Forever 21 Haul & SPARKing My Photography Skills

I had a lunch date with my bestie S today, with a minor detour at Forever21 – we couldn’t resist all their colorful spring offerings.

LOVE21 Floral and Chiffon Paneled Top

Some of my best Forever21 finds are from LOVE21, which has a more sophisticated and contemporary focus. It was love at first sight with this light & bright floral top.

Forever21 Rose Scarf

The long and drawn-out winter has made me seriously crave florals in all forms…so this pretty rose scarf HAD to come home with me (there was only one in store, and I can’t find it online). I nearly bought this plaid scarf too – I love the soft blue and red prints.

Down-To-Earth Leaf Leggings

S and I were having serious 90s flashbacks at the store (crop tops, oversize plaid shirts, hippie-chic maxi dresses, printed floral jumpsuits). We weren’t too tempted by any of those items since we’d already been there and done that 😉 But I did love the print on these leggings – I didn’t buy them (kind of regretting it now!) but if I did, I would pair them with an oversized t-shirt and gold sandals.

Forever21 Horseshoe pendant, Forever Glam Drop Earrings
Cupcake pendant, Parisian pendant , Touch-Of-Glam Faux Stone Studs, Wishbone pendant, Forever Glam Drop Earrings

I don’t think I’ve ever walked out of their accessories section empty-handed. This time I picked up a cupcake pendant for my daughter (I couldn’t find it online but it was only $1.80!), 2 delicate chain pendants and some seriously sparkly earrings.

 Mod Girl Satchel (hot pink) & Classic Structured Crossbody (blush pink)
Signature Quilted Shoulder Bag (mint),  Fancy Quilted Shoulder Bag (blush pink), Mod Girl Satchel (hot pink) & Classic Structured Crossbody (blush pink)

The current bag selection is AMAZING. I tried on the mint quilted bag, while my friend S purchased the Cambridge Satchel-inspired Mod Girl Satchel. I nearly picked up a satchel for myself, but I’m saving for a certain mini Pashli – so I wanted to be good.

Shopping OOTD:

Shirt: Express, Jeans: GAP (this season’s version), Booties: Old Navy (similar), Bag: Coach (identical from Michael Kors), Necklace: From a stall

YESTERDAY’S OOTD:

Sweater: Garage, Shirt: H&M, Necklace: H&M (similar),, Bag: Coach (identical from Michael Kors), Jeans: Garage, Boots: Old Navy (similar),

I can’t wait for next weekend – I’ve signed up for the SPARK session photography workshop. I learned SO much at their blogging conference last year (read about my experience here) – so I know that this photography course will be AMAZING. The workshops organizers are the top beauty & fashion bloggers in Canada (including one of my blogging besties Elaine!) so they’re able to provide the most relevant information. I really want to improve my outfit and product photography – and this workshop will teach everything from photo composition, to camera settings and photo-editing. There are only a few spaces left – so if you’re in the GTA and looking to take your blog photography to the next level – hurry up and purchase your tickets here! We can study together 🙂

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post, I purchased the Forever21 items and SPARK tickets myself.

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.

21 Comments

  1. Elaine Atkins
    March 27, 2014 / 12:47 am

    You are truly the bestest <3 I love the necklaces you got and those purses are dangerous especially since I'm trying not to spend $ so the price point of those might satisfy me for a bit 😉

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:35 am

      Thanks Elaine – you're the bestest too 🙂 And I'm trying so hard not to get the mint or hot pink purse – they're both so beautiful!

  2. phiphis blog
    March 27, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    you look awesome! i have been obsessed with florals too. i wish i could go to the spark session 🙁

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:37 am

      I REALLY wish you could come – it would be so much fun to finally meet you – AND I know you would love the event 🙂 They have 2 more workshops coming up later this year – maybe you could attend one of them, fingers crossed!

  3. Kallie @ But First, Coffee
    March 27, 2014 / 12:50 pm

    Love! Those floral prints are to die for, and love all those little accessories!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:37 am

      Thanks Kallie – there are so many pretty floral prints – so hard to resist!

  4. Daily Express
    March 27, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Beautiful scarf choice and I'm with you- I can't leave F21 without picking up a few accessories. And they're so affordable! Love your recent outfits too, naturally! You are always so polished and classic!GinaOn the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:38 am

      Thanks Gina – it is pretty much impossible to leave F21 without at least an accessory – they are so cute & ridiculously cheap 🙂

  5. Ashley
    March 27, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    Wowza! Not to be an enabler or anything but that scarf and floral pant need to go home with you. I NEED that scarf – it's so gorgeous. Beautiful choices.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:43 am

      Thanks Ashley! The scarf definitely came home with me – there was only 1 in the store so I held on to it pretty tight LOL! But I think I'll have to look out for those pants next time I'm in store – I love the print.

  6. Hoda Katebi
    March 27, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Lovely post! Everything looks so great on you and you definitely highlighted some great picks! I also loved both of your ootds! xx <(`) Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 28, 2014 / 3:55 am

      Thanks Hoda – I wanted to share my F21 finds while they were still in stock – they have some pretty cute items but they tend to sell out quickly. Glad you liked the post!

  7. Carylee
    March 30, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    Seriously, there are some 90s styles that NEED to stay in the 90s. It really scares me! And I was the first to don all that 90s apparel, but I'm pretty much over it now! I love all the florals! I'm always impressed by your F21 finds! Sometimes I just don't have the strength for that store!! Carylee | morepiecesofme.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 31, 2014 / 1:17 pm

      I know what you mean about having the strength for Forever21 – you definitely have to be in the mood for hunting when you shop there – but it's definitely worth it 🙂

  8. Anonymous
    March 31, 2014 / 3:46 pm

    I haven't been to Forever 21 in quite some time but I clearly have to make a stop before the warm weather comes! Love the jewelry and the clutches you put on display, especially the cupcake one ;)xo http://byourbself.blogspot.ca/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 1, 2014 / 1:57 am

      Thanks! They have such pretty jewelry there – my daughter LOVES the cupcake pendant 😉

  9. Beautygirl24
    March 31, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    Gorgeous things! That floral top is sheer perfection, I would love to own it 😉 The conference sounds great too! If I lived there, I would go.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 1, 2014 / 1:58 am

      You should get the top – then we could be twins (again) LOL!

  10. gabrielle
    April 1, 2014 / 1:56 am

    your coach bag is beautiful, and i agree — those quilted bags at F21 are super cute! i'm loving all of the florals for spring.xo,gabbywww.likealittlefox.blogspot.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 1, 2014 / 1:59 am

      Thanks – I've been using that Coach bag a lot lately – the crossbody strap is so convenient!

  11. neuman
    April 1, 2014 / 3:35 am

    love your look. I also love forever 21 – whenever I need some new accessories Liat NeumanYomanChic.com

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