Recent outfits & Trying to be good….

Marc Jacobs Quilted Single Bag in Black

Old Navy Polka Dot Sweater (only striped versions left online)

Forever21 Rhinestoned Chain Necklace

Garage Jeans

Old Navy Boots

Marc Jacobs Quilted Single Bag

red jeans outfit

GAP Leopard Scarf

Old Navy Cable Boat Neck Sweater

Garage Red Jeggings

Old Navy Boots

A combination of cold weather, family-wide flu & major sinus headaches has made me want to hibernate in bed and NEVER get out…which sadly isn’t very practical. I’ve been layering like crazy to keep the chills away – am doubling up with cotton leggings underneath my jeans!

I’m one week into NO-Buy February…and I’ve been good – but it hasn’t been easy… Sales…Coupon codes…Exciting new products – lots of temptation around! I thought I’d list a couple of the things I’ve WANTED to buy (but haven’t!):

1) Coach Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse in Mint – I’ve been loving everything about Coach’s Legacy line – the discreet logo, pretty tassels & gorgeous saturated leather colors. This purse is tempting at $198 – it’s pricey but classic. The strap can be worn cross-body or doubled up for use as a shoulder bag. I’ve resisted so far BUT Coach has sent me a PCE (Preferred Customer Event) discount code…and it’s only valid for the month of February!

2) Revlon Colorstay Longwear Nail Enamel – I purchased Bare Bones in January – and I love this new Revlon formula SO much – it really is like having gel nails: opaque, glossy & super-longwearing color! Now I want to try Pink Passion & Midnight…but I think I can hold out until March…

3) MAC Pro-Longwear Concealer – As I explained in my acne-covering foundation post – I use this concealer as a full-coverage foundation. I still have around a quarter of this product left BUT it’s not really matching my skintone at the moment. I need a lighter shade with yellow undertones – either to use alone or blend with my existing concealer to match my skin color. This doesn’t really count as a new purchase, does it? 

Aside from making virtual shopping lists and hiding in bed with the flu, I’ve been productive this month…organizing paperwork, sorting through my closet – it feels good to get some pre-Spring cleaning done!

How has your February been so far?


  1. Mehreen
    February 7, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    always love your outfits!:) SO WELL PUT TOGETHER:) soooo what r u going to do re:coach purse!!! they are really testing no buy february! lol

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 2:21 am

      I know Mehreen! Imagine sending me the PCE coupon on a no-buy month…it's so cruel! I think for now I'll continue to resist (but I'll probably cry when it's sold out and everyone has a cute mint bag except for me LOL!!!)

  2. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    Hope you're feeling better Ella 🙂 agree with M, your outfits are simple yet very chic! Love that polka dot sweater. xx

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 2:22 am

      Thanks Parveen – I'm still so groggy from the flu meds but my lovely parents have taken the kiddies for the night so that I can get lots of rest and be back to normal soon 🙂

  3. Louise @ INGREDIENTS
    February 8, 2013 / 1:53 am

    Hope you feel better soon! I am also sick and it seems like everyone around me is sick with the flu! I admire your discipline for sticking to a no-buy policy this month. I have been tempted with so many coupons and sales the past couple weeks, but the thing that is motivating me to hang on to my wallet is seeing the new spring collections…I would rather buy a few new things for spring than spend money on any more winter stuff.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 2:24 am

      I know what you mean Louise – the GTA has been hit hard with the flu & lots of headaches from the air pressure changes/temperature fluctuations! Here's to us getting better quickly 🙂 Can't wait to see what you choose when Spring comes – enough of Winter already, huh?

  4. Blushingloves Irene Greece
    February 8, 2013 / 7:06 am

    Love your polka dots Sweater and I feel you when there's coupons and sales all aroun and you don't want to buy!!♥♥♥

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 11:43 pm

      Yup – it's so tempting…one of my favorite stores had 25% off and free shipping today…hopefully the jeans I want will still be there in a month LOL!

  5. pretty little things
    February 8, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    I love the red and leopard combo! xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 11:43 pm

      Thanks! I'm surprised at how versatile the red jeans are – I didn't think I'd get this much wear out of them!

  6. MarBear
    February 8, 2013 / 6:05 pm

    I love your outfit posts! They're all so cute and wearable for everyone!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 8, 2013 / 11:44 pm

      Thanks, you're so sweet to say that! I'm all about comfort so I have to keep my outfits simple 🙂

  7. Schnelle
    February 9, 2013 / 2:57 am

    I love your outfit posts, Ella! That polka dot top is so pretty and I really love those red pants with that sweater!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 16, 2013 / 5:28 am

      Thanks Schnelle…I'm loving all the polka dots options out there at the moment 🙂

  8. Lilly
    February 15, 2013 / 11:18 pm

    It's hard to be good with all the sales going on. I've attempted a no buy month and I think I did last two weeks haha. Very cute outfits. And that Coach bag is gorgeous.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      February 16, 2013 / 5:27 am

      Thanks Lilly! I only have 12 days left…hopefully I can hold out! So far the only thing I ended up getting was the foundation refill 🙂

  9. aissa ghedabnia
    February 16, 2013 / 10:04 pm

    i love your style girl and i wish i can have all of your clothes :p

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 1, 2013 / 5:02 am

      Thanks Aissa!

  10. Steph
    March 1, 2013 / 4:53 am

    I LOVE your blog! I just got a balenciaga from Holts in Yorkdale and I am wondering how to maintain it. They told me to use lubriderm but on purse forum people were so against it. So I'm confused. Anyway you're such a beautiful mommy with amazing style. Xo

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 1, 2013 / 5:01 am

      You're so sweet! Congrats on your new Bal! For mine I purchased the Lovin My Bag care kit from the US – I will try find my earlier post on it and link here. I bought the products specifically created for Bal leather and am very happy with it. I ordered mine from the US but I think recently they've started shipping from Canada, which is even cheaper than ordering from the US.

  11. MsMayg
    March 4, 2013 / 11:20 pm

    I love all things polka dots & styling red & leopard together is my fave!

  12. Alexandra Hovatter
    March 7, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Oh wow you made me laugh! No-buy February is genius, I wish I had the fortitude to not buy for a whole month! BTW great style, it looks so comfortable and chic!

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