Almost a Rainy Day

Don't you love those outfits that end up working much better than you planned? I wore this last week for what I thought was going to be a rainy day. I was just going to two classes and work, and I didn't think I'd be able to take pictures, so I didn't really put that much thought into the outfit. However, when it ended up clearing up by the time I got into work and Mary asked if I wanted to take photos, I realized that I liked it much more than I realized. Then again, with lace, pleats, and a gray cardigan (which I've been wearing to death lately), I shouldn't really be that surprised.

I got a little spoiled with a three-day weekend, and now it's a bit harder to think about waking up for class. My school gave us Friday off for "fall break" (I still don't understand why, but I'm not complaining), and I had a great weekend. It felt even longer since we don't put out the newspaper on days that there's no class, so I didn't even have work Thursday night. I actually ended up going to a bar Thursday night with some friends (most of my good friends work at the paper with me), which usually isn't my scene. I'm really not a bar person at all — I even had a lengthy discussion with one of my friends about being a coffee shop person as opposed to a bar person – but I ended up having a really good time. It helped that we went to the most laid-back one in town, as opposed to the other club-like college bars.

As for the rest of the weekend, I spent most of it with good friends. Friday was at two of my friends' apartment eating too much junk food, fitting in that much-needed short coffee shop trip with Mary and Jenn, and playing Mario Party. I spent Saturday taking two of my guy friends on their first thrifting trip, which was quite the experience. And by that, I mean it was the shortest thrifting trip I've ever been on. It was kind of weird not going with girls who try on a million things and stand in front of mirror for too long, trying to decide if something is worthy of buying (guilty). Luckily, we made up for the time by visiting a comic book store and a used movie and video game shop. What can I say? Thrifting and nerdy boys are pretty much my favorite things.

Top, cardigan: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Romwe
Boots: Endless
Ring: c/o eFoxcity
Necklace: Antique store


  1. This is a really pretty look!! I love the lace and that skirt together. The cardigan is the perfect thing to top it off, super cozy. I am jealous of your long weekend! I could use one of those about now haha

  2. What a sweet and pretty outfit! I also have moments where I put together a cute outfit and only later realize it may be blog-worthy. It's such a good feeling :]
    I'm also more of a coffee shop than a bar person, though I'm okay with sports bars - they tend to be more relaxed.

    xo Deborah
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  3. Super cute! I love how cute unplanned outfits end up being a lot of the time! Sounds like you had a great, much-deserved, long weekend!

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  4. Ouu, I really like this! The feminine lace top looks wonderful with that cozy grey sweater, and I want your boots!

  5. I love this sweater- it looks so cozy and comfortable. It sounds like you had a really good weekend :)

    I'm not sure if I'm a coffee shop person or a bar person- I think I'm more a home person!

  6. Hahah, never heard of a fall break :D Guess it's better than nothing :D
    Guys and thrifting don't go so well :D Although I do have one guy friend who loves it, while all of my girlfriends hate shopping, go figure! Guess women and men stereotypes are starting to break through :D
    And the outfit is indeed awesome. Love the cozy cardi ^_^

  7. There is literally nothing I don't love about this outfit. I just thought to myself "Please god let these clothes fall into my lap"....sadly, my wish wasn't granted. Looks like I'll be scouring the thrift stores around town for a grey speckled cardigan myself!


  8. Aw, these photos are stunning! You gals found a great spot where the light is just beautifully hitting the leaves behind you. The cardi is so cozy looking and looks fantastic with a little lace blouse underneath, I love it. I was/am so much more a coffeeshop gal than a bar gal too! I don't think I went to one bar in college, unless you count a sports bar once for lunch, haha. It definitely is a different atmosphere than a warm, inviting coffeeshop :)

  9. I think this is a really cute outfit! There are lots of textures and I like the small pop of yellow!
    Sincerely, Sara

  10. 1) I love that you took two boys on their first thrifting trips. Did they enjoy it? Or get what they were looking for?

    This is a lovely outfit on you. Very ladylike.

  11. I'm always a little disappointed when I am hoping for rain and it doesn't come! However, it would probably really throw me off my picture taking schedule if it did, so perhaps I should be grateful- haha! Love this whole look- so cute on you! And that ring is perfect! Alex

  12. I'm in love with all the different textures in this look - glad you ended up getting to photograph this killer outfit. ;) Those are always the best outfit days though, being pleasantly surprised by what you put together.

    And dude. Nerdy boys? The best.

  13. Great photos! Love the ring and cardigan especially :) And I so hear you on the coffee vs. bar folk thing!

    <3 Megan

  14. That sweater looks SO perfectly comfy! And I love your ring :)

  15. Fall break, what?! That sounds wonderful! It is totally harder coming back to school/ work after a three day weekend though! I am loving this cozy wrap cardigan, going to keep my eyes out for a similar one now! Hope you're having a good Monday so far!
    xo Hannah

  16. I just came off of a luxurious two-day "fall break" as well and I need to get back on a regular sleep schedule. One thing that I love about breaks is that you get to spend more time getting to know your college friends, instead of just frantically studying together. I love your lace top btw; I thought it was one color until I got the close-up!


  17. you look so pretty and yet still comfortable :) x

  18. I really like the heathered texture on your cardi - what a cozy piece!

  19. Haha man, maybe I need to try dragging a guy with me thrifting so I can get out of there faster...sounds like a great day with friends though! :)
    This is such a casual cute outfit Elana, you definitely have your signature look down <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  20. You loo amazing!! Such a cute dress too:) Haha, I want a Fall break too!!xxx


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  21. I love your white lace top!
    Great combination! :)

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  22. Don't you just love 3 day weekends? I had last Friday off unexpectedly so I ended up with a 3 day-er too- the best. That sweater is so cute and looks cozy- I wouldn't want to take it off either. Your effortless outfits look so put together!

  23. Love your outfit! You look adorable. I love those outfits that turn out better than you planned...I usually just throw together something I know will be warm and comfy, and sometimes it turns out cute, like today's outfit.(:

    decked out in ruffles

  24. Awww, I'm glad you had a fun fall break! Love this outfit, it's so effortless!

    Xo, Hannah

  25. I love the textures of this outfit. You look sleek and cozy. The best combo!

  26. I'm in love with your dress. And your boots. I need some good tall black boots because just having black combat boots is not going to cut it this winter.

    As for being a coffee shop person over a bar person...I am SOOO with you. I hate the bars here, but I have only been to the big ones. But, we should definitely get coffee soon! :)