Wednesday, November 13, 2013

epilepsy awareness :: statistic 1

Epilepsy isn't just a "their" problem, it's "our" problem. Far too many live with this life-altering condition. One of the most underfunded of all neurological and brain conditions and one that has to stop.

Thank you for joining us in the fight to highlight an issue and disease that affects far too many. Because of your generous support, $500 was raised for the Epilepsy Foundation going towards critical research to put a stop to this once and for all. Your prayers, your donations, your support, and your generosity is not small. We believe they will truly make a difference. Not just for our beloved Jen's life, but for many more. Thank you again from the team of Shook but not Broken!

For more info, please check out our board "Epilepsy Awareness" on Pinterest.
Original photo source: Pinterest.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

epilepsy awareness :: courage

Mazvita's Angels is fighting for a cure for epilepsy. Just one of many diseases under the category of invisible illnesses that comprise our cause. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Purple is the color and we have never been more convinced of these three words:

Be brave, be of courage. This fight is not yet over and we will see this through to the end. We WILL overcome.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!!

We've been crafting up a STORM! Mazvita's Angels has officially hit the Goodwills of Southern California folks, and believe you me, these people didn't know what was coming. This was my first trip alone. One bag for me, one bag of stuff for crafting.

They looked me at me like I was crazy. And I can't really blame 'em. They're not too far from the truth. I could tell the lady couldn't understand why I was stocking up like there was no tomorrow and the look I get most often, especially on clothes that were two, three times my size. (The bigger the size, the more fabric and flowers I can get out of it!) But perhaps what was most puzzling to them was my giddiness and excitement.

They just don't know how long it's been since this girl's been in a Goodwill! Ohmylanta, people, I walked through those doors and was like, man, it feels so good to be home.

Here's some of our first "victims," these two shirts were just calling our name. Shopping gets complicated. I'm looking for stuff for me and I'm looking for stuff to cut up. Fell in love with this orange rayon and this black and white checkered top.

 Came home and crafted away that night, this was a little more than a month ago, in early September!

We've been busy working away on these as well as Mizzou headbands for special orders and gifts. Here's some of the ones we've sent out recently to some sweet little babes around the country rocking their Mazvita's Angels today:


One of those lil baby headbands went to a sweet little baby girl in Missouri.

But, before we show you this darling little girl, we've gotta back up the gravy train a little bit and introduce ya to her beautiful mother. 

Meet Hiwot. She and I in college where we both studied in the Missouri School of Journalism together. Isn't she beautiful? I swear, I think pregnant women are so incredibly beautiful. Hiwot pregnant with little Samarya, just stunning.

And then, this summer, this sweet, darling little girl was born, precious Samarya!

She is just a doll!! And my oh my, does this girl know how to accessorize!!

And, here she is today rockin' one of our headbands on her first Halloween!

Oh my word, those EYES!! Happy Halloween everyone and thank you so much, Hiwot and Samarya!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Happy Monday!


Words by the great British poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Words we just love.
We hope you have a beautiful day today and a great week, Happy Monday!

- photo by mazvita maya lewton

Friday, September 6, 2013

MIZ-SEC style :: the gameday dress

As they like to say, "Fall means football in the south," and with Mizzou's big move to the Southeastern Conference (SEC), last year, in true Show-Me State fashion, Missourians have stepped up to the plate and shown their new conference they fit right in with their undeniable southern hospitality AND dress.

The SEC is known for their love of tailgates and football seasons full of sweet tea, no shortage of bows, bowties, or pearls, and their signature: the gameday dress.

Mizzou got wind of the SEC "dress code," well before last season and fans all over were wondering if game day attire would really mean we'd have to ditch our beloved gold Mizzou tees. But, from the very start of the season and for our SEC home opener last year against the Georgia Bulldogs, the belle of the ball of the land of all things SEC, Tiger Nation didn't skip a beat embracing their new conference, including what they wore on gameday.

Dresses, pearls, and bows (or of course one of our flowers or bows), are a must for the ladies, and soon we'll feature some of our favorite looks for the gents.

This week we're featuring one of the trends sweeping the nation, regardless of what conference, what is known as the traditional "gameday dress," made from upcycled t-shirts in your school colors! Now, you know we love re-purposing around here, most of our flowers, hair accessories and bows are made from women's clothing, including t-shirts, and how awesome is this, you can send various retailers one of your favorite t-shirts and order a customizable game day dress sporting your favorite tee and rockin' some SEC style!

We've been pinning a few of our favorite "MIZ-SEC" looks the last few weeks to our Pinterest board, "MIZ-SEC," and we ran into a few girls rockin' some of the game day dresses we've seen online at Mizzou's first home game of the season last Saturday!

