Perfect Paris, Part 1

Bonjour all! I got back from a mini-vacation and I’m so excited to show and tell you all about it. Definitely the BEST part about being stationed in Germany is the ability to travel to fantastic places! One of my very favorite places is Paris, the city that offers it all – fashion, art, museums, delicious food, breathtaking views, historic sites…what can I say, it’s AMAZING.

This was our third visit, so the Hubby and I took three full days to check off some things on the bucket list. First for me was to check out an exhibition I read about in Glamour a couple months back, Glossy Paper – A Century of Fashion with Conde Nast. Presented by Vogue, this photo exhibit included historic images by legendary photographers, including Richard Avedon, Horst P. Horst, Patrick Demarchier, and Irving Penn.

Seeing original prints that dated back to Vogue’s earliest days just blew me away, plus the exhibit included some classic designs by Coco Chanel HERSELF, Yoji Yamamoto, Christian Dior, and Lanvin! Even Hubby was impressed with the works (and I feared he would be bored silly) and I enjoyed educating him about the various photographers. However, unfortunately, the museum had a strict “no photos” policy 😦 If any of you lovely European bloggers get a chance, GO SEE THIS! It will be at the Palais Galliera until May 25.

Ah, the Eiffel Tower. Le sigh!

Ah, the Eiffel Tower. Le sigh!

Outside the Palais Galliera.

Outside the Palais Galliera.

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So excited to go in!

So excited to go in!

Comfy and stylin'!

Comfy and stylin’!

This bag holds EVERYTHING!

This bag holds EVERYTHING!

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The day was GORGEOUS. Warming up to 70 degrees, the Hubby and I strolled down by the Seine to see the original Statue of Liberty. She is MUCH smaller than her sister in New York, but still a lovely sight!

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The Original!

The Original!

The following day was stuffed with activity – which I’ll tell you about in tomorrow’s post! Au revoir!

 

WHAT I WORE:

Gray Moto Jacket – FASHION TO FIGURE

Gray Leopard T shirt Dress – H & M

Gray Leggings – FOREVER 21 PLUS

Brown Studded Bag – JUST FAB (best travel bag EVER!)

Blue Leopard Sneakers – FOREVER 21

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Thank You! Over 1,000 Hits!

When I started CURVES RULE a few months ago, I never imagined the day would come when my blog would hit 1,000 hits! Plus, I reached 100 “likes” on my posts as well! THANK YOU to all of you who have followed, shared, liked, and commented!

My goal with this blog is to help create more acceptance of all body types, whether we be petite or curvaceous. Those of us Fashionistas who are a size 14 and up crave beautiful, stylish, and affordable fashion, just like anyone else. More retailers are paying attention (especially online), but we need more fashion in the stores, too. We will get there! Fashion is for ALL!

In celebration of the new milestone, I decided to change up the design of my page. I think it looks cleaner, and I hope you all like it! Be sure to check out my page “Air Force Wife Life” for traveling tales and what it’s like being in a military family. I will be adding on to that part of my blog very soon.

And last, but not least…I am planning my first giveaway soon! With spring coming, it’s time for some cute new things to wear, and I want to thank you by giving something pretty to celebrate! Stay tuned!

It won't be from Jimmy Choo...but the prize will still be nice!

It won’t be from Jimmy Choo…but the prize will still be nice!

 

Love, laughter, and shoes…..xx Melanie.

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Frustration & Fun= Frankfurt for Fourth Wedding Anniversary

With my partner in crime and love of my life!

With my partner in crime and love of my life!

The Hubby and I just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, and we decided to do a little overnight getaway in Frankfurt, Germany, which is about an hour and a half from us. We’d only been there to catch a flight from the airport, so we thought seeing the city would be fun.

Little did we know how CRAZY it would be to drive around the city limits! There were so many one way streets, and God help you if you just missed a turn. That happened a couple of times, and due to construction, we ended up driving way back around the city to get back where we belonged.

I could feel my hubby’s rising fury and the number of muttered expletives grew by each minute. It was looking like we weren’t going to be able to park right by our hotel, so I gently suggested we choose a parking lot down the street. Wearily, he obliged!

After checking in the Manhattan Hotel (yep, a place in Germany named after New York!) and having a nap to reset ourselves, we ventured out to dinner. Our original restaurant choice ended up being closed down (boo!) but hey, after many years together, we’ve learned to improvise. A sushi place caught our eye, and though I was a bit overdressed, I didn’t care! Hubby took these great pics of me in the hotel’s lobby before we went out. I wore a favorite look of his, this Forever21 Plus peplum dress.

