frequently asked Questions
Our most frequently asked questions, answered below:
Reach out via the contact form for any additional questions that you have
DISCO FRANK FAQ
Q: Where does the name "disco frank" come from?
Our love of disco balls + our favorite Franks - Frank Ocean, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli!
Q: Who runs disco frank? why does disco frank use "we" language?
Disco Frank is managed at every level right now by its Founder & CEO, Kaity. She works full-time as an executive planner in tech (a job she absolutely loves and never plans to leave) and runs Disco Frank as a passion project on the side. She chooses to use language that represents a larger presence behind the scenes because she likes to think of Disco Frank as a collective effort. Most of the places that she writes about on the master guide are places she's been lucky enough to enjoy with the company of others and that's part of what puts a little disco in the details. for her Disco Frank has aspirations of growing into a bigger project one day and the hope is that the hypothetical "we" will become a reality with many working behind the scenes to expand this site to cities around the world.
Q: What does it mean to put a little disco in the details?
At its core, it's about finding joy in every moment. Disco Balls catch and reflect light onto everything around them and the idea is the same with "adding a little disco to the details" of your life. We want to inspire you to not only live present in every moment, but really feel deep joy in everything that you do. We want to create a community of people who find happiness in the little moments and are down to drive the extra two hours on a road trip to see something extraordinary or make a day out of what should have been a menial trip to the gym. We've been fortunate enough to live a very full life and through our experiences, have come to believe that at the end of the day, nothing matters as much as feeling unfettered joy every day - there's no reason that the joy you've felt + the association of the day in your memory should be any different from your graduation day to a random Tuesday evening. That's what putting a little disco in the details means to us, but it can truly mean whatever you want it to be.
Q: What happens if i subscribe to this site?
You'll be alerted any time we make a blog post. Eventually, you may be included in an email list but not without consent first. We will NEVER share your email.
Q: i spotted a typo on the site!
Cool, it happens, let us know so we can fix it. For context, the entire details of the Master Guide and Blog Posts have been written out via excel file and then uploaded here. They've been triple checked but as humans there is always room for human error.
Q: where's the best place to get updates from disco frank?
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planning services FAQ
Q: What kind of planning can you help with?
The planning services that we offer are truly custom to you and your unique needs. We are excellent researchers + have an unparalleled attention to detail so if there's anything you're planning that sounds like it can benefit from these traits, we can likely help you with it. In terms of popularity, we mainly do travel planning, proposal + date planning, outfit planning, and event planning but if you're unsure if we can help with something, the best thing you can do is ask! Each and every Disco Frank planned service is completely custom, built from scratch for each client's unique needs, desires and budgets.
Q: What does it cost to use disco frank's planning services?
Given the deeply personal + custom aspects of each planning service, there's no flat fee that we charge. Instead, we leverage our long standing partner relationships, access to cost saving resources and other considerations to save you as much money as possible, including additional fees only where necessary.
Q: what can i expect from the planning services?
There's no one-size-fits-all experience, but genuinely the first step in any of our planning packages is to connect on a personal level to learn more about what you're looking for. We can chat over phone, via text or email to begin the process and depending on your initial needs, we'll likely follow-up with a questionnaire to collect all of the information that we need from you to plan the best experience possible. At this point, we'll put together 3-5 rough drafts of different options to choose from, get your feedback, and then develop a final, extremely detailed plan to send it all home.
Q: how can I get started?
MASTER GUIDE FAQ
Q: What is the point of the master guide?
Strictly to inspire. Naturally, we're exceptional researchers, planners, and doers here at Disco Frank, so it was an easy task to put those skills to the test with the creation of the Master Guide. We recognize, that not everyone has the same natural skill set when it comes to building out itineraries and choosing how and where to spend their time/money and wanted to share the Master Guide as a resource for our readers to turn to. You can use it to either find one-off recommendations, decide between which meals to get from a menu, or to fully inspire an entire itinerary. We've built it with the flexibility and differing utilities of our readers in mind and hope that you find value in it.
Ultimately, think of the Master Guide as a one-stop-shop to ensure that you have a perfect experience from beginning to end - leave the thinking up to us so that you can just enjoy yourself.
Q: have you actually been to every place on the list? would you ever include a place you did not actually enjoy?
Yes, and no and yes and no.
Yes - we've been/used every top-level recommendation on the Master Guide, but not necessarily every recommendation under the "Let's Make a Day of It" section of each one, though we've prioritized including places where we have first hand experiences and were sure to read reviews before including any that we haven't visited ourselves.
No - though everyone's experience is sure to be different, we've left off any places from the Master Guide that we cannot confidently endorse for whatever reason. We want the guide to be confined to places that we "swear-by" and would share with our best friend and we use that as our guiding principle when sharing recommendations. Because people are bound to have such varying experiences everywhere they go, we've been generous to those we've included but our all-time-swear-by-them-recommendations can be found under "Hall of Fame".
Q: why are most of the recommendations around nyc / not in my area?
Again, we'll only include places that we've been first hand and as NYC residents, the majority of our recommendations will naturally come from here. We LOVE to travel though and are making a conscious effort to expand recommendations to more cities!
Q: WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE MASTER GUIDE MAP OF RECS?
