Weekend Travel, Shu Uemura Breakfast and Recent Outfits

These past few weeks have been very busy – but in the best way – with lots of time spent with friends and family. It was my mother’s birthday last week – so the whole extended family got together and we all went back to Muskoka. I guess we’re creatures of habit – when we find a place we like, we stick to it! One of the things we love about the JWMarriott is the gorgeous decor – here’s a pretty hutch I spotted near the library – doesn’t it look like it belongs in a magazine?

Country Shabby Chic Hutch Decor

One of my favorite parts of traveling is packing all of my makeup and toiletry minis – it’s fun to change things up and use teeny tiny products! I can’t live without my tangle teezer – so I’m glad I finally have a compact version. The click-on cover makes it very travel friendly – I don’t have to worry about dirt or fluff getting caught in the bristles.

Tangle Teezer / High Beam / They’re Real / Lollitint / It’s Potent / Nars / Daywear

Here are a couple of the outfits I packed for the trip – the floral pants I posted about last week:

Floral Pants Spring 2015 Trend
Shirt: H&M (similar) / Pants: Old Navy / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Flats: Old Navy

And this emerald colored dress:

Emerald Wrap Dress
Dress: c/o Sheinside (similar) / Necklace: similar / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Flats: Old Navy

Before leaving on our trip, I headed downtown for a media breakfast hosted by Shu Uemura to launch their collaboration with Yaz Bukey (she’s in the picture below wearing star earrings).

Yaz Bukey is a Paris-based accessory and jewelry designer. She has collaborated with Shu Uemura to release a colorfully packaged range of makeup. There is quite a fun concept behind the collection – Yaz imagined four girls (Red = Sexy Yaz, Green = Smart Lola,  Yellow = Romantic Betty, Blue = Daring Tina) all competing for the love of one man…Mr Shu Shu! There was a LOT of work behind the formulation and packaging of each product as Yaz wanted them to perfectly reflect her vision. Below are the products I received  – aren’t they SO pretty? I don’t think I’ve ever worn such a true orange shade on my lips, but the Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte lipsticks are noted for their deep color pay-off – so I’m excited to try it. The POREraser Mousse (in the pink can) is a unique product – it is a lightweight mousse with an SPF of 35 that reduces the appearance of pores and minimizes shine – bonus: it can even be used as an eyeshadow primer!

Yazbukey for Shu Uemura Collaboration

Here’s what I wore to the event – the lighting is strange because I had to leave the house SUPER-early to catch the train and make it downtown in time for the breakfast!

Tweed Jacket Casual Outfit
Jacket: Jacob (similar) / Necklace: H&M (similar) / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff / Boots: Old Navy (this year’s version)

Have you tried Shu Uemura makeup before? Which products are your favorite? 

P.S. Click here for my best foundation application tips and here for the hottest bag trends for Spring 2015!

Nine West / H&M / Old Navy

Linking up with More Pieces of Me and On the Daily Express.



  1. Anonymous
    April 18, 2015 / 7:19 am

    I have never tried Shu Uemura make up but I love your mini makeup bag. I need to have a travel size one too to save packing space.http://www.petitehmongmommy.com/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 22, 2015 / 4:53 am

      Travel size bags (and toiletries) are the best – hope you find a bag you like!

  2. Pia Zinser
    April 18, 2015 / 9:31 am

    you look fab :), I really like your blog!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 22, 2015 / 4:53 am

      Thanks Pia!

  3. Gina Daily
    April 18, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Loooove your outfit for the Shu event! (I already re-pinned it on Pinterest before I saw your post, LOL.) And your hair and makeup were also perfection that day! Glad you had such a nice time with your family for your mom's birthday! (P.S. Express has this new Ruffled Tank that totally makes me think of you. I'll probably end up getting it because I always envy yours!! ha ha)Gina – On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 22, 2015 / 4:55 am

      OMG – that ruffled tank is so cute! I'm still in need of the Barcelona cami…it seems like a great tank to wear under jackets.

  4. Shawna
    April 18, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Those pants are fantastic! You styled them so well, that I need to go out and get a pair for myself. The Shu breakfast was so much fun, glad I got to meet you there 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 22, 2015 / 4:56 am

      It was so much fun meeting you Shawna – your nail art was amazing!

  5. Lindy
    April 21, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    I used to use Shu Make up at lot more but since they closed their South Coast Plaza Boutique, I have had a hard time finding it. I can only get it when I am in Asia. I was just in Shanghai and bought their powdered foundation but the sales lady almost didn't want to sell me it as I think she was out of the case. I only needed a refill. It was crazy expensive too. Are they phasing out the product? I used to buy a lot of their makeup but without the boutique, I don't make splurge purchases any more.

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      April 22, 2015 / 4:58 am

      I think I read that Shu Uemura closed their US stores and were only available online – but I think in Canada you can still find them at department stores. It's a shame that it's so hard to track down for you!

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