Happy weekend! I'm looking forward to relaxing, running errands, and getting some writing done this weekend because next weekend I have my friends' wedding and I can't wait! I'm also looking forward to just chilling and resetting because the week was long and tiring. My anxiety was at bay and I definitely feel like my mental health is better, but work is busy yet exciting so I guess I can't complain! 

I'm typing this on Friday night at 11 PM as I finish binging the new HBO Max show "The Prince", loosely based on the Royal family. Gary Janetti has been working on this for a while because I remember when he used to imitate Prince George on his Instagram and it was hilarious. This show is based around that idea, a very exaggerated version of the entire family, and it's pretty funny. 

Like I said, I'm typing this on Friday night and I'm half asleep so I'm going to just get right into the post!

Pink Positivity of the Week

I had a really great facetime call with one of my best friends this week and it really reinvigorated me. I missed her so much and it was really great to catch up. Sometimes all you need is a good chat with a friend to make everything feel better. 

Links I Loved

What You Missed on Royally Pink

What I Bought This Week

Have a great weekend everyone!

I read a lot of books and most of them, I like. I hardly come across books I don't enjoy and if I'm not into it, I usually will stop reading. 

I also don't like to do negative book reviews but sometimes it's interesting to read about why certain people didn't like certain things. Negativity is good sometimes and it's nice to get a different perspective. 

Now, I know there's a lot of talk on Booktok and Bookstagram about not reviewing or rating books negatively but none of this is bashing authors or their writing styles. Reading is all about preference and these books just didn't do it for me, for a variety of reasons. Some, I didn't like the story, the character(s) or I just didn't feel a connection to the book. 

 I've never been to a destination wedding so packing for it felt a little different than a regular vacation. Sure, we were going to be spending the majority of the time at the pool but I definitely brought some things I wouldn't have brought with me if it was a wedding. 

I also am a chronic anxious person and like to be prepared for anything and everything, and I haven't been on vacation in a while so I was a little confused as to what I would need vs what I wouldn't.

Because I was so anxious about packing I made myself a list of everything I would need, what I wanted to buy myself new, and organized it in a way so I could reference what I would need on any given day. That helped make packing a lot easier because I was kind of packed in my head already.

Another tip for packing is to lay out everything you need about a week before. I dumped everything on my dining room table and it was so great to see everything at once before putting it into a suitcase.

This was also the first time I packed with my Stoney Clover pouches AND packing cubes. Having everything organized by item type (makeup, toiletries, skincare, pajamas, bathing suits, etc) helped immensely. The more organized I can remain, the better. 

I didn't bring a carry-on, just a checked bag, and tote for the plan. In my suitcase were all my larger liquids, clothes, shoes, accessories, etc and in my tote bag, I put my chargers, iPad, Nook, medication, and anything I thought I would need for the plane. 

 My body barely sees the sun anymore. I work inside all week, the beaches are too crowded on the weekends and it always seems like there's something going on. If I am in the sun, it's usually by a friend's pool for a few hours so it's not enough to burn or really need after sun care.

That changed this past week obviously because I was in Mexico and I got burnt to a crisp but it's already a beautiful tan and I'm so pleased. However, before I went away, I wanted to be prepared to care for my skin post-sun. I know that because I don't go in the sun and I was going to be spending most of my time at the beach and pool, my skin was going to freak out, and that it did.

Royal Round Up, Vol 4: Week 30

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 Hello everyone! I'm back in New York and couldn't be happier about it. I flew back from Mexico on Tuesday, took an extra day off on Wednesday, and back to work yesterday. It's a super short week and I'm grateful for it... easing back into work is always a good idea after a vacation.

Mexico was wonderful; it was equal parts relaxing and fun. I laid by the pool, drank skinny Margaritas, and ate delicious food. The wedding on Sunday was beautiful -- I've never been to a beach wedding and it was so wonderful. The bride was beautiful, the couple looked so happy and it was just the best night ever. 

All that said, I'm happy to be home. After a few days away I was craving routine and being in control of my day. That's definitely something I need to work on but besides that, happy to be back in the groove of things.

I can feel the summer dwindling down and I'm so happy! The heat has been intense and I'm ready to say goodbye to the summer and hello to the best season of all! I'm truly counting down the days but there's still a lot of fun stuff to be had over the next six weeks.

