Blush Crush

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

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This is my third and final look from our trip to Las Vegas with Zappos. (See the first two here and here!) I love all of the subtle shimmer in this outfit. From the sequin detailing on the top, to the metallic chain-strap bag, to the subtle shimmer on the sandals, it’s definitely a statement-making look! To balance out all of the sparkle, I chose a pair of crisp white jeans. Perfect for a sunny weekend in Sin City!

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Gift Guide: The Talented Teacher

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

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Sweater | Tote | Lip Balm | Water Bottle | Stationery | Pens | Hand Cream | Boots

Whether it’s for your own professor or for your son or daughter’s school teacher, figuring out what to get the talented teacher in your life is always kind of tricky. (Or maybe it’s even your best friend who happens to be in front of the classroom!) Of course candles, crafts, and cookies are always a good idea, but if you’re looking to buy a great gift that’s not covered in apple motifs, look no further. For this particular gift guide, I went straight to the source. My best friend, Ellen, is an elementary school teacher in the Chicago suburbs so I asked her what’s on her holiday list this year, as well as her teaching must-haves.

Go-To School BagMZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote

Favorite Writing Utensil: Sharpie Pens

Desk Must-Haves: Jack Black Lip Balm, Gerlasan Hand Cream, and a Spill-Proof Camelbak Water Bottle

Favorite Gift to Give & Get: Personalized Stationery

On Her Wish List: Burberry Halloway Rainboots & UGG Shearling Mittens for Recess Duty

Favorite Way to Unwind: Yoga (her must-have yoga tank!) or Reading in Bed in Natori PJ’s

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Thanks for helping me with this gift guide, El. You’re the best! xo

Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie | Day 8: The Talented Teacher

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!


Textured Tights

by Jessica Sturdy on November 19, 2014

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I’ve typically steered clear of anything resembling a fishnet tight, but I seriously can’t get over how much I love these crochet tights! They add just the right amount of texture to every outfit and skirt I’ve worn them with. For this particular look, I love how the chunky sweater, subtly textured skirt, and crochet tights work together to spice up an all black and white outfit.

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Gift Guide: For the Beauty Junkie

by Jessica Sturdy on November 18, 2014

Back at it today with Gift Guide #7! (Missed one? You can see the first six here!)

Today is all about the beauty junkie in your life. The girl who’s obsessed with Birchbox*, who’s addicted to the checkout lanes at Sephora (guilty.. they get me every time), and who is always carrying at least four lipsticks in her purse. Sound familiar? These gifts are for her!

I was never really a beauty junkie until my first job in New York. I managed social media for a company that owned eight cosmetics, skincare, hair care, and fragrance brands. We did most of the product development in house so I became quite the guinea pig. For 16 months, I was always testing new hair sprays, lip colors, moisturizers, fragrances, and even men’s facial scrub. Needless to say, I became kind of obsessed with trying out new products!

I’ve tried and tested most of these products myself. (I’m putting them on here, so you know they’re good!) And the ones that I haven’t tried have come highly recommended and are on my “to buy” list in my phone. What, you don’t have one of those? 😉

gift guide for the beauty junkie guru

St. Tropez Self Tanner | YSL Touche Éclat (How fun is this special edition tube?! Need it.) | YSL Lipstick | Smashbox Brush Set | Aerin Evening Rose | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Aerin Eyelight Concealer | Aerin Ikat Jasmine Body Cream | NARS Audacious Lipstick | Caudalíe Nighttime Detox Oil | NARS Smoky Eye Kit | MZ Wallace Cosmetic Bag | Essie Polish | NARS Eye Liner

*If she’s not already a Birchbox member, a subscription is a fabulous gift idea!

Lauren recommended this nighttime detox oil and I fell in love. I’ve been wearing the new NARS Audacious Lipstick like every day. I’ve been experimenting with this smoky eye kit.. Great for beginners! (I feel like I’m so bad at eyeshadow.) Lauren P got me this cosmetic bag for my birthday and it’s just so cute!

And because I ran out of space in the image above, here are some of my absolute favorites…

Favorite Lipsticks: Pink (shade: fuchsia) | Bold Red (shade: beso) | Less Upkeep Red (shade: cherry)| Mauve (shade: anna)

This is my absolute favorite hair product… ever. This spray is absolutely magical. My go-to fragrance. Favorite tinted chapstick. Must-have leave-in hair product. The very best dry shampoo. Can’t get enough of these serum capsules. Favorite Self-Tanner. I could go on and on… Maybe I should write about beauty more often? You tell me!

