Shopping, Highlights and a Guest Post

I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with flats since it’s already boot-weather! I guess there is always a time and place for comfy ballet flats…I picked up these 2 pairs this weekend:

The Old Navy metallic flats are ridiculously soft – they feel like bedroom slippers when you put them on – and for $20, they’re even cheaper than Payless shoes (and they’re of better quality).
I love the classic black and nude combination of my Aldo shoes – I’ve been wanting a pair like this for a while – especially after seeing how lovely Lilly’s flats look with her different outfits:

Speaking of Lilly – since she’s on holiday at the moment (lucky girl!) I wrote a guest-post for her blog – please come check it out here. I wrote about 5 classic clothing items every blogger seems to have or want…and I linked to some mid-range and affordable alternatives.

Now back to my shopping – I bought this merino wool infinity scarf from GAP. I’m always drawn to charcoal grey items – although I’m not sure it’s the best colour to choose, since it’s so drab and can draw colour away from your face…but I can’t help it, I love this scarf!

I repurchased my HG moisturiser and face wash from Shoppers Drug Mart, and also picked up two Tweezerman items: tiny purple tweezers (they’re SO adorable!) and a metal lash comb. I’ve never owned a lash comb before – and this one’s a bit scary because it’s so sharp…but they’re supposed to be great when you’re using clumpy mascaras, so I’m going to give them a (careful!) try. My Falsies mascara is fantastic and non-clumpy, but I’ve been trying out Revlon Grow Luscious mascara for everyday use – and it ALWAYS clumps up!

I’ve been in a hair slump, and I kind of want to get highlights now (though not as light as Jessica)…but I’m not sure if I should – my hair doesn’t take well to “lifting” and often ends up too light – even if I go to a good salon and use all the products they recommend.


 Here’s some examples of previous highlights…looking at the 2006 pictures makes me so angry – the colourist was SOOOO bad – she gave me such ugly CHUNKY highlights! I never want to have hair like that again.
What do you guys think – should I get highlights? How can I avoid ending up with white stripey hair?


  1. Anonymous
    October 11, 2011 / 8:30 pm

    I hate the chunky white stripes too! I call them stripper stripes–ugh, I hate that. I always ask for color–not bleach and I stress that I want golden tones, not white. If it's too stark of a contrast still, I just ask for a toner to blend it more evenly. Highlights are fun but I find them to kind of be a PITA at this point, you know? I had really good luck pulling my own hair through a cap using a specialized highlight formula from Sally's beauty. I may do that again.

  2. Schnelle Couture
    October 11, 2011 / 11:05 pm

    Love your blog- I'm a new follower! Those flats are so fab and so so affordable. Old Navy has definitely improved as of late. I love those Aldo flats, they're a great classic to have.

  3. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 12, 2011 / 12:00 am

    Andi – now I know what my 2006 hairstyle was LOL – stripper stripes! Since my hair is so dark (brownish black) they always have to use bleach to lift it…I wish it was an easier process!SC – Thanks for following! I checked out your blog, it's lovely…makes me wish they had a Charlotte Russe here – their clothes are so nice!

  4. Beautygirl24
    October 12, 2011 / 12:17 am

    Gosh Ella! You and I are birds of the same feather 😉 I love this post! I too am obviously obsessed with flats. Lilly's are gorgeous, and I have admired them for a long time. They remind me of Chanel. I also am drawn to charcoal! I am unsure why, but I just find it flattering against my dark features and it's less stark than black.

  5. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 12, 2011 / 1:04 am

    Noelle – we really do love a lot of the same things…I'm always admiring your gorgeous cream lace tops (another of my can't-resist items). Now that you mention it – I find black quite stark too – so maybe that's why I'm always drawn to charcoal items.

  6. Make Mommy Chic
    October 12, 2011 / 1:25 am

    Hi Ella, what a fun post. I really like your shoe pics, i have been coming across lots of people who have raved about Old Navy shoes, so I think that it is time that I should check them out. Also lash combs are great, i use mine on a daily basis, if not i like like scary spider eyelash woman. Alright, i'm on my way to check out your guest post 🙂

  7. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 12, 2011 / 1:35 am

    MMC – good to know that lash combs work – I don't want to look like 'scary spider eyelash woman' either LOL! Thanks for checking out my guest post 🙂

  8. Louise @ cosmetic bee
    October 12, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    LOL, I have that Tweezerman lash comb too and I'm always a little afraid to use it! But it does work very well! I have to go check out those Aldo flats, they look very Chanel.

  9. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 12, 2011 / 6:08 pm

    Louise – Apparently Browns also makes a lovely chanel-esque flat – but I think they're double the price of these 🙁 I used the lash comb today – it worked well, but my Revlon mascara still sucks!

  10. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 14, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    Thanks Noora!

  11. Tali
    October 20, 2011 / 3:10 pm

    Love both ballerinas! As for highlights just say exactly what you want and watch them carefully. If you see him grab too much hair say something!!

  12. Ella Pretty Blog
    October 20, 2011 / 3:18 pm

    Thanks for the advice – I think I'm going to be very vocal and picky this time when I go to get highlights 🙂

  13. Courtney
    October 2, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    OMG I LOVE that charcoal gap merino infinity scarf! I had the same one and sadly I left it at the cheesecake factory and it was stolen. If you ever want to sell yours, let me know! I know I sound like a total creeper, but I loved that scarf! 😉 My email is in my linked profile! Thanks!

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