Gloves - Not For Gardening

 


Fall/Winter 2022
These gloves are like a great pair of shoes.
Wear them to accentuate your fashion identity, not cold weather or gardening.
Opera length, wristlets or fingerless driving gloves in oodles of different fabrics.
Check 'em out!





UBER

 

UBER, and I do not mean the car service.
Uber-wide pants are in for this Fall. So pack up your skinnies and get uber wide now.
Many of these wide trousers are in plaid patterns which really gives them a classic-chic look.
These are not your mother's pants from the 1970s.



Blowout

 

$1.99    $2.99    $4.99   $9.99,   even 99-cents !!
If their shoes last only one season you are still way ahead of the game.  This also means you can purchase multiple pairs for your different summer looks.

You won't know what you are missing until you take a quick look.



Help Is Here

 


Warm weather is finally here and what comes with it is fashion that sometimes requires specialized undies. Many a time I used to pass on a summer garment because it required a strapless bra.  I visibly cringe with the thought of the destruction and damage to sensitive skin at the end of the day from the digging underwire, not to mention the constant maintenance of "slippage". 

Help is here-

My private secret that I have held close to the heart (literally) is now published.   I use washable stick glue to keep everything in place. Here is how:

1. Put on your strapless bra where it is comfortable and the placement is correct
2. Gently pull back on the side strap under your arm, so as to not disturb bra placement
3. Swipe glue stick in a north / south motion once or twice on your skin the length of the strap
4. Place side strap back and press
5. Done! This holds for me the rest of the day. Note: clean skin will ensure success

You're welcome !


The Summer Shade

 


I like to celebrate the beginning of summer with a fresh pair of the latest shades. Surprisingly Aldo Shoes seems to have a unique perspective on design and that fulfills my need to find something a little bit eccentric or controversial.





Let The Light Out

 


Orchids grown indoors require a special pot. The roots below ground require air to circulate through the bits of bark entwined in its root system.  These pots with its air holes also make great luminaries for parties or just a little mood lighting when it is just you.  Scour your local hardware store for interesting shapes, colors and designs.

ProTip; I only use candles that are sold in a glass container, saves on messy melted wax clean up.




Cowboy Boots - Out of Necessity

 

Burns Cowboy Shop, Carmel, California

Cowboy boots are such a permanent part of the fabric of Americana it is difficult to imagine there was a time they did not exist.  The truth is necessity is the mother of invention and cowboy boots are the poster child of this honest proverb.

The link below is a brief history of the making of the first cowboy boot, and I am a distant participant.  How many pairs do you own?



Faux Fashion Shines

 




Faux leather pants are becoming the new norm for you closet, soon it may take over sloppy sweats and too stiff jeans. They are available for all body types and design shapes. You may even invest in 3 pairs: Leggings, Wide Leg and Boot Cut.
If you are really adventurous, try the liquid wet look patent shiny leggings from Spanx






Puff Puff Party

 


The hottest winter fashion piece this season is the puffer jacket and/or coat. While these have been around for decades, now they are available in velvet, iridescence and super shine patent. The link below are some examples from 'Forever21' store. Excellent as a holiday gift to your BFF!





Make Up Removal

 


I have tried those other products. Some of those fancy brand towelettes would rip the surface of my skin off and leave my eyelids raw.  I have converted to CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion. Not only does it effectively remove eye make up, it is good for my skin.  It is also great for moisturizing neck skin for a more youthful appearance. I suffer no alcohol sting when it comes in contact with my eye surface, also cruelty free.





Jelly Beans


Spring / Summer 2021 features jelly beans, and not the sugary tooth rotting kind.
Find those bright pinks, greens, blues and oranges in your wardrobe or start hunting the sale rack for bright summer neon colors. You will be the stylish one among your friends.


2 Pieces for 2021

 

Fashion by Balmain

The hottest item for 2021 summer fashion is the two-piece, and I am not talking bikinis.
A fully coordinated cropped top and matching skirt, sometimes referred to as a 'Two-piece Dress' which I find laughable....dress (ha).

In some cases the two piece look is also presented in a similar cropped (seen above) and a front pleated fully tailored wide leg trouser with maybe a matching blazer, seen earlier this Spring.

Check out a number of websites (Zara, Net-A-Porter, etc.) to get some ideas and then dive into the pool, the water is fine.

REMINDER: Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 9.









MIXING Is Back


Back in March of 2012 I wrote in a former fashion blog that the SS 2012 was all about "mixing".  Mixing is the concept of pairing divergent patterns of a similar scale within a complimentary color palate.  Nine years later, mixing is back in a big way.

Gucci and Zara are the most prominent fashion design houses that emphasize this trend so well.  This may be a great opportunity to take in your entire closet with fresh eyes and find some great pairings that you already own.

Follow the links below for SS 2021:








 

Baby Got Back

 

Spring / Summer 2021 is all about the open back dress or top. The strappier, the better.
Below is a link from Forever 21 to give you some fashion ideas through their collection of backless women's clothing, also at an affordable price.  Available options from various retailers include knitwear and metallic fabrics for date night too. Go wild!








Valentine Date Class

 


Retailer Sur La Table offers their well known cooking classes online, only $29 per household.  How about a great Valentine gift for your BFF or Special Someone?




Matte Love



Rich saturated color, easy to apply, long lasting, kiss-proof and face mask resistant. About $6.30 each in 28 colors.  TALL Blonde found hers at the local CVS Pharmacy.




 

Comedy Tonight


LET'S GET LIT WITH BLAZE!

