Thursday, October 30, 2014

denim + pleats

Chambray & Purse - c/o Marshalls
Pleated Skirt - Vintage Thrift Find
Heels - Steve Madden

Chambray tops are one of the most versatile item in my closet. I can dress them up or down, layer it over a t-shirt or tie it over a skirt, or wear it tucked into leather pants with heels. Chambrays for the win, guys! I decided to go with this one with a bright blue wash and paired it with my structured cross body (both from Marshalls).
This bag is another item I'm just obsessing over lately. I usually gravitate towards the more pricy bags, so when I picked up this one I was shocked to find it was only $24.99. Insane! It's has super soft leather with heavy hardware- a must in my book! One I saw this beauty, I began to create outfits in my head and daydreamed about wearing it everyday. It's the perfect size for fitting all my normal purse necessities and I love the structured look. This bad boy is a recent find, so jet out to your nearest Marshalls and scoop this bag up for yourself.

Speaking of...I had a giveaway posted on my Instagram and used a super high-tech way to pick a winner- names in a hat! You can never go wrong with that. Uriah picked a winner and Jamie Hoeppner it is! I'll send you your Marshalls gift card this week. Thank you to everyone who entered and I'll be having a few more giveaways coming up soon.

As always, thank you for reading and your continued support.

Disclosure: I have received free products or value from Marshalls or The TJX Companies, Inc. 
in connection with my affiliation with Marshalls Project FAB

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Active Wear for Everyday Wear

My Outfit
Mondetta Vest - $39.99 compare at $66
Nike Top - $20 compare at $60
Nike Leggings - $34.99 compare at $70

Nick's Outfit
Layer 8 Performance Zip - $29.99 compare at $60
Adidas Shorts - $16.99 compare at $32

I love outfits that can serve two purposes- functional and fashionable. And ladies (men too!) Marshalls activewear selection is killing it in that department. The outfits pictured above we could definitely work out in, but they're also perfect for a shopping trip, lunch, or lounging around. Plus, all the items pictured are high-quality brand names, so you don't have to worry about the items not making it through the entire workout. So thank you, Marshalls - I can now look fashion-forward while sweating my butt off at the gym...or during a serious shopping trip :)

From October 23rd-30th, Marshalls is having an in-store active event that you will NOT want to miss! If you follow me on instagram (@FrancescaPenko), I'll be giving away a $25 gift card that you can use towards some printed running pants or a cute striped vest like the one I'm wearing.

Thank you for reading and head over to my Instagram to enter!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkins + Plaid

Spendid Blouse - c/o Marshalls
JBrand Wax Coated Jeans - c/o Marshalls
Booties/Crossbody - Plato's Closet
Necklace - Flea Market

With the temperatures dropping and leaves falling, it is safe to say fall weather is officially here. I have my pumpkin candles burning, extra throw blankets on the couch, and lots of plaid that I've been itching to wear. This blouse from Marshalls has been in my closet for a few weeks; I was saving it for the perfect fall day, and figured what better place to wear it to than the pumpkin patch. I was browsing the racks with my mom, spotted the plaid print and fell in LOVE. It's not the "typical" plaid button-up shirt and the color scheme of the blouse is beautiful! It has a unique buttoned back, a great neckline, and can be worn with practically anything (in my opinion!)
It's by the brand Splendid, which normally costs a pretty penny, but thanks to Marshalls it was only $39.99. Now if only I could wear it ever day! I paired it with a simple pair of booties and some wax-coated J Brands (also from Marshalls). What I love about wax-coated jeans is that they're similar to leather pants, but aren't as intimidating as leather pants. If I had to choose one staple for fall, it's hands down, a killer pair of wax-coated jeans. Once you get a pair, you may now ever want to go back to regular jeans!

Thank you for reading!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chambray & Lace

chambray, shorts, and sandals - c/o Marshalls

If I had to think of some of my favorite things, a chambray shirt would definitely make that list. When I'm stuck on what to wear, I usually throw on a chambray top. They're super comfortable and I have a few different washes, so I can pair it with so many different items. 
I mean, what doesn't look good with a denim blouse?! 
Sequined skirt- yes
 Lace shorts- yes
LBD- yes
Socks with sandals- ok, now we've pushed it too far! Hah

The one I'm wearing here is always my first pick! I love the bright blue wash because it reminds me of my all time favorite Crayola crayon-Cerulean. When I was in grade school and using crayons daily, that was the first crayon that would run out. I guess it makes sense why this chambray is my go-to! When I purchased it, it was already velvety-soft. No breaking in necessary! This designer brand is carried at Anthropologie and costs a fortune. But lucky for me (and you!), Marshalls carries it too and it was under $30. Yet another reason I love this top!

Thank you all for reading!

Disclosure: I have received free products or value from Marshalls or The TJX Companies, Inc. 
in connection with my affiliation with Marshalls Project FAB

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Handkerchief Print Jumpsuit

Linen Blazer - Marshalls
Jumpsuit - Forever 21
Steve Madden Heels - Thrifted
Steve Madden Purse - c/o Marshalls

There are some trends I just can't get on board with. 
Socks with sandals, Birkenstocks, white sunglasses.
 I mean, I think they look great...on other people! That's exactly how I felt about jumpsuits. They're cute, just on someone else! Earlier this year a stylist from Marshalls sent me a jumpsuit. At first I was skeptical, but after trying it on and loving it, I felt like I could rock the occasional jumpsuit-especially one as cute as this handkerchief print one. I found it at Forever 21 and was drawn to the eclectic print, but ordered it online so I wasn't quite sure how it would fit. Once it came, I was eager to try it on. 
Ladies, it was seriously love at first sight(or try on) 
It fit so well and has open sides making it perfect for keeping cool in the hot summer months. Best part- it can be worn with flats or heels! I'm a big fan of versatile fashion items and this jumpsuit it just that! I paired it with a sleek linen blazer from Marshalls and some simple nude sandals for a dressier, everyday look. 

Another trend I was skeptical about- the backpack. When I think of a "fashion" backpack, my mind immediately goes back to my freshman year in high school when I rocked a leopard Dakine. 
You remember Dakine backpacks, right?
  Everyone had one at my school and I have steered clear of backpacks since. But after receiving this sleek black one from Marshalls, I'm kind of a backpack convert. Plus, this one can be worn as a purse. Perfect for all my days on the go with my little guy. Now if only they made backpacks this cute when I was in high school!
Marshalls has a huge selection of amazing backpacks just like the one I have posted today! 
I have my eye on a fringed black one that I may need to snag this weekend ;)

Thank you for reading!

Disclosure: I have received free products or value from Marshalls or The TJX Companies, Inc. 
in connection with my affiliation with Marshalls Project FAB.