Stars & Stripes

by Jessica Sturdy on June 30, 2015





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Old Navy Sweater  |  Old Navy Shorts  |  Old Navy Sandals  |  Ralph Lauren Bucket Bag  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Lele Sadoughi Cuff

After a few people asked about my Fourth of July plans this week, it finally hit me — it’s this weekend, in like 3 days! With the bulk of my thoughts focused on moving over the last two months, I feel like the first half of summer has sort of slipped through my fingertips. How it it already July 4th this weekend?!

I’m flying to Chicago tomorrow morning and am so excited for some much needed R&R after two weeks of packing and coordinating this cross-country move. I won’t have too many responsibilities once I land in Chicago because my boxes and furniture won’t arrive on the moving truck until sometime next week. So while I don’t have any set plans for the holiday just yet, my weekend forecast looks like a whole lot of sunshine, laying on the beach, rooftop barbecues, fireworks, and catching up with friends! I can-not-wait!

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Stripes & Slides

by Jessica Sturdy on June 29, 2015

black and white stripe maxi dress

LOFT Dress (only $38!)  |  Guess Slides  |  Lele Sadoughi Necklace  |  Vera Bradley Clutch  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Ralph Lauren Bracelet  |  Lele Sadoughi Pearl Cuff

Holy moly, you guys. TWO MORE DAYS. The moving company came on Friday to pick up all of my things and I’ve been living out a suitcase and sleeping on an air mattress since then. Today and Tuesday are going to be kind of a whirlwind tying up loose ends and scrambling to see everyone I want to see before I leave, and then I’m flying out on Wednesday morning!

I wore this dress for a Friday night out in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, as well as out for dinner one night in Palm Springs. (And I’ve got it packed in my suitcase to wear again in Chicago sometime over the next week!) I bought it at full-price (with a promo code), but it’s currently on sale and then an extra 60% off!! If you do the math, it comes out to $37.95. If you like it, I’d say you have pretty much every excuse to buy it! 😉

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Leopard & Lace in Central Park

by Jessica Sturdy on June 24, 2015

military jacket outfit print mixing

J.McLaughlin Top  |  Express Jacket  |  DL1961 Jeans  |  Carrano Heels (similar herehere, & here)  |  Tuckernuck Clutch  |  Bauble Bar Necklace  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Loren Hope Cuff  |  Loren Hope Bracelet

I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of a feminine lace piece with a tougher military-inspired vest or jacket. (Remember this outfit from 2013?) Leopard print pairs perfectly with the neutral combination of white and army green, but I thought I’d throw an extra print into the mix this time around. Can’t go wrong with stripes!

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Brooklyn Bridge in a Bow Skirt

by Jessica Sturdy on June 22, 2015

brooklyn bridge - black crop top, statement necklace, tibi ribbon bow full skirt, prada sunglasses, kate spade bow pumps - nyc blogger

Tibi Skirt  |  Express Crop Top  |  Bauble Bar Necklace  |  Kate Spade Pumps  |  Loren Hope Bracelets  |  Prada Sunglasses

On my mission to take some scenic photos around NYC, I couldn’t forget about the Brooklyn Bridge! I’ve walked and biked across the bridge, but up until a few weeks ago, I’d never made it down to the bridge for outfit photos. Lydia and I met there “early” (8 a.m) on a weekday morning thinking the bridge would be deserted and while it wasn’t as crowded as it would have been on a weekend, it wasn’t exactly empty. Who knew so many people commuted to work via biking and walking across the bridge! Even though we had to dodge a lot of people, we really lucked out with the overcast skies. But the wind, oh my gosh. So, so windy that morning!

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Late Night Decor Finds

by Jessica Sturdy on June 21, 2015

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With my move right around the corner, I’ve got a whole lot of home decor on my mind! So much decorating to do.. I’ve got double the square footage to work with! Equal parts stressful and so flippin’ exciting. I was browsing Joss & Main tonight and saw that Waiting on Martha curated a selection of  home decor items and I’m absolutely loving everything. So many cute pieces to add personality to a room, and a lot of really affordable pieces, too! Shop the sale here.

