Tuesday, December 16, 2014

what I should have done differently

simple winter look: stripes and an oversized scarf
I loved this outfit the day I wore it - my pants were newly pressed, the snow was melting so I didn't have to wear boots (#hussyankles), and I got so many compliments on my new scarf (rightfully so...). Then after looking at these pictures I really thought I should have worn a blazer or more layers or something - this is kind of a boring outfit, huh? Nothing really special about it other than I liked wearing it. 

But here we are, looking at it on the internet anyway. I fight with myself a lot when it comes to picking out my outfits, and then uploading the pictures to share with you guys. I want to look nice and have it be interesting, but I also don't want to be fake, or just wear something because of the blog. I know a lot of us "every day women" bloggers struggle with that - dressing up enough to have it be worth sharing, but not dressing "for the blog". Do I think I may have been a bit lazy with this outfit? Sure - I could have layered a bit more, worn some bright lipstick, maybe tried to tame the frizz or made sure my shirt was properly tucked in (whoops!), but in the end, this blog is still a learning experience for me, my body, and my closet. 

Things I do know though? That this scarf is amazing and as soon as it stops being a BR Pick, everyone should buy it so we can all be twins. You'll love it, I promise.
banana republic sophia scarf
what to wear with a blanket scarf
Tee: Ann Taylor
Pants: The Limited [exact]
Scarf: Banana Republic [exact]
Shoes: J.Crew Factory [exact on sale]
Bag: Kate Spade [similar]
blanket scarf in the office
sophia scarf

P.S. Shopbop is currently having a 20% off sale items (use code EXTRASALE). I ended up ordering this sweater that I'm sure I'll end up sending back but I couldn't help but try it*
one: pretty crossbody bags in a variety of colors and styles
two: necklaces that tie your whole outfit together
three: you'll always know what time it is because you'll never take these watches off
four: give yourself something to look forward to for spring (only 5 months away!)

*Disclosure: I receive a monthly credit to Shopbop but as always, my opinions are all my own.

Monday, December 15, 2014

for that fashionable friend...

fashionable friend gift guide We all have a friend that is super fashionable, and therefore impossible to shop for. I'm always worried that I'll get her something in a color that she doesn't like, in the wrong size, or something she would never ever wear. 

My solution is to buy her something practical and fashionable - items that aren't specific fashion things like a scarf or sweater, but things she'll use for the items she picked out herself. If you have any suggestions, please share! I'm always looking for the next best present :)

one: keeps her jewelry organized on the go (comes in Tiffany blue too!)
two: for her trinkets and baubles (I suggest adding these bracelets)
three: she spends money on her leather, give her the tools to take care of them
four: upgrade her closet with a few sets of these wooden hangers
five: a place for her collection of beautiful watches (I love mine!)
six: keeps her unmentionables separated in style
seven: so her boots keep their shape for years to come

Sunday, December 14, 2014

top three [12.14.2014]

for work and for play: one | two | three
  • On top of of renal, we are also currently taking a 1 credit geriatrics course this week. According to recent statistics, the elderly make up 13% of the population, but are 36% of all hospital cases and take up 50% of all physician hours. Whoa.
  • I don't advise going out and drinking your anti-freeze, but if you were to, just buy a bottle of tequila - the treatment for ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) is ethanol (drinking alcohol!).  (while this is actually true, if you were to get ethylene glycol poisoning, please go find your nearest emergency room and not just start taking tequila shots)
  • The world's largest kidney stone was 13 centimeters wide. The normal kidney is only 9 centimeters wide. OUCH.

On the Internet

  • I talked about falling in love with this blouse a few weeks ago, and now that it's half the price it was then, I'm finally going for it. Here's hoping I like it in real life as much as I like it online!
  • Chambray and polka dots just make sense. Wear it with black ponte pants and boots now, and with white shorts in the spring!
  • I've been using e.l.f. brushes for years, but they are definitely showing their age. This sparkly set of 5 is from one my favorite make-up brands (I'm hardcore loyal to their powders!), so pretty, and currently on sale. Please, Santa? 

