Are We Thankful, or Shopaholics?

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you had a great weekend! Though Thanksgiving is a US holiday, I’ve noticed that many countries do some kind of “giving thanks” celebration around this time of year. Even if they don’t do the big dinner, SHOPPING has definitely become a big tradition!

Yes, I’m a shopper who loves a great deal, no doubt. However, I’m not crazy about the Black Friday frenzy. Getting up in the middle of the night to go stand in a long line to MAYBE get a discounted item is not my idea of a good time! In the States, the Black Friday mayhem has gotten so crazy that many stores open on Thanksgiving night! Sometimes fights break out, prompting extra security to patrol these crowds. Have we gone too far?

What happened to spending time with family and friends? Going to a movie? Passing out after gorging ourselves?

For me, I try to find balance between finding meaning in the holiday season while finding a good deal for gifts. Most of all, I think it’s fun to be creative when coming up with a gift for a friend or family member. Since I can’t go home for the holidays, I want people to know that I put some real thought behind what I chose.

Right now, I am thankful for the good health the Hubby and I have, a safe and lovely place to live, careers which challenge and make us happy, and for the love we share. I am especially proud of him today, as he just got promoted! Of course, I had to look fierce for the ceremony!

Dress, Forever 21 Plus.

Dress, Forever 21 Plus.

Heels, GX by Gwen Stefani, Shoe Dazzle.

Heels, GX by Gwen Stefani, Shoe Dazzle.

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I mentioned in my last post that I got a Fit Bit. Not wanting to take it off today, I decided to create an arm party and dress it up! Not bad, huh?

Just add sparkle!

Just add sparkle!

Lovelies, I am thankful for YOU! I am still running my “My Beauty Faves” giveaway until Dec 12, so scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the Rafflecopter icon on the RIGHT! 

Good luck!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie.

 

 

 

 

It’s The Divine Mz M’s Third Anniversary – Giveaway Time!

Hello lovelies!

Like my new layout? It’s time to change things up!

It’s hard to believe, but I started this blog THREE YEARS AGO today! With all the various beauty and fashion blogs out there, I didn’t really expect many readers to follow me. 130 posts later, I need to thank you for all your positive input, likes, and shares! You inspire me to keep writing about body positivity and self acceptance. I’m a believer in making the most out of life and loving ourselves as we are, today! Thank you for going on this journey with me.

You know what having an anniversary means, right?

It’s GIVEAWAY TIME! Woot!

I thought, what a better way to celebrate than giving away three of my favorite beauty basics for the third anniversary? So, one lucky reader will win:

  1. A Clinique Chubby Lip Balm

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I am obsessed with this lip balm! It’s the perfect hybrid of a lipstick and lip balm. Moisturizing, but not glossy. Looks so natural on the lips!

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Wearing Clinique Chubby Stick in Sheer Berry Pink.

2. And… Loreal’s Butterfly Intenza Mascara!

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Definitely one of my all time favorites. This gives me long, lush lashes without clumps, and removes easily at the end of the day.

This was just some lip stain! Washed out easily!

Makes my eyes pop!

3. To top it off…Rimmel’s HD Glam Eyes.

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Number 27 is my favorite. The palette has the perfect nude/blush shades for an everyday look, and I’ve used the darker brown on my brows. The colors don’t wear out after a few hours, and blend together beautifully!

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So let’s party! Scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter the “Rafflecopter” widget on the right. Be sure to share with your friends! 

This giveaway is open to U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories only.

Good luck!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo, Melanie.

Resurrecting My You Tube Channel!

 

Hey lovelies!

How has your week been? It’s been a bit up and down for me, as I ended up having to get a molar pulled this morning (yuck!). So, I’m all drugged up with nothing to do on a Friday night – except I can devote some time to you!

Anyway, I have a You Tube channel that I recently brought back from the dead by making a new video! Now, I don’t have a fancy pants camera or special lighting, but I do my best to be entertaining. Here I reveal some tricks on looking younger and taking care of the skin!

