Bows & Sequins at North Avenue Beach in Chicago wearing a black maxi dress and chambray shirt.

Hi there! My name is Jessica and I’m a twenty-something currently living in the Gold Coast in Chicago. I grew up in a small town in Illinois, but prior to moving back to the midwest, I spent a good chunk of my post-grad life living in New York City. While NYC and the East Coast will always hold a special place in my heart, change is always a good thing, right?

Bows & Sequins is a fashion-focused lifestyle blog where you’ll find posts about my personal style and current sartorial inspirations, tidbits on living a healthy lifestyle, my two cents on beauty products, ideas for decorating a small space, and adventures from my everlasting wanderlust.

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I’m kind of a coffee snob, a bit of a foodie, and a self-proclaimed cocktail connoisseur. My drink of choice? A cold and crisp glass of rosé. You can usually find me eating and drinking my way through the city, quite literally. As a result, I’ve learned to become bit of a fitness freak, too. When I’m not crossing new restaurants off of my ever-growing list, you can probably find me at a workout class. I’m a huge fan of SoulCycle, Orange Theory, hot yoga, and megaformer classes like Lagree & SLT.

I like to think of my style as feminine, polished, and playful. Ever-evolving, too. I used to be predominantly preppy, but living downtown in New York City for three years definitely influenced my clothing choices. I may not wear bows and sequins everyday, but I like to think of my blog name as more of a metaphor for how I like my life to be — sparkly, girly, and a whole lot of fun.

I’m never one to shy away from color, but sometimes I like to keep it classic with a whole lot of neutrals. I totally dress to my mood and whatever I’m feeling inspired by that day! Some days it’s comfy & casual and super practical, other days I’m dressed up in heels and a fit & flare dress.

Here are a few of my favorite blog posts over the last six years….

Style  |  Leaf Love, Black Maxi at the Beach, Stripes & Straw for Summer, Plaid + OTK BootsWhat I Wear When I Travel, Day to Night in a Little White DressA Weekend in Napa, GNO at Hampton Social, Trend to Try: 90’s, Derby Day Style

Travel  |  A Few Days on the Amalfi Coast, Tips for Traveling SoloMy Favorite Hotel in Cabo, A Weekend in Montauk, What to Pack in Your Carry-On

Beauty  |  Curling Wand Tutorial, My Must-Have Beauty Buys, My Favorite Masks, All About Eyebrows

Food  |  How to Make a Matcha Latte, My Favorite Rosé WinesBuffalo Chicken Meatballs

Fitness  |  10 Tips for Staying Fit, Take it Outside

Home  |  My Chicago Bedroom Tour, Easy Like Sunday Morning, Christmas in My NYC Studio Apartment

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Bows & Sequins wearing a J.Crew polka dot blazer, Vineyard Vines oxford shirt, Kate Spade navy blue handbag, and Julie Vos jewelry.

Bows & Sequins in the Gold Coast in Chicago at Gibson's Steakhouse.

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Bows & Sequins at North Avenue Beach in Chicago wearing a black maxi dress and chambray shirt.