#ShopMyCloset Part 2: Being Comfortably Chic with Athleisure

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Hello Lovelies!

One of the new trends in fashion I’m LOVING is the “athleisure” look. The best way I describe the style is “yoga gone glam.” It’s not just throwing on sweatpants and sneaks (though those are comfy!); it’s selecting the type of material and cut of the clothes that takes the “workout” out of the look.  Since Guam is such a laid back place, this style works PERFECTLY for me. It’s more elevated than t shirts and shorts.

For instance: Here’s a typical gym look.

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Athleisure has a more structured look and feel, though it borrows heavily from yoga wear.  The pants are tailored; the shoes are either glam kicks, booties, or heels.

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The key to nailing the look is to keep it grounded. If you are a 20 something or younger, you can get away with more embellishments and brighter colors. However, those of us 30 and older look more chic in neutrals, black, whites.

I shopped my closet and came up with this look with a beach hoodie, a high/low t shirt dress from Express, leggings from Forever 21 Plus, and wedge sandals from Shoedazzle.  I added a little sparkle with accessories.

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I love this hoodie!

I love this hoodie!

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What I love the most about athleisure is that I can wear it from running errands to joining my hubby to dinner and still be comfy and chic!

Show me YOUR best athleisure looks!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo, Melanie.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Forever 21 After Christmas Bargains!

Who doesn’t love after Christmas sales? I am a sucker for a bargain, and Forever 21 (one of my favorite stores for curvy girls), is having a mad sale! I COULD have been very dangerous, but keeping in mind that we are moving to a completely different climate soon, I just bought a couple of styles. Here they are:

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I cannot wait to rock this split maxi tunic with some necklaces and pleather pants!

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This terry cloth dress is only $14.90! Plus, it has pockets!

Need something to rock for the New Year? Here’s a few looks I fell in love with:

Love the chain down the back! Under $25!

Love the chain down the back! Under $25!

 

Va Va Va Voom!  Under $20!

Va Va Va Voom!
Under $20!

 

Under $30!

Under $30!

So many sexy styles to rock at your party! Here’s my look from last New Year’s Eve:

Lace top and skirt, H&M.

Lace top and skirt, H&M.

Headband by Bijou Brigitte, strand of pearls by Claire's.

Headband by Bijou Brigitte,
strand of pearls by Claire’s.

Hmmmm…what will I wear this year?

What will YOU wear? I heart comments!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

Working It, Holiday Style

Hello and Happy Holidays!
I apologize for not blogging lately, but last week was CRAZY busy! The Hubby finished a class, my vocal students gave a terrific vocal recital, we started sorting out items for moving, AND we went to the Hubby’s Christmas party! Lots of activity going on, to say the least!
Let me tell you about this Christmas party. The invite said “business casual,” but as you can see, people turned it out! Even the guys were weeerking it!
One of my favorite looks of the evening was this Jackie O inspired dress and hat! LOVE IT!
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I say these two fine gentlemen make the “Man of Style” section! Check out the kilts!

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Of course, I can’t leave out my own Man of Style. The Hubby looks sharp in his black Express shirt and hot red tie! I kept it more simple in my INC sweater tunic and H&M faux leather skirt. I got to debut my new rhinestone earrings by Bijou Brigitte (a bargain buy at 4 euro!).

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Are you done with your holiday preparations? Ha, I am so not! Still  tree to put up (yep, a slacker) and a few gifts to buy.

However, I hope not to be slacking on future posts! I’ve got a number of new beauty products to try out and review this week, so stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Guilty Pleasures: Tracking Spring/Summer 2015 Trends

Thank God for You Tube! Like a junkie getting a fix, I’ve been using spare moments to watch as many Spring/Summer collections as possible. I’ve viewed shows from New York, Milan, Copenhagen, and am about to check out London’s Fashion Week (how much do I WISH I could attend one of these shows!).

Here’s what I’m predicting to be big trends next year:

1. Designer kicks with dresses & skirts.

This is a look that can go horribly wrong, if not approached just right. I can imagine Tim Gunn groaning at the thought of women wearing athletic shoes with a skirt, but if the shoes are not what you wear to work out, and the dress or skirt has a sporty vibe, it can work. The trend began last year with Dior and Chanel’s shows, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down.

Observe:

Chanel 2014.

Chanel 2014.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

2. Sheer layering.

I think I saw at least two looks in each collection so far that included sheer layers of gauze or chiffon. Of course this means more clothes we can’t put into the washer/dryer, but they sure are pretty. I could do without the see through tops without anything underneath -who is really going to go around that way? Ha! But I love the touches of sheer on a sleeve, or panels on a skirt.

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper's Bazaar)

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper’s Bazaar)

3. White Out.

Get your bleach and/or Woolite ready, because white is the HOT shade for next spring! From casual chic to glam, white was everywhere.

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

4. Midi skirts.

This trend continues to be strong at several shows, and is being shown mostly with flats or platform sandals. I think this is one of the most flattering looks for most shapes and sizes.

 

Victoria Beckham.

Victoria Beckham.

5. Jumpsuits.

I became a believer this season in the jumpsuit, and many designers decided to elevate the look by trying more luxe fabrics. Here, Escada adds some pizazz and makes this jumpsuit more of a night look:

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Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in purple – my favorite color!

What are your favorite trends or collections from the 2015 shows? You MUST check out the gorgeous looks from Lela Rose,  Carmen Marc Valvo, and Jenny Packham.

By the way…only TWO DAYS LEFT to enter the A Wild Violet Gemstone Ring Giveaway! Click on the banner on the left and enter today!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

What I’d Like to Rock at NYFW!

What I'd Like to Rock at NYFW!

Oh…If I had the money, I would LOVE to be at New York Fashion Week right now. I’ve always wanted to go, but either the geography, the timing, or yes – funds prevents me from going. So, I’ll live vicariously through other bloggers’ posts and pics for now, and fantasize about wearing this outfit while watching a live show. Le sigh!

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)