Nothing Basic About Basic Invite | Custom Bridal Invitations


Even though it may seem like an overload of Christmas and New Year’s themed everything lately, for those of you lucky enough to be on bridesmaid duty come Spring & Summer 2018, you’re probably more overwhelmed with the planning of showers, bachelorettes, luncheons, and of course, weddings!


Between NYE and next September, I’ll be going to 8 weddings across Iowa, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Texas, and Mexico. I’m a bridesmaid in two, and another is my sister’s wedding so I will be very, very busy to say the least. Luckily all with things right up my alley like planning parties, picking out pretty flowers, dress shopping, dancing like crazy, and celebrating with (lots of) champagne and cake.


For the newly engaged couples, it’s not just the wedding they’re planning. The love birds will be sending out engagement announcements, save the dates, wedding invitations, bridal shower invitations, and bachelor & bachelorette party invites.


But sending out creative and completely customizable invites doesn’t need to be hard! In fact, with Basic Invite it is SO easy and actually really fun, especially if you’re the creative type.


One of the things I dislike the most about using online services for invitations is that you never get to see the actual hard copy before ordering production. But with Basic Invite, you can actually receive a sample (including the envelope—hint: they have over 40 different color options) to review prior to placing an order.


Another plus is that the invites are completely customizable with over 180 color combinations to choose from! Got a couple hours to spare this weekend? Play (yes, it really feels like you’re playing) around with their templates and custom features. You’ll be surprised with how long you’re on there for.


I was lucky enough to get some samples to review in person and I am so excited to share them with you. I obviously went with all things pink and/or beachy but the options are endless for whatever your style is. One thing to applaud is how exact the color looks on the screen compared to the actual sample. Take a peek at the ones I got below!


Engagement Announcements:


I know, I know….isn’t Facebook the official announcement? Nope! Make it even more official with an announcement in the mail. I love the metallics in this card and if I was ordering for production, I would definitely take advantage of their foil option to make it pop even more!


Save the Dates:

FACT: I’ve gotten so many texts recently asking for my address! One feature I love is that Basic Invite offers an address capturing service, which is way more convenient! You can simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc and request addresses for your entire guest list and select it once you send out all the other invitations.


Bridal Shower Invitations:


Bridal shower invites tend to be classy, subtle, and pretty but I love the more fun options. And we’re always up for more champagne. 🙂


Bachelorette Party Invitations:


Why are these always emails? Change the game with Basic Invite’s Bachelorette Party invitations. I L-O-V-E the ones I picked out. Perfectly pink and nautical!


Wedding Invitations:

There were so many elegant invitations to choose from and I honestly couldn’t even pick out a sample because I loved them all. In addition to the invite, they even offer wedding guest book ideas, which would be a perfect gift idea too.



To create custom invitations, check out Basic Invite on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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A Pinkly Perfect Guide to Getting in the Zzzone

Summer may be all about tropical vacations, beach weekends, and a break from school, but between a demanding summer job, never ending reading assignments (scrolling through People’s basically the same thing as reading Shakespeare, right?), and those pesky back-to-school commercials, it’s easy to spend all night tossing and turning with stress.


Not only does not getting your recommended 8-10 hours of peaceful beauty rest make you cranky, but it also does terrible things to your health. Who wants to serve pancakes to screaming children all morning on less than 5 hours of sleep? Or not have enough energy to take an afternoon walk on the beach? A lack of sleep also tremendously slows down our metabolism, which makes indulging in a daily ice cream cone even more dangerous to our beach bods. No, thank you.


Below we’ve listed some tips to help achieve some beautiful Zzzzs this summer.


A Comfortable Mattress:

The most important part of getting a great night’s sleep is a comfortable mattress. While some of you like to feel as though you’re sleeping on a cloud of boardwalk cotton candy, others may prefer a no-nonsense mattress. Whatever you prefer, we recommend Leesa mattresses for the best quality sleep. With distinct layers that provide everything from a firm mattress base to a memory foam to a cooling foam, you’re basically guaranteed some much needed Zzzs. They also provide a 100-night risk free trial. Perfect!

