Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tori's Pretty Life - A Little Lightening Up

Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario 
Happy Weekend!

Man, was this a long week - #amiright?

Our trip to Greece is still 36 days away but with this week's dreary weather I'm just itching to rest in the Mediterranean sun! 

Since our vacay is still a few weeks away, this weekend we're going to try and catch some Canadian rays at a Toronto beach after we help a friend with her move. We'll see where the rest of the weekend takes us :)

Want to know where these last few days took me? Then just keep reading...


This Week's Pretty Life: 

Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario
Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Woodbine Beach, Toronto - Lake Ontario
Speaking of beaches, we did get to check out Woodbine beach recently.

There's been so much rain here in T.O. that most of the beaches are flooded. So we're not really getting to see a Toronto summer in all of its glory. Womp womp :(.

It was a little chilly during our frolic. So instead of bathing suits and sunscreen, we wore jeans and enjoyed sitting on a blanket by the water with some friends.

I don't mind the chill, though. There's just something about Lake Ontario that feels so very peaceful.

I mean, would you just look at how blue that water is? Ahhhhhh :). 

Everyday, Natural Hair - Before the Highlights - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
My hair before the highlights
Head full of Foils - Foils during the Balayge Process - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Hair by Banks - Blonde Balayage work in progress!
Then, last weekend I took the plunge into blonde balayage. Woohoo!

Back in college, I tried the whole super-thin blonde highlight but quickly grew sick of it. I just figured that blonde wasn't for me and took a long hiatus from the color.

After a dance with light brown, a short visit with vivid red, and a lovely year with a bob, my eyes kept wandering to the beautiful blonde balayage all over Pinterest.

Neutral Blonde Balayge on Brunette Base - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Neutral Blonde Balayage on Brunette Base - Senior Stylist Tiffany - Hair by Banks
Well, after two years of internal debate, I finally felt ready to give it another go. Thankfully, this trend is a much more natural and sun-kissed look than it was back in college.

I am OBSESSED with it - I can't get over how great this blonde looks! :)

Neutral Blonde Balayge on Brunette Base - Tori's Pretty Things Blog
Neutral Blonde Balayage on Brunette Base - Senior Stylist Tiffany - Hair by Banks
I cannot say enough good things about Tiffany at Hair by Banks in Downtown Toronto!

She and I just totally gel - she really understood my vision, was super upfront about what we could reach (thankfully what we could reach is what I wanted), and really just does some of the most beautiful work.

If you're looking for a high-quality salon in Downtown Toronto (that also is very reasonable in price for the quality), then you absolutely need to try Hair by Banks.


Tori's Pretty Stats:

The CN Tower at Dusk - Toronto, Ontario - Tori's Pretty Things Blog

As for life? Here's the usual rundown:

Reading 

I'm still slowly but surely reading Flappers & Philosophers. It's a collection of short stories, versus a continuous novel, so it's very easy to pick up and put down as I please!

Watching

OMG, can we just talk about how freakin' good Glow is?! If you haven't already, you need to just carve out five hours and binge-watch this fantastic Netflix show. I am so invested!

These strong female characters are everything my 80's-loving heart would want. Plus, Alison Brie can really do no wrong in my eyes. If they could just sign on for another six seasons and start filming asap? That would be great, #kthanksbye.

Listening To

Guess who's thrilled that Bob Segar is finally on Spotify? (Raises hand!)

First, we finally get T-Swift. Now Bob Segar? Let's "just take those old records off the shelf..." :)

Working On 

I'm still dabbling in the world of Minimalism. Lately, I'm taking the plunge and sorting through my polish collection. I was in such a rush, trying to move our life from New York to Toronto that I gave away any polish that wasn't worth packing to family and friends.

So this time, I'm giving the collection another once over and only keeping the shades that bring me joy.  I will probably sell the rest in an Instagram de-stash sale or something. If it's not bringing me joy, it's time to send it along to a new home where it will!


That's a wrap on another pretty week!

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