Friday, May 5, 2017

Tori's Pretty Weekly Wrapping - "It looks like Rain in Cherry Blossom Lane"

So remember that time I told you our rental condo sold but it was totally cool because we were most likely going to be able to stay?

Yeah... about that...

Turns out, that's not happening. The new owners (who are truly so nice), didn't actually purchase this place as an investment. They plan to live here come the end of the year. Womp, womp :(.

I'll admit - it's put a damper on my week. I love this apartment!

But everything happens for a reason, right?

 On the plus, it's helped me see that we really don't need a full second bedroom for my office. We don't need to pay all of this extra rent for a bed that'll get used a dozen times a year, if that.

In Toronto, it's really common to rent a 1+1, meaning a bedroom plus a den. So maybe next year, we'll downgrade to that type of unit and start saving for a down payment of our own :).

If the weekend didn't end on that sour note, I'd probably be sitting here and telling you that it was the best weekend ever!

I "Did all the things!", spent time with some great new friends, and there may have been a Cherry Blossom or two around... :).

Want to hear all about it? Keep on reading!

This Week's Pretty Nails: 

This week, I kept you in mind when I painted my nails.

I'm still working through older polish shades but wanted to paint with colors you could still get your hands on. Mission accomplished!

Inspired by this pin, I really needed to paint a dotticure do-over.  Muchhhhh better than last week, don't you think? :)

Ya know, I really didn't like Splash of Grenadine the last time I wore it. I can't event put my finger on why - I just didn't like how it looked with my skintone.

This time around? Total change of heart! I love the way this fruit punch purple contrasts with the white.

Plus, those magenta and white polka dots alongside a glitter accent just give me all of those "Barbie/Minnie Mouse/I'll be a girl forever" feels.

This Week's Pretty Outfit: 

White Sweater Spring Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Sweater (sold out, similar style, similar), Jeans,  Flats (old - similar,similar,similar),
Watch (old - similar,similar),Bow Bracelet, Leopard Bracelet
I treat Pinterest like my closet. I organize my fashion boards in a way that matches how I get dressed. I pin only fashion that I would actually wear (vs. beautiful high-end pieces that have their own time and place!)

I keep a fashion photo journal to track and replicate looks I love. It's another hobby in my list of hobbies that makes getting dressed really fun.

White Sweater Leopoard Flats Spring Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Sweater (sold out, similar style, similar), Jeans,  Flats (old - similar,similar,similar),
Watch (old - similar,similar),Bow Bracelet, Leopard Bracelet
You know what's seriously lacking on Pinterest? Spring White Sweater outfit inspiration.

Sure, there are plenty of cardigans and white denim paired with said sweater. But what about ways to style it for every day?  So here's my stab at it - and I'm pretty happy with the results!

The thin white sweater and cuffed jeans work well to create that slim silhouette that's coming back in style. Plus, who doesn't love a pop of leopard?

It's a simple and casual but pulled together look for these cooler Spring days :).

White Spring Outfit Arm Candy, White Watch, Kate Spade Bracelet - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Sweater (sold out, similar style, similar), Jeans,  Flats (old - similar,similar,similar),
Watch (old - similar,similar),Bow Bracelet, Leopard Bracelet
This arm candy really pulls the look together. I'm a big fan of the subtle leopard on my wrist paired with the leopard shoes. But I know you've seen this watch and bracelet combo so many times.

As my Mom always says, jewelry is meant to be well-worn and well-loved. This combo is certainly that!

This Week's Pretty Treat: 

Banana Cream Pie recipe - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Banana Cream Pie recipe
Every year, B asks for a Banana Cream pie for his birthday. It's such a sweet and simple request that every year I try to oblige.

Last year? Total fail. I mean, the failest of all fails in my 20+ years of amateur baking.

Banana Cream Pie recipe - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Banana Cream Pie Crust Layer
For this year's effort, I came back with focus and humility :). I also have a few tried and true tips, if you want to try out my recipe below.

Use Teddy Grahams for the crust
 I swear by this! You never really know what's in a pre-made crust. Plus, who needs a 1/2 box of graham crackers begging to be eaten?

