UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Frannie Acciardo

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Blogger Frannie Acciardo is an all-American babe. She is fortunate enough to call Wisconsin and Rhode Island home, two very diverse regions, and loves to explore even more places within the U.S. You can find her lifestyle posts on her website, The Blonde Prep, along with yummy cuisine recipes and her fresh take on classic-cute winter outfits-a necessity that is hard to capture in mid-western climate. Find out more about Frannie below!

-What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?

I think a lot of people would be surprised to hear that my dad lives in Rhode Island. My parents got divorced my sophomore year of high school, so my dad moved out east. As much as I miss not seeing him all the time, it is so fun having sort of a “second” home on the east coast! I visit all the time and it really is a unique and cool part of my life… I love to travel and it’s the perfect excuse to do it a little more often.

-Where do you find your muses/inspiration?

I find a ton of my inspiration (surprise, surprise!) from Pinterest and other bloggers. I don’t ever try to copy someone’s style, but I love discovering looks I love and trying to make them work with pieces accessible to me or in my closet. I make my own variations of looks I find on other blogs or through the pins I’ve saved and I try to make them translate into my style.

-If you could collaborate with any designer/boutique on UsTrendy, who would it be?

 Sabo Skirt has some really cute pieces! I would love to style some of them!

-Any cool hobbies we should hear about?

Blogging, obviously, is probably my biggest hobby that takes up a huge chunk of my time. I also work out a lot and I’m on an indoor soccer team with all of my friends which is a total joke, but that is a really fun thing to do every weekend.

-What type of music are you listening to these days?

My taste in music is pretty unpredictable! My favorite bands include Alabama Shakes and Mumford and Sons, but I’m also a huge fan of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez, #noshame! I would almost always choose alternative music over pop, and for example, when I’m just driving around in my car, I have my favorite radio stations that I always listen to instead of plugging my phone into the Aux cord. I like expanding my music repertoire and listening to music that just makes me feel good and works with my vibes!

– Coolest beauty/fashion advice you’ve been given recently?

I’m not a huge person to try out beauty tips or trends, but I just read a few articles about oil pulling and I really want to try it.

-What your hopes/future plans for your blog/social media influence/work?

I love having opportunities like this one to get to engage with people and expand my online presence. I hope to move my blog to my own domaine in the near future, and I have been considering a rebrand for a little while now, which is an exciting idea!

-What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

I am such a big fan of high-waisted anything. Give me all the high waisted shorts, jeans, skirts… I am so into it.

-Who is your favorite social media personality?

Oh, this is so tough. I love bloggers who make me laugh, whose style I genuinely admire, and whose lives that I secretly kind of envy! I would have to say Jess Sturdy from Bows and Sequins probably fits the bill best!

-How would you describe your own personal style?

My personal style could probably be described best as laid-back, but classic. I’m definitely that girl who will wear sweaters and leggings 24/7, but it’ll be more like a vintage Ralph Lauren hoodie with oversized pearls paired with bean boots and scarves. I love classic pieces, but I also love to accessorize and just wear anything that makes me feel good! That is definitely my biggest thing.

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Caroline Yauck

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Fashion blog, Citrus and Style is just as colorful and preppy as Caroline Yauck, the darling creative behind the website. She is the type of girl who loves her stripes and pops of neon as much as she loves her pineapple emojis. Her bubbly personality shines through her words as well as her outfits; proudly explaining she focuses on having a positive mindset and living a healthy lifestyle in our interview with her. Read more about this adorable trendsetter below!

-What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

I’m really ready to transition into spring (living in the chilly Midwest will do that to you) so everything resort-esque is on my mind lately. Bright colors, flowy dresses and fun sunglasses are especially inspiring me because I’ll be headed to California soon for spring break. I can’t wait to finally be in some sunshine!

-What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?

There are so many trends I’m loving right now, but my favorite has to be scallops. The fun detail adds such a cute element to more simple pieces and it’s perfect for the upcoming spring and summer months!

-How would you describe your own personal style?

As I am graduating high school and going to college soon, I have noticed that my style seems to be changing a bit, evolving from bright and preppy to more classic pieces. I still love vibrant colors, but I have been wearing a lot of navy and neutrals as well. My wardrobe consists of simple, timeless items like button downs, oversized sweaters and skinny jeans. I used to be more hesitant to try out trends, but as of late I’ve been really into incorporating new elements into my own style!

-What inspired you to start your blog and social media accounts?

I started citrus & style when I was a freshman in high school because I craved an outlet to share the things that I inspired me. Since I attend a private high school that requires me to wear a uniform, people would often ask me how I styled it in a way that suited my personality so much. Someone suggested I start a blog and I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Now, I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years and can’t imagine my life without it and the amazing people I’ve met!

-If you could collaborate with any designer/boutique on UsTrendy, who would it be? 

