Frilling Friday: The New Normal


This week feels like it has been the first truly normal week for our family since Tiny T has been born (with the exception of a few extra dogs and chickens *wink).  No holidays to weird things up.  Just us, figuring out what our lives look like as a family of four.  Learning to work and play and eat and sleep and breathe and manage our time and be calm in spite chaos that happens.  Whew.  We’re tired.  But happy.

This week I made an extra effort to document our new normal.  If you follow me on instagram you may have seen some of these images this week.

1. loves
2. she wanted her baby in her “sling”
3. toy-strewn living room
4. sisters
5. look at that face.  10 weeks old.
6. figuring out cloth-diapering routine
7. Radio Flyer aka double stroller
8. wet bags from For Keeps
9. purple potatoes for dinner
10.little sweet smiles
11. little belly
12. vintage crochet booties

happy weekend!

January 11, 2013 12:52 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Lifestyle | No Tags

Frilling Fashionista: Tracee’s Chic Details


My friends, this is Tracee.

Cousin Tracee.  Cousin Tracee came for a visit over the holidays and let me photograph her in the Frilling outfit she was wearing; although, she’s Frilling every time I see her — this is just a sample of her Frillingness. She’s actually Jordan’s cousin, but I claim her.  She’s mine, I tell you!  I mean, wouldn’t you want to be related to someone so chic? Not only does she have great taste, but she also lives in Brooklyn (NY!) and works for this ministry organization, and is overall a swell gal.  Which makes her a Triple Frill.

The outfit is pretty basic in concept and very wearable: jeans, boots, top, cardigan — the ultimate timeless fall/winter uniform.  It’s the details that are so pretty and interesting and thoughtful, and, I think, the hallmark of Tracee’s style.  Starting with the jeans, which are both printed and burgundy, two of this season’s best trends. They’re also skinny-straight (I like JCrew’s “Matchstick” description for this style), and cropped perfectly above the boot at the ankle.

Moving on to the long cardigan, also burgundy for a monochromatic palette; and the black silky hip-length top.  The top actually has a really nice boxy shape that I didn’t capture in the photos…

Grounding the look with a pair of killer low-heeled boots…  (Burgundy denim + cognac leather = divine. )

And topped with pitch-perfect, thoughtfully chosen accessories: an abstract floral scarf, dangly bow-tie earrings, a chunky statement ring, an interesting mixed-metal necklace, and a menswear watch.

Jeans: The Loft / Top: JC Penney / Cardigan: Target / Boots: Chelsea Crew / Ring: Nordstrom Rack / Watch: Fossil / Necklace: Birdhouse Jewelry / Scarf: Urban Outfitters

Tracee had this to say…

On shopping:
“I love shopping, but I also love finding a bargain. I will splurge on shoes if needed, they must be cute and comfy…I live in NYC and I am always on my feet! I also see a lot of expressions of style throughout this city — some I like, some I don’t! While I have always loved clothes and shoes, I have come to appreciate fashion even more while living in new york. For a woman who enjoys shopping, it becomes very difficult living in NYC on a budget, since there are lots of clothes to choose from and always somewhere to find them.”

On her personal style:
“If I see something I really like, I will make it work for me. I am relatively aware of trends, but don’t just dress by them. I love shoes, so I often pick the shoes first and then build around them. I love skinny jeans or jeggings and cardigans. I’m also a fan of dresses, but it’s winter right now and I can’t imagine wearing one! I enjoy taking simple pieces and adding some flare. I love jewelry, but typically simple pieces. My style is sometimes described as a preppy hipster or prep with some flare.”

The thing about fashion on a budget is that you have to really think through what you’re going to spend your resources on and be intentional, which I think can make for a better overall wardrobe.  At least it does for Tracee. I can’t decide on my favorite part of this outfit. It’s so well curated. I love everything.  What’s your favorite piece?

Thanks Tracee!  Your chic-ness Frills us!


January 9, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | Tags:

Rainy Day Creativity



It’s a rainy day here.  Lately it’s been seasonably chilly and damp.  B and I woke up today with our creative juices flowing.  She decided to start with her favorite activity: watercolor painting.

We also got a head start on our Valentine decorating…

Incidentally, aren’t these alphabet magnets nice?  They were a Christmas gift.  You can find them here.  I have them on a magnetic strip we use to display artwork.

