Pretty Pink Recipes to go from Holiday to Healthy

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The holidays are almost over and it’s getting to be that time when we begin the dreaded transition from Christmas cookies and lounging around in sweatshirts and leggings to more healthy foods and moving your body again.

 

If you’re like me, you may have been indulging pretty consistently since Thanksgiving, which is why the switch back to healthy eating will probably be a little bit more difficult than you’re used to (or ready for!). But the good news is the sooner we get back into our old routines, the sooner we’ll be excited about wearing bikinis again! (Only 148 days until Memorial Day 2017. Yay!)

 

There definitely is no equivalent to sugar cookies decorated like sparkly snowmen or a big mug of hot chocolate with toasted marshmallows but there are some healthy recipes that are also pretty beautiful! Below I decided to highlight some of my favorites that also happen to be pink. (Go figure ;).)

 

Strawberry Chia Pudding:

Yum yum yum! This strawberry chia pudding recipe sounds as delicious as it is pretty! Chia pudding is one of my favorite anytime snacks because it reads like ice cream (not lying) and I can’t wait to give this one a try. It’s also so good for you because it includes nutritious ingredients like almond milk, strawberries, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. Check out the recipe here.

 

Pitaya Breakfast Bowl:

This month I’ll happily be trading in my usual Christmas-time breakfast of carbs on carbs on carbs for something a little bit more energizing. I’ve never had a pitaya bowl before, but this recipe that’s basically just fruit and coconut water looks pretty perfect for a pre-workout meal.

 

Cherry Ice Pops:

The hardest thing for me after the holidays is to train myself to not crave sweets after every meal. If you’re still home before heading back to college in a couple weeks (lucky you!), there’s probably still a lot of holiday temptations lying around that saying no in general could be a bit too challenging. Instead, whip up some cherry ice pops. With only a few simple ingredients like cherries, water, and honey (so easy!), these are a much healthier option than leftover cannoli.

 

In addition to checking out these recipes, also try some of our favorite exercises that can both help you get back in shape and remind you of summer! Win-win!

 

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Pinkly’s Perfect for New Year’s Eve

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Pinkly’s Perfect for New Year’s Eve

Embrace your sparkle this New Year’s Eve with Pinkly Perfect’s glitter and metallic accessories! No matter what your plans are, PP can accompany you to make the night perfect. Check out our suggestions below:

 

If you’re going out…

Madison Bracelet, $24:

If you’re hitting the town this NYE, make sure you add Pinkly Perfect’s Madison Bracelet to your arm candy stack. Available in metallic silver or gold, this textured leather bracelet pairs perfectly with anything glitzy to add a touch of summer to your end of year bling!

 

If you’re looking for a midnight kiss:

Zip Code Bracelets, $18:

Heading to a party with some cuties? Need an easy conversation starter? Pick up a PP zip code bracelet available for Cape May, Sea Isle, Avalon, Stone Harbor, and Ocean City, NJ and wait for someone to ask what those numbers mean! It’s a perfect way to get the ball rolling with that (potential) special someone.

 

If you’re staying over…

Newport Cosmetic Bag: Glitter Seahorses, $20:

Sleepover with your besties this New Year’s? Perfect. Make sure you pack plenty of nail polish, face masks, and pink toothbrush in your Newport Cosmetic Bag in Glitter Seahorses.

 

If you’re staying in…

Margate Leggings, $22:

Staying in with your family doesn’t have to suck. Get comfy in Pinkly Perfect’s Margate Leggings, pour yourself some sparkling pink lemonade, snack on some homemade caramel corn, and gear up for watching the ball drop in the company of your favorite celebs through the television screen.

 

We hope you have a great New Year’s Eve celebration and an even better 2017!

 

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Let’s Get Real: Top Five “Mistakes” of 2016

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Running a company (especially when it’s your first!) is full of learning experiences. And in the first year especially, there is a lot of trial and error. While what I present on our social pages is usually (and obviously) focusing on the positive, there’s actually way more frustrations that go into running Pinkly Perfect than you could ever imagine. For this post I decided to get super real and give you the inside scoop into my “biggest mistakes” of 2016 and how I’ll be turning them into the best learning experiences for going into 2017.

 

Eating for the Insta

Pinkly Perfect’s Instagram is full of shore favorites and summer reminders. This includes PP fashion and accessories, pictures of the ocean, and quintessential boardwalk sweets like ice cream, caramel corn, salt water taffy, and pancakes. In summer 2015 while I was sneakily working behind the scenes to make PP a reality, I had an easier time not eating all the sweets in my pics but this year I was super stressed and found comfort in it all. Nothing wrong with that but a daily indulgence doesn’t exactly help the bikini bod.

