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VOL. 10

Hello August.



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For all the Potter heads out there (or non-Harry Potter fans anyways, this drink will convert you!) here’s a recipe to recreate the most popular magical drink from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
Butterbeer 
1 liter cream soda (chilled)
1 tablespoon Butter extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon caramel/butterscotch
Just mix all the ingredients together, and pour into a chilled glass!

Cream topping 
1 7oz container of marshmallow creme 
1 cup whipping cream 
1 teaspoon rum extract 
Add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth. Pour the butterbeer into a glass, drizzle with the cream topping, and enjoy!

For all the Potter heads out there (or non-Harry Potter fans anyways, this drink will convert you!) here’s a recipe to recreate the most popular magical drink from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Butterbeer

  • 1 liter cream soda (chilled)
  • 1 tablespoon Butter extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon caramel/butterscotch

Just mix all the ingredients together, and pour into a chilled glass!

Cream topping

  • 1 7oz container of marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract 


Add all items together in an electric mixer and combine until smooth. Pour the butterbeer into a glass, drizzle with the cream topping, and enjoy!

Just a little announcement

Our post circling around about anxiety has been deleted! Sorry about that if you had interest in it, we’ve realised a few (or more) context errors. Xx

While a playlist consisting of Mozart and Vivaldi are classic choices when it comes to study sessions, you can also get the same i-have-three-exams-tomorrow-and-i-need-to-focus vibe with our mix of upbeat and mellow tracks for your next study session:
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1. 50’s - pomegranates // 2. human - daughter // 3. rumour has it - adele // 4. mr. nice guy - the kooks // 5. an encounter - the 1975 // 6. harlem - new politics // 7. holocene - bon iver // 8. thin line - macklemore ft. buffalo madonna // 9. all i want - kodaline // 10. good life - onerepublic // 11. love - foster the people // 12. tourist - yuna 

While a playlist consisting of Mozart and Vivaldi are classic choices when it comes to study sessions, you can also get the same i-have-three-exams-tomorrow-and-i-need-to-focus vibe with our mix of upbeat and mellow tracks for your next study session:

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10 Essentials for Your Desk
For the lot of us, we are getting ready to start school or already have (ew). But despite the ugly truth that is school, we should prepare ourselves nonetheless and that includes personalising your personal desk. Elise Mag has gathered a list of ten essentials that should be on said room centerpiece at all times:

Click on the links for my back-to-school picks and inspiration!
1. Cork Board
Nothing beats a cork board in a room chock full of inspirational quotes and photographs to motivate you every day. Not to mention a handy place to stick up a few post-it reminders.
2. Colored Pens
According to articles I’ve encountered on the internet, you’re said to more likely remember your notes if they’re written in different colored ink. Whether it’s true or not, colored pens are definite must have on your desk for quick memos and note revisions. Or side-tracked doodles, trust me, we all do it.
3. Desktop Calendar
Managing your time wisely and keeping track of exams, project deadlines and assignments are some of the ingredients to getting good grades. To do this, you need a desktop calendar ready at your disposal.
4. Memo Cube
Everyone should have a memo cube on their desk for quick notes, 4-am thoughts and ideas, or for writing down to do’s. 
5. Pencil and Pen Holder
Pretty self explanatory. 
6. Tape Dispenser
It’s a pretty simple tool, but you’re going to use this one a lot. Moreover, scissors and a stapler are equally essential.
7. Great Lighting
No desk is complete without great lighting. This aspect is extremely important, yet often overlooked. If you’re planning on getting a desk lamp (and you should), take a look at this article on finding the perfect desk lamp for you.
8. Book Stoppers
Book stoppers can be found literally everywhere and they also come in neat designs. They come cheap and even cheaper when you make them yourself! 
9. Tumbler or Mug
And when I say tumbler, I don’t mean the blogging site. Tumblers should be on your desk ready in case you get thirsty during study sessions. Mugs should be present at all times especially during the eve of finals when you need that extra caffeine boost. If you’re planning on getting either one, I recommend getting the mug.
10. Earbuds
Studying doesn’t have to be a drag. Create a study playlist or get inspiration from our playlist here (the secret is playing a mix of upbeat songs with minimal lyrics), pop on a pair of earbuds and you’ve got some jamming tunes to accompany your endless reading assignments!

