10 things you don’t know about the Chief Blonde, Shelley Zurek

[ 11 ] February 5, 2015 |

You thought you knew me but…10 things you don’t know

The Chief Blonde, Shelley Zurek, Still Blonde after all these YEARS

1. In high school, I played the bassoon…really poorly

I switched from the flute to the bassoon because I was last chair flute and I don’t do “Last Chair” very well. Plus, as a bassoonist, I got to sit in the second row with the brass players (ie. guys) which was A LOT better than sitting in front row with a bunch of girls who could were WAAAAAY better than me.

2.  Julia Child is my hero

Okay, this might not be a huge secret, given that I have wrote about her here, here and here. She is “More Tigger, and Less Eyore” and I love that about a person.

3.  I wear size 8.5 shoes

The CHief Blonde Shelley Zurek Still blonde after all these YEARS shoes

So if you want to start sending me presents, you know what size to buy. This is one of my Instagram photos.  ARE YOU FOLLOWING ME? Would love the extra attention!

4.  My hair was is really blonde

The CHief Blonde Shelley Zurek Still blonde after all these YEARS

My hair was blonde in my childhood and has always been blonde throughout my life. I can’t see me ever not being blonde…gray only exists on the walls of my home (see #5 below)

5. My favorite paint color is Sherwin William Zurich White

10 things you don't know

 

Why do I love this Sherwin Williams Zurich white? Several reason actually.

First, I love gray. LOVE IT! Even though it’s falls in Sherwin Williams White family, it is actually a lovely light gray. I goes with every color under the sun.

Second, I have lived in Zurich Switzerland for 4.5 years when my kids were young. It seemed a natural color to choose. Plus, I am of Swiss heritage, as well. SO it’s really a ancestral thing…sort-of. My kitchen, pantry, bathroom, bonus room, and half of the basement are painted this color.

My last name is Zurek, pronounced just like Zurich…so duh.

6.  When I was a tween, I raced in the Soap Box Derby

soap box derby

That’s me on the left modeling those snappy cupcake glasses that were so popular at the time! The EEK feeling you are experiencing right now, is EXACTLY how you will feel when you look at your photos in ten years and see yourself in those hipster glasses. Just so you know.

7.  One of my bucket list items: Experience every kind of transportation

Chicago Double decker bus

For example, I have been on an elephant, donkey, horse, carriage, train, small plane, jet, ship, boat, row boat, pontoon, hover craft, hot air balloon, bike, motorcycle, car, dump truck, semi-truck, earth mover, tractor, mail truck, back hoe, bulldozer, bicycle, tricycle, stilts, cog wheel train, train, street car, bus, trolley, cable car, snow mobile, 4 wheeler, soap box derby, ski lift, skis, roller coaster, people mover, moving sidewalk, elevator, escalator, and probably oodles more that I can’t recall. I have yet to ride on a fire truck, camel, race car, rickshaw, helicopter, or a Segway. How about you? What did I miss?

8.  Growing up, I wanted to be a librarian

But hey, now I am a super model so… (see all my outfits)

9.  I have an MBA from the University of Chicago

Wow, all this AND blonde hair…

10.  I used to work in Industry

In the past, I have worked for GM (Production, Marketing and Labor Relations) and with Seco Tools (Industrial PR consulting). I believe that US Manufacturing is the engine that makes our country great. I think this video from GE explains the value of industry to the world. Watch this video, A Game of Inches, from GE and visit their “Game of Inches” site, as well.

What else would you like to know?

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Sweet Valentine Janska Audrey Coat Review + $165 Giveaway

[ 428 ] February 1, 2015 |

Give a Janska Coat to your Sweet Valentine!

Janska Audrey COAT

Yes, it’s 2 degrees outside!! Janska’s first ambassador, Shelley Zurek , the Chief Blonde, was provided this Janska Audrey Coat  in red ($165). In this photo, she is also wearing Clarks Black Leather Boots (similar), and Tiffany Atlas Collection earrings.

My daughter Kelly and I headed over to the Historic Holly Hotel in Holly, MI to celebrate the end of the holiday season and her heading back to her last semester of college! Her LAST first day of school! Whew!

While there we had afternoon tea and we took the time to recreate a photo from Walt’s and my wedding that took place 16 years ago! She is still my little sweetie even if she taller than me now.

Janska Audrey Coat

In order to take me into the season of love, Janska sent me this gorgeous Audrey jacket in red. The shape is an A-line Swing Coat that can be buttoned all the way up! The shirred funnel collar is fastened by an oversized faceted domed button, with four smaller matching buttons down the front. I love that it has roomy pockets and hits just above the knee!

Janska Audrey COAT

While incredibly elegant, this coat is surprisingly washable and so easy to wear. You’ll just love the variety of colors you can choose for this coat.

Janska Audrey COAT

This coat is warm, I would probably wear it for temperatures that were 30 degrees F and up. I can see the Janska Audrey working in your closet wherever you live in the US! Psst…Janska coats are US made!

 See all our Janska Reviews

As I am Janska’s ambassador, I have been reviewing a wide array of their products. Visit all our reviews.

