E.’s Top Ten, Year Three

July 27th, 2011 § 66 comments

I hate writing conclusions. When I was writing my MA thesis I panicked over my conclusion for a couple of weeks and then purposefully went to bed stressing out about it in the hope that my subconscious could work through it for me. (It did, actually, and I woke up and scribbled down my dream conclusion the next morning.) I’ve yet to have a similar fit of inspiration for writing out my concluding thoughts for a project that has been so meaningful and serves as a reminder of how much I — and my life — has changed over the past two and a half years. (In fact, if you want to see how my style has evolved through this blog, you can check out my Top Ten from Year One and my Top Ten from Year Two.)

I’ve transitioned from full-time grad student to full-time grad student and full-time mom. When we started this blog I was just barely into my second trimester of pregnancy with baby e. Now he’s an active, inquisitive toddler who can say “dissertation.” I’ve transitioned from coursework to being ABD (that’s “all but dissertation” for those of you with normal jobs). I tackled my comprehensive exams, wrote and defended a dissertation prospectus, and even turned in my first chapter draft. I’ve also transitioned from someone who worried quite a bit about how others in academia would perceive me to being someone who is much more confident in her own mind, her academic project, and her personal commitments. And, finally, I’m about to transition from being a mother of one to a mother of two. (And yes, I’ll come back to let you know that baby #2 has arrived.)

Perhaps this increased confidence can be seen in the outfits that have been my favorites from the past year. Half of my top ten are unapologetically bold in their color combinations. Gold and peacock; almost neon coral and purple; hot pink, mustard, and purple; magenta and coral. My personality is not naturally outgoing, bubbly, or bright, and wearing these colors does not make me confident. But they do serve to remind me that I can be mighty, not meek.

I think I also took more risks this year, breaking “rules” that had somehow embedded themselves in my psyche. Like…no flowers before February. Or horizontal stripes make you look wider. Or horizontal and vertical stripes should not be worn simultaneously. I love these outfits not only for their aesthetics, but because they represent me pushing myself to try new things…and then wear it in public.

I echo much of what S. wrote: some days this was a repository for thoughts and discussions that would have had few other outlets. On other days, it was just about wearing something that made me smile. And some days it was about trying out a trend, like tying a t-shirt into a knot or wearing a midi-length skirt. I actually have deep misgivings about experimenting with fashion trends…I worry that it breeds even more consumerist tendencies or that it makes me seem frivolous or too focused on fleeting ephemera rather than Very Important Academic Things. And while those concerns might be valid on some level, sometimes, for me, trying a trend — particularly when it just involves tweaking something I already own or thrifting a $3 skirt — is a playful gesture that can be healthy and even a tiny bit subversive in my Very Intellectual Life. Bet you didn’t know there was so much riding on that midi skirt, huh?

My final choice is less about the outfit itself and more about the motivation behind it and the discussion it prompted. Calling attention to something I’m highly self-conscious about — my asymmetrical face — opened up quite a floodgate of responses from you all. And I loved it. I loved how being honest with you about my insecurities could prompt some of you to reconsider your own perceived flaws. I loved stories of other asymmetrical faces, crooked fingers, bent noses, and two-tone eyes. Letting you see my weakness was, in the end, an incredibly empowering thing. It’s moments like those, when theory, practice, and faith intersect in meaningful ways, that have meant the most to me on this blog.

So thank you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for being patient with how long it takes us to answer questions sometimes. Thank you for rejoicing with me in big life milestones, both personal and professional. Thank you for letting us know that you’ve tried out a new color combination for the first time or bought your first pair of brightly colored shoes or mixed patterns or developed a passion for belting. Thank you for being willing to engage in hard questions and in complicated issues.

And thank you, especially, to A., S., and L. for their friendship and collaboration over the past few years. The ability to work with you and to make something we’re proud of, together, has been a source of great joy.

- E.

P.S. For those who’ve asked, here’s what my wedding dress looked like. And yes, I look “so young” because this was, in fact, six and a half years ago.

P.P.S. My name is Elissa.

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  1. Tamara says:


    Thank YOU. I love your use of color and proportion have reread your particular posts several times and tweaked my own wardrobe based on the inspiration you have provided. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and may you complete your dissertation with alacrity so that the next big transition will present itself.

