Thursday, August 29, 2013

Lust List: Sweaters


On the Models: // Tobi // Brandy Melville {similar} //
// J.Crew // J.Crew // Top Shop // Zara {similar} //

Can we please forget the fact that it's 90+ degrees outside? It's that time of year when I'm over the summer heat and ready to move on to autumn weather. All I want to do right now is pull on a pair of leggings, throw on a soft sweater and layer a vest on top!

Although I presumably have a little longer to wait before I can pull of such an outfit, I've already been stocking up on sweaters for the long Chicago winter ahead. I've been loving oversized thick knits and soft sweaters that are just as comfortable as pajamas. I seriously can't wait for perfect autumn days!


With Love,

Ellyse
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Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 VMAs Recap


Last night MTV put aside their regularly scheduled programming of teenagers creating sketchy dating aliases and popping out babies to focus on their namesake: music. If you missed the VMAs last night, I'm sorry because they certainly impressed. I thrive off of celebrity gossip, so a night where you put a bunch of stars and their egos in one place? Heaven! Whereas most award shows tend to err on the boring side, last night's show was definitely anything but that. Let's recap shall we?

Let me begin with Lady Gaga's commonly strange performance where she embodied a nun and a stripper all in the span of 5 minutes. She is a good performer, but she will never cease to scare the crap out of me. 

From there we can move on to Taylor Swift supposedly cursing One Direction while they presented an award. 

{MTV}
Selena's eye roll is just too good. Guess Tay Tay isn't over her British "bad boy" quite yet.  

Next up: Miley.......

I wish there were even words to describe this strange, drugged-Care-Bear-filled, Angelica-Pickles-resembling, on-the-verge-of-a-porno performance, but I can assure you, nothing in the dictionary even begins to cover it. Let me just say: I will never look at a foam finger in the same way ever again. 

{People}
Oh sweet niblets....

Moving on.

Taylor wasn't done with her Harry Styles digs yet. When she went on stage to accept her the Best Female Video award for I Knew You Were Trouble, she sassily thanked a certain someone for inspiring her to write the song and thus allowing her to win the award. In the words of Damien, "she's fabulous, but she's evil". You go girlfriend. Just as long as we come to a collective agreement that cameramen across the world stop panning to her dancing in the audience during performances from now on. Please.

**Side rant: I would like to point out that it is impossible that Taylor wrote I Knew You Were Trouble about Harry Styles because the song was released in November and they were still dating the following January. I know this because I vividly remember sobbing over the fact that Harry Styles was not my New Years kiss. Tear, tear :'(

AND THIS WAS ONLY THE FIRST HOUR, PEOPLE! 

It only got better from here because next came the most important/relevant/mesmerizing/perfect event of the night: Justin Timberlake's performance.
{Idolator}
He did this important/relevant/mesmerizing/perfect thing where he went back in time with his songs, eventually leading to a brief, albeit AMAZING reunion of *NSYNC. Twitter was absolutely FREAKING. OUT. It was like the best ten minutes of my entire weekend and I could not stop watching it over and over and over. 

Other highlights?
- Lil' Kim was on something
- Couldn't tell if Kanye was performing or if my cable was just being spotty....Hope he doesn't sing that song to baby North as a lullaby :/
- Bruno Mars gave a great performance. Leave it to him to make a song about gorillas sound romantic....
- Katy Perry closed out the show with my jam, Roar. I was going ham dancing along in my basement. 

And that, my friends, wraps up my 2013 VMAs recap. 
What were some of the highlights of the show in your opinion?

With Love,
Ellyse

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten Things: What I Learned As An Intern


1. Music will always make the day go faster.
2. Coffe is key. Everyday. 
3. No, you never will cease to have anxiety attacks when you notice a typo in an email you already sent. 
4. ALWAYS specify time zones.
5. Anything you could ever want & need to know about Pinterest!
6. If you don't have at least 10 things on your to-do list, you're not busy enough.
7. Network, network, network!!!
8. If you don't know how to do it, roll with it...you'll figure it out.
9. If you don't stick to a schedule outside of work, your summer will fly by and you'll never get anything done.
10. What it's like to work in an area you're passionate about & enjoy going to work in the mornings! 


