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From Fam to Glam – holiday fashion for every holiday occasion

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

Finding the perfect outfit for every holiday event or occasion can add another layer of stress to your  holiday preparations and planning. As a self proclaimed fashionista, I want to look my best all the time whether I am trimming the tree during a casual family get together or sipping champagne at a holiday party. I am so excited to share my holiday fashion find with you! This comfortable and stunning outfit from Monroe and Main can go from an activity with the FAMily to any GLAMourous event this holiday season.

Holiday Fashion needs to be able to take you from Fam to Glam. These gold jeans can do just that.

Holiday Fashion = Gold Jeans!

What if I told you you could rock holiday fashion at almost any event this year wearing comfortable jeans? I am serious! Jeans! But not just any pair of jeans, oh no. GOLD JEANS! I have to admit I was a little hesitant to get gold jeans. I have seen them on other fashionistas and loved the look but never thought I could pull it off. Well guess what I did and they look fabulous and you can do gold jeans too!

Holiday Fashion from Monroe and Main Love these gold jeans

These glamorous gold jeans are very comfortable and the relaxed fit is flattering for curvier figures. They can be worn with some sparkly black heels for a glamorous evening or black boots for a day of busy family activities. Shorter gals ( I consider myself in that category) will definitely want to add some height with their heels as these jeans wear long. It is nice to find a longer fitting pant that looks great with a heel.

Holiday Fashions for every occasion from Monroe and Main

I decided to wear the gold jeans with the crossover rib sweater in black. This cut of this sweater is so beautiful on every body type. The empire waist cut shows off all the right curves in all the right places. It accentuates your assets while slimming through the waist and flowing over the hips. I love this sweater. I love the flowing sleeves that are gathered at the cuffs. So pretty and the perfect piece to pair with bolder bottoms to complete your holiday fashion.

Holiday Fashions with monroe and main trimming the tree

How to rock gold jeans! We are sharing 5 tips for wearing one of the hottest trends right now:gold jeans. You don't have to be afraid. Gold jeans are not just for the fashion bold. They are for everyone.

5 Tips for Wearing Gold Jeans

  1. Pay attention to fit – Go for loose relaxed fit to keep them wearable during the day. A skin tight fit will be harder to pull off for most of us and is not very daytime friendly. The Nikki Gold Jeans from Monroe and Main are a great fit for any size or shape.
  2. Don’t be afraid of color when wearing gold jeans. Think of them as neutral if it helps. Gold jeans look great with green, bright blue, navy, and of course black. You can even wear them with mauve, army green, or ivory.
  3. Dress ’em down – You can wear gold jeans just like your favorite pair of blue denim jeans. You can adopt a rock star attitude for the day and pair them with a fitted t-shirt and a leather jacket.
  4. Do wear gold toned jewelry – I have never been a fan of mixing metals even though I have seen it done well. I am just not up for that type of fashion challenge and I think it is too easy to get it wrong when wearing gold jeans.
  5. Dress them up – Add a statement necklace, chunky bracelets, and sparkling pumps for glamorous evening wear. Maybe a some animal print pumps or a clutch.

I love the versatility of metallic jeans. Gold jeans look great with black, blue, green, and navy. They can be dressed up or down. I just can’t rave enough about how happy am I am with this look from Monroe and Main.

Holiday Fashion with Monroe and Main I am in love with this necklace


We are giving away this tres chic Wide Striped Hand Bag. It’s classic design and clean lines make it the perfect bag for every holiday fashion.  (Note: prize substitutions are possible.)

Monroe and Main Bag

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PLUS 25  prizes & 25 chances to win! 

Monroe and Main Holiday Occasions Giveaway 25 chances to win 25 winners will get a wide stiped handbag and 1 grand prize winner of a $250 Monroae and Main Shopping Spree 25 confident bloggers are all sharing their ideas on how to dress for a variety of holiday occasions.  Each  blogger is also hosting a giveaway with their review  and Monroe and Main will send all the winners a bag valued $50! You can enter every contest so click on the links below to go to each bloggers site and enter to win on all of them! Also be sure to enter the Grand Prize Giveaway for a chance to win a $250 Monroe and Main Shopping Spree!


Still Blonde after all these Years, Modly Chic, and Fashionista Events bloggers are not responsible if prize is not delivered.  We will make every attempt to help you claim your prize.

Giveaway is US Only, 18 years and older

Candy Fairy to the Rescue + Free Printable Candy Fairy Poem

Disclosure:This is a sponsored post. I received LISTERINE® Brand products from Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. as part of my participation in this project. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Crinkle, crackle, crinkle, squeal! The familiar sounds of trick or treat night when all the candy is dumped on the floor and all the kids (ahem and parents too) fish through the loot to find their favorites. Chocolate, taffy, lollipops….SUGAR! We all love Halloween as evidenced by the bazillion Halloween themed posts on Pinterest and I am no different. I love Halloween and trick or treating with my little ghosts and ghoblins as much as the next person. What I do NOT love is ALL that candy. What do you do to rein in the sugar monsters? How do you remove the temptation to indulge in mini chocolate bar after mini chocolate bar. In our house it is the Candy Fairy to the Rescue.

