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ELLA MONTGOMERY: The Shade has Been Present  Since Season 1...

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George Harrison, late 1970′s or early 1980′s, presumably. Photos © Roger Karnbad/ZUMA Wire/Alamy 

Karnbad is an L.A. based photographer, so that at least narrows it down to the Los Angeles area… but as for any backstory to these images, I haven’t found any information yet. In keeping with the L.A. theme, though:

“The news of [George] Harrison’s death came as quite a shock to those here [in Hawthorne] who refer to the so-called quiet Beatle by his first name.

‘I heard reports he was ill and I’d ask Lou [Olivia’s mother, Mary Louise Arias] about it,’ [Charles] Mercurio [nextdoor neighbor of the Arias family] said. ‘She’d say “I just talked to him and he was fine.” So I assumed the reports were phony.’

While the Harrisons’ son Dhani, now 23, was growing up, the family’s visits to the neighborhood were less rare. George and his son made the rounds for Halloween in the late ‘80s and celebrated the Arias’ 50th anniversary in the '90s. That was the only time Mercurio met George.” - Daily Breeze, c. December 2001

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“[Olivia Harrison] grew up in Hawthorne, hometown of the Beach Boys, which turned out to be a major point of interest for George when she gave him a tour of her old neighborhood.” - “Here now, she lives for George” by Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 9 March 2005

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“It was a warm fall evening in 1997, and on the patio of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, mariachi trumpets were blasting. The occasion was a family reunion, and it was in all ways a typical Mexican fiesta - except for the presence of a handful of guests who stood out among the Old World elders and Mexican American kids. Huddled together at a table were George Harrison and some of his friends, including Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra and session drummer extraordinaire Jim Keltner.

But the rock 'n’ roll royalty was not the center of attention that evening. Harrison’s in-laws, Maria Louise and Esiquiel Arias, as matriarch and patriarch, had the spotlight. Harrison was there because of their daughter, Olivia Arias, whom he’d married in 1978, thereby gaining a huge Mexican American extended family in Los Angeles.

[…] Harrison met his future wife at A&M Records in Hollywood, where she worked, while he was in the U.S. promoting an upcoming tour with Shankar. On the surface, they made a strange pair, but their relationship made sense. The working-class Arias family are a sort-of American version of those famously working-class people of Liverpool. Harrison, the son of a bus driver, grew up in an English version of East L.A.

On the night I met George and Olivia at the Wilshire Ebell, the live music was performed by one of the world’s great mariachi bands, Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

Later, Harrison talked to me with great enthusiasm about Jorge Negrete, one of the great crooners from the golden era of mariachi music. He said that he wanted to use an image from an old Negrete album on the cover of one of his own future projects.

[…] By all accounts, Harrison was no mere cultural tourist - his spiritual border-crossing was a lifelong commitment. And he backed it up with actions, like the Concert for Bangladesh, widely credited as the birth of rock philanthropy.

Harrison crossed borders with gusto. And so it was altogether fitting that Harrison, on a mission promoting the music of Shankar, arrived at A&M Studios in Hollywood and met the striking Olivia Arias. From Liverpool to Hawthorne, via India. In his art and life, Harrison blended his disparate worlds seamlessly, and by doing so helped make the world a smaller, more loving place. Descanse en paz, Jorge.” - “Beatle Without Borders” by Ruben Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 9 December 2001

On the subject of mariachi bands: the Spanish version of “Dark Sweet Lady,” commissioned by George in 1998.

Bridal Shower Game

Aria didn’t really want a bridal shower, but Ella insisted. After not having the finances to properly throw all of the traditional events for her own wedding, Ella was not going to let Aria miss out. Especially since Aria and Ezra were flying to Iceland with only a handful of people to get married. Thankfully, she was one of those people.

Aria sat in the center of a number of guests, including Spencer, Hanna, Alison, Emily, and some female family members like her aunts, cousins, and grandmothers. Ezra’s aunt was also there, but no one expected his mother to show. Aria had already opened her gifts and now it was time to play a game. 

