Summer Style Essentials

by Jessica Sturdy on July 31, 2014

My summer wardrobe has been revolving around a few style essentials. I’ve stocked my wardrobe with these seasonal must-haves and it’s made getting ready in a pinch so much easier.

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Mother-Daughter Weekend in NYC

by Jessica Sturdy on July 31, 2014

If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that my mom was in town this past weekend! Her birthday was on Saturday and we planned a last-minute mother/daughter weekend in the city. So much fun! A mini vacation for her and a stay-cation for me. Win, win! I hadn’t seen my mom since Christmas so it was unbelievably nice to spend some quality time together.

*PS: There’s a chance for you to win a trip to NYC at the end of this post! If you skim over the details of my weekend, be sure to still check out the sweepstakes. All you have to do is send a tweet! And hurry, today is the last day to enter!

I was with my mom the first time I ever visited NYC in 2010 (really embarrassing photos here) and it was so crazy to think about how much has changed in those four years. Time seriously flies by, doesn’t it?! I recently read a quote about how all the days seem the same, but when you look back, everything seems so different. Okay, I need to stop with this before I start getting emotional. Back to my weekend with my mom…

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Romp Around

by Jessica Sturdy on July 29, 2014

Rompers are pretty much the greatest invention ever. It literally feels like you’re wearing PJs all day long… Great for travel days or simply just running errands around the city! I mean, other than the fact it’s a little bit awkward when you have to almost completely undress in the bathroom stall just to use the restroom, they are the perfect pieces of clothing. TMI, I know, but I’m just speaking the truth. However, if you’re fine with that minor little hiccup (I am!), rompers are where it’s at in the summer!

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Weekly Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on July 27, 2014

Happy Sunday! As you’re wrapping up the weekend and getting ready for another week, here are a few things I’ve been loving these past few days… xoxo
  • Can’t get enough of this look from Hallie!
  • My mom is in town this weekend and we’re having a little stay-cation in Brooklyn. Follow along on Instagram for updates!
  • Can’t wait to try these three popcorn recipes from Mackenzie!
  • 7 Bad Habits With Long-Term Consequences — I am guilty of almost all of these. (All of them except the smoking.)
  • Obsessed with this relaxed look on Grace!
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Here are my picks.. Have you shopped yet?!
  • Loved seeing my girl Ashley on Refinery 29! I feel so lucky to have so many kick-ass friends in my life.
  • As for getting up each hour in the Bad Habits article, I recently started using the Jawbone Up24 band and am LOVING it. I have the settings set so it vibrates if I haven’t taken a step in an hour. I’m trying to drink a lot more water so I’ve started making it a goal to finish my bottle of water and the vibrate is a gentle reminder to get up and re-fill my bottle. (And as a result, take an hourly bathroom break. #TMI)
    • Jawbone Up24 – Here’s a little bit more on it… I just started using this wristband a week ago and I’m totally obsessed with it! It’s the second generation of the Jawbone Up. I waited and waited to get one of these but finally caved and I’m glad that I did. The ’24′ denotes the fact that the wristband is always syncing with the app on your phone through bluetooth. I like how the new version comes in more colors and sizes, too. (I have the Medium in Navy. My wrist is on the smaller side, but I found that the Small was just too tight. I wanted the band to be able to move around a bit, especially with always wearing a watch and bracelets. If you have really small wrists, go for the Small.) I sound like a salesman here, but I purchased my band at Best Buy and am in no way being compensated to say this. I did my research before buying so just letting y’all know what I found out. (All of the sizes & colors here!)
  • I was trying to watch a video on YouTube when this ad started playing. Instead of skipping the ad after a few seconds, it picqued my interested for some reason. It was the Always #LikeAGirl campaign and I ended up watching all 3 minutes of the video.. Have you seen it? Great messaging!
  • This blazer + shorts look on Carly is too cute! Still kicking myself for not buying that shirt.
  • Another killer post from Hallie. I’m in the process of building out my ‘Guide to NYC’ and this post has a ton of my favorites! (Figures, right? I mean, Hallie and I spend pretty much every waking second together. So much so that we’ve actually wondered out loud if we should get a joint checking account to make it easier since we’re always splitting the check. And if we should just make it official to get the tax breaks of having a S/O.) Oh, and another fun fact: Hallie shared one of my most humiliating ‘over-served’ moments in the post. #PaybackisaBiatch ;)

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Kiss Kiss

by Jessica Sturdy on July 22, 2014

Remember this post? Well I just couldn’t get the Alice + Olivia Stace Face Top out of my head. After seeing Liz & Grace rock it, I knew I had to have it. It was pretty much sold out everywhere, but I found a brand new one in my size on Ebay. Score! I haven’t splurged on the flamingo skirt yet, as I’m waiting for it to go on sale. Keep your eyes peeled for me! ;)

I paired the top with my favorite fluted skirt and a pair of sassy pumps. And to be totally matchy matchy, a pair of big round black sunglasses and a coral lip.

