Beautiful Greece

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Happy Saturday everyone! Ever since I arrived home from Greece, I have been eager to share some of my favorite pictures with you all. The country was absolutely beautiful, and I was really surprised by the diversity of the terrain. From the sea to the mountains, we saw it all!

View from the citadel in Thessaloniki

The center of the ancient city, Philippi

A monastery at the cliffs of Meteora

The Ancient city of Delphi

The Parthenon, on the Acropolis in Athens

Areopagus, overlooking Athens

View from the roof of our hotel in Athens

7 standing columns in ancient Corinth

March 31, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Travel | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Friday: Found (Vintage?) Objects

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My mother was recently unpacking some boxes and found some items of interest.

a) A plastic director’s chair owned by toddler me.

(someone really likes it)

 

b) My tooth fairy pillow.  Insert gross dead tooth, out pops shiny money magic in the morning.

c) This framed cross-stitch, which is going into B’s room just as soon as she gets one.

This raises a question with me: how old does something have to be before it’s considered vintage?  Is my childhood paraphernalia now vintage?  hmmm.

In other news, this is my new favorite design blog. For three reasons:
1) She lives in Monroe, Louisiana; which means that she is practically my homegirl.
2) Her style is completely killer*, and so is her sense of humor. I wish she could come decorate my house when I get one.
3) She says Y’ALL.  Like, all over the internets.  She’s legit, y’all.*

 

*Except that I disagree with her on the subject of monograms.  I don’t love monograms.
*Don’t try to use this word on the internet unless you are a bona fide southerner and you actually use it in your daily vernacular.  If you aren’t, and you do, people will know you for a fraud.  This would be like me trying to say “eh”, eh?  or “ootside”.  or “yes I bloody well am”. *  It’s not bloody good, eh y’all.
*No, bloody is not a swear word cause Ron says it all the time in Harry Potter.

March 30, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Frilling Friday | Tags:

Easy Chicken Nachos

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Hello friends! I want to apologize for not being very enthusiastic on the blog lately. Ever since I arrived home from Greece, I have been trying to fight a nasty cold, and it doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere! All that to say, I haven’t had too much energy, but I thought I’d share an easy recipe that was really helpful when I wasn’t up for cooking this week.

Not too long ago, I found this recipe from Pinterest for crockpot chicken tacos. The recipe was so simple that I knew I had to try it. All you need is:

  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • Jar of your favorite salsa

Put all of the ingredients into the crock pot for the day, shred the chicken when it’s done, and voila! Easy chicken filling for tacos. I was pleasantly surprised when we first tried it because it was extremely flavorful and delicious. There were a lot of leftovers, too, so we had them the next day as well.  By the third day, I wondered what we could do with the rest!

Here’s what we came up with:

  1. Spread refried beans onto tortilla chips.
  2. Place the chicken taco filling on top.
  3. Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  4. Broil, and enjoy!

We ate them with sour cream, guacamole, and jalapenos, naturally. It was a very easy treat, and I highly recommend it!

 

March 29, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | Tags: ,

Searching for Spring/Summer Dresses

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Friends, the weather is warming up here in Tejas.  And having lived the past two summers in San Francisco, where summer is cool and foggy, my warm-weather wardrobe is sadly lacking.   If you have ever spent a summer in the South, you know that your wardrobe should consist of the following: shorts, tank tops, and light dresses.  To go with these you will need sandals, flip flops, and a cardigan or two for inside chilly air-conditioned spaces.

This wardrobe model is a far cry from the layered looks I’ve been wearing for the last couple of years, so I’m having to rethink my look for summer.   How to make it my own, when scarves, belts, and layering pieces will only make me hot?  It’s a style conundrum, I tell you.  To add to my difficulty, I hate hate hate DESPISE strapless bras; which means that many of the dresses I come across are out, at least for me.  I also don’t feel comfortable showing too much cleavage, which further limits my choices.

So I’ve been doing a little online hunting for some summer dresses that are light and easy, not too revealing, and work with a normal bra.  Here are a few I’ve found, all for under $40.

Halter Handkerchief Dress from Old Navy

This dress seems really versatile and comfortable, able to dress up or down, washable and cool.  The lines of it are interesting enough (cinched waist, pleated skirt, handkerchief hemline) that it could stand alone or be accompanied by a scarf and a short jacket or cardigan, even a belt if it’s not too sweltering out.

V-neck Cap Sleeve Striped Dress from Target

Beth had this one on the other day, but in the pink colorway.  (That Beth, always with the good finds.) She wore it with a lightweight black blazer and belt and wedge heels.  You wouldn’t think the black blazer would work, but it did; it was kindof edgy yet femme with the pink stripes.  And comfy and light to boot.

