That Green Light, I Want It | A March Playlist

Friday, March 31, 2017


Another month, another hodgepodge of songs that I've been listening to throughout the month. It's clear that I pretty much don't know what the heck I'm doing when it comes to music throughout the month. One second I'll be listening to old school Fall Out Boy, the next I'll be jamming to songs from the Moana soundtrack (which I've yet to see, I just like the music a lot, okay?). It's pretty wild to think that this is the last playlist that will feature no music from Harry Styles. Can we just talk about his impending single coming out next Friday? And an album soon after? An SNL appearance? Are any of us ready? If you don't like Harry Styles, proceed on to the next paragraph and pretend this never happened.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, March 30, 2017



1. "In The Night" by Brandon Royal and Davina Leone 

As you know from last week's Things I'm Loving post, you'd know that I'm absolutely obsessed with The Voice again. I thought that the battle round featuring "I Drove All Night" was one of the best battle rounds I've seen on the show and then this week happened and I was quickly corrected. Not only were the vocals on point, but Brandon and Davina totally got into the performance and it was electric, I tell you. Electric! Spoiler alert, but I'm so excited that both of these singers are still on the show...for now.

My Guilty Pleasures

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Everyone has that one thing (or, you know, more than one thing) that they know they shouldn't like, but they do anyways. Even if you live your interests out shamelessly, there's still one of two things that you might not boast about on a daily occurrence and broadcast to the entire universe. Or maybe you would. Regardless, a guilty pleasure is not just a great song from ¡Viva la Cobra !, Cobra Starship's 2007 album.

I don't include things like boybands in my guilty pleasures list. Everyone and their grandmother knows that I would drop everything for a member of One Direction and would give up almost anything for tickets to a Jonas Brothers reunion concert if there ever was one. I'm pretty shameless in my love for Disney, including princesses, DCOMs and current TV shows that I am probably too old to be indulging in.

Recent Outfits, Part Seven

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I truly realize how much color that I don't wear every time I round up some of my most recent outfits. Hashtag yikes, am I right? Also, other than the fact that I do fall into the routine of wearing the same pieces over and over again, I've also spent the last week and a half living out of a suitcase while I'm house-sitting, so my wardrobe has been severely limited. Can this post also double as how to style one suitcase of clothing? 


I call this outfit I Finally Dug My Dirty and Worn Down Matisse Mules Out of My Closet and Now Feel Compelled to Wear Them Every Single Day for the Rest of My Life also known as Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It. 

Sweater: Saks
Sweater coat: Zara (from Cleveland Consignment Shoppe)
Pants: Zara (from CCS)
Shoes: Matisse x Kate Bosworth

New Beauty Bits & First Impressions

Monday, March 27, 2017


When I run out of out my staple beauty products, I always run out at the same time. I've been scraping out the last remnants of my NARS All Day Luminous foundation with a q-tip for the past few days because the only other foundation I have is a shade that is most definitely too dark for me but kind of works if I blend it out. The key words are: kind of. I also started to run dangerously low on my exfoliating cleanser which with my skin being the pain in the butt that it is, is a must have in my skin routine. I've been without a face primer for months upon months because I was convinced that I didn't need one but let's be real, I do. I need one. And I could feel my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner starting to dry out and if I'm ever without one of those, I feel lost. This all warranted a trip to Sephora, where I tried to keep myself in line, but I always stray just a tiny bit.

Good Reads

Sunday, March 26, 2017


1. Your Ideal Weekend My ideal weekend? Easy. No makeup, potential brushing of the hair, no wearing anything but leggings and oversized t-shirts. There is queso and margaritas involved somehow, despite not wanting to leave the house. I watch a lot of Gilmore Girls and get eight hours of sleep, at least.

2. We Can’t Actually All Be *That* Busy On one hand, I am busy. On the other hand, I do have moments of free time. It's just that in most of those moments of free time, I'm so drained from my other responsibilities that I just...veg out. Is it considered busy if I need to schedule in three hours of silence to detox from the day? No? Okay, fair enough.

