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The Best Summer Reads

Hi Frankie’s Crew!!

I know we are a little late to the partay, but it is OFFICIALLY summer- and it’s never too late to celebrate that right? Summer brings the opportunity to hang out with friends that we don’t get to see often during the school year, do activities and hobbies that only summer weather permits, and best of all- no homework to hold us back. Some of us jet off to camp for weeks, while others remain at home and get to soak up some hometown sun. But no matter where you go, the free time of summer should be used by all to crack open a new book. While we don’t exactly sell books, we still love a good book. We asked our resident reading expert, Nina, to curate a list of her fave summer reads. So just in case you find yourself in a rut, we have got you covered! 

Feel free to comment with any of your favorite summer book suggestions!!

Nina’s Summer Picks:

1)      And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

This intense mystery in which several people are invited to an island, but one by one each of them disappear will have you on the edge of your beach towel all summer long… 

2)      Red KayakPriscilla Cummings

This novel tracks a horrible kayak accident in which there was a death of a little boy. Brady, the main character soon discovers that he may have played a bigger role in the accident than he thought. In fact, readers will wonder- was it really an accident?

 3)      The OutsidersS.E. Hinton

This book may be the most relatable out of all the books on this list. We enter the high school setting as we follow the lives of two very different social groups that struggle to get along, and deal with ups and downs along their high school experience. Tragedy, heartbreak, friendship, and growing up are all covered in this classic novel. 

4)      The Hunger Games TrilogySuzanne Collins

 We’ve all heard of The Hunger Games at this point, it is the ultimate beloved series of our generation. Buuuuut, if you haven’t gotten a chance to get into yet, or have only seen the movies- it’s time to read up! This series takes place in a fictional country with very odd traditions, including an annual televised fight for life, in which 24 people are selected to kill each other. Readers will follow Katniss Everdeen (otherwise known as Jennifer Lawrence) as she journeys for her life. An undeniable summer page-turner.                                                                                                           

Now, enough reading on the screen, time to crack open a book!!

XO,

Frankie

 

ConGRADulations Frankie's Girls!

It’s that time of year again! Power through your final tests girls, you’re so so close to summer freedom! It’s almost time to whip out the shorts, and your camp gear! With every end of school year comes another graduation. What is the best part about graduation? (Aside from the sense of pride and accomplishment you get from nailing yet another academic year, of course!) Graduation gifts!

We compiled a little list of our fave graduation gifts in case you need a little inspiration because you have been too busy studying to worry about you want to reward all your hard work! Purses, poofs, tech gear and more!

 

 

What do you think? Comment your fave picks in the comments! 

XOXO,

Frankie 

Camp & S'mores & Tye Dye Galore (But Really Probably No Tye-Dye and Just A Bunch of Onesies)

Hey Hey Hey!

It’s me again, and I am EXCITED today. The weather is spring-y and I was even been lucky enough to whip out my Blank cut-off jean shorts last weekend…I’ll shhh before I jinx us. But I must say, rocking my jean shorts definitely put me in the mood for something that I’m sure has begun to occupy many of your minds-CAMP! Though I no longer am able to go to camp (#kamaji for life, Go Green!), every time it gets just a little bit too hot, I immediately reminisce on my camp days. I mean, who doesn’t love camp?? A place where girls can be girls, where the heat is hot but who cares, where you are urged to scream at the TOP of your lungs for the majority of the day, and where you get to make some of your best friends in the world! Ugh, now I’m really getting nostalgic! Although I did leave out one very essential component to camp: your spirited gear…

