Lighten Up, Brighten Up: Working a Tricky Trend

Feelin' sassy!

Feelin’ sassy!

Ever feel you need to make a few tweaks in your life? As I’ve been anxiously waiting for our belongings to arrive here in Guam (well, it’s only been like three months now…but who’s counting?), I’ve been feeling restless and needing to do something creative. So, the easiest thing for me is changing up the hair and remixing my wardrobe.

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Voila! Nothing like adding some blonde highlights for some fun. After all, isn’t that what they say about blondes?

Things are looking up!

Things are looking up!

In a recent InStyle issue, one of the trends featured is working a metallic look for daytime. I think it’s a tricky trend to do without going overboard, but after picking up this cute Calvin Klein tee with metallic touches (FOR FREE from our Airman’s Attic!), I thought pairing it with my Primark stretchy metallic pencil skirt would work wonderfully. Both pieces have touches of shine and don’t compete against each other.

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The key is making sure the accessories are neutral. My new black mule wedges from Shoedazzle and my “new to me” Dooney & Burke purse (thanks, Stacy!) keep the overall look grounded.

Like the blue nails? Did them myself with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!

Like the blue nails? Did them myself with Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!

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I also focused my makeup to lighter, neutral colors on my eyes and let the deep berry on my lips be the only strong color.

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I’m all ready for a date with the Hubby!

What’s a tricky trend you’ve worked out? What do you do to change up your look?

Until next time, lovelies!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo

Melanie.

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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!

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Show me how you’ve updated your looks! I heart comments!

Love, laughter and shoes –

xx Melanie

 

What is “Plus Size,” Anyway?

“She’s too small to be plus sized.”

I’ve read that response quite often whenever a designer or a magazine features a plus size model. Granted, some of these models are 5’10 and wear a size 12, which in the “real world,” would be considered “straight size.”

However, I just stumbled across a tweet from The Curvy Fashionista (@MarieDenee), where she posts a link from retailer Addition Elle, which asks,

“What is Plus Size?”

Addition Elle’s philosophy on the issue hits the nail on the head for me:

“Plus size” includes a range of shapes and sizes. Some women are short, some are tall, some have wide hips, some have straight hips, some have larger busts, some have smaller busts…but regardless of their features, they have one thing in common.

What is it? Well, that clothing in “traditional” sizes does not fit them, for whatever reason.”

Case in point: I have the WORST time buying shorts. They are usually too tight in the hip, or too loose in the waist. For some reason, I’m in a “no woman’s land” as a size 14.  I don’t want booty shorts or Daisy Dukes. I guess designers must think I want elasticized, pull on polyester shorts (BLEAH!). Apparently, a mid thigh, stylish denim pair in my size is just not possible.

Then I wonder:

But what about a woman who is a size medium on top (say, an 8 or 10), and is pear shaped (a size 12 or 14) on the bottom? Or someone who is a 12 on the bottom, and wears a 38 DD on top? According to the size charts, she’d be “plus size.”

It’s all a bit nuts. 

Men’s fashion is not complex. Pants are the waist size, shirts are the chest/neck measurement. If a guy is larger, he goes to the Big and Tall department.

Why can’t women’s fashion convert to such a system?

By the way, after a lot of searching, I DID finally find a pair of denim shorts! I found these from DEB.

Stylish, comfy, and fit great!

DEB Shops, you get the gold star.

FINALLY, shorts that FIT. Thanks, Deb Shops!

FINALLY, shorts that FIT. Thanks, Deb Shops!

I may be "plus size," but I have a great ass.

I may be “plus size,” but I have a great ass.

Got this tank from Deb, too. I'm showing my arms off, would you believe?

Got this tank from Deb, too. I’m showing my arms off, would you believe?

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Handmade glass ring from Venice!

Handmade glass ring from Venice!

Love me some gladiator sandals!

Love me some gladiator sandals!

I’d love to read your thoughts on what “plus size” is, or anything on your mind!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx

 

 

 

Bloggers Unite in Black & White!

With the fabulous Signe Savant!

With the fabulous Signe Savant!

There’s the old saying, “great minds think alike.” For me and fellow blogger and friend Signe Savant, “great fashionistas style alike!”

Signe Savant, of thedailysavant.com, is “responsible” for turning me on to blogging. She and I are both instructors for a youth facility on a military base (she was assisting me with a pom pom squad!), and I kept noticing her fabulous sense of style. When I asked her one day where she got her clothes, she explained about her blogging and the opportunities/freebies she’s received from various retailers. Well, that definitely got me interested!

Yesterday, at a “good bye” party for a mutual co-worker, we both showed up rocking black and white!

I love her crop top and floral skirt! So chic!

I debuted my new Forever 21 Plus chevron sundress. It’s so super comfortable, and easy to dress up or down.

 

Working some fierce accessories!

Working some fierce accessories!

 

Love that statement necklace!

Love that statement necklace!

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I also picked up these “Fresh Cat Eye” sunnies from Forever 21 for only $5.80! Love me a bargain.

Feelin' foxy!

Feelin’ foxy!

QUESTION(S) OF THE DAY:

How did you get started blogging? Have you met or collaborated with any other bloggers?

 

Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xx Melanie.

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