2016: New Experiences, New Obsessions

Hello Lovelies!

How was your holidays? As soon as we’re winding down from all the shopping, wrapping, travelling, and eating (!), it’s time to usher in a new year!

I’m starting off 2016 with a new look! Behold my PURPLE hair! I decided it was time to do something bold and I LOVE this color!

Time to switch things up!

Time to switch things up!

But why am I wearing a scarf when I live in Guam? Well, the Hubby and I decided to take a week long vacay to Seoul, South Korea for Christmas! We got a taste of winter like temps (without the snow) and experienced true Asian culture for the first time.

Look at the size of that rock!

Look at the size of that rock!

Korea is well known for fashion, cosmetics, and yes – amethysts! One of the places we stopped at during a tour is a amethyst jewelry factory, and for a fraction of what we’d pay in USD (likely around $700), I had a custom made ring created for under $300! Merry Christmas to me!

Totally unique!

Totally unique!

One of the sites I enjoyed the most was going up in the Seoul Tower. Although the journey begins with a LONG line to get into a cable car to the site, it’s so worth the view once you get to the top. Our timing was perfect since the sun was beginning to set, creating a gorgeous view over the city.

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I also loved the windows of the Tower. Cities of the world wound around us, and I was excited to find a window with cities we’ve visited!

Hello Berlin, Paris, and London!

Hello Berlin, Paris, and London!

Another attraction Korea has become known for is its cat cafes! As a “crazy cat lady,” of course I had to visit one. The place we visited, Hello Cat, served coffees and teas and lots of purring kitties for us to pet and spoil. This lovely gray striped tabby, Willie, made fast friends with me:)

Sweet Willie!

Sweet Willie!

What a cute coffee! Almost a shame to drink it!

What a cute coffee! Almost a shame to drink it!

Of course, I need to talk about the COSMETICS AND SKIN CARE! However, that is going to be in my next post because I went on a huge buying spree, and there’s LOTS to share!

What are YOU wearing for New Year’s Eve? I rocked a black jumpsuit, a sequined Calvin Klein jacket, and Dereon glittery booties for a Christmas party. This look would be fab for NYE as well!

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Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie.

 

 

 

Blogger on a Budget: Transitioning Looks for Fall

Hi all!

If you’re a fashion addict on a budget (like I am!), you’re probably on the lookout for pieces to wear for more than one season.

I’ll be showing ways to transition summer favorites for cooler days in my next couple posts!

Budget Blogger Tip: Buy summer looks at the end of season to save cash, then layer cardigans, sweaters, or add leggings!

One of my favorite pieces I got this summer is this tribal jumpsuit from Deb Shops. Jumpsuits are great for dressing up or down, and as I’ve discovered, easy to layer for colder weather!

On a warmer day (like today was), I can rock the jumpsuit with just a belt and sandals:

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Yep...Mama got back!

Yep…Mama got back!

I found this belt for just $5!

I found this belt for just $5!

F21 sandals

Then, on a cooler day, I threw on this cute open arm sweater I found in a thrift store! Later, I’ll add booties and a sweater dress. Presto! Year round outfit:)

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And guess what? I’ve got a new giveaway prize to announce in the next post! So stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Tribal jumpsuit – DEB SHOPS

Belt – AMAZON.COM

Thong sandals – FOREVER 21

Sweater- a thrift find!

Guilty Pleasures: Tracking Spring/Summer 2015 Trends

Thank God for You Tube! Like a junkie getting a fix, I’ve been using spare moments to watch as many Spring/Summer collections as possible. I’ve viewed shows from New York, Milan, Copenhagen, and am about to check out London’s Fashion Week (how much do I WISH I could attend one of these shows!).

Here’s what I’m predicting to be big trends next year:

1. Designer kicks with dresses & skirts.

This is a look that can go horribly wrong, if not approached just right. I can imagine Tim Gunn groaning at the thought of women wearing athletic shoes with a skirt, but if the shoes are not what you wear to work out, and the dress or skirt has a sporty vibe, it can work. The trend began last year with Dior and Chanel’s shows, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down.

