Frilling Ways to Chambray: Super Casual


Hi all! It’s moving week for us, so things are really crazy right now! There isn’t a lot of time for posting, but there is plenty of time for some super casual looks with my chambray top.

I love mixing different textures and patterns.

I’ve been on a Clark’s kick since the summer when I got these and these.

How do you casually wear your chambray? If you don’t have one are you convinced yet?

chambray top: J. Crew / linen tee: Madewell (similar) / lace shorts: Langford Market / wedges: Clark’s / ring: Circle & Square (similar)


April 4, 2013 9:01 AM | Comments | Categories: Outfit posts | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Ways to Chambray: In Lieu of a Jacket


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


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!

It’s the little things


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


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: , , , ,

Choosing spring statement shoes


Happy Saturday everyone! One week from now, my husband and I will be taking a trip to GREECE with some of my colleagues! Until then, I’m enjoying the usual early Texas spring.

Every year, I like to buy one nice pair of shoes that I love and that will carry me through the summer as well. Of course I have other shoes I will also wear, but there is generally ONE pair that I splurge on. These are what I call my statement shoes. Want to know my advice on choosing your statement shoes for spring?

1. Decide first on the style of shoe that works best for you. For example, your go-to style might include flats, strappy sandals, wedges or heels. For me, I LOVE chunky shoes that make me taller, but that are also comfortable. Wedges are my signature look when it comes to spring/summer because I find them to be very easy to walk in as well as comfortable (as long as you find the right pair). So, I knew I wanted a pair of wedges for the spring. Now what?

2. Pick a trend. What’s your favorite trend that you are seeing right now? For us normal humans, we can’t have it all! So pick your favorite look and start searching for shoes that are inspired by that particular trend. This season, there are a few trends that have drawn my attention, specifically when it comes to shoes: platform sandals, color-blocking, and thick, leather strapping.

3. Find a balance with practicality. Obviously, none of these trends are necessarily timeless, but I decided to go with the one I thought I would ultimately get the most use out of. That’s not to say I won’t end up with a pair of platforms, for example. But they definitely won’t be my splurge of the season!

I am so happy with the end result. I have already worn these shoes a number of times, and they are very comfortable and go with everything! As soon as spring really hits, I plan on wearing big, chunky wedges as many days as possible until the fall. Since I already have a few pairs from previous years, it’s looking to be a very FRILLING spring for me!

What will be your statement shoes this season?

Top: Gap, Corduroy Skinnies: Banana Republic Petite, Wedges: Steve Madden, Clutch: Gifted

PS: Not too long ago, I received a package out of nowhere in the mail from my friend’s mom. (You DON’T even know how much I LOVE getting mail.) Inside was this orange cross body bag with a chain link strap (I’m using it as a clutch here). I ADORE it. Thank you Ruby! What a kind and thoughtful surprise!

March 3, 2012 11:53 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

New Girl-ish


Cardigan: Anthropologie, Dress: H&M, Tights and Shoes: Target, Bag: Urban Outfitters. 

Do you ever have those days where you put on one thing, and then keep adding pieces until you’ve gotten something you didn’t expect? This outfit represents that day for me. I put on the dress only to realize it had shrunk (even though I hand-washed it!). Boo! Grrr! I decided I needed to add leggings or tights now that it was so short, so I went with these mustard ones from Target. Then, I added the cardigan because I liked the cropped fit of it with the dress. Finally, I grabbed the bag and put on the shoes, and before I knew it, I had somehow managed to channel my inner Zoey D. and her character, Jess, from New Girl! Hey, I’ll take it!



February 2, 2012 11:00 AM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Styling Your Basic Tee


Lately, Fran and I have been loving Madewell’s comfy v-neck pocket tee (I wish I had one in every color!), and it got me thinking about all the ways a basic t-shirt can be styled. The sky really is the limit with a great tee, but in this case, we kept things simple with the classic dressed up/dressed down contrast.

Blazer and skirt: Gap, Tee: Madewell, Boots: Aldo.

Fran is showing just how versatile her new Gap blazer is with this comfy, but chic dressed up look. She’s also showing that you shouldn’t be afraid to dress up something as effortless as a t-shirt! I could name ten different scenarios where this outfit would be perfect. I especially love the pink on pink.

Scarf: Charming Charlie, Tee: Madewell, Jeans: Banana Republic Petites, Boots: DSW, Bag: Fossil, Bangles: F21, Bracelet: H&M

I love this look because it’s exactly what it’s supposed to be: classic and comfortable. My advice for a look this simple is to let your accessories do the talking!

PS: Can you spy a tiny tot in these pics?

- Aurelia

January 26, 2012 12:00 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion, Outfit posts | Tags: , ,

Tangerine Lips


Hat: Banana Republic, Jacket: H&M, Sweater: Gap, Skirt: Francesca’s, Shoes: Arturo Chang, Tangerine bracelet: JCrew, Laptop Bag: Urban Outfitters

You may already know that Pantone’s color of the year has been declared “Tangerine Tango” for 2012. I had been eyeing things in tangerine as of late, and now I am not sure if I was just influenced by this trend or if I found it all on my own! But I purchased an absolutely adorable blazer and scarf for my sister’s Christmas presents over a month ago in this exact shade, and am now super jealous of them. What a lucky girl!

Recently, I lucked out, too with this tangerine lip gloss called “knockout” by MAC. I feel pretty close to a knockout when I’m wearing it, and I can’t wait to find fun new ways to accessorize using this color!

What do you think of tangerine tango being the color of the year?

- Aurelia

January 12, 2012 11:03 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.