Saturday, December 5, 2020

Happy Birthday to Me! || Tori's Pretty Week

November 2020

|| Cardigan: 3 Years Old, Similar ||
|| Sweater: Sold Out, Similar ||
|| Jeans: Exact ||
|| Booties: Exact, Few size Left || 

|| Macy's State Street/ Marshall Fields Building, Chicago - Fall 2020 ||

|| Earrings: Family Gift, Similar ||
|| Sweater: Exact ||
|| Scarf: 2 years Old, Similar, Similar ||
|| Jeans: Exact ||
|| Booties: Exact, Few size Left ||

|| Dark Green Polish: OPI Stay off the Lawn! ||
 || Rose Gold Polish: OPI Worth a Pretty Penne ||
|| Light Olive Green Polish: China Glaze Peace on Earth ||




Hello! 

By the time you're reading this, I'll officially be another year old! Woo! 💥

I can't help it. I'm just one of those people who loves their birthday! I love the celebratory texts. I love thoughtful birthday gifts. I especially love birthday cake! 

(Can we talk about how I asked for my first ever ice cream birthday cake because of my current obsession with TikTok ice cream cake videos? lol)

On a more sentimental note, I try not to take life for granted. I've lost many loved ones, both young and old, in my short time on this year. If there's one thing I've learned it's that life is truly gift. It's a cheesy and true as that. 

So I've gotten to be here for another year? That's something so wonderful to celebrate! 

So while I'm a little late getting this post up because I've been celebrating, let's jump into last week's recap...

What I Bought

We just can't ignore that Black Friday was last week - my favorite shopping day of the year! 

Because my birthday falls so close to Thanksgiving, Black Friday was always the day that my Mom and I would shop for some early birthday presents. 

(I especially remember that time in the mid 90's when she and I made it to the mall at 6 AM to get me my first grown-up purple comforter and bedding set from JC Penney's. We dragged that sucker home and both fell asleep for a few hours! lol)

So I did a ton of shopping for myself and got 80% of my Christmas shopping done all in one day. 

Here are a few things I picked up (without spoiling any holiday gifts!): 

Express: 
I've been in need of pants so I decided to try out a few brands outside of my trusty Abercrombie jeans. I picked up this and this. I also just couldn't help myself - how fun will these be for a NYE at home!

Target: 
B and I have been considering this game for over 2 years! This went half off on Black Friday so it was an immediate add to cart. 

Old Navy:
Sticking with the theme of trying new pants, I bought this, this, and this to give them a try. They were all so well reviewed that I'm optimistic!

Nordstrom:
I'm also deeply lacking in the riding boot category. So I bought these

Kenzzi: 
I am SO pumped about this purchase! I've seen so many positive YouTube reviews about this over the last year and how they've seen dramatic reductions in their body hair. Twelve weeks of effort to rarely have to shave my under arms again? LETS GO! I can't wait to give it a try!

Last Week's Buys - Yay or Nay?

Our holiday cards came in and they're so perfect! I cannot wait to send them out! 

As usual, I'm also so in love with my 2021 weekly LifePlanner. I love the minor tweaks they made to the layout this year and am so happy with my customizable cover choice. I chose this one with the rose gold coil, if you're curious! 

Weekly Seasonal Celebrations

First burn of holiday candles ✔️
(I'm kicking it off with this one - a leftover that I didn't get to burn from last year. It's so cozy!)

Weekly wear my November lip shade, Dark Red ✔️
(This is my new favorite dark red shade. It's stunning and so comfortable.)

Listen to my Thanksgiving Playlist ✔️

Paint a weekly, seasonal mani ✔️

Watch a Thanksgiving-theme Film ✔️
(B and I finally watched this!) 

Thanksgiving - Nov. 26th ✔️

Watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ✔️
(I feel like they did such a good job, COVID considering!)

Black Friday shopping ✔️

Reading Right Now

I'm still very slowly and enjoyable reading this!

Watching Right Now

I am so happy that B and I finally watched this! It's been on my to-watch list forever and so we caught a very edited version on TV. At first, we both thought it was a little cheesy and dated. But that ending? THAT ENDING? 😨😭 

How could you not fall in love with this film after that ending?! 100% buying this film to watch the unedited version next year and for years to come. 

Listening to Right Now

Here's what on my Christmas playlist this year: 
Tori Kelly because her voice is just everything! She's been on of my favorite singers since 2014. I love this single and this song from her new album among many others. 

This song and this song because...Dolly!

This song, because even though it came out last year, I didn't have a chance to give it as much love in my 2019 playlist as it deserves. 

Stay tuned for Pt. 2 next week...

Enjoying Right Now

I'm not sure if this is something I necessarily enjoy but I'm excited for the outcome of finally changing my last name to my married name! 

I can't remember if I've talked about this but I know it's been a longgggg time coming. In my defense, I couldn't be without my passport when we lived in Canada, due to how much I travelled internationally. 

I planned to start the process once we settled into our place in Chicago but then.. you know, COVID. Thankfully, I have a very loving and very understanding husband who wouldn't mind one bit if I didn't even want to change my name! 

I'm not a very traditional gal but it's one of the few things I would like to do. We'll be a little B family, in life and in name 😍

I'm finally making solid progress and should have enough changed by the end of the month to a much bigger dent by January! 

Thanks for stopping by today 😀

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