How Do You Dress for Fall When it’s 80 Degrees Out?

Velvet Bell Sleeve Top // I got mine in Spain last winter. But the one linked is very similar, and this one has long sleeves!
Black Button Skirt // Now sold out in black, but available in this blue color. This skirt is similar.
Gold Disc Earrings // On sale for under $15!
Black Heels //

You guys. This weather.

It’s mid-October. There should be a chill in the air and said air should feel crisp. But instead, it’s been crazy humid with temperatures barely dipping below 70. And that’s on a good day. Usually, we’re hovering around the mid-70s.

Granted, I spend most of my days in an air-conditioned office, but in the brief time I spend outside, it’s muggy, it’s warm and it sure doesn’t feel like October. But when it actually is October, you want to wear sweaters, jeans, boots and autumn colors. What’s a girl to do?

Therein this conundrum lies my fall wardrobe mantra: Summer cuts, fall colors. Keep the skirts, the light fabrics and the short sleeves, but break out the darker colors — burnt orange, burgundy,  This is the time of year to wear fall skirts with bare legs, button downs in darker hues, and way more black than you’d wear at the height of July. (Seriously, I rarely wear black in the summer, and it’s nice to break it out once the fall months roll around again.)

I’m also a big fan of lightweight sweaters like the J.Crew Tippi, which won’t leave you sweating up a storm after walking outside for five minutes. I’m also recently obsessed with Loft’s skirt section. They have so many cute styles, like this leather one, and they’re literally always on sale.

A few other fall obsessions? The Everlane Day Heels, which are so comfortable — for heels. They don’t rival flats. (I wore them to an event where I had to stand for three hours and it was painful.) But they are comfortable for heels, and I say this as someone who is admittedly really bad with heels.

I’m also loving these gold disc earrings, which are simple but still make a statement. I’m a fan of gold jewelry all year long, but I feel like it’s especially appropriate in the fall.

Hope you have a lovely Thursday. The high is only 66 today, which means I can break out an actual coat. Something to celebrate, right?

 

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What I Like (and Don’t Like) About My Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag

Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag Review // Pearl Girl

One of the promises I’ve made myself this year is that I’ll spend less money on cheap bags and try to save more for luxury purchases. I’ve always been a bag girl, since I was 12 and eyeing my friend Nikki’s tiny Coach shoulder bag. I eventually got a Coach bag of my own (that has long since been retired) but in the years since, various bags have made their way to the top of my wish list. The Chanel 2.55 bag is my ultimate dream, followed by the Gucci Lady Web, a Goyard Saint Louis, the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag, the Hermès Evelyne Bag — the list goes on and on.

I’ve made two true designer bag purchases in my adult life, both of which I’ve bought resale and majorly discounted. The latest addition is the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, which I’d coveted for over a year andbought in July.

Like I said in this post, I purchased the bag on Mercari, and I highly recommend checking out resale apps like this one to score a good deal on Mansur Gavriel bags (and other designer items!)

I’ve been using the bag for a few months now, so I’m at the place where I can offer a full opinion about it. So I thought why not a review? Happy to answer any questions that I don’t touch on in the below, too!

Everlane Beach Tee Dress, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag, Superga Cotu Sneakers // Pearl Girl

What I like about the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag.

The size: I have the medium-sized bag, which I think is the perfect size. I can fit my headphones, wallet, keys, earbuds, phone, lip balm and other essentials in there easily without it feeling too weighed down. I’d honestly find anything smaller to be too tiny, and anything bigger to be overwhelming.

The color: My bag is “Brandy” on the outside and “Avion” on the inside. That’s fancy bag speak for a medium brown hue on the outside and a blue on the inside. You can see an example of it in this bag, too.

The shape: I think Mansur Gavriel has so, so many cute bags. I love the sun bag and the classic bucket bag, and the circle bag, and well, pretty much every bag they make. But the Lady Bag has always been one of my favorites, and I think the shape is practical yet fashionable. I love how it looks almost like a backpack — I think it’s a classic style but isn’t too utilitarian.

