Workday Wardrobe

by Jessica Sturdy on December 8, 2014

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Is it just me or does life feel like it’s sped up over the past few weeks? Since the holiday season is pretty short, I feel like I try to cram way too many things into my days. If I could get a speeding ticket on the sidewalk, I probably would. I’m that girl who is essentially running from point A to point B. Rushing around to get my apartment decorated for the holidays, rushing to get together with friends right after work, rushing to get gifts purchased on time, rushing around to holiday parties, rushing to the gym to try to burn off some extra calories… Rush, rush, rush. (And then there’s the whole work and blog thing..) It never seems like there’s enough time in the day! (And that, my friends, is why I am working on my patience!)

When I feel like I’m flying all over the place, I really rely on a few basic wardrobe staples to get me through. You’ve got to cut corners where you can and I would much rather cut out the minutes that I stand in front of my closet trying to remember what’s jammed in there and what I should wear for the day. Wardrobe staples save time and sanity during crazy mornings!

A wear-with-anything black blazer and a classic black blouse have been my workday go-to’s. Since both items are black, they pair with just about everything in my closet. I love how the black blazer has a fun pop of white along the lapel. It spices up an ordinary wardrobe staple in the best way! The burnout dot blouse is incredibly functional, too. There are countless ways to wear this versatile piece — under a blazer or denim jacket, tucked into a skirt, with a pair of jeans and sneakers on the weekend, etc. The bow-tie neck is an added bonus, too!

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Gift Guide: Coffee Connoisseurs & Espresso Enthusiasts

by Jessica Sturdy on December 8, 2014

From one caffeine addict to another, I’ve rounded up some of the best picks for the Espresso Enthusiasts & Coffee Connoisseurs on your gift list. espresso-coffee-lover-gifts

Milk Frother  |  Pink Espresso Machine Print  |  Coffee Kitchen Sign  |  Cold Brew Kit  |  Starbucks Gift Card  |  Jingle Juice Travel Mug  |  Plaid Coffee & Espresso Mugs  |  Fleur de Lis Mug  |  Coffee Measure  |  Nespresso Vertuoline Machine  |  Reusable Leather Sleeve  |  Dave’s Coffee Syrup  |  Coffee Canister

Another fab little thing that didn’t make the collage cut….. This dishtowel. “I’ll have a café-mocha-vodka-valium-latte.. to go, please.” Sounds familiar, right? 😉

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 LuxuriesDay 12: Kate Spade | Day 13: Perfectly Parisian | Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Gift Guide: Perfectly Parisian

by Jessica Sturdy on December 7, 2014

If you hadn’t noticed, I’m a teensy bit behind on my gift guide series. (Sorry!) Life has just been kind of crazy lately. Don’t worry, though, I’ll definitely squeeze in the rest of the 25 before the holidays arrive!

Today is one of my favorite gift guides yet… It’s all about PARIS! Ever since my trip to Paris in October, I’ve been absolutely dying to go back… without a return ticket. I say it kind of jokingly probably as a defense mechanism because it’s super scary, but truthfully, my goal is to move to Paris before I’m 30. Not longterm, but I would like to spend 6-12ish months living there. I never studied abroad in college so I’ve only ever lived in the US. Who knows when it will be time to branch out, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it happen. Any who… Back to holiday shopping!

This gift guide is for anyone who has a bit of a love affair with the City of Light. (Seriously, though, who doesn’t?) Whether she’s been to Paris and is dying to go back (#raiseshand) or is simply dreaming of visiting one day, these gifts are sure to put a smile on her face!

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Bonjour Pill Case  |  Paris Mug  |  Eiffel Tower Scissors  |  Paris Pillow  |  French Phrasebook  |  Eiffel Tower Earrings  |  Veuve Clicquot Rosé  |  Macarons  |  Map Coasters  |  How to Be Parisian Book  |  Candle  |  Merci Notecards  |  Eiffel Tower Jewelry Dish  |  iPhone Case

Learning a bit of French is one of my goals for this coming year, so I really need to pick up this French Phrasebook to start learning the basics. (I mean, I kind of need to semi speak the language if I’m going to live there, right?!)