I review the fantastic Younique magic lashes, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and Acure Moisturizer.  Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s a look I rocked a few days ago – a new dress from my London shopping at Primark! Five pounds for this dress! Oh yeah.

Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.

Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.

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My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!

My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!

Hubby is really getting good at pics!

Hubby is really getting good at pics!

What are YOU rockin’ this weekend? Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Ready for a New Adventure

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Guten Tag, everyone!

How was your weekend? A few days ago, it was a little warmer than usual so I was able to do some outdoor pics for a change. We have this lovely country area around where we live, and it’s perfect for going on long walks.

As I strutted, twirled, and played Supermodel, I realized that very soon we would be leaving Germany. As much I am looking forward to our next adventure (in GUAM!), I’ve become attached to the culture, the friends I’ve made, and this beautiful area.

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We’ve been here almost four years, and it blows my mind how many countries and landmarks we’ve seen, the wonderful people who’ve come into our lives, and the opportunities I’ve gained as a performer.

Most of all, I’ve gained a greater sense of comfort about who I am.  If I’m curvier or slimmer, it does not matter. I’m still fine.

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And so, Germany – I thank you for the adventure. I will treasure these last few weeks, and the memories made.

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And just a reminder….I’m giving away this Marilyn Monroe wallet! Giveaway ends soon, so good luck!

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Love, laughter and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I WORE:

Boyfriend Jacket – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Dress – PRIMARK

Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Earrings –  BIJOU BRIGITTE

Bracelet – gift from hubby:)

I’ve Got 100 Posts and a Giveaway is One!

Hello all!

I can’t believe it, but this is my 100th post! I just got back from a wonderful time in London (more on that later) and I thought we should celebrate this milestone! So, this is my last giveaway before we leave Europe. Check out this adorable wallet I picked up – it’s the original beauty icon, Marilyn!

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The back view -so cute!

The back view -so cute!

I’m excited for one of you to win it! So just click on the giveaway banner to the right and GOOD LUCK!

And yes, LONDON was fantastic. Too many places to see and do within a few days, but we managed to pack in quite a few sights. Here’s a few highlights:

At Westminster Abbey – where the royal weddings take place!

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Enjoying a cocktail before seeing The Book of Mormon (which is HILARIOUS!)

A tasty Vodka Collins!

A tasty Vodka Collins!

We originally wanted to walk across the Tower Bridge, but it was WINDY! Check out my “lovely” hair! However, the bridge is gorgeously lit at night.

Brrrr!

Brrrr!

Despite my limited luggage allowance, I did bring back some hot bargains from Primark! I’ll be modeling those very soon. I could’ve been very dangerous in that store…but I was good and set my budget!

Hope you are enjoying your 2015, and thanks so much for following! Good luck on the giveaway!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx 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

 

 

 

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

 

You Say It’s My Blogaversary: The Divine Mz M is 1 Year Old!

How time flies…!

One year ago, I was dealing with some severe back pain issues which limited the amount of activity I was comfortable doing.  Creating The Divine Mz M (formerly Curves Rule!) became a way for me to feel like I was still contributing something worthy. I had never blogged before, and I was worried that no one would bother reading anything I had to share.

Flash forward one year, I got my back surgery, the pain is greatly reduced, and The Divine Mz M has over 1,000 followers!

I have followers from all walks of life!

I have followers from all walks of life!

THANK YOU, my dear readers, for reading and sharing my fashion musings, my calls for more acceptance for all sizes, and for commenting on my posts!

As a big thank you, I’m doing a few giveaways over the next couple of months! Here’s the first one (and it’s a doozy!):

My friend Jessica (who lives in Paris – lucky!) is offering a Thirty One Gifts Makeup bag, which I am going to stuff with several sample sized makeup goodies! We’re talking the cool stuff from Birchbox and Ipsy, yo!

Me and Jessica!

Me and Jessica!

Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!

Lots of space to hold travel size shampoo & lotion, too!

This makeup bag comes in other prints/colors, so if you are the lucky winner, I’ll let you know the choices!

And hey…if you are a Thirty One Gifts fan, or if you would like to get some VERY AFFORDABLE and PERSONALIZED gifts for your friends, check out my Online Party! LOTS of cool bags, totes, cosmetic bags, thermal lunch bags, for under $30!

