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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What I Did in Los Angeles, Part Two

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

I left off on the end of my Saturday in LA, when I had eaten my body weight in chimichangas. On Sunday, we woke up early to head west for a morning in Venice. Armed with a recommendation from a friend, we ate brunch at Gjelina, a trendy pizza restaurant with amazing vegetable sides. I had a chorizo pizza and we ordered fries to share. After eating there, I’ve ended up seeing it on a bunch of LA guides — so you don’t just have to take my word for it! I

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Next, we walked over to the Venice Canals, where I took these photos. It’s such a cute area, and I’d absolutely die to own a house here (or even just rent one for the weekend!) We then walked down the Venice Boardwalk, which yes, is grotty. So much so that I’ve heard some people say it’s skippable. But it was my first time, so I wanted to do it + see the beach. I’d personally say it’s worth it if it’s your first time visiting, as it is a “landmark” of sorts, but don’t expect much. It’s a lot of hot dog stands and t-shirt shops. Although there were a few poké places too! (Though is that where I’d want to get raw fish? Probably not.)

We then walked over to Abbott Kinney, the main shopping street in Venice (and where Gjelina is located!) I didn’t buy anything, but there are some cute spots: Daniel Wellington, Cuyana, Illesteva, as well as lots of unique storefronts that are partially outdoors, like the one pictured right below this, so it’s fun to wander through on a nice day. (It was overcast the day we went, but still fun.)

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Then, we drove back east a bit to grab an afternoon cocktail at the Beverly Hills Hotel. I had been once as a kid (not to stay, just to use the bathroom, haha!) but really wanted to go back as an adult. I always prefer grabbing a drink at a swanky hotel over doing lunch or dinner there, simply because it’s much more affordable. We sat outside at the Polo Lounge, which I highly recommend. There’s also a restaurant down by the pool, but it was a little loud and not nearly as elegant. And if I’m paying for a $18 cocktail, it better be elegant!

We both ordered Howard Hughes cocktails, which came in these sky-high martini-esque glasses, and were adorned with a little purple flower. It was the exact sort of over-the-top classic cocktail experience I was hoping for. Next time, I want to sit in one of these adorable pink and green booths. I mean, so, so cute, right?

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Dress // Sunglasses

With not much else on our agenda for the day, we then make the quick drive over to West Hollywood to stop at Gracias Madre. I can’t speak much to the food there, as we only ordered chips and guac, but it’s all plant-based. We both ordered snowcone cocktails, which were both very tasty!

For dinner on Sunday, I met up with a friend from college for poké at Sweetfin on Larchmont. I love poké, and am so happy it’s becoming more of a thing in NYC, though we’re not nearly up to LA standards just yet. Also, if you’re in the Larchmont area, there’s a great ice cream shop called Salt & Straw just down the block!

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

On Monday, I headed up to Malibu, where I met up with Brooke and her boyfriend for lunch at Malibu Farm. It’s a super cute spot right on a pier, so you get a gorgeous beach view the whole time. The menu is pretty expansive — tacos, burgers, sandwiches, et cetera — but there’s no french fries, which really threw us for a loop.

I also ordered a kale mimosa and felt very #LA.

After we parted ways, I walked along the beach for a bit (so, so beautiful!) and then headed to the Getty Villa. LA has a lot of great museums, and on my next trip, I’ll definitely try to hit more of them. But this time I just didn’t make a ton of time for it as I was more interested in exploring the different neighborhoods.  I am, however, glad I made time for this one. The space was built by J. Paul Getty to house his Greek, Roman and Etruscan art. And while the art is impressive, it’s the villa itself that really blew me away. One thing to remember: You do need to make a (free) reservation before you can enter. Parking costs $12, if I remember correctly.

Afterwards, I set off on the drive back east, and of course, was caught in another LA traffic jam. I had some time to spare, so I stopped by the Grove, an outdoor shopping center near Beverly Hills. It’s way more picturesque than your average outdoor mall and has a ton of stores — Nordstrom, J.Crew, American Girl, Madewell, you get the picture.

Also to note: At this point on Monday I realized I had gotten the most unattractive sunburn in the sun during lunch earlier that day. My face was SO. PINK. I felt the natives judging me for not putting on SPF. It was the one day I didn’t wear any CC cream, which has SPF 50 in it. Rookie mistake.

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

I was flying out Tuesday night, but had the day to explore. My stepsister works in Hollywood, so after dropping her off, I walked around the “Walk of Fame” was able to see some famous stars! The whole thing is incredibly expansive.

I also tried to go to the Broad Museum that morning, but by the time I got there (45 minutes before opening, on a rainy Tuesday!) it was already a two hour wait. Honestly, I’m sure it’s great, but I just didn’t want to stand outside in the rain for two hours. Next time!

There were also a couple of food spots I hadn’t yet checked off my list. The first and foremost was Lemonade. If I could only drink one beverage for the rest of my life, it would be a hard choice between wine and lemonade (this is excluding water!). I don’t drink soda, and I never have, so lemonade has always been my drink of choice.