My “tribe” as they were called at my camp was called the Metigs and our tribe color was green, which obviously meant that EVERYTHING had to be green. And I don’t just mean your typical Sofee shorts and a tank top. You know what I mean ladies, I’m talking green tutu’s, green hairspray, face paint, sweatbands, you name it- I had to have it and it had to rep my tribe’s colors. I didn’t go to a very spirited middle or high school so camp was really my time to shine and embrace my peppy side. This past weekend at Frankie’s, some very excited young ladies joined the Frankie’s team for our annual Camp Event. But you guys, this year was really special. Obviously, we all love custom airbrushing, designing all of your gear at the Graffiti Bar with your camp logos and bling on it, and of course stocking up on all the other camp goodies you can find at Frankie’s, but this year, there was something else… The ultimate star of every camp’s menu: S’mores!!! There was a full on s’mores bar in the store, WOWZAS. If that doesn’t get you in the mood to pack up your huge duffle bags and be on your merry way to a month+ long of singing in the sun with homegirls than I don’t know what will! 

All sweet treats aside, the camp event was a blast and we have photos to prove it! As I’m sure all of you guys know, Frankie’s has all of your camp essentials, and maybe even some secret traps/ ideas to sneak in your favorite candies ;) shhh, don't tell anyone!! 

 

April Showers Bring May... Flower Crowns

Hi Frankie’s Ladiez!!!

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. What that really means is April showers bring May flower crowns and music festivals. Even if you’re not Cali-Cool enough to have tickets to Coachella this year, you can still indulge in a little festival fashion, right? I mean who doesn’t love a solid braid and a flowy dress?

Despite the yucky weather we have already started to get amazing jean shorts and some very bohemian rompers and dresses in and they have us feeling some type of way and we are feeling inspired to channel our own inner Vanessa Hudgens.

Now that Spring Break is sadly over, we’re left to look forward to a summer full of festival dressing (see some of my personal fave Frankie’s looks for this summer below, click the links to shop :)). We hope you’re just as excited as we are to look just as rad as the girl gangs pictured above ;).

Floral Romper

 

 

Paisley RomperOff The Shoulder Top

Cut-Offs

XO,

Frankie

March Madness: And No, Not The Basketball Tournament

 Hi Guys!!

 This month has been a little cray cray. After the madness of fashion month in February passes, March is “Market Month” in which buyers, like the good ole’ Frankie’s buying team, get to go back to New York & LA and see collections for the upcoming fall and can actually order them for all of our Frankie’s shoppers! Follow the schedule of the Frankie’s buyers below, a real day in the life of a tween buyer!

12PM, Nolita: First off, BRUNCH! One of our favorite parts of the day, of course. Lucky for me, I happened to be celebrating a big 21st birthday this market week so we started off our day of madness with a DELICIOUS brunch. We all need fuel right? ;)

2PM, Soho: We had a very exciting treat in NYC- one of our favorite kids brands, Wildfox, put on a full on fashion show, complete with ADORABLE mini models, I mean… does it get any cuter? (See pics below!). The Wildfox Kids show had us feeling young, wild, and playful! Some very cute patterns coming to Frankie’s soon. Also, the Wildfox Kids show had some really inspiration hairstyles. They were showing big hair. How do you feel about a half bun? We have a feeling tight buns with half of your hair down, big curls and fluffy pony-tails might be all the rage this summer.

3PM, Garment District: After Wildfox Kids, we sprinted uptown to see our good friends at Un Deux Trois to stock up on some of their beloved partay dresses! Who’s ready for some sparkle?

4PM, Garment District: Last stop of our day: stock up on some athleisure leggings and tops from our favorite girls at Zara Terez, which is now officially called Terez. Don’t worry though, though the name has changed, the product is still just as AMAZING guys J

7PM, Brooklyn: Off to dinner and my birthday party, it’s French themed!! So so excited about all of the adorable things that we ordered for the fall, can’t wait until they are in the stores for you guys to enjoy!

That’s All For Now!

 

Xx

Frankie

Spring Fashion Week: NYFW Recap And What Trends We Think Are Going To Be Great For Teens

The end of February is a very crazy time in our country’s fashion capital, New York City. As Valentine’s Day passes, the fashion flock swaps their chocolate heart boxes for their ultimate street-style looks as they gear up for jam-packed days of New York Fashion Week. Fashion Week creates a whole fury of gltizy events, chic models everywhere, and of course, some amazing outfits- can you say #peoplewatching?

