Tuesday, July 31, 2012

SHOE OF THE WEEK: July 2012

07.31.2012
Michael Kors open toe tri-metal metallic leather platform pump.
Cork wedge and heel.
   
 Size: 6   Heel Height: 4"   Platform Height: 3/4" 
Condition: Excellent

$43.00

07.24.2012
Natural raffia open toe d'Orsay pump with black and white gingham fabric trim. Adjustable ankle strap with gold tone buckle. Yellow flower detail at toe. 
Textile upper. Rubber outsole.
   
 Size: 8  Heel Height: 3.75"  
Condition: New

$37.00

07.17.2012
Kickin' skimmers in super fun teal heart print on burgundy canvas. Metal heart detail at pleated toe. Gathered at elastic heel. Rubber sole. 
   
Size: 8.5   Heel Height: Flat  
Condition: Excellent

$17.00  

07.10.2012
Gorgeous zebra print hair-calf T-strap sandal. 
Leather with cork sole.
   
 Size: 9.5   Heel Height: 4"  Platform Height: 1/2" (at toe)  
Condition: Excellent

$37.00 

07.03.2012
Fabulously sexy T-strap peep toe pumps. 
Man-made red patent and white mesh. Leather sole.
   
 Size: 10   Heel Height: 3"  
Condition: Very Good 

$27.00 

To purchase these shoes or any of the pieces in our collections
please call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com

Monday, July 30, 2012

HEAVY MEDAL: Bodacious Bronze

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The 2012 Olympic Games are underway!

And though we may still be trying to figure out reeling from the Opening Ceremony and are 
mah-jorly jealous some of the Italian athletes get to wear both Giorgio Armani AND Prada (so. not. fair), we're also super stoked there's beach volleyball happening at Horse Guards Parade and totally into the awesomeness that is canoe slalom.

Nothing quite like sport to get us amped and inspired, hence this sleek little Escada number we're featuring as the kick-off to a week of Heavy Medal and our very own ode to the Olympics. 

Lolo Leather Sheath
~Escada

$197.00

Size: EUR 36
Measurements: Please call or email for specifics 
Details: Exquisite metallic bronze/copper leather sheath. Signature Escada logo silk lining. Logo hardware at straps. Accessories: please inquire.
Condition: Excellent





















To purchase this dress or any of the pieces in our collectionsplease call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com



Friday, July 27, 2012

WOMEN WHO KICK ASS: Olympians

...A MONTHLY SPOTLIGHT FEATURING WOMEN WE FIND SUPREMELY INSPIRING. CUT FROM THE KIND OF KICK ASS, TAKE NAMES CLOTH WE ADMIRE, THESE CHICAS AND THE CAUSES THEY CHAMPION ARE TRULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE...

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Anticipation of the London Olympics has reached fever pitch on our side of the pond (aka Casa de Binks & Franny), so much so that in lieu of our regular monthly Women Who Kick Ass feature, we've chosen to tip our fascinators to each and every one of the female athletes competing in the 2012 games.

And there are a lot.

Nearly each of the 205 countries participating in the monumental event will field at least one female competitor and, for the first time ever, the U.S. Olympic team boasts more ladies than fellas (268 vs. 261). 

Word.

To say we can't wait to watch these women kick it into beast mode as the games get rolling would be a gross understatement at best. 


So join us today in celebrating the fierceness that is the female athlete and come back Monday as we continue our ode to all things Olympics with a week devoted to nothing but 'Heavy Medal'.

Now light the torch already and let the Games begin!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

THE 'A' LIST: July 2012

...A CAREFULLY CURATED COLLECTION OF FABULOUS FINISHING TOUCHES...

07.26.2012
Punchy citrus orange beaded crochet bag. 
Measurements: 7"H x 9"W   Strap Drop 20"   Fringe 4.5"
Condition: Excellent  
$23.00 


07.19.2012
Etienne Aigner natural rattan picnic basket bag with leather strap and trim. 
 Fully lined with inside zip pocket. Snap closure.
Measurements: 8"H x 10"W x 4"D   
Strap Drop 17" w/adjustable buckle  
Condition: Excellent  
$37.00 


07.12.2012
One-of-a-kind brass and tortoise link belt with seven awesome tiki plaques! 
Hook closure and 5" extender.   
Measurements: 30" L   3" W   
Condition: Excellent   
$33.00 


07.05.2012
Totally unique half moon straw bag with fabric trim. 
Inside top zip closure. Fabric lined with inside zip pocket. 
Measurements: 12"H x 14"W x 5"D   
Condition: Excellent  
$33.00 


To purchase these items or any of the pieces in our collectionsplease call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

IT'S GETTING HOT IN HERE... - July 2012

...SO HOT, SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHES...OR NOT...
 EASY BREEZY OPTIONS FOR THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER 