Again, thank you all! If you’re a blogger, PLEASE leave me your links! Let’s make this next year the biggest year yet!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie,

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These are a Few of My Favorite Things…Everyday Beauty Awards

Hi lovelies!

Do you have a “cannot live without” list of beauty products? I’m sure you do! Every year, InStyle and Allure magazines do a “Best of Beauty” Awards issue, and I thought it was high time I do my own list. These are my picks for “Everyday Beauty.”

Tell me what you think of my picks, and let me know some other products I should give a try!

BEST MASCARA: Revlon Photoready 3D Volume

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This is by far, the BEST mascara for thickening and lengthening. I swear it doubles the length of my lashes! I know Maybelline’s Great Lash is usually king on a lot of “Best Of” lists (and it is good), but this mascara really gives a dramatic look without clumps. Plus, it’s not hard to remove!

BEST CC CREAM: Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

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For an everyday look, this is a must have! It’s lightweight, looks very natural, hides any redness or blotchiness, and has a SPF 30 to protect the skin. My skin stays hydrated, but doesn’t get oily. With this product, I usually just wear mascara and some lip color, and I look great!

BEST BLUSH: Tie: Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones/ NARS blush in “Orgasm.”

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Both of these blushes rock! The Cover Girl Instant Cheekbones is a wonderful inexpensive blush that comes in several colors, plus the product goes on very evenly and has great staying power throughout the day. Many times I wear the “Peach Perfection” trio on my eyes!

NARS’ “Orgasm” is a true cult classic. The color looks great on any complexion, and I LOVE the shimmery effect. It’s more high end in price, but this is one product that is worth the investment. Whenever I wear it, I look “lit from within;” the celebrity-on-a-red-carpet look!

BEST LIP COLOR/LIPSTICK: Tie: Bonne Bell Lipcolor/Clinique Chubby Stick

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I just discovered Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor lipstick in a clearance basket! For an inexpensive lipstick, this is the best one I’ve found. When I put it on, it hydrates, doesn’t feel “waxy,” and has a subtle shine. I’m hoping Bonne Bell isn’t discontinuing this!

Before I fell in love with Bonne Bell’s Lipcolor, Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color has been #1 with me. I really like how the color looks natural and feels like a lip balm. It’s surprisingly long lasting, but not drying. Lots of times, I throw it on with nothing else on the face and the color just wakes up my look!

There you have it! My favorite “Everyday Makeup” products. In future posts, I’ll profile favorite skincare, hair, and glamour makeup.

What’s your favorite everyday makeup? Let’s discuss!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

 

Love necklaces? Enter my Origami Owl Giveaway!

Hello all! It’s been a week since I’ve posted, and I apologize for the delay. You wouldn’t BELIEVE how crazy busy and stressful it’s been, but there was a happy result (more on that later!). Anyway…here’s what I wanted to show you lovelies!

LOVE this necklace!

LOVE this necklace!

I just received my personalized necklace from Kelley Hurley of Origami Owl! I love the charms she included!

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Check out the shoe, music note, kitty paw, Eiffel Tower, theatre mask, lighting bolt, and USAF banner!

When you shop Origami Owl, you can design your own “Living Lockets,” bangles, and watches! That’s pretty amazing!

Just think of the cool gifts you can make for the holidays!

AND….you can win this super cute Living Locket with the shoe!!!

SO pretty!

SO pretty!

Don’t you love the container and the satin necklace holder?!!

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THIS GIVEAWAY ENDS OCT 31, and it’s INTERNATIONAL! Click on the “Rafflecopter” link on the left!

So…switching gears, I directed a play which was entered in the 2014 Army EUCOM One Act Play Festival, and we took home NINE awards, including this lovely trophy for 2nd Place Best Director! I was incredibly stressed out getting this show ready for competition, and we had a lot of problems popping up that threatened to shut the production down, but we all hung in there and performed our hearts out!

I am so proud, and relieved:)

Best Director Mel

Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xoxo

Melanie.