Handmade Cosmetic Bags

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Look at these cute cosmetic bags I’ve been making!  I can’t stop!  They are easy and fun and quick to sew up, and I think they make cute gifts (In fact, when a certain someone sees the owl one she will know it’s for her.).  This is the tutorial I used, but I improved on it with the addition of fusible interfacing between the two fabrics to give the bag more body, and I also added a handle after I made the first one. I line the inside with the adorable oilcloths I’ve been finding around.  This one is lined with the same fabric I made the oilcloth bib out of.

For the polka dot I chose a bright floral.  Well, actually I chose the oilcloth first, the exterior fabric second :)   This was the first one I made, the prototype.  I improved at it the second and third times around (and added the handle).  I may yet go back and add handles to this one.

The second one was made out of this seashell fabric, and lined with a gray vinyl.  I already gave it away to my aunt.  Wish I’d remembered to photograph it before I gave it to her…

I still have a stack of fabrics to make more.  Hopefully time and my toddler will allow for more sewing…

March 14, 2012 8:05 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

Greens and blues

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Happy Tuesday every body!

It’s EBEW time! Even though, I am in Greece right now, I planned accordingly to make sure I could participate in this month’s theme, green. I totally voted for nautical – green seemed a little *yawn* for me. So I decided to FRILL things up by steering clear of classic green and adding blues to the mix.

Lately I have been loving adding layer upon layer of similar color schemes to my outfits. Greens and blues remind me of summer time and the ocean. Unfortunately the Waco weather contributed to this picture by granting me extremely high winds the day I took the pictures. Rather like the beach, but totally not the beach!

Purse: Fossil / Cardigan: Banana Republic / Scarf: Charming Charlie’s / Bangle: JCrew Outlet 

For this look I wore one of my favorite springtime dresses. I’ve had this one for a couple of years, and it continues to get plenty of wear each spring/summer. I paired it with turquoise shoes, a lime green cardigan, a teal scarf, and a yellow bag to add a pop. Besides the bag, I tried to make sure everything I had on had hints of green or blue. I really wanted to emphasize this color scheme. I have found that brighter looks really do brighten up my day significantly.

**The dress and shoes both came from local boutiques in Ruston, LA and Austin, TX. Unfortunately I have forgotten the name of both!

 

 

 
Green | Everybody, Everywear

March 13, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Remix: One Dress 3 Ways

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Talking about Beth’s excellently versatile, neutral, and multi-seasonal, yet FRILLING dress (the last one in the post), I was reminded how useful a good neutral dress is.  Behold, my own very favorite versatile, neutral, multi-seasonal dress. The funny thing is, I didn’t even pick this out for myself.  My mom and Aurelia went shopping and surprised me with it last spring! It has become a wardrobe workhorse.

A few reasons I love this frock, after a year of wearing it on all kinds of occasions:
a) It’s navy blue: my favorite go-to neutral.
b) It has lovely details, including epaulets, buttoned front pockets, a pleated waistband, and side pockets you can actually put stuff in.
c) The zip-front makes it nursing-friendly.
d) The fabric is soft and comfortable.
e) It has a 50′s inspired silhouette, which is classic, and which I’m always drawn to.
f) (do I need more reasons?) It can dress up or down.

Here I have on just the dress, with a pair of comfy gray-blue flats:


dress: Anthropologie last season/ flats: Born

Cute, right?  But could be cuter, more FRILLING…  Well, let me show you what this dress can do.

 


(scarf: Charming Charlie / cardigan: JCrew outlet / tights: We Love Colors / booties: Aldo / belt: H&M / necklace: Circle and Square / bracelet: gifted)

With the addition of a few fun accessories and a couple of layers for interest, the dress goes from hmmm to ooooooh.  And the tights, scarf, cardi and boots make it nice for cooler weather.

 


(flats: Lands End Canvas / cardigan: JCrew Outlet / belt: Target / bangle and pearls: Beehive)

Here I’m adding a bold, bright, springy color and canvas flats, with red accessories and prim pearls.  A simple, feminine look.

 

And finally, for my favorite remixed look, I have added none other than my very most favorite hot pink blazer.

I seriously love this blazer. You have already seen it here, here, and here so I’m sure you get by now that it is my current signature piece. Who would’ve thought that a hot pink blazer would be one of the pieces I use most?  Me, that’s who; cause that’s how I roll.  Add a shiny skinny belt, fun strappy wedge sandals, and a long necklace, and you have another easy remix of a staple item!