Listerine does all that candy make your teeth ache. The Candy Fairy can help. Print out our Candy Fairy Poem. Continue reading

Get More out of Your Amazon Prime

When you log into your  Amazon Prime account does your welcome screen look like mine?
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account
Are you getting everything you can out of your Amazon Prime Membership? I am or should I say was only using 2 out of 5 Prime benefits umm that is only 40%. What?!? Not cool…If you are not using all of your Prime benefits like me than you need to fix it just like I did.
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
Do you take a ton of pictures with your phone? Of course you do! Ever try to get them off your phone and onto your computer or some other storage device? Was it easy? Tell the truth have you ever actually done it? Ever have a computer crash and burn? Did you lose all your photos? Did you pay a ridiculous amount of money to save them?
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
My laptop was stolen a few years ago and all of the pictures on there, almost 2 years worth of memories, were just gone. Oh how I wish I had Prime Photos and had all of my photos on the Amazon Cloud Drive instead of just on my device.
Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime account?
No more worries and no more lost photos. Now I am sending them all to the Amazon Cloud Drive which is included in my Amazon Prime  Membership so it is like getting all that peace of mind for free. There were over 600 pictures on my phone. That is hundreds of memories now all safely stored in the Amazon Cloud Drive. Not only are they safe but they are accessible from any device anywhere. I can log in on the web at or from my laptop, desktop, or tablet to access all of my pictures.
So apparently getting burned once is not enough for me to learn my lesson. The hard drive just died on my desktop. Yikes! Yes, I back it up on an external hard drive but it is such a pain in the bottom to retrieve files. Thankfully my computer guy was able to fix it and put everything back and thankfully it was a relatively inexpensive fix, only $150. I will admit I lost a few hours of sleep worrying about it and you can guess what I am doing now. Yup, uploading all the thousands of pictures on my desktop to my Amazon Cloud Drive. Thank God I get unlimited storage with my Amazon Prime membership.
 Are you getting the most out of your amazon prime?
Set up on your device is really easy  to do. Just download the Amazon Photos-Cloud Drive App onto your device. Log in using your Amazon account log in credentials. The app defaults to Auto-Save turned on which means that every time you take a new photo it gets uploaded to the cloud automatically but only when you are connected to wifi. Boom! Set it and forget it and all of your precious photos are safe in the cloud without you having to take any actions!
 Get more from your Amazon Prime
Have I convinced you yet that you need to get the most our of your Amazon Prime and start using the Amazon Cloud Drive? How many memories are you willing to lose before you tuck them safely into the cloud? What are you waiting for? Go save your precious photos now!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

August 28, 2015

CLR® Wants to Know—What’s Your Cleaning Personality?

Disclosure: I received compensation on behalf od CLR® to promote this campaign.

CLR® Wants to Know—What’s Your Cleaning Personality? 

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Do you feel the impulse to clean dinner plates before your friends have even left the table? Or are you the roommate that leaves dishes in the sink until it’s overflowing and you can’t even use the faucet? We all have a cleaning personality, whether we know it or not, and it can affect our relationships with spouses, partners, roommates, and even friends. Get to know yourself a little bit better and find out your Cleaning Personality by taking CLR®’s Cleaning Personalities Quiz. Continue reading

Fall Fashion Trends – The spotlight is on aubergine!

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.

Are you ready for fall fashion? Ready or not fall is fast approaching and this fall bold colors are going to be one of the hottest trends. I have to admit I am a stay safe with neutrals and muted shades kinda girl but I just love love love one of the hot colors this fall – aubergine – and I really want to include it in my fall wardrobe. So to get comfortable and confident with color I am adding it to my wardrobe a splash at a time.

monroe and main a splash of aubergine adds color confidence

Fall Fashion Trends – The spotlight is on aubergine!

Aubergine is a easy color to work into your wardrobe for us gals who like the neutrals especially gray. To show you how I am going to update my fall wardrobe with aubergine I did a little shopping at Monroe and Main. I picked out and ordered this fabulous Street Chic Sweater because comfortable chunky sweaters will also be trendy this fall. Fashion Tip: Don’t feel like you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe every season. You can add one or two trendy pieces and reuse them in different outfits to create several different looks without breaking the bank. So yes, the sweater is mostly grey however it has several splashes of aubergine. Remember, I am color shy and need to take baby steps.

First look: Comfy Casual

monroe and main casual outfit with splashes of aubergine

This look is inspired by the cooler temperatures of fall and getting cozy and comfortable. It is totally casual and totally comfortable while giving me the boost of confidence from my favorite fall color aubergine. To get this look I put the sweater on over a pair of grey leggings and an aubergine t-shirt, added some ballet flats, and some chunky earrings. Remember ladies- leggings are not pants! So make sure you keep your sweater buttoned when wearing it over your leggings.

