I'm a little bit of a mess right now when it comes to, well, everything. Thank you all so much for the comments yesterday about my knee, which is why I hate to tell you all that I fell on it AGAIN. Only this time it was because I tripped over my bag. Like I said, I'm a mess. A very graceful mess. 

I actually took these photos one of the first days I was home over Thanksgiving break, but for some reason didn't get around to posting them until now. I got this sweater in a swap over the summer, but it didn't come in until after I had left for Illinois. Three months later, I had completely forgotten about it, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it waiting for me upon my return.

Man, am I ready for Christmas. I can't say I'm ready to leave everything in Illinois for an entire month again, but I sure am ready to relax for a month and not have to stress about classwork, clubs, and newspapers. ...says the girl who complains when she has nothing to do because she feels the need to keep busy. Says the girl who is writing a blog post instead of doing homework.

Dress: UO
White dress (worn underneath): Nordstrom Rack
Tights: Forever 21
Sweater: Swapped
Bag: Thrifted
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: UO *side note: these are the evil shoes that made me slip three times. Evil, I tell you.


  1. First off- feel better! And no more tripping allowed :(

    Second- those are THE best tights ever.

  2. Oh, THOSE shoes! I'm loving the layered dress look, neat idea!

    xo Jenny

  3. I love how you are wearing two dreses, this is such a cute layered look! And ahh those shoes are so evil (but so cute too!). I hope your knee gets better!

  4. This post sounds like my life.
    I fell over in the hallway the other day wearing not-so-high heels, and I totally feel ya about the busy-ness paradox. I can't wait to go home but I KNOW I'll be bored after three days.
    I like your little lacy cardigan!


  5. Hahah oh no Elana, we should get you a helmet just in case =P and i'm sooo jealous you get to unplug for a whole month- growing up and being in the real world stinks. we get no breaks!

  6. You're definitely the cutest mess I've ever seen! Love those tights!



    Southern (California) Belle

  7. You look so cute, love the gray and black. Your tights are so fun! Aw, hope your knee is ok.. I can be pretty accident prone sometimes too.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  8. Elana, hii! Darling, hope your knee gets better! And no more tripping!
    And those tights are beautiful!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate it so much! Hope we'll stay in touch!

    xx Tatiana

  9. I'm hoping Christmas comes sooner than later, too. I think we could all use a break with all of the chaos around! haha people get a little crazy this time of year. I hope you get luckier with your knee soon!

  10. Elana! Do I need to send you a pair of knee pads??
    Hope you don't damage it...knees are pretty important..aha, but I'm sure you already know that.
    Don't you look all chic and stylish in this outfit. I love those tights.
    Haha, and funny how we prioritize things we need to do, huh?
    I keep thinking "You know, finals are coming up in two weeks, it'd be good if I started studying..."
    And look at what I'm doing. Blogging and reading blogs.

    Trendy Teal

  11. I love the layering here and the detailing on your cardigan is so pretty! EVIL SHOES, NOOO! I am so so so ready for a break too! And also, I can easily feel unproductive to when I am not busy, but thats what our blogs are for! Putting our creative efforts into something we enjoy in our free time!
    xo hannah

  12. OMG you sound like me! I'm totally a mess right now. I'm swamped with never ending to-do lists, but once I get caught up I know I'm going to be bored out of my mind. It's like I enjoy torturing myself or something!! LOL You look adorable, by the way! I hope you enjoy your month off from school and spending the holidays with your family! :)

  13. This sweater and those tights are AWESOME. I love getting mail that you forgot about. It's like a little surprise. And I am so with you. I am ready for relaxation. Though I do have a part time crappy, not looking forward to more hours there. But yay, no school! I wish I was going to California with you!

  14. I hate evil slippy shoes. I have a few pairs like that myself. And I love this outfit - the sweater has such cute details

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

  15. oh girls I am so jealous of you all! my break shall consist of 43 hour work weeks still but luckily not having to come home to piles of school work at night! but anyway i'm doing it to myself and it'll be worth it so enough complaining.. sorry! you would never guess you were a mess with how darling you look! i'm lovin' that dress and the sweet tights on you.