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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

photo via pinterest

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!