If you don’t have a neutral dress that you love in your closet, you should put it on your shopping list.  I recommend that you hunt for the one you love, one that can live with you for a while, one that is classic in style and neutral in color, and that fits perfectly and makes you feel fabulous.  Don’t settle for less than love on this one.  You’ll find all kinds of ways to wear it for many seasons to come.

Do you have a go-to dress that you love? Have you remixed it in creative ways, or for different seasons? Send us photos!  We’d love to see them!  youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com

March 12, 2012 8:30 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Sweet Saturday: Gluten free cupcake inspiration (guest post)

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Happy Saturday everyone! I should be landing in Istanbul, Turkey right about now. Next stop – Greece! I’ll be gone for 9 days, but I have a string of posts set up for the week. For this first post, I’m happy to introduce you to our first ever guest blogger (who just so happens to be my sister), Alicia. Alicia blogs about her life as a stay-at-home mom, military wife (and air force veteran), and Christian. Alicia, you FRILL me!

Many of you may not know this, but baking and artistic presentation is definitely in my family’s bloodline. From my mother, who made enviably creative and delicious cakes when I was a child, to my sister, Aurelia who makes beautiful and delicious sweets of her own, to my older sister, Angela,  who creates unique and artistic cake creations that most would never attempt!

I, myself, prefer cooking over baking, where I don’t have to use measurements and where I have fun coming up with my own recipes.  However, as a mother to a toddler, the inevitable has happened. I must bake…for my toddler’s preschool class, for church, for her birthday, for the holidays.

So, this Sunday, our women’s group at church had a bake sale fundraiser. Wanting to bake cupcakes, but also wanting to do something creative, I came up with some requirements:
Here were some requirements that I had:
1. Must be gluten free. (Thank you Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix)
2. Must be milk free. (Thank you Earth Balance soy butter)
3. Must be delicious. (In my opinion, the chocolate gluten free cake mix not only tastes better, but has a better texture, more comparable to cupcakes made with wheat flour).
4. Must be lovely.

I found inspiration on Pinterest, and with ideas swirling in my brain, off to the supermarket I went. The first thing I saw when I walked into Super Target was beautiful, fresh strawberries! The idea formed instantly. Chocolate cupcakes with strawberry flavored icing, garnished with a strawberry.

Lovely, delicious, gluten free, milk free, but definitely not guilt free! They were a huge hit!

March 10, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags: , ,

Frilling Friday: Sniffles and Chocolate Cake

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Hello and Happy Friday.

I certainly hope you got more sleep than I did last night, what with being up half the night with a feverish, teething tot (teething? oak pollen? a spring cold? all of the above?). Last night it stormed and turned cold, so we’re having one last winter’s hurrah today here in Texas….

… snuggling up and consoling ourselves with warm soup and our favorite toys (Stripes the bunny and Rocky Raccoon, in her case; my knitting, online bill pay (ok not a favorite),  and The Paris Wife in mine).

Today I’m also planning to make a Aunt Betty’s Chocolate Pound Cake for a gathering of friends this evening.  This is not low-cal, folks.  Make it at your own risk.  I’ll try to post a photo once I get it made.

Aunt Betty’s Chocolate Pound Cake

The Stuff:
2 sticks butter
1/2 c shortening (I use non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening)
3 c sugar
5 large eggs
3 c flour, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp cocoa powder
1 c milk

The Do:
Mix butter and shortening.  Add sugar and salt. Then add all 5 eggs at once.  Now mix in the remaining ingredients.  Bake at 300 for 2 hours.

Pretty straightforward, right?  Aunt Betty is a pretty straightforward gal.

March 9, 2012 1:02 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Food, Frilling Friday, Recipes | No Tags

Yellows

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Lately I’ve been loving wearing multiple layers of the same color. I especially have been having fun with yellows.

Throw in some pattern mixing and fun socks (Fran inspired me – see here and here), and…

VOILA!  FRILLS to a casual outfit! To make this look even more frilling, I added layers of my favorite bracelets, tied the shirt in a knot to the side (it was a little long), and rolled up my cardigan sleeves so that I could show off some more of the blues and yellows in the shirt. What are your tips for adding extra frills to a casual day?

