8.28.2015

Little White Dress

White dresses are a staple in my summer wardrobe. From a backyard cookout to a nice dinner out, there's likely a white dress that's perfect for the occasion. This white dress has been a favorite addition to my wardrobe this summer. It has a gorgeous and flattering silhouette with a fitted waist, full skirt, an unexpected sheer patterned back, and deep v-neck. A lot of tailored 1950's glamour with a hint of sexiness in the neckline and back.

Of course a pop of hot pink is always welcome when dressing in white, so I added a Kendra Scott necklace and a clutch that I've had for years. Gold jewelry and cork and gold shoes round out this easy but dressed up pretty look.

Pink Clutch {similar and similar} - Kate Spade Knot Earrings 








You can find all the items, plus a few other white dress options, in the images below. The Anthropologie dress is actually an extra 30% off and free shipping through today, but it's only available in a few sizes so make sure to scoop it up ASAP! And, just a note about sizing - unless you're particularly busty, I would size down one size.

Also, this Gorjana bracelet is one that I originally received in a Rocksbox and decided to keep. Get a free month of Rocksbox with the code pineapplesandpearlsxoxo.

8.27.2015

End of Summer Casual

The last days of summer call for casual, classic outfits that have a touch of Americana. Jean shorts, a striped shirt, and a nautical accent make for easy, comfortable pieces that look as good now as they did 20 years ago. Top the outfit off with a timeless gold watch, a sheer red lip that's completely day appropriate, whimsical gold studs, and a pair of sneakers that's straight from the 80's yet totally relevant today. Now make a trip to a baseball game, the park, or wherever else you can soak up these last few lazy days of summer.


You can find all the items in this casual end of summer look below, and, if you're anything like me and can't get enough striped t-shirts, check out this tote. It's the best thing ever and has been immediately added to my wish list.

It's been a while since I've done an outfit post, but I have one for you tomorrow with the very last of summer whites and a pop of color. Stay tuned!

8.25.2015

Happy Tuesday!

Hope y'all had a great weekend! I got back to DC late Sunday night from a trip to the beach and a quick stop in NYC, so I've been trying to catch up on sleep and press reset on my working out and eating. I'll have a few pictures to recap both trips soon, but in the meantime, you can see snapshots of my travels on my Instagram

To get your Tuesday started, I pulled together some of the links and things I've found intriguing over the last week or so. Also, I spent some time re-styling my living room, and snapped the picture below. It feels a little airier than my previous arrangement did and I'm loving the almost monochromatic feel. 


As always, you can find all of the products mentioned in the links above using the images below. Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday and that you are squeezing every last bit of sun, food, and fun out of these last two weeks of summertime!


8.19.2015

Girls' Night In with Caposaldo Wine

While I love trying out new restaurants and soaking in the trendy atmosphere, sometimes a girls' night in is just the answer for a low key evening full of conversation and catching up.

All you really need is good wine and good friends, and creating a bit of ambiance never hurt. A fun table cloth, a whimsical cheese board and cheese knife, bright napkins, and a lucite tray to pull it all together are perfect for an easy girls' night in.

Especially during the summer, I'm looking for a night where there is no cooking or preparation required. Just wine, cheese, meat, and crackers. I'm a white wine and bubbly kind of girl, so I always have bottles of Prosecco and Pinot Grigio on hand, ready for an impromptu Sunday girls' night in full of debriefing on the weekend. I loved trying these two wines from Caposaldo Wine - the Pinot Grigio was dry and refreshing, perfect for summer, and the Prosecco was bubbly, bright, with just a hint of citrus.





If you're wondering, I'm wearing a madras button down similar to this one tied over this gorgeous white dress. This dress is seriously my favorite buy of the summer, it's perfect for wearing out to dinner with a long necklace, wearing to work with a cardigan, or tying a button down over casually like I did here. The length and fit of the skirt are perfectly retro without feeling stuffy. The nail polish is my go to neutral this summer - Essie's Hubby for Dessert

This post was sponsored by Caposaldo Wine. All opinions and photographs are my own - I always work with brands that I love!


8.18.2015

The Ultimate Summer Sandwich

Nothing says summer like a simple tomato sandwich. White bread, juicy tomato slices, a generous spread of Duke's Mayonnaise, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. That's all you need for sandwich perfection.

Don't even think about using any mayonnaise besides Duke's. It just won't do (no, not a sponsored post, I just feel very strongly about this subject). And you may have to purchase white bread just for this sandwich, because nothing else works in a tomato sandwich. No wheat, no multi-grain, no sourdough, no rye. An heirloom tomato is a nice touch, but any garden tomato will be just as delicious.


Simple Tomato Sandwich

2 slices of white bread
1 tomato
Duke's Mayonnaise
Salt and pepper

Toast the bread lightly. Slice the tomato into 1/4" slices. Spread a generous serving of mayonnaise on both slices of bread. Layer the tomato slices on one slice of bread. Season with salt and pepper. Top with the other slice of bread. Enjoy every juicy bite!



