An Easy Transitional Look

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The transitional period between summer and fall is one of the most difficult to dress for here in New England. Autumn officially kicks off this Thursday, but we are still having temperatures in the mid-eighties. The mornings are chilly, but by the afternoon you are sweating. This dress is the perfect compromise. The long sleeves give you a little more coverage but the fabric is still light and breathable. There's a few solid versions of this dress (I'm also in love with this black one), as well as some with short sleeves, but I couldn't resist the combination of stripes and ruffles. It's also worth mentioning that these flats come in a whole bunch of colors. The bow lets you to adjust the fit and the leather is super soft. This allows the shoes to perfectly mold to your foot, and ultimately you end up with an extremely comfortable pair of flats. I hope you all have a wonderful week! 

What I'm Wearing: 

Dress: Clu | Flats: Corso Como c/o | Clutch: Pomegranate c/o (On sale!) | Sunglasses: Loft (old) | Bracelets: Allison Cole Jewelry c/o + Loren Hope

Summer Beauty Favorites

Monday, September 12, 2016

Since I missed July and August, I'm rounding up what my favorite products have been all summer. These are the products that I've been testing out and reaching the most within the last 3 months. Let me know what your favorite products this summer were or if you have tried any of these down in the comments!

Au Naturale Organic Creme Foundation c/o
This is the first foundation stick that I've tried. It offers more coverage than I'm used to, but that's not a bad thing. I'd say it's medium-full coverage, so if you're looking for light coverage this isn't the product for you (unless you want to use it as a concealer which I sometimes do). Although it offers fuller coverage, it doesn't look or feel heavy when it's on. You don't have to worry about getting that cakey look that frequently comes along with other creme foundations. It has really good lasting power and will stay put all day even if you don't set it. Au Naturale has a decent shade range, and offers samples for purchase so you can test it out and find your color before fully committing to a full size. This foundation is 100% natural and free of gluten, parabens, fillers, animal by-products, synthetic preservatives, or toxins.

Evelyn Iona Natural & Organic Gel Eyeliner c/o
Gel eyeliner is my favorite. I find it applies a lot easier than liquid eyeliner and lasts a lot longer than both liquid and pencil formulas. However, finding one with natural and clean ingredients was a challenge. The formula is 70% organic, 95% natural, and performs just as well as conventional brands. Even on a 93 degree day where I was in the sun all day for a concert this stuff didn't budge. When I got home at three in the morning it looked the same as when I left the house. I don't wear eyeliner everyday, but when I do this is how I want it to perform.

Au Naturale Creme Blush in Andrenaline c/o
At first glance the color of this blush might scare you, but if you apply it correctly it looks gorgeous on! It's very pigmented so you only need a tiny bit. I've been blending it out with a dense bristled brush and the end result is a natural look. Blush is one of the things that I seem to always have to reapply throughout the day. It doesn't seem to last, even when I set it. But this stuff sure does! Like the foundation from Au Naturale this is 100% natural, vegan, and free of any chemicals and toxins. They offer a lot of totally different shades so there's something for every skin tone and taste preference.

jane iredale Retracrable Brow Pencil c/o
My brows are one of the things I do even on my lightest makeup days. I always want to go for a natural look, I don't want them to look like they're filled in. This pencil gives you medium coverage so it's easy to keep the natural look that I want. It has a tiny tip, making it easy to get hairlike strokes that don't look overdone. I also love that it has a spoolie on the other end, so I don't have to grab a separate one and comb through my brows. It has nice staying power, and lasts all day without smudging or sweating off. Finally, I love that I don't have to pull out a sharpener and sharpen this everyday. It's retractable so all you have to do is twist and you are ready to go. This comes in 3 shades, I've been using the "Dark Brunette" color which is the darkest one they offer.

Au Naturale Organic Creme Bronzer c/o
I've been using this bronzer as a contour or to add a little bit of color to my face when I didn't feel like putting on blush. I have it in the shade Latte, which is a gorgeous matte brown with golden undertones. Similar to the blush, this bronzer is really pigmented, so a little goes a long way. You can blend it out really well for a more natural look, or less for a sharper contour if you like. Just like all the products from Au Naturale, this is 100% natural so you can feel good about using it without compromising on the quality.

One Love Organics Healthy Locks Dry Shampoo c/o
I'm not one of those girls who uses dry shampoo seven days in a row because I'm too lazy to wash my hair, but I like to keep it on hand for emergency situations and traveling. When I had my surgery and had a hard time showering, this stuff was a lifesaver. This dry shampoo is all natural, so it doesn't contain any of the yucky ingredients found in the conventional products. It is scented, but contains no artificial fragrance. I like that it's non-aerosol and you apply it with your hands. It gives you more control over where you want the product. It absorbs oil well and gives your roots pretty decent lift. I find it tends to work better if I put it in at night, let it work in as I sleep, and brush it through in the morning.