This week marks the end of my summer internship. On Friday, I will be cleaning out my desk and tying up any loose ends on projects that I've been working for the past few months, making my list this week the perfect opportunity for me to reflect on all that I've learned. The internship that I had this year allowed me to work with social media, marketing, public relations and event planning, which couldn't have been a more perfect fit for me. Out of all three of the internships that I've had so far, this one has hands down been my favorite, and I'm so thankful for the opportunity that I've had to help out the company and gain knowledge and experience for myself!


With Love,
Ellyse
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

DIY: Studded Clutch


When I was sent this Pink Spiked Clutch kit by Darby Smart, I couldn't have been more excited to try it out and design my own clutch! 


Everything I needed to make this fun accessory came tucked in bright turquoise packaging complete with clever branding, which helped set this box apart from any other package in the mail.


The package included the wallet {available in pink or black}, two sizes of silver studs, glue, applicator and a metal tag to "brand" your clutch--such a cute idea!


I opted to use the smaller studs and create a small pyramid in the corner. I've always been kind of afraid of studs, thinking they make me look too edgy, but with the small studs and the subtle pattern, I really like how my clutch turned out! The site has so many other kits to choose from as well. I think the Gilded Votives or Monogrammed Coasters would be the perfect additions for my living room in my new apartment.

Let me know if you try one out!

With Love, 
Ellyse
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Ten Things: Things That Make Me Smile




This week I'm sharing the 10 things that make me smile. The things that make me a happy person and that can always fill me with content. I'm also linking up with my best friend Jenny at Coffee and Honeycomb! We've been friends since high school and only grew closer once we discovered the blog world together. Head over to her blog to check out her list!


 With Love, 
Ellyse
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Monday, August 12, 2013

Miracle Beauty Products


You know those beauty products that promise to give you bright, flawless skin, help you lose five pounds and even do your laundry for you? And then you slather some expensive cream all over your face that does none of the above, but instead makes you break out in some weird rash?

Yeah, these are not those products. These babies actually work and I can see myself purchasing these for the rest of my life; I swear by these four products!

This stuff is the Holy Grail of all acne products ever created. I've struggled {and still am struggling} with acne for years. It's no secret that I don't have the best skin in the world, and after trying what seems like every product on the market paired with numerous trips to the dermatologist's office with no success, I was just about ready to throw in the towel when I wandered into Sephora one day and thought I would give this little bottle a shot. 

Not only does it help keep acne at bay, but the Glycolic acid does wonders to get rid of any scarring that you may have! Seriously, I love this product so much that when my brand new bottle of it dropped on my bathroom floor and shattered, I scooped up as much of it as I could and put it into a travel bottle. I'm addicted and I will never use another acne product again!

This is the scrub of all scrubs. It's actually just grains in a bottle, so you just have to pump a little bit of your favorite facial wash into your hand and mix in an equal amount of grains before using it on your face. I love this product because it makes your face feel clean. It gets your face smoother than any scrub that I have ever tried, but will not dry you out at all. Not to mention, this bottle lasts forever. Since you're not supposed to use a scrub everyday, I've had this bottle for over a year and am just now beginning to hit the bottom.

This was the product I was using when I thought of coming up with a list of my miracle beauty products. As soon as I put this gel under my eyes in the morning, any puffiness that I have is instantly gone, literally within two seconds. It seriously will never cease to amaze me how it takes my tired, swollen eyes and makes them bright and perky.

I have heard everyone under the sun talk about how amazing this product is, but I never tried it until earlier this summer. And I have to say, I'm hooked! I put this on in the morning over a regular moisturizer and notice that in no time, my pores are filled in and my skin is super soft. It makes applying make up on top of it so easy because you don't have to worry about making sure foundation doesn't get caught in any lines or that your makeup looks caked on. 

What beauty products do you swear by? I'm always looking to try out new products!

