A few weeks ago we ran a contest with Fashiolista. Visitors entered their email address to be entered to win a pair of shiny new Nicholas Kirkwood heels from Snapette’s partner La Muse Boutique. Meet Francesca, the lucky girl who took a chance and ended up winning these juicy cherry red pumps!
Tell us about you!
Hey there! My name is Francesca and I was born and raised just 30 minutes outside of NYC in a small town in New Jersey. Ever since I can remember, my parents have taken me to the City to enjoy a variety of its attractions. I have always found Manhattan to be exciting and even magical. Everything there seemed bigger and brighter, and even the people there were more fun to look at. My mother worked, and still works, on 5th avenue, so she used to dress me up and do my hair in all the latest fashions. It was only when I turned 14 that I truly realized I loved New York and all the fashion it had to offer. I realized that it was the fashion capital of the world, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that scene; so I began modeling by age 16. By age 18 I got my first job in retail at the Abercrombie and Fitch Flagship store on 5th Ave. as a store model, and by age 20 I had already modeled for Seventeen Magazine, Teen Vogue, Candie’s for Kohls, and more. I even began acting and booked a few commercials.
At this point I’ve put the modeling and acting aside in order to complete a Bachelor’s degree with a major in English Literature and a minor in Dance Technique. I am proud to say that I am a very recent Montclair State University graduate, and I will be accepting my diploma at the end of May. In the meantime, I’ve been working in the fast-paced restaurant industry in Manhattan part-time as both a bartender and waitress. With that being said, my fashion sense has slightly diminished. I mostly wear all black with my hair neatly pulled back because of work, and on my days off I prefer to wear jeans and a t-shirt rather than dressing up; however, I still read blogs, and play on Pinterest, Tumblr, and Instagram to keep up with all the latest fashion trends. I’m always interested in knowing what everyone will be wearing next.
I am so thankful I won this contest because I think it is going to help bring back that part of me that loved fashion enough to not only watch it and keep up with it, but also to participate in it by being more bold and emphatic with my own personal fashion style.
2. Amazing, such a good story! Who is your favorite fashion icon and why?
My current favorite fashion icon, “current” as it constantly changes, would definitely have to be Cara Delevingne. From her famous eyebrows, to her quirky personality, and all the way down to her sneaker game, Cara Delevingne, in my opinion, has made herself conspicuous. She stands out in everything she does, and she looks amazing doing it.
I love that Cara’s personal style seems very lax and effortless. She is a bit of a tomboy, which is fun when she wears those snapbacks or beanies, but she can also pull off a really classic look when she wears jeans and a t-shirt and pulls her hair back. Overall, I think she can wear anything, as she’s proved in the numerous styles she has had to advertise over the past year.
I think it’s important to match your style to your personality, and Cara does this very well. She seems super silly and fun to be around, so her personal style expresses that; however, I also believe it is important to be able to step outside of yourself, and wear clothes that don’t necessarily represent who you are. That’s probably the most exciting thing about fashion, because if you really think about it, you’re just playing dress-up! What girl doesn’t love playing dress-up? I believe that Cara also does this well, as she can look very sophisticated and proper when she puts on a dress and heels.
3. Where are you most excited to wear your new Nicholas Kirkwood juicy red heels?
EVERYWHERE!!! To be honest I want to wear them all over the City! But I absolutely won’t do that because they are so gorgeous that I would hate to even mess up the bottoms of them! I actually told my boyfriend, after putting them on and showing him how awesome they look on me, that when I wear them out he is going to have to give me complete door to door service because “there is no way that my shiny, brand new Nicholas Kirkwood heels are going to walk around the streets of New York City!”
I want to play with them a little. I definitely want to wear them for a special event or maybe a really fancy dinner party in the City, but I also want to try and dress them down a bit, like seeing if I could wear them with ripped jeans and a t-shirt! LOL. Imagine that?
4. Favorite feature of the Snapette app so far?
Definitely the map! I love that I can see exactly where I am and how far I am from stores. It’s also a great way to discover new stores, and it’s really fun to just poke around through the stores to see what kind of clothes they sell and, for some of them, what their price points are.