Now that the shows have passed, we thought we would create a round-up of our fave trends that we think will pass all the way down to tween fashionistas as well. The main take-away from the shows was comfy is cool. So, for all of our friends that love fashion but also love a good sweatpant and sneaker combo, you’re in luck.

 Alexander Wang

Trends That We're Into: 

-Buh bye to the traditional fashion cycles in which editors and buyers view a collection months before it’s even in-stores and ready for purchase. This year, many innovations were made by big designers like Rebecca Minkoff and Proenza Schouler who are changing they way they present their collections at fashion week, and instead of having to wait for all the sparkling goodies you see on the runway, they will all be available for purchase immediately following the show! See it, buy it, bam! 

 Fenty Puma

-We think graphic logos just miiiiiiight be making a comeback, but cooler than ever. The runways were filled with downtown cool girl’s walking with logos or sayings plastered across their shirts. What does that mean for the Frankie’s girl? Well, we’re predicting some fun cozy tee’s with a little fun word here and there. We hope to see some amaaaaazing streetwear chic duds from our favorite designers, I have a feeling Wildfox might be right on trend… 

 Alexander Wang

-Mini Skirts are back!!! Obviously, not tooooo mini but this summer, we will definitely be stocking up on some cute mini skirts for our tweens, taking a hint from Mr. Marc Jacobs (who by the way, had Lady Gaga make a surprise appearance as a model in his runway show, whoah!). 

Alice & Olivia

Now go on, go check out vogue.com yourself for some tween inspo and decide how you can work it back to your own wardrobe (hint hint, Frankie’s has some cool options ladies ;))

Until Spring Break!

xo,

Frankie

 

Frankie’s February Fun: The Month of Hearts DIY Style

     How is it February already?? Time really flies when you’re having fun I guess! February is one of my favorite months, partially because it means there’s only one more month until my birthday, but mostly because it is the month of love, pinks and reds, and hearts galore!

    Since there is a loving, giving spirit in the air- I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to tap into that DIY, crafty-side within myself and share some fun ways to make your own Valentines this year. Because making your very own Valentines cards will ALWAYS be better than those old school packs of Valentines that come in boxes filled with Sweethearts…

For the Movie Lover- You Make My Heart Pop-Corn! 

 This one is super simple:

  1. Grab your favorite type of microwavable popcorn, personally I like Orville Redenbacher’s White Popcorn :) 
  2. Design your very own one-sided Valentine card on the computer or by hand!
  3. Tape your card to the popcorn packet
  4. Tie it all together with a red or pink ribbon, and VIOLA!! 

 

For Your Friend With The Ultimate Sweet Tooth- I Chews You!  

  1. Chews (haha) your absolute favorite gummy sweet
  2. Bag in a candy bag
  3. Make your own label with thick construction paper
  4. Hole punch the label/Valentine 
  5. Loop a ribbon throught the Valentine, and seal the bag shut!
  6. Give to your BFF or fave tween fashionista!!!

 

For Your Silly Friend- I Cerealsly Like You! 

  1. Track down your favorite cereal, but make sure it’s the mini box version (extra cute that way!)
  2. Make a small Valentine
  3. Hole punch the Valentine
  4. Loop a pretty ribbon through the valentine and tie as a bow around the cereal box
  5. BONUS CUPID POINTS: If you can track down a mini spoon, your extra cute! 

      Now now, if you’re thinking “these DIY Valentines are cute and all but, lets get real, my BFF really wants something a little more substantial”, you can come to any Frankie’s location or check out our Valentines Day Shop online at http://www.frankiesonthepark.com/collections/valentines-day

XOXO

Frankie

A Day In The Life: Join the Frankie’s Buying Team in NYC

Bat Mitzvah DressesCampMalibu SugarNYCTween FashionVintage HavannaZara Terez

The Frankie’s On The Park Team always loves touching-down in the Big Apple because that means one very important thing: we’re about to stock Frankie’s with the newest, coolest and cutest new trends and fashions- and of course, we will be eating tons of yummy NYC food after a long day of buying…

Girls, get ready because the show got us all excited about some upcoming warm weather, graduation and bat mitzvah dresses, and of course, CAMP!!

