Friday, March 21, 2014

Dress My Nest

One of my New Years Resolutions was to focus more on items for my apartment. It seems like such a simple task, but between three trips and way too many additions to my closet, I've yet to add one item to my apartment. One of the biggest challenges is that my roommate and I have extremely different taste. She and I lived together all four years in college so we have this cohabitation thing down to a science, but our personal styles couldn't be further apart. She and I have spent a great deal of time trying to compromise on furniture and accessories. Here are some of the pieces on my list 


Ikea Hemnes 8-Drawer Dresser: I'm a fan of this one because of how simple and streamlined it is plus it provides massive amounts of storage 

Isala Cabinat: My roommate is a yoga instructor which means we have tons of yoga mats around our apartment and are constantly looking for something in which to store them. I think this would be the perfect place


Arstid Wall Lamps: I'm embarrassed to say that the photograph that I purchased before my big move is still at my parents home in Baltimore. I got it framed and matted right before I moved and it has yet to make it up to the city. But once I hang that above my couch I want some wall lighting on either side and these are exactly what I'm looking for. Plus, you can't beat that price! 

I am a fan on Ikea furniture manly because, on a Manhattan budget, there isn't a whole lot else that I can afford. But it is important to realize, when buying things from Ikea, that you are sacrificing a bit of quality. So make sure that if you do decide on their furniture that you're selecting pieces that get a little less love so they will last longer. It's better to splurge on pieces that you will use a lot- a lot like with your closet. I also think it's important to mix the inexpensive with some pieces of higher price points. This way you don't even notice some of it came from Ikea!  


Since my roommate and I have such drastically different design taste, white is the best compromise. It's also my personal favorite because it allows the accessories to do that talking. I love pops of color and I think they're much more effective against a basic backdrop. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Sundresses

Even though it's not exactly spring weather, my little trip to Florida put me in the sundress mood. I don't know if it's just because it feels as though I've been in jeans and sweaters for as long as I can remember, but thid years sundresses are looking extra cute. Here are a few that I have my eye on (psst: most are under $100!) 

Any sundresses I should check out? 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I arrived home late to freezing NYC and I have to admit I'm slightly less enthusiastic about being back in freezing temperatures (as opposed to the 85 degree weather of sunny Florida) but never the less today is St. Patrick's Day and just wanted to wish a happy day to all those Irishmen out there! 

Here's hoping today is your "lucky" day! 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fashion Faux Pas Friday Five

I have a lot of pet peeves when it come to fashion, so I could probably go on all day but rather than boring you to tears I'll summarize it with the five faux pas that are really sticking in my craw, at the moment.

1. Boyfriend Jeans- I challenge anyone to find one person who actually looks good in boyfriend jeans. Every girl I see wearing them looks like she was recently a contestant on The Biggest Loser.

2. Sock Buns- They were kind of cute two years ago, mildly amusing last year, and just plain sad now. Stop trying to make them happen, they're not going to happen. Let it go girls.

3. Colored shoes with black tights- Perhaps this bothers me because it draws flashbacks to 10+ years spent in a uniform, but this look really irritates me. If you must wear colored pumps, take a page out of my fashion goddess, Kate Middleton's, book and go with nude hose.

4. Uggs- Anyone who knows me, knows my feeling on Uggs. I will confess I own several pairs but out of necessity rather than fashion. The only time when it is acceptable to wear Uggs is when we're in a Polar Vortex, and/or it has recently snowed, and/or you're wearing yoga pants.

5. White Jeans in Cold Weather- I'm not one to buy into the whole "no white after Labor Day" deal because I think that gives you about a minute and a half to wear your white jeans before it's ungodly hot (I literally cannot remember that feeling but people tell me eventually summer will arrive). But I do think there are appropriate times to wear them. I generally abide by the post Easter rule, since I live on the east coast where it's a rarity for the temps to hit 60 before then, but as long as it's warm out I say go for it. (If you live in a warmer climate, wear those babies all year round). However, if it's 30 degrees outside, please please don't let me see you in them. 

So I'd say those are my top five biggest fashion pet peeves. What are yours? 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring Necessities

Lately I've had a really bad habit of buying pieces out of necessity (or what I perceive to be necessity) rather than because I really love them. I can't tell you how many Friday or Saturday afternoons I find myself with nothing to wear and settling for something that is mediocre. I went through a similar phase right after I graduated college and I vowed never to get stuck in that rut again. I'm forcing myself to make a similar pledge right now. Investment pieces are so much more worth while and it's so much more exciting to purchase something that you absolutely love, rather than something you're lukewarm about. Yes, in the end, it will definitely cost you more, and you won't be able to shop quite as often, but I think it's a worthwhile trade off.

