Happiness and Hot Air Balloons

I don't think I have to explain how excited I am to have Sammi join Flock Together. She's been one of my favorite bloggers for a while now, so having access to part of her gorgeous collection of dresses is a dream come true for me and the other Flock Together girls. Obviously, I'd borrow everything in her closet if I could, but I decide to just limit myself to one piece when she put up some of her items for swapping. I decided to borrow this hot air balloon dress first, and I think it's obvious why. After wearing it twice, these are the thoughts that have run through my head: I never want to take it off, I'm pretty sure that I want to be buried in it, and it's a little unhealthy how emotionally attached I've become to a dress that isn't mine. Too far? Sure, but can you blame me?

Ruining friendships by stealing dresses aside, I had a great weekend, which I'm starting to realize has been a theme these days. I know I said this last time, but I've just been having a really good time with my friends lately. For the first part of college, I always talked about how no one would ever compare to the group of friends I had back home. I missed that stable group of people I could turn to and say "what are we doing on Friday?" knowing that we would be hanging out. I'm fortunate to still be close with my friends from home (a fact proven by my long phone call with my friend Whitney yesterday and my almost daily texts with my friend Adam), but it's unbelievably nice to finally have a similar group here as well. Of course, it would be just my luck that I had to meet them all during the second half of my college career. 

So, all in all, things are pretty swell for me right now. Between homemade breakfasts from good guy friends, too many coffee shop visits to count, an impromptu road trip for pizza, hard cider, and Starbucks, being extremely happy with my blog photos/outfits, and still having the best job ever, I'm living the life right now. But don't worry; I'll probably wake up with a nasty cold tomorrow and hate everything. 

Dress: Borrowed from Sammi
Cardigan: American Apparel (via Buffalo Exchange)
Shoes: Modcloth
Necklace: Forever 21
Bracelet: Fifth & Mae


  1. These pictures put a smile on my face. Love the whimsy of those balloons!
    xo Annie
    New England Romance

  2. I'm so happy that you're happy! It translates so well into your blog :)


  3. dresses with tights makes me so happy! and this dress is adorable. great fall outfit, chica :)

    Jenna Brianne
    Freckled Fashionista

  4. Ahh speaking of wanting to borrow clothes from other bloggers, you seem to have the best collection of dresses! I'm totally loving the balloon print! So cute and whimsical!
    It's nice to have a steady group of friends wherever you go, isn't it? Glad that you're having fun at school and at home :]

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  5. So glad life is going well for you! This outfit has such a dainty and ladylike feeling. Love it.

  6. This dress is SOOO cute, god how does Sammi find things with the most amazing prints?! This is going to be bad, I'm going to want everything or figure out where to spend all my moneys on fun prints.
    I'm glad you had such a fun weekend, it's awesome to have a group of people like that :)

  7. LOVE this dress! Sounds like you are living the dream, lady! I hope things stay super awesome for you!

    Ladyface Blog

  8. This dress looks great on you! And hey, cheers to your good fortune :)

    <3 Megan

  9. The hot air balloon dress is so adorable! You also have a really great smile.


  10. I think your feelings towards this dress are TOTALLY understandable. I felt the same way with the two I borrowed from Sammi! I wanted to borrow at least 10 and thought two was a good compromise ;) So glad you have met some awesome people at school, I sure miss my group of college friends after moving to a place where I didn't know anyone after!
    xo Hannah

  11. This dress is just the cutest thing ever. LOVE the hot air balloons! You look seriously adorable!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  12. Oh yes, I would never want to take that off, either. Totally worth ruining friendships for. HA! Being part of a blog like Flock Together would endanger so many of my online friendships... you have no idea. And I love how you styled it! Those flats are SO adorable, and I really, really want that bracelet.
    Haha, I hope you don't wake up with a cold tomorrow! I'm so glad you're having a good life right now. It's so nice to have everything going your way!

  13. Love that dress girl! And those shoes might be the best things I've ever seen. So fun!


  14. I'm glad everything's going so well right now! That's great!! Love this dress so much!
    Sincerely, Sara

  15. Great choice, what a fun print on that dress! I am trying to stop myself from making grabbing hands at it myself, haha!

  16. those shoes are really fantastic ! and what a wonderful pattern on that dress :)

  17. I love how sweetly you styled this dress, with the jewelry and the shoes! sounds like you're having a good time too :)

  18. I could gush about our friendship and rainbows and fluffy puppies, but we all know that makes me uncomfortable. So here is my rebuttal to this blog post:

    "Elana, quit bragging about your life. You're way misguided. Everyone wishes you would just go back to California already. Hard cider is NOT beer, so don't think you're cool now or anything. By the way, I just got rid of all my clothes except yoga pants with rhinestones on the butt, because that is classy. Get a life."

    That was difficult. Also, write a blog post about cute clothes you can wear when you eat too much pizza. Think elastic waist chic. Just a suggestion.

  19. Love that dress! I would live to be on a hot air balloon myself! Never been on one before haha. Xx

    Chicnikkie's Blog | BlogLovin' | Facebook

  20. Your happiness is contagious! It's so great to be able to recognize when things are going really good- we don't always tend to do that. And a hot air balloon dress can definitely help with that! :)

  21. A hot air balloon printed dress and velvet flats? How adorable can you get!?

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  22. Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! That dress is just divine! I would *never* want to give it back! xx

  23. Heehee, you look so cute in this dress!!! Honestly, I think you look MUCH better in it than I do! And I love the way you styled it. You look so happy in these photos, and all of them made me smile! :)

    xox Sammi

  24. I so understand why you would want to steal this dress. It is way beyond cute!! I really think it is the second half of college where you really learn about yourself and who you want to be so it's wonderful that you have found a great friend group now to grow with.