The Tiny Heart: April 2015


Gold Chain Bib Necklace

Jacket-Target (similar Aeropostale Faux Leather Jacket), Tee-Gap (similar Mango Outlet Tee), Necklace-Aliexpress, Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, Ankle Boots-Target Girls (similar Sam Edelman Ankle Boots)

After seeing this chain bib necklace on various bloggers, I knew I had to have it. I saw it on BaubleBar (the Courtney Bib Necklace) for a whopping $68 and thought, no way am I paying that much. So I scoured Aliexpress, which is my go-to for trendy jewelry/accessories on the cheap. After quite a bit of searching, I finally found THE necklace being sold for just $8! 


Mix It Mondays: Leather Leggings

Shirt-Merona (similar Forever 21 Gingham Shirt for $19.90), Tee-Old Navy, Necklace-American Eagle, Leather Leggings-Groopdealz (similar BB Dakota Leather Leggings), Bag-H&M

The last few days have been mild and it finally feels like Spring! I've finally been able to wear some of my other pieces, like these leather leggings. I paired them with a black gingham shirt, worn open for a casual feel.

I previously wore the leather leggings with a bow tie blouse and cardigan sweater.

Linking up with Lauren (Mix It Mondays) and Molly


Pearl Jewelry

Pearl jewelry has long been a favorite among women. The simple elegance of a pearl, combined with the natural beauty it represents, makes this style of jewelry fit with almost any outfit at any event. Because of these factors, pearl is making a comeback. It's popularity has surged in recent years, causing many of the high-dollar jewelry stores to trade some of their gold and diamonds in favor of pearls.

However, it is important to know what to look for when purchasing. Pearl comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and it is rarely the perfect off-white color you see in the movies. If you find a pearl that is perfectly round, but seems to be too inexpensive to be true, be careful – there's a good chance that it is fake.

Factors in Cost

The cost of a pearl can also be influenced by its luster, similarity, size, and even the style of the jewelry its in. The luster of a pearl refers to how clear and sharp reflections are on the surface of the pearl. Ideally, you'll want one with nearly a mirror image. Size is self explanatory; because pearls are naturally forming, the larger you find, the more valuable they will be. Similarity is how well the pearl matches a piece of jewelry it has been paired with. Finally, jewelry style is simple: necklaces are more valuable than rings, while a bracelet composed entirely of pearls might trump both.

Where to Find Pearl Jewelry

The majority of jewelry stores sell pearls; however, you can also purchase them directly from retailers, or go straight to the people who harvest pearls for later use in jewelry. Your best bet likely lies in using a certified retailer to find a pearl that suits what you're looking for; by eliminating the middle man, you can often cut down on the costs. Of course, this means you will need to invest in a way of polishing the pearl. There are multiple retailers on the web, including Take the time to browse through the available selection and find an option that works for you. Numerous varieties of pearl are available, from Akoya to freshwater pearls.

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Jersey Blogger Meetup at Talula's

Scarf-Aliexpress (similar Urban Outfitters Scarf), Ear Jackets-Forever 21 (sold out, similar Dorothy Perkins Ear Jackets) , Old Navy Tee, Old Navy Rockstar Jeans, Ankle (similar ModCloth Ankle Boots), Bag-Botkier, Bracelet-Sira & Mara

Photography Credit: Michelle Scelfo

On Sunday, I went to a blogger meetup at Talula's in Asbury Park hosted by Lori. We had quite a yummy brunch, feasting on ricotta and egg toasts,  pizza, and amazing apple cider donuts for dessert. It was wonderful to meet Lori, Reesa, and Clarissa! Blogging can feel like a second job sometimes and it was so nice to get advice from these ladies who also juggle it all. Lori even gifted all of us with matching Sira & Mara bracelets, which was so sweet of her! 

Left to Right: Me, Reesa of Momma Lew, Lori of Jet Set Smart,  and Clarissa of Clarissa Nassar

These apple cider donuts were so amazing, I'm still thinking about them!


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