While macarons from Dana’s Bakery are technically American macarons, they still make for the perfect Parisian-inspired gift. (And they truly are my absolute favorite macarons!) They ships nationwide, too! I placed a few orders last year for holiday gifts and had them shipped and everyone loved the creative flavors.

Oh, and these Eiffel Tower Earrings? I can’t get enough! The subtle front-back style is oh so chic. I’m planning to pick up a pair at #73SpringShop this week!

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 LuxuriesDay 12: Kate Spade | Day 13: Paris

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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15 Things To Do in NYC This Winter

by Jessica Sturdy on December 7, 2014

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Back at it with another seasonal guide to NYC! (You can see last year’s holiday guide here and this past summer’s guide here — most of my favorite picks are still relevant!) Only a few more weeks until Christmas.. Can you believe it?! That means I only have a few weeks to get all of these fun and festive things crossed off of my holiday bucket list. From ice skating, to the best pop-up shops, to my favorite hot chocolate, it will be a busy few weeks! Thankfully my parents will be in town for a quick trip this week so it will be the perfect excuse to cross a few things off of my winter To-Do List in New York City!

  1. Visit to the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center! I mean, how can you not?
  2. See all of the Christmas Windows!Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, Tiffany, Lord & Taylor, and Macy’s are always my favorites!
  3. Shop at the Sorel Pop-Up Shop! Who doesn’t love a good pair of Sorel boots? Especially this time of year! Can’t wait to shop them in person in the Meatpacking district. (Doesn’t close until February 2015!)
  4. Get a drink at Rolf’s! The bar has Christmas oozing from every inch of space year round, but it feels especially festive during the holidays. (Check out some photos here!)
  5. Go shopping at #73SpringShop — It’s only open until 12/13 so the days to do so are limited. The space is stocked full of the best decor, clothing, and accessories on the market! You’ll find Society Social, Design Darling, Loren Hope, Inslee by Design, Three Jane, & Persifor. I got a sneak peek the other night, but I’m definitely going back to shop soon. So many goodies! (And it’s by far the cutest store I’ve ever been in!)
  6. Visit the Veuve Pop-Up Bar at Saks. Apparently there’s an old-fashioned soda shop serving up Veuve Clicquot (and some small bites) on the 5th Floor! I can’t wait to check it out… You can buy bottles to bring home or gift, too! And I’m sure the space is very Insta-worthy. 😉 (Open through 1/3/15)
  7. Go Ice Skating at Bryant Park. I always love browsing their holiday shops, too!
  8. Visit the new Dana’s Bakery in Gansevoort Market. Who can say no to holiday macarons?!
  9. Shop at Cuyana Pop-Up Shop in Soho! It’s only open for five days — 12/10-12/14. Can’t wait to shop some of my favorite bags in person!
  10. City Bakery for Hot Chocolate — It’s so good!
  11. Go Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
  12. Shop at the new Vineyard Vines store on the Upper East Side
  13. Walk around while it’s snowing. I know this seems kind of unpleasant, but I took a walk through Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park last year during our first big snowfall and it was so unbelievably peaceful and gorgeous. (And that’s when I took the photo at the top of this post!) Just make sure you bundle up with your Bean Boots, a warm puffer coat, gloves, a hat, and a scarf. 😉
  14. See the tree at The Palace Hotel. Hallie and I went last year (see those pictures here!) and it was so festive and magical.
  15. Go Ice Skating in Central Park (Apparently I’ll be a seasoned ice skater by Christmastime…)

You can check out last year’s guide here! (Most of it is still relevant!) Be sure to comment or email me if you have any specific questions… Always happy to help!

