Vintage Cutouts!

[ 20 ] July 22, 2014 |

Giraffes and Flower Power

Vintage Giraffe Sweater cutouts

After church, Walt and I usually stop and get some groceries at our local Kroger store.  I am usually dressed up so outfit pictures naturally follow.

This floral cutout skirt–Wowza!

Cutout florals

What makes this skirt so cute?  Laser-cut posies bring cool dimension to this mid-length JOA skirt ($58). Hidden back zip. Lined. The prices is really fantastic to0 for this dressy of a skirt!  

It’s all about the details

Cutout Details

I adore the details of this outfit: the felt trim of the sleeve and the felt giraffe on the breast of the cardigan, the peacock necklace (so cheap from ebay) and the satin ladylike MaryJane’s!  It’s easy for you to recreate the look.

Don’t forget a fab bag!

Best Tote Ever Ever

This is my favorite bag at the moment! Why is this bag insanely great? It’s a tote with pockets! Lots of them. No more digging around for your keys, phone and glasses! I featured this bag before here. 

Outfit Details

 JOA’s Jaime floral detail skirt ($59 What a steal!)

Vintage giraffe cashmere sweater (similar, Nordstrom’s $46)

Turquoise pumps (from Payless.. similar Nordstroms $46)

Michael Kors Multifunctional tote–my favorite bag ATM ($298–worth every cent via

Mint camisole from Meijers, $6.99 (similar)

Cute turquoise table and chairs $89 at Kroger (similar from Kohls)

PSSSST: Sale Alert!

ShopBop. com has 25% off all their Sale items through Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nordstrom is having it’s Anniversary Sale until August 4, 2014

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Win all the dresses! Karina Dresses for a whole year!

[ 12 ] July 15, 2014 |

13th #FrockStar Nation Event, Six Lovely Karina Dresses to One Winner!

Whoot! Karina is providing me with a different dress for every event, which style is your fav?

Spring Frockstar

Summer is here in all it’s glory, a perfect time to be a Frockstar and keep cool in Karina Dresses. Even better, Karina Dresses is providing one lucky winner in round 13 of Frockstar, 6 dresses–that’s a year’s worth of dresses — from the Karina dress collection! (Retail $1000). I have worn twelve dresses in the event so far! Which is your favorite?

Karina Dresses Tracey

The Chief Blonde models 12 Karina Dresses.  Left to right: Penelope dress in Cheetah,  Penelope dress review styled as a skirt, Tracy Midi Dress #1 Review and Tracy Midi Dress #2 Review (3rd Photo and Large Right Photo) , Rita Dress Review,  Sophie Dress Review, Gala Dress ReviewMeagan Dress ReviewEmily Review,  Jenny Dress Review,  Josie Dress  Review, and  Patti Dress Review   All Karina Dresses can be purchased at their WEBSITE

Which is your favorite Karina to date? Do you own a Karina yet?

My new favorite Karina was the Josie because of its length and how great it looks with a belt, and then my favorite was the Emily because it’s a sheath.  I am still hopeful they will reissue theEmily in some new patterns.  Like all Karina dresses, the Emily is made right in the USA in Brooklyn, NY. This was my second Tracy, in the midi-length.  All Karina Dresses are machine washable and wrinkle-free (perfect for spring breaks or summer vacations).

Just so you know…Make sure to sign up for Karina’s newsletter to win!

Karina Dresses has a newsletter you will want to get in your inbox. Each weekly newsletter has a winner of a new dress selected from the email subscribers. You have to open the email to see if it is you! In addition to giveaways, The Karina Dresses newsletter also has flash sales with the hottest prints at almost 50% off! To make this newsletter even more desirable to join, if you sign up and confirm your subscription (or are already a subscriber and enter this giveaway) you will be entered into the sweepstakes for $1000 in Karina Dresses! Are you ready to join the Karina Nation? Subscribe here!

If you are a blogger and you would like to do a review of a Karina Dress, they choose their reviewers from their affiliates! You can sign up to be an affiliate here:

Here’s the entry device and then check out my blogger friends below featuring other Karina Dresses!

