Summer: A Season for Love

Surrounded by love!
Surrounded by love!

I couldn’t think of a better time for the Hubby and I to visit Two Lovers’ Point here in Guam. In light of the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing marriage rights to all, there’s no better place to be than taking in the sights in a beautiful place!

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Such a great day to celebrate love! The weather was perfect- warm, but not too hot with a slight breeze. Perfect for debuting my new romper from INC and bag from Just Fab. Comfy and cute!

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Got this beauty half off!
Got this beauty half off!

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Though the lovers in the legend die together (very Romeo and Juliet- forbidden love), their devotion reminds me how powerful love is. I cannot imagine my life without my husband, and I am so grateful I can legally be wed. Now all who love can do the same!

He photographs me so well!
He photographs me so well!

Here’s to love! (and laughter, and shoes…)

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xoxo

Melanie.

Prints Charming

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Hello lovelies!

I know, long time, no see…actually, I’ve been suffering from some writer’s block. Until recently, my life has been in limbo, waiting to start a new job and waiting for our belongings to arrive.

The good news is, I am enjoying my new job teaching theatre VERY much. The downside? Pretty much all of my professional clothes are still en route, so I had to do a little shopping (well, that’s not such a bad thing…).

Fortunately, I didn’t have to spend much money to look good! Taking advantage of some AMAZING sales at our Macy’s, I bought a couple of dressy “breezy” pants, two pencil skirts, and a couple of tops. Plus, I joined ShoeDazzle and got two pairs of cute mules for $40!

Here’s one of my new pants (only $11 after discounts!). LOVE this print!

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We curvy girls have been conditioned to not wear prints on the bottom, however, that’s just a silly rule. The print just needs to be in proportion to the body, and keep the rest of the outfit simple.

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These mules are SUPER comfy, and so stylish! I’m a new ShoeDazzle fan:)

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I think I’ve got the sunkissed makeup look down pat. Creamy pink and bronze tints on my eyes and cheeks from Temptu give me “lit from within” glow. So easy!

Here’s to hoping the next time I write, my organizers and most importantly, MY BED is here!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

Lighten Up, Brighten Up: Working a Tricky Trend

Feelin' sassy!
Feelin’ sassy!

Ever feel you need to make a few tweaks in your life? As I’ve been anxiously waiting for our belongings to arrive here in Guam (well, it’s only been like three months now…but who’s counting?), I’ve been feeling restless and needing to do something creative. So, the easiest thing for me is changing up the hair and remixing my wardrobe.

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Voila! Nothing like adding some blonde highlights for some fun. After all, isn’t that what they say about blondes?

Things are looking up!
Things are looking up!

In a recent InStyle issue, one of the trends featured is working a metallic look for daytime. I think it’s a tricky trend to do without going overboard, but after picking up this cute Calvin Klein tee with metallic touches (FOR FREE from our Airman’s Attic!), I thought pairing it with my Primark stretchy metallic pencil skirt would work wonderfully. Both pieces have touches of shine and don’t compete against each other.

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The key is making sure the accessories are neutral. My new black mule wedges from Shoedazzle and my “new to me” Dooney & Burke purse (thanks, Stacy!) keep the overall look grounded.

Like the blue nails? Did them myself with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!
Like the blue nails? Did them myself with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!

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I also focused my makeup to lighter, neutral colors on my eyes and let the deep berry on my lips be the only strong color.

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I’m all ready for a date with the Hubby!

What’s a tricky trend you’ve worked out? What do you do to change up your look?

Until next time, lovelies!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo

Melanie.

Fear of the “What If”

This cute sundress was FREE! Bag, Nine West.
This cute sundress was FREE!
Bag, Nine West.

Hello lovelies,

The past couple of months have been filled with lots of changes, ups and downs, and a recent health scare. I’m a pretty resilient person, however, this latest episode has brought the worst visitor in my life, the What If.

Two days ago, I was trying to pick up some larger pieces of cardboard all at once. My footing slipped, and suddenly a HUGE shot of pain ripped down my right leg. I gasped, and I fell forward. Flashes of what happened to me the last time this happened filled my mind. I ended up having back surgery; I prayed it wouldn’t be the same fate.

Thankful to be standing!
Thankful to be standing!

One visit to the ER and a shot for pain later, I was on the mend again. Thankfully after taking it easy for a day, I felt fine again.

