Palazzo Pants Are the New Jeans! Monroe and Main for Spring

[ 25 ] March 20, 2015 |

Palazzo Pants, the wear anywhere pants

Monroe and Main Palazzo Pants Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

The pant for any age — Palazzo pants

What are palazzo pants? They are long women’s trousers cut with a loose, extremely wide leg that flares out from the waist. Palazzo pants for women first became a popular trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I distinctly remember my mom had a black pair. She was only 5′ 2″ but somehow she carried them off.

This spring you will find palazzo pants and trousers everywhere. You will find every color under the sun, however, the most prevalent look and fabric for this season, is a black and white graphic print, such as these Weekend Palazzo Pants from Monroe and Main that they sent along asked me to style. Discover how the looks I created with the palazzo and how easy this pant style is for anyone to wear.

Monroe and Main Palazzo Pants Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

Date Night

Yes, that’s STILL snow in the background but I am ignoring it and thinking SPRING. When Walt takes me out, I always dress up. The Weekend Palazzo pants ($70) from Monroe and Main worn with their off the shoulder Lace Peasant top ($50, $13 Sale) gives just the right mix of elegance and sexy.  Strappy sandals (new from Salvation Army $4) and a vintage necklace from my mother are the final touches!

Monroe and Main Palazzo Pants Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

Off to the Theater

Just to show you can always step up the elegance factor, I paired my palazzos with this gorgeous blush pink  Monroe and Main Gala Tux Jacket ($99, also worn here), this figure flattering Monroe and Main Scuba Peplum top ($60), and a just the right size Monroe and Main Metal Mesh Bag ($40). Just in case I need to head out dancing afterward, my shoes are Seychelles in black and pink (similar $100).

Monroe and Main Palazzo Pants Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

Shopping around town

Because I work at home all day, when I go shopping I like to dress fun and bright.  My Monroe and Main palazzos look cute with this bright aqua one-size-fits-all Monroe and Main Reversible tank ($20). This tank comes in 4 other colors (black, cobalt, coral and white) and I MUST HAVE THEM ALL!  For shoes, I have on my ribboned Bally Oxfords (similar) and my favorite vintage cashmere cardigan (also worn here).

Monroe and Main Palazzo Pants Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS
Lunch at the Pool

That SNOW in background is distracting but this is a wonderful outfit for hanging out by the pool in the summer. Once again, I paired the palazzo pants with my bright aqua one-size-fits-all Monroe and Main Reversible tank but this time I also wore this Monroe and Main Crochet Shrug ($40). While I have tons of shrugs, this is my favorite because it’s longer. For women over 45 with a larger bust, a shrug can really be forgiving. Make sure to check out how my blogging partner Katy styled the palazzo pant as well over on Modly Chic.

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Thanks for entering the Spring Fashionista Events Giveaway! This is the largest all-fashion giveaway you’ll find on the Internet. Crazy to think but this is our EIGHTH event! There are amazing prizes to be had from the 80+ bloggers participating this time around. As you may already know, for each entry on a participating blog you gain one entry to win one of our amazing grand prizes. Another plus–you gain hundreds of chances from the participating bloggers to win over $20,000+ in fashion as you jump from blog to blog. Better take the day off work…

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$500. What would you do with $500 extra this month?? I’d spend it on a shoe shopping spree, but that’s me. Treat yourself to a day at the spa or splurge on a new Spring wardrobe or heck, go crazy and buy the designer bag you’ve been eying forever. However you want to use the money – one lucky winner will be $500 richer at the end of this event!

First Place Prize: $300 shopping spree to Monroe and Main

Monroe and Main Spring Fashionista Sponsor

Monroe and Main has teamed up with the Fashionistas to offer a $300 shopping spree to the site. You’ll find a huge selection of styles and looks. The Fashionistas have worked with Monroe and Main for several years now and those items have quickly become a part of our usual wardrobe rotation. Want proof of how great this company is? Check out how I modeled a bold patterned dress in three different styles, or see how I transitioned a look around the holidays to work for two different occasions. Then again, there is one of my absolute favorite posts to create – the mother-daughter feature with Monroe and Main.

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Spring Fashionista Events Co-hosts Katy of ModlyChic and Shelley, the Chief Blonde, of Still Blonde after all these Years!