I would hands down choose Zenia boutique. They have such darling dresses with fun details and bright colors. The bow back trend they have a lot of is so in right now and I can’t get enough of it!

-What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?

I always talk about the importance of eating nutritiously on my blog, but what some people might be surprised to hear is that I genuinely enjoy eating healthy! When I’m drinking lots of water and consuming a lot of fruits and veggies, I genuinely feel so much better and a lot more energized. One of my best friends likes to bring up a story of a time we were in New York City and she needed chocolate while I instead craved an orange :)

-Where do you find your muses/inspiration?

Whenever I am in need of inspiration, I always peruse Pinterest for a few minutes to gather ideas. I am constantly motivated after scrolling through pretty pins and am instantly inspired to write a new blog post or style an outfit. The photography in my feed is always so bright and positive, giving me a plethora of new ideas. Feel free to follow me here!

-Who is your favorite blogger?

I read so many blogs daily, but my all time favorite has to be Mackenzie Horan from Design Darling. I’ve been following her for so many years now and I swear her blog keeps getting better and brighter every day! Her online boutique is the ultimate destination for preppy gifts for friends or your own home that I totally recommend checking out. She also just got engaged so I’m excited to see all of her upcoming wedding plans!

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Lindsey Norse

♥The other half of our two part series on Cupid’s Undie Run!

fenway favoriteEveryone knows the infamous giving-a-speech-only-to-find-out-you’re-pant-less nightmare, but our trendsetter Lindsey Norse sure knows how to spin that into a positive thing! She is the Boston-based race director of Cupid’s Undie Run, a national organization that hosts an annual run-in-your-underpants soiree to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Yup! We know what you’re thinking-someone with that job title needs to have some serious leadership and persuasion skills, and that is exactly what Lindsey has! She participates in the runs and encourages other runners, all while working tirelessly to raise awareness and gain funds for this wonderful charity.  The best part about Lindsey is that she is truly motivated, the type of strong female that won’t stop till she has reached her goals. Get to know more about this #BOSS and Cupid’s Undie Run with our interview below!

-What inspired/motivated you to become involved with Cupids Undie Run?

I met a few of the founders in the first year in DC 6 years ago, during their very first run!  They wanted to lead our run club in their undies…so, we obviously said YES, absolutely, because that’s just fun.  When I moved to Boston and looked for an organization to volunteer with, CUR was the first one I thought of, so I sent an email and the rest is history!

-What do you want people to know about this organization? 

CUR is not for “fit” people.  You don’t have to be a runner.  You don’t have to wear undies or something scandalous and we actually welcome those dad bods to don whatever you want.  It is not timed, and we encourage you NOT to sprint down Lansdowne street.  You just have to have a soul.  You have to want to do something kind, for someone else.  The money we fundraise goes to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, and will get us sooner to finding treatment options and a cure for Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that affects FAR too many people.  The giant party we throw at Fenway Park and House of Blues is just a bonus to the fact that we’re funding really amazing work.  

-What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you/one thing most people don’t know? 

I’m actually an introvert and don’t prefer big crowds.  I only speak in public when I have to.  Let me tell you, there is NOTHING more public than rallying 1000 people through a megaphone in your UNDERWEAR.  I already have anxiety about it and we’re still 3 weeks out from race day.  With that being said, we haven’t cured NF yet, so you have my commitment to be proud and pants-less in public until then.  

-Are there any social media personalities you follow and admire?

Ready for a fun fact?  I hate social media.  However, if you’re an entrepreneur and pulling together a community, it’s necessary.  (When CUR is over, I will go off the grid until next fall.)  I do love blogs and ted.com, though.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s blog and Tony Robbin’s Ted talks are among my favorites of both.

-What is the one thing you could go back and tell your teenage self? 

Lindsey, love yourself.  I spent a lot of years trying to live up to others standards.  I try to handle myself with more grace now than I ever have.

-Any trends you’re really digging at the moment? (fashion/food/travel etc)

I’m not sure anyone in the whole world would describe me as trendy, haha.  My style is usually really simple, and being a Manager in the fitness industry, I wear a whole lot of lululemon.  I will say this; I am a complete sucker for quality brands/stores that have good customer service.  I will pay more if the item lasts longer and if I enjoy talking to the person who sold it to me.  Fave department store: Nordstrom’s.  They have a coffee bar and make BOMB espresso.  Need I say more…

-What are your hopes/plans for the organization and/or your involvement with Cupids Undie Run?

Favorite question yet; I want Valentines day weekend to be a block party in Fenway that thousands of people are a part of. I keep telling my National Directors that Boston will be the first city to $1 million dollars….and we’re off to a great start with a solid growth year over year in both dollars raised so far, and number of runners to date.  Not a matter of “if”…but “when.”

