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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A White Christmas

by Jessica Sturdy on December 30, 2013

While I was hoping for a White Christmas in Illinois this year, I definitely got my snow fix in New York this December. Compared to last December, it snowed A LOT this month. I didn’t mind all of the snowy days though because they made the holiday season that much more festive!

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Cut It Out

by Jessica Sturdy on December 27, 2013

This week we’ve had a long-sleeved sequin shift dress, a shimmery v-neck fit & flare dress, and now a dress with a bit more edge — a peek-a-boo dress from Allison Collection. This dress is perfect for showing a little bit of skin, but not going overboard like the sea of scantily clad ladies you always see on New Year’s Eve. Admittedly, this dress looks way better sans tights, but it was just too effing cold to try and shoot photos without!

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Fit & Flare

by Jessica Sturdy on December 26, 2013

Back today with another option for New Year’s Eve! Navy, again, but a totally different fit. Fit & flare dresses are probably my favorite as they always work the best on my pear-shaped figure… Accentuate the waist and hide the hips. Yes, please!

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Midnight Madness

by Jessica Sturdy on December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m finally mustering up the energy to write a post. Time has flown by even though I haven’t done anything too demanding since I flew out of New York on Saturday morning. I caught up with one of my best friends from growing up on Saturday, went to the Illinois vs. Mizzou basketball game on Saturday night in St. Louis, played with my 1-year old niece all day on Sunday, and had Christmas with my dad’s side on Sunday, too. Monday was spent running errands all over Springfield, IL and I realized a few things… 1. I’m over driving. Thought I missed it, but I don’t. At all. 2. I forgot how much I hate the radio. Are radio stations this bad everywhere? Seriously, god awful here. 3. Where the hell can I get a green juice in these parts?! Or a non-Starbucks latte? #MissYouStumptown Oops, is New York starting to make me a bit jaded? ;)

On a non-bratty note, I am enjoying a nice little break from real life. I haven’t gotten ready at all since I’ve been home. It’s just been loose sweaters, jeans, a beanie, and not a trace of makeup. I actually woke up with what feels like the flu this morning and I wore leggings in public… with UGGs. I’m still cringing about it, but let’s just say that I fit right in at the grocery store! Any who, I am hoping I can kick this bout of sickness before I’m off to hang with my college friends in Chicago on Saturday! Very excited to be ringing in the New Year with them.

In honor of the celebrations ahead, I will be sharing some of my favorite festive dresses on the blog this week! First up, this sequin number from Sail to Sable.

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