Memory Grove

Saturday, March 27, 2010
Here is the second dress I received from William Riera. This is the Athena dress. I fell in love with this dress when I first put it on. I didn't like it at first because of the two buttons on the left side of the collar but it fits so well and so comfortably that it doesn't even matter! Plus, you get extra tummy coverage. I wore this around the house all day just because I feel like I'm wearing pajamas....but in dress-form.
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This post is dedicated to my dear husband who I begged to take me to the park for pictures. He had a bunch of school things to do during the break and he stayed home all day today to do it but he couldn't concentrate because of me. I've been jabbering away about blah-blah-nothings as I cleaned and tidied up and he had to put up with it! Poor guy. I think we need an office.
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Anyway, we finally heard back from grad schools for him! Now we have to decide between Utah and USC. On our way home from San Diego, we visited USC and LA and we absolutely loved it (especially Koreatown)! We just need to figure things out financially....because we're poor, you see. So what do you guys think... Utah or USC?
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Wearing maroon scarf (gift from T), secondhand H&M cardigan (traded with Tania), thrifted belt ($2), William Riera dress (courtesy of William Riera), and secondhand wedges ($7).

104 comments :

  1. I really like this outfit on you Elaine, the colour combinations are really well put together.
    Hope you have a nice weekend :)

    Rose

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  2. i love memory grove. it's such a pretty place.

    i like that dress on you. and it does look comfy.

    good luck with the grad school decision! been there and done that and while it's not easy but i'm sure you guys will make the right decision. :)

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  3. What a gorgeous dress! I love the extra bandage around the waist. This is my go-to fabric for the summer time. It's perfect, lightweight and SO flexible.

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  4. Cute outfit. I guess it depends on whether the faculty have similar research interests and which school gives him a better fellowship or assistantship. What is he leaning toward?

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  5. Love the red and stripes!! You look awesome in that combo!

    Cristi
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  6. that dress is stunning!!! looks perfect on you

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  7. I LOVE this outfit!

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  8. I think that dress is perfect on you, Elaine! And I have been digging the textured hair you've been doing lately.

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  9. I love how you put things together, especially with cardis and belts! The dress is simply chic.

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  10. You look absolutely adorable today. The wedges and the belt make the look. Best of luck with grad school choices!

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  11. That is a really pretty dress, totally perfect to distract studying husbands....

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  12. actually THIS is my favorite outfit of yours that i've seen... you look elegant and demur - and i especially love the last shot. your amazing husband took stunningly beautiful shots. [your readers thank you!] i vote USC for grad school! i have a couple friends that go there and absolutely love it...

    xo.
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  13. Such beautiful photos Elaine :) I cant help with the schools, too far away!

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  14. Here's to having options! Congrats and I'm sure you guys will make the best decision for your life and future.

    Beautiful dress and I love those wedges on you.

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  15. This is a gorgeous dress. I have to check if the giveaway is still going on! Those pics are amazing. The sky and the trees look completely retouched. I didn't think colors like that actually existed.

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  16. USC sounds great! I hope you guys can move there. Love the wedges!

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  17. I can see why you're in love with this dress! I definitely vote for USC! I went to Caltech, and I miss California so much!

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  18. I LOVE that dress! It's very becoming on you. You always accessorize so well!

    I vote USC! Go and have an adventure! We moved to Albuquerque and it's been really fun! Though I totally hear you on the poor thing.

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  19. got to tell you, that dress looks even more stunning on you!

    nicely paired with the brown leather, wouldn't have thought to do that.

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  20. I LOVE the dress on you! So beautiful! I vote for USC too! You both can start a new and amazing adventure in California!

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  21. Elaine, the Athena dress looks fabulous on you! I especially want to win the William Riera giveaway now. I love that the dress can be worn by itself and look so classy, or accessorized and transformed into a whole different style.

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  22. While I would be super sad to see such a fashionable Utahn leave, it'd sure be hard to turn down Southern Cal! Good luck on your decision. Oh, and the outfit rocks! As usual. :D

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  23. These photos are absolutely beautiful and that dress fits you perfectly. The band and the sleeves are such nice features -- I think you'll be able to get a lot of use out of this dress!

    Good luck with the grad school decisions -- I know you'll be able to figure out what's best for the both of you in the long run.

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  24. I like your dress and how you styled it. Good luck with the grad school decision. I can definitely relate to wanting to live by a Koreatown. USC would be awesome. But I'll miss you if you go!

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  25. The backdrop of these photos is great, and the dress is very simple yet flattering!

    Toast with Charmalade

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  26. lovely dress!
    you look great!
    love the combination with the belt, cardigan and the wedges~ :)

    have a great day!

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  27. That dress looks AWESOME on you!! Very nice. Great wedges!

