Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Day Dreaming

While sitting on the 1 train yesterday, situated next to a man who was repeatedly dipping his fluorescently orange fingers into a snack sized bag of Cheetos, I had no choice but to transport myself to sunny Turks and Caicos.

If I had my wish this is what I would be wearing from now until Memorial Day, only allowing myself to stress about tan lines and half empty mojitos.

Day Dreaming
J.Crew Panama Hat / Fendi Sunglasses / Zinke Suit / MZ Wallace Bag / Chanel Espadrilles
So until the weather decides to cooperate I'll be on a mental vacation. Forward my emails please...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Currently Coveting: Cape-town

Disclaimer: my heart is only half in this post because I would much rather be discussing the perfect beach coverup, sunning myself on a sandy abyss in my new Marysia bandeau but alas I'm tucked under a cashmere throw debating whether or not it's too dramatic to wear a fur hat indoors. And since it seems that that damn groundhog has cursed us to a decade more of these dreadful windchills, I guess we're required to continue discussing winter wear.

One of the most popular looks at fashion week was the cape coat. Capes are a great investment because they make a fantastic transition piece for when (if) spring finally arrives.

Here are a few of my favorite capes at every price point,
DKNY, $206
Tory Burch, $238
Trina Turk, $247
Pologeorgis, $1995

So until the weather decides to cooperate, I will be doing my sun dance, wearing my Euginia Kim hat, praying for warmer temperatures.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sienna Miller Wins Fashion Week

Ignore all that talk about North West's escapades and take a minute to acknowledge the most flawless creature to walk the earth, or at the very least the tents at Lincoln Center.

My girl crush on Sienna Miller was catapulted to new extremes the moment I saw this insanely flawless look she rocked at the Calvin Klein show yesterday. I mean, it takes a mythical human to pull focus from Anna Wintour. I could do without the chunky ode to the Spice Girls in her choice of footwear, but alas I do appreciate the reminder that she is merely mortal.

So as Lincoln Center begins to be transformed from the temporary home of emaciated gazelle-like beauties back to the permanent home of other emaciated gazell-like beauties, and the rest of the world goes back to trying to ignore Kanye West as anything other then the second half of Kimye, I will sleep soundly with visions of Fall 2015 dancing in my head. But first...summer!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wishlisted: White Converse

Looking toward spring I've been dreaming of fresh, versitile pieces I can add to my closet and one item keeps popping up, white converse sneakers. I know I'm a little late to this party but there's something so classic and comfortable about them that I enviosion getting an obscene amount of wear out of them.

Do you utilize your Converse sneakers as much as I assume I will?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

V-Day Wishlist

I have a soft spot in my heart for Valentine's Day (see what I did there). Most people probably wouldn't expect that given that I'm chronically single, but I am a fan of any holiday that allows me to eat excessive amounts of candy, in which wine is a fundamental component, gives me an excuse to wear my favorite color, and diverts my attention to the fact that summer is still three and a half months away. Unlike 95% of the spinster female population, I don't see Valentines Day as the manifistation of Lucifer, and choose to think of it as a lovely day when it's more socially acceptable to drop onscene amounts of money on flowers. So whether you're solo or looking for some trinkets to ask your guy for, here are a few of my favorite red and pink picks.

Valentines Day
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9

What's on your Valentines Wishlist?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trendy Tuesday: Winter White

I'm a girl who has some pretty strong opinions on what is, and isn't, appropriate to where and most of the time I'm not afraid to vocalize them. Given that I am gradually noticing that I may rival Kanye West's stubbornness, it's not easy for me to admit when I'm wrong. However, lately I'm beginning to notice that I may no longer believe in one of my strict fashion commandments. I've never been one to feel the need to religiously adhere to the rule that you cannot wear white after Labor Day, I prefer to defer my wardrobe choices to the temperature and quality of the weather. I have been know to, rather loudly, crucify anyone who opts to wear white jeans in the dead of winter, but I'm here to tell you that I, Tory Banknell, was wrong. 

Perhaps it's because I'm desperately awaiting the arrival of summer but I'm so tempted to pull out my white years and pair them with a chunky sweater. 

White jean season is just way too short so I think it's perfectly acceptable to figure out a way to incorporate them in year round. 

What are your thoughts on winter white? 

Monday, February 9, 2015

January Book Review

Curious why I never wrote a November or December book review (who am I kidding, no one even noticed) well it's because of this book:

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult 
Let me begin by saying that I love Jodi Picoult's body of work. I've read almost everything she's published and would say that I found myself unable to put down 90% of them (steer clear of Picture Perfect). However, unfortuately this one lacked that special spark that most of her novels nail. First off it was way longer than it needed to be which left me unmotivated to finish several times. Picoult almost always uses an extended metaphors in her works but this time, while I did find the elephant facts captivating, ended up taking over the narrative. In the end it more closely resembled a high school text book than a work of fiction.

But perhaps the greatest flaw was that the premise had be tackled, and executed so well, in several recent hits which just reiterated the vast gap between this book and those. Boiling it down to the main points, a mother disappears after a tragedy on an elephant reserve and her teenage daughter has spent her entire life obsessed with finding out what happened to her (hello Where'd You Go Burnedette). I was surprised by Picoult's standard twist ending which left me slightly more satisfied but otherwise I would recommend skipping it. It's just not her best. 

The Andy Cohen Diaries
Full disclosure, Bravo is my guilty pleasure. Rarely does a Saturday go by without me dedicating an hour to catch up on the latest Vanderpump Rules (Kristen is the most delusional person on the planet, but I digress) and it's virtually impossible for me to casually scroll past a Housewives marathon. So it goes without saying that Andy Cohen is equivalent to the messiah in my apartment. As soon as I read that he was releasing a new book that catalogued a year of dinner with Sarah Jessica Parker, plane rides with Madonna and selecting the perfect selfie to text Cher, that I knew I had to read it.

Inspired by Andy Warhol's Diaries, Cohen decided to allow the masses into his daily routine, love affair with his dog, and social circle of some of the biggest (and I would imagine some of the most fun) people in show business. It's the perfect book to read on a subway commute in the morning since there are organic stopping points imposed.

Any good book recommendations? 
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