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Coachella Diaries: Neon Carnival, Victoria’s Secret Angel Oasis, Nylon, Bumbleland and more!

Coachella is always my favorite time of the year and this season, the parties were especially epic! The classics like Neon Carnival, I always look forward to as well as some new events like Victoria’s Secret Angel Oasis. This year we made it a double date and I traveled around with my girl, Kristi from Currently Crushing. For all the music, you can livestream the performances at live.coachella.com, as for the parties here’s a peek into them! All the parties featured in the video with details below!


Pre-festival hike with with Asics and Cobra Fitness Club.

If you’re in the Palm Springs Area, the Tahquitz Canyon Trail is a beautiful way to start the day. Asics outfitted guests outfits including these ASICS DynaFlyte sneakers for a pre-festival hike.

Victoria’s Secret VS Angel Oasis

This party did not disappoint, set in a beautiful mansion and with impeccable grounds there was not a shortage of activations or VS Angels dancing! They customized Levi’s denim jackets with angel wings by Phoebe Paints and Julia Adelina. Sarah Potempa of The Beachwaver and her team were doing hair (just like at the VS Fashion Show!), while Tarte was on makeovers (yes, their Shape Tape is everything it’s cracked up to be), and LECHAT was providing nail art and gel manicures. Frasier Sterling was also customizing chokers and RAD + REFINED was bedazzling their sunglasses and featured a special performance by Bebe Rexha! They also debuted their new Sexy Little Things collection, which is so hot! Quick slide show below of some favorites!

Victoria’s Secret Launches NEW Fragrance Victoria with Angel Behati Prinsloo

Victoria's Secret Angel, Behati PrinslooLast week, I joined Victoria’s Secret Angel, Behati Prinsloo and Victoria’s Secret Beauty President Susie Coulter at 620 Loft and Garden in Rockefeller Center for the launch of the brands new iconic fragrance, Victoria by Victoria’s Secret. While Prinsloo has been a VS Angel for some time this is her biggest campaign with the brand as the face of the fragrance. And she could not be more excited! As she took the stage in front of an audience of editors and bloggers, practically in tears (of joy that is), she expressed her gratitude to the brand, claiming this the best day of her life. And it’s easy to understand why. Coulter praised her for having all of the traits that embody this fragrance, which made her the natural choice for the campaign. The event also came mere days  after she was proposed to by Maroon 5 front man and coach of “The Voice”, Adam Levine. Proving to be an exceptional week for the super model.Victoria by Victoria's Secret

After the presentation I had some time with Angel who told me, “They came to me and told me the concept and I was really just so honored to be asked to be apart of it. I didn’t smell it until after we did the pictures, and I smelled it and I was like ‘thank the lord!’, it’s great! It’s like me, it’s subtle, it’s beautiful, it’s feminine, but it’s also got a little bit of an edge to it without being too over the top or too sweet.”

Talking Valentine’s Day with Victoria’s Secret Angels Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge


When getting ready for Valentine’s Day what better place to stop for some last minute gifts then Victoria’s Secret? I recently visited the Herald Square location to do a little shopping and meet two of VS’s Angels, Candice Swanepoel and Lily Aldridge!

{Interview time with Candice Swanepoel}


LARA: What’s the best part about being an Angel?

CANDICE: It’s definitely a big title that every model wants and the recognition you get from the industry and the world, but for me the best thing is being able to travel to beautiful islands and to call the beach my office. That and being with the best people every time.

LARA: What are you most looking forward to on Valentine’s Day?

CANDICE: I’m funny on Valentine’s Day, I don’t expect too much. I do try to step out of comfort zone and wear something sexy and different. Also my boyfriend should plan something nice for us, it’s his day too.

Candice’s V-Day Gift Picks:

Very Sexy Push-Up Bra $55 – $68
Very Sexy Lace Garter Slip: $88
Victoria’s Secret Eau De Parfum Gift Set: $45
Victoria’s Secret Vosges Chocolates

{Lara interviewing Lily Aldridge}

Lara Eurdolian Lily Aldridge

LARA: What’s the best part about being an Angel?

LILY: Everything! It’s the best job in the world, I’m so blessed to be apart of Victoria’s Secret. It’s so much fun and getting to do the fasihon show and being the face of the company. It’s just such an honor.

Gift Guide: $25 and under

From stocking stuffers to hostess presents to secret santa gift! Here are some of our favorite finds for under $25!

Pretty Connected Holiday gift guide

1. Henri Bendel Cafe Girl List ($15), Cafe Girl Mug ($25) – I’m a Bendel’s girl, I love everything about walking into their Fifth Avenue store, the history, the decor and their signature line.  They have a great assortment of gifts under $25, two of which you can find in my kitchen. Their over-size mugs are a pleasure to wake up to and their line of magnetic note pads are perfect for hanging on the fridge for your grocery lists.

2.Prestat Rocket Bauble Christmas Ornament ($12.95) – This ornament is filled with Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffles! (Just the thought of it makes me drool a little.) It’s no wonder they are the chosen chocolate company of Queen Elizabeth ll — and were served at Kate and Will’s wedding. Perfect for a hostess gift, housewarming or late night choc-attack. Additional truffle flavors available, purchase through chelseamarketbasket.com

3. Kusmi Tea Essentials ($21.96) – This is my go-to hostess gift. It never fails, everyone loves tea or entertains guests that do. This sampler set includes 24 individually-wrapped

Get the Look: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show #VSFASHION

Last night the Angels dazzled us with their sexy, tousled hair, bronzed bombshell bodies and fantasy lingerie as they strutted down the runway at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

While I can’t do much for advising you on how to get that body — um excuse me Adrianna Lima looking all tone 8 weeks after giving birth! I can fortunately provide you with how to get the hair and makeup look:

VS launches new Body by Victoria and Love My Body collection angel style!

