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Wrapped Up in Pink

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{Wearing: Isaaz Mizrahi Live coat (thrifted) New York and Company sweater (thrifted) Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Co. jeans, Target booties, Nine West purse}

Hey!

This weekend was Small Business Saturday, and as I mentioned in my weekend post, I did a little bit of secondhand shopping. I scored this coat and sweater at my favorite secondhand shop Second Chic.  Their prices are usually reasonable, but they had an amazing sale going on with half-off many of the items in the store. I got so many items at Goodwill prices, so it was definitely a great morning. I found this coat marked down to just $15! I had just said I was looking for a new winter coat too, and then found this. It’s so warm and is one of my favorite colors, plus I am really loving the fur trim on the hood. The sweater was just about $7 so also a great deal.

Since we live so close to the park, we usually go for walks whenever we can. This was the perfect outfit for the walk since it still wasn’t too cold out. I’m the kind of girl who will wear whatever I want even if it’s freezing out, and swear up and down I’m not cold, so I was proud of myself for bundling up.

These photos were taken in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Buffalo. It’s right next to the park and the art gallery, and it’s a quiet street lined with beautiful, huge homes. Every time we walk there, I say I want one of those houses one day. You don’t even need a big backyard because you’re right next to the park! It’s perfect. Good motivation to do well in college, at least. :)

Love, Francesca

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Weekend: Santa hats + Friendsgiving 

Merry Christmastime! Here are a few photos from over the weekend. I had a few of my friends over for a Friendsgiving. I actually made a turkey and it turned out okay (the gravy was a disaster but hey, I tried.) I don’t have any pictures of the food though because I was too busy to remember. I got the photo booth accessories from T.J. Maxx the other day and they were really fun! I’ll definitely be using them again, I wish I got them before we took photos for our Christmas cards. Everyone loves a photo booth.

I didn’t go Black Friday shopping this year, mostly because I didn’t think the deals were that great and did not want to deal with the crowds. My mom and I did go out for Small Business Saturday and found some awesome things! We went to my favorite consignment shop and they were having a massive half-off sale so I got lots of great clothes for really cheap! Tomorrow I’ll be checking out Cyber Monday for gifts to see what I can find.

If anyone has any holiday movie recommendations let me know! I have quite a few but I always like knowing everyone’s favorites and checking them out! We just got Home Alone 1 & 2 so that’s what I’ll be doing today!

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend!

Love, Francesca

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From Dusk until Dawn

{Wearing: Monteau dress, Cullen sweater, Eileen Fisher boots, Nine West bag, thrifted belt, random jewelry}

Hey Guys!

Yesterday was unusually warm so I got to wear this dress. Normally it’s too cold for a dress (without tights) this time of year but I was happy to get one more fall outfit in before I have to wear tights and pants all the time.

Sweaters and dresses are one of my favorite combinations. You can add a whole new look to a dress by wearing a sweater over it! A few people stopped and told me they liked my “dress..? or is it a skirt?” so you can keep people guessing ;) . But seriously, it’s the perfect way to spruce up your clothes and make you feel like you have a whole new wardrobe.

Also, today was one of the first Saturdays in a while that Dave and I haven’t had any plans (secretly excited about it) sooo… I finished the Christmas decorations! I think I’ll wait until just after Thanksgiving to share but I’m excited! Also, today I rediscovered how amazing the Dollar Tree is. It’s a store where every single item is just one dollar. And it’s heaven. Every time I go in I forget how much I like it, but it also makes me a little sad because I see lots of things I spent way too much for at Target, for just a dollar.

One more thing, you should totally go out and see the new Harry Potter movie! Well, I know it’s not a Harry Potter movie technically, but I’m calling it that. I saw it opening day and it’s amazing!! If you’re a Potter fan you will absolutely love it, and even if you’re not you will probably love it! It was so awesome to see more magic, especially set in 1920’s New York! Dave wrote a really good review on it, here it is, (spoiler, it gets an A!)

Enjoy your weekend!

xo, Francesca

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Minimalist + Festive Centerpiece (with things you probably already have)

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Hey guys!

It’s mid-November and my Christmas tree is already up, don’t judge. It’s not fully decorated yet so I have saved a bit of the fun. One of my favorite little things I like to change periodically in my apartment is the coffee table display. I wanted to make a cuter display that was festive but simple for Christmastime.

The mood struck to change my centerpiece yesterday, but I had just gotten home from school and I didn’t want to leave to go shopping to get something, plus I didn’t want to spend any money on it. So, I just went looking around my place, seeing if there were any knick-knacks I could put together to create something.

It’s almost like “shop your own closet” but for your home!

Here’s what I found: a candle, a wine decanter, a festive mini tray, and a ceramic pumpkin. I liked all of these things and have accumulated them at random times over the past few months. They were just sitting on shelves, so I put them together on a tray I already had. I went outside and just picked a couple leaves and a stick off a tree and put them in the wine decanter. It was super easy, and though they may not last that long, I can replace them with fake leaves eventually.

The key is to find things (that you already have) that all sort of match each other. You can fill any jar/vase with leaves or flowers for a nice look, then add a candle or any random thing that you like.

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{Wine decanter from Amazon, Pumpkin, candle, and large tray from Home Goods, Let it Snow plate from Target}

Tip: Don’t buy decorative “home” trays, just buy ones from the kitchen section. They are the same exact thing but way cheaper for some reason. I was searching for trays in Home Goods and they were getting quite pricey, the kitchen platters are much cheaper.

