Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Outfit: Transitioning to Spring

The last week or so it's felt like spring one second and the depths of winter the next. With April approaching everyone knows it's just a matter of time until the flowers are blooming and every seat in Washington Square Park is taken, but for now we're (somewhat) content finding the sunny spots while walking down the street. 

This time of year is one of the hardest to dress for in my opinion. I've already unpacked my spring and summer clothing with the hopes of breaking out a few of my favorite pieces, but the weather is telling me to bundle up. Over the years though I've found the loop hole to dressing for spring when it's really still winter outside, Spring Sweaters. 

Yes, I know we are all sick of sweaters, but when I pull out a thin sweater with stripes or in a light pastel I always feel a little bit more like I'm bundling up for a summer evening instead of going out into the cold. I've collected a few of my favorite spring sweaters below to share with you all. Sadly, the one I'm wearing above has since sold out from Banana Republic.

Also, I'm heading down to Washington DC this weekend and would love any suggestions of where I should go and what I should eat :)

Wearing: Zara coat // Banana Republic Sweater // Unknown leather leggings // Kenneth Cole slip ons // Urban Outfitters bag





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Monday, March 23, 2015

On Top of NYC


Outside of visiting museums I don't usually do incredibly touristy things around NYC, but when a friend comes to visit it's the perfect excuse to do all the touristy things you feel too cool to do otherwise. This past weekend my friend Chloe (shown in the picture above!) and I wandered around NYC doing a few of my favorites things (brunch, Hudson River Park, etc), but the most incredible event of the weekend was our visit to the Top of The Rock. 

I've always thought NYC is beautiful, but I've never seen anything as incredible as the entire city skyline. It's hard to tell from these pictures, but from where we were (51st st) you could see miles past the Statue of Liberty, even with cloudy skies. If it weren't for the 30 degree temperatures we could have spent hours on the rooftop, especially since I went up with the goal of locating NYU which was pretty impossible. 

I wasn't really expecting to get anything other than some really beautiful pictures out of the experience, but I have to say being up there definitely reminded me of how big NYC is and how little I've really seen of it. It can be easy to get caught up in the bubble of Manhattan, or even of just downtown, but there is so much of this city I've yet to see and I've definitely been re-inspired to explore. 

Whether you're a NYC native, transplant, or just a visitor I highly suggest a visit to the Top of the Rock. If you can, try going up early enough to see the city during the day, but late enough to watch it start to get dark. I was definitely sad we didn't see the city lit up at twilight when I went this past weekend. 
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Get to Know Caroline


Through blog comments, emails, and social media I get plenty of questions about my life and Peachy Keen. One of my goals for Spring Break this year was to finally get around to answering a few of those common questions and update my About page. My about section is finally updated with new pictures and a little explanation about my life :)

While I've answered most of the questions I usually get asked in the FAQs image above (which is also on my about page) I'd love to hear the rest of your questions. Plus, if you're ever in the NYC area feel free to shoot me an email (I'm at carolinestfrancis@gmail.com) about meeting up or for suggestions about where to get a good coffee, great restaurants, and where to shop!

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Shop: Classic and Trendy Denim Under $100


Jeans are easily my favorite piece of clothing (with a good striped tee coming in as a close second). I know for some people shopping for new denim is the worst time of the year, but if you get in the right mindset and know you'll be trying on a lot of pants (and bring a shopping buddy along) it can be a lot of fun. 

Every girl needs to have the classic denim styles in her closet, before anything else. Number one is a great dark super skinny, because that's the jean that you can take from business casual, to super casual, to a fancy night out. This is the pair of jeans you want to make you feel like a million bucks, but that doesn't mean they should actually cost you that much. my go-to skinny jean is only $70 at gap and I can't tell you the amount of compliments I've gotten while wearing them. Then of course come a great pair of white skinnies for the summer, denim cut-offs, and ripped black jeans. 

After the classics, though, it's fun to start experimenting with different trends. While I love the boyfriend trend, this spring the easier to wear (and more flattering) girlfriend jean is taking over. Starting off with a light wash pair is the way to go, but I also love the white and black versions. The once the weather warms up a super casual pair of fringed shorts is great for weekend adventures. 

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Spring Cleaning For Your Life & Closet


It finally felt like spring this week in NYC and after walking home from class one day all I wanted to do was rip everything out of my room and start anew. Now part of that may have been my desire to procrastinate studying, but mostly the beautiful weather just put me in a spring cleaning mode. While I like to make new years resolutions, the middle of the winter is not exactly an inspirational time in the Northeast. However, when spring hits so does the inspiration and I start changing everything. If you're like me (or if you're the total opposite) and want to do a little spring cleaning in your life or your closet I have a few tips. 

For Your Life
1. First, bring out those New Year Resolutions you made in January. Did you want to go to the gym more or start cooking everyday? Remind yourself of the changes you said you were going to make and recommit yourself!

2. Start walking everywhere! The weather is finally getting nice again, which means your excuses to take the subway, bus, or a cab are gone. Not only will you feel healthier, but also getting fresh air is the best way to wake yourself up in the morning. 

3. Read every morning. Getting up and reading the news, even if you just quickly read The Skimm will put you ahead for the rest of the day. My daily ritual includes coffee, reading The Skimm, checking my Bloglovin' feed, and a quick look at AdWeek

4. Eat more fruits and veggies! It is the season of fresh fruit and vegetables, so eat more of them. The holidays are over (including Valentine's Day + Fat Tuesday), so it's time to get back on the healthy eating track. 

For Your Closet
1. Take out everything and sort it into piles. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but cleaning out your closet by removing everything first really is the best way to do it. 

2. Try defining what your style is in three words (this can be really hard) and then pick out the pieces in your closet that stick with this style. Your whole closet doesn't have to be pieces that fit this style, but understanding which pieces do will help get rid of the 'I have nothing to wear' feeling. 

3. Put together three outfits for the days when you have no time to think about what you're wearing. My go-to is a striped tee, jeans, and a blazer so I make sure that I always have clean back ups of this outfit. 

4. Write out a shopping list for the season. Again, know your style and buy around it. I like sticking to a color palette or feeling for a season. This spring I'm feeling black, white, blush, and denim (with maybe a little navy blue). It will be a lot easier getting dressed when all your pieces work together.

5. Organize. Organize. Organize. When putting your closet back together create an organization system. Whether you organize by type, color, times you wear, season, or any other unique system, stick to the system. I like to organize by color and type. I start with light sleeveless going all the way to dark jackets.

Good luck with all your spring cleaning goals! If you have any other tips for spring inspiration or getting back on track please share them with me :)
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