Cat & Mouse

by Jessica Sturdy on July 28, 2015

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You know I’m always a sucker for cheeky and quirky accessories. Naturally, I can’t get over Kate Spade’s most recent collection… A little game of Cat & Mouse!

Watch  |  Pumps  |  Ears iPhone Cover  |  Flats  |  Evening Bag  |  Cat Got Your Tongue?  |  Handbag  |  Mouse Pouch

Shop the whole collection here and here!

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Palm Print in Palm Springs

by Jessica Sturdy on July 28, 2015

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Whenever I go on vacation, I kind of treat it like a theme party when I’m packing. Stripes on stripes on stripes for Paris, a chic trench coat for London, you get the idea. When I was packing for my trip to Palm Springs last month, I just had to pack this palm print skirt. I styled it with my favorite crop top trick and a few quintessential accessories — retro sunglasses, tortoise necklaces, and a bamboo clutch.

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Citrus & Stripes

by Jessica Sturdy on July 27, 2015

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As I was browsing Instagram over the weekend, I caught a sneak peek at my friend Julia‘s collaboration with my favorite phone case and stationery designer, Minnie and Emma. Don’t you just love the summery citrus vibe?! Watermelons, pineapples, and, of course, lemons. And those french blue stripes… swoon!

Shop the entire collection here!

 

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Summer Style Staples

by Jessica Sturdy on July 24, 2015

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It’s FINALLY feeling like the summertime that Chicago is known for and I couldn’t be happier! It’s good timing, too, as this has been my first week jumping back into meetings, events, and a regular work schedule since I moved. It’s been great not feeling like I’m in limbo for the first time in months. I’m still waiting on furniture I’ve ordered and all of that, but outside of my actual apartment, I’m feeling a lot more settled overall!

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Nautical Navy Jumpsuit

by Jessica Sturdy on July 20, 2015

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You can call this a jumpsuit or a sailor suit, whichever you prefer. I feel a little bit like I should be working on a boat when I’m wearing this jumpsuit, but we all know I love looks that nod towards nautical. A jumpsuit is a fun update from a dress, especially on those chilly summer nights.

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Happy Anniversary!

by Jessica Sturdy on July 17, 2015

After hyping up the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week, I have to let you know that the sale is finally open to the public! Early Access is over so now everyone can score the 40% off deals, no matter if you have a Nordstrom card or not, before the prices go back up on August 3rd!

When I shared my favorite picks from the sale last week, I told you that a lot of items go fast and can even sell out during Early Access. Quite a few of my first-round picks sold out over the last week, but there are still so many fabulous fall finds to be scooped up at 40% off!

Here’s how you can shop my favorites:

1. See the full running list here!

2. In the picture below, you can click the little black + boxes to shop each item directly!

Sperry Boots  |  Gold Cuff  |  Kate Spade Bow Wallet
Clarisonic | Burberry Watch | Plaid Scarf | Faux Fur Vest
YSL Concealer | Nikes | Gold Bangle
Eyeshadow Palette | Classic Pumps | Reversible Tote
Tory Burch Bag | Scalloped Flats | Kate Spade Bracelet | Hunter Boots

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A few items worth noting…

1. The best wear-all-day-everyday booties for under $100. If you want a little bit of height, go for these! (These are also a fabulous option at $120. They look so much more expensive!)

2. These pumps are perfect for the office or a girls night out. And they’re under $100, too!

3. These are a no brainer for rainy days! (Or these if you’re into the taller styles.)

4. I wore these boots so much last winter in the snow and slush!

5. This scarf is so, so true.

6. This plaid scarf will be a staple after summer has passed! (Love this color, too.)

7. You can’t go wrong with a statement cuff.

8. Scalloped flats in a plethora of colors and patterns!

9. At $32, this reversible tote is a must-buy.

10. I’m trying not to go crazy in the sale this year since I had to pay for a move and buy so much new furniture this month, but here’s what I’ve got on my lust list: this sweater, this coat, this vest, these bootsthis cardiganthis coat, this jacket, these pants, and this vest.