In the spirit of this sandwich, I've gathered a collection of tomato themed items for you below. Also, I definitely recommend investing in a tomato knife. It seems like a ridiculous concept at first to have a knife solely for slicing tomatoes, but I promise you it's a whole new world once you use a tomato knife for the first time.

Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale

It's that time of year again! The annual Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale, the best time of year to stock up on all the Lilly items you've been lusting after through the Resort, Spring, and Summer seasons. I've rounded up some of the best items below and you can scroll through to see all my picks (you can click through right from the images!).

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Dresses are always the item everyone is looking for in the Lilly sale and this year there were so many gorgeous options to be found. I love the look of the both the classic shifts and the cutout shifts, but I also can't say no to an adorable fit and flare style. There are stunning maxis, tailored silhouettes, and shimmery lace dresses that are great for a wedding or an evening out. Also, this Madeline dress is an absolute steal and one of my favorite dresses I bought this past year.


The Keene Bandeau bikini top has been a favorite of mine for years because of it's removable straps and ability to stay up even when strapless - not to mention I have one from 4 years ago that still looks great.  I also love the classic Destination Quilted Jacket which will be your go to jacket in both Spring and Fall. The Resort Tote is a great bag for anytime you want to add a pop of fun to your outfit.



When it comes to shorts, I absolutely love the adorable and feminine Buttercup Shorts with their scalloped hem. Try them in a print or in seersucker. The Callahan's are a classic Lilly short, and everyone was going crazy over this amazing firework print skirt this past year. Of course, a romper has become a poolside staple.


My go to top again and again is the Elsa. It's the perfect silk blouse for dressing up for dinner (I love it with a Kendra Scott Rayne necklace!) or down for a Junior League meeting. Other favorites of mine this year were the Wiley Ruffle Tube Top and the Dusk Racerback Tank Top.


Have you had any great finds in the After Party Sale?

8.10.2015

Naked2 Basics

Last year I blogged about my love of the Naked Basics palette from Urban Decay. The matte neutrals are perfect for everyday wear, but the range is enough that you can create a smoky eye for an evening out as well. 

However, I really love a dark, smokey eye, so I finally decided to pick up the Naked2 Basics palette to allow for a little more depth with darker neutrals. After a weekend of playing around with the shades of brown, I'm totally convinced it's worth having both palettes for a more diverse range of looks. Yes, the larger Naked palettes have more colors in one place, but these matte shadows are what resonate best with my look. It's subtle drama, but drama nonetheless. (If you DO want the shimmery neutrals of the larger palettes, see the links at the bottom of this post!)

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For a smokey evening eye, I'll use Primal in the crease, Frisk over the entire eyelid, Cover to blend the two together, Undone to line the outer third of my top and bottom lids, and Skimp for a bit of highlight in the inner third of my eyelid.

A day look can also be achieved with this palette by using Frisk to subtly define the outer crease, Skimp over the entire lid, and Stark to blend the two shades gradually.

Next up on my Naked palette investment list is the rose golds of Naked3. I'm thinking with the two Naked Basics and the Naked3, I could easily get rid of all my other eye shadow palettes and just streamline my collection to these three.

Also, if you're curious about the gorgeous gemstone necklace, it's Kate Spade but no longer in stock. You can find a similar necklace here. The book is a collection of three novels that I will get through one of these days.


8.07.2015

Friday Links

Happy Friday! I hope y'all had a great first week of August... but seriously where has the summer gone?! I have a lot of summer activities to cram into the next month, and a lot of stand up paddle boarding thanks to a friend that talked me into buying a season pass. Yup, we've gone 0 times since buying the pass a month and a half ago. So, if you want to SUP, let me know. I'm in.

Also, I'm letting you in on a blogger secret today. The picture below is one of the MANY pictures that never made the blog. So often I'll take pictures for a post and then they just don't turn out quite the way I wanted. This particular one, I loved the colors and closeups, but the full body shots weren't flattering. So this workout outfit (pants similar to these and a top similar to this) was never fated to make the blog.


Now, on to some of the articles and items that have made their way into my bookmarks this week. At the end of the post, to make it easy for you, you'll find links to any of the products I've mentioned.

  • Even though I'm someone that loves makeup and spends more at Sephora than I'd like to admit, this article is an enlightening glimpse into how much more women spend than men just to be presentable.
  • I've finally gotten through the first few books on my summer reading list and am starting Aziz Ansari's book Modern Romance. A friend of mine just finished it and is raving about it, so I'm pumped to find some downtime to jump in this weekend. 
  • There are a few recipe posts coming up on the blog, so I'm studying up on these food styling tips. It's all in the presentation and photographs.
  • I'm in the midst of organizing myself and this blog(isn't it funny how this time of year is still reset time even when we're no longer in school?), and found this article so helpful especially since I've been all over the place this summer with all my transitions in life.