Tuesday, December 31, 2013

out with the old + in with the new

2013 was a good year, but I'm going to make sure that 2014 is even better

With Love,
Ellyse
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Monday, December 30, 2013

review: adam block design

Adam Block Design was started in 2008 and ever since has been coming up with fantastic and unique Greek Gear based on their three beliefs of originality, happiness and awesomeness. These beliefs are truly evident in all that they do, from clothing to customer service.

What I love most about this site, is that they have a HUGE gallery of products to choose from when looking for inspiration for you next Greek product. Not only do they have tons of ideas already created for you, but they will work with you to come up with the perfect design for you and your chapter and won't stop working with you until you absolutely love what they've designed.

The folks at ABD were gracious enough to give me a cute American Apparel tank and the ever-popular fanny pack to try out, and I have to say, I'm impressed! 


Here are a few other favorites from the gallery that I'm loving as well:






If you're looking for unique products that will stand out from every other chapter on campus, then ABD is the way to go!

With Love,
Ellyse
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Friday, December 27, 2013

christmas 2013

This year, my family and I had a relatively simple and relaxing Christmas. While getting dressed up And attending parties is fun, no doubt about it, there's something to be said about not having any plans and just relaxing at home. 

The weekend before Christmas, my family and I headed into the city to do some last minute shopping and just enjoy how beautiful Chicago is this time of year. This has become one of my family's favorite traditions and it certainly did not disappoint this year. We had some great meals and I enjoyed finally having some time off of work to spend with my parents and my sister.


I had to work on Christmas Eve, but I came home to a nice meal of peppercorn steak and sweet potatoes prepared by my sister...definitely not a traditional Christmas meal, but so, so yummy. Afterwards we finished wrapping gifts and then sat in front of the fire watching the Santa Clause trilogy. 


Christmas morning again was relaxing and simple. After waking up and opening gifts, we ate our standard Christmas morning pancakes and enjoyed mimosas before my dad got started cooking our traditional Christmas Day crown roast of pork, which is one of my favorite meals!


Usually on Christmas Day we head out to see a movie, sometimes with close family friends and sometimes on our own. This year we went solo as a family and saw American Hustle, which I enjoyed even if there were some parts where I had to pay close attention to be able to follow the story line. As everyone else seems to think, I thought Jennifer Lawrence was fantastic, and I always enjoy watching how flawlessly she is able to absorb a role and transform into any character. She really is a rare talent. 

Afterwards we were pretty exhausted, so we just put together a puzzle that Santa delivered and soaked up the last of the holiday. It was a great Christmas that didn't require a lot of effort, which, in my opinion, is truly the best kind! Hope you all had a fabulous holiday as well!

With Love,
Ellyse
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

holiday party dresses


The holidays are of course a time for showing off your sparkliest frocks and sequined sheaths, but for a social butterfly floating from one glamorous party to another throughout the month, it can be expensive to buy dress after dress. I've rounded up six dresses all under $100 that will carry you through the holiday party season. While I don't have any fancy fetes to attend this year, I would certainly choose one of these if I were heading to a holiday event!


With Love,
Ellyse
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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Featured Favorites

I've been soaking up every minute of my days off of work at Nordstrom to get into the holiday spirit and make sure that my house is all decorated (My sister and I are always in charge of the holiday decor at home), but I've had plenty of time to catch up on some things around the web as well. Here's what I'm loving:

- Snuggling up in front of the fire with a cup of tea and watching total cheese ball Christmas movies. There is nothing better. 

- I stumbled across an article titled "The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy" and felt as if it was written specifically for me. As I've mentioned like a gajillion times before, I worry like it's my full-time job. This article serves as a wonderful reminder that life is not perfect and nothing is handed to you on a silver platter. It will forever be bookmarked for days when I'm feeling down. 

- Still just as obsessed as ever with Carly. Her mindset, drive, ambition and overall story of how she turned The College Prep from just another blog into a brand is a complete inspiration to me. 

- Dreaming of owning a stationery shop as perfect as Sugar Paper LA one day.

- And last but not least, I would like to take this time to wish you a Merry Christmas from my roommates and me (and I? That silly rule gets me every time). 

Seriously. 

With Love,
Ellyse 
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

christmas gift guide: stocking stuffers

Some of the best things come in small packages, which is one of the reasons why I LOVE opening my stocking on Christmas morning. Whether it's a fun pair of socks or a yummy lip scrub, stockings are the perfect way to gift small goodies!


christmas gift guide: stocking stuffers

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

christmas gift guide: a little bit of sparkle

Glitter and sequins are the best touches to add to anything, especially at this time of year. I just cannot get enough...everything gold and glittery has been catching my eye lately! Here are some perfect items for the sparkle obsessed someone in your life. 



christmas gift guide: a little bit of sparkle

// Earrings // Booties // Sweatshirt // 

With Love,
Ellyse
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

christmas gift guide: the roomies

I live with four (sometimes five or six depending on who's staying over for the week) of my best friends. This year instead of trying to buy a nice gift for everyone while watching our wallets, we opted to do Secret Santa so that we only had to worry about buying for one person, ultimately ensuring that everyone will get a quality gift. 

Since my school is on break for six weeks during the holiday season, and all of my roommates went home to different states, we're celebrating Christmas in the apartment after New Years once we all get back. None the less, I've been keeping my eye peeled for the perfect gift for my secret recipient ;). This list includes gifts for every one of my roommates from the sarcastic, coffee addict to the fashion and beauty obsessed. And we all love food with a burning passion, so including the macaroons was a no-brainer.


christmas gift guide: the roomies

Monday, December 2, 2013

christmas gift guide: the parents

My parents are, without a doubt, the most difficult to shop for. Anything that I come across is either too similar to something they already own or just doesn't fit. Luckily I got a head start on browsing some gifts for them and found some real winners that I know they'd enjoy should they be under the tree on Christmas morning. These gifts have my seal of approval for the most hard-to-shop-for parents around!


christmas gift guide 2013: the parents

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blogmas 2013


Blogmas is exactly what I needed at this point in my "blogging career" to help me get back on track! Similar to how YouTubers do "Vlogmas" every year, I'm participating in Blogmas and posting everyday from now until Christmas. Thanks to the fabulous Amy for starting this trend!

December Goals

Go to bed earlier >>> wake up earlier 
I desperately need to get back into a regular workout routine. With working a demanding nine-hour retail shift nearly everyday, the only way that I'm going to be able to get enough sleep and still have time to workout before begin work everyday is to get used to a better sleep schedule. I'm forcing myself to go to bed before twelve every night and get up before eight at the very latest every morning.

Take real pictures for my posts
Not only do I want to make it a priority to post everyday, but I want to make sure that all my posts are original, fresh and creative. Something I've realized that makes me enjoy one blog over another is the real life pictures instead of generic pictures that anyone can find on Pinterest or Tumblr. I want my blog to represent me, of course, and the best way to do that is to use pictures from my daily life.

December Highlights

Christmas, obviously.
No explanation needed! This is hands down my favorite time of year, and I love everything from the decor, the music and the snow to buying gifts and watching tacky Hallmark Channel movies that you just can't tear your eyes away from. 

Six week winter break
Looking forward to relaxing, working and saving up money for next quarter and spending the holidays at home with my mom, dad and sister!


With Love,
Ellyse
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