The Usual

I can't say that there's anything too special about this outfit except that it feels so very me. I know I say that pretty often, but there are just certain items that I think tend to define my style. Peter Pan collar? Check. High-waisted skirt? Check. Cardigan? Check. Flats and a thrifted accessory? Check and check. Sometimes I'm not really sure why Katherine chose to give up this skirt when she sent it to me as a gift, but I couldn't be more grateful that she did. It's the perfect length and style for me, plus the color and print are undeniably adorable. Seriously, Katherine, you're the best. Target has the best gems sometimes.

I don't quite understand how it's actually the end of March already and it's starting to freak me out. Suddenly, everything that I thought I had time to complete is hitting me at once. I suppose that happens every semester though, but the fact that it has felt like January up until didn't help. Luckily, it's finally starting to warm up and I can only hope it stays. Honestly, I'll never get used to the fact that I consider 40-50 degrees warming up, but I do now. California me from three years ago wants me to know that I'm insane. 

I think I've explained the heads in some of pictures once or twice, but I still get comments on them so I guess should elaborate again. I've considered just making it a game where I never address the fact that they're in my pictures, but I'm weak. 

Basically, the newspaper office is located in the Heating Plant Annex, which is this really old building where, well, the heating plant is. Most of pictures are taken in this neat little nook on the side of the building that's really secluded and convenient for me since I usually duck out to take them during work or after a journalism class I have in there. Our office is on the third floor, but there some art classes on the ground floor. I'm not sure how many are in there, but I know for sure that there's a ceramics class since these heads have been there for as long as I can remember. Sometimes, more heads get added and someone always moves them around in different positions. Last week they were all in pairs kissing, this week they're lined up in a row against the wall. Needless to say, they're the highlight of my day whenever I walk into work from that entrance. 

Dress (worn as top): Nordstrom Rack
Skirt: Gift from Katherine
Shoes: Modcloth
Cardigan: Swapped
Watch: Thrifed


  1. This outfit is so you and I love it! :D

  2. Totally glad I gave it up - it's quite literally 8 billion times cuter on you than it was on me. IT's super comfy, but I always looked funny in it for some reason? It looks a lot better on you, I didn't even recognize it at first. You'll get more use out of it. Funny, I have a grey cardigan like this I loved to pair with the skirt - yours has much cuter little details at the neck! I love that you have these random heaads all the time, honestly they never phased me because I went to design/art school an there was crap like this all around our building. I should go take photos there one day.

  3. This skirt is so pretty! I love the subtle pattern on it. And I love it paired with your adorable cardigan and blouse!

    Also, thanks for explaining the heads again. :) I'm always intrigued by them when they show up in your posts but I never quite knew why they were there. Mystery solved!

  4. I love your watch! I have one like it but I can't find it!

  5. Elana, I feel the same way! I still have about a month of class left before graduation but I suddenly feel like school is over! I'm glad you have your own "formula" for your outfits, that definitely makes your personal style. Those flats are adorable! perfectly priya

  6. Really cute skirt! And the Peter Pan collar thing really does suit you very well! I'm glad you feel like you dress like YOU. :)


  7. The cut and print of the skirt are adorable! That last photo is my favorite, I wish I could find a perfect little nook to take pictures when stepping out from work, I am always too afraid someone from my office would see though!
    Hope you're having a wonderful and warm day!
    xo Hannah

  8. Whoa, 40 degrees is tropical weather! It is crazy to think that April is almost here, winter seems like it's lingering on and on forever but the year so far has really flown past. I always enjoy the posts with all of the heads in the garden, they are so amusing! It's fun to know the little story behind them and now I know why they keep moving around.

    This outfit does look very "you!" I really like how subtle the key pattern is on the skirt, I thought it was a dots print until the close up photos. (And really, a Target skirt? Every time I go to Target it's always "eh" and then I come back and everyone on the net has these amazing, special finds from there. Our Targets must be anemic or something.)

  9. Haha, you and our California selves...same here! Its hitting upper 50's in Idaho, and I'm busting out shorts and what not. My old self would say I was crazy. Hehe, ah well.
    This outfit totally defines your style! Love how it incorporates all of your signature trends :)

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  10. I've started to think 50 degrees is warm too! I wore a tshirt when today and its 55 degrees. I love your outfit and I miss you a ton! Love you dearest :)

  11. This outfit is so perfect! I simply love your blue skirt and those shoes are amazing! Very lovely dear :)

  12. beautiful skirt what a lovely gift! It is funny reading US blogs and everyone talking about it getting warmer. I am just wanting the weather to get colder where I live! hope you're well
    xo Ilana @ My Modern Vintage

  13. Midwest weather will do that to a person huh? 50 degrees is perfect in my book :) I love everything about this. It's so cute on you and those crimson flats are just killin me again! They look so great with the rest of your color palette.

  14. What a pretty skirt and cardigan! Love this look1
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  15. Oh my goodness, I really love this outfit! That skirt looks super amazing on you. I love the yellow belt that you paired with it.


  16. I love your skirt, and the whole outfit is great :)

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  17. That skirt is great, love the color, what an awesome find. : )

    Ali of

  18. Very pretty look, love your smiles.

  19. This is such an Elana staple outfit! I love your Peter Pan collars and I wish I could pull them off as fabulously as you do. California me thinks you're pretty crazy too! I can't wait for you to come back so we can meet up and hang out in real warm weather :)



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  20. Hola! Thank you for the kind words on my blog, I will be following you as well! Your style is too cute! I'm a sucker for peter pan collars, too ;) xoxo chelsea at

  21. This does outfit does look so you! I love the peter pan collar (seriously, whenever I see a peter pan collar, I always think of your outfits!) and the print of your skirt is awesome. So nice of Katherine to give it to you as a gift! And woah that is so cool that the heads change places sometimes, must be such a fun surprise everyday:)