Friday, December 22, 2017

Using the Louis Vuitton Poche Toilette 26 as a Clutch

The Louis Vuitton Poche Toilette 26 has been on my radar ever since I spotted it on @brookecarriehil about a year ago. It is sold as a toiletry pouch - but a lot of people use it as a clutch. In Canada, it's listed on the Louis Vuitton website as "Toiletry Pouch 26" and retails for $475 plus tax.

Coat: c/o Uniqlo (similar) / Dress: c/o Romwe / Hat: c/o Amazon / Boots: c/o GEOX / Bag: LV / Sunnies: c/o DIFF / Earrings: Nordstrom
Since it's such a classic item - it's also pretty easy to find on the preloved market. I purchased mine for under $200 from an LV reseller in Japan (I had it authenticated over on TPF). Since it's just a fun accessory and not an investment piece - I didn't want to pay full price for it!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Holiday Dressing: What to Wear for Casual Events

For the final post in my Holiday Dressing series with WINNERS and Marshalls, I'm sharing an easy combination that would work for any casual event that you're invited to over the holiday season.

I'm all about easy outfit combinations, where you don't have to spend too much time thinking about what to wear. One of my favourite combos is blazer + pretty camisole + distressed jeans + flats.  Blazers instantly dress up a casual jeans outfit and make it look like you made an effort.

Monday, December 11, 2017

My Magical Coat from Uniqlo

Have you shopped at Uniqlo lately? It's a great place to find classic staples for your wardrobe. I featured their gorgeous camel coat on my blog last year - and am so excited to share this head-to-toe outfit from their Eaton Centre location in this post.

Ultra Light Down Compact Coat Extra Stretch Jeans Pink Turtleneck Lambswool Sweater Blogger Outfit Coach Willis Bag in British Tan
Coat: c/o Uniqlo / Sweater: c/o Uniqlo / Jeans: c/o Uniqlo / Shoes: H&M / Bag: Coach (restoration tips) on to my MAGICAL coat.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Holiday Dressing: Glam Party Look

For my second post in my Holiday Dressing series with WINNERS and Marshalls, I'm sharing a Glam Party Outfit that would work perfectly for any upcoming formal events.

Blogger Outfit Sangria Black and White High Low Party Dress Marc Fisher Silver Glitter heels IMO glitter clutch bag

WINNERS and Marshalls are great places to buy evening dresses. They carry many of the same brands you find at department stores - but they cost so much less! My sister often buys dresses for her holiday work parties from here - and we always find so many pretty options to choose from. My one piece of advice is to buy WAY before you need it - don't wait until the last minute. Always keep an eye on the dress section - and if you see a versatile piece of formal wear - snap it up!

Friday, December 8, 2017

What We Brought on Our Weekend Away...

We had so much fun on our weekend away in Muskoka - we managed to find the perfect balance of hanging out, while also creating content for future posts. We packed a LOT of stuff for a 3-day trip, but we ended up using most of it - so we have no regrets!

göt2b GLAM FORCE High Hold HairSpray and Sculpting Gel review

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Dressing: Leather Sleeve Trenchcoat, Pierced Bag and Fur-lined Loafers

I love searching for trendy pieces at WINNERS and Marshalls - they always stock the most fashionable products, all at guilt-free prices. So you can imagine how thrilled I am to be partnering with them for a three-post series on Holiday Dressing...especially because I had a great excuse to visit all my nearby WINNERS and Marshalls locations!
Trenchcoat with black leather sleeves, black Pierced bag inspired by JW Anderson, and Fur-lined Gucci Dupe loafers from Steve Madden Blogger Outfit Photo

For this first post I'll be talking about on-trend outerwear, and my upcoming posts include a glam party look and a comfy yet chic outfit for family get-togethers. Click through to read about my stylish finds - and see how much I saved!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Girls' Weekend at the JW Marriott The Rousseau Muskoka

Spending time with your girlfriends is so good for your soul - they share your experiences, offer support - and make you laugh until you cry! I have good intentions about scheduling meet-ups - but often, day-to-day responsibilities get in the way and plans get postponed.

A great solution for this is to book a girls' weekend away. Once you block off this time for you and your friends, you force yourself to make all your other plans around it. You cram in work ahead of time, and realize that the world won't fall apart while you're gone. And when you return, you'll be the best version of yourself - recharged and twice as efficient!

