The Steeping Room (and a confession)


I’ve got a confession to make. I have NOT been feeling very frilling as of late. Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited about this new chapter in our lives (graduating, moving to Austin, etc.), but no matter how positive change is, I think it can always hurt some, too. I’ve definitely been missing our friends, our house, and the amazing community we had cultivated over the last four years in Waco.

Fran and I always want to be real and true to who we are (check out our frillosophy if you don’t believe me), and I’m definitely not about making posts that I don’t believe in. So today I wasn’t going to post at all, but then I decided, why not be honest? I mean, NONE of us feel good and inspired ALL the time, right?

Then, this morning Chansin emailed me some pictures from a girl’s day we had last week (lovely gal came to visit me). Not only did it remind me that sweet times are still abundant, but it reminded of how much I LOVE the place where we had lunch. Do y’all have any places where you live that never fail to cheer you up, even if for just a little while? That’s how the Steeping Room is for me. I love, love, love it. It’s located in the Domain Shopping center in Austin which is perfect because it’s just about as refreshing as retail therapy!

Fran and I often lunch there. It’s the place I will choose every time. If I need cheering up or feel especially excited or festive about something, it’s my go-to spot. I love it because all of the food feels light, fresh and healthy. AND to top it all off, almost every item on the menu is available gluten free as well. They also have tons of gluten free, freshly made pastries. Not to mention, it’s a tea room, so there are about a gazillion different types of hot and cold teas to choose from. I’m telling y’all, this place makes my heart sing!

It’s the little things right? Lunch with a friend, a good conversation, a gluten free cookie that you couldn’t have had otherwise, a refreshing cup o’ tea. Yeah, things aren’t always super fabulous, but I’m thinking I’m okay with that. I’m thinking there can still be something frilling about those uncertain seasons, too. So that’s where I’m at today. What about you?

Do you have a special spot that cheers you up or that you love to share with others? Let me know! I’d love to hear!

June 19, 2012 10:42 AM | Comments | Categories: Stuff We Love, Travel | Tags: ,

Instagram beach pics


Happy Sunday from West Palm Beach! Lyle and his colleague have a conference here tomorrow so Beth and I decided to accompany our men for some fun in the sun! I’m also having fun with my new Instagram account. Hope y’all are enjoying your weekend!

May 20, 2012 3:32 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle, Travel | No Tags

Beautiful Greece


Happy Saturday everyone! Ever since I arrived home from Greece, I have been eager to share some of my favorite pictures with you all. The country was absolutely beautiful, and I was really surprised by the diversity of the terrain. From the sea to the mountains, we saw it all!

View from the citadel in Thessaloniki

The center of the ancient city, Philippi

A monastery at the cliffs of Meteora

The Ancient city of Delphi

The Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens

Areopagus, overlooking Athens

View from the roof of our hotel in Athens

7 standing columns in ancient Corinth

March 31, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Travel | Tags: , , ,

Saturday in Napa


On Saturday, we took a little drive to Napa Valley.  We visited Mondavi Vineyards and the famous Oakville Grocery.


October 24, 2011 1:08 PM | Comments | Categories: Travel | Tags:

Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part Two


Last week I posted about some of my favorite daytime activities in Austin, TX. Today I want to focus on frilling things to do at night.

1. Watch the sun set at the Oasis Restaurant:

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The outside seating can hold over 1,000 people, and the view is absolutely breathtaking! My favorite dish to order is the southwestern lettuce wraps. 

2. Have dinner, drinks, AND a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse.

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This might be my favorite. I can’t decide. There’s just something amazing about getting to order all the appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks you want whilst having the movie theater experience as well. I seriously love it. 

3. Have a laugh at Esther’s Follies.

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Enjoy a comedy show and a legit magician at Austin’s premiere comedy club, located on the famous sixth street. 

4. Experience the night life on 4th, 5th, and 6th streets.

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My new favorite restaurant on 6th street is the Iron Cactus Grill. They have some of the best guacamole I have ever had, AND they have white queso, which is really hard to find around here! 

Late at night on the weekends, they close off traffic on the famous 6th street. If the crazy crowd gets to be too much for you (as I have found it is for me!), head down to 4th and 5th streets for a more refined nightlife experience. My most recent faves are Qua for dancing and Halcyon Coffee, Bar, and Lounge for a late night dessert. 

Got any Austin nightlife faves?

- Aurelia

Frilling Austin To Do’s: Part One


I’ve been wanting to blog about my favorite Austin activities for a while now. It’s such a fun and unique city, and since my BFF was just recently in town visiting, some of my favorite things to do are fresh on my mind. 

I thought I’d break them up into two posts and am still finding it hard to condense! This post covers five, fun daytime activities I love in Austin (though you could do these things at night as well). Next week, I’ll post about things I love to do at night. I should also note that I have my Austinite friends, Melaina and Katie, to thank for introducing me to most of my picks. So, without further ado: 

1. Brunch at Bess Bistro.

I love this eatery because it’s swanky and chic, and the experience makes me feel kind of fabulous. Plus Sandra Bullock owns it, and seriously, who doesn’t love Sandra Bullock? Fun fact about Bess Bistro: it’s in what was the old bank vault of a building that originally housed apartments in the early nineteen hundreds. 