Second look – Date night or girl’s night out

Monroe and Main Color Confidence with a splash of aubergine

My new sweater also goes nicely with jeans and boots and lord knows we love our boots, right? So same Street Chic sweater, same -t shirt now add some jeans and your favorite boots. That’s it so easy to totally switch up your look. With this option you can wear the sweater open or closed since you have jeans on and not leggings.  Perfect for day into evening because you can button up when it starts to get chilly. Wearing the sweater open adds more of the great aubergine color to the look and I think it is just the right amount of color for me. I love this outfit and feel great in it. I think aubergine is a great color for fall.

Color Confidence Giveaway

We want to help you add some color confidence to your fall wardrobe and enjoy this year’s fall fashion trends. Enter to win a Fall Color Bundle with a scarf, earrings, bracelet, & bag valued over $125 from Monroe and Main! Giveaway is US Only, 18 years and older. Not only can you enter to win the giveaway hosted by Real Advice Gal but you can also enter all the other 24 giveaways. There are 25 giveaways in all so be sure to visit all of the other blogs (linked below) to learn even more tips for incorporating fall’s hottest colors into your wardrobe and enter all the giveaways.

Monroe and Main Color Confidence Giveaway
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DISCLAIMER:  Still Blonde after all these Years, Modly Chic, and Fashionista Events bloggers are not responsible if prize is not delivered.  We will make every attempt to help you claim your prize.


Help One Child Succeed in School

Disclosure: This opportunity to give back to my community was made possible by our sponsors Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds and Fiji Water. 

As part of our third annual Giving Back Packs Campaign I am fortunate enough to participate along with fellow bloggers to donate a back pack full of schools supplies to help one child in need. Why school suppplies? Why do we organize this project? Read more about our project here —–> Giving Back Packs

Giving Back Packs

I decided that not only was this a great way for me to give back but also an opportunity to teach my children about others who have less than we do and how important it is to share our blessing to help one child get the essential tools they need to succeed in school.

Giving Back Packs Shopping for school supplies

So I explained how we asked our sponsors to help us and with our $25 gift card from the folks at Wonderful Pistachios, Wonderful Almonds and Fiji Water we headed to the store to buy school supplies. I turned this into a math refresher and had my son to keep track of how much we were spending by adding up the cost of the items they picked out.

Giving Back Packs my children shopping for school suppplies

Our sponsors donated a back pack, a box of Wonderful Almonds, a box of Wonderful Pistachios, two bottles of water, and a $25 gift card to be used to purchase school supplies. We took advantage of a buy one get half off sale at our local store to buy as many school supplies as possible with our $25.

Giving Back Packs all the school suppplies at the store

I was thrilled that our sponsors also wanted to send us some of their products to include in the back packs. They generously embraced our project and have overwhelmed me with their support. Full bellies also help children succeed in school. Wonderful Pistachios are the perfect snack for kids heading back to school. They are both nutritious and delicious. Even better they are fun to eat, I know my own children LOVE cracking open pistachios. Wonderful Pistachios come in a variety of flavors including Roasted & Salted, Sweet Chili and Salt & Pepper. Both Wonderful Pistachios and Wonderful Almonds come in handy tubes that are easy to pack in lunchboxes and also great for after school snacks. Staying hydrated is also so very important for our kids as they exercise their bodies and minds everyday. Fiji Water comes in a convenient 330mL which is a perfect size for lunch boxes and taking to school sports events.

giving back packs school supplies

I am so inspired by the generosity of our sponsors and the impact that I believe our project will have as so many bloggers participate to help one child in their communities. If each of us jest help one child think of the impact that it will have. If many people each throw just one small pebble in the same pond a huge ripple is created and that ripple reaches farther than we can imagine. I am donating our back pack to an incredible ministry called Hands Up Ministries. In a nutshell Hands Up Ministries is all about giving a hand up not a hand out. They preserve the dignity of the folks they serve and teach them how to help themselves by not giving anything away for free but by charging minimally (very minimally for the products they provide). The folks they serve take ownership and and pride in being able to get what they need for themselves. The ministry also focuses on the very true concept that every human being deserves to be loved. The most important thing they give is hugs (no charge for those) and love and acceptance. They acknowledge and openly share with all they serve that we are all more alike then we are different and that none is less deserving of love than any one of us. I hope you will go read about this ministry and if moved to do so will help them continue to serve the Highland Parks Community in Richmond VA. What this ministry needs the most is monetary donations so they can continue to buy homes, fix them up, then rent them to folks who are homeless. The rent is low and an amount that the family can afford. This follows the principal that people need a hand up not a hand out.

giving back pack stuffed back pack

Will you join us in our mission to help children succeed in school by providing them with the tools they need? Will you help one child? We would love to hear about it! Let’s share so we can hopefully inspire others to give a helping hand up to others!