Goal for 2017: Learn to say no.

 

Not understanding Twitter

I just don’t get it. Please follow me.

Goal for 2017: Remember to post every day.

 

Impatience

I am the worst at keeping secrets when I’m super excited about something. And this past year was full of A LOT of excitement! Combine that with the fact that I work alone and often get desperate to talk to people or share something with someone, and you have one of my biggest mistakes. As soon as something wonderful happened, I frantically texted my mom and best friends and posted on our social pages. This may not seem like that big of a deal but when you’re in the middle of a big project, getting so easily thrown off is actually pretty dangerous to accomplishing the tasks at hand.

Goal for 2017: Calm down.

 

Waking up too early

Notice there’s a lot of coffee pics on PP’s Instagram? Well, they’re needed. Somehow after launching Pinkly Perfect, my body’s alarm clock started going off early. Like, way early. Most days, I jumped out of bed by 4:30 AM while some days it was as early as 2:30 AM. I would fit in half a workday before 9 AM and then was too stressed to nap so it made for a very unhealthy (although efficient) work atmosphere.

Goal for 2017: Never wake up before 5:30 AM unless absolutely necessary.

 

Thinking I couldn’t do it

We launched PP on April 1st. Since then, we’ve been picked up by 9 boutiques (with more on the way for next summer!), had 13+ press features including NJ Monthly Magazine, Creator, and Glamour.com, and received such positive feedback from industry leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. Yet somehow I spent so much time stress-crying alone in my office (thank god I face a wall) focusing on the mistakes or setbacks. This behavior is pretty typical of solo entrepreneurs (I’ve heard) but still it was pretty distracting and maybe even delusional.

Goal for 2017: Embrace my inner #girlboss and stop focusing on the negative.

 

 

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A Holiday Gift Just For You

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2016 may have been a lot of things but it will always be the year when my lifelong dream came true and my own company (finally) launched.

 

Running Pinkly Perfect has been a lot of hard work, learning curves, tears, mistakes, and surprises, but what always got me through the rough times has been the support of our fans and customers!

 

Hearing “this is so cute!” at festivals in Sea Isle, NJ, Wildwood, NJ, and Lower Gwynedd, PA or seeing comments on our Instagram photos of our beach fashion and accessories are what made a lot of my days this past 9 months! Hint: when everything seems to be going wrong, it’s the little things that make a huge difference. Not to mention the orders coming through followed by sweet email responses and sometimes, reorders.

 

That is why when I was creating my list of who I was shopping for this Christmas, I had to include PP’s family of summer loving gals who need a reminder of the best three months of the year.

 

Those on our subscription list (sign up on our homepage if you haven’t yet!) already received this special promo code but I’m also sharing with our blog readers.

 

From December 26th until February 1st, please use coupon code XMASGIFT at checkout at pinklyperfect.com for 20% OFF your entire purchase. This code will only work once per customer so make sure you stock up for yourself or someone who may need a little reminder of the beach! We also know these make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts 😉

 

I hope you have a wonderful holiday and the best New Year yet. And if not, there’s only 157 days until Memorial Day 2017! Yay!

 

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We’re Dreaming of a Pink Christmas!

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

‘Tis the season to deck your halls! And what better way than with pink… everything? Our decoration ideas are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Best of all? Your budget will thank you – everything is under $15!

 

For Your Tree

Trim your Christmas Tree with these fun accessories! From classic ornaments to fun garlands, these baubles will make any tree shine brighter than that summer sun we’re so missing right now!

 

Pink Mini Christmas Lights, $6.49 at Walmart

18 Foot Pink Beaded Christmas Garland, $2.00 at Target (also in light pink!)

39 Piece Pink Matte and Glitter Shatterproof Ornament Set, $12.99 at Wayfair

 

For Your Room

Dorm room, bedroom, living room, sunroom… The possibilities are endless! Bring Christmas cheer and some sparkle to any room with these decorations!

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Pink Bottle Brush Christmas Trees Set, $9.95 at Amazon (shown above)

Fuchsia Mini 6” Wreath, $8.41 at Wayfair

Flamingo String Lights, $7.99 at Target

 

For Your Presents!

What’s Christmas without presents? Give the perfect gift a Pinkly Perfect touch with pink paper, ribbon, and gift tags. Oh, and a little glitter, too!

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Fuchsia Glitter Wrapping Paper, $3.95/$7.46 at PaperSource

Maker’s Holiday Sheer Ribbon With Glitter Edge, $3.00 at JoAnn (shown)
Pink Candyfloss Gift Tags, $5.50 at Clafoutis

 

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Pinkly Perfect Spotted in {un}covered’s Holiday Gift Guide!

