Too much shopping part 1 (Old Navy, H&M, Coach, Body Shop)

It must be a combination of Spring and house-moving stress that has made me so spend-happy! It’s not that I’ve been shopping excessively…it’s just that I’ve been picking up a lot of stuff that is cute but not essential. The first place to sucker me in was Old Navy…they’ve brought out such lovely transitional items – and everything seemed to be marked down – who can resist that?

My favourite purchase was this tie-front sweater for $15.39. It’s ballet inspired – very feminine but not at all fussy.

I also loved this hunter green Boyfriend cardigan ($20.70). It’s very roomy and comfy, and would look great with brown accessories.

I loved the ruffly details on this cropped cardigan – I have a lot of cropped cardigans, but nothing this cute! I bought it for $24.15 but I just noticed that it’s been marked down to $19.50, so I’ll try get a price adjustment the next time I’m at Old Navy (I have to go there anyway to return some of my mail-order swimsuits).

As soon as I tried this dress on – I imagined myself in a hot climate wearing flip flops, beachy accessories and a straw hat. I don’t need anymore “holiday” clothes – but clearanced for $12.59, I thought I’d regret NOT buying this dress.

With regards to my swimsuit search, I ended up keeping these 2 tankinis from Old Navy. I wore the black one this past weekend at the waterpark – it offered a lot of coverage while the ruffly neckline kept it from looking too boring. Hubby said I looked “tiny” in the black suit – which I’ll assume is a compliment LOL!

I’ve been wanting a leopard print H&M scarf for a while (they are somewhat inspired by LV’s leopard stole) but since they came out last Fall, I wasn’t sure I’d find any left in stock. I  couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this reversible scarf, I grabbed it and headed straight for the register. I’m not usually into animal prints – but the black and white print is quite subtle and goes perfectly with my black trenchcoat. I’ve already worn it (on the leopard side) a lot!

Here are some toiletries I picked up…nothing is noteworthy apart from the Body Shop Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment. If you like the look of neatly groomed cuticles, you NEED this pen in your life. The fragrant almond oil moisturises while the built in pusher-head softly shapes your cuticles I’ve bought many “popular” cuticle products (including Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream and Sally Hansen’s oils) but this is the most effective product by far – and it’s gentle enough to use every day. These were marked as $12 but only rung up for $5. If your Body Shop is offering them at that price – grab two…although they are even worth it at full price!

The last item I’m sharing today is my Mahogany leather Sophia bag by Coach. I’ve wanted a Sophia bag since their debut in 2010 but I had no specific plans to purchase one. As we were visiting Niagara Falls this past weekend, we dropped by the Coach outlet. When the SA brought out this bag, I knew it had to be mine! I loved the colour (brownish black is so versatile and classic) AND the style (the bag is really light and the wide-zip opening makes it easy to use). As I’ve previously posted, I’ve gotten lots of use out of my leather Coach Sabrina bag – and I hope this bag will be as practical.

I think that’s enough posting for this week…Next week I’ll be sharing part 2 of my purchases (mainly Internet buys). 

Have you been tempted by any Spring merchandise?


  1. Anonymous
    April 12, 2011 / 10:08 am

    oh I love that gorgeous cream sweater and the bag! I love a simply neutral bag like that, and its such a nice deep chocolatey color.

  2. Ashley
    April 12, 2011 / 11:09 am

    Killer scarf! I love that it's reversible with the zebra print although I like the leopard print side more. I hope Nashville gets a H&M soon!

  3. Lilly's Style
    April 12, 2011 / 1:16 pm

    Great finds! My favs are the green boyfriend cardi and the purse, LOVE. I must try the Almond Oil Nail and Cuticle Treatment, sounds like something my cuticles can use 🙂

  4. Beautygirl24
    April 12, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    Great picks! Old Navy always carries great Summer staples and you don't have to feel guilty for indulging.Love the scarf on you! I think leopard can be a wonderful neutral. And congrats on the Sophia, very chic!

  5. Ella Pretty Blog
    April 12, 2011 / 5:36 pm

    Jennifer – thanks I love the bag so much – and Coach leather is very durable – it doesn't need to be "babied"Ashley – I hope you get an H&M too – I always find something good there – even for work wear or going out. And their accessories are amazing.Lilly – my cuticles are in the best shape they've ever been thanks to this oil – and it's so convenient having the cuticle pusher built in – I HATE using my nails to push my cuticles back – it hurts!Noelle – I love your H&M leopard shirt – I'm glad I decided to try wearing animal prints. I love that Old Navy uses a lot of natural fibers – for the same price, a lot of other mall stores use rayon/nylon etc.

  6. Anonymous
    April 12, 2011 / 5:43 pm

    Such awesome new buys! I love that first tie-cardi, looks so comfy and cozy. Yay for the animal print scarves!! They look really good. That ON dress looks really, really great on you. And yay for a new bag! That one will go with everything.

  7. annoying_kid11
    April 14, 2011 / 11:46 pm

    I love all your new clothes! So cute! You know how much I love Old Navy, lol. I love the reversible scarf and I sure it goes with so much of your current wardrobe.The cocoa body butter is probably my favorite thing at Body Shop but next time I'm in I'll see if I can find the cuticle oil. Sounds wonderful.

  8. Ella Pretty Blog
    April 15, 2011 / 5:00 am

    Thanks Andi…I'm a little bit scared to check out the rest of my favourite clothing stores – there's too much nice stuff out there this season (who thought I'd ever complain about that LOL!)Lindy – is that you? I'm loving the cuticle oil – it's now marked down to $5 on the website too, and I'm tempted to stock up! I hope they're not discounting it because they're getting rid of it!

  9. Lindy May
    April 16, 2011 / 12:44 am

    Yep, it was me, lol. I was logged in as Jason on accident.

  10. Anne
    April 23, 2011 / 8:02 pm

    love your purchases! and i'm absolutely in love with the madison sophia and planning to get one myself at the Niagara Falls outlet ^___^ i was wondering if yours is the small or large size?

  11. Ella Pretty Blog
    April 24, 2011 / 12:00 am

    Anne – mine is in the small size. I've heard that there are still quite a lot of Sophias at the NF outlet. I'm sooo tempted by the fabric cobalt or crimson ones – they are both amazing colours.

  12. Anne
    April 24, 2011 / 4:48 am

    🙂 thanks for letting me know. I'm still debating on which size to get. And hopefully by the time I'm able to make a trip down there, there will be some leather sophias left to choose from

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