Stuff We Love: Affordable, Strappy, Summer Dresses


Go to Target. Now! Run! There are loads and loads of cute, strappy, printed dresses and most are under $25. Can you hear them calling your name? I did. 

Here are two of my picks: 

I love this dress cause you can do a lot of fun accessorizing with it. Here I kept it simple with an Anthropology belt and some long necklaces. 

 This dress is my favorite mostly because I love how the coloring looks on my skin tone. Plus, the fit is perfect for my petite lil’ self. Don’t worry if you don’t love the pattern. There are TONS to choose from.  I didn’t accessorize at all with this one because I really wanted the shoes to be the star of the show. 

These two dresses cost me a whopping $40! Not too shabby for two frilling outfits that can make multiple different looks. 

Now I’m wondering if you even finished this post or are already perusing the aisles at Target. 

- A

Stuff We Love: Red Lips


I have never (well ok there is an exception or two in there) worn red lipstick.  I mean really red, not wine or fuschia or terra cotta or berry.  But this season I’ve been inspired by the many vintage-wearing ladies out in the blogosphere as well as those thoroughly-modern gals who are wearing red in a fresh, vivacious way.  And I am LOVING it.  Usually I tend toward richer lip colors for autumn and winter, and nude-ish or coppery, shimmery ones for summer.  But not for 2011!  This is the summer of red lips!

Just look at Anne Hathaway sporting red lips at the 2011 Oscars.

And this look on Jessica Hart is perfectly daytime-wearable.  Not fussy or over-done, just fresh and carefree.

And, have you seen J.Crew’s newest looks?  Red lips look oh-so-casual, oh-so-summery, and oh-so-effortless. Notice how they keep the rest of the face very natural, very simple; some mascara, a hint of eyeliner, a touch of blush.

I think it’s a fabulous look.  So, feeling inspired, I broke down and purchased a bright red, very saturated lip gloss, Zuzu Luxe lipgloss in Caliente…

…and I am rocking the red. I love it.

(disclaimer: this photo was taken by yours truly with photobooth, and was clumsily edited by yours truly to erase evidence of early mommyhood in the form of dark under-eye circles)

The Zuzu gloss is vegan and free of icky ingredients.  I picked it up at my local natural foods co-op.   Do you dare?  Don’t think about it, just put it on and walk out the door.  You’ll be FRILLING.


May 16, 2011 10:05 AM | Comments | Categories: Cosmetics, Fashion | Tags: , , ,

Sweet Saturday: Funfetti Frills


Well, I was gonna make a lovely cake to celebrate my graduating, but then I realized, I didn’t feel like it! Instead, while still keeping it simple, I decided to frill things up with a funfetti box mix and some homemade cream cheese icing. 

Check it out: 

I’m getting my diploma today. What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

May 14, 2011 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Friday 5/13/11


Happy Friday! 

It’s Bay to Breakers weekend here in SF.  I have never experienced it, but apparently it’s like San Francisco’s own Mardi Gras. We’re headed out Sunday morning to watch the fun and have brunch.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to have brunch here?:

aaaahh, spring.  Too bad you turn into San Francisco summer, which has a reputation for being chilly and gray.

Here are some FRILLING things I found this week:

Check out these other gorgeous outdoor dining spaces.

I mostly line dry our clothes to save money and energy.  This little guy is a good friend.

Knockoff nursery chandelier.  She prolly saved herself a bundle by making her own.

I want to make some spring onion relish and refrigerator pickles!  mmmm, makes me think of the ploughman’s lunch I once had at a lovely little tearoom.

I think these are beautiful and fun.

A Style-180. And more style with less stuff.

These handmade earrings are lovely.  (via Creature Comforts)

Curator, a clothing line made in SF.  lovely, drapey silhouettes.  (via bleubird)

Got any FRILLING plans for the weekend? Find anything fun to share?


May 13, 2011 1:16 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Finds: Deb Brooks Jewelry


Let’s do some simple math.

Passing the licensing exam yesterday + graduating tomorrow = Aurelia is officially a Licensed Master of Social Work.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you, everybody, thank you. 

The festivities that come along with graduating are simply frilling. There’s cake (even if I am making it myself), family, friends, and enough congratulations to make me feel all gooey inside and pretty proud of myself, too.

And occasionally, there are PRESENTS. You don’t even know how much I love presents, especially presents that come in the mail by surprise. ESPECIALLY frilling, pretty presents.

Below are some goodies I received from Deb Brooks Jewelry or as Fran and I know her, Aunt Debbie. Check out her facebook page here if you are interested in looking as fab and frilling as I get to in her jewelry. She works in precious gems, semi-precious gems, Swarovski Crystal, Swarovski pearls, freshwater pearls and natural stones.

Seriously, check her out! Her jewelry is lovely, classic, and timeless. I’m sure I’ll be wearing this stuff for years to come!

- A

Stuff We Love: Kitchenware: The Heated


I am loving frilling dishtowels in my kitchen. Why have boring dishtowels when they can be so unique/chic/pretty/funny, or even awesome? I mean, you’re going to buy dishtowels anyway, right? Recently I have been doing the Great Dishtowel Clean-out, wherein I get rid of all the ratty, sad dishtowels and re-purpose them as cleaning rags, making way for pepped-up fresh ones. Last week, Aurelia and I showed your our embellished dishtowel project; and there is no end to the imaginative possibilities for making FRILLING kitchen towels. But if you’re not part of the DIY set, there’s always Etsy!

Check out this towel I picked up at Urban Bazaar here in SF, made by a local screen printer, The Heated.