Check out my other Frockstar Nation Blogger Friends who are also part of this event!

5 Light Bladder Leakage Solutions, Helping You With Your Triggers!

[ 66 ] July 14, 2014 |

Are there really Light Bladder Leakage solutions?

Today’s discussion about 5 Light Bladder Leakage Solutions is part of a sponsored post for Socialstars and Poise Microliner. #PoisewithSAM Light Bladder Leakage Solutions Light Bladder Leakage Solutions #PoisewithSam

We’re baaaack…talking about Light Bladder Leakage again!

This is such an important topic for so many women.  Light bladder leakage (LBL) happens in 1/3 of all women, it’s very common. Just what exactly IS light bladder leakage? LBL is the a light uninvited urinary leakage that occurs with certain triggers.

Top 10 Light Bladder Leakage Triggers

Light Bladder Leakage Solutions Light Bladder Leakage Solutions #PoisewithSam   LBL can be triggered by a variety of things. Here’s the top 10 LBL Triggers:

  1. Changes from childbirth, pregnancy, hysterectomy or menopause
  2. Being overweight
  3. Medical complications
  4. Infections (bladder or urinary)
  5. Bladder irritants (eg. certain foods, etc)
  6. Coughing or laughing
  7. Sneezing
  8. Exercising or lifting
  9. Urge incontinence
  10. Mixed symptoms

So what Light Bladder Solutions do I have? How do I cope?

Light Bladder Leakage Solutions Light Bladder Leakage Solutions #PoisewithSam There are many solutions to light bladder leakage. Today I am going to offer you 5. For even more detail, head over to the Poise website for a full discussion of triggers, light bladder leakage solutions, and FAQs.

Top 5 Light Bladder Leakage Solutions

Light Bladder Leakage Solutions #PoisewithSam

  1. See your doctor–a doctor can help you establish your triggers, health issues etc.
  2. Exercise–one helpful way to reduce leaks is to strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor. You can do this with yoga, Pilates, tai chi, walking, and kegels.
  3. Lose weight–extra weight leads to a weak pelvic floor.
  4. Track you Triggers–to discover what may be triggering your LBL, look for patterns by tracking your food, drinks, and activities.
  5. Be proactive with LBL!–Carry LBL specific liners (like Poise Microliners) in your purse or athletic bag.  Consider packing a just-in-case tote of extra pants and underwear.

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Do you have trouble with Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) caused by laughter? Read about my experience with that trigger in my previous post “Getting the Shot. Laughter as a Trigger!”   Do you know why it’s important to use a LBL specific liner like Poise’s Microliner? See my second article on “Super Absorbent Materials…Why Absorbency Matters

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Double Take Dressing, Midi Dress

[ 8 ] July 6, 2014 |

Midi on the Double!

Blog Note: Whoot! I was provided a classic Karina Dresses Jenny!

Karina Tracey Midi

The Chief Blonde is wearing Karina Dresses Tracy in Apricot Roseblum Print ($138), Purple and Clear Statement Necklace (similar), Silpada Silver Earrings (similar), Jewels for Hope Bracelet ($65), Wedge Lavender Sandal bySimply Vera, Vera Wang for Kohls (similar).  Lipstick: Crème Lip Colour in Tangerine, $24

The Midi, the saga continues

In last month’s  blog post Midi Length Dresses?  Right for You? on the midi-length Tracey by Karina Dresses, I talked about my love/hate relationship with the Midi dress and how I had first worn the length in the 80s. I loved the length for it’s coverage, I hated the length because it can swallow up a short/medium height woman. So now I have given the length a go again here’s the two looks side by side.

Jazz Karina Dresses up with Laura Mercier Creme Lipcolour in Tangerine!

laura mercier tangerine creme lip colour

Laura Mercier Creme Lip Color in this lovely shade of Tangerine delivers ultra-rich color in an irresistibly lightweight formula. I like that it moisturizes along with being anti-aging, antioxidant and it contains plumping ingredients which enhance the lip. You will never tire of this shade Tangerine…one of the Chief Blonde favorite!

