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Best Target Shoes for the Holidays + $30 Target Card Giveaway

[ 546 ] November 17, 2014 |

Want to win $30 to Target right before the holiday?

 

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The Best Target Shoes for the Holidays!

Here’s some shoes you might like to consider buying with that Target Card!

Best Target Shoes for the Holidays 2014

Here are the Chief Blonde’s choice for the Best Target shoes for the Holidays 2014! Left to Right, Top to Bottom:  Gold and Black pump ($39.99), Silver and Rhinestone ($21),  Black and White snakeskin pump ($34.99), Black Lace-up Pump ($34.99), Gold and Black T-Strap ($34.99), Black Bow Slingback ($34.99), Cheetah Ankle Strap ($28.99), Black Pump ($34.99)

This giveaway is unsponsored. So no need for a bunch of discussion. Just go enter and enjoy!

THE GIVEAWAY

The Best Target Shoes for the Holidays Giveaway runs from November 18-28.  18 years and over. US ONLY where legal

THE PRIZE

$30 Target Card. THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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Winning For ThanksgivingThanks to MamaNYC for hosting the Winning For Thanksgiving hop. Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs!


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Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter

[ 117 ] November 16, 2014 |

Plaid is Mad! Bring down your holiday sparkle with plaid!

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

 How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter? Foxcroft sent us this amazing plaid shirt to show you how!

The Chief Blonde is wearing:

Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free Tunic (Exact $80)

Sears Pleather Moto Jacket (see it again here and here) (Similar here )

Old Navy Sequin Baseball Shirt (Similar)

Monroe and Main Gold and Rhinestone Necklace ($35, sale: $17)

Black Leggings (Similar)

Loft Suede and Leather Oxford Boot (Similar)

Michael Kors Multifunction Tote (IT HAS POCKETS Inside!) (Exact, $298)

Walt and I went shopping on Friday to a fancy mall in Troy, Michigan called the Somerset Collection. He wanted to go to the Apple store there to ask some questions about his iPhone5s. The Apple Store is huge there and it was a mad house! It made me want to pick up some Apple stock, seriously.

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The mall is a perfect place to take indoor outfit shots during Michigan’s dreary fall days.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter? Wear plaid in holiday colors and couple it with lots of bling!

When we left the house, I said to Walt, “Do you think this outfit has too much bling?” He quickly replied, “No! I think the plaid shirt gives it a casual feel, but it still looks dressy.” I wasn’t convinced but I kept it on due to his enthusiasm!

Surprise!  As I shopped, while he was in the Apple store, I had no less than 5 people tell me they liked some aspect of my outfit: the necklace, my lipstick, or the shirt. Now I have worn this outfit before (all black) without the red plaid shirt, and received nary a compliment,  so I am sure it was the pop of red plaid from the Foxcroft shirt that got me all the attention.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

We took the next shot in a long covered “walking sidewalk” overpass that connects two sides of the Somerset collection over a major street.

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I show you this for two reasons. One is that I want to illustrate that your fashion pictures as a fashion blogger are still possible in the winter, you just have to be creative. Second, I think it’s fun as a reader sometimes, to understand where we are and what we did to get the shots you see.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

This plaid blouse is part of Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist collection. Haven’t checked out Foxcroft lately? You will be surprised!  They still have the same high quality but the look of their products along with updated social media makes them a force to be considered. Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) should check out our blog article or head over to Foxcroft to view their Holiday Checklist.  

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter…what do you do?  Will you consider holiday plaid for the upcoming season?

