Working It, Holiday Style

Hello and Happy Holidays!
I apologize for not blogging lately, but last week was CRAZY busy! The Hubby finished a class, my vocal students gave a terrific vocal recital, we started sorting out items for moving, AND we went to the Hubby’s Christmas party! Lots of activity going on, to say the least!
Let me tell you about this Christmas party. The invite said “business casual,” but as you can see, people turned it out! Even the guys were weeerking it!
One of my favorite looks of the evening was this Jackie O inspired dress and hat! LOVE IT!
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I say these two fine gentlemen make the “Man of Style” section! Check out the kilts!

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Of course, I can’t leave out my own Man of Style. The Hubby looks sharp in his black Express shirt and hot red tie! I kept it more simple in my INC sweater tunic and H&M faux leather skirt. I got to debut my new rhinestone earrings by Bijou Brigitte (a bargain buy at 4 euro!).

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Are you done with your holiday preparations? Ha, I am so not! Still  tree to put up (yep, a slacker) and a few gifts to buy.

However, I hope not to be slacking on future posts! I’ve got a number of new beauty products to try out and review this week, so stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

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Modcloth is Marvelous! Plus, October’s Giveaway!

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Happy October! It may be fall, but it has been unseasonably warm here in Germany! Lucky for me, I am still able to wear some new summer styles, and I am LOVING this romper from Modcloth!

Modcloth’s vintage inspired looks have a timeless feel, and this romper is no exception. I’m pretty sure I’ll wear this for a long time, and once Fall does decide to come, I’ll add tights, boots, and a long cardigan!

Here, I added a pair of vintage Italian heels from the 1960s. These belonged to my mom!

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This has pockets!!

This has pockets!!

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So…WHO IS READY TO WIN?

Kelly Hurley, who is a designer for Origami Owl, is giving away this awesome necklace for one lucky winner!

I love the shoe!

I love the shoe!

This giveaway goes from Oct 7 until Oct 31th, and there’s plenty of ways to enter! Click on the “Rafflecopter” link on the left.

And, it’s an INTERNATIONAL giveaway!!!

Good luck!

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!

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

Going Retro for Date Night at the Theatre!

The hubby and I decided to celebrate our Valentine’s Day a day late by taking in some theatre! I’ve been active in theatre practically my whole life, and one of my favorite things to do (besides performing!) is to watch friends rocking it onstage!

We’re very lucky to have a great community theatre program in our military, and the Hilltop Theatre’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” (in Baumholder, Germany) was wonderfully silly! I love the 1940s fashion and music anyway, so it was a double treat for me.

I love this Charlotte Russe ring! Looks way more expensive than it is!

I love this Charlotte Russe ring! Looks way more expensive than it is!

This theatre knows how to treat the patrons right! They offered free mocktails (which hubby and I both enjoyed), plus a regular bar (for a price, of course!). During intermission, I toasted the show’s success with Betty Boop in the lobby:)

Enjoying my Limeaid mocktail and posing with Betty!  Dress, Forever 21 Plus.

Enjoying my Limeaid mocktail and posing with Betty!
Dress, Forever 21 Plus.

Check it out…I am wearing a short sleeved dress! As I promised myself earlier this year, I wasn’t going to hide under sweaters and jackets. My arms may be bigger, but they are strong.

Boop boop a doop!

Boop boop a doop!

The retro feel of this show brought out some great fashion looks! Check out Oscar, fellow thespian, in this very cool mix of black/yellow/white! I LOVE her jacket with the vest detail!

This is one sharp lady! Great haircut, too!

This is one sharp lady! Great haircut, too!

I’ve been in a “reworking my closet” mood and I almost forgot about these great buckle heels from Target I bought 6 years ago! Perfect for pairing with my new peplum dress from Forever21 Plus  (link has a slightly different style, but still hot!) and rhinestone headband from Claire’s Accessories.

Six year old shoes still looking good! Very comfortable, too!

Six year old shoes still looking good! Very comfortable, too!

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Need an idea for date night? Take your sweetie to the theatre! It gives you a chance to dress up and support the arts! Cheers.

My "gypsy" silver purse with silver and white beadwork I picked up in Paris last year.

My “gypsy” silver purse with silver and white beadwork I picked up in Paris last year.

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Reworking Vintage by Raiding the Closet!

VINTAGE 1970s gold disco purse!

VINTAGE 1970s gold disco purse!

There is a great thrill when you find that special piece…that dress, accessory, or necklace at a thrift shop, and you CANNOT believe someone gave it up!

This purse is one of those finds. Back in Michigan, I would regularly raid the local Goodwill for treasure. One day, there it was…a 70s disco shoulder strap purse! I swear, I felt like I got a passport into Studio 54 when I left the store.

The only trouble with these treasures is that it can be tricky to find things that complement them well. However, today I rediscovered a sweater dress from Express tucked away from last year that did the trick just fine!

Dress by Express. Bag, vintage. Boots, JustFab. Leggings, Forever 21 Plus.

Dress by Express. Bag, vintage. Boots, JustFab. Leggings, Forever 21 Plus.

I also lucked out and got my hands on some treasure by fellow blogger and friend Signe Savant of thedailysavant.com! She was doing a spring cleaning (which I need to do as well), and this super cool Charlotte Russe choker necklace is mine! Woo hoo! Be sure to check out her tales and fashion as well:)

One blogger's spring cleaning is another blogger's treasure!

One blogger’s spring cleaning is another blogger’s treasure!

I am also very lucky to have a great hookup (my stepmom!) who runs an Ebay store (hollywoodprincessfashion) that has discount designer wear. On many occasions, I’ve received terrific designer shoes, dresses, purses, and jewelry, including these awesome earrings by Betsy Johnson! Thanks, Diane! xoxoxo!

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Betsy Johnson leopard earrings, c/o hollywoodprincessfashion

What’s been your favorite vintage find? Please comment!

Love, laughter, and shoes xoxo!