Passionate About Purple!

Purple Modcloth 1

Purple has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Even my dad can recall me wanting to wear a particular pair of purple pants (wow, check out my alliteration!) when I was 2 years old. If you were to take a look inside my closet, the prominent things you will see are: leopard prints, black, and purple! Though I’ve been making an effort to branch out my color scheme (indigo is hot with me now), I always return to my original favorite – purple.

So, imagine how thrilled I was to find this purple knit dress from Modcloth! I LOVE IT!

This dress is the Trifecta of dresses – stretchy knit, machine washable, and POCKETS!

Purple modcloth 3

I know I’m going to have to get another one of these dresses in another color…but which color?!!

You know what else is fun? Wearing new booties! Here I am breaking in these Forever 21 dark brown booties. They’re super comfortable!

F21 brown boots

And yes…I’ve got purple tights. Maybe it’s time for an intervention?

Nah.

Hey Lovelies – which color are YOU passionate about?

WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS LOOK? Click the links!

Buckled Moto Booties – FOREVER 21

Coach Tour Dress in Noir – MODCLOTH

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

 

Love necklaces? Enter my Origami Owl Giveaway!

Hello all! It’s been a week since I’ve posted, and I apologize for the delay. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how crazy busy and stressful it’s been, but there was a happy result (more on that later!). Anyway…here’s what I wanted to show you lovelies!

LOVE this necklace!

LOVE this necklace!

I just received my personalized necklace from Kelley Hurley of Origami Owl! I love the charms she included!

Origami me 2

Check out the shoe, music note, kitty paw, Eiffel Tower, theatre mask, lighting bolt, and USAF banner!

When you shop Origami Owl, you can design your own “Living Lockets,” bangles, and watches! That’s pretty amazing!

Just think of the cool gifts you can make for the holidays!

AND….you can win this super cute Living Locket with the shoe!!!

SO pretty!

SO pretty!

Don’t you love the container and the satin necklace holder?!!

Origami box

THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS OCT 31, and it’s INTERNATIONAL! Click on the “Rafflecopter” link on the left!

So…switching gears, I directed a play which was entered in the 2014 Army EUCOM One Act Play Festival, and we took home NINE awards, including this lovely trophy for 2nd Place Best Director! I was incredibly stressed out getting this show ready for competition, and we had a lot of problems popping up that threatened to shut the production down, but we all hung in there and performed our hearts out!

I am so proud, and relieved:)

Best Director Mel

Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xoxo

Melanie.

Cross Fingers and Break a Leg!

Guten Morgen! Wie geht’s?

It’s another balmy German morning, and it’s an early day for me. A play I’ve directed, a one act called Interview,” is going to compete this weekend at the 2014 US Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays! Tonight is our last rehearsal for final “tweaking”  before performing on Saturday, and then Sunday we’ll see if we win some awards!

It’s been a very busy few weeks, to say the least. We opened our play last weekend, I taught a Musical Theatre workshop Tuesday night, I have my usual vocal teaching schedule, I’m ushering tomorrow for the Festival (plus loading in our set), plus all the festival events this weekend…whew! No rest for the wicked, as they say!

I’ve been so busy, that I forgot about these pics the Hubby took of me during our trip to Luxembourg a month back! It still blows my mind that it only took an hour and a half to drive to another country! Luxembourg is definitely tiny, but a very pretty area. The people speak French, German, and English, so communication was very easy. I definitely enjoyed seeing shops by Marina Rinaldi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace!

Drool.

Drool.

Shiny things!

Shiny things!

But alas, my budget only allows for window shopping! However, I could still look fierce while drooling!

Lux outfit

Loving my new faux leather skater skirt from Forever 21 Plus! Love it? Buy it here.

With my lion friend!

Who says gray is boring? Toughen it with a moto jacket!

Lux selfie

With a little luck, the next time I write a post, I’ll be showing off some trophies! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner is going to LOVE wearing a necklace from Origami Owl!

Just click on my giveaway banner to the left!

Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Modcloth is Marvelous! Plus, October’s Giveaway!

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Happy October! It may be fall, but it has been unseasonably warm here in Germany! Lucky for me, I am still able to wear some new summer styles, and I am LOVING this romper from Modcloth!

Modcloth’s vintage inspired looks have a timeless feel, and this romper is no exception. I’m pretty sure I’ll wear this for a long time, and once Fall does decide to come, I’ll add tights, boots, and a long cardigan!

Here, I added a pair of vintage Italian heels from the 1960s. These belonged to my mom!

Vintage shoes

This has pockets!!

This has pockets!!

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So…WHO IS READY TO WIN?

Kelly Hurley, who is a designer for Origami Owl, is giving away this awesome necklace for one lucky winner!

I love the shoe!

I love the shoe!

This giveaway goes from Oct 7 until Oct 31th, and there’s plenty of ways to enter! Click on the “Rafflecopter” link on the left.

And, it’s an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!!!

Good luck!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

Blogger on a Budget: Transitioning Looks for Fall

Hi all!

If you’re a fashion addict on a budget (like I am!), you’re probably on the lookout for pieces to wear for more than one season.

I’ll be showing ways to transition summer favorites for cooler days in my next couple posts!

Budget Blogger Tip: Buy summer looks at the end of season to save cash, then layer cardigans, sweaters, or add leggings!

One of my favorite pieces I got this summer is this tribal jumpsuit from Deb Shops. Jumpsuits are great for dressing up or down, and as I’ve discovered, easy to layer for colder weather!

On a warmer day (like today was), I can rock the jumpsuit with just a belt and sandals:

Deb jump 2

Yep...Mama got back!

Yep…Mama got back!

I found this belt for just $5!

I found this belt for just $5!

F21 sandals

Then, on a cooler day, I threw on this cute open arm sweater I found in a thrift store! Later, I’ll add booties and a sweater dress. Presto! Year round outfit:)

Deb jump sweater

And guess what? I’ve got a new giveaway prize to announce in the next post! So stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Tribal jumpsuit – DEB SHOPS

Belt – AMAZON.COM

Thong sandals – FOREVER 21

Sweater- a thrift find!

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:

Escada

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