My Wishlist!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I'm like any normal human being when it comes to wanting things. I go through phases. Like the time I absolutely begged for half of the shoes under my bed or clothes in the back of my closet. So naturally, I decided on a way to organize my desires. This is my current wish-list, obviously subject to change.

1. OASAP Cat Pattern Sweater: I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, but I find myself attracted to anything with cats on it/remotely related to cats. It has become a real issue because I've already been told that I will be a cat lady and I want to spite the person who said it to me. 


2. Eye Candy Tote: Okay, perhaps this is a little impractical as it is a completely clear tote. It's not that I am ashamed of anything that is in my purse, because I'm not (okay, maybe the unicorn bookmark is a little embarrassing). No, I just usually have a really messy purse. Hey, maybe this would help me stay more organized. A girl can dream...

3. Polka dot bow bandeau: If you couldn't tell from the title/url of this blog, I love polka dots. I also love bows. So combine my two favorite things into an adorable bandeau that can double as a bathing suit and you get a very happy and very broke Francesca.

4. Cottonsnaps: I just recently ordered a new pair of glasses as my good pair has been lost for six months now and I've been stuck with my three year old pair with a super weak prescription. I thought it would be obnoxious and slightly quirky to get one of these to spice up my life a little. I also figured they'd be perfect for the beach or summer in general. I never know what to do with my sunglasses when they're not on my head and cases seem too bulky to carry around. Now I will never lose a pair of sunglasses again (well, if I ever get some Cotton Snaps...)

5. Floppy hat: I don't know what my obsession has been with oversized and borderline obnoxious floppy hats, but I've been pining after one since January. Let's just see if I can find one to fit my abnormally large head...


 

Essie's 'Mojito Madness'

Friday, March 15, 2013

In honor of the upcoming drinking holiday, I decided to show a little bit of St. Patrick's day spirit. I'm Italian (hence, Francesca) and don't partake in this holiday but I had Irish friends who were badgering about not wearing festive nail polish, so guys, this one's so you.







Essie's names are absolutely perfect. This color could not be a more perfect representation of this drink because of the mint leaves. Just Google mojito and bask in the accurateness of this nail polish name. This might have been from the 2012 Summer collection but I'm not 100% positive.





It's definitely a fun, eye catching color. I wore this to my hair salon and my stylist said it was a funky color. I couldn't agree more, but I adore it! It's a lime green, but not the neon sorts; it's literally the color of a lime. I love the cream finish it has and how it's more muted rather than being a BAM! In Your Face kind of color. It's bright enough to be springy or summery, but it's not tacky.

As for application, I got it opaque in about two normal coats. Depending on the length of your nails, you may want to go three. It all depends on how thick you coat it on and such. I have had this on since Monday and I only see minor tip wear on my right thumb nail, but all other nine are in tact. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a great spring to summer transitional color.

What's your favorite Spring nail polish? Leave it in the comments below.

OOTW (3/4-3/8)

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Where: School
Top: Esprit
Skirt: Forever21
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: A gift
Necklace: H&M

 Where: Shopping
Top: JcPenney
Leggings: TJ Maxx
Boots: Uggs
Hat: Topshop

How To Deal With: Mean Girls Without Really Trying

Saturday, March 9, 2013

I'm starting a new series of posts in which I try to explain, with my non-expertise, a topic of sorts. Perhaps it is something that I myself am dealing with or my friends are. I think that as a teenage girl myself, I might be able to give some sort of advice, whether helpful or not. This week I am going to talk about the stereotypical high school mean girl that for some reason seems to lurk for an eternity following.
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If you ask a girl in her teens, ranging from around the age of 12 and onward, what she hates the most, here are some typical answers: the fact that she is not married to Channing Tatum (Curse you, Jenna Dewan!), the fact that she is not a 5'10" model walking the runways, periods, and, you guessed it, other girls! We can't help the fact that sometimes, other girls piss us off. I should clarify, though, that not all girls are the enemy, just like how all boys are not allies either. But that is another story for another time. Right now, I'm here to rant about girls, specifically the mean ones.

We have all heard of the movie Mean Girls, arguably one of the most quotable movies of all time. This great movie featuring our favorite mean girls, Gretchen, Karen, Cady, and the infamous Regina. Yes, they are just characters in a movie, but how many of us have a living and breathing Regina George in our lives, seemingly trying to victimize us whether we provoked it or not? Raise your hand.

When I categorize a girl as mean, I am not referencing the fact that they are honest with people. I truly believe that being an honest person and being up front with people does not make you a bitch; it makes you blatantly honest, and there's nothing wrong with that! Celebrate your honesty among the halls of liars. Honesty is the best policy. Deceit, though a staple in high schools, is what aids to the truly unbearable aspects of it. 

