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Anonymous: hey there! it isn't cool removing credit from your theme tbh. i know for a fact that this theme 24 from primrosetylers and i find it really uncouth of you guys to not give these creatives the proper recognition they deserve

I’m really sorry about that, I was editing the theme and removed the theme link to make room for our links because if I hadn’t it wouldn’t fit right. I’ll add it under our ‘more’ tab when I get to a computer, I’m currently on the road and will be for a while. We aren’t “uncouth”, it was an honest mistake. It’s very rude to assume we were purposely taking credit away. We have lots of things going on, I just wanted the blog to be together. (We also never claimed credit to the theme..) Again, we’re very sorry about this, but you could’ve approached us differently and possibly off anonymous. I will fix it as soon as I can. Xx

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With August being so close, we’d like to inform you on what’ll be coming up in the next issue of Elise Magazine! A quite lot of the Elise fam has brought attention to many great artists that are known among tumblr, instagram, and etsy. We’ll also be showcasing a lot of our very own journalists artwork.

So that brings me to the most important part: you! If you’d like to have your artwork showcased here on Elise Magazine - please contact us! You can either submit to us your artwork here or email us at elisemag@outlook.com. Please include the following in your submission:

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  • If you have a title for your artwork, please include it

Reminder: we accept artwork of all kinds! including drawing/paintings/etc, photography, poetry, zines, written pieces, etc. 

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Whenever we count the flaws of our lives, we can’t seem to stop. One day you’ll lose a part of your life and wake up realizing “Oh my god, I was happy and I didn’t even know it.” We moan and complain for an average of 2 hours a day, 14 hours a week, and 40 days annually; until we forget to appreciate of what we have. 
All over the world, billions of people read the local newspaper filled with another casualty, bank robbery, or government corruption. I agree, it is important to be acknowledged of the 44 ongoing wars, the missile that killed 298 souls on the Malaysian Airlines MH17, and which politicians are a threat to the political establishment. But it is also a necessity to appreciate and be updated with the positive aspects of our world.
Here are some “GOOD NEWS” I’ve compiled together to help take your mind off the contents of the local newspaper and T.V news station:

1. There are about 7,248,132,356 of the human species continuing to live on this planet, with about 10,854 births per day; with this rate there are about 76,570,629 births annually!
 2. A new HIV cure has been invented and proven to work! The HIV cure prevents the body from retaining acute and chronic infections such as herpes, gastro-intestinal infections and a variety of cancer.
3. The famous jaw-dropping international brand ‘Victoria’s Secret’ created a line for breast cancer survivors, they believe survivors deserve to feel beautiful too. From this they have invented “Survivor” Mastectomy bras!
4. Around 18 countries and 20 states in the U.S legalize same sex-marriage! (the listed countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, United Kingdom and United States)
5. You. You’re alive and reading this, you have a fortunate enough life to be able to access an electronic device. And you’re finally being alerted of the positivity in this world, and taking a little of your time to appreciate our world. 
(Photo credit: here)

Whenever we count the flaws of our lives, we can’t seem to stop. One day you’ll lose a part of your life and wake up realizing “Oh my god, I was happy and I didn’t even know it.” We moan and complain for an average of 2 hours a day, 14 hours a week, and 40 days annually; until we forget to appreciate of what we have. 

All over the world, billions of people read the local newspaper filled with another casualty, bank robbery, or government corruption. I agree, it is important to be acknowledged of the 44 ongoing wars, the missile that killed 298 souls on the Malaysian Airlines MH17, and which politicians are a threat to the political establishment. But it is also a necessity to appreciate and be updated with the positive aspects of our world.

Here are some “GOOD NEWS” I’ve compiled together to help take your mind off the contents of the local newspaper and T.V news station:

1. There are about 7,248,132,356 of the human species continuing to live on this planet, with about 10,854 births per day; with this rate there are about 76,570,629 births annually!

 2. A new HIV cure has been invented and proven to work! The HIV cure prevents the body from retaining acute and chronic infections such as herpes, gastro-intestinal infections and a variety of cancer.

3. The famous jaw-dropping international brand ‘Victoria’s Secret’ created a line for breast cancer survivors, they believe survivors deserve to feel beautiful too. From this they have invented “Survivor” Mastectomy bras!

