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Beauty Tip: Cover Art

Music to our ears turned music at our fingertips. Inspired by the lush palms and hibiscuses on the cover of Maroon 5’s summer single Maps, we headed to chic Beverly Hills salon Olive & June to make the idea a reality…

Music Tastemaker: Karen Elson on Stevie & Kylie

Kylie Minogue, Stevie Nicks, Neil Young and Mazzy Star… Brit model and singer/songwriter Karen Elson talks about her music loves — and shares her ultimate beauty secret while she’s at it, too.

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Tory’s Playlist: Road Trip

Windows up or windows down, we’re on the road this summer. Whether it’s Route 66 or Route 27, to the Grand Canyon or to the Rockaways, it’s a great song or two that help us through the traffic and keeps us moving even at a standstill. Here are some tunes that may not help you get there faster, but will make the journey more memorable. It’s a good return trip, too.


Listen on Spotify now.

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Music Tastemaker: Q-Tip on 45s & NYC

Where does Q-Tip go for pizza when he’s in New York? What turned him into a dancing machine as a kid? And just what exactly is he doing with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in their upcoming series, Native Tongue? Find out in our Q&A with the rapper and producer.

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Meet the Songstress: Sophie Auster

As the daughter of acclaimed writers Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, Sophie Auster could have easily gone down a similar literary route. Instead, she opted to carve out her own path in the music world. With two albums under her belt — and a third coming later this year — we chatted with the chanteuse, here wearing Tory’s Cady pant, about new music, old music and on-stage style. If you’re in New York, catch her soulful rock tunes when she performs live tonight at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

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Tory On: Memorable Album Covers

It’s here: The Tory Blog’s 2014 Music Issue. And before we turn our attention to some outstanding artists and their music this week, we shine the spotlight on the visuals that telegraph our favorite beats and sounds. Here, to kick things off, Tory shares her list of most memorable album artwork — from a splashy Damien Hirst Babyshambles cover to not one but two covers from Janelle Monaé — and all the reasons why.

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Meet the Artist: Jose Romussi

Beautiful black and white images, a shock of colorful embroidery — the pairing is a signature for Chilean-born, Berlin-based artist Jose Romussi. Find his works on show at New York’s Robert Mann Gallery and in the upcoming book Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform, and read on to discover his top sources of inspiration.

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Asia Baker On: Interior Style

Here in Tory’s Ronnie pullover, Interior Designer and Founder of A.A. Baker Design opens up about her career and shares some quick and easy decor tips. Plus, discover her favorite inspirations, from must-visit websites to top style icons.

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What’s Your Sign? Leo

We’re entering the fire sign of Leo (July 22nd – August 22nd) this week. Find out what this period brings with some intel from our very own astrology expert Susie Cox.

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Claude Wasserstein On: Rooftop Gardening

From Central Park to the High Line, every New Yorker has a green spot they retreat to in search of a little zen. Claude Wasserstein’s slice of verdant paradise is on her building’s roof — where she’s created a Manhattan version of The Secret Garden. Here, Wasserstein gives us a glimpse behind her privet and shares some wisdom about planting in the city.

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Word of Mouth: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu

Tucked into the wilderness, three miles above the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Monica Mountains, there’s a place that takes getting away to a whole new level: The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu. Imagine seven days at a boot camp-cum-spiritual retreat with just enough luxury thrown in — French limestone bathrooms, handmade Italian linen bedding, nightly massages and spa treatments — to make you forget you’re suffering through nine hours of exercise, hiking, ab work and yoga each day. This longtime fashion insiders’ secret promises measurable reductions in weight and cholesterol levels after a stay, but the one immeasurable result most guests would be willing to pay any price for? The sense of zen that comes from unplugging and detoxifying. (For those who can’t miss a full week of “living in the real world,” there’s now a four-day version at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village.)


The pool at The Ranch at Live Oak in Malibu; Tory’s Calyx reversible bikini top and bottom

  • Meet the Artist: Stephan Dessaint
  • Meet the Artist: Stephan Dessaint
  • Meet the Artist: Stephan Dessaint
  • Meet the Artist: Stephan Dessaint

Photographer Stephan Dessaint wasn’t always on the photo track. He started his career on the retail side, working for French label Kookai, before pursuing a more creative path as an art director. Now, he’s turned the page on a new chapter: lensman whose beach shots have been featured in galleries from New York to St. Barts. We chat with the man here.

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