♥To find out more or register, visit Cupid’s Undie Run

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UsTrendy Trendsetters of the Week: Kara Crow of Cupid’s Undie Run

♥One of our two part series on Cupid’s Undie Run

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If you haven’t heard by now, there is a way to not wear pants and STILL be a productive part of society. Yes, you read that right. This enlightening power is brought to us by Kara Crow, a co-race director for Cupid’s Undie Run, a national organization that promotes an annual run, with participants skipping the pants portion of their outfits, all to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation . It also takes place in February, and depending on what city you’re located in, this month may not host the warmest, most comfortable running conditions. However, there is a reason behind the madness. As the charity points out, “we run in our undies because people with NF can’t cover up their tumors. They can’t put clothes on to feel more comfortable, so why should we?” Working out of the Boston branch is Kara, with enthusiasm and joie de vivre that is easily contagious. Kara has the confidence and power to fulfill and bring attention to this amazing mission with the utmost grace and style. Discover her wisdom for yourself with our exclusive interview below!

-What inspired/motivated you to become involved with Cupids Undie Run?

Two years ago my friend Lindsey came to me and told me she was the race director for a new fun run in Boston called the Cupid’s Undie Run and asked me if I wanted to volunteer the day of the race. I was on crutches at the time so I did what I could but was super bummed out I couldn’t actually run through Fenway. So last year (sans crutches) I bought myself a tutu, some leg and arm warmers, a warm hat and ran through Fenway with hundreds of other fundraising undie loving cherubs. This summer Lindsey asked if I would like to be her co-race director for the third Cupid’s Undie Run in Boston. Being a HUGE fan of the whole event last year and having always wanted to be truly involved with a charity I was beyond excited to be brought on to help raise money to kick NF’s butt! It’s been the best and most humbling experience of my life. 

-What do you want people to know about this organization?

The fundraising done through Cupid’s Undie Run benefits the Children’s Tumor Foundation for research for Neurofibromatosis, which there is no cure for. Cupid’s Undie Run was started in 2010 in Washington, D.C. and is currently in 39 cities having raised just under $8 million since it’s inception. The event is on February 20th and is a very brief run (less than mile) through Fenway with the party taking place at the House of Blues. After having experienced it the last two years, I can confidently say that you want to be there even if it means freezing your butt off! As we say at Cupid’s, “‘Brief’ run. BIG party. Millions Fundraised!”

-What is something people would be surprised to hear about you?

I’m going to go with the one thing most people don’t know. I absolutely love to write. I’ve been writing since I was 10 years old when my mom gave me my first Hello Kitty diary and I was hooked. I try to write every night (I’ve moved on from the Hello Kitty theme), even if it’s something silly about my day that when I look back on it in 10 years, I can laugh about it. There are times, though, when I write with intense passion on a topic that really moves me. Either way, it’s very therapeutic and I hope to one day be able to share some of my crazy stories with the world. Oh and I actually have a blog that admittedly I have not posted on in a while.

-Are there any social media personalities you follow and admire? 

This probably ties in with the last question as to something not a lot of people know about me and probably isn’t what one might expect. I LOVE to dance. It’s so incredibly freeing for me. I’m that girl that dances like no one is watching. So, I follow this incredibly AMAZING dancer name Phoenix Lil’ Mini (@sarahlilminipheonix). She’s 10 years old and is just unreal.

-What is the one thing you could go back and tell your teenage self? 

That life goes on. It’s cliche but it’s so true. All of the things I stressed about then, which were a lot of things, do not really matter today other than that they’ve made me who I am and I really love that.

 -Any trends you’re really digging at the moment? (fashion/food/travel etc)

Travel. Ten years ago I stopped traveling for ski racing (I ski raced internationally for a period of time) and I made a vow to go back as a tourist. My favorite place in the world is Italy. I love the food, the people, the culture and the way of life. So last year when I finished reading Jen Sincero’s book You Are A Badass, I opened up my computer, bought Rosetta Stone to attempt to learn Italian (still haven’t), booked my Air BnB and my flight. The best part was that I went alone. I’m going back to in April to the Amalfi Coast…again alone. I think everyone should do that at some point in their life. It’s so incredibly freeing and you learn so much about yourself.

Oh, I’m also obsessed with TonyMoly delight lip stain.

-What are your hopes/plans for the organization and/or your involvement with Cupids Undie Run?

I want to raise as much money and awareness for Neurofibromatosis as possible. It’s not a well known disease but it’s absolutely devastating not only to those who have it but to those who watch their loved ones battle it everyday. These champions (as we call them at Cupid’s) are the strongest and most amazing people I’ve ever met not only in person but read about through Facebook. That’s another social media topic I follow and admire tremendously especially with my involvement in the charity. AND I obviously want people to join us at Cupid’s Undie Run to experience one of the most fun and amazing events they can attend in the dead of winter to raise crazy amounts of money and awareness to help fight and end NF.

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