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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.


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.

North-Skywalk-East-Facing Somerset Collection

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?

Shopping note

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!


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


$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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$199 Janska Josie Vest, Lois Hat, Zoe Scarf Giveaway

[ 448 ] October 31, 2014 |

Simple, Sleek and Reversible: Janska Josie Vest
Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

The Chief Blonde is wearing the 2 beautiful reversible pieces provided by Janska clothing: Janska Josie Vest ($129) and Janska Zoe Scarf ($42). Other items: Sears faux leather Jacket (similar), gray boots from Target (similar).

Special Announcement!  I am Janska’s first ambassador!

Before we take a peek at the Janka’s reversible collection, I just wanted to let you know, I have been asked by Janska to serve as their first ever ambassador. During the course of this year, I will be bringing you pieces from their collection via reviews and giveaways. You will hear about all their yummy fleece and all weather lines. So let’s get this adventure started!

The Reversible Collection

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

A perfect fall day at the height of fall color was an obvious choice for this shoot. Walt and I were on the way home from church and found setting after setting to grab gorgeous fall color as a backdrop for 3 pieces from Janska’s reversible collection. I wore the Janska Josie vest over a leather coat to give my coat some extra length and warmth. I often wear this vest in the house over black leggings and a black shirt.

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

I find myself reaching for my Janska reversible collection pieces again and again. Not only are they warm, stylish and cozy, but they are machine washable…if you know one thing about me, I am a mess maker. Washable is an essential factor to me when choosing clothing.

Janska Josie Vest, Janska Lois Hat, Janska Zoe Scarf

Other than the design of the Janska pieces, the aspect that I admire most is that Janska’s products are they are US made. I prefer to wear US made whenever I can…so Janska and I are a perfect fit for one another.

I apparently have my first Janska ambassador fan!

Janska Reversible Collection


still blondePssssst! Janska has two specials going on 11-15 & 16.  20% off the entire Colorado Collection. 

Colorado collection



Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Janska Josie Vest, Lois Hat, and Zoe Scarf at Janska’s website.

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Giveaway runs from 11-1 through 11-17 11:59 PM EST US only (where legal) 18+. This Janska  giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.


$199  Janska Gift Code,  you can choose the items featured in this giveaway post or any items up to a $199 Value

  • Josie Vest- Stone, Reversible Collection $129
  • Lois Hat-Paprika, Reversible Collection $28
  • Zoe Scarf-Paprika, Reversible Collection $42

Non-tranferable must use by Dec. 30, 2014.

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Pattern LA Signature Leather! Breast Cancer Awareness, Tiffany Lerman

[ 228 ] October 23, 2014 |

Think Pink with Pattern LA

Pattern LA Signature Pink Bag PINK Tiffany Lehrman

The Chief Blonde is wearing Pattern LA Signature pink bag– Leather c/o ($250); 3/4 Sleeve denim jacket (similar); Sterling Forever bracelet ($25) and necklace ($39); Nine West Pumps (similar),  Forever 21 Skirt (similar), Made in Detroit Bog Seger Tee ($25)

Fall is settling in around here, as my deck will tell you (leaves everywhere)! I love adding a pop of bright fuschia with this Pattern LA Signature Pink bag that they sent along to us. As much as I love pink, I don’t own a pink bag…imagine. I am fairly sure that in all my 53 years I have never owned a pink bag. Well, whoot…today’s the day.

Pattern LA Signature Pink Bag PINK Tiffany Lehrman

A mid-size tote like this truly a great size, just big enough but not too big. Don’t you adore the Signature Pattern Laser cut design of this bag. It’s a logo without being a logo! The material is a soft pebble leather so this bag is like butter! I can see this bag making a lot of blog appearances!

Pattern LA Supports Susan G. Komen Organization for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pattern LA Pink Products for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

During the month of October, shop Pattern LA pink bags and 20% will go to the Susan G. Koman Organization to help fight breast cancer.


An Inspirational Woman over 45 — Pattern LA Owner & Designer, Tiffany Lerman

London-born designer, Tiffany Lerman (or TT as she is known to her friends and family), has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of bags and an affinity for beautiful prints and colors. Named as a play on TT, her nickname, Pattern offers a vibrant collection of essential tote bags featuring exclusive and delightful textile designs. Pattern embodies a simple, casual and charming look that women of all ages will want to carry with them everywhere – from the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of London! Tiffany is an inspirational woman over 45, who has created 3 companies in her short colorful life. To see Tiffany’s Bio click here:

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