Stick it to your New Year’s Resolutions!

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Written by: Sarah Feblin

We’re all about making small changes that can add up to a happier, healthier new year. But we’re also all about cute, inexpensive accessories that can take something plain and make it pretty. Combine the two? Resolutions never looked so good! Instead of cutting your Starbucks runs down or only checking Insta twice a day, why not make some you’ll actually want to keep – with these adorable stickers to remind you of your goals, 2018 is sure to be your best year yet!

 

Each sticker featured below can be found on redbubble.com, a site where independent artists can turn their work into all kinds of products. We’re currently loving the sticker trend, but be sure to check out similar items in each artist’s shop!

 

1) Embrace your inner #girlboss

 

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Who runs the world? Girls. Be your best, empowered self with stickers that will remind everyone that the future is female. Persist and make 2018 the year of girl power!

 

2) Get motivated with a new mantra

 

GoWithTheFlowSticker

Go with the flow with these summery states of mind, perfect for those cold, snowy days when all we want to be is somewhere on a beach! We can’t wait for good vibes and ice cream – so just keep swimming, because we can’t wait for summer 2018!

 

3) Make every day a beach day

 

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Sometimes, when everything is buried under feet and feet of snow, we forget about ocean waves and palm trees. Embrace your inner mermaid in 2018 with these stickers that say “take me to the beach, please!”

 

4) Crush your next semester

 

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Who said science is just for boys? In 2018, we’re proving those nay-sayers wrong. STEM majors, show those periodic tables and physics labs you mean business with a DNA sticker that’s as geek as it is chic. History buff? We have the sticker for you! And no matter what you study, show off your smart girl pride with a sticker that’s as cute as it is sensible.

 

5) Make time for more “me time”

 

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In 2018, we’re treating ourselves! Whether it’s an extra cupcake, a unicorn frappucino, or a Netflix binge-watching marathon, we’re letting ourselves indulge in our favorite things, no matter how #extra some people say we are. (They just don’t understand – it takes work to be this fabulous!)

 

 All photos featured above were taken from redbubble.com.

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We’re Dreaming of a White (Sand) Christmas | Beachy Ornaments You Need RN

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One of my favorite things about going home for the holidays is decorating our Christmas tree. Like most parents, mine saved all of our handmade creations from when we were kids, my favorite being a cutout gingerbread man made purely of brown construction paper, crayons, and a green pipe cleaner.

 

Our tree may not be “beautiful” in a photographed for Town & Country way, but it reminds us of the simplicity and excitement of our youth as well as our different (and very short) musical instrument and sport phases.

 

While my ornaments are mostly old arts & craft projects and Madeline-themed, I’ve recently started collecting more summer inspired knick-knacks to embrace my number #1 wish on every Christmas list—my own beach obsessed brand. Below are some I’m currently eyeing that I know you will love too!

 

Pink Seashell JOY

$40 from The Mermaids Box on Etsy

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Photo from Etsy

 This beautiful ornament from Etsy combines a quintessential Christmas sentiment with vintage and found seashells in our favorite shades of pink. We love it for our tree this year or just to hang in our office for a pink pick-me-up this holiday season!

 

Feathered Flamingo Ornament

$20 at Anthropologie

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Photo from Anthropologie

 For us to truly be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons this Christmas season, we’re loving the idea of trading in our reindeer and snowmen for a sparkly and feathered pink flamingo ornament. This one from Anthropologie will surely stand out from the crowd.

 

Sunny Life Pineapple Ornament

$7 at Shopbop

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Photo from Shopbop

 A pineapple a day keeps the scrooge away! That’s the saying, right? The pineapple is largely used in the South to convey hospitality, warmth, and friendship, which is why we think a pineapple ornament is perfect for welcoming family and friends in for some hot chocolate and holiday cheer this winter. At only $7, we especially love this Sunny Life one.