  2. Jennifer H. says:

    I’m so sad that this blog is coming to an end. I found myself drawn to your playful proportions and colors the most and will really miss you, your writing, little e, and the boundaries you inspired me to push (like wearing mustard!). I wish you the very, very best!

  3. Mrs. Kate B. says:

    How satisfying to know your first name! :)

  4. HokieKate says:

    Thank you. There is a lot I want to say but can’t seem to find the words. Thank you.

  5. Sarah says:

    I so loved this post. Thank you for the thoughtful reflections!

  6. Beverly says:

    Thank you so much! As an academic who felt alone in wanting to look stylish for many years, your blog has meant so much to me.

  7. Mel says:

    Hi Elissa!

    I’m sad to see the blog end. It will be missed!
    You have amazing style and I always enjoyed reading your posts.
    I wish you the very best in all your endeavors!

  8. Jennifer says:

    I got all teary eyed when I read both post scripts. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you, and I will miss you!

  9. Sadie says:

    Thank you, Elissa, this was a wondeful post. Wishing you (and the other Chics) all the best in your future endeavours.

  10. Brooke says:

    Oh, E[lissa!], I totally teared up at this post! Thank you so much for working so hard on this blog. I will miss you girls so much.

  11. Jenn says:

    I’ve been following you guys for about a year now. I think this was one of the first blogs I discovered and I absolutely love your style. As a high school teacher you exemplify the exact look I try to go for everyday.

    I love love love the first two outfits from this post and always love you winter layered looks. Your use of color is awe-inspiring! Thanks for taking us along on your journey through life!

  12. Evie says:

    Thank you, Elissa, your style has been inspiring. Good luck! Dress for good news!

  13. Secret Squirrel says:

    It is so nice to know your real name, and what a lovely name it is too.

    Thank you for all the inspiration you have given, to me (and to several of my friends) particularly helping me develop confidence in my own style.

    I will miss you ladies.


  14. Kristi says:

    Elissa! I love knowing your name! In my head, you were Emily :)

    I can’t tell you how sad I am to see you go. I found your blog in February (when I discovered style blogs in general), and have read through all of your archives since then. The balance of thoughtfulness and wit is tremendous – you (and the other chics) have such a great balance of keeping style really fun, not too serious, yet serious in all the right places. Your particular style aesthetic is similar to mine, and I have been incredibly inspired by your sartorial choices. Seriously, I now own red wedges, a cropped orange cardigan (like your mustard one), and several belts. And I pair my new orange cardigan with the craziest of things (teal! magenta!) due in no small part to your influence. I have never posted a comment before here, but I just had to jump in and say you will be missed. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as the arrival of baby #2 approaches. I just became a mom of two myself in the past year, and it has been a blast so far!

    All the best,

  15. Genevieve says:

    i just LOVE that you told us your name! It makes my day!
    I’d love to know what A’s and S’s and L’s names are too…. think they will tell?

    I am sad that this blog is ending… it was my gateway into the blog world, and it was there for me as I started grad school, in a typically male-dominated field, and in a state with different cultural traditions and expectations of women than where (or, frankly, how) I grew up.

    MY favorite look of yours was the horizontal striped shirt with the hot pink scarf. When summer is over I am going to find a hot pink scarf and steal the look!

  16. bella says:

    Dear Elissa (How wonderful to finally get to call you by your real name!)
    I am still coming to terms with the end of academichic! It feels like the end of an era. I remember the first time your posts started to pop up on wardrobe remix (flickr). Feels like a decade ago, even though it’s been only a few years. The fashion blogging scene has changed drastically in the meantime, but you’ve always been true to your own voice and fashion sense. As a fellow academic, I will be mourning the loss of this blog. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Take care!

  17. TSK says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your name and the wedding dress pic. Both are beautiful:) I am full time gradulate student and in the ABD stage. I have been following your blog for almost 2 years now. Yours is the only blog I follow. I kept returning to your blog more for the text than the pictures! I totally enjoyed the questions you posed, the thoughts you shared etc. As someone who has only last year discovered the ‘ high’ from running, I have also been inspired by L, S and A’s posts about their commitment to fitness. I would like to congratulate all four of you on such a fanstastic blog. Yes I am sad that it is coming to an end. I wish all of you the best in all your future endeavors. I am glad that you will be keeping the archives. I will definitely be visiting them from time to time. In terms of sartorial choices your blog has inspired me to try more of pattern mixing and made me realize how much fun colored shoes can be! I was a lot into denims and since past few months I have incorporated a lot of skirts in my wardrobe. ..:) Your blog has made me question as to why I was not accepting of the what I perceive as ‘ flaws’ in my physical form. I have not yet reached the stage of accepting but yeah I have definitely made a movement in that direction. A heartfelt thanks to all you amazing and beautiful ladies.