2. Lunch at Whole Foods on Lamar: 

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This Whole Foods started it all 30 years ago as a neighborhood market. It’s a must-see because it’s the flagship store, and it’s 80,000 square feet facility has it ALL. Go grab lunch and be in awe. 

3. Explore the shops on South Congress (SoCo). 

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Check out famous shops, such as the costume shop, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and the antique store, Uncommon Objects. And don’t miss out on the local favorite, Amy’s Ice Cream. It will cool you off and NOT disappoint! 

4. Take the plunge, if you dare, at Barton Springs.

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If you’re finding the Texas heat too hot to handle, enjoy a dip in Austin’s natural pool, Barton Springs, which averages at 68 degrees all year long. It might warm you up in the winter, but from personal experience, it’s like jumping into a bucket of ice in the summer! It’s so worth it though; it’s a fun, local experience, and it’s beautiful! 

5. Shop at the Domain.

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Enjoy a luxury outdoor shopping experience at the domain. Some of my favorite daytime restaurants here include North and The Steeping Room.

- Aurelia

Summer Dreamin’


Do any of you have any fun summer plans? I, for one, am currently in summer school (Greek class – if you’re interested). And my brain is currently so totally fried that I have been staring at the computer for the last hour TRYING (in vain, I might add) to think of something to post. 

But all I can think about is how lovely it would be if I were currently lying under these: 

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Staring out at this: 

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Holding one of these: 

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But enough dreaming for me. My Greek homework won’t translate itself!  Would any of you like to make me jealous with your fun, summer plans? Or console me with a similar sad story of being stuck inside when the sun is calling your name? 

Sound off in the comments!

- A

June 16, 2011 1:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Travel | Tags: , ,

Renegade Craft Fair 2011: Austin


Last weekend, the Renegade Craft Fair came to Austin, and it was tons o’ fun! I felt like I was walking around Etsy. Frills. Frilling. LOVE. There was so much eye candy, I just had to buy a few prizes for myself – more on that in a later post. I left with some ideas of my own, too.

For now, check out some of my favorite designers I discovered at the Fair:

Check out these frilling Ipad carriers I found by Craft Chi. You can find her blog here

Hair pieces were all the fad at the Fair this year, but these flower crowns stood out above the rest. They are just the fringes of Molly Gee’s collection. Seriously, I think I stayed in her booth the longest. She had ALL KINDS of frilling goodies. Check out her website to see what I mean. 

I could not get enough of this fabric wall art by Tefi Designs. My favorite is the Embroidery Ring Decor. I am also in LOVE with her fabric necklaces and rings. So frilling! Check out her site for everything from wreathes to jewelry to stationery!

These button bouquets by the Button Florist were amazing to behold! She even had bouquets made from felt and ceramic. It would be really neat to see her creations as a wedding decor. Her site is currently under construction, but you really ought to bookmark it for later!

Sublime Stitching had a super fun booth. There were all kinds of embroidering patterns available that iron on up to eight times! They also had napkins and dish towels for sale, as well as lots of metallic threads. I bought a Christmas pattern and some dishtowels. Someone will be getting a lovely present very soon. =)

I fell in LOVE with these Baby Pill Box Hats. Seriously. LOVE. They are so cute; I just HAD to have one. You can find these at Black Gardenia Design along with many other super frilling hair pieces. 

Well, there you have it. My faves from the Renegade Craft Fair in Austin. Ours was the first city they hit this summer, so check out their site for a city near you! 

- Aurelia

San Francisco Quilter’s Guild Show 2011


Well, I’m a bit late in posting about my visit to the SF Quilter’s Guild show.  That’s because it was a bit, ahem, underwhelming.  There were some lovely and intricate quilts, but I was hoping it would be a bit more cutting-edge.  This is San Francisco, after all – a mecca of creativity and edgy artwork.  I guess I was expecting to see a bunch of up-and-coming quilters pushing the boundaries of the artform, inventing, reinventing.  Don’t misunderstand, the quilters there, mostly ladies (although I did spy a few men wielding a needle and thread, Bravo!), were skilled in their craft; but the show looked like any other quilt show I’ve ever been to. Meh.

Anyhow, here are a few of my favorites from the show.

Sue Mary Fox’s rendition of a Van Gogh painting

I was intrigued by these felt flower garlands in one of the booths:

I liked this piece by Marcia Stein, which made me think of me and my girlfriends someday when we’re old and gray (hopefully we will wear cuter shoes).

I was also disappointed with items for sale; most of it was quilting fabric, and of the finished items, most were old-fashioned, not memorable, nothing I wanted to bring into my home as a cherished souvenir.  I was hoping for some cool quilted placemats, or a table runner, or some such.  But what I came away with was this:

…a lovely basket handmade in Ghana by a Ghanaian family.  The lady at the booth informed me that her aunt crafted this particular one.  Her baskets are beautiful, durable, washable, and collapsible; I had a very hard time choosing which one to come home with me.  We used this one as our picnic basket this weekend at Point Reyes, but I think it will eventually hold my knitting. I also purchased a small one for Baby, which I’m using as my embroidery basket until she grows up enough to use it — a girl’s gotta have a Tisket-Tasket-basket.

March 9, 2011 12:00 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Travel | Tags: , , ,

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.