Tory Burch…Beyond the Brand

It’s very rare that one designer, one brand, one mastermind can define a generation. Even more rare is a designer’s ability to transform their reach from an iconic ballet flat to a ready-to-wear clothing line known for it’s creative use of design and texture beyond the logo. 
Theresa Top// Debra Skirt// Printed Chandra Loafer

The Tory Burch brand gained massive popularity with the launch of her Reva ballet flat in 2006, named after Tory’s mother. Emblazoned with the renowned T-medallion on the toe, this iconic brand has been a fixture on the perfectly pedicured feet of sorority girls across the nation. However, Tory’s true genius comes from her ability to capture the intersection between modernized boho-chic and prep-perfection with her luxe, yet accessible clothing and jewelry line.

While this effortlessly-chic impeccable brand needs no validation of its credibility in the fashion world, Tory has received the stamp of approval from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour. When Tory Burch’s newest collection hit the runway recently for the Resort 2014 shows, she took us on a whirlwind trip not only around the world, but through the decades. With exotic prints, elegant cuts, embellished detailing, and classic tweed we watched resort wear go to work, literally and figuratively!
A now established member of the Forbes Billionaire list and one of country’s must influential philanthropists, Tory Burch once said, “I think you can have it all.” With vast aspirations and dedication, I couldn’t agree more.
This brand is more than a clothing line, it is a lifestyle. The Tory Burch woman heads up a board meeting, rolls up her sleeves to volunteer for a cause, manages her own investment portfolio, plays the perfect party host, shines on the red carpet, and knows when to take a break from it all to wind down with her family at the beach. Wherever life may take this woman, Tory Burch will be there ready to dress her!
Isabella Jacket// Tabby Skinny Pant

Deanna Sweater// izzy Zip Skinny Jean// Crossed Belt// Gracie Bootie// Gloria Shoulder Bag

Josephine Coat// Penelope Cardigan// Isabella Pant// Patent Leather Kaitlin Slipper
Resort 2014 

The woman behind the brand – Tory Burch

This post is a part of IFB Project #101

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Budget-Friendly Dresses for a Summer Wedding

With wedding season in full-force right now, trying to find a new dress for each invite can get pretty expensive. Here are five stylish looks for less than $100 that can be easily recycled for future fêtes. All of these dresses incorporate the season’s hottest styles from floral prints to bold stripes and won’t break the bank.

Nine West – With an A-line cut, this bold-striped dress is ideal for Summer weddings allowing it to translate nicely from day to evening. We also love A-line fits because it is the one style complimentary to nearly every body-type. $99
Sabine – This maxi dress mixes season favorites – floral and neon – to create a perfect look for an outdoor Summer wedding. $59.99
BB Dakota – Lightweight and billowy, this polka dot dress can be dressed down with a belt and sandals for a garden-style wedding or paired with a statement necklace and stilettos for an evening event. $78
Taylor – This pleated dress incorporates class and elegance with the A-line fit. The unexpected cutouts in the back make it not your ordinary LBD. $98

Bar III – With beautiful detail from the navy stripes to the sheer back, this dress stands out from the crowd. The short sleeves are great for hiding any trouble spots or covering up your shoulders when the temperatures drop. $69

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Friday Favorites: Egotistical & Skinny

It’s Friday, it’s the 1st day of Summer, Lebron “ain’t got no worries”, and somebody somewhere named their baby after an intersection. Here are my favorite links of the week!
1. In my “ego is larger than this world yet I try to justify it with self comparisons references to God” news, we all (with the exception of this new crop of Heat fans that arose…yesterday) sullenly watched as Lebron James and the Heat won the NBA Finals…again. Oh, and Kanye released the self-titled album, Yeezus. The album is decent, but The Man Repeller’s breakdown of the lyrics into terms us peasants can understand is better. — Yeezus Says.
2. Enough with the ego-mania? Here are 42 people much more deserving of your attention this Friday – 42 People You Won’t Believe Actually Exist
3. If your boss is upset that you’ve spent more time reading this post than getting any actual work done, show them this and thank me later – 8 Ways Goofing Off Can Actually Make You More Productive
4. Its summer, its hot, and I can think of 25 things I’d rather do than work out in the gym. That’s what January is for, right? If you’ve lost your motivation to workout, there’s still hope. Meet: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Getting Toned.
5. Since I’m in my 112th week of physical therapy for my achilles tendon with no hope of being allowed to ever see the inside of a gym until the Winter, I like to drink flavored water that makes me feel skinny instead. Here are 25 Flat Belly Sassy Water Recipes. Not sure what’s sassy about water, but if it makes me look good, I’ll take it.

