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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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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.


A Bag for the Fashionista vs. the Diva

March 13, 2007 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

I really am into my purse restriction. I’m so less into expensive or obviously ‘IT’ bags. I’m liking subtler bags like my Chloé Betty, or the Coach I’m hoping to have the money to buy this week, or this bag below.

Jordi Labanda BLA Tote
Yes, I’m on a purse restriction, but with credit I purchased this Jordi Labanda ‘BLA’ Tote. Yes, but I have a smaller one I’m selling. Yesss, it’ll sell for less money. But I like it, even though I don’t use it, so I should replace when sold. See, I know I won’t use it for its small size. The tote will be used. Even if its only for when I’m feeling low key. So, yes, a new purchase and replacing something with something else more expensive. But I’m going from a waste-and-not-using, to totally-into-right-now-want-to-use-soon! It makes sense.

And the general laid-backness and lack of luxe promotes my handbag mood right now. Even though this bag cost $141, but you know that’s good for a bag! Yes, having and then carrying this bag will make me feel even more into my restriction.

Chloe BagYou know, I don’t even want to bring my Mousse coloured Paddington on my trip later this week (Spring Break!) anymore!

Still, wish me luck in affording the Coach Ali bag. Eeee.

*Update* I love the bag, I hate, detest, abore the straps. They’re cheap, hard plastic. Not leather. The bag doesn’t fit on my shoulders because of this! It goes back. Meanwhile certain family members are on my case about trying to scrounge for the COACH bag. They don’t understand how much privilege Coach is giving me with their preferred customers event, and that it’s cheaper than eBay. One time deal. See, I am going on a trip and blah, blah, I need money for that. Humph. (I repeat, though, I bought this bag on Bill Me Later credit, and don’t have credit for the Coach. I don’t think …….)

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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This Shopaholic’s Budgeting — Purse Ban!

March 6, 2007 at 7:28 pm by Designer Ella

It’s true, I must put myself on a serious handbag restriction. I might buy one Coach this month, and perhaps an Isabella Fiore from Neimans after I pay the bill.

I went into this figuring out my budget, getting depressed, not sure I could stick to a purse restriction, but basically what money I have this month (since it needs to go to bills, to invest in the network/my business and to buy plane tickets for Spring Break) doesn’t give room for bags. I couldn’t possibly not stick to my bag ban.

No Shopping

And you know it doesn’t feel so bad. I hope to have the funds, thanks to eBay selling, to buy a bag and maybe a couple small things at the COACH Preferred Customer Event, but other than that I’m so over needing to buy handbags all the time. Oh don’t get me wrong, my designer wish list is still huge, and it worries me that I won’t be able to score catches by the time they’re gone, but overall I’m less into it.

Chloe BagI’m even less into carrying my bags. I think it’s because I sort of resent them for me spending my money on them. Yeah, perhaps silly.

Anyway, I’m doing it, I’m budgeting. I’m doing my best to pay off my CCs, and I’m sort of not broke.

I’ll keep you updated.

Recently carried bag: Chloé “Sugar Plum” Betty


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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My Recently Carried Handbags (Photos)

February 22, 2007 at 7:16 pm by Designer Ella

I’ve carried so many handbags this week, that as I thought to writing my next post, I didn’t want to leave some out. I even switched handbags Monday afternoon. So I’m making a post with all of their photos in it.

Sunday: Dooney & Bourke “Bone” Domed Satchel named “Milly”.

Dooney & Bourke Bag

Monday morning (to a funeral): Express Clutch - free Black Friday gift.

Express free clutch

Monday afternoon: Coach Black Signature Striped Book Tote named “Isabelle”.

Coach Bag

School week: Chloé Edith Bag named “Sugar Plum”.

Chloe Bag

Yes, this post was 100% shameless eye candy. :-P Enjoy!

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Beware: Chloé is Addictive like Crack!

February 15, 2007 at 4:11 pm by Designer Ella

Or the designer is like Lay’s Potato Chips: you can never have just one. Or on to Pringles’ jingles, now: once you pop, you can’t stop buying more until practically all in one month, you have 7 items!!! Not my fault, people, it’s like a disease! Couldn’t help it! But please … don’t help me!

Enjoy the photos of my Chloé family.


Top middle, clockwise to bottom right: Large Edith Chamois Satchel, Small Sable Silverado, Aubergine Betty.

Chloe Paddingtons

Top around clockwise: Rouge Zippy Bouler Paddington, Mousse Paddington, Chocolate Paddington.

Yes, I’m sick people, but at least I got good deals on all of them. And I’m not too, too poor after all that.

Chloe Silverado Small Sable Recently carried bag: Chloé Silverado, “Custard”

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My Paddington, Locked in to Love

January 15, 2007 at 3:00 am by Designer Ella

So my Paddington was set to arrive the Monday after I returned home from my holiday trip, and it did, but I had to stay later to help out with my BFF’s family problem (I sat with his grandmother that day, and left Tuesday night).

And there she was, in a small box (it’s okay, Paddingtons were meant to squish), with otherwise good packaging and a baby’s sock on the padlock (apparently, that’s how Chloé-ites store their Paddy-babies).

And the leather … the leather … softest I’ve ever touched! I believe my Paddy was from the original year - 2005 - in chocolate leather. Some say the hide quality is superior from that time frame. It also means my lock is heavier than the new versions, but I can handle it.

While I was away, I took a trip to Boca Raton’s Neiman Marcus, to inspect which Marc Jacobs bag was right for me, and I checked out practically every other bag I’m into. I looked at a tan Paddington. The leather was stiffer, and the bag sat upright (which the 2005s don’t) in a perfect triangle, actually. But the lock wasn’t bad at all.

I’m happy I got such a well-treated, great condition bag. I know it will last, because it has through two previous owners! Still, I wouldn’t mind getting a newer one with the changed locks. At some point (and knowing me, it will be within the year! :-x) I would like the color Mousse (a blueish grey).

So yes, I love the bag. It makes me extremely happy just to look at. I carry it everywhere around the house, but I haven’t had a chance to go out with it yet. It’s my dream bag realized, perfect color and all … but you should all check out the Mousse too, it makes me weak in the stomach in an oh-so good way!

I’m hooked, but don’t let me go overboard, okay? Besides, the Mousse must wait for a 50% off sale or another eBay fate-find, so Chloé collecting will be slow. Unfortunately, I might be more into MJ collecting, that’s a danger - oh those Stams! More on my MJ dream bag realized later.

For now, here’s my love-love-love, Paddy:

Chloé Paddington

Latest bag: Marc Jacobs Amanda, named “Oscar”: Marc Jacobs Amanda