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$165 Fashion Books Giveaway: Hats By Madame Paulette, Yves Saint Laurent, William Helburn Seventh and Madison

[ 191 ] October 13, 2014 |

New titles from Thames & Hudson

Thames & HudsonHats by Madame Paulette, Yves Saint Laurent, William Helburn: Seventh and Madison. Book Photos courtesy of Thames & Hudson. 


Paris Milliner Extraordinaire ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517314) highlights the life and work of famed milliner Madame Paulette, whose incomparable creations were worn by such film stars as Greta Garbo and Audrey Hepburn, and such royals as Princess Grace of Monaco and the Duchess of Windsor.

I was sent this book and the others featured here by the publishers Thames & Hudson. The pictures in Hats by Madame Paulette are just stunning. This is not a flip through coffee table book, but  an enjoy-every-picture and spend-a-Sunday-afternoon with it book. I actually delighted in  the sketches as much as the photographs. Madame Paulette created the stunning creations in My Fair Lady! I also didn’t know that no two hats she created were ever alike. When you view her creations, you will surely agree with Karl Lagerfeld, who said of Paulette:

She was the last of a line of artists of this kind. She had something in her fingers, a magic touch…


YVES SAINT LAURENT ($50.00 hardcover, 9780500517604) is a dazzling portrait of the designer and his world of fashion over the last 25 years of his career by legendary backstage fashion photography pioneer Roxanne Lowit.

I have not received this book yet as it has a release date of Nov. 4, 2014. The subject intrigued me because he defined the 1970s in terms of cool cutting edge fashion. An accomplishment I particularly admired is that he:

He revolutionized women’s evening wear when he introduced le smoking, a woman’s tuxedo, and made couture accessible to a younger generation. ~ From Thames & Hudson website


WILLIAM HELBURN: SEVENTH AND MADISON ($65.00 hardcover, 9780500517659) captures striking fashion and advertising images by the go-to photographer for many of the top agencies in New York during the 1950s and 60s Advertising Revolution.

I have not yet received this book has a release date of Nov. 11, 2014. The reason I wanted to review it is that ’50s and ’60s advertising was among some of the best this country has ever seen. I am eagerly anticipating viewing Helburn’s body of work.

As well as cars and cosmetics, Helburn shot Coca-Cola, Canada Dry, whiskeys, clothing lines, airlines, jewelry, cigars and cigarettes, and any number of other products. He worked with the top models of the day, from Dovima and Dorian Leigh to Jean Patchett and Barbara Mullen to Jean Shrimpton and Lauren Hutton.

CAN’T WAIT TO WIN these wonderful books?

Buy them at Thames & Hudson.


Giveaway open to US only.  October 13-23 11:59 PM EST. 18+


Winner will win $165 in fashion books.

  • Hats by Madame Paulette ($50)
  • Yves Saint Laurent ($50)
  • William Helburn: Seventh and Madison ($65)

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Best Julia Child Book You Have Ever Heard?

[ 18 ] August 3, 2014 |

Seeking the Best Julia Child Biography?

This Best Julia Child Book post is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

Best Julia Child Book

The Chief Blonde choses the best Julia Child Books: Provence, 1970; My Life In France; As Always, Julia; Julia Child, A Life; Julie & Julia; 

Julia Child, can you ever get enough?

I am a fan of Julia Child. Julia was an American chef, author, and television personality. Actually, if I had to choose a real life person who is my hero, Julia Child would rank high in my order. She lived to be 91, and virtually everyone who met her said she was a joy to be around (but tough) and had a personality of eternal sunshine. I have made it one of my bucket list items to study her life through studying her autobiographies, biographies, videos and any other material that I can unearth.

My favorite Julie Child books include:

I have read all of the above, cover to cover, savoring each as I read each chapter. I would never allow myself more than one chapter a day as I felt like if I finished the book, I would no longer have Julia in my thoughts. Crazy, right? Deep book readers can relate, I am sure!

How I read now, Audiobooks via Audible. **EXCLUSIVE COUPON**

Being a blogger, I am soooo busy that I don’t really read now as much as I would like. As a result,  I have taken up listening to Audiobooks in the car. What a wonderful solution to my reading dilemma, but going to the library is a hassle and all those audio CDs always skip. Also, I never return the Audiobooks on time so I always have tons of late fees. However, I discovered Audible! Audible is an Amazon company with over 100,000 audible programs that can you can download and  play on over 500 devices, including my Note 3! It was super simple to sign up for Audible. I found 5 great exclusive coupon on Check out these 3 great exclusive Audible Promo Codes that I found on

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Now I can discover more of the best Julia Child books!