Leesa mattresses are essential for maximizing your beauty rest!
Leesa mattresses are essential for maximizing your beauty rest!


A Nightly Routine:

Ever find yourself watching hours of Bravo reruns or casually making a couple bonus trips to the kitchen for late night snacking? Of course we do too but we’ve found sticking to a routine at night really helps us get the rest we need prior to falling asleep.

Nothing better than soothing and moisturizing our skin to get us nice and relaxed before bedtime!
Nothing better than soothing and moisturizing our skin to get us nice and relaxed before bedtime!


Start by pretending your bathroom’s a spa. Change into a comfy outfit, like our Pinkly Perfect Avalon Sweatshirts and your favorite pink sleep shorts, then apply a hydrating face mask. We recommend Sephora’s “moisturizing and soothing” Lotus Mask. While the mask is working its magic, rev up that tea kettle and pour yourself a decaf chai or peppermint tea. Start this routine about 1.5 hours prior to bedtime so you can really enjoy it.

Pinkly Perfect's Avalon Sweatshirts are perfect for cozying up with a beach book before falling asleep.
Pinkly Perfect’s Avalon Sweatshirts are perfect for cozying up with a beach book before falling asleep.


If getting your recommended 8 hours means you have to be asleep by 11, don’t wait until 10:55 to get under the covers. Hop into bed at 10:30 and curl up with a beach book, not your cell phone. In fact, turn your phone on silent. Chances are you’ll fall asleep naturally from reading and not even remember falling asleep, but if you’re still awake by 10:50, close the book, turn off the light, and relax. Before you know it, you’ll be happily sipping your first cup of coffee while getting ready for another beautiful day!


What do you do to get in the Zzzone? Tell us your tips in the comment section!


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Pink Lip Balms to Avoid Chapped Lips This Winter


There’s definitely some not so terrible things about it not being summer (hello, leggings!) but one thing about the cold weather that we absolutely cannot stand is dry, chapped lips. Not only is it super uncomfortable, but it’s also not at all cute when you apply your perfect pink lip gloss only to be met with disaster cracks.


Below we highlighted our favorite tinted lip balms that will add the perfect level of moisture and pretty pink color that allow for selfi-ready lips!


Younique Lip Bonbons Tinted Lip Balm, $22

If you’re following the blog, you know that we are obsessed with Younique products. One product that we particularly love these days is their Lip Bonbons. These creamy lip balms are made from fruit extracts and nourishing oils and add a slight shine to your lips. We are loving their Raspberry Cheesecake color (pink!) but for $22, it’s worth picking up their Vanilla Milkshake too for a more natural look as needed.


Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, $5

Sometimes it’s way worth it to stick to a beauty brand you know works. That’s why when push comes to shove, I often find myself buying Burt’s Bees rather than testing out the “latest and greatest.” Their tinted lip balms provide 8 hours of moisture and come in so many great colors like Pink Blossom, Zinnia, and Rose. These win for most wearable as the color is quite sheer and your lips will definitely be taken care of!


Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin Infused Balm, $7.99

Covergirl uses grapeseed oil, avocado oil, and vitamins C & E in their Oh Sugar! lip balm. They come in 10 scented shades that you can apply solo for a tinted touch or on top of your go-to lipstick for extra moisture and a deeper hue. They’re only $7.99 so worth trying a bunch of different colors to find your perfect match.


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Beyond the Boss: Behind the Scenes Into BHB’s January Beauty Box


Being a #girlboss will always be my favorite title. This month we got to express that through curating Beyond Her Blush’s January beauty box! Beyond Her Blush isn’t like the typical subscription boxes out on the market now, which are often a mix of random samples that don’t take into consideration skin tone, hair texture, beauty preferences etc. Instead, Beyond Her Blush focuses each month’s box on a specific beauty trend and gives you 5-6 products to help achieve that look, all curated by celebrity stylists.


In perfect “New Year, New You” fashion, January 2017’s box is all about embracing your inner #girlboss and I feel SO lucky to have been able to curate it. I love being a girl boss and I was so excited to include some of our products in the box to pair with a metallic silver Essie nail polish and pink lipstick!


Below I’ve highlighted what PP products you can expect to receive in this month’s box and why they’re perfect for your boss lifestyle!


