…enjoying a bowl of steel cut oats with my little gal…
….helping B paint an egg-crate “house” for her Little People…
…re-reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, my most favorite childbirth book…
…dreaming about growing some indoor herbs in my kitchen windowsill (I wonder if it gets enough sun…)( via here via pinterest)…
… and dreaming about finding some time (and energy) to make a wreath like this…
What are you up to?
The temps are marginally cooling, I’m swimming in nesting hormones, and the yarn is calling my name these days. Aside from crocheting little hearts for bunting, I’ve been knitting hats.
This is one I finished for B several weeks back. I started it a long time ago, but then when I moved from SF, I accidentally packed away the pattern book I was working from, which was in storage until we moved into our house. So, I only recently picked it up again and finished it. It turned out bigger in size than I anticipated, but I love the stripes and the pointy elvish-ness of the knotted top. The yarn is 3 colors of soft Karabella 8 extrafine merino.
This one I already mailed away to a new little guy. It’s just a simple rolled-brim baby cap pattern topped with a pom, but really sweet I think. The yarn is self-striping Sugar N Cream 100% cotton. (I’m a snob about yarn: I hate acrylic. I’m only willing to use natural fibers like wool, cotton, and bamboo. Acrylic is cheap, washable, and has its uses; but I love the feel and handling of natural fibers. Knitting, for me, is a lot about texture and feel; and I also think the natural fibers wear better long-term.)
Sorry, B, this one’s not for you.
It’s occurring to me as I write this post that I’ve yet to knit any hats for Tiny T. Better get on it!
Here are three things I’m currently addicted to. Maybe you’ll love them too…
…fresh, in-season figs and pomegranate seeds, drizzled with honey…
…naturally scented Mediterranean Fig Candles by Pacifica…
…and crocheting little hearts to make a bunting for Tiny T’s room, based on this tutorial. I can’t stop making them. They’re so fun and quick!
Got any Frilling Addictions lately? Happy Weekend!
Yep, I said crop top. It is. But it isn’t.
See? I told you it was a big belly, didn’t I? I wouldn’t lie to you. But enough about that. Let’s talk about the outfit, which I LOVE. And it is hard to love any outfit when you are this pregnant. Half of my love for this outfit lies in the fact that only one piece of the whole ensemble is actually a maternity piece. Plus I got tons of compliments when I was wearing it yesterday. I might just wear it everyday for the next six weeks (Oh Jesus, please let it be 3!).
This top is my favorite. It is the perfect lightweight “sweatshirt” and it has awesome drape and great layering potential. It will also be the perfect top for nursing in – just sub out the tank with a nursing tank. I’ll show you. I’ll wear it later with leggings and killer boots and be a stylish lactation machine. But for now, it’s a drapey maternity crop-top. You didn’t know a pregnant girl could rock a crop-top, didja?
Awesome drape, interesting snaps in the back, soft cotton fabric… Add that to my trusty maxi skirt (in this case, pulled up over the belly), and a supportive stretchy tank, and you have a favorite outfit.
(top: Zara / tank: Old Navy Maternity / skirt: Madewell (last year) / shoes: old Birkenstocks / bag: gifted / necklace: Deb Brooks Jewelry)
1. Texans should never reproduce in the summertime. Tooooooooo hot.
2. I haven’t stopped perspiring since May.
3. Please oh please let Baby T come two weeks early.
4. People still say crummy things to pregnant ladies, even in Texas.
5. “Are you going to make it home before that baby?” is not an ok thing to say to a pregnant lady.
6. “Are you sure there’s only one in there?” is not an ok thing to say to a pregnant lady.
7. The other day someone was telling me that she encountered a very pregnant lady in the grocery store who was chowing down on a pint of Ben and Jerry’s with her own silver spoon, while letting her 10-ish-year-old daughter push the grocery cart around and put items into it. I cannot stop laughing about this. Mostly because I wish I could do it.
8. Don’t ask me right now if I will have any more kids after this. Ask me a year from now.
9. I am gratified to discover that I can still play my guitar around my ginormous belly. Somehow I escaped the laws of physics on this.
