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This Week's Top 10: All of the Sales

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1. Happy Friday!! This week was a good one. Yesterday I got my first dose of the Moderna vaccine, Wednesday and Thursday I got dinner with my aunts, work was busy yet productive, I cooked, worked out... just overall good vibes. So excited to finally be making some progress with decorating, too!

2. Shopbop is having a sale that ends today- 15% off $200+, and the discounts climb as you spend more. I love these Converse, these blue sneakers, this is my favorite coffee table book that I always get questions about, you know I love Boy Smells candles, obsessed with this (!!!) dress and this dress, this under $100 shirtdress, and every pair of these shorts...

A Moving Recap & First Weeks in NYC Update

Hi! On Monday I published my moving vlog on YouTube, and I feel obligated to share a little bit of an additional recap and some extra details here for all of you real ones. If you have not yet checked out the video, please do! I share some clips from driving across the country in a U-Haul with my brother, arriving in NYC and my reaction to seeing my apartment for the first time, as well as an empty apartment tour!

My Very Honest List of Favorite Products (From the Sephora Sale!)

I am back on the grind with my skincare, health and wellness right now and it feels! so! good! You know that Ariana Grande song where she's like, "I've been eatin healthy I've been drinkin coffeee", that's like... kind of my life right now. Perfect timing because hot girl summer is around the corner and the Sephora Sale starts tomorrow! Today I am going to share my current favorite skincare, beauty, and hair products so you can shop the sale (if you want to!) and glow up with me (LOL).

This Week's Top 10

1. Happy Friday!! This was my first official week in my apartment and I am so happy to be here. I'm going to dedicate this weekend to furniture/decor shopping and really looking forward to it. The cherry blossoms have bloomed throughout the city and they've made my daily walks so enjoyable. 

2. I published the April mood board late last night because I just didn't want to wait any longer! In case you missed it, you can find it here.

3. These are the shorts I was wearing on my IG story yesterday- got so many replies to that story and had to share them! They're only $30, come in a ton of colors, and so cute + comfy!

April Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)

Hello!! Happy April!! How are we already a quarter of the way through 2021? I am in my new apartment in NYC and so happy to be here. Can't wait to share everything with you all soon as I get more settled.  I switched it up a little with the mood board this month and I hope you love this one as much as I do, even though it's over a week late... I'm so sorry!!

This Week's Top 10

1. Happy Friday!!! This week felt a bit long but at least it's Friday now and we made it through! Can't believe in just one week from today I am moving to NYC!

2. I am currently running a giveaway on my IG! It goes until Sunday and you can enter to win a Rudder USA Sweatshirt + Hat, and a Paul Landry long sleeve tee + duffel bag! Everything is so cute, so go check out the post on my account here to enter. 

3. This week I applied for the Sephora Squad! If you've been following me for a while or just enjoy keeping up with me, it would mean the world if you would leave a testimonial for me here. I mentioned this in my IG stories already, but in my application, I talked about how I’ve been doing this for 9 years and while my community is small, so many of you are so loyal and truly have become friends of mine over the years, so I think being a part of the Sephora Squad would be an amazing way for me to grow this platform and in turn, produce better content for all of you! 

10 Days

In just 10 days, I am leaving Milwaukee to drive to NYC. 2012 me would be screaming “I’m moving to NYC!!” but that is just not my vibe right now. The difference between 2012 and 2021 Fran is… a lot of things. Warning you now-- this post is pretty dramatic (lol, whooooo is surprised). But just let me have my moment-- you only move away from home on your own once!!!

This Week's Top 10

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1. Happy Friday!!! The weather this week has been SO sunny and warm and I am thriving. I got out on at least two walks a day all week long and it was glorious.

2. Thank you all for all of your love this week on my big announcement!! Can't believe it's happening in TWO WEEKS! Full blog post with the Q&A here

3. Supermoon Bakehouse is easily one of the places I am most excited to visit when I move. Like, a Saturday morning walk to get one of those CRUFFINS? Talk about living my truuuth!!

I Signed a Lease in NYC! (Answering all of your Questions)

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that on Monday I signed a lease for an apartment in New York City!!! I did a Q&A on my IG stories sharing some details about my apartment and the process (saved to highlights if you missed it), and I'm excited to document all of that and more on here today. Let's just jump right in!

This Week's Top 10

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 1. Happy Friday! First of all, in reference to the photo above, I've been following the Lady Gaga dog walker / french bulldog story and it is SO terrible. Makes me soo sad to hear about the french bulldog situation in our country but also happy to hear the dog walker is recovering! 

Beside that, I have been in a particularly good mood this morning because last night I got drinks and dinner with Elizabeth, which is always fun, and then this morning I practiced my new morning routine that I am obsessed with!

2. You may have noticed I didn't post much in February both on Instagram and here on the blog. February was just kind of a hectic/stressful month making future plans, etc, etc. but so many of you actually noticed my absence and asked what was up / how I was doing, and I wanted to say thank you for that!! I am so grateful for all of you who not only follow along but also genuinely care about my life!! A couple of you even mentioned you were waiting on the March mood board, so yesterday I kicked off the March content with the March Moodboard, which you can find here!