10 Essentials for Your Desk

For the lot of us, we are getting ready to start school or already have (ew). But despite the ugly truth that is school, we should prepare ourselves nonetheless and that includes personalising your personal desk. Elise Mag has gathered a list of ten essentials that should be on said room centerpiece at all times:

Click on the links for my back-to-school picks and inspiration!

1. Cork Board

  • Nothing beats a cork board in a room chock full of inspirational quotes and photographs to motivate you every day. Not to mention a handy place to stick up a few post-it reminders.

2. Colored Pens

  • According to articles I’ve encountered on the internet, you’re said to more likely remember your notes if they’re written in different colored ink. Whether it’s true or not, colored pens are definite must have on your desk for quick memos and note revisions. Or side-tracked doodles, trust me, we all do it.

3. Desktop Calendar

  • Managing your time wisely and keeping track of exams, project deadlines and assignments are some of the ingredients to getting good grades. To do this, you need a desktop calendar ready at your disposal.

4. Memo Cube

  • Everyone should have a memo cube on their desk for quick notes, 4-am thoughts and ideas, or for writing down to do’s. 

5. Pencil and Pen Holder

  • Pretty self explanatory. 

6. Tape Dispenser

  • It’s a pretty simple tool, but you’re going to use this one a lot. Moreover, scissors and a stapler are equally essential.

7. Great Lighting

  • No desk is complete without great lighting. This aspect is extremely important, yet often overlooked. If you’re planning on getting a desk lamp (and you should), take a look at this article on finding the perfect desk lamp for you.

8. Book Stoppers

  • Book stoppers can be found literally everywhere and they also come in neat designs. They come cheap and even cheaper when you make them yourself! 

9. Tumbler or Mug

  • And when I say tumbler, I don’t mean the blogging site. Tumblers should be on your desk ready in case you get thirsty during study sessions. Mugs should be present at all times especially during the eve of finals when you need that extra caffeine boost. If you’re planning on getting either one, I recommend getting the mug.

10. Earbuds

  • Studying doesn’t have to be a drag. Create a study playlist or get inspiration from our playlist here (the secret is playing a mix of upbeat songs with minimal lyrics), pop on a pair of earbuds and you’ve got some jamming tunes to accompany your endless reading assignments!
Travel - Wonders of Nature 2/5

Ceño cristales river

The Ceño cristales river is like any other river for most of the year however for a brief period of time each year the river transforms into one of the most unique and beautiful places that mother nature has ever fabricated. The river transforms from a dull looking river to a colourful liquid rainbow earning itself the nickname of the river of five colours and the river who ran away to paradise. The river only transforms between the wet and dry seasons which would be a few weeks from september through november when the water level dips and is just right of which triggers a unique species of plant called Marcarenia clavigera in the river to turn into a dazzling red. Throughout this process the river also explodes into a different variety of colors including pink, blue, yellow, and green. The river is located in Columbia in Serrania de la Macarena which is the national park where it is in a remote, isolated area of which is hard to be accessed by road however tourists who want to visit the river can travel to the nearby town of la Macarena and from there travel a short distance to the river either by foot or horseback. However the Ceño cristales river is certainly a site to behold and is another wonder of nature that you should add to your bucket list to travel to. 
Chat with us on talkwithelise if you’re thinking about visiting there or if you know of a must travel place you’d like to know more about but if not, we have 3 more wonders of nature that are a must see! 