  18. Tracey says:

    I read the P.P.S. and was just floored. What a profoundly meaningful gesture. Thank you Elissa. Now I am convinced it is done. Have a beautiful life.

    (But perhaps one of you will come teach at my college some day!)

  19. Corinne says:

    Though I’ve never before commented, I have to chime in to tell you that was a fantastic conclusion. I’ve enjoyed following the blog for several years and, maybe like most of your readers, can say you’ve influenced my style choices in many ways. Thank you for the time you all have put into this during busy and changing seasons of your lives. I wish you the very best.

    P.S. I was convinced your name was Elisa!

  20. Laura says:

    I’m at work (dressed completely ‘down’ for a lazy day in taupe oxfords, tan corduroys, a magenta striped (and hooded! with grommets!) shirt, and a black zip-up hoodie with 3/4 sleeves) so I can’t get as sniffly and nostalgic as I actually feel…

    I’ve been ignoring the end of this blog because I feel after how long I’ve been reading it that you are all my Real Life Friends. I guess that’s the hazard of blogs… you fall in love with the personalities you read and then one day they are gone. It’s like when the author kills your favorite character in the novel you’re snuggled up with. Just because you don’t actually know that person, just because you’ve never touched them, drank coffee with them, doesn’t mean you don’t feel an emotional investment in their lives and futures.

    But in a way, Elissa, seeing your beautiful wedding dress and learning your name gave me… closure? Wow, I sound like a stage five clinger.

    In the least creeper-ish way possible, I just wanted you to know that I am so grateful for this resource you’ve provided me, and that I’ll miss hearing about your successes and adventures.

    (And I’m really glad you’re going to let us know when baby e^2 arrives. And I hope you’ll provide us with gratuitous pictures!)

  21. Shannah says:

    This was a deeply satisfying post. Thank you so much for sharing – and I do hope that at some point in your life, an academichic 2.0 will reappear. {A girl can always hope!} Blessings on your family’s continued expansion and the continued evolution of your career.

  22. Sophia says:

    Thank you. I miss you all already. Just…thank you.

    (And yes, I’m one of the weirdos who teared up learning your real name, too.)

  23. Marcy says:

    It’s not many blogs that have an average of 4,000+ readers subscribed. You all will be very, very missed!


  24. N says:

    I am another who teared up at your P.P.S. I’ve been sad the blog was ending–you have all been such a big part of my style and confidence makeover; thank you so much–but learning your name is was really makes it final. I’m so glad you feel safe enough in this space to tell us.

    As sad as I am, I am equally happy for all of you in the new directions your lives are taking. I hope you and S. do pop back in when your little ones have arrived. But mostly I hope all three of you will let us know when you finish your PhDs, so we can celebrate with you. Best of luck.

  25. ismay says:

    Such a beautiful send-off.

    I am so sad to have to start my days without academichic… Your voices have become friends, particularly A. and E. with whom I have the most in common. Other than SimplyBike, any thoughts of starting other blogs? If you do, I hope you will leave a note on the academichic site…

    All the very best for the dissertation and baby e2.

  26. Starling says:

    Ahhh! I miss you all already. Thank you for sharing so much of your lives these past few years. I, too, am in the ABD stage, and it’s been lovely to know you all are out there doing similar stuff and still maintaining your sense of self (and style!). As for your top ten, I love them all – I probably would have pulled many of them if I had to decide on a top 10 for you. In fact, I think the double-stripe outfit is my favorite :)

  27. Elisabeth says:

    Thank you so much for taking on this project! You’ve been the most inspiring chic to me, and I appreciate you a lot! I share your love of bright colors, and also hope to juggle family life with academia. Actually, when you mentioned life after graduate school your thoughts about where you want to teach were very similar to my own. I’m glad that this blog will still be around so that I can revisit some of my favorites to be inspired all over again. In a funny way, you (and the other chics) have been like fellow grad student friends, and I will definitely miss reading posts with my morning coffee. Best wishes for the future! Thanks again for being such an intelligent, stylish, wonderful scholar and mom!

