love, Canada.

one of my best friends leaves Calgary for Toronto tomorrow. she’s moving back home.

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i’ve cried. a lot. and i’ve been a selfish friend and occupied as much time with her as possible. even gone as far as inviting myself along on road trips with her and her other friends. last weekend they we went to Drumheller to check out the dinosaur museum and hoodoos.

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did you know that a large number of dinosaurs have been found in Alberta? news to me; the museum was incredibly educational.

the scenery is also beautiful. we stopped by a pond in the badlands to take a few photos, and i showed off my Nella Bella London.

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it’s pretty classic, and i love it because it can be worn and used over 10 different ways.

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check out how badass my surgical scar is up my leg in that last photo!

she’s also doing the drive across Canada to get home. i did it two years ago, and it was such a fantastic experience. there are many beautiful places in Canada, and Nella Bella agrees. they want to see all of them, and are rewarding you with handbags.

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How to enter:

Take a picture of yourself anywhere in Canada. Travelling to Alberta? Show off Lake Louise. Travelling out east? Move up Magnetic Hill and showcase this amazing wonder.

Submit your photos via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Every entrant will be eligible to win a weekly prize.

From July 22 to August 18, 2013, Nella Bella will choose a winner from each week’s entries (Monday 12:01 am to Sunday 11:59 pm).

Instagram/Twitter:

1. Follow “@NellaBellaBrand” on Instagram and/or Twitter.

2. Post your photo and address @NellaBellaBrand and tag it with #NellaBellaLovesCanada

3. Remember to identify your location and province.

Facebook:

1. “Like” the NellaBellaBrand page.

2. Post your photo on your Facebook page and address @NellaBellaBrand and tag it with #NellaBellaLovesCanada

3. Remember to identify your location and province.

Here are the rules:

1. The entrant must be in the photo.

2. The picture must depict somewhere in Canada, indoor or outdoor.

3. By submitting a photo, you declare that you have the right to submit the photo to our contest and grant us all rights to use the photo.

4. The entrant allows Nella Bella to use submitted photos in other social media, media, or other forms of publications in perpetuity without compensation.

5. All entries must be submitted by Sunday, 11:59 pm to be valid for that week’s contest.  Contest opens Monday July 22 2013 and closes Sunday August 18, 2013.

6. The location of the picture must be identified either in the photo itself or within a submitted caption.  Please include city/town/area and province or territory.

7. One entry will be chosen at Nella Bella’s discretion per week of the contest to win a Nella Bella handbag.

The prize will be delivered anywhere within Canada free of charge.

 

magic mountains.

on any sunny weekend, the first thought that crosses my mind is “mountains!”

about a month ago we headed to Banff to get our scenery on. it really is a spectacular place where i live. this is only 45 minutes away.

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dress: target | flats: aldo | mala: tiny devotions | bag: nella bella

a day in the mountains also calls for many provisions: bottles of water, larabars, sunglasses, sunscreen, cardigan, camera, phone…the list continues. many provision calls for a large purse to store the loot. my Nella Bella Filix Nu Mars in taupe is the perfect solution.

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large but insanely fashionable, this bag is my everyday purse. lots of room, lots of pockets, lots of compliments. it’s also made from vegan material, and comes with a dust bag that doubles as a reusable shopper – perfect for groceries.

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the Filix is part of the Nella Bella summer 2013 collection. find the full line here. so pretty. i love you, purses!

wednesday they are having a one-day sample sale. if you’re in Toronto, you’re not going to want to miss this. up to 80% off retail prices (which are already very reasonable).

check it out:

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what is your favourite sunny weekend activity? which is your favourite nella bella bag?

I’m on the nice list.

My favourite everyday purse has a gaping hole in the lining. I discovered it when I went searching for my lipstick – it’s now mamboing in the abyss alongside loose change.

Thanks goodness I’ve been a good girl this year. This gorgeous purse from Nella Bella was delivered as a little early Christmas gift.

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That’s me rockin’ my new Caspia Nu Moon in Navy last night. Isn’t she pretty? Besides being a visually appealing brand, Nella Bella is also a Canadian company that uses only vegan materials and is super reasonably priced.

Have you also been a good little girl or boy? Behold the complete Nella Bella Nice List.

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Chic Shoppers
For the chic and sleek, these two styles are selling out fast!

The Boston Nella Bella’s Best Nylon Nu Seller – $88

The Cardinal Almost sold out! Only three colours available – $99

For Him
Nella Bella for him

Stockholm NM Man Reduced price – $88

Cedar Unisex, new for fall – $150

City Travellers
For the fashionable, city girl

The Essex Cute and practical, special online price – $49

Caspia from the Holiday Collection – $79

Hong Kong Nu Vintage Blue – $125

Urban Colourful
Add some colour to the holiday season with these gorgeous selections

The Avalon oversized clutch with removable handle – $100

Lily Ultra adorable top handle with removable strap – $110

Timeless Classic 

The London: Nella Bella’s all time best seller, a timeless piece that can be used up to eight different ways. This is a gift that allows for versatility and functionality with fashionable qualities  $125

Last day to order to ensure your Nella Bella bag will arrive on time for Christmas is Wednesday, December 19. If you’re worried, just call the office and set up next-day delivery. They are gems like that, and they’ll do it for you.

The Caspia is a perfect size for around town, but it also fits my DSLR. I think I know what purse I’m packing for my trip down south!

Which one would you pick for Santa to bring you?