to help raise funds and awareness for a cause, and get your message out. My Message: SUSTAINABILITY IS SEXY. My shirt is available in bunch of different styles, I’m wearing the unisex mens style on the site in a size XS, it’s super soft and American Apparel, but we have tanks and other styles available as well.

When I wear my shirt, I’m talking to my friends, but I’m screaming it to brands who everyday send me products buried in so much packaging that is trash. I can’t tell you how sad it makes me when garbage day comes and my trash bins are overflowing with wrappings from these packages. I get it, I’m blessed to receive so many mailers and I appreciate it but somewhere in my 10-years of blogging sending an absurd amount of landfill became trendy and it needs to stop. Listen, every blogger loves a present, bribe me with a gift, I won’t say no, but trash doesn’t count. If I can’t reuse it, I don’t want it. It’s not my personality to publicly shame brands so I’ll avoid naming names but a lot of you brands and PR agencies need to wake up because more and more editors, influencers and industry pros are speaking out, and I don’t know anyone that appreciates it. I would also like to shout out Beach House PR for their announcement that they will only be doing 100% recycled, eco-friendly mailers and boxes voice of excess packaging. Thank you for caring. 

Miami Swim Diary with Swim USA

Well kids, it was a week to remember. Fitness classes, fashion shows, gifting suites, spray tans and endless fun in the sun. Miami Swim did not disappoint! I was out with some of my favorite bloggers and the Swim USA team. Swim USA owns/licenses several amazing swim brands including Vera Bradley, Kikirio, Miracle Suit, Magic Suit, Reebok, Eco Swim and many more. Megan Zietz and I took over their Instagram/Stories for the weekend with the help of our friend Kristi from currentlycrushing.com to share our trip and did a fun photo journal using the NEW Fujifilm Instax SQ6.

We had a blast styling our swim suits into outfits and documenting our week. The new SQ6 offers an instant SQUARE format camera and includes three strobe color filters for a pop of color to the flash, as well as a front-facing mirror which makes selfies effortless. Available in three gorgeous metallic colors, Blush Gold, Graphite Gray and Pearl White, Megan, Kristi and I each got one and paired them with my Pretty Connected Shop camera straps making them the chicest accessory. They’re too cute to be hidden in a bag so we wore ours like purses. Plus there’s something so nice about making memories and documenting them in real time with an instant camera. Here were some of the highlights:

Cynthia Nixon for NY Governor, and of course a SATC Carrie moment!

Cynthia Nixon and Patricia Field holding the infamous Carrie necklace on the 20th anniversary of Sex And The City.
Cynthia Nixon and Patricia Field holding the infamous Carrie necklace on the 20th anniversary of Sex And The City.

What a night, as many of you know Cynthia Nixon is running for NY Governor and she needs our help! The Sex and the City star co-hosted an event with Sex and the City award winning costume designer aka our favorite person, Patricia Field. This week kicks off the 20th anniversary of the show so to see the two reunited with a Carrie necklace in hand (and ahem, PATRICIA FIELD IS WEARING MY BOSS RINGS!!! Actually two of them stacked because shes a major boss). Fun fact, Patricia Field created the original Carrie necklace and it’s available on her website and yes, you can get it personalized to your name.

Patricia Field, Lara Eurdolian, Cynthia Nixon at her campaign fundraiser
Patricia Field and Cynthia Nixon

Back to the real reason for last nights event, Cynthia Nixon is running for NY Governor! Her platform is around improving and reforming public education, clean energy, fixing our subways and equality. Read more about why she’s running HERE.

NOW OPEN! Patricia Field ArtFashion Lower East Side Gallery

What an exciting week! The icon, legend, Patricia Field opened her shoppable ArtFashion gallery space in the lower east side. Featuring 16 exceptional artists, creating custom, one of a kind hand painted clothing, accessories, paintings & sculpture. The collections were previously available on their website, patriciafield.com and now have expanded into the space at 200 East Broadway, NYC.

