Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy Birthday Gracie!

I really wanted to come up with something catchy and clever and groundbreaking to write in this post to dedicate to my sister for her Sweet 16, but nothing seemed right other than to say, I'm so glad that no matter what has gone on in my life for the past 16 years I've had a constant best friend. I truly couldn't imagine being an only child today, even though my four year-old self may have thought of you as a burden at first and made every effort to tell Mom and Dad that "Grace" was a weird name {because Ellyse is so normal...} and that I much preferred Danielle or Madison. 

Get in loser, we're going shopping & it's your turn to drive.
Love you Gracie {even if it is totally unfair that you're taller than me} and Happy Birthday!

xo Ellyse

Monday, May 21, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Yesterday was the last day of school for the seniors at my high school and seeing all the pictures on Facebook made me reminisce a little bit. I loved spring semester senior year. Actually I loved high school in general, but that particular semester was just so much fun. It seemed like there was always something going on after school and everybody was just so friendly with everyone because deep down everyone wanted to soak up their last few months of high school before everything changed. It was basically one giant party, for lack of a better term, and I wish it never had to end, but all good things must, right?

 For the seniors's last week of high school, every day has a different theme and everyone dresses up, hence the togas.

Clearly we had enough of the picture taking...

Yearbook seniors :)


Last day of high school ever!

Graduation {clearly too sunny}

Can't forget graduation parties...alllll summer long haha

xo Ellyse

Friday, May 18, 2012


I have it bad. It's so hard to focus and actually care about school work when all your friends are done for the summer and are either spending their break galavanting about Europe {so jealous!} or laying out at the beach. I just have to keep reminding myself that I'll be done before I know it! One thing that helps me is to count down, so naturally I've been listing off  everything that I have left in order to stay sane and to keep reminding myself that summer truly isn't that far away, even if it feels like it is.

Here's what I have left for the rest of the year:

18 days. Actually according to the countdown app on my phone, if we wanna get specific here:

6 more day of class
12 classes total
1 final speech
1 advertising campaign presentation
3 more papers
1 oral exam
2 final exams

Whew that's A LOT, but I like to think that since I'll be busy, the days will go by fast. Gotta keep that glass {or in my case it will probably be a cup of Starbucks} half full :)

Come June 5th at 2 p.m., I will be one happy camper and plan on celebrating the last day of school and my birthday accordingly!

To everyone who is done with school enjoy and to everyone else who is still finishing up good luck!

xo Ellyse

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I Love You, Mommy

Here is where I begin my typical "my mom is the best mom in the world" post. Everyone else claims that their mom is the best, but I'm going to have to beg to differ.

I could write a novel that rivals the encyclopedia in terms of size on how much I admire my mom and how much she has done for my family and me, but I'll give you all the abridged version. 

Thank you so much for giving us the life you have, for spending years working out of town on a weekly basis to support us, but still making it home on Thursday nights to come to as many of our soccer games as you possibly could. Thank you for being my best friend, but giving me tough love at the right times, the way only a mother could. Thank you for taking countless stressed out phone calls from me after you had already gone to bed and no matter what, being able to calm me down by saying just the right things. Always. Thank you for working so hard and for being such a motivation to me. I don't think you truly know how much I look up to you and hope to become everything that you are someday. Thank you so much for everything that I couldn't even begin to express in words. I love you to the moon and back. 

I made her a pretty card too :)

Happy Mother's Day Mommy
I love you so much. 

Forever & Always,

P.S. I'm in the process of switching my blog over to Wordpress, so just a heads up. I'll be sure let you all know when I complete everything and it's a done deal!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Outfits of the Week

Sorry for the craptastic iPhone quality pictures!

Top: Hollister
Jeans: Forever 21
Boots: Ralph Lauren
Headband: Anthropologie
Phone Case: J.Crew

Top: Juicy Couture
Skirt: Forever 21
Wedges: Kelly & Katie from DSW
Nails: Absolutely Shore by Essie
{So technically I didn't wear this outfit, but I came up with this idea and you can bet that I'll be rocking it the next chance I get!}

Sweater: Abercrombie
Tank: J.Crew
Pants: Zara
Flats: Tory Burch
Nails: Absolutely Shore by Essie

All other days consisted of me either forgetting to take a picture or bumming it to class...

xo Ellyse

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

For My One and Only Spicy Marmalade

Jenny and I met junior year of high school in Yearbook. We didn't talk to each other at all because we were both convinced the other was mean, but when we were forced to work on an assignment and realized that we both spoke sarcasm as our first language, we never looked back. To this day she's the person I've kept in touch with the most from high school & when we get together, no matter how long we've been apart, we don't miss a beat. I wrote this and posted it on my Tumblr during my freshman year when it felt like I hadn't seen her in ages. 

