Frilling {Maternity} Fashionista: Amber’s Classic Bump Style

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Today I’m FRILLED to share a peek at Amber’s fun maternity style.  You may remember her from her Frilling crochet creations.  Well, now she’s sporting a cute bob and a baby bump. Amber has a classic style and always looks polished, even at 36 weeks preggo!.  This is baby #3 for Amber, so she’s got some experience in the maternity wear department.

These green maternity cords are comfy and cute paired with stripes, a chartreuse cardi, and a chunky seafoam-green beaded bangle.  I think that mix of greens is so unexpected and interesting; and stripes are always the right pattern.  I never see a stripe I don’t like.  Leopard flats add more pattern interest.


pants: Motherhood / top: Ross / cardi: Banana Republic / flats: Gap / bracelet: Francesca’s

This maternity shirtdress is a hardworking piece; neutral in color, very versatile for many occasions and very multi-seasonal.  She’s wearing it for winter here (even though it was like 80 degrees here when we took these photos) with black tights, boots, and a warm cardi; but it would be just as nice with gladiator sandals and loads of shimmery gold jewelry. (For spring I’d add a bright patterned cardigan to liven up the neutral olive, and exchange the sash for a fun skinny belt; but that’s just me.)  In fact, this is the second pregnancy this dress has taken Amber through, so it has proved its worth.

dress: Motherhood / cardi: Gap / leggings: Ross / boots: JC Peney

For a more dressy occasion, Amber picked up this sparkly non-maternity dress at Ross.  I love finding non-maternity pieces that work for maternity.  The gathered v-neck will even be nursing friendly.  A dress like this is a find, my friends.  Until you start looking, you don’t know how hard it is to find dresses that work for nursing, much less nursing + maternity + beyond.


dress: Ross / pumps:Belk

In her own words:

How would you describe your personal style? “Elegant and classic but fun.”

What’s your shopping M.O.? : “Price and versatility, practicality, trendiness, all have a place, but in that order. At the same time, I decided a while back that I wouldn’t buy something just because it is priced right and practical, I have to LOVE it too.”

What are your favorite accessories? “Earrings and bracelets. necklaces are too tempting for the littles to grab and…I love scarves!”

Where do you go for fashion inspiration? “I like to read blogs (like yours!) and window shop. That’s where I see what’s “in” and typically decide whether or not I like it. But I don’t consider myself uber-trendy regardless because that would be less practical. I usually stick to a few trendy pieces in the wardrobe for fun and stick with classics (or what I won’t tire of, at least) for the rest.”

Quality or Quantity? “Quality. It’s more practical. And more classy.”

Anything else you’d like to say, just for frills? “Many women in the last month of pregnancy feel like a whale, walk like a penguin, and don’t feel attractive at all, but I say we should flaunt those beautiful bellies in tasteful style!”

Practical and classy; two great words to describe Amber’s maternity style.  Plus, Amber always has a cute and fancy earring for extra Frills, see?

(earrings: Beehive)

Amber, You FRILL us!

Gals: if you’d like to nominate someone as a Frilling Fashionista, send us an email with photos at youfrillme at gmail dot com.  We love featuring real-life women who have a unique sense of style and are Frilling it up in their everyday lives

Styling a patterned piece using basic closet essentials: video tutorial!

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Hi everyone! I’ve recently been making some test videos for a new video program I am hoping to implement with my clients at J. Crew. I thought I would share this one on maximizing the versatility of statement or patterned pieces. I would love to hear your thoughts on if this was helpful or not, and if you have ideas for future videos, let me know in the comments!

 

January 30, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Fashion Video Tutorials | Tags: , , ,

Stuff We Love: Mom & Baby Edition

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It’s been a while since we’ve done an edition of Stuff We Love, but I have some good ones to share for mamas and babes.  Check em out:

1.Weleda Baby Shampoo and Body Wash and Weleda Calendula Cream.  German company Weleda is known for their clean, non-toxic skin care products, and I have used many over the years.  These two baby products are in daily use at our house.  The baby shampoo is gentle and creamy and has a lovely light, natural calendula fragrance. The baby cream is pretty thick and moisturizing, and is doing good things for a touch of cradle cap on Baby T’s scalp. It’s also good for diaper irritation.  If you don’t like a thick cream, opt for Weleda Calendula lotion. Highly recommended by most of the Midwives I know.

2. Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. I have been using this stuff for 3 years now, and I love it.  One product does the work of three: foundation, powder, and concealer.  Gives me just the right amount of coverage, depending on how much I apply.  Always looks natural, and covers dark undereye circles and blemishes admirably when applied with a concealer brush.  This stuff is just the thing for anyone who doesn’t have much time to spend on makeup (hello mamas).  Also, the mineral ingredients are fairly clean. I have literally thrown away every other foundation or concealer product I used to use.  I usually wear it with a few swipes of Bare Minerals Warmth.  Mascara, lip gloss, and I’m out the door.

