Labor Day Haul and a New Giveaway!

It’s Labor Day! In the U.S., it means a day off  (for some lucky people!) and a chance to have some last minute summer fun.

It’s also a new month, and it means A NEW GIVEAWAY!

but more about that later….:)

Labor Day also means SHOPPING DEALS! Woo-hoo!

I recently got some sweet swag in the mail from Deb Shops and Modcloth, and the timing was perfect to wear my new fun things to a wine tasting! That’s one of many great things in Germany; the abundance of vineyards and all the tasting of delicious wine!

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Debuting my new Jessica Simpson clutch (a b day gift!)

Debuting my new Jessica Simpson clutch (a b day gift!)

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I lucked out and got the top (with attached necklace!) and the floral skater skirt from Deb for a steal!

Paired with these super cute and comfy oxfords from Modcloth, I felt like dancing! (Psst, they’re on sale!)

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OHHHH…how I could I forget? IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

Jennifer from A Wild Violet is sponsoring this month’s giveaway, and it’s awesome!

Check out these beautiful stackable rings! And you can win one with the birthstone of your choice!

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All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter giveaway on the left! You can tweet, comment, and “like” to get more entries!

Giveaway ends September 22nd, so enter now! Thanks, Jennifer:)

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Blue cozy – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Coral peplum tank – DEB SHOPS

Floral skater skirt – DEB SHOPS

Oxfords – MODCLOTH

Clutch – JESSICA SIMPSON

 

 

 

What Was Hot and Not at the Emmys

Greetings all! Did you watch the 66th Annual Emmys? As a TV and fashion fanatic, of course I did!

I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Good Wife, so I was rooting for all three to win big (and congrats to Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn! Such a good show…)!

There were LOTS of great looks, but here are my top choices of Hot Looks of the Night:

1. Julianna Marguiles

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I LOVE Julianna’s ombre’ effect gown. Beautiful fit, just enough shine, and is sexy and elegant. This is how 48 (!) is done. Congrats on that Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama!

2. Halle Berry

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I think Halle could wear a burlap bag and still look amazing. From her signature pixie (love the longer bangs), to the gorgeous dusty rose color, the touch of metallic on her sash, and the nude heels…perfect!

3. Melissa McCarthy

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This is probably my favorite dress that Melissa’s worn to an awards show. It’s beautifully tailored. I love the detail on her waist, and the tulle adds movement without looking like a costume. Most of all, she looks HOT!

4. Michelle Dockery

 

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This is such a great departure from the typical “awards dress.” Great detail on the bodice, the colors are vibrant without overpowering, and it looks light. So pretty against her ivory complexion!

5. Kelly Osborne/Julia Roberts

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Both of these looks are gorgeous for different reasons. Kelly can work unusual looks like no one else, and I am nuts for the hair with this unexpected maroon and white dress. She wears it, and it doesn’t wear her.

Julia has AMAZING legs, and I’m glad she worked hers with this look. It’s short, but not too short. The delicate beading and color keeps it elegant. She looks fierce!

WHITE RULES THE RED CARPET

White popped up all over the carpet, with some gorgeous results. Here is “White Done Right.”

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Sophia Vergara brought the va va va voom, Laverne Cox worked a gorgeous cape, and Kate Mara’s column dress with the sheer skirt had a high fashion vibe. All great looks!

TRY AGAIN NEXT TIME…

Unfortunately, along with the “hits,” there were misses. Here’s the “not so great” carpet moments:

1. Lena Dunham

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I’m all for taking a risk with fashion, and I don’t expect Lena to do the “typical” look. Many times, I love her style, but this pajama top with what looks like a long square dance skirt just does not work. Sorry, Lena!

2. Laura Prepon

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Laura is way too pretty for this dress (I think anyone would be). The neckline is strange, the peplum makes the dress busy, and the color is unflattering.

