Finding Your Personal Style | Part 1

11 Jul 2014 Permalink

Great tips for finding your own personal style!  Gotta try this!

One of the reasons why I love fashion so much is because it’s a way to showcase your personality.  It’s pretty easy to tell who has mastered finding their personal style, but for many people, it’s something that is kinda hard to do.  (It’s taken me a few years!)

Before we start talking about finding style, let’s take a second to understand why having personal style is so important…

  1. Personal style is a great way to show off your individuality.
  2. It can be a fun way to explore your creative side.
  3. When you have style, it shows that you care about your appearance.
  4. Studies have shown that when people put effort into their appearance, they are more successful.

That sounds like common sense, right?

True story…the kids and I took a trip to the mall and I saw a 40-year-old woman and her teenage daughter both wearing pajama pants and house slippers!  Seriously?!  I’m all for being comfortable, but there has got to be a line between what you wear to bed and what you wear in PUBLIC.

Sigh.

Well, I doubt those two are reading this (or any) fashion blog, but if I can provide a little guidance with someone somewhere, then I’ll be a happy lady.

The first part to finding personal style is becoming aware of what you like.  And this is my favorite…it just requires you to look at pictures!  Go to your local magazine stand and pick up a handful of fashion magazines.  Then, by yourself, start looking through the pages and tearing out pictures that inspire you.

Inspire your personal style from magazine clippings!  So old school, but I love it!

Two things to point out…

One, don’t do this part on Pinterest.  Pinterest is great and all for inspiration, but there are too many other factors that might persuade you to like something.  The point is to look at an outfit or piece of clothing to see if it’s something that you like.  Also, you might want to tear out things that don’t fit your taste.  Sometimes I find what I like by eliminating the things that I don’t.

Go ahead and give this exercise a try!  (Then stay tuned for next week’s part 2.)  This really helps pinpoint – or at least narrow down – your taste of style.  I’m more of a casual glam with a touch of masculine girl.  What’s your personal style?

Ready to move onto Part 2?  Click here!

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Summer Shopping Challenge

09 Jul 2014 Permalink

ThredUP has been my favorite online resale shop since I was introduced to them last summer.  They’re basically an online thrift store…minus the hassle that of thrifting!

This summer I was lucky enough to participate in thredUP’s shopping challenge – $100 budget to see how many great pieces I could find!  I was almost tempted to blow all the cash on one designer dress (from their lastest X Collection), but I found 5 items to mix and match with what I already have in my wardrobe.

Here’s what I found…

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I especially love the two Calvin Klein pieces.  This dress retailed for $140…I got it at 78% off!  And the skirt still had tags on it.  Yes, tags!  Besides for the awesome price, the items fit perfectly!

Anyway, here’s how I’ve been wearing my thredUP pieces…

Calvin Klein skirt from thredUP...got it at 76% off retail!

franco sarto booties from @thredup

hanna andersson top from @thredup

Calvin Klein dress from @thredup

I haven’t had a chance to wear the Enzo Angiolini heels yet…but they’ll be used at an up-coming date night soon!

All of thredUP’s inventory is hand selected.  It’s in mint condition, too!  My husband didn’t believe me when I told him that these items weren’t brand new (well, minus the skirt)…that’s how great the pieces are!

Have you given thredUP a try?  I’m such a fan!  Make sure to click on their link from my sidebar so that they know Knocked Up Fabulous sent you.

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Easy Festival Outfit | Printed Dress and a Hat

07 Jul 2014 Permalink

perfect outfit for a summer fest

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cute outfit for a summer fest

Over the long, fabulous weekend (wasn’t it great?!) we went to the Naperville Ribfest.  Yes, it was as good as it sounded!  BBQ for blocks, carnival rides for the kids, and live music…it’s what summer is all about!

Needless to say, when one goes to a “rib fest” white – or any other light color – is not going to be something that you wear.

Printed dresses are always my savior!  I’m sure I have a barbecue sauced hand print or two on this dress in these pictures…but you can’t even tell!  That’s the magic with a printed dress.

I also love wearing hats to festivals.  It keeps my hair out of the way and it also gives me a little protection from the summer sun.

Here’s a few more dresses and hats that would be perfect for nearly any summer festival.  I would totally mix and match the hats with all three dresses, but I know that baseball hats might scare some of you.  Personally, I love baseball hats with dress.  It’s a nice mix of masculine and feminine.

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Items left to right – Hats: 1 / 2 / 3 – Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3

All these dresses and hats need are a cute pair of sandals and a crossbody bag!  What do you end up wearing for a day of eating and playing?

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I Heart This Skirt

30 Jun 2014 Permalink

easy casual look for summer!  printed midi skirt with a t-shirt from Knocked Up Fabulous.

easy casual look for summer!  printed midi skirt with a t-shirt from Knocked Up Fabulous.

easy casual look for summer!  printed midi skirt with a t-shirt from Knocked Up Fabulous.

easy casual look for summer!  printed midi skirt with a t-shirt from Knocked Up Fabulous.

easy casual look for summer!  printed midi skirt with a t-shirt from Knocked Up Fabulous.

Would you believe me if I told you that I wore this skirt while I was pregnant?  (The back of the waistband has elastic!)  This skirt has been one of my favorites for the last three years.  I’ve worn it with dressy tops for the classroom, and casual t-shirts like this one.  I think I’ve even worn it as a dress!  Another item that can get worn multiple ways…I love it.

skirt – thrifted // t-shirt – thrifted and cut // wedges -Audrey Brooke

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Bright Florals

27 Jun 2014 Permalink

bright floral nighty worn as a top

bright floral nighty worn as a top

bright floral nighty worn as a top

bright floral nighty worn as a top

bright floral nighty worn as a top

I love a fun floral print for summer!  (In fact, my last outfit post featured a floral maxi dress.)  This top – shh…it’s actually a nighty – has been waiting to get worn.  I kept it casual here, but floral prints definitely have the potential to get fancy.

