Friday, April 21, 2017

Tori's Pretty Weekly Wrapping - Make Yourself at Home

Osgoode Hall, Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Osgoode Hall - Toronto, ON
Well, hello and happy Friday! And what a happy Friday it is, right?

I mean it's full-blown spring, we get so many more hours of sunshine, and life just seems to be taking a turn for the better lately :).

Guess what? Our condo sold...in only one week! What's even better? Chances are extremely high that we won't be moving anytime soon. Woohoo!

I also spent a good part of this past week building some lovely new friendships. I met a couple new friends on a weeknight for fun conversations and big old bowls of Chicken Pho. A few days later, I went to a coffee Meetup and met some of the nicest gals!

B and I are trying so hard to build a life for ourselves here. Lately, it's almost like the fates are saying, "Make yourself at home. Stay awhile."

You know what, Fates? We may just do that :) 


This Week's Pretty Nails:

Orly Snowcone, China Glaze Sweet Hook, OPI Step Right up Mini - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Orly Snowcone (old packaging shown), China Glaze Sweet Hook, OPI Step Right Up Mini 
There's a quote constantly floating around the interwebs that says, "Find inspiration everywhere."

I have no idea who said it first, but let me tell you -- I took this quote to heart in this week's nail art!

During Target's Black Friday sale, I scooped up my first electronic toothbrush.

Best. Purchase. Ever!

This little Sonicare makes me feel like I'm getting a dental cleaning on the daily, with those four 30-second brushing intervals.

In two minutes of teeth brushing, this gal gets a little time to think. You know what crossed my mind last week?

"Hm, that oval design could make really cute nail art."

Sonicare Inspired Abstract Spring Nail Art - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Orly Snowcone, China Glaze Sweet Hook, OPI Step Right Up mini
Did I draw perfect ovals? Definitely not.

But do these have that fun Mod 60's feel I was going for? Totally!

I'm almost positive that I'm not the first person to come up with this nail art design. But I wonder if others were also inspired by their Sonicare? lol

For these polish shades, we already chatted that I'm digging back through the polish archives.

If you love an opaque pale blue then I highly recommend Orly's Snowcone. The formula is great and the color is pretty much sky-blue perfection! (Orly re-branded about two years back so this explains why my bottle looks a little different than the one linked.)

Step Right Up is the sheer shade of the bunch. On its own, this delicate ivory is a lovely base for a classic french mani. Here I used it for a soft accent dot.

China Glaze's Sweet Hook is just that -- a sweet whitened lilac shade that will hook you right in! This color reads very springtime floral, but I could see it looking great for a summer pedi too!


This Week's Pretty Outfit:

Blush Blouse spring outfit, Flutter sleeve blush blouse, bell sleeve blouse, Spring 2017 outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Blouse, Watch (old - similar, similar), Jeans, Flats, Phone case (not sold online - same brand, different color)
What are your thoughts on this new bell and flutter sleeve trend?

At first, I wasn't too sure but then I saw this blouse in H&M and had to give it a go. I mean, give me blush pink everything, but then add the neckline detail and girly sleeve? I'm all heart eyes!

As far as sizing goes, I sized up one size because I liked the slightly roomier fit.

Blush pink blouse spring outfit, Flutter sleeve spring outfit, bell sleeve, Spring bell sleeve outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Blouse, Watch (old - similar, similar), Jeans, Flats, Phone case (not sold online - Same brand, different color)
I'm sad to say that my old phone case bit the dust. That's what I get for dropping my phone one too many times!

Thankfully I live around the corner from a Marshalls and picked up this great Casery phone case. Woot woot for discounts!

I couldn't find this exact marble-style on The Casery's website, but they have a ton of other cute marble options. Maybe I'll even pick up the rose gold marble as a backup? :)


This Week's Pretty Meal:

Sausage-stuffed Zucchini Boats - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Sausage-stuffed Zucchini Boat recipe - originally printed in Good Housekeeping
I admit - I'm still a fan of old-school magazines. It's so relaxing to take a coffee break and flip through those glossy pages.

Specifically, I'm a big fan of Good Housekeeping. Do you ever pick up a copy?

I'm about to go on a bit of a tangent here so bear with me...

I'm very independent (sometimes stubbornly so), career-oriented, and strong. I'm also very proud of my home and my family and taking care of both.

My core values very much align with the modern feminist. So I believe that women are allowed to love and be proud of whatever (and whoever) they love without being pigeonholed into a specific role.

So Yes, Good Housekeeping's title might feel outdated and like they're talking to the women of yesteryear. But gals, so much of their career, health, beauty, family, and home content talk perfectly to our adult millennial lifestyles!

Italian Style zucchini boats recipe - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Italian-Style Zucchini Boats
So what does this have to do with zucchini?

Well, case in point - GH is where I found this delicious, quick and healthy sausage-stuffed zucchini boat recipe!

As my first attempt at zucchini boat-anything, the scooping-out technique took a bit of practice. Including that slight struggle, this dish whipped together in about 45 minutes. #WeeknightWin

My only critique is that my version came out less flavorful than I expected.

However, I'm 99% sure this has to do with the lack of Italians, and thus good quality Italian sausage, in Toronto than it does with the recipe itself! (I also might be a tad spoiled growing up in the epicenter of Italian immigrants and some of the best Italian food outside of Italy...)

A big healthy dinner that feels decadent but fits in my calorie limits? I will definitely give this recipe another go :). 


This week's pretty life:

Toronto Blue Jays baseball gear - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Toronto Blue Jays merchandise in Marshalls
Toto, I have a feeling we're not in New York anymore...

It's so strange to live outside of Mets/Yankees territory for the first time in my life!

I am so pumped for baseball season, though. My fingers are crossed that my Mets get back on track and head back to the World Series!

One of my life goals is to get to as many baseball stadiums as possible. So once the weather warms up, it's time to watch those Blue Jays and Check off stadium #8!

Flowers outside of Osgoode Hall - Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Flowers outside of Osgoode Hall - Toronto, ON
As far as life goes, spring finally sprung here in Toronto. I love watching the flowers bloom, the trees bud their little leaves, and adding the High Park cherry blossom season to my to-do list.

Old City Hall - Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Lamp posts on Old City Hall - Toronto, ON
Last weekend I actually succeeded in resting my face off. Can you believe it? (I'm so bad at resting that I actually almost can't, myself...

The only trip out and about was a mini-excursion for an early brunch with B (because #alwaysbrunch.)

We leisurely strolled home to enjoy the nice weather and Toronto's old city hall. Would you just look at those gorgeous lamps?!

Old City Hall - Toronto, ON - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Old City Hall - Toronto, ON
I'm terrible at math but always toyed with the idea of becoming an architect. There's just something about building design that I find so fascinating!

Old City Hall is quickly becoming the Toronto version of what the Empire State building means to me in New York. I just can't stop staring!


What's next on the agenda?

United States Capitol Building - Washington, DC - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The United States Capitol Building - Washington, DC (circa 2009)
May trip to Washington, D.C.? Officially booked!

I try to visit my D.C. area family every year or so. (It's been almost three years this time - I'm super slacking!) So I can't wait for a little bit of sightseeing and a whole bunch of family time :).

As for the weekend, It'll be a little chilly and cloudy so I'm thinking maybe it's time to check out a museum. Maybe the AGO? Maybe the ROM? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

It's also that time again for another big apartment cleaning. Womp Womp :/ lol. 


That's a wrap on another pretty week!

Now, it's your turn! Let's chat more in the comments below.

I'd love to know - What was the best part of your week? 

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