However, before we get into the details about what the trends of the upcoming seasons are and what we stocked up on, we thought we should set the scene for our readers. What does a buying show even look like? Well, first things first- location, location, location. The kids buying show takes place on the West side of New York City, at Pier 92. Once you enter the building, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the rows upon rows of hundreds of designers booths filled with merchandise. However, our team comes to the show with a plan, ready to zoom to our favorite brands booths! Think Zara Terez, Vintage Havana, Un Deux Trois, and Malibu Sugar!! Every brand sets up their own little mini-store in which buyers enter and shop just like we all shop in boutiques. However, unlike most stores, nearly every brand has a massive jar of candy stationed on the desk for buyers to indulge their sweet tooth while they shop for their store. Personally, I often judge a brand based upon their candy choices (ex: Jolly Ranchers= lame and Butterfingers= fantastic).

But enough about candy already, lets get down to business and talk fashion! This past week in NYC, we were buying for the spring and summer, so we were flipping through racks and racks of cut-off jean shorts, dresses, and our favorite year-round item, cozy pajamas, among many other items of course. After making hundreds of orders with all of our favorite brands, we compiled a Spring/ Summer Trend Forecast- read up ladies, we have a feeling you will want to get your hands on all of the trendy items below in no time… 

Frankie’s Top 5 Spring/ Summer Trend Projections:

  1. Chokers
  2. Boho-Inspired Dresses 
  3. Two Piece Shmancy Party Outfits 
  4. Eyelashes (The New Emoji!)
  5. Patches Galore

See the buyers in action below and let us know what trends you’re most excited about in the comments section!! 

XOXO,

FRANKIE

 
How Adorable Does our Santa Monica Store Manager, Brittany, Look with Rockstar Zara Terez Herself? #VIP

POOFS GALORE!!

The Rainbow Bagel Spread At Zara Terez, Always an Impressive and Colorful Food Selection!

 

La Rabida Holiday Dress Event


If there is on thing Frankie's On The Park knows best, it's dresses! Every year, we donate some of our best dresses to girls at La Rabida, the only hospital in the country solely dedicated to caring for children with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or who have been abused or neglected.

My Favorite Outfit's Women Who Inspire: Lisa Burik

At Frankie's On The Park, we know how exciting it is to shop for holiday gifts for our family and favorite friends, but that it's also just as fun to give back!  This holiday season, we partnered with My Favorite Outfit and held a clothing drive in our stores.

My Favorite Outfit is a non-profit organization that sets up pop up boutiques filled with fashionable, donated clothing in Chicago's underserved schools for girls to shop for free who were recommended by their teachers. As a part of My Favorite Outfit's Women Who Inspire Us blog series, our owner Lisa Burik was featured to share her story on how she was inspired to launch Frankie's On The Park.

See the full interview below!

 

 

What inspired you to start Frankie’s on the Park?

 Since graduating business school 28 years ago, I have worked doing management consulting in the healthcare industry. In 2004, my partners and I sold the consulting firm we had started in 1989 to Navigant Consulting. While I loved my career, with 3 children at home and a desire for a job with less travel and stress, a few years into working at Navigant, I decided the time was right to try something different (although I still do special projects for Navigant even now!). 

My daughter Frankie, who was 11 years old at the time, had always loved fashion; it was really her way of expressing herself, in essence her art.  We loved travelling to New York where there was an awesome store, Lester’s, that had all the latest and coolest styles for girls (and boys!) and we wondered why there was nothing like that in our great big city of Chicago.  So being an entrepreneur at heart (and with no retail background except a stint in high school at the local gift store), I decided to launch Frankie’s on the Park!

