Guilty Pleasures: Tracking Spring/Summer 2015 Trends

Thank God for You Tube! Like a junkie getting a fix, I’ve been using spare moments to watch as many Spring/Summer collections as possible. I’ve viewed shows from New York, Milan, Copenhagen, and am about to check out London’s Fashion Week (how much do I WISH I could attend one of these shows!).

Here’s what I’m predicting to be big trends next year:

1. Designer kicks with dresses & skirts.

This is a look that can go horribly wrong, if not approached just right. I can imagine Tim Gunn groaning at the thought of women wearing athletic shoes with a skirt, but if the shoes are not what you wear to work out, and the dress or skirt has a sporty vibe, it can work. The trend began last year with Dior and Chanel’s shows, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down.

Observe:

Chanel 2014.

Chanel 2014.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

2. Sheer layering.

I think I saw at least two looks in each collection so far that included sheer layers of gauze or chiffon. Of course this means more clothes we can’t put into the washer/dryer, but they sure are pretty. I could do without the see through tops without anything underneath -who is really going to go around that way? Ha! But I love the touches of sheer on a sleeve, or panels on a skirt.

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper's Bazaar)

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper’s Bazaar)

3. White Out.

Get your bleach and/or Woolite ready, because white is the HOT shade for next spring! From casual chic to glam, white was everywhere.

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

4. Midi skirts.

This trend continues to be strong at several shows, and is being shown mostly with flats or platform sandals. I think this is one of the most flattering looks for most shapes and sizes.

 

Victoria Beckham.

Victoria Beckham.

5. Jumpsuits.

I became a believer this season in the jumpsuit, and many designers decided to elevate the look by trying more luxe fabrics. Here, Escada adds some pizazz and makes this jumpsuit more of a night look:

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Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in purple – my favorite color!

What are your favorite trends or collections from the 2015 shows? You MUST check out the gorgeous looks from Lela Rose,  Carmen Marc Valvo, and Jenny Packham.

By the way…only TWO DAYS LEFT to enter the A Wild Violet Gemstone Ring Giveaway! Click on the banner on the left and enter today!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

Plus Size Models Strut at NYFW!

How exciting is this? Two high end designers, Zana Bayne and Chromat sent out plus size models down the runway during New York Fashion Week!

Plus size models have received exposure in several magazines and retailers as of late, but have not quite made a mark on the “straight sized” runway world of modeling. However, up and coming designer Chromat, who designed Beyoncé’s Superbowl halftime show outfit, showcased model Denise Bidot in her creations. Zana Bayne, who specializes in bondage inspired wear, sent model Gia Geneiveve down the runway, along with other plus size models.

Werk it, girl!

Gia Geneieve for Zana Bayne.

Denise Bidot for Chromat.

Beyoncé rocks this Chromat design!

Beyoncé rocks this Chromat design!

Gia Geneieve

Gia Geneieve

Design by Chromat.

Design by Chromat.

Now, is this the kind of thing one would wear every day? Of course not! But how nice is it to see curves showcased, instead of carefully hidden! These models look amazing!

Here’s hoping more curvy girls walk the runway in years to come!

P.S. Just over a week left of the Gemstone Ring of Choice by A Wild Violet giveaway! Click on the Rafflecopter banner on the left!

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

Images from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2745477/Plus-size-officially-fashion-Two-coming-labels-send-curvy-models-catwalk-NYFW.html

 

 

 

What I’d Like to Rock at NYFW!

What I'd Like to Rock at NYFW!

Oh…If I had the money, I would LOVE to be at New York Fashion Week right now. I’ve always wanted to go, but either the geography, the timing, or yes – funds prevents me from going. So, I’ll live vicariously through other bloggers’ posts and pics for now, and fantasize about wearing this outfit while watching a live show. Le sigh!

Am I Promoting Obesity?

I stumbled across this article called “Do Plus Sized Clothes Promote Obesity?” and as a plus size fashionista, it got me thinking. At first I thought, of course not!