Crochet Insert Dress from Asos

I really like the crochet detail along with the bright cobalt of this one.  I think a girl could get away with wearing a skin-colored regular bra, yes?

Deep V Pocket Dress from Piperlime

This one also comes in an emerald green solid color.  The lines are fairly simple, and the stripes I think would stand alone without accessories better than a solid.  I think I would feel undressed if I wore the solid color with no scarf, etc.

Are you hunting for spring/summer wardrobe staples?  What have you found that works for you in hot weather?

March 28, 2012 2:56 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags:

Stuff We Love: Fran’s Kitchen Picks

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I love to cook.  And I’m a Nutritionist, so I really love to cook healthy meals.  I’m also a vegetarian, so I really really love to cook healthy, vegetarian meals.  I don’t call myself a gadget person, but over the years I’ve found that there are several gadgets that help me out in the kitchen.  Here are a few of my favorite, most indispensable kitchen accoutrements:

(Sorry there are no photos; WordPress doesn’t want to upload photos today.)

Cuisinart 14-cup Food Processor

My MIL gave me this guy some years ago, and I love it.  It’s sturdy and convenient, easy to clean (top rack of the dishwasher) and plenty big for my purposes.  I use it all kinds of ways, including to make pie crusts, hearty dips like Hummus, Spinach Walnut dip, and White Bean dip; and Cashew Cheese Cake (yummo!).

Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender

If you have this guy, you don’t need a real blender.  Really, I haven’t used my blender ever since I got it for Christmas (from Aurelia) several years back.  It’s powerful.  I make smoothies with greens and frozen fruit with it.  I puree soups with it.  I have been known to puree baby food with it.  It’s smaller to store than a stand blender, and it’s easier to clean.  Win.

Microplane Zester

This is a recent acquisition, but I don’t know what I did before I had it.  When you cook with fresh vegetarian ingredients, often that zest of lemon or grated ginger is the key to great flavor.  I don’t use this every day, but it’s a frequent helper, especially for fresh salads and pasta dishes.

Pressure Cooker

We eat a lot of beans at our house.  And the healthiest, cheapest way to eat beans is to cook them from dry.  There are less cans to recycle, less cost per volume, and less chance of BPA-tainted beans.  But unless you have a pressure cooker, beans take forever to cook from dry.  The hours of soaking, the hours of boiling…  no more.  A pressure cooker gives you beans from dry to tender in 30 minutes flat (depending on the type of beans; larger beans take longer to cook).  You can cook pretty much anything quickly in a pressure cooker, including rice, stews, and grains.    Especially if you cook beans frequently, the pressure cooker is a time-saving winner.  Read the manual on your pressure cooker and use it properly.

 

Do you have favorite kitchen gadgets that help you out?  Share!

 

 

 

March 26, 2012 1:22 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Stuff We Love | Tags:

Frilling Fashionista: Cristin is trendy on a budget

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Hi every one! I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest FRILLING fashionista, Cristin. Cristin and I went to college together at LA Tech, and we have found ourselves together once again in graduate school at Truett Seminary.

Something I have always noticed about Cristin is how she has a way of always looking extra frilling and trendy, even though grad school can suck a person’s shopping funds completely dry! I decided to ask her just how she does it, and she was nice enough to share THREE easy tips that can help a girl keep her wardrobe current, even if she is on a tight budget. Check it out:

Notice the boots Cristin is wearing in all three looks as well as this ruffled skirt. Here’s what she had to say when it comes to splurging on a statement piece:

Each season buy ONE expensive item that you feel is basic for the upcoming trend and can be worn with various combinations. For instance, jeans that can be worn with dressy and casual shirts, boots that can be worn with numerous styles, or a multi-colored skirt that can match most shirts are all just examples of what I mean.”

Check out Cristin’s choices with solids: a cropped black cardigan, a hot pink fitted top, a long, drapey black top, and pictured below –  a simple teal dress, and mustard tights. At youfrillme, we are true believers that any solid can act as a neutral, and can have a lot of versatility as a result. Cristin follows this formula to a tee, and it enables her to get more wear for less cost. Here’s what she had to say:

“Many of us love to keep our closets organized and throw out old clothes that we do not wear anymore. Clean your closet out, but always keep your basic apparel and solid colors. They work for all new trends and it is simple to maintain style with accessories.”

