I Cry Like Kim K. Every Time I Leave for College

My goal is to always be real with y’all. I don’t want my life to appear like it’s some cake walk, filled with roses and butterflies. So here I am, typing this post as I ugly cry & try my best to impersonate Kim Kardashian. Except I’m blowing my nose into Charmin Ultrasoft, and she probably blows her nose into a Hermes hankerchief.

Why am I ugly crying, you ask? Nursing school. My school is an hour and a half from my house. And that sounds pathetic. Especially when I know people who go to school five, even ten, hours away from their home. Now, you know how every freshman cries after their parents leave them in their dorm? I go home every weekend, so every Sunday, when I put my car in reverse and head down the driveway, I cry like that freshman who just got dropped off. And technically, I’m a senior in college.

I always think it’ll get better with each passing semester. And not to be a Debbie downer, but it doesn’t. Now the point of the post isn’t for sympathy or for you to think that I have severely underdeveloped coping skills. The point of this post is to tell all of you young ladies (or men) out there, that it’s okay to Kim K. cry when you leave your parents. It’s okay to miss them terribly. It’s okay to want to spend time with them every weekend. It’s okay NOT to spend the weekend at your apartment an hour and a half away, especially when you just want to be at your home with your parents. Wanting to be at home doesn’t mean you’re any less of a “grown up” than anyone else.

I believe firmly that God is using this season of my life to prune me. If I didn’t know any different, I’d just think that I was an emotional lunatic. But, the Lord has made it abundantly clear to me during the past few semesters that I need Him, every waking moment of every day. Without Him, I am nothing but a wreck without hope; I’m a twenty something year old girl who can’t spread her wings and fly. But the Lord tells me otherwise. While we are supposed to branch from our parents and learn to be independent members of society, we aren’t meant to walk this life alone. This season is for me to learn just how necessary it is that I lean on Christ. He is my crutch. He is my portion, my strength, my Savior, the only reason I’ll be able to live eternally. He is what gets me through the trials of nursing school, the hardships of missing my parents, and the woes of this world. We are broken, but He is whole. He is an all powerful, grace lavishing, mercy abounding, love unsparing Father.

So when you feel like you’re not enough, like you don’t have your life together (which no one does- we are imperfect people), just remember that you are LOVED by the very definition of love Himself. If you’re missing your parents a little extra tonight, just like I am, I want to leave you with this verse:

“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.” -1 John 4:18.

Rest in His perfect love tonight. Let that love cast out any fear, any worries, any anxieties that you may have, and just rest in the fact that you are loved. You are cherished. You were created by the maker of the universe, you were worth death. You are a prized possession of Christ, and that is something to celebrate.

 

How to Save a Dollar in College

College is an expensive four years of your life, or, if you’re like me, almost five years of your life. Between rent, tuition, books, and other fees, it doesn’t leave much wiggle room financially. It’s taken me a while to fully figure out how to manage my money, but I’m sharing my favorite tips to save money during college.

  1. Utilize College Discounts– There are plenty of stores that offer discounts to college students. TAKE ADVANTAGE. You only have the identity of a student for four years (usually) so you might as well use the discount while it’s offered. Among the places that offer discounts are Apple, Insurance companies such as State Farm and Allstate, CorePower Yoga, Spotify, J. Crew, ASOS, Kate Spade, MadeWell, Topshop, Buffalo Wild Wings, and many others.
  2. Be Honest with your Friends. If you’re trying to save money, it’s OKAY to tell them that. There’s no shame in being frugal. Now that’s not to say that you can’t go out for frozen yogurt or a game of bowling. But if they ask to go to dinner and you’ve already spent money on food that week, chances are, if you tell them that, they’ll realize they should probably be saving money too. Plus, some of the best memories, in my experience, are made in the small apartment, baking chocolate chip cookies and watching Intervention while avoiding studying.
  3. Shop Poshmark, Mercari, Ebay, and other discounted websites. If there’s a specific item you’re looking to buy, or if you’re looking to splurge a little, chances are that you can find that item on one of those websites for cheaper.
  4. DO NOT buy books from your school’s bookstore. They are such a rip off. I’m a firm believer in renting from Amazon. They have every textbook imaginable, and who really needs to buy all of those books anyways? Where are you supposed to store them once you don’t need them anymore? Who has space for all of those textbooks?! Not me!
  5. Budget! I know, budgeting sounds like something that a forty year old mom with three kids should do, not a college student. But it’s a good habit to get into. There are tons of printables on Pinterest and lots of apps to help you manage your money. My personal favorite is Life Budget. The app allows you to enter your income and your expenses, and it helps you to visualize just how much of your income that you spend on unnecessary things. No one really wants to enter that they spent $183 out of a $200 dollar paycheck on clothes..                                                        I hope these tips help you to make smarter financial decisions, and although I’m certainly no financial guru, I’ve found these tips have really helped me to get a grasp on financial responsibility. What money saving tips work best for you? Leave me a comment below!

