Friday, November 14, 2014

Travel Wear with Marshalls

Free People Bomber, T-shirt & Jeans - c/o Marshalls
BCBG Booties - Thrifted

With the holidays right around the corner, traveling is something we do often. Whether we're flying or driving, one thing I know for sure is that comfort is key. 
There are a few must haves for my traveling attire
Layers - Layers are a great way to accessorize your look, but also prepare you for whatever weather you will arrive in. You can either take off a jacket or add a scarf. Simple!
Stretchy Jeans - I've never been a big fan of yoga pants or leggings for my outfits. Not sure why, but I usually gravitate towards jeans- even for long car rides, so jeans with some stretch make that easy.
Soft T-shirts - I mean t-shirts in general are nice, but I love a good worn in shirt. I got this one at Marshalls and it's seriously the perfect slouchy shirt. Another great part about t-shirts is that they can just be thrown in the wash, I don't have to worry about wrinkles or stains from Uriah. 
Slip-on Shoes - This is especially handy when flying. I made the mistake of wearing oxfords for my last flight and immediately regretted it when I got to security. Plus, sometimes in long car rides it's nice to slip off your shoes and have on cozy socks.
Sunglasses - Let's be honest, traveling in makeup is no fun. And as much as I love going makeup free, I do have some bags under my eyes that are nice to cover up with some shades. 

Those are a few of my favorite traveling essentials. 
Right now Marshalls has a killer selection of traveling gear and clothing- perfect timing for your holiday trips. I've partnered with Marshalls to giveaway a $25 gift card to get something cozy for your upcoming adventures.

Leave a comment below with your favorite travel must-have to enter
Giveaway ends 11/21 
Good Luck!

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Oxblood Accents

Kimono & Hat - c/o Marshalls 
Jeans & Knit Top - Thrifted
Heels - Ross

Lately the days have been warm, but I'm itching to wear fall layers. This outfit combined the best of both worlds- light layers that I could keep on all day. That's one of the many reasons I love kinomos. Not only are an easy way to add some color and movement to an outfit, but they're so feminine and  provide a little more coverage for cooler days. While I have always loved this trend, I would usually stick to ones that hit mid-thigh, just because I'm pretty short. The longer kimonos were so intimidating, especially the thought of pairing them with jeans. I thought it would totally shrink me! I found this one for only $7 and decided that I would step outside of my comfort zone a bit and try it out. Since it was under $10, it wouldn't be that much of a disappointment if I totally hated the look. After wearing it all day I've decided I'm a new fan of long kimonos! 
It's fun to step outside of your comfort zone every once in a while.

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
All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Textured Layers

Sweater, Crossbody, Mother Jeans, and Jeffrey Campbell Heels - c/o Marshalls
Studded Button-up - Forever 21

This Sunday we spent our day eating through the Ferry Building in the City. We enjoyed yummy Blue Bottle coffees, macaroons, and devoured the biggest baguette in a matter of minutes. It was such a fun day! I mean, who doesn't love eating a ton of carbs then drinking yummy lattes after. We headed down to Giants stadium after, because I was photographing a family portrait session. I was brainstorming good ideas and kept thinking, "man, if only we could get inside the stadium." I don't know how it happened, but the photo stars must have aligned and angels were singing, because we actually got inside the empty stadium and snapped a baseball-lovers dream family portrait. 
I'd say it was a good day :)

Now about the outfit! 
My entire outfit (sans button-up) is from Marshalls. They get new items every day, so it's like a treasure hunt each time I visit. My last trip I walked out with a huge smile on my face, because I've been searching for a new pair of dark, skinny jeans. These Mother jeans fit like a dream and are so incredibly soft. Which is pretty amazing for a pair of jeans, in my opinion. I usually get home and change right into sweats, but I wore these all day! Plus, they were in the sale section for only $25! I also found these amazing Jeffrey Campbell heels for $29.99. I love all the straps and the smaller heel made it comfortable for all day wear! The shoes remind me of the popular rock studs, but without all the hype :) 

Have you scored any great items recently? 
If you do, tag #fabfound and @Marshalls to win a $50 gift card
Because who doesn't love a free shopping spree ;)

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
All opinions are my own.

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!