Monday, March 20, 2017

Tutus and Timepieces

Is this outfit tu-tu much? There's something about ballerina-inspired skirts that makes my heart happy. And if there's one thing that I've learned from being a fashion blogger - it's that you should dress in clothes that make you happy!

Pink Tutu Ballerina Tulle Skirt, Black Leather Jacket, Chanel Half-Moon Wallet On a Chain, Black Booties
Shirt: c/o Chicwish / Jacket: ZARA (similar) / Tutu: c/o Chicwish / Watch: c/o Bulova / Shoes:  Nine West / Earrings: Bauble Bar / Bag: Chanel

In fact - this outfit incorporates MANY of my favourite things - lots of pink, a Chanel bag, tassel earrings and a sparkly new watch!

Monday, March 13, 2017

What to Use When You're Afraid of Lip Injections

I'm obsessed with lip injections...maybe it's because I enjoy a good "before & after" but I LOVE seeing what a difference lip injections make. Many of my beauty blogger friends have worked with top dermatologists and tried out lip injections for themselves - and I am in awe of their results!

Blogger outfit burgundy self portrait crochet lace dress black over-the-knee boots
Dress: c/o Romwe / Boots: c/o Romwe / Bag: Chanel

But when it comes down to it...I'm just a chicken. I would rather live with "ok lips" than try out injections and end up with an unnatural result or accidental scarring. I know MOST people are happy with their lip injections, but I personally could not risk it.

So what options are there for people who want fuller lips but don't want injections?

Friday, March 3, 2017

Black & White with Dynamite

Oh my goodness, this week has been a delirious blur...with Toronto dramatically switching between Winter and Spring weather, my whole family has fallen sick...and now half of us are on antibiotics - no fun!

Blogger Outfit White Knot Tied Blouse Black Joggers Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Chevron-Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag in Mushroom
Top: c/o Dynamite / Pants: c/o Dynamite / Shoes: Old Navy / Bag: Minkoff
Luckily it was still warm outside when I shot this chic outfit from Dynamite's Spring collection. I love how this outfit consists of classic black and white pieces with a twist.

Friday, February 24, 2017

How to Take Product Flatlay Shots for Instagram

The question I get asked the most by fellow bloggers is: How do I create my product flatlays for Instagram? I receive many messages and emails asking about what lighting I use, what camera lens I recommend, and how do I pick what to include in a shot.

There's a reason why flatlays are SO popular - they highlight products in a beautiful way, and can draw a lot of attention to your Instagram account (My IG account is @ellaprettyblog). A lot of my flatlays have been regrammed by bigger brands - which has driven new followers back to my account - this flatlay was regrammed by L'Oreal to over 3 million followers! My product photography has also translated into paid opportunities, as brands have approached me to work on sponsored Instagram campaigns for them. Since I get asked about so many questions about my flatlays - I thought I'd put all my tips and tricks together in one easy-to-refer-to post. Hope you find it useful!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sharing my Sparkle

My close friends and I have been talking about how important it is to be mindful of who you chose to spend your time with. One quote that has resonated with us is: "The person you will be in 5 years is decided by the people you spend time with and the books you read today."

zara chicwish black floral dress hot pink bag and heels hillberg and berk red sparkle ball earrings blogger outfit
Top: c/o Chicwish / Earrings: c/o Hillberg and Berk / Jeans: Express / Bag: Coach / Heels: Old Navy
Choose your girlfriends carefully - it's important to surround yourself with people who will support and inspire you. My life has been blessed with inspiring best friends - in university, my best friend Maya encouraged me to build my resume and arrange summer internships - which helped me land my dream job. My high school best friend Nancy is a life coach - and I continue to learn so much from her about attracting positive energy into my life.

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