City Girl or Southern Belle?

by Jessica Sturdy on October 20, 2014

Remember these slippers?!

southern belle

Well they’re finally available! I got a sneak peek at these adorable C.Wonder slippers at their press preview back in July and couldn’t wait for them to be in stock this fall. Everyone on Instagram agreed! If you want them, I would scoop them up sooner rather than later. I have a feeling they will go fast!

And I know it seems so early to start talking about the holiday season ahead, but these cheeky slippers would make for the perfect gift!

Are you a City Girl or a Southern Belle?

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Weekend Roundup

by Jessica Sturdy on October 19, 2014

pink tieks

*Photo via coralsandcognacs.com

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend! Checking in with a few links I’ve loved over the past few weeks…

  • Even though Paris stole my heart (I’m already itching to go back!), I still love New York madly. And I never tire of reading humorous articles about living in this city! This list and this list made me chuckle.
  • Tomorrow (Monday 10/20) is the last day of the Jonathan Adler Friends & Family Sale. Use code FF2014 for 20% off! I love this ring holder, this bathroom rug, this glitter canister, and this zebra tray.
  • Make the most of the morning and set the tone for a productive day! That’s the dream, right? Here are five tips.
  • I’ve been burning my Ovando ‘Rosa Mexicana’ candle all weekend long and my apartment smells so good! (Not to be confused with the chain of Mexican restaurants..)
  • I’ve loved following Mackenzie’s One Room Challenge as she makes over her boyfriend’s living room! Check it out here.
  • Now that the cooler temps have arrive and fall is settling in, I’m in major nesting mode. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve barely been home this month, who knows. But I’ve been on a major decor kick and am finally getting around to finishing up the decorating process at my apartment. Hopefully I’ll be able to share photos within the next few months! I’ve been on a bit of Pinterest kick finding inspiration. What are some of your favorite sites or Pinterest accounts for design inspiration?
  • I am OBSESSED with this lucite trunk and dying to buy it for my coffee table. If anyone knows where I can find a similar option for a little bit cheaper, do tell. :)
  • I’ve been throwing it back to 2000 and living without a phone for the past… six days. I’m still waiting on my new phone to arrive (apparently they are backordered with AT&T), but it’s been kind of nice being off the map a little bit. That being said, I’m getting a little antsy to be able to Instagram again. ;) I ordered this case this weekend and it will probably beat the phone to my doorstep.
  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I’ve been wearing my Ballerina Pink Tieks for the past few weeks. In the U.S., 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. When breast cancer is detected early in the localized stage, the 5 year survival rate is over 95%. Check out this page for ways to increase your chance for early detection!
  • I discovered Skin Inc earlier this summer and have been using my Daily Dose custom-blended serum for the past few months. If you’re in NYC, be sure to swing by Sephora this coming Friday for a 15-minute facial! (Invite here.)

xo

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Just a few more hours!

by Jessica Sturdy on October 16, 2014

Shopbop has always been one of my favorite retailers so naturally, I tend to freak out when they have their annual Friends & Family sale. 25% off site-wide. AAAH!

Here’s what I’m loving right now…

JOA is one of my favorite affordable brands on Shopbop! I could not be more obsessed with this scalloped top… unbelievably cute! And this embellished stripe top? So good. And I really can’t get enough of this full skirt!

I bought my first (two) 525 America sweaters when I was in the Hamptons this summer and I’m hooked! This gray sweater and this cream turtleneck are next on my wish list.

And here’s a whole slew of items that I would love to add to my fall wardrobe!

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Paris, Part One

by Jessica Sturdy on October 16, 2014

parisian cafe rue cler

I can’t believe how fast the last week has gone, but I’m currently en route back to the United States! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. The past week was absolutely incredible. Paris was truly everything I thought it would be and more!

We flew out of Newark last Thursday afternoon (10/9) and spent five nights in Paris! Hallie found extremely cheap tickets back in March and we booked the trip on a whim. Like, literally within the hour. The caveat was that we would have a 22 hour layover in Oslo, Norway. However, to us, this wasn’t a bad thing at all! We got up on Wednesday morning, got to the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris, and took a quick two hour flight to Oslo. Once we got into Oslo, 22 hours was plenty of time for us to take on the town. We took a train into Oslo (FYI — the train from OSL to downtown Oslo is super quick and easy), checked in to our hotel, ate lunch, explored the downtown area, did some damage shopping, ate dinner, and got a good night of sleep before waking up and heading back to the airport this AM.

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Floral Dress for Less

by Jessica Sturdy on October 16, 2014

pink balloons, red valentino dress, jcrew pink pumps

YOU GUYS! You’ll never believe what I just found…

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Favorite Fall Workouts

by Jessica Sturdy on October 15, 2014

adidas tee

Now that it’s cooled off a bit, it’s back to indoor workouts for me. I’ve long been into yoga, pilates, spin, and barre so I’m getting back in the groove of filling my calendar with classes! (And especially after Paris, I need ALL OF THE WORKOUTS. But more on that to come!) Hallie, Bianca, and I were talking about our post-Paris diets and impending two-a-days to burn off all of the bread, wine, and cheese calories we consumed on our trip and I have a handful of new classes that I want to try this fall!

Bianca films all of the Healthy Obsession videos for Glam.com (you can see them all here!) so she tries out a ton of new boutique fitness studios throughout New York and beyond. City Row, Chaise Fitness, and new types of ballet-inspired workouts are currently at the top of my list! Since I so heavily rely on group fitness classes (I’ve found they’re the best way for me to hold myself accountable.), I’ve actually been thinking about joining ClassPass. Have you tried it? It’s $99/month for 10 classes at any of the 200+ studios in their network in New York. Sadly, my beloved SoulCyle is not on the list. But FlyWheel, Exhale, Barry’s Bootcamp, and more are!

