Frilling Ways to Chambray: In Lieu of a Jacket

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Besides the recent (and hopefully last) cold snap we’ve just experienced, Spring has really sprung here in Austin, and I’ve been getting plenty of use out of my favorite knit dresses as a result.

It’s probably no surprise to you that denim is really popular lately. Besides my chambray top, I’ve recently acquired this denim vest, and I am so excited to style it with dresses, shorts, etc. Still, as the weeks have gone by, I’ve started to realize how much a cropped denim jacket would do wonders in my closet. I have styled the one we have at J. Crew in so many fun ways for clients (try pencil skirts, woven and silk dresses, maxi skirts and dresses), and now I find myself wishing I had one for similar items of mine.

Fran found a great one at H&M not too long ago, but I’m still hunting for the perfect one. Do I want a white or colored one? How dark should the denim be? How fitted and cropped? Until I’ve found the one I’m totally FRILLED by, I’ve been using my chambray in lieu of a jacket or cardigan. Here, I’ve paired it with this super fun knit dress.

I added a pop of yellow with my shoes, bag and nails for some FRILLS.

It was a no makeup/dirty hair kind of day, and I purposely kept the jewelry minimal. I wanted to be super simple and laid-back.

chambray: J. Crew / dress: urban outfitters / shoes: J. Crew / bag: target (old) 

March 27, 2013 8:34 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Tied and True

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Happy Wednesday all! I am so excited this week because we will be received the keys to our new home! I can’t wait to share all the projects we have in store with you guys.

Recently, I had an appointment in which the client’s goal was to learn how to dress down her many wear-to-work pencil skirts. My first thought? Chambray of course! Here’s an example of how I’ve dressed down my own pencil skirt using my ever-reliable J. Crew Keeper Chambray.

The denim fabric tones down the dressiness of the pencil skirt, and I casually tied the bottom of the shirt for added emphasis of this laid-back look.

I left a few buttons unbuttoned for more emphasis of my casual vibe. I also added a few pops of color just for FRILLS: coral lips and some sea foam: a VERY popular spring trend this year. I have no problem jumping on the bandwagon. This color looks great on every complexion.

I rolled the sleeves for even more emphasis (in case people weren’t getting the picture that I am indeed dressed down here! haha).

I traded my pumps for my funky Clark’s Indigo boots and added some frilly ankle socks.

Do you have any tips for dressing down a pencil skirt? My client left with 15 photos of different looks involving t-shirts, Sperry Topsiders, a denim jacket and more! She already owned the chambray (smart gal) so she was ready to go!

chambray and necklace: J. Crew / cardigan: J. Crew Factory (old, but similar one here) / skirt: Banana Republic Petites (old, but similar one here) / socks: Madewell / boots: Clark’s Indigo / lips: MAC Morange 

Check out the gallery of past Chambray looks below!

Frilling Ways to Chambray: Monochromatic Hues

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Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday! Last week we started a frilling new series highlighting the many different ways to style a chambray top. I debuted the series with a classic, sophisticated look. This week I layered my chambray with J. Crew’s Tippi sweater and I also purposely created a monochromatic palette of blues.

Check out the details:

A popped collar. People have mixed opinions on the popped collar. I say that sometimes it can work.

A chunky ring and another deliciously gaudy bauble around my neck. Blues on blues on blues.

Layered polka dots to add some FRILLS. I love the layers of blues AND the layers of polka dots. I pretty much love anything that takes extra thought and care.

Sweater: J. Crew / Chambray: J. Crew  / Skirt: J. Crew (old. similar at F21) / Necklace: J. Crew (old. similar style at Bauble Bar)  / Tights: Madewell / Shoes: Clark’s Indigo / Ring: Circle & Square / Lip color: MAC (Russian Red) 

How do you style your chambray?

March 12, 2013 8:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Lifestyle, Outfit posts | Tags: , , ,

It’s the little things

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The little things are the big things. That’s kind of my mantra lately, and I think that’s what our little blog is all about, too. Finding the FRILLS in the ordinary, daily stuff (Check out our Frillosophy for more); seeing the beauty in the little things.

We try to see life this way on both deeper levels and at the surface. For me, even when I’m getting dressed, I try to add tiny frills of creativity that will provide me with little reasons to smile amidst stress and chaos.

Like a rolled skinny pant, with a pop of cute sock:

Or just a bit of a popped collar, with a bright bauble to add some FRILLS:

Or a rolled up cardigan, layered with a rolled up chambray:

Necklace: J Crew / chambray: J Crew / cardigan: Madewell / pants: Banana Republic Factory / socks: gifted / shoes: Naya (a collection from Naturalizer) 

Casual, but comfortable, and also creative. It’s all about the little things, right?

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: , , , ,

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: , , , ,

Statement skirt

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Urg, I didn’t notice the light bubble on the pictures until it was too late. Oh well. Moving on. Don’t you love when you buy a piece only to find out that it goes with just about everything in your closet? You can’t know it until you’ve had it a while, but once you realize it, it’s a very happy surprise. That’s how I feel about this skirt.

I’ve been wearing it for a couple of months now in so many different ways, and I keep forgetting to photograph its versatility! I love this skirt because it has amazing structure that is totally frilling because it can be dressed up or down. I also love the print. It’s both fun and classic, and it’s not too bold to mix with various patterns and fabrics.

Plus, it’s totally flattering. I bought this skirt online so I was really taking a chance, and it worked! I’m anticipating wearing and loving this skirt for many seasons to come!

skirt: J Crew Collection / sweater: tippy sweater from J Crew / necklace: Zara / chain link bracelet, bangle, and ring: J Crew / shoes: Clarks

Do you have a “statement” skirt you love?

December 6, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

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!

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: , , ,

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.

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