Friday, August 28, 2020

Tori's Pretty Travels - Grand Cayman Island

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island
|| Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island ||

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Pool

Blue by Eric Ripert
|| Dining at Blue by Eric Ripert ||


Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman Island
|| Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island ||

Taikun at Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman - Bonzai Tree Dessert
|| Bonzai Tree Dessert at Taikun at Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman ||

Cayman history in George Town, Grand Cayman
|| Cayman history in Heroes Square in George Town, Grand Cayman ||

George Town, Grand Cayman
|| Strolling around in George Town ||

Observation Tower in Camana Bay
|| Observation Tower in Camana Bay ||

View from the Observation Tower in Camana Bay
|| View from the Observation Tower in Camana Bay ||

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island
|| Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island ||

Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island
|| Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Island ||

Pina Colada, Bar Jack, Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman
|| One of many Piña Coladas from Bar Jack ||


Hello!

If you'e reading this then that means I'm relaxing on a beach with a Piña Colada in hand, my handsome hubs by my side, and enjoying some much needed - but safely distanced - R&R. 

In honor of the beach vacation we're currently on, I thought it would be fun to reminisce on one of my favorite trips in the recent past - travelling to Grand Cayman Island in 2019.

Let's jump in!

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Tori's Pretty Week -Figuring Out the New Normals

  

August 10 - August 16, 2020

Red Blouse White Jeans Gray Cardigan Outfit
Cardigan: This Year's Version || Cami: Exact, Similar || Jeans: Exact ||
Sandals: Exact || Necklace: Exact, Gold Version


Shrimp and Grits Breakfast Skillet - The Smith Chicago
Breakfast at The Smith

Tori's Pretty Things

Chicago Riverwalk Summer 2020
Chicago Riverwalk 


White Boho Tank Top Black Jeans Block Heels Outfit
Top: Exact || Necklace: ExactGold Version ||
 Jeans: Exact || Sandals: Two years old, Similar ||


China Glaze Summer Nail Polishes


Hello! 


My mind feels in a rush this week. 

B and I are doing something next week that never felt risky in pre-COVID times - we've decided to travel to go on vacation.

I'll preface this that we are so, so grateful to be in a physical health position and financial position to even be able to make this choice. So many people lost their livelihood, lost their day-to-day health, and lost their lives to the pandemic. I'm in a fortunate position to be gainfully employed and in full physical health to even be considering a vacation, let alone actually taking one. 

Yet, I know I'm not alone in the toll that the pandemic is taking on our mental health. My husband and I needed to make the right choice for us, that factors in our safety and the safety of those around us. That  means travelling as safely as we can to a place where the COVID cases are very low. 

To find a place with very low cases, we feel we need to travel by plane to a place that's requiring a heath visa - for our own safety and considering the safety of others. 

What was once a routine that B and I had down pat, due to our constant Toronto to US travel, now includes layer after layer of new safety precautions. I believe that the safety precautions are important and I want to do everything in my power to follow them!

So my mind is in a rush this week - figuring out how to fill in the puzzle pieces of safety alongside the already-stressful process of airplane travel. 

Will it be worth it? I sure hope so! 

But until then, let's jump into this past week...
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Friday, August 14, 2020

Tori's Pretty Week - August

 

August 3 - August 9, 2020

Black Cami Jeans Summer Outfit 2020
Black Cami: Exact, Similar || Hoops: Exact || 
Bow Bracelet: Gift from a girlfriend, Similar || Fitbit Band: Exact ||


Urban Decay Miss T Nail Polish Swatch

Urban Decay Miss T Nail Polish Swatch
|| Top Coat: Love thisAnd this || 
|| Base Coat: SO goodAnother great option ||


Summer Fuschia Purple Nail Polishes 2020
|| Fuschia Polishes, Top Row from Left to Right: ||

|| Fuschia Polishes, Second Row from Left to Right: ||
China Glaze, Zoya Creme, Orly, Zoya Matte (Sold Out)


Downtown Chicago Golden Hour Skyline 2020
Downtown Chicago Skyline at Sunset - Summer 2020


Hello! 

