Aurelia’s fave Christmas traditions

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Finally. I am finally breaking my nearly nine-month-blogging-hiatus (more on this in a later post), and of course it took the inspiring Christmas season to pull me out of my lethargy.

But I’m not talking about inspiration via Pinterest/Facebook/Lifestyle blogs galore. In fact, I’m finding those things a bit overwhelming lately. I bet I’m not the only one who finds the most meaningful Christmas inspiration in those tried and true, pre-Pinterest, good ‘ole family traditions.

Here are some of my personal faves:

Mornings and nights spent in the living room, by the light of the tree. Christmas albums playing in the background (Jewel  is my absolute fave), and my favorite seasonal drink in hand. When I was a kid, it was always Egg Nog. Now-a-days I’ll have it with a shot of spiced black rum.

Another favorite tradition of mine is observing Advent. When I was a kid, we’d always light the advent wreath each Sunday night at home. It keeps me grounded and is a personal reminder for me of what Christmas is really all about.

A childhood memory I was only just now reminded of is how we always had candy canes decorating the Christmas tree. What a treat it was when I would get to partake in one! I’m going out as soon as possible to add these to our tree. See how useful reminiscing can be?

Each year since Lyle and I have gotten married, we have stuck to our own Christmas tradition we created for ourselves. The weekend after Thanksgiving, we go pick out a tree, bring it home and decorate it while watching Home Alone and baking cookies. It is one of our most sacred traditions, and I love it! Even if this is what it actually looks like: me decorating, while Lyle watches Home Alone. In Lyle’s defense, he did help with the tree portion, and he did bake the cookies!

One more family tradition: every year, my sister makes everyone in our family new stockings. Since we don’t have a mantel, but hosted an early Christmas for my whole family this year, we had to come up with a creative solution for hanging 11 stockings!

These are all really simple traditions, but they are ours, and I love them. I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions this time of year!

December 11, 2013 3:36 PM | Comments | Categories: Holidays | Tags: ,

Chocolatey cupcakes

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Recently I had a craving for cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes with cream filling and a milk chocolate icing. YUM. I bought a gluten free chocolate cupcake mix, and used a recipe for the cream filling that I can’t find now! I inserted the cream into the cupcakes using a large icing tip, and whipped up a batch of chocolate frosting. I added sprinkles for extra FRILLS. I ate a few (yes, a few), saved some for Lyle, and then gave the rest away so that I didn’t eat them for the next day’s breakfast, lunch and supper. So good!

May 2, 2013 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food | No Tags

What we’ve been up to

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Hello all! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve last posted. It’s been really busy for us lately because we’ve been doing this:

  

  

 

 

I have some fun before and afters coming up, but right now, we are on our way to France for a couple of weeks! Until then, follow me on instagram (@aureliajoy) for regular updates!

April 30, 2013 7:46 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, For the Home | No Tags

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Super Casual

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Hi all! It’s moving week for us, so things are really crazy right now! There isn’t a lot of time for posting, but there is plenty of time for some super casual looks with my chambray top.

I love mixing different textures and patterns.

I’ve been on a Clark’s kick since the summer when I got these and these.

How do you casually wear your chambray? If you don’t have one are you convinced yet?

chambray top: J. Crew / linen tee: Madewell (similar) / lace shorts: Langford Market / wedges: Clark’s / ring: Circle & Square (similar)

 

April 4, 2013 9:01 AM | Comments | Categories: Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: In Lieu of a Jacket

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Besides the recent (and hopefully last) cold snap we’ve just experienced, Spring has really sprung here in Austin, and I’ve been getting plenty of use out of my favorite knit dresses as a result.

It’s probably no surprise to you that denim is really popular lately. Besides my chambray top, I’ve recently acquired this denim vest, and I am so excited to style it with dresses, shorts, etc. Still, as the weeks have gone by, I’ve started to realize how much a cropped denim jacket would do wonders in my closet. I have styled the one we have at J. Crew in so many fun ways for clients (try pencil skirts, woven and silk dresses, maxi skirts and dresses), and now I find myself wishing I had one for similar items of mine.

Fran found a great one at H&M not too long ago, but I’m still hunting for the perfect one. Do I want a white or colored one? How dark should the denim be? How fitted and cropped? Until I’ve found the one I’m totally FRILLED by, I’ve been using my chambray in lieu of a jacket or cardigan. Here, I’ve paired it with this super fun knit dress.

I added a pop of yellow with my shoes, bag and nails for some FRILLS.

