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Holiday Cheetah: Jennifer Lopez for Kohls +$25 Kohls Giveaway

[ 153 ] December 15, 2014 |

Cheetah is the New Sparkle for the Holidays

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma BootsThe Chief Blonde is wearing three fabulous holiday pieces provided by Kohls: The Jennifer Lopez Twist Front Sheath ($60, Sale $42), Sonoma Boots ($85, Sale $50), Hanes Seasonless Control Top Tights ($12). Also wearing faux shearling duster coat from Sam’s Club (similar), Monroe and Main Necklace (similar), wrap bracelet and cuff bracelet. 

You know I love “Sparkle” and sequins and Holiday Pink. I do! I do! But sometimes, I want to wear something a little wild and different for the holidays, especially during the daytime. This Holiday Cheetah outfit from Kohl’s is perfect for a brunch or lunch with your girlfriends.

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

The thing I love about Kohl’s at the holidays or anytime of year is that I can find just the right outfit every time in a price that stuns my friends. I often wear clothes from their Jennifer Lopez line (here), Simply Vera by Vera Wang (here), and I adore all their DesigNation collaborations, like this recent one I modeled for Elie Tahari’s Line for Kohl’s.

Still Blonde after all these Years Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

And can we just talk for a moment about these Sonoma boots? Perfect heel height, perfect boot height and just the right amount of casual will make these my go to boot this winter. The best feature? For a Michigan winter? They are faux leather which means they will wear and wear and then wipe right off. I detest trashing leather boots with all the snow and salt, don’t you?

Jennifer Lopez Dress

This Jennifer Lopez Twist Front Sheath is so forgiving. It hides what you don’t want everyone  to see, comes in several different colors, and provides just the right amount of holiday “Look at Me” as a substitute for sparkle.

Jennifer Lopez Cheetah Kohls Women over 45 Sonoma Boots

One thing you may not know about me is how much I love a good deal. Trust me when I tell you, I am the deal hound. On this particular look, I shopped on Cyber Monday so I was able to get free shipping and 30% off. My husband swears it’s almost FREE for me to shop at Kohl’s!

Will you be wearing Holiday Cheetah or Animal Print this holiday?

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Holiday Statement Necklaces from Cookie Lee + $125 Gift Code Giveaway

[ 122 ] December 10, 2014 |

Look at me in Cookie Lee!

Cookie Lee Holiday Statement Necklaces

Cookie Lee sent along these beautiful holiday statement necklaces and jewelry pieces that the Chief Blonde is wearing: Bold Braided Hoop Earrings ($20–currently unavailable), Indigo Mixed Chain Necklace ($38), Ivy Silhouette Bracelet ($29).

Make a holiday statement with a Holiday Statement Necklace.

Holiday Statement Necklaces Cookie Lee

It’s sometimes hard to understand where a particular obsession started. But I know just wear my jewelry obsession began. My mom left me at my neighbor’s house for an afternoon and “Aunt Viola” as we called her,  had a crazy huge jewelry collection (like boxes and boxes). So Aunt Viola decided that we would spend the afternoon sifting through her treasures and sorting them out. Yep, that’s where it all began…

Oh wow, how much fun did I have (and you will have too) browsing the Cookie Lee holiday collection. It was like I was back at my Aunt Viola’s all over again. Cookie Lee has beautiful statement necklaces and gorgeous bracelets and earrings to coordinate. What I like is the suggested pairings on the site are not “Matchy Matchy”. Instead, it’s more of a “I collected these pieces over a period of time”.  You can see how timeless these Cookie Lee pieces are.

I think you will also find the prices quite amazing for pieces of this caliber. When I was out shoppig the other day, I actually saw a Tiffany bracelet from Paloma Picasso priced at $1150 which reminded me of the gorgeous Cookie Lee Ivy Bracelet which costs just $29!

Holiday Statement Necklaces for your Holiday Gift Giving

With holiday gift giving top-of-mind, Cookie Lee has something for all types of woman, from sophisticated and delicate to chunky and statement-making. Cookie Lee offers an awesome variety of accessories, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, scarves and sunglasses.

Cookie Lee Statement Necklaces

 The 23-year-old brand originated in the direct selling category and recently launched an e-commerce site, making Cookie Lee‘s fun, vibrant pieces available to everyone.
Cookie Lee Statement Necklaces

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To see more of their new Fall and Holiday 2014 collections, go to Cookie Lee’s Website. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.


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Shameless Statements Jewelry Review +$100 Giveaway

[ 126 ] December 8, 2014 |

Shameless Statements Handmade Statement Necklaces

Shameless Statements Jewlery  Review


Pictured above these gorgeous Shameless Statement necklaces were provided for my review: Green Antique Styled Layered Pendant ($48–sold out) and the Gold Triangle Pendant Statement Necklace- Leather & Layered Chains – Bronze, Silver, White ($50)

My first statement necklace was a crazy Venetian inspired necklace with a huge pink heart (shocking I know) and a wild array of fruit and baubles. I have had it for about 20 years. It is the kind of piece that is WAY ahead of it’s time or perhaps from a bygone era. Still, I adore that necklace because wherever I go, it draws a crowd.

