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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Anastasia on Broadway Review, Shopping and Reading Recommendations

Ah, weekend! It’s an exciting one for me, as I’m spending it in Charleston with my mom! Since she’s still in Chicago and I’m in New York, we don’t get to see each other nearly as often as I’d like, and rarely on Mother’s Day. So this trip is a special treat. Sadly, it’s forecasted to rain nearly all of our first day here, but hopefully it won’t pour constantly! And at least Sunday and Monday look like they’ll be sunny and beautiful.

The other downer of my week was that I had ordered two packages in preparation for my trip to Charleston last week. In them were these cute shorts from J.Crew, and from ASOS, this dress, this dress and these sandals. Though both were more general summer purchases, I was so excited to bring them to Charleston. And neither arrived by the day I was leaving. Getting packages in NYC is a struggle (unless you have a doorman, which I don’t), but you can usually count on them not to come three days late! Ah well.

This week wasn’t all bad, though. If you follow along on Insta Stories, you’ll know that on Wednesday, I saw Anastasia on Broadway. Was anyone else obsessed with that movie as a kid? I was literally obsessed. Still kind of am, to be honest! I love the music and it was so amazing to see the songs I’ve literally had memorized since I was five performed on stage. The show is a little different than the movie. There’s no Rasputin (or Bartok!), and instead the villain is a Soviet officer. However, he’s played by Ramin Karimloo, one of my favorite musical theater performers. I’ve seen him in a few other shows, and I’m a HUGE fan. He has the most incredible voice. If you ever have the chance to see a show with him in it, DO IT.

Not much else to report on from this past week — went to a fun Tim Hortons event on Tuesday morning and ate my body weight in donuts, had dinner with a friend from high school where we ate lots of chips and guac on Thursday.

What I’m Reading

I love this article on being alone — in the sense of doing solitary activities and being okay with it.

An awesome campaign from HarperCollins: Authors talking about why they read, write, and the books they love.

What happens when your honeymoon is horrible.

Dying to try Glossier sunscreen!

Celebrities, please be more adventurous with your shoe choices on the red carpet.

I’ve been reading Blair’s blog forever (at least six years) and this piece about her engagement is a sweet look at her life.

Love theses nude travel picks from Lauryn.

Agree with everything Katie wrote here. An amazing post for new college graduates!

Katie’s recap of her Friday in NYC is too funny — and I need to try this Tex-Mex place!

I really want to try these lip oils from Jess’s post.

Julia looks gorgeous — I’m so excited to see Charleston in bloom!

What I’m Shopping

Can’t wait to finally get these adorable shorts in the mail next week.

I got these tassel earrings in the mail and I’m obsessed. Look out for them on my Instagram!

These are the pom-pom sandals of my dreams!

The perfect shirt dress for summer. Such a staple.

Forever 21 has some super cute summer dresses, like this one, on sale right now.

What I’m Writing

What I learned at the Create + Cultivate conference.

My favorite jean jacket (I’m wearing it as I typed this post!) and striped shirt. In fact, this whole look is kind of a uniform. I’m wearing the same jeans + sneaks right now, too!

Chatting with Candace Cameron Bure about her new style book.

The most dramatic moments in political history.

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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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What I Learned at Create + Cultivate

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

Delaying this week’s outfit post for a special reason: A recap of the incredible Create + Cultivate conference! I was lucky enough to be able to attend Create + Cultivate’s first-ever NYC together this past weekend, and it was a really amazing experience. If you ever have the chance to attend a C+C event, do it! They put together an incredible line-up of speakers, plus the space (the Knockdown Center in Queens) was completely transformed into an Instagram-worthy paradise.

During the 12-hour long day, there were two “tracks” featuring different sets of panels. I was on track one, which was more geared towards content creators and bloggers. (Track two was more focused on fashion and entrepreneurship.) Honestly, I would have been fine with either — both lineups of speakers looked incredible! — and track one was a great experience. I also met some awesome ladies during the day: Monica (in real life, after being internet friends for months!), Katie, and Val, to name a few!

Outside of the panels and talks themselves, the space was absolutely gorgeous. Flowers everywhere, cute pop-up shop after cute pop-up shop, and lots of fun bites, too.

Throughout the day, there were five panels, two mentor sessions and three keynote talks. I learned a lot (and took a ton of notes!) but here are some of the highlights.

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

What I Wore: Dress // Shoes // Earrings

The proper tools are essential.

