Forever 21 After Christmas Bargains!

Who doesn’t love after Christmas sales? I am a sucker for a bargain, and Forever 21 (one of my favorite stores for curvy girls), is having a mad sale! I COULD have been very dangerous, but keeping in mind that we are moving to a completely different climate soon, I just bought a couple of styles. Here they are:

Heather gray maxi

I cannot wait to rock this split maxi tunic with some necklaces and pleather pants!

f21 terry dress

This terry cloth dress is only $14.90! Plus, it has pockets!

Need something to rock for the New Year? Here’s a few looks I fell in love with:

Love the chain down the back! Under $25!

Love the chain down the back! Under $25!

 

Va Va Va Voom!  Under $20!

Va Va Va Voom!
Under $20!

 

Under $30!

Under $30!

So many sexy styles to rock at your party! Here’s my look from last New Year’s Eve:

Lace top and skirt, H&M.

Lace top and skirt, H&M.

Headband by Bijou Brigitte, strand of pearls by Claire's.

Headband by Bijou Brigitte,
strand of pearls by Claire’s.

Hmmmm…what will I wear this year?

What will YOU wear? I heart comments!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

 

 

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Oh the Weather Outside is Not Exactly Frightful…

SWAK jacket 3

Merry Christmas, or Frohe Weihnachten, as they say here in Germany!

It’s Christmas Eve, but you wouldn’t know it except for the decorations around town. Germany is in a week long stretch of GRAY skies and RAIN. Not so pretty! Normally, I’m not a huge fan of snow, but it would be nice to see something glittery white for Christmas morning!

Despite the grayness, it is mild enough to still rock some fall styles.  This denim jacket from SWAK Designs is actually quite soft, and how refreshing it is to get a jacket that fits comfortably when buttoned up around the bust! You busty gals know what I’m talking about. It’s tricky to find something that doesn’t make you look like a box!

SWAK jacket 1

SWAK jacket 4

Forever 21 Plus leggings and skirt, Just Fab boots.

 

I’ve discovered a new site to obsess over – Sephora! How many of you have ordered beauty products from them? THREE FREE SAMPLES with an order? Plus when I bought just $30 in product, they threw in ANOTHER sample. Speaking of product…

Josie Maran Argan Oil for Face has CHANGED my skin. I only use a little bit all over after cleansing, and my face has never been softer or glowier, EVER.  This may be oil, but I don’t feel greasy and no breakouts at all! Check out my skin – I am wearing just a little CC cream as foundation:)

SWAK jacket 5

Not bad for a 40 something chick, hmm?

I hope you enjoy your holiday, and blessings to all of you. I will share in a few days what Santa brought me…so excited! Hope you share your surprises as well!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

Cozy Comforts and Cyber Monday Madness!

 

Hello all!

So, I admit it: I’m not a huge fan of cold weather. Though I’m originally from Michigan, I just could not get into skiing, snowmobiling, or any kind of cold weather sport. However, I do enjoy wrapping myself up in a cozy sweater and drinking some coffee with Kahlua!

As some of you curvy gals know, sometimes it’s hard to find sweaters that don’t add bulk or offer no shape. However, I found this great sweater dress from H&M which works with leggings, tights, or skinny jeans!

HM sweaterdress

Relaxing at the Edelweiss Resort in Bavaria.

Relaxing at the Edelweiss Resort in Bavaria.

HM sweater 3

I  recently got these cute Forever 21 booties. They’re very comfortable and go with so many looks!

f21 booties

Here’s some chic sweater dresses from H&M in straight and plus sizes! Both are under $35.

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Yay for cute and warm affordable clothes!

Did you do any shopping on Cyber Monday? I got all my hubby’s shopping done, and I ordered items through my Ebates account. What’s Ebates? Only the most awesome way to shop online! Just sign up, select a retailer, and shop! You can earn anywhere from 1-18% CASH BACK from your shopping trip! I am getting over $17 back (so far!).  Sign up, save with coupons, and earn $!

Click here! http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=YQvuaf2PAQvnIFOicHk9Qg%3D%3D&eeid=26471

By the way, fashionistas – you get referrals for others who sign up! When a friend signs up and makes a shopping trip, YOU GET $25 back! Oh yeah!

I’m all about getting a little more green during the holidays – how about you?!!!!

Until next time, stay warm and enjoy some tasty hot beverage:)

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

What I’m Wearing:

Sweater Dress – H&M

Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Booties – FOREVER 21

Scarf – KOHL’S

 

 

 

Sweater Weather!

Brrr! It looks like Fall is in full mode now in Germany. As much as I am missing the warm days, I do enjoy wearing fall fashion!
Today I got to debut my new cozy sweater from Forever 21 Plus. It’s soooo soft! Paired with my faux A line skirt, leggings, and new Just Fab boots, I’m ready to face the chillier days.
F21 sweater skirt 1

F21 sweater skirt 2

Just Fab blk boot

Love the detail on the back of these!

Do you love nail art? Before moving over here, I hardly ever painted my fingernails. But once I got turned on to gel nails, I never looked back! I love that I can have nice looking nails for weeks! No chipping or breaks!

F21 nail nov

Sparkly, sparkly!

Sparkly, sparkly!

I am ready to wrap up in a blanket and enjoy gluwein (a heated wine)! Stay warm, all!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie

 

 

 

Cross Fingers and Break a Leg!