Ella pulled a slip of paper out of a basket and read a question. “How did the groom propose to his bride?” Aria blushed as everyone around her started writing down answers. Some of them were clueless. Her 16-year-old cousin giggled as she wrote something down, presumably something she fabricated.

Aria and Ezra were exactly six stops into their book tour when he popped the question in front of a small audience in a cafe/book store. They were doing a reading followed by a Q&A session. Once they were done, Ezra told everyone to stay seated because he had his own question for his coauthor. He was so nervous that she thought he was about to pass out. They’d only been dating for a few months, so Aria didn’t expect it. But she knew she would’ve said yes if he asked two months ago or two years from now. 

Aria’s aunt asked the next question by pulling out another slip of paper. “Where did the bride and groom meet?”

Hanna non-discreetly stifled a laugh, and Emily glared at her. Spencer, finding it more funny than Emily did, used her hand to cover the smirk resting across her face. “Ella, are we talking about, like, when they met met, or how they met the second time five years later?”

Before Ella could answer, Aria interjected. “I’ll answer this one for you,” Aria said, glaring at Hanna. “We met in a bar.”

Hanna rolled her eyes. “You take the fun out of everything.”

“It’s just the truth, Han.”

Ella, not wanting her entire family to ask why this question was so controversial, pulled out the next slip of paper. “Where did the bride and groom have their first date?” As soon as the words left her mouth, she realized she opened another can of worms.

Aria gave her mother a look and Hanna started writing with a mischievous smirk. At least it was a lot better than, “He was her high school English teacher.” No one had to know their first date at an art gallery occurred when he was grading her essays about To Kill a Mockingbird.

The Signs as my Favourite Books

Aries: Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers.

Taurus: Switched by Amanda Hocking

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed—and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Gemini: The Opposite of Tidy by Carrie Mac

Fifteen-year-old Junie is barely coping. Her mother has started sleeping in the chair in front of the TV, and the house is so packed with junk, newspapers, cupboard organizers and other helpful items from the Shopping Channel that she can barely get in the front door. Her father is no help, since he’s always with That Woman. To top it off, she’s failing math. So when Wade Jaffre, the hot new guy at school, offers her a ride home, it seems too good to be true. Junie surprises herself by accepting - and even talking! She doesn’t have to think twice about directing him on to her best friend Tabitha’s house, or about continuing the charade of pretending she lives there.

Tabitha and her mother are understanding - and willing to go along, for the moment. But as the weeks go by, Junie’s lies start piling up and the opportunity to tell the truth seems to slip away. Until the day Junie’s world - and her mother’s - is literally turned inside out for everyone to see, and Junie and her mother must face the consequences of her mother’s illness… and the lies they both told to hide it.  

Cancer: The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Leo: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom…

Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance.

Virgo: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger… and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

Libra: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: Flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York’s glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star….

Cordelia is searching for the father she’s never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined — and more dangerous. It’s a life anyone would kill for…and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is ­Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia’s brother, Charlie. But Astrid’s perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the ­illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls’ fortunes will rise and fall — together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of THE LUXE comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

Scorpio: The Merciless by Danielle Vega (TRIGGER WARNING RIGHT HERE)

Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.
Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.
Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls … unless she wants to be next… .
In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

Sagittarius: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.

Now he’s alive again.

Simple as that.

The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.

Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.

Oh well, you only live twice.

Capricorn: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Aquarius: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Is falling in love the beginning … or the end?

In Ethan Wate’s hometown there lies the darkest of secrets …

There is a girl. Slowly, she pulled the hood from her head … Green eyes, black hair. Lena Duchannes.

There is a curse. On the Sixteenth Moon, the Sixteenth Year, the Book will take what it’s been promised. And no one can stop it.

In the end, there is a grave.

Lena and Ethan become bound together by a deep, powerful love. But Lena is cursed and on her sixteenth birthday, her fate will be decided. Ethan never even saw it coming.

Pisces: Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.  

