Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sunday Social Week 13

Sunday Social time again people, this weeks questions pertain to childhood...

What do you miss most about being a child? Now that I'm in the real world and staring down the reality of being an adult, I miss the carefree-ness of childhood. Seriously, my biggest concern back in the day was whether or not I was going to pass my spelling test on friday. Things were just much simpler...Oh and everyday when my little darlings drift off  to sleep I deeply miss nap time. I constantly tell those who refuse to sleep that they will regret that someday!

Did you have a nickname growing up? If so, what was it? Other than my actual name (Tory is short for Victoria- I was named after my grandmother) I had a few nicknames. My parents both have terms of endearment for me, Momma calls me Missy Moo- not really sure how that go started, and my dad calls me Treasure-rather self explanatory. My other grandmother calls me Bit, because when I was very young I couldn't say "Victoria", I would pronounce it "Bit-oria", and it kind of stuck.

What was your favorite thing to do at recess? Talk! That's literally all I ever did. Oh and check out the boys.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I feel like I wanted to be a million different things. I know actress was a big one for a long time, until my dad informed me that that was like a one-in-a-million shot. I also wanted to be a pediatrician and a teacher (that was a big one, I actually set up a school in my basement and made my parents buy me teachers books). But the strangest ambition I had was to be a librarian, I had a little library in our guest room and I even put little note cards in all of my books for the checkout and return dates.

What was your favorite toy? 

Hands down it was Playmobil, I was obsessed! Being an only child I figured out ways to amuse myself from a very young age but I literally could spend five hours at a time playing with my doll house. I think I had practically everything ever made by the company. I had the doll house, with extra floor, the farm house, the hospital, the school, and everything else under the sun. I saved it for my children one day.
A very close second were my American Girl Dolls. I treated them like living beings. They went everywhere with me, bucked into the car, obviously!

And of course, Barbies.

What was the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about? I would have to say that the most infamous story in my household was when I took riding lessons at five years old. My father and grandfather were amazing riders, so from a very young age it was assumed that this would be a hobby I would partake in and love. Finally I got to be old enough and my dad signed me up for a camp when I was five. I still remember him taking me to get all of my (very expensive) riding gear- we still have the helmet- I couldn't have been more thrilled. To say that I was attached to my parents would be a colossal understatement so when the day finally arrived when I was supposed to start I started whaling when my dad dropped me off. Well the riding instructor, who I'm still convinced was part witch, wasn't having it and yelled at me to stop crying which, obviously, only made me cry more. The rest of the week went on in a similar fashion and let's just say it was a less than positive experience for all involved. Basically my parents spent tons of money on a hobby they thought I would love, only for me to completely find it torturous...but hey that's me, I never do things the easy way! My dad still teases me to this day and insists I still hold a grudge against the riding instructor.

We have this photograph framed in our living room.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Uggs or Ugly?

I was just on facebook and saw a posting about South Moon Under and Uggs. It asked for people's opinions so I thought I would give my two-cents. I can still remember seeing them for the first time on that MTV show with Tommy Hilfiger's daughter and some other girl (the name obviously escapes me) and wondering what those boots were. 

Remember this show? 

Then all of the sudden they were sweeping the nation. I have to say, I think it's time to let them go (for the most part). Let's be honest here, they're far from the cutest pair of shoes you own-I hope- so taking them out of the rotation shouldn't be too difficult-again, I hope. Did you know they were even banned in a Philadelphia middle school? Now that's somewhere I'd send my children!

I do have to admit I still own one pair, I got rid of my others a few years ago, but wear them exclusively during snow storms or with yoga pants because, well, they're super comfortable and warm. But other than that I just see them as a cry for help! Under no circumstances was it ever cute to wear them with a skirt, so why oh why are people still trying to make this happen? It's not going to happen! Ugh I cringe when I see people in the super short ones with skinny jeans tucked in. They aren't even that affordable.

If comfort and warm are what you're after than consider riding boots. Yes they aren't as casual, but they add such a polished look to an outfit. I'll tell you, they provide a great deal of warmth, even paired with leggings they take an outfit from drab to fab.

But if you're still stuck on that nice cozy fleece than I offer you their clogs. I have to admit, I had two pairs in high school and was obsessed but they eventually got so worn in it was time to let them go. Well jokes on me because they stopped making that style! So for years I've hoped they'd bring them back and while this years pair isn't identical, they're pretty close. I have a confession, I love clogs. I don't know what it is but I think they look super cute with bootcut jeans (yes I still wear those). To me, this is a much more stylish version of the famed, and outdated, boots.
This is similar to the pair I used to have but sadly they're children's. 
I kind of, really, want these

So please, I beg of you, pack up the uggs and give them away, or at least just wear them when it's absolutely necessary (like when I still put mine on to walk the dog).

