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!

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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.

Holy #brunch 🍳

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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!

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!

 

 

Fashion Friday

The days have been so rainy in RVA, so here’s a little dash on sunshine in the form of mustard yellow!

Good morning! A new post awaits you with a City Inspired Look… Will you guess the city?

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It’s a color people shy away from pretty often because nobody seems to think they look good in it. Fashionista NOW says the shade compliments darker skin tones and extremely pale skin tones the most – it can wash out your complexion, so definitely try it on before you purchase. That goes without saying!

Like most anything, if it’s done right it can totally be done.

 

Since you know I love color so much, it’s the perfect shade to just throw on to ‘spice’ up an outfit. It’s an absolute fashion statement! I scoured the shop for some mustard yellow before realizing we don’t have many options in this shade, surprisingly enough. What I did find was a win. Check out this purse:

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Give yourself a pop of color and be your own little burst of sunshine!

What’s Trending: Haley

What do I take with me to work?

Well, I like to write poetry, so no matter where I go I always bring my writing notebook with me. When I think of a topic or a line I really like I want to have it close by so I can save it for later. I filled one up completely last summer in my poetry class!

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love shopping for school supplies, so when I reach the end of a notebook I’m always really excited to go out and buy another one to fill up. When I get a new one, I always fill the first cover with some of my favorite quotes.

– Haley

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What do I always bring to work? 

My Consuela bag and Consuela handbag.

Both are full with everything, including a fully stocked makeup bag since I live an hour away from work.

– Teresa

☀️💛 #maketodayawesome !!! 🌺 #friday #totebag #consuela #consuelastyle #laugheasy #vivaconsuela

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We love Consuela bags at the shop, and carry a large selection of them. They come in so many different prints. Your options are endless! I like to add a fuzzy purse charm on mine for an extra POP of color.

We absolutely Viva Consuela!

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What do I bring to work every day?

… My double chocolate chunk QUEST bar! I can’t wait to eat that thing as my dessert to homemade lunch!

I’d really like to bring my dog, River, though… Maybe someday- if she can fit us into her busy schedule with all her dog-walking play dates and stick-chewing.

– Leigh

 

Cheap Souvenirs

Not sure which I love more: traveling or shopping!

I usually take a huge old Scout bag folded flat inside my suitcase to schlep my finds home, but sometimes you just want to travel light! Pillow covers or textiles are a great, lightweight souvenir.

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This hand-embroidered beauty was a hand towel from Mexico – tells the story of village life. Look at the precious donkey cart and the woman sweeping!

They satisfy my need to seek out something with a local flavor and are a daily reminder of that street vendor, souk or craft market once I’m back home.

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Don’t limit yourself to actual pillow covers. One of my favorites started life as a hand towel, another as a rug fragment.

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Pillow made out of a rug fragment 

One was maybe 6 USD in a Cambodian airport shop. A beautiful but dirty and torn scrap of patched saris was a lucky side-of-the-road find in rural India:

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Now, with a down insert and trimmed with mirrored key fobs, it proudly sits beside a store-bought Christian Lecroix embellished pillow that cost about 20 times as much! Almost anything can be made into a pillow. Be open to the possibilities!

Where is Anne Going Now?

Tomorrow another big adventure starts … But where I’m going is a mystery!

I travel throughout the year, both for fun and for Frill. This time it’s for fun, but I’m always on the hunt for new stuff to bring back to the shop. I love to see the world and visit different places! As much as I adore RVA, the world is too big to spend in one place. Get out and see it!

Here are some snaps from a trip I took back in January for a wellness retreat in Mexico:

Another sunrise. Another mountain. #thesebootsweremadeforwalking #gratefulheart #norestforthewicked

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Our sunrise hikes were lit by these beautiful skies:

Sunrise hike up the mountain @rancholapuerta #bestdayever #gratefulheart #thesebootsweremadeforwalking

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And alas, I’m itching for more adventure. Somewhere with forests, volcanos, and a bunch of history, maybe…

I will post online to give you hints about where I am, and you’ll have to guess until I reveal it! So tell me, where do think I’m off to this time?

Fashion Friday

Happy Fashion Friday!

I’m such a big fan of fun accessories that I wanted to share one of my personal favorites with you this Friday. Pom-poms are so much fun to wear. One of the trends you might see on the blog is how much I love to make a statement with my accessories – I’m a firm believer that your style should reflect who you are!

Check out these puffs on my shoes!

Fringe and poms! My #DIY project done! #denim #fringe #pompoms #fashion

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The Outfit describes these adorable little balls of fluff with the perfect word: playful. They can take the boring seriousness away from an outfit while still looking stylish! You just have to smile when you see them. Adults can be playful, too!

And they’re popping up all over Frill this season… I told you I wouldn’t put anything in the shop I wouldn’t wear myself. Here are some of my favorites:

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A nice woven clutch and pom-pom earrings!
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A mixture of tribal design and poms
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These pom-poms will help keep your neck warm!

They’re on the catwalk, so quit telling yourself you can’t pull them off! What you wear should be fun – give them a shot. And what better time to try a new colorful statement piece than spring? I promise you won’t be disappointed.

For the pom-pom lovers out there: What is your favorite accessory? Snap a picture and post it here, or link to us on Instagram so I can see it!