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! 

Frosty the Snow(ball)

Snowballs, snow cones, shaved ice.. whatever you call them, there’s no denying that there’s something so enticing about a cold sweet treat on a hot summer day (especially when you live in Louisiana and the humidity is at 100%.) As soon as I walk up to a snowball stand and smell the syrups and condensed milk, I’m like a kid in a candy shop. That particular smell (along with blackberries) always remind me of childhood summers. Now, I’ll be honest with you. I’m a bit of a snowball snob. My mom gave me the gift of an advanced palate when I was young, and I distinctly remember sharing Almond Joy snowballs with her when I was five. I skipped right over the whole rainbow colored snowball phase that most kids go through. I think sour apple, grape, blue raspberry, strawberry cheesecake, and yellow cake batter just don’t mix well with one another.. I will take a Wedding Cake though. Flat top. Extra condensed milk. Please and thanks!

There’s tons of AMAZING snowball places in Louisiana. This may or may not be my third snowball post this season.. Anyways, I digress. From authentic bananas foster, to King Cake, to Pecans and Praline, there’s no shortage of delicious, southern flavors. One of my favorite snowball spots is Hansen’s Sno Bliz. They make all of their own syrups and they are SO fresh (and refreshing!) I know I raved about their Ambrosia flavored snowball before, and now I’m here to rave over another flavor.. Fresh Mango with honey from Brazil. This frosty, sweet & unique flavor was hands down one of the best snowballs I’ve ever had. And we take our snowballs seriously in LA! So seriously that my mom and I got snowball shirts from one of the cutest lil boutiques in Baton Rouge, Hey, Penelope.

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I love my southern roots and I love that we have such a wide variety of award winning snowball stands, and restaurants in general.. We like to eat around here. No matter where you go in Louisiana, you’re sure to find a snowball that knocks your socks off. What’s your favorite flavor? Are there any other snowball stands I should know about?! Leave me a comment below!

xoxo,

Vanity Makeover

So, if you’re anything like me, putting on makeup is usually done in five minutes while sitting on the floor and using a small vanity mirror. Well, the other day, I got tired of that. I wanted a space to sit and get ready (that wasn’t the floor). Thus brings about the Vanity Makeover for  less than $100!

I previously had a table in my room that was home to all of the knick knacks that I had no idea what to do with.. if we’re being honest. Please tell me I’m not the only one with a love for decor items but a lack of space to put them?! Things I didn’t know what to do with? Put them on the table. New pair of earrings? They also just got set on the table. Candle? To the table it goes. I really avoided even trying to organize the table because it just overwhelmed me. But when something clicks in my brain, it clicks loud and clear and it needs to be done right away. And what clicked in my brain was that I needed a vanity, and I needed it ASAP.

Before…

I was shopping with my mom at a Marshalls in New Orleans, and when I saw this stool, I knew I needed it. It was $49.99, which made me cringe a little. But you really can’t find a stool for less than that, and if it’s something you use every day, it’s worth it. After grabbing the stool and claiming it mine, then I saw the French bulldog lamp, and I had the same compelling feeling that I desperately needed it. Then there was the perfume tray.. and can you guess what?! I needed that too.. *face palm*

Now, this is the part that justifies all of my purchases.. I already had a mirror I could use.. so obviously all these other pieces just made the vanity area come together in a lovely way. I mean I already had the staple piece of the vanity… everything else was simply VERY necessary lagniappe.

Isn’t that a transformation that makes you feel sophisticated and (somewhat) like the next HGTV star?!

After!

I’m a huge advocate for not paying department store prices, which is why if I have a project, I’ll most likely be in the home section of Marshalls, TJ Maxx, or Homegoods. My nursing school budget has taught me how to find all the good stuff at all the low prices, and for that, I am thankful! I also really like the uniqueness that these stores provide. Everyone and their mom won’t have the shirt you’re wearing, or in this case, the vanity you’re sitting at; making your vanity a space designed just for you! I’m linking a few stools that are similar to mine since I can’t find the exact one.

  1. This stool is a gorgeous grey color and is also $49.99 at TJ Maxx!
  2. Another seating option is this white stool from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It’s $39.99, plus they always have 20% off coupons. Score. It’s also free shipping for orders above $29.99!

Do you have any projects you’re working on right now? I’d love to hear from you!

xoxo,

The Girl Behind the Rose Gold Pineapple 

Because I’ve got some new people following along since I started The Rose Gold Pineapple, I figured it was time to share a few facts about myself, for the newbie readers and my vets! I always love when people post facts about themselves. It feels like you’re getting to know them, and it reminds you that there’s a person behind the blog or Instagram account that’s just like you. Call me the Wizard of Oz if you will, I’m just a little lady behind a curtain!