 

Blowfish Ornament

$7.50 at Pottery Barn

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Photo from Pottery Barn

 If the puffer fish in Finding Nemo was your favorite character, you’ll love this beautiful pink glass blowfish ornament from Pottery Barn. While you’re online shopping, check out their other sea-inspired decorations, including angel fish, seashells, and lifesavers.

 

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Perfect Pink Stocking Stuffers

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Between attending holiday parties, baking Christmas cookies, decorating a tree, and going out for eggnog with your besties, it is so easy to forget about snagging up some stocking stuffers for your family! Luckily for you, we at Pinkly Perfect did some shopping and have the most perfect recs for tiny, festive gifts that also happen to be pink!

 

Star Dusted Passport Holder

$24 at Anthropologie

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Photo from Anthropologie.

If you’re buying for your soon-to-be semester abroad-bound sibling, a passport case is a perfect gift to stash in a stocking this Christmas. We love the pretty pink & gold combo in this Star Dusted Passport Holder from Anthropologie.

 

Glitter Bomb Iphone Case, Pink Skies Up Ahead

$30 at ban.dō

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Photo from ban.do

Pink skies up ahead! We love this glitter iPhone case (and just about everything else) from ban.dō. Buy for your sister who is in desperate need of a tech upgrade and a little extra motivation in the form of pink glitter. 🙂

 

My Happy Place Keychain

$18 at pinklyperfect.com

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Photo from Pinkly Perfect. Pair with a Cape Cod Pouch!

No matter the temperature, we could all use a little reminder of our “happy place.” Pinkly Perfect’s made in the USA leather keychain in pink is tiny enough to toss in a stocking and make a big impact this Christmas morning. Got a 16 year old in the family? Even better!

 

Rose Gold/Pink Cosmetic Brush Set

$10.90 at Forever 21

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Photo from Forever 21.

 Let’s face it—there is never a time when we’re not in need of some new makeup brushes, which is why this rose gold & pink brush set from Forever 21 is sure to be a hit this Christmas for any woman in your family. Maybe even treat yourself while you’re at it, we won’t tell. 🙂

 

ALDO Blush Pleated Bow Headband

$14.00 at ASOS

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Photo from ASOS

Nothing’s more perfect than a stylish and practical accessory for the cold winter months and this pleated bow headband from ASOS is just that! At only $14, keeping your ears warm never looked this good.

 

 

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Giving Back Has Never Looked This Cute

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Instead of simply looking forward to cozying up with hot chocolate and Love Actually while surrounded by the smell of pine and freshly baked gingerbread men this holiday season, focus on helping those people who need more than just gifts and cheer this year. One (easy) way to incorporate more philanthropy into your Christmas routine is by shopping for presents that also give back.

 

We recently partnered with Gingy’s Boutique in Malvern, PA to create a line of inspirational bracelets featuring words such as XOXO, LOVE, STRENGTH, and HOPE. Not only are these bracelets adorable, but they also give back. For every sale, we are donating 20% to breastcancer.org.

 

These one size fits most bracelets come in a variety of vibrant colors and are perfect to stash in a stocking this Christmas Eve for someone you love. Shop them all at Gingy’s or at pinklyperfect.com.

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Our STRENGTH Bracelets give back 20% to breastcancer.org.
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Our LOVE Bracelets give back 20% to breastcancer.org.
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Our XOXO Bracelets give back 20% to breastcancer.org.

 

PinklyPerfectHopeBracelet
Our HOPE Bracelets give back 20% to breastcancer.org.
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Motivation Monday

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Being your best self starts with having the best day, every day – and that includes Mondays. But how do you start when even getting out of bed feels like a chore? Easy! You just need some #motivation. Check out our picks below for ways to make Monday your new favorite day of the week:

Eat Cake for Breakfast Mug, $20.00 at Macy’s

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Waking up to coffee in a cute mug can make any morning brighter – even a Monday morning! (And if, on a dark, snowy Monday morning this winter, you actually do have cake for breakfast, well… we won’t tell.)

