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Wake me up before I go go

Being a blogger and always juggling a hectic schedule, there are two thing I rely on more than anything, especially to wake up, it’s COFFEE and music! This magical caffeinated drink is a morning (and afternoon) must-have and if I could have it hand-delivered to my bed everyday I would. But I found the next best thing!

Mr.Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker – My boyfriend ordered this off Amazon for $27 and it’s like the greatest thing to ever happen to me. You can program it to brew coffee at a certain time so when my alarm goes off, so does my coffee! You can also just kit the button and make it instantly but the timer feature has taken the coffee machine from my kitchen to my night stand. There are more sophisticated versions I linked to above, but minus being a little loud when it brews — which really doesn’t bother me since I’m trying to wake up anyways, it’s changed my life. And I’m a dark roast Lavazza girl, Intenso and Perfetto are my jam. I love a dark roast but don’t like to feel shaky or anxious and it’s perfect. There are a lot of great coffee brands out there but this is one I always find myself going back to. I used to be an ambassador for them and it’s just one of those brands I always go back to. While I’m geeking out on coffee, I also recently discovered TFees Straws.  True coffee and tea addict know that staining, enamel erosion, and discoloration are only a few of the issues that can arise from our beloved beverages. TFees’ patented heat safe & completely BPA, BPS & estrogenic-free reusable drinking straws, that come in three convenient sizes help to protect teeth without having to worry about harmful toxins or chemicals. Plus they can be cleaned by simply throwing them in the dishwasher.

Get Traveling. But First coffee…


For me, Autumn is all about traveling! Three years ago James and I took our first trip to Africa, last year we were in Australia and now we’re on a whole European tour. While in Africa, specifically Uganda we could not get a decent cup of coffee to save our lives (and I’m not snobby about much but lacking a good cup of java in the AM wrecks me). Once we moved on to Zanzibar, specifically to the Italian region we were saved by Lavazza. They had their coffee everywhere and it made our lives. Shortly after coming back from that trip I became a Lavazza ambassador (my enthusiasm for the brand did not go un-noticed by them over social media).lavazza_london_mayfair

Since then James and I try to always spot their logo on our travels and obviously have to buy a cup every time we do. Sydney was my favorite spotting at the Taronga Zoo — good coffee and koalas — it doesn’t get any better then that.

Summer Escape with Lavazza + 20% off Coffee Promotion!

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Over the weekend, James and I headed to Newport, RI where we toured the mansions and sailed the days away. Minus the overly packed, non-stop itinerary (and one you better believe will involve heavy amounts of Lavazza to stay caffeinated), it was paradise! I’ll be posting pictures soon and my to do guide.

The Coachella House Packing List

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There’s nothing quite like planning a weekend with your friends and renting a house.  In my case six of us airbnb-ed a pool house in Palm Springs for Coachella. And while alcohol is always the popular choice to bring here are a few other house share items that will score high in your house.

Calling all coffee lovers!

Lavazza Coffee Instagram Contest

Okay my fellow coffee lovers, this post is for you! Lavazza coffee and I want to see how you indulge.

Share your coffee moment(s) on Instagram for your chance to win daily prizes of 12oz Lavazza Coffee bags and mugs. Plus five grand prize winners will receive this coffee lovers super basket (pictured above) which includes: Two 12 oz bags of Lavazza Coffee, Lavazza Mug, “Top 100 Coffee Recipes” book, Aerolatte Milke Frother, a Bodum Brazil 3 Cup French Press and a Jolie Scented Candle.

2/23 Join my Oscars Lavazza Coffee Talk Chat on Twitter

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I’m so excited to announce I’ll be joining Lavazza for a second year as their ambassador! I’m such a crazy coffee lady, that having a my refrigerator stocked with Italy’s finest is the greatest thing to wake up to every morning.

Cozying up to Fall with Lavazza Coffee


While it’s been a complete delight basking in warm weather this past month in Australia, there’s something super strange about hearing Christmas music while being in 80 degree weather. And I love the fall season, so this is my first real day back in NYC enjoying it.

Win a Keurig Mini + Lavazza K-Cup Packs {Giveaway}


Well my loves, we have an exciting giveaway for you! As you all know I’m a Lavazza coffee addict and part of their Passionista program. And this week they’re letting me giveaway a Keurig K10 Mini Plus Personal Brewer and all four packs of the NEW specialty drip coffee blends – Gran Aroma, Classico, Gran Selexione, and Perfectto – in Keurig K-Cup packs!

I used to have the full size Keurig but living in an NYC apartment it got too bulky and I eventually gave it away and went back to using a french press. This Keurig mini model is much more in par with my lifestyle and I get to enjoy the same delicious, specialty drip coffee blends now made for the Keurig!

Enter to win by liking @prettyconnected on Instagram and liking the picture that matches this giveaway that goes live on 9/3. Additional entries available below through rafflecopter below! Enter as many times as you’d like!

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Good luck!
{Disclaimer: Sponsored giveaway through Lavazza. Entries will be accepted through 9/16, and the winner will be announced by 9/20. US residents, 18+ only. All local, state and federal rules apply.}

Ice Cream + Coffee


Three things I’m a fan of: 1) Lavazza coffee, 2) National Ice Cream month and 3) No Makeup Mondays. Today, I’m celebrating all three. When James and I first started dating, I’ll never forget the time we made coffee and realized we didn’t have any milk, and he came up with the genius idea to add vanilla ice cream as a substitute.

{Giveaway} The Perfect Father’s Day Gift: Mosaic Photo Book, L’Occitane Products + A Year Supply of Lavazza Coffee!

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Father’s day is around the corner and it doesn’t get too much better then this! I’m partnering with Glamazon Diaries to gift two lucky winners a Mosaic Photo Book, which lets you create a custom photo album book using pictures stored on your Smartphone as well as your (or your friends/family…) Facebook pages for just $25. Best of all, it arrives in 2-4 days and takes minutes to create. And that’s not all. Since Mosaic is all about making special moments worth capturing, they are gifting a years supply of Lavazza Specialty Drip coffee and two mugs — since what better way to catch up with dad on all of those life moments then over coffee? And because Dad only deserves the best we’re throwing in a bottle of L’Occitane’s CADE EDT fragrance ($55) and their Limited Edition Pebble Soaps Set ($24).