Red Bell Sleeve Sweater + Barbour Beadnell Jacket

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Barbour Jacket //
Bell Sleeve Sweater //
Straight-Leg Jeans //
Red Ballet Flats //
Wayfarer Sunglasses //

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I had a fun one. If you don’t know, I’m a pretty big theater lover (musicals in particular) so on Saturday morning, I (with Natalie) attempted to get rush tickets for Sunday in the Park With George, a show I’ve loved since high school and is on Broadway for a limited run. Jake Gyllenhaal is also in it! Normally, when you’re rushing tickets for a show, you show up about two hours before the box office opens to pretty much guarantee you’ll get a ticket. (There’s a select number of discounted tickets available for the day-of performances.)

Y’all, the one thing that can get me out of bed early on a weekend: A good show.

But since Sunday is such a hot ticket, we got there really early — 6:30. Turns out, there are people who are even crazier than we are! There were 20 seats available, and we were 26 and 27 in line. AKA: It wasn’t happening. So we headed to a diner to grab breakfast before going to rush tickets for another show, War Paint, which I’ve also been wanting to see. It was excellent. Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole play Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden, and the story’s all about their careers as cosmetics executives and their rivalry. Highly recommend if you’re in the city, it’s a new show and so incredible to see two legends live.

As for Sunday, I bit the bullet and bought slightly more expensive tickets for another night. Though I love the theater, but I can’t get up at 4 a.m. to sit in Times Square for six hours. I can’t.

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

I failed to bring any sort of California sunshine back with me from LA, as it’s been pretty chilly in NYC the past few days. The temperatures are supposed to bump up a bit and I’m so happy, as I’m beyond sick of wearing my thicker coats and ready to break out the Barbour again. I snapped these photos a few weeks ago on the day of a weirdly warm spell. This sweater, which I picked up for $5 (!!!) is beyond cozy, and I love how it goes with the plaid on the lining of the jacket.

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

Really, the whole outfit is just a “greatest hits” of my wardrobe. My favorite jacket. The best ballet flats. These jeans, which I’m still so obsessed with. And the sunglasses I wanted for literal years before finally finding them at Nordstrom Rack last year. Y’all, I’m into it.

Barbour Beadnell, Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Crop Jeans, J.Crew Gemma Flats // Pearl Girl

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Finding Gems No. 9: Wicker and Straw Bags For Spring

Wicker, Bamboo and Straw Bags for Spring and Summer // Pearl Girl

ONE Tassel Clutch // TWO Straw Tote with Long Strap // THREE Seashell Clutch

FOUR Leather Crossbody // FIVE Circle Bag

SIX Monogrammed Hobo Bag // SEVEN Fringe Tote + Scarf Handle // EIGHT Pom Pom Straw Clutch

NINE Seagrass Tote // TEN Tory Burch Wicker Bag // ELEVEN Spice Things Up Tote

Hey y’all! I’m back in NYC but after my warm weather excursion to LA, I’m dying to break out all the spring outfits and accessories. Wicker, straw and bamboo bags have been absolutely everywhere since last summer, and I feel like this is really their year. These are a few of my favorites — I’d love to add a tote like this one to my bag collection before my trip to Nantucket this summer, and this circle one is so cute. And don’t even get me started on this seashell clutch.

Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the wicker/straw/wood bag I own, the Cult Gaia Ark bag. I wore it constantly in LA and got so many compliments on it. It looks impractical, but it’s really not! I have the small size, and it still fits my phone, lipstick, wallet, keys and sunglasses if I squish. There’s also a larger size, which I would imagine holds even more! It’s just so cute and such a unique piece (at an affordable price point.)

What are your favorite trends for spring 2017? Have you hopped on the straw bag bandwagon yet? If you have, share your favorites in the comments below!

 

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One Shoulder Striped Dress + Cult Gaia Bag

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag at Echo Park Lake // Pearl Girl

One-Shoulder Striped Dress (Also available here!) //
Cult Gaia Bag  (Sells out frequently, but I got mine here.) //
Blue and White Scarf //
Blue Mirrored Sunglasses //
Jack Rogers Sandals //

Hello from the west coast! I’ve been in L.A. since Wednesday and I’m really loving it. The weather is gorgeous, there’s so many fun neighborhoods to explore. I’ve been all over in the few days I’ve been here. On Sunday we explored Venice, got drinks in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, and then on Saturday, we went paddle boating in Echo Park (where we took these photos!) and went on the Warner Brothers Studio Tour. So fun, and highly recommend as a tourist-y activity while you’re in the city!

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag at Echo Park Lake // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag at Echo Park Lake // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

And on Friday, I explored West Hollywood (in particular, the Melrose area) and Beverly Hills. In the latter I had an exciting moment: I saw Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin! It was in What Goes Around Comes Around (an amazing vintage store) off of Rodeo Drive. I didn’t take any photos as we were in a store and it felt invasive, not to mention would have been very obvious. But we were about three feet apart from one another and made eye contact, I then proceeded to literally shake as I texted pretty much every person I know. LOL.

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag at Echo Park Lake // Pearl Girl

This outfit has two items that I’ve spent the better part of 2017 lusting after: This dress, and this bag. I know everyone has this bag, but it’s so chic and fun for the warmer weather. I’ve worn it for a couple days in LA, and it gets a ton of compliments. Also, it comes in two sizes and I like the small, which I have. And after I saw this dress on Julia, I knew I needed it. The stripes. The ruffle. The one shoulder. I’m actually in love! When the Shopbop sale came around, it seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge.

