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Announcing My Summer Internship


Two weeks from today I will be starting my summer internship! I have been meaning to sit down and write this post for a while, but for some reason I've been putting it off. This will be my third and likely, (if I'm lucky enough to get a job offer at the end of my senior year!) last summer internship. I am going to be a Business Analyst intern at Kohl's Corporate Headquarters in Milwaukee!

Thanks, Junior Year



Looking back on these last nine months, I'm overwhelmed wrapping my head around the adventures and experiences that enriched my junior year of college. If I had to choose just one word to describe how I feel when I think about the past two semesters at school it would have to be grateful. I am beyond grateful for my education, my best friends, the memories, adventures, and even failures and challenges that occurred this year.

Classics with a Twist



Hello everyone! I have my last final exam in two hours, and I'm taking a little study break to share some pieces I am loving right now. I've called this round-up "classics with a twist" because these pieces are all wardrobe staples with a little bit of a trendy twist. Take, for example, an everyday gold ring with an assortment of rainbow-hued jewels, or a silk midi skirt with a fun slit. I'm also obsessing over these sandals, my new sunglasses (so perfect for summer), and these chic crawler earrings right now. (as usual, most everything is under $100!)


Recent Purchases


There are a handful of great sales happening right now, so I want to share some recent purchases I've made to step up my spring wardrobe! I've been feeling uninspired and dissatisfied with my wardrobe recently, and my favorite pair of jeans actually ripped last week, sending me on a bit of a shopping bender...

This Week's Top 10: Easter Weekend

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1. Happy Friday and Easter weekend! It's been a minute since I shared a TWT10, so I have a lot to fill you in on!!!

2. I am home in Milwaukee this weekend for Easter and really enjoying it so far. This summer I interned with my close friend Koryn, who's boyfriend is in a great band in Milwaukee, so I went to their show last night. Koryn is an amazing photographer and took some of my best photos this summer (like these, these, and these!)! I am so glad I got to catch up with her! The show was at the cutest venue and I had a great time. 

3. One of my roommates (hi Coco!) and our friend who took us on spring break in Mexico are both coming over for Easter on Sunday. I'm so excited! My brother is also coming home for Easter and I can't wait to celebrate with him, my mom, and friends. I mentioned in my Easter outfit inspiration blog post this week that I will be wearing this dress!

Hair Accessories I Love Right Now

I am loving the current barrette trend I've seen on bloggers and around Instagram lately. I think adding a hair clip or barrette is a chic way to accessorize that is also easy and functional! Shop my favorites that I've found below:

Ralph Lauren Friends + Family Sale


If I had to choose one brand to wear solely for the rest of my life, I've always thought it would be Ralph Lauren. Of course Ralph Lauren as a whole is timeless and classic, but each brand within RL has it's unique style and vibe that could befit any of my moods! As summer approaches, I always find myself choosing classic pieces more often. That said, there's no better time than now to stock up on classic pieces at Ralph Lauren! Until Sunday night RL is having their Friends and Family sale, which means 30% off with the code FAMILY, plus free fast shipping with no minimum!


Easy Aioli + Roasted Root Vegetables Recipe


I'm very excited to share a little "recipe" today! It's been a minute since I've last shared a recipe, and this one is special. If there is one thing I love when it comes to eating anything, it's dipping my foods in sauces. Any food, any kind of dip, sauce, or spread... I'm here for it. In particular, I love a good aioli. One of my roommates and I decided to make a cheese board on Saturday night and we paired our assortment with delicious roasted veggies and a little aioli. Read on to to try it yourself!

Easter Inspiration + RTR Update


Happy Monday! This past weekend I was selecting my next round of pieces from Rent the Runway and got so inspired by the selection of Easter egg-hued styles. I decided to pull together a little roundup of pretty spring pieces that would look amazing for not only Easter, but any spring event! RTR has the fastest shipping, so if you're still looking for something to wear this coming weekend I would totally recommend checking out their available styles in particular! 

Mexico Recap



Hello!!! This post is long overdue considering I returned back to school from my spring break trip to Mexico over two weeks ago, so I am excited to finally share my trip with you all! This trip is definitely going to remain one of the most memorable vacations I've ever been on, not only because it was my first time to Mexico, but because spending spring break with my best friends just couldn't have been more fun!


April Playlist


At the beginning of this year I inadvertently began making monthly playlists on my Spotify and they've been such a great way to mix up the music I listen to. I have a bad habit of overplaying songs until I can't stand them anymore, so this is an easy way to ensure I rotate between at least 30-40 songs throughout the month. I usually update the playlist whenever I find new songs during the month, but recently I discovered a good amount of songs so I just decided to add them to an April playlist a little early!

The photo above is very irrelevant here, but I am working on my Mexico recap and can't wait to share more details about my trip last week!

Spring Edit




I was looking through some old blog posts from last spring when I rediscovered this "spring edit" that I did. I find it really interesting to see how my style evolves year after year, but the basis of what I love typically remains the same. I'll always be partial to a great pair of jeans, classic sunglasses, and a cool pair of white sneaks. Although it isn't quite yet spring, the weather this weekend was so sunny and finally above 30 degrees (lol, literally felt like a heat wave!) and with spring break at the end of this week, I'm hoping to finally put away my parka once midterms are over!

