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Essie Fall 2014 Dress to Kilt Collection {ManiMonday}

“Live dangerously. Dress flawlessly Inspired by a woman’s undeniable feminine mystique, essie’s fall 2014 delivers shades so chic it is almost criminal.” How’s that for a self manicured description by essie for their new dress to kilt collection? Intriguing, right? But does it live up to the description?

essie fall 2014 dress to kilt collection

Here’s what’s in the range (left to right from the photo above):

#ManiMonday Essie Summer 2014 Nail Polish Collection


Launching this month, Essie is taking a walk on the wild side with the their 6-piece Haute in the Heat summer collection. The diverse palette has everything from a bold guava to a muted coco offering a

#ManiMonday: Essie Spring 2014 Collection


I have many perks to the job, one of which are amazing surprises! Last week, while it was all raining and grey ousite, the colorful spring collection for Essie made it’s way to my door (and with

NYFW: Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014 Show with Stila, TRESemme + ESSIE

backstage at Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2014Backstage at Rebecca Minkoff, the hair was a gorgeous, effortless braided up-do that I’d like to start rocking now, paired with a bolder eye and palette of Navajo neutrals and fun patterned pink nails to finish off the look. Rebecca Minkoff’s inspiration for the Spring 2014 collection was taken from an old photo of Bianca Jagger traveling in Mexico and the beauty teams played off that idea when developing the looks.

Claire Bowen & Sam Palladio Rock the Summer with Self Magazine

Claire Bowen & Sam Palladio

Last night, Self Magazine hosted their Rocks the Summer event in honor of their July music issue at NYC’s PH-D at the Dream Hotel Downtown. And what kind of music celebration would it be without some steller music, which was flown in straight from Nashville (literally and figuratively). Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio of the ABC hit series, Nashville, flew in from Nashville to perform 3 songs in front of the live audience; including their first duet together on the show, If I Didn’t Know Better. Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self Magazine, made a joke about all of us wanting to be Clare and wanting to date Sam, which judging by all the sighs in the room was pretty spot on. Whether or not you’ve seen the show, it was next to impossible to watch the performance and not consider yourself a fan. They are so talented (and handsome, and they have accents, she’s Australian, he’s British — just saying).

Claire Bowen & Sam Palladio

Claire Bowen & Sam Palladio

Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self MagazineOther highlights include getting my hands on the new summer collection from Essie nail polish, which was one of the event sponsors. All the signature cocktails being served we’re inspired by different shades from the collection. And also seeing Snooki (there’s something I thought I’d never say), who is now the size of my pinky (no seriously, she’s like a size 0). It was impossible not to stare…



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Essie Summer 2013

Essie Summer 2013

NYFW: Backstage Beauty at Costello Tagliapietra Fall 2013 Fashion Show

I’m always in constant amazement of these two suspender wearing, burly gentleman Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra of Costello Tagliapietra and the beautiful, feminine collections they create every season. I just about told them as much when I finally met the duo last year at a party hosted by Cyndi Lauper (brain still exploding meeting that many people I admire in one night).

Costello Tagliapietra

This New York Fashion Week season marks the first time I went backstage for one of their shows. And I haven’t been able to get this red/pink lip created by Maki Ryoke for MAC Cosmetics out of my head ever since. Literally that punch of color (the combination of MAC Lady Danger lipstick with MAC Pro Process Magenta Pigment on top) took my breath away. If there’s one lip look I’d like to take away from this season, this is it!

GIVEAWAY: Win BaubleBar + Essie ‘Beyond Cozy’ Holiday Set!

As many of you know, I was honored to be featured in the BaubleBar + Essie holiday campaign as the face of the ‘Beyond Cozy’ set! The collaboration, which features 6 different sets based on a shade from the Essie holiday collection, lets you pick 3 BaubleBar bracelets + the nail polish shade of your choice and comes with a sleek carrying case for only $50!!! (It’s kind of the most amazing holiday gift). So happy holiday readers, I’m giving one away!

WIN IT! ‘Beyond Cozy’ set (which includes the Essie “Be Cozy” shade and the matching BaubleBar bracelet I’m wearing in the campaign + the chic case).

There are 3 ways to enter:  Each option counts as a separate entry.

  • Leave a comment under the post telling us why you want to win.
  • Follow @PrettyConnected on Instagram and like the post that matches this giveaway.
  • Follow @PrettyConnected on twitter & tweet us why you want to win or tweet about the promotion using the hashtag #BeyondCozy.

Be one of BaubleBar + Essie’s leading ladies!

PC Featured in Essie + BaubleBar Holiday Gift Set Campaign

I am beyond excited to share some amazing news! Not only are two of my favorite brands, Essie and BaubleBar collaborating, but you may recognize one of the models from the campaign… There are 6 customizable sets in the collection and I’m so honored to have been chosen to style the “Beyond Cozy” set.

Get ready to check some serious people off of your holiday shopping list, not only are the sets affordable, they are customizable! For $50 you can design your own set, which includes a polish shade from Essie’s winter collection + three BaubleBar bracelets of your choice wrapped in a sleek carrying case.

Here’s how it works:

NYFW: Rebecca Minkoff Spring/Summer 2013 Fashion Show

Wearable sportswear with a hippy chic theme in a variety of prints, colors and fabrications from embroidery to summer tweeds and fringed hems hit the runway at Rebecca Minkoff’s Spring/Summer 2013 show. Minkoff took inspiration from the iconic 60s and 70s American photographer Slim Aarons when designing her collection.

Elongated pockets, interesting geometric cuts and patterns galore made their mark as the models walked down the runway to the beats of Tennis and DJ Cassidy. The performers took to each side of the stage for a

Headed to the Hamptons this Summer? Check out these Parties!

Hamptons season is in full force! And I received a slew of invitations this week to parties out there. And here’s my agenda! If you’re free, join me!

August 5th – Grey Goose and my SPiN family are hosting a party! Don’t forget to RSVP at [email protected] for complimentary admission.

August 13th – I’m on the host committee for Harboring Hearts and we’re throwing a Summer Fete to benefit cardiac patients and their families in their time of need. We are also offering a bus service for attendees coming from the city for the evening. For more information and tickets visit www.hhsummerfete.charityhappenings.org.

All summer long, Gilt City has a Hamptons  summer house and is offering exclusive food, fashion, and wellness programming for their members. From private