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Gilt City Warehouse Sale Hits NYC

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Get those credit cards ready! The legendary Gilt City Warehouse Sale is back in NYC on Friday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 4th at The Altman Building. You’ll find luxe clothing, accessories and home décor from top designer brands, all at up to 80% off retail.

National Journal x CBS News x The Atlantic Pre-WHCD Reception Jeremy Renner, Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Julie Chen…

Jeremy Renner, Lara Eurdolian, WHCD
CBS News x National Journal x The Atlantic pre-WHCD reception with Jeremy Renner

Saturday night my lovely date Amy Harder of the National Journal and I got all glamed up and headed to the Washington Hilton for the pre-White House Correspondent’s Dinner reception hosted by the National Journal, CBS News and The Atlantic. This one of the few events noted in my calendar where I can justify adding a full-length gown to my wardrobe. The private cocktail party is a great way to kick off the evening and have some time to mix and mingle before the notables in the crowd head

Valentino Introduces a New Fragrance for Her: Valentina

In a recent visit to the Valentino showroom, I met Valentina. Or rather, I should say experienced Valentina as she is a fragrance, not a person. Taking the journey through 3 rooms; Valentino’s Spring collection, the Valentina advertising campaign, followed by an introduction of the formula by the perfumers, gave me a much deeper understanding and connection to the Eau de Parfum.

“I just women to feel beautiful”, Valentino’s very essence and foundation for the House of Valentino translated into a fragrance. Keeping elements of couture he used his iconic flowers to adorn the bottle. A unique floral oriental, this fragrance is feminine and delicate while still exuding strength and confidence, much like the women Valentino embodies in the ad campaign featuring model, Freja Beha Erichsen.

Freja has that edge and uniqueness to her, and yet when looking at her their this underlying innocence that makes her perfect for the face of Valentina. The advertisement depicts her as an heiress/socialite being called down to her  elaborate 21st birthday party but is sneaking out to soak in the streets of Rome and create her own adventure.

After two years of development, Valentina came to fruition with the help of perfumers Alberto Morillas and Olivier Cresp. Composing a fresh floral oriental which is inspired by the streets of Rome and the scents in the air, many of the notes are authentic to Italy. The heart of the fragrance is orange blossoms, jasmine tuberose and wild strawberries mixed with top notes of bergamot from Calabria and white truffles from Alba, which settle on the base notes of cedar, vanilla and amber. This is the first fragrance to use white truffles in it, and it adds a soft quality to this very unique and original fragrance.  Masked in a vintage italiana perfume bottle, I’m so happy to have this fragrance in my collection and have been wearing it everyday. It’s whimsical essence is feminine without being too sweet or overpowering and just a lovely day fragrance that’s perfect for spring.

{Valentino Spring Collection}

Valentino ‘Valentina‘ Eau de Parfum (2.7oz/$108, 1.7oz/$80) is available at fine retailers including Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstom.

DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample was given to Pretty Connected in a gift bag for the products launch. Pretty Connected was under no obligation to write this review.

Last Night’s Parties, Places and Pictures: Nicole Miller, Bulgari, Ideeli, Carol’s Daughter

Getting in the Holiday spirit with Ideeli

Last night was one of those, I’m back in the game! nights, that remind you just why NY is so fabulous. The fashion, the crowd and all around entertainment of it all. I do love me my events, but I have been a hermit these past few weeks, living in my office and just trying to get organized with launching my company (sigh that sounds so adult) so at the chance of celebrating all my hard work and taking advantage of a full nights itinerary, I stepped back onto the scene at onto…

Sneak peek at Ideeli's sale

A holiday preview at discount designer sale website, Ideeli where I got a sneak peek at some exciting sales the site will be featuring between now and the holidays. Some of the many brands they are featuring at 40-80% off retail that we have to look forward to include: nOir (I’m obsessed with them), HeartBeats Headphones by Lady GaGa, ALEX & ANI, Betseyville, Juicy Couture, Laundry by Shelli Segal, John Varvatos Star, Ike Behar, Valentino scarves, KitchenAid and an assortment of fashionable must-have coffee table books. So if you haven’t signed up on Ideeli.com to be apart of their community yet, get too it!

Joanne King Herring book signing at Bulgari

Then off to Bulgari 5th Avenue location for a private event to celebrate the release of the infamous Texas socialite, Joanne King Herring (you know, the character Julia Roberts played in the movie Charlie Wilson’s War) new book, DIPLOMACY & DIAMONDS. While Joanne was doing a book signing, I was perusing the store drooling over just about everything I can’t afford, champagne glass in hand, with fellow blogger (and stellar date for the evening, Jonathan Valdaz of OJ&B). Everyone at the party was buzzing about the Studio 54 party that was going down later that night.