Best Julia Child Biography

I found over 26 Julia Child related books on Audible. With my exclusive code for Audible, I signed up for a free month of Audible and I downloaded my free audiobook. I choose a Julia Child biography by Noel Fitch “Appetite for Life“. The book would have been $34 normally, as a member I would have paid $25 for this 24 hours of audio programming BUT with the Audible Promo code, I got it free! Whoot!  Next, I am going to listen to A Covert Affair (about Julia’s  experiences as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in the Far East during World War II.), followed by Dearie and then A Chef’s Table.

It’s so fun to have the book with me, on my phone, anywhere I am. I feel like I have my old friend Julia back and a great way to listen to all the titles about her I still want to read.  I highly recommend Audible!


UWaterG5 Waterproof MP3 Player

[ 188 ] May 1, 2014 |

UWater – The Ultimate Active Lifestyle Companion

Fitness Technologies Uwater g5

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks:

The UWaterG5 by Fitness Technologies is designed for active lifestyles, this 4GB micro-sized MP3/FM entertainer (the smallest you have ever seen) clips onto goggles or fastens onto headband, armband, or belt for swim-anywhere, go-anywhere, sweat anywhere listening pleasure. End forever the boredom of lap swimming or just enjoy the novelty of hearing music, audio books, talk radio, news, sports in the water, on the beach, while surfing, scuba diving, skiing, sailing, exercising showering, outdoors walking, running, any activity!

Walt (my handsome husband) tried this out in the shower.  When he first put the headphones on, he laughed at how little the UWATERG5 is and said, “Well I don’t expect much.”  Once he came out of the shower, he was throughly impressed.  He remarked on the volume, ease of use, and the sound quality.  He felt the earphones were excellent and that it would perform very well in a swimming situation.


UWater offers the world’s smallest action audio gear that goes from sand to surf!  Designed to go anywhere, weighing just one ounce, the UWater G5 is a 4GB 100% waterproof MP3/FM player that can be attached to goggles, a headband, armband, swimsuit, wetsuit or belt so that you can play your favorite  songs or listen to audio books while out enjoying your favorite water sports – which of course includes lounging poolside or even swimming laps!  UWater G5  is available for $60

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UPDATE: THE UwaterG5 Waterproof MP3 Player Giveaway is over.  The Rafflecopter entry device has been removed and had 3441 entries.  See Giveaway Winners. 

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Peeps Cookbook Review with Peeps Candy

[ 253 ] March 23, 2013 |

Cook and Craft yourself some PEEPS

Peeps Cookbook

 Peeps Cook and Craft Book ($12.95) and Peeps Chocolate Mousse Milk Chocolate Dipped box of 24 ($36)  


still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: With spring just around the corner, all my blogger friends and I put together the Spring Fling Blog Pop Event!  This wonderful Giveaway from PEEPS (Just Born)  is just one of the many you will find over the next few weeks.  Enter this Giveaway and then head to all the other Giveaways on the Linky linked below.

Peeps truly has an PEEPStastical lineup for 2013.  You can’t believe all the choices of wonderful candy for stuffing your Easter baskets (and yourself!).  Here’s just a few selections from their online store Peep and Company.  The Store was  previously featured on our blog in July of last year.

Peeps Easter Lineup 2013


Peeps Chocolate Mousse Bunnies 24/8ct ($36),  Peeps Dark Chocolate Covered Chics ($22), Peepsters Milk Chocolate(4$), PEEPS® 1CT Giant White Bunny Box of 24 ($21.50), Peeps Rainbow Pops ($2.75), Peeps Milk Chocolate Dipped Chicks  ($36)

I can tell you that you will love the Peeps Craft and Recipe book.  It has ideas galore for using your Peeps in creative fun ways (prior to eating them of course.  Here’s a sample of Recipes and Crafts:

  • S’more Peeps
  • PeepSicles
  • Peeps in a Blanket
  • Peepinata (a Peeps Pinata!)
  • Peeps Spring Table Centerpiece

Once my crafty daughter gets home from college, I will have her craft a fun centerpiece for our Easter celebration and include pictures here!  Have some Peeps fun yourself this Easter (and enter this great giveaway too!)

Laugh with your PEEPS!

I think you’ll want to check out Peeps Latest Commercial for Easter and LAUGH as the older brother rattles off hilarious uses for PEEPS and the younger brother just keeps eating!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

sponsored Women over 45 — Have someone difficult to shop for during Easter?  Someone far away? Buy the Peeps Cookbook, Peeps Chocolate Mousse Milk Chocolate Dipped Peeps, and all kinds of Just Born Peeps products  at! Remember they have t-shirts, towels, and almost everything you and your PEEPS can imagine as gift items!!  And we even have a Promo code for you!

Promo code:  BLONDE
Valid:  3/1 – 3/31/13
Offer:  20% off online orders

Psst….Right now you get a Free 8.5″ Plush Bunny with every $50 order!

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The Giveaway is open to US ONLY, 18years +.  Ends April 4, 2013



UPDATE:  The Peeps Giveaway Is over.  The Rafflecopter has been deleted and had 3796 entries. See Giveaway Winners.

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