Top and Cardigan: Old Navy, Jeans: Banana Republic Petite, Socks: Gap, Loafers: Ralph Lauren, Clutch: Style & Co. 

Happy Thursday!

March 8, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Blueberry-Almond Breakfast Muffins

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Yesterday I baked!  For the first time in months! I forgot how much I love healthy baking.  And these muffins are healthy and delicious.  High-fiber, high-protein, all-natural, and fairly low-glycemic (coconut sugar crystals are a low-glycemic sugar alternative).  Use organic ingredients whenever possible.   This recipe is adapted from this one at Deconstructing the Home.

Make them!  Make a double recipe and freeze them so you’ll always have them in the freezer waiting for you to enjoy when you need a healthy quick breakfast.

This recipe is not gluten or dairy free, but could be easily made either/or with simple substitutions.  For gluten free, simply replace the whole wheat pastry flour with more almond flour and make sure your oat bran is certified GF if you are super sensitive*.  For dairy free, simply replace the yogurt with soy or coconut yogurt.

The Stuff:
1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c oat bran
1 1/2 c almond meal flour
1/4 c brown sugar
2/3 c coconut sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ Cup yogurt (use Greek yogurt for extra protein)
2 eggs (or three if your eggs are small yard eggs like mine were)
1 ½ teaspoons almond extract
1 c almond milk (or other milk version)
1 c fresh or frozen blueberries
2/3 c sliced almonds

 
The Do:
1) Preheat oven to 350.  Grease your muffin pans, or line with paper liners.
2) Mix together all dry ingredients in a sizable bowl.
3) Add all the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until they are all well-mixed.  The batter will be quite thick.
4) Now fold in the blueberries and almonds.
5) Place batter into muffin pans.  If using paper liners, fill each 3/4 full (for 18 muffins).  I like to make heftier muffins, so I omit the liner papers and fill the pans generously (for 12 muffins).
6) Bake 20 – 25 mins, keeping watch, until tops are golden and a toothpick comes out clean.

Best served warm for breakfast.  I like mine with a slather of sunflower or almond butter, or a side of Greek yogurt.

…or a pat of soft butter works too..

Enjoy!

*Oats do not contain gluten themselves, but they are typically processed in facilities that also handle gluten-containing grains.  Therefore they are prone to cross-contamination with gluten molecules, unless processed in a gluten-free facility.

March 7, 2012 9:56 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Recipes | No Tags

Frilling Fashionista: Beth’s Sophisticated Neutrals

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Happy Monday!

Today we’re FRILLED to introduce you to Beth.  Beth and I went to college together in Louisiana.  Now we live in the same town and have baby playdates together.  Beth has an amazing sense of style.  Seriously, every time I see this woman, I want to be just like her.  A few things strike me about Beth’s fashion sense:

a) Her wardrobe has great bones.  She spends time hunting down fabulous neutral pieces with which to build her outfits.  And by neutral I do not mean boring.  Her “basic” pieces tend to have great details, embellishments, and lines.
b) She layers brilliantly.  Layers = interest.
c) She pays attention to texture, proportion, and lines.  So sophisticated.
d) Her accessories are always spot on.  Just the right amount of sparkle… or dangle… or pop of color… or glamour…

Case in point:


All the pieces in this outfit are neutral in color (except the scarf, obviously), but the drape of the fabrics, lines, and proportions all come together for a sophisticated business casual look.

Again, several great neutral pieces — drapey cardigan, floral jumper, brown belt, brown loafers –  plus a pop of mustard (you know how we love colored tights!).  And Baby N is adorable on her hip, no?


Here is Beth rocking texture for the win.  Sequins + chunky knit + drapey cotton +  wedge pumps? My mind is blown.  All the colors are soft but the textures make this so interesting.


Finally, I couldn’t leave out this  lovely dress.  Once again, this dress is neutral and versatile, but embellished and interesting with pleats, buttons, and epaulets.  The booties give it the look an edge, but the dress would be equally cute with strappy floral sandals or wedges.  An excellent multi-seasonal go-to frock.  And with a red lip you cannot go wrong.

I asked Beth a few questions about her style, to let us all in on her secrets.

Me: How would you describe your style?

Beth: My style: subtly embellished. I can’t accessorize too much without feeling like I’m playing dress up, but I don’t like to feel plain, so I try to find clothes that offer a bit of flare…a white button up shirt with pleats, a striped tee with puffed sleeves, a colorful belt, or scarf, etc.