With Love,
Ellyse
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Friday, August 9, 2013

currently...


{fixing up} a shopping list after perusing this article.

{spending} hours browsing this Pinterest board + this one too! So much inspiration and so much for me to learn...makes my little blogging heart go pitter patter!

{wanting}, wanting, wanting this perfume. How many times is too many times to go to Sephora and just keep trying it on before I cave and purchase it?

{dreaming} of the day when I can get one of these prints made of me. Inslee can do no wrong in my book!

{counting down} until I can travel here + here after graduation.

{beyond ready} to head back to school. Missing all of my best friends!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

With Love,
Ellyse
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Plan It Out: The Great Agenda Debate

I. Love. Planners. 
Probably just about as much as I love making lists. 
I have two planners right now--an Erin Condren one that I use to put my entire life in and another one that I picked up at Target on a whim one day to hold all my Her Campus deadlines. 

The Erin Condren Planner runs through the end of the year, so technically I don't need another one quite yet. However, I don't like to be technical and the new Lilly Pulitzer Agendas are looking quite cute. I might just have to break down and buy a third one now so that I'll be nice and prepared when January 1, 2014 rolls around. ;)

It seems that the majority of college students use a Lilly agenda, but there are so so so many adorable options out there that I just can't ever choose. I'm loving these right now:



I always tell myself that I'm going to try out a new planner every year, but while shopping around I get overwhelmed and in an attempt not to buy every one I see, I simply end up back at the tried and true Lilly agenda. 

This year I think I'm going to end up using the Lilly Pulitzer Jumbo Agenda. What pulled me in is the fact that it's the same size as a notebook, which means SO MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES! And with the random blabbering notes and scribbles that tend to fill up the pages of my planners, this one looks like it will be the best option for me. 

Or maybe I'll just have to buy multiples....

What planner do you use?

With Love,
Ellyse
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ten Things: Guilty Pleasures


Chelsea from Lovely Indeed--A blog that I love looking at for fabulous creative inspiration--recently started a series called Ten Things, in which she comes up with different topics of lists to give her readers a glimpse into her life in a unique way. Knowing my absolute love for lists, I instantly loved this idea and decided to join in & start the same series, inspired by Chelsea. This week, I'm posting about my guilty pleasures...all those things that I'm am absolutely shamelessly addicted to! {Yes Harry, I'm talking about you.}


Share your guilty pleasures down below. Do we have anything in common?

With Love,
Ellyse 
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Arizona

|| Poolside at my absolute favorite place in the world: The Arizona Biltmore || Daytrip to Sedona || Stopped for lunch at a restaurant right on a little creek. It was such a perfect day outside! || #TypicalArizonaDesertPic ||

It's been a while since my whole family has taken a vacation together, so Arizona was certainly a much needed trip. I enjoyed waking up with no alarm clock, heading to the gym, grabbing some brunch after and then spending the rest of my day laying out by the pool. While I love trips that are packed with sightseeing, sometimes, especially in the middle of summer, I crave trips where I can just relax. 

 I returned from Arizona this weekend and it's back to reality, which I really don't mind. I can't believe that there's only one month of summer left. I only have a few more weeks at my internship and then it's back to school for my senior year, which is slightly frightening, but more exciting than anything. In a perfect world, I would never have to graduate from college and leave all my friends behind, but I can't wait to see where I end up in the "real world"!

With Love,
Ellyse
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Apartment Cravings

Today is the start of my lease on my big girl apartment in the city! When my internship in the suburbs is up at the end of August, I'll be moving back downtown to live with four of my best friends and I could not be more excited!

Obviously a new apartment calls for new furniture and decor. I love that I can make my room completely my own, and ever since we signed the lease, I've been searching Pinterest non-stop decoration inspiration.


I've been dreaming of girly touches such as soft ruffles, creamy linens and light pink peonies & hydrangeas to accent my room. I'm thinking of going with a pink, grey and black color scheme--complete of course with plenty of sparkle...I can't wait to see how it turns out! 

With Love, 
Ellyse
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