Madison Bracelet, BOSS:

Our Madison Bracelet in textured metallic gold leather is the perfect accessory to show the world who’s boss and to give yourself a little reminder when you feel stressed or overwhelmed—all an inevitable part of signing up to be a #girlboss.


Laguna Beach, CA Coordinate Keychain

Laguna Beach, CA Keychain:

The Pinkly Perfect girl loves summer and a true #girlboss needs fun things to look forward to when things get rough! Put that work key on the Laguna Beach, CA Keychain and look forward to a warm weather beach vacation once all the hard work pays off.



Cape Cod Pouch, PERFECT:

In order to be successful as a #girlboss, you always need to be ready to put your best foot forward for last-minute networking opportunities. Throw some makeup essentials like lipstick and nail polish in PP’s Cape Cod Pouch for a little touch-up before a big meeting and to remind yourself that you’re PERFECT.

Note: This version of our Cape Cod Pouch is only available in Beyond Her Blush’s January box and at Serendipity of Doylestown.


To get your January box or to sign up for an unlimited subscription, head over to Beyond Her Blush’s website and follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!



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15 Ways to Pinkly Pamper Yourself This Winter

 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!



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. 🙂

Herbivore Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask, $22.00 (shown)




philosophy mixed berry tart body lotion, $10.20

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


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.




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)


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)


Eclair Naturals Grapefruit Geranium Effervescent Bath Salts, $9.99




ULTA Sweet Grapefruit Sheer Fragrance Mist, $9.50

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


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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How to Get a Tan When You Don’t Have Time to Lay Out

Written by: Kristen Bahr

Between getting ready for school, fall sports, and summer jobs, the end of summer makes finding time to perfect your glowing tan to show off at school nearly impossible. However, there is no need to worry because with these few tips, getting that perfect tan will be easy! So grab your sunglasses (and sunscreen) and get started!


Riding Your Bike to Work

The end of summer means the end of summer jobs which means the end of paychecks. Spending the last few weeks of summer working a lot can be great for your bank account but not so great for your fading summer glow. Riding your bike to work is the best of both worlds. This way you don’t have to cut back on your hours, but you can still work on improving your tan everyday. As an added bonus, riding your bike to work is a great way to fit in a exercise to make up for those daily end of summer ice cream trips.


Reading Outside

If you’re anything like me, then you probably still have at least two (or four) summer reading books to get through. Sitting inside reading when everyone else is outside is even more depressing than the start of school. Reading outside or on the beach under the sun can make those dreadful school books a little more bearable. Plus, you can please your parents by doing your summer work while still soaking up the last bit of the summer sun.


Exercising Outside

Without having school everyday, summer is the perfect time to finally achieve all of your fitness goals. Free yourself from the cramped and crowded gym by exercising outside. Not only will this give you much needed fresh air, but also provide you with a radiant tan. Try going for a run on the beach and even doing those pre-workout stretches outside to help ensure the lasting tan. Following this simple tip can leave you looking perfect for every end of summer Instagram picture!


Eating Outside

Even with the craziness that comes with the end of summer, everyone needs time to eat meals! Take a break from the indoors and catch some tanning time by eating outside under the sun. This allows you to tan even more without having to take any extra time out of your busy day. Try going outside during your lunch break or eating dinner outside with your family. If you’re lucky enough to be down the shore, try going to a restaurant that offers outdoor seating by the bay. Nothing says summer like sipping on a cold drink by the bay while soaking up the sun.


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Girl Boss of the Week: Emily Dimant, Makeup by Emily Dimant



Emily Dimant is one impressive Girl Boss. From getting licensed at age 18 to running a successful makeup business all while in school full-time, Emily is a great example of making your dreams happen. We sat down with Emily to learn about how she got started in the makeup industry, her biggest career challenge, and her advice for high school girls.

(Photo above by Hope Helmuth Photography


PP: Thanks for sitting with us, Emily! Tell us about what attracted you to the makeup industry.

