Tuesday Shoe Day SOS!

One of my favorites!  Heels, JustFab.

One of my favorites!
Heels, JustFab.

 

Anyone who knows me is aware that I LOVE shoes. I think it’s safe to say I’m addicted. I’ve been known to be stopped cold in my tracks by a gorgeous pair while strolling downtown! Let’s just say if I had the means, I’d definitely give Carrie Bradshaw a run for her money!

Carrie Hello Lover

But here’s a hard slap of reality I’m facing today. I have an old injury to my left knee that’s flaring up, and wearing heels makes it hurt worse. Yesterday, I was feeling all sassy in a newer pair of watercolor print Just Fab heels (so adorable!), and just walking down our stairs made me wince. I actually said to the Hubby, “could you grab my leopard sneaks?”

Now defeated, I am going to have to retire the higher heels for awhile while my knee recuperates.

So, CALLING ALL BLOGGERS AND SHOE LOVERS! SOS!!!

What are some stylish, comfortable low heel/flat shoes I can wear with dresses? I have new skirts and body con dresses that need something sharp!

PLEASE leave brand names, links, etc. I don’t have a ton of time to browse and don’t know what’s good. THANK YOU in advance, I really appreciate it!

Until then, I will put my 4 and 5 inchers in shoe bags, hoping to see them soon. Sigh.

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

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Am I a Fashion Victim?

I really enjoy blogging about fashion; it’s become a new passion in my life. However, I am noticing that I am much more susceptible to buying clothes and makeup than ever before! Other bloggers’ looks, enticing emails of special sales, magazine layouts, and Birchbox sample boxes make me feel compelled to “stay current.” The pressure to create a great outfit for pictures is real, and I worry about what I have is “blog worthy.”

Anyone else feel like me? At times, I feel so silly for worrying about this at all.

I also wonder if I’m becoming a slave to trends. For example, I just ordered a floral skirt, thinking “well, floral prints are in right now” versus “will I look utterly ridiculous in that?” I’ve never been a florals kind of gal! Am I stepping out the box, or just boxing myself in to trendiness?

Let’s talk crop tops for a second. They are HOT this season, and I’ve seen examples of curvy gals rocking them well. I’ve actually starting thinking, “which top should I choose for my blog?”

Not considering: “YOUR BOOBS ARE HUGE, AND YOU’LL LOOK LIKE A BOX.”

Perhaps we’ll skip that one!

One thing’s for sure, I don’t want to lose my own sense of style.

My New Pledge:

1. I’m Not 20, and It’s OK.

2. Not Every Trend is For Me.

3. I Don’t Have to Try to Impress.

4. Stay True to Me.

5. Don’t Buy it Because it’s on Sale!

6. Have Fun with Fashion, Don’t Take it So Seriously!

So, keeping with my new pledge, here are a couple of my new favorite looks. This is truly my style:)

Toughing it in a Moto Jacket at the Tough Mudder.

Toughing it in a Moto Jacket at the Tough Mudder.

Eiffel Tower Leggings and Hot Pink Tights. Because...Why Not.

Eiffel Tower Leggings and Hot Pink Tights. Because…Why Not.

 

Blue and white is my new favorite combination!

Blue and white is my new favorite combination!

Look close - the skirt has yellow in the print! I almost never wear yellow!

Look close – the skirt has yellow in the print! I almost never wear yellow!

It’s important to try new things to avoid getting in a rut. However, there’s a fine line between being stylish and becoming a fashion victim.

So, if you catch me wearing those Teva inspired Prada sandals – please stop me and send me to an intervention, because I’ve gone too far.

Not for me.

Not for me.

Love, laughter,  and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

LOOK #1 –

Moto Jacket: FASHION TO FIGURE

T shirt: H & M

Eiffel Leggings: H & M

Pink Tights: FOREVER 21 PLUS

Union Jack Flats: GRACELAND

LOOK #2-

White Tunic w/lace detail: JOLLYCHIC.COM

Skirt: PASSPORTS

Silver sandals: PAYLESS

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Queen for a Day and Giveaways!

I feel like a queen because I won a voucher from W Diamonds Co! And with the voucher I bought this lovely Finberry Crown Rose Gold colored necklace! Not only did I receive the necklace, but they included a 10 (British) pound coupon for another purchase. What will I choose?!!!

