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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 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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Ella Flashback: Brand Name Shoes

December 20, 2006 at 4:17 pm by Designer Ella

Pet Flats - ShoesWhen I first started blogging, I didn’t know much about designer shoes. I liked affordable brand shoes (hey, still do, thanks). I cared about look vs. luxury and craftsmanship. A cute shoe could be found almost anywhere, and if it were cute, it was cute enough! I figured most of the regular fashionable gals felt this way.

Now I blog more about designer shoes—hey they’re interesting. I know about designer shoes. I understand Blahniks, and I respect Louboutin more than copies, of course. Yet I still buy brand shoes when I need ‘em. My luxury is handbags and that’s it. :-)

But the difference is the view when blogging is the goal. I was so naive with it, perhaps. But in many ways, that was good. Was it better? I think I have a sensible view toward shoes now, but my handbag addiction is dangerous. Oy!

Ah, I miss the good ol’ days. I love blogging, and actually soon you’ll find some more brand shoes on Kiss Me, Stace.

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Ella Flashback: The Non-Name Dropper

December 19, 2006 at 3:54 pm by Designer Ella

This post is apart of my blogging anniversary series on the Unraveling of Ella over these 2 years.

It seems difficult to imagine that I once didn’t know the collections of Louis Vuitton bags. I’m sure I always at least vaguely knew the name. I didn’t know the style shapes, but before two years ago, did I even recognize the logo??? (I hope so to the dear Lord.)

This thought is scary to me. Quite. Yes, this thought.

Being a fashion blogger now, I need to know these things and more. But am I better off? Now I see a bag and a designer or style name immediately comes to mind (well not always). Is this good, or am I using my brain power for evil?

There was one day early into bag blogging at Pursed Lips, when I didn’t think too far into things, to flesh out the pieces. For instance, when I wrote a designer name, I didn’t think about who was behind the label. I, along with everyone in the modern world, knew that Gianni Versace was killed, and that his odd sister, Donatella, took over his design world. I knew this (and the Saturday Night Live skit about her), but when I wrote about bags I didn’t think of it. Not the they, he, she, it, no they were just bags.

I liked bags, but I definitely started out not knowing much. Pursed Lips began just as a journey into becoming a bag lady. I really, really liked bags, enough so to have a separate blog, but I was no expert. Who cares as long as you’re passionate? (Well many do.) But the blog’s grown, I’ve become quite knowledgeable, I love the blog dearly now and am so glad I have it.

Versace Snap Out of It BagBut still there was one early day when I ragged on an ugly, overdone Versace bag and pretty much asked, “What was Mr. Versace thinking?” (Actually, I said “he” must have been high making the bag.) Because hey, all corporate heads are big floating “The Man” right? I think this is where I came from.

But I was corrected, that Versace’s head designer was a woman. Ms. Versace, indeed. And then my knowledge came to me, Donatella Versace = Versace = click! Thus I started a new thought process while blogging. And sometimes I needed to do more research.

It’s embarrassing to remember such things, but none of it really matters. I have fun, I enjoy playing the name game now, and also have some success through this learning process. Not bad.

Anyway, now I can tell you all the variations of Louis Vuitton monogram, call out style names, and tell if they’re fake. Quite a way indeed.

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2nd Anniversary as a Fashion Blogger

December 19, 2006 at 2:22 am by Designer Ella

Tonight I sit and write on the wee hours after my 2nd anniversary of when I started blogging sill-il-y about shoes on Kiss Me, Stace.

I’ve come (er, gone) soo far in these 2 years. Bought so much, raised my budgets so many times, and grown my income to something I’m excited about. I’ve had a lot of fun, some tought times (the sandbox) and even gotten some good freebies.

Kiss Me, Stace first real postBut I started out as a different person. I was fashionable, artistic and a writer. I cared about animals and spent more time on intellectual pursuits than hunting down IT bags with buttery leather. And believe it or not, I didn’t know a $200 purse existed! (Until one fateful day. At a Macy*s. The object was COACH.) I thought $60 was expensive for a purse!

Then my budgets rose, my money shrank (and grew and shrank and grew), my hobbies changed, my morals declined, and maybe even my IQ has been ill-effected just a little bit.

Anyway, this week on, I’m doing a special look back to what’s changed for Ella. I may even show pictures of bags blogging bought me.

Oh and I still need to show you my birthday present bags and tell you the COACH stores!! Don’t let me forget - and thank you for reading!


Operation: Sandbox Last Grain

November 25, 2006 at 10:51 pm by Designer Ella

Operation: Sandbox - Last Straw Grain = Pursed Lips was sandboxed after it moved, even though it was an older site. This does not need to happen! It just doesn’t! One needs to do a 301 redirect.

I did the ol’ “We’ve Moved” message you see everywhere. Well don’t do it! Look up 301 redirect on Google and follow instructions.

But when the ‘we’ve moved’ didn’t do it enough and there were many hits and links to the old home, I took down content and within the Word Press admin, pointed pages toward the new home.