The straps: This bag has a top handle strap as well as a shoulder strap. I love that it has both, and you can either carry it by hand or throw it across your shoulder. The shoulder strap is also detachable, which is a nice option to have. (And it’s always nice to have options!)

What I don’t like about the Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag.

The leather: Mansur Gavriel bags are made of vegetable tanned leather, which is extremely sensitive to scratches and even worse, water stains. I think that the scratches are almost part of the Mansur Gavriel look, and they don’t really bother me. But you have to be careful with this bag when it comes to water. It’s practically impossible to get water stains out. I’ve seen some forums recommend just getting the entire bag wet, but honestly that kind of freaks me out! I also sprayed this water protectant on it,

The closure: To close the bag, you take the two strings and loop them through a closure on the top part, and then loop again through a closure on the bag. It’s just a little time-consuming if you’re trying to quickly grab something out of your bag and then shut it. A minor annoyance, but still, worth noting.

I know that’s not much — but honestly, there’s not much to dislike about this bag! Though Mansur Gavriel is a popular brand at the moment, I feel like the Lady Bag is timeless enough that it will last through the trends. And if you want to make the investment, check out Mercari or Poshmark — you can probably get it for a great price!

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Photo Diary and Guide: Montreal, Canada

What to Do in Montreal Canada, Montreal Photo Diary // Pearl Girl

Montreal has been on my to-visit list for longer than I can remember. I took French from ages 11 to 18, so it’s always a place that I studied in school. And when I was at Syracuse, I meant to plan a weekend trip up there (it’s a fairly short drive!) but things were constantly going on on campus and I never made it up. And in my first three years in the city, I always thought ‘Hey, Montreal would be a quick weekend trip,’ but up until now, never got my butt in gear when it came to planning.

I got the kick in the pants I needed when I was given an Air Canada gift card that would cover the bulk of a flight to Montreal. I was easily able to talk my roommate Taylor into coming with me, we booked our flights and an AirBnB and we were off! We visited for four days, Friday to Monday, with a day trip to Quebec City on Sunday. It was the perfect amount of time to explore the city without overdoing it. I’ll cover Quebec City later, but here I’ll take you through our Montreal itinerary.

We took an early morning fight out to Montreal (all the while thinking WHY WHY did we do this?!) on Friday, and unfortunately, couldn’t check into our AirBnB until that afternoon. We were able to drop our stuff off in a storage space, and then headed to a restaurant called Cafe Imagination for breakfast. It wasn’t anything special, but it was in nearby and we were starved.

We then headed down to the Old Port neighborhood, which is super cute and looks very European. There are walkable streets lined with restaurants and gorgeous architecture. You can also head down to the waterfront, where there’s ziplining, outdoor shops and food stands. We rented a paddle boat and rode around for a bit. It was a fun way to spend an hour for the afternoon!

After a much-needed nap back at our AirBnB, that night we went to dinner at Robin Square, and it was excellent. We split the burrata pizza, pork belly and mac and cheese, all of which were so, so good. This spot is near the Old Port area, but not quite in the thick of it. Highly recommend. The best meal we had the whole weekend!

Another note: We took a few Ubers in Montreal, but for the most part found the subway to be extremely reliable and affordable. There were a few neighborhoods we couldn’t reach, but for the most part, it was very easy to get everywhere by subway.

We walked around the Mont Royal park and the surrounding neighborhood (which is gorgeous and filled with pretty houses, like the one above) on Saturday morning. We were hoping to find the Chalet Mont Royal for a view of the city, but that proved a bit difficult. Instead, we got out of an Uber at a lookout point. Though we would have started trekking on more to try and find the Chalet, which is one of the most famous views in Montreal.  But it started pouring and I leaned against a maple tree and accidentally got syrup in my hair. (#Canada) So we decided to head back to our AirBnB so I could wash my hair, haha.

