I’m on Pinterest…


…and loving it.  It is such an easy, awesome way to save things I like.  I have always found bookmarks to be so unwieldy and difficult to sort through.  Now I don’t have to use them any more, nor do I have to keep files of images I find on the web on my hard drive.  I love this.  I most use my “Dreamhouse” board, in which I file inspiration for someday when we have a house of our own again.   Like this:

and this:

Come check out my boards

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May 31, 2011 4:53 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Miniature Sorbet Pastries


Today is the first Saturday in MONTHS that I haven’t either: a) been out of town or b) had company staying at our house. Seriously. For real. As in, March 26th was the last free Saturday I can remember having (and even then, I was slaving away on my research). So, as you can imagine, this has been a VERY sweet Saturday for me. 

Today, while in the grocery store, I passed by some mango sorbet. Doesn’t mango sorbet sound just perfect for a Memorial-Day-weekend-summer-time-treat? Well, it got me thinking back to a few years ago, when Fran made this pie filled with lemon sorbet. If I remember correctly, she topped it with a mix of berries and honey. And it was SO tasty. So tasty, that I decided to do a re-mix version of Fran’s pie.

I didn’t want to make a WHOLE pie since it’s just the two of us, so I decided to use miniature pastry cups instead. I baked them, filled them with the sorbet, and put them in the freezer to chill. Then, I topped them with strawberries (strawberries and mangos = best fruit combo EVER) and a blueberry (just for more frills), and I drizzled some honey on them, too. 

What a perfect summer treat! You can see from the picture that I didn’t chill the sorbet quite long enough on this one. The rest of the batch will be even better.

- Aurelia

Frilling Friday 5/27/11


Happy Friday, and happy Memorial Day weekend!  Got any Frilling weekend cook-out plans?  I’m planning to fry up some shrimp for po’boys on Monday; not exactly cooking out, but I’ll open all the windows…

Look at these gorgeous spoons (via simple + pretty)

I’m having a little bit of a spoon fetish lately.  I’m also coveting these demitasse spoons (which would also make good baby-feeding spoons once B starts eating things). (via Calder Clark)

This week’s jewelry pick:  Remember my post on wooden bead necklaces?  Well, these are a FRILLING variation on the theme.

I always come back to Marc Johns.

A fun blog. (discovered via Babble.)

GP has a cookbook?  GOOP, Glee, what next?

My Dearie Caitlin and her fella are riding bikes cross-country this summer, in search of sustainable food.  Here is their blog.

Suga is making me a custom Mother necklace. You know, like a birthstone necklace.  But cooler.  I’m excited to see what she comes up with. 

A cute (and pink!) little girl’s room. 

Ah, those Swedes know how to design nice kids-wear.

So does Chinny Chin Chin.

Did you find anything fun this week? Share in the comments! And have a lovely Memorial weekend!


May 27, 2011 1:05 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | No Tags

So Frilling: Hailee Steinfeld is Juliet


I read an article the other day confirming Academy Award Nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s attachment to a remake of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  You might know her from True Grit in her breakout role as Mattie Ross.

I have said this before, but I seriously LOVE this girl. She’s the new face of Miu Miu and is SO fashion forward. I can’t ever wait to see what she’s going to wear next. But back to the point: What do you think about there being a re-make of R&J? And what do you think about Hailee as Juliet?

I personally love it. If you didn’t already know, Hailee was a serious contender for Katniss in the Hunger Games. I’m glad that opportunity passed her by because Juliet will be perfect for her, and she is filming this summer – same time as the Hunger Games.

Let’s face it, she is totally reminiscent of Olivia Hussey, who played Juliet in the 1968 version. Hussey was only 15 when she starred in the film that was critically acclaimed and took home lots of prestigious awards. There hasn’t been a version as true to Shakespeare’s masterpiece since, so I’m completely FRILLED about the whole thing!

But what do you think? Is Hailee the perfect Juliet? Can a new version hold any water to the 1968 film? Sound off in the comments!

