Casual Kicks

by Kate Franco on April 13, 2015 · 2 comments

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IMG_3428IMG_3427IMG_3439IMG_3477Finally, a trend I can really get behind. I think just about every post I’ve written in the last year has highlighted the fact that I’m obsessed with looks that are casual, comfortable and most importantly, easy. I don’t like anything contrived. And I definitely don’t like feeling like I’m trying too hard. So, when I teamed up with DSW to talk about spring trends, I was all about this athleisure deal. You know, the sporty-meets-chic, casual trend that is so popular right now.

The idea was to create an original look using high top converse. And honestly, if I had my way, I would have worn them with some super sassy cutoffs for some extra edge. Sadly, the weather had other plans in mind – April showers and all. I’m not mad at the faded black jeans, and the vest was an impulse because I felt like I needed more layers.

More about DSW: Just in case you’ve never shopped at DSW (how is that possible?!), they have just about every shoe option a girl – or guy – could ask for, including all of the major seasonal trends.

If you’re specifically looking to get into sporty chic, look no further. Some of my DSW must-haves of the season are: slip-on sneakers, retro joggers, high tops, and sporty sandals. And of course, I’m stoked that my long-time favorites, Birkenstocks are right on-trend.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of DSW.


Big Buffalo Plaid

by Kate Franco on April 8, 2015 · 1 comment

oversized buffalo plaid shirt oversize buffalo plaid shirt on undeniable oversized buffalo plaid shirt oversized buffalo plaid flannel shirt / dress dogeared triple karma necklaceThis may be the most extreme example of oversized, and I’m loving it. I bought this dress on Poshmark, and when I first pulled it out of the box at #PMHQ, we were all shocked! We held it up, and both Maria AND myself could fit behind it, no problem. Even I (queen of loose fitting things), was skeptical that it would work.

Once I tried it on though, it was love. Comfy and roomy. The only downside is that it has to be worn with pants. It’s a plaid shirt more than it’s a plaid dress. When I tried it on as a dress, I felt like it just looked like I forgot to put on pants. lol. It was not a good look! I dunno, maybe I’ll give it another try. I’d love to see how other people styled it!

Head to toe: Ray-ban sunglasses c/o Amanda, Audrey 3+1 buffalo plaid shirt dress via Poshmark, J Brand jeans (my new faves!), Zara Shoes via Poshmark, Clutch via IBITTM


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Power Hour

by Kate Franco on March 31, 2015 · 2 comments

no makeup makeup tips spring 2015That perfectly imperfect no makeup makeup is all the rage right now. You know what I’m talking about; it goes with that tousled but not-too-tousled top knot / messy bun.

If we’re being honest, I’m pretty bad about taking care of my skin. Like shamefully bad. But, every so often, I do something right. I recently went to SkinSpirit in Palo Alto for a medical-grade facial. Now, this is not your average spa facial where they rub around some oil and do a few extractions. This is serious business, including: dermaplaning, enzyme masks and a very light chemical peel. I mean, it’s called The Power Hour, so you know it has to pack a punch.

The result? My skin is probably the best it’s looked in a year. Maybe ever.

Karen Fernandez, the Clinical Aesthetician and Manager of Esthetics at SkinSpirit (who, P.S., has been an aesthetician for over 20 years and REALLY knows her stuff) took care of me while I was there. As she was working hard on my poor, neglected face, she was also able to give me some tips for that glowing, minimal makeup, natural, no fuss skin that everyone wants. [click to continue…]


#HowWeWear: Workout-Inspired Style

10 March 2015

It’s a blogger explosion! With something close to a dozen bloggers at #PMHQ these days, we decided to team up again for a fun style challenge. From basics like sneakers and sweats to sports bras and leather, we did it all, inspired by the athleisure trend that’s been blowing up everywhere. You can join the […]

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What to Wear to Yoga

4 March 2015

Head to toe: Aviator sunglasses (old), Avia gray long sleeve tee via TJ Maxx, Lululemon sports bra, Teeki unicorn leggings, Havianas gold flip flops, Lululemon gym bag via Poshmark and water bottle.   In the past year, working out has become a much more integral part of my routine. Catching a spin class or taking a deep breath […]

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