Emily: I have always been a painter my whole life. In addition to makeup, I am also an illustrator, focusing on fashion and beauty illustration. I am happy to combine my love for both art and makeup.  I was also always a girly-girl! I loved playing with Barbies as a child and I always appreciated their fashion and beauty aesthetic. I decided to become a Pennsylvania licensed cosmetologist when I was still in high school, so I attended a vo-tech school half the day, and public school the other half. I was also working at a salon by age 15 getting my foot in the door of the beauty industry. After two years of hard work, I was licensed by the age of 18!


PP: That’s incredible to be so accomplished at such a young age! What was the best piece of advice you received in terms of working for yourself?

Emily: Never undercut or sell yourself short! Your rates and pricing should always be what you believe you deserve for the work you are doing. Do lots of research and be confident in how much you are charging, no matter what you are doing!


PP: Absolutely. What are your favorite types of shoots to work on or clients to have?

Emily: I absolutely love beauty and skincare shoots, so I can see my work in a high definition camera up close and personal. This allows me to critique my work and make myself a better makeup artist. My favorite types of clients are the ones who sit down in my chair, and say “do whatever, I trust you!” That makes my job easy and rewarding.


Makeup by Emily Dimant
Makeup by Emily Dimant and Photo by Wyche Studios (



PP: I bet! But I assume there are also some challenges. What has been your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?

Emily: Definitely that I am a full-time student while running my own business. It is 100% possible through hard work and proper time management. I started this business when I was 18, and it is very difficult for people to take you seriously when you are young. I had to prove everyone wrong by showing that I am mature and professional. My clients always questioned my age when I was doing their makeup, but I showed them that age does not matter, but talent does!


PP: Definitely! I remember at our first shoot, I was so impressed with how young you were! What have you learned about yourself since you started?

Emily: I can handle anything. When a client is being rude or mean, I do not let it get to me! Sometimes people have bad days and a makeup artist’s job is to cheer them up by making them feel beautiful.  I have also learned how to be more understanding and appreciative of everyone in the customer service industry.


Makeup by Emily Dimant
Makeup by Emily Dimant and Photo by Hope Helmuth Photography (


PP: What is your favorite makeup trend?

Emily: I love dewy and glowing skin. Clean, fresh skin is so in and it all starts with good skincare. I love using cream products all over the skin for that dewy look. Cream foundations, cream highlighters, and cream blushes applied with fingers just always look so amazing!


PP: Now you have me wanting to head to Sephora and try it out! Finally, what message would you give to high school girls in terms of beauty and confidence?

Emily: You do not need makeup to feel beautiful. Remember, trends will pass and while you may think that contouring is important now, you will realize how silly it is one day! I do not wear makeup regularly, because I feel comfortable in my skin! Makeup can clog your pores and cause breakouts. It’s super fun to wear out at night but it is not necessary every day. Your skin will thank you! You are beautiful without it and anyone who loves you will agree with that!



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Treat Yo’Self: Finals are Over!

Written by: Sarah Felbin


Summer is here! No more tests, quizzes, or homework – and best of all, finals are finally over! After so much stressing and studying, everyone deserves a break… But your summer budget has to last until the end of August, so hiring Justin Timberlake for a backyard concert might not be the best idea. Instead, treat yourself with these fun, fabulous (pink!) finds, all for under $15!



Relaxing R&R

One of the best ways to relax is by amping up your bath time! (Yes, we said bath.) These products will help you get the most of your suds and bubbles, so you can enjoy being worry-free.



Pink Flamingo Reusable Bubble Bar: $7.95 at Lush Cosmetics

If there’s a better way to capture summer in a few short words, we haven’t found it yet!


Pink Chiffon Shower Gel: $12.50 at Bath&Body Works

A lightly scented shower gel is just the thing for a fresh start to summer! (Shhh, don’t tell, but this one is perfect year-round!)


Pink Bath Bomb: $4.95 at Lush Cosmetics

Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, this sweet bath bomb is just the thing after a long day at the beach!



Bright Mani-Pedis

In the mood for a new shade? Any of these stunning pinks make for a majorly marvelous mani! Feeling bold? Go for a perfectly painted pedi instead, or mix and match for the ultimate summer combo!