3. Five Updates for Your Wardrobe Right Now *proceeds to run to the mall and pick up every one of these pieces that I don't already own*

4. Relaxed Fit As I type this out, I'm wearing a very similar style of pants and can attest to how glorious these are. They're a dream to style too. Dress them up, dress them down, do what you will with the most comfortable style of pants you will ever own and shamelessly wear in public as much as possible.

5. Is Dev Patel Single? I Need to Know I have never related more to a blog post in my entire life.

6. Palm Print Skirt: Day to Night You know, I own a palm print romper but not a palm print skirt and I think my life is sorely lacking now.

7. Camel & Cream This is such a killer color combination and I'm internally screaming at how cozy this whole look is. Plus, distressed denim with anything is just A Look™.

8. A New Occasion Wear Series I'm totally digging this concept and those incredible textured pants.

9. Selena Gomez Has Been Experimenting With Her Lewk I genuinely don't think that Selena Gomez has ever done any wrong with her personal style. I adore her style (and her!) so much. PS, did you see her 73 questions for Vogue? She's adorable!

10. My Color Palette For Spring I don't wear color, so my color palette for spring switches from black and grey to grey and white. So seasonal, right?

11. All Black Outfit, Like the Old Days All black outfit = me everyday.

12. Bell Sleeve Shirt I love this crisp white bell sleeve top with that denim pinafore dress! Ugh, too cute!

13. Spring Style Inspiration in my New Office I would die for Carly Cristman's office space.

14. OOTD: That's So Hannah This is just such a cool and edgy look that Hannah pulls off flawlessly. Love!

15. Why I Don't Wear a Bra? Did I ghostwrite this? I don't think I've worn an underwire bra for more than a night or two since 2015, genuinely.

16. Leather Jackets Make Me Feel Cool I'm still not entirely convinced that I can pull off a leather jacket, but dammit, do I feel like a bada$$ when I do wear mine!

What have you been reading lately?

On Having a "Girl Gang"

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Tomorrow, according to my lovely Ban.do agenda, is Girl Gang Appreciation Day. This could also be referred to as my FAVORITE DAY EVER, besides National Compliment Day, of course. That's my all time favorite. I feel like over the course of the past few years, "girl gang" has been heavily synonymous with Taylor Swift and her gal pals. And while I love Taylor and the girls in her, uh, crew, there's so much more to a healthy, supportive and positive girl gang than that.

Artists You Should Be Listening To

Friday, March 24, 2017


Over the summer, I wrote a blog post about five artists that I thought that everyone ought to know about. A lot of time has passed since that post and there are dozens upon dozens of artists that have come across my radar that I want to show off to the world to spread their talent and just all around frangirl fangirl over. Today's post is just a smattering of some really cool bands or artists that I think that everyone should be jamming out to on a weekly, if not daily basis. These are in no particular order and my descriptions of them probably aren't going to make a lot of sense because I am physically incapable of talking about music in comprehensive sentences. I just can't do it.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, March 23, 2017


1. Elf Ultimate Blending Brush

I bought this brush by accident. Not like, I put it in my cart without realizing it. More like, I put it in my cart because I thought it was a different brush and I didn't really know what I was looking for when I was in Target on that particular Sunday. I didn't know it was as dense as it was in the packaging and I thought it would make a better blush brush than the one I had. It is, unfortunately, much too dense to be used for blush, so it just sat in my brush jar all sad and lonely and unused.

What Is With My Obsession With New York City?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


When people in Ohio ask where I'm from, I say New York and it's automatically assumed that I'm from New York City, as if the entire rest of the state doesn't exist. If I say Niagara Falls, they assume I'm Canadian. And if I say Buffalo, then I'm just plain lying. Kind of. It's close, but not close enough.

I grew up across the state from New York City, a good six or so hour car ride away from the most populated city in the country. Like many, my obsession with New York started at a young age. I was fascinated by all of the touristy bits as a child. We have family there and would try to visit when we could. The idea of a massive city was really interesting to me. The buildings seemed too huge (I mean, they are huge) and everything seemed perfect.

