Skis & Slopes

by Jessica Sturdy on January 23, 2015


Jacket  |  Hat  |  Bag  |  Gloves  |  Sunglasses  |  Wrap  |  Boots

With Sundance Film Festival starting today and my upcoming weekend of slopes and snow, I’ve got aprés ski on the mind! I’m currently headed to Montana for a weekend ski trip with my best friends from college. Fourteen of us rented a cabin for a long weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for a little mountain getaway! We’ll be skiing at Big Sky on Friday and snowmobiling through Yellowstone on Saturday before heading back on Sunday afternoon. It’s a quick trip, especially flying all the way from the East Coast, but it will be worth it!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram. I’ll see you back here on Monday! xo


Hello Hydration

by Jessica Sturdy on January 22, 2015

bare minerals complexion rescue

Please tell me I’m not alone when I say that my skin has been SO dry lately! This weather is doing a number on my face, lips, and hands, specifically. Thanks to a few trusty products, I think I’ve gotten my facial dryness under control. But if you have any recommendations on fabulous hand creams, I’m all ears! (Leave a comment below or shoot me an email!)

I had the opportunity to swing by the Bare Minerals Shade Shop in Soho last week to get a preview of their newest foundation product — Complexion Rescue. Boy, am I glad I braved the cold weather to go!

I’ve been using Complexion Rescue for almost a week now and I’m seriously IN LOVE! It’s pretty rare that I dedicate an entire blog post to one single beauty product, but this stuff is that good, you guys.

If I had to classify it, my skin tends to be very “combination.” Sometimes it can be oily, sometimes it’s really dry. (I think it depends on the products I’m using!) Certain areas are prone to breakouts and I have to be careful about sweaty workouts — washing my face before and after really helps. Over the years, I’ve learned that my skin is less oily when it’s sufficiently moisturized. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true! I slather on the moisturizer in both the AM and PM and also use a hydrating serum at night.

The same thing has proved to be true with this product! I don’t really know if I should call it a BB Cream, a CC Cream, a Tinted Moisturizer, a lightweight Foundation, or what. It’s a little bit of everything! Whatever it is, though, has been absolutely amazing on my skin. The gel-like formula is so light, but so hydrating at the same time. (But it’s never once made me look or feel greasy!) It looks and feels so unbelievably natural. It goes on pretty sheer, but the coverage is build-able. I can’t say enough good things! (FYI: I have the “Natural” shade.)

At the event, the Bare Minerals product development team actually demonstrated this experiment. I was absolutely blown away! Speechless! If you’ve got two minute to spare, I highly recommend watching. The video is just a great as the in-person demo.

As for the questions that your facialist or dermatologist would ask… Yes, it’s non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and has a (non-chemical) SPF 30. No silicone, no oil, no parabens, no fragrance.

You can find Complexion Rescue at NordstromUlta, Sephora, and at! Don’t forget the Smoothing Face Brush that goes with it… It’s fab!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I’ve simply loved my experience and wanted to share! I did receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue, as well as a Smoothing Face Brush, but you better believe that this is a product I’ll be restocking as soon as it runs out!


Crop Top

by Jessica Sturdy on January 20, 2015

what to wear with a crop top

When I think of a midriff bearing crop-top, my mind instantly goes to a sunshine-filled scene in the midst of summer. Not the case with this one, however. I saw this turtleneck crop-top and couldn’t wait to style it with a winter look! If you hadn’t noticed already, I am obsessed with turtlenecks. I wear them pretty much daily, truly. If it’s not a turtleneck sweater, I’m almost always wearing a J.Crew tissue-thin turtleneck underneath my button-front shirt or crewneck sweater. I love a good turtleneck! Plus, a girl’s gotta stay warm somehow.

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What to Wear When You’d Rather Hibernate

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2015

black faux fur hat camel wool coat

One part Russian-chic, one part it-was-too-friggen-cold-to-even-see-straight-this-past-weekend. A faux furry hat was necessary!

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Striped Shift

by Jessica Sturdy on January 14, 2015

black wide hat

A black and white striped shift dress is a year-round closet staple. Wear it with a pair of flat ankle booties for a weekend stroll, pair it with a structured blazer for a business meeting, or put on your favorite pair of sandals and hit the beach. This dress does it all!

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Winter White

by Jessica Sturdy on January 12, 2015

what to wear in the winter in new york city

Happy Monday! How was the weekend? It was a low-key one for me. Brunch with girlfriends on both Saturday and Sunday, my favorite Saturday morning SoulCycle class, hot yoga on Sunday afternoon, and finally getting around to taking down my Christmas decorations.