(Photo credit here , journalist)

Travel - Wonders of Nature 2/5

  • Ceño cristales river

The Ceño cristales river is like any other river for most of the year however for a brief period of time each year the river transforms into one of the most unique and beautiful places that mother nature has ever fabricated. The river transforms from a dull looking river to a colourful liquid rainbow earning itself the nickname of the river of five colours and the river who ran away to paradise. The river only transforms between the wet and dry seasons which would be a few weeks from september through november when the water level dips and is just right of which triggers a unique species of plant called Marcarenia clavigera in the river to turn into a dazzling red. Throughout this process the river also explodes into a different variety of colors including pink, blue, yellow, and green. The river is located in Columbia in Serrania de la Macarena which is the national park where it is in a remote, isolated area of which is hard to be accessed by road however tourists who want to visit the river can travel to the nearby town of la Macarena and from there travel a short distance to the river either by foot or horseback. However the Ceño cristales river is certainly a site to behold and is another wonder of nature that you should add to your bucket list to travel to. 

Chat with us on talkwithelise if you’re thinking about visiting there or if you know of a must travel place you’d like to know more about but if not, we have 3 more wonders of nature that are a must see! 

(Photo credit here , journalist)

Freshman year of college is kind of like in high school - except with more late night cramming sessions and bigger coffee mugs, louder (and in most cases, better) parties, and no one to drag along the entire semester in case you develop social anxiety and don’t make any friends the first week. As an incoming sophomore, here’s some knowledge I wish I had this time last year!




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DON’T TRUST THE MOVIES
So you know how all those hollywood movies always portray college as one huge party with nothing but frat boys and hot girls? Well it’s not. IT’S NOT.
SMILE
I mean it. No matter what anyone said in the summer about looking ‘cool’ for college, ditch the sunglasses and break out those pearly whites! Nobody’s going to want to talk to you if you look as nervous on the outside as you are in the inside. If you can afford it, make friends with upperclassmen. Not only do they have the best insight on what it’s like in a class, they also know all the best cafes and bars in town.
KEEP YOUR CLASS SYLLABI

And actually use them as your guides to your subjects. Don’t just mindlessly toss it in your bag and forget about it. A syllabus is a crucial piece of paper as it contains your professor’s expectations, your study plan for the whole semester, and most likely, a list of reference books. This is your key to getting ahead in class.

TAKE NOTES
Books can only get you so far. Based on my experience, it’s the professor’s discussions in class that they get most of their test questions from. If you didn’t bother to take notes in high school, this is probably a good time to start.
GET A LIBRARY CARD
Trust me, the library is where you’ll spend 80% of your stay in college. Get a library card and use it to your advantage. 

SPEND TIME OUTSIDE

Under the shade of a tree is the best place to study. It’s quiet, cool, and you get lots of sunshine while you’re at it.
LEARN TO COOK
Or at least learn to boil ramen. You can’t always order out. With no adult to make you a huge meal or money you have to budget every week, you’ll be forced to learn how to cook. For easy and cheap recipes, you can check out Seventeen Magazine’s Meals for Under $60. Learn how to spice up your ramen here!
MAKE YOUR OWN COFFEE
While hitting up Starbucks every time you need a quiet place to study is a good thing, it’s not that great on your budget. If you’re the kind of caffeine addict that needs at least their daily dose of java every morning, bring a coffee maker and a mug that you can reuse. Save the overpriced sugar loaded treats when you need a proper cheering up.
MANAGE YOUR TIME
Make a study plan every week and stick to it. Starting on your first year there will make it easier the next. Cramming is the worst thing in the world and you’ll regret slacking off the first months of the semester when you’re going through one week of hell that is finals.
most of all…TRUST YOURSELF
It’s going to be terrifying and exciting and weird and intense. It’ll be a whirlwind of emotions when you leave home, but nothing beats the feeling of elation when you come back the next summer. You’re in COLLEGE - might as well make the most of it.


Here’s some more helpful articles about your first year in college!
 
