The Easiest Way to Save Money While Shopping Online + Two Great Sales

How to Save Money Online Shopping, Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, Ebates

Like most living, breathing people, I love saving money. Finding something on sale genuinely gives me such a thrill, as does adding discount codes and watching the price drop in my cart. Even when I take the bus instead of an Uber, knowing that $5.50 or so will sit in my bank account instead of in Uber’s pockets, makes me feel so good about myself. And I’m not being sarcastic. It really, truly does.

Because I have a tendency to mull over purchases as small as $3, I love saving any amount of money — even a literal dollar. So when I re-discovered Ebates a few months ago, I was like “How is this real?” Basically, it’s a service that gives you cash back (rebates) for online purchases. They do this on pretty much every site under the sun, with a few exceptions (Nordstrom, for one). Sometimes, it’s just 1%, but other times, it’s as high as 10% — and the numbers fluctuate all the time. Sites like TripAdvisor and Hotels.com are also included, so you can earn a nice chunk back on a hotel stay, too! It’s not always a lot, but it adds up over time.

All you do is install the Google Chrome plugin, and when you’re shopping, you just click on it and choose to “activate” the shopping trip. Then make your purchase while the trip is active. BOOM. That’s it. The money will appear in your balance, and after a few weeks, it’ll either appear in your PayPal or you’ll get a check (you get to choose which option you’d prefer.)

For those of you that already use Ebates, you’re probably thinking, Diana, you idiot, how did you not know about this sooner? Believe me, I feel the same way. So on the chance you might not be using it yourself, I want to spread the wealth. The literal wealth, as I’ve already saved $20 with this in the past three months. That’s dinner! (Without the wine!)

If you sign up here, you should receive $10 to start (and I admit, I’ll get some sort of kickback too, I think!) But seriously, sign up with a link like this — you don’t get that $10 if you sign up on your own. (I know, I signed up on my own.)

I thought this was an opportune time for this post as there are TWO amazing sales going on right now. One is at Net-a-Porter (currently offering 5% cash back on Ebates!), the other is at Nordstrom (which, yes, doesn’t offer cash back on Ebates at the moment). I’m sharing my picks from both in the widgets below!

Net-A-Porter

Nordstrom

Happy shopping! And happy SAVING!

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Finding Gems No. 9: Summer Fashion Must Haves

Finding Gems: Summer Fashion Must Haves // Pearl Girl Diana Pearl

ONE // J.Crew Floral Dress TWO // Striped Shorts THREE // Levi’s Jean Shorts FOUR // One-Shoulder Palm Print Dress

FIVE // Pineapple Earrings SIX // J.Crew Pineapple Shorts SEVEN // Tassel Earrings

EIGHT // J.Crew Smocked Gingham Dress NINE // Scalloped Tote TEN // J.Crew Blue Sunglasses ELEVEN // Yellow Drop Waist Dress

TWELVE // Striped Espadrille

It’s been a hot minute since my last Finding Gems post, which is ironic because there are so many things I want now. My closet has officially transitioned to summer, and with comes all sorts of wardrobe holes to fill. (I feel like I have no summer dresses, a problem I’m attempting to rectify!) I’ve already scooped up this simple yellow $35 one, but I’m dying to add this gingham number to my closet too. I bought a very similar pair of espadrilles (coming soon to the blog!) and they’re super comfortable. Anddd my favorite summer shorts now come in a pineapple print. I need, right? And these pineapple earrings! Okay, I’ll stop.

On another note, who else watch the Bachelorette premiere last night? I love Rachel and want her to find all the love and happiness in the world! But we were all very thrown off by her selection for the first impression rose. Curious to see how this season goes — I feel like she’s going to keep us guessing! Going hard to work on my bracket this week so please share your thoughts below, I need all the help I can get!

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Trying the Crop Flare Jeans Trend + My Favorite Metallic Sneakers

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

White Sweatshirt — old, from Madewell — similar here, here and here.
Crop Flare Jeans — sold out — similar here and here.
Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers
Black Clutch
Pink Sunglasses — Love these too!

Y’all, I have a problem. I got a haircut last Thursday, and I really hate it. I needed it, as my hair was getting crazy long. So I told them to take 3.5 inches off — which I now realize was way more than I wanted. (It didn’t feel like that much though?! Am I crazy?) And now I’m convinced it was closer to 4/4.5 inches. I admit that it’s largely my fault. And I wanted more than a trim, but not this much! This happened on Thursday, and I still really hate it. Luckily my hair grows pretty quickly, and I’m sure I’m blowing it out of proportion in my mind, but UGH. Has anyone ever dealt with this? I honestly don’t think I’ve ever hated a haircut this much. If you have any tips to get your hair to grow faster, please share!

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Pity party aside, I had a lovely (but busy!) weekend. My aunt, my uncle and cousin were in town, and it’s always such a treat to have family visiting. Literally and figuratively — we ate so much great food! Italian, The Smith, and ABC Cocina. Anddd I had a chance to try While We Were Young in the West Village for a drink. Super, super adorable — and so Instagrammable! I was taking photos like crazy. Everything from the pink and purple drinks to the marble countertops is so cute. Also, PIPPA’S WEDDING! George and Charlotte couldn’t have been cuter. After all that excitement, I need a weekend from my weekend. So happy Memorial Day weekend is coming up.

