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Extra, Extra! 4 Awesome Features

It’s always humbling to get quoted and give advice in some of my favorite online publications. So, while I’m currently cruising in Greece with Patricia Field (I know, major!) — you can follow my adventures on @prettyconnected, here’s some light reading, talking Instagram tips and makeup removers and my segment on Extra, I’m so excited about!

Reader’s Digest

12 Makeup Removers Beauty Experts Can’t Live Without

Brit+CO

3 Style Bloggers Share Their Best Secrets to Help You Upgrade Your Insta

POPSUGAR

The Top 10 Global Beauty Tips Hiding in your Instagram Feed

Skinny Start 2 Week Fitness Challenge

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Like the rest of the world I have some fitness goals for the new year which is why I’m partnering with POPSUGAR to take their January Jump-Start Challenge. It’s a 2-week plan that’s all about you and a ‘clean’ diet with meal recipes and at-home workout plan. While I won’t be following it to a tee — I’m a vegetarian and am also never giving up coffee… I am committing to not drinking alcohol and eating healthy. I’m also permanently keeping my yoga matte, jump rope, stretch band and foam roller in my living room to keep me motivated. Also my weights, which are 8 lbs each, which conveniently is how much Charlie weight so I may be redefining puppy aerobics.

The Coachella 2016 Party Circuit

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Coachella weekend 1 is always the hot ticket. It’s when all the brands are out and the parties are off the hook. So much in fact that we only made it to the music festival for one day! We were prepared for this going in, so we also picked up weekend 2 passes to Coachella so we could make weekend 1 all about the parties and plan on spending this weekend glued to the music festival. While we didn’t make it everything (we tried! we gave it a pretty solid effort! Here’s the party round up:

NEON CARNIVAL

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For the past three years, James and I have loved going to Neon Carnival, the late night ‘it’ party of weekend 1 and famed outdoor dance party created by Brent Bolthouse. Hosted at an airplane hangar, the space is one big dance floor surrounded by amusement park rides, games and more. Drawing guests like Leonardo DiCaprio, Rihanna, Jared Leto, Scott Eastwood, Nina Dobrev, Aaron Paul, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Jonas and so many more we had a blast! Hosted by The Levi’s® Brand, RE/DONE and Tequila Don Julio we went crazy on the rides, ferris wheel, bumper cars… it was a blast! Quick video above for the ferris wheel experience.

Calvin Klein #MyCalvins Desert Warehouse Party

calvin-klein-coachella-party-#mycalvins#mycalvins-coachella-partyAlso holding down the late night party game was Calvin Klein who threw a legit warehouse rave filled with lights and DJs that knew how to pump the base and get the crowd moving. Outside the venue there was a magic marker wall where guests could fill out “I ______ in #mycalvins”. They were also serving In-N-Out Burger which was pretty genius.

POPSUGAR Sunset Kickoff + SHOPSTYLE CABANA CLUB

hannah-bronfman-popsugar-dj henri-bendel-canvas-bag-popsugar-coachellateva-dsw-popsugar-diy-station-coachellaPOPSUGAR hosted a sunset kickoff party, hosted by Emily Ratajkowski at the Avalon Hotel. Hannah Bronfman DJ’ed the party and DSW hooked up the shoes! Guests were gifted indigo rd or Teva sandals and hosted a DIY station to personalize the shoes while Henri Bendel provided the cutest gift bags. POPSUGAR + SHOPSTYLE sure know how to make a girl feel chic poolside.

Ben Sherman #RideWithBenSherman London Taxi

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For the festival weekend Ben Sherman had a branded London Taxi driving festival goers around. James and I had a blast in the back of the cab, dressing up in our matching Ben Sherman hats and having our own personal dance party!

VESTAL VILLIAGE

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Divided in two parts, Vestal Village is one part a glamping station where two of my blogger friends actually camped overlooking a serene lake and the other half is a raging pool party complete with music and venders selling everything from bathing suits to jewelry. The three day festival and camping grounds is a one stop party!

