Friday Finds || Vol. 3, Week 3

Jessica Sturdy wearing a fur-trimmed, hooded Canada Goose jacket with a pom beanie and matte aviators.

Happy… Saturday! It’s been a busy few days and I’m just now getting a chance to sit and compile my weekly list of links. I’m currently staying with a friend in Chicago (living situation is still raising a lot of question marks, more on that later) and it’s so, so nice to be back in the city. I love my family, but I am a creature of habit and thrive best when I’m in a solid routine grounded in exercise, diet, and productivity. (Three things that are more challenging in my hometown.) I’ll be in Chicago this whole coming week and could not be more excited!

Here are this week’s finds…

I spent A LOT of time driving this past week (14+ hours) so I have *a lot* of podcast recommendations… My friend Kelly has me hooked on the Group Chat podcast. It’s a group of three guys that release episodes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They talk all things current events, news, fashion, music, tech… It’s a great way to stay up-to-date! One of the guys, Dee, just launched his own podcast called DeeTour. His first 10-minute episode was all about finances and worth a listen! Speaking of money, I listed to Episode 115 with Erica Gellerman on this podcast and there were a lot of great tips and tricks in there, too. If you’re a blogger, you may know of the YouTube series “A Drink with James.” It’s hard for me to find time to sit and watch videos, but I was very excited to find out that they release the content in podcast format, too.

That paragraph was getting too long, haha. Another podcast I listen to from time to time is “Second Life.” I really loved listening to this episode with Aimee Song! She’s a hustler and it made me find so much more respect for her and how hard she’s worked to get to where she is. I also loved this episode with Hannah Bronfman and loved learning more about how she got to where she is! And while I didn’t love this episode nearly as much, one of my favorite quotes that stood out from the interview with the Outdoor Voices founder is one she got from her friends at Sweetgreen… “Never waste a crisis.”

I also finally listened to the rest of Kate’s “How I Built This” podcast series and she was so sweet to give me a little shout-out, I was smiling ear-to-ear in the car when I shockingly heard it. Heather McMahan is the light of my life on Instagram Stories so I loved listening to her on this podcast episode. (The sound quality is terrible, forewarning.) Mary also posted a list of her twelve favorite podcasts!

Believe it or not, I’ve still not tried Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning. 🙀 But I had no idea you could order it online! Apparently I’ve been living under a rock.

If you’re an entrepreneur, I’m sure you can relate to the every-other-day struggle of considering taking a more corporate job again. Packed Party is hiring a Social Media Editor and I strongly considered applying, but I’m not trying to move to Austin right now. (I love it there, and wouldn’t be opposed to someday living there, but I do love Chicago right now.)

Katherine Schwarzenegger interviewed me for her blog and we chatted all about my Remote Year experience and living/working abroad. Read the post here!

I’ve heard these jean shorts are amazing!

You know I’m all about mental health awareness! Julia shared a more personal post about choosing to go on medication for her anxiety. Kathleen just wrote a great post about her experience with going to therapy, too.

Bows & Sequins wearing a blue and pink floral dress by Gal Meets Glam with a Topshop foldover clutch and round tortoise sunglasses.

Remember this gorgeous Gal Meets Glam dress I wore in this blog post?! It’s on sale for $75!

A video to make you feel good… Loved watching this girl’s “perfect 10” routine.

I’ve had this Milly swim coverup for years and they just brought it back so I wanted to share. Great for brides-to-be!

I watched the Fyre Fest documentary on Netflix earlier this afternoon and HOLY SHIT, it was insane. Billy, the co-founder, is a total crook. (And if anyone wants to send your Hulu log-in so I can watch the other one, holler at your girl. 🤣)

Jenn & Alicia’s shoot for United was STUNNING!! (You know I’m a United girl, too… What a dream!!)

This book sounds right up my alley, haha.

Learn all about facial gua sha on Grace’s blog!

How to Support Your Loved Ones When They’re Going Through a Hard Time

I think I’ve shared a link to this cute bag before, but it’s on sale for $76! I’m also obsessed with this similar style that’s on sale for $150!

I found this interesting even though it’s not personally relevant for me… The Identity Crisis of Becoming a New Mom

I just got these Marc Fisher booties and love them! I’m also crushing on this pair, this pair, and this pair.

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  1. 1.20.19

    thanks so much for including me, jess! xoxo

  2. 1.20.19
    Jenn Lake said:

    Aw, thanks lady – I really appreciate being included! Have a great week ahead!

  3. 1.20.19
    Briana said:

    I needed new podcasts to listen to so thanks!


  4. 1.22.19
    Michelle said:

    Hi Jessica! Loved your interview on Katherine’s blog – I seriously can’t read enough about your Remote Year experience (and I’m just so JEALOUS). And I just watched that FYRE doc on Netflix too – it was soooo interesting. It’s amazing how people get away with shit like that! xx Michelle

    • 1.22.19
      Jessica said:

      Thank you!! I’m working on a few more posts about the whole experience so keep a look out for those in the coming months. Wasn’t the documentary CRAZY?? I was truly shook. And my friend and I actually watched the Hulu one last night! It’s totally different and worth a watch, too.