Easy Styling for Statement Jeans

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

There was a time in my life where I was annoying enough to declare every chance that I could that I hated pants. Granted, I'm sure this had everything to do with growing up with a uniform that left me wearing a jumper, then a skirt, and then a skort between the ages of five and seventeen. So yeah, when you bare leg it for twelve years of your life, you're probably going to hate the feel of pants too. I was either wearing my uniform, whatever athletic clothes I had to wear for practice, or sweatpants to lounge in when I got home from school. There wasn't much room for anything else in my life clothing wise, so I just let myself blindly declare my hatred for all things pants related. 

College, of course, converted me into a pants lover, out of necessity, really. Would you believe me if I said that I frequently wore skirts and dresses because that's all my wardrobe consisted of? I didn't have "regular" clothes because I never had a chance to wear normal clothes. All of the clothes I had were things I could wear for my senior dress code, which was a lot of "business casual" pieces from Forever21 and Charlotte Russe. It was just as vomit worthy as it sounds. 

Fast forward to now and I love a man name Jeans. Give me a mom jean, give me a distressed kick flare, I'll love them all the same.

If you would've told me six years ago that I'd be wearing a pair of fluted jeans with bows on the ankles with pride, I would've laughed in your face. Probably covering my teeth though because I was really self-conscious about my braces. But alas, here I am, enjoying the hell out of my cropped-flared jeans because life's to short not to rock a pair of statement jeans.

Stop, I'm Blushing! | Blush Collection

Monday, January 15, 2018

I bought my first makeup products in middle school. Remember when Taylor Swift was the face of that natural line at CoverGirl with the tinted moisturizers and those really bad like, tinted lip balm kind of things? I needed those products. Taylor Swift wore them, so I needed to wear them. Then I started watching beauty videos on YouTube soon after and found myself going down the black hole of all things makeup related. 

Many and many of thousands of dollars later (I've calculated my lipstick collection, this, unfortunately, isn't just an assumption), I'm left with six drawers full of...god knows what, really. 

I've gone through every single possible phase I could've gone through. I went through my eyeshadow palette phase, where I needed every single palette I could get my unpolished grubby paws on. I wanted to try out half a dozen mascaras at once to see which gave me the best and most luscious lashes. And everyone and their mother knows where I stand with lipsticks.

But there was a semi-brief phase I had with buying blushes that left me with quite the collection for someone who literally wears the same two colors depending on what season it is. So in honor of the blushes that sometimes get neglected, here they are seeing the light of day and getting their fifteen minutes of fame on my blog before they go back into the drawer and are no doubt forgotten while I reach for Sin or Rockateur


Friday, January 12, 2018

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid + B5 and Niacinamide + Zinc serums

I think by now, everyone and their mothers have heard of The Ordinary. However, if you haven't, here's the low-down. The Ordinary is a skincare brand under Deciem that is not tested on animals and doesn't contain any of these long words that I will never be able to pronounce in my entire life: parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, animal oils, benzalkonium chloride, coal tar dyes, formaldehyde, mercury, oxybenzone. In short, the products are very basic, very affordable, and are straight to the point and get the job done. Seeing these products on social media is unavoidable, so I took the plunge and tried out two different serums to introduce myself to the line. 

The first one I ordered, two months or so ago, was the Niacinamide and Zinc serum. If you remember, I was obsessed with the Glossier Super Pure serum and honestly still am. However, if I'm being honest, spending $28 consistently for a 15ml bottle of serum just isn't possible with my income (see: lack of). I had heard ages ago that this serum from The Ordinary was literally the same thing, with 30ml per bottle, for $5.90. Francesca, did you just say five dollars and ninety cents? Ten cents shy of six dollars? Yes, yes I did. These products do the same thing. Niacinamide is good for all skin types, but I like these combination serums to keep my acne at bay, including scarring at active blemishes. So far, this one is working the same as my Glossier serum, so if you've been hesitant to try Super Pure or are looking for something similar for much less money, here you go! The formulation is just a tiny bit stickier, but honestly, not even noticeable once it settles in. 

Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

Thursday, January 11, 2018

It could be argued that while I was living in Cleveland, I might have neglected the fact that my hometown is like, a wonder of the United States and stuff. Sometimes I just forget that it's there. Francesca, how the fuhhh do you forget that there are three waterfalls that might as well be in your backyard? And well, just like anything else: you just become immune to it.

