JORD Watches + Giveaway!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I am always looking for unique accessories to add to my ever growing collection. So, when JORD contacted me about featuring one of their watches, I jumped at the chance. They make gorgeous handcrafted wood watches for women and men. The designs are classic, but still different enough that they are a conversation starter. They have a variety of combinations with different kinds of wood and colored faces, from bright and bold, to understated and neutral. So, there is something for everyone. You can see their full women's collection here. I'm wearing the Cora Watch in Zebrawood and Turquoise. My favorite thing about this watch is the little details: the Swarovski crystals, the little windows on the front and back that let you see the inner workings of the watch, the pop of color on the face, and the rawness of the wood.

I also think one of these watches would make a really great gift. They arrive in a wooden box with extra links on a little herringbone pillow, so you wouldn't have to do much to make gifting it to someone special. It's sure to be an extraordinary piece that they will treasure for years to come.

Giveaway: JORD has generously offered to give one of you a $75 voucher to put toward your own JORD watch. Simply follow this link and you will instantly be entered. But that's not all, even if you lose JORD is giving every single person that enters a $20 e-gift card that will be valid for 3 months. The giveaway ends on Friday, July 22.

What I'm Wearing: 

Disclaimer: I received a free watch in exchange for this post, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that support Petite in Pearls. 

Watermelon Margarita Pops

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Watermelon season is in full swing! It's definitely one of my favorite summer treats. Sometimes I find myself with a really ripe watermelon that I can't possibly finish eating before it goes bad. I was faced with this problem a few days ago, and wanted to come up with a way to get some of it in the freezer so it wouldn't go to waste. I ended up coming up with this popsicle recipe that mixes two of my favorite refreshing summer pleasures: watermelon and margaritas. I hope you enjoy and I'd love to hear your watermelon recipes down in the comments! 

Ingredients (Makes approximately 10 pops): 
2 cups pureed watermelon
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup lime juice
1/3 cup silver tequila 
2 TBS triple sec
1 TBS lime zest

First, puree the watermelon in a blender or food processor and pour through a strainer (to make sure there aren't any seeds in your pops) into a large pitcher or bowl. Then stir in sugar, lime juice, tequila, triple sec, and lime zest. 

Next, pour into popsicle molds and set in freezer for about an hour. You need the pops to freeze a little bit before you try to put the popsicle sticks in, otherwise they will just fall over. After an hour mine were ready for the sticks to be put in. If you are using a mold that has a built in stick and drip tray, you can just skip this step. Place the popsicles back in the freezer for about 4 hours or until completely frozen. 

To get the popsicles out of the mold once they are frozen, either run under warm water or dip in a large bowl of warm water for a few seconds and they should slide right out. 

You can either enjoy as is, or whip up a less sweet version of this mixture, pour in a glass, and place the popsicle in to chill and sweeten. Enjoy responsibly! 

A Little Life Update

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You may have noticed that I have been a little MIA for the past week and a half, so I just wanted to give you guys a little update. I will be getting back into my regularly scheduled blog posts next week.

At the end of June I drove down to New Jersey to visit a longtime friend. We met at a concert when I was in high school and have remained friends. We still enjoy going to concerts together so we drove down the see blink-182 in Pennsylvania. It was strange to see a band like blink-182 playing in such a small venue when they usually sell out huge arenas that hold tens of thousands of people. We had a lot of fun and met up with another friend that we met at a wine mixer the next night for dinner. 

I came home on the weekend and then had surgery to remove the screw in my left foot on Monday. My foot had been swelling and turning blue and causing a lot of pain, which could have been a reaction to the screw so we took it out to see if it will help. Then on Tuesday the new puppy came! I'd like to introduce you all to Yuki. She's also an Alaskan Klee Kai but she's grey and white with blue eyes. So I've had my hands full with my foot recovery and taking care of a new puppy. I had my stitches taken out yesterday and am finally getting back into my normal routine. So I'll see you here next week! 

