Downtown Iowa City

Is there anything worse than vacation being over? I highly doubt it. I got back on Tuesday night, and I still feel exhausted, but it was worth it. As I mentioned, I spent the first half of last week in Illinois, where I stayed with my brother's family. I only get to see them once a year, so I tried to pack as much time with my nieces and nephews into the week. We had a blast going in the pool, watching Disney movies, and playing a ton of Barbies, Battleship, and Hi-Ho Cherry-o. Because I also went to college in the town where my brother lives, I took advantage of the time and forced all of my friends who live in the area to come visit. I say "forced," but I truly am floored with how far some of my friends drove to see me. I got to see one of my closest friends from my major and our old professor, and a big group of friends from the newspaper came in for a little reunion. I've been pretty sad about how difficult it is to make friends after college, so it was amazing getting to be back with a big group of friends again, especially at our old bar. I hadn't seen most of them in three years, but it felt like almost no time had passed.

On Sunday, I left with my best friend out there, Jenn, to stay with her near Iowa City for a few days. Jenn and I talk almost every day and Skype once a week, so it almost doesn't feel possible that I hadn't actually seen her in years. She just got engaged to one of my other close friends, and I am so excited that she asked me to be a bridesmaid when she took me to see the venue. We did a lot of wedding talk, browsed some bridesmaid dresses, and ate a LOT. She knows me well, so I fell in love with every place she took me. On Monday, we met up with Ali, who I've been talking with online for years and who is going to grad school in Iowa City. As you can imagine, Ali was everything I'd hoped she'd be in person, and we ended up spending a bulk of the afternoon with her shopping downtown. They definitely peer pressured me into getting a new vintage dress, but we all know I wasn't that hard of a sell. 

The week went by way too fast, but I'm glad to be home and back with my own bed and with Jon. As for this outfit, this was the second piece I got from Hearts and Hearts Vintage, and this dress is incredibly comfy. Perfect for stuffing my face with breakfast and excessive amounts of coffee.

Side note: I cannot recommend traveling on the 4th of July enough. The view of the fireworks from the plane was unlike anything I've ever seen. 

Scarf: Vintage
Shoes: Lotta from Stockholm


  1. So glad you had fun. Iowa City's downtown area is so cute! Did you see all the Hawkeye statues everywhere?

  2. Elana! Thanks so much for featuring a dress from Hearts and Hearts. It looks great on you!