Also, like, fun fact: Niagara Falls has three waterfalls. Not one, but three. On the USA side, there's the American Falls (creative, right?), the Bridal Veil Falls (my personal favorite), and the Horseshoe Falls. Well, we have like half of it or some portion of it. The rest is in our favorite polite neighbor of the north, Canada. The Horseshoe Falls is what most people probably see on like postcards and stuff, but now y'all know a trivia question about how many waterfalls actually make up Niagara Falls. 

Did you guys click on this post thinking you were going to be getting facts about Niagara Falls? Didn't think so. You're welcome for expanding your knowledge.

The Occasional Struggle With Leaving the House

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

I've always been what you would call a homebody. I like being in the comfort of my own home. I joke that I hate leaving the house, but I don't actually mind it. If I had a choice though, I'd probably stay inside. This doesn't have to do with the weather (well, it kind of does when it's negative degrees outside...literally), but more to do with my motivation to do, really anything as of late. 

My introversion isn't really any secret, but I don't use that as an excuse to not go out, and I really don't buy the idea that introversion = socially awkward or a hermit. I just need my alone time, y'all. But as of late, my need for alone time has increased exponentially and I really don't know why.

Is it the weather? Is it me trying to protect myself from spending money because I know I'll someway, somehow, end up at the mall? Or is it just me not pushing myself to be more motivated in the whole "social" aspect of my life?

Reading List for the New Year

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I'm attempting my goal of one new book a month for 2018, the same goal I gave myself in 2017. I mentioned in my newest yearly to do list that I considered increasing the number of books to two new books a month, but I had an inkling that I would accidentally intimidate myself by increasing the number. So, to avoid that, my goal is still one new book a month. However, even with that goal in 2017, I still managed to read 28 books, so I have hope that 2018 will have a similar pattern if I'm lucky.

When it comes to choosing what I want to read for the year, a lot goes into my list. I'm absolutely kidding. I don't scour best selling book lists or spend hours upon hours searching the internet for books. Instead, I really on the lovely people I follow on social media to steer in me in the right direction. I have a bad habit of stalking my friends' Goodreads accounts and looking at the books that my favorite magazines feature. I don't really go out of my way to find books. Instead, I sort of keep my eyes open and keep track of what I want to read on a note on my phone. Hell, sometimes I choose books at random when I'm in the library, finding summaries that sound interesting and covers that are bright and punchy. I like pretty things, what can I say?

For my list of books that I would like to read in 2018, I found my initial inspiration from a few places. First and foremost, I like to religiously check up on my friend Alice's blog to see what she's been reading. She's over in the UK, so sometimes I can't get ahold of the books that she's reading because they're ARCs or just haven't come out in the United States yet. I've also been keeping track on Goodreads by, well, creeping on what my friends are reading on there. It's a really easy place to see what I've read in the past (there are some cringe ones in there from high school, I have to admit) and also check out what other people think about a book before I read it (or even after, I like to see if people have the same opinions as me, I can't help it!)

Testing Five New Products from Caudalie, CoverGirl, and L'Oreal

Monday, January 8, 2018

As you may or may not know, I've been on a pretty strict makeup buying ban over the course of the past seven or eight months. It's mostly for financial reasons, but also because I have a lot of makeup that I need to work my way through before I can even think about justifying buying any more of certain products. However, I'm a person that loves trying out new products, so anytime I have an excuse or chance to do it, I jump at the opportunity.

I've acquired a few bits here and there to try and test out, so I figured I'd give my honest opinions on some new products that have ended up in my beauty collection. A few I got as samples from Sephora, some were from Influenster, and then just from my own curiosity when it comes to new products. I've been using them for at least a month, if not longer, so I've had arguably enough time to see what's working, what's not, and what just might not be worth it.

Malls Scare Me Sometimes | Street Diaries

Friday, January 5, 2018

Kicking it back and relaxing today because it was too cold to take an extra set of pictures for this week. So, let's just take some iPhone snaps from an outing with my mom the other week and call it a street diary. Kidding, kidding. Well, not really, because that is exactly what these are. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do when winter is in full force and windchill makes it negative degrees outside. 