10. The temperature dropped below 90 the other morning, and I actually went for a walk.
11. I’m hungry for tempeh-bacon sandwiches. On Ezekiel bread. With barbecue sauce on them, and avocado slices, and baby kale leaves, and pepper jack cheese. BabyDaddy has been accommodating about this so far.
12. Poor Little B. Her mama is tired and only willing to play tea party whilst laid out on the sofa. On the upside, she gets lots more almond-butter-and-jelly sandwiches because Mama is too tired to cook much.
13. Poor BabyDaddy. That’s all. Poor BabyDaddy.
14. Happily, Little B seems to have great affection for her unborn sister. She goes around the house saying, “Baby T coming soon!” We’ll see what tune she’s singing once T arrives.
15. Tiny T’s room is going to be cuuuute. If I could ever get it finished. If I could ever get the energy to get it finished.
16. I think I’ve finally decided on these diapers. Has anyone used them?
17. Little B is made of watermelon. Tiny T is made of dried mangos. (and tempeh-bacon sandwiches.)
18. Moving residences during pregnancy is not advisable if you can help it. Trust me on this; I’ve done it twice.
19. A few days back I was talking to a friend about her experience nursing her newborn, and I realized I was jealous. I want to be nursing my newborn too. I take this as a good sign.
20. BabyDaddy and I see any new baby and get all googly-eyed. We have baby fever. Good thing we’re having a baby.
21. My Midwife adamantly wants me to gain more weight. More than the 30-plus pounds I’ve already gained? Whaa? Yes, she says, You’re gonna need it….. Watch out, Ben and Jerry.
22. Hot as it has been (although thankfully cooling off a little lately), the thought of going for a run is so delicious. Oh, to move quickly and lightly and rhythmically. As soon as I pop this baby out, it’s on.
23. My friend Brooke recently gave birth to her second child precipitously; as in, in a wheelchair in the parking garage of the hospital with a total of two pushes after less than two hours of labor. More jealousy (of the 2 pushes/<2hr labor part, not so much the wheelchair part). Statistically, just because I know her that will never happen to me.
24. The Midwives assure me labor/birth-giving will most likely be shorter/easier this time, since it mostly is for second babies, so they say. Nice.
25. I still look back on my experience giving birth to B as one of the most profound, powerful, and life-affirming experiences of my life, and am grateful to be given the opportunity to do it again regardless of how hard it might be.
26. Pedicures are a pleasure of pregnancy. Someone’s gotta do it, and I can’t reach them, so …
27. It’s hard not to feel embarrassed by how enormous my belly is. I know this is my own weakness and vanity. Plus the fact that my belly is freaking enormous, and I still have weeks to go.
28. I have instructed BabyDaddy to please have a Mexican Martini ready and waiting for me as soon as I’m done giving birth. It’s a sacrifice to go through Texas summer with no margaritas.
29. I’ve been reading this fantasy novel about a dude who gets infected with a kind of magic that makes him really fat, and the fatter he gets, the more magic he has. He just keeps getting fatter and fatter no matter if he eats or not, but he’s ravenously hungry all the time, regardless. Is it sad that I can relate to this? Maybe I have a belly full of magic. (I’m pretty sure I do.)
30.Don’t judge me for my literary distractions at this point. Anything to get my mind off it, and to pass the time between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. when I am typically not sleeping.
31. If you come over to my house, don’t look at the floor. Mopping is not within the Realm of Things I Do at this point.
32. Ugh, raspberry leaf tea is not yummy. Somebody make me a raspberry leaf tea margarita.
33. I love having little girls. For lots of reasons. One is that you get to put pink pom-pom trim on the bathroom window curtains.
34. Try singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (a.k.a Tinkew Tinkew Widda Tar) with a 30-lb toddler
sitting on curled around your belly and an unborn child snuggling her rump into your diaphragm and you will have one sweet, albeit breathless, experience.
Why, Fran, where have you been? Well, exhaustedly pregnant to tell you the truth. At this point, getting anything done beyond basic necessary tasks and childcare is just… hard. My plan each day is to get through each day, and hopefully that involves taking a nap. Ugh, I don’t want to be the lazy, exhausted pregnant lady, but there I am.
