Faux Fur & Florals

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Throughout the fall, all I wanted in life was a bold faux fur jacket. I had seen plenty in some online boutiques, but nothing was striking my fancy. They were either too plain or didn't have any sort of button or zipper closure. While I know they're not the most practical coats, I live on the lake and it gets too damn cold to not have a jacket that doesn't secure somehow. I do some pretty dumb things for fashion purposes, but this was not one of them. 

I Used To Be Golden | A February Playlist

Monday, February 27, 2017

Another month, another playlist that–genre wise–makes absolutely no sense. I've stopped trying to cater my musical interests to one specific type. Life's too short to not give every genre a try, hence why all of my playlists are a really weird mixture of indie, pop, and the occasional throwback. I mean, "Miami" by Will Smith made this month's list. That song came out two years after I was born, which is pretty wild. I started listening to The Struts a lot more this month, mainly because I'm fairly certain I'll be seeing them in May, just a week or so before I finally get to see The 1975.

I feel like I always need to note that this playlist does not include the unhealthy amount of Little Mix and DNCE that I listened to this month. It's a sickness that I never want to be cured of.

Good Reads

Sunday, February 26, 2017

1. Wearing Your Favorite Dresses With Pants, the New Trend You Won’t Resist Honestly, when will I be cool enough to rock this trend? My goal for 2017 is to successfully rock a dress over a pair of jeans. I'm going to do it. Mark my words!

2. Karl Lagerfeld Called Meryl Streep “Cheap”!!!!! OH NO HE DIDN'T, NOT ON MY WATCH, SISTA!

3. The Parisian Pull + Little Pieces of Paris I love little sweaters with French phrases printed or embroidered onto them. Despite taking Spanish for seven years before college and choosing it as my minor, I find that French sayings on clothing is just such a chic little addition!

4. Gucci Does the Most I truly feel like I love current Gucci so much because it always does, as the title of this post says, the most. It's so extra and I feel like I relate to every eccentric piece that walks down that runway.

5. Pink Wednesday I adore the combination of blush pink with grey! I think it's such a cute alternative to white or cream and looks a lot less harsh than black!

6. 10 Trends to Try According to NYFW Winter 2017 I'm all in for the puffy sleeves, fuzzy mustard and prints that look like they belong in your grandmother's home.

7. The Dramatic Process of Writing Headlines at Man Repeller As someone who struggles to title all of her blog posts and every single article she's had to write for a class or student newspaper, I appreciate everything about this post.

8. Cordoba Travel Guide I had the pleasure of being able to visit Cordoba for a short period of time when I went to Spain in my senior year of high school (oddly enough, four years and a week or so ago). I got to wander around the Mezquita mentioned in this post, as well as walk down the Calleja de La Flores. It was a really gorgeous city!

9. Everything I Wore (And Wanted to Wear) This Fashion Week in Mirror Selfies True life: I'm obsessed with everything that Leandra Medine puts on her body. I literally just want to study her style without copying every single quirky look she puts together. Ugh. Her style is just the bomb dot com.

What have you been reading lately?

Recents Outfits, Part Six

Saturday, February 25, 2017

I call this look The 90s Family Sitcom Wardrobe of My Dreams also known as Shoutout to the Tanner Sisters for the Outfit Inspiration.

Sweater: H&M
Jeans: American Eagle
Boots: Steve Madden

Ripped Jeans & Red Lips

Friday, February 24, 2017

I'm all for the casual nature of a simple sweater and a pair of distressed jeans. It's one of my go to outfits when I don't want to look super put together, but I want to add a bit of edge and a casual aspect to my outfit. There's something so simple about a nice plain knit during the winter months, especially to transition from season to season. 

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, February 23, 2017

1. Hart of Dixie

I hate that I just started and finished watching this show this past week. Why did I not give this show a chance when it was on the air? Why did it take me two years post its cancellation to jump on the Hart of Dixie bandwagon and fall in love with the people of Bluebell? And why the hell did I deprive myself of Wade Kinsella for so many years?

