Polkas + Plaid

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Pattern Mixing, how we love you here at You Frill Me!  We get no end of excitement from seeing how many ways we can wear a polka dot. Or a plaid.  Or how about both, together? Yes, please and thank you.  “Too Frilling” is not a thing.

Anchored by a neutral color scheme and a couple of dark solid pieces, we are willing to let color and pattern have their say.   We wear what we love, and we love patterns. (Just look at Aurelia mixing em up like the style pro she is.)

I’m challenging myself to find as many ways as possible to wear my newest favorite spring skirt; in this case, in a transitional-season-ish sort of way, paired with my versatile plaid shirt.  You’ll be seeing more of this skirt, which is, incidentally, in one of my perennial favorite lengths/silhouettes, and which I think is so wearable.  (You’ve seen me in a similar skirt silhouette here, and again here in maternity.) These photos were taken a few weeks back and I’ve thought of more ways to wear since.  We should be getting the most fashion bang for our buck, right?


(shirt: Stylemint / skirt: JCrew Factory / tights: JCrew / boots: Tom’s / merino cardigan: Madewell)

Does this scare you?  Are you afraid of pattern mixing? Do you stick to solids? Could you would you in a box? Could you would you with stripey socks?

March 1, 2013 8:22 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Easy DIY: Paper Bag Banners

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Hi everyone! My super cute and crafty friend, Ashley (who endearingly calls me “Martha Stewart, Jr.”), has a DIY on her blog that is too FRILLING not to share!

I’ve tried my hand at banner-making before, but these variations are even more clever and fun! Here’s what she did:

1. Found some paper bags leftover from her wedding.

2. Found some scrapbook paper she had from ages ago.

3. Glued the paper to the paper bags.

4. Painted chipboard letters with ink (chalk or pigment ink is best).

4. Punched holes in the top of the paper bags.

5. Put inexpensive yarn through the holes…and VOILA!

Here is another variation Ashley used for a wedding shower decoration:

  1. Tear out pages from an old book. 
  2. Use some vintage photo distress ink and embellishments. 
  3. Use chipboard letters and paint with chalk ink.

Ashley, you are so creative! You totally FRILL us!

February 28, 2013 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Tutorials | No Tags

Melinda’s German Chocolate Icing

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Mmm.. Yum. My husband’s birthday was last week (remember our post on iFly?) Every year he asks for either carrot cake or German chocolate cake, and since we had carrot cake last year, I decided to whip up a batch of gluten-free cupcakes and use his mom’s delicious icing recipe to make them extra special!

I’ve used this recipe before (on a Father-of-the-bride’s cake order for Cake Jubilee). That was when I first learned that German chocolate cakes are the hardest to ice EVER. Seriously. I remember freaking out on the first one thinking I was doomed. But somehow it always comes together.

I frilled up the cupcakes using coconut shavings and chocolate chips, and I also added pecans to the little 6 inch cake. But the icing on these treats is the star of the show. It is absolutely delicious; so much so, that I had to share the recipe! (Also, thanks to Aunt Cindy for my newest cupcake stand!)

Melinda’s German Chocolate Icing: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup or so of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup or so of dried coconut
  • 3 beaten egg yolks
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:

  • Cook all ingredients in a saucepan over the stove at high heat, stirring often until thick.
  • Spread on cake or cupcakes.
  • Enjoy with milk!

(I tend to cook it over the stove for about 15 minutes and then refrigerate it until it has reached the desired consistency.)

February 26, 2013 12:30 PM | Comments | Categories: Cake Jubilee, Food, Recipes | Tags: , ,

Dots + Bunnies

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Hi everyone! It’s that weird time of year in Texas where morning/nighttime temps get as low as the 30s while the afternoons are a sunny 75. We are all itching for Spring around here because most days it practically feels like it. The only problem is that it’s still February!

I’ve been mixing a lot of seasonal pieces to try and make due. For instance, here I’m pairing this sleeveless Urban Outfitters Dress from ages ago with last season’s Madewell Rabbit cardigan that has just enough wool to keep me nice and snug.

I’m also doing my normal thing of mixing prints with an added monochromatic flair. Here’s to layering color on color, no matter if the shades are different or not!

