So, the Hubby and I are “back home” in Michigan, during one of the coldest freaking winters ever! Today it was actually a semi-tolerable 20 degrees, so the two of us (plus my dad) ventured out to the pier in Grand Haven. Lake Michigan is almost frozen solid! You’d think we were in the Artic!
Of course, I had to attempt to be fashionable, so I wore TWO pairs of leggings (these are my new favorites from H&M), a cute knitted head wrap to keep the ears warm, a black peacoat from Paris, and my trusty Just Fab boots. Let the frostbite just try and get me!
Check out this ice sculpture Mother Nature made!
While my teeth chattered, I chanted under my breath, “soon I will be in Guam…soon I will be in Guam…”
How are you keeping warm and fashionable? Let me know!
I apologize I haven’t been posting lately, but the Hubby and I have been mad busy getting ready for our move to Guam (yes, you read that right)! Talk about a big transition!
Since we are visiting family in the Midwest en route, my luggage is quite eccentric. I’ve got boots and flip flops; maxi sundresses and fluffy pullovers. With the temps barely hovering over the zero mark back home, I will be the Layering Queen!
Living in Germany has been an amazing, a wonderful adventure. Never did I think I’d get to experience Paris THREE times, show the wonders of Greek life to my hubby, walk inside the Roman Coliseum, and ride a gondola in Venice. Along the way I got to rock some fierce fashions, and so I thought I’d share my favorite looks in favorite places.:)
Though I’ll be trading in my moto jackets and leggings for more sundresses and shorts, I pledge to keep taking fashion risks and working my curves, no matter where I go.
Living in Germany has many advantages, but one definite disadvantage is the time difference between here and the States! I am a huge fashion and music geek, so I had to see the Grammys LIVE. Yep – I stayed up until 5:30 am this morning to see it all! How many of you saw it?
Though I am dragging ass today, I must share my “Hot & Not” fashion picks!
WHAT WAS HOT!
1. Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace
I seriously need to know what Gwen does to keep getting more & more gorgeous! She does not age! This jumpsuit is the perfect marriage of high fashion & rock n roll. LOVE IT!
2. Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood
At first I thought she got her hair cut into this adorable pixie, but it is a wig! I think she should just do it – it’s gorgeous! This dress is sexy without trying too hard, and the colors look amazing on her. So chic!
3. Chrissy Tiegen in Pucci
There were a lot of cut out designs on the carpet- Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Taylor Swift all wore gowns with various cutouts. But, Chrissy Tiegen does the cutout trend perfectly. Sexy, sophisticated, and modern glam!
4. Beyonce’ in Proenza Schouler.
This is my favorite combination of the sheer trend and low cleavage. It’s a dress that could have gone too far into trashy land, but it’s tailored perfectly. Go Queen B!
5. Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad
Only Katy can have lavender hair AND silver beading/fringe and it doesn’t come off as too much. This dress is like an updated 1940s starlet dress, and it’s fabulous!
NOT SO MUCH…
1. Rihanna in Giambattista Valli
This is clearly a dress where you either love or hate it. She’s made some Best Dressed lists, but when I look at it, all I can think of is…
2. Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier
Kim, Ric Flair called and wants his robe back. Woooo!
3. Madonna in Givenchy
I LOVE Madonna. She’s always been ahead of everyone else when it comes to fashion, but I am just confused by this burlesque/matador outfit.
4. Jane Fonda in Balmain
First, it’s VERY green. Second, there is gold drool coming out of her chest.
5. Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav
This dress just says to me, “my stylist said sheer and lace is popular now, so here I am.” It’s not cut in a flattering way, and the black appliques in the front look like spiders rolling down.
This week, plus size diva Tess Holliday (Munster) made modeling history as being the largest model to be signed to a major modeling agency. Her beauty and talent as a model is what caught the attention of Milk Model Management, and how refreshing is it to see the fashion industry including a more diverse talent pool. Beauty is beauty, after all!
When I learned of Tess’ historic signing, I couldn’t help but think if only she and other models like her had been around when I was a struggling young professional actor/dancer, I would have not gone through the madness I did.
When I was a size 8/10 (pictured below), I kept getting small character parts and not being taken seriously as a dancer (I thought).
As a result, I convinced myself I needed to be skinner to get better roles. So over the course of a year, I upped my workouts, cut sugar and a lot of fat out of my diet, and got down to a size 4.
Everyone noticed. Suddenly I started to be seen as a leading lady/sexpot type for casting. However, I constantly lived every day in fear that the weight would come back. If the weight came back, would all the attention and roles go away? Convinced that gaining weight would ruin everything, food became the enemy. So I decided if a size 4 was good, a 2 must be better. That’s what the leading ladies in Hollywood wear….
During this time, I was living on coffee, water, protein bars and plain veggies. I’d get up at 6 am and run for 45 minutes before starting the day, then come home and work out again (this time including hundreds of crunches). I’d then go out at night, dancing until the wee hours and drink a lot of booze. If I didn’t follow my food/exercise regimen EXACTLY, I was a failure and add “punishment exercises” the next day. Little did I realize how miserable I was.
The tipping point came when I went on an audition for a musical. The part called for a lot of dancing, and I was ready. After rocking the dance combinations, those of us who “made the cut” stood in a line before the choreographer and director.
They looked at each of us, quietly whispering (not that quiet, mind you) comments as they took note.
“Good execution, pretty. Need to hear her sing again.”
“Not sure yet. Maybe.”
These kind of comments escaped their little bubble, making all of us anxious. Then, they glanced at me.
“Really good…a bit thick, though.”
I was stunned. After we were dismissed, I couldn’t get the words out of my ears. I was a size 2, and losing my mind trying to stay that way.
Devastated, I threw out my scale.
Flash forward several years, my weight has fluctuated a bit. After my back injury, I became the heaviest I’ve ever been, but you know what? I don’t care.
I’ve been gradually become more active, focusing on getting my strength & flexibility back. I’ve cut out soda and drink more water. I try to watch the amount of sugar I eat. All I want is to feel healthy. I don’t give a shit what size that will be. No one will ever determine my self-worth again.
So here’s to you, Tess. Thank you for showing us all that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.
How has your week been? It’s been a bit up and down for me, as I ended up having to get a molar pulled this morning (yuck!). So, I’m all drugged up with nothing to do on a Friday night – except I can devote some time to you!
How was your weekend? A few days ago, it was a little warmer than usual so I was able to do some outdoor pics for a change. We have this lovely country area around where we live, and it’s perfect for going on long walks.
As I strutted, twirled, and played Supermodel, I realized that very soon we would be leaving Germany. As much I am looking forward to our next adventure (in GUAM!), I’ve become attached to the culture, the friends I’ve made, and this beautiful area.
We’ve been here almost four years, and it blows my mind how many countries and landmarks we’ve seen, the wonderful people who’ve come into our lives, and the opportunities I’ve gained as a performer.
Most of all, I’ve gained a greater sense of comfort about who I am. If I’m curvier or slimmer, it does not matter. I’m still fine.
And so, Germany – I thank you for the adventure. I will treasure these last few weeks, and the memories made.
And just a reminder….I’m giving away this Marilyn Monroe wallet! Giveaway ends soon, so good luck!