Fashion // Seaside Dressing

This Memorial Day weekend was such a blast. I left the city and spent the weekend down the Jersey Shore in one of my favorite beach towns, Spring Lake. There's nothing better than summer in the Northeast and I love spending as much time as possible by the ocean. This outfit screams summer to me. I've been loving the off the shoulder trend this season, so this dress was a no brainer when I found it in stores... plus it won't break the bank at $50! I paired the dress with lace-up heels comfortable enough for a long stroll on the boardwalk. Add a floppy hat and big sunnies for protection from those rays and you're good to go! Such a cute outfit and a perfect weekend by the sea, this summer is off to a great start!

Weekend // Link Roundup

Happy Memorial Day Weekend friends! Hopefully you have Monday off and are ready to kick off summer with this glorious 3-day weekend. I'll be spending it down the Jersey Shore and I couldn't be happier. Summer in the Northeast is my absolute favorite. I'll be sure to share some fun shots from down the shore on my Instagram. I'm also gearing up for a pretty big announcement... I'm so excited! I'll be ready to share in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here are some fun links and finds to kick off your weekend relaxation mode.

6. These gorgeous shoes look much more expensive than they are (and they're part of the Nordstrom sale, making them even more affordable)

9. Yummy sounding summer salmon recipes (any other pescatarians out there?)

Fashion // Gingham Mini

How darling is this little gingham mini?! I wore it for a full day of sightseeing (and eating) around Charleston. I paired the skirt with this scalloped cami (on sale!) and a light jacket. Also, threw on a cute straw hat for some sun protection. The rays are strong down south! I love the straw bow detail on the side of this hat, it gives it a little something special. This was the perfect outfit to stroll Charleston’s cobblestone streets in, and I’m excited to take this gingham mini for a spin again this Memorial Day weekend down the Jersey Shore. Pair it with something red and you’ll have an adorable patriotic look!

Fashion // T-Shirt Dress

I'm just back from a glorious week in Charleston... why do vacations have to end?! More on that amazing city later. For now, I want to talk about t-shirt dresses. I purchased this one a few months ago and brought it with me on this trip, and I can’t tell you how much wear it got. (Unfortunately this color is sold out, but it comes in a gorgeous navy too. I'll keep checking back and will post if it restocks). It is such a flattering, versatile dress. I paired it with wedges for dinner, wore it with sandals for sightseeing during the day, I even threw it over my bikini as a beach cover up. It works in so many situations. Gotta love those clothes that pack a punch, especially when you’re traveling and living out of a suitcase. I’ve been on the lookout for some other t-shirt dresses to add to my wardrobe and rounded up some great options at all different price points below.

Top: one // two // three (under $40!)
Bottom: one (on sale!) // two // three

Fashion // Gingham on the Boardwalk

Isn't this top so stinkin' cute? Gingham, bow, ruffles... yes please! It screams summer to me and I was so happy to wear it on my first "beach day," hanging out on the boardwalk at Asbury Park beach in New Jersey. While it wasn't quite sunbathing weather, we're getting there! It was reenergizing just being by the ocean listening to the waves. I tell ya, there's gotta be something in that salty air. Here's to the first of many more trips down the Jersey Shore this summer!

shirt // white jeans // heels (old, similar) // sunglasses // clutch 


Welcome to The Gramercy Girl! 

I've decided to re-brand my blog (formerly Pearls and Parm) to The Gramercy Girl. Gramercy is the name of a neighborhood in Manhattan, and it's where I call home. I've always loved this area, even before I lived here. It's a historic neighborhood that oozes charm, sophistication and natural elegance. It's tree lined streets are home to many gorgeous ivy-covered brownstones from the 1800's, and the area is centered around the lush and legendary Gramercy Park (Manhattan's only private park). 

Gramercy sits on the edge of some of Manhattan's best shopping and dining areas, Union Square, The East Village, and Flatiron. While Gramercy is close to the action, it's removed from the commotion and has a serene "small town" feel to it.

The Gramercy area exudes a special idyllic energy that reinvigorates me every time I walk down the sidewalk. Gramercy's neighborhood characteristics... laid back elegance, charm, sophistication, and a classic NYC vibe... are all traits I hope to channel and exude in my life.

I'm so excited for this new phase of my blogging journey. I'm still going to focus on fashion, travel and NYC happenings, but now as The Gramercy Girl. When I started blogging (almost a year ago!) I wanted to just get started and see if it was something I enjoyed... now I can't imagine not having this creative outlet in my life. I'm looking forward to what's ahead for The Gramercy Girl. Follow along on Instagram and Twitter!