     36 Life Hacks Every College Student Should Know
     16 Awesome Pieces of Advice for College Freshmen
     15 Tips on Conquering Your College Freshmen Fears

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When jumping on tumblr each day I find I learn a little more about the world. So when Emily (egwood) messaged me & asked me to sign her campaign to legalize hemp I was intrigued. Before she messaged me, I thought hemp was something you could smoke or was in some fancy hand creams, but I learned that hemp is so much more than what people believe it is. Hemp is actually an amazing plant, read more to find out all the benefits of hemp.
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1. What is hemp and what can it be used for?
Hemp is a fibrous, high growing variety of cannabis, a genus of fauna. The fiber and pulp from the plant can be used for a wide variety of products such as biodegradable plastic, fuel that does not release greenhouse gases when burned, rope, cloth, paper, cement, hemp oil, nutritious hemp seed foods, waxes, resins, and phytoremidiation (the treatment of soils contaminated by nuclear radiation). We haven’t even began to delve into the potential hemp has, but we have an abundance of scientific, objective evidence that hemp is a plant that could be used to absolve or hugely impact issues our world and society are facing. Issues that aren’t going away on their own by any means.
One thing hemp can not be used for is getting high. This is a huge misconception. Marijuana is an entirely separate variant of cannabis, one that contains a hugely higher amount of THC (psychoactive chemical) than hemp. You can not get high off of smoking or ingesting hemp or hemp extracts. Regardless of anyone’s opinion or view on marijuana, it should be completely irrelevant when evaluating one’s opinion on hemp.
2. Why are you so passionate about legalizing hemp?
I went on a trip with my mom about a month ago to France and as beautiful and fun as it was, there were quite a few experiences I had there that made me open my eyes to how devastated the natural world has become because of how developed industry and the world is. Just the sheer number of cigarette butts and plastic bottles in the streets made me sick to my stomach. I started crying at one of the most beautiful museums in the world because I was truly sickened. Because it doesn’t need to be this way when there are better, cleaner options. The way I like to look at things is like a pie chart composed of the impact certain things are making on the environment. Certain problems, like overuse of oil-based plastics that don’t biodegrade, fuel that is dirty and awful for our planet, nuclear radiation in our oceans take up huge space on this pie chart. The full and complete legalization of hemp for industrial uses as well as the recognition and education (that just doesn’t seem to be there) about this plant is necessary and cannot just be brushed off any more.
3. What are current regulations on hemp in the United States and how will legalization help change the world?
Current laws regarding hemp have just been updated in the most recent Farm Bill. Federal law has “lifted” the ban on hemp being grown for research, and leave it up to the states to decide whether they want to legalize it. The new law simply recognizes hemp as a separate plant from marijuana with separate potentials, and although this is a positive direction to be moving in, hemp is far from fully legalized. Special permits, usually through labs and universities are required and as of now these projects are just done for research, not for mass commercial production of various products.
If hemp was recognized as the incredible plant that it is, many issues could start being worked on with it’s help. The Fukushima radiation crisis would be a major problem to be addressed with hemp being grown hydroponically as well as in the soil for phytoremidiation. Hemp is one of the most effective researched plants in this process of extracting metals and unwanted chemicals from the soil to be disposed of properly elsewhere. Not in our oceans. Also, the plastic industry has reached an absolutely sickening state of overproduction. These plastics that we currently use are oil based, and because people don’t always recycle, there is a 1,000 mile wide circle of plastic in the North Pacific Gyre right now that we are scratching our heads at how to clean up. This plastic will eventually dissolve into the ocean and liquify. Hemp can be used for biodegradable plastic that will not harm our land or oceans if it degrades. Clean fuel is another huge point I’ve been passionate about. Hemp fuel doesn’t release greenhouse gases when it is burned, and instead we are using petroleum oil that is contributing hugely to our ozone levels depleting and carcinogens free-floating in the air. Everywhere. Wouldn’t you think a plant with so much potential would be talked about? Taught in school? Utilized for anything other than just getting hemp socks imported to the US for 12$ per pack? (Don’t get me wrong. Hemp socks are great too!)
4. I noticed on the side of your blog it says “apathy is poison”, could you talk about that a little?
"Apathy is a poison" is a phrase that I find really motivating and serves as a good reminder to me. Apathy means not really caring one way or the other about something, ignoring something you don’t care to think about because it potentially could be uncomfortable, too real. With all of the distractions like phones, social media, online games and other things right in everyone’s pocket, it’s almost become a literal epidemic of just going on your phone when you don’t want to think about something. Entering zombie land where you can just make your mind go blank and enjoy the current moment of entertainment. It’s so incredibly easy to just not think about things that are happening all around us and be completely self-absorbed. I don’t like that my generation is like that. I want kids my age to actually care and work to make differences. In my observations, not giving important, difficult things thought or consideration to protect one’s own feelings and comfort level is truly a poison that is slaughtering the world and the human race. I really like this saying because it forces me to remember to not be in the mindset, ever, of "I don’t want to talk about this, or think about it because it’s too hard for me personally." Apathy is also a potential epidemic.
5. I saw a comment about solar roadways on a post of yours could you explain them & how they could benefit us?
Solar roadways are basically solar panels that are modified to be used as tiles in a road. These tiles are fit together and used as one giant solar energy conductor. Roads take up a huge portion of land on earth and the idea behind solar roadways is self sustainable energy so there would be less need for nuclear power plants to produce this energy. If every road in the US was made of solar roadways, including driveways and things of that nature this country could literally sustain energy in a green way just from harnessing the energy of the sun. I think solar roadways are an absolutely incredible idea. Also, the prototype that has been designed lights up at night when it senses something of considerable size moving on it, which could greatly decrease accidents that happen during the night. Definitely food for thought.
You can follow Emily here & you can sign here petition here & learn more about hemp legalization here.