If you don’t live in SF, you can find this awesome item at their Etsy shop.

I’m also digging The Heated’s Design Advice towel: “Get rid of crap. Buy things you’ll love forever. Make Stuff.”  It’s my perfect house mantra.

Do you need to do a Great Dishtowel Clean-out?  Do you DIY or do you BUY?  Where do you love to find FRILLING kitchen accessories?


Stuff we Love: Aurelia’s Spring Frills: Floral EBEW


First off, do you EBEW? This month’s pick over at Everybody Everywear is floral, which goes perfectly with some of my frilling spring faves. Floral has been quite the fad for a while now, so much so, that my collection has really grown! 

Here are a few of my favorite floral frills from my own wardrobe:

I like to compliment this Gap floral maxi dress with a hot pink bandeau bra and lots of long necklaces. It kind of freaks me out that you can’t see my eye balls in these pics. I promise, I do have a soul.

Can someone say “floral on floral on floral”? Floral is girly. So is lavendar. So is bright pink lip gloss. And just for good measure, I threw in a bow (a floral bow). In this outfit, my girliness shall not be challenged!! This entire set is from Urban Outfitters (minus the scarf..which was purchased at Goodie Two Shoes in Austin). 

Another Urban Outfitters gem. The back is so frilling that I felt no need to dress the outfit up with jewelry. Or show you the whole rest of the outfit, for that matter. 

Do you have any frilling floral faves this spring? Will you EBEW today?

- Aurelia

Florals | Everybody, Everywear

Stylishly Comfortable: A Fresh Look at the T-shirt


If you know me, you know I don’t wear t-shirts very often.  To me, the word “t-shirt” is synonymous with “frumpy”.  And frumpy is not frilling.  Even on days when I just want to be comfortable (ok, here’s where I get up on my imaginary soapbox and shout into my imaginary megaphone: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY! Did you get that?  There will be a quiz.). So, the t-shirt doesn’t make much of an appearance in my closet, except in the company of jogging shorts and running shoes; which, as far as I’m concerned, is where t-shirts should stay. 

But.  I was looking around over at Zara, and I came across their collection of t-shirts. I’m thinking these might actually redeem the t-shirt for me. They are fun, flirty, colorful, drapey, and ever-so-frilling. And, for all of the comfort-aholics, just as comfy to wear as the frumpy kind.   Case in point:

the Paint T-shirt
. Divine.

T-Shirt with Shoulder Frill
.  Frilling.

Flower T-Shirt
.  Bold and blooming.

T-Shirt with Flounce Sleeve.

Voluminous T-shirt
.  This silhouette is so forgiving, and so right now

Polka-Dot T-shirt.  Polka Dots aren’t going anywhere soon.

Linen T-shirt
.  Linen (+ Cotton, actually) = love

With all these cute options, what’s not to love about t-shirts?  Ok, repeat after me: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY. COMFY CAN BE FRILLING! Seriously, next time you’re feeling the need for something comfy to throw on with jeans, reach for one of these, and leave your ratty-tatty tees behind to keep your sports bra company.

May 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

Sweet Sunday: Cupcakes Galore!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the great mama’s out there! How fitting that my sweet friend, A, is having a BABY BOY! To celebrate, naturally, I made lots and lots of sweets for her shower this weekend. I had a vision of a tower of cupcakes topped off with a miniature cake displaying baby’s monogram in all it’s glory. 

Check it out: 

White chocolate cupcake with cream cheese icing and fresh strawberries.

Chocolate cupcake with DELISH peanut butter icing. 

Pineapple upside down cupcakes. Need I say more?

White cake with chocolate frosting. I had the patch made through Pinwheel Kids in Waco. I thought it would make a great cake topper, and so it did! Plus, it made for an extra gift for mom-to-be. The frosting washed off nicely, and it can be stitched onto a onesie, burp-cloth, blanket, you name it!

The finished product. A delight! Magnificent! Happiness and frills and glee! And LOTS of leftover cupcakes.

What made your weekend sweet?

- Aurelia

Frilling Friday 5/6/11


Happy Friday!

We have been having some superb weather here in SF – warm and sunny.  Yesterday we spent the afternoon at the beach and had a picnic with our friends. I’m feeling a bit sentimental about Mother’s Day this year.  It’s my first Mother’s Day as a Mama, and I feel proud and awed and grateful and hopeful.  Here is also a shout out to my own lovely Mama (The best one), whom I appreciate more than ever now that I’ve had a taste of Motherhood.

Here are some fun things I found in my wanderings this week:

Yellow Toes! Diamond Cosmetics Lemon Yellow Zest.  This is a hint, to whom it may concern, that pedicures make good Mama-day presents. (yes, those are my feet.  Don’t feet look funny in photos?)

I have been trying to think of the best way to make my moleskine Mama-Journal more FRILLING.  And here it is.

8 ways to spruce up your space from Decor8.

I’m intrigued by pieces that can be worn in several ways.  like this.  and this. and this.

I’ve never been much of a collector (I’m more of a throw-away-er) but I think I’m developing a thing for scarves. I wear one nearly every day. Zara’s collection of scarves is quite lovely.

I love kombucha, and have been wanting to try my hand at making it for a while now, so I finally ordered a culture.  Hopefully I’ll have home-brewed kombucha by next week!

Are Baggu bags the new Chico bags? (via Creature Comforts) I always have a Chico bag handy when I’m out and about. Reusable shopping bags are a good habit to get into.

Ruffled streamers!

Did you find anything fun and FRILLING this week?  Share in the comments!

Happy Weekend, and don’t forget to kiss your mother.


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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.