Holst + Lee for LOFT

by Jessica Sturdy on September 19, 2014

There’s nothing I love more than shopping for a good cause. Each October, LOFT partners with a celebrity or designer for a limited-edition jewelry collection to honor Breast Cancer Awareness month. This year, LOFT teamed up with Holst + Lee to create a pretty fab necklace and set of earrings — and 70% of the purchase price goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! Find out more about the collaboration here.

The collaboration is even more special to me this year because I absolutely love the team at Holst + Lee! I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Natalie, the designer at Holst + Lee, over the last year through my day job and she’s one of the coolest, most genuine ladies around. And obviously I’ve been wearing LOFT for years so I love seeing the two brands work together!

What I love most about the Holst + Lee for LOFT pieces is how true to the Holst + Lee aesthetic they are. I actually saw Natalie wearing the necklace a few weeks ago and I had no idea that it was the necklace for LOFT. And it’s under $70! (And 70% of the sale goes to breast cancer research!)

Shop: Necklace | Earrings


Athletic Esthetic

by Jessica Sturdy on September 19, 2014

Alice & Olivia Top | BCBG Skirt | Vera Bradley Backpack c/o | Joie Sneakers | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Marc By Marc Jacobs Watch

One fall trend that I could NOT be more excited about is SPORTY CHIC. Sneakers, backpacks, sporty fabrics (like fleece, mesh, neoprene, and quilted and perforated leather) track pants, baseball caps, and varsity-style jackets are everywhere this season! And in my opinion, what’s not to love?! I can’t get enough of the cool vibe that these sportswear-inspired pieces give off. And the comfort and wearability can’t be beat! Comfy and cool? Count me in.

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Fashion Week Dropout

by Jessica Sturdy on September 17, 2014

Cropped Tee (on sale!) | rag & bone Boyfriend Jeans | Joie Leopard Sneakers | Michael Kors Watch | Tom Ford Sunglasses | 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli Bag

Day 4 of NYFW started off just as any of the others would… I got up, got ready, picked out one of my pre-planned outfits and hopped in a cab. Sunday was a slower day for my schedule so I was meeting Meghan and Hallie for brunch at Spasso in the West Village. However, after 3 iced coffees and lots of girl talk, I decided I was still too tired to run the rat race for a fourth day in a row. With the second half of the week still upon us at that point, I figured my time was best spent playing catch up with my inbox. I went home and changed out of my dress and into the comfiest thing I could find — a cropped tee, boyfriend jeans, and sneakers — and spend the day working at LPQ with my wife/girlfriend/life partner.

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The Lowdown on Layering For Outdoor Exercise

by Jessica Sturdy on September 16, 2014

When it comes to outdoor exercise in the fall, I really don’t know how people do it without layers. I’ll be absolutely freezing one second and hot & sweating the next. Not to mention the weather… You leave your apartment when it’s cloudy and 15 minutes later, the sun is beating down. It’s a total crapshoot. Thus, layers.

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Black & Blanco

by Jessica Sturdy on September 15, 2014

Ann Taylor TopSkirtNecklaceSandals c/o | 3.1 Phillip Lim Medium Pashli Bag | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Michael Kors Watch | Capwell + Co Bangles | Margaret Elizabeth Cuff (25% off entire site with code bows) | Lips: Stila ‘Beso’ + YSL Sheer ‘Cherry’

New York Fashion Week, Day 3: 9/6/14

The Saturday of NYFW was pretty spectacular! Hallie had an extra ticket to Prabal Gurung and it was SUCH an amazing show. By far the most high-caliber show I’ve gotten the chance to attend during NYFW over the years!

The show was set in the back of the US Post Office on 8th Avenue, across from Madison Square Garden. The post office was open for business as usual, which was kind of crazy. All sorts of editors and celebrities parading through the lobby, past the regular patrons. (This picture shows the juxtaposition pretty well!)

We were seated second row and had the most amazing view of one of the walkways. The whole experience was so surreal! Fun fact: All of the models were wearing Foot Petals during the show! Models, they’re just like us. ;)

Since the post office has a revolving door, there was a pretty long line to get out after the show. But I so didn’t mind waiting in line because RACHEL FREAKING ZOE was behind me. I was literally within 5 feet of her for a good 5 minutes. And then Hallie & I were basically walking along side her on 31st street while she was trying to get a cab! (Accidentally, I swear.) Too bad I was too shy to say anything to her… Definitely missed my moment with that one.

