Back on Track

by Jessica Sturdy on November 7, 2013

We’ve all done it… We’ve all fallen off the “workout wagon,” if you will, at some point or another. The key is to figure out how to get back on track after you’ve lost your routine.

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Feeling Festive

by Jessica Sturdy on November 7, 2013

I know it seems crazy, but the holidays are just around the corner! Fall has flown by and I think we’re seeing the last little bursts of color on the trees. It’s kind of sad that my absolute favorite season has come and gone, but I do love the holidays and the spirit that’s in the air throughout!

My family keeps it pretty casual for the holidays so I tend to opt for festive looks that aren’t overly dressy. The easiest way for me to feel festive is by incorporating sparkly statement jewelry, metallic fabrics, and a little bit of glitter!

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The Usual Uniform

by Jessica Sturdy on November 6, 2013

When I fell in love with this elbow patch sweater at J.Crew, I bought it in almost every color. Naturally.

I’ve always exercised that thought process when it comes to buying multiples in differing color ways… When it’s good, it’s good. Might as well have more of a good thing, right? :)

I love how this sweater is just the right amount of loose. (I’m wearing a Small, btw.) The shape is perfect for layering turtlenecks, chambray shirts, or button-front shirts underneath when the temperature really drops. And the elbow patch is just too perfect!

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Vested Interest

by Jessica Sturdy on November 5, 2013

Fur Vest, Faux Fur, Leather Shorts

I finally broke out the faux fur vests! And it was kind of like Christmas. At the end of last season, I couldn’t resist a few sale finds. Some may call me crazy for purchasing furry pieces in May, but I have to disagree. Sure, I realized that I wouldn’t be wearing said vests for many months, but does a fur vest go out of style? That’s what I thought!

I picked up this Vince Camuto faux fur vest at Marshalls and another deep green faux fur vest at Club Monaco. I’m sure the latter will be here on Bows & Sequins very soon!

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Lightweight Layers (+ a fun event!)

by Jessica Sturdy on November 4, 2013

You guys, I can’t even handle this daylight savings time thing. The sunset was at 4:45 pm yesterday. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that is the AFTERNOON. How is that even possible?! I know I’m going to want to start hibernating soon.

But thankfully for both of us, there is a fun event this Thursday to look forward to! It may be dark outside when it starts, but there will be plenty of shopping, snacks, tunes, and sips at the EXPRESS x NYLON Flatiron Grand Opening Party to help us forget about DST. KatJulia, Natalie, and Christina will be there joining in on the fun, too! We’ll be there checking out the newly remodeled store and scooping up a few items at 25% off*! (I built up quite the extensive Express wishlist when I was hosting the Desk to Dinner event at the Madison store a few weeks ago!) Hope to see you there. :)

Make sure you RSVP to rsvp@express.com by 12 pm on November 7th!

Lately, I’ve been shying away from brights in favor of lots of neutrals. Grays, blacks, greens, and blues have been my go-to’s and I’ve been mixing and layering them all together. Here’s a look I wore this past weekend in New York featuring a whole slew of pieces I’ve gotten at Express recently!

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Leaves Falling, Time Flying

by Jessica Sturdy on November 2, 2013

Wow, how is it November already?! I can’t believe how fast these fall days have been going. I was in DC for a few hours today (quick work trip!) and it felt like just yesterday that I was there for Thanksgiving. Where does the time go?! (PS: Here are two more outfits from my trip to DC last fall .. one | two)

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Halloween Happenings

by Jessica Sturdy on October 31, 2013

Hi friends! Did you dress up today? I’m kind of opting out of Halloween this year. The end of October really snuck up on me and I didn’t have a second to think about a costume. I’ll just stick to eating the candy. ;)

Just a few things today…

1. I’ve been flipping through the Glam Style: Festive Fall iPad app and I can’t get enough. It’s a free download and you might even get a peek at my Halloween costume in 1991! There’s fur involved. And hot pink.

2. Capwell + Co. is having a Halloween sale! I’ve been wearing so much of their jewelry lately and you really can’t beat 25% off! Use code Halloween2013. (Oh, and if you’re in New York, they just opened up a Pop-Up Shop!)

3. I love this video that Hallie did for Halloween. Too funny!

4. For my costumes in years past, check out these posts: one & two

One of my favorites… My brother, Taylor, and I dressed up as Simba & Nala…

Have a happy & safe holiday! :)

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Dots & Bows

by Jessica Sturdy on October 30, 2013

Whenever you’re late, there’s never a cab. You know the types of times that I’m talking about… Whenever you forget an umbrella, it rains. Whenever you wear heels and don’t bring a change of flats, you’ll end up having to run all over the city. #MurphysLaw

Well, I have a new one, guys. Whenever you are on your way to the Lucky Magazine FABB Blogger Conference, a hasty barista will spray syrup all over your brand new silk skirt. Oh wait, that only happens to me. #SyrupShower

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Back to Blue

by Jessica Sturdy on October 25, 2013

I was having a conversation with Hallie the other day about how my style has become increasingly more casual over the past few months. Since I switched jobs in August, I don’t necessarily go into an office every day. My last office was business casual — blue jeans were only allowed on Fridays. Part of me misses dressing up a bit more each day, but had you asked me how I felt about that three months ago, I would have said that I’d give anything to be able to wear jeans. Easier mornings, hello! The grass is always greener, isn’t it? I’ve been enjoying pairing loads of layers with my blue jeans this fall, but I feel like I should make the effort to dress up a bit more during the week. Easier said than done!

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Take Me to Paris

by Jessica Sturdy on October 24, 2013

A red suede jacket, a black and white striped sweater, a sleek pair of black skinny jeans, a cozy scarf, and a pair of walkable booties. I think all that’s missing is a little Vespa! With multiple friends going on big trips soon (or having just gone), and following a few bloggers’ journeys abroad on Instagram, I think I’ve gotten a little bite from the travel bug. I’ve never been to Europe, but I’m dying to go. If and when I do go, I have a feeling this is the type of outfit I will be wearing. #TakeMetoParis

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