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms | Day 7: Beauty Junkie

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!


kate spade new york on HauteLook

by Jessica Sturdy on November 17, 2014

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In case you missed it over the weekend, I posted a little sneak peek of HauteLook’s second-ever kate spade new york online sale event on Friday! I partnered with HauteLook to share my favorite finds from the event, both on my blog and on their website as a preview over the weekend. But now, you can shop the sale today! Hurry because things are sure to go fast. With party season upon us, you can never have too many fun, festive dresses or accessories! kate spade new york is always my go-to for glam nights out on the town. From fancy dresses to snazzy shoes, they’ve got it all covered. Plus, it’s the perfect time to start stocking up on gifts. Happy Shopping!

Also — HauteLook is giving away a $500 credit to one lucky Bows & Sequins reader! To enter, head on over to, register, check out the kate spade new york events and then head to my Instagram to leave a comment on this photo letting me know what you would buy with the credit. The winner will be announced tonight at 6p.m. EST. Good luck & happy shopping!

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Gift Guide: Monograms

by Jessica Sturdy on November 17, 2014

Whether it’s his or her initials or a full name, pretty much everything is better with a monogram. I even drew my name in my hot chocolate over the weekend.. Photo of that here.

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite personalized products for the holidays! My favorites? This monogrammed clutch (I have it!), this cuff (so unique!), this tote, and these pouches. J.Crew also has a whole slew of monogrammed items, all of which I love! (Especially these totes!)

Don’t forget, monogrammed items take longer to get to your doorstep since most of them have to be custom ordered! Make sure you allow extra time for processing and delivery. :)

monogrammed personalized gifts

Clutch | Bag Tag | Name Necklace with Birthstone | Scarf | Longchamp | Initial Necklace | Hexagon Cuff | Lucite Letter | Script Ring | Notebook | Pouches | Candle | Tote | Votive | 3 Initial Hammered Cuff | Colored Name Necklace

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan | Day 6: Monograms

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!


Sneak Peek

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2014

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Happy Friday! I’m so excited to tell you about today’s post –

If you’ve been following Bows & Sequins for any time at all, it should come as no surprise that Kate Spade is one of my all-time favorite brands. Each and every season, I’m lusting after the gorgeous dresses, fabulous shoes, cheeky phrases, and must-have accessories. I love how every piece; no matter if it’s a pair of pumps or a pair of statement earrings, has a personality. The playful and irreverent lifestyle that Kate Spade evokes makes each collection totally shine.

So when HauteLook reached out to me about featuring my favorite finds in their second-ever Kate Spade online sale event, it was an obvious Y-E-S!

For this outfit, I picked out my favorite party pieces for a glam night out on the town! The drop-waist dress is the epitome of flirty and fun. And the mesh bow-covered heels? I’m in love. The heel isn’t too high and the slingback makes for the perfect dancing shoe! To add some glitz and extra glam to my outfit, I chose a sparkly statement necklace. While this necklace is so easy to dress up, I can’t wait to wear it with a more casual look, like a simple plaid or chambray button-down. Talk about versatility!

Head on over to HauteLook this weekend to get a full sneak peek of my picks, which you can shop Monday at 8a.m. PST.

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A special Thank You to HauteLook for sponsoring this post!


Gift Guide: Tartan & Plaid

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2014

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iPhone | Socks | Circle Scarf | PJ Set (can be monogrammed!) | Ornament | Blanket Scarf | Watch | Blouse | Emergency Kit | Bow Tie | Flats | Tote

Nothing says the holidays quite like plaid and tartan! Whether you’re curling up by the fireplace with a tartan mug or clipping in a plaid hair bow for a casual family gathering, the holiday season feels a lot more festive when there’s plaid involved. Give him a plaid bow tie and her a wear-with-everything plaid scarf. And then pick up a pair of cozy plaid PJs for yourself!

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!


