Monday, July 25, 2016

Lemons, Vintage Gucci & Summer Loves

I was talking to some bloggers at a recent party, about all the cute prints we've been seeing recently - from lemons to pineapples and flamingos. We thought we'd left those prints behind in our childhood - yet here we are, tempted to wear them because they're so colourful and fresh!

Top: c/o Romwe (shop the sale) / Jeans: H&M / Bag: Gucci / Shoes: Target (similar) / Earrings: H&M

My lemon-print top is actually an off-the-shoulder design, but we all know how I feel about off-the-shoulder tops, so I wore it with the sleeves up. As for my bag, this was the first designer bag I ever bought. Although I purchased it directly from a Gucci store - it's now over 10 years old - so I guess you could say it's vintage?  I hardly wear it anymore, but after seeing the Dionysus and Blooms bags everywhere, I remembered that I had a Gucci bag (or 3...) of my own in storage!

Now for my summer loves - as a BeautyUnited blogger, I get to try a lot of newly released Proctor & Gamble products. This is especially exciting for me because I adore a lot of their brands - including Covergirl, Pantene and Olay. Here are some of the products that I've recently tested and loved!

Portable Gillette Venus Razor and Violet Swirl Shave Gel - thanks to my midi-dress obsession, these are a must-have for my travel bag. I love how smoothly and safely the Gillette Venus razors shave my legs - I can speed through the shaving process without worrying about nicking my legs! And the fact that it's teeny-sized? Too cute!

Covergirl Super Sizer Fibers Mascara - this mascara deposits fibers on my lashes to make them super-long. I like layering this with a volumizing mascara, to create the illusion of false lashes.

Pantene Pro-V Airspray - I've been raving about this hairspray to all my friends. It holds my curls in place for DAYS not HOURS. Usually, my hair struggles to hold a curl - yet when I use this, I still have RINGLETS two days crazy! (This white bottle is the anti-humidity version - I've mainly been using the original formula in the golden bottle.)

Katy Perry's Matte Lipstick - you can tell that a lot of work has been put into formulating this lipstick. It only takes one swipe for super-pigmented coverage, yet it feels so light on my lips. Some matte lipsticks feel cakey and thick, but this is just weightless! It is made with a lot of shea butter - and I'm convinced that's why it smells so sweet! My two favourite shades are Magenta Minx and Coral Cat.

By the way - if you liked the yellow earrings I'm wearing in the first pic - you might want to head over to your nearest H&M. They have such an amazing selection of brightly coloured earrings - and the prices keep going down. I paid full price (around $15) for the yellow pair, but I've picked up the rest over time. They first went on sale for $5-7 and are now on clearance for....$1!!! I've also bought a couple of their summer clutches and totes - and bag charms and tassels! P.S. Check out my snapchat "ellaprettyblog" for my latest H&M haul!

Have you checked out H&M recently? Any faves?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Are PRADA Baroque Sunglasses Timeless or Trendy?

The Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses first became popular in 2011. I remember seeing them on other bloggers and thinking that they looked very bold and dramatic. Because the style was so distinctive, I didn't invest in them myself - I thought it was a "trendy" item that would soon look very dated.

Prada Baroque Sunglasses Zara Cold Shoulder Blue Top Vintage Chanel bag Blogger Outfit
Blouse: ZARA (similar) / Sunglasses: c/o Smart Buy / Jeans: Express / Flats: Express (similar) / Bag: Vintage Chanel

And yet, here I am, 5 years late to the party - with my first pair of Prada Baroque sunglasses! And I'm absolutely in love. While the curlicue arms are trendy, the over-sized lenses are classic - and remind me of Jackie O's sunglasses from the 70s.


I received my sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses - my exact model is the Prada MINIMAL BAROQUE PR27NS-1AB3M1. Ordering sunglasses online can be tricky - Smart Buy has a virtual try-on option, which is fun to test out. But I had also previously tried on the Prada glasses at the opticians - so I knew that I'd love them.

Prada Baroque Sunglasses Zara Cold Shoulder Blue Top Vintage Chanel bag Blogger Outfit

Have you ever fallen in love with a popular item, years after the trend died down? I think for me, that's a great test - if you love it, even when it's no longer popular - then it's definitely worth acquiring! This holds true for my next wishlist bag - the Celine Nano. I've loved it forever - so now I'm on the hunt (due to all the price increases, I've been looking on the pre-loved market).

Michael Kors Petite Rose Gold Lexington with a Pink Face (MK 3285)

And speaking of new accessories - here's my latest watch - the Michael Kors Pink Dial Lexington in Rose Gold (MK 3285). I don't even need to explain why I bought it...rose gold + pink dial is reason enough!