La Vie En Rose Winter Pajamas

Eleni, Jenelle, Mandy and I recently spent the weekend at the JW Marriott The Rousseau Muskoka. You've probably noticed that we collaborate quite a bit on blog projects - and that's because we're good friends who love spending time together! We met through blogging, and while we love fashion and frivolity - we're also quite similar in other ways. We're down-to-earth, optimistic, and our personalities complement each other. For example, on this trip, Eleni and I were the list-makers - planning and checking off what we need to do, Jenelle was our camera guru (many of these photos were selfies set up by Jenelle using a timer + remote) and Mandy is just so energetic and capable - she drove us from Toronto to Muskoka and back in a ginourmous truck, and then drove on to work on some more blog projects before heading home!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Keeping Warm in Staples from Amazon Canada

The weather has been all over the place recently - some days it still feels like Fall (yay!), and on others, you can feel the Winter chill. I never like being caught out in the cold, so I've been stocking up on cozy essentials.

Pink Pom Pom Hat Red Rainboots Distressed Jeans Pink Velvet Bag Blogger Outfit
Hat (US link) / Jacket (US link) / Boots (US link) / Bag

In today's post I'm sharing some of my favourite winter staples - all available from Amazon.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Choosing between a St Anne Petite and a Regular St Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts

"You really like those bags with your name on it, huh?" - recent comment from a friend. It's true - I've been using my Barrington St Anne Monogram Totes non-stop! I've written about my St Anne's Tote here, and I've now added the St Anne Petite to my collection.

St Anne Petite compared with a Regular St Anne Tote from Barrington Gifts

Some readers have messaged me about which size I would recommend - so I wrote all my thoughts down in this post!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Running Errands or Working Out?

Do you work out regularly? I wish I did -  there are so many benefits for both your physical and mental health. But I'm caught in that cycle - I'm too tired to exercise, and then I'm tired BECAUSE I don't exercise!

White Reebok Sweatshirt Black Adidas Leggings Adidas Solyx Sneakers Blogger Athletic Athleisure Outfit
Sweatshirt: c/o Marks / Leggings: c/o Marks / Shoes: c/o Marks / Bag

I've tried making it into a daily habit - just hopping on the elliptical and telling myself it's ok to go at a slow pace, something is better than nothing. But I struggle with being consistent...does anyone else have that problem - and if so - any tips? My friend S and I are thinking of signing up for an exercise class once a week, to get us into a healthier pattern. An Orange Theory Fitness recently opened up in our neighbourhood - so we may give that a try!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Ouftit Ideas - What to Wear to Brunch, Office Parties, Family Get-Togethers and New Years

For our latest collaboration with Oshawa Centre, I met up with my blogger besties and put together outfit ideas on what to wear to various festive events. I chose a glam holiday look - perfect for a New Years Eve party!

Holiday Ouftit Ideas - What to Wear to Brunch, Office Parties, Family Get-Togethers and New Years
With Mandy, Eleni and Jenelle

Dressing up for holiday parties is so much fun, because you can incorporate multiple luxe textures (sparkles / metallics / faux fur) in one outfit. I picked out a shimmery satin dress from H&M, and paired it with a GAP faux fur vest for warmth.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Perfect Pink Coat for Fall and Winter

It's been a long search - but I've finally found the perfect pink coat for Winter! As most of you know, pink is my happy colour - and the more that I can incorporate into my wardrobe, the better! But finding the right coat hasn't been easy...

Pale Pink Wrap Coat, Blush Pink Loafers,  Pink Velvet Quilted Bag Blogger Outfit
Coat: c/o Reitmans / Bag: c/o Amazon / Jeans: AEO / Shoes: H&M / Lashes: c/o Esquido Mink Lashes / Gloves: c/o Reitmans
Most pink coats I found were made of a lighter material, and were only suitable for Fall. This Pink Wrap Wool Blend Coat from Reitmans can be worn in the Fall, but the wool blend fabric helps block the Winter chill too!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Skincare for Sweater Weather with Soap & Glory

It's definitely sweater weather in Toronto now - and as the weather cools down, my skin starts feeling tight, scaly and dry.

