Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tori's Pretty Style & Beauty - "They call me Mellow Yellow"


Yellow Blouse Spring Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: F21 Blouse (old - super cute option), Charlotte Russe Jeans (old - similar),
Charlotte Russe Booties (old - similar),  Target Watch (old - similar, similar),
Kate Spade BraceletF21 Earrings
Okay. Do you ever go shopping and a bright, beautiful blouse catches your eye?

It calls your name and says, "You know how pretty I am. Pick up that hanger. Why don't you just try me on?"

Then logic taps you on the shoulder and says, "Oh come on. You're never going to wear that! Why even bother?"

Well, for me, usually that logical tap on the shoulder never happens, and that's how I end up with a closet full of bright colored clothes like this.

I'm not complaining, though. Even as I grow older, a bright wardrobe just still make me so happy!

I mean, okay. Clothes should first and foremost be a form of protection from the elements.

But if you're blessed to have the means to fill your closet (count every blessing!) , then you should fill it with nothing but pieces that you absolutely love, right?!

So add a check for this yellow blouse in my "absolutely love" column :).

Yellow Blouse Spring Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: F21 Blouse (old - super cute option), Charlotte Russe Jeans (old - similar),
Charlotte Russe Booties (old - similar),  Target Watch (old - similar, similar),
Kate Spade BraceletF21 Earrings
Plus, here's the best part. A great bold blouse is way easier to wear and style than you think.

Since that blouse will immediately be the star of the show, you really don't need much else to look pulled together.

Here I added simple ripped skinnes, brown booties,  a couple bracelets and my staple pearl earrings. I looked polished and casual for a recent brunch without putting a crazy amount of effort in. Woot and woot!

The Pretty Thing

Springtime Florals and Trees - Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Springtime Florals and Trees - Toronto, Ontario
Also, can we just take a minute and enjoy how much Toronto is blooming?!

These beautiful blush and magenta trees are popping up all over the city. I love just taking a moment to stop and take them in before summer flows into full swing.


Everyday Minimal Spring Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Loreal Foundation, Maybelline Concealer, Loreal Powder,
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Petticoat (old - similar),  Loreal Brow Pencil, Rimmel Brow Gel,
Mascaras (first, second), YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #7  
Inspired by said trees, and to pair with my bright yellow blouse, I decided to keeep my makeup simple.

(Also, let me be totally frank - it was Saturday. I was starving. The quicker I did my makeup? The quicker we got out the door to head to said brunch!)

The key to this kind of no-makeup makeup look is to spend a few extra minutes to even out you skin for that easy, glowing effect.

I believe Michelle Phan once said that you have to think of your skin as your canvas. The better your canvas looks, the less you need elsewhere!

Everyday No Makeup Makeup Spring Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Loreal Foundation, Maybelline Concealer, Loreal Powder,
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Petticoat (old - similar),  Loreal Brow Pencil, Rimmel Brow Gel,
Mascaras (first, second), YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in #7  
So here I stuck with my all-time favorite everyday foundation and concealer combo to really even out my skin.

The powder? Ehhh, it's good for setting your makeup but I'm still trying to find my holy grail. (I would love to know if you have a favorite drugstore powder in the comments below!)

A luminous blush added a healthy glow, while filled-in brows and some mascara helped frame my eyes.

I finished the look by taking that pink-tree inspiration and adding a pale pink lipstick.

(As a note, I don't make it a habit to buy such expensive lipstick. This was a "happy birthday to me!" gift that I bought myself a few years ago. That said, there's something so luxurious about owning such a high-end product!)

What else?

Now I'd love to turn the floor over to you.

How do you feel about bright colored blouses? Do you have any great no-makeup makeup tips that I missed?

Let's talk about it in the comments below! 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Tori's Pretty Nails - Teenage Dream

OPI Teenage Dream Glitter Nail Art - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: OPI Teenage Dream (similar), OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender 
Happy Memorial Day!

It's a little bit weird celebrating Memorial Day in Canada. Canadians celebrate this holiday in July, so it's business as usual here in Toronto today. (The "welcome summer" holiday here is Victoria Day, celebrated last Monday :)) 

I can't start this post, though, without expressing extreme gratitude to the brave men and women of our armed forces, past and present.

You, strong men and women, devote your lives to the well-being of those in your country. For this, and everything else you do, I am forever grateful and in your debt. Thank you for your kind and brave heart :).

