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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An Outfit for Brunch in Central Park + Mini Adult Milestones

 Basic Invite Stationery, Endless Rose Off the Shoulder Top, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag // Pearl Girl

Blue Eyelet Off the Shoulder Top // Also available in white and pinkAnd on sale here! Runs very small. I’m typically a small in all tops, and even the medium is a little tight on my wrists.
White Skirt // Runs large.
Blush Suede Mules // TTS.
Pink Sunglasses //
Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag //

Every so often, I’ll have these moments where it really hits me that I’m an adult. I have a job. I have an apartment. The vast majority of the time, my parents have no idea where I am or what I’m doing. (Well, I guess not, because every weekday they know I’m at work!) I plan my own trips and I decide what big purchases to make. It’s been three years since I graduated college, so while being a “real adult” definitely feels like normal now, at the same time, I have moments where I’m sort of in disbelief about how fast time has gone.

And with all this adulting comes some big responsibilities, like paying rent, as well as the little ones, like remembering to send a card on your mom’s birthday, or a thank you note for gifts.

I’ve always associated beautiful stationery with being a true adult. It’s a little thing, but something that takes an extra effort but makes such a nice touch when you’re wishing someone a happy birthday or sending out holiday cards. It’s also something my mom drilled into me when I was younger, (rightfully) insisting I write thank you cards after birthday parties and the holidays. And when your parents do something, it automatically seems more grown-up, right?

In the past, I’ve often just gone to Walgreens and grabbed something out of the card aisle, but thanks to the internet, there are so many more options when it comes to creative cards. Like Basic Invite, an online retailer that carries custom party invitationsinvitations for a birthday partykids invitations and more. They even do wedding invitations and stationery for all sorts of events.

Basic Invite Stationery, Endless Rose Off the Shoulder Top, Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag // Pearl Girl

Their stationery is completely customizable, with tons of different colors for both the invites and the envelopes. And you can get custom samples (so you can see your stationery IRL before you place your whole order) mailed to you, too. But my favorite thing about Basic Invite is the address collection service. You just send your friends a link, they fill it out, and then Basic Invite prints the envelopes for you. Honestly, not having people’s addresses is one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to not sending snail mail. With Basic Invite, there’s no excuse.

I’m planning on placing an order of these monogrammed notes, which are so perfect for everyday letters and other notes. And I’m hoping I can convince my roommates to do paper invitations for our annual holiday party later this year!

And of course, a word on these photos: I’m so in love with each of these pieces, including this eyelet top that I lusted after all summer before it finally went on sale last month, my first pair of mules, a go-to everyday skirt, and these $15 pink sunglasses. Natalie and I snapped them on her birthday a few weeks ago during a walk in Central Park. This bridge is right outside the entrance to the reservoir. We also got brunch at the boat house, which I had never done before. It’s such a cute NYC spot — and would be beautiful for a bigger birthday celebration!

 

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Pearl Girl.

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Five Things I’ll Miss About Summer + My Favorite Shoes For Fall

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

Leather Jacket // Snagged during the N Sale, and I can’t wait to break it out more and more during the fall.
Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers c/o // More on these below, but I’m obsessed!
Black Skater Skirt // This one is old, but it’s such a popular style that it’s easy to find elsewhere. Here, here and here.
White U-Neck Tee // My absolutely favorite white tee. I have three!

Though there’s technically a few weeks left of summer, but like most people, I’m in full fall mode once Labor Day weekend passes. I had the best few days — I went up to my roommate’s family’s home in Mystic, Connecticut, which is one my favorite places in the world. We go a few times every summer, usually over Memorial Day and Labor Day, and it’s such a lovely way to ring in/say goodbye to the summer. The weather was less than desirable (really rainy on Sunday, and the temperatures barely broke 70) but we still has such a great time.

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

So in honor of the end of summer, I thought I’d share five things I’ll miss the most about the most fun, festive season the year.

1. Weekends away.
I love to travel, and summer weekend getaways are some of the most fun getaways of the summer. One of the highlights this year was my first trip to Nantucket, an island I absolutely fell in love with. I also visited Long Beach Island on the Jersey Shore, which was lovely (despite a very windy 20 minutes on the beach on a rainy day!) and went to Mystic twice. Though I love a nice coastal vacation, I also was able to do a more sight-seeing heavy trip to Montreal and Quebec City in August, two places I’ve wanted to visit for years and both completely lived up to the hype. And though it wasn’t a weekend away, I so cherished being able to go home for a week during the Fourth of July.

Of course, this was only the start: My biggest trips of the year are happening later this year, and I can’t wait!

2. Dining (and drinking) al fresco.
I love eating outside come summertime, something I was thankfully able to take full advantage of this both in and out of NYC. It’s not going to be the same having to cram indoors (although necessary, of course, because cold.) Also, lobsters rolls. I’ve eaten a lot of lobster rolls this summer, and that has been lovely, obviously.