June Beauty Favorites

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It's time for another installment of my monthly beauty favorites! This month the products come in at all different price points, so there's something for everybody. I am bringing this post to you a little early because I am having surgery on Monday and won't be able to get it up next week, but I have been trying these products out for over a month. Let me know what you guys are loving this month, if you have tried any of these products, or if there's something you would like me to test out and review down in the comments! 

I was so excited to try out some products from Tata Harper because they're based in Vermont. This lip and cheek tint is 100% natural and nontoxic. I tried it in the shade Very Charming, which they describe as a classic petal pink. It's definitely the perfect everyday color for me. It's easily blendable and hydrating which gives your skin a beautiful natural flush. It also looks really good on your lips; I love a good product that multitasks! Also, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, which I know is important to some people. The jars are glass, which is great so product doesn't get contaminated with chemicals in plastic, but I'm always afraid I'm going to drop them because I'm so clumsy so I just have to be extra careful.

I've also been trying out the Tata Harper Very Illuminating Highlighter. I had been on a mission to find a really good, and natural cream highlighter, so I am happy that I found this one. This is a gorgeous pearlescent illuminator. It's creamy, hydrating, and very blendable. It leaves your skin with a natural healthy from the inside glow. I also found it to be very buildable if you are looking for a less subtle look. It's long lasting and wears really well. I can't wait to try more products from Tata Harper. Next on my list is the Natural Lip Treatment Set and some of their skincare products. 

You may or may not know this, but I am obsessed with coconut lime scented everything. The first time I opened this lotion I think I stood there for 5 minutes just smelling it out of the bottle. It smells SO good. This lotion absorbs quickly and leaves your skin hydrated without feeling greasy. They have a ton of scents to choose from if coconut lime isn't your thing, but if it is, I highly recommend this one. It's under $13 so it's also budget friendly. Just so you know, all Deep Steep products (including the ones I mention later) are 100% free of synthetics (including fragrance and dyes), vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, paraben free, and cruelty free. 

This has easily become my new favorite lipstick. It's the perfect neutral pink. It has no shimmer so it's perfect for everyday. It gives you that "your lips but better" look. Audrey is the swatch on the bottom in the picture below. They say that it is great for all skintones and have some photos on their website that you can see at the link above of it on different skin colors, but I can only vouch for it being a perfect color on myself. The formula has some slip and glides on wonderfully. It doesn't just sit on top of your lips like other natural lipsticks I've tried. It's creamy and hydrating leaving your lips in better condition than when you first applied it. All of the products from Red Apple Lipstick are handcrafted in the USA. They are gluten free, paraben free, allergy free, cruelty free, non-GMO, and corn free so you can feel good about using them. 

Unpinkable is the swatch on the top in the image above. This shade seems to have better lasting power than the Audrey, I think because it's a brighter shade and very pigmented so it leaves more of a stain on your lips. It's a wonderful bright pink option if you're not looking for something really bright or if you are looking for a pink with cool undertones this would be a great one to try. 

This body butter is thick and creamy but absorbs quickly leaving a beautiful scent on your skin. It's thicker than the body lotion and takes an extra few second to massage into your skin, but I don't mind that. I had recently tried an all natural body butter by another brand that was half the product for triple the price, and it made me laugh. They had very comparable ingredients only the other one had a funky smell. I would never purchase the other one with my own money. This one on the other hand, I want to try in every scent they have available. This would make a great treat for yourself or a gift for someone else. 

I got the Honeydew - Spearmint scent which is so refreshing and perfect for summer. It's a unique scent combination that you don't find very often. As is the case with all body mists the scent doesn't last a really long time. However, it's under $10 so you don't have to feel guilty about generously reapplying it. You can see that I've used quite a bit of it over the past month. It's so hard to find a body mist that doesn't contain artificial fragrance and/or colors, so this was an exciting discovery. The body mist also comes in other scents including vanilla, passion fruit guava, lavender chamomile, and grapefruit bergamot. I wish it came in the coconut lime, I would probably buy it in bulk. 

