Balenciaga Modelling pics, Shopping at Winners & Pinterest Project

I’ve been getting so much use out of my Balenciaga bag – part of me only wants to use it on special occasions because it’s such a special bag – but that kind of defeats the purpose! Some people asked for modelling pics with the bag – so here I am before taking the kids to swimming class (that’s about as glamorous as my life gets LOL!)

Someone also wanted to see my 2 Balenciaga bags together – so here are Mummy & Baby Bals!

Black City & Sahara First Balenciagas

I’ve also been busy organizing my walk-in closet – I’m trying to make it as functional as possible. I’ve been finding amazing things at Winners (part of the TJMAXX family):

This jewelry organizer takes no space at all – and makes it easy for me to choose the right necklace for my outfit! Best part? It’s double-sided – and I haven’t filled up the first side – lots of room to grow…(the top part is a hanger – so it fits right next to my shirts)

I purchased many types of hangers – I’d never seen the gel trouser hangers before – they are perfect for hanging my jeans:

  Also picked up a shabby chic jewelry display along with some items for my bathroom

And finally – I got a cheerful apron – to make cooking more exciting. Up until now, I’d been using a McDonalds apron that once belonged to my uncle…functional but not pretty!

Well – this has been a picture filled post! I leave you guys with my latest DIY project inspired by Pinterest – nailpolish on keys – no more fumbling at the door!

Do you wear an apron to cook – or am I the only person who ends up with grease stains EVERYWHERE?


  1. Tali
    August 2, 2012 / 10:58 pm

    It really is a perfect bag!!!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 2, 2012 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks Tali – it's surprisingly light too – so in love with it 🙂

  2. Kacie
    August 2, 2012 / 11:08 pm

    At least you look gorgeous while sitting by the pool!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 2, 2012 / 11:23 pm

      You're too sweet 🙂

  3. Beautygirl24
    August 2, 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Love this! Your Bags are beautiful! I love them both. And I think you look very glamourous 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 2, 2012 / 11:24 pm

      Thanks Noelle – the City bag can really make any outfit look good 🙂

  4. Canadian Beauty
    August 3, 2012 / 1:38 am

    I bought that same Bird necklace holder from Winners in gray ! hehe.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 2:03 am

      Too funny! I told you we'd like shopping together LOL!

  5. ~kk
    August 3, 2012 / 2:27 am

    when did you get your second bal? how is the leather on the new bags? is it dry?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 2:34 am

      The Black one I got recently for my anniversary, and the Sahara one I bought last year. I've heard the newer Bals have dry leather, but I've never felt an old Bal so I have nothing to compare it to – I do moisturize my bags regularly with Lovin My Bags conditioner though.

  6. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    August 3, 2012 / 4:19 am

    Such fun suggestions – I love the necklace organizer for the closet but I'm dying over the necklace organizer for your bathroom. I need to visit my TJ Maxx more often to find some cool additions for the house!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 6:07 am

      I love checking out Winners at least once a month – especially the kids shoe section – I love finding Stride Rite shoes (usually $60-$80 in Canadian children's stores!) for $25…and the beauty section…and the housewares – such good stuff!The clothes are great too, but I never really have the time to sort through them and try them on.

  7. Lilly
    August 3, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    Just love your bags! It would be a dream to own one of those. And you look gorgeous, love the effortless chic outfit.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks Lilly – I'm so happy with my 2 bags – I think my Balenciaga collection is complete 🙂

  8. Jenni
    August 3, 2012 / 1:48 pm

    GORGEOUS bag and lots of fun finds! Thanks for sharing all your cute finds!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks Jenni – I love sharing what I find in stores – and really love fitting room reviews (like the great ones on your blog!)

  9. Anonymous
    August 3, 2012 / 8:27 pm

    OMG Ella!! You look so beaut holding it, really love how you styled it, effortlessly chic! Ooooh and they lol so cute together I think I may need another one in the smaller size then I'll have a Dad, Mum and baby Bal lol! Love the colour of your smaller bag 🙂 x x

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 3, 2012 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks Parveen – I took the Mummy & Baby pic for you LOL! A Bal family of 3 would be too cute – can't wait to see what you get. Am loving your teeny MK bag – it's SO adorable! You need to do a bag collection post so that we can all drool ;-P

  10. Jennifer
    August 3, 2012 / 11:36 pm

    Love the DIY project!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 4, 2012 / 6:43 am

      Thanks! It makes me smile everytime I use my keys 🙂

  11. Lisa - respect the shoes
    August 4, 2012 / 1:27 am

    I love the jewelry organizer, I need something like that. I got a velvet display rack a few months ago, like you see in the stores, and while I like it, it is a b!tch to dust and takes up so much room – I need to scout out some organizers like yours.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 4, 2012 / 6:45 am

      I love displays that look like they belong in boutiques/stores – but I know that is just not practical for me 🙁 I'm really loving the green organizer – just grab a necklace and go, and slip it back into the pocket at the end of the day.

  12. Adele
    August 4, 2012 / 8:08 am

    I love your pale coloured Balenciaga!Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)Happy weekend Hun xoxo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 6, 2012 / 1:55 am

      Thanks Adele – loved your neon bag in your latest outfit post – great blog!

  13. z1477
    August 5, 2012 / 2:18 am

    OMG great minds think alike! I used a new apron I bought today too…except mine was $2 at the dollar store. I don't have the heart to buy a nice one that will then get stained with food splatters that wont wash out. One day, maybe I will sew one of my own and maybe I'll make a matching one for my sister. Matching sibling aprons – that's not too cheesy is it?

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 6, 2012 / 1:55 am

      I'm hoping the busy pattern will hide any stains – because there will be many! And siblings should ALWAYS look like twins whenever possible – that is my philosophy 🙂

  14. MSodapop
    August 6, 2012 / 8:32 am

    i love getting ideas on pinterest <3im definitely going to try the colored keys <3

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 8, 2012 / 7:15 am

      You should definitely try it – so easy and makes such a difference!

  15. Anonymous
    August 8, 2012 / 9:19 pm

    Wow-that is one beautiful bag!! Actually-2 beautiful bags! They are both absolutely perfect and you look incredible. I just re-did our walk-in closet on Monday as well-what a nice feeling to be organized and know just what we have! Love your new organizational additions

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 9, 2012 / 3:51 am

      Thanks Andi – my closet is still in progress – I'm 80% done. It will feel good to have everything in sight – then I'll know what I need to buy – rather than mindless shopping (though that is fun too sometimes LOL!)

  16. Anniina
    August 24, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    Someday I´m going to buy also this Balenciaga city bag, I just have to save first money, a lot.. But this will win my other wishes LV artsy and Alexa 🙂 I Love your BLOG!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      August 25, 2012 / 2:11 am

      Thanks – glad you enjoy my blog! I love the Alexa as well 🙂

  17. Melissa D
    June 12, 2013 / 11:12 am

    The colour-coded keys are a great idea! Do you have to apply a top coat to prevent chipping lol 😛 Love this post.Please take a look:

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      June 13, 2013 / 2:03 am

      Hi Melissa! Yes, I applied several layers of topcoat to be on the safe side…and the polish is still holding up really well all these months later 🙂

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