Observe:

Chanel 2014.

Chanel 2014.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

From the Burberry SS 15 show.

2. Sheer layering.

I think I saw at least two looks in each collection so far that included sheer layers of gauze or chiffon. Of course this means more clothes we can’t put into the washer/dryer, but they sure are pretty. I could do without the see through tops without anything underneath -who is really going to go around that way? Ha! But I love the touches of sheer on a sleeve, or panels on a skirt.

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper's Bazaar)

Left to right: Toga, Joseph and Barbara Casasola. (Photo by Harper’s Bazaar)

3. White Out.

Get your bleach and/or Woolite ready, because white is the HOT shade for next spring! From casual chic to glam, white was everywhere.

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

(Image by Pop Sugar.com)

4. Midi skirts.

This trend continues to be strong at several shows, and is being shown mostly with flats or platform sandals. I think this is one of the most flattering looks for most shapes and sizes.

 

Victoria Beckham.

Victoria Beckham.

5. Jumpsuits.

I became a believer this season in the jumpsuit, and many designers decided to elevate the look by trying more luxe fabrics. Here, Escada adds some pizazz and makes this jumpsuit more of a night look:

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Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s in purple – my favorite color!

What are your favorite trends or collections from the 2015 shows? You MUST check out the gorgeous looks from Lela Rose,  Carmen Marc Valvo, and Jenny Packham.

By the way…only TWO DAYS LEFT to enter the A Wild Violet Gemstone Ring Giveaway! Click on the banner on the left and enter today!

Love, laughter, and shoes…

xx Melanie.

 

Forever 21 Jumpsuit – Italian Style

Ready to take Rome at night!

Ready to take Rome at night!

Hello all! Happy 4th of July to my fellow Americans, and a belated Happy Canada Day! Hope you all are enjoying the summer!

Who is loving jumpsuits this season?!! Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would look good in one of those, but Forever 21 Plus makes great jumpsuits! So comfortable and very affordable (this one was $21.99!). They are perfect for day or night, and I can dress them up or down.

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For sightseeing in Venice during the day, I paired the jumpsuit with this flowy JollyChic top.

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Love the lacy detail in this top!

Love the lacy detail in this top!

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While in Italy, I saw quite a few women of all shapes rockin’ the jumpsuit. Floral and tribal prints seem to be the most popular.

Have you rocked a jumpsuit this summer? Show me pics or send me a link in the comments!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.

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One Jumpsuit, Two Ways

Hello everyone! Happy Memorial Day to my American readers! It’s a lovely weekend in Germany, with temps in the low 70s. PERFECT weather for wearing my new Forever 21 Plus jumpsuit!

I admit, I was on the fence for awhile with the jumpsuit trend. I wasn’t so sure if a curvy, mid size gal like myself could carry it off. However, to my surprise, this jumpsuit is one of my favorite things to wear this summer. It’s so comfy and lightweight!

I've got a Charlotte Russe tunic paired with the Forever 21 jumpsuit.

I’ve got a Charlotte Russe tunic paired with the Forever 21 jumpsuit.

Feel like Wonder Woman with this gold cuff!

Feel like Wonder Woman with this gold cuff!

Today, the Hubby and I took a trip to a local zoo to hang out with the animals. The llamas and the giraffes loved to photo bomb!

Sporting a Rue 21 top and belt this time.

Sporting a Rue 21 top and belt this time.

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AND here’s a steal I got from our Airman’s Attic – a Dooney & Burke purse, FREE!!! Yes, you read that right. I can’t believe someone gave it away, but thank you to whoever did!

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All in all, I am 100% sure I will be grabbing a couple more jumpsuits this season. I love how I can dress them up or down; they look great with heels, or with flip flops! Change the accessories, and it’s a whole new look.

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

Melanie.