OPI Teenage Dream and OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
OPI Teenage Dream (similar), OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender 
As for the nail art, Memorial Day weekend is also synonymous with summer, sunshine, and a few backyard sparklers. So why not go with a little sparkle on my nails to celebrate? :)

I used my all-time favorite pink glitter, OPI's Teenage Dream, and coordinated a matching pink with OPI's Lucky Lucky Lavender.

This nail art is simple - alternating between a solid and a glitter nail on all 10 fingers. I love that a solid glitter nail can have the same eye-catching appeal as more detailed nail art :).

I topped off the solid nails with a small pink gem. I attached the gem by first placing a small dot of top coat on my (completely dry!) painted nail.

I then picked up the gem with a toothpick and placed it on that clear-coat dot, using the toothpick to place and position the gem. I sealed in both the gem and the polish with a coat of top coat over both.

Easy peasy and beautifully festive!

OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender Spring Nail Art  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: OPI Teenage Dream (similar), OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender 
As for the polish themselves, Teenage Dream is now a cult classic and rightfully so! This shade is a stunner and applies beautifully.

I wish I could tell you where to buy it but I just saw it selling on eBay for double (even triple!) what I paid back in 2010. Ugh. Thankfully, after a quick google search, a few different blogs and forums pointed to this dupe for the same effect :).

On me, Lucky Lucky Lavender pulls way more mauve than it does lavender. I really don't care though - this shade is simply beautiful! If you don't already have a light purple-y pink shade then scoop this one up. It's a full on winner. 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Tori's Pretty Life - Weekend in Washington, D.C.

The Winery at Bull Run - Virginia - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Winery at Bull Run - Virginia
Happy Saturday :) What's your weekend full of?

B and I are hosting our first visitors for the long holiday weekend! Woo! They had to jump through some serious last-minute passport hoops to make it here. So I'm doubly thankful that they made the trek from the Northeast to our Canadian neck of the woods :).

I'll share more about our adventures next week, though. For now, let's talk about this past week in my pretty life.


I already told you about the delicious noms from our trip to D.C. yesterday, but I figured a more in-depth share was in order.

We took a flight from Toronto to D.C. last Thursday night. Our goal was to try and see the monuments that same night to avoid the crowds (and the summer heat.)

We made a valid attempt and did squeeze in a quick walk to see the back side of the White House. But after the hour journey from the airport to the city and an even later dinner, we decided to save the rest of our energy for the next day. 

Albert Einstein Memorial - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Albert Einstein Memorial - Washington, D.C.
So we started Friday bright and early with our Brunch at Edgar. Then my older brother met us at our hotel to let the tourist traversing begin!

Our first stop was the Lincoln Memorial but we were met with a happy little surprise when we passed Mr. Einstein on the way.

You know how some statues look nothing like the person they're trying to replicate? Well, I can't get over how well-done and life-like this memorial is!

 I know it's hard to tell in this photo but the monument is massive! As three grown adults, we were able to sit on his lap as if we were small children being read to.

This quick little memorial is a must-see stop on your next D.C. tour :). 

The Lincoln Memorial - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Lincoln Memorial - Washington, D.C.
From there, we walked further down the mall to our good ole friend, Honest Abe.

Graduation weekend was in full swing so there was many a grad there capturing their cap and gown photo on the memorial steps. (This was our first clue as to why the hotels were double the price this weekend!)

I've seen The Lincoln Memorial before. I'm sure I'll see it again. It's always crowded, no matter what day of the week. But I just love the beauty. The statue is beautiful. The message and surrounding memorial are even more so. I'm so glad we got the chance to stop by. 

The Korean War Memorial - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Korean War Memorial - Washington, D.C. 
From there, we needed to choose - Vietnam memorial or Korean war memorial?  I saw the first a couple of times so we decided on the latter.

Wow. Just wow. What a moving memorial!

I'm no art major but even I could appreciate the detail put into the placement and layout of these war-worn soldiers trekking through the terrain. I would highly recommend taking the stroll through this memorial on your next D.C. visit. 

Afterward, we continued down the mall to quickly pay homage to the WWII memorial and take a brief look at the Washington Monument. The monument is currently closed to the public so we stood on the street, took in the classic view, and off we went to eat lunch. 

John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Statue in The Capitol Building - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
John L. "Jack" Swigert, Jr. Statue in The Capitol Building - Washington, D.C. 
We then tried to catch a tour of The Capitol Building. Sadly, we missed the last full building tour of the day :(.