07.25.2012
Cinque Terre Strapless Sheath
~Willi Smith

$53.00

Size: 8
Measurements: Please call or email for specifics 
Details: 'Villa' print tie-back strapless dress. Summer simplicity at its finest. 
97% cotton, 3% spandex. Our own sandals.
Condition: Excellent

07.18.2012
(shown with the Heart Print Canvas Skimmers)
Lazy Days Dress
~Marc by Marc Jacobs

$37.00

Size: S (4/6)
Measurements: Please call or email for specifics 
Details: Pool blue crinkle fabric sleeveless dress with wine floral print. Wide ruffled neckline. Exposed back zip. Our own belt.
Condition: Excellent

07.11.2012
(shown with the Zebra Print Hair-Calf T-Strap Sandal)
Concrete Jungle Jumper

$37.00

Size: M
Measurements: Please call or email for specifics 
Details: Abstract animal print racerback jumper in shades of mushroom and black. 
Ring detail and three-button placket at center front. Drawstring waist. 
Front patch pockets. 3" inseam. Our own necklace.
Condition: Excellent


To purchase these items or any of the pieces in our collectionsplease call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com


Monday, July 23, 2012

HOLEY MOLY

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Being in the fashion biz (did we just say that?!) is a little like living below the equator. 

We start styling slipdresses in September and focus on faux furs just as the first daffodils announce the arrival of Spring. We never live in real time, but instead dwell in the suspended reality known as “next season”.

Perhaps that explains why, as the heat index hovers dangerously close to OMG, we inevitably find ourselves craving knitwear. 

Nothing makes us happier when entering the teeth-chattering confines of an air conditioned fitting room in a major mall store than prematurely cozying up to some cashmere and pretending the holidays are imminent.

So, what’s a girl to do to ease the ache for something sweater-y while sweltering through the late Summer heat?

Let's just say, crochet is our nirvana.



Carly Teardrop Top

$33

Size: M   
Condition: Excellent

Cass Poncho ~ SOLD

$23

Size: O/S   
Condition: Excellent


Michelle One-Piece
~Robin Piccone

$33

Size: 8   
Condition: Excellent


Petula Fringed Frock

$37

Size: M   
Condition: Excellent










Debbie Popover

$23

Size: S/M    
Condition: Excellent

Patti Cardigan
~Lauren Ralph Lauren

$27

Size: S   
Condition: Excellent


Joni Suede Skirt

$47

Size: 4/6  
Condition: Excellent


Leather Necklace

$53

Measurements: 18" L   
Condition: Excellent (vintage)
Details: Oxidized silver and leather necklace. Fish hook clasp attaches on right side.

Grace Crochet Tank Dress

$33

Size: S/M  
Condition: Excellent


Janis Vest

$27

Size: XS/S   
Condition: Excellent


Janis Floral Lace Bells

$33

Size: S (4)   
Condition: Excellent

Marianne Caftan

$27

Size: S    
Condition: Excellent

Dusty Beaded Silk Sweater

$37

Size: S    
Condition: Excellent


Carole Metallic Cardi

$37

Size: S/M  
Condition: Excellent


Leather Sheath Dress
~Coming Next Week~

Shirley Sweater ~ SOLD

$23

Size: P   
Condition: Excellent


Two-Tone Button Flat Thong Sandal
~Carole Little

$27

Size: 8      
Condition: Excellent


Phoebe Slipdress & Shrug
(sold as a set only)

$57

Size: S   
Condition: Excellent


To purchase these items or any of the pieces in our collections, or to inquire about specific measurements and additional images, please call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com



Friday, July 20, 2012

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

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Although, on the advice of my therapist, I do not participate any more, the memories remain vivid. 

The month of planning, marking the calendar, counting down the hours. Deciding whether or not to use a coveted sick day for the sake of being there when the doors open. The anxiety the night before, the alarm (what if it doesn’t go off???) set for 5:00 a.m., the panic as I see my neighbor backing out of her driveway while I’m still brushing my teeth.

Thinking maybe I should have jeopardized my credit score just to be one of “The Insiders” who was “allowed” to catch a glimpse of what’s behind those curtains and “allowed” to drop a mortgage payment on the trends that maybe just might complete me. 

Maybe.

Yep, it’s time yet again for THAT sale at THAT store.

The sale that screams to the masses, coaxing them to awaken at 5:00 a.m (or earlier if a latte stop is on the pre-sale itinerary) on a gorgeous July day, tap into patience usually reserved for saints as they circle the parking lot, expose their knickers and their knockers to total strangers in a community dressing room (they really know how to maximize their investment in those bloody curtains, eh?), and, head throbbing and feet aching, end their morning by spending 30 minutes in the soup line for a cuppa’tomato and a “complimentary” crostini.

All this to snag those “exclusives”. The ones that are available in 10 sizes and eight colors in each and every one of their 100+ stores nationwide. 

