Holiday Haze

by Jessica Sturdy on December 7, 2013

Spending Thanksgiving weekend in the city was kind of nice. It was a relaxing little break before the holiday madness kicked off in full swing. On Thanksgiving Day, I had a pretty low key agenda… Went to SoulCycle (natch), tried to see some of the Macy’s parade (major fail.. worst idea I’ve had in a while), met up with Rose for some coffee, and then went home and ate the majority of a large pizza (second worst idea I’ve had in a while). Minus the poor decisions, it was nice to just decompress and wander around a seemingly empty city.

Thank goodness I did try to force a little relaxation last weekend because this week was kind of a doozy! (Apologies for being MIA!) Any tranquility that I instilled back into my life & apartment last weekend was out the window by, like, Tuesday this week. I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally the weekend! My goal is to try and catch my breath.

I had a lot of my plate at work this week, evidenced by the all-nighter I pulled at work on Tuesday night. (Got home as the sun was rising on Wednesday morning. Yolo?) Other than the lack of sleep and a jam-packed to-do list, my apartment is in a state of distress. And when my apartment is a mess, I feel like my life is a mess. There are boxes everywhere from Black Friday & Cyber Monday deliveries.. Clothes strewn all over the floor from way too many last minute shoots.. Heaping piles of laundry because I haven’t found time to go to the cleaners.. Shoes literally everywhere because there’s just no place to put them.. I don’t have a single grocery item in my refrigerator, unless Sauvignon Blanc or 15 different kinds of pumpkin beer counts. Oh, and my bed has basically turned into a twin because I’ve apparently moved my desk into my bed. I’ve been sharing my bed with my 2 computers, a few magazines, my planner, a few notebooks, and all of my random scraps of paper with notes jotted down. There are probably a few pens in here somewhere, too. It ain’t pretty, guys. Definitely having one of those weeks where I feel claustrophobic in my own skin. #NYCproblems #HOTMESS

Here’s to getting my shit together this weekend… Wish me luck!

Tommy Hilfiger Sweater | Express Jacket c/o | Vince Camuto Vest (similar here & here) | rag & bone Jeans | Express Booties c/o | Zara Scarf | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Tassel Necklace

Photos taken by Rose Mayo

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Laura December 7, 2013 at 7:25 am

I love your furry vest and your boots … This is a great outfit!!

Laura xx

P.s. I am hosting a DressLily giveaway on the blog today, if you fancy your chances you can enter at the link below :)


Kat December 7, 2013 at 10:08 am

You look so cuddly, love the look:)

Ivy and Cedar


Sorcha December 7, 2013 at 10:15 am

Good luck with the life organisation! I’m doing the same thing this weekend or I might die under piles of Christmas presents and work files in my apartment.

Love those sunnies on you, they’re adorable.


Terri December 7, 2013 at 10:38 am

Well, your weekend may have been nuts, but you look fantastic! Hope everything settles down soon!


Ashleigh December 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

Great post! Love your layering techniques! Hang in there…everyone has those weeks, but Christmas is just around the corner! :)
~Ashleigh {Dazzle by Day}


Meagan December 7, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Love the look!! Good luck with getting organized!!!


Nina December 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I love your jeans! How do they fit? I’ve been thinking of getting the Kensington or Plymouth wash myself – but afraid they won’t fit me well since I’m only 5’1!! They look great on you. Do you recommend sizing up? Thanks!


Olivia December 7, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Love those Karen Walker sunnies on you. You’ve really got the layering thing down. So many cute pieces. I need to take notes!


Stacey December 7, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Good luck with getting everything sorted the weekend, on the plus side you look adorable!

Five Minute Style 


diane December 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Great outfit!

I don’t remember you mentioning it on the blog, but you look fabulous in the Vineyard Vines piece in this month’s Matchbook Magazine!


Zoe December 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Love your outfit, especially your vest!

xoxo Zoe


AJ December 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Wow, you’ve been busy! Love your layers and your Zara scarf…I hope you style it more ways. I have the houndstooth/plaid one and I need some inspiration!



Jessica Rose December 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I know the feeling…if my flat is a mess…I can’t concentrate on anything..! Good luck and your baf is awesome! ;)


Katy H December 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Your week might be chaos, but you look fabulous! I love this outfit on you. Warm layers for the win!


Shana Goff December 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

You look absolutely adorable and well put together! Wishing you the best in clearing the chaos to find peace in all areas of your life!!


Kodi December 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Your winter warmth style is right up my alley, I’ve been loving your outfit posts!


Kat December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Cozy clothes are my absolute favorite and you look so comfortable:) Mmm and good luck organizing! I don’t have my life together, but as soon as I get my outfits planned and my new planner I will (or I hope so).

Ivy and Cedar



Code Overdressed December 9, 2013 at 12:14 am

That’s one cozy jacket! Adore the scarf it totally captures the spirit of the season! Hope this upcoming week goes great for you darling!

Cee. ♥
Code Overdressed


Kaitlin December 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

Ummm I DEFINITELY felt the same way this past week. Luckily, the only items I have to bring home are a laptop and school files, but my desk at work was insane. The holidays are great but sometimes the madness upon returning barely makes it worth it… Hope you got everything settled this weekend! If it’s any consolation, I love this outfit! You look fantastic!



Katie Albury December 9, 2013 at 5:27 am

Love this look! So cute…
I know exactly what you mean- I spend most weekends making our place practically look like a show home and then by Thursday it’s a complete mess! It took even longer this week trying to put up the Christmas decorations too!

Katie x


Kristin Waldman December 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

You look amazing, despite your crazy week! I love the fur vest.


Kayla December 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

Ah! I hope you get it all straightened up this week! You’re too cute to be stressed! Loveeee the fur!



Chelsea December 9, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Good luck getting it all together… you got this Jessica! I love all of the fun winter layers in this outfit.

Chelsea & The City


Chris December 9, 2013 at 1:02 pm

If you need some help ridding your fridge of that pumpkin beer, I’d appreciate a call!


Caitlin December 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

I love that scarf and the two sided contrast! I was bummed when I missed out on the last plaid one from Zara when it sold out but hopefully can find this one in store in NYC this week!



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