Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beauty Inspirations Three.

Create your own version of beauty.

Hope you enjoyed!
Sincerely, Ella

Monday, December 17, 2012

Between the Lines.

Celebrate the small steps

Well, I've finally done it!
*Happy Face*

As a follow up to my 'Drawing Inspirations' post, I wanted to announce that I've created, although small and not on proper paper, a little series of artwork. It was a fun little project I took upon myself to create while trying to pay attention in my personality psychology class (I love you personality psychology, but sometimes you are a very dry topic). All of these little doodles were done on notebook paper which is why I decided to title the series 'Between the Lines'. Hopefully the ideas of the doodles outlive the cliche name. Here are the little masterpieces (as I like to dramatically call them while doing a little 'ta da!' with my arms):

The birth of the series idea.
Going crazy with the thing. See if you can follow the story!
Forest within a claw.

What do you think of the name? Do you like it? Any better ideas?
Hope you enjoyed!
Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Drawing Inspirations.

Hold on to your edge

For a while now I've been trying to reclaim my drawing edge that I seem to have lost. I've compiled a nice amount of photos that I think lend themselves well to drawings. Here are some of them that I have come across:

Hope you enjoyed!
Sincerely, Ella

Monday, December 10, 2012

Finals Week.

Don't stress.

Well, first day of finals is done with. I'm always weird when it comes to the end of classes. It's hard investing so much time and effort into a class and then ending it by dropping off a term paper in your teacher's mailbox or filling in a bunch of bubbles on a sheet of paper. I need something to signify the end. So here is a list of things I did today to create a significant ending to my semester in the two classes I had finals for:

  • I actually looked up from my seat on the train and noticed someone in my writing class so we walked from the train to campus together and figured out we have a class together next semester!
  • When dropping off my term paper in my teacher's mailbox, I stood there until someone else came to drop theirs off and we chatted a bit before parting ways
  • I sat next to someone from my psychology lecture before going in to take the test and we talked about the semester and wished each other luck.
  • I took the bus home for the first time. 

These things may seem like usual occurrences but it was the first time I talked to some of those people from my classes and I did things consciously in order to signify an end to the semester for myself.

Overall, it was a really great first day of finals.
Good luck to all of you who are or will be taking finals!
Sincerely, Ella

me after finishing finals.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

One Picture.

“A picture held us captive. And we could not get outside it, for it lay in our language and language seemed to repeat it to us inexorably.”
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

One Picture:

(I love it because it screams Summer)

I hope you enjoyed seeing the Ten Day Challenge as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Sincerely, Ella

Friday, December 7, 2012

Two Songs.

“And I thought about how many people have loved those songs. And how many people got through a lot of bad times because of those songs. And how many people enjoyed good times with those songs. And how much those songs really mean. I think it would be great to have written one of those songs. I bet if I wrote one of them, I would be very proud. I hope the people who wrote those songs are happy. I hope they feel it's enough. I really do because they've made me happy. And I'm only one person.”
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

Two Songs:

1. Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen (so many layers to it!) 

2. Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (from the amazingly amazing movie, Once)

Tomorrow: One Picture.

Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Three Films.

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”
- Alfred Hitchcock

Three Films:

1. The Breakfast Club (I've seen it more times than there are days in a year) 

2. Running With Scissors (it's an amazing book too, and it's true!)

3. The perks of Being a Wallflower (because the movie was as amazing as the book)

Tomorrow: Two Songs.

Sincerely, Ella

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Four Books.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
- Jorge Luis Borges

Four Books:

1. Catcher in the Rye (I love the narrator's voice)

2. White Oleander (such a great story)

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (so many amazing lines and quotes that make you really think)

4. The Great Gatsby (Such deep, amazing characterization)

Tomorrow: Three Films

Sincerely, Ella 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Five Foods.

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
- Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Five Foods:

1. Artichoke (favorite vegetable!) 

2. Chocolate (can't get enough of it)

3. Coffee (I know it's a drink but it may as well be considered a food)

4. Macaroni and cheese (delicious cheesy goodness)

5. Bagel and cream cheese (my classic love)

Tomorrow: Four Books.

Sincerely, Ella

Monday, December 3, 2012

Six Places.