How are you planning on staying in shape this fall?!

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Keep it Classic

by Jessica Sturdy on October 13, 2014

white shirt with bow

I’m currently in Paris and studying the art of being Parisian with a major magnifying glass. There will be way more on this to come as it’s truly been a life-changing trip and experience, but right now I will tell you this — Parisian women are absolutely effortless. What does that mean, exactly? Parisian women have an aura about them that leads you to believe that they don’t try too hard, they’re more confident and accepting of themselves, and they certainly know how to keep it classic!

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Hurry, hurry!

by Jessica Sturdy on October 12, 2014

Eeeks! I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting for a J.Crew promo to scoop up a few of the amazing finds I saw in store a few weeks ago and I almost missed it. J.Crew is currently running 30% off, but Monday is the last day to take advantage! Use code WEEKENDPLANS!

Here are my favorite finds…

Are you shopping the sale? Let me know what you pick up!

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Bonjour!

by Jessica Sturdy on October 10, 2014

red crossbody bag

Bonjour! I’m writing this from our apartment (for the week) in Paris!

I feel bad there’s been a lot of radio silence over here the last week… I had so many posts planned pre-Paris, but I came down with an awful cold on Tuesday. I almost decided to skip out on our trip entirely, but I’m hoping if I lay low for our first few days, I’ll be able to at least enjoy the last half of the trip. Send healthy thoughts my way, s’il vous plaît!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram! Our trip hashtag is #3PeasinParis :)

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Surprise!

by Jessica Sturdy on October 4, 2014

Well guys, life is a funny thing. On Thursday, I was writing kind of an emotional post (I left it in tact below so you could get the full gist.) about missing home this weekend and I did one of the most fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants things I’ve done in a long time.. maybe ever. My post was all about how sad I was that I was missing a big football game back at home and I literally just got on United.com and booked a flight home for the next morning. Like, 12 hours later. I was writing the following post at the end of the day on Thursday when I got the wild hair up my ass to just fly home on Friday to be a part of the things I was missing out on. Yes, I leave for Paris in five days. Yes, this was my weekend to get shit done before my trip. And yes, my flight was preettyyy expensive. But screw it, ya know? When else in my life will I be able to just pick up and go on a whim? Might as well embrace it!

The best part? I totally surprised my parents. I let my brother in on the secret because I needed a ride from the airport. But other than that, it was a total surprise. There were a few points where I almost blew it, but it somehow worked out!

5:05pm – Writing Saturday’s blog post. Texting best friend about how I was sad I wasn’t going to be there. Start kind of browsing flights. Wait, this could maybe work..

5:30pm – Call my boss. He’s cool with it. (Side note: he’s seriously the best.)

5:45pm – Book flight.

6:05pm – Head home to start packing suitcase.

6:10pm – Mom calls me. WTF. I immediately freak out and think that she knows, but I try to keep it cool on the phone. Kept it cool. Stressed how busy of a weekend I had in New York. Time to say goodbye before I blow this — “See you.. What? Sorry, that my super.” GET IT TOGETHER, JESSICA. I literally almost said, “See you tomorrow!” to my mom on the phone. Fail. Crisis averted. I vow to not talk to any of my family members again until I see them.

7:30pm – Soul Cycle. Desperately need to work out all of this exhilarating anxiety.

9:00pm – Dinner with Hallie, Ashley, & Bianca. PASS THE VINO.

4:00am – Wake Up. Maybe I should have had one less glass of wine. Holy headache.

5:00am – Alright, alright. I’m up for real. Good thing I set 15 alarms.

5:30am – Leave for airport. Doze off in cab, natch.

7:00am – Flight to Chicago.

7:30am – Just kidding. Flight is delayed due to air traffic control in Chicago. You are the worst, O’hare.

8:30am – Finally, it was wheels up. Seated in the very last row (no reclining for me), seated next to a kid with a chili bowl who loves to sing, and the TV at my seat doesn’t work. Oh, and there isn’t WiFi on my flight. It’s almost 2015.. How the heck does a plane not have WiFi?! Guess I’ll just sing along with the kid next to me.

10:00am – Layover. (I would do anything for there to be a direct flight from New York to Springfield, IL. Anything.)

11:00am – Flight to Springfield. Oh, wait. It’s delayed, too.

12:00pm – Brother was supposed to pick me up from the airport before he went to class, but now that’s not happening. Flight takes off at 12.

1:00pm — Finally get to Springfield. Cab to my brother’s school to get his car. And off to surprise my parents at their office! :)

orange and blue outfit tailgating

A Saturday in the fall can really only mean one thing… College Football. And today, especially, I am really missing being back in Illinois.

I’ve talked about my love for Illini football many times before (read this post if you’re new around here), but the game this weekend is super close to home. (Both literally and figuratively!) My best friend from high school’s ‘little’ brother play football and Purdue (#10) and her family always has a big tailgate for the Illinois-Purdue game. Not to mention, both the quarterback at Illinois (#12) and my friend’s brother were both QBs at my very small high school. And each of the boys were in the same grade as and good friends with my brothers growing up! Basically what I’m trying to say is that it’s a big friggen Rochester High School reunion in Champaign, Illinois this weekend and I’m missing out. (If you’re not already bored with my sports chatter, read this article about the matchup for a little insight into my little hometown in Illinois. ;) ) With Paris being a short five days away, I knew I would have probably gone crazy had I planned a weekend trip just a few days before we left.

Needless to say, I’m rocking all orange and blue today in spirit and watching (and probably crying…) from my couch. Hope you have a great weekend! And Go Illini! ;)

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