Black & White

by Jessica Sturdy on April 28, 2014

Happy Monday! I’m approaching today and this week with a fresh outlook. I’m simply not allowing myself to look back and dwell on the crazy things that happened this weekend. Not to throw all of my negative bullsh*t your way, but this weekend was absolutely a weekend from hell. It truly seemed that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. (I mean, I may or may not have gotten locked out of my apartment at 1am in my pajamas –not even wearing a bra– without my keys or cell phone. And my only set of spare keys was at Hallie‘s apartment and she was in Ohio. And I didn’t have a phone to call a locksmith. Yeah, that happened. But I finally got back in and it “only” cost a cool $440. #KillMe) I wish I could say the bad luck stopped there, but I would be lying to you. However, I’m not going to let it get me down for another day. Starting this week off with good vibes only! :)

On the topic of a fresh slate, I’m loving all white everything lately. I can’t stop wearing my white jeans and I keep gravitating towards white tops to pair them with. Carly actually wrote a post yesterday about how she thinks her white cravings are coming from the sense of clutter in her life and I couldn’t agree more. When everything feels messy, I just want something to feel nice and neat!

I started with my white jeans and added this black & white striped tee that’s been on repeat lately. From there, I put on all black layers and accessories — this vest (See? Told you I’d be wearing it on the reg.), a pair of black sandals, my beloved Tom Ford sunglasses, and my favorite black bag.

Target Vest c/o | Old Navy Tee c/o (last seen here!) | Old Navy Jeans | Zara Sandals (old, similar here… Also love these!) | Lydell NYC Necklace | Michael Kors Watch | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Bracelet | 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli | Essie ‘Exposure’

Photos taken by Hallie Wilson

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Kari April 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

Love this outfit. Do not love that horrible lock-out story!

I have that vest but in white and I’ve been figuring out what to do with it ever since I bought it (which was a few months ago and I haven’t worn it once!). This gives me ideas though.. hmm

Have an amazing week!!



Vera Sawicki April 28, 2014 at 7:29 am

What a cute cute outfit- I love the vest!


Kimberly April 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

Perfect outfit – love a good black & white look and I totally have similar pieces, so I just might have to copy you! :)


Christina Storm April 28, 2014 at 7:55 am

Love this black and white look! The stripes are perfect!
The Style Storm
<3, Christina


Rachelle April 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

Such a classic look, love this.



Courtney April 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

So sorry to hear about your bad weekend… Love your look though! :)


Steph | Pretty Little Things Blog April 28, 2014 at 8:21 am

loving the b&w look on you! xo


Natali April 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

Beautiful photos! I like your outfit very much 😉


Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl April 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

Love the black and white look…so fun for spring!

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl


Alissa April 28, 2014 at 9:08 am

Love this black and white outfit! So darling.


Meghan April 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

gah! so sorry you had a nightmare of a weekend – I know how those goes but the positive attitude is a game changer so keep it up lady! And I totally love this look on you! May copy soon!


Julia / Lemon Stripes April 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

GIRL! Sorry about the weekend but glad you have a new outlook and this gorgeous day is probably helping too!



Meagan April 28, 2014 at 10:06 am

What a bummer of a weekend! Hope your week is much better!


Hallie Wilson (@coralsncognacs) April 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

Even though it’s a $440 story, it’s a pretty good one… Haha. LOVE YA!

#GoodVibesOnly :-)


Kristin @ Crumbs & Curls April 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

I love the classic black & white! Such a chic look! I hope your week is much better then your weekend!

Crumbs & Curls


Emily Helm April 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

GIRL….you poor thing! I have been locked out of my apartment & car before with no cell (or anyone) in sight, so I feel your pain (luckily it didn’t cost me quite that much!!!) But- that outfit is great and a perfectly fresh start to the week. On a positive note, things can only get better! :)


Stacey April 28, 2014 at 11:23 am

Love this outfit! So sorry about the getting locked out of your apartment, that doesn’t sound like fun at all! I hope this week is filled with lots of good luck!!

Five Minute Style 


Kylie April 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

So sorry about your awful weekend! I had one as well, but definitely not as bad as getting locked out! You look amazing as always in these pictures!!
Here’s to a better week!

xo Kylie


Melissa April 28, 2014 at 11:31 am

So cute Jess :) Love the bag and the shoes


Berty Morales April 28, 2014 at 11:36 am

You look amazing, and I am in love with this entire look. I just purchased recently the similar vest and was looking for some ideas of hoe to style it, and your look just inspired me. Thank you!


Dana April 28, 2014 at 11:58 am

Ugh, so sorry about your unlucky weekend – but think about how many GOOD weekends you’ve had, and how many more you’ll have!

PS: Obviously love this look. The white denim looks great on you.

Pink Champagne Problems


Casey April 28, 2014 at 12:50 pm

ahh I am sorry you had such a sucky weekend – hopefully this week will be full of greatness for you.


Andrea April 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Love that you’re rocking the white jeans! Love them paired with strappy black heels! So sad to hear about your stressful weekend, but glad everything turned out okay!



Kodi April 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Haha, I’m sorry you got locked out, but now you’ll have a great story!


Chris April 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm

You look fantastic, and at least you can have a smile on your face.

As far as your weekend… holy F&%#! Glad you lived through it!


Olivia April 28, 2014 at 1:34 pm

That sounds like a horrible night! That’s one of those terrible situations that you end up laughing about down the road. On the bright side, I’m loving this entire outfit, and am convinced I need that vest!


Allison April 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Traditionally it was white after Easter so you’re in the clear!


Rose April 28, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Glad you found a vest you love this season :) I remember us both lusting after Hallie’s white version last year!


Kiwifashionblog April 28, 2014 at 2:39 pm

I need to venture out and try some jeans from the Gap and place like Old navy! I love some of the jeans you have been rocking! I have a curvy bottom as well and have been having issues finding jeans that fit !


Katie Albury April 28, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Sorry to hear you’ve had a shite balls weekend sweets…it doesn’t raing but it pours and all that :( It’s a new week so hopefully things will perk up!
Love this look- so cool and chic!
Katie x


Haley Valerie April 28, 2014 at 5:08 pm

I love your top, and I hope that your week is better!



Peyton Taylor April 28, 2014 at 6:07 pm

You can never go wrong with a simple stripe!!



Cheri April 28, 2014 at 7:04 pm

What color/brand lipstick are you wearing in this post?


Jessica Sturdy April 29, 2014 at 12:43 am

That’s a great question, Cheri! For the life of me, I can’t remember what I was wearing this day. I’m pretty sure it was just a gloss, but I have no idea which shade! I’m thinking it could have been my Elizabeth Arden Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink


Deanna April 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Buh! Sounds like something that would happen to me. Hopefully this week turns out better for you.
Love the all black and white ensemble and totally obsessed with your bag 😀

Because I’m Obsessed


Liz || Shopping My Closet April 29, 2014 at 12:07 am

Hope this weekend is great!
Great outfit, too!

Liz @
My J.Crew giveaway!


Agi April 29, 2014 at 10:04 am

Love your outfit. Sorry about your weekend. Hopefully the rest of the week is better.



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