Thursday, May 28, 2015

Vintage Swimspiration

It's the last week of May, and that means swim season is upon us!  (Cue shuddering and/or excitement.)  But, as these bathing beauties show us, swim fashion can be totally fun and workable! Here are some cute styles and cover-ups from girls in the 1920s through the 1960s.  #rockingit

1960s Swim Wear

Beautiful women from the 40's.

Vintage bathing suits <3 When you didn't need to be skinny and skimpy.... I love how this portrays NATURAL beauty! Plus, it's a cool photo!!!!

1968 Beach Wear- Vintage Fashion | Mojo Inspiration


on the beach

Ava Gardner::


Newport beach, California - 1947

Beachwear, 60s Sixties vintage swimwear

Dolores Costello

<3 Frances

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday Soundtrack

We're halfway to Friday!  Here's the playlist....

Lana Del Rey: "Summertime Sadness"

Mumford & Sons: "The Cave"

Bon Iver: "Re: Stacks"

Lykke Li: "Little Bit"

<3 Frances 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Movie Fashion: Girls of Hogwarts

Movies can be an awesome place to steal fashion ideas from, and the films in the Harry Potter series are no exception.  Here are four of Hogwarts's most fashionably-inspirational students. 

Luna Lovegood

Hermione Granger

Ginny Weasley

Cho Chang

<3 Frances 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lunar Inspiration & Music

I really loved this era's photographic or cultural expression; This is a photo which would make a beautiful airbrush piece, might have to do that; Folies-Bergere dancer, Georgia Graves is seated and wearing an upper thigh length chiton dance dress 1929

The Smashing Pumpkins: "Tonight, Tonight"
“The Witch’s Daughter” by Frederick Stuart Church (1842–1924), engraved by J. P. Davys. This lithograph was published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine [New York], vol. 67, issue 398 (July 1883), p. [164]. 

moon lover 

Lykke Li: "I Know Places" (Live on the Moon)

moon photobooth back drop 

Full Moon "La Luna" Print Recovered Vintage Image to Frame. $22.00, via Etsy. // it's a VERY lovely store - worth checking out. 

The kittens have turned the moon and the planets upside-down with cuteness! 

<3 Frances 


Friday, May 22, 2015


Summer's here in less than a month, and the fashion world is prepared.  There are a lot of bright colors, pop art-inspired pieces, and odes to the 60s and 70s.

<3 Frances

Thursday, May 21, 2015

1980s Music Flashback

I'm feeling very retrospective today, so let's journey back in time together!  Even if you weren't alive during the 1980s (I wasn't!), you've most definitely felt their presence, and these songs will take you back to the time of fingerless gloves and white sneakers.    

Pet Shop Boys: "West End Girls"

Modern English: "Melt With You"

Simple Minds: "Don't You (Forget About Me)"

Kate Bush: "Army Dreamers"

U2: "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

Michael Jackson: "Thriller"
Madonna: "Borderline"

<3 Frances

Thursday Playlist

Friends, it's Thursday! Yes, you are officially another day closer to Friday.  And I'm wearing a normal shoe for the first time since getting my stitches.  They were removed last week, but the cut is still not totally healed.  I managed to do job my "fun run" in gym class yesterday, so I don't have to make that up when the temperatures spike, and I rediscovered early 1990s aerobics videos with my mum.  Work that ankle!
Anyway, here's some music to get you through your day.

Zella Day: "Seven Nation Army" (cover of The White Stripes)

Robert Plant: "Rainbow"

The Black Crowes: "She Talks to Angels"

Counting Crows: "Hanginaround"

Lykke Li: "Hold on, We're Going Home" (cover of Drake)

<3 Frances 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grinding Your Teeth

Happy Wednesday!  Today I want to talk a little bit about teeth grinding, which is something I am entirely guilty of doing.  I even have a lovely plastic retainer that I have to wear at night to keep me grinding my mouth apart.  I do not enjoy wearing this device at all, but when I don't I usually wake up with a headache, and my tiny teeth get all jagged and crooked (not that they aren't already, LOL). Self-deprecation aside, teeth grinding is actually pretty serious.  Not death serious, but chronic pain serious.