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  28. It is indeed a lovely dress and I love how you styled it. Happy weekend! xoxo

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  29. i actually loved the dress more on you without the cardigan on! It fits your body so well!

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  30. looking great! i love the layering. soft and flowy. ^^

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  31. that dress is gorgeous! and ahhhhh those shoes! <3

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  32. I really love the dress, the collar and waistband are unbelievably flattering!!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  33. This is for sure a great outfit and I love the background !

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  34. the scarf and the belt look amazing on you together ;) The dress is stunning! What kind of trees are behind you? They are beautiful.

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  35. wow it looks good on you Elaine...and I love your wedges...you look so fresh and happy even though you don't smile in your pictures but I can see it in your eyes!!!

    Take Care always
    Sweet
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  36. Elaine! That's such a great dress on you. :) Adore your shoes too.

    xx Love & Aloha

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  37. lovely outfit! that dress does look very comfy, and it fits so well. those wedges are so nice, can´t wait for warmer weather to use shoes like that!!

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  38. oooh those shoes are amazing!

    i love how all your outfits are always so classic. you probably never look back and think ' why did i wear that'??

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  39. that dress is GORGEOUS. i am amazed by what beautiful structured pieces people can make out of jersey these days.
    and the shoes are amazing. i am dying for some big wedges of my own for spring.
    so exciting about grad schools!! obviously no one can make the decision for you, but if there's family in either place, that's where i'd go because it is always easier to have family close by.

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  40. you are so lovely elaine. the dress is so nice.layering is great. :)

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  41. i have that exact same cardigan and i never wear it because for some reason i feel like it doesnt look right on me but after seeing you wear it i might have to take it for another spin

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  42. Great pictures! The park is so beautiful. Love your wedges..

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  43. i love your outfit! thats a one lovely dress! ;)

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  44. Well, I gotta say, this outfit is fabulous!! One of my favoites you have ever worn! I really want to win one of his dresses. Fingeres crossed!
    And you know my opinion on schools. The positive of going to UT-you don't have to move. The negative? You have to stay in UT.
    The positive of going to USC? You gte to come to CA, where the weather is almost always gorgeous, LOTS to do around, and of course, your an hour North from me. Well, you'll figure it out. Make sure to e-mail/call me when you decide, I'm excited you could be moving here!!!
    Kelsey
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  45. That dress is beautiful - what a great design! I also love your wedges! I need to find a pair just like that.

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  46. Nicely put together outfit. the dress indeed looks super comfy!

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  47. Elaine: if you want to take pictures at the park, let's go. You wouldn't have to beg me! Plus, we need to get together and catch up anyway. I hear it's supposed to be really warm tomorrow...hint hint...

    As far as the schools go, don't leave us! We'll miss you. But if you do, I'll just come visit. CA isn't too far away. Happy decisions. That's fun. Tell Chase congrats for me!

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  48. i love that dress with the red scarf, its so stormy

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  49. Wow - the dress is so flattering on you!

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  50. i have a dress almost exactly like this, and it is like having a nightgown on in terms of comfort! it fits you beautifully!

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  51. You look lovely, and your shoes are really cute (as is that dress... and everything... I'm jealous of your wardrobe). Let us know when you figure out where you're going for your husband's grad school!

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  52. the dress is beautiful and i especially love it with your shoes! aren't you so happy that UT is finally warming up!? (somewhat.)

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  53. PS i'm going to have to vote TROJANS all the way!!! my dad went to USC for grad school and he loved it! although, i do have to say that the campus isn't in the nicest area of town and, at least when my dad went there, paying to park was pretty expensive. but, LA is one of my favorite places, there is so much to do and so many fun people.

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  54. elaine!!! you look so beautiful in this dress! i want one for myself and am going to enter the giveaway pronto! i think you should stay in slc, but i'm biased. i will be sad if you move. :)

    i know you guys will make the right choice (slc, slc, slc, slc,.... :))

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  55. This dress is sooo gorgeous on you! :) Loveeee the look!

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  56. This dress is sooo beautiful and chic! I love it!

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  57. Your Wedge Sandels are Perfection!!!

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  58. The striped cardigan is beautiful!

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  59. i cant even feeel the dress but it looks like it would be so comfortable!

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  60. I love the belt and how it coordinates w/ the scarf.

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  61. So cute! I'm glad you included a full shot of the dress; I was feeling a building suspense as I scrolled down. Phweph. Worth the waist and very pretty.

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  62. well. what am I supposed to do if you run off to California?

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  63. Comfy as pjs? That's amazing!

    That hillside is so beautiful.

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  64. Love the dress and the scarf (gorgeous color!). As a Midwest girl I don't know about those schools, but best of luck deciding! Very exciting.

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  65. The dress is beautiful and you look so sophisticated! Having spent my life in the South, Midwest, and Spain, I don't know much about either of the schools or program. I do know that it is not cheap to live in LA.