P.S. I must confess I find them adorable on babies and young children. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Belated Sunday Social Week 12

So obviously this is fashionably late, but I figured better late than never, right?

1. What is something you've wanted to do but are afraid of? For as long as I can remember, I have dreamt of moving to New York City. It has been the one goal in my life I have refused to compromise on and am making this dream a reality rather soon. But as the reality of me moving away from home begins to materialize, I'm completely terrified. Aside from the obvious fear of just being able to pay my bills, I'm also really nervous about leaving the vast majority of my friends (and most importantly, my parents) to move to a completely new city. I'm lucky because I have two of my best friends living in the city already and am planning on moving with another one of my best friends but I have gotten so spoiled leaving so close to so many of my high school and college friends that I genuinely get a little pit in my stomach when I think about moving. Don't even get me started about how worried I am about missing my parents (and puppy), I have kind of blocked that out of my mind, for right now. But I know that if I don't do it, I will regret it for the rest of my life. Plus everyone is just a short bus or train ride away (and I'm going to force them to visit often!).

2. Where do you see yourself in five years? When I was younger I had a very strict schedule for the rest of my life but have failed to complete every milestone by the alloted timeframe, so it just goes to show I really have no clue when it comes to this stuff. Wherever I am I hope I'm happy surrounded by people I love.

3. What are you looking forward to before the end of 2012? This is my absolute favorite time of year, I'm excited for fall weather, my high school reunion, Thanksgiving, my birthday, seeing if the world ends on December 22, and Christmas.

4. What are your hopes for your blog? I'd love to see it expand. I have such blog envy for other people and would like for my blog to eventually reach the caliber of those I most admire. I also want it to be entertaining and fun for everyone who reads it. I can't tell you how each and every follower and reader means to me! I also want it to always be fun for me to write.

5. Do you always see yourself living in your town/city? No, as I've probably bored you to death telling you, I am moving to New York. But I do envision raising my family here. I will definitely move back, eventually.

6. What is your morning routine? I would just like to say I am NOT a morning person and leave very little time to accomplish things in the morning. (I shower and do my hair the night before, and attempt to pick out my outfit...makes things much easier in the mornings)
7:15- Wake up
7:15-7:30- Scroll through facebook, catch up on most recent blog posts, post my blog post, check
7:30-7:40- Eat cereal (almost always Special K), read that mornings headlines on
7:40-7:45- Wash face, brush teeth
7:45-7:50- Apply makeup (with the previous days The View playing in the background- I'm addicted)
7:50-8:05- Get dressed, make bed
8:05-8:10- Leave house for work
8:30-4:30- Work

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trendy Tuesday: Fall Nails

Lately, I've been very into nail polish. I'm always intrigued by what people have on their nails. I try to treat myself to a manicure once a week (at least that's what I say but have been negligent recently). I think it's a nice little gift to yourself that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, plus don't you just feel more polished when your nails are done? I know I do. Here are a few colors I've been scouting for fall.

I'm obsessed with this color!! I need to purchase it immediately. It's called "Good As Gold" 

I think this is the perfect neutral, plus tans are very in at the moment. This one is "Pilates Hottie" part of the Yogaga Collection 
photos by thequeenofthenail

 Essie "Smokin Hot" 

 I adore maroon nails (I've never been bold enough to try black so I think maroon is a good compromise), this one is "Carry On"

I've been coveting Essie's "Marshmallow" since the first time I saw it on Pinterest. I simply must buy it.
photo by Cilucia.blogspot 

I had this color on last week, I bought it to show my Ravens pride but I think it's a fantastic fall shade. This is called "Sexy Divide" 

What colors are you loving this season? 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


One article of clothing I am incredibly excited to pull out of my closet are my vests. I think they are so quintessentially fall. And I'm so excited that they are popping up everywhere this season. The problem, for me, with vests is that there is a small window of time that they are practical. When the weather finally does get cold enough to comfortably wear jackets, I'm too chilly in a vest. But this year I'm forcing myself to power through, because they're are just too many cute options out there. Paired with a scarf and a pair of jeans, you, honestly, can't go wrong.

I'm obsessed with these J.Crew Excursion vests, the only problem, I can't decided which one to get! 

The Herringbone is amazing.

The solid colors are so practical and perfect for fall.

Rumor has it that Lilly Pulitzer is releasing their vests, and similar outerwear items, again this year. I'm thrilled, they haven't sold them for a few years so I cannot wait for them to return.