 

Motivational Pencil Set, $15.00 at Sweet Water Décor

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Sometimes, the absolute last thing you want to do on a Monday is work. When that happens, we suggest pulling out this adorably pink pencil set to remind yourself that even though work isn’t awesome, you look awesome doing it. So go do it!

 

Let’s Do This Notepad, $8.00 at Rifle Paper Co.

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To-do lists are a way of life, but on a Monday, they can feel overwhelming. Make your to-do list fun again by using this pretty notepad, which already has boxes for every task, so you can check them off and get that satisfying “Done!” feeling as you go. Hint: For best results, combine with the pencil set!

 

Ballet Yoga Pants, $21.99 at Rebel Style Shop

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Working out on a Monday morning? Do people actually do that?! Apparently, they do, and you can, too! Except you get to wear these cute yoga pants and get tons of compliments at the gym, while everyone else… Good luck with that.

 

work it out gym bag, $35 at ban.do

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If there’s a more girl-friendly gym bag, we haven’t found it yet! This duffle is big enough for all of your workout stuff but small enough to carry with you everywhere you go, and it even has a hole for your earbuds to go through, so you never have to be without your motivational playlist again. Another set of reps? Yes, please!

 

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Easy Pink Desserts for Halloween

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Halloween’s not just about dressing in costume and trading fun-sized Milky Ways with your besties. If you’re wiped from going out over Halloweekend and are aiming for a spooky night in instead of trick-or-treating, check out these easy, pink recipes you can make at home to both delight and fright your guests of “horror.” 😉

 

Zombie Brain Cupcakes:

Brain cupcakes are SO easy! Simply make your favorite cupcake (any flavor will work perfectly), whip up a pink frosting and apply in a “brain” pattern on top. You’ll need an icing set like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond. Use the picture above from Shutterstock for inspiration.

 

“Pink Eye” Martinis:

Got an over-21 crowd coming over for a scary movie marathon? If so, pour some “pink eye” martinis. They’re your standard martini recipe (vodka and dry vermouth) but the glass is rimmed in pink sugar. Use a melon baller to scoop out watermelon balls and toss in glass. If you really want to scare your friends, add a fake spider hanging from the rim as well!

 

Day of the Dead Skull Sugar Cookies:

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Skull cookie photo from Pinterest.

If Day of the Dead is more your speed, make some pink skull cookies to munch on in between answering the doorbell to trick-or-treaters. Use any sugar cookie recipe you love, a skull cookie cutter, and different color icings or edible markers to pink-ify a perfect skull. If you’re having friends over for a more interactive occasion, have them each decorate their own and add in various sprinkles, edible glitter, and candy corn.

 

Monster Rice Krispie Treats:

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Picture of monster rice krispie treats from One Little Project.

Follow this recipe from One Little Project for the cutest (and most delicious) monster inspired rice krispie treats! Don’t forget the pink candy melts and edible eyes to make these pinkly perfect. 🙂

 

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The Secret Story Behind the Pink Ribbon

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The pink ribbon is one of the most recognizable images for breast cancer awareness. Being that we’re in the middle of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we thought we’d dive deeper into the story behind the iconic image now featured on everything from print advertisements to kitchen appliances to jewelry to football fields.

 

Let’s go back to 1979, when the first use of a ribbon was used publicly to raise awareness for a cause. Penney Laingen tied yellow ribbons around trees in her yard to signal to her a husband, a hostage taken in Iran, to come home. Actor Jeremy Irons then wore a red ribbon during the Tony Awards to raise awareness for AIDS. In fact, The New York Times declared 1992 “The Year of the Ribbon” when almost every charitable cause adopted a ribbon.

