Frilling Friday: Nursery Inspiration

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We found out last week that it’s a girl!  Her name is Baby T… (hehe you thought I was gonna tell you her name.  nope).  I’m so excited for B to have a sister! They’ll be about two years apart, so hopefully they’ll be good friends and playmates.  I’ve always been jealous of my friends who have sisters (not that I don’t love my bro, not to mention my frilling sis-in-law), and I’m happy at the prospect of living the sister dream through my little girls.

I’ve thought all along that this was another girl baby, and now that we’re sure I’m right, I’m getting all excited about Baby T’s nursery.  So I spent some time looking around the internets collecting some inspiration.  Here are a few of my picks, but you can check out the entire pinboard here.

(Pam, don’t buy any of this stuff.  It’s just an inspiration board.)


Notebook Pouf (Little Choux via LayBabyLay)

 


I’m liking these light gray walls (Daffodil Design via Pinterest)


Aqua Crow’s Feet Rug (Land of Nod)


Sigh…this will not be in my budget, but… (Land of Nod)

 


Remember B’s handmade quilt? My mom just started work on Baby T’s quilt yesterday.  It will be Dresden Flower Garden pattern, and will look sortof similar to this (but different) in vintage-inspired fabrics.  I wanted the girls’ quilts to be able to look nice together for when they eventually share a room, but didn’t want them to be the same.   (photo via Pinterest)

 


This comes in a variety of colors.  I’m thinking red. (OwlyouneedisLove)

 


And wouldn’t this screen-printed ampersand pillow sit perfectly in that glider?  I’m thinking a red ampersand… (gracious home)

Don’t forget to check out more of my nursery inspiration pins here.
Happy Friday!
-f

June 8, 2012 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, For the Home, Frilling Friday | No Tags

The perfect summer hat

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I’m one of those people, that when I’m shopping, I just KNOW.

I know if I’m going to regret not buying something. I know if I’m going to love an item or get a lot of wear out of it. Obviously, I don’t always have the privilege of actually getting to buy said item. But I just know when something will serve me well.

Every piece in this particular look will tell a similar story, but my biggest case in point: the perfect summer hat.

I found this hat at the Gap on our beach trip a few weeks ago,  and when I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for me and that I would get a lot of wear out of it. I generally have a hat on hand to wear at the pool or beach, but I have yet to find the perfect summer hat that would suit me in other scenarios as well.

In general, I have a hard time finding hats that I feel comfortable in. I think my head is small, so a lot of hats tend to look silly on me. Not only do I love the darn brown tint to this hat as well as the orange wrap circling it, I also feel confident and comfortable when I’m wearing it.

Seriously, when I saw this hat, I loved it so much that I put it on immediately and asked the sales associate if she liked my new hat.  I only took it off to hand her the tag and pay for it, and I have been wearing it mostly ever since. Seriously, I have worn it more days than I haven’t worn it since purchasing it. It’s simply beyond versatile.

Hat: Gap / Bag: Target / Scarf: Gap / Top and Skirt: H&M / Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Do you have a summer hat that’s your go-to?

June 7, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

5 tips for making the most out of your space

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As I told y’all yesterday, Lyle and I recently made the move to the Austin area. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to stay in Lyle’s family’s pool house until we get acclimated here and figure out what part of the city we want to live in. It’s really nice to not be bound to a lease while we do that!

One of the biggest adjustments in our move was going from our 3 bedroom home to a studio-sized apartment. We put most of our possessions in storage, and I called my personal interior decorators (Fran and her mom) to come help me make this smaller space more livable.  I am so pleased with the results!

Check out these tips I recently learned on making the most of your space:

1. Be creative with your storage space

For me, this translated to shelves, shelves, and more shelves! Lyle’s (and Fran’s) mom and dad cut, painted, and hung these shelves for us all over our tiny apartment. Now we have a place to store our towels, dinnerware, spices, etc. without taking up anymore square feet.

I was also able to get use out of this green, Pier One Imports piece that I have had for nearly ten years. I have used it in so many ways such as in my closet storing shoes or purses, in our living room storing my school books, and now here, holding my sewing supplies. We love how it fits just perfectly under the counter top – again – no extra room being taken up here!

2. Add functionality to your space

This kitchen lacks a pantry, so we brought one to it thanks to Ikea’s Billy bookshelf. My mom-in-law painted the inside turquoise, and I love how it pops against the white shelving and wall. (Also,  notice that the wall has writing on it. That’s because there is dry erase paint on it! Can you read what Lyle wrote? We were being silly!)

