May Reflection

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Well, I did it, I survived May with minimal tears. This was the month that in my head I've been counting down until since, well, probably fall. I think it was a date I was inevitably looking forward to when I first started college. The difference was that freshmen year me was yearning for the day that I could be done with college and CSU. Senior year me was excited for new beginnings while simultaneously being torn up by the fact that I had to leave. I think that's character development, right?

The beginning half of the month was jam packed with trying to fit in as much as possible into a fifteen day period. There were restaurants to eat at and people to see and loose ends to be tied up and it was a whole thing. It was go, go, go (which is not too dissimilar from the rest of my life, but this was on a whole other level), but I really loved every second of it. I don't think I need to delve too deep into what happened post May 15th. I think there's about two weeks worth of overly emotional blog posts that will explain that topic just fine.

One Last Consignment Haul

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Saturday was my Official Last Day Ever™ at the consignment store and I might have done a little bit of damage for one last chance to use my discount. Do I think this is my last time shopping there? HECK NO. I've already planned on stopping in at some point before I move to New York City because I'll need some nice new additions to my wardrobe, of course. I'm sure these will all end up in some outfit photos at some point (if I ever stop being lazy and refusing to get ready for the day), but for now, here's some fun flat lays of the goodies I got!

I've been eyeing this Markus Lupfer sweatshirt for a while now so when I saw that it was on sale I had to finally bite the bullet. How flipping funny is this?

Ever Since New York | A May Playlist

Monday, May 29, 2017

I'm going to be frank, once Harry Styles' new album came out at the beginning of the month, I figured that was all I was going to be listening to throughout the month. I definitely surprised myself by sprinkling in some other jams throughout, though some of those jams belong to Niall Horan ("Slow Hands") and sir Liam Payne ("Strip that Down," which CHANGED MY LIFE). What can I say, once a fangirl, always a fangirl.

Good Reads

Sunday, May 28, 2017

1. Making Friends in Your 20's: What I've Learned and What I'm Learning Have I ever related to a post more in my life before this moment? No, I don't think so.

2. Memoirs of the Maldives I've never been one for secluded vacations (AKA anything without some sort of time in a bustling city involved), but Lydia has put the Maldives on my radar and I cannot stop thinking about it. Gorgeous photos with such a lovely sentiment attached to them.

3. My Most Embarrassing Fashion Phases, Ranked The other night I had to explain the double polo look to my friend and her boyfriend and it was an eye-opening experience. I'm so glad that those days are over and my body is not cased within two different colored Hollister polos.

4. What Happens When Getting Dressed is No Longer Fun? I like this post in general because the constantly questioning yourself and not feeling totally you is #Relatable, but the comments section on this post was also incredibly interesting.

My Current Makeup Bag

Saturday, May 27, 2017

I feel like the easiest way to assess what you like and what you love in your makeup collection and cannot live without is best tested when it comes to packing. Obviously what you bring takes into consideration where you're going, what you're wearing and all that jazz, but for a pretty standard trip, packing opens your eyes to what you need when you're away from your makeup collection (or at least, what you think you need). For me, I'd say this is pretty accurate, aside from the lack of lipsticks. I didn't need any fun colors with what I was packing, which was a sad day whilst packing. I LOVE MY LIPSTICK COLLECTION SO MUCH.

Since I'm away for the weekend, I'd figure I'd share everything that came along with me this time around!

HELP, I Miss My College Friends!

Friday, May 26, 2017

It hasn't even been two weeks and I'm in deep sh!t with my attachments issues. I don't like change all that much, to an extent at least. I can usually cope with change because I typically just detach myself from everything so I don't miss it anymore. Unfortunately, this method doesn't work with everything so now here I am, less than two weeks later wishing that these photos could be recreated in real time.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, May 25, 2017

1. Too Cool for School Egg Mellow Cream

This was one of those purchases that I threw into my Sephora cart last minute because I knew that I wanted to buy some stuff while there was 15% off but I didn't necessarily know what I wanted to buy. I was popping around various skincare sections of Sephora and found and entire section dedicated to Korean skincare (K-Beauty if you're checking it out for yourself). I'd already had more than enough masks in my cart and I wasn't due for a new cleanser yet, but I was pretty intrigued by just about everything when it came to this moisturizer.

Let's Check Up On Those 2017 Goals

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My yearly "to do" list is near and dear to my heart. I just realized today that everything has been so crazy since the beginning of this year that I haven't had the time to check up and see where I am in terms of my goals. I knew a lot of them were going to take a while, the whole year probably, but it's fun to see what I still have yet to accomplish in 2017.

Cleveland: The Wandering Wardrobe

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Am I biased because I spent over two years working here? Potentially, but also, not really at all. I loved this store before I was the girl behind the counter checking customers out. I would've been chasing down this truck at as many events as possible waving my debit card in the air if it came down to it. I spent many o' paychecks at my own job, which was entirely fine with me most of the time (not really when it came time for utilities, but that's how I learned my lesson).

