Hello and welcome back to my page! I would like to formally introduce you to my once a month segment, Fashion Friday. Each month my Fashion Friday segment will focus on a particular brand or style that I find either interesting or new to me (which isn’t hard since I live in New Mexico and H and M barely open this past September, but that’s a different story).
This month’s Fashion Friday will focus around the boutique turned chain Francesca’s®.
My humble mall in Santa Fe is, well, to put it bluntly, it’s not a good mall. It has been fairly vacant of most stores for a number of years, with the exception of the anchor stores like Dillard’s and JcPenny, but in the last year it has been receiving a much needed revamp. While making my way to the newly opened H and M, I saw the pink construction walls of the future site of a Francesca’s boutique. I had never heard of Francesca’s before, so of course my interest was peaked and I immediately went home to take a look at their website. After perusing their website, I knew I had to check this store out once they opened. I set the challenge for myself of attending opening day with $200 and finding 2-3 outfits to truly
see what the store is all about. I roped my friend Lucy into attending with me and plans were set for opening day.
The store opened officially at 10 am. There were about 30 people in attendance for the opening, which isn’t terribly surprising since I am sure that most people here don’t know what Francesca’s is, so why bother going to an opening of a store you haven’t heard of before. The store held a raffle of gift cards ranging from $100, $200, and $500. Lucy and I arrived early for a chance to win of the gift cards. Neither of us won the larger gift cards and somehow managed to miss the smaller ones given to the first 20 people in line, but oh well!
The store itself is on the smaller side, I assume to give the true feel of a boutique store, and the clothes they have on the shelves are the only ones they have in store, which is true to the boutique store atmosphere. They carry clothing, accessories, home decor, gifts, and some beauty items, so there is a little something for everyone. The staff was extremely helpful, each associate helped me start a fitting room so I could try on the rather large pile of clothes that I had managed to grab in an attempt to meet my challenge. Once in the fitting room, they offered help on what they thought on my outfit choices, if I needed different sizes, and if there was anything I wanted to be held at the register for final checkout.
After about an hour in the store, I had managed to find 2 shirts, 1 pair of jeans, 1 moto style pant, 1 sweater, and 1 pair of shoes. With the opening day sale they had, buy one get one 60% off everything, my total was around $185. I say around because my special self has managed to throw out the receipt since then and most of the items are no longer available in store or online. Which, let’s be honest, is a pretty large perk so there is a slim chance of running into someone at a party with the same look. What I noticed while waiting in line to check out, was that everyone that had come through the doors had gone out with something in their hands. That says something about a store in my humble opinion. Once Lucy and I checked out we celebrated our finds and were on our way.
- Outfit 1: #Dogmom
This is probably one of my favorite jean outfits that I have had in a long time. I am not one for jeans, or real pants for that matter. I tend to stick with the lose feeling of dresses, skirts, and leggings, but something about the ripped jeans paired with the soft black graphic t shirt, and knit cardigan really caught my eye. The jeans are fairly giving and didn’t dig into my sides or leave those god awful marks in my stomach, the only real downside to the jeans is they are hard to get into since my feet kept getting stuck in the holes. I love the pop of color the burgundy sneakers give the outfit as well. I am all for something that gives a casual outfit a pop of something more interesting. This outfit is also versatile. It can be worn with sneakers or heels, a floppy hat or baseball cap, and everything in between from outfit for walking the dog to a relaxed dinner out with friends. Overall rating for this outfit is 9/10.
- Outfit 2: Knit Choker Sweater and Moto Pants
This outfit is so comfortable that it’s insane. The pants are so stretchy and comfortable, the sweater is warm and soft. The only real downside to this outfit is the tops do run larger so I should have gone down a size, but I am not complaining about the extra space for that dessert I had for dinner after the shoot I did for this outfit. The pants are similar to a workout legging in texture and stretch, but have a more elegant look to them. Plus I love anything that will basically let me wear a nicer version of a workout pant to dinner at a nice restaurant.I love that it is a simple outfit, but is also very versatile. You can add a pop of color with shoes and earrings for a casual lunch look, or dress it up with studded booties and an overcoat. Overall rating for this outfit: 9/10.
Overall Thoughts: Overall I greatly enjoy this store. I have gone back 5-6 times since the opening and they always have something new. I bought many gifts for the holiday season and have already added several earrings to my ever growing jewelry collection. Francesca’s will be a store that I will be shopping at many more times in the future!
Be sure to check out my other photos from my haul in the gallery!
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