The same can be said of these gorgeous pieces from Shameless Statements, makers of handcrafted statement necklaces:

Shameless Statements Review Statement Necklaces

At Shameless Statements,  you will find necklaces that are handmade and most are one-of-a-kind. As you can see,  the two I received were stunning. I have worn the Green Antique Styled Layered Pendant with several different color blouses and it looks great with all of them. I had no trouble adjusting the length to a slightly shorter or longer length as extra chain was provided. The Gold Triangle Pendant Statement Necklace in Leather & Layered Chains  with Bronze, Silver, White is super unique. I know it will be one of my staples for years, looking great with a sequin jacket or a denim shirt. It’s piece that transitions effortlessly.

Shameless Statements Review Statement Necklaces

Other Gorgeous Shameless Statements necklaces: left to right, top to bottom: White Opal Beaded Layered Chunky Chains Choker ($62),  Long Layered Silver & Antique Copper Tassel Pendant Necklace ($54), Boho Chic Black Feather Pendant on Layered Silver Chains ($48), Elegant Pearl Charm on Antique Gold Pendant & Ombre Silver Chains ($40)

About Shameless Statements

Here you will find a variety of unique necklaces, from trend chokers and bib statements to beaded pieces and pendant necklaces. ShamelessStatements is a place for you to celebrate your unique and unabashed sense of original style. Designer Nicole Parisi hails from Chicago, IL. Here’s her design philosophy:

While my designs tend to reflect current fashion trends, I love to create handmade necklaces that put their own distinct twist on modern styles. What makes ShamelessStatements special is the prime focus of individuality, which is why many of my statement pieces are one of a kind.

I make all of my handmade necklaces in my home studio and often use recycled materials in my eco-friendly efforts. Boho chic, hippie and rocker style necklaces are some of my favorite kinds to make, as much of my inspiration comes from rock n roll, free spiritedness and eccentric style. My appreciation for earthy inspired style is reflected in my tribal and rustic pieces and my love for minimalism entices me to design sophisticated necklaces that are stylishly simple in a unique way.

Psst! Free Priority Mail Shipping!

Shameless Statements is currently offering free 1-3 day Priority Mail shipping in the US. Custom orders are welcomed and most necklace lengths can be altered upon request (via Etsy conversation).

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Vacuum Sealing Food Benefits + Exclusive Ziploc® Coupon

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

Improving your food storage skills: Vacuum Sealing Food Benefits?

Today’s discussion on Vacuum Sealing Benefits is brought to you by Vibrant Influencer Network and a campaign for the Ziploc® Vacuum Sealer System. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with the Ziploc® Vacuum Sealer System Team and do not earn a commission or percent of sales.

Vacuum Sealing Food BenefitsWhen I was young, I remember food storage was a hot topic in my household. Never being a family to waste one single solitary bit of anything, we wanted to always make sure that all the food from the garden, the butcher, and the grocery was stored in the proper manner. In fact, this was what my grandma’s kitchen set up looked like, there was a huge refrigerator and freezer pair.

Freezer and Fridge Pair


Grandma also had a root cellar where she stored apples (my grandfather had an orchard) and what seemed like a zillion canning jars! My mother had a similar set-up with the full freezer in a back room. The issue with this method of food storage was that, sometimes, by the time they got through the 1/2 of beef or quarts of frozen blueberries and strawberries, the food had gone bad from freezer burn. What a waste!

Vacuum Sealing– How it works

Ziploc Vacuum Sealing

Vacuum Sealing is a not a new food storage method but the methods of vacuum sealing just keep improving. In fact, Ziploc® Vacuum Sealer System has just developed a new line that is sleek, easy, affordable, and can really save you money. (Psst: Get your exclusive coupon HERE!) The Ziploc®Brand Vacuum Sealer System has specially designed Ziploc® Brand vacuum sealing bags and rolls. Just store food or valuables in any sized or customized bags and insert into the vacuum sealer machine — the first thing that the sealer will do is to begin removing the air from the bag. The plastic of the sealing bag will create a second “skin” over the contents.

The bag is then sealed with a specially designed heated seal bar. The heated surface presses the bag closed, applying sufficient heat to slightly melt the plastic of the bag at the point where the heated surface is applied. This melting creates an airtight seal that can’t simply be pulled apart. Once a Ziploc® Brand vacuum sealing bag has been sealed, the only way to reopen the bag is to cut it open beneath the seal.

Vacuum Sealing Food Benefits

The Ziploc® Brand Vacuum Sealer System removes the air from their specially-designed bags to provide a tough barrier layer on the outside, to keep all of your food fresh on the inside. Obviously, proper refrigeration and freezing methods still need to be employed.

The Ziploc®Brand Vacuum Sealing System provides vacuum sealing food benefits

Benefits of vacuum sealing for food storage with the Ziploc®Brand Vacuum Sealing System  include:

  • Extends the shelf life up to 5 times by removing the air that normally would react with the contents to spoil them
  • Slows growth of spoilage bacteria and keeps out mold and mildew
  • Maintains the moisture content of foods and prevents freezer burn
  • Keeps moisture away from items that must be stored dry
  • In the freezer, vacuum sealing is great for storing expensive meats and fish
  • In the refrigerator, keep hard cheeses at their best for a few months
  • In the pantry,  keep homemade cookies oven-fresh for 3-6 weeks

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