In the colder months, I HAVE to switch out my shower gel and light lotion for more hydrating products - and in today's post I'm sharing my current body skincare routine, using scrumptiously-scented products from Soap & Glory!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Putting Together a Weekend Fall Uniform with Mark's

Having a formula makes getting dressed so much easier. You don't have to waste time putting together outfits - just pick one item from each category, and you're good to go!

Blogger Outfit Fall Uniform Pom Pom Hat Blanket Scarf Cognac Riding Boots Louis Vuitton Poche Toilette 26
Hat: c/o Marks / T-shirt: c/o Marks / Scarf: c/o Marks / Leggings: c/o Marks / Boots: c/o Marks / Clutch: Louis Vuitton

For the weekends in Fall, I like to use the following formula: pom pom hat + blanket scarf + soft tunic + warm leggings + comfy boots! In today's post, I'm dressed head-to-toe in Mark's featuring clothing from the Sung by Alfred Sung range.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Trying Amazon's Private Brand Clothing Range: Lark & Ro

Did you know that Amazon produces its own range of clothing? They have various fashion brands available to Prime members (not a Prime member? Sign up here) including a boho line (Ella Moon), a swimwear range (Coastal Blue) and an accessories range (The Fix).

Lark & Ro Pink Cap Sleeve Simple Sheath Dress
Dress: c/o Lark & Ro (US link) / Bag: Aldo (US link)
I posted about my heels from The Fix here, and in today's post I'm sharing my thoughts on this dress from the Lark & Ro range.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Rose Gold Sparkle + Bulova Diamond Watch Giveaway

"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ / Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit / Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, / Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it." This verse from the Rubaiyat about time and destiny was one of my favourites when I was a poetry-obsessed teenager. So when I heard that Bulova had released a women's watch collection named the Rubaiyat - I knew I'd love it!

Blush Pink Lace Midi Dress Blogger Outfit Pink Velvet Bag Ball Earrings
Dress: Pretty Little Thing / Shoes: c/o Le Chateau  / Earrings: Amazon / Watch: c/o Bulova / Bag: Aldo

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Wrapped Up in Blue + I've Been Buying ALL the Bags

I didn't used to understand wrap coats - why would you want a coat that doesn't button up the front? But after wearing this Lydia Wool-Blend coat from GUESS - it all makes sense!

Coat: c/o GUESS / Camisole: H&M / Jeans: H&M / Bag: ALDO / Shoes: c/o Nine West

This type of coat is perfect for errand days, when you're constantly switching between indoors and outdoors. When I step out of the car, I wrap the coat around me - and I'm immediately blanketed in warmth. And once I'm indoors - I just let the coat unwrap and fall open. I don't overheat - and I don't have to keep fastening and unfastening my coat - it's very handy!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Top Tips for Buying from Chinese Clothing Sites like Chicwish, Romwe and Shein

This is one of my most asked questions from readers and real-life friends. They see me wearing clothing from websites such as Chicwish, Shein, Romwe, Zaful and Rosegal - and want to know about ordering from these stores. They are often intimidated by the selection, worried about the long wait time or scared that they'll order one thing and receive something else!

Top Tips for ordering from Chicwish, Romwe and Shein
Dress: c/o Chicwish / Bag: c/o Nine West / Earrings: c/o Le Chateau / Watch: c/o Bulova
I have worked with companies that have sent me clothes - but have also ordered clothes myself - so I have experience not just as a blogger, but as an anonymous customer too! I've put together my top 5 tips from ordering from these clothing sites, so that you'll be as happy with your clothes as I am!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How We Take Outfit Photos for the Blog (Equipment Information)

As mentioned in an earlier post - my husband and I work together to produce the photography for this blog. I take all of the product shots, and he takes most of my outfit shots (I set up and frame the photo, he takes the pictures). Creating appealing imagery is an important part of fashion blogging, so I'm always looking for ways to increase the quality of my pictures.

The Best Photography Gear for taking fashion blogger outfit photos

Having the right photography gear is essential for high quality shots, so in today's post, I'm sharing the exact photography equipment I use - along with a list of items I want to eventually upgrade to. This information will especially be useful if you want to take outfit photos for your fashion blog and don't know where to start!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pure and Simple

My skin has been a hot mess after all my travels in August. Two transatlantic trips coupled with outside food and changing environments left me dealing with painful acne on my cheeks. I also developed red patches of dermatitis on either side of my nose - not a cute look! I could temporarily cover most of by layering primer, foundation and setting spray (like in the outfit pic below). But underneath it all, my face felt constantly painful and sore.