This one was from Helena Glazer, or on the internet, you may know her as Brooklyn Blonde. If you were starting a blog back in 2008 (or 2011, when I started my first blog!) you didn’t need a fancy camera or a sleek site design to be successful. But nowadays, the market is very saturated with people who do have all those tools — it will be hard to stand out without them. This also reminded me of what Jess and Blair always say on their site, Blogging For Keeps: If you don’t invest in yourself, why would anyone invest in you? I don’t have the $2500 camera a lot of bloggers do, but even just a starter SLR is a great step.

It’s not just about starting your own project.

Overwhelmed with the thought of starting out yourself? The ladies from United State of Women talked about political organizing (a bit different than blogging!) and how valuable your skills can be to any sort of project. If you’re not sure how to make a difference, ask someone who already is doing so how you can contribute.

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

Engagement is key.

This was consistent throughout the day. It’s not the number of followers you have, it’s whether or not they’re engaging with your content. An Instagram account with 1000 followers with 30% of them engaging in your content is better than an account with 10,000 followers and 5% of them are engaging. Engagement is what drives clicks, views and of course, sales. So if you have high engagement, don’t underestimate yourself — this is what a lot of brands care about!

Find your niche.

As you’ve probably heard, the blogging market is “oversaturated,” basically a fancy word for crowded. And while it definitely is crowded, the easiest way to make yourself stand out is by finding your niche. We’ve all heard the “be authentic” mantra 1000 times, but the easiest way to do that is by establishing your own corner of the blogging world. Like if you’re an expert on ballet flats, write about ballet flats. Eventually, you can work your way beyond your niche into other topics. (This is something I need to work on. What’s my niche? Being a royalty-obsessed shopaholic? Haha!)

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

Don’t worry about the market being too crowded.

To that point, During the Content Meets Commerce panel, one of the speakers (I believe it was Mary Orton!) made the great point there’s no such thing as too many blogs or influencers. Think about how many restaurants there are in the world. And when a new one opens, that doesn’t mean it’s destined for failure, or that consumers aren’t excited. I thought this was such a great analogy: As long as you’re providing interesting, unique content, you can succeed.

People want to know about your life.

I knew this already, just from being a blog reader for years. I always enjoy personal posts the most. And from looking at my own analytics, the posts where I’m open and honest about my own life tend to do the best. Eva Amurri Martino of Happily Eva After said at first she didn’t think people were interestedThey may just be the hardest to write, but that’s what will really grow your following.

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

Become a pro negotiator.

One of my favorite bloggers, Carly Heitlinger of the College Prepster, made a great point that I’ve seen before: Never be the first one to name a price. You could end up low-balling yourself, or pricing yourself out of a campaign you want to work on. Instead, ask the brand what their budget is, and put it in their court. If they can’t pay you, you can negotiate other forms of “payment” — a press trip, social promotion, et cetera.

Connections matter more than competition.

Right when you walked into the Knockdown Center, that big neon sign reading “collaboration over competition” greeted you. It’s a mantra that was felt throughout the day. Meeting people and making real friendships is so much more important and productive than questioning every little thing — ‘does she have more followers?’ or ‘does she get more likes?’ It does nothing except make you feel bad and insecure. And you could be missing out on a real friendship!

Create + Cultivate NYC Conference Recap, What I Learned // Pearl Girl

Overall, it was an incredible day full of listening inspiring women (Gloria Steinem, the ultimate inspiring woman, was the keynote!) + meeting them, too! If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Create + Cultivate conference, I highly recommend it. And stay tuned to their website: The C+C team is announcing their next city soon!

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How I Learned to Hack My Migraines (Sort Of)

Migraine Hacks, How to Cure Migraines

Do you get migraines?

I feel like they’re a pretty common ailment, especially with women. If you don’t, consider yourself lucky. And if you do, then you feel my pain.

I’ve been getting them for as long as I can remember, and they’re really and truly the worst. The pain is always right in my temples, usually my right side. I’ve never been shot in the head, but I have to imagine this is kind of (to a lesser degree, I’d hope!) what getting shot in the head would feel like. It’s just this searing pain, piercing through your head. Sometimes it’s so bad I end up throwing up. Usually I just toss and turn and try to fall asleep.

I don’t get them as often as some people — about seven or eight times a year, give or take. Mine nearly always come on in the later afternoon, so I can just go home and attempt to sleep it off. In high school, it was really difficult if I’d get one, and then have trouble finishing my homework for the next day. It’s a little easier now that I’m a post-grad adult, and when I leave work, there usually isn’t a ton of work waiting for me at home, so I can go to bed early as need be.