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Resolutions

by Jessica Sturdy on December 5, 2014

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I believe the saying goes a little something like, “New year, new you.” We’ve all seen it (and done it)… gyms and workout studios turn into absolute zoos come January. People try to eat healthier, workout every day, stick to these elaborate resolutions, etc. While I’m all for self-improvement, I don’t think anyone should wait to start on their new goals. Why wait a few months/weeks/days until January 1st? Why not start RIGHT NOW? Ya know? If you know you want to do something, what’s the point of waiting? Life is short, get a head start! (Plus, find your way around the gym or yoga studio and find your favorite group fitness instructors before the mad rush hits in January! It’s kind of a no-brainer.)

I think this goes for pretty much anything in life, not just fitness. If you want to take up a new hobby, why wait a few weeks? You’re setting your resolution to keep in touch with college friends more often? Just pick up the phone right now! If you want to become a better cook, stick around the kitchen during the holidays. You want to be a better spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc.? Just start today. If you catch yourself saying or thinking that you’re going to start doing something in the future, here’s a little kick in the ass nudge to just start now. Not to get super deep, but you never know what tomorrow will bring. While I’m not encouraging you to make rash decisions, I do think we should all try to better ourselves on the regular and not wait for a new day to do so. I know that the timing may not always be right to make a life change, but you can start taking small steps to achieve your goals. It’s all about making progress! You can always start doing things to live the life you want to be living. Just do it!

Stop planning, start DOING!

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Leaves in Lincoln Park

by Jessica Sturdy on December 4, 2014

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Every time I visit Chicago in the fall, I always make sure that my friends and I spend an afternoon in Lincoln Park. I used to live in the Lincoln Park neighborhood when I lived in Chicago and I miss it a lot, especially during the fall! The tree-lined streets, the gorgeous foliage, the cute shops and restaurants… Can’t get enough. The Armitage area is my favorite.. Lori’s Shoes, All She Wrote, Art Effect, Davids Tea, Interurban CafeIntermix, BCBG, Bonobos for the boys, Pilates Inc, and more. (Apparently there’s a Dream Dry opening soon on Armitage, too!)

Speaking of Chicago, I spy a few ex-Chicagoans (me, Hallie, & Lauren) on The Everygirl this morning… Check it out here!

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Bow Beanie

by Jessica Sturdy on December 2, 2014

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

If you catch me on the weekend, especially this time of year, I’m usually in sneakers and a sweatshirt. So many errands, so little time! For the times when I’m dressed down, I’m constantly on the hunt for fun pieces that add personality to your usual basics. When you’re wearing simple items like a beanie, sweatshirt, and sneakers, a little bit of pizazz never hurts. This beanie, for example. I couldn’t resist the bow! And this sweatshirt? I obviously had to have it because of the giant J. (Note: It technically stands for J.Crew, not Jessica, but I like to pretend otherwise.) Tortoise sunglasses with pink mirrored lenses, check. And pink suede sneakers? Why not.

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Gift Guide: Kate Spade

by Jessica Sturdy on December 2, 2014

Cyber Monday lives on, you guys. It looks like Kate Spade is the little gift that keeps on giving… I was perusing the site last night (as one does) and realized that their 30% off promo is actually extended through today! So in case you missed out on any Kate Spade items, make sure you order today with code cyber!

Last year, I had a whole Gift Guide dedicated to Kate Spade so I figured I might as well do it again. (You can see that here!) I know I’ve been peppering Kate Spade products into most of my gift guides thus far, but I just can’t help myself. Do you have that brand that just totally embodies you and your style? Well, mine is kate spade new york. Sparkly, quirky, girly, irreverent, feminine, and fun… All things that I try to emulate with my style and also kind of my personality.

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Key Fob | Bow Clutch | Bow Bangle | Mug | Notebooks | Bow Belt | Earrings | Pumps | Compact Mirror | Santa Hat | Slippers | Cuff | Bow Belt | Jewelry Box

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

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Monogram Monday

by Jessica Sturdy on December 1, 2014

There’s seriously nothing I love more than a good monogram. That extra little touch of personalization makes an ordinary piece seem so much more special. You may recall that I did a gift guide about monograms a week or two ago, but I’m back today with a few of my favorite monogrammed pieces.

