hey, it's frances.

Excuse the ramblings...

Thursday, 8 October 2015

ootd: fall florals

*note: last friday

Fall is here. Okay, I'm not actually sure if I'm completely comfortable with calling autumn 'fall' yet, but for the purpose of alliteration, I'm using it for this article. That means we can ditch the Daisy Dukes, in change for comfy scarves and jackets. Finally! 

Personally, this is my favourite time of year for fashion. While in Summer you're worrying about wearing the least amount of clothes as possible; in Winter you just throw a big jacket on top of everything, so it doesn't even matter what you're wearing underneath. 

Jacket - SheInside, T-shirt - Primark,
Skirt - Abercrombie & Fitch, Backpack - MiPac
I recently ordered this skirt  from the Abercrombie & Fitch sale.  Whatever's left of the tomboy in me usually makes me stray away from florals (or any kind of pattern or colour in general) but this skirt is an exception. It's a dark floral which makes it less 'shouty', and the zip detailing in the front still gives it an edge. It's also incredibly versatile - throw it on with a basic t-shirt or jumper and you're good to go! Also, bonus - no big A&F logos in sight! 

Yes, I know, A&F is so 5 years ago, when you weren't cool unless you were wearing a massive moose across your chest. However, personally, I'm still an A&F fan. Since they ditched the huge logos on everything, on the whole, the collection is basic, but still edgy enough to be fashion forward. Perfect for college. As well as the skirt, I also ordered a pair of skinny sweatpants and a  beautiful ballet-style crop top, which I am sure will be featuring in a post soon.

But yes, yay for fall.


Friday, 2 October 2015

summer '15: lincoln memorial, dc

This is the first post in my summer series! Before I went back home to the UK, I stayed with my aunt in Maryland, which is right by DC. I've been to DC before, on breaks, but I had never gotten round to seeing the Lincoln Memorial. I would always either run out of time, or not be in that part of town. Therefore I made it my mission to finally see what all the fuss was about. 
Apart from ticking off my DC tourist bucket list, one of my other wins of the day was getting a free cookie at Corner Bakery Cafe in Chinatown (yay for free food).

Verdict: pretty great. Luckily the weather was beautiful when I went, which might slightly bias my opinion, however, you can't deny that it's an amazing piece of architecture. It also happened to Georgetown's graduation day, so there were a bunch of students getting pictures taken in their gowns. How they didn't melt in the heat under those gowns is still a mystery to me...

I also took a walk down the mall, which was actually a lot longer than expected. Apart from being covered in sweat by this point, it was cool imagining that this was where 1000s of people congregated to see Obama, as well as president's before him, make their inaugural speech. 
At the end of the mall is the National WWII Memorial, which is, quite frankly, one of the most beautiful memorials that I've seen. It's covered in fountains, surrounded by stones with all of the states carved into them. 

I can't wait to explore more of DC as time goes on; especially when I turn 21, I'll be able to explore the nightlife as well. 


Monday, 28 September 2015

ootd: stripes + lunar eclipse (kind of)

Hi... haha. I guess you could say I haven't blogged in a while! It's Sophomore year now (terrifying) and I realised that last year I barely took any photos, or  even blogged about any of my experiences during my first year at college. One of my main objectives this year (apart from surviving Economic Microtheory) is to change that.

I thought I'd kick things off  in true blogger style with an OOTD (unintentionally all from Primark). This is probably one of my 'go-to' outfits of the semester so far. I love the ease and convenience of the pinafore (literally goes with everything) and the stripes... well, you can't really go wrong with stripes can you? I definitely plan on pairing this outfit with tights and a cosy scarf when the weather starts getting chilly. A+ Primark, A+.

Batwing Striped Shirt, Corduroy Pinafore Dress, Necklace & Bracelets - Primark
Also, as you probably already know, last night was the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse. I hiked up to my school's observatory, with some friends, to try and get a glimpse of the moon. Unfortunately, the largest troll of the night was God, with a forecast of constant cloud cover - typical! Below captures the less-than-a-minute long moon-sighting from Ohio.  Better forecast in 2033?

I have a ton of images that I'm excited to share - so keep your eyes peeled for future posts about all the exciting things I got up to this summer!


Monday, 8 June 2015

mission burrito: not quite chipotle, but it will do.

