“You Say It’s My Birthday…” Time for a GIVEAWAY!

IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

This is a BIG week! It’s my birthday on Tuesday, plus I hit over 3,000 views here yesterday!

As a thank you to you all, I am hosting my very first giveaway!

So excited!

So excited!

SOOO…I picked up this adorable Eiffel Tower necklace in Paris, and I’ve been holding on to an extra one for my readers!

Love the delicate tower!

Love the delicate tower!

AND….you can’t possibly rock a Parisian necklace without a red lip, so here’s a sample size of Cynthia Rowley Lipstain in Valentine PLUS Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser to keep your face soft and blemish free this summer!

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THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY, so enter now! JUST CLICK ON THE “PARISIAN GIVEAWAY” on the sidebar:)

My new peplum top and leggings!

My new peplum top and leggings!

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Casanova, the Photobombing Cat!

Casanova, the Photobombing Cat!

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Peplum Top – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Floral Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Sandals – MADDEN GIRL

Good Luck to everyone!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

Be Italian: The Vatican

Bonjourno! The Hubby and I are home now in Germany, safe and sound, with a TON of pictures! I’m going to spread out my tales of Italy over several posts with fashion musings mixed in, so I hope you will enjoy!

In St. Peter's Square.

In St. Peter’s Square.

We arrived in Rome around 10 p.m., and the first impression was not great. The area where our train stopped looked sketchy;  a LOT of graffiti on buildings, dark streets, and the rain didn’t help matters, either! I would learn later that unfortunately, Rome has a lot of graffiti. However, Italians are very friendly people and many of them speak good English. Thanks to a helpful waiter in a café we stumbled into, we were pointed in the right direction and found our B & B.

A tour of the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square began our first full day. I cannot say this enough; GO TO THE VATICAN IF YOU EVER GET THE OPPORTUNITY. For one thing, you are visiting a separate state within the city of Rome ( you can buy post cards and send them from the Vatican’s post office!), and the artwork is absolutely STUNNING.  If you do visit Italy, book tours with Dark Rome. You’ll get an excellent guide, and a lot of bang for your buck.

Entrance to the Vatican.

Entrance to the Vatican.

Just one of the hundreds of frescos!

Just one of the hundreds of frescos!

My neck became sore by constantly looking up to see the genius works by Michaelangelo and Raphael.

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I cannot really fully describe what it was like to see the Sistine Chapel. Absolutely no photos were allowed, and what I’ll call “professional shush-ers” stood on the edges of the area to keep people quiet (it is considered a church, after all). But looking up and ACTUALLY SEEING “The Creation of Adam” got me emotional. Just unbelievably beautiful!

Since we had a full day of seeing sights, I kept my look comfy and light. My new tunic from American Rag (available through Macy’s), leggings from Forever 21 Plus, and comfy sneaks did the trick. I wore my new rings from A Wild Violet, an Etsy store that does custom work. Check out the Michigan midi ring!

I got the Michigan and crown ring BOTH for just $23.00! The owners often offer discount codes, so be sure to check them out!

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Me outside Constantine

Gotta keep it simple for all the walking! My JustFab bag held EVERYTHING I needed for the day!

Many more adventures to come, so stay tuned!

Us in St Peters

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

Milan: A Fashion Addict’s Paradise!

As I write this post on my Android, we’re waiting to board a plane home. So many adventures and sights from our Italy tour to reflect upon! In the coming days, I’ll write tales of this amazing experience (since I’ll have my laptop!).

In the meantime, I’ll show you the drool worthy sights and shoes I found in Milan! I spared the Hubby from financial ruin by only purchasing this adorable top by Zara, maxi skirt (with pockets!) and silver metal necklace from H&M.

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Ahhh Jimmy Choo!

Ahhh Jimmy Choo!

 

Marvelous Modcloth and Polyvore fun!

Hello! It is definitely summer in Germany now (been in the 90s!) and I’m so ready for cold sangrias and fruit salad!

While trying to keep cool, I started a new Polyvore account and have lost my mind.  I can create looks and shop at the same time?!! GENIUS!

Even better, Amy from Modcloth.com reached out to me to create looks using Modcloth’s fabulous items! Squee!!!! Thanks, Amy! 🙂

Now that I have taken a breath and focused myself, here is my first look, using the adorable Vivacious and Vibrant Dress in Noir as my featured piece.

