Fear of the “What If”

This cute sundress was FREE! Bag, Nine West.

This cute sundress was FREE!
Bag, Nine West.

Hello lovelies,

The past couple of months have been filled with lots of changes, ups and downs, and a recent health scare. I’m a pretty resilient person, however, this latest episode has brought the worst visitor in my life, the What If.

Two days ago, I was trying to pick up some larger pieces of cardboard all at once. My footing slipped, and suddenly a HUGE shot of pain ripped down my right leg. I gasped, and I fell forward. Flashes of what happened to me the last time this happened filled my mind. I ended up having back surgery; I prayed it wouldn’t be the same fate.

Thankful to be standing!

Thankful to be standing!

One visit to the ER and a shot for pain later, I was on the mend again. Thankfully after taking it easy for a day, I felt fine again.

But the question now lingers, “what if?”

I am hoping that this episode was a freak occurrence with my sciatica, but WHAT IF it happens again when…

we go for a hike

swim in the ocean

dance in my kitchen

pick up my cat?

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I don’t like this visitor, Mr. What If.  Living fearlessly pursuing my goals is important to me. To second guess or be scared of trying is something I do not want to begin doing.

Accepting that nerve damage has changed some things for me has been difficult. However, I need to keep Mr. What If quiet so I can focus on the things I CAN and WANT to do.

Like rocking a free dress from Airman’s Attic and going on a date with the Hubby, for instance:) Thought I’d try some dark grey and violet shadow for a new smoky eye, too.

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Breaking away from fear isn’t easy. However, I will not live my life running from it. So, bring it, Mr. What If.

What If….I do everything I dream of? Here’s hoping.

Until next time –

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xoxo Melanie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy Comforts and Cyber Monday Madness!

 

Hello all!

So, I admit it: I’m not a huge fan of cold weather. Though I’m originally from Michigan, I just could not get into skiing, snowmobiling, or any kind of cold weather sport. However, I do enjoy wrapping myself up in a cozy sweater and drinking some coffee with Kahlua!

As some of you curvy gals know, sometimes it’s hard to find sweaters that don’t add bulk or offer no shape. However, I found this great sweater dress from H&M which works with leggings, tights, or skinny jeans!

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Relaxing at the Edelweiss Resort in Bavaria.

Relaxing at the Edelweiss Resort in Bavaria.

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I  recently got these cute Forever 21 booties. They’re very comfortable and go with so many looks!

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Here’s some chic sweater dresses from H&M in straight and plus sizes! Both are under $35.

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Yay for cute and warm affordable clothes!

Did you do any shopping on Cyber Monday? I got all my hubby’s shopping done, and I ordered items through my Ebates account. What’s Ebates? Only the most awesome way to shop online! Just sign up, select a retailer, and shop! You can earn anywhere from 1-18% CASH BACK from your shopping trip! I am getting over $17 back (so far!).  Sign up, save with coupons, and earn $!

Click here! http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=YQvuaf2PAQvnIFOicHk9Qg%3D%3D&eeid=26471

By the way, fashionistas – you get referrals for others who sign up! When a friend signs up and makes a shopping trip, YOU GET $25 back! Oh yeah!

I’m all about getting a little more green during the holidays – how about you?!!!!

Until next time, stay warm and enjoy some tasty hot beverage:)

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

What I’m Wearing:

Sweater Dress – H&M

Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Booties – FOREVER 21

Scarf – KOHL’S

 

 

 

Labor Day 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

 

 

 

Bloggers Unite in Black & White!

With the fabulous Signe Savant!

With the fabulous Signe Savant!

There’s the old saying, “great minds think alike.” For me and fellow blogger and friend Signe Savant, “great fashionistas style alike!”

Signe Savant, of thedailysavant.com, is “responsible” for turning me on to blogging. She and I are both instructors for a youth facility on a military base (she was assisting me with a pom pom squad!), and I kept noticing her fabulous sense of style. When I asked her one day where she got her clothes, she explained about her blogging and the opportunities/freebies she’s received from various retailers. Well, that definitely got me interested!

Yesterday, at a “good bye” party for a mutual co-worker, we both showed up rocking black and white!

I love her crop top and floral skirt! So chic!

I debuted my new Forever 21 Plus chevron sundress. It’s so super comfortable, and easy to dress up or down.

 

Working some fierce accessories!

Working some fierce accessories!

 

Love that statement necklace!

Love that statement necklace!

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I also picked up these “Fresh Cat Eye” sunnies from Forever 21 for only $5.80! Love me a bargain.

Feelin' foxy!

Feelin’ foxy!

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY:

How did you get started blogging? Have you met or collaborated with any other bloggers?

 

Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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Creative Ways to Earn Spending Money and Freebies!

Hello all!

What’s a girl to do when she’s got great taste in clothes and beauty products, but doesn’t have a big budget?

FREEBIE Pixi glowing face primer!!

FREEBIE Pixi glowing face primer!!

I’m making a little extra money and receiving freebies by taking surveys and getting cash back when I shop online!

Let me break it down on what’s working for me:

1. INBOXDOLLARS.COM I just started with inboxdollars.com, and I automatically got $5.00 by signing up. There’s a list of “tasks” to do (filling out short surveys) and these range from .50 to 20.00 in earnings. There’s also ways to get free samples and coupons as you take the surveys as well! Once you earn $30 in your task account, you can request a payment. The downside? Be careful of clicking on “win a $500 gift card/I Phone/X box” type of survey. You’ll get the prize, but you’ll need to go through A LOT of surveys and agree to trial memberships to receive the item.  So, just be careful! However, there are several surveys where you can get freebies:)

2. MYSOAPBOX.COM This site was referred to me (as well as Inboxdollars) by fellow blogger Signe Savant of Thedailysavant.com., and I like that it’s a “points earning” site. Take surveys, post videos of your product experiences, and create polls. Once you earn a certain amount of points, you can turn those in for gift cards (which vary from restaurants to Visa cards!).

3. EBATES.COM I LOVE Ebates! If you shop, book hotels, or send flowers (and much more) online, then you MUST sign up. This site has a ton of online stores and travel sites to shop through, and once you buy something, a percentage of what you bought COMES BACK TO YOU! From 2% on up (right now there’s a big 15% cash back celebration!) I’m about to receive my 2nd check, and I’ve just started using Ebates two months ago!

PLUS…all THREE SITES EITHER PAY YOU OR GIVE POINTS FOR REFER A FRIEND! What an awesome way to drive traffic to your blog!!!

What’s next? CLICK ON MY BANNERS ON THE RIGHT SIDE and get started!

Maybe this will show up in your mail? I got this!

Maybe this will show up in your mail? I got this!

Questions? Comments? Other sites you recommend? Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie