May Makeup Challenge and Marilyn

Hello lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but it’s so easy to fall into a rut when it comes to doing my makeup. Same colors, same techniques, and though the makeup looks fine – it can get borrriiing after awhile!

So I decided to join the #MayMakeupChallenge!

Each day is a new look or technique to try. I started a couple of days late into it, but today (the 3rd) is 50s Glam.

Marilyn Monroe was my first Girl Crush. When I was 17, I saw The Seven Year Itch during a Saturday afternoon movie on TV and I was struck by her ability to be sexy, funny, and vulnerable all at once. I was a fan. That Christmas, my parents gave me an “Complete Encyclopedia” of Marilyn – I cannot remember the name of the book-but I spent many days reading through the close to 1000 pages. Her look, style, and story influenced me in so many ways.

So I thought it would be appropriate to channel her for this first challenge.

Her look is simple, but a bit deceptive in its simplicity. It’s glam without looking “glam.” It’s all about luscious lips, lots of lashes, and carefully shadowed creases in the eyes.

I decided to go all in with her classic red lip! Here, I am wearing Limelight by Alcone’s Enduring Lipcolor in Candy Apple, a matte color, with Limelight’s Signature Jeweled Lipgloss in Love over it for that sexy pout.

Lashes for days!

I think there’s a little bit of Marilyn in all of us. Even a purple haired chick!

She was ahead of her time – championed having pale skin and curves. Marilyn did things her way, even if it was controversial or rattled cages. She wasn’t perfect and didn’t pretend to be. We can all relate to that.

Get the tools to my look here: Limelight by Alcone (chemical and cruelty free makeup and skincare, originally created for makeup professionals).

Tomorrow – Bold Liner!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie:)

Brrrr Back to School!

Time for a jacket!

Time for a jacket!

BRRR…It has certainly cooled down in Germany. Apparently Summer decided it was time to go elsewhere! For the past couple of weeks, the temperature has struggled to get into the 60s, and I’ve reluctantly had to set my summer maxis aside.

But there is something about the crisp air that reminds of the fun of “going back to school” shopping! Although I am well out of my schooling days, I teach theatre and voice for a living, so a teacher needs to look sharp on the first day, right?

Red jacket 1

I remember as a young teen, how IMPORTANT it was to make a statement on the first day. How you’d look could possibly set the tone for what kind of year (socially) it would be. I would spend two hours before bed, trying on my new clothes and agonizing over the “right” one. Then, the next morning, after taking an hour to do my hair (it was long then!) I would end up changing my mind about what to wear at least three times before settling on what I would wear on the runway of Fremont High School.

Red jacket 2

Moto Jacket- FOREVER 21 PLUS Tee & Maxi Skirt – H&M Necklace – a birthday gift!

Today, thankfully, it doesn’t take me but 10 minutes to shape my pixie and I’ve got my day makeup down to 8 minutes. However, I still find myself stuck on what to wear from time to time. I think that comes from trying to be creative with a look, plus comfort is a big factor for me.

I’m in love with moto jackets for fall! I can dress one up or down, and the jacket is that perfect weight between seasons. Just right for keeping a little chill off! This one from Forever 21 Plus fits perfectly.

What are YOUR memories of the first day of school? I’d love to read your memories!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

Fringe, feathers, and fabulous – Rockin Vintage ’20s!

Hello everyone!

It’s National Lipstick Day! I thought I’d celebrate it by showing some terrific looks that friends of mine rocked during a 1920’s themed party! The 1920s was a time of bold lips and eyes, and my friends did the era justice. Check out the gorgeous smoky eyes Oscar did (and that bob is to die for!):

 

She's a modern day Louise Brooks!

She’s a modern day Louise Brooks!

If you love watching runway collections, you probably noticed a lot of fringe, feathers, and midi length skirts. Guess where those trends originated from?

Yep, it was the 1920’s! Lovely Laura works this dress from H &M!

She got this dress for just $20!

She got this dress for just $20!

I decided to do a modern take on the bat sleeve (which was very popular in robe-style dresses). This I picked up in Florence, Italy!

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The gorgeous Victoria does a vampy Theda Bara look: (check out the jet beading!)

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I love Kat’s take on Marlene Dietrich with a bold red lip! If only I could pull off men’s wear this effortlessly!

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Beautiful Sam wore this fantastic lace dress. And guess what, it’s back in style!

Sam full

Sam brought this vintage clutch from the 20s. The beading is amazing!

Vinatge clutch

Great looks never go out of style!

In honor of National Lipstick Day, here is my current favorite brand and shade. Too Faced’s LaCreme in Loganberry. It’s moist, has just enough shine, and doesn’t wear off quickly. Plus I love this color!

TooFaced LaCreme

 

Here's Loganberry on my pucker!