“A place is only as good as the people in it.”
- Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four 

 Six places I would like to see:

1. Garden of Eden (I want to see the beauty)

2. Neverland (I definitely want to be able to fly)

3. Narnia (I always wanted a secret passageway to another land!)

4. Oz (I want to be able to sing The Wizard and I for real)

5. Hogwarts (I totally want to hang with Harry, Ron, and Hermione)

6. Metropolis (I definitely want to meet Superman)

Tomorrow: Five Foods.

Sincerely, Ella

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Seven Wants.

“I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?”
- Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Seven wants:

1. The perfect red lipstick (still searching... maybe I'm just not meant to wear red lipstick)

2. Writing inspiration (always thinking about this one)

3. An amazing camera (there are so many moments I want to capture clearly! plus my blog could use some good photos)

4. Understanding (I don't mean to sound cliche, but too bad)

5. Some chewing gum (I need to go grocery shopping)

6. Comfortable high heels (because I could always use a few more inches without killing my feet)

7. A hot tub (because why not?)

Tomorrow: Six Places.

Sincerely, Ella 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Eight Fears.

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

 Eight fears:

1. Heights (ah!)

2. Spiders (gross)

3. Losing my keys (I'm a frequent key-loser)

4. Dropping a customer's food at work (embarrassing!)

5. Driving (and crashing)

6. Public speaking (too many people!)

7. Missing my stop on the train (most likely from spacing out and watching other train-goers)

8. Haircuts (they just turn out so bad sometimes!)

Tomorrow: Seven Wants.

Sincerely, Ella

Friday, November 30, 2012

Nine Loves.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nine loves:

1. Hot chocolate (so warm and chocolatey!)

2. A good book (it makes me feel warm and cozy even if I'm reading on the train)

3. Lipstick (I love things that say 'shabam!')

4. Warm socks (my toes chill easily)

5. Sitcoms (sometimes it's hard to commit to a full-length movie)

6. Tea (it's yummy and makes me feel classy)

7. Reading blogs (that's what inspired me to write my own!)

8. The people in my life (strangers too)

9. You Tube (where most of my random knowledge comes from)

Tomorrow: Eight Fears.

Sincerely, Ella

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ten Secrets.

I've decided to embark on the ten day challenge! For the next ten days I will be sharing a countdown of numerous things, from ten secrets down to one picture. Fellow bloggers, I invite you to join in!

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
- George Orwell, 1984

Ten Secrets:

1. I own multiple shades of red lipstick from my search for the perfect red... not sure if I've found it yet.

 2. I have a little patch of pure white eyelashes on my left eye.

3. On most days, if anyone took off my boots they would be surprised as to what kind of socks I would be wearing.

4 .My eyebrows are completely different shapes so it takes mathematical skill to pluck them right.

 5. I'm very clumsy.

6. I really want to be able to pull off a fanny pack.

7. I have a tooth that is mostly fake.

8. I still wear the Hello Kitty pajama bottoms that I got when I was ten.

9. I'm a slow reader.

10. I'm trying to write a novel... it's going very slowly.

Tomorrow: Nine loves!

Sincerely, Ella

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hair for Fancy Night.

I recently had a fancy night out and decided to pounce on the opportunity to do an elaborate hairstyle I've been wanting to try out. It wasn't an everyday sort of look so I had to wait for a formal occasion (I did wear it to school the next day but that was partially because I was too lazy to take out the style). It didn't look like much from the front:

But the back was pretty elaborate!

It was a winding french braid that ended in a little bun that mimicked the petals of a flower. I then pinned a little flower in the middle for effect.

The night turned out great!
Sincerely, Ella

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Boots.

Boots that you love and that love you

After a long search for black boots this season, Zappos was the one to finally end my search. I was tired of going into department stores and trying on multiple pairs of boots that made my short frame look swallowed up by big buckets. I love shopping with Zappos because they have videos of what the shoe actually looks like on their models, so I was able to gauge what they would look like on me. I found the David Tate Montana shoe and fell in love. The lace-up look was the perfect solution to the undesired 'bucket' look. These boots are great paired with something casual or with something a little nicer to give it some edge. They're great! They have the perfect comfort level and when I wear them I feel like a super cool theme song should be playing as I walk.


 What are you doing in preparation for Winter?
Sincerely, Ella