Read more about the Gramercy neighborhood's rich history, storied legends, and famous residents here and here.

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Fashion // Charleston Packing Guide

I'm heading to Charleston in a week to visit the city with my boyfriend and then am staying through the weekend to celebrate my dear friend's bachelorette party! I've only been once before, but absolutely fell in love with Charleston. I'm so excited to go back! Here are some things that I hope find their way into my suitcase for the trip...

Top: one // two // three
Bottom: one // two // three

Beauty // Finding Your Signature Scent

I don't have a "signature scent" and have never really been a perfume person until recently. I've always loved the idea of a signature scent, a perfume that works for all occasions and instantly reminds people of you because you always wear it. For the last year I've been on a quest to find a perfume that resonates with me and that I want to invest in. 

In the past I've gone through phases loving various perfumes but nothing has ever lasted. My childhood bedroom looks like a perfume graveyard with half empty bottles strewn across my dresser. And then there was a time in college when I was so obsessed with one scent friends used to joke they could tell when I left the dorm because a cloud of perfume was in the hall... not great. 

I've noticed that my taste in perfume has changed over the years. I used to love sugary sweet smells, but now I prefer something classic, clean, and not over powering. After a lot of searching, I recently started using the Replica line by Maison Martin Margiela (this one is my favorite). I love how the line has a background story (even a specific date!) associated with each scent. I'm really enjoying mixing and matching a few of the Replica scents... let's see if it sticks! 

I want to share some tips and tricks I've learned throughout my search to find a signature scent.

Test the perfume... then wait The "top note" of a fragrance is what you smell first and it usually lasts around 20 minutes. Give the scent time to evolve before you make a decision whether it's a keeper or not.

Try to understand the notes Musk, floral, woody... there are so many words to describe scents, understanding what the terms actually mean is important. This fragrance guide is a great resource.

Price does matter Ever wonder what makes some perfume $20 and others hundreds of dollars? Less expensive perfume usually doesn't last as long and isn't as complex. In general, a cheaper bottle has a strong top note and wears off quickly, whereas a pricy bottle has more complexity and and continues to smell for hours.

Fashion // Mini Skirt & Moto Jacket

This outfit is the definition of my "perfect outfit." It's a classic combination and something I feel comfortable and confident in. The silhouette is also very flattering for my body type, skirt cinches in at the waist and hangs loose over the hips, with a jacket for structure. If I could wear a flouncy mini skirt and moto jacket every day, I’d be set!

Another amazing thing about this outfit is that all 3 pieces (this skirt, this moto jacket and this silk cami) can be worn year-round and in a million different combinations. In winter pair the skirt with a gray sweater turtleneck, the moto jacket can be worn with denim, and put the silk cami under a blazer for office ready suiting, or tuck it into denim cutoffs for a hot summer weekend.

Also, can we talk about this scalloped clutch? I’ve posted it a few times on Instagram and get tons of comments about it! It is freakin’ adorable, fits a lot, and is incredibly affordable too! The navy color needs to be restocked, but there are other gorgeous shades available!

Oh, and did I mention everything in this post is currently on sale?!

Weekend // Link Roundup

Fashion // One Top, Three Ways

One of my favorite kind of fashion posts is styling one item multiple ways. I love seeing how something can be worn on many different occasions, and how the addition of a necklace or a new shoe can instantly change a look. I hate buying clothing that can only be worn one place and really try to buy things that are versatile. I also love these kind of posts because they help me look at my own wardrobe with fresh eyes. Seeing how others can take a classic item most people have in their arsenal (white button down, black shift, striped shirt) and style it different ways helps me to stretch my own closet.

I'm going to try one of these posts featuring a 3/4 length sleeve navy and white striped shirt. This is an item everyone should have in their closet (or maybe have a couple in their closet... #guilty). As I turn over my wardrobe from winter to summer, I'm finding so many items I haven't worn in a while. I'm challenging myself to "shop my closet" and discover new ways to wear old favorites. Here are my thoughts on three ways to wear a striped top.

9 to 5, Office Appropriate
Shirt // Bag // Skirt // Earrings //Necklace //Heels

Date Night Drinks

Saturday Brunch

Fashion // Spring Showers

Some rainy day spring fashion inspiration for you all. Although I hate gloomy days, I find bright rain accessories make them a little easier. I absolutely love my Hunters, and this quilted jacket is another rainy weather staple for me. Pair with a bright patterned umbrella, and the gray skies won't seem so bad.

Jacket // Rain Boots // Jeans // Umbrella (similar)