Gift Guide: Statement Sparkle

by Jessica Sturdy on December 16, 2014

Light up the room this holiday season with this selection of gilded gold gifts and statement sparklers! This gift guide is filled with glitter, sequins, jewels, and shimmer.. What’s not to love?!

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Pyrite Bottle Topper  |  Layered Necklace  |  Striped Sequin Loafers (with a bow!)  |  Collar Necklace  |  Layering Bracelet  |  Tassel Earrings  |  Glitter Wine Bottle (50% of profits go to End Childhood Hunger)  |  Jeweled Beanie  |  Shimmer Skirt  |  Polka Dot Pouch  |  iPhone Case

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  Day 2: The New Yorker  |  Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed  |  Day 4: Festive Finds  |  Day 5: Plaid & Tartan  |  Day 6: Monograms  |  Day 7: Beauty Junkie  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers  |  Day 18: Statement Sparkle

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers Under $30

by Jessica Sturdy on December 16, 2014

I truly can’t believe Christmas is in 9 days. I’m going to be honest… I’ve barely started my Christmas shopping. And I leave town in less than a week… Yikes! I need to start browsing my own gift guides. :)

Here are my favorite stocking-stuffer-type gifts under $30!

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Carmex (love the fun tubes!)  |  NARS Lipstick  |  Greeting Card Set  |  Statement Earrings  |  Monogrammed Stationery  |  Nail Polish  |  Initial Business Card Holder  |  Ring  |  Metallic Notebook  |  Vaseline Lip Therapy  |  Monogram Notepad  |  Bucket Bag  |  Leopard Matches  |  Bow Paper Clips  |  Voluspa Candle  |  Fresh Lip Balm  |  Trendy Earrings  |  Archipelago Candle

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  Day 2: The New Yorker  |  Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed  |  Day 4: Festive Finds  |  Day 5: Plaid & Tartan  |  Day 6: Monograms  |  Day 7: Beauty Junkie  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos  |  Day 16: The Jetsetter  |  Day 17: Stocking Stuffers

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Leather-Trim LBD

by Jessica Sturdy on December 15, 2014

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The countdown is on! I leave early next week to head to Florida for Christmas. I can hardly wait! Warm weather Christmas… It’s definitely been a while! I haven’t spent Christmas outside of Illinois in a longgg time… Like, 15 years or something. So excited!

I was going through my folder of photos on my computer trying to figure out what dresses to pack for my trip and I came across these photos that I accidentally forgot to post earlier this fall. Oops! (Side note: I really miss my summer tan..)

This dress is definitely coming with me on my trip, but I also made a mental note to style it with a tissue-thin turtleneck and textured tights once I get back. Or a sparkly blazer would be fun, too! The options are endless.. Perfect LBD. (PS: The dress is 25% off through Christmas! code: HOLIDAY2014)

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Sequins + Plaid

by Jessica Sturdy on December 15, 2014

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Seeing the NYC store windows all dressed up for Christmas is one of my favorite things to do in the city during the holiday season. For a casual day of window shopping, I wore a sequin tee with a giant plaid blanket scarf. Coat not pictured!

These particular photos were snapped in front of Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue, which was one of the stops on my holiday bucket list.

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Gift Guide: The Jetsetter

by Jessica Sturdy on December 14, 2014

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Monogram Bag  |  Lip Balm  |  Solar Charger  |  Passport Cover  |  Universal Travel Adaptor  |  Monogram Travel Cosmetic Bag  |  Backpack  |  Travel Tote  |  Curling Iron Cover  |  Carryon Cocktail Kit  |  Luggage Tag  |  Eye Mask  |  Travel Bags — Shoes, To Wash / To Wear, Bits & Baubles  |  Bow Cosmetic Bag  |  Speaker  |  In-Flight Face Spray

One of my favorite gifts for the traveler? This Barbour travel bag. Works for both girls and guys! (Excellent gift for a couple because they can both get use of it!)

I’ve been lusting over this Bric’s suitcase for quite some time. It’s just so chic, right?! But it’s pretty pricey. I was looking for some similar styles and found this little Delsey gem for a fraction of the price. Plus, I’ve been using the brand for years and years. (More on that here.) Fabulous find, if I do say so myself! (And it’s on super sale right now, too!)

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  Day 2: The New Yorker  |  Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed  |  Day 4: Festive Finds  |  Day 5: Plaid & Tartan  |  Day 6: Monograms  |  Day 7: Beauty Junkie  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos | Day 16: The Jetsetter

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Weekend Round Up

by Jessica Sturdy on December 12, 2014

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Have a wonderful weekend! xo

PS: If you’re doing holiday shopping this weekend, be sure to check out my gift guides… 

Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  Day 2: The New Yorker  |  Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed  |  Day 4: Festive Finds  |  Day 5: Plaid & Tartan  |  Day 6: Monograms  |  Day 7: Beauty Junkie  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Party Skirt + Sweater

by Jessica Sturdy on December 12, 2014

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Happy Friday! This is the second to last weekend before Christmas… Can you believe it?! It’s remarkable how fast this month has flown by. I still have so many things I want to do before the season is over so I plan on taking full advantage of both this weekend and next. (I’ll be working on crossing things off this list!) Oh, and I should probably start the bulk of my Christmas shopping, too..

