Why Wait?

All cards on the table, I haven't actually worn this outfit anywhere yet. I may have also just gotten this top in the mail yesterday and then immediately took pictures in it. You see, I realized recently that in my big closet cleanout, I managed to be left with a ton of dresses, a large amount of skirts, and barely any tops. So when I, ahem, " accidentally" clicked on a J. Crew Factory email, you know, just to take a quick peak, I couldn't help but think it was time I spend the money on some well-made basics. There was a 30% off coupon code, and since J. Crew Factory is actually really reasonable, I ended up buying this short sleeved button down and another simple Peter Pan collar top. They both came in the mail yesterday, and when I realized that I had forgotten to take outfit pictures for today's post, I figured "why not?" Might as well take one of the tops for a spin to make sure I'm getting my money's worth, right? The result is a super simple outfit that I really love. I'm thinking I need more short sleeved button downs in my life (especially with Peter Pan collars) because I'm pretty sure I want this to be my summer uniform. Relaxed, easy, but still cute. This is pretty much all I want to wear.

In other news, I saw "Boyhood," the new Richard Linklater movie last night. If you haven't heard of it yet (it's still only being shown in limited release), it was shot over the course of 12 years and shows a boy's (Ellar Coltrane, an unknown actor who has essentially only filmed this his entire career) from when he was 6 until he was 18. I have a pop culture post planned to go up either Friday or Sunday where I'll talk about it more in detail, but I do just want to recommend it right now to everyone. It was completely different than anything I have ever seen, and it was beautiful. It sounds cheesy, but it was honestly more of an experience than a movie. Even though Coltrane plays a character, the audience gets to see him (not to mention the other actors including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) actually grow and change over the course of 12 years. I'm having such a difficult time putting my experience watching it into words, but hopefully I'll be able to make sense of this jumble of thoughts and feelings by the time I write that pop culture post. In the meantime, go see it. See it right now.

Also, on the TV side of things, I finally started watching "Hannibal." My favorite entertainment website, Vulture, has been calling it the best show on the air since it premiered two seasons ago, so I figured it was finally time to listen to those guys. As you might have guessed, I'm hooked. Talk about visually stunning. 

Top: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Skirt: Darling
Shoes: Urban Outfitters


  1. Haha, I love that you just got the top and then immediatly made an outfit with it and took some pictures. I think you can definetly wear this outfit like this! The shirt is really super cute and so are your shoes! I really love your shoes!
    Lots of love!

  2. Nothing wrong with showing off some new threads! I am jealous that you look so damn cute with peter pan collars. I love them, buy them, but then I try them on and look like a bobblehead or something. They just look ridiculous on me for some reason. It's a rough life I live, I know. ;)

    That Boyhood movie looks awesome. I'll keep my fingers cross they do a full release soon.

  3. This is a wonderful shirt!! If I had an excessive income, I would fill my wardrobe with J.Crew. Kind of obsessed with their aesthetic.

    That movie sounds so damn good. You make me want to waste all my time on pop culture.

  4. The movie sounds amazing - what dedication! 12 years?? wow. I will definitely be checking it out!

    And ahh I totally do the same thing with new clothes - I wear it for the blog before I wear it out. Haha I thought I was the only one! Love that top. It's so pretty! the collar is super adorable!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  5. Love your simple and cute outfit~ it's definitely perfect for the hot sticky summer weather!! Easy breezy is the way to go! :) Anyway, Boyhood sounds like an interesting movie.. wow, 12 years of filming!! I'm hooked already!!X

    Chic Nikkie

  6. That movie sounds amazing! I really want to watch it now! Also I used to watch Hannibal but I felt that the plot just got too silly and cheesy for the stunning visuals to even be worth it, Im intrigued what you're going to think of it the further into it you go. I really need to check out J Crew! I feel like all the bloggers recently benefited from some giant sale! Basic shirts are always a great thing to invest in and this one is adorable

  7. Yay, can't wait for the new pop culture post! ^_^ I heard about Hanibal some pretty bad reviews, but maybe it's worth a try? :D
    Love this shirt, it's perfect and so vintagy! ^^

  8. Oooh, you have me intrigued by this Boyhood movie now. I can't wait to read your pop culture post now!
    Anyway, hahaha, right..."accidently" clicked...how often does that happen? ;)
    Well, it led to a lovely investment! I adore this preppy, put together look Elana, you're adorable <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  9. i'm loving basics right now, and this is a good one!
    xo jac

  10. Pretty outfit - I agree, why wait?! xx


  11. This top is so perfect! The collar is a bit unexpected, but exactly what I would want-a dainty little rounded edge, swoon! The stripes are so classic also, which makes your fun skirt and oxfords all the more a fantastic combination. Love your lipstick too! :)

  12. Buying basics you need always ends up feeling very satisfying, doesn't it?

    Excited now to read your pop culture post!

  13. Love this outfit! I'm a sucker for peter pan collars and love that shirt teamed up with the skirt and brogues!