Fashionable Findings; Francesca’s Debut! (mini-haul!)

     Hey guys! I must confess something. I’ve been sitting on the knowledge that Francesca’s exists for a few months, and have yet to do something about it. This weekend, I cracked. Hard. I got an email that I could come in and get a freebie (which is one “F” word that I love). I did make my way into their adorable shop on the last day to get my goodie, which was either a candle or bath fizzer.

     Before making my way to the counter to redeem my email, I made the grievous error of perusing the shelves. They had some adorable unicorn planners, which, had they not started in July would have gone home with me. They had a gorgeous kimono, which didn’t go with any of my items or anything in my current wardrobe. I would love to link it for you, but I’m not seeing it on their site.

     When I saw the display for the shorts, I immediately knew that I wanted a pair. I needed a pair; I absolutely had to have one. After trying probably 5 pairs of shorts and not liking them with any of the tops I was selected- I did end up leaving with 3 items in total. I do want to share some knowledge that you may find useful- they have 10 dollar shorts and cover-ups right now. Use that how you will- they have some insanely cute distressed shorts with lace detailing and some with a slightly bleached look. I wasn’t lucky enough to be able to get the lace ones, maybe you will be!

       On the rack, I did also find a cute cover-up that would have made a nice tank, but I passed up on it due to not knowing when my wedding is going to be. Initially tried a pair of lace shorts, but on finding that they didn’t fit I started my hunt for one that did. Francesca’s sizing is a bit odd to me, but I did end up finding shorts that fit. The only pair in my size- no joke. 

     Sadly (for me) I wasn’t able to snag the dainty lace detailed shorts. But, I was able to find these adorable subtly bleached and distressed shorts with darker detailing. These are just so cute and comfy! I’m a little miffed that I found them at the end of Summer. I have a feeling I won’t be able to enjoy these for very long this year. 

     Lucky me that these go perfect with the aesthetic of my Festival shirt from Plato’s Closet! I’ve been aching for another thing to pair with that tank! Now if only I could wear it to an actual festival, that would be way too perfect.

     This second thing, I almost passed up on. I wasn’t planning to do too much shopping, it was supposed to be an introductory post for Francesca’s, after all. Initially I thought this was a dress, and that was way too cute (but a bit short for my taste). Imagine my surprise when I found that it was a flippin’ romper. Guys. I love rompers- though, with how tall I am it’s hard to find some that cover enough to maintain my modest style.

    This mint green look is perfect for the Spring and Summer. I can’t wait for the right season to roll around for me to sport this. Look at this lace, and the off-shoulder band. This color is so cheerful and full of energy. I was dead-set on getting it and there was no way I could tell myself ‘no’ after learning it was a romper.

mint green romper from Franceca's
The first picture up from the new house! I installed (nailed to the door) a full-length mirror. I should have gone with a different color in retrospect.

   My last find was really an afterthought- though I think I really love it. It’s great to wear to work to break up my parade of dark clothes. Francesca’s has a great deal going on right now! You can buy a clearance dress and get one for 10 dollars. I almost declined, but my need for more colors drowned out my reason. I made my way to the rack hesitantly. All I had to do was make sure to find something of equal or lesser value (that’s the caveat, right?). I eventually landed on this lacy blue dress and a little black number to try on.

    The black one had me feeling (and looking) a little frumpy. But, once I got this  dress on, I knew it was the one. It fits great and is just my size. The lace is cute and dainty, with a nice swish. The color is one that doesn’t appear in my wardrobe very often, for some reason. My only gripe is the high neckline, which I ordinarily don’t go for. When something fits so nicely though, I’m willing to overlook a usual preference.

     This is perfect for work, picnic, date or just going to a fair or something. It’s a versatile dress that can pretty much be for anything if you accessorize. 

      My basic feeling about Francesca’s is that I love the variety. The bright, colorful clothing mixed in with knickknacks and notebooks, really matches what I love in a shop. Every time I’ve been there, the ladies have been fantastic and so encouraging to others who go there to peruse. I love hearing their cheery voices over the dressing room walls, “that looks great on you!”. 