1. I LOVE my curls. There’s always precious  older ladies in Walmart who stop to ask me, “I’ll bet you HATE you hair, don’t ya?” It’s the complete opposite. I love my curls. I think they’re unique, they’re easy for me to maintain, and I wouldn’t be Lauren without them!

2. I have a black cat named Lola, and she is my heart. She’s the sweetest kitty, yet she’s such a diva at the same time. She’s also pretty spoiled, so she’s adopted the nickname “Queen of Sheba.”

3. I could probably live off of Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal. Those little chocolate pieces at the bottom of my bowl make my day.

4. Most people think that there’s a wrinkle on my forehead, but it’s actually a scar. As a very eager three year old who wanted to watch Barney instead of Reading Rainbow, I climbed the dresser & we took a tumble.. this was before the “dressers that bolt to the wall” days.

5. Contrary to my name, (although I DO love pineapples,) if I could pick one fruit for the rest of my life, I think it would be kiwi or blackberries. Blackberries remind me of my childhood summers!

6. Ok so I know this is probably not how you pictured me, but when I was in high school, I (very secretly) loved rock music.

7. I do not like open heights. If I’m enclosed in a plane, we’re all good. Let’s get this party started, fly me somewhere tropical. Oh and pass the Biscoff cookies! But I refuse to touch the railing of a balcony, I have an irrational fear that the railing will break and I’ll plummet to my death..

8. When I was in elementary school, I dreamed of being a chef. My famous recipe was an applesauce tortilla… *facepalm*

9. I have no self control when it comes to crafting or paper supplies. Don’t ask me why I need scrapbooking paper when I don’t even scrapbook, because I don’t know. But I love the patterns and think they’ll come in handy for something one day. I just don’t know what that something is.

10. I’ve never owned a dog that wasn’t a boxer. Boxers have my family wrapped around their lil paws & we wouldn’t have it any other way!

11. I loved writing stories when I was younger and I’d love to publish a book one day. What genre you ask? Good question. I don’t really know..

12. I would love to travel to British Columbia. It’s always sounded & looked so whimsical & magical to me!

13. Okay so I said 12 facts but I got a little carried away. For lucky number 13, I’ll be hosting a giveaway once I hit 500 followers!

I’d love to learn a little more about you! Shoot me an email, comment, whatever your heart desires!

xoxo,

Hola to NOLA

On Monday, I took a day trip to New Orleans with my sweet friend Mackenzie. I was so glad to get to show her around some of my favorite places in the city, even if it did rain on our parade!

We started out the day at The Red Dog Diner on Magazine Street! As many times as I go to Magazine Street, I’m always finding another little store or corner cafe that’s tucked away in the hustle and bustle of tourists, locals, and everything beignets and crawfish. Magazine is a good way to spend the day if you have limited time in the city and want to experience some of the local life!

We then went in a cute boutique called Armoire, where everything is under $100.. score. Major, major score for the two broke nursing school students. They had tassels and pom poms galore! If you’re in the area, I’d definitely suggest swinging by there!

After a little shopping, I couldn’t resist bringing Mackenzie to Plum Street Snowballs. The ice in their snowballs is like nothing I’ve ever had before, its like eating a cloud. SO GOOD. I had been craving a nectar cream snowball since the spring semester ended, so it was hard to contain my excitement when I finally got my hands on one! It was funny, because while at Plum St., we ran into some tourists from Arkansas, who asked us if we had heard about Plum St. on The Harry Show. Neither Mackenzie or myself knew what The Harry Show was (thanks nursing school for keeping us under a rock.) Turns out, Harry, from The Harry Show is actually a NOLA native! So if you’re ever in the city, keep Plum St. on your mental (or actual) list! I promise it’s worth the calories.

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Nectar Cream + Condensed Milk. How cute is it that they serve their snowballs in Chinese takeout pails?!

We followed our snowballs with more shopping, and I’m ever so slightly ashamed to say we ate dessert twice that day.. I know y’all are probably tired of hearing me rave over Sucré, but y’all. Confetti Cupcake gelato is SO GOOD. If I only ate half of my snowball, that justifies a small gelato too.. right?

I was so glad to spend a day catching up with my high school friend in one of my favorite cities! Do you have any favorite places in the Big Easy?! Leave me a comment below, I’m always looking to try new things!

xoxo,

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