Thursday, May 29, 2014

One Small Step

Do you have a piece of clothing that no matter how many times you try it on, or what new workout regime you try, you still never manage to feel comfortable in it? Mine personal Everest are white jeans. I love them...on other people. I think they always look so polished and chic, and yet when I put them on all I can see is a magnification of all of my flaws. Every summer, I optimistically go out and purchase a new pair, or two, and vow that this year I'm going to take the plunge, when in reality they end up sitting in my drawer gathering dust. I may stand alone here, but it's much more difficult to hide you flaws when they are glaring at you in WHITE, than behind dark denim. But this year I had had enough. I came to the realization that I most likely will never be 100% in love with my body, and I will always see countless things that need to be improved, but if I wait for perfection I will never get to wear my damn jeans! So lately I've been tackling my fears head on and, in all honesty, I still don't feel entirely comfortable in them, I'm proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone (one of my New Years Resolutions-check).

Here are three of the looks I've been rocking lately
White Jean 1

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I Like My Money Right Where I Can See It

…hanging in my closet. This is one of my favorite Sex and the City quotes, because it's particularly true. Lately I've been on a bit of a shopping bender and decided to share some of my most recent purchases with you. 

I saw this sweater in the store a few weeks ago and couldn't stop thinking about it. It's the perfect weight for a summer night. 

If you're going to purchase on t-shirt all season, this is the one to buy. I got it in olive and white and wear them with everything. They are the perfect, go-to shirt, and they're ridiculously soft. Be warned, though, when washing do NOT put them in the dryer- I learned that the hard way. 

I'm a big fan of dressy shorts and these are perfect. I got the black but am debating purchasing the other colors. 

This dress is perfect for a transition from day-to-night. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spring Cleaning

This past weekend I decided to force myself to have a mini staycation. I don't know about you, but I feel like I have been going nonstop since mid-March. I've been lucky enough to get to have some fabulous weekends away for weddings, holidays, or little trips, but suddenly realized Friday afternoon that I have not been in the city for two consecutive weekends since Christmas! It dawned on me that it was time for me to regroup and get everything organized with Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaching (yay!). A few of my close friends were out of town for graduations so it seemed like the perfect time to have a little Tory time (and focus on pepping up my apartment just in time for summer).

You may recall that focusing on buying things for my apartment, rather than clothing, was one of my New Years Resolutions. I'm sad to report that I have failed miserably. Almost six months in and I had yet to purchase a single thing for my apartment (but my closet was expanding at a rapid rate). Well I'm proud to announce that I bought my first piece, a rug! 

I decided to venture up to the only Home Goods in the city and check out what they had and fell madly in love with this navy and white area rug. It really warms up my living room!

I picked up some fresh blooms (which as you can see from the picture below lasted about 5 minutes)

After that I reorganized some smaller spaces in the living room and tackled my closet. I really feel as though I am ready for spring. 

On Sunday I went and pampered myself and got my hair highlighted. There is nothing like having your hair done. 

(I only took this selfie to show my Momma how the hair turned out) 

It was so relaxing to check a few things off the to-do list and have a little low key weekend. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Fashion Faux Pas Friday: Harem Pants

You may recall my diatribe on "boyfriend jeans", but if not, allow me to summarize: I detest them. They are ill fitting and sloppy. I have yet to see a single person, celebrities included, who look flattering in them. But I have a new hatred for an item of clothing that rivals that of my disdain for "boyfriend jeans", harem pants (aka "boyfriend jeans's trampy step sister). If you can imagine they manage to be even more unflattering and yet still have hypnotized a large number of girls into thinking they are fashionable.

I'm from the camp, that regardless of what might be "in vogue" first-and-foremost one must always wear clothing that compliments them. You should stay true to your personal style and embrace what you like, regardless of what the masses are telling you is cool. Harem parents are the greatest example of how girls can be brainwashed into mindless sheep, who just want to wear the "cool thing" rather than what actually looks good them. (The creator of them seriously must be a genius to convince people they are attractive- but I digress). Why girls want to look like Jasmines gothic sister is beyond me, but nevertheless, I see at least three girls wearing them daily. So my big question is why? Why do these pants exist? And why do some girls insist on assaulting my vision daily with there presence.

I thus conclude this weeks rant, you are free to return to your day.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Recent Book Review

It's time for the monthly book round-up. 

Love and Chaos By: Gemma Burgess (Brooklyn Girls Two)
It's hard to believe but I think I may heave enjoyed this book even more than the first. The second installment follows Angie, an aspiring fashion designer, whose 23 birthday is looming and is a constant reminder of all the things she had yet to accomplish. I would say the plot is definitely less eventful then Pia's story, which included a loan shark, handsome British man, and family drama, but Angie's world was still very intriguing. But I think the reason I preferred this installment, slightly, over the original is her relationship with the perfect man, Sam. Burgess does a great job of capturing what life for a young 20 something living in New York is really like. I particularly love that she doesn't sugarcoat anything and really exhibits all of the different struggles girls face. Her stories are extremely realistic and relatable but also somehow are up lifting. The way she culminates each story arch is perfect and still leaves enough loose ends untied so that you want to follow these girls stories farther. Can't wait for number three!

Like last year I think I may need to demote my book goal for this year to 20 again. I've been stuck in the middle of the following book for awhile now (I've finished enough to give a pretty comprehensive synopsis for you though).

How to be Single By: Liz Tuccillo

First off, don't let the title fool you, this is not a crazy self help book, it's actually a work of fiction. I recently read an article about how Drew Barrymore had signed on to direct the film adaptation of the book and was intrigued. Drew's production company produced the film version of He's Just Not That Into You and the article I read said this novel had a similar premise. So since that's one of my favorite movies (for more reasons that the fact that Bradley Cooper is in it) I wanted to put check this book off my list before the movie came out. I read someone's synopsis on Good Reads describing this book as He's Just Not That Into You meets Eat, Pray, Love (which you may remember is my hands down favorite book). This is description is dead on. It's a story of five single women in their late thirties, living in New York. The main character, and narrator, Julie assembles this unlikely cast of characters in hope of cheering up her newly sinkage friend Georgia, whose husband has just left her for another woman. After a wild night out on the town Julie, who works in publicity for self help books, decides to investigate how single women all over the world live their lives and whether or not they have any secrets that American women don't know. What's interesting is that Julie's book isn't about how to land a man, it's about how to live your single life to the fullest, which I think is a pretty unique idea. She buys an around-the-world ticket and begins interviewing single women in different countries, and of course meets some handsome men along the way. The book is funny and interesting and offers a pretty new perspective on being single.

While the premise of the book is very interesting, it doesn't have a huge plot. It's pretty much an account of four women's lives over a snapshot of a few months. I'm trying to trudge through it so that I can move on to the next but I haven't really been motivated. So fingers crossed I buckle down and check this one off my list soon. 

Read anything noteworthy recently? 
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