Disclaimer: Products in this post were gifted in exchange for review consideration. However, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Petite in Pearls. 

Crane & Lion Activewear

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nothing motivates me to workout more than cute new activewear. Crane and Lion is easily becoming one of my new favorite brands. They are located (and everything is designed) in Boston. They design for the sophisticated, active woman. They hand select high quality fabrics that can carry you from errands to yoga or jogging. They are soft, lightweight, and high performing. My absolute favorite thing about Crane and Lion is the little details they add to each garment that elevates the activewear and sets them apart from other brands. I'll definitely be adding more of their stuff to my collection soon! 

What I'm Wearing:

Tank: Crane & Lion c/o | Capris: Crane & Lion c/o | Sneakers: New Balance | Water Bottle: S'well

Designer Spotlight: Norton Point

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is support local businesses and companies based in New England through my Local Stops and Designer Spotlight series. Today I am bringing you Norton Point, a Martha's Vineyard based company that makes sunglasses and accessories. They are named for the 2.5 mile long strip of sand and dunes that connect Martha's Vineyard and the island of Chappaquiddick. Norton Point is extremely passionate about giving back and cleaning up our oceans. They have designed the first line of sustainable eyewear made from recovered ocean plastics. Even the eyewear that isn't made from recycled plastics go to help the cause, Norton Point donates 5% of their net profits to global clean-up, education, and mediation practices. They recently started a Kickstarter where you can learn more and help fund their recycled ocean plastic sunglasses. The designs look great! I'm loving the blue mirrored lenses.

Their handmade frames are classic, simple, and timeless. And, they are perfect for both men and women alike. You may have seen me wearing my red pair here on the blog, or over on my Instagram. The frames are very light weight but sturdy. They have the coordinates for Norton Point on the side, which is a really nice touch. The lenses are polarized and provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. I'm definitely in the market for my next pair, which will probably be one of the frames in the tortoise shell. Let me know which pair is your favorite down in the comments!

jane iredale Summer Giveaway!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

I'm really excited to bring you guys this giveaway! You know I always rave about how much I love jane iredale products and now is your chance to try some of them yourself! These are some of my favorites from their new Summer Collection. Be sure to check out the full collection here.

Moonglow Golden Bronzer (On the left in the image above.)
This bronzer contains warm golden shades that can be used on your eyes, cheeks, and lips. The colors are gorgeous and I love that it can be used for all different things. It's always fun to play around with products like this to see what looks you can create. They're also great for traveling, so you can throw less products in your bag with you.

To give you some ideas, they have a great video that shows the versatility of this bronzer here:

Rose Dawn Bronzer (On the right in the image above!)
This bronzer has cooler and pink shades in it. It leaves the most gorgeous glow to your skin, I've been using it nonstop since I got it. It's like a blush, bronzer, and highlight all in one simple step. It can also be used on your eyes and lips, like the Moonglow Bronzer! Both of these bronzers come as a refill, with the compact sold separately. It's really easy to pop them in and out or just use them out of the box they come in if you choose.

LipDrink Lip Balm SPF 15 in Flirt
This tinted lip balm is full of really hydrating oils like castor seed and avocado, that leave your lips really soft. This gorgeous pink shade is new for the season, and gives you a sheer touch of color while providing you with a physical SPF 15 sun protection. It is lightly scented with a lemony/lemongrass scent to it, which you don't really smell once it is on your lips. So it shouldn't be a problem if you are sensitive to scents. It's perfect for a no-makeup look and everyday wear all summer long!

Please follow the directions in the widget below for your chance to win this set of products from the jane iredale Summer Collection! I really love them so I can't wait for one of you to get to try them out as well! The giveaway will run through Friday, June 10. Good luck!