Pink Luggage Perfect for Holiday Travel

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Holiday season is (somehow) upon us! Whether you’re packing up your dorm to head home for a long break or simply sneaking away from the city to enjoy some turkey and pumpkin pie with your parents, a stylish and affordable luggage set is a must-have for holiday travel. And as always, don’t settle for anything less than pink!

 

Below are our picks:

 

CALPAK Ambeur 20-Inch Rolling Spinner Carry-On in Rose Gold

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$135 at Nordstrom

 

This lightweight carry-on in the prettiest rose gold features a sleek hard shell exterior and multi-directional spinner. Zippered divider on the inside for ideal organizing along with an integrated TSA lock makes this luggage perfect for keeping calm during a normally hectic ordeal. Owned and tested (and LOVED) IRL by yours truly!

 

TED BAKER LONDON Four-Wheel Suitcase

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$398 at Nordstrom

 

If money’s less of a concern, take a peek at this beautiful floral suitcase from Ted Baker. Meeting most domestic and international carry-on size requirements, this 360-degree wheeler is both stunning and perfect for a winter weekend getaway. Also includes Ted Baker signature print interior lining and will certainly stand out from a busy airport crowd!

 

DVF Saluti 28” Hardside Spinner

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$139.97 at Nordstrom Rack

 

Have no fear, a deal is here! Originally $400, this DVF bright pink with tan accent 28” spinner is now for sale for $139.97. Featuring a two-way zip closure and interior mesh zip wall compartment with adjustable garment straps, this “beet” color suitcase will guarantee easy visibility and high style.

 

Regardless of what set you purchase (or put on your wish-list for Santa!), make sure you have a durable cosmetic bag to keep your holiday wardrobe free of makeup stains or shampoo spills while traveling through airport security. Not into an entirely pink luggage set? No problem! Pick up an eye catching luggage tag like this one from ban.dō for easy identification.

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Beach Bag Must Haves

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While summer may be “ending,” we at Pinkly Perfect genuinely believe the best beach days are ahead of us! There’s still two weeks left before LDW and September is the shore’s best kept secret. The beaches are quiet, the water is warm, and it’s not boiling hot anymore. If you’re planning on soaking up the sun as much as we are, make sure your beach bag is stocked with all the necessities to maximize your beach day. Check out our “beach bag must-haves” below!

Newport Cosmetic Bag

$20 at pinklyperfect.com

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Maybe you’re more careful than I am but whenever I forgo a smaller bag and simply toss my valuables straight into my beach bag, they end up all sunscreen-sticky and full of sand. To prevent this mess and the chance of wondering if your phone’s still receiving texts, make sure you pack a Newport Cosmetic Bag to store all your important stuff.

 

Headphones

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The easiest way to avoid a beach tagger pestering you about where your beach tag is by pretending you’re asleep. Headphones are necessary for this strategy as you genuinely won’t be able to hear them ask you! Instead of splurging, pick up a pretty pink & printed pair for $16.99 at target.com.

 

Traceless Hair Tie

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Let’s face it. We love getting our natural summer highlights but we know how beach days really mess up our hair. If you’re hoping your blowout will last you all weekend, make sure you pack some invisibobble, the original traceless hair ring. Available in every color imaginable (we prefer pink!), this telephone cord shaped hair ring will evenly distribute pressure along the hair, thus preventing a hair crease, headache, and even split ends!

 

Spry Stronger Longer Chewing Gum

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If your summer diet includes endless iced coffees, ice cream cones, and frozen margaritas, you’re going to need some extra help keeping your teeth clean and healthy all summer long. Switch out your current gum of choice for Spry Stronger Longer Chewing Gum, available for $5.99 at xlear.com. Spry gum tastes amazing, eliminates bad breath (hello, lifeguards!), while also cleaning your teeth and preventing cavities. Perfect!

 

Sunblock

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Sun block is a beach girl’s best friend. While getting tan is certainly always a summer goal of ours, getting sunburn is definitely not. Prevent going back to school with blistering, peeling skin and reapply sunscreen every couple hours. Our pick is Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen, which will help prevent breakouts too!

 

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Best Beaches with Pink Sand

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Ever scroll through your Instagram feed and see the most magical beach with pink sand and perfect bright aqua waves? While we love our East Coast beaches and argue that even though the water may be slightly brown and the sand a bit grainy, there’s nothing that can compare to the beach we grew up vacationing in, we can’t help but daydream about what it would be like to lay out on pink sand and sip a pink mocktail with our besties.

 

Below we listed some famous beaches with pink sand and dive a bit deeper into what exactly makes the sand our favorite color. Check it out and get ready to book a trip to somewhere tropical!