Goddess Garden Face the Day Sunscreen and Firming Primer c/o
I've been using this as a base under my makeup every day and sometimes just on its own for the sun protection. It has super clean ingredients and uses a mineral sunscreen to provide SPF 30; no hormone disrupters here! It's really hard to find a natural sunscreen that isn't heavy, hot, and sticky and this one nails it. It's rich in antioxidants and helps with the long-term reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots. It's also a great base for makeup. My makeup stays on a lot longer when I use this, especially on those hot and humid days. This is a new holy grail product, for sure!

Acure Coconut Dry Oil Spray
I love a good multi-use product. This can be used as a body oil, aftershave spray, and even in your hair. It has olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, marula oil, and vitamin e. It's naturally scented with organic coconut flavor oil, and contains no artificial fragrance. It's really fast absorbing and leaves your skin with a healthy glow, but not oily. I generally spray it in my hands and then apply it because if I spray it directly on it gets on the tile floor, which then becomes really slippery. I also like using it in my hair as a treatment on my ends overnight or if I'm just having a frizzy hair day. They offer other scents, but I'm a huge coconut fan so I think I'll stick with this one.

Disclaimer: Some of the 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. 

Loving Lately

Monday, August 15, 2016

Local Stops: Onyx Moonshine Speakeasy

Monday, August 8, 2016

I'm always looking for fun and interesting places around New England to share with all my readers. This time I headed out to East Hartford, Connecticut to the Onyx Moonshine Speakeasy Tasting Room. Located in the back of an old factory, the Speakeasy is purposefully hard to find. Once you find the main entrance you make your way through a secret bookcase and into the Tasting Room. The $20 admission gives you a tasting and a tour where you learn all about the process of whiskey making. Although they have been producing the Moonshine for 3 years, the Tasting Room just opened around Christmas. The Speakeasy is filled with prohibition era antiques, some of which are family heirlooms of the owners which help give the place a really great atmosphere. 

During the tasting you start with a sample of the flagship Onyx Moonshine which is the base for everything that they make. This is made from shoepeg corn, malted barley, and fresh Connecticut spring water. The Moonshine is great on it's own and has a smooth, slightly sweet finish. It also mixes really well with all of the Ripe Bar Juices, which are available to mix with your tasting as well as purchase. Next, you taste the Onyx Apple Honey Infusion, their seasonal release for Autumn. This is made with Honeycrisp apples from Blue Hills Orchard in Wallingford, Connecticut. They actually get the first pick of apples from the farm, so this infusion is made with the best of the best. The apples are sliced up and steeped in high proof Onyx Moonshine with cinnamon for a week before it is blended down to proof with spring water. This one would be great mixed with apple cider or in a hot toddy in the fall. The next thing you taste is the Onyx Cape Cod Cranberry. For this one, the cranberries come from PJ's Cranberries in East Sandwich, Massachusetts. It mixes really well lemonade to make an adult version of a pink lemonade, but is also really great on it's own. The next one on the tasting menu is the Secret Stash Whiskey. This is Connecticut's first barrel aged whiskey. It starts off as the Onyx Moonshine at 120 proof, then it's placed in medium charred American White Oak barrels where it is aged. The next beverage on the tasting menu is the Whiskey Upgrade which has more of a scotch profile. As the Secret Stash Whiskey is aging, they taste it and if it has exceptionally good flavor it is set aside and aged for 30% longer, becoming the upgraded version. The last last thing you taste is a Daily Infusion. These are different everyday, so you never know what you're going to get. Everything is exceptionally smooth and I found myself thinking of fun cocktails that I could make with all of the products. They never add sugar to anything so you don't get that syrupy taste that some flavored moonshines have. Along with the tasting, you get to learn all about the process of making alcohol, and specifically whiskey through a tour with the distiller. The tour is both enjoyable and informative. Being able to take a peak behind the scenes lets you build a more personal connection to the company and the products. It also gives you a greater appreciation for New England as a whole knowing that the ingredients are all locally sourced whenever possible. 

Overall, I had a really great time. The staff at Onyx Moonshine is really friendly and knowledgeable. They've done such a good job of elevating the moonshine experience and making it something really special without making it feel stuffy. I'll definitely be back in! I brought home a bottle of the classic Moonshine as well as the Cranberry and two mixers. Keep your eyes pealed for the events they will be starting on Wednesday evenings like a mixology class, jazz night, and swing dancing. They also offer private events. It's a great place to keep in mind for fundraising events, holiday parties, birthdays, showers, corporate retreats, team building, and any other events you can think of. 

You can find the Moonshine at liquor stores and bars in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. Check their store locator for specific locations. 

Onyx Moonshine Speakeasy Tasting Room
64D Oakland Avenue 
East Hartford, CT 

Special thanks to Onyx Spirits Co for being such great hosts! 

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!