Why Am I Constantly Sorry?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I'm sorry I look like crap today!

I'm sorry my hair is so gross, I didn't have time to fix it!

I'm sorry that I'm not talkative, I'm just tired. 

I'm sorry I'm distracted, my head is just all over the place right now!

***************************


The drafts section of my blog is a graveyard of posts that I couldn't formulate my perfect thoughts on at the time, posts that may or may not see the light of day. I've had this post drafted for a while, sitting patiently in that folder of "maybes" for me to finally know everything that I want to say about it. 

I'd say statistically, I apologize for something every hour that I'm around people. At least once an hour, I say that I'm sorry for something that I most certainly don't need to be sorry about. I apologize for my appearance, for my voice when I talk too fast or mumble, for something that happened to someone else. It's my version of "like" or "um" and I use it so liberally that I find it worthy to write a blog post about.

Most of the time, I don't even know what I'm apologizing for. The words slip so easily out of my mouth that you would think that those were my first words and that I was insanely attached to them. It's like I constantly feel the need to apologize for my behavior incase it's somehow offended someone, as if my unruly hair or slightly wonky eyeliner is really going to affect someone's day. And even if it did, is that my issue? Not really!

I know it comes from a place of insecurity. I've always had a chronic fear of disappointment, despite never being pressured to be the best, to look the best, to act the best. It's a fear I created within myself because, well, I don't know. In my head "I'm sorry" is my go to way to wean off disappointment, or whatever. Half of the time, I don't even know why I'm saying it, but the words come out before I know what I'm doing.

This is all in reference to apologizing for things that I shouldn't be apologizing for. Obviously, if I run into somebody on accident, sorry is the appropriate response. If a friend is telling me something about a personal issue, apologizing can be a kind way to show you're listening and that you understand. But there's no reason I should be apologizing for my appearance or for something that I've said when there was nothing wrong with it.

I've found that a lot of my friends do the same thing and after a little scour on the internet, it appears that it's something that women in general do, especially more often than men. The discourse on this could go on for ages, but it must come down to having different thresholds of what warrants and apology and what does not. I happen to have an extremely low threshold, deep down into the earth's core. It wouldn't surprise me if I apologized for global warming someday.

Despite not being my on my goals for 2017, I think that an additional task should be tacked onto the end: stop apologizing for everything and anything. Every time I apologize for something that doesn't warrant one, I feel like I feed more into my insecurities and set myself ten steps backwards with any progress that I've made. Let's see how this goes...

Niagara Falls, New York: The Book Corner

Monday, March 20, 2017


Sandwiched between the new police department and the Rapids Theater lies one of my hometown's pride and joy. Well at least, in my opinion. Niagara Falls isn't home to much besides two and a half of the natural wonders of the world. Fun fact: Niagara Falls actually consists of three different waterfalls. On the American side, there's the–shocker–American Falls, the Little Bridal Veil falls and half of the Horseshoe Falls. The Canadian side houses the other half of the Horseshoe Falls, which is probably the most publicized image of Niagara Falls.

Good Reads

Sunday, March 19, 2017


1. Don’t Be Embarrassed You Love Uggs I can pretend all I want that I don't love my Uggs, but despite them being the ugliest shoes I might ever own, they're also the most comfortable things that my feet have ever touched. I'd be lost without my rubber soled Ugg winter boots to trudge through the snow in or my shearling lined house slippers that keep my feet from touching whatever crumbs or dust linger on the hardwood floor no matter how much we sweep.

2. 10 Paris Street Style Looks We Want to Copy I would die for every single one of these looks. A midi skirt with a fur jacket? A hoodie underneath a blazer? Bumble bee chic? Count me the heck in.

3. 3 Lipsticks You Wouldn't Expect I wear mainly just matte lipstick with the occasional satin finish or slight gloss. I don't know how comfortable a glitter or powder lipstick would be, but god, the finish is just too cool to deny.

