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If you have oily skin, read this!

I have always had skin that was on the oilier side (especially in my T-zone) and am constantly on the hunt for the best products to keep my skin feeling clean and my make up in place.  There is nothing worse than checking yourself out in the mirror halfway through the day to see most of your make up has slid off, especially in the warmer weather.  Here are some of current go tos!

8 Face Masks That Made My Year

Confession: I don’t make it out for facials as regularly as I should so I’m big into DIY facials and face masks. I’ll double and even, triple mask at any given time. And to clarify double/triple masking means either you use them all at the time targeting different parts of your face OR what I do, which is use one after the other. The order for me is always, exfoliate, tighten, moisturize. Which you can also do with non-mask beauty products. The idea being when you exfoliate you get rid of all the dead skin cells and then whatever you put on top will absorb and penetrate better into the skin. And any type of exfoliation should be followed up by some type of product to close the pores and moisturize. You don’t have to add more masks but be sure to use an essence or alcohol-free toner, serum and moisturizer (or whatever your product preference is) so that the exposed skin doesn’t take in more dirt now that it’s so exposed from the exfoliation. When it comes to masks, I love ones that brighten, tighten, wake up my skin, fill in the wrinkles, prevent sagging and everything in between. There have been a lot of strong new releases this past years and here are the masks that have been using on repeat:

Lancome Launches Juicy Shaker Lip Oil

REVIEW: Lancome Juicy Shaker Pigment-Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil


A few weeks ago I hit up the launch of Lancome’s Juicy Shaker Pigment-Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil. Set in a glamorous, Mad Men-esque setting, Lancome presented their new Juicy Shaker Pigment-Infused Bi-Phase Lip Oil.

Here’s what you need to know!

INTRODUCING: Caroline de Maigret for Lancôme

LancomeModel, music producer and Lancôme muse, Caroline de Maigret is well-known in Paris, famous for putting out some of the most inspiring Instagrams on record. The daughter of a French count and granddaughter of a former French government minister, she has a fresh yet deeply sophisticated style that is cool and effortless in a very Parisian-chic way. It’s safe to say that style runs in her blood!

Spreading the GOODNESS! Win The Daily/GOODNESS Gift Bag ($225 value)

Elettra with the gift bag. Photo credit: Abe Shaw

Recently, I posted about the exciting GOODNESS pop-up restaurant I was apart of during New York Fashion Week.  Founded by Supermodel/environmentalist, Elettra Wiedemann and presented by The Daily Front Row and CIRCAGOODNESS is a full service pop-up restaurant that provides fresh, healthy and delicious food to the fashion community, while showcasing regionally sourced seasonal cuisine created by local culinary talent. This season the chef line-up included Mario Batali, Alain Allegretti, Leo Forneas and Julian Medina and GOODNESS earned the CFDA’s Health Initiative Stamp of Approval.

In addition to launching the pop-up restuarant, GOODNESS also hosted the GOODNESS Lounge by Renaissance Hotels, offering guests a comfortable “living room” atmosphere for reporters, models and editors to relax and recharge. And for guests in attendance there was a an amazing gift bag which we’re giving away to some lucky readers!

Now for the fun part… WIN THE GOODNESS GIFT BAG ($225+ value)! 

GOODNESS Gift Bag! Photo Credit: Abe Shaw

Here’s what’s in the bag:


We’re giving away three GOODNESS gift bags, one on this blog and two others on twitter! There are two ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment under this post and tell me what word(s) comes to mind when you think of “Goodness”. Any (non-spam, happy) comment automatically enters you into the drawing.

2. To enter on twitter, follow @GOODNESSpopup and @DailyFrontRow and tell us what word(s) comes to mind when you think of “Goodness” using the hashtag #WinGoodness. Or tweet the following message to be automatically entered, “Fill in the blank: @GOODNESSpopup @DailyFrontRow when I think of Goodness I think of ____  http://ow.ly/9mwh2 #WinGoodness“.

Two lucky winners that entered on twitter will be chosen at random when @GOODNESSpopup reaches 800 followers.


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Oh my GOODNESS, is right! As some of you know, as of last NYFW season I began working with the supermodel/philanthropist, Elettra Wiedemann on her 4-day fashion week pop-up restaurant concept, GOODNESS, which was founded on the principles of providing a wide audience, affordable, locally sourced food, by a rotating line-up of celebrity chefs.

