Friday, June 30, 2017

Tori's Pretty Plans - Paradise

Ahh, Paradise.

That magical place where palm trees line every corner, flowers seem to dance in your hair, and being cold is a long, distant memory.

I don't know about you? But that is definitely not where I am today!

So if we can't be there then at least our planners can, with this beautiful Essentials kit from the Glam Planner.

Today I'm bringing you a little vacation inspiration and a few functional tips for your Erin Condren summer spreads.

I swear I'm not affiliated with Glam Planner, I swear! lol I'm just such a fan of her products.

If you love glam planning, or scrap booking in general, then you can probably relate to feeling a little lost without a creative outlet. I tend to invest in my creative outlets (hello, nail polish collection!) and just find GP stickers to be the best quality for their cost :).

Plus, let's be real - I've been following Elle and her YouTube channel for the last eight years. So when the gal who taught me how to put on makeup shares something? I listen :).

The best part? For once, I'm writing about a kit that is still totally accessible (at least as of writing this post)! If you want a little piece of Paradise in your planner, then I highly recommend scooping this one up. 


This Week's Pretty Plans:

Also, let's talk a little bit about the Erin Condren sidebar.

Yes, that super customizable part of your weekly planner that can either be an exciting canvas...or an overwhelming blank space!

It took me a little while to figure out what worked best for my week to week plans. I'm much more of a daily to-do lister than a big picture, reminder kind of person. So I realized I like to use my sidebar for three things:

Tracking Dinners

What I love about the EC sidebar is how you can quickly flip through your week to week and get a glimpse of this list.

So I love to make a note of what we cooked, where we ordered from or where we went to eat. This makes for a great, quick visual to either recycle recipes or remember great restaurant finds.

Tracking the Hours I Worked

I also like to keep track of when I sign on and off for work. Since I work from home, I like to keep an eye on my sign on and sign off time. This helps to give me a little more structure in a less structured environment.

Tracking Blog Posts 

This week, I added a new item to my sidebar - my blog posts! I'm now keeping track of what posts I'm writing in a given week.

Glam Planner Paradise Kit - Erin Condren Life Planner Weekly Spread - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Erin Condren Vertical Colorful Life Planner*, Glam Planner Paradise Essentials Kit
And for the second half of the week, would you look at that double box?!

If being her doesn't define paradise, then I really don't know what does.




*Note: this is my referral link. By clicking this link and making a purchase, you getting $10 off your first Erin Condren order and I get $10 off my next order. I completely stand behind the Erin Condren planner so it's a win-win if you're interested :)
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tori's Pretty Style & Beauty - Cobalt Blue and Smokey Gray

The OOTD: 

Blue Lace Blouse - Summer Night Out Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Fourteenth Place Top (Marshalls), AE Jeggings, Target Wedges (last year - similar)
Geneva Platinum watch (last year - similar), Kate Spade bracelet
I can't tell you how long I've been looking for a cobalt top like this!

Okay...maybe I can.

And the answer is roughly two Google searches a year for the past three years.

I finally found it!

And you know where? During that Marshall's shopping trip I was telling you about. Woohoo! (#EverythingHappensForaReason)

Blue Lace Blouse - Summer Night Out Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I paired this top with my go-to brand for jeans (you know... the brand I wear in almost every blog post...)

Then I dusted off the ol' perfect black wedges I scooped up at Target last year and called it an outfit.

You've got to love that summer night outfits can really as easy as a sleeveless blouse, dark denim, and cute wedges. Minimal effort but full impact? Yes, please! 

Blue Lace Blouse - Summer Night Out Outfit - Tori's Pretty Things Blog


The Pretty Thing:

Downtown Toronto from the CN Tower - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Downtown Toronto from the CN Tower 
So why was I getting all doll'ed up, you may ask?

When my parents visited, I really wanted to take them to the top of the CN tower but reallyyy didn't want to wait in that long line again. (Lesson seriously learned!

So instead I made an early reservation to eat dinner at their 360 Restaurant.

 And, you know what?

I was totally expecting cheesy and mediocre but ended up with quality views, quality food, and quality time with my parents and B.

My memories from that night still give me all the warm fuzzies so that's certainly a pretty thing to celebrate :).

Summer Night out with B - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

And because I love this man and this photo so much, I figured this could be a bonus beautiful favorite this week ;).


