Pinkly Perfect Beach Bike Giveaway

 

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If you’re following Pinkly Perfect on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some teaser shots of the most adorable limited edition custom Pinkly Perfect beach cruiser bike from Villy Customs that I will be gifting to a lucky follower.

 

And if you haven’t, I’m posting some shots here so you can see what all the fuss is about!

 

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Seriously, how adorable is this?! And if you’re loving my outfit, take a peek here for the Avalon Sweatshirt “Is it summer yet?” and the Margate Legging to get yours with free shipping until Memorial Day 2016!

 

So here’s the deal on how this will work. Sometime over the weekend on Pinkly Perfect’s Instagram account, I will post a picture of this amazing bike with instructions on how to enter. Since you’re one of the lucky ones reading this blog post, you’ll have some extra time to prepare (even though it’s SO easy!). All you have to do is comment on the picture tagging four of your beach loving besties that are not currently following Pinkly Perfect and ta-da! You’re entered.

 

Everyone will have one week to enter (so no rush, and I’ll post some reminders throughout the week) and the winner must be from the United States in order to win. I’ll put all of those Instagram names in a hot pink beach bucket and choose one at random then announce it on my Instagram account!

 

I’ll be shipping out the bike the week of May 9th so it will arrive just in time to cruise around your favorite beach town for Memorial Day Weekend! The bike will arrive in pieces (see below) with detailed instructions (including a link to a video) on how to assemble it. Just FYI, I assembled mine very easily so if I can do it, you can too! 🙂

 

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Excited yet?! If so, take this time to follow Pinkly Perfect (@pinklyperfect_inc) and cross your fingers for some luck! 🙂

 

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How to Repurpose Old Beach Tags

 

Written By: Jenna Yesenosky

 

Beach tags. We all use them. Unless you only vacation in Wildwood, in which case, consider yourself lucky. You’ve never been rudely awakened while trying to relax in the sand by a sweaty, sunburnt tag checker who’s making sure you actually paid to sit on the beach. Every day, sometimes twice a day, the beloved beach tag checker makes you pull out your tote and drag sand onto your towel so you can prove your purchase of sun and sand. Ugh.

 

What’s even worse is that the beach tags we buy are only good for a year, and after a summer we throw them away. If we’re going to have to go through all that trouble for one tiny little fluorescent tag, we should at least save them as a keepsake, right?

 

Here are four ways to reuse and recycle your summer beach tags:

 

  1. Make them into keychains. Sick and tired of confusing your keys with your bestie’s? Grab some string, some beads, and a beach tag from your favorite summer and get crafty! Attach the pin to the string, spruce it up with some beads, add a hook and you’re finished! You can even make these as gifts for your shore-lovin’ girls if they get way too jealous of yours.
  2. Jazz up your bag. Think about it: The tags have to stay on your beach bag for a whole 3 months anyways, right? You might as well make them look pretty! Grab a beach tag, one from every year, add whatever kind of crafty glitter or jewels you please, and stick them back on! Be careful though, your beach tag checker might think you’re trying to pass off a trendy new brooch as a tag!
  3. Add them to your scrapbook. Was your summer one for the books? Print out some of your favorite pictures and grab some of your best keepsakes and put them all together! Add in a beach tag from last year so you can commemorate summer 2015 and cherish it forever. (Until you make crazier memories this year, that is!)
  4. Make a DIY picture frame. Personalize a birthday gift for the BFF you spend your whole summer with. Grab a picture frame, some spray paint, glitter, jewels, your beach tags, and get to work! Glue everything onto the frame, slide your favorite picture of the two of you inside, and watch her face light up when she unwraps it. Best present ever!

 

Yes, beach tags are a major pain in the mermaid tail, but they definitely have a lot more uses than just ensuring you don’t get kicked off of the beach. Any of these four ways to reuse your old beach tags would make you the trendiest girl at the Jersey shore.

 

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Hottest Fictional Lifeguards

 

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Written by: Emma Veon

As summer rapidly approaches, our anticipation for beach season grows almost unbearable.  Who doesn’t like the sun, the sand, and the swoon-worthy lifeguards?  In these next few months of waiting, we can appreciate the buff beach babes in red on our TV and movie screens from home. Here are our picks for Hollywood’s hottest lifeguards:

 

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Raymond (Aquamarine) – As any teenage girl can attest, Raymond from Aquamarine was a major babe.  He was the ideal boy: tan, blonde, and muscular, with a soft side.  Aquamarine may have been a mermaid but her lifeguard boyfriend was the real catch.

