Fall Florals



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 Fall Fall Fall!! Well, almost. It’s been warm in Utah still and I am not complaining. Remember in the Devil Wears Prada when Meryl Streep (love her) sarcastically said: “Florals for Spring? . . . groundbreaking”? Well, I kinda feel like florals for Fall IS groundbreaking. Bright vibrant colors on a black canvas has been all over the place. See above photos. So, I was feeling this vibrant, yet dark top. It’s fun to add some color to my otherwise very neutral wardrobe.

fringe backpack

over the knee boots

dark floral


best lipstick


Major shoutout to ShaiLynn Photography, she’s majorly talented.

Top: Piperlime on sale!! // Jeans: J Brand high rise is my jam // Sunglasses: Banana Republic // Boots: Nordstrom // Lips: YSL #12 // Backpack: Nordstrom/Topshop

SOMETHING FROM THE HEART <3this beautiful video  

xo, elissa 



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We are getting familiar with the nearby canyon. While exploring we learned that we don’t know jack about it. We were hoping to find an easy nature walk and only found campgrounds and climbing groups. So, better luck next week. Next time I’ll do more research on the trailheads! We did find a small place to walk around and breath in the fresh mountain air. Regardless, I always ache to be outside, and on Sundays I always want to get out for a “nature walk”.


Blush Pink Dress

modest pink dress

blush pink dress

modest pink dressFirst off, thanks for letting me post outfit entries on here! It’s such a silly and materialistic thing, but I think it’s fun no matter how silly I feel. I bought this dress for my sister’s wedding back in August. I loved the unique back and how it flowed in movement. I wanted to add sleeves and this dress was a challenging one because I wanted the neckline to stay visible. It would have been better with a white baseball tee under it because the seams would’ve lined up better, but this is what I had and I was pleased.

dress: asos // shoes: old, similar // sunglasses: banana republic 



Jeremy Scott

Me: “Mark! You know the designer who made my phone case?”

Mark: “Uh-huh”

Me: “Well, look at THIS!! [shows him above photo]“

Mark: “Oh my gosh! That’s YOU!”

Guys, Jeremy Scott is the best at poking tongue-in-cheek fun at pop culture.  I love pop culture (watching E! News now), and I love fashion so he is a dream. Just check out his website!  I also love Halloween, so that outfit above is an absolute joy (shown during New York Fashion Week).

Speaking of Halloween, we have small but lovely Halloween decor up! Featuring this Newly-dead couple on tall black candlesticks. Aren’t they so cute??


A few other important things in life right now:

1. James Brown’s comments on domestic violence. Watch. I was fist pumping the whole time.

2. Steve Jobs was a low-media parent. Other CEO’s are low-media parents. I am not a parent, but I’m with them 100%.

3. I wish I could shop at the farmer’s market year-round. Buy local!


What the designers are wearing

donna karan

Donna Karan’s final bow at SS15 in New York Fashion Week ^ She loves her voluminous clothing inspired by cultures. When I met her she wore a down-filled long black scarf. It looked so comforting.

gwen stefani

The Voice’s new star Gwen Stefani’s final bow look rachel zoe

Rachel Zoe moments before her show in a chic tuxedo suit, with eye-catching white lapels, and torquise earrings.

diane von furstenberg

Diane Von Furstenberg wearing green. Stunning with her hair. Can we talk about her legs? Wowza. jenny packham

Jenny Packham being flawless. Those heels! (From last year).victoria beckham Victoria Beckham looking as posh as ever after her show.

My mom would wisely tell me to always pay attention to what the designers are wearing. Isn’t that great advice? So, above are some snapshots of some lovely designers and what they chose to wear for their shows during New York Fashion Week. They are running around backstage and I’m sure they throw on those heels when they walk to take their final bow. But, they still look as chic as ever. Some of the outrageous things that walk down the runway can be unrealistic, but the designers never wear something unrealistic.

Someday I’ll go!


