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Bring On Boot Season with Color! + $100 Giveaway

[ 203 ] August 24, 2014 |

Fall Color with Monroe and Main

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic 

Boot Season Fall Color 2014 Monroe and Main

 The Chief Blonde is wearing Monroe and Main Woven Buckle Boot ($119), BB Dakota Dress ($90 Sold Out, Similar, see it again here).

You might not feel it yet, but fall is around the corner. I saw a tree that was changing colors when I took my daughter back to college for her senior year. *CRIES*…for the end of summer and daughter returning to school.

One thing fall means is the return of boot season.WHOOT! Monroe and Main sent along these fantastic knee high woven buckle boots to show you how they are incorporating color into their fall line.

Boot Season Fall Color

Trust me when I tell you, cute knee hight boots in navy blue like this are impossible to find. The weave on the boot is super classy, while the padded footbed provides hidden comfort.

Boot Season Fall Color 2014 Monroe and Main

The 3 1/4″ heel is the perfect height for me, I don’t feel like I am teetering. I am 5′ 4″ with short legs, so flat ankle boots aren’t really that flattering on me.  But I feel like even at 52, I can rock this higher heel height without looking dowdy or trampy. Did I succeed?

Boot Season Fall Color 2014 Monroe and Main

I also like that the calf is wide enough so I can wear the boots with skinny jeans, leggings, or tights when it gets chiller. Here’s a few more COLOR selections from Monroe and Main’s fall lineup. I know you will drool.

Boot Season Fall Color 2014 Monroe and Main

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy all the new fall colors at Monroe and Main website. You absolutely MUST follow Monroe and Main on Facebook, as they constantly have fabulous giveaways.


Giveaway runs from August 25th through September 8th 11:59 PM EST. 18+ Void where prohibited.


Monroe and Main Fall Color 2014Winner will win this $100 gorgeous bag. 24 other bloggers are giving away this fabulous Monroe and Main Studded Tote 3 in 1 as well. That’s right 25 totes, 25 chances to win!  Once you enter my giveaway, use the linky to keep hoping to all the other 24 giveaways. Get your color for fall!







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What Does Zurek Mean? Meaning Family Name Zurek

[ 30 ] August 19, 2014 |

Zurek is Sour Soup, not a city in Switerland!

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My Husband is a Zurek

During the course of my life, my last name has begun with ‘B’, with ‘M’, and now ‘Z’. I love being a ZUREK, it is such fun family to marry into, as Walt has 4 siblings, 92 first cousins, and a whole slew of distant relatives.

Family Photo

Walt has spent a considerable amount of time researching his family history on both his mother and father’s side of the family. He has researched his father’s side, the Zurek’s, back to the 1700s. Yes, there are still a few names and dates missing along the way, and some supporting documents still to collect…but that’s half the fun of the research. And it all started with a trial World Explorer Plus membership that I won about a year ago!

Walter Zurek Family Tree (zurek leg)

Walt’s family tree on the Zurek side, as you can see his research goes back to the 1700s. Some names have been removed to protect privacy. This capability to make a family tree is a part of the features on Ancestry. com

I think when Walt first started researching his family, he had no idea where the search would take him or that he would become so immersed in the search for his roots. I certainly had no idea when we attained the membership how many things we would do around the research! Consider a trial Ancestry. com membership for yourself!
For example: helps find where relatives lived and died

Parisville Mi Catholic Cemetary  Historical Museum

Based on the knowledge we gained via Ancestry. com we have visited family grave sites and local surrounding towns in Parisville, Mi. which is the oldest Polish Settlement in America. We found several relatives buried in the local Catholic Cemetery at St. Mary’s Church. We even discovered the burial cross of Walt’s 2nd great grandma. Because the museum was closing, they gave the cross to Walt! This was all because of the knowledge he gained on Ancestory. com leads you to experts, databases and other searchers who can help discover who you are


Ship Registry from Hamburg

Via the hired experts, databases and others who had already researched the Zurek tree, Walt was able to locate documents such as this passenger list from the SS Hyram-Hamburg, Germany to Quebec, Ont (April 1886) which confirms his 2nd Great grandmother’s passage to North America.  Via the “Hire an Expert” tab, he hired an expert in Poland who greatly helped in finding documentation to verify relatives on the Zurek family tree.  You can also view the trees of other relatives and people who are Ancestry .com members. If their tree is public, you can grab parts of their trees and paste the relevant parts into your tree!

You can find out about your family Last name meanings and origin on your first visit!

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As you can see the Zurek last name means Sour Soup. Now isn’t that funny that discovering your last name meanings can lead you to find out a fun fact like that!

Here’s what Zurek Soup looks like!

ZUREK Family Name Means sour soup

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Does Smile Brilliant Work? + $140 Giveaway

[ 185 ] August 9, 2014 |

Can I REALLY Whiten at Home?

Does Smile Brilliant Work

The Chief Blonde is wearing Blank Denim Romper ($110), NY and Company Belt (similar), Jeffrey Campbell Laramie Lace Up Sandal (were $175, now on sale for $57!) 

I have always wanted to whiten at home, should I?

As you know, on this blog I am always posing in some outfit or other. I want to look my very best and that includes my teeth. True Confession: I have never whitened them before! No really –Never. But I have always wanted to whiten them via the dentist, but it’s so expensive.

But I have concerns about home whitening:

  • Is it too hard?
  • Is it safe?
  • Will it work?
  • Will my teeth be too sensitive?
  • Is it STILL expensive?

I’ll bet you have all these same questions as well.

Smile Brilliant sent me a package so I could whiten at home and let you know the answers to those questions. Watch this 2 minute video to understand the process. It was really that easy for me too!

