Knocked Up Fabulous for Musana

12 Aug 2013 Permalink

stripped t-shirt, printed midi skirt, cut-out wedges, summer outfit, Musana Jewelry - Knocked Up Fabulous

stripped t-shirt, printed midi skirt, cut-out wedges, summer outfit, Musana Jewelry - Knocked Up Fabulous

stripped t-shirt, printed midi skirt, cut-out wedges, summer outfit, Musana Jewelry - Knocked Up Fabulous

With the anticipation of going back to school this week, I used last Friday for some “me” time.  My mother-in-law came over and watched the kids for a little, while I did some errands alone…including plopping myself down at the nail place for a mani and pedi.  I felt so refreshed after it all…sometimes you just gotta pamper yourself a little!!

Even though it feels great being a little self-centered, helping others (especially struggling mothers!) feels pretty darn good too. This past Mother’s Day, I worked with Musana Jewelry on a special project.  Musana empowers Ugandan women…artisans who make beautiful jewelry.  This Ssezibwa necklace that I’m wearing, was made by a Musana artisan.  It’s so beaufitul…no picture I took did justice to it!

During this month of August, I’m honored to be a brand ambassador for Musana!  You should check out all the beautiful pieces that they have to offer.  KUF readers can get a discount using code APRIL20.  Besides for this necklace, I also love the Safari Print necklace, the Bronze Bangle, and the Nkuba Earrings.  Each piece is handmade and helps support a great cause!

necklace – c/o Musana // t-shirt – Loft // skirt, sunglasses – thrifted

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Sweltering Summer Nights

19 Jul 2013 Permalink

aviator sunglasses, Loft t-shirt, orange shorts, cut-out wedges, backpack, vintage bracelets - Knocked Up Fabulous

aviator sunglasses, Loft t-shirt, orange shorts, cut-out wedges, backpack, vintage bracelets - Knocked Up Fabulous

aviator sunglasses, Loft t-shirt, orange shorts, cut-out wedges, backpack, vintage bracelets - Knocked Up Fabulous

aviator sunglasses, Loft t-shirt, orange shorts, cut-out wedges, backpack, vintage bracelets - Knocked Up Fabulous

Yesterday I mentioned wearing no jewelry during the summer.  I should have clarified better…because during the summer nights, nothing dresses up a casual outfit more than piling on some shiny stuff.  Besides, I knew these sweaty wrists would be cooled off with an iced drink.  (I wore this out with my closest ladies to grab some dinner and listen to live music!)

Hope you’re keeping cool!  We will be getting some pool/sprinkler action over the next few days.  And next week I have an awesome giveaway to share!

t-shirt – Loft // shorts – c/o thredUP // backpack – thrifted // bracelets – vintage

Layering Necklaces: Summer Style

10 Jun 2013 Permalink

Layering Necklaces: Summer Style - Knocked Up Fabulous

I’m out with the flu today, so this little cutie is here to help me show you some of my favorite ways to layer necklaces for the summer.

In the cooler months, I have no problem layering on the big and bulky necklaces.  But that’s just too hot for summer! Summer is all about light layers!

Layering Necklaces: Summer Style - Knocked Up Fabulous

One long necklace with a few shorter necklaces always look perfect.  I used a long safety-pin to add a little more length to one of the short necklaces.

gold chains – gifts // bird necklace – c/o John Greed

Layering Necklaces: Summer Style - Knocked Up Fabulous

When I have a detailed necklace, like this winged crown, I keep the other necklaces simple.  I also used a safety-pin on this winged crown necklace.  Instead of lengthening the chain, this time the pin shortened it.

winged crown necklace – c/o John Greed

Layering Necklaces: Summer Style - Knocked Up Fabulous

Sometimes all I need are two long necklaces.  I usually pick two necklaces in a similar color…like these gold tone ones.

elephant necklace – c/o John Greed // chain necklace – Bitten

One last safety-pin trick…when I layer thin necklaces, I pin them all together in the back so that the clasps don’t spin around to the front.

Are you a fan of layering necklaces?  What are your favorite ways to wear them?

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Accessory Mercado

03 Jun 2013 Permalink

Accessory Mercado - Knocked Up Fabulous

Accessory Mercado - Knocked Up Fabulous

Accessory Mercado - Knocked Up Fabulous

Accessory Mercado - Knocked Up Fabulous

I’m a big fan of costume jewelry.  (If my husband only knew of the hidden stashes!)  Accessories are what makes an outfit.  So when I have a chance to grab some new pieces (bonus if they’re wallet friendly!) I take it.

Accessory Mercado is a new retailer that uses Facebook to offer flash sales on trendy pieces of accessories.  They have some pictures up on their page of some really cute stuff…perfect for summer!

Here’s how AM works (in a nutshell).  They they post what’s available every Wednesday evening, you comment “SOLD” if you want something, they email you an invoice, you pay, and your new pieces get mailed to you.

So simple, right?  I have to tell you, I’m a little giddy about this.  This Wednesday is the first flash sale, and I can wait to see what’s going to be shown!

top, skirt – thrifted // necklaces provided by Accessory Mercado, opinion provided by me

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Congrats to EMMA G. for winning the e-gift card to The Children’s Place from Coupons.com.  EMMA G. please contact me!  (If I don’t hear from you in 48 hours, I’ll have to pick another winner.)

