Sunday, August 31, 2014

For Martha

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of Martha, the world's very last passenger pigeon, and the extinction of a beautiful species of bird lost too soon to hunting.  Once very common in America, the passenger pigeons were wiped out mercilessly by humans because they were a cheap source of meat.  The ways in which they were poached were terrible and graphic, and it is with great sadness that I write about poor sweet Martha--who died in a zoo at the age of 29--and the loss of her kind.
Remember Martha.  Remember the passenger pigeons.

A photo of Martha, the last passenger pigeon.
Image of Martha via National Geographic 
<3 Frances

Saturday, August 30, 2014

And Music, Yet Again

Caffeine-deprived and desperate for music one morning while working, I found the new album by Julia Stone (of the Australian brother-sister duo Angus & Julia Stone) on Rhapsody.  Simply put, its songs are all poetic and melancholic in their own unique ways, and one of my favorites was "With the Light":

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Liebster Award

We were lucky enough to be nominated for the Liebster Award by Sierra Rose of Pay With Polka Dots! I'm relatively new to blogging so I didn't know of this until recently, but I've learned that the Liebster helps to share blogs with less than 200 followers, and it's exciting to be a part of it.  The basic guidelines are to nominate 11 blogs, ask 11 questions, respond to the 11 questions from your nominator, and then post 11 extra facts about yourself.

Here are the links to 11 blogs that you should check out:

Here are 11 facts about me:
1) I have terribly flat feet.
2) I love indie/alternative music.  Some of my favorite artists include Lykke Li, Bon Iver, The Smashing Pumpkins, The White Stripes, and Gregory and the Hawk.
3) I'm interested in natural and alternative health therapies, like homeopathy.
4) I like to cut magazines up to make paper dolls and wallpaper for my dollhouse.
5) I have a dollhouse dedicated to Star Wars action figures.
6) I'm sensitive to many a food product.
7) I enjoy reading about Buddhism and Native American spirituality and mythology.
8) I love all things related to Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Beatrix Potter...and Medusa.
9) I have a folder of charity organizations I hope to donate to.
10) I love peppermint and all peppermint-related products.
11) I'm dreadful at competitive sports, but I like independent activities like running and dancing.

And here are my answers to the 11 questions from Sierra Rose:
  1. What's your favorite part about blogging?  I very much enjoy writing and getting to share about everything from art and literature to organizations like Smile Train.  I also hope to be able to share health tips that may make life easier.  
  2. What's your favorite bad joke?  There are several.  Most are related to Star Wars fandom. 
  3. What do you have a passion for?  Helping other people, writing, drawing, and thinking.
  4. What is your dream career? I'd like to be a published writer, and I'd also like to help out with organizations like Smile Train and Chernobyl Children International.
  5. If you had a brick what would you do with it? Paint it.
  6. What is your biggest pet peeve? I don't like it when I accidentally delete when I've been writing.  
  7. What is your favorite book? There are many!  Some of my favorites, though, include The Bumblebee Flies Anyway, Watership Down, and all of the books in A Series of Unfortunate Events.
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? My home.  I love it.
  9. Take a moment to appreciate yourself. What is one of your best qualities? I genuinely care about how other people feel.
  10. Who is your hero? My grandmum.
  11. What is your favorite movie? It's difficult to decide!  I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Moulin Rouge!
Lastly, here are 11 questions for those I nominated:
1) What was your favorite story as a child?
2) If you had to pick another name, what would it be?
3) Do you have any pets?
4) If you could live in a book or movie, which one would it be?
5) Pick a fictional best friend.
6) What do you like to do for fitness?
7) What did you want to be when you were little?
8) What's your favorite animal?
9) What's your favorite pastime?
10) If you had to pick one school subject to have for the rest of your life, what would it be?
11) What is your favorite cruelty-free beauty company?

This is fun!  I'm excited to know about the Liebster Award and to be participating in it!
<3 Frances

Sunday, August 24, 2014


In anticipation of another Monday morning, I share with you this:  Morning Kitty.
We feel you, Morning Kitty.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Missing Summer

As summer comes to an end and work schedules begin to resume, this word has become increasingly legitimate.

<3 Frances

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"It Hurts to Let Go"

Being the introvert that I am, music videos are one of the ultimate forms of escapism.  Gotye's video for "Bronte" is equal parts adorable and touching, and it'll remind you of childhood fantasy ventures.  Forever daydreamers, right?

<3 Frances

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Crushing On Artsy Earrings

These absolutely precious locally-made earrings make me feel equal parts peaceful and excited, like I'm at a miniature art museum.  I mean, little red glass owls for your ears?  It's too good to be true, right?

<3 Frances

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pajama Style

There are some days that are meant to be spent around the house in your pajamas, and "pajama style" outfits (those that are as comfortable as pajamas and incorporate pajama pieces while not being entirely hermit-like) are a good go-to when you may possibly be seen in public watering the plants or checking the mail.

Pajama Style Must-Haves:

  • Oversize sweater or cardigan (think pseudo-bathrobe!)
  • Lounge-style pants (or PJ bottoms) that can be easily exchanged for real pants if need be (for an impromptu walk, for instance)
  • Slippers! 
  • Comfy shirt falling somewhere between PJs and outdoor clothes 

<3 Frances

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Vintage Gallery: 1940's

As far as vintage fashion is concerned, I've always felt a strong affection for that of the 1940's.  Victory rolls, scarves, circle skirts, high-waist swimwear, big jackets...everything managed to be simple and practical and full of personality at the same time.  Totally worthy of a Vintage Gallery!
<3 Frances
P.S. don't even get me started about my love of jazz and swing-dancing.

Vintage Bike Ride

Vintage Dresses

1940's Beach