The Big Apple

by Jessica Sturdy on June 25, 2012

I’ve been casually dropping lines about moving, but here’s the official news: I am moving to New York City!


Even before I first visited NYC, I was in love with the city. As “the city that never sleeps” and a fashion capital of the world, NYC always seemed so exciting. My first, second, and third visits solidified my inkling… I belong in NYC. When I last visited in February, I grabbed breakfast with one of my girlfriends from college. She mentioned that her roommate would be moving in June and she was looking for a new roommate starting July 1st. It’s funny how things work out because my lease in Chicago was up at the exact same time. I called my mom after breakfast and said, “I think I’m moving to New York.” I mulled it over for a day or two, but I knew I was going to make the move. The timing was too perfect, how could I say no? I can’t believe it is finally happening, but I am beyond excited!

Remember all of my furniture and decor (here, here, and here) that I bought when I moved to Chicago? Well, it won’t fit in my new apartment. Movers are coming to load up all of my furniture and move it in to storage in my hometown on Wednesday. I’ll be leaving Chicago and heading back to my parents house on Thursday and then starting the 17 hour drive to New York City next Monday morning!

I’ll be tweeting and posting pictures as I go, but I’ve lined up some of my favorite Chicago & NYC bloggers to help me out while I’m moving half-way across the country and getting settled in my new home! Wish me luck. :)

Chambray Shirt: J.Crew // NYC Graphic Tee: Gap // Neon Shorts: J.Crew // Necklace: Bauble Bar // Shoes: Dolce Vita

PS – I hear there isn’t much closet space in NYC so I have a TON of stuff to get rid of before I move! I’m selling items on Poshmark so check out those listings if you’re interested!

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Amber ~ Real Girl Glam June 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

OMG that is so exciting! Definitely sounds like it was meant to be. Have a safe trip there and I can’t wait to see and hear all about your adventures!


Penny Pincher Fashion June 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

Congrats girl – so excited for you & that means we can meet up when I’m down in the city…yay! Good luck with the move :)


Sara June 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

Congrats Jess! So proud of you and cannot wait to hear about your exciting new life in NYC. You are going to be immensely missed in Chicago (seriously, what will we do without you!?)!


Sorcha June 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

How exciting! I’m so jealous, NYC sounds like an amazing place to live. Good luck on the actual moving part!


Catherine June 25, 2012 at 9:04 am

How exciting!! Congratulations – the timing really is perfect, and you’ll have so much fun. I cannot wait to hear more about your adventure (and I LOVE your outfit!).


Elizabeth June 25, 2012 at 9:15 am

This is so exciting – congrats!


Jessica @ LittleMiss312 June 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

So excited for you! Can’t wait to read how much fun your having in the months to come!


ina June 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

I am so excited for you!


Sarah June 25, 2012 at 9:34 am

SO exciting!! Saw pictures of your going away party on Instagram. Such an awesome opportunity – looking forward to following along!! Good luck with the move :)



Ellen Landgren June 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

Very proud of you Jessie, and excited for you!! I can’t wait to hear about it every step of the way and to visit! You are going to do great things there. I will truly miss taking ‘outfit pics’ !


Passport to Style Team June 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

congrats again! and love this outfit!

-Passport to Style Team


Nicole June 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

Congrats and WELCOME!

I just signed my lease for year 2 right in Manhattan. You’re going to love it here!

I’ve been following your blog for a while and am excited for you to make the big move! There really is no place like NYC :)

Good luck on the move!


Lindsay June 25, 2012 at 10:49 am

So exciting! So whats happened with your work when you move? Can’t wait to see new outfits pictures in your new home NYC….jealous!

Lindsay @


hallie June 25, 2012 at 11:11 am


Just kidding — I am SO happy for you, and I couldn’t be prouder that you’re following your heart. Big things await for you in NYC, girlfriend. I can’t wait to visit!

Miss you already and you are not even gone! Can’t wait for Wednesday. Let’s party! xo


Kristin Clark June 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Oh my goodness, congrats love! That is so excitingggg! Can’t wait to see your NYC style emerge! :)



Elizabeth June 25, 2012 at 12:37 pm

This is so exciting, congrats on the big move!! I’ve recently been considering a big move myself, and so I was thrilled to discover Poshmark from your latest post, to get rid of a few things. I have some other items that I plan to place on Ebay as well. Have you found you’ve had more success with one than the other? Any tips!

Good luck with your big move doll!



Nnenna June 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Such exciting news- congratulations! I hope everything goes well during your move and that you settle in here very soon! :)


pretty little things June 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

congrats girl!! good luck with the move and you have a friend blogger in the nyc area : )


Stacey June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Congratulations!!!! I hope you have fun in New York!!



Ashley P June 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm

Oh my gosh, that’s so exciting!! I can’t wait to keep up with the whole thing and read more. Good luck !!


Katie June 25, 2012 at 7:20 pm

So excited for you! What a dream!


Allie June 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

So sad to see you go, but excited to hear/read about your new adventures! I want to plan a trip to New York hopefully over Thanksgiving or sometime this winter with Sara! xoxo


Kaitlin June 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Once again, super jealous! I love that shirt! Congratulations on the move!


Brienne June 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

YAY! congratulations! So jealous!


Luis June 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

I’m so excited for you! I definitely have to take you to Delicatessen when you get here.

Luis (my blog!)


Diana - City and Burbs June 26, 2012 at 7:47 am

Congratulations Jessica! Things happen for a reason :-) NYC is a very exciting place to be. Would love to meet up sometime!


Kiersten June 26, 2012 at 9:39 am

Congratulations!!!! That is SO exciting and I am indeed very jealous! I live pretty close to NYC and it would be so cool if once you are all settled you could hold some cool events like you did in Chicago! Best of luck! :)


Dayi June 26, 2012 at 11:44 am

Congratulations Jessica! what a fun great city to live in, I’m sure with your sense of fashion you’ll fit in just fine 😉


Macey June 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Congrats girl, good luck with the move!!


Emma June 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

wow that is so exciting!!! good luck with everything. you’re going to have so much fun!!


Tiffany Elam June 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

Congrats, I’m excited for you!!



Nicole G June 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

Hi! I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago! And I’m loving it, definitely my style! So excited for you that you are moving to my favorite city, New York. That has always been a dream of mine. I love everything about New York! Hope your move goes smoothly and that you have safe travels. Can’t wait to see your adventures there!
Take care!


Tracu July 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Congrats on the move! I was soo behind on my Reader but I knew this was happening because of all your twitter and IG updates and it’s awesome! I just announced yesterday on my blog that I’m moving to NYC as well! In 6 weeks!! Maybe we can get together when I get there!



Jessica July 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I just sent you an email. :)


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