An Eye Opener About Fast Fashion

Hello lovelies,

Like many of you, I love to shop. I love a good bargain for a hot style. Many of my clothes have been bought from Forever 21, H&M, and Charlotte Russe – retailers who specialize in “fast fashion.” 

Fast Fashion Retailers – Many are My Favorite!

Trendy, of the moment, affordable style? Sure, sign me up. Stores like these are super attractive for a fashionista like me.

However, today my view of fast fashion has drastically changed, due to a documentary called The True Cost

This film showed me how my pursuit of a $8 top is at the cost of workers in Bangladesh, China, India, and Cambodia. Many of these workers are in dangerous working conditions to keep the costs of manufacturing low. In 2013, a large building collapsed in the Rana Plaza where much of the garment industry is centered. 1,100 workers died as a result of factory managers neglecting the deteriorating conditions of the building. This event is just one of the tragedies at garment factories in these areas.

Is it worth the cost?

Not only are people being affected by the low wages and dangerous working conditions, but our environment is taking a hit by the use of pesticides on the cottons used in the material. Dyes used for leathers in India are full of chemicals, which end up leaking in water supplies.

Most of these women make just $3 USD a day.

I don’t want to preach to others that they shouldn’t buy from our favorite retailers, but maybe we can slow down how much we buy. Maybe we can recycle more of our clothes. Maybe we can give our business to more fair trade retailers and designers. 

My mission now is to profile fair trade brands and also show looks I created from secondhand stores.

I hope you will join me! Let’s share our fair trade and recycled looks!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

 

And Now For Somewhere Completely Different…GUAM!

Outside hotel

HAFA ADAI, all!

Yes, I am LITERALLY on the other side of the world since I last posted! The hubby and I got into Guam two days ago, and whoa, the jet lag is kicking my behind, but I’m very excited for the new adventure:)

Leaving our friends and family in Michigan was very emotional for us.  We had so much fun hanging out and enjoying each others’ company, and when it was time to go, my heart sunk. We don’t get to see our family except for once every couple of years, and that is the toughest part of being in a military family.

However, I find some comfort in being in the sun and being able to rock my newest looks from Charlotte Russe and H&M! Curvy gals, did you know Charlotte Russe just debuted their plus line? Check out this adorable romper!

Char Russe romper 1

And…CR is doing a 30% off sale right now! Ohhhh yeahhhh!

I also got adventurous and decided to mix prints. Here’s a cute lipstick kiss tee from H&M paired with this skater skirt from Charlotte Russe! Forgive the mirror selfies; hubby is busy getting our stuff processed!

Lipstick shirt 2

Lipstick print shirt

Lipstick print CU

 

Kiss, kiss!

Kiss, kiss!

Lots of pics to come soon of this lovely island – but here is a view from our hotel balcony!

Hotel view

Until next time – love, laughter, and shoes!

xoxo

Melanie.

Shopping and Stuffing My Face!

Hello all!

I know, I know…I’ve been slacking on posts lately! However, the Hubby and I have been having a whirlwind visit with friends and family in Michigan. As they say, time FLIES when you’re having fun.  We’ve been stuffing ourselves silly with dinners out, so I am NOT getting on a scale for at least a month, ha!

Of course, no vacay is complete without shopping! I picked up some GREAT bargains for Guam. My everyday purse was dying a slow death, so when I saw this gorgeous Nine West fringe bag at Younkers for ONLY $20, I snatched it! I love between season sales!

Can you believe I got this for $20?!!! It was originally $90!

Can you believe I got this for $20?!!! It was originally $90!

Being a Michigan girl through and through, I HAD to get this University of Michigan “Lucky” tee to wear with my Primark sporty skirt! Check out my maize & blue socks!

GO BLUE!

GO BLUE!

I’m also wearing a new Clinique foundation. This is “Perfectly Real” makeup I got from Sephora. The coverage is light, but still covers those little ruddy areas.

Lucky CU

With winter gradually melting away, I was able to wear my SWAK Designs denim jacket out to dinner. This is the PERFECT between season jacket. It’s a cozy soft denim.

SWAK jacket

And I thought this cat bracelet looked purrrrfect with it!

Cat bracelet

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Our visit ends Monday, and off to our new adventure in Guam we go! Stay tuned to see my new spring looks!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

I love a fireplace on a cool night!

I love a fireplace on a cool night!

Looking Hot in the Big Chill

Michigan, aka Antartica.

Michigan, aka Anarctica.

Hello lovelies,

So, the Hubby and I are “back home” in Michigan, during one of the coldest freaking winters ever! Today it was actually a semi-tolerable 20 degrees, so the two of us (plus my dad) ventured out to the pier in Grand Haven. Lake Michigan is almost frozen solid! You’d think we were in the Artic!

Brrrrr! But beautiful.

Brrrrr! But beautiful.

Of course,  I had to attempt to be fashionable, so I wore TWO pairs of leggings (these are my new favorites from H&M), a cute knitted head wrap to keep the ears warm, a black peacoat from Paris, and my trusty Just Fab boots. Let the frostbite just try and get me!

Hurry and take the pic!

Hurry and take the pic!

Pier 1

Check out this ice sculpture Mother Nature made!

Pier 5

While my teeth chattered, I chanted under my breath, “soon I will be in Guam…soon I will be in Guam…”

How are you keeping warm and fashionable? Let me know!

Until next time-

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

 

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.

 

 

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!
Jackie O

I say these two fine gentlemen make the “Man of Style” section! Check out the kilts!

Man of Style 1Man of style 2

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!).

Xmas Party

Xmas selfie

arrow earring

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.

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