Thankfully, we were still able to take in all of the statues that lined the visitor center (like the beautiful Colorado statue above!) and spend a few minutes taking photos under the Capitol dome.

Inside of the Capitol Building dome, The Apotheosis of Washington - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Inside of the Capitol Building dome, The Apotheosis of Washington - Washington, D.C.
The fates were on our side because just as we finished at The Capitol Building, a very kind guide pointed us to the underground tunnel connecting the Library of Congress.

We dashed, with just 10 minutes until the LoC doors closed, and made it in time!

I can't even tell you how much I loved the LoC - I have never seen a more ornate and colorful government building in my life! Plus, when you walk in, you're immediately taken by the smell of old book pages and binding. Ahhhh :) (#BookNerdsGetIt)

The Library of Congress - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Library of Congress - Washington, D.C.
We enjoyed a few of the exhibits in each wing before peeking into the actual library from above.

Similar to the main branch of the NYPL, anyone age 16 and up can use the books but you can't check a book out.

The Gutenberg Bible in The Library of Congress - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Gutenberg Bible in The Library of Congress - Washington, D.C.

We also got to enjoy a major part of history - the Gutenberg Bible!

Putting the religious part aside, it was really cool to see one of the oldest pieces of existing printed materials.

The Library of Congress as a whole is truly a gem that I wish we spent more time in. This is another must-see to add to your D.C. adventure list!

From there, we parted ways with my brother for the day so he could get back to his family. B and I grabbed dinner back at Edgar and then hopped on the Metro, heading out to the 'burbs for our main weekend purpose - my nephew's Baptism.

The rest of the Weekend

The Winery at Bull Run - Virginia - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Winery at Bull Run - Virginia
The rest of our weekend was super chill and full of quality family time.  We spent most of  Saturday at The Winery at Bull Run.

I really don't drink but I've always loved the idea of getting some fresh air and perusing a vineyard. So I would absolutely call this first winery experience a success!

We grabbed a picnic table and spent the day laughing, eating subs, and enjoying the wonderful little personalities that my niece and nephew are developing. I even caved and had 1/2 a glass of wine! (I know! I even shocked myself!!)

Stained Glass within a church - Virginia - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Stained Glass within a church - Virginia
Sunday was the big day for our little buddy's Baptism!

While I choose to put my life out here on the interwebs, I don't want to assume the same for my Fam. So I'd love to share more detail but I'm going to totally respect personal privacy :).

What I will say is that the church was beautiful and it was a nice ceremony. From there, we spent a bit more family time before hopping a flight back to Toronto.

What else? 

All in all, B and I loved our little getaway and it was so nice to squeeze in all of that family time. Now that I live so far away, those types of visits only happen once or twice a year. So I have a heart full of love and happiness from those few days away :).

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Tori's Pretty Noms - Avocado Toast

The Eats

Avocado Toast - Edgar restaurant - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Avocado Toast - Edgar restaurant - Washington, D.C.
There are few things I love more than brunch.

Give me a poached egg, a strong (large) coffee, and a yummy carb and I am one happy lady!

I can be a bit of a snob, though, when it comes to one thing: Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast - Edgar restaurant - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Avocado Toast - Edgar restaurant -Washington, D.C.
The bread? It needs to be super crusty and thick.

 The Avocado? Full of seasoning and, whether mashed or sliced, piled nice and high.

The egg? Always and only poached.

Okay, so maybeeee I have incredibly high standards for what avocado toast should look like. But #SorryNotSorry!

I've been disappointed one too many times by this dish, so I was a little nervous giving it a go at Edgar restaurant in Washington, D.C.

But Praise the Avocado gods! This dish was absolute perfection!

Every single thing I could hope for in my avocado-filled brunch was there. It was so delicious that even B, a man who admittedly can take or leave that yummy green fruit, kept asked for bites.

(B's Eggs Benedict wasn't too shabby, either. But I was too much in awe of my brunch to take a photo.)

The Deets 

The Mayflower Hotel - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Mayflower Hotel - Washington, D.C.
Speaking of awe, I've been telling you (and telling you!) about my plans to see as many sights as we could see in Washington, D.C.

So consider my brunch and sightseeing dreams fulfilled, as B and I ate our faces off at Edgar Restaurant and spent a night at The Mayflower hotel last week.