4. Around 18 countries and 20 states in the U.S legalize same sex-marriage! (the listed countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Uruguay, United Kingdom and United States)

5. You. You’re alive and reading this, you have a fortunate enough life to be able to access an electronic device. And you’re finally being alerted of the positivity in this world, and taking a little of your time to appreciate our world. 

(Photo credit: here)


israel-gaza bombings: the truth
as cities blow to bits across the middle east, hundreds lie dead, and every major news platform across the world is covering the atrocities occuring between israel and gaza as the bombings continue to worsen. however, completely false information and ill-formed opinions are seeping to every corner of the internet, and i have seen an absurd amount of articles with not only offensive opinions, but completely wrong facts. 
so, from reliable news sources, not internet or social media opinions, here is what is really happening in this brutal dispute.

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important disclaimer: i am not an expert on this issue nor am i any kind of news writer. i am writing solely based on facts i have found from reliable, legitimate news sources, and i am not writing from a source of opinion. i have kept my opinion out of this article completely.
the bombings began several days ago, with israeli militia occupying gaza, which is a section of the country of palestine; a country israel has been in a dispute with since the late 19th century. this is an important fact to consider, as countless social media sites are blowing up with the misconstrued concept that israel has suddenly taken vicious action towards palestine for no reason.
this dispute is mainly a cultural issue between jews and arabs in the areas, and roots from a belief that the jewish people belonged in palestine due to religious history. so, after the mass extermination of jews by germany in WWII, the remaining jews were given israel as a soverign nation, which took some of palestine’s land from them. this irritated the already existent tension between arabs and jews-the root of the conflict occurring today. 
while gaza is a part of palestine, israel has been trying to gain claim to its land for many years, its first invasion occurring in 1967. at this point, israel took claim of it and maintained this until 2005, but agreed to give control back to palestine. long story short: gaza has been a land of dispute between the two countries for a long time. 
when israel surrendered control back to palestine in 2005, many citizens of the gaza area were angry at israel for events that occurred under their occupation; parts of it possibly stemming from the ever-present jew-arab conflict. 
a terrorist attack began then, with citizens of the gaza strip shooting rockets into israel on a regular basis, averaging at over 11,000 rockets since the control changed. 
now, to the attacks that have been happening recently.
israel defense officials launched an operation called “protective edge”, which was geared to stop the constant rocket launches that were killing israeli citizens and damaging property. israel, however, is not firing rockets into empty desert land. 
israel is bombing the area of gaza where they believe the terrorist attacks are originating from, however, at least 649 Palestinians are dead and 4,120 wounded, according to gaza’s health ministry. 70% to 80% of them civilians, women, and children. twenty seven israelies are dead, including only two citizens.
outside forces from the UN are begging israel and gaza to find peace, as the death toll rises and the conflict is now affecting tens of other countries. hamas rockets have struck the israeli airport, causing hundreds of flights from around the world to be suspended. 
several countries, including the united states, egypt, and the united kingdom have met with officials from both countries and proposed a cease-fire, however, gaza is not co-operating. 
"We want to reach a cease-fire agreement that will end all hostilities and end the siege of Gaza," said the president of the palestinian authority tuesday, july 22nd. 
so, in conclusion, this is a culmination of a long-term conflict, but the fact of the matter is that hundreds of people are dead, and the number is rising. american media as well as many social media users are turning a blind eye to this issue, one popular post on tumblr referring to the issue as “small, pointless countries fighting over irrelevant shit.” 
people are dying. sons, mothers, daughters, brothers, and friends are dying left and right across both countries. 
in this whole matter, that is the only indisputable fact. 

i would like to reinstate that i am not an expert on this at all, nor am i a news official, nor do i have firsthand accounts of the atrocities occurring in the middle east. i am simply writing from reliable news sources on facts in an attempt to educate our readers on what is happening so they can form their own opinions. 
i have no bias towards this issue, nor do i believe i have any personal right to choose right and wrong. this is simply an article of facts. 
thank you so much for reading, we would love to hear your opinions on the issue on talkwithelise :)
important disclaimer: hateful responses or comments will not be tolerated. this is an objective article meant to inform readers on facts of an issue happening in the world, not an article of opinion or a statement of “taking sides.” find better ways to spend your time than hating on others on the internet. 
thank you so much for reading, have a lovely day, and please, if you have further interest in this article, use reliable news platforms on the internet, radio, and television to further your knowledge. 
xx, tennant

citations: 
"Talk of peace doesn’t slow flow of blood, rockets in Gaza and Israel", CNN, July 23, 2014, Michael Pearson, Chelsea J. Carter, and Ian Lee. link here. 
“Rocket Attacks on Israel From Gaza”, Israel Defense Forces. link here.
"Iron Dome changes game, opinions in Israel, though Hamas rockets still land" Fox News. Paul Alster, July 22, 2014. link here. 
"Report: Lebanese Army finds second rocket launching site in southern Lebanon" The Jerusalem Post. July 19, 2014. link here.