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One of my goals for Pinkly Perfect’s first ever holiday season was to be featured in a gift guide. And yesterday, I found out that that came true! Yay! We were lucky enough to be featured alongside brands like Peace Love World, Skinit, and Just Chill in {un}covered’s Holiday Gift Guide: 25 Perfect Picks For the Beach Babe.

 

Not only are we feeling honored to be in such great company, but we’re also majorly eyeing this gift guide. If you have some beach babes in your life and need to do some last-minute shopping, look no further. Or, if you’ve been neglecting the most important person on your Christmas list—yourself!—then go ahead and shop! (Trust me: I’ve been doing plenty of this recently.)

 

On a personal level, the holidays have been a little difficult this year so the press could not have come at a better time. It was the perfect pick-me-up to close out a tough week and have me looking forward to new beginnings next week!

 

Check out the entire beach babe gift guide here and remember to shop summer this Christmas at pinklyperfect.com.

 

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15 Ways to Pinkly Pamper Yourself This Winter

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 Written by: Sarah Felbin

Secret Santas, pollyannas, plus gifts for your squad, your teachers, your pets, and, of course, the fam – the holidays are in full swing! With only two weeks left (can you believe it?!) before the big day, maybe you’re working your way down your mile-long present list… Or maybe not. Either way, we’ve got you covered. Our picks are perfect for banishing holiday stress and keeping you looking your best all through December.

 

Still struggling with gift ideas? No worries! Our Pinkly Perfect Present Picks are perfect for anyone left on your list – even that one girlfriend who already has everything. So get reading, get inspired, and get shopping!

 

Face:

philosophy kiss me tonight intense lip therapy, $21.00

SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick, $28.00 Our Pick!

This tiny cleanser packs a huge punch! The twist-up stick is perfect for traveling on-the-go, while the pieces of rose petals inside make any morning routine extra special.

Perfect For: The athlete who’s always at the gym. But be careful – this is one gift you might be tempted to keep for yourself! Better grab two, just in case. 🙂

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Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask, $22.00 (shown)

 

 

Body:

philosophy mixed berry tart body lotion, $10.20

The Body Shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter, $21.00

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eos Multipack of Hand Lotion, Body Lotion, and Lip Balm, $7.99 (shown) Our Pick!

A gift set already wrapped up in a pretty box for under $10? Yes, please! Plus, eos products are packed with Vitamin E, coconut milk, and shea butter for your softest winter skin ever.

Perfect For: The teacher who’s made math class that much more bearable this year.

 

 

Scrubs:

CAKE Milk Made Smoothing White Sugar Body Scrub, $32.00 Our Pick!

This sweet scrub smells like vanilla and raspberries – yum! It’s a perfect exfoliator with real sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk, coconut oil, and shea butter to help hydrate and replenish dry winter skin.

Perfect For: Your stage manager/Art Club president/star of the swim team/straight-A bestie who somehow manages to do it all.

ULTA Luxe Smooth Exfoliating Body Scrub, $19.50

Bath & Body Works Hello Beautiful Foaming Sugar Scrub, $16.50 (shown)

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Bath and Shower:

philosophy iced orchid shower gel, $18.00 Our Pick!

This sweet shower gel doubles as a moisturizing bubble bath and shampoo with a fresh floral scent. Plus, the scent stays with you even after you shower!

Perfect For: Mom! The light scent won’t mess with her usual routine, and it’s shimmery without leaving any messy glitter behind.

LUSH Rock Star Soap, $7.95 (shown)

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Eclair Naturals Grapefruit Geranium Effervescent Bath Salts, $9.99

 

 

Misc:

ULTA Sweet Grapefruit Sheer Fragrance Mist, $9.50

Whim Bold Glitters Nail Polish in Catching Confetti, $10.00 (shown) Our Pick!

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This long-lasting polish is extra durable to keep your tips shining all the way until New Year’s. Two coats and you’re out the door with a show-stopping mani your squad will never believe you did yourself!

Perfect For: Treat Yo’self Day! Everyone needs one, and this is the perfect gift to yourself for surviving the hectic holiday season. Congrats – you’ve earned it!

Eva Nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask, $11.99

 

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Pinkly Perfect Holiday FAQs

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We’ve been getting a lot of questions this Christmas! From when the last day we ship is to advice on what to buy. We want to make the holidays as enjoyable and stress-free as possible so check out a list below of frequently asked questions and answers!

 

When is the last day you’re shipping before Christmas?

