Cheetah + Cinnamon

by Jessica Sturdy on November 29, 2013

Another take on my beloved orange & blue today! I’ve been wearing this leopard pullover NON-STOP so it’s actually quite shocking this is it’s first cameo on the blog. When it comes to my clothing choices lately, if it’s loose, I’ve been living in it. Anything with a relaxed fit has been right up my alley so naturally this leopard top from Otte has been on heavy rotation.

Quick note: Otte‘s Cyber Monday sale has already started!! Get 20% off your entire purchase (no code necessary!) through Monday night. And yes, that includes this top. I’d highly recommend scooping it up. :)

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Statement Sneakers

by Jessica Sturdy on November 27, 2013

As much as I absolutely wish I were a runner, I’m just not. (It would be really nice to nix that $100/month NYC gym fee!) I’ve tried and tried to get into running, but it’s just not for me. I don’t enjoy it, and I think that’s a huge part of exercising. It’s easier when you love what you do. When it comes to my day-to-day life, I am as self-motivating as they come. Yet, when I’m at the gym, I have to rely on the buddy system. I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m very much motivated by others when it comes down to working out. From a fun spin class with an awesome instructor to hitting the elliptical with a coworker after work, it makes it more fun when you’re with friends!

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Turkey Day Duds

by Jessica Sturdy on November 26, 2013

I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is in 2 days. I’m staying in the city this year so maybe it’s the lack of travel that has me forgetting the holiday is just around the corner? Who knows. I’ve never been in New York for Thanksgiving and I’m actually looking forward to a quiet day of relaxation and catching up on life!

I’ll be doing a “Turkey Burn” SoulCycle class at 8am… a NINETY minute class. Most classes are 45 minutes so I’m technically doing a double all at once. I’ve done 2 classes in one day before, but with a few hours in between, so this should be interesting. Wish me luck! Oh, and since I’m actually a crazy person, I’m doing another one (yes, another 90 minute class) on Black Friday before working at the Capwell + Co. pop-up shop all day.

Post SoulCycle sweat sesh (and a shower), I want to try to scope out some of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I’ve watched it on TV every year that I can remember and I feel like it’s a kind of a bucket list thing to cross off. The route is seemingly pretty long… I’m thinking my best bet is to go farther uptown to get away from Herald Square (aka: Hell on Earth, especially during an event like this). If you’ve ever watched the parade in person before, your suggestions are very welcome!!

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Flannel & Floral

by Jessica Sturdy on November 25, 2013

Well now that it’s been frigid for the last few days, it seems silly to be posting another bare leg outfit, but I’m going to chalk this one up to Mother Nature being a bit confused earlier last week. (Remember this?) I’d had this outfit hanging on my rolling rack for months and never got around to wearing it for whatever reason. So when the high jumped back into the 60′s last Monday, I wanted to take advantage of one last no-tights-day while I could. (Do I sounds like a broken record, or what?)

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InStyle Holiday Gift Guide

by Jessica Sturdy on November 22, 2013

It’s that time of year when gift-guides are out in full force! From blogs to magazines, everyone has rounded up their favorite products to help point you in the right direction when you’re out shopping for the perfect gifts. I LOVE gift guides. I’ve always been a “list person” so making a list of my favorite things comes naturally. And on the other hand, I always find the best stuff to add to my gift list, as well as my personal wish list, when I’m browsing through everyone else’s lists.

Each holiday season, I aim to get my shopping done EARLY! For me, it’s so much easier to order gifts online. No lines, no crowds, no transporting multiple shopping bags on the subway. I think I learned the hard way here. I remember back in college I was always too busy with finals to focus on my holiday shopping and I would end up being that girl racing around on Christmas Eve trying to cross everyone off of my list before the stores closed. Way, way too stressful!

In order for me to avoid rush shipping charges online and to make sure all of my gifts get to my place with ample amounts of time to spare, I now like to start earlier in the fall, instead of just a few days before the holiday. This season, I’ve already checked off quite a few friends and family members and plan to finish up most of my shopping during the upcoming holiday weekend!