Have you ever bought something after it went out of style?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinterest Pink and Pandora

My birthday was earlier this week - and we celebrated with dinner at my favourite restaurant. I feel happiest when I'm wearing cream and pink - so of course, my birthday outfit had to feature both of these colours!

Pink Tropical Print Midi Skirt Romwe Zara Blogger Outfit
Top / c/o Skirt (discount code here) / Clutch / Shoes (similar)
I picked out this skirt because I loved the tropical print and the midi length...but when it came to styling it - I had no idea what to pair it with. It is not as voluminous as my other midi skirt, so I knew that I needed a simpler top. When in doubt - Pinterest ALWAYS comes to the rescue - and this outfit gave me the inspiration I needed. I mean, Olivia Palermo knows how to make ANYTHING look good - so I copied her cream blouse + tan belt + pink skirt formula!

Pink Opal and Blooming Dahlia Pandora Ring Pink Murano Glass Bead and Pave Lights Bead

Here's a peek at some of my birthday goodies - I went to the Pandora store and picked out two rings and two charms. I chose the October birthstone ring because it's a pink opal and MUCH cuter than the July ring. I also loved this delicate icy pink ring from the "Blooming Dahlia" range. For my charms - I added the Pink Fascinating Murano Glass Bead and the Pink Pave Lights Bead. I love these pieces because I can wear them all the time - and whenever I look down at them, they make me happy!

Has Pinterest ever helped you solve a styling dilemna?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What to Wear to a Garden Party + $500 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

Summer is the season for outdoor parties - and what could be more fun than a Garden Party? I recently collaborated with Mapleview Centre and four of my favourite bloggers on a Garden Party themed photoshoot.

(Items c/o Mapleview Centre) Dress: Free People / Clutch: Aldo / Floral Crown (+DIY): Forever21 (similar)
The first part of our project was figuring out what to wear to a Garden Party. We wanted our outfits to coordinate, so we focused on a blush pink/cream/lace colour palette. Luckily there were many pretty options to choose from at Mapleview Centre. I started with my usual favourites (ZARA, H&M and Forever 21) but also visited stores that I don't usually shop at. This turned out to be SUCH a good idea, because I found this Free People lace dress on clearance at The Bay. Its regular price is CAD$232 - but I paid $92!!! My ALDO bag is a bejeweled minaudiere from their bridal party selection. ALDO came out with a similar clutch a couple of years ago, but it sold out quickly, so I was very happy to have snapped it up this time around. For my floral crown, I used a base from Forever21 and modified it by adding in some extra flowers.

I love how all our outfits were similar but not identical - with each reflecting our individual styles. To see where my fellow Garden Party Bloggers found their outfits - click through to their blog posts ( The Minted Mama / Renee M. LeBlanc / Sparkle Shiny Love / Nelle Creations ).

Our photoshoot took place at a park in Burlington - we had so much fun working together! Candace brought along her grandmother's vintage tea cups to use as props - and now I'm inspired to start my own tea cup collection!

One of the best parts of this Garden Party collaboration is the amazing prize we'll be giving away! One lucky reader will win a $500 Mapleview giftcard AND a stylist session with the Garden Party blogger of their choice. To enter this giveaway, click through below. Good Luck!

Click here for the chance to win a $500 Mapleview giftcard.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Off-the-Shoulder versus Cold Shoulder

This summer's style has been ALL about revealing your shoulder - whether you go totally off-the-shoulder, or you play it safe by showing just a peek in a cold-shoulder top.

Blogger Outfit Floral Black Pants
Top / Pants (similar) / Sandals (similar) / Bag (similar) / Sunglasses (similar)

While I LOVE the look of off-the-shoulder tops - I personally find them difficult to wear. Firstly - you have to wear a strapless bra - which I ALWAYS find SO uncomfortable. Secondly, any time you raise your arms, your off-the-shoulder top creeps up, and you have to constantly readjust it. But perhaps I'm doing something wrong - as I've seen so many bloggers wearing gorgeous off-the-shoulder tops and dresses!

ZARA Blue cold shoulder top Blogger Outfit
Top (similar, similar) / Bag (similar) / Jeans (this year's version) / Sandals

Whether you're looking for a cold-shoulder or off-the-shoulder top - I've spotted lots of cute options at ZARA and Forever21. I found this pretty blue top at ZARA - and it's currently on EVEN further discount thanks to their SUMMER SALE! It's sold out in most sizes online, but you could probably still find it in store.

ZARA Cream Lace Dress Blogger Outfit
Dress (similar) / Sandals / Necklace (similar)

And since we're on the subject of the ZARA sales - I'd recommend checking out this white lace dress too! I wish it was a tiny bit longer, but it's super pretty and a summer classic!

Do you like off-the-shoulder tops? What's your secret to wearing them?


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