Frilling Inspiration: Poem Scarf


I spotted this post by Lauren of Stamp 48 on Sunset Vine.  Lauren was inspired by a gorgeous We Are Owls cashmere scarf

…which retails for around $150, to make her own version:

See how she did it here.  I love this.  I am not a die-hard DIY-er, but I love a good inspiration project.  I would prolly tea-stain mine to make it look more like the We Are Owls version.  I wonder what poem I would use…

Nice job, Lauren.  It FRILLS us.


July 18, 2011 1:03 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Fashion | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Easy Vegan Coconut-Lemon Bundt Cake


Just one of many amazing recipes from Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook, this Coconut-Lemon Bundt cake will not disappoint! Check out the recipe below, and forgive me for the lousy camera-phone photo; my real camera is currently out of commission. 

You’ll need: 

1 2/3 cups sugar

2/3 cup canola oil

1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1/4 cup rice or soy milk (I use almond) 

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 TBLS grated lemon zest

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Powdered sugar for sprinkling


1. Preheat the oven to 350 and lightly grease your bundt pan.

2. Combine sugar, oil, coconut milk, rice or soy milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla in a large bowl. 

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

4. Add the dry to the wet in batches, mixing well. 

5. Fold in the coconut.

6. Pour batter into pan, and bake for one hour. 

7. Let cool for ten minutes, and then gently flip over to release cake from pan. 

8. After the cake has cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar. 


What’s making your Saturday sweet?

- Aurelia

July 16, 2011 5:20 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Food, Recipes, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Frilling Friday: July 15



Happy Friday!
Figs are in season!  Hurray!  I LOVE figs.  Yesterday I made a gorgeously yummy salad kindof like this, plus goat cheese, raspberries, and toasted almonds.  What else should I do with figs?

Some of the loveliest family portraits I’ve ever come across.

Let your kids get dirty!

We don’t have cable, and don’t watch much TV at our house, for some of these reasons.  Do you limit TV?

I am loving these needlepoint illustrations by Jazmin Berakha (via Modcloth) – a beautiful example of the new generation of needlework.

Have a happy weekend.


July 15, 2011 6:34 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: ,

Harry Potter Premiere Dresses


In honor of the fact that I’m going to see Harry Potter tonight at midnight (or tomorrow, whatevs), I thought I’d compile all of the photos I’ve been seeing of the dresses hitting the red carpet premieres all over the world. 

I won’t say whether I like some of these or not. After all, this is a day of rejoicing! 

Bonnie Wright: London

Clemence Poesy: London

Emma Watson: London

London After Party

New York

Cast Photo Call

Evanna Lynch: London


Helena Bonham Carter: London

J K Rowling: London

Some interesting choices, eh? Which ones are your favorites? And which ones make you say “Lord have mercy!” or “Bless her heart!”? 

- Aurelia

The Bear


Remember when I mentioned that I was working on a cute little crochet teddy bear?  Well I finally finished him.  Isn’t he cute?  He isn’t the shapeliest of fellows, but we think he’s endearing.

B particularly likes to nosh on him.

He seems pretty patient with all our shenanigans.

Here’s the pattern again, in case you’re interested in creating your own friend.

July 13, 2011 2:42 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY | Tags: , ,

July EBEW: Frilling Yellow


This month’s pick over at Everybody, Everywear is yellow, which I am really excited about and even voted for myself. Only problem is, I don’t own a lot of yellow. 

Recently, though, I found these pants at J Crew, and I love, love, love them. First of all, they fit, which is a triumph in and of itself when it comes to me finding pants. Also, they make me look like my butt isn’t completely flat, which is practically a miracle and something I almost NEVER get to experience. Check out the last picture for proof – and don’t hate – it’s as close as I can get to the real thing! But the bonus of all of this is that they were on the clearance rack for $30 bucks, all alone, not another color, not another size, waiting for me to purchase them. ME. YES. If you couldn’t tell, I’m all around happy about the whole thing. 

There are lots of ways that I plan to style these babies. Today, I walked out the door in the first outfit I tried. I felt nautical and summery and was a little woeful there wasn’t a lovely sailboat ride awaiting me.

But enough about me. Will you EBEW? And what’s your favorite yellow piece?

Pants: J Crew, Top and hat: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Old Navy

- Aurelia

Yellow | Everybody, Everywear

July 12, 2011 10:13 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Sweet Nothings for 8 years


As I mentioned last week, June 29th was Jordan’s and my 8th wedding anniversary.  Since we were apart, we sent each other i-phone images to celebrate the day.  Here are the lovely sweet nothings he sent me.

July 11, 2011 10:01 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | Tags:

Frilling Friday: July 8


Oh my gosh, did you guys see Aurelia’s post yesterday on headpieces, aka fascinators?  They are so cute; I’m dying.  And Aurelia is really getting into her styling groove, don’t you think?  I’m inspired – I’m going to have to try some headpieces out now.

While I was in Austin, Aurelia and I hunted around in Zara, and both came away with a couple of FRILLING pieces. I am loving my new star-spangled top:

and hot pink jeans = new favorite.  And they are especially FRILLING with my new “I love Jordan” t-shirt.

Would you believe how hard it is to find 100% cotton zip-up sleepers for babies?  Well, they are on sale right now at Gap and Old Navy.  I stocked up on multiple sizes for Baby B on the cheap.

Melissa wins the prize for most adorable refashion.

Now that Baby B is crawling around (ok, well it’s not a proper crawl.  more of a lurching-creep/soon-to-be crawl.) we are needing to baby-proof and rearrange in a big way.  In particular, I’m thinking of making our sun room more baby-friendly with some of these rug tiles from CB2.

Have a happy weekend!


July 8, 2011 1:16 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | No Tags

Stuff We Love: Frilling Hair Pieces


Hair Pieces continue to be a frilling trend; I love to see all the different kinds people are coming up with, especially handmade designers.  Here are some of my favorites: 

Head Band from Forever 21

Head band: Handmade – I got this at a fundraiser auction last year and have no idea who made it! 

Bow Clip from Urban Outfitters

Baby Pill Box Hat: Handmade from Black Gardenia Design

Feather clip: Handmade from Molly Gee Designs

What’s your favorite hair piece to wear?

- Aurelia

July 7, 2011 11:23 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Custom Bleached T-shirt


Last week was mine and Huzz’s 8th wedding anniversary.  I was in Louisiana, and he was here in SF.  So to celebrate the day, I wore this custom-bleached tee, which I made using Ashley Ann’s amazing freezer paper stencil idea, which I originally saw on her blog, but was reminded of it in an issue of Fresh Style magazine.  Check out my “I love Jordan” shirt.

The process is super easy and fun.  The top I used is a sleeveless t-shirt from Zara that I scored on clearance. You can check out the full how-to on Ashley’s blog, but the short version is this:

cut the words out of freezer paper
iron words onto shirt
spray bleach onto shirt over freezer paper
remove paper and toss the shirt into the wash immediately

cute, huh?


July 6, 2011 9:04 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY | 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.