xoxo,

Sensational Summer Reads

The term “summer reading” can do two things to a person.

Option 1: It makes you sigh, begrudgingly, and you’re reminded of all of those less than exciting required summer readings from high school. Don’t worry, I wasn’t a fan of Beowulf or Grendel either.

or…

Option 2: You hear “summer reading” and instantly picture yourself on a beach, waves lapping against the shore and seagulls cawing in the distance. You’re wrapped up in the story line of a good book, getting tan, with a drink in hand.

I’ve always been a bookworm. I love feeling like I’m friends with the characters in a book, like I’m apart of their world. I find reading is a blissful escape from reality. This summer, because it was my first summer free of summer classes (can I get an AMEN), I promised myself I was going to read more, and spend less time bingeing on Netflix. Hopefully I’m not the only one who lets the episodes keep playing until Netflix finally asks if you’re still watching. For your information, YES, I am. And it’s only my seventh episode of the day, thank you very much.

I want to share 4 of my absolute favorite books with you guys. They’ve all spoken to my heart in some way this summer and they became my best friends on long car rides. A good book awakens part of you and makes you examine your life a little more. It makes you a dreamer, a thinker, and a little more wise. I’d like to think that Beth Moore’s “Audacious” helped to shape my Christian walk, which is why it’s number one on my “Summer Must Reads” list, although the books are not ordered by quality. They’re all pretty amazing if you ask me.

1. Audacious by Beth Moore

Beth Moore has the friendliest and most charming way of writing. She makes you feel like you’ve been friends with her forever. She’s a southern woman with an outstanding amount of zeal and love for the Lord, and if you asked me to name five people that I wanted to be like, she would be one of them. Her joy is contagious and her desire to be a woman after the Lord’s own heart is something that I strive for. In Audacious, she teaches you how to be bold and daring for the sake of Christ. She encourages verve, excitement, and as the title implies, audacity. She teaches that we are blessed to be a blessing and blessed to simply be loved by our Maker. And that’s so exciting that we should be shouting it from the rooftops. This is a good read for anyone, but it’s especially moving if you’re looking for encouragement and working towards being bold in your faith.

2. Twenty Two by Allison Trowbridge

I picked up this book in Barnes and Noble, simply because my friend had posted a picture of Twenty Two with her morning coffee on Instagram, and the cover was cute. I can’t resist fun colors and pretty designs. When I picked out that book, I had no idea that it would double as a bestie while I was reading it. Trowbridge writes twenty two letters to a girl named Ashley (Ash) throughout the book, and the reader has the unique experience of soaking up all of the advice, the truths, and the love that Allie Trowbridge sends to Ash. By the end of the book, I felt like I had gained a dear friend; one that had experienced so much life and had so much to offer. The book is beautifully written and I believe that all girls in their twenties should invest in this gem of a read. There’s so much to figure out during young adulthood- careers, relationships, friendships, etc, but Allie Trowbridge erases the fears that young women have and replaces it with encouragement. We really can be anything we want in this world, and when we trust in Jesus and allow Him to pave our path before us, we will be blessed.

3. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley

In our society, busy is a term of importance. If you aren’t busy, you aren’t accomplishing anything. Ley explains the necessary and life changing concept of rest. Resting in the Lord, resting by cleaning up your calendar, and the freedoms of saying no. And chances are, we’ve all been told a time or two to make time for ourselves and to say no to some things. But do we do that? Not usually. Sometimes we need someone besides our family to tell us to release ourselves of unnecessary responsibilities. There’s beauty in not being pulled in multiple different directions. There’s joy found in prioritizing how you want to spend your time and WHO you want to spend your time with. Ley does a stellar job at helping you to decide what’s worth your time and what’s not.

4. Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

I borrowed this book from a friend while we were road tripping to Texas. I had forgotten my book at home and was looking for a way to kill time while we sat in the car, parked over the Atchafalaya Basin for an hour and a half. If you’ve ever traveled I-10 westbound towards Texas, chances are you’ve sat in that same spot, which seems to be a never ending parking lot where everyone gets out of their cars and starts to socialize with the travelers in other vehicles. One man even got out of his car and did yoga on the interstate since it didn’t look like we’d be moving for a while. Guess that’s one way to get in a workout while traveling! Anyways, I digress. Caraval is a little bit different than the previously mentioned books. It’s a whimsical and enthralling fiction book that follows the lives of two sisters who want to escape from their father’s kingdom. The adventures that follow are exciting, dangerous, laced with romance and uncertainty. This book is one that makes you feel as if you’re falling down a rabbit hole into another world with every turned page. I haven’t read a fiction book in quite a while, and this book made me remember why I fell in love with reading when I was a little girl. 


Did you read any good books this summer?! Leave me a comment, I’d love to add more books to my list!

xoxo, 

Five Reasons to Adore Avocado

Avocado has SO many benefits. In honor of #nationalavocadoday (who even knew all of these national days existed?!), I’m sharing some of my favorite reasons to incorporate avocado into your life!

1. Avocados are a heart healthy food.

2. Avocado consumption can help to lower cholesterol.

3. Avocados are LOADED with antioxidants.

Is it a coincidence that two of my favorite things, avocado and coffee are both packed with antioxidants?! Absolutely. But I’m glad that they are and I’ll continue to indulge in them!

4. You can add avocado to almost anything.

Omelettes, salads, tacos, or as a side dish.. Avocados truly are such a versatile food. It’s easy to add them into dishes without the little ones noticing!

5. Avocado is GREAT for your skin!

You can use an avocado based face mask, or just mash one up and spread it on your face. Avocados are packed with nutrients and vitamins that help to create elastic skin, prevent wrinkles and fine lines, and moisturize the skin.

Avocados are a great superfood and something that I always like to have stocked in the fridge. Plus, I think they’re so cute! I love these handmade leather earrings from a store called Sweet Leather Goods in Baton Rouge! If you’re in the area, I highly recommend stopping by their store! They are the SWEETEST people and they sell the most fun and unique pieces.

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What’s your favorite way to eat avocado? Leave me a comment below!

xoxo,

*The reader releases The Rose Gold Pineapple of any liability. By reading this post, the reader acknowledges that it is not a replacement for medical advice. All information retrieved from Authority Nutrition.

The Fairest Lipstick of them All

Because it’s #nationallipstickday, its the perfect time to share my favorite nude lipstick with you! Finding a nude lipstick that suited me has been such a struggle! Turns out, all nudes are NOT created equal. I went into Sephora one day, and I tried on (almost) every nude lipstick in the store. And guess what? I didn’t like any of them. One was too brown and looked like I spilled a mocha latte on my lips. One was too light and washed me out,  and I’m pretty sure I could’ve passed for Casper’s sister. One just looked like I had scrubbed my lips with a handful of dirt. It was NOT good.

Although I know it’s just lipstick, I was genuinely disappointed! I kept seeing people post pictures wearing their nude lipstick, and it looked so classic and sophisticated on them! I looked like the newest version of the nude lipped Bozo the Clown. Send me off to the circus, why don’t you? I had no idea why none of those shades of nude worked for me when they looked gorgeous on so many other people!

I had given up on wearing a nude lip until my sweet friend let me borrow her “Fairest Nude” by L’Oreal. It was a game changer. It has pink undertones, which is PERFECT for me because I have naturally dark pink lips. When I was younger, I always got told that my lipstick was pretty. I would just smile because I didn’t have the heart to tell those precious older ladies that I wasn’t wearing any. In my five year old mind, that was rude! How dare I not let them complement my non-existent lipstick.

Anyways. If you’re like me and you have quite pigmented lips, a nude lip might be hard for you. The subtle pink undertones in Fairest Nude help to create the perfect shade of nude, without looking too dark or too washed out. It’s also perfect to blend with darker shades to lighten them up, making a completely new and fun color without having to buy another tube of lipstick!

