Factory Girl

You could technically say this outfit fits into my fall uniform of late (dress, cardigan, scarf, booties), but something about this one feels different. It's like my fall outfit, new and improved. Fall outfit 2.0? I can't decide. Either way, it's obviously the dress that's making me love this outfit so much. A gingham dress like this has been on my wish list for a long time now (in fact, I've debated putting the same Modcloth one in my shopping cart too many times to count), but it took me a while to find one that was more in my price range. So even though I always hate myself for shopping at Forever 21, when this one popped up in their "50% off sale items" recently for about $7, I just had to get it. I really am a sucker for those sales, but can you blame me?

I've taken pictures at this abandoned factory before, but never in this exact location, and I love how these turned out. There's something about feminine outfits against harsh backdrops that I can't resist. Plus, I'm constantly impressed with how photogenic this town is. It seems that behind every corner is hidden gem, perfect for photographing. I also think that with so little time left here, I'm starting to appreciate this place much more than I ever have. I complain about you a lot, Macomb, and I still resent you for your lack of Starbucks, but you can be pretty damn charming.

As much as I'm learning to appreciate where I am, I can't help but get excited about my trip home in almost two weeks for Thanksgiving break. I've been less homesick than I ever have (which is partly due to having a fun/busy semester and partly due to my family visiting), but I'm still eagerly awaiting a week at home. I don't suppose I'll  ever stop missing my friends and family there, the palm trees, or the food (In N' Out, I'm looking at you). Now, if I could just figure out a way to convince all of my loved ones in both California and Illinois to just move to the same place, then life would be pretty perfect.

Dress, fox ring: Forever 21
Scarf: c/o August Wrinkle 
Cardigan: Urban Outfitters
Boots: H&M
Belt: Thrifted


  1. In love with that dress.


    p.s I hope you didn't prosecuted for trespassing.

  2. I love the dress and that cardigan is also lovely - I love that colour! And I hope you have a great trip home.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. Oh, I do love you in this outfit! That print is great- I like that it is a bit bigger of a print, and the green goes well. Also a fun location.

  4. The location of these photos are awesome! You look so pretty in your green cardi and I love your dress!

  5. Yaaay we're dress twinsies now!! That dress is seriously one of my favourite ones, it's so comfy. I love the way you paired it with the green cardigan. And this location is so fantastic.
    I bet you're excited to go home for thanksgiving! It's hard to go that long without seeing your family

  6. That dress is sooo pretty, and you're right, that's a great location!

  7. I love your dress! I'm usually not into the gingham print, but this is adorable!

  8. Love this gingham dress and this backdrop- great photos!!! I know what you meaning about wishing everyone would just live in one place- all my college friends spread out after college and I don't live in my home state so I'm constantly missing someone. Have a great weekend!

  9. That dress is perfect and I love it paired with the green cardi. Great photos too, the location looks fab!

  10. that cardi is uh-maze. i want all the gingham dresses! you're such a brave rebel, taking photos and taking names. is that how it goes?

    xo nicole

  11. Yep, it's the dress that is very special - I love me some gingham!

    Have a great day,

    P.S.: Thanks for commenting on my last post!

  12. I always get antsy to get home for Thanksgiving break in November too. I live a lot closer to home than you do though. I can imagine you're even more eager than I am!
    I almost bought this same dress during that Forever 21 sale but the reviews said the color ran when they washed it. I hope that doesn't happen to you because it's adorable. I just love this print. Your green cardigan looks great with it.

  13. Hey, if an outfit combo works, it works. And this combo definitely works on you! I am loving the boots too.

  14. Girl, this has got to be one of my favorite set of photos yet! I love the outfit, I love the setting, and the photography was just spot on. :)
    That gingham dress is definitely something. I am adding one to my wishlist now!

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  15. These photos are so pretty and I love the choice of color.

  16. These pictures turned out awesome, what a great set! Love this outfit too, good choice pairing green with the gingham :)

    <3 Megan

  17. I love this fall outfit! The dress is adorable and so is the fox ring :) And woohoo for going back home and in n' out :)