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Bootie Trends Fall 2014

[ 11 ] October 17, 2014 |

It’s Fall and you know what that means? BOOTS!

Midnight Velvet Bootie Trends for fall 2014 Still Blonde after all these years

The Chief Blonde was sent two fabulous items from our Midnight Velvet :  The Carlos Santana Equinox bootie ($110) and the Soft Sophisticate Top ($50).  Pants are Levis, necklace is handmade. 

FALL FALL FALL!  Not much I love about it  to be honest. I am just a summer person all the way. But as I always try to find the light in everything, one of the shining lights about fall for me is BOOTS and BOOTIES.

Midnight Velvet Bootie Trends for fall 2014 Carlos Santana Bootie

I mean come on! Aren’t these pretty darn fabulous? The Carlos Santana Brand is one of my favorite as it is always edgy but the shoes are super comfortable. Midnight Velvet usually carries several Carlos Santana styles.  Midnight Velvet also has a huge variety of booties in various styles, from low and flat to Western to high and slinky!

Midnight Velvet Bootie Trends for fall 2014 Still Blonde after all these years

Bootie Trends Fall 2014 Details Left to Right, Top to Bottom (all Booties from Midnight Velvet): Black Annie Sleek Bootie ($100), Olive Carlos Santana Equinox Bootie ($110), Brown Restricted Bakersfield Bootie ($100), Dingo Willy Bootie ($140), Bronze Ritual Bootie ($110), Linquette Bootie ($160), Two Tone Boot ($100, Sale $30), Tassle  Zip Bootie ($130), Clarks Christine Tilt Bootie ($150).

Once I figured out how to style these booties, I wanted an edgy top to match the bootie’s style. I chose this Midnight Velvet Soft Sophisticate with peek-a-boo shoulders. Isn’t it just the right blend of sweet and biker chick?
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Midnight Velvet Bootie Trends for fall 2014

All photos were taken in front of an Old General Store in Kilmanagh. Mi. If you ever want to get epic outfit shots, get outside of your regular environment and discover the cool architecture and landscape around you!  Like this:

Midnight Velvet Bootie Trends for fall 2014 Still Blonde after all these years

Great clothes like these from Midnight Velvet can help you hold up buildings (just kidding!), but you will look pretty darn fab as you are cruising the fall colors! Enjoy!

Midnight Velvet was our First Place Event Sponsor for the Fall Fashionista Event

Midnight Velvet gave one lucky entrant in the Fall Fashionista Event a $300 shopping spree on their site.

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Follow and find Midnight Velvet on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Visit the Midnight Velvet website to find all the great Booties.

NYC Inspired: Elie Tahari for DesigNation, Kohl’s,

[ 75 ] October 15, 2014 |

Look who’s Modeling Elie Tahari for DesigNation…Elle Tahari for DesigNation

The Chief Blonde is wearing the Elie Tahari for DesigNation NYC Skyline Fit & Flare Dress , Kohl’s($84, Sale $58), Simply Vera Vera Wang Opaque Control-Top Tights, Kohl’s ($14, Sale $10), Tiffany Atlas Collection Bracelet and Earrings, Gold and O-ring Ring (Swiss made), Glass Necklace (similar).  All Photos: R. Jolly

Kohl’s just brought out the Elie Tahari for DesigNation line. With iconic cityscape prints and a cosmopolitan color palette, the Elie Tahari for DesigNation collection captures the fresh, unabashed attitude of the city that never sleeps. They sent me along a few pieces to feature. I think you will enjoy this video where Elie Tahari discusses his design philosophy for the collection.

While this line is featured on a younger crowd in the video, I think it translates well across age groups.

Elle Tahari for DesigNation still Blonde after all these YEARS

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Elle Tahari for DesigNation still Blonde after all these YEARS

Elle Tahari for DesigNation still Blonde after all these YEARS

Elie Tahari for DesigNation Scuba Mixed-Media Bomber Jacket ($120, Sale $84) 

I wore this outfit when I went with my 4 sister-in-laws for lunch at Buon Gusto in Brighton, MI. A lady in the restaurant came over, out of the blue, and asked me where I got my jacket. I let her try it on and she turned to her mom and said, “We’re going to Kohl’s after lunch.” Another cute story about this outfit, I asked in a facebook blogging group for a little photo help with the main photo for this post.  The blogger who helped me fix my issue, loved the dress so much she went out that night and bought it for herself!

What do you think of the the new Elie Tahari for DesigNation line?

