Thursday, June 24, 2010

What does one wear in the Peace Corps?

I decided I'd post what I've been wearing the last few days mainly because I can't sleep, and am too tired to study Moore or French. Most things Peace Corps will be on my Peace Corps blog, but outfit break downs are always something I have done on this blog--why change that?

SO, for staging in Philadelphia, the dress was business-casual, so I opted for this set. (Please excuse my TSA travel bag.) I hate being normal, so I went with a pink shirt, and grey slacks with brown loafers and matching belt.

For day two of staging, I went with black cargo pants, and a simple blue and white, window-pained shirt. I simply used my shoes and belt from day one to make life easy. I also traveled in this outfit. It was extremely comfortable for the +/- 15 hours of total flight from NYC to Paris to Africa.

For the first day in Burkina, I wore khaki cargo pants with a white shirt, and my desert combat boots--which are EXTREMELY comfortable. I think I have an idea of what I want to wear for my adoption ceremony where I'll meet my host family for the first time. I'll post it later.

That's it for me now. I'll post more later.

Take care!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Why don't I post on here anymore?

Hey Guys,

I've started posting more on my Peace Corps Blog, so please follow me there. Just thought I'd plug it again because I just posted a new entry tonight.

That's all,

Take care and happy blogging!


P.S. God it's late. I seriously just titled this "Why don't I post on hear anymore?" Good thing I caught that. haha.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Why ever have I been MIA this past month?!

As you all know, I will be leaving the country this month for service in the Peace Corps. This month has been non-stop for me as a result of that.To be quite honest, I am still on pins and needles about my passport, I have heard NOTHING from anyone and I need it, like NOW!

Because my parents made me quit my job, which I love and work for the shear fun of it, I have been VP of Domestic Affairs at the Bell House here in Florida. When I am not running around for whatever appointment I need to take care of, I clean and take care of what ever list Momma and Daddy Bell leave for me to do. It's not that bad, except for the fact that pretty much all my friends are in Gainesville for the summer, so I have very few people to hang out with here.

On the up-side, I discovered my Netflix account was still active, so I watched WEEDS from Season 1 to Season 5, and am about to knock out as much of Supernatural as possible. In order to replace the brain cells I have lost to the noted shows, Real Housewives franchise, The City, The Hills, Grey's, Desperate Housewives, and God only knows what other random stuff I watch, I have also started watching at least one documentary a day, and one French film a day--I need to work on French because that will be my new main language for the next two to three years. I thought about reading, but then realized, I'll have more than enough time in Africa to read. (Check out my Peace Corps Blog for more on that.)

I have also decided to post brief reviews of the documentaries I watch so you all can watch them too. I believe there is no such thing as being too informed, and like to be able to speak at least a little bit on as many topics as possible. Normally, I ended up doing a great deal of research on whatever I have just watched just to account for slant and what not.

I have pretty much knocked out the remainder of my Peace Corps stuff, so I will now be able to blog more. Hopefully I'll be able to do a blog review a day for each of the documentaries I knock out.

I'm stoked to be back, so get excited for all to come!

Ebben Wiley

OH yeah! I ended up getting my dad the same watch I bought earlier this year for Father's Day. He LOVED mine and was always messing with it, so I thought it would be nice for him to have his own. I ended up giving it to him a few days after I posted my last post because the timing was PERFECT.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

What will I do this time with out my GUESS? discount?!

SO, GUESS? is doing an employee appreciation weekend were everything is marked down 50% and I have been taking full advantage of it because I am going to be gone come June.

Earlier in the week, my sister picked out an EXTREMELY early birthday gift (the big ass bag to the left) and then I went and found the matching wallet that came in later in the week.

Momma Bell has her eyes on these beauties. All three of them are GORGEOUS in person.What we're going to end up doing, I have no idea what so ever, haha.

 I went ahead picked up Daddy Bell's Father's Day Gift (which I'm not going to post in case he stumbles across this from my Peace Corps Blog).

I am going to miss working at GUESS?. My co-workers are an amazing bunch of people, and we all have so much fun there. The discounts are simply the icing on the cake. As sad as I am to leave GUESS?, I am just as excited to be going into the Peace Corps, and hey, and at least I got a good, last go around of gifts for the family.IF I remember--which is already only 50/50 at best--I will clue you all in on Daddy Bell's Father's Day gift. I'll be going to Africa on June 21 so I already know my mind will be in a million other places.

Well, I'm off to nap!

Happy bloggin' y'all!

Ebben Wiley


What have I been up to?


I finally have time to sit down and breath just in time to start gearing up for my June departure to Africa for service in the Peace Corps.I already sent out graduation announcement, but those were rather last minute,and to be quite honest, I was more excited to announce my Peace Corps plans.

