“For me, compassion is about the stranger to whom we owe nothing. It is about how our society will be judged and how we discover our humanity. It is about finding out reward through the eyes of those to whom we owe nothing. It is about love.”

– Helen Bamber, OCE

Cooking

This book has been in Frillseekers for a while, but I can’t help but look at it over lunch every now and then. Each recipe in the book is written by somebody who is actively engaged in humanitarian causes around the world. All of the profits made by purchasing the cookbook support Women for Women International, an organization that works with women living in war-town countries around the world. My favorite part of the cookbook is the variety of recipes shared – they separate recipes by different origins and locations in each country, featuring women and families in each location.

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Piperade recipe 

Not only does the food look delicious, it’s such a GREAT cause to get behind and I’m so proud to carry this book in my shop! Come take peek and help me support these strong, beautiful women.

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100% of profits go towards Women for Women International
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Little Lux

Frillseekers has a lot of jewelry, and I mean A LOT, but I always try to carry unique goodies you don’t get to see everywhere else. Little Lux is a brand with a little lady entrepreneur – a 7-year-old to be exact. And she is too cute!

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Riley, the designer of Little Lux — photo by gunnerandlux

In April of 2016, she was the feature designer on Love & Pieces, where I learned a little bit about where she started. After watching her dad make his own jewelry, Riley had some ideas of her own – and now she makes each bauble by hand with his help.

In an interview with Teen Vogue, her dad said he and his partner have raised Riley to think independently and give everything a shot. John and his partner adopted Riley when she was born. From a lemonade stand to over 300 stores including Barneys New York, Riley’s parents have encouraged her every step of the way.

I’m so proud to be one of the shops who carries her one-of-a-kind jewelry!

Fashion Friday

The heat is ON, and those UV rays are kicking it into high gear. Don’t forget the sunscreen when you’re out in the sun! With the heat index 100+, it is so uncomfortable outside by noon. It’s really hard to feel cute when you’re sweaty.

I know you’ve seen them out and about, especially at the pool. There is nothing that says “summer” quite like a floppy hat.

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It’s a wonderful accessory that helps frame your face. I love it because it helps keep the sun out of my eyes and off of my face.

Of course, the shop carries them too! One of my favorites is the straw hat embroidered with “Do Not Disturb” around the rim. I need to be reading a book on the beach in that hat right NOW.

I also like this one with the pompoms (I’m predictable, I know) and pattered ribbon! That frayed straw brim is totally cute:

You need all the shade you can get in this heat ☀️

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Still not sure you can pull it off? Here. That article can give you some ideas. My favorite tip is number 5 – Go All Out!

FOOD Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s Haley the intern.

I posted a painted vase DIY a while ago in preparation for my wedding, and they turned out great! It was so neat seeing our project come together on the day-of, and the pop of color on our white tables was beautiful. Here are some of the pictures:

 

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I hand-wrote 90 of those tags… My hand cramps just thinking about it.

We spent our honeymoon in New Orleans, which is one of our favorite places to go! We love the live jazz music, fruity hurricane drinks, culture, and more than anything – the food. My husband (that’s weird to say) and I are self-described foodies. We basically travel to eat, and we ARE NOT ashamed.

One of our favorite places to go for brunch in NOLA is the Ruby Slipper.

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I couldn’t decide between the smoked salmon or the pork, so I went with both! We actually went back twice during our trip, and if you’re ever near one of their locations, I highly recommend trying it. The food and drinks are delicious, the customer service is great, and how can you NOT support a restaurant that got its name from the Wizard of Oz when the owners came home to New Orleans after the devastation of hurricane Katrina? “There’s no place like home.”

And of course, the staple of NOLA dessert, Cafe Du Monde. You almost have to go and enjoy the sweet, powdered sugary goodness of a beignet. I’m a huge fan of their iced coffee, too.

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Seriously, don’t inhale when you’re taking a bite of these things. You WILL breathe in powdered sugar. I’ve personally experienced it. I bought a box of their beignet mix, so we will see if I can make them at home.

Because we didn’t have as much time as you really need to truly experience all of the food NOLA has to offer, we settled for a sampler called “Taste of New Orleans.” It had Crawfish Étouffée, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and gumbo.

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ALL of them were delicious, but the gumbo was my personal favorite.

What is your favorite travel destination, and what kind of food do you like to eat when you get there? Tell us below in the comment section! And if you have a favorite restaurant in New Orleans, let me know – we are already planning next year’s trip!

CURRENTLY OBSESSING:

sandal crushin’

 

Obviously if it has a tassel, fringe or a pom pom, I am in love! I own two of these beauties and wish I could have all of them! Could even do a little DIY with some hot glue and poms I’m thinking.

clockwise from top left: Antik Batik Alba sandal, Sam Edelman Gere sandal, Soludos Rope Flatform sandal and lastly “I have no idea but love it” sandal

 

FASHION FRIDAY

Currently Obsessed: (again!!!)

I came across this bracelet and went bonkers! Loved! Had to have! Lusting! OMG!

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And then I saw THIS one!

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They are by Gabrielle Frantzen.  Here’s a little bit about her:

Based in Munich, Frantzen has been captivated by the power and influence of well-chosen accessories all her life. Testing out her creations personally for months before, the ability to personalize how a woman wears Gabriele Frantzen pieces has become the cornerstone of her mission as a designer—giving the wearer a well-made, beautifully designed piece to truly make their own.

Over the past few years, her designs have been worn and personalized by some of the most unique and influential next-gen style icons around—from  Leandra Medine of Man Repeller to Olivia Palermo and Giovanna Battaglia. Frantzen’s ever-evolving collection is grounded in the designer’s love of premium materials—think Swarovski Crystal,  vintage pearls, and sustainably sourced fur—expert craftsmanship, and her own signature twist, cinch, or fray that has made Gabriele Frantzen pieces a modern must-have.

