Another Vintage DIY Project | The Romper

01 Aug 2014 Permalink

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

If you pay any attention to fashion, then you know that trends are cyclical.  A perfect example of this is a romper.  Rompers used to be huge!  Then they died down.  And now they’re back again.  One great thing about thrifting is that you can often find those items that have been in the spotlight.  The only thing that’s left to do then is bring them up to date.  While rompers (and their cousin the jumpsuit) were big in past decades, you wouldn’t want to wear a romper straight out of your mom’s or grandma’s closet.  You would too dated…well, unless that was the look you were going for.

Remember when I shared about updating a vintage blouse?  You can do the same type of hemming job to update a vintage romper!

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

Now, I’m so sewing expert, but a basic hem is something that even I can do.  (Thanks 8th grade Home Economics class!)  Updating this romper was super easy!  I just figured out how short I wanted the bottom to be, hacked off a few inches, and hemmed it!  I got this whole “project” done in less than 45 minutes.

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

I think it looks adorable!  It ended up being the perfect thing to wear for my family reunion and I got tons of complements on it!

So what do you think?  Do you have any potential gems in your closet that can be updated with a simple needle and thread?  If you’re new to the whole sewing business, check out this wonderful tutorial on how to hand sew a hem.

cute vintage romper updated with a simple hem | @Aprilgia

One Simple Way to Update A Vintage Blouse

30 Jul 2014 Permalink

altered vintage blouse, distressed jeans, button up, Nine West heels | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia

altered vintage blouse, distressed jeans, button up, Nine West heels | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia

I love finding vintage pieces at the thrift store.  I’m not talking about those wacked out pieces that look like potential Halloween costumes.  I’m talking about items like this silk blouse that just need a little tweaking.

This blouse has the prettiest little floral pattern on it – plus it’s black and white.  Naturally I had to get.  Unfortunately it also had shoulder pads and long sleeves.  And last time I checked, 80s style shoulder pads were not trending.  But, after removing the padding and hemming the sleeves a bit, I was left with an adorable top!

updated vintage blouse | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia

One quick hem and this vintage blouse turned in my current favorite.  Doesn’t it look like something you’d find at the store today?!  I love updating vintage pieces!

altered vintage blouse, distressed jeans, button up, Nine West heels | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia

 

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Back to School | Kid’s Fashion

29 Jul 2014 Permalink

kids fashion, print dress, leggings, back to school | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia @FabKids

kids fashion, print dress, leggings, back to school | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia @FabKids

kids fashion, print dress, leggings, back to school | Knocked Up Fabulous @Aprilgia @FabKids

brother sister love

There’s a good chance that I’m going to be a major wreck two weeks from today.  Not only is August 12th the first day with my students, but it’s also Julia’s first day of KINDERGARTEN!

I’m probably going to cry.  (Note to self…you have two weeks to get waterproof mascara.)

When I was a kid, I loved the whole back to school thing!  It meant new clothes, new shoes, a fresh box of crayons…it was awesome!  I’m glad that Julia is excited to start school.  Surprisingly, she passed on the offer to get a new backpack, but gladly welcomed a new FabKids outfit.

dress, leggings – c/o FabKids

Dressy Outfit | Black & Bouqs

28 Jul 2014 Permalink

black tank, black midi skirt, vintage accessories, flowers, @thebouqs, Duo heels, @duoboots

black tank, black midi skirt, vintage accessories, flowers, @thebouqs, Duo heels, @duoboots

black tank, black midi skirt, vintage accessories, Duo heels, @duoboots

black tank, black midi skirt, vintage accessories, flowers, @thebouqs

My husband and I have been actively trying to make more time for just the two of us.  Sometimes between work and kids and all the other things that happen in life, we don’t have the time or energy to go out.

Scheduling dates never really seems to work for us, so we’ve been pushing to do more spontaneous ones.

When I have no idea what kind of dressy outfit to wear and need to get ready in a hurry, I always reach for black.  Then I use my lipstick and sunglasses (and flowers!) to add just a bit of color.

tank (August Silk), skirt (Eileen Fisher) – thrifted // bangles, bag – vintage // heels – c/o Duo // flowers c/o The Bouqs Company

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How to Find Your Personal Style | The Final Chapter

25 Jul 2014 Permalink

Great guide and tips for finding your own personal style!

This is the third and final chapter of my little mini series about finding personal style.  Just to quickly recap for you if you missed the other posts, (you can also just click here and here) I started this series as a public service announcement.  I’m just tired of seeing women walking around in their unflattering pajama pants!