On Franish

Notable Sales

  • I upgraded my phone this week to an iPhone 6+. It's ginormous and therefore I love it - I was debating about getting an iPad mini for when rotations start, but this should do the trick just fine. I bought this case for it so that the gold still shows through :)
  • Last day of school is on Thursday! Then it's Christmas shopping, baking, and so much napping for the next two weeks.
  • We had our ugly Christmas sweater party this week and it was a ton of fun. We had some pretty ugly sweaters and then some pretty awesome ones too. We even had the dogs and their ugly sweaters out!

Friday, December 12, 2014

what's red and white and black all over?

easy holiday outfit: white blouse with a plaid skirt Santa coming down the chimney. 

har har.

Thank you, I'll be here all night!

Lamest opener for a blog post ever? Possibly. But if you forced me to choose 3 colors to wear for the rest of my life, I'd be all about being like ol' St. Nick and go with red, black, and white. It's just what I feel most comfortable in now. I remember a few years ago when I was shopping, I would always buy an item in a color that I didn't own a lot of because I thought it would add versatility to my closet. Turns out, it really just added a bunch of clothes in colors I don't really like to wear. Lesson learned.

If you were forced to choose three colors for life, what would you go with? And do you find yourself shopping towards them now, or do you try to add a little bit more variation? I'm still trying to find the balance between sticking to what I'm completely comfortable with, and still keeping it fun.
Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Lady
Blouse: ASOS [similar]
Pants: c/o Zappos [exact]
Scarf: Target [exact]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]*
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Nails: Essie [exact]

*use code holiday_franish for 15% off
and because my Target scarf is sometimes hard to find, here are 4 similar ones. Not feeling the plaid? Try this pom pom scarf! I recorded a little video a few months ago about how I wear mine here.
one | two

Thursday, December 11, 2014

review: recent ON/Gap/BR and Loft orders

After we are done with school (NEXT WEEK, SO CLOSE), we are heading down to Pittsburgh to finish out our Christmas shopping. Knowing that I'll be in a bigger mall, I've been ordering a few more things just to try on since I know I'll have the opportunity to return them without having to pay for the return shipping. Here are a few of the items I've ordered in the past few week, and reasons for keeping or returning them.