Here’s a little summary so you can see the steps of how to Use Smile Brilliant:

Does Smile Brilliant Work

How much does Smile Brilliant cost?

The rep I worked with said that you needed to do several applications of the product in order to get stubborn stains out and see results. Luckily, the 3 syringe package I was sent you is good for 9 total applications, not just 2-3. Each syringe is good for 3 applications, so you will use 1/3 of a syringe per application. Each application is both top and bottom tray PLUS your whitening trays for $119.  Additional whitening kits are $34 for 3 more syringes (about 9 applications), your trays are reusable…Yeah! I would also highly recommend getting the desensitizing gel, 3 tubes are $19.95…the whitening DOES tend to hurt without this gel.

So basically for $140 versus $100s at the dentist.  After that, its just $34 for 3 more syringes/9 applications!

So how did Smile Brilliant work for me?

Does Smile Brilliant Work? Here’s my results. The pictures don’t show it as well as I would like, but I felt my teeth were several shades whiter and the stains were definitely GONE! I experienced only mild pain during whitening as I used the desensitizing gel. Two of my four front teeth are veneers so I can’t expect those to whiten (need them replaced and already have an appointment in place.) I felt the cost was reasonable for what I achieved, especially given that I am 52 and have never whitened my teeth before. The process was very fast and the directions were super simple to follow.

Does Smile Brilliant Work

Can’t wait to win it?

Buy the Smile Brilliant kit at the Smile Brilliant website.


Giveaway runs from August 9th, 2014 – August 22, 2014 11:59 PM EST


$140 Prize from Smile Brilliant

– Smile Brilliant’s custom tray kit + 3 whitening gel syringes (approximately 9 applications) + 3 desensitizing  gel syringes

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Tops for Women over 40? Covered Perfectly! +$240 Giveaway

[ 393 ] August 6, 2014 |

Perfect Tops for Pre-Fall + Giveaway for you!

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic Tops for Women over 40 Covered Perfectly  The Chief Blonde is wearing the Covered Perfectly Draped Front Top ($60) and  the Wrap over ($60)

Covered Perfectly sent us over two of their tops to style for you! 9 other bloggers are participating as well, so make sure to check the Linky at the bottom of this post to see all of their stylings as well.

Tops for Women over 40 Covered Perfectly

One Top–Looks Great with all your Pre-Fall Looks

The Covered Perfectly Draped Front Top looks great with a dressy skirt or dressy shorts or slinky pants.

Tops for Women over 40

Wear it off the shoulder or on…

I love how Covered Perfectly tops have have a little versatility built into them. The Draped Front top can be worn off the shoulder, on the shoulder in a V, or in a deep V (not shown).

Tops for Women over 40 Covered Perfectly

 Showcase your Jewelry with the Covered Perfectly Wrap Over

The Wrap Over is my favorite Covered Perfectly top. I like how it has an open front with a faux cami under it. Don’t you love how nicely it showcases my jewelry?

Watch these tops in motion via video:

About Covered Perfectly:

Covered Perfectly makes flattering tops comprised of a full collection of super-soft MicroModal tops in a variety of colors and the cute patterns. You will be thrilled to hear that Womens’ Plus sizes have been added to the Covered Perfectly collection as well (  and also now ship worldwide.

Check out our Previous Covered Perfectly Posts

We have previously featured the Covered Perfectly Cascading Vest and several other Covered Perfectly tops when we went on our Cruise Getaway.

COVERED PERFECTLY Tops for Women over 40

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Currently, at Covered Perfectly you can buy two tops and get one free…just use the code B2G1 at  checkout. Make sure to LIKE them on Facebook to keep up with all their latest styles and specials. 


Giveaway runs from August 7th, 2014 – August 20, 2014 EST


$240 Prize– 2 Winners will win a Gift Code Valued at $120 for 2 Covered Perfectly Tops/Vests in their choice of Color/Style (Subject to Availability)

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Wear A Little Sweater With That Karina Dress

[ 19 ] August 6, 2014 |

Sweaters and cardigans change a look

Blog Note: Whoot! I was provided a classic Karina Dresses Jenny for this Wear a Little Sweater Post. 

Wear a Little Sweater

The Chief Blonde is wearing Karina Dresses Jenny in Hibiscus  Print ($108), Purple and Clear Statement Necklace (similar), Silpada Silver Earrings (similar), Calvin Klein Sandal  (Old, similar), DKNYC Cardigan (old, similar), Michael Kors Multifunctional tote–my favorite bag ATM ($298 via and worth every penny). Yes, I am wearing my church name tag!!  

Wearing a sweater with a dress

In May’s blog post Poppies! Beautiful Poppies! on the Jenny by Karina Dresses, I featured a gorgeous black and red dress sprinkled with poppies. The dress I am wearing today is the same style but you’d never know it. Just change the print and add wear a little sweater with it and BAHM, the Jenny is a whole new dress, isn’t it?

Jenny Karina Dresses

The Jenny Karina Dresses

Jenny is named for our pal Jennifer from, who works hard, plays hard & loves hard…she faces every challenge with a smile and she inspires us.The Jenny dress features a sweetheart v-neckline that is slightly crossed in the front for nice coverage and swings at the bottom to define the waist at knee length. It’s a great cut for women who have hourglass figures like me.

Like all Karina dresses, the Jenny is made right in the USA in Brooklyn, NY! All Karina Dresses are machine washable and wrinkle-free (perfect for fall vacations).  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 and various other prints.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 Jenny Dress?

Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation

Karina Dresses Tracey

This is round Fourteen of the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation. In this blog post, The Chief Blonde is wearing the Jenny Midi dress.  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 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 #14 of Karina Dresses Dresstacular™ where one winner will win 6 dresses ($1000 Value!) starts Friday Night!

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