On the Scene

Finally, proof that I left my room the week of the snowstorm exists. Sometimes feel a little bad about the amount of times I've made someone stand outside in the cold with me to take pictures, but then I get a blog post out of it and I feel better. Really though, everyone who has done this for me is awesome, especially on days like the one when these were taken. I can't wait to wear the dress, the other one I picked up at the Urban Surplus store in Chicago, when it's spring. Wearing a jacket over it really doesn't do it justice. I had been drooling over this one forever and couldn't believe my luck when I found for cheap sitting in the surplus store. It's the new love of my life.

I won't go into too many details, but anyone following me on Twitter or friends with me on Facebook may be a little confused as to what all the fuss was about last night. Basically, there was an alleged gunman who supposedly had a hostage in a house near campus, which caused the state police to be called, S.W.A.T. to come, and houses to get evacuated. This is going to sound really insensitive, but I don't care: no one really understands how thrilling situations like these are for journalists. My staff was in a bit of a frenzy and it was amazing to see how many people were following our updates via social media. I was so proud of my editors for covering the situation so well and being the community's eyes and ears. Things like this don't get to happen that often for student journalists and it's going to be a fantastic front page story.

Now, the reason why I don't feel bad about being exciting about a gunman and hostage? It turned to be a prank call. After hours of the police investigating, it was a hoax. Ridiculous, right? Luckily, it still makes for a good story. So that was my Wednesday night. Business as usual over here.

Aside from that, it's just about spring break and I'm getting really close to having enough money for a DSLR! I don't think I've ever had more motivation to refrain from online shopping and eating out.

Dress: UO surplus
Jacket: Buffalo Exchange
Scarf: Cotton On
Boots: Cathy Jean


  1. Ugh, prank calls like that are awful, what a waste of resources! But I'm glad you and your team was right on top of it. You look so pretty in this dress, I love this color!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  2. This dress is SO fantastic!! I love the colour on you and I think it looks great with that jacket. i bet you're going to geet so much use out of it. That's so frustrating that someone would prank call something serious like that, but yeah definitely a good opportunity for you as a student to learn. You never learn how to handle situations like that until you encounter them!

  3. Wow, sounds like an exciting event! Glad no one was hurt or anything like that. I bet it does make for some great news reports though. I love the blue hues you mixed together here! So, so very cute. And I admit I've made many of my friends and family stand out in the cold for photos too, but man they just look so darn cute with some snow in the background! Really, it's too fun to pass up :)

  4. Wow, all of that and it was a hoax? I bet the police were pissed at someone that day, however, it IS good to know that it was a hoax and ended up not being a real situation! We had something very similar happen in our building where a tenant was threatening to kill his wife and himself and it was one of the scariest things ever. It ended at least with no one getting shot but stuff like that really distresses me! I do understand what you mean from a journalist perspective though, it's your job to report the news and stuff like that is a pretty big deal.
    The color on this dress is just stunning, it looks amazing with your hair color! (I'm always jealous of reheads, best hair color ever.) It is nice having a photographer for those cold days, sometimes it's such pain trying to get the tripod set p and the camera focused before freezing into a human icicle.

  5. The color and cut of this dress is amazing! Can't believe it all ended up being a hoax, but thats obviously the best ending to the story! Glad you guys got to cover it, it really does sound like a rush!
    xo Hannah

  6. Holy crap, girl. I saw on facebook and was wondering what that was about. THIS SNOW LOOKS SO AWESOME. It looks so clean and smooth I just want to make SNOW ANGELS (this excitement comes from a Californian who obviously doesn't see snow enough ha! You know how it is!) Anyways, I want to see the forn of this dress so bad! Looks so cute aaagh!

  7. AND DSLR!!!! YAY!!!! It's so worth it, girl!

  8. Okay, that is just really neat detail for that dress. You look great in that color too.

    I was hoping you'd tell us more about the exciting news story after seeing something on Twitter. I'm glad it all turned out alright, but it does sound like an exciting story for your team to cover and am glad they did you proud!

  9. It was all a hoax? Wow. Well that's sort of a good thing, I think! Sounds like it was exciting either way!
    Also, I love the color of your dress. Especially against the pretty snowy background. Your leather jacket is super cute with it too.

  10. Oh my word, I can't believe it was a prank...seriously!? People are so stupid nowadays -_-
    Ha, but definitely don't blame you for getting excited - that would be awesome for you journalists!
    This new dress is just oh so pretty Elana; I LOVE the color ;)
    And goodness, there is so much snow there! 0_o Yucky...haha, hope it clears up for you soon. Oh, and YES, GET THE DSLR! IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
    Lol are you going with Canon or Nikon?

    Trendy Teal

  11. love that dress, the color is fantastic!
    and those little details on the back are simply lovely ♥

    meow & purr

  12. I know what you mean, dear, I´m always ful of pitifulness about the poor photographer. But it was it really worth because you´re looking so cute <3


  13. Wow, what a crazy situation! Glad it turned out to be a hoax, still seemed to cause enough excitement, haha...awesome outfit! You look absolutely adorable. I LOVE monochrome, it's so much fun to play around with, and the blues are awesome on your coloring!


  14. The dress looks so pretty, the colour really suits you!

    Have the best weekend,

  15. that's so strange something similar happened where I live too and in Australia we aren't allowed guns either so even more strange and yes the journalists loved it! Loving your snowy pics so jealous! xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

  16. I cant believe somebody would waste time and valuable resources (a.k.a swat & police) on a prankcall. There are much funner things to do in life!

    It is good though - as a student journalist, to get a taste of real journalism work. It will only improve your skill or make you realize if it's the right future occupation for you.

    Very cute look!

  17. I sort of know the feeling. During my sophomore (or was it junior?) year of college, I got stuck in the library after my last final that semester because the school went on a lockdown. A student was allegedly walking on campus with a gun. Swat came, people were freaking out, hiding under desks. Nobody had any idea what was going on. Rumors spread like wildfire. I had people on Facebook telling me to be safe. People were worried for everyone who was on campus. Turns out, it was a toy WATER gun. A freakin' water gun. Lol.

    I totally understand why this would be sort of exciting for you. We need all kinds of people in this world. Where would we be without those who run towards potential danger, instead of away from it? We wouldn't have cops for instance. Or firefighters. Or Swat. Or journalists!

    Two more things: I'm so jealous of your snow everywhere. I guess snow storms can be scary, but when they've passed they leave behind the perfect backdrop for blogging photos! Haha. Also, good luck on the DSLR hunt! I got a Nikon last Black Friday and it's definitely improved the look of my blog. I just have to get another filter and a remote control to make my life easier when I take my own photos. Then my camera equipment will be complete, for now. :)


  18. Oh my gosh, that whole situation is crazy! Who jokes around like that?! Anyway, I totally love this blue theme going on here and the back detail of this dress is lovely. Oh, and I really can't imagine how cold you must be! Especially because you're a California girl at heart!



    Southern (California) Belle

  19. That sounds super scary!! Im glad it turned out to be a hoax! It would be pretty exciting for a journalist though:) I can see that. And hey! Your world looks like mine :) haha. Way too dang cold! You look darling though! That dress is such a pretty color and I absolutely love the back detail. Although, it looks great with the jacket and scarf too!