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Sahag Makeover

Sahag Salon Workshop is known for their edgy haircuts and transformational colors. John Sahag was one of the pioneers in dry cutting in NYC and the precision it offers. While I never had the pleasure of meeting him, he was a legend, especially in the Armenian community, and known in the industry as the “mad professor of hair”. It’s been a while since I had a dry style cut and maybe it was that or the genius that is Karmela Lozina, but my cut was phenomenal. She took the dry ends and only took off what needed and somehow my hair looked longer than when I came in. And it felt better than it has in years, the airiness and overall luster. We also talked hair health and Nutrafol supplements (her recommendation, the mens version over the womens), plus using Revita Hair Growth Shampoo is everything you need to boost hair strength, and especially good for women with thinning hair. I’ve actually been taking Nutrafol but the women’s version for the past few months (you need 3+ months before seeing a difference), so that was was great motivation to keep going. She also said it had a high dose of turmeric so you never get sick, which now that she mentions it, I usually get weird colds when seasons change which hasn’t happened this year. Her other advice was to drink a lot of water and eat avocados — which is like 50% of my diet — and between all of that your hair becomes like Wonder Women’s lasso. So I’ll be reporting back on that in a few months! Although after this cut I was feeling really good about my hair’s health.

[Outfit Details: Min and Mon Verto bag, Rag & Bone hat (similar), Fit Flop shoes, Levi’sForever 21 belt (similar), Levi’s Icons Jacket, H&M pants (similar)

Crop Top + Flare Pants

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I was definitely feeling a bit of a 70s meets 90s vibe this weekend with this H&M crop top and these retro oh so slightly flair pants Ella Moss Layla Flare Leg Pants (on sale!). They were the only pair of pants I packed for my staycation since they are so lightweight and comfortable, and fit me perfectly. There are my first pair of pants from Ella Moss and now I want a million. I also took the weekend to play with the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour collection and wanted to create an outfit around the deep wine shade, High Drama (swatches and full review with more shades HERE). Most people think dark shades are just for fall and winter but I think it’s always fun to break them out every now and again in summer.

This weekends staycation at the Renaissance Hotel was so relaxing and I figured out my favorite way to take in Times Square — it’s from my rooms balcony. No crowds, and with an impeccable view to just take in and appreciate what all of these tourists come to see, and what most of us New Yorkers take for granted. And then I can close the door when I’ve had enough and enjoy my private oasis of a hotel room that’s so quiet that I feel like I could be anywhere in the world.

Outfit details:

H&M Short Mock Turtleneck Top

Ella Moss Layla Flare Leg Pants (on sale 50% off)

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in shade High Drama

Gigi New York Chelsea Crossbody Bag

Perverse Fresh Sunglasses

Motorola VerveOnes+ Wireless Earbuds Review + Giveaway


During my trip to Miami I brought the most compact, travel friendly wireless earbuds I ever did see. Behold the VerveOnes+ True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds from Motorola, they retail for $249.99 and are completely wireless, waterproof and they offer up to 12 hours of playtime and 15 hours of talk time.  And we’re giving away a pair on Instagram! Head to @prettyconnected and simply like my Instagram page and the corresponding post (or click HERE for direct link)! Extra entry if you leave a comment. Full review of the headphones below!

Global Citizen Festival Partners with H&M to launch limited edition T-Shirt designed by Ed Sheeran and Coldplay

We’re less then a month away from the Global Citizen Festival featuring headliners Beyonce, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Peal Jam! It’s a completely free concert where the only way to get tickets is to good for the planet (how much do you love that?!).

Global Citizen works to help fight extreme poverty and inequality around the world, and support approaches that will make life more sustainable for people and the planet.

I was in H&M the other day and noticed the fashion brand is partnering with Global Citizen to help create a more sustainable fashion future. Recycle your old clothes or purchase an exclusive shirt starting today designed by Coldplay and Ed Sheeran pictured below for a chance to win tickets to the festival and get 20% off your next purchase.

coldplay ed sheeran h&M global citizen shirtYou can also win by heading to GlobalCitizen.org to sign up and earn points. The site shows you all the ways to earn points which includes shares on social media, signing petitions, writing letters to politicians or calling their offices about issues affecting the world’s poor. These points are then redeemable for festival tickets as well as other events.