The MOTD: 

Summer Smokey Eye - Night Out Makeup - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
INNER 1/2 LID: Charming (similar), OUTER 1/2 LID: Kill Joy (similar), CREASE: UD Naked,  BROWBONE: Ball Gown (similar), LINER: Linear Intense, MASCARA: Voluminous and Push Up Drama, BROWS: Brow Stylist Definer, BRONZER: Lush-Light Bronze (similar), BLUSH: Fantasy, HIGHLIGHT: Angelic (similar), LIPS: Smooch

For said night on the town, I wanted classic and fun so we had to go full blown smokey eye :).

Smokey eyes don't necessarily mean super complicated, though. This look is so simple that I'm positive you can recreate it with just four shadows you probably already own!

Summer Smokey Eye - Night Out Makeup - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I'm still having lots of fun playing with the Cinderella Storylook palette. So for this look I mainly used Charming and Kill Joy.

To re-create this look with what you own, start by blending a medium brown shade into your crease as the transition shade. Then blend a dark gray shade into the outer half of both your lid and crease with a fluffy blending brush.

Next, place a shimmery vanilla shade on the inner half of your lid and crease with a flat shader brush. Blend, blend and blend more so the vanilla and gray shades blend softly into each other.

Finish the eyes with a shimmering white shadow on the brow bone, a little liner, and lots of mascara!

Summer Smokey Eye - Night Out Makeup - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Tori's Pretty Nails - Papa Don't Peach

China Glaze Red-y to Rave - Summer Floral Nail Art - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: China Glaze Red-y to Rave, Wet N Wild French White Creme, China Glaze Papa Don't Peach
Okay. There is something very important I need to say.

I'm going to need you to sit down and pay very close attention because this is very important...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!

(:: Insert balloons and confetti here::) 

I love you and hope you have a relaxing and wonderful day :).

Because if you can't give a shout out to your Mom on your own blog, then really, why have a blog in the first place?!

China Glaze Papa Don't Peach - Summer Floral Nail Art - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: China Glaze Red-y to Rave, Wet N Wild French White Creme, China Glaze Papa Don't Peach
Anywho, it's time for another Mani Monday and this week we're diving right into those bright summer neon shades.

Florals are my true nail art frenemies - I love the results but they are so difficult for me!
I figured maybe an unexpected combo of orange and white might help me jive through the creative process a little better. So what better polishes to work with than two untried's - Red-y to Rave and Papa Don't Peach .

(...And I know I'm not the only one who has this or this stuck in their head now!)

Wet n Wild French White Creme - Summer Floral Nail Art - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: China Glaze Red-y to Rave, Wet N Wild French White Creme, China Glaze Papa Don't Peach
I'm so in love with how they turned out! 

Orange, white, and that pop of gold sparkle give me all those summertime feels. Now I just need a bit of a faux tan to go along with these warm weather shades. 

You already know all about my love for this white polish but both China Glaze shades were a dream to work with. If this kind of shade calls your name then I would definitely recommend them. 

As for what kind of flowers they are? Let's leave that up to your abstract imagination :). 
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Tori's Pretty Life - The ROM

T-Rex Replica - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
T-Rex Replica - The Royal Ontario Museum
Happy Weekend! How goes the start to your Saturday?

Originally, my BFFs were supposed to head north for their first visit this weekend. But between trips, and visits, and zero time to clean the apartment, I'm thankful they were so understanding when I asked to postpone until the Fall.

Frankly, I'm really looking forward to a super domestic weekend with B. Shoot - I'm just looking forward to quality time with B, in general!

We've spent so much time these last two months on "Doing All the Things!" and "Seeing All the People!" that I really can't wait for it to be just the two of us :). ("Just the two of us, you and I..")

Speaking of seeing all the people, let's chat a bit about some of the adventures we got into during my parents visit last week!

It was such a great time seeing them and showing them this new city we call home. We crossed off a nice little list of Torontonian things and that included a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum, (the ROM for short.)

The ROM is like if the American Museum of Natural History and The Met had a baby. (...albeit a giant baby with only 5% or so of their artifacts on display at a given time.)

Of course, we couldn't cover everything in the two hours we spent there.

So what did we see? Just keep reading!


This Week's Pretty Adventure:

We started our trip in the Gallery of Chinese Architecture, where we explored Chinese, Korean and Japanese artifacts (dating as far back as 300 BC!)

As a kid, I was minorly obsessed with going to China after my 5th-grade teacher showed us home movies from her personal trip. (#TrueStory)

As an Adult, China is still on my list by Japan ranks even higher. So we spent quite a bit of time enjoying the bright color, intricate details, and happy Budha's all around this room :).