The show follows Dr. Zoe Hart (Rachel Bilson), a girl from New York who dreamed of being a heart surgeon. After not receiving a fellowship she needed, she ends up taking on a job as a general practitioner in small town Alabama. There, she discovers that the half of a medical practice was left to her in the will of the man who recruited her years before at her graduation. The show continues to show Zoe as she grows accustomed to life in a tiny town and Southern customs and hospitality.

#TBT: A Throwback Playlist

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I've loved music for as long as I can remember. When you grow up with your father as the lead singer of band after band and an older brother who was a hometown rockstar, there's really no choice. I grew up surrounded by music, from 80s hairbands to more new wave and soft rock, and always embraced it in my life. Unfortunately, I was unable to feature everything that I listened to over my adolescence. I capped it at 2010 because honestly, we'd be here forever if I tried to order every single music phase I went through chronologically.

Ohio City: Koffie Cafe

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On my Ohio City adventure on Sunday, we stopped into Koffie Cafe for a quick bite to eat. After driving around trying to find parking and every other brunch spot being too crowded for our growling stomachs, we ended up just popping into the coffee shop next door to where we considered getting a proper sit-down brunch. It was pretty eclectic but had great lighting, really intimate seating, and a really chill vibe. It was a really relaxing spot to be on a Sunday and I can see why people settled into their cozy corners and started to work on their computers and catch up with a nice newspaper.

Orange You Glad I Didn't Say...

Monday, February 20, 2017

I am living for this weather at the moment. The past two days have been absolutely gorgeous. The one annoying thing about downtown, though, is that the breeze from Lake Erie always drops the temperature significantly. Luckily, I have my trusty plaid coat to keep me warm and cozy when the breeze combats the sunshine. 

Yesterday, one of my roommates and I spent the day exploring Ohio City and driving around downtown to scope out spots where we could take photos. Olivia blogs over at Our Wandering Mind and shares her tips for travel, college, and how to throw a good party. Neither of us are photographers by any means, but we still had tons of fun taking outfit photos yesterday!

Dream Closet, Vol. 26

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Another month, another scroll through Net-A-Porter. It's a weird in-between season for fashion at the moment, a combination of lingering winter and resort with our toes dipped into the waters of spring. I'm not one to incorporate color into my wardrobe aside from the occasional blush pink and every day bold lipstick. But I just can't help but look at all of the cute and colorful pieces in the what's new pages!

Positivitea Cup Twenty-Six: An Update On Post Grad Life

Friday, February 17, 2017

I graduated almost exactly two months ago and all I have to show for it is my cap and gown sitting in my closet. Just kidding. My diploma is sitting somewhere at home with the incorrect date printed in decorative script that I was too lazy to request to get changed. Besides, I think it's pretty funny.

It's kind of weird not having school, if I'm being completely honest. I don't by any means miss the work though, don't get me wrong there either. It's nice coming home from work and not having any class assignment to worry about. I love that I don't have to tailor my schedule around a few hours on campus. And I most certainly do not miss the 10 hour days slaving in the newspaper lab trying to make a paper happen every three weeks.

Sephora Wish List

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hi, I'm Francesca. I like autumn, pumpkin spice lattes, and long walks through Sephora. I've been pretty good about not buying new makeup, but I'm due for replacements in foundation, concealer, exfoliator, and it's always nice to lust after a few new bits, right? My favorite thing is loading up my shopping cart on Sephora's website, seeing the tallied up total, crying, considering it because I now have free shipping as VIB Rouge, and then settling for the absolute necessities. It sure is fun to dream, though.

The Year of FINALLY Saving Money

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

It's no surprise that I want to move to New York City. It's been a dream of mine since I was, god, ten? Eleven? Maybe even younger? I'm not sure if there was a singular moment where I thought that the city was right for me, but I've had it ingrained in my head that I need to be there and I'm not keen on taking no for an answer. It's also no surprise that New York City is expensive as hell to live in, from rent to public transportation to inflated costs of absolutely everything.

This all translates to one thing: I need to start learning how to save money. Stat. Notice how I said learn instead of just start. I have an issue where when I get money, I want to, naturally, spend it. I'm not good at keeping my bank account replenished, which is something I've slowly been working on year by year. But it's never been more important for me to start doing this than it has right here, right now.

