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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Poetry: The Beauty of Leaves

The sky,
A stage
That leaves applaud.
The grass,
Feels a chill for which the leaves band together
And leave their perches
To lend a blanket.
The leaves,
Nature's masterpieces
Trimmed in purple
Hovering between the heavens and the earth.


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Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Writing: Belly

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Work paragraph by paragraph


Tonight I wrote a story in one paragraph. Here it is:

 

There was that week during the dog days of summer when she refused to take off her ankle length winter coat. She sat in the park all day and drank three liters of water. He stayed out of their pristine apartment as much as he could, and he didn’t accompany her to the park. When she emerged and shed her feather-ridden skin, she asked him to come back. He entered to her lying naked on the porcelain floor, her flat belly making a mockery of them both. Her skin was soft from the effects of her sweat. He pictured her as a rock being smoothed by a beach’s water but then realized she was more of a mountain being bore into by a stream. Later that night, he disassembled the crib that sat in the extra bedroom. He then brought their queen-sized bed into the small room and they slept there soundly.



Hope you liked it!
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Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Writing: A Beginning.

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Build.


A few months ago, I began with a story. It didn't take long for me to decide that this was THE story that I wanted to build on. My goal is a novel. As of now it is a seven page novel. Is it a novella yet? Probably not. It is a growing short story. I've recently added this beginning for a bit of a premise:


"I should probably tell you why you are receiving this letter full of my high school experiences that are inconsequential to your life. When we were nine, I was given your name and address to be paired up as a pen-pal. You wrote me, telling of your adventures of caring for your pregnant cat. Needless to say, I never wrote back. I found your letter while packing my things to leave for university, so here is my reply. I hope you still live here. Did your cat have the kittens yet?"


Still adding things bit by bit... Going pretty slowly.

Thanks for reading!
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Sincerely, Ella

Friday, June 28, 2013

My Outfit Generator Formula.



What you will need:
A body that requires clothing
Clothing
Loads of accessories

I rarely ever dress outside of the simple formula I have created for myself. This may seem simple but I’m sharing it with the lovely pages of my blog all the same. I’m not too sure when This “formula” came about but it’s really great to have on those mornings when I’m barely half awake and groggy and would rather still be in bed and mad that I spent too much time browsing Instagram last night instead of going to sleep. Those mornings. So…

The things that I have:

A body that requires clothing: This is pretty much self-explanatory. It’s socially acceptable to walk around clothed.

Clothing: I usually break this genre into three parts:
Top half: Long sleeves, short sleeves, tank tops, blazers/cardigans; all of various colors, patterns, and cuts.
Bottom half: Jeans, yoga pants, black pants, leggings, miniskirts, knee length skirts, maxi skirts; all of various colors and patterns.
Combination of halves (whole): Mini dresses, knee length dresses, maxi dresses; all of different colors, patterns, and sleeve lengths.

Loads of accessories: Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, lipstick (yes, I count lipstick as an accessory), scarves, hats, socks, shoes, tights.

Ok, duh.

SO, my outfits usually start off with, “I want to wear… THAT!” And then I plan the whole rest of the outfit around whatever THAT is. This is usually what ensues:

Outfits beginning with something in the top half:
·         Something cropped needs a high-waisted bottom half thing.
·         Something loose needs a tight bottom half thing and can sometimes be tucked in at the front while the back remains loose.
·         Something that covers the butt/crotchetal region needs a tight bottom half and can allow for leggings (leggings are reserved ONLY for situations where your areas are covered).
·         A blazer/cardigan (I don’t own any super tight ones) requires a tight undershirt and can go with any form of bottom half as long as it doesn’t make me look like a slob.

Outfits beginning with something in the bottom half:
·         Something tight needs either a loose/medium-tightness top or a tight top paired with an accessory such as a scarf to take the “my clothing is so tight you can see when I breathe” look away.
·         Something loose can be paired with a tight top or a tucked in medium-tightness top (to avoid the slob look)
·         Jeans can go with any form of top half (again, slob look is a no)
·         Skirts can be paired with some tights and allows for the option of a full tuck in or front tuck in of the shirt.
·         Leggings: ONLY for situations where your areas are covered

If I’m going with a combination of halves option:
·         Pretty simple: accessories are my pals.

Outfits beginning with something in the accessories category:
·         Look for color; matching or clashing in a good way.
·         Scarves can cover up the “revealing too much” look.
·         Bracelets are better seen when you either cuff a long sleeved top or wear a top with sleeves that don’t quite meet the wrists.
·         Loads of rings can be paired with anything but I tend to go easy on the brcelets when I pile on the rings.
·         Necklaces can work with anything as long as they’re not meeting the neckline of the shirt at that awkward stage of “I could go on top of you but I could also get tucked in behind you”.
·         Earrings can go with anything as long as their length doesn’t clash with an intense necklace or shirt embellishment that you’re always wearing. I like to pull my hair back more when I wear longer earrings.
·         With hats, I pay attention to what sort of vibe they give off and then dress accordingly.
·         I really just pile on the accessories sometimes.


Soooo, ya. Not sure if any of that made sense. But I use this type of formula for any occasion. It can be used anywhere from casual outfits to a bit a fancy-pants sort of thing.



