Tea, and a hat

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The brain fog is clearing.  Jordan went back to work this week, so I’m busy figuring out how to parent two kids on my own during the day.  So far so good, as long as we keep occupied.  Today we took a midday walk, and since it’s a chilly day, B was sporting her newest hat knitted by yours truly, and embellished with a few crochet flowers.

Then we came inside to warm our fingers around our new favorite, “chocolate tea;” that is, Yogi Mayan Cocoa Spice.

Best served in a Christmas mug.  Preferably alongside a square or two of dark chocolate (not pictured because we already gobbled them up).

My solution for when things get tricky with a newborn and a toddler: the fleece pouch sling.  Never leave home without it.  Never leave a room without it.  The indispensable newborn baby soother.

November 27, 2012 1:36 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Old Made New: Tips for Displaying your Handmade Goods

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Hi all! This week Stephanie of Teal Annie continues her guest post collab with us, and we couldn’t be more impressed by her constant creativity. Also, don’t forget to check out her etsy shop for some great Christmas gift ideas if you haven’t already! 

 

This past weekend my husband and I participated in our first Arts Festival. It was a festival in our town that featured local artists and their work. I sold my repurposed jewelry as well as my collection of vintage clothes and purses. This festival gave us the opportunity to meet and talk with the locals about our work.

Here are 3 tips to setting up and selling your own goods to the public:

1. Select display racks/stands/containers that will showcase your goods clearly and organized. 

You want your goods to be displayed in a way where customers can easily touch, pick up, look at, and put back your goods. The items should be shown in a way that is visibly nice to the eye and as the actual item will look when in use. For example, I have the necklaces hanging and laid out on the table as they would look when worn, instead of tangled in a bowl. I also included a mannequin bodice wearing a dress and necklace to help the customer visualize what the items will look like when worn.

I used a wire basket for small clutch purses, an old metal rack for larger purses, and a metal clothing rack for hanging the vintage clothes.

2. Clearly price all of your items, and display your shop name. 

You can include a label/tag on each item, or if all of your items are the same price, you can just make one sign that says “All items = $$.” This is probably the most important tip because we all know it is sometimes awkward when asking the price of an item. ;) You should also have your shop name/brand displayed in an area that is easy to see.

My husband hand-painted this awesome sign for us to set up on the sidewalk for passerby’s before they came in to see each of our separate display spaces.

3. Have your business cards easily accessible to customers. 

Have your cards located on your main table where customers can take one if they want. You can also include a card with the purchased item.

If you have never participated in an arts festival and want to, I encourage you to go and check out some of your local festivals and start planning your festival debut! It is a lot of fun and is a great way to meet artists/crafters/bakers and other locals.

If you are familiar with festivals, I hope this has provided some inspiration! And if you just attend festivals, then continue supporting your local artists; they love sharing their goods with you!

- Stephanie

A day-to-night look

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A day-to-night look is important for Texas Falls, not just for frills, but for functionality as well. Most days are warm, but the nights tend to cool off. Layers are a must!

The basics I’m using for my day-to-night look here are J Crew’s Perfect Shirt and Toothpick Jean. And by the way, the toothpicks are the perfect skinny pant for short people. I have them rolled here, but they have a cropped fit, which on me translates as a normal length jean. Plus, they are super comfortable. Frilling, y’all.

Clothing: head-to-toe J Crew / Jewelry: Necklaces: Teal Annie / Ring: Circle & Square 

If you can’t tell, this look practically screams “comfort”. And in case you couldn’t tell, I added the ever casually-chic, front-tuck. Perfect for a day of shopping or running errands.

The tartan pattern on this top reminds me that the holidays are indeed approaching, despite what the weather may have to say about it. Plus, the cotton fabric is super cozy, and I love pairing it with this plaid, red headband for an extra festive look.

 

For my night-time look I let my hair down, and – surprise-surprise – I added red lipstick for a pop of color.

