Monthly Archives: December 2011

happy new year!

December 30, 2011

sorry we’ve been away for the holidays!
hope yours were swell, we’ll see you on monday!
enjoy this adorable song.

matchbook magazine

December 23, 2011
did you see the december issue of matchbook?
we’re a little late on sharing it but it’s still fun to look through and dream of everything in it!

show fp some love

December 21, 2011

free people is asking everyone to show some love and send them love letters, photos, or drawings for them to decorate their new store… and we love this idea!

submit your stuff and you could win a $200 gift card from fp.

show that someone special some love with a free people shirt for the holidays found at frances…

we love these tops!!

(photos: free people)

comfort food

December 21, 2011

i went to visit my parents in tucson and brought some homemade comfort food along.

there’s nothing like beans & cornbread,

super simple and delicious.



what we’re reading

December 19, 2011

blake mycoskie tells the story of toms

and inspires all of us to focus on

pursuing our passions.

pick up your copy at frances!

(this book makes a great gift too)

the interview project

December 19, 2011

the quirky david lynch hosts his son’s the interview project, a road trip across america to interview the people and personalities that live here.





pashley cycles

December 16, 2011

founded in england in 1926, pashley cycles is england’s longest bicycle manufacturer.  each and every bicycle is hand-built by a small, yet extremely specialized team at pashley.  the attention to detail, the functionality and style of these cycles sets this company apart from any other bicycle manufacturer.   there is only one u.s distributor of these lovely cycles,  which happens to be in phoenix.  we are showcasing a few of the styles in our stores, the poppy and the guv’nor (see both styles below).

























(photos from for the love of bikes)

how to: last minute host gift

December 15, 2011


we went to a holiday party last night and had to whip up a last minute host gift.

here’s what we started with from frances and smeeks…





we filled the cookie box with homemade treats from lux and wrapped everything up frances style…every little detail counts!

give the gift that gives back

December 14, 2011

this season give a gift that really matters.

get your loved ones a gift that gives back to people around the world

 with the support of your purchase.

we love these ideas!

1. toms: one for one

(we have sizes for men, women, youth  & tiny toms for the baby!)


toms sunglasses

which provide eye surgeries for those in need

2. pura vida bracelets

supporting full time jobs in costa rica

3. feed bags & bracelets

help feed the world

4. krochet kids

providing work skills for women in uganda

who crochet every hat or scarf

biking beauties

December 13, 2011

we love seeing girls on bikes.

we think keira knightley looks beautiful in the ad campaign for chanel’s frangrance, coco mademoiselle.

we want a beige motorbike like this too!

here are some other blogs that tout girls and their bikes:

for the love of bikes

chicks and bikes

cycle chic

the sartorialist

the bird wheel

biking in heels

stay tuned for an upcoming post that features one of the coolest bike companies around – you’ll love it!

(photos by chanel)


cookie wonderland

December 13, 2011

how about these mini gingerbread men and the frosted sugar cookies!  these are handmade by az cookie love and can be picked up in mini bags at smeeks.  we couldn’t help ourselves and had to make a mini holiday vignette with them.  aren’t they adorable?

crafeteria couples

December 13, 2011

at frances and smeeks we have some of the best customers.

so many of them have been loyal followers and fans since day one.

here are two of our favorite couples that came out to support us at our annual crafeteria.

(click their links to see a little bit more about these cool couples)

scott and chelsea












megan and cyrus


tis’ the season to give!

December 12, 2011

did you know smeeks is a toys for tots donation drop-off site?  stop in, grab your stocking stuffers and give back all in one.  we are accepting toy donations at smeeks, frances and frances studio until 5pm sunday, december 18th.  hurry in!

here are some other great ideas for giving back this season:

sleeping bag drive

phoenix rescue mission

operation santa claus

holiday for heroes

toms sequin wedges

December 12, 2011

the perfect gift this holiday!

black and pewter available at frances.

  you better hurry, these babies are flying off the shelves!

what we’re listening to

December 12, 2011

we can’t get enough of these soulful tracks in our store.  you can find the cd @ our neighbor’s store… stinkweeds!

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