Best Year Yet

by Jessica Sturdy on January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Can you believe how quickly 2014 flew by?! As fast and fabulous as it was, I’m ready for a fresh start. 2014 was pretty good to me, but I know that 2015 is going to be one of the best years yet! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing a few of my goals and resolutions on the blog. So stay tuned for that! Today, however, I want to share the challenge that I’ll be taking part in throughout the whole month of January — the Birchbox 31-Day Challenge.

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Over the next 30 days, I’ll be partaking in one challenge per day. Easy, right? Each day, there will be one fitness, beauty, nutrition, or wellness challenge to help make 2015 the best year yet. Think smoothies for breakfast, swapping tv for a book, tricep-toning arm workouts, energizing yoga poses, face masks, tricks to improve sleep, and more!

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I think it’s going to be a ton of fun! A lot of times, resolutions can be quite broad and hard to successfully measure progress. I’m a total “list person” so checking off a little daily challenge will be nice and gratifying! Each to-do is seemingly easy, but I have a feeling that making these small tweaks daily will really help to start the year off on the right track! (And hopefully create a few lasting habits, too!)

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Intrigued? You can take the challenge, too! (And I hope you do!) You can find the daily assignments here, as well as the daily prizes! If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to join in on social media with the hashtag #BirchboxChallenge.

Here’s to making January 2015 the Best. Month. EVER!

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NYE with FTD

by Jessica Sturdy on December 29, 2014

I’ve rambled on about my football fandom on quite a few occasions. I shared my love for my Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. I’ve worn outfits showing how football and fashion can coexist. I’ve given you the backstory on how I ended up liking sports in the first place. And today, it all kind of comes full circle!

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Today, Hallie & I are headed out to Pasadena, California to attend all of the fun festivities surrounding the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl with the team at FTD! Pinch-me moment, 100%. I am so excited to go behind the scenes with FTD and experience the Rose Parade from an insider’s view! Aside from attending the game, the pep rallies, and the tailgates (which will all be a ton of fun.. obviously!), we get the incredible experience of going behind the scenes at the famous Rose Parade. We’ll have the chance to get an up-close and personal peek at the floats, see the VIP vehicle decorating first-hand, chat with the amazing designers behind it all, and more. I’m overly excited to get to see all of the beautiful blooms in person … Can you imagine? ALL OF THE INSTAS. Even if football is not your thing, the Rose Parade is something that almost everyone can get behind! 6,000 stems of flowers and foliage will be featured on this year’s vehicles and over 300 pounds of flowers will be used on each. I can hardly wait to see it all in person!

Hallie and I will be taking over the FTD Blog, as well as their social media channels, while we are there. Be sure to follow along! My first blog post is already up on the FTD Blog… Click on over to read it!

My parents went to the Rose Bowl in the 2007-2008 season when Illinois played and they absolutely raved about the Rose Parade, the intricacy of the floats, and overall how wonderful it was to experience such a historical event. I’m so excited to see it all for myself!

Hallie and I have a packed itinerary and it’s sure to be a fun-filled week! Plus, escaping the Northeast weather for the week and spending New Years in sunny Pasadena sounds pretty fabulous. We’re flying out today and will be in California through the end of the week. We’ll be ‘gramming and tweeting up a storm so be sure to follow along! :)

BLOGGERS DAY OFF! #NYEwithFTD

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Nordstrom After-Christmas Clearance Sale

by Jessica Sturdy on December 28, 2014

You guys! Nordstrom is having a huge clearance sale and it seems to be one for the record books. So, so, so many great deals!

Kate Spade Bow Hat, Illesteva Mirrored Sunglasses, J.Crew J Sweatshirt

I bought this scarf in grey and this scarf in camel.
My bow beanie is on sale!
In love with this clutch!
These striped pajamas are perfect.
Obsessed with this sweatshirt.
I got my mom this robe for Christmas. (So, naturally, it’s now on sale.)
A classic black rag & bone sweater for $110.
T By Alexander Wang makes some of the best basics! I love this striped hoodie.
I wear these jeans constantly!
This Vince sweater is on my wish list. So is this one! And this one!
If you’re into backpacks, I love this one and this one.
How adorable is this bow-covered clutch?!
The perfect going out clutch.
This top is so fab for nighttime! (With a bandeau or bralette, of course.
Jimmy Choo rain boots for less than a pair of Hunters? DONE.
Love this cashmere infinity scarf! (Especially for $50!)

More fab sale finds…

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Black, Gold, & Red

by Jessica Sturdy on December 28, 2014

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Black and gold has always been one of my favorite color combos. (I mean, see the logo at the top of this blog..) Gold sparkles pair perfectly with classic black. And a little pop of red is the best way to add some sass!