Gift Guide: Festive Finds

by Jessica Sturdy on November 13, 2014

I don’t know if it’s the cooler temperatures or the upcoming holidays, but I am in MAJOR nesting mode. I feel like that kind of has a pregnant connotation, and I am most certainly not that, but I’ve just been in the mood to focus on making my apartment nice and cozy. Sprucing up my decor (well, actually, finishing the decorating that I barely started back when I moved in May), decluttering my cabinets, drawers, and closet, making meals at home, you name it! I’ve been over-analyzing new bedding for weeks, maybe even months. I’m obsessing over throw pillows and which prints I want to mix on my new couch. I spend countless hours on Pinterest trying to decide just how I’m going to layer my living room rugs. Don’t get me started on my search for a coffee table. And it doesn’t end there… Enter, my kitchen…

I have a pretty amazing kitchen (by New York standards). Lots of cabinet space, a good amount of counter space, stainless steel appliances. It’s probably my favorite part of my apartment! And although I barely make time to cook in said kitchen, I’ve been filling my plethora of cabinets with all sorts of festive finds.


A few weeks ago, Carly & I met up for breakfast and much-needed caffeine at the Nespresso boutique on the Upper East Side. I pop into the Soho location on the reg to pick up capsules for my machine, but this was my first time dining. (So good, highly recommend!) After breakfast, we went and did some holiday shopping at Sur La Table. Like I said, I barely cook. The only time I really use my kitchen is when I make a Nespresso in the morning before I shower. And then again when I make another Nespresso before I leave for the day. However, something came over me when I was at Sur La Table. I went kind of crazy buying new dish ware and all sorts of festive Thanksgiving and Christmas tabletop accessories. You would think I was hosting family dinners over the holidays with the amount of things I picked up. For a minute, I thought about hosting the girls for a festive brunch. But then I realized that would require more cooking than my usual scrambled eggs & coffee weekend breakfast. (And I can’t fit everyone in my studio apartment… So there’s that.) So it looks like I’ll just be cooking-for-one in a very stylish and festive manner over the next few weeks! Or ya know, just putting my seamless delivery order on really cute plates. 😉


& Other Stories Sweater | J. Crew Blouse | J Brand Jeans | Ralph Lauren Booties (20% off in Bloomies’ Friends & Family right now!) | Gucci Bag (similar for less!) | Jawbone Up Band

I figured I’d share some of the cute things that I got at Sur La Table, as well as some of the fun things I have on my wish list, in a Festive Finds Gift Guide. Since Turkey Day is just around the corner, I figured I’d share a Thanksgiving and a Christmas board. #OverAchiever, I know.

One item that’s a repeat offender for both holidays? The Nespresso Vertuoline. Because really, who isn’t in need of a pick-me-up around the holidays?! For the last year, I’ve been using my regular Nespresso machine and I’ve loved it. However, I’ve been using the Nespresso Vertuoline for the last two weeks and have loved it even more! (I didn’t even know that was possible.) It’s so amazing because you can brew both a large cup of coffee and a shot of espresso in the same machine. Seriously brilliant!

A few goodies to help set the table for a fall family gathering…

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Pumpkin Plate | Copper Measuring Spoons | Pumpkin Cocotte | Nespresso Vertuoline | Espresso Cup & Saucer | Copper Roasting Pan | Wood Slice Serving Board

And a few items to spread holiday cheer…

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Snowman Topper | Plaid Plate | Winterberry Branch | Snowman Spatula | Candy Cane Spreader | Holly & Pine Mug (also love these plaid espresso & coffee mugs!) | Nespresso Vertuoline | Peppermint Bowl | Pine Branch

Thank you to Nespresso for sponsoring this post!


Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List | Day 2: The New Yorker | Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed | Day 4: Festive Finds | Day 5: Plaid & Tartan

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!


Bow-Tie Barbour

by Jessica Sturdy on November 13, 2014

barbour jacket

I’ve always been a bit of a human magpie. (I mean, did you see my last gift guide?) While I do tend to get distracted easily (#ADD), my attention always diverts when there are sparkly things around. I love a little glitz, what can I say?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a ‘jewelry girl.’ (And a shoe, watch, bag, sunglasses girl… Okay, maybe ‘accessories girl’ is a better fit.) I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that a single piece of jewelry can transform almost any outfit. My go-to? A statement necklace. Statement necklaces are the bomb dot com. What other accessory can you wear with a sweatshirt and also a ball gown and it looks fabulous either way? That’s why I’m usually willing to pay a little bit extra for a sparkly statement necklace. The versatility and cost-per-wear can’t be beat!

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