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.

Sincerely, Ella

Friday, June 28, 2013

My Outfit Generator Formula.

What you will need:
A body that requires 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.
Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Wednesday Morning Sketch.

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!
Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Completed May Photo Challenge.

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!
Sincerely, Ella

Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Wandering Mind of a Final Savasana

Some yoga.

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.
Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A Summer Wedding Hairstyle

Some flowers for your hair.

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!
Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Drawing Inspirations Four

Don't let a blank page be.

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!
Sincerely, Ella