Interview with Frances – Part Two

Hi everybody! I am still in Bangkok – about to fly out – and posting from the Emirates lounge here. I hope you enjoyed meeting Frances yesterday. Unfairly gorgeous no? Her style is very inspiring. Sometimes in the pursuit of “classic wear forever” items I find myself buying a lot of stuff that literally a 60 year old woman would also wear so I end up looking a little Angela Lansbury-ish (not that I don’t love Murder She Wrote!). Anyway that’s why it’s always great for me to look at photos of someone so fun and youthful like Frances to find inspiration. Enjoy part two!

What are some items that you’d love to get in the future?

The perfect statement necklace. I’ve been looking for a while but nothing has been “the one” it’ll probably be something with a lot of crystals and very colorful. I’ve also been obsessed with figuring out how to obtain a hot pink Celine luggage tote from the Resort 2012 collection, the color is absolutely stunning.

What are some of you favorite luxury, and main street brands? What brands do you think are overrated?

I love Givenchy, Celine, Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu, Prada, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, and YSL for luxury labels. For more affordable brands, I’m all about J.Crew, Zara, and Club Monaco. For overpriced brands – I suppose I would have to say Balmain. While I like what they put on the runway, it’s so absurdly expensive for what it is. I could buy a car for the price of one of their blazers.

Anything that you really loved in the past, that you’re kind of “ehhh” on now?

Studs, haha. Well every now and then it looks great but I’m over anything too heavily studded.

What % of your items do you buy on sale, vs. full price?

I’ll admit, I’m that person that tends to walk into a store with a huge SALE sign splashed on the window and end up browsing the full price items. I’m just so ADD when it comes to shopping that I don’t have the patience to sift through racks of unorganized clothes. I’d say about 35% of my items are purchased on sale.

Can you share some pieces of style/fashion/shopping advice that you’ve had to learn the hard way over the years?

I’m quite petite and I find that sometimes my proportions are hard to shop for so in the past I wore a lot of trends that didn’t quite flatter my body type, a major no no! I’ve finally learned which silhouettes work best for me and it’s made shopping a lot easier even though it may break my heart to see some beautiful dress on the rack knowing it wouldn’t look good on me. I’m quite an impulsive person and used to be an even more impulsive shopper. Now I like to do a lot of my shopping online but to practice resistance I force myself to bookmark an item and wait a few days before purchasing. Most of the time I find that after a week or so I don’t want to buy it anymore.

And finally – please share something surprising about yourself

Even though I absolutely love fashion, it’s sort of a dream of mine to open up a dessert bar in the city and live out all my culinary dreams!


I hope you all enjoyed meeting the lovely Frances! Thank you again to her for taking the time to do this interview and sharing her fantastic style with us. For more of Frances, check out her blog here. Kisses from Bangkok!

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  • Z
    January 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Great interview. Frances has wonderful style and I just recently found her blog as well.

    Love your blog and your fantastic outfits. Safe trip from Bangkok!

  • Trips & Treasures
    January 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Favorite interview up to now, simply because I love her style, classic and young at the same time. Love that parka !
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Trips & Treasures
    January 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Favorite interview up to now, simply because I love her style, classic and young at the same time. Love that parka !
    fashion & lifestyle in Belgium

  • Adele
    January 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    I totally adore Frances style. One of my favourite interviews xoxo

  • couturecoco
    January 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    She's a petite!? Definately cannot tell from the photos as her proportions are so well thought out.
    I totally agree with you about the aging effect of some classics and that's where I'm at now and trying to figure a way out!

    I ADORE the dress in the last photo – timeless yet always exciting. Frances I salute you and your style!
    Bon voyage home Katherine!

  • Polka Princess
    January 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    She sure has some great style! Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  • skippysays
    January 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Wow, I adore the dress she's wearing in the last photo- so pretty! Not to mention all the other eye candy πŸ™‚

  • Veronica of Best of Palm Beach Consignment
    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I love her style and would probs wear every outfit in her interview. Her accessories are to die for.

  • dietingfashions
    January 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Her outfits are soo colorful and inspiring! Great styles.

  • Call me M
    January 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Great interview! I really enjoyed reading both parts! Needless to say that I've already became her follower! πŸ™‚

  • Kiwi's Fashion Blog
    January 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    She is so beautiful!! I wonder what does she do (or family)? I mean, it's unusual for a 20's something to be able to afford so much "stuff" :p

  • Nelah
    January 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Her style is very impeccable and sophisticated given that she is quite young. Even her casual looks are so so well put together. There is something in her style that I adore, she blends sophistication and edginess together perfectly.

  • makeupandpearls
    January 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    thanks for this = frances has amazing style!

  • Lindsay
    January 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Loved this interview! Her style is so downtown and definitely NY. I do the same thing w/ bookmarking items and then going back. It really helps me curb the impulsive want.

  • Anna G
    January 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Gosh, she's so pretty. I love her shoe collection.

  • Katie
    January 5, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    great idea about waiting a few days before online purchasing! love the dream to open a dessert bar too πŸ™‚

    Katie x

  • Alena: Oh, It's Just Perfect!
    January 6, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Such gorgeous style!!! I LOVE every outfit. Frances – please come to my house and pick out my clothes – ok?

  • Stacey
    January 6, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Thanks for featuring her! I already subscribed to her blog, haha!

  • stylish with a budget
    January 6, 2012 at 4:35 am

    great interview…i really enjoy her blog. but she didn't seem petite (height wise) to me….

  • just tututiny
    January 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Frances is so beautiful and I love all her outfits, she has such great fashion sense. Thanks for sharing her with us K!

  • Anonymous
    January 6, 2012 at 5:04 am

    lovely styles! Wonder how tall is Frances?

  • Cee Cee
    January 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I enjoyed reading this, hope you are having lots of fun in Bangkok!

    Ceecee's Inspirations Blog

  • Girlie Blogger
    January 6, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Sooooooooooooooo unfairly gorgeous. And I can't stop looking at her and her fabulous ensembles.

  • Mimi
    January 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

    all the outfits worn by frances on this post are beautiful! i especially love her shoes from the last photo! πŸ˜‰

    <3, Mimi

  • miss b
    January 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Interesting post and great photos. Bangkok is such a fascinating place.

  • SAM
    January 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Always love reading your interviews, thanks for sharing!

  • fabulouslyfrugirl
    January 7, 2012 at 2:09 am

    I love Frances's style and I'm starting to see the light of buying items I only truly love (within my means, of course!).

    My favourite 2 outfits was the white top with the colourful skirt peeking out from under neath and the beautiful nude laced dress paired with a flowy cardigan. So effortlessly chic!

  • Samantha
    January 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Love the Frances interview! Yes! Totally unfairly gorgeous! LOL! Hope you have a relaxing weekend back {and get back into the right time zone}!

    xo, sam

  • Sara
    January 9, 2012 at 3:06 am

    i've followed her blog for awhile so it was so fun to learn more about her! great interview.

  • Urban Jungle Fashion
    January 24, 2012 at 4:29 am

    You have a fantastic eye for new bloggers! I subbed to her page!