Mothers Scorned on PLL? + More connections & clues on Ella, Aria, Bethany, Maya,Scarves, Sketchbook & more

EDIT: to add, the scarf connection, ella stopped wearing scarves for some reason. we know there is a scarf theme in this show, maya gave emily a scarf. we have to think the whole bethany story involving mrs d and ali is most likely false EVEN THE SKETCHBOOK DRAWINGS. it was a means to get ali in jail. planted evidence , not really mrs d in those drawings. no names were ever said on the bethany tapes which leaves it open to the imagination who could bethany been talking about? Ella montgomery

just some things i’ve been thinking of overnight:

Could ella be the woman with the big beige purse? she was the only one in that ep where rhonda tells us about a a rich lady with a big beige purse. we never seen jessica with a big beige purse. with the given clues from last nights ep, puts suspicion on ella as in relation to the bethany storyline:

  • I looked up Bethany’s name and here’s what i got: bethany is a name fro m the bible a biblical place , a town where Lazarus lived. So guess what the story is with Lazraus? HE CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD. Lazarus was one of the names on the note in last night’s ep.
  • could this mean bethany came back from the dead and that she was all pulled out of the grave? is she someones sister? all speculative at this point but many clues suggest it could be. 
  • Now, question is how does maya fit into all this?? also on that note, it said : MOM , BETHANY , MAYA is this to suggest a connection with these 3?
  • now alot of clues about ella is being raised, we all know she went on adating spree after byron, she sorta comes off as boss woman. if you read one my recent posts called “PLL TRAGIC CLUES ETC byron seems to be the underdog in the montgomery family, hes made many mistakes , he comes off as the weakest link in some ways ,he seems to give ella alot of credit for being a boss, taking care of 2 teenagers and nutty professor, making a small house work . makes you wonder if ella really is a rich lady with the big beige purse.
  • Remember she helped emily on the test? why did she do that? did she feel some remorse because of what happened with maya? this was in 3.02 the season right after maya “died” you think there could be a connection with ella and maya and bethany?
  • this would mean that if it was ella bethany was talking about in the tapes, this would mean she had an affair  with bethanys dad. ella hmm? is byron not the only cheater in the montgomery family? will hold on that thought .
  • the use of the word “daughter” stuck out to me in last nights ep, this is when instantly connected ella to the bethany tapes “is it like mother like daughter?” for some reason it just clicked, and how obvious andrew acted towards aria like he would drown a bag of kittens if she asked. wtf happened to andrew??he wasnt liek this with spencer! there it is a lolita effect with arias character.
  • Here’s the only big connections i could possibly make, so we know mayas parents are a bit strange especially to Pam Fields. Maya said her parents got matching tattoos inside of wedding rings. Pretty edgy impulse thing to do? Pam found it weird for a mother to do that. Pam also found it weird in 1x01 how a mother can let her daughter(aria) dye her hair pink. Could this strange mother be ELLA MONTGOMERY? just let that sink in for a bit.
  • Now i guess you can probably speculate who the father could be so ill leave that to your imaginations, but these clues seem to be connecting this odd triangle MOM, BETHANY, MAYA.
  • Is anyone getting a sense someone is getting revenge on men here and young girls, and men leaving women scorned? i say this mainly in the aria and ella situation, and the many times we see older men going for younger girls. look how zack turned out? that couldve been the last straw for ella. ella and aria they seem to have a bond that involves the topic of men in their lives. when byron cheated, aria felt scorned , and ella felt scorned and even more so hurt that her daughter kept the secret. has anyone notice ella takes jabs at aria , as if she is still not over something? which begs the question has this happened before with byron going for younger girls? ella did say she didnt know alot about byron. and there is definitely something strange with this mother daughter duo ella and aria. Imma just say it, men falling for younger girls in this show is a huge theme! imagine how this affects the mothers on this show? we have seen it, even ella and ashley talked about this. Could there be a revenge plot in all this??Now who knows how deep this theme goes, we could have more infidelities on our hands with husbands falling for younger girls. heck ashley fell for a younger guy! something is going on. and with aria constantly needing a man in her life, and men acting like they do anything for aria in 2 mins time if she asked? aria needs a man at all times, just look at her history. does this behavior comes from something deeper? look at the problems spencer has with melissas bfs always going after spencer, it aint her fault! and troian talked about this in an interview and made a huge point.

I’ll leave it there for now, just to put it on everyones minds :p

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