Jenny Packham SS15

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Jenny Packham is my favorite designer. When I was wedding dress shopping I wasn’t allowed to even try on a Jenny Packham gown because I couldn’t afford it. So, there I was, running my fingers through her dresses, looking at the beading, the details, simply lusting after the gowns, and couldn’t even try on for fun. It was good in the end, because I really loved my wedding dress. But, still.

Her’s is the show I don’t miss during fashion week (Paris or New York). Today her show was a celebration of Marilyn Monroe. It was island elegance meets high society. It felt like an all-american girl walking down the runway created by one of the UK’s most celebrated designers (celebrated by me at least!). Hair was voluminous and done by Moroccan Oil. It was topped off with the song “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” by Nicole Kidman from Moulin Rouge, which was a cheeky ending to it all. Watch it here. Someday I would LOVE to meet Jenny!


platform shoes

Hello to this ode to the 90’s!! Heels aren’t the most practical of shoes, and sneakers aren’t for everyone. But, the go-to footwear for fall could be the masculine kind, now in chunky platform shapes that hit marks for both practicality and chic. I’m all for it. And have this pair on my wish list. Some of these (above) are sandals and are perfect for summer, which means they are on sale now Which is solid.

Clockwise from top left:

Fly London, DV by Dolce Vita, Matisse, DV by Dolce Vita

Why Blog?


Hi there! Somebody pinned this on Pinterest the other day and I really loved it.^^ It’s a good reminder (for myself) to stay kind, aware, forgiving, and thoughtful. Elder David A. Bednar (of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints) said to not let the anonymity of the internet allow you to be unauthentic, or unkind. I’ve been surprised to see rude comments online (on Instagram) all too often. I want to strive to be authentic and true to my standards always.

Having said that, I thought I’d share why I even have a blog. Well, first off, I think it’s fun. Don’t do anything you don’t enjoy, right? (unless it’s important, like serving or working). Also, when I moved to Boston, I didn’t have any friends and needed something to do. Because I’ve enjoyed reading other blogs, I decided to join the troops! It’s been some good times! I try to blog about what Mark and I are doing for dates, our travels (though, those have come to a screeching halt); and things I love, such as: fashion, and health stuff from time to time.  So, thank you for reading and stopping by!

xoElissaMarkMark is so good-looking.

mirror lake

Ain’t nothing wrong with some iPhone photos! Our Labor Day weekend was actually pretty labor intensive. On Saturday we bought two used, lovely loveseats off of KSL, rented an upholstery cleaner and went to town on the loveseats. We were surprised with how much dirt came out of them. We are pleased by how they turned out and how much money we saved by buying used! I can’t WAIT to reupholster them in the coming months. That probably won’t happen until we move, but I feel no rush at all.

We did take time to go on a drive up to the Uinta Mountains! The drive was stunning. Our destination was Mirror Lake, a popular fishing and camping mecca. The perimeter of the lake is less than 2 miles making it an easy walk. We were planning on going hiking as well as, but turns out it was pretty cold! So, we decided to cut our trip short and get some things done at home.

Things at work have been busy for the both of us. But, I’m so happy that we moved slightly closer to my work and SUPER close to Mark’s work. I just try to avoid traffic at all costs. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but it’s one of those things that makes me happier if I’m not stuck in traffic. Isn’t that how it is for everyone?!


Juice Recipes

beet juice

Beet Juice (from goop.com)

  • 1 large or 2 medium beets, cut into wedges
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large apple, cut into wedges
  • 1″ piece of ginger


green juice


Super Greens (from goop.com)

  • 1 cup tightly packed kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 1/2 pears, cut into large pieces
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed

It was DELIGHTFUL! I want it right now.

carrot juiceCarrot Juice (from carrots)

  • Carrots

Straight up carrots. Delish.

From our wedding gift cards I was able to buy a juicer!!! Thank you gift cards!

My goal is to juice twice a week. Obviously for nutritional value, but also because I can’t stand things not being used!

Try it out, yo!