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!

Crown necklace1

Crown necklace 3

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!

Blk jumpsuit1

blk jumpsuit4

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

blk jumpsuit5

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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Borrowing a Little Fabulous from Rent the Runway

Hello all:) Being sick blows! I’ve got a virus that’s wiping me out and keeping me indoors, but I came across pictures from last summer when I visited friends in NYC and Michigan, and I got inspired to tell you about my experience with Rent the Runway.

I had two big events to celebrate: a class reunion and a bachelor party (yes, you read that right). Of course I wanted to look and feel amazing for both, so I turned to Rent the Runway to turn me into Cinderella (or Beyoncé, JLo, etc.).

When I signed up for a membership, this was before RTR began a RTR Plus line (launched late last year), but at the time I was able to select designer label gowns up to a size 16 (the new Plus line goes up to a 22). There is no fee to sign up and you can create a profile with your size, style preference, and “wish list.” Designers such as Badgley Mischka, ML Monique Lhuillier, Kay Unger, and Carmen Marc Valvo are available to we curvy gals!

Depending on the occasion, a dress can be rented for as little as $30 for 4 days (an extra fee for 8 day rental). Every rental comes in a garment bag (yours to keep!), the pre paid shipping envelope, AND a free 2nd size in case one dress doesn’t fit.

For my class reunion, I originally chose a Badgley Mischka midnight blue sequin cocktail dress, but the size 16 was just a bit too tight in the back (this was before the plus line, remember), however, RTR shipped me a different dress the next day! Here is the Badgley Mischka Forbidden Territory gown I chose (wore a 16 R):

Weeerk!

Heels by JustFab, necklace and earrings c/o Hollywood Princess Fashion, dress by Badgley Mischka (Rent the Runway)

This dress is SO comfortable and hugged every curve! Perfect for channeling your inner Angelina Jolie!

For my best friend’s bachelor party in NYC, I channeled my inner Carrie Bradshaw and chose another Badgley Mischka, the Orion Sequin Orbit Sheath. So chic! I also rented earrings, these Lulu Frost Crystal Cruz Pyramid danglers.

RTR sent me a size 14 and 16, and the 16 fit more comfortably in the bust. My choice was confirmed when my friend and his (then fiancé) now husband told me I looked fierce! I even got some compliments from girls on the street!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

Waiting to get on the party (subway) train!

me terry CU bparty

Partying with the two grooms to be!

Partying with the two grooms to be!

My only gripe about Rent the Runway? They don’t ship to an APO address, which is what I have while we live in Germany. I’ve asked customer service about it, and they told me they hope to ship to military addresses soon. I hope so!

So, if you have weddings, reunions, parties, or a special trip taking place this summer, then let Rent the Runway glam you up! I would definitely rent from them again!

Have you tried RTR? What’s been your experience?

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

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Black and White and Chanel

The signs of spring bring forth...Chanel sunglasses!

The signs of spring bring forth…Chanel sunglasses!

It’s been a bizarrely mild winter in Germany! While my friends and family back home in Michigan are having one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record, not ONE snowflake has dropped here in the Kaiserslautern area. Today made it up to 53 degrees, so I decided to celebrate the early signs of spring by breaking out my treasured Chanel sunglasses.

These glasses are a gift from my stepmom, who has the best knack for finding designer duds for a fraction of the original price. I don’t wear these glasses very often because I’m terrified I’ll break them, but today felt like a good day to rock them!

Hello...lovah!

Hello…lovah!

I’m still not pleased with Mr. Lagerfeld’s comments about curvy girls, but that’s no need to throw these away. So, I’m showing him just how good a curvy girl can look wearing his brand. Take that, Karl!

Chanel and headband

Eat your heart out, Karl.

I also wanted to rock my tuxedo leggings from INC, which I got from Macy’s a few months back. Macy’s is one of the few larger retailers that carry stylish, affordable looks for curvy gals. These leggings have a thicker fabric, so I thought I’d better get a few more wears before the summer comes!

Tuxedo leggings

I LOVE the black and white trend for spring! It can look crisp, sophisticated, punkish, rock n roll, expensive, modern…so many ways to wear it!

What do you look forward to wearing for spring?

Love, laughter and shoes! xx Melanie.

