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Gilt City Warehouse Sale Hits NYC

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Get those credit cards ready! The legendary Gilt City Warehouse Sale is back in NYC on Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th at The Altman Building. You’ll find luxe clothing, accessories and home décor from top designer brands, all at up to 80% off retail.

Gift Guide: $25 and under

From stocking stuffers to hostess presents to secret santa gift! Here are some of our favorite finds for under $25!

Pretty Connected Holiday gift guide

1. Henri Bendel Cafe Girl List ($15), Cafe Girl Mug ($25) – I’m a Bendel’s girl, I love everything about walking into their Fifth Avenue store, the history, the decor and their signature line.  They have a great assortment of gifts under $25, two of which you can find in my kitchen. Their over-size mugs are a pleasure to wake up to and their line of magnetic note pads are perfect for hanging on the fridge for your grocery lists.

2.Prestat Rocket Bauble Christmas Ornament ($12.95) – This ornament is filled with Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles! (Just the thought of it makes me drool a little.) It’s no wonder they are the chosen chocolate company of Queen Elizabeth ll — and were served at Kate and Will’s wedding. Perfect for a hostess gift, housewarming or late night choc-attack. Additional truffle flavors available, purchase through chelseamarketbasket.com

3. Kusmi Tea Essentials ($21.96) – This is my go-to hostess gift. It never fails, everyone loves tea or entertains guests that do. This sampler set includes 24 individually-wrapped

Chloe’s NEW Fragrance: L’Eau de Chloe

In all my fashion week excitement (and posting), I had to take a break to post about the new Chloe Fragrance that is coming out this month! I’m a fanatic when it comes to Chloe fragrances, so I was very excited to receive the lasted edition to their collection: L’Eau de Chloe. Look at how pretty print campaign is! It features 21-yr old French model  and actress Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse, as the face of the fragrance.

I find the other Chloe fragrances, while all unique still resemble each other in smell; L’Eau de Chloe is the most different from it’s collection counterparts. Bottled in the iconic Chloe bottle, L’Eau de Chloe is a very airy, crisp, summery floral that carries a green outdoorsy scent with undertones of rose and citrus. The fragrance opens with refreshing notes of grapefruit, cedrat and sweet peach, blended with natural rose water, and ends with warn notes of cedarwood, patchouli essence and amber.

Enjoy the behind-the-scenes footage from shooting the ad campaign, directed by Mario Sorrenti. In case you’re wondering the song, it’s Ready for the Floor by Lissy Trullie.

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of L’Eau de Chloe was given to Pretty Connected by a company representative. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.

Chloe Rose Edition

Everything’s coming up roses at the house of Chloe with their recent launch of their Chloe Rose Edition (1.7fl oz/$94). Based on their original Chloe Eau de Parfume (which launched in 2008), the limited edition Rose variation carries the same signature packaging with the addition of a pink bow around the neck of the bottle.

Scratch any preconceived notions that this fragrance is remotely a grandma rose fragrance. The delicate scent is so feminine, clean and refreshing! It’s slightly more floral then the original and is accented with magnolia, cedar, lily of the valley and amber. It’s lightweight and a perfect day spring/summer fragrance. Get the limited edition fragrance while you can. I’ve been chasing this fragrance all around Sephora (all we’re all sold out), and finally had to take drastic measures and go to Macy’s 34th St (one of my least favorite places –it’s too overwhelming!) to snag a bottle for my sister (she lives abroad). Although it takes me forever to go through my fragrances –I have quite the assortment, I wish the brand would make it part of their permanent collection. It’s so lovely!

Disclaimer: A complimentary sample was  given to Pretty Connected by a company representative. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review. See my About/Disclosure tab for more information.

Congratulations Erika and Bryan!

Bryan Yates and Erika Mercado

Okay future weddings I will attend, the bar has been set high! Congratulations to Bryan Yates and Erika Mercado, in what could be the most amazing, beautiful, fun, wedding I may ever witness (until I have my own). The bride planned the perfect destination wedding single handed! Although that should be no shock to any of her friends and family, she professionally produces events and photo shoots for a living.

Watching Erika and being apart of the process (even if it was just hearing about it during our regular lunches), and the big day made me believe in magic. It was refreshing to see someone enjoy all the parts of her wedding and not turn into a bridezilla or give into the stress and politics so many do. Instead, it was a everything it should be. A special day when two people unite in holy matrimony in front of their dearest friends and family.

And seriously, how beautiful does she look?  Drool over the details…

Destination: Acapulco, Mexico

Erika’s Look:

Hair and Make up: Diego Americo
Lips: Mark. Glow Baby Glow Lip Gloss
Fragrance: Un Jardin Sur Le Nil
Dress: Chloe
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Venue (ceremony and reception): Hotel Boca Chica
Decor: Caty Gomez
Food: Kesiku (former Bond St NYC chef)
Bryan’s Suit (Groom): Paul Smith
Bridesmaid dresses: Donna Morgan Belted Chiffon Dress

How did she amp up for her big day? Erika cut out cheese, regimented herself at David Barton Gym and drank a lot of Kusmi “Detox” Tea (ahem, I got her hooked on it!).

Check out my handsome date! And yes, he's licking my face

Like a true Mexicana wedding, we started the night refreshed, then the lovebirds got hitched and the tequila came out, the jackets came off and next thing I know my date is licking my face. Chalk it up to puppy love.


An Afternoon at Daffy’s

Have you ever been to Daffy’s? If you live in the NYC you’ve probably walked by their stores; there are several. They are the discount retailer with big yellow signs with their DAFFY’S logo in large print written all down the front. Up until this week, my only other knowledge of the store was that “the ones in Jersey are the best”. Or at least that’s what a former colleague once told me when I complimented her on a jacked she purchased there.

Having been given a $50 gift certificate, I took the afternoon off to explore their assortment and do a little shopping. For the men’s department, I was shocked to see Sebago (one of my favorite brands for boat shoes) priced at $49.99, then further reduced on clearance for $37.49 (they generally retail for $120).  For kids they had a great assortment of dresses and jackets. My big find was kids Ralph Lauren button down polo shirts for $16.99 (those retail for $40).  Then on to women’s to really get down to business and do a little shopping for myself.

Overall the clothing wasn’t my aesthetic, however I was impressed to that they carried a limited assortment of Patrizia Pepe and Les Copains pieces. Both of these brands are very well known in Europe, and priced easily at 50-75% off from what they would retail for abroad. Their fragrance wall carried a large variety of luxury lines including Chloe, Burberry, CK, and Ed Hardy all priced around $15-$20 below retail.

My Desk Before and After Purchasing Daffy's Desk Organizer ($11.99) and Wastebasket ($13.99)

After browsing the different departments of the store, I decided to spend my gift certificate split between the home department and socks. I found a great office desk organizer and wastebasket set, which perfectly complimented my New Years resolution of being more organized. There are actually way too many products on my desk so I plan on using the wastebasket to temporarily store any items I’m in the process of reviewing instead of for trash. Then headed over to socks where there was a large assortment of brands including