3. Use stuff you would normally hide to add extra FRILLS to your space

Smaller spaces = being forced to show things you would normally have tucked away in that extra cabinet space. I made sure to keep the prettiest of my dry goods on display behind the glass  portion of our pantry door.

4. Be creative with your furniture

As obvious as it might sound now, Fran gave me a suggestion I would have never thought of. She dragged my chair to the center of the room and faced it towards the closest wall. She did this to cut off this portion of the room and in turn, created a living space that was non-existent before! Even though the entire space consists of essentially one room, I really feel like I am in a different area with the couch, chair, and ottomans set up this way.

5. Use a divider

I’ve never used a divider before, but Fran and Jordan let us borrow theirs. I love it! You can’t see any other part of the house from the bed and vice versa. I particularly love my little sewing space we created. It feels so cozy with the divider, rug, and lamp. Also, something that isn’t shown is the television. It’s mounted on the center wall so we can pull it out and turn it depending on if we are in the living area or if I am at my sewing machine. Very nice!

All in all, I’m really happy with our new, temporary space. It feels really good to downsize for a bit, and I’m very thankful to Fran and hers and Lyle’s mom for all of their help in making us feel at home. But what do y’all think? Did I miss anything? Got any good tips for making the most out of your space? Sound off in the comments!

 

June 6, 2012 12:00 PM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Lifestyle | No Tags

Embroidery fun with Sublime Stitching

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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday! I don’t know if you have noticed, but I haven’t been doing much posting lately. In the last couple of weeks, Lyle and I have undergone some major life changes (which resulted in my unintended absence). After my graduation festivities, we had a brief vacation, and then we headed back to Waco to pack up our things, move out of our lovely house, say goodbye to our dear friends, and make the move to the Austin area. We are still kind of in limbo, but it feels good to finally start the next chapter in our life!

In the midst of all the craziness, I found the time to make these sweet dishtowels for my friend who recently got married (which, by the way, may have been the most beautiful wedding I have experienced to date – and I have been to and in a lot of weddings!):

Over the last few years, I have found that I generally try and make something for my friends when they get married. Normally, I go with dish towels because to me, they symbolize what Fran and I (youfrillme) are all about – finding beauty and frills (and functionality) in the practical, day-to-day things. Everyone needs dishtowels – why not make them FRILLING and lovely?

The details:

The entire concept was inspired by embroidery patterns I purchased from Sublime Stitching – who I discovered at last year’s Renegade Craft Fair. I wanted a sort of vintage-inspired look, and I fell in love with this flower and birds design.

The Russian nesting dolls were also inspired by Sublime. I actually purchased embroidery patterns for these, but instead, I decided to incorporate them using applique and some super fun pattern mixing.

I also sewed on ruffles to the bottom of the dishtowels for extra FRILLS.

Finally, a little shout out to Mrs. Kathy Davidson – if you get a chance to read this – your wedding was gorgeous and you were absolutely stunning. Thank you for including me on such a special day. Best wishes to you and Matt as you continue having the time of your life! Hopefully these gifts will reach you soon!

June 5, 2012 11:28 AM | Comments | Categories: Crafts + DIY, For the Home, Handmade | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Maternity: Shift Dress and Nude Shoes

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Dressing an early pregnancy (1st to early 2nd trimesters) is tricky and challenging.  So when I find a few pieces that work, I wear the heck out of them.  Here’s a much-loved printed short-sleeve shift dress I’ve had for several seasons (four actually), which is serendipitously perfect for early pregnancy.

It’s not a maternity dress, and I had it long before babies were on my radar.  I wore it when I was preggo with B, and still consider it one of my favorite dresses; so, the printed shift dress is a winner.   A shift is a very forgiving shape, although you have to be careful of your color/pattern choice so as to avoid looking like you’re wearing a nightgown (a danger of many maternity dresses I see). I typically don’t belt it, but today I decided to add the red belt above the pooch, just for FRILLs.

And now, I’d like to take a moment to extol to you the virtues of the nude shoe.  Exhibit A:

The nude shoe is the workhorse Mother of all neutral shoes.  If you can have one and only one spring shoe, choose nude-ish neutral (aka “flesh-tone”, depending on the fairness or richness of your complexion).  Nude-neutral comes in a range of shades, from the lighter beige I have on here, to a richer caramel as seen on Aurelia here.  They all count, and they all go with everything.  You cannot go wrong with the nude-neutral shoe.

Note: Nude-neutral also takes the place of a white sandal.  Friends, I hate to be a hater, but I HATE white sandals.  My strongly-held opinion is that white sandals are for little girls (case in point).  If your instinct is to wear a white sandal in any outfit circumstance, don’t do it.  Wear nude-neutral instead.  Nude is perenially chic.