  28. Jess says:

    Elissa! First, you look beautiful in your wedding dress. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, as well as your name. What a wonderful way to say farewell.
    It has been an incredible two and a half years of watching you all grow, in terms of style, professional life, and personal life. You specifically have been a massive inspiration to me–you’re the main reason I started taking picture of my outfits in the first place, which eventually led me to style blogging. I work in a library where cat sweaters and flip flops are the norm (seriously), and you, along with the other Chics, helped me break away from trousers and v-neck tees to belted skirts, vibrant tights and boatloads of pattern. (Really, boatloads.) Sometimes if I’m standing in front of my closet in despair, I think WWED? and then I pull out a belt. Or I surrender the waist completely. And I’m so pleased I can do that and that I’ve gained so much from all of you.
    I’m so sad to see this blog ending, but I take solace in the fact that I can return to see your posts and continue to receive inspiration while I balance grad school and work myself. I’ll keep checking back seeking an update on baby #2.
    I wish you the absolute best of luck with your move, your dissertation, babies #1 and #2, and your life. Thank you so, so much for everything over the last two years. You’ve been brilliant.

  29. Lavinia says:

    I’m so sad you decided to stop blogging – Academichic was my daily read for almost two years now, what will I read now first thing after turning on the computer? :/ Thank you so much for the inspiration, the courage to try new things and to be confident while doing so.

    Your P.P.S. made me cry because I realized how deeply you all let us into your private lives and yet tried to preserve some degree of anonymity. Revealing your name just makes the end so much more real to me.
    Thank you Academichic for sharing so much with us and being one of the most consistent and real blogs out there!

    I wish you all the best in your lives and I hope someday you will continue with this project when life gets less overwhelming.

  30. Nadine says:

    Yet again I am a tiny bit teary-eyed . . Gorgeous photos, gorgeous post – thank you, Elissa! (I always thought you were ‘Elizabeth’!) BIG HUGS. Will miss you lots . .

  31. Maud says:

    Dear Elissa,

    I have very rarely commented on your blog, largely because I never thought that I could contribute anything interesting or insightful or even remotely amusing to the debates addressed here. Since the end is nigh, however, and since I can’t for the life of me figure out how to send you an email (I’ve tried! I really have!), I’ll just write a long comment here.

    This blog has been such an inspiration to me in the past year (I am a late-arriving but devoted reader of yours). As an undergraduate art history student caught in the clutches of every kind of self-consciousness (sartorial, intellectual, professional), I have found great comfort in reading posts written by articulate, interesting and stylish women. I was particularly touched by how downright lovely your life seems – you seem to balance a really great family life with stimulating academic research and work. I have often been inspired by your wonderful outfits, and by the responses they elicit among your blog colleagues and readers.

    I always felt like a bit of a voyeur, peering into your life without ever really saying hello, so I suppose this is a hello and a goodbye at the same time. From afar, you have been an influence and an encouragement – thank you so much.

    I wish you all the best in your future endeavours, in academe and in life.

    Yours truly,


  32. Dianna says:

    I started reading the blog when I was about eight months pregnant with our eldest son and feeling frumpy. I got desperate to find something on maternity fashion which wasn’t centered on jeans and spandex when I came across Academchic and your first series – I think I started follow right when baby e was born! I’ve so very much enjoyed them and wanted to say thank you! I’ve come to enjoy the writing even more and will miss your posts.

  33. Cara says:

    I started reading this blog when I got my first professional job in a Student Affairs department at a large university in 2009. I had no idea how to dress in a college environment without looking like a college student. I learned so much from you and S, A and L. I will miss this blog and you ladies very much. I wish you all the best in the future!
    (I also teared up at learning your real name. Thank you for sharing that- I always wondered..)

  34. Dee says:

    Thanks for a beautiful post Elissa! I think you and I love the same colors and it’s always so inspiring to see how you put them together. I’ll miss you!

