March-ing Forward into Spring Style!

Hafa Adai, Lovelies!

“Hafa Adai” in Guam is Chamorro for “Hello.” Although living here is pretty much an endless summer, I do enjoy changing up my style to reflect the season. After watching several Fashion Week videos, here’s what I’m loving so far:

  1. Silkscreen/Painted Prints.
Victoria Beckham, S/S 2016.

Victoria Beckham, S/S 2016.

Victoria Beckham and Gucci lead the charge using these types of photo prints. Gucci also brought more embroidered silks to the runway. Gorgeous!!

Gucci S/S 2016

Gucci S/S 2016

2. Easy Pieces.

DKNY S/S 2016

DKNY S/S 2016

Though DKNY and Calvin Klein stuck to mostly a black and white palette, I do love the mix and match of separates offered. Michael Kors also showed lots of jersey dresses and wrap skirts. Too many times, a designer will create a look that only works with EVERYTHING shown. We need mixing options! Glad to see these designers understand that!

Michael Kors S/S 2016

Michael Kors S/S 2016

3. Fashion REAL women can wear.

Carolina Herrera S/S 2016

Carolina Herrera S/S 2016

Fashion should be fun and have an element of fantasy. However, we still need to be able to wear clothes for work, weekends, etc., AND should be “wearable” for women of all sizes.

Carolina Herrera’s show offered several looks which work for real life and for women over a size 4. She showed many skirt/top combinations and dresses which emphasize the waist and hide possible problem areas for women.

Carolina Herrera S/S 2016

Carolina Herrera S/S 2016

Of course…we don’t all have the budgets to afford looks off the runway, but we can get inspired and find style that won’t break the bank!

I did a wardrobe purge and freshened it up with new pieces from Forever 21 Plus. 

I am in head to toe F21, working the black and white trend for Spring. These platform mules are crazy comfortable, and these cargo pants are lightweight and soft. Throw on a fun tee and sparkly accessories, and I’m ready for date night:)

Love the sunset in the background!

Love the sunset in the background!

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Love, Music, and Fashion.

Love, Music, and Fashion.

Are there looks you’re loving for Spring? Please share!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

 

Blogger on a Budget: Fabulous Fringe!

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Hello lovelies!

As you know, I love a bargain, and with a lot of ’70s influence in this season’s looks, I hit Macy’s to find something to rock.

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Macy’s never fails me. I can always find something chic that fits me beautifully for an awesome price. This adorable black floral coverall with sassy fringe from American Rag was marked down to $12! I can wear it with shorts, a jumpsuit, a dress, a skirt!

FREE thrift find!

I paired it with my fantastic thrift find – an Old Navy cotton dress that fits me great! My waist is defined, giving me more of an hourglass. I got this for FREE!!

Of course, I have to trick out my look with a few accessories, so I went gold with this chain necklace and gold cuff from Claire’s Accessories, and lengthened my legs with these beige wedges from Charlotte Russe. Love it!

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You might notice I’ve got a black bracelet on. I’ve been working on developing a healthier lifestyle, so I got a Fit Bit! So, I’m tracking steps, exercise, food, and water. Having this definitely makes me more accountable to myself!

However, as you know, I’m not about being a certain size. We all should find beauty in ourselves, regardless of size. My Fit Bit makes me make better decisions about how I treat my body. So, if I end up losing weight, my back would definitely be better for it, plus I want more energy! Who wouldn’t want more energy?

I hope your November is off to a great start! Until next time!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo, Melanie.

 

 

 

 

 

No Tricks Here, Just Treats!

Hello lovelies and Happy Halloween!

Did you overindulge? For me, it wasn’t candy but I’ve been DROOLING over the shoe collection by Gwen Stefani! I stumbled across it at Shoedazzle.com, and I AM OBSESSED!

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I am a big Gwen fan. I would describe her style as “Rebel Chic,” as she takes risks with her look, and yet it always looks refined. Admittedly, I have a huge girl crush on her, as her music, style, and ability to GET EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL AS SHE AGES! How does she do it?!!

Anyway….the shoes are absolutely fabulous. Totally unique, as Gwen is!

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This one has my name all over it!

It will be mine. Oh yes....

It will be mine. Oh yes….

Gwen, tell me how you stay so freaking gorgeous? Three kids, a busy career, and now you’re single again. I bow to you.

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Always true to who she is!

Always true to who she is!

On another note…yes, I still dress up for Halloween because I am a big kid at heart. This year, the Hubby and I decided to channel Batman villains. He rocked it as Harvey “Two Face” Dent, and I got into the new Harley Quinn look (from the upcoming Suicide Squad). No booty shorts for me, but I did a fun tutu instead!

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Guess what, lovelies! The next post will be The Divine Mz M’s THIRD Anniversary! I’ve got giveaways galore coming your way, so stay tuned!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xo Melanie.

 

 

#TuesdayShoeDay – SJP!

Hello lovelies!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Tuesday Shoeday post, and I’m inspired today by the GORGEOUS collection by the ultimate shoe diva herself, Sarah Jessica Parker!

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Of course, we know her best as “Carrie” from the iconic Sex and the City show and movies, however, Ms. Parker is quite the fashion icon on her own!

Gorgeous top and skinny pants by Theory.

Gorgeous top and skinny pants by Theory.