View of King St - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
View of King St from Jarvis, circa 1844
The North West part of the City of Quebec - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The North West part of the City of Quebec, circa 1805
Of course, we couldn't go to our first Canadian museum without taking in the Canadian history!

Canada itself was pretty glossed over in my history classes, outside of a vivid section in the 6th grade. So it was really interesting to spend time in the Sigmund Samuel Gallery of Canada.

Plus, it was really cool to see the places I visit on the day to day and connect the dots with older Canadian history (Here's looking at you, King St Painting!)

Gallery of Minerals - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
The Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery
Gallery of Minerals - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
As a gal with a bit of a bright color fascination, (I mean, have you seen my nails?!), the Barrick Gold Corporation Gallery was my jammmm!

I think I took a picture of almost every mineral and rock I looked at. The colors, the textures...the sparkles! 

I was so fascinated by the different complexities of each mineral, metal, and space rock that I spent more time in this room than anywhere else :).

Gallery of Gems and Gold - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Gallery of Gems and Gold
Gallery of Gems and Gold - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Of course, the minerals then led you right into the Gallery of Gems and Gold :).

While I generally don't wear much jewelry, I appreciate a good sparkle... and oh my goodness was there sparkle!

I forgot to take a photo of why those pearls and broche were special, so definitely my apologies there. But I mean, they're so pretty. I'm sure we can enjoy looking at them all the same, right? :)

James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I think my original notes about this gallery say it best,  "DINOSAURSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!" lol

I don't know that I'll ever get over looking at dinosaur fossils and replicas. They're just so cool!

My jaw drops and my mind spins every single time I see them, so this visit to the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs was no different.

Could you imagine what the world looked like when these giants ruled the land and sea?

Breathtaking!

Gallery of Greece - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

Gallery of Greece - The Royal Ontario Museum - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

We wrapped up our little ROM visit with the Gallery of Greece.

I'm just realizing that I didn't tell you -  In just about two months B and I are headed off on our first European vacation together (and my first trip to Europe ever!) to visit Greece :).

So we knew we couldn't leave the ROM without getting a taste of what our future trip might include.

I can't wait to see the Acropolis ruins and enjoy this culture in person! For now, though, the ROM didn't disappoint with their wonderful array of sculptures, replicas, and artifacts :).


What Else?

All in all, I really enjoyed our time at the ROM! It's a great way to spend the day and take in a ton of Canadian and world culture.

I definitely have my sights set on going back.. especially to get a peek at this display in the Fall :).

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Tori's Pretty Treats - Sweet Jesus

The Eats: 

Krusty the Cone - Sweet Jesus - Downtown Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Krusty the Cone - Sweet Jesus - Downtown Toronto
You know, Religion and I aren't on the best of terms.

But this kind of ice cream? It's the kind that could make a girl a believer!

If you're looking for high-quality soft serve, that embraces that over-the-top ice cream trend, then look no further than Sweet Jesus in Downtown Toronto. 

Oh Sweet Baby Jesus! Cone - Sweet Jesus - Downtown Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Oh Sweet Baby Jesus! cone
I'm trying these new things called eating healthy and working out. (You may have heard of them...?)

To balance my ravenous sweet tooth, though, I keep a weekly cheat day around. So what you see here are the result of two very well-earned desserts. (#16PoundsDown!)

On my first go, I tried the Oh Sweet Baby Jesus! cone. They were out of caramel soft serve that night, so I chose a mixture of chocolate soft serve with the usual cover of peanut butter and caramel goodness.

It was so good, that I went back for round two a couple of weeks later to try my hand at Krusty the Cone#IWillTakeAlltheCottonCandyPlease

The flavor pairings are completely on point. Vanilla and Cotton Candy? Caramel and Peanut Butter? (There's Red Velvet and Cream Cheese, Lemon and Coconut.. the pairs go on and on!)

But what really get's me is their soft serve. Oh Em Gee, is it good!

As a ride-or-die hard ice cream fan, this is the best soft-serve ice cream I've ever had! It's creamy and rich like a custard, but still soft enough in texture to be soft-serve ice cream.

The Deets: 

Sweet Jesus - Downtown Toronto - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I really wasn't sure what to make of this place. Most of the Yelp reviews have a common theme: Over-hyped.

