Monthly Archives: April 2012

national oatmeal cookie day!

April 30, 2012

today is

national oatmeal cookie day!!

my lucky husband was the benefactor of that national day

i tried to use as much natural and organic ingredients as possible.

i used this recipe from smitten kitchen.

they are chewy and delicious, one great thing about this recipe

is it makes half of a normal recipe so you don’t have a ton to eat or bake up,

i seem to burn out after baking a few batches.

monday music

April 30, 2012

this week we’re listening to bowerbirds’s album

the clearing

from stinkweeds of course!)

we found this video about the album…enjoy!

blogger conference!

April 29, 2012

we had such a fun time at the blogger conference!

a huge thank you goes out to

the phoenix style collective

for working so hard to put together an amazing event.

we had a great time meeting so many awesome people.

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japanese friendship garden

April 29, 2012

on earth day last sunday,

we enjoyed some time outside at the

japanese friendship garden.

if you haven’t been, make time to go!


be a whistle blower

April 28, 2012

do you know about falling whistles?

be a whistle blower for peace in the congo

find your whistle at frances

hang it over your heart

100% of the proceeds go to the cause



dance like nobody’s watching

April 26, 2012

we may be guilty of having some fun,

and dancing like nobody’s watching

in our own free time…

it’s so liberating!

clothing swap

April 25, 2012

we were excited to meet phoenix local kelsey wong,

(co-ophx’s co-creator along with sydney rea)

kelsey is on a personal year-long mission to not buy new clothing.

she’s leading the way with her initiative for ‘cooperative action for sustainable fashion’.

this sunday, april 29th, she’ll be hosting the 2nd annual co-ophx’s clothing swap!

what is a clothing swap?

well… don’t we all have those items in our closet that we just never wore. maybe it’s those clothes that are cute but just never fit quite right. how about all those great dresses we’re just tired of from last summer.

this is the perfect opportunity to swap them out for something new.

swappers are invited to bring up to 10 once-loved items (clothing/shoes/accessories) and leave with up to 10 new items for a new season.

frances and smeeks are really excited to be contributing to this project!

we’re also excited about all the other amazing local collaborators:

carbon magazine, fashion phoenix, made boutique, mary may, style tutors, queen creek olive mill, bad lucy, grow-op, and eclectic monkey emporium.

all unswapped clothing will be donated to local charity, sojourner center,

which is a center dedicated to helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

find out all the details here.

the event, which includes tasty refreshments from queen creek olive mill, will cost $10 to swap.

we were lucky enough to get two free entrance passes for our readers!

share this post on your facebook to be entered to win.

just like mom’s

April 24, 2012


we love writing contests,

and chow bella is having one in honor of mother’s day.

they want you to share about your mother’s cooking.

don’t worry, your mom didn’t have to be a good cook.

they want to hear the good, the bad, and the inedible.

you can win a gift certificate to take your mom (or not)

out to some of the great local restaurants.

find out more details on their blog

fun tape

April 24, 2012

there’s so much to do with frances‘ fun tape!

what are you doing with your fun tape?

share your ideas with us…

meet the pioneer woman

April 23, 2012

ree drummond, known as the pioneer woman,

used to go to work everyday in her black shiny pumps and get regular manicures.

life had a different agenda in mind for her and after falling in love,

 she now finds herself a housewife, homeschooling her 4 children,

and tending to ranch duties.

she shares it all on her awesome lifestyle blog.

we’ve been following her for years and cooking recipes from her cookbooks.

(which we have in frances)

now she’ll be here in phoenix on april 28th at dobson high school,

talking about and of course signing her books…

So grab yours at frances and we’ll see you there to meet her!

monday music

April 23, 2012

hope you all had a great weekend!

we’re loving this sharon van etten album in the store!

find it at stinkweeds.

toms sunglasses!

April 22, 2012

today has been the perfect day to rock our new toms eyewear!

we love the styles and colors for summer 2012…

now at frances

travel in style

April 19, 2012

we are obsessing over our fresh laundry linen pants,

they make the perfect staple for a busy woman’s wardrobe.

whether you’re traveling around town or around the world,

these linen pants are the perfect balance between comfortable and chic.

pair the pants with the perfect tee, matt bernson love sandals,

a will leather carry all, some toms shades,

and you’re set to jet!

all found at frances

online smeeks special!

April 18, 2012

 click the image to shop now!


April 18, 2012

“for a richer, fuller life, READ.”

lovely vintage psa for national library week circa 1961.


instagram ♥ : francesvintage


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