I’m a New Independent Fashion Blogger!

This is pretty awesome! IFB, Independent Fashion Bloggers, has accepted my application to be a part of their blogging community! I’m very stoked! I hope to learn a lot more about what makes a good blog, and keep growing my readership!

For all of you who read my blog, thank you! Your comments and likes keep motivating me to write, and any suggestions of topics are always welcome!

It’s Tuesday Shoe Day, so here are some drool worthy heels!!! I saw these at the Swarovski Museum in Innsbruck, Austria last November. Ahhh, a girl can dream!

Tuesday Shoe Day! Swavorski covered heels!!

Swarovski Heels!!

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Running from Krampus and Feelin’ Fierce!

People in Germany know how to celebrate the holidays. There’s always plenty to do, from strolling through a festive Christmasmarket, drinking a hot mug of Gluhwein, to enjoying an old time horse and carriage ride, like my hubby and I did. Every city and village has its own vintage holiday charm, such as the view I took in from our carriage ride:

All lit up like a storybook!

All lit up like a storybook!

However, Germany (and the surrounding countries such as Austria) has an unique way of getting their little ones to behave during the holidays. He is the Krampus, a beast like character who visits homes with Saint Nicholas during The Feast of St. Nicholas on December 6th. This is also known as Krampusnacht. Children leave their shoes out and if they have been good, the next day the shoes will be filled with candy and small gifts. But if they have been misbehaving, Krampus fills the shoes with coal! Many areas (especially in Innsbruck, Austria) hold Krampus parades. People compete to be the scariest Krampus, and even chase others around! Scary!

Don’t think I’d want him visiting my house!

At the Christmas party my hubby’s squadron held, there was no shortage of fierce fashion! I LOVE that people like to break out the finery! Check out Sissi in her gorgeous black dress with the feather detail on the top!

So stylish!

So stylish!

Her watch is amazing, too – check out the sparkling detail!

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Another friend, Sandra, pulled out all the stops and wore this gorgeous full length sequined and chiffon gown. Check out the bodice!

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Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

I decided to pair my Forever 21 Plus peplum dress with faux leather detail with a boyfriend jacket from Charlotte Russe. I love the sweetheart neckline on this dress!

Working the LBD!

Working the LBD!

Flower ring and necklace by Charlotte Russe.

Flower ring and necklace by Charlotte Russe.

Of course, it isn’t just we ladies who like to dress up. The Hubby looks pretty dapper as well! Check out those shoes!

Rockin a vintage inspired look!

Rockin a vintage inspired look!

Although I love fashion, what I cherish the most during this time is having my husband home. He was deployed for 6 months this year, and I am thankful he is safe and doing great. My heart goes out to those military families who have a loved one deployed during the holidays. It’s not easy being apart as it is, and the holidays make that separation feel especially long and lonely. I encourage everyone to make the season a bit brighter for our military families, wounded warriors, and deployed service members.

Here is to a wonderful 2014! Cheers.

Crystals Can Also Be a Girl’s Best Friend…

During our Thanksgiving getaway, the Hubby and I took a day tour to Innsbruck, Austria, where not only did we see a large and festive Christmas market, but also the world famous Swarovski Museum and Shop!

As someone who is attracted to anything shiny (much like a raccoon), this tour was truly a dream come true. At the museum, we saw crystals used as fine art, clothing, moving installations, and lighting. I should have brought a bib to wipe the drool from my mouth as I looked at all of the amazing work.

For instance, here is my dream chandelier:

I'll take one for the dining room, please.

I’ll take one for the dining room, please.

 

 

 

And also, I think we should have this beautiful crystal tiger, only 14,000 Euro (that’s $18,977!). If only…

Here, Kitty Kitty

Here, Kitty Kitty

 

But of course, I was blown away by the “wearable” Swarovski art, such as this bra (worn in a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show) and these AMAZING strappy heels!

A bra that I could only dream of wearing!

A bra that I could only dream of wearing!

The Ultimate Shoes!

The Ultimate Shoes!

How nice of Swarovski to make those shoes for me! Notice the “M” on one?!!!

 

Luckily for my husband, I took it easy and left the gift shop with one pair of earrings. I love early Christmas gifts!

My new studs!

My new studs!

The rest of our day was spent drinking Gluhwein, eating fresh mini donuts, and taking in sights such as the Golden Roof, Innsbruck’s most famous landmark. It’s amazing that this landmark has been around since 1500!

So beautiful against the skyline!

So beautiful against the skyline!

 

I have to say that Innsbruck is one of my favorite places so far. The city still has a lot of its old charm, and the people are very kind. How can anyone be crabby when surrounded by such beauty?

The hills are alive...

The hills are alive…

 

The day was chilly, but I’ve learned the trick to staying warm without looking like a Puffalump. Thick leggings by Charlotte Russe with a hooded sweatshirt under my coat kept me toasty warm! This sweatshirt by Under Armour is unique because it includes “fingerless gloves” at the end of the sleeves! I added this plaid Charlotte Russe skirt to finish the look with my boots.

Keeping warm and trendy!

Keeping warm and trendy!