Cristin splurges on one nice piece each season, and she keeps her closet stocked with basic, timeless, versatile items. But she really FRILLS things up with her accessorizing. The extra long knee highs worn in two of her looks, and her two cognac belts add frills to her solid colored clothing. Plus, she has lots of chunky costume jewelry that she can layer up or down as she pleases. Here’s what she had to say:

“Accessories are vital when one is on a tight budget. It is effortless to come across accessories at cheap prices. They add extra style to whatever you are wearing.”

My favorite piece of Cristin’s is her FRILLING ruffled mini skirt. You guys know I’m a sucker for good pattern mixing, and there’s no exception here with the polka dots and floral. It’s a trendier piece that can get lots of wear if you’re not scared to go for it, and Cristin definitely isn’t!  What’s your favorite look?

Thanks, Cristin! You FRILL us!

 

March 22, 2012 10:55 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | No Tags

Jennifer Lawrence at the HG Premieres

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Well, the Hunger Games premiere is almost here, and Jennifer Lawrence has been all over the world promoting the flick. Here are some of the dresses she has worn to the biggest premieres. Which one is your favorite?

Prabal Gurung in L.A.

Ralph Lauren in London

Calvin Klein in New York

Marchesa in Berlin

Tom Ford in Paris

March 20, 2012 11:06 PM | Comments | Categories: Entertainment, Fashion | No Tags

Easter Basket Brainstorming

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Lately I’ve been brainstorming a few things I’d like to get or make to put in Little B’s Easter basket this year from her Mama and Papa.  I’m looking for things that are a little creative, unexpected, handmade, and candy-free (Little B is only 16 months old and her Nutritionist-Mama doesn’t give her sugar yet).  Here are a few things I thought of.   For a complete list, check out my board.

Charley Harper Memory Game

B isn’t quite old enough to actually play the game yet, but she’ll love the colorful images and cards.

Crocheted Bunny Peeps!

These would be fun to play with.  And quick to crochet up.  You can find patterns online.

Fun popsicle molds!


We are really in to making homemade popsicles now that the weather is warming up.  It’s easy to make delicious frozen treats out of healthy, organic ingredients.  Here’s a recipe Little B likes (until she gets a brain freeze and cries):

Creamy Pina Colada Yogurt Pops

8 oz plain goat’s milk yogurt (or other yogurt if you prefer)
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
1 ripe banana
3-4 tablespoons apple or pear juice

Blend in a blender until smooth and creamy.  Freeze in popsicle molds for several hours, preferably overnight. 

 

I’m having a little trouble deciding what kind of basket to get.  I know I want it to be pretty, handmade, and useful.  I’m thinking of going with one of my favorite Ghanian baskets in bright colors, which are collapsible and washable (just hose ‘em down) and very durable.  And maybe decorating it with ribbons?  Still brainstorming…

 

Got any creative ideas planned for your little one’s basket?  Share!

March 19, 2012 7:53 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

Citrus

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There’s nothing like a splash of citrus to brighten up an overcast day. A lot of people think one bright color is enough for an outfit. Too wrong they are! Why not mix a couple of bright colors together? I promise, you’ll thank me later. I chose yellow and orange.

I have been on the lookout for a pleated mini-skirt for MONTHS now. In the fall, I originally had my sights set on a blush color, but when I spotted this tangerine tango skirt at a Gap Outlet recently, I knew it was meant to be. I LOVE it! I can’t wait to try out all of the new ways to remix it this spring/summer.

I love the details of the pleating on the skirt with the buttons and delicate smocking on the top. FRILLING. If you ever find yourself nervous about mixing prints, start out small by mixing materials that have different kinds of detailing.

Cardigan and Top: Old Navy / Skirt: Gap Outlet / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: Urban Outfitters 

Happy Saturday!

March 17, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Friday: Texas Bluebonnets

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Spring is here, and the bluebonnets have sprung! The Texas State Flower is lovely to behold, and behold, it is everywhere around here!

We had a lovely big patch in the yard…until my dad came along yesterday and bush-hogged them. (“Whaa? Flowers? I was just mowing the weeds down. Oh. Sorry.”) Fortunately there were a few left standing and I was able to capture them.  Technically I think you’re not supposed to pick them, but we’re on private property so… picking, bush-hogging, what’s the difference?

I walked down the road a bit to another lot where there was a large, intact patch.  I think they are so charming.

And this is Texas for you: Bluebonnets and cacti. There you go.

And here’s a look at this blasted gold stuff that I think is causing my current allergic demise.  Bah. They do not frill me.

What’s FRILLING you this weekend?

March 16, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , ,
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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