My sister turned me on to these "do-it-yourself" wedding invitation kits that are pretty much perfect for anything that requires announcing something to large groups of people.

I plan on printing the following message on the stationary,and having everything mailed out by no later than Wednesday: 

"On Saturday May 1, 2010, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Florida. Go Gators!...

On Monday May 3, 2010, I spoke with my placement officer from the Peace Corps and I was told to expect an invitation to serve…

On Saturday May 8, 2010, I opened my invitation to serve in the Peace Corps as a Community Education and Development Outreach Agent in the West African country of Burkina Faso…

And on June 23, 2010, I will be en route to Africa to begin my service in the Peace Corps!

I want to thank my parents, Philip and Linda Bell, my sister Lindsay and all of my family and friends for their support and encouragement over the last four years. I want to especially thank God for ordering my steps and guiding me through this chapter of my life.

Words cannot express how happy I am to announce my graduation and service in the Peace Corps and how excited I am to start documenting it!


Ebben Wiley Bell"

I plan on printing my announcement as a portrait and using the spots for RSVP's as a place to put photos from graduation and me opening my Peace Corps invitation.

I also know that I need  to start working on French more,so don't be surprised if you start seeing more French slipping into my post.

Well, it's off to bed for me guys,but I have a few post in the works that I need to finish up, so get excited to see those on BOTH my blogs.

Take care y'all,

Ebben Wiley


Sunday, April 25, 2010

What Am I Doing In The Peace Corps?!

Hey Guys!

Sorry to have been a flake. Those last days of undergrad were a beast, but guess what?! I'm done! (Well, I have one more assignment, but that is not due till the 28th, and I'll have it knocked out by the Tuesday Morning, so its all good.)

I was able to meet with a PCV (Peace Corps Volunteer) who is currently in middle of no where South America, but who has my slated assignment which is "Community Development with a Focus in Youth". He has been able to accomplish so much in his year there thus far that it inspired me to start thinking.

I have started a second blog, "What Am I Doing In The Peace Corps?!" that I hope all of you all follow. Internet is pretty limited in most, if not all, the Peace Corps cites, so I figured I'd simply: 1)create a blog, and 2)create a listserv of sorts to keep everyone up to date on whats going on in Africa.

Now that I have finished this post, I am going to switch blogs, and work on the new one for a minute so I can have something ready for friends and family members who will be getting their announcements soon.

Peace out homies,


Monday, April 19, 2010

Where has my time gone?!

I guess it is appropriate that the next look I've created for my project is called "The Time-Crunched Intern."

This look was built with two thoughts in mind--efficiency and practicality.This look is PERFECT for the woman, or intern, on the run. There are so many benifits to having a uniform, the main one being that one doesn't have to think about what they are going to wear in the morning.

Before you jump on me:
  • I chose black pumps because everyone woman should own a pair of these.
  • I chose a black belt because it goes with the pumps, and the black bag.
  • I chose a white blazer because both women will be in DC during the summer, so it is the most appropriate given the season.
  • I chose a black watch because it will go best with the evening look once the jacket is removed.
As always,

Happy blogging,


Sources: Click the name of the look, and a link will direct you to the polyvore site where the polyvore itself is deconstructed with links to the websites I got the content from.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Why did I think this would be an easy project?

I definitely bit off a little more than I thought when I decided to create and analyze feminine adaptations of masculine looks. After a great deal more work than planned, I have complete the second look of my project. I call this look, "The Senators' Daughters".

 The inspiration behind this set is the classic suit. True, women have a version their own--as we should all be aware of thanks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton--but these adaptations are much more youthful and  flattering versions of the pantsuits (literally) seen around the world.

Before you jump on me:
  • The jackets are more fitted,shorter than the traditional jacket because it is more  flattering and age appropriate than the traditional jacket. 
  • I went for a more modern pant because the women I am dressing are in their early twenties, and should not have to suffer older-women pants EVER. 
  • The "Oxford Bootie" is PERFECT for The Hill! Who cares if you have to search high and low to find them-someone seriously screwed up when they stopped that trend and I hope they read/see this.
  • I threw flats into the look, because once again, it's more practical to wear flats in the streets/when in commute, and to wear pumps when inside/walking short distances. 
  • Both bags are of ample size to carry documents and shoes in. 
 Now that this post is done, it's time to start yet another one. Be on the look out for another post!

As always,

Happy blogging,


Sources: Click the name of the look, and a link will direct you to the polyvore site where the polyvore itself is deconstructed with links to the websites I got the content from.