Sunday, October 23, 2016

All For Fall | Oscar de la Renta Shades

What a beautiful fall day to come back to Portland! Ryan and I have been in New York for the past week working with/fimling Zanna Roberts Rassi on our next phase of #SORELstyle. I won't lie, going back and forth to NY, planning the next phases, AND having a normal work load is exhausting...but I wouldn't have it any other way. I can't describe the feeling of getting to the end of the day and thinking about how much you were able to accomplish in 24 hours.

My favorite things about fall are being able to break out the oversized sweaters and boots. If I'm honest, my boots never really go away! I got this sweater upon arrival back in Portland and I'm already thinking about purchasing the other colors because it's so incredibly comfy. I also did a bit of shopping in NY and had to have these AE jeans. They have what's called 360 stretch, which is no joke...they could probably double as pajamas.

My most recent pair of sunnies that I've acquired from DITTO, is my favorite. These Oscar de la Renta 219 Cat Eyes are just the right amount of cat eye for me. It doesn't hurt that they're pink tortoise on top of that! 

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

3 Years Ago, Today

3 years ago today.

3 years ago today I got in my car and headed across the Bay Bridge to Portland. I remember looking in my rearview mirror and thinking,"What am I doing? What am I doing?!" I remember making sure I took note of what the city looked like because I didn't know when I would be back. I remember crying until I reached Mt. Shasta only because I had to stop to sleep. I remember telling myself,"This is good for you. This is your big chance. You can do this. It's going to be okay." Self pep talk was at an all time high for me. I'd left everything I'd worked so hard to achieve and everything that I'd loved so dearly, in my rear view.

I left a lot behind. I left my sense of adventure behind. I left my ability to be alone behind. I left all sense of solo functioning security behind. I left a huge part of who I had worked so hard to become, behind. I knew I had to make an even bigger sacrifice than before, just to achieve my personal career goals.

I remember driving into Portland on September 29, 2012 and hitting rain the moment I drove into the city limits. I thought,"This is okay. I like the rain!"

Fast forward to 3 years later.

I've overcome a lot to be where I am today. I entered into, and survived two years, under someone who belittled me on a daily basis and made me feel like I was worth nothing in the work place. I vowed to myself that I wouldn't give up, that I'd come to Portland for a reason. There were countless times I would leave work to end up in my car, crying and feeling defeated to the point of giving up. But I hung in there and made sure to not let this guy get the best of me, ever. It wasn't until my coworkers started rallying around me and letting me know how valued I really was, that I started believing in myself as well as believing,"It's not me-- it's him." Finally, karma came full circle.

In 2015, the universe gave me the opportunity to move into a different space -- and being the person that I am, I took it. I told myself,"If you don't get this new role then it's a sign that you need to move out of this space and rethink your career path." Low and behold, I got the job, and felt a huge weight being lifted off of my shoulders.

Almost one year into my new role, I feel more valued as a coworker (and human) than I ever have before. I know my role in the workplace and I fully believe in what I'm doing. I started with SOREL as an outsider knowing what I would change and make different if I ever worked on the brand.

This has been the first project (see video below) that I was able to see through, front to back, and I can't help but get choked up every time I watch it. I came in to SOREL with a vision, and with the help of my team and my husband, made my vision a reality. I've never come this close to having my vision become an actual reality and I can't think of a better way to celebrate how far I've come.

I truly believe that if you don't stop and relive where you came from, you can't move forward. I'm constantly thinking about how I can make my life, job, and surroundings a better place by remembering what I've overcome and where I've come from.

"A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a man perfected without trials."

Monday, September 19, 2016

Go Big or Go Home | Jenny Bird Collar Necklace

After my obsession with shoes, accessories comes in as a close second. I couldn't have asked for a better situation than Rocksbox. I get three pieces delivered to my door that I can buy or exchange for new pieces as little or as often as I want. 

Rocksbox recently changed the way they do things and everyone has been assigned their own personal stylist, instead of jumping back and forth to a bunch of different stylists that don't really know your style. 

I love letting my stylist know what I'm really into, what I'd rather stay away from, and any upcoming events I've got going on that she can style me for. Rocksbox even styled me for my wedding!

One of my most recent boxes contained this Jenny Bird Collar that I absolutely fell in love with. Was it something I'd see in a store and immediately say,"I've GOT to buy this!" No. But I love trying new trends and designers and stepping out of my comfort zone when it comes to clothes and accessories. 

I purchased a similar yet understated necklace from Jenny Bird a while ago that I wear all the time.