Dream Closet, Vol. 27

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Clearly there's no trend in the things I wish would magically appear in my closet this month...Look, that baby pink color is huge. Rose, baby pink, blush, mauve, whatever shade you want to call it...it's great and I want to doused head to toe in it, clearly. My dream closet is never without some black, though. In fact, I'm currently wearing an all black outfit (I have a marbled sweater coat and white mules to break up the entirely doom and gloom ensemble, if it makes it any better). Also, I don't know what it is about stars, but if a piece of clothing or accessory has a star on it I automatically want it? I need science to explain this obsession and ASAP. 





Am I On the Right Path?

Friday, March 17, 2017


I think about this a lot. Kind of constantly, actually. I wouldn't say it plagues my thoughts or anything, but it's not exactly the most upbeat thought I've ever had. This thought stems from absolutely anything: after questions about what I want to do after Cleveland, every time I write a blot post, every time I peruse job listings, every time I see a picture of New York City. It's one of those demanding thoughts that either scares the crap out of me or makes me feel insanely excited for the future.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, March 16, 2017


1. Soap & Glory Supercat Liner

What? I'm using an eyeliner that isn't the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner? I know, it's a miracle. But don't you worry, I'm still using the Kat Von D liner as well. The main reason I consistently repurchase the Kat Von D liquid liner is because it's the only eyeliner I'm able to get a very thin and precise wing. However, that doesn't mean that I don't love other products as just regular liner. Since I wear winged eyeliner every single day (seriously, no joke), I tend to go through tubes quite quick. To save myself the money, I like to use a different eyeliner for the rest of my eye and only use the Kat Von D liner for the wings.

Debuting A New Haircut

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

For the longest time, I refused to cut my hair. When I used to get my hair trimmed to keep the ends healthy in high school, I used to tell my hair dresser to take as little off as she could while retaining the integrity of my hair. I was terrified of having short hair. Having long hair that I could curl and easily style with braids for sports was almost like a security blanket for me. I didn't think I could pull off short hair, especially after I had a brief bout of shorter hair when I was in middle school, which was a huge mistake in my mind. From then on, I kept growing my hair longer and longer until it reached "mermaid" status.

I had a change of heart somewhere at the beginning of my sophomore year of college. I always attribute it to Taylor Swift's album 1989. It was around the time that she had chopped off her signature long curls and I thought if she could do it, so could I. That whole album and time period was really formative for me, which I've talked about in more than a few blog posts. After then, I went through periods where I'd grow my hair longer, back to its normal longer length and would have a quick flip of a switch in my head and schedule an appointment to chop it all off again. I finally got to the place where I could recognize that it was just hair and whether it was in a short lob or long, luscious waves.

Eight Lipsticks to Try Out This Spring

Tuesday, March 14, 2017



A new season means a new grouping of lipsticks that take the cake! These are by no means the only lipsticks I wear during this time of year (I tallied up all of my lipsticks and...there are too many, how did it come to this?), but they're the eight that I reach for the most often. I like to play around with some brighter colors this time of year while also sticking into the somewhat subdued and toned down pink and nude shades as my wardrobe starts to brighten up as well. I also tend to wear less super-matte formulas and shift towards creamier shades for a more comfortable wear and an overall more relaxed and dewy look!


1. Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Jam 

In the tube this shade definitely looks like it leans more towards the fall/winter lipstick shades. But the best part about these lipsticks is their sheerness and staining qualities. Instead of being an opaque berry shade, it applies the most gorgeous sheer wine shade across your lips, as if you've just eaten a grape popsicle. These lipsticks in general are just an all around favorite for spring and summer because they're so lightweight, moisturizing, and leave an even faint stain after they've worn off, making them incredible low maintenance to keep up with throughout the day.


2. YSL Volupté Tint-In-Oil in Peach Me Love

This is a product that I didn't expect to love as much as I do. I bought it recommendation from a friend and was a little underwhelmed after swatching some in the store, but I decided to go along with the purchase just to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I didn't talk myself out of this one. I was nervous when I picked up this shade because I thought it wouldn't do anything for my lips and would just be a sheer glossy layer. Instead, it transforms my lip color into this gorgeous coral/peach shade that it just absolutely perfect for this time of year. It's not super bold or bright, but it gives the perfect sheer wash of color white adding a glossy coat to amp up my lips. It also leaves a faint "my lips but better" stain after it has worn off, which won't leave your lips looking patchy and weird if you aren't able to reapply frequently throughout the day. Plus, these smell amazing and the odd shaped doe foot applicator makes it easy to apply the product seamlessly.  


