Weekly Wardrobe Inspiration: Girls Night Out

Girls Night Out

 

This week’s wardrobe inspiration was inspired by my weekend. Last weekend I went for a impromptu girls night out with a few friends in the city. For some reason the random outing are always the most fun. We ate waaayyy to much ridiculously delicious sushi and then stopped by a local ice cream shop on the way home. 
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How to Shop at Ikea

It’s safe to say that when the employees at a store start to recognize you and comment on you switching up your look (“Hey, no glasses today?”) you’ve officially gone to that store a few too many times. Save yourself the awkwardness (not to mention gas money) and plan ahead so you get everything done in one trip. Keep reading to see my Ikea time saving tips!

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5 Tips on Dressing for Summer Weddings

Summer Weddings


If you’re single (or planning to become single soon) weddings are the ultimate opportunity to meet people out of your usual social scene. Translation = you want to look attractive but not too good to the point that you out shine the bride and as a result lose her as a friend and a twitter follower the next morning. So how do you achieve this delicate balance of “chic, “classy”, “cute” and “currently available”? Keep reading to see my summer wedding dress guide broken down into 5 simple tips!
1. The Dress: I personally prefer to wear dresses to weddings although pants and skirts are equally fitting. Find a dress that is flattering and shows some curves without being too tight or too revealing. (Nothings worse then meeting your friend’s family and feeling like all eyes are on you because you stick out like a Dell in the Apple store.)

2. Flattering Sunnies: Weddings tend to bring out the water works in people. Make sure you have something to cover puffy under eyes if necessary. No need to let getting overjoyed for the happy couple, stand in the way of your own potential future joy ;)

3. Comfortable Shoes: You never know if you might end up chatting someone up by the bar or dancing the night away with a handsome stranger; you would hate to have to make a sudden exit a-la-Cinderella due to uncomfortable shoes. 

4. Simple Clutch: As a general rule of thumb, heavy anything in the summer is usually a bad idea. This rule holds true for purses. No one wants to have to keep track of a monstrously large bag during a social event. Keep things simple with a small clutch that is just large enough to carry the essentials ( and of course make sure you slide in a few business cards to hand out as you “network”)

5. A Gift: Hopefully this goes without saying but just in case it doesn’t… I’m going to go ahead and say it. Make sure you bring the bride and groom something nice, if for no other reason then the fact that it is the right thing to do, plus it’s good karma…who knows, maybe your wedding might be coming up sooner than you think.


Comment below and let me know what your summer wedding survival guide staples list includes!? Do you have any weddings to attend this summer?




xoxo,


Summer Skincare Must-Haves

Today I have a guest post written by Molly on summer beauty tips, since I myself battle with keeping oil and sweat at bay during this time of year, I am especially excited to share her tips.
Summer Skincare Must-Haves
Summer is now in full swing; it’s time for bathing suits, swimming pools, BBQ’s, beach trips, and all that fun stuff we associate with the hottest season of the year. However, your skin needs some extra care during this time of year, whether you have oily skin, dry, or somewhere in between.

First, we all know the most important aspect of summer skincare is protection. Harsh UVA and UVB rays can not only burn and give us a lobster-y look for a few days, but it can also cause severe sun damage to our cells and give us wrinkles, brown spots, and other unattractive side effects.
Next, you may need to change up your cleansing and exfoliating routine for summer. Some of us get really oily in the humidity, while dry air conditioning complete parches the skin of others. If you’re super oily, a good salicylic acid wash can help immensely, while dry-skinned ladies can benefit from a moisturizing wash. And of course, exfoliation is key to remove buildup and reveal fresh skin. An exfoliating scrub can work wonders, but microdermabrasion gets you some serious exfoliating action. This spa treatment is now available online at retailers like ShopNBC, where you can get microdermabrasion at home kits, masques, and cleansers. This process goes beyond simple exfoliation to really slough away dead, dry skin or oily buildup, and can reduce acne scars and fine lines, too. However, it’s not for everyone, especially those with super sensitive skin.
Finally, it may be time to test out some new products to see if they fit into your summer regimen. One type of skincare product that is currently all the rage in beauty magazines is the essence – a facial product with a watery consistency that you press into skin with your fingertips. It’s thought that the texture and method of application helps absorb ingredients more quickly, so that your skin is immediately hydrated and nourished. (Check out the linked article above for an Elle magazine review). Essences contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals, but can also be quite pricey. You can check out a popular brand, SK-II, right here.  Since essences are relatively new on the beauty scene, it would be wise to go to your favorite department store’s beauty counter or to Sephora, Ulta, etc. to check them out and do your research.
Whatever you do for summer skincare (or any time of the year, for that matter), it’s important to take good care of yourself by drinking plenty of water and eating well.  It’s great for your body, and it will show in your skin as well. So eat, drink, and be merry – and don’t forget your sunscreen!

