There’s some days where living in NYC is nowhere near as glamorous as it seems to those of you who don’t live here. I fight off the tourists as I walk to work, crowd on the subways with what sometimes feels like half the city and pay per month for the gym what some of you pay for the year. There’s some days that I wonder why the hell I am crazy enough to live here.
And then I do things like go with Ashley to listen to a talk by one of my favorite designers, and I realize why I live here. Just $25 and a short walk from work, and I got to hear Tory Burch, one of my favorite designers speak. If you’re not familiar with Ms. TB (and no, I don’t just like her because we have the same initials), most of her clothes are really bright, preppy and classic. And I wore her shoes to her talk. Is that like wearing a band’s shirt to their show? Meghan’s fiancee thought so.
(Okay, so I don’t have much by her. But I still <3 her.)
She talked about how she got started seven years ago and how she went from running her business out of her apartment with one other woman to how she now runs a business with 800 employees and 45 stores. I was really impressed with how humble she seemed–and not even in an affected, I-know-I-should-pretend-to-act-humble-way. The (slightly awkward) moderator asked her when she knew that her business was going to make it.
“I still don’t know if it’s going to make it,” she said. She seemed to be really, really hard on herself. It was also interesting hearing how important the Internet is to Tory Burch personally and as a company. Two months after they launched their first store, they launched e-commerce on their website, and social media’s always been important to them, and Tory does most of her own tweeting, except for maybe some of the promotional stuff. For example, she tweeted last year “Is it me or is everyone grossed out by having to go barefoot through airport security? Should I design a line of travel socks?” She got such a great response that she did design a travel sock. I thought this was such a cool idea and asked for them for Christmas…until I realized I was basically asking for a $45 pair of socks. Oops.
I walked home down Fifth Ave and smiled at the parade prep (I am SO EXCITED for St. Patrick’s Day), and came home and made a chicken patty with some spinach and whole wheat pasta.
Oh, and decided to go to Vegas with Ashley in three weeks!!