Winter White

by Jessica Sturdy on January 12, 2015

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Happy Monday! How was the weekend? It was a low-key one for me. Brunch with girlfriends on both Saturday and Sunday, my favorite Saturday morning SoulCycle class, hot yoga on Sunday afternoon, and finally getting around to taking down my Christmas decorations.

As of late, I’ve been gravitating towards very clean and classic combinations of black and white when I’m getting dressed in the morning. I’m assuming it’s because of the recent new year, but who really knows. It could just be the dreary weather! January 1st brought out a somewhat-new craving in me — simplicity. I’ve been trying to embrace the idea of a “clean slate” in a lot of different aspects of my life. And I’ve been loving it, actually! There have been a plethora of lifestyle changes that I’ve been trying to keep up with over the past few weeks… cooking more, drinking more tea and way less coffee, handling stressful situations with a bit more ease and tranquility, putting in the time to organizing a lot of different parts of my life… it’s been beyond refreshing!

Here’s to a great week! xo

(PS: A few blogger friends and I are giving away an $850 gift card to J.Crew on Instagram! You don’t want to miss it!)

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Full Floral

by Jessica Sturdy on January 8, 2015

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Well, as I’m writing this post and the thermometer reads 10 degrees (feels like -4*), I think it’s pretty obvious that these photos were taken pre-arctic blast! Bare legs are a thing of the past.

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First Real Snow

by Jessica Sturdy on January 7, 2015

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We had our first real snow in NYC yesterday! I don’t know what it is, but snow in New York is kind of magical when it’s really coming down. It’s almost like being in a real-life snow globe! … But then five minutes later you realize you are FUH-REEZING, you’ve already taken your #SnowyNYC instagram, you can’t open your eyes because snow is pelting you in the face, and you still have 9 more blocks to walk. Those first few minutes though… They really are magical. You’ve got to savor them!

PS: There are plenty of pictures of me making a fool of myself on Lexington Avenue during the morning commute. And almost getting hit by two different taxis… So keep reading! ;)

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Long Layers

by Jessica Sturdy on January 6, 2015

All of the layers, you guys. ALL OF THEM.

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While my trip to California wasn’t as warm as expected (more on that here!), coming back to these twenty-degree-temps in New York has been bru-tal. A full (and very busy!) week of work, plus a cold commute. Oy! Throw us a bone, Mother Nature.

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Weekend Round Up

by Jessica Sturdy on January 5, 2015

I hope you had an absolutely wonderful holiday season! It really seemed to fly by this year, didn’t it? While it’s sad to see the season go, I’m excited for all that is to come! I’ve started my annual year-end decluttering phase to be able to start the new year on a fresh note. Clearing out random notes and post-its all over the place, tearing pages I no longer need out of my notebooks, deleting files on my laptop that I no longer need, moving photos and documents to external hard drives, etc. I’ve found that clearing away all of this clutter (whether it’s in person or virtually) really helps me to hit the reset button and start the year off on the right foot!newyorkchristmas-joanna-baker *image via Joanna Baker

  1. I loved these photos comparing New York at Christmastime in the 1950’s to now. While we didn’t have a white Christmas, it really makes me wish for a picturesque snowfall sometime soon! (Can’t believe I’m even saying that.)
  2. In case you missed it — Be sure to check out our posts on the FTD blog about our trip to Pasadena over New Years Eve! one / two / three
  3. My favorite Joie sneakers are 30% off! (And most sizes are available! Trust me, you’ll wear these constantly.)
  4. This list is absolutely ridiculous, but I have to admit that I laughed. A few of them definitely have some truth! #RentFreeApartment 51 Things That A 25-Year-Old Single Girl Really Wants for Christmas
  5. My friend Grace designed a line of stationery and phone cases for Minnie & Emma and it’s all adorable. You have to check out the sequin stationery and plaid iPhone cases… In love!
  6. I’ve raved about my Jawbone Up band before. (See this post if you missed it!) But if you need any more of a reason to get one, their customer service is absolutely amazing. I was having a problem with mine holding a charge and they were seriously SO helpful. They even emailed me a few days later to make sure everything was still running smoothly after I updated the firmware! Gotta love good customer service.. Unfortunately hard to find sometimes!
  7. I attended a mini coding session at General Assembly two weeks ago and it got me thinking about taking classes, furthering my knowledge and education, and learning new-to-me things, too. Resolutions for 2015!
  8. I’ve been on such a beanie kick lately. (Proof here & here.) Specifically, I’ve been loving all of the beanies with pompoms on the top. Current favorites — this one, this one, and this one.
  9. How the Most Successful Night Owls Manage to Wake Up Early — I’ve always been a night owl, but I’ve been working on becoming more of a morning person. With my work/blog situation and overall lifestyle, going to bed early unfortunately isn’t an option most nights.
  10. Before I became a full-fledged wino (just kidding.. kind of), I was always super intimidated by wine. Admittedly, I now only know very little about the wines that I drink often, but it’s a start. The Beginner’s Guide to Ordering Wine
  11. Tuckernuck is offering an extra 20% off all of their sale items! I’m currently loving this colorblock dressthis printed skirt, this gorgeous green dress (perfect for weddings!), this printed dress, these polka dot flats, this top, and this tote.
  12. This was a fascinating read — What 13 People Wore to Interview with Anna Wintour
  13. I’m taking a month-long challenge with Birchbox. Read about it here!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

PS – Can you tell I started this post before Christmas? Lots of festive links. Oh well! ;)

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Best Year Yet

by Jessica Sturdy on January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

Can you believe how quickly 2014 flew by?! As fast and fabulous as it was, I’m ready for a fresh start. 2014 was pretty good to me, but I know that 2015 is going to be one of the best years yet! Over the next week, I’ll be sharing a few of my goals and resolutions on the blog. So stay tuned for that! Today, however, I want to share the challenge that I’ll be taking part in throughout the whole month of January — the Birchbox 31-Day Challenge.

