Ready. Set. Finished.

by Jessica Sturdy on August 8, 2013

You may have seen a few sneak peek photos on my Instagram, but if not, I had the opportunity to do a fun styling project with Birchbox and Ann Taylor last week! We started at Jeff Chastain Parlour where I got my hair and makeup done. I couldn’t get over how much I loved the beachy waves that Liam created! Nam has done my makeup a few times before (for this shoot and this shoot) and always does a fabulous job. My look was all about Daytime Chic. Fresh looking skin, nude gloss, defined lashes that aren’t too heavy, and a bit of blush!

Outfit Details: Shirt | Belt | Shorts | Sandals

Get the LookKlorane Dry Shampoo | Benefit they’re Real! Mascara (my all-time favorite!) | IT Cosmetics Brow Pencil | Pur Minerals CC CreamBY TERRY Foundation Brush | Benefit Fakeup | NUXE Oil | BY TERRY Baume de Rose SPF 15 | Naked Princess Lip Gloss

After my hair and makeup was done, I headed to Ann Taylor to style the perfect Daytime Chic look. To me, daytime is all about those wardrobe staples that also make a statement and make you stand out.

I saw the new Ann Taylor’s new shoe collection in person, too! Obsessed. A few girls in my office have since ran to Ann Taylor to scoop up these booties after seeing my Instagram.

Get the Look: Leopard Blouse | Multi-Strand Necklace | Corset Belt | Navy Skirt | Booties | Bow Clutch (PS: Everything is 40% off today online at Ann Taylor — Don’t miss out!)

But here’s the really fun part — I’m hosting an event with Birchbox at Ann Taylor next week! Make sure you RSVP here and come out on the 15th for a fun night of beauty & shopping. There will be complimentary Birchboxes and a special gift with purchase, but there’s a limited quantity, so make sure you get there early! :)

Photos: Michael Flores
Hair: Jeff Chastain
Makeup: Nam Vo

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Alissa August 8, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I swear you live a fairy tale life. I am so jealous but also happy because I can just tell you are such a kind woman and deserve every bit of the happiness!


Hallie Wilson August 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

I’d have to agree! #wifedup


Tiffany Elam August 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

You get to do so much fun stuff. Congrats!



Lindsey August 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I’ll be there! Can’t wait.



Jessica Sturdy August 8, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Yay! Can’t wait to meet you Lindsey! :)


Samantha August 8, 2013 at 2:56 pm

SO pretty! Love all of it! And what a fun day that must have been.


Tia August 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Congratulations! I wish I could attend one! Looks like such an amazing time ahead!:)

xo Tia


lindsey August 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

congrats beautiful! hoping I can come stop by!

xo, Lindsey


Kimberly August 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

You look so beautiful – totally clicking on that belt & those booties…LOVE!


Code Overdressed August 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

So fabulous! Love the hair and make up, and that outfit is amazing, actually thought it was a dress, such a stunner!

Cee. ♥
Code Overdressed


Carly August 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

LOVE your look!
I wish online shopping Ann Taylor was better!



Deanna G. August 8, 2013 at 5:18 pm

LOVE look number two!


Katie August 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

What a wonderful and fun experience! Your hair and makeup were perfect.

Katie ::


michelle August 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

looks like so much fun! you look great!


Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache August 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

OMG I am so excited you’re going to be hosting this. I RSVPed for the event earlier today and can’t wait to see the new goods.

Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache


Mana Smith August 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I wish I lived in New York, this looks like such fun! I adore your outfit, those shoes are really cute!

Fashion and Happy Things


Alison J. August 8, 2013 at 9:59 pm

So cool – I will definitely come say hello & cover the event for my blog!


Marissa August 8, 2013 at 10:12 pm

The booties are amazing. Seriously I’m MAKING myself X out of the window and not buy them right now… You look fabulous – love love the hair! xx


toniegirl August 8, 2013 at 11:51 pm

How fun! I wish I was in NYC and able to attend, looks like it will be a blast! Have a fantastic event!


Shira August 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

All signed up! Can’t wait to see you!


stephanie August 9, 2013 at 1:47 am

wow that top and skirt look great together!
xx Stephanie (


Heidi August 9, 2013 at 9:08 am

Love those booties! On a more serious note, you have amazing skin. I know that sounds weird, but just go with me on this one. I don’t know if you’ve done a skincare routine post yet, but if you haven’t you should!


Kayla August 9, 2013 at 10:16 am

You look SO gorgeous! Love those little booties!!



Sarah {Raving Fashionista} August 9, 2013 at 10:56 am

So fun pretty lady!! You look gorgeous and I’m loving that whole look! x


Danielle August 9, 2013 at 11:51 am

This is so cute Jessica! I love Ann Taylor and have been a Birchbox member for over a year and a half! This event would be so much fun… so sad I dont live in NY! :( Have fun for me!



Chelsea August 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

This looks like a blast Jessica! I love that gorgeous dress on you.

Chelsea & The City


Tiffany August 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Love how you styled the outfit! LOVE the booties, just clicked purchase online :)


Mollie in Seattle August 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm

What awesome photos- you look lovely! Great picks on the outfit too, those booties are awesome. I love the detail and how comfortable they are to wear. Can’t wait to hear how your event goes! Have fun!


Luba August 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Wow girly, you have a beautiful smile, it’s contagious, by far your best accessory! Oh and the outfit, especially that belt!!



Kamola August 10, 2013 at 12:43 am

LOVE this outfit! Mixing of black & navy, the animal print detailing, and those booties w/ the tortoise heel is to die for! Have a great time next Thursday!

99 Boxes of Shoes on the Wall


AJ August 11, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Those cut out booties are adorable! Congrats on this amazing collaboration!



Charlotte Hayes August 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

This is awesome! Congrats!

Also just found your blog and read your About Me – I’m from a Chicago suburb and am now in NYC too :) WOO!

<3, Charlotte


Jessica Sturdy August 12, 2013 at 12:02 am

Ahh no way! Such a small world. Will you be coming to the event on Thursday? If not, we’ll definitely have to grab coffee sometime! :)


Staci August 12, 2013 at 11:34 am

Such a great project. Going to stop by!



kait August 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

Looking forward to meeting you at the event!


Stephanie August 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I didn’t know about your blog before I checked my e-mail this morning. I love Ann Taylor and am so stoked about the event tomorrow. I think I have a blogger crush :3

See you there!


Jessica Sturdy August 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Aw yay! I’m glad you found me! Looks like we have a shared love of monograms.. 😉

See you tomorrow! xx


Molly Galler August 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

Love love love this dressy outfit! I am totally drooling over those booties.


Patty January 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I’ve been obsessed with Ann Taylor these couple years and their shoes these couple months. Those booties look amazing with your outfit.


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