Seeing Double (+ a Holiday Surprise!)

by Jessica Sturdy on December 2, 2013

Spending Thanksgiving solo in the city this year (more on that here) gave me plenty of time to reflect about all of the things I have to be thankful for this year. My supportive family, a job that I’m truly passionate about at a great company, all of the amazing opportunities this blog has granted me, you (thank you so much for being on this blogging journey with me!), and perhaps most significantly — my closest friends. I spent the weekend before Thanksgiving in Chicago (more on that to come!) with my best friends from college and I had a few moments — usually after a gut wrenching laugh — where I realized how lucky I am to have a group of friends that is still just as close post-grad. No matter how many months pass between my trips back to Chicago, things always pick back up right where they left off. I feel like living in New York, especially, where almost everyone is a transplant, your friends truly become your family. I mean, Hallie is my emergency contact, but that’s a horse of a different color. ;)

Not to get all sappy on ya, but I don’t know what I would do in New York without Hallie. Honestly, it’s hard for me to even remember what that was like for the 9 months I lived here before she did. I feel so lucky to have a Partner in Crime in this crazy concrete jungle. At times, it’s a bit terrifying how we’ve begun to text each other the same thing at the same time, say the same thing at the same time, show up wearing almost the same thing, etc. #OntheSamePage

So when Joelle Hawkens reached out to us to pick out a bag to style on our blogs, it’s really no surprise that we picked out the same one. Different colors, at least!

 Thanks to the generous team at Joelle Hawkens, we each get to give away a bag to our readers! That means you can enter to win one on Bows & Sequins AND on corals + cognacs! Double the fun, right? :)

(My full outfit details can be found here & Hallie’s can be found here!)

Don’t forget to enter Hallie’s giveaway, too!

Photography by Lydia Hudgens

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

AJ December 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great bag! Thanks for hosting the giveaway…crossing my fingers!



Fallon Carmichael | Sage + Sparkle December 2, 2013 at 8:49 am

What a great little giveaway and you ladies look so cute! How fun! and I can totally relate… when living in NYC your friends really are your family! My BFF is my emergency contact as well ;)



Your Emergency Contact December 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

<3 you! And these photos. So much. Excited to co-host this giveaway together.


Katie Albury December 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

Ah this is really cute…love the bag! Great minds and hearts always think alike!

Katie x


Lindsey December 2, 2013 at 11:08 am

Ummmm… You guys are too cute!

xo, Lindsey


Agi December 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

It’s nice to have someone like that when you move to a new place. I know when I moved, I had my husband (then finacee) and that was it. It was hard. You girls look great.



Ashleigh December 2, 2013 at 11:32 am

Gorgeous outfits on both of you! Love those bags!
~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}


Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache December 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

Love the bag you both picked.

Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache


Ally December 2, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Great bag and great little paragraph about how important it is to be thankful for the people in our lives! Love the giveaway

xoxo, Ally


Meagan December 2, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Such a cute bag!!! Hoping to win!!!


Kristin @ Crumbs and Curls December 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Love the bags! It’s great that you have such an amazing friend :) !



Stacey December 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

You ladies are so cute together!

Five Minute Style 


Katherine December 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Great giveaway! I just have one question: is the contest open to Canadians? I can’t get the terms and conditions to load :)

Thanks a lot <3


Jessica Sturdy December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Hi Katherine! Unfortunately it’s only open to the US. Sorry girl!


FatFreeFashion December 2, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Girlfriends are invaluable! What a sweet post.


Tracy M December 2, 2013 at 5:11 pm

That is so great that you have close friends for each part of your life! You are really lucky. You both look so great and like 2 peas in a pod :-)

Tracy @Its Mostly About Fashion


Kaitlyn December 2, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Such a cute post! This is how Lisa and I feel about each other often times as well…we are blessed to have such great relationships.

P.S. love the bags!


Meghan December 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm

love your friendship and so glad both of you are in my life! XO


Lindsay December 3, 2013 at 11:35 am

These bags are super cute. But not as cute as you two. What a blessing to have such a great friendship.



kendall December 3, 2013 at 1:09 pm

such a sweet post! love your scarf! x

dipped in yellow


Dominique December 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

I never enter give-a-ways but I figured “why not”! :)
- Dominique Jazell


Kat December 3, 2013 at 10:23 pm

This is so adorable! :) Wonderful friends are the greatest, you both are so lucky! Great Giveaway

Ivy and Cedar


Kaitlin December 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Aww this is so cute! I want a blogging best buddy! I love the bags you both picked. It would go great with everything!



Katie December 4, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Random question: Im a WI native and Im trying to move out to New York to start my fashion career…how did you make the move?


Jessica Sturdy December 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Hi Katie,

I honestly just quit my job in Chicago and moved out here without a job. Luckily for me, I found one pretty quickly, but it can be tough. Best of luck! :)


Mel December 6, 2013 at 10:27 am

Isn’t it great to have such amazing friends in your life? I cherish my girlfriends so much and I don’t know what I would do without them! I love both your outfits. Super pretty and put together as always! Happy weekend

xo Mel
turquoise blonde


Kat E. December 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Love the bags! Great in the ‘white crackle’ color too – fingers crossed!


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