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Flirty Floral

by Jessica Sturdy on September 14, 2014

borrowed Nicole Miller Dress | Capwell + Co Cuff | Just Fab Heels (similar here) | Sequin NYC Earrings (old, similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger Clutch (old, similar here) | Tom Ford Sunglasses

New York Fashion Week, Day 2: 9/5/14

I’m pretty sure this was my favorite outfit during fashion week. This dress is the absolute perfect party dress! I couldn’t love it more. I actually ended up wearing the dress again this past Wednesday night for the Us Weekly Most Stylish New Yorkers party and later to the Erin Fetherston after party. But back to Friday…

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Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on September 13, 2014

Skirt | Clutch | Bracelets | Nail Polish

Happy Saturday! If you’re lounging around on this rainy day, I’ve pulled together a list of my favorite links from the past few weeks. Enjoy!

Have a happy weekend! xo


Black & Brown

by Jessica Sturdy on September 12, 2014

Kate Spade Dress (now 60% off! .. more sizes here!) | Ann Taylor Heels (old, similar here) | Sequin Necklace (old, similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger Clutch | Tom Ford Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Bracelets | Kate Spade Ring

New York Fashion Week, Day 2: 9/5/14

Friday is always one of my favorite days of fashion week because so many of my must-see shows and presentations are packed into one crazy day! I kicked off the day by getting a blowout with Joico at Eiji Salon with MackenzieCarly, & Hallie. I’m convinced you can never have a bad day if you start it with your girlfriends, a blowout, and two iced coffees. #DoubleFisting

After the four of us were washed, styled, and ready to go, we hopped in a car down to the Kate Spade presentation! Kate Spade is (obviously) always one of my favorites during fashion week. As I browse the looks, I make a mental shopping list of everything that I want for the next season. Sooo.. One of everything, please. All of it.

I wore this Kate Spade dress from the Rio Collection and kept it pretty simple with coordinating black and brown accessories. I’m always up for showing a little leg (because that’s what you do when you were basically born without breasts.. #tmi), but I actually love the longer hemline on this dress. It has the flowy feel of a maxi, but without the whole feet-getting-tangled-in-skirt thing.

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NYFW Day 1: Jay Godfrey

by Jessica Sturdy on September 10, 2014

Jay Godfrey Dress c/o (love this romper version!) | JustFab Heels | Milly Clutch | Capwell + Co Stackable Bracelets | Capwell + Co Cluster Cuff | Capwell + Co Ring | Chloe & Isabel Midi Ring | Tom Ford Sunglasses

New York Fashion Week, Day One, Part 2: 9/4/14

After attending the BCBG show in the morning, I slipped into a Jay Godfrey dress for his presentation that afternoon. I got to go backstage before the presentation and meet Jay, his wife, and their adorable daughter. It was surprisingly calm back there, as the models were about to go get on stage for the presentation. However, we did capture a fun little moment — models taking selfies backstage. (Check out Hallie’s recap for photo evidence!) No judgement, though. I’m sure if I looked like that I would snap selfies on the reg, too. ;)

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Sweaters & Skirts

by Jessica Sturdy on September 9, 2014

BCBG Sweater c/o Zappos | BCBG Skirt c/o Zappos | JustFab Heels | Capwell + Co Necklace (part of the Holiday Collection.. launches in November!) | Milly Clutch | Capwell + Co Ring | Tom Ford Sunglasses

New York Fashion Week, Day One: 9/4/14

For the first official day of NYFW, I wore a BCBG skirt and sweater from Zappos! I’m all about the boxy cropped tops (not to be confused with a crop top.. no midriff baring here!) and higher-waisted pants and skirts right now. I love the play on proportion!

I’m not one of those people that tries to dress in my most outlandish clothing during fashion week. I actually think it’s kind of silly when people do wear things just for the sake of getting photographed. Personally, I could really care less if I get snapped by a street style photographer. Would it be cool? Of course, but it’s not what I’m thinking about when I pick out an outfit. I try to dress just as I would any other time of the year… fashion-forward, but practical at the same time. When you’re going from the early AM to the late hours of the night, it’s so much easier with realistic clothing choices.

I took over the Zappos Instagram for the BCBG show in the morning, worked from a cafe for a few hours, and then made an outfit change for the Jay Godfrey presentation in the afternoon. I’ll be posting that look tomorrow so check back then!

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