Monthly Archives: February 2012

phoenix underground

February 29, 2012

thanks phoenix underground for covering our upcoming event…


we love the video you made for the store

check out phoenix underground for more events around town

blog giveaway: practical art

February 29, 2012

“practical art has been borrowing cups of sugar (…and/or buying our toms…) from our lovely frances neighbors for nearly four years now.  we offer locally-made, absolutely usable, quality craft-ware from nearly 100 local artists. When the shop was only a twinkle in the eye of our late founder and friend, jane reddin, she knew even then that practical art would flourish by showcasing the work of exclusively local arizona artists and become a friendly, welcoming community space.  and though jane lost her battle with leukemia last year, she instilled in us her mission of bringing beautiful, affordable art into the lives of everyday folk for everyday use.

we hope to see you at any of our free community events which you can find out about at,
by becoming a fan on facebook, or following us on twitter.”
our blog giveaway:
refreshglass recycled wine bottle tumblers
found at practical art
we want to thank practical art for being such great neighbors and carrying on jane’s vision, she would be so proud and i know she is smiling down on you every day!  we also want to thank them for being such a generous donor for the frances/smeeks  toys for tots toy drive at the holidays.  thanks so much for this lovely blog giveaway!!
so here are the contest rules for this giveaway…
post on either smeeks or frances facebook wall
your top 5 favorite things about the store to be entered!

judge a book by its cover

February 28, 2012

we’re loving these penguin covers for all the classics.

these cloth-bound books are designed by

coralie bickford-smith.

they make the perfect gift

and the perfect eye candy for your collection!

sweet kids for a sweet shop

February 28, 2012

we had so much fun hosting a party for

the children’s alopecia project.

they were all the sweetest kids!

here are some photos of the event…

 we want to thank everyone who came!

sock it to me

February 27, 2012

frances has new men’s socks back in stock!
check out their sock competition!

you can enter your own design for a sock!

this is last year’s winner…

burberry acoustic

February 25, 2012

we love this project

burberry acoustic

and really couldn’t choose a favorite performance

check out more @ burberry acoustic

color is back ♥ spring is here

February 25, 2012


February 24, 2012

thanks luxe. interior+design magazine and berkley vallone

for featuring us in your winter edition!

check out their full magazine here.



let it go.

February 24, 2012

it’s almost the weekend now

so let all your stresses from the long week go….

lunch for 25

February 23, 2012

we absolutely love this video and the concept that the

brilliantly talented scott schuman (thesartorialist) has put together.

we want to jump right into this video every time we watch it.

 there is something so sophisticated, distinguished and elegant

about these men, the restaurant, and the overall feel of this video.

The Sartorialist: Lunch for 25 from The Sartorialist on Vimeo.

krochet kids

February 23, 2012

while at the project love show in vegas,

frances’ crew was lucky enough to meet the amazing guys who started krochet kids.

they are the nicest, most down to earth people

and we we’re excited about their new items for spring!

like this bowtie….

check out their video for a little more insight into their project

african snake beads

February 22, 2012

we’re obsessed with our african snake beads

and seeing them all over pinterest!!

these handmade interlocking beads

are meant to resemble a snake’s vertebrae,

which is worn as protection.

now @ frances

bark less, wag more.

February 22, 2012


full of inspiration

February 21, 2012

last week some of the frances crew spent a few days at a show shopping for spring!

not only did they get awesome stuff for frances,

they got so much inspiration from all the amazing artists and projects involved!


save the date: caramelpalooza!

February 20, 2012

instagram ♥ : francesvintage


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