One Dress, Two Ways

by Jessica Sturdy on August 7, 2014

Hi friends! So sorry for the radio silence over here the past few days… It’s been a crazy few weeks of meetings for work, traveling for work, planning for upcoming trips, and just trying to stay afloat! So. Much. Going. On. Overwhelmed would be an understatement, but I’m trying to trudge along. The next few weeks look like they’ll be as crazy as the last few so I’m going to go ahead and apologize in advance if I don’t have time to post as much. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but there just never seems to be enough hours in the day!

A few weeks ago, I got to spend part of my Friday afternoon playing in the Nicole Miller Sample Closet and it was just as fabulous as it sounds! Racks and racks of so many beautiful dresses and separates, some of which I recognized from previous Nicole Miller runway shows. I got to borrow a few pieces to take home with me and it’s been so fun playing dress up and wearing some fabulous pieces to parties over the past few weeks.

One of my favorites from the pieces I picked out is this fab yellow dress. Unless it’s a versatile LBD, I usually end up wearing my dresses the exact same way. I’ll have a pair of shoes, a jacket, or pieces of jewelry that match the dress perfectly and I just end up wearing that exact same combination whenever I wear the dress. With this yellow dress, I challenged myself to wear it more than once while I was borrowing it and to wear it in two completely different ways.

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Criss Cross

by Jessica Sturdy on August 4, 2014

You guys! I seriously cannot believe it’s already August. This summer has just flown by. I get so sad when I think about the fact that there is only a few weekends left before Labor Day. How did that happen?! I don’t even know what I’ve done this summer.. I feel like it’s just been a whirlwind of events, weekends away, visitors in town, and way too many things to do. I’ve heavily relied on cute dresses to get me through! When you have too much on your plate to even deal with figuring out what to wear (I’m raising my hand here..) , just wear a dress. It’s so easy and you look like you put forth effort! It can be our little secret that it’s just a cop out.. ;)

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Summer Style Essentials

by Jessica Sturdy on July 31, 2014

My summer wardrobe has been revolving around a few style essentials. I’ve stocked my wardrobe with these seasonal must-haves and it’s made getting ready in a pinch so much easier.

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Mother-Daughter Weekend in NYC

by Jessica Sturdy on July 31, 2014

If you’re following me on Instagram, you probably saw that my mom was in town this past weekend! Her birthday was on Saturday and we planned a last-minute mother/daughter weekend in the city. So much fun! A mini vacation for her and a stay-cation for me. Win, win! I hadn’t seen my mom since Christmas so it was unbelievably nice to spend some quality time together.

*PS: There’s a chance for you to win a trip to NYC at the end of this post! If you skim over the details of my weekend, be sure to still check out the sweepstakes. All you have to do is send a tweet! And hurry, today is the last day to enter!

I was with my mom the first time I ever visited NYC in 2010 (really embarrassing photos here) and it was so crazy to think about how much has changed in those four years. Time seriously flies by, doesn’t it?! I recently read a quote about how all the days seem the same, but when you look back, everything seems so different. Okay, I need to stop with this before I start getting emotional. Back to my weekend with my mom…

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Romp Around

by Jessica Sturdy on July 29, 2014

Rompers are pretty much the greatest invention ever. It literally feels like you’re wearing PJs all day long… Great for travel days or simply just running errands around the city! I mean, other than the fact it’s a little bit awkward when you have to almost completely undress in the bathroom stall just to use the restroom, they are the perfect pieces of clothing. TMI, I know, but I’m just speaking the truth. However, if you’re fine with that minor little hiccup (I am!), rompers are where it’s at in the summer!