So when I was invited to the Grand Opening of Pure + Simple Mississauga to experience their signature facial - I eagerly accepted. It came at just the right time, since I needed some expert insight to get my skin back on track. Read on to find out what I learned.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Buying ALL of the Pink Dresses

My wardrobe has been expanding at an alarming rate - and I'm currently in the middle of a serious decluttering/donating session to accommodate my new purchases. My motto seems to be...if it's pink and it's a dress, I'm buying it!

Pink Rose Maxi Dress Shein
Dress: Shein

This pink rose maxi dress is an amazing Shein find for $34. While I get gifted clothing from Chinese-clothing companies like Shein/Romwe/Chicwish, I also purchase clothes from them myself (like this dress). There are definitely some treasures to be found - in fact, due to multiple reader requests, I'll be sharing a post with my top tips on buying clothes from these online sites soon!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Our Second Honeymoon in Santorini

Visiting Santorini has been a dream of mine since I was a teen - but as I crossed items off my bucket list over the years, somehow I never ended up traveling to Greece. When my parents offered to watch the twins so that hubby and I could go on an anniversary trip - all of a sudden, the world was our oyster - and we quickly booked a trip to Santorini!

Chicwish lace top and blue ruffle skirt, red suede tassel fringe sandals
Top: c/o Chicwish / Skirt: c/o Chicwish / Bag: c/o Amazon / Shoes: c/o Rosegal
Sometimes dream destinations don't live up to your expectations - but for me - Santorini was everything I hoped for and more! Even writing this post puts me in a good mood - because these photos remind me of how perfectly happy I felt during my visit.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Star Bag and Floral Mules

I'm all about designer dupes these days! I'm a pretty cautious spender - so I only like to pay designer prices for items that are classic AND won't get ruined easily.

Gucci Princetown Slippers Dupe
Earrings: H&M (similar) / Top: c/o Romwe / Jeans: H&M / Bag: c/o Le Chateau / Shoes: c/o Romwe

In today's post - I'm sharing two designer dupes. The first are these floral mules - pretty much identical to the Gucci Princetown Leather slippers. There's a fine line between an inspiration and a copy - and I'll be the first to admit that this pair is a little too much on the copy side!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Vacation Style: Embellished Sandals and Tassel Earrings

One of the classic photos to take while visiting Santorini is standing on top of a white-washed curved roof with all the beautiful scenery behind you. But while it may be easy to climb onto the roof from one side - on the other, you could be faced with a 1 or 2-storey drop.

So...obviously, not the most ideal shooting conditions if you're a *tiny* bit scared of heights! I laugh when looking at these photos as I'm often not centred on the arch - because I have placed myself nearer the "safe" side. I guess I have strong self-preservation instincts!

There is so much I want to share about our trip to Santorini - but first, I thought I'd share a simple outfit formula that helped me plan my vacation outfits.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Easy South Asian Bridal/Bollywood Makeup Tutorial

What do you do to celebrate a big wedding anniversary? Well - if you're EXTRA like me - you take your wedding clothes out of storage and book a couples' photoshoot!

South Asian Bridal Wedding Photoshoot Golden Outfits

To be fair, we'd never done a couples' photoshoot before - they didn't seem that popular when we got married. We did have a professional photographer at our wedding - but all those photos were taken indoors and at night. I always wished we had pretty wedding photos - and then I thought - instead of regretting the past - we should just take some now!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fall Trends with Nine West

I'm stretching out my summer as long as I possibly can - but soon it will be time to swap out my dresses and open-toed sandals for fall jackets and ankle boots!

2017 Fall Trends Military Luxe

To see which shoe and accessories trends will be big in Fall 2017,  I headed to the Nine West store at Scarborough Town Centre this past weekend, and checked out their new arrivals.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What to Wear: Wedding Guest Outfit Ideas

Are you looking for outfit inspiration for wedding guest attire?  My blogger friends and I have partnered with Oshawa Centre to share some fun outfit ideas.  And here's the best part - we're also giving away a $500 shopping spree so that you can shop for a head-to-toe look for yourself!

