Statement skirt


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: , , , , ,

Seeking Hip, Affordable Baby Clothes


We just celebrated Baby B’s 6-month birthday!  She got to go swimming for the first time! She is celebrating by outgrowing all her 3-6 month clothes.  Hurray for her, but it means Mama has a new dilemma: I have such a hard time finding baby clothes I like.  I am open to the possibility that I am super-picky (ok, I admit it), but most of the baby clothes I see are either a) sickeningly cutesie (there’s a difference between “cutesie” and “cute”.  Cute = good. Cutesie = bad.), b) emblazoned with cheesy logos/cartoons/characters/sayings, or c) awesome, but more dinero than I’m willing to fork over for approximately 4 months of wear.

You may say: who cares what the kid wears; it’s just clothes?!. To which I reply: I’m the one who hangs out with the baby all day and has to look at her clothes, and I want to like what I see! — this is what youFRILLme philosophy is all about!  The kid has to wear clothes, so how come I can’t like them? Why can’t the necessaries be FRILLING?  …  As it turns out, FRILLING may be harder to come by than I’d hoped.

So, to that end, I have been scouring the internets, and I am loving the look of Zara kids.  Their stuff is hip-yet-classic, not so trendy that it won’t be in style for use as hand-me-downs, free from cheesy-cutesie stuff, and a fairly good price point as far as comparisons go. Just look at a few of the things that caught my eye for my little gal.

Striped Dress with Pockets

Long Embroidered Blouse

Denim Leggings

knot T-shirt

Buttoned Jacket

Nice, huh?  My dilemma would be solved….except…Zara doesn’t sell online.  GRRRRR. Going shopping is not exactly easy or appealing when you have an infant. 

I’m going to keep searching, and hopefully get a chance to check my local consignment shops, but here’s my question, oh internet webs: where can I find stuff that looks this cool, is priced similarly, and sells online? 

May 23, 2011 12:58 PM | Comments | Categories: Baby | Tags: , , ,

Stylishly Comfortable: A Fresh Look at the T-shirt


If you know me, you know I don’t wear t-shirts very often.  To me, the word “t-shirt” is synonymous with “frumpy”.  And frumpy is not frilling.  Even on days when I just want to be comfortable (ok, here’s where I get up on my imaginary soapbox and shout into my imaginary megaphone: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY! Did you get that?  There will be a quiz.). So, the t-shirt doesn’t make much of an appearance in my closet, except in the company of jogging shorts and running shoes; which, as far as I’m concerned, is where t-shirts should stay. 

But.  I was looking around over at Zara, and I came across their collection of t-shirts. I’m thinking these might actually redeem the t-shirt for me. They are fun, flirty, colorful, drapey, and ever-so-frilling. And, for all of the comfort-aholics, just as comfy to wear as the frumpy kind.   Case in point:

the Paint T-shirt
. Divine.

T-Shirt with Shoulder Frill
.  Frilling.

Flower T-Shirt
.  Bold and blooming.

T-Shirt with Flounce Sleeve.

Voluminous T-shirt
.  This silhouette is so forgiving, and so right now

Polka-Dot T-shirt.  Polka Dots aren’t going anywhere soon.

Linen T-shirt
.  Linen (+ Cotton, actually) = love

With all these cute options, what’s not to love about t-shirts?  Ok, repeat after me: COMFY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FRUMPY. COMFY CAN BE FRILLING! Seriously, next time you’re feeling the need for something comfy to throw on with jeans, reach for one of these, and leave your ratty-tatty tees behind to keep your sports bra company.

May 9, 2011 11:54 AM | Comments | Categories: 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.