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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

PSSST!

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: http://bit.ly/KDnews. Link to the website is: http://bit.ly/karinadresses 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: http://bit.ly/KDAffiliate

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THE BEST TOTE BAG IMHO

[ 22 ] June 25, 2014 |

The Summer Tote –Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multifunction Tote

The Chief Blonde and the model are carrying the Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote.  ($298…Sale $225). The Chief Blonde is also wearing a Tracy Karina Dress ($158) and Seychelles Shoes (similar).

A tote to love

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multifunction Tote

Why this Michael Kors tote bag is the BEST TOTE BAG

  • Large center divider pocket to keep all your items organized, 5 additional inner pockets
  • Looks like a “Cool Girl” bag, functions like a “Mom Bag”
  • Big enough to hold you tablet or laptop
  • Saffiano leather, which means a leather that is stamped with a cross hatched design making it particularly durable against scratching

Love Michael Kors Totes?

Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote

Here’s several other Michael Kors Totes to whet your style whistle! 1. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Multi-function Tote. ($298) 2. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote ($298) 3. Michael Kors Small Jet Set Travel Tote ($228) 4. Michael Kors Jet Set Travel TZ Tote ($278)

It’s the perfect time to pick up a few new summer things with all of the great sales going on right now. Try to use this sale time to find great basics that you can wear for years! I put together a list of a few of my favorite Shopbop items just in time for their extra 25% off with code 25MORE until Thursday, June 26th. Here’s a few of my favorites which I am considering:

shopbop

This JOA Jamie’s Floral Detailed Skirt is a mere $58. I can’t wait to try on these  Rachel Zoe Ryan Chambray slouchy pants $107 (sale 80.25). This 7 for all Mankind Chambray Jumpsuit is pricey at $298 but the cut looks timeless. I have looked high and low for a romper just like this Blank Denim Chambray Romper for $110. 

What pieces of clothing are you still scouting to round out your summer wardrobe? 

Shopping note

 

 

Sweetworks Father’s day Chocolates

[ 283 ] June 11, 2014 |

Sweetworks Ovation and Niagara Chocolates for Dad!

Father's day sweetworks

 

Sweetworks sent us over some chocolatey samples to review for Father’s Day and boy, do we have a treat for you! Sweetworks Father’s Day chocolate selections are perfect for your dad. Sweetworks is a candy and chocolate manufacturer serving consumers, fundraisers, retailers, distributors, and vending machine operators worldwide. The goal of SweetWorks is to give customers rich quality products and great customer service, while striving to make the best even better. Take a peek at the Sweetworks website to see all their great products.

For Father’s Day we are focusing on three great products, two from their Ovation line: Break-A-Parts and Sticks and one from their Niagara line: a chocolate tool kit for dad!

Ovation Break A parts

Sweetworks Break-A-Parts

Break-A-Parts are quite possibly the most fun candy that you will ever experience.  They come in a big ball, which you then smack on a counter, and the ball literally Breaks-A-Part into sections…hence the name. Ovation Break-A-Parts come in orange, raspberry, key lime, almond, toffee, peppermint, and pumpkin flavors. Raspberry is the Chief Blonde’s favorite!

Ovation sticks

Sweetworks Ovation Sticks

These Ovation sticks are the  perfect complement to cappuccinos, coffee, and ice cream. Ovation sticks also make a decadent snack right out of the box, and at 15 calories per stick, this is a great low calorie treat to keep at home or in the office. WAIT…WHAT? 15 calories..um yeah!  Perfect diet food…kind of.  Each box contains 40 individually wrapped sticks. Ovation sticks are all natural, US made and kosher certified.

Niagara-tool-kit

Niagara Chocolates Tool Kit

Father’s day perfect! This 5-piece chocolate tool set is made with high-quality milk chocolate. Packed in a red box designed to look like a tool kit with a see-through lid, the construction set is ready for gifting!

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway runs from June 12-18 11:59 PM EST. US ONLY 18years+

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy it these Chocolates and more at Sweetworks website.

PRIZE:

One Winner will win $60 in Sweetworks Chocolates,  two sets of the following Candy. One to give to Dad and you to share (or KEEP). MMMM…

  • Milk Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Dark Chocolate Orange Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Mint Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Almond Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Key Lime Break-a-part
  • Milk Chocolate Raspberry Break-a-part
  • Irish Cream Ovation Sticks
  • Mint Ovation Sticks
  • Milk Chocolate Tool Kit

Update: This giveaway is over and the Rafflecopter entry device has been removed. It had 5900+ entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 

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Midi Length Dresses? Right for you?

