Frilling Friday: 4/29/11


Happy Friday! 

I’m bummed that I missed last Friday’s Frilling post, but really, it was due to circumstances beyond my control.  The silver lining is that I have a LOT of fun things to share with you today.  The most FRILLING being the Royal Wedding!  The DRESS!  It’s divine!

(photos via)

This morning I’ve been watching coverage of the Royal Wedding over on the BBC.  Did you wake up early to watch?  It would have been 3 a.m. here on the West Coast, so I’m just watching highlights. Ok, on to other fun things, like…

Animal Hands!

I have never seen anything done in cross stitch that I actually thought was cool. Until now.

I find it off-putting when my favorite bloggers sell out team up with big companies for advertising.  I usually love her content and hers, but lately it’s been riddled with big-name sponsorships.  Of course, maybe I’d be singing a different tune if I were being offered thousands of dollars to advertise products on youFRILLme. What do ya’ll think of this? 

My MIL gave me a gift card to Anthro with which I purchased this FRILLING skirt, which I’m thinking will delight me for years to come.  I am now taking suggestions on how to style it, although I have a few ideas of my own.

This quilt looks super cute.  Somebody get busy and make one (and send photos!).

Get a load of these 11 Mom-drobe essentials over at Aint No Mom Jeans.

An inspiring bike trip.

I see herringbone tights in my future.

Our dear friends gave us a copy of this Charley Harper Alphabet book, and it is BEAUTIFUL.

I invented this lovely spring soup.

The perfect watch.

Victoria’s Fab Friday for this week is just what my eyes were hungry for: red!

I could squander a lot of time looking at this site.

A Flower crown!

The most adorable studio.

is. the. cutest:

Did you find anything FRILLING this week?  Share in the comments!  Have a happy weekend!


April 29, 2011 11:31 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Friday 4/8/11


Happy Friday!  Time for some fun links:

I want to go see this exhibit (they’re made of paper!):

My friend here in SF, poet Sunnylyn Thibodeaux, has a new book of poems out entitled Palm to Pine; go buy!

Wanna know how to make ice cream with only one ingredient and no ice cream maker?

More tips on managing your wardrobe.

Mine too
.  But, I will scoff at you if I find out you haven’t read the book.  A lady sitting next to me in the movie said, “Oh no is he going to be dead?”.  ohmylord.  scoffityscoffscoff. You honestly didn’t read the book before you came here today? come on.

I’m loving these colorful dining chairs with the white table – inspired! (via here).

What do you think?  Can you rock these hot pants?

How intimate, How resourceful, How Tiny!

So I was getting sortof sick of seeing this poster in interior photos all over the place (for instance). Until I read the history of it, which does make it more interesting.  But I still think it’s getting a bit overdone, no?  Maybe it’s sortof like my Christo and Jean-Claude poster that I had before it was cool to have a Christo and Jean-Claude poster. But now it is, so it isn’t anymore. Or maybe it still is.

I really love Liz’s roundup of crafty/DIY projects for spring; I want to make them all.

I always like to have a fun desktop wallpaper that I change frequently.  Check these out.  I currently have Gnome.

I wish I wish I wish I would have known about these baby journals when I was shopping for a baby book.  Until now, I thought all baby books were lame, including the one I have (ugh so cheesy).  In the end I most just write things down in a little moleskine notebook anyway (such as: guess who rolled over yesterday while I was making tea in the kitchen.  I missed it. Boo.).

West Elm’s new kitchen line has been getting rave reviews in the blogosphere; I’m doing some raving myself.  Just look at these porcelain salt and pepper shakers:

Have a happy weekend! Got any FRILLING Friday plans?


April 8, 2011 11:24 AM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , ,

Stuff We Love: Style Basics: Fran’s Picks


Happy Monday! 
After reading Friday’s links about wardrobe editing, it’s got me thinking about the basics, and what makes the bones of a functional wardrobe.  Aurelia already shared some of her picks for basic pieces, and we’ll both be sharing some of our favorite wardrobe frills soon.  Here are some of my favorite basics: 

Land’s End Canvas Heritage Cardigan.  This cardigan is a great basic.  It goes tons of places and comes in tons of colors.  It’s cotton with just the right amount of stretch, and it always holds its shape.  I have a pet peeve about cardigans that get all stretched out in the elbows, and this one never does that. I have two, one in a bright limey yellow, and another in an oatmeal cream; and I wear them all kinds of ways, with all kinds of things — all buttoned up, open front, belted, over tanks and tees, under jackets, with jeans, with skirts, I could go on and on.  Classic styling, great quality.  Hurry, you can get them on sale now for $22.99.  Cardigans are an essential wardrobe staple.  For a longer version, I also like Land’s End Canvas Boyfriend V-neck Cardigan.  And speaking of, my super-stylish hubby has the men’s Heritage Cardigan. I think cardigans for men are sexy and smart-looking; he wears his over a button-up shirt, with maybe a tie.  Love.