I went to the location on Larchmont after struggling to find parking at the one near the Broad. Since I was meeting up with my stepsister later that day for In-N-Out, I decided to skip eating there, and just get the lemonade. I ordered the guava limeade, and it was so refreshing. I was tempted to get a second, but resisted and then headed off to LACMA.

Though I didn’t actually visit LACMA (sensing a pattern here?), since I was short on time to meet my stepsister for lunch, I wanted to see the famous urban lights installation outside, which I think of as a classic sign of LA.

Then, it was time for In-N-Out. I had been a couple times before, in Vegas and San Francisco, and it was just as good as I remembered. Also, it’s so cheap. My burger/fries/lemonade combo was less than $8. I have to say, that definitely gives In-N-Out advantage in the great In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack debate.

My last stop was at a place called Churro Borough, which makes churro ice cream sandwiches. Yes, you read that right. And yes, they were so, so good. I love churros. I wish they were more of a staple in my everyday diet.

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

After going home to pack, I headed to my stepsister’s office to drop off her car and take an Uber to the airport. There was an accident, which made the typically 20-minute trip take almost an hour. And then Uber prices skyrocketed to $80 for a normally $25 trip. Cue me having a near panic attack on the drive. Luckily, it all worked out — my Uber driver was awesome and got me there in great time. I made my red eye, slept nearly the whole time, and arrived back in NYC at 5 a.m. Needless to say, the next day at work was rough, but I powered through!

I had the best time in LA. I could totally see myself living there, to be honest! All the restaurants, the cool neighborhoods, the shopping — and of course, the palm trees! I also love to drive so that part didn’t even bother me that much. I definitely belted out along to the John Legend and Ariana Grande version of Beauty and the Beast too. And best of all: I got to see people I love but rarely get to hang with. Can’t ask for more!

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What I Did in Los Angeles, Part One

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Now that I wrapped up my Barcelona posts, I’m moving onto my trip to Los Angeles! I’d visited the city before, but not since I was really young (think single digits) and was so excited to have the opportunity to go back with a free place to stay, as my stepsister moved there last fall. I was in town for six days, and the trip totally surpassed my expectations. It was honestly amazing — the sun and warm temperatures, which were desperately needed after a blizzard in New York just 24 hours prior to me getting on the plane out. I like the layout of LA too — a huge, sprawling city with the conveniences of the suburbs (cars!)

Instead of doing a “guide,” I’m going to structure this post in the “what I did” style, with a recap of each day. LA is just so big, and I really just scratched the surface. But I do feel like I covered a lot of ground in the six days I was there (I completely contradicted myself here, but you know what I mean), so hopefully this will be helpful.

I know I was there for a while — nearly a week! — so anything I’d designate as a must-do, I’m marking with a * so you can streamline if you’re planning a shorter getaway. And since it was a longer trip, I’m going to split this up into two posts so it’s not crazy-long and photo heavy.

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Day One: Santa Monica

I arrived into LA late on Wednesday, but I didn’t sleep on the flight out there (watched three movies — Whiplash, Manchester by the Sea, and Aladdin instead!), so I passed out pretty much immediately upon arrival. Buuuut, that meant that I woke up at a normal time and suffered next to no jet lag on my way out there. My stepsister had to go to work, so we parted ways for the day, and then I drove out west to Santa Monica to meet Brooke for lunch. (Fun fact: We interned together at Marie Claire four years ago!)

We ate at Ivy on the Shore*. Y’all, it is so, so good. I had the lobster pizza, which was of course delicious. I mean, it’s lobster and pizza, how could it not be? They also give you complimentary champagne with your meal, which was the perfect welcome to LA pick-me-up. The decor is super cute, all pink and nautical-inspired. I absolutely loved it, and highly recommend stopping by if you’re in Santa Monica.

We then shopped around Third Street Promenade and popped over to Nordstrom, which I don’t have in NYC! (I know, it’s tough. #Sarcasm.) After she left, I played tourist and walked over to the Santa Monica Pier*. It’s definitely a trap, but worth walking down if you’ve never been. The views of the beach with tons of people on it is really beautiful — the view is the top photo on this post.

On my way back, I also got caught in my first LA traffic jam! I don’t know what’s worse, LA traffic or NYC subway delays.

For dinner, we went to Bestia*, a trendy spot in Downtown LA. Emily Ratajkowski likes it! It’s Italian food, but you’re supposed to order a bunch of small plates. We ordered about five dishes to share, and everything was so tasty. If you’re visiting LA and want to try Bestia, be sure to plan ahead. Reservations are hard to come by (we had one and still had to wait nearly 30 minutes) and my stepsister made ours over a month in advance.

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Day Two: West Hollywood and Beverly Hills

On Friday, I headed to Toast for breakfast. The reason is kind of silly: I’ve been reading Danielle’s blog forever (at least five years), and her old blog was named after this place. I ordered the coffee cake French toast, and it was tasty — soft, but with a slight crunch — but heavy. Afterwards, I was absolutely stuffed.

