Camel Colored Coat

by Jessica Sturdy on November 21, 2014

Happy Friday you guys! With the holidays just around the corner, I feel like the work weeks have felt so unbelievably long. Especially when you’re working for an e-commerce site, gearing up for the holidays is exhausting. I was traveling for work a few days this week, but I’ll be getting back tonight and I’m so looking forward to a relaxing weekend in the city! I know it’s usually customary to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for the holidays, but I’m going to break the rules and start decorating a little bit this weekend. I’m going to hit up Target and Home Goods to search for fun (& inexpensive!) holiday decor, but do let me know if there are any other places in NYC that you recommend I check out while I’m out and about this weekend!

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While I’m out shopping, I’m definitely going to have to bundle up. Fall sure feels like it’s over and I think it’s safe to say winter is upon us. That really means one thing — It’s officially time to break out all of the coats! It’s really important to me to have a few options for outerwear in the winter. Why, you ask? Because wearing the same coat every single day for at least five months out of the year can get really repetitive and kind of depressing! I’m constantly on the search for great quality coats that don’t break the bank. I think it’s essential to invest a bit more for quality, but since I like to have a variety of outerwear options, I like to stick to that $250 and under range for most of my jackets.

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Gift Guide: Business Babe

by Jessica Sturdy on November 20, 2014

Today’s gift guide is for the CEO-in-the-making, the business babe who is a total bada$$, the girl who logs more hours at the office than her home, and the girl who is always on the go because of her career!

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Whether it’s a sleek carry-on suitcase, a stylish tote for her commute, or a fabulous pair of cashmere-lined leather gloves that are tech-friendly, there’s sure to be something on this list that will make her long days a little bit brighter!

Monogrammed Notepad | Simplified Planner | Business Card Holder | Leather Tech Gloves | Pen | iPad Case | Inspirational Notepad | Leather Tote | Gold Earbuds | Leather Pouch (dolla dolla bills y’all!) | Mophie Juice Pack (to keep all of her devices charged on the go!) | Kate Spade Desk Accessories | Suitcase

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie | Day 8: The Talented Teacher | Day 9: The Working Girl

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Blush Crush

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

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This is my third and final look from our trip to Las Vegas with Zappos. (See the first two here and here!) I love all of the subtle shimmer in this outfit. From the sequin detailing on the top, to the metallic chain-strap bag, to the subtle shimmer on the sandals, it’s definitely a statement-making look! To balance out all of the sparkle, I chose a pair of crisp white jeans. Perfect for a sunny weekend in Sin City!

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Gift Guide: The Talented Teacher

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

christmas holiday gifts for teachers

Sweater | Tote | Lip Balm | Water Bottle | Stationery | Pens | Hand Cream | Boots

Whether it’s for your own professor or for your son or daughter’s school teacher, figuring out what to get the talented teacher in your life is always kind of tricky. (Or maybe it’s even your best friend who happens to be in front of the classroom!) Of course candles, crafts, and cookies are always a good idea, but if you’re looking to buy a great gift that’s not covered in apple motifs, look no further. For this particular gift guide, I went straight to the source. My best friend, Ellen, is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago suburbs so I asked her what’s on her holiday list this year, as well as her teaching must-haves.

Go-To School BagMZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote

Favorite Writing Utensil: Sharpie Pens

Desk Must-Haves: Jack Black Lip Balm, Gerlasan Hand Cream, and a Spill-Proof Camelbak Water Bottle

Favorite Gift to Give & Get: Personalized Stationery

On Her Wish List: Burberry Halloway Rainboots & UGG Shearling Mittens for Recess Duty

Favorite Way to Unwind: Yoga (her must-have yoga tank!) or Reading in Bed in Natori PJ’s

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Thanks for helping me with this gift guide, El. You’re the best! xo

Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie | Day 8: The Talented Teacher

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Textured Tights

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

calypso st barth sweater

I’ve typically steered clear of anything resembling a fishnet tight, but I seriously can’t get over how much I love these crochet tights! They add just the right amount of texture to every outfit and skirt I’ve worn them with. For this particular look, I love how the chunky sweater, subtly textured skirt, and crochet tights work together to spice up an all black and white outfit.

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Gift Guide: For the Beauty Junkie

by Jessica Sturdy on November 18, 2014

Back at it today with Gift Guide #7! (Missed one? You can see the first six here!)

Today is all about the beauty junkie in your life. The girl who’s obsessed with Birchbox*, who’s addicted to the checkout lanes at Sephora (guilty.. they get me every time), and who is always carrying at least four lipsticks in her purse. Sound familiar? These gifts are for her!

I was never really a beauty junkie until my first job in New York. I managed social media for a company that owned eight cosmetics, skincare, hair care, and fragrance brands. We did most of the product development in house so I became quite the guinea pig. For 16 months, I was always testing new hair sprays, lip colors, moisturizers, fragrances, and even men’s facial scrub. Needless to say, I became kind of obsessed with trying out new products!

