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How is it that the week is not even halfway through, and I'm already exhausted? I guess it's because I've barely even allowed myself to sleep in on the weekends since I've been doing so much. This past weekend was packed, in the best way possible. I spent time with a bunch of good friends, including coffee with the gorgeous Katie, dinner with my old friends from freshman year who I haven't seen in forever, a party with my friends from the paper, and a lovely trip to Galesburg, a town about an hour away. Jenn, one of my very best friends, lives there (since she decided to graduate and leave me forever) and my friends Mary, Beth, Brittany, and I decided to visit her. We had the most wonderful day visiting antique/vintage stores, an extremely hip coffeeshop, and Target. It's amazing how living in a small town makes you appreciate simple things like Target. It's a magical place though, so you can't blame me for getting excited.

I wore this last week for class and work when my family was still in town, and my sister-in-law took these photos for me quickly before I brought them into my office to show them around. I've been looking for the perfect opportunity to dress down this necklace again, and sweater weather made it easy. I've missed layering sweaters over dresses, and I can't wait to live in outfits like this from now on (with tights included, of course). I'm still on the hunt for a good red skirt, but for now, wearing this dress as one does the trick.

Also, have you entered my giveaway to win an engraved bracelet from Tatum Bradley & Co. yet? What are you waiting for?

I hope you're all having a fantastic week. I, for one, am counting the hours until Friday when I don't have class. I might even get to fit in some time to catch up on TV. I haven't watched The Walking Dead yet, so don't spoil it for me or I might have to kill you.

Sweater: Thrifted
Dress (worn as skirt): Modcloth
Necklace: c/o Hello Cheeseburger
Oxfords: PacSun


  1. That sounds like such a fun day with friends!! It sucks being so tired, but packing in so much fun is awesome
    I love this outfit, the striped top is perfect over this bright red dress :D

  2. The stripes are a perfect compliment for that necklace. Also, clearly, you can sleep when you're dead. Glad you're having a good time.

  3. I literally love every single thing about this outfit! Love the stripes with the red dress, love the oxford shoes, and LOVE the necklace! You look so cute!

    Sounds like you had a fun filled weekend! Shame about you being tired but at least you don't have class on Friday :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. I like that your necklace matches your shoes! It pulls everything together.

  5. This outfit is too cute! <3 You're gorgeous!xx


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  6. ah, all that spending time w/ friends sounds amazing! i can't remember a whole wonderful day like that in quite some time. so wonderful your family visited too, that's always fun showing them around your tuff. and I love the dress as a skirt, you totally fooled me that it was a skirt until you said that. how did you get it tucked in like a skirt? love that sweater & the fun necklace too!
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

  7. I love this black, white, and red combo! Makes me wish I had more red in my closet! And that necklace is gorgeous!

    XO Hannah

  8. wow I am so much loving this outfit of yours, Elana! your striped shirt is gorgeous and goes so well with that flattering skirt! :)
    I hope you'll get some rest soon, girl!
    Ester @ Drawing Dreaming

  9. This is such a cute outfit! I can never quite get the hang of layering sweaters over dresses right, but I love how you do it! And that necklace is amazing.
    I hope you get some rest this weekend!

  10. Oooh, I'm loving this dress as a red skirt! Super cute with the striped sweater :)
    Hopefully you're able to recharge this weekend.

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  11. Ahh you're the cutest. I love this sweater, and I need to start wearing sweaters over my dresses for remixing purposes! I also adore these shoes.

    xox Sammi

  12. You look so cute, and this is a great outfit! I know the feeling of being too crazy busy to even sleep's insane. Good luck with everything, and I hope you have a good weekend!


  13. Love this outfit! That dress worn as a skirt is so cute!

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  14. I'm loving the stripes and red combo! Great outfit ^__^

  15. I love the outfit but the necklace especially! & I too love dresses doing double duty as skirts!