We've made it to August and I'm sad. 

Normally by this point, I've had enough of the hot weather, enough of the sunshine, and enough of the summer rush. My mind is usually already picking out fall outfits, fall polishes, and fall scents. (Let's be real, that's still happening lol.)

But this year? I'm not ready to let this calm summer go 🌞

The pandemic has brought on so many awful experiences and taken so many lives. So I find myself looking for silver linings. I feel so grateful for my health. I feel so much more appreciate of a world privilege I didn't realize I had until the BLM movement. I find myself so thankful for the slower pace this summer brought, instead of the usual balancing act of visitors, visits, and vacations. 

I look forward to the simple joy of taking walks when the weather is nice out with my hubs, and experiencing more patio eating than we have in years (more on that below). I'm just not ready to go back to being indoors 90% of the time until a vaccine is available.

So I keep reminding myself that September is still usually warm. really, it's not usually until November when we really need to stay indoors that much. Plus, why worry about losing something when you still have it, right? 

So that's how I'm feeling this week. How are you feeling? Leave me a comment, I'd love to know!

Now, let's jump in to the rest of my week...
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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

What you Should and Shouldn't Buy from the N Sale

What you Should and Shouldn't Buy from the N Sale

Coming at you with an extra post this week - woo!

The N Sale is just a few days away for most cardholders, and just over a week away for the public sale. I see so many posts sharing what you should buy but so few posts sharing what to steer clear from.

I've shopped the sale since 2016 and I've had quite a few hits! But I've also had a few misses too. So here's my take on what you should and shouldn't spend your hard-earned money on during this year's sale. 

Disclaimer: This is 100% my opinion. What might be a terrible find for me might be an awesome find for you! Everyone has different style, needs, and wardrobe staples so these are just mine 😀

So let's jump in!
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Friday, August 7, 2020

Tori's Pretty Week - Out with July, in With August

July 27 - August 2, 2020

Amazon Sundress
FitBit Band: Exact || Sandals: Exact

Coral Leopard Mani
Coral Summer Leopard Nail Art
Coral Shade: Exact, Another well-loved Option || Black Shade: Exact || 
Shimmery Champagne Shade: Exact, Similar || Dotting tool to create the look: Exact Set
Top Coat: Love thisAnd this || Base Coat: SO goodAnother great option 

Classic White Tank Three Ways
Classic White Tank Three Ways
White Tank: Exact || Earrings: Gift from my mom, Similar || Jeans: Exact || 
Bracelet: Gift from a girlfriend, Similar || FitBit Band: Exact || Heels: Old, Similar 

Classic White Tank Three Ways
 White Tank: Exact || Earrings: Exact || Shorts: Exact || 
Knot Bracelet: Gift from a girlfriend, Similar || Bow Bracelet: Old 
|| FitBit Band: Exact || Sandals: Exact 

Classic White Tank Three Ways
White Tank: Exact || Kimono: Old, Similar, Similar || Earrings: Exact || Jeans: Exact || 
Bracelet: Old, Similar || FitBit Band: Exact || Sandals: Exact

It's Week number 2 and I'm still here! I had a lot of fun writing last week's post so let's keep the fun rolling 😀

I mean, fun is what blogging should be all about, right? 

I think I know that's what happened last time. I was putting a ton of pressure on myself the last go-round. I was trying to be this perfect blogger, who posted perfect posts, with perfect consistency, and perfect photos. 

You know that saying about assuming? There should be one about perfection, and how all of that pressure just ends up creating a perfect mess that sucks all of the fun right out of things! 

("When you try to be perfect you end of F-ing the Per-pose"? lol
 I don't know lol. Leave your thoughts on what that phrase could be in the comments!)

Anyway, taking the pressure off and just writing when it's fun is going to be my goal this time around. Because would I even be my Type-A gal self without some kind of a goal? 😆

So let’s jump in and talk about this week.

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