Silk Anthro Top


Hi all! I am currently overcoming one of my worst (fashion) habits, one Anthro top at a time…

Believe it or not, one of my worst habits when it comes to clothing is my tendency to not wear it if I think it’s “too dressy”. A lot of people will find this surprising  (I have learned others think I am always dressed up), but believe me, it’s true. For example, take this adorable top from Anthropologie.

This stunning, 100% silk top was a graduation gift from my mom-in-law (Fran’s mom) last year. This means I have had this top for an exact year and have only worn it two times. TWO TIMES! Isn’t that sad? It’s because it’s so lovely and beautiful and FANCY that I am scared to even wear it! What if it gets caught on something and rips? What if I spill something on it and it gets dirty? What if I don’t have a special occasion to wear it to? I’m telling you, I do this WAY too often.

However, I have come to realize (finally) that this top is way to FRILLING to hang in my closet all year long. And anyway, why do I do that with things I love? If it really is lovely and beautiful and fancy, shouldn’t that be reason enough to wear it even more?

Top: Anthropologie, Skinny Jeans and white cami: Banana Republic Outlet, Wedges: Gianni Bini

Do you have any fashion fears you have trouble overcoming? What are they? Is anyone like me and afraid to let themselves wear dressier clothes on ordinary days? My advice is to let everyday be frilling. Wear what you love!


April 17, 2012 11:56 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Birthday Crawfish Party


Happy Birthday week to me!  My birthday happens during prime Louisiana crawfish season, and my favorite thing is to have a get-together over boiled crawfish and all the fixin’s.  A few images from my birthday celebration Saturday…


April 16, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Parties | No Tags

Spring has sprung


Happy Sunday friends! We are spending the day with family, being lazy and enjoying lots of always welcome rain. Last year in Texas was awful in terms of rain. It felt like we had a whole year of nothing. So we are all really happy about the amount we have gotten so far this year. Spring has really sprung at my house! Check it out:

I hope you all are having as lovely of a weekend as I am!

April 15, 2012 11:39 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | Tags: ,

Sweet Saturday: Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes


Happy Saturday everyone! Today my friends and I threw a baby shower for our dear friend, Melaina. I made these fun cupcakes that I saw earlier this week on Annie’s Eats. Love that blog. Thanks to my friend Kelly for staying up super late with me and for making the candied oranges that topped the cupcakes!

Now, Lyle and I are headed to Austin for Fran’s birthday party! We will be having a crawfish boil and lots of yum summer treats. What’s making your Saturday sweet?

April 14, 2012 1:45 PM | Comments | Categories: Food, Parties, Sweet Saturday | Tags: ,

Frilling Friday: The Head and The Heart, and Ladybird Johnson


First off, a new favorite band, The Head and The Heart.  Jordan, the best music-finder, found them. Listen and love:

Secondly, yesterday we went to the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.  It was lovely.  If you ever find yourself around Austin with nothing to do, it’s a nice outing.

We then ate lunch at Bouldin Creek Cafe, a vegetarian restaurant and coffeehouse.  It was yum.  I got the vegan Soul Food Platter.  But I forgot to take a pic before I ate it up.

Tomorrow we’re having a birthday party!  for me!  Huzzah! I love Birthday Week!

(PS: Ugh, I found another scorpion this morning!  This time in the bathtub!  *shiver*)


DIY: basic fabric banner


Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! I have had a very busy, but exciting week. One of the many things coming up is a baby shower my friends and I are throwing at my house for our friend, Melaina. I decided that I wanted to make a banner with her sweet babe’s name on it as part of the decor. I’ll show you what else I’m doing next week!

I know there are a TON of DIY banners out there. In fact, there are so many, that the idea of looking for one overwhelmed me a little too much, so I just made up my own. Here’s what I did:

I free-handed a triangle onto half a piece of card stock, and then I used it to trace the rest.

I traced the card stock triangle onto different pieces of fabric that I already had and cut them out using a rotary cutter.

I used hot-glue to stick the fabric onto the card stock. I would have used fabric or craft glue, but I was out.

Using free-hand, I drew out the letters of the baby’s name onto note cards. Then, I cut those out and traced them backwards onto the wrong side of the fabric. I cut out the letters using fabric scissors.

Originally I thought I might hot glue the triangles onto ribbon, but ultimately I decided to punch holes into them and slide a piece of yarn through each one. I wanted some kind of divider, and these wool beads I found at Michael’s were perfect.

Finally, I slid everything onto the yarn rotating between beads and triangles. Viola! Just lovely! And the variety of patterns and colors would go perfectly with any nursery decor, if you ask me. (but y’all know I’m a sucker for pattern mixing!)


April 12, 2012 2:58 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Crafts + DIY, Parties, Tutorials | Tags: ,

Inspiring Workspaces


A dear friend of mine (Hi Kate!) sent me an email the other day, with this question:

“what do you think is the latest in the design world?  we’re ready to turn our den into a home office but I’m trying to figure out what design trends i should do- gray, white, and citrus lime?  chevron print?  West Elm ish?”

