November Photo A Day Challenge

Fellow blogging community!!

Join me via Instagram for a photo-a-day challenge that I created, as November is my birth month! It will be the best birthday present ever, if I could get tons of folks to join me!

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The hashtag to use is #EllesPhotoChallenge.

Thank you! Let’s have some fun!!

Elle

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The Halloween Crowd

I’m really not into Halloween, not REALLY. But people get REALLY involved this time of year!

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(Photo from picasaweb.google.com) CREEPY!!

I mean going a far as creating entire scenes…

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(Photo taken from pumpkinrot.blogspot.com)

The outfits can get to be really gross lol…

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(Photo taken from democraticunderground.com)

It’s all in fun though. I totally get it. I guess I was turned of from this play-frightful night when teens in my quiet, suburban neighborhood were beating little children w crowbars, and stealing their candy. I know, I know…not everyone operates in a fashion such as this, but it really turned me off from what used to be a fun night! My girls and I would get together and all go out, trick or treating (yes we were in high school lol); most of us had smaller siblings, and were responsible for taking them out (the horror right?) so we really didn’t mind. But once we started hearing the local news reports of the senseless violence, we stopped supporting the day. We were glad that we didn’t fall victim to the terror, and we were actually content w passing OUT candy. I also like the fact the villages are now setting hours FOR trick or treating for the kids. I’m all about the safety of the babies; I will be a Mom one day, and the LAST thing I want to do is rob my Lil darling from any fun due to my own personal fears.

But I challenge everyone to be safe! It’s definitely fun, if fun is done in decency and in order. No one should get hurt! Save some candy for me! ;0)

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(Photo taken from khpinson.blogspot.com)

Elle (Please have a safe Halloween!!)

Blogger #ICON Series (2)

Meet fellow Blogger Natalie Dianne Reed!

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Fashion Look:

Glasses: Prada
Top: Rue 21
Faux Fur Vest: NY&Co
Bangles: Body Central
Ring: Forever 21
Pants: MetroStyle
Shoes: Colin Stuart
*Mixing HIGH and LOW to get the look just RIGHT!

Photo Credits: Marcus Genosky of MarKey Photography (NYC)
Location: Wichita, KS

Occupation: Environmental Engineer by day, Martini Sippin, Fashion Blog Writin, Sky High Stilletto Wearin, Diva, Fashionista, Frugalista, Good Girl You OUGHT To Know (Glamazon By Night)

Hometown: THE Woodlands, TX (if you don’t mind, please keep the word THE capitalized…when the post goes up on your website and I let my friends and family know, they will get a kick out of it. I will have to explain the fabulous, utopia otherwise known as THE Woodlands, TX…LOL! 🙂 )

Passion: Hmmm…what am I passionate about? Fashion (DUH?!). Make-Up. Family. Friends. Fun…I’m in LOVE with all the things that make me…welllll…ME! xoxo

I met this beautiful bubbly blogger via Twitter through my girl Courtney Nicole (My first Blogger Icon), and THIS young lady is amazingly hustle-minded! She’s gonna “get it”, whether you can keep up or not! Aaaaaaaaand she showed me the ropes of eBay selling! Lol!! Follow her twitter page (@PBLB08), and visit her blog/website at http://www.pearliesfashionpassion.blogspot.com!

Elle

SAVING MONEY! (28)

You can’t tell me that there isn’t a time in your life that you haven’t said (in some way) “I NEED TO SAVE MORE MONEY”! You may not even be a big spender, but the LITTLE things add up SO very quickly! Yes, we contribute to 401K, and other Savings & Thrift type plans w employers (well…at least I HOPE you do), but that will not really be enough, considering that SOME of us will not see the benefits of Social Security checks. *sigh* Moving on…

Well I’m going to give you some of my personal tips on saving money, here and there. Small amounts of saving—just like spending money on little things—will also add up, if you are consistent w your plan to save!

