Freshen Up Styles Without Going Broke!

As a blogger and fashion addict, I constantly receive special sales and discounts in my email, and there’s SO MANY awesome styles out right now…but…

Like most people, I am not flush in cash! So what’s a girl to do when I want to freshen my looks and don’t have funds to blow?

Accessories, accessories!

A new necklace goes a long way in making an older style look new again. Check this beautiful piece I got from Paparazzi Jewelry for only $5! (matching earrings came with this, too!)

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Want to find cool necklaces like this? Or rings, bracelets? Just $5 a piece! Click here:

This look (below) is made up of a dress from four years ago, a long cardigan from five years ago, and leggings from last year. I made everything look new again by adding my Fashion to Figure moto jacket, Just Fab bag and boots, and an eternity scarf knitted by my friend and blogger Signe Savant!

An older dress & cardigan.

An older dress & cardigan.

Presto!

Presto!

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So cozy!

So cozy!

Go through your closet. See which dresses, tops, or sweaters can be updated by just adding a new piece of jewelry or a jacket. Try different combinations to create a new style!

And HEY! Have you entered my Thirty One Gifts Makeup Bag Giveaway Yet? Click on the Rafflecopter banner!

Show me how you’ve updated your looks! I heart comments!

Love, laughter and shoes –

xx Melanie

 

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Sweater Weather!

Brrr! It looks like Fall is in full mode now in Germany. As much as I am missing the warm days, I do enjoy wearing fall fashion!
Today I got to debut my new cozy sweater from Forever 21 Plus. It’s soooo soft! Paired with my faux A line skirt, leggings, and new Just Fab boots, I’m ready to face the chillier days.
F21 sweater skirt 1

F21 sweater skirt 2

Just Fab blk boot

Love the detail on the back of these!

Do you love nail art? Before moving over here, I hardly ever painted my fingernails. But once I got turned on to gel nails, I never looked back! I love that I can have nice looking nails for weeks! No chipping or breaks!

F21 nail nov

Sparkly, sparkly!

Sparkly, sparkly!

I am ready to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy gluwein (a heated wine)! Stay warm, all!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie

 

 

 

Shopping for the Cure by Forever 21

October is a special month for many reasons; there’s beautiful colors on the leaves, a briskness in the air, the excitement of Halloween, and also many events focusing on breast cancer awareness.

One of my favorite retailers, Forever 21, put out sweatshirts, tees, and jewelry to promote breast cancer awareness. With every purchase of a special item, Forever 21 donated a portion of the sale to The Keep a Breast Foundation!

I bought this cute black tee and the ribbon earring set. Stylish and makes a statement!

F21 Ribbon Half

F21 Ribbon shirt

F21 Ribbon full

Tunic – H&M Ribbon Tee – Forever 21 Plus Jeans – Forever 21 Plus Sneaker Wedges – Forever 21

Want this shirt? Click here!

By the way – how was your Halloween? I followed makeup artist Kandee Johnson’s tutorial on creating Maleficent, and here’s my result!

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Magnificent Maleficent

I even won $100 at the costume contest! Woo hoo!

I hope you all had a wonderful October! Stay tuned for surprises in November!

Love, light, and shoes!

xx Melanie

 

 

Passionate About Purple!

Purple Modcloth 1

Purple has been my favorite color for as long as I can remember. Even my dad can recall me wanting to wear a particular pair of purple pants (wow, check out my alliteration!) when I was 2 years old. If you were to take a look inside my closet, the prominent things you will see are: leopard prints, black, and purple! Though I’ve been making an effort to branch out my color scheme (indigo is hot with me now), I always return to my original favorite – purple.

So, imagine how thrilled I was to find this purple knit dress from Modcloth! I LOVE IT!

This dress is the Trifecta of dresses – stretchy knit, machine washable, and POCKETS!

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I know I’m going to have to get another one of these dresses in another color…but which color?!!

You know what else is fun? Wearing new booties! Here I am breaking in these Forever 21 dark brown booties. They’re super comfortable!

