Booty Basics

by Jessica Sturdy on July 22, 2014

Last time I was getting my hair done, my stylist and I were talking about getting in shape. She was wearing the cutest high waisted skirt with a crop top and I asked her how she keeps her abs in such great shape. Since I’m trying to get in better shape and she’s getting ready for her wedding later this summer (and we’re both SoulCycle lovers), we always seem to be trading workout tips and tricks.

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Puddle Jump in Jellies

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Why is it that I’m always wearing a new pair of leather shoes whenever I get stuck in the rain? Murphy’s Law, I suppose. Even when I actually check the forecast and it calls for rain, I feel like I take a look at my shoe lineup and have to decide which pair I’m okay with ruining and retiring. Quite a depressing way to start the day, no? In the cooler months, the obvious choice is to toss on a pair of rain boots. Done and done. However, they just feel too heavy and hot on warm summer days.

Meet the Jelly Sandal. What goes around truly does come around, doesn’t it? I had my first pair of jelly sandals (that I remember) in 1st grade. And here I am, 20 years later, pondering over which pair to buy.

Jelly sandals are perfect for the pool, the beach (you can wash the sand right off!), and commuting around your city on rainy days! They’re relatively light weight, too, which makes it easy to toss them in your bag. Surprisingly, there are some really cute pairs of jellies out there. Here’s a look at some of my favorites…

Chinese Laundry | Michael Kors | Hunter | Armani Jeans | Rachel Zoe | Jack Rogers

Which pair do you like best?

Update: Just found two pairs of cute Kate Spade Bow JelliesOne & Two.. Love!

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Milly Mini

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Milly Dress (on sale!) | Just Fab Sandals c/o | Capwell + Co Earrings (old, similar here) | Tommy Hilfiger Clutch | Capwell + Co Bracelets (also love these!) | Essie ‘Blanc’

Happy Monday! Was it just me or did this weekend fly by quicker than usual? I had such a fun few days with my girlfriends in the city… Lots of brunch, way too much rosé, a few workouts, and an abundance of girl talk. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

I wore this outfit to the Capwell + Co Summer Soiree a few weeks ago. Perfect for a hot night on a fun rooftop! Since the dress does a lot of talking, I kept the rest of my look pretty simple with basic black accessories. I’m so in love with this print from Milly! I remember when I first saw the jacket on Instagram and immediately knew that I would be buying at least one piece from the collection.. It’s just such a fun print! (I have the bikini, too!)

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Happy Anniversary!

by Jessica Sturdy on July 18, 2014

Weee! It’s that time of year again… The time of year that’s arguably better than Christmas. That time of year where I used to spend my entire summer savings during a few shopping trips. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Just in case you’re unaware, the Nordstrom Anniversay Sale is amazing. It’s brand-new-for-fall merchandise that’s marked down before it hits the floor at it’s regular retail price. AKA: Deals you just can’t miss. Can you tell I used to work at Nordstrom? ;)

Working during the Anniversary Sale was unlike anything I had ever experienced.. Complete and total chaos. As a result, I prefer to do my shopping from the comfort of my computer! However, things sell out fast so you have to be quick. Having worked at Nordstrom and having been shopping the sale for years, I’m basically a seasoned Anniversary Sale professional by this point. Here are a few of my tips & pointers…

The sale opened to the public today, but Nordstrom Card holders get to shop the sale the whole week before. I know, I know, store credit cards are bad. However, Nordstrom has a Debit Card. Did you know that? My guess would be no, as the store employees generally try to push the Credit Cards first. The Nordstrom Debit is simply a card that’s directly linked to your bank account. Looks like a credit card, but the money is debited from your account, just as it would be if you were using your debit card from your bank. The best part? You earn the exact same points on purchases that Credit Card holders do. And you get all of the same benefits, too. I would know, it’s what I always use! Honestly, it’s almost a no-brainer. If you’re using your regular debit card in store, just link up to the Nordstrom Debit to start earning those Nordstrom Notes. You get double points the first 3 days of the sale, too!

It’s easy to go a little bit sale crazy. Take this from someone who’s been there. I used to work all summer and save up from May-July just to shop the sale in excess. Use the sale as a time to save money on things you’ll need to buy come fall… Try not to go overboard and buy things just because they’re at a great price. Much easier said than done, trust. I call it Sale Psychosis.

My last tip is to stock up on your jeans, coats, and basics. For example, I only wear Hanky Panky underwear, but they are so expensive. Buying them in bulk during the Anniversary Sale definitely helps! Another pointer would be to think about the items you want to invest in later this fall.. A new watch? A new pair of riding boots? A new work tote? Whatever it may be, this is a good time to try to find it marked down!