WHAT I WORE:

Sunglasses – CHANEL

Headband – BIJOU BIJOU

Earrings – CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

Top – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Leggings – ING

Flats – GRACELAND

Bracelet – MY HUBBY:)

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Oh Oscar! The Fab and the Drab

After spending a full day off of social media, the Hubby and I got to watch AFN’s (Armed Forces Network) replay of the 2014 Oscars. I’ve been watching the Oscars ever since mom and dad let me stay up when E.T. was nominated for Best Picture (ok, I am dating myself), but the point is, it’s an annual tradition. As an actor, I have a special appreciation for all the work it takes to put a production together, plus the training and focus needed to create a memorable character.

But who are we kidding? We also watch the Oscars for the fashion! So, here are the looks that caught my attention:

1. Meryl Streep. Her look is getting mixed reviews, but I love it. She knows who she is, and knows that she is not a mermaid gown/rhinestone/corset kind of gal. She likes to keep her look simple and refined, plus she dresses right for a woman who is in her 60s, yet she looks sexy. Meryl can do no wrong in my book!

Marvelous Meryl! 18  Oscar nominations.

Marvelous Meryl! 18 Oscar nominations.

2. Sandra Bullock. This is how 49 is done. She is in fantastic shape and looks gorgeous in this Alexander McQueen gown. She is another woman who looks completely comfortable in her skin, and her acting chops are so spot on (her moment in Gravity when she talks about the death of her daughter got to me). I want to be her when I grow up.

Fabulous Fortysomething Sandra!

Fabulous Fortysomething Sandra!

3. Cate Blanchett. She wowed me in this Giorgio Armani gown. Jokingly, she told Ryan Seacrest that it was “heavy, but I love it!” I haven’t seen Blue Jasmine yet, but I know she must be amazing. She is the heir apparent to Meryl Streep.

Best Actress, 2014!

Best Actress, 2014!

4. Angelina Jolie. I was happy to see her in a color besides black, which tends to be her signature. She looked amazing; glowing, even. This Elie Saab gown brought out a joyful and serene side that we don’t get to see from her very often. Congrats to her on her Humanitarian Oscar as well!

That amazing bead work!

That amazing bead work!

5. Jennifer Garner. A mom, actress, and wife to Ben Affleck has got it going on in her Oscar de la Renta fringe dress. I chose this pic to show off the great movement! I like how she kept the rest of her look simple and polished.

Work it, girl!

Work it, girl!

6. I also loved Lupita Nyong’o’s Prada dress. She broke my heart in 12 Years a Slave, and she definitely stole hearts with her beautiful Oscar acceptance speech! I just wish I could carry off a plunging neckline. However, this look is not for the busty girl!

Very well done, Ms. Nyong'o!

Very well done, Ms. Nyong’o!

Ok…so a few looks I was not nuts about. Basically, whenever an actor is trying too hard with fashion, it just looks wrong. I know this is typically a stylist’s fault, but the actor has the final say (I would think!).

This is not to bash the actors ( a la Fashion Police -I’ll leave that to Joan & Co.), just some things to consider when dressing.

Julia Roberts – there is something kind of cheap looking about this lace overlay. I’m sure it’s not, but it’s the applique in the center that’s throwing it off.

She's too gorgeous for this dress.

She’s too gorgeous for this dress.

Anna Kendrick. She’s very talented, but it seems that every time she is at an event, she’s wearing something that doesn’t bring her out. The dresses usually wear her, not the other way around.

Way too much going on here.

Way too much going on here.

Liza! She is a legend, and the ultimate entertainer. But for someone who still has celebrated legs in her late 60s, I have no idea what is going on here. Plus, her blue streaks are just saying “trying to be hip.”

Love her...but...

Love her…but…

Finally – I did not love Charlize Theron’s Dior gown. It looked heavy and too severe, plus the top of the bodice seems very uncomfortable with the points! She is a stunning woman, but not a fan of this dress.

A little too "costume-y."

A little too “costume-y.”

Overall, as someone who loves wearing black, many of the black dresses this year just did not work!

Here’s the closest I’ll get to an Oscar – my 2013 win for Best Actress in a Comedy at the TOPPERS (military community theatre awards)

"They like me! They really like me!"

“They like me! They really like me!”

 

What were YOUR favorites? Dresses that dulled you? Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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