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

J.O.A. One Shoulder Stripe Mini Dress Cult Gaia Bag // Pearl Girl

I can’t believe I have to go back to New York tomorrow — I’m honestly loving it here! Fingers crossed the snow is melted by then — at the very least!

 

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Life + Links

Los Angeles Vacation and Shopping Picks // Pearl Girl

Hi all! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week has been quite the weather 180 for me — as you probably know, NYC was hit with a blizzard on Tuesday, which left me and my roommates inside for all of Tuesday (literally, I only left the house once.) I worked from home, but then we watched the end of Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor (yes, we’re obsessed), the Mamma Mia movie (we’re obsessed with that too!) and the second episode of Feud. Are you watching? It’s so good — Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon are fabulous in it. I smell lots of Emmys.

And then on Wednesday night I flew out to L.A., where I’ve visiting friends/my step-sister for a few days! The warm weather getaway came at the perfect time after the snow in NYC this week. On Thursday, I met up with Brooke for lunch at Ivy on the Shore and then explored Santa Monica. Dinner was at Bestia, which was so tasty!

Also, did anyone else watch the Bachelor finale? My friends and I are taking bets on how long Nick and Vanessa will last — I give it until the end of his run on Dancing With the Stars. I appreciate the transparency, but shouldn’t you be a little bit happier to see each other after two months of hiding? I’m already ready for Rachel’s season of The Bachelorette. Love her.

What I’m Reading

Selena Gomez looks amazing on the April cover of Vogue

I’m actually obsessed with the Target x Victoria Beckham collab. Need it all!

I’ve been trying to be better about meal prep for lunch to save money. Here are 20 ideas to try.

So excited for the Love Actually sequel!

Iceland is so beautiful — check out Jess’s travel guide (and my own posts from last year!)

Do you listen to podcasts? Adding Carly’s favorites to my list.

Will be putting Brooke’s Melrose guide to good use in LA this weekend!

Definitely need to try Julia’s favorite lipsticks.

What I’m Shopping

These heels look just like Chanel — but they’re $120!

Pom-pom and tassel sandals that deserve a place in my collection.

Love the bow on this pretty sweater shirtdress.

Almost bought these bow mules this week — they didn’t have my size in stock!

This foldover clutch has serious Clare V. vibes (I bought it this week in blush!)

What I’m Writing

What’s in my bag on my trip to Los Angeles.

A white on white look for spring.

I wore pantyhose like Princess Kate for a week.

Celebrities who love The Bachelor (just like me!)

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What I’m Packing for Los Angeles

Packing Tips, Packing in a Carry on for Los Angeles // Pearl Girl

Cult Gaia Bag // Vineyard Vines Hat // Jack Rogers Sandals

Laceup Dress // Lisi Lerch Tassel Earrings // Ruffle Off-the-Shoulder Top // Bubble Earrings

Blush Nikes // One-Shoulder Stripe Dress // Shirt Dress // Lilly Pulitzer Set // Lilly Pulitzer Bikini

Samsonite Carryon Bag

I hope I’m not jumping the gun in writing this post — as of Tuesday night, my (Wednesday night) flight to Los Angeles is still on time. As you probably know, the east coast (and much of America) was hit by a snow storm on Tuesday, although it didn’t turn out to be quite as bad as people were predicting. Pretty much all the flights on Tuesday were cancelled, but hopefully things will have cleared up by the time I’ll be flying out.

I didn’t go anywhere in January and February — it’s a busy time at work + I was pretty burnt out after all the travel I did at the end of last year. And after all this chilly weather (and snow!) in the past week I’m so ready to break out the warm weather clothes + bask in the sun for a little bit.

Packing Tips, Packing in a Carry on for Los Angeles // Pearl Girl

I feel like a lot of bloggers are very bag check-averse. I’m definitely not one of the them — especially on international flights, I nearly always check a bag. I decided not to this time, as I do hate paying the fees (international flights usually give them to you for free.) I’m also going for less than a week. This bag was a present for my birthday a few years ago and I really love it. It checks off all the marks on what I’m looking for in a suitcase: Lots of pockets, four spinning wheels, and a soft cover. I actually prefer the soft covers because they take up less space when they’re open, whereas the hard covers need to lay totally flat. But I’ve never had a hard cover, so maybe I just haven’t been converted yet!

Packing Tips, Packing in a Carry on for Los Angeles // Pearl Girl

One of the items I’m most excited to use? This Cult Gaia bag, which I snagged after lusting after it since last summer. Pretty much every blogger I follow has it, and I’m seriously obsessed. It’s totally not seasonally appropriate to use in NYC right now — but in LA, it’s perfect! It’s sold out pretty much everywhere except the Cult Gaia website. It comes in a small and large size — I got the small and I think it’s perfect. Fits a wallet, phone, keys + lipstick (could fit more but that’s all I typically need!) I couldn’t imagine needing a much bigger size for a bag that’s, well, made out of wood.

I also ordered a few dresses during the Shopbop sale a few weeks ago — this one, this one and this one. I’m actually in love with all of them, and can’t wait to wear them in La La Land! Plus, this Lilly Pulitzer set that I picked up during the sale at the beginning of the year.

If you’ve ever been to LA, please share recommendations! I haven’t been since I was a little kid, so I’m so excited to explore. And also cross your fingers for good weather vibes tomorrow ahead of my flight.

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