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FASHION FRIDAY

 

 

CURRENTLY OBSESSED:

I have been somewhat (completely) obsessed with Mexico for years! I even have an “Homage to Mexico” room in my house. Love the bright colors, the primitive feel, the whole Frida Kahlo/Day of the Dead/guac for breakfast thing, so was in awe of this artist I discovered on Moda Operandi.

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The designer: Since 2015, twenty-five-year-old Lucia Echavarria—the Paris-born, New York-based, Colombian designer—has been outfitting It-girls round the globe with her head-turning pieces.

This season it’s about: Bright, tropical colors inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead. “During my trip to Oaxaca, I became fascinated with the beautifully intricate altars that adorned the city,” says Lucia. Made especially for Moda, most styles are one-of-a-kind. 

The piece to buy: Every girl needs a “bijoux de tête.” First-timers should start their collection with a rainbow crown.

Her designs do not come cheap but WOW, what a statement. All crowns are hand made and most are one-of-a-kind pieces, crafted from pom poms, velvet ribbons, Mexican tin and other unusual bits and pieces. Note the “earrings” on the headpieces are made of the painted tin so typical of Latin America. As much as I love them, I could never justify owning one of these, but wouldn’t it be FUN??? Maybe a future DIY!

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The Pink Stag

This week I am going to introduce the owner of The Pink Stag, Lindsay Kersh.

The Pink Stag is a beautiful little boutique under the same roof at Frillseekers. Yep, that’s right! It’s right here in Richmond!

Here is a little bit about Lindsay:

I was born in Charlottesville, grew up in Williamsburg and moved to Raleigh, NC to attend NC State (Go Wolfpack!). I have been involved with sales and marketing in one way or another since graduating. Owning a boutique has always been a dream of mine. The Shops at 5807 allow me to balance my other job and have a fabulous place in Richmond.

I am proud of being Southern and supporting companies from The South. When selecting brands I value quality the most. Finding items that are unique has been a learning experience.I’ve enjoyed working with smaller companies as well as some of those more established. I love bright prints, resort-ready wear and things with a touch country. I’m always on the hunt for “good gifts for men” and  anything that’s distinctly southern.

Lindsay runs a great Instagram account. It’s a great mixture of outfit inspiration, merchandise, and her own personality. Some of her outfits of them even feature Frillseekers merchandise – but that’s not why I enjoy it so much! Her style is very chic and colorful. I love how she accessorizes and the outfits she puts together are just so cute.

Frill’s flamingo necklace matches perfectly with this top:

 

I admire Lindsay for believing it is important to support businesses that have a place close to her heart – in this case, southern businesses both big and small.

 

It allows her boutique to reflect her style in an even more personal way!

Take a minute to check out The Pink Stag and support Lindsay!

 

 

May Flowers

Haley the intern here!

You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. But it’s almost June and it seems like it hasn’t stopped raining! Bring on the flowers already. To celebrate a couple of delightfully sunny days, I’m going to walk you through a really simple DIY painted flower vase!

I’m getting married next month, and I’m trying to DIY as much as I possibly can for the wedding – both to be thrifty and personalize it. But mostly to be thrifty, who are we kidding? This idea was found on Pinterest so my Maid of Honor and I decided to give it a try!

All you need are clear vases, paint, and a great deal of patience. I got my glass vases from Goodwill and the Dollar Tree. They come in a bunch of different shapes and sizes. I’ve made two mass-purchases from the same Goodwill and they always seem to restock pretty quickly.

The paint was an easy find. I stopped by Walmart and picked up some of their Apple Barrel multi-surface paints. I got them in Wild Grape, Outrageous Orange, Lemon, Honeysuckle Pink and Bimini Blue.

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Make sure you get the multi-surface when trying to use the paint on glass. If you don’t, it won’t stick. Which is kinda the point.

Start by emptying some of the paint into a clear vase and then patting the outside of the vase to help lead the paint around the inside. You will get very frustrated – trust me. But keep it up. The paint will cover more than you think it will. I got two vases out of each paint bottle.

Once the interior is coated, flip the vase upside down on a sheet of foil. Leave it like that for a few hours so any extra paint can trail to the top. When you walk away to let the paint do its thing, keep pets away. Not that the paint is toxic, but my kitten decided to test the waters and check it out. I spent my evening scrubbing some little Bimini Blue paw prints off of the furniture.

Remember to flip the vases over after you leave them to drain a bit. If you don’t, they won’t dry. It takes about two days total for them to finish completely, which is a pretty long time.

But once they’re done, they’re so cute!

… And now I only have about 15 more to go. Happy DIY-ing!

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xoxo — Haley

FASHION FRIDAY

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EMERGE: RUNWAY 2016

Last Sunday, the VCU Departments of Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising presented their annual fashion extravaganza, and I was lucky enough to have a runway seat! I felt just like Kimye at the Paris Chanel show! The gorgeously choreographed show featured the work of the graduating class, and boy are they a talented group of emerging young designers.

As you  might expect, the show was a mix of over-the-top, in your dreams only outfits, and imminently wearable designs.

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In a sea of black and gray, the fashion crowd’s go-to, the colorful designs shone!

 

I loved the detail that went into all of the work – so labor intensive but so important to the overall look!

Senior Shelby Rider at work hand beading her entry, and the stunning finished design!

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Another beautiful detail on this blouse!

As Patricia Brown, chairperson of the Fashion Design and Merchandising says:

“We at VCU have a fashion department with so many advantages: a campus in the middle of a thriving, diverse and creative city; a top-ranked school of the arts within a vibrant university; a fashion department with the more business-like merchandising program and the design program housed together in one building. Not many schools can boast all that.”