Look at these cute cosmetic bags I’ve been making! I can’t stop! They are easy and fun and quick to sew up, and I think they make cute gifts (In fact, when a certain someone sees the owl one she will know it’s for her.). This is the tutorial I used, but I improved on it with the addition of fusible interfacing between the two fabrics to give the bag more body, and I also added a handle after I made the first one. I line the inside with the adorable oilcloths I’ve been finding around. This one is lined with the same fabric I made the oilcloth bib out of.
For the polka dot I chose a bright floral. Well, actually I chose the oilcloth first, the exterior fabric second This was the first one I made, the prototype. I improved at it the second and third times around (and added the handle). I may yet go back and add handles to this one.
The second one was made out of this seashell fabric, and lined with a gray vinyl. I already gave it away to my aunt. Wish I’d remembered to photograph it before I gave it to her…
I still have a stack of fabrics to make more. Hopefully time and my toddler will allow for more sewing…
Talking about Beth’s excellently versatile, neutral, and multi-seasonal, yet FRILLING dress (the last one in the post), I was reminded how useful a good neutral dress is. Behold, my own very favorite versatile, neutral, multi-seasonal dress. The funny thing is, I didn’t even pick this out for myself. My mom and Aurelia went shopping and surprised me with it last spring! It has become a wardrobe workhorse.
A few reasons I love this frock, after a year of wearing it on all kinds of occasions:
a) It’s navy blue: my favorite go-to neutral.
b) It has lovely details, including epaulets, buttoned front pockets, a pleated waistband, and side pockets you can actually put stuff in.
c) The zip-front makes it nursing-friendly.
d) The fabric is soft and comfortable.
e) It has a 50′s inspired silhouette, which is classic, and which I’m always drawn to.
f) (do I need more reasons?) It can dress up or down.
Here I have on just the dress, with a pair of comfy gray-blue flats:
Cute, right? But could be cuter, more FRILLING… Well, let me show you what this dress can do.
With the addition of a few fun accessories and a couple of layers for interest, the dress goes from hmmm to ooooooh. And the tights, scarf, cardi and boots make it nice for cooler weather.
Here I’m adding a bold, bright, springy color and canvas flats, with red accessories and prim pearls. A simple, feminine look.
And finally, for my favorite remixed look, I have added none other than my very most favorite hot pink blazer.
I seriously love this blazer. You have already seen it here, here, and here so I’m sure you get by now that it is my current signature piece. Who would’ve thought that a hot pink blazer would be one of the pieces I use most? Me, that’s who; cause that’s how I roll. Add a shiny skinny belt, fun strappy wedge sandals, and a long necklace, and you have another easy remix of a staple item!
If you don’t have a neutral dress that you love in your closet, you should put it on your shopping list. I recommend that you hunt for the one you love, one that can live with you for a while, one that is classic in style and neutral in color, and that fits perfectly and makes you feel fabulous. Don’t settle for less than love on this one. You’ll find all kinds of ways to wear it for many seasons to come.
Do you have a go-to dress that you love? Have you remixed it in creative ways, or for different seasons? Send us photos! We’d love to see them! youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com
Hello and Happy Friday.
I certainly hope you got more sleep than I did last night, what with being up half the night with a feverish, teething tot (teething? oak pollen? a spring cold? all of the above?). Last night it stormed and turned cold, so we’re having one last winter’s hurrah today here in Texas….
… snuggling up and consoling ourselves with warm soup and our favorite toys (Stripes the bunny and Rocky Raccoon, in her case; my knitting, online bill pay (ok not a favorite), and The Paris Wife in mine).
Today I’m also planning to make a Aunt Betty’s Chocolate Pound Cake for a gathering of friends this evening. This is not low-cal, folks. Make it at your own risk. I’ll try to post a photo once I get it made.
2 sticks butter
1/2 c shortening (I use non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening)
3 c sugar
5 large eggs
3 c flour, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 c milk
Mix butter and shortening. Add sugar and salt. Then add all 5 eggs at once. Now mix in the remaining ingredients. Bake at 300 for 2 hours.
Pretty straightforward, right? Aunt Betty is a pretty straightforward gal.
Did y’all watch the Oscars last night? I found myself not really in the mood. We are catching up on season 2 of Downton Abbey, which if you haven’t checked out, you should. You can find season 1 on Hulu. I love period drama to begin with, but this show has something for everyone. Completely engrossing.
In any case, I did catch some of the Oscar pre-show, if only for the fashion. And of course, I also went straight to People this morning for a best-dressed recap (all images are from People).
Did you have a favorite I didn’t mention? I seem to gravitate toward strong colors lately; did you have a different leaning?