When jumping on tumblr each day I find I learn a little more about the world. So when Emily (egwood) messaged me & asked me to sign her campaign to legalize hemp I was intrigued. Before she messaged me, I thought hemp was something you could smoke or was in some fancy hand creams, but I learned that hemp is so much more than what people believe it is. Hemp is actually an amazing plant, read more to find out all the benefits of hemp.

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(Source: elisemag.co.vu)

Elise Magazine has been given the opportunity to feature a ton of inspirational artists found right here on tumblr, including the blog Ambivalently Yours. This some-what anonymous artist uses her work to promote self-love and feminism. Two tremendously important subjects here at Elise. For this article, we will introduce to you AY’s work and explain further on why we feel loving oneself and bringing equality among the individuals is remarkably significant to us.
Check out AY’sBlog & Shop 
AY explains that growing up, she came from a household in which would more often value her brothers choices, emotions, and interests merely because he was a boy. She knew from the start that there was definitely something wrong in that, with all of the anger and pain she felt, it resulted into her becoming a feminist.
For those who feel indifferent about feminism or choose to dismiss it, AY has described for you what she believes feminism truly is and why it’s incredibly important.
Feminism is often misunderstood as a desire for female dominance or dismissed as misandry. Feminism actually means equal rights for both men and women. By equal rights, I don’t just mean take the rights that men already have and give them to women too, but also acknowledge that men and women are different and may have different needs. People of both genders deserve to be valued equally, even if they are different. The same goes for people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations.
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Elise not only wants their readers and others who may stumble upon our magazine to recognize the importance of feminism, but to also acknowledge those who have a difficult time feeling accepted by those around them, including the people with them day-to-day and among media sites such as tumblr. AY has shared with us some advice she has for the people who truly don’t feel accepted anywhere.  
“Don’t hold back or hide who you are just because some people don’t understand or accept you. We all have to deal with rejection at some point, and it hurts. It hurts in a way that stays with you and can affect your self-esteem. But you can’t let his, her or their rejection define you. Eventually, some people will accept you for the right reasons, and those are the people you want to focus on”
Ambivalently Yours recognizes how her art affects herself and those who follow her. She ensures that art is another, and stronger, communication outlet, which not only says what words can’t but also sets a tone and makes people feel the emotions put into her work. AY says, “They sense something in my drawings that feels familiar and relatable, and there is nothing more comforting than finding someone who feels the way you feel.” The emotion is really what drives people to her blog.
AY explains that her primary point of inspiration comes from her own life. She believes in the feminist understanding that the personal, is also the political. Art which comes from an honest, personal place compels her the most. This is a contributing factor to why a lot of her art is based off questions she receives because she values every single one of the people sending her questions and relates to their issues. She has made it a goal of hers to respond to al drawing requests, therefore if you need some help understanding something or a little uplifting doodle, stroll on over to her inbox and eventually she will have a nice drawing for you, such as the ones featured on Elise Magazine.
Shyness often comes with sharing art on media sites, especially tumblr because people on here often have high expectations, which puts on a lot of pressure. Although, AY has provided some tips for sharing artwork on the internet. She assures you that you must be patient. It takes time to earn recognition from others. She also warns that with posting art online, or anything for that matter, where it ends up is by no means in your control, unfortunately. There will be people who will criticize you and disagree with your ideas. You mustn’t let them pull you down. Other than that, you should know that people will copy you or, most commonly, repost your art with no credit. This can be very enraging but of course, it’s much more fun than hiding your art underneath your bed, AY says.
AY elucidates to Elise the fundamental purpose of her artwork. She says the Ambivalently Yours project has always aimed to encourage people to discuss their emotions and feminism.
“Ambivalence means loving and hating at the same time, so with Ambivalently Yours I wanted to create a platform that would give people room to acknowledge and unpack their conflicting feelings. Nothing in life is black and white, and I think all the shades of grey in-between are worth exploring. Furthermore, by getting people to open up about their emotions, it creates the potential for other people to empathize with them, and I believe that it is through this empathy that radical and powerful political movements are born.” The alluring artist expresses.
Here are a few more pieces from Ambivalently Yours that I personally love: x / x / x / x / x / x / x