In keeping with the comfortable, but festive theme, I slipped on my oversized merino pocket sweater. I also buttoned my top up completely. I want that tartan showing!

I also added my go-to black boots. I love how they make every outfit a little more funky and fun!

Shoes: Blowfish / Bag: J Crew Factory / Sweater: J Crew / Lips: MAC

Do you have any tips for an easy transition from a day-to-night look? What are some creative, frilling habits you have? Share!

Oh, the sweetness…

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As soon as my baby brain fog clears a bit, I’ll be back to posting about Frilling things again.  But for now, I’m enjoying the sweetness (and squeezing in as many naps as possible).

Didn’t you love Stephanie’s first post, and the peak at her fun vintage style? So Frilled to have her contributing for a while.

-f

November 14, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby | No Tags

Frill up your look from “just fine” to “too fab”

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Today I give you my advice for FRILLING up an every day look, using one of my basic closet essentials: the J Crew Tippy Sweater (get one, no two or three if you haven’t already). I mention the sweater because I want to prepare you for the many future posts that will be including it. What a palette! What function and versatility! The definition of frilling, I’m telling you.

I paired the sweater with this Banana Republic lace skirt, tights, and my Clarks Indigo mary janes. Fine enough I guess. But what do I do when I want to frill up an ordinary, just sufficient look?

  1. Add some jewels. A great bangle, layered bracelets or a statement necklace. Because I’m still pondering my wishlist for the perfect bib necklace via Baublebar, I layered 3 or 4 pearl necklaces here, along with my favorite chunky ring from Circle & Square.
  2. Frill up your accessories. I switched out the boring black tights for some of these navy and black polka dot ones. Love, love, love.
  3. Add some funky shoes. I love my Clarks mary jane-esque shoes, but I was going for something different here. So, I switched them out for my Clarks Heath Wren booties for a more current look.
  4. Finally, add red lips. Always add red lips. I am coming up on my one year anniversary of the realization (thanks Fran!) that I can totally rock red lips. I am now convinced anyone can. Here I’m wearing Russian Red by MAC.
**What I should have done to complete this fab look was add a top-knot. Next time!

Got any advice for how you like to spice up your look? Share in the comments!

November 13, 2012 1:11 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | No Tags

Frilling Friday: Winner of the Teal Annie Giveaway

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Happy Friday everyone! Using a true random number generator AND including the extra entries of those who followed Teal Annie on instagram, I’m excited to announce that the winner of this week’s giveaway – a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop – is…

Heather Hall Hanzelka! Congrats Heather! Email us at youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize! As for the rest of us, Stephanie’s baubles are totally affordable, so I hope you’ll treat yourself to something very soon!

November 9, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , ,

Frilling Fashionista: Stephanie Combines her Love of Vintage and Thrift

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Hi all! Today marks the first guest post of many to come from Stephanie of Teal Annie, and we thought we’d start things off right with a Frilling Fashionista post! What I love about Stephanie is that she knows who she is, and she owns it and rocks it! Her personality comes out through her style, and we just can’t get enough! Get ready to be totally FRILLED by her creativity. Also, don’t forget that it’s not too late to enter the Teal Annie giveaway

 

Hello! My name is Stephanie Dugard, and I’m here to tell you a little bit about myself, my love for finding old/vintage items, and how I’ve learned about my personal style.

Fringe Harvest Moon Tee: LuneVintage / Boots: Urban Outfitters

Dress: Motelrocks.com

Finding my own unique sense of style has been a creative process. I can see how it has developed and changed over the years. While in middle school and high school, I began venturing out and wearing crazy outfits and pretty much anything that was different and would distinguish me from someone else. I then became very interested in vintage clothes and thrift shopping.

I have a few go-to pieces that I wear every day or every other day. I will literally wear something until it is unable to be worn…until it rips or falls apart.