One Week Until Mexico!


I will be arriving in Mexico for spring break with my friends around this time next week! I am so excited for our trip, so I wanted to share a little round-up of things I am packing and a few things I wish were in my suitcase.

This Massive Fur Coat Saved My Winter Wardrobe


When it comes to my style, I tend to gravitate towards the same things every time I shop. A sweater in a million colors? I want it in black. Jeans in 20 different styles? Straight leg, high rise. Lately I've come to realize that my style is a lot less spontaneous than I thought; most of my everyday outfits consist of the same, simple and unsurprising pieces. This winter, when I went on Rent The Runway to pick my four pieces for the month, I saw this coat and knew I needed it. I love anything over the top, emerald green, or furry, but it's rare I'll find a combination of my favorite things in a piece that's still as functional as it is fabulous.


Current Style Staples


You might recognize this snap from Instagram about a month ago that I shared in collaboration with FILA. I love a neutral outfit, especially when it's a comfortable one that incorporates a great pair of jeans and sneakers. I'm going to stop saying I hate everything in my wardrobe for a minute and chat about why I love each of the pieces in this outfit.


A Pretty Red Dress with Rent The Runway


Happy Valentine's Day! Tonight my best friends and I are planning do to our usual Thursday rounds, which means going out on campus and hanging out. Although I don't have any fancy plans, this pretty red dress is perfect to share on this day that celebrates everything red and pink! I actually wore this dress for Christmas, but I never got around to sharing the photos. I wanted to share it today before it was too late.


Winter Style Inspiration




Yesterday I shared that I'm planning to sell a good chunk of my wardrobe on Poshmark! So now, I think it would be fitting to show a little outfit inspiration of what I'd love to be wearing this season instead. I always find myself gravitating towards the same things... a simple sweater, my favorite jeans, and a staple accessory like boots and a coat that's a little bit of a step up from your average piece of outerwear. However, I'm tired of my same old pieces, and I think these options are much better fit! I came up with three different concepts that I absolutely adore right now.


Major Poshmark Update


ASOS cold shoulder cable knit

Hey everyone! With the current KonMari / Marie Kondo trend, I've finally gotten around to putting some of my clothing on my Poshmark. The whole idea behind the method (in case you haven't seen it all over the internet and other blogs in the last few weeks!) is to get rid of anything that doesn't "spark joy" to you anymore. Lately I've been feeling uninspired with my wardrobe, so I just decided to sell anything that I've had for a while or that no longer "sparks joy" for me when I wear it. I'm going through a little bit of seasonal challenge with my clothes right now where I feel like I hate everything and just want to start over completely, so please feel free to make me offers lower than the listed prices if you want to. I just want to get rid of everything so I'm flexible!

You can shop my closet on Poshmark here, or search my username, 'frannieacciardo' in the app.

Current Pink Loves / Valentine's Day Gift Guide



How is Valentine's Day one week from today!!! I feel like New Year's was just yesterday, but at the same time feels like a year ago already. I'm so disoriented these days I don't even know what's going on. Anyways, with Valentine's Day just a week away, I thought it would be fun to share some current pink things I am loving! I love anything pink, even though my day-to-day style incorporates strictly neutrals. SO, a holiday that's dedicated to pink and chocolate is right up my alley.


This Week's Top 10: Pregame Playlist

cher is me at our pregames 
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Happy Friday! I am so excited to head back to school today. I haven't done an edition of This Week's Top 10 yet in 2019 because as the year went on last year they seemed to be less and less loved by you guys. So, I thought it would be more fun and interesting to change it up in 2019 and try to give each top 10 a theme. In honor of heading back to school today and going out tonight, I want to share my current 10 favorite pregame/party songs! 

New York Recap



Hellloooo! Today I'm excited to share a little recap from my trip to New York last week. This trip was primarily for school, but my dad ended up surprising me and coming to town for the weekend, and I also hung out with a few friends from Lehigh which is always fun! Even though I had to change my flight last minute and come home a day earlier than expected, it was so worth it. I was really stressed about the trip in the days leading up to it, but it ended up being really fun and a brand-new NYC experience for me. Sometimes I feel like going to New York loses its charm for me because I'm there so often, so I loved how I got to do different things this time around.

What I've Been Up To...



hi! once again, it's been a minute since I've posted (sorry!!!). I've spent the last couple of weeks just enjoying my winter break with my family and friends and trying to fit in plenty of relaxation before heading back to school this weekend. as much as a lazy day can be nice, I truly can't wait to go back to school and get back into my routine. the last couple of weeks have flown by... from a balayage refresh and a few blog photoshoots, to a quick trip to New York, to saying goodbye to many friends heading abroad... I feel like I've definitely been busier than I thought. i want to catch you all up on what i've been up to!

Goals For 2019


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!! I hope you all had a fun and exciting New Year's Eve! I wanted to kick off the year by sharing a few goals for 2019. I never really make formal new year's resolutions, but there are a few things I hope to do this year and I always love hearing about what you all are hoping to accomplish too!