After making this one, I thought I would make another one to show how you can really just use anything you have lying around. I made this one this morning before heading to work and it took about two minutes. I just grabbed a couple things and put it together!

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{Fox and tree from Target, diffuser from Home Goods}

What I like about this one is that you can keep little remotes, change, or candy in the basket.

This is a really easy way to freshen up your coffee table! You could do this to any kind of table or shelf. Sometimes just grouping things together and switching them around makes a big difference!

Also- I’ve started decoration for Christmas so once I’m done I’m going to do a Christmas apartment tour! Plus, there will be some festive DIYs coming up soon!

Let me know which one you like better, or if you try this out!

Love, Francesca

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Elementary, My Dear Watson

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{Wearing: Kimchi Blue dress, Papaya trenchcoat, Freebird by Steven shoes, H&M tights, Nine West bag}

Trenchcoats always remind me of Sherlock Holmes, and no I’ve never seen it and I’m not even positive he wears a trench coat. Just googled it and he totally does.

Anyways, here is another style post! The weather has been getting significantly colder here and whenever this happens I always start to miss my dresses so much. I spend all summer waiting for it to get cold so I can wear jeans and sweaters then when it happens I just want the warmth back. The grass is always greener.

So this is one way I style dresses in colder weather because who says you can’t wear them all year long? I went shopping with my friend Laura yesterday and we found some amazing deals on summer clothing. This dress was originally $80 from Urban Outfitters and I found it on clearance for $15! Obviously, I had to get it, and as soon as I got home I put it on. I styled it with my new favorite trench and some booties and went on my way. I still got pretty freezing on the walk though so in the future I’ll add a scarf and a sweater, but it worked for now.

Back to trenchcoats, they have always been my favorite jacket. I have had the same one since about 9th grade and though it’s been featured on this blog time and time again, I figured it was time to retire it. I was going to splurge on a new one but then I found this for just $25 in Papaya and just pretend in my head it’s from Banana Republic or Zara because I don’t think you can really tell the difference. Trench coats just look so Parisian and effortless, and they make every outfit smarter.

Also, love the new Starbucks holiday cups! They’re cute every year but I like how these ones have different designs! As if I needed another reason to support my cappuccino obsession.

Love, Francesca

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DIY Yarn Wall Tapestry

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Hey guys!

When I set out to start decorating my apartment, the living room came together in my head right away. I designed that in my head a million times and it was what I focused on most. The bedroom was another story, and I spent months trying to figure out what to put above the bed. I got the bedding on a whim I thought it was really cute and just went for it. I do love it, however, it was really hard to find something that complimented it to go above the bed. So I spent months perusing Pinterest trying to find the perfect inspiration, browsed on a lot of art websites, and came close to getting a few things but none of them seemed right.

Then, I came across a yarn tapestry on Pinterest and immediately thought it looked so cool. I checked out the blog the pin came from, and the tutorial seemed so easy! Here is a link to the post by Ashley from LittleMissMomma.com , she has a detailed tutorial and has a few posts including a few different tapestries she’s made!  So I picked out the colors and fabrics I wanted at Michael’s and went to work.

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Make sure to use a few different textures of yarn, and keep them all on the thick side. Thick wool yarn tends to work the best. I also braided a few strands together to add texture and variety. I used a full ball of yarn of each color.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out! The nice thing about this project is that you can switch out any of the colors if you decide to move it or just want a new change. Overall, it was a pretty inexpensive DIY and not too time-consuming! It took me about an hour to finish and I was taking my time!

Let me know if you make one of these!

Love, Francesca

The Sun Will Rise

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“No matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning.” President Barack Obama

I’m sure most of you are sick of reading/hearing about the election by now. It’s been shoved in our faces for the past year and a half, and now that there is an outcome you’re hoping this is the end. And I’m sick of hearing about it too. I’ve always loved politics, have taken several classes on it in college, but even this year has been too much for me. However, since I woke up this morning and read the results, I’ve had tears in my eyes and a pit in my stomach, and I just wanted to share a note of my thoughts.

I’ve been an avid Hillary Clinton supporter since she announced her campaign, and I’ve been following along the whole way. She was qualified, experienced, strong, caring and everything I looked for in a leader. Not to mention she made me so damn proud that a woman could shatter the glass ceiling and make it to the highest form of office in our nation! She cares about many issues that I hold so dearly. It hurt me to see people compare her as a “lesser of two evils” and sink this qualified woman down to the level of Donald Trump. Hillary has been a role model and an inspiration to me and this outcome has been hard to swallow to say the least. Normally I would keep politics out of my blog, but I don’t think this race was about politics. For me, this race was hate vs. policies. Where Hillary came swinging with policies and plans of action, it was met with lies and hateful slurs.

A healthy two-party system is necessary for the well-being of this democracy. We need different opinions, arguments, and passion from people on all sides of the political spectrum. We need checks and balances and compromise. Hate, however, should never be on the ticket. When a campaign is fueled by unjustified anger and hatred instead of policies, there is a major problem.

I accept the outcome of this election, just like Clinton and Obama did with such grace. However, the messages Clinton has inspired will still resonate with me. As long as this battle will be about racism and sexism vs. love and equality, then I will fight. Because I believe in a nation with equal rights in legislature, business and culture. Love trumps hate and I will always be with her.

Love, Francesca