Guten Morgen! Wie geht’s?

It’s another balmy German morning, and it’s an early day for me. A play I’ve directed, a one act called Interview,” is going to compete this weekend at the 2014 US Army Europe Festival of One Act Plays! Tonight is our last rehearsal for final “tweaking”  before performing on Saturday, and then Sunday we’ll see if we win some awards!

It’s been a very busy few weeks, to say the least. We opened our play last weekend, I taught a Musical Theatre workshop Tuesday night, I have my usual vocal teaching schedule, I’m ushering tomorrow for the Festival (plus loading in our set), plus all the festival events this weekend…whew! No rest for the wicked, as they say!

I’ve been so busy, that I forgot about these pics the Hubby took of me during our trip to Luxembourg a month back! It still blows my mind that it only took an hour and a half to drive to another country! Luxembourg is definitely tiny, but a very pretty area. The people speak French, German, and English, so communication was very easy. I definitely enjoyed seeing shops by Marina Rinaldi, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace!

Drool.

Drool.

Shiny things!

Shiny things!

But alas, my budget only allows for window shopping! However, I could still look fierce while drooling!

Lux outfit

Loving my new faux leather skater skirt from Forever 21 Plus! Love it? Buy it here.

With my lion friend!

Who says gray is boring? Toughen it with a moto jacket!

Lux selfie

With a little luck, the next time I write a post, I’ll be showing off some trophies! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and DON’T FORGET TO ENTER MY GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner is going to LOVE wearing a necklace from Origami Owl!

Just click on my giveaway banner to the left!

Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Am I Promoting Obesity?

I stumbled across this article called “Do Plus Sized Clothes Promote Obesity?” and as a plus size fashionista, it got me thinking. At first I thought, of course not!

But then I read a quote from MeMe Roth, president of the organization National Action Against Obesity, who stated

“When you look at the human cost, what we’re doing is we’re on the Titanic and rather than forcing our children into the lifeboat, we’re telling them to join the band. Worrying about fashion rather than worrying about the food is a horrible message that we’re sending these kids.”

True… One’s health is definitely more important than clothes. Americans do have an obesity epidemic; we are the kings/queens of fast food consumption, prepacked food, and our activity levels are much less than our European counterparts (which I have witnessed).

However…

If we’re discussing if plus lines such as Forever 21 Plus, Deb Shops, ASOS Plus, Lane Bryant, etc. are promoting obesity, I totally disagree. Ask anyone who is outside the size 0-12 spectrum if they LIKE being plus size, and I ‘ll bet the majority will say no.

For most of my adult life, I was around a size 8 (size 4 at my smallest), and once I began gaining weight, it really shook my self esteem to give away clothes I loved. It is not fun to spend more time finding styles that fit and flatter, and I am incredibly grateful to those brands that help me feel better about myself.

Fashion to Figure jacket,  H&M sweaterdress (as a top), Forever 21 Plus skirt.

Fashion to Figure jacket,
H&M sweaterdress (as a top),
Forever 21 Plus skirt.

Just because I have a bigger ass or a thicker waist does not mean I don’t care about myself, or how I look.

FF Jacket 2

So, the question I’d ask MeMe is, if straight sized women can get sick and get disease just like we plus size gals can, don’t we both deserve to look good?

Plus size women are typically passed over for promotions, hiring, and have a tougher time dating. We need ALL the tools possible to feel and look our best!

Zara necklace.

Zara necklace.

I’d also like to let MeMe know that MANY of us do exercise and eat healthy food (most of the time!). Sometimes, the metabolism does not cooperate. So, don’t blame plus size retailers for our size.  We just want great and affordable clothes to shine!

*drops mike*

The one thing about me that's still a size 8- shoes! Boots, Just Fab.

The one thing about me that’s still a size 8- shoes!
Boots, Just Fab.

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Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Brrrr Back to School!

Time for a jacket!

Time for a jacket!

BRRR…It has certainly cooled down in Germany. Apparently Summer decided it was time to go elsewhere! For the past couple of weeks, the temperature has struggled to get into the 60s, and I’ve reluctantly had to set my summer maxis aside.

But there is something about the crisp air that reminds of the fun of “going back to school” shopping! Although I am well out of my schooling days, I teach theatre and voice for a living, so a teacher needs to look sharp on the first day, right?

Red jacket 1

I remember as a young teen, how IMPORTANT it was to make a statement on the first day. How you’d look could possibly set the tone for what kind of year (socially) it would be. I would spend two hours before bed, trying on my new clothes and agonizing over the “right” one. Then, the next morning, after taking an hour to do my hair (it was long then!) I would end up changing my mind about what to wear at least three times before settling on what I would wear on the runway of Fremont High School.

Red jacket 2

Moto Jacket- FOREVER 21 PLUS Tee & Maxi Skirt – H&M Necklace – a birthday gift!

Today, thankfully, it doesn’t take me but 10 minutes to shape my pixie and I’ve got my day makeup down to 8 minutes. However, I still find myself stuck on what to wear from time to time. I think that comes from trying to be creative with a look, plus comfort is a big factor for me.

I’m in love with moto jackets for fall! I can dress one up or down, and the jacket is that perfect weight between seasons. Just right for keeping a little chill off! This one from Forever 21 Plus fits perfectly.

What are YOUR memories of the first day of school? I’d love to read your memories!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.