We took all of the same recommendations + information that you can find on our Master Guide tab and built them into a custom Google map. We wanted to make it as easy as possible for our readers to plan out their itineraries + put a little disco in the details of their life and thought a map might be the best way to do so. There are some limitations regarding the amount of "layers" we can have so we had to consolidate into a few select ones and boil each recommendation to be included under its predominant category:
Special Occasion Spots
General Dining + Date Night
Grab + Go Food
Entertainment + Recreation
Stores, Vendors + Misc.
Q: Are You getting paid for the recommendations in the master guide / are they sponsored?
Nope! As of January 2023, we are making absolutely zero dollars from this site and have received zero incentives. We strongly believe in every place we've included, as much as we believe in transparency, and we'll always always always explicitly disclose if we've been paid/comped for anything, promise.
Q: Why are some of the sublocations inaccurate?
Our goal for the Master Guide is to help you plan out your own itineraries and day trips and we find that broadly grouping areas within relative distance to one another makes this a whole lot easier than specifying at the most niche level. If you're in the West Village, you probably won't mind walking a block or two over to SoHo or Chelsea, so it's best to denote these all under "Lower West Manhattan", for example, instead of as three separate places.
Q: What do the different category filters on the master guide mean? // can i not bring my dog or go solo to anywhere else = particularly notable for x
The category filters are strictly to serve as a guide to finding the best recommendation for you. We looked at each recommendation in terms of what they are particularly notable for, but that's not to say that a recommendation might not fall under a certain category regardless of what they're particularly notable for - for example, truly, anything on the list can be considered a solo outing place, but some stick out as particularly notable for those looking to do a solo outing. At a top level, the categories are:
General Dining - recommended to dine here under any dining circumstance
Group Outing - particularly conducive to larger groups + outings
Date Night - particularly romantic or fit for a date
National Park - any National Park or highly recommended outdoor space
Special Occasion - above average or extravagant experience, likely pricier
Hall of Fame - any recommendation that we absolutely, unequivocally swear by
Other - likely something other than a dining experience (museum, exhibit, activity, etc.)
Grab + Go - not necessarily a sit down restaurant but preferred to do takeaway
Brunch - particularly wonderful for Brunch
Rooftop - has a rooftop
Dog Friendly - particularly conducive + accommodating for bringing a dog
Solo - particularly notable for those looking to venture solo
Rainy Day - wonderfully fit for a rainy day
Holiday Season - typically does something special for the winter holiday season
Michelin Star - recognized by the Michelin Guide
Pop-Up - a vendor/experience that "pops up" for a limited time
Drink Spots - somewhere that you can go just for drinks, great for meeting friends and catching up
Hotel - a hotel or other place for an overnight stay
Family Friendly - places + spaces that lend themselves particularly well to fun for the whole family
Outdoor Space - primarily outdoor spaces or spaces that feature a prominent outdoor area
Q: how can i get involved? Can i send recommendations?
We'd love to hear from you! The best way to get involved is to tag us in any of the pictures of you "adding a little disco to the details" (@itsdiscofrank on all platforms) for a chance to be featured. Send any recommendations that you have via the contact form or through DM on social platforms, but know that we will not share the recommendation out on the Master page until we've had a chance to visit first hand.
STYLE guide FAQ
Q: What is the point of the style guide?
The style guide serves as a fashion inspiration resource for our readers. Everyone's personal styles + fashion preferences are (and should be) unique and personal so by no means is the style guide meant to be a one-size fits all instructive manual for what you should wear, but rather a source for inspiration as you find your own styles + outfits. Part of what putting a little disco in the details of life means to us includes wearing outfits that we feel good in + that do good for the planet. We're challenging ourselves this year to do better by shopping sustainably + wearing more of the clothing already in our closet and we're hoping to inspire you to do good for our planet too by documenting our favorite outfits in the style guide.
As natural fashionistas, we're often asked by our friends "what are you wearing tonight?" and "I'm attending X event/venue, what should I wear?" - if our friends are having issues, we thought that others might be as well, so we created the style library in hopes of helping to guide our readers when they just don't know what to wear or they don't believe that sustainable fashion options can look good too.
Q: some of the items you linked in the style guide are sold out/different?
Many of the items that we own and wear are old, repurposed, or vintage pieces and we simply cannot find and link to all of the original listings, so we've done our best to find the closest matches that we could. When in doubt, we've tried to at least link to a page that features the item's proper name so that you're able to do some research of your own and scour the internet and resell sites like Poshmark, Etsy + eBay. We always recommend doing a right-click-search-image-with-Google-lens to find similar pieces. At the end of the day, we want you to use the style guide as inspiration for your own personal style + combine it with what's already in your closet to create new versions of the same looks - you don't need to buy exact replicas to look just as good (if not, better!)
Q: I noticed that most of the items that you're wearing aren't necessarily "sustainable", what's up with that?
Candidly, this idea of sustainable fashion is still relatively new to us and something that we're very much in the knowledge-building phases of so it's undoubtedly going to be an imperfect process as we integrate it into our lives more. In our research thus far, we've learned that over consumption is one of the biggest threats to our planet so though we can't change our past shopping habits, we can do better by wearing more of what we already have at home rather than purchasing new. When we do purchase "new" we start with reseller + vintage sites as a starting place, then head to brands with strong sustainability focuses and steer clear of fast fashion brands as best we can. We're not claiming to be perfect but we're promising to try + be the best consumer we can be moving forward and that's all that any of us can do. We're always learning here and open to new perspectives, to please share any valuable resources that you have.