O.P.I. Strawberry Margarita: $6.85 at Walmart

This fun shade is a perennial favorite and comes in both a regular and a long-lasting formula for extra resistance against the sun, surf, and sand.


Essie Pink Diamond: $8.50 on

Shiny, shimmery, and bright, this pink is perfect for graduation parties, Sweet sixteens, and everything in between!


China Glaze Petal to the Metal: $3.77 on

No summer would be complete without the perfect coral polish! This vibrant shade just screams ‘summer,’ don’t you think?



Soft Waves

Hang on, not the kind you’re thinking of! While we can’t wait for sea breezes and ocean waves, what we really want is soft, wavy hair, the kind that makes mermaids jealous. These products will help protect your locks from harsh sunscreens and sea salt that can dry them out.

TIGI Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream: $12.21 on

With so many pool parties and barbecues to go to, it can be hard to keep up with your regular summertime hair routine. Opt for this one step system instead; the light formula leaves hair silky and shiny without weighing it down.


Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer: $10.00 at ULTA Beauty

This spray is a life-saver! Applied before blow-drying, it can help your hair dry faster and add shine. An added bonus? It also helps protect your hair against heat, which means healthier strands with maximum wow-factor.


Batiste Dry Shampoo in Floral Essences: $7.29 on

Can’t stop, won’t stop beaching it all summer long? This dry shampoo lets you keep going days after your last dip in the pool! Fresh hair + awesome scent = your best hair ever!


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Pinkly Perfect and Younqiue Partner to Celebrate Summer




Yay! Summer’s right around the corner and Pinkly Perfect is celebrating by partnering with Younique for a perfect giveaway program.


Until supplies last, if you purchase $50 or more from Lesley’s Younique business, you’ll also receive a FREE (yes, free!) Pinkly Perfect Newport Cosmetic Bag ($18 value). We love the Newport Cosmetic bag because it is so big and durable that you can carry everything you need for a perfect beach vacation (my friend even uses hers to store her iPad Mini!). The seahorse screen print is so cute and last but certainly not least, it’s made in the USA.


If you haven’t heard of Younique, now is definitely the time to look through all their perfect products. I first got hooked on their Beachfront Bronzer which you can buy here but I also love their Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes, Stiff Upper Lip Stain, and Splurge Cream Shadow.


They also carry Beachfront Self Tanning Spray which we can’t wait to try! (Especially since it’s been pretty tough to get any sort of natural tan this spring!)


So stop reading this blog, look through Younique, and cross your fingers you purchase in time to receive a Pinkly Perfect Newport Cosmetic Bag!


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Behind the Scenes at Pinkly Perfect


As always, there’s A LOT of exciting things happening at Pinkly Perfect these days. Just in case anyone needs some catching up, we have so far been featured in Creator, Chestnut Hill Local, and will be picked up in four Jersey shore boutiques this summer (blog post coming soon with all those details!). We’re also upgrading our tiny two-person office to a three-person with windows and a very lucky high school senior from South Carolina won our Beach Bike Giveaway. Yay! Did I mention we’re only 15 days away from Memorial Day?! Seriously, life is so, SO good. 🙂


Sales at our online shop are going so well and top sellers include the Avalon Sweatshirt, Coordinate Keychains, Montauk Totes and Solana Wristlets, that it’s almost time to add in our Summer Capsule Collection. Not to mention pretty soon it’ll be warm enough to hit our favorite beach town with our summer-loving besties.


So yesterday we got in the summer spirit and shot some new pieces at Church Street Studios in Philadelphia with the help of Makeup by Emily Dimant. In typical Pinkly Perfect fashion, we had the best time tossing around some beach balls, blasting pop music, and munching on the cutest ice cream cone and palm tree cookies (see picture below) from Bredenbeck’s Bakery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I don’t want to give too much away but we’ve got some perfect beach products coming your way very soon!




Pinkly Perfect’s Summer Capsule features a perfect beach coverup, some super cute tanks, a shortie (for a little extra coverage at the beach or pool), and some new accessories to flaunt your beach town pride.




Keep checking in and following us on Facebook, Instagram, and of course shopping with us at so you can stay up to date and share in all the exciting things happening here! We’re so excited to have you along for the ride! 🙂


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