Braided Bedhead

by Jessica Sturdy on February 27, 2014

When Fashion Week is the topic of conversation, we’re usually chatting about the clothes coming down the runway, the street style, the after-parties, the lack of sleep, the chaotic affairs of our apartments, etc. But have we talked about how freaking hard it is to pull yourself out of bed after 4 hours and make yourself look photo-ready, just in case Bill Cunningham is outside of Lincoln Center waiting to snap your photo? #agirlcandream (Actually, he did snap a photo of Hallie and I in September, but obviously that never surfaced anywhere…)

By day 3, getting up and getting ready is already challenging for me. It kind of starts to feel like Groundhog Day… Get up, get ready, get dressed, get a cab to Lincoln Center. And since I’m prone to oversleeping during Fashion Week, I’ve learned to get ready in a pinch.

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Cherry Red

by Jessica Sturdy on February 26, 2014

It’s been a bit quiet over here in 2014, huh? I feel guilty that I haven’t been posting as much as I used to, but life has been getting in the way. I’ve been having a really hard time with the whole work-life-blog balance thing lately. It’s never been easy to juggle, but lately I’m feeling the pressure more than usual. Maybe it’s because I’ve been in like 8 states the past month and a half. Or maybe it’s because I’m trying to make time to actually go on dates and hang out with my friends outside of blogger events. Or maybe I just really need some sunshine and R&R in my life. Who knows. All I know is that I’m currently counting down the seconds until the weekend! Happy Hump Day!

Don’t forget: You can win a pair of glasses from Rivet & Sway here!

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Party Pants

by Jessica Sturdy on February 25, 2014

They’re not the least bit ‘practical,’ but I treated myself to these fabulous sequin sweatpants over the holidays! I just couldn’t say no. Since they’re metallic, they are actually quite versatile. They look super chic with just a black top for a night out, or a cream or gray sweater for daytime. But since I’ve been living in this denim vest + hoodie combo, I figured I would try to combine the two. When I saw this jacket for a fraction of the rag & bone price, I was sold. We all know how much I love a denim jacket and I’ve been having quite the sweatshirt moment lately, too. Match made! (PS – The rag & bone jacket is now on sale!)

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Fashionable Frames

by Jessica Sturdy on February 21, 2014

Like I hinted on Instagram last weekend, I teamed up with Rivet & Sway for their #ChelseaHallGirl campaign! Named after the Chelsea location of New York and inspired by the androgynous 70’s, the Chelsea Hall Collection, is: “An ode to the women of the ‘70s who broke every rule of style only to redefine an era of it. We’re talking Gloria Steinem and bold New York. A little bit androgynous, a lot fearless, beautiful always.”

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Black & Bold

by Jessica Sturdy on February 18, 2014

Day Two of Fashion Week was kind of insane. (Please promise me that you’ll read Hallie’s recap here. I’ve read it about 30 times and I still die laughing. I mean, crying and snorting laughing. You have to read it.)

It was a jam-packed day… Zimmermann show at 9am, Rebecca Vallance presentation at 9:30, Kate Spade presentation at 1pm, a showroom trip to check out the latest from Torn By Ronny Kobo and Twenty TeesNoNoo show at 4pm, a trip to the Jack Rogers showroom, Nicole Miller show at 6pm, Charlotte Ronson presentation at 7pm, and then the Charlotte Ronson after party until the wee hours of the morning.

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Feline Fringe

by Jessica Sturdy on February 16, 2014

Dressing for NYFW in February is never easy. It’s always so frigid and snowy, but the last thing you want to wear is a bulky coat and appropriate shoes. These Sam Edelman booties were my go-to’s most of the week and I’ve since had to order another pair. I absolutely ruined this pair in the snow, salt, and slush, and couldn’t stand the thought of not wearing them again. NYFW: 1, Jessica: 0

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Pops of Pink

by Jessica Sturdy on February 13, 2014

As I was scrolling through my Instagram a few days ago, I realized that there were pops of pink in almost every single photo! These past few months have been pretty dreary and I feel like my clothing choices have been made around the mantra — All Black Errythang. But lately, there has been a bit more color. Maybe these little pops of pink are my way of trying to fast forward to spring!