After such an amazing response in September, Elettra brought GOODNESS back for the Fall 2012 NYFW season. Hosted by CIRCA and The Daily Front Row, GOODNESS was housed at the Robert on the 9th floor of the Museum of Arts and Design from February 11 – 14th, and featured an amazing line-up of rotating chefs which included: Mario Batali of Babbo, Leo Forneas of ROBERT, Alain Allegretti of La Promenade des Anglais and Julian Medina of Toloache. And to add to the excitement, GOODNESS earned the CFDA’s Health Initiative Stamp of Approval.

Mario Batali and Elettra Wiedemann.
Leo Forneas' drool-worthy scallops

We also took over the 7th floor of the museum to create the GOODNESS Lounge by Renaissance Hotels. Designed as a comfortable “living room” space for guests to relax and recharge. The GOODNESS Lounge by Renaissance Hotels also featured a touch-up station by Lancôme and massages by Equinox. CIRCA, the world’s leading global buyer of fine jewelry, showcased their collection of recycled, sustainable luxury jewelry in the lounge. As you may remember (I posted about the competition!), GOODNESS partnered with Talenthouse to choose a winning resident DJ for the lounge. Our winner, DJ Travisty was a gem and kept the beats going and the lounge popping.

Day 1 was a blur! Mario Batali was in the kitchen and naturally we we’re booked the entire day. We also had a little kick-off party to toast Elettra and the chefs. We were joined by Elettra’s mother, Isabella Rossellini, as well as fashion friends, Monique Pean, Michelle Harper, Laura Brown, Mickey Boardman, Lorenzo Martone, and Jon Emperson aka Lypsinka.

Isabella Rossellini and Elettra Wiedemann.
Lauren Remington Platt, Elettra Wiedemann, Michelle Harper.
Robert Verdi and Simon Doonan filming at GOODNESS

After that we cruised through the next 3 days, welcoming guests, coordinating interviews and trying everything we could possibly could on the menu. I’m so lucky to work with the most amazing team that made going to work everyday so fun and be apart of such an innovative concept.


You haven’t heard the last of GOODNESS… aside from a return in future New York Fashion Weeks, expect appearances in Paris, London, Doha and Miami.

Photo Credit: Abe Shaw (minus the tragic looking ones I took)

Mark your calendar: Elettra Wiedemann’s GOODNESS pop-up restaurant returns for NYFW

Mark your calendars and start making your reservations! From February 11th – 14th, Elettra Wiedemann’s GOODNESS pop-up restaurant returns to New York Fashion Week.

As some of you may remember from last fashion week, I worked with the glamorous and wonderful supermodel Elettra Wiedemann on her full service Fashion Week pop-up restaurant, GOODNESS. Well I’m excited to report that for this New York Fashion Week season, GOODNESS returns with an all new line up of prominent chefs including Mario Batali, Leo Forneas, Alain Allegretti and Julian Medina.

Open for lunch only from 11am-3pm on February 11th through the 14th, this years GOODNESS will be held at the Robert, located on the top of the Museum of Art and Design. And if you’ve never been to the Robert for dinner or drinks, you need to! Besides having a very stylish interior, the view is to die for! Set on the 9th floor of the Museum, it has ceiling tall windows that overlooks Columbus Circle and Central Park.

Do I have you convinced yet? Sponsored by The Daily Front Row and CIRCA, we’re pleased to announce that this years GOODNESS has earned the CFDA’s Health Initiative Stamp of Approval. Here’s the line-up:

  • Saturday, Feb 11th – Mario Batali of Babbo
  • Sunday, Feb 12th – Leo Forneas of ROBERT
  • Monday, Feb 13th – Alain Allegretti of La Promenade des Anglais
  • Tuesday, Feb 14th – Julian Medina of Toloache

Menu: A la carte or Prix fixe menu ($35)

Reservations are now being accepted at goodnesspopup.com

Also for the first time, Goodness is proud to present the GOODNESS Lounge by Renaissance Hotels on the 7th floor of the Museum of Arts and Design (two floors below the pop-up restaurant). Designed as a comfortable “living room” and wi-fi lounge for editors and fashion week goers to relax and recharge, the GOODNESS Lounge by Renaissance Hotels will feature a touch-up station from beauty sponsor Lancôme. CIRCA, the world’s leading global buyer of fine jewelry, will also showcase their collection of recycled, sustainable luxury jewelry in the lounge, offering attendees access to their collection of antique and contemporary collectible gems. GOODNESS also partnered with Talenthouse and DJ Zen Freeman to choose a resident DJ, and are pleased to announce the winner of our DJ competition, DJ Travisty, who will provide a soothing soundtrack of lounge music and modern remixes for the lounge.