 

$153 Pattern LA Dilly Bag and Accessories Giveaway

[ 281 ] October 14, 2014 |

What’s Your Favorite Pattern?

Patten LA Products

Dilly Bag – Ottie Black ($58), Ruby Essentials Case – Fleur Berry ($24), Sydney SmartPhone Case – Fleur Berry ($24), Logo Print TT Essentials Bag Large ($24), 

Recently, I was contacted by Pattern LA to feature their bags. One little peek and I was hooked! Tiffany Lerman (daughter of English novelist, Jackie Collins) is famous in her own right as the designer and owner of Pattern LA. She designs tote bags, accessories and diaper bags for girls, women, moms and grandmas of all ages! Pattern LA offers a vibrant collection of essential tote bags featuring exclusive and delightful textile designs. Pattern embodies a simple, casual and charming look that women of all ages will want to carry with them everywhere – from the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of London!

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 Just check out this fabulous Pattern LA Dilly bag!

Patten LA Dilly Bag

The Dilly Bag ($58) is a great mid-sized bag made of stain resistant matte laminated cotton. With multiple interior and exterior pockets, an attached zippered cosmetic pouch and a contrasting interior lining and modern hardware accents, it can hold anything from a laptop to books to on-the-run essentials. Double handles offer comfort while the slightly-structured silhouette and chic patterns make Dilly ideal for everyday use. Doesn’t this look so much better than those BORING laptop bags?

How about Pattern LA Accessory Bags?

Patten LA Ruby Essentials Case Sydney Smart Phone

Pattern LA carries many accessory bags that can function alone or inside your bag or tote. The Sydney SmartPhone Case ($24) functions as a wristlet or you can stick it in your favorite purse. The best part of the Sydney wristlet? It has a clear pvc window (you can see and use the touch screen through it) and a chain so it can function as a shoulder bag as well. Ruby Essentials Case($24) comes in several color choices. It’s a terrific everyday or travel wallet (can hold checks, a passport, foreign currency, travel docs) and is big enough to hold a Kindle, too! I think that means it will hold my NOTE3 as well.

Pattern LA Clear TT Essentials Bags make totes functional

Patten LA TT Essentials

What I hate the MOST about a tote bag is that all of your stuff gets lost at the bottom! Pattern LA Logo Print TT Essentials Bag Large ($24) and Small ($22) addresses that exact issue! Slip these accessory bags into your tote and keep your items contained, plus you can see through the bag to easily locate what you want!

 

CAN’T WAIT TO WIN a Pattern LA Bag and accessories?

Buy it at Pattern LA.

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THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway open to US only.  October 14-23 11:59 PM EST. 18+ Where legal.

THE PRIZE

$153 Total Prize from Patterns LA

  • Dilly Bag – Ottie Black ($58)
  • Ruby Essentials Case – Fleur Berry ($24)
  • Sydney SmartPhone Case – Fleur Berry ($24)
  • Logo Print TT Essentials Bag Large ($24)
  • Logo Print TT Essentials Bag Small ($22)

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Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.

THE MAIN EVENT IS NOW OVER and the Linky for hopping to other bloggers has been removed. This is giveaway extends a few days beyond the main Event. Other open giveaway are HERE and HERE.

Here’s a little about the Fashionista Event.

Meet your Fashionista Event Hosts

Fall Fashionsta 2014

This Pattern LA Giveaway is part of the Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event. The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde after all these Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from  Modly Chic http://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 113+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize! For every giveaway in the Fall  Fashionista Event that an entrant enters, they gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Events Main Event Prizes.

 

 

Meet your Grand Prize and 1st Place Sponsors

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The $500 Paypal Grand Prize is  provided by Fashionista Events Hosts. Take a moment and think about how much fun it would be to get an extra $500 to spend on any little old thing you want! Pretty exciting thought, isn’t it?  All you have to do is take the next 8 days and work your way through the Grand Prize Rafflecopter! Head here to enter for the Grand Prize!  Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Midnight Velvet is providing our first prize prize with a $300 shopping spree to the Midnight Velvet siteYou will find, at Midnight Velvet  a shopping experience that invites you to immerse yourself in a world of dramatic fashions, glamorous jewelry, fragrances and exotic home décor that delights you with its quality and beauty. Clothing is available in both Misses and Plus sizes.  Head here to enter for the 1st Place Prize!  Good Luck!  Watch for an exciting outfit post from Midnight Velvet modeled by the Chief Blonde. 

