Beach Bag Essentials

I'm feeling pretty great about my summer now that I have a quick beach trip planned this weekend to celebrate the Fourth in true patriotic fashion, AND I just booked a flight down to Texas for a Labor Day weekend beach trip. Squeeze in a few more impromptu vacays and I should be set. 

So what am I taking in my beach bag this weekend? The usual colorful fare, oceanfront reading, and then lots of sunscreen, a lip balm with spf, and beaucoup de hydration, of course. 

1 Pool Flip Flops - 2 Coola Continuous Spray Sunscreen 
7 Coastal Living Magazine - 8 Beach Tote


Summer Reading List

Lazy summer afternoons are the perfect time to catch up on the stack of books crowding your nightstand. There's no better way to take in the sights and sounds of a warm day in the park than with a glass of rose and a new book (or an old favorite!) So what's on my reading list this summer? A mix of a little bit of everything. The suspenseful thrillers that seem to be dominating book clubs and beach chairs these days just don't do it for me, but I've got some humor, a little bit of motivation and self improvement, a oft forgotten classic, and a page turning memoir.

Aziz Ansari Modern Romance I can't wait to be the girl sitting alone, laughing out loud to herself, and garnering stares from those around me while I dive into this commentary.

Aliza Licht Leave Your Mark I'm about to start a new job that's entirely focused on online work, but I'm also always looking for inspiration in working a bit harder on the blog and social media, so this should be a double whammy for me.

Kristin Newman What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir While I'm only halfway through, this book is the kind of memoir that begs for just one more page as you try to put it down each evening. Plus, it will make even the most stubborn homebodies long for an adventure.

Gretchen Rubin Better Than Before: Mastering the Habit of Our Everyday Lives I loved the relatable, easy tone of The Happiness Project, so I've been trying to find the time to read Gretchen Rubin's second book. Lord knows I love a good self improvement book and this one fits the bill.

C.W. Gortner Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel It's good to have one fabulous, and slightly tragic, book in the mix, and my mom picked this one up for me for my birthday. I have a feeling it will be along the lines of Z or The Paris Wife, perfect for an indulgent beach read.

Ernest Hemingway A Moveable Feast I always like to have a classic title in my reading list, and this summer I chose this memoir of Hemingway's time in France because there's nothing more intriguing to read than a glimpse into the mind of a writer.

What's on your summer reading list? Any titles I should definitely check out?


Instagram Recap

This past weekend I was in Virginia Beach for a fun and beautiful wedding celebration, and this coming Saturday I'm headed to Charlottesville for another friend's wedding. While I love a good weekend trip, I'll definitely be glad when I'm finally in town for a few weekends and have time to just relax and catch up on errands and such. But, until that happens, here's a recap of my Instagrams during an apparently colorful past few weeks. 

Top Row: I've been making smoothies at least once a day and this pina colada inspired smoothie is one of my favorites. Looking for a peach nail polish? I'm loving this one. - Love this classic Elizabeth McKay elephant print top paired with a fresh pair of gold Jack Rogers and this lovely Gorjana bracelet from Rocksbox (I ended up buying this one - use code pineapplesandpearlsxoxo for your first month free!) - I'm obsessed with the giant zip top Boat and Tote Bag from L.L. Bean that I bought to use as a Weekender, and that matches my everyday size tote.

Middle Row: While most of my apartment is full of color, I do like this one little spot that's more muted. These two jars from One Kings Lane hold samples from Birchbox so that I'll actually remember to use them. - A much needed mani-pedi a few weeks ago. - I am so glad I finally got black patent Jack Rogers. They're a nice break from the classic gold and complement bright tops like this perfectly.

Bottom Row: Both of  these adorable shorts are from Old Navy, of all places, and at under $20, you definitely need them in your summer wardrobe. - The mini Frappucino might be the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen, but I had to get one just for the novelty of it. This pink print Lilly top, however, is much higher on my list of things I love this summer. - I can't wait to dig into Aliza Licht's book Leave Your Mark. It's definitely motivating for anyone concerned with building a brand.


Summer Yoga

Since yoga clothes are one of the major groups in my wardrobe, I'm always excited to find new styles that are both functional and stylish. lucy has been one of my favorite activewear brands for the longest time, and I'm absolutely loving their summer collection (which is already on sale here!) 

There are so many tops with interesting details, like this Posture Tank with its high neck and strappy back - perfect for showing off your shoulders. The Strong is Beautiful Pant has become my go to pant not only for yoga, but for errands and travel as well. They are so easy to wear and have a slightly tailored look that makes them totally acceptable for wearing outside the studio. When you're looking for an extra layer to toss on before or after class, the two tone Perfectly Posed Top is a lightweight top that adds a little more coverage, but is still comfortable in the summer heat.  