As of late, I’ve been gravitating towards very clean and classic combinations of black and white when I’m getting dressed in the morning. I’m assuming it’s because of the recent new year, but who really knows. It could just be the dreary weather! January 1st brought out a somewhat-new craving in me — simplicity. I’ve been trying to embrace the idea of a “clean slate” in a lot of different aspects of my life. And I’ve been loving it, actually! There have been a plethora of lifestyle changes that I’ve been trying to keep up with over the past few weeks… cooking more, drinking more tea and way less coffee, handling stressful situations with a bit more ease and tranquility, putting in the time to organizing a lot of different parts of my life… it’s been beyond refreshing!

Here’s to a great week! xo

(PS: A few blogger friends and I are giving away an $850 gift card to J.Crew on Instagram! You don’t want to miss it!)

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Full Floral

by Jessica Sturdy on January 8, 2015

dark floral skirt navy pumps glitter

Well, as I’m writing this post and the thermometer reads 10 degrees (feels like -4*), I think it’s pretty obvious that these photos were taken pre-arctic blast! Bare legs are a thing of the past.

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First Real Snow

by Jessica Sturdy on January 7, 2015

how to wear a beanie

We had our first real snow in NYC yesterday! I don’t know what it is, but snow in New York is kind of magical when it’s really coming down. It’s almost like being in a real-life snow globe! … But then five minutes later you realize you are FUH-REEZING, you’ve already taken your #SnowyNYC instagram, you can’t open your eyes because snow is pelting you in the face, and you still have 9 more blocks to walk. Those first few minutes though… They really are magical. You’ve got to savor them!

PS: There are plenty of pictures of me making a fool of myself on Lexington Avenue during the morning commute. And almost getting hit by two different taxis… So keep reading! 😉

jumping in the snow picture nyc

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Long Layers

by Jessica Sturdy on January 6, 2015

All of the layers, you guys. ALL OF THEM.

how to wear a sweatshirt to work

While my trip to California wasn’t as warm as expected (more on that here!), coming back to these twenty-degree-temps in New York has been bru-tal. A full (and very busy!) week of work, plus a cold commute. Oy! Throw us a bone, Mother Nature.

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Weekend Round Up

by Jessica Sturdy on January 5, 2015

I hope you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! It really seemed to fly by this year, didn’t it? While it’s sad to see the season go, I’m excited for all that is to come! I’ve started my annual year-end decluttering phase to be able to start the new year on a fresh note. Clearing out random notes and post-its all over the place, tearing pages I no longer need out of my notebooks, deleting files on my laptop that I no longer need, moving photos and documents to external hard drives, etc. I’ve found that clearing away all of this clutter (whether it’s in person or virtually) really helps me to hit the reset button and start the year off on the right foot!newyorkchristmas-joanna-baker *image via Joanna Baker

  1. I loved these photos comparing New York at Christmastime in the 1950’s to now. While we didn’t have a white Christmas, it really makes me wish for a picturesque snowfall sometime soon! (Can’t believe I’m even saying that.)
  2. In case you missed it — Be sure to check out our posts on the FTD blog about our trip to Pasadena over New Years Eve! one / two / three
  3. My favorite Joie sneakers are 30% off! (And most sizes are available! Trust me, you’ll wear these constantly.)
  4. This list is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit that I laughed. A few of them definitely have some truth! #RentFreeApartment 51 Things That A 25-Year-Old Single Girl Really Wants for Christmas
  5. My friend Grace designed a line of stationery and phone cases for Minnie & Emma and it’s all adorable. You have to check out the sequin stationery and plaid iPhone cases… In love!
  6. I’ve raved about my Jawbone Up band before. (See this post if you missed it!) But if you need any more of a reason to get one, their customer service is absolutely amazing. I was having a problem with mine holding a charge and they were seriously SO helpful. They even emailed me a few days later to make sure everything was still running smoothly after I updated the firmware! Gotta love good customer service.. Unfortunately hard to find sometimes!
  7. I attended a mini coding session at General Assembly two weeks ago and it got me thinking about taking classes, furthering my knowledge and education, and learning new-to-me things, too. Resolutions for 2015!
  8. I’ve been on such a beanie kick lately. (Proof here & here.) Specifically, I’ve been loving all of the beanies with pompoms on the top. Current favorites — this one, this one, and this one.
  9. How the Most Successful Night Owls Manage to Wake Up Early — I’ve always been a night owl, but I’ve been working on becoming more of a morning person. With my work/blog situation and overall lifestyle, going to bed early unfortunately isn’t an option most nights.
  10. Before I became a full-fledged wino (just kidding.. kind of), I was always super intimidated by wine. Admittedly, I now only know very little about the wines that I drink often, but it’s a start. The Beginner’s Guide to Ordering Wine
  11. Tuckernuck is offering an extra 20% off all of their sale items! I’m currently loving this colorblock dressthis printed skirt, this gorgeous green dress (perfect for weddings!), this printed dress, these polka dot flats, this top, and this tote.
  12. This was a fascinating read — What 13 People Wore to Interview with Anna Wintour
  13. I’m taking a month-long challenge with Birchbox. Read about it here!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

PS – Can you tell I started this post before Christmas? Lots of festive links. Oh well! 😉