Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pucker up for Summer

According to InStyle, one of summer's biggest make up trends will include hot pink lips.
Wowza ! Since summer is all about colors, carefree times, and fun, these lips will match many different occasions. Even if it's just a quick trip to Coffee Bean, or whether you're invited to a fabulous soiree, this is something you can be wearing all summer.

Katy Perry shown here with hot pink lips, paired with a fabulous smile. (credit InStyle)

I'm thinking her make up artist probably
a. put on a bright lip stick, & added clear gloss
b. or just put on a bright gloss.

Some products to get this look ;

Maniac Longwearing Lipstick, by Sephora. ($6-$12)
It comes in many colors; the brightest, "Iridescent Magenta" is only $6 dollars, but the rest are $12. It has a hint of glitter too; perfect for anything ! For the other people who want to try out this trend, but aren't ready for the full punch hot pink, try this lipstick, but in a more delicate color like "Berry Mauve Shimmer"

Philosophy Let Go, Let Love Lime Lip Gelato ($12)
A plain clear gloss that is not only versatile, but also great for moisturizing.
Philosophy lip gloss is great, and never lets me down !

So , readers, what do you think of this new found trend? Comment below !

xoxo Francesca ♥

Sunday, May 24, 2009

absolute madness.

I've been is such a blogging mood lately !

Old Navy celebrated Memorial Day Weekend along with the rest of us by having a nice sale.. All solid-colored flip flops were only $1 ! What a nice deal, especially with summer coming along. (The inner economic geek in me is saying; "only $1?! That means they only cost about 25 cents to freaking make ! Bahhh!". My dad laughed at this...)

I came a little to late. Of course, by the time I was there, they only had poo-colored flip flops. Poop. Or if they had actually decent flip flops, they were a million sizes too small or big. A nice lady did give me her light pink flip flops though ! How thoughtful of her. They are a tiny bit too big, but I'll grow into them. Did I also mention the lines? Why, the lines went to the back of the store. My smart and patient father waited in line (without anything in his arms, as to the amazement of the other flip flop hoarding customers) while my sister and I looked for flip flops. It was terribly hot, stuffy, and loud as well. I heard in other towns, some people camped out the night before. (For freaking Old Navy flip flops? I'd rather wait for the sale to went and by them for 3.50!!!)

I still need to find the perfect gladiator sandals.
I was going to get some for this Roman Oral Essay Project we have in school this week, but I guess I'll just have to keep praying a nice, stylish, chic, comfortable, and not-too-expensive pair will come my way. HELP?!?!?!

stay haute.
xoxo Francesca ♥

Saturday, May 23, 2009

i'm making you a thief. a fashionable one.

Of course, we all know that Lauren Conrad is probably one of the chic-est dressers in all of Los Angeles. I think her style is usually trendy-boho, with a hint of classiness. She is usually seen with her signature little braid, big sunglasses, and a nice big Chanel bag in black. Man, there isn't one girl who doesn't want to be like her!

She even has her own clothing line, appropriately called "Lauren Conrad". Now, I love the trendy and super-cute items that are from the line, but I must say (and I speak for many fashionistas out there!!) that her line is pretty darn over-priced. For some things, like a basic black cami, can run up to 89.99. That's a whole lot, when you can get the same thing for 2.50 at Forever 21. (Yes! Right now, all plain spaghetti strap camis are only 2.50, and they come in a whole line of scrumptious colors. Eat them up while you can !) The good news, though, is that she is releasing a line for Kohl's in October. Lets keep our french-manicured fingers crossed that it'll actually have nice items, contrary to Alexander McQueen for Target. (Sorry, but that wasn't the best, Mr. McQueen!)

Here is one of my favorite oufit of hers. You can get the same look for much less.

Yay for the high-waisted skirt!

First, you start with your basic top. Like Lauren's, this has a lower neckline than most tops, which adds a little extra hautee. ( Fab Fitted V-Neck Tee, 4.50 at Forever 21) And since we don't need to steal the absolute exact shirt, you can change up the color a bit; this shirt is also offered in purple, yellow, coral, and many more.

And what would the outfit be without the little classy but haute black ruffle skirt ? This number, from Topshop, is a bit shorter than her skirt, which might be pretty hard to find. I'm not sure of the price, but because this is from Topshop, it probably isn't a lot you'll have to splurge on. I personally love Lauren's skirt piece the best, out of her whole outfit. I would be pretty hard to find a better match for this outfit.

Look, it's a pair of Mary Jane patent black heels ! Lauren's heels aren't platform, like the one I'm showing you, but there aren't that many choices for this specific style of shoe. I found this baby at , for 24.99. I'm sure you can find them at other places, maybe Forever 21?