 

 

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Cast of Baywatch – The beach-themed soap opera that set the “beach body” standard, Baywatch has been promoting the hot lifeguard since 1989.  The show was iconic for its cast of young, athletic beauties (like David Hasselhoff in his heyday! *swoon*) strutting around in the easily recognizable red bathing suits.

 

 

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Baywatch movie – Zac Efron and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson star in 2017’s movie version of the classic soap opera Baywatch.  Equal parts tanning oil and bulging muscles, these Hollywood studs give the original Mitch Buchanan a (slow motion) run for his money!

 

 

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Honorable Mention:

Boone Carlyle (Lost) – The Vampire Diaries hottie Ian Somerhalder was once a marooned passenger of Flight 815 on the hit show Lost.  Though his occupation pre-crash was wedding planner, an important scene revolves around his skills acquired from previous lifeguarding experience.  He may not have strutted around in those signature red trunks, but his piercing blue eyes and past experience earn Boone a spot on our list of Hollywood’s hottest lifeguards.

 

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The History of the Ferris Wheel

 

Written By: Maureen Devenny

 

The best way to tell you’re getting close to your favorite shore town is seeing the outline of its Ferris Wheel growing larger on the horizon. As summer itself nears on the horizon, we dive into the history of this shore town skyline staple.

 

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The Ferris wheel was invented by George Washington Gale Ferris for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. The Eiffel Tower in Paris had recently been built and was captivating the world. The Fair needed some kind of attraction on par with the Eiffel Tower. (By this point, Pinkly Perfect readers are well aware of the importance of a wellplaced tourist attraction).

 

The leading architect of the Fair told the group of planners, “Make no little plans,” in an effort to inspire them. Sounds like a pretty good quote for Instagram, if you ask us! Ferris drew up plans for a revolving wheel made of steel. His plans were based on an attraction that he had seen at the shore town of Asbury Park, New Jersey: a 50-foot rotating wheel called a roundabout. Though a man named William Somers had built the forerunner to the Ferris wheel, Ferris’ design was bigger and badder: a 250-foot diameter steel wheel with 36 cars that could seat a total of 2,160 passengers. More than 1.4 million people enjoyed the Ferris wheel during the 19-week Fair.

 

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Unfortunately for Ferris, business debts and lawsuits got the better of him. Two years after the fair closed, Ferris’ wheel was dynamited.

 

Fortunately, his invention so captivated the world that its imitators can be found all over the globe. Next time you’re riding the Ferris wheel at your favorite shore town, thank the man who dared to “make no small plans!”

 

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Under 21 Fun in Miami, Florida

 

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Written by: Jenna Yesenosky

 

Miami, Florida: the closest you can get to Cancun without a passport. Miami is famous for its beautiful weather, beautiful people, and lots and lots of partying. In a city so well known for its spring break vibes, what is an underage girl to do?! Check out these great places for some under 21 Miami fun!

 

Miami’s Beaches

First and foremost, are the beaches, duh! The sun never stops shining in Florida, which means you never have to stop tanning (with our trusty friend SPF 50, of course). Sun-soaking and wave-diving will keep you entertained for hours. Much like the beaches of Wildwood, New Jersey, the beaches in Miami are free, which gives you a little more spending cash for our next hotspot, too!

 

Lincoln Road

Lincoln Road is a beautiful stretch of shops and goodies. Do you want to check out some small boutiques? Lincoln Road has those. Did your 6S get water damage while you were at the beach? Lincoln Road has an Apple store, too. A perfect blend of interesting-and-new and tried-and-true, Lincoln Road has a store for any type of girl. If you’d rather be on the waterfront, but you still want to shop around, the Bayside Marketplace is a great combination of both. If you and your girls have decided you haven’t seen enough of the water, tour boats leave regularly from the docks next door.

 

Española Way

If you are interested in embracing the culture of Miami, head on out to Española Way, a quaint place full of mom-and-pop restaurants and adorable scenery. Look out for one of the many street performers that come by, you won’t be disappointed. Not only is the food delicious, but the decorations along the entire street scream “Photo op!” Snap a pic for all your girlies back home and send them all your love.

 

South Beach

If you’re looking to see what Miami is really famous for, glitz, glamour, and beautiful people, South Beach is your go-to area. If you’re in town with your girls, play a game and see who can spot the most luxury cars, loser buys dinner. Pop into one of the shops and try on that gorgeous $2,000 gown you saw hanging in the window. Don’t forget shoes! Check out Ocean Drive, located in South Beach, for a moonlit stroll and a look at the historical Art Deco buildings. Don’t forget to take your picture in front of the mansion of one of fashion’s greats, Gianni Versace!

 

Before you cross Miami off of your vacation list until your 21st birthday, try out these fabulous spots for the best sightseeing, shopping, eating, and people-watching. So start packing now for your under 21 Miami vacation!  ¡Bienvenidos a Miami!

