Not a review of L’oreal cosmetics, just a little pick me up. Posts might be scarce the next few days, I’ve got a new nephew in the family! Needless to say things are a little preoccupied. But if things are frustrating, or getting you blue today, just remember, you’re worth it.


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DIY Tinted Lipbalm

Hello Internet Users,

I’m sure you’ve all noticed tinted lip balm has been popping up a lot lately. Unfortunately, the price is also popping. Last night I found this super easy and cheap D.I.Y tinted lip balm how-to at The Camera ‘s Lying, a cute little blog about photography, fashion and beauty by Paramore devotee and English Major, Amy.  (Awesome DIY guide Amy!) I will definitely be giving it a try and follow-up with my results! Like I said, the guide is super easy and cheap, you probably have everything you need lying around your house. So check it out and let us know how it goes!


Hardly a Pryamid Scheme

Hello All,

So I was paroozing the internet ( I get into specifics down there ((arrow pointing down)), and SP&A helped me come across this hilarious link. Do check it out for a laugh and some pretty darn good advice!

5 Steps to becoming the dignified lady or gent we always knew we could be, as told by Kelly Brown at Yes and Yes an awesome blog I found while catching up on my Smart Pretty and (less) Awkward tips by Molly Ford. Hmmph, say that five times fast, why dontcha.


Something Pretty for You

by Lea Assenmach

Imagine that first hungry woman—

so intent on opening a clenched oyster.

How could she know the sweetly jellied brine

within, that wet and tender kiss?
My fingers are raw, knuckles bloody

from digging you free, prying you open.

Difficulty makes possession seem precious,

my pearl.  Don’t be afraid.  Be devoured.

I came across this poem last fall in a book of poetry I borrowed from my creative writing instructor and have since been in love.  Just eight lines with so much emotion, it’s a bit unnerving.  But I think you should take it to heart. Don’t be scared to be wholly consumed, or to try something completely off the beaten path, the results can be absolutely radical.

That is all.


P.S. Have a favorite poem? Do share! It’s only polite.

Life as a Working Woman

So, I started to title this post Day #1, for real though, but then I remembered that scene in p.s. I love you. Do you remember the one? It was in the little apartment, pre-funeral, when Gerald Butler is holding Hillary Swank expaining to her that this is her life, it’s already begun, it’s already stared. Well he’s right. Life’s already started, tomorrow will be day six of my summer here in DC and my first day at work.

I’m scared silly, to say the least.
But here’s to meeting new people, trying new things, and going new places. Cheers!

to be continued…


Will the real ECE pleaseee stand up?

Hello ladies and gents,

So I have a wee little confession to make, I’m not always cheerful. Sometimes I can be downright snarky. I took a few days off of blogging, which I know is bad since I only just started, because every new blog post I started had some sort of rant intertwined in it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be in DC, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t come with its own share of monkey wrenches.

You see the trouble was, in my most of my favorite blogs the authors are just so darn cheerful, I could just eat them with a spoon like a pint of cotton candy ice cream. So when I detected my rants, and my patterns for writing, since they didnt align so well with my idols I just felt like I was going about it all wrong.

Then I remembered Adventures in Fratland, and I came across this blog( and this one ) that were not only owning its bitchyness but also celebrating it. So it’s decided, I’m going to try the honesty route here at East Coast Elegance, it may not always be so elegant, or even eloquent, but it’ll be real I suppose.

Tell me what you think! Are you cheerful? Are you bitchy? Are you sarcastic or snarky?

Whatever you are, own it.