Enough rambling, let's get into the wrap-up!

Pink Positivity of the Week

Mexico, of course! Being on vacation was a lot of fun and it was much needed. I feel truly recharged and blessed. 

Links I Loved

What I Bought This Week

I've been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a lot but otherwise, not a ton of random stuff and I'm trying to keep that up. However, Zippa Dee Tees released their first round of fall merch and I had to get it! I bought a Blue Spruce Halloweentown T-Shirt, a Halloweentown Notebook, and a sticker.

Have a great weekend and back to regular scheduled programming next week!

 Happy Friday! By the time you are reading this I will be on a plane to Mexico for my friend's wedding! I'm really excited to be on vacation with my friends and get away from everything for a bit. 

That being said, it hasn't come without anxiety. I've been anxious for about two weeks straight in preparation for this trip; afraid that I was going to forget something, about new travel guidelines due to Covid, and just general anxiety about being out of my comfort zone. I'm working on it and know I'll be happy as a clam once I'm on the beach! 

The blog will be quiet for the next few days (I get back Tuesday but probably won't blog at all next week aside from the roundup post) so be sure to follow my journey on Instagram where I'll be posting a lot, obviously.

I don't have much else to say so let's dive into the post!

Pink Positivity of the Week

It's really hard for me to find the bright side in things lately but I think a positive could be that I haven't been shopping as much and have shown real restraint with impulse buying. It's something I've struggled with a lot and have come a long way with over the years so I'm really proud of myself.

Links I Loved

What You Missed on Royally Pink

What I Bought This Week 

The most controversial sale of the year is here! Whenever the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale comes around, everyone has their opinions but I personally love the sale and always shop the sale, despite what influencers tell me to do.

The sale is a great time to try something new or stock up on some staples. Every year when the sale happens, I buy my Zella leggings (I wear them every single day), a sweater or two, and usually a Tory Burch accessory. 

This year, there's a lot that I want but a lot that I recommend too! I love Nordstrom and shop them pretty much weekly for everything from Spanx to wedding guest dresses to lipstick. I cannot get enough of Nordstrom! 

I rounded up all my picks in each category for the sale this year and you can use this post as a guide for the sale. I won't be doing too much other coverage aside from linking to this post on my socials and probably doing a roundup of what I actually bought. 

I have 'influencer' status at Nordstrom, as a cardholder, so I'm shopping on Friday, just as I'm jetting off to Mexico for the next few days. Below is what I'm probably going to be buying and then everything I recommend. 

Side note: I cannot tell you ENOUGH to buy a pair of Good American jeans during this sale. They are expensive but oh my goodness, they are the best pair of jeans you will buy in your entire life. I am a curvy gal with big thighs (my thighs are the biggest part of my body) and I swear, these jeans were made for me. I look good, I feel good... I have 3 pairs and 1 pair of denim shorts. BUY GOOD AMERICAN!!!

Ok, let's get into it! 

What I'm Buying


Lounge & Atheltic Wear

Good American Jeans 





Meghan Miranda has been one of my favorite authors for a while now but I've been behind on reading her latest releases. I was able to read the newly released, Such a Quiet Place early, thanks to NetGalley but truthfully, it was a dud for me. I was going to review it but didn't feel like spending time on a negative review and I'll include it in a roundup later this month.

That being said, after I read "Such a Quiet Place" I wanted to read a good Miranda book and bought "The Girl From Widow Hills" on my Nook. I devoured it within a few days and really enjoyed it! It was a wild ride and just such a capataviting novel. 

This is such a random topic but I wanted to talk about it anyway. I love newsletters so much -- I think it's so fun to have something delivered to your inbox every day, week, or month and be able to read it consistently.

I love how cheeky some are, how exclusive they can be, and just love to absorb as much content as possible. Over the years I've subscribed to a lot of different newsletters and some I've loved, some were just ok and some were just too over the top. 

It feels like newsletters have been a hot topic over the past year and everyone is starting one, therefore, I've subscribed to a lot more over the past year, and therefore, this blog post was born! From a business perspective, newsletters are very smart. It's always been important for corporations and small businesses from an e-commerce perspective, but it's so important from the blogger/influencer world. 

