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!



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.




Fashion Can Still be Fun

IMG_20131122_173856 (2)One of the challenges I’ve had since the accident is finding cute shoes that are comfortable. I have several pairs of fierce heels, notably the “Carrie Something Blue” Manolo Blahniks (as pictured) that my wonderful husband bought as a wedding present (and I wore them on our wedding day), but those shoes along with all the hot pairs sit in their boxes for now. However, I’ve found that Forever 21 and JustFab put out comfortable and affordable shoes. Graceland is a brand that I’ve come to collect while living in Germany, and one of my favorite pairs I’ve bought is these Union Jack flats. They work great with leggings and dresses!

As a curvy gal, I’m always on the lookout for styles that fit and flatter. For the longest time, it seemed as if anyone over a size 12 was out of luck when it came to finding beautiful, trendy clothes. Luckily, in the last few years, more designers are emerging with fantastic lines, including: Ashley Stewart, Marina Rinaldi, and Eden Miller, who was the first designer to show at NY Fashion Week this past fall! However, since I LOVE clothes and we (hubby and I) like saving money, some of my favorite affordable styles come from Forever 21 Plus and Charlotte Russe. Every fall, I still have that “back to school” shopping itch and I fell in love with the Peplum Dress that Forever 21 puts out. I’m modeling the blue one with gray Charlotte Russe leggings.

One wonderful piece of good news is that IMG Models is branching out and representing more diverse models, including “true” plus size models. Not to knock the lovely tall size 12 ladies that are considered plus size in the modeling world, but let’s face it, most of us think of “plus size” to mean extra curve. The 5’10 size 12 ladies just look normal (which is great!), but we shorter gals with an extra curve like seeing models who represent US a bit more! So, congrats to IMG for paving the way for all of us!

The "Carrie Something Blue" Manolo Blahniks

The “Carrie Something Blue” Manolo Blahniks