Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I’ve just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story. I need all of you to stop what you’re doing and listen. CANNONBALL!!
… Except this is even more exciting than a sweet jump from Ron Burgundy.
Francesca’s, love of my life, is opening a store within walking distance of my apartment. That’s all.
Hello, fabulous. Goodbye, paycheck.
It’s no secret that I have a love affair with Francesca’s Collections, a nationwide boutique with eclectic fashions and everyday classics. I managed to find one in New Orleans. I received four Fran’s gift cards for my birthday. I’m on a first-name basis with the store, for chrissake.
So, imagine my delight when this lovely little email dropped in my inbox:
I was never great at SAT analogies, but let’s just say
BOGO : Me :: Florida : Stupidity … it comes naturally.
No matter the trend or need, Francesca’s has something for everyone. A few drool-worthy pieces:
Neon is having a major moment.
This sweet yellow pairs perfectly with any neutral.
Need, want, must have it all
Choose from four shades of this blazer? Don’t need to tell me twice.
Glitzed-up ballet flats are too cute to pass up.
I moustache you a question, but I’ll shave it for later.
Now go forth and shop, my friends! Francesca’s offers a $5 flat rate for standard shipping on any order.
In exactly one week, I’ll be packing for a trip to Chicago (my first). In order to hold off my excitement and focus on all that needs to get done before then, I present this week’s distractions. Makes perfect sense, I swear.
This Necklace: I’m a fan of sparkly things, especially when they’re dripping in jewel tones and add drama to an otherwise basic outfit. This pretty little thing has graced my neck a few times recently, and I always receive compliments for its stunning design. Side note: Francesca’s Collections is deserving of its own WO post. Just ask The Budget Babe!
ANIMALS TALKING IN ALL CAPS!: A dear co-worker of mine shared this site with me recently, and I have fallen in love. What’s more precious than cuddly animals?* Cuddly animals TALKING AT YOU IN ALL CAPS! The captions are hysterical, although sometimes graphic. And if you don’t understand this one, watch this.
Dine Tampa Bay’s Restaurant Week: Between Aug. 19 (so, now) and Sept. 2, Tampa Bay-ians can enjoy specially priced three (or more) course meals from area restaurants. You can reserve through the site or on your own, but anything with a foolproof process that leads to fine dining is right up my alley. I enjoyed the deal at Bella’s Italian Café tonight — mangia!
Back-to-School Commercials: Although my Facebook and Twitter feeds have been flooded with BTS messages, I’m still smiling. The commercials from Target are fantastic, especially when one of my cubemates insists on singing the Art Teacher song all day long. Special shout-out to my many family members (I think 11?) and friends (hundreds?) who are educators. Without you, nothing is possible.
*Not all animals featured are in fact, cuddly. Please don’t think the stingray is cuddly, kids — lest we forget Steve Irwin’s untimely demise. Too soon?
Even though I’m a beer- and sports-obsessed chick, I still have my moments of girlishness where I freak over sparkly things. Yes, glitter is the herpes of craft supplies. But, it makes everything so pretty. Imagine my delight when I found these:
Wish I had $94 lying around for this guy.
These mini cuppycakes look almost too good to eat. Almost.
If you know me, you know I can’t resist a one-shoulder piece.
Add shimmer to your eyes for instant drama.
I just saw “Mamma Mia!” live, and I am in love with this Dancing Queen Bolero.
In the words of the great lyricist Lil’ Weezy, “Get your shine on.” Just refrain from overdoing it … only GaGa can pull off head-to-toe glitter.
And for the love of God, do not come in contact with this “Glitter.” Yikes, bikes.