This morning I awoke to perfect weather, a gorgeous roof top, and supermodels and indulged in some yoga (poolside), polished off by a mid-morning massage. If only the next line of this post read “welcome to my life.” (A girl can dream…) This is in fact not my general routine — I’m not a morning person — however, when Angels, are involved, anything is possible!

{Morning yoga with Victoria’s Secret at The James Hotel}

And by Angels, I mean Victoria’s Secret supermodels Candice Swanepoel and Bregie Heinen. With the Angels on hand, Victoria’s Secret introduced my fellow editors and I to the NEW Body by Victoria bra collection which features vibrant colors and new lace in their Demi, Push-Up, Perfect Coverage, and Front-Close Razorback bra styles. As an extension of the collection, VS Beauty launched the Body by Victoria fragrance as the perfect compliment to the lingerie.

Holiday Gift Ideas: $10 & Up

1. NARS Orgasm Lust Set – $30
2. Harajuku Lovers Wicked Style 0.33 oz Eau de Toilette. Available in scents: Baby, “G”, Angel, Love and Music – $30.00/each  or $100 for the Wicked Style Gift Set (which includes all five fragrances).
3. Hourglass Extreme Sheen Set – $45
4. Victoria’s Secret Beauty Ornaments (choose from VS fragrances, lip gloss and eyeliner sets) – $10/each
5. REN Mini Body Gift Set & Mini Rose Trio Gift Set – $25/each
6. Dermalogica AGE Smart Starter Kit – $50
7. Pevonia Myoxy-Caviar To Go Timeless Renewal Set – $79
8. Michael Aram Twig Snowflake Ornament – $29
9. Tanqueray Gin – $13.99 (375mL/half bottle), $19.99 (750mL)

Okay it’s getting down to the wire. Have you bought all your holiday gifts? Lets talk through a few ideas to help you figure out what to get those remaining on your list.

There are a lot of great holiday sets available right now in the wonderful world of makeup so if the person you’re shopping for has a favorite brand, visit their website and check out their gift sets. Otherwise I recommend #1 & #3 for any picky beauty queens on your list who appreciate quality makeup. #2 is great for anyone from teenagers to your coworker looking for a little friend for their desk. Their scents tend to be on the sweeter/fruitier side. However owning a Harajuku Lover may

Booty Queen for Halloween

*My flash decided to censor my stuffed bra.
*My flash decided to censor my stuffed bra. Top by Nicole Romano, Blue Jean Denim Leggings by Mark. (worked great for stuffing my behind!), Shoes by Jeffrey Campbell

Oh Kim, why did we think Karaoke as a good idea?
Oh Kim, why did we think Karaoke as a good idea?
kim kard3 best
Look at those eyes! Ignore my hair (I was rained on)

Halloween is a fun time of year when you can really go outside your comfort zone and play dress up without any concern about looking too ridiculous or over-dressed.  This year, I decided to be Kim Kardashian.  It was very entertaining creating this costume considering it was my first ‘stuff my bra/butt experience.’  It also gave me an opportunity to test a lot of products.

Here’s a quick excerpt of the my Kim Kardashian look (more detailed review to come):


Redken Go Clean Shampoo and Finish Up Conditioner – Love it! This is part of Redken’s men’s line but it works really well on my hair.  Great lather, my hair comes out shiny and well, clean.  But yes, you’ll smell like a dude.  When men ask me for a list of products I recommend for them, this is always on the list (unless they have color treated hair).

Ken Paves Professional Styling Iron – Part of Ken Paves’ Travel line, is this lightweight straightener, which is fast becoming my everyday straightener – it’s that good.  Originally I was apprehensive about this product since I didn’t think ‘one heat setting fits all’ is viable for flat irons; however it gets very hot (up to 410 degrees F), which is what is really necessary for my curly hair.  Warning, if you generally use your flat iron on a low heat setting, this may not be the product for you.  Unless of course the heat settings automatically adjusts based on hair need, but either way there is no dial to manually control it.  I will investigate this further and report back.

Living Proof Straight Making No Frizz Styling Treatment – a great protective cream for when you’re using a flat iron or blow-drying your hair.  Helps fight frizz and only requires a small dollop to service your entire scalp.  It’s no wonder this line has been winning so many prestigious beauty awards!

Cutler Specialist Fly-Away Control Stick This is my go to product for fly aways. Shaped like a deodorant stick, I just roll them over problematic areas and I’m all set for the entire evening.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hairspray – This product fell a little flat.  It has great hold, but didn’t maintain the volume I was hoping for.


L’Oreal Infallible Plumping Lip Gloss in Plumped Pink and Plumped Red – It tingles a bit, and I definitely felt a little plumping action taking place, but having pretty full lips already, it wasn’t

Victoria’s Secret to the Rescue!

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Week Suite at the Loft at the Byrant Park Hotel was a welcome respite for attendees taking a break from the tents and in need of some papering.  Offering beverages and snacks, as well as manicures in their new fall shades, guests had a place to just hang out and relax in between shows.

New VS MAKEUP Collection launched August 2009
New VS MAKEUP Collection launched August 2009