The Mayflower Hotel - Washington, D.C. - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Mayflower Hotel - Washington, D.C.
The room was a little outside of the usual range I like to pay for a hotel. However, part of that was our own fault by not realizing our trip was the exact same time as graduation weekend. #Doh

Really though, I'd pay every penny again because The Mayflower was totally worth it! Not only was the decor drop-dead gorgeous, but it's located just a couple of block from The White House and the National Mall

Plus, who doesn't love a quality hotel infused with a touch of history? :) 

We had just 36 hours to cram in as much sightseeing as we could before heading out to the DC burbs for family time (I mean, family time was the true purpose of our trip anyway!). So that means a comfortable room in a prime location were top priorities!

If you're in similar shoes, I would highly recommend The Mayflower and their attached Edgar restaurant. 

What else?

On a final note, let's address the elephant on the blog - I thought I'd try something new this week and attempt a few smaller posts instead of one longer weekly wrap. 

I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of this consistent blogging thing and wanted to up my game. What do you think? 

Do you like more frequent, shorter posts or one longer weekly post? Let me know in the comments below! 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tori's Pretty Weekly Wrapping - Beauty in the Blooms

Toronto Sign - Toronto, Ontario - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Toronto Sign - Toronto, Ontario 
Happy Friday! How was your week? More importantly, what's in store for your weekend? :)

This week, I was a woman on a mission - packing, planning, and root canal-ing before a four-day weekend trip.

That  root canal? Thankfully, it was NBD!

The process was fairly quick and totally painless. I did feel like I took a punch to the face for about a day afterwards (even though, I really have no idea what a punch to the face feels like...). After that, it's been smooth sailing.

I'm pre-writing this post because as you're reading this, I'm most likely sweating my face off as I traverse Washington, D.C. and sightsee with my older brother and B.

Ya know, no matter how many times I visit D.C., it just never looses it's allure! I feel really lucky to travel as much as I do :).

As for the rest of my week? Well, just keep on scrolling!

This Week's Pretty Nails: 

Smooshy Nail Art - Sally Hansen Pacific Blue Original Shade - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (current version), Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver (similar), OPI Planks a Lot (similar)
So, there's this technique in the nail world called Smooshy nails.

The whole concept is taking blobs of polish (I know, such technical names...), placing them on some sort of plastic surface such as a sandwich bag, cling wrap, or a jelly stamper, and then "smooshing" the blobs onto your nail to see what comes out.

I am so proud of this attempt! #NailWin!

Smooshy Nail Art - OPI Planks a Lot - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (current version), Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver (similar), OPI Planks a Lot (similar)
I tried this technique about three years ago, hated my results, and swore off the technique.  But after recieving a stamper this past Christmas, I thought I'd give it another go :).

I don't know if it was the stamper or just three more years of nail art confidence that made the process easier. What I do know is that a gal just can't give up after one try! Practice really does make perfect... or least practice makes it prettier :).

Smooshy Nail Art - Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (current version), Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver (similar), OPI Planks a Lot (similar)
I have to apologize for the color of these photos, though. I couldn't fix the white balance for the life of me! So in real life, each shade is softer and a little bolder than in these photos.

It's been way too long since I busted out the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue - now I remember why it has such a cult following! I'm already daydreaming of how to use it for my Fourth of July mani :).

As for My Lifesaver? Meh. The shade is beautiful but the polish is kind of difficult to work with and the brush in my bottle is pretty wonky.

Planks A Lot, though, is such a beautiful soft purple shade! I don't have anything in my collection like it. (And with 60 other purples shades.. that's saying something!) So if you can still find it, I recommend it.

This Week's Pretty Outfit:

Spring Utility Jacket Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Jacket, Tee (very old - love these tees!), Jeans, Flats, Phone Case
I didn't realize how different it would be to shop for clothes in Canada than in the States.

True, there are many of the same stores. Yet, my usual go-to's (Charlotte Russe, Kohl's, and Target) aren't nearly as accessible while I'm across the border.

So a few weeks back, I took a stroll through H&M. I didn't love their clothes about six years ago and haven't really tried them since.

Spring Light Army Jacket Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Jacket, Tee (very old - love these tees!), Jeans, Flats, Phone Case

But you know, I am so glad their window displays lured me in! I walked out of there with some major staples that I was hunting for, like this flutter sleeve blouse, a loose pink sweater, and this perfect utility jacket.

We're not even out of May and I've already work this jacket half a dozen times. So lesson learned? Stepping out of your fashion comfort zone can really up your game!

This Week's Pretty Noms: 

Smoque and Bones - Toronto Eats - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Smoque N' Bones - Toronto, Ontario
Oh my goodness - would you just look at how perfect this Barbecue is?!