  35. I truly enjoyed all your style choices. Your color palette is never boring and are always inspiring!

  36. Cara says:

    I think this blog is the one I’ve most recommended to friends – to the undergrad attending her first conference, my sister expecting her first child and my husband wanting to know how to dress “like me, but in a guy way” (too bad that the male ide of things didn’t pan out as hoped!). Each person I recommended it to found one contributor whose style or writing spoke to them. I identified most with your style, and I will miss the way you played with colour without making it seem to gimmicky. As I was selecting my wedding dress (almost a year ago), I was thinking about which bloggers I admire and what their dress looks like. I can’t remember what I figured for you, but now that I’ve seen it, I certainly looks exactly as it should – simple yet intricate!

  37. Dara says:

    Thanks to all of you beautiful ladies for being a part of my life. I’m sad to see this go, as it was a daily ritual for me to check your blog for the past two-plus years to find inspiration and encouragement, although I admit I was one of your silent audience.

    I will miss this part of my life, and yet, it seems fitting that it is ending now as I finish my undergraduate career and transition to the full-time workforce. Y’all are sending me into the world armed with confidence in my style and myself through that style and what it represents.

    I miss you already, and I wish you all the best. Come back sometimes and tell us what is going on in your lives (or if you take up another blogging home so I can follow you there!).

    And thank you, E. — Elissa — for sharing your name. It was the perfect note to end on.

    Thank you, E., A., S. and L., for being part of my life.

  38. R says:

    Dear Elissa, I have always loved seeing your bold color combinations and all the “rule” breaking outfits. Your DIYs have been the biggest inspiration to me to start refurbishing and even (rudimentary-ly)sewing my own clothes. Thank you for putting so much effort and thought into this blog. Good luck with everything!

  39. Claire says:

    Hi Elissa! I was another convinced it was Elizabeth, so lovely to “meet” you. I have loved watching your maternity style, I’m particularly enamored with your striped dress this pregnancy! And your pumpkin/mustard skirt is my very favorite item in your wardrobe! Wishing you so much joy in your life, and thank you kindly for sharing a small part of it with us for these past few years. You will be missed!

  40. Melanie says:


    I’ve been following academichic since the very beginning. As a young Australian uni student my lifestyle is very different from all of you but I have most enjoyed everyone’s outfit posts and sharing of your style insights and lives in general. Academichic will be very missed! All the very best for your continuing study and the arrival of baby #2. Just so all of you guys can have a laugh you were always an Edwina in my head, A was an Amy, S was a Stephanie and L was a Laura!


  41. talley says:

    Hello Elissa! It’s so nice to know your first name. It makes you a real person now, I suppose. I’m so sad to see this blog go, but I just thought I’d let you know, you have always been my favorite =)

  42. Kelly says:

    I agree with everyone else that it’s so comforting to learn your actual name. It’s a lovely name. I am a newer reader and you are by far the one with whom my own personal style most screams out to. I am starting law school at the end of August and as I’ve slowly been adding new pieces to my wardrobe, I have picked up pieces and thought of all the pictures you have posted. I have definitely branched out in the color world and am happy there! Good luck with your dissertation and your family. You have inspired so many of us!

  43. K says:

    Elissa (and all of the Chics),

    Thank you so much for all of the love you put into the site. Like many have already posted, since I began reading your blog I’ve started thrifting, DIY-ing (in baby steps), and belting with a fury. I have become adventurous with silhouettes, and you have provided me with a vocabulary to express my sartorial attempts.

    As a recent college graduate working at my alma mater’s crosstown rival, I manage work study students who are just barely younger than I, while collaborating on research with grungy graduate students in hoodies and jeans. I was at a loss on how to dress professionally (and authoritatively) in a world where style is deemed frivolous. This site has been so wonderfully helpful (to the point that my elderly professor has commented on my love for stripes and wide-waisted belts).

    Wishing all four of you the best. Thank you so much for so graciously sharing your lives with us.

  44. Kim says:

    I am going to miss this blog SO much!!!! Thank you ladies for what you have done here.