What to wear to a wedding - women

What you wear to a wedding depends on a lot of factors. Is it a formal event or will it be casual? Will it be held indoors or outside? Is it a destination wedding? To help provide outfit inspiration for different scenarios, we each went shopping at Oshawa Centre with a different type of wedding in mind.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Dupe for Cult Gaia Bamboo Ark Bag

You can't scroll through your Instagram feed without seeing the familiar crescent shape of the Cult Gaia Ark bag. This bamboo bag is a blogger fave - it's the perfect accessory to pair with summer outfits.

Amazon Dupe for Cult Gaia Bamboo Ark Bag
Dress: Joe Fresh / Bag: c/o Amazon / Shoes: Walmart (similar)
If you've been looking for a cheaper alternative for the Cult Gaia, today's outfit post features this Amazon dupe. The Cult Gaia bag currently retails for $128 (for the small model) while the Amazon version is $39 (Here's the link for my Canadian readers). It is also available in black and white options too!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

On Trend Straw Bags You NEED for the Summer - Under $50!

Straw bags are a summer classic - but this year they seem to be especially in demand. There are so many popular styles - from clutches to shoulder bags and totes.

Pink Pom Pom trim shirt with Bonjour Straw Tassel Bag
Bonjour Straw Tote

In today's post I'm sharing my 9 favourite straw bags - most of them for under $50! Click through and let me know which ones you love.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Affordable Dupe for the LV Neverfull & Goyard St Louis Tote

A coated tote bag is so handy - you can fill it up with your essentials, sling it over your shoulder - and you're good to go! Two of the most popular totes include the LV Neverfull and the Goyard St Louis - but they're each priced well over $1k.

Barrington Gifts St Anne Tote in Pink Geometric Fabric Blogger Outfit Bag Review
Shirt: SHEIN (sold out - similar) / Jeans: Silver Jeans / Sandals: old (similar) / Bag: c/o Barrington Gifts

If you're looking for a customizable tote bag with similar dimensions, but you want to spend less - you should definitely check out the Barrington Gifts St Anne Tote. It is super cute and costs $165.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bag Review: Obsessed with the Gucci Marmont Matelasse Mini Bag

First there was the Gucci Dionysus...but I resisted. Then I saw the Blooms print...yet I still managed to stay strong. But when the Gucci Marmont Matelasse bags started popping up - it was a lost cause. I fell in love with the antique gold toned hardware and the quilted chevron design - I knew I needed to buy one!

Red Chicwish Crochet Lace Dress Nude Gucci Marmont Matelasse Mini Bag Wallet on a Chain Blogger Outfit Picture
Bag: Gucci / Dress: c/o Chicwish / Watch: c/o Bulova / Shoes: ZARA (old, alternative option)

The Gucci Marmont Matelasse Bag comes in a variety of colours - my personal favourites are the white, barbie pink, baby pink and nude versions. Click through to see some of the most popular styles:

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

How to Dress for a Weekend Away

With all the red and white in this outfit - it would have been the perfect choice for Canada Day or Fourth of July. But the reason I'm sharing it with you today is because it's the ideal outfit for a weekend away with the fam!

What to Wear on a roadtrip with the Family
Outfit c/o MARKS: jacket / shirt / jeans / bag / shoes
Summer is full of roadtrips to the cottage or meetups with relatives for picnics in the park. You need to wear something practical - but you also want to look cute! Let's start with my favourite base layer - a white lace top and distressed jeans - comfortable, chic and easy to accessorize.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Essentials for That Perfect Instagram Shot

Fashion bloggers are guilty of buying it for the 'gram... we often purchase items - not just because we like them - but ALSO because we think they will look good in our blog and instagram photos!
Pink Floral Kimono Distressed Jeans Philip Lim Pashli Mini

Take this floral kimono for example - I bought it because it's silky, pretty and comfortable to wear. But I also chose it because it photographs beautifully - it's lightweight and flowy - which provides a lot of movement and adds interest to an outfit shot. Another bonus is that it also works as a swimsuit cover-up, so it's multi-functional too!

In today's post I'm sharing my top 6 Instagram-worthy summer essentials - whether you're at the beach or lounging by a pool - these items will make every photo picture perfect! Read on and let me know if you already own any of these items:

Friday, June 16, 2017

Shopping for Summer Skincare

I've always dreamed of holidaying on a Greek Island - and this summer - my wish is finally coming true, as we're heading to Santorini for our second honeymoon ( anniversary - but it's sort of the same thing, right?)