Finally, I did the one thing that probably really killed Pursed Lips. In my htaccess file I blocked /pursedlips from being crawled.

Soon after was in the sandbox.

Well, now I’m about to do the last thing I can (before waiting) to get it out. To get that PR 5 back (and hopefully then some somewhat after).

I put the content back on ol’ /pursedlips, and now I’m about to link to it again. After a while, I’ll put on a 301 redirect.

Help me in my project, link to!

And even:

Thanks so much!

*Update* I was confused before, but I think I’m trying this method correctly now. One also needs to set the last updated info back with some code. Find the original article at Search Engine Watch.

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On Blogging to Imaginary Friends in the Sandbox

October 21, 2006 at 8:00 pm by Designer Ella

There is this mysterious and sort of hidden (well completely hidden, you know?) part of Google known as The Sandbox. It fits right in with this month/week (Happy Halloween!) as it is a horrifying concept—or reality—to many who know what it is and most who are stuck within. What is it? New domains (and not all new domains I’ve personally felt) are pushed out of Google’s results and—let’s face the reality—hidden to most of the world.

How can Google do this? Why? Entry continued, read more »

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Fashion Week from the Rest of Us

September 23, 2006 at 12:25 am by Designer Ella

What is it like blogging about fashion week for those not there? It can be tough, of course. (I covered some styles at Kiss Me, Stace and Pursed Lips.) In some ways, it’s better than being in forced-duty–24-hour–on–call–reporting though, right? Of course!

With the New York week well over, I have some thoughts.

I found it difficult to know how much to post, since I’m not there, and I’m reviewing what people can see themselves, I wonder how many people care. Natch; I think every blogger faces this issue.

Another issue is exactly how to blog. I like to review clothing, pick my favorites, and point out what’s wrong. (That used to be the way we all did it.) But my blogger friend Maria from The Runway Scoop did it in a new and great way, she spotlighted others’ viewpoints and experiences, and she kept us posted about all the related news. What’s better is she did this several times per day, each day. And apparantly it exhausted her. Fantastic job, Maria!

Well, I can get burnt out. I’ve loads of errands lately, school, family and then each show and each spin in each post takes effort, and it’s hard to turn it back on to a completely different show or aspect.

Am I bad? Oh, and I’m not even finished — soo long after! So much to do, so much time passing…

C’est la vie?

(Late again, needed to get photo:) Recent handbag: Coach Pebbled Leather Satchel–Black — v. 1: Teal Flower Charm.

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My Dream IT Bags

August 28, 2006 at 12:45 pm by Designer Ella

I’m participating in this blog’s first Carnivale! (Because it is my own [from another blog] and the topic suits us, I’ll participate on this site here and there in the future.)

Pursed Lips asks,

If you were given $10,000 (ooookayyyyyy, $20,000 if you’re a superdiva) to buy only ‘IT’ Big Name designer bags, which dream ones would you buy (or just one perhaps)? (You can save some of the cash left over for something else not to be mentioned.) Yes, please do try to keep track of general prices, and authentic and real-life eBay prices count if you would opt for auctions (although if you can’t tell authentic, skip the lower-priced ones, natch!).

Update: I’ve added the photos as promised!

And oh yes, dahlings, I don’t need to, but I will opt for the $20,000.

Designer Bags

  1. Marc Jacobs Stam Hobo or Mini Stam ($1,000s–$2,000s?)
  2. Gucci ‘Wave’ Boston Bag ($1,570 retail)
  3. Fendi Zucca Shoulder B. ($920 retail or eBay)
  4. Chloé Paddington ($0000s? on eBay)
  5. Hermès Shoulder Birkin cool, classic color like blue, red or orange (eBay: $11,000~) (*updated)
  6. Balenciaga Quilted Bag ($0000s?)

It Bags

Gosh, those bag prices add up. Even with eBay, my bags’ (and I want a few more expensive ones [and tonnns more less expensive] that didn’t make the ‘it’ list) (like a vintage lambskin Chanel, tweed Chanel, Marc Jacobs Blake…) prices really added up! What a world.

(Footnote, forgot this:) Recent bag carried: My baby Coach med carryall


(Hardly) Workin’ Through the Weekend

July 18, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

I worked hard all day yesterday (through even worse heat once 2 p.m. struck) to get this blog ready. And I worked all Sunday night, after getting some Monday posts ready.

My weekend was full with bill paying, putting up an eBay auction, and then I was backed into a last-minute stylist-for-family session, as I mentioned yesterday. (And that didn’t even go well.)

I blew past all my deadlines for officially announcing this blog in a hardcore way. I prefer even (almost Monkish) times for posting big things. Mondays and last thing Fridays are best. And of course Carnivale publishing days are for anything big (that’s Friday this week, at Fashion-Incubator, but the topic’s so tough).

So … maybe Friday? But I worked my tushie off and we’re all ready, now! Hmm. Maybe I’ll see you soon.

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