The Global Citizen Festival will take place September 26 this in Central Park on the Great Lawn. And is hosted by Stephen Colbert, Selma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee & Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde

As most of you know I work a lot with New York Cares to volunteer at soup kitchens. There’s a number of other volunteer opportunities whether you’re only able to donate your time once in a while or on a regular basis. I strongly encourage any of you have have the time or means to make a difference to do so.

We live in an awesome time where giving back can be through social media, in person or by making donations. Whatever level you’re able to do to make this world a better place I strongly encourage it. As some of you know I co-founded, Share Your Beauty, the first sustainable beauty donation program to donate beauty and hygiene products to shelters in the NYC Tri-State. We regularly host drives and accept products year round in NYC and Westchester for anyone with access products and samples they would like to donate you can learn more HERE.

Shopping Lana Del Ray for H&M

I’m still getting over the Anna dello Russo for H&M partnership so I’m not going to even talk about it until it’s stilling in my jewelry box! (although if you haven’t seen the collection yet, click HERE).

{Lana Del Ray campaign for H&M spotted all over Poland when I visited — and now in the US!}

While I was in Poland the Lana Del Ray collection was all the rage — and almost completely sold out. So when I got back to the US, I went on a mission to find the sold out dotted leggings I saw all over the billboards. As it turned

Packing List for Santa Monica

Packing for LA is always a joy — and compact! Only a carry-on required (lay everything flat and you’re good for a week worth of outfits). I like to stay in Santa Monica where it’s beachy and so much more laid back then LA proper, which means packing extra sweaters and/or jackets since it’s warm summer weather during the day but chilly at night.

Day 1: Airport chic

{American Apparel leggings, Peppermint top, SEE sunglasses, H&M Stacked bracelets}

Day 2: Promenade Rock Ready

{Ya Ya top, Nicole Miller Indego Africa shorts, H&M Tassle earrings, Forever 21 stacked bracelets, Enzo Angiolini pumps}

Day 3: High wasted fun

{Jockey top, American Apparel high-wasted jean shorts, thrift store necklace, Cartommier jacket}

Day 4: Orangely girly

{Express dress, ASOS vest}

Day 5: Romptastic

{Alice Roi romper, YOOX jacket, LOFT sandals}

Day 6 + 7: Printed out

{LEFT: H&M shorts, Millau top, Banana Republic necklace, Belle by Sigerson Morrison flats. RIGHT: Maxi dress, Alice + Olivia belt}

Beach Ready:

{LOFT sweater top, Roxy swimsuit cover-up, Marni for H&M sunglasses}

Packing list:

  • 3 pairs of short (at least one versatile black and jean shorts)
  • 2 sweaters/jackets (neutral colors to be worn in the evening)
  • 2 bathing suits + cover up skirt and long sleeve lightweight top
  • 2 dresses
  • 4 tops
  • 1 pair of leggings – good for the airport, working out, pj’s or otherwise
  • 4 pairs shoes – black pumps (for going out), fashion sandals, beach sandals, converse (casual closed toe shoe for night)
  • 2 bathing suits
  • unlimited accessories

H&M to Collaborate with MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA

Le sigh! H&M‘s next big designer collaboration has been announced and it’s with French fashion house, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA!! Do you have any idea what a big Margiela fan I am?  If I could afford them at retail, my closet would be lined, so hooray for this since at H&M collaborative prices I can (please let the collection be cute, please let the fits be on point).

{I wish they’d give us more of a sneak peek into the designs in their promo video}

“MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA is one of the most important and influential fashion houses of the past three decades. I am so excited by this radical collaboration which will give fashion lovers around the world the chance to wear special pieces by MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA. This collaboration will be a great and memorable fashion moment“, says Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M.

 The Maison Martin Margiela collection for H&M will launch worldwide and online on November 15th, 2012, and consist of garments and accessories for men and women.

7 Great Gift Ideas for Dad + Win Taun Skincare for Him!

We’re keeping it simple this year and sticking to the basics since men are complicated enough to shop for. And while ties didn’t make our list, that’s mainly because that’s the one thing my dad says every year “no more ties”. (Under other circumstances I’d approve.) 7 great gifts for men:

1. A solid moisturizer – most men neglect a basic moisturizer as part of their daily routine. Not only is it great for their overall complexion, but also anti-aging. Which is why we’re giving away 2 bottles of Taun, specifically formulated for him!