The Music Lounge #WHHSH Party

#whhsh-party-coachella las-vegas-#whhsh-party-coachella v-moda-headphones-#whhsh-party-coachellaWe had an absolute blast at the The Music Lounge, produced by BMF Media, for the the unveiling of #WHHSH Beer, an exclusive Las Vegas product. Guests enjoyed a highly curated Las Vegas experience coming to life in Palm Springs for one weekend only, featuring performances by G-Eazy and DNCE. Splat offered a hair coloring station — I was all about getting a spruce up and Batiste did a dry shampoo station braid bar. The hot award went to V-Moda for their total bombshell headphones and Related Garments for the cutest socks and undies combos I ever did see.

The dFm House

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One party we always look forward to is The dFm house with the ONE Managment BBQ + pool party hosted by chefs Ari Taymor + Chris Kronner of KronnerBurger and The WEDIDIT + Niki Takesh pool party! Shuttled to a private location nestled in the mountains surrounding Palm Springs, we relaxed poolside, eating burgers and exploring the expansive and beautiful grounds.

The Retreat

glamsquad-elf-cosmetics-the-retreat-coachella salt-and-straw-ice-cream-the-retreat-coachella the-retreat-coachella-partycaudalie-the-retreat-coachellaThe Retreat is the most peaceful oasis where everything you could ever wish for comes alive in one location, it’s like rehab for the soul. Homemade ice cream by Salt & Straw, healthy catering and drinks for days (kombucha, Perrier, fresh juices and ones a bit stiffer). Then there’s the pampering which included a barbershop (where they actually offered hair cuts), braid bar by Glamsquad and makeovers by e.l.f. cosmetics. Facials and massages by Caudalie who gave Coachella goers a supercharged boost of hydration with their detoxifying + firming body treatments. I love everything Caudalie but if you haven’t tried their Grape Water and Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, you’re missing out!

Amazon Style Code Live Soiree

amazon-style-code-coachella-partyAmazon & Suki Waterhouse hosted the Style Code Live Soiree at the Korakia Pensione. For any of you unaware, Style Code Live is Amazon’s new live stream fashion and beauty show hosted by Lyndsey Rodrigues, Rachel Smith and Frankie Grande. I need no excuse to drink Moet and hang out with the Style Code crew, they are my favorites! We even shot a little style segment for the show while poolside that you’ll hopefully be seeing soon!

Feline-ing the love for Choupette! Check out our AWESOME Press!

One of the great pleasures of my site is helping expand the voice of the beloved social media handle @ChoupettesDiary, the persona behind Karl Lagerfeld’s beautiful, supermodel cat. (Yes, the cat is a supermodel — her day rate rivals all of them). Did we mention she made $3 million in 2014 off 2 modeling jobs.  From Scream Queens to a video POPSUGAR just released above giving us an awesome shout out, to Anna Wintour’s recent remarks, we could not be more proud!

“I have often thought that in my next life, I would like to come back as Choupette, his extremely beautiful and bourgeois cat, who has two maids, a chef, a personal hairdresser and many diamond necklaces.” – Anna Wintour

Us too Anna!

@ChoupettesDiary has a regular column on Pretty Connected that can be viewed HERE.

MUST HAVE Gift Sets and Beauty Subscription Boxes

best beauty boxesThere are a lot of subscription boxes out there and people constantly ask which services are worth the money. With new ones popping up every day it’s impossible to keep track but after non-stop traveling this summer I came home to some INCREDIBLE beauty boxes, sets and a GWP that I can’t stop gushing about.

Go Bare with European Wax Center – First Wax Free!

european_waxI’ve never been one for waxing salons. My past experiences getting my bikini line done were painful and always resulted in bumps and irritation. And as far as the rest of my body went, I was perfectly content with just shaving.

Tune into POPSUGAR Now: Weeknights 6/5c on TVGN

By now we’re all obsessed with POPSUGAR, right? Their website has everything happening now — fashion, beauty, celebrity, fitness, entertainment, food, love, living and even their own category for moms — I mean they do it all! And until their latest endeavor it was all in the online space. Now, all of their content is coming to life with the launch of POPSUGAR Now!