{Makeovers} Francie Gets Fancy!

Last month, FOFs were so moved by Francesca Kranzberg’s weight loss story, they voted her winner of a makeover with fashion expert, FOF Sherrie Mathieson.

Read on to hear Francie recount her day of beauty and to witness her jaw-dropping transformation.

10:45 am

Francesca arrives.

“From the day I found out when my FOF makeover would be, until the moment I alighted the train in New York, I could barely sleep I was so excited.”

Francesca arrived wearing a purple flannel shirt, rolled up cargo pants, a backpack and a side-slung shoulder bag. We had our work cut out for us!

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
We learn 6 fun facts about Francie (while waiting for the salon appointment)

  • She has 2 daughters Dena, age 23 and Alena, age 21
  • She met her husband through a matchmaking service!
  • She hosts annual cheesecake parties for her neighbors where she makes 20 different varieties of the dessert.
  • She teaches Mah Jongg at two Jewish Community Centers in the D.C. area
  • She works for an organization called JConnect in Maryland, that helps newcomers get acquainted with the community
  • She is incredibly committed to her goal of losing 120 lbs and is already halfway there!

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hair and Makeup at Senses Salon

“Senses Salon is in a very funky space, the type that usually makes me feel self-consciously out of place. Instead I was welcomed as if I were a celebrity and fussed over as if I were one, too. I had three people blowing my hair dry at once – how cool is that?! Antonio, Barbara and their staff are truly artists.”

{Click here for the products and processes}

For her hair, Antonio Rosa, co-owner of Senses Salon:

  • Used a single-process color to give Francesca’s hair more depth and cover the grays. Women over 50 should get a coloring every 6-8 weeks, says Antonio.
  • Brightened her hair by adding soft caramel highlights.
  • Left her length mostly intact while adding layers for movement and long bangs to soften the look.

Makeup Products List
For skin:

For eyes:

For lips:

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sherrie works her magic at

“Sherrie and I had “met” over the phone a few days before the makeover. I was in line at the pharmacy as we discussed measurements. The man in front of me did a rather obvious double take when we got to my bra size!

At the Salon Z section at Saks, Sherrie showed me how to make different combinations with the same pieces. I came dressed all wrong and left with a lot of knowledge! I started reading Sherrie’s books on the train home. Her writing is conversational, like advice from an old friend, and the pictures really reinforce the tips. Now when I go shopping I find myself asking, “What would Sherrie think?”

Look 1:

“This outfit would work for a Saturday afternoon shopping. You don’t see the upper thigh. The length of the sweater camouflages where she is still losing weight in a fashion-forward way. ” -Sherrie Mathieson

Organic Cotton Tank Top in White by Eileen Fisher, $178

“The Skinny” Skinny Jeans by Eileen Fisher, $148

Green Cascading Cardigan by Eileen Fisher, $218

Marc Y Marc Little Birdie Hobo in Navy by Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag, $458

Tory Burch Patti Wedge Sandals in Royal Tan, $225

Gold Hoop Earrings by Alexis Bittar, $100



Look 2:
“This is a very simple top; the length reaches right where its critical so she is able to wear these legging-simulating jeans. The navy bag picks up the color of the jeans. I chose classic Jack Rogers sandals because they are comfortable and go with a lot; this pair goes with gold or silver. She could wear this look out to a movie or casual dinner.” -Sherrie Mathieson

“The Skinny” Skinny Jeans by Eileen Fisher, $148

Navajo Hamptons Sandals in Platinum by Jack Rogers, $96

Handkerchief Linen Shirt in Taupe by Eileen Fisher, $178

Printed Nylon Little Tate Tote by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $168

Gold Hoop Earrings By Alexis Bittar, $100


Look 3:
“This look would be great for a casual work environment like Francie’s. Prior to this, she wore loose shirts that fit her sloppily. I like this shirt because it’s not too tight and not too loose. It skims her body just right. It’s a neutral palette which elongates her figure, a patterned shirt would not have had this effect. The hoop earrings add a little touch of glamour.”  -Sherrie Mathieson

Stretch Cotton Shirt by Lafayette 148, $268

Metropolitan Stretch Pants by Lafayette 148, $328

Marc by Marc Jacobs Genuine Italian Leather Brown Clutch, $298

Michael Kors Clogs in Brown Leather, $250

Gold Hoop Earrings by Alexis Bittar, $100

(All items available at Saks Fifth Avenue)



8:00 p.m.
Francesca returns home to her family and friends in D.C.

Special Thanks to: Lexi Miller at Saks Fifth Avenue, Sherrie Mathieson and Antonio Rosa of Senses Salon.

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19 Responses to “{Makeovers} Francie Gets Fancy!”

  1. Leigh says:

    Francie, you look FANTASTIC! Congratulations and am SOOOO happy for you! Lets go shopping!

  2. Karena says:

    Wow you look fabulous!! Confidance and radiance just shine!

    Art by Karena

  3. Cuzzin Marti says:

    A beautiful new look for a beautiful new you! You deserved this wonderful make-over! Keep up the great work!

  4. Diane Silverberg says:

    Francie, you look tremendous! What a treat!

  5. Jon Hess says:

    Wow!!! You look amazing already. I am so proud of you!

  6. Patricia says:

    Love your smile! You look so confident and happy.

  7. Hanan says:

    Way to go Francie, you look fab.

  8. Anne says:

    She looks absolutely wonderful! You all did a great job!

  9. Marjorie Munroe says:

    What a job, she looks fantastic!!!!

  10. Roberta L. Everling says:


  11. PEARL says:

    You look fabulous congratulations.
    I too have recently lost almost 50lbs. About 5 – 10 more to go. Ther trouble is everyone keeps telling me how good I look and I have trouble keeping to my good eating habits.. How about you?


  12. carol y l says:

    You look great! That must have been so amazingly fun! Congrats on your weight loss, too!

  13. Anita Huxman says:

    Not only do you look great, but you look so much younger!!

  14. Anita Huxman says:

    Amazing the difference some guidance in clothing, hair, and makeup can make for someone. I’ve lost 30 pounds (30 more to go) and understand wearing baggy clothes to hide your body. I’m looking for new styles that are more attractive on me. But when I look in the mirror I still see the old me – fat and dumpy.

  15. Bonnie says:

    The whole family is so happy for you. I can’t wait to see you after you’ve lost all the weight. keep up the good work …and thanks Saks!

  16. JoAnn says:

    You look fabulous Francine! Younger and thinner — I love the new you! Congrats and keep up the good work

  17. CYNDI says:

    My biggest dream has always been to spend a day like you had. You look great!!

  18. kris radish says:

    What a FABulous inspiration!!!!!
    Francie you look wonderful…….

  19. bdey says:

    Your smile says it all. It is beautiful!


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