I've booked our flights and hotel, but there is so much planning left to do. Where to go, what to pack...I have a lot to think about! I know it's going to be hot hot hot - so I've been checking out the summer skincare essentials at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Monday, June 12, 2017

All of the Pink with Le Chateau

You know that feeling when you've "invested" in a couple of bags...and you shouldn't be buying any more bags YET you keep spotting beauties you can't pass up? That's the story between me and this grey circle crossbody bag from Le Chateau.

Le Chateau Pink Cold Shoulder Top Flared Black Midi Skirt Chloe Dupe Bag Blogger Outfit
Outfit c/o Le Chateau: Floral Blouse / Mesh Shadow Skirt / Tassel Earrings / Laser Cut Pump / Crossbody Bag

This bag is perfection - I feel like it will go with any outfit. Its light colour looks so lovely with light summer fabrics, but it will also pair well with sweaters and coats later on in the year. I'm so excited to be working with Le Chateau on another outfit post - because they have SO many pretty things in store right now!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Who Takes Your Outfit Photos?

I know a lot of bloggers work with professional photographers - and I can see how that can be very efficient: you only have to get glammed up once, and you can take a couple of weeks worth of photos in one go. But I'm not ready to take that step's why:

Versace VE4328 Pink Beige Sunglasses Chicwish Lollipop Flared Midi Skirt Gucci Marmont Matalasse Mini Wallet Chain Bag Blogger Outfit
Sunglasses: c/o SmartBuy / Top: Ann Taylor / Skirt: c/o Chicwish / Bag: Gucci / Shoes: Old Navy
1) I'm just so comfortable with my #InstagramHusband - let's be honest, it's not like taking photos of me is Hubby's FAVOURITE thing to do! BUT - he is happy to commit to one session a week. He sees what a difference good photography makes to my blog - and he knows how important my blog is to me. Because he's my husband - I can tell him exactly what I want from a photo - he has a good eye, but is also completely open to instruction - and will frame the shot exactly how I want it. (p.s. it works both ways - I help Hubby a lot with his work too!)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Time for Tea

My first memorable Tea experience was when I spent my Junior year abroad in London. A group of my Wellesley friends decided to meet up at a well-known hotel for Traditional Afternoon Tea. I was 19, and I remember how grown up I felt - living in a different country and taking part in something so elegant and fancy.

H&M Powder Beige Floral Embroidered Dress Blogger Outfit GG Marmont Matelassé Leather Chain Wallet in Soft Rose
Dress / Bag / Shoes / Earrings
In my opinion, a Traditional Afternoon Tea is the perfect experience to share with girlfriends - you get to wear your prettiest tea dresses, lounge around on comfortable sofas and nibble on dainty and delicious snacks!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Ultimate Girls' Weekend in Toronto

I have an unprofessional confession to make...I often choose to attend blogger events based on whether my friends will be there. I's bad! My decision SHOULD be based on career-advancement reasons...but I just love an excuse to spend time with the friends I've made through blogging!

Ultimate Girls Weekend in Toronto Staying at the Grand Hotel

A problem with socializing during blogger events is that there's never enough time to catch up on EVERYTHING we want to talk about. So Mandy, Jenelle, Eleni and I decided to take matters into our own hands and plan a dedicated Girls' Weekend in Toronto where we could pamper ourselves, relax and hang out to our hearts' content!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Leather, Lace and Studs

Don't you love it when you find a classic item at a lower price point? That's why I enjoy wandering through the aisles at Saks Off 5th. Previous treasures I've discovered include this pink tweed dress and this embroidered gown.

Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Dress: c/o Chicwish / Bag: Celine / Shoes: c/o Saks Off 5th / Earrings: H&M
Saks Off 5th recently celebrated their one year anniversary in Canada - and what better way to honour this occasion than a shopping trip?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Designer Dupes - Affordable Alternatives to Chanel Handbags

As a handbag lover, buying my Chanel Classic Flap bag was the BEST feeling ever. But I had to wait a long time and save up a lot of money before making my purchase. Sometimes you want the LOOK of a Chanel bag, but you don't want to spend so much. In today's post - I'm sharing how to get the look of a Chanel bag for less.

