Completely Cute Comfort

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |

Completely Cute — Vionic Footwear

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Vionic Footwear Airlie (on sale now for $58.99)

Vionic! Of Course!

I had the opportunity to test drive a pair of Vionic with Orthaheel Technology Airlie Slip-on Mules. Of course, I said yes. Who doesn’t want to try all the shoes? And I didn’t have to buy all the shoes to do it. Complete fabulous win!

My first impression of the Airlie from the Vionic Footwear website was, “Leather. Well-made. Casual. But a little meh on the style.”  Then I saw them in person and realized I was wrong. They are completely cute. Mine are pewter, a soft metallic, with silver studs that look especially great with jeans.

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Airlie could also be paired with hand-knit, super excellent, specialty socks and a skirt for those with the legs for it. That’s not me, but I know it would look fabulous!

There are four other colors–bronze metallic, black, navy and wineberry (purple)—so the options for styling this mule are endless as long as you aren’t thinking evening gown or cocktail dress.

Normally, I’m an 8.5-9, but an 8 is perfect, so they run big and are in whole sizes. The velcroed strap accommodates my high instep. While cute is the first thing I saw about this mule, it wasn’t the only thing. For me, shoes must be comfortable. Some women can wear shoes that look great even if they don’t feel great. I’m not one of those women, not even in my 20’s. Now that I’m not 20 anymore, well, I still don’t compromise on comfort., even a little.

Putting on the Airlie was like stepping onto a pillow. I love to be barefoot, but this actually feels better than barefoot because I get arch support. Some may think walking on a cloud is better, but clouds have no substance, so I’m sticking with my pillow metaphor. These mules are incredibly comfortable.

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This is exactly what the founder of Orthaheel intended with the shoes. Comfort, pain relief, and cute. Well, the Orthaheel website doesn’t use the word cute–that’s mine–but I am pretty sure Orthaheel founder, Dr. Phillip J. Vasyli, didn’t want not-cute shoes.

I’m not the only one that finds these Airlies comfortable. Through a delivery mix up, the secretary at my children’s elementary school actually received the shoes and didn’t know why. She really liked them, so after I wore them to work and appreciated their comfort—yay—I gave them to her to do her own test drive. She also gave Airlie high scores in cuteness and comfort, but she wasn’t a fan of the flip-flopping of a mule. My friend works on a carpeted concrete floor, and she has trouble with leg cramps at night because of it. But the night of her Airlie day, she had no cramps and slept the whole night, waking rested and content. I’m thrilled for her.

Since she doesn’t dig the mule, she could pick another style with help from a Vionic Product Specialist. I think she’ll go with Mary Janes. Maybe flats. She’s definitely a fan of Orthaheel or maybe some of these new-for-spring Vionic styles:

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Me? I’m a fan of Vionic with Orthaheel Technology and the Airlie.

The Vionic Footwear Airlie Slip-on Mules with Orthaheel technology were reviewed by Marie Morley, Fabulous Single Mom, a single mom blogger over 45.

Just so you know:

Vionic with Orthaheel Technology offers the only sandals recommended by both the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and renowned integrative medicine doctor, Andrew Weil, MD. Vionic. Vionic is also endorsed by celebrity fitness trainer Juliet Kaska’s (clients includes Kerry Washington, Ali Larter, Stacy Keibler, Pink, Kate Walsh and more).

Here are a few other Vionic Shoes I love…Click on the shoe and see what you think!

Vionic with Orthaheel 'Eve' Toe Post Sandal Vionic with Orthaheel 'Tide II' Flip Flop Vionic with Orthaheel 'Maggie' Geometric Cutout Wedge Sandal Image Map

Note: Some links are affliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may get a small commission if you make a purchase.  Thanks for your support in this way!

$75 Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo Giveaway

[ 145 ] April 14, 2014 |

Can you say Cake + Brownies?

Bake Me A wish Cake and Brownie ComboBake Me a Wish Bakery Combo — Choice of Classic Cake + 1 Dozen Gourmet Brownies ($75)

From the MOMENT I received my review sample from Bake Me A Wish Bakery,

Bake Me A Wish UnBoxing Collage

UnBoxing is FUN with Bake Me A Wish!

until I laid the cake and cookies out for my family and friends to eat:

Bake Me A Wish Ready to Eat Collage

the excitement and anticipation just didn’t end…

still blonde after all these YEARSThe Chief Blonde Remarks: As you may know, I have previously reviewed Bake Me a Wish! On that occasion, I tried their cookies and Freedom Cake. I hope you will go over and read the review, because the Freedom Cake is very very special, especially if you have a loved one in the military.