W Diamonds is doing more giveaways on their Twitter account, so be sure to follow @wdiamondsco!

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Wrapped in a lovely box with a satin ribbon!

Wrapped in a lovely box with a satin ribbon!

Speaking of Twitter and giveaways, have you followed me @DivineMzM? I retweet giveaways! PLUS, I’m going to Paris this weekend and I’ll be picking up something special for my first giveaway!

Are YOU having a giveaway? Please leave me your blog’s link!

Even if you’re not, leave me your link. I always follow!

BY THE WAY…check out my newest article on Daily Venus Diva!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

 

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Lace top – H&M

Necklace – W DIAMONDS CO.

Gold & Silver earrings – ZALES (gift from my hubby!)

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Pressing Forward with Patience

Ah, Daylight Savings Time…gotta love losing that hour! The time change falls a bit later here in Germany, and I’m sure I’m going to feel that loss tomorrow!

Besides the time change, I’m dealing with changing feelings regarding my body. I started physical therapy last week (I had back surgery this past January), and I was hoping my therapist would give me the green light to start swimming and doing yoga. As a former dancer, I miss feeling movement and working up a sweat, plus those things can get me back into better shape.

However, my therapist doesn’t think it’s quite time yet. “We’re going to do strengthening exercises first, but no twisting movements yet. Be patient, and you’ll get there.”

Honestly, I’ve been patient since June 25, 2012 when a car plowed into ours. Ever since then, my flexibility, my ability to go on long walks, exercise vigorously, and dance has been greatly compromised. It’s like my body has been stuck in a long winter, waiting to thaw out and bloom. Patience is starting to wear thin.

Yesterday, a friend tagged me on Facebook to post a #nomakeupselfie for breast cancer awareness. Even though I am frustrated with what I currently cannot do, I AM HEALTHY AND BLESSED.

I am healthy, and have great love!

I am healthy, and have great love! #nomakeupselfie

Being thankful is something that isn’t just reserved for Thanksgiving. I have many blessings – love, family, friends, pets!  Today I am thankful for all these things, plus being able to express myself freely on my blog.:)

I also love to express myself through fashion and makeup, of course! A little sparkle lifts the spirits. Here are a few pieces I decided to debut today!

Spring accessory1

Spring accessory2

Spring accessory4

Spring accessory3

It’s hard to be patient sometimes, but I am learning the embrace the mantra of, “this too shall pass.”

What is difficult for you to be patient about? Please comment!

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Floral headband – CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

Silver bow ear cuff w/stud – CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

Floral ring – CHARLOTTE RUSSE

Silver chain w/high heel – JOLLYCHIC

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The Great Wait for Spring!

March is one of those “waiting” months. Waiting to shift out of winter, but it’s just a bit unsure when or how. Back in my home state of Michigan, Winter has set up camp for a LOOOONNGG while with no urgency to leave! Thankfully, here in Germany, it’s been more of a long Fall with sneak peeks of Spring along the way. Of course, the warmer spells whets my appetite for SPRING FASHION!

Today was on the cooler side (low 50s), so I had a good excuse to break out my brand spanking new faux leather moto jacket from Fashion to Figure.   I LOVE this jacket, mostly because it’s nice and roomy in the front with plenty of zipping up space! If you are busty like me, you know how HARD it is to find a jacket that has a good fit and zips all the way up!

Ready for a day strolling the downtown!

Ready for a day strolling the downtown!

FF leather CU

LOVE the watercolor design!

LOVE the watercolor design!

A Crazy Cat Lady needs her kitty earrings.

A Crazy Cat Lady needs her kitty earrings.

 

My cats are going through Spring Fever, too. Whenever we luck out and have a warm, sunny afternoon, Casanova & Roxie can’t wait to sun themselves on our balcony! They can’t seem to understand that we can’t make the sun happen on command…:(

Ahhhhh...sun!

Ahhhhh…sun!

TODAY’S BARGAIN BEAUTY FIND!!! One of the spring trends I’m loving right now is the color blush. While dragging the Hubby around downtown Kaisersalutern (he was a really good sport), I spied this fantastic Glam Eyes HD five color shadow by Rimmel London. Named Burgundy Palace, it’s hardly a royal’s extravagance -just $3.50!