Since the holidays are right around the corner, holiday parties are in full swing! I know this past week was filled with lots of work dinners, client events, company parties, girlfriend get togethers, gift exchanges, and more… And next week will probably be just as crazy! I wore this outfit to an event a few weeks ago and I love how subtly festive it is. From the sparkling statement jewelry to the bedazzled shoulders on the sweater, it’s girly and glitzy, without going over the top. It’s the type of outfit that really works for a number of occasions!

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December Dressing

by Jessica Sturdy on December 11, 2014

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December dressing is all about making a statement while staying warm! Whether I’m wearing a chunky turtleneck sweater, a puffer vest, a bow-tied beanie, or a colorful coat, I always aim to incorporate a little bit of cozy chic into my outfits during December. Tis the season!

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Gift Guide: Secret Santa

by Jessica Sturdy on December 10, 2014

Secret Santa is one of my favorite holiday traditions! Ever since high school (or maybe even before that..), a group of my girl friends and I have always done a Secret Santa exchange. We randomly exchanged names, shopped for our secret assigned friend, and met up to have a fun little gift exchange. I think the whole premise is awesome — it’s all about quality over quantity. And I don’t just mean price! With Secret Santa, you only have one friend to shop for. So, naturally, you’re less stressed to find the most amazing gifts for each and every single one of your girlfriends… you just have to find one perfect present. I feel like I put so much more thought into finding something that my particular friend will absolutely love. And then the culmination is seeing what everyone chose for their partner in a fun & festive setting! (And you spend way less money, too, since you’re only shopping for one friend, which is always kind of a plus around the holidays! If you’re not already doing a Secret Santa exchange, it’s such a great gift idea for a large group of friends.)

To me, gifting your girlfriends is almost as easy as gifting yourself. You know her favorite brands, you know what she hates, you know what she loves, you know her pet peeves, you know her favorite type of vino (hence, which wine glasses to buy her), you know her must-have shade of lipstick, you know what she needs, and you most certainly know what she does not need. Am I right?!

One place that I’ve been finding a ton of fabulous gifts is Zappos! A few weeks ago, Zappos put together a Secret Santa exchange for a few bloggers. Naturally, Hallie and I had each other’s names. I had so much fun scouring the site to find a few gifts that were perfect for her. I ended up getting her a juicer, a travel coffee mug, and a pair of rain boots. If that isn’t the most random assortment of gifts, I don’t know what is! However, she had been talking about wanting a juicer for months and randomly mentioned that she didn’t have a travel coffee mug a few weeks ago. Done and done! The rain boots were a different story… Every time it would rain, I would still see Hallie still running around the city in her Tieks. The girl needed a pair of wellies! So a pair of wellies is what she got. :) Hallie got me this watch and this candle in my favorite Archipelago scent. She knows me too well!

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See this full outfit post here. And below is a little peak at my windowsill that doubles as a nightstand..

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Here are a few more gifts that I’m loving from Zappos…

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Druzy Bracelet  |  Cashmere Touchscreen Gloves  |  Watch (I have the same one!)  |  Infinity Scarf  |  Candle (my favorite!)  |  Checkered Cosmetics Bag  |  Leopard Loafers  |  Sneakers  |  Bag

Click through the slideshow below to shop these gifts and more…

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Twenty Five Days of Gift Guides

Day 1: Jessica’s Wish List  |  Day 2: The New Yorker  |  Day 3: Sparkle Obsessed  |  Day 4: Festive Finds  |  Day 5: Plaid & Tartan  |  Day 6: Monograms  |  Day 7: Beauty Junkie  |  Day 8: The Talented Teacher  |  Day 9: The Working Girl  |  Day 10: Cocktail Connoisseur  |  Day 11: Little Luxuries  |  Day 12: Kate Spade  |  Day 13: Perfectly Parisian  |  Day 14: Espresso Enthusiast & Coffee Connoisseur  |  Day 15: Secret Santa with Zappos

Or check them all out on this Pinterest board!

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Holiday Spirit

by Jessica Sturdy on December 9, 2014

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I’ve slowly been making my way through my holiday bucket list in NYC! This stop, Bryant Park. The tree is giant and gorgeous, the shops are bustling, and the ice rink sparkles in the middle of it all. While I wasn’t able to ice skate on this particular day, it was fun to be in the Christmas spirit for a morning before work!

I’m constantly on the lookout for shoes and booties that will easily take me from sunup to sundown. I always prefer to wear some sort of a heel, but when you’re running around NYC all day, comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in are an absolute necessity! Thankfully, I’ve found a few go-to pairs of heeled booties that I’m able to wear all day, without worrying about my feet.

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