Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on November 9, 2014

j.crew bow sweater gingham shirt

Photo by Lydia Hudgens from this post.



An Inspiring Weekend Ahead

by Jessica Sturdy on November 6, 2014

cute fall outfit with hat and scarf

As much fun as traveling is, I am so ready to park it in NYC for the next few weeks until the holidays roll around. Fall in NYC is definitely my favorite time of year here and I want to enjoy it before winter sets in!

This weekend I’m staying in town and attending the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Life Conference on behalf of Express. It’s a two-day event (Saturday 11/8 & Sunday 11/9) right near Lincoln Center at the David H. Koch theatre. The panel line-up is pretty stocked — Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Chrissy Teigen, and Elizabeth Crystal, CMO of EXPRESS, just to name a few.

If you’re interested in attending (find me and say hi if you do!), you can get discounted tickets with the code EXPRESS20. See you there!

Even though I won’t be on a plane this weekend, I’ll still be wearing my typical travel look that also works well for a weekend conference — a cozy sweater, comfortable jeans, a thick scarf, and a pair of booties. I was joking with one of my girlfriends the other day about how “once you go cashmere, you can never go back.” But I definitely stood corrected when I tried on this sweater at Express! It’s so soft, and almost feels like you’re wearing cashmere. (At a fraction of the price!) A scarf is my go-to neckwear. Especially with the current blanket scarf trend, you’ve got an accessory, a pillow, and a light throw all in one!

I always wear my boots or booties on the plane so they aren’t taking up space in my carry-on suitcase. And while I wish I could just wear sweats on the plane, I usually don’t have time to make outfit swaps. Comfy jeans are key. I’m obsessed with Express’ mid-rise legging jeans… The perfect amount of stretch and the fit is spot on! If I’m packing a hat, I always wear it on the plane because I don’t want to risk it getting smashed and ruined in my suitcase.

fall stylish travel outfit holiday

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Press Pause

by Jessica Sturdy on November 4, 2014

what to wear with white jeans in the fall outfit

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve basically been away the entire month of October, but I really can’t believe it’s November. I seriously feel like I was drinking rosé by the gallon al fresco just yesterday. When it briefly snowed in Chicago on Friday, it was a rude, rude awakening for the winter weather that’s bound to be here before we know it. I wish we could just press pause and it could stay October forever. In my mind, there’s nothing better than wearing a cozy cowl neck sweater, a light Barbour jacket, and tan booties.

On the topic of these booties, I am seriously obsessed. I got them right before my Paris trip, but I was hesitant to bring a brand new pair of shoes on vacation. Seems like I would be asking for blisters, right? Wrong. While I didn’t bring them to Europe, I’ve been wearing them non-stop since I’ve been back and regret not bringing them along. The first day I wore them, I ended up walking 16,000 steps running around NYC on a sunny Saturday. (Still loving my Jawbone Up band!) Not so much as even a foot cramp. Absolutely no break-in time.. Perfect heel height for everyday wear.. The most gorgeous go-with-everything tan color.. And a classic gold zipper detail!

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Wild Witch of the West

by Jessica Sturdy on November 3, 2014

black felt hat with bow

I was hoping to have this post up on Friday in the spirit of Halloween, but per usual, life got in the way. This past weekend I took plane rides #10 & #11 (this month) to and from Chicago to visit my college friends. (M’f’ing jetsetter, you guys. I was looking at my United log and I’ve flown 15,972 miles in the month of October alone. Soo much fun obviously, but so exhausting at the same time.) The trip back to New York went smoothly, however, the trip to Chicago on Friday was a total pain in the ass. Plane took off two hours late due to mechanical issues… Wifi on the plane was broken… O’hare shut down all but one runway because of the crazy wind and rain and we had to fly around Chicago for an hour before landing… Basically, my usual two-hour trip took six hours. And the weather in Chicago was bru-tal when I got in. Oh, and I forgot a coat in my mad dash to Laguardia that morning. But even with all of that, it was (as always) an amazing weekend in Chitown! Since I had barely any time at home to prepare for Halloween this year, I took a pretty easy route with my costume. Since I already look like Amanda Seyfried in her ‘Mean Girls’ days (or so people tell me), I wore mouse ears and a sweatshirt that said “I’m a mouse, duh.” (You can see the photo on Instagram here!) What did you dress up as this year??

Back to this post, though.. The weekend before last I was out in Las Vegas with the Zappos team! Hallie, Justin, Anthony and I flew out on Friday and spent the whole weekend in the dessert with our favorite online retailer. In between shows at the Life is Beautiful music festival, we basically got to play dress up with the Zappos closet. While Zappos is obviously known for their huge shoe selection, the site is also stocked with clothes, bags, jewelry, watches, hats, outerwear, sunglasses, cold-weather accessories, etc.