But then I read a quote from MeMe Roth, president of the organization National Action Against Obesity, who stated

“When you look at the human cost, what we’re doing is we’re on the Titanic and rather than forcing our children into the lifeboat, we’re telling them to join the band. Worrying about fashion rather than worrying about the food is a horrible message that we’re sending these kids.”

True… One’s health is definitely more important than clothes. Americans do have an obesity epidemic; we are the kings/queens of fast food consumption, prepacked food, and our activity levels are much less than our European counterparts (which I have witnessed).

However…

If we’re discussing if plus lines such as Forever 21 Plus, Deb Shops, ASOS Plus, Lane Bryant, etc. are promoting obesity, I totally disagree. Ask anyone who is outside the size 0-12 spectrum if they LIKE being plus size, and I ‘ll bet the majority will say no.

For most of my adult life, I was around a size 8 (size 4 at my smallest), and once I began gaining weight, it really shook my self esteem to give away clothes I loved. It is not fun to spend more time finding styles that fit and flatter, and I am incredibly grateful to those brands that help me feel better about myself.

Fashion to Figure jacket,  H&M sweaterdress (as a top), Forever 21 Plus skirt.

Fashion to Figure jacket,
H&M sweaterdress (as a top),
Forever 21 Plus skirt.

Just because I have a bigger ass or a thicker waist does not mean I don’t care about myself, or how I look.

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So, the question I’d ask MeMe is, if straight sized women can get sick and get disease just like we plus size gals can, don’t we both deserve to look good?

Plus size women are typically passed over for promotions, hiring, and have a tougher time dating. We need ALL the tools possible to feel and look our best!

Zara necklace.

Zara necklace.

I’d also like to let MeMe know that MANY of us do exercise and eat healthy food (most of the time!). Sometimes, the metabolism does not cooperate. So, don’t blame plus size retailers for our size.  We just want great and affordable clothes to shine!

*drops mike*

The one thing about me that's still a size 8- shoes! Boots, Just Fab.

The one thing about me that’s still a size 8- shoes!
Boots, Just Fab.

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Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Labor Day and a New Giveaway!

It’s Labor Day! In the U.S., it means a day off  (for some lucky people!) and a chance to have some last minute summer fun.

It’s also a new month, and it means A NEW GIVEAWAY!

but more about that later….:)

Labor Day also means SHOPPING DEALS! Woo-hoo!

I recently got some sweet swag in the mail from Deb Shops and Modcloth, and the timing was perfect to wear my new fun things to a wine tasting! That’s one of many great things in Germany; the abundance of vineyards and all the tasting of delicious wine!

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Debuting my new Jessica Simpson clutch (a b day gift!)

Debuting my new Jessica Simpson clutch (a b day gift!)

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I lucked out and got the top (with attached necklace!) and the floral skater skirt from Deb for a steal!

Paired with these super cute and comfy oxfords from Modcloth, I felt like dancing! (Psst, they’re on sale!)

modcloth oxfords

OHHHH…how I could I forget? IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Jennifer from A Wild Violet is sponsoring this month’s giveaway, and it’s awesome!

Check out these beautiful stackable rings! And you can win one with the birthstone of your choice!

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All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the left! You can tweet, comment, and “like” to get more entries!

Giveaway ends September 22nd, so enter now! Thanks, Jennifer:)

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Blue cozy – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Coral peplum tank – DEB SHOPS

Floral skater skirt – DEB SHOPS

Oxfords – MODCLOTH

Clutch – JESSICA SIMPSON

 

 

 

What Was Hot and Not at the Emmys

Greetings all! Did you watch the 66th Annual Emmys? As a TV and fashion fanatic, of course I did!

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Good Wife, so I was rooting for all three to win big (and congrats to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn! Such a good show…)!

There were LOTS of great looks, but here are my top choices of Hot Looks of the Night:

1. Julianna Marguiles

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I LOVE Julianna’s ombre’ effect gown. Beautiful fit, just enough shine, and is sexy and elegant. This is how 48 (!) is done. Congrats on that Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama!

2. Halle Berry

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I think Halle could wear a burlap bag and still look amazing. From her signature pixie (love the longer bangs), to the gorgeous dusty rose color, the touch of metallic on her sash, and the nude heels…perfect!