3. Lorac Pro Matte Lip Color in French Rose

I've definitely talked about this shade before and these particular lipsticks, so I won't delve too much into my love for it. This style lip pencil are my absolute favorite to apply because they let you be so much more precise than a regular lipstick tube. This shade is a really comfortable matte formula that doesn't settle into fine lines and doesn't feel like your lips are slowly transforming into the Sahara Desert. The shade is a really beautiful muted rose shade that is a nice alternative to a more brown toned nude for this time of year.




4. MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum 

The ultimate MAC spring shade for me is Party Parrot, but it was limited edition and I seem to have misplaced my tube. So let's please pray that shows up sometime soon because my spring will never be complete without that lipstick...But to sub in for Party Parrot today, we have Candy Yum Yum. Yes, it is as bright as it looks in the tube. If you're brave enough to smear a bubblegum pink lipstick across your lips, this is an incredible one to try out (or, Urban Decay Anarchy for a more magenta look). This matte formula is one you have to be more careful with when it comes to settling into fine lines, but it's not super drying, so as long as you exfoliate beforehand, all will be well with this neon lip color!


5. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

On Sephora, this lip color is described as a "baked rose" shade, which totally makes sense. It's an interesting color, one that I still can't put my finger on. It's not very pink, but it's too dark to be a pinky-rose shade. It's one of the more "deeper" shades for this time of year, but I think it's a gorgeous companion to any makeup look that you decide on for the day. This is another creamy matte formula that's incredibly comfortable to wear throughout the day, too!


6. NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound 

I did a first impressions of this product when I first got it and I wasn't overly thrilled with it. And then I kept reaching for it...and reaching for it...and now it practically has a permanent spot in my bag. I think once I got over the fact that it wasn't going to be a long wearing product, I started to love that about it. I love the feeling of reapplying it after a few hours because it has such a creamy and satisfying finish that feels so smooth against my lips. The shade Bound is just the perfect spring nude, a combination of brown and pink that enhances your natural lip color and will complement whatever outfit or makeup look you choose for the day!


7. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Sydney

These NYX lipsticks are some of my favorite drugstore lip products. They're not particularly long wearing, but they're so comfortable. The color selection (and names!) are super fun and they're a cheap way to try out bright colors without committing to a super expensive or super matte and drying color that just won't leave your lips if you don't like it. Morocco is another favorite shade of mine for spring and summer from this same range of products. Sydney is a really gorgeous soft pink color that has a hint of lilac to give a little twist on a classic baby pink. This is also another formula that smells really nice and sweet, which just adds that little extra touch!



8. YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in Fuchsia in Rage

I can never go a spring or summer lipstick post without mentioning this lip color. Even if I don't wear it as often as I used to, this remains in my top three favorite lipsticks of all time. In my opinion, it's totally reasonless and it just complements so much more than you think it would. I absolutely adore this creamy formula that leans a little more to the sheer side but still manages to last for a few hours without budging. This is one of those colors that might not suit everyone, but I would recommend everyone to try because if it goes right, it will be your secret weapon in your beauty bag.

What's your favorite lipstick to wear in the spring?
SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

Good Reads

Sunday, March 12, 2017


1. Spring Trends for Everyone I'm definitely going to incorporate these three trends into my looks this coming season!

2. Blush + Black OTS This is one of my all time favorite color combinations. I'm in love with that off the shoulder top, too!

3. Pretty Peplum I love how comfortable that peplum top looks and the stripes just add such a fun touch!

4. Splurge-Worthy Club Monaco Cashmere Cardigan I've been hearing so many good things about Club Monaco that I'm just going to have to take the plunge someday...