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Monogrammed gifts truly are my favorite to give and get! The only thing that can make cozy cashmere sweaters, rich terry cloth robes, soft slippers, and plaid scarves any more luxurious are a little set of initials.

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Cyber Monday Madness

by Jessica Sturdy on December 1, 2014

Have you had your coffee yet? You’re going to need it.

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Kate Spade Hat* / J.Crew Turtleneck* / Mug / Nail Polish   *on sale 

If your head wasn’t already spinning from all of the Black Friday sales over the weekend, the grand finale is here today — Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is much more my jam than Black Friday. I prefer to shop the sales from the comfort of my own home (or office, let’s be real). To me, Cyber Monday is a day to; 1. Cross a few coveted items off of my wish list, and 2. Cross as many gifts as I can off of my Christmas shopping list. While I definitely haven’t completed my shopping list for the season, I do know a handful of the gifts that I need to purchase for family and friends. And why not do it at a discount?!

Let’s get down to business… Here are my favorite sales and a handful of products that are perfect to give and get!

Piperlime: 30% off site wide + 40% off markdowns (code: cybersale)

At Piperlime, you’re sure to find something for almost every female on your list. Things that I’m loving — their selection of Loeffler Randall shoes & bags, this Joie sweater, these booties, J Brand jeans, this Milly bag, and these rainboots.

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Kate Spade: 30% off site wide (code: cyber30)

My Kate Spade wish list is always miles long. From cute accessories (like this bow key fob) to fabulous party shoes (dying for these), you are sure to find something for the girls on your list. (And a few things for you, too!)

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J.Crew: 30% off full-price styles, 40% off sale, & free shipping! (code: monday)

J.Crew is right up there with Kate Spade. It seems as if I always want EVERYTHING. I’m definitely going to cross a few things off of my wish list with their promo!

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Tuckernuck: Up to 30% off! Save 15% off site wide, 20% off orders of $150+, 25% off orders of $500+, 30% off orders of $1,000+ (code: shop15, shop20, shop25, shop30)

Tuckernuck has THE BEST selection right now. I want almost everything on the site! Obsessed with this travel bag,

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Design Darling: 20% off site wide (code: manythanks)

Mackenzie’s shop is always stocked with the very best finds for your home, as well as the best gifts! Plus, tis the season for shopping small! I’m lusting over this lamp, this bangle, this notepad, all of Amy’s prints, and this stationery.

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Club Monaco: 20% off orders of $200+,  25% off orders of $300+, 30% off orders of $500+, 30% off sale & clearance (code: cybersale)

I’m always quick to take advantage of a Club Monaco sale. My advice? Head straight to the sale section. There are some freaking GEMS in there and they’re all an extra 30% off, no purchase minimum necessary! — My picks — this sweater, this coat, this plaid coat, this jacket (seriously considering buying it for myself), this jeweled headband, this embellished beanie

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Shopbop: 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, 25% off orders of $1,000+ (code: gobig14)

No designer exclusions! It’s the perfect time to make that splurge you’ve been thinking about…

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Old Navy / Gap / Banana Republic: 40% off everything (code: cyber)

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Lands’ End: 40% off regularly priced merchandise (code: cyber, pin: 1234)

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Gray Malin: 30% off prints site wide (code: gobble30)

I’ve been lusting over a Gray Malin print for what seems like forever. I’m sure you’ve seen his unbelievable photography! I’m currently trying to decide on a piece to splurge on for my apartment. It’s seriously so hard to choose. Which one do you like best? one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen

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Vineyard Vines: 25% off orders of $200 or more (code: cyber14)

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Capwell + Co: 35% off (code: blackfriday)

If you’re in need of some statement sparkle for the holiday parties ahead, Capwell is your best bet! I’m absolutely loving this amethyst statement necklace, these earrings, this ring, and this whole collection.

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Ann Taylor: 50% off entire purchase (code: cyber50)

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Otte: 20% off everything (prices as marked, no code necessary)

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Tommy Hilfiger: 50% off site wide (code: cmreward)

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Happy Shopping!

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