Stripes on Stripes

by Jessica Sturdy on May 5, 2015

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Sail to Sable Dress  |  Red Valentino Bow Wedges  |  Tuckernuck Clutch  |  T + J Pearl Cuff  |  Michael Kors Watch  |  Samantha Wills Necklace  |  Capwell + Co Earrings  |  Essie ‘Marshmallow’

When I was in Dallas last week for a blog conference, I wanted to wear an outfit that was quintessentially me for a day full of meetings. I settled on this fit-and-flare navy and white striped dress, bow wedges, and a monogrammed clutch. I kept my jewelry simple and let the dress and shoes do the talking.

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Weekly Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on May 4, 2015

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photo from last year’s derby day duds

Hope you had a fabulous Derby weekend! I got a bizarre phone call on Friday — I shared this story on SnapChat, if you’re interested (username: jessicasturdy) — so I wasn’t really feeling up for a full-fledged Derby party on Saturday. Instead, I ate a ton of food and drank a lot of rosé with Hallie and Grace… Naturally.

I meant to get my usual Weekend Reading post up over the weekend, but I spent Sunday mostly unplugged, laying on a blanket in Central Park. Much, much needed! So we’ll just call this Weekly Reading this week. 😉

Do you remember FTD, the company that Hallie & I went to the Rose Bowl with? They’re running a really fun promo for Mother’s Day right now… You can enter on Instagram or Facebook! Considering my mom tagged me on their promotion kick-off Instagram last week (not kidding — and yes, I got the hint, Mother), you know it’s a surprise gift that your mom will be sure to love for the entire year! Make sure you enter this week — contest ends on Saturday and the winner will be announced on Mother’s Day (this Sunday!).

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My friend Meghan just re-designed her blog and it looks gorgeous! You have to check it out — WitWhimsy.com

My friend and fellow blogger, Grace from The Stripe, was just featured on Career Contessa! I always love hearing about someone’s journey and background.

I have these in the basket-weave leather, but I am in love with this stripe pair! And they’re on major sale.

This sounds entirely too enticing. I can’t wait to follow along!

I’m obsessed with these sandals! (They’re under $65!)

Today is the last day for 25% off select spring styles at J.Crew! I’m loving a lot of their beachy dresses & cover-ups — one, two, three, four — as well as this straw tote.

I’ve read this article over and over and over. Definitely makes you think!

I’ve been loving Old Navy’s new activewear line. How fun is this tank?

Talbots has a really cute selection of sandals right now.. and they’re all currently 30% off! My favorites: this suede tassel pair, these jute heels, this braided pair, this leather tassel pair, and this strappy pair.

I gave in and got my first pair of Birkenstocks. (Ever.) You can read more about it here!

I just started reading this book. I’ll keep you posted!

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West Village Wandering

by Jessica Sturdy on May 4, 2015

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Vineyard Vines Cardigan  |  J.Crew Tank Top  |  J Brand Jeans  |  Easy Spirit Sandals  |  Vineyard Vines Clutch  |  Karen Walker Sunglasses

I’ve been wearing this tassel cardigan non-stop! It’s been my go-to for travel over the last few weeks, and I’ve been carrying it around almost daily when I’m in New York. The flip-flopy spring weather almost requires you to dress in layers… One minute you’ll be sweating if you’re on the sunny side of the street, and the next you’ll be shivering if you’re in the shade and the breeze picks up!

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Birk Bandwagon

by Jessica Sturdy on April 30, 2015

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I really never thought this day would come…

I own a pair of Birkenstocks. Even when these were popular in middle school, I always hated them. I thought they were for hippies, and that was so not my style. I mean, I used to primarily wear matching top-bottom outfit sets (by choice) and would even match my socks to said matching outfits in grade school. Needless to say, wearing cork-bed sandals with giant buckles wasn’t in my style repertoire.

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Parisian Petit Fours

by Jessica Sturdy on April 29, 2015

Do you ever find that coming back from a long vacation is almost enough to make you question ever going on one again? That’s kind of the boat that I was in when I got back from Europe. I felt like I boomeranged back into my day-to-day without slowing down at all. Yes, I had just returned from a vacation, but it wasn’t as if I was laying on a beach all week re-charging. Exploring two cities in two different countries was exhausting! (Amazing, but tiring, you know?) I was in over-drive before we left for Europe, and jumped right back into a crazy week when I got back. And then I kind of crashed — I was in a weird funk the past few weeks and I felt myself shutting down a little bit each day. I didn’t feel like blogging or even Instagramming, I was light-headed and nauseous for days at a time, and I didn’t even feel like talking to anyone besides my mom. I realized I had entirely too many projects on my plate (realizing you can’t do everything is a really hard lesson to learn, my friends) and had to slowly make steps to get my life back under control. And in the midst of trying to put out fires and clean up the messes, I just didn’t really feel like sharing anything online. I spent a lot of the week after I got back writing and reflecting and then got to head out of town for a fun trip to Hilton Head Island. Having a bit of a reset week, followed by a little weekend escape (mixed with lots wine and a lot of girl talk with Grace and Hallie) was just what the doctor ordered — I’m finally feeling like myself again and finally feeling more inspired to blog again. Feeling burnt out and suffocatingly overwhelmed is a real thing — It’s weeks like the last few that remind me how important it really is to slow down from time to time and allow yourself to recharge your batteries! I have a lot more thoughts on this and could go on and on, but I’ll save those for another day. Bottom line — Sorry for being MIA (the above + major computer issues = not a good mix) and thank you for sticking around in the mean time! xo

Now that we’ve got that little ‘note from the editor’ out of the way, today’s post is a much, much more upbeat one! And it’s a photo overload because Stacy is so unbelievably talented!