3. Melissa McCarthy

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This is probably my favorite dress that Melissa’s worn to an awards show. It’s beautifully tailored. I love the detail on her waist, and the tulle adds movement without looking like a costume. Most of all, she looks HOT!

4. Michelle Dockery

 

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This is such a great departure from the typical “awards dress.” Great detail on the bodice, the colors are vibrant without overpowering, and it looks light. So pretty against her ivory complexion!

5. Kelly Osborne/Julia Roberts

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Both of these looks are gorgeous for different reasons. Kelly can work unusual looks like no one else, and I am nuts for the hair with this unexpected maroon and white dress. She wears it, and it doesn’t wear her.

Julia has AMAZING legs, and I’m glad she worked hers with this look. It’s short, but not too short. The delicate beading and color keeps it elegant. She looks fierce!

WHITE RULES THE RED CARPET

White popped up all over the carpet, with some gorgeous results. Here is “White Done Right.”

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Sophia Vergara brought the va va va voom, Laverne Cox worked a gorgeous cape, and Kate Mara’s column dress with the sheer skirt had a high fashion vibe. All great looks!

TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME…

Unfortunately, along with the “hits,” there were misses. Here’s the “not so great” carpet moments:

1. Lena Dunham

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I’m all for taking a risk with fashion, and I don’t expect Lena to do the “typical” look. Many times, I love her style, but this pajama top with what looks like a long square dance skirt just does not work. Sorry, Lena!

2. Laura Prepon

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Laura is way too pretty for this dress (I think anyone would be). The neckline is strange, the peplum makes the dress busy, and the color is unflattering.

3. Amanda Peet

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I am not trying to pick on a pregnant lady! However, this dress does nothing for Amanda. The material and print reminds me of an old bed sheet, the sleeves are unflattering, and her hairstyle lacks polish. She’s lovely, but the dress isn’t.

4. Kirsten Wiig

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I LOVE Kirsten Wiig. She’s incredibly funny, and I was let down by this look. The dress is fine, but the styling is all wrong. The black heels don’t work with this material. the spray tan is too much, and her hair and makeup is too heavy handed.

5. Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey is usually so spot on with her style, so I was confused by this one. Again, it’s a styling problem. The hot pink color works for Zooey, but the dress itself is a bit “high school homecoming” (plus, BAD wrinkling on the bottom!).With the parted bangs and curling iron locks, she looks like she’s about to get on the homecoming float, not the red carpet.

What were your favorites? Looks that left you flat?

I heart comments!

(Pics are from Instyle, Us Magazine, and HuffPost Daily)

 

 

Time for a jacket!

Brrrr Back to School!

Time for a jacket!

Time for a jacket!

BRRR…It has certainly cooled down in Germany. Apparently Summer decided it was time to go elsewhere! For the past couple of weeks, the temperature has struggled to get into the 60s, and I’ve reluctantly had to set my summer maxis aside.

But there is something about the crisp air that reminds of the fun of “going back to school” shopping! Although I am well out of my schooling days, I teach theatre and voice for a living, so a teacher needs to look sharp on the first day, right?

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I remember as a young teen, how IMPORTANT it was to make a statement on the first day. How you’d look could possibly set the tone for what kind of year (socially) it would be. I would spend two hours before bed, trying on my new clothes and agonizing over the “right” one. Then, the next morning, after taking an hour to do my hair (it was long then!) I would end up changing my mind about what to wear at least three times before settling on what I would wear on the runway of Fremont High School.

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Moto Jacket- FOREVER 21 PLUS Tee & Maxi Skirt – H&M Necklace – a birthday gift!

Today, thankfully, it doesn’t take me but 10 minutes to shape my pixie and I’ve got my day makeup down to 8 minutes. However, I still find myself stuck on what to wear from time to time. I think that comes from trying to be creative with a look, plus comfort is a big factor for me.

I’m in love with moto jackets for fall! I can dress one up or down, and the jacket is that perfect weight between seasons. Just right for keeping a little chill off! This one from Forever 21 Plus fits perfectly.

What are YOUR memories of the first day of school? I’d love to read your memories!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.