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$165 Fashion Books Giveaway: Hats By Madame Paulette, Yves Saint Laurent, William Helburn Seventh and Madison

[ 158 ] October 13, 2014 |

New titles from Thames & Hudson

Thames & HudsonHats by Madame Paulette, Yves Saint Laurent, William Helburn: Seventh and Madison. Book Photos courtesy of Thames & Hudson. 

HATS BY MADAME PAULETTE:

Paris Milliner Extraordinaire ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517314) highlights the life and work of famed milliner Madame Paulette, whose incomparable creations were worn by such film stars as Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, and such royals as Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

I was sent this book and the others featured here by the publishers Thames & Hudson. The pictures in Hats by Madame Paulette are just stunning. This is not a flip through coffee table book, but  an enjoy-every-picture and spend-a-Sunday-afternoon with it book. I actually delighted in  the sketches as much as the photographs. Madame Paulette created the stunning creations in My Fair Lady! I also didn’t know that no two hats she created were ever alike. When you view her creations, you will surely agree with Karl Lagerfeld, who said of Paulette:

She was the last of a line of artists of this kind. She had something in her fingers, a magic touch…

YVES SAINT LAURENT

YVES SAINT LAURENT ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517604) is a dazzling portrait of the designer and his world of fashion over the last 25 years of his career by legendary backstage fashion photography pioneer Roxanne Lowit.

I have not received this book yet as it has a release date of Nov. 4, 2014. The subject intrigued me because he defined the 1970s in terms of cool cutting edge fashion. An accomplishment I particularly admired is that he:

He revolutionized women’s evening wear when he introduced le smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation. ~ From Thames & Hudson website

WILLIAM HELBURN: SEVENTH AND MADISON

WILLIAM HELBURN: SEVENTH AND MADISON ($65.00 hardcover, 9780500517659) captures striking fashion and advertising images by the go-to photographer for many of the top agencies in New York during the 1950s and 60s Advertising Revolution.

I have not yet received this book has a release date of Nov. 11, 2014. The reason I wanted to review it is that ’50s and ’60s advertising was among some of the best this country has ever seen. I am eagerly anticipating viewing Helburn’s body of work.

As well as cars and cosmetics, Helburn shot Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, whiskeys, clothing lines, airlines, jewelry, cigars and cigarettes, and any number of other products. He worked with the top models of the day, from Dovima and Dorian Leigh to Jean Patchett and Barbara Mullen to Jean Shrimpton and Lauren Hutton.

CAN’T WAIT TO WIN these wonderful books?

Buy them at Thames & Hudson.

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway open to US only.  October 13-23 11:59 PM EST. 18+

THE PRIZE

Winner will win $165 in fashion books.

  • Hats by Madame Paulette ($50)
  • Yves Saint Laurent ($50)
  • William Helburn: Seventh and Madison ($65)

Rafflecopter Form

Make sure to bookmark this page and come back each day for your daily entries.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Still Blonde after all these YEARS , Modly Chic, Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway or the Fall Fashionista Events Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby.

THE MAIN EVENT IS NOW OVER and the Linky for hopping to other bloggers has been removed. This is giveaway extends a few days beyond the main Event. Other open giveaway are HERE and HERE.

Meet your Fashionista Event Hosts

Fall Fashionsta 2014

This Fashion Books Giveaway  is part of the Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event. The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by The Chief Blonde at Still Blonde after all these Years http://stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com and Katy from  Modly Chic http://www.modlychic.com/.  All Fashion! Only FASHION event! Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes, 113+ participating blogs and 3/4 million entries. Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 prize! For every giveaway in the Fall  Fashionista Event that an entrant enters, they gain one entry toward the Fall Fashionista Events Main Event Prizes.

 

 

 

Meet your Grand Prize and 1st Place Sponsors

Fall Fashionista Events 2014 Grand Prize 1

The $500 Paypal Grand Prize is  provided by Fashionista Events Hosts. Take a moment and think about how much fun it would be to get an extra $500 to spend on any little old thing you want! Pretty exciting thought, isn’t it?  All you have to do is take the next 8 days and work your way through the Grand Prize Rafflecopter! Head here to enter for the Grand Prize!  Good Luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fashionista 350

Midnight Velvet is providing our first prize prize with a $300 shopping spree to the Midnight Velvet siteYou will find, at Midnight Velvet  a shopping experience that invites you to immerse yourself in a world of dramatic fashions, glamorous jewelry, fragrances and exotic home décor that delights you with its quality and beauty. Clothing is available in both Misses and Plus sizes.  Head here to enter for the 1st Place Prize!  Good Luck!  Watch for an exciting outfit post from Midnight Velvet modeled by the Chief Blonde. 

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