israel-gaza bombings: the truth

as cities blow to bits across the middle east, hundreds lie dead, and every major news platform across the world is covering the atrocities occuring between israel and gaza as the bombings continue to worsen. however, completely false information and ill-formed opinions are seeping to every corner of the internet, and i have seen an absurd amount of articles with not only offensive opinions, but completely wrong facts. 

so, from reliable news sources, not internet or social media opinions, here is what is really happening in this brutal dispute.

Read More

(Source: elisemag.co.vu)

Sea salt scrubs are a great way to freshen up and soften your skin, and a zesty citrus scrub is a great way to wake up in the morning! Make one in 15 minutes or less!


Materials:
2 medium lemons 
½ Cup of Almond Oil*
1 Cup Sea Salt 
Zester
Bowl 
Spoon
Tight Seal Jar
*Olive Oil or Coconut Oil will work as well
Directions:
Mix Oil, Zested Lemons, and Sea Salt in bowl. Spoon mix into jar. Enjoy!
Remember: You can always edit the amount of ingredients to fit your jar 
Application Directions:
Apply to body (Don’t use on face!) in circular or oval motions, avoid using directly after shaving. 

Now your skin is smooth, refreshed, and smells citrus-y sweet!

Sea salt scrubs are a great way to freshen up and soften your skin, and a zesty citrus scrub is a great way to wake up in the morning! Make one in 15 minutes or less!

Materials:

2 medium lemons

½ Cup of Almond Oil*

1 Cup Sea Salt

Zester

Bowl

Spoon

Tight Seal Jar

*Olive Oil or Coconut Oil will work as well

Directions:

Mix Oil, Zested Lemons, and Sea Salt in bowl. Spoon mix into jar. Enjoy!

Remember: You can always edit the amount of ingredients to fit your jar 

Application Directions:

Apply to body (Don’t use on face!) in circular or oval motions, avoid using directly after shaving.

Now your skin is smooth, refreshed, and smells citrus-y sweet!

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Hi Annabel! that’s perfectly okay with us! thank you so so much that means a lot to everyone here at Elise! :) We love you guys too x

hey readers check us out on MOSS magazine!!

Healthy Eating: One girl to another
After my first semester at university, and an intense period of SWOT Vac (for those not in Australia, you get a period off to study for exams) I realised that I had been eating extremely unhealthily. I would be eating chocolate, ice cream, chips, and other sugary foods everyday in excessive amounts. I felt sluggish and bloated all the time. But since exams ended I have made a continuous effort to eat healthier, start exercising more often, and it has made a huge difference. Obviously I’m not perfect, and I still eat junk food, but I wanted to make this post to share some healthy eating tips with you all; from one girl to another.
SALMON
Salmon is both delicious and super healthy! Whilst there is fat in it, it contains the good fats that your body needs (your body needs fat to burn fat). It contains omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, a myriad of vitamins and it is high quality protein. I try to have salmon at least once or twice a week, and fish in general at least two or three times.
QUINOA
Quinoa is a super food that can replace white rice, being tasty and nutritious at the same time. It is a great food for vegetarians and vegans, adding a lot of fibre to the diet. It is cholesterol-free, low-fat, and also is a great source of iron. Try it!
GREEK YOGHURT
I have Greek yoghurt almost every morning with muesli and fruit, and I love it. It tastes good, and is a great source of calcium! If you buy low-fat Greek yoghurt, you don’t have to worry about the calories. It is so easy to add to desserts instead of ice cream, which I have taken to doing, and fruit or grains. Love, love, love!
AVOCADO
A favourite. I consume avocado everyday (pretty much), almost for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether it be on my toast, in a salad, on the side, or straight up, I love the taste of avocado. And whilst it may be high in fat, it is again the good type of fat that your body needs! It tastes so good, and is so nutritious, what could be better?
NUTS
I never used to eat nuts before I tried to change my eating patterns. Again, nuts are high in fat (but the good fats!) and should be consumed in moderation, but by adding it to some morning yoghurt and muesli, it is extremely good for your health. Nuts are filled with fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some of my favourites are almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and pistachios. Peanut butter is also good (in moderation), as it can help promote weight loss (leaves you feeling fuller for longer), and contains fats that help your body burn fat.
BERRIES
Yum! Acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries…I love them all! It’s important to add these to your diet, as they are super healthy, high in antioxidants, and can fight off a variety of diseases. These versatile fruits can be added to muesli, blended into a smoothie, eaten with yoghurt, or straight up!
OATS/MUESLI
Grains are good for you and they taste so good! The closer they are to their natural state, the better they are. Oats contain various minerals, vitamins; help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lower cholesterol. They are an excellent way to start the morning, and I love them. I often add berries, bananas, apples, or other fruit on top for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
Healthy food, you’ll be surprised, tastes good and actually leaves you feeling good – unlike fast food that often comes in huge portions (food regret anyone?). If you strive to incorporate these foods into your diet, teach yourself to maintain a healthy diet and you will be able to feel intangible improvements – in your mind, body and spirit! Happy eating!

