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Savoring Summer

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B and I decided to put off all our chores this morning and instead head over to the splash pad to savor the tail end of the summer.  We even brought a picnic.  What did you do?

August 20, 2012 4:39 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Frilling Remodel

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…From this…

…to this…

Oh yeah.

Moving day is tomorrow!

July 27, 2012 4:54 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

I’ve got the blues

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Hey, y’all! So, I’ve kind of got the blues lately, and not just cause I love to layer lots of the same color.

I’m definitely STILL in transition, and have a feeling this sense of being completely uplifted from everything comfortable  might be here to stay for a while! And while I’m looking for a job, letting summer have it’s day, and waiting around to make new friends, I’ve found myself succumbing to more casual wear.

What’s my go-too summer-casual look? Shorts, a wide-cut top with capped sleeves, a cardigan, and wedges. Simple. Comfortable. FRILLING.

I present to you my day-in-the-library-comfy-cozy look (yes, I still spend time in the library; I guess I’m more of a nerd than I thought). I added a pop of red lipstick a midst the monotony of the blues.

top and shorts: Zara, cardigan: Old Navy, wedges: Steve Madden, MAC lipstick

What’s your go-to summer uniform?

July 24, 2012 9:48 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Closet Makeover: Jo Ann, Part 1

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Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! I’m so excited to introduce you all to a new series I am starting on my newest hobby: closet organization. I’ve had quite a few people ask me to go through their closets with them, and I thought it would be really fun to blog about it.

So, without further ado, meet Jo Ann. Jo Ann is a FRILLING fashionista, a working woman in the professional world, and a super fun gal who loves to travel and spend time with friends.

Here were our goals for Jo Ann’s closet makeover experience:

  • Consultation: It was important first and foremost, that I understood Jo Ann’s style. We had a conversation about what she wanted from the experience, and then Jo Ann showed me three outfits she felt represented her style. This helped me for styling purposes later.
  • Downsizing: Jo Ann and I went through every item in her closet, and I asked her the two magic questions for each piece: “Do you love it?” “Do you wear it?” If she hesitated, she threw it in the maybe pile. Eventually, we were able to haul out two large piles of clothes!
  • Closet-shopping: While we went through Jo Ann’s wardrobe, she picked out pieces that she really liked, but wasn’t sure how to wear or only ever wore with the same things. Then, we picked out 3-4 different looks for each piece, and I snapped pictures of her in each one so she could remember them. This was the funnest, most rewarding part because Jo Ann found all kinds of new gems in her closet, and I got to give her style tips along the way!
  • Re-organization: Finally it was time to clean out and FRILL up! We completely cleaned out and reorganized Jo Ann’s closet. Now everything is color-coordinated and grouped by piece (tops, sweaters, cardigans, pants, skirts, dresses, etc.)
  • Finding needs: At the end of the day, Jo Ann got a newly made-over closet as well as a better idea of any basics she felt she was lacking.
Before: 

 

Goodbye unneeded items! 

 

After: 

Even though we worked for a solid ten hours, there is still a lot to be done, and Jo Ann is really excited. She already has plans to better organize her shoes and to set up a section for her jewelry and mirror for getting ready. It was so fulfilling to see the almost-finished product. Jo Ann will have to update us when she adds her personal FRILLS to this space!

Before/After comparison: left side

 

Before/after: right side

 

With her newly assessed and organized closet, Jo Ann won’t have to worry about random, impulse buys. She now knows exactly what’s in her closet and what she’s missing. This leaves room for less wasteful and more thoughtful shopping in the future. FRILLING!

Jo Ann, you FRILL us! Stay tuned, friends, for part 2 of Jo Ann’s experience on Thursday. She’ll be modeling some of her new outfits we found among the clothes she already owns!

 

July 17, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Closet Makeovers, Fashion, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

I love summer

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via here

July 9, 2012 7:16 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Creamy Protein Fudge Pops

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I said I was going to make fudgesicles, and I did!  Only I didn’t use the recipe I mentioned.  I just made up my own.  They are yummo.  Gluten-free, low-glycemic, vegan, healthy-protein-and-fat-packed, delightful fudge pops.  These are hearty enough to be an actual healthy snack, not just a sweet treat.  The addition of avocado and coconut oil makes the pops as creamy-dreamy as store-bought fudge pops.

Here’s what you need:

2 scoops chocolate-flavored protein powder, your choice*
1 large avocado
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
optional: a little extra stevia to taste, depending on how sweet your protein powder is

*I used this Total Vegan, which I don’t love the flavor of and am trying to use up; but it’s gluten free, contains only 4 grams of sugar per serving, and is a complete vegetarian protein.  Fortunately, B isn’t all that particular about the flavor as long as it’s sweet and creamy.  I prefer Manitoba Harvest Chocolate Hemp Protein , but you can use whatever brand you like for your particular needs.