     They really seem to know what they’re doing with their own style, too. They have a real grasp on layering, which admittedly is something I need to get better at. Every time I go in, there’s always something new to look at. 

     I will note that there seems to be a trend- they seem to regularly have Bachelorette party gifts and #Bride gear. It doesn’t appear that it’s there and is gone, they seem to have a rotating stock in it. So I recommend checking out Francesca’s if you or someone you know is a bride-to-be. I’ll definitely have to return to grab some party swag for me and the girls!

      I’ll definitely say that their price point a little on the mid-high side, as usual, nothing you wouldn’t expect from a boutique of this nature. It’s in tier with my favorite local boutique, The Posh Peach.

     They’re a little industrial in the interior design area- not all the way, but enough to be up my alley. It’s warm and welcoming with a great variety of items and looks and top-notch clearance. To close up this review, I’ll say I’d give it a….

/5

   We’re bringing back the rating system for boutiques with Francesca’s. I’m so pleased that I was able to actually bring something home with me this time. I’ve been in and out of here a few times over the course of the last 6 months and had to include them! If you guys head there, tag us on instagram so we can see your haul!

Fourth of July Mini Lookbook

Well now, isn’t this just a busy week? I figured I’d do a small lookbook to kind of introduce myself to that sort of thing- I’m still kind of finding out new things and trying to create a  steady stream of content on the post schedule I worked out (Monday and Thursday, for the curious). What better time to introduce a new avenue, than the Fourth of July? A time that practically begs for bright colors?

As it should definitely be evident by now, I’m very… budget. I like to find cute styles for very little. Partly due to financial constraints and partly due to my own frugality. My holiday fashions are no different, I aimed to get my outfits for no more than $10 or $15 and maintain that red, red and blue theme that is so recognized for this particular holiday. One or two times, I’ve gone over my self-imposed budget due to my need for footwear. But that’s a strike I’m willing to take.

The 2 days leading up to the fourth, I really tried to dress to the occasion. I had fun trying to make it as business-casual as I could, since the outfits started out as not-work-appropriate, and more suited to a day wandering around town. I want to say I did fairly well, since I didn’t get reprimanded. 

The first ensemble I sported was a simple red tee and a jean skirt, with some stylish turquoise accessories, that cost me 8 dollars total. This entire outfit was maybe 40 dollars, altogether, including the boots. I was informed by a coworker that the shirt came across as more orange-y, but I guess that’s okay, because it still got my point across. This entire outfit came from clothes mentor, here in Columbus. I may or may not have a somewhat unhealthy fixation with this place.

 

My second style choice was a more subdued look. I went with a pair of trusty blue jeans and a red-brown blouse, paired with a white undershirt. I kept with my turquoise jewelry, of course. When I got to work I was relieved when I saw that other people had the same idea and dressed more casually for our early taste of the weekend. Sadly, I couldn’t pair this with my signature converse, since tennis shoes and sneakers are generally frowned upon in a business casual environment. I feel like a nice pair of boots can dress up (almost) any outfit, so there’s that!

 

The day finally came! The fourth of July, a day known for gratuitous loud noises and delicious food. We were all primed to have guests over, but sadly… no one could make it. More food for us, I suppose. You can check the post where I shared the Very American Frappe I was trying to formulate for a little more on that! I selected a bright and decidedly not work-appropriate style for the (not so) big day!

Really want to preface this reveal with how excited I was about this outfit- we didn’t get to go to any events, which honestly bummed me out, but it was hard to be upset with this stunningly bright red (tube?) top. I was so in love with it, and definitely need to give props to Platos Closet for having just what I needed. You might recognize the crochet vest from my hippy ensemble, I thought it added a little something, to the also pre-posted light blue, lace embellished shorts.

Post-Fourth of July…

 

With that last bright outfit, my style went back to it’s regular subdued work attire. I do want to share this last outfit of the fourth of July week because I was just so hype.

The peplum style is one that speaks to my heart- since I learned what it was years ago, I fell in love. It’s so classy, charming and simple. Absolutely timeless. This last style didn’t quite get the picture it deserved, but I’ll keep trying and hopefully get one that I can share. Until then, however, this picture shows the simplicity of the style.

