Monday, August 31, 2009

Blair loves me.

Blair Waldorf would approve, non?
I just love headbands. I'm on the lookout for more!

xx Francesca

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to school so soon, darling?

Yes, as we all have been worrying about as our french manicures dried, school is coming back soon. For some of you unlucky people, you've already started- but for many others, school starts in about a week or two. Here's a checklist so you don't come running into school as the "new kid". (Even when you've been attending this place for years!)

1. Back to school shopping! Ahh, one of my favorite things to do. Make a long list, than go online, to your local mall, a major city, or the outlets, and do some good 'ol retail therapy. Buy basics, like jeans, v-necks, and tank tops, but also think about fall's trends. Teen Vogue, anybody?

"ohmygawd. what do you think?" (;
2. Develop good habits. Hey, party people- when school starts, you can be dancing until 3 am anymore! Start going to sleep early.
Drink something warm, and snuggle with your favorite magazine or book. No need for under eye circles, non?

yay for cucumbers.
3. Find the perfect bag! Even I'm still looking for one. Urban Outfitters has many options,
and various website do, too. I also like to check out my local Marshall's or T.J. Maxx.

you know you love it.
4. Get a back to school glow! Use peaches. Cut. Rub over your face. Let it soak in your pores while
you contemplate on what to wear on your first day of school. Plus, a little bronzer and highlighter wouldn't hurt.

We love peaches, yes we do, we love peaches how about you?
And that's pretty much all you need for a fab start.
Hope to see you soon!

Au revoir.
xx Francesca

Monday, August 17, 2009

Shoes, shoes, the magical fruit, the more you buy, the more you're.. happy?

If you're on of those people who can always find the most perfect shoes, with the special little deals, and the special little details, at the best stores, well... gahh! Luck duck. You see, I think I have the most troubled feet and luck in the world. I rarely find shoes that fit well. I am about a size 6, but my feet wide. I know, I know, Nordstrom has that shoe size service, but I've never bought shoes online. I'm too worried.

So right now, I'm dreaming about some FAB fall boots that might actually fit me!

Tory Burch Reva leopard-print flats, $225 at Net-A-Porter.
Fabulous designed. I have had my eye on these since forever, in this glam print and a basic gold. The shoes are pretty versatile, and can be worn with many things during this fall. A good investment? I hope!

Chloé flat leather boots, $900 at Net-A-Porter.
I really love the riding boots style. They look so chic, so sophisticated, so mature. Plus, really fab! I can rock them with jeans. Consider them the UGGs of fall.

Sorry for the short post!

xo Francesca

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Fall trends.

With fall comes change. The leaves become different shades, everyone moves up a grade, and it's a time where you can reinvent yourself just before school starts again. Plus, designers whip out new fabulous looks, witch turn into the hottest new trends.

This fall, the look can be described as rocker-chic, bold, and sophisticated.

Fall's big trends are-
exposed zippers *
tees *
motorcycle style *
distressed jeans
boots *
statement scarf *
denim shirts
and gold. *
(My favorites have a star next to them.)

These are an awful lot of trends to follow, so don't feel you have to be a slave to the runways. All you have to do is pick a couple you love and be done for fall!

Examples of my favorite trends-

Preen Line stretched cotton zipped skirt, $475
In the front, a display of zippers. On the back, 2 long zippers going around.
This would look great with a basic top, or simple tee (another fall trend!). In the winter, wear it with a longsleeve, tights, and heels or flats. It can be dressed up or down

Lanvin beaded cotton top, $500
Tees are easily dressed up or down. Wear it with skinnies for school, or take it out of town with a chic little black blazer. Forever 21 has so many that it shouldn't be a problem to find a couple for cheap.

Miu Miu leather biker jacket, $2,375
Quite expensive, but is fab. You can find cheaper versions at Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.
Girl it up with a floral dress, like Demi Lovato.

Forever 21 Gambia Slouchy Boots, $26.80
Hey, for this price, and from the review I've heard, they are pretty decent quality and are fab! I went a few days ago with a friend to go Forever 21 shopping, and I tried on these booties. Worried about the quality, I hesitated and promised myself to come back. Now, I'm obsessed with them! They will match with everything, and are casual and chic.

Diane von Furstenburg 'Arcadia' Diamond Silk Scarf
Statement scarves easily make your outfit. Marc Jacobs was famous for his neon ones on the fall runways, which were bright and patterned. This scarf, by DVF, can easily be added to a simple dress to give it a chic air.

As for gold accessories, the list goes on and on, I won't even show an example. Most of you readers do have some form of a gold accessory, whether it be a delicated heirloom necklace or a pack of bangles you picked up from Target. Either why, it's so easy to incorporate this trend into your closet!

Thanks so much for reading. Comment back with stories, questions, whatever floats your boat.

Stay haute!
xo Francesca.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Polyvore- an introduction.

Polyvore- [poh-lee-voar] Fashion meets it's love. Create "sets", join groups, enter contests, and more.

I discovered this website about 2 years ago.

On, a great site for fashion addicts, you make "sets". Here is an example of one of my newest ones, featuring Chanel & Karl Lagerfeld.

& the black keys never looked so beautiful.
& the black keys never looked so beautiful. by francesca is très chic. ♥ featuring here.

You can do a bunch of things on Polyvore.
Other members can comment on your sets, like "I love the shoes!" They can even favorite it, and once a set gets a lot of favorites, it goes on the Popular List. Plus, a new feature the website has just added it trends. The creator of the set can write a few things they are trends or will be trends, and other users can vote on it. Another popular feature is Groups. These are groups of users who are in a specific group; it could be just for sets with Louboutins, sets about Gossip Girl, and more. When you make a set, you can choose up to 5 groups for your set to be in. Polyvore is amazing. I have met many awesome people, and my friends are hooked on it, too! To join, click here.

Some more of my sets-

Thanks for reading!

XOX francesca.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Back! From! Vietnam!

Well, I actually got back 6 days ago. Excuse my laziness!

Vietnam was great. I stayed in Hanoi, a less modern but still gorgeous version of NYC. My grandparents (maternal & fraternal) own houses there, 10 minutes apart. There's quite a lot to do- you can go shop
ping, watch movies, visit 5 Star hotel pools, go to the lakes, and more.

And yes, I did go shopping! Only a little, though. My best find was a cream Zara cardigan for approximately 12 dollars. I have yet to find a picture, but when I do, I will show you. It's perfect for wearing and matching over pretty much everything! Other great finds from Vietnam were jade bracelets, a pearl necklace, and about a million hair accessories.

If you ever go to Vietnam on vacation, I would be happy to tell you some tips and things to remember. But a basic summary...

* Try to go the the middle of the country, like Hue, Lanko, and Hoi An. For 11 days, my family traveled there for the amazing beaches. In Hoi An, we stayed at a 4 star resort that was amazing. Breakfast buffet in the morning, the beds are large, and every room has a gerat view. Plus, a award-winning spa, two fancy-schmancy pools, and a private beach! All for the price of 50 dollars a night. In New Jersey, that can get you a cheap motel.

* Learn how to walk by raging mot
or cycles, and call over taxis with ease.

* Be prepared to walk A LOT.

* Don't even think about wearing anymore than 2 layers of shirts.. unless you want to be hotter than the sun.

Picture from the resort's website of my room.

Nice for 50 dollars a night, eh?

Anyways, now that I'm back in America, I'm more inspired than ever to blog. I have about a billion new ideas, that you'll see soon!

xo Francesca.