3.Wet bags. I got mine from For Keeps; Amanda, the shop owner, custom made them in the fabrics of my choice (aren’t those cameras so cute?).  Wet bags are heat-sealed to keep wet, smelly messes in.  Even if you aren’a a cloth-diaperer, you need a reusable wet bag in your diaper bag.  I can still remember the time B had an enormous blowout at Whole Foods and I had to carry her clothes home in an industrial-sized trash bag because that was all the guy there had to give me in a pinch.  Don’t make that mistake, mamas. Also useful for swimsuits and stinky workout gear.

4. Zutano baby booties.  Forget baby socks; they never stay on long. Zutano fleece booties snap on and hardly ever fall off.  Plus they’re completely adorable. Note: the non-fleece ones don’t stay on as well.

5. A good scarf collection.  I still maintain that a cute scarf is a nursing mama’s best accessory.  I wear one pretty much every day.  Besides making an outfit look put together or adding a pop of color, a scarf serves as a nursing cover, spitup stain hider, impromptu baby blanket, and can drape over your stroller or carseat carrier for naps on the go.  My most-used scarf is a black and white patterned one that goes with everything.  You’ve seen it (on Aurelia – she borrowed it) here. Black + white = bang for your buck. But I think this blue animal print is pretty versatile as well.

6. Skin Eternal Cream by Source Naturals.  This is a recent discovery of mine.  I’ve been using it at night for a few months now, and every morning when I wake up after a long night of parenting and nursing I think: Wow, my skin doesn’t look as tired as I feel.  And if that isn’t a good testimonial I don’t know what is.

7. NoseFrida Nasal Aspirator.  NoseFrida is my good friend.  You may have met her here before.  I can’t parent without her.  She is easy to clean and easy to use.  Get rid of your bulb syringe because it isn’t doing you any favors, and plus you have no idea what’s inside it.

8.  And one more thing I’d like to add, which I couldn’t find a good image of: Heron’s Nest Herb Farm Healing Salve.  Heron’s Nest Herb Farm is a local (for me) farm and producer of completely natural, wholesome skin care products in Blanco, Texas.  I picked up a jar of their healing salve at a farmer’s market.  For diaper rash, I apply a layer of this stuff for soothing and healing, topped with a layer of Boudreaux’s All-Natural Butt Paste as a wetness barrier, and the irritation is soon gone.  Also good for cuts, scrapes, random rashes, bug bites, and the occasional cracked nipple (wipe off before nursing).

Do you have mom/baby items you love that you’d like to share?  Let us know in the comments!

 

Gingham Style

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All fall and winter long, I have been having fun with my Petite perfect shirt in mini-gingham from J Crew (sorry, they are sold out!). In fact, I have had so much fun that I have forgotten to post these pictures! The weather has been very warm here in Texas as spring approaches, so I thought I better post these cool weather pics before it was too late!

Sweater: J Crew / Belt: J Crew / Pants: J Crew (old color) / Socks: J Crew Factory / Shoes: Ralph Lauren / Bangle: J Crew

Scarf: H&M / Necklace: Banana Republic Factory / Bangles: F21 / Ring: Circle & Square (Similar) / Skirt: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: J Crew Collection

Sweater: J Crew / Skirt: J Crew / Tights and knee highs: J Crew / Shoes: Blowfish / Ring: Circle & Square (similar)

What’s your favorite look? Do you have a classic button up that you constantly find yourself mixing and matching?

January 25, 2013 9:24 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,

Little Blue Hat

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Oh, if only I had more time for …  fill in the blank.  Is everyone saying that or is it just me?  I feel like I could put a million things in that blank.  Today it’s knitting.  Because if I had more time for knitting then I wouldn’t be admitting that this is the first hat I’ve knitted for Baby T.  Otherwise she’s been wearing handmedowns.  Lucky gal / poor gal destined to always wear handmedowns.  Lucky because who doesn’t love handmedowns?  Poor because so many of our handmedowns are pink or red and to be honest, hot pink is not sister’s best color.  Poor gal, amen?  Therefore, I chose blue.  She looks positively Frilling in blue.

(She has these dark blue eyes.  The color is hard for me to catch in photos because the blue is so deep.  We think they’re here to stay.)

This sweet hat has a fun basketweave design.  It’s the “Flower Pot” hat from Itty Bitty Hats (which I’m forever knitting from); I just left all the flowers off.  Instead I embellished it with one large crochet flower. I like cotton yarn for baby hats – it doesn’t itch like icky acrylic (yep, yarn snob, that’s me) and isn’t too warm (or itchy for that matter) for Texas like some wools.

