Shorts & Stripes

by Jessica Sturdy on July 17, 2012

Well, here’s the first of the take-my-own-photos-in-NYC outfit posts. I set up my tripod in my bedroom because I’m not yet ready to hit the streets of New York with the tripod in tow. Bear with me as I get used to this no photographer thing! :)

I wore this outfit to the Lush Cosmetics Emotional Brillance preview event at the Union Square location. Lush is launching the new collection on July 20th! It’s a crazy cool concept — You spin the color wheel to get a personalized color reading. You choose the three colors that stand out the most and they will uncover certain words that reveal a little bit about your current state of mind. It was so creepily accurate. I chose charm, bubbly, and believe. A Lush employee was there to explain the color readings a little bit. The first color choice (charm, in my case) symbolizes your strength or weakness. The second color choice (bubbly) represents your subconscious need. The third choice (believe) is your talent and it is what you require to achieve your subconscious need.

So here I am at Lush… I moved to the city a week prior and I’m at an event where I don’t know a single person. Charm? Let’s hope I’ve got it. Bubbly? I was needing to be more bubbly at the current time. Hey, it can be hard when you don’t have a familiar face around! Believe? I needed to believe in myself to be more bubbly.

I’ve been wearing the Bubbly lip color daily! It’s the perfect everyday shade and the texture is great — very smooth and doesn’t dry out my lips!

Striped Top: c/o Wallis (also in blue/yellow, blue/white, pink/orange) // Leather Shorts: Trouve (similar) // Pumps: Sam Edelman // Necklace: c/o Bauble Bar (similar) // Bracelets: ASOS spikes, Sequin Leopard Bangle, Sequin Multicolor Bangle (c/o), Sequin Gold Rhinestone Bangle (c/o) (similar) // Nails: Essie ‘Tough Love’ // Ring: Best of Everything (similar) // Camera Strap: SFK

PS – Like the little peek of my bedroom? I’ll have a full decor post up by the end of the week!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica of I'll Take That in Purple July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

Good for you taking your own photos! Hope you are loving the city so far. We should grab a blogger coffee if you ever need a photographer! :)


Rachelle July 17, 2012 at 9:30 am

I just stumble upon your blog through instagram, I love your style and aesthetic. Your outfit is gorgeous I love the leather shorts. If you don’t mind me asking where did you get that necklace.



Jessica July 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

Hi Rachelle! Thanks for stopping by! My necklace is from Bauble Bar. It is the “Crystal Strand Necklace” but it’s not on the website anymore. Hope this helps! xx


Rachelle July 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

Thanks :)


Rose July 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

I have those same shoes, so do a few other girls in my office-so glad I got them! They’re way cute :)


pretty little things July 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

adorable outfit – love the shoes! and i think you’re doing great without the photographer! xo


Taylor July 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

Lookin’ good big city girl! I almost bought a pair of leather shorts last weekend and now I’m mad I didn’t!



megan, the frugalista diaries July 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

love those shorts jessica
Xo Megan


Sam B. July 17, 2012 at 10:54 am

You are ADORABLE and I’m pretty much dying over the giant monogram in your bedroom. You don’t give yourself enough credit — when I first moved to Chicago and didn’t know a SOUL here, I don’t think I stepped out of my apartment for a month, yet alone attended a networking event alone! It’s overwhelming being in a new place, but can also be so rewarding. Enjoy every minute.


Reina M. July 17, 2012 at 10:55 am

Where is your bedroom furniture from? I LOVE it!


Jessica July 17, 2012 at 11:40 am

Thanks Reina! I am working on that post as we speak… It will be up by the end of the week. (with links to everything!) :)


Sara July 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

Looking good, Jessie! Loving the shorts and heels! Good job on the self-portraits, no head to the street miss!


Rachel July 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

Those shorts are amazing!!!! And I’m in LOVE with your shoes :)

Rachel’s Lookbook


Nnenna July 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

I’m loving your outfit- especially your leather shorts! It was a little difficult for me when I first moved to the city last year too, but trust me, you’ll adjust and settle right in in no time! :)


Lindsay July 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Your top & shorts are killing me…just love them together! You are so brave moving to a place you don’t know a lot of people and starting new & fresh. Go you!

Lindsay @


Penny Pincher Fashion July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Love the leather shorts and those metallic sandals! :)


Macey July 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Such a great outfit, I love it all!! And your dresser and night stand are fabulous!!



Sam July 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm

You look so cute! Love the sneak peak of your bedroom too. Glad you’re settling in!


Stacey July 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

You look so cute and I love the Lush preview they have some amazing products!!



Kaitlin July 17, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love the outfit but I am SERIOUSLY crushing on your bedroom furniture – love the mirrored decor! Very trendy!


Rachel July 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Not to be sketchy, but I moved from Chicago to NYC in the fall — email me if you ever want tips or advice on making the transition! Love your blog!


hallie July 17, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Great first self-photog session, lady. I am dying to see more photos from your room!

PS: Just found out I will be in NYC in August, too! E-mail/chat with you more on deets :)


Aimee July 18, 2012 at 10:20 am

Love your blog!! The outfit is so adorable! Do you do your nails yourself?


Jessica July 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

Thanks! I usually get a manicure unless I’m using some sort of sticker (like Sally Hansen Salon Effects).


Megan July 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I love this outfit you have on. So cute and I’m so jealous you moved to newyork!!! My dream place to live.


Suzanne July 18, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Cute outfit! What kind of camera do you use?


Jessica July 18, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Thanks! I use a Cannon Rebel t3


Chelsea July 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Awesome shorts and great shoes:) Looking forward to seeing more of your bedroom design.
xo, Chelsea


Casey July 19, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Being from Chicago (technically the Northwest suburbs), I’m super bummed my favorite Chicago blogger is now a New York blogger – but still a favorite nonetheless! Best of luck in New York, I’m looking forward to all the adventures and posts to come!



MJ July 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Love the outfit. The shorts are killer! And your room is beyond girlie chic!! Love it :)


GlamFabChameleon July 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

You look great!! Such a pretty top and fabulous shoes!!
Lovely style and blog btw!:) Happy Sunday!


Tracy August 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Looks great!!! I cannot wait to wear my leather shorts for fall transition!!



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