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How to: Mix Prints

Mixing prints only looks good when you do it like a boss. There are two key rules to keep in mind when trying to pull off this look: 
1) Make sure that your prints have at least one color in common (or are complementary colors to one another.) 
2) Don’t go over board. Try to limit yourself to wearing at most two prints at a time (**note, advance users may combine up to three at a time).
Check out these two looks I put together to get “mixed up” in the day or night.
Mixing Prints

Equipment blouse

J Crew top
$98 –

$45 –

L.A.M.B. sandals
$285 –

Ankle booties
$142 –

Paul Smith backpack
$509 –

American Apparel watch
$38 –

$28 –

Dorothy Perkins ring
$14 –

Ray-Ban sunglasses
$150 –

H M hat
$9.95 –

Yves Saint Laurent lipstick
$32 –

Yves Saint Laurent mascara
$30 –

Yves Saint Laurent mascara
$30 –

Kevyn Aucoin blush
$24 –

Escada fragrance
$72 –

Essie nail polish
$8 –

Comment below if you plan on trying to mix prints this season!


Light as a feather, hard as a rock

Denim and Dress

Those that know me, know that I love all things feminine. I think dresses are the ultimate, girly, essential wardrobe pieces, because they are perfect to throw on and instantly look “fancifully” (yes, I just made up a word). Dresses = effortless instant style. One of my favorite ways to wear floral dresses is by pairing them with a bit of denim. There’s something about the contrast of an ultra light, flirty, floral print dresses paired with the hard touch of denim. Adding a denim jacket, vest, or chambray shirt is the perfect way to tone down a dress (or almost any outfit that your not sure if it’s gonna be too much for the event). A prime example of this was last summer when I went to a party that turned out to be a rather small, “lights on house warming” as opposed to the drunken “Jersey Shore club scene” in which I expected and wore a equally fitting dress for. Luckily I had my ever present, always popular chambray shirt tucked away in my bag. I quickly whipped it on and pretended to be going for a hipster “see thru dress meets part time artist look” and was saved decreased the embarrassment of showing up to a party completely inappropriately dressed. Okay that’s enough telling on myself and revealing my awkward stories… With out further adieu, check out the rest of the post to see how I pair “denim and dress”.

How to: Color Blocking

color block

“Color blocking.” When I hear the word “color blocking” it conjures up memories of preschool and the wooden blocks that we used to build with, play with, and occasionally get hit with when there was a scuffle between two kids (and by occasional scuffle I am of course referring to me, in the one and only fight I’ve ever been in with a non-sibling. I ended up throwing a block at a kid and getting put in timeout for the rest of the day). It’s such a fashion buzz word right now, but what exactly is it?…Is it a fancy way of saying throwing on a bunch of solid colors that don’t necessarily match?… the possible silly questions are endless however; it’s actually pretty simple. It’s basically just picking two to three colors (at most) to function as your main color blocks, and then pairing neutrals with it. Color blocking can either be done by pairing complementary solid color pieces together, or it can done for you by purchasing an item that is already color blocked. (The skirt below is an example of the latter.)


Still confused? Don’t worry; you know I’d never leave you with out some useful examples. Check out the rest of the post to see two examples of color blocking outfits.

Color blocking
$130 –

Mid rise jeans
$215 –

Brian Atwood platform sandals
$1,665 –

Vince camuto handbag
$325 –

Tory burch jewelry
$145 –

Michael Kors logo watch
$250 –

Stackable ring
$99 –

Pink shawl


How to: Get Back in the Gym

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For some reason the moment you turn 22, your super hyper metabolism, you know, the one that use to allow you to eat seven slices of pizza in one sitting and still have a perfectly flat waist, decides to start working part time. Now all of a sudden, every time you turn around it seems like you’ve put on another pound shrunk your jeans in the washer again, and the only thing that fits comfortably are your leggings. Having to start watching what you eat sucks. I once won a food eating competition my sophomore year, if I did that now I would literally have to sew the back of my snuggy closed and just start wearing that to class.
As someone who use to never work out (and avoided physical labor at all cost) I struggled to get myself to go to the gym regularly until I found ways to motivate myself. The three things that motivated me to get started were:

1. Buying new work out clothes. It’s hard to not want to go to the gym when you have cute workout clothes, and although sportswear inspired clothes were all over the runway for spring, realistically the only place that you look good wearing them is to the gym. 