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Onto the outfit. I’ve wanted THE GREAT. jeans for a while now (and I still do) but just couldn’t get past the price tag. So I when I found this pair for a fraction of the cost, it seemed like fate. I’d prefer if they didn’t have a raw hem, but you can’t win ’em all, right? (I just love the look of THE GREAT. jeans, which don’t!) I still am loyal to my skinny jeans, but I’m starting to love denim styles that make more of a statement. My Levi’s Wedgie pair are also a favorite — is why is you’ve seen them twice on the blog already!

These shoes are a similar story. I was in love with the rose gold Nike Air Max Theas from last fall, but at $125 or so, they were a little more than I wanted to pay for sneaks. But these were pretty much the exact same color — but way cheaper! My pink sneaks obsession knows no bounds.

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

Fashion blogger Diana Pearl of Pearl Girl wears Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers, Crop Flare Jeans

And if you want the story behind this clutch, that’s over here! 😀

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The Prettiest Pink Bow Shorts in Charleston

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

Off-the-Shoulder Pink Striped Shirt //
Pink Bow Shorts (Also available in more sizes here.) //
Signet Bag //
Jack Rodgers Sandals //
Wayfarer Sunglasses //
Lip Color in Electric Pink //

Hi from Charleston! As you may have read, I arrived on Friday night for a quick long weekend getaway with my mom for Mother’s Day. I’m completely charmed by this city and totally see why so many other bloggers love it so much. The architecture is beautiful, and so colorful! If I could move into one of these cute little pink houses (or one of the pink mansions!) that would be a dream. Also, southern food is amazing! I’m loving all the biscuits, fried chicken, oysters and more. Of course, I’ve been taking a zillion photographs and will have a longer recap post up shortly.

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

We just shot these photos yesterday, but I wanted to get them up this week because of these shorts! They’re truly the perfect summer statement piece. Funny story: I actually ordered them over a week ago — they’re one of the packages that never arrived last week. But I popped into the J.Crew on King Street and thought I’d try them on for sizing purposes. (I’m usually in between sizes.) And it turns out I ordered a size too small, so I bought these here in fear they’d sell out online by the time I got the package. (They did, so I was right!)

For sizing reference, I’m wearing a 4 in these (I’m usually a 2 or 4 at J.Crew.) And keep your eyes peeled for more sizes to come back in, because they’ve already replenished the supply once this season! They’re also still available in a ton of sizes on Nordstrom.

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

This top is a Charleston find, from Willy Jay’s boutique on King Street. They have lots of cute dresses and tops for reasonable prices (this top is under $39!) Anddd, they have e-commerce! So you can shop from anywhere.

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

J.Crew Pink Bow Shorts, J.Crew Signet Bag in Charleston // Pearl Girl

I also can’t get over how perfect of a match the shorts are with my crossbody bag. I know they’re from the same store but OMG. It’s near identical!

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The Jean Jacket I’ve Wanted for Years + My Absolute Favorite Striped Shirt

Everlane Heavyweight Tee, Levi's Trucker Jean Jacket // Pearl Girl

Levi’s Jean Jacket //
Everlane Striped Long-Sleeve Tee //
Old Navy White Jeans //
Kate Spade Bag
 (Linked bag is same style, this one is the same color, similar style.) //
J.Crew Silk Scarf //
Adidas Stan Smiths //

Can you tell that I’m dealing with some serious wind in these photos? Natalie shot them for me while we were in Brooklyn a few weeks ago checking out the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. The wind was blowing and in half of these photos, either my scarf is about to fall off or my jacket is wide open. Luckily, we took enough that I was able to make it work for a post.

If you saw my last post, you’ll know I spend Saturday at the Create + Cultivate conference. It was an amazing day, but a long one (over 12 hours!), so when Sunday rolled around, I was so exhausted. I stayed in bed way too late and only left the apartment twice: First, to go uptown to go feed Natalie‘s cat, Grace Kelly, as she was out of town for the weekend (Natalie, not the cat), and then to dinner at Bareburger right near my apartment.

My roommate and I also started The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s very well done, but I don’t know if I can stomach anymore. The plot is so terrifying and watching it genuinely made me feel nauseous. Not exactly a glowing review, but if you are stronger than me, it’s worth a watch! I’ll try power through the next few episodes, but I think I need a break before I can do so.

This jean jacket is one of those purchases I contemplated for way, way too long before taking the plunge. Don’t ask me why. It’s not expensive (less than $100). I knew I’d wear it all the time. I have another jean jacket that’s very fitted and in a lighter wash, and I wear it constantly. But I’ve long loved the oversized, borrowed-from-the-boys look, especially from Levi’s, which is such a classic denim brand. When I had a gift card to Bloomingdale’s and couldn’t find a big ticket item I wanted to spend it on, I went for it. Y’allllll. So glad I did. I’ve already worn it quite a bit, and I know I’ll be wearing it constantly this summer. It’s definitely a more grown-up look than my fitted one from college.

I also fancy myself something of a striped shirt expert, and this one is my favorite. And I have like, 1000 of them, so that’s saying something. The best thing about it is how thick it is. The fabric is super heavy, and it feels like it’s prime for a day on a sailboat. I adore Saint James shirts, and this one feels just like their thicker versions, but with a much lower price tag. Seriously, Everlane is just the best!

What purchase have you waited way too long to get your hands on? I’m kicking myself for not getting this jacket sooner!

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