Have I offended you? Do you have a long-standing love of white sandals? (You’re wrong, I tell you! wrong! What are you, stuck in 1997?)  (just kidding, sortof) … :)

-f

June 4, 2012 2:36 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Maternity, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

How to Feel Fab When Fab Feels Far Away

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Recently a dear friend of mine sent me an email.  She was feeling a bit blah, but had an important event to attend anyway.  You know, the pms-bloat, gained-five-pounds, not-feeling-so-fab kind of blah?  Unless you’re Paris Hilton, you’ve probably been there, right? (If you haven’t, I don’t want to hear about it.)

So, I shared with her my very own classified top secrets for looking/feeling glamorous even in jeans, a stained t-shirt and …(fill in the blank: gained a few pounds, menstrual bloat, retaining water, pregnant in general, sleep-deprived, what have you).  Warning: these are going to sound very superfluous, because they are.*  

And now, lovely readers, I’m sharing them with you (don’t tell anyone) because I love you.  My eight secret strategies for feeling fabulously Frilling when fabulously Frilling feels far away. They are divided into these categories: “Not optional when you want to feel fab” (Not-Opt), and “Optional break-out measures to feel extra fab” (Opt).

Not-Opt


1) Wear mascara and lip gloss (and a hint of blush if you can go that far).  Even if you don’t normally do this, just try it.  I don’t do it for other people.  I do it because I like looking in the mirror and seeing an awake face, and because I like spending the two minutes on my own self for selfish reasons, feminism be damned.  Find two minutes and apply.

2) No matter what you’re wearing, if you have cute shoes on, people think you’re cute.  Especially if those shoes make you taller.  So choose something with a little heel.  A wedge for this season.  You’ll feel taller and thinner and aware of your calves.  I promise, if you have on FRILLING shoes, you will feel FRILLING.

3) Joan Rivers was right: big sunnies are glam.  They never fail to up the confidence factor.  Esp if you’re outdoors.  If you’re indoors, wear them on your head like you’re expecting a ray of sunshine to fall on you at any moment, which you are.  (I am especially partial to these bright red sunnies.)

4) Accessorize.  Opt for statement pieces, as opposed to tiny/delicate ones. Wear chunky glamorous bangles. Carry a bag you love.  Something big to hold the flip flops you’ll hide there in case you need a break from your wedges. Tie a colorful scarf to it, in case a chill takes you.  Or just wear the colorful scarf.  Choose accessories that make you happy and distract you from whatever is making you feel less-than-FRILLING.

Some Days Not-Opt, Some Days Opt:
5) A little cleavage never hurt anybody.  Wear something with a v-neck and let the creamy swell of your bosom peek out just a tiny bit.**  (Make sure your bra is doing your girls justice, keeping them in their proper lofty place. If not, get fitted by someone knowledgeable and preferably old.  Ladies over 70 seem to understand better how a bra should fit.)  Then ever so often look down and admire the dusky cleft and think about how sexy you are.

Opt:

6) Wear sexy underwear beneath whatever you have on.  Tell your husband you have on sexy underwear.  That way you can think about him thinking about you wearing sexy underwear.

7) Get (or give yourself) a mani-pedi.  Red, hot pink, or bright coral.  No muted, nude or blush tones here.  No purple, blue, silver glitter, or brown.  Only classic, bright, powerful, hot colors.  Hands included.  Either refuse dish duty or wear dish gloves for the duration of the time you need to feel fab.

8 ) Take a dose of B Complex vitamins to make you bright-eyed and energized.  The methylating factors in the B’s can also contribute to a feeling of well-being, due to their involvement in neurotransmitter synthesis.  Who cares why, just call them your happy pills.

 

Hopefully my top secret frilling strategies can do you some good on your off days.  You ARE fab and frilling, so you may as well FEEL fab and frilling even when circumstances (pms, constipation, pregnancy bloat, etc) are working against you, right?

Do you have strategies for upping the fab factor? Share in the comments!

 

* These strategies are meant to give you a confidence boost when you’re feeling off your game.  We don’t think that, ultimately, how you look should determine how you feel. Our self-confidence as women should be based on much more than that. But we do acknowledge a grain of truth of the old saying, “If you look good, you feel good.” If anything, we think that how you look should reflect your inner fabulousness.
**I am not advocating gross immodesty here.  Simply a hint of cleavage to remind yourself that you are an alluring woman.

June 1, 2012 11:55 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags
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