Francesca's Friends & Family Event & a Giveaway!

Two weeks ago I had so much fun hosting the francesca’s friends & family event at Houston’s Highland Village Boutique! 
As most of you know, I love love love francesca’s so when I was asked to host an in-store styling event, I jumped at the chance! … & immediately started planning out the different outfits & would style, in my head. 
Today I’m sharing a glimpse into the event, a separate style feature with one of my favorite wintery fran looks & a chance for you to win my holiday francesca’s$100 gift card giveaway! 

Before we dive right into the details of the holiday soiree I hosted not too long ago, I want to talk about this cozy, casual & oh-so chic wintery look I styled with francesca’s. 

As we all know, it doesn’t get too cold down here in Houston. (Especially not this winter!) Francesca’s has us winter loving gals covered with their large assortment of ruanas, wraps and ponchos. 
These lightweight layering pieces are all you need to keep “warm” and cozy while still taking part in the wintery fashions of the season. 
Did I mentioned the amazing price point too? This “Mesquite Ruana Wrap” that I’m wearing is only $38 and comes in black, white & red! 
It also doubles as a blanket on the fly. 😉 

To let my ruana stand out, I paired it with a black clutch, black fringe boots, a simple striped chambray top & a floppy hat

{Speaking of accessories, fran is running a BOGO promotion at the moment! Buy one accessory get the other 50% off!}

What I love most about this casual wintery look is that it’s oh-so comfortable and can be worn to just about anything.  For me (luckily) I can wear this to work, out shopping, to the movies, a dinner date or even at home snuggled up on the couch. (Using the ruana as a blanket – duh!) 
These past few weeks I’ve noticed myself opting for much more casual comfortable looks lately. It’s probably because you never know what you’re going to get with the fluctuating crazy temperatures of Houston, Texas! 
Speaking of cute & casual looks! Here’s a glimpse into the recent francesca’s friends & family styling event that I hosted, as well as a look at a few of the outfits I pulled together. 
I’ve hosted a few styling events in and around the city & they have been SUCH fun! I’ll take any excuse to get a group of girls together for an evening centered around fashion. 🙂 
I pulled together five separate “very Alice” looks to be on display throughout the event. 
While obviously I love all of these, I can’t get over how fun the fur vest is with the pink plaid shirt! You don’t really see this light red/pink shade of plaid too often and I now can’t get enough of it! 
The blue sparkly dress would be perfect for NYE. (So typical me – give me alllll the blue!) 
& it’s also safe to say that a striped dress paired with a green anorak is my daily uniform.  I had to add the pop of blue in the necklace for good measure. 🙂 
Friends, fellow bloggers, and new acquaintances stopped by to chit chat, shop and snack on the most delicious of cupcakes throughout the evening. 
Speaking of shopping, francesca’s was filled with so many great gifts to give the gals (and guys) on your holiday list this year. 
From the making of the perfect wintery outfits …. 
to jewelry galore …
 …. & the most adorable of holiday goodies, Frozen inspired items too! 
You guys, that movie is never going to go out of style – and I am totally okay with that! 
Also, hello! (You get quite a few pics like this one when you hand your camera off to your friend for the evening.)

Now that I’ve enticed you all with so much yummy fran eye candy, the least I can do is offer you a $100 gift card, right? Anyone can enter, but only one lucky winner will win!  Winner will be announced Wednesday, December 30th.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

PS: Be sure to check out my favorite holiday picks in francesca’s blogger shop – if not just for some inspiration on what to spend that gift card on. 😉 

And as this is my last post before I jump right into celebrating the holidays with family, I want to wish you all a very very Merry Christmas! I’ve talked a lot about presents, gifts & etc. which is always fun, but the most important thing about Christmas is spending time with family and acknowledging the true meaning of the season.   
Hope your holiday is filled with laughs & lots of love! 
outfit photos by lauren beatty 
& event photos by emily l.  

  • I enjoyed checking out this post. Francesca's is somewhere I forget to go sometimes, but they have such great things at great prices!

  • Looked like a great event. Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!


  • Wow, sounds fun! xx

    Jasmine ||

  • scarves, hats, boots

  • Anonymous

    Kaylee Oliver: vest & boots 🙂 I love that everything is so cozy

  • Boots, Scarves and Oversized Cozy Sweaters! Winter Fashion is so comfortable and it's totally acceptable!

  • So cute!!! Love your outfit!!! Seeing those olafs reminds me I need to replace my son's Olaf.

  • Love this store and what you picked!

  • I love this entire outfit!
    And Francesca's is awesome.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  • oh my, that Leah Lace skirt! the fur loop scarf! the tunic turtleneck! your picks are so wonderful!

    xo nicole

    p.s. i tried loading the giveaway form on my computer and my phone and it wouldn't load on either. womp womp 🙁

    • Oh no! boo rafflecopter! I just re-instered the code for the widget so hopefully it starts working! I've got your entry here tho! 🙂 🙂

      Have a happy holiday friend!

      xo, Alice

  • I adore your outfit. Lovely!

    I am also having a hard time loading the giveaway form as well. And I am on my desktop computer.
    Thanks, Priscilla

    • Hi Priscilla!

      Sorry to hear you were having trouble, I just re-instereted the rafflecopter widget so it should be working! I've got your entry saved from your comment though, so not to worry!

      Thanks so much for entering!

      Have a happy holiday!

      xo, Alice

  • I love everything about winter fashion because that means scarves and boots!(:

  • I love the layering in winter fashion especially blanket scarves and cardigans.

  • Favorite thing about winter fashion are the sweaters.

  • Love all kinds of coats you can wear in the winter season.

  • I love huge knit sweaters and blanket scarfs!

  • The boots!! Love wearing bots.

  • I LOVE boots! I have so many pairs of boots and I usually wear them into summer, until it's just unbearable to wear them! Also sweaters, I just love being cozy! 🙂

  • I love the blanket ponchos

  • I just began liking hats of all things…I grew out my bangs and think they look better on me now!

  • Christina

    I love boots!

  • I love how cozy things are, and how rich the fabrics are – there's no good way to wear wool or velvet in summer.

  • I love long sweaters and leggings. I also like going darker with hair and makeup in the winter months.

  • Ash

    I love being able to layer!


  • I love sweaters, boots and scarves!

  • I love wearing boots during the winter season!

  • I love being able to wear boots and scarfs 🙂

  • jc

    Colorful coats are so much fun.

    Happy New Year!

  • There is so many ways to mix and match yet stay warm at the same time.

  • My favorite thing about winter fashion is cashmere sweaters and being able to wear all of my favorite gorgeous boots. Thank you for the chance! Love Francesca's! 🙂

  • My favorite thing about winter fashion is the sweaters and the scarves.
    Thank you!