The first part of the series talked about pinpointing your fashion likes and dislikes.  And the second part talked about properly dressing your body type.

One problem that I see all too often is that so many women see something cute like a top, dress, shoes, or whatever, and they decide to wear it without even considering their own style or body type.  Yeah, I know, fashion is meant to be fun.  But ladies, wear the clothes…don’t let the clothes wear you.  Even worse than that though is when I see women walking around in clothing that’s three sizes too small with their gut just hanging.  Totally unattractive.  (And probably borderline unhealthy…how can you even eat or breathe in clothes that tight?)

Today I just have a few basic “rules” to wrap this whole topic up (I’ll keep chatting until I’m blue in the face but we should really move on.)

Rule 1:  Always wear clothing that fits your current body type.  Jeans from college plus 20 extra pounds doesn’t look cute.  Get clothes in your proper size.  You’ll be more comfortable and instantly look better.

Rule 2:  Only keep clothes and accessories that make you feel good when you wear them.  Purge your closet often so that this is possible.  If you don’t like how you look in something, get rid of it.

Rule 3:  Be confident with yourself!  So you’re not a size 2?  So what?!  Not many people are.  Quit wishing you’d look like so-and-so and embrace YOU!  Walk with your head held high.  Be proud.  Be confident.

#truth @Aprilgia

 

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Summer Staple | The Cotton Dress

21 Jul 2014 Permalink

Summer Staple | The Cotton Dress

Summer Staple | The Cotton Dress

Summer Staple | The Cotton Dress

There’s nothing easier to wear during the summer than a simple dress.  I love ones that I can just throw on and start my day.  Sometimes I end up loving a dress that doesn’t love me back.  Like this cotton one.  I like how light and airy cotton dresses feel, but I can’t stand ironing them!  Especially during the summer.  But, I guess it’s a small price to pay.  Besides, this particular dress fits my body type nicely.

Speaking of body types, if you haven’t had a chance to check out those links from the Finding Your Personal Style post, I highly recommend it!  So many people get caught up in wearing clothing trends that they forget to wear what looks good on their body type.

dress, jacket – thrifted // bag – Calvin Klein // shoes – Jeffery Campbell

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Finding Your Personal Style | Part 2

18 Jul 2014 Permalink

Finding Your Personal Style | Part 2

Last week I posted the first part of this series.  (You can read about that here.)  Basically the first step to finding personal style is to figure out what you like.  Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

Today  I’m going to get you started with the second step – knowing your body and how to dress it.  But I have to tell you, this part can be tricky.  You have to remember that in order to properly dress your body, you will need to know your assets and your problem areas.  And I really hate using that term “problem areas”…but once you embrace your body for the beauty that it is, then when you properly dress it, those problem areas won’t even be visible.

There’s so many great resources on the web to help with this step of the process.  I’ve listed and linked some of my favorites below, but also I created a Pinterest board with other helpful resources.

It has taken me a little time, and a lot of trial and error, to figure out what clothes look good on my body.  But once I figured it out, it has made clothing shopping and getting dressed everyday a whole lot easier!

Maxi with a Statement Necklace | Plus 4 Other Ways to Style a Maxi Skirt | and a LINK PARTY!

16 Jul 2014 Permalink

vintage maxi skirt and @9thandElm.com statement necklace

vintage maxi skirt and @9thandElm.com statement necklace | @aprilgia

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vintage maxi skirt and @9thandElm.com statement necklace | @aprilgia

vintage maxi skirt and @9thandElm.com statement necklace | @aprilgia

Today I have all sorts of goodness to share!  First of all, let’s talk about this fun statement necklace!  It’s gifted from 9th & Elm – a site that sells handmade and independent designs.  It’s such a fun piece!  And it looks great with this vintage maxi.  Win-win! 

Speaking of maxi skirts, here’s a little something for those of you who are still a bit on the fence about giving this skirt length a try…or maybe you’re looking to change up your styling a little.

four ways to style a maxi skirt | @aprilgia

four ways to style a maxi skirt | @aprilgia

And finally – as if I couldn’t pack any more fashion-related stuff into this one post – I’d love for you to join Johanna and myself for a link party!  The rules are simple:

  1. Follow me on Instagram.  Follow Johanna on Instagram
  2. Link back to Knocked Up Fabulous or 101 Things I Love.
  3. Meet new friends, leave comments, and have fun!

I’ll be sharing my favorite entries via Instagram!  Can’t wait to see what you stylish ladies have for us today!

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