3. One of my all-time favorite bands, Kings of Leon, just released their first new album since 2016 today! I just started listening (like right now) so don't have an opinion yet but I am excited. You can listen on Spotify here!

March Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)

Hello!! Happy March!! Apologies for my absence/lack of content lately, I've been... preoccupied ;) This month is going to be wild and I have spent the last two weeks crying both happy and sad tears and making lots of plans... if you follow closely, you probably know what's coming but if not, you're in for a surprise! Anyway, that said, this month I am trying to stay really positive, focus on myself, and curate good vibes to keep a positive mindset. March can be a dreary month, but it can also mean the start of spring and warmer temps, so green, positive vibes are what I am choosing to manifest!

Neutral Home Inspiration

Helloooo! Today I am sharing another random home decor mood board! Creating these interior boards has become my new favorite hobby because it's a nice way to put some of my apartment ideas together and envision how I might want to decorate my (tiny) NYC apartment in a couple of months. This one feels really calm and clean, and I just love a neutral palette. 

This Week's Top 10

1. Happy Friday! Wow, I can't believe how productive this week was for me. One of my senior teammates at work was on vacation this week, leaving me to take over many of her responsibilities, and it was a crazy week of learning, skill-strengthening, exposure... all of the good things! I feel like I learned and improved so much and it's a great feeling to head into the weekend with!

2. Speaking of productivity, I finally shared my top tips for boosting my motivation in yesterday's blog post. If you're in a rut, or even just looking for ways to boost your motivation throughout the day, check out the post here and let me know if you implement any of my tips!

3. I shared my dresser reveal on my IG this week!! I am so happy with how it turned out. I am thinking of writing an entire post on the supplies I used and the process... would you be interested in that?

The 6 Things That Got Me Out of My Huge Rut

A couple of weeks ago I was deep in a rut. It was the kind of rut where my motivation was so low that I could barely get myself to leave my house, even if just for a short walk… and you know how much I love my walks. It was also the kind of rut where I couldn’t get myself to write any blog posts or do anything except lay on my couch, go on Tik Tok and eat a bunch of chips, so, hi, I’m back!

This Week's Top 10: Daaaamn

1. Damn. Friday. I have never needed you more!!! I've been living by the words of wisdom above this week because, well, was anyone else's week just... painful?? Actually, I already know that it was because almost 100% of you voted in my IG story poll last night that your week sucked. I am sorry that you had a bad week, but isn't it a little less bad knowing we all had a bad week and now it's over? Some of you told me it's because mercury is in retrograde. Whatever that means, I am not into it.

2. I am going to write an entire blog post sharing my thoughts on how I've felt the past week-ish. I have a lot to say... it's a combination of the sun never being up when I have my first meeting for work every day, hitting my breaking point with Covid (we are coming up on the one year mark, accepting that college is really over is feeling real, I am in my 20s and haven't been to a bar in who knows how long...), and just overall not vibing. I appreciate all of your ideas and messages this week on Instagram as I complained about my mood. I try to keep it positive on there 99% of the time but I just hit a breaking point this week and wanted to be honest with you about how I feel.

3. February is Black History Month and I picked up the following books written by female black authors at the library to read in the coming weeks: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. I have heard fabulous things about all of them and I am so excited!!!

February Moodoard (Desktop Wallpaper!)

february 2021 mood board pink flowers and love

Happy February!! Just me, or did January seem like the longest month ever?! I am looking forward to (hopefully) things getting a bit warmer this month, but it's not looking like it so far with all of the snow on the ground. Nonetheless, I am excited for a month full of pink, chocolate, and lovely vibes. 

I hope you love this as much as I do! Please tag me if you make this your desktop or phone wallpaper, it brightens my day more than you know. 

This Week's Top 10

1. Happy Friday!! Does anyone else feel like January has lasted forever? I feel like this month has been 95 days long... but maybe that's just because I tried Dry January for the first time? Haha. I'm looking forward to another relaxing weekend (it's been so cold here, so I doubt I'll even leave my house) and then come Monday, it'll be February!

2. The highlight of my week was either baking cookies on Tuesday night... or getting Claudia's book in the mail! You guys know I listen to the Morning Toast every single day, so I of course pre-ordered her book, Girl with No Job, and have been loving it so far.

3. My friend Caroline shared a great blog post spotlighting her current favorite content creators, and was kind enough to include me! I personally followed a few of the people on her list and recommend checking out the post if you're in the mood for a little extra inspiration! 

Valentine's Day Gifts (for her... or yourself!)

We all know I am a fan of anything and everything in any shade of pink, so few things spark more joy for me than this entirely pink mood board full of pretty pink things! (could I have said "pink" any more times in that sentence?!) While I will be celebrating Valentine's Day this year with my boyfriend, I am a huge believer that you do not have to be in a relationship to have a fabulous Valentine's day full of chocolate, flowers, love, and a little present, especially from yourself!

