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All the Fall Colors

In all honesty, I bought this dress on a complete whim just to get free shipping (I know I'm can't be the only one that does that), but when I tried it on I knew that the dress I had actually wanted to order was going back and this one was going to stick around.

The print is a brushstroke floral with a bit of an 80's vibe and a color palette that's perfect for fall. I can't wait to layer it with a tan leather moto jacket. It's a silk dress so I'm seeing this as the perfect option for a warm autumn wedding with a black wrap if temperatures dip a bit low. I decided to kick it up a notch by print mixing with these Sam Edelman leopard heels that I found at Nordstrom Rack and am absolutely obsessed with, but for a more subtle look I might go with these black and leopard wedges.

Also, because I know many of you may have already seen this dress debuted a couple days ago on my Instagram (follow me @hmbien), I finally made a page where y'all can shop my Instagrams! You can find it right here, and it will always be on the sidebar to your right.

Saving on Home for Fall

I've been seeing bloggers referencing Target's fall home decor all over Instagram and Twitter, so last night I decided to do a bit of online shopping and check it out for myself (note: online shopping. I haven't been to an actual Target location in almost a month since I've gone carless. This is seriously a record.)

I was not disappointed. From mid-century to mixed metals to glam to a whole collection curated by Emily Henderson, Target it hitting it out of the park this season. Can't beat splurge style and save prices.

If I was in a redecorating mode, these are some of the pieces I would pick up. I'm also seriously wishing I had a spot for that bar cart (or any bar cart), because this one is classic and on trend all at the same time.

I'm usually anti buying prints from a big store (gotta support those local artists!), but these prints from Oh Joy! are so fun and so colorful. Plus, she's a blogger doing a line for Target. That's totally different than mass produced art, right? The lucite wine rack is similar to one that I have and absolutely love, and the gold lamps are almost identical to two that I picked up for my living room several years ago. Don't even get me started on how gorgeous those side tables are.

Easy Basil Pesto with Dorot

Between work, grad school, squeezing in a daily ClassPass workout (they're running a deal right now!), blogging, Junior League, traveling what feels like every other weekend, and trying to be social on occasion, time is definitely at a premium at the moment and more often than not I barely have time to stop by Trader Joe's, much less cook an elaborate meal. 

Using Dorot herbs is a lifesaver when I want to throw together a pantry meal. They are kept in the freezer and are perfect for throwing together a quick dinner. On this particular day, I wanted to make a basil pesto but definitely didn't have time to run out and get fresh basil. 10 cubes of Dorot chopped basil, 2 cubes of garlic, 1/2 cup of pine nuts, and a cup of olive oil later and I had a delicious pesto sauce. I added some chopped chicken, thin spaghetti that I had on hand, and a few shavings of parmesan for a meal that seemed like I had actually planned to cook.

You can find Dorot herbs in the freezer section of Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. This post has been sponsored by Dorot, but of course all thoughts, recipes, and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Pineapples and Pearls possible!

Blue on Blue

This time of year is so tricky. It's still oppressively hot out some days, but wearing a bright print just doesn't feel appropriate anymore. So what's a girl to do? My answer is lightweight solids. This t-shirt dress fits the bill. It's whisper thin, super soft, and so easy throw on by itself or layered with a chambray shirt or a jean jacket

Also, can we talk about how much I love this watch from The 5th? I've never been a watch girl, but this gorgeous light grey leather and rose gold watch is the perfect all season piece. It also comes with a peach strap, which is equally gorgeous. I can't wait to pair it with fall neutrals for a soft touch of color.

T-Shirt Dress {Just $20! Runs big, I'm wearing the XS} - Chambray Shirt {splurge here or save here}
Beau & Ro Clutch (c/o) {similar} - Sunglasses 

Thoughts on attending a blog conference

Last month I posted about my trip to Charleston, I've shared the outfits I wore (here, here, and here in case you missed them!), but I have yet to tell you much about the reason I was there—The Blog Societies' Conference! 

I had never been to a blog conference before, so this was a completely new experience and I had no idea what to expect beyond a lot of women taking pictures of their food and each other's outfits. Of course we did plenty of that, but beyond that, there was so much to take in and learn, all while networking and trying to put together the faces and names that we already know through Instagram.

So, what were my biggest takeaways from the weekend?

  • This particular conference is a totally manageable size. At around 80 lifestyle bloggers, it made for an easy and approachable environment where it was no big deal to walk up to someone and introduce yourself with the side note that you already follow them (and probably know that their go to coffee order and that they adopted an adorable dog last year).  On that note, those random introductions are the best networking move you can make. Lots of people will say to bring your business cards for this purpose, and I did because I adore my minted business cards, but it seemed more effective to just follow people on Instagram on the spot.
  • A blog conference is a wonderful way to discover brands that you may not have known before. Cosmedix was completely unknown to me before this conference, and now I'm obsessed with their products—in fact, look out for a beauty post next week on the skincare products that I can't get enough of.
  • You will leave with more ideas than you can possibly implement in the immediate future. Don't get intimidated and create a plan of attack that you can tackle over the next several months. There were so many great sessions, but considering that most of us have full time jobs, it's simply not realistic to refresh a few years' worth of content, redesign the blog, pitch an entire season's worth of posts, and overhaul an entire Instagram aesthetic as soon as the conference is over. Break it out into an achievable plan and reassess every few weeks. 

After this experience, I will definitely be sure not to miss The Blog Societies' Conference next year, and I would love to add another conference or two into the mix. A conference that focuses on creative entrepreneurs might be a nice addition, or perhaps a larger conference with a wider variety of bloggers. Have y'all attended any blogger conferences? Are there any I should definitely check out?

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal

I posted this Instagram last week of a delicious dark chocolate oatmeal that I made one morning when I happened to get up just a bit earlier than usual. Since then, I've made this recipe no less than four times. I'm addicted. I based it off of a recipe I found for Dark Chocolate Oatmeal from the blog A Pastry Affair and adjusted it a bit with almond milk and agave nectar. 

dark chocolate oatmeal - chocolate banana oatmeal

Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
makes 2 servings


3/4 cup oats
1 1/4 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1/2 tablespoon agave nectar
2 tablespoons dark chocolate chips


1/2 banana sliced
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
1 teaspoon semi-sweet chocolate

Combine oats, almond milk, cocoa powder, and agave nectar in saucepan. Bring to a boil over a medium high heat, stirring frequently. Lower heat and let cook for a few more minutes, until almond milk and oats have softened together. Stir in chocolate chips until melted. Top with banana, almonds, and chocolate. Enjoy!

dark chocolate oatmeal - chocolate banana oatmeal

dark chocolate oatmeal - chocolate banana oatmeal

dark chocolate oatmeal - chocolate banana oatmeal

Curious about the items in the images above? I'm obsessed with my bamboo flatware, and it's been going strong for four years now, the bowls are similar to these simple white bowls, and the turquoise napkin is from Wayfair.
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