In order to bide off my new bad habit I have devised a plan. I've made a list of the main pieces I really want to add to my wardrobe this season and every week I will do my best to purchase one of these pieces. It will satisfy my shopping addiction, not break the bank, and I'll be adding clothes that I actually want and need!

So here are some of the pieces on my Spring 2014 wish list:

1. Comfortable Pair(s) of Nude Heels: 
Nude heels are a necessity, they go with everything and look fantastic with both dresses and pants. The best part is they are flattering on everyone because they give an optical illusion that elongates the leg!

2. Fun Flats: 
Since I'm telling myself that soon we will be out of the duldrums of winter (in which the only practical footwear are boots) flats are a great way to perk up an otherwise simple outfit. I've been adding to my collection throughout the winter and am so excited to finally put them to good use. I'm challenging myself to be more bold when it comes to mixing patterns with flats and clothing this spring.

3. More and More Dresses: Dresses are my favorite thing to wear. I think they are effortless, comfortable, and feminine. Plus after being stuck in jeans and black pants all winter I'm chomping at the bit to mix it up.

4. Fun Heels: 
I tend to be practical when it comes to my footwear. I want comfortable shoes that look good, but since I often spend a pretty penny on them, I want them to be versatile. It is important, when you spend a lot of money on something, to be able to get the most bang for your buck, so I constantly talk myself out of more fun pieces in place of a more sensible option. This season I want to treat myself more and expand my shoe collection. I'm always lusting after other girls footwear but always shy away when it comes to pulling the trigger on my own purchases. It's time to be more bold, Tory!

5. Fun Jackets: 
I don't know what it is, but since the Fall, I've been obsessed with jackets and coats. Probably because outerwear is so important in New York, and that's pretty much all anyone sees of you for about five months it's important. But this Spring I want to buy more fun, flirty, Spring appropriate jackets.
This C.Wonder Drawstring Anorak is the perfect weight for Spring temperatures and it comes with a detachable hood incase you get caught in one of those unexpected April showers!

6. Classic, Versatile, Basics
Michael Kors Leather-Pocket Striped Tee

What's on your Spring wish list? 

Friday, March 7, 2014

Red Carpet Wrap Up- Oscars

I know I'm a few days late on posting these, I was rigorously typing during the red carpet then got to caught up in the actual show to finish up my post. But, finally, here are my picks for best and worst dressed: 


I think I have a new fashion crush. I was dying over her Golden Globes dress and now this. I can't even handle how perfect this is. The baby blue is exquisite and can we please take a moment to discuss how flawless the headband is?! I'm obsessed with this look.

Olivia Wilde

How is it possible that someone who is almost nine months pregnant can look better than I will on my wedding day?

Kristin Cavallari

She's one of my all time favorite fashion idols and her Alexander McQueen look was stunning. The hair, the shoulders, the makeup, perfection!!

Jennifer Lawrence

I'm obsessed with this dress, but haven't we seen this before? I swear we have. I do have to say the hair didn't do it for me, and wearing the necklace backwards was last years trend…

Anne Hathaway

Now I know this dress didn't receive the most glowing of reviews but I loved it. I thought it was the perfect look for the reigning Best Supporting Actress to pass the torch. It wasn't over the top or attention getting, since last year was her year, and it looked great on her. I'm not usually a fan of her fashion choices (like that pink disaster she wore last year) but I think she nailed it with this one. 

Kerry Washington
How can I be typing these words…but what happened to my fashion goddess?! I'm giving her a pregnant pass though because she will always remain my fave girl.

Thankfully, I didn't see too many missteps of merit this year. I was really blown away by the fashion choices, I think everyone really stepped up their game this year! 

NUDE: Nude gowns were everywhere. I'm kind of obsessed with it. They looks phenomenal on camera.

BABY ON BOARD: Baby bumps were the ultimate fashion accessory this year

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Monthly Book Roundup

So this month I slipped up a little and only completed one book by the end of the month. I blame it on exhaustion from working extended hours through the Olympics. But finally life is getting back to normal and hope to get my reading schedule back on track.

The other thing to blame is a lack of motivation to finish the book I was reading. Does that ever happen to you? The book is okay and you do want to find out how it ends but it's not captivating enough to make you not want to put it down. That's how I would describe Jane Green's Another Piece of My Heart. It's the story of a family, focusing mainly on the relationship between the stepmother Andi and teenage daughter, Emily, and all the drama that comes along with Emily's poor life decisions and inability to let Andi in. It's a cute story and I can honestly say 100 pages in I was surprised to see where the plot was heading (but I may just be dense) but I felt that it dragged a lot. I wouldn't say I regret reading it, I did ultimately enjoy it, but it wouldn't be one of my top recommendations for anyone.

Any new reads to recommend?
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