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Over the next 30 days, I’ll be partaking in one challenge per day. Easy, right? Each day, there will be one fitness, beauty, nutrition, or wellness challenge to help make 2015 the best year yet. Think smoothies for breakfast, swapping tv for a book, tricep-toning arm workouts, energizing yoga poses, face masks, tricks to improve sleep, and more!

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I think it’s going to be a ton of fun! A lot of times, resolutions can be quite broad and hard to successfully measure progress. I’m a total “list person” so checking off a little daily challenge will be nice and gratifying! Each to-do is seemingly easy, but I have a feeling that making these small tweaks daily will really help to start the year off on the right track! (And hopefully create a few lasting habits, too!)

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Intrigued? You can take the challenge, too! (And I hope you do!) You can find the daily assignments here, as well as the daily prizes! If you decide to join in on the fun, be sure to join in on social media with the hashtag #BirchboxChallenge.

Here’s to making January 2015 the Best. Month. EVER!

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NYE with FTD

by Jessica Sturdy on December 29, 2014

I’ve rambled on about my football fandom on quite a few occasions. I shared my love for my Alma Mater, the University of Illinois. I’ve worn outfits showing how football and fashion can coexist. I’ve given you the backstory on how I ended up liking sports in the first place. And today, it all kind of comes full circle!

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Today, Hallie & I are headed out to Pasadena, California to attend all of the fun festivities surrounding the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl with the team at FTD! Pinch-me moment, 100%. I am so excited to go behind the scenes with FTD and experience the Rose Parade from an insider’s view! Aside from attending the game, the pep rallies, and the tailgates (which will all be a ton of fun.. obviously!), we get the incredible experience of going behind the scenes at the famous Rose Parade. We’ll have the chance to get an up-close and personal peek at the floats, see the VIP vehicle decorating first-hand, chat with the amazing designers behind it all, and more. I’m overly excited to get to see all of the beautiful blooms in person … Can you imagine? ALL OF THE INSTAS. Even if football is not your thing, the Rose Parade is something that almost everyone can get behind! 6,000 stems of flowers and foliage will be featured on this year’s vehicles and over 300 pounds of flowers will be used on each. I can hardly wait to see it all in person!

Hallie and I will be taking over the FTD Blog, as well as their social media channels, while we are there. Be sure to follow along! My first blog post is already up on the FTD Blog… Click on over to read it!

My parents went to the Rose Bowl in the 2007-2008 season when Illinois played and they absolutely raved about the Rose Parade, the intricacy of the floats, and overall how wonderful it was to experience such a historical event. I’m so excited to see it all for myself!

Hallie and I have a packed itinerary and it’s sure to be a fun-filled week! Plus, escaping the Northeast weather for the week and spending New Years in sunny Pasadena sounds pretty fabulous. We’re flying out today and will be in California through the end of the week. We’ll be ‘gramming and tweeting up a storm so be sure to follow along! :)

BLOGGERS DAY OFF! #NYEwithFTD

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Nordstrom After-Christmas Clearance Sale

by Jessica Sturdy on December 28, 2014

You guys! Nordstrom is having a huge clearance sale and it seems to be one for the record books. So, so, so many great deals!

Kate Spade Bow Hat, Illesteva Mirrored Sunglasses, J.Crew J Sweatshirt

I bought this scarf in grey and this scarf in camel.
My bow beanie is on sale!
In love with this clutch!
These striped pajamas are perfect.
Obsessed with this sweatshirt.
I got my mom this robe for Christmas. (So, naturally, it’s now on sale.)
A classic black rag & bone sweater for $110.
T By Alexander Wang makes some of the best basics! I love this striped hoodie.
I wear these jeans constantly!
This Vince sweater is on my wish list. So is this one! And this one!
If you’re into backpacks, I love this one and this one.
How adorable is this bow-covered clutch?!
The perfect going out clutch.
This top is so fab for nighttime! (With a bandeau or bralette, of course.
Jimmy Choo rain boots for less than a pair of Hunters? DONE.
Love this cashmere infinity scarf! (Especially for $50!)

More fab sale finds…

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Black, Gold, & Red

by Jessica Sturdy on December 28, 2014

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Black and gold has always been one of my favorite color combos. (I mean, see the logo at the top of this blog..) Gold sparkles pair perfectly with classic black. And a little pop of red is the best way to add some sass!

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Christmas in Florida

by Jessica Sturdy on December 26, 2014

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Hello from sunny Florida! Actually, where we are (right outside of Sarasota) hasn’t been sunny much at all this week. Sunny or not, I definitely can’t complain! The temperature has hovered right around 70 degrees, which has allowed for morning coffee by the pool, eating all meals al fresco, long walks around the neighborhood, and plenty of time relaxing on the back patio (in a sweater).

The first full day I was in Florida was actually the hottest. My grandfather and I drove up to Tampa to pick up my parents from the airport. On the way, we stopped at Hyde Park Village to do a little last minute Christmas shopping.

Even though I’m an advocate of wearing white denim almost year round, I happily packed my white jeans and this new top from Sail to Sable’s resort collection! I love the flattering fit of this top. It’s nice and flow-y, but doesn’t make me lose my shape. And the oversized buttons down the back? Can’t get enough! The gold hardware dresses up the fun fish print and adds a bit of flare. My sea-foam green Kate Spade pumps with the gold bow were the perfect touch!

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