I wore this outfit last week for a few after work activities. A fun celebration of Foster Grant’s 85th Anniversary and then to a dinner with Birchbox & Jouer Cosmetics at Palma in the West Village. A few fun facts for ya…

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Booty Basics

by Jessica Sturdy on July 22, 2014

Last time I was getting my hair done, my stylist and I were talking about getting in shape. She was wearing the cutest high waisted skirt with a crop top and I asked her how she keeps her abs in such great shape. Since I’m trying to get in better shape and she’s getting ready for her wedding later this summer (and we’re both SoulCycle lovers), we always seem to be trading workout tips and tricks.

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Puddle Jump in Jellies

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Why is it that I’m always wearing a new pair of leather shoes whenever I get stuck in the rain? Murphy’s Law, I suppose. Even when I actually check the forecast and it calls for rain, I feel like I take a look at my shoe lineup and have to decide which pair I’m okay with ruining and retiring. Quite a depressing way to start the day, no? In the cooler months, the obvious choice is to toss on a pair of rain boots. Done and done. However, they just feel too heavy and hot on warm summer days.

Meet the Jelly Sandal. What goes around truly does come around, doesn’t it? I had my first pair of jelly sandals (that I remember) in 1st grade. And here I am, 20 years later, pondering over which pair to buy.

Jelly sandals are perfect for the pool, the beach (you can wash the sand right off!), and commuting around your city on rainy days! They’re relatively light weight, too, which makes it easy to toss them in your bag. Surprisingly, there are some really cute pairs of jellies out there. Here’s a look at some of my favorites…

Chinese Laundry | Michael Kors | Hunter | Armani Jeans | Rachel Zoe | Jack Rogers

Which pair do you like best?

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Milly Mini

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Happy Monday! Was it just me or did this weekend fly by quicker than usual? I had such a fun few days with my girlfriends in the city… Lots of brunch, way too much rosé, a few workouts, and an abundance of girl talk. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

I wore this outfit to the Capwell + Co Summer Soiree a few weeks ago. Perfect for a hot night on a fun rooftop! Since the dress does a lot of talking, I kept the rest of my look pretty simple with basic black accessories. I’m so in love with this print from Milly! I remember when I first saw the jacket on Instagram and immediately knew that I would be buying at least one piece from the collection.. It’s just such a fun print! (I have the bikini, too!)

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Happy Anniversary!

by Jessica Sturdy on July 18, 2014

Weee! It’s that time of year again… The time of year that’s arguably better than Christmas. That time of year where I used to spend my entire summer savings during a few shopping trips. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Just in case you’re unaware, the Nordstrom Anniversay Sale is amazing. It’s brand-new-for-fall merchandise that’s marked down before it hits the floor at it’s regular retail price. AKA: Deals you just can’t miss. Can you tell I used to work at Nordstrom? ;)

Working during the Anniversary Sale was unlike anything I had ever experienced.. Complete and total chaos. As a result, I prefer to do my shopping from the comfort of my computer! However, things sell out fast so you have to be quick. Having worked at Nordstrom and having been shopping the sale for years, I’m basically a seasoned Anniversary Sale professional by this point. Here are a few of my tips & pointers…

The sale opened to the public today, but Nordstrom Card holders get to shop the sale the whole week before. I know, I know, store credit cards are bad. However, Nordstrom has a Debit Card. Did you know that? My guess would be no, as the store employees generally try to push the Credit Cards first. The Nordstrom Debit is simply a card that’s directly linked to your bank account. Looks like a credit card, but the money is debited from your account, just as it would be if you were using your debit card from your bank. The best part? You earn the exact same points on purchases that Credit Card holders do. And you get all of the same benefits, too. I would know, it’s what I always use! Honestly, it’s almost a no-brainer. If you’re using your regular debit card in store, just link up to the Nordstrom Debit to start earning those Nordstrom Notes. You get double points the first 3 days of the sale, too!

It’s easy to go a little bit sale crazy. Take this from someone who’s been there. I used to work all summer and save up from May-July just to shop the sale in excess. Use the sale as a time to save money on things you’ll need to buy come fall… Try not to go overboard and buy things just because they’re at a great price. Much easier said than done, trust. I call it Sale Psychosis.

My last tip is to stock up on your jeans, coats, and basics. For example, I only wear Hanky Panky underwear, but they are so expensive. Buying them in bulk during the Anniversary Sale definitely helps! Another pointer would be to think about the items you want to invest in later this fall.. A new watch? A new pair of riding boots? A new work tote? Whatever it may be, this is a good time to try to find it marked down!

Happy Sale Shopping!

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Panels, Pinstripes, and Printed Pumps

by Jessica Sturdy on July 17, 2014

This past weekend I had the pleasure of heading up to the Columbia campus on the Upper West Side for the HerCampus National Conference. Carly, Mackenzie, Hallie, and I spoke on a panel on Day 1 of the two day conference and it was actually a lot of fun. Sometimes panels can be a bit intimidating, but it was so easy being up there with three of my good friends! We got to meet a ton of amazing girls afterwards and it was so nice chatting and answering questions. (Side note: If you were at our panel and didn’t get a chance to ask your question due to time restraints, feel free to shoot me an email!)

I’d never been up to Columbia before and the campus is gorgeous! It has that same historic charm that my college campus had and I must say that I felt a bit of nostalgia as I was walking through the quad. I’m sure I’ll be re-visiting at some point, if only for the perfect backdrops for outfit photos.

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