Surprise!

by Jessica Sturdy on June 10, 2014

Kate Spade’s Surprise Sale is back! And it’s all about those summer travel plans! Here are some of my favorite pieces… What do you have your eye on?

I definitely think I’m going to scoop up one of the passport holders for my trip to Paris in October.. Which one do you like best? The daisies or the orange with navy stripes?

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Alfresco

by Jessica Sturdy on June 10, 2014

After the winter we had, I’ve made it a point to be outside as much as possible this summer! I’m sure I’ll be singing to a different tune when the major heat & humidity sinks in in August (#GiveMeThatAC), but until then… alfresco!

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Weekend Web Wandering

by Jessica Sturdy on June 6, 2014

This list is a pretty entertaining read about being single in NYC.

I got to attend a fun event last night with the ladies from Sail to Sable. They created a line of tunics where 100% of the proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research via The Scarlett Fund. (Fun Fact: Scarlett picked out the colors and the trim of the tunics!) Check out the tunics here.

My friend Carly collaborated with Minnie & Emma on a fun line of products! Check them out here.

Did you see Hallie on the Soul Cycle blog??

My friends over at The Style Lab are having a major flash sale! I need this tote for summer.

How adorbs is this bow skirt?

Marc By Marc Jacobs on Gilt… So many bags in fun colors!

I’m still unpacking at my apartment. MUST FINISH THIS WEEKEND. (I thought I broke my toe last week when I tripped over a box.. ouch!) I’m also trying to decorate.. What are your favorite home decor sites or places to shop?? Would love to hear!

Have a fabulous weekend! :)

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Rompin’ ‘Round

by Jessica Sturdy on June 4, 2014

My friend and I were talking about how great rompers are this past weekend. They’re so easy, comfortable, and breezy! And then we realized that they’re essentially baby clothes for adults. Kind of along the same lines as pajama jeans, but in onesie form. Comfy Chic!

I paired my printed romper with ankle strap sandals and a denim jacket for a casual weekend look. (Big shock, I know.. Me layering with a jean jacket. #sarcasm) I accidentally sized up in this Old Navy romper, but it still works… I wish it was a little less flowy in the mid-section, but I’m hoping I can shrink it a bit. PS: It also comes in a fab cobalt color that I’m thinking of scooping up. $30 plus they’re having 25% off right now.. Can’t beat it!

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Say Yes to the Dress

by Jessica Sturdy on June 3, 2014

It’s the dress! I was shopping at Nordstrom in Chicago over the holidays, just perusing the designer sale rack when I spotted this dress. Oh, this dress. I had been madly in love with it ever since it hit stores, but just couldn’t justify the price. Without an insanely special occasion, it’s hard to justify spending $1,000 on a dress, am I right? So imagine my lovestruck eyes when I spotted this one single dress on the sale rack. I checked the tag, but I can never really remember what my European size conversion is, and we all know how sizes vary from designer to designer. So I promptly headed to the dressing room… And here was my thought process… This dress isn’t leaving my sight! It’s like 40% off! Still, though, that’s a lot to spend on a dress! But I’ve been so in love with it. And it’s the last one! Maybe it won’t fit… Ahh, but I hope it does! I put it on and while it was a size too big, it was effing magical. I felt like a princess… Nothing a little tailoring can’t fix, right? Since the bottom is big and poufy anyhow, I would only need to get the sides of the bust and waist taken in. So after mulling it over in the dressing room for like 45 minutes, sending pictures to basically everyone I know to get confirmation that I couldn’t pass this up, I decided to splurge and treat myself to a Christmas present. And a present is just what I got… I think the tag was marked down to $540. But for whatever reason, it had been reduced even further. It rang up just over $300! ADGAEDVVCMLJKUNVCOEFY… HOLY SH*T. Every little bit of hesitation disappeared and I was on a high. A Red Valentino dress for like 70% off? YES PLEASE.

So what did I learn from that experience? When a dress so perfectly embodies you, just buy it and the occasions will come. I mean, we definitely don’t want another “the one that got away” situation.

I’ve worn this dress to a work party during Fashion Week in February, for an impromptu video shoot a few weeks ago, and to a wedding this past weekend. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it… It’s one of those dresses that I don’t mind wearing over and over and over again! The dark floral pattern makes it easy to wear year round and with all of the gorgeous colors in the print, my shoe options are endless. Plus, the material doesn’t really wrinkle so I had no problem packing it in my carry-on. I know I’ll be wearing this dress for years to come!

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Cool Down

by Jessica Sturdy on May 29, 2014

New York cooled down this week and I had to dig through a few boxes to find some of my jackets. I settled on this red one (or actually, came across it first and decided to stop looking) and styled it with some classic basics so the jacket would stand out. Typically, I feel like red and leopard print can look a bit… hooker-ish What’s the PC way to phrase this? Lady of the night?… But I feel like the darker shade of the jacket, mixed with the creamy white blouse, and a tasteful leopard print scarf doesn’t read street walker. At least, I hope not! ;)

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OMGSHOES

by Jessica Sturdy on May 29, 2014

I’ve been so good lately. Like, so so good. I haven’t been shopping at all… I’m not necessarily on a ban per se, but I’m really trying to only buy things I need and curb my unnecessary spending. Ground-breaking concept, I know.

