A Day at the Docks

blouse, skirt, belt, shoes, & purse: thrifted, trench coat: the gap
It is officially week ten of the quarter -- the week before finals -- which of course means the week where everything starts to get very interesting. One of the classes I'm taking this quarter is called University Foundations 1000, which is an intro to Christian Formation; essentially a theology course. I'm going to be honest and say it is probably my favorite class that I've taken in college so far. I find myself so interested and intrigued with everything we discuss and I'd say that probably doesn't happen 100% of the time. This course takes the perspective of Christian Formation from a "culture" angle, which has only become apparent in the last couple of classes (which is ironic seeing as we only have a week to go). But anyway, we have begun talking about culture and it really does get you thinking.

So much of our lives are controlled by consumption and the need for more more more. It's often difficult to come to grips with the fact that I am a consumer too, whether I enjoy receiving that title or not. Sometimes I pretend that I'm above it and that I'm better than that -- but when it really comes down to it, it is ridiculous how much I buy that I don't need. Things that are often cheap and things that many times I don't even desire that much. My professor reminded us that too long have we gone on as a society living off of instant gratification. When did this happen? Why are things this way? I know much of the blogging world has caught up on all of this, which is why people are being more conscious of their purchases -- which I think is great! Hearing this again and again is important, because, like many others I'm sure, I often forget that I have the ability to wait. Wait to see if you actually want that shirt; wait to see if it is necessary to consume as much as we do. Wait.

In regards to this outfit and this post: I'm in love with this set of photos! I wore this on Friday and I was very fortunate to have Rachael game to take these out on a dock of the Fremont Canal (that they actually use for the crew team at SPU!). In addition, this outfit is almost completely thrifted, which makes me extremely happy. Also, it's making me look forward to going thrifting in all my favorite places once I come home in 11 days. Eeeps. xxoo E

currently listening to // The xx - Angels


  1. lovin' ur preppy look <3

    visit mine whenever you had a chance :D

    warmest regards,
    Miss Aa

  2. this is just lovely. i had a class kind of like that last semester, and it was the most interesting and best class i have ever taken. it really is just crazy to think where we are as a society now, but I am thankful that people are becoming more aware of it. lovely photos as always. i especially love the last one :)

  3. These photos are beautiful!
    That class sounds interesting; I have been learning to wait more myself, even if it is as simple as waiting before buying something trendy, just to be sure I actually like it, not just like it because it's popular. It's definitely saved me some money!

    xo Jennifer


  4. Oh my, Elanor, I adore that last picture! Your photography never ceases to amaze.

    Yeah, I agree with you about consumption and the like--I've kind of gotten to the point where I don't really have as much fun shopping as I used to, which I guess is good, but at the same time there's nothing wrong with going out to get yourself a little something as long as it's a worthwhile purchase. :)

    Your hair is lookin' so cute and I love those boots, Elanor! <3

  5. LOVE the last picture. <3 Totally adore this outfit as well, that blouse is darling!

  6. great post - our addiction to instant gratification..... unnecessary purchases are one side of that - but I also see it manifested in our personal relationships.... I guess you will be patiently waiting for gratification when it comes to your cell phone!! Hang in there - you will have a new one on the 15th!! xoxox

  7. I totally love this outfit and it's timeless feeling.

  8. Oh how I love your style. Also love that you're enjoying your theology class. I'm about to graduate with a Masters of Divinity and studying theology was incredibly formative for me.

  9. Your trench coat is so classic and cute. It's such a versatile piece. I would definitely have one if there was enough in-between hot or cold weather here in Georgia. I feel like we flip from cold to hot with about a week of transition. Sad.
    Anyway, this outfit is so cute and really has a timeless feel to it. Great background for these pictures too!


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