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My VA Tech Blog Silence, Depression & Green Earth Bag Project

April 23, 2007 at 12:58 pm by Designer Ella

One Day Blog SilenceI haven’t been blogging lately because when perspectively viewed against certain tragedies, fashion seems shallow opposed to them. I’ve been depressed, which was caused by the Virginia Tech tragedy. As a college student, it frightens me and somehow I was vulnerable to such emotions. I’m hoping to continue on the path of higher learning while moving away from home and living in a dorm, so not knowing what that’s like, I was even more afraid.

Don’t get me wrong though, most times - well lately - I disagree that fashion is shallow. There can be many intellectual sides to it and it can be used philanthropically.

Which brings me to what I have been devoted to this past week: working on creating eco-friendly grocery totes and a web store on which to sell them. It’s helped me feel better about my line of “passion”, get my mind off things and really has gotten me excited about a fresh project. Really, I’m finally going to be a *real* designer. I’m almost done with decorating my first bag, and I’m getting my new sewing machine tomorrow! It’s a present that I’m grateful for. I see support from my family in starting this first/next step of my dream. (Really my mums didn’t want me to use a cheap one; she wants me to have the right machine for me for a time to come. So my family’s helping me out.)

I’ve also realized I have another new talent: php coding. I’m getting better at using PHP code! I’m so proud of myself for the tweaks I’m putting on WordPress to be this CMS (content management system). It’s just another aspect of being “designer” Ella!

I’ll try to blog but forcing myself today has given me a horrible feeling in my stomach from anxiety. I can’t get excited about this right now, but it’s more about that I’m not ready in my mental state. Forgive me.

I’m also blogging to you about One Day Blog Silence. To honour the Virginia Tech victims, I ask if you blog to not say one word on it on April 30th of this year. Visit OneDayBlogSilence.com for more info or your own banners to post on your blog.

Thanks for reading, and to those of you also facing grief, let’s try to help each other out while we give wishes for the victim’s families (the truly upset)!

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Have you Filed Your Taxes? Check out Tax Raps!

April 16, 2007 at 11:05 pm by Designer Ella

I just finished filing my taxes (I owed money, c’est la vie de la blogger - but it was a small amount). If you’re done with yours, let’s celebrate with some entertainment. If not, you may have until tomorrow before you’re late. In MA, taxes are due on the 17th this year due to a holiday. I don’t know about the rest of the country.

So let’s watch something fun, shall we? : “It’s Just a Breeze, G” rap for Turbo Tax.

P.S. It wasn’t that easy, so don’t feel bad. :-)

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Be Fabulous Travel Tip: Packing

March 20, 2007 at 3:06 pm by Designer Ella

A quick trip for packing lighter, while staying faaabulous!

While packing your shoes, skip the paper stuffing, instead use undies and/or socks and save extra space! Possibly for more pairs or purchases on return! Faaaaab.

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A Cocktail for the Holiday

March 17, 2007 at 3:23 am by Designer Ella

Cocktail GlassHere is a great Irish cocktail recipe, if you happen to be partying today! But stay sober!!

Bubbly Irish Nut

  • 1 oz. Baileys® Irish Cream
  • 1 oz. Amaretto Di Saronno®
  • 4 oz. Soda water

Enjoy! Happy St. Paddy’s Day from this Bubbly Irish Nut!

Today’s handbag: Chloe Paddington Mousse

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$1,000 Pizza? I can do better!

March 14, 2007 at 10:36 pm by Designer Ella

1000 USD PizzaA gourmet restaurant in NYC is introducing a decadent pie with the pricetag of $1,000. Yes, that’s right.

Forget traditional cheese and pizza sauce, the record-priced pie will be topped with creme fraiche, chives, eight ounces of four different kinds of Petrossian caviar, four ounces of thinly sliced Maine lobster tail, salmon roe, and a little bit of spice with wasabi.