  45. Sabrina says:

    Elissa! What a beautiful name, and thank you for sharing it. I can’t imagine my reader without you all, I think I’m in denial. Thank you for sharing so much of your life, family, time, mind, energy, effort these past few years. You’ve been a huge influence on me as I dressed through graduation, teaching, and becoming a newlywed. I feel like I made more thoughtful, interesting choices because of what I read here. I’m so grateful. (and count me in with the group that never saw asymmetry, just gorgeous happy smiles and amazing hair)

  46. Laura says:

    What a beautiful and heartfelt post. I teared up reading it. I love the clarity and purposefulness of your writing. Thank you for all the fantastic posts and I wish you and your family the best with your new baby!

  47. Catie says:

    I’ve been reading your wonderful blog since I ran a search trying to figure out what to wear to class during the first week of my second semester of college (I attend a rare undergraduate institution where sweatpants are unheard of), and I was immediately obsessed.
    I’ve always imagined your name was Emma, but Elissa makes complete sense now that I know it. What a beautiful name! I’m years away from baby territory, but I know your wonderful style will stick with me–when I am, eventually, pregnant, I hope I’m as stylish and daring as you! Observing the way you mix vibrant colors in your outfits has inspired me. You will be missed! Best wishes. :)

  48. Fiona says:

    I’m sitting all teary eyed at my desked and cannot formulate a single thought in English. Except thank you, Elissa!

  49. Kris10 says:

    Like everyone else on here, I cried a little. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us for the past few years! Yours is the closet I’d most like to raid, and I’m horribly envious of your ability to wear yellow.

    It sounds really creepy, I suppose, but I enjoyed reading every day not just for your style inspiration but also because I really miss my creative, academic friends from college and grad school. All of you ladies remind me of them. After graduation, my husband and I moved to central Nebraska, and we feel like fish out of water for many reasons. He begins his doctorate next year, so we’re really looking forward to moving back to a college town and feeling like we belong once again.

    Best of luck in the future!

  50. Erin says:

    I have to echo everything I’ve read above, truly. Of all the (wonderful!) chics, I loved your playfulness with color and “rule-breaking” combined with A’s classic silhouettes and styles. Basically, whenever I saw an A outfit, I’d think, “Oh! Love that!” and whenever I saw one of yours, I’d think, “Oh! That never occurred to me! I should try it!”

    THANK YOU for the inspiration! Because of you, I’ve tried so many new color combinations, along with some re-fashioning of things I already owned. You really shook up my wardrobe, and I thank you for it.

    And yes, thank you for sharing your name–I 100% understand the desire to keep some things private, but as folks have already commented, it is a really meaningful touch for those of us who have been following you for a long time. Best of luck to you (and A, S & L!) as you move into the next phase of your lives, both personally and professionally. I’ll certainly miss you, but as an ABD with a visiting prof gig, I definitely understand the need to refocus energies onto other things.

  51. Imee says:

    Dear Elissa,

    What a beautiful post… I stumbled upon your blog a year ago while Google-ing “how to wear a cardigan.” And I’ve been following you ever since. I’ve actually had the privilege of knowing your name ever since we were little girls in church together in Hawaii, (hello :) and you are in my fondest memories when I get nostalgic about my island childhood. A lot of life has passed since we’ve actually seen each other, and truthfully it did feel a bit stalkerish to peer into your current life without having you peer into my own. However, it’s good to see a dear childhood friend doing “life” so well, and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you SO much for all you’ve shared. You’ve inspired me (and obviously countless others) both creatively and intellectually, and as I embark on my own pregnancy journey (I just got my first ticket for the good ship mommy-hood) your blog has reassured me that eventhough at times my life and body doesn’t feel like it belongs to me anymore, I can still maintain my own career, personality, and all the things that make me… well, me. So thank you dear childhood friend for inspiring all of us by sharing all the things that make you… you. And though I’m sad to see this blog end, I wish you much (more) success in all your future projects & endeavors.


  52. Kaylyn says:

    Im shocked at how emotional it was for me to read your name haha I got all teary. I am going to miss this blog so much. It has always been one of my favorites. For so many reasons. You’re all real women. Incredibly smart, strong, beautiful, inspirational women. I know that when I’m in need of some inspiration Ill come back here, new posts or not.

  53. admin says:

    You all are so kind and generous to me. Thank you. Really.

    - Elissa

  54. Rita says:

    I was going to say I must be really weird (read “emotional”) because it really made me tearful to read your name but I now see I was not the only one! But still how weird what internet does to us!! You may sit alone in front of this machine but you still can’t stop us from connecting with other humans we have never even met (and probably never will) in “real life”! Strange times :) And what a strange reaction to such a simple thing! Thank you for sharing!