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Gingham Girl

by Jessica Sturdy on July 15, 2015

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LOFT Dress (50% off today!)  |  Kate Spade Sandals  |  Ralph Lauren Bucket Bag  |  Gap Sunglasses (similar here & here)  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff

Even though the Fourth of July has passed, red accessories are still staples in my summer wardrobe! A bright pop of color with your sunglasses, bag, or sandals is the perfect way to make a statement against a neutral outfit. LOFT is killing it in the gingham department right now! I saw this dress and couldn’t resist. I had to practice some serious restraint to not buy the entire collectionthis cami, this coverup, this romper, and this tank were calling my name!

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Bright & Bold

by Jessica Sturdy on July 10, 2015

donna morgan ikat print fit and flare dress

Donna Morgan Dress  |  Zara Heels (similar)  |  J.Crew Clutch  |  Sequin Bangle  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Capwell + Co Necklace

Happy Friday! On one hand, this week has felt extremely long, but on the other, it went by in the blink of an eye. After my furniture got delivered on Monday, I tried to settle into a bit of a routine the rest of the week. Most days, Hallie and I were at Lyfe Kitchen or Le Pain Quotidien plugging away at our computers, trying to catch back up on life, work, and emails after the move. When I’ve been at my apartment, it’s been a seemingly endless task of unpacking boxes and finding a home for all of my things. I feel like I’ve made countless trips to Target and The Container Store to buy various organizational contraptions, but I still have a ways to go. This week was pretty mundane and left little time for exploring my new neighborhood, but it was in the 60’s all week in Chicago so I guess I was better off indoors!

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Early Access

by Jessica Sturdy on July 9, 2015

Go ahead and put a meeting on your calendar this morning. We’ve got a lot of things to discuss and you’re going to need some time to yourself after we’re done…

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, you guys!! Well, almost… “Early Access” starts today (7/9) and the sale opens up to everyone on July 17th. But let’s back up, shall we?

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What: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Why: Compared to end of the season mark-downs, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the complete opposite. Every item in the Anniversary Sale is BRAND NEW. It’s all new-for-fall merchandise that’s discounted first, before prices go back up to regular price. New Arrivals going on sale. Crazy, right? It’s the best time to shop for your fall wardrobe! However, since it’s such an amazing sale — THINGS GO FAST! You have to be on your A-Game to score the best pieces. Many items sell out during Anniversary before they ever go full-price!

WhenEarly Access is July 9-16, but he sale is open to everyone July 17 through August 2nd. Prices go back up to regular price on August 3rd!

Where: Typically, Early Access used to only be available to Nordstrom Card Holders in store only. And if you’ve ever shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in person, it can be a total zoo! (Think: Black Friday.) However, you can now SHOP EARLY ACCESS ONLINE! This is huge, people.

Who: Alright, here’s the catch.. Kind of. Early Access is reserved for Nordstrom Card holders only. If you’re anything like me, you’re anti-store-credit-cards. (It’s always a resounding NO when an employee asks me if I want to save 15% for opening a credit card.) However, did you know Nordstrom has a DEBIT CARD? My guess would be no, as the store employees generally try to push the Credit Cards first. (I would know, I used to work there.) 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. It doesn’t affect your credit score at all, as there is no line of credit being issued to you. The best part? You earn the exact same amount of points that Credit Card holders do, and you get all of the same benefits and perks, too. It’s seriously 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. I’ve had the Debit Card since 2011 and I love it!

Another Why: (More like a Why Not..) With the credit or debit card, you get Early Access to the Anniversary Sale (July 9-16th) and you earn double points on all of those Early Access purchases this week. You also get double points on all Nordstrom purchases during the first two days that the sale is open to the public, July 17th-19th. I guess I should explain the points.. Typically, you earn 2 points for every dollar you spend at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and Hautelook. For every 2,000 points, you earn a $20 Nordstrom Note, which is just like Nordstrom cash. So if you’re earning double points, you get a $20 Nordstrom Note for every $500 you spend. (Random Side Note: There are even Triple Points days and a Ten Point Day around the holidays!) I’m sure Nordstrom themselves can explain the Nordstrom Rewards system better than I can, so if you’re interested just check out the website!