Single As a Pringle On the "Day of Love"

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I was going to name this post "Being Single on Valentine's Day," but realized that was the title of my blog post a year ago today. So. We're going to have to get a little more creative with these Valentine's Day blog post titles if this is how it's all going to continue down the line.

This is just a post to remind all of my single people that it's okay to not have a significant other. More power to ya! Power to everyone! Today is a day of love and tomorrow is a day of discounted chocolates. Could it be a better two days? I think not!

In searching for last year's Valentine's Day post, I also found this old love themed playlist I created a couple of years ago and just looking at the track list gave me heart eyes, so I figured it'd be nice to share it one more time.

Happy Valentine's Day! XOXOXOXO

Best Dressed: Grammys 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Grammys are one of the only award shows that I can sit through the whole night and not want to continue binge-watching whatever show I'm attempting to truck through at the moment. I live for Grammys Sunday, from the red carpet coverage, to the incredible artists being honored, down to the performances and collaborations that could only take place on the Grammy stage. 

The red carpet for the Grammys is always full of interesting pieces. I feel like the fashion at this award show is always much more punchy and interesting than any other, which is why it becomes a yearly spectacle for me.

P.S. I have no included a picture of Beyonce's stage outfit purely because nothing else will ever compare to that godly image and having it on the main page of my blog will just make my computer screen implode. I'm assuming. Who knows. She's perfection and can do absolutely no wrong and I had to give her a shout-out somewhere in this post. It would not be a music award show post if Beyonce wasn't somehow mentioned.

1. Rihanna wearing Armani Privé

Good Reads

Sunday, February 12, 2017

1. The Shapetape Hype I'm still waiting to get my hands on a tube of this concealer, but since I'm never at Ulta, I never have the opportunity to pick one up.

2. 10 Ways to Wear Pink Pink is always a color that I stray from when it comes to pieces in my wardrobe, but god, these outfits are adorable!

3. Day 3 of NYFW Street Style is Here! I LOVE STREET STYLE SO MUCH!!!!!!

4. I Lived Like Anna Wintour  This post seriously had me in stitches.

5. 5 Ways To Style Your Mom Jeans Right Now I love that mom jeans are still cool.

6. How to Fake Your Way Through a Fashion Review This is honestly perfect. And so on point. How many times do I pull out the word 'juxtaposition' during fashion month time?

7. Black and Bell Sleeved The bell sleeved top is adorable, but I'm all heart eyes over that incredible Louis Vuitton bag.

8. Roses and Ruffles That dress is so stinking cute. What a fun floral print!

9. Coffee and Croissants The bell-sleeved sweater from ASOS is out of this world. Love!

10. How to Always Take Great Photos! 10 New Instagram Secrets! Carly's Instagram secrets are always so on point.

11. 10 Ways To Improve Your Instagram And some more Instagram tips, because why not, right?

12. 6 Things I Gave Up When I Moved to New York I'm ready to give this all up. GIVE ME NEW YORK, OR GIVE ME DEATH!

What have you been reading lately?

Six More College Survival Tips

Saturday, February 11, 2017

By now, you all know how huge of a fan I am of unsolicited advice that I am not qualified to give. It's one of my favorite things to do, besides reorganizing my lipstick drawer and hoard magazines that I don't have time to flip through, let alone read. I'm not sure whether some of these classify specifically as college survival tips or just life tips (see: number one), but regardless, I think they can still apply one way or another!

Eyeshadow Palette Collection

Friday, February 10, 2017

For someone who talks about how infrequently she switches up her eye look and experiments with various colors, I own a fair bit of eyeshadow palettes. I used to be more into eyeshadow, then I fell out of love with it. In order to compensate for that, I think I went a little eyeshadow palette crazy in the recent months and now I think I might have too many. Though, I suppose that's all relative. There are probably people who have many more than me, which is what I say to make myself feel better about all of the money that I've spent on these palettes over the years.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, February 9, 2017

1. Selfie

This show originally debuted for a short period of time from September 2014 to December 2014. Selfie was a modern day adaptation of My Fair Lady (which I just discovered). I remember this show being on during my sophomore year of college because my mom would talk about it from time to time, but I didn't have time to watch it, especially without DVR. I was scrolling through Hulu the other day and I saw that this show was up and I decided that it was time to finally see Karen Gillan and John Cho in action.

