Welcome to Fran Acciardo

Since starting this little space on the internet in eighth grade, both myself and my purpose and goals for my blog have evolved quite a bit. Over the course of high school I felt myself growing out of "The Blonde Prep" and itching for a more "grown-up" blog that I wouldn't feel restricted me as much. Changing my blog name and rebranding has been on my mind for roughly two years, and after toggling between a few other potential handles or just going the simplistic route and choosing my name, I ultimately decided that sticking with my name is the best option for me.

I love blogging with a passion. Blogging really consumes a lot of my time in the most worthwhile way, and I wouldn't trade the opportunities and experiences that come as a result of it for anything. What I've learned through something that I started out more or less as a joke has impacted me more than I could've imagined, and I am so grateful for each and every one of you for joining me on this adventure!

Right now, as I talked about a little bit when I shared my college experience thus far, I am working on myself and determining the best route for me to get to a place where I am truly happy with myself and my life. Being spontaneous and making decisions like this one are the little stepping stones that build up that path for me, a path which I hope you are all as excited as I am to venture down.

Have a great night! Let me know what you think of "Fran Acciardo"


This Week's Top 10

1. This is my new favorite t-shirt in my wardrobe,

2. I got Jack this water bottle last weekend in Chicago and I think I need it for myself now, it's so cute!!

3. I'm so excited about this fall skirt staple now in my wardrobe. 

6. I'm going to Dallas for Thanksgiving and this post will definitely come in handy.

7. Please don't tell me it's too early to think about holiday party outfits, because this top (well under $100!) definitely needs to get in my closet for events to come.

8. This outfit on Liz is what my fashion dreams are made of.

9. Dear carrot tea cake, get in my mouth, like, now, please!

10. I wish every weekend could be as great as last weekend! Do you have any fun weekend plans for the next few days? Nothing too excited going on around here...



Weekend Recap: Fall Break at Home

Hello, hello! My apologies for taking a few days off of blogging. As you all probably know by now, I spent my fall break / long weekend at home where I got to see a few of my favorite people, including my boyfriend, mom, and a high school best friend. Spending the weekend at home could not have been better, or more of what I needed. In retrospect, I am so amazed at how much I loved actually being in Milwaukee! It sounds crazy to say it, but I never thought of it as any special place until I wasn't able to be there for a few months, and I came back at the absolute prettiest time of year.

Enjoy the photo overload ;)

I landed in Chicago on Friday night and Jack picked me up straight from the airport! I was so excited to see him I could hardly stand it, so thank goodness it was a quick direct flight!!!

The first thing we did Saturday morning was head to my favorite donut spot in the city: Firecakes Donuts. There are two locations, but I've only ever been to the one on Hubbard Street. Jack and I are both donut and coffee snobs, so there simply could not have been a better way to kick off the weekend.

We spent most of the day just wandering around the city, enjoying the weather and the fact that we were finally reunited!! We visited the bean, of course.

Please note: we had planned to visit University of Wisconsin Saturday evening to see a bunch of people from high school since everyone was in town for the Badger game, but we didn't end up making it. Instead, we watched the game at Buffalo Wild Wings, lol. SO, that explains why we were matching in red and white. It wasn't just for fun I swear!!! ;)

For lunch we split a lobster roll at Luxbar in memory of our lobsters in Maine on my birthday! (I just realized I never recapped that trip!!!!)

A little more wandering around CHI... Ahh, the brownstones! Gorgeous front stoops.

I used to live in Chicago, so on our way out of town we visited my house where I grew up. We actually were walking down the street when we saw a few little kids run up the steps and inside... my heart melted. It was the sweetest thing to see the little people enjoying my childhood home.

On Sunday morning, Jack and I started off the day at his house for breakfast with his parents. I missed them, they're so cute! Then, we headed to this basilica on the top of a ski hill called "Holy Hill" in Wisconsin. Jack is a huge skier, so having him show me around Holy Hill was such a nice experience... it was seriously so beautiful. I took the photo above as we drove in.

Clearly, we spent a lot of time in the car this weekend!

On our way back from mass at Holy Hill we discovered a cute mini orchard situation on the side of the road... flavored honey sticks and incredible apple cider!!

We drove back to Milwaukee and took one of my good friends from high school to lunch at a classic Milwaukee mexican spot, Belair. The Sopa de Pollo was sooo good for a fall day!!

My mom went nuts and cleaned and organized my entire room for me since I've been away. She framed a ton of photos from high school and scattered them all around my room. So, so nice to come home to!!! 

Ahh, perfect fall weather! I missed my dog too, such a little nug. On Monday I was at Jack's school in Green Bay since he had classes, but then we came back and my mom made us dinner as our last night before the return of the dining hall.

...and back to the airport it was on Tuesday!

I couldn't have had a better time, and I am feeling so incredibly grateful for the wonderful people in my life. I am so lucky to have people who make home so hard to miss!


Quick Fall Break

Tomorrow afternoon is my flight back to school from home. I have had the best long weekend (so far!) in the midwest, including a fun day in Chicago, visiting friends in Milwaukee, and now hanging out at Jack's school up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Being back in WI and just the midwest in general has been so eye-opening to realize how much I really do miss it here and love it here, especially in the fall. A full weekend recap will be up on the blog later this week, but in the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy soaking up the last few hours I have left in the pretty place I get to call home.

As a little follow-up to this post last week, coming home somehow has made me feel a bit better about Lehigh and life in Pennsylvania. Strangely enough, given that's sort of opposite what I expected. I guess it was just a reassurance that everything back here is still going to pick up right where it left off and home will be home no matter how far I go or for how long. Thank you again for all of your support.

Have a great Monday.


This Week's Top 10

1. I. Am. So. Excited!!!!! I can't believe I am actually getting on a plane tonight! I land in Chicago around 10 PM and I'll be hanging in the city until tomorrow before I head to MKE.

2. Thank you all again for being so supportive of this post. I couldn't have asked for a better response <3

3. I also shared on the blog yesterday a fun and nautical travel outfit given that I'll be doing some traveling this weekend of course!

4. One really exciting thing about being in my house will be that I'll have the option to cook!!! I miss cooking and deciding what I'm in the mood for... Imagine:

I'm drooling!

5. Omg... and I get to see my dog! Pictures of people being reunited with their dogs melt my heart.

6. The Shopbop sale is amazing. Things that never, ever go on sale are included!!!

7. This Kate Spade bag is included and it's the cutest thing.

8. This week I ordered this shirt and I am so excited about it.

9. I want to go apple picking or to a pumpkin patch!!! I need to do something "fall"ish ASAP. Hopefully I'll find a time to squeeze that in when I'm back in Wisco...

10. Have a fabulous weekend!!! I can't believe I'll be home, YAY! :)