Lauren can always be seen wearing a fabulous pair of sunglasses; whether it's a pair of sleek aviators, or funky circle shaped a la Olsens, you can always count on her for the newest trend in shades. She is wearing angled, deep brown sunglasses, but you can change it to any style you want. I like Wayfarers, and I can also pull off round Olsen-esque sunglasses, because they look the best on my oval face. Choose accordingly; this site is pretty good guide. . My best tip is to go in stores like Forever 21, because they have a wide selection and try on the different types and styles to see which one suits your face.

Lastly, LC is wearing some simple and sweet accessories. She has on a delicate gold chain necklace, a metallic bracelet, and a black bag. You can definitely update your outfit with some things that are more you; maybe you want a hee-ugee black hobo, or a tiny black clutch. Maybe you'll pass the delicate girly chain, and opt for a wooden beaded necklace. Whatever you do, just keep it you.

Hope you liked! Comment. What do you think of LC's style?

xoxo Francesca ♥

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Casual High Waisted Skirt; an introduction.

What is the casual high-waisted skirt? No, it's not the black pencil skirt that women in business wear... it's the new summertime favorite of mine! I'm loving it right now. I recently purchased a yellow and cream casual high waisted skirt from Forever 21.

This is my skirt. It looks a little odd in the photo, but on a person with my figure, (slightley bigger than normal hips, long legs) it looks pretty darn adorable. I got many compliment today when I wore it with a plain white tee and a crystal heart pendant on a black leather string. The skirt is so easy to pair with a everyday outfit; just reach for a plain tee, & fabulous sandals or flats. Then, finish with chic hair, like a poof, or a bun, & add some fun accessories. See how easy that was? You'll still get a fun and comfortable outfit to be in all day.

This skirt is also really nice. I just might go out and buy it. And at about $15.OO dollars, it's pretty great! Reminds me of something Alexander McQueen would design.

What do you think of these skirts? Do you already have a couple in your closet? Comment with you opinions, questions, and anything else that floats your boat.

xoxo Francesca

Friday, May 15, 2009

taking a break;; (:

taking a fashion break just for today.
I'll be filling out this fun survey, from the gal over at JoiseyGal!

63 Annoying Questions:
1. Song that always makes you sad?: "It's Over", Jesse McCartney
2. Last thing you bought?: A chocolate bar.
3. Last person you argued with?: My little sister.
4. Do you put Peanut Butter before putting the jelly on?: Yes. Wouldn't it be kind of hard to put sticky peanut butter on a gelly.. uhh, jelly? [;
5. One of your stuffed animals' names as a kid?: Fluff. I know. It was a rabbit, okay?
6. Did you ever own at one time a Nysnc Cd?: Not that I remember of.
7. Favorite day of the week?: Wednesday or Friday. But Saturday is fabulous, too.
8. Favorite Sundae topping?: MNMs. I heart how they make your ice cream become pretty [:
9. Did you take Piano lessons?: Yes. I started in 2nd grade, & I'm in 6th. My biggest accomplishment so far is performing at Kimnel Center in Philadelphia... <3
10. Most frequent song played?: Not sure. Maybe 7 Things or Pushing Me Away.
11. T.V. show you secretly enjoy?: I enjoy shows, and I don't hide it [:
12. Would you rather play basketball or hockey?: Hockey, but not on ice. Lax and Field Hockey is actually pretty darn fun.
13. Date someone older or younger?: Probably younger.
14. One place you want to travel right now?: KOP. [King Of Prussia]
15. Do you use umbrellas?: Yeap! I have a pink and white one.
16. Do you know all the words to the Canadian national anthem?: No, but if you really need me too, I'll learn them. [;
17. Favorite Cheese?: String cheese all the way! Praise they person who came up with it <3
18. Disturbed or My Chemical Romance?: MCR.
19. Do you prefer Blondes or Brunettes?: I don't have a preference.
20. Best job you ever had?: sister [:
21. did you go to your high school prom?: Not yet.
22. perfect time to wake up?: 8:00, especially in the summer. Je'taime summer mornings.
23. perfect time to go to bed?: 10:12.
24. do you use your queen right away in chess?: Chess is too confusing!
25. Ever been in a car accident?: 2 mini ones.
26. closer to mom or dad...or neither?: I'm close to both of my parents.
27. what age is this exciting life over for you?: Hopefully, 130.
28. what decade during the 20th century would you have chosen to be a teenager?:Probably the 70's or 8O'S.
29. Favorite shoes you have EVER owned?: Silver flats that are being worn down.
30. Do you have an article of clothing you have had since you were in kindergarten?: I think I do have an itchy old sweater.
31. Were you in track and field?: My friends tell me I should do track because I'm always jumping over people and things in the crowded hallways.
32. Were you ever in a school talent show?: Never got the chance.
33. Have you ever written in a library book?: Maybe... [;
34. Allergic to?: Cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas, melon, cucumber, occasionally shrimp, and watermelon. But I still eat watermelon.
35. Favorite fruit?: Blueberries all the way mann!
36. Have you watched sex and the city?:I've watched one episode, but that's it.
37. Baseball hat or toque?: Baseball hat.
38. Do you shampoo first in the shower or soap?: Usually shampoo.
39. Wet the toothbrush or brush dry with the toothpaste?: Wet it.
40. Pen or pencil?: Depends. I only use mechanical pencils, but I adore gel pens.
41. Have you ever gambled at a casino?: Nope.
42. Have you thrown up on a plane?: Once when I was two.
43. Have you thrown up in a car?: Nope!
44. Have you thrown up at work?: At school? Nope.
45. Do you scream on roller coasters?: definitely!
46. Who was your first crush?: Alex, from 2nd grade.
47. Who was your first boyfriend?: I haven't have one yet [;
48. What is your favorite food: Popscicles, jello, sno-kones, hotdogs, fruit salad, ice cream sundaes, skittles, twizzlers, panini, milkshakes, brownies, cake, carrots & ranch, and more.
49. What was your first job?: I've never had a real job.
50. What was your first car?: Uhm, the Hermes smart car? No, just kidding.
51. When did you go to your first funeral?: Vietnam.
52. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?: 5.
53. Who was your first grade teacher?: Miss Brown.
54. Where did you go on your first airplane ride?: I think when I was two, in Vietnam.
55. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?: A friend. tee-hee [:
56. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends with them?: Cheryle.. and no.
57. Where was your first house?: In Pennsylvania! <3
58. Who is the first person you call when you have a bad day?: My sister.
59. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or a groomsme: I've never been any of them, but I have been a junior bridesmaide.
60. What is the first thing you do in the morning?: Sit up.
61. What was the first concert you attended?: I've never been to a concert.
62. First tattoo or piercing?: Amazingly? I haven't pierced my ears, for some odd reason.
63. First celebrity crush?: not sure.

