Pleats and borrowed dresses

There's only one problem with this dress: I have to give it back.

By now, you should all know, love, and be following Flock Together, the brand new style collective blog I'm apart of. We just launched this week and it's already a success that I couldn't be more proud of. We all started swapping clothes before the it launched, which is how I ended up with this dress from Jessica in my possession. I'm only sharing some of the photos now and will share the rest on Flock Together later, but I couldn't wait to show you all how much I love it. It's funny, I thought the same exact thing about this dress that Jessica said about the one she borrowed from me: I really liked it when I saw it on her, but I had no idea how much I would LOVE it until it was in my hands. It might be because it fits me like a glove, but it probably has something to do with the fact that once I had it on, it reminded me a lot of my favorite dress I own. All I know is that it's going to be a sad day when I send it to the next girl this weekend...

I realize it's a little difficult to see the detail of the neckline from these photos, but I couldn't resist pairing it this jacket I've been waiting to wear. It goes with absolutely everything, so get used to seeing plenty of it this fall.

Happy Friday everyone! I don't have class today, so I get to lounge around until I bake cookies with my friend, Jennifer, who took these lovely photos. Hope you all have just as a relaxing day!

Also: I am finally going to start doing blogger button/ad swaps! Both Katherine and Marlen were kind enough to help me by making buttons for me (since, as I told them, I'm incompetent) so if you're interested, just email me at!

Dress: swap with Jessica
Jacket: Old Navy
Bag: Melie Bianco
Shoes: Modcloth
Bracelet: Gift from a friend


  1. Wow, I am pretty sure I should have put my name on this- its SO DREAMY!!!! Your day sounds absolutely perfect too, can the cookies be a part of our swap? ;)
    Also while I am here- I took pictures of the skirt last week, but I've had an outfit for my surprise item laying out for over a week and its just been SO COLD to wear! I am for sure going to do it this weekend and just have to layer layer layer! But, you will be getting them back shortly :)Thank you!
    Happy Friday Elana!
    xo Hannah

  2. this dress looks really really cute on you - like it's made for you. an di love that jacket!! and i really love your shoes and bag as well

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  3. This dress is adorable and totally you. Love it. Have a great weekend!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  4. This dress is so lovely! And I love your bag, too! The colors are beautiful. I've been eyeing a few Melie Bianco items for a while now but have never actually bought any. Yours is lovely, though!

  5. That dress certainly is lovely! I'm also very much liking that bag!


  6. A gorgeous look on you! Excited to see the rest of the photos.

  7. Aw man, so sweet that you got to wear this dress at least - is it possible you could permanently swap them? ;) Haha, it really does look lovely on you! The pleats and soft blue color are just gorgeous!
    Loving the oxfords you paired with them and the cute bag also.

    Trendy Teal

  8. That dress is sooo pretty! I love the trench with it too :)
    Tis a shame you have to give it back, ha ha

  9. This dress is totally better on you! I love the beige trench. Totally brightens to the blue.

  10. This dress looks great on you and I love the shoes. I think they both contrast nicely. I'll be checking out Flock Together regularly, can't wait to see what you guys do!

    xo Jenny

  11. Ahhhh I'm dealing with the same thing... also in Jessica's closet! She really has the cutest dresses and this one looks so pretty on you :). I'd have a hard time giving it up too!



    Southern (California) Belle

  12. aww that dress is soooo beautiful!!!! i loveee it :)

  13. Uuuuh! The dress is so so pretty and so so elegant!!!
    Love your styling.
    Those shoes & sling bag - I want it now!!!
    Came here blog hopping and liked your blog!
    Do drop by my blog sometime.
    And do follow via GFC & FB, if you like and let me know with a comment! :)

  14. The dress is so lovely and
    I really like your shoes. ;)

  15. The pleats, the color, and the collar are all so pretty. haha I think I told Jessica the same exact thing, I just LOVE this dress and how you (both of you styled it) :D This flock together idea is so cool :)

  16. Hi Elana! Missed you so's been like two weeks since I've gotten a chance to get on blogger again :( but anyway. Wonderful outfit post~ I adore the bracelet and the color scheme of your little purse. I think they add such a nice touch :) It's Monday, which is always the nation's dreaded day of the week, but hopefully you're having a good one.


  17. Ooh I love Jessica's dress on you! I seriously wish I would have added my name to this one too, but I didn't want to get too carried away...hehe. The way you have accessorized it is perfection all the way! Aw baking cookies....mmmm, perhaps we should send cookies back and forth with our swaps too :) xo Marisa

  18. I have this very same dress in pink so I might be just a bit biased but I love it!! It looks absolutely fabulous on you and I love how you've paired it with a trench (pastel colours together look so amazing!) and then gave a pop of colour/contrast with your tights and both awesome bag and shoes!! One of my favourite outfits of yours for sure, you look adorable!

    Drawing Dreaming