What’s on my wishlist? This removable wallpaper, this side table, these pineapple salt & pepper shakers, this trunk-inspired dresser, this ginger jar, and this flamingo bottle opener.

Here are a few more of my favorites…

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Life Lately

by Jessica Sturdy on June 21, 2015

This week has been kind of a blur. I landed at JFK on Wednesday night and was up bright and early and in the office by 9am on Thursday morning. After a day of meetings, a doctors appointment, some errands, and an event, I had a few of my old co-workers over for some wine (Someone has to drink all of this wine in my apartment before I leave!) and it turned into a 3am slumber party. Oops! Friday was mostly spent packing up my apartment — I’ve gotten half of my kitchen and 90% of my closet packed so far! Packing isn’t really the issue, it’s more so the process of going through every single belonging and deciding if it gets donated or if it moves to Chicago with me. I’m also trying to figure out exactly what I’m going to do for the two weeks that I don’t have any of my stuff — The movers pick up everything on 6/26 and then don’t deliver until sometime between 7/5-7/10 in Chicago. I’ll be sleeping on an air mattress in my empty apartment for the last few days while I tie up loose ends. And then I have a one-way ticket to Chicago on 7/1. So I am planning to pack a suitcase for my last few days in NYC, 4th of July weekend in Chicago, and a few days after potentially. It’s going to be a whirlwind of boxes, suitcases, and emotions, that’s for sure!

All of my different to-do lists are kind of paralyzing for me lately… There’s so much to do and I’m not exactly sure how it’s all going to get done. There have been times where I’m just staring at my lists, not even knowing where to start. But it will get done! I mean, it has to, right? Moving to-do’s, packing, trips to Goodwill, blog to-do’s, work to-do’s, NYC bucket list items, friends to see before I leave, etc. Eeeeks! So if it gets a little bit silent around these parts over the next week or two, bear with me!

Here’s a little peak into the prettier parts of my life lately… Gotta love having Instagram as a highlight reel!

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Pool Read at The Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs

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Donut Pool Float, Sun Hat

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Rooftop cocktails with the St. Tropez team learning about their newest products — In-Shower Gradual Tan Lotion and Pro Light Portable Spray Tanner. FYI: The new in-shower tanning product sold out within days on both Sephora and Ulta, but you can add yourself to the waitlist on both sites!

flamingo straw, iced latte, prada marfa print, stop and drink the rosé print

Homemade Nespresso Iced Latte, Flamingo Straw, Prada Marfa Print, Stop and Drink the Rosé Print, Drink More Gin Print, Marble Slab

prismsport printed watercolor workout leggings

Old Navy Boyfriend Tee, PrismSport Leggings (also available on Shopbop!), Nike Sneakers

Getting back into your workout groove is so hard post-vacay!! (Remember this post talking about that?) At least for me, anyway. And for whatever reason, it’s been especially hard after this Palm Springs trip. Finally got back to SoulCycle yesterday for an ass-kicking with Hallie!

PS: If you’re following me on Instagram and are ever wondering where to find an item I’m wearing, you can get shopping links sent directly to your inbox with a service called Like to Know It! Once you register on their website, whenever you “like” one of my Instagram’s with a liketoknow.it/xyz link, you will receive an email that looks like the picture below, with all of the products right below the photo. Clicking the product images will take you directly to the retailer shopping page where I purchased the item! Don’t worry about these spamming your inbox because you can choose your email preferences — right away, one email per day, or one email per week. Just thought I’d share in case you were interested… Super easy! :)

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Flamingo Clutch, Sunglasses, iPhone Case

Hope you had a great weekend! xo

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Weekend Round-Up

by Jessica Sturdy on June 20, 2015

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I was flipping through the July J.Crew catalog last night and loved all of their patriotic styling! Red, White, and Blue all over. Plus, their offering 30% off regular priced style this weekend, and an extra 40% off of sale. I love these jeweled navy sandals, this tassel straw tote, and this striped dress.  Happy Shopping!

