A Sweet Farewell to the Summer Hiking Season, with Danner

Say a sweet farewell to the Summertime hiking season with these inspiring photos from Dottie Bond at Danner Blog captured while hiking on the coast of Maine. Then click here to get free shipping on your next order of Danner boots at ShoppingBlitz!

Travel photographer, Dottie Bond, takes us on a 5-day tour of Maine. What do you think of when you think of Maine? I have always thought of lobster rolls and sailboats, coastal fog and thick-bearded lumbermen and the spruce-firs that line the Appalachian Trail as it snakes towards its northern terminus at Katahdin. My visits to the state over the years have confirmed this impression: Maine is a Vacationland par excellence.
So when the opportunity to spend a few days exploring coastal Maine arose, I jumped at it. After attending a wedding in Camden with my friend, Kate, and my dog, Romulus, we headed northeast along the coast to Acadia National Park where we began our 5-day odyssey. We slept at the Seawall Campground on the southwest corner of Mount Desert Island—known as the “quiet side” of Acadia—right down the road from the famous Bass Harbor Lighthouse. There were wild blueberries and vistas of rocky outcrops galore. We stood atop Cadillac Mountain and lunched at Jordan Pond House alongside families beset with squealing kids who cried out for popovers and blueberry crisps. Each day we watched the sun rise and set from a new vantage point along the Atlantic—Bass Harbor, Schooner Head, Thunder Hole. When we were not welcoming the day or biding it farewell, we lazed around Bar Harbor enjoying slow, idle hours sipping coffee while basking under the midday sun. This was summer done right.  ..

Source: Sweet Summertime on the Coast of Maine — Danner – Blog

Last-Minute DIY Sexy Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just a few days away. Maybe you haven’t found the sexy sailor costume you wanted or haven’t had enough time to sit down and make your own costume. Or, maybe you just have no clue what to dress up as. Well, no need to panic. We’ve compiled a list of sexy, easy-to-make costumes that you can throw together last minute. To put together these costumes, you can shop for clothes online or use items you already have in your closet.

Tiger

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Spice up the classic cat costume with this sexy tiger costume. All you need for this costume is a black dress or a black top and skirt, cat ears, and orange and black body paint. Simply paint tiger strips on your arms, shoulders and legs. Add a black nose and whiskers. Complete the look with knee-high Pleaser boots or high heels.

Minnie Mouse

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Dress up as our favorite classic Disney character – Minnie Mouse. Add sex appeal to Minnie’s classic look with a red polka dot mini skirt and a black crop top from your closet. Then add mouse ears with a red polka dot bow, a black belt, Pinup Couture heels, and of course, red lipstick.

Mermaid

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For this costume, you’ll need some gems and sea shells, a top with a sweetheart neckline (or bandeau bathing suit top), a green skirt, and nude Funtasma pumps. Paste the shells and rhinestones on your clothing, give yourself wavy, beach hair, and finish the look with blue eye makeup and sheer lipgloss.

Scarecrow

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This scarecrow costume is perfect if you want a unique costume that fits the Halloween theme. It’s also an inexpensive and easy way to make your own scarecrow costume if you and your friends are doing a “The Wizard of Oz” theme. All you’ll need is a farmer’s hat, a flannel shirt and jeans (or overalls), and makeup. The main part of this costume is the makeup. Create your scarecrow face with orange circles on your cheeks, a triangle on your nose, and black lines in the corners of your mouth.

What will you dress up as this Halloween?

Fall Favorites 2014: The Denim Shirt

We love fall here at Shopping Blitz. Sure we love the cool weather hikes, warm drinks and playing in fallen leaves, but what we really live for is replenishing our fall wardrobe! Blame it on years of back-to-school shopping, but once September / October hits we are pulling out our wallets and drooling over the season’s latest offerings. This year we are especially into simple, neutral pieces that can be reused for fall and winter. Remember simple does not have mean to boring. To us a classic piece is worth its weight in gold.

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Case in point: the versatility of a good denim shirt is almost immeasurable. You can wear it with it your colored skinny pants and an awesome pair of booties for a drool-worthy casual look. Tuck them into a pair of dress trousers and add some knock-em-dead heels for a classy look all your own. The options are endless! Tell us your favorite look. We love learning new style tricks!

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Like what you see? Shop the Outfit!

1. Royal Robbins Lily Muffler Shirt
2. Life is good Vintage Denim Popover Shirt
3. The Sak Jezebelle Diamond Boot

Get Outside & Play: Early Spring Hiking

You may call us crazy but we can smell spring in the air. It’s in the small moments of sunshine and warmer breezes. We believe in thinking positive and calling forth what we want. And we want to get outside and play. So in that vein we present our Get Outside & Play series. To kick it off we will start with our personal favorite spring activity; hiking. Hiking, which is fundamentally walking in nature, is an activity that can be enjoyed all year round. All that’s needed is a sense of adventure and the right equipment.