For myself, I’m wishing for a few extra minutes to get a little hat finished for Tiny T.   Nothing like a rainy day for knitting and drinking tea.  Here’s hoping…




January 8, 2013 10:40 AM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | Tags: ,

Alphabet Quilt


My mom made this adorable little quilt for Baby T.

She picked up the vintage reproduction alphabet squares at a quilt show.  She knows I like vintage reproduction fabrics.  I just love the quaint little illustrations.

I think the quilt is especially cute topped with a baby in a strawberry hat.  But that’s just me.

January 7, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Handmade, Nursery | Tags: , , ,

Frilling Fashionistas: Katelyn’s Eclectic Style Choices


Hi all. Happy Friday! Today we are excited to introduce our first FRILLING fashionista of 2013! I have been pestering my old friend from seminary, Katelyn, to send me photographs of her awesome style choices for a while now, and she finally did! Thanks Katelyn!

Katelyn lives with her husband and adorable English Bulldog in East Texas. She has a Masters of Divinity AND a Masters in Spanish. Do yourself a favor and check out her blog for some thoughtful writing and insights into her family’s daily life.

I have always admired Katelyn and her eclectic style choices. You really never know what she’ll be wearing next, but it’s always super frilling and thoughtful. She always stays true to herself and wears whatever she likes rather than staying within the confines of certain looks. Katelyn says that on any given day, you’ll find her outfit choice inspired by classic, bohemian, hipster, modern vintage, or even grungy cues. Because of this, I find her style to be pretty eclectic.

Check out the stunning pics below, and catch tidbits of Katelyn’s style inspiration along the way!

“This is an example of when I want to add ‘frills’ to a simple outfit. I’ll take a simple sweater and skinnies and add glasses and a fun hairdo as accessories.”

“I like to wear accessories or clothes that mean something to me. Everyday I wear a ring from my time working at a church in Chile, a bracelet my mom brought me from Brazil, my everyday purse is from Chile, etc. In the winter my favorite beanie is a gift my dad brought me from Peru. I love collecting pieces from around the world. My favorite pieces have meaning behind them, and I think that’s why recently I’ve been drawn to vintage, bc even though I don’t know the story behind them, I know there is one.”

sweater: Modcloth / pants: Old Navy / shoes: Steve Madden / earrings & purse: Paizlee /  watch: Michael Kors / bracelet & ring: travel souvenirs 

“I dress for myself. I am just as confident going to dinner in sweats & no makeup as I am if I get all dolled up. I might not feel as cute, but I don’t let the way I look determine my self value. If others wonder why I’m not wearing makeup, it doesn’t bother me. So if I feel like dressing cute, I do, and if I don’t, then I don’t. “

“I don’t spend a lot of money on clothes. Anything expensive is either a gift, bought with a gift card, or on sale. I enjoy seeing expensive outfits and recreating them in my own budget. I’ll only splurge on things I know will get a lot of wear such as shoes.”

hat and chambray: Gap / pants: Old Navy / boots: Jessica Simpson 

“I’m just loving hats lately. And colored pants of course. Because of where I live I often feel stylistically out of place. So, if I’m going to wear something a little bolder like a hat, I tend to tone down my outfit. I still put together something cute, but it’s a little more plain than it would be if I didn’t wear a hat. But then again, sometimes I just go for it!”

“I love tights and pattern mixing, so I loved this outfit enough to wear it in our Christmas cards.” 

dress: Ruche / tights: Madewell / shoes: Clarks

Thanks so much for sharing your style with us, Katelyn! And if you haven’t realized it by now, you totally FRILL us!!

January 4, 2013 8:27 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | Tags: , ,

When You’re Smiling…


When you’re smiling…

When you’re smiling…

The whole world smiles with you.


January 3, 2013 3:16 PM | Comments | Categories: Lifestyle | No Tags

Frilling Fashionistas: A Year in Review


Hi everyone! Happy New Year! We are excited to begin another FRILLING year on the blog. Last year, we started a new series called “Frilling Fashionistas” which celebrates everyday women and their frilling, unique styles. Check out our Frilling Fashionistas of 2012 below, click on their names to read their posts, and then check back Friday when we introduce our first Frilling Fashionista of 2013!

Stephanie of Teal Annie: 

Jo Ann and her closet makeover: 

Amber and her handmade creations: 

Chansin and her fun spring/summer dresses: 

Bethie and her impeccable neutrals: 

Cristin is trendy on a budget:

Bethany color coordinates: 


January 2, 2013 12:39 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Frilling Fashionistas | 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.