2. Music. Once in the gym the only thing that got me to finally stop walking on the tread mill at 1.2 and to actually start running, was a killer playlist. It’s hard not to get pumped when your listening to Fergie tell you why she’s so Fergilious. 
3 .I couldn’t fit into my suits. I bought my suits last year when I was 21, carefree and skinny. Since those suits were an investment and I’m going to eventually need them again, it was either lose the weight again or lose the investment. Clearly as a business major, I chose to lose the weight.

This week’s “how? what? wear?” will be dedicated to inspiring and motivating you to get yourself on a workout routine. Check out the rest of the post to see my workout playlist and look out for more workout themed post coming this week.

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Francy’s Workout Playlist

Fergalicious- Fergie
Moves like jagger- Maroon 5
Lose my Breath- Destiny’s Child
Poker face remix- Lady Gaga
Dont cha Remix- Pussycat dolls
Set fire to the rain- Adele
Party Rock Anthem- LMAFO
Moment for Life- Nicki Minaj
Check up on it- Beyonce
What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)- Kelly Clarkson
Take Your Mama- Scissor Sisters
We Found Love- Rihanna  feat. Calvin Harris
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Stronger – Kanye West
Rock Steady- The Whispers
Wanna dance- Whitney Houston
Please dont stop the music- Rhianna
I gotta feeling- Black Eyed Peas
Bad mama jama- Carl Carlton
Nothin’ On You – B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars
Number One – Nelly
Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Hope this helps get you started. What ways do you get motivated for the gym?


How to: Style a Chambray Shirt

If there is any one item in my closet that I can seriously say I feel bad for, it’s definitely my chambray shirt from Banana Republic. Since I purchased it last summer I have worn that shirt so much that I’m concerned how much longer the seems will last. At this point, not only have I gotten my money’s worth, but I actually probably owe Banana Republic more.

Here are a few examples of ways you can rock your chambray or denim shirts. 

Styled 3 ways: Chambray shirt

Don’t have one yet??!!  Check out the rest of the post to see some of my chambray shirt picks.

Tank top dress
$46 –

Madewell chambray shirt
$68 –

Mara Hoffman corset top
$207 –

J.Crew high waisted shorts
$118 –

J Brand mid rise skinny jeans
£245 –

Tory Burch strappy flat sandals
$225 –

Jeffrey Campbell black high heels
£120 –

Corso Como flat sandals
$95 –

ASOS oversized clutch
$36 –

H M leather belt
£7.99 –

Chambray Shirts Collection

J Crew western shirt
$118 –

CYCLE denim shirt
£149 –

Madewell chambray shirt
$78 –

Madewell chambray shirt
$68 –

Denim shirt
$55 –

J Crew denim shirt
$120 –

Old Navy chambray shirt
$25 –

Scotch soda
€100 –

Vintage washed denim shirt
¥19,950 –

H m
£15 –


How to: Get Rihanna’s recent look


Rihanna is my alter ego. Not in a creepy I think I’m Rihanna in real life way, but in a whenever I want to turn it up and feel like I’m the sexy bad ass that I am, I play a little Rhi Rhi. Somehow driving in my car screaming “sex in the air, I don’t care I love the smell of it” makes me feel confidently invincible. Rihanna is the ultimate bad ass, point blank period. And no one can tell me otherwise. No one.

Like this recent look she wore? Check out my picks to recreate this look and channel your own inner Rhi Rhi.

Rihanna Outfit Recreated
Monki short sleeve t shirt
€8 –

One teaspoon shorts
€80 –

Bcbgeneration handbag
$60 –

Giorgio Armani lip makeup
$30 –

Add a bold red lip, your cool girl attitude, and unleash your alter ego.


How to: Incorporating Neon

Incorporating Neon Spring 2012

Looking for a way to try the neon trend this summer without being mistaken for a missing highlighter? Here are a few of my picks for neon accessories to give your wardrobe a jolt of fresh color for spring.

