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Trekking Through Nature with Rockport Shoes
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Lariats and Dainty Baubles
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Hands-Free Driving with Zuna Drive

Trekking Through Nature with Rockport Shoes

** I was gifted a pair of XCS Urban Gear Waterproof Mountain Booties by Rockport Shoes in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. **

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* Monument Valley *

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* Climbing a steep rock in Monument Valley *

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* Climbing a steep rock in Monument Valley *

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* Monument Valley *

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* Going through a small opening to get to some Navajo cliff dwellings *

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* Going through a small opening to get to some Navajo cliff dwellings *

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* Monument Valley *

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* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

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* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

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* At 9,997 feet in Utah *

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* Standing on a Route 66 Relic from 1933 *

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* Route 66 *

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* The famed Painted Desert Trading Post Ruins / Route 66 *

I used the term “nature” loosely in the title because as you can see in the photos, I didn’t exactly go to just one spot while wearing these hiking booties. This past March, the boy and I went on a pretty epic road trip to Los Angeles, with stops to a couple of America’s best national parks- Monument Valley, and Bryce Canyon. Then earlier this month, I went hiking through the desert and on earlier alignments of Route 66 in Petrified National Park. All of these adventures had one thing in common: XCS Urban Gear Waterproof Mountain Booties by Rockport Shoes. There were times when we had to climb some steep and slippery terrain on one tour in Monument Valley, and I was SO LUCKY I was wearing these shoes. They provided insane traction control and gave me confidence that I wouldn’t slide. Plus, my feet and ankles felt stable and secure, yet still allowing me the ability to move when needed. When we were driving from Bryce Canyon to the I-15, the road we took, took us to 9,997 feet in elevation and SNOW. The road had been plowed and was passible, however there was plenty of snow that dotted the landscape. We managed to pull over and play in the snow a bit. Since the booties are waterproof, they kept my feet dry and warm.

During my little jaunt through the desert during the Route 66 Relics Tour earlier this month, the temperature was in the 90s, so it was pretty toasty. Last year’s tour, I stupidly had on inappropriate footwear and my feet paid for it. But this year, however, my feet were thanking me. Thanks to the ADIPRENEĀ® by Adidas sport technology for helping to provide shock-absorbing heel cushioning. My feet also weren’t drenched in sweat, with help from the breathable fabrics. Again, with the great traction, I was able to climb a somewhat tall mesa to get better photos, with little issues or slippage.

The only con that I would have to say is that every time I wear these shoes, I have to wear a crew sock. Whenever I wore ankle socks, the interior of the shoes would rub against my ankles, giving me minor blisters by the end of the day. So, definitely wear crew socks! But other than that, they are great! I can wear them for a casual stroll around town or for a nice lil trek in the desert.

And lastly…

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Rockport Shoes / LAFashionsnob / outfit / shoes / hiking boots

During the March trip, the boy had the ultimate surprise waiting for me at the Teardrop Arch in Monument Valley. Hey Rockport Shoes, thank you for being apart of my “engagement outfit” memories!

Lariats and Dainty Baubles

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LAFashionsnob, outfit, vintage , necklace, J. LoVan Designs

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** Images by Sofia Emm **

(Vintage Dress- MRS. Couture, Vintage Vest- thrifted, Vintage Sandals- thrifted, Sunglasses- ZeroUV, Necklace and Bracelet Stack c/o J. LoVan Designs.)

I recently received some dainty jewelry from my lovely friend, Julia LoVan- a jewelry designer and consultant out of California. LoVan, an Iowa native, is currently residing in Orange County and not only creates jewelry, but is also working on a summer collection of sewing patterns for the modern gal. She explains, “This first collection will be a grouping of patterns that I feel any modern gal would like to know how to make for herself and for her loved ones, like a classic dress silhouette, a purse, or a camisole. After years of creating product, I found that teaching others to sew quality items for themselves (or mend their favorite items) was one of the best things I could do to help them live a less consumerist lifestyle.”

I received the Lariat Hammered Necklace, a Bracelet Stack, with a Bright Sky Blue Faceted Glass Beaded Bar Bracelet. These pieces are from the Rise jewelry collection of her ‘pet project’ – J. LoVan. J. LoVan is a sustainable company that helps to empower both local and global communities. Julia’s designs are crafted from upcycled, vintage, and new materials. I wanted to pair the bits and baubles with my white, gauzy vintage dress and olive green vintage vest because I feel that LoVan’s jewelry exudes an earthy-bohemian vibe, which is what my “wardrobe mood” was that day. Be sure to also follow Julia over at TrouvesHome.com and on Instagram.

Hands-Free Driving with Zuna Drive

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

* I was given a case to review, however ALL opinions are my own *

I live in Houston- where there are currently no laws regarding hands-free driving. Since moving here in 2013, my anxiety regarding driving on the roadways has increased. People just don’t seem to pay attention while driving. Every time I’ve had a close call, or the car is moving too slow, etc., I’d peek at the driver, and they’d always be either texting or on the phone. I am a HUGE advocate against distracted driving, especially when phones are involved.

According to the National Safety CouncilApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NSC points out that just because you are driving hand’s free, doesn’t mean it’s always the safest. You can also be mentally distracted as well, by using the hands-free options on your vehicle’s dashboard. such as dictating a text or email. BUT, in my opinion, I still consider using a hands-free device as a step in the right direction.

When Santa Barbara-based company Zuna Drive started following me on Twitter, I was beyond thrilled and immediately reached out to them, because they believe in hands-free driving as well. They offer phone cases that have a built-in hook that attaches to your air conditioner vent. It’s a great and stylish phone accessory that is durable (with triple co-molded construction) and isn’t bulky.

After getting the case out of its packaging, I snuggled my phone into the case and went to run errands. Before driving off, I attached the hook to my horizontal air conditioner vent and let the phone vertically hang. The weight of the phone makes the hook stay in place. Once I’m at my destination, I just detach the hook and tuck it back into the case and I go about my merry way. One thing I will say, that do to the phone hanging there by only the hook, it will shift slightly when turning (as it did for me, but it’s not too noticeable). When I first attached it and started driving, I felt great knowing that my hands were on the wheel and I was more focused on the road. I mainly use my phone for navigation, so it’s been a blessing to not have to hold it. The screen is also easier to see because my air vents are close to eye level.

If you are looking for an affordable way to be hands-free, check out Zuna Drive.

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Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

Hands-free driving with Zuna phone cases

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