Friday, November 11, 2016

8 Things I Have Learned From Voting In My First Election

It has only been a few days since the Election and I cannot sit back and watch the hate anymore. FROM BOTH SIDES. I can't believe the things I am seeing and I am so disappointed in some of the people that I have admired my whole life, but not for the reason everyone else is so up in arms about. Who you voted for doesn't change my opinion of you. How you react to who won does.

This election has been a dirty, disgraceful doozy, and I am so sad that for a lot of people including myself that this was the first election we got to participate in. So without further ado here are a few things I have learned from participating in my first presidential election.

1. Overly Opinionated = Arrogant
Let's be real for a second. I am all for sharing your opinions and especially having your own opinions, after all this America. But when you start being hateful toward others with differing opinions that is where you start to look like you believe you are above everyone else. Bashing people on Facebook and gloating over a win or calling people names because of who they voted for is unacceptable. Just agree to disagree and move on.

2. Politics Matter
Before this election I, like many other millennials didn't really care about politics. I didn't like seeing people fighting over things. I didn't like the division that it causes. And I didn't like feeling inferior to those who think differently than me. But actually educating myself during this election has taught me a valuable lesson that these things do matter and while I still don't like the things that politics normally bring about, my vote matters. With this election and the extremism of both candidates it has forced a lot of us who didn't care before, to pay attention.

3. Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right
I know I can't be the only one who is tired of seeing people saying that different races are what's wrong with America. I can't even tell you how many different posts I have seen saying "White Christians need to fix America" "White Men are the problem" "Good morning America, except white people you can all die". And on the other spectrum, people of color being beaten and humiliated because of the color of their skin or beliefs. It has to stop. Telling people that they are the problem won't change the fact that Donal Trump will step into the oval office in January. We need to come together and show each other support and love.

4. Fighting with others doesn't change who was elected
This one really speaks for itself. I just know I am tired of being blamed for things that aren't my fault and for things I will never have the power to fix.

5. Either way this election went, I was going to be scared
Again, I'm in shock that these two people were the only real options for our country's presidency. Both candidates possess qualities that terrify me, and either way, whoever won the election I was going to be afraid for our country.

6. Family is important
Unfortunately I have witnessed so many of my family members get in over their heads with anger or pride that they start blaming other family members. I can't stress enough that the blame game doesn't do any good. Instead, coming together and listening and supporting each other's hopes, dreams, wishes and fears will help us understand each other. We are all entitled to our own opinions but just because someone thinks differently than you, doesn't give you the right to disown them, and you can't expect someone to change their views just because you feel a certain way.

7. You can't believe every Facebook post you read
 It is no secret that the media has completely blown everything out of proportion, but those of you constantly sharing hateful, untrue posts are just perpetuating the situation.  What good does sending random Facebook posts to people who disagree with you do? Nothing but drive a rift between you and that person. Also, check your facts, a lot of those stories are just opinions or exaggerated facts.

8. Love will always conquer
I can't stress enough that hate will do nothing. We need to come together as a nation and support each other no matter what your political view is. That will send more of a message than anything that we are ONE and we will not be easily divided. Right now we are letting the enemy win. No more division, no more hate.

I purposely didn't share any opinions on politics because I want people to view me as me and not who I voted for. I hope that others will follow me in being kind to EVERYONE, especially those with differing opinions. Now is the time more than ever to come together and show the world that we will not allow any government or leader separate us. I am with anyone and everyone, no matter your Race, gender, sexuality, or religion. No more division.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Casual Couples Valentine's Day Fashion

Hi guys! I am so excited to finally be making a new blog post! This semester of school has already been crazy, but I have finally found some time to update my baby! Thank you all for being so patient with me.

Today on the blog we're talking couples Valentine's Day fashion! If you're looking for a dressy dinner date outfit you've come to the wrong place. My husband and I are totally casual Calvins, (yes, I just made that up.) so unless it's our anniversary, we're probably having a movie night with wings and beer. Sounds like the perfect Valentine's Day date to me! Alright enough rambling, here's what a typical date night outfit looks like for Sean and I.

 Thanks for reading! Have a fabulous Valentine's Day!
Xo, Ella

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Men's Moto Denim | Men's Wool Hat | Men's Denim Jacket | Ruckus Crop Top | Ladies Biker Jacket | Ladies Destroyed Denim (Similar)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Blacks and Ivory Update / Rocksbox Information

Hello everyone! Long time no see! I apologize for being so distant! 2016 has already been a hell of a year! I started classes at Metropolitan State University of Denver for my major and I have been trying to just to the different work load. I promise I have many plans for this year, so don't give up on me! 

If you haven't seen it already, I have begun writing a bucket list and it's posted on it's own page in the tabs at the top of my blog, and I'm excited to start fulfilling those dreams. I also have a few goals for this year including beginning a youtube channel for beauty. I just need to get the lighting by my vanity up to par, because lighting in the basement is not too great, as you can imagine. I also have a few posts planned including a BIG 21 birthday post! I promise there are big things ahead if you can just stick with me for a little bit longer! 

Last, I just received my first rocksbox package a few days ago and I am so impressed! Working with them has already been such a pleasure! I have a detailed review coming soon but I thought you all would like a little bit of information on what rocksbox even is! Rocksbox is an awesome company that sends it's members 3 pieces of designer jewelry each month from the member's wish list. You can wear these pieces all month and if you wish you may buy any of the pieces. If not, send them back and receive your next box. Their shipping is fast and the jewelry is beautiful. If you are interested in becoming a Rocksbox member, use my code 'ELLAXARNOLDXOXO' for your first month free! This membership is such a great idea, especially for people like me who don't really think about buying jewelry. If there's any other information you would like to know, feel free to ask I'm always available! Sign up for your first free month here

Thank you guys for sticking with me! I promise this year will pick up! Have a beautiful day!

XO Ella