Frilling Friday

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Happy Friday, Friends!

We are gearing up for a fun day visiting Point Reyes with friends tomorrow.  I am packing a picnic; I dearly love packing picnics. I love thinking through all the little details of the meal. This time I’ve brainstormed a collection of cold salads, some nice wine, and our friends are bringing some lovely fruit and bread.  Oh, I hope the weather will be nice! 

Here are some FRILLING things I found this week:

I wish this were my bedroom. I adore all that fresh white and bright accents:

This desktop calendar is lovely.
Awesome family photo.
I’m loving this papaya color for spring… It may be my favorite color for this season.
Signs of spring

It’s the one year anniversary of one of my favorite fun blogs.
Inspired by geometrics.
Aren’t these placemats darling? (via decor8)

Have a lovely weekend!

-Fran

March 4, 2011 1:05 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ooooh, Pretty: Maritime and Sea Motifs

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Bay living must be getting to me because I’m finding myself being drawn to these maritime/sea life motifs.  I came across this Thomas Paul melamine platter in a store called The Nest on Fillmore Street in San Francisco, and had to come straight home to look at more of the collection. I am in love with the maritime-inspired Scrimshaw design.  Love this lovable Moby Dick.

The Thomas Paul Sea Life Dessert Plates, which come in a set of four — darling.  

Our house rule is: No Plaid Boxer Shorts.  Boring. I’m the only one who sees his boxer shorts, and I wanna love ‘em.  These will be FRILLING.

Anchor Necklace from Land’s End Canvas

 Deep Sea Curtains from Anthropologie

And, most wished-for of all, the Octopus Shawl by Thomas Paul. Mr. Octopus, I think I have a crush on you.

My head is swimming with sea motifs! Hmmm, now I’m thinking of embroidering some pillowcases with sea motifs…

Do you have any favorite maritime motif pieces in your home or wardrobe?  What motifs are you into now?

-Fran

Frilling Finds: Nursing-Friendly Dresses

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Did you know that nursing requires a special wardrobe?  Well it does, unless you don’t mind showing off your post-baby pooch every time you have to feed your kid.  Personally, I mind that part more than the occasional nip-slip.  (hunh. I don’t wanna know what that says about me.) So, in order to keep things-you-wish-weren’t-there under close surveillance, you have to get creative.  Button-up tops become your golden go-to’s.  Scarves become strategic hooter-hiders. Nursing camis become workhorse peices: they can make any top more nursing-friendly, and take the place of a nursing bra, and can also be worn solo under a cardigan.  If you’re lucky enough to find a truly cute nursing top, as in, a top made especially for nursing moms, that doesn’t LOOK like a nursing top, then you’ve really scored. 

Over the three months since my little one was born I have assembled a serviceable nursing wardrobe: a few nice nursing tops, a couple of neutral button-downs, and an arsenal of nursing camis and bras.  But I love wearing dresses, and have missed them. Do you know how hard it is to find a nursing-friendly dress that doesn’t look like a frump-fest?  Difficult, my friends. 

However, in the last couple of weeks I managed to find TWO.  And, drum roll please, here they are:

The Nectar dress from Athleta

I’ve been loving Athleta for swimsuits and workout clothes for years, and was excited to find that they’ve opened their San Francisco store just a few blocks from my house.  When I poked my head in, my eye immediately landed on this dress, due to its wrap styling and stretchy fabric which make for excellent nursing access.  A bit of rouching on the side helps camouflage the post-baby poochiness.  So far I’ve styled it with richly-colored cardigans and tall boots, but once the weather is warmer it will be cute with sandals as well.  It comes in a variety of colors, although I came home with this neutral print.  Super comfy, easy-to-wear, put it on and you’re done.

The Anna Dressy Denim Dress from J Crew

This one I scored on sale! It unsnaps halfway down the front for just the right amount of boob-access.  What I especially like about it is its versatility: it is, at least for San Francisco climate, multi-seasonal, so I can wear it now with tights and a cardigan or jacket, and later in the year with bare legs; and it can be dressed up or down.  A perfect transition piece.  Incidentally, it’s also good at hiding my friend The Pooch because of the slight gather in the front.  Unfortunately I couldn’t find a link for this one online, so I guess I’ll be the only one who gets to have it…

I’m so Frilled about these finds.  I feel like a real girl again.

-Fran

February 21, 2011 8:53 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby, Fashion | Tags: , , ,

Spring is Bold

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We’ve had a glimpse of spring this week with highs in the mid 70s. Hoorah! To celebrate, I entered Old Navy for the first time in years. I bought bold, bright accessories because bold is SO in this Spring.

I bought this in yellow. I shall have this one, too I think.Bold Bright Red

 Next on my list: Bold, bright, super-fun nail color. 

-Aurelia

February 18, 2011 5:07 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags: ,
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Fran likes knitting, cooking, reading design blogs, curating her home, and wearing chunky jewelry.

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