All photos from my Instagram.

Newest scent in my fragrance collection: Love Express

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The Gift of Time

by Jessica Sturdy on February 11, 2014

By this point, I think it’s pretty evident that I’m a bit of a watch “collector.” The term collector being used lightly, as I’m mainly referring to the fact that I have a lot of watches and I keep buying more. I wear a watch every single day and on those rare days that I forget, I’m constantly glancing at my wrist for the time. See? Not just for fashion purposes either.

I know Valentine’s Day is typically associated with buying jewelry, but I feel like that is just so cliche. Don’t get me wrong — I definitely would not turn down a Cartier Love Bracelet, anything Yurman, or an Hermes bangle (or 2). Ever. (Take notes, boys.) But when it comes to Valentine’s Day presents, I feel like there are other routes to take.

Personally, I always love the idea of gifting a watch for a special occasion. It’s a gift that’s timeless and truly caters to a person’s individual style. You can choose how much you want to spend, and it’s something that he or she will wear and actually use every single day. I still remember exactly which watch I received for my high school and college graduations, the first watch I saved up and bought myself, and the list goes on. I mean, I actually still remember (and have) my very first watch… It was Pochahontas from the Disney Store. I’ve also given my brothers and multiple boyfriends watches for holidays and milestones over the years, too. The gift of time… Who can object?

In my typical tomboy fashion lately (Seriously, what has gotten into me?), I’ve actually added 2 mens watches to my collection — this one & this one. I feel like they provide just the right amount of masculinity to my usually girly outfits. It’s all about the juxtaposition, ya’ll.

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Lady in Gray

by Jessica Sturdy on February 10, 2014

Happy Monday! (True Story: I just had to look up what day it was.) We’re in the midst of New York Fashion Week and all of the days are blending together at this point. As fun and exhilarating as this week is, it’s kind of starting to take a toll … Early mornings, jam-packed days, lots of parties and get-togethers, late nights, and barely any sleep. Exhausted is an understatement! If you were to sneak a peek at my dark circles, you would probably think that I’ve joined a boxing league. And if you were to take a look at my feet, you might think that I’m pregnant. #SwellingForDays Actually, I feel like my entire body is swollen at this point. Maybe because I’ve been living off of chips & guac for the last few days…

Anyway, enough about my physically fatigued state. Let’s talk my outfit for a second — I wore this monochromatic gray look to work last week before the NYFW madness began. Pink and gray has always been one of my favorite color combinations so I topped off all of the gray with my bubblegum pink coat from J.Crew. I kept my accessories simple… clear, silver, and crystal.

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Pucker Up

by Jessica Sturdy on February 6, 2014

It’s hard to believe that we’re already about 1/4 of the way into February, but I have a feeling the rest of the month is going to fly by even faster. New York Fashion Week officially begins today and F/W 2014 looks have already started walking down the runways! [Sorry in advance to my friends & family... Talk to you in a few weeks.] The Olympic games in Sochi also start today and before you know it, February 14th will be here, too. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, Galentines’ Day (I’ve got a hot date with Hallie & Ashley), or spending some QT with yourself, it’s always more fun to be a little bit festive, no?

When I spotted this lipstick print sweater, I knew it would pair perfectly with my Kate Spade skirt. You know what they say, “Too much of a good thing is… even better.” Do they say that? Who knows, but I do. When I got home and realized that my J.Crew hot pink pumps couldn’t actually match the sweater or skirt more if they tried, it was dubbed a meant to be situation.

To make my look even more literal, I went with punchy pink jewelry from Charming Charlie. A fabulous pair of two-tone earrings, a gorgeous pave link necklace that picks up the pink so well, a set of bracelets that will be the perfect pop of color in my neutral wrist stacks, and these adorable L-O-V-E rings! The best part about each piece? The price.

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