My go-to item at the moment are these jean shorts and band tee. I wore the shorts all summer and now can pair them with black, grey, or wine colored tights for the fall/winter. I CAN’T STOP WEARING THEM. They will one day soon fall apart, and then I will have a new go-to piece..and that’s the way I like it! ;)

Vintage Band tee: thrifted / necklace: crystal moon from Teal Annie / Shorts: American Eagle / Tights: Target

I mostly shop for clothes at thrift stores or my sister’s closet. I tend to make 2-3 more expensive, quality purchases a season on staple items I really, really want. For the fall, I splurged on these boots from Urban, a screen printed pullover from Blackbirdtees on Etsy, and some tights from Gap.

Horse graphic top: H&M / skirt: F21 / bag: thrifted / shoes: Keds / Jewelry: Teal Annie

bags: thrifted

I’ve been able to blend my love of vintage and thrifted items, my learnings from experiments with repurposing old clothing, and what I’ve seen in fashion through the years into my own unique individual style. At this time, I would describe my style as Vintage Fun with a flare of Boho Rocker. 

dress: upcycled from thrifted “school teacher” dress / shoes: Keds / Necklace: Teal Annie

dress: Vintage 70s / Necklace: Teal Annie / Record: my fave – Johnny Cash

Frilling accessories: J Crew calf hair wide belt

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Happy Tuesday y’all! There is nothing like a good statement accessory to FRILL up your everyday wear. For instance, here I’m wearing J Crew’s calf hair wide belt.

I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about this purchase at first. Would I like it 5 years from now? How much wear could I REALLY get out of an animal print belt? I tend not to wear a lot of belts, so it was a risk for me!

My rule of thumb for this belt and for any piece you own, love, but aren’t quite sure how to wear is this: put it on with every relevant outfit possible, just to see how it looks. So far, I have only ended up taking it off once! It’s amazing how versatile and functional this belt has been for me. I am really, REALLY happy with this purchase. It has definitely added to my wardrobe, and as y’all could have guessed, I am especially smitten with the extra frills created when I mix it with another print.

I’m also loving and wearing the heck out of my Teal Annie necklaces. Anything made with love and a unique story is extra special to me. And our giveaway is still going on, so don’t forget to enter for your chance to win $50 to the Teal Annie Etsy Shop

Necklaces: Teal Annie / Top and Cardigan: Madewell / Belt and Pants: J Crew / Boots: Blowfish / Chain link bracelet and bow ring: J Crew 

November 6, 2012 10:07 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

We’re FRILLED to announce…

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…the arrival earlier this week of none other than Baby T!

Born sweetly at home, quicker than quick, with help from lovely Midwives.  8 pounds, 5 ounces; 19 inches long.  Healthy, pink, and hungry.  We’re resting and being still and grateful for a while.

-f

November 3, 2012 8:08 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby | No Tags

Win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop!

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we are FRILLED to introduce you all to Stephanie Dugard, creator of Teal Annie, a vintage clothing and accessories brand. Teal Annie originated from Stephanie’s desire to create and produce things with a unique story.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Teal Annie over the next two months through a series of regular guest posts by Stephanie. We cannot wait for her to share her creativity with us! Stephanie, you FRILL us!!

To celebrate, we are kicking things off with a super fab giveaway! Enter for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the Teal Annie Etsy shop! For the giveaway, all you have to do is:

1: Visit the Teal Annie Etsy shop and take a look around.

2: Leave a comment below telling us your favorite piece from the shop.

3: “Like” the Youfrillme Facebook page.

And for an extra entry: 

4: Follow @Tealannie on Instagram!

That’s it! The giveaway will be open until next Thursday, November 8th at 10 pm CST. Check back next Friday to see if you are the winner! And don’t forget to keep an eye out for Stephanie’s first guest post! Also, follow her on twitter (@StephanieDugard)!

November 2, 2012 9:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Design, Fashion, Handmade, Stuff We Love | Tags: , , , ,
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