I'm not really one for bandwagons (I mean, I chose the Mets as my baseball team during the height of the Yankee dynasty...) and yes, there's a tonnn of hype about this place. When close friends stayed with us a few weeks back, we decided to just give it a go.

I have no idea what ice cream those naysayers tried because Sweet Jesus is bomb!

The lines are almost always out the door, and sometimes around the corner, so try to stop by on a weeknight or an off-time. But their ice cream is worth the wait, worth the effort ,and worth the cheat meal.

 I certainly plan on burning a few extra calories on that treadmill this summer to earn another Sweet Jesus cone.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tori's Pretty Style & Beauty - See you Soon, Spring!

The OOTD: 

Affordable Lace Top - Spring Outfit Idea - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: F21 top (white sold out, still cute in black!), Mossimo camisole tank, AE Jeggings, DV Wedges
I know, I know.

At this very moment, I'm sitting here in a tank top and a top knot, with the AC blowing something fierce. Should I reallyyyy be sharing a long sleeve blouse on the blog today?

Eh, probably not.

But! At the same time, how stinkin' cute is this top?!

Granted, it might make a little bit more sense for every day in April or May. But on a slightly chilly July night? I would still totally rock this!

Affordable Lace Top - Spring Outfit Idea - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: F21 top (white sold out, still cute in black!), Mossimo camisole tank, AE Jeggings, DV Wedges
Truth be told, I ordered this top way back. (Like post-Christmas sales back...) That unlined lace made me a littleee nervous to give this top a wear.

Thankfully, pairing it with a nude camisole underneath really did the trick! I felt super cute but still totally daytime appropriate.

Affordable Lace Top - Spring Outfit Idea - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: F21 top (white sold out, still cute in black!), Mossimo camisole tank, AE Jeggings, DV Wedges
Now, can we talk about these shoes? Insert heart eyes emoji here!

I love the cutout wedge trend and still have my eyes on these bad boys. When I saw this super affordable version at Target though, they were just too good to pass up.

They're sooo comfortable and, now that it's warming up here in TO, you'll probably be seeing them a heck of a lot more on this blog :). 


The Pretty Thing: 

June Flower - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

So, maybe May didn't bring us a lot of flowers (and instead brought buckets and buckets of rain...).

June sure did, though, and I'm all smiles about it :).


The MOTD: 

Retro-inspired Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: 2/3 LID: Destined (very similar), 1/3 LID: Drizella (similar), CREASE: Naked  BROWBONE: A wish (similar), LINER: Linear Intense Brush Tip, MASCARA: Voluminous, BROWS: Pencil, Gel,  BLUSH: Fantasy,
HIGHLIGHT: Angelic (similar), LIPSTICK: Creme Cup, LIP LINER: Rose Crush 
Not only did you see aqua eyeshadow once on this blog - you're seeing it twice.

... in two accidentally similar looks. Whoops!

But hey, when it works - it works :).

Retro 60's inspired Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I'm still playing with the Storylook Cinderella palette that I told you about last week, and I just really love that aqua shade.

So this time I went with something a little bit more Mod. You know - blue shadow, pale pink lips, big hair. Very Twiggy-esque, if you will!

My hair has quite a bit of natural volume, in general. So I let it go au naturel for this look and just pinned half of it back.

Retro mod 60's inspired Makeup Look - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

For the eyes, I started with a soft matte brown in the crease. Then I patted a darker gold shade on the outer half of the lid.

From there, I grabbed the aqua and sprayed it with a little setting spray to increase the intensity. I then patted that on the inner half of the lid. I used a matte skin tone shade to blend out the crease and highlight the brow bone.

I kept the rest of the look very soft with a pink blush, simple highlight, and a nude pink lip :).


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Monday, June 19, 2017

Tori's Pretty Nails - Reece and Binx

Zoya Reece - Summer Nail Art 2017 - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Zoya Binx, Zoya Reece, What's Up Nails Chevron Tape
It's just another Mani Monday ("ohh,woahhh. I wish it were a Sunday...")

How was your weekend? What sorts of fun did you get into?

My parents came to Toronto for their first-ever Canadian visit! Woot, woot!

We had a great time, and I hope I've helped change their mind that Canada isn't just a place full of cold weather and maple syrup (even though we totally enjoyed some of the latter!)

Now that we're full fledged into June, I'm digging into my summer polish stash and came out with these two unworn beauties.

Zoya Binx, Zoya Reece 
Remember how I wore just a solid hot pink mani last week?