For this review, it was time to try another Bakery Combo! This time it was the Lava Cakes and Brownies. MMMM…Brownies. The 12 Brownies I received were delectable. I served them to my friends at a card party. We had six different flavors to try (2 each), including Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Crunch, Fudge Walnut, Orange Macadamia and Raspberry Crumb! The crowd agreed they liked the Velvet Ganache and the Raspberry Crumb the best, although seconds were tried of the other flavors too. The brownies were rich and dense just like a gourmet product should be.

I took the Lava Cakes to my parents because my mom and dad LOVE cake with ice cream. If you have never had a lava cake before, you really must try Bake Me A Wish’s version. You heat the cake up before serving, and when you cut into the cake with your fork, hot fudge comes pouring out of the cake (just like LAVA!). OMGoodness… I am not sure anyone breathed while we were snarfing this down.

I would highly recommend Bake Me a Wish’s Bakery combos. They are a perfect thing to order for a loved one who is far from home. The combo allows them to have a cake and then have another goodie for later. It’s really one of those gifts that keeps on giving, and who doesn’t like that?

A bit more about Bake Me A Wish

The Company Says:

Bake Me a Wish! started as the nationwide service for delivery of gourmet birthday cakes. Our cakes are made with only the finest, freshest ingredients by an award-winning family run New York bakery that also supplies pastries to some of Manhattan’s most elite restaurants. We then added other gourmet bakery items – cookie and brownies – along with an exceptional selection of gift baskets (launching holiday 2012).

We are happy to bring you our delicious gourmet gifts at an extremely affordable price. Now, whether it’s your son in college, your trusted associate, your old friend, or your granddaughter across the country, you will always have a simple and wonderful way to remember them on the one day each year that belongs to them – their birthday.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

Buy Bake Me a Wish Cakes and Bakery Products on their Website.


Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 25 11:59 PM EST


1 winner will take home one Bake Me A Wish Bakery Combo (ARV. $75)

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$90 Vitalicious VitaTops Giveaway +Review

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Sweetworks Sixlet Cupcakes

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$90 Vitalicious VitaTops Giveaway +Review

[ 89 ] April 13, 2014 |

 Vitalicious Chocolate Chip VitaTops

New Flavor, Same 100 Calories



Oh Boy!  Chocolate Chip VitaTops

These new 100-calorie, all-natural VitaTops are chock full of delicious chocolate chips surrounded by a light, fluffy, cakey muffin. Each 2 oz Chocolate Chip VitaTop has 8g of fiber, 4g of protein, 15 vitamins and minerals, and only 1.5g of fat.

As with all of Vitalicious’ products, Chocolate Chip VitaTops are made from all-natural ingredients without any artificial coloring or preservatives of any kind.

Vitalicious sent me 3 different flavors of VitaTops to Sample: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate and Blue berry. I just can’t believe a product that tastes this good, has so few calories, comes in so many varieties, and contains so many great ingredients! How do itaTops taste? Like the top of a 500 calories muffin! I am not kidding (and we all know the top is the best part anyway!)

Vitalicious VitaTops Varieties– A flavor for Everyone!

Vitalicious Vitatops

  • Apple Crumb
  • Assorted
  • Banana
  • Banana Nut
  • BlueBran
  • Blueberry
  • Carrot
  • Chocolate
  • Chocolate Mint
  • CranBran
  • Dark Choc. Pomegranate
  • Deep Chocolate
  • Fudgy PB Chip
  • Golden Corn
  • Pizza (WANT TO TRY!!!)
  • Pound Cake
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Raspberry
  • Sugar Free Banana Nut
  • Sugar Free Chocolate
  • Triple Chocolate

Fun VitaTops Facts

I was surprised at all the different ways you could prepare VitaTops including: in the toaster, microwave, right out of the freezer, or as a snack.

Vitatops make fun recipes including Whoopie Pies, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Ice Cream Treats…the possibilities are endless.

Can’t wait to WIN it?

Buy VitaTops at the Vitalicious Website, follow them on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter.


Giveaway Runs from April 13, 2013 to April 23 11:59 PM EST


1 winner will take home 3 Packages of VitaTops (24 count) including the newest flavor…Chocolate Chips (ARV. $90)

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Hairstyles for Women over 45 — April, 2014

[ 10 ] April 13, 2014 |

Women over 45 — Sport Lovely Spring Styles

Side Swept — Kate Walsch Hairstyle
kate Walsch Maria Lucia Hohan Sabrina Gown Borgioni Rose Gold Snake Bondage Ring

Kate Walsh (46) in side swept curls wearing a Maria Lucia Hohan taupe gown and Borgioni rose gold snake ring to the FX Networks Upfront screening of ‘Fargo’ at SVA Theater on April 9, 2014 in New York City. I vacillate on how I feel about this hairstyle and the dress. What do you think?


