Shopping, Sushi and Sewing

Between my dentist appointment (not fun) and Beauty Blogger event hosted by BlushPretty (fun!) I had a couple of hours to spare downtown – so I went shopping at Winners (Canada’s version of TJ Maxx/Marshall’s). I don’t usually buy clothes at Winners because you really have to go through the racks to find items and it can be overwhelming – but they had a lovely stock of spring items out today, so I’m glad I had time to spare.

Crochet lace dress – (ignore the jeans LOL) I can’t resist lace – I think I’ll wear this with leggings and sandals.

What I loved about this MAXSTUDIO shirt: the color, the attached camisole, the material. What I didn’t love: the flouncy sleeves and elasticated bottom – VERY unflattering for my body type. Didn’t purchase.

 Another ALMOST from MAXSTUDIO. Loved the lace material, the cream color and the sleeves. Didn’t love the elasticated waist or inappropriately placed crochet flowers (thankfully you can’t see them in this pic…but they were in the chest area). Didn’t purchase.

Was entranced by the gorgeous mint – finally a warm-toned version of this season’s hottest shade. In this picture I’m wearing the medium, but I was able to find the smaller version and purchased it instead.
By the way – I’m LOVING the F21 necklace I’m wearing in these pics – I first saw it on Lilly and was finally able to track it down – I’m seriously thinking of purchasing a back-up version – it goes with EVERYTHING!

After shopping, I had just enough time for some sushi with hubby before heading to the blogger event. It was SO good that I ate a bite (or 3) before I remembered to take a pic!

Now on to the blogging event – I was invited to attend a 2-hour beginner’s sewing class at The Sewing Studio along with Elaine from TOBeautyReviews, Arianne from Glitter Geek and Anjali from Rock that Look. Look at what I made – a brush roll!

I have not touched a sewing machine since 7th grade – and yet somehow I made this brush roll ALL BY MYSELF! From threading the bobbin, threading the machine, adjusting the stitches, pinning, adding velcro – we learned it all in 2 hours! I can’t get over how simple and easy Becky and Stephanie made it for us…my mother has been trying to teach me for YEARS, but it never made sense until today (sorry Mom – I love you!).

More photos from the event. Image Source: twitter #beautybloggerslovesewing

I have  a special interest in learning to sew – because I’m still working on my Design Project and am itching to make my own cushion covers…now I have the confidence to try!

We were sent home with a very generous goody bag containing sewing supplies – I must confess I’m not familiar with a lot of them – although my son claims one of them is a pizza cutter and my daughter thinks another is a playdough tool (note to self: hide new sewing supplies before the kids wake up!). Thank you so much BlushPretty for inviting me to this event! And if you’re in the Toronto area and want to learn sewing – contact The Sewing Studio (416-901-0758).

Can you sew?  Have you purchased any mint clothes this season?


  1. alison*elle
    March 16, 2012 / 5:34 am

    What a cool event! I love sewing though I never have time for it these days. And I love that crochet lace dress you picked up. Very cute!xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:21 am

      I never thought I'd say this – but I love sewing too now! Am excited because my mother has an extra sewing machine for me to use – I have a million projects in mind 🙂

  2. Deanna
    March 16, 2012 / 6:13 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog and subscribed 🙂 Love that mint shirt…so cute!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:22 am

      Thanks for subscribing Deanna! I was so happy to find the mint shirt…Winners had some gorgeous pastels, I may have to stop by one more time!

  3. Monica of
    March 16, 2012 / 12:42 pm

    oh wow what a great idea for a beauty blogger, a makeup brush roll…Love it!!! I haven't sewed since home-ec class would love to get back into too to make some cushions for home.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:53 pm

      Monica – I know – with all our brushes, we could ALWAYS use an extra brush roll – and it is a surprisingly simple project!

  4. Lilly
    March 16, 2012 / 1:18 pm

    That's my kinda event 🙂 I've been wanting to learn how to sew for a long time but haven't done anything about it, yet. Great job on the brush roll, it looks great! Love the lace dress, so pretty!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks – I love how blogging can bring such great opportunities 🙂 The Sewing Studio offers a popular class on clothes alterations – how amazing would that be – to be able to modify your own clothes so they fit perfectly!

  5. Beautygirl24
    March 16, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    I wish we had a winners! I love the lace dress. It's a great canvas for any type of shoe or accessory. Also love that mint top! I've been on the hunt for something similar, but so far, no luck! Have a great weekend Ella 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks Noelle! Winners is definitely hit or miss depending on the location – the downtown one tends to have nicer clothes in my opinion 🙂 The one near me can be a polyester nightmare LOL!

  6. Simply Sarah
    March 16, 2012 / 2:14 pm

    the lace dress is just beautiful – all the items are!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks Sarah 🙂

  7. Jessy
    March 16, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    I luv shopping at winners, i guess i like finding something awesome when you are surrounded by not so awesome but i luv that lace dress, so pretty, and i luv the vintage feel to it as wellJessy

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:56 pm

      LOL @ the "not-so-awesome stuff" – I totally know what you mean! My favorite section of Winners is the shoe section – so easy to navigate and lots of treasures.

  8. Skylette from Sequins&Stilettos
    March 16, 2012 / 5:16 pm

    Look at you getting all Martha Stewart on us! 🙂 Good for you. My sewing machine sort of collects dust, unless I need to whip up a baby blanket for a gift. That's pretty much the extent of my sewing skills!That lace dress is stunning! And the mint top? Lovely!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 6:57 pm

      Wow, you can make baby blankets? I've always admired the craft blogs with all the cute baby shower ideas – now I can try make some of my own 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    March 16, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    How fun! Knowing how to sew would be amazing, think of all the duds you could whip up for yourself, great for you for just going for it. That lace dress is fab!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 16, 2012 / 8:03 pm

      I know – it is such a useful talent to have – especially modifying your existing clothes to make them more current – that would be so cool!

  10. Jennifer
    March 16, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    I love everything you chose!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 17, 2012 / 3:07 am

      Thanks 🙂 Will I see you at the brunch on Sunday? I hope so!

  11. Melody
    March 17, 2012 / 1:16 am

    The lace dress looks gorgeous on you! ;p

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 17, 2012 / 3:07 am

      Thanks Melody – I can't wait to wear it 🙂

  12. Tali
    March 17, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    I love the lace dress but in particular the mint green top I adore. There is something about the color and the detailing.. perfect!!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      March 17, 2012 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks Tali – I love mint green but the cool-toned versions don't look good with my coloring – so happy to have found something that works for me 🙂

  13. Life's a shoe
    April 1, 2012 / 6:53 am

    this is awesome! I love the first dress

  14. Amanda Reid
    October 20, 2015 / 6:01 am

    It looks like a really cool event. I can mend a bit but sewing new stuff seems daunting. Oh and by the way, I thought the second dress looked good on you too.Amanda Reid

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