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I Dream in Polka Dot


Happy Friday everyone! Today I am thinking about polka dots. They just can’t get any more popular can they? Big polka dots, small polka dots, colored polka dots, polka dots of different fabrics. Polka dots are everywhere! And now that I think about it, I have a little bit of a polka dot obsession. In fact, I’ll prove it to you. Later today, I will instagram a photo of some of my favorite polka dot pieces. You just wait and see. It’ll make sense that I dream in polka dot.

Ever since I began styling at J Crew, my own style has been evolving like crazy! I am in the midst of style inspiration constantly, and it has given me the opportunity to grow and be creative with my personal sense of fashion. I love getting to play with different patterns and textures. No matter how crazy, it’s never too crazy to wear to work!

Here I am layering polka dots using my dress and tights (both from Madewell), and then I am toning it all down with an unbuttoned chambray. I didn’t want to feel too dressed up, and the added chambray top was the perfect addition for a casual, day-time look. Finally, I added my favorite long necklace as of late (it reminds me of an everlasting gobstopper, and I kind of want to eat it).

Do you have some favorite polka-dot pieces? Email us: youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com, and we may post your favorite piece on the blog!

chambray: J Crew / necklace: J Crew / dress: Madewell / tights: Madewell / shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Lips: Russian Red by MAC

January 18, 2013 10:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,

Postpartum Style: Hooded Scarf + “Momiform”


I knitted this scarf a couple years ago.  It was my first major knitting project after learning to knit hats.  It’s knitted in a somewhat complicated lacework pattern.  I love to bring it out when it’s chilly.  The baby alpaca yarn is deliciously soft and cozy.  And guess what…

It has a hood!

This outfit is a pretty much my daily uniform (“Momiform” as Shana likes to say) these days: jeggings, a nursing tank, a nursing-and-pooch-friendly button-up or drapey shirt, boots or flats, plus accessories.

I find having a uniform, especially in the postpartum days, immensely useful.  Of all the stages of motherhood, postpartum is the hardest to dress for in my opinion.  The post-baby bod is just….weird. Proportions are different, nursing boobs are bigger, waistline is thicker (although I’m making headway on that), and time and energy for dressing are at a premium.  A uniform that is at least somewhat stylish, that you can throw on in a hurry after you hopefully got a shower and before everyone is awake and wanting to be fed… can do wonders for your day.   I’m not gonna lie; I’d love to be wearing adorable dresses and tights and skirts on a daily basis, but I gotta be where I am.  And that is in jeggings, most likely wearing a child strapped to my body.

Regardless of my style limitations at this point in my life, I can still wear Frilling accessories like my hooded scarf, a cool bracelet, a fabulous bag, and comfy-yet-stylish wedge booties.  These Toms booties have been a gem of my postpartum wardrobe this season. And the bracelets were some of my fave Christmas gifts.

top: Stylemint / jeggings: Athleta / nursing tank: GlamourMom / booties: Toms / scarf: handmade / shades: Aldo / cuff bracelet: Baublebar / brass infinity bracelet: MasloJewelry / tote: Madewell

January 17, 2013 1:18 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

A Pop of Red


Hard to believe Christmas has already came and went! I had such a nice time this holiday season and am looking forward to ringing in the New Year with a fabulous Dance Party at Fran and Jordan’s home. Can’t wait to show y’all my dress!

In between all the holiday parties, my birthday, Christmas and New Years, I’ve been dressing down a lot. On casual, comfy days I still like to add some FRILLS, like a pop of red and a patterned clutch.

My husband’s office rented out a theater downtown for a prescreening of The Hobbit a few weeks ago. It was so much fun to get to see such a highly anticipated movie early! There wasn’t much else going on that day for us, so I wanted to be casual and comfortable since it was a pretty long movie.

What a fun day! What are your go-to pieces to frill up a casual look?

hat: F21 / Lips: “Russian Red” by MAC / Sweater: Urban Outfitters / Silk Cami: Madewell / Pants: Banana Republic Factory Store / Boots: DSW / Clutch: J Crew

December 27, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Statement skirt


Urg, I didn’t notice the light bubble on the pictures until it was too late. Oh well. Moving on. Don’t you love when you buy a piece only to find out that it goes with just about everything in your closet? You can’t know it until you’ve had it a while, but once you realize it, it’s a very happy surprise. That’s how I feel about this skirt.