I cannot tell you enough how much I LOVE my Bettona Jeggings from Athleta.  Seriously, I wear these nearly every day.  I have both colors, the gray and the black.  Comfy leggings with jeans styling.  You can even do yoga in these babies (Translation, you can play in the floor all day with your baby in these babies)!  I can dress them up or down, and, did I mention these are comfy?  They are perfect. 

So I guess it’s no secret that I like jeggings; I know I should get on this season’s flare bandwagon, but I haven’t found a pair of flares that work with my proportions, or that aren’t just bootcut jeans labeled as flares. When I’m not wearing my Bettona Jeggings, I’m wearing these Gap Legging Jeans.  One thing I love about these is that the waist is higher, but not too high, which is nice for camouflaging the postpartum pooch.  These are an all-round great jean – they have stretch for comfort and shape, a great fit for multiple body types (even the kind with, ahem, a flat butt), and the fabric is still thick enough to actually be a pair of jeans. I have them in petite size, which for me means “perfectly cropped at the ankle”.  Gals, its time to wear those jeans a little shorter — show off some ankle!  I think everyone should have a pair of great skinny jeans in her wardrobe, and I can’t rave enough about these.  But don’t take my word for it; read the reviews.

Maybe it’s cheating to claim this pick as my own, cuz I took a page right out of Shana’s book on this one.  She convinced me in this post to give this jacket a try, and I love, love, love it.  It is perfect for San Francisco weather.  It gives an outfit a fun pop of (papaya!) color, and it’s so on-trend with tiered ruffles.  Awesome pick, Shana, but I already told you that. 

And of course, I can’t help but mention Glamourmom Nursing tanks.  I like the long ones better than the original.  These are a must-have if you’re nursing.  I have mentioned before that they can make any top into a nursing top, providing tummy coverage and easy boob access.  I wear them under tees, button-ups, and cardigans.  Actually, I wear them most days of the week, since I find them to be more comfortable than a nursing bra and just as supportive. 

It occurs to me that I don’t have any shoe picks here.  It’s because I’m so “meh” about all my shoes right now.  For me, living in San Francisco and walking so much (while carrying an 18-pound child), shoes have to be comfy. But it seems like all the comfy shoes are meh-to-ugly.  Got any favorite cute-yet-comfy shoes?

Also, what makes your wardrobe functional?  Is it the perfect pair of black slacks, or a great pencil skirt?  Do you have a LBD (little black dress)? 

April 4, 2011 4:56 PM | Comments | Categories: Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

Frilling Friday 4/1/11


Happy Friday!

We are having GORGEOUS weather here in SF this week.  No more rain for now! We are enjoying being outdoors, going to the park, taking walks with friends.  I’m also hoping to work on my newest hobby: embroidery.  Take a look at all the cool things happening in the embroidery world.  This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery:

patterned tights + embroidery = awesome (from Rhi Stitched via Sublime Stitching)

And (joy!) embroidered book covers!

Here are some other FRILLING things I found this week.  Check em out:

The Key to Cool Layering: Excellent style tips from Shana.  Go read this now to bump up your style factor.
More papaya red.
Well-edited wardrobe = your best style friend.  I need to work on this…
More tips on closet editing.
A Philosophy for the home.
Melissa customized her Boppy!
What did I tell you about colored tights?!
For your health: check out my Vitamin D Alert on Vegeater.
On another nutritional note, check out my Nutritionist colleague Jessica’s excellent blog post on Iodine.
And, this week Aurelia and I started our new series called Stuff We Love. We’ve got cosmetic picks and style basics, and more to come.

Hope you have a happy weekend.  Today marks the start of my birthday month (yes, I like to celebrate all month), so it’s sure to be FRILLING.


April 1, 2011 12:01 PM | Comments | Categories: Frilling Friday | Tags: , , , , , ,

Frilling Finds: Nursing-Friendly Dresses


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.


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