Friday Finds || Vol. 3, Week 17

Chicago fashion influencer Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins wearing a navy blue ric rac maxi dress.

Hi friends, happy Friday! What a weeeeeeek. I’m happy it’s Friday, but honestly, I’ve got another busy weekend ahead that I need to power through! I have another girlfriend’s bridal shower in the suburbs on Saturday morning, a wedding to go to on Saturday night, and a fun catch-up brunch with one of my best guy friends that’s back in town on Sunday! There’s a concert that I really wanted to go see tonight, but I’m worried that I’ll just be running on empty by the time Monday rolls around. We’ll see if I get a last minute ticket or not!

I tried to get outside as much as possible this week. It’s been a tough few weeks mentally, and I’ve just been feeling a little bit burnt out at times. I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure out why… As I’ve mentioned before, I decided to travel a lot less this year in order to have some more down time at home to focus on work. But when you live and work from home, and your job is based on your life, I’ve sort of realized that I’m essentially always working. I’m trying to figure out more ways to step away and disconnect, and getting outside is helping! I’ve been trying to take the long way home, walk instead of take the train, and even just make it outside for a walk around the neighborhood before it gets dark. I’ve given myself a goal to start hitting at least 10,000 steps every day to make sure I make it a point to get outside and step away from the computer, my phone, etc. Going into the next few weeks, I’m going to try to start making it a point to scheduling more time with friends, too. I do feel like I see my friends a lot, but truth be told, it seems to always be some type of official event or obligation, rather than a good old-fashioned catch-up in a smaller setting. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I hope you’re able to find some downtime to rest and recharge this weekend, too! xoxo jrs

Here are this week’s finds…

Chelsea Handler on Howard Stern: I had so much anxiety the whole time I was listening to this interview (I don’t know what it was, I feel like maybe I’m just not into Howard Stern or his interviewing style mixed with me having an overly anxious day? Idk.) but I really enjoyed learning so much more about Chelsea Handler. Excited to read her new book, Life Will Be The Death of Me! (FYI: I downloaded the Sirius XM app and did the 30 day free trial to listen to it.) I’m actually going to an event with Chelsea Handler today (which is why I was doing some research about her and her new book) so keep an eye on my Instagram stories, I’ll share what I can!

Did you catch this weeks podcast episode with my friend, Kate? It’s one of my favorites so far, so many laughs! And I was a guest on her podcast this week, too. I get veryyy honest about blogging, the world of Instagram, finances, losing followers, etc. It was a really good heart-to-heart convo!

I’m working on an Instagram campaign with Michael Kors and, you guys, I had to share some of the pieces that I found! I honestly couldn’t narrow down my favorites and had to have the brand help me out, haha. Sadly, I couldn’t select 3x the amount of product that I needed for the shoot (womp, womp), so these are all of the things that you won’t be seeing on Instagram in the next few weeks. But it’s all on my wish list… I am obsessed with this crossbody bag! I think the strap detail is so fun and unique. The colorway that’s shades of neutrals or the classic black are probably my favorites. But honestly, the blush pink and blue are cute, too. Loving these classic espadrille sandals! I think this dress is so cute for a Mother’s Day brunch, and I really really love these metallic camo sneakers. And I love the color of this classic belt!

My friends over at Bad on Paper Podcast are going on tour! Chicago, DC, Boston, Charleston, and Nashville. Tickets are on sale now, I snagged one for the show here in Chicago!

OMG. Loeffler Randall on DSW. Yes, please!

I’m in major need of an earring refresh and I could easily drop a few hundred dollars at BaubleBar right now! How friggen cute are all of these statement earrings?!

This rattan hair, holy crap. I’m in love! (And it’s from Target!!)

A few ways to get out of your own head.

I need to recreate this outfit that Kathleen wore!

Dying to go to Holbox.

Instagram might start hiding likes, and honestly, I’m all for it.

It’s Talbots 30% off Friends & Family Sale! I love this tiered dress, this printed skirt, this midi skirt, these rope sandals, these twisted sandals, and this gingham top.

If you know me, you know two of my loves are Sugarfina candy and Alfred Coffee. AND THEY JUST RELEASED A COLLAB!!

Really wishing I had an outdoor patio for these chairs!

How to Support a Friend with Infertility

Always a big fan of Kenneth Jay Lane earrings… How fun are these cactuses?! Beyond. And these pavé hoops?! Obsessed.

Two years later and I’m still obsessed with these slides. DEAR SANTA!! 😂

This scuba hoodie looks so comfy!

This was a super interesting read… What I Didn’t Expect About Expecting

If you know any girls looking for an internship in Chicago this summer… Alice & Wonder is hiring!

Chicago lifestyle blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins wearing a blue maxi dress with white ric rac trim.

Chicago blogger Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins wearing a ric rac dress with BaubleBar hoop earrings.

Vineyard Vines Ric-Rac Dress  |  Lucky Scalloped Sandals  |  Brahmin Bag  |  BaubleBar Hoop Earrings  |  White Cat-Eye Sunglasses

Chicago blogger jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins wearing a ruffled ric rac maxi dress.

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  1. 4.26.19
    Rachelle said:

    you look summer ready, love the white accessories.


  2. 4.26.19

    thank you sooo much for linking to my post AND the show! can’t wait to see you in chicago. xoxoxo