I'm a sucker for well-smoked, barbecue meats (blame it those constant family vacations to the South as a kid.) Finally, thanks to the introduction from a few great new friends, B and I found a new favorite Barbecue spot!

I can't even tell you how worthwhile it was to make this feast my cheat meal for the week. I am successfully 12 lbs down (woot, woot!) but a little barbecue indulgence just totally hit the spot.

This Week's Pretty Life:

Speaking of those great new friends, before our barbecue feast we explored another Toronto park. Say hello to Trinity Bellwoods park - a gorgeous little city escape full of beautiful trees and picnic tables :).

The four of us literally stood for about 15 minutes just to photograph and smell this tree! haha

I was always told it's so hard to make friends as an adult. So I feel really lucky that we're making some great connections and building a little Toronto tribe :). 

Trinity Bellwoods Park - Spring 2017 - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Trinity Bellwoods Park - Toronto
Photo Credit: Sophie
Aside from our strolling and eating, B and I also checked off engagement ring window shopping  from our todo list this weekend.

I know - it's a big step and we're almost there!

I'm an incredibly picky woman.  Even more so when it comes to jewelry because I'm so minimal and classic about it. (Have you noticed I almost exclusively wear pearl earrings?)

So we decided it was best to pick out the ring together and then he would take the proposal from there :).

After this weekend, Consider that ring decision made!

I'm so surprised at how easy the process was, and super excited to see what B comes up with :).

Comfy Couch - Ikea Couch and budget friendly living room - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Comfy Living Room: Chair (3 years old - very similar), Couch, Throw Blanket,
Lifting table, Throw pillows (similar, similar)
On the chill side of things, I am so happy but so sad that I finished binged watching Grace and Frankie.

I'm pretty convinced that Grace is my spirit animal and that'll be me in 30 years. Officially adding this show to my all-time favorites list? Check! Now, do I really have to wait a whole year to find out what happpens next? :(

What's Next on the Agenda?

Lincoln Memorial - Circa 2009 - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Lincoln Memorial - Circa 2009 - Washington, D.C.
The rest of this weekend will be full of new adventures and lots of family time :).

On Monday, I'll get to experience my first Victoria Day. (Who does love a holiday that they get to share their name with?!)

Then, it's another short week as we roll into Memorial Day Weekend and we get our first set of visitors.

These next few weeks are busy, busy, busy but I wouldn't have it any other way :).

That's a wrap on another pretty week!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Tori's Pretty Weekly Wrapping - Texas Sunshine and Spring Smiles

The State Seal of Texas - Austin, TX - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The State Seal of Texas - Austin, TX
Oh hey! Happy Friday :)  How was your week?

I can safely walk into the weekend with a big ole smile!

I've got a  mind full of new marketing knowledge and a heart full of first-time Texas experiences, after spending a few days at a healthcare conference in Austin.

I don't talk about my day job often here (something's I just like to keep to myself.) I will say, though, that it's really rewarding to work in the healthcare tech industry. I feel good to end each work day feeling like we're working toward making a difference.

As for the traveling that I'm lucky enough to get to do? This was my first time in Texas and I loved it!

In fact, I'm still riding high on that southern sunshine and warm spring air. So I'll keep this intro short and sweet.

Let's get into wrapping up this week!

This Week's Pretty Nails: 

Do you ever see other bloggers using fashion as home d├ęcor? Maybe a Jimmy Choo or Louis Vuitton strategically placed on a shelf, to enjoy those items even when they’re not using them?

I’ve told you about my polish stash before. So the other day it dawned on me – Why not use that same logic for my polish collection?!

I took an empty hurricane glass, filled it with a few springtime shades, and now a happy little pop of color lives on my desk to brighten each work day :). 

When I picked those springtime shades, Essie’s In the Cab-ana was a no-brainer addition. The more I looked at it, the more it screamed, “Wear me, wear me!”

So, naturally, I did J

This all Essie mani is formula perfection! I forgot just how easy and buttery In the Cab-ana is. Two easy coats and we were at bright blue opacity!

Getting Groovy is fairly new, an addition from the 2016 holiday collection. I love the bright gold shimmer and it applied beautifully for the arrow accents.

Those nail vinyls? You need to scoop them up! What’s up Nails hit it out of the ballpark with these cute arrows. They’re easy to peel, easy to place, and made a cute mani easy to achieve. 