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Weekly Weekend Reading

by Jessica Sturdy on July 27, 2014

Happy Sunday! As you’re wrapping up the weekend and getting ready for another week, here are a few things I’ve been loving these past few days… xoxo
  • Can’t get enough of this look from Hallie!
  • My mom is in town this weekend and we’re having a little stay-cation in Brooklyn. Follow along on Instagram for updates!
  • Can’t wait to try these three popcorn recipes from Mackenzie!
  • 7 Bad Habits With Long-Term Consequences — I am guilty of almost all of these. (All of them except the smoking.)
  • Obsessed with this relaxed look on Grace!
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Here are my picks.. Have you shopped yet?!
  • Loved seeing my girl Ashley on Refinery 29! I feel so lucky to have so many kick-ass friends in my life.
  • As for getting up each hour in the Bad Habits article, I recently started using the Jawbone Up24 band and am LOVING it. I have the settings set so it vibrates if I haven’t taken a step in an hour. I’m trying to drink a lot more water so I’ve started making it a goal to finish my bottle of water and the vibrate is a gentle reminder to get up and re-fill my bottle. (And as a result, take an hourly bathroom break. #TMI)
    • Jawbone Up24 – Here’s a little bit more on it… I just started using this wristband a week ago and I’m totally obsessed with it! It’s the second generation of the Jawbone Up. I waited and waited to get one of these but finally caved and I’m glad that I did. The ’24′ denotes the fact that the wristband is always syncing with the app on your phone through bluetooth. I like how the new version comes in more colors and sizes, too. (I have the Medium in Navy. My wrist is on the smaller side, but I found that the Small was just too tight. I wanted the band to be able to move around a bit, especially with always wearing a watch and bracelets. If you have really small wrists, go for the Small.) I sound like a salesman here, but I purchased my band at Best Buy and am in no way being compensated to say this. I did my research before buying so just letting y’all know what I found out. (All of the sizes & colors here!)
  • I was trying to watch a video on YouTube when this ad started playing. Instead of skipping the ad after a few seconds, it picqued my interested for some reason. It was the Always #LikeAGirl campaign and I ended up watching all 3 minutes of the video.. Have you seen it? Great messaging!
  • This blazer + shorts look on Carly is too cute! Still kicking myself for not buying that shirt.
  • Another killer post from Hallie. I’m in the process of building out my ‘Guide to NYC’ and this post has a ton of my favorites! (Figures, right? I mean, Hallie and I spend pretty much every waking second together. So much so that we’ve actually wondered out loud if we should get a joint checking account to make it easier since we’re always splitting the check. And if we should just make it official to get the tax breaks of having a S/O.) Oh, and another fun fact: Hallie shared one of my most humiliating ‘over-served’ moments in the post. #PaybackisaBiatch ;)

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Kiss Kiss

by Jessica Sturdy on July 22, 2014

Remember this post? Well I just couldn’t get the Alice + Olivia Stace Face Top out of my head. After seeing Liz & Grace rock it, I knew I had to have it. It was pretty much sold out everywhere, but I found a brand new one in my size on Ebay. Score! I haven’t splurged on the flamingo skirt yet, as I’m waiting for it to go on sale. Keep your eyes peeled for me! ;)

I paired the top with my favorite fluted skirt and a pair of sassy pumps. And to be totally matchy matchy, a pair of big round black sunglasses and a coral lip.

I wore this outfit last week for a few after work activities. A fun celebration of Foster Grant’s 85th Anniversary and then to a dinner with Birchbox & Jouer Cosmetics at Palma in the West Village. A few fun facts for ya…

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Booty Basics

by Jessica Sturdy on July 22, 2014

Last time I was getting my hair done, my stylist and I were talking about getting in shape. She was wearing the cutest high waisted skirt with a crop top and I asked her how she keeps her abs in such great shape. Since I’m trying to get in better shape and she’s getting ready for her wedding later this summer (and we’re both SoulCycle lovers), we always seem to be trading workout tips and tricks.

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Puddle Jump in Jellies

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Why is it that I’m always wearing a new pair of leather shoes whenever I get stuck in the rain? Murphy’s Law, I suppose. Even when I actually check the forecast and it calls for rain, I feel like I take a look at my shoe lineup and have to decide which pair I’m okay with ruining and retiring. Quite a depressing way to start the day, no? In the cooler months, the obvious choice is to toss on a pair of rain boots. Done and done. However, they just feel too heavy and hot on warm summer days.

Meet the Jelly Sandal. What goes around truly does come around, doesn’t it? I had my first pair of jelly sandals (that I remember) in 1st grade. And here I am, 20 years later, pondering over which pair to buy.

Jelly sandals are perfect for the pool, the beach (you can wash the sand right off!), and commuting around your city on rainy days! They’re relatively light weight, too, which makes it easy to toss them in your bag. Surprisingly, there are some really cute pairs of jellies out there. Here’s a look at some of my favorites…

Chinese Laundry | Michael Kors | Hunter | Armani Jeans | Rachel Zoe | Jack Rogers

Which pair do you like best?

Update: Just found two pairs of cute Kate Spade Bow JelliesOne & Two.. Love!

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Milly Mini

by Jessica Sturdy on July 21, 2014

Happy Monday! Was it just me or did this weekend fly by quicker than usual? I had such a fun few days with my girlfriends in the city… Lots of brunch, way too much rosé, a few workouts, and an abundance of girl talk. Couldn’t have asked for a better weekend!

I wore this outfit to the Capwell + Co Summer Soiree a few weeks ago. Perfect for a hot night on a fun rooftop! Since the dress does a lot of talking, I kept the rest of my look pretty simple with basic black accessories. I’m so in love with this print from Milly! I remember when I first saw the jacket on Instagram and immediately knew that I would be buying at least one piece from the collection.. It’s just such a fun print! (I have the bikini, too!)

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