How to get the look of a Chanel bag for less - my favourite budget-friendly Chanel-inspired lookalike bags

Read on for my favourite budget-friendly Chanel-inspired lookalike bags!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Dreaming of (non-dairy) Desserts

Ever since I cut dairy out of my diet, my skin has been SO much better. I went from a face full of painful breakouts to relatively clear skin. But eliminating dairy hasn't been many things are out of the question now. Going for brunch? I have to make sure they don't add milk to the scrambled eggs. I steer clear of baked goods because they probably have milk/butter in them (no more donuts or pastries or cookies!!!)...the "avoid" list goes on and on!

Moto Jacket, Silver Pleated Midi Skirt, Celine Nano Bag, Zara studded heels
Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Shirt: c/o Romwe / Skirt: c/o Romwe / Necklace: c/o Happiness BTQ / Shoes: ZARA / Bag: Celine

When it comes to breakfast/lunch/dinner - I can usually find delicious non-dairy alternatives...but the one department I really feel like I'm missing out on is dessert. Yes, I know fruit is "nature's dessert"...but sometimes (often) I want something indulgent. So in today's post I'm sharing my top non-dairy dessert options.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Everything is Coming Up Marigold...

Some colours are trusted friends - these are the safe colours that make you feel happy and confident when you wear them. My trusted colours are white, cream and blush pink. THEN there are the colours that you've always wanted to try - but are not 100% sure that you can pull off...
Morning Lavender Mila Marigold Lace Maxi Jumpsuit Yellow Mustard Lace Maxi Dress Blogger Outfit
Dress: c/o Morning Lavender / Sunglasses: H&M / Clutch: H&M / Earrings: H&M / Shoes: Old Navy

This beautiful shade of Marigold falls in my "uncertain" category...I always like it on others - but am not sure if it works for me. When Morning Lavender contacted me, asking if I wanted to try out one of their dresses - at first I was going to opt for something like this blush pink beauty - which is firmly in my comfort zone.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lace Dresses I Love - the Pink Midi

You all KNOW how much I love lace dresses...I can't even count how many outfit posts I've shared wearing them. And guess what - I still have several more to photograph and share - so stay tuned for lace dresses in yellow, white and red.

Flared Sleeve Pink Lace Midi Dress Pink Aviator Sunglasses Chanel Wallet on a Chain
Dress: c/o Zaful / Necklace: H&M (similar) / Bag: Chanel / Shoes: Old Navy / Sunnies: c/o DIFF

But let's start my "Lace Dresses I Love" series with this pink midi dress. Here's why I'm obssessed with's a beautiful shade of has trendy flared sleeves...and it's the perfect length! It's hard to find a dress with the right amount of coverage - I usually have to add a cardigan/jacket or leggings.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hacking off my Hair!

So I have a confession to make...I kind of hacked off my hair last week!!! I was thinking - wouldn't my hair be so much easier to curl if it was slightly shorter? And when it comes to my hair - I'm very impatient soon as I decide to make a change (cut, colour etc) - I want it done immediately!

ZARA shirt with embroidered flower gold gucci inspired forever21 slip on loafers distressed jeans Rebecca Minkof Small Chevron Love Crossbody bag
Shirt: ZARA (similar) / Jeans: AEO / Shoes: F21 / Bag: Minkoff / Sunnies: F21 (similar)
Since my hair is cut in layers - I was going to ask my stylist to cut it up to the length of my longest layer. And then the dangerous thinking hard could it be to trim it myself - I'd just use my layers as a guide.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Stepping Into Spring with Marks

I've found the perfect pair of shoes for Spring! They have a classic gladiator/cage design that works well with both jeans and dresses. They're tan - so they complement light-coloured clothing.  And of course - my favourite part - they're VERY comfortable to walk in!

Spring 2017 clothing trends. Champagne off-the-shoulder top, floral jeans, gladiator/cage sandals.
Shirt / Jeans / Shoes: c/o Marks

How comfortable are they? Well, it honestly feels like I'm wearing flats. The thicker heel provides stability - while the laced-up design and textured sole ensure that my feet don't slip around inside. I love that I get the height boost of heels without the discomfort!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tutus and Timepieces

Is this outfit tu-tu much? There's something about ballerina-inspired skirts that makes my heart happy. And if there's one thing that I've learned from being a fashion blogger - it's that you should dress in clothes that make you happy!