14 year old Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 Academy Awards

15 year old Olivia Hussey in the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet

- Aurelia

Teething Jewelry Roundup


At 6-months, Baby B is curiously grabbing at EVERYTHING her arms can reach.  This is adorable and normal, but alas, my necklace collection is gathering dust.  And outfits just don’t seem complete without them.  But the good news is there are goodies out there that are stylish for moms, and fun and safe for babies to chew on.  The choice of materials are pretty much limited to silicone, wood, or fabric, but there’s definitely more out there than I anticipated.  I’m also putting on my thinking cap about designing a piece of my own.  Not to mention, I have a couple of normal, sturdy pieces that I’m ok with letting B chow down on; like my signature chunky gold cuff.

I really like this teething pendant from Teething Bling by Smart Mom Jewelry.  It comes in all sorts of colors. 

They have a silicone bangle also.  I would wear three or four at a time, cause that’s how I roll.

Here’s the Jane necklace by Chewbeads.  They have an assortment of colors also, and once again, I’d wear several at once. 

And the Cornelia bracelet (also Chewbeads).  Ya’ll know I like chunky.

The OhPlah teething cuff.  I’m not wild about the imprints on them, which seem a little cheesy to me (they remind me of soap), but I really like the shape of the cuff.

And I love this Chomping Necklace from Tweet Baby; it’s probably my favorite:

I’m also thinking I could get creative and make my own teething necklace out of a wooden teething ring like this below, by adding a leather or nylon string.

And this bead and crochet nursing necklace from Kangaroo Care is fun and bright and comes in a variety of colorways if you’re not into bright primary colors.

This one from Little Green Earthling is especially cute.  I like the mix of cloth, beads, and wood elements.

Mamas, have you worn any sort of baby-friendly jewelry?  What are your faves?  Or, if you were a Mama, could you rock a teething ring?

May 25, 2011 3:14 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Fashion | 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

Seeking Hip, Affordable Baby Clothes


We just celebrated Baby B’s 6-month birthday!  She got to go swimming for the first time! She is celebrating by outgrowing all her 3-6 month clothes.  Hurray for her, but it means Mama has a new dilemma: I have such a hard time finding baby clothes I like.  I am open to the possibility that I am super-picky (ok, I admit it), but most of the baby clothes I see are either a) sickeningly cutesie (there’s a difference between “cutesie” and “cute”.  Cute = good. Cutesie = bad.), b) emblazoned with cheesy logos/cartoons/characters/sayings, or c) awesome, but more dinero than I’m willing to fork over for approximately 4 months of wear.

You may say: who cares what the kid wears; it’s just clothes?!. To which I reply: I’m the one who hangs out with the baby all day and has to look at her clothes, and I want to like what I see! — this is what youFRILLme philosophy is all about!  The kid has to wear clothes, so how come I can’t like them? Why can’t the necessaries be FRILLING?  …  As it turns out, FRILLING may be harder to come by than I’d hoped.

So, to that end, I have been scouring the internets, and I am loving the look of Zara kids.  Their stuff is hip-yet-classic, not so trendy that it won’t be in style for use as hand-me-downs, free from cheesy-cutesie stuff, and a fairly good price point as far as comparisons go. Just look at a few of the things that caught my eye for my little gal.

Striped Dress with Pockets

Long Embroidered Blouse

Denim Leggings

knot T-shirt

Buttoned Jacket

Nice, huh?  My dilemma would be solved….except…Zara doesn’t sell online.  GRRRRR. Going shopping is not exactly easy or appealing when you have an infant. 

I’m going to keep searching, and hopefully get a chance to check my local consignment shops, but here’s my question, oh internet webs: where can I find stuff that looks this cool, is priced similarly, and sells online? 