And unlike your typical pizza, this one won’t be cooked, after all, that would spoil the fish. The 12-inch pie is sliced into four pieces, which comes to $250 per slice.

Bah. I can make you a great pizza. I’ll charge, ooh a base price of $45 on up, depending on ingredients. (Or a mere $10, for a simpler, average-joe pie.)

My pizza will use Boboli pizza crust, no not something I make myself, because that crust is the best. Mmm.

Then, I will crush tomatoes finely - or leave light chunks if you prefer, for the sauce. If you don’t want tomato sauce, how about taco or barbecue sauce? Those will make for fun & tasty pizzas, with the right ingredients.

Cheese - a mixture of brie, mozzarella and cheddar!

For toppings, oh I have choices:

  • Chopped prime rib
  • Freshly cut pineapple
  • Real bacon pieces with only red meat, no white fat at all. Picked apart with care.
  • Extra large deli pepperoni
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey barbecue sauce
  • Sliced chicken breast covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Sliced salmon covered in honey mustard sauce
  • Mix of fruits: cantaloupe, pitted cherry, pear, peach and pineapple (suggested on a white pizza)
  • Pineapple and orange
  • Lobster pieces, sure, I’ll throw that in, but unlike Nino’s Bellisima, I think the lobster needs to be the only topping.
  • Vegetables - oh sure, like what? All fresh

There now don’t you want to order from me? If you’re ever in the Boston/South Shore area, send me an e-mail!

But caviar, lobster, chives, salmon - all on an uncooked pie - would their pizza even taste good??? Please. It’s not even extra large - ugh!!

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Writing while Drugged Out on Anxiety Meds?

March 12, 2007 at 1:17 pm by Designer Ella

pillI had stress this morning because since I woke up early I wanted to get some entries up, but things got in the way. Like needing to fix some script problems for a blog. I ended up not posting.

While working I popped one of my anxiety pills, after a while of that not working I popped another.

Usually these pills have no big effect. To help me sleep, they’re the tamest things. To calm my stress, sometimes they work. But I like to say they’re a bit like candy—I don’t worry about taking even three. I can take them at night and not even get tired. And then sometimes they just incapacitate me! I’m so out of it. I needed to call the post office and speaking I sound either out-of-it mentally challenged or out-of-it sleepy. The truth is I’m drugged up.

It’s not to say that it didn’t help my stress but when I can’t do anything productive I get stressed anew—although in a calm way thanks to the drug. Not too slowly, I come out of it, and I’m all better.

But until then, boy do I have to concentrate to make any sense writing - I’m useless.

So yes, drugs are bad. Of course, I know. I don’t have some problem with drugs. They’re prescribed for me to use this way. They’re necessary to fight my bad anxiety problems. Too bad I can’t go relax, that leads to trouble with me (laziness or sleeping the day away). I’ve been facing more mental problems lately.

Chloe BagAnyway I wanted to write so that people would get a side of the whole “drug” story. Also - to warn in case I can’t write any more blogs today. Sigh.

Hey, maybe I shouldn’t even publish this personal story? But I can’t be that judge right now. I apologize, but now you know a bit more about Ella.

Recently carried bag: Chloé Betty

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Chefista Required Tool: Picture Chopping Boards

March 12, 2007 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

Colored Cutting BoardsAs a Chefista (love that term) and an organization nut who also loves stuff, I love these cutting boards by Solutions. They’re color coded and picture coded, so you can separate the types of foods you’re chopping. It’s less messy and could possibly save your -erm- colon from getting sick. I love how the colours really do match the symbol!

They’re also super thin so they easily store, and are made of flexible plastic, so you can just bend and drop the cut ingredients into your pot!

