Frilling Friday: Valentine and Grammys Review


Here are a few of my favorite ideas and links from Valentine’s Week 2012:

Garden Heart Attack.  This is so silly.  But a hugely less messy alternative to rolling someone’s lawn.

A dining table with pink legs! (via SFgirlbybay)

A love song, from Lana Del Ray.

The passing of a star.  Some of Whitney’s most memorable looks.  RIP.  And if you didn’t hear Jennifer Hudson’s tribute, it was mind-bogglingly gorgeous.

The queen of the 2012 Grammy’s, Adele.  Gorgeous and silver-throated.  I think she’s the major female voice of this decade.  Nobody’s arguing about Rolling in the Deep being completely immense. And this custom Armani is no rag, either.  Love her style.

And speaking of the Grammys, my head is swimming in the luscious voice of Bruno Mars. “So get off your rich asses and let’s have some fun!” – Bruno Mars at the 2012 Grammys

A darling Valentine from Purl Bee.

And lastly, I have a new blog love.  This gal’s motto and message really resonate.   And this idea is fab.

Did you come across anything FRILLING this week?


February 17, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

Junior High Themed Valentine Dance: The Food


This is the story of how THIS: 


Became THIS!

I spent the ENTIRE day of the party baking my lil’ tail off. Thank goodness Fran showed up to help a couple of hours early because I honestly don’t know what I would have done without her!

Heart Cake Pops

We had to get creative with these cake pops when the original red candy melts didn’t work out. I had never made cake balls before this, so I should have known I was shooting big to make heart-shaped-cake-pops. Together, Fran and I were able to improvise, and this is the result. I won’t bore you with the details of what it took to get to this point; instead I’ll just tell you that I received surprisingly good feedback from the people that ate them!

Fudgy Brownie Hearts with fresh Raspberry Buttercream

These were my favorite of the bunch. The original recipe had the audacity to suggest I whip up brownies from scratch (didn’t it know how much I had to do?!?). Instead I went for a box mix, but still used the recipe’s fresh raspberry butter cream icing. WHOA. That icing was amazing. I saved some so that I can top it on some gluten free cupcakes in the very-near future.

Valentine ‘Conversation Heart’ Chocolate Bark

These were super easy, festive, AND gluten free! Somehow I never got around to trying any, but I heard it was VERY rich.

Sugar Cookie Pinwheels

These were a definite splurge in the baking process. Who makes homemade pinwheel sugar cookies when there are a thousand other things to worry about? I do. That’s who. They didn’t turn out as pretty as the original recipe. I didn’t have the right kind of sprinkles, and my red icing only got as far as pink, but I was still happy with them in the end.

Funfetti Cupcakes with Buttercream Icing & Pink Rice Krispies Treats

I think you should know that this ENTIRE party idea started with the thought that I would really like to make rice krispies treats for Valentine’s Day and dye them pink. The rest was history. Thank the krispies.

Pink Peanut Butter Hugs

Just cause. I cheated and bought a box mix of peanut butter cookies, died the mix pink, and stuck a Hershey’s hug on top. Inspired by this post.

I also made this fun popcorn confetti mix, but the only picture I got was the one at the very top. It was really tasty though!

Phew! There you have it. I think I have had enough Valentine festivity to last me… about a year! HA! Did you do anything fun and festive for Valentine’s Day this year?


February 16, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Parties, Recipes | No Tags

Valentine Party in Snapshots



February 15, 2012 3:20 PM | Comments | Categories: Parties | No Tags

Junior High Themed Valentine Dance: The Decor


It all started on New Years Eve. I came up with the idea to throw a Valentine’s Day dance party for all of my friends (the fact that I thought of this idea whilst enjoying another holiday should already be a warning to you). The idea only got bigger and bigger as the weeks went on. By the time the night of the dance arrived, it had turned into a junior-high themed event complete with a dress code, photo backdrop, balloon columns, strobe lighting, a five hour Spotify playlist with all kinds of classics, and a king and queen of the dance! I have been known to get a little out of hand when it comes to anything festive, and there’s little room for doubt now.

These yarn eggs might just be the highlight of my life. But beware; this craft takes time and patience!

I love these ruffled streamers so much! Talk about adding extra FRILLS. I think I will make all my streamers ruffled for the rest of my life. LOVE.

This napkin tablecloth is so easy to do, and you can use the leftovers as – you guessed it – napkins! I was going to do the napkin banner as well, but I think I overestimated the amount of things I could accomplish last week!

I originally planned to not decorate the drink table. I don’t know what I was thinking; I mean it’s me we are talking about. At the last minute, I grabbed some felt out of my closet and my dedicated friends helped me cut them into hearts. The doilies are from Hobby Lobby.

Another last minute plan. I printed funny Facebook pics of the nominees and pinned them to this bulletin board that we painted.

Oh man. Gotta love the backdrop! My friend Laura suggested and purchased the balloon columns. It really solidified the cheesy middle school environment. Thanks Laura!

I could not have accomplished any of this without the help of these girls pictured, also known as “The Party Planning Committee”, also known as my friends. From bringing ice to painting the backdrop to sewing yards upon yards of streamers together, these girls remind me of how good it is to have friends!