We spent Saturday morning styling looks and shooting photos around downtown Las Vegas with their in-house photographer, Pete. This particular outfit is a little bit darker than what I normally go for, but I kind of love it. I must have been in the spooky spirit a week early because I feel like this look is a bit witchy. Black lace, pointed pumps, and a black hat to match. Witchy, but totally wearable, too.

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Warm-Up Gear to Heat Up Your Workout

by Jessica Sturdy on October 29, 2014

green beanie

My style this time of year always revolves around layering and my workout wardrobe doesn’t fall far behind. It’s getting to be that time where it’s wayy too chilly to get to the gym without a few extra layers added on top. And our window of ‘walking-home-from-the-gym-without-changing-out-of-our-sweaty-clothes’ is most certainly closed. Bittersweet, that’s for sure. Upsetting that cooler (and then much cooler) temperatures are setting in for the foreseeable future, but I always look forward to busting out some long-sleeved layers. At least for a month or two, anyway. :)

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Fading into Fall

by Jessica Sturdy on October 26, 2014

layer a long sleeve stripe tee with a vest and jacket

In the spring and summer months, I’m constantly wearing color. From fun floral prints to nautical stripes and unexpected pairings, I’m usually wearing something bright, cheery, and colorful. Once the seasons change, though, I find myself gravitating towards color-less looks. As of late, I think navy is the only twinge of tint I’ve worn. I was looking at my Instagram the other day and I realized what used to be a feed filled with pops of pink is now much more muted.

To avoid falling into the all-black New York trap, I try to balance my monochromatic looks with shades of gray and white. It’s all about incorporating texture, too. Whether it’s a leather sleeve, a thermal tee, or even a wax-coated denim vest (or all three!), colorless looks are so much more interesting with touches of texture.

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Quick Coffee Run

by Jessica Sturdy on October 22, 2014

calypso cashmere wrap sweater, ralph lauren red bag

For our quick coffee-to-go runs in the morning, we would go to this shop just around the corner from our Paris apartment. We found that Parisians aren’t big on multi-tasking, which is actually something that I’m personally working on now that we’ve been back. (More on that to come!) What that means for coffee, though, is that it’s a lot more common to sit down and enjoy a cappuccino or espresso, rather than grab your coffee and run. A much slower pace of life that was thoroughly enjoyed and is definitely missed now that we’re back in NYC. However, when it comes to coffee, New Yorkers don’t f*ck around. We need coffee before we get to where we are going for breakfast. And then obviously during breakfast. And probably again after breakfast. So naturally, we found a coffee-to-go shop to get our morning fix while we were getting ready and planning our day.

Actually, this past weekend I read a little sign that said New Yorkers consume SEVEN TIMES more coffee than the average American. I believe it! Fun Fact: I swear New York has the best sidewalk chalkboards around. There are always funny expressions, quotes, or little factoids that have me chuckling as I walk past. I would have taken a photo of the sign, but ya know — no phone. Oh, and a little update on that — My new one finally came yesterday! I’m back on the map. Now I just need my new case to get delivered!

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Working with the Basics

by Jessica Sturdy on October 20, 2014

j.crew schoolboy blazer with chambray shirt

Are you sick of seeing this camel blazer yet? I had an extensive packing list for our trip to Paris, I promise. I planned on dressing in super chic, super Parisian outfits for our days and nights of wandering around the city. But then, I got sick two days before we left. I was at the doctor’s office just a few hours before I needed to meet the girls to leave for our flight, which left me about an hour to pack (while having a fever of 100.6). Needless to say, the only things that sounded remotely appealing to wear were casual, comfortable basics. (I wore my favorite jogger pants on the plane. God bless these acceptable-in-public sweat pants!)

My packing list…

Jackets / 3rd Pieces: Camel Blazer, Gray Cardigan

Tops: Black/White Striped Sweater, Blue/White Striped Tee, Chambray Shirt, Gray Tee, Black Tee

Pants: Blue Jeans, Black Jeans

Shoes: Black Booties, Greige Booties, Black Sneakers

Let’s just say that everything I brought definitely got a few good wears. By Day 3 in Paris when I was feeling a bit better, I was so bummed that I didn’t have anything remotely interesting to wear. Sure, I had a suitcase full of basics that were very easy to mix-and-match, but I was definitely bored with what I brought. Thank goodness Hallie let me raid her suitcase!

Anyway, back to our day at Jardin du Luxembourg! The fall foliage was absolutely incredible. It’s no secret that I’m a fall enthusiast and I just couldn’t get enough of the crunchy leaves on the ground and the amazing autumn colors on all of the trees. We had a scenic little picnic for lunch that day. And by picnic, I just mean croissants, a baguette, and a whole lot of cheese. Oh, and we had some fruit, too! It wasn’t all dairy & carbs. (And I’m shockingly not even talking about wine..)

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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.)