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

3. Sandals and sundresses.
As much as I love sweaters, riding boots and coats, there is nothing I love more than summer style. You can wear pretty much anything, there’s lots of color, and no tights are necessary when you want to wear a skirt. I’ll be so sad to pack away my summer dresses for the season. Throwing one on with a pair of sandals (a la this outfit) is the laziest way to look cute.

4. Barbecues.
On the same note of eating outside, all my coastal vacations this year reminded me how much I love grilling with friends — the food and the experience. Grilled veggies are my favorite (as are hot dogs and burgers!) and it’s so nice to sit outside with friends and family and chat over good food. (And a Fisher’s Island Lemonade, the best drink to have in New England.) It’s a simple pleasure but one that you can’t really have in the winter months, so you have to soak it up while you can!

5. Summer visitors.
I’ve had a few friends + both of my parents visit this summer, which is always so great as it A. makes me do more fun activities in the city, B. allows for some good eats, C. I get to spend time with the people I love! Though a few visitors are coming in the fall too, this summer was an especially great when it came to having people in town.

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

Though I’m going to miss summer, I’m LIT for fall. One of the (many) reasons? These shoes. The folks over at Artemis Design Co. were kind enough to send me a pair of their signature Kilim Loafers, and I see why people are so obsessed. I love love love loafers from September to May, and these are such a colorful twist on a classic style. They’re made out of Turkish carpets, and no two pairs are alike. They’re such a special, unique shoe — and super comfortable, too! I’ll definitely be packing these in my bag for my trip to Europe this fall.

Artemis Design Co. Kilim Loafers, Bernardo Leather Jacket and What I'll Miss About Summer // Pearl Girl

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Blue Striped Midi Dress in Quebec City + Tips for Planning the Perfect Day Trip

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

Midi Dress // Under $25!
Sandals // I’ve worn them in so many posts because I really do love them so much. Favorite purchase of the summer by far.
Sunglasses // On sale for $12! I’ve been looking for a pair like these all summer.

You can just call this Quebec City week here on Pearl Girl because I’ll be sharing two posts from my day in this charming little city two weeks ago. My roommate Taylor and I flew to Montreal for four days and I had always wanted to visit Quebec as well, so when I found out it was just a three hour bus ride, I thought why not make a day trip out of it? I’m so glad we did — it’s a small, walkable city oozing with charm. (Seriously, oozing.)

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

There will be more to share on that later, but I wanted to change things up a bit in this post and talk about day trips. It’s one of my favorite things to do while traveling — fit in another destination during my time in one city. I’m all about picking up as many new cities as you can, and oftentimes day trips are the easiest way to do that.

However, it’s definitely a balancing act, so day trips can be exhausting (there’s no mid-afternoon breaks to be had at your AirBnB.) So I’m sharing a few tips that I’ve picked up along my own travels that have come in handy when planning a day trip. (Quebec City was probably my most pain-free one yet!)

1. Your destination can be a distance, but not too far.

To me, the ideal day trip is an hour away from wherever you’re staying. You have a nice train or bus ride, you arrive at a reasonable early time without having to get up insanely early. But that’s not always the case for the destinations you want to visit. So I will go a little further — like I said, Quebec City is three hours away by bus. That’s my cut off. Anything longer than three, and you’re spending over six hours in transport on a single day. (Honestly, anything over four isn’t ideal, but up to six I can deal with.)

That’s just me though! Maybe you can’t deal with two three-hour trips. That’s fine. That’s normal! I’m a little insane, I get that. I wouldn’t go much longer than a three hour drive away from where you’re staying, though. Eight hours in a car in one day is a lot, and at that point, you might as well just get a hotel in your new destination.

2. Pack what you need, and nothing more.

It’s easy to really pack a tote to the brim when you’ll be away all day long. But try to pare down your stuff, because you — shocker, I know — actually have to carry it with you. A lighter bag will make you a happier person in the end. (Or at the very least, a bag that’s comfortable to lug around all day.)

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl 

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl
SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

3. Don’t spend too long there.

My biggest issue in booking day trips is that I feel like I need to get in at 9 a.m. and stay until 9 p.m. to make up for the fact that I’m not actually spending the night in this place. But getting up early to catch that 7 a.m. bus is horrendous, as is that moment in the afternoon where you hit a wall and just want to go to bed (but it’s three hours away!) Recognize that if you’re just spending a day somewhere, you won’t see everything, and that’s okay. Six to eight hours should be enough.

4. Take breaks.

You may not be able to go back to your hotel room, but you can park it at a restaurant for an hour when your feet get tired. Or at a park. Or on a bench. The options are endless. Just make sure to take ample breaks, as traveling is tiring and sometimes a long lunch is necessary. (And can even be a fun, relaxing way to take in a city’s culture!)