February 15, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, Parties | No Tags

Be Mine


Sunglasses: Target / Scarf: Gap / Top: Urban Outfitters / Cardigan: J Crew / Pants: H&M / Shoes: Steve Madden

Happy Valentine’s Day friends! How fitting is it that the EBEW theme for this month is Red and Pink when I just so happened to have a red and pink dress code at my Valentine’s party Friday (more on that tomorrow)? It made mine and Fran’s pictures for this month a piece of cake! Lately I have been LOVING the red and pink combo. Check out our “frilling trends” pinterest board for some of our favorite red/pink looks.

I hope you all have a very happy Valentine’s Day. Do something fun for yourself! Eat something sweet! Stock up on chocolate! Oh, and wear red and pink!

Pink + Red | Everybody, Everywear

February 14, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Crochet Valentine Pin


Remember my crochet heart bunting from B’s San Francisco nursery?

I made an extra heart to wear as a pin. Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 13, 2012 1:14 PM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY | No Tags

Red and Pink


Hello!  We have a Frilling week of Valentine fun this week! Starting with EBEW! Since tomorrow’s EBEW is red and pink (we’ll be linking up tomorrow morning), I thought it was a perfect day to post my Valentine ensemble.

Aurelia’s Valentine party had a dress code: wear red, pink, and/or black.  Dress up or dress down, didn’t matter.  I wanted to dress up!  How often does a Mama get to put on a cheesy cocktail dress and go to a junior high dance?  I wanted to make the most of this Frilling opportunity.  So for that, I went to Ross and purchased this $8 dress.  Which I wore with leopard pumps and my pink blazer (and, I’ll admit, occasionally a hot pink feather boa.  But we won’t talk about that here.)

This is not a dress that I would personally buy unless I had a cheesy occasion to wear it.  But, for the $8 price tag, I thought it worth the purchase.  I hardly ever wear true red, but I think I pulled it off just this once.  But I certainly don’t need an occasion to wear my favorite hot pink blazer… or hot pink lips…. or hot pink nails…

And of course, no outfit post from me would be complete without a peek at what attempting to get an outfit photo really looks like in my world:

Incidentally, this is a pretty budget-friendly outfit. Dress: Ross.  Shoes: target.  Blazer: Gap.  Swarovski bracelets: raided from my mom’s closet. Clutch: Sam Moon.  And yep, B is wearing Valentine PJ’s.  I planned that. Sortof.

February 13, 2012 10:30 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: ,

Frilling Friday: Valentine’s Weekend


Hello and Happy Friday!


Do you have fun things planned for this pre-Valentine’s weekend? Jordan and I are headed to Waco this evening to attend Aurelia’s junior-high-inspired Valentine dance.  I can’t wait to see all the decorations and snacks she’s cooked up.  I have even come up with a cheesy Valentine outfit to wear, complete with leopard pumps and an $8 red dress.

And here are some Frilling things I’ve been thinking about/ looking at this week:

I am enjoying looking at all the lovely nursery inspiration boards by Joni at Lay Baby Lay.  If you are decorating a nursery, go there for inspiration.  We also love her DIY play kitchen, and plan to make a similar version.  I can’t wait till we find our house and I can decorate B’s nursery.

Speaking of nurseries, here is an adorable boy’s nursery.  via bloesom kids.

I hope I look just like her when I’m 100.

Gluten Free No-bake Nutella Cheesecake?

The photos of James and Aubrey’s wedding are lovely and unique.

This article on the superiority of French parents was the talk of blogs and facebook this week.  Did you read it?

If you found anything Frilling this week, share!

February 10, 2012 10:36 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags



MAC Lipstick/JCrew Sweater/Banana Republic Skinny Jeans/Aldo Booties/Madewell bracelet/Target Bag

I’ve really been wanting a bigger bag for spring – one that is so bright it POPS. Not too long ago, I saw this neon yellow, cross-body satchel in a picture near the purse section at the local Target . I knew it when I saw it. This was THE purse. It was straight out of my imagination and saved in a note on my Iphone entitled “spring wishlist”, and yet no where to be found in the store! In vain I ran in circles around the purse aisles shouting “where IS it!” while my dear friend Chansin (who also happens to take all of my outfit pics) watched in amusement and halfway helped me search. It happened again in Austin with Fran. Finally, I begin searching online, but to no avail. I still can’t find it online, by the way. Let me know if you have better luck.

All that to say, Fran finally found THE bag in a Target in San Antonio and snatched it for me. I’m in love. Like, seriously smitten.


February 9, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

A Handmade Jacket


B’s grandmother sent us this cute handmade jacket from Lee Marie.  It’s reversible fleece.  Just warm enough for chilly-ish Texas winter days spent outdoors.

See the lining of the hood? The entire jacket turns inside out for a different look.  We love this little jacket. Lee Marie does a great job constructing her garments.  I find this jacket to be very well made, and I love her bold retro fabric choices.  And I can’t get over this tea towel dress.  Too bad it doesn’t come in 18-24 months size.


February 8, 2012 9:49 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | 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.