Dressing For New Years Eve | Shabby Apple









New Years Eve has never really been a big deal for me but when Shabby Apple reached out I was ecstatic! I immediately gravitated toward their Abies Tie Neck Dress for the occasion. This year Ryan and I will be going to a NYE party that our friends are throwing and I'm super excited to actually dress up and ring in the new year with friends. 

I love the open neckline of this dress and I opted to pair it with this amazing Kendra Scott lariat necklace and Helen Wedges from the newest SOREL Holiday Collection. Even though the dress is a bit understated, it's perfect for dressing up with your accessories and footwear.


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New Eyes | EyeBuyDirect

I've had glasses since I was 9 and I've always LOVED the process of getting a new pair of glasses. In the past, because frames have always been outrageously priced, I would get new frames every other year. The in between years were reserved for new contacts.

I recently discovered EyeBuyDirect and I don't think I will be getting my glasses anywhere else as long as they're around! During Black Friday, I got a great deal...which I didn't even need...but got three new pairs of glasses for less than half the price of my usual glasses!

Their frames start at around $10 and can go up to $70. I think I may also have a frame addiction from now on because I keep going back to order more. The best part about the affordable price point, is that you don't have to worry about making a longterm frame decision. Glasses are so trendy nowadays, that it can be super stressful to try and choose the expensive frame that you're going to wear for at least the next year! With EyeBuyDirect, you can swap out glasses as soon as new trends emerge!





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Sweater Weather | Abercrombie and Fitch


SOREL Addington Chelsea Boots // Perry Street Starburst Studs // SOREL Caribou Bomber Jacket


My very favorite thing about winter is getting to wear sweaters. That was definitely part of the draw for me to move to Portland, Oregon a few years back -- the promise of 4 separate seasons. I've always loved bundling up for the cold, but coming from Texas and California, I didn't get the chance as much.

I recently re-discovered Abercrombie and Fitch, you know I was for sure a fan back in middle and high school! I really love how they've seemed to rebrand a bit, lose the moose logo on everything, and serve more of a millennial audience. I couldn't help but get the skiing squirrel sweater above. How freaking cute is it?! AND, they have a ton more that I've linked right here:





I decided to add a little bit of holiday sparkle with these Perry Street Starburst studs.





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Holiday Gift Guide | His

As much as I love my husband, he's always last on my list of people to shop for because I never know what to get him! Being a designer, he's super picky OR he gets what he loves throughout the year because he's the only one who knows what he really wants :)

Today I've gathered my short list of foolproof gifts to buy any guy this year:


Clockwise from top:

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Hair Care With Zotos Professional 180PRO

Growing up, one thing my mom always told me was,"Don't ever color your hair!" Well, I held off until I was about 23 and I've been coloring it ever since.

I've got naturally dark hair with natural red highlights, but jumped on the balayage train for quite some time. Naturally, putting my hair through that kind of rigorous bleaching, eventually takes a toll. Not to mention, I shampoo, blow-dry and straighten/curl my hair everyday!

I was recently introduced to Zotos Professional and it's changed my haircare routine for the better! My go to is their Intense Reconstruct Shampoo, Color Remedy Conditioner, and Color Remedy Illuminating Drops. It is so important that I not only repair all the damage I've done to my locks, but make sure that our water doesn't make my color turn brassy. Zoos has done all of that and has even extended my monthly haircut!


This post was sponsored by Zotos Professional
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Holidays | Harry And David


The holidays can be super stressful and there are always those people who are SO hard to buy for. When I first moved to Portland, I was introduced to Harry and David and I am not lying when I say they have the most legit gift baskets, ever.


Harry and David was nice enough to send me this Deluxe Christmas Basket this year, but if you're not interested in sweet goodies, they literally have everything under the sun!

For the life of the party, the Holiday Cocktail Mixer Basket:


For the entertainer, the Founders' Favorites Gift Box:


For the friend who tailgates at EVERY game, the Hometeam Snack Box:


For your gluten-free friends, the Gluten-Free Holiday Sugar Cookies:


For the friend who doesn't own any Christmas decorations but still loves the season, the Evergreen Wreath:


For your White Elephant work Christmas Party, the Grand Traditional Fruitcake:


For your best friend in the whole wide world who's coming over for wine night tomorrow, the Rustic Wine Rack:







These are just the tip of the iceberg! The best part? You can choose to add a bottle of wine to most of their baskets, throwing in even more holiday cheer :)

This post was sponsored by Harry & David.






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How To | Wear Yoga Pants To Work




You guys, there is nothing better than getting up in the morning, getting dressed, and getting to work knowing that you've successfully pulled off wearing yoga pants to the office. 

I hadn't been into an Aerie/American Eagle in years and went in just to see what they were up to. Y'all, they're on it with the comfy clothes! They didn't have this pair of leggings in my size, so I immediately ordered a pair online. I cannot tell you just how comfortable they are! I've never worn something so soft and I've been a total repeat customer since.

I 100% recommend pairing your favorite yoga pants with a shirt dress like the ones linked below for a comfortable, and totally workplace acceptable, outfit.


I loved pairing my new Kendra Scott necklace with this outfit for a pop of coordinated color and of course, always wearing my Ringly Smart Ring to keep me in the loop. The icing on the cake for this outfit is definitely the new SOREL Crossbody Wool Tote -- it perfectly ties everything together.






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End of Year Catch Up | NYC

The past few months have been CRAZY hectic and busy with work. As I've said before, I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm not one to like a mundane workload and I prefer to always have something new and different to do.

Since August, we've been to New York twice to work on SORELstyle with Katie Rodgers and Zanna Roberts Rassi. I absolutely love New York and all of it's electric vibes. I love it's people - eclectic, energetic, and always on the move.

You can see the fruits of our labor with Katie Rodgers and Riley Sheehey here:




I will do a separate post with all of Zanna's videos once they're available :)

People always ask me what exactly I do for work since I get to go to so many neat places and get to meet so many amazing people. It'd be easy to say that I went to cover for social media, but for this specific project I did BTS for all of our social channels, got to be photographer, managed talent, was a hand model for our opening sequence, coffee fetcher, product wrangler and many other things.


Did I mention I'm a professional boot tie-er? If you ever need tips on how to tie boots, just let me know ;)

It was such an honor to get to work with Zanna and learn how she and her husband Mazdack work together on a daily basis, just like Ryan and I do. She literally does it all -- editor at Marie Claire Magazine, co-founder of Milk Makeup, mom, and overall wonder woman.


One of my favorite parts of being in NY is the shopping. There are so many amazing shops and I always love getting to explore the city with my co-workers.




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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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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."




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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.


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