the perfect jumpsuit

black flattering jumpsuit

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Jumpsuit: f21 // backpack: topshop // hat: sold out, similar // wedges: nordstrom // lips: ysl #26 

I have been on the search for a black jumpsuit for months and months. I wanted sleeves, and I wanted it long enough for my height. It was a hard task last fall, but now they have popped up more and more! Lucky us! And, guess where I got this?? Seriously, I died. Forever21! Isn’t that great?! It did not break my clothing budget for the month! yay!! And bonus, this one came with pockets and pleats. While there I found this hat, which I was also on the hunt for.

Besides what I’m wearing, things are going well. We had dinner with some good friends the other night (my favorite activity). Can cultivating lasting relationships be a hobby? I think it should. A great balance in life is doing what you love, but also doing good. I love my job, I enjoy blogging, I love trying new recipes, and I love being with my friends. But, doing good is so enjoyable. Whether it’s putting the shopping cart back where it belongs in a parking lot, helping someone with directions, donating half of your closet to a women’s shelter, these are the things worth living for. Listen to this episode I produced about service in marriage. :)  -> I don’t voice these, I produce them.




Farmer’s Market

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Jeans: Roxy, old. similar // Top: old // Sandals: not old, but I can’t seem to find them. Similar // Backpack: Nordstrom

Oh my heart. I love the farmer’s market. I wish this was a thing year round. We go every week because I love buying local and everything is so fresh. Last week, I left a cut up apple out for the day and it never browned! I wonder if it’s something to do with how young the fruit is? I’m not sure, but I was impressed with it! Not to mention how delicious it was! We got a good haul today, and now we are watching the BYU football game! Go Cougars! Have a great weekend!

SOMETHING FROM THE HEART <3 : this bible video

xo, elissa

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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.