Now I'm just counting down the days until the temperature dips low enough for me to put one on!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Singing in the Rain

The sky is getting darker and the wind is picking up...that can only mean one thing is about to happen, a storm is coming. I love the sun but sometimes there is just nothing like a cozy, rainy day. 

So I'm pulling out my rain boots and am heading out early for some Starbucks. 

The only issue is the munchkins won't be able to go out on the playground so it will probably end up being a long day. 

photo via pinterest 
Never-the-less I'm happy pull out a warm sweater and some jeans and stay cooped up all day! 

Monday, September 17, 2012


First off let me apologize for being MIA for the past few weeks, with school starting back up and dog sitting last week I've been kind of swamped and my schedule has been crazy but I'm back and ready to go! 

My September "issue" of Birchbox arrived last Thursday and I wanted to share what was in it. This months theme was Fashion Week, aka "The September Issue" 

1. boscia- Oil-free Nightly Hydration- "The preservative- free moisturizer refines pores while soothing away irritation." I'm always waiting for a new moisturizer so I can't wait to try this one 

2. Color Club- Birchbox Custom Polish- "We teamed up with Color Club to create this custom shade, inspired by the Fall 2012 collections." I got a fabulous bright blue that I'm dying to test out 

3. Jouer- Matte Moisture Tint- "This SPF 15 oil-free tinted moisturizer blends in beautifully to even out skin and control shine."

4. kate spade new york- Twirl- "A blend of fruity and floral notes, this modern classic feels joyful and carefree." I'm kind of loyal to my pink sugar but have always loved kate spade's twirl 

5. twistband- Birchbox Custom Lace Hair Tie- "Designers went gaga for lace this season and we don't blame them. Get on board with these ouch-free hair ties." I have been using these new hair ties for awhile now and I'm obsessed, they're so much more comfortable and leave less of a crease in my hair (plus they're much cuter).

6. Mighty Leaf Tea Company- "Swap your afternoon latte for these yummy tea blends, made for natural, ethically sourced ingredients." I really detest tea so this will definitely be passed onto someone else 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Social Week 11

That time of week again, Sunday Social!

1. Five items you can't live without on a daily basis (water, food, shelter, and clothes don't count)

1. My iPhone- I do literally everything on it

2. My Macbook- pretty self explanatory

3. Smith's Menthol and Eucalyptus Lip Balm- I'm really picky about chapstick but am addicted to this

4. Powerade Zero- I pretty much only drink water but have become addicted to powerade zero. The flavors are delicious

5. My Clarisonic Mia- I cannot start the day or go to sleep without washing my face

2. All time favorite book and why? 
I have so many favorite books, but I would probably have to narrow it down to The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Pact by Jodi Picoult. The Great Gatsby and To Kill a Mockingbird were the first two school books that I read that I genuinely loved reading. I honestly couldn't put them down and have read them several times since. The Pact is just a wonderfully written story, so sad but captivating. It also kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end (I love how she incorporated law into almost all of her books). It first introduced me to Jodi Picoult and since then I'm pretty sure I've read all but 3 or 4 of her novels.

3. Something you'd like to accomplish by the end of 2012?
I'd love to run a 5k. I run 4 miles pretty much every other day, so the physical act of running won't be an issue, but it's more about finding the right cause for me to support and actually getting up and going. Definitely making this happen this fall!

4. If you could go back and relive any year of your life which year would it be?
I would relive my freshman year of college. I was incredibly homesick at first, since I was an only child it was a big adjustment being away from my parents, so I went home a lot that first semester (and a pretty good amount during pledging). Because of that I feel like I missed out on a lot. So I would love to go back and relive those nights I missed out on.

Or I would relive senior year of college because it was just the best time and I would tell myself not to stress so much and to enjoy all of it.

5. What do you wish people knew about you without you having to tell them?
Hmm there are probably a lot of things. That just because I'm nice doesn't mean I'm a pushover or you can take advantage of me. That I'm loyal to a fault. I talk a lot when I'm nervous and use humor as a defense mechanism. I hate conflict. Oh and that my name is spelled with a Y!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Oscar Does It Again

For the past two weeks things have been insanely crazy, so I'm just now having a chance to catch up on some Fashion Week looks I missed and all I have to say is that I was blown away by Oscar de la Renta's Spring 2013 collection. It was literally flawless. Here are the main looks that I am completely obsessed with: 

 The colors and the lace of this dress are amazing. And, seriously, who doesn't adore a bejeweled belt? 
 Oscar is always all about the bold accents to make a statement and this is absolutely gorgeous. Plus I'm a serious sucker for stripes! 
 Sign me up for anything with an oversized flower! 

