Workout Wish List

by Jessica Sturdy on October 24, 2013

My mom has been in town this past week helping me with a little project. More on that later, I promise! She leaves today, but she has an extra pair of shoes in her suitcase.

Since we’ve been on our feet so much this past week, my mom needed some extra support by Day Two. We took a walk down to the adidas Store in Soho so she could pick up a new pair of sneakers. She totally surprised me with her bold choice, but I absolutely love the pair she picked out. While she was trying on, I made my way around the store picking out a few items to add to my wish list. It’s never too early for a Christmas list, right?

1. EVERYTHING from adidas by Stella McCartney! Namely, these sneakers, these tights, this hoodiethese tights, and this bag.

2. This Climawarm+ Pullover. Love the color-blocking!

3. This Ultimate Fleece Pullover Hoodie. Perfect for Illini games!

4. This Ultimate Twist Hoodie. Can’t get enough of the neck!

5. This Ultimate Fleece Pullover Hoodie. The gray color is so versatile!

What’s on your workout wish list?!

adidas Women designs innovative performance products to help women commit to their best self and conquer their fitness goals. We inspire women to look and feel their best – be pretty, be tough & be confident. | Disclosure: Compensation was provided by adidas via Glam Media. As always, all opinions are my own! Thanks for supporting the brands and collaborations that make Bows & Sequins possible!


Top it Off

by Jessica Sturdy on October 22, 2013

Today I’m mixing a few of my favorite oldies with two of my current staples — this J.Crew bag and these fabulous Cole Haan booties.

Read More…


Short & Sweet

by Jessica Sturdy on October 21, 2013

Happy Monday! Hope you had a fabulous fall weekend. I’m keeping it short, sweet, and simple today, it is a Monday after all.

Read More…



by Jessica Sturdy on October 20, 2013

Sundays were made for oversized burnt out sweaters (in leopard print, of course!) and distressed denim. A few of my girlfriends and I went to Numero 28 (one of my favorite pizza spots!) a few Sundays ago and I knew an oversized top was essential. I’m always one to overindulge, what can I say?!

Read More…


Bell Bottom

by Jessica Sturdy on October 18, 2013

It’s been a while since I’ve used the term “Bell Bottom,” but I think I’m going to start referring to this skirt as my bell bottom skirt. I mean, I seriously can’t stop wearing it. I’ve even considered getting a second one because I love it so much. Might as well have a fun name, right?

Oh, and this necklace? I’m obsessed. Hope you like it because you will be seeing a lot of it! :)

Read More…


Behind-The-Scenes Style (Win a Trip to NYC!)

by Jessica Sturdy on October 17, 2013

Wow, what a whirlwind this week has been! The past few weeks, actually. Isn’t it funny how life likes to surprise you sometimes? Just when you think your plate is full — BAM! — an entire second plate is plopped down in front of you. (Sorry, I’m full of analogies lately.) I can’t wait to share all of the amazing and exciting things that are in the works right now. I know I keep alluding to things, but I promise I will spill all of the deets soon!

On the topic of exciting news, though, I do have a fun little announcement to share with you. I teamed up with InStyle & XOXO for a Behind-the-Scenes Style Sweepstakes! The prize is pretty awesome — a trip to New York!

You (and a friend!) could win a 3 day, 2 night trip to New York City, including airfare, dinner, an XOXO shopping spree, and a styling session with me at the XOXO showroom!

The sweepstakes is taking place on Facebook.. Make sure you pop on over and enter to win!

Below, find some of the outfits I’ve been creating with pieces from XOXO!

Read More…


Quirky & Quilted

by Jessica Sturdy on October 16, 2013

The hustle and bustle of New York City is amazing. It’s invigorating, inspiring, and one of the many reasons that I love to call New York home. But don’t let all of the ‘I Heart NY’ stuff fool you, this city can be a real you-know-what. Whenever I’m feeling a little bit overwhelmed, it’s always nice to take a little trip to escape the city! I ended up having to cancel my plans to head back to Chicago this coming weekend (more on that later!) so my friend Rose and I decided to take a little day trip instead.

Read More…


Mix and Match

by Jessica Sturdy on October 15, 2013

A few months ago I realized that my closet was seriously lacking a good selection of silky blouses so I’ve been on the lookout for the perfect colors, prints, patterns, and most importantly, fits. I was absolutely smitten when I found this designer black and white striped blouse at T.J. Maxx. I knew it would be the perfect shirt to mix and match with all of the other prints in my wardrobe.

Read More…


Sweater Weather

by Jessica Sturdy on October 12, 2013

Sweater weather is here and I just can’t get enough! My favorite time of year, for sure. You don’t necessarily need a jacket, but being cozied up in an oversized sweater with a slight chill in the air feels just right!

Read More…


Lay(er) It On Me

by Jessica Sturdy on October 11, 2013

I’m a sucker for layering in the fall. Sweaters, chambray shirts, scarves, boots, leather jackets, you name it! Just thinking of a fall wardrobe makes me smile. Okay okay, anything to do with fall makes me pretty darn happy.

Read More…