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  66. Fab outfit, the wedges are so cute :)

    SE x

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  67. cool outfit! I like your dress ñ_ñ

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  68. I love these photos, and that dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!

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  69. USC!!!! then you'd only be an hour away from me hehe :) that dress is GORGEOUS! love love love!

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  70. ahh it looks so sunny and wonderful when you were at the park! gorgeous setting for a photoshoot, well worth dragging your hubby to haha.

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  71. Love the wedgie shoes - lookin' great on you. Where do you shop secondhand?

    Kristin

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  72. I love the way you styled the dress. Especially that scarf!!
    -Lloyd

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  73. I LOVE this dress!! You look amazing in it! I want it lol. My husband (I think I already told you this;) went on his mission to the Phillipines and you had asked in an earlier post where are some great places to go there and he said, Chocolate Hills, Boracay Beach, Panglaw Island.

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  74. I love the way you paired that dress with the striped cardi but I REALLY love those shoes!

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  75. That dress is just stunning. It looks soft and perfect. LOVE your images. You are so pretty!

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  76. love the wedges !
    great postttt !
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  77. Wonderful dress Elaine. The scarf is just beautiful! And goes well with the lovely dress.
    Three cheers for your great husband!

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  78. Very nice dress and love your choice of accesories.

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  79. you look so pretty in that dress!

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  80. Hi!

    Love your blog, I've been following you for a while :)

    I started to look for blogs from people from SLC since I'm going all the way over there from Puerto Rico to study a year in the University of Utah as an exchange student starting on August.
    I've been really into fashion blogs these past months and I'm glad I found yours!
    I hope we can exchange e-mails so I can get to know a bit more about SLC since right now I'm really clueless about the city or the university. I think you study there right?
    My email is dalizk@hotmail.com and I'm really hoping to hear from you.
    Sorry for my English :D

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  81. Great mix of elements in this outfit - completely chic!

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  82. that dress is so pretty on you! i love how flowy it is- very nicely draped.

    and that's very exciting about the grad school acceptances! i have never been to utah OR LA, so i am no help choosing! ~joelle

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  83. this dress is a perfect fit on you. i love how versatile it is. i love the empire waist. i love how it looks equally stunning with or without your cardi and scarf. i want that dress!

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  84. This outfit is perfect! The dress is so pretty and I looove those wedges.

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  85. That dress looks really pretty on you! And yeah...I did spend $8 on top of the gift card. lol...but thanks so much for it! It was fun to get new stuff:)

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  86. so awesome! i love this look on you, especially the wedges. i love comfy dresses that are still stylish - i'm wearing one right now!

    what is he majoring in? LA has a ton more going on than Utah, but if he's in lit or writing, Utah is good.

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  87. really like the layering! and the circular scarf looks good.

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  88. How pretty Elaine, the shoe + belt match with the cardi looks fab!

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  89. Beautiful outfit and YOU ! USC has a lot of WOW power to say you graduated from there. I grew up in Cali in suburbs of LA...loved it then...not now...only like to visit family there and get out of town ASAP !

    Utah...too much snow for me ! Not a lot of Wow power either graduation wise but it's cheaper to live there than anywhere in Cali !

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  90. Your dress is gorgeous!!! and your wedges!!! I need ones for this spring!!!!

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  91. i really like how you wrapped and belted the cardigan. you really inspire me a lot.

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  92. I love how you style this dress to be both dressy and super femme (without the cardigan) and then really classic preppy and more casual with the striped cardigan. You really have a great eye for combinations.
    Congrats on your husband getting into such great schools. Here is my advice (I had two great schools to choose from too). Figure out what is the most important factor for his success in graduate school. I chose the school with the urban environment so I could enjoy the benefits of the city as a way to get away from the stresses of graduate school. It was good because even though it was a bit more expensive, there were more job opportunities for the summer and ways to meet folks outside of graduate school. The other school was more suburban and small in its setting, which would have been nice because there would be little distractions from studying and therefore would be good for focus, and possibly would mean less debt (except for the summer thing). A friend of mine went to a school like that and what she did was save her money and do a few longer weekend trips out of the little town to a big city to enjoy herself. Both worked out well in the end. Ultimately, grad school will be what you (your husband) makes of it. Since you'll be looking for a job, you might want to consider which place has more job opportunities, lower employment rates, etc.
    Good luck!

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  93. i loove this look, the dress is gorgeous and looks sooo comfy!!!

    great blog! :D

    xoxo

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  94. Pretty dress Elain, looks like it was made for you. I love memory grove. I used to jog through there, up the little canyon and back down by the capitol! good memories of unwinding after class!

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  95. Love that nice dress!!

    I follow you!

    Kisses

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