Giuseppe Zanotti ankle wrap sandals
$695 –

Peep toe wedge
$65 –

Rebecca Minkoff ankle wrap sandals
$165 –

Rebecca Minkoff straw clutch
$195 –

Balenciaga pocket wallet
$525 –

Marc by Marc Jacobs croc handbag
£435 –

La Mer wrap watch
$118 –

Cc skye jewelry
£135 –

Wrap watch
$96 –

Neon necklace
$11 –

ASOS neon earrings
$8.06 –

American apparel nail polish
$6 –

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How to: Make High Rise Shorts

In yesterday’s “current obsession’s” post I talked about my quest for high rise shorts. I finally did find one pair of black, high rise shorts in HM back in August. However, since then I haven’t been able to find anymore until…. suddenly, this spring they are all over the place in Urban Outfitters and similar hipster/trendy stores, but the price tags are not budget friendly (over $5o). So what’s a girl with fancy champagne taste on a beer budget to do? Do it your damn self.

I went to a local thrift store, searched like a maniac for stylish 80’s mom jeans in my size. After about 40 minutes and several “what is she about to wear looks” from the other shoppers, I narrowed it down to four pair of jeans. These are the results of two:

DIY High Rise Shorts

Check out the rest of the post to see how I made them.

Materials Needed: Sharp scissors, Marker, Jeans, Sense of adventure

**Optional: Ruler/ Measuring Tape 
Step 1: Head to your local thrift store to find a pair of vintage “mom jeans” that looks like it has some potential. Can’t tell which ones are “high rise”? Look for jeans that have more distance between the back middle belt loop and the middle seem between the pockets, that usually means they will come up higher on you.

This is one of the ones I purchased.

Step 2: Try on the jeans. While wearing the jeans use the marker to make a mark on the jeans at the length you want your shorts to be.

Step 3: Take of the jeans. Extend the mark you made on the jeans into a line that goes across the whole leg of the jean (you can use a ruler if you have one)

Step 4: Cut across the line you just made on the jeans, being careful to not leave any marker still on the jeans.

Step 5: Place the now severed jean leg on top of the still attached leg and line up the ends. Use the marker to mark on the still attached leg where the severed leg ends to make sure both sides are equal.

Step 6: Cut across the line you just made on the jeans, being careful to not leave any marker still on the jeans.

Your finished!! You show now have  a pair of the highly coveted high rise shorts (extra props to you since yours are actually vintage, not just made to look “vintagey.”


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How to: Kim Kardashian Inspired Airport Style

If you’re like me, then you kick yourself every time you find yourself at the airport- looking like you literally rolled out of bed. Although I know when my flight is scheduled well in advance, I still end up running late, and as a result, looking less than my usual fanciness. To prevent this scenario from happening again, take some cues from airport fashionista Kim K.

1. Comfort is still key: plan on wearing leggings or your favorite pair or worn in skinnies so that you won ‘t be as uncomfortable sitting in a seat for a long period of time

2. Layers: The weather from your departing city might be totally different from where your headed, layer it up just to be on the safe side and add/minus as needed. Extra plus, you won’t be too cold on the plane when the person seated next to you decides to put the air on full force.

3. Shoes: In most airports you have to remove your shoes. Be one step ahead by wearing shoes, such as boots or slides, which are easy to take on and off. Trust me; you don’t want to be that girl in line, holding everyone up, as she unties knee high lace-up boots!

4. Accessories: Since you don’t want to go overboard with the jewelry and risk setting off the metal detectors, opt for fun scarves or even hats to cover up “plane hair.” Just in case you run out of time to do your makeup, go ahead and plan to wear your shades indoors… just this once…but please make sure they are not tinted to the point where you can’t see 😉

5. Tote Bag: If you’re a student like me you’re probably trying to avoid the checking in a bag fee. After you’ve stuffed your carry on to the limit throw the rest in an over sized tote bag. Extra plus: you can store your layers away in this if you get hot and you’ll have all of your things handy to freshen up after you get off the plane!

Hope these tips help you out on your next trip!!!!


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