Love the crown!

Love the crown!

Rimmel 3

...and on my eyes!

…and on my eyes!

Thankfully, we don’t need to wait to wear spring eye colors!

And so, with this Saturday winding down, I pack my newest purchases in my closet to wait…and wait…for Spring to stay for awhile. Let’s hope it’s soon!

What are YOU looking forward to finally wearing?

WHAT I WORE:

Moto Jacket – FASHION TO FIGURE (1x)

Gray Skater Dress – FOREVER 21

Gray Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Pink Tunic – OLD NAVY

White Scarf w/design – TAKKO FASHIONS

Earrings – JOLLYCHIC.COM

Camel boots – GRACELAND

 

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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Love: How Do You Know When it’s Real?

Yesterday, I was around a conversation which involved relationships. A young guy (maybe 22-23) has fallen hard for a girl (around the same age) and after 3 WEEKS of dating, he is already thinking about proposing to her.

What I immediately thought was:

a) THREE WEEKS?

b) You can’t be in love!

c) How many guys out there are like you? (ha ha!)

To add to my astonishment, this guy is one old fashioned fellow. He asked the girl’s father for permission to COURT her. Now, that’s not something you hear every day – “courting,” or asking a parent’s permission!

I shouldn’t judge. Every situation is different. However, I couldn’t help but think what all it took for me to find the real love I have with my husband. After one ex-husband, a few boyfriends, and “acquaintances,” it wasn’t until I “gave up” and focused solely on myself, when I met the Hubby. Even then, during the first six months of our dating I waited for the other shoe to drop. WHAT would he do or say that would prove to me that men were jerks?

He did no such thing. Rather, his acceptance of me (warts and all), support, and sweetness got to me. I felt excitement whenever he called, and my heart did flutter when I would look into his beautiful blue eyes. I WAS IN LOVE!

Nine years together (four married), I still feel that flutter. (sigh!)

Our wedding day!

Our wedding day!

WHAT I WORE:

Dress & Cape- DAVID’S BRIDAL

Silver bracelet- PREMIERE DESIGNS

Brooch – Borrowed from my aunt:)

How do YOU know it’s love? Please comment below!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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Comfy Style: In Praise of the Jumpsuit!

Spring 2014 is ripe with trends; the crop top, the midi, cool pastels, mesh trim, and the jumpsuit. I’ve seen a few curvy girls rock the crop top, but I am still skeptical about how good it would look on me (I am quite busty, and I don’t think I need MORE attention paid to that area). However, I do love the look of a slinky jumpsuit – it’s so late 70s Studio 54 chic.

Being the thrifty fashionista I am, I like to try a new trend on the cheap just in case I don’t like it. Luckily, Macy’s was having a sale on plus size wear, and I snagged this NY Collection black jumpsuit! It’s slinky, comfy, machine washable, and my favorite attribute: POCKETS!

I added the coin belt!

I added the coin belt!

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I also got some FANTASTIC deals from Fashion to Figure, a store that caters to the curvy woman (sizes 12-26). Amazingly, I got a dress, faux leather jacket, and jewelry ALL for under $50! Here’s the earrings and Egyptian style necklace I ordered!

Blk jumpsuit3

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Complete the look with these studded heels from Just Fab, and I’m ready to go dancing!

Blk studded hls

On a completely different note, unfortunately my University of Michigan Wolverines didn’t win the Big 10 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Even more unfortunate, my husband’s Michigan State Spartans won (boo!!). Fort those of you unfamiliar, these two schools are BIG rivals. It’s always exciting to watch them “go at it!”

We're a "House Divided!"

We’re a “House Divided!”

Well….there’s always the NCAA Tournament to look forward to! My alma mater, the University of Florida Gators are a #1 seed and the SEC Conference Champions! GO GATORS!!!!

Who loves watching March Madness? Who do you root for?

WHAT I WORE:

Jumpsuit – NY Collection (Macy’s)

Belt – Macy’s

Earrings & necklace – Fashion to Figure

Heels – Just Fab

Beaded bracelet – gift!

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