A newsletter is something you own, it's something you completely control and when you have that email list the possibilities of what you can do with it are endless. That's why I think so many people are starting newsletters because they are finally understanding the importance of it. 

Some of the newsletters on this list are news-focused, some are celebrity/influencer-focused, and others are just fun and light-hearted.

That being said, subscribe to my newsletter! I share one 2-3x a week but I promise it's not spammy! Sundays are all about pop culture and are basically just a long ramble but it's fun; Mondays are the best sellers from my blog and social media that week, and then Thursdays is a roundup of items I've been loving. 


This was the first newsletter I ever subscribed to and the one I continually recommend. theSkimm sends out daily news roundups, everything from politics to tech to world news. Anything trending and important to know is in theSkimm. It breaks down the most important news of the day into digestible snippets that are easy to understand. Sometimes, the news is overwhelming and difficult to comprehend, but theSkimm changes that and makes everything readable and interesting. 

Sign up for theSkimm with my link here.

The Newsette

Similar to theSkimm, The Newsette is a daily newsletter that gives you the news you need to know that day. However, The Newsette is a bit more lifestyle-focused which I appreciate. It breaks up the bad news with some fun, light-hearted tidbits and usually features a roundup of products or an interview with an impressive woman. It's probably the newsletter I look forward to the most.

Sign up for The Newsette with my link here. 

Please Like Me

I go back and forth with this newsletter but I always read it so I must like it! It's sponsored by Buzzfeed,  has multiple writers, and is sent out on Fridays. It's all about influencers and social media -- usually painted in a negative light. I have a real issue with people not respecting influencers and putting a lot of pressure/hate onto them because um, I consider myself an influencer and I understand the world from both a business and personal perspective but I digress. I do like the newsletter because it's not always negative, does offer interesting perspectives, and is nice to have all influencer news in one place. 

Sign up for Please Like Me here

Girls Night In

I love this newsletter so much! It's sent out weekly, on Fridays, and is just so wholesome. It's very lifestyle, self-care, and product-focused so you won't be getting any negativity from it which is nice. This newsletter feels like a warm hug and is just so wonderful! I cannot recommend it enough for someone who needs a little brightness in their life.

Sign up for Girls Night In here

Lindsay Silberman's Newsletter

I don't know what it is but I'm obsessed with this newsletter. It's put on by an influencer and business owner, Lindsay Silberman. She has been blogging for quite some time and is also the owner of Hotel Lobby Candles which sells luxury candles that smell like different hotels... so cute! I recently listened to her on a podcast and immediately signed to her newsletter, followed her blog, and socials. She sends out multiple emails a week focusing on different topics; they range from blog post roundups, favorite products, and just some fun tips. The email itself is so aesthetically pleasing, it's just so nice and one of my favorite influencer newsletters ever! 

A few other favorites are The Morning Brew, Marketing Brew, and Wake Up Call with Katie Couric

What are your favorite newsletters?

When I discovered Book of the Month, a book subscription service, a few years back I was immediately taken with it. Book of the Month has been around for a little bit and it is a book-based subscription service that costs $15 a month. 

The basis is that they have 4-5 books available and you choose one... the books are different genres, different authors, and most of the time they are very newly released or even unreleased! I've gotten books before they were for sale at bookstores by a week or so because it was a BOTM option.

You can also add on up to two books, for $10 each, that BOTM has in their library. All of the books are hardcover and have a BOTM cover which is pretty cool! 

As I said before, I've been subscribed to BOTM back and forth over the years. I signed up in 2018 for a few months, then again at the beginning of the pandemic, and then again in January of this year. The reasons I've stopped in the past is because I was trying to cut back on spending and because I felt like I had too many books.

 Happy Friday! In one week I will be in Mexico and I simply cannot wait. I haven't been on vacation in seven years and haven't been on a plane in over four. This is a much-needed trip and I can't wait to celebrate my friends' wedding there aka it's a destination wedding but my friends and I are going early + staying a few days later. 

Things were tough this week --I was still battling some weird leftover anxiety from the weekend.

On the 4th of July, I had a massive panic attack (multiple attacks if I'm being honest) and I couldn't get it together to go to my friend's house. I ended up going for a two-hour walk by myself, doing a little retail therapy at Target, and treated myself to some Coldstone ice cream. After I got my act together, it was honestly a pretty great day. I had a wonderful day by myself, enjoying nature, spending a little money, and being productive. 

