Pretty Pastels

by Jessica Sturdy on June 24, 2014

If you were to judge by my blog name alone, you’d probably guess that my style is pretty feminine. And you’d be right almost 100% of the time! As of late, even my workout gear has been falling into that category.

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Wedding Season

by Jessica Sturdy on June 23, 2014

If you’re anything like my girlfriends and me, your summer schedule is a whirlwind of wedding weekends! Sounds familiar, right?

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Shorts & Sweaters

by Jessica Sturdy on June 22, 2014

There’s just something about late spring and early summer. I enjoy the nice and long warm days, but totally appreciate the fact that it’s not miserably muggy yet. They’re calling for an awfully gross summer here in NYC so I’m latching on to the last few sweater & shorts days we have left… Before you know it, we’ll be wanting to wear as few square inches of material as humanly (& decently) possibly and reliving those childhood memories of running through the sprinkler. PS: Someone needs to install a sprinkler system in Central Park ASAP. How fun would that be?

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Stars & Stripes + Sun & Sand

by Jessica Sturdy on June 20, 2014

Admittedly, my suitcase for my past few trips out of town has been packed within moments of dashing out the door to catch a cab to the airport. Like, packing for a wedding weekend in approximately 10 minutes. I wouldn’t necessarily advise doing that (#MajorAnxiety), but what can I say, I’ve always been one to cut it close with deadlines!

I’m heading back to Chicago for the 4th of July weekend in a few weeks (I know, right? Apparently I can’t get enough of that place this summer.) and I could not be more excited to go back and spend time with my closest friends. My mom is even going to try to come up for a day, which will be much welcomed as I haven’t seen her since Christmas!

Sun, sand, friends, family, the lake, and my favorite holiday… I cannot wait! I don’t know if it’s because summer travel is just so fun to pack for, but I’ve already started the packing list for my trip to Chicago.

I’m packing a few of my most patriotic pieces, as well as some must-have beach essentials. Oh, how I miss the beach in Chicago! Have I mentioned how much I can’t wait to be back?

My friends and I are even chartering a sailboat for the afternoon on the 4th. I’m beyond excited to dress is my boating best. You know I love any excuse to dress a little bit nautical! (Examples here and here.)

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Summertime Simplicity

by Jessica Sturdy on June 16, 2014

Last week we had a little taste of that awful humidity that New York is known for in the summer… And I did not like it one bit! (And judging from these photos, my hair wasn’t too keen on it either.) Isn’t it funny how you wait and wish and count down the days until the summer, but then b*tch and moan when it’s too hot? Oh wait, that’s just me? Oops.

If last week was any indication what’s in store for us come July & August, I’m going to be living in easy, breezy dresses. It’s the only way to get by! (And maybe by shaving my head if my hair continues to frizz and fall flat this badly…)

When I saw this dress, naturally I fell in love with the orange & blue stripes. (I mean, it’s perfect for Illinois games!) But then when I saw the price tag was less than $30, I knew it was a keeper! Can’t beat this kind of deal, especially when I  know I need to stockpile breathable dresses for the dog days of summer that are ahead of us.

When it comes to my summer wardrobe, simple starts to takeover. You know I’m a jewelry and accessories girl, but sometimes it’s just too dang hot. I love a printed dress that makes most of the statement, without having to add on too many extra layers.

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Weekend Web Wandering

by Jessica Sturdy on June 13, 2014

I got to plan a fun birthday photo shoot with Capwell + Co earlier this week! Thanks to Rebecca, the photos turned out so so so cute! The shoot re-sparked my love affair with balloons. (Remember this post?) Already planning my next birthday shoot with a big 2 and a big 5!

However, wrangling the balloons on a stormy day (thank goodness the rain held off enough for us to get the shots!) was no easy task. Gotta work on that patience thing…

Anywho, Capwell is taking 25% off every order this weekend with code HAPPYBDAY! Great time to scoop up the pieces I’ve been wearing on repeat lately — this necklace, this bracelet, this ring, these earrings, and this ring! Oh, and how cool is this hand piece?!

I’ll have a full outfit post with this dress next week, but until then you can find the dress here! It sold out on Nordstrom a few weeks ago, but it’s back in stock right now so get it while you can!

And a few other things that I loved on the web this week…

1. Julia’s Guide to Rosé! I may or may not have bookmarked this post on my phone so I can have a cheat sheet at the wine shop.

2. I’m all about the short viral videos. This Jim Carey video is pretty amazing (and inspiring!).. and just 60 seconds long!

3. As I was searching for apartment ideas, I came across Jacqueline‘s NYC studio tour on The Everygirl. Too cute!

4. Did you catch my Summer Bucket List? Follow along on Instagram, I’ll be crossing a few things off this weekend!

5. Don’t forget to enter to win a new MZ Wallace bag!

Have a great weekend! :)

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99 Days of Summer

by Jessica Sturdy on June 13, 2014

Summer is unofficially here and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been writing this list since back when there was snow on the ground and I’ve even managed to cross a few things off already. What’s on your bucket list this summer?!

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Festival Fashion

by Jessica Sturdy on June 12, 2014

If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that Hallie and I went to Governor’s Ball this past Saturday! Gov Ball is a 3-day music festival on Randall’s Island here in NYC. Since we’ve both been traveling a lot lately, we opted for a single-day pass instead of a 3-day. We got to see Disclosure, The Strokes, Jack White, Naked & Famous, and Skrillex. It was a really fun day of great music, Summer Shandys, and lots of sunshine!

MZ Wallace sent over their Marlena backpacks which turned out to be the perfect festival bags. Hands-free is an absolute must! Sure, you could use a cross-body bag, but with all of the festival necessities I packed, I needed some extra room! Hallie and I even took over their Instagram from the festival. Check out the photos here!

For my full outfit details, a peek inside my backpack, and a chance to win your own, keep on reading…

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Surprise!

by Jessica Sturdy on June 10, 2014

Kate Spade’s Surprise Sale is back! And it’s all about those summer travel plans! Here are some of my favorite pieces… What do you have your eye on?

I definitely think I’m going to scoop up one of the passport holders for my trip to Paris in October.. Which one do you like best? The daisies or the orange with navy stripes?

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Alfresco

by Jessica Sturdy on June 10, 2014

After the winter we had, I’ve made it a point to be outside as much as possible this summer! I’m sure I’ll be singing to a different tune when the major heat & humidity sinks in in August (#GiveMeThatAC), but until then… alfresco!

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