 

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Perfect Memorial Day Outfits for Each Beach Town

 

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Written by: Elizabeth DePaul

 

 

Now that it’s April, it’s time to start thinking about the best weekend of the year… Memorial Day Weekend! It’s never too early to start planning that perfect outfit you’ll wear to kick off another summer with your besties at your favorite beach town. Check out some outfit inspiration for these Jersey shore points:

 

 

Avalon, NJ

If you’re staying in Avalon this MDW, chances are you’re going to hit up Avalon Freeze for a rainbow sprinkle cone, followed by a beach party at your bestie’s house. Avalon’s dress code is usually pink, green, and beachy, so pair some patterned shorts with a casual sweater and gold jewelry for your weekend wear:

 

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Lilly Pulitzer Scalloped Shorts, $68.00

Old Navy Hi-Lo Sweater, $16.00 

Francesca’s Long Strand Necklace, $24.00 

Francesca’s Embellished Sandal, $38.00

 

 

 

Wildwood, NJ

Wildwood is famous for its boardwalk and amusement rides, and you’ll likely end up taking a spin in the teacups or go on a ride on the Ferris wheel during Memorial Day Weekend. Most vacationers dress in a casual (yet still cute!) outfit so a graphic tee and jean shorts will pair well with the bright boardwalk lights and colors:

 

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American Eagle Outfitters Denim Midi Shorts, $39.95

ModCloth A Tasty Retreat Graphic Tee,  $29.99

Merona Thong Sandals, $15.99

 

 

 

Ocean City, NJ

You might be spending your first summer weekend in Ocean City, NJ strolling the boardwalk, having a girls’ night, or in search of the perfect ice cream sundae. You’ll want to throw on a romper and flats to dress for any of these occasions, as most locals hop from place to place. Don’t forget to pack a denim jacket for when the summer air turns chilly:

 

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ASOS Tye Dye Romper, $60.00

Forever 21 Laser Cut Sandals, $12.90

Merona Denim Jacket, $29.99

 

 

What are you planning to wear this Memorial Day in your favorite beach town? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

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Best Jersey Shore Races for Summer 2016

 

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Written By: Maureen Devenny

 

Wearing slightly lighter coats gives us all hope that spring will eventually arrive (but seriously, hurry up!). The pleasant weather may have you thinking about ways to spend your outdoor time this summer. Maybe our article last October got you thinking about taking up running; here is a list of upcoming shore races from NJShoreRuns.com we’re excited to try for Summer 2016!

 

If you run on Memorial Day Weekend…

. . . the Stone Harbor Turtle Trot is for you! Kick off your summer with a 5K fun run in support of the diamondback terrapins that are spotted in the wetlands surrounding Stone Harbor. Trust us, those little turtles are way too cute to go extinct. We can’t think of a better way to make your Memorial Day Barbecue taste better than to burn some extra calories!

Stone Harbor Turtle Trot 5K Race and Two-Mile Fun Walk

Stone Harbor – Sunday, May 29

 

If you run to get messy…

. . . you’ll love the Beachcomber Krazy Color 5K. This is a classic “color run.” At varying intervals throughout the race, colored powder is thrown into the air as runners pass by. You get totally covered in every color of the rainbow, so wear an old T-shirt for the race. Don’t forget to take some awesome Instagrams of your colorful shirt after the race!

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If you run on the sand…

. . . check out the Wildwoods Beach n’ Boardwalk 5K Run. Forget running on asphalt- this race takes place on sand and boardwalk to shake things up. Better yet, the run takes place on July 4th each year to raise funds for a Vietnam War memorial in Wildwood. This race is a great way to be patriotic and work up a sweat!

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Wildwood – July 4


If you run to meet people…

…join a running group! Trust us, it makes training for an upcoming race all the more enjoyable. Check out the group runs page with info on all the weekend training runs coming up. We promise, everyone is super friendly. If trotting with strangers is not your speed, run with friends. Who says you can’t get a huge stack of Uncle Bill’s pancakes afterward?

 

 

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The History of Kohr Brothers

 

Written By: Kristen Bahr

 

Close your eyes. Imagine it’s summer and you’re down the shore. Picture all your favorite shore things: the beach, the ocean, the lifeguards, and the ice cream. More specifically, Kohr Brothers’ creamy and refreshing frozen custard. Nothing beats Kohr Brothers’ twist of flavors: the classic chocolate and vanilla, chocolate and mint (my personal favorite), chocolate and peanut butter, and many more unique choices. What many people don’t know is that Kohr Brothers has a long history dating back to 1919! Almost 100 years later and Kohr Brothers is still a Jersey Shore favorite.

