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 know...it'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 easy...so 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 it...it's a beautiful shade of pink...it 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 ...as 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 began...how 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.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Le Chateau: What I Wore to the City TV GRAMMYs Pre-Show

Last night, I attended the City TV GRAMMYs Pre-Show - where fashion and music experts weighed in on the hottest red carpet trends. I've never been part of a TV taping before - and of course, my first thought after accepting the invite was...What should I wear?

Le Chateau Crosshatch Viscose Blend Shift Dress and Faux Fur Stole
Dress: c/o Le Château / Earrings: c/o Le Château / Stole: c/o Le Château / Shoes: c/o Le Château / Bag: Chanel

The official dress code was "Classy City Chic" - since we would be on air, we were instructed to wear neutral, trendy party attire in either black, white or grey. I was very excited to work with Le Château to pick out the perfect outfit for the night!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Getting Ready for Galentine's Day

Having a strong circle of girlfriends is a must-have in my book. Nothing makes you feel more invincible than knowing that you have the unconditional support of your friends. And since Valentine's Day is all about celebrating love - it totally makes sense to plan a Galentine's Day celebration with your besties!

Amanda L.  / me / MichelleAmanda M. / EmilyJenelle
I recently got together with a bunch of blogger friends for a fun Galentine's Day photoshoot. It was a dream team situation - with our experience in outfit and product photography, we worked seamlessly to set things up - in thirty minutes, our elegant hotel room was transformed into a pretty pink haven.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

How Shredded is too Shredded?

These distressed jeans are currently the most controversial item in my closet. I've had some hilarious conversations about them...Do they even count as jeans or are they mainly holes with just a little bit of denim in between?

Blogger Outfit Distressed Boyfriend Jeans Leather Jacket Balenciaga City Bag
Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Blouse: Express (similar) / Jeans: c/o Fidelity Denim in Parker Thrasher Vintage / Heels: Winners (similar) / Necklace: c/o Onecklace (similar) / Bag: Balenciaga City

And let's talk about the silhouette...baggy and boyfriend style...with cropped hems and a wide-leg. There is a LOT going on with these jeans. Yet, I secretly ADORE them! Paired with black leggings, I can enjoy all the distressed detailing without exposing any skin.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Quick N' Easy Makeup 5 Minute Smokey Eye Tutorial

When it comes to eye makeup, my go-to look is gel liner and mascara - as seen in the photo below. For special occasions, I'll wing out my eyeliner and stick on false lashes - but that's about as adventurous as I get.

Pink shirt fur vest Taupe over the knee boots blogger outfit
Blouse: LOFT (similar) / Vest: Express (similar) / Jeans: AEO / Boots: c/o Romwe / Bag: Gucci
I was invited to take part in Charlotte Tilbury's Quick N' Easy challenge and try out her 5-minute Smokey Eye Evening kit. It's been years since I attempted a smokey eye. I find dark eyeshadow difficult to work with - it always transfers everywhere, and I end up with a smudgy mess! I thought it would be a fun to test this kit because it's outside of my usual makeup comfort zone - and I always love learning new makeup tricks.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Our Top Five Favourite Activities at Beaches Turks & Caicos

It's only been a month since we returned from our holiday to Beaches Turks and Caicos - and I'm already wishing we could go back! Whenever I see people posting pictures and insta-stories of their Beaches holidays, it REALLY makes me miss the sparkling blue water and amazing weather. Since I'm feeling nostalgic, today's post features all of our favourite Beaches activities.

Chicwish Art of Crochet Top in Grey Glitter Clutch Distressed Jeans Blogger Outfit
Shirt: c/o Chicwish / Jeans: American Eagle Outfitters / Shoes: Payless (similar) / Bag: Express (similar) / Earrings: H&M (similar)


Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Survival Guide: Cold Weather Boots for Every Occasion

I'm a tropical girl at heart, so winter is always a struggle for me. Every time the weather goes below zero, I dash inside whimpering "cold, cold...I'm freezing!" But as the saying goes - there's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. And having the right boots for winter makes a huge impact on my willingness to venture outside! Read below for the four cold weather boots that are helping me survive this season:

For Wading in the Snow:

Blogger Outfit Kamik Momentum Boots Pink Lace Up Sweater Leather Leggings
Hat: Ardene (similar) / Sweater: c/o Dresslily / Leggings: c/o JoeFreshBoots: c/o Kamik / Bag: Celine

The Boot: Momentum by Kamik (C$110)
Special Features:  Waterproof, temperature-rated up to -40C, thinsulate insulation, faux fur trim and a loop-lacing system
Why I Love It: These are the boots I bring out when I mean business - the thinsulate insulation keeps me so toasty and warm - perfect for when everything is covered in snow. One of the main reasons I picked this particular style is because they're VERY easy to slip on and off. They have stretchy laces and a toggle closure - so you can just step into them - no need to sit down and wrestle with your boots! Another important feature is how lightweight these boots are - who wants to clomp around in heavy or bulky snow boots? Lastly, I love the black-on-black faux fur trim - it makes these boots look very chic and luxe.

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