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“Fairest Nude” by L’Oreal

P.S. This is not an ad. But if it was, I’d probably faint from excitement about writing for such a well known company. I just geniunely love the Fairest Nude and wanted to share, in case anyone else felt like they couldn’t board the nude lipstick train for a lack of perfect shade for their lips.

What’s your favorite lipstick brand and shade? I’d love to hear from you and to try them out. Leave me a comment below!

xoxo,

Come and {Sea} How Loved You Are

I believe the Lord speaks to us. Softly, quietly, and through the most unsuspecting circumstances or things. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been so drawn to the beach. There’s something so captivating about a sea that extends so far north, south, east, or west that our eyes can’t see its end and our minds can’t fathom it. There’s something so mesmerizing about a sky painted with swirls of cotton candy and dashes of orange marmalade accenting the sinking sun. There’s something so awe striking about the constant crashing of the waves on the shore, and in the same way that sound never stops, the Lord never stops loving us.


Isn’t that realization beautiful? The same God that made dazzling, clear blue seas, peachy colored starfish, and sparkling, silver leaping fish made you and me. I recently went to Rosemary Beach, Florida, and every time that we got in that water that looks like it belongs in the Caribbean, we stepped on sand dollars. I’ve never seen (or felt) so many little creatures on the bottom of the ocean. At first, it was so fascinating. Every step I took, there was another sand dollar underneath my feet. As the days went by, the sand dollars didn’t get swept away in the tide. They stayed near the shore and under my feet. My sweet mama made a correlation between the sand dollars and Christ, and it really resonated with me. “Those sand dollars are like Jesus. Non-believers don’t go out seeking Christ, in the same way that we weren’t looking for or even expecting to find those sand dollars. They were just there.”  We stumbled upon them and were amazed. Similarly, we tend to stumble upon Jesus. He doesn’t force himself upon us. He reveals himself to us in so many different ways, and everywhere we look, or in the case of the sand dollars, step, we are pointed towards him.

The sand dollars were just there. Jesus is just there. He’s always been there since the beginning of time. We don’t usually go out looking for the Savior of the World, but we find Him during a dark and stormy walk of life. He reveals himself to us and makes us realize that we aren’t meant to embark on this life without Him. We don’t go out seeking that metaphorical sand dollar, especially when we don’t even know that it is present. We stumble upon it, unaware of what a freeing, joyous, journey that we’re about to embark upon; one that leads to everlasting life.

We took some sand dollars home with us, and we bleached them to make them bright white. Jesus does the same with us. He washes us white from our crimson red sins. He was pierced, bled, and died so that he could wash us clean and cloak us in His purity and holiness. This all happens when we stumble upon Christ.

We are clean. We are pure. We are prized treasures of the Maker of heaven & earth. We are loved, molded, and refined by Him. I hope the sand dollar will become your simple reminder of Christ & a conversation starter to those who need to (but don’t know it yet) stumble upon a sand dollar, and then stumble upon Christ.

xoxo,

No Hassles, Just Tassels

Tassels are everywhere this season, and personally, it’s my favorite trend! When I was about four or five, I remember being in Kirklands with my mom, and she was buying curtain ropes that had tassels on them. I had no idea what they were called, and I’m pretty sure I kept referencing them as “those swingy things.” My love for tassels was born right then and there, in the middle of the curtain aisle, surrounded by drapes and rods.

I know that little story was less than enthralling, but keep reading for something that is enthralling, because I think this season is the tassel revolutionary. They’re no longer just an accessory to spice up drab drapes, they’re an eye-catching, irresistible accessory for you! Anytime that I wear anything with tassels, they’re the first thing people notice, and likewise, if tassels are present, they’re the first thing I notice about a person’s outfit! Tassels easily become the focal point of an outfit, which means you just have to put on a pair of earrings to turn your outfit from plain jane to changing the game.

Now, lets talk about these perfect tassel earrings. These beauties were handmade by sweet Libby, the owner of The Propriety Girl Shop. I love knowing someone personally made something just for me. These beauties weren’t made on an assembly line and they weren’t shipped out to thousands of chain stores around the country. They were made with me in mind. And the best part? These beauties are adjustable. Yep, you read that right. You can adjust these earrings to whatever length floats your boat! How fab is that?!  These earrings aren’t only the cutest AND the most versatile pair that I’ve laid eyes on this season, they’re also super affordable. These earrings are selling for $15 right now..

such. a. steal.

