Day-to-Night: Black and White

by Jessica Sturdy on March 26, 2015

turtleneck with a skirt

J.Crew Turtleneck  |  Peter Pilotto for Target Skirt (similar)  |  Cristofoli Booties (similar)  |  Tom Ford Sunglasses  |  Capwell Bangles  |  Lips: Stila ‘Beso’

#tbt — Back at it again today with another look from last fall that got lost in the mix! But, once again, it’s a look that will definitely work this spring, too. Black and white is chic year round, obviously!

A white and black based printed skirt paired with black and white booties (or heels!) is an outfit that can quickly take you from your desk to drinks after work. With a black and white bottom half, you’ve got a blank canvas on top. Whether you go for a structured black blazer, a denim jacket, a brightly colored blouse, or keep it minimalistic with a form-fitting black sweater (and maybe add a statement necklace!), you’re bound to have a versatile look that works for wherever your day may take you!

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Color Coordinated: Camel + Cognac

by Jessica Sturdy on March 24, 2015

j.crew-camel-schoolboy-blazer

I ventured out for brunch at Sarabeth’s in Tribeca this past weekend and highly underestimated the weather. I’ve been so antsy to break out some of my new spring pieces so when I saw a high of 42 degrees and a picture of a sun on my weather app, I guess I overlooked the part where it said feels like 34. (Rookie mistake, you guys. Blame my lack of judgement on Spring Fever.) Thank goodness I was on my way to yoga after brunch and had my New Balance sneakers in my bag.. Definitely changed into those promptly after these photos were taken to save my toes from freezing off! (Not pictured: My wool coat and perforated tote!)

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Chunky Knits + Floral Skirts

by Jessica Sturdy on March 23, 2015

bb dakota chunky navy sweater, bcbg floral pleated maxi skirt

It was outfit overload in this post, so I figured I’d break it down and give each outfit the spotlight it deserves. (Different photos, of course!)

Remember when I transitioned one of my summer maxi skirts into the fall? You can do the same thing when transitioning from winter to spring! I am so ready to retire my chunky knits, but unfortunately Mother Nature isn’t really on board. (A snow storm on the first day of spring? That’s just torture.)

To keep myself sane and to try to stop wearing the same outfits I’ve been wearing for the last six months, I’ve been trying to incorporate little bits of spring into my winter wardrobe. It was a random high-50’s day when I donned this outfit, but let me tell you — those high 50’s felt HEAVENLY. I think I saw people in shorts that day, but I didn’t even judge. I FEEL YA, GIRL. Let those legs feel the sunshine!

While it will be a few weeks (probably a month or two, realistically) until it’s shorts weather for me, bright colors and floral patterns will have to try to emulate that bare-leg-high in the mean time.

I paired this pleated floral maxi with a chunky navy sweater, and brought in the greens and yellows from the pattern with my woven necklace. A pair of simple, strappy sandals in a soft, muted blue and aviators with a touch of green top of the look. Springy, seasonally appropriate, and color-coordinated for the win!

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Style Spotlight: LOFT

by Jessica Sturdy on March 22, 2015

LOFT is KIL-LING-IT. I repeat, get to your nearest LOFT store or get your fingers ready to click click click. You’re going to want everything. I don’t know how I even ended up on the LOFT website last night… Don’t get me wrong, I have long, long loved LOFT, but I’ve been trying to be on a little bit of a loosely-interpreted shopping ban lately. I’ve been trying to steer clear of random online shopping unless it’s something that I truly need, but somehow I ended up on LOFT.com and holy sh*t, you guys. LOFT is literally killing it. As I was browsing new arrivals, I felt like I was looking at pieces from a contemporary designer, not a brand that I’ve gotten fabulous deals at for years. But let’s stop talking and start shopping, shall we?

Click through the arrows to see all of my favorite pieces…

Some of my LOFT looks over the years… one / two / three / four / five / six

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Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on March 21, 2015

lucite desk

lucite desk, fresh ranunculus, my favorite diptyque candle (so sad it’s a limited edition), monogramed palm leaf pencil holder, pink le pens, acrylic stapler & tape dispenser, business card holder, bedazzled scissors, kate spade spring mailer

Happy Saturday! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, productive, relaxing, restful, or a rager — whatever kind you may need! Here are a few of my favorite links this week..