My mental health hasn't been the greatest lately, which I think I mentioned before, and I'm definitely working on it... eventually, I'll talk about it here because I love being open about my struggles and how I handle them.

All of that being said, I'm spending the weekend packing, organizing, relaxing, and resetting before I jet off on Friday! 

Let's get into it!

Pink Positivity of the Week

I have to say that I really enjoyed my day on Sunday. It was amazing to be alone and be content with the decision to spend the 4th of July by myself instead of regretting it and having FOMO. Granted it was all a result of a panic attack but I turned it around really wonderfully and it was definitely a highlight.

Links I Loved

What You Missed on Royally Pink

What I Bought This Week


When I finished The Book Charmer by Karen Hawkins, I knew that I needed more of the story. Dove Pond was so whimsical, magical, and just beautiful. There is so much story to tell, so many characters to learn about. I was truly taken with how much I loved the first book in the Dove Pond series. That was two years ago and my heart has been waiting for the second book. 

I patiently waited for it to show up on NetGalley so I could request an ARC. I screamed when I was accepted and finished the book a few months ago.

"A Cup of Silver Linings" is the second book in the Dove Pond Series and was released yesterday July 6th so I'm so thrilled to share my review with you! 

Spoiler alert: I loved it just as much as I loved the first book. 

Publisher's Summary

Ava Dove—the sixth of the seven famed Dove sisters and owner of Ava Dove’s Landscaping and Specialty Teas—is frantic.

Just as her fabulous new tearoom is about to open, her herbal teas have gone wonky. Suddenly, her sleep-inducing tea is startling her clients awake with vivid dreams, her romance-kindling tea is causing people to blurt out their darkest secrets, and her anti-anxiety tea is making them spend hours staring into mirrors. Ava is desperate for a remedy, but her search leads her into dangerous territory, as she is forced to face a dark secret she’s been hiding for over a decade.

Meanwhile, successful architect Ellen Foster has arrived in Dove Pond to attend the funeral of her estranged daughter, Julie. Grieving deeply, Ellen is determined to fix up her daughter’s ramshackle house, sell it, and then sweep her sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Kristen, off to a saner, calmer life in Raleigh. But Kristen has other plans. Desperate to stay with her friends in Dove Pond, Kristen sets off on a quest she’s avoided her whole life—to find her never-been-there father in the hopes of winning her freedom from the grandmother she barely knows.

Together, Ava, Kristen, and Ellen embark on a reluctant but magical journey of healing, friendship, and family that will delight fans of Alice Hoffman, Kate Morton, and Sarah Addison Allen.

My Thoughts

I will admit that at first, I was super confused by this book. I think it was because it's been so long since I read "The Book Charmer" and none of the characters sounded familiar. Soon enough I realized it was because "A Cup of Silver Linings" wasn't necessarily a 'sequel' to TBC but a continuation of the story in Dove Pond. The characters weren't supposed to be familiar. 
I have to say that "A Cup of Silver Linings" was the most kind-hearted, beautiful, magical book. Dove Pond reminds me of Stars Hollow with a touch of magic. It has the small-town feel, the quirky characters, the gossip... it's so much like Stars Hollow, but magic is all around with the Dove sisters at the center.

The theme of this novel was death and change, which was incredibly sad. Julie's death has left a hole in Kristen's life and it was just so sad to read. That being said, Ellen was super unlikeable at first which obviously was on purpose, but it was hard to read at times. Eventually, she came into her own, and knowing her backstory helped so much, as the reader. 

I felt that Kristen was so sweet, so wholesome and you just wanted the best for her. I was rooting for her the entire time, I just wanted her to be ok. I don't remember the last time I felt so connected to a character. 

One of the best parts about the Dove Pond series is that you get a little bit of the Dove sisters and a little bit of a non-Dove story, though they are both linked in some way. Ava trying to treat Ellen with her teas is how it was woven this time, and I loved that little subplot.

Then, on the flip side, you have Ava struggling with her tea business, her conflict with her sister, and trying to help everyone in the town deal with the death of Julie. It was a separate plot and I loved it so much. There is just so much story surrounding the Doves. 

