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Charlie Meets Iris

Iris apfel lara eurdolianLast night was a big night! It was the debut of Macy’s Front Row event which I had the pleasure of attending earlier in the month. For anyone not familiar it’s their annual fashion show event which features their exclusive collections and sensational designers like Calvin Klein, I.N.C International Concepts, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Allia, Tommy Hilifiger, William Rast, and the debut of Betsey Johnson’s collection inspired by DreamWorks Animation. Hosted by Brad Goreski and Giuliana Rancic the show also features performances by Ariana Grande and Flo Rida. It was also the debut of the Iris Apfel for I.N.C International Concepts — the Iris Meets INC collection and she was at Macy’s last night to promote the line and do a Q&A with Vogue.com Style Editor Edward Barsamian (I hope you all watched it on my snapchat: @prettyconnected). iris-apfel-at-macys

After months of seeing the gorgeous window displays of her collection every time I walked by Macy’s I was so excited to see it in person and be reunited with her. Literally the last time I saw Iris was when I interviewed her in 2012 for her bag launch. It’s been 5 years and it’s just incredible how much she’s done in that time. She never stops! And she’s still every bit as charming, hilarious and gracious as I remember. And get this! In the middle of her talk she goes, “Is that a puppy?! Can you please bring that puppy to me?”


So I just about had a heart attack which I covered up by going on stage (in front of a massive crowd) so she could meet Charlie. She then asked how old he was, and I told her Charlie’s was a senior rescue dog somewhere around 10 years old but I’ve only had him for 4 months. To which she replied, “so we both like older men.”. I was so touched. Especially since after the presentation was done she asked if Charlie could sit on her lap for the photos. iris-apfel-edward-barsamian-macys-inc-talk

She brings so much joy to so many. I mean the crowd almost had me in tears each sharing what an inspiration she’s been, that for my dog to bring her joy was probably the best gift I could get. And speaking of gifts everyone check out the Iris Meets INC collection (she’s wearing the collection in the photo!)– it’s filled with all kinds of fun updated mod looks and a ton of incredibly Iris approved jewelry.macys-inc-iris-apfel-clothing-collection iris-apfel-macys-inc-collection

Check out the Iris Meets INC collection at macys.com

Must Visit: Macy’s NYC Flower Show and Scent Preview


Spring is definitely in the air at Macy’s. Their annual flower show is in full bloom as is their fragrance aisle. From Wednesday, March 23rd – Saturday, April 2nd, in-store and on Macys.com customers will be guided through a vast array of fragrances for men and women to discover their perfect scent. These are also the dates that the flowers will be on display at Herald Square — and newsflash, every flower, plant and greenery is all real! Even the Cherry Blossoms that look fake they are so perfect!macy's-scent-preview-event

This morning I took a tour of the flower show for a private unveiling before the store opened and spent some one on one time master perfumers, Frank Voelkl, Harry Fremont, Rodrigo Flores Roux, Pascal Gaurin and Ralf Schwieger

Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2016 presented by Macy’s


Supporting women’s heart health has become a perennial favorite during New York Fashion week and the perfect way to kick off the season.  This year’s American Heart Association’s “Go Red For Women” Dress collection presented by Macy’s was no exception. The event is an opportunity for top designers and celebrities to bring awareness to women’s heart health during the month of February. Some of the celebrities that came out to support was actress Alexa Pena Vega in Gustavo Cadile Candace, actress Cameron Bure in Badgley Mischka, actress Fran Drescher in La Petite Robe di Chiarra Boni, actresses and singers Lennon and Maisy in Stella BCBGeneration, Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo in Marchesa, Today Show Host, Tamron Hall in Marc Bouwer and Ballerina Misty Copeland in David Meister.

Clinique You-Time Offers Custom Consultations + Services

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Clinique 3 Step

If there’s one thing I’ve always appreciated about Clinique, it is their attention to detail, the emphasis they put on the beauty counter experience and educating consumers about their skin. We live in such a fast paced world that it’s quite easy to read about a product to rush out and buy it or order it online without taking the time to figure out if it’s right for your skin types or fits into a regimen. Which is why I’m so excited to have had the opportunity to partner with them to experience some of their new services and products.

Artsy Prints for Spring from Macy’s INC International Concepts

Now that the weather is getting nice, it’s time to break out the flirty dresses and punchy prints and have some serious fashion fun. Specifically for spring I’ve been updating my wardrobe with some key artsy prints like this long sleeve lip-print button down from INC International Concepts available only at Macy’s. It’s a great lightweight top and transitional piece from winter to spring as the temperatures are still unpredictable. It makes for an edgy statement piece on any outfit or a sweet accent underneath a classic v-neck sweater. Plus, It’s a good investment piece as it’s just as easy to pair with black shorts as black pants to prolong wear throughout the varying seasons.