Something Shiny

07 May 2013 Permalink

Rings for Women - Knocked Up Fabulous

I never got a “push” present.  When I hear about celebrities getting huge, fat rings for delivering a kid, it just sounds pathetic.  (I’m actually surprised that they deliver their own babies, for that matter!)

And, I think if men actually understood how demanding this motherhood thing is, then we’d get more shiny things.

It’s not like I need a ring to feel valued as a mother, but when I’m knee-deep in you-know-what with vomit all over my shirt, a toddler in one arm and a nagging preschooler tugging on my leg, it’s nice to glance down at my hand and see a little sparkle.

(The message is simple guys…get rings for women.)

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Starting the New Year with a DIY

02 Jan 2013 Permalink

Hey friends!  I hope you had a fabulous holiday.  It’s been pretty hard to get back into the swing of things around here, but I thought starting the year with an easy do-it-yourself statement piece would be a great way to keep things moving!

Over on Pinterest world, I’ve spotted a few bib necklaces that have really tickled my fancy…like this Noetic Snowfall one from Anthropologie or this Tortoise and Crystal one from ShopBop.  After staring at them a half-dozen times or so, I realized that they aren’t that difficult to recreate…

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First, I gathered the necessary supplies: a yellow scrap of leather for the base, an autoshape printed from Microsoft Word (You don’t see this step, but I traced the autoshape onto the back of the leather, then cut it out), old jewelry that hasn’t been worn in a while, and some jump rings.

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Next, I deconstructed the jewelry.  You would think that having a carpenter for a husband would mean that I would have the proper tools available…not so much.  I just use kitchen shears and my super-woman strength.  Deconstructing was actually quite the stress reliever!

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Then I played around with the leather scrap and decided which jewelry pieces I wanted to use.  I have tiny rhinestones pictured here, but they didn’t end up in the final cut.

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I used a sharp kitchen knife to poke a hole into each top corner.  Then I inserted one jump ring into each hole.  The chain was separated in two and connected to the jump rings.  I used my trusty hot glue gun to attach the jewelry pieces to the leather base.

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Not too bad, huh?  For the pieces of jewelry that I was willing to part with, I like how it turned out!  But you can bet that the next time I go to the thrift store, I’ll be looking for other necklaces and babbles to recycle into other bib necklaces.

Pretty Pins

21 Nov 2012 Permalink

Over the weekend, I had a chance to dig around in my jewelry and play around with a few things.   I’m such a sucker for brooches…the older the better!  Apparently, I’m not the only one…

I just prefer to pin above my girls, if you know what I mean.

sweater, skirt – thrifted // jacket – Carson’s // brooches – vintage, Express (orange one; its old)

photo via Stockholm-Streetstyle.com

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Making a Statement {Necklace}

29 Oct 2012 Permalink

I’ve been seeing soooo many gorgeous looking statement necklaces on Pinterest.  So in efforts to keep the credit card bills down before the holiday shopping begins, I started mixing and matching my jewelry to create one fun piece.  One rhinestone necklace, a pair of clip-on earrings, and a brooch later…I’ve got a statement necklace that no one else has.

dress (worn backwards) - thrifted // jacket – DIY // jewelry – vintage

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DIY To-Do List

14 Jun 2012 Permalink

I have a whole big stack of diy projects planned.  I usually try to pick projects that use items I already have.  Some diy projects can get pretty costly…it doesn’t make sense to spend more on a project (just so you can do it yourself) than you would paying for something similar in the stores.

Here’s some projects that I hope to accomplish in the very near future:

I want to take this necklace I got from Forever 21 and turn in into something similar that Alicia did here.

This multi-chain necklace looks totally doable with extra necklaces that I have around the house.

I just need to pick up some bright fabric paint to turn this striped top into this one from J. Crew.

I’m on the lookout at the thrift stores for t-shirts to do this to and pants to do this to.

These ladies at A Beautiful Mess have tons of great diys…I want to try this out, but I haven’t decided what kind of stamp to do.

Love Meagan has the cutest peplum t-shirt diy!

Kayla and Merrick are always making great graphic t-shirts with fabric pant and freezer paper.  I picked up the paper, but I’m not sure about the design…maybe one like this.

And I have a whole lotta garments to alter and hem…

It’s just a few things…but if you have any magical elves who help you around the house, feel free to send them my way when you’re done!

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Favorite Pieces

28 Apr 2012 Permalink

I have a small interest in costume jewelry.  Ok.  Small might be an understatement.  I just keep a small amount out at a time so my husband doesn’t actually realize how much of this glitz is taking up our bedroom.  (Come to think of it…he supports this addiction!  He’s gotten me many of these pieces…he just doesn’t know what I pick up for myself).  Here’s what I have out in current rotation…and don’t ask me to pick a favorite!  That’s like asking which child of mine is my favorite…and right now they’re both making mama a little crazy with their crabbiness from their colds.  Too bad I can’t rotate them out like I do my jewelry.  Joking.  I love my kids.

gold clip-ons – thrifted // rhinestone – vintage // coin – from mom

watch – Fossil // gold rhinestone – Forever 21 // crest –  c/o Oasap

top two – vintage // bottom two – from mother-in-law

clip-ons and bracelet // vintage

chain and stone – Forever 21 // gold necklaces – thrifted

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