Happy Sale Shopping!

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Panels, Pinstripes, and Printed Pumps

by Jessica Sturdy on July 17, 2014

Amy Matto Dress c/o (on sale!) | Kate Spade Gold Bow Belt | Seychelles Navy Ikat Wedges (on sale!) | Coach Aviator Sunglasses c/o | Michael Kors Watch | Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet (25% off with code bows) | Capwell + Co Coral Bracelet

This past weekend I had the pleasure of heading up to the Columbia campus on the Upper West Side for the HerCampus National Conference. Carly, Mackenzie, Hallie, and I spoke on a panel on Day 1 of the two day conference and it was actually a lot of fun. Sometimes panels can be a bit intimidating, but it was so easy being up there with three of my good friends! We got to meet a ton of amazing girls afterwards and it was so nice chatting and answering questions. (Side note: If you were at our panel and didn’t get a chance to ask your question due to time restraints, feel free to shoot me an email!)

I’d never been up to Columbia before and the campus is gorgeous! It has that same historic charm that my college campus had and I must say that I felt a bit of nostalgia as I was walking through the quad. I’m sure I’ll be re-visiting at some point, if only for the perfect backdrops for outfit photos.

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Apartment Update: A Fashionable Foyer

by Jessica Sturdy on July 15, 2014

Entryway… Foyer… Who am I kidding? I live in a studio.

When you walk into my apartment, you’re immediately in the kitchen. (This picture might help jog your memory.) There was a big blank wall to the left so I figured I would try to make an entry way of sorts. My kitchen is pretty large by New York standards so off to the left, I put a large dresser. This a) houses a whole lot of clothes, b) can act as a buffet table when I have guests over, and c) is a bit like a console table that you’d have in your entry way. In NYC apartments, it’s all about making the most of the space you have! Killing a few birds with one stone is absolutely essential.

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Anchors & Eyelet

by Jessica Sturdy on July 15, 2014

Vineyard Vines Dress (on sale!) | Vineyard Vines Anchor Scarf | Vineyard Vines Anchor Tote c/o | Old Navy Sandals | Banana Republic Sunglasses (obsessed with these) | Michael Kors Watch | Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet (25% off with code bows) | Vineyard Vines Wine Tote c/o | Monogram Tote from Sail to Sable Event (similar here & here)

One of my favorite things about summer is that you can just throw on a dress and look put together. It’s my lazy-girl go-to almost every morning during the work week! Bonus points if the dress is nice and loose.. Nothing worse than a tight dress on a hot and sticky summer day!

I can’t get enough of Vineyard Vines’ dresses lately… Some of my current favorites are this Anchor Dress, this Silk Dress, and this Scalloped Shell Maxi. Oh, and I’m DYING for this Chambray Scalloped Dress. It’s too perfect! Must buy ASAP, agreed?

I wore this getup to a picnic in Central Park a few weeks ago. You can find all of those fun pictures here!

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Smooth Sailing

by Jessica Sturdy on July 14, 2014

Gap Tee | Target Skirt | Old Navy Sandals | Karen Walker Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Necklace | Capwell + Co Bracelet | Essie ‘ No Baggage Please’ Nail Polish

Last week I had the pleasure of heading out onto the Hudson after work and it was such an enjoyable evening. Hey, I’ll take my adult beverages on the water with a picture perfect backdrop any day! A group of us boarded a boat with Moroccanoil for a night of Smooth Sailing. We cruised down the Hudson, had the most beautiful views of the Statue of Liberty at sunset, and the best views of lower Manhattan on the way back.

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4th of July in Chicago

by Jessica Sturdy on July 11, 2014

I spent 4 nights in Chicago over 4th of July weekend and I couldn’t have had a better time! Boats, best friends, beer, and a whole lot of other fabulous things that don’t start with B… Does it get any better? The weather was absolutely gorgeous, too. While it was monsoon-ing on the 4th in NYC, my friends and I were out on Lake Michigan on a 45 ft. sailboat. Definitely made the right decision by flying west for the weekend! The views of the Chicago skyline were absolutely perfect. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, either. I didn’t have the guts to jump into the lake, but a few of my friends did and they said the water was COLD. I was perfectly content staying warm & dry on the boat. Naturally, I was the resident photographer on the boat and took well over 200 pictures during the 3 hour sail. Here are some of my favorite snaps from the weekend…

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Put a Vest On It

by Jessica Sturdy on July 10, 2014

This dress was a repeat offender during my recent trip to Chicago! I wore it out on Thursday night, as well on Sunday for some lunch, shopping, and a mani/pedi. A comfortable maxi is a travel must-have… perfect for the plane and easy to dress up or down depending on your plans! (More photos from my trip coming soon!)

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