“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


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.

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.

100% of profits go towards Women for Women International

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!

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.

Summer is treating me too well 🙏🏼🌴 Snapchat: ayasell

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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:



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.


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!


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



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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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.


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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