5 Ways to Wear Our Lara Chain Strap

It’s been an awesome few month since we started the Pretty Connected accessories line. We started with camera straps that doubled as bag straps, and now have launched customizable silver bags (more styles coming soon!), BOSS rings, and our chain straps which pretty much do it all.

We have two styles of the chain strap, the LARA and the PATRICIA strap (the Patricia is featured above). Both are bag straps that double as camera straps that you can add charms to and customize. The above Patrica Strap really shows off some of the many charm offerings! The LARA chain strap also works really well as a necklace, waist chain and lanyard and more! So here it is 5 ways to wear the LARA chain:

sony mirrorless camera strap

1. On a camera – any camera with split or D-ring (we also have a converter for point and shoot cameras), works with our straps. I use it on my Sony Mirrorless cameras but also on my Fujifilm Instax Mini 7 instant camera (see above), so I can shoot instant shots on my travels.

MAC x Puma launches at Six:02

If you’re one of the lucky people who are in NYC today you can get your hands on the limited edition MAC Cosmetics x PUMA sneaker, for everyone else they will officially be launching May 17th at all Six:02 locations and on their website.

MAC Cosmetics x Puma launch at Six:02

The collection included three colors based on MAC Cosmetic’s best-selling lip shades Lady Danger (coral-red), Sin (deep dark blue red/wine) and Creme D’Nude (pale muted peach beige).

Sunglass Coachella Diaries plus me on Extra with Mario Lopez + Sunglass Hut

Extra Extra! After a big week in LA shooting music festival sunglass trends for Extra TV with Sunglass Hut. I took my shades on the road and some of the top trends and headed to Palm Springs to Coachella.

Home of great music, parties and fashion – what more can you ask for? Killer sunglasses? Beyonce, maybe? Jeremy Scott announcing a Moschino x H&M collaboration? Revolve creating their own music festival? Create & Cultivate continuing to be epic and empowering women. Here were some of my highlights and sunglass diary:

Day 1 Friday, The Look: Vogue Eyewear x Gigi Hadid Round Sunglasses

Outfit details: Vogue x Gigi Hadid Round Sunglasses, Naked Princess top, French Connection jeans, Skinnydip London bag, UGG Australia open toe boots.
 

For the first day we took it easy and started at the Lemonhead Desert Glow House getting our hair braided and filled with glitter before heading to the UGG Australia brunch at the Fredrick Loewe Estate. There we drooled over all the fuzzy sandals that UGG just launched for summer and played in the paper flower garden while eating cotton candy and enjoying many beverages. At night we hit up the Rhonda Queen of the Desert party sponsored by Ray-Ban for some dancing and late night fun.

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

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!

More on the 2018 Lexus GS 350 F Sport:

When it comes to cars, I’m more of a comfort gal. My boyfriend can attest that this ride has some fury under the hood and handling that makes canyon carving fun. Since we were driving in LA and Palm springs, a desert roadtrip was in order. So its fair to say that this car strikes a nice balance between comfort and excitement.

It is such a smooth ride but when you change it from eco mode into sport, the instrument panel changes, as if the car has been woken up and is ready to break some rules. There were more than a few times when we took off and tested the claimed 0-60 time of around 4.5 seconds. The F sport adds quite a bit of performance with a growling 5.0L V8, tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and while we didn’t try out the base model, this one kept us giggling with its acceleration and tight handling. With the paddle shifters in Sport mode, its truly a joy to drive on the open road.

The interior is simple and refined and roomy enough to cart around all of our belongings without much hassle and it comes with the suite of safety tech you would expect – lane departure, warnings and the like. The controller for the infotainment system is a bit awkward and hard to use while driving, I hope that they update that design soon.

I loved everything about this car and the only thing that we disagreed on was the look of the front – for some reason James is very opposed to large grilles on cars, and this one has the ‘spindle grill’. But personally, I like it.

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!