The crystal detail on the two dresses above is breathtaking. They are so feminine, I just love it. 

But this dress is definitely my favorite! 
I wish I had somewhere to wear this gown (perhaps when I'm on a red carpet with Bradley?- kidding...kind of) 

What are your thoughts on Oscar's (yes we're on a first name basis) line?
What was your favorite show of Fashion Week? 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trendy Tuesday: Skulls

Another one of my friends and I (shout out to Julia) were discussing the, recently, ever present trend of skull merchandise. Normally I would instinctively assume this one was a little too dark for me (and while I'm still not sure it's really my style) I do think there's something to it. If I ever decided I was daring enough to try this I would have to work it into my accessories, I'm not bold enough for anything else. Here are a few looks I could actually see myself attempting to pull off

 These shoes are pretty amazing. At first glance you can't initially see that they are skulls, but at further inspection they, of course, are. I think these paired with a black sweater and skinny jeans would be a fabulous look. 

As you know, I adore scarves. I would normally be drawn to this, but styled correctly, I think it could be pretty phenomenal! 

Jewelry is always a fun way to showcase a trend, and this skull bracelet is great. It's dainty and would be perfect for stacking with other bangles. 

My go to for incorporating trends into my wardrobe without dropping tons of dough, is through accessories. It's the easiest way not to commit to a trend, but still look relevant. Tell me, what are your thoughts on skulls? Would you be daring enough to risk this? 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Social Week 10

Time for some Sunday Social!

1. What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with it? For all intensive purposes, it's my initials (I actually have two middle names and five initials but am constantly forced to shorten it).

2. What do you love most about blogging? The positive feedback I get, whether it's from friends and family or new friends in the blogging world. It's so nice to know people enjoy reading what you write!

3. What are your two favorite posts you've written? I like the posts where I really get to share myself with my readers so I would have to say These are a Few of My Favorite Things post from way back when. And my first ever post about mens shoes- kind of my personal mantra!

Speaking of, how funny is this sign in New York? 

4. What is something you would tell someone just starting out in the blogging world? I would say not to get concerned about little things like how many people are reading your blog and how they feel about it. The most important thing is that you're passionate about what your writing, everything else is trivial.

5. Give us 3 blogs that we NEED to be following that you love. Hard to narrow it down to just three so I will include all of those I nominated for the Liebster award, I love all of those blog!

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Look for Less: Olivia Palermo

In honor of yesterday's Style Icon, Olivia Palermo, I have developed a look for less  after one of Olivia's most sought after outfits.

I think this outfit is a wonderful transition outfit since it's often too chilly to wear shorts but still too warm for long sleeves. (I know I couldn't get away with this in humid Baltimore during the summer so this is pretty much the only opportunity I have to wear my cute sleeveless tops with jeans without passing out from the heat). 
Olivia Palermo's Style

J.Crew Retro Shirt / J.Crew Straight Leg Jeans / Madewell Ballet Flats / J.Crew J. Crew Handbag / Lara Bohinc Gold BangleTahitian Pearl Earrings

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Style Icon: Olivia Palermo

I consider myself to be a celebrity connoisseur of sorts, I'm always up to date on the latest gossip (needless to say, is one of my most frequently visited sites). One of the main reasons why I love celebs is because I draw a great deal of inspiration from their fashion choices. Some are obvious examples of what not to do, while others have closets I would die for! You are already aware of my serious obsession with Kate Middleton, and while she is probably the top, she is just one on a long list of celebrities I consider style icons.

Ever since her days on The City I have adored Olivia Palermo's style. She is relevant without being too trendy, and classic without being matronly. I also seriously lust after her hair! 

Here are a few of my favorite looks of hers, believe me, it was extremely difficult to choose. 

I chose to focus on her everyday style because, well, it's flawless (even though her formal attire never disappoints, either). She is never too over dressed, but still looks undeniably chic. 

 Kind of crushing on her boyfriend...

 How amazing is this coat?! 
 How can I not love a look with a Barbour? What a wonderful transition outfit for fall 

 So few people can actually pull off floral jeans but these look fab! 

What do you think of Olivia's style? 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Trendy Tuesday: Collar Necklaces

Last weekend at the beach my friend (shout out to Shell) and I were discussing one of the most recent trends, collar necklaces. I'm still not really sure they're my style but I do think they're pretty cute. I do think it's a really interesting concept. It's a really fun finishing touch to an outfit. The key is to wear it with a simple piece, to make the necklace stand out and so the outfit isn't too overwhelming.

Images via Pinterest

Here are a few options for you to add one to your wardrobe.


What are your thoughts on collar necklaces? 

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