The magic that the Dove sisters have adds the element of fantasy to the novels but the conflicts and resolutions throughout the story really help ground it in reality.

There was so much about the book that I loved; the mentions of Grace & Blake from the previous book, the love of Julie, Kristen and Ellen, the Sarah Dove drama... it was all so great. 

I especially loved the ending, it was incredibly satisfying and wrapped everything up in a nice little bow... plus we got a tease of the next Dove sister and the next book which I adored. It was so great to get some insight into where Hawkins is taking the series but my goodness, I need the third book now! 

If you love the Practical Magic series, Gilmore Girls, or anything whimsical, you will fall head over heels for the Dove Pond books! 


How is it July? How are we halfway through 2021? How are we closer to fall than the winter? I'm so excited! June was kind of a blur, I don't really remember everything that happened, probably because it feels like nothing happened. It felt like one big Sunday since at the end of June and for the rest of the summer, I'm super busy. 

Last week I had a wedding, in less than two weeks I go to Mexico, and then in August, I have another wedding. September I go to Charleston for a Bachelorette party, October is a bridal shower, November is a wedding... it's a lot and I simply cannot wait. I haven't had anything to look forward to in a long time, pandemic aside, so this feels really good. 

I'm very excited for Mexico and I'll have a ton of content about packing, beauty products, suncare, post-pandemic flying -- make sure you're following me on Instagram and TikTok. That's another thing, in June, I realized that I really need and want to dedicate more time to be a creator, an influencer. It brings me a lot of joy and something I want to excel at.

That being said, there will be some updates coming soon but make sure you're following me on all my socials (Tiktok, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest) 

For now, let's dive into all the products I loved last month! 

LoveShackFancy Calix Tee

I am a huge LSF and if you've been reading for a while, you know I also love Lilly Pulitizer. I feel like LSF is Lilly's older, sophisticated, more expensive older sister. Their clothes are insanely priced and I don't feel comfortable with the sizing so I haven't purchased any clothes from them... until the Calix Tee. They were having a big sale a month or two ago and I wanted to try the Calix Tee. It was cropped, it looked cute and it was within my price range (after being over 50% off). 

Well, I'm obsessed. I got an XL, it fits perfectly and is meant to be cropped and well fitted. It's so comfortable, makes me look really slim, and made me realize that I need to wear clothes that fit me more (I tend to buy things too big because #bodydysmorphia). It's super cute with leggings but I think with a skirt or jean shorts, or even jeans, it could be adorable. 

I loved the tee so much I bought a second and now I just want them all. I wear them every single day. They are the best t-shirts ever. I highly recommend this as a starter piece into LSF because who doesn't love cute tees? 

Replica Bubble Bath Perfume

When I saw Replica was releasing a scent that is supposed to mimic bubble baths, I was delighted. There's something about a bubble bath that I love in theory, though I don't actually take many bubble baths. I ordered this perfume twice online (the first time it was forgotten in the package and the second, it arrived broken). I went into the store to buy this perfume and I'm so happy I did. It is extremely fresh-smelling, with a touch of sweetness. It isn't overpowering and doesn't last too long, but it really is a beautiful scent. I've gotten a lot of compliments when wearing it and I love that it's not overly one thing -- it's not floral or sweet or musky... it's almost a combination of them all. In my opinion, it's a very neutral scent that works well with a lot of people. I think it's ideal for those who don't love perfume or don't know what their signature scent it. It's delightful and I highly recommend looking into it.  

Charlotte Tilbury Collagen Lip Bath in Pillowtalk

I found this lip product in my mom's makeup collection and it was never used. It came in a set I got her for Christmas but she's not the lipgloss type of gal so I stole it. I'm so happy I did. I haven't tried any Charlotte Tilbury lipglosses so this was the first one and I'm impressed. I remember when she released the Collagen Lip Bath and it sounded like a gimmick but I think I'm converted. This gloss isn't sticky at all, doesn't give off an intense color payoff, and is super shiny. It is described as a 'hybrid lip enhancer that plumps your lips to look fuller and healthier and I wholeheartedly agree with that statement. I add this as a lip topper over whatever lipstick I'm wearing (usually CT Pillowtalk or Bitch Perfect) and it gives so much dimension, fullness, and serious gloss. I haven't tried this by itself yet but I'm obsessed with it as a finisher. If you're looking for lip plumper without the tingly feeling or just need your lips to have a little shine without too much color, this is the lip product for you. 