Dearest Jennifer,
I am so glad that we met in Yearbook. I feel like I’ve known you for way longer than 2 1/2 years. You have been there for me through everything and you know when I need to be comforted, but also when I need a plain old slap in the face. I love that we’re not the same exact person, but at the same time we are. You’re the only person I know who will go with me to Starbucks and then want to spend countless hours at a bookstore looking through magazines or sitting somewhere talking about our futures. I love that we have serious conversations about everything; you’re honestly the only person I know who I can do that with and who I feel like actually understands what I’m saying. I’m glad that you know how to put me in my place. I love how I know that if something has black and white stripes on it, you’ll wear it. I loved how one time you sensed that I was having a bad day, so over lunch you went and bought me a caramel apple. It seems so small, but you’re the only one who did it and who knew me well enough to know how I was feeling. Thanks for bringing me food while I was at work countless times, for sitting there with me, and for letting everyone within a 25 foot range of us know that I have a huge butt. In fact all of these things seem so small, but they’re the things that set you apart.
You helped me through so much, especially last year when I was stupid about something that now I can’t even believe I got so upset about it. Literally I want to throw up thinking about how pathetic and desperate that made me seem, but you knew that, and you told me that I needed to move on. It took time and you understood that, but all the while you reminded me that one day I would look back on it and think “what on earth was wrong with me.” Well, shocker, you were right. ;). Thanks for being the one who had enough courage to tell me that to my face, in the way only a true friend could. 
There’s so much more I could say, but I really have to go to the bathroom, so I’ll just let you know: once my co, always my co.


 {A completely ridiculous throwback to senior year. Clearly we need a new picture this summer!}

Every single thing in this letter is still true. Thank you for being such a great friend Jenny. I love you more than spicy buffalo pretzels, Peetah Beasley & Red Mango combined! I can't wait for summer nights making fun of the stupid decisions that the Bachelorette will inevitably make all while stuffing our faces with Ben & Jerry's and complaining about how it's not fair that we'll never be Lauren Conrad. 
P.S. I'm still holding you to living in NYC with me next summer; I'll teach you how to become a city girl & we can at least channel our inner LC....I'll be saving my pennies :)

xo Ellyse

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

My Guiltiest Pleasures ;)

I'm linking up with Rachel at Just Peachy for another Top 5 Tuesday, which this week, allows me to divulge my deepest, darkest, guiltiest pleasures!

Just Peachy

I love Pinterest, but I will forever be devoted to my beloved Tumblr. I'm pretty sure I'm the one who came up with the concept of write one sentence in a paper, reward yourself by going through 20 pages of Tumblr & repeat. I should just be a professional reblogger. I'm darn good at that.

Red Mango
Small original with strawberries and chocolate chips. Every. Single. Time. My friends and I used to go here for lunch senior year and just eat fro-yo as a meal. Nothing wrong with 
that at all. 

Graeter's Ice Cream
Continuing on with the frozen treats theme, there really is no brand of ice cream that's better than Graeter's. It used to be sold exclusively in the Cincinnati area, and I was first introduced to it when my mom worked there, but now they've started selling it in grocery stores in Chicago! All their flavors are something chocolate chip flavored and they have the biggest chunks of chocolate that you've ever seen. I'm seriously not even exaggerating. My favorites are Cookie Dough Chocolate Chip and Mocha Chocolate Chip. 

Boy Bands
Or should I say, boys in bands. I have this thing where I tend to fall in love with gorgeous looking guys who can sing well. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for the Jonas Brothers & now I've also discovered One Direction. 

(Pardon my hunchback...)
yummy ;)
Laguna Beach: Season 1
Such a classic. Who didn't want to be LC and Lo? Is it wrong that I'm still obsessed with them? Nope. Not at all. If only I grew up by the ocean and could have bonfires every weekend....

What are your guilty pleasures?!

xo Ellyse

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spring Cleaning

My obsession with being organized always results in me going through a thorough spring cleaning when April and May roll around. Lately I've been working on weeding out old files from my computer and trashing downloads that I no longer need to access. 

For some reason though, I stumbled across some things that should have been thrown out ages ago. I may be a freak about being organized, but I also happen to SAVE EVERYTHING!

Exhibit A: A journal entry/my attempt at predicting the future

Apparently I was oblivious to the time commitments that being a professional athlete and a "Chief Editor" warranted when I was in junior high. Either that or I just decided that I would magically transform into superwoman and have two amazing jobs at once. I do now realize that this isn't possible...Also if I ever revert back into my junior high days {which I pray for my personal sake of saving myself from complete and utter embarrassment that I never, ever have to do} and you ever see me typing in royal blue, size 16 Tahoma, please someone slap some sense into me. I give you complete permission. 

Exhibit B: My Christmas Wish List Powerpoint from 2006

Always something important to keep. Just in case, you know, the hot pink fuzzy zebra blanket or big hoop peace earrings make a comeback. In that case, I won't even have to sweat making a new Christmas Wish List. I'm clearly just being prepared and thinking ahead to the future here guys....

Exhibit C: My Old Soccer Team's Attempt at Songwriting

We came up with several of these during a team sleepover after someone had found a ukelele in the basement that we were all hanging out in. This by far was the best one. Lance was our coach. He was old {because when your 12, you might as well be bald and wearing dentures by the time you're in your late 30s}. He ripped his pants. The end.

Do you ever go through your old stuff and realize what a strange child you were?

xo Ellyse
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