A standard 10 oz box of Teddy Grahams make the perfect amount of crumbs, is already perfectly flavored and lets you play around more with pie and crumb combos.

Go with instant box pudding
I've busted my butt to make homemade pudding and I just don't think it's worth the effort. In this pie specifically, you can't really tell a difference in flavor or texture. Save that time and effort for my next tip!

Make your own whipped cream
Spend that extra effort on the whipped cream! Homemade whipped cream tastes better, skips all of those preservatives, and you can make it as sweet (or not sweet) as you like.

Banana Cream Pie recipe - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Banana Cream Pie pudding layer
My No-Bake Banana Cream Pie Recipe:
3 ripe bananas
1 10 oz box of Teddy Grahams (your flavor of choice) 
1/4 cup melted butter
1 3.4 oz box of instant vanilla pudding mix
However much milk you need for said box of pudding mix
1 pint heavy whipping cream 
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon 
To make the crust:
Pour the entire bag of Teddy Grahams in a plastic freezer bag. Use this time to take out all of your frustrations and crush up those teddy grahams into graham cracker crumbs. (Sometimes I crush 'em up very fine. Other times, I leave them fairly chunky as shown above. Crush them to your personal preference!)

Melt the butter. Pour the melted butter and crumbs into a large bowl. Mix until all of the crumbs and butter are fully combined, 3-5 minutes. Pour out the mixture into your pie dish. Press down with your (clean, washed!) fingers into the pie dish. Set aside.

To make the pudding:
Follow the instructions on the instant pudding box. Put in the fridge to set up.

To make the whipped cream:
Place your mixing bowl and beaters or whisk in the freezer for 10 minutes. (Trust me, this works magic!) After 10 minutes, pour your whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract into the frozen bowl. Beat the cream until stiff peaks form.

To assemble the pie:
Cut your 3 bananas into even, bite-sized rounds. Try your best but they don't have to be perfect! Place 2 of those bananas in a single layer on top of your crumb crust. Once your pudding is set, pour the pudding over the banana layer and spread evenly with a spatula.

Take your third banana and set 4 pieces aside. Place the remaining banana on top of the pudding, pressing a few down with the spatula so they're covered completely by the pudding.

Now spread your whipped cream over top the banana pudding mixture. Place your four banana bits on top of that and sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge.

This Week's Pretty Life: 

Helloooo, Cherry Blossoms!

Toronto's High Park is famous for these Japanese blooms. So B and I were determined to catch a glimpse! We woke up bright and early Saturday morning, overcast day and all, to get to the park before 10 am.

Good thing we did - we snagged one of the last parking spaces! I'll just leave these beautiful photos to do most of the talking. But if you get the chance? Cherry Blossoms are worth all the effort.

Later that day, B and I had brunch at Eggspectations with two lovely new friends. Coffee, small group conversation, and carbs? Girl, I'm there!

We ended up really hitting it off - laughing and chatting well past the bill. We ended the afternoon making plans for later in May and then I rushed my butt uptown - taking the TTC for the first time!

I spent the late afternoon at a Paint Nite hosted by a local Meetup group (I know, who am I being this social?!).

While I'm not thrilled with how the painting came out (Once we started painting the mason jars, things went downhill fast...), I had a great time with that group of gals and would happily give painting another go. 

On Sunday, I was off to another brunch with a different group of friends. We ate at  Leña, a beautifully decorated Southern American cafe attached to the Saks Fifth Avenue at the Eaton Centre.

This was my first time trying Pan De Miga, and oh my gosh - I didn't know the deliciousness that I was missing out on!

This gooey, cheesy, crispy sandwich was the perfect cheat meal to accompany an early afternoon girl's brunch :).

What's Next On the Agenda?

Delta Airplane - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Flights on Flights on Flights!
This weekend, I'm packing my bags and heading to Austin, Texas for a work conference. All the yay for co-worker time, a little bit of sunshine, and all things healthcare marketing :).

Then, we're just two weeks away from a long weekend in D.C. It's been such a hectic year - I can't wait for a few days to sleep in and spend with the fam.

That's a Wrap on Another Pretty Week! 

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