I Am Taking A Break…

I am taking a break

Oh my gosh, the snow is coming down today in New York City. It is insanely beautiful if you can stay in doors and not travel in the blizzard. I am right now as we speak sitting at my empty, bare desk as I finish packing up my beautiful apartment.

So many emotions have hit me in the last 24 hours, it’s almost hard to comprehend each one. I am sad to be leaving this place I called home for the past year and a half. Astoria, and this building in particular, and this cute studio, has been so good to me. Incredible memories have been made sitting at this desk as I read in astonishment the opportunities that hit my mailbox. Like being asked to be apart of Google #teampixel, to finding out we are all traveling to Sundance, to so many invitations that brought me all around the city to restaurants and hotels I would have never seen otherwise.

I also had so many cozy nights here, tucked high above Astoria and relaxing as the busy city was mere miles away. In the summer I would open up my balcony door and play music while cooking delicious food for the week. Like I said, so many incredible, blessed, miracles happened in this apartment. I am sad to leave, but I will bring these good times and memories with me.

I am also really excited for the next chapter.

Making the decision to pack up my life and go was, for me, completely necessary. Some of you may not know this but I have worked nearly every single day for the last two years. Grinding and hustling so hard for my dreams to come true. And it was worth every moment.

But I am taking a break.

I am longing to go out into this world and explore. To see how others live, to visit people I have met along the way in New York City. To challenge myself to grow in a very new way. To be completely on my own again, and force myself into uncomfortable situations.

I want to see new sights, hear new sounds, smell new smells, and taste new flavors. I am yearning for that inspiration that I cannot get anywhere else other than to travel. So that is exactly what I am doing for the next three months. I am taking off, with a one way ticket, and have no clue where I will be heading. I am packing the very minimum, and I am not going with anyone else. Just ME, myself and my deepest thoughts.

My last day in New York City is this Friday!!! If you have any suggestions on where I should travel, let me know in the comments below! I am taking my laptop and will take tons of photos. I will virtually bring you along for the ride. If you want to follow each step, I will be using Instagram Stories to document as much as I can. Thank you for always be there!

XO, Ellese

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These Are The Most Glam Cards To Send

Basic Invite Paper Glam Custom Cards

Snail mail is completely underrated. I love receiving a beautiful handwritten letter in the mail. The intricate design, the cute note, the pretty paper… It makes my heart so happy. When I am sending a gift, or a thank you card, I thoroughly enjoy shifting through the handmade letter options picking out the right card for that person in mind. It’s that last personal touch that completes the gift or shares the sentiment.

So when I heard about Basic Invite and the plethora of custom-made cards they carried, I felt like a kid in a candy shop. From thank you notes to special announcements ( ehm like personalized graduation announcements that is right around the corner), Basic Invite offers a card for every celebration. And they are so glamorous, take a look!

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The Ultimate New York Wedding With Public Hotel

If you are engaged, stop everything you are doing. I found the perfect solution for your ultimate New York wedding that will eliminate stress, provide zero traveling between ceremony and reception, leave guests feeling luxurious and comfortable, all the while looking beyond chic. Are you ready for your dream wedding solution? Take a loot at this:

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The Future of Gender Equality in Rural Areas

Voices of rural women are being heard this month at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62). The topics range from abuse against women, to labor laws, women in politics, giving the tools and support to empower women, and how to educate men in respecting women. I had the opportunity in talk with several world leaders on a more casual basis while listening to different panels. These are the topics, people, and organizations that stood out the most. Here is the future of Gender Equality In Rural Areas:

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Where To Shop The Latest From Pierre Balmain

Did you know that Balmain has a sister line called Pierre Balmain? It originated in 2011 as a way for consumers to own a piece from the Balmain brand without having to pay the heavy price. The design team, the same group who oversees Just Cavalli, takes inspiration from Olivier Rousteing’s collection and create pieces that reflect the Parisian military style Balmain is known for. You’ll find a plethora of well structured, fitted blazers, skirts, and Moto jeans within the Pierre Balmain collection. If you take a look at Balmain newest arrivals, you can see the similarity in the two lines (just the price is different!). I have found the most challenging part is finding a place to shop the Pierre Balmain.

So where can you get the latest from Pierre Balmain?
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Shopbop Surprise Mega Sale: Here’s What To Get!

Shopbop Surprise Mega Sale

There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning to the email titled: Shopbop Surprise Mega Sale. The online company loves to keep us on our toes by announcing these insanely, too good to be true, practically overnight sales. Hundreds of designer goods are now listed at a fraction of the price.

The nice part about this Shopbop sale is that you can get a discount on newly listed items as well as additional discounts on sale items!We searched high and low to find the best deals of the Shopbop Surprise Mega Sale, and this is what we came up with Make sure you use GOBIG18 when checking out:

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Gucci’s Spring Collection: Shop Before It’s Gone!

Gucci's Spring Collection

It’s here! Gucci’s Spring Collection has hit most retailers for pre-order and online ordering… And it’s pretty insane. Take a look for yourself to see if you are willing to buy one of these designer pieces for Spring 2018.

The nice part of this collection is that most pieces are classically designer and will last a life time. The sequin jumpsuit is just something to completely marvel at. I seriously want to know which celeb will be spotted int it. I personally can see Jeffree Star rocking the look.

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17 Of The Best Kitten Heels For Spring 2018

Kitten Heels For Spring 2018

The all beloved kitten heel is trending again and I couldn’t be happier. The uber chic heel elevates an outfit instantaneously, while giving you the ability to walk around all day. I’ve personally been rocking a pair of velvet kitten heels all winter long (see below!), and glad that Spring will be filled with these shoes as well.

On the search for the perfect kitten heels for spring, I found these insanely fun pairs that I would wear. I really love bows and backless kitten heels, but don’t be afraid to play with metallics and sling backs as well. You can easily pair these with jeans, skirts, or shorts. Let me know in the comments which ones you would wear!

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There Are No Shortcuts To Success

There Are No Shortcuts To Success

One of the greatest things that came from graduating college into a recession is it forced many of us to pursue our creative dreams from the get go. There weren’t many jobs, so we created our own. What I’ve seen along the way though are a lot of entrepreneurs who want success and want to take short cuts to get there. If there is one thing that I’ve learned in the last 6 years is that, there are no shortcuts to success.

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