Deciding to capitalize on her alter ego’s shoe obsession, SJP launched her own shoe line, SJP for Nordstrom, last year. Here are a few favorites from her collection:

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SJP purple mj

SJP black Diana

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And of course…she had to do her own version of the famous Manolo Blahnik “Something Blue” wedding shoe!

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Most of the styles are around $345, much less than the Blahnik/Jimmy Choo range, but still a little pricey! However, since the Hubby gifted me with the genuine “Carrie Wedding Heels” for our wedding, maybe I can get a pair for Christmas?!! Here’s to wishing and hoping….!

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Love, laughter, and SHOES…

xo, Melanie.

 

#ShopMyCloset Part 2: Being Comfortably Chic with Athleisure

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Hello Lovelies!

One of the new trends in fashion I’m LOVING is the “athleisure” look. The best way I describe the style is “yoga gone glam.” It’s not just throwing on sweatpants and sneaks (though those are comfy!); it’s selecting the type of material and cut of the clothes that takes the “workout” out of the look.  Since Guam is such a laid back place, this style works PERFECTLY for me. It’s more elevated than t shirts and shorts.

For instance: Here’s a typical gym look.

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Athleisure has a more structured look and feel, though it borrows heavily from yoga wear.  The pants are tailored; the shoes are either glam kicks, booties, or heels.

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The key to nailing the look is to keep it grounded. If you are a 20 something or younger, you can get away with more embellishments and brighter colors. However, those of us 30 and older look more chic in neutrals, black, whites.

I shopped my closet and came up with this look with a beach hoodie, a high/low t shirt dress from Express, leggings from Forever 21 Plus, and wedge sandals from Shoedazzle.  I added a little sparkle with accessories.

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I love this hoodie!

I love this hoodie!

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What I love the most about athleisure is that I can wear it from running errands to joining my hubby to dinner and still be comfy and chic!

Show me YOUR best athleisure looks!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo, Melanie.

 

 

What Was Hot and Not at the 2015 Grammys

Living in Germany has many advantages, but one definite disadvantage is the time difference between here and the States! I am a huge fashion and music geek, so I had to see the Grammys LIVE. Yep – I stayed up until 5:30 am this morning to see it all! How many of you saw it?

Though I am dragging ass today, I must share my “Hot & Not” fashion picks!

WHAT WAS HOT!

1. Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace

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I seriously need to know what Gwen does to keep getting more & more gorgeous! She does not age! This jumpsuit is the perfect marriage of high fashion & rock n roll. LOVE IT!

2. Zendaya in Vivienne Westwood

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At first I thought she got her hair cut into this adorable pixie, but it is a wig! I think she should just do it – it’s gorgeous! This dress is sexy without trying too hard, and the colors look amazing on her. So chic!

3. Chrissy Tiegen in Pucci

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There were a lot of cut out designs on the carpet- Miley Cyrus, Iggy Azalea, and Taylor Swift all wore gowns with various cutouts. But, Chrissy Tiegen does the cutout trend perfectly. Sexy, sophisticated, and modern glam!

4. Beyonce’ in Proenza Schouler.

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This is my favorite combination of the sheer trend and low cleavage. It’s a dress that could have gone too far into trashy land, but it’s tailored perfectly. Go Queen B!

5. Katy Perry in Zuhair Murad

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Only Katy can have lavender hair AND silver beading/fringe and it doesn’t come off as too much. This dress is like an updated 1940s starlet dress, and it’s fabulous!

NOT SO MUCH…

1. Rihanna in Giambattista Valli

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This is clearly a dress where you either love or hate it. She’s made some Best Dressed lists, but when I look at it, all I can think of is…

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2. Kim Kardashian in Jean Paul Gaultier

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Kim, Ric Flair called and wants his robe back. Woooo!

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3. Madonna in Givenchy

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I LOVE Madonna. She’s always been ahead of everyone else when it comes to fashion, but I am just confused by this burlesque/matador outfit.

4. Jane Fonda in Balmain

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First, it’s VERY green. Second, there is gold drool coming out of her chest.

5. Meghan Trainor in Galia Lahav

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This dress just says to me, “my stylist said sheer and lace is popular now, so here I am.” It’s not cut in a flattering way, and the black appliques in the front look like spiders rolling down.

THE ??? MOMENTS:

Sia as a sheepdog.

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Pharrell as a bell hop.

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Gotta love it!

Which were YOUR favorite and not so loved looks?

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xx Melanie.

 

 

 

Resurrecting My You Tube Channel!

 

Hey lovelies!

How has your week been? It’s been a bit up and down for me, as I ended up having to get a molar pulled this morning (yuck!). So, I’m all drugged up with nothing to do on a Friday night – except I can devote some time to you!

Anyway, I have a You Tube channel that I recently brought back from the dead by making a new video! Now, I don’t have a fancy pants camera or special lighting, but I do my best to be entertaining. Here I reveal some tricks on looking younger and taking care of the skin!

I review the fantastic Younique magic lashes, Josie Maran Argan Oil, and Acure Moisturizer.  Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Here’s a look I rocked a few days ago – a new dress from my London shopping at Primark! Five pounds for this dress! Oh yeah.

Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.

Working it with a Forever 21 cardigan.

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My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!

My FIFTY CENT clutch from a thrift market!

Hubby is really getting good at pics!

Hubby is really getting good at pics!

What are YOU rockin’ this weekend? Let me know!

Love, laughter, and shoes –

xx Melanie.