Santa Baby

by Jessica Sturdy on December 19, 2014

cute christmas outfits

Whenever Carly and I meet up, we usually just look at each other and laugh. Nine times out of ten, we’re wearing some type of coordinating outfit! Take Wednesday morning, for example. Carly and I met up for breakfast (breakfast dates before work are seriously the best!) at Sarabeth’s and were planning to do a fun shoot with our matching santa hats afterwards before I headed into the office. There were almost tears when we met up in front of The Plaza… Plaid skirts, navy tights, sweaters, monogrammed crossbody bags, navy suede shoes, etc. I think we’re as close to twinning as humanly possible, without actually wearing the same thing. Honestly, the only thing we planned on matching was our hats. (We later realized that she has my Vineyard Vines skirt and I have her J.Crew skirt. #closecall)

I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out… They’re so festive and fun and capture how magical the city is during the holiday season. We look like Santa’s Little Helpers! When I splurged on this Santa Hat a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize how much I would actually wear it. I just loved it so much and knew I had to have it! (Even if just for a dress form decoration in my bedroom!) But I’ve been sporting it on the commute to work, running errands on the weekend, you name it. It’s so cute! It’s currently on sale and then an extra 25% off so if you’ve been lusting after it, nows the time to get it!

PS: If you’re in New York over the holidays, you have to check out the fountain in front of The Plaza! Once the water is drained from the fountain, it’s filled with Fraser Firs. So pretty! The perfect backdrop for festive photos.

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All That Glitters

by Jessica Sturdy on December 19, 2014

chandon pour on the fun gold

Since we’re in the midst of holiday parties and New Years Eve is right around the corner, I figured I should share one of my favorite dresses. It’s gold and sparkly… Contain your shock.

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Gift Guide: Girlfriends

by Jessica Sturdy on December 18, 2014

To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!girls-for-your-girlfriends-secret-santa

I was shopping at Sephora last week (I’m desperately in the market for a new eye cream that targets dark circles and some puffiness.. if you have suggestions, I’m all ears (and eyes)!) and I was loving all of the gift sets from bareMinerals & Buxom. There were a ton of great fragrance sets, too! All would make for a great (platonic) girlfriend gift.

Eberjey Sweats (also available here)  |  Chandon Limited Edition  |  Pearl Front-Back Earrings  |  Crossbody Bag  |  Delicate Ring  |  Stationery Set  |  Plaid Scarf  |  Plaid Slippers  |  Criss Cross Ring  |  Lip Gloss Set  |  Sneakers  |  Wine Glasses  |  Candle  |  Watch  |  Contouring Kit  |  Plaid Matches  |  Vera Bradley Houndstooth Throw

Click through the slideshow below to shop these gifts and more…

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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  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers  |  Day 18: Statement Sparkle  | Day 19: Girlfriends

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Christmas Morning

by Jessica Sturdy on December 17, 2014

Today’s post is Christmas overload… Apologies in advance if that’s not your thing!

stripes and plaid

I teamed up with The Everygirl a few weeks ago to shoot a fun feature in my apartment… Christmas Morning! While I won’t be spending Christmas in my apartment, I’m almost festive to a fault during the holiday season. Christmas pajamas, garland, festive rugs, all sorts of Christmas lights, wreaths, ornaments hanging over my bed, balsam candles, plaid everything, and alllllll of the peppermint hot cocoa. I’ve essentially been treating each weekend morning like it’s Christmas morning since Thanksgiving!

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Gift Guide: Statement Sparkle

by Jessica Sturdy on December 16, 2014

Light up the room this holiday season with this selection of gilded gold gifts and statement sparklers! This gift guide is filled with glitter, sequins, jewels, and shimmer.. What’s not to love?!

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Pyrite Bottle Topper  |  Layered Necklace  |  Striped Sequin Loafers (with a bow!)  |  Collar Necklace  |  Layering Bracelet  |  Tassel Earrings  |  Glitter Wine Bottle (50% of profits go to End Childhood Hunger)  |  Jeweled Beanie  |  Shimmer Skirt  |  Polka Dot Pouch  |  iPhone Case

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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  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers  |  Day 18: Statement Sparkle

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $30

by Jessica Sturdy on December 16, 2014

I truly can’t believe Christmas is in 9 days. I’m going to be honest… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. And I leave town in less than a week… Yikes! I need to start browsing my own gift guides. :)

Here are my favorite stocking-stuffer-type gifts under $30!

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Carmex (love the fun tubes!)  |  NARS Lipstick  |  Greeting Card Set  |  Statement Earrings  |  Monogrammed Stationery  |  Nail Polish  |  Initial Business Card Holder  |  Ring  |  Metallic Notebook  |  Vaseline Lip Therapy  |  Monogram Notepad  |  Bucket Bag  |  Leopard Matches  |  Bow Paper Clips  |  Voluspa Candle  |  Fresh Lip Balm  |  Trendy Earrings  |  Archipelago Candle

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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  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Leather-Trim LBD

by Jessica Sturdy on December 15, 2014

black dress leopard belt

The countdown is on! I leave early next week to head to Florida for Christmas. I can hardly wait! Warm weather Christmas… It’s definitely been a while! I haven’t spent Christmas outside of Illinois in a longgg time… Like, 15 years or something. So excited!

I was going through my folder of photos on my computer trying to figure out what dresses to pack for my trip and I came across these photos that I accidentally forgot to post earlier this fall. Oops! (Side note: I really miss my summer tan..)

This dress is definitely coming with me on my trip, but I also made a mental note to style it with a tissue-thin turtleneck and textured tights once I get back. Or a sparkly blazer would be fun, too! The options are endless.. Perfect LBD. (PS: The dress is 25% off through Christmas! code: HOLIDAY2014)

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Sequins + Plaid

by Jessica Sturdy on December 15, 2014

giant plaid scarf

Seeing the NYC store windows all dressed up for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do in the city during the holiday season. For a casual day of window shopping, I wore a sequin tee with a giant plaid blanket scarf. Coat not pictured!

These particular photos were snapped in front of Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue, which was one of the stops on my holiday bucket list.

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Gift Guide: The Jetsetter

by Jessica Sturdy on December 14, 2014

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Monogram Bag  |  Lip Balm  |  Solar Charger  |  Passport Cover  |  Universal Travel Adaptor  |  Monogram Travel Cosmetic Bag  |  Backpack  |  Travel Tote  |  Curling Iron Cover  |  Carryon Cocktail Kit  |  Luggage Tag  |  Eye Mask  |  Travel Bags — Shoes, To Wash / To Wear, Bits & Baubles  |  Bow Cosmetic Bag  |  Speaker  |  In-Flight Face Spray

One of my favorite gifts for the traveler? This Barbour travel bag. Works for both girls and guys! (Excellent gift for a couple because they can both get use of it!)

I’ve been lusting over this Bric’s suitcase for quite some time. It’s just so chic, right?! But it’s pretty pricey. I was looking for some similar styles and found this little Delsey gem for a fraction of the price. Plus, I’ve been using the brand for years and years. (More on that here.) Fabulous find, if I do say so myself! (And it’s on super sale right now, too!)

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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  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos | Day 16: The Jetsetter

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Weekend Round Up

by Jessica Sturdy on December 12, 2014

bows and sequins holiday christmas card minted gold foil warm wishes

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

PS: If you’re doing holiday shopping this weekend, be sure to check out my gift guides… 

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  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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