Here are some of the top items on my Wish List… Everything is at least 33% off!

This tri-colored Phillip Lim Pashli Tote is so perfect for fall.. You can wear it with everything!! (Love this mini one, too!)

This lace romper is fabulous. Obsessed with the shade of green! Can’t you just picture it with a pair of black tights and ankle-strap pumps this fall?

The Anniversary Sale was made for stocking up on Hanky Pankys!

20% off select Clarisonics!

The beauty department is always worth peeking at during the sale, too! There’s always a ton of value sets put together exclusively for the sale, as well as gifts with purchases.

I’ve been dying for a pair of Rag & Bone skinny pants for a few seasons now.

You can beat the price of this cream-colored skirt for fall!

A DVF wrap dress for 33% off? Can’t beat it! And the color is fab!

This tweed sweater coat is going to be MVP in my fall jacket lineup!

The color of this trench coat can’t be beat! So in love.

This drusy tassel necklace looks so much more expensive than it is! This one, too.

I love a good coat game… How about this jewel-toned jacket, this preppy plaid number, this draped duster with leather sleeves, this winter white topper, this Vince coat, and this parka? Oh, and this chunky knit jacket is what my cozy-by-the-fire dreams are made of. And I think I actually gasped when I saw this sweater coat with the faux-fur trim. NEED IT!

Stuart Weitzman boots for 36% off? YEP.

This suede skirt makes me want to channel some inner boho this fall. This one, too! And how cute are these fringe booties?! (Also love this pair!)

I’ve been waiting to splurge on a leather jacket one of these years… This might be the one!

Mark my words… You’ll need to get these booties resoled by the end of the season. #WearWithEVERYTHING

I couldn’t order these trousers fast enough! Can you tell what my favorite color is yet? And it’s trending big time for fall… Beyond excited! (Except I might start to look like the Jolly Green Giant before the season is over…) How fabulous is this leather skirt?

I’m also adding this super-soft scarf to my wish list!

This bucket bag is the cutest.

I’ve been digging vests lately and this long-line version is no exceptions!

If you’ve been longing for a Dana Rebecca piece, here’s your chance.

Don’t forget about activewear! How fun are these downtown printed leggings? Also loving these mesh cut-out leggings that are only $41! And how fab are these sneakers?! These bold pants are must-haves, too.

And lastly, but certainly not least, how gorgeous is this Chloe bag?!

Shop Early Access Here!

Happy Shopping!! Let me know what you pick up! 

I’ll just be over here trying to narrow down my shopping cart…

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Click through the arrows to shop my favorite items under $50!

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Red, White, & Blue

by Jessica Sturdy on July 8, 2015

Fourth of July Outfit -- Navy Blazer, Lace Top, Boyfriend Jeans, Red Ankle Strap Heels, Red Bucket Bag --Chicago, IL

Express Jeans  |  Express Blazer (Similar)  |  Express Top (Similar)  |  Express Sandals  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Ralph Lauren Bucket Bag

While there have definitely been a few times I’ve longed for New York over the last week, I’m kind of surprised by how happy I’ve been in Chicago so far. It’s only been one week and it still feels like I’m on a trip in a lot of weird ways, but I’ve been enjoying it none the less. I’ve always known that Chicago is a friendly city, but I think I forgot just how friendly. After living in NYC for three years, the vibe is unbelievably different in Chicago. I’ve had more conversations with strangers in the last week than my entire time in New York — I’m not exaggerating! I’ve been exchanging numbers with friends of friends and making plans to hang out again. I’ve met people living in my building, I’ve been saying Please & Thank You more, and I’ve even been smiling at strangers on the street. And it feels good to be so friendly! I guess the saying is proving to be true.. Happiness is contagious!

Spending Fourth of July weekend in Chicago was so much fun. Great friends both old and new, late nights, sunshine, brunches, cookouts, paddle boarding, boats, fireworks, you name it… We did it all this weekend! No matter the occasion, I was rocking the red, white, and blue.

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