I’ve been wearing it for a couple of months now in so many different ways, and I keep forgetting to photograph its versatility! I love this skirt because it has amazing structure that is totally frilling because it can be dressed up or down. I also love the print. It’s both fun and classic, and it’s not too bold to mix with various patterns and fabrics.

Plus, it’s totally flattering. I bought this skirt online so I was really taking a chance, and it worked! I’m anticipating wearing and loving this skirt for many seasons to come!

skirt: J Crew Collection / sweater: tippy sweater from J Crew / necklace: Zara / chain link bracelet, bangle, and ring: J Crew / shoes: Clarks

Do you have a “statement” skirt you love?

December 6, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

It’s the holiday season


“It’s the holiday season!” (That song is stuck in my head!) It’s still pretty warm outside, but at least it’s December now. I’ve been totally getting into the holiday spirit.

I’ve been waking up extra early so I can listen to Christmas hymns and enjoy the lights on our little tree while I ponder the true meaning of Christmas.

I’ve been wrapping Christmas presents and watching Hallmark Christmas movies and drinking hot tea and hot chocolate.

And of course, I’ve been dressing for the season. I’m especially loving my plaid headband and this French lady sweater.

head band, shirt, sweater, pants: J Crew / shoes: Ralph Lauren

What are you doing to enjoy the Christmas season?

December 4, 2012 11:02 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

A day-to-night look


A day-to-night look is important for Texas Falls, not just for frills, but for functionality as well. Most days are warm, but the nights tend to cool off. Layers are a must!

The basics I’m using for my day-to-night look here are J Crew’s Perfect Shirt and Toothpick Jean. And by the way, the toothpicks are the perfect skinny pant for short people. I have them rolled here, but they have a cropped fit, which on me translates as a normal length jean. Plus, they are super comfortable. Frilling, y’all.

Clothing: head-to-toe J Crew / Jewelry: Necklaces: Teal Annie / Ring: Circle & Square 

If you can’t tell, this look practically screams “comfort”. And in case you couldn’t tell, I added the ever casually-chic, front-tuck. Perfect for a day of shopping or running errands.

The tartan pattern on this top reminds me that the holidays are indeed approaching, despite what the weather may have to say about it. Plus, the cotton fabric is super cozy, and I love pairing it with this plaid, red headband for an extra festive look.


For my night-time look I let my hair down, and – surprise-surprise – I added red lipstick for a pop of color.

In keeping with the comfortable, but festive theme, I slipped on my oversized merino pocket sweater. I also buttoned my top up completely. I want that tartan showing!

I also added my go-to black boots. I love how they make every outfit a little more funky and fun!

Shoes: Blowfish / Bag: J Crew Factory / Sweater: J Crew / Lips: MAC

Do you have any tips for an easy transition from a day-to-night look? What are some creative, frilling habits you have? Share!

Frill up your look from “just fine” to “too fab”


Today I give you my advice for FRILLING up an every day look, using one of my basic closet essentials: the J Crew Tippy Sweater (get one, no two or three if you haven’t already). I mention the sweater because I want to prepare you for the many future posts that will be including it. What a palette! What function and versatility! The definition of frilling, I’m telling you.

I paired the sweater with this Banana Republic lace skirt, tights, and my Clarks Indigo mary janes. Fine enough I guess. But what do I do when I want to frill up an ordinary, just sufficient look?

  1. Add some jewels. A great bangle, layered bracelets or a statement necklace. Because I’m still pondering my wishlist for the perfect bib necklace via Baublebar, I layered 3 or 4 pearl necklaces here, along with my favorite chunky ring from Circle & Square.
  2. Frill up your accessories. I switched out the boring black tights for some of these navy and black polka dot ones. Love, love, love.
  3. Add some funky shoes. I love my Clarks mary jane-esque shoes, but I was going for something different here. So, I switched them out for my Clarks Heath Wren booties for a more current look.
  4. Finally, add red lips. Always add red lips. I am coming up on my one year anniversary of the realization (thanks Fran!) that I can totally rock red lips. I am now convinced anyone can. Here I’m wearing Russian Red by MAC.
**What I should have done to complete this fab look was add a top-knot. Next time!

Got any advice for how you like to spice up your look? Share in the comments!

November 13, 2012 1:11 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Fashionista: Stephanie Combines her Love of Vintage and Thrift


Hi all! Today marks the first guest post of many to come from Stephanie of Teal Annie, and we thought we’d start things off right with a Frilling Fashionista post! What I love about Stephanie is that she knows who she is, and she owns it and rocks it! Her personality comes out through her style, and we just can’t get enough! Get ready to be totally FRILLED by her creativity. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to enter the Teal Annie giveaway


Hello! My name is Stephanie Dugard, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself, my love for finding old/vintage items, and how I’ve learned about my personal style.