  1. So, so in love with this home tour on the Glitter Guide!
  2. These nail wraps are perfect for March Madness!
  3. MZ Wallace is giving away a Metro Tote! It would be silly not to enter. (Remember how much I love mine?)
  4. My favorite summer straw clutch is back in stock and better than before!
  5. If you know me at all, you know that I am kind of obsessed with my Susan Miller Astrology Zone app. (Yes, I pay for the extended version. #noshame) So, naturally, I loved these videos! (I’m a Virgo and this was quite the lovely outlook for the year ahead!)
  6. One of my favorite Chicago-based fine jewelers, Dana Rebecca Designs, did a little interview feature with me on their blog! (You can check it out here.) I love Dana’s designs so much… Absolutely breathtaking!
  7. Six outfits in one outfit post. Enjoy!
  8. Are you on Snapchat? My username is JessicaSturdy .. add me!

I kept pretty quiet this week because I was (and am) feeling under the weather, so not too many things to share. Hopefully I’ll be back to feeling like myself by Monday! xo

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Feather-Print: From Fall to Spring

by Jessica Sturdy on March 20, 2015

danielle nicole crossbody handbag

Flashback Friday, anyone?

I wore this outfit to work last fall and somehow forgot to post it! (There’s a whole graveyard of outfits on my desktop that’ve never made it to the blog… #rip) This look kind of works for the *hopefully* upcoming spring transitional weather, too. Don’t you agree?

The fabulous news for you — the dress is on MAJOR sale! My negligence is your reward. You’re welcome!

If you’re lucky enough to not be on the East Coast right now, and if you wanted to make the dress even more spring-y, toss on a white denim jacket with a pair of white wedge sandals. (Or, these or these!) Done, and done.

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Punchy Pineapple Print

by Jessica Sturdy on March 19, 2015

Sometimes you come across something that just SPEAKS to you. A print, a pattern, some sort of motif, you get the idea. Personally, this happens pretty often. (For example; this Trina Turk print, my old Kate Spade toucan case, all of these quirky handbags, etc.)

tory burnch pineapple sandals

Next up on my list of latest obsessions: Tory Burch Pineapples. Don’t you just DIE for the royal blue slide sandals? Head over heels for these little guys!

A few more notable favorites: this scarf with the tassels (pineapples and tassels.. #doubletrouble), this keyfob, and this fun tee for after the beach.

Click through the arrows below to shop more of my favorite pineapple prints…

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Shop Local with Shoptiques

by Jessica Sturdy on March 18, 2015

navy pullover sweater

Happy Wednesday! I have quite a few outfits to share with you today, as well as some fun news, so stay with me.

I was introduced to Shoptiques a few weeks ago and while I had definitely heard of the company, I didn’t realize just how awesome it was. It’s a genius concept, really. (I mean, Forbes doesn’t name you to the list of most promising companies for nothing!) Shoptiques gives you a platform to shop your favorite boutiques all over the worldNew York, Paris, London, Chicago, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Scottsdale, Denver, Boston, and even Omaha, Nebraska. (And hundreds more!)

They just launched their mobile app today (you can download it here!) and it’s equally as fabulous. Makes shopping so easy! Almost too easy… Almost. PS: If you shop the app today you can get 20% off! But that’s today (3/18) only!

I teamed up with Shoptiques last week for a fun shoot in the Nolita area. I chose some of my favorite pieces from shops all over the world, got my hair and makeup done by GlamSquad, and knocked out six different outfits in an afternoon! (Whew!) Those pictures are actually up on their website, so forewarning: you will probably see a familiar face if you’re browsing around!

In addition to the shoot, I hand-picked a selection of my favorite items for the launch of the app! Click here to see almost 100 of my favorite pieces of clothing, jewelry, and accessories on Shoptiques. Happy Shopping! (Also, all items I’m wearing are linked to at the end of this post!)

yumi kim peonies maxi dress

shoptiques new arrivals

pinkyotto skirt

printed maxi dress high neckline

weekend brunch outfit new york

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Spring/Summer Staple: Straw Clutch

by Jessica Sturdy on March 17, 2015

ruschmeyers montauk

You guys! Remember the Vineyard Vines clutch that I used practically every single day last summer?! It’s back. And it’s even better than before! The new scalloped edges make my heart skip a beat! It sold out in a flash last year so be sure to act fast. I seriously used this clutch every single weekend last summer — in the Hamptons, out to dinner, grabbing drinks, brunch, you name it — and plan to do the same this summer. Definitely worth the investment!

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Camel + Cream

by Jessica Sturdy on March 17, 2015

camel coat and scarf with white jeans and leopard pumps

When I’ve been getting dressed lately, I’ve been gravitating towards simple monochromatic looks. No print mixing, no color-blocking, just one main color palette. While I do think these types of looks are classic, they really aren’t that fun. I’m 100% bored with my closet right now. Maybe even 150% bored. I’m truly tired of all of my winter clothes! I want to wear bright, punchy colors, flirty dresses, strappy sandals, and bold floral prints. Immediately!

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