3. Amanda Peet

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I am not trying to pick on a pregnant lady! However, this dress does nothing for Amanda. The material and print reminds me of an old bed sheet, the sleeves are unflattering, and her hairstyle lacks polish. She’s lovely, but the dress isn’t.

4. Kirsten Wiig

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I LOVE Kirsten Wiig. She’s incredibly funny, and I was let down by this look. The dress is fine, but the styling is all wrong. The black heels don’t work with this material. the spray tan is too much, and her hair and makeup is too heavy handed.

5. Zooey Deschanel

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Zooey is usually so spot on with her style, so I was confused by this one. Again, it’s a styling problem. The hot pink color works for Zooey, but the dress itself is a bit “high school homecoming” (plus, BAD wrinkling on the bottom!).With the parted bangs and curling iron locks, she looks like she’s about to get on the homecoming float, not the red carpet.

What were your favorites? Looks that left you flat?

I heart comments!

(Pics are from Instyle, Us Magazine, and HuffPost Daily)

 

 

Time for a jacket!

Brrrr Back to School!

Time for a jacket!

Time for a jacket!

BRRR…It has certainly cooled down in Germany. Apparently Summer decided it was time to go elsewhere! For the past couple of weeks, the temperature has struggled to get into the 60s, and I’ve reluctantly had to set my summer maxis aside.

But there is something about the crisp air that reminds of the fun of “going back to school” shopping! Although I am well out of my schooling days, I teach theatre and voice for a living, so a teacher needs to look sharp on the first day, right?

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I remember as a young teen, how IMPORTANT it was to make a statement on the first day. How you’d look could possibly set the tone for what kind of year (socially) it would be. I would spend two hours before bed, trying on my new clothes and agonizing over the “right” one. Then, the next morning, after taking an hour to do my hair (it was long then!) I would end up changing my mind about what to wear at least three times before settling on what I would wear on the runway of Fremont High School.

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Moto Jacket- FOREVER 21 PLUS Tee & Maxi Skirt – H&M Necklace – a birthday gift!

Today, thankfully, it doesn’t take me but 10 minutes to shape my pixie and I’ve got my day makeup down to 8 minutes. However, I still find myself stuck on what to wear from time to time. I think that comes from trying to be creative with a look, plus comfort is a big factor for me.

I’m in love with moto jackets for fall! I can dress one up or down, and the jacket is that perfect weight between seasons. Just right for keeping a little chill off! This one from Forever 21 Plus fits perfectly.

What are YOUR memories of the first day of school? I’d love to read your memories!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

Reflection of a Journey

Summer is winding down, and as I look ahead, I realize that our time in Germany is coming to a close. In a few short months it will be time to get ready for a new adventure! Such is the life of a military family.

I have really enjoyed living in Europe these past three years.  This girl who grew up in a small town in Michigan used to fantasize about seeing the Eiffel Tower, and I still shake my head in disbelief that I did!

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Ahh Paris! Tourist shirt over an H&M dress.

From Amsterdam, to Paris, Switzerland, Crete, Berlin, Venice, Milan, Verona, Rome, Florence, Innsbruck, Munich – and all of the little towns we visited in Germany, it’s been an amazing ride. I appreciate and treasure the wonderful opportunity for all the travel we’ve been able to do.

Calling Romeo on Juliet's Balcony in Verona!

Calling Romeo on Juliet’s Balcony in Verona!

It’s been a trade off, though. For all the wonderful memories made, we’ve missed out on weddings, a funeral, Christmas parties, birthdays, and everyday hangout time with family and friends. Our time away definitely makes me more appreciative of the time we do get with them, and with every passing year, I know there is less time for all those things. It’s hard being away sometimes.

Wearing an icon from Deb Shops in front of the iconic Gucci store in Rome.

Wearing an icon from Deb Shops in front of the iconic Gucci store in Rome.

Someday we will be back living in the States, and though I will be glad to be closer to loved ones, I know I will be in for culture shock. I will miss the charm of a small village, the castle on a hill, a designer store just minutes away, the ancient architecture.