We ran into this Mizzou gameday dress on, and Saturday, we saw one of our friends, Ashlee Chapman, wearing it at the Mizzou game, shown here below with her mom, don't these ladies look great?! And we can't handle how cute Ashlee is looking in this dress. You can find a dress like Ashlee's here!

We pinned these adorable game day dresses made from Mizzou tees a while back, or like Ashlee's above and this black one on the top right, in t-shirt material, these dresses are from a variety of online boutiques.

And here's our friend, Lauren Karr, shown here with her sister, Blair, wearing some that look just like it! These girls were caught lookin' beautiful as can be in their new game day dresses at their first tailgate of the season. And to the right, Lauren's pictured with her husband, Geoff, and their sweet little girl, Kennedy! Even she has a little baby Mizzou dress, adorable!

Lauren's dress is from Rally House, a new store that opened last football season in downtown Columbia, and Lauren's mom made Blair's dress! You can find Lauren's dress here, available online or you can swing by their store in Columbia, right on Broadway!

Wanting one for yourself? Here's a few Mizzou ones we've found available to order online:

- Haute Threads Boutique on Etsy -

Tube, Tank, Halter, One-Shoulder, or Short-Sleeve Customizable Gameday Dress:

It say's "Purdue" but don't worry, (it's also conveniently shown here in Mizzou colors), but all you've gotta do is send her your favorite tee, any school, any color and she'll make you your own custom game day dress!

Price: $60.00

Link to order:

Gameday Tube Strapless T-shirt Gameday Dress:

Also from the same boutique, this dress is already made, so it's ready to ship! You can of course get ideas for other black and white or black and yellow fabric options from some of the other skirts she's featured with other school's tees, or if you like this one, snatch it up! It's currently the only Mizzou dress she still has available that's already made!

Price: $70.00

Link to order:

Black and White Trellis Football Gameday Skirt with Sash/Bow:

Or, you can even order this super cute high-waisted skirt and wear it with a yellow or gold top, tank, or tee and have the same look of a gameday dress, but be able to change out the look whenever you want!

Price: $38.00

Link to order:


- Ketch the Spirit, Game Day Boutique -

Tie Neck Dress:
Price: $52.00
Link to order:

Puffed Shoulder Dress:
Price: $46.00
Link to order:

Tank Dress:
Price: $49.00
Link to order:

Strapless Banded Dress:
Price: $45.00
Link to order:


- Laughy Laffy Girl on Etsy -

Custom Gameday Dress:

Price: $65.00
Link to order:


Or you can even convert your favorite tee into a maxi dress!

- FrocksbyKAV on Etsy -

Custom Gameday Dress (Maxi Length):

Price: $60.00
Link to order:


And stay tuned, soon we'll also feature another type of game dress, ones not made of tees or t-shirt material, but great dresses for game day or any day like this black and gold dress we found on the dress retailer, Hazel and Olive, this dress, a steal for just $39.00 is called, "The Quarterback is Mine" :)

Happy game day and have a great weekend! Stay tuned for our next edition of MIZ-SEC style!
For more "MIZ-SEC style" looks, check out our Pinterest board, "MIZ-SEC" for ideas on what to wear on game day!

-- Boutiques featured in this post: Rally House in Columbia, Mo, Ketch the Spirit Game Day Boutique, Haute Threads Boutique on Etsy, Laughy Laffy Girl on Etsy, and Hazel and Olive.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Fall Wreath Frenzy!

It's that time of year again, September is here, football season has begun, and we're already craving everything pumpkin, (pumpkin spice latte, anyone?) It's also time for the official start of wreath-making time! Wreaths are popular year-round now, but winter and fall call for the advent of the traditional wreath. Our doors just don't look the same without one!

I've never made a wreath myself, but always wanted to, this fall I'm gonna make one of these, (pics coming soon!), but for now, here's some of our favorite wreath making tutorials we're loving right now, the link to a tutorial and how-to make each wreath is below each photo! Our current top 10!

Happy crafting and Happy Fall!

2. This wreath in particular was just a link to purchase it on Etsy, 
but here's a tutorial/how-to for one exactly like it!

4. Not a full tutorial, but great tips on how to make your own!

For more of our favorite fall-themed crafts, check out our boards "fall" or "wreath love" on Pinterest, we'll continue to add more! Make something beautiful today!

Happy Wednesday!

Well, it's 7:48 here on the west coast, for those of you on the east coast and midwest, you're already 2-3 hours ahead, but the sentiment still stands, we ran into this over the weekend, words we just love. Happy Wednesday, we hope you have a wonderful day!