Frilling Maternity: Breezy Linen Pants


It’s been crazy around here!  We’ve been in our new house a week now, and are unpacked and settling in and dealing with all the issues that arise when you (well, we, at least) buy a house.  Aurelia and I got a chance today to snap some outfit photos for a long overdue maternity fashion post.  I have a hate-hate relationship with maternity jeans because I can never find a pair that doesn’t fall down and sag in the but, and was in need of some kind of comfortable, versatile summer pant.  Aurelia talked me into checking out these non-maternity wide-leg linen pants she had seen.  I don’t usually go for wide-leg pants, but these have been very handy, cool, and comfy to have around this summer and I have been wearing the heck out of them, just as she predicted. (Word to the wise: if Aurelia gives you fashion advice you should most likely take it.)

I’ve been pairing them with everything from tshirts, to drapey dolman-sleeve tops, to this maternity tunic from Asos which I’m in love with; but today I kept it simple with a black tank, drapey vest, and flat thong sandals, plus lots of chunky jewelry.  At 7 months pregnant (and feeling huge) in 100+ degree heat, comfort is my main goal in fashion; everything else is details.

(pants: Banana Republic outlet / tank: Old Navy Maternity / vest: Old Navy from a few seasons ago / faux leather thong sandals: had em for a million years / wood bracelets & bead necklace: Beehive Outlet / ring: won in a giveaway / gold mother necklace / sunnies: Ray Ban / watch: my trusty Swiss Army )

August 6, 2012 7:57 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Maternity, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

Sweet Saturday: gluten free hostess cupcakes


Y’all. Jo Ann got me this gluten-free bakebook as a thank-you for working on her closet, and I am IN LOVE I TELL YOU. The bakebook focuses on cupcakes, and all of the recipes use either almond or coconut flour, making each recipe grain-free (aka – super low carb, super low glycemic ).  That this book utilizes these two flours is a major plus for me because with my gluten allergy issues and low blood sugar tendencies, I have found that when I consume less carbs and more fats and proteins, I feel better and have tons of energy.

With all that said, I’m going to be trying out the recipes in this book and posting the results on the blog! My first recipe to try were these hostess cupcakes:

I had a few disastrous moments while baking these. In fact, I was sure I wouldn’t be able to post about it on the blog (this explains the sloppy hostess swirls). Surprisingly though, they ended up turning out really tasty!

I did learn a few lessons from this experience though:

  • First, ALWAYS follow the exact measurements when baking gluten free or risk the recipe not turning out well. I had quite a scare with the chocolate ganache topping when I greedily tried to make it even more low-glycemic!
  • Second, I wish I would have taken these out of the oven earlier because they were a little dry.
  • Finally, I learned that when baking with coconut flour, it’s really important to be store the finished product in an airtight container AND in the refrigerator to prevent hardening.

I was really pleased with this recipe and will definitely try it again. I can’t wait to try some new ones from this bakebook as well! Hopefully my next experience will produce prettier results!

What’s making your Saturday sweet?

August 4, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Food, Sweet Saturday | Tags:

My growing quilt collection


Growing up, I never had any hand made quilts. When I married Lyle, I started developing an appreciation for their beauty and the special meaning they can hold after seeing them displayed in his mom’s and Fran’s homes. You have to have a blanket on your bed, right? Having something beautifully made, meaningful, and functional is the epitome of frilling.

Lyle and Fran’s mom is the reason why Lyle and I have been able to start our own beautiful collection. Our first quilt was one she made for Lyle as a college graduation gift. Lyle graduated before me, so it really made me excited for the day when I would get a graduation quilt of my own!

In 2008, I graduated with my B.A., and I finally got my quilt! I absolutely LOVE it. It ended up being a little small for a queen size bed, but it’s perfect for a full size as well as our trundle-twin/guest bed. It makes me happy just looking at it!

Just last week, Lyle’s mom finished yet another beautiful quilt made just for me! It is on our queen bed now, and I’m in love. Blues and greens have always been my favorite color scheme so I’m especially smitten with it. Also, it’s a lot bigger than my last one so it fits our queen bed comfortably, but would even fit a king! I can’t wait to use it for years and years. I’m thankful for a thoughtful mother-in-law who is constantly going above and beyond to take care of us and make our lives sweeter!

Do you have any family quilts that are special to you?

August 2, 2012 10:00 AM | Comments | Categories: For the Home, Handmade, Stuff We Love | 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.