She and her hubby are the spunky, do-it-yourself creative types, and their home is always bright and joyful and creative and evolving.   Well, I’m no expert designer, but I can tell you what I like and what I’m seeing around the blogs.

a) Fresh and Neutral

(Martha Stewart via Apartment Therapy)

I think you can’t go wrong with a neutral, well-organized workspace with a few inspiring pops of color, and some natural (the seagrass lanterns) or vintage (the vintage artwork) elements .  In this case, a fabric-covered bulletin board provides a color burst plus organizational functionality.  They’re  incorporating pieces of Ikea and West Elm here.  Click the photo for more details on the space.

b) Graphic, but not distracting

(Apartment Therapy)

I think a workspace should be clean and bright and well-lit.  Here the designers kept a primarily neutral color scheme, but added graphic and colorful touches.  I especially like the bold striped rug next to the demure chintz ottomans.  Plus some colorful graphic artwork, along with well-organized shelving.

c) Whiteboard Paint

(Design Sponge)

My mom did a wall of their pool house in whiteboard paint, and ever since she did, I’ve been stewing on all the great places this idea could be put to use.  A home workspace is perfect.   Reminders, phone numbers, calendar of events; the possibilities for functionality in an office are endless.  Bye bye Post-its, hello whiteboard wall.

d) Industrial Task Lighting

(dos family via SFGirlbyBay)

Did I mention that a workspace should be bright and well-lit?  Industrial light fixtures make it happen and add clean-lined design interest.  Check out more images here.

e) A Gallery Wall

(The Design Files via SFGirlbyBay)

A workspace is a great place for a well-executed gallery wall, although I am seeing them cropping up everywhere.  In the case of an office, I’d keep it cohesive and light, like this example.  The frames and mats are light in color and the images are a mix of graphic and colorful.

With regards to chevron print: yes, I love it.  It’s bold and graphic and gorgeous.  But, like ikat prints, I’m seeing them everywhere, and I wondering if they are on the verge of being overdone.  I still love them, but I think there will be a new pattern trend coming down the pipeline soon. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for what.  Meanwhile, I hope these ideas are inspiring.

What do you think of these ideas?  Did I miss a trend you’re really loving on?


April 11, 2012 11:32 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion | No Tags

Pastel Pretty


Happy EBEW day! This month’s theme is pastel, which is a really huge trend right now. I don’t have a lot of pastel pieces, but I was determined to work with what I already have in my closet to make this look my own.

I basically just put on everything I owned that could be considered pastel! This is exactly why I love participating in EBEW each month. It stretches my creativity, and I almost always end up in outfits I would have never thought of otherwise.

I ended up LOVING this look because of the soft, sweet hues and the way they contrasted with my darker tone. Plus, I have been wearing a lot of really bright clothing lately so it was a nice change.

Notice the bag. It has not disappointed. I am still smitten. I can’t get over the fact that my 5’1 self found a big bag that doesn’t swallow me. I deserve some kind of special award for that feat people.

Top and bottom: Urban Outfitters / Cardigan: J Crew Outlet / Scarf: Goodie Two Shoes / Shoes: Steve Madden / Bag: J Crew

One of my favorite ways to keep up with new trends is by easy accessorizing. (Cristin talked about this also a few weeks ago!)  For example, I almost always wear the same gold bangles and bracelets these days; I just switch out the biggest, chunkiest one depending on my color scheme. Lately I’m loving this pastel blue J Crew bracelet. Also, I haven’t bought any new clothing as far as pastels are concerned, but it was cheap and easy to find this pastel green nail color.

Thanks for reading! What are your favorite pastel pieces? Are you like me and lacking in that area?

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April 10, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

A Lovely Easter


We had a truly lovely Easter day, with church, egg-hunting, Easter-frock-wearing, lunch with friends and family, and some fun sprinkler playing in the warm afternoon.   Plus, I have a new camera lens, with which I am enthralled.  So I can’t help but share a few photos from our day (and B’s adorable frock).

(B’s dress: BabyGap / B’s sandals: Payless)

Hope your Easter was equally nice.


April 9, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby Fashion, Holidays | Tags: ,

Frilling (Good) Friday


Some good friends came over to help B and I dye Easter eggs.  We had fun.  I have a new camera lens (! Wahoo!  50 mm f/1.4 !! happy birthday month to me!) that I played with.  I’m still figuring it out.

B broke a few eggs and then was bored with the whole thing when she realized we weren’t going to let her splash in the dye.

Happy Easter!  Today we’re observing Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus death and burial.  We look forward to Resurrection Sunday!

(oh, and here’s a photo of an Easter Lily I took with my new lens.  I’m so psyched about this lens, ya’ll.

(oh, and here’s a scorpion I found this morning under a pair of gloves.  He/she is now deceased.

April 6, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Holidays, Lifestyle | 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.