Everyday Makeup

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

There's a formula to my everyday makeup routine. The only thing that changes on a daily basis is the color of my eyeshadow (even that is limited to a few color palettes), blush and highlighter olor (again, fairly limited), and the shade of my lipstick. There's certain steps that I've been following for years, but more recently, for the past few months. I use the same face products, I do my eyeliner the same, I have a step-by-step process that I live by to expedite my morning routine. There's no surprises when I'm going my makeup in the morning because that's just how I keep my mornings from being insanely hectic. It already takes me long enough to try to pick out an outfit. There's no need to make it more difficult for myself!

The Great Lipstick Adventure, Part Two

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's no secret that I own too many lipsticks for one person. I know there are people with more, that's a given, but what does a normal 21-year-old need more than 80 lipsticks for? What purpose do they all serve in my life? How much money have I spent on said lipstick? How do I justify all of the paychecks I blew on lip products?

Two years ago, I challenged myself to what I called The Great Lipstick Adventure. Essentially, I had sheets of paper with lipstick swatches on them of all of my spring and summer lipsticks. Every time I wore one of the lipsticks, I had to mark a tally next to it on the sheet. The goal was to end up wearing all of my lipsticks at least once to justify their existence in my collection.

Trends I Love (And Am Probably Behind On): Layering With Turtlenecks

Monday, February 6, 2017

About 80% of the time, I am behind on the trends, holding onto fads from last season. I can't help it. I'm perpetually late to everything, trends included. I don't even know if the trend I'm talking about today could even be classified as a trend or just something that I saw on a few fashion blogs once. All I know is that if it gives me a way to repurpose a turtleneck, I'm in.

Good Reads

Sunday, February 5, 2017

1. IT'S COOOLLLDDDD Highkey want a pair of leather gloves right now, solely so I can attempt a look as cool as this.

2. 5 Simple Ways to Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts This is precisely why I have 95.6% of my Facebook albums hidden. Nobody needs to see me during my adolescence. Most were unlucky enough to have witnessed it firsthand, anyways.

3. An Idiot’s Guide to Mirror Selfies As I take all of my outfit pictures in the dressing room mirrors at work, we shall see if these come in handy next time I wear a cute outfit there...

Favorite Six Face Masks

Saturday, February 4, 2017

After years of avoiding it, I think 2016 turned into my year of skincare. Or at least, the last few months I've tried to focus on skincare deeper than just me washing my face twice a day and using spot treatments to try to zap away the acne that seems to chronically plague me. One of my favorite forms of skincare has quickly become face masks. It's like I'm trying to play Pokemon and catch all of the masks until I have them all.

I like to do a mask a few times a week, all for different reasons. Sometimes my skin is so dry and patchy than it just needs some exfoliating. Sometimes I just want to treat my oily skin (usually more in the spring and summer months rather than the winter). I like to keep a few on hand at all times just so I'm never without one. Out of all of the masks I've tried and sampled, these are the six that I've loved the most.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, February 2, 2017

1. H&M v-neck knit sweater

I saw this sweater on a mannequin at H&M when I went home during the Christmastime. It was originally pretty expensive at around $50 and I wasn't really in the mood to spend that much money on a sweater from H&M. Flashforward to a week or so later and I was in a different H&M with my cousin. And what sweater do I come across but this one marked down to $10 for that weekend only. I snatched that sweater off the rack so fast I didn't even know what to do with myself.

Spring 2017 Fashion Trends

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Every time I go to write about clothing for the next season, the weather decides to take a turn for the worse Two weeks ago, it was warm and gorgeous outside. There was a day that I was sweating without a jacket on. I drove with my windows down!!! However, snow is coating Cleveland again and I'm going to, no doubt, have to clean three days worth of snow off of my car. Ugh.

But, fashion abides by no seasons! The retail market is gearing up to put out spring collections, if they haven't already started toying with some resort pieces here and there for the well-traveled bunch.
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