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Late winter and early spring hiking calls for sturdy footwear and grand discoveries. The earth is waking up again and their is magic in the air. Navigating the mud and lingering snow is a job for proven hiking boots. Our current favorite is the  Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Boots  by adidas. Built with the kind of stability and support needed to ascend a trail at high-speeds. The waterproof and lightweight boot provides said stability and support in spades with Formation technology and Traxion outsoles. Easy to pack and durable, the Terrex collection is the boot you want on your feet coming down the trail.

Despite its draw, hiking at this time of year comes with its pitfalls. Snow, rain, mud, blow downs and worn out roads all pose obstructions. However, the good news is that with each coming eek conditions will begin to improve. In the meantime, their is no reason to miss out on the fun. For clothes layering is the still the name of the game. Weather conditions may start out warm but temperatures drop quickly as the sun goes down. Base layers and wind-proof gear is important protection against the elements.

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adidas Sport Performance Terrex Windstopper Fast Jacket

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Bula Christina Base Layer Pants

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Columbia Base Layer Midweight L/S Top Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Gifts for the Kid’s Under $100

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1. Bula Grind Top Shirt
2. Bolle Amp Ski Goggles
3. Jibbitz Mike Face Shoe Charm
4. Superga Lame Sneakers
5. Columbia Chippewa Mitten Gloves
6. Life is Good Snowman Sleep Pants
7. Fila Breakaway Lace-Up Sneakers
8. Stance Kid Creature Socks
9. Kickers Zesnow Waterproof Booties
10. Dr. Martens Brooklee Boots

The Shoes Make The Costume

Shopping Blitz and Pleaser’s Funtasma line are once again excited
to showcase all the amazing options we have for Halloween!
The perfect costume will never get off the ground without the perfect footwear.
Whether you are looking to recreate the ultimate Alice in Wonderland costume
or are lookingfor a more historic perspective such as a Victorian lady,
a Gladiator, a Native American warrior or a Renaissance man,
Funtasma has you covered! From sexy to scary, we have the shoes
that will make or break your costume. Shopping Blitz is here to protect
youfrom the ultimate scary scenario, a fashion disaster!
The Shoes Make the Costume

Shopping Blitz: Travelogue 2013

Seems like everyone is trying to fit in last minute vacations lately. September is known for mild weather and cheaper prices and therefore our favorite time of year to travel! Vacation time is precious, especially for those of us in North America who try to dissolve a year’s worth of stress in one jam-packed week or extended weekend. The key to having a killer time is planning, planning, and more planning! Planning the perfect destination, excursions, budget and of course the all important packing list. Let us help with this last bit. With Shopping Blitz’s wide range of products it is your perfect one-stop shop for all things travel. Check out a few real-life ensembles our Staffers chose for their late summer/early fall jaunts! Travelogue 2013

Day At The Lake:
Sanuk Yoga Serenity Flip-Flops

Hiking Trip:
Columbia Trail Turner Shell Jacket
Salomon X Over Ltr Sneakers
Ahnu Montara Boots

Night On The Town:
Earthies Veria Too Sandals
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Thickening Strengthening Serum
Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm

Saved By The Bell: Back 2 School Essentials

It’s that time again, the season dreaded by children and teachers around the globe. Back to school! Those frenzied days when flip-flops and swimsuits are traded in for backpacks, loafers and binders. We feel your pain and while we’d love to hold onto summer as long as we can it’s time to plan for fall.

You Are Never To Old To Rock A Cool Backpack

My favorite consolation as a kid when school shopping was the chance to pick out a brand backpack. Each year I’d choose a different style to match my new persona. Which of course had changed drastically during the summer months. The only thing that never changed was that it had to be a JanSportThat being said I got a huge kick when I realized that JanSport was still rocking the backpack world and creating cooler and funkier designs than ever before. Because let’s face having the right backpack really can make the difference between social escalation and isolation, in other words sitting at the cool kid’s table or being regulated to no man’s land next to the bathroom.

The Right Footwear Can Make The Difference

So many kids and parents focus more on clothing and forget the importance of footwear. The right shoes can help a kid make the soccer team, strut their stuff in the hallways and often garner the confidence to create lasting friendships. My go-to choice for versatile footwear are styles that can be dressy, sporty and casual. New trends this year include hi-top sneakers and tall lace-up boots. And don’t forget to include feel-good accessories like funky socks and killer headphones for listening to your ready-made back to school playlists.

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From Top Right:  1. Fila Hi Triple Sneakers  2. JanSport Superbreak Backpacks  3. Diadora Beanie 4. Dingo 9″ Boots 5. The House of Marley Rise Up Over-Ear Headphones

6. JanSport Tulare Backpacks  7. Stance Blondie Socks 8. Stance Screaming Hand Socks  9. Capezio New York Arglye Thigh Hi Socks