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The Big Book of Bacon, 100 Best Bacon Recipes + $100 Giveaway

[ 139 ] November 12, 2014 |

MMMM Bacon!  The Big Book of Bacon
The Big Book of Bacon

THE BIG BOOK OF BACON: Savory Flirtations, Dalliances, and Indulgences with the Underbelly of the Pig, by Jennifer Pearsall; November 4, 2014, 2014; $19.95; ISBN: 9781629145556

WHAT? 100 Best Bacon Recipes

I received The Big Book of Bacon written by Jennifer L. S. Pearsall to review and enjoy. Can I just say, this is something a bacon lover cannot put down. LIKE EVER!  I mean just look at the recipes

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups

Apple Bacon Cinnamon Rollups recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Satisfy your craving for this “candy meat” with dishes that spotlight bacon (like our Mushroom Swiss Burger), and others that use it as subtle, rich flavor enhancer (like the tart Cherry Tomato Pasta made with nutty zucchini and creamy Provolone sauce). You’ll learn how to cook a slice properly, how to navigate brand thickness and choice, and even how to make a Bacon Bowl! YES, I you read that right!  A BACON BOWL!  Here’s another recipe from the book that I am dying to make:

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding

Berry Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Bread Pudding recipe via THE BIG BACON BOOK (Photos courtesy of Skyhorse Publishing)

Alright, now I know you have an idea of the delectable recipes in this 271 page full color book.  You will love the heavyweight coated stock used to make the book and the oversized format. Every recipe has tips and tricks that help you understand the nuances behind each recipe.  There are photos galore, which is a must for me when using a cookbook.  And well…MMMMM BACON!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Big Book of Bacon at Amazon. You will want one for everyone on your wish list!

THE GIVEAWAY

The event will run November 12th – 22nd at 11:59PM EST   18years and older, US only.

THE PRIZE

Winner will win 5 copies of  the Big Book of Bacon ($100 Value), enough to give everyone on your wish list.  This The Big Book of Bacon Giveaway is featured EXCLUSIVELY on our blogso only those who enter here will win.

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Round-Em-Up HopThanks to LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht for hosting the Round ‘Em Up hop. Now that you have entered our Big Book of Bacon giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs! Each blogger will be hosting a review/giveaway valued at a minimum of $25.

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Foxcroft Holiday Checklist for Holiday 2014 +$254 Giveaway

[ 491 ] November 10, 2014 |

Making A List! Checking it Twice! Foxcroft Holiday Checklist

Foxcroft Holiday 2014

The Chief Blonde is wearing Foxcroft Mixed Stripe Sweater Jacket ($98), Foxcroft Diane Essential Non-Iron Blouse ($76), Skirt–Forever21 (similar), Boots–the Loft (similar), Necklace and Earrings–Forever Sterling (reviewed here). 

Walt and I headed over to our local nursery after church this week. Bordine’s Nursery in Clarkston was having their annual Christmas Open House event with 20 decorated trees and 10 decorated mantels. You’ll be seeing a post on that really soon! The Purple Majestic Tree Room was the perfect setting to model this gorgeous sweater and blouse sent to us from Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist Collection.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

A crisp white blouse is the perfect vehicle for under a dramatic sweater and for displaying your statement necklaces.

foxcroft Holiday Checklist

The sweater is quite warm more like a jacket. It’s styling actually reminded me of the boiled wool jackets I wore when I lived in Switzerland.

foxcroft Holiday ChecklistThe sweater and white non-iron blouse can easily be paired with your own accessories and other holiday clothing items. Foxcroft’s clothes will surprise you. The quality is top-notch, but have you visited them lately? You will be quite surprised at all the changes and updates you will see to the site, clothing line, and social sites.

Foxcroft holiday Checklist

This row of holiday trees just made me feel like dancing!

Foxcroft Holiday Checklist will insure you have all the essentials for the holiday!

foxcroft Holiday Checklist 2014

Foxcroft Holiday checklist is a one stop shop so that for all the must haves for your holiday closet.

  1. The White Shirt
  2. Denim
  3. No-Iron
  4. Plaid
  5. Sweaters
  6. Pattern Play

Watch for a outfit post next week on the Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free plaid blouse above. It’s another amazing essential to add to my collection.

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Visit Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist of Outfits. You will love all the looks!

THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway begins 11/10 at 12:01 am EST and ends on 11/24 at 11:59 pm

THE PRIZE

$254 Gift Code from Foxcroft to purchase the 3 items I have here or whatever you want from the site under $254.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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