[ 58 ] June 7, 2014 |

Karina Dresses “Tracy” brings the Flowers for Spring

Blog Note: Whoot! I was provided a classic Karina Dresses Jenny for this “Midi Length” review! Midi Lenghth Dresses 2   The Chief Blonde is wearing Karina Dresses Tracy in Aqua Poppy Print ($158), Silver and Turquoise Necklace (similar), Loft Cardigan (similar), Michael Kors Bag($298), Seychelles Shoes (similar). 

The Midi, my love/hate relationship

I have a love hate relationship with midi length dresses. I love how they cover my legs, give me that 40s  (as in 1940s) look, and make me feel secure that my butt will always be covered.  The bad part about a midi length dress, for me, is that I often feel swallowed up by it. Also, this length was popular in the mid-80s,  so I am hesitant to bring that era back.

1987 midi

The Chief Blonde rocks the midi length dress circa 1987

Karina Dresses Tracy, a midi length dress

This Tracy dress from Karina dresses is really the best of both worlds in the land of midi length dresses. It is a midi length but because it’s a t-shirt/sheath cut it looks great without the engulfing nature of most midis.

Kariana dresses Tracy Midi Length dresses

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.

Will YOU be wearing the new Midi length dresses this time around?

Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation

Karina Dresses Jenny

This is round twelve of the Karina Dresses Frockstar™ Nation. In this post, the Chief Blonde is wearing the Karina Dresses Tracy. Buy the Tracy dress ($158).  Above are the ten Karina dresses that  I have tried thus far in #FrockstarNation :   Left to right: Jenny Dress ReviewJosie Dress  Review, Patti Dress Review Penelope dress in Cheetah, Sophie Dress Review Penelope dress review styled as a skirt, Rita Dress Review,  Emily Review,  Gala Dress Review, and the Meagan Dress Review
All styles available at Karina Dresses

PSSST!

Make sure to watch for and enter  ROUND #12 of Karina Dresses Dresstacular™ where one winner will win 6 dresses ($1000 Value!) starts tomorrow NIGHT!

Get social with Karina

Sign up for Karina Dress  Newsletter here: http://bit.ly/KDnews. Link to the website is: http://bit.ly/karinadresses 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: http://bit.ly/KDAffiliate

Check out my other lovely blogger friends in Karina!

Recycled Soapstone, Sparq Pizza Stone Review

[ 295 ] May 31, 2014 |

Experience the uniqueness of recycled soapstone

Sparq Pizza Stone

What is Recycled Soapstone?

In most quarries, up to 80% of all soapstone mined is deemed waste or scrap material. In an effort to regain control of soapstone waste and make useful a stone that has so much to offer, Sparq Home founders Steven Chavez and Justin English have set out to clean up the disastrous quarries worldwide and find a purpose for the discarded soapstone. This is where SPARQ Home was born.

Sparq Home Soapstone Products

 Top to Bottom: Soapstone serving slabs–various sizes ($20-$60), Sparq Wine Notes ($5), Slate Cheese Board ($30), Soapstone Griddle ($100)

 

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Sparq Home sent along a Soapstone Flat Bread Pizza Stone for our review. What I noticed right away upon opening was the heft of this pizza stone–very substantial and elegant. Recycled soapstone is non-porous, tasteless and is bacteria resistant. It can be heated up to 1200 degrees and is washable with mild soap and water. I like that all of Sparq’s stone products are eco-friendly because they are handmade with soapstone from factory excess. I also like that they are made in the USA in Colorado.  

Sparq Pizza Stone flatbread

The Sparq flatbread pizza stone is perfect for Walt and I as we like making pizzas from FlatOuts (they are 100 calories each). The Spark Pizza Stone cooks pizzas made on FlatOuts perefectly and I can serve the pizza right on the stone when I take it from the oven!

Sparq Recycled Soapstone Products

 SPARQ Soapstone Serving Boards ($40), Soapstone Oven-to-Table Entertainment Plate with Wooden Tray ($65)

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Sparq Flat Bread Pizza Stone and all the shown Sparq products at the Sparz website.

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway runs from June 1-June 15, 2014 11:59 PM EST

THE PRIZE

$70  Sparq Flat Bread Pizza Stone

UPDATE:  This Sparq Flat Bread Pizza Stone Giveaway is over. The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 5227 entries.  See Giveaway Winners.

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