Taun Facial Repair Formula ($79/1.7oz) is a household favorite in my humble abode. All dad needs to know is it feels good and helps hydrate his skin (he’ll like it, it absorbs quickly into skin and feels very refreshing). Why we love it: It’s dermatologist-approved, and packed with anti-aging and moisturizing ingredients to help keep him looking young. The special blend of 13 ingredients, including retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, vitamin-C esters, peptides, jojoba oil, and apricot kernel oil, are designed to stimulate collagen production, neutralize free radicals (aka damage from the sun), even skin tone and color, and strengthen skin cell barrier.

WIN IT! We’re giving away 2 bottles of Taun 1 on this blog on 1 on twitter! 

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post on why you’d like to win OR tell us what you plan on getting dad!


Follow @TaunForMen on Twitter, and  tweet us your response using the hashtag#Win4Dad or tweet the following: Win @TaunForMen for Father’s Day! RT to enter. http://bit.ly/KsCErM #Win4Dad

One winner will be picked from the blog comments and the other from twitter. Entries will be accepted until June 15rd at 8pm EST. US residents only. All federal, state and local laws apply.

2. Cufflinks!

How fun are these Esc & Ctrl Keyboard Button Cufflinks ($9.99)?  Makes for a fun gift for techy dads…

 3. Boat Shoes!

Sperry’s Men’s 3 Eye Boat Shoe by Band of Outsiders ($175) – Sperry has teamed up with Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg to merge their classic Authentic Original style with funky detailing in a variety of colors and materials to add a stylish twist on a classic boat shoe. For the more conservative dad, Sperry has a variety of more classic styles starting at $75.

4. Shaving products

Unless he’s a burly dude, dad shaves! So you can’t go wrong with a shaving kit or products (he’ll use it!). Murad has an extensive line of shave products starting with  Cleansing Shave ($28/6.75 FL. OZ.), a generous tube of antioxidant-rich cleansing formula that features Murad’s exclusive Beard Softening Complex® and Mushroom Enzyme exfoliants to uncover stubborn facial hairs and provide

A Night with Fashion Star’s Nichole Richie and John Varvatos at H&M

H&M celebrated NBC’s ‘Fashion Star’ last night with a very fun bash at their Fifth Avenue location! Hosted by Nicole Richie (sigh, I love her) and John Varvatos (double sigh, I love his suits on men); they screened a sneak peek of the latest new episode while the drinks were-a-pouring and the waiters were serving up just about every type of dessert you could ask for.

{Fashion Star mentors,  John Varvatos and Nicole Richie  –love, love, love}

{H&M buyer Nicole Christie with Nicole Richie, John Varvatos}

{Nicole Christie works that dress! — It’s available at H&M!}

{Now that’s a party!}

{Full screen Fashion Star showing — too bad there was no audio (or bag big enough to fit that projector in!)}

{Photo booth! Sometimes James loves me, other times he’s ready to strangle me}

{‘Fashion Star’ contestants: Kara Laricks, Nikki Poulos, Ronnie Escalante}

Fashion Star” is a new reality tv series which gives 14 unknown designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize to launch their collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue. Hosted by Elle Macpherson, along with celebrity mentors Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos, every week these designers debut their collection to these respective retailers in hopes of having their designs produced. If the buyers buys their design, it’s available the next morning at their department store for purchase.

Tune into NBC for Fashion Star Tuesdays at 10/9c

Marni for H&M Launches March 8th

Are you excited for latest designer collaboration for H&M? I sure am! Set your alarms and get ready to wait in line. Come March 8th at 8am, H&M is opening their doors to their exclusive Marni collection.

Featuring an eclectic collection filled with quirky pieces, the Marni collection at H&M is a modular wardrobe for women and men, complete with accessories. It is composed of elegant items selected by Marni’s creative director and founder, Consuelo Castiglioni, from her extensive repertoire to create a playful range of style possibilities. Famed for their original prints and bold colors, this collection is unmistakable Marni with the juxtaposition of shapes, patterns and materials. Price points for the line ranges from $19.95 – $149.99, and they look half as good as they appear in the look-book (photographed by fames photographer, Josh Ollins!), I very well would like to get my hands on as many pieces as I can! Ahhhhh I’m such a Marni fan, I’m so happy to see that this partnership hasn’t impeded on their sense of style or need to tone down their patterns for a more mass appeal.