  • · Save all silver coins, whenever you break bills and receive loose change. The amount of money that you will be able to amass this way is indescribable. Watch just how QUICKLY you will fill up your money jar(s) as well!
  • · Have your funds set up to pull at least 10% of your paycheck from your checking account, and have that directed to a savings account. If you can’t do 10%, do 5%; if you can do more than 10%, by all means do so. For example, my company has a credit union and I have an account w the credit union. Every paycheck, I have a certain amount of funds pulled from my account; I don’t miss/can’t spend what I don’t see.
  • · Whenever you break larger bills, force yourself to save ALL $1 bills. We have tried this, and it actually works. Of course, emergencies arise—which are understandable—and we’ve had to dip into it from time to time. But when you can look up and see how many dollar bills you have accumulated, JUST from “small purchases”, you will be amazed.
  • · Force yourself to write down, in a small notebook, EVERYTHING that you spend (not bill money). I have also done THIS particular method (which I will start back in Jan2013)—down to the $.75 spent on a pop at the office; it actually pissed me off to see how much money left my hands for insignificant things/things I could certainly do without. As the weeks and months passed, I noticed that I was writing less and less in that book…
  • · As the old phrase goes? “Brown Bag It”. Enough said! You save tons of money by preparing your lunch at home, than by spending it in the deli at work, OR going to local restaurants in your area. I make an honest attempt to brown bag it four days out of my five day work week. A treat would be to buy my lunch once a week from a favorite eatery!
  • · Put someone else (SOMEONE THAT YOU TRUST AND SOMEONE GOOD W FINANCES) in charge of your savings. For example, if you’re deciding that you want to save $50/paycheck, but you KNOW you will dip into it, give it to someone that you absolutely trust will not spend your money; so, sort of like a “bill” that you pay each paycheck.

These are just a few that are tried and true—by either myself or those close to me—and I wanted to share them w you! START SAVING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT ON YOUR OWN! No matter how LITTLE you think it is, it WILL add up in the end!

DISCLAIMER: As previously stated, these are methods that I have personally tried and found to be helpful, or methods that I have been made aware of that friends have tried. Use any of these methods at your own risk. I am not a financial guru; I cannot personally be held liable if one or more of these methods do not work for your individual situation. If need be, seek advice from a financial professional. Thank You.

Elle

Blogger #ICON Series (1)

Meet my first Blogger Icon Courtney Nicole!

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Dress: Earthy animal print inspired Hi-Low hem dress (Poloy-Cotton blend)
Shoes: Jessica Simpson Women’s Astor Platform Slingback Pump
Jewelry: Gold Chandelier Earrings with matching Gold/Orange Bracelets (The AccessoReese Closet http://www.accessoreesecloset.com/)
Diamond Ring (Rogers & Hollands Jeweler)

Blogger: Table for One: http://thistable4one.blogspot.com
Chicago, IL

“I am most passionate about LOVE in every since of the word! I feel that every “good” deed comes from some form of love, be it charity, friendship, commitment or whatever! I am a single woman doing everything I can to leave my mark! I just want to have impact! The writing’s I post to “Table for One” are a true account of my daily victories and struggles. I feel that my experiences may in-turn, help, inspire or set example to my readers! Not just single women, but people in general. I know that writing about my experiences help me and the fact that they just MIGHT help someone else is rewarding in itself!”

Courtney has this “light”, hidden in her spirit, but spilling out of her smile; she is such a sweet person, and is very honest and “transparent” in her blogs. Being single was never said to be easy, and she makes it clear that it’s perfectly ok! Follow her blog’s twitter account of @MsTable4One to stay updated on her posts, her success as a blogger, and to find out what she has in store in the coming months! You don’t want to miss out!

Elle

Enough For Everyone! (27)

One thing I’ve noticed in my adult years, is that kids aren’t the only ones who don’t particularly like to “share”. Big ole grown men and women have a difficult time either sharing the spotlight, acknowledging a milestone in the life of another, or are just down right all about self.