Wandering Wardrobe is a local (to Cleveland) traveling boutique that pops up at markets and collaborates with other small businesses to bring fun and unique fashion to Cleveland. The brain behind the operations is Caroline, Cleveland native who created a business on wheels that's going on its fourth season.

What Should You Do During Your Last Summer Before College?

Monday, May 22, 2017

According to Google Analytics, the most popular post on my blog is my post Tips for the Summer Before College, which sort of blows my mind because that also might be one of the worst posts on my blog. I wrote it in May of 2014, only a couple months after I decided to blog daily. In true perfectionist nature, I feel like I could do better, so here I am, trying to one up myself.

My first summer before I moved to Cleveland seems like it was ages ago, but I'm fairly certain I spent that whole summer working, trying to see my friends as much as possible, shopping in bulk for random bits I knew I'd need around my dorm, and most likely a whole lot of stressing out. I mean, I was gearing up to live alone for the first time in my seventeen years on this big 'ole planet. Some things might overlap, just because I apparently did get some of it right.

Good Reads

Sunday, May 21, 2017

1. Anxious and Aspiring Arbela, unsurprisingly, nails it again in this article for Bottle Magazine. If you're on your path to graduation or just graduated and wonder where all the time to prepare yourself has gone...check this piece out.

2. How Blogging Helps My Anxiety Really keeping it light to start off today's post, eh? I really love this post that Jessica did this week because it's not something that I've seen discussed a lot on blogs. I see YouTubers talking about it more often, but it's rare that I see this kind of stuff in print and it's refreshing.

3. Blazer and Frayed Denim I'm going to be a real nerd super quick and embrace my inner Brick Heck when I say that the font that Aimee uses on her blog is just really aesthetically pleasing and nice to read. Anyways, moving on...I wanna look this cool in a blazer!

4. Instagram is a Liar Sometimes and Other Mental Health Awareness Month Musings I think that this line really struck me: " media can be a space in which to create and maintain an open community, but that we put up barriers which often keep us from reaping the benefits of these platforms." I mean, the whole post did and I'm really loving that Mental Health Awareness Month is bringing out all of these posts with topics that bloggers tend to stray from in order to keep a squeaky clean, rose-tinted life.

Dream Closet, Vol. 29

Saturday, May 20, 2017

It's that time of month again where I peruse Net-a-Porter and cry over the new arrivals of beautiful clothes. Man oh man, there is too much color on here for my taste but I couldn't help it. Now that I look at it again, there is a measly amount of color, but for my entirely black and white wardrobe this is literally a rainbow explosion. Literally though, I would do absolutely anything for that Saint Laurent choker. ANYTHING*

* would probably not do anything, but like...within reason...

The Lost OOTD | Hingetown, Ohio City

Friday, May 19, 2017

Me, being the person I am, left these photos sitting in a photo folder on my computer for about eight months completely untouched. I don't know how I forgot to post these (well, I do, I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggin), but better late than never I suppose, right? The lovely Ann Marie from Golden Standard reached out to me last fall about meeting up for this lil photoshoot and some ice cream following. If you want experience from #InstagramFeedGoals, check her out. Her photos are gorgeous and her blog isn't any exception. Since the art in Ohio City is something I'm going to miss dearly, here's a little #tbt to last fall after this mural by artist Joey Lanzilotta was finished.

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, May 18, 2017

1. TONYMOLY sheet masks

My co-worker and I spent a lot of our hours on Saturdays chatting about makeup and skincare. We're both obsessed with doing face masks and she talked about these TONYMOLY masks that she picked up at Urban Outfitters, more specifically the brightening one. I believe they sell them at Ulta as well, but I happened to be at UO a couple of weekends ago and decided to take advantage of the 4 for $10 deal they have there.

Sheet masks are fun because they make you look like you have a terrifying Snapchat filter on at all times. They're also fun because you literally don't have to do anything but keep this saturated mask on your face, no mess required. So far I've tried out the I'm Real Lemon, I'm Real Tea Tree, and I'm Real Seaweed masks and I've liked all three so far. They're really inexpensive and I've definitely noticed that my skin is visibly less red, smoother, and more moisturized after these masks.

A Love Letter to College

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Dear My Three and a Half Years at Cleveland State University,

COME BACK TO ME, DAMMIT. It's one of those situations where I knew it was time to move on, but I didn't realize it would be this hard or painful. I mean, I cried two times yesterday wishing I could go back. I think it's less about the education and more about the people I've met through said education, but still.

When I started college, I was an insanely shy and homesick seventeen-year-old living on her own for the first time ever. The longest I'd been from home was a little over a week when I went to Spain during my senior year of high school. I might have gone to New Jersey for a week when I was younger, but family was always with me. I was on my own on my own with no family in sight. I didn't have any friends at the school, any friends in Cleveland at all.