On Tuesday I had a really nasty one — worse than I’ve had in months. My head started to ache around five, so I thankfully didn’t have much of the work day left to get through. It began somewhat mildly, and I had a moment of thinking ‘Maybe this will just be a moderate headache.’ Which does happen to me, too. But after feeling like I was about to pass out on the subway, I knew what was coming: Migraine, though I didn’t know how intense it would get. I cancelled my plans, got home around 6:30, said hello to my roommate, and promptly fell asleep.

Sadly, it didn’t stay that way. I was truly an idiot in handling this one. I have a pill I was prescribed a few years ago that works wonders. But I like to conserve them, and only use them for the worst-case scenarios. At first, I didn’t think this was quite that level of severity, and thought I could just sleep it off for a couple hours, and try this product, which does provide momentary relief. I woke up around 8:00 and was in even more pain. I, of course, then gave in and took a pill, which usually kicks in after about an hour. For the first time since I’ve started taking it, it didn’t work. It was torture. And to top it all off, I didn’t fall asleep until about midnight. It was such a frustrating, wasted, painful night.

I’m lucky in that I don’t have many nights like those anymore. For so long, when I got migraines, I’d do nothing to help. My mom would always tell me to take a couple of Advil, and I’d feel so frustrated when they failed to do anything (my entire migraine experience has definitely lessened my faith in over the counter pain medication.) Side story: The only time I remember Advil working was the night of my high school graduation. My entire class had an all-night party at a bowling alley/laser tag/arcade type place, one of the highlights of the year. I got a horrible headache on the bus ride over and was about to call my mom to pick me up. I took three Advil, thinking it would never work. But by some miracle, it did, and I was able to enjoy the night. It’s like my body knew ‘get it together!’

It wasn’t until I got older — honestly, not really until after I graduated college — that I really got a grasp on dealing with my migraines. And after Tuesday’s unpleasant episode, I thought I’d share what I’d learned over my years of battling them.

Please, please, take all these suggestions with a grain of salt, as I am not a doctor. I haven’t even taken a biology class since I was 14, so I’m not even a science-inclined person. This is just what has helped me through my years of migraines.

A hot/cold headache band.

My mom got me one of these for a present for a birthday (yes, I get migraine-related presents!) one year. Basically, there’s an insert you can either freeze or heat up, depending on what temperature you prefer. Then you wrap it around your head to help with any aches. Though it’s not a cure-all, it definitely provides relief.

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A microbead pillow.

Before I got the band, I loved putting a microbead pillow on my forehead to ease the pressure. The fabric feels cool, and it really forms to your head. Personally, having something (soft) pressing on where my head aches really helps when I have a migraine, particularly with falling asleep. Plus, they’re squshy and comfy.

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Origins sensory relief therapy.

I got this product as a gift, not really knowing what it was or how it could possibly work. I tried it for the first time on Tuesday, and I have to say, I do like it. Basically, you just rub this product on the spot that’s in pain, and it almost numbs it, providing an intense cooling sensation. I think it’s best to use in conjunction with something else, as it provides instant relief, but nothing lasting.

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An eye mask.

A no-brainer. Light is no friend to the migraine.

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A wonders-working powder.

This is the only over-the-country product that has worked for me. It’s an aspirin powder, and honestly, it is magic. A co-worker (thanks, Maggie!) introduced it to me and my life is forever changed. I’m not sure how you’re supposed to take it, but I always pour the packet on my tongue, press it to the roof of my mouth to let it absorb, and then wash the rest down with water. It’s not quite as good as the prescription medication I use, but it really, really works and has a lasting effect. Word of advice: Buy the cherry. There’s a no flavor kind, and it supposedly tastes awful.

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A good night’s sleep.

My entire life, the only thing that has worked 100 percent of the time in getting rid of a migraine is sleeping a full night. Not a quick nap, not even a long one: The whole. dang. night. There is truly no better feeling than waking up the morning after a migraine to have it gone. It’s almost like you can feel the weight lifted from your head. Glorious.

A great prescription.

My fellow migraine sufferers, I know I’m not alone in being frustrated when people suggest you take Advil or Tylenol in the midst of a bad one. They just do nothing. I waited far, far too long to talk to my doctor about other options. While I know some people don’t have luck with prescription medications for migraines, I really have. The drug I was prescribed has honestly changed my life, and made it so I almost always relieve the worst of the pain, and not just suffer until I pass out.

If anyone would like to know what prescription I’ve had success with, feel free to email me at dianapearl.blog@gmail.com, and I’ll share details! (Feel a little weird sharing it here? Is that weird? IDK.)

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