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced some form of “hatred” or pettiness directed at them. In every single situation, everyone has that “thing” which sets them apart from the next person. And that’s ABSOLUTELY the way it should be. For example, I am a singer. God gave me that very sweet gift, and I use it #wisely. However, God also gave Faith Evans, Brandy, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and August NightinGale those very same sweet gifts. My sound is not like theirs; and because I appreciate my own gift over anything, I can celebrate the impact that THEIR gifts have had, and continue to have, on my musical ear. To attempt to chip away at them as artists, downplay their success, or to completely try to copy their styles, means that my focus has shifted away from my own gift. There’s nothing wrong w my gift…and I can celebrate them as well as celebrate my own. Those women mentioned above can straight up and down SING. Period. They have a gift that they work on continuously…and so do I! If there’s enough room for all of those vocal beasts to walk around and ALL be amazing, there’s also room for me to be just as awesome in my own way!

As a community of “people”–not focusing on any specific race (because every race “hates” on another)–we need to do better in learning what our own personal value is FIRST. I said this yesterday in response to a post that I was reading…”so much would NOT take place when a person is secure in themselves; and so much WILL take place when a person is NOT secure in themselves”. Just think: if you are confident in your own abilities, another person’s gifts/talents won’t sideswipe or impact yours at all. Your belief in self HAS to be first priority. No one will be able to do anything in the fashion that YOU do things; focus on that! You are a brand…yes #you…and there is enough room for you to “make it”! The next person is also a brand. If you are lucky enough to experience your neighbor’s blessing/breakthrough, praise God for it; because that means He’s in your neighborhood (My Daddy says this OFTEN…and it’s so true; I’m living this now)! I have met some people in such a short period of time, who have received tremendous blessings in their personal and professional endeavors, and I’m thankful to be able to SEE it!

I MUST thank all of my #true supporters in my business ventures, and the ones close enough to see what I’ve been blessed w in my personal life; I love you and I thank God for all of you. God made enough room for EVERYBODY to get it! Celebrate and be grateful for the space provided to you, and you’ll be able to easily celebrate someone else’s!

Elle

The Happy Side (26)

It’s so very unfortunate that people will find any excuse NOT to be happy. I find it hard to believe that, for some, there is NOTHING good found in a day…at any point. I happened to be tweeting about how some would rather focus on jerks who cause them drama; my good friend Cynara replied back “it gives them something to do”. I couldn’t agree w her more…

But something to do? Being miserable, negative, and otherwise petty is some people’s “something to do”? Do you know how much time you have to dedicate to being “messy”? You first really have to #have frequent drama, which (to me) means that in most cases, you’re actually doing something to cause it if you ALWAYS have it. Secondly, you truly have to SEEK to focus on the negative aspects of a situation or of a day, which means you “major in minors”, as my Daddy says (love him!!!!). Thirdly, but not lastly (I’m just stopping at three) you haven’t learned the art of ignoring ignorance. Everything doesn’t require a response or reaction. I’m just saying…

Now…we all have rough times w life, people, jobs, etc.; I just don’t personally want to be subjected to you–the one who doesn’t yet have a handle on how to keep it moving–on a daily basis. Some ppl get muted; some get deleted; some just get all the way blocked.

I will be the FIRST to admit that I have my struggles, my tears fall, and my mood will shift. I just don’t want to be known as a “complainer”…so a lot of things are kept “in house”, if you will. Aaaaaaaaand, the vast majority of my personal life is simply none of anyone’s business.

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The face shown here, is highly indicative of my daily mood…even tempered. I’m more or less just glad to see another day!

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I smile!

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I’m shy!

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I’m silly lol

Buuuuuut I’m genuinely “happy”. I have chosen a happier side of life, even in the midst of a ridiculous moment! I keep pushing until my hardest moments are only a fraction of who I am. Eeeeeeeven in the loss of my Mother, I #chose to be thankful that her pain was gone. I simply choose joy.

Elle