Black Sweater, Mules and Step Hem Jeans: A Simple, Easy Outfit for Fall

Best Dupes for the Gucci Princetown Mules, Step Hem Jeans // Pearl Girl

Black V-Neck Sweater // This one is a very similar look, too!
Step Hem Jeans
Belt
Black Mules
Bag // It’s vintage Hermes, and was the find of a lifetime at a What Goes Around Comes Around sample sale last year. This bag has a similar style, though!

Oh, Monday! It’s my first one back at work in two weeks, so it’s likely to feel even more Monday-ish than normal. This weekend was non-stop, too. I had a friend from college visiting, so a group of us went on a long walk through Central Park on Saturday before getting dinner at Pig and Khao on the Lower East Side. It was such a tasty spot, highly recommend ordering the pork belly and the grilled pork jowl (with the best brussel sprouts I’ve ever had.)

Sunday was the New York City Marathon, which I’ve honestly never really paid a huge amount of attention to. This year was very different, as my roommate was running! It was pretty amazing to see so many people achieve this incredible physical feat (especially one of my best friends!) and the city really felt alive while we were watching. I can’t say I’d ever do it myself — read: I’d literally never do that myself — but I understand why people are drawn to the sport. The feeling of accomplishment afterwards must be unreal.

Onto the outfit. This is sort of my “fall uniform,” and it’s (obviously) very easy to recreate: Jeans, sweater, some sort of loafer, and a black bag. I usually don’t wear too much black in the summer, as the warm weather just has me reaching for brighter hues. (Besides, doesn’t wearing black in the sun just make you hotter?) But once October rolls around, I’m all for it. I picked up this sweater during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this summer, and I love how lightweight it is. My other two black sweaters are on the thicker side, so it’s nice to wear something that’s not quite so bulky but still feels seasonably-appropriate. (And is warm!)

Best Dupes for the Gucci Princetown Mules, Step Hem Jeans // Pearl Girl

Like every other fashion-loving, somewhat basic girl out there, I’ve been coveting a pair of Gucci mules slash loafers for quite some time now. While my current financial status couldn’t justify the $500+ price tag, these Target dupes were much easier to swallow. Like, way easier: They’re less than $25. They also come in silver, so if you’re really feeling the style, why not pick up both? I mean, THEY’RE $23.

I’ve also recently hopped on board the step hem jeans trend. And this pair, I’ve been wearing non-stop since it became pants-appropriate weather (and even a little before!) I am a skinny jean loyalist through and through, and truly believe now that we’ve discovered them they’ll never really go out of style. Butttt it’s fun to mix up such a (now) classic look with new trends. After all, I’ve been wearing dark skinnies since high school, so anything that’s a bit different from the standard look is worth embracing, right? Well, not anything — I’m not about to wear acid wash skinny jeans — but you get what I’m saying. This pair is a tiny bit big in the waist, so I always wear them with my favorite belt. I got a small, originally intending to wear it around my waist a dress, but I like how it doesn’t loop too far around my body (if that makes sense?) when I wear it with pants.

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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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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!

 

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