However, when you’re not allowing yourself to buy things, your wish list will be longer than ever. I feel like I want EVERYTHING right now. Some things more than others, yes, but I have a major shopping itch. Trying to stay strong! (Literally obsessing over this dress, this top, this skirt, and this bag. Just a casual $1200.)

I’ve been in a major shoe hoarding mood lately, too. I’m not sure why considering I can barely fit all of my current shoes in my apartment, but when has storage space ever stopped me?

Here are some of my current faves…

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Summertime Staples

by Jessica Sturdy on May 28, 2014

As I’m sitting down to write about some of my summertime staples, I’m realizing that I just wore and posted this same shirt yesterday on the blog. Oh, and I also paired it with white denim bottoms. I guess it really doesn’t get much staple-worthy than that. Whoops! At least I practice what I preach?!

A chambray shirt is a must-have, no matter the season. It’s great for layering in the fall and winter and it’s the perfect compliment for all of your white and colorful bottoms in the spring and summer! I’ve worn a chambray shirt with just about everything — polka dot jeans, denim shorts, leather shorts, a ballerina skirt, a black flared skirt, a black maxi, a sequin skirt, hot pink pants, leopard print jeans, a printed mini, over a tee shirt — it’s the most versatile shirt in my closet by a landslide.

And then we have white denim. I’ve long been a proponent for year-round white denim, but I know not everyone feels comfortable wearing winter white. Now that we’ve gotten past Memorial Day, it’s time for everyone to bust out the white shorts, white crops, and white jeans! I love these white jeans for a few reasons — I love the fit, they are very slenderizing (I rarely feel comfortable in white pants!), and you just can’t beat the price. They’re $30! With my luck with white clothing (as evidenced here..), I need a wallet-friendly staple because I always have to buy multiple pairs.

Leopard is a neutral, and thus, always a staple in my book, too. However, sometimes traditional leopard print can look a bit heavy in the warmer months. I love the print of this scarf because it’s a bit more subtle and the pattern is more gray-based for spring and summer! Oh, and white nail polish. You can’t go wrong with a bright white mani in the summer!

And of course, bows are always a staple! ;)

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MDW Staycation

by Jessica Sturdy on May 27, 2014

As I mentioned in my last post, my Memorial Day Weekend was spent in the city. A little staycation, if you will. Sometimes when you’re going, going, going all the time, it feels so nice (albeit rather foreign) to take a break and just be. While I had a rather lengthy to-do list this past weekend, I didn’t get down on myself for not completing every single task. I let myself sleep if I was tired. (Hello, 2-hour nap on Sunday afternoon!) I only set an alarm in the mornings to ensure that I made it on time to my workout classes. As my schedule gets crazier and crazier each month, I’m realizing how important it is to take care of myself. While skimping on sleep, overdosing on caffeine, and powering through may seem like the only way, I know it’s crucial for me to take a step back and just relax. And that’s exactly what I did this weekend!

I’m not really sure why, but Bryant Park is one of my favorite spots in the city. When I first visited New York in 2010, my parents and I stayed pretty close to Bryant Park and I remember wandering through the Holiday Shops and picturing myself living here. I stopped at a jewelry booth and was chatting with the saleswoman and she was surprised when I said I didn’t live here. She said I just had “that way about me.” I remember thinking that was the ultimate compliment! And here we are… With any park in the city, I am always so fascinated by how serene a few blocks of grass feels, even though they’re surrounded by the hustle and bustle of New York. It’s so nice to pop into a park and just chill out a little bit. Feeling grass beneath your bare feet? That’s definitely something us New Yorkers don’t experience everyday!

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Pre & Post Prep

by Jessica Sturdy on May 27, 2014

On one hand, I can’t believe Memorial Day Weekend has come and gone, but on the other hand, I feel like the weekend truly felt like a long weekend. I was in major “StayCation” mode this weekend… I opted to say in the city instead of head out to the Hamptons and it was the perfect mix of relaxation and productivity!

I took 4 SoulCycle classes, tried Citi Bike for the first time (and ended up taking 4 different rides with my 24-hour pass), took a trip to The Container Store, made progress in unpacking and solving my shoe storage dilemmas, went to brunch at Five Points with Hallie, shot 3 outfits for the blog, worked on a few upcoming blog posts, explored Williamsburg (Brooklyn) a bit, went to a BBQ on a friend’s FiDi rooftop, stumbled upon a cute little café in Brooklyn, got a lot of use out of my kitchen, did a little bit of shopping, went and saw a mural I’d been wanting to check out, managed to get a good night of sleep each night, and even took a 2 hour nap on Sunday (or maybe it was a food coma). It was (for the most part) healthy, active, low-key, and all around perfect. As much as I hate to see the weekend go, I feel so refreshed and ready to start the week!

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