Have a great day! Check out my other posts down below.

xoxo Francesca ♥

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Weekly Tres Chic!

Introducing a new feature, which I like to call The Weekly Tres Chic!

Basically, it will be one or two items that I am really into this week. They will be Tres Chic, as the french say, & like I said, it will be weekly. Remember to comment about them! Your thoughts on the item[s], if you own it, or have something like it. Whatever it is, I will happily read it.

This week's Tres Chic items;

ALICE + OLIVIA "Taylor Tiered Dress"
at, $484

I love this piece. First, the layers of subtle ruffles are perfect for someone like me. Also, I've loving the soft fade from a baby pink, to a white. If I had this in my closet, I would pair it with darkwash skinnies, and a pair of silver flats, matching silver bangles, and a hippie headband around my head. To wrap it all off, a big brown leather bag with tassels, a big trend this season.

Gotta go now. Comment!

xo Francesca ♥

P.S. Does anybody know how to get the mark thingie-symbol above the "e" in "tres"?

Monday, May 11, 2009

this is t.j. maxx we're talking about!

I've never paid close attention to T.J. Maxx's selection of finer items. Sure, I've been in there to browse through some china with my mom, but is it possible that they sell some higher-end items? Apparently, yes! From what I here, you can find Juicy Couture, J. Crew, Vera Bradley, and even Coach there for heavily discounted prices..

Aughh! These hot little flip flops are calling my name..

But anyways. Have you guys seen higher end items in stores like these? Comment & tell!

xo Francesca ♥

Monday, May 4, 2009

inspired is the word of the day.

Shoutout to JSS! [: Love you. Keep on being fabulous!

Sorry I haven't blogged in over a week!
Last week was a giant flurry mess of homework, drama, and craziness. Hopefully, things this week will get about a million times better. But with the teachers pestering us and being down our necks for standarized testing prep, hopefully I'll make it through.

& Have you heard? Alexander Wang, along with Vena Cava [check out the second designer in this month's Teen Vogue.] are making clothing lines for GAP. I'm super ecstatic, I mean, come on. The H&M and Target things were getting old. [Although I do have to say, I hope Matthew Williamson for H&M will be good, as I was dissapointed in Alexander McQueen's Target collection. But anyways... here's a picture of a fabulous khaki mortocucle jacket, as a preview. Thank you Teen Vogue!

You know, this just might be my new spring jacket.
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And lastly, I've been feeling super inspired lately.
I cannot wait to go spring shopping!

My top five stores I want to visit for spring & summer are-

1. Urban Outfitters
2. J. Crew
3. dELiAs*
4. Century 21
5. uhh. I'm not sure. But 5 is a better number than 4. No offence, 4.

What do you think of the jacket? Are you excited? Do other designer lines for places like H&M appeal to you?And what are your favorite spring stores you want to shop at persistently until the store manager kicks you out at 11:00?

Thanks for reading.
xo Francesca ♥