 

In a nutshell, what is Frankie’s mission?

Frankie’s on the Park is the destination for tweens, ages 8-13 and beyond, to express their individuality and build their confidence through fashion in ways that both girls and Moms adore!  Through our bricks and mortar boutiques and interactive e-commerce site accessible to tweens everywhere, Frankie’s on the Park stocks the latest must-haves for every season, as well as the biggest selection of special occasion styles and high quality basics for every girl’s wardrobe.  Tweens can even customize their fashion, including camp, birthday parties and gift items at our DIY Graffiti Bar.  A big part of Frankie’s mission is to show our tweens that fashion and giving back to the community can go hand-in-hand - charity fashion shows, party dress donations at children’s hospitals, and shopping events, featuring our young fashionistas are regulars on the busy Frankie’s event schedule.  Our mission also encourages tweens to experiment with fashion as a business through Frankie’s Fashion Camp where kids launch their own brands and learn what it takes to make it in the business of fashion.  In a nutshell, Frankie’s on the Park is so much more than a store for tweens – it is a destination for communities of girls everywhere to grow up, learning to love and express themselves through fashion and experience all the positive ways it can impact themselves and others!

 

What was your biggest fear as you launched the company? How did you overcome it?

Given that I knew absolutely nothing about running a retail business, I had to get up to speed quickly on everything from retail math to point of sale systems to buying properly to staffing models, etc.  My business background and attention to details/numbers focus was essential in achieving my goals for Frankie’s.

 

Have you had a breakthrough moment when you knew Frankie’s was a success? 

 “Success” can be defined in so many ways – happy customers, meaningful events that support great causes, assembling an awesome management team, a busy back-to-school and/or holiday season – these are all successes.  That being said, I think that Frankie’s biggest success is the impact Frankie’s has had on each and every girl. For example, I always think of this one girl with severe epilepsy who was the ‘star” of one of our fundraisers; she had never really had the opportunity to enjoy fashion and the look of sheer excitement on her face when she showed everyone the super-cool sweatshirt she had made herself at our Graffiti Bar will stick with me forever!

 

How does your approach to your clothing (style or outfits) help you be the best leader you can be?

My leadership style is to set a general direction and specific goals and then let my team run with it, while holding them accountable for results.  My clothing style is similar, I have a general style (pretty simple with some fun trend pieces/accessories each season) and specific goals (comfort!) – and then anything goes!

 Do you believe clothing has the ability to improve confidence? If yes, please express a time when you experienced this.

YES! That is the underlying assumption of everything Frankie’s every single day!  It is so fun watching girls grow up at Frankie’s under the amazing guidance of the “tween whisperers” that work at Frankie’s (a term one of our customers gave to one of our rock star team members.)  Girls come in with all different levels of confidence and comfort with shopping, fashion and the desire to fit-in on their own terms, but they ALWAYS leave Frankie’s happy and confident!

 

What is your favorite outfit to wear? How does it make you feel when you wear it? 

I love outfits that my daughters Frankie and Nina help me style – they have such awesome ideas of how to do different things with the items in my closet and when I wear these outfits I feel that they are with me all day which OBVIOUSLY I love!

 

How has helping others – both through work and outside of work – impacted you? 

Helping others has always been important to me in my work and outside of work choices.  From initially picking a career in healthcare, to starting a foundation to raise money to find an early detection test for pancreatic cancer after my Dad died at a young age from this awful disease, to deciding to incorporate giving back into the mission of Frankie’s, giving back is always central in my decision making.  Why?  I guess its just part of what makes me tick and it makes me happy!

 

Do you have a female role model? If yes, what have you learned from her? 

My daughters Frankie and Nina and my stepdaughter Marissa – they’re all super strong, interesting young women who I learn something from every day!  And of course my Mom – you can do anything when you know your Mom has your back no matter what!

 

Anything else?

I LOVE the mission and work of My Favorite Outfit!  I can’t wait to see all the wonderful things you will accomplish!