Finding Gems No. 6

fashion blogger diana pearl of pearl girl shares her favorite black outfit ideas

ONE Off-the-Shoulder Dress // TWO Tassel Crossover Bag // THREE Cropped Ponte Pant // FOUR Tippi Turtleneck Sweater

FIVE Black Bodysuit // SIX Nike Sneakers // SEVEN Bubble Drop Earrings

EIGHT Espadrille Wedges  // NINE Mockneck Sweater Dress // TEN Cashmere Beanie // ELEVEN Scallop Bathing Suit

Happy Monday! I hope most of you have today off of work or school and are enjoying an extended weekend. I had the day off on Friday instead (we split staff for the holiday) but a day off is a day off! This weekend I tried frosé at Bar Primi and I also saw Hidden Figures — HIGHLY recommend. It is such an inspiring story, so well acted. Really uplifting and amazing film!

Between gift guides and the holidays, it’s been a few weeks since my last finding gems post. I figured it was fitting to do an all-black version: I reach for this color more than any other in the colder months. When the weather is dreary and cold, it’s the easiest way to blend in with the crowd. However, thanks to my pink coat, I’m never hard to miss, even if I’m wearing black underneath.

A couple favorite items? These pants from Everlane, which I got in charcoal for Christmas. They’re a bit like J.Crew’s pixie pant, but heavier on the cotton, less on the spandex-like material. Now I’m craving the cropped version in black! I’ve also been on a sneaker kick lately — my roommate (who takes the bulk of my photos!) has these Nikes and I love them! And lastly, I want these earrings in every color. The four-ball style were super popular this summer, but I like the three more (and they’re less expensive!) Win.

Pink Cocoon Coat + Bean Boots

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Pink Cocoon Coat  (Factory version here!// Cable Knit Sweater // Skinny Jeans // Earrings // Fur Pom Hat // L.L. Bean Boots

Happy Tuesday, all! This weekend New York was hit with a fair amount of snow (though nothing like last year’s Juno!) so it was the perfect weekend to relax indoors, with the exception of a few errands and a friend’s housewarming party in Brooklyn. I also watched the new HBO documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend. Such an interesting look at this fascinating Hollywood family and their relationship. I’m dying to watch Postcards from the Edge, which is based on a novel Carrie wrote, inspired by her relationship with her mom. (Meryl Streep plays the daughter, Shirley MacLaine the mother!)

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

To be honest, I’m not a huge snow person. I grew up in Chicago and went to school upstate, so the novelty has long worn off for me. To me it just means difficult driving and wearing snow boots opposed to normal shoes. However, since I bought bean boots a few years ago, trudging through the snow has been a lot better! I highly, highly recommend you get them if you live in a snowy climate. The traction is great, they’re waterproof and super durable. Unfortunately, they’re backordered at the moment, but the wait isn’t that bad — end of January or early February, depending on your size. And be sure to size down: I’m usually an 8 or a 7.5 in shoes, and the 7 fits perfectly. I have pretty narrow feet, so I ordered the narrow, too. Honestly I could have done the medium — they’re fine, but I wouldn’t mind a little more wiggle room.

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

I picked up my cocoon coat last winter on a steep discount at the J.Crew sample sale. I got lucky with the price, but honestly, it’s worth every penny — I’d gladly pay more! It’s so chic, so warm, and I love that has a zipper, rather than buttons. Seriously, it’s the best winter coat. I’d love it in a more neutral color, too, like the camel. (Swooooon.) My friends and I all love this coat. Four of us went out for drinks right before the holidays, and we all wore it in different colors!

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl styles a J.Crew Cocoon Coat and L.L. Bean Boots for Winter

Two Spot Treatments I Love

Neutrogena and Mario Bedescu Acne Spot Treatment Recommendations

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion // Neutrogena On-the-Spot Acne Treatment

Today’s post is a quickie, but hopefully a helpful one! Though I seem to have thankfully outgrown the worst of my skin woes (hoping writing this doesn’t mean I’m in for some sort of karmic retribution!) occasional zits, of course, do pop up.

This past month, I dealt with one of the worst zits of my life (or at least, in my recent memory.) It lasted for weeks — I didn’t even know they could last that long! It came when I was in Barcelona. All I packed was a blemish serum that came in a Birchbox a few months ago. I put it on everyday + moisturizer and it did NOTHING. (Did I also mention I forgot my concealer? Thank god for Natalie and our shared pale skin tones.)

Neutrogena and Mario Badescu Acne Spot Treatment Recommendations

When I came home I was desperate for something to help. I found this in one of my drawers and put it on, figuring why not, it couldn’t hurt. I woke up and the zit was HALF THE SIZE, I kid you not. Praise the pimple gods! I thought I was going to have to go in for a cortisone shot, it was that bad. (P.S., has anyone ever done one? I never have but seems like a good emergency option!)