I’ve tried and tested most of these products myself. (I’m putting them on here, so you know they’re good!) And the ones that I haven’t tried have come highly recommended and are on my “to buy” list in my phone. What, you don’t have one of those? ;)

gift guide for the beauty junkie guru

St. Tropez Self Tanner | YSL Touche Éclat (How fun is this special edition tube?! Need it.) | YSL Lipstick | Smashbox Brush Set | Aerin Evening Rose | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Aerin Eyelight Concealer | Aerin Ikat Jasmine Body Cream | NARS Audacious Lipstick | Caudalíe Nighttime Detox Oil | NARS Smoky Eye Kit | MZ Wallace Cosmetic Bag | Essie Polish | NARS Eye Liner

*If she’s not already a Birchbox member, a subscription is a fabulous gift idea!

Lauren recommended this nighttime detox oil and I fell in love. I’ve been wearing the new NARS Audacious Lipstick like every day. I’ve been experimenting with this smoky eye kit.. Great for beginners! (I feel like I’m so bad at eyeshadow.) Lauren P got me this cosmetic bag for my birthday and it’s just so cute!

And because I ran out of space in the image above, here are some of my absolute favorites…

Favorite Lipsticks: Pink (shade: fuchsia) | Bold Red (shade: beso) | Less Upkeep Red (shade: cherry)| Mauve (shade: anna)

This is my absolute favorite hair product… ever. This spray is absolutely magical. My go-to fragrance. Favorite tinted chapstick. Must-have leave-in hair product. The very best dry shampoo. Can’t get enough of these serum capsules. Favorite Self-Tanner. I could go on and on… Maybe I should write about beauty more often? You tell me!

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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kate spade new york on HauteLook

by Jessica Sturdy on November 17, 2014

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In case you missed it over the weekend, I posted a little sneak peek of HauteLook’s second-ever kate spade new york online sale event on Friday! I partnered with HauteLook to share my favorite finds from the event, both on my blog and on their website as a preview over the weekend. But now, you can shop the sale today! Hurry because things are sure to go fast. With party season upon us, you can never have too many fun, festive dresses or accessories! kate spade new york is always my go-to for glam nights out on the town. From fancy dresses to snazzy shoes, they’ve got it all covered. Plus, it’s the perfect time to start stocking up on gifts. Happy Shopping!

Also — HauteLook is giving away a $500 credit to one lucky Bows & Sequins reader! To enter, head on over to HauteLook.com, register, check out the kate spade new york events and then head to my Instagram to leave a comment on this photo letting me know what you would buy with the credit. The winner will be announced tonight at 6p.m. EST. Good luck & happy shopping!

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Gift Guide: Monograms

by Jessica Sturdy on November 17, 2014

Whether it’s his or her initials or a full name, pretty much everything is better with a monogram. I even drew my name in my hot chocolate over the weekend.. Photo of that here.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite personalized products for the holidays! My favorites? This monogrammed clutch (I have it!), this cuff (so unique!), this tote, and these pouches. J.Crew also has a whole slew of monogrammed items, all of which I love! (Especially these totes!)

Don’t forget, monogrammed items take longer to get to your doorstep since most of them have to be custom ordered! Make sure you allow extra time for processing and delivery. :)

monogrammed personalized gifts

Clutch | Bag Tag | Name Necklace with Birthstone | Scarf | Longchamp | Initial Necklace | Hexagon Cuff | Lucite Letter | Script Ring | Notebook | Pouches | Candle | Tote | Votive | 3 Initial Hammered Cuff | Colored Name Necklace

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Sneak Peek

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2014

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Happy Friday! I’m so excited to tell you about today’s post –

If you’ve been following Bows & Sequins for any time at all, it should come as no surprise that Kate Spade is one of my all-time favorite brands. Each and every season, I’m lusting after the gorgeous dresses, fabulous shoes, cheeky phrases, and must-have accessories. I love how every piece; no matter if it’s a pair of pumps or a pair of statement earrings, has a personality. The playful and irreverent lifestyle that Kate Spade evokes makes each collection totally shine.

So when HauteLook reached out to me about featuring my favorite finds in their second-ever Kate Spade online sale event, it was an obvious Y-E-S!

For this outfit, I picked out my favorite party pieces for a glam night out on the town! The drop-waist dress is the epitome of flirty and fun. And the mesh bow-covered heels? I’m in love. The heel isn’t too high and the slingback makes for the perfect dancing shoe! To add some glitz and extra glam to my outfit, I chose a sparkly statement necklace. While this necklace is so easy to dress up, I can’t wait to wear it with a more casual look, like a simple plaid or chambray button-down. Talk about versatility!

Head on over to HauteLook this weekend to get a full sneak peek of my picks, which you can shop Monday at 8a.m. PST.

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A special Thank You to HauteLook for sponsoring this post!

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Gift Guide: Tartan & Plaid

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2014

holiday gift guide tartan plaid

iPhone | Socks | Circle Scarf | PJ Set (can be monogrammed!) | Ornament | Blanket Scarf | Watch | Blouse | Emergency Kit | Bow Tie | Flats | Tote

Nothing says the holidays quite like plaid and tartan! Whether you’re curling up by the fireplace with a tartan mug or clipping in a plaid hair bow for a casual family gathering, the holiday season feels a lot more festive when there’s plaid involved. Give him a plaid bow tie and her a wear-with-everything plaid scarf. And then pick up a pair of cozy plaid PJs for yourself!

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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