 

It was Charlotte Haley, a breast cancer survivor, who created the original breast cancer ribbon in 1991. Except, it wasn’t pink. Haley hand made peach ribbons and attached them to a postcard reading, “The National Cancer Institute’s annual budget is 1.8 billion, only 5 percent goes for cancer prevention. Help us wake up legislators and America by wearing this ribbon.” Girl boss much? You bet!

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Charlotte Haley, the creator of the “original” pink ribbon (except hers was peach).

So now you’re wondering—how did this peach ribbon become pink? Self had heard of Haley’s efforts (she had distributed thousands of ribbons) and approached her about using the image in their second annual Breast Cancer Awareness issue. Marketing executives Alexandra Penney and then editor-in-chief, Evelyn Lauder saw major potential in branding this image. Haley, however, thought their idea was too corporate and turned it down. Self’s legal counsel advised that if they changed the color, they wouldn’t need Haley’s approval to use her idea. So, they changed it to that soft pretty pink we now associate with breast cancer awareness.

 

The bubble gum pink ribbons were then given to participants in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s New York City Race for the Cure and were distributed at Estée Lauder counters. Along with the 1.5 million ribbons Estée Lauder gave out, there was also a breast self-exam card, and every person who took a ribbon had their name on a petition that got sent to the White House to ask for an increase in funding for breast cancer research.

 

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DIY Pink Pumpkins

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Written by: Sarah Felbin

Autumn is finally here! Sweater weather has us all excited, as does the one thing you can’t have a PSL without: Pumpkins! Big, small, or in between, decorating pumpkins is one of the best ways to start embracing the new fall season. Whether you’re ready to start getting into the Halloween spirit or searching for the perfect Thanksgiving decor, these pretty pink pumpkins are a great way to add a little flair to any space!

 

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How pretty and unique is this table setting? Picture from Oh Happy Day!

 

Hosting a fall fest for your BFFs? This pumpkin centerpiece is an easy DIY that packs a huge punch! Find the instructions (along with some adorable table setting ideas) here at Oh Happy Day.

 

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Pumpkins need Halloween costumes too! A pretty pumpkin perfectly disguised as a pineapple from Studio DIY.

If you haven’t noticed, we here at Pinkly Perfect love the beach (like, a lot!). However… We’re not fans of fifty degree beach days. Fortunately, even though we can’t be where the sun meets the sea, this pineapple pumpkin from Studio DIY reminds us that it’s never too chilly for a sunshine state of mind!

 

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Photo from Twinspiration.

 

Easy? Check. Budget-friendly? Check. Gorgeous? Check! While these pumpkins may look super-expensive, they’re actually simple to make and won’t break the bank! All you need is paint, tissue paper, and Mod Podge – find the instructions here from Twinspiration.

 

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Yum! These pumpkins from Studio DIY are giving us all sorts of cravings.

These tiny pumpkins (donuts?) look good enough to eat! Make them yourself or host a painting party with your besties – find the recipe here at Studio DIY!

 

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We’re loving how unique this pumpkin is. Picture and DIY instructions from A Beautiful Mess.

 

Even if you’re not the most artistic (because, let’s be real, some days it’s hard to even draw a straight line), you can absolutely whip up a few fabric paint pumpkins anytime! We’ll be surprised if you can restrain yourself to just making one or two. Find the instructions here at A Beautiful Mess!

 

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Little Known Pink Facts About Football

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To me, fall is changing leaves, apple cider, oversized sweaters, plaid jackets, pumpkin-everything, and football. While you wouldn’t necessarily think of pink when watching your college team score touchdowns as you take another bite of perfect game-time nachos, think again! There are actually some secret pink facts about football that we can’t wait to share with you. From pink locker rooms to overwhelming support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, both college football and the NFL can be pretty pinkly perfect.