Healthy Eating: One girl to another

After my first semester at university, and an intense period of SWOT Vac (for those not in Australia, you get a period off to study for exams) I realised that I had been eating extremely unhealthily. I would be eating chocolate, ice cream, chips, and other sugary foods everyday in excessive amounts. I felt sluggish and bloated all the time. But since exams ended I have made a continuous effort to eat healthier, start exercising more often, and it has made a huge difference. Obviously I’m not perfect, and I still eat junk food, but I wanted to make this post to share some healthy eating tips with you all; from one girl to another.

SALMON

  • Salmon is both delicious and super healthy! Whilst there is fat in it, it contains the good fats that your body needs (your body needs fat to burn fat). It contains omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids, a myriad of vitamins and it is high quality protein. I try to have salmon at least once or twice a week, and fish in general at least two or three times.

QUINOA

  • Quinoa is a super food that can replace white rice, being tasty and nutritious at the same time. It is a great food for vegetarians and vegans, adding a lot of fibre to the diet. It is cholesterol-free, low-fat, and also is a great source of iron. Try it!

GREEK YOGHURT

  • I have Greek yoghurt almost every morning with muesli and fruit, and I love it. It tastes good, and is a great source of calcium! If you buy low-fat Greek yoghurt, you don’t have to worry about the calories. It is so easy to add to desserts instead of ice cream, which I have taken to doing, and fruit or grains. Love, love, love!

AVOCADO

  • A favourite. I consume avocado everyday (pretty much), almost for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether it be on my toast, in a salad, on the side, or straight up, I love the taste of avocado. And whilst it may be high in fat, it is again the good type of fat that your body needs! It tastes so good, and is so nutritious, what could be better?

NUTS

  • I never used to eat nuts before I tried to change my eating patterns. Again, nuts are high in fat (but the good fats!) and should be consumed in moderation, but by adding it to some morning yoghurt and muesli, it is extremely good for your health. Nuts are filled with fibre, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Some of my favourites are almonds, pine nuts, walnuts and pistachios. Peanut butter is also good (in moderation), as it can help promote weight loss (leaves you feeling fuller for longer), and contains fats that help your body burn fat.

BERRIES

  • Yum! Acai berries, blueberries, strawberries, goji berries, raspberries…I love them all! It’s important to add these to your diet, as they are super healthy, high in antioxidants, and can fight off a variety of diseases. These versatile fruits can be added to muesli, blended into a smoothie, eaten with yoghurt, or straight up!

OATS/MUESLI

  • Grains are good for you and they taste so good! The closer they are to their natural state, the better they are. Oats contain various minerals, vitamins; help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and lower cholesterol. They are an excellent way to start the morning, and I love them. I often add berries, bananas, apples, or other fruit on top for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.

Healthy food, you’ll be surprised, tastes good and actually leaves you feeling good – unlike fast food that often comes in huge portions (food regret anyone?). If you strive to incorporate these foods into your diet, teach yourself to maintain a healthy diet and you will be able to feel intangible improvements – in your mind, body and spirit! Happy eating!

