Fourth of July

Hello,

We are preparing for a few Fourth of July festivities around the store. Red, white, and blue can be done in a variety of ways. Whether it be a classic print, or interesting silhouette, it is fun to throw on a festive piece, especially for family barbecues. We gathered our favorite patriotic looks that can be worn during and after the celebration.

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Look 1- Beachy

Top: Lets Make Fireworks Shorts: Summer Night Shorts

These super cute lace shorts pair perfectly with a graphic tee. Head to the beach in this casual summer outfit and relax with friends.
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Look 2-Perfect Parade

Dress: Braided Strap Dress Flats: Strength

Add a touch of glam with sparkle flats and a sundress. These fancy flip flops are perfect for strolling craft fairs!

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Look 3- Backyard BBQ

Dress: Brooke Flats: Paula Sunnies: Dixi 

A super soft tencel dress is perfect for outdoor games, and the checkered print is enhanced with darling red sunnies.

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Look 4- Evening Fireworks

Pants: Parchment Cropped Straight Top: Hayleys Top Indigo Flats: Paula

Finish the night bundled up in an indigo belled sleeve top and white pants.

We hope you have a wonderful time wherever you are celebrating the day! Share your Fourth of July outfit by hashtagging #prettynpbj.

~The Ladies of PB&J Boutique

The Perfect Beach Pants

I seem to find any excuse to make a trip to the ocean waves and salty air. I recently accepted an opportunity that allowed me to move to Huntington Beach in Orange County and I could not be more excited to be so close to the ocean!

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I took a little trip to the coast before I made the big move and I had the best time exploring my new hometown. The beachy air can become a little crisp, especially when the sun starts to go down, but I was thrilled with the outfit I chose for the day. The Pistachio Paisley Pants by Hazel were light and comfortable, but kept me warm when it got chilly. Plus, it was super windy on the pier, so these pants were a much better choice than a dress!

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PB&J Boutique has a bunch of vibrant, patterned pants that would be perfect for a day at the beach. I chose to pair my pants with a simple crop top and a dainty necklace. Check out these little necklaces by London Manori!

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My Quay Sunnies are my favorite accessory at the beach! Be sure to check out PB&J’s awesome  variety of sunnies so that you can find your perfect pair!

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If you ever visit Orange County, I highly suggest taking a stroll on Main Street in Huntington Beach for some amazing shopping, views and restaurants!

~Rachael

PB&J Hits The Beach

Santa Cruz California has always been my family’s ultimate vacation destination. The drive is not long and the beaches are so nice. There are many things we do while we are in town, one is always the beach. Out favorite is Manresa State Beach. I sometimes wonder what to wear to the beach when I want to be comfortable and cute. Rompers are great because you can easily fit a swimsuit under it or a sweater if it gets chilly.

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Sold out of this darling Blue Life Romper. See more Rompers here

 

Another spot we love to visit when we’re in Santa Cruz is the beach boardwalk. They have a lot of fun rides and food. My favorite ride is The Giant Dipper and I always enjoy eating cotton candy overlooking the beach. This Rails flannel is perfect for summer because it is light weight and can be worn when the nights get chilly. The bay area can get cold at night and having this light weight long sleeve kept me nice and warm.

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If you’re looking for some amazing macaroons and deserts, Kelly’s French Bakery is the place. Kelly’s has an amazing lunch and breakfast menu. This is always on our list to go to when we’re visiting.

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Visited Kelly’s French Bakery. Check out all they have to offer here

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 If you’re ever in the area you’ll have to experience all that Santa Cruz has to offer. The weather is always comfortable and we seem to make the best memories when we vacation here. I hope you’ll get a chance to visit this beautiful place.

~Maddy

1 Dress, 3 ways to style it

We have found the perfect summer dress! The Mystree Sea of Blue Tunic is a summer must have, and can take you from casual weekday lunch meetings, to after work drinks, and even to the Saturday morning farmer’s market. We have styled 3 different looks for this versatile piece, and you could even use it as a swim coverup for your next beach trip.

IMG_4745Pair it with a Rails button down, a belt and your favorite gladiator sandals for a casual look.

DRESS: Sea of Blue Tunic, RAILS BUTTON UP: Marlow Button Down, NECKLACE: London Manori Blue Agate, BELT: Wrap Belt, SANDALS: Behind the Scenes Sandals

 

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DRESS: Sea of Blue Tunic, DRESS: Lower East Side Dress, CAMI: Tunic Cami, WEDGES: Fight Fire with Fire Wedges, NECKLACE: London Manori Blue Quartz

IMG_4749Leggings, a fun statement necklace and flats exude a laid-back casual look.

DRESS: Sea of Blue Tunic, LEGGINGS: Cropped Tummy Tuck Leggings, CAMI: Lace Cami, FLATS: Questa Flats, NECKLACE: White Turquoise Pineau Necklace

What are some of your favorite summer must haves?

Happy Summer Styling -Laura J

Music Artist Spotlight – Oh Wonder

Have you ever found a band that seems as though no one else has heard of them except you? It gives the songs a personal feel and makes them that much more special when you share them with others. Maybe some of you have heard of this week’s artist spotlight, but sharing them with you all is a special moment for me.

The London duo, Oh Wonder, is a group I recently discovered and they’re music is something extremely unique. Their soft sound and indie feel caught my ear a few months back and I’ve been listening to them non stop ever since. Oh Wonder is releasing one song a month for the next year. They’re already eight months into the project with their debut album set to release in September 2015.

Have a listen and let me know what you think!

I hope you enjoyed this week’s spotlight as much as I did. Be sure to keep a look out for their album in September.

Happy Friday!