It was a no makeup/dirty hair kind of day, and I purposely kept the jewelry minimal. I wanted to be super simple and laid-back.

chambray: J. Crew / dress: urban outfitters / shoes: J. Crew / bag: target (old) 

March 27, 2013 8:34 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Chocolate Cupcakes + Orange Cream Cheese Icing

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Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Last week I posted a few snapshots of a recent baby shower I helped host. This week I wanted to give you the details on the chocolate cupcakes with orange cream cheese icing that I made. I made the daisy cupcake toppers out of water, powdered sugar and meringue powder. I piped out the shape of the flower on a Wilton flower nail and then let them harden for a few days. Go here for a good tutorial explaining the process if you are interested.

The chocolate cupcakes are a mix. I often make cupcakes from scratch, but I use a mix when baking simple flavors such as chocolate, white or yellow cakes. I have found that the boxed mixes are just as good and a lot more convenient in these cases.

I do, however, ALWAYS make my frostings from scratch. Interested in this recipe? Get it below!

Orange Cream Cheese Icing (Adapted from the Cake Mix Doctor)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 oz bar of neufchatel cheese
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • orange zest from 1 orange
  • orange juice from 1 orange

Instructions

  1. cream together first two ingredients
  2. beat powdered sugar in one cup at a time
  3. add orange zest and juice
  4. beat with electric mixer until smooth

 

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Tied and True

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Happy Wednesday all! I am so excited this week because we will be received the keys to our new home! I can’t wait to share all the projects we have in store with you guys.

Recently, I had an appointment in which the client’s goal was to learn how to dress down her many wear-to-work pencil skirts. My first thought? Chambray of course! Here’s an example of how I’ve dressed down my own pencil skirt using my ever-reliable J. Crew Keeper Chambray.

The denim fabric tones down the dressiness of the pencil skirt, and I casually tied the bottom of the shirt for added emphasis of this laid-back look.

I left a few buttons unbuttoned for more emphasis of my casual vibe. I also added a few pops of color just for FRILLS: coral lips and some sea foam: a VERY popular spring trend this year. I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon. This color looks great on every complexion.

I rolled the sleeves for even more emphasis (in case people weren’t getting the picture that I am indeed dressed down here! haha).

I traded my pumps for my funky Clark’s Indigo boots and added some frilly ankle socks.

Do you have any tips for dressing down a pencil skirt? My client left with 15 photos of different looks involving t-shirts, Sperry Topsiders, a denim jacket and more! She already owned the chambray (smart gal) so she was ready to go!

chambray and necklace: J. Crew / cardigan: J. Crew Factory (old, but similar one here) / skirt: Banana Republic Petites (old, but similar one here) / socks: Madewell / boots: Clark’s Indigo / lips: MAC Morange 

Check out the gallery of past Chambray looks below!

A baby shower

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This weekend I helped host a baby shower for one of my dear friends. It was the first shower I hosted since Fran’s Tea Party last October. Here are a few pictures I thought I’d share:

A fun bow-making craft:

Raffle prizes:

Hostess gifts:

All of the hostesses with the momma!

March 19, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Lifestyle | Tags: ,

SXSW

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So Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are still going on as we speak, and I wanted to post a few snapshots of some of the fun we’ve been having downtown. Not all of the pics are that great, but I’m too frilled by the memories to not document them!

Texas Style Council Mixer at Langford Market

Fran chatting with Blaine from Orange Chair Wardrobe. I absolutely adore her style! So casual, yet chic, and every detail was so thoughtfully frilling!

We learned how to do an ombre nail thanks to Meghann at Nails Y’all.

Here are some of the awesome ladies we were able to meet at the mixer:

Nicole | Writes Like a Girl

Kristen | the Mrs. and the MOMMA

Gina | Keystone54

Blaine | Orange Chair Wardrobe

Chanel | Chanel Wears

Jenni | Story of my Life

Indiana | Adored Austin

 

Techweek Chicago Party

My husband’s start up was invited to exhibit their brand here, so we joined in on the fun!

Fran’s frilling street-style

March 14, 2013 12:48 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Parties | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Monochromatic Hues

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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Last week we started a frilling new series highlighting the many different ways to style a chambray top. I debuted the series with a classic, sophisticated look. This week I layered my chambray with J. Crew’s Tippi sweater and I also purposely created a monochromatic palette of blues.

Check out the details:

A popped collar. People have mixed opinions on the popped collar. I say that sometimes it can work.

A chunky ring and another deliciously gaudy bauble around my neck. Blues on blues on blues.

Layered polka dots to add some FRILLS. I love the layers of blues AND the layers of polka dots. I pretty much love anything that takes extra thought and care.

Sweater: J. Crew / Chambray: J. Crew  / Skirt: J. Crew (old. similar at F21) / Necklace: J. Crew (old. similar style at Bauble Bar)  / Tights: Madewell / Shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Ring: Circle & Square / Lip color: MAC (Russian Red) 

How do you style your chambray?

March 12, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | 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.

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