Tuesday, November 14, 2017

This Week's Pretty Outfits - Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone

Monday

Everyday Fall Jean Jacket look, Striped Tee, Jean Jacket, Jeggings, Cognac Booties Outfit  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Everyday Fall Jean Jacket look, Striped Tee, Jean Jacket, Jeggings, Cognac Booties Outfit  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Jean Jacket: Old Navy || Tee: H&M ||
Black Jeggings: American Eagle || Booties: Charlotte Russe (old)


Friday

Everyday Fall Plaid Flannel Outfit, Plaid Shirt, Flannel Shirt, Jeggings, light tan booties, beige booties, rose gold watch outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Everyday Fall Plaid Flannel Outfit, Plaid Shirt, Flannel Shirt, Jeggings, light tan booties, beige booties, rose gold watch outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Plaid Shirt: BP (sold out) || Jeggings: Charlotte Russe || Booties: Just Fab ||
Watch: Target (old) || Lipstick: NYX

There's something to be said for stepping out of your fashion comfort zone.

I mean, fashion is such a wonderful way to try something different, creative and fun because, at the end of the day, it's just clothes. You take them off, give 'em a wash, and start anew tomorrow!

So this week I tried two looks like aren't part of my usual wheelhouse - and I really dug both of them.

For the first look, I'm not usually a pop-your-collar kind of gal. When I saw this look that Brighton put together, though? I was SO drawn to it! I loved how these three staple neutrals, navy, black, and cognac, paired so nicely together.

In the second look, I love me a good plaid but I don't usually do the full-tuck. I was pleasantly surprised at how slimming this combo ended up being! I think the monochromatic color scheme also helped in that department. Still, I really enjoyed this inspiration from Emily's blog and giving this a try.

In other news, I am sadly very under the weather.

I spent a good chunk of the weekend stuck in bed, as I try to rest and kick this terrible cold. Last year, I was so sick Thanksgiving weekend so I'm doing all I can to avoid a repeat. Wish a gal luck!

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

This Week's Pretty Nails - Tongue & Chic




China Glaze Tongue & Chic || China Glaze Rodeo Fantatic ||
China Glaze Meet Me in the Mirage

I have such a love/hate relationship with deep sapphire and rich emerald shades.

On the one hand, my eyes turn into massive hearts each time I see one! I immediately fall in love and click "Add to Cart" faster than you can say nail polish.

On the other hand, I store and wear my polish by season. Muted gray and dark purple? Hello, Winter. Pastel lilac and mint green? All the yes, Spring. Burnt red and rich coppers? There you are, Fall.

I know I won't reach for these two shades during winter but they don't quite feel fall to me either. Harrumph. Sadly, that means these two stunning shades sat unworn for wayyy too long!

Inspired by this pin, by this nail artist, this felt like a perfect pairing for two shades in need of some love.

To get this look, I start by painting two coats of the sapphire on my pointer, the emerald on my middle, and the rose gold on my pointer and thumb.

I then painted 1/3 of the ring nail with the sapphire shade, doing my best to keep the color even but not worrying about perfection.

Once dry, I painted the emerald shade over the top 2/3rd of the nail, again aiming for a straight line in the middle but not stressing about perfection.

Once dry, I painted a medium-weight horizontal line with the rose gold across the two shades. I also added a vertical line on the outer 1/3 of my middle nail. I added a quick-dry top coat to finish the look.

 In other news, I'm still unpacking away! Of course, I'm pushing too hard and catching a cold in the process... So I'm trying to remember my same packing-up mantra: It's a marathon, not a sprint.

Also, as I type this, my bestie, M, is in labor! Ahhh! :)

We've been chatting non-stop as we all excitedly await baby's arrival ... and no one more excitedly than M!

I'm hoping that by the time this post goes live, Baby will be here. Fingers crossed! :).

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

This Week's Pretty Outfits - When you Want to Dress Comfy but look Composed...

Tuesday: 

Fall Scarf, Dark Gray Sweater, Riding Boots Fall Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Fall Scarf, Dark Gray Sweater, Riding Boots Fall Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Scarf: Target || Sweater: Marshalls || Jeggings: American Eagle
Boots: Charlotte Russe (old) || Bracelets: Kate Spade, Charming Charlie 

Wednesday:

Green Cardigan, White tank, Taupe Booties, Bold watch Fall Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Green Cardigan, White tank, Taupe Booties, Bold watch Fall Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Cardigan: BP (sold out - similar) || Tank: F21 (old) ||Jeggings: American Eagle ||
Watch: Target (old) || Booties: JustFab || Lipstick: Maybelline (old)

Happy Tuesday :)

This week I'm sharing a couple quick outfits that check off two boxes: Cozy and Composed.

You know those days when you need to look pulled together but you're wishing that pajamas-in-public were socially acceptable? Then these two looks are for you!

In the first look, It's a simple sweater and jeans combo, elevated a bit. Inspired by Grace at A Southern Drawl, I paired a dark gray sweater with my favorite soft jeggings. Then I added this super-soft blanket scarf, comfortable riding boots, and a couple bracelets.

In the second look, I wore a cozy cardigan and booties but used color to dress the look up. Inspired by Brighton at Brighton the Day, I paired a comfy green cardigan with a v-neck tank. I added neutral booties and a berry lip to really make the cardigan stand out.

As for life, our move is officially done - wahoo!

The process was incredibly smooth. Our movers were great and we were done ahead of schedule! Part of me still feels pretty angry and sad about this whole situation. Why even rent a place if you're just going to sell it 4 months into a lease? 

But I keep reminding myself that everything happens for a reason and to look on the bright side.

 That unit sold when it did so that a family who needed that exact size space would find it. That family was so great through the whole process, letting us leave early without a problem and were so accommodating.

And now that we're here, it feels like we were meant to be exactly where we now live. The new building is better, the new neighborhood is more our style, and this rented condo already feels more like home.

So as frustrating as the added cost, time and stress were, right now I feel like it's all working out for the best :).

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