Put all the ingredients in your blender, and blend till smooth and creamy

Pour the mixture into your popsicle molds, or in our case, the Zoku. Freeze overnight, or wait the required 7-9 minutes for the Zoku Pops to freeze :)

Eat em up! (“Yummy Sicles”, as B says.)

July 9, 2012 2:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Lifestyle, Recipes | Tags: , , ,

Pretty fabrics for a baby quilt

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Happy Saturday all! Just writing this post is making me remember how much I’ve missed youfrillme. It’s been a few crazy weeks of summer fun, traveling, transitioning, job searching, etc. Hopefully I’ll be a bit better about posting in the coming weeks.

So my best friend from childhood is due to have her own sweet girl this October. And since we have been the best of friends for the better portion of our lives AND I just happen to be out of school (and therefore, less busy) for the first time ever, I’ve decided to have a go at my first ever pieced quilt.

Pictured above are the fabrics I’ve chosen, according to my friend’s purple, blue, and teal color scheme she has chosen for her nursery. What do you think? I can’t wait to get to work and show y’all the pattern I’ve chosen for the quilt!

July 7, 2012 11:59 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Frilling Friday: Links

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We are deep into Summer Fun…

…and Summer Relaxation over here.  Plus a house remodel, some major life changes (on Aurelia’s part), and the willingness to take things slowly… well, posting is less of a priority than swimming, you see.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to our normal routine eventually (haha, then I will have a new baby in the fall and normal will be another work in progress).  Meanwhile here are a few links that might peak your interest.

A fabulous laundry room makeover (not my style, but very clever and attractive.)

A cute thrifted + ikea nursery (man, I miss thrifting.  I need to get back in the habit.) (via)

This play kitchen made of a set of nightstands is adorable.  (via)

I’m going to be making some fudgesicles like this in the very near future (except I’m going to sub stevia and xylitol for the honey).  The duo at Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen wrote one of my very favorite healthy cookbooks.

I have mentioned my current love of penny tile (I even ordered ours yesterday!).  Have you seen theirs?

 

We’ll be breathing deeply, eating well, drinking yummy beverages, working on projects, and soaking up the sun.  You should too :)

July 6, 2012 1:39 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Homemade Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer

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My mom and I just read Kat James’ book, The Truth About Beauty, which is chock full of sound nutritional advice, healthful product recommendations, true-beauty advice, and much more.  As a holistic nutritionist, I don’t feel like Kat told me anything I didn’t already know about how to eat well for health and beauty, but just reading the book got me inspired to shift back to eating in a better, less sugar and grain-heavy way.  I feel like ever since our move from San Francisco, I haven’t had my own kitchen and have compromised on a lot of my eating habits; namely, the sugar intake was getting out of hand.   I got out of some of my good routines, and needed a kick in the pants (in this case, Kat’s book) to get back to them.

So, all that to say, the sugar has to go, or at least be seriously reduced (sugar is no good for pregnant ladies anyway).  Kat has tons of great ideas for this, so I took some of her ideas and mixed them with my own ideas to formulate this delicious Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer.

Fran’s Sparkling Green Tea Spritzer:

First, brew up a cup (or a pot) of green tea.

Sweeten the tea with a healthy natural sugar-free sweetener (healthy = not splenda, not nutrasweet, not equal, not aspartame of any kind).  I chose vanilla-flavored liquid stevia, which comes in a variety of flavors you can find at your natural foods grocery.   You could use xylitol, or plain stevia, or leave unsweetened with a squeeze of lemon or a teaspoon of unsweetened cranberry juice like Knudsen’s Just Cranberry.

Fill a glass with ice and then fill that glass halfway with green tea (you should prolly wait for the tea to cool, but I never can; I just pour the hot tea right over the ice).  Fill the remainder with plain sparkling water.  This is where a Soda Stream comes in handy, if you happen to have one; otherwise canned or bottled carbonated water will do.

And there you have a healthy, antioxidant-rich, slightly-sweet, lightly-fizzy summer beverage.  Enjoy!

-f

 

Kitchen Renovation: Decisions, Decisions…

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*Posts this week are going to be sparse.  Aurelia and I are taking a little bloggie vacation this week.  We’ve gone to South Louisiana for a family reunion of sorts, and won’t have much internet access, but we’ll try to pop in here and there. 

 

Maybe you’re going to be sick of me posting about my house remodel.  Sorry.  It’s where my creative energy is going these days.

Here are some of the finishes we’re thinking of for the kitchen.

Behr paint, and Compac stone in two colors…

Stainless Penny Tile

colorful pendant track lighting (not exactly this, but something like it, a little sleeker)…

Honey-colored hickory flooring…

Ikea cabinet hardware…

I can’t wait!

-f

 

June 25, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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