Fur Vest | Necklace | Turtleneck | Bracelet | Sequin Tank | Hair Ties | Sequin Skirt | Morroccan Oil | Chunky Sweater

I’ve been loving the InStyle Boutique! Not familiar? Here are a few more deets: It is a limited-time pop-up that lives on until December 27th. (So you can do a little shopping for yourself after Christmas, too!) From over 30 designer and contemporary fashion brands, to beauty products, accessories, jewelry and watches, there is truly something for everyone on your list. I’ve rounded up some of my must-haves in the collage above. My favorite gifts (to give and get) usually involve something sparkly, whether it be a sequin top, a bracelet, or a statement necklace. Happy Shopping!

You can also enter to win a $3,000 shopping spree here! Talk about making the season bright! ;)

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Sweater Weather

by Jessica Sturdy on November 20, 2013

When I’ve been out shopping lately, I’ve felt a strong gravitational pull towards all of the chunky knits. Sweaters, Scarves, Hats, Gloves, you name it. My body must know that we’re preparing for hibernation. As a result, I’ve been buying sweaters out the wazoo. Literally stockpiling. I would say this is a problem, (Well, it’s kind of a problem considering I don’t have a single square inch of available storage in my apartment… #aintpretty) but almost all of these cozy sweaters have come from Old Navy so my wallet doesn’t hate me too much!

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Preppy Plaid

by Jessica Sturdy on November 18, 2013

I felt like a world traveler last week… Upper East Side after work on Tuesday, Brooklyn after work on Wednesday, and New Jersey after work on Thursday! All in one week. Pretty impressive for a rarely-leaves-Manhattan-downtown-dweller, like myself.

On Thursday, I crossed state lines for the Tommy Hilfiger grand opening party at Garden State Plaza! A fun night filled with shopping (I picked out most of this outfit there!), some of the best finger foods (lobster rolls, gourmet grilled cheese, cheesecake), mingling, and more shopping! Be sure to swing by if you’re in the area. And if you have a passion for preppy, like me, you just might want to keep your wallet at home… So, so many cute things! ;)

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‘Tis the Season

by Jessica Sturdy on November 18, 2013

This fall has absolutely flown by, hasn’t it? You know what that means.. Don’t kill the messenger here, but the holidays are just around the corner. Yikes!

Don’t get me wrong, the holidays are such a fun-filled time of year. But between entertaining, having guests in town, spending time with friends and family, traveling, cooking, finding the perfect gifts, and putting the finishing touches on your celebrations, it can be so difficult to find the time to exercise. And in my case, the holidays are when I need to exercise the most! An extra slice of pumpkin pie? Of course. Another frosted cookie? Why not. Talk about over indulging! Even beyond the waistline issues during the holidays, I make it a point to find time for exercise because it’s the best stress relief for me.

To keep myself on track, I have a few simple tips that I stick to.

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Black and Bare

by Jessica Sturdy on November 16, 2013

On a rare warm day a few weeks ago, I made the most out the last day we’ll be able to go sans-tights in New York this year. #tear

I’m going to try to enjoy this last ‘relaxing’ weekend in New York before the holiday craziness ensues. I have a few Soul Cycle classes scheduled, a few tentative plans with friends, and a rather lengthy to-do list. A fun item on my to-do list, though, is swinging by the newly opened Otte Nolita store! Otte is running a little Instagram contest and there are three $1000 gift cards up for grabs. More on the contest here! It’s super easy though, you just have to take a picture at the store. :)

Piperlime Moto Jacket | Gap Tee | Walter Baker Skirt (similar) | Bow Back Flats | Marc By Marc Jacobs Bag | BCBG Sunglasses | Capwell + Co Collar Necklace, Ring, Bracelets, and Snake Bangle

Photos taken by Hallie Wilson


Take Me to a Tailgate

by Jessica Sturdy on November 14, 2013

One of the things I feel like I miss out on the most from living in New York is sports. Growing up, it was all Illini all the time. In college, it was all about Illinois, too. Then living in Chicago with all of my friends from U of I, plus the all of the Chitown pride for the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs, I feel like my social calendar kind of revolved around sports games (or at least watching them at bars). Here in New York, not so much. I guess I’ve traded the tailgating & beer for bubbly & blogging.

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