~Kayla

Graduation Dresses

For many students, graduation is right around the corner. Whether it be high school or college, graduating school is always an exciting time to be spent with family and friends. Even though you’re wearing a cap and gown, you’ll be rocking that graduation dress for the rest of the day! However, finding a graduation dress can seem like a last priority with everything else going on at the time. Luckily, PB&J Boutique has the perfect graduation dresses in stock and online now! Here are some of my favorites:

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Needle Print Dress

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Petal Dress

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If you’re looking for the perfect graduation shoes, here are some that I think are the best:

The Perfect Sandals: Holdin My Breath Grey

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The Perfect Wedges: Metro

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The Perfect Heels: In the Sky

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I hope these goodies helped to give you some ideas on what to wear for graduation. PB&J Boutique does free shipping both ways for online orders. If you’re in the Chico area, come on by and let us help you find the perfect outfit.

Congratulations to all graduates!

~Rachael

Happy Mother’s Day from PB&J


The Ladies of PB&J Boutique would like to wish our mothers and all mothers out there a very Happy Mother’s Day. We are so blessed to have such amazing role models like you. unnamed-2

Erica and her mom, Paula

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Laura and her mom, Cathi

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Kayla and her mom, Cindy

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Maddy and her mom, Kelly

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Claire and her mom, Cheryl

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To celebrate all of our fabulous mothers, PB&J is having a sale in store and online! Take 20% off everything using the code: lovemom.

Happy Mother’s Day from the Ladies of PB&J Boutique!

Sunday’s are for Baking

On the menu this Sunday is Coconut Oil Banana Bread. This yummy recipe is super simple and fast. We hope you enjoy this tasty treat and enjoy the beautiful day!

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Ingredients:

2 very ripe bananas

1/3 cup coconut oil

1 large egg

1 tablespoon vanilla

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup almonds

Step 1: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mash the bananas in a glass bowl,  then mix in the coconut oil, sugar, and vanilla. Next, slowly beat in the egg.

Step 2: 

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.

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Step 3: 

Combine the ingredients, then add dark chocolate chips to the mixture.

Step 4: 

Chop and caramelize almonds.

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Pour batter in a greased glass baking pan and place the caramelized almonds on top.

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Step 6:

Bake for 45 minutes

Step 7: Enjoy

We love trying new recipes. There is something relaxing about creating delicious treats. The addition of the coconut oil left the bread super moist and flavorful. We would love to hear some of your favorite recipes, or tips and tricks.

Best,

The Ladies of PB&J

 

 

Saturday Morning Market

If you’re ever looking for something to do on a Saturday in Chico, the local farmer’s market is a must! You can fill your home with all different kinds of fruits, veggies, flowers, spices and other goodies that are made locally in Chico.

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On Claire: Vanessa Squash NecklaceSonja DressBlue Moroccan Basket

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On Maddy: Kronos BlushHattie BlouseGF Brazillian Druse Necklace

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And, of course we had to get a sweet lavender and mint tea at our favorite place, the Sweet Cottage. If you don’t get a chance to visit the most adorable cart at the farmer’s market, they also have a little shop in Downtown Chico for you to enjoy their teas and freshly baked pies.

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Strolling around the farmers market on a warm day is the perfect way to spend your Saturday morning. I hope you get the chance to visit one of my favorite things to do in Chico!

~Rachael

 

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Air Travel Tips!

My family is spread out all over the country, so I travel quite a few times during the year to visit them. Some are a quick 1 1/2 hour flight away,  while others are a whole 10 hour day of driving, layovers, and plane changes! From carry-on bags to packing, here a few tips to make your next trip more enjoyable :)

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First, I like to take a big purse as my personal item so that I can stuff all that I need in it. I get super dehydrated on flights so I always pack my empty 32oz water bottle and then fill it at the airport after I get through security. And, try to avoid buying any drinks until you get through security :)

This is my must have packing list for flights:

  • snacks (nuts, dried fruit, Kind bars)
  • water bottle
  • ipad loaded with digital books and magazines (get them free from your local library)
  • headphones
  • charging cell for ipad & phone
  • light sweater
  • large scarf (doubles as a blanket on chilly flights)
  • hand cream
  • antibacterial hand wipes (because sometimes that tray table has someone’s snack still on it)
  • notebook/pen
  • lip balm
  • gum/mints

I’m sure you can come up with your essentials, and it’s helpful to make a list when packing. We have some great things here at PB&J Boutique to make your traveling more comfortable! Our Library of Flowers hand lotions smell delicious and are great to travel with. Bonus they are under the 3.4oz limit so you can put them in your carry-on.

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Depending on the length of stay, I usually try to pack a carry-on. This saves time on waiting at baggage claim and you know you will always get your luggage. A carry-on plus rolling your clothes can last quite a few days. Which brings me to another tip – try to roll your clothing! Not only does it help with wrinkles but it saves space too! Room for one more pair of shoes! ; ) I always try to plan out my outfits so I am not over packing.

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When packing a carry on, you need to be mindful of your liquids. This is a problem for a product junkie like me. Here is where that subscription to Birchbox comes in handy. I have a ton of sample size shampoos, conditioners, bb creams, lotions and perfumes. I like to save up my sample size products for trips and then throw them in that quart sized zip lock baggie. It’s a fun way to discover new products. Stores like Sephora will give you a sample size of anything you might want to try in store. I like to reuse those little cups they use to fill with my eye cream, serum, or foundation. For a 4 day trip, you only need a little bit of product so don’t waste precious space with full size bottles. Remember 3.4oz or less, and 1 quart sized clear bag per person! Sometimes I just can’t fit it all in one so I put the extras in my husband’s quart sized bag. : )

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I hope these tips help you on your next trip!

Bon voyage!

Laura J