It seems to me that there is always at least one girl terrorizing the rest with their icy glares (no, that's not just the way your face looks) and snide remarks she makes sure you hear. She always has a comment to make, whether or not you asked for it. But fear not anymore because I plan to give you all some tips on how to deal with mean girls and how to avoid any added drama! I had successfully avoided high school drama for three years and a month. Then, of course, I got dragged into some that has been ongoing since October. Well, it is all one-sided. I am civil. The other party is not. So here's how to deal with that as well. 


  1. Stay off of twitter! I mean it. Subtweets are so common now, passive aggressive heaven for a bitter girl with steam to blow off. Seeing these blatant, yet not totally confirmed, blows at you will just make you angrier and will cause you to shoot back your own comment and provoke more from the other side. If you avoid them all together, she looks like a petty complainer who has nothing better to do than subtweet you. If you can't live without twitter, then unfollow this person and keep yourself from going to their page.
  2. If there's a group discussion about this person, do not join in. Word will get back that you were part of this hate session and she will not like that at all. Just sit there silently or leave all-together.
  3. Be civil. I know, I know. This is easier said than done. Don't give her mean looks or be outwardly rude to her face. Smile at her in the hall or try to make small talk by asking what the homework was. If it seems like you're trying, maybe she will too.
  4. Don't start or spread rumors. You're just asking for it. Keep a rumor to yourself and definitely do not make one up on your own.
  5. Don't let their comments get to you. If you can hear her whispering in class about you, don't turn around and scream at her face. Sit and calm yourself.
  6. Remember to be the bigger person, in all situations. This is the golden rule. I know it seems like a lot more fun to duke it out with your enemy verbally, but in the end, she looks like the bitch who was talking about you behind your back instead of you looking like the girl who fought back.
As I said, I am not an expert on this subject. I'm still learning how to deal with it all. But these are some of the things I keep repeating to myself when I'm in school or at home. It takes one dumb tweet to start a brawl. In the end, none of this is worth it. You have to realize who your real friends are and hold on tight.

Boogie Shoes - Dance Playlist

Wednesday, March 6, 2013



I compiled and condensed by library of songs I like to dance to into a 14 song playlist that I think you all might enjoy. These are songs that I find particularly exhilarating. I like to jump around to these songs and act like a fool. I described this mix as "A healthy dose of obnoxious dancing goes a long way."


Origins Haul

Monday, March 4, 2013

Long story short, I have really sensitive skin when it comes to face products in general, whether it be washes, spot treatments, foundations, etc. I've been going through a really bad patch of breakouts since November. I assumed it was all stress related and linked to my college application process and getting accepted and what not. But here I am, a month after letters and choosing my college, under no stress, still breaking out. I decided enough was enough.

My mom and I both did our own separate research and came together and the only brand we mentioned was Origins. We headed to the local counter at our Macy's earlier and had the sweetest woman help us out.

In the line of actual skin cleansing products, we got a box of 60 Spot Remover pads that are salicylic acid acne treatment pads.We also got the Super Spot Remover which is acne treatment gel with salicylic acid.

I had never owned a foundation that cost more than ten dollars, but my mom insisted that it was a "go hard or go home" situation (worded differently, of course). I got the Stay Tuned foundation in the color 19 Fair. To match, I got the Quick, Hide! concealer in 01 Light and the Silk Screen powder in 02 Tender.

My first test run of these products will be this coming week. I will do an updated post on these products to give them proper reviews when the time comes. I've heard nothing but good things about this brand. Who knows, maybe I'll go back and pick up a few more things if they products react well with me.

OOTD's 2/24 & 2/26

Sunday, March 3, 2013




Where: Babysitting
Top: Zara
Bottoms: American Eagle


Where: School
Dress: H & M
Shoes: Kohl's
Necklace: H & M
Lipstick: Raspberry Bite by Revlon

Please excuse my temporary absence & changes?

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Hello! I'm terribly sorry for my lack of posts. I am alive, however, and motivated to get back into the swing of things. I've spent the last few weeks either preparing to go to Spain, being in Spain or being in a state of sadness due to the fact that I am back home where it is combination snowing/raining/being miserably cold.

I spent six days in three different cities in Spain last week. That's pretty cool, in the words of Miss Cyrus. I did a TON of shopping and had the time of my life with my friends. New friendships were made, some were broken and one major crush was formed. Ooh la la. Europe is a fabulous country, despite the economic turmoil in some places. My excuse for spending so much money was that I was trying to solve the economic crisis in Spain. No one else was amused by my answer, but in my mind, everything is justified. Including the 60-something-dollar sweatshirt I bought at Topshop.

Perhaps I'll make a collective haul post of the things I bought in Spain once I get my head on straight and truly convince myself that I am home and going back is not an option at this point (my bank account is very sad and empty now).

I just wanted to let any readers know that I am sorry, but am ready to put myself back in action. With that being said, I've been teetering between the idea of a name change. I don't think that this blog is completely about makeup anymore, making the name and URL a little...inaccurate. Therefore, I am going to spend some time trying to think of a more fitting name. I'll make a post about that in the future <3

-lovelovelove-
Francesca Pauline.

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