You know when you're out shopping and you hit that wall where you begin frantically searching for something, anything to eat. Unfortunately for me, I had been suffering  from strong Burrito Bowl (specifically steak) withdrawal symptoms since I've been back. Strangely enough, I wasn't that crazy about Chipotle when I was in the US, but I guess it's one of those 'you don't know what you have until it's gone' sort of things. 

There are Chipotle's in the UK, however, they're all based in London, and once you do the conversion into dollars, it actually becomes quite a depressing experience. The next best alternative (at least to my knowledge!) is Mission Burrito. I visited the Reading branch which is located in the Riverside eating area and ordered myself a Chicken 'Rice Box' (it's just not the same is it?). 

First impression - no brown rice! So sad. Also, the chicken is shredded and not cubed, which apparently makes a huge difference taste wise. This being said, Mission Burrito still holds the same principles at Chipotle: fast, fresh food for a decent price. Do I prefer Chipotle? I'd have to say yes, but Mission Burrito will be more than enough to fulfill any sudden US - related nostalgic cravings I have this summer.

- Frances

P. S. I couldn't resist taking a picture of these!:

Friday, 5 June 2015

the i've-missed-british-fashion haul

I do love America, but I have to say that the one thing that Brits do better is high street fashion. Yes, clothes in the US are DEFINITELY cheaper, but when it comes down to it, I would rather take a walk down Oxford Street, than on 5th Avenue.

Why? American high street stores tend to be less trendy and cutting edge. I was genuinely excited walking into New Look for the first time since I've back; having to hold back the urge to buy everything. I would never have this experience walking into a 'Delia's' or a 'JC Penney'. Most things would either be either too boring, too frilly, too basic or bombarded with a weird pattern.  Hence why most of my shopping (although limited) tended to focus on Forever 21, H&M or American Eagle. Although fashion, of course, isn't the be all and end all, British people just tend to... care more. 

Here are a few bits and bobs I've bought since I've been back: 

Satchel: River Island - £25 // Floral Crop Top: Glamorous - £5 (Sale) // Geometric Crop Sweater: Topshop - £15 (Sale) // Necklaces: Primark - £1 & £3

Of course, I'm not generalising to the whole of the US population (there are definitely some trendier parts of the country) but in my personal opinion your average British Jane is more likely wearing a more killer outfit than your American Jane. Personal opinion.

- Frances

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

this week in spotify: june 1st - june 7th

You know those weeks when your personal sass level is higher than usual? This week is one of those weeks. Although, t is my birthday week (so at that awkward stage where I'm not sure how old to tell people I am) so naturally I'm:

I've been eating right, working out a lot and summer (and hopefully hot weather) is just round the corner. So yeah, feeling pretty good on a whole. If I could choose a soundtrack to my life right now, it would probably be these songs:


Friday, 29 May 2015

rising sophmore?? + final semester highlights.

Finals are over, a year has passed and I'm not a Freshman anymore. If I'm honest, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. On one hand, part of me enjoyed that feeling of having so many 'Firsts': First Finals Week, first Sendoff, first Spring Break... the list goes on. Right now I'm listening to Total Eclipse of the Heart ( surprisingly excellent nostalgia music for writing this post) and I think Bonnie Tyler sums it up best when she says: 'every now and then I get a little bit nervous, that the best of all the years have gone by'.  On the other hand, although it's still a bit odd that I no longer reply with 'Freshman' when people ask my class year, I'm incredibly excited for the next three years at Kenyon - I can't imagine being anywhere else.

There have been some highs, some lows (gladly mostly highs), but most importantly I would defnitely say that I've 'grown into myself'  a lot more over the past year - especially being so far from home. When people say you find yourself at college (uni for you British folks) they aren't lying.

Here are some highlights from towards the end of the semester; here's to you Kenyon College:
That time I watched one of by best friends clean out CVS when I spent 50 hours in NY so we could see Andy Grammer.

That time I 'shocked my mom' at Shock Your Mom dressed as an Amercian biker chick. 
That time I got all dolled up for the International Formal becuase it's easily my favourite party of the semester, and then rightly recorded the moment on Snapchat. 
When I ran a Motown Radio Show. 
When I experienced sunsets like this every day (God bless Kenyon). 
When Sendoff lived up to its name.

When the weather during Finals Week was unfortunately incredible #stuckinside #stillbeautiful. 
That time I took a selfie with Abe. 
I carried on being obsessed with sunsets.

& of course, going home.

- Frances
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