Flash Review: Favorite Store of The Moment

Francesca’s

I have to admit I try not to shop too much, but sometimes you just want a new dress or a killer pair of shoes that will make you feel extra special or cool. When those moments happen there is really nothing you can do, but go shopping. So when the inevitable happens, lately I have been loving Francesca’s, a small boutique located within my local mall. All of their clothes feel heavy and durable, nothing cheap or flimsy that will fall apart or shrink after a few washings and so far I have been right. Since the clothes are a bit nicer there, some of the items tend to have special washing instructions, which I find a bit tedious but realize that it will help keep my clothes looking new and fresh for longer, so I follow them. I also try not to wash them unless absolutely necessary, because I’m lazy.

The store is pretty small, but has a good selection of clothing for its size. I actually like that it has less clothes, it isn’t as overwhelming as some department stores can be with their endless amounts of racks that seem to have a zero organizational method whatsoever. Also, I overheard while shopping and being a nosey eavesdropping customer that the store only receives six copies of each item they carry and once they sell out, they don’t order anymore. I am almost positive this is correct, since I was pretending not to listen, I can only be ninety percent sure of this statement. They do however have an online store and multiple locations, so it’s not like it is completely gone off the face of the earth, but still its better than showing up to a party wearing the same thing as ten other people; this way you will only be wearing the same thing as five other people.

I think I like their clothing so much because it feels more grown up and by grown up I mean higher quality fabrics and designs than I am use to, as well as sleeker and cleaner styles. They carry a lot of dresses which I love, because dresses are the easiest and quickest outfit to throw on for me, one and done, and out the door. There is no guess whether this shirt goes with those pants or if my skirt clashes with my blouse, all I have to worry about is what shoes to wear, which, let’s face it can sometimes be a huge ordeal within itself.

Every item that I have bought here I can see being a basic staple in my wardrobe for years to come. This is exactly what I have been aiming for recently with my clothing and style. I want less clothes in general, but want to invest in good high-quality basics and even a few statement pieces that I know will be in style for a while and will stand up to the test of time/wear and tear over the years. I don’t want to get lost in my options of outfits choices. I would rather just be able to throw something on that I know is comfortable, high-quality and versatile and run out the door. I am sick of spending hours picking out my clothes for the week and am ready to just have simple pieces of clothing and a simple, yet fashionable style that I can wear every day without any hassle and that is how I view their clothing here, at least the items that I am attracted too anyway.

They also frequently have sales, such as buy one get one half off of anything in the store, 30 percent off shoes or 30 percent off sweaters. I think that it is a great store with good clothing that I like for both their designs and value.

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Restaurant Snapshot: The Flint Crepe Company Flint, MI

The Flint Crepe Company is a small little gem in the heart of downtown Flint, that popped up in 2011 and has quickly become a local favorite, and for good reason I might add. Everything at the restaurant is homemade or bought locally including milk, meat and vegetables. Each crepe, coffee or latte is made to order right in front of you so you can see that they are only using the best and freshest ingredients. They also have gluten free crepe batter, which is a must for me, but also a great option for them to have for their customers. Another great thing about them is that they can make almost any crepe vegan. They have tempeh which can easily be substituted in for any type of meat and then simply ask for it without cheese. I’m not going to lie, it is much easier for a vegetarian to get crepes there than a vegan because they just have to sub out the meat. A great majority of their sweet crepes are made with some type of dairy in them, thus I have only gotten the chance to try out their savory options. They do allow you to create your own crepe, which is a great option as well; you don’t have to substitute anything because you are choosing exactly what you want to go in it.

They also have great coffee and lattes at The Flint Crepe Company and they offer both almond and soy milk options, which is fantastic since I try to stay away from soy as much as possible; I also happen to just like the taste of almond milk better than soy milk. For the short time The Flint Crepe Company has been open, it has made quite an impact in the coffee world. It was named as the third best coffee shop in Michigan in MLive’s Michigan’s Best Coffee Shop Challenge with John Gonzalez.

I have tried the Rueben and the Fall Harvest Crepe, as well as making my own concoction a few times and I have yet to be disappointed with my choices or my meal. The same goes with the coffee. I have had the chai latte, the regular latte and a cappuccino, all with almond milk of course, and have enjoyed them all.

If you ever find yourself in the downtown Flint area, I would highly recommend stopping by The Flint Crepe Company and trying out one of their sweet or savory crepes, depending on your mood, or just grabbing a quick, but good, coffee or latte to go.

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Must Have Natural Beauty Products For Fall

Fall Must Haves HeaderIt’s that time of year again, when we pull out our scarves and boots and, dare I say it, pumpkin spice lattes (or just lattes for us simple folk). There are songs, clothing items and beauty products that remind us of fall and I am here to tell you a few of the products I own, that just scream fall to me.

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Weleda Skin Food, hand cream

This cream is literally a lifesaver. I keep it on my nightstand and use it every night before I go to bed. I have had a problem with getting really dry and cracked skin on my hands ever since I used Accutane in high school; it’s been a nightmare. I also work and have worked at a coffee shop for the past several years, which is super drying since I am constantly washing my hands. Anyway, this cream works wonders on my hands and smell great too.

Burt’s Bees cuticle oil/cream

This cuticle oil is an added bonus to my hand cream; I will apply it directly to my cuticles after putting on the Weleda Skin Food. It is just extra moisturizing and I unfortunately have crazy dry and crackly cuticles, this has nothing to do with my job or medication I took, it is just an unfortunate genetic tragedy that I have to deal with.

Burt’s Bees lip balm (Original and Mango)

These lip balms are a staple for me year round, but when it comes to fall/winter time I have one everywhere, my purse, book bag, on my nightstand and in the bathroom. I stock up on them and make sure I always have one in reach. The original is my favorite; I like the tingly peppermint-y sensation it has on my lips. However, I have been using the mango flavor a lot recently since it is the one on my nightstand and I like that one a lot as well. I like buying the variety pack and trying out all the new flavors they have. I am still trying to finish an entire tube of lip balm, before losing it; so far it has not been a success.

Facemask

Like the rest of my skin in the cooler fall weather, my face tends to get a bit (and by a bit I mean a lot) dry and flakey. For this reason I tend to grab for a facemask more often. Recently I have been liking the Moroccan Red Clay Mask; it hydrates my face and helps to combat my (snow) flakey skin. If I am feeling extra-dry I mix the mask with coconut oil instead of water. The mask will not set if you do it this way, but it does definitely help to moisturize my face more.

Red lips

I think red lips are just a staple in the fall. When I think of fall, I think of orange and yellow leaves, hot coffee and red lips. I think that the purple berry reds are really pretty to change up the classic red look, but you can also never go wrong with a bold red lip either. I don’t have that many lipsticks but I really like the Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Brandy and the Honeybee Garden Lipstick in Risqué.

Hair mask

In the fall/ winter I start using a hair mask once a week to keep my hair soft and moisturized. Since I don’t wash my hair every day, using a hair mask really helps to lock in the moisture and keep my hair from drying out. I have the macadamia mask right now, which I don’t really like that much. I just don’t think that it gets my hair feeling as smooth and clean as I would like and I also don’t really like the smell of, but unfortunately have a ton left, so I have to finish it up before trying something new.

Lip Scrub

It’s like an old record on repeat, but like I said before I have dry skin in the winter and my lips are no exception. I really like using a lip scrub one to two times a week to slough off all the dry and dead skin. I have the Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub; it works well and smells great too.

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