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Christmas in Florida

by Jessica Sturdy on December 26, 2014

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Hello from sunny Florida! Actually, where we are (right outside of Sarasota) hasn’t been sunny much at all this week. Sunny or not, I definitely can’t complain! The temperature has hovered right around 70 degrees, which has allowed for morning coffee by the pool, eating all meals al fresco, long walks around the neighborhood, and plenty of time relaxing on the back patio (in a sweater).

The first full day I was in Florida was actually the hottest. My grandfather and I drove up to Tampa to pick up my parents from the airport. On the way, we stopped at Hyde Park Village to do a little last minute Christmas shopping.

Even though I’m an advocate of wearing white denim almost year round, I happily packed my white jeans and this new top from Sail to Sable’s resort collection! I love the flattering fit of this top. It’s nice and flow-y, but doesn’t make me lose my shape. And the oversized buttons down the back? Can’t get enough! The gold hardware dresses up the fun fish print and adds a bit of flare. My sea-foam green Kate Spade pumps with the gold bow were the perfect touch!

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Black & Gold

by Jessica Sturdy on December 23, 2014

 Bows, bows, and more bows.

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As you’ve probably realized by now, I have a thing for bows. Bow belts, bows on my toes, bow jewelry, little bow details on bags, bow sweaters, you name it. I love the fun, girly touch! Typically, I try to only incorporate a single bow piece into an outfit to avoid overkill, but with today’s look, I just kind of said screw it. It’s the holidays and I’ll wear three bows if I want to! With the simple black and gold color palette, though, I think it works!

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Santa Baby

by Jessica Sturdy on December 19, 2014

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Whenever Carly and I meet up, we usually just look at each other and laugh. Nine times out of ten, we’re wearing some type of coordinating outfit! Take Wednesday morning, for example. Carly and I met up for breakfast (breakfast dates before work are seriously the best!) at Sarabeth’s and were planning to do a fun shoot with our matching santa hats afterwards before I headed into the office. There were almost tears when we met up in front of The Plaza… Plaid skirts, navy tights, sweaters, monogrammed crossbody bags, navy suede shoes, etc. I think we’re as close to twinning as humanly possible, without actually wearing the same thing. Honestly, the only thing we planned on matching was our hats. (We later realized that she has my Vineyard Vines skirt and I have her J.Crew skirt. #closecall)

I’m so happy with the way the photos turned out… They’re so festive and fun and capture how magical the city is during the holiday season. We look like Santa’s Little Helpers! When I splurged on this Santa Hat a few weeks ago, I didn’t realize how much I would actually wear it. I just loved it so much and knew I had to have it! (Even if just for a dress form decoration in my bedroom!) But I’ve been sporting it on the commute to work, running errands on the weekend, you name it. It’s so cute! It’s currently on sale and then an extra 25% off so if you’ve been lusting after it, nows the time to get it!

PS: If you’re in New York over the holidays, you have to check out the fountain in front of The Plaza! Once the water is drained from the fountain, it’s filled with Fraser Firs. So pretty! The perfect backdrop for festive photos.

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All That Glitters

by Jessica Sturdy on December 19, 2014

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Since we’re in the midst of holiday parties and New Years Eve is right around the corner, I figured I should share one of my favorite dresses. It’s gold and sparkly… Contain your shock.

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Gift Guide: Girlfriends

by Jessica Sturdy on December 18, 2014

To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!girls-for-your-girlfriends-secret-santa

I was shopping at Sephora last week (I’m desperately in the market for a new eye cream that targets dark circles and some puffiness.. if you have suggestions, I’m all ears (and eyes)!) and I was loving all of the gift sets from bareMinerals & Buxom. There were a ton of great fragrance sets, too! All would make for a great (platonic) girlfriend gift.

Eberjey Sweats (also available here)  |  Chandon Limited Edition  |  Pearl Front-Back Earrings  |  Crossbody Bag  |  Delicate Ring  |  Stationery Set  |  Plaid Scarf  |  Plaid Slippers  |  Criss Cross Ring  |  Lip Gloss Set  |  Sneakers  |  Wine Glasses  |  Candle  |  Watch  |  Contouring Kit  |  Plaid Matches  |  Vera Bradley Houndstooth Throw

Click through the slideshow below to shop these gifts and more…

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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  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers  |  Day 18: Statement Sparkle  | Day 19: Girlfriends

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Christmas Morning

by Jessica Sturdy on December 17, 2014

Today’s post is Christmas overload… Apologies in advance if that’s not your thing!

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I teamed up with The Everygirl a few weeks ago to shoot a fun feature in my apartment… Christmas Morning! While I won’t be spending Christmas in my apartment, I’m almost festive to a fault during the holiday season. Christmas pajamas, garland, festive rugs, all sorts of Christmas lights, wreaths, ornaments hanging over my bed, balsam candles, plaid everything, and alllllll of the peppermint hot cocoa. I’ve essentially been treating each weekend morning like it’s Christmas morning since Thanksgiving!

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