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Pharmacy Student Shaves Time with Gillette Subscription Service

[ 19 ] July 31, 2014 |

Gillette Subscription Service Saves Students

Gillete Subscription Service

The Life of a Busy Pharmacy Student

One of the proudest day of my life was when my son, Ben, started his pharmacy studies. The day was marked by the traditional “White Coat Ceremony” where pharmacy interns are given their white coats. I can cry right now just remembering the day! It marked the end of one long academic climb for him and the start of another, to even loftier heights with the final summit being a Doctorate in Pharmacy.

Gillete Subscription Service

The one thing I have noticed about pursuing a Doctorate in Pharmacy, is that the students have NO TIME! There is endless classes, labs, internships, and studying. Here’s a peek at his fall schedule for his third year of the program:

  • Up at 5:00 am
  • 5:30am–6:30 am Work out
  • 6:30-7:00am Eat, shower, shave
  • 7:00am–8:00am Drive to school and get ready for classes
  • 8:00am–1:00pm In classes and labs
  • 1:00pm–11:59pm Depending on day either go home and study OR  go to internship
  • 12:00 am Sleep


Can you see anytime in this busy student’s life for shopping? eating? breathing?

Students save time and money with a Gilllette Subscription

When I told my son that Gillette had a subscription service for its blades, he was super interested. He could see how it would save him time (shopping for blades, remembering to buy blades, getting to the store). The Gillette subscription service for blade refill is a practical, hassle-free option that delivers Gillette’s blades directly to your door. My son agreed that this service would give him one less thing to think about.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select your blade and retailer
  2. Customize your subscription
  3. Enjoy your perfect shave

But BEN is dead broke ALL THE TIME, he was worried that the Gillette Subscription Blade Refill Service would be too expensive. He currently uses the Gillette Fusion razor and while he love the razor, the blades are not cheap. He constantly is watching for sales. I told him that Gillette’s best blades are more affordable than you might think—only about $1 a week for most guys. Ben loved the idea of that and wanted the link to sign up!

Introducing a great new product: Gillette Fusion ProGlide with New FlexBall Technology

Gillette Fusion proglide with FlexBall technology

As my son currently uses the Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor,  he was very interested to try the Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology. It’s the first razor of its kind, with a new handle that adjusts and pivots to respond to the contours of a man’s face for fewer missed hairs. Using existing Fusion ProGlide cartridges, the new handle lets the cartridge move in three dimensions for maximum contact. The result is #ShavingRebuilt for an entirely new shave experience. Men who tried the Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology prefer it 2-to-1 over the standard Fusion ProGlide. And since it uses the same blades as the Fusion ProGlide, it’s a one-time purchase for a 2X better shave.

Gillete Fusion ProGlide with FLEXBALL technology

When my son finished using the sample we were provided by Gillette, he asked me if he could have the sample razor and the other one that was still in the package. Obviously, he was won over by the new technology. The end result looks nice, don’t you think?

Gillete Subscription Service student savings

Ben, Walt, the Chief Blonde (Shelley) and Kelly went to a  family music JAM this weekend

Check out the Gillette Subscription Service for your man!

What about your college age son? Would he enjoy getting his Gillette shaving products via subscription service? After all, Gillette is a company that delivers precision technology and unrivaled product performance. For over 110 years, Gillette has been improving the lives of over 800 million men around the world. It seems to me the subscription service is just one more step!  Head over the Gillette Subscription Service and check it out.

Midnight Velvet Neutral Bedroom Redo under $250! + $125 Comforter Giveaway

[ 209 ] July 29, 2014 |

Redecorating a Neutral Bedroom with $250 and Midnight Velvet Comforters

Today’s discussion is brought to you by Midnight Velvet. This is a Fashionista Event.

Midnight Velvet Before and after
still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:  Working with Midnight Velvet, I had the opportunity to update my son’s neutral bedroom. He has moved out and is now married. We had made a few updates to the room after he left but it was DULL, all beige and the comforter was too big.

So I switched up the comforter, pillow shams and dust ruffle to this beautiful Queen Sized Lisette Smocked Comforter Set  from Midnight Velvet. Can you imagine a luxurious queen comforter set for $129?

Midnight Velvet Before and after

The placement of the bed in the room was all wrong, it was blocking the door as you walked in. So the first thing we did was move the bed to the opposite wall. After that we decided on using the gorgeous Queen Sized Lisette Smocked Comforter Set as the base for our redo, and then adding chocolate brown and gray blue accents. Here’s how we did the transformation:

Midnight Velvet Neutral Bedroom Redo

Steps for a Neutral Bedroom Redo

  1. Pick your base color (we choose the cream in the Midnight Velvet Comforter set)
  2. Choose your accent color (s) ( we chose chocolate brown and gray-blue)
  3. Figure out what pieces you already have (we were able to reuse the bed, the side table, the arrangement, the vintage picture, the bed throw and the brown pillows)
  4. Determine what pieces you need to buy (we bought the Lisette comforter set (C/O), the rugs, the blue pillow, the curtains and the curtain rod)
  5. Lay out the best arrangement for your room (we moved the bed and took out a large entertainment center)
  6. What is your budget?  (we decided to just redo the bed at this point but in the future we will probably add a chest of drawers, a small desk and a side chair.  Our budget for this part of the redo was $250 and we achieved that easily.)

Think Midnight Velvet for your Room Refresh or Redo

Midnight Velvet Neutral Bedroom Redo

You don’t have to completely redecorate your bedroom to step up the style and great a fresh look. Just adding a Midnight Velvet comforter can transform and refresh any bedroom. Just look at how great our new guest room looks!  

About Midnight Velvet: 

Midnight Velvet is a mail-order catalog company that has been around for 27 years. Their tagline is Confident Style. Beautiful You. They are in business to create 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. 

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Double Take Dressing, Midi Dress

[ 16 ] 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


Watch for and enter  ROUND #13 of Karina Dresses Dresstacular™ where one winner will win 6 dresses ($1000 Value!) starts Tuesday Night!

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[ 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:


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? 

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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 yeah!  Perfect diet food…kind of.  Each box contains 40 individually wrapped sticks. Ovation sticks are all natural, US made and kosher certified.


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!


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.


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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