Banana Republic sophia scarf, Banana Republic - Textured Blanket Scarf
left | right
First up are these two scarves from Banana Republic. I've been watching them for weeks, hoping that BR Picks were going to be included in a sale. They finally had a no exclusions sale last week, so I quickly purchased both since I couldn't decide which one I liked more! When I first found them online, I really like the scarf on the right - it looked so comfy and warm and a great neutral scarf to own.  Then I saw the scarf on the left on the front page, and liked how it looked a bit more cozy and full. I received them both today, and have decided to keep the one on the left. While the one on the right is very warm, the fabric composition was a bit itchy on my skin, and I didn't like the way it looked on me as much as I liked the one on the left. As a bonus, the left scarf was a bit cheaper, and with a reward I had, it only costs me $15 out of pocket.
Old Navy - Women's Funnel-Neck Vented-Hem Sweaters
A few weeks ago we were looking into getting CR some of his favorite khakis, and when they went on sale for $13, I ordered him a few pairs (including a navy pair that I'm in love with). I couldn't help but include a few things for myself to try on. First was this funnel neck sweater. I ordered it in a large and a medium tall, and the medium tall looked better in the end. I actually really liked it at first - the color is really pretty in real life, the funnel neck is warm without being really constricting like a turtle neck can be, the sleeves are long, and the fabric is thick without being bulky. The more I looked at it though, the more the drop shoulder style really bothered me - it created this weird scrunching of fabric around my armpit that's not exactly flattering. Too bad, because if it weren't for that I would have definitely kept it! It seems like it wouldn't be as apparent in the black color it comes in, but I have a black cowl neck sweater that is very similar and so therefore I don't need a similar item.
The other item I ordered to try on was this turtleneck - I just really want a turtleneck sweater to work on me! But nope, this one was also a bust. Wayyyyyy too much fabric on my sides (it doesn't look that bad in the pictures, but the fabric was probably a good 4 inches away on either side.
Gap - Marled raglan sweater
I ordered this sweater from Gap during Black Friday - I loved the color, the pockets, and the pattern (I clearly have a problem when it comes to black/grey/white currently). Again, I liked it just fine, but I was a bit underwhelmed. I think it's the crewneck this time -it made the rest of the sweater seem really bulky. I tried layering it with a few different types of shirts (a white button up, a striped tee), but I just wasn't in love with it. When I'm considering keeping something, I really try to live by the rule of finding several ways of wearing it, but with the sweater the only real way I liked it was by itself, and while that's fine, it isn't such a special sweater that I would be fine just wearing it alone.
LOFT - Autumn Bloom Pencil Skirt
The last piece is this skirt from LOFT that I purchased during a recent 60% off flash sale (it's still on sale, and currently 50% off if you are interested in it!). Again, black and white makes me all heart eyes, but the fabric is definitely more fall/spring/summer than winter since it's a stretch cotton. The cotton does make it very comfortable though, and the slightly abstract pattern in neutral colors means it's pretty versatile. I was initially on the fence about it because I generally try not to draw attention to my hips as much, and nothing says "look at my bottom half" like putting on a large printed pencil skirt, but CR gave it two thumbs up (typical man!), and I do really like it, so it's on the "keeping playing with it" list until we go shopping next week. Loft really is currently my favorite store, and it's always dangerous to go on the website. They currently have a 50% off sale items (which I always find has better picks online than in stores) and all sweaters and tops. Below are a few of my favorites but don't blame me if you go and fall in love with everything ;)
one: it doesn't get better than a dressed up sweatshirt 
two: a sweatshirt dress - all the reviewers looveeee it
three: paired with skinny jeans + a blazer for NYE
four: also comes in a pretty peach color
five: the back vent keeps it sexy while the front keeps it classy
six: coat + cardigan = awesome

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

mad mad world

ABSTRACT JACQUARD SHORT SLEEVE DRESSYou know what makes the last two weeks of the semester better than it really is? Lots of homemade chili, that all of the snow is gone, and pretty pretty dresses. 

You guys. I love this dress. Whenever I order anything or try things on in stores, I waffle back and forth between liking it or not wanting it. Sometimes I end up liking it after making a few adjustments or trying it with something different, but this dress was instant KEEPING YOU FOREVER. CR says it's very Mad Men, and that solidified the decision to keep it and wear it forever. and ever.

Now if only answering renal physiology questions on an exam was this easy...

Dress: Loft [exact - 50% off with code WRAPIT]*
Belt: Everlane [exact]
Necklace: Forever 21 [similar on sale]
Bag: Kate Spade [similar]
Shoes: Tory Burch [exact]
Earrings: eBay [exact | more colors]
Watch: c/o Daniel Wellington [exact]**
* I sized down, and in a tall
** use code holiday_franish to receive 15% off your order! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

my ideal winter outfit

For as much as I dislike the cold and snowy winter, I love the clothes that come with the season. Layers, scarves, boots, and pretty fancy coats are a few of my favorite things. In collaboration with Nordstrom, these are my winter staples - tried and true pieces and looks that will carry me through the next five blistery cold months.

one: discrete but adorable
two: the perfect layering top (expensive but on sale)
three: as comfortable as leggings but better
four: to wrap your face up in when it gets windy
five: stripes go with everything
six: a coat you'll wear 10 years from now
seven: the "goes with everything watch" (on sale)
eight: have them, love them, get them (on sale)
nine: a transport tote dupe that's reversible
ten: cream blush keeps your face from becoming ashy
eleven: my holy grail product for keeping my skin moisturized
twelve: to keep your lips kissable and smooth

Thank you to ShopStyle for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. All of these products are either ones I already own, similar to ones I own, or on my wish list ;)