Elise Magazine has been given the opportunity to feature a ton of inspirational artists found right here on tumblr, including the blog Ambivalently Yours. This some-what anonymous artist uses her work to promote self-love and feminism. Two tremendously important subjects here at Elise. For this article, we will introduce to you AY’s work and explain further on why we feel loving oneself and bringing equality among the individuals is remarkably significant to us.

Check out AY’s
Blog & Shop 

AY explains that growing up, she came from a household in which would more often value her brothers choices, emotions, and interests merely because he was a boy. She knew from the start that there was definitely something wrong in that, with all of the anger and pain she felt, it resulted into her becoming a feminist.

For those who feel indifferent about feminism or choose to dismiss it, AY has described for you what she believes feminism truly is and why it’s incredibly important.

Feminism is often misunderstood as a desire for female dominance or dismissed as misandry. Feminism actually means equal rights for both men and women. By equal rights, I don’t just mean take the rights that men already have and give them to women too, but also acknowledge that men and women are different and may have different needs. People of both genders deserve to be valued equally, even if they are different. The same goes for people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations.

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Art Movie Masterpost : Since it’s art month here at Elise Mag I put together a list of some great art movies based on artists, art movements, and decades of great art. *Click Link for trailer*
exit through the gift shop // frida // girl with a pearl earring// pollock // modigliani // lust for life // how to draw a bunny// crumb // edvard munch // séraphine // milton glaser: to inform and delight // moulin rouge // downtown 81 // art school confidential// factory girl // i shot andy warhol // american splendor // in the realms of the unreal // art & copy // the cool school // bomb it // carrington //
I hope one of these movies introduced you to new art or inspired you to create your own! 
-Happy watching! 

Art Movie Masterpost : Since it’s art month here at Elise Mag I put together a list of some great art movies based on artists, art movements, and decades of great art. *Click Link for trailer*

exit through the gift shop // frida // girl with a pearl earring// pollock // modigliani // lust for life // how to draw a bunny// crumb // edvard munch // séraphine // milton glaser: to inform and delight // moulin rouge // downtown 81 // art school confidential// factory girl // i shot andy warhol // american splendor // in the realms of the unreal // art & copy // the cool school // bomb it // carrington //

I hope one of these movies introduced you to new art or inspired you to create your own! 

-Happy watching!