Hubby loves the hourglass look! Forever21 Plus dress, Graceland flats.

Hubby loves the hourglass look! Forever21 Plus dress, Graceland flats.

Having my hubby as photographer brings out the best in me:)

Having my hubby as photographer brings out the best in me:)

This rhinestone bracelet is one I picked up for $6 at a little shop in Saugatuck, Michigan! I love finds like this!

He makes my heart flutter....

He makes my heart flutter….

We spent the next day at Zoo Frankfurt , which was a lot larger than we’d anticipated! So many types of animals to see! From the big cats to the smallest lizards and everything in between, we ooooed and ahhhed over the wildlife. Definitely worth the visit!!

This "bear" was so nice to pose with me!

This “bear” was so nice to pose with me!

All in all, we had a great time. Frankfurt has a lot to offer visitors, and the subway system is definitely the way to get around! Very easy to navigate your way.

The lesson learned, though – next time, we take a train there!

I love that he can be silly with me!

I love that he can be silly with me!

Most importantly, I am very blessed to be married to my hubby. He is incredibly supportive, giving, funny, witty, has great integrity, and makes me feel amazing! I love him with all my heart! Awwwww.

Enough gushing for now! Until next time – love, laughter, and shoes!

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Mixing Preppy and Punk!

Don’t you LOVE a great find?!! Especially when it’s free?!! One of the advantages about being in the military community is the gem called The Airman’s Attic. You can find everything from electronics, to toys, to clothes (of course!). Everything is donated from other military families, and it blows me away the kinds of awesome things I’ve found there!

Today’s #OODT includes two of my recent finds: an oversized J. Crew shirt and a GUESS purse! Both are in excellent condition, and I’m amazed I got both for free! Since I got a new haircut and color, I wanted to go for a “preppy punk” look. I love the edge my JustFab heels give the whole outfit!

Who knew a J Crew beige button down could look so fierce?

Who knew a J Crew beige button down could look so fierce?

One of my favorite JustFab heels! Leggings, Forever21 Plus.

One of my favorite JustFab heels! Leggings, Forever21 Plus.

A beautiful GUESS bag...free!!! Thank you to whoever donated it!

A beautiful GUESS bag…free!!! Thank you to whoever donated it!

Got my hair “did”! Channeling some Sheena Easton from around 1986-87.

Miss Sheena, during the "Prince" phase, U Got the Look!

Miss Sheena, during the “Prince” phase, U Got the Look!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating New Traditions

One of the main challenges of being a military family (especially overseas) is finding new ways to celebrate holidays, which normally includes family gatherings. Being in Europe has definitely given us fantastic opportunities to experience Christmas in different cultures (we spent last year’s Christmas in Paris!), though the Hubby and myself can’t help but feel a bit lost without our normal family traditions.

Before we moved to Germany, we’d spent the last Saturday before Christmas at an annual family gathering on Hubby’s mom’s side of the family. This is a BIG family; so large in fact that every year the party is held in a high school gym and recreational center! Lots of food, white elephant gift exchanges, book trading, and time with Santa would fill the day. Then on Christmas Eve, we’d celebrate with the father in law’s family; not nearly as many people, but still boisterous and fun. Many times, Hubby and I would then spend late Christmas Eve with my parents and open gifts with them the next day. My dad, who is a wonderful pianist and organist, would ask me to sing for the morning service at church, and I would usually sing either “O Holy Night” or “Ave Maria” as a tribute to my late mother who always sang those classics.

The Hubby and I haven’t quite created our own traditions yet. We’re still in the first few years of married life together, so every year since we moved has been a bit different in what we do. One thing that we do is make calls home to family, to wish them well and see if they like their gifts. Though hearing their voices is wonderful, there is nothing like seeing faces light up in surprise, or feeling the warm embrace of a “thank you.” It is a bit bittersweet.

With every passing year, I find that Time is the best gift anyone could have or receive. It is fleeting, hard to get, and priceless. Some people may find family gatherings cumbersome or obligatory, which is understandable. However, once that chance to gather is gone, it cannot come back or be replaced.

I hope in the next couple of years, the Hubby and I will be able go home during the holidays and revisit those traditions. I miss my father’s playing of classic carols on the piano, the mounds of paper to clean up after gifts, the silliness of our niece and nephew, the excited chatter of family.

Here’s to a wonderful holiday to all – be it Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.

Swarovski Christmas Tree

Swarovski Christmas Tree

 

Leggings -Forever 21 Plus, sweaterdress -H&M, wrap -Charlotte Russe.

Leggings -Forever 21 Plus, sweaterdress -H&M, wrap -Charlotte Russe.

 

 

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.