5. Look everything up.

You don’t need to plan every minute of your stay in a city, but you only have a day, and you don’t want to waste it. Look up what the main attractions are in the city you’re visiting, and what you want to see before you leave. (And buy tickets for anything that needs advance tickets!) Like I said before, your time is limited, so it’s okay if you can’t get to everything, don’t stress. (This is somewhat of a note to self, as I tend to stress about this!) Just pick the highlights and remind yourself that you can always come back.

6. Book your transportation tickets beforehand, if possible.

I hate feeling stressed at the train station, so I like to book my tickets in advance, know where I’m going, and have said tickets in hand once I arrive. (I had a truly horrible experience in Paris when my confirmation code wasn’t pulling up my tickets, it was a true nightmare.)

7. Or if you can, rent a car.

I understand in international destinations this can pose a lot more problems (why do Europeans seem to only drive manual?!) but if you’re in the U.S., renting a car is SUCH a great option. You have a home base to stash your stuff, you can set your own schedule, and you don’t have to walk everywhere when you’re feeling tired.

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

SheIn Striped Criss Cross Back Swing Dress, Tips for Planning A Day Trip // Pearl Girl

And there you have it! Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions. I’ve taken quite a few day trips in my day, with plenty more to come, so I have lots of thoughts and experiences to share.

PS: I’m obsessed with this dress, which has a super affordable price tag and comes in the prettiest blue and white stripe. It was the most popular item in this post, and y’all, it really lives up to the hype. I’m sad I’m just getting it at the end of this summer, but excited to wear it while it’s still warm and then break it out again in 2018!

 

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Pink Shirtdress in Sutton Place

Pink Shirtdress, Everlane Bridge Sandals, Straw Bag and Stain Remover Methods // Pearl Girl
Pink Shirtdress (Old, but I love this one and this one, and this is a great budget-friendly option.) //
Sandals (I swear I haven’t taken them off all summer!) //
Straw Bag (Holds a lot more than you’d think.) //
Sunglasses (Old, these are super similar + from the same retailer.) //
Earrings //

First off, apologies for the radio silence around here last week. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a week without posting before — with the exception of when I was in Barcelona last year on vacation. But sometimes real life gets in the way, and the blog has to take a back seat. I don’t aspire to have weeks like that often, but ah well, this isn’t my day job, so I won’t beat myself up about it.

My mom was in town this past weekend, which was such a great break from real life. We saw two shows. The first was Cats, which I had never seen before. It’s definitely funky, and there’s no real plot, but the music is great and the costumes and production value are really amazing. While it’s definitely not my favorite I see how it’s become such a hit. Sunday afternoon, my mom had a relatively early flight, so we saw a matinee of A Doll’s House, Part 2. It’s a sequel to a play that was first published in 1879 (obviously, written by a new author.) Though the actors wear period costumes, it’s all modern dialogue, and is actually really funny — but also intense. Highly recommend both shows if you’re in the city/visiting anytime soon.

I found out something pretty interesting a couple months ago at work (and yes, I took these photos two months ago — I really had quite a back log there for a while!) while doing research for a story: The apartment Greta Garbo lived in after retiring from acting is just a few blocks from my apartment. If you don’t know the name, she was a huge movie star in the 20s and 30s, but she retired in 1948 and really kept out of the public eye. She did, however, live in NYC — and apparently, pretty close to me! I told my roommate (who takes my photos!) and we thought it would be a fun place to shoot.

It’s all the way over on the water, and honestly seems like a total dream building to live in. (I mean, who would expect less?) It’s a gorgeous doorman building, but one that’s a little older and has more character than a new development. And it’s on the water. Really, that’s my dream living situation in NYC. (Right now, I live the walkup life!)

This is definitely one of my favorite things about New York: There’s cool places with incredible stories everywhere — even in spots you don’t expect!

Fun story about this dress, and one that I imagine a lot of you can relate to. Getting real with you: I’ve had some horrible sweat stains develop on some of my favorite dresses. It’s so, so frustrating, as it happened with three pieces I spent a bit more money on, including this one. I know I’m not alone: It happens, it’s gross, it sucks. But OMG, I have found the cure. I’m going to sound like Billy Mays over here: OxyClean is magic. Really, it is. I just soaked the ruined (or so I thought) parts of these dresses for 15-20 minutes and it totally got rid of the stains. DRESS SALVAGED. It worked on all three. I was so thrilled!

It not only got out the sweat stains, but a much worse one, too. I hung up the wet dress to dry on a (bright pink) velvet hanger. I noticed a few days later that the bright pink had rubbed off on the dress. Figuring this stain was just too intense, I was about to give up but figure I’d try Oxy again. And yep, IT WORKED. Those stains were much worse so I let them sit for a few hours, but I’m a total convert. This stuff is amazing. My secret is to use a scoop of the Oxy with equal parts water. You really want the product to be able to attack the stains.

And with that knowledge imparted, I wish you a happy Monday. x

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