We spent the afternoon walking around St. Catherine Street, which is the major shopping drag in Montreal. Along it are the entrances to the famed underground shopping malls, which we walked through though didn’t buy anything. They feel sort of like a non-luxury American mall, nothing special, but they sure are expansive!

Honestly, the real highlight of our second day was the FOOD. We started the day with bagels from St. Viateur, which makes authentic Montreal bagels. They were so, so good. They’re a little small, but very doughy and chewy, which sounds like a contradiction, but if you’ll try them, it makes sense. Sort of like Black Seed in NYC, if you’ve ever been there!

For lunch we stopped at a place near our AirBnB called MooseBawr where we got a pitcher of sangria (DELICIOUS!) and poutine, a must-have if you’re ever in Canada. If you don’t know, it’s french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds. Not healthy, but definitely tasty.

And then for dinner, we went to Schwartz’s, a Montreal staple deli. There’s almost always a line outside, but it goes pretty quickly. And oh, the food is so worth it. You don’t have a ton of options on the menu, so we ordered smoked meat sandwiches, fries, and coleslaw. I normally don’t eat coleslaw, but this one is amazing. So tasty and refreshing to eat alongside the heavier sandwich and fries. And the sandwich was so good. Just thinking about it has me wanting to plan a trip to Second Ave Deli in NYC.

Our last day we got breakfast at Tim Horton’s — I ate so many TimBits, their version of donut holes, that weekend, I thought I was going to turn into one. The birthday cake ones are my favorite. SO. YUMMY. We then made our way up to Chalet Mont Royal. It took a bit of a walk through what seemed to be the woods, but we finally reached a park and then found the crowds heading up towards the spot. It was definitely crowded, but worth it for the view. I always love to get to a good viewpoint in whatever city I’m visiting, and this one didn’t disappoint.

We headed back down to the Old Port area for lunch, where we ate poutine topped with smoked meat. Again, so tasty. I need to find a place in NYC that can do the dish justice. We also popped into the Notre Dame Basilica, which is enormous and stunning.

After seeing the ziplining on Friday, we both knew we wanted to try it on Monday. It wasn’t very expensive and there wasn’t a long line, so we thought why not? Both of us had done it before and if you haven’t, seriously, try it! It’s so fun and such an adrenaline rush. We got churros from one of the food trucks around the area afterward.

One thing I will note is that we tried to take the bus back to the airport and it ended being an epic fail. The wait for the bus was crazy long (with a ton of people) and when a bus finally arrived, we didn’t have enough money to cover the trip — even though we specifically added enough money to our cards to make it work. In the end, we got an Uber and got there on time, so all was well, though we were definitely annoyed

If you’re interested in our AirBnB, email me and I’m happy to send you the link. However, I wouldn’t hugely recommend it. Though it had a good location and they helped us with storage, the WIFI DIDN’T WORK. Not trying to be an internet addict, but it was essential for looking up locations and directions. Thankfully, we both had working data on our phone or we would have been lost. (Literally.) We honestly wouldn’t have booked the place had we known this, so I don’t want to give it a full endorsement when I don’t mean it.

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Life + Links

Happy weekend! It’s been a few weeks since my last Life + Links post so this one will be a little bit longer.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

I had such a busy week — to the point where, by Thursday, I was just so exhausted. Tuesday I went to the US Open for the first time (you might have seen on my Insta Stories!) and had so much fun. Unfortunately, it was raining, which isn’t ideal as the whole complex is really cool and it would have been nice to walk around and explore a bit more. But the event is so elaborate and well done: There’s tons of amazing food options (I had Neopolitan Express, and my friends got Melt Shop), a Ralph Lauren store, etc. I also had to try one of the Honey Deuces, the Open’s signature cocktail with the melon “tennis” balls. Actually really tasty — I had two!

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

Natalie and I also showed up wearing pretty much the same outfit, LOL.