 

Elbow Beach, Bermuda

The beaches of Bermuda are widely known for their crystal clear ocean water, but did you also know that their sand is a pale pink color? Elbow Beach, named because its shape is similar to the curve of an elbow, is a mile long beach that has pink sand and calm waves, perfect for swimming and working on that perfect tan.

 

Harbour Island, Bahamas

Pink sand made up of pieces of coral, calcium carbonate, broken shells, and minute rocks covers about three miles of the beautiful beaches of Harbour Island, Bahamas. Harbour Island is also home to one of the top dive sites in the world. Plan your trip to Harbour Island here!

 

Elafonisi Beach, Crete, Greece

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Elafonisi, a tiny island in Greece, has pink sand as a result of tiny oysters named Foraminifera, who have red shells that are crushed in the sand to produce a pretty pink hue. Tourist season is July and August so book a last-minute getaway to see it in person!

 

Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain

Take a boat from Ibiza to walk along the Playa de Ses Illetes in Formentera, Spain. You’ll be greeted with beautiful warm ocean water, pink sand, and various bike paths. Be careful though! While the scenery is quite stunning, the area is also known for an abundance of jelly fish!

 

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July 4th Travel Must-Haves

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Summer is flying by! If you’ve been wanting to soak up some major sun, now is your chance. School’s out, summer ice cream scoopin’ money is flowing in, and all the red, white, and blue (and pink?!) decorations and party tips are officially taking over our Pinterest boards.

 

Whether you’re packing up the car and cruising down the parkway to your beach town of choice, or printing out a boarding pass to escape to a real tropical getaway with your favorite beach besties, make sure you take a peek at our travel must-haves.

Sturdy Carry-on/Beach Bag

$26 at pinklyperfect.com

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First thing you’ll need is a large carry-on that can hold your essentials for both the trip and the first day or two of vacation if you’re waiting on luggage. We love our Montauk Tote because it can be your carry-on and your beach bag. It’s large enough to fit your laptop, makeup bag, beach towel, book, and an outfit or two.

 

Pink Slip Sleep Mask

$45 at anthropologie.com

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Beat that parkway traffic and head out late Friday night! Trade turns with your besties so each of you can sleep for a bit on the way down and be wide awake to hit the beach first thing in the morning! This sleep mask is perfect to get in the ZZzzone and also look super cute.

 

Stronger Longer Spry Bubble Gum

$27.48 for a 12 pack at xlear.com

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After a long flight and hours of off-and-on sleep, make sure you have plenty of gum to freshen up before heading out! We are so obsessed with Spry Dental Defense Gum. It’s made with 100% Xylitol, natural ingredients, and has proven effects to improve oral health when used daily. No toothbrush in your carry-on? No problem! We love the classic bubble gum flavor, but try out their more creative flavors like green tea, fresh fruit, cinnamon, and licorice.

 

Xlear Natural Saline Nasal Spray

$6.99 at xlear.com

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If you tend to experience sinus pain while traveling, make sure you pack Xlear natural saline nasal spray. This spray offers fast relief to keep you beach bound all vacation long. And if you don’t like it (highly doubtful)? Return for a full refund! Perfect.

 

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Charming Pink Bed & Breakfasts at the Jersey Shore

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No shore house at the beach? No problem! Our favorite seaside towns have a variety of options for visitors who just want to make a weekend trip to their favorite beach town this summer. Skip the motel rental and opt for a cozy and charming bed and breakfast instead.

 

Check out our (pink) picks:

 

The Pink Cottage

12 Jackson Street

Cape May, NJ 08204

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How perfect does this look?! So insta-worthy.

If you’re looking to enjoy the magic of Cape May, NJ for a weekend this summer, check out The Pink Cottage. This 1891 cottage is located steps from the shopping district and offers nightly rates from $89 to $429/night. While you’re there, stop into Pete Smith’s Surf Shop and shop Pinkly Perfect or visit our favorite shops Love the Cook and South of Jackson. Finish the night off with a delicious seafood dinner at The Lobster House and a horse & carriage ride through town. Perfect!

The Grenville

345 Main Avenue

Bay Head, NJ 08742

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Pink and blue and ocean views? Consider it booked.

Swerve off the parkway at exit 98 and ride into Bay Head, NJ to find the bright pink Grenville, an historic hotel that offers seaside views and rooms from $179 to $359 per night. Walking distance from local shops and a mile from Point Pleasant’s Boardwalk, the Grenville offers “small town Jersey Shore charm” and has received excellent reviews.

