The World
Of ElleSee
by LC McDonald

March 08, 2017

Inspire Me: Malala & Frida



There are two women that have inspired me in my life recently. Both of them are strong women that have overcome many obstacles that were thrown in their way -- especially the fact that they are women.

I have admired Malala Yousafzai since the day that she was shot. I started reading her book over two years ago, and am still inspired by her courage to this day. Her need to put others before herself, to forgive those that have wronged her, and her yearning to educate the children of the world -- especially girls -- are reasons why I think of her on a regular basis to remind myself of what is important in my life, and why I should strive for something greater, letting the negative things in life roll off my back -- learn more about Malala and her work here.

Frida Kahlo is a woman by whom I have only recently been inspired. I know that she had a zest for life, and that she treated others as equals, and that she fought her way through life despite many hardships and physical injuries. I thought of her as I contemplated what to do about my lady-mustache and remembered that she rocked that shit, and I can do it to. Upon reading more about her, I found a fascinating woman that made a name for herself by herself.

And so, here we are, on International Women's Day 2017, celebrating the women that inspire us; the women that have raised us, and continue to support us; the women that our children will some day become. There is a strength in all of us, especially combined, that will someday overcome all of the obstacles that have been thrown in our way, and we will make a name for ourselves, by ourselves, and we will rock that shit.



March 01, 2017

Little Shop of ElleSee is 6!



Today Little Shop of ElleSee turns six years old! It's so hard to believe that it's been six years since the shop opened -- especially because our son was born a month afterwards and I'm not ready for him to grow up. 

So much has happened and changed in the shop during this journey that we have all been on, and I couldn't have asked for better people to experience it with. Some of you have been with us since the beginning stages of the shop, and others have just joined us on our continuing travels -- welcome! -- we are so grateful for the love and support that you have given us over the years. Everything that we do makes us so happy, and we hope that you feel the same way too. 

Cheers!


*Keep your eyes open for little ways to help us celebrate during the month of March -- including some giveaways.



February 24, 2017

What We Love: Winter 2017



This sweater from Rebecca King Fashion is a staple in our wardrobe this winter. It is perfect for wearing underneath your wool duffle coat this winter -- the neck acts as a scarf, and the bottom keeps your legs warm. It also transfers nicely to your Spring/Fall wardrobes as a cozy sweater. We love the work of Rebecca King -- see previous purchase here -- and are already plotting which sweaters to buy next.



This song from The Overcoats has been playing on the radio a lot lately. We love the vibe of the music, and the harmonies of the voices singing. Beautiful.


We are in love with brooches and handmade pins. This cute little pigeon pin from Jolly Awesome Art caught our eye recently. The shop is currently on a little break, but be sure that we're going to snap it up when it opens again.




February 12, 2017

Unique Last Minute Valentine Gifts



Write a love letter on a typewriter to give along with one of the books from this list -- Pride & Prejudice is one of my personal favourites. If you don't have access to a typewriter, there's nothing wrong with writing a note with pen and paper.



Grab a sassy valentine card from one of Julie Ann Art's stockists -- it's too late to order one. There's even a shop in Saskatchewan that has her cards available. This would be a nice addition to a bouquet a flowers.



If you like to do embroidery -- or have dabbled in it recently -- then one of these simple designs would be quick and easy to make. You just might have all of the items you need to make it laying around the house, and would go nicely with some chocolates.



If your loved one loves flowers, but can't handle the smell, a beautiful botanical print -- that can be found on Google -- printed off and framed would make a lovely gift. This would pair well with a bottle of wine.




February 05, 2017

Cuba 2017: Sancti Spiritus & Trinidad



While we were in Cuba, my friend and I took an excursion from Cayo Santa Maria to Trinidad via Sancti Spiritus -- which was a short stop to get a sangria and explore the streets and churches. Our first stop in Trinidad was a lovely pottery house called Casa Chichi. We were able to watch the items being made, and explore the shop -- which was open-air and so wonderful to be in. I picked out a cute, green teapot to take home with me.

After lunch, where we were serenaded by a local band, we were taken on a tour of some of the main roads in Trinidad, and then we were told to go shop and explore and meet back at La Canchancara -- where we could get some canchanchara served in small glasses that were made by Casa Chichi. 

We visited two different markets, and found a few art galleries to explore. The art in Trinidad was amazing. It seemed like such a creative city where, again, the Cuban people were so warm and welcoming. I also found some beautiful leather sandals that I can't wait to wear this summer. Trinidad is definitely worth a visit while in Cuba.



January 29, 2017

Cuba 2017: Hotel Cayo Santa Maria



It's been almost two weeks since I left for Cuba with my friend for a "Girls Week Off" vacation, and not a day goes by that I don't think about my time there -- or about going back. It was a beautiful country, and, though we spent most of our time at the resort, I highly recommend you visit. My friend and I stayed at Hotel Cayo Santa Maria, and we couldn't have been happier with our experience. The people were so friendly -- not a single person passed you without saying "hola" -- and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. Nothing gets much better than a coconut with rum in it, and a fresh cooked pizza from a fire oven. I plan on taking my family back there next time!


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