On the Move

by Jessica Sturdy on April 6, 2014

My current apartment lease is up in a few weeks and I’ll be moving to my third apartment in New York. Time flies, doesn’t it?! It feels like just yesterday I was packing up my sh*t to move halfway across the country with no idea what was in store for me. Okay, I can’t keep going down this road or there will be tears…

Back to apartment stuff… The place that I will hopefully (cross your fingers!) be living in next month is absolutely gorgeous. Freshly renovated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an exposed brick wall, a faux fireplace, wide-plank dark wood floors, an outdoor space… I mean, it’s perfect. I got goosebumps and almost started crying when I saw it. Love at first sight and I just had that feeling that it was the one! I promise I’ll finally do an apartment tour if when I get this place. ;)  Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a small studio in New York City. But it’s definitely one of the better ones I’ve seen!

I’ve had a major decorating itch ever since I decided that I was going to move after my lease was up. I was envisioning that I would move into the stereotypical NYC apartment… Light hardwood floors, white walls, etc. I had a vision of how I wanted to decorate my next place, but now that I’ve applied for a place that has way more character, I’ve had to shift things a bit. I was thinking all white, navy, and gold, with pops of pink, but that won’t really go with the red brick and dark brown floors. So instead, I’m now thinking neutrals are the way to go — shades of white, cream, and gold. And for some pops of print/color, most likely some tasteful leopard print!

This is the couch that I am probably going to get. Couldn’t get it to show up in the slideshow…

Update: I got the apartment!

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Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on April 5, 2014

Iris Apfel curated a set of sales on One Kings Lane that starts today.

Absolutely loving Mackenzie’s Career Spotlight feature! (Brandy Pham / Tamra Sanford from Ever Swoon / Jennifer from Jack Rogers)

I’m always so intrigued by work-life balance stories. I mean, Carly and I probably talked about this for an hour last night. (We had a 120 person blogger sleepover at the new Citizen M hotel in NYC… nbd.) In this day and age, we’re all juggling SO much, yet we continue to take on more and more and more. Businesses, jobs, pets, significant others, friends, family, errands, personal well-being, and the list goes on and on. Here’s an article to get you thinking and also links out to a bunch of other interesting reads.

I filmed two videos with Glam.com and Target recently… Check them out! City Style: New York City & Style Squad: What to Wear on a First Date (Forewarning: I was pretty sick while filming these and I sound like an actual man.)

Speaking of dating, this map had me laughing. Having lived in a few of these places, t’s shockingly accurate!

I need to go find this rainbow wall in Brooklyn! Absolutely love the plaid shirt Julia is wearing, too!

Loving the bucket bag trend, but I’m not really wanting to invest in a new handbag at the moment. Buying this Old Navy version immediately!

Have a very happy weekend! xo

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Lust List: C. Wonder

by Jessica Sturdy on April 4, 2014

Yesterday when I was finding the link to my gingham shirt, I fell in love with just about EVERYTHING on the C. Wonder website. Their new arrivals are INSANE. One of each, please!

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Gingham Girl

by Jessica Sturdy on April 3, 2014

I’ve always been a gingham girl. Of all of the prints in my closet, I’m pretty sure gingham is the most prevalent. Gingham shows up more than all of my other favorite things… More than leopard print, more than sequins, more than polka dots, etc. Gingham is preppy and fun, which pretty much epitomizes how I like to dress majority of the time.

When I saw this silky gingham blouse at C.Wonder, I was immediately smitten. All of my other gingham pieces are your classic woven button-front shirts. I didn’t own anything that was silk gingham so that’s how I rationalized the purchase. Makes sense, right? ;) (I should probably go sign myself up for Shopaholics Anonymous now…)

By this point, I assume we all know how I feel about navy. Obsessed. Just can’t get enough. When I saw these navy suede lace-up pumps, I about died. Navy shoes are hard to come by, especially a pair under $70. Yep, you read that right — under $70. Thank you, Sole Society.

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Candy, Champagne, & Cynthia Rowley

by Jessica Sturdy on March 31, 2014

Happy Monday, friends! If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off April, I’m hosting a shopping event at Cynthia Rowley tomorrow night. Champagne, a candy bar, and an even sweeter discount… What could be better?! ;)

Hope to see you tomorrow! xo

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Catwalk to Cardio

by Jessica Sturdy on March 31, 2014

When I was visiting the adidas HQ in Portland earlier this year, I got to check out some of the designers’ trend boards for the current and upcoming seasons. I found the whole process to be so interesting because many of the same trends can be found across different verticals. When looking at their colors and prints for training apparel for the spring season, it was kind of crazy how those trends are the same for regular women’s apparel, too. For example, bold prints were huge on the Spring 2014 runways and adidas has a great collection of printed tops and workout pants this season. Monochromatic black and white looks are also a big trend for spring and I’m finding that a lot of the adidas workout gear speaks to that, too. I love the adidas pants that I’m wearing here because they touch on a few different spring trends, both black & white and graphic prints. (This pair is awesome, too!)

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Crop Top

by Jessica Sturdy on March 27, 2014

If you’ve been in a cab in New York City within the last few months, you’ve probably see the #DKNY25 ad. You know the one I’m talking about… Cara Delevigne, A$AP Rocky, Times Square, all to the tune of “Fashion Killa.” As any New Yorker knows, the first thing we usually do when getting into a cab is turn off the screen. Just. Shut. Up. Except when it comes to that commercial, I can’t turn it off! Hallie put it best when she made the observation… “I think you’re the only person I’ve ever seen who has actually turned UP the cab tv volume.” I’m literally obsessed with that entire campaign. The sporty clothes, Cara, DKNY, the song, A$AP, all of it. So needless to say, when I got the chance to help host one of the #DKNY25 events, I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

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Name that Hue

by Jessica Sturdy on March 26, 2014

I just came across a folder on my computer that had a bunch of forgotten photos from this fall. So even though its not Throwback Thursday, we’re taking it back a few months with this post… Maybe we can make “Wayback Wednesday” a thing?!

I was trying to think of a post title when I realized there really isn’t a “pretty sounding” name for this brownish-orange color… burnt orange, rust, mahogany, terracotta, deep carrot, dark pumpkin, tawny brown… All gross. Obsessed with the color, hate all of the names.

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Black Basics

by Jessica Sturdy on March 25, 2014

Living in New York has taught me a plethora of things, but on the sartorial front, I’ve figured out that my wardrobe can fully-function around a few black basics. A great pair of black jeans, a few pairs of black pumps (New York literally consumes shoes), a black tailored blazer, a black vest, a fabulous black handbag, and a pair of chic black sunnies. I mean, really… Do you need anything else? While we’re on the topic of vests, I hope you’re a vest kind of girl because I have a feeling I’m going to be wearing this one all season long. And then in the summer, too. And probably in the fall. It’s that good. And its under $30!

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Barre to Brunch

by Jessica Sturdy on March 24, 2014

From the gym, to the grocery store, to the dry cleaner, to the dentist, to brunch, to bootcamp class, to FedEx to pick up packages, to the coffee shop for some much-needed caffeine, and a few places in between… I’m constantly running around trying to cross things off of my to-do list. My life in the city is very go-go-go. I’m sure you can relate, too! For me personally, working out can fall off of my list of things to do pretty quickly because getting sweaty before running errands and being in public doesn’t sound very pleasant. But I have a few tips to get you from your Barre class to Brunch without sacrificing your style…

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