Bala Bangles

I never thought I'd love weights so much. I bought Bala Bangles with no purpose in mind. I just wanted them. I saw so many people using them and figured I could find a use for them once I had them in my possession. I attempted to use them with my at-home stationary bike, and that worked for a while but I found a much better use. 

I'll talk more about this in an upcoming post but I've changed my workout routine up and the Bala bangles are really helping. I go to the gym almost every day, strap the 1 pound Bala Bangles to my ankles and walk on a high incline, moderate speed on the treadmill. I've noticed a huge difference in my body (not a lot of weight loss) but I'm just obsessed with these. I want the 2-pound glitter ones next! They are so cute, so versatile, and truly such a game-changer if you hate lifting weights/aren't comfortable with weights.

What did you love this month?

 Back in the day, Essie had a nail polish line called "Treat, Love, and Color". It was supposed to be a treatment formula that still had some color to it so you can wear it alone, without any other treatment polish. When I used it, I opted for more sheer colors to use as base coats but didn't notice much of a difference nor did I like wearing them alone. 

I think Essie realized that these polishes were severely lacking and decided to take them off the market, reformulate and re-launch with a more curated shade range. They were released a few weeks ago and I bought one color, intrigued to try this old/new product again.

My nails have been in really bad shape lately; they've been really sensitive, peeling, soft, and just not looking or feeling their best. I went on a mad dash in the drugstore, trying to find the best strengtheners and nail treatments which was the catalyst for trying the new Treat, Love, and Color.

I'm the type of person who needs to have their nails painted all the time; I hate having bare nails but knew that I needed to let my nails breathe a bit to maybe get them back to a stronger place. I kept my nails with no polish or base coat for a week and then used the new Treat & Love, in shade "Punch It Up".

Punch It Up is a beautiful, true pink shade that is ideal for summer but can work year-round, in my opinion. I figured it was the perfect shade to wear right now and test out the polish! 

For the first application, I didn't use a base coat. I wanted to test out the true formula to see if it would help my nails a bit. Upon application, even without the base coat, I was able to tell that the formula of the line has been vastly improved. 

The polish is opaque, goes on smoothly, and without any patchiness left behind. I did apply a top coat, just to have it dry faster and I have to say, this polish is good.

It feels like a regular Essie polish upon application but I did notice that when removing it, my nails felt better. The peeling was gone, my nails were shiny and felt stronger. I was incredibly impressed, not only because of the formula and application but because this treatment polish actually healed my nails! 

This is the perfect polish for those who hate giving their nails a break, for those nails that need a little TLC, or if you just like the color! The manicure you get with this new and improved formula is a good old, regular manicure. The experience isn't any different than your regular at-home Essie manicure, the color is opaque and application a breeze -- you're just using a polish that has more benefits for your nails.

For me, that is a total win! 

There are a handful of other colors in the collection and I definitely need to scoop up the shade "Berry Blast" for the fall.

What's on your nails this Monday?

Happy Friday! This was a weird week... pretty slow yet lightning fast. It was a short week for me; I had one of my oldest friend's wedding Sunday night and then took off on Monday to relax. Tuesday, I was a hair model for one of my friends and I got a gorgeous haircut, so I feel like a new person. 

That being said, the week was weird and work was super busy so I took a week off of the blog. Every night this week, I was completely exhausted and just didn't have the energy to write. That'll be different this weekend, I had plans with friends on Sunday but Saturday is all about writing... articles & blog posts. 

I made myself a goals list for July, both personally and for the blog/freelancing. It was really refreshing and it helped clear my mind. Goal setting has been really important to me lately, so I'll definitely talk more about that, but this weekend will be all about checking some goals off the list!  

Pink Positivity 

The wedding on Sunday was incredible! I had the best time with my friends, was so happy for the bride & groom, and it felt amazing to be in a crowded room with strangers again! It felt totally normal and was a real highlight. It made me so excited for the rest of the weddings I have this year.

Links I Loved

What I Bought This Week

Have a great weekend everyone!