A Peek at Baby T’s Nursery

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I’m really happy with the way Baby T’s nursery has turned out, and I’m so excited to share it with you today! It took me awhile to get it here, and of course my mom gave input and help as well, but I finally feel like it’s finished enough to share.  Not 100% finished, but close.

I decided to deviate from my normal white walls only rule, and paint the walls a pale shade of gray with just a tiny hint of blue in it.  It’s Behr “Reflecting Pool,” and it give just enough contrast to make the white trim and furniture pop. I don’t usually go by a color pallete; typically I like white walls and pops of color. But one definitely emerged in this room: aqua and red and gray. Regardless, I stayed true to form with lots of handmade details and mostly re-purposed items.

The rocker will eventually be replaced by one that works better with the decor of the room, but for now we have this golden-yellow one.  Pretend it’s gray. The book shelves are picture ledges from Ikea. The rug is also Ikea – we’ve all seen it around. And the chevron pouf is handmade by Aletafae. The curtains you may remember from B’s San Francisco nursery, along with the matching crib skirt.  My mom made both, which I still love and really like in this new space.  My mom was kind enough to replace the old blue rick rack on the curtains with a bright red.  She also painted the round side table as well as spray-painted the curtain rod, previously black, red; since I was preggo at the time.  I could not have gotten this room done without her — she’s a pretty bangup crafter and decorator.

This built-in cabinet is a great feature in the room.  I don’t have the shelves styled properly yet, though; I’m still looking around for the right stuff.

The crib is the Ikea Gulliver crib, the second that we own; B has one just like it in her room.  I’m not one to spend a bucket of money on a crib.  This one has clean lines, is sturdy and affordable, and can be converted to a toddler bed. The large Mary Cassat poster was in my room when I was growing up; my mom had it lying around and I gave it a new frame and a new home.  I think it’s especially sweet now that I have two little girls.

The “Texas Love” print is from Austin-based Etsy shop, Owl U Need Is Love.  I embroidered the “Practically Perfect” hoop myself after I was inspired by this one — I just free-handed the letters and umbrella. I always love a nod to Mary Poppins. And I love BlaBla dolls.

This dresser is a hand-me-down that Jordan and I have had since we were first married (10 years this year!).  It has been many colors and served many purposes in our home: buffet/sideboard, console, office supply storage, clothes dresser, and now baby changing station.  Strangely enough, I had already painted it this bright aqua color several years back, and had been meaning to repaint it a different color for a while.  But the aqua ended up working well for T’s nursery.

Hopefully you’ll remember the mobile I made from wool felt balls.  We hung a simple Ikea shelf to hold an old lamp I had hanging around (also from Ikea) and some baby supplies.  The Raggedy Ann plate is one I found at a thrift store some years ago for about ten cents.  And Aurelia picked up the sweet sheep collage by Cate and Levi Collection in a boutique on a trip to Portland; it’s made from recycled and re-purposed wool sweaters.  I framed one of our baby party invitations, which you may also remember.

I’m so happy with our sweet nursery.  T doesn’t actually sleep there yet except for naps, but as she transitions to sleeping in her own room I think we’ll love the room even more.   So far it lives well and has a cozy, fresh feel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 21, 2013 9:13 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

Polka Dot Obsessed

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In my last post, I told y’all I would post an Instagram pic of my favorite polka dot pieces, and I am keeping my word. I even linked up each piece if there are existing outfit posts where I am wearing it. There are actually a few future posts coming up with some of these (think J Crew polka pants and my 4-year old UO polka dot dress), too. After compiling these photos I’m thinking an intervention might be in order…

Top left: J Crew pleated mini skirt, Madewell wool sweater, J Crew toothpick jeans

Top right: Urban Outfitters dress, Charming Charlie’s scarf

Bottom left: Madewell pleated midi skirt (and here), F21 tank (and here), J Crew clutch

Bottom right: Madewell dress, gifted mini skirt 

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January 18, 2013 5:49 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | No Tags

I Dream in Polka Dot

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Happy Friday everyone! Today I am thinking about polka dots. They just can’t get any more popular can they? Big polka dots, small polka dots, colored polka dots, polka dots of different fabrics. Polka dots are everywhere! And now that I think about it, I have a little bit of a polka dot obsession. In fact, I’ll prove it to you. Later today, I will instagram a photo of some of my favorite polka dot pieces. You just wait and see. It’ll make sense that I dream in polka dot.

Ever since I began styling at J Crew, my own style has been evolving like crazy! I am in the midst of style inspiration constantly, and it has given me the opportunity to grow and be creative with my personal sense of fashion. I love getting to play with different patterns and textures. No matter how crazy, it’s never too crazy to wear to work!

Here I am layering polka dots using my dress and tights (both from Madewell), and then I am toning it all down with an unbuttoned chambray. I didn’t want to feel too dressed up, and the added chambray top was the perfect addition for a casual, day-time look. Finally, I added my favorite long necklace as of late (it reminds me of an everlasting gobstopper, and I kind of want to eat it).

