Weekend Round-Up

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Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Mine was more on the relaxing and productive side, which was just what the doctor ordered.ย It’s been a while since I’ve rounded up my favorite links on the web so some of these are prettyย old! Never the less, though, they were inspiring to me at one point over the the last few weeks so I still want to share in case you haven’t seen, read, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great week! xo

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Can’t get enough of Carly’s trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I went on a trip to Orlando to see it right after I graduated college and it was absolutely incredible, but it was just when the first section was open. I think a trip back is in order!

My friend Merritt moved to London for a few months and I’ve been absolutely loving her posts, SnapChats, etc. So fun to follow along vicariously!

Hallie’s pastel outfit is making me never want summer to end!

Absolutely loving this scalloped tank top!

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Not your typical blog content, but I really enjoyed reading Julia’s 7 Steps to Organize Your Finances. So important!

Only one more day to save in the Ann Taylor Friends & Family Sale! (Promotion ends Monday night.) Since I posted about it, I found this suede bag and I’m OBSESSED. Only $70 with code FRIENDS40! (Comes in navy, olive, oxblood, and black!)

Obviously I am lightyears away from pregnancy, but I really loved reading this refreshing post from Liz. 5 Things I Didn’t Know About Pregnancy Liz, a fellow Chicago blogger, is due on October 3rd (which was actually my mom’s due date with me!) and I can’t wait to meet her and her husband’s little bundle of joy. They’re keeping the gender a total surprise, which I think is so awesome. I don’t think I would beย able to handle the suspense!

I found this orange & blue striped coatigan (one part coat/outerwear, one part cardigan) over the weekend and just had to buy it for Illini games this fall!

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Can’t get enough of the fall colors from Essie!

Lots of links from Carly today. My friend, Carly, just moved to Connecticut from NYC so this post really spoke to me. She summed up her reasons for leaving far more eloquently that I ever could have. Everything from it just “feeling normal” once you’re gone, to absolutely loving New Yorkย and recommending it to everyone that has the itch, and just feeling like you can really breath… A must-read!

PS: I feel like I kind of owe you guys an update about how I’m liking life in Chicago. That’s literally the first thing anyone asks me these days. That, or “Do you miss New York?!” I’m assuming if everyone (real life from friends, strangers, and work acquaintances) has these questions, you might, too. Feel free to leave any specific questions below and I’ll start working on a follow-up blog post about my first few months in Chicago. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. 8.23.15
    Heidi said:

    Love this new layout and love your round up! Hope you had a great weekend!

    Wishes & Reality

    • 8.24.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Thanks so much!!

  2. 8.23.15
    Meagan said:

    That list of 25 things gives me major anxiety! Ha ha!
    www .smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

    • 8.24.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Haha! That’s not what I meant for it to do, sorry lady.

  3. 8.24.15

    Such great links! Thanks for sharing Jess ๐Ÿ™‚

    xoxo Nicole


  4. 8.24.15
    Shannon said:

    Fellow Chicagoan here! Hasn’t it been the best summer ever? Perfect weather every weekend.


    • 8.24.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Once it finally warmed up mid-July, it’s be perfect!! I’m hoping that fall isn’t right around the corner… Trying to savor summer a little bit longer!

  5. 8.24.15

    A short term move to London sounds like a dream! Only a little bit jealous.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

    • 8.24.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Right?! GOALS! But with Paris. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 8.24.15
    Courtney said:

    Hey Jess- I am going to San Fran in late Oct and need some ideas on exploring the city outfits! Temps say it is actually somewhat warm. High is low 70s, low is upper 50s…so will probably need layers. I know you have done posts like this before (saw a couple this summer) but any chance of doing another one as Chicago temps start to change?

    • 8.24.15
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Hi Courtney! Sounds like a fun trip! I’ve actually never been to SF, but am dying to go. I’ve heard that lots of layers are key in SF… It will be warm in the sun and very cool in the shade, or when the fog rolls in. As soon as the temperatures dip down here in Chicago, there will be more fall outfit posts on the blog. In the mean time, I suggest going to the Style Guide (https://bowsandsequins.com/category/style/) and filtering outfits by fall and weekend. That should start to give you some outfit inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 8.24.15

    Thanks for all the great links! Lots of good reads to check out!

    Her Heartland Soul

  8. 8.24.15

    LOVE the new page and all of these great links! Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo, Julia