A Coming-Home Outfit for Baby C.


My friend Jenn C. is looking for a cute coming-home outfit for her soon-to-arrive baby girl.  In her words, “…it needs to be cuddly cute, nothing fru-fru, and not a hand-me-down.” Boy, do I have ideas for you!  These are all made of natural fibers, either cotton, bamboo, or wool.

The first being, ZUTANO! Baby B had a little Zutano footie outfit in newborn size, which she was able to wear once until she outgrew it and I sent it along for her cousin to wear.  But I was sad because I loved it so much.  It was this:

We even had the little hat to match.  Next time I won’t buy the newborn size, as I think my babies tend to arrive big and grow very quickly.  But the newborn size would be perfect if your babies tend to come out around 6-7 pounds.  All the Zutano stuff is cute and hip.

This “kittensuit” by Kumquat is also adorable.  This is the “Dotty Owl” pattern, but they have lots of prints to choose from.

For an all-white option (I love to see newborns in white), this bamboo layette gown by Kicky Pants is supersoft, and the drawstring bottom makes diapering easy. 

While I love them for ease of nighttime (anytime) diapering, gowns aren’t the best for riding in the carseat, as they leave little legs exposed once baby is all buckled in.  So if it were me, I might opt for a footie as a coming-home outfit instead, like this bamboo Ruffle Footie Pajama, also from Kicky Pants (I CANNOT resist a ruffle on a baby girl.):

I’m also loving this organic cotton elephant print bodysuit from Kate Quinn Organics:

And some handknit wool loveliness, like these wool pants from Llamajamas:

And, since I am a firm believer that babies should always be kept warm, don’t forget the undershirt and a selection of hats (handknit wool is classic, warm and always unique).

Also, I sometimes like to add another layer to the legs with a pair of baby leg warmers

What are your favorite items for baby layette?

PS: we just discovered these booties.  They never fall off.  Forget socks, get booties.

March 30, 2011 11:27 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby | Tags: , , , , ,

Stuff We Love: Style Basics: Aurelia’s Picks


Um… you’re gonna want to buy these Urban Outfitters Cooperative Canvas Wedges. Seriously: LOVE. They go with EVERYTHING – pants, shorts, skirts, dresses – you name it. They GO. Plus, they sell them in, like, every color imaginable. I wish I had red or blue, too. Overall, this brown color is my fave, though, because it’s very similar to my skin tone, and it blends with whatever outfit I wear. Again, LOVE!

It’s a cryin’ shame I couldn’t find these brown Banana Republic Petite Skinny Corduroy Pants on a lovely model to showcase their awesome fit. But you can go here if you are interested in grey or white (they’re on sale!). I LOVE these. No, I ADORE these. I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to find pants that FIT. These are comfortable and stylish, AND they fit my 5”1-Zero-Short-Body-Of-A-12-Year-Old self perfectly! I can’t tell you what this means to me. BR Petite section, I love you.  

I haven’t owned a denim jacket in YEARS and when I finally do get one, I can’t even find it online to show you! This is the closest match I could find to my basic light-weight denim jacket purchased from my beloved petite section at BR. Believe me, this picture does NOT do it justice. The one I own is a much darker blue, has less obnoxious buttons, and has a draw string. Still, I was determined to tell you about it because it really has become a basic necessity in my wardrobe. I love using it to dress down outfits, and I LOVE that the material is not too thick or heavy. Basically, I get the look of a cute denim jacket without the feel of it. 

A lot of my style basics aren’t available online. Either I’m really unique or all my stuff is really old! What are your style basics?


Remember when I said I was taking a photo class at the JCC?  Well, I think I’m improving…

March 28, 2011 3:43 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | Tags: ,

Stuff We Love: Cosmetics: Fran’s Six Picks


Happy Monday! 
Today I’m posting the beginning in a series Aurelia and I are calling “Stuff We Love”, where we share with you some of our favorite things

In general, my picks for cosmetics are going to be on the all-natural, artificial fragrance-free, non-toxic side.  You can read my article on why I avoid synthetic fragrances here

PeaceKeeper Cause-metics Chocolate Dream Lipbalm. This stuff is like the grown-up version of LipSmackers, and it is indeed a dream to smooth on — it tastes like cocoa!  Because it contains real cocoa!  Nice, clean ingredients, a moisturizing formula, and a portion of the profits from the sale go to a good cause. I love this stuff.