I then did a little bit of shopping and picked up a new pair of white jeans (my current ones are too big — don’t ask me why I bought them, I’m an idiot) before heading over to Melrose* to explore. There’s lots of quite boutiques and shops, like Serena & Lily, Joie, Clare Vivier, Zimmermann and more. But the biggest spots on my to-see list were the pink wall outside the Paul Smith store, which I shamelessly asked a stranger to take a photo of me in front of, and Alfred Tea Room. The former is just as bright and pink as you’d imagine (can I paint a wall in my apartment this color?) and the latter, Alfred Tea, is so cute. There’s lots of sassy sayings painted on the walls, and there’s a cute patio tucked in the back. I ordered the rose bubble tea and it was delicious! Going to need them to come out to NYC stat!

After I finished up there, I drove over to Beverly Hills. I know it’s a total tourist move, but I had to do the walk down Rodeo Drive*. I obviously wasn’t shopping in earnest, but it’s still fun to pop in and out of Chanel, Gucci and the like. This was also the afternoon of my Kendall Jenner sighting! A very exciting day.

I then met up with my stepsister and we got a casual dinner at Guisados, a taco place near her apartment. They were tasty but spicy! But I also have a very low tolerance for spice, so take that for what you will.

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Los Angeles California Travel Guide, What to Do When You Visit LA

Day Three: Echo Park and Warner Bros.

My stepsister lives in Echo Park, so we made the quick trip on Saturday morning to Grand Central Market, where we attempted to get EggSlut — the line was nearly an hour long, so we passed and instead got breakfast sandwiches at Valerie. They were so, so good — gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, bacon, yum. We then went paddle boating on Echo Park Lake*. It’s gorgeous there (and where I took these photos), and it was a fun, relaxing activity for a pretty morning. Also, I cannot get enough of the palm trees. They just make everything feel so tropical. Obsessed.

One thing I really wanted to do in LA was visit the Warner Bros. set*, mostly so I could have my picture on the Friends couch. And on the Gilmore Girls lot. (Yes, I’m a super fan of both.) The tour was actually really interesting, our guide was very informed and had a lot to share about the movies and shows that were filmed on the lot. One thing I would recommend: If you can, go on a weekday. You’ll have a way greater chance of spotting a celebrity!

I hadn’t yet satisfied my Mexican craving, so we went to a downtown spot called El Cholo. After margaritas, guacamole, and chimichangas, I was so, so stuffed. We then proceeded to spend the rest of the night on the couch watching Big Little Lies.

Stay tuned next week for my LA recap, part two!

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Girona, Spain Travel Guide

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Today I’m sharing my final post from my trip to Barcelona last December (better late than never, right?) This is look back at our day in Girona, which is a super cute, smaller city about an hour outside of Barcelona. It’s probably best known for its airport, which services a lot of the RyanAir flights into Barcelona and the coast. (Have you ever flown RyanAir? I only did once when I was abroad. It wasn’t awful! I’m planning a longer post about flying budget airlines where I’ll write more about my experiences both stateside and abroad.)

It’s also a city with a lot of historical significance: There’s still part of a Roman wall standing around it and it’s home to Spain’s most significant Jewish quarter. Also, they filmed scenes from Game of Thrones here. We decided to visit mostly because it was a cheap train ticket, it looked pretty, and there aren’t a ton of big cities that were a less than two hour train journey.

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona is a small city filled with history. Like I siad, it’s home to Spain’s oldest and most vibrant Jewish Quarter, the remains of a Roman wall, and even some medieval architecture. I know there’s a couple museums, an art museum, one about Jewish history (in the Jewish Quarter) and one about filmmaking, but we figured they were skippable (Although now, doing more research, maybe not! I’m having regret!) You can also eat at Can Roca, which at one point, was named the best restaurant in the world, but sadly, our pockets didn’t run quite so deep.

To tell you the truth, there isn’t a ton to do in Girona besides walk around and explore the city. It’s definitely good for a day trip, but I couldn’t imagine much more unless you were planning to hit up every museum. But the exploring is definitely worth doing. The streets are small and winding, oftentimes with no cars. It’s very quintessentially European. We took this day trip on our final day of our time in Spain, so it was nice to do something a little more relaxing and just enjoy being in a beautiful city.

The one thing I really wish we had done was visit the Arab Baths. But ah well, you always miss something!

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Besides exploring and eating a long lunch, we also stopped by the Cathedral and the Basilica. They’re a very close walk from one another, and one ticket will get you into both. I love visiting the elaborate and old churches in Europe. Even in smaller cities, they are often so beautifully done and full of history. If there’s one in whatever city I’m visiting, I try to stop by!

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Girona, Spain Travel Guide, Barcelona Day Trip Ideas // Pearl Girl

Also a must is crossing one of the many foot bridges across the Onyar River. They give you a gorgeous view of the multi-colored houses above. Especially in the sun, they were really beautiful!

Apologies, as this travel guide is definitely less of a guide and more of a look at some pretty photos. Regardless, I’d recommend Girona as a quick, low-key day trip. You take the train from Espana station, there’s tons of options for times/speed. You can spend the whole day there or just the morning to the late afternoon, like we did. I would recommend trying one of the museums — we should have!

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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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