 

University of Iowa Opponent’s Locker Room

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Let’s start with the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium where the locker room is entirely pink. Yep—pink everything! Pink floors, pink lockers, pink walls, pink toilets. This is our kind of locker room but it wasn’t decked out this way to please the average pink-loving gal. In fact, this locker room is actually thought to be why Iowa’s so successful when playing home games. Iowa’s coach from 1979 to 1998, Hayden Fry, graduated with a degree in Psychology and read that pink has a calming effect on people (maybe why we love it!). So he ordered the visitor’s locker room be painted entirely pink to psychologically defeat the opponent team before the game even started. Sneaky…

 

Penn State Nittany Lions Original Uniform

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A quick CAD of what the OG PSU uniforms looked like. Picture from http://onwardstate.com/2014/12/04/its-time-for-penn-state-football-to-wear-pink-black-throwbacks/.

You may associate Penn State’s Nittany Lions with blue and white, but did you know their original uniform colors were pink and black? In October of 1887, sophomore, junior, and senior students selected pink and black to be the school’s colors. But due to the sun, pink faded to white and the students opted for blue and white instead in 1890.

 

NFL Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In 2009, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society teamed up to create a Crucial Catch Campaign, that encouraged women to get regular mammograms. Since its inception, the campaign has raised over $15 million from sales of pink merchandise, also seen on NFL players during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, including footballs with pink ribbon decals, pink wristbands, gloves, hats, towels, chin straps, and shoelaces. They also throw pink coins for the coin toss and the cheerleaders sport pink pompoms, shirts, and wristbands. The merchandise players’ wear is then autographed and auctioned off.

Picture above taken from: http://rookerville.com/2013/10/08/the-nfl-and-breast-cancer/

 

Gatorade

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University of Florida coach, Dwayne Douglas, and Dr. Robert Cade developed this quintessential and colorful sports beverage in 1966, when head coach noticed his Gators were losing weight and suffering from heat stroke during training. They developed what is now known as Gatorade to replenish the players with sugar, salt, and electrolytes. After much taste testing and alterations (apparently the original version was “disgusting”), the drink went on the market in 1967 and is still the drink of choice for college and professional athletes. While we don’t know for sure what color is always hiding in those Gatorade bottles, there is a pretty pink Gatorade that we like to think some players prefer!

 

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Easy and Creative Pink Halloween Costumes

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Always waiting until the last minute to figure out your Halloween costume? Ever end up staying in and eating endless servings of candy instead of going out because you’re too wiped to put a creative outfit together? (Hint: that is always me.) While we love the idea of watching scary movies with our besties and digging into Hershey Kisses instead of standing in a crowded apartment party drinking jungle juice, we’re all about embracing Halloween this year and have perfect pink costumes to recommend that are creative and easy!

 

Pink Animal Cracker:

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We saw this one on Brit + Co and are completely obsessed! Simply buy an inexpensive pink dress like this one from Lulu’s and glue on big multi-colored poms. Pick up a pair of animal ears (or dig out from last year’s costume—no judgment here), and spray-paint them pink and glue on more poms. Bring the costume to the next level and carry a tub of pink animal crackers around with you as a snack for you and your friends.

 

Mean Girls on Wednesday:

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Looking to dress up with your squad this year but don’t want to shop? We’ve got you so covered. Grab an old pink cardigan, mini skirt, tank, and put a full face of makeup on and your highest heels and be the cast of Mean Girls on Wednesday. Or, be Cady Heron and steal one of your dad’s pink polo shirts and wear with your favorite jeans and sneakers. With the recent announcement of Mean Girls on Broadway, this costume idea is so fetch!

 

 

Starbucks Pink Drink:

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From the unicorn drink to pumpkin spice-everything, why doesn’t anyone go to Starbucks for black coffee anymore?! If you bought into the “pink drink” fad (hint: it’s their strawberry acai refresher made with coconut milk), consider using it as inspiration for your Halloween attire. Wear a pink dress and tape the Starbucks logo on your chest and paint on scattered strawberries. Wear a green headband (or green tights!) to replicate the branded straw and you’re all set!

 

What other pink Halloween costume ideas do you have?! Let us know in the comments section!

 

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