When I found out on GoodGuide that my favorite Maybelline Great Lash Mascara doesn’t score well on the ingredients list, I had to find a new favorite: Physician’s Formula OrganicWear.  Goes on smooth, separates nicely, good volume, doesn’t flake.  I’m perfectly happy, and non-toxic to boot.

Love this Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.  This stuff makes my skin feel so good, and keeps my mineral makeup in place all day, smoothing out blemishes and fine lines.  Free of nasties like parabens, pthalates, and mineral oil, and has non-toxic mineral-based sunscreen.  Light and lovely to wear.

I am, and have always been, a lover of bar soap.  I mean, I really love bar soap.  I can get sidetracked for way too long shopping for natural soaps in Whole Foods.  My husband shares my fetish, so we always have nice, all-natural, preferably handmade soaps in our bathrooms. One of our favorite souvenirs to buy wherever we go is locally handmade soap. But my favorite of favorites is Nag Champa Incense soap, fragranced with the special Nag Champa essential oil blend.  The fragrance is just the way I like it: spicy, yet herbal and floral; and the soap is soft and creamy.  Mmm, I think I need to go sniff it now…

Non-toxic nail polish from Diamond Cosmetics.  They have TONS of colors, and the polish doesn’t contain toxic ingredients like toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl, camphor, and pthalate.  You can order them online for $2 a bottle.  Apparently Diamond Cosmetics is a private-label manufacturer of brands like Soleil and No-Miss, which you can find in natural foods stores.  I had mostly given up nail polish until I discovered that the non-toxic stuff wears just as well as any OPI I’ve ever used.

And to round out my picks, one for the curly girls:

Shea Butter Curl Activating Cream from Beautiful Curls.  I am elated to have discovered this stuff. I have a long history of using products meant for African hair, ever since I was 13 and started using Bone Straight, which is no longer manufactured.  It is lovely and creamy, handmade, all natural, smells wonderfully shea-buttery, and smooths into my hair elegantly.  The Alaffia company is a fair trade organization in Togo, West Africa, whose mission is “to help West African communities become sustainable through the fair trade of indigenous resources”.  This stuff is, in a word, awesome.  My curls are soft, frizz-free, and moisturized; the shea butter gives them just the right amount of weight and moisture to keep them under control without being too oily.  This is my new favorite hair product, and I plan to try their shampoos, conditioners, and other styling aids as I run out of what I currently have. They have a range of products for different types of curl, from wavy to curly to kinky (I use the curly-to-kinky formulation).  If you are a curly/kinky-haired girl (or guy, or kid), you should check this company out. 

And there you have them, all my current favorite cosmetics.  What are your faves?

March 28, 2011 11:20 AM | Comments | Categories: Cosmetics, Fashion | Tags: , , , , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Cheesecake Bakes


Hello all! I don’t know about you, but I had SUCH a sweet Saturday. I got to do some of the things I love most: spend time with sweet, sweet friends, shop and lunch at Whole Foods, work out in the yard, and lounge around watching girly movies. What made your Saturday Sweet?

I wanted to share the latest of my baking escapades thanks to 500 Cupcakes: Cheesecake Bakes. These turned out delicious! Perfect for a spring time treat.

Next week is going to be extra sweet for me. I’m trying a new cupcake recipe AND making two cakes. Stay tuned!

- Aurelia

March 26, 2011 8:47 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Friday: 3/25/11


Happy Friday!

It has been sooooo rainy here in SF.  It has rained nearly every day for 2 weeks.  And I have a sniffle.  Boo.  But this week’s fresh flower has been cheering me up: the lovely ranunculus.

(image via google images)

Here are some FRILLING things I found this week.

Remember last week when I told you about We Love Colors?  Well, you Must. Have. Colored tights for Fall 2011:

(image from The Sartorialist)

I’m discovering all the fun things you can do with wool felt.
These felted lamps are weird.
Speaking of baby dresses, look at these from Pink Chicken. So cute.
Look at this awesome quilt exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC.
I had a fun time yesterday looking at the Corita Kent exhibit at the Craft museum here in SF.  What an inspiring artist.
Remembering Elizabeth Taylor.
I’m loving maxi dresses for spring.  I just with they were nursing-friendly.  alas…
Bamboo spectacles! (via Design for Mankind)
This week we popped into the Jonathan Adler store on Fillmore Street, and I fell in love with this pillow.  I’m going to figure out how to recreate it.