Cardigan: Madewell / Dress: Urban Outfitters / Boots: Arturo Chiang

February 25, 2013 5:06 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

iFly Austin

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Hi all! Guess what fun Fran and I have had recently?

For my husband’s birthday yesterday, his parents gave him a pass to the new iFly that just opened in Austin, and he was nice enough to share his minutes with us and a couple of friends. iFly Austin is Texas’ first indoor skydiving facility, so it was really cool to get to try it out!

We had so much fun! Watch our videos below:

We even got a flight certificate! Frilling!

February 21, 2013 4:19 PM | Comments | Categories: Stuff We Love | Tags: , , ,

It’s the little things

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The little things are the big things. That’s kind of my mantra lately, and I think that’s what our little blog is all about, too. Finding the FRILLS in the ordinary, daily stuff (Check out our Frillosophy for more); seeing the beauty in the little things.

We try to see life this way on both deeper levels and at the surface. For me, even when I’m getting dressed, I try to add tiny frills of creativity that will provide me with little reasons to smile amidst stress and chaos.

Like a rolled skinny pant, with a pop of cute sock:

Or just a bit of a popped collar, with a bright bauble to add some FRILLS:

Or a rolled up cardigan, layered with a rolled up chambray:

Necklace: J Crew / chambray: J Crew / cardigan: Madewell / pants: Banana Republic Factory / socks: gifted / shoes: Naya (a collection from Naturalizer) 

Casual, but comfortable, and also creative. It’s all about the little things, right?

Birthday prizes

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I am realizing just how behind I am on outfit posts! This outfit is what I wore out to my birthday celebration with family and friends all the way back in December! Oops!

My birthday was on a Friday, and I had plans to go out with a big group so on the night before, my husband took me out on a date with just the two of us. I was able to do two of my favorites things: eat and shop! The plan had been for me to be able to pick out a few items for my birthday dinner and purchase a dress for New Years. I’m happy to report that the night was a success!

While out on our date, I bought this dress from Zara as well as this necklace I had been wanting for a while from J. Crew (more on it in a later post!). I paired them with another birthday prize, these amazing Born wedges from my mom-in-law! What a perfect pop of purple! Happy birthday to me!

Shoes: Born Lusi Crown Collection / tights and necklace: J Crew / Dress: Zara

February 1, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Styling a patterned piece using basic closet essentials: video tutorial!

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Hi everyone! I’ve recently been making some test videos for a new video program I am hoping to implement with my clients at J. Crew. I thought I would share this one on maximizing the versatility of statement or patterned pieces. I would love to hear your thoughts on if this was helpful or not, and if you have ideas for future videos, let me know in the comments!

 

January 30, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Fashion Video Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

Gingham Style

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All fall and winter long, I have been having fun with my Petite perfect shirt in mini-gingham from J Crew (sorry, they are sold out!). In fact, I have had so much fun that I have forgotten to post these pictures! The weather has been very warm here in Texas as spring approaches, so I thought I better post these cool weather pics before it was too late!

Sweater: J Crew / Belt: J Crew / Pants: J Crew (old color) / Socks: J Crew Factory / Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Bangle: J Crew

Scarf: H&M / Necklace: Banana Republic Factory / Bangles: F21 / Ring: Circle & Square (Similar) / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: J Crew Collection

Sweater: J Crew / Skirt: J Crew / Tights and knee highs: J Crew / Shoes: Blowfish / Ring: Circle & Square (similar)

What’s your favorite look? Do you have a classic button up that you constantly find yourself mixing and matching?

January 25, 2013 9:24 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,

Polka Dot Obsessed

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In my last post, I told y’all I would post an Instagram pic of my favorite polka dot pieces, and I am keeping my word. I even linked up each piece if there are existing outfit posts where I am wearing it. There are actually a few future posts coming up with some of these (think J Crew polka pants and my 4-year old UO polka dot dress), too. After compiling these photos I’m thinking an intervention might be in order…

Top left: J Crew pleated mini skirt, Madewell wool sweater, J Crew toothpick jeans

Top right: Urban Outfitters dress, Charming Charlie’s scarf

Bottom left: Madewell pleated midi skirt (and here), F21 tank (and here), J Crew clutch

Bottom right: Madewell dress, gifted mini skirt 

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January 18, 2013 5:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | No Tags
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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