  55. s says:

    Wow, childhood friends reuniting in the comments above! Awesome!

    It surprises me that you aren’t natually outgoing…I always thought you were. I loved seeing your colorful outfits, and those red wedges….loved them ever since I saw them and was bummed I couldn’t track them down! I also really loved your packing posts! And thanks for introducing me to Tom Bihn bags…I haven’t bitten the bullet yet, but I have that site bookmarked when I decide to buy a bag. I’m bummed that I missed the giveaway for the Tristar!

    Best of luck to you and your growing family!

  56. Rose says:

    I’m sad to see you go! Academichic was one of the very first fashion blogs I started following. (If must’ve been a couple years ago because baby e#1 was still gestating at the time.) You’ve inspired me to pay more attention to what I wear and how, and to inject more creativity into my personal style on a daily basis. Thank you all for everything and good luck on your upcoming adventures!

  57. Mrs.M in MI says:

    I should have known someone so creative, beautiful, and erudite would be named Elissa – because that’s my name, too!

    Thanks for a wonderful time.

  58. Kayla says:

    I am so sad to see you go! You have been such an inspiration to me in the last 3 years. So many of your outfits now have a home in my inspiration folder. I wish you the best of luck with your new baby, and with the rest of your dissertation. Thank you for being such a great woman! You have been a fantastic blogger! Good luck with everything the world brings you!

  59. Erin says:


    I just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful posts and the time it took for you (all) to do them. B/c of you I have definitely started to embrace pairing some of my favorite colors (mustard and eggplant just as an example) together and not feel like a crazy person. :)

    You and I became mommies to our first babies around the same time (my little girl is a few weeks older than baby e) and I really enjoyed seeing your pregnancy posts and how your life changed once you had baby e. Both you and S have inspired me to not be such a lazy bum the next time I am pregnant and actually get dressed in the morning. Lol!

    Thank you and congratulations on your upcoming bundle of joy! Good luck in all you do!

    (I was secretly hoping you were an Erin like me :) )

  60. Vanessa says:

    Reading this post was inspiring and sad at the same time. I’ve found your blog in the past year and since then I could’t stop reading it. We are all orphans, be sure. There’s so much I’d like to say about how much this blog and you made me see different ways of being yourself, but the two words that fit in is thank you.

    Kisses from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  61. Ana says:

    Thank you for everything you’ve shared with us over the last 3 years! I will miss your colorful outfits and your insightful writing. All this time I had guessed your name was Elisa – I almost had it right!

  62. Cristy says:

    Oh, E (As much as I love that you shared your full name with us, you will always be E. to me!)! I hate endings so much, and as much as I sympathize with needing to move on with life, I will miss you all fiercely–and will mourn my (our) loss! I started to get that suspicious lump in my throat and a burning in my eyes when I realized that you all were closing shop, and I felt rather silly about it, but am relieved to know I am in good company. Besides all the beauty, joy, and dialogue you all offer us, I think I’m also sad because it feels like a friendship is coming to an end–and we have no means of continuing that friendship after you leave here. A little creepy? Perhaps. But that’s what the Internet will do to you.

    In any case, thank you all for sharing not just your thoughts and your experimentation with clothes, but also for the opportunity to “get to know you (all).”

    P.S. I too am surprised to find that you don’t consider yourself an outgoing person, E.! Perhaps because of the vivid color combinations, the smileyness in all your pictures, the feeling of cheekiness expressed by some of your outfits and/or poses??

  63. Pang says:

    Dear E, I have been following Academichic for about a year now and you have inspired me with SOOO many of your posts and outfits! My style is similar to yours but with a twist because I’m petite and I have to pay closer attention to proportions. Thank you so much for all the pictures and advices! You’re creativity and courage to try new looks inspire me! I will miss the regular blogs, but I WILL refer to previous posts for ideas and reminders! Thanks for sharing!


  64. Sarah says:

    So sad to say goodbye to all you lovely ladies! Your blog has provided amazing inspiration for me throughout my first year of the marathon that is to be my graduate experience. Thank you so very much!

    P.P.S. You have my best friend’s first name. It’s a wonderful name.

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