DailyVenusDiva.com Rocks!

What made me literally SQUEAL with delight today? Seeing my newest article on DailyVenusDiva.com‘s website! I had my first article  (regarding my love affair with Clinique products) published with this wonderful online magazine last month, and thankfully Editor in Chief Stephanie Penn took another chance on me! I’m looking forward to doing a lot more with DailyVenusDiva. It’s not often enough that women of all sizes and color are celebrated for who they are, and this magazine is all about that appreciation. Curves definitely rule!

To read my article, “Finally – A Retailer Goes ‘Real’: Retailer Aerie Pledges To Stop Retouching Photos” click here!

I’m not quite ready to walk around in my heels, but I couldn’t resist pulling out one of my favorite pairs in anticipating of spring! The weather in the Ramstein area has been curiously mild for winter (perpetually stuck in the 40s) and not one flake of snow, but it does rain quite a bit and the days tend to be a bit starved for sunlight. Here’s hoping for more color soon!!!

#OOTD:

Leopard trim cotton cardigan, Saks Fifth Avenue. Bag, Chanel. Shoes, Charlotte Russe.

Leopard trim cotton cardigan, Saks Fifth Avenue.
Bag, Chanel.
Shoes, Charlotte Russe.

I LOVE the detail on the Forever21 Plus leggings!

I LOVE the detail on the Forever21 Plus leggings!

Debuting this new H&M baseball style T shirt!

Debuting this new H&M baseball style T shirt!

Dreaming of visiting Paris again soon!  "Eiffel" earrings, Claire's Accessories.

Dreaming of visiting Paris again soon!
“Eiffel” earrings, Claire’s Accessories.

Chanel sitting

Thanks to Diane (my stepmom!) for the beautiful Chanel bag! I am very blessed:)

What do YOU hope to pull out of your closet for spring?

Love, laughter, and shoes!

xoxo Melanie.

Finally – A Retailer Goes “Real”

I just did something I’ve never had the guts to do before. I was moved to post a pic of myself with very little makeup (a touch of Clinique CC cream and lip gloss) to my Instagram. Why? Because Aerie, the sister store of American Eagle, has pledged to print pictures of their models without using Photoshop or any retouching. They are also pledging to not use supermodels. “Because there is no reason to retouch beauty. The Real You is Sexy.”  Aerie is also encouraging girls and women to post pictures of themselves to show their real selves. I LOVE this movement!

What else do I love? Aerie offers shirts and bottoms (lingerie inspired) from sizes 00 to 18! How many retailers offer such a broad range? Bras run from 30A to 40DD. I’d like to see bras run a little larger, but this is a very nice start! Everything I’ve seen on the site is affordable, and I think could possibly give Victoria’s Secret a run for their money, considering they offer sizes for we curvier girls!

Most of all, the #AerieReal movement is a step in the right direction of stripping away all of the veneer of Photoshop to show the real woman. We all aren’t supermodels, and I’m glad to see Aerie “gets it.”

The Real Me  click on this link for my #AerieReal pic!