Janka posts to date feb

The Chief Blonde models Janska clothing: left to right, top to bottom: Janska Georgia Jacket in Camel($158) and Janska Margo Cape in Paprika and Black ($129) Review; Janska Denver jacket ($139) and Ruffle Scarf ($42) Review; Boulder Coat in Check ($174) Review;  Josie Vest in Slate ($129) paired with the Lois Hat ($28, sale $20) and Zoe Scarf ($42) Review; the Janska Roxie Trench Coat ($175, Sale $120) Review; and the Janska Eliza ($149) Review

Top 5 Janska Clothing features:

  • Washable
  • Made in the USA of American-milled fabric
  • Wide range of styles
  • Sizes from XS to XL
  • All styles come in a wide variety of colors

still blondePssssst! Janska loves their customers and features their reviews on their site. Make sure if you love your Janska, head over there and submit your review!

Can’t Wait to Win it?

Buy the Janska Reversible Collection pieces at Janska’s website.

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THE GIVEAWAY

The giveaway runs from Feb. 2-Feb. 16, 2015 11:59 PM EST.  US ONLY  18+

THE PRIZE

$165 Janska Gift Code,  non-transferable must use by March 31, 2015.

This Janska Audrey coat giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.

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2015 Color of the Year Marsala from Kohls + $50 Giveaway

[ 471 ] February 1, 2015 |

Dress yourself in the warmth of Sicily! Marsala!

2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR MARSALA Still Blonde after all these years Shelley zurek

The Chief Blonde is wearing Marsala items provided by Kohls. Photo 1:  Apt. 9® Open-Work Lurex Sweater ($50, Sale $20). Also wearing North Face Jacket, Clarks boots.  Photo 2:  Tek Gear® Shapewear Colorblock Workout Leggings ($44) + Tek Gear® Raglan Workout Tee ($20, Sale $11.99) Also wearing Gap Moto Jacket, Nike shoes Photo 3: AB Studio Striped Sweater Dress ($39 SOLD OUT), also wearing White Mountain suede boots

2015 Color of the Year Marsala

Pantone, the leading authority in color, recently announced its rich, captivating 2015 Color of the Year Marsala. Described as a “naturally earthy and robust wine red” by Pantone, this deep red-brown hue will be the must-have color in fashion, beauty and home décor in the coming year. Here’s some example pieces that you can find on Kohl’s site currently, but hurry this color sells out fast!

2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR MARSALA Still Blonde after all these years Shelley zurek

Marsala wine is a fortified wine from Sicily. It’s commonly used for cooking to create rich caramelized sauces. When you are wearing Marsala, you forget about the winter cold and start dreaming of the gorgeous Sicilian sun and countryside!

2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR MARSALA Still Blonde after all these years Shelley zurek

Kohl’s has so many different pieces in the Marsala tones, but if you see something in that tone…BUY IT! I found several of the items that I adored were gone just a week later. The marsala color is hot hot hot this year! Also visit Tanya’s Shopping Diet Blog  on Facebook to see how she styled the Marsala color.

2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR MARSALA Still Blonde after all these years Shelley zurek

Here’s some more Marsala ideas from Kohls!  #Yes2You #FindYourYes

2015 PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR MARSALA Kohls #Yes2You #findyouryes

Lipstick Queen - Red Carpet Edit Lipstick Feature:  The Lipstick featured in this post is from Lipstick Queen–Red Carpet Edit ($55).  All the lipsticks in this collection are enriched with nourishing natural oils and protective anti-oxidant Vitamin E, this hydrating trio will leaves lips soft, supple and deliciously moisturized.  Red Sinner was my favorite for the collection, because it looked great with everything I put on this winter season.  The Saint red was more sheer and good for everyday.  Finally the Red Metal really did have a metallic look that was a fun as it was surprising!

Can’t wait to win the $50 Kohl’s gift card to buy marsala items?

Find all your 2015 Color of the Year Marsala clothing and home products from Kohls!

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THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway runs from Feb. 2-Feb. 16, 2015 11:59PM EST US only, 18+

THE PRIZE

$50 Kohl’s gift card

This $50 Kohl’s  giveaway is exclusively hosted on our blog, so only those who enter here will win.

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apparelforallWelcome to the “Apparel for All” Giveaway Hop hosted by Heather from Mommy’s Favorite Things and Michelle from Mama’s Baby Cupcakes.  Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs! Be sure to check out the Grand Prize on Mama’s Baby Cupcakes blog for a chance to win from Mama’s Jewelry.


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Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

[ 138 ] January 31, 2015 |

My Favorite Mexican Cookbook

Truly Mexican by Roberto Santibanez

Truly Mexican: Essential Recipes and Techniques for Authentic Mexican Cooking

still blondeThe Chief Blonde Remarks: Truly Mexican is my favorite Mexican cookbook. The recipes are obviously by a great chef but the book teaches as you cook. The pictures are phenomenal and this is a large oversized hardcover book that you can display proudly on your cookbook shelf!

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (April 19, 2011)
  • 128 recipes
  • Illustrations of every recipe
  • Regional twists are included
  • Recipes cover main dishes, sides, salsas, guacamoles, moles, adobos, and more.

UPDATE: This post previously had a giveaway attached which has ended. There were 1178 entries, see giveaway winners.