 

The Ocean House Inn

102 Sussex Avenue

Spring Lake, NJ 07762

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If Spring Lake’s your beach town of choice, take a look at the Ocean House, a charming pink inn built in 1878 and located one block from the ocean. Extensive porch space to enjoy the sea breeze and a great summer book. We recommend reserving a room for Saturday, August 19th to enjoy Spring Lake’s Summer Sidewalk Sale!

 

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Pinkly Perfect Takes on Southern California

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Last September, I had my dream trip booked. I was headed to Southern California for five days to bring Pinkly Perfect to the West Coast. In typical girl boss fashion, however, too much work, unforeseen shipping delays, and not enough help (my fault) put a halt on my much needed (for sales, inspiration, and relaxation) getaway.

 

Since deciding to launch a company, there have been so many things I’ve had to miss out on because of work. This was the first time where it spiraled into a “what am I doing with my life?” moment. And trust me, it was ugly.

 

This past weekend, I (finally!) got to make the trip a reality and it was the best three days of my life. Below I highlighted some of my favorite things about it:

 

Girlboss Rally:

In short, this was the most inspirational day of my life as a small business owner. Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Girlboss, founder of Nasty Gal, and all around badass girl boss/my idol curated the conference with equally impressive speakers including Lilly Singh, Brit Morin, Michelle Lam, Tyler Haney, and so many more! Sophia started the day off with saying, “just because we’re doing it ourselves does not mean we’re doing it alone.” That sentence alone was enough to pull me out of my rut of feeling entirely alone all the time. (Tips for anyone starting a company: have someone on your team from the beginning—co-founder, investor, partner, advisory board, mentor…) I would talk more about it but then I’d be typing forever! 🙂

 

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Did I mention pink is their signature color? 🙂

 

Exploring!

When I wasn’t at the Girlboss Rally, I was doing my favorite thing ever: exploring beach towns. On my list were Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and Balboa Island. I’ll always be a NJ shore girl at heart (08202), but the combo of palm trees, year-round warmth, and the most beautiful blue/green ocean water are unbeatable. Here are some of my pics:

 

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Balboa Island! Spotted our Newport Cosmetic Bag there too 🙂
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Driving into Newport Beach, CA!

 

Food:

A little getaway isn’t complete until you treat yourself! Yes, I shopped (obviously) and spent an hour or two at the spa (duh), but the food treats were the best. Below is a pic of the most delicious and beautiful cookie from B.Candy I had during my trip. We also had dinner at Broadway (Top Chef runner-up Amar Santana’s restaurant)—best dinner of my life, and probably 15 iced coffees from local coffee shops.

 

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The most delicious and beautiful cookie! Paired with iced coffee and Pinkly Perfect’s Solana Wristlet.

 

Any Southern California readers out there? Let me know places I should hit on my next trip!

 

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Pinkly’s Perfect for Packing: Spring Break 2017

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My favorite place in the world is Avalon, New Jersey. My second favorite is Southern California. This week, we’re so excited to be heading to Newport Beach to bring Pinkly Perfect to the best coast! While we’ll be taking the entire line for show, I’m personally packing my favorite pieces that are perfect additions to any traveling whether you’re on your way to Spring Break or planning a summer getaway. Below are our recs:

 

Pinkly Perfect Montauk Tote, $26

Perfect for: My carry-on

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The fact is I never go anywhere without my Pinkly Perfect Montauk Tote. For this trip, I’ll be bringing my laptop and notebook to do work on the plane (no hours off when you’re a boss!), along with an emergency change of clothes and minimal makeup. You’ll be surprised by how much you can fit in our best-seller!

 

Margate Leggings, $22

Perfect for: Travel outfit

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I will 100% be rocking my Margate Leggings on the plane ride to and from LA. I find sitting on a plane for hours next to strangers to be highly uncomfortable so any little bit of comfort I can add to make the trip more enjoyable is crucial. We love our leggings because they’re mostly cotton so they’re super soft and not too restricting (just in case we really decide to treat ourselves on vacation 🙂 ).

 

Newport Cosmetic Bag, $20

Perfect for: Makeup

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Pick up a Newport Cosmetic Bag to stash your makeup and girly essentials. It’s so sturdy and it stands on its own, which is perfect for anywhere makeup application. We’ll be bringing our Summer Reminders bag since the pink ice cream cones and flamingos will fit perfectly with the SoCal vibe.

 

 

Cape Cod Pouch, On Sale for $12

Perfect for: Roaming the resort

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If you’re headed to a resort any time soon, do not forget a small, casual clutch you can use while roaming the premises. If you’re hitting the gym, the spa, or just walking around to get more acquainted, you’ll want something you can toss your room key, cell, and credit cards in just in case. We recommend our Cape Code Pouch, now on sale for $12.

