Looking Hot in the Big Chill

Michigan, aka Antartica.
Michigan, aka Anarctica.

Hello lovelies,

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!

Brrrrr! But beautiful.
Brrrrr! But beautiful.

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!

Hurry and take the pic!
Hurry and take the pic!

Pier 1

Check out this ice sculpture Mother Nature made!

Pier 5

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!

Until next time-

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

 

Thank You, Europe

Hello all,

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.:)

Venice.
Venice.
Kindsbach, Germany
Kindsbach, Germany
Ready to take Rome at night!
Ready to take Rome at night!
Milan.
Milan.
At Notre Dame, Paris.
At Notre Dame, Paris.
Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.
Trier, Germany
Luxenbourg
Luxenbourg

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.

Here’s to a new adventure!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

What Was Hot and Not at the 2015 Grammys

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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…

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2. Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier

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Kim, Ric Flair called and wants his robe back. Woooo!

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3. Madonna in Givenchy

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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

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First, it’s VERY green. Second, there is gold drool coming out of her chest.

5. Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav

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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.

THE ??? MOMENTS:

Sia as a sheepdog.

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Pharrell as a bell hop.

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Gotta love it!

Which were YOUR favorite and not so loved looks?

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Sports Illustrated’s First “Plus Size” Model

Sports Illustrated made history by announcing the inclusion of the first Plus Size model in its annual “Swimsuit Issue.”

I have mixed feelings about this.

First, I am glad to see a curvier model being showcased; however, this is the “plus size” model they are including in their editorial: size 12 beauty Robyn Lawley.

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I am not taking anything away from Ms. Lawley. She is gorgeous, healthy, and is an advocate of the curvier movement in fashion. I’m thrilled that she landed this opportunity!

What bothers me is Sports Illustrated labeling Lawley as “plus size.” announcing to the world, “hey, we’re open minded! We include plus size models!”

Let’s get real for a moment. YES, at a size 12, Robyn is considered “plus size” in the modeling world. However- she is 6’2″! A size 12 is NOT plus size for her proportions.

Can we try this instead, SI? Let’s truly show diversity in beauty.

Use size 16 Ashley Graham IN the editorial, not just an advertisement.

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Maybe next year.

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Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Why I’ll Never Be “Skinny” Again

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!

Go Tess!
Go Tess!

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).

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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.

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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….

At the height of my madness.
At the height of my madness.

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.

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.

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Resurrecting My You Tube Channel!

 

Hey lovelies!

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!

Anyway, I have a You Tube channel that I recently brought back from the dead by making a new video! Now, I don’t have a fancy pants camera or special lighting, but I do my best to be entertaining. Here I reveal some tricks on looking younger and taking care of the skin!

I review the fantastic Younique magic lashes, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and Acure Moisturizer.  Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s a look I rocked a few days ago – a new dress from my London shopping at Primark! Five pounds for this dress! Oh yeah.

Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.
Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.

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My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!
My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!
Hubby is really getting good at pics!
Hubby is really getting good at pics!

What are YOU rockin’ this weekend? Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Ready for a New Adventure

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Guten Tag, everyone!

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.

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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.

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And so, Germany – I thank you for the adventure. I will treasure these last few weeks, and the memories made.

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And just a reminder….I’m giving away this Marilyn Monroe wallet! Giveaway ends soon, so good luck!

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Love, laughter and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I WORE:

Boyfriend Jacket – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Dress – PRIMARK

Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Earrings –  BIJOU BRIGITTE

Bracelet – gift from hubby:)

Living life as a curvy goddess, without apologies.

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