Animal Instincts

Friday, August 15, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with rompers. I think they are so cute but they are almost always too short on me – which is really odd because I’m a pretty short person. Not to mention the challenge of going to the bathroom since you have to get completely undressed. Even this one was borderline too short for my comfort level but I loved the animal print and couldn’t resist!

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I bought this Urban Expressions clutch in Austin and love love love it! The wood handle is pure awesomeness!

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Had to have these wedges as soon as I saw them! I love mixing browns and blacks – they go with everything!

Details on the Look:

Romper | Apricot Lane

Wedges | Apricot Lane

Clutch | Urban Expressions

Photography Provided By:

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Neiman Marcus Fall 2014 Fashion Media Preview

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

All eyes turned to fall last week as I had the pleasure of attending the Neiman Marcus Fall 2014 Media Preview. One of the things I love about fashion is the constant evolution from season to season and year to year. With hints of romanticism, nods to Art Nouveau and the richness of furs – Fall 2014 is something to be excited about. Take advantage of the shape shifting that the fall season allows.

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Ever heard the saying, “more is more and less is a bore?” This was definitely showcased as Neiman’s embraced layering of mixed prints, fabrics and more. Ladies and gents…don’t be afraid to wear it all at once!

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Midi skirts (hems that fall beneath the knee and above the ankle) add class to fall with their longer lengths. Pair with chic booties ALL YEAR ROUND. Take note of the textured knits as well which bring versatility to your look.

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Much of the womenswear trends were echoed in menswear. Lots of mixed media and lavish silhouettes.

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It’s hard to see in this photo but the model is actually wearing sneakers – a little urban influence for you.

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My friend, Tony Harris from Tony Harris Productions and Beau-Tie Bulletin watches the trend show from the side.

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More somber hues of gray are the must-have colors of the season. It’s basically the new black. I have to say I am thrilled about this as I’ve had a long time obsession with this color. Practically my entire house is gray!

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Bundle up with statement furs and shearlings in your outerwear. Seeing these looks made me wish that a cold front was on the near horizon!

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Subtle applications of embellishments such as lace bring you style-in-spades – time to throw out minimalism.

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Clutches are the bag of the season and will work for you day or night.

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A great example of an all-year bootie with cut-outs that are perfect for Texas heat.

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Last year it was all about Bordeaux, this year it’s all about green. Look for rich jewel tones, emerald, olive and kelly greens. Also take note of the metallics and shine that you see in this photo and the following. Every girl loves to sparkle!

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Love this pairing of the emerald green with leopard print.

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Sophisticated fashion statements with off the shoulder coats and my eye was immediately drawn to the green bag!

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I also noticed the variety of trouser fabrics. Men are not limited anymore but instead can utilize variation and texture.

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My favorite menswear look of the day. Love the touch of the pocket square.

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L to R: Pam Lutrell, Over 50 Feeling 40, Aquila Mendez-Valdez, Haute in Texas and myself.

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Chatting with Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar, Public Relations Manager, Neiman Marcus San Antonio.

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Sips and bites were provided by Neiman Marcus San Antonio’s Mariposa restaurant.

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Photography Provided By:

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

$150.00 Off Surface Pro 3 for College Students

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Back-to-School is right around the corner and I’ve got an awesome deal for college students!

Microsoft is offering $150.00 off the Surface Pro 3 for college students between August 3 and September 6.. It’s the perfect classroom companion for any student: just click in one of the colorful Type Covers to turn out a term paper, or open a OneNote page with the click of the all-new Surface pen for hand-written notes or doodles. To read my review of the Surface tablet click here.

This offer is available at Microsoft Stores, Best Buy, Staples and Tiger Direct in the U.S., and Microsoft Stores and Best Buy in Canada, and to be eligible for the promotion, students must be enrolled in college or university and have a valid .edu email address.

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1: Fitbit app for Windows Phone 8.1 is now available, worldwide in English, for free on the Windows Phone Store. Fitbit is also available on your Windows 8 PC!

2: Kick back, relax, and indulge yourself in faraway places and stories on your couch or at the beach with Nook on Windows.