“It’s A Long Story” Earrings by The Propriety Girl Shop
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Can you believe this tassel dress was only $12?!

Libby and I are both so grateful for our supporters, and to say thank you, we’re offering a discount! When you order from The Propriety Girl, apply the code “rosegold15” at checkout for 15% off your purchase.

T.J. Maxx Summer Clearance Finds

Word on the street is that my favorite place is having a summer clearance event! What’s better than sales on already reduced prices?! Not much. Not much at all. I’m sharing a few of my favorite finds with you guys. I skimmed through all 42 pages of sales items so you didn’t have to.. you’re welcome. By the way, now that I’m actually admitting that I did in fact scroll through every.single.page. of those sales, I feel slightly like a recluse with no life, but I promise I’m not.

  1. I’ve been loving the whole athleisure trend recently. But sometimes leggings are just too hot for summertime. That’s why I love this 90 Degree by Reflex athletic skirt. How perfect for running errands? I think it would be SO cute with a pair of slides.
  2. So we all know I love love LOVE sunnies. All shapes, all sizes, all colors. Gimme them all. These Kyme sunglasses are made in Italy, and the shape is SO cute. Tortoiseshell is a classic too, you can’t go wrong with these!
  3. This seagrass basket with fringe.. I’m obsessed. I think I need it for my new apartment.
  4. Now we have this marble pitcher. I think it would be precious in the kitchen or on the coffee table with some pink flowers. And marble always makes everything look so sophisticated.
  5. I love a good neutral handbag. While I can’t justify this purchase for myself because I just bought a neutral handbag with the cutest gold round handles, I figured someone else needed to see (and possibly buy) this metallic beauty. C’mon, you could give this bag a loving home for just $24. *in the arms of the angels music playing in the background*
  6. Snake skin and leather?! Sign me up. No other words needed.
  7. If you asked me what my favorite color is right now, I’d probably say cognac. Which is why this sweet and simple cosmetic case caught my eye!
  8. T.A.S.S.E.L.S. O.M.B.R.E. Need I say more? Moving right along.
  9. It’s like Sephora but half the price.. $15 for a Nars palette!!

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P.S., none of this is sponsored, I just genuinely fell in love with all of these items and I wanted to share them with you because I thought they were that good, even though I won’t be buying them for myself because #budget. Since I started the RG Pineapple, I’ve prided myself on being real and down to earth. And since we’re being real, I’m a college kid who is just as broke as the rest of them. I believe in being frugal and not spending frivolously, which is why I try to shop at places WITHOUT outrageous prices. That being said, I did buy an athleisure skirt from the sale that had this super cute bow closure on the front, but it looks like it sold out so I can’t include that for y’all (so sorry- you know I’d share the bow love if I could!) Happy shopping babes, and have a safe and restful weekend!

xoxo,

All images belong to T.J. Maxx.

From Faith comes Freedom 

So often, we don’t realize the magnitude of our freedoms until we take a day to remember them. After that day, typically we continue about our lives and get lost in the hustle and bustle, the meeting at 8 am, this project due by Wednesday, and the “I need to go to the store & get the ingredients for dinner.” We forget that people died so that we could freely speak, freely write, and freely worship. We forget until someone reminds us. Or we know that people gave the ultimate sacrifice, but we file it into a folder in the back of our ever racing minds & seldom think about it until someone brings up the topic. 

Sometimes it’s like that with Jesus. We go go go and we forget he DIED. To free us from sin. To free us from an eternity of death, despair, disaster & dread. God sent a branch of himself, His son, to die. To be pinned to a cross and for him to carry the weight of everything we’ve done wrong, every sin we’ve ever committed. He did that for you. For me. For every person who has walked, does walk, and will walk on this earth. 

This Fourth of July, I want to encourage you to not only remember the freedoms we’re blessed with in this country, but the freedoms that we have in Christ Jesus. The freedom to not worry about tomorrow, the freedom to share about his glory & the salvation he brings, and the freedom to live eternally when we believe in Him. Seek Him, and you will find Him. 
Happy Fourth babes! 

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