Labor Day weekend was spent at my roommate’s house in Mystic, Connecticut. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, and we usually make it out there twice a year — once for a girls weekend, and the other for a big group getaway on Labor Day. The weather wasn’t quite as good as it’s been in years past, but it was still such a fun weekend, with lots of good food (lobster rolls and so much grilling!) and of course, good friends.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

The last few weekends have been spent at home in NYC, which has honestly been really nice! Two weeks ago a few friends had a get-together on their roof, and it really felt like fall  which was amazing! (Sadly it no longer feels like fall at all.) The view was great, too.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl
With my roomies!

I attended an event at MZ Wallace’s Soho store with Caudalie a few weeks ago, where I had the chance to meet Limairy and Lauren! I’ve talked about how much I love MZ Wallace products before, but they are seriously my favorite. Their Metro Tote is the best bag for traveling or carrying all your stuff around all day. I use it as a gym bag, too! Caudalie products are so luxurious and make my skin feel amazing. Such a fan of both brands.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

I caught a gorgeous sunset in Chelsea last week.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

And stopped by the Facebook office for dinner and drinks. (And pool floats, naturally!)

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

Last weekend I finally had a chance to check out the new Sezane store in Nolita. It’s so cute. I didn’t buy anything but just stopping by the store is such an experience. They even have tables and free coffee near the front.

Reading and Shopping Picks, US Open Photos and more // Pearl Girl

This week I honestly had no plans, and it was so, so nice. I can’t tell you the last time that’s happened, and while I wasn’t nearly as productive as I should have been (and didn’t make it to the gym once — oops!) it was definitely relaxing. I also got a new phone — the 8 Plus — and am patiently waiting for my case to arrive. The first one was either lost/not delivered/stolen out of my apartment building. Ugh.

This weekend I’m headed home for 48 hours to celebrate my grandma’s birthday. She’s turning 87! Whatever you’re up to, I hope it’s lovely.

What I’m Reading

Katie’s photography tips are a must-read for any photographer who is looking to learn the ins and outs of DSLR cameras.

A really interesting article about Vogue and its place in the current media landscape.

Dying to visit these spots for fall foliage.

I’ve been obsessed with Younger recently and I love this interview with Miriam Shor, who plays Diana Trout.

Racked is one of my favorite websites on the internet. I loved this piece on the politics and meaning behind sorority style.

Another Racked piece: The story behind those sassy beach hats.

Lauren’s Saint Tropez guide has me dying to plan a trip to the South of France!

And Carly’s Positano guide makes me want to go there, too!

Alaina’s greystone is serious interior goals!

Put this one on my list a while ago, finally getting around to sharing it: Graydon Carter is leaving Vanity Fair (along with three other top magazine editors!)

I’m not a full-time blogger and I highly doubt I ever will be, but I enjoyed reading Cathy’s take on the downsides.

Allie’s look here is so inventive!

Adore Grace’s video on her pieces of advice on her 36th birthday. Definitely worth a watch!

Mackenzie’s wedding looked absolutely gorgeous. I have been following her blog for over five years so it almost felt like one of my friends was getting married!

I’m long out of college (tear!) but I enjoyed watching Fran’s video about her experience transferring schools. Definitely worth a watch for any college students out there.

What I’m Shopping

I love these stripes!

Love this suede jacket, and it’s currently 20% off!

This sweater is so stinking cute.

I love this coat so much. It’ll definitely be making my way into my closet at some point this year.

Shopbop is offering 20% off almost everything, and 25% off if you spend more than $500.

What I’m Writing

Five things I’m loving lately.

All about the credit cards I use + what I like about them.

One of my favorite outfit posts to date.

How I travel often without spending a ton of money.

What I learned from a month of no shopping.

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Blue Striped Top + White Skirt in Sutton Place

Best Products for Travel, What to Buy for a Long Haul Flight // Pearl Girl

Striped Top // I bought it at a sample sale and it’s one of my favorite finds. It’s from J.Crew but I don’t remember seeing it in stores before. I linked a top with a similar vibe.
White Fluted Skirt // Old but similar here and here.
Pearl Bow Earrings //
Block Heel Sandals // Also available here and these are only $50.