I got another zit over Christmas (I blame holiday stress) and picked up this at Ulta. I’ve heard other bloggers talk about it, and I’m a sucker for a good blogger recommendation. And for good reason — it totally reduced the size of that zit within a night. You put on the solution with a q-tip at night, go to bed, and then wash over the residue in the morning. Really, it works wonders. I’ll admit that the smell is not great (but somehow, that makes me trust it more?) And since it’s going on your face, you can definitely smell it (it’s strong and alcohol-y) But it’s a small price to pay for the results.

Obviously, I’m no dermatologist, but I really love these two products. As I’m always eager for product recommendations when it comes to blemishes (and I know I’m not alone) so I thought I’d share! Let me know if they work for you too!

 

Turtleneck Sweater + Gray Peacoat

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

Marled Turtleneck Sweater (Another Cute One!// Gray Peacoat // Similar Hat //  Black Leather Tote // Dark Wash Denim // Gray Handkerchief (Similar) // White Stan Smiths

Happy Wednesday! It’s so nice to be back home in NYC and have no travel plans in the near future (there’s a few potential trips brewing, but not until later this year.) I’ve really been missing my normal routine!

I wore this outfit for a day walking around the West Village with Natalie a month or so ago. My Stan Smiths have become my go-to shoe. During our trip to Barcelona, I wore them non-stop. I almost forgot how comfortable sneakers are? It’s been so long that I’ve had a pair that wasn’t a pair that were more at home at the gym.

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

My co-workers and I have an on-going debate on whether are not turtlenecks are good winter wear. I’m clearly on team turtleneck (honestly, you could make me team captain!) I have an obscene amount of them, and love wearing them all throughout the fall and winter. I picked up this one last year at Forever 21, and while it’s sold out now, this one is super similar. While I don’t shop at Forever 21 a ton anymore, but they honestly have some great sweaters. They’re super thick, and they look much more expensive than they are!

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares a J.Crew peacoat and Forever 21 Turtleneck sweater

This tote is another favorite — it’s great for heading to work, class or on vacation. Obviously, adding the gold monogram is the perfect touch!

2017 Goals and Resolutions

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl shares her 2017 New Years Resolutions

While setting New Year’s resolutions often feels like a failure waiting to happen, it’s nice to start off a new year with a few goals in mind. 2016, though a weird year globally, had some good points in my personal life — working out more, reading more, and lots of travel. Here’s what I’m hoping to tackle in 2017!

1. Fitness.

Hello, everyone’s New Year’s goal. I’ve been better about going to the gym in the past year than I ever have been in my life, but I want to get even better in 2017. My ideal goal is to go to the gym at least twice a week (I know, a paltry number!) What I’m really hoping I’m able to do this year is wake up before work and go to the gym. I wouldn’t have to wake up crazy early to do it, but it’s just SO hard when I’m cozy in bed and still sleepy. Here’s to stronger will power in 2017!

2. Connecting with old friends.

Like with the gym, it’s often hard to find the time to get together with everyone I want to see. I’m lucky enough to live in the same city as so many of my friends from college, but often get so caught up in the day-to-day I forget to reach out to the people outside of my circle of closer friends who I see on a regular basis. This year, I’m really hoping to change that and reconnect with friends I haven’t seen in a few months (or over a year!)

3. Reading.

I’ve always loved reading, and this year, thanks to a longer commute, I read a fair amount (25 books over the course of the year.) I’m hoping to up that number even more in 2017. If I could hit 50, that would be amazing, but I’m aiming for a more realistic 35. I also just got a New York library card, and so pumped to start renting e-books and audiobooks. If you have any books you love, please, please, leave a comment below! Trying to stock up my bookshelf for the new year.

4. Food.

Every month I look at my credit card statement and food is overwhelmingly what drives it up. Of course, some of this is unavoidable — we need to eat to live. But in 2017 I’m hoping to be better about bringing my lunch to work and finding other activities to see people than just going out for dinner. I really love going out to eat and trying new restaurants, so cutting back on the Seamless ordering (though really, it’s not one of my worst indulgences) is another goal. I’d also like to be a bit more adventurous when it comes to what I make at home. It’s easy to fall into a rut with my go-to recipes, and I’m hoping to branch out more!

5. Be a better blogger.

Since I started this site last fall, I’ve definitely learned a lot about blogging and how the industry has changed since my last go-round. To be honest, with all that end of year travel, I’m surprised I was able to keep this site going at all! Now is always a quieter time of year for my travel schedule (but busy at my job due to awards season) and I’m looking forward to spending more time on Pearl Girl.