Challenge Complete

by Jessica Sturdy on January 31, 2015

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Holy moly… Can you believe today is the last day of January? I feel like a broken record saying this, but the month flew by so quickly! A trip back from California, a trip home for a weekend to see my family, a weekend getaway to Montana with my college friends, a lot of work, brunches with girlfriends, breakfast meetings, after-work events, and a whole lot of blogging. This month has me ready for a nap, that’s for sure!

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I’m always quick to get down on my self and can be pretty critical of my personal performance, but I’m actually quite pleased with how this past month went! I really focused on trying to be my best self this month. I’ve all but cut coffee out of my diet.. down to one cup a day! I worked out as much as I could outside of my travel schedule. I tried new workouts. I brought my lunch to work more days than I bought lunch. I cooked breakfast almost every day. I cooked more dinners than I ordered in. I’ve opted for sleep when I know my body needs it. I’ve woken up early to get extra work done. I’ve pushed myself to shoot more outfit photos, even when it’s freezing and even when it’s snowing. I’ve focused on being more organized in all aspects of my life. I’ve kept my apartment more tidy. I’ve found new beauty products that have made a huge difference. I’ve prioritized my friends and family. I’ve caught myself in mental downward spirals and talked myself out of my over-analytical thoughts. I’ve tried to be incredibly more positive and upbeat, even when I’m exhausted. I’ve set daily, weekly, and month goals and done my best to achieve them. It’s been a pretty good month! Is everyday awesome? Unfortunately not. But your perspective is your reality. A little change in your attitude can change everything!

One thing I’ve found super helpful this month was completing one mini challenge each and every single day. It’s made me feel a sense of accomplishment, even when my day has seemed out of control. Remember when I told you about the Birchbox Challenge on New Years Day? Well, I did it! Sure, there were some days where the task at hand didn’t fit with my schedule, but I made sure to set aside time on a different day to check off those challenges.

Fitness challenges, exercises on setting boundaries, healthy recipes, lifestyle tweaks, and more… Each task is seemingly easy, but the series of changes definitely add up for a great sense of achievement. There are quite a few things that I’ll be making a habit of — solo-tasking from Day 30, yoga poses to fight cravings from Day 27, reading instead of TV from Day 25, a healthier workspace from Day 22, getting more sleep from Day 16, moving every hour from Day 15, meditation from Day 10, yoga in the AM from Day 5, and the delicious breakfast smoothie from Day 1.

Did you partake in any of the #BirchboxChallenge activities? What did you think?!

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Weekend Uniform

by Jessica Sturdy on January 29, 2015

j.crew stripe turtleneck, faux fur vest outfit

There’s nothing I love more than a classic combination of stripes and faux fur.

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Shaggy

by Jessica Sturdy on January 28, 2015

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My friends may or may not have been calling me “Bears & Sequins” all weekend for this outfit…

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Snowed In / Locked Out

by Jessica Sturdy on January 27, 2015

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Snowed in today? Me too! Perfect excuse to share a few photos from the snowy scene that was Big Sky, Montana this past weekend. A funny story, too!

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Off to the Mountains

by Jessica Sturdy on January 26, 2015

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Happy Monday! I flew to Montana on Thursday night to spend a three-day weekend with my college pals and it was such a fun weekend! Well worth the four flights in total. We rented the cutest ski-in-ski-out cabin in Big Sky for the weekend and the views were absolutely magical.

We skied at Big Sky, snowmobiled through Yellowstone National Park, spent countless hours in the hot tub, and drank a whole lot of wine while catching up. It was the perfect mix of activities and relaxing! I’ll be posting more this week about our adventures and a few of my outfits. Stay tuned!