Far be it from me to ignore the value in stocking up on foundational pieces at a rarely seen price point (think Paige, Hanky Panky, and perhaps those Theory slim legs). Just keep in mind that “I love your boots. I bought them in both colors...” is not really a compliment come October. And that the good stuff for the Fall season is being carefully guarded and saved for later … behind the curtains!

So today, as a reward for those of you brave enough to break from the herd and embrace your own unique sense of personal style, we'd like to let you in on a little shindig we're hosting.

To get the party started we invite YOU to join us during our first annual Black Sheep Sale and enjoy 15% off any purchase through 11:59 pm (PDT) Sunday, July 22. Simply mention promo code BLACKSHEEP when calling or emailing to place your order.

Shop a little (or a lot) and raise your glass to the advent of not seeing yourself (and half your closet) coming and going.

~Susan    




Monday, July 16, 2012

COLLECTION: The Haul 2.1

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It was that kind of trip. The kind where the stars align and you can't believe your luck and rather than loading your shopping bags in the trunk you cram them into the passenger seat beside you, hoping to hit nothing but red on the way home so you can rifle through said bags to admire your purchases. 

Every. Single. One.

Susan most definitely outdid herself in sourcing this killer collection. And the three of us had an awesome time styling and photographing the group late last week as well. 

I say the three of us because my little one is at that age where exploration and the testing of one's boundaries is paramount to her day-to-day. And once the novelty of the dog's toys and a gargantuan basket of vividly-colored velcro rollers wore off ... well ... you can imagine the appeal of racks of shiny pretty things hanging at eye-level and well within reach not to mention the rows and rows of shoes, belts, bags, etc.

We'll call it organized chaos (at best) and just what we needed after a few rather challenging weeks on the personal front. Nothing like a nearly one-year old waddling through your frame (really more of a cross between the popular drunk monkey walk and a variation of funky chicken at this point), leaving sweet little handprints on your mirror and a trail of rice puffs underfoot to keep it real and remind you of what's important.

That being said, we truly hope you enjoy this collection half as much as we enjoyed putting it together...rice puff mishaps and all.

Happy Shopping!

~Amanda


Lindsay Maxi
~Bonwit Teller Exclusive

$47.00
 
Size: 6
Condition: Very Good
Details: Coral jersey twist halter maxi with pleated bodice and skirt. Three hook closure at back of neck. Self-fabric belt with 2 crystal discs and snap closure.

Ashley Frock
~Ralph Lauren Blue Label

$93.00
 
Size: 2
Condition: Excellent
Details: Beaded ivory silk bias-cut tea-length dress with sweetheart neckline and flounce hem. Fully lined ivory and black muted floral print with hand beading. Empire seam; gathered at bust, side zip.

 Ethel Shirtdress

$57.00

Size: S (4/6)
Condition: Excellent
Details: Sleeveless "still-life" print shirtdress.  Self-fabric covered buttons at front (from spread collar). 1.25” set-in waistband; full gathered skirt. 100% cotton. 
Shown with the Jack Rogers Cutout Leather Thong Sandal. Our own belt.

Susan Dress
~Adrianna Papell

$63.00 

Size: 10
Condition: Excellent
Details: Black jersey bodice; black taffeta skirt with stitched pleats releasing at hips and hidden on-seam pockets. Draped portrait neckline.  Fully lined. Back zip.
Belt sold separately, please inquire.


Jen Cross-Back Dress
~Charles Jourdan

$53.00
 
Size: EUR 40
Condition: Excellent
Details: Fully-lined viscose & linen cross-strap sundress. Seamed at natural waist; side zip. Our own accessories.

Eva Ribbon Skirt

$43.00
 
Size: S (4/6)
Condition: Excellent
Details: One-of-a-kind solid yoke drop-waist ribbon skirt. 7” solid yoke with set-in waistband, side zip and 2-button closure at waist. 100% rayon. Made in India.
Our own white tank and accessories.

  
Padma Lace Top

$37.00
 
Size: 
Condition: Excellent
Details: Exquisitely detailed long-sleeved black lace top.  Cropped length.

Mumbai Skirt

$33.00
 
Size: M
Condition: Excellent
Details: Degrade Indian cotton full skirt with scattered sequin detail. Elastic waist.

Cameron Sheer Jacket

$23.00
 
Size: 12 (relaxed, will fit most) 
Condition: Excellent
Details: Sheer floral chiffon long-sleeve open front jacket to belt (or not).

Julianne Floral Tunic

$27.00
 
Size: S
Condition: Excellent
Details: Strapless blouson tunic with 2” smocked elastic band at bust and waist. Four flap pockets with buttons. Self-tie at waist. Shown with the Zuma Silk Pant.


To purchase these items or any of the pieces in our collections, or to inquire about specific measurements and additional images, please call 858.693.3231 or email orders@binksandfranny.com