That isn’t to say I haven’t done anything at all FRILLING or creative or fun lately. I have, just more slowly. Like…
…creating healthy appealing toddler meals in our PlanetBox lunchbox, complete with Raw Cookie Dough Bites…
Keepin’ it Frill, people. That’s what it’s all about.
This week Emma Watson has been busy promoting her new film “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”. It’s her first major motion picture since the Harry Potter series ended, AND she debuts her American accent in it. I’m really hoping this film comes to Austin because it has pretty decent reviews so far.
Check out Emma’s looks for her various premieres. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a dress I didn’t love. She always incorporates such a good mix of high fashion and commercial likeability. Nothing is ever too safe, but somehow she always manages to pull off things others might not have been able to.
Do you have a favorite look?
Los Angeles: in Armani
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New York: in Brood
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Toronto: in Erdem
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Jimmy Kimmel Live: in J. Mendel
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Toronto International Film Festival Official Portrait: in Jason Wu
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Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s a little ironic that the EBEW theme is “back to school” on my first September NOT having to actually go back to school. I decided to create a fun back-to-school look anyway, inspired by Meg Ryan’s character in When Harry Met Sally.
Fran and I had a movie night recently, and we were absolutely FRILLED by most of Sally’s looks. It was a fun movie to watch because as it chronicled Harry and Sally’s relationship, we got to watch different styles emerge from different years. I was especially taken to Sally’s look in the 70s:
Inspired by this look, I created a look with a similar vibe (preppy school girl?), but that is more current and true to my own, personal style.
Two key factors in this look are my Urban Outfitters black mini skirt that I’ve had for going on three years (similar style here). I also have this one in magenta. These two skirts have been one of the biggest staples in my closet. I have remixed them in at least a jillion different ways by now. And they are still going strong!
Another highlight of this look are these Mary Jane-esque heels from the Clark Indigo line, a gift from my mom-in-law. They are especially comfortable and super versatile. I love that they are both professional and chic. One day, if I can ever find a job, I’ll be able to wear them with EVERYTHING.
Cardigan and socks: J Crew Factory / Top: Zara / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Bag: J Crew / Shoes: Clarks / Beads: Thrifted
What would your back-to-school look be like?
I find it pretty interesting. Besides the always-adorable-impossible-not-to-love Emma Watson, the red carpet fashion at the MTV VMAs Thursday night lacked quite a bit of color.
Emma Watson in a Peter Pilotto dress and Tom Ford Shoes (Image via here)
The show is known for it’s performances and awarding of pop(ular) music videos. And some the biggest names in pop music seemed to share the same idea on the red carpet. I saw lots of black and white.
Miley is proving to me more and more each day that the big chop was a good decision. I think she pulls it off well and with lots of confidence.
Miley Cyrus in Emilio Pucci, with a Edie Parker Clutch (Image via here)
Rihanna also debuted shorter hair. I think it looks gorgeous because she is gorgeous. And the dress is just gorgeous, too. Simple, chic, FRILLING.
Rihanna in a custom Adam Selman dress (image via here)
Taylor and Rihanna both made me really proud when they reminded everyone that white after Labor Day is totally fine. I really like what Taylor is wearing here because it’s a far cry from her typical pretty gown. Love the nod to menswear.
Taylor Swift in J. Mendel and Tom Ford shoes (image via here)
Elie Saab is one of my favorite designers so it’s hard for me to not like this dress on Katy Perry. I like it because it’s a little crazy and fun (kinda like the VMA’s) without going off the deep end. Plus, for Katy Perry, this is pretty toned down.
Katy Perry in Elie Saab (image via here)
This is my definition for going off of the deep end, but it’s Nicki Minaj. She always has a crazy outfit. At least she’s consistent!
Nicki Minaj in Versace (image via here)
Ahh, gotta love Demi. I think she has the most gorgeous smile. It just radiates. This was after her pre-show performance and after she won her first moon man. I’m really happy for Demi and excited to see her as a judge on the X-Factor next week. Also, I’ve decided that A-line mini dresses look amazing on her figure.
Demi Lovato after performing at the pre-show (image via here)