Home, Home, Home

Saturday, March 11, 2017


In a turn of events, I'm going home this weekend! I thought I was going to have to wait all the way until Easter, but then I decided that a three-month gap was just too long not to see my doggies! And like, my family, I guess? One day I'm going to have to get used to not going home for longer periods of time, but for now, I'm 21 and I just want to be home as much as I possibly can. Which, admittedly, is not as often as it used to be.

Bloom Where You Are Planted | A Spring Playlist

Friday, March 10, 2017


Spring is approaching! It seemed somewhat rapidly when I was parading around Cleveland in a denim skirt only to return back to my bundled winter fashion pretty soon after. It's supposed to snow soon, too, so really, this spring playlist is ill-timed for where I'm headed. But, the weather doesn't stop the official spring start date from beginning on the 20th of this month, so I went ahead and made a mini playlist to match the mood of spring. Did I manage to sneak Little Mix into this playlist? You betcha.


Things I'm Loving

Thursday, March 9, 2017

image
1. "Green Light" by Lorde

My favorites for the week are usually never categorized in order from most loved to "least" loved, but today is the first time that the first on the list is my absolute favorite and everything else is a step below (a small step, but a step nonetheless). This song was a game changer for me. It's constantly stuck in my head. I'm basically screeching in my head "that green light, I want it!" while throwing my hands in the air and letting my hair blow in the wind. I love that this song shows another side to Lorde, a more fun and playful side. I'm so stoked for her new music and I'm curious if it's going to follow this more upbeat and dancy side or if she'll revert back to her chill, cool vibes. 



2. ÷ by Ed Sheehan

In case you haven't heard, Ed Sheeran's newest album ÷ (Divide) came out last week and it's been destroying souls and happiness all week. When will Ed ever release something that doesn't complete gut his listeners and render us sobbing messes? He's just such an incredibly talented dude. His lyrics are incredible and the actual composition of the songs are superb. This album plays around with some Irish vibes, has its fair share of songs to sob to (I'm looking at you, "Supermarket Flowers") and just a whole lot of quintessentially "Ed" aspects. I know there's been some questionable things in the press lately, namely print interviews that just don't sit well with some (I've definitely cringed at a few comments, but who knows if it's him saying it or the journalists spinning it), so I'm strictly basing my views off of the album itself. 

To listen to: "Castle on the Hill," "Happier," "Hearts Don't Break Around Here," "Barcelona," "Bibia Be Be Ye" and "Save Myself" (but really, just the whole album, let's be real).


3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm

I've definitely talked about this concealer more than enough, but I've finally been reunited with it after a couple of weeks of not having it. I thought I would test out a drugstore concealer to save myself a bit of money and then after one day of not having my Urban Decay concealer, I noticed a difference and scrambled to make an order on Sephora because I just didn't have time to stop into the store. No concealer covers my red spots and blemishes better and for longer than this concealer. I was using a NYX one to tide me over and it just wasn't doing it it for me, at all. It took a couple of layers to fully cover my spots and I ended up having to just sponge on more foundation to fully cover them. It was just too much makeup to put on my face, so I'm happy to just have a single step product back in my life. If you haven't given this concealer a try yet, I highly highly recommend finding your shade and giving it a go!


4. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer 

I finally (and very sadly) ran out Belif's The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb and instead of trying another high end moisturizer, I decided to go back to basics with my trusty Aveeno moisturizer. It's been a while since I've used this and I forgot how much I loved it! First thing, I do love that this has a pump. It's much easier to gauge how much product I'm using. I love that it's unscented and it just makes my skin feel incredible. It's fairly lightweight, but not so lightweight that I don't feel it do anything. A lot of drugstore moisturizers that I've used are either too watery or way too thick where it feels like I'm applying a lotion to my face. This product is a happy medium and while it's still around $15, I think it's a great drugstore option for my combination or dry skin girls out there!