My friend Meghan wrote such a fabulous post about turning 30 this month … 30 Things I’ve Learned by 30

Love this striped dress on Hallie! Summer Stripes

I read this book on vacation! Such a quick beach read for the summer. Crazy Rich Asians

I loved Mackenzie’s post about making friends in a new city. I practiced the same mentality when I first moved to NYC and only knew a single person! How I Made Friends in a New City

The Kate Spade fish clutch is finally 40% off!!

Grace’s Dominican Republic vacay looked like a dream! Dominican Republic Vacation Diary

Obsessed with all of the new Essie colors for summer!

Reading Carly’s Tony Awards recap was so fun. And that dress? Absolutely stunning! Tony Awards

I found this Herbivore Botanicals After Sun mist at a boutique in Palm Springs (H2O Closet in Old Town La Quinta) and loved it after being in the sun all day. Then TSA took it from me on the way home. :(

Also loving this new J.Crew print! shorts, crop top, and circle skirt

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A few more of my Red, White, & Blue favorites…

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Playing Tourist

by Jessica Sturdy on June 17, 2015

white eyelet summer dress

Vince Camuto Sandals via Zappos  |  Old Navy Dress (on sale!)  |  Cole Haan Backpack via Zappos  |  Julie Vos Necklace  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Michael Kors Watch

After a fun and relaxing (and really freaking hot) week in Palm Springs, I’m currently en route back to NYC. Two more weeks, you guys. I can’t believe how fast time is flying! I’ve got 13 more days to pack up my entire apartment and make the most out of my last few weeks as a Manhattanite.

Over the last week, New York has officially started in with the hot and sticky humidity. (Or so my friends tell me… I’m in for a real treat when I land at JFK tonight.) Yikes! Over the next few weeks, I full intend on dressing comfortably while taking advantage of my city. There’s really no other way when it’s so warm in a concrete jungle!

If you’re visiting New York over the summer, this look is great for exploring! An easy, cotton dress with comfortable sandals and a backpack or crossbody to keep your hands free is essential. I’ve always been more of a crossbody gal, but with the current “athleisure” trend and Hallie’s constant carrying of a back pack, I decided to pick up a tan leather backpack for running around the city and weekend travel.

I got both my sandals and my backpack from Zappos. And they have plenty of similar easy-fit dresses to choose from, too. One stop shop!

These sandals are so fun… The perfect little statement sandal. They’re more dressed up than your average cognac leather sandals, but they’re perfectly easy to dress down with a casual outfit like this one. They just add a little pizazz!

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Summer Sale: Statement Necklaces

by Jessica Sturdy on June 16, 2015

O.M.G. BaubleBar is having a one-day sale on statement necklaces — 25% off each and every necklace! Use code SUMMERSTATEMENT at checkout. Hurry, ends tonight at 11:59pm EST!

Shop the sale here!

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Tassel Spike Necklace  |  Rope Bib Necklace  |  City Coordinates Necklace  |  Mermaid Bib Necklace
Bullet Necklace | Mint Links Necklace | Champagne Bib Necklace | Fish Hook Collar | Pearl Tassel Necklace
Tortoise Links Necklace | Garland Brooch Collar | Pave Agate Pendant

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Scalloped Shorts

by Jessica Sturdy on June 15, 2015

white scalloped shorts

J.McLaughlin Linen Shirt  |  LOFT White Scalloped Shorts  |  Jack Rogers Metallic Sandals  |  J.Crew Glitter Belt (similar here)  |  Coach Sunglasses  |  Ralph Lauren Red Bucket Bag  |  Lele Sadoughi Bracelet

With summer just around the corner (officially, anyways) and 4th of July (one of my favorite holidays!) just a few weeks away, I keep gravitating towards red, white, and blue.

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