But also, referring to the title, I'm only being slightly dramatic. Okay, very dramatic, but I don't like malls. Or really, any in-person shopping. Malls especially make me all sorts of freaked out. I think this is mainly because of a few reasons. First thing, there can be so many people at a mall and I have zero patience for people who walk slow and hate feeling crowded in a space. Second thing, I hate disorganization and we've all seen the Zara sale section and the hot mess that a Forever 21 is at all times. Third thing, there is just so much better merchandise online, let's be real. And you can shop in your pajamas online. (I mean, you can do this in real life too, I suppose. Don't let me stop you).

Why Is Fashion So Trivialized?

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"I can't stand when people try to trivialize fashion because it's so much more than just the clothing. It's actually not about the clothes. It's never about the clothes."
- Leandra Medine

I have had this quote drafted on my blog for months now. I grabbed it from an early episode of Man Repeller's Monocycle podcast (I tried to find the exact one and literally cannot for the life of me figure out what episode it was, SORRY) when I went on my short-lived podcast binge back before my first long bus trip to New York City at the end of September. The gist of the conversation, or at least this portion of the episode, was about how fashion is trivialized still to this day by people who just aren't that interested in it.

I've always found that fashion is fairly misunderstood. I mean, to this day, how many of us fashion loving gals still get those raised eyebrows when we express any sort of interest in our outward appearance? Heaven forbid that I'm into fashion! Actually, the original draft of that line was "heaven forbid that I'm into fashion and books" but then I realized that it doesn't matter. Even if I wasn't into books, why would that make my interest in fashion any different? I also like watching sports from time to time and have to sort my lipsticks by the season to make room for them. Does that change anything?

Blog Changes in 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#NEWYEARNEWME. In all honesty, there really isn't that much changing, but I feel like it's enough to warrant me wanting to talk about it. I ran a few Instagram Stories polls last month to gauge interest in certain aspects of my blog in order to make sure my content is something that people actually want to see. I mean, I'm selfish 94% of the time and post what I want, but generally, I like to have the interest of everyone reading to also enjoy the things that I like writing and producing.

I'm always into the idea of changing around things. I don't know if I've ever had a moment where I think "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." I'm always pretty keen on trying out new things and making sure that what I'm doing isn't old or stale, ya know? It's my FOMO, guys. I can't be left behind when new things are going on.

Anyways, in reality, my blog changes aren't that deep. I'm still kicking it with five posts a week because I hate myself. Kidding, kidding. This is my only form of entertainment at the moment, I NEED THIS. I'm still going to be talking about fashion, beauty, music, and Niall Horan, no worries there. Just because it's a new year doesn't mean that I've moved on to a new man.

It's Effing Cold

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

I know I'm stating the obvious here, but it's absolutely freezing outside. To any of my fellow Great Lakes dwellers, you guys know what I'm talking about, right? I saw a tweet the other day that described Buffalonians (and I'm sure others) so accurately that both me and my mom laughed out loud. It went something along the lines of: 

Buffalonian: You know, this weather wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the windchill!

I hear this...literally every single day during the winter. But really, it's true! The windchill is the true killer and to anyone who lives in Chicago, how are you doing? Are your limbs frozen? Have you left the house yet? I'm praying for y'all, from the comfort and warmth of my home because even I don't want to leave my house.

2018 To Do List

Monday, January 1, 2018

I don't do resolutions. I can't even remember when I started making yearly "to do lists" instead of giving myself the usual resolutions that I'd never be able to accomplish because they were such lofty goals. I find that thinking of them as to do lists just makes each goal seem a lot less intense and won't intimidate me to the point where I will never be able to accomplish it.

In the past, my lists have been much, much longer, but I'm more keen on focusing on fewer things that will mean more to me in the long run. Well, for the most part. Sometimes I just like throwing fun ones on there to mix it up a bit. Not everything has to be that deep.

1. Read and comment on more blogs | This is something that I seriously need to do more often. I go through spurts where I get really ambitious and not only keep up with the blogs that I follow religiously but with new bloggers as well.

2. Continue uploading to YouTube | I'm really enjoying my weekly upload and I'm really excited about future content and hope that I can continue to improve.

3. Read a new book each month | This is my same goal from last year and I know I should try to improve and up the amount, but honestly, I'm afraid that will intimidate me too much. So, I stuck with the same goal to read at least one new book a month. I more than doubled 12 books in 2017, so I think my underlying goal is to beat my 2017 book number. I guess we'll see!

4. See the Indians and Cavaliers in New York City | I was a fan of Cleveland sports before I moved there, so you know damn well I'm going to be a fan of the Cavs and Indians after my time in Cleveland.
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