 

 

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Shop Pinkly Perfect in Ocean City, NJ!

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We are so excited that while we’ve been cooped up working in NYC, Pinkly Perfect’s been traveling to so many new beach towns!

 

One of our latest additions to where you can shop our perfect beach inspired accessories is Ocean City, NJ at Mia’s Christmas Gallery at 11th Street and the boardwalk.

 

Mia’s Christmas Gallery will be our exclusive retailer in Ocean City so if you’re down the shore and want to shop us in person, that’s where you can go! They are currently carrying our Dennis Greeting Cards, Cape Cod Pouch (seen in picture above), Ocean City, NJ Zip Code Bracelets, and Ocean City, NJ Coordinate Keychains. (Hint: rumor has it we have some awesome new colors coming SO soon!)

 

We love Mia’s Christmas Gallery because it’s the perfect place to shop for gifts (especially with the holidays approaching!) and Pinkly Perfect makes great gifts for summer loving besties, teachers, hostesses, and more! It’s no coincidence that everything Mia’s is carrying can fit perfectly into a stocking, is it? 🙂

 

If you didn’t know when your next shore visit would be, now’s the time to plan! In addition to shopping Pinkly Perfect, you can also check out the other great places in Ocean City that stay open in the off-season!

 

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My Favorite Things About the Jersey Shore in the Fall

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I’m the first to admit that my favorite place and time of the year is Avalon, New Jersey in the summer. However, this week I was lucky enough to do a little mid-week getaway with my mom to the Jersey shore and I was reminded of how perfect it is in the fall.

 

While there’s no doubt I’d take a summer day at the beach over a fall one, there are some pretty nice things about the Seven Mile Island in September. Check out the list below:

 

There’s no line at Uncle Bill’s Pancake House:

A trip to Avalon or Stone Harbor, NJ is not complete without unlimited coffee and a stack of pancakes from Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. The only problem is that in the summer, everyone agrees, which means getting a table will most likely mean waiting outside for 15-20 minutes. However, in September and October, you can cruise right in with five of your besties at 10:30 AM on a weekend morning and get right to deciding between pumpkin, banana nut, or chocolate chip pancakes.

 

You can find a spot to park on 96th Street in Stone Harbor:

^ NEVER happens from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.

 

There’s still great shopping:

Everyone knows the best stores in Avalon, NJ are The Preppy Palm and Serendipity and guess what?! They’re STILL OPEN in the off-season. After brisk walk on the beach and breakfast with your besties, stroll in and find perfect gifts for your friends and family (or yourself). Don’t forget to pick up your Pinkly Perfect merch by the register at Serendipity! 🙂

 

You can be lazy:

In the summer, there’s a lot to pack into a two-day weekend and if you decide to stay inside for a couple hours reading perfect beach books or watching your latest Netflix-binge, you could actually feel weirdly guilty about not spending that time on the beach. In the off-season though, bring on Scream Queens, leggings, and board games with your friends and cozy up to a day indoors, no guilt attached.

 

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Fall 2016 Festivals at the Jersey Shore

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Written by: Sarah Haurin

Your Jersey Shore fun doesn’t have to end with the arrival of colder weather. Check out these fun fall festivals hosted in your favorite beach towns throughout the month of October 2016!

 

Love pumpkin spice everything? Check out any of the Oktoberfests being held at your favorite Jersey shore towns. Highlands (Oct. 1), Seaside Heights (Oct. 2), Belmar (Oct. 9), and Sea Isle City (Oct. 22) are each hosting their own German festivals throughout the month of October, and each promises food, games, music, and fun autumn activities for the whole family.

 

If you can’t get enough of The Walking Dead or simply love anything that calls for a costume, Highlands’ Zombie Fest is definitely for you. Put on your best zombie attire and march through town in a parade before enjoying food and drinks! The parade begins on October 15th at 10am in Huddy Park.

 

Anyone who wants to show off costume-making skills for anything other than the undead (or anyone who wants to show off his or her zombie costume more than once) can participate in the various parades hosted throughout October. Sea Isle’s parade on October 21 includes a dance party, and Cape May’s takes place on October 22.

 

Love costumes but not into the idea of dressing up yourself? Middletown’s Thompson Park Day may be just the event for you. Dress up your dog for their dog costume contest or simply enjoy the food, scarecrow contest, and pumpkin painting.

 

Whichever festival you choose to celebrate the beginning of cooler weather and pumpkin baked goods, you’ll be sure to have a blast while reminiscing on your summer beach memories in your favorite towns.

 

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