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!
If you’re bummed that you missed out on Lilly for Target, I’ve got a little something to cheer you up — Kate Spade Friends & Family sale is still going strong! If you missed the news this morning, most stores sold out of their Lilly for Target inventory within 15 minutes after doors opened at 8am. The Target.com selection was sold out by the time I woke up at 7am. (It launched sometime around 2am.) Madness!
So take the money you were planning to spend on discounted Lilly goods and put it towards a discounted Kate Spade purchase… At least, that’s what I’m going to do. Hurry, though, just a few more hours to shop — the 25% off promotion ends tonight at 11:59pm (Pacific Time). Use code DEAREST!
Mother’s Day, Graduations, and Wedding Season are all right around the corner!
Click through the slideshow to see some of my wish-listed items, and click the picture to go directly to that product page!
Getting back into your routine after a vacation can be hard… Like, really hard. Especially when you were gone for 10 days in Europe eating every single croissant and crepe in sight on the streets of Paris. Yikes!
I’m not one to practice that much self-control when I’m on vacation. One of the reasons I’ve learned to love working out is because I love eating. And especially when I’m on vacation, I’m not going to deprive myself of trying new things because of the calorie count. Sure, I probably didn’t need to have a crepe-a-day while in Paris, but whatever — everything in moderation, including moderation. Right?! Right.
Sharing a few lot of photos from my afternoon exploring the Notting Hill neighborhood in London! Flowers just starting to bloom and the prettiest pastel town houses made for some Pinterest-worthy photos. Enjoy!
I’m going to be totally honest with you guys… I feel like I need a re-do with my London trip. Before I went to London, I felt like ev-er-y-one told me OMG YOU’RE GOING TO LOVE IT. And I believed them! I truly thought I was going to love London. But each day, I kept feeling guilty for not loving it. So, so guilty. I kept thinking.. “What am I doing wrong?! Everyone loves it here! Why don’t I?!” There were a variety of not-so-pleasant, behind-the-scenes factors that went into it, but I really didn’t like my time there. I’ll save those travel lessons for another day, but rest assured, they are coming.
Hands down, my favorite way to explore a city is by walking around and immersing myself in the culture. London has landed on just about every “Walkable Cities” list, but I only walked around about 1.5 of the 4 days we were there. It was raining most of the trip so there were a lot of taxis and Ubers taken instead. Of course, there were so many things that I loved seeing and enjoyed experiencing, but I genuinely feel like I need another trip there to take on the city in a different way. When I’m traveling, I really enjoy immersing myself into the culture, food, people, and language. To me, that’s the whole point of traveling — to see how other people do things and gain a new perspective. I don’t feel like I did that this trip… I feel like we were just trucking along, checking boxes off of a list without actually experiencing it. Does that make sense?
For those of you that may be planning a trip in the future, I’m going to share what I loved, what I didn’t really love, and what I would have done differently. Hopefully I made the mistakes so you won’t have to… Taking one for the team, here. 😉
Things I Loved in London
Elizabeth Tower / Big Ben — Big Ben is iconic and so photogenic! (Big Ben is actually just the name of the bell, the tower is called Elizabeth Tower, but it seems like everyone refers to the entire thing as Big Ben.) We went to see/hear Big Ben during the day and also at night for a totally different view. Both were great! You can see the London Eye right across the river, and Westminster Abbey is just across the road, too.
Interrupting my travel posts for a little bit of sale news: The Shopbop Friends & Family Sale is happening now! 25% off today, Wednesday, and Thursday with code SPRING25! This only happens a few times a year so it’s a great time to scoop up some new spring staples or timeless classics you’ve had your eye on!
Some of my favorite things are below… Just click the picture to shop directly!
Back at it with another post from London town! (Side note: Do people even call it that? Or just Estelle in that Kanye song “American Boy” .. Anyone?) Whatever, going with it.
I wore this outfit out to dinner and drinks on our first night in London, last Saturday night. We went out in the Soho neighborhood for dinner and out to a fun bar afterwards. I don’t even know names because we were with a ton of Lauren’s friends from Dayton and I was along for the ride… So fun, though. (We then proceeded to snapchat our pedicab ride and a mega feast via room service… Oops.) A bit of a late start on Sunday morning! 😉 But we’ll blame the jetlag, right?!
When it comes to the hotel vs. apartment debate when traveling, I’m always torn. In Paris, for example, I think you should almost always rent an apartment, but I’ll get to that later this week. For our stay in London last week, we went with a hotel and I am so glad we did!
The Langham truly was my home away from home while I was in London. The doormen knew us by name, the hostess at breakfast knew our room number without having to ask, and each and every employee of the hotel was beyond friendly!
As soon as we got off our redeye flight last Saturday morning and made our way from London’s Heathrow Airport to our hotel, it was love at first sight. The Langham London is 150 years old and was actually Europe’s first “Grand Hotel.” While the exterior was regal and had lots of charm, the interior was so luxe and fabulous that you’d never know how old the property is!
Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great week.. I’m writing this post from Paris! Bonjour!
The week leading up to my Europe trip was crazy and I’ve been trying to limit my computer time to the bare necessities while I’ve been here, so apologies for the radio silence! Lots of content to come, though.. Stay tuned!
Happy Sunday, guys! I meant to post sooner and tell you all about my Europe trip, but the week was a little chaotic and I didn’t find the time. But I’m in Europe! I’m traveling with my friend Lauren and one of her college friends and we’re currently in London. It’s our first time in London and it’s been a blast so far, but we were pretty jet-lagged yesterday. We took a redeye on Friday night and tried to power through the day on Saturday. Today, though, it was so hard to get out of bed! Now that we’re stirring (it’s around noon), we’re headed out the door in a few minutes to go explore some more… Can’t wait! Then on Wednesday, we take a train to Paris and are there for four nights. I’m so excited to go back!
I’ll be giving you all the details of my trip once I’m back next week, but in the meantime, be sure to follow along on social media! Instagram and Snapchat (username: jessicasturdy) are where I’ll be posting most.
When I was packing and planning my outfits for the trip, I did some research about the different styles in London. I packed some preppy, more country-side type of looks — Hunter boots, striped shirts, etc. And then a few more edgy Brit pieces — the faux leather pants and Tibi boots that I’m wearing here, a bronze faux leather jacket, etc. I found some of my style inspiration on a new app that I’ve been using — WEAR. I recently discovered the app and it’s pretty cool because it has more of an international user base so you get to see styles from all over the world created by the community. It’s easy to shop the looks directly from the app, too! Be sure to download it if you’re looking for new style inspiration… And you can follow my page here!