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Trekking Through Nature with Rockport Shoes
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Meetup at Baybrook's New Outdoor Space
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Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico

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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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!

Meetup at Baybrook's New Outdoor Space

vintage clothing, blogger, outfit, skirt, print mixing

vintage clothing, blogger, outfit, skirt, print mixing

vintage clothing, blogger, outfit, skirt, print mixing

vintage clothing, blogger, outfit, skirt, print mixing

** Photos by Live Life in Style **

( Vintage Top- estate sale find, Vintage Skirt- estate sale find, Vintage Necklace- thrifted, Vintage Scarf- estate sale find, Vintage Brahmin Handbag- Arbor Antiques estate sale find, Sunglasses- random vendor, Vintage Loafers- Cottage Shop.)

I threw this outfit together when Shalanda and I got together for a last-minute meetup at Baybrook Mall‘s latest outdoor addition. It was my first time there and was impressed at the new outdoor space- complete with new shops, restaurants, and an extensive park-like space.

Finding Sanctuary in Taiban, New Mexico

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

Taiban New Mexico, abandoned church, outfit post, vintage dress

(Vintage Ethnic Dress- Honeywood Vintage, Vintage Moccasins- Honeywood Vintage, Scarf (as Headwrap)- c/o Johnny Was, Vintage Wood Bracelets- thrifted, Sunglasses- Zero UV.)

On our way back to Texas from Los Angeles, we stopped by Taiban, New Mexico- a mostly abandoned ghost town west of Fort Sumner. Before our trip, I had heard about an abandoned church in Taiban that is well-known to be a photographer’s haven. So I -being obsessed with old abandoned places- immediately Googled it and, to my delight, found out that it was somewhat on our route back.

While in LA, I stopped by Honeywood Vintage in Highland Park, as I found out about them through Instagram (where else). The shop is quite bohemian and offers the wardrobe essentials I’d want if I were to do a quick weekend desert getaway. Although I wanted practically every caftan, tribal/ethnic embroidered and print whatever, in the store; buttttt due to the budget, I settled on a vintage red ethnic embroidered dress and moccasins, knowing that I would be doing an impromptu Southwest-inspired photo shoot at the church. Finding vintage shoes in my size is such a rarity, so I was BEYOND thrilled that the vintage moccasins fit. They’ve since become a cozy staple in my everyday wardrobe. So ladies and gents, I highly recommend Honeywood Vintage if you ever pass through Highland Park.

The unincorporated town of Taiban is also famous for being the location where Billy the Kid (and associates) were captured in 1880. When we arrived at the lonely church, it was literally everything I thought it would be, and more. It is known as the Taiban Presbyterian Church and was built in 1908. It seems to be withstanding well against the elements and…time. I was able to explore all around the outside of the building and carefully ventured inside the small, bare sanctuary. I could have spent all day just sitting there. It was peaceful and just something about cool, abandoned places just gives me goosebumps.

If you ever venture out that way and love photography- DO IT!

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