 

Kohr Brothers started when Archie Kohr decided to purchase an ice cream machine for the dairy business he owned with his younger brothers, Elton and Lester. After experimenting with the recipe and reconstructing the machine, the summer treat we all love was born. With encouragement from their uncle, the brothers set out for the busy boardwalk of Coney Island to put their sweet creation to the test. The brothers knew they had a hit when they sold over 18,000 cones in the first weekend.

 

Shortly after, the brothers came upon the idea to add eggs to the recipe creating a light and creamy custard that did not melt as fast as normal ice cream. Since then, the business has continued to grow in popularity and has expanded all along the east coast. The frozen custard, lower in fat and sugar than normal ice cream, is still made using Archie’s original recipe. The company tagline, “The Original Still Tastes the Best,” could not be any more true!

 

Today, Kohr Brothers is a necessity for every shore town. What started as a small booth on the Coney Island boardwalk can now be found in ten states. Through the business principles of quality, cleanliness, and customer service, the Kohr family still upholds the legacy of the original brothers who created the tasty dessert. So next time you’re eating this frozen treat, remember to say a special thanks to Archie, Elton, and Lester!

 

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Best Ways to Show Off Your Beach Town Pride

 

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If you’re a regular Pinkly Perfect reader, you probably have some sort of beach pride where you think your beach town is cooler than everyone else’s. For me, Avalon, NJ holds such a special place in my heart that I like to show my love for it off in as many ways as I can. Simply gushing about it in person and posting as many beach pics as possible on my Facebook and Instagram are not enough. Because I’m pretty sure you can all relate, I’m highlighting some creative ways for you to show off your beach town pride below.

 

Pinkly Perfect Coordinate Keychains, $16.00

 

Available for Avalon, Sea Isle City, Stone Harbor, and Ocean City, NJ, these painted leather keychains are the perfect way to carry your favorite place with you everywhere you go! These perfect keychains are made in the USA and come in black, pink, and blue and have stamped coordinates of your favorite seaside oasis. These also make great gifts for your besties because they’re only $16.00. Pack one up with a box of salt water taffy from Shriver’s and you’ve got the perfect summer-inspired present!

 

 

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BaubleBar Custom Engraved Charm Necklace, $34.00

 

If coordinate keychains aren’t your thing, BaubleBar sells custom charm necklaces where you can choose the type of cord or chain you want along with charms that include letters. The above is what I made. A 31” pink (obviously) cord with gold charms embellished with “A” and “V.” What I love about this option is that it’s so unexpected! Most people will assume that the letters represent your initials but when you explain that they’re actually for your beach town (mine for Avalon, NJ), you’ll get a free pass to talk about how much you love it there!

 

 

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Breezin’ Up Clothing

 

Now that you’ll be set with accessory options, it’s time to offer up some clothing that can also show off your beach town pride. Breezin’ Up has locations along East Coast shore points like Stone Harbor, East Hampton, and Sag Harbor and offers up a huge selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, and hats that screen print town-specific graphics that are both classic and cute.

 

How else do you show off your beach town pride? Let us know in the comments section below! 🙂

 

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Give Your Locker a Beach Makeover

 

Written by: Catherine Geruson 

With the sun finally out and summer right around the corner, who wants to be sitting behind a desk all day?! Cravings for boardwalk treats and some well-deserved relaxation are kicking in. It seems like it’s time to trade in the textbooks for some beach reads, but there’s still a couple of months to go! One way to help you stay on top of your studies and let the summer motivate you positively is to deck out your locker with beachy vibes!

 

Most lockers are probably looking a little messy at this point in the year; pictures are faded; there’s a strange smell; stray papers are everywhere. It’s time to clean it out and get going. First empty out your locker so you have a clean slate to decorate.

 

For the back or inside door of your locker, hanging up a cute piece of fabric similar to a beach towel is a great idea. Anything with bright colors or bold patterns can get you in the mood. Create a collage with tons of pictures of summer memories, or hang up a few of your absolute favorites as focal points inside.

 

Some people like to put mini chandeliers in their lockers for decoration, but hanging a unique paper lantern is even more creative and reminiscent of relaxing summer nights. Other small decorations such as Hawaiian flowers, small shells, or fun Fourth of July décor can add unique touches. Giving your locker a quick spritz of a summer scent can transport you to your favorite vacation spot, while simultaneously killing the funky smells escaping from your backpack.

 

Inside your locker you can even include your plans for the summer months. Right next to your assignments list write down your beach must reads! Cover the walls with summer-inspired post it notes that have items from your summer bucket list. Hopefully, thinking of the adventures to come will encourage you to finish the school year strong!

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