Me: Where do you get your clothes?

Beth: I am fortunate to have a mother-in-law and sister-in-law with amazing boutiques. Between rrus & co Vidalia and rrus & co Houma, I have expanded my wardrobe to include a lot of unique pieces. When I shop in Austin, though, my inspiration stores are J.Crew and Anthropologie. I can’t always afford to shop there, but I take ideas and look for similar pieces at Target or Nordstrom Rack.

Me: Quality or Quantity?

Beth: If you ask me quality or quantity, I have to say neither. I put a lot of thought into a purchase, but I still try to avoid spending a lot of money. The perks:  it is very easy to share a closet with my hubby, and I rarely experience buyers remorse.

Me: What’s on your “To Aquire” list for your wardrobe?

Beth: I need flats. The comfortable kind…not the kind I have to add inserts to. I keep my eyes open for simple black, dressy nude, and cobalt blue pairs when I’m out browsing. Also, skirts. Spring is calling my name, and colorful, printed and patterned skirts are on my mind.

Me: Got any tips for being a Mama, but keeping your style cute and current?

Beth: I have a horrible confession. If I have the option to buy something for Baby N or for me, I pick me. My opinion is she looks cuter if I look cute. She doesn’t care if she wears the same 7 outfits again and again, but I would care if I had to. Also, my mommy down time is reading In Style while taking a bath. It helps me stay inspired to put new outfits together with my existing wardrobe.

 

I hope you’ll all agree that Beth’s style is fabulous.   Thanks Beth!  You’re gorgeous, and your style is FRILLING.

March 5, 2012 12:35 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | No Tags

Choosing spring statement shoes

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Happy Saturday everyone! One week from now, my husband and I will be taking a trip to GREECE with some of my colleagues! Until then, I’m enjoying the usual early Texas spring.

Every year, I like to buy one nice pair of shoes that I love and that will carry me through the summer as well. Of course I have other shoes I will also wear, but there is generally ONE pair that I splurge on. These are what I call my statement shoes. Want to know my advice on choosing your statement shoes for spring?

1. Decide first on the style of shoe that works best for you. For example, your go-to style might include flats, strappy sandals, wedges or heels. For me, I LOVE chunky shoes that make me taller, but that are also comfortable. Wedges are my signature look when it comes to spring/summer because I find them to be very easy to walk in as well as comfortable (as long as you find the right pair). So, I knew I wanted a pair of wedges for the spring. Now what?

2. Pick a trend. What’s your favorite trend that you are seeing right now? For us normal humans, we can’t have it all! So pick your favorite look and start searching for shoes that are inspired by that particular trend. This season, there are a few trends that have drawn my attention, specifically when it comes to shoes: platform sandals, color-blocking, and thick, leather strapping.

3. Find a balance with practicality. Obviously, none of these trends are necessarily timeless, but I decided to go with the one I thought I would ultimately get the most use out of. That’s not to say I won’t end up with a pair of platforms, for example. But they definitely won’t be my splurge of the season!

I am so happy with the end result. I have already worn these shoes a number of times, and they are very comfortable and go with everything! As soon as spring really hits, I plan on wearing big, chunky wedges as many days as possible until the fall. Since I already have a few pairs from previous years, it’s looking to be a very FRILLING spring for me!

What will be your statement shoes this season?

Top: Gap, Corduroy Skinnies: Banana Republic Petite, Wedges: Steve Madden, Clutch: Gifted

PS: Not too long ago, I received a package out of nowhere in the mail from my friend’s mom. (You DON’T even know how much I LOVE getting mail.) Inside was this orange cross body bag with a chain link strap (I’m using it as a clutch here). I ADORE it. Thank you Ruby! What a kind and thoughtful surprise!

March 3, 2012 11:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Frilling Friday: In Progress…

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In progress today are…


a felted French Press Cozy knitting project…

a potting project…

and Mom’s famous corn dip…  which she tells me actually came from Miss Una… It’s yummo.  If you want to try it out here’s the recipe:

Miss Una’s Famous Corn Dip

  • 2 cans of Mexican corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 small can green chilis
  • minced jalapeno to taste
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients and serve with corn chips…easy!

 

What are you working on today ?

March 2, 2012 10:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Frilling Friday, Handmade, Recipes | No Tags
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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