But the question now lingers, “what if?”

I am hoping that this episode was a freak occurrence with my sciatica, but WHAT IF it happens again when…

we go for a hike

swim in the ocean

dance in my kitchen

pick up my cat?

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I don’t like this visitor, Mr. What If.  Living fearlessly pursuing my goals is important to me. To second guess or be scared of trying is something I do not want to begin doing.

Accepting that nerve damage has changed some things for me has been difficult. However, I need to keep Mr. What If quiet so I can focus on the things I CAN and WANT to do.

Like rocking a free dress from Airman’s Attic and going on a date with the Hubby, for instance:) Thought I’d try some dark grey and violet shadow for a new smoky eye, too.

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Breaking away from fear isn’t easy. However, I will not live my life running from it. So, bring it, Mr. What If.

What If….I do everything I dream of? Here’s hoping.

Until next time –

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xoxo Melanie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Paradise Means to Me

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Hafa Adai! (Chamorro for “How are you?”)

Recently I read an article about a woman who had a 95k job in New York City who tired of the hustle and bustle of the stress, so she decided moving to a small island in the Bahamas and simplifying life would be the answer. She now scoops ice cream and bartends, and couldn’t be happier.

The Hubby and I have been here in Guam for about 6 weeks now, and yes – this place is paradise. So much sun, water, beach, and greenery to see! Although we were assigned here because of Hubby’s job, I think about if Guam would be my paradise if given the choice.

Ah, the palm trees!
Ah, the palm trees!

After living in several places during my life, I’ve come to believe that paradise is a state of mind. Location is important, but it is equally important to be surrounded by support and people who care.

I won’t lie, the first few weeks here were a bit tough. Transitions are stressful, no matter where you go.

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Thankfully, I have met a few ladies who have welcomed me and I can begin to breathe in the tropical air and relax.

I’m also loving this new Charlotte Russe Plus romper! It’s super cute and very comfy. Hooray for Charlotte Russe for getting on board and putting cute clothes out for we curvy gals!

Such a cute tie in the back!
Such a cute tie in the back!

Once all of our furniture comes, then our home will truly be in Paradise.

What is paradise to you?

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Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xoxo Melanie.

“Face-ing” the Inevitable

Hello all,

I want to tell you about a big AH HA moment I experienced this past weekend.

Last week I got my hair cut for the first time since we moved here, and as the stylist shaved away layers of my red tresses, all I saw was white, white, and more white.

Where did my hair color go?

Usually my dark ash brown roots would signal the time for a touch up. However, this time I could hardly see any brown.  Sighing, I picked up some Clairol that promised to “cover stubborn grays.”

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Two days ago, while moisturizing my face,  I paused to examine a tiny crow’s feet wrinkle that seemingly popped up overnight by my right eye.

I am 44. In some respects, I am proud of that age.  When it comes to my face and body, that number scares me. “Age is just a number” is a mantra I practice, yet, the reality is I AM GETTING OLDER.

At 34.
At 34.
At 44.
At 44.

What will getting older mean for me? Will I fight gravity? Or will I embrace what is happening? I don’t know.

Susan Sarandon perfectly expresses my hopes for aging:

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I think the secret is, enjoying the now and letting go of the worry will show from the inside out.  Here’s to remembering that idea when I cringe at another crow’s feet!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xoxo

Melanie.

 

Reminder of the Giveaway

divinemzm:

Congrats on 500 follows!!! xoxo Melanie.

Originally posted on Styled2z:

This is my way of thanking my loyal blogging community that is constantly growing. As a way of thanking them for their support, I am hosting this giveaway. You are all amazing people ❤❤❤❤❤❤.

Here are the requirements:

1. Follow my blog: http://styled2z.com

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2. Follow me on Instagram (Tag me in a post of the picture for the contest and use the #styled2zgiveaway)

3. Follow me on Twitter (Tag me in a post of the picture for the contest and use the #styled2zgiveaway)

4. Lastly, Subscribe to my channel and comment #styled2zgiveaway

This contest is open to current and new subscribers/followers!

Prizes:
1. A basket of products customized for the individual winner.
2. Your own set of customized business cards from one of the following websites: http://www.upsstoreprint.com/content/… http://www.vistaprint.com

The contest starts tonight 4/12-4/26/2015. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 27th via Youtube.

Good Luck!

XOXO,
Damaris

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