Ladies, this is only $39.99, and goes up to a 3x!

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(all pieces can be found at Modcloth.com)

Who doesn’t love a dress that can work double duty? On the left, I chose “Great Gatsby” inspired pieces for date night or a party. Check out the T strap oxford heels! When I party, I want to be able to dance, and this shoe looks like it can last for hours on the floor.

Switch out the shoes and accessories, and on the right, you can wear it to work, a wedding, or church. Wearing mint with black is very on trend, and the peacock design on the heels adds an unique flair.

I love how I could pack this dress and wear it ladylike, or more sassy!

Speaking of great looks, check out my friend Laura in her Modcloth dress and shoes!

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She is the ultimate 50’s pinup girl!

 

Best of all, Modcloth has a great variety of plus size styles for we curvy girls to rock! I can’t wait to rock some looks!

Til next time –

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

Going from Day to Night in Italy!

Going from Day to Night in Italy!
Hi all!
Very soon, the Hubby and I will be vacationing in Italy for the first time! Modcloth has some adorable and affordable styles, and I would totally rock this look here!
One dress does double duty! I’d wear the sneaks, hat, and cherry chain necklace while strolling in Rome, then switch out the shoes and jewelry for when we go out to dinner.

Bow dress
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Keds american shoes
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Pearl jewellery
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Gold jewellery
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Mata Traders earrings
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Enamel jewelry
modcloth.com

Floral hat
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Trying a Trend: Florals

 

I love flowers. Their beauty and fragrance just creates happiness.

However…I have not liked wearing florals my entire life! For as long as I can remember, floral patterns have not been a part of my wardrobe. Those kind of patterns just felt “grandma” to me, and I didn’t think there was a way to wear them that looked fashionable.

This year, though, I have pledged to step out of my box a bit and try some new looks. I decided that if I tried out a floral pattern, it would have to be a skirt, because big flowers on my top half would not do me any favors.

I bought this skirt on sale from Macy’s, (only $25.99!) and you know what? I like it!

Even the Hubby likes it, and he’s not a fan of flower patterns, either.

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To keep the look from seeming too “sweet,” I added an edge with my chain necklace and strappy wedges.

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Floral skt shoe

What I love about this skirt is that it’s lined, pull on style, and best of all…MACHINE WASHABLE!

And ladies, it’s available up to a 3x! (I’m a 14, wearing the 1x, and it’s just a tad too loose, but that’s ok)

It’ll look great with a tank, a blouse, or a t shirt. Dress it up or down!

I don’t expect to wear a lot more of florals, but this skirt will definitely get some mileage.

What trend did you not expect to wear, but did?

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Skirt: ELEMENTZ (from Macy’s) Get it here.

Top: KOHL’S

Wedges: CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Earrings: bought secondhand

Necklace: CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

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One Jumpsuit, Two Ways

Hello everyone! Happy Memorial Day to my American readers! It’s a lovely weekend in Germany, with temps in the low 70s. PERFECT weather for wearing my new Forever 21 Plus jumpsuit!

I admit, I was on the fence for awhile with the jumpsuit trend. I wasn’t so sure if a curvy, mid size gal like myself could carry it off. However, to my surprise, this jumpsuit is one of my favorite things to wear this summer. It’s so comfy and lightweight!

I've got a Charlotte Russe tunic paired with the Forever 21 jumpsuit.

I’ve got a Charlotte Russe tunic paired with the Forever 21 jumpsuit.

Feel like Wonder Woman with this gold cuff!

Feel like Wonder Woman with this gold cuff!

Today, the Hubby and I took a trip to a local zoo to hang out with the animals. The llamas and the giraffes loved to photo bomb!

Sporting a Rue 21 top and belt this time.

Sporting a Rue 21 top and belt this time.

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AND here’s a steal I got from our Airman’s Attic – a Dooney & Burke purse, FREE!!! Yes, you read that right. I can’t believe someone gave it away, but thank you to whoever did!

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All in all, I am 100% sure I will be grabbing a couple more jumpsuits this season. I love how I can dress them up or down; they look great with heels, or with flip flops! Change the accessories, and it’s a whole new look.

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

Melanie.