Short and Fringy — Halle Berry Hairstyle

Hallee Berry Amrapali Rose Cut Diamond Knuckle Ring

Long sexy side swept Bangs: Halle Berry (47) wearing Sethi Couture diamond hoop earrings and an Amrapali diamond knuckle ring on ‘The Queen Latifah Show’, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Does she ever get it wrong? What a beauty! 


A Change of Color — Laura Dern Hairstyle

Laura Dern Brumani Panache Diamond, Morganite, and Sapphire Ring

Laura Dern (47) goes with a shade of red and tossled hair while wearing Brumani diamond rings at the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. This is my favorite of the Hairstyles for Women over 45 in this Spring collection.


Growing out the Bangs — Michelle Obama Hairstyle

Michelle Obama Doves by Doron Paloma Ring
US First Lady Michelle Obama (50) wearing Doves by Doron Paloma earrings and a Doves by Doron Paloma ring to the 2014 Governors Dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House February 23, 2014. I thought Michelle Obama looked cute in bangs, but I think this hairstyle is more “First Lady”.

See all our other Hairstyles for Women over 45!

Here’s some of our favorite jewelry for Spring you can shop:

Bauble Bar Necklace Nordstrom Bauble Bar Bracelet Bauble Bar Necklace Nordstrom Bauble Bar Bracelets Nordstrom Image Map

 Who has your favorite Spring Hairstyle for Women over 45?

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Photos provided by D’Orazio & Associates.

$47 Acacia Workout Videos: R.I.P.P.E.D, Quick Fix, Shiva Rea Yoga

[ 60 ] April 12, 2014 |

3 New Workout Videos!  Get R.I.P.P.E.D for Summer

Blog Note: We were provided video review samples for this R.I.P.P.E.D post
Acacia Videos

Check out what’s new from Acacia

Just in time for Summer bathing suit season, award-winning fitness DVD distributor Acacia offers workouts from diverse disciplines to help exercisers fulfill any fitness goal – no matter how how hot you want to be. Six pack abs here I come!

Some of the season’s finest workouts include:

Shiva Rea Yoga in GreeceShiva Rea: Yoga in Greece Filmed against the spectacular backdrop of the Greek Island of Santorini, Shiva Rea: Yoga in Greece features seven 20-minute practices of energizing solar and grounding lunar sequences, plus the customizable Yoga Matrix, which offers exercisers endless options to create longer workouts.

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:I could hardly focus on this video due to the gorgeous setting. I do love Yoga, so this video was probably my favorite of the three reviewed today. Shiva is truly a master at what she does, certainly deserving her world-renowned status. You get 3 hours of different meditation + yoga on this one DVD.  $9.99

Quickfit Acacia VideoQuick Fit Want to get fit and strong, but don’t have time to exercise? Can you find five minutes? Fitness expert and Today show regular Andrea Metcalf leads 30 fast, effective five minute workouts that tone, condition, burn calories, melt fat, boost metabolism, and build lean muscle. Choose from a mix of cardio, strength, and Pilates. Do what you want for as long as you need; mix-and-match to target trouble spots. $19.99

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: I am loving this video because I can so as little or as much as I want.  I like that Pilates is included.


Ripped the One Stop Body Shock Not Extreme, Not Insane, Just R.I.P.P.E.D: Fitness power couple TERRY and TINA SHORTER created the incredibly effective, high-intensity workout system R.I.P.P.E.D (Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet and nutrition). Franchised to more than 8,500 fitness professionals across the country and approved by the American Council on Exercise, this safe, effective, interval-training system delivers amazing results with a scientifically proven, plateau-proof fitness formula to help shape and tone everybody. In Total Body Challenge’s five workout segments, plus a warm-up and cool down, you’ll burn more than 700 calories in just 48 minutes. Terry and Tina also sing and compose all the original music. $16.99

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: While this workout video is a little beyond me at this point, I hope to work up to it. I’d love to be able to get this cardio going and to burn 700 calories in 48 minutes. Take a look at this quick video clip, to see how much fun it looks.


Please visit to watch clips from each workout.

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy R.I.P.P.E.D, Quick Fix, and Shiva Rea Yoga at Acacia Fitness or Amazon.


Giveaway Runs from April 12, 2013 to April 21 11:59 PM EST


1 winner will take 3 DVDs from Acacia (ARV. $47)

  • R.I.P.P.E.D
  • Quick Fix
  • Shiva Rea Yoga


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