Here’s a few of my favorite (dressy) floral numbers from Chictopia:

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Image credit: 1/2/3/4

Are you a fan of floral prints?  I’d love to hear how you’ve been wearing them!

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Kids’ Style | Fun in the Sun

25 Jun 2014 Permalink

Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! I know I’ve been sharing a lot of kid-related stuff on here these days, but I promise you more outfit pics soon!  One reason I’ve been including these two is because I love seeing how their own little styles are developing.  And because I’ve come across some really great brands with great products for kids.

I was introduced to Coolibar during the Travel in Style event.  This company makes unbelievable sun protective clothing!  Not only is their clothing super soft – the softest and most comfortable sun protective clothing I’ve ever felt – it also blocks 98% of harmful UV rays.

Love these bucket hats from Coolibar!  Best sun protection I've ever come across - so soft and guaranteed SPF 50! Julia and Ivan love these bucket hats.  (I let the kids pick their color!) I love them too!  They provide excellent coverage from the sun and wash really easily.  I’m also glad that these two picked out bright colors…it makes it easier for me to spot them in a group of kids. We’ve been using these hats non-stop at the pool and out of the water, too!

Coolibar provided us with these hats, but all opinions are my own. 

3 Tips for Looking Like You’ve Got It Together

23 Jun 2014 Permalink

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Sometimes being a mom is really messy and anything but glamorous.  I’ve learned to roll with the punches (and fingers covered in mystery slime!) and dress accordingly.  A printed dress – or printed anything for that matter – is a safe bet!  It hides “love” from grimy hands or snot from runny noses…basically no one can tell that you look dirty.

And to top it all off, I like to pile on the gold jewelry.  But you know me…that and lipstick are my secret weapons for looking like I have it together.

dress, jacket – thrifted // bag – Calvin Klein // jewelry – vintage

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Mr. Cool

20 Jun 2014 Permalink

boy's summer outfit from @FabKids

boy's summer outfit from @FabKids

boy's summer outfit from @FabKids

It’s really refreshing to have both a boy and a girl.  What’s exhausting though is how completely opposite the two of them are!  This one is (usually) as sweet as can be, but he has started that “testing” phase.  You parents know it.  The phase were your kid tries to see exactly how much he can get away with before you loose your mind.  Oh, it’s so much fun.

Luck for me, he hasn’t started to fight me on what he wears everyday.  In fact, he’s actually pretty good about picking out his own clothes.  And he’s really good at taking off his clothes – thank goodness he does this in appropriately places!  Now he just needs to learn how to get dressed by himself.

t-shirt, shorts – c/o FabKids // Converse, sunglasses – thrifted

Momiform: Jeans and a Blouse

18 Jun 2014 Permalink

vintage floral blouse and a pair of gray skinny jeans vintage floral blouse and a pair of gray skinny jeans vintage floral blouse and a pair of gray skinny jeans   Things really get laid back over here during the summertime.  Honestly, it feels so great to not have a strict schedule!  But on the other hand, if I have nowhere to go, I can easily spend the day in my pajamas.  I guess there’s nothing wrong with having a pajama day every now and then, but spending the day in lounge clothes does nothing for my motivation.  I may not be on a schedule this summer, but I still have a ton of stuff to accomplish!

I started booking some morning activities for the kids – ones that require us to get dressed and leave the house.  It’s nothing crazy.  Just trips to the library for story time, playdates with friends, and things like that.

Jeans are always my friend during casual times.  Rather than wearing them with t-shirts though, I’ve been putting my blouses to work.  Jeans and a blouse – plus a cute sandal and some lipstick! – the perfect combo for getting me to get stuff done!

blouse (vintage), jeans (Old Navy) – thrifted // sandals – Audrey Brooke // bucket bag – Calvin Klein

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Travel in Style Event

15 Jun 2014 Permalink

Earlier this month, SoChic Media hosted the Travel in Style event at Kevin Hammett’s Photography studio.  Like other events that Alison has put together, this one was a blast!  For one, who doesn’t love a travel theme?  And add fashion into the mix…needless to say, everyone had a blast!

I started my night getting a mani by Noktivo Spa.  This spa is one to watch!  They only use non-toxic products…this nail polish didn’t stink at all like the traditional stuff!

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Then I had to get my sugar fix with a little cotton candy from Spin-Spun.  See how the sugary treat isn’t your typical pink or blue?  That’s because it’s all natural.  No red dye #40 here!

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After that the rest of the night was a whirl-wind of conversations with the other guests and our sponsors.  Oh, and I did a little “fashion demonstration” with Johanna and Zahra showing off our cute sun protective clothing from Coolibar Sun.  Of course once we finished, we had to goof around with Hilton’s green screen.  How else would be pretend to be on the beach?

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I may always seem serious with my Knocked Up Fabulous outfit pictures, but I like to let loose with my blogging babes!  Jessica, Sarah, and I were testing out Coolibar’s hats at the selfie station.

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Here’s a group pic towards the end of the evening…

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Kevin Hammett’s Photography studio took some great pictures!  I could have filled this post with them, but if you want to see all the fun action from the night, click here to check them out at the Sassy Moms Facebook page.

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