The Spring Fashionista Giveaway Event is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS (that’s me) and Katy Rose of ModlyChic. We are supported by a team of 180 amazing Fashionistas who make this event possible with their time and effort. We have wonderful sponsors for this event, twice a year including big name brands, online retailers, and exclusive boutiques. This event is a lot of work but also a lot of fun for all of us involved in the event.

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Janska Spitfire Jacket Tacoma Jacket + $423 Fall Fashionista Giveaway

[ 388 ] March 12, 2015 |

 Janska, Go Motocross and Packable

Janska Spitfire tacoma Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

The Chief Blonde is wearing the Janska Spitfire Jacket ($199) c/o in Watermelon/Jet. 2nd Photo:  Janska Takoma Jacket ($185) c/oin Grape. 

Oh Yippee! It’s almost spring. You can see in Michigan it takes a bit longer to get here. Janska sent me their Spitfire and Takoma jackets in anticipation of the new season. Both jackets are from Spring All Weather Collection.

The Spitfire Jacket $199 (Reversible) has a real motocross feel.  It is the perfect travel piece and super cute with the all weather Janska Splash Hat $39.  This sleek jacket is double-breasted, with double reversible zippers, wide contrasting collar, and generous pockets. I like how it’s dressy enough to wear with a dress but looks super with jeans as well. And look how easy it is to pack in your tote:

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The Tacoma Jacket ($185)- is one of Janska’s bestsellers in this collection. I think this is my favorite Janska jacket for spring! I seriously want one in at least two more colors. I seriously think I could use the gray and tan as well.   It has an oversized hood and unique detailing in the back, isn’t it adorable?

Janska Tacoma Shelley Zurek Still Blonde after all these YEARS

What you will love about Janska

Not only does Janska make wonderful All Weather outerwear, but they also have great pieces for winter. Check out all my Janska reviews to see the other great coats, jackets and hats in their collection. While you will appreciate all the Janska style, you will especially love that all Janska products are American made.

You will also appreciate Janska’s founder, Jan Erikson. She is a blonde (very important on this blog) and an elegant woman over 45.  Listen to Jan’s story:

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The $500 Paypal Grand Prize is  provided by Fashionista Events Hosts. Take a moment and think about how much fun it would be to get an extra $500 to spend on any little old thing you want! Pretty exciting thought, isn’t it?  All you have to do is take the next 8 days and work your way through the Grand Prize Rafflecopter! Head here to enter for the Grand Prize!  Good Luck!

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Jewelry for Spring Trends 2015

[ 6 ] March 11, 2015 |

Discover Spring Trends and Accessories to Wear with Them!

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Spring Trends Sheer and Floral

Spring Trend #1  Maxis, Forals and Sheers

Spring has a whole lot more in store for us than just beautiful blooms and warm weather. I am pretty excited about the fashion trends that will be coming our way.

We’re going to see a lot of sheer fabrics — not risqué, mind you, but a tasteful sheer accent that gives a hint of the skin underneath.

Spring Trends crop top Sheer

Spring Trend #2 White, crop and sheer 

If you choose a few pieces with sheer panels, you’ll want to combine it with some rose gold jewelry. Both styles, when paired together, provide a seamless, feminine, tasteful flow. That’s a sexy trend that all women can enjoy this spring.  Crop tops are back on the scene! It’s been a long time since they were a trend! They might not be for everyone, but they are for every occasion. They can be dressy, casual, or anywhere in between. Crop tops can go with dress pants, a skirt, jeans, shorts, you name it.
Spring Trends Bold Graphicsl

Kate Spade Big Bold Print DressBright Coral PumpsCoral BagZales Stud earrings

Spring Trend #3 Get graphic and dotty!

Get ready for some bold statement pieces that feature stripes and geometric shapes, and polka dots, which I personally love. Bright, colorful floral prints are back! With this trend, you cannot have too many, too big, or too bright.

And, believe it or not, you can switch things up and mix and match floral designs, as well as different trends. You can pair geometric shapes and polka dots with florals. Surprised? Me too! Not only will you find all different kinds of patterns, you’re going to see all kinds of colors, including bright primary colors. This isn’t just on trend, it’s fun!

Spring Trend #4 Coachella

Guess what else is going to be hot this spring? Festival chic! Think “Coachella,” or a Bohemian look. That means fringe pieces and suede that are loose and flowing, which you can pair or layer with lace. Very cute!

Make sure you check out this video from Zales that discusses the perfect jewelry to accessorize these trends!