 


Comment below and let me know what your summer beauty must haves are and if you enjoyed today’s guest post by Molly!




xoxo,

Summer Work Wear Looks

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This week’s weekly wardrobe inspiration is focused on work wear! Whether you wake up with a spring in your step heading out the door or if you can barely drag yourself out of bed in the morning, a great outfit can motivate you to start off your day right! This week try to incorporate fun colors or interesting patterns into your work clothing routine (if your office culture permits it – no need to get fired over fashion)!


 

Comment below and let me know how you express your sense of style at work!




xoxo,

Bring your boyfriend to work day

Wouldn’t it be amazing if such a day actually existed?? Often we inadvertently end up having to introduce our significant other to our coworkers, be it at the office, the company picnic, or even a happy hour event. Although you already have the job, this can seem like an “interview” all over again. Keep reading to find inspiration on how to merge your desire for your boyfriend to impress with his desire to stay comfortable.

Cotton Dress Shirt

Velvet Bow tie (more for style than actual formality)

Navy chino slacks (more casual than dress pants, not as casual as jeans)

Strong Leather Belt
 
Suede Dress Shoes
It might be a good idea for him to wear this last piece under his shirt for some extra strength if your coworkers are a particularly hard bunch to get a long with! 

Comment below if you have introduced a significant other to coworkers and if he (or you) were nervous about dressing for the day!!


xoxo,

Fancy Food: Fresh Omelet Recipe

Eating fresh and healthier food options doesn’t mean forcing yourself to choke down a salad every day. Keep reading to see my fresh and tasty omelet recipe!

 

Ingredients:
1. 5 Eggs (I like to use cage free and grain feed organic brown eggs)
2. Fresh spinach
3. 1/3 onion diced
4. 1/3 tomatoe diced
5. *optional* 1/4 bell pepper sliced
6. *optional* shredded cheese (to taste)
7.  Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
Recipe yields two omelets

Comment below and let me know your favorite omelet recipe of if you decide to try out this Fresh Omelet recipe!!
 
xoxo,

Fourth of July {Friday Fancies}

4th of July Wear

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, definitely my favorite summer holiday. This year it fell smack dab in the middle of the week but that doesn’t mean we should celebrate any less. 

 
From vacationing on the beach, to watching fire works in the park; what ever you decide to do you can’t go wrong with one of my three picks above!

Comment below and let me know your favorite ways to celebrate fourth of July and what you plan on wearing this weekend!

Button shirt
$52 – missiny.com

Stripe shirt
99 DKK – miinto.dk

Vero Moda blue vest
£15 – fashionunion.com

Cap Sleeve Flippy Tunic
$40 – topshop.com

ONLY denim jean shorts
€13 – bestseller.com

H M bikini swimwear
£6.99 – hm.com

Old Navy string bikini
$18 – oldnavy.gap.com

TOMS slip on shoes
$44 – toms.com

Armani Exchange strappy sandals
$49 – armaniexchange.com

Charlotte Russe high heels
$33 – charlotterusse.com

Wet Seal floppy hat
$13 – wetseal.com

Hat Attack straw hat
£88 – liberty.co.uk

Red hair accessory
$3.25 – amazon.com

Ray-Ban round metal sunglasses
$212 – mytheresa.com




xoxo,

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Like a Virgin

Anyone who’s been reading Fancy Francy for a while knows that I think Rihanna is the ultimate bad ass, but who do you think taught Rihanna…?  

Madonna was and still is the original bad ass, showing girls the ropes since way back in the 80’s. 
This material girl’s influence can be channeled today without looking like an extra from the movie “Girl’s Just Wanna Have Fun” by incorporating one or two of the pieces below.

Like a Virgin

Shop the look:


Bustier shirt, $50
Scotch Soda distressed denim vest, €110
Shorts, £18
Gold flat, $74
Engraved necklace, $26
Betsey Johnson lace glove, $37
Hair accessory, £6
River Island Cross And Chain Ring, $12

Cheers to these bad girls, may they continue to do it and do it well!

Disclaimer: The images of Rihanna and Madonna used in this post are NOT my own, they were sourced through google search. If one of these pictures belong to you and you would like credit please email me and I will be happy to do so!!

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