Pink Tutu Ballerina Tulle Skirt, Black Leather Jacket, Chanel Half-Moon Wallet On a Chain, Black Booties
Shirt: c/o Chicwish / Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Tutu: c/o Chicwish / Watch: c/o Bulova / Shoes:  Nine West / Earrings: Bauble Bar / Bag: Chanel

In fact - this outfit incorporates MANY of my favourite things - lots of pink, a Chanel bag, tassel earrings and a sparkly new watch!

Monday, March 13, 2017

What to Use When You're Afraid of Lip Injections

I'm obsessed with lip injections...maybe it's because I enjoy a good "before & after" but I LOVE seeing what a difference lip injections make. Many of my beauty blogger friends have worked with top dermatologists and tried out lip injections for themselves - and I am in awe of their results!

Blogger outfit burgundy self portrait crochet lace dress black over-the-knee boots
Dress: c/o Romwe / Boots: c/o Romwe / Bag: Chanel

But when it comes down to it...I'm just a chicken. I would rather live with "ok lips" than try out injections and end up with an unnatural result or accidental scarring. I know MOST people are happy with their lip injections, but I personally could not risk it.

So what options are there for people who want fuller lips but don't want injections?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Black & White with Dynamite

Oh my goodness, this week has been a delirious blur...with Toronto dramatically switching between Winter and Spring weather, my whole family has fallen sick...and now half of us are on antibiotics - no fun!

Blogger Outfit White Knot Tied Blouse Black Joggers Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Chevron-Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag in Mushroom
Top: c/o Dynamite / Pants: c/o Dynamite / Shoes: Old Navy / Bag: Minkoff
Luckily it was still warm outside when I shot this chic outfit from Dynamite's Spring collection. I love how this outfit consists of classic black and white pieces with a twist.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Take Product Flatlay Shots for Instagram

The question I get asked the most by fellow bloggers is: How do I create my product flatlays for Instagram? I receive many messages and emails asking about what lighting I use, what camera lens I recommend, and how do I pick what to include in a shot.

There's a reason why flatlays are SO popular - they highlight products in a beautiful way, and can draw a lot of attention to your Instagram account (My IG account is @ellaprettyblog). A lot of my flatlays have been regrammed by bigger brands - which has driven new followers back to my account - this flatlay was regrammed by L'Oreal to over 3 million followers! My product photography has also translated into paid opportunities, as brands have approached me to work on sponsored Instagram campaigns for them. Since I get asked about so many questions about my flatlays - I thought I'd put all my tips and tricks together in one easy-to-refer-to post. Hope you find it useful!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sharing my Sparkle

My close friends and I have been talking about how important it is to be mindful of who you chose to spend your time with. One quote that has resonated with us is: "The person you will be in 5 years is decided by the people you spend time with and the books you read today."

zara chicwish black floral dress hot pink bag and heels hillberg and berk red sparkle ball earrings blogger outfit
Top: c/o Chicwish / Earrings: c/o Hillberg and Berk / Jeans: Express / Bag: Coach / Heels: Old Navy
Choose your girlfriends carefully - it's important to surround yourself with people who will support and inspire you. My life has been blessed with inspiring best friends - in university, my best friend Maya encouraged me to build my resume and arrange summer internships - which helped me land my dream job. My high school best friend Nancy is a life coach - and I continue to learn so much from her about attracting positive energy into my life.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Styling Spring 2017 Trends with GUESS

Three spring trends in one outfit? That sounds like a great idea! I recently partnered with GUESS to pick out an outfit from their store to share on my blog.

Spring Trends 2017 Blogger Outfit Blue Flared Sleeves top white distressed jeans floral bag silver heels
Top: c/o GUESS / Jeans: c/o GUESS (similar) / Bag: c/o GUESS / Heels: Winners (similar) / Watch: Michael Kors
 I knew that I wanted to start with a pair of jeans because GUESS is famous for their super-flattering denim. Since the distressed trend continues to hold strong, I picked out these white shredded jeans that are perfect for Spring. I love that the material is thick (very important...see-through white jeans are not a cute look!) and also sucks me in. White jeans can be tricky to wear because they highlight EVERYTHING - so finding a good fit is important.


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