Karina Dresses Tracy, a midi length dress

This Tracy dress from Karina dresses is great for inverted triangle, rectangle, and hourglass gals! It’s a sassy mid-length dress with short bell sleeve, cut on the bias making it super easy to wear! I call it a t-shirt cut. I like the slightly longer sleeve as it covers my arms in a good way.

Like all Karina dresses, the Tracy is made right in the USA in Brooklyn, NY! All Karina Dresses are machine washable and wrinkle-free (perfect for spring breaks or summer vacations). I would advise this dress for anyone with an hour glass figure like me!  It was not as fitted around the breast area as many of the Karina styles are.  You can find this dress right now in this print or in some fun paisleys. But hurry, the fabrics are limited and when they are gone they are gone.

Now that you have seen it twice, will YOU be wearing the new Midi length dresses this time around?

Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation

Karina Dresses

This is round thirteen of the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation. In this blog post, The Chief Blonde is wearing the Tracey Midi dress.  In this picture, she models 11 Karina Dresses.  Left to right: Penelope dress in Cheetah,  Penelope dress review styled as a skirt, Tracy Midi Dress Review, Rita Dress Review,  Sophie Dress ReviewGala Dress ReviewMeagan Dress ReviewEmily Review Jenny Dress Review,  Josie Dress  Review, and  Patti Dress Review   All Karina Dresses can be purchased at their WEBSITE


Watch for and enter  ROUND #13 of Karina Dresses Dresstacular™ where one winner will win 6 dresses ($1000 Value!) starts Tuesday Night!

Get social with Karina

Sign up for Karina Dress  Newsletter here: Link to the website is: If you are a blogger and you would like to do a review of a Karina Dress, they choose their reviewers from their affiliates! You can sign up to be an affiliate here:

Check out my other lovely blogger friends in Karina!

Red White and Blue Manicures, Red White and Blue Nail Art

[ 15 ] July 3, 2014 |

July 4th Manicures?  Memorial Day Manicures?

Labor Day Manicures? Flag Day Manicures?

Red white and blue manicures are the way for the day. My manicure posts are always popular with my readers, especially during holidays. No holiday calls for decoration more than the Fourth of July. Here are some stunning red white and blue manicures to start some fireworks of your own on any patriotic day!

Patriotic Stripes 

red white and blue Manicures red white and blue nail art

Patriotic Stripe Red White and Blue Manicure How-To:

  1. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat
  2. Apply JINsoon Cool Blue on the entire nail bed
  3. Apply JINsoon Kookie White to the middle of each fingernail, leaving two stripes of blue visible on each side of the nail
  4. Apply a stripe of JINsoon Coquette in the middle of each nail
  5. Apply a top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss for a glossy and lasting finish

Psst: Nail Tip…some nail striping tape might help the beginner!


Stars and Stripes

red white and blue Manicures red white and blue nail art


Patriotic Stars and Stripe Red White and Blue Manicure How-To :

  1. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat
  2. Apply JINsoon Kookie White on the entire nail bed, leaving the ring finger bare
  3. Apply JINsoon Cool Blue to the entire nail bed of the ring finger
  4. Using JINsoon Coquette, apply horizontal stripes with a thin brush over the middle finger and the thumb
  5. Using JINsoon Coquette again, apply vertical stripes with a thin brush over the index finger and the pinky
  6. Apply JINsoon Polka White over the JINsoon Cool Blue on the ring finger to create the stars
  7. Apply a top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss over the nails for a lasting glossy finish

More red white and blue manicure colors you might love:

red white and blue Manicures red white and blue nail art


Colors Featured:  Left to Right, Top to Bottom:   ‘Soirée’, ‘Blue Iris’, ‘Coral Peony’,  ‘Gala’, ‘Auspicious’ and ‘Audacity’.  All polishes are JINsoon. My favorite has to be the gold ‘Gala’ for the extra bit of fireworks!

SEE ALL OUR HOLIDAY MANICURES including this 4th of July manicure post.  The red white and blue manicures in this post were created by editorial manicurist Jin Soon Choi.

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