The week of the Fourth of July was a lot of fun for me to play with colors, and if it’s not obvious- that was a bit out of my comfort zone. Reds and whites are especially not a fixture in my wardrobe. But this week showed me one thing: maybe they should be. 

What did you sport for the Fourth? Feel free to comment or tag your Fourth of July ensembles, I’d love to see them!

 

Posh Peach Celebrates 4 Stylish Years!

 Today marked the celebration of The Posh Peach being fab for a whole stunning 4 years. Of course, I had to be in attendance- I never miss a celebration. When I got there, the streets were packed with people perusing the street market like they do every Saturday. Today being a little different due to the Pride aspect that Mirrors Auburn’s Pride Celebration that’s going on tomorrow (June 3).

The lovely ladies manning the counter were as courteous as always and there was a worker milling about with a Instax camera to take pictures of the happy shoppers. Behind the counter, was a board with balloons that you could get a chance to pop if you spent 50 dollars. I was determined to pop a balloon and win something, but what would I find that I felt compelled to buy?

While I thought, I drank my Butter Beer Frappe from Starbucks I looked at the snack table hungrily.

 

They had the cutest alpaca cookies that tasted as good as they looked, cupcakes that I didn’t remember to try and a couple of unique lemonades. Cucumber and Raspberry, both were delicious but the Raspberry was my favorite, personally. The lovely ladies behind the counter offered me a free icee from the stand just outside, I gladly took them up on the offer even during this dreary weather we’ve been having. 

 

I tried on so many different things… like this skirt, this gorgeous white off-shoulder shirt, this beige crop top, and this tan flowy tank. An honorable mention goes to the Navy baby overall dress, I desperately wanted to try that on (and possibly take it home with me) but they didn’t have my size, sadly. I’ll keep an eye out, because it’s really way too cute.

After all of that, I was still empty-handed. Nothing quite tickled my fancy or spoke to me. Some, like the skirt, just plain didn’t fit. And had I gone up a size, it would have definitely dragged on the floor. I don’t even own a pair of wedge platforms, but I may need to invest in them if I want to play with maxis.

The Winners are…

 

I did eventually find this adorable Salty shirt, that spoke to me, that admittedly I had been eyeballing for weeks. The shirt took care of about half of the $50 dollar requirement, and I’m glad to report that I found a unique and cute denim skirt on the clearance rack. They only had one… in my size! Score! The two items pair together fairly well, if I do say so. It feels quite summery, and plausible for a day by the pool (if you don’t feel like swimming). Just needs a pair of casual sandals, I’m really feeling these from Kohls. 

 

I fell in love with the shirt the moment I saw it on the Posh Peach Instagram, and I’m so glad to have it finally! Now if only I could stop taking so many awkward photos…The two pieces together cost a little over $50, tax included, so I got the opportunity to take out some of my aggression on a balloon. Images of failure from fairgrounds past danced in my head, but luckily, I hit the balloon I aimed for and scored a sweet 20% on my future celebratory shopping trip. I was also rewarded for my purchase with a free t-shirt. It’s quite comfy, and feels soft. I was expecting a budget stiff cotton tee, but they definitely surprised me.

The Posh Peach Shirt
This shirt is seriously comfy- and the fit…. perfect!

The back reads “Loyal Local”, and that I definitely am! Once again, I must commend The Posh Peach on their wonderful selection of stylish clothes and their delightful staff. My only wish in retrospect is that I had tried one of the cupcakes.

How to look glam for your graduation!

Hey, Y’all!

Graduation season is in full swing, and if you’ve been wracking your brain (and rummaging through your closet) trying to figure out what to wear, look no further! I’ve come up with three adorable graduation looks that will have you shining brighter than the flash on your mom’s camera!

Outfit One: The Classic LWD (Little White Dress).

The classic little white dress

I am OBSESSED with this dress! Nothing says summer like the color white and eyelet fabric! It’s soft, feminine, flirty, and could be a go-to date dress after graduation! Available at Charlotte Russe, this dress comes in just under 40 bucks, and you can find it here!