What's Next?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I meant to do this post earlier today, but god, I forgot how exhausting moving was. Yesterday was a whirlwind of exhaustion, lugging my life from my apartment into the moving truck and then from said moving truck into my house. Right now everything is piled up in the living room and my bedroom and honestly, I'm really stressed about it. My bed is still in pieces, my mattress is just laying on my floor buried beneath a heap of pillows, sheets, clothes, and anything else that I could toss onto it while I began tearing my room apart.

The only thing I've accomplished is cleaning out my desk that was full of sh!t from literally 2005. I have it semi-set up, which really says a lot about me. I'm not even working or in school and I still find the need to make sure that my work space is organized neatly and set up to my standards. Well, it's not quite there yet but I think that once my whole space is finally clean, tidy and current, all will be well.

Stop This Train

Monday, May 15, 2017

I haven't seen my life in boxes in about two years, so it's very strange to see the plastic totes and reusable bags filled to the brim lined up against the wall waiting to be moved into a U-Haul. I have a feeling that this week is going to be another unofficial dedication to Cleveland because I somehow don't think I'm done talking about it. I feel like I just need to get it all out of my system so I can attempt the process of moving on.

The song "Stop This Train" by good ole John Mayer has been making me cry since 2006, but now I feel like I'm living it truly. It's weird. I want to keep moving forward and get myself to New York, but if I could have made Saturday night, my last night with my friends in Cleveland, last for a week long, I have. Two out of my three roommates are gone, but if I could have paused this weekend, I would've done that in a heartbeat.

Cleveland, Unfiltered

Sunday, May 14, 2017

I'm going to let today's post speak for itself. I think I've blabbed on enough this week. I'm sure I'll be back to my usual emotional stream of consciousness tomorrow. These are some of my favorite shots that I've taken over the years here. Some have been on the blog before, most likely with a filter or two layered on top. Here's a small peek at Cleveland through my eyes, unfiltered and perfectly imperfect.

Adios, Cleveland

Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's pretty surreal that this is my last weekend in Cleveland ever. I mean, not ever ever. Maybe I'll be back some day for a weekend or something. Who knows, really. I would say who knows when the next time I'll be in Cleveland will be, but I already know I'm coming back at the end of the month so I can help out a co-worker with dog-sitting BUT STILL. My life in Cleveland as I knew it is coming to a close. Hell, it's already come to a close. My friends walk today at their graduation ceremonies, joining me in the alumni club. We'll go out tonight to celebrate and tomorrow, it all ends.

Downtown: Masthead Brewing Co.

Friday, May 12, 2017

So, I don't drink beer, but I am a massive fan of natural lighting, cafeteria style tables, and really cool spots to hit up with friends. Masthead Brewing Co ticks off all of those boxes while also being only a short walk from my current apartment (which, now that I think about it, will not be my apartment in only a few days...gross).

New to the neighborhood, this recent addition to Superior Avenue only happened earlier this year. It took a few months, but my friends and I finally got a chance to stop by earlier this week and I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Gateway District: Barrio

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I cannot believe that it has taken me four years of living in Cleveland to finally spotlight this beautiful place. Admittedly, I hadn't gone to Barrio until the summer before my junior year because I had no idea this place even existed. I'm ashamed of my past self, but honestly, it's probably for the best that I didn't realize that the most glorious taco place was just a hop skip and jump away from my usual walking route.

Best of Cleveland

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I will admit to something: I didn't do or see enough while I was in Cleveland. I had limited time and finances and just wasn't adventurous enough. But even still, I think I've seen enough to make this mini Cleveland guide. Let's just call this Francesca's Best of Cleveland. Or perhaps Cleveland on a College Student's Budget and Schedule. 

Thanks for the Memories

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Six days to go! Since this is Cleveland week on my blog, I figured I'd throw it back to 2013 and start listing off my favorite Cleveland memories. These are in no particular order and might not be totally chronological because I'm actually incapable of keeping track of time.

1. Finding out the the Starbucks on East 14th has a second level. That's right, during my first week of school, my mom and brother came up for the long weekend because I didn't want to spend it alone because I was SEVENTEEN AND SCARED. We went to get breakfast and wandered into the Starbucks only a few blocks away from campus and I looked up and saw the second level that looks over the entire store. I ended up spending almost every single Sunday sitting up there my freshmen year, reading, writing, studying, but mostly people watching.

Why Cleveland?

