Bon Voyage…

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Well, dear readers… The time has come for blondie to hang up her hat.  As much as I really didn’t want my big kid job to inhibit my blogging abilities, I have become quite the busy bee!  So, I’m packing by bags and moving on from blog world.  I started this as a fun little project to occupy my time and never dreamed it would turn into something that touched so many people.

Thank you all for the amazing support you’ve shown, you really kept me writing and made me feel so special when I would get special requests for fashion/beauty advice outside of blondie posts.

Stay fabulous, darlings!

over and out

xo – blondie

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Thursday Fat-Day

Dear Your Cup of Cake,

You have tapped into my wildest dreams and created a sweet treat that even I may not be able to ignore… Butterfinger Puppy Chow? YES PLEASE.

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WELL, I can’t even come up with anything witty or creative to delay this any longer… you and I both know you’re only here for the recipe 😉

 

Ingredients

6 C. Rice Chex Cereal
1 C. milk chocolate melts
1/2 C. peanut butter, smooth
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/3 C. Butterfingers or Chick-O-Sticks, crushed

Directions

1. Measure out your Chex cereal into a large bowl and set aside.
2. In a medium microwave proof bowl, melt milk chocolate melts, peanut butter and vanilla extract until smooth. (About 45 seconds, then stir, then 15 more seconds)
3. Pour melted chocolate/peanut butter over cereal and stir until well coated.
4. Dump into a large plastic bag or a tupperware with a lid, add crushed Butterfingers and shake until well coated.
5. Dump onto a cookie sheet to let cool.
6. Hide it all because it will disappear way too fast.

Crushed them in a plastic bag, but you can use a blender too!

 

If you’re looking for any more recipes, I highly recommend checking out this site… there’s plenty to go around!!

 

xo – blondie

Tuesday Tip

Finding a big kid job can be tremendously stressful and off-putting. Trust me, I NEVER thought I would land such an amazing job as my first career out of college.

The number one thing I learned during this search that I’m going to pass on to you is not something they’ll tell you in any book or website explaining “how to get a job”.

The right job is going to land in your lap when it’s meant to be. Yes. I’m not kidding. I sat at home day after day since January applying for every job under the sun. I applied for over 250 jobs and only had 3 interviews that never lead anywhere. Just when I decided to leave it up to fate, I got a job. I applied and got the job within two weeks. So, be persistent, never give up, always be yourself and just know that what’s meant to be will always find a way!

xo – blondie

Wishlist Monday

I’m baaaaack!  After my first week in big girl world, I’ve  figured out a schedule.  I’ll tell ya what, not having to deal with traffic during my commute has made this transition a whole lot easier!  That being said, the stress of fitting into a new place has taken its toll on my skin.  I’m always looking to try new products and find the perfect match for me.  So, on my wishlist today are a few beauty products that I’ve been dying to try!

 

1. GlamGlow Super-Mud clearing treatment

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2. benefit Stay Flawless 15-hour Primer

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3. Philosophy Resurface

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4. Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic

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5. Dermadoctor KP Duty Body Scrub

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What are some of your favorite skin pampering products?

 

xo – blondie

Readjusting to a schedule

Hello all!  I hope your weekend was fun and relaxing.  Mine was full of preparing for my first day of work as a big girl!  This week, I’m going to take my time adjusting to having a schedule again so I will not be posting, but I will be working on excellent posts for next week when this blondie returns! 🙂

 

keep it classy

xo – blondie

Fashion Friday

With August just around the corner, women everywhere are becoming wary of the rule that you simply cannot wear white after Labor Day.  I’ve seen more white in the last few weeks than all summer and I can only imagine that women are getting their wears in before retiring their wardrobe.  All those beautiful pieces of clothing, banished to the back of our closets until Memorial Day rolls around again.  Well, I’m here to tell you that this rule we’ve been following so strictly for years is nothing but a myth! 

There are two sides to the story of how this little gem of fashion knowledge came to be… 

Story A) I found this guidance from Mental Floss – 

“While no one is completely sure exactly when or why this fashion rule came into effect, our best guess is that it had to do with snobbery in the late 1800s.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between old money, respectable families, and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already “in” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. That way, if a woman showed up at the opera in a dress that cost more than most Americans made in a year, but it had the wrong sleeve length, other women would know not to give her the time of day.

Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. White was for weddings and resort wear, not dinner parties in the fall. Of course it could get extremely hot in September, and wearing white might make the most sense, but if you wanted to be appropriately attired you just did not do it. Once Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894, society adopted it as the natural endpoint for summer fashion.

Not everyone followed this rule. Even some socialites continued to buck the trend, most famously Coco Chanel, who wore white year-round. But even though the rule was originally enforced by only a few hundred women, over the decades it trickled down to everyone else. By the 1950s, women’s magazines made it clear to middle class America: white clothing came out on Memorial Day and went away on Labor Day.”

And Story B) TIME magazine tells us another side of the tale – 

“For centuries, wearing white in the summer was simply a way to stay cool — like changing your dinner menu or putting slipcovers on the furniture. “Not only was there no air-conditioning, but people did not go around in T shirts and halter tops. They wore what we would now consider fairly formal clothes,” says Judith Martin, better known as etiquette columnist Miss Manners. “And white is of a lighter weight.”

But beating the heat became fashionable in the early to mid-20th century, says Charlie Scheips, author of American Fashion. “All the magazines and tastemakers were centered in big cities, usually in northern climates that had seasons,” he notes. In the hot summer months, white clothing kept New York fashion editors cool. But facing, say, heavy fall rain, they might not have been inclined to risk sullying white ensembles with mud — and that sensibility was reflected in the glossy pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, which set the tone for the country.”

 

Well, I don’t know about you but a few silly rumors are not a reason enough for me to stop wearing something I love!  If you still feel obliged to follow in tradition, try switching up some pieces in your collection of sparkly whites to more of a winter white.

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Either way, you’ll definitely catch me wearing white year round… Coco Chanel did it, why can’t I?

 

xo – blondie