Great question! We will be sending out our last shipments on December 22nd at 12 noon. If you’re close to us in NYC, you should be all set to receive by end of day December 23rd. If you’re further away, please send us an email so we can do what we can to have it arrive before Santa comes!

 

I noticed not all your items are listed as part of your 25 Days of Christmas promotion. Why is that?

We have more than 25 products so carefully chose which ones would be a part of our promotion. If you see something missing that you really want, send us an email and we’ll add it to our promotion schedule.

 

What should I buy?

Everything! Just kidding…From stocking stuffers to Christmas morning outfits, Pinkly Perfect is offering so many options for perfect Christmas gifts! Check out our gift guide here.

 

Where else can I shop Pinkly Perfect?

Our entire Pinkly Perfect collection is available at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown (Doylestown, PA) with limited offerings at Serendipity Shops of Avalon (Avalon, NJ), Pete Smith’s Surf Shop (Cape May, NJ), Mia’s Christmas Gallery (Ocean City, NJ), and Groovy Girlz (Sea Isle City, NJ). We will also be at WeWork’s Holiday Happening Event in NYC* on December 11th from 11 AM until 7 PM.

*Updated 12/10: Due to unexpected family events, Pinkly Perfect will no longer be at WeWork’s Holiday Happening Event on 12/11. Please continue to shop our perfect Christmas gifts at pinklyperfect.com or the stores listed above.

 

How do I sign up for the newsletter?

Sign up for our newsletter on Pinkly Perfect’s homepage. We send out emails including special announcements, sales, new blog articles, etc. twice a week.

 

Have any other questions? We’d love to answer them for you! Simply send us an email at maddy@pinklyperfect.com and we’ll get back to you right away!

 

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Perfect Pink Pajamas to Lounge Around in This Holiday Season

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Nothing says the holidays quite like a perfect mix of baking, shopping, and lounging. One of my favorite things about Christmas morning is staying in my pajamas until noon with plenty of coffee, holiday music, and a big serving of panettone french toast with my family.

 

And a perfect pajama outfit that is both cute and comfy is completely necessary for ultimate relaxation this Christmas season. We scoured the internet to find our favorites, all in pink. Check out our picks below and add them to your wish list to Santa or buy yourself a gift for being so good this year:

 

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There’s something about a pajama set that is so nostalgic. Long ago we traded in our Limited Too shiny, printed polyester sets (with matching scrunchies) and probably steered more towards separates. But a set is so easy! Buy it together and wear how you wish. We love this one from ASOS because it’s simple, pink, and versatile. Shop it here!

 

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One of my favorite things about ASOS is that they have a petite line! I’m barely 5’1” and often steer clear of pajama pants over shorts because they are just too long. This super cute “Santa Baby” pajama set comes in regular sizes and petite. We’re obsessed with everything from the color to the flattering silhouette to the festive Christmas pattern.

 

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This pink sleep shirt from GAP perfectly sums up why we love the holidays so much. Pajamas.all.day. Add coffee, Christmas movies, and gingerbread men, and we are so in! Buy it with these perfect plaid pajama pants to complete the look.

 

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My Favorite Summer Reminders (Besides Pinkly Perfect)

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It’s no secret that I designed Pinkly Perfect to be perfect reminders of the best three months of the year. But that doesn’t mean I don’t really, really enjoy other brands and how they’re capturing the magic of summer. Check out my favorite things below:

 

Beach Walk Perfume

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I bought this perfume rollerball a couple weeks ago during a catch up sesh at Sephora with my bestie. Anything named “Beach Walk” is already a pretty easy sell for me, but this perfume smells SO refreshing and summery, that I couldn’t wait to start wearing it every day. I even put it on if I’m planning to stay inside in my Margate leggings for an evening of Netflix and blog writing ;). (Pictured above with Pinkly Perfect Madison Bracelet.)

 

Mermaid Kisses Body Wash

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I don’t really need to say anything else other than this is called Mermaid Kisses and we think that’s pretty perfect. Buy this beachy body wash here!

 

Beachy Cookie Cutters

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It’s not the holidays until you start baking and shopping! And some quintessential Christmas cookie recipes require cookie cutters. So why not mix it up and throw in some seashells or flip-flops with your typical candy cane and gingerbread men this holiday season?

 

Seahorse Coffee Mug

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If you’re following me on Instagram, you know this girl loves her coffee. Partly because more often than not, the Pinkly Perfect workday starts very early (hint: it begins with a 4) and I need some help to get me through the day. This seahorse coffee mug is one of my favorites because 1. It’s massive 2. It reminds me of summer and 3. My bestie gave it to me last Christmas! Perfect.

 

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