Here’s Loganberry on my pucker!

What’s your favorite colors and brands? Please let me know!

Be sure to enter my “Parisian Giveaway” to win an Eiffel tower necklace! ONLY 2 DAYS LEFT!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

Vintage inspired by Modcloth!

Vintage inspired by Modcloth!
I’m drooling over this dress! Modcloth challenged me to create a couple of different ways to style it, so I did a night (left) and day look.
The two things I love about Modcloth? One, the styles are unique and affordable, and two, their styles come in a wide range of sizes!
WHAT? A RETAILER THAT CATERS TO WOMEN OF ALL SIZES?!! Scandalous!
Here’s where you can find everything!
Now…I just need to convince The Hubby that these things are necessary:)

Long black dress
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Peacock pumps
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Darling black purse
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Black handbag
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Chain necklace
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Gemstone jewelry
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Turquoise jewelry
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Vintage jewelry
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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.

 

 

 

 

Where Did You Inherit Your Love of Fashion?

My mom made her dress (that lace is gorgeous!) and mine for my christening.

My mom made her dress (that lace is gorgeous!) and mine for my christening.

 

Hey all! Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! It’s a day to celebrate moms everywhere, be they moms to human kids or fur kids. 🙂

I’m paying tribute to my mom, who passed away 17 years ago (and miss so much!) and gave me my love of fashion. She could design and sew just about any style I admired (made a gorgeous prom dress, evening gown, and my 1st wedding dress). If she were here today, I know she would be amazing on Project Runway! Like me, she could appreciate a great vintage find, recycle a hand-me-down, and marvel over a bargain. I sure wish I inherited her ability to sew, but I lack the patience! I miss and love you, Mom.

Speaking of bargains, Mom would’ve loved this dress I got recently from Fashion to Figure. I love the “painting style” of it, and the color is my favorite color of blue! Fashion to Figure is a great site for we curvy gals (sizes 12-24), where the on-trend styles are very affordable, plus the fit and quality receives high marks from me.

Merry Go Round 2

Dress, Fashion to Figure. Tunic, Charlotte Russe.

 

Merry Go Round 3

Merry Go Round 1

Notre Dame blue

Give your Mom a call, a hug, a dinner. And if you’re a Mom, enjoy your special day!

My hubby surprised me with a brunch to celebrate his “furry baby mama.” Ha ha! Love this man.

Bacon, hashbrowns, and cheesy eggs!!

Bacon, hashbrowns, and cheesy eggs!!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

Throwback Thursday Throws Me a Curve

Ah, #ThrowbackThursday. You clever bastard. I search for fun pics to post, and I am stopped cold by finding pics of me from 10 years ago, looking, well, FABULOUS. Funny enough, during this point in my life, I thought I needed to take 10-15 lbs off.

Circa 2004.

Circa 2004.

But here it is 2014, and though I feel I’ve come to a healthier state of mind in terms of body acceptance and pushing to expand the idea of what we consider to be “beautiful,” I cannot escape the fact that I am too heavy now.

Yesterday during a doctor’s checkup, I stepped on the scale (always my favorite part) and noticed that 5 lbs crept on over the last month! How could this be?

Was it the Girl Scout cookies I inhaled over the past week? The popcorn at the movies? The Chex Muddy Buddies we devoured while watching March Madness? All of it? Probably.

I’m not going to beat myself up over the gain, I won’t go there. However, I need to put the brakes on the treats. There’s no denying that getting heavier isn’t going to help my back get stronger,  make the joints feel better, or lower my chances or developing diabetes or heart problems. It’s more than a vanity thing for me.

So, I’m going to do this a step at a time. Add more veggies, watch the sugar, drink more water. Walk as much as I can handle while doing physical therapy. And of course, rock some fashion while doing it all!

I don’t expect to become a supermodel. I just want to feel good and if that means having to lose some of my caboose, that’s ok!

Mesh top 1Mesh top 2

Blue nails

"London calling" socks!

“London calling” socks!

Feeling “blue from my top to my toes.”

 

It’s a struggle sometimes to “age gracefully.” Most of the time, I’m feeling good, working it for all I’ve got, but then there’s that pesky white hair in my eyebrow -the deepening line around the mouth- the softening jaw, that can throw me into a funk.

I think that’s normal, though -to fight through the feeling of “aging.” We want to feel healthy and look good. It’s just navigating the delicate balancing act of accepting what looks graceful versus becoming a plastic freak show. I don’t want to be a slave to my weight or my age.

So here’s for trying to eat better, exercise a little more, and living in the moment. Cheers!

Look for my next post to come from PARIS! Au revoir until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I WORE:

Mesh top and maxi skirt – PASSPORTS

London socks- FOREVER 21

Blue leopard sneakers – FOREVER 21

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