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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.

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.

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).

Walking in the Livari NYFW Show

Livari founders, Alysia Reiner, celebrity stylist and founder of Caravan Stylist Studio, Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the designer behind Tabii Just and is the Youth Initiatives Coordinator for the Women’s March movementWell, I can now officially check “walking in a New York Fashion Week show” off of my list! Recently, I hit the runway for the introduction of new fashion brand Livari, a zero waste and ethically sourced label that focuses on empowering women and helping the environment. Created by the environmental and feminist activist and award-winning actress from Orange is the New Black, Alysia Reiner, my good friend and bad a$$ celebrity stylist and founder of Caravan Stylist Studio, Claudine DeSola and Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, the designer behind Tabii Just and is the Youth Initiatives Coordinator for the Women’s March movement!!!! These incredible women created this new brand, to take their cause further and empower women through fashionable clothing that is made ethically and sustainably.

For the premiere Livari fashion show, they partnered with brands who promote environmental and social change such as Cool Effect, Ivy, and Brother. Hosted by Kia and Style360 NYFW, myself, as well as my fellow models were chosen to walk in the show to help spread the brand’s social impact.

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…

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

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.

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. 

Palm trees and Panama Hats

There really isn’t anything quite like a 3 day weekend to hit the recharge button, especially when you have an exciting 4 day week to look forward to. The beauty and booze lover in me are both being appeased between the FounderMade Beauty Summit on Friday and then Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday, which ahem Alicia Keys is performing at! They are really going all out for their 10th Anniversary, I CAN NOT WAIT. I’m also looking forward to being with Nylon on Friday for the celebration of their music issue, which is awesome since it saves me the trip to Barnes & Nobles to buy every issue. Also Charlie XCX is performing and hopefully Tove Lo who is hosting the event.