3: Download Bing Rewards app for Windows Phone and you can earn credits when you search on Bing, which can be redeemed for a variety of things from Amazon gift cards to gas points for your summer road trip.

4: Flipagram on Windows Phone lets you create amazing videos from all of your favorite vacation photos, sets it to your favorite song, and makes it easy to share.

5: Use the GoPro app on Windows and Windows Phone to watch other GoPro videos and control your GoPro camera remotely to share all the action from a new perspective.

6: Once you get the perfect shot, use Adobe Photoshop Express on Windows and Phototastic Pro on both Windows and Windows Phone to apply effects, create collages and edit them to your liking.

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

Disclaimer: I am part of the Windows Champions Program and receive incentives from Microsoft to blog about its products. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Enter to Win a Trip to New York City From Dove!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Disclaimer: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Dove Advanced Care Deodorant. I received compensation and promotional items to facilitate my review.

I have been a long-time fan of Dove products and became more enamored with them when they began their “Real Beauty” campaign 10 years ago. Finding a brand that tried to change the way women in our society perceive beauty is refreshing. When I was asked to try Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture I immediately jumped on board not just because they have awesome products but because this is brand is a joy to support. Not to mention, they have a really exciting challenge going on for you to win a trip to New York City!

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Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture says that it keeps you dry and odor-free for a long-lasting 48 hours and I plan to put it to the test. While I’m waiting for the product to come in Dove is challenging women across the U.S. to ditch their sleeves for a chance to win a trip to New York City Fashion week and a VIP styling session with A-List Hollywood stylist, Erin Walsh! You can go to http://bit.ly/1r0bu6Q to participate in The Sleeveless Summer Challenge.

Good luck and stay tuned to more in this series!

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

A Silent Suffering (Robin Williams’ Death)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

When I was a little girl I was rollerblading with my friend down the street on a warm sunny day. Her father came and told me that I needed to come with him and go home as soon as possible. He drove me home and I quickly rushed up the walk to open the front door. Still to this day I remember walking in to find my Dad on his knees sobbing. My sweet and beautiful cousin had died as a result of suicide. Her death left many unanswered questions as well as sadness and grief that changed my family forever.  

Over the years, I have learned that depression is a silent suffering and disease. Like many of you, I found out via social media about the tremendous loss of Robin Williams and while I have another post coming today I felt God calling me to write about this important topic.

For most likely everyone reading this, Robin Williams was not someone we met yet he was someone we all felt we “knew”. He brought us smiles and laughter as a blue genie, Peter Pan yelling “bangarang” and many other roles that are pieces of our childhood never to be forgotten.

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While he brought laughter to the world he battled demons from within. I am at times ashamed to say that I have faced dark times myself. I’ve written about them (here), (here), and (here). Laying bare my insecurities yet always knowing that I am loved by my God, family and friends.

So many around us in our society do not have this love. They walk through life alone with nothing but the demons clinging to their backs. Because our society does not understand depression – we treat it as a stigma. We turn a blind eye in embarrassment, bury it in medications or even flat out ignore.

This silent suffering is everywhere. Let Robin Williams’ death ignite an educational awareness in our society.

When I began to feel the need on my heart to write this post I immediately reached out to my aunt who had lost her daughter almost 20 years ago. In no way would I want to hurt others (especially my family) with my writing and knew I needed to speak with her first. But you know what she said. She told me that she knew I would write it with grace and love. And told me that you never know if God is trying to reach someone through my writing. Today my Aunt who has been through so much in her life owns a children’s indoor inflatable center for families to safely spend time together. She also opened up a Christian counseling center to help others in need. She is the one with grace and love.

I think we should all take a note from her and from Robin Williams. Tomorrow (and hopefully further) say a kind word to someone in honor of him, my cousin and others lost. Those people may be residing in a darker place than you will ever know.

Don’t forget to tell others how much you love them.

Tonight before hanging up the phone my Aunt said, “I love you more than words can ever say.” To my cousin and Robin Williams – I love you. To my readers, I love you. You are not alone.

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Mommy Tori

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