Have a happy weekend!

March 25, 2011 10:23 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , , ,

Easter Dresses for Baby


Aurelia helped me search for my nursing-friendly Easter dress, which I have ordered.  I ordered it once, but it was too big and I had to return it, so now I’m waiting for the new size.  I’ll be sure and post pics when it arrives. 

So now the hunt is on for Baby’s First Easter Dress!  I LOVE having a little girl! There are loads of cute options, it’s just a matter of deciding which to choose. Since she was born I have loved seeing her dressed in white, so white seems an obvious choice for me.  Eyelet lace is a classic option, like this one from BabyGap;

As Aurelia says, ruffles are in, even for the little ones.  So this tiered ruffle floral frock is on-trend and oh-so-springy (not to mention, on sale!):

In keeping with my current obsession with maritime and sea motifs, here’s a little number festooned in seashells. 

And for a classy-yet-hip option, this little blue pleated frock in organic cotton looks comfy and cute, (assuming I could get it at the SF H&M store):

For a hand-made option, I’m loving this “Lillith” dress by BellaJake:

And I’m also loving the Citrus Songbird Tiered Dress by Lil Miss Muffin:

And finally, for an even better take on the nautical theme, this adorable Black Seahorse Dress by Mrs. Laura:

Oh, I can’t decide!  What do ya’ll think?

March 23, 2011 12:00 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby | Tags: , , , ,

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad


I munched on delicious cabbage salad ALL weekend. My friend Kayla has a fab recipe that just TASTES like spring time. It’s green, crunchy, and fresh. I LOVE IT.

Kayla’s Cabbage Salad:

Combine in large bowl:

  • 1/2 C Slivered Almonds
  • 1 Small head of Cabbage (shredded or chopped)
  • 4 Chopped Green Onions
  • 2 Packages Chicken Flavored Ramen Noodles (crushed)
  • 1 small Green Bell Pepper

Combine in small bowl: 

  • 2 Tbls Sugar
  • 3 Tbls Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Accent Seasoning
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Packages seasoning from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 C Oil

Toss dressing into salad, chill, and voila! 

- Aurelia

March 22, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Hummingbird Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing


Man, it’s hard to have a sweet Saturday when projects and deadlines loom about me. Luckily, cupcakes exist. Cupcakes are SWEET. Cupcakes are FRILLING.

Today I made Hummingbird Cupcakes with Marmalade Icing. Mmm, Mmm. I got the recipe from 500 Cupcakes, a bakebook Fran gave me years ago. I plan on trying lots of new recipes in the coming weeks. 

The Hummingbird Cake is a delish concoction of orange zest, banana, pineapple, coconut, and carrot. Jealous yet? These turned out absolutely lovely. The cake tasted almost muffin-like (not too sweet), and the icing turned out thin, almost like a glaze. 

What made your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

March 19, 2011 5:26 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , , , , ,

Frilling Friday: 3/18/11


Happy Friday, Friends!
Did you drink some green beer yesterday? Did you eat Irish Soda Bread? I didn’t. I ate linguine.

Here are some FRILLING things I found on the webz this week:

I’m loving the stuff at House8810.  I like this dishtowel especially. 

and someday I’d like to throw Baby a sock-monkey themed birthday party.  If I did I’d want this tablecloth

They even have matching cloth napkins and monkey party hats.  Love it. We only use cloth napkins at our house.  It’s so easy to just toss them in the wash – paper is passe’.
I don’t generally use a nursing cover, but if I were going to, I’d want this one.
I can waste a lot of time looking at Modcloth. I probably should have given it up for Lent, but I didn’t think of it until now.
These Kanzashi flowers are cute and look pretty easy to make (Thanks Arona!).
You Are My Fave on Finding Your Happy
And, We Love Colors has every color tights imaginable! Colored tights are tres trendy. Buh- Bye Black.

Happy Weekend!

March 18, 2011 3:40 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | 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.