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Skis & Slopes

by Jessica Sturdy on January 23, 2015

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Jacket  |  Hat  |  Bag  |  Gloves  |  Sunglasses  |  Wrap  |  Boots

With Sundance Film Festival starting today and my upcoming weekend of slopes and snow, I’ve got aprés ski on the mind! I’m currently headed to Montana for a weekend ski trip with my best friends from college. Fourteen of us rented a cabin for a long weekend and I couldn’t be more excited for a little mountain getaway! We’ll be skiing at Big Sky on Friday and snowmobiling through Yellowstone on Saturday before heading back on Sunday afternoon. It’s a quick trip, especially flying all the way from the East Coast, but it will be worth it!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram. I’ll see you back here on Monday! xo

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Hello Hydration

by Jessica Sturdy on January 22, 2015

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Please tell me I’m not alone when I say that my skin has been SO dry lately! This weather is doing a number on my face, lips, and hands, specifically. Thanks to a few trusty products, I think I’ve gotten my facial dryness under control. But if you have any recommendations on fabulous hand creams, I’m all ears! (Leave a comment below or shoot me an email!)

I had the opportunity to swing by the Bare Minerals Shade Shop in Soho last week to get a preview of their newest foundation product — Complexion Rescue. Boy, am I glad I braved the cold weather to go!

I’ve been using Complexion Rescue for almost a week now and I’m seriously IN LOVE! It’s pretty rare that I dedicate an entire blog post to one single beauty product, but this stuff is that good, you guys.

If I had to classify it, my skin tends to be very “combination.” Sometimes it can be oily, sometimes it’s really dry. (I think it depends on the products I’m using!) Certain areas are prone to breakouts and I have to be careful about sweaty workouts — washing my face before and after really helps. Over the years, I’ve learned that my skin is less oily when it’s sufficiently moisturized. Seems like a bit of an oxymoron, but it’s true! I slather on the moisturizer in both the AM and PM and also use a hydrating serum at night.

The same thing has proved to be true with this product! I don’t really know if I should call it a BB Cream, a CC Cream, a Tinted Moisturizer, a lightweight Foundation, or what. It’s a little bit of everything! Whatever it is, though, has been absolutely amazing on my skin. The gel-like formula is so light, but so hydrating at the same time. (But it’s never once made me look or feel greasy!) It looks and feels so unbelievably natural. It goes on pretty sheer, but the coverage is build-able. I can’t say enough good things! (FYI: I have the “Natural” shade.)

At the event, the Bare Minerals product development team actually demonstrated this experiment. I was absolutely blown away! Speechless! If you’ve got two minute to spare, I highly recommend watching. The video is just a great as the in-person demo.

As for the questions that your facialist or dermatologist would ask… Yes, it’s non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, and has a (non-chemical) SPF 30. No silicone, no oil, no parabens, no fragrance.

You can find Complexion Rescue at NordstromUlta, Sephora, and at BareMinerals.com! Don’t forget the Smoothing Face Brush that goes with it… It’s fab!

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I’ve simply loved my experience and wanted to share! I did receive a free sample of Complexion Rescue, as well as a Smoothing Face Brush, but you better believe that this is a product I’ll be restocking as soon as it runs out!

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Crop Top

by Jessica Sturdy on January 20, 2015

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When I think of a midriff bearing crop-top, my mind instantly goes to a sunshine-filled scene in the midst of summer. Not the case with this one, however. I saw this turtleneck crop-top and couldn’t wait to style it with a winter look! If you hadn’t noticed already, I am obsessed with turtlenecks. I wear them pretty much daily, truly. If it’s not a turtleneck sweater, I’m almost always wearing a J.Crew tissue-thin turtleneck underneath my button-front shirt or crewneck sweater. I love a good turtleneck! Plus, a girl’s gotta stay warm somehow.

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What to Wear When You’d Rather Hibernate

by Jessica Sturdy on January 15, 2015

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One part Russian-chic, one part it-was-too-friggen-cold-to-even-see-straight-this-past-weekend. A faux furry hat was necessary!

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Striped Shift

by Jessica Sturdy on January 14, 2015

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A black and white striped shift dress is a year-round closet staple. Wear it with a pair of flat ankle booties for a weekend stroll, pair it with a structured blazer for a business meeting, or put on your favorite pair of sandals and hit the beach. This dress does it all!

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