Friday, April 28, 2017

Tori's Pretty Weekly Wrapping - A little Fresh Air

The responsibility struggle is real.

Do I do all of the adulting or do all of the Toronto?

You see, I'm a big fan of structure.

I like my life and schedule neat and tidy. Systems make my happy. Organizing makes me happier. Planning weekly in my Erin Condren makes me happiest.

At the same time, who knows how long we'll be in Toronto...or Canada for that matter? There are SO many things I want to see and do (like this, or this, or even this!)

Last weekend, I was totally prepared for our routine apartment cleaning. I thought we were in for gloomy skies and cold winds so I set a whole day aside to battle those dust bunnies.

But then the sun came out...  and the weather warmed....

B said, "What do you think about checking out the Scarborough Bluffs?"

...guess which one I chose?

I really love doing all of the adulting. I weirdly, seriously, really do!

But you know what? I'm just going to say the thing you're not supposed to say anymore...

YOLO.


This Week's Pretty Nails: 

OPI In the Spot-Light Pink, OPI Who the Shrek are You?, OPI Sparrow me the Drama - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
OPI In the Spot-Light Pink mini (prefer this one!), OPI Who the Shrek are You? mini (similar), OPI Sparrow me the Drama mini (similar, bolder option)
I'm back at it with the mini polishes! Woot woot!

These three cuties are some of the oldest in my collection, going back six years into the archives.

Ya know, I love the idea of mini polishes. Not spending a fortune to try a ton of shades? Um, yes please!

But I'm pretty sure it defeats the purpose when you end up buying the full size version of that mini too... (Here's looking at you full-size bottle of Who the Shrek are You?)

Negative Space Spring Dotticure Nail Art, OPI Sparrow me the Drama - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
OPI In the Spot-Light Pink mini (prefer this one!), OPI Who the Shrek are you? mini (similar), OPI Sparrow me the Drama mini (similar, bolder option)
This dotticure looked so much prettier in my mind than it ended up on the nails.

In my mind, this would be like a soft, girly abstract garden. Sparrow me the Drama would be the small, spray roses. Who the Shrek are You? would look like a few sprinkled leaves. In the Spot-Light Pink would be the soft sheer base that tied the look together.

My eyes grow big ol' hearts again just thinking about how I wanted it to look... Le sigh.

Negative Space Spring Dotticure Nail Art, OPI In the Spot-Light Pink - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
OPI In the Spot-Light Pink mini (prefer this one!), OPI Who the Shrek are you? mini (similar), OPI Sparrow me the Drama mini (similar, bolder option)
Instead, I ended up with a barely-there mani that was a struggle to shoot and looked almost invisible to the naked eye. Womp womp.

In hindsight, it was my choice in minis that got the better of me!  I really wanted to bring out some older shades, but I probably should have gone with a slightly more pigmented base like this one and a warmer, brighter pink like this one.

Eh, you win some and lose some, #amiright?

Negative Space Spring Dotticure Nail Art, OPI Who the Shrek are You? - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
OPI In the Spot-Light Pink mini (prefer this one!), OPI Who the Shrek are you? mini (similar), OPI Sparrow me the Drama mini (similar, bolder option)
As for the polishes, if you can still get your hands on 'em, I'm a big fan of Sparrow me the Drama and Who the Shrek are you?

I can't say the same about In the Spot-Light Pink, though. It's a little too sheer for my taste - you can barely tell that it's the base color. OPI's Bubble Bath is a much better option to get the same effect. 


This Week's Pretty Makeup: 

Girl's Night makeup look using the Urban Decay original Naked Palette - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing:
brow pencil, crease, lid and highlight shade palette, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lip balm
Every gal has their go-to makeup look. Those couple of products and handful of steps that almost instantly make you feel pulled together!

For me, that's covering up my dark circles, filling in my brows, and creating a simple eye look with the original Urban Decay Naked palette

Naked Palette Everyday Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing:
brow pencil, crease, lid and highlight shade palette, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lip balm
watch (old - similar, similar), bracelet
I pulled this look together for a breezy girls night a few weeks ago.

It's nothing crazy and so easy to replicate - just a bit of the shade Naked in the crease, the shade Sidecar on the lid, and the shade Virgin on the brow bone. I'm not even wearing lipstick! (I know, who am I?!)

You know what, though? I felt good and feeling good made me look good :).


This Week's Pretty City: 

Remember those Bluffs I was telling you about? Here they are in all of their beautiful, geological glory!

We spent most of Sunday exploring those grounds below. B and I strolled along most of those paths, took in the fresh air, and enjoyed the beautiful sights of both the bluffs and Lake Ontario.

I never realized just how blue and ocean-like a Great Lake looked!

Then we strolled over to the marina and, you guys, there were over a dozen houseboats. Houseboats!

I've never seen a houseboat in real life before but I was previously convinced they only existed for dramatic effect in 90's teen soaps.  So that was a pretty cool thing to be proven wrong about :).

We wrapped up our little Toronto adventure by driving to the top of said Bluffs, to look out on the view below.

All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a springtime Sunday, and a little excursion that I highly recommend!


This Week's Pretty Life: 

When your new friend asks you to go to a Monday night concert? The answer is always yes! (Or at least for the first few months, until it's socially acceptable to be your true grandma self again..)

I'm glad I didn't give in to my grandma tendency of staying in on a weeknight. It was such a blast catching the Clean Bandits and Zara Larsson with a great new pal earlier this week.

Zara Larsson? That girl can sing!

I dug her Swedish-Pop sound (and suede hot pink boots.) Plus, her backup dancers were absolutely fierce.

As for Clean Bandits - what's cooler than a dance-pop group with both a violinist and a cellist?! Very little, my friends. Very little.

Aside from their couple of radio hits, I really didn't know too many of their songs. Still, I loved their overall sound and was pleasantly surprised by the super-upbeat vibe of the crowd.

Spring florals in CF Sherway Gardens Mall, Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Spring florals in CF Sherway Gardens Mall, Toronto, ON
As for the rest of my week, B and I spent a little time perusing our favorite mall. They have the prettiest floral displays at the Sherway Gardens!

We both needed a few wardrobe upgrades (New sneakers and a hoodie for him. New workout tops for me.) So we spent most of Saturday bopping around a few shops and checking errands off our lists.

Bath and Body Works Spring 2017 haul - Waikiki Beach, Honeysuckle Bouquet, Sugared Lemon Zest Candles - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Bath and Body Works Spring 2017 haul -
Waikiki Beach  3-wick Candle (sold out? - wallflower scent), Honeysuckle Bouquet 3-wick Candle,
Sugared Lemon Zest 3-wick Candle
You know what else I picked up? Some new, delicious-smelling spring candles!

Gah, I'm in love!

Currently I'm burning Honeysuckle Bouquet, which instantly reminds me of the honeysuckle bush that used to be in my parent's backyard.

I'm pretty positive B will vote for Sugared Lemon Zest to be burned next. That man loves lemon and I will happily oblige when the candle smells like those sugary lemon bars I love so much!


What's next on the Agenda?

Spring florals at Saks Fifth Avenue in CF Sherway Gardens Mall, Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Spring florals at Saks Fifth Avenue in CF Sherway Gardens Mall, Toronto, ON 
It's full steam ahead for another busy weekend!

Somehow this introvert managed to book two brunches, another Meetup event, and a trip to check out the cherry blossoms all within a 28-hour span. Phew!

It's a rough life..but somebody's got to do it :) lol.

That's a wrap on another pretty week!


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