What have you been loving lately?
SaveSave

First Impressions: Elf Prism Eyeshadow Palette

Wednesday, March 8, 2017




This post is brought to you by an impulsive purchase from Target that had my roommate asking, "Fran, do you actually need this?" and to which I declared, "No, but I'm doing it for the blog!" I saw this palette in a recent video from KathleenLights (or, if it wasn't recent, I at least watched it recently). As soon as I saw the shimmer in the pan and saw that she hadn't chucked it yet for being inadequate, I decided that maybe I should test out this mini palette from the drugstore to switch things up a bit.

My Real Thoughts While Getting Ready In The Morning

Tuesday, March 7, 2017


My morning routine is not short. I always get strange looks when I tell people that if I have somewhere to be before noon, I always wake up at least three hours before I need to leave. This tick of mine was especially annoying when I was leaving for classes at 7:30 to make it to my 8AM classes on time. Do I use every single second of my three hours wisely? No, which is precisely why I need three hours because I spend a majority of it procrastinating the actual process of getting ready for wherever I have to be going.

Ohio City: The Flying Fig

Monday, March 6, 2017



There's no text that I like better than a "hey, want to get brunch?" text. What would have been another routine Sunday of making a trip out to Target and Aldi for groceries got a little bit of a makeover, adding in a quick brunch run beforehand. After discovering that there was going to be an hour and a half hour long wait for the original brunch spot we were going to head to, we made our way back over to Market Street to see if The Flying Fig had any open spots. They function on reservations, but we were lucky enough to snag two bar seats, which worked out perfectly!

Good Reads

Sunday, March 5, 2017


1. Finding Joy in the Little Things I always try to focus on the positives over the negatives. I love the idea of sharing a "win" instead of consistently lamenting about grievances!

2. The Long Road to New Shoes A frustrating battle that led to a good outcome! I need more shoes for spring though. I tend to just live in booties and I think it might be time to switch it up a bit!

3. Charleston Crew  I am just one thousand different kinds of in love with that scenery in Charleston. How are those buildings even real?

4. 7 Rose-Infused Beauty Products I love the scent of rose in my beauty products! I use a rose facial spray from Mario Badescu, but now I'm curious about the Botanics one after reading this post.

My Alternative Spring Break Plans

Saturday, March 4, 2017


I've never been on a typical run of the mill spring break. A lot of factors went into my "alternative" spring break plans over the course of college. Admittedly, the first two years were because of the lack of friends. My junior year I opted for a week long solo trip to NYC instead of trying to find a warm beach to keep me occupied that week. And this year, well, I don't have a spring break, which is completely fine because still, after twenty-one years alive, nothing thrills me less than a beach and day-drinking.

I Offered You My Dad's Leather Jacket

Friday, March 3, 2017

Arkells lyrics for the win, am I right? Cleveland is full of incredible street artwork. Over the past year or so, street murals have been painted on the sides of old buildings, my favorite around the Ohio City area. The other day, my roommate and I drove past this incredible mural and knew we had to stop by again to take some photos by it. Don't be fooled by the cropped photos. This thing was massive. It spanned the entire side of the building from bottom to top.


Things I'm Loving

Thursday, March 2, 2017


1. Kristin Ess Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray

I've been curious about this Target and Kristin Ess collection since I heard Lucy Hale talking about it. Kristin Ess does hair for the greats like Lucy Hale, Lauren Conrad, and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and she does it so dang well. She recently came out with a haircare line at Target, featuring fifteen different haircare products across the spectrum. I was debating between a texturizing spray, dry shampoo, hairspray and this beach wave spray. Ultimately, I chose the beach wave spray to test out first and dip my toes into this line of products.

February Reflection

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Hellllllo March! February passed in the blink of an eye and all I have to show for it is a messy Instagram theme and days crossed out in my agenda. All jokes aside, February was actually a really fun month!

It started off strong with the DNCE concert on the second of the month. It was wonderful seeing my first love Joe Jonas in person once again, after quite a few years apart. Totally kidding. It truly was a really entertaining concert and it was the first concert that I was legally able to drink at so, needless to say I took advantage and ended up doing Russian dances in heeled booties at the back of the House of Blues because, well, why not? I am a horrendous dancer, but that has never stopped me from dancing every single second of my life.

Latest Instagrams

© life according to francesca. Design by FCD.