I know I need these, even though I rarely chop. And I never chop more than one type of food. And I already have that Vedalia thing. But oh my gosh do I need this! Besides, they’re only $12.95 - that’s practically nothing. ;-)

*Via Outblush*

Recently carried bag: Chloe Betty

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C’mon Lottery, I deserve you

March 11, 2007 at 6:05 am by Designer Ella

A very helpful and kind commenter wrote in to my last post;

michelle Says:

wow- you need help-

Mega MillionsAnd she is so right! I need to win the lottery, preferably more than the current $19 Mil jackpot, but we’re (my family) playing anyway. (How nice of us to the government.)

We played faithfully, and I worked on my karma, figured out what good I would do with the money, etc. But we still lost! There were two winners, one being a truck driver from Georgia. Grr.

But come on lottery! I know you’ll get me. I’ll accept any amount of several millions, really, don’t think I’m selfish.

Not at all, here’s what I would do with my own $390 million (reduced after taxes and split three ways with my parents et moi):

  1. Put most in my savings account STAT to start earning interest before I decide what to invest in. My “spending money” will sit there, too, until I transfer it to checking to spend it baby!
  2. Give three whole million to my best friend! He’d be set! (Although he tells me to tell the gods I’d give him nothing, since he’s bad luck. I just can’t lie though! I’m too giving.)
  3. Pay off all my debts. (I can’t believe I racked it all up this year!) Oh, lord, do I need you lottery!
  4. Buy a condo in Florida, a house in the suburbs of Boston, and a place on Cape Cod. And that’s it! Until I eventually get a place in/near NYC.
  5. Start an abused animal rehabilitation/foster/adoption organization. I even picked out its name and .org domain. (No, I didn’t buy the domain, heh, but I hope no one takes it.) I wouldn’t really be able to physically volunteer much, but I would constantly donate “designer” dog toys and organic healthy food. And dog water. They make special bottled water for dogs that’s much healthier, and I think that’s good.
  6. Buy every single handbag on my wish list, plus two Hermès Birkins.
  7. Actually start buying designer clothing, but you know what—I’ll still get bargains at Forever 21 and H&M! How ’bout that?! I won’t be too spoiled.
  8. Donate gads of money into the network and hope to see a return.
  9. Put family, friends, and talented bloggers, etc., to work and pay an overly fair salary.

Not to mention my mums - who is disabled from an accident and really struggling - would no longer need to worry about money.

You see, I would be the best candidate to win the lottery, because I will save animals, give broke people full time jobs (or pay them like it), move the economy, be a great bill-receiver (is that a thing?), and have the money to be near different friends and family at different times more often. It will all go back in some way or another.

Chloe BagAnd I can have handbags, muah ha ha. I’ll never need a ban. Although - YES! - I will restrict myself. It’s true. Not too many exotics and only expensive bags that are dreams! Oh and no waste-of-money cheap bags. Bah.

So - what would you do with Mega Millions $$$? But don’t make it sound to good, because I need to deserve it the most!

Recently carried bag: Chloé Betty “Sugar Plum”

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What - No Glitter, No Gold?

February 27, 2007 at 6:42 pm by Designer Ella

When I signed up for my very own Neiman Marcus credit card, my friends and I joked that what I’d be receiving in the mail would be gold metal encrusted with diamonds.

But it wasn’t even gold tone. And even my debit card has glitter - what gives?

Neiman Marcus card

Chloe PaddingtonAlso sad is my apparent credit limit. I can’t even find the figure in my account, but it’s really low. Seems this baby’s only good for one on sale re-sell bag at a time. I need to work on my credit!

Recent bag: Chloé Zippy Paddington - "Cobbler"

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It’s a Rainy State

December 4, 2006 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

Sometimes my Nans gives me money and tells me not to spend it, to put it away for a rainy day.

But you know I’m constantly encountering rainy days.

Every few months I have a budget crisis.

Or I discover I need a new bag or three.

Anyway, this month is one big rainy snowy time, my friends! And there’s a storm right now.

(Hmm, I think this means I need that All-Weather Leather Dooney I just purchased!)

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