Do you have some favorite polka-dot pieces? Email us: youfrillme (at) gmail (dot) com, and we may post your favorite piece on the blog!

chambray: J Crew / necklace: J Crew / dress: Madewell / tights: Madewell / shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Lips: Russian Red by MAC

January 18, 2013 10:14 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , ,

Postpartum Style: Hooded Scarf + “Momiform”

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I knitted this scarf a couple years ago.  It was my first major knitting project after learning to knit hats.  It’s knitted in a somewhat complicated lacework pattern.  I love to bring it out when it’s chilly.  The baby alpaca yarn is deliciously soft and cozy.  And guess what…

It has a hood!

This outfit is a pretty much my daily uniform (“Momiform” as Shana likes to say) these days: jeggings, a nursing tank, a nursing-and-pooch-friendly button-up or drapey shirt, boots or flats, plus accessories.

I find having a uniform, especially in the postpartum days, immensely useful.  Of all the stages of motherhood, postpartum is the hardest to dress for in my opinion.  The post-baby bod is just….weird. Proportions are different, nursing boobs are bigger, waistline is thicker (although I’m making headway on that), and time and energy for dressing are at a premium.  A uniform that is at least somewhat stylish, that you can throw on in a hurry after you hopefully got a shower and before everyone is awake and wanting to be fed… can do wonders for your day.   I’m not gonna lie; I’d love to be wearing adorable dresses and tights and skirts on a daily basis, but I gotta be where I am.  And that is in jeggings, most likely wearing a child strapped to my body.

Regardless of my style limitations at this point in my life, I can still wear Frilling accessories like my hooded scarf, a cool bracelet, a fabulous bag, and comfy-yet-stylish wedge booties.  These Toms booties have been a gem of my postpartum wardrobe this season. And the bracelets were some of my fave Christmas gifts.

top: Stylemint / jeggings: Athleta / nursing tank: GlamourMom / booties: Toms / scarf: handmade / shades: Aldo / cuff bracelet: Baublebar / brass infinity bracelet: MasloJewelry / tote: Madewell

January 17, 2013 1:18 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Golden Globes 2013: The Highlights

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Did anyone watch the Golden Globes Sunday night? Award season is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited! Here is my list of “favorites”, “bests” and “mosts” if you didn’t get a chance to watch or are just interested in what I have to say! Haha! Hope everyone is having a Happy Tuesday!

Favorite Dresses: 

Claire Danes in Atelier Versace (Image via here)

Claire Danes was absolutely stunning as usual, and she was clearly glowing having just had her baby son a month ago. Claire won Best Actress for TV Drama, and had a fantastic speech. I think she’s great!

Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera (image via here)

This dress is definitely unconventional and even over the top, but it won me over as I watched her interview on the red carpet. The structure of the dress is perfection and the floral print with the gray background gave it what she described as a modern feel. She definitely took a risk with this one, and I think it paid off!

Taylor Swift in Donna Karan Atelier (image via here)

I had to include Taylor Swift on the list because she has been impressing me lately with her mature fashion choices. Her normal go-to would be a princess-cut so she totally surprised me with the structure of this dress and with the color, too. Stunning!

Katharine McPhee in Olivier Theyskens for Theory (image via here)

I normally don’t go for super low-cut dresses, but Katharine McPhee was absolutely gorgeous on the red carpet. She wears this gown so well. My vote for best dressed of the night!

Favorite nod to the Queen: Jennifer Lawrence

Everyone knows Meryl Streep is the Queen of the biz (with 17 Oscar nods and 27 Golden Globe nods so far). Sadly she was home with the flu, but when Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Comedy Movie for her role in Silver Lining’s Playbook, she gave the best shout-out ever with her reference from the movie First Wives’ Club. Anyone recognize it?

Best Speech: Adele

Adele won Best Original Song for Skyfall, and she had the funnest speech of them all!

Most hilarious presenters: Will Ferrell & Kristen Wiig

There’s not much to say here. This improv had me laughing out loud!

Best Zinger: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler on Taylor Swift’s constant relationship changes

These ladies co-hosting were the highlight of my night. They were so legitimately funny, and I’m not the only one who thought so. The ratings were up for the first time in six years thanks to them!

Biggest Surprise: Ben Affleck wins Best Director for Argo

Normally the same people that are nominated for Golden Globes go on to be nominated in the same category at the Oscars. So I was super surprised when Ben Affleck didn’t even garner a nomination at the Oscars for directing Argo. What a snub! What a surprise when he actually took home the award in the same category at the Golden Globes. Usually the winner of the Golden Globes is a shoo-in for the Academy Award. Who knows who will win it now! Congrats to Ben Affleck though; totally well-deserved!

(Image via here)

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