Headache? You may be grinding your teeth! 

If you're grinding your teeth at night, you're not only putting yourself at risk for reaching the nerves beneath the surface (super painful!), but you're also clenching your jaw.  What ends up happening is that your face and neck muscles ache really badly.  (They may even make clicking sounds, and bodily clicks are almost always a bad thing.)  Also, grinding your teeth is a sign that you have some sort of disruption in your airway.  If you're not breathing properly in the night, your tongue may fall back over your throat.  When you clench your facial muscles to move it out of the way of your throat, your teeth slide over each other, grinding each other apart.  This means that you're not only hurting yourself dentally but also depriving yourself of much-needed restful sleep.  Breathing, friends, is important.
So, my point in short: if you have symptoms of teeth grinding, do something about it before it's too late!  Visit your dentist and consider getting some sort of retainer.  It's no fun, but it's better than migraines and breathing difficulties.

<3 Frances

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Accessory Inspiration: Bohemian Bags

It seems that whenever I leave my apartment, there are a lot of things I end up wanting to take with me.  Thus the existence of the hoarding bag.  Sometimes I feel like Alison from The Breakfast Club....
Hoarding bags can be just as stylish as they are functional, though.  Bohemian, made-by-hand bags will always be my favorites, and they're perfect for summertime.  As an added bonus? Ebay is selling backpacks handmade in Nepal and donating profits to earthquake relief efforts! 

NEW - HANDCRAFTED in NEPAL RAZOR CUT COTTON BACKPACK EARTHQUAKE CHARITY (earthquake relief bag--click pic to visit site!)

the bag made in a Banjara style

.Boho, Gypsy Bag

Free People Vintage Kanta Bag at Free People Clothing Boutique........Love this!!!!!

☆ love a boho slouch bag... make from repurposed clothing?

KUCHI PRINCESS Banjara Afghan Embroidery by BohemianSpiritBags, $390.00

<3 Frances

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dance It Out

I post about dancing a lot.  Why?  Because it can be an awesome way to free yourself up and make yourself feel good.  Iris isn't as big a fan of dancing as I am (and I'm definitely not anything to brag about, LOL), but together we're realizing that you don't necessarily have to feel super rhythmic to have fun and sweat your worries out.  This morning some pop song was on the radio, and, while getting ready for school, I bopped around to it for a few minutes.  It made me feel so happy!  And my mediocre outfit feels more-than-mediocre.
Let's stop worrying about whether or not we look cool.  Let's just dance!  I mean, what did "cool" ever get anyone that "happy" didn't?  Turn the music UP and the insecurities DOWN.

DJ Nonstop - Best KPOP Dance Remix 2014

Workout Music Mix 2013 The Remix VOL 1

<3 Frances

Friday, May 15, 2015


Getting lost in the Indie/Folk/Alternative heart of YouTube is perhaps one of the best things ever. Even in the comments, people are talking about things like "peace" and "togetherness."  It's somewhat enlightening and refreshing compared to how hostile some other parts of YouTube can get, and you get to discover awesome new music at the same time.

Scavenger Hunt: "Lost"

The Donnies The Amys: "Drive You Home"

The Lighthouse and The Whaler: "Pioneers"

Lyel: "Waterproof"

Sending the force for everybody today!
<3 Frances

P.S.  I get to go to the doctor today about my toe stitches to see if I can get them out yet or not. Yay! I'm hoping that I can.  In lieu of running, I've enjoyed dancing a lot and some elliptical, but none of that counts for gym class, so I have to make up two "fun runs" in the 80-something degree heat next week.  Sigh.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


I'm certain everyone already knows about this, but there was an earthquake in Nepal a few weeks ago, and then another one (above 7.0 on the scale) occurred Tuesday morning.  The first quake was devastating, and to think that there was another major one while people were still trying to recover is equal parts disturbing and heartbreaking.  When I saw it in the news, I almost cried because of how horrible, tragic, and unfair it is.  There are several campaigns going on right now to raise money to help Nepal. I don't have a lot, but I donated, and I hope that maybe others will, too.  Hope and prayers for everyone affected <3 <,3 <3.

<3 Frances