There is a new Podcast out there like no other. I'm not just saying that to sound good, it really is one of a kind and fresh.  You take a great SciFi classic like H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds" and then you get notable Comedians to taunt and tease the story.  Remember the class clown at the back of the classroom that always cracked you up? Yeah, that guy/gal. Webby Award Winner Blaze Mancillas assembled a great cast of Comedians. Listen to Judah Friedlander, Josh Gondelman, Irene Tu, Veronica Garza, Lane Moore, Kenice Mobley, Shalewa Sharpe, Calvin Cato, Anna Roisman, Usama Siddiquee just to start with these comedy headliners.

Check Out The Video Preview

SiriusXM Radio Interview with Blaze Mancillas

Subscribe and Listen Now !




R U Ready?

 


Just a quick reminder for all y'all, Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is Friday, December 18, 2020.
Shop now, laugh your head off later.  See ya!






Gentlemen, Start Your Style Engine

 


Jacob Gallagher wrote a piece in the Wall Street Journal in October on how men are becoming more bold in their fashion statement and having fun with nail art.  Time to drop the necktie and pick up a tiny paint brush.  Matte finishes are perfect for you and come in an array of soft tones.  Add a stencil in a shiny polish for an eye catcher.  TALL Blonde is here to help with Press-Paint-Peel Nail Stencils on Poshmark.  It will save you time away from a salon and save that hard to earn cash.  Gents, see my curated selection of stencils to match your mood and personality. Custom orders available.

Bookmark this blog and check out the TABS at the top of the page, it's not just for women:  'Men's Health' and 'Sex & Love' & 'Furniture' & 'Travel' & 'Consignment'.











What Is That?

When you shop consignment store, you never know what you will find.  Found this Kate Spade from her classic wicker collection crocodile theme handbag with lovely turquoise leather handles. 5-inchs high and 19-inches long this is the ultimate conversation piece at brunch. This item was found on The REALReal. Create a fun list of your own "Obsessions".







Gift Giving

Today is October 25th
Two months away from December 25
I will bet many more people will shop online for the holiday season this year
Use Amazon Wish List for all your family members
Have each person curate their own list for all the holidays and birthday during the year, this will ensure you always select the correct size, color, etc.
The wish list is not limited to Amazon items, you can add items from other websites.
TALL Blonde even uses this to keep track of home project ideas, outdoor landscaping ideas, etc.





Oh La La


A new place to shop for sexy undies. This is Zara's newest collection to their already wildly popular 2020/21 fashion line.  Do they ever take a rest?    NO.
Zara will keep on designing, keep on manufacturing, because we keep on buying. Check this out, many pieces are in silk, So chic, I would wear their jammies to a party.



Halloween 2020


Don't just dress up in costume, have a little style this Halloween this 2020. It has been a strange year for all of us, go for rugged individualism at #Zara.






Press Paint Peel Nail Stencils

 


Nail Stencil kits can be fun whether it is one nail or all ten. TALL Blonde's favorites are the "Tiffany Blue Box with White Bow", and the "Have A Nice Day" yellow. Dog lovers, we got you covered too. 12 different kit collections available, CUSTOM ORDERS AVAILABLE.




Not A Scam

You but the expensive scented laundry detergents and your clean laundry does not smell of wildflowers or the ocean breeze.  Is this a Proctor and Gamble scam?  Not at all. It just means your clean clothes are not really clean.
Baking Soda simply makes detergent products more efficient and takes away that lingering musty smell.  Be aware that because it makes soap better at its job, you may need to slightly dial down the amount of detergent you currently use. Breathe deep again.





 

Aye Matey

 


Ahoy Matey, today (September 19) is the annual International Talk Like A Pirate Day, really!  I always wear my Betsey Johnson necklace and matching earrings on this day and tomorrow will continue the tradition.  My point today is be silly, have fun, and don't give a damn what others say as long as it makes you feel good. I know I will be smiling 😀.



UGG Alert

 
Century 21 stores announced yesterday that have filed for bankruptcy and will be closing all 13 stores.  I took a deep dive and browsed for deals.  If you family are #UGG wearing fans, you may want to consider these great prices before they are sold out of your size. Remember to consider the upcoming birthdays and holiday gift giving the remainder of 2020. #TLLBLND







Gotta Say It

 

Sorry gentlemen, I gotta get this post out there, it's all about consumer protection, ha ha.
Thinnest, most discrete, "Barely There" on the market, you know what this is. Perfect for those pesky "oops-sneezes".  Yeah, we have all been there.





Croc-Mania

I could no help myself and post this.  If you are a wearer of Crocs, perhaps your loved ones will give these KFC/Croc collaboration to you as a Stocking Stuffer.  $3 proceeds go towards Kentucky Fried Chicken employees higher education scholarships.


50 Years Worth

Flip-Flops 50-Pack for Women

50 years of flip flops, can you dig it?

Old Navy has you covered available in all white, all black and metallic silver and bronze.
One size only, perfect for you pedicure business owners.





Sunless Tan


Both tanning lotions are made by Jergens.
Their Award-Winning formula does not color you like a Spring carrot.
Which one should you try?
The one on the left in a tube is the classic entry. Slap it on liberally at night before bed, let dry and wake up looking like summer. The one on the right in a bottle is easier to apply and leaves a baby oil sheen.  Both come in a light or dark version so go with the dark and get a jump start.
It is also a much healthier alternative to hours of baking in the sun or money spent in tanning booths.
NOTE: Works best on legs that are not freshly shaved, and you will need to moisturize as this can be a bit drying to the affected skin.