INC International Concepts Lip-Print Shirt
Top: INC International Concepts Lip-Print Shirt | Shorts: Dylan & Rose (similar) | Shoes: ASOS | Handbag: Dagne Dover

PC Mother’s Day Gift Guide (+ Win Phebo Soap Bar Trio!)

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and while flowers and a thoughtful card are always a safe bet (and take mom out to dinner while you’re at it), here are some other PC Mom picks. Most of these are our classic favorites, with the exception of a new brand to this site, Phebo!

WIN IT! Brazilian luxury perfumery brand, Phebo is debuting in the US at Macy’s nationwide for only a few months! Available until the end of July, we’re giving away the Phebo Soap Bar Trio Set ($24 value) in your choice of fragrance. Set includes: 2 Phebo bar soaps and 1 liquid soap in your choice of fragrance: Naturelle, Amazonian, Lavanda, Manha, Oriente, Primavera, Rose or Tropical. To view the complete assortment on flavors visit macys.com

TO ENTER: leave a comment on why you’d like to win!

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{PC Mother’s Day Gift Guide}

1. WIN IT (details above)Phebo Soap Bar Trio ($24) – While this set comes in a several fragrances, I’m partial to the Flores de Primareva. Not only does it make you’re bathroom pretty in pink, it’s refreshing floral change to your conventional clean-scented hand soaps. Phebo is 100% vegetal based, using a wide range of essential oils, botanicals, herbs, spices and fruit oils in all of their products.

2. Tocca Candle (10.6oz/$38) – Cleopatra is a classic Tocca scent (it’s a light/clean aroma that blends cucumber and grapefruit), that I’m a fan of, however you really can’t go wrong with any of their candles (especially since they have recently expanded the line with so many more choices). They burn for roughly 60 hours.

3. Philosophy I think You’re Wonderful Pure Grace set ($32) – I’m not sure what’s better, the packaging or Philosophy’s cult favorite products, Pure Grace. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone that didn’t like Grace’s beautifully clean scent. The gift set includes Pure Grace Foaming Bath and Shower cream (8 oz.) and Pure Grace Perfumed Body Lotion (8 oz.). No need to wrap… the packaging says it all.

4. Royal & Langnickel 12-piece Silk Pro Set ($120)- Synthetic brushes have come a long way in the past 5years that there’s no reason animal hair needs to be involved to have a high-end, quality brush. There is every brush you could ever want in this set and they are all so soft, durable and animal-friendly. Quality brushes are

Alberta Ferretti Launches at Macy’s + I make the Macy’s Blog!

Ever since the debut of Karl Lagerfeld’s designer collaboration for Macy’s private label, Impulse, the fashion retailer has been on a roll! This week PC celebrated the launch of Alberta Ferretti first capsule for Impulse, which is now available at Macy’s!

The collection, which was inspired by the Italian coastline comprised of a fun mix of colorful sunny dresses, floral prints, navy and white lace separates and one shoulder dresses in varying lengths.

{Alberta Ferretti for Impulse}

Hosted on the 3rd floor of Macy’s Herald Square, the space for the launch party was transformed to reflect the Amalfi Coast. While pursuing the collection, I received the ultimate compliment — “I love everything about your outfit, can I take your picture?” Turns out it was the Macy’s blogger and next thing I know I’m on their mBLOG!

{Woot woot! I made the Macy’s Blog!}

While I don’t know if I would use the words “too adorbs” in verbatim, that in line with my description for how cute this short strapless sweetheart dress is! I love it in both the solid colorways and floral print.

{Alberta Ferretti for Impulse collection}

Alberta Ferretti for Impulse is available exclusively at Macy’s nationwide and Macys.com

Ladies Fragrance Has Bieber Fever

Someday by Just Bieber Fragrance

WWD reported this morning that Justin Bieber will be launching a, wait for it… women’s prestige fragrance! And what does the 17 year old pop sensation know about lady scents? Does it matter? He knows a lot about the epidemic thats been sweeping the country (ahem “countries”) — Bieber fever. He was quoted saying, “Let’s be real, the way a girl smells is very important to a guy! I have such a deep connection with my fans, so creating a fragrance that I personally love is another way I can bring them closer to my world”.

And we all know there are plenty of girls out there that want to be in his “world”, so it will likely be a huge hit no matter what it smells like. The good news is (as if the excitement over

The Next Generation of Material Girl

Madonna and her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes (in conjunction with Iconix Brand Group Inc.), are set to launch a teen clothing line appropriately named –you guessed it, ‘Material Girl’ (MG).  Exclusive to Macy’s the line will consist of a back-to-school clothing collection, as well as handbags, jewelry and footwear, with plans of a fragrance launch in 2011.

Who would have thought in 1985 when Madonna released the song ‘Material Girl’, that she would one day dress the teenagers of the future?  But are diamond