Shop these workout pieces and more of my favorite activewear from lucy, including many pieces on sale,  in the pictures below. 


Blue and White

Last week I attended BloggerScene's Summer Cocktail Party at the VIDA Penthouse Pool Club at the Yards in DC. It's absolutely insane how much that area has exploded in the past several years. The rooftop pool is fabulous. The details and design are impeccable - you can't help but want to lounge around with a cocktail in hand. Afterwards, I had a delicious dinner at Bluejacket Brewery. It was my first time there, and I was impressed with the ample outdoor space and the mouth watering grilled cheese that I had. The waitress described the cheeses as being "a bit funky", but they were funky in all the right ways, and the apple butter gave it just a touch of sweetness. I will definitely be back.

Since BloggerScene is, as the name would lead you to believe, an event for bloggers, I made sure to wear one of my favorite spring outfits. This eyelet moto jacket is my go to for making a colorful, lightweight dress into a work appropriate outfit. I love that it has the sweetness of eyelet, but the edge of the moto style and the gold details. It goes with literally everything. The dress is just $34 and from... Kohl's. I did not even know where a Kohl's might be, but when I read on Corals + Cognacs that Milly did a line with Kohl's (released about the same time as the infamous Lilly for Target line!), I had to check it out. While everything was surprisingly adorable, I decided on this fit and flare dress. The print is so crisp and the fit is perfect. 

ann taylor eyelet jacket - rocksbox - milly for kohl's dress - milly dress - kohl's dress - ann taylor white moto jacket

ann taylor eyelet jacket - rocksbox - milly for kohl's dress - milly dress - kohl's dress - ann taylor white moto jacket

Though you can't see the Gorjana cuff up close, it's one of my every day jewelry pieces now. I received it in my last Rocksbox and I just couldn't send it back! Buying through Rocksbox gives a bit of a break off the retail price, and you can try out a free month by using the code pineapplesandpearlsxoxo (it's basically Netflix for jewelry - and you can choose to keep and buy a piece if you love it!)


Pinterest Recipe of the Week: Dark Chocolate Almond Overnight Oats

I'm absolutely a morning person, but that does not mean I actually have time make breakfast. Once I get home from working out, I only have about an hour to check any blog related emails, shower, dry my hair (one of the only things I don't like about my shorter hair - a damp bun or french braid is no longer an option) and get out the door. This leaves little time to do much beyond make a to go tumbler of iced coffee or a fruit smoothie, so I have been itching to try overnight oats for quite a while.

At first, the idea of cold oats admittedly sounded terrible, however, when I spotted a recipe for overnight oats that involved chocolate, I thought this is an idea I warm up to (ha). So armed with Nature Valley Muesli, which already has pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and oats in it, to make my overnight oats even easier, I decided to try my own version of the recipe I had pinned.

Dark Chocolate Almond Overnight Oats

3/4 cup Nature Valley Muesli
3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
1 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 tbsp slivered almonds

Mix together all ingredients in an airtight container, preferably in a mason jar since that seems to be the way all the food bloggers are doing it, and let sit in fridge overnight. Ingredients and flavors will meld together. Serve cold. Enjoy!


A Neutral Work Tote

At the beginning of next month, I'm starting a new job! It's been a long time coming trying to find the right role, but I finally found a position that's a great fit and I'm so excited for a fresh start this sumer. Of course, as you might expect with me, I have to mark this new chapter with a small splurge. A neutral work tote has been on my ongoing wardrobe needs list for ages, so this seemed like a fitting time to cross that one off.

All of these neutrals are perfect for spring and summer, while the cognac colors will carry you right into fall. I'm leaning towards the Uptown Tote, though the Tory Burch tote is such a rich color that it's also tempting, but just a bit more of an investment. Check out all the options below. 


Pineapples and Pearls does Facebook

It's been on my to-do list for ages, and I finally got around to creating a Facebook page for Pineapples and Pearls. I've always tried to limit how much I put my blog up on my own Facebook page, and while I'll still link to it every once in a while, I'll do most updates on the Facebook page. Along with new blog post updates, I'll alert y'all anytime I see a must read article, to die for pair of shoes, or great sale. 

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Make sure to follow along for all the blog updates by liking my Facebook page here. And, in other exciting blog news, I rearranged my bedroom completely so that I can actually fit a desk and have a designated blogging spot. As comfy as sitting on my bed, at the kitchen table, or on the sofa might be, I have been wishing for a place to put a desk for the longest time. I'll definitely have a post coming on that apartment update soon.

In the meantime, join in on the fun on Facebook!