Retail Therapy (H&M, Winners & OPI)

It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and I’ve spent a lot of time cooped up indoors – so I was more than ready for some alone time at the mall this weekend – and some much needed retail therapy. I only had a couple of hours to myself – but I was able to get a lot done.

First stop was H&M (which has ridiculous queues on the weekend – both for the dressing room and cashier). There was a pink-checked shirt I’d been eyeing for months – but never had the opportunity to try on. I had seen a similar one at J.Crew but I liked the H&M version better.

It would look better with a belt but I wasn’t wearing one today. It was $24.95 – and it came home with me.

I also purchased this crisp white button-down – it’s a classic and a steal at $24.95.

This pinkish-beige wrap also came home with me – I can never resist pinkish beige – it’s my favorite color! I’d wear it with a looser camisole: price: $34 or $39. Want to see what didn’t make the cut?

This lace top – although I love white cotton in the summer, I feel like the style made me look frumpy.

This sequined sweater – I was DESPERATELY searching for a top like this over winter break – it would have been so lovely for holiday parties. If they had this in my size (I tried on a medium but I’m usually a small) I would definitely have picked this up.

-I was in dire need of new bras, so I went to Victoria’s Secret – it’s a good thing I got measured there – I’m usually a 34B, but at VS I was a 32C. Everything looked MUCH better after I tried on the right size (I’m not sure if my bra size has changed or if VS sizes things differently than my regular lingerie retailer). This is the bra I got – now that I know my size and style, I’m going to wait for a good promo to pick up some more – at $50+ they’re pricey!
-The pink-beige purse was $4.95 at H&M, I’m going to use it for loyalty cards and gift cards  (so my regular wallet doesn’t get too heavy).
-After seeing OPI’s Mod About You everywhere I looked (blogs and Youtube) I decided it was a sign that I needed my own bottle.
-The rest of the items are from Winners – OPI nailpolish remover ($9 instead of $20) OPI Femme de Cirque Minis ($7 instead of $16), hand scrub treatment with gloves and handbutter, Pedi-scrub foot sponges and heavy duty pedicure tools.
While I was out shopping, I kept running into this gorgeously stylish woman – she was wearing light pink skinnies, a camel sweater and a brown leather jacket – I was thisclose to taking a photo of her for my blog – or at least asking her where she bought her clothes – but I was so rushed I didn’t really have the time to stop and chat. Do you ever stop and ask people where they bought something?

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  1. Canadian Beauty
    May 6, 2012 / 5:42 am

    ooh great haul today! I have asked strangers where they got something before, yes. but its only when I'm in the mood, sometimes I'm shy.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:12 pm

      I guess the situation has to be right – it's easier to ask people who are by themselves than in a group of friends! So far everyone I've asked has been super friendly and helpful – no cattiness 🙂

  2. Jamie E. Anthony
    May 6, 2012 / 7:20 am

    i really love the gingham and the sequin tops! so cute!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:13 pm

      Thanks – now I have to stalk that sweater until I find it in my size!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:14 pm

      Thanks – the pink wrap is super-comfy too!

  3. Schnelle
    May 6, 2012 / 2:36 pm

    That sequin sweater is SO pretty, too bad they didn't have a small! I love the pink and white plaid top, I've been searching for one of those too and the that crisp white top is such a great staple to have.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:14 pm

      I was so sure the pink top would be gone – since I had last seen it at least a month back – luckily there were a lot in stock – in many sizes too 🙂

  4. Lilly
    May 6, 2012 / 7:29 pm

    Great finds! I have that pink checkered shirt and love it. Too bad they didn't have the sequin top in small, it's very pretty.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:15 pm

      I love it when we have twin clothes – because than it means I picked something good LOL – since you have the best taste!

  5. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    May 6, 2012 / 9:59 pm

    I don't think you could EVER look frumpy! Great finds – I am so excited to visit H&M for the first time this upcoming weekend when I get to go visit the sister!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:16 pm

      I'm so excited for your H&M visit – can't wait to see what you pick out!!!

  6. Beautygirl24
    May 7, 2012 / 1:39 am

    I love everything you brought home with you! H&M usually is a hit for me too. I really love the checkered shirt. Perfect for the warm season!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 7, 2012 / 1:17 pm

      I love H&M – the only sad thing was that I didn't see many pretty necklaces in stock – but I keep seeing them on blogs – I really need more of their necklaces 🙂

  7. Lindsay @ A Walk in the Closet
    May 7, 2012 / 3:05 pm

    Great picks, Ella! I really like the lace top that didn't make the cute though. I think it looks really cute with that exact outfit! 😀

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 8, 2012 / 2:21 am

      Thanks Lindsay! Usually I'm a sucker for lace tops – but the style of this reminded me too much of my post-pregnancy tops – I guess I have a hang-up about them LOL!

  8. Anonymous
    May 7, 2012 / 11:54 pm

    Love your new finds! You look amazing in everything.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 8, 2012 / 2:21 am

      Thanks Andi – you're such a sweetie for saying that 🙂

  9. Kelly { MessyDirtyHair }
    May 10, 2012 / 12:11 am

    well you had a pretty good day at the mall! i love everything you got! im obsessed tho w the sparkly sweater! its bananas!!Im having a pretty cool giveaway right now, you should check it out if you havent already! xo Kelly

  10. G A B Y
    May 10, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    I love that checked shirt! Now I want one too ahahBTW, consider turning Captcha OFF on your blog. It's very hard to comment. Afraid of hate mail? Simply choose to approve your comments instead.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      May 10, 2012 / 8:40 pm

      Hi Gaby, glad you liked the shirt! I didn't realize I had Captcha on my comments – I do approve all comments as it is – will investigate now – thanks for letting me know!

  11. Jamey and Jack's Mommy
    September 24, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    I decided to go through your blog and see what type boots you have….I'm in need! I just recently went to VS too and I've been buying 34c and the whole time I'm a 32d they said 34c is my "sister size" so if I can't find a 32d to buy a 34c. Hmm if I'm buying jeans and they have a 4 not a 2, I'm not buying them.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      September 24, 2012 / 2:58 pm

      My boots are from old navy and have held up surprisingly well despite all I've put them through! I want a leather pair at some point but haven't found a comfy one in the style I like yet. I agree – I'd rather wait and get my correct size rather than the closest thing.

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