Let’s get to it..

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J.Crew Schoolboy Blazer  |  Sail to Sable Top  |  Old Navy White Denim  |  Rachel Zoe Flats  |  Henri Bendel Bag  |  Capwell + Co Knot Cuff  |  Delphine Pariente Paris Ring  |  Karen Walker Sunglasses  |  Michael Kors Watch

If you weren’t aware already, I could not be any more in love with Paris! It’s a head over heels situation. Completely, madly, absolutely in love with Paris. The relaxed lifestyle, the living-in-the-moment mentality, the stunning architecture everywhere you look, the quaint streets, the hushed feeling amongst the city, the scenic views along the Seine, and the little peeps of Lady Eiffel wherever you go… I can’t help but smile ear to ear. I can’t even put into words the immense amount of happiness that I feel when I’m there, but it’s similar to the electric energy I felt every time I visited New York before I moved here. That feeling when you know you just belong there. When I got to Paris a few weeks ago and was out wandering the streets to find a cute cafe for a bite to eat, I was honestly so happy that I thought I was going to cry. Sheer joy, in overwhelming amounts.

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Pink & Printed

by Jessica Sturdy on April 27, 2015

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Old Navy Tank Top, Sports Bra, 3/4 Burnout Tee, Printed Leggings  |  MZ Wallace Tote  |  New Balance Sneakers  |  Baseball Cap  |  Valentino Sunglasses

Over the last month or two, I’ve been spending a lot of my time not in NYC. #JetSetJess has had her pedal to the metal… And it’s been so much fun! I’m finally back in New York for a bit… 11 days… before I head home to Illinois for Mother’s Day. (I’m going to be home for about a week and I could not be more excited! I don’t really know why, but I’ve been pretty homesick lately and I’m more than ready to go home and do absolutely NOTHING. Except blog, of course.)

Since I’ve been gone so much lately, and have a lot of upcoming travel, too, I’ve been making it a point to get the most out of New York while I’m in town! (I’m currently working on another spring/summer bucket list for the year — stay tuned!)

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Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on April 25, 2015

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There were a few technical glitches on my website late last week (oh, the joys of running a website when things go wrong) so in case you missed the outfit post above, you can check that out here!

Not exactly reading, but in case you missed it — Milly designed a collection for Kohl’s and its pretty epic — and all under $100! (And it’s actually available for purchase, unlike Lilly for Target.) My favorite pieces? This striped citrus dress, this striped crop top + skirt combo, this floral scuba dress, this graphic tee, this scoopneck scuba dress, and this slub tee!

While these cost a pretty penny, they are THE CUTEST THINGS EVER. Perfect statement sandal for summer soirees!

I loved this post that Meghan wrote about stress and self-improvement!

I am so in love with the sneak peek of Mackenzie’s new kitchen! (And it makes me want to move somewhere with SPACE.) I’ve been in love with those Serena & Lily bar stools ever since I saw them at their Hamptons pop-up shop last summer!

Can’t get enough of Amy’s floral romper and olive green bag combo!

Social media questions? Hallie’s got you covered.

Carly is hosting a yoga class in NYC!

Grace is hosting a special Mother’s Day giveaway with Helen Ficalora!

Love this fun way Liz layered a sweater over her dress!

How cute is Chastity in her lace romper?!

Another link from Mackenzie — how gorgeous are these photos in Positano?!

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Derby Dress

by Jessica Sturdy on April 23, 2015

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Ever since I saw this dress on the runway, I knew I needed it in my life! I was randomly seated in the first row at the Erin Fetherston show last September and it was love at first sight — I even posted a photo of the dress on Instagram!

With spring seemingly waiting right around the corner, I’ve had dresses on the mind. I’m ready to ditch my heavier separates and start my seasonal sporting of dresses all day, everyday. And with the Kentucky Derby next weekend, it’s the perfect excuse to break out a new dress!

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Exploring Hilton Head Island

by Jessica Sturdy on April 22, 2015

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Having always been drawn to the south in ways of the weather, style, people, and way of life, South Carolina felt like a dream. Hilton Head Island was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city! I kept wanting to describe it as a “sleepy little town,” but I feel like that has a bad connotation to it, and I definitely don’t mean it in a bad way — I mean it in the best way possible. Everything just felt so relaxed!

We stayed in a gorgeous six-bedroom home right on the beach. To grab a bite for lunch or to do some afternoon shopping, we were able to ride our bikes everywhere we wanted to go. Instead of your over-crowded NYC bike lanes in the concrete jungle, Hilton Head had mellow paths surrounded by lush greenery, covered overhead with Spanish moss. Exploring the island by bike was easily one of my favorite parts of the trip! It was so unbelievably therapeutic… Hallie and I ended up biking 14 miles on Saturday without even realizing it.

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Southern Style

by Jessica Sturdy on April 20, 2015

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Vineyard Vines Dress  |  Kate Spade Belt  |  C.Wonder Sandals (similar)  |  Vera Bradley Bag  |  C.Wonder Sunglasses (similar)  |  Loren Hope Bracelets  | Bauble Bar Earrings

I spent this past weekend on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with some of my girlfriends and we had the best time! When Hallie and I boarded the plane from NYC on Thursday, I had no idea that we would be touching down in paradise a quick two hours later. Of course, I knew where we were headed, but it was my first time ever going to Hilton Head. After this past weekend, I know it definitely won’t be my last trip!

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