Fringe Harvest Moon Tee: LuneVintage / Boots: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Motelrocks.com

Finding my own unique sense of style has been a creative process. I can see how it has developed and changed over the years. While in middle school and high school, I began venturing out and wearing crazy outfits and pretty much anything that was different and would distinguish me from someone else. I then became very interested in vintage clothes and thrift shopping.

I have a few go-to pieces that I wear every day or every other day. I will literally wear something until it is unable to be worn…until it rips or falls apart.

My go-to item at the moment are these jean shorts and band tee. I wore the shorts all summer and now can pair them with black, grey, or wine colored tights for the fall/winter. I CAN’T STOP WEARING THEM. They will one day soon fall apart, and then I will have a new go-to piece..and that’s the way I like it! ;)

Vintage Band tee: thrifted / necklace: crystal moon from Teal Annie / Shorts: American Eagle / Tights: Target

I mostly shop for clothes at thrift stores or my sister’s closet. I tend to make 2-3 more expensive, quality purchases a season on staple items I really, really want. For the fall, I splurged on these boots from Urban, a screen printed pullover from Blackbirdtees on Etsy, and some tights from Gap.

Horse graphic top: H&M / skirt: F21 / bag: thrifted / shoes: Keds / Jewelry: Teal Annie

bags: thrifted

I’ve been able to blend my love of vintage and thrifted items, my learnings from experiments with repurposing old clothing, and what I’ve seen in fashion through the years into my own unique individual style. At this time, I would describe my style as Vintage Fun with a flare of Boho Rocker. 

dress: upcycled from thrifted “school teacher” dress / shoes: Keds / Necklace: Teal Annie

dress: Vintage 70s / Necklace: Teal Annie / Record: my fave – Johnny Cash

Frilling accessories: J Crew calf hair wide belt


Happy Tuesday y’all! There is nothing like a good statement accessory to FRILL up your everyday wear. For instance, here I’m wearing J Crew’s calf hair wide belt.

I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about this purchase at first. Would I like it 5 years from now? How much wear could I REALLY get out of an animal print belt? I tend not to wear a lot of belts, so it was a risk for me!

My rule of thumb for this belt and for any piece you own, love, but aren’t quite sure how to wear is this: put it on with every relevant outfit possible, just to see how it looks. So far, I have only ended up taking it off once! It’s amazing how versatile and functional this belt has been for me. I am really, REALLY happy with this purchase. It has definitely added to my wardrobe, and as y’all could have guessed, I am especially smitten with the extra frills created when I mix it with another print.

I’m also loving and wearing the heck out of my Teal Annie necklaces. Anything made with love and a unique story is extra special to me. And our giveaway is still going on, so don’t forget to enter for your chance to win $50 to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop

Necklaces: Teal Annie / Top and Cardigan: Madewell / Belt and Pants: J Crew / Boots: Blowfish / Chain link bracelet and bow ring: J Crew 

November 6, 2012 10:07 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

Structure, color, and a giveaway hint


HINT: Tomorrow’s giveaway will have something to do with the origins of this necklace I’m wearing. Can you guess what it might be? I suggest you get excited!!

Lately I’ve been having fun playing with different types of structures and colors. For instance, this top and skirt both have a wide, boxy kind of fit, and I am loving the chic look it creates. I am starting to realize just how much women tend to want to wear clothing that is form-fitting. I’ve personally always been a fan of extra-drapey stuff, but then again, I’m also very petite and don’t have much to show off anyway.

My natural inclination was to tuck this top in, but I couldn’t resist the structured lines created by both top and bottom when it was out.

I also played with color-blocking by layering cream colors on top and dark colors below the knee. I wanted my skirt to be the focal point with extra pops of pink on my wrist and lips.

Cardigan: Gap Body / Top: H&M / Skirt and knee highs: J Crew / Boots: Blowfish / Pink Bangle, Chain link bracelet, bow ring: J Crew / Lips: MAC (“Girl About Town”) 

This is probably going to sound silly, but I like what I wear to represent a colorful palette of the creativity I have to offer the world. I try to make everything I do (including  everything I wear) frilling and purposeful.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for news on our latest giveaway and a big announcement!

November 1, 2012 12:07 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | No Tags
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fran & aurelia

Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

Aurelia likes baking, fashion, hosting lovely dinner parties, and laughing at clever and witty things.