A friend asked me what I’ve been reading lately, so I thought I’d dedicate this Frilling Friday to the stack on my bedside table. I have always, since very young childhood, been a voracious reader. I’m one of those (INTP) people who typically has several books going at once, of various genres, which I read based on my mood. Here’s what I’m reading now:
Novel: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats.
Christian Theology: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. This one is rocking my world.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy (yep, I’m one of those nerds): The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2). I usually have at least one Sci-Fi or Fantasy novel going.
Parenting: Playful Parenting. Revolutionizing my outlook on parenting.
Blogs I’m into lately:
I’m always going back to Ashley Ann
and, perpetually, Ain’t No Mom Jeans
The Tiny Twig’s No Brainer Wardrobe
What are you reading lately? Do you read one book at a time? Or do you have several going?
I knitted up these little bean bag balls for B’s Valentine gift from Mama. They’re perfect size for little hands to toss about. I knitted them from a single skein of self-striping Adriafil Knitcol, using this pattern. I made a hat out of the skein last year, and had enough left over to make these three balls. The pattern says to fill with scraps or batting, but I used dried beans instead.
And, that’s a wrap for Valentine’s Week! Hope you enjoyed the week’s festivities. Here’s to love!
Here are a few of my favorite ideas and links from Valentine’s Week 2012:
Garden Heart Attack. This is so silly. But a hugely less messy alternative to rolling someone’s lawn.
A love song, from Lana Del Ray.
The passing of a star. Some of Whitney’s most memorable looks. RIP. And if you didn’t hear Jennifer Hudson’s tribute, it was mind-bogglingly gorgeous.
The queen of the 2012 Grammy’s, Adele. Gorgeous and silver-throated. I think she’s the major female voice of this decade. Nobody’s arguing about Rolling in the Deep being completely immense. And this custom Armani is no rag, either. Love her style.
And speaking of the Grammys, my head is swimming in the luscious voice of Bruno Mars. “So get off your rich asses and let’s have some fun!” – Bruno Mars at the 2012 Grammys
A darling Valentine from Purl Bee.
And lastly, I have a new blog love. This gal’s motto and message really resonate. And this idea is fab.
Did you come across anything FRILLING this week?
Hello and Happy Friday!
Do you have fun things planned for this pre-Valentine’s weekend? Jordan and I are headed to Waco this evening to attend Aurelia’s junior-high-inspired Valentine dance. I can’t wait to see all the decorations and snacks she’s cooked up. I have even come up with a cheesy Valentine outfit to wear, complete with leopard pumps and an $8 red dress.
And here are some Frilling things I’ve been thinking about/ looking at this week:
I am enjoying looking at all the lovely nursery inspiration boards by Joni at Lay Baby Lay. If you are decorating a nursery, go there for inspiration. We also love her DIY play kitchen, and plan to make a similar version. I can’t wait till we find our house and I can decorate B’s nursery.
I hope I look just like her when I’m 100.
The photos of James and Aubrey’s wedding are lovely and unique.
This article on the superiority of French parents was the talk of blogs and facebook this week. Did you read it?
If you found anything Frilling this week, share!
B’s grandmother sent us this cute handmade jacket from Lee Marie. It’s reversible fleece. Just warm enough for chilly-ish Texas winter days spent outdoors.
See the lining of the hood? The entire jacket turns inside out for a different look. We love this little jacket. Lee Marie does a great job constructing her garments. I find this jacket to be very well made, and I love her bold retro fabric choices. And I can’t get over this tea towel dress. Too bad it doesn’t come in 18-24 months size.
Happy Friday! Here are a few FRILLING things for the week.
I wish I were a better photographer. In fact, one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to become a better photographer. I am seriously considering doing one of Ashley Ann’s Snapshops.
I feel like I saw a lot of gorgeous photographs this week. Probably because I was looking at Soulemama, to whom I go for knitting inspiration.
Once again I am drooling over the gorgeous food styling skills of Coco. Could she come over and give me a few tips?
After many, many years of not wearing perfume except for a little lavender essential oil (why?), I have finally found a natural, essential-oil-based perfume. Drum roll please…. here it is:
Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia! Finally, a natural alternative to pthalate-laden perfumes, in a delightful floral scent which I love. Here’s the good news:
“Pacifica skin care is made without: Animal testing, animal bi-products, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, GMOs, mineral oil, peanut oil and triclosan. All Pacifica products are cruelty-free.”
I’m FRILLED. If you’re interested in natural perfume, you can check out their scents at Whole Foods and find your perfect fragrance.
Did you find anything Frilling this week? Share!