Happy Friday from Cali!

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In a New York Minute

This past week I visited New York City for the very 1st time. While I may have been the last person on Earth left to explore the Big Apple, it was definitely worth the wait. From The Met to Central Park, 5th Avenue, and the Brooklyn street fairs, I was completely captivated by this beautiful city that somehow managed to operate on my speed. My mom and I even joked that a New York minute is twice as long as an “Alex-minute”, nevertheless, I felt right at home.

Most of the trip was spent in Brooklyn and SoHo, but we managed to squeeze in as much sight-seeing all around the city as possible. In my ADHD brain, more sight-seeing translates to more outfit changes. Being in the fashion capitol of the U.S., it was not hard to find inspiration for my constantly fluctuating style. Here are some of my favorite moments (both fashion and fun) from the trip!

We were welcomed to NYC with pouring rain, but that didn’t stop us from venturing out to Times Square at midnight for some late-night shopping!
The first full day in Manhattan was spent doing what else…shopping! My mom and I hit up SoHo, 5th Avenue, and everywhere in between. This monochrome look was perfect for trekking around NYC, especially when the rain came back to greet us later that afternoon. 
Brunch in SoHo with my beautiful mother at Felix.

 Top – Express 
Pants – BDG 
Shoes – Bacio 61 
Bag – Coach
Sunglasses – CHANEL 

Later that evening, we checked out The Jimmy atop The James Hotel to watch the sunset. Then, we made our way over to Koi SoHo for dinner.

 Dress – Express (Similar here)
Shoes – Versace (Similar here)
Bag – Fendi (larger, updated version)
One of my favorite things was visiting The Met and Central Park. It was the first sunny summer day in the city and a perfect opportunity to do all of the touristy stuff. The Met was also an early birthday present for my mom, an avid artist.

Dress – Tamara Katz (SoHo vintage find)
Bag – Fendi (above)
Shoes – Aldo

To cap things off, we celebrated my mom’s birthday with dinner at the famed Lower East Side restaurant, Beauty & Essex. Later we went to ultra-chic Pera SoHo for drinks and more appetizers.
Dress – H&M Collection
Shoes – Versace (see above)

Top – DRDK (similar here)
Shorts – Forever 21
Shawl – Karen Kane (similar here)
Flats – Tory Burch
Belt – Michael Kors
We wrapped up the trip by spending our last day in Brooklyn at a 7 MILE LONG street fair and had an authentic Italian dinner at La Villa! A perfect end to an amazing vacation. 
Leggings – American Apparel
Varsity Bomber Jacket – Entro (similar here)
Flats – Tory Burch (see above)
Hat – New Era (similar here)

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Monday Motivation: Start Today

For many of us, it is much easier to talk about our dreams and plans than to act on them. Sometimes when a dream seems so large, it may feel difficult to understand HOW to get started. This dream may be something we have placed a lot of weight on throughout our lives. It may appear to be the game-changer to getting where you have always wanted to be. 
It is commonly said that life is about the journey, not the destination. The same applies here. As you pursue and accomplish all of your dreams, you will look back and realize that it was never about the end result. It is about the path you took to get there. For instance, if you want to get your MBA, it will not be enough to simply have the diploma that says your name and that you have an MBA. Nobody cares about that title. Believe me, I have it and all it does annoy people and make it seem like I’m bragging when I mention it. When you are being interviewed for that dream job you knew your MBA would help you to get, only 2 thing matter – that you took the initiative to pursue the degree and that you are able to apply what you learned along the way. 
So, whatever it may be that you want to achieve, do not wait. Break it down into small steps and just get started today. The only person waiting for you to get started is you. In one year, you will look back and be amazed at how far you have gone. 

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