Comfy block heels

When it comes to shoes, personally I’d pair this dress with these nude block heeled pumps. If you aren’t a fan of that shade of nude, you could go for any neutral tone shoe such as a tan, chocolate brown, pewter, or even a matching white. I love block heeled pumps because they are much easier to walk in than a stiletto. Also, if your graduation ceremony is being held outside, you won’t have to worry about your heel sinking down into the grass. You can find the pair of pumps shown above here. When it comes accessories, I’m all about statement earring. I think this pair of dangle-ly pearls adds a “classic meets modern” touch.

timeless pearls

For hair, I would suggest a tossed waves with a center part, similar to what the model in the dress is rocking but maybe a bit more polished. As for makeup, keep it simple. Start with a BB cream or a light foundation, buff on some translucent powder, and add just a light flush of color to your cheeks with some blush. Add some highlighter to bridge of your nose and the inner corners of the eye. Swipe on some mascara, put on a natural lip gloss and boom, your ready!

Look Two: The Modern White Romper.

Simple romper

For the ladies who just aren’t that into dresses do worry, I have a look for you too! A more modern take on the classic grad dress would be a romper.

Rompers are so comfy and versatile that you’ll want to wear one all summer long! I love the simplicity of this romper available at H&M. Usually choosing more simplistic outfit gives you an excuse to go all out on your shoes an accessories.

spicy block heels

Starting with the shoes, I wanted to add a pop of color to the look so I chose these ADORABLE faux suede orange block heeled pumps. These are currently on sale at Charlotte Russe and you can find them here.

trendy tassles

As for accessories there I suggest these adorable coral tassel earrings from Francesca’s to coordinate with the shoes. If earrings aren’t your thing, and longer metallic chain necklace would accent the v-neck of the romper. Since I’d pick earrings over a necklace, I’d pair this romper with these earrings.

nyx lip cream

As for hair, I love the model’s simple straight style but feel free to add a little curl to the ends if you’d like to. As for makeup, I’d keep the face fairly simple, add some bronzer, highlighter, and make sure to wing out that liner eyeliner girlfriend! A pop of coral on those lips will really seal the deal. I love the NYX Soft Matte Lipcream in the color Manila. This liquid lipstick doesn’t dry your lips out, however, I do like add a clear gloss over the lipstick to give it a dewy shine.

Outfit Three: The “Wildcard” Two Piece.

fasion nova two piece

Ok ladies, so we’ve come to our last outfit choice which is the matching two-piece set. Two piece outfits have grown on me. When they first came back into style, I was skeptical of them because of my recent weight gain. I finally bought one, I came to the conclusion that whether your teeny-tiny, thick and curvey or in between, you can totally rock this look! I should also mention this a “sexier” outfit option, so this might be more appropriate for a college grad than a high school grad depending on your school/university’s dress code. This outfit is perfect for the grad who might be going straight from the ceremony to the after- party. Similar to the other two looks, this jumpsuit would probably become a go-to night out outfit. This jumpsuit is available on Fashion Nova’s website, you can find it here.

Sexy silver heels

For shoes, I actually like the traditional black heeled sandals that Fashion Nova chose, however, I rather pair it with a metallic heeled sandal. Like the one pictured above. These heels were found on AKIRA, you can check them out here.

Silver bangle

For accessories, lets switch it up! This time I’m going to suggest picking out a simple pair of hoops or stud earrings and pairing them with a cute bracelet, similar to what the model is wearing. I found this bracelet on Lightinthebox.com. I’ve never shopped on this website, but I really do love this cuff.

Red lips are glam

For hair, I’d keep it glamorous with some soft “Old Hollywood” waves. As for makeup, a classic red lip and a winged liner would tie in nicely with the whole glamour theme, just make sure to keep the rest of the face pretty simple. (Similar to the makeup for look two.) When it comes to red lipstick you can never go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo Lipstick. You can find that here.

Well, that’s all three looks ladies! I hope was able to spark some outfit ideas for y’all. If you’re graduating this year, congratulations and enjoy your special day!

Also, I’d love to hear what y’all think about the outfits, and which one was your favorite!

Until next time,

Miss Southern Belle Bottom Jean.