Pretty Connected Photo Credit in Elle!

How exciting! My first MAJOR photo credit in Elle!!! As most of you know I partnered with supermodel, extraordinaire, Elettra Wiedmann to join the PR team for her GOODNESS pop-up restaurant during New York Fashion Week. Elettra is also the face of Lancome and during GOODNESS, Lancome hosted a private beauty editor event — as in literally all my hero’s in the beauty industry were there (*contain excitement*)!

My first Elle photo credit! Look it says "Photo: Lara Eurdolian/Pretty Connected"
My first Elle photo credit! Look it says "Photo: Lara Eurdolian/Pretty Connected"

And fortunately for me, they asked if I would shoot the event! While I’m an amateur photographer at best, I have to say, I did pretty good for myself!

I mean seriously, how beautiful does Elettra look in this picture?!?! It’s a good thing she’s flawless — it made my  job super easy! And I’m so grateful to Elle for such a thorough photo credit! “Photo: Lara Eurdolian/Pretty Connected”, MAJOR!!!

For the complete article visit http://fashion.elle.com/beauty

GOODNESS Twitter Giveaway: Win Elettra’s VIP Gift Bag from Orange Hat Group!

Earlier I posted about GOODNESS, the full service Fashion Week pop-up restaurant created by supermodel, Elettra Wiedemann.

Taking over the space of Ed’s Chowder House at the Empire Hotel (across from Lincoln Center), from  Sept 11th – 14th,  7am – 3pm, GOODNESS will be open for breakfast and lunch to provide healthy and delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts. Free wi-fi provided by the Orange Hat Group.

WIN IT! To help celebrate the launch, Orange Hat Group and the GOODNESS team are giving away Elettra’s VIP GOODNESS gift bag to one lucky winner (as in literally that bag on her arm in the photograph!).

What’s in the bag?

  • A certificate for a complimentary pair of Civic Duty “Fascination” shoes (in your choice of color/size).
  • Half United Bullet Necklace (for every on necklace sold, Half United donates a week of healthy school meals to a child in need).
  • Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover (4.2 fl oz), Hypnose Mascara in Black and Bienfait Aqua Vital Continuous Infusing Moisturizer
  • Kusmi Tea – Detox (pack of 20)
  • Cynthia Rowley  BAND-AID (pack of 20)
  • TheraPearl Eye-ssential Pack
  • VITA COCO 100% pure coconut water (11.1 fl oz)
  • The latest issue of The Daily Front Row

All wrapped up in a Radley London tote bag (pictured).


RT & Follow @OrangeHatGroup and @GoodnessBadness to win Elettra Wiedemann’s official #GoodnessNYC VIP Gift bag http://bit.ly/qxA60U


RT & Follow @OrangeHatGroup to win Elettra Wiedemann’s official @GoodnessBadness VIP Gift bag http://bit.ly/qxA60U #GoodnessNYC

**Any condensed link used in the tweet is allowed as long as it links back to this post so anyone who enters may view the prize and rules to enter.

For more information on GOODNESS or to make a reservation visit www.goodnessbadness.com. Please feel free to share our invitation to the pop-up restaurant above. We hope you can make it!

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10/22: Lancome Unveils Genes Day to Support St. Jude Hospital

Lancome declares October 22nd Genes Day –who knew you could do that? Then again it’s for a great cause, so we endorse it! The day will serve as fundraiser in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with the luxury brand pledging to donate a minimum of $100,000.  Go Lancome!

How are they doing it? With your help! Last year Lancome launched Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, which I have yet to try but have heard good things. In honor of their claim that the product delivers results in seven days, Lancome is donating $7 from the sale of every bottle to St. Jude on October 22nd.

For anyone who wishes to try the product prior to purchasing, visit a Lancome counter on the 22nd for a complimentary deluxe seven-day sample (no purchase necessary).

With all these 7’s running around, I wonder why