Balance and Simplicity

25 Nov 2015 Permalink

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

layered necklace, cardigan

Balance and simplicity are two words that I’ve been incorporating into my everyday life.

Both in the classroom and at home, I’m working on showing my students and my two minis that there is a time for work, and a time for play. I guess you can say it’s the whole “work hard, play hard” mentality, but really it’s just common sense.

If you don’t balance out your life between work and play, you will begin to find yourself stressed out. It’s not healthy for your body to just focus on one of the two. There has to be an equilibrium.

Simplicity comes into play – for me at least – during times of stress or chaos. It’s calming to stop, take a step back, focus on just what’s important at the moment, and continue on from there.

Balance and simplicity are words that have also been describing my style recently. Take this outfit, for example. I love a great chunky sweater…but it can truly look overwhelming my petite 5’3″ frame. That’s when a simple – but adorable – layered necklace comes into play. This new arrival from Karine Sultan brings the right amount of balance to my fall outfit. And provides that little glam factor that I always look for.

Melissa (Gold) Necklace – c/o Karine Sultan | vintage cardigan – thrifted | jeans – J. Crew

Outfit of the Day | Casual and Comfy

24 Nov 2014 Permalink

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

batman graphic t-shirt, cardigan, gray skinny jeans, black booties, red lips, Chicago | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Wow.  I’m feeling so old these days!  When I was in my twenties, I used to be able to go out at night and bounce back in the mornings. Not so much now!  After late nights this past Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and then getting up to be at Navy Pier at 7:30 on Saturday morning, I was (and still am) spent!!

It was all worth it though!  Especially the early morning on Saturday.  This weekend was the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier.  (The playCHIC fashion show was on Thursday.)  I dragged the family willingly along.  The kids had a blast, and we even got a little Christmas shopping done at the fair.

This outfit was perfect for checking out all the booths.  I went with a fun graphic t-shirt to get in the playful mood.  And the comfy cardigan and hands-free purse served their purpose.  The finishing touch was a bold red lip…you know, to help distract attention away from the bags under my eyes!

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Outfit of the Day | Jeans and a Printed Blouse

17 Nov 2014 Permalink

Cute outfit of the day...blue jeans and a snake-print blouse! | KnockedUpFabulous.com

Cute outfit of the day...blue jeans and a snake-print blouse! | KnockedUpFabulous.com

We had two birthday parties to go to on Saturday.  The first one was a kid party, the second one was just for grown-ups.  (Guess which one was my favorite…)  Even though we had a few hours between the two events, I didn’t want to do any sort of outfit change in between.  This snake-print blouse was the perfect solution!  I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep spreading the word, printed fabrics are perfect for concealing dirt, stains, spaghetti sauce, cupcake frosting, glitter glue…you get the point!  As someone who is almost always around kids (aka dirt magnets), I wonder why I even buy any solid color clothing at all!  Prints are the way to go!!

If your weekend was full of parties and dirty children as well, perhaps you missed this the first time around…

Gorgeous bracelets!  Love the chain one from @JTV #TreatYourself

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