Bright Friday

Check out this wonderful alternative to Black Friday from some friends in London:

Instead of offering Black Friday discounts, we’ll donate 15% of our sales to charity. We’ve partnered with Doctors of the World, an organisation which is providing healthcare to refugees in Calais and in the Greek islands, as well as running a London clinic in Bethnal Green, who offer medical services to excluded groups such as refugees and sex workers and those with no fixed address.

Papermash has joined up with London-based designers Sian Zeng and Chocolate Creative to take part on the day. Our website is If people don’t want to buy anything, we’ll also encourage them to donate through the website:


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thank you for reading Frolic! It means so much to me that many of you continue to come back to the site and read what we have to share here, sign up for the flower classes, and reach out through email! It’s been a pleasure to meet so many of you in person. I hope you have a beautiful day wherever you are. I am thankful for you guys!!

Much love from Lisbon,


8 Pro-Tips for Styling Your Thanksgiving Table!

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In continuation of our styling series, I am excited to share tips about how to style your Thanksgiving table today! I always love the holiday Instagrams and to see how everyone puts their tables together. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to have a good time with the people you love! The second most important is to enjoy the food. But for those of us who are “visually sensitive” the way the table looks can be important for us or just fun to put together. For me, my sisters and mom always do the cooking, and I put together the table. It’s my happy place. I absolutely love styling tabletops! Though, I do feel a bit funny writing these posts because I don’t really believe in rules, but I do have certain things I stick to when I go to style a table so I am happy to share a bit of what I do for my job as a stylist.
– Don’t feel like you have to use wine glasses or the particular glasses for whatever you are drinking. I like to use a couple different heights of these type of tumblers for meals. They are classic. I actually don’t love the shape of wine glasses and they feel a bit cheesy to me.

– Food should be first and foremost the center of the table. Don’t go crazy with centerpieces. If you are eating family style, make the food front and center by focusing on pretty garnishes – green herbs make everything look better, candles, and maybe a few bits of greens in tiny little vases.

– Not everything needs to be matching. Mix and match plates look lovely. Stick to one or two colors to keep things cohesive. Though I have to say, I love the cripsness of all-white plates and food always looks perfect on white plates!

– If the table is gorgeous on it’s own, I set the plates and food right on it. If I am using a fold-out table, I always use a tablecloth that goes to the floor. I love these linen ones but sometimes it’s cheaper to just use fabric. Painter’s canvas is always an inexpensive, rustic choice and it comes already hemmed!
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– I don’t like a lot of formality but I love to use cloth napkins. You can make your own from linen or buy here. Or for a more inexpensive option, try tea towels from Ikea! I also love the tea towel fabric you can find at fabric stores.

– Consider using benches or stools for seating. They are inconspicuous and seat a lot of people. Growing up, we had a big farm table with four benches. My parents still have it, and it’s so great for big crowds!

– Flowers seem a little funny to me for a thanksgiving centerpiece as they aren’t really seasonally appropriate. Consider some of these options: bittersweet, viburnum berries, eucalyptus, olive branch, tall stems of japanese maple, bowls of fruit. If you do a centerpiece, keep it super short or super tall and just keep it to a few branches.

– Mix old and new! It’s wonderful to have bits of patina on your table: old speckled pottery, a brass spoon from grandma- pair that with new dinner plates or new napkins! It’s fresh and dynamic!
First and foremost, have fun! Tables that are casual, undone, not too serious or formal, and have a simple, inviting, seasonal color scheme will make everyone feel comfortable!
All images styled by Chelsea Fuss with assistance from Amber Furqueron. 1.John Kernick for Williams Sonoma. 2 + 4: Lisa Warninger for Anna Joyce. 4 produced for Abrams Books, Stamp Stencil Paint. 3. Lisa Warninger for Kinfolk Magaine.