Basically, THIS IS HOW I DRESS MYSELF. The end.
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Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A Hope.

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Writing in the morning


As a reader, I am easily inspired, easily amused, and my attention is easily captured (when it isn't persistent on doing its own thing). As a writer though, I am not easily inspired, as I go back through my writing I am the opposite of amused, and oftentimes I scrap what I've written. I tend to lose focus and get discouraged easily. My hope (as I'm sure many aspiring writers hope as well) is to turn my reading qualities into writing attributes.

Thanks for reading!
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Sincerely, Ella

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Dream.


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Fight against forgetting your dreams



There was some sort of danger to the world.
Water was building up in the clouds from a villain creating a storm near us.
We were all going to die from the apocalyptic rains.
At first I was going to hide in these compartments that were meant for our "type" to hide in.
Basically, there were two sides to the land
And we were only allowed on the other side if we were in the compartments on the border.
But somehow I decided not to.
And I looked up at the sky and saw all the clouds.
And then I looked over and realized you were standing next to me
And you were giving me this look.
You said, "You can do it."
And I believed you.
So with my hands, I guided the clouds in the sky.
I extracted the water and turned it into human shapes and led them down to the ground.
I led them past the trees so we couldn't see what happened when they touched the ground,
But we knew.
We just knew that when they reached the land they would become our army.
And we were saved.




Thanks for reading!
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Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Wednesday Morning Sketch.

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Reclaim your passion


I've recently, after three years, reopened my sketch book. I decided I wanted to reclaim my love of artistry. Pencil drawings and portraits used to be my favorite things to do, so I've really been focusing on those. I used to define myself as an artist. I even took a gap year between high school and college to study all things art related. My artist identity began to fade as I entered college. it was a gradual progression of focusing on other things and creating new identities for myself that surrounded my new collegiate interests. I subconsciously thought I would always have art, so it took me a while to realize that I didn't quite have it anymore. Wednesday morning was the first time in three years that I took out my proper shading utensil and sat down with a pencil, my sketchbook, and a photo for inspiration. Here is what transpired:






 Thank you for reading!
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Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Completed May Photo Challenge.


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Excuses to take pictures.


I came across this photo challenge on the lovely Instagram and decided that I needed an excuse to take pictures. If you would like to find me on Insta, my name is sincerelyella. This post is a compilation of what ensued!





May 1: I bought this.
May 2: Morning ritual (Star's blog HERE).
May 3: This is really good!
May 4: In my cup.
May 5: paper.
May 6: Something broken.
May 7: Something beginning with F (Foliage by the Front window).
May 8: Shapes.
May 9: A snack.
May 10: Stars.
May 11: A smile.
May 12: Mother.
May 13: Sunrise/Sunset.
May 14: Need.
May 15: Seven o'clock.
May 16: Mailbox.
May 17: Season.
May 18: Want.
May 19: My favorite view.
May 20: Light.
May 21: I care about this.
May 22: Change.
May 23: Pajamas.
May 24: Go!
May 25: Us.
May 26: Favorite thing to do on Sunday.
May 27: Can't live without (infinity).
May 28: What I'm doing now.
May 29: Kiss.
May 30: Tool.
May 31: Four things (fountain, tree, building, sky).



Thanks for reading!
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Sincerely, Ella

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Wandering Mind of a Final Savasana

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When the final savasana shows its beautiful sunset colors on the plane of my yoga practice, there are a few possibilities as to where my mind will fall. Sometimes my thoughts surprise me with beauty and I commend myself on a mind well-deepened. Other times... Well... Here are a few things that come to mind:

"Why is my brow still furrowing?"
"I should have had something to eat before coming here."
"I shouldn't have eaten right before coming here."
"Why is my breathing so loud."
"My nose is too stuffed for a proper yoga breath."
"How is everyone so quiet?"
"I need to clear my throat."
"Hehe, I just opened my eyes."
"Why do my arms feel so heavy?"
"I'm literally sinking into my mat! It's eating me! Ok stop that."
"I could fall asleep right now but I don't want to so I'll keep talking to  myself."
"la la la (songs)."
"It smells like the sushi restaurant next door."
"I really love sushi."
"Is everyone in this room totally relaxed except for me?"
"My shoulder blades aren't sitting right."
"Brow, stop furrowing!"


And on like that.
I really do enjoy yoga!


Thank you for reading.
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Sincerely, Ella
 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Summer Wedding Hairstyle

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I recently went to a friend's wedding on a nice warm day. I was wearing a pale pink and wanted to go for a half up, half down style. I love messing around with braids so I went with this winding french braid. It involved braiding a thin layer on the top of my head and then winding the braid down to another thin layer. I then secured it with a small elastic and a flower pin for a summer effect. Here is how it turned out:






It held up all through the wedding (always a good thing)!



Thank you for visiting!
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Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Drawing Inspirations Four

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The nice weather really makes me want to bust out my charcoals, so I've been taking a look at different pictures on tumbler, for some inspiration. Here are photos I have come across that I would love to draw:





















Drawing time!
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Sincerely, Ella