It’s not easy if you’ve never been loved. Not the love you get from your parents or your best friend or your dog; love you receive from someone so romantic that it radiates across borders, ready to inject anyone willing to allow it to seep into their bloodstream and makes them shake with pure, unadulterated happiness. While it is OK on a daily basis - leaving the house without so much as a kiss goodbye, eating lunch with Jane Eyre or Jay Gatsby for company - there is still that deep sense of loneliness. When you take public transport and you force yourself not to look into other people’s eyes so they can’t see what you really feel and put your headphones in to step out of this lonely world and into your own, it makes you wonder how long you’ve lived without as much as someone looking at you like you’re the only thing worth loving in this world.
You start to wonder why you’ve never been loved, why it has never occurred to that sweet girl at the coffee shop to come talk to you or why that cute boy in the museum has never bothered to smile across the room. Are you that dull, that unnoticeable? When will you love someone that will love you immensely back?
My dear, you have so much in your life ahead of you. You have so much to live for. And one day you will wake up in the middle of the night with the sweetest person you have ever met and you will wonder why you have thought of these things in the first place. That person will take you in their arms and kiss your fears away because the honest truth is, you are wonderful and you are a work of art. You deserve every bit of love in this world. But for now, you have your wonderful, work of art self to love and you have your goals to accomplish. You have to make your dreams come true before you become someone else’s dream. It has taken me 17 years to realize that.

Original photo taken from here

It’s not easy if you’ve never been loved. Not the love you get from your parents or your best friend or your dog; love you receive from someone so romantic that it radiates across borders, ready to inject anyone willing to allow it to seep into their bloodstream and makes them shake with pure, unadulterated happiness. While it is OK on a daily basis - leaving the house without so much as a kiss goodbye, eating lunch with Jane Eyre or Jay Gatsby for company - there is still that deep sense of loneliness. When you take public transport and you force yourself not to look into other people’s eyes so they can’t see what you really feel and put your headphones in to step out of this lonely world and into your own, it makes you wonder how long you’ve lived without as much as someone looking at you like you’re the only thing worth loving in this world.

You start to wonder why you’ve never been loved, why it has never occurred to that sweet girl at the coffee shop to come talk to you or why that cute boy in the museum has never bothered to smile across the room. Are you that dull, that unnoticeable? When will you love someone that will love you immensely back?

My dear, you have so much in your life ahead of you. You have so much to live for. And one day you will wake up in the middle of the night with the sweetest person you have ever met and you will wonder why you have thought of these things in the first place. That person will take you in their arms and kiss your fears away because the honest truth is, you are wonderful and you are a work of art. You deserve every bit of love in this world. But for now, you have your wonderful, work of art self to love and you have your goals to accomplish. You have to make your dreams come true before you become someone else’s dream. It has taken me 17 years to realize that.

Original photo taken from here

(Source: elisemag)

Anonymous: Is there some really awesome movies you guys would recommend?

Of course! You can always take a look through our articles on films here but other than those, we can definitely recommend the following!

Dramas:

  • Hick (indie)
  • Pride and Prejudice (romance)
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel (comedy)
  • Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (sci-fi)
  • Tonight You’re Mine (music/doc)
  • August Rush

Coming-of-age / Comedy:

  • Clueless
  • Goats
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Romance:

  • How to Marry a Millionaire
  • Jane Eyre (drama)
  • Blue Is The Warmest Color
  • Submarine (comedy)
  • Forrest Gump (drama/comedy)
  • Pretty in Pink (comedy)
  • Blue Valentine (drama)
  • Across the Universe

Thrillers:

  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • The Dark Night
  • Rear Window

Independent Films:

  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Beatles: A Hard Days Night
  • Donnie Darko
  • Her
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Enough Said

Action-Adventure

  • Lord of the Rings / Hobbit 
  • Harry Potter series
  • Man of Steel
  • Thor

Documentaries:

  • Exit Through The Gift Shop - Directed by Street Artist: Banksy
  • Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin’ 
  • Magic Trip

Comedies:

  • Adventureland
  • Jesus Henry Christ 
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Beware the Gonzo (drama)
  • Cry Baby
  • Hot Rod
  • Our Idiot Brother
  • Bo Burnham: what.
  • Wayne’s World
  • Airheads

Most, if not all, can be found on Netflix! 

Elise Magazine :)