Still Summer

There's a good chance that wherever you're reading this from, you're enjoying the cooler weather, you're loving the colorful leaves on the ground, and you're pulling out all of your sweaters out of storage. Or maybe you live in California like I do, and you're coming to terms with the fact that, once again, "fall" doesn't really exist here. After spending the past four years living in the Midwest, I had finally come to know and love autumn, so I'm a little sad that I don't really get the season (or any seasons) now that I'm back in Orange County. It's pretty much sleeveless tops and 80 degrees until around the time when "winter" should be here, and only then will I be able to put on a couple of layers and "warm up" with a hot chocolate. Of course, I'm not blind to the fact that I'm lucky to live here. I keep reminded myself that I don't have to suffer through months of avoiding slipping on ice this December through April, but I can't help but be a little sad. I'm still struggling with missing out on friends hanging out and working at the newspaper back in Illinois, so missing out on the changing seasons (especially missing out on doing things like going to an apple orchard with my brother and his kids) is taking some getting used to.

On the bright side, I still get to do things like walk around Venice Beach yesterday, hang out at an awesome outdoor brewery with my best friends on Monday night, and wear sandals and this sleeveless gingham top. I really love this top and this skirt, so I was kind of surprised when I realized I had never put them together before yesterday. See? There are still plenty of "summer" looks to put together. 

I'm hoping to finally have another pop culture post up by the end of the week, so please pressure me into doing so so that I have the motivation to actually sit down and write it. It's going to happen.

Top, skirt: Thrifted
Sandals: Vintage
Fox Ring: Fifth & Mae


  1. Girl this outfit is too cute! You look great in it.


  2. ELANA this outfit is fantastic on you!!! There's something about the shape of this + the colors on you that work sooo well. I envy that you still have warm weather, but I know I'd miss the seasons changing, too. You can always come visit me if you miss the leaves turning ;) PS -- my mom seemed very excited about the premise of three of you Flock Together girls living in California, which would bode well for a visit one of these days... <3

    xox Sammi

  3. This outfit may be "summery" because of the lack of layers, but the colors and pieces themselves totally scream fall to me! I'm in the same boat as you on the weather front. Florida has two seasons- summer (which lasts anywhere from 8 to 9 months) and then "winter" (which is probably closer to everyone else's autumn.) I lived in NC for one year a few years ago and it was like heaven on earth (I looooove cold weather). I'd totally wear an outfit like this during our "fall" because it isn't too summery, yet still weather appropriate (:

  4. Sweet and perfectly Elana as always. We're missing you back here too!


  5. I'm with you, it's still summer here in Texas as well! I went to Massachusetts last year and got to experience a REAL autumn for the first time, and it was amazing! I miss it, haha. Regardless, you look great! I love a good gingham print :)

    Rachel Lately | Austin Style Blog

  6. Man, that skirt is exactly what I always search for while thrifting! Perfect shape and I love the belt loops and buttons. <3

  7. Consider yourself PRESSURED!

    I think I love this top every time you wear it, and paired with khaki, it's pretty much dreamy. Though we do have a lovely Fall in Nashville, it's still on the way! So I'm not totally wearing sweaters yet.

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  8. Oh, this is such a classic, lovely outfit. So utterly timeless and always chic.

  9. I guess the grass is always greener, huh? I wish I had such problems with the weather!

    Cute outfit! I love the skirt :)

    xo Jackie
    Something About That

  10. What a gorgeous outfit! The skirt is perfect - I am so envious - I absolutely need a skirt like this in my wardrobe!

    Idealism never goes out of fashion

  11. Here I am, pressuring you.

    There's a small part of me that would love to experience summer year-round for maybe a year or so. I've always been a fall/winter gal, so my wardrobe is seriously lacking in summer stuff. I really dig that skirt, especially since it looks like it has pockets. <3

  12. So while everyone is pumped for the switch to fall, and it's slowly infecting me as well, I can't help but feel remorseful in saying goodbye to summer. Enjoy that warm weather for me then!
    Haha, love the gingham top, and it's adorable with the skirt. Great pairing :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  13. I love this skirt girl!!!! I totally understand about not having a Fall... it makes me a little sad because I too miss living in the Midwest for that reason! It is pretty awesome when we get to wear shorts in the Winter though.... just sayin'. Lol! I'm in love with this skirt!!! Did you hem it after buying it? What a great find! I'm glad you are feeling better btw.....

  14. Clean and simple. I love that you can pull this off in late September. But think of fall this way: It's a sign of WINTER coming. And nobody back east likes that. (OK, by that I mean I don't like winter. But still.)

  15. This definitely is a summery outfit. I love the gingham top. I think its funny cause living in the Midwest now but growing up in the the Northeast I still feel like Chicago gets gypped a bit on fall. One day its 80 the next its 50 and raining with no nice cool weather and leaves changing in sight.

  16. I would love to put my hand up that skirt