As some of you may already know, I am the founder of retro-inspired lingerie label; Frantic About Frances. Back in 2010, on the floor of my cramped studio flat; business plan drafts, fabric samples, spreadsheets and many, many pairs of knickers later, the seed for Frantic About Frances was planted.
Two years of product development, business plan perfecting and research later, in 2012 the seed that was planted finally blossomed – Frantic About Frances was born! 2012 was an absolutely mad year, I did soo many lingerie fashion shows, countless magazine and online interviews, endless photoshoots and then some. I literally said ‘yes’ to everything, and as the year started to come to a close, I realised I had seriously neglected myself. I would start working at 6am, often forget or not want to eat, and work straight through until 11pm. Then, I would lay in bed unable to sleep either due to ideas buzzing around my head, or anxiety about hitting show/photoshoot deadlines.
2013 saw some major changes. Mostly, I fell in love and was loved in return. Some might say ‘what on earth does that have to do with running a business’; but in my case it had everything to do with it. If I had carried on as I had been – not eating, overexerting myself, rushing around from one energy draining source to the next, I would have ended up in hospital (and I actually did on a few occasions). Falling in love made me realise what on earth I was doing to my body and my mental health. So I slowed things down slightly on the FAF front, started saying ‘no’ to people which at first made me feel like an evil Disney villain, but then you know what?
If you don’t look out and look after yourself, not many other people will. So sometimes you need to say ‘no’ to things to ensure you are saying ‘yes’ to a healthy you.
Then, last year I started feeling ill. I mean – really ill. After numerous doctors appointments and consultations, I was delivered the news that I had a chronic health condition.
I don’t wish to go into lots of details, because of course I like to keep some things private. Suffice to say, this condition affects my life in so many ways. Some of which I am still adjusting to, and to be honest, I am still figuring out what this means for the rest of my life. So, of course, this has affected my business.
So, in answer to this post’s title – What’s Going On With My Lingerie?
At the end of last year I took a ‘break’ from FAF as I had to undergo an operation in relation to my health condition. But since September I have been slowly gathering ideas, working on designs, sourcing fabrics and making-up prototypes for some new lingerie designs. At the moment, the prototypes & designs are coming along nicely, but sometimes I have to take days, even weeks out due to my health. This obviously slows everything down, and sets everything back – and believe me, no one is more frustrated by this than I am!
I am so grateful to have the support of my wonderful other-half Kieren, as he has been there for me by my side each and every step of the way. When I have days where I do not even have the energy to lift my laptop up, he is there for me, reminding me that tomorrow may be better.
So I want to assure everyone out there, especially fans & customers of Frantic About Frances, that I am ‘doing my best’.
I realise that on face value, my pictures & instagram etc show a bright-eyed-bushy-tailed version of me, but that’s the thing about the internet – you can show whichever version of you that you wish, it doesn’t mean it reflects reality all of the time.
SO.. what kind of lingerie designs can you expect to see? I don’t want to giveaway too many details at the moment, but I will say I am going further back in time than my previous designs..
So hopefully at some point in the future I shall be releasing these new designs out to the world! Precisely when that shall be, I cannot honestly say. But the seed of inspiration is planted my dears, and is growing ready to flourish.
Until next time dears, and if you have read to this far, thank you for reading all my ramblings! xx