Hey there, Monday! Sharing a much overdue look today that I shot all the way back in June and never got around to posting here. This is the last summer-y look I’ll share before I move on to more fall-ready outfits, and I am so, so ready.

Instead of talking about this outfit, which though I love, is filled with a fair amount of sold-out items, I’m instead going to share five things I’ve been thinking about/loving/obsessing over lately.

1. Fall!!!!!

Like every other human in the northern hemisphere, I have fall on the brain. It was in the high 80’s in New York this weekend, but the forecast looks like it’s supposed to gradually drop. I can’t wait to break out my sweaters, jeans and coats. I love love love it: The changing leaves, cooler temperatures and then Thanksgiving and Christmas. September until New Years is really my favorite time of the year and I can’t wait to embrace it (with the appropriate weather.)

I’m also truly convinced that I’m part vampire because I’m really over the BRIGHT sun. It makes me squint and I hate squinting. I always say the best weather is when it affects you least: You’re not too cold, or too hot, sweaty or shivering. You’re just at peace. That’s what fall is to me.

2. Nancy Meyers movies.

I saw Reese Witherspoon’s new movie, Home Again, a few weeks ago, which is directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, the daughter of Nancy Meyers — who directed movies like It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give. Though Home Again wasn’t quite as good as her mother’s movies, it had the same amazing interiors that Nancy Meyers is known for. Her movies are serious design porn and have me wanting to plan an immediate move to wherever the film is set.

Since seeing Home Again, I’ve been making my way through all of Nancy Meyers’s films (most of which I’ve already seen.) I’ve watched The Parent Trap, It’s Complicated, Something’s Gotta Give, and What Women Want. The first two are my favorites. I’m dying to move into Meryl Streep’s Santa Barbara house. What Women Want was my least favorite, though it’s set and filmed in Chicago and definitely made me feel a bit homesick!

The Intern and The Holiday are up next — I’ve seen both before and love them!

3. My upcoming European trip.

I don’t think I ever made an official announcement here, but I’ve mentioned my upcoming trip to Europe a few times. I’m headed to London, Belgium (Brussels and Bruges), France (Paris, Lyon and Annecy) for ten days at the end of October. It’s been almost a year since I was last in Europe, and I can’t wait to get back to some of my favorite cities + experience four new ones.

Of course, I’ve been thinking about what I want to pack for the trip. I bought a new suitcase — a midsized check bag, because I don’t want to lug my huge one around Europe for ten days, especially since I’ll be doing so much city hopping. Lots of sweaters, sneakers and coats, too. If you have any recommendations or guides for these cities, please share them in the comments! I plan on making Google Maps with all the spots I want to hit up.

4. Leather protectants.

I’ve made a few investments recently — in particular, my Mansur Gavriel bag (which is notoriously sensitive to scratches and water marks) and my Everlane day heels (which I spilled water on before wearing them outside — from my steamer.) I ordered this leather conditioner and it really works wonders. Though it didn’t completely get out the water marks on my Mansur, it did on the day heels. It did do wonders for the scratches on my bag, too. Highly recommend this if you have some leather products to clean. I then sprayed them both with this to protect them and it didn’t change the color of either my shoes or my bag.

5. A new rug.

I got my rug shortly after I moved into my apartment, and I didn’t take care of it as I should have. Read: I had it for two years before getting a vacuum. I know, I’m an idiot. I cleaned it with a dustbuster, but it just didn’t do the job in the same way. I then sent it out to get cleaned and they ended up kind of ruining the rug. It’s still useable but the top and bottom parts are detached. It’s also a big, bold stripe, which I like, but I want something that looks a bit more traditional. I’m looking for one that’s predominantly blue with a few other color accents. I’ve found a few I like that are a bit too pricey. The hunt continues!

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