Freshen Up Styles Without Going Broke!

As a blogger and fashion addict, I constantly receive special sales and discounts in my email, and there’s SO MANY awesome styles out right now…but…

Like most people, I am not flush in cash! So what’s a girl to do when I want to freshen my looks and don’t have funds to blow?

Accessories, accessories!

A new necklace goes a long way in making an older style look new again. Check this beautiful piece I got from Paparazzi Jewelry for only $5! (matching earrings came with this, too!)

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Want to find cool necklaces like this? Or rings, bracelets? Just $5 a piece! Click here:

This look (below) is made up of a dress from four years ago, a long cardigan from five years ago, and leggings from last year. I made everything look new again by adding my Fashion to Figure moto jacket, Just Fab bag and boots, and an eternity scarf knitted by my friend and blogger Signe Savant!

An older dress & cardigan.
An older dress & cardigan.
Presto!
Presto!

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So cozy!
So cozy!

Go through your closet. See which dresses, tops, or sweaters can be updated by just adding a new piece of jewelry or a jacket. Try different combinations to create a new style!

And HEY! Have you entered my Thirty One Gifts Makeup Bag Giveaway Yet? Click on the Rafflecopter banner!

Show me how you’ve updated your looks! I heart comments!

Love, laughter and shoes -

xx Melanie

 

You Say It’s My Blogaversary: The Divine Mz M is 1 Year Old!

How time flies…!

One year ago, I was dealing with some severe back pain issues which limited the amount of activity I was comfortable doing.  Creating The Divine Mz M (formerly Curves Rule!) became a way for me to feel like I was still contributing something worthy. I had never blogged before, and I was worried that no one would bother reading anything I had to share.

Flash forward one year, I got my back surgery, the pain is greatly reduced, and The Divine Mz M has over 1,000 followers!

I have followers from all walks of life!
I have followers from all walks of life!

THANK YOU, my dear readers, for reading and sharing my fashion musings, my calls for more acceptance for all sizes, and for commenting on my posts!

As a big thank you, I’m doing a few giveaways over the next couple of months! Here’s the first one (and it’s a doozy!):

My friend Jessica (who lives in Paris – lucky!) is offering a Thirty One Gifts Makeup bag, which I am going to stuff with several sample sized makeup goodies! We’re talking the cool stuff from Birchbox and Ipsy, yo!

Me and Jessica!
Me and Jessica!
Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!
Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!

This makeup bag comes in other prints/colors, so if you are the lucky winner, I’ll let you know the choices!

And hey…if you are a Thirty One Gifts fan, or if you would like to get some VERY AFFORDABLE and PERSONALIZED gifts for your friends, check out my Online Party! LOTS of cool bags, totes, cosmetic bags, thermal lunch bags, for under $30!

Again, thank you all! If you’re a blogger, PLEASE leave me your links! Let’s make this next year the biggest year yet!

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie,

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Sweater Weather!

Brrr! It looks like Fall is in full mode now in Germany. As much as I am missing the warm days, I do enjoy wearing fall fashion!
Today I got to debut my new cozy sweater from Forever 21 Plus. It’s soooo soft! Paired with my faux A line skirt, leggings, and new Just Fab boots, I’m ready to face the chillier days.
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F21 sweater skirt 2

Just Fab blk boot

Love the detail on the back of these!

Do you love nail art? Before moving over here, I hardly ever painted my fingernails. But once I got turned on to gel nails, I never looked back! I love that I can have nice looking nails for weeks! No chipping or breaks!

F21 nail nov

Sparkly, sparkly!
Sparkly, sparkly!

I am ready to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy gluwein (a heated wine)! Stay warm, all!

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie

 

 

 

Shopping for the Cure by Forever 21

October is a special month for many reasons; there’s beautiful colors on the leaves, a briskness in the air, the excitement of Halloween, and also many events focusing on breast cancer awareness.

One of my favorite retailers, Forever 21, put out sweatshirts, tees, and jewelry to promote breast cancer awareness. With every purchase of a special item, Forever 21 donated a portion of the sale to The Keep a Breast Foundation!

I bought this cute black tee and the ribbon earring set. Stylish and makes a statement!

F21 Ribbon Half

F21 Ribbon shirt

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Tunic – H&M Ribbon Tee – Forever 21 Plus Jeans – Forever 21 Plus Sneaker Wedges – Forever 21

Want this shirt? Click here!

By the way – how was your Halloween? I followed makeup artist Kandee Johnson’s tutorial on creating Maleficent, and here’s my result!

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Magnificent Maleficent

I even won $100 at the costume contest! Woo hoo!

I hope you all had a wonderful October! Stay tuned for surprises in November!

Love, light, and shoes!

xx Melanie

 

 

These are a Few of My Favorite Things…Everyday Beauty Awards

Hi lovelies!

Do you have a “cannot live without” list of beauty products? I’m sure you do! Every year, InStyle and Allure magazines do a “Best of Beauty” Awards issue, and I thought it was high time I do my own list. These are my picks for “Everyday Beauty.”

Tell me what you think of my picks, and let me know some other products I should give a try!

BEST MASCARA: Revlon Photoready 3D Volume

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This is by far, the BEST mascara for thickening and lengthening. I swear it doubles the length of my lashes! I know Maybelline’s Great Lash is usually king on a lot of “Best Of” lists (and it is good), but this mascara really gives a dramatic look without clumps. Plus, it’s not hard to remove!

BEST CC CREAM: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

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For an everyday look, this is a must have! It’s lightweight, looks very natural, hides any redness or blotchiness, and has a SPF 30 to protect the skin. My skin stays hydrated, but doesn’t get oily. With this product, I usually just wear mascara and some lip color, and I look great!

BEST BLUSH: Tie: Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones/ NARS blush in “Orgasm.”

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Both of these blushes rock! The Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones is a wonderful inexpensive blush that comes in several colors, plus the product goes on very evenly and has great staying power throughout the day. Many times I wear the “Peach Perfection” trio on my eyes!

NARS’ “Orgasm” is a true cult classic. The color looks great on any complexion, and I LOVE the shimmery effect. It’s more high end in price, but this is one product that is worth the investment. Whenever I wear it, I look “lit from within;” the celebrity-on-a-red-carpet look!

BEST LIP COLOR/LIPSTICK: Tie: Bonne Bell Lipcolor/Clinique Chubby Stick

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I just discovered Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor lipstick in a clearance basket! For an inexpensive lipstick, this is the best one I’ve found. When I put it on, it hydrates, doesn’t feel “waxy,” and has a subtle shine. I’m hoping Bonne Bell isn’t discontinuing this!

Before I fell in love with Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color has been #1 with me. I really like how the color looks natural and feels like a lip balm. It’s surprisingly long lasting, but not drying. Lots of times, I throw it on with nothing else on the face and the color just wakes up my look!

There you have it! My favorite “Everyday Makeup” products. In future posts, I’ll profile favorite skincare, hair, and glamour makeup.

What’s your favorite everyday makeup? Let’s discuss!

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

Passionate About Purple!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Living life as a curvy goddess, without apologies.

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