Monday, May 8, 2017

As this is my last week living in Cleveland forever (honestly, cue the sad piano music with a hint of violin and honestly maybe a viola and standing bass too), I figured I'd travel back to a time four years ago when I made the decision to study in Cleveland. Why did I choose Cleveland over the two other areas I was looking at? Why did I choose the midwest over my stomping ground on the east coast? Why Cleveland when I knew my ultimate goal was moving to New York City? All great questions that I'm asking myself and will answer in due time. **edit: I did not answer any of these questions, but I'm leaving this in here so you know just how off topic I can get**

Good Reads

Sunday, May 7, 2017

1. The Little Black Jacket - Chanelle In Chanel Chanelle's style is seriously so on point. Classy, classic, with a little bit of trend and edge. How gorgeous is this Chanel blazer?

2. Denim Dress The sleeves of this dress coupled with the lace hem are such cute touches to add to a dress that could be somewhat simple.

3. Red Floral Wrap Dress This shade of red is so gorgeous for this time of year. I love this modern take on the wrap dress as well, especially with that ruffled seam!

4. Pins, Patches and Pink Fur I absolutely adore the look of patches on lightwash denim. Ugh, such a cool jacket.

5. I Just Needed One Thing From Target… I have never related more to a post in my entire life.

On Having Motivation During Finals Week, Avoiding Hangovers, and More Advice from a College Grad

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Could that blog title have been any longer? Honestly, I'm traversing into Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco song title-esque blog post names and I'm only slightly not okay with it. Honestly, I'm just living out my teenage emo dreams. Throwin' it back to what, 2006? But let's bring it back to now, the good ole year of 2017. The spring semester is coming to a close, which means my unofficial last semester of college is over. Honestly, it didn't feel like I was done this semester, so I feel like an honorary member of the class of 2017 and not 2016.

I would call this some parting advice, but we all know I can't help but give unsolicited advice whenever I want to, so, here's my last college related advice post for this week.

Recent Outfits, Part Ten

Friday, May 5, 2017

I call this look LOOK GUYS, I FINALLY GOT A PAIR OF SNEAKERS. WITH LACES!!!! also known as Why In the World Am I Still Wearing Turtlenecks In May?!

Sweater: Madewell (from Cleveland Consignment Shoppe)
Bottoms: H&M
Sneakers: Steve Madden (from Saks Off Fifth)
Glasses: Prada

Things I'm Loving

Thursday, May 4, 2017

1. New music releases

Instead of having three separate songs listed, here I am, just meshing them all into one. It occurred to me when I was writing this post that perhaps it would be a bit irritating to just post about music. But this is going to be a music centric post because a lot of cool music has come out this past week and I haven't really been loving anything new. So.

Listen, it's 2017 and I'm still just as obsessed with Paramore as I was when I was just a mere teenager with terrible teeth and hair and an attitude to match.

My beautiful drenched son...All jokes aside, this song is just so pretty. Honestly, Rolling Stone, hire me. I describe music SO WELL.

What I've Learned From Working Retail

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

I started working retail for the first time in December of 2014 during my winter break after sophomore year of college. I'm going to be honest, I really didn't want to, but I had blown through a majority of my savings from the summer and I needed some extra money to see me through spring semester so I could, you know, pay for things like gas and groceries and basic life necessities. So, somewhat reluctantly, I took a temporary holiday job at a luggage store (shoutout to Samsonite, you proved me wrong) that lasted for about a month. I ended up being hired back again when I was home over the summer between sophomore and junior year of college. I worked that job the same time I babysat and let me tell you, that schedule was horrendous. I'd babysit all day, some days eight in the morning to five in the evening and then I'd practically speed my tail off so I could get to work by 5:30 for my shift at the mall. I'd be there until 9:30ish, depending on how long closing took. There was zero time for dinner, no time for anything, really, because by the time I'd get home I'd be exhausted and would just want to sleep.

Before I Fall Review (And Some Unnecessary Rambling)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I'm going to say this first: I did not think that I was going to be able to finish this book. This book turned movie (starring the fabulous Zoey Deutch, which I've yet to see) is told through the point of a 17-year-old mean girl in high school who has even meaner friends. I didn't think I was going to be able to tolerate their behavior in the slightest. I took to reading online reviews after the first fifty pages or so to see if anyone else was having the same issue as me. There were plenty of positive reviews about this book and quite a few reassured me that it would get better and maybe I wouldn't be so pissed off by Sam Kingston (narrator) and her group of friends (Ally, Elody, Lindsay).

April Reflection

Monday, May 1, 2017

It doesn't even feel like April happened, that's how fast it flew by. It only felt like it was a week long and I'm very confused as to how it's the first of May (Happy Met Ball day!) already. What even happened in April? Did it truly just pass in the blink of an eye?

I'm not here to talk about May, but a popular sentiment on my blog as of late and for the next few weeks revolves around the fact that in exactly two weeks, my time in Cleveland will expire. In two weeks exactly, I will be packing up my bedroom for the past two years and boxing it all up. I will probably request to drive by myself so I can just sob for approximately three and a half hours. BUT ALAS, that is not the point of the blog.
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