May 23, 2011 12:58 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Friday 5/20/11


Happy Friday!
I’m going here, today:

Pretty Frilling, huh?  I’m excited to get out of the city, and see the mountains of California. But before I go, here are some links

If I were preggo, you can bet I’d be checking out ASOS maternity line for my wardrobe needs.  Word to the style-wise: Motherhood Maternity is (mostly) Frump (can you tell I am not a fan?).  Don’t let them suck you into thinking that’s all there is out there just because it’s the only brick-and-mortar maternity store you can find.  ASOS has free shipping and returns so there’s no harm buying-and-trying. (I have a host of other Maternity style tips, but I can save them for some future post – are you interested in that? let me know in the comments.)

Saw these on Design Mom, and think they are adorable.

This is happening in my neck of the woods!  Alas, I’m spending the weekend in Tahoe.

The best parenting advice I have received thus far.

Am I the only one to notice that they misspelled “despair”? (fun fact: Fran = champion speller)

If I ever take my kid on an overseas trip (and I hope to), I will remember this advice.

It’s a cowl! It’s a hat!  It’s…..awesome.

I haven’t actually acted on it, but I have a weird fascination with matching mom/baby outfits.  Is that too cheesy?  Would I lose all my cool points if I got B and I matching outfits?

Such a cute necklace.

Whimsical embellished lanterns.

Did you find anything FRILLING this week?  Share!


May 20, 2011 3:30 PM | Comments | Categories: Parties | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Recipes: Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper and Kalamata Olive Mac n Cheese


I HAD to post this recipe. I just HAD to share the love with you. Do you ever find a new recipe, get all excited, try it, and it turns out totally lame and disappointing? I’m pretty sure it happens to me, like, 95% of the time. 

Not so with this recipe. Besides the fact that macaroni and cheese just HAPPENS to be my guilty pleasure, this dish is full of flavor and excitement! Roasted red peppers, kalamata olives (I added green olives, too), artichoke hearts, and garlic. Mix it all together with a creamy goat cheese sauce and some feta and top with Mozzarella. Whoa..  I’m drooling again. Why didn’t think I think of this?

Jump on over to Closet Cooking to get the recipe, and check out my version below: 

- Aurelia

May 19, 2011 11:19 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: , , , ,

Hungry for Hunger Games


I recently read the Hunger Games trilogy.  I know, I’m late to the bandwagon; but I read all three in a matter of a few days — inhaled them.  Such a crazy, wacked-out, gripping story.  And now I can’t wait for the movie.

When I was visiting in Austin, Aurelia was talking about who had been cast in the movie roles.  She expressed some dismay that a girl named Jennifer Lawrence had been cast as Katniss, mostly because in the book Katniss is portrayed as a dark-skinned, dark-eyed girl from the Seam (the slums of her district), which is a source of identity and pride for her.  Jennifer Lawrence is a blue-eyed white girl.  So I get your beef, Rae.  It kinda seems like Hollywood is selling Katniss out to the Hollywood set.


But.  If you had seen her in Winter’s Bone, the (excellent) low-budget Indie film in which she earned herself an Oscar nod, you would know that she is perfect for the role.

She IS Katniss Everdeen.  Just you wait and see.  The director says they’ll make her hair dark for the movie, so at least there’s that.

Some kid named Joshua Hutcherson will play Peeta. (I had kindof picture Peeta in my head as more of a beefy, nordic-looking guy.) And some other kid named Liam Hensworth will play Gale.   Frankly I don’t see how either will be able to stand up to Jen Lawrence and not be entirely out-acted.  But, meh, I’ll give em a chance.

I was delighted to find that Haymitch will be played by my Fave and long-time crush Woody Harrellson.  Brilliant.  He’ll play an excellent no-‘count drunken has-been :)

And Stanley Tucci, another Fave, will play Caesar Flickerman.  Again, brilliant.

I guess he’ll have to wear a wig, since Caesar always has crazy-colored hair… Speaking of, it will be fun to see how they portray the crazy fashion shenanigans of the Capitol citizens.

What do you think about the cast? Did you read the books? Did you see Winter’s Bone?


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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.