Will I be able to adapt back to a city with strip malls, Wal Marts, and fast food on every exit? I don’t know.

But until then, I will make as many memories here as possible!

With Cleopatra and Marc Antony in Verona.

With Cleopatra and Marc Antony in Verona.

Love, laughter, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

 

 

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I Have a Leopard Problem!

Ahhh leopard print! For the past couple of seasons, it’s been hot for purses, shoes, dresses, pants…well, EVERYTHING.

This is awesome and bad for me at the same time.

Let me explain. I have a leopard print throw blanket, pillows, and sheets.

Three leopard print purses.

Four pairs of leopard print shoes.

And, several shades and colors of leopard print shirts and dresses!

My current favorite piece? This Michael Michael Kors print dress! I got to rock this while shopping in Milan.

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Michael Michael Kors dress, Just Fab bag.

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I also have a problem with earrings – love these Betsey Johnsons (a gift from my stepmom!)

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Even my nails are leopard inspired!

Midi rings by A Wild Violet. (That's a Michigan mitten ring!)

Midi rings by A Wild Violet. (That’s a Michigan mitten ring!)

So, yes- I’m addicted!

You can count on seeing more leopard, but I also promised the Hubby I’d change things up décor wise, too!

What’s your fashion addiction?

I love comments:)

Love, light, and shoes -

xx Melanie.

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When you have a bad hair day…

Ah, summer. It’s a time of lightweight tees, floaty maxi dresses, sandals, and shorts! With all these wonderful things we love to wear, it’s also a time for humidity, which means…BAD HAIR DAYS!

As you can see, I keep my hair short in a hybrid of Halle Berry and mid 1980s Sheena Easton. Most times, it looks like this:

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But since my hair is thick and naturally curly, on those especially sticky days, there’s no amount of product that can tame my curly top!

So during our trip to Italy, I took a cue from Jennifer Lopez and worked a mini turban with a scarf!

Ready to take on Florence!

Ready to take on Florence!

Have I mentioned how gorgeous Florence, Italy is? On “Turban Day,” we checked out this beautiful Basilica.

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Cardigan, Charlotte Russe. Skater dress, Forever 21 Plus Gladiator sandals, Graceland. Accessories, thrift shop finds!

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When I have “manageable” frizz, these are my favorite go to products:

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John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation works wonders on bushy curls and unruly bangs!

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My new favorite hairspray is L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin. Yes, it is a bit pricey (usually around $16), but TOTALLY worth it.

I’ve never had a hairspray that allowed a good hold AND I could still run my fingers through!

What’s YOUR favorite hair tricks and products for summer?

BY THE WAY…CONGRATULATIONS to my Parisian Giveaway winner, Cheryl from fatandfabulousme!

Be sure to check out her blog, it’s pretty awesome!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Don’t worry, I will be starting a ONCE A MONTH GIVEAWAY, so stay tuned for August!

Love, laugher and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Win a Piece of Paris! Giveaway Ends TOMORROW!

Ahhh Paris!

Ahhh Paris!

Bonjour!

If you haven’t entered my “Parisian Giveaway,” here’s a last chance! The contest ends Wednesday, July 31.

Here’s a reminder of what you’ll win:

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Love the delicate tower!

This lovely Eiffel Tower charm necklace with the sparkly bow will look great with a number of your outfits, I’m sure! It is from a Paris boutique, so you can tell your friends you “got this from Paris.”

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I’m wearing my necklace, so you get an idea of the length. Cute, isn’t it?

PLUS – I’m throwing in these sample sized Cynthia Rowley Lipstain in Valentine, and Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser!

Just as a THANK YOU for all of you reading and following my blog!

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You get more chances to win the more you complete entries – so follow, comment, tweet away!

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

Eiffel Tower Leggings and Hot Pink Tights. Because...Why Not.

Eiffel Tower Leggings and Hot Pink Tights. Because…Why Not?

Love, laughter, and shoes….

xx Melanie