Winter White

by Jessica Sturdy on January 17, 2014

Award season is here and I couldn’t be happier! For the Golden Globes this past Sunday, a few New York bloggers got together in a suite at The Lexington to watch the show see the dresses. We sipped Moet, ate way too much pizza, and not-so-silently gasped (both in horror and awe) at all of the red carpet fashion. Such a fun night! My favorite looks from the Golden Globes were Margot Robbie, Olivia Wilde, and Kate Beckinsale.

Feeling inspired by Margot Robbie’s simple white Gucci dress with crystal and emerald embellishments (and her emerald Louboutins!), I set out to create a similar look for work this week.

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Blue Bows

by Jessica Sturdy on January 16, 2014

Bows & Gingham… Two of my absolute favorite things. :)

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Sweat Sesh

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2014

I truly cannot believe that I’m letting you guys see what I look like post-Soul Cycle, but here it is. No makeup, no shower, sweaty hair (hence the hat), and sweaty clothes, too. How pleasant. :)

Over the last year, working out has become my “me time.” And as we’re heading into 2014 (How the f*ck is it mid-January already?), I’ve been putting an even bigger emphasis on staying fit and eating healthy. I know I’m definitely drinking the Soul Cycle kool-aid, but hear me out — Soul Cycle has honestly changed my entire thought process about working out. I now view my workouts, whether they are at Soul Cycle or not, as the only part of my day where I can zone out, listen to music, and truly unplug. And I don’t feel guilty about it either. It’s a win, win.

I’ve said it so many times, but cute workout clothes and shoes can be great for that little extra push of motivation. Old Navy has a bunch of cute gear on sale right now, too! My other little gym secret? Take down your ponytail after your workout and toss on a hat and sunglasses. If your hair is sopping wet, blast your roots with the blowdryer for a minute. Errands, brunch, you name it… It’s all possible if you have a hat on. Trust me, I did it both days last weekend. ;)

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Creature of Habit

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2014

When it comes to my beauty routine, I tend to get stuck in my ways. Sure, I love trying out new products, but once I find something that I love, I’m loyal for the long haul. My skincare, makeup, and hair routines have been the same for quite some time and they are simple, too. I know the brands that I like, the shades that I prefer, the formulas that work best for me, etc. I buy my must-have products in bulk and rarely stray from my routine. Hypothetically speaking, I could get ready with my eyes closed at this point. I used to do my experimenting in the lipstick and nail polish categories, but as I’ve gotten older, I’m realizing just how picky I am. Whether it’s a good or a bad thing, I know what I like and I know what I don’t.

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Hiding Under a Hat

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2014

Well here it is, guys. This is basically my equivalent of wearing pajamas in public. It’s as basic as can be, but we all have those days where casual is going to have it cut it. When I’m too lazy to do my hair, I’m almost always in a baseball hat. Add a relaxed shirt, comfy jeans, and a pair of sneakers and you’ve got yourself one low-key look. I opted for this easy way out when I was last in Chicago for a day of over-indulging with my friends from college — shopping, eating, and day drinking. #My3FavoriteThings ;)

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Black on Black

by Jessica Sturdy on January 13, 2014

I don’t know about you guys, but my looks have been a bit on the dark side lately. Black on black on black. Blame it on the holidays being over, the weather being absolutely brutal, the lack of sunshine, my skin tone starting to rival Edward Cullen’s, or all of the above. I’m in need of some Vitamin D!

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Bow Back

by Jessica Sturdy on January 9, 2014

After finally tracking down this skirt, playing in the snow in a super casual outfit just wasn’t enough before it got retired for the season. Prior to heading home for the holidays, I opted to dress it up for work with a velvet blazer, navy tights, and a pair of glittery pumps.

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Coffee Run

by Jessica Sturdy on January 7, 2014

Admittedly, I’ve turned into a bit of a coffee snob. I’m blaming this one on Stumptown being a few doors down from my office this fall… Their espresso is so good! When I was back home in Illinois over the holidays, I really missed being able to just walk out the door and grab a coffee or latte at a cute neighborhood shop. (One of the many things I love about the East Village!) Even though I got back to New York really late on Thursday night (that’s a story for a different day), I still jolted out of bed on Friday morning, ready to go grab a hot one.

When I’m running out to grab my daily skim latte or just running a few neighborhood errands, you can usually find me in something of this sort… Comfy jeans, cute flats, a cozy sweater, and one of my Zara blanket scarves.

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Short & Sweet

by Jessica Sturdy on January 1, 2014

Happy 2014! I’ll be sharing more of my reflections and resolutions, but today I’m going to keep it short and sweet. Kind of like this skirt. Kind of obsessed with the scalloped hem!

I wore this outfit to the Holiday Happy Hour I hosted at Yumi Kim a few weeks ago! Thankfully the event was indoors so I could get away with going sans tights, but OMG – it was brutal shooting these photos. I mean, I think there may have been more outtakes than usable photos… A little peek at those at the end of the post! ;)

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Count Down

by Jessica Sturdy on December 31, 2013

This year, I’ll be spending New Year’s Eve with some close friends at a house on Lake Michigan. It will be a quick trip as we’re heading up there today and coming back to Chicago tomorrow, but it should be a lot of fun! Since the high is only 19*F and there is a lot of snow on the ground, I’ve had to re-think my plans of wearing a dress. Instead, I’ll be wearing these fabulous Tommy Hilfiger leather pants (so warm!) and some shimmery separates on top. Hope you have a safe & fabulous NYE! :)

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