Here are some of the special gifts that made it to this year's Valentine's Day gift guide:

How I Make My Moodboards

Good morning!! I am excited about today's post because I think you will really enjoy this! One of my most frequently asked questions is how I make my mood boards, specifically for the monthly wallpapers, but also just for my graphics. Today I am going to show you exactly how I do it! It is super easy and doesn't require any special programs.

This Week's Top 10

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1. I hope you all had a happy week!! With Inauguration Day on Wednesday, beginning my dresser makeover, and having my mom in town, it was a lovely week at home, and even kind of eventful? Haven't used that word in a while, haha.

2. I am documenting my entire dresser makeover on my Instagram stories, so you can follow along here if you are interested (I am saving all of the steps to the "dresser" highlight if you want to catch up)! The paint color we went with is Benjamin Moore's "Hale Navy," which a few of you mentioned you have used and loved! I did the first coat last night and I am really happy with it. At first, the color was really gray-ish, but it dried and is perfectly navy!! I am so excited to share the transformation.

3. If you saw my Instagram yesterday, you have already been introduced to my new favorite sweat set!! Woodley Lowe sent me these joggers + this hoodie and I haven't taken them off since (yeah, I actually slept in them, lol). The set is SO comfy. Their sizing is a little different so for reference, I got both pieces in a D! I stepped out of my comfort zone with the lavender but also really love the vanilla color. The best part is they gave me a code to share with all of you! Use FRAN20 for 20% off anything!!

Winter Whites

Happy Inauguration Day!!! In honor of this fresh start for our country, I've put together a little collage of some of my favorite winter white pieces. I love an all-white outfit this time of the year... it's so refreshing, clean, and chic. 

Winter Bedroom Inspo

Happy Monday! I am grateful to have the day off work today for MLK day! While this post is completely unrelated to the efforts and campaigns of Martin Luther King Jr., I am grateful my company acknowledges and celebrates his life and achievements today. Without further adieu, I am excited to share a little bedroom inspiration today... after last week's episode of Golden Hour where we chatted about how I make my mood boards, I was inspired to create a serene bedroom. This one gives me Lincoln Park townhouse X Kourtney Kardashian vibes.

This Week's Top 10: Online Shopping Obsessions

1. Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine absolutely flew by. I fit in a couple of good workouts this week which left me sore and feeling super motivated! + Elizabeth made this bombbbb playlist that I've been listening to nonstop!

2. I was featured on another episode of the Golden Hour podcast this week! I had so much fun being back on their show (I was on it for the first time back in May). You can check out the episode on Spotify here or Apple podcasts here!

3. This week I ordered this linen duvet cover and I am so excited about it. It looks so beautiful and was a great price-- I love the transparent pricing model! I've only seen Everlane do that but this brand does it as well!! You can get $10 off your purchase with this link!

This Week's Top 10

1. Ugh. To say it's disheartening to kick off the year with the events of this week would be an understatement. What happened at the Capitol on Wednesday is horrific and disgusting. This article with 20 tweets about the events made me feel a bit "better" just knowing that any sort of frustration we feel, we are not alone in it.

2. In brighter news, I painted my nails this week and I am in love with the color! Super out of my comfort zone as my nails are almost always red, but I am very into it.

3. I redownloaded Tik Tok last week and not only am I now addicted, but I also want to buy so many things... I am mostly on home renovation tok and morning routine tok, and I've seen many people post about this silicone collection of kitchen tools. Why do I want it so bad??? Lol

2020 Reflection + Goals for 2021

I was reading over my goals for 2020, and although they were written pre-pandemic, they still were really applicable to the year overall... not going to lie, I typically forget about my New Year's goals after a few months each year. However, despite not intentionally focusing on my goals, they really did shape my year. Today I am going to unpack my 2020 goals and share what my goals are for this year!

January Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)

We are really starting 2021 off strong with the first mood board!!! It might just be my favorite one yet. First off, thank you to everyone who helped me get inspired for this board yesterday on my IG story. So many of you said when you think of January you thinking of skiing and snow, fresh starts, organization, health, and self-care! I put my own spin on those ideas (and so many more!) by doing a really clean, light blue (like snow!) theme, with a few inspirational quotes and cozy winter moments mixed in. Blue and white are my favorite colors, so I love the way this board turned out.

2020 Favorites

Helloooo and happy 2021!! I hope you all had a safe and lovely start to the New Year with loved ones! Joe and I were in Chicago which was very chill but so nice. We had delicious Italian food for dinner, celebrated the ball drop at my brother's apartment, and then slept most of January 1... haha. It was a relaxing, lovely weekend. Also included watching an entire season of the Crown and lots of good food :) 

At the beginning of each month last year, I shared my monthly favorites, so I thought I'd kick things off in 2021 by sharing my favorite things I tried, used, ate, enjoyed, etc. from 2020. You can expect my goals for the year to come in the next few days, as well as the January mood board! So, let's get into it!