F21 brown boots

And yes…I’ve got purple tights. Maybe it’s time for an intervention?

Nah.

Hey Lovelies – which color are YOU passionate about?

WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS LOOK? Click the links!

Buckled Moto Booties – FOREVER 21

Coach Tour Dress in Noir – MODCLOTH

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

Cross Fingers and Break a Leg!

Guten Morgen! Wie geht’s?

It’s another balmy German morning, and it’s an early day for me. A play I’ve directed, a one act called Interview,” is going to compete this weekend at the 2014 US Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays! Tonight is our last rehearsal for final “tweaking”  before performing on Saturday, and then Sunday we’ll see if we win some awards!

It’s been a very busy few weeks, to say the least. We opened our play last weekend, I taught a Musical Theatre workshop Tuesday night, I have my usual vocal teaching schedule, I’m ushering tomorrow for the Festival (plus loading in our set), plus all the festival events this weekend…whew! No rest for the wicked, as they say!

I’ve been so busy, that I forgot about these pics the Hubby took of me during our trip to Luxembourg a month back! It still blows my mind that it only took an hour and a half to drive to another country! Luxembourg is definitely tiny, but a very pretty area. The people speak French, German, and English, so communication was very easy. I definitely enjoyed seeing shops by Marina Rinaldi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace!

Drool.

Drool.

Shiny things!

Shiny things!

But alas, my budget only allows for window shopping! However, I could still look fierce while drooling!

Lux outfit

Loving my new faux leather skater skirt from Forever 21 Plus! Love it? Buy it here.

With my lion friend!

Who says gray is boring? Toughen it with a moto jacket!

Lux selfie

With a little luck, the next time I write a post, I’ll be showing off some trophies! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner is going to LOVE wearing a necklace from Origami Owl!

Just click on my giveaway banner to the left!

Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Modcloth is Marvelous! Plus, October’s Giveaway!

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Happy October! It may be fall, but it has been unseasonably warm here in Germany! Lucky for me, I am still able to wear some new summer styles, and I am LOVING this romper from Modcloth!

Modcloth’s vintage inspired looks have a timeless feel, and this romper is no exception. I’m pretty sure I’ll wear this for a long time, and once Fall does decide to come, I’ll add tights, boots, and a long cardigan!

Here, I added a pair of vintage Italian heels from the 1960s. These belonged to my mom!

Vintage shoes

This has pockets!!

This has pockets!!

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So…WHO IS READY TO WIN?

Kelly Hurley, who is a designer for Origami Owl, is giving away this awesome necklace for one lucky winner!

I love the shoe!

I love the shoe!

This giveaway goes from Oct 7 until Oct 31th, and there’s plenty of ways to enter! Click on the “Rafflecopter” link on the left.

And, it’s an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!!!

Good luck!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

Blogger on a Budget: Transitioning Looks for Fall

Hi all!

If you’re a fashion addict on a budget (like I am!), you’re probably on the lookout for pieces to wear for more than one season.

I’ll be showing ways to transition summer favorites for cooler days in my next couple posts!

Budget Blogger Tip: Buy summer looks at the end of season to save cash, then layer cardigans, sweaters, or add leggings!

One of my favorite pieces I got this summer is this tribal jumpsuit from Deb Shops. Jumpsuits are great for dressing up or down, and as I’ve discovered, easy to layer for colder weather!

On a warmer day (like today was), I can rock the jumpsuit with just a belt and sandals:

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Yep...Mama got back!

Yep…Mama got back!

I found this belt for just $5!

I found this belt for just $5!

F21 sandals

Then, on a cooler day, I threw on this cute open arm sweater I found in a thrift store! Later, I’ll add booties and a sweater dress. Presto! Year round outfit:)

Deb jump sweater

And guess what? I’ve got a new giveaway prize to announce in the next post! So stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Tribal jumpsuit – DEB SHOPS

Belt – AMAZON.COM

Thong sandals – FOREVER 21

Sweater- a thrift find!