This Week's Pretty Makeup:

Okay, okay. So this mayyyy be from a few weeks ago when B and I celebrated his 30th in New York. But when you totally nail your makeup, you have to share it, right? J

For this look, I used a mini Tarte Palette that came in the larger 2015 holiday palette. You guys, keep your eyes peeled for a palette like this!

With 6 eyeshadows, a blush, a bronzer, and a highlight, it’s the only palette I bring anymore when I travel. (This also coming from a gal who consistently travels with a “just in case!” pile!) 

While this specific palette is sold out, I can’t recommend Tarte products enough. Their Lights Camera Lashes mascara is an all-time favorite. Their Amazonian clay blushes are excellent. Their shadows are pigmented and blendable.

If you haven’t tried Tarte, then go get yourself to a Sephora and try a swatch or two J

This Week's Pretty City: 

Spring morning over Downtown Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Spring morning in Downtown Toronto 
Lately, I’m all smiles at all the spring just springing up across the city!

I love celebrating the seasons, and for the first time in my life, I feel like I’m getting a real spring. 

Spring Trees outside of Osgoode Hall – Queen St W, Toronto  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Spring Trees outside of Osgoode Hall – Queen St W, Toronto 
In New York, you get two weeks of beautiful weather sandwiched between the ice-cold parka freeze and the scorching stinky-garbage heat.

In Toronto, there are weeks and weeks of pleasant cool weather – with a few wool jacket, jean jacket, and rain jacket days all intermixed.

 This combo makes for some of the prettiest tree and flower blooms! So I’m happily indulging in (and photographing) it all J

This Week's Pretty Life: 

Texas Capitol Building - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Texas Capitol Building - Austin, TX
Like I was telling you, I spent the early part of my week at a healthcare marketing conference with two of my colleagues in Austin, Texas.

First off, all the yay for such great team building and bonding time! I don't realize when I'm working from home just how much I miss the people I work with :).

We spent most of our time in sessions, but we soaked in as much sun and culture as we could in the bit of downtime we had!

Texas Cowboy Monument - Austin, TX - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Texas Cowboy Monument - Austin, TX
We explored the s Capitol building, took in the many monuments lining the property, and enjoyed some of the downtown eats.

I learned a TON about the current state and future goals of healthcare marketing (and I'm SO excited to implement so much of it!)

But I'll be honest - it was a nice added bonus to check off another state in my mental travel map and enough some (mostly humidity free) warm weather.

You know what else a few days in warmer weather did?

Remind me how unprepared my closet it for them!

So I scooped up a couple new summer sandals to get that party started J

Both the wedges and flat sandals are from Target.

I’ll admit – it’s tough ordering from Target in Canada! But I still saved myself a few bucks, even with the international shipping, compared to the higher end versions of both.

Both are superrr comfy and really on trend! I have a feeling both pairs will be tagging along for this our summer vacation in Greece ;). 

Ever noticed how I wrap up each post with, “What’s Next on the Agenda?”

Well, that’s because I’m in a long-term committed relationship with mine. (It’s getting serious. I think I found The One.)

I’m a loyal Erin Condren Life Planner and am so pumped that the 2017-2018 released are here! I geek out hard on her products. The coils, color schemes, and paper? #HeartEyeStatus

While I’m deciding on my 2018 customization choices, I figured it was time to let you in on another one of my gazillion creative outlets: Scrapbook planning!

 (#Rest? #What’sRest?)

I know, I know.  I’m pretty sure I know how to find the most obscure hobbies and dedicate hours of my time to it. Hey, that makes me unique, right? J

Scrapbook planning takes my simple (and boring) daily to-do list and lets me turn it into a beautiful scrapbook spread like this!

There’s a whole Etsy and Facebook community dedicated to this hobby. This video can explain the concept way better than I can.

Stay tuned because you’ll be seeing more of these spreads, as I scratch my scrapbooking and organizational itches. #TypeAwesome  

(*Note: The EC link is my direct referral code. If you buy a planner, you're contributing to my next year planner :)) 

What's next On the Agenda?

Weeping Willow Tree - Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Weeping Willow Tree - Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto
Speaking of my agenda, what’s coming up?

First, there’s an exciting weekend of double dates with a breakfast on Saturday and a trip to The Islands on Sunday.

Then next week? My first (and hopefully only!) root canal, womp womp L

Most importantly, lots of loving time with B – after 3 days away, I just can’t help but miss him! I guess after 4 and ½ years though, that’s probably a good thing J

That's a Wrap on Another Pretty Week! 

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