I highly recommend giving Rocksbox a try and you can do just that, on me. Use my code TORILESIKARXOXO when you checkout for a free month! Don't worry, it's super easy to cancel and you can always backout if you're not super happy or decide that you don't want to continue the service. However, I've been using Rocksbox for over a year now (I pay for my subscription...this is not a sponsored post or an ad!) and I always look forward to getting my next box in the mail.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Last Pop of Summer Color with TIKLARI

Nadir II Ring in Yellow // Baki Bracelet in Yellow and Purple // Akila Bracelet in Blue

There's nothing more that I love than pops of color that complete a neutral outfit. TIKLARI offers just that. Their pieces are beautifully simplistic and add just the right touch of sparkle and color. I wear the Beyza Ring everywhere and get SO many compliments about how simple yet unique it is.

I'd originally intended to take these pieces with us to Saint John, but since they didn't arrive until after we got back from vacation, I raced to pair them with as many summer outfits as I could before the Portland fall weather hit.

TIKLARI doesn't just source random pieces from around the world. They work with artisans to help preserve the traditional hand-made techniques that they've used for centuries. They also work closely with their artisans to collaborate and make unique pieces that you won't find anywhere else.

Aside from the pieces here, TIKLARI offers so many other beautiful pieces. Below are some of my favorites that would be lovely to transition into fall:

Clockwise from top:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cruz Bay, Saint John, USVI | Bright Floral Rompers

Rompers are the perfect outfit to pack if you're trying to travel light. It's a full outfit, all in one! Pants, shirt, shorts...done. I especially love this one because it doesn't wrinkle and is made of a super light fabric that's perfect for humid vacation spots like Saint John.

Ryan and I went down to Cruz Bay one evening to explore the town and grab dinner. Cruz Bay is the main port, where you're more than likely going to be entering when you get to Saint John. It's a super cute town, but I would definitely not recommend staying here if you're on vacation. There are tons of resorts and places to stay, but it super overrun with tourists and it's not all that peaceful. Ryan and I rented a Jeep in Cruz Bay and rented a house on the other end of the island (about a 30 minute drive away) and only really came back to town if we needed something. I highly recommend checking out Airbnb or VRBO to see what rental properties are out there. It's much more fun to stay off the beat'n path and explore! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Milk Moon Cottage, Saint John, USVI | Lazy Days By the Pool

While we were in Saint John, it was amazing to be able to put my phone away and not worry about every notification that came through. I couldn't have done it without my Ringly! Once you download the Ringly app and connect your ring, you can literally set up what you want to be notified about and what you don't. On vacation I set mine to only notify me about text messages with 3 buzzes and a green flash.

Now that I'm back in the office and need to be super connected to work, I have mine set for:

- Text messages - 3 buzzes - green flash
- Calendar alerts - 3 buzzes - red flash
- Email - 1 buzz - blue flash
- Instagram alerts - 2 buzzes - yellow flash

You can also get alerts for: Facebook, Facebook Pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Uber, Find My Friends, Venmo, FB Messenger, and Shazam!

Ringly has seriously been such a lifesaver and gives me piece of mind. I don't know about you but I've always had the awful habit of going into a meeting or sitting down at dinner and keeping my phone face up on the table. This turns out to be super distracting, and not to mention, annoying to everyone in the room or at the dinner table. With Ringly, I can put my phone away and not be distracted by notifications I don't really care about!

I am a firm believe in high waisted swimsuits! The one featured in this post is totally sold out but I've linked a few of my favorites below. Ryan and I spent the better part of our days at the beach, but it was so nice to have a pool at our house in Saint John. I can't tell you how nice it was to be in such warm weather, floating in the pool, sipping on rum drinks every afternoon -- not worrying about a thing.

Get 15% off of your own Ringly by using the code 'Tori15' at checkout! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Maho Bay, Saint John, USVI | High Waisted Retro

So I took A LOT of swim suits on this trip. Like I said in my previous post, I basically only wore swimwear the entire time. I mean, why would you not when you're on the beach all day for 9 days?!

I've always been sort of skeptical when it came to trying the high waisted trend, but I really liked Becca Swim's design. I've seen these style bottoms look terrible and look great, so I was pleasantly surprised that this was my go-to suit of the trip. My favorite part is they give you coverage over that part of your tummy that I'm sure we all like least! It's not always my favorite thing to wear a one piece and the Becca High Waisted Bottoms gave me the coverage without having the one piece feel.

The day Ryan and I went to Maho Bay, we were so excited to get prime real estate under two perfectly placed palm trees. If you google image search Maho Bay, this is likely the same photo you'll find all over the internet! This would be a perfect place to set up a hammock and nap :) Maho Bay is super close to the main road and fairly easy to get to -- no hikes. It was also my favorite place to snorkel because it had a huge coral reef off to the left that was an easy swim from shore.

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