The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America and it took place this past weekend, July 28-30th.

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Every summer I tell myself I’m going to make it out there and I honestly don’t know why – but it just never worked out. This year though I knew I had to make it happen! Some of my family from North Jersey as well as Pennsylvania wanted to join so we decided to attend on Sunday and 100% knew we wanted to make it there for the 6:30am balloon ascension.

I was really surprised by how many people were already on line and waiting for the gate to open at 6am sharp. There was only 1 balloon setting up and I noticed people gravitating towards that section so we went further out since we knew a lot more would be coming and it allowed us to have our pick of where we wanted to set our chairs.

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Seeing the balloons blowing up and then taking off was a breathtaking experience. The weather was absolutely perfect too which was a plus. While the balloons may be the main attraction for this festival there is so much to do for all ages throughout the day/night. There was a ton of rides and inflatables for kids, arts & crafters, magicians, fireworks, concerts, food vendors and the list goes on. One of my favorite activities was the tethered balloon ride which I made sure to get on. Overall I am kicking myself for waiting so long to attend The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning! I will 10000% be there again next year. Click HERE to bookmark their website so you stay up to date with next years festival. If you are interested in booking a hot air balloon ride (which I HIGHLY recommend, I have done it before and the experience is like no other!) you will want to do so early on. Here are some shots from my day:

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I have a slight obsession with subscription boxes. Theres something about having a fun box arrive at your home and you being surprised with its contents – especially if that box is curated by a style icon.

Box of Style by The Zoe Report is a seasonal subscription box curated by The Zoe Report Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Zoe and her team of editors. This subscription box ships out 4 times a year and contains an assortment of at least 5 full-sized fashion, beauty and lifestyle products that can be styled together or worn on their own!

Here’s a look at their Summer 2017 box.BoxOfStyleSummer174279

In this box you get 6 summer ready items worth over $450!

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Sole Society Straw Panama Hat | Retail: $27

Raen Durante Sunglasses | Retail: $150

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Helena Quinn Kimono | Retail: $120


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BeautyCounter Protect Stick Sunscreen | Retail: $18

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BeautyCounter Cream Blusher in Hibiscus | Retail: $37

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The Brave Collection Compass Necklace | Retail: $115

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I am absolutely in love with the Summer Box of Style! All the items are travel friendly and the beauty products are made with natural ingredients. The Compass Necklace is one of my favorite items in this box. It was handmade in Cambodia and 10% of the profits are donated toward the fight against human trafficking.

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The Box of Style retails for $99.99 per season and the value of each seasons box is over $400! Past boxes have included brands such as Mara Hoffman, Too Faced, Toyshop and La Mer. Fun fact: Every box has sold out since Box of Style launched in March 2015!

Click HERE to subscribe and use promo code BOSSU20 for $20 off until August 7th. 

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I’ve been a fan of SK-II for quite some time now. They are pioneers in the skincare industry and very well known for their luxorious products to keep your skin healthy, smooth and more youthful looking. When I found out that they had a global campaign going on all about the pressures and “expiration date” that society puts on women, I knew I wanted and HAD to share this message with my readers.

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It’s 2017 and there are still so many people around the world that think there is a certain timeline that women must follow in order to create this complete and happy life that society has sold us.

“You’re 30… single… & childless?! There MUST be something wrong with YOU. You must not be looking hard enough. “

What complete BS.

I was 29 when I got married and 30 when my son was born. A lot of people think this is the ideal age for marriage and starting a family but in reality… that is just how MY life played out. I had many people question when I would settle down and then on my wedding day people already asking about children.

 I think it’s important more now than ever that we allow women to make their own decisions on marriage and children and when is the right time for them, if ever, to take that path. We need to encourage women that self happiness is worth so much more than just settling and that age is truly just a number. Lets stop the stigma that a single woman over the age of 30 is on a timeline and her worth is decreasing.

Don’t let society’s pressure dictate your future and remember that everything perfect for you comes in due time. Let’s raise this next generation of young women to be independent and strong but most of all to know that we are more than just our age. Below I have linked SK-II video to this great campaign. Please watch it and have a tissue handy.

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

 Spring has finally sprung here in NJ… Hallelujah! Seriously – I really thought we were going to have to live in long pants and sweaters for the month of May but everyday it warms up a bit more. Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your kids wardrobe for outdoor fun, playdates as well as those special occasion BBQs. Thanks to Oshkosh B’gosh, revamping Victor’s closet has been easy breezy.

Their Spring collection includes soft and light weight fabrics, tanks with fun prints and must have comfy shorts. What I love most is their pieces are super on trend for the season but at an affordable price point!

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 I absolutely loved this look on Victor! How stylish does he look but best of all – he was super comfortable! This ended up being his Easter outfit and he was able to run all over the yard and roll around with the dog while still looking dapper. He’s going to get a ton of use from these pants this Spring.

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This outfit was also a big hit. The button down makes him look really put together and I paired it with terry shorts so he’s ready for a fun day at the park.

Oshkosh B’gosh has pieces that you can mix and match as well as dress up or down and that is really important when shopping for your little ones. Here are a  few other outfits that would be perfect for your son or daughter this spring.

OG1 OG2 OG3 OG4Do you know where you local Oshkosh B’gosh is? Click HERE to locate it! They also have a coupon out right now for 25% off your purchase of $40+!

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And guess what guys?! Thanks to my friends at OshKosh B’gosh… ONE of my followers/readers is going to win a $50 giftcard to pick up some Spring goodies for the little one in their life.

Head over to my instagram (@pearls_and_paris) for the rules and to enter.

The honeymoon is suppose to be the relaxing part of getting married. It’s where you jet off somewhere to unwind and finally be able to kick your feet up after all those months of vigorous wedding planning. Unfortunately for some people, planning the honeymoon can just be added stress. Where do you go? What do you do? What is the best time to visit?

Ahhh, ok. I get it.

Planning in general isn’t for everyone. For me though – planning vacations is MY THING. I love researching places, activities to do, must see sites etc. BUT every once in awhile I stumble across a website or book that just helps me tremendously and that is exactly why I wanted to share The Honeymoon Handbook with you guys.

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First of all – reading through this book gave me major wanderlust. After making a mental list of all the places that need to go on my bucketlist I started to take in all the super useful information.

Here are 2 of my favorite tips from the book:

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Planning tips will help you cover off the basics and bypass the stress, with advice on:

– When to go, how long to go for, and how to factor in seasons and climates

– How to build a multi-stop honeymoon

– How to pick hotels

– Working out a realistic budget, and sticking to it

– How to compromise with your other half

– The benefit of mini-moons, and how to plan the best one possible

– Getting married abroad, including logistics and legalities

– A host of top-rated destinations, listed by type of trip

– The best destinations for same sex couples

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While this book technically is for helping you book a honeymoon, the tips and information you find in it can be applied for any vacation you need help planning. Click HERE to find + purchase the book (ps it’s ON SALE!)