Well, originally I wanted to wear this same design with a gold glitter. But that art just got wayyy too messy, wayyy too quickly. So I scrapped the idea and gave it another attempt this week.

What a pretty success!

Major kudos to my favorite What's Up Nails chevron tape for making this a much easier mani to accomplish on round two :).

If you haven't checked out What's Up Nails, or nail vinyls in general, I highly recommend them. These great little tools make straight lines, chevrons, and detailed art (think palm trees, hearts, and four-leaf clovers) SO much easier to achieve!

Plus, there are a ton of combinations you re-create this look with. Peach and gold, cobalt and silver, lilac and rose gold - the combinations for this simple and pretty mani are endless.

Zoya Reece and Zoya Binx - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Zoya Binx, Zoya Reece 
Now, let's talk about how I foolishly let Reece sit and gather dust in my collection for so long! This shade came out a touch darker on my nails than you see in the bottle - but I totally dig that. Would you look at that gold to magenta duo-chrome?! Gorgeous!

Binx was even more impressive. All of those holographic and gold glitters just scream summer. What you see are three coats on my ring finger and just one thick coat over Reece on my middle. If you're in the market for an eye-catching summer shade, Binx is it!


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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Tori's Pretty Life - Takin' it Easy

299 Queen St W - CTV Studios - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
299 Queen St W, CTV Studios
Another week bites the dust! ("And another one gone, and another gone...")

First off, my apologies to anyone I fell off the radar with this past week. Remember when I told you that lately life is just go-go-go? Well, last week I made a point to come to a full stop.

And it was so, so needed!

I've told you before - I'm a true introvert. I need a solid balance of alone time to recharge my batteries, gather my thoughts, and be a better person, overall.

So while B ventured to Montreal last weekend (he checked off a life-long dream of seeing the Grand Prix with two of his best buddies), I intentionally kept a clear schedule and did a whole lot of nothing.

It was awesome!


This Week's Pretty Life: 

Summer flowers - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

I spent a good chunk of last weekend indoors (See: Things introvert dream about), but did check a bit of summertime shopping off my list at Marshalls.

You know how sometimes stores like Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Winners (Canada's TJ Maxx) can be really hit or miss?

Well, this was a TOTAL hit for me!

I walked out with a refreshed summer wardrobe, a few household needs (here's looking at you, new velvet hangers) and a couple cute mugs to boot!

Here are a couple of the pieces I picked up:

Tropical Floral Print top - Marshalls fitting room looks  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Rose + Olive Floral Print Tank (Marshall's - similar), AE Jeans, Mossimo Scrunch Flats
Blush tee shirt - Marshalls fitting room looks  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Blush Tee (Marshalls - similar,), AE Jeans, Mossimo Scrunch Flats
Blue and white Dress - Marshalls fitting room looks  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Wearing: Blue Floral Dress (Marshalls - similar)
Neon Pink Top - Marshalls fitting room looks  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Hot Pink Tank (Marshalls - similar color), AE Jeans, Mossimo Scrunch Flats
Outside of my shopping success, I ordered a pizza, snuggled up on the couch, and watched a couple of movies.

I love classic Hollywood films so I finally checked Royal Wedding off my movie-watching list. (That famous scene of Fred Astaire dancing on the ceiling? This movie is where that's from!)

Then, really, what's a warm June night without watching The Notebook? :) 

Downtown Toronto at sunset  - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Downtown Toronto at Sunset
As far as the rest of life, here's a quick rundown:

Reading: Flappers and Philosophers

I'm pretty much a sucker for anything 20th century-related. I read Bernice Bobs her Hair and just fell in love! So I'm giving this collection of short stories a go. I really didn't appreciate F. Scott Fitzgerald's talent until this collection. I'm hooked!

Listening: Miley Cyrus - Malibu

That stripped down, romantic sound reminds me what I loved about her voice in the first place :)


Working on: Cleaning up my Pinterest

My life doesn't feel complete if I'm not working on some type of personal project. Whether that's organizing, creating, or editing something, I like working toward types of goals.

So, inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, I decided it was time to narrow down my over 9k pins (insane - I know!) It was a ton of work but I'm now down to just about 2k pins and a much more organized page :).

Looking forward to: My first Canada Day

How cool is it that our first Canada Day is also the country's 150th anniversary?! I'm pretty pumped to wear red and sit in a Muskoka chair, eh! :)

Downtown Toronto at Night - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

That's a wrap on another pretty week!

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