Lisbon Studio Tours: Namban Books

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I am so excited to share another one of my favorite Lisbon brands today! I own a few Namban books and just love them for jotting little notes. They make each book by hand and bind them in their studio here in Lisbon. The style is simple, minimal, and just simply exquisite! The name Namban is inspired by the first Portuguese to arrive in Japan in 1543, and the style is inspired by Japan and the tradition of book-binding. Read more here. One day last November, I forced myself out to wander and happened upon an unnassuming street near Lisbon’s Sao Bento neighborhood, Rua do Poço dos Negros. I wandered into this old bakery which is now a co-working space for several makers, including Namban. The lovely people at Namban allowed to me to return to photograph their working space and showed me their process of book binding. Enjoy this visual tour and don’t forget to check out the gorgeous Namban products in their online shop.
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Frolic! Flower School: Easy Thanksgiving Wreaths

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I am excited to kick off a new series today, Frolic! Flower School! This new column will feature tips, tricks, and recipes for flower arranging. Today I am featuring the DIY for these homemade Thanksgiving wreaths. They are simple + charming and easy to make in under an hour. I used rosemary foraged from the garden for a wild, look that makes a lovely hostess gift for your favorite chef, as she can hang it in the kitchen and easily grab a sprig of rosemary for cooking. The lovely thing about rosemary, is that it dries easily. Afterwards, it can be dismantled and you can jar the rosemary for later use in the kitchen. Click through for the full DIY below. Have fun!
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Project 226 Giveaway

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Project 226 is one of the Portuguese handmade brands I’ve fallen for while living in Lisbon. Selling minimalist goods for men and women, their bags are designed simply so that your eye focuses on the patina and textures of the Portuguese and Italian leather, the careful handmade stitches, and the intelligent construction. The bags are thoughfully designed with pockets for phones and laptops, and some products are available with waterproof fabric.
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In their own words, “Project 226 is about our love for all the simple things that make life a wonderful journey: good design, street art, music, t-shirts, traveling, the sea and the sun. The Portuguese concept of “passeio” is very much part of the spirit of Project 226. Through daily walks discovering the old and new parts of the city, inspiration is gathered. Behind every object is a soul.”
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In addition to leather goods and t-shirts, Project 226 also carries a gorgeous selection of handmade letterpress notebooks from local Portuguese artisans. I have this Grafolita accordion book and love it. I also think this tablecloth book is super clever!
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And, exciting news, today we are giving away one product from Project 226 to one lucky reader! To enter, you have two options:

1. Leave a comment here on the post staying which product you’d like.

2. Follow Project 226 on Instagram and leave a comment on our Instagram post or the blog post saying you followed.

And, if you’d like to get on top of your Christmas shopping now, enjoy 20% off at Project 226 right now, with code FROLIC.
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All entries must be in by December 1st. Good luck!
All photos courtesy of Project 226 except #3 which is by Portcorner.

Have a Beautiful Weekend!

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I can’t get this magical greenhouse out of my mind. It lives in Somerset, England and belongs to a lovely woman I had the chance to chat with last summer. Plumbago covers almost the entire inside and outside of the greenhouse. I’ve become obsessed with that plant lately as it also grows all over Lisbon. Before I sign off for the week, I wanted to share a few bits of news and some favorite links:

How to make your own ginger tea.

I had the pleasure of being interviewed for this series about simple living. I can’t wait to read the upcoming posts in the series!

Check out this inspiring video of a 95 year old ballet dancer. I adore her cabin and way of life. (Thanks for sharing it, Megan!)

Huge thanks to Domino for naming the @frolicblog Instagram as one of their favorites.

Aren’t these photos of Scotland, glorious? I’ve loved following Celeste’s nomadic journey!

And in case you’ve missed some these recent Frolic! posts. Here are a few favorites of late:

5 Tips for Styling Your Kitchen

How to Feel Like a Local Anywhere

Beautiful Beeswax Candles Handmade in England

500 Flowers

What I Learned Being a Year-Long Nomad

Have a lovely weekend!


Photo: Chelsea Fuss.