“There is always something left to love.” — Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Few writers can transport us to realms quite like Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize winner from Aracataca, Colombia. One of our favorite novelists, he embodied the spirit of powerful storytelling — weaving tales full of beauty and wonder. For all the hours we’ve lost in your imagination… thank you.
In researching their bestseller Womenomics, journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman discovered a curious thing: even some of the most successful women, at the top of their careers, lacked the self-assurance that many of their male colleagues had. So the pair did their homework and dug deeper, resulting in their new book The Confidence Code, which explores the culture and reasons behind this confidence gap. While the science of it all makes for a fascinating read — just wait till you get to the chapter about genes and brain plasticity — the authors have peppered in plenty of engaging (and personal) anecdotes as well as a handy how-to guide to upping your confidence factor. Here, we talk one-on-one with Katty.Read More
With a penchant for print-mixing and feminine pieces and a love of Sixties fashion, London-based stylist Martha Ward is the perfect guide to Spring style. Here, the founder of Martha Magpie — who also happens to be a contributing editor at vogue.co.uk — shares her tips, plus her hometown’s can’t-miss shopping stops.Read More
French bistro Le Bilboquet caused a shockwave through New York’s Upper East Side when its doors shut last winter. It’s where ladies who lunch, well, lunch — alongside a host of bold-faced names such as Sting and Bill Clinton. Fortunately for its devoted following, it reopened in a new location a few blocks away on East 60th — and the late-night table dancing and perennially packed lunch hour have returned as well. As the mercury rises and our thoughts turn to the perfect spring salad, we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than Chef Julien Jouhannaud there to consult on the ultimate Salad Niçoise.
With the Tribeca Film Festival kicking off tomorrow, we’ve put together a checklist of some of our favorites to watch — all documentaries because, sometimes, real life can be greater than fiction. There’s the highly-anticipated world premiere of Dior and I, which chronicles the creation of Raf Simons’ first Dior couture collection. For the musically-inclined, there’s an homage to James Brown — exploring his rags-to-riches story and his civil rights work — produced by Mick Jagger. The Other One: The Long Strange Career of Bob Weir throws a spotlight on the Grateful Dead’s lesser-known guitarist — the one who wasn’t Jerry Garcia. And speaking of trips, the lineup is rounded out with experimental film On a Human Scale which reimagines the people of New York City as an audiovisual instrument. What’s on your must-see list?
Andrea Robinson’s new book Toss the Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+ addresses an audience oft-neglected by the major beauty companies: baby boomers. But even if you find yourself south of that generation, it’s a great read and resource. Here, more on the beauty industry veteran plus her pro tips on perfecting
your lip color.
Warm weather, hot spices and bright bursts of color… Refinery29 Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director Piera Gelardi found her element on a recent whirlwind trip through Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. With much of Southeast Asia celebrating the New Year tomorrow, we asked Piera to share her highlights.Read More
Kelli O’Hara’s a Broadway veteran with a set of unbelievable pipes. Don’t just take our word for it. According to The New York Times, her voice “courses from flutelike fragility to thundering affirmation and back again.” Plus, she’s racked up four Tony nominations — in productions as varied as South Pacific and The Pajama Game — and has performed everywhere from the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall. You can catch the actress, here wearing Tory’s Lorelai dress, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre where she’s playing Francesca in the musical version of The Bridges of Madison County. (Yes, in the role made famous by Meryl Streep.) “If you think you know the story,” says Kelli, “you don’t.”Read More
The Coachella music festival kicks off today and, to celebrate, The Tory Blog editors put together a quick style guide to channeling your inner bohemian as you hit performance after performance — or watch live from the comfort of your screen.
Clockwise from top left: Tory’s Madura gold fret and Luca wood earrings; crochet Estella and Calita dress;
Marion clutch; tortoiseshell and rose Peggy sunglasses; the scene at Coachella, by Jennifer Grace of the Native Fox; Clinique Rescue Balm; Lucas leather and Reggie metallic sandals
Looking to add some heat to your look in one easy step? Then take a style cue from Barcelona-based blogger Zina Charkoplia of Fashion Vibe. She tops off her black leather outfit with our Robinson chain wallet in bright Carnival red, providing the perfect crimson counterpoint to that all-neutral palette.
Jane Scott Hodges’ new book Linens: For